Stacy’s Product Obsessions (1st edition)

By popular demand, I have created a blog post of my product recommendations for your personal care and household needs. In this list I have included all the items that I found during my quest to detoxify my home and family. In addition, I included everything I could think of that I love and that makes my life better. I plan to add to this list in the future, so here is my first post of ‘Stacy’s Product Obsessions’. 

First, a little background:

As you may know, I have spent over a year reading labels and trying products to find the best non-toxic solutions to fulfill my needs in every category including food, personal care and household items. I started this journey to clean living because I began researching and learning about the hazardous ingredients in these items and the direct correlation with our country’s ever increasing rates of cancer, reproductive issues, birth defects, learning disabilities, obesity, allergies and so much more. I found that many of the brands I trusted were deceiving me and consumers alike. I was very angry to learn that the majority of these companies that market themselves as “natural” or as healthier (and charge more accordingly) are in fact no better than the chemical laden crap I had been buying my whole life. I was less than pleased to find out that in attempt to better my family by buying these “better brands” I was actually just spending more money and not becoming safer at all.

With the help of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) website I narrowed my list of options by selecting products that either scored a one or two on EWG’s Skin Deep rating system for personal care items, or an A or B on their Guide To Healthy Cleaning for my household cleaning items. (See below for a description of how the ratings work). I then cross-referenced the ratings on Amazon for each product that qualified and chose which to try based on these reviews. I tried A LOT of products and spent A LOT of money on this trial and error. In doing so, I found that many of the safe products did not work well enough to be a sufficient substitute to their chemical filled counterparts. After a long time I finally found the grouping of products that I now love and I am so happy I did! That said, this is an on going quest and I still need to find better options for certain items (such as dryer sheets that my husband won’t complain about!). If anyone reading this has additional product recommendations and alternatives, please feel free to share! This site is meant to be a resource for all of us and I certainly hope to not only inform you, but to also learn from you. If you follow my page it is likely because you are already interested and aware of the risks these ingredients pose to our lives and I commend you on being on the same journey that I am on.

Before I list my favorite products, I must first Mention those that scored surprisingly low on ewg:

Dreft – this is a product marketed to families with newborn and small children, which makes it worse that they score a big fat ‘F’ on EWG! I used this on my little babies clothes and sheets for 3 years before becoming educated. It makes me sad.

Honest Co. – I was very excited when Jessica Alba launched her brand with the promise of being “honest” and safe. EWG shows the company’s products to be all across the board ranging from A to F. I was truly disappointed to know I couldn’t shop the full line with certainty that each product was in fact safe.

Seventh Generation – much like Honest Co. this brand is marketed as safer, however their products run the gamut from A to F as well, with mostly C’s and D’s. Furthermore, their products that did rate as an ‘A’ simply weren’t good enough to pass my test because they were ineffective.

Mrs. Meyers – No A’s! Mostly C’s with some D’s and F’s mixed in.

Method – almost all C’s, D’s and F’s

The list goes on, but to see more you can search your own products on EWG by visiting www.EWG.org.

*For clarification I have listed the scoring system that EWG uses at the end of this post.

*Disclaimer – I am a mom and not a scientist or an expert in any way.  I have done my due diligence, but still have a lot to learn. I am simply listing the products I love in the hopes that it can help my friends and readers to better their lives.

*For more information, or to purchase Beautycounter products contact me via Facebook Private Messenger, email at beautycounterbystacy@gmail.com, or check out my site at Stacy’s Beautycounter Site

Without further ado…

Stacy’s Product Obsessions

Household Cleaning Items:

Eco Me product line  – This line is formulated with food-grade and plant-based ingredients. I use the following: all-purpose cleaner, granite & marble cleaner, stainless steel cleaner, glass cleaner, floor cleaner, carpet freshener and toilet bowl cleaner.

Ecover – I find Ecover to be a fantastic line with almost all A’s & B’s. I use the Ecover Zero laundry detergent and the Ecover Fabric Softener (morning fresh scent, not sunny day – sunny day got a C). I also use their Liquid Dish Soap in lemon scent and love it.

Beautycounter Citrus Mimosa Hand Soap  – Cleanses gently yet thoroughly. Organic aloe, chamomile, green tea, and calendula leave my hands soft and nourished.

