Livin’ in a Toxic World! – In Real Life #25

How our vacation turned toxic, and why I'm so FILLED with gratitude this week. Check out our new IRL vlog!
How our vacation turned toxic, and why I’m so FILLED with gratitude this week. Check out our new IRL vlog!

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How about you?

What is one toxic product that you have ditched and replaced with a cleaner, greener version? Share with us in the comments below!

About Genevieve

After battling weight, digestive, and immune system issues for years, I know firsthand the harmful effects of conventional life. Through a long road of detox, I discovered the healing power of natural living. This transformation spread into every area of my life - physical, emotional & spiritual. Now I'm on a mission to help other mamas live happier, healthier lives.

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88 Comments

  1. Yasmina August 28 at 8:34 am

    Hi Papa and Mama natural! I´ve been reading your blog and I find all the information is very useful and interesting and you exposed it in a enjoyable way. I think your kids are very lucky for having parents that care so much for their happiness. You show such as sensitivity that I ask myself if each of you consider yourself as a highly sensitivity person (http://www.hsperson.com/). All my life I have so many emotional and physical problems trying to act like a “normal” person but I just became exhausted and depressed. Now that I realized that I´m so much more sensitive that other people and that is why the world overwhelm me I´ve started to respect myself and I´m starting to be really happy. I was wondering if you consider yourself as hsp because I feel very identificate with your way of life.

  2. Elle August 24 at 3:50 am

    I have always been someone who preferred non toxic cleaning, I grew up that way. However, I was not super rigid about it. Until my kiddo came along and he was diagnosed with Autism, now I try super hard to be as chemical free as I can. I’ve seen the use of harsh cleaning agents trigger him. Which is I believe what we all experience in someway… My favorite non toxic cleaning that works for floors (tile,laminate,wood) is simply hot water and Castile soap. Floors look amazing and house smells so clean. Great site!!! Just stumbled upon it!! Wonderful…

  3. Anna August 22 at 8:39 pm

    Genevieve!

    I just had to come leave a comment on this IRL because I felt like you and other natural mamas would understand my frustration today! I was in my apartment when I started smelling this horrible chemical smell-come to find out the apartment is refinishing the floors next door but the bucket of what I think was wet polyurethane coating was sitting right in front of our door and seeping into our apartment!! My husband came home around 5 and was in our house for an hour and got dizzy and a headache-the smell is powerful and still seeping into our apartment from next door! I am pregnant and I’ve tried to avoid chemicals and now I am going to be dealing with off gassing for the next few weeks! I am so bummed our apartment didn’t notify us first so I could of avoided being at home and set up a place for us to stay in advance. We are at a friends house tonight but ugh! I am FRUSTRATED and disappointed!! This mama to be is worried for my little one. If any one in this sweet community reads this please pray health and protection for my babe and over my house. Thanks for a lending an understanding ear and a moment!

    • Genevieve August 23 at 8:03 am

      I will totally be praying Anna! SO SORRY! I had a similar experience when I was pregnant with Griffin. I ended up spending the night at my mom’s house. If you don’t have that option, know that your baby will be OK. Some mamas inhale this stuff day after day after day while pregnant and still deliver healthy babies. Hang in there! XOXO

  4. Christina August 21 at 9:51 am

    I’ve completely removed comercial laundry products from our home, my body always breaks out from them and so I started making my own laundry soap about 3 yrs ago and I also stopped using fabric softener as well, I use baking soda and white vinegar and it works like a charm. I also use vinegar and baking soda to clean the house with, we feel so much healthier since I did the switch.

  5. Cory August 18 at 9:22 am

    Hey Genevieve,

    I was wondering what products you use in your hair. Its so shiny and straight and beautiful!

    Thanks!

    Cory

  6. mel August 14 at 10:52 am

    I have been using clay or soapnuts to wash my hair lately. They clay is a good remedy for super greasy hair.

