We are trying to make greener choices around the Manor. We started in the kitchen, we thought it would be the best place to start since that's where the food lives.
The next natural choice was to move on to the bathroom.
In the shower we have a corner shelving unit we bought from Target. This is our second unit, the first one we had didn't have deep enough baskets and everything kept falling out. Nothing wakes you up in the middle of the night quite like a Costco sized shampoo bottle dropping 5 feet into the tub!
Here are some of the products we keep on those shelves:
Jason's Body scrub with corn cobb and Shower Gel in Tea Tree
We use this puff made from recycled plastic with the shower gel (it's from Target). I love the shower gel, it smells great!
I couldn't have made it through the summer without the scrub. Early in the summer I got a terrible sunburn and it really helped me scrub off the dried skin. (Not my smartest moment)
While we are on the topic of sun, when I'm not being dumb and forgetting my sunscreen at home, we wear Aubrey Zinc Sunscreen. It sits on top of your skin instead of being absorbed into it. Some people have complained about the white color it leaves on the top of your skin, but neither Lee or I noticed it. And it really works, last summer I put some on Lee's back and accidentally missed a spot, it was very obvious. :)
For shaving cream again we use Jasons. It's got some grit to it, like an exfoliant. Scrubs away the dead skin. It also doesn't have the horrible smell shaving creams have. We noticed that it didn't get a super close shave, it's still pretty darn good, and in this case the benefits definitely outweigh the downfalls.
I use Berts Bees shampoo and conditioner, I love the smell of their peppermint shampoo, but I also love the volume boosting of the pomegranate scent, so I tend to switch between the two. I also have been known to use "Yes to Carrots" shampoo it smells amazing, even Lee noticed. I have long hair so I go through more then my fair share of shampoo.
We love Wicked Fresh Tom's toothpaste. It's not like most Natural toothpastes, this one still tastes like normal toothpaste, if I wanted to brush my teeth with baking soda I would, I don't need to pay $6 for a tube of baking soda paste :) I want my mouth to be minty fresh, not chalky.
We both use Tom's Deodorant (although Lee keeps his in his gym bag so I only have a picture of mine). I can't honestly say that this stuff works well. It works well enough for a lazy day around the house, alone. Or maybe a day around the house with your spouse (depending on how many years you've been married). Or if you wear it to the gym and your wife considers it girl repellent. But neither of us would wear it out. We both have a small deodorant we use for when we go out with friends. Don't get me wrong it does work a bit it's just not for stressful or strenuous situations.
I use Physicians Formula Organic Make-up. It works really well. I don't like to wear a lot of make-up, I especially hate pancake make-up. This stuff is light and has good coverage. I also use their blush and bronzer combo, and their mascara. That's about all the make-up I wear on a day to day basis, if we are going out at night I add more.
I also found a way to get my make up on the cheap. Physicians Formula is a bit on the pricier side, the powder can cost around $20 cdn. But I found it at Winners (the Canadian TJ MAXX) It's exactly the same. I bought the powder for $4.99 the blush and bronzer for $4.99 and the Mascara for $3.99 huge savings.
They also have a lot of natural and/or organic bath products there, for wwwwaaaaayyyyy cheaper then specialty stores.
And last but not least, and probably my favorite, Dr.Brommers pure castile soap. Almond scented. It smells heavenly. It makes me want to wash my hands for fun.
I know this is a bit off topic for us, but then again, finding greener alternatives to things we use everyday is right up our alley.
If anyone has anything to add or any products they use I would love to hear about them. I'm always interested in what other are doing to make greener, healthier choices. I'm currently having a hard time finding a natural nail polish, I am kind of missing cheery finger tips.