Photo: Soaps in Natural Body Care Department

The majority of mainstream body care products contain a cocktail of carcinogenic chemicals, allergens, and irritants. To help eliminate many of the toxic chemicals, preservatives, and fragrances that are harmful to our bodies, choose certified organic and natural skin care products.

The reason why is simple: when it comes to living a healthy and natural lifestyle, what you put on your body is just as significant as what you put in your body. Your skin is your largest organ and since it is porous, it absorbs whatever you put on it. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health looked into the skin’s absorption rates of chemicals found in drinking water. The report showed that the skin absorbed an average of 64% of total contaminant dosage.1 Other studies found the face to be several times more permeable than broad body surfaces and an absorption rate of 100% for underarms and genitalia.2 Another peer-reviewed study showed 100% absorption for fragrance ingredients.3 It is easy to see that what we use on our skin ends up inside our bodies. So it is important to pay close attention to the ingredients in our skin care products. If the products you use contain harmful ingredients such as harsh, toxic chemicals, colors, and fragrances, those ingredients make their way into your body, your blood and your lymphatic system. By selecting organic and natural products for yourself and your family, you are taking a big step toward a healthier lifestyle. The developing organs of babies and children are particularly sensitive to chemicals so it is especially important to use safe products for youngsters. Down to Earth has a wide selection of natural and organic body care products. Look for even more in the near future, as our Wellness Team works to ensure that Down to Earth carries the purest products available:

  • Body care (soaps, body washes, lotions, oils, toothpaste, deodorants)
  • Hair care (shampoos, conditioners, hair color, stylants)
  • Body and hair care specially formulated for babies and young children
  • Facial care (face washes, toners, creams, serums, masks, scrubs, oils)
  • Color cosmetics (foundations, powders, concealers, blushes, eye shadows, eye liners, mascaras, lip liners, lipsticks, lip glosses)
  • Feminine hygiene
  • First aid
  • Other (sunscreens, all natural bug repellents, etc.)
Footnotes: 
  1. Brown et al. The role of skin absorption as a route of exposure for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in drinking water. Am J Public Health. 1984 May; 74(5): 479–484.
  2. Kasting and Kretsos.Skin Pharmacol Physiol 2005;18:55-74
  3. Robinson et al. The Importance of Exposure Estimation in the Assessment of Skin Sensitization risk. Contact Dermatitis 2000; 42:251-259.