    When I go on vacation I bring my own spray bottle with vinegar. I also bring my own laundry soap. But I still dislike using laundry machines contaminated by conventional products. The fragrance residue is still in the machine and then transfers to the clothes in the wash. Sometimes spraying down the machines with vinegar helps.

  7. Pheonix August 13 at 10:35 am

    Almost everything really.. I use Burt’s Bees lipstick and baby shampoo/wash. Dr. Bronner’s soaps and for shampoo I use Alba. I use all green cleaning products, ever since I started cleaning for green companies about 6 years ago. And I actually do clean houses with all green products for a living, or I was, before I became a stay at home mommy (I have a 6 month old). Vinegar and water, very diluted simple green, Bon Ami, and Myer’s clean day are all very good for cleaning. I also use Bright Green brand laundry soap and Lavender dish-washing soap. Method dish soap and counter spray, and EO hand soap. I use Earthly Body for body sprays and lotions.. and coconut oil for everything! Oil pulling, skin, diaper cream, etc.

    • Pheonix August 13 at 10:43 am

      Oh and Tom’s non-fluoride toothpaste or sometimes I just use baking soda. I also use Dr. Bronner’s Baby mild castile soap for face wash and Earth Science deoderant. And for bathroom spray or even a room spray we use lavender mixed with water. All of this stated about 5 years ago when I realized almost everything around me was toxic. I used to use Herbal Essences shamp/cond and Secret deoderant.. and a lot of other horrible stuff. I try to make my life as natural/green as I can.

  8. Suzy August 12 at 12:50 pm

    It’s funny that you started off talking about the place you rented and all the conventional cleaning products a such they provided. We just got back from a cabin we rented through AirBNB.com in Asheville and our lovely hostess stocked the place with non-toxic cleaning products (mostly 7th Generation) and I was very touched by it. She even had a sage smudge stick hidden away: )

  9. Paola August 11 at 2:20 pm

    Mama natural, what do you do with so much coconut milk? Do you drink it? It seems like a lot for cooking uses. Just curious :)

  10. Patti Holsenback August 10 at 10:09 pm

    I love reading all these comments — great ideas!

    We’ve ditched…
    409 and instead use vinegar and h2o
    dish detergent & laundry detergent and now use homemade
    hydrocortizone and eucerin (for eczema) and instead use a shea butter/coconut oil blend
    colgate/crest toothpaste and now use Redmond Clay
    cream for my (biracial) daughter’s hair and now use shea butter/coconut oil/olive oil blend

    Next up is to ditch shampoo, conditioner, and deoderant… Will be scouring your blog for alternatives to those!

    Thanks for all the info you provide & Happy Bday!

  11. Bridget August 10 at 8:13 am

    Genevieve,
    It was so great to meet you and Papa Natural at the YL convention. I am so happy to have found your blog and can’t wait to start implementing more natural products.
    Happy birthday to you and your blog! I can’t wait to watch the next 4 years and beyond!
    Bridget

  12. Lisa August 9 at 10:37 pm

    Ditched fluoride!!

  13. Caitlin August 8 at 10:23 pm

    We love ya Mama Natural! Here’s to another four years (and beyond!).

    I like using natural dish soap, instead of something like Dawn. When you’re doing dishes all day, it’s good to have your hands in something that’s REALLY clean!

    • Genevieve August 9 at 8:30 pm

      Bless you! So true about doing dishes ALL THE TIME!

  14. Chelsy August 8 at 7:32 pm

    i love Simple Green. however i have found it very difficult to ditch the bleach. i have a cat and a large dog and i feel that i need it to clean the bathrooms and wash the dog bedding. any advice on what to use instead?

    • Christina August 10 at 6:12 pm

      Hey Chelsy!

