Sunday, January 26, 2014

Green Toiletries

Here are the natural products my family uses.  These are all-natural products, scented with essential oils, free of phthalates, bpa, parabens, EDTA, SLS, petrochemicals and other chemicals.  They are also free of animal-testing.

1.) Earth Mama Angel Baby Body Wash/Shampoo.  This is a foaming cleanser with 300 pumps per bottle that is available in various aromas.  I have found the best price on this item to be on either Amazon or Vitacost.  Although I prefer the scents of Dr. Bronner's, this is a great soap/shampoo to travel with because it has a cap that can seal the bottle, unlike Bronner's liquid soaps which have a pump.

2.) Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Stretch Oil.  This natural oil can be helpful in pregnancy.  Although I don't believe it states it will actually help with stretch marks, it can provide relief from itchy skin.

3.) Aura Cacia Body Mists are made with pure essential oils so they're free of the phthalates that other body sprays, perfumes and colognes have.  They can also be used as air fresheners for your home.

4.) Dr. Bronner's Lip Balms are made with oils, beeswax and other natural ingredients and provide hours of relief from chapped lips.

5.) Dr. Bronner's bar soaps are made with castile soap and come in a variety of scents including lavendar, rose, eucalyptus and peppermint.  The individual bars are a bit pricey but you can find discounts when you buy multi-packs of them from retailers like Amazon.  Trader Joe's stocks their peppermint soap at the cheapest price I have found in a store or online, other than from a wholesale buying club.

6.) Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is a waxy product that works great at repairing damaged nails and cuticles.

7.) Burt's Bees Almond Milk Hand Creme is great for healing dry skin very quickly.  It is greasy but effective.

8.) Burt's Bees Natural After Shave is one of a few Burt's products targeted at men.  This line smells very similar to traditional men's colognes and shaving creams/aftershaves but is 100% natural so there are no harmful phthalates in them.

9.) Burt's Bees Natural Shave Cream can be an adjustment for men used to shaving with foaming or gel products but from what I have seen, and the reviews, it seems to work just as well, minus the chemicals, so what's not to like?

10.) Dr. Bronner's Organic Shikakai Body Soaps/Shampoos are some of my favorite natural products.  They're fair trade and come in Lavendar, Spearmint/Peppermint, Tea Tree, Lemongrass Lime, and an unscented version called Baby.  This liquid version of their bar soaps is a lot more affordable than the bars, especially if you or your family members end up going through bar soaps quickly.  They are available at Amazon, Vitacost, and in stores like Target, Meijer, and Whole Foods.

11.) Dr. Bronner's Certified Organic Shikakai Conditioning Hair Rinse is one of their newer products.  Although it doesn't smell that great to me, (I think that's the shikakai), it works really well for me.  The product is concentrated so you need to dilute it in water before using it, which some may find inconvenient, but the shikakai leaves your hair really soft and silky and it contains lemon juice to help tighten hair shafts as well.

Costco and Trader Joe's also both sell an organic coconut oil that makes an excellent moisturizer.  I find that the Trader Joe's one has almost no coconut scent to it, and the Costco one is just slightly stronger so if you're not a fan of that natural fragrance, you don't have to worry that you will smell like a coconut all day.

Next up are a few products that, although aren't totally natural, contain a lot of natural ingredients and do not use parabens, phthalates, sulfates, BPA, and other toxins.

1.) Desert Essence Shampoos and Conditioners and Lotions are free of parabens, sodium lauryl/lureth sulfates, phthalates, artificial colors, silicones, EDTA, glycol, petroleum-based ingredients, animal ingredients and animal testing.
2.) Burt's Bees Shampoos state on the bottle just how natural they are.  The super shiny one is 99.7% natural.
3.) Tom's of Maine Cleansing Mouthwash is baking soda based.  Although it doesn't necessarily feel as refreshing as the bigger brand mouthwashes, unlike those mouthwashes, it has a lot fewer chemicals in it and uses the natural cleaning power of baking soda.
4.) Tom's of Maine Deodorant is easily available in stores like Bed Bath and Beyond and Target, in addition to online retailers and is free of the phthalates that most conventional brand deodorants contain.
5.) Toms' of Maine Toothpastes do contain SLS but they also have some natural ingredients in them as well.  There are several flavors and sizes available including fluoride and fluoride-free options.  
6.) Desert Essence Natural Tea Tree Oil and Neem Toothpaste is a fluoride free product that may even be totally natural.  It is the only product that doesn't say one way or the other but from what I can tell most of its ingredients could be all-natural, and like all Desert Essence products is free of parabens, SLS, phthalates, EDTA, petroleum-based ingredients and is cruelty free.

For my earlier post on non-toxic toiletries for babies and children, click here.
And click here for more information on phthalates and triclosan.
Check back every Monday and Thursday for new posts.  Coming up: DIY all-natural air fresheners and DIY toys: how to make a felt cell phone.


  1. I love Burt's Bees and Earth Mama! I'll have to check out some of these other brands.


    1. Let me know what you think! I really like most of the Dr. Bronner's products that I've tried.