The Think Dirty Box–Getting the Toxins out of Your Beauty Products

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Getting the toxins out of your beauty products.

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!


Lip balm.

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!

Tattoo Balm.

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!

Body Scrub:

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!

Getting the toxins out of your beauty products.

Shampoo & Conditioner:

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!

Getting the toxins out of your beauty products

Anti Aging Cream:

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!

Massage Oils:

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!

Getting the toxins out of your beauty products.

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.

  • PetiteOver40

    My sincere apologies for being MIA with comments lately. I’ve been a little MIA on my own blog as well. 😳 But I’m writing you now to thank you for posting about this. I have downloaded the app, thanks to your post, and discovered lots of great info about the stuff in my bathroom that may be causing my skin to be unhappy. I also used the app to research and purchase some things to replace the old ones but the jury is still out whether all will be well on the skincare front going forward. I’ll keep you posted.

    Even when I’m not very vocal, I still get a lot out of your blog and am so thankful for these kinds of posts that you do.


    PS: Did I see somewhere else that you had actually gone on to purchase the deodorant that came in your kit? It intrigues me!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I totally understand Sherry–life can get so incredibly busy!! But I’m super glad to know this was helpful!!
      I know I’ve told myself for years that I was going to try to use more natural products, but I never knew where to start. This has been such a great resource, I think!!
      I didn’t buy the deodorant yet, but I’ve been using it. I really think it works just as good as my old stuff!
      What I did purchase is the tattoo balm (and they have a moisturizer which is basically the same, maybe just a little thinner). It might be a little heavy for some people in the summer, but considering how dry it is here—I really like it!
      The other person who has issues with their skin is Sheela and I know she’s forwarded me some product company that she uses. I’m sure she’d give you the name if you ever want it—I’m lucky with my skin, so I didn’t keep the info….

  • Very interesting! Thank you for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lori!

  • These all sound wonderful! I’m intrigued by the deodorant too…as I continue to hear how bad antiperspirants are supposed to be for you. Never thought about natural lip balm before either!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is amazing to think how many chemicals are around us on a daily basis. I guess we’ll never get rid of all of them, but I guess it’s time I start being more conscious of what is on my body!!

  • This sounds so great. It really is very shocking when you look into the ingredients in most products. Natural is definitely the way forward.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      And to think I’ve been burying my head in the sand for all of these years—eeekk!!

      • Me too! It wasn’t even something I thought was a problem until you research it yourself. xx

  • Sayeri Bhattacharya

    Is it possible to get this products in India? Your pics are amazing, so nicely taken.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s a good question, Sayeri! I know some of the products that #thinkdirty features do have international shipping (like Moondani), but I’m not sure about the others!
      Thanks for the kind words about the photos!

  • Brand new ideas here for me to ponder. Thanks!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Right? I know there’s no way, I’m going to go and throw out everything I have, but hopefully I can start incorporating some cleaner items into my repertoire?

  • Oh thanks for your honest review darling
    Great post

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Sakuranko!

  • PetiteOver40

    You are the coolest for being honest about each product, Jodie! I tend to look for cruelty-free products when I can get them. I’ll be sure to check out the Think Dirty app and the stuff you mentioned here, especially that tattoo balm!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’ve been so lazy about investigating the ingredients in my products beside just food! But now that I have this app…maybe I’ll be a little more diligent, and I bet by next year, I’ll be way better at it! And I’m sure my body will thank me! 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing this box! Love the products in it! =)
    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Cielo!

  • Ooooh you know how much I love my skincare! Love that these are natural. Happy weekend!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Liz!!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    I’m always concerned about the quality and ingredients of lotions I put on my skin. This was very informative, Jodie, thanks for sharing the “dirty” details 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s so smart of you, Terri!
      I need to be more aware of these details—especially with all of the damage that I’ve done to my skin in the past! I can tell this is really going to change what products I buy and use—which is a good thing!

  • I stopped using many products a few years ago and use as many all natural things as I can or just stopped using them all together. I think we over do on product usage but I will have to check out this line. Natural oils like coconut and rose hip are my go to for many things. Coconut oil is a natural deodorant even. Great post!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You are way ahead of me Cheryl!! But I really need to start evolving with my products! I know it took me awhile with my food items too, but little by little, right?

  • Judy Gramith

    Where facial care is concerned retinol, hyaluronic acid, and collagen boosting products are the holy grail I trust. I look for products designed by dermatologist(s) who can show results based on independent clinical studies.
    I’ve been primarily using one product line since my 50’s. I’m very happy with the results. Natural ingredients are often very effective but my bottom line is always about the results.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Which product do you stick with Judy?? I know that each person is different, but it’s always nice to see what other’s are using!!

      • Judy Gramith

        I use several products from Dr. Adriene Denese a dermatologist out of New York. (Originally from Europe.) I purchase them from QVC.
        I also use Argan and olive oil and products containing manuka oil for moisturizing occasionally just to mix it up a bit.
        Although I like to mix in other products my night time routine is Denese products 95% of the time.
        Exfoliating and moisturizer are key according to the most dermatologists and staying out of the sun is crucial.

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Thanks for this info, Jude!!
          At least I do stay out of the sun finally!! It wasn’t an easy transition though—I used to love my sunbathing!!

          • Judy Gramith

            I quit sunbathing in my early 30’s and never did it seriously with the exception of the 2 summers I worked in California during my college years. It’s so painless tanning on a beach because of the lovely wind off the ocean. I got one bad burn during one of those summers and my face actually peeled. I had a big ol’ peeled area in the shape of Australia on my forehead. Sort of like the birthmark that Soviet leader Gorbachev had! =-)

  • Aditi Oberoi Malhotra

    These look great!! I love it that they’re natural!
    Adi xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Adi!

  • I love natural products. I recently switched to Juice Beauty & love that everything is gentle & organic

    • Jodie Filogomo

      See—I knew you were a smart cookie, Michelle!
      Now that I’ve started using these products—I’m really going to work on incorporating them into my routines, and get rid of the other items.
      I bookmarked the Juice Beauty site and will have to check them out!! Thanks!!

  • I love that these products are natural and good for your body! The app is such a great tool too! Thanks for sharing this!

    Doused In Pink

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for stopping by Jill!!
      I guess I’ve buried my head in the sand for long enough Jill. It’s time to start changing out my products—and this was the push I needed!!

  • I like trying products that are better for me, so I really enjoyed reading about each of these. I am interested to hear more about the hair products, as I am always looking for the holy grail in healthier hair. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      The hair thing is the holy grail, right? But now I think I need to change out my gels too!! Does it help at all with all of the crap stuff I’m still using? But one step at a time, I guess!! I’ll keep you posted, because hair is such my nemesis!!

  • donnanance

    We all need more natural and non-oxic products. Some of it is pricey and it’s always good to know what works and what doesn’t before purchase.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      But it’s hard, don’t you think? I look in my medicine cabinet and think where do I start? I have so much that’s probably not very good for me!!
      But it’s like eating an elephant (like my husband always says)…you just take it one bite at a time!!
      I really like this deodorant too–I think I’ll purchase that when I get more tattoo balm!!