      I ditched bleach years ago, and it’s totally been worth it! For cleaning my bathrooms and our lab’s bed, I use vinegar and baking soda. In the washer, I use the normal amount of detergent, and then in the bleach and/or fabric softener spot I put in white vinegar. In the actual part where the clothes (or doggie bed) are washed, I put in a scoop of baking soda (I just use the lid from my detergent). Whether it’s my clothes or the dog bed, they always come out fresh and clean. When cleaning my bathrooms, I spray white vinegar and let it sit for a few minutes and then wipe it clean. If I’m cleaning my tub, I use paste of baking soda and scrub a bit. Then I spray it down with hot vinegar and/or hot water. It works wonderfully. Hope that helps! :D

  15. Candace August 8 at 3:08 pm

    I’ve been chemical free for a little over 2 years now, thanks to a documentary we watched called Chemiracle. I think I have replaced literally anything you can think of which includes my food. All of our cleaning supplies, nail polish, perfume, laundry soap and fabric softner, and of course everything we use on our baby. I brought my own soap, diapers, and wipes to the birthing center so I didn’t have to expose my son to any chemicals when he was just born. But I think the hardest chemical to give up was my hair dye. I was shocked to find out the dye I had been using for years can give me cancer! I highly reccomend the Environmental Working Groups Skin Deep website!

    • Anna August 9 at 10:56 am

      Candace,

      What did you do about your hair dye? I’ve been going to the salon to get my hair colored for years and I am not digging this regrowth (lets call it…ghetto ombre) I’ve been researching more natural options so that I can dye it back close to my natural color to have an easier transition to the regrowth process! I like the sounds of Ecocolors hair dye but wondering what you did?? I can’t do henna because the colors are darker than my natural and lean towards red.

      Thoughts?!

      • Carrissa August 11 at 1:36 pm

        I used to own a non-toxic salon in Santa Barbara, California, and I used EcoColors! It’s a great alternative to use. It is way better for you!!!

  16. Leanne August 8 at 2:35 pm

    Norwex has taken over so many areas of my home! I love their deodorant, and of course their cleaning products.

  17. Andrea Gardner August 8 at 9:18 am

    Happiest birthday!!! I am an August birthday also :)

    I am so glad y’all decided to make these videos. The community is so lovely.

    As for ditching toxic, I have been doing it for years now. The only thing I haven’t given up is Dawn dish soap because I haven’t liked any others out there. They just do not get the coconut oil out of my skillet like Dawn does.

  18. Sara August 7 at 10:22 pm

    I’ve written on your facebook wall twice now with request for help receiving your email updated. Please respond and help. Thank you.

    • Melissa August 8 at 12:14 am

      I have yet to replace any clening products that are toxic. But we are right now gutting our home from mold UGH!!! Hoping this leads to good health for my whole family, but especialy me who hs been sick for over 5 years with no answers.

      • Pheonix August 13 at 10:46 am

        WOW, that is hard.. I know a little about the effects of black mold, as I live in Oregon where is rains about nine months a year. i have lived in several places where it was rampant. I know how bad it can be for your lungs. Hope you have someone who knows what they are doing. Make sure you’re out of your house for a few days while they are working on eliminating the mold.
        http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/01/recovery-from-toxic-mold-exposure.aspx

        • Melissa Moser August 17 at 12:37 pm

          Thanks for your sweet comments. We have been kicked out by our mold remediators. I also was kicked a long time ago by my doctor. I can not wait to go home. I just hope I get better.

  19. Heather T. August 7 at 8:24 pm

    Happy Birthday!!! My Birthday was yesterday, I turned 40 :( oh well I’m like a fine wine, I get better with age.
    The toxic thing I gave up was 409 spray, I now use a spray of equal parts vinegar and water, and have never looked back, works great for surfaces, my pergo floors, and windows.

  20. Mrs Cookin August 7 at 7:13 pm

    The biggest toxic to non-toxic change I made was switching to a Diva Cup and getting rid of tampons. Best choice I ever made!

  21. Jessica August 7 at 5:42 pm

    Congrats on your B-day and

    I have replaced almost all cleaning materials with good ol’ vinegar, baking soda, & Dr. Bronner’s. Love that these few, cheap, non-toxic products make cleaning my house and my self-(yay hand and body soap via Dr. Bronners + H2O) Once my tube of Clorox wipes (I know – oh so bad, yet oh so convenient) is gone I will be making my own natural ones with these cleaning agents and some paper towels for those gross places & messes (mostly toilet) that I just don’t want to use a reusable cloths on.

