The Think Dirty Box–Getting the Toxins out of Your Beauty Products
So here’s a conundrum for you! Are you aware of the chemicals & toxins in your beauty & cleaning supplies? I certainly haven’t thought about it much. It almost seems overwhelming to me if you want my personal opinion!!
But really, as a proponent of clean eating and realizing how chemicals affect our overall health, I’m shocked that I haven’t been more diligent with my beauty & cleaning products. I finally made my own laundry soap about 6 months ago, but that’s it! If you have been reading my blog for a long time, you may remember my post on precancerous spots, here. I do lean towards natural products at least when it comes to medicines and food. That’s why I’m a little surprised at myself for not considering my makeup and beauty supplies before this!
So I can’t tell you how fast I jumped at the opportunity to try out a health conscious beauty box (yes, that means I was gifted this box)! I figured maybe I’ll find some great products that I can start incorporating into my routine! Let alone, maybe I can help you along in the process, too!
Thus, let me introduce you to the Think Dirty Beauty Box & their app! I could regurgitate the company’s mission, but it’s just as easy if you want to read it here! I have to personally say that I thought this was a strange name for the company. But once you start using the app, it makes more sense! Don’t worry, there’s more information about the app below!
There are quite a few products in this box (8 to be exact) so I’ll give you a little information about each item along with my thoughts! The nice thing about Think Dirty’s concept, is you can buy the products individually if you don’t want everything in the box. And there’s many discounts each month from their partners on this page (under the contest)! But if you like everything, it makes more sense to buy the box–you usually save at least $10 or more!
I probably use some kind of lip gloss or stick at least 10 times a day (it’s very dry, here in Denver)! And I’ve used vaseline & bag balm for ages. I can’t scientifically tell you any of the studies about petroleum in your beauty products, but Think Dirty definitely doesn’t approve of it! So here’s a fabulous option that’s clean! I’ve used it all week, and loved it! I really think I need to get rid of all of my other “cheap” ones. Especially with the scarring on my lips from my sunbathing days!
Now out of all the products in my box, I thought this would be the one that wouldn’t get used! Surprise—-I use it daily! No–I didn’t go out and get a tattoo so I could experiment with it. However, it’s just shea butter, coconut oil, olive oil & wax, so I’ve been using it on my elbows, hands & heels! It reminds me of the hand balm that I’ve purchased in the past at the knitting stores to keep my hands soft! And I really love it! It seems to work wonderfully, and it’s not smelly or too thick! Believe it or not, Rob’s been stealing it too–can a woman not have one thing to herself? LOL!
I’m not a huge scrubber in the shower, but I do have a friend who makes a sugar scrub for us knitters at Christmas (thanks, Jean Ann). I’ve used my friends scrub when she gives it to us, but I don’t go out of my way to buy anything like it! Let me tell you that this coffee scrub is interesting! It smells just like coffee, and it stays on your skin way better than the sugar one. I’m not sure if that’s good or not?? Does it make my skin softer? I’m sure it does, but personally, I think it’s a lot of work. I doubt I’d use it much!
Now out of all the products I received, these two items, are the most expensive. I have to admit that, the other products were surprisingly less expensive than I imagined they would be. However, these two are more than what I’m used to spending on shampoo & conditioner. Of course, if it makes me have fabulous hair, I’d buy it in a nanosecond! Because who out there, doesn’t wish for an incredible hair day every day? And you all know my struggles with that curly mop on the top of my head.
Needless to say, I got this beauty box a week ago, and considering I only wash my hair every 2-3 days, I can’t give you an expert opinion on how it works. Yet. But trust me—if you start noticing my hair looking noticeably healthier and beautiful—then I’ll be buying more and singing it’s praises to you in the future!
Now here’s something that I know many women spend lots of money on, and yet this brand was quite reasonable. The superficial complaints I have about it are twofold. One is the packaging. It’s so hard to read the white text on the light blue bottle, besides the fact that the print is smaller than small. (An old age problem, I know!). The other issue that I notice is the smell. It has that rose oil smell to it, which isn’t my favorite. It won’t stop me from using it, and I could possibly see myself reordering it, but I wish the smell wasn’t there. I wanted to say something about it though especially because I know many women are very sensitive to the smells in their products.
I remember in college hearing about all of the uproar that aluminum in our deodorants was causing cancer. Did I stop using it? Of course not. But I have always wondered if there was a better option out there. And I was a little worried because this item is only a deodorant, not an antiperspirant. And I can sweat like the best of them. But I’ve been surprised at how well it’s been working for me. Needless to say, it hasn’t been 90 degrees outside this week, but so far so good!
I didn’t go out and get a massage to try out the oil samples included in this box. But I decided to use it one evening before bed. In fact, I put it to the test compared to the tattoo balm! I used the oil on one side of my body and the balm on the other. When I compared sides in the morning, they were both smooth. But if you asked me which I preferred, I’d have to say the balm (I told you I loved this stuff). The oil tends to be messier! But let me tell you what I am going to use it for—to take off my eye makeup! I used to use baby oil all the time, and now I have some Sephora stuff. But I can’t even pronounce half of the chemicals that are in the remover, so I’m sure that can’t be great for my eyes & skin!
The App and Discount
Now don’t forget that Mother’s Day is right around the corner. If you think you’d love to try out the box, but hate to spend that money on yourself, why not ask your kids for it? Make sure to use the code JODIE5OFF for $5 off your own box!
Do you have a smartphone? Because the Think Dirty (free) app is an interesting concept. You are able to scan the product bar codes either in your home or at the stores to let you know about the “dirty” rating for a product. A product is given a 0-10 score where 0 is clean and 10 is dirty. The meter will rate it for the carcinogenicity, the developmental & reproductive toxicity and the allergies & immunotoxicities as either neutral, half n’ half, or dirty (thus the name—Think Dirty). You can also inspect the ratings for each ingredient! This is how I know the company doesn’t like petroleum or artificial fragrances!
The app is super cool. Except for the fact that there are a huge amount of products that aren’t yet in their database. Therefore, when you scan the product, the app will tell you that it’s not found. You can submit it, for the company to add this product to their database. And hopefully enough of us will do that while the company is young, so the database will be more extensive soon! Or join them on Facebook, here!
A huge thank you to Think Dirty for getting me to start considering the ingredients in my beauty products. I feel like at least now I have a place to start.