Finding Non Toxic Hair Removal Products

Looking for ways to get rid of unwanted hair without risking your health? Non-toxic hair removal strategies include organic waxes and shaving.

Dangers of Waxes and Depilatory Creams
Many hair-removal waxes contain parabens, such as butylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben. These substances, added for their preservative value, have been associated with endocrine toxicity and immunotoxicity. They damage cellular structure, which is the first stage in the formation of precancerous cells.

Depilatory creams often contain chemicals such as sodium calcium, titanium dioxide and calcium thioglycolate. These ingredients actually melt away hairs by dissolving the protein structure.

Some depilatory creams contain chemicals that are suspected carcinogens and are absorbed into the skin with the help of absorption-enhancing agents. Chemical burns are a common danger of depilatory creams.

Organic Hair Removal Waxes
Natural sugar waxes are popular do-it-yourself alternatives for hair removal. Make your own organic hair-removal wax at home using common ingredients found in most kitchens.

Egyptian lemon wax is an old recipe that calls for three simple ingredients: sugar, lemon and water. Follow this procedure to make your own:

Place one cup of sugar, one cup of strained lemon juice and a half cup of cold water in a saucepan on low heat. Stir constantly until the mixture reaches an amber hue.

Add one cup of warm water and continue to stir, allowing the wax to thicken as it simmers.

Remove from heat and allow it to cool for five minutes. Use the cooled wax immediately or store it in an airtight container for future use.

Alternatives for Non-Toxic Personal Care
If you want to avoid the hazards of toxic hair-removal products altogether, take up the tried-and-true method of shaving under running water. In most cases, shaving creams and soaps aren’t necessary, and may even end up drying out your skin and making you more susceptible to cuts.

If you have sensitive skin that tends to rash from shaving with a razor, you can use an organic castile soap. Castile soap doesn’t lather the way many other soaps and shaving creams do, but it will provide a slick barrier between your skin and the razor that helps prevent rashes and razor burn.

If you want to complement your non-toxic hair care routine, you can find safe and natural shampoos, conditioners and dyes. To further your organic efforts, try using non-toxic toothpastes, mouthwashes, deodorants and scents.