Teens Turning Green Blog

Back-to-School with a Clean, Green Daily Routine


Acure Ultra Hydrating Shampoo + Conditioner, Day Cream, Brightening Face Mask, Pore Clarifying Facial Scrub. Natracare Organic Cotton Tampons + Cleansing Make-Up Removal Wipes. EO Organic Deodorant Citrus Spray. Everyone 3 in 1 Hands | Face | Body Lotion and Organic Essential Oil (Lemon + Eucalyptus). Dr. Bronner’s Lemongrass Lime Organic Shaving Soap + Hemp Rose Castile Bar Soap. Badger Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream. Lotus Moon Organic Honey Mask.

Stepping out at school this fall, you’re undoubtedly going to want to put your best foot forward. But before you reach for your favorite lotion or shave gel, have you ever stopped to wonder what’s actually in those products? Unfortunately, the answer is often harmful ingredients.

Download TG’s Back-to-School Checklist here

Check the labels on your conventional body care products, and you’re sure to find a list of unpronounceable, untested toxic chemicals, colors, and fragrances. Chances are, the majority of the ingredients listed (Diethyl Phthalate, Triclosan, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine to name a few) are not good for you or the planet.

Many of the synthetic ingredients in our body care products grew out of the World War II chemical revolution. Sodium lauryl sulfate, for example, is an industrial cleanser and “foaming agent” that’s also common in engine degreasers. It has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation, and is a known hormone disruptor. You’re putting that on your head just to create a little extra lather, and lather doesn’t even translate to cleaner hair in the first place!

Surely, if a product is widely available for public consumption, it must be safe. Right? Wrong.

The FDA, or any other federal agency, does not conduct pre-market testing of body products. That means the majority of the 80,000 ingredients used in cosmetic and personal care products have not even been approved by any governing body for safety.  

Compared to the almost 1,400 harmful chemicals banned in Europe, only 11 toxic ingredients have been banned in the United States.

As a result of this lack of oversight, it’s easy to be misled by products claiming to be “natural,” “herbal,” or even “organic,” when this isn’t actually the case. This is called “greenwashing,” making a product sound healthy and natural when its ingredients tell a whole different story.

With all this in mind, let’s do some math: Your skin is your largest organ and absorbs much of everything you put on it. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, states that on average, women use 12 personal care products daily, while men use an average of six. This means that when you use conventional products, you could be absorbing dozens, even hundreds of harmful ingredients through your skin.

So how do you find shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, shave cream, lotion, sunscreen and the many products you use daily that are actually safe? Fortunately, there are plenty of ethical companies who make products void of toxic ingredients. Our partners Acure Organics, Dr. Bronner’s, Natracare and Everyone, for example, formulate products using the safest, highest quality ingredients they can source.  

Swap your conventional products for conscious ones this school year, and you’ll keep your body clean and the planet green!

Our advice: read the labels, understand what you’re putting on your skin and opt for a healthier alternative. Check out our top picks below! 

Check out Annie Leonard’s Story of Cosmetics here to learn more.

Keep your hair healthy and clean with this dynamic duo, organic argan oil, CoQ10, organic sea buckthorn oil, and organic pumpkin seed oil restores your hair, adds shine, and locks in moisture for a fabulous look.

Face the day with gotu kola stem cells and chlorella. This powerhouse combo helps moisturize and protect. Easily absorbed moisture + effective ingredients = a great day.

Brighten up your day with the power of Moroccan argan extract and chlorella, a true synergy of rejuvenation. French green clay has a drawing effect and Moroccan argan oil and CoQ10 provide moisture.

The power of a clay mask in a gentle scrub fused with Moroccan red clay draws dirt and grime out of pores. Black jojoba beads exfoliate and rough away dead skin cells while argan oil soothes and moisturizes.

This versatile lotion is light and moisturizing for the face, hands and body. Nutrient-rich botanical extracts + Vitamin E are combined with soothing Aloe and French Lavender essential oil to leave skin nourished and moisturized.

This certified organic deodorant is blended with pure, organic essential oils and organic alcohol for a clean and fresh feeling – no aluminum salts, propylene glycol or zinc salts that can clog pores and toxify the system.

Two organic oils that repel mosquitos and other bugs: Eucalyptus and Lemon. DIY with a great on line recipe and store in a reusable mason jar.

A blend of organic, fair-trade ingredients from around the globe––including shikakai powder from India and sugar from Paraguay––This shaving soap moisturizes and soothes skin naturally.

This fair trade soap is a heavenly blend of natural essential oils that awaken the senses while gently cleansing the skin. Great for face, body, and hair.

Feminine hygiene products that meet the highest organic, environmental and biodegradable standards, made from renewable, natural materials including organic cotton, bioplastics (made from plant starch) and wood pulp.

Made of certified organic cotton and infused with certified organic essential oil. Free from alcohol, detergents, and harmful chemicals. Natural solutions for personal health care that leave a soft footprint on the earth.

Gentle gel exfoliating mask that uses a combination of fruit extracts to regenerate the skin with moisturizing and plumping benefits for a healthy glow and smooth texture.

Safe, effective, + responsible. This simple formula has no added essential oil fragrance – all natural certified organic sunscreen for the whole family, biodegradable and environmentally friendly.

Stay tuned to TG’s Instagram (@turninggreenorg) — every Thursday morning at 8 a.m. PT, we’re gifting a fabulous Back-to-School #GreenThursday Giveaway (valued at more than $300). The first giveaway (Thursday, July 27) will feature the conscious products listed below. Like our Giveaway and could end up winning a #GreenThursday Essential Back-to-School Package!

Want to dive more deeply into living green this Fall? Sign up now for Project Green Challenge 2017 starting on October 1: https://projectgreenchallenge.com/


This entry was published on August 1, 2017 at 5:57 am and is filed under Body, Live. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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