Favorite Products

Paige - posted on 11/07/2008 ( 24 moms have responded )

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Please share your favorite "green" personal care/cleaning products. While there are so many terrific non toxic products on the market, it can be quite difficult and expensive trying to find the ones that work best for you. EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database is by far the best place find out how "safe" a product is. http://cosmeticdatabase.com/

I am a huge Dr. Bronner's fan and recenlty found Tate's Natural Miracle Conditioner with over 82 uses (conditioner, lotion, lip balm, sunburn relief....etc). I have found it hard to find a natural deoderant that actually works. So far, the Miessence Tahitian Breeze is the only one that provides decent odor control on hot sweaty days.

Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Shampoo and Conditioner work really well on my dry frizzy locks without making them too oily or weighed down like most other natural shampoos/conditioners I've tried.

If you haven't made the natural shampoo/conditioner switch and plan on doing so, please keep in mind that your hair can go thru a 1-2 month detox phase in which it can be very brittle. Mine seriously felt like straw. During that phase, you may notice a lot of little hairs...its new growth. My hair has grown and felt so fantastic since making the switch, but those 2 months of bad hair days were pretty rough.

Baking soda, vinegar, Charlie's soap, Miessence probiotic cleaner (took away the spoiled milk smell from a spill in my car), and Bio Kleen Bac Out are my favorite cleaners.

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Janet - posted on 05/17/2015

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I use Biokleen laundry and all purpose cleaner and Aubrey Organics natural personal care products.

Michelle - posted on 02/11/2012

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Hands down my favorite product/company is Dr. Bronner's. Their products are terrific and I love what they stand for. ;)

Trishia - posted on 11/03/2011

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I actually went through a period of time where I didn't wash my hair with soap at all. I was inspired by an article (that I can't find). I did rinse my hair in hot water every day. Just no soap. At first it was a little strange, but after a while my hair was really shiny, and very healthy. I think I had a week of ugly. I now use shampoo, but not often, and not much.
I also love using the Shark steam cleaner for my floors, no chemicals. It does an AWESOME job.
Also, I know this is plastic bags, but I reuse them a lot. They are Clearly Fresh bags, they keep my produce fresher longer, and they are my new FAVORITE thing. Perfect for my left over dinner salad. Bananas on the counter, basically they slow down the ripening process with this funny little air vent. Worth every penny.

Kelsey - posted on 09/09/2011

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Melaleuca is awesome!!!!! Let me know if you have any questions about it. ;) happy shopping!

Sadie - posted on 03/15/2009

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I also use and love the Shaklee products! Their Basic H clearner can be used for ANYTHING!! I once got vaseline in my hair (while changing a diaper) and nothing would take it out. I must have washed my hair 100 times with my shampoo and it still felt greasy. I used the basic H and voila my hair was silky and smooth once again! I also use it in the shower to shave my legs, leaves them very soft afterwords. Another fav is the dish washer detergent and the laundry soap. A little bit goes a very long way and gets everything so clean and smelling fresh!! I can let my kids grab a rag and a squirt bottle and help me clean and know that they are safe and won't be around anything that could harm them!! They really have some amazing products!

Tamara - posted on 03/12/2009

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I personally love and live by the Holy Cow Green Cleaner.  I use this to clean my whole house, get stains out in laundry, stains out in the carpet, just about everything but to clean our bodies.  This stuff is magic!  I love it!

Shannon - posted on 01/30/2009

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Bi-O-Kleen, Earth Friendly Products Brand, Avalon Organics, Burts Bees &  Nature's  Baby Organics.

Rene - posted on 01/28/2009

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I use the Shaklee, Enfuselle...it's awesome and a little goes a LONG way. I love it...The whole family can use it too instead of having to buy different things for each person (of course the oily vs. dry is where you have to get both but...only the 2).

Nicole - posted on 01/22/2009

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Jason Natural Products, Tea Tree Soothing Gel with arnica and marigold, We use this on EVERYTHING that hurts! When my daughter falls the first thing she says its "owwey juice!" It works great on sunburn, insect bites, cat scratches, even diaper rash! I use it when I nick myself shaving...It truely is miracle juice!

User - posted on 01/16/2009

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Gosh If you have a meijers around I really enjoy their all natural cleaning products over them all. They still work and they are the cheapest. I find their organic products to be the best and cheapest as well.

Faye - posted on 01/14/2009

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As an update on Arbonne... i found on EWG cosmetic database that they do use phthalates, parabens, and Quarternium-15 (formaldehyde).... so I won't be using those products.



Julie -

Thanks for the Waleda suggestion for eczema. Since we switched to Dr. Bonner's soap this winter, my little girl's eczema has been much better. I will try the Waleda for her occassional break outs.



I actually heard that putting a chlorine filter on shower and bath faucets is a good idea too. Has anyone tried it? Where can you get them?

Michelle - posted on 01/13/2009

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I use and love Shaklee products also. I use the cleaning products and they are great. I also love using the laundry products. They work very well and no toxic smells. I also use the baby wash and baby lotion for my 12 week old daughter.

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Hi, Just got my invitation today and am excited to learn and share! I use Baking soda, vinegar, Burts Bees, Aura Cacia bath stuff, always trying any new organic products I find and in the kitchen I have changed out all of my regular condiments for Whole Foods 365 brand products.



