Monday, April 2, 2012

[Going Green] Natural and Organic Hygiene Products

As I mentioned in my intro Going Green post, I've been slowly swapping my own personal care products for ones free of parabens, synthetics, and long lists of chemicals I can't pronounce - why would I choose not to do the same for my baby?

I've been pretty aware of all my recent baby product purchases including everything from shampoo to lotions, bottom balms and nursing creams, sunscreen and more.  While, most of these natural based products are MUCH pricier than the Johnson & Johnson or drug store alternatives, it's all the recent studies (and recent articles like this) that have me believing the cost is justified. 

This topic is so vast and I'm such a beginner, there is no way I could cover all the information that is out there and condense it to a smart sense guide.  At this point, I'm just looking for products made with as little chemical, manufactured, or synthetic ingredients as possible. 

For things like laundry detergent, I plan to use the usual stuff for our clothing, something more gentle like 7th Generation Free & Clear: Baby Laundry Liquid or BabyGanics Loads of Love 3X Laundry Detergent for A's clothes, and something like Rockin' Green or Charlie's Soap for her cloth diapers.   Being that our skin isn't sensitive to our regular detergent I don't see the cost benefit of switching every load to the pricier stuff, but for A's soft and sensitive skin, I'd like to keep any irritations or allergic reactions at bay.  When it comes to lotions and creams, I've already switched myself to Burt Bee's, Origins, Korres, and slew of other eco-friendlier items.



I was lucky enough to receive some products at my shower (and later at a sprinkle thrown by my neighbor friends) that I'm excited to try out.  I know a lot of this process will be trial and error of finding what works best for us. 

So far I have following products stocked to try out...
Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter  - already using and no stretch marks yet!

7th Generation Free & Clear Diapers - planning to use until she fits in our one size cloth diapers
CleanSypria Wool Dryer Balls - in lieu of chemical coated dryer sheets

There are so many different brands out there, I figured I'd try to stick to ones I could easily pick up in stores (Babies R Us, Whole Foods, or our local Wegmans) and the Earth Mama Angel Baby products had some of the highest reviews I had seen. 

I'd love to try some of The Honest Company products (company co-founded by Jessica Alba on the mission on providing affordable and safe family products).  However, since it's done as a subscription service, I'll wait until we have the need - and baby - to start my orders.  One of my favorite sources for reading up on what is safe and what is deceiving, not all 'natural' is created equal, is www.safemama.com, the cheat sheets are really helpful.


As with my other going green ventures, these decisions are completely personal and everyone should be free to make their own choices with whatever products they feel work best for them.  I'm just sharing my process along the way in case anyone is interested or has similar opinions and would like to share their experiences. 

What are your favorite tried and true baby products??  Let me know in the comments!

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing these products. I too am venturing toward the green side and its nice to learn about new products. I am having so much fun catching up on your blog, you are so creative!

    ♥ Ashley

    atparsons.blogspot.com

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  2. I swear by the Mamma Bee Belly Butter! Thanks to that product I made it through my pregnancy stretch-mark free!

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