How to choose toxin free cleansers for active lives

How to choose toxin free cleansers for active lives

Further to our previous research on how to choose the best deodorant and natural sunscreens, let’s now take a look at how to choose toxin free cleansers for those with active lives.

After determining your skin type, whether it be dry or oily, the most important step is to look at the ingredients. You want to make sure there are no toxic chemicals which can be absorbed into your skin.

How to choose toxin free cleansers for active lives

What ingredients should I avoid?

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a non-profit, environmental organisation based in the USA that specialises in research “to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment.” It provides research into health and the environment, to educate and empower consumers to make safer and more informed decisions about the products they buy and the companies they support.

Here is a list of ingredients that, according to the EWG, should be avoided in all your skin care to ensure you are using safer products.

  1. BHA or  butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)
  2. Boric acid and Sodium borate
  3. Coal tar hair dyes and other coal tar ingredients (including Aminophenol, Diaminobenzene, Phenylenediamine)
  4. Formaldehyde
  5. Formaldehyde releasers – Bronopol, DMDM hydantoin, Diazolidinyl urea, Imidzaolidinyl urea and Quaternium-15
  6. Synthetic Fragrance
  7. Hydroquinone
  8. Lead
  9. Methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone and benzisothiazolinone
  10. Nanoparticles such as Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide nanoparticles
  11. Oxybenzone
  12. Parabens (specifically Propyl-, Isopropyl-, Butyl-, and Isobutyl- parabens)
  13. PEGs/Ceteareth/Polyethylene compounds
  14. Petroleum distillates
  15. Phthalates
  16. Resorcinol
  17. Toluene
  18. Triclosan & Triclocarban
  19. Vitamin A compounds (retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, retinol)
  20. Animal-based ingredients

Check your current cleansers now for any of the ingredients listed above. Ensure that you are using one of the safer toxin free cleansers.

For more information on each ingredient is its potential harmful impact, refer the EWG’s “Top Tips for Safer Products.”

Toxin free cleansers tested

If you are looking for a natural alternative, here are some toxin free cleansers we reviewed:

1. Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub

How to choose toxin free cleansers for active livesProduct features

  • Made with dehydrated lemon peel and finely ground sea kelp the Acure Brightening Facial Scrub gently removes dead skin cells, dirt and oil. It also restores cells by stimulating new cell growth with 1% Chlorella Growth Factor.
  • These active ingredients work together to smooth and brighten your complexion.
  • Use 2-3 times a week, ideal for all skin types.
  • 100% natural, Vegan, Certified Cruelty-free, by both Peta and Leaping Bunny.
  • Packaged in post recycled plastic/glass and printed with biodegradable soy ink.
  • Free from petrochemicals, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, harmful preservatives, silicone, PEG, gluten and artificial colours.
  • Award winning product – featured in Best of Beauty Awards 2015.
  • EWG Score 2 overall hazard low – (based on the 2013 formulation)

Our review

I love this product!

On first use, it was a bit of a shock to see the very dark olive green colour (a bit swampy) of the scrub squeeze out of the tube (wasn’t expecting that!). I was also a little surprised at, what felt like at the time, a bit of a harsh grittiness on my skin. However, this was the only time I felt this way as I love the feeling of the scrub on my skin now. Perhaps I just wasn’t used to it? It really leaves the skin feeling very soft, smooth and squeaky clean without any redness or dryness. Unlike many other products, my skin actually feels thoroughly cleansed!

For those who have lead active lives and show signs of sun exposure on your face, or for those of you mums like me who are of a more mature age, I found that this scrub was actually effective in brightening my skin after only a couple of weeks of use. Combined with night time use of my Egyptian Magic All Purpose Cream, my skin has come out of this winter and into spring much softer, brighter and more hydrated than ever.

Unlike many other organic products on the market, the Acure range appears to be very competitively priced. In addition, you also only need a little amount of this scrub each time as it spreads so easily. A little really does go a long way.

This was my favourite product of the toxin free cleansers tested and I will continue to use it.

Find out more

You can find out more about the Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub or purchase it here*.


100% Pure Mint White Tea Cleanser

How to choose toxin free cleansers for active livesProduct features

  • The 100% Pure Mint White Tea Cleanser is a rich foaming toxin free cleanser created specifically for normal to oily, combination and acne prone skin types.
  • Organic White Tea is known for its powerful anti-ageing properties and has been shown to help prevent the enzyme activity that breaks down the collagen in our skin, which leads to sagging and wrinkles.
  • This cleanser also contains soothing Aloe Juice, mattifying Mint and other purifying nutrients making this an ideal choice for those with problem and acne prone skin.
  • 100% natural, Vegan, Certified Cruelty-free, by both Peta and Leaping Bunny.
  • Packaged in post recycled plastic/glass and printed with biodegradable soy ink.

Our review

My eldest daughter tested the 100% Pure Mint White Tea Cleanser. Even though it didn’t seem to have a clear impact on pimples as reported by many others in reviews, she loved the smell and the soft texture of the foam lather on the skin.

I also found this cleanser to have a lovely, refreshing minty smell. It dispenses in a light foam but substantial enough to lather and spread. My skin felt soft and hydrated after washing, unlike many drying soaps.

If you like a soft and gentle wash, you should try the 100% Pure Mint White Tea Cleanser.

Find out more

You can find out more about the 100% Pure Mint White Tea Cleanser or purchase it here*.


Cedar + Stone Hemp Face Wash + Body Wash – Pass That Dutch

Sanctum Men’s Facial Wash

Ok, so here’s one of the toxin free cleansers we tested specifically for the boys in the family.

How to choose toxin free cleansers for active livesProduct features

  • The Sanctum Men’s Facial Wash is a foaming toxin free cleanser that has been specially formulated for use on men’s skin.
  • It works to quickly remove dirt and oil from deep in the pores while providing anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
  • Made with 93% Certified Organic ingredients, including Calendula, Yucca and Oak Bark extract, this facial wash is gentle and soothing, and helps to regenerate damaged skin.
  • Made in Australia, Certified Organic, Certified Cruelty Free & Vegan.Australian made Certified Organic (USDA Organic).
  • Free from harmful pesticide residues, petrochemicals, synthetic substances, artificial fragrances and colours.

Our review

This review was done by my husband, an avid runner.

“I’m a bit of a wash with soap and go kind of man but was happy to try the Sanctum Men’s Facial Wash on request.

With the pump dispenser, it was probably easier to use than my normal soap bar and it foamed up quickly to use. Yes, it smelt good and it didn’t leave my skin with any dryness. I guess I thought that was a normal feeling that you get after washing. And yes (to answer my wife again), my skin did feel nice and soft after the wash.

Would I use it again? Yes. ”

Find out more

You can find out more about the Sanctum Men’s Facial Wash or purchase it here*.


Nourished Life – Be Toxin Free*

You can purchase all these toxin free cleansers from Nourished Life. If you sign up (for free) as a member here now, you will get:

  • FREE SHIPPING on AU orders at this time,
  • $5 off your first order, and also
  • Rewards dollars when you refer a friend or post product reviews.

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How to choose toxin free cleansers for active lives

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