Once I started feeling comfortable with the “real food” changes I was making in our kitchen, it took me no time at all to realize I needed to move on to other areas of my house! I most certainly don’t have it all figured out, but since this question is asked so often I thought I’d share some of what you’ll find in my bathroom cabinets these days.
Natural Bar Soap
Recommended by my friend Carrie Vitt, we have switched to Dr. Bronner’s Magic Bar Soap. I am by no means claiming it’s truly “magical,” but it’s pretty darn pure and totally does the trick. Plus it comes in a lot of fun natural scents so there are plenty of options to choose from. I’ve found it for sale at both Target and our health food store (Earth Fare), and surprisingly the price is almost the same. It’s also available in bulk on Amazon.
Natural Make Up (that I love!)
After being a long time Lancome user I was hesitant to make the switch, but I finally did and have never.looked.back! To my surprise I like my new bareMinerals make up (recommended by my friend Vani Hari) even better than the old stuff I was so loyal to. And funny enough, after running out of my new powder one day I had to supplement with a little bit of my old Lancome powder. I couldn’t believe the smell of it, which I’d never noticed before, and seemed very artificial to me. I am becoming such a sensitive being in my old age – ha!
BareMinerals comes in both powder and packed form. The powder is supposed to be the most natural option they offer, but it’s not always realistic (due to the mess factor) so I thought a combination would be best for my needs. I got the starter kit (with powder, blush, etc.) in powder form and the eye shadows in packed form. Did I mention that I love it? :)
Natural Eye Make Up Remover
Believe it or not, the same exact coconut oil that you cook with in your kitchen has all sorts of uses – including eye make up remover! I used to also buy eye make up remover from my old make up source (Lancome) and was fairly reluctant to make the switch. It was one of those things you consider for a long time before you do it, but now I see the light because it truly works like a charm and is so simple!
Natural Shampoo and Conditioner
Now, I am not saying this is the perfect shampoo and conditioner option (when it comes to natural ingredients), but it’s pretty darn close AND it’s available at Target (LOL – huge bonus for me). One downside though is that it’s kind of pricey; I’ve tried several other natural shampoo alternatives (basically the ones offered at Target – yes, this limitation is often my reality), but my girls and I definitely like Yes to Carrots the best out of those options. As a result, I keep going back to it. And I do like their pump style lotion as well because I sure do need lots of lotion in the winter around here. So it is our favorite at the moment, but I am still open to trying others that fit the bill. I’d love to hear your favorites in the comments!
Natural Deodorant (and lip balm)
Conveniently enough, I also want to make sure you know about our sponsor Primal Pit Paste today, who happens to offer a super pure, organic deodorant! Available in a variety of natural scents it is paraben-free, aluminum-free, and actually works. Just be sure you are aware that Primal Pit Paste (and most other natural deodorants) do not act as an antiperspirant. And that’s because sweating, while not lovely, is natural for your body to do so preventing it from happening isn’t exactly ideal.
So here’s what I do when it comes to this sort of thing. I have my old (probably toxic) deodorant still on hand for when I know I am going to be on live TV (or something else out of the ordinary, especially if it’s a hot day), and I’ll whip it back out for those occasions. And I happened to read in Jessica Alba’s new book, The Honest Life, that even in her quest to lead as natural a life as possible she does the very same thing with her deodorant for red carpet events and such. So that made me feel a little bit better about that decision! It’s all about balance, right? :)
PS – While you are there ordering your natural deodorant pick up some of Primal Pit Paste’s orange creamsicle lip balm. It’s my favorite (trust me, it’s the bomb as far as lip balms go)! And don’t forget our “100Days” coupon code for 15% off.
A Tip for Finding Good Products
As I’ve mentioned, I am still navigating the personal care world as I continue to seek out the optimal shampoo and conditioner (as well as the “perfect” sunscreen). So each time I consider trying a new product I’ve found the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database (which is also available as a smartphone app) to be a great resource. They’ve taken the time to rate thousands of products so I always check their list to see how a product measures up before I give it a go.
And, in case anyone is wondering, the specific problem I am having with sunscreen is that all the EWG top rated options leave me – and my dark colored bathing suits – looking rather white and pasty. I’ve tried dozens of brands with no luck. So if you’ve found a natural sunscreen you love – that uses safe ingredients and somewhat soaks into your skin – please share it with me in the comments below so I can try it out (if I haven’t already!).