Skin Care



We frequently assume that skin care products sold in the U.S. have been deemed safe through rigorous testing. However, a 1938 federal law that governs the cosmetic industry provides for very few strong safety regulations.[1] In fact, not one cosmetic product must be tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before hitting the market.[2] Consequently, whereas more than 1,100 chemicals have been banned in Europe, only 10 chemicals have been prohibited in the U.S.[3]

Many skin care products on store shelves today contain toxic ingredients that fall within five categories, including carcinogens, precursors of carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, penetration enhancers, and allergens.[5] Of particular concern are phthalates and synthetic “aroma boosters,” which strongly intensify fragrances. The so-called “Fragrance” that appears in many ingredient lists is an umbrella term representing a mixture of 100 or more ingredients, many of which are toxic. The current U.S. Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act allows “Fragrance” ingredients to be concealed as trade secrets, keeping consumers in the dark about the chemicals they are exposed to from scented products.

Best Non-Toxic Skin Care Products

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has evaluated the toxicity of hundreds of cosmetics products, particularly whether product ingredients have been linked with skin allergies, immunotoxicity, developmental abnormalities, and cancer.[6] We draw upon EWG’s work to identify products that do not have any or very few known/suspected toxins. These products do not contain any petrochemicals, parabens, SLS, chemical sunscreens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, or formaldehyde, among other toxic chemicals. We further refined the list of non-toxic products by selecting those that were not tested on animals[7] and were highly rated on both and

Products were assigned additional points if the associated company demonstrates support for public interest regulations, such as donating to progressive non-profit organizations or signing the Compact for Safe Cosmetics. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a project of the Breast Cancer Fund working to protect customer health and to pressure the cosmetics industry into making safer products. By signing the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, the company pledges to make non-toxic, safe, and socially-responsible cosmetics for customers.


Product Category


Hand and Body Soap

Hand Sanitizer

Facial Cleanser


Pore Strips


Acne Treatment

Oil Control

Body Moisturizer

Facial Moisturizer

Facial Moisturizer with Sunscreen

Anti-Aging Serums






Hand and Body Soap

Dr. Bronner’s has been the clear leader in developing a effective, non-toxic products. Moreover, Dr. Bronner’s has maintained an unwavering commitment to such progressive causes as labeling genetically-modified foods, protecting animals from abuse, promoting organic standards, and advocating for fair trade.[6] Dr. Bronner’s is a certified B-Corporation (i.e., socially responsible) and has signed the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Compact.


Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps Pure-Castile Soap, All-One Hemp Peppermint, 5-Ounce Bars (Pack of 6)

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Pure-Castile Soap

Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade & Organic Castile Liquid Soap


Other Top Non-Toxic Hand and Body Soap Products

Bar Soap

Liquid Soap




Hand Sanitizer


EO Products Hand Sanitizer Gel for Everyone, Coconut Lemon


The Honest Company Hand Sanitizer Spray – All Natural, Aloe

Cleanwell All-natural Hand Sanitizing Wipes, Original Scent


Babyganics Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer, Fragrance Free





Facial Cleanser


Everyone Face Cleanser


Shea Moisture African Black Soap

Yes To Carrots Daily Cream Facial Cleanser

Yes To Tomatoes Acne Control Gel Cleanser

Alba Botanica Acnedote, Deep Pore Wash





Facial Exfoliant


Everyone Face Exfoliate



Alba Botanica Acnedote, Face & Body Scrub


Yes To Tomatoes Clear Skin Deep Pore Scrub





Pore Strips


Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips







InstaNatural Vitamin C Facial Toner


Burt’s Bees Rosewater Toner


DCL Glycolic Acid Pads 10%


First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads (4% glycolic acid)





Acne Treatment


Yes To Tomatoes Acne Daily Repair Treatment

Paula’s Choice Clear Acne Treatment Regular Strength with 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide


Paula’s Choice Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide for Severe Acne


Nuance Salma Hayek Correcting Spot Treatment Sulfur 10%





Oil Control


NYX Cosmetics Make Up Setting Spray


Zon Cosmedix Blotting Tissues, Unpowdered





Body Moisturizer


Avalon Organics Hand & Body Lotion, Nourishing Lavender


Kiss My Face Sensitive Skin Natural Moisturizer with Olive Oil and Aloe Vera, Fragrance Free


Everyone Body Lotion, Unscented


Alba Botanica Un-Petroleum, Multi-Purpose Jelly





Facial Moisturizer


Everyone Face Moisturizer


First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream


Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Lotion


Acure Night Cream (for normal to dry skin)


Acure Sensitive Facial Cream- Argan Oil Probiotic


Andalou Naturals Resveratrol Q10 Night Repair Cream





Facial Moisturizer with Sunscreen


Paula’s Choice Resist Super-Light Daily Defense SPF 30 Tinted Matte Moisturizer


Andalou Naturals Ultra Sheer SPF 18 Daily Defense Facial Lotion





Anti-Aging Serums


Andalou Naturals Fruit Stem Cell Revitalize Serum








Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50

Alba Botanica Very Emollient, Fragrance Free Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30


Kiss My Face Natural Sunscreen Sensitive Side 3 in 1 with Oat Protein Complex, SPF 30


JASON Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30