5 Zero Waste Strategies

We live in a society that consumes, consumes, consumes and it is taking a toll on our planet. The average American throws out 4.4. pounds of trash a day and more and more disposables are ending up in landfills and floating in our oceans.

We’ve seen the campaigns about straws, but that is just the tip of the iceberg, our consumption is going to consume our environments if we don’t take care.

On a recent trip to the Dominican Republic, we were on the beach early in the morning visiting with fisherman and watching them go out into the ocean. Along the beach was plastic and trash that had washed up on the shore and there were women picking up the trash, trying to clean it. Trash from other places far away littering the beach in a community. Imagine the fish and other creatures this trash harms.

So with all this consumption, what can we do to move towards a more waste-free life? Here are 5 strategies to try.

Compost

The easiest way to reduce your food waste is to go to the grocery store with a list and be mindful of what you buy so that you actually use it. The second easiest way is to compost your waste. We toss out about one-third of all food we grow. That is a true waste and if we don’t compost properly the food isn’t able to decompose properly. Instead, they break down under oxygen-free conditions, creating gases that include methane that pollute our breathing air.

Many cities are offering curbside compost removal and there are also community compost sites. A favorite tip we learned this year was to reduce odors, freeze your food scraps and add old shredded newspaper to the bottom of the bin.

Leftovers

Instead of storing your leftovers in plastic containers, try reusing containers from products you have purchased or pick up some mason jars and use those beauties. There are also food storage containers like Klean Kanteen’s stainless steel containers.

Cleaning Solutions

Traditional cleaning products are packed full of chemicals that are harmful to you and the planet. They come in non-recyclable plastic packaging. Lucky for you, Soap Hope sells a variety of brands that provide natural, non-toxic cleaning solutions and come in eco-friendly packaging. These cleaning alternatives are excellent for your clothes, body, and home. Better Life, Indigo Wild, J.R. Watkins, and Seventh Generation have great alternatives that won’t harm you or the earth.

Beauty and Body Tools

Our everyday grooming products can be harmful to the planet too. Consider using recycled materials and renewable products that are good for your body and environment. EcoTools is a favorite of ours with their bamboo and recycled plastic products they are putting something old, back to use in a clean, green way.

BYOB

Bring your own bag! Cut down on those plastic bags by bringing your own to the party. Carrying reusable bags with you takes time to create the habit, but when accomplished makes a world of difference to you and the environment. Consider your own produce bags too if you want to take it an extra step.

These are just a few ways to get started, there are more ways to go zero waste and we’ll continue to give you tips!

Breastfeeding: Why It is Important and Everyone Should Support

As a new mom of eight months breastfeeding was extremely tough for me and my body didn’t want to cooperate. Even though I struggled, I really wanted to breastfeed because I knew how important it was to my new baby girl. While there are so many challenges to breastfeeding, one big one is making sure those around you are supportive and that the environment and communities you are exposed to support breastfeeding. Our offices have a room dedicated to allowing a woman to breastfeed or take care of her child. Remember children are our futures. Since this is National Breastfeeding Month, it’s a great time to talk about how we can support this life-giving effort.

Like I said, breastfeeding is challenging. It may seem like it should come naturally, but just like any new thing, breastfeeding takes time, practice, and support for both mom and baby.

Breastfeeding is good for both mom and baby – research shows it can reduce the risk of chronic diseases for both. Breast milk is the safest, most nutrient-rich food for babies and can provide lifelong health benefits. It also strengthens the bond between mom and baby. It also helps the social and emotional development of babies. On a bigger picture – breastfeeding creates stronger, healthier communities. It is also the eco-friendly and economical solution.

So now how can you support a breastfeeding momma?

In the Home

Breastfeeding is more successful when family members are involved. When your family supports you and encourages you and provides you the solitude time you need to bond it builds a stronger foundation for breastfeeding. Family can also help with chores, take the baby out for a while so the new mom can sleep. Also help supply a mother with the needed vitamins and supplements.

