Not Quite Natural: Try Again, Target.


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Before moving to Lake Charles, I’d always hoped to live near a Target. Now that my wish has come true, frequent trips are inevitable. I still spend hours checking out their shoes, tights, pretty dress, and sale items, but their natural health and beauty section consistently leaves something to be desired. Below are a just a few of their worst offenders. I could easily name more than three, but  I’ve already shared my disappointment in Nature’s Gate and I’m sure I’ll address the others eventually.




Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo


Organix shampoos are cruelty, paraben, and sulfate free, but they all contain cocamidopropyl betaine and cocamide dea, both of which are synthetic surfactants that are linked to allergies and immunotoxicity. The conditioners contain questionable ingredients as well, including methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone (preservatives associated with allergic reactions). Oh, and did I mention fragrance? It can be found in the shampoos and the conditioners.

I’ve actually reviewed Organix products before. Even then, I knew the ingredients weren’t the best, but I used the products anyway. I’ve since done further research and will not make the same mistake twice.


Vitamin Schtick


The company that sells allegedly healthy drinks full of sugar also sells a lipbalm full of hazardous ingredients? No way! Mineral oil  (a petrochemical), methyl-2-octynoate (a fragrance ingredient), and artificial colors (also frequently petrochemicals) are all hiding out in this tiny tube of trouble.


Weleda Sea Buckthorn Body Oil


How does covering your body in fragrance and benzyl benzoate (a preservative linked to allergies and contact dermatitis) sound? To me, it sounds pretty awful.


Are there any other natural brands sold by Target that you could do without? Feel free to share them!



Image Sources: Shampoo, Lipbalm, Body Oil.
by Dawn Grimes

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  • I have always wanted to try coocnut milk! now I might just have to 🙂 thanks for sharing.

  • Thanks for stopping by The Stitchy Life and saying hello! I used to use this coconut shampoo/conditioner. I don’t remember why I stopped but I think it had to do more with my hair and how it felt. I haven’t gotten too far into the ingredients list for shampoos yet and ones to avoid. I think I’m mostly looking for lauryl goodies and parabens at this point… baby steps! Cool about the egg in coconut oil- sounds like the two wouldn’t mesh, but I was surprised to put it in soup and have it be fine! 

  • Anonymous

    I started with sulfates and parabens first as well. Since most companies had started to phase out those ingredients, it seemed like a good place to begin! Next I went for petrochemicals and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives. That’s a bit more of a challenge since there are so many of them. It can definitely be overwhelming at times, but I guess it’s preferable to covering my body in chemicals.

    Thanks for stopping by. 🙂