  22. Tanzi August 7 at 5:35 pm

    Happy Birthday! :) Thank you for sharing your life with us!

    Changing products has changed my life dramatically. Since adolescence my periods were very long. It was of course annoying and at times embarrassing but I never wondered why and did not have information on what “normal” was. When I got married and we began trying for a baby is when I read some fertility books that talked about cycles, etc. but even then I figured that everyone was different and it was probably OK. We lost our first baby to miscarriage, and after a few Dr. visits and tests I was informed that my cycles were abnormal and that because my periods were so long the lining of my uterus did not have time to build up enough for a fertilized egg to attach properly. About 6 months later I had my first 6 day period of my life (they were usually 12) and got pregnant again with my little miracle who is now 3. I know that it was not chance but an answer to prayer. When my periods returned after a year of nursing they were long again and I knew that I had to change something so I began doing a lot of research and realized how toxic my world was. I changed nearly everything using the EWG website as my guide. Laundry soap, dish soap, deodorant, make up, toothpaste, no more hair products, no more face wash, no more lotions. Within 2 months of switching I began having 6 to 7 day periods and easily got pregnant with baby # 2 due in Sep. It is so worth it to switch, you never know how much it could help.

    • Genevieve August 9 at 8:23 pm

      OH MY GOODNESS! I love your comment! So inspiring! Thanks for sharing and congrats on baby 2 :)

  23. Aziza August 7 at 5:25 pm

    Congrats on 4 years! I have always incorporated natural foods and products into my lifestyle since I was raised that way from childhood but in the environment I grew up in, it was never fun to eat healthy foods; having bland oat cereals with chunky homemade nut milk for breakfast when my friends ate colorful sugar cereals with regular milk felt like punishment.

    Now that I’m an adult and have found lovely inspiring blogs and youtube channels like yours, encouraging fun and easy ways to live the natural lifestyle, you inspire me to one day be a natural mama (once I have kids of course) and raise my children that way too. So thank you!

    Recently, I switched from using soft-soap hand wash to mrs. meyers clean day hand soap. Its aromatherapeutic and smells soooo good! I also switched from harsh body washes like caress to Jason body wash and LOVE it! My skin feels so much smoother and moisturized.

    • Genevieve August 9 at 8:23 pm

      Awesome! Sounds like you had wise parents :)

    • Pheonix August 13 at 10:49 am

      Sounds like your mom and my mom were/are similar. I remember her making lentil loaf and sunflower milk .. and most of the time I felt the same way you said you did.. I wanted to be “normal” and a lot of the foods just seemed so bland. Now there are excellent easy and cheap recipes for so many yummy things!

  24. Helen August 7 at 4:13 pm

    Deodorant :) I haven’t used it in more than a year now and loving it. I think I was getting smellier using deodorant. We replaced it with lime in times when we absolutely need it. Otherwise – washing twice a day helps to smell good.

    • Aziza August 8 at 2:13 pm

      Helen, I totally agree, I used regular deodorant for years and then thought switching to a more natural one, Tom’s would be better but I was actually smellier! Now I fluctuate between using nothing or at times baking soda or Primal Pit Paste, I usually smell good all the time. No more of that nasty smelly deodorant underarm!

  25. Erin August 7 at 3:53 pm

    After hearing your review of Primal Pit Paste, I switched from conventional antiperspirant/deodorant (ew, I know). It’s been a rough few months but every week seems to be a little better! Now, I’m trying to convince my husband to switch to it. Are any of the scents more “manly” that you have tried?