Social Settings

Along with offers to help as needed, friends can be a big support by just listening and making sure their homes are welcoming to a new mom. There are community groups, but friends are the best. Provide advice, guidance, support, and a snack or two. Maybe even gift her a nurturing life gift box by Motherlove to show you care.

Clinics and Services

Health care providers are important and provide support to a new breastfeeding mom. They give their wealth of experience and guide the new mother when challenges occur. Like in my instance I needed that type of guidance and it helped. I also learned about More Milk Plus and it became my hero supplement.

Public Spaces

Be it in a mall, restaurant, pool or park all mothers have a right to breastfeed their children and the community they live in should support that too. Accept breastfeeding as a normal way for women to feed their babies and know that it is not indecent, but a beautiful and nourishing necessity. Create a safe, secure, supportive environment for women to breastfeed.

Again we all play a role in supporting breastfeeding mom’s. Think about your own behaviors and how you can protect, promote, and support breastfeeding women and babies in your community all year round, not just National Breastfeeding Month.

 

Homeopathy: How It Works

Homeopathy means “the treatment of disease by minute doses of natural substances that in a healthy person would produce symptoms of disease.” So in other words, it’s an alternative medicine practice that uses the smallest possible amount of an active ingredient in order to help treat or cure an illness, even if the same ingredient caused or contributed to an illness in the first place. The concept is called “like cures like.”

Homeopathy dates back to the late 1700s, and today the World Health Organization recognizes it as the “second largest therapeutic system in the world.”

Homeopathic medicine comes from a range of natural, pure substances, which can be in the form of a plant, mineral, or animal-based ingredient. Examples of this may be: fresh or dried herbs, activated charcoal, vinegar, garlic, caffeine, poison ivy, stinging nettle plants, and the list goes on and on. These substances are extracted and processed to create tablets, ointments, gels, drops, and creams.

Some known remedies that you might recognize: St. John’s Wort, chamomile, calcium carbonate, and potassium.

Homeopathic medicine is considered a safe practice and remedies have been regulated by the FDA since the 1980s.

The great thing about homeopathic treatments is they are tailored to each person’s specific symptoms, body, and needs. This is an individualized process. Homeopathy most often is used to treat the following health problems: depression, allergies, asthma, migraines, tension headaches, digestive problems like IBS, anxiety disorders, dermatitis, skin disorders, arthritis, fatigue, thyroid or autoimmune disorders, and more.

The 5 major benefits from homeopathy are:

  1. All aspects of an individual are considered when finding the right treatment.
  2. Low does of natural products are used.
  3. Helps to treat allergies and asthma.
  4. Can help reduce depression or anxiety.
  5. Helps control pain.

What’s missing from your natural medicine routine? We recommend Hyland’s Homeopathic if you are interested in checking out a brand.

Note: Many homeopathic substances are capable of causing toxicity, poisoning or negative reactions if taken in high enough doses. Therefore, very low doses are usually administered — even doses so low that the substance itself if practically unidentifiable due to be being heavily diluted. Always follow instructions when taking medicine or homeopathic substances. 

Apple Cashew Butter

This week our Soap Hope team was in the Dominican Republic for our annual “Impact Cycle”. This is when we take the profits of our company and invest 100% of the profits into economic empowerment programs and resources for women. This year we partnered with Esperanza International to cycle our profits and help over 150 women. You can read the full press release here.

As we were on the trip we had breakfast as a group and they had the most delicious homemade Apple Cashew Butter. I talked to the front desk that shared the recipe. This is the only butter that should go on your toast!

This recipe is so easy and simple, but it definitely needs to be shared.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 2 organic apples
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • In a food processor, process cashews for 5-10 minutes, scraping down the sides of the processor as needed.
  • Add apples and cinnamon and process for another 5 minutes or desired texture.
  • Put toast in the toaster, wait, and spread your butter!

