Number one, whatever you use on your body, you should be able to eat. Not because you would eat your deodorant, though your child(ren) probably will (mine have). You can't tell me you haven't heard that uncanny silence. Then you walk in on your toddler bent over a jar of your lotion--it's all on the floor, his hands, face... next thing you know you are checking ingredients and calling poison control only to find out your child will have massive diarrhea, but he doesn't care, he's running around laughing plotting how he's going get some more of that lotion--you get the picture. When you put a product on your skin you are ingesting it. Avoid products with carcinogens, too many ingredients, or any ingredients that you can’t pronounce.
Number two, you don't want to pay an arm and a leg for it. And while we are on money, you want your dollar to circulate in your community at least a few times. Also, it is more practical and economical to buy products that the whole family can use. For example, we all use the same lotion, deodorant, soap—you get the picture.
Number three, you want the products to be effective. You want to look/smell good. There are a lot of products out there that are natural, but you will be musty by the time lunch rolls around.
Here are my favorite time-tested mother-approved husband-approved products (please post any pictures or list any products/recipes that you recommend or want to add to this list):
1. Coconut Oil & Shea Butter (hair, lips, bath)
2. Goddess good Essentials Body Butter Unscented (lotion for face & body)
3. Naturally Fresh Deodorant salt crystal (you can easily buy this anywhere)
4. Jasons Powersmile Vanilla Mint (a good friend put me on to this, it’s fluoride free and you smile will gleam)
5. Origins Well OFF (eye make-up remover)
6. Liquid Black Soap (for hair body, I blend it with other oils etc)
7. Burt’s Bees Peach Willowbark Deep Pore Scrub (I detest blackheads)
8. Acid Skin Peel (I do this once every other month; I detest blackheads, hey after 30 you regenerate cells at a slower pace)
9. Essential oils (lavender, myrrh, neem)
10. Natural Muslin Epilating Strips (I will not put a razor to my skin—waxing/threading are the best way to go! But don’t do it yourself, have someone else do it.)
11. Loofah (Did I tell you I hate blackheads?)
What do you use?
Next Month: Housecleaning Recipes/Products