Biokleen Laundry Liquid is great too and I am OBSESSED with Biokleen BAC-OUT Stain & Odor Remover! I use it as a spot treatment for dirty laundry and on carpet stains. I also use it in my carpet steam cleaner. It uses natural live enzyme cultures.. Whatever that means, lol.

Fit OrganicFruit & veggie wash. Spray and leave to sit for a minute before washing. I can feel the difference and it makes me happy.

Earth Friendly Products WAVE Automatic Dishwashing Gel The dishwasher was a challenge. I tried MANY different brands and this is the best, but it still isn’t as good as the bad stuff. That said, I would rather have to rinse my plate before dishwashing than to be eating poison. Just saying!

Personal care products:

Beautycounter is obviously my go-to for skin and makeup products. I was so happy to find a line that I could shop with confidence knowing that EVERY item was safe. Although I love the entire line, my favorites are:

Beautycounter Hydrate Everyday Body Lotion mixed with the Lustro Body Oil eliminates my son’s eczema and dermatitis (dry patches). It’s a game changer!

The Hydrate lotion is lightweight and contains a blend of marula, mongongo (say that five times fast), and safflower seed oils plus shea and jojoba butters. It’s also rich in antioxidants and amino and fatty acids, which is nice.

The Lustro body oil is a nourishing blend of 13 botanical oils that leave skin smooth while grapefruit, sweet orange, and rosemary create a beautiful and addictive scent.

Beautycounter Face Oil – I never knew of the wonderful world of facial oils until now. I am OBSESSED. My face is beyond soft and radiant. I love Lustro Oil #3, but they are all great. I combine it with my Countertime anti-aging face cream regimen and my skin has never been better. The countertime collection is so light and gentle and goes on so smooth, its really quite amazing.

Beautycounter Countertime Soothing Face Wash – I absolutely love this stuff! Not only does it remove makeup and other impurities, but also, the formula contains antioxidant-rich botanical extracts – like apricot kernel oil, cranberry and raspberry seed oils, which protect against skin-damaging free radicals. Sign me up.

Beautycounter Citrus Mimosa hand cream – SAVIOR in the winter. It has an addictive smell and a satiny feel that goes on without leaving a slimy residue. Shea butter and vitamin E, combined with organic sunflower oil, aloe, chamomile and calendula to hydrate and soften. It dries quickly with no stickiness and I LOVE the smell.

Beautycounter Kidscounter collection – the shampoo lathers so nicely and it smells amazing. The collection includes berry-scented Squeaky Clean Body Wash, along with the Nice Do Shampoo and Not a Knot Conditioner, both with an orange-vanilla swirl scent that kids and their parents will love.

Beautycounter Clean Everyday Shampoo & Rinse Everyday Conditioner – my hair never felt healthier and silkier and my awful fly aways are finally in check. The shampoo gently breaks down buildup, but doesn’t strip or dry out my hair.  The conditioner is super rich and contains marula and mongongo oils to help nourish hair, along with rooibos leaf extract to smooth strands and add shine. Sounds good to me!

Water Wipes For cleaning after eating and for diaper changes. It is 99.9% water and doesn’t irritate or dry them out.

Naty Eco-Sensitive – Toddler wipes for the bathroom that are safe and gentle and get the job done.

Eco-meDog shampoo. Lathers better than most (although still not fantastic), smells good and really whitens. Its the best safe option I have found.

Alba Botanica Un-PetroleumMulti-purpose jelly (instead of Aquaphor, which has petroleum).

Arnicare Arnica by Boiron – Arnica is a homeopathic pain reliever that also reduces inflammation. I use it for my sons many bruises and it helps him heal like the wolverine. It is so safe that midwives use it on newborns to reduce swelling after birth. AMAZING STUFF! Thank you to the kind check-out woman at Trader Joes who told me about this after she met my son when he had a giant knot on his head from… who knows, he’s a klutz!

Calendula by Boiron – Homeopathic remedy for cuts, scrapes, chafing, minor burns and sunburns. Also a must in a house with two boys!

Zarbees Natural’s – Children’s cough syrup + mucus reducer. This is a safer alternative to over-the-counter cold remedies. It does have honey, so it’s not for kids under one. The nighttime version has melatonin and it knocks my older son out. Unfortunately, it is not recommended for kids under 2 and I also don’t know how great melatonin is, so it’s a very seldom used, but highly effective and coveted remedy at our house.