 

 

Health Benefits From Burning Candles

Part of living healthy is self-care

We can eat great, workout, and have professional and personal life balance, but taking care of your body and mind, dropping all other things and going zen is necessary to a well-rounded, healthy life. That’s where candles come in. You can add them to your self-care routine easily and receive a plethora of benefits along the way. Burning candles do more than adding a sense of Feng Shui to your home. The action of burning a candle can provide an atmosphere to induce calm and a sense of well-being. Candles play a big part in the power of meditation and when you burn candles that have essential oils in them, you open yourself up to a whole new world of self-care.

Candles with essential oils like bergamot, lavender, and patchouli can fill the space with an easy gentle scent. The oils will quiet your mind and help you clear your stress. Candles are known for their soothing, healing properties and are often used by therapists, such as massage therapists, to create a peaceful ambiance in their service rooms.

My favorite type of candle is aromatherapy candles that can help you relax, feel calm, energized, and help your brain get more focused and productive. Lavender candles help ease your mind and relieve stress. Eucalyptus candles are energizing and improve focus. Lemon candles bring a clean, also energizing atmosphere and can relieve anxiety and depression. Whatever the health benefit you seek there is an essential oil infused candle waiting for you to light up their world.

Know your Candle!

Paraffin Wax

Paraffin Wax is a by-product of the crude oil refinement process. The mass amount of commercial candle companies use paraffin as their wax because it is extremely low cost. But when burned, these candles with paraffin wax release toxins into the air. Paraffin candles also burn faster than beeswax, soy, palm oil, and other waxes. We here at Soap Hope recommend staying clear of paraffin wax for those who are conscious about their health.

Enjoy the Soy

By nature, soy wax is soft, creamy, and burns clean. Soy candles can be made from 100% soybean and palm oil. There are large multitudes of soy candles available. Buyers beware: as long as a wax blend contains 51% soy, it can be branded as a soy candle – so its important to check the purity. We always check all ingredients at Soap Hope, so we’ve got you covered! Soy blends (part-soy, part-anything else) and paraffin candles should be avoided if you’re looking for anything better than a toxic flame.

Just like everyone has different tastes in fashion and music, we also have particular fragrance preferences, and everyone smells scents differently. Show off your individuality and personality by burning the scents that you love.

Why do you burn candles?

Navigating the Natural and Organic Terrain | Do you know what you’re buying?

Sometimes we can get overwhelmed trying to figure out what is natural and organic and what is not. With so many misleading ”organic” and ”natural” claims found in thousands of beauty and household products, how’s one to navigate the terrain?

Yesterday my girlfriend Rachael and I were having coffee and she shared a story with about her most recent trip the grocery store. She said she saw a shampoo that really caught her eye. It was aesthetically appealing and its name had a variation of the word “organic” in it, with a slogan talking about how pure and simple the product is. At first, I thought to myself this might be an interesting product for Soap Hope to carry, but then she showed me a photograph she took of the back of the bottle with a long list of ingredients on the back. Rachael continued in frustration that not only might the name make you think that it must be organic, but it also has that simple slogan. In addition, the words on the back state it is a “Unique blend of Natural & Sulfate Free Surfactants for renewed softness,” one would think this is a natural product. I took her phone and started to analyze the image of the ingredients I found that it had DMDM Hydantoin – a formaldehyde releaser that we would never allow in a product – and Red 4 and Yellow #5, two artificial colors!

After reading this I quickly handed the phone back to my friend and realized that many of us are drawn to products with a quick glance, not realizing what we are putting in our bodies, on them, or in our homes. There must be an easier way to sort through the ingredients that are acceptable, and that reminded me of Soap Hope’s Good, Better, Best rating system for the products we sell on our online marketplace. With that in mind, I told Rachael I was going to make this our next blog so others could learn and ask questions, so here we are sitting with Soap Hope’s Fulfillment Manager Jeremy Porter for a quick interview.

