And subsequently info about 'Chemicals' in personal-care products.
First off, a toothbrush (and a few other products) - comprised or recycled plastics, and comes with a (U.S.) pre-paid mailing envelope so when you're done with it you can mail it back to the company to ensure it will get recycled again. This may seem like a little thing to worry about, ultimately in the grand scheme of things it kind of is... but also ultimately in the grand scheme of things every little bit counts! So if you're already doing a lot of other stuff for the environment and are looking for just some other little things you can change in your own personal life and around your house - then this is a product to consider.
(p.s. There are probably some other companies that produce things like this and maybe even do it better, but this is the main one I know of so its the only one I can recommend at the moment.)
Biodegradable bags! They make them for lawn waste, household waste, kitchen waste, pet's waste and even human waste!
Their "Toilet Systems" are a neat invention for people who spend a lot of time hiking and pack-in camping.
And lastly, my personal favorite. Handmade/Homemade Soaps, Shampoos, and Lotion/moisturizing products from a nice little family owned business based out of Ohio, in the USA. They use all natural products, no chemicals and dyes and preservatives etc... They're super friendly, super speedy with their shipping, super well priced, and super generous -(If you order and pay online you get an extra free sample included in your order. And when I placed an order for some products to give as gifts back around the holidays they included multiple free samples and a free lotion bar just for me! Yay!)
Let me explain why and how I came across these people because I think it is important...
I was watching what products I buy for personal care use: one, because I'm vegan so I was looking for things not tested on animals or containing animal ingredients, and two, because I wanted products using organic and/or all-natural ingredients. I then started to become concerned about chemicals in products, especially chemicals in products that otherwise honestly do not need to have chemicals in them, and the fact that the skin is the largest organ of the body and anything you put on it or rub into it can get absorbed into your body and blood stream. It is also important to note that, at least in the USA, the personal-care and cosmetics product industry's ingredients are not monitored even half as strictly as ingredients for food products are (Which is saying a lot because even food products aren't exactly monitored that well for consumer health ultimately). There are actually known carcinogens (cancer causing agents) used in many personal-care/body products... Not to mention chemicals that have been shown to cause reactions and problems in other ways. Not to mention the fact that it is all silly and unnecessary to begin with when and if you can find a plant-based natural alternative to the matter! (And the many major well known organic brands even put chemicals in their products!)
So anyway, pretty much the main and most frequently, (if not only) personal care product I regularly use are soaps and shampoos... so I started trying to find a totally chemical free one. I came close, I found one that was all natural, all ingredients you could understand and pronounce and know what they are.... except.... for one little thing at the end of the list. I bought it knowing the further something is down on an ingredients list that means the less of it is even used in the product. So I bought it, and took it home, but decided to research what that one little ingredient was that the company decided was just somehow so important that it had to be put in there and spoil an otherwise perfectly chemical free and organic shampoo. Turns out the chemical is one that is known to cause toxic gas when exposed to an "Aqueous environment" .... "Aqueous", that's right, WATER! Well what do you suppose its going to get exposed to in the shower eh?! So yeah... I turned to the internet trying to find something, and that is when I finally stumbled across the company who's product I linked above - Aunt Ida's Handmade soaps. I've been using her products ever since (2+ years now). I have 3 feet long really thick and wavy hair and the only way it used to be manageable was to douse it in both shampoo AND conditioners... But the shampoo-bars from Aunt Ida's work amazingly on their own! They've helped with dry scalp, they've helped with hair shine, they've helped with hair strength and softness... All things I didn't particularly even place any big priority on or anything but that it was nice to see improvements anyway. And I used to have to spend upwards of 7 dollars on bottles of organic vegan-friendly liquid shampoos available at healthfood stores and what not, plus another 5 to 10 dollars on conditioner, and I'd go through them so fast! But one of these shampoo bars, for only 5 dollars cost on average, can last me a few months!
Ok, I'm done gushing over their awesomeness now. lol
Here are some interesting helpful links that interested folks might want to bookmark.
These are some links I use in researching chemicals in personal-care products:
*And their ingredient/chemical search page: Where it says "search" you can type in the chemical, and next to it there's a drop down box where you can search for it by product or by ingredient information.
And here's a link to an old blog post of mine with some info I looked up regarding of a few major-brand popular ingredients.