Perfect Personal Product Prescriptions – Let’s feel beautiful together!


I started writing about beauty products as a way to keep you, your baby and the environment safe, healthy and feeling your best – and in realizing how fulfilled I’ve felt from doing so, I’ve decided to start a new program! In weeding through the marketing scams and the over-hyped, over-priced products for my own family, I’ve become so unbelievably passionate about avoiding as many toxic ingredients in my skin care routine as possible, and I am excited to share this new-found knowledge with others (namely my readers, like you!)

Recently my friend Stacy, asked advice on her “cupcake” lotion. She paid too much for the scent and the brand name, especially considering the low quality and harmful substances that it’s made of. As she read me the ingredients I nearly fell to the floor! I found myself running to my repertoire of product research and prescribed an entire new moisturizing routine.

So this is where the new program comes in. I would LOVE for you to send me your routine (products you use and love, or use and hate). I will look beyond the label and do some research. I will see if you’re doing yourself help or harm and then, I will “prescribe” a personalized solution that is better for you and the environment than your current product.

For the second part of this idea, bring in OpenSky. I’ve always wanted my own boutique so I can be around the products I love – all day long. When I was approached by OpenSky to have my own shop online, I was floored! Now I can have my own personal space, to sell my own personal favorite things to my own personal favorite readers (that’s you.. again).

So here is the challenge:

Step 1: Go get your “favorite” product.  Look at the full list of ingredient in your skin care product and see if it contains any of the following…

  1. Parabens
  2. Formaldehyde (often listed as 2-bromo-2nitropropane-1, 3-diol, diazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantion, imidazolidinyl urea, quaternium-15)
  3. Phthalates (not listed on the label. Look for the word “fragrance” or if the product specific says “phthalate-free”)
  4. Diethanolamne (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA)
  5. Diazolidinya Urea and Imidazolidinyl Urea
  6. Sodium Lauryl/Laureth sulfate; Ammonium Laureth Sulphate
  7. Propylene Glycol
  8. PVP/VA copolymer
  9. Nanoparticles
  10. Synthetic Fragrance

Step 2: Now that you are aware of all the ingredients in your product make a conscience decision if you are willing to replace it with a healthier solution.

Step 3: In the comments of this post leave the following:

  • Name of your current product
  • A URL where I can find the product
  • Describe what you like about the product (i.e. smell, feel, results, etc.)

Once you submit your product you will receive an email from me letting you know I am on the case. I will then post the solution to my blog and email you the link. It’ll be so fun for all of us!
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14 thoughts on “Perfect Personal Product Prescriptions – Let’s feel beautiful together!”

  1. Bailey – I am on the case and already have a few ideas in mind. Give me a few days to do some research and I will back to you shortly.

    BTW – Thanks for being the first to give this a try!

  2. Hey Kelly, I’m a big fan of Dr. Bronner’s soaps. I water them down a bit but otherwise enjoy them. Do they live up to their eco- and health-friendly hype?

  3. I’d love to know how YES! to Carrots stacks up. They aren’t rated in most of the green directories I use. I love their products.

    I’ll have to see if I can find bear to look at the ingredient list.

  4. Chris –
    Dr. Bronner’s is completely free of the ingredients I highlighted in my post. As time permits, I will post on all the ways I use these soaps and why I think they are so great. Watering them down in KEY otherwise they can be a little drying. BTW – do you know that some co-op’s have refill stations for Dr. Bronner’s? I have had the same bottles for YEARS – I just keep refilling them, not only is this eco-friendly it saves money too.

  5. Kelly,
    Can you give me the name of a specific product that you use? This is important because it is not uncommon for one or two products in a line to be free of toxins whereas the others products contain them. This is typically done for marketing reasons.

  6. okay i’m in: mary kay timewise 3-in-1 cleanser and age-fighting moisturizer (combination to oily)

    i love the way it cleared up my oily skin and calmed its rash-prone over-sensitivity. i also love that it has no fragrance since my nose is even more sensitive than my skin.

    here are the product page links but they don’t have any info on ingredients (neither do the bottles):
    http://www.marykay.com/skincare/agefighting/10026941/10026941/default.aspx
    http://www.marykay.com/skincare/agefighting/10026926/10026926/default.aspx

    this review has an ingredients list for a product in the same family (scary):
    http://www.epinions.com/review/Mary_Kay_Timewise_3_in_1_Cleanser/content_90086084228

  7. Two products I like the smell and how they make my skin feel.
    Aveeno Baby Lavender&Vanilla calming comfort lotion
    Hempz Rure Herbal Extracts moisturized

  8. Hi! I’ve always dealt with acne. I still have blackheads at my age 34. Enlarged pores which get clogged. And now I have Rosacea. Dr. had me on Finacea which does wonders for my skin but I’m sure its full of chemicals. So something for my t-zone and red cheeks. I would be more than happy to try an alternate product or products that could deliver the same results.
    Here is a link: http://www.drugs.com/finacea.html

  9. oops, forgot to mention one possible wrench in the product finding works: i’m allergic to aloe. yeast and gluten also need to be off the menu.

    the age-fighting thing is less important than finding something i won’t have an allergic reaction to.

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