    • Aziza August 8 at 2:11 pm

      Erin, Before I switched from another deodorant (Tom’s) to Primal Pit Paste, I took a break from deodorant altogether and just tried baking soda for about 10 days. I had some dead skin cells that were naturally falling off (totally natural part of the process) but it actually worked perfectly. Sometimes I don’t actually even wear deodorant at all and I smell just fine. Like Helen, I’m convinced that wearing deodorant was making me smellier as well. You and your husband might try just baking soda for a while?? And if that doesn’t work, keep trying other things. Don’t give up! :)

      • Erin August 8 at 3:33 pm

        I absolutely agree about it making you smell worse. I have noticed that for the first time, I can go without wearing any for a little while. The primal pit paste is fantastic once your body gets used to it.

    • Anna August 9 at 11:05 am

      Erin,
      I haven’t tried this (I rarely use deo and when I do it is because Ill be in an extra sweaty situation-Soapwalla is a great option!) BUT I was reading the other day about getting good bacteria back into your system (probiotics and unpasteurised yogurt) and apparently you can stop the stink by getting your diet and internal bacteria on track and letting unpasteurised yogurt sit on your pits at home to populate that area with “a garden of good bacteria” to be naturally stink free! Interesting! and very…”crunchy” ha!

    • Genevieve August 9 at 8:26 pm

      Hmmmm…. I think their Primal Spice is designed for men :)

  26. Nicole August 7 at 3:51 pm

    Where do I start? I’ve ditched the nasty cleaners, hygiene products, and candles /air fresheners. I hate going past perfume counters in the department stores and the cleaners at Target. The odors are overwhelming. I hope you took your diffuser with you on vacation and had purification with you.

    • Genevieve August 9 at 8:26 pm

      I didn’t but will next time. Learned my lesson!

  27. Julianne August 7 at 3:36 pm

    I switched from name brand toxic deodorant to Schmitd’s natural deodorant. We use the bergamot lime scent. Even my husband uses it now and I love it. I’m glad to finally find a natural deodorant that works! (And I don’t have to make myself)

  28. Connie August 7 at 2:50 pm

    I think the only things we haven’t changed out is shampoo and conditioner. I want to try shampoo bars so I am off to shop for lye.

  29. Alison August 7 at 2:49 pm

    Hi there!

    Was just wondering how often you grocery shop? I know this run was probably different because you guys were away, but typically, how long of a time period do you stock up for when shopping?

    • Rose August 8 at 2:52 pm

      Alison, I was wondering the same thing! That’s a whole lotta yogurt for one week! Are you using it in a great recipe, Genevieve?

  30. Lyndsay Johnson August 7 at 2:40 pm

    I replaced a lot of my chemical products with Norwex cloths. Their eco cloth and polishing cloth are phenomenal. No more windex for this momma!

  31. Belinda August 7 at 2:32 pm

    I’ve stopped using conventional lotions and I use EV coconut oil and Shea butter now.

  32. Jamie August 7 at 2:30 pm

    I’m with you, Mama Natural, on the sensitivity to smells. I’ve started using vinegar in my carpet cleaner – the regular soap gave me a massive headache.

    I started using eo as a perfume (still wear my Light Blue for special occasions, though). I make laundry detergent with three ingredients. I use vinegar to clean everything. I use coconut oil as face cream. I still use regular shampoo and conditioner, but I’ve cut back to using it only once or twice a week. I’m trying my hand at cloth diapering – I just don’t have that many yet.

    The next thing I want to try is homemade deodorant.

  33. Kira August 7 at 2:27 pm

    Happy Birthday! Thank you for making these awesome videos.

    I am wondering what you use as your shampoo and conditioner? My hair is super coarse, curly and tends to be dry – most of the natural stuff I’ve tried makes it even more dry. Yours always looks amazing. Any tips?

    • Genevieve August 9 at 8:27 pm

      I use Avalon Organics. All the other natural or DIY ones make my hair dull, oily and flat :(

  34. claire August 7 at 1:58 pm

    About a year and a half ago, I decided to stop wearing makeup because not only were the products gross, but I wanted to better appreciate my natural beauty. Now I use all natural bath products too, working our way to all natural cleaning stuff, eat close to 50% organic, and I’m a EBF, AP, BWing mama:)

    Would love more weekly meal videos. Do you create a meal plan? Or just roll with it?
    I’m about 4 months postpartum too. What kinds of foods did you eat to replenish your body’s stores after giving birth?

