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A Look At the honest company

the honest co.:  One of our alumni students suggested I look into this company.  What’s not to love?  It is the company of a Hollywood starlet (Jessica Alba) who was inspired to walk her talk and provide products that she would use in her own home, for her own children.  Well – here is how they rate against the SPB ingredient check.

Given that we are going to start a new Bradley Method® class series in two weeks, I am super motivated to find some products that we can offer as alternatives to our students if they want to make some changes in personal care products in order to avoid harmful substances.  None of our children have two heads, however, I wish I had been more diligent about avoiding these chemicals when I was pregnant.  We sure do have a lot of other issues we are dealing with that make me wonder.  

Any of the ingredients that appear on the Toxins All Around Us or Another Toxin or Two post are highlighted in red.

Seven of their products (shown with asterisks**) appear on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database, and I list the rating next to the product.  The rating is an average of the toxicity of all the ingredients, so please go over to the database (links are included) and see how the ingredients rate for yourself.

Save one product, the bath and body formulas did not have any of the toxic ingredients off of my working list, or combinations of products that produce toxic byproducts in the bottle.  Yeah!! 

Most of the cleaning products do raise my eyebrows, though.  If you want to try some of the natural green recipes that we are trying out in The Bowman House, please visit our “Learning to be Green” board on Pinterest.

The other partner in the company (Christopher Gavigan) articulates in their video that there is an implied trust that the items we purchase off of a store shelf are safe for use in the home and/or for our children.  That really resonated with me since I have been feeling betrayed by the mainstream companies.  In reality, it's my own fault for not educating myself in this area the way I advocate for our students to educate themselves about birth+.   

We ordered the free trial out of curiosity.  I suspect we are going to stick with our Earth Mama, Angel Baby (EMAB) products since they all rate “0” on the EWG database.  I am hoping that Puma is not going to get attached to any of the samples since we *finally* found an EMAB wash that she likes.

While the honest co. has made a good start, I hope that they will find a way to replace the toxins they use in the household items as soon as possible.
HERE is my cheat sheet for toxins.  Please feel free to print a copy and put it in your purse for shopping trips – I did!  Please link back to it if you want to share - thanks!

In lieu of a long "link list" at the end of the post, all links are right there with the product or the rating. 
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
Let me know what you think – are you going to give the honest company a try?  Do you use honest products already?  What are your thoughts?

For your reference, the EWG scale rates like this:
Low hazard: 0 – 2
Moderate hazard: 3 – 6
High hazard: 7 – 10 

honest body oil**  EWG Rating: 0

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil*,Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Cocus Nucifera(Coconut) Oil *, Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu) Oil*,Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin) Oil*. *certified organic ingredientCertified Organic by Stellar Certification Services

honest bubble bath**  EWG Rating: 1
Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice* (Aloe Vera), Organic Calendula Officinalis* (Calendula), Organic Anthemis Nobilis* ( Chamomile), Organic Chamomilla Recutita* (Matricaria), Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate (and) Lauryl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Glycerin, Organic Citrus Reticulata* (Tangerine) Peel Oil, and Capryloyl Glycine *certified organic ingredient
**EWG:  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/462842/The_Honest_Company_Honest_Bubble_Bath/

honest bug spray
23% Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil*, 10% Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil*, and Essential Oils of 4% Cymbopogon Nardus (Citronella)*, 2% Cedrus Atlantica (Cedar)*, 2% Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass)*, 1.5% Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary)*, 1% Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium)*, and 1% Mentha Piperita (Peppermint)*.
Inactive Ingredients (55.5%):
Water and Essential Oil of 0.5% Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen)*.*Certified organic ingredient 

honest conditioner**  EWG Rating: 1

Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Behenyl Trimonium Methosulfate (Grapeseed Oil), Glyceryl Stearate (Coconut Oil), Sorbitan Olivate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Ethylhexyl Palmitate (from Coconut Oil), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Dimethyl Lauramine Oleate (from Safflower Oil), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (gluten free), Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract*, Organic Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Calendula)*, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B-5), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate (kosher/food preservative), Potassium Sorbate (kosher/food preservative), Undecylenoyl Glycine (amino acid), Capryloyl Glycine (amino acid), Essential Oil of Vanilla Planifolia & Citrus Tangerina. *certified organic ingredient
**EWG:  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/462840/The_Honest_Company_Honest_Conditioner/

