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Let What’s your top priority when shopping for personal bodycare products? Take our poll on bodycare products and see how your thoughts stack up with others. Let’s face it: what goes on our bodies is as important as what goes on our plates. The U.S. government does not require health studies or pre-market testing for personal care products. And there are many non-natural components and processes in most U.S. personal care products. Even those labeled "natural" may contain harsh preservatives or ingredients with environmental concerns. Think about it: the body care products we all use eventually go down the drain and into our environment. They can also be absorbed right through our skin into our bodies. Premium BodycareWhole Foods Market stepped up with Premium Body Care® standards. Our experts meticulously examined each and every ingredient in our personal care products for safety, efficacy, source and environmental impact. More than 250 unacceptable ingredients were identified at first, including parabens and sodium lauryl and laureth sulfates. As new science-based research and studies came to light, that number increased to 380 and we continue to raise the bar ever higher. While not every body care product we sell meets these rigorous standards, the ones that do are growing in number and are the most exceptional personal care products available, while our base level standards for body care remain more stringent than most other stores and salons. Let’s get Educated
  • Learn more about our Premium Body Care standards
  • Download a pdf of ingredients unacceptable under our Premium Body Care standards
  • Stay informed with updates from our partners
  • Teens for Safe Cosmetics
  • Discover more about what is in specific beauty products
  • Remember: Every bite has a story. Your conscious food choices make a world of difference. Learn more at Let’s Retake our Plates.

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    Carol says …

    I was very disappointed this week when I read the label on a bar of Whole Foods organic soap. The oils for the scent of the bar were not organic. I thought maybe it was just that bar, however, after checking a bar of each scent there was not a bar with all of the ingredients organic. I was especially surprised that there were oils that were not organic. I took a bar to a woman in the department. She was very good about it. Will you be making these soaps with organic oils?