I told you guys a while back that when I got pregnant I changed so much about my life including the products I use. When I was pregnant, I was especially aware of the products I was putting on my body because I was worried that anything with chemicals would absorb into my skin and potentially affect the baby. Now that little Molly is here, using products that are free of chemicals is more important to me than ever! Everything from the household cleaner I use to my make up – I want my products to be non-toxic and safe for my family! So today in the blog I thought it would be perfect to share some of my favorite natural and non-toxic products with you guys!
One product that I absolutely love, because it has so many uses, is Four Monks cleaning vinegar. It’s an all purpose, non-toxic cleaner without a bunch of mystery ingredients. And when I say it’s all purpose, I really mean ALL purpose! I use the stuff for everything. To wash my rugs (and yes I have all white rugs in my house), to washing wool sweaters, to cleaning Molly’s changing table and toys, to washing my fruits and vegetables (learn all the ways you can use it HERE). In fact, it’s so safe you could actually eat it! I’m not even kidding! Which is really important to me since Molly’s about to get to the stage where babies like to put everything in their mouth. So I can clean her toys and not have to worry when she puts them in her mouth five seconds later. Plus Owen has this thing lately where he loves to mistake her toys for his toys. And as much as I’d love to believe that old tale that Owen’s mouth is cleaner than mine – that’s just not true! Ha! So I’m finding myself having to clean Molly’s toys in her play gym a lot. Oh and I can’t forget to mention it’s pet safe too! Plus it actually works!!! Vinegar is a great natural cleanser and the citrus mint scent leaves my house smelling fresh and not like gross chemicals.
Like I said above, when I was pregnant the products I put on my body had to be safe for my baby. And that’s still true because I’m holding Molly all the time, so she’s always close to my skin and I don’t want her rubbing up against gross chemicals. So I’ve made it a mission of mine to find great products for my face and body that are safe for Molly. One thing I really love so far is this concealer by bareMinerals. It’s so good for contouring and lightening the area under my eyes and it doesn’t have a weird texture like a lot of natural concealers that I’ve tried.
I also love a good highlighter. One of my tricks for not looking so tired as a new mom is putting highlighter on the inner corners of my eyes to make my eyes appear more awake. This is actually a trick I learned when I was the bachelorette and up super late during rose ceremonies and so exhausted from all the dates I went on. As a new mom, this trick has come in very handy. So I guess if I had to say that I took anything I learned on the bachelorette into mommy-hood, it’s using highlighter on my inner eyes. Ha! I use THIS one.
And finally let’s talk about deodorant. I don’t know about you guys but I have tried dozens of all natural deodorants and very few of them work well. I feel bad for Kevin because he’s had to endure me trying all these different natural deodorants and smelling like a truck driver (no offense to truck drivers – hehe – it’s just a figure of speech). Then one night we were watching Shark Tank and a pitch for THIS all natural deodorant came on. Of course I had to try it because I’m obsessed with everything on Shark Tank so I ordered it. Unfortunately the company was back ordered for months and it took me forever to receive the product. But it was honestly worth the wait! Because it actually works! You guys have to try it.
Anyway, I’ve got to run for now. I hope you guys like my recommendations for natural products that can help you and your family live a healthier life. I’ll write more about the other products I use when I have more time and about the products I discover as I find them. And please share your favorite products with me in the comments below! Love you guys!