Beautiful Earth, Healthy You
Green expert Sophie Uliano says these types of chemicals in products like shampoo and body lotions could be harming our environment because they are washed down the drain into our water supplies. Our bodies are also absorbing these chemicals. "Our body's a living organ, and it absorbs almost everything you put on it, so we really need to take care of that," she says.
So how do you know which products contain chemicals or additives? Sophie says it comes down to simply reading labels and knowing what to look for.
It's a process she taught friend and actress Julia Roberts. "I got rid of half my stuff," Julia says. "When you look at the ingredients and you can't pronounce them? That's a really strong indication that you don't want to put it on your lips."
Sophie says brands like Method are a good option, but if you're not sure whether a product is paraben-free, just check the ingredients list. Parabens are always present if "ethyl parabens" or "methyl parabens" are listed.
A group of these chemicals called phthalates are used to make plastic soft and gives lotion its creamy texture, Sophie says. "Phthalates are also hormone disrupters and are pretty toxic," she says. "So, again, you want to try and avoid them."
Not sure which brands are fragrance-free? Try Aubrey Organics or Burt's Bees. "Two fantastic companies," Sophie says. "Can't go wrong with either of them."
Sophie's favorite alternative is called Herbal Magic. Julia, however, uses nothing. "I don't, no," she says. "But sometimes midday at work I freshen up."
"You always smell so good," Oprah says. "What do you do?"
"I can't give away all my movie secrets," Julia jokes.
Looking for a new face-friendly moisturizer? Sophie recommends trying brands like Dr. Hauschka and Suki.
If you can't remember what you should be looking out for while choosing a product, Sophie has an easy shopping strategy for you to use. "If you see a long list of ingredients with lots of numbers and names that you can't pronounce, you probably need to be looking for something else."