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All you ladies out there... I'm always in search of great, natural beauty/skin/body products. Currently I love Avalon Organics and Alba - does anyone have a favourite product or brand they'd like to share?

In particular I am looking for the best shampoo/conditioner (not all organic products work that well) and a natural deodorant! I want to swear off all aluminum-laden antiperspirants and artificial/chemical filled shampoos... any suggestions? I would love to hear from you!






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This one by Earth Science looks potentially good, has anyone tried it out? http://www.earthessentials.com/body.html
Hi, Jill! Great discussion! I can't wait to hear what everyone says.

Good for you going natural in your body care! What we put on our skin is so important. This is because our skin is like a sponge and absorbs whatever we put on it. If you doubt that, just think of how effective the trans-dermal patches are for everything from motion sickness and nicotine withdrawal to birth control, etc.

My favorite brand of shampoos and conditioners is Burts Bees.

My favorite brand of soaps, both pump hand soap and body soap are the ones I get from Tropical Traditions. They are made from coconut products, but don't have any nasty sodium laurel sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate, or any other icky stuff for that matter. Their deodorant is also good and so is their teeth cleaner. Here is the link: http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/ If you buy the bar soap, make sure to buy the ROUND ones. Maybe it's our hard water here, but the rectangular ones didn't lather up for me. The round ones however will give you AWESOME lather--good enough for shaving--and they'll leave your skin nice.

All the products I've tried from Aubrey Organics are good and are free from icky ingredients. As they say, "Remember, there is nothing to be found in an Aubrey Organics product that does not come from nature."
The hair styling products are surprisingly good too. http://www.aubrey-organics.com/

The best and most natural eye-makeup remover I've ever found is No Tears! Eye Make-up Remover by No Miss Ltd., Inc. The skin around the eye is the thinnest on the body, so whatever you're putting there had better be gentle, yeah. Oh, and you can use it to take off all your makeup too. It works great. They also make nail products. Here's the link: http://www.nomiss.com/mkuprmvr.html

I love the Burts Bees lip products and glosses, but my new favorite lip conditioner is Devita Lip Volumizer. Oh, boy, is this stuff good. Can't say enough good stuff about it. You can get it from Amazon and other places on line. I don't know any stores that carry it.
Earth Sciences is full of parabens, pthalates and sulfates! Please do not get this kind. We brought it into my work thinking it was good and as soon as we read the ingredients we sent it back! My suggestion is that you check out EWG's cosmetic safety database (http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com)

If you are concerned with CLEAN products, I really like Dr. Bronner's soap. It's quite versatile! Actually, it has 18 different uses including washing your car and brushing your teeth!

Personally I am using North American Hemp Co for hair care, which is quite clean, and most importantly vegan. As well as I sometimes use the Giovanni shampoo and conditioner, although it's not as clean as I want! For face care, I use Lavera products which are a bit pricey, but very clean, as well as vegan. I also love Aubrey products, it's all my guy uses. Their shaving cream is divine!!! For an eye make up remover I just use coconut oil or avocado oil. Both take away the makeup like a charm, as well as moisturize.

As for an all over body moisturizer, I use cold pressed organic coconut oil from a glass jar! You can create your own scents with organic essential oils. It's good for cooking too!

Most natural deodorants suck. I have tried them all and have not had success with many except for one called Terra Naturals. I haven't seen it many places, but I bet you could special order it in. Beware of a lot of "natural" deodorants that have propylene glycol in it.

My advice is to read labels, and check out the Skin Deep database. It will really help you gauge what's good for you and what's not. Although you need to be careful with some products on the website because Skin Deep does not differentiate between synthetic perfumes and ones derived from organic essential oils. Weleda which is a clean body product company has surprisingly "toxic" ratings even though they are using essential oils for scent, not synthetics full of pthalates.


Jill said:
This one by Earth Science looks potentially good, has anyone tried it out? http://www.earthessentials.com/body.html
Thanks so much for the feedback!

Skye, great referral to the EWG & the Skin Deep site. It is frustrating when products said to be "Earth friendly" and organic are not. I think I'll have to give Terra Naturals a try (I noticed you can order online) - did you buy the unscented one? I agree though, most natural deodorants are either a strange smell or texture... I hope that in the next few years someone comes out with a good one!

