Sometimes I get comments asking what type of skin care products we use, or what we do in the way of cleaning products.
The transition to more natural, non-toxic products has taken us years, and the choices below came after much trial and error. A couple of areas, I am still not entirely satisfied with. The list below is not intended as a recommendation, but simply as information on what we use.
I highly recommend the EWG's website for checking the toxicity of any personal care product, and for comparing it to other brands.
Personal care products
adults and older kids: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo, alternating with Nature's Paradise Organic Pro Moisturizing Shampoo - note: I only wash my hair with shampoo about once a week or so. It took me a couple of years to "wean down" from needing to wash with shampoo daily. I have tried the vinegar and baking soda method, and hated it!
younger kids and babies: Baby Organics Conditioning Shampoo and Body Wash
mom: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner, or nothig if I am using the Nature's Paradise shampoo
water or Organic Pro Gentle Detangler
hand soap: Trader Joe's Next to Godliness Lavender & Chamomile Hand Soap
bar soap: Sappo Hill Almond Soap
adults and children: Trader Joe's Antiplaque Toothpaste with Fennel, Propolis & Myrrh
adults only: Tom's of Maine Long-Lasting Soothing Calendula (Not entirely happy with the ingredients in this product, but it is the only aluminum-free deodorant that I have found to work in our extreme heat. I have found that in the winter, using deodorant is not necessary when showering daily.)
homemade products purchased from local vendors
Home Health Almond Glow Almond Skin Lotion (smells like marzipan - yum!)
adults and children: Badger SPF 30+ Sunscreen - one of just a handful (out of hundreds) of sunscreens that is NOT carcinogenic, because it is a physical rather than chemical sunblock. Works wonderfully even in the extremely sunny Arizona conditions. We only use this if we are going to be out in the sun during the hottest part of the day. 9 times out of 10, we just wait until after 4 pm to go swimming or be outdoors for extended periods of time, skipping the sun block altogether.
for the face: Badger Unscented Sunscreen All Season Face Stick, SPF 30+ - very convenient, and less sticky than their regular sun block
adults and children: Weleda Everon Lip Balm - LOVE this product!! Absolutely not habit-forming (I use it a handful of times per year), smells and feels wonderful. Not sure why EWG rates this as a "3" (moderate health concern), because all ingredients are 100% natural.
A&D Original Ointment - probably not the best choice, but I use it very rarely. It's got sentimental value :)
for general cleaning, mopping, windows, mirrors, etc.: Biokleen Super Concentrated All-Purpose Cleaner - works like a charm, and truly super concentrated, so it goes a long way.
This has been the most challenging area to find good products in. Our water is EXTREMELY hard, which I believe is part of the reason why all other natural products I tried failed miserably.
for whites and diapers: Rock In Green Hard Rock Cloth Diaper and Laundry Detergent
for all other laundry: Country Save Laundry Detergent
if all else fails: Tide Free & Gentle - The name is very deceptive, as this is not a natural laundry soap. I use it as a last resort when I need those enzyme cleaning powers :)
Shout - No doubt highly toxic, but it's the only thing that works (besides scissors) on the pesky stains.
for handwashing: Trader Joe's Next to Godliness Tea Tree Lavender Liquid Dish Soap
in the dishwasher: Biokleen Automatic Dish Powder with Grapefruit Seed & Orange Peel Extract
rinse aid for the dishwasher: Seventh Generation Free & Clear Rinse Aid
This list is not conclusive, and again - no recommendations here, just sharing what works for us. Please feel free to leave a comment below with your product suggestions.