Going Green: One Bar of Soap at a Time
This is one of the topics from my “Future Blog Ideas” post. Some of my friends & I have been discussing the dangers of most of the beauty, household, baby products, etc that we all use on a daily basis. We’ve been sharing info, ideas, products. I believe you have to do your own research and make smart choices for yourself & your family regarding this subject.
So I’m going to do a picture review of the products I personally have switched to over the last year to go more green. I would recommend these products because they are safe, environmentally friendly & effective.
Earthwind Botanicals is a local business with natural, long-lasting & affordable products. I love love their facial soap.
This was one of the first products I switched after reading the insane ingredients in my previous deodorant.
Now, there are a TON of better and more pure soaps out there than Burt’s Bees, but this is the best one to get in a crunch (ie no hippie dippie store around or Farmer’s Market). It lathers great, even in hard water.
Everyday Shea: http://www.everydayshea.com/index.asp Paraben-free, fragrance-free products. I bought this lotion about 2-3 weeks ago and love it. I tossed by cheap Suave & Oil of Olay (which was about empty anyways). I use a ton of lotion so knowing I’m not putting chemicals and fake estrogens onto my body makes me feel really great.
I’ve used Witch Hazel since Jump Street. A cotton ball & with hazel will solve about any problem. I use this to clean my face when I don’t use my bar soap. It can also be used to calm a hemorrhoid that is irritated, a bug bite, sunburn, etc. And I have used it for all of the above. It is natural and a godsend.
Almay: Obviously not the most “earth-friendly” product out there BUT when I was starting my eco-revolution I looked up the stats (several times) on this product I’ve used for years and wasn’t too mortified! It’s a product I may use a few times a week at most, so I feel comfortable recommending it to the casual user.
Tom’s: My husband would argue their toothpaste doesn’t lather up or work as well as regular toothpaste. We’ve been using this for many many months. And I have to agree with him. still contains sodium lauryl sulfate, BUT it’s a step in the right direction.
So there are still products I use that need “switching over.” This has been a 1 year endevour and we’re slowly getting there. On my list is: shampoo & conditioner, makeup, nail polish & shaving cream.
*For more info on the safety of these products, I suggest visiting http://www.ewg.org/skindeep*
*The reviews and opinions above are my own & not influenced by any company or person*