BHA, Parfum and Triclosan, Oh My!

I am changing all the toiletries I use. I’ve always used Dove soap on my body and Simple face wash followed by fragrance-free Moisturel. I switched to Tom’s of Maine deodorant a few years ago after a lecture from my husband about aluminum in antiperspirants (“I don’t like not sweating”, he said). So, I’ve managed to use fairly decent products, but only because I can’t stand the smell of most of them, not because I was trying to be healthier and keep bad guys off my skin and out of my body.

Well, I’ve been reading Food Babe’s blog for a while and I trust her research (she is obsessive about avoiding toxic products to the point that, for example, she won’t use the cleaning products at her gym. I, on the other hand, have spent the vast majority of my days with my hands soaked in bleach ~ such is the life of restaurant/bar workers ~ and I’ve never looked twice (actually not even once) at the ingredients in the cleaning products I use in my home). After reading this post and this one, I looked up some of the products she recommends and, if I buy them online rather than have my husband pick them up at the local drug store, they aren’t really any more expensive than my normal choices. So, what do I have to lose?

Here is what I ordered and I’ll let you know how I like them (sister-in-law, J: I thought you might like some of these) [I just realised I have two sisters-in-law with names starting with J. I was talking to J.K., although maybe J.B. likes these sort of products, too!]:

  • Kiss My Face Bar Soap -Pure Olive Oil [update: love it, but these bars are HUGE ~ even my husband’s huge hands have a hard time holding on to them; it slipped from his grip and hit his foot and really hurt it! Also, he’s not a fan of how slimy it is.]
  • Kiss My Face Moisture Soap Liquid Fragrance Free [update: love it]
  • Kiss My Face Moisture Shave Fragrance Free
  • Avalon Organics Hand & Body Lotion – Unscented Aloe [update: love it, although, if you put it on right before bed, you kind of stick to the sheets even though it feels like it has been totally absorbed… Kind of odd]
  • Avalon Organic CoQ10 Facial Cleansing Creme [update: GAG! Warning! This is VERY VERY LAVENDER-Y and citrusy! Even if you like lavender (which I don’t), this might be too much for you.]
  • Avalon Organics Shampoo-Tea Tree Mint [update: love it, but, like so many “healthy” shampoos, it does not froth up the way typical shampoos do ~ just something you have to get used to.]
  • Avalon Organics Conditioner-Tea Tree Mint [update: love it]
  • Yerba Prima Natural Skin Brush [update: love it]

I bought them all from, which seemed to have some of the cheapest prices (Amazon does, too, but many seem to come in multipacks and I didn’t want to commit to three bottles of shaving cream when I don’t even know whether I like it yet).

To be clear, I don’t think this will have any effect whatsoever on my illness, but, once you start making changes like filtered water, air purifiers, healthier cooking oil, and antibiotic-free/grass-fed/free-range/organic/hormone-free/care-free/well-socialized meat (please watch this Portlandia clip ~ honestly not too far from the truth in this corner of the country!), the clean attitude just seeps into other areas of your life. Except your dogs. Somehow, no matter how many times I demonstrate and lecture, they will not wipe their paws at the door before coming inside.



8 thoughts on “BHA, Parfum and Triclosan, Oh My!

  1. Vicky says:

    I use the Avalon shampoo and love it. Sometimes the more ‘natural’ shampoos don’t clean very well, but that one does and it lasts for a long time as it is quite concentrated.


    • E. Milo says:

      Thanks, Vicky! So far I really like this shampoo, although I have to remind myself not to keep going back for more to try to get the normal frothy suds of other shampoos. I posted updates above.


  2. Curiosity says:

    I like the Kiss My Face stuff in general. Seems to work okay, and even the naturally scented ones haven’t yet set off my Ack-It’s-Death-In-A-Bottle chemical sensitivity type reactions.


    • E. Milo says:

      Thanks for the tip! I’m completely unable to use the Avalon Organics facial cleansing milk because of my “Ack-It’s-Death-In-A-Bottle” reaction, so I am going to look into a Kiss My Face face wash.


  3. Reva says:

    I’ve started looking at this too, have started drafting a similar post. I’d love to hear how you go. I’m not holding my breath on any improvement either but I figure it can’t hurt to try, and it’s better for us anyway 🙂


    • E. Milo says:

      I posted some updates above… I don’t think this will change ANYTHING by any means, but I’m mostly curious about whether the “dry brushing” of my skin will help what feels like full-body stagnation.


  4. E says:

    I’m planning on inventing a sort of vacuum-brush-tunnel with a light mist of cleansing spray that dogs walk through to get into the house. The base is made of little bubbly massage-pads that clean feet and nails while they come through and makes them feel restful and lethargic. When I have the prototype ready, I’ll send it straight to you.


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