There are plenty of things we want more of in our lives, but toxins are not one of them. With so many natural products on the market today, it can be confusing to figure out the good, the bad, and the ugly in our everyday choices. And we know that buying exclusively organic and toxin-free won't work for most budgets.
So how do you pick and choose? We started with the products we know to be as natural as possible and that deliver on their promises. Here's our list of some of our faves for mamas and babes.
Beautycounter's full line of skincare, sunscreen, and beauty products was founded on a mission to get safer products into the hands of everyone. (Cue the ??) We are huge fans, in particular, of their cleaning and moisturizing products. The Charcoal Cleansing Bar cleans the day's makeup remnants - even mascara! - better than anything we've tried, leaving your skin detoxified and brighter. For even the driest skin, the face oils keep your skin moisturized and smooth all night long.
Pro tip: Have specific chemicals you're trying to avoid? Beauty Counter's The Never List gives a download on everything they will never put in any product. Plus, they list all the ingredients for every product on their website.
We found choosing a natural sunscreen to be one of the most overwhelming tasks. But we landed on Blue Lizard Baby, which we think rocks for many reasons. It uses only natural mineral barriers (including Zinc Oxide); it has no potentially irritating chemicals; it offers broad spectrum UVA and UVB skin protection; and it's very highly rated by EWG. And, unlike lots of Zinc-based sunscreens, it's easy to apply and doesn't leave a thick, white coating behind.
Pro tip: The bottle turns pink when exposed to harmful UV rays, reminding you to cover up. How useful—and fun— is that?
Deodorant might be the last thing you think you need to upgrade, but did you know most leading deodorants have aluminum in them? Native is both aluminum- and paraben-free. With ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, and baking soda, you'll stay cool, dry, and toxin-free— seriously. We didn't believe it until we tried it, but now lavender & rose is our favorite new underarm smell.
Pro tip: This deodorant is so great, even your hubby will love it—so you may want to buy two!
Much loved by celebs and real moms alike, Noodle & Boo's mission is to use wholesome ingredients that are optimal for sensitive skin. Every Noodle & Boo formula is hypoallergenic and clinically-tested by dermatologists and pediatricians to minimize the risk of allergic reactions. The Newborn 2-in-1 Hair & Body Wash is mild and moisturizing. (And tearless, as we may just have tested it out on one of our kiddos who didn't even seem to notice a little soap in the eyes!) We also love the silky, sensitive Baby Mud sunscreen that absorbs super fast.
Pro tip: You know that indescribable, amazing baby smell that's so fleeting? Somehow Noodle & Boo perfectly captures a bit of it. If you're suffering from a case of baby fever, you've been warned...
Water Wipes are touted as the “world's purest baby wipe," and we must say, we couldn't agree more! They're made with purified, softened water + a tiny drop of grapefruit seed extract—that's it. They're hypoallergenic, help prevent diaper rash, and won't irritate your little one's super sensitive skin. And, they do a great job of cleaning faces, hands, and tiny tushes. ??Water for the win! ??
Pro tip: Since there aren't any chemicals or preservatives in these wipes, be sure to keep the package sealed tightly when not in use to avoid any drying out or mold issues.
File this one under the “amazing-products-you-never-knew-you-needed" bucket. Did you know that indoor air can be five times more polluted than outside air? That can affect everything from asthma to allergies to sleep quality. Awair is like your personalized home toxin tracker. It constantly evaluates a room's air, letting you know about the temperature, humidity, CO2, chemicals, and dust levels at any time. Founded by an engineer dad after his first born suffered from eczema, he decided to build a device to better track the air around her—and aren't all the best ideas born from parents in need?!
Pro tip: We recommend testing the air quality in every room; you'll be surprised to see how much it can vary in terms of dust and chemicals depending on location.
Dubbed the “face oil to end all face oils," Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum is loved by everyone from us to Gwyneth Paltrow. After several weeks, we seriously believe the nutrient-rich botanicals and essential oils left our skin brighter and more hydrated. We're the first to admit this isn't for everyone; the $185 price point is a lot to swallow; however, if you're looking for one super-luxe item to indulge on, this serum is it.
Pro tip: Apply each night after cleansing to face and neck for best results, and don't forget to apply sunscreen each morning for continued skin protection.
There is nothing sadder than a sniffly, sick babe, and nothing worse than feeling like a helpless mama. Honest's Breathe Easy Rub can help! It's the perfect organic alternative to traditional chest rubs and is great for easing babe's cough and cold symptoms. Organic eucalyptus and tea tree oils help support clearer breathing, while lavender and rosemary oils help calm your little one. Added benefit: it makes your baby smell sooo good! (I bet you didn't think that was even possible, huh?)
Pro tip: We apply this balm to the bottoms of our little one's feet then cover them up with warm socks right before bed.
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