Thursday, April 4, 2013

Becoming Crunchy: Part 2 {Products}

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I originally said that part two would be about cleaning products and toiletries, and I will talk about those, but I wanted to also add in baby products. 

Just like we have done with our food, we have slowly been switching over all of our toiletries, baby products, and cleaning products to greener, less junky things. For the same reasons that we wanted to stop eating processed food, we also wanted to stop putting bad-for-us stuff on our skin, and especially on the kids' skin. We want to live long, healthy lives and we feel like this is a great way to help ensure that. So far we have been able to switch a lot of our products, but it is definitely still a work in progress.

I have done a lot of reading and researching about products, and what things to try to avoid. I frequently reference Good Guide and/or Skin Deep to look up products and their rating on the "good-for-you" scale. Good Guide has an app that I use to scan products while I'm looking at them in the store. 

Here are some of my favorite products:

Cleaning supplies---
Granite spray: Method Daily Granite
Laundry detergent: Either Seventh Generation Liquid Laundry or Honest Company 
Dishwasher detergent: Seventh Generation 
Dish soap: Green Works
I just found this all-natural cleaning concentrate that is safe to clean houses and humans. I'm looking forward to trying it soon!

For baby---
Diapers: Seventh Generation Free and Clear 
(You can 'subscribe and save' on Amazon, then discontinue it (if you want to) once they have been delivered)
Lotion: Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion (We will probably be switching to a different one soon because this one is good, but not great in terms of ingredients)

For grown ups---
This is the biggest area that is still a huge work in progress. I am still trying to find (or make from natural ingredients) good shampoo, conditioner, and face wash. And make-up... I honestly haven't even  started replacing my make-up. 
We do really like Dr. Bronner's for bar soap/body wash. 
The other super versatile thing I love is coconut oil. Y'all, it does EVERYTHING. Lotion, face moisturizer, shave "cream", diaper rash ointment, eczema treatment, deep conditioner for hair, and the list goes on and on.

As I said, this is all still a work in progress. I've gone through a lot of trial and error to find products that actually work. Everything listed here is tried and true in our household.

Do you have any suggestions for grown up products that we should try??

1 comment:

  1. Coconut oil also works on sicknesses... o had strep throat last summer and gargled with it and it was gone in a few days. I personally don't like it as a face wash...but do use it in my hair and on my skin as a moisturizer. For face wash o use Radiance by Burts Bees, honestly don't know the ingredients.and kids use Aveeno too. Make up....probably won't be making a switch...I already by CHEAP make up. That's one thing I really do hate spending money on!