Got a green side and trying to do your best to reduce your impact on the environment? Small problem: despite all your goodwill, it’s not always easy to make wise choices. Ingredients lists are long and, above all, hard to understand! Not to worry. This handy guide will tell you which ingredients you should be looking for and those that should disappear from your bathroom forever.

Did you know?

Over the course of a lifetime, a North American will consume on average 200 bottles of shampoo and 411 skin care products1. This represents hundreds of litres of products that go down the drain and partly end up in waterways. You can now reduce their impact on the environment.

GO FOR NATURAL INGREDIENTS

In general, the presence of natural ingredients is a good indicator that a product respects the environment.

Bamboo, a green alternative to plastic microbeads

Due to their very small size and extreme buoyancy, plastic microbeads used in some exfoliating products are able to pass through waste water filtration systems and end up in waterways, polluting ecosystems. Opt for an organic particle-based exfoliator, such as CW Beggs and Sons Face Scrub, which is the only face scrub for men with natural bamboo particles. Bamboo particles have the same properties as exfoliating microbeads, without the harmful effects on the environment, because bamboo is a natural and biodegradable material.

SOME CHEMICAL COMPOUNDS TO AVOID

Statistics are surprising: nearly 80% of cosmetics consumed by Canadians contain chemical compounds that are harmful to their health and the environment2. The David Suzuki Foundation, created by the world-renowned ecologist and activist, has looked into the matter. It warns consumers against 12 harmful ingredients commonly used in personal care products. These compounds pollute soil and water, are toxic to fauna and flora and may already be in your bathroom!

The "Dirty Dozen"

  • • BHA and BHT
  • • Coal tar dyes
  • • DEA-related ingredients
  • • Dibutyl phthalate
  • • Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives
  • • Parabens
  • • Perfume (Fragrance)
  • • PEG compounds
  • • Petrolatum
  • • Siloxanes
  • • Sodium laureth sulfate
  • • Triclosan

Oil in your products?

Unfortunately, petrochemical derivatives are very common, especially in hair products and moisturizers. In addition to being a non-renewable and non-biodegradable resource, it is associated with cancer in humans and in certain animals.

Perfume in the dock

Also known as "fragrances", perfume usually refers to a cocktail of several neurotoxic chemical agents and, above all, is non-biodegradable. Some personal hygiene products, such as shampoos and creams, contain more than 30!

Photo Credit : Frédéric Beauchamp

THE SOLUTION IS SIMPLE

Let’s be realistic: even if you are now expert in the matter, dissecting the ingredient list in the middle of the drugstore aisles can be quite laborious. Save time and opt for the CW Beggs and Sons range of men skin care. ALL our products are made in Canada and are formulated without the 12 ingredients proscribed by the David Suzuki Foundation. You can finally enjoy an effective skin care routine that improves the appearance of your skin while being respectful of Mother Nature.

OUR PHILOSOPHY: FORMULAS THAT ARE SAFE FOR THE SKIN AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Take our word for it: for a cosmetics company, this is not an easy walk to walk. And most don’t. From coal tars to formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, potential cancer-causing compounds and others that wreak havoc on hormones, there are toxic chemicals in the majority of cosmetics worldwide.

CW Beggs and Sons is different. Each of our formulas is the product of 140 years of continuous scientific research, innovation, and integrity. Since 1874, our brand has upheld the highest standards of purity and safety. From the coconut-oil based balms of the 19th century apothecary to the biomimetic platinum in our latest elixir, all our ingredients respect the skin without overloading it.

1. "THE HUMAN FOOT PRINT - JOURNEY OF A LIFE TIME," Green Contributor, http://www.greencontributor.com/index.php/human-foot-print.html

2. "Dirty Dozen' cosmetic chemicals to avoid," David Suzuki Foundation, April 2010,  http://davidsuzuki.org/fr/champs-dintervention/sante/enjeux-et-recherche/substances-toxiques/les-12-ingredients-a-eviter-dans-les-produits-de-beaute/