honest conditioning mist
Water, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Behenyl Trimonium Methosulfate (from Rapeseed Oil), Glyceryl Stearate, Sorbitan Olivate (Olive Oil Derived), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Dimethyl Lauramine Oleate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Organic Cucumis (Cucumber) Fruit Extract*, Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Organic Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B-5), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), UNDECYLENOYL GLYCINE (Amino Acid), Capryloyl Glycine (Amino Acid), Vanilla Plantifolia, Citrus Tangerina, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate. *Certified organic ingredient 

honest face & body lotion**  EWG Rating: 1
Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate (from coconut), Glyceryl Stearate, Sorbitan Olivate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Hydroxyethylcellulose (Cellulose Gum), Xanthan Gum, Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Organic Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Calendula)*, Capryloyl Glycine, Undecylenoyl Glycine (amino acids), Sodium Benzoate (kosher/food preservative), Potassium Sorbate (kosher/food preservative). *Certified organic ingredient
**EWG:  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/462839/The_Honest_Company_Honest_Face_%26_Body_Lotion/

honest hand sanitizer
Purified Water, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose (Wood Cellulose), Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice), Vitamin E (DL-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate), Grapefruit/Orange/Lime Seed Oil Complex , and Sea Algae (food grade colorant).

honest hand soap
Purified Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (coconut-based cleanser), Sodium Coco Sulfate (coconut-based cleanser), Cocamidopropylamine Oxide (coconut-based cleanser), Glycerin (plant-based moisturizer), Citrus Grandis (grapefruit) Seed Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil (N.O.P. certified organic lemongrass oil), Phenoxyethanol (pH-sensitive preservative), Citral (lemongrass oil-based) and Benzyl Benzoate (lemongrass oil-based)

honest healing balm**(my note: looks like a diaper cream)  EWG Rating: 1
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Olea Europaea ( Olive) Fruit Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu) Oil*, Tocopherol (non-GMO), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Calendula)*, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract* *Certified organic ingredient
**EWG:  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/462843/The_Honest_Company_Honest_Healing_Balm/

honest organic lip balm trio
Lavender Mint: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Olea Europa (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Theobroma Cacoa (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf*, Tocopherol (Non-GMO Vitamin E), Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil*, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil*
Purely Simple: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Olea Europa (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Theobroma Cacoa (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf*, Tocopherol (Non- GMO Vitamin E), Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil*, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil*
Sweet Orange Vanilla: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil*, Olea Europa (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Theobroma Cacoa (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf*, Tocopherol (Non-GMO Vitamin E), Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil*, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil* *Certified Organic Ingredient

honest shampoo & body wash**  EWG Rating: 2
Aqua (water), Decyl glucoside (vegetable origin), Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine (from coconut oil), Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate (from coconut oil), Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acid (from oat), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (gluten free), Dimethyl Lauramine Oleate (from safflower oil), *Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil (Kukui Nut Oil), Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil (Macadamia Nut Oil), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, *Organic Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Calendula), * Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B-5), Tocopherol (vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate (food preservative), Potassium Sorbate (food preservative), Capryloyl Glycine (amino acid), Undecylenoyl Glycine (amino acid), Glycine (Amino acid), Vanilla Planifolia & Citrus Tangerina, Citric Acid 
*certified organic ingredient
**EWG:  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/462838/The_Honest_Company_Honest_Shampoo_%26_Body_Wash/

honest sunscreen, SPF 20**  EWG Rating: 1
ONLY contains the following 8 organic, natural, and edible-grade ingredients: 25% Zinc Oxide, Eldorado Springs Artesian Water, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Shea Butter, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax NF, and Vegetable Vitamin E
**EWG:  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/437790/The_Honest_Company_Sunscreen%2C_SPF_20/

honest dishwasher gel
Purified Water, Sodium Citrate (corn-based complexing agent), Caprylyl/Myristyl Glucoside (plant-based cleanser), Citric Acid (citrus-based softening agent), Xanthan Gum (corn-based thickener), Enzymes, (biodegradable amino acids catalyst), and Potassium Sorbate (food-grade preservative)