    • Genevieve August 9 at 8:29 pm

      I try to write up a plan but have been winging it much more this summer. For replenishing… raw dairy, bone broths, liver, eggs, butter, green juices, fresh fruit, root veggies, some fermented foods like kim chi or kombucha.

  35. Cait August 7 at 1:49 pm

    Love Paloma’s little fluffy outfit! Ruffles are the best :)
    I’m comfortable with almost every single product we use right now – body care, cleaning, make up…I make half of it and life is so much simpler!
    But….we finally gave in after two years of trying to find a homemade hair care routine we were happy with (and I was STUBBORN! My husband was begging me for shampoo!) and bought a natural shampoo and conditioner. I did baking soda for a year and a half, and now that I’ve stopped, I am so thankful I didn’t do it longer and wish I had stopped sooner now that I’ve learned how it can damage your hair. Then we used homemade soap which just didn’t cut it, and was probably stripping it just like shampoo. Anyway, we’re using Everyday Shea and the line I picked is almost on the homemade level with number of ingredients, which is great.
    But the real one is perfume. I LOVE it. After my first baby was born I stopped using it much but I really miss it. Not just the scents, because I could use essential oils, but I miss those exact perfumes. So I do still use them, but it’s only when I’m going out or want to feel extra special, and I spray it on my clothes instead of on my skin. A compromise for sure but I still get to enjoy them!

    • claire August 7 at 2:01 pm

      Ooh, I love everyday shea! And thats a great idea about your perfumes… I was just wondering what to with my stash. I also don’t like it on my skin anymore, but want to appreciate the scents.

  36. Carolyn August 7 at 1:48 pm

    I have slowly been changing the products I use. I started out a couple years ago by switching to mostly organic food and within the past year started changing my shampoo/conditioner/lotion etc; next is my make-up.

    I have been saving saving saving for my essential oils kit! I can’t wait to get started with that and begin the process of cleaning out the medicine cabinet!

    BTW, I have been drinking that iced Dandy blend drink you shared recently and I LOVE it! :) So good!

    Happy Birthday!! :)

  37. Lorena August 7 at 1:23 pm

    I am here wondering how much you spend in a week in groceries… Probably ALOT lol

    • Jamie August 7 at 2:23 pm

      I was wondering that, too. Especially with all the organics. Even just buying some organic things (the most important ones to me, meat and milk) squeezes my budget.

      • Genevieve August 9 at 8:28 pm

        We live cheaply in other areas. We have one paid off car. Have a modest rent payment, etc.

    • Genevieve August 9 at 8:29 pm

      I do spend a lot but we don’t spend a lot on other things. One car that’s paid off. Modest rent. We don’t go out much :)

  38. Anna August 7 at 1:09 pm

    I started by cleaning up my beauty regimen and it has all spilled over from there! Now we clean our house with different mixes of vinegar and YL EOs, we have tossed all our medicines and synthetic vitamins, tossed that non-stick pan, eating from the farmers market, worm farm our compost (best option for apartment city living), drink raw milk, and next on our to-do list is to get an organic mattress in the next few months! We are going to go with a Savy Rest after your review and visiting their Virginia HQ. One thing leads to the next and it is a process! There are things on my to-do list in cleaning up our routines (a water filter for our bathroom and kitchen, black-out curtains and salt lamps for the room would be nice! A set of Norwex cloths for cleaning would be lovely!) but it is about enjoying the journey and setting priorities!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

  39. Kathryn August 7 at 12:51 pm

    Do you eat that much yogurt in a week? I’d love to hear how you use it.

    • Pheonix August 13 at 10:51 am

      I bet she makes kefir with it :)

  40. Lina August 7 at 12:08 pm

    Last year my husband and I did a massive overhaul of all of our cleaning and personal care products to make our house WAAAY less toxic. It has completely changed our mindset and our life, and we couldn’t be happier!

