Healthy Body Care #3: Know What You Need to Get What You Want

America is the land of impulse shopping and if you don’t know what you want, you’ll end up buying a lot of things you don’t need. In the case of personal care products, if you don’t know what you need, you can end up buying products with a laundry list of chemicals that you don’t want.

The variety of personal care products and cosmetics available is quite stunning and Americans buy 11 billion every year. While it would be nice if you could trust marketer’s claims and make purchases based on which products you liked the smell of or that had the most attractive container, it’s not that easy. If you want the safest products, you have to know what you need and want.

Luckily, the internet provides a wealth of information right at your finger tips. Two places to begin your search for the safest products are and These two sources detail the health and environmental performance of thousands of products. You can refer to these in order to create your own personal shopping list, so you know exactly what to look for at the store.

Still, the best products you find in these databases are not always the ones you’ll find on your local store shelves. In that case, turn to the internet again and shop on-line. There are a growing number of mindful manufacturers offering pure personal care products that don’t use chemicals, fillers, or preservatives. A few of Healthy Child Healthy World’s favorites are: Perfect Organics, Weleda, California Baby, Earth Mama Angel Baby, Aubrey Organics, Dr. Bronner’s, and Dr. Hauschka. And as for cosmetics for mom, my wife tells me Josie Maran Cosmetics and CARE Cosmetics are outstanding.

Be intentional. Buy intentional.

Published on: October 01, 2008
About the Author
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Christopher Gavigan is Chief Executive Officer of Healthy Child Healthy World. For more than a decade, he has dedicated himself to improving the lives of children and families. He holds degrees in environmental science and geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has extensive graduate training in child psychology and education.
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