Anne... I also LOVE Burt's Bees! I've never tried their shampoo though - exciting! :) I will definitely be looking into the Tropical Traditions products as well.

I'm loving this discussion. There's so much out there, and this is great to determine the best products.

Jill
Thanks for the EWG link, Skye.
I remember that in the late 90s it used to be that companies could call their products "natural" if as little as 10% of the ingredients were natural. I hope that's changed, but I don't know if it has or not.
Still, you don't have to go to the regular grocery store to find body care products with awful and toxic ingredients, you can find plenty of those in the body care aisle of your favorite natural food store too.

BTW, here is an alphabetical list of ingredients that are dangerous that those of us who are interested can check out. It's not as inclusive as the EWG site, but it is user friendly and a darn good place to start. http://www.purezing.com/living/toxins/living_toxins_dangerousingred...
You will love the Terra Naturals. I have the bamboo scented one, and it doesn't have much of a scent at all. I find it last just as long as commercial deodorants unlike other natural ones that I had to apply like every hour.

Jill said:
Thanks so much for the feedback!

Skye, I am loving the referral to the EWG & the Skin Deep site. It is frustrating when products said to be "Earth friendly" and organic are not. I think I'll have to give Terra Naturals a try (I noticed you can order online) - did you buy the unscented one? I agree though, most natural deodorants are either a strange smell or texture... I hope that in the next few years someone comes out with a good one!

Anne... I also LOVE Burt's Bees! I've never tried their shampoo though - exciting! :) I will definitely be looking into the Tropical Traditions products as well.

I'm loving this discussion. There's so much out there, and this is great to determine the best products.

Jill
Try NYROrganics.com. They are a British company who launched a direct selling, party business in the US in September 2009. Great organic products.
I love Jason tea tree deodorant... That's what I use, and it keeps me pretty good all day, unless I sweat a lot and can't shower after.

Is Alba paraben-free? I have their shampoo and condish right now but they're only OK. I might have to try the Nature's Gate. I have their hemp body moisturizer, and I like it. Not too heavy, and it absorbs well.

I've been meaning to buy a diva cup... Where can they be purchased?
Hey, Megan, thanks for the info on the Natracare.
I've haven't tried the diva cup yet either, but I'd like to. It sure has won a lot of awards. Here's what I found:
http://www.divacup.com/

Oh, BTW, if you try the Nature's Gate products, well really any body care product that's new to you, make sure to check the ingredients. I always check the ingredients on a brand or product the first time I think about purchasing it; it's just good practice.

Megan Rivard said:
My friend uses the diva cup and LOVES IT. I'm not sure how much I would love it, I guess I'll never know until I try it, but I use Natracare tampons and they're great :)

Is Alba paraben-free? I have their shampoo and condish right now but they're only OK. I might have to try the Nature's Gate. I have their hemp body moisturizer, and I like it. Not too heavy, and it absorbs well.

I've been meaning to buy a diva cup... Where can they be purchased?
It's AMAZING. If you're comfortable with yourself down there, it isn't a problem at all. It's about $30-$40 depending where you go, but you can get it at a lot of health food stores or sometimes even pharmacies. It might be expensive in the long run, but it's paid for itself time and time again, especially if you use Natracare (which I found to be quite costly)

Ann Richter said:
Hey, Megan, thanks for the info on the Natracare.
I've haven't tried the diva cup yet either, but I'd like to. It sure has won a lot of awards. Here's what I found:
http://www.divacup.com/

Oh, BTW, if you try the Nature's Gate products, well really any body care product that's new to you, make sure to check the ingredients. I always check the ingredients on a brand or product the first time I think about purchasing it; it's just good practice.

Megan Rivard said:
My friend uses the diva cup and LOVES IT. I'm not sure how much I would love it, I guess I'll never know until I try it, but I use Natracare tampons and they're great :)

Is Alba paraben-free? I have their shampoo and condish right now but they're only OK. I might have to try the Nature's Gate. I have their hemp body moisturizer, and I like it. Not too heavy, and it absorbs well.

I've been meaning to buy a diva cup... Where can they be purchased?

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