I have always been very chemical sensitive and this year have found many food allergies. In changing out my products my health has greatly improved!



Hi to all, Darlena Hnizdil

Elizabeth - posted on 12/28/2008

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I use Shaklee products. My skin has always been sensitive & my son's is too. He couldn't even wear bandaids at first! Just using the toxic free cleaners in the house has made a huge difference! I love the Basic H2 in the dishwasher. The fumes from the old stuff used to chase me from the kitchen. (Cascade really burnt me to breathe!) I can actually stand next to the machine while it's running! Going green in more ways than just recycling has changed how I live! I love it! I am so excited to have found this community, because lots of people look at me like I'm a geek when I ask for 'green'
advice. Has anyone tried a water converter for their car? Just wondering how it actually works...

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Our family went non-toxic about 1-1/2 years ago. I completely agree with you regarding deodorants. I am still looking for something that 'works'.
I use Aubrey Organics Green Tea daily moisturizer loyally. We use Aveda shampoos and Alba conditioners. I love the Abla organics Hawaiian line. Everything smells wonderful.
One of my favorite tools to use for cleaning is my Bissell steam mop. I bought it over a year ago and have not used any chemicals on my floors since.
I am so glad to find a group where people are doing the same thing as our family. When I decided to rid my house of toxic chemicals, a couple of my friends acted like I was paranoid. But since that time, one has come around and ask me what I read that got me started. But having peeps that are already doing it and being able to ask them for advice is a great resource. Thanks for the group.

Heidi - posted on 12/01/2008

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I love OxyClean for getting out stains, but I'm not sure how environmentally/ people friendly it is. Does anyone know it's ingredients?

Jody - posted on 11/29/2008

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Favorite for cleaning is Norwex Microfiber cloths. They pick up 99.94% of bacteria and the cloths have antibacterial agent embedded in the fibers so the bacteria is then killed within hours of being picked up. You use only water so no cleaners end up down the drain or worse in childrens reach. My son has been able to stay off his inhalers for 2 years using the Norwex Products and vinegar. www.norwex.com there are now over 10000 consultants worldwide and I am proud to be one of them.



Thanks for reading.



Jody Baumle

Alberta Canada

Julia - posted on 11/23/2008

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For cleaning, I use Dr. Bronner's peppermint soap (makes everything smell yummy), vinegar & baking soda (classics), and I use Seventh Generation dishwashing liquid. For the laundry, I use Seventh Generation liquid detergent and also their hydrogen peroxide bleach (for things that are too stained for the borax or baking soda to work on). I add about 10 drops of tea tree oil to the Dr. Bronner's in our hand soap pump bottle during cold and flu season to kill, kill, kill any viruses.

As for hair care, I used to use Aubrey's Camellia & Jasmine, but I recently found Ojon products. I love, love, love their conditioner for super dry hair. I also use dark brown henna powder by Light Mountain, which I mix with apple cider vinegar to help the color "stick" to my white hairs better. For my face, I use Juice Beauty Organics' line. They have this stuff called "Blemish Clearing Serum" that has worked wonders for me, not just for my spots but it has natural alpha hydroxy acids from fruit juices that help with the little lines that are starting to creep up on me. I love their face cleanser - the tag line says something like, "because squeaky clean is good for your windows but not for your face." I also make some of my own beauty products, like bath salts, massage oils, hair deep conditioning oils, etc. with all natural stuff and aromatherapeutic oils - but hey, that's what I used to do for a living. ;)

For the summer and early autumn, we use Badger Balm's Bug Balm to keep the killer SC mosquitoes away, and it works really great! The only thing is that it is kinda greasy, but I'd rather be greasy than covered in mosquito bites or use toxic crap.

Faye, for my son's eczema, we use Weleda's Calendula Baby Cream when he has a flare up. I discovered it when he was a baby, and we've used it ever since. Great stuff, no parabens or other icky stuff.

I've heard of Arbonne, but I thought their line has parabens in it. At least it did years ago when my family and I owned a little all-natural bath & body boutique and a lady came in trying to sell it to me.

Namaste,
Julie C.

Michelle - posted on 11/10/2008

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My favorite is a cleaning product called QuickNBrite. It's great! Good for baby/house/pets!

Masayo - posted on 11/09/2008

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I use John Masters Organic Shampoo and Conditioner and they work really well for me. He has several kinds of hair products and since my hair is dry, I use the reconstructing shampoo and conditioner.

I use Alba facial scrub and it works really well. I tried Burt's bee one, but I didn't like the smell so I switched.

Mrs. Myers cleaning products are great too. I use Mrs Myers hand soap, baby laundry detergent, dryer sheets (biodegradable) and all purpose cleaning spray, and stain remover... they are all wonderful! I do use Method around the house too. The hand soap is nice. I actually mix with Dr. Bonner's stuff and method hand soap to wash hands in the kitchen.

Faye - posted on 11/07/2008

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I use Dr. Bonner's on the kiddos and love it. It's so gentle on their skin and my little girl gets horrible winter eczema. I've been using Burt's Bees Color Keeper Shampoo and Conditioner and love it. I love Burt's Bees because they promise never to use sulfates, parabens, phthalates etc. : ) A friend of mine recently gave me a catalog for Arbonne. Has anyone ever heard of it? Are their products truly chemical free?



I use Melaleuca products for cleaning, laundry etc. I've used these products for years and love them!!!

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