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Have a nontoxic novice in your life? They’re someone who likely hasn’t thought about nontoxic living before – or someone who has begun to take their first steps. Either way, here are gift ideas that can help them make the transition to healthier and more sustainable products.

These gifts are recommended because they hit the biggest product categories, are approachable swaps, are easily available online or in large retailers, and (of course) are MADE SAFE certified. And to give your gift-giving some added oomph, we’ve provided a “real talk” piece of info you can share with your friend to get their wheels turning.


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SWAP: HAND SOAP
Alaffia
Foaming Hand Soap

Why We Love It: Most nontoxic novices love their foaming hand soap. This soap sudses and feels just like the conventional stuff, so they’ll have no reason not to love this swap. And with yummy scents like Lavender and Vanilla Mint, they can cut out the mystery “fragrance.”

Real Talk: Most hand soaps contain antimicrobials like triclosan, which can impact your hormone system. But a good old-fashioned handwashing works just as well without the toxic gunk.

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Hairprint Amla Butter conditioner image

SWAP: SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER
Hairprint
Amla Butter Shampoo + Conditioner

Why We Love It: Amla, which has been touted to thicken and volumize hair, is paired with nourishing herbs that aim to treat hair and scalp dryness. An approachable swap to the volumizing shampoos and conditioners your nontoxic novice might be used to.

Real Talk: Most shampoos and conditioners use toxic preservatives like parabens, which are linked to breast cancer and hormone disruption. Hairprint never uses parabens. 

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SWAP: LAUNDRY SOAP
Pure Natural Cleaners

Pure Natural Laundry Detergent

Why We Love It: Your nontoxic novice is likely using a liquid detergent, so this HE-compatible detergent is a super approachable alternative. We also love that this is available on Amazon Prime to make nontoxic living easier than ever.

Real Talk: Conventional laundry soap can contain phthalates, some of which are so toxic they are banned from children’s products in the U.S.

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SWAP: CLEANER
Meliora
All-Purpose Home Cleaner

Why We Love It: This spray is a one-stop-shop; use it on counters, toilets, floors, walls, and beyond. Meliora gives your friend the perfect reason to cut four toxic cleaners and replace with one nontoxic cleaner.

Real Talk: Many disinfecting cleaners use quats, a class of sterilizing chemicals that are too good at their job, wiping out bad and good bacteria. New science also suggests they might be associated with health issues, but scientists don’t have conclusive evidence yet. Until then, skip that risk.

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SWAP: SUNSCREEN
Babo Botanicals
Clear Zinc Sunscreen Stick SPF 30 – Fragrance Free Roll-On

Why We Love It: Making the swap from conventional sunscreen to cleaner sunscreen is hard. Nontoxic novices complain that they’re too white and have a greasy feel. This stick is the perfect way to break those preconceived notions: it goes on clear, feels good on the skin, and is even suitable for babies.

Real Talk: You’ve probably heard that some sunscreens contain toxic ingredients that are harmful to people (via hormone disruption, allergies, and carcinogenicity) and the planet (aquatic life toxicity and persistence in the environment). Instead of choosing UV filters associated with these issues, Babo Botanicals opts for MADE SAFE vetted non-nano zinc oxide.

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SWAP: TAMPONS
Natracare
Organic Tampons

Why We Love It: You don’t have to choose a menstrual cup to have a healthier and greener period. Opt for these organic tampons, a perfectly approachable swap-in.

Real Talk: Conventional feminine care is totally laden with toxic junk, making it the perfect place to start. With these tampons, your friend will skip substances found in fem care that are linked to cancer, hormone disruption, reproductive toxicity, and allergies. Who wants to put that inside their body? Hooray for breaking up with your old tampons!

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Kosmatology Hand Sanitizer image

SWAP: HAND SANITIZER
Kosmatology
Hand Sanitizer

Why We Love It: Because they’re scented with only essential oils, these hand sanitizers aren’t aggressively scented, but instead smell light and natural.

Real Talk: Like most hand soaps, hand sanitizers contain microbials like triclosan, which can impact your endocrine system (the system that modulates the symphony of hormones in our bodies). Additionally, they also contain mystery “fragrance” ingredients.

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Neals Yard Remedies Lavender Aloe Vera Deodorant image

SWAP: DEODORANT
Neal’s Yard Remedies
Lavender & Aloe Vera Deodorant

Why We Love It: This gentle deodorant smells great and feels wonderful on the skin. The fresh scent is a nice way to transition from the powdery-smelling conventional deodorants your nontoxic novice might be used to. 

Real Talk: Like feminine care, this is another product category that can be filled to the brim with stuff you don’t want on your body. For example, aluminum is a common ingredient in anti-perspirants. Its effects aren’t totally understood by researchers, but multiple European reports have deemed it unsafe for use in personal care products.

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SWAP: WATER BOTTLE
Pura Stainless
Pura Sport Bottle

Why We Love It: This plastic-free bottle grows with your child. Choose a baby bottle, kids’ bottle, or a full-size sport bottle – whatever suits your needs!

Real Talk: We bet your nontoxic novice has heard of BPA, but did they know that BPA alternatives are likely to be just as bad? Skip the plastic altogether to forego the plethora of harmful chemicals found in the human-made substance. 

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SWAP: BODY WASH
Annmarie Skin Care

Rosemary Peppermint Body Wash

Why We Love It: Some alternatives to conventional body wash can leave soap residue behind. Not this body wash. And it’s herb-infused so it smells wonderful (most likely more “real” than the conventional stuff), but skips the sketchy mystery of “fragrance.”

Real Talk: In order to make body wash sudsy, most companies use sulfates like Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which is often contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a known carcinogen. Not Annmarie. 

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