#23 Toxic Beauty with Wendy and Cate

Wendy Myers and Cate Beehan discuss toxic beauty. No, we’re not talking about ourselves! We’re talking about toxic beauty products! Many don’t realize that chemicals in their personal care products are making them fat and sick. Wendy also recommends many of her favorite natural organic products.


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It’s really important that we bring attention to this very important, often overlooked, aspect of health care. There are too many natural alternatives out there to be bothering with commonly commercially available toxic shampoos, soaps, deodorants, toothpaste, perfumes, and other personal care products.

All the products you buy, that you see in your drug store, department store, membership club, etc, contain ingredients that are hormone disruptors and mimic estrogen. For this reason, you want to avoid ALL commercial, popular brands of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, shaving creams, deodorant, soaps, body wash and hand soaps. Most importantly, you want to avoid anything with fragrance or perfume. We’ll explain why.

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All popular brands of beauty products, including makeup, shampoo, deodorants, and perfume contain harmful chemicals.

Like most people, I never questioned the safety of the ingredients of my beauty products. Blindly, I figured the government protected consumers from toxic ingredients and automatically assumed that manufacturers legally and ethically could not put anything in these products that are harmful. You and I were wrong. There are literally thousands of chemicals used in cosmetics, and only a tiny fraction of them have ever been tested for safety. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, nearly 900 of the chemicals used in cosmetics are known to be toxic. It’s impossible to list them all, but some of the most common culprits to avoid include:

  1. Phthalates – holds scent and color in products
  2. Parabens – preservative
  3. Formaldehyde – preservative
  4. 1,4-Dioxane – makes harsh ingredients more mild, like detergents

Learn exactly why you should be avoiding these chemicals.

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Recommended Products


Aubrey Organics

Dr. Hauschka’s Products

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Wendy Myers, FDN, CHHC, is a functional diagnostic nutritionist, certified holistic health coach and founder of Myersdetox.com. Her passions include getting you healthy, Modern Paleo, retoxing and detoxing. Discover her Myers Detox Protocol and enjoy freedom from fatigue and brain fog with metal detox.

  • Carla

    Hello, you say in your podcast that you would provide notes of the products you recommended, but I can’t find anywhere on your website that has these? I tried to write them down as you said them, but I could only get a few of them because of your accent. Can you please direct me to the written material? Thanks.

    • Wendy Myers

      sorry. They are coming!! It takes the transcriber a few days to do the transcript.

  • Kelly Mcgettigan

    Hi Wendy! I really appreciate all the research you’ve put into this topic. It is so hard to find natural products that are healthy to use and that work. I was very excited to try Lavilin deodorant. Unfortunately, when I received it, fragance (parfum) was on the ingredient label. Isn’t fragrance a phalate? Could you clarify this for me? Thank you, Kelly

    • Unfortunately even some of the natural products have parfum. They do everything right in the ingredients and then they add parfum. I’m very sorry about this. I did not realize this product had parfum in it. I think it is definitely better than using a deodorant with aluminum. I recommended many products that I have used in the past without realizing that some of the products I thought were natural do in fact contain some questionable ingredients. for this, I am very sorry. Even someone like me that has studied these products for such a long time gets stumped sometimes as it’s so hard to find a purely natural product these days.