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    LAMom is offline Copper level (50+ posts)
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    Default Toiletries during pregnancy

    Just found am pregnant with number 2. This time around a lot more concerned about various chemicals- phthalates, sulfates etc in shampoos, conditioners, soap and other everyday things we use.
    Some advice I received said just don't use anything I can't pronounce- well that is not very specific.

    So, what do you use for
    shampoo
    conditioner
    toothpaste
    moisturizer
    sunblock
    deodorant
    soap etc.

    I have both TJs and Whole Foods nearby, but they have so many choices I wanted to get some advice here first.
    Thanks!

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    Roni is offline Gold level (500+ posts)
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    There was a really good discusssion recently in the Lounge forum about all-natural products. Several people posted their entire lists of beauty and cleaning supplies.

    I am trying out a few kinds of sunscreen: Carribean Solutions, California Baby, and Badger. My girls don't like the smell of the Badger, but they all seem to work well. You just have to deal with the white streaks issue, but it's worth it.

    For everything else, I had been buying Melaleuca products. I just cancelled my membership because it costs too much each month, it's easier to find alternatives in stores than it used to be, and I can't find good information on how safe the Melaleuca products actually are. I haven't run out of those products, so I haven't found alternatives, yet.

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    SnuggleBuggles is offline Black Diamond level (25,000+ posts)
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    shampoo- Whole Foods' brand citrus
    conditioner- same
    toothpaste- Tom's of Maine
    moisturizer- I don't use it
    sunblock- CA Baby but I also use some other not as great ones because I got too overwhelmed! You think you find something good only to find out it has a bad ingredient. I am going crazy on this one. CA Baby for the boys but I use Banana Boat and Aveeno Baby on me.
    deodorant- still working on this but I think the Arm and Hammer one is reasonably ok (and effective)
    soap etc.- unscented body wash from Whole Foods (store brand); tempted to try castille soap when that runs out.

    eta- Congratulations!!

    Beth

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    I use a bunch of different products for personal care
    Hair: Jason Organic, Alba Organics, Avalon Organics
    Face: DHC olive oil, mineral makeup, Dead Sea Premier sea salt facial toner, Biore sunscreen/moisturizer
    Deodorant: Crystal Natural Mineral Salts stick or Secret (w/ all the bad stuff) when I'm sweaty/stinky
    Teeth: Tom's of Maine (although I tried Burt's Bees and didn't like it)
    Skin: Organic Bath Company Spa Pro Collection (body wash and lotion in pomegranate), Pure & Natural body wash/hand soap, Alba Organics body wash, Method hand soap

    I'm about limiting my exposure, not feeling radical about eliminating EVERYTHING. So many people do all or nothing...I have a happy balance.
    Muffin, 2010
    Bubba, 2013

    "You've probably heard the expression 'I believe in God, just not organized religion.' I don't think people would say that if the church truly lived like we are called to live. The expression would change to 'I can't deny what the church does, but I don't believe in their God.' At least then they'd address their rejection of God rather than use the church as a scapegoat." Francis Chan

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    lizzywednesday is offline Red Diamond level (10,000+ posts)
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    I switched a lot of my usual products when I was pregnant because the ones I had been using made me throw up.

    Literally. Made. Me. Throw. Up.

    So I used a lot of Lush soap (<3 their Sexy Peel soap; it's citrus), citrus scent shampoo (Garnier Fructis at first, then TJ's Refresh), switched to Tom's of Maine Peppermint toothpaste (all other mints made me barf, though, at one point, ALL mint made me sick, so DH got me cinnamon Hanna Montana toothpaste) but currently use TJ's natural, used Clinique "Dramatically Different" gel moisturizer until I got anxious about it and I'm trying Coppertone's "Sensitive" sunscreens, which actually work really well without as many chemicals (they still have some.)

    For deodorant, I have to use unscented, so I've been using Dove Sensitive since it came out.
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    Liz
    DD (3/2010)

    "Make mistakes! Get messy!" - Miss Frizzle

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