Body Hair RemovalWhat You Need To Know

Chemical hair removal products dissolve the protein structures that make up hair, and wax-based products physically pull hair out of the skin by the roots.

What To Avoid
Chemicals:The active ingredients in most chemical hair removers irritate the skin. They can cause allergic reactions and even chemical burns. These ingredients include Calcium hydroxide, Potassium hydroxide, Calcium thioglycolate and Potassium thioglycolate1,2,3.
Pine resin:Waxing strips and hot wax may contain pine resin. These ingredients are listed as rosin or glyceryl rosinate, which are common allergens.
Fragrance:Most hair removal products contain synthetic Fragrances that contain undisclosed chemicals, including allergens and Phthalates.
Safer Choices
DIY:Try making your own sugar-based wax at home. Just combine sugar, water and lemon! Or stick to a razor to remove unwanted hair.
Find Safer Products
Websites and Apps:
Clearya is a free browser extension and app that notifies you when there are unsafe ingredients in your makeup, personal care, baby care, cleaning and other products, and helps you find safe products.
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics - Nontoxic Black Beauty Project
They offer a list and database of non-toxic beauty products made and sold by Black-owned companies that are committed to toxic-free beauty and personal care products.
Detox Me
This app allows you to scan barcodes on products to find relevant tips. They also offer a buying guide to decode product labels and find non-toxic alternatives.
Environmental Working Group (EWG)
EWG has a "Skin Deep" database that rates personal care and beauty products based on their safety and toxicity levels. EWG also offers a Healthy Living app that allows you to scan barcodes and find safer products.
Think Dirty
This app and website allow you to scan or search for personal care products to see their ingredient safety ratings.