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October 22nd, 2009

Why is it that so many things we like are bad for us? In this case, I am talking about sulfates which are in so many products to make them bubble. I love products (well, I suppose I like the concept more) like Me! Bath and Lush (please feel free to visit these sites – I know you will love them too!) but these products contain icky sulfates which I have come to find out irritate my sensitive skin (a sulfate allergy has not been clinically diagnosed but I have conducted my own cause and effect experiment and determined it is highly likely). Unfortunately, information on sulfate-free products in limited; fortunately, more companies are catching on (start looking for the Sephora Natural Seal to lead you in the right direction). And luckily, I have come across some products of my own (ones that are not concocted in someone’s basement) that still offer the luxe factor we are all seeking from our bathtime experience.

C.O. Bigelow Lemon Sugar Body ScrubC. O. Bigelow Lemon Sugar Body Scrub exfoliates and moisturizes skin with a blend of pure white and brown sugars, lemon extracts and finely crushed, natural lotus flower and fruit seeds. All that is left behind is a soft, smooth, radiant you. Also available at Bath & Body Works.

Davies Gate Lemon Made Warming Body Scrub

Davies Gate Lemon Made Warming Body Scrub takes a nice hot shower to a whole new level and a welcomed treat on a cold winter’s day (even if you live in Texas). Also available in Pink Grapefruit.

Hempz Color Preserve Shampoo

Hempz Color Preserve Shampoo lathers up so well, you won’t miss the sulfate-induced bubbles one bit. The ingredients naturally keep your hair healthy and color looking lustrous with UV and heat protection. Accompanied by the appropriate conditioner but for an occasional hair treat, I top it off with Sachajuan Hair Repair.

Jonathan Green Rootine

Get healthy hair from the inside out with Jonathan’s eco-chic collection that contains 100% natural ingredients, and is free of petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and silicone. Perfect for all hair types, Green Rootine gets to the root of gorgeous hair with 100% vegan products created using a clean, green manufacturing process. (Only) At Sephora.

Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser

Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser purifies, refines and controls shine. The menthol feels like it reaches deep down into your pores and leaves your face feeling refreshed. I think Ms. Beckham likes it too. Available at Ulta.

RareMinerals Renew & Reveal Facial Cleanser

RareMinerals Renew & Reveal Facial Cleanse begins is a pure powder form and stays that way until you give put it to work with a splash of water leaving you with a silky glow. It contains no drying detergents, harsh abrasives or other skin-irritating chemicals (parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petro-chemicals or phthalates) and is ideal for all skin types and conditions.

Compagnie de Provence Liquid Marseille Soap

A sans sulfate hand soap is hard to find but not impossible (just a titch more expensive) – Compagnie de Provence Liquid Marseille Soap is pure, gentle and hypoallergenic. It comes in an attractive understated glass package and is available in fragrance-free or (if you feel like living on the edge) nutty, fruity, flowery scents.

Supersmile Whitening Toothpaste

One of the last places I thought I would find sulfates – toothpaste! Supersmile toothpaste contains “sulfoacetate” which is milder and less irritating than sulfate because it does not penetrate the skin.

Coola Sun Care

While you might not find a sulfate in the sun, you should protect yourself from more than harmful rays – Coola’s organic sun care products are paba, paraben, petroleum, and phthalate FREE!

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