When I first started to look for more sustainable options in body care, I wandered down the aisles of several natural foods stores, and was surprised to find a number of brands touted as “natural” or “organic” that still had some pretty nasty ingredients in them. There are several good resources online to help guide you on what to look for to keep toxins out of our water supplies and off our body. Treehugger.com has a well-rounded list. Terressentials has a comprehensive list that, imho, goes a little too far in some cases, but it’s a good read for purists. Hopefully you can save a little time yourself by taking advantage of my research. Here are some of my personal favorite products and brands.
This affordable, luxury skin care brand has lotions and potions for every skin type. Their eye cream works so well it actually got a rid of an eye rash I had that prescription eye cream couldn’t help. Sign up for their e-mail to get regular discounts.
The maker of my favorite deodorant is also one of my go-to brands for basic moisturizers and skin care. They don’t have an eye cream in their line, so I add 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream to this regime.
A relatively new find for me, I’ve only tried a few of their products so far. They have a gorgeous feel and beautiful, organic ingredients.
I have to admit that despite all the wonderful body washes out there, I still love a good soap. Soap is the “saponification” of an oil with a base, usually lye. Modern soaps that you purchase at a grocery store generally use either petroleum as their base oil or slaughterhouse tallow because both are very inexpensive. In addition to the environmental and animal issues, both of these oils are very drying to your skin. Almost any cold processed, vegetable oil soap scented with essential oils rather than synthetic perfumes is an infinitely better option. Jojoba and Almond Oil soaps are my favorites, though they tend to cost a tad more.
100% Pure has a good collection of scents both online and in stores.
Soap making has become a handmade cottage industry. Check your local farmers market or craft fair for cold-processed soap. This is my favorite way to buy since you can sniff them all to get a scent that speaks to you. It also supports small business and local communities.
Almost all of the brands I’ve linked above have body washes and lotions as well. I also like Nubian Heritage, particularly for their philosophy and work in underdeveloped areas. Click and explore…