5 Good-for-You Cosmetics

blog by Tess Hickey

Have you ever looked on the back of your lotion or shampoo bottle and attempted to pronounce the ingredients? What is Propylparaben or Sodium Laurel Sulfate anyway? And worse yet, what are these substances actually doing to your body?

The truth is, the cosmetic industry is one of the least regulated industries in the United States. The FDA oversees cosmetics, but unlike drugs, cosmetics do not require the FDA’s approval before going onto the market.

These unregulated toxins lurking in our shampoo, lotion, lipstick, face wash, hand cream and many other cosmetic products have been shown to cause an array of health problems. According to the Endocrine Society, many of the chemicals found in typical cosmetics are endocrine disruptors, meaning they alter the hormonal or homeostatic systems of the organisms they’re exposed to. Endocrine disruptors have been heavily linked to infertility, birth defects, neurological issues, diabetes, obesity, testicular cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, uterine cancer and ovarian cancer.

The good news is, there are loads of all-natural body products out there on the market to use in place of these toxic chemical-laden items. The bad news is, higher quality products generally mean higher prices.

Thankfully, though, a number of cosmetic brands out there sell affordable, natural products to meet your beauty needs without breaking the bank. Give one of these natural products a shot, and you may never go back to your traditional cosmetic brands again!

  1. Nature’s Gate Shampoo & Conditioner


With scents ranging from Chamomile + Mimosa Bark to Awapuhi Ginger + Holy Basil, you’re bound to find something to suit your tastes from Nature’s Gate. Not only do their shampoos and conditioners smell amazing and leave your hair feeling soft and nourished, but you can rest assured that all of Nature’s Gate’s products are free from parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, lanolin, petrolatum and phthalates. Nature’s Gate’s products are also 100 percent vegan. An 18 oz. bottle of shampoo costs about $7, which isn’t too bad for such a quality product.

You can find Nature’s Gate shampoos and conditioners at The Farmacy (see below for store locations and hours).

2. Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Liquid Soap

Dr. Bronner’s castile soap has quite a lot going for it. It’s biodegradable, certified organic, fair-trade, vegan and has 18 different uses! Free of synthetic preservatives, detergents and foaming agents, Dr. Bronner’s soap consists of a blend of high-quality oils including coconut oil, olive oil and jojoba oil. Dr. Bronner’s takes pride in its ethical sourcing of ingredients and activism when it comes to issues like environmental protection, GMO labelling, animal rights and social justice and equality. Priced at about $7, an 8 oz. bottle will go a long way.

Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soaps can be found at Kroger and The Farmacy.

3. Avalon Organics Hand & Body Lotion

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Avalon Organics body products are completely free of GMOs, parabens, phthalates, harsh sulfates and synthetic fragrances and colors. Their products are also biodegradable and vegan. With refreshing scents like rosemary, lemon and peppermint, Avalon Organics’ lotions will leave your skin feeling soft and revitalized. A 12 oz. bottle of lotion costs about $7.

Avalon Organics hand & body lotion can be found at Kroger, Walmart, Amazon and The Farmacy.

4. Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

Who didn’t grow up using this tingly, minty lip balm out of a tin? If you’ve never tried Burt’s Bees beeswax lip balm, now is better than ever. Burt’s Bees lip balm is made of 100 percent natural ingredients, the main one being beeswax (sorry, vegans). Beeswax is a natural skin conditioner and will leave your lips feeling soft and nourished. At just $3.30 a tin, Burt’s Bees lip balm is a great product to use when you’re looking for something natural yet still affordable.

Burt’s Bees beeswax lip balm can be found at Kroger, CVS and Walmart.

5. Good Life Herbals Deodorants

If you’re looking for an all-natural, organic alternative to your conventional deodorant AND you’re interested in supporting a local business, then Good Life Herbals deodorant should be on your list of products to try next! Good Life Herbals uses only the highest quality calendula oil, coconut oil, beeswax and pure essential oils. Good Life Herbals uses no synthetic fragrances, aluminum, parabens, petrochemicals or phthalates. With intriguing deodorant scents like lavender-lemongrass and citrus-spice, what are you waiting for?

You can find Good Life Herbals at The Farmacy and the Athens Farmers Market.


The Farmacy: 28 West Stimson Ave. Athens, OH 45701 Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Kroger:  919 E State St, Athens, OH 45701 Hours: Everyday 6:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m.

Walmart: 929 E State St, Athens, OH 45701 Hours: Everyday 6:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m.

CVS: 32 S Court St, Athens, OH 45701 Hours: Mon-Sat 8:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.; Sun 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

The Athens Farmers Market: 1000 E State St, Athens, OH 45701 Saturdays 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.