Wednesday, February 8, 2012
a few small changes
i came across the environmental working group's website last year. after about fifteen minutes reading through it i went on a rampage through my house tossing bottles of shampoo and cleaning supplies. there is always more we can change to make our homes healthier (i'll get into that a different day) but it really doesn't take much to change what we put on our skin. the rule of thumb is if you wouldn't eat it, it shouldn't go on your skin. i haven't gone that far but there are a few products that are pretty well rated on the ewg's skin deep i've been using for the last six months or so that i thought i'd share.
i grew up in california and was never really told (sorry mom) how important it is to wear sunscreen. my friends and i would ride our bike to the beach after school and douse ourselves with hawaiian tropic. i'm definitely paying for it now! i've used many sunscreens but a facialist recommended the suntegrity line. it smells delicious and has no oxybenzone. for elodie, i use badger baby sunscreen. it takes a bit of elbow grease to rub in but that means it's working, right?
it's scary what is in a normal deodorant and i am definitely one of those people who need it. after a lot of trial and error trying crystals, lush natural bars, and sprays i have found the best deodorants are alba botanicals, tom's and hugo's natural. i am still partial to weleda's sage deodorant which doesn't have the biggest culprit, aluminum, but it still is a bit questionable.
i made the switch a long time ago to the dr. bronner line for bath washes. it is a southern california company (he lived down the street from us growing up) well known for his eccentric bottles of castile soaps. during the winter i usually get a big bottle of the eucalyptus wash and during the summer i'll get rose, peppermint or lavender. you'll end up reading the bottle for many other reasons besides the ingredients. i also love burt's bees milk & shea butter body wash.
for elodie's bath we use california baby (and sometimes burt's bees) especially the calendula bubble bath and calming shampoo. i also highly recommend dr. bronner's baby wash. toddlers love to wash, wash, wash and so i have a cute dispenser full of this for her.
my favorite body moisturizers are monoi tiare tahiti coconut oil and organic coconut oil (which i also use as a night cream!)
the upside to researching what you use is that you won't be tempted to buy things randomly in sephora. knowing what you are putting on your body, really understanding that it can affect you in the long run, can help you from having the drawers upon drawers of half filled bottles of shampoo, lotion, and makeup (or at least this is what i tell myself.) so far it's working!