My friend’s comment on the post below brought up the unfortunate point that it seems the safer a product is the more expensive it is. Of course you have to weigh the idea that the possible effects on your health could end up costing you more in the end, but that does not change the fact that you can’t afford the safer option today, so what’s a person to do? In addition to coupons, of course?
I would suggest (because I’m such a expert, haha) that you be as informed as possible and then “pick your poison” so to speak. At least find out how toxic your current products are and decide what score you can be comfortable with. Like the Crest toothpaste below, some people may be fine with an EWG score of 5, but my personal choice was to look for something lower. Or maybe there is a product you only use once a week and you feel okay with a higher score because of the limited use.
I would encourage you to stay out of the 7-10 high hazard zone for sure, and get down into the 0-2 low hazard zone on the items that you can. Some change is better than none, and until we as consumers take control by spending our money on safer products, other companies will continue putting crap in the stuff we slather on ourselves and our children. I realize that sounds all “power of the people” which is not my personality at all but it’s kind of true.
“Fun” Fact -- As of December 2009, the US has banned 9 ingredients in the use of cosmetics (and put restrictions on only 2 other ingredients). As of April 2008, Europe has banned 1,328 and put provisions on a couple hundred more. Apparently US companies are also known to reformulate their products in order to sell in Europe, but they care so much about their customers in the US that they leave in all the stuff Europe won’t allow. Aren’t we lucky! (I read that somewhere but am still looking for a source on the info.)
And don't fall into the trap of thinking products labeled "natural" and "organic" are automatically safe, that label is sadly no guarantee. It comes down to doing the research for yourself and making an informed decision as to what you are comfortable with for you and your family. Knowledge is power, as cheesy as that sounds, and to quote the amazing GI Joe, "...knowing is half the battle!" :o)