I always look for paraben-free and sulfate-free products, but brands play a tricky game. Many brands like Method, St. Ives and even The Honest Company aren’t sulfate-free. This weekend I tossed everything, researched and bought new products. Below I share what I’ve ordered that is supposedly free of parabens, sulfates, and in some cases even phthalates and dyes.
Paraben-Free and Sulfate-Free Product List
Every product costs less than $10! Their links change so I wasn’t able to link them, but if you search for any of the below on Drugstore.com they will pop up.
- Chapstick – Kiss My Face Organic Lip Balm, Sliced Peach
- Bar Soap – Zum Wee Bar Goat’s Milk Baby Soap, Lullaby Lavender
- Body Wash – thinkbaby Shampoo & Body Wash, Papaya
- Toothpaste – Tom’s of Maine Sensitive Fluoride-Free Natural Toothpaste, Wintermint
You’ll be amazed at what is in toothpaste! I switched to fluoride-free a few months ago because of a possible allergy to it and also because it can contain traces of arsenic. (Ew!)
- Shampoo – Acure Organics Natural Shampoo
- Conditioner – Acure Repairing Conditioner, Argan
- Splurge-Worthy Shampoo & Conditioner – Alterna <–LOVE!
- Leave-in Conditioner (with light heat protection) – Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave In
- Facial Sunscreen – La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen (LOVE as well!)
- Facial Cleanser – First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser
- Laundry Detergent – Eco-Me Laundry Detergent – 32 oz – Lavender Blossom (Or fragrance free)
Here I thought Method or Mrs. Meyer’s was good, but it’s not the best.
- Dish Soap – Eco-Me Natural Sudsing Liquid Dish Soap
While it’s not sulfate-free or paraben-free related, your water can also have harmful effect to your health.
I’ve also gotten a little weird on my water. Our tap water is terrible at our house. Even the refrigerator filter only cuts out about 50% of the additives and mess. I found this out when a friend recommended a Zero Water Filter knowing my skin was having issues, and mom and Jake had kidney stones. The filter comes with a TDS Water Tester. I tested my regular water at a 200+, Brita Filter still kept it at a 200+, and the refrigerator filter was in the 140s.
This Zero Water Filter removes EVERYTHING. It came back with a 0 pollutant read. I love it!
Then, what about makeup?
Makeup typically contains parabens. So always check the labels. As I researched sulfate-free and paraben-free makeup, I only found Tarte and Bare Minerals listed. I also know MHD Cosmetics don’t contain either as well, and I love their foundation. The only questionable ingredient in all three are the CI – 5DigitNumber. That is what gives makeup its color. It’s not proven, but the CI – type ingredients could be linked to health issues. However, I’m good limiting everything but my CI’s…a girl gotta have some color!
I haven’t made the switch to anti-perspirant yet. I have tried some brands, but nothing seems to cut down the funk. :P A good friend I trust recommends Green Tidings though. Maybe this winter I can try it when I don’t sweat as much.
Also, remember to ALWAYS read labels.
Before I bought St. Ives paraben-free body wash, and one of the top ingredients was sodium lauryl sulfate. Within the next few months, I picked up L’oreal Sulfate Free shampoo, and it contained parabens. Even brands like Mrs. Meyers and Method aren’t considered 100% clean so always check the ingredients.