Ask Tamara: What personal care products do you use?

Mascara? Eyeliner? Lipstick? Lotion? Toothpaste?
Shampoo? Conditioner? Deodorant? Perfume? Soap?

So many of my followers have asked me what products I use for personal care products (“...given so many popular brands include toxic ingredients, have questionable quality control and/or ethics… what do YOU use?” – they ask!)

My immediate answer is “nothing… on most days I don’t even bother — with four kids, I’m lucky if I manage to take a shower and brush my hair before a business meeting, let alone put on makeup!”

(A lot of days recently, I don’t even wear a bra — but that’s also because I read an article recently about how they can be bad for the development and maintenance of the muscles in your breasts!) [Note: when I do wear bras, I only wear custom ones made of organic cotton from Decent Exposures out of Seattle!  I have been wearing their bras for 22 years!]

But giving the question of “What personal care products do I use?” a little more thought, I actually do have a few that I really like – and actually use on a (fairly) regular basis!  I have done my research on all of these brands and products, and am comfortable with their business practices and promises! I also am extremely sensitive to many synthetic compounds (especially artificial scents and dyes), so I steer clear of those by sticking with natural-ingredient focused companies with good reputations. I also avoid certain products known to have ingredients that are notorious for having high levels of lead… like products with any kind of clay as an ingredient – especially bentonite clay!

Given that makeup and personal care products are not a priority for me, I try to make sure the few I do use are as “pure and simple” as possible, and the litmus test is whether or not I experience any kind of reactions… which, unfortunately, happens with the majority of popular products – and is the main reason I use so few.

I never use things like base makeup, powder, eye shadow, lip liner, eyebrow pencil, creams or lotions, etc. I just don’t find them useful (I’ve also been blessed with pretty good skin) – plus most of those things cause me to have fairly severe reactions (even the all-natural versions of those products) because I have such super-sensitive skin!

As you may use more products than I do, I also am open to hearing your feedback about experiences with any of the following products (since I am not a personal care product guru… just a lead guru!)… but here’s a list of my current favorites:

The products in this list with #ShiftCon after them are products I was introduced to (or products I already used that were represented) at the ShiftCon conference (either in year one or year two!) 2018 will be year four of the conference, and I would love to see you there!  Click here to learn more about it (and I look forward to possibly seeing you in Los Angeles in February of 2018!)

As always, feel free to ask questions!

Tamara Elise Rubin
“Unexpected Lead Expert”
Mother of Four Sons

Some of the links above (not all of them) are affiliate links (for Amazon and Shiftcon.)  If you purchase something after clicking on one of the affiliate links I will get a small percentage of the total cost of your order at no extra cost to you!  This is a great way to support my advocacy work and help make sure I am compensated (to some degree) for the time I spend writing! Thank you for clicking!

4 Responses to Ask Tamara: What personal care products do you use?

  1. Melody Lopez October 18, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

    Thank Tamara! Dr Bonner’s now has toothpaste too. Have you seen them? If so, I’d be curious about what you think.

  2. Jack Ruprecht February 21, 2018 at 8:00 am #

    Hi Tamara. I’ve recently been researching, looking for the best non-toxic cookware options. Was wondering what brands/types of cookware you use around your house? Thanks!

  3. Annette August 2, 2018 at 5:27 am #

    Hi Tamara,
    We’re moving to a new apartment that has a chandelier. I’m guessing it may have lead and am planning to replace it. Is there any chandelier that is safe? The light fixture is right above the dining room table and I’m worried about lead dust ending up in our food.

    • Tamara August 2, 2018 at 9:20 am #

      I have actually tested quite a few chandeliers that ended up being cut glass and not leaded crystal, so you might not have to worry about that. If you wanted to you could take a crystal or two off for testing (you could send to me for testing) – email for deets if you don’t have them already.

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