A Peek into My Cabinet…

Ok, so all of these products are not actually in a “cabinet,” but this gives you a glimpse of what I used to use, where I have worked to find natural, organic, and nontoxic products, and what I use now!

I will be constantly updating this page, so you will be able to see at any given time what I am currently using. 

How Each Product in Each Category is Listed:

Then: What I used to use

Now: What I use now

(and if I do not love what I use now)

Want to Try: Products I hope to try in the future

I also sometimes have a Currently Using, rather than Now, and this signifies that I am using this product up, but do not recommend it.

If I have a Want to Try: N/A, it means that I am still searching for a product I want to try in this category.  Also, in some categories I have Other Alternatives Available.  This gives you some more options in that category.  However, none of the other alternatives I list are ones that I have personally used.

So here’s my list Categories listed include: Face Care, Lip Care, Personal Care Products, Body Care, Hair Care, Dental Care, Cosmetics, Menstrual Care, Laundry Products, Food and Drink Containers, Outdoors Protection (aka Sun Protection and Bug Repellent) and Baby Care!

Remember though~ switching over to natural, organic, and nontoxic products does NOT have to occur within one day, one week, or even one month!  As you use up products you already have, just switch them over to natural and organic products.  This way, you do not feel overwhelmed!  I have been switching over products for about a year now.  🙂

The one group of products that I do recommend switching over as quickly as possible though are any products used on, or for, babies and young children because they absorb more of the chemicals per pound compared to adults, and breathe in more toxins per breath than adults too.

Also, for your health and any kid’s health, please limit exposure/ use of all plastics, not just plastics with BPA.

UPDATED: 12/9/2013

Face Care

Face Cleanser

Then: Proactiv, Clean & Clear, Biore, Adovia Mud Soap

Now: Local Pure Honey (Please Note: Do not use this if you are allergic, and please do not give honey to infants)

Acne and Acne Scar Treatment

Then: Proactiv, Clean & Clear

Now: Lime Juice (Please only use as a treatment at night.  Lime or lemon juice, if on the skin during the day, cause your skin to become photosensitive)

Facial Moisturizer

Then: Adovia Daytime Moisturizer

Now: Intelligent Nutrients Anti-Aging Moisture

 

Lip Care

Lip Balm

Then: Lip Smackers, Josie Maran Cosmetics Argan Lip Treatment

Now: Babybearshop All the Better to Kiss You With USDA Certified Organic Lip Balms

Lip Gloss

Then: Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Lip Gloss

Now: Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Lip Delivery Antioxidant Gloss in Clear Frosting

 

Personal Care Products

Deodorant

Then: Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant and Anti-Perspirant

Now: my own blend

Razors

Then: Bic Disposable Razors

Now: Vintage Gillette Safety Razor with Derby Extra Double Edge Razor Blades (Instead of buying a new one which costs $60 and up, I bought a vintage one.  Only the handles are what you reuse.  You personally buy new razor blades from a place like Amazon, so no need to worry.  Safety razors do give closer shaves though, so make sure you use a lighter hand while shaving.)

Antibacterial Hand Soap

Then: Bath & Body Works Antibacterial Liquid Hand Soaps

Now: Dr. Bronner’s Bar Soaps (Lavender Oil and Tea Tree Oil are natural antibacterials without Triclosan~ a horrible chemical that accumulates in our bodies.  If you have babies, just use the Baby Mild Unscented one)

 

Body Care

Body Wash

Then: Bath & Body Works Shower Gels, Philosophy 3 in 1 Shower Gels

Now: Dr. Bronner’s Bar Soaps in Lavender, Baby Mild (Unscented), Peppermint, and Citrus Orange, and occasionally small business made soaps

Body Moisturizer

Then: Bath & Body Works Lotion, Victoria’s Secret Pink Lotions, Victoria’s Secret VS Fantasies Lotions, Johnson & Johnson Lotion, etc.

Now: Organic Argan Oil

Foot Cream

Then: Bath & Body Works Blue Spa Foot Lotion

Now: My own blend

Body Mists

Then: Bath & Body Works Body Mists, Victoria’s Secret PINK Body Mists, Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Body Mist, Victoria’s Secret Sexy Little Things Body Mist, etc.

Now: Deep Steep Body Mists in Honeydew Spearmint and my own blend

Perfumes

Then: Bath & Body Works Twilight Woods, Bath & Body Works Bronze Bombshell Perfume, Jessica Simpson Fancy Perfume, Hilary Duff With Love Perfume, Philosophy Baby Grace Perfume, etc.

Now: Intelligent Nutrients Destress Express Certified Organic Spirit Essence

 

Hair Care

Shampoo and Conditioner

Then: Wen by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioners, Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner, Herbal Essences Shampoo and Conditioner in Long Term Relationship and Break’s Over, Avalon Organics Nourishing Conditioner in Lavender

Now: Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Shampoo and Conditioner

Want to Try: Intelligent Nutrients USDA Certified Organic Body Cleanser (which can also be used as a shampoo for non-color treated hair) and USDA Certified Organic Conditioner (The body cleanser is not recommended for colored or treated hair, so I have to wait to try it until my hair has completely grown out)

Leave-In Conditioner

Then: Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Leave-In Conditioner

Now: Argan Oil (Please do not use if allergic to tree nuts)

 

Dental Care

Toothpaste

Then: Tom’s of Maine Whole Care Toothpaste in Peppermint, Crest Vivid White Toothpaste (original formula)

Now: Hello! Toothpaste in supermint

Toothbrush

Then: Crest Toothbrushes, Colgate Toothbrushes, Oral-B Toothbrushes

Now: Preserve Toothbrush (only toothbrush currently on the market made from #5 plastic~which is considered one of the safer plastics~ and the only toothbrush currently on the market that can be recycled)

Want to Try: Possibly a wooden toothbrush

Floss

Then: Various flosses

Now: Radius 100% Biodegradable Certified Organic Silk Floss

Dental Sticks for Plaque Removal

Then: N/A

Now: The Natural Dentist Stim-U-Dent Thin Mint Flavored Plaque Removers

Mouthwash/Product to Help Inflammation of the Gums

Then: N/A

Now: Peri-Gum Mouthwash Concentrate

 

Cosmetics

Eye Shadows

Then: N/A

Now: Bareminerals Eyeshadows (that I bought from before Bareminerals was bought from Shiseido); I will not be buying any new ones from them.