H: Jeremy thanks for visiting with me, I’ve got some questions for you. In a market where consumers are increasingly seeking and buying ”Organic” and ”Natural” products, how does Soap Hope meet that demand?

J: Hi Heather! Regarding the demand, we’ve got our Good, Better, and Best rating standard. We inspect every single ingredient in every single product to determine if we will sell that product and what its rating will be.  We wanted to offer a sort of guide to let customers know that:

  1. We have very high standards for the products we carry.
  2. We can show them exactly how those standards work. The rating tiers are really just a way to explain the ingredients and let people know that we are paying as much attention to them as they are, or even more so. We also want to be completely transparent, so it’s a good way to put everything on the table.
  3. Anything that isn’t at least Good is something we won’t use or sell at Soap Hope’s Marketplace.

H: That’s great Jeremy! But what does that breakdown on rating look like?

J: It looks like this and can be found on our website under our ingredients philosophy, as well as indicated on every single product in our inventory. You can find the rating for all of your favorite products just by visiting our online store.

A rating of BEST is reserved for those products that meet the strictest of criteria. For a BEST rating, every ingredient must be 100% natural and 80% or more must be certified organic.

To be classified BETTER, a product must contain 100% natural ingredients, but not necessarily organic.

Products with a GOOD rating include one or more ingredients that, while considered safe to use, are not 100% natural. For example, some of our makers’ products use phthalate-free fragrance oil or may include a preservative necessary to keep liquids fresh.

H: On average, what percent are good, better, or best in your product inventory?

J: Currently the percentage breakdown of our product based on the rating system is Good: 57%; Better 24%; and Best 19%. So you can see that Best is pretty elite. There’s a secret level beyond Best called “Legendary” but even I’m not sure what that is.

H: Do any of your products have the following ingredients: Parabens, sulfates, chemical sunscreens, petrochemicals, glycols, phthalates, PEGs or PPGs, DEA/TEA, synthetic polymers, formaldehyde donors or 1, 4-Dioxanes?

J: The brand Everyone has some Bath Soaks that contain Magnesium Sulfate, which is just an Epsom Salt, and then I think a few other products that have a little Sodium Coco-Sulfate as a foaming agent, but both are safe.

H: On average, what percentage PCR (post customer recycled) is your packaging? Are they recyclable?

J: We put forth as much effort here as is practically possible. The tissue paper we use to wrap products is 100% recycled. The post office packaging is post-consumer recycled. About 90% of the cardboard that comes into our building is reused, usually to make an Ugly Box. The Ugly Box was just a perfect combination of being cost-effective and eco-conscious, and it’s one of my favorite things we do. I have this daydream about being in a sort of MacGyver situation where for whatever reason someone needs to make a cardboard box and I get to jump in. It could happen. We also made a video to show how an Ugly Box is made: https://youtu.be/24LnICCkK3A

H: Are your products tested on animals?

J: Never. NEVER. I mean, we do sell some soaps that are specifically intended for dogs, so I can’t with 100% certainty say that there have never been some trial baths, but baths aren’t tests, although dog baths can be tricky…

H: Jeremy this has been extremely helpful and honestly, I wish more companies rated their products based on quality and ingredients. How much easier it would be for the consumer! Now for a few personal questions, I mean, while I have you!

What are your favorite products and/or brands at Soap Hope that you use?

J: I really enjoy A Wild Soap Bar and Kind Soap Company. I don’t know if I’m just basic or lazy for picking brands with the word “Soap” in the name, but they’re cool products. A Wild Soap has such original ingredients and gets bonus points for being Texan. Kind Soap smells amazing, and I’m a sucker for anything Sandalwood Rose. I am also highly susceptible to a weekly Bath Bomb indulgence.

H: What about Soap Hope drives you in your work?

