Beauty Products for the Whole Family!
Growing up in Los Angeles, surrounded by organic produce, I was always conscious of what I was putting into my body. It wasn't until after college, when I started writing for health magazines that I began to understand that what I was putting onto my body was just as important as what I was ingesting. For years I was naive to the idea that the array of lotions, hair products and makeup that made me feel cleaner, smell better and appear fresher could actually be hurting me. It seems like common sense that we, the consumers would look at the ingredients that we apply daily and are thus absorbed through our skin. Not until recently has evidence exposed the true nature of these harmful and carcinogenic chemicals, which live in many over the counter beauty products. Companies will continue to add toxic chemicals, such as sulfates, parabens, petroleum, and aluminum to beauty products unless the consumer is aware, actively chooses not to purchase these products and spreads this information with others. These harmful chemicals will not only clog your pours they may be detrimemtal to your health. On the flip side, new smaller companies have been popping up left and right offering fresh, clean and effective organic and all natural alternatives. Since becoming pregnant and even more mindful of what I was putting onto my body and into my growing fetus, I have accumulated an array of amazing all natural beauty products that won't hurt you, the planet or your baby. Most of these products I use on Van today. After two years of regularly using these chemical-free beauty products my hair, skin and even teeth have never felt so clean, soft and healthy as they do today. Now that I am in charge of of another little person's overall health, I feel confident that the products I apply onto his body are just as pure as the produce he is putting into his body. Below are some of Van and my beauty secrets...hope you enjoy!
Deep Conditioner: Made with only the freshest vegan ingredients and good for the whole family, this deep conditioner will soften and moisturize your locks while simultaneously protecting you hair from hard water, sun, and pollution. Anyone with curly or wavy hair will become obsessed!
Scrumptious Baby Cream: The Free & Clean formulas contain soothing organic botanicals that are ultra-gentle made specifically for your baby’s sensitive skin. This luscious lotion is free of harsh chemicals, hormone disruptors & other common offenders. This scrumptious Baby Cream has been a savior for Los Angeles's dry climate. Before we stated using the body cream, Van was breaking out in small eczema-like bumps. Since using this cream he is rash free and soft as a baby's butt...literally.
A lotion that's pure enough to eat?....It sure is! Using 5 certified organic and unrefined ingredients found only in nature, Booda Butter is made up of shea butter, coco butter, coconut oil, olive oil and jojoba oil. It's one of Van's favorite snacks....just joking (but not really). Purchase the butter and get two complimentary lip balms made from the exact same ingredients.
Once I was aware that my prior toothpaste (Colgate total) had Triclosan in it I decided to go all natural. Triclosan has been shown to alter your hormones, causing developmental and reproduction problems. It's been linked to cancer and has caused fetal bone malformations when tested on mice and rats. As usual the companies using it claim that it is harmless to humans when used in small quantities. Once Van needed to start brushing his 5 teeth, my pediatrician told me that I had to switch to a fluoride free toothpaste. Natures gate is vegan, non GMO, carrageenan free, gluten free, soy free, fluoride free, paraben free, sulfate free, cruelty free and has not artificial flavors or sweeteners.
Face SPF 30 Matte Finish: Perfect for the mom on the run, I can use this two-in-one product as both my face sunscreen and tint to even out my complexion. This antioxidant-infussed sunscreen offers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB plus environmental protection. Made with rose hip oil and free radical fighting vitamin C, this sunscreen also improves skins elasticity and moisture with omega-3's, shea butter smoothes and other rejuvenating ingredients.
Baby SPF 50 Moisturizer: Shielding you little one from the sun's harmful rays, this mineral SPF 50 with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection contains over 70%+ certified organic ingredients and absolutely zero chemicals or preservatives and is designed especially for a baby’s delicate skin.
A classic staple in our household, we were using Dr. Bronners way before Van, but now we opt for the baby friend version for bath time. Made with organic oils, certified vegan, fair trade, non GMO and no animal testing, Dr. Bronners is an oldie but goodie! With this gentle baby friendly soap, a little goes a very long way!