Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Green Products I'm Loving

I am always on a quest for good, organic yumminess to add to my life, and  I've recently come upon a few notable products worth sharing. 

1) Dr. Bronner's Organic Spearmint Peppermint Shaving Gel The husband and I recently vowed to stop buying those pressurized cans of shaving cream which, even when CFC-free, will spend a lifetime in a landfill somewhere.  We are already huge fans of Dr. Bronner's Magic Peppermint Soap, whose delightful tingliness on my face is just as important to my morning wake-up ritual as my double lattes.  When I came upon this shaving gel in a local shop dedicated to organic beauty products, we decided to give it a whirl. We both love; the tingliness is still there and it leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth.  We both feel happy to be free of the metal can and its tub-staining rust rings. Says the husband, "it is kind of like putting grape jelly on your face, but it's cool."

2) Kiehl's Açaí Damage-Correcting Moisturizer  I've long been a Kiehl's junkie, but was recently hating on them after looking up some of their products of on the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database and being shocked and appalled by some of the chemical goo in my favorite products.  As if they sensed my disappointment, Kiehl's recently lauched their first 100% organic skincare line in these açaí products (there is also a serum, a cleanser and a toning mist, but I have yet to try those).  I decided to give this moisturizer a try upon needing a new product to accommodate my suddenly shiny post-baby skin (after years of nothing but dry, dry, dry).  I am loving this product.  It feels amazing on, has a great scent, and a little goes a long, long way.  It is supposed to be "damage-correcting", minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  Sold.  I use this during the day, and my beloved Lunaroma Cucumber Rosewater Facial Cream at night for a totally edible and organic skincare regimen.  Perfect.

3) Ecover Lemon and Aloe Vera Dishwashing Liquid In our continued quest to change over to all natural and non-toxic cleaning products, we've been exclusively using this yummy stuff.  It smells great, doesn't dry your hands, and just got all of the cheese off of a baking sheet that we used to make nachos grande for dinner (which is another post unto itself - delish).  One whiff of this stuff and the fake lemon smell of other dishwashing liquids will seem downright gross.

4) Weleda Baby Products  I think I may have mentioned these before, but they are so worth mentioning again.  My favorite is the Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash.  I love a two-in-one product, and this one is perfect for lathering Baby J head to toe.  It smells incredible, has no scary ingredients, and is so gentle on his skin.  I swore by their Pregnancy Body Oil as well.  Weleda just knows how to take perfect, natural care of mama and baby.  *Bonus tip: order your Weleda on Diapers.com with a case of diapers and you bump yourself into free shipping territory, baby. 

5) Nature's Path Flax Plus Maple Pecan Crunch  Granola.  How cliche.  Seriously though, the husband is a diehard sugar cereal fan, and tends towards breakfast offerings that include high-fructose corn syrup when left to his own devices.  I've long been on a search for a healthy cereal that meets his high breakfast standards: it must not taste like cardboard, it must not have fiber in the name, it must not resemble twigs, it must be delicious.  I finally hit the mark with this tasty cereal, which also contains healthy flax and omegas, along with pecan and maple crunchiness.  The whole box was gone before I could try it myself, so I will have to give a personal review next time, but I take the rapid disappearance as a high endorsement. 
And it is organic to boot.  Score.

What new (or oldie but goodie) green products are you loving?  I'd love to hear about your finds.


  1. Hey Jane I love your blog!! I am totally obsessed with Mrs. Meyer's Aromatherapeutic Household all purpose cleaner, the lavender is just heavenly! I would love to try some of your yummy recipes thanks for sharing! Liz Derry

  2. LOVE mrs. meyers. love their scented candles, but for some reason can't find them anywhere in VT. also love the idea of their basil dryer sheets, but can't seem to justify spending $7 on dryer sheets...