  41. Ravyn August 7 at 12:01 pm

    We’ve ditched so much!!! We use all natural cleaners, bath products, and makeup. The biggest, most important was deciding to buy all organic food. We’re vegan, so conventional fruits & veggies were just not okay (as fruits and veggies make up the bulk of our diet). I was pleasantly surprised that upgrading to organic hasn’t been too hard on the wallet (only about $15 more per week) … It’s encouraged us to buy in season foods, and experiment with new things we’ve never tried before.

  42. Cookies n' Creme August 7 at 11:59 am

    Shampoo, conditioner, hairspray and deoderent! Love your website. Your videos are awesome.. You’re such a natural at it….Hahaha

  43. Jala August 7 at 11:59 am

    I ditched shampooing — regularly and the marketing products. I shampoo maybe twice a month with a coconut oil based shampoo. I also make a kitchen cleaner out of vinegar and water (I was adding lavender oil but it gives me a headache). I use baking soda in my laundry and vinegar for a softner.
    I recently had a baby and am looking into making my own formula since I had complications breastfeeding.

    • claire August 7 at 2:03 pm

      You can also get donated breast milk, if you want to hold off on formulas:)
      Good luck mama!

  44. Catherine August 7 at 11:59 am

    I use an all natural homemade cleaner, I mix 2:1 water to vinagar ratio, add a squeeze of dish soap and a few drops of essential oils (usually lavender). It works wonder on any surfaces! I am also about to try The Honest Company’s products, heard lots of good comments about them.
    Unfortunatly, I haven’t been intirely satisfied with my Crystal salt deodorant, do you have any suggestions?

    • Anna August 7 at 12:56 pm

      Catherine,

      The deo challenge is a hard one! Everyone reacts differently (skin sensitivity, sweat production, diet, reactions to natural elements like baking soda and essential oils) BUT I have been using Soapwalla deo for over 5 years and I have taken it to some hard events! It passed the test of my wedding day and Bikram yoga to name two toughies ;) I LOVE nomoredirtylooks as my makeup/body care resource. They have great reviews and are very selective in the companies they support. Here is their blog post on many Green Deodorants the comments from readers are helpful http://nomoredirtylooks.com/2014/04/product-review-green-body-deodorant/

      • Paola August 11 at 2:18 pm

        We were excited to try PPP but my it does NOT work for my husband and it only works okay for me. I don’t struggle so much with odor (more wetness) but find myself smelling pretty funky sometimes since I started using PPP. And my husband had to resume using his antiperspirant after trying PPP for about 5 weeks. Suggestions? Tom’s didn’t work for him either!

        • Martha August 15 at 3:46 pm

          PiperWai Natural Deodorant http://www.piperwai.com . I’ve been using this for about a week and so far so good for wetness. Smell does come back by the end of the day. But have not tested it on gym days, hopefully it stays dry.

          Genevieve, I’m in my late 40s and will not be having babies, but I love watching your videos and reading your blog and pass the info to friends that are expecting.

  45. Maria August 7 at 11:56 am

    I slowly made changes with “no more toxic cleaners in 2012″ All year long, as I would get low on a cleaning product I would research it’s replacement. One new thing at a time and before the end of the year we had no more toxic cleaning products! And I still had my sanity. ;-)

  46. Bethany T August 7 at 11:55 am

    I have ditched my usual “windex” cleaner for a vinegar and warm water solution! Works exactly the same!! Great video Mama and Papa! Thanks for all you do, I can never feel alone in my journey to become more natural. Show more of your dinners/lunches. I love to see what you are eating.

    • Genevieve August 9 at 8:21 pm

      Thanks so much Bethany! You are definitely not alone. Will do :)

  47. Natalie August 7 at 11:46 am

    I’ve ditched my toxic shampoo and conditioner to trader joe’s tea tree tingle! I also love dr. bronner’s bar soap;)

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