Toxic free VS Non Toxic, Why the chemicals?

Hey beauties, when ever I’m shopping, I as a mom always try to carefully read labels. I’ve learned so much from transitioning to clean everything especially my products. It really opened up my eyes and mind, on how I saw or thought of labeling! If the label says “toxic-free,” “natural” or “organic,” what exactly does that mean? Are the products really better or is it just marketing? There is a deal of misinformation online about marketing regarding the difference between “100% ToxicFree versus Non-Toxic.” So I wanted to make it perfectly clear for you, “Non-Toxic is NOT Toxic Free”.

Let’s start by understanding what “toxic” means. A toxin is a poisonous substance produced within living cells or organisms – Plant or Animal. Synthetic toxicants are created by man-made, artificial processes. Toxic chemicals are those that have shown to cause harm when inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed by the skin. Some of these chemicals are considered poisons while others just cannot be taken in large amounts.


NO. The FDA does not certify organic, natural,or toxicfree personal care, household cleaner, or cosmetic products. There is no organization that verifies the use of the term “non-toxic” other than the company manufacturing or marketing the product.

Product formulators can write just about anything they want to on their labels and get away with it. It’s nonsense really, but it’s reality and it means that reading labels or only supporting companies that openly share their product ingredients is more important than ever! Here’s something mind blowing in a not so good way—The reason companies don’t do research on ingredients is because of cost. Having a product certified costs as well, so since they are not required to do so, most cosmetic manufacturers don’t. Yet most “natural” companies sell for high cost, yet can’t get certified?! Hmmm, interesting…

Non-toxic, means that the formulations are made with chemicals that are safe and low-hazard for humans and the environment. Warning: Something to be concerned about… In product testing, products labeled NON-TOXIC mean less than 49% of animals during testing DIED. If 50% or more of animals had DIED after exposure to product, product would not be allowed on the market. Which means that there are products on the market that if only 1% or more of animals had DIED, you would not be able to purchase. That’s only 1%! In my opinion that’s scary to think about.. Also this means these products aren’t cruelty free!

Toxin-free is considered if it does not contain any ingredients known to cause harm or health hazard based on ingredients.

The term “Natural” is a completely unregulated term and should be thought of as pure marketing. Natural products, like non-toxic ones, do not have to meet any set standards in order to be proved natural. Products labeled “natural” can still be processed with harmful chemicals.  All Natural, generally means that the ingredients in a formulation are derived from natural sources without any synthetic compounds. Organic ingredients would mean only plant-sourced ingredients grown without the use of pesticides or synthetic chemicals.

Beware a company that’s not truly organic which they can label their product “organic” even if it only contains just one ingredient that is natural and unprocessed. Both natural and organic ingredients can still be toxic or bad for our skin and neither necessarily means clean, safe or non-irritating. Because of this, just reading that a product is Natural or Organic doesn’t mean it’s healthy for you. So be careful, because it may still contain toxic, unhealthy chemicals.

To be clear organic products must follow specific requirements in order to be considered and labeled “organic”. The use of the word organic is actually highly regulated, and legally means a brand or ingredient has been certified by the USDA. You should see an accompanying logo that confirms this; if you don’t, it means it’s not really organic. If you do see the logo, it means the ingredient have been grown and processed under a very strict code of cleanliness, with no pesticides or fertilizers, and absolutely no genetically modified organisms.

The US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) states, “organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods.”

The TOXICFREE Foundation is a NON-PROFIT organization that has your interests in mind.  Not only do they carefully inspect and test the products they certify, but they ONLY certify products that are produced in facilities that they have stamped with their seal of approval. TOXIC FREE CERTIFICATION IS DIFFERENT! Here’s what to look for:

TOXICFREE MEANS PRODUCTS ARE SAFE: TOXIC FREE certified products are guaranteed to be completely free from harmful chemicals.

TOXICFREE MEANS PRODUCTS ARE NATURAL: TOXIC FREE certified products contain only ingredients that are 100% natural and from the earth.

TOXICFREE MEANS PRODUCTS ARE ECO FRIENDLY: TOXIC FREE certified products are manufactured sustainably and are safe for the environment.

When a product bears the Certified ToxicFree® Seal, you can be sure it is:

  • pure, safe, organic, eco-friendly, and luxurious
  • grown, processed, and formulated with organic purity, and without the use of any dangerous chemicals and toxins.
  • formulated to support a broad product line exceeding new stringent legislative guidelines, such as Bill 484, the California Safe Cosmetics Act.
  •  free from any toxic, carcinogenic and mutagenic components for any ingredient used.

When you see the ToxicFree Seal, you can be confident what you are using for you, your family.

Why Does It Matter? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “synthetics in skin / hair care and household products cause birth defects, learning disorders, obesity, cancers and sexual dysfunction,” and ingredients in shampoos, dyes, detergents, and sunscreens may be mixing up your hormonal signals.” We are now exposed to over 500 chemicals a day in the products that families commonly use, and these can seriously impact our health and quality of life. The fact of the matter is, we are the first generation ever who have been exposed to such a huge amount of potentially dangerous chemicals daily.

Now let’s talk about a brand that makes a seal to insure what really it’s truthfully toxicfree or nontoxic.

MADE SAFE® | MADE SAFE Nontoxic Certified™—is a seal you check for toxic free certification

 The MADE SAFE (Made With Safe Ingredients) seal literally means that a product is made with safe ingredients. They want to ensure that goods are made entirely from safe ingredients; ingredients that are not known or suspected to cause human health harm.

MADE SAFE Nontoxic Certified means that a product – in totality – is not toxic. MADE SAFE Nontoxic Certified lab-tests products in totality to ensure that no new toxins are formed in mixture, there’s no supply chain contamination, and to validate the screening in a lab environment.

At the end of the day they are so many indie brands out there that are true to producing safe toxic free ingredients. You should always keep your eyes open and constantly read labels. My favorite thing to do with labels is looking them up on  EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety database. I have the app on my phone , if I’m unsure of a product I research it and look it up. Just remember it’s better safe than sorry.

Until next time,


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