Movember is the time of year many Canadian men ditch their shaving products to grow their mo’s. But most guys would probably ditch these products for good if they took a closer look at the ingredients on the labels.
Toxins don’t discriminate when it comes to personal care products for men or women. A report recently released by the Environmental Defence Fund, called The Manscape: The Dirt on Toxic Ingredients in Men’s Body Care Products, found ingredients with links to cancer, birth defects, sperm damage, obesity, asthma and other chronic health problems in commonly used men’s body care products like shaving cream, deodorant, shampoo and aftershave.
So, how can a guy protect his health and still look and smell good at the same time? Well, first of all, you can take Environmental Defence’s personal care products shopping guide with you when you go to the store. This guide lists the “Toxic Ten” ingredients to avoid.
You can consider buying products from companies that have taken the Just Beautifulpledge. These companies offer safer alternatives.
And here are some more eco-friendly tips by Ecoholic author Adria Vasil:
Swap the shaving cream for shaving oil: you will only need a few drops and you won’t have any razor burn or nicks. To make DIY shaving oil, buy a bottle of organic jojoba oil for the health store and shave with a few drops. You can also use straight olive oil or organic grapeseed oil.
Say no to the ‘poo – shampoo that is: More people (guys and girls alike!) are forgoing shampoo and instead are using regular old baking soda and vinegar to clean their luscious locks. Just mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda in 2 cups of warm water, pour the mixture into an old shampoo bottle and use like shampoo. For conditioner, same idea but instead mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 2 cups of water.
Natural smells good: colognes and aftershaves could contain hidden toxins. It’s best to play it safe and go fragrance-free or, alternatively, make sure you pick products that get their aroma from essential oils and other natural sources.
How are you making your shaving routine green?
Environmental Defence is hosting an Eco-Beauty Market this Wednesday, YMCA, 20 Grosvenor Street, in Toronto from 11 to 7 p.m. For more information click on the link http://environmentaldefence.ca/issues/just-beautiful/events There are prizes to some participants at the event.