When it comes to body wash, there are many brands to choose from and various price points to meet your needs. When you select a body wash, you may go for packaging first, which is a common way people choose things – companies spend a lot of money to get you to choose their product over another. Then, you get your wash home and use it; it smells good and does the job, so what’s the problem? The problem may be what’s in your wash. Not many consumers will turn the attractive packaging over to read the ingredient list, and even if they do, what is Polyquarternium-7 anyway? You’d be surprised to learn how many leading brands contain potentially harmful chemicals. These ingredients just don’t stack up against the plant-based ingredients in Happy Nuts Nut & Body Wash.
Happy Nuts features sleek packaging (featuring our mascot, the happy nutsack) and no bad stuff. However, you won’t find ingredients like Tetrasodium EDTA, and we don’t use synthetic dyes to turn our cleanser green or blue. Instead, we carefully craft our formulas so your nuts will be happy and your body healthy!
What, Me Worry?
So my body wash is made with dangerous chemicals. Do I really have to worry? It’s not like I’m drinking it! Well, please continue not drinking body wash. Our skin is porous, so what you put on your skin can easily get into your bloodstream.  Certain chemicals in cosmetics and personal care products have been linked to increased cancer risk, an affected immune system, fluctuations in hormone levels, and can cause allergic reactions.
It is not worth using a harmful product when Happy Nuts Nut & Body Wash exists – we will keep you fresh and clean without the risk! (But you still can’t drink our product… sorry?)
What Men’s Body Wash Brand is the Safest?
The Environmental Working Group is a non-profit organization that sets scientific standards for cosmetics and personal care products. Their rating scale is based on a two-part system – one score for hazard potential and one for data availability; the safest products score well by both measures. The EWG can help determine if your cosmetic and personal care products are safe since these products are not required to be tested for safety before being allowed on the market.  The EWG has assembled a team of toxicologists, chemists, and epidemiological experts to scrutinize the chemicals and products  and assign the following ratings:
- Low hazard: A rating of 1-2
- Moderate hazard: A rating of 3-5
- High hazard: A rating of 7-10
Happy Nuts Nut & Body Wash
First, let’s get into the pH-balanced, plant-based ingredients of our Nut & Body Wash because it’s one thing to claim that your product’s ingredients are natural and another to stand behind your claim. Here are the ingredients we use in our men’s body wash that you’ll readily recognize:
- Organic aloe
- Tapioca starch
The rest of our ingredients rate between 1 and 3 on the hazard scale, but you still shouldn’t eat them. (Maybe it’s time to go grocery shopping?)
Our body wash soothes, hydrates, and cleanses with the incredible scent of sandalwood, and our products are all made in California. Best of all, our cleanness comes with peace of mind.
And, it’s easy on your wallet too: Nut & Body Wash is only $15 for a 14 oz bottle.
What Makes Other Body Washes Unsafe?
We’ve all heard the expression “Clean as a Whistle” which dates back to the 1800s, back when the internet didn’t exist. (Also, how clean can a whistle be? You’re just blowing germs on everyone.) Well, times have changed, and we love internet research. A little digging will reveal that many leading brands of body wash contain Cocamidopropyl betaine, which has been associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis. Guess where you really don’t want to develop contact dermatitis – your nuts.
Worse, they also contain DMDM hydantoin, a six on the EWG scale with a high rating for potential immunotoxicity. This devious little chemical is an antimicrobial formaldehyde-releasing preservative. Formaldehyde is not how you want to save your ass! Repeated exposure to DMDM hydantoin can produce an allergic reaction and adversely affect the functioning of the immune system. Formaldehyde was the American Contact Dermatitis Society (ACDS) 2015 allergen of the year.  That is not okay.
Many body washes pretend to be all natural by only mentioning a few of their ingredients in advertisements, like aloe leaf juice or sea salt, but still also contain synthetic ingredients. Our nut wash is vegan, plant-based, and pH balanced, so your skin stays soft and nourished while still fresh and clean.
Advertising can throw you for a loop. A leading product from a brand that’s worked hard to be associated with gentle cleansing, moisturized skin, and body positivity has received a score of 5 from the EWG and comes with a high concern for allergies and immunotoxicity. Its fragrance has a rating of 8, and contains dyes Yellow 5 and Blue 1, which both come with hazard levels of 6. In short, it’s for the birds.
Are Expensive Body Washes Safer?
There’s no limit to what you can spend on a bottle of body wash, and you would think that more expensive brands would take extra care with their ingredients. But unfortunately, the EWG rates some of these products at a seven, with moderate cancer and developmental and reproductive toxicity concerns and high allergen & immunotoxicity concerns.
Other ingredients to watch out for:
- Propylparaben – EWG rating: 9
- Fragrance – EWG rating: 8
- Blue No. 1 – EWG rating: 7
- Diazolidinyl Urea (gross)- EWG rating 5, with a high allergen concern
It just goes to show that price does not promise quality.
What is a Natural Body Wash For Men?
So, what makes a body wash natural? Natural body washes are free of toxic chemicals. That “toxic” qualifier is important because technically, even water is a chemical. So beware the “chemical-free” product! There are some head-scratching toxic chemicals in most cosmetics, such as preservatives, dyes, and perfumes. But Mother Nature provides such wonderful scents already, and who cares what color your body wash is? The three main groups of toxic chemicals that natural or clean cosmetics and personal care products avoid  are:
- Irritants or allergens like fragrance, petroleum distillates, and formaldehydes.
- Potential endocrine disruptors include petroleum distillates, boric acid, sodium borate, and phthalates.
- Potential Carcinogens include coal tar ingredients, petroleum distillates, and placenta extract (again, gross).
To elucidate a few terms: endocrine disruptors can interfere with hormones , and carcinogens can cause cancer.
“Fragrance” or “Parfum”
Finding these words on the label of your body wash is the equivalent of finding “flavors” on your food packaging. “Fragrance” is usually just a generic term for “this information is proprietary.” Often, cosmetic fragrances combine many synthetic chemicals, which is why Happy Nuts uses natural sandalwood and vetiver extract to make your nuts smell good.
Perfume makers began to replace natural ingredients with synthetic alternatives in the 19th century to save money, but this is one area you don’t want your body wash to skimp because:
- Full synthetic scents are made with petroleum byproducts.
- Many fragrances contain harmful chemicals like phthalates, which are known hormone disruptors and carcinogens.
- Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress, and potential effects on the reproductive system.
- Laws in the U.S. specifically exempt fragrances from labeling requirements because the FDA considers fragrances a trade secret, so the ingredients don’t have to be listed on the label. Yikes.
So while there may be a list of toxic chemicals to avoid, it is just as, if not more important, to avoid cosmetics and personal care products with “fragrance” or “parfum” on the label.
Speaking of natural products, Happy Nuts Nut & Body Wash has no bad stuff! And while there are probably different brands on the market that don’t contain hazardous chemicals, none have the same chill price point as our Nut & Body Wash. Use our product, smell good, feel good, and buy a bottle for the men in your life who use questionable products. Speaking of purchasing multiple bottles…
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