As explained in Part 1, I’m trying to use all-natural products and ingredients to clean my home, my body, and my family. I began in the nursery with the introduction of cloth diapers and wipes, with my own homemade wipe solution. So far, so good on that front!
The laundry detergent and chemical-free dryer balls that I use for the diapers, also are working well on my regular laundry. My only issue is with the softness (or lack thereof) of my bath towels. Without any chemical softeners, they come out stiff and scratchy. . . Moving on.
After researching homemade shampoo and conditioner, I elected to purchase a ready-made version. Many brands use the word “natural,” but that just means it contains something natural, not that the entire product is natural, making shopping difficult. However, after a trip to the local health-food store, I came away with products that I, so far, really enjoy. I already use a face wash that I purchased at the same store, and I love that also.
An area I am having difficulty with is cosmetics. I would love to try Bare Minerals or something like it, but they are just too expensive. The owner of the health food store gave me a sample of Kiss My Face’s tinted moisturizer as a foundation alternative, and I had my doubts, but I actually really like it! She also gave me a natural lip gloss, and not only does it look great, it tastes great too (honey mint)! I have temporarily settled for some mineral make-up from Physicians Formula, though they are not exactly all-natural. It’s the closest I could get at Rite Aid.
I also have had trouble finding an all-natural body wash. The ones I was able to find at the drug store that claimed to be natural, still contained sulfates. I decided to stick some Dr. Bronner’s in an old foaming soap dispenser that I had, since it’s quite watery. The foaming really helps and the peppermint version I use is quite refreshing! I actually really loved a wash I had been given from ecoTools, but apparently they no longer produce it.
Also, the natural deodorants I have found aren’t that great. They remain sticky and cause chaffing. I’m experimenting with using a thinner layer; we shall see.
A few set-backs; make-up, fabric softening, and deodorant are presenting challenges. Dr. Bronner’s is amazing and has many uses; I will see about getting the mild, baby version for replacing baby wash. I’m already underway with household cleaning, but will include that in my next post. Mostly, Dr. Bronner’s, vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils. I will just say, my house smells amazing 🙂
To be continued. . .