As I promised, here is the information on the safer products that I personally use and my household:
Toothpaste: Coral White Tea Tree from www.coralllc.com / 800 992 9577 or from your local health store.
Deodorant: Thai Crystal deodorant stone, from www.deodorantstone.com / 480 451 4981 or from your local health store.
Skin: 100% organic Shea butter, you can add drops of Almond oil to soften it to your liking. You can get this from Beauty Supply stores.
Shower/bath: Oatmeal & Honey soap (2 bars in a plastic package) under $2, from Trader Joe or find something similar from your local store.
Shampoo: See the above (Oatmeal &Honey soap). Yes, and it works for me, just like the old days. I hope it works for you.
Hair dressing: Almond oil. Some people use Coconut oil and Olive oil.
As you can see, I don’t go for name brand name products because when it comes to ingredients, they have the same harmful ingredients. The rule of the thumb is the fewer the ingredients the better. If I pick up a product and see a lot of ingredients listed, I don’t bother reading. With the above products, I spend less than $40 a month , excluding the deodorant. The deodorant is about $15 and it lasts more than a year and you use it once a day!
With the list of the harmful ingredients posted in my previous article, you can take that list and check whatever you want to purchase to see if those ingredients are not present. However, keep in mind that there are new chemicals introduced almost everyday. I will do my best to let you know about them as I get aware of them. I have yet to find safe cosmetics, thus the reason I rarely use them. If anyone knows any source of safe cosmetics, please let me know so we can share it with others.
In my very first article, I mentioned how I threw away all my non-stick cookware. I replaced them with stainless steel, ceramic,glass and stoneware. With these, my worry about chemicals from scratches leaching in my food or buying new cookware from time to time, is completely gone. It may cost much more money initially to buy stainless steel or ceramic cookware, but they last for years and save money and life – in the long run. I have seen some other types of cookware on the market since, like cast iron or ceramic non-stick but I haven’t used them and I don’t know how good they are.