honest dish soap
Purified Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (coconut-based cleanser), Sodium Coco Sulfate (coconut-based cleanser), Cocamidopropylamine Oxide (coconut-based cleanser), Phenoxyethanol (pH-sensitive preservative), Citrus Grandis Oil (N.O.P. certified organic grapefruit oil) and Methylisothiazolinone (preservative)

honest dishwasher pods
Sodium Carbonate (natural soda ash), Sodium Citrate (citrus derived), Sodium Metasilicate, Sodium Percarbonate (solid form of hydrogen peroxide bonded with natural soda ash), Sodium Sulfate (mineral), Crystalline Silica (mineral), Non-Ionic Ethoxylate (biodegradable cleaner), Sodium Polyaspartate (mineral), Sodium Iminodisuccinate (biodegradable water softener), Alpha-Amylase & Protease Enzymes (organic enzyme blend) & Polyvinyl Alcohol (biodegradable, water-soluble film) 

CARING CAUTION: Avoid contact with eyes. In case of eye contact, flush with water for 15 minutes. Do not ingest. If swallowed, drink water & consult your physician. Keep out of reach of children & pets.

honest dryer cloths
Deionized water, canola-amidoethyl hydroxyethylammonium methyl sulfate (canola oil based softener), myristalkonium saccharinate (ammonium salt preservative), propylene glycol (organic diol), and spunlace rayon nonwoven (sustainably harvested, biodegradable cellulous fiber). 

CARING CAUTION: For laundry use only. Keep out of reach of children & pets. Mild eye irritant — flush with water for 15 minutes and contact physician as necessary. Not intended for garments labeled as flame-resistant, as it may reduce flame resistance.

honest fruit+veggie wash
Purified Water, Citric Acid (sugar-based), Sodium Citrate (citrus-based), Sea Salt, Vegetable Glycerin (vegetable oil-based), Decyl Glucoside (corn-based) & Calcium Ascorbate (natural antioxidant)

honest laundry detergent
Purified Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (coconut-based cleanser), Sodium Coco Sulfate (coconut-based cleanser), Cocamidopropylamine Oxide (coconut-based cleanser), Phenoxyethanol (pH-sensitive preservative),Methylisothiazolinone (preservative), and Equisetum Hiemale (horsetail plant) Extract

honest multi-surface cleaner
Purified Water, Sodium Coco Sulfate (coconut-based cleanser), Caprylyl/Myristyl Glucoside (plant-based cleanser), Phenoxyethanol (pH-sensitive preservative), Citrus Grandis Oil (N.O.P. certified organic grapefruit oil), PPG-4 Laureth/Myreth-5 (coconut-based cleanser), Alcohol (fermented from corn sugars), and Methylisothiazolinone (preservative)

honest oxy-boost
Sodium Percarbonate (solid form of hydrogen peroxide bonded with natural soda ash), Sodium Carbonate (natural soda ash), & Polyvinyl Alcohol (biodegradable, water-soluble film) 

honest rinse aid (my note: looks like it works like jet-dry)
https://www.honest.com/cleaning/honest-rinse-aid Purified Water, Ethyl Hexyl Glucoside (plant-based cleanser), Urea (salt-based oxidizing agent), Citrus Limon (lemon) Peel Oil, Phenoxyethanol (pH-sensitive preservative) & Methylisothiazolinone (preservative) 

honest stain remover
Purified Water, Alcohol (fermented from corn sugars), Sodium Borate (mineral cleansing salt), Caprylyl/Myristyl Glucoside (sugar-based cleanser), Sodium Gluconate (plant-based water-softener), Phenoxyethanol (pH-Sensitive preservative), Lavandula Angustifolia Oil (N.O.P. certified organic lavender essential oil), Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol (denaturant), Methylisothiazolinone (preservative) 

Let me know what you think – are you going to give the honest company a try?  Do you use honest products already?  What are your thoughts?

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Tryingtobemorehealthyandlesstoxic on Saturday, January 11, 2014 3:31 PM
I appreciate all your research and knowledge. I have been purging my house of more toxins over the years. And recently ordered from The Honest Company because their hand soaps do not have Triclosan, which I believe has negatively effected my thyroid. I thought it would be easier and more cost effective for my family instead of going to Whole Foods all the time. I will be giving them a try. Thanks again for all this helpful information.
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