The Organic Pharmacy – Who They Are and Why We Love Them
The Organic Pharmacy is a brand on a mission to provide families with earth-friendly and skin-safe products that are made from hypoallergenic and organic ingredients. In this article, we’ll look at what makes them stand out among other contenders as well as the products that are changing the game of natural skincare for mothers and babies.
It’s no secret that finding effective skincare products that are results-driven AND kind to the planet can be a difficult task. That’s why we’re so excited about discovering The Organic Pharmacy.
Founded by a chemist and herbal medicine specialist who knows what organic ingredients actually work, the company pays equal attention to what potentially harmful ingredients to avoid. (As parents passionate about living a low-tox life, we’d like to say #thankyou!)
Ready to learn more? In this article, we’ll discuss:
- The history and ethos behind The Organic Pharmacy
- Non-toxic skincare products for mothers
- Non-toxic skincare products for babies
- Ingredients to avoid in skincare
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About The Organic Pharmacy
The Organic Pharmacy was founded nearly 30 years ago, beginning with a quaint “all things organic” shop in London. The brand’s founder, Margot Marrone, is a former pharmacist and herbal medicine specialist. She was inspired to create a range of skincare products that would care for our skin and heal it, instead of harming it with added chemicals and toxins. Today, The Organic Pharmacy’s products are sold in 36 countries, and staying true to their passion for purity, each product is small batch-crafted and hand-blended in the brand’s own factory in London.
The ethos behind The Organic Pharmacy
The Organic Pharmacy’s products are the perfect combination of safe and effective, and each one is free from harmful toxins such as preservatives, PEGs, phthalates, petrochemicals, and synthetic fragrances. The products’ efficacy is backed by clinical trials, and each one is made from nearly 100% organic ingredients. Featuring products that are designed for pregnant and breastfeeding mamas, babies, and those with sensitive skin, The Organic Pharmacy packs an eco-friendly and effective plant-powered punch.
Non-toxic skincare for mothers
Non-toxic skincare for babies
Ingredients to avoid in skincare
At The Tot, we never use or recommend anything that hasn’t passed The Tot Safety Test. This means we’ve examined third-party testing and asked in-depth questions about a product’s composition to ensure it doesn’t contain any of the chemicals we avoid.
When it comes to choosing skincare, we are particularly wary of ingredients such as:
- Parabens – Often used as a skincare preservative, these are known hormone disrupters, carcinogens, and skin irritants. When reading an ingredients list, make sure there isn’t anything with ‘paraben’ on the end such as methylparaben, ethlyparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, isobutylparaben, or isopropylparaben. But beware: sometimes a company will shorten the word to just methyl, ethyl or propyl!
- Petrochemicals – The problem with petrochemicals is that they can be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, which is a volatile organic compound known to cause cancer, irritation and damage to your central nervous system. These include ingredients like parfum, fragrance, parafin wax, butyl alcohol, butylparaben, butylene glycol, mineral oil, toluene, benzene, polyethylene glycol (PEG) as well as ethanolamine and dietanolamine.
- Phthalates – Phthalates are used as a plasticizer and are found in nail polish, hair spray, perfumes, lotions, soaps, shampoos and more. As known endocrine disruptors associated with liver and kidney lesions and increasing your risk of certain cancers, they may exacerbate asthma and allergies in children. You will find this on an ingredients list as diethylphthalate (DEP), dibutylphthalates (DBP), diethylhexylphthalate (DEHP) or dimethylphthalate (DMP).
- Synthetic Dyes + Colorants – Many synthetic dyes and colorants can contain heavy metals that cause skin irritation and organ toxicity. Be sure to avoid FD&C (Food, Drugs and Cosmetics) and D&C (Drugs & Cosmetics) dyes and pigments such as Yellow No 5 and No 6, Red No 3, Blue No 1 and No 2, as well as Green No 3 and S.
- SLS, SLES + ALS –These sulfates are commonly found in shampoos and soaps as foaming agents. They can heavily irritate the skin and cause your body to overcompensate by creating an excessive amount of oil. Look out for and avoid sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate and ammonium laurel sulfate.
- Considering swapping to non-toxic personal care products? Here’s Five Benefits to Using a Natural Toothpaste
- Looking for more non-toxic skincare and bath product options for your family? Visit The Tot Family Wellness & Beauty Shop.