Blushes

Then: N/A

Now: N/A  (I have been wearing almost no makeup for about a year now.)

Mascara

Then: Bareminerals Weather Everything Mascara, Bareminerals Big Tease Mascara

Now: Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara (original formula. Green leaf handle and tan tube)

Lip Glosses

Then: Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Lip Glosses

Now: Intelligent Nutrients USDA Certified Organic Lip Glosses

 

Menstrual Care

Pads and Tampons

Then: Kotex Overnight Pads, Always Overnight Pads, Always Infinity Ultra Thin Maxi Pads, Carefree Ultra Thin Pads

Now: Lunapads Organic Cotton Undyed Washable Cloth Pads

Other Alternatives Available: Menstrual Cups, Organic Tampons, Organic Pads, Chlorine Free Tampons, Chlorine Free Pads, many WAHM cloth pad options, Gladrag Cloth Pads

Pantyliners

Then: Kotex pantyliners

Now: Lunapads Organic Cotton Cloth Pantyliners

Other Alternatives Available: Lunapanties with built-in pantyliner/pad, Gladrags Cloth Pantyliner, Chlorine Free Pantyliners, Organic Pantyliners

Products to Relieve Menstrual Cramps

Then: Midol

Now: Lunablend, Lunabalm, and occasionally Tylenol; My cramps have drastically reduced ever since I started cutting out processed foods and refined sugar from my diet.  So Tylenol is needed far less.

 

Laundry Products

Laundry Detergent

Then: Tide Laundry Detergent, All Laundry Detergent

Now: Eco Nuts Natural Laundry Soap in Liquid Form and Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent (unscented one)

Other Alternatives Available: Soap Nuts, Nellie’s All Natural Laundry Soap

Fabric Softener

I do not use fabric softener, but if you want to, an alternative to toxic conventional products is white vinegar (do not use apple cider vinegar- it will probably stain clothes)

Dryer Sheets

Then: Bounce Dryer Sheets

Now: EcoSisters Wool Dryer Balls

 

Food and Drink Containers

Water Bottle/ Drink Bottle

Then: Disposable one-time use water bottles, Reusable Plastic Travel Mugs

Now: bottlesUP Reusable Glass Water Bottle

Food Containers

Then: Reusable Plastic Food Containers

Now: Graze Organic Reusable Organic Cotton Bags (THE best part? ~ They’re made in the USA!)

 

Outdoors Protection

Sunscreen

Then: Banana Boat Sunscreen, Image Essentials Continuous Spray Sport SPF 30

Now: Badger SPF 30+ Unscented Sunscreen and Badger SPF 16 Aloe Vera Sunscreen Lotion (These are physical sunscreens~not chemical sunscreens.  Therefore, you use only a fraction of this sunscreen compared to what you use of chemical sunscreen for the same protection.  Also, no physical sunscreen can ever be 100% organic because physical sunscreen relies on minerals like zinc oxide for protection, which cannot be certified organic.  Badger uses non-nano uncoated zinc oxide for their active ingredient, so you know it is a safer alternative.  This Badger sunscreen, although stated to be unscented, if you do have a heightened sense of smell like me, does have a very slight cocoa scent to it.  It smells awesome, and is not overwhelming in any way.  Also, physical sunscreens in general do have a little bit of a different texture to them than chemical sunscreens.  However, they are significantly safer to use than chemical sunscreens, so I highly recommend only using physical sunscreens.)

Bug Repellent

Then: OFF! Clip-On Fan Mosquito Repellent

Now: Sage Stone Botanicals Citronella Bug Repellent Spray, and Intelligent Nutrients Aromatic Bug Repellent Certified Organic Perfume Spray

 

Baby Care

Although I personally do not have any kids yet, I still wanted to add this list to give you some ideas of products that are safe and natural! 🙂

Bath Care: Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild (Unscented) Bar Soap, Babybearshop Certified Organic Wishy Wash

Body Moisturizer: Babybearshop Cheeky Baby Butter, Argan Oil, Buttercup & Jake Cocoa Calendula Balm, Pure Cocoa Butter, Pure Shea Butter, Buttercup & Jake Golden Calendula Oil, Babybearshop Mama Belly Oil

Diapers: Cloth Diapers: preferably Organic Cotton, Organic Bamboo or Hemp; if using Disposable Diapers: Seventh Generation, gDiapers (part cloth and part disposable), or any chlorine free or organic diapers

So there you have it~ all of the personal care products and other home products I currently use right now!

Did I miss any major category(s) that you would like me to add?  Did this list help make your switch in any category to natural and organic products easier?  Let me know in the comments!

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

Please note that all of the products mentioned that I am currently using, I bought myself or were presents from family members and friends.  I did receive free the Sage Stone Botanicals Citronella Bug Repellent Spray, and the Badger Aloe Vera Sunscreen Lotion.

I also want to note that I have not noted all of the products that I used to previously use.  Instead, I’ve listed only the ones that I used the most and/or the most recent ones.  Otherwise, this list would be even longer 🙂

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