Non Toxic Product of the Month: The Honest Company Sea Salt + Sugar Body Scrub

Non Toxic Product of the Month: The Honest Company Sea Salt + Sugar Body Scrub

Body scrubs, especially sugar or salt scrubs, are a fantastic way to soften skin/add moisture. As you’ve seen with previous non-toxic product posts I discuss a product I frequently used prior to giving a shit about the ingredients.

My scrub of choice was any Sabon body scrub. I often received them as a gift and they’re great. No one complains about Sabon products. In fact Sabon is a very popular specialty bath brand that receives rave reviews from their loyal customers.

Brands like Sabon and L’Occitane are highly fragrant which most people love (I did too)! If you walk into one of their stores you’re practically knocked on your ass by olfactory overload. During my product overhaul I researched our Sabon scrub in order to determine if we’ll keep using them. The answer is NO.

Sabon products are a hassle to research since they are not on the Skin Deep Database (lucky for them) but they sure as hell should be. I had to do research old school and look up every frickin ingredient individually. I ran into a road block on Sabon’s website since there were no full ingredient lists (L’Occitane’s site pulls that same BS)! They just name a few natural ingredients followed by neglecting to disclose any of the other crap. Huge red flag! Always choose transparent companies that provide you with the full ingredient list for their products.

If I didn’t own one of the scrubs I don’t know how I would have found all the ingredients. The container itself poses as a product consciously avoiding toxins with a sticker that says “SLS & Paraben Free.” That really pisses me off.

As we know the top three ingrediants constitute the largest portion of any product. Just like food any unhealthy ingredient in those three is an automatic don’t buy me. The third ingredient in Sabon scrubs is perfume!

“Fragrance” and “perfume”are the worst ingredients!! Since companies are required to list all ingredients fragrance and perfume have became the only loopholes to hid chemicals without listing them. Always avoid these two ingredients.

Fragrances are associated with allergies, skin irritation, organ system toxicity, and immonotoxicity. For these reasons they are always given the highly toxic “8” rating by the EWG (10 is the highest).

Sabon’s scrubs house a variety of other highly toxic chemicals. Octyl methoxycinnamate which is associated with endocrine disruption. The highly controversial oxybenzone, a chemical proven to absorb into the skin at significant levels according to Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and associated with endocrine disruption, ezcema, allergies, even breast cancer.

Advocates for cleaning up toxic products have attacked several sunscreen brands for including this ingredient. Some skin cancer prevention groups advocate it’s better to have sunscreen even with oxybenzone than wearing no protection at all. Should you have this chemical in your non-essential scrub? No effing way.

Other Sabon ingredients include linalool, which is currently restricted in cosmetic use due to skin irritation and allergic reactions, and butylphenyl methylpropional linked to endocrine disruption and organ system toxicity. *

What’s a better alternative to Sabon’s scrub-o-chemical? We love The Honest Company’s sea salt + sugar body scrub. The EWG rates this product with the least toxic rating (1). All its individual ingredients are given a “1” rating as well.

Here are the ingredients for the scrub:

  • Silica, Amorphous
  • Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Oil
  • Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil
  • Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (Organic)
  • Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil
  • Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)
  • Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil
  • Tocopherol, naturally occuring Vitamin E (NON-GMO)
  • Sucrose (Innocuous)
  • Sodium Chloride (Innocuous)

The only ingredient with minor concerns is lavender oil which is linked to allergies.

Per Honest Company’s website (also verifiable via looking at the ingredients) this scrub is free of: parabens, microbeads, phthalates, polypropylene, SLS, sulfates, fragrances, dyes, propylene glycol, butylene glycol, steareth-n, PEGs, EDTA, DEA, BHT, linalool, paraffin, mineral oil, and most allergens.

My Pros:

-It’s shea butter & almond oil help hydrate my skin.

-It smells like the ocean, which I like but many people don’t.

-I’ve seen a decrease in eczema/dry skin.

My Cons:

-You have to order it via The Honest Company website as I’ve never seen it in a store (I may be missing something). It’s available on Amazon, which I usually prefer, but it’s $6 more expensive so that’s not an option.

-It leaves a residue similar to oil. I don’t mind this since I’m accustomed to using straight coconut oil as a moisturizer which also leaves an oily residue.

Some people don’t like the scrub but I definitely do. I’ve found that many products free of harmful chemicals get bad reviews because they aren’t as pleasant. The issue: we are used to chemicals making products more effective with the downside of having controversial shit in them. If you’re used to highly fragrant scrubs this may get a bad review from you. If you want a less toxic option it certainly does the trick.

*All research on ingredients obtained through EWG.org & Mercola.com

**Keep in mind with my non-toxic series: there is no such thing as a completely safe product and obsessing/over-stressing re: toxin reduction can be just as unhealthy as toxins themselves.

A lot more research is needed in determining which chemicals are safe. My moto: if something is questionable why risk it? Many argue there isn’t enough data to prove these chemicals are dangerous or that in small amounts it’s a none issue. Why risk it?

One product won’t kill you but overtime our bodies absorb many different chemicals from many different products which overtime impacts the body in ways we are still only beginning to understand.

Educating yourself on what you put in/on your body is always a good thing. Maybe some of the ingredients deemed “safe” will gather new data suggesting the opposite. Simply try to stay educated and do your best to make healthy changes.

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