I posed your questions about safer cosmetics to Adria Vasil, bestselling author of the Ecoholic book series and NOW Magazine column.
What's the least toxic deodorant (that works)?
Ones that work don't try to mimic conventional deodorants. Instead, they contain simple ingredients you'd use to make your own — baking soda, coconut oil, cornstarch or arrowroot powder. (Lindsay's recipe.)
Top brands include Consonant Skincare's Dealkalizing Deodorant, KL Skin Naturals (unscented), Purely Great, and Penny Lane. Some leave a white residue. If baking soda irritates your skin, KL Naturals and Sudsatorium (no plastic package, leaves no white residue) make great baking-soda free options.
What's your favourite natural shampoo or conditioner?
It depends on your hair type. I've tried dozens that didn't agree with me, even though other people raved about them. I love John Masters Organics (tough for tighter budgets) and Acure (makes my new favourite face scrub, too).
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What's your favourite natural mascara?
There are many great made-in-Canada brands. Montreal's Zorah Length & Care is 97 per cent natural and 18 per cent organic (Ecocert certified) with sustainably sourced ingredients. (Their palm-derived ingredients are consciously sourced from South America.) Pure Anada is probably the most affordable, about $10. Though not Canadian, 100% Pure is an awesome lengthening mascara. Check out my review of natural mascaras with pictures facing off one eye against another!
What's the least toxic foundation?
I don't wear foundation unless I'm going on TV. And then I always use Canadian-made Sappho. The base is organic aloe and mica. Mica is a mineral pigment. It's often mined with child labour in India but this is mined in the U.S. It's not cheap but performs well, was actually designed for TV actors and a little goes a long way. For more reviews see my foundation guide.
What's the eco-friendliest toothpaste?
Besides making it yourself? (Lindsay's recipe.) Probably Nelson Naturals. It comes in a reusable or recyclable glass jar and uses all-natural ingredients. They make an activated charcoal whitening treatment, too.
What about lip balm?
I like Fable Naturals which comes in a compostable cardboard tube and uses fair trade cocoa butter. (Lindsay's recipe.)
What's your favourite sunscreen?
When I do sunscreen testing, I rope in family and friends of all different skin tones. DeVita's Solar Protective Moisturizer is the biggest crowd pleaser. It feels like a light moisturizer, but it's not water resistant. For hot, sweaty summer days with lots of physical activity, I choose Green Beaver. My regular facial sunscreen is Andalou's CC cream with SPF.
Do you have a favourite product free from the Dirty Dozen? Comment on this blog to enter to win a copy of Ecoholic Body: Your Ultimate Earth-Friendly Guide to Living Healthy and Looking Good. (Contest closes May 19, 2017)
Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green