Makeup:

Beautycounter Lip Gloss in Buff – I have to admit, I am not a lipstick girl. I never even use colored lip glosses, but I have always wanted something light, nude and shiny that was also subtle. I never could seem to find the perfect one. Until now! I am seriously in love with the Buff Lip Gloss. Its nude with shimmer, but its understated and it is the answer to my lipstick prayers!

Beautycounter Color Contour Matte Bronzer – so light and such great coverage. It contains Porcelain Flower Extract to help moisturize the skin so it looks radiant. Dual purpose.. I like it!

Beautycounter lip balms!  It is formulated with soothing and softening avocado oil, shea butter, meadowfoam seed oil, and jojoba oil. My lips are so smooth.. and its winter! I especially love the Protect Lip Balm SPF 15 stick. It leaves a light glow to my lips and keeps them well protected and it smells wonderful.

Beautycounter Touchup Skin Concealer Pen – Hides my dark circles, redness, and other imperfections and feels super light. A little goes a long way and it lasts a long time.

Beautycounter Color Define Brow Pencil – Goes on very smooth and stays on! All day! My eyebrows are so blonde that this stuff makes a huge difference. I won’t leave the house without using the eyebrow pencil!

Beautycounter Color Outline Eye Pencil – These waterproof eye pencils contain rosemary leaf extract, a natural antioxidant, and sunflower oil. It stays-put and glides on gently. Bonus – every pencil features a smudge tip so you can easily blend your line.

Beautycounter Color Pinch Cream Blusher – Smooth, not sticky and blends easily. I love the caramel color!

Some other of my “must haves”…

Dyson V6 cordless vacuum – I honestly couldn’t live without this. I use it as a handheld in my kitchen (especially on the highchair), in the car, to get bugs.. Anything! It’s my everything lol

Swiffer Vacuum – I use re-usable pads instead of the disposable. It is so light-weight and easy to use that it makes keeping the house clean in-between deep cleaning a cinch.

Bissel steam cleaner – Instead of mopping with chemicals in between actual mopping I steam clean and it helps keep the house clean and fresh.

XO Water BottleLess water cooler – It attaches to the water line in your kitchen and has instant hot and cold, double filtered water and it tastes great. It also removes lead.

Eco-heater – Wall mounted, ceramic convection heater with thermostat. We have them in our kids rooms to help heat when we have trouble regulating the temperature in their rooms. It doesn’t have coils, so it’s safer, and it heats the room nicely. The temperature is controlled by the thermostat to keep it regulated and it doesn’t get so hot to the touch that it would burn you.

Hamilton Beach True Air Allergen-Reducing Air Cleaner – We put this in our kid’s rooms to clean the air. It made the nursery smell so much fresher in the mornings and helps with my son’s seasonal allergies.

Thank you for reading!

-Stacy

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EWG’s Scoring for household cleaning items (from their site):

Grade A
LOWEST CONCERN

Few/no known or suspected hazards to health or the environment. Good ingredient disclosure.

Grade B

LOW CONCERN

Limited potential for hazards to health or the environment. At least some ingredient disclosure.

Grade C

MODERATE CONCERN

Some potential for hazards to health or the environment. At least some ingredient disclosure.

Grade D

HIGH CONCERN

Likely hazards to health or the environment. May also have poor ingredient disclosure.

Grade F

HIGHEST CONCERN

Potentially significant hazards to health or the environment or poor ingredient disclosure.

About the ratings: EWG provides information on cleaning product ingredients from the published scientific literature, to supplement incomplete data available from companies and the government. The ratings indicate the relative level of concern posed by exposure to the ingredients in this product – not the product itself – compared to other product formulations. The ratings reflect potential health hazards but do not account for the level of exposure or individual susceptibility, factors which determine actual health risks, if any.

About the ratings: EWG provides information on cleaning product ingredients from the published scientific literature, to supplement incomplete data available from companies and the government. The ratings indicate the relative level of concern posed by exposure to the ingredients in this product – not the product itself – compared to other product formulations. The ratings reflect potential health hazards but do not account for the level of exposure or individual susceptibility, factors which determine actual health risks, if any.

 

each rating takes into consideration the following:

asthma/respiratory

skin allergies & irritation

developmental & reproductive toxcity

cancer

environment

 

 

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