J: Well, there’s the base level of a paycheck and doing work well because it’s, well, work, but as far as a bigger drive it’s just nice to be with a company that tries beyond bottom lines and profit. It’s tempting to be cynical and jaded, especially in this current climate, but I do get to catch my breath and read about the women and families that have been so positively affected by the programs we support, so that’s really what takes it to that next level. I’m also excited to see how we can branch out and further embrace/earn the banner of “Empowering Women”

H: Any other personal tips for living a more natural life style?

J: Just everyday mindfulness. Stuff like that usually comes down to a personal line, moral or otherwise, and as you feel a little more stable in your convictions or pursuit of health, be it mental or physical or spiritual or whatever, you’ll find the area where you best sleep at night. For me, it’s important to decide that you’re going to pay attention, and then finding that line becomes a personal choice.

H: Do you support reforming our federal laws to protect public health from toxic ingredients?

J: I do, and I really hope that within the current realm of issues which require massive federal attention, public health and the environment can remain high.

Find out more about Soap Hope’s ingredient philosophy and our mission.

Luxurious Soaks Aren’t Just For Winter

Let’s face it – it is hot this summer. While the pool, lake, or beach are great ways to cool off, they come with their own set of problems. So before you think that home spa soaks are only for the winter, think again! I can’t wait to get home and sink into a bath before bed every night. For me, the perfect luxurious soak is best served in summer.

Your summer soak isn’t surrounding yourself with candles and having warm water envelope you. While in the winter this is nice for the summer this won’t suffice. Summer soaks allow for some much needed time alone and cooling off. With a few little tweaks, your regular bathing routine could become your summer soaking in the tub routine. Here’s how to create your perfect refuge from the heat.

Use Cool Water (obviously!)

It’s hot out, so the common sense thing is to use cool water. Immerse yourself in cool water will provide the instant relief from the heat and lower your core body temperature. When it feels like a million degrees this is going to make you feel like a million bucks! It’s the most effective way to cool yourself off. So sink in and soak it up.

Cool Down With the Right Products

You know when you chew gum that is minty fresh and you inhale and feel that icy refreshing air? You can get that same feeling all over your body when using mint or eucalyptus products in your bath. We call it the cool factor, just add some salts to the bath and increase your summer soak. Make sure to pick items that have actual mint or eucalyptus oil, not synthetic toxins or fragrances to get the cooling effect. We love Zum Tub’s Mint Bath Salts or EO’s Eucalyptus & Arnica Bath Salt Soak. These products are packed with minty-fresh vibes.

Mix Up a Refreshing, Hydrating Beverage

Move over wine for bath time, this is the season of beer and cocktails in the tub! But really if you are looking to hydrate, stick with water, tea, and other nourishing beverages. Since you sweat when your body releases heat, you’ll need some extra liquids in the ole’ system to keep you feeling fine. Infused water is a great way to create a spa-like atmosphere. Think berries, pineapple, and grapefruit. So refreshing!

Actually, Relax in the Tub

Part of a great soak is being patient in the tub. You can’t just hop in for 10 minutes and jump out. Find something that gives you at least 30 minutes to relax and take in the work you’ve put into creating this self-care time for you! Grab a book or your kindle. Take in a meditation TedTALK or podcast. Put the laptop on the counter and take in the latest show you’ve been wanting to catch up on. This is your time – enjoy it!

Treat Summer Skin

Finally, what’s the point of a bath without a little pampering? After spending time in the summer heat or air conditioning, which does nothing to condition your skin you need to take care of that beautiful skin. This is a great time to throw on a mask, give your body a good scrub, and refresh yourself.

After being in the sun your hair has taken a toll. We recommend using a hair mask with Marula Oil like Andalou Naturals Exotic Marula Oil Silky Smooth Hair Mask. At the same time slather on a heaping portion of their Argan and Mint Lip Balm. To top it all off put on an Instant Brighten & Tighten Hydro Serum Mask. Now you’re covered from chin to head. If you want to scrub off all that dead damaged skin, try Deep Steep’s Sugar Scrub, my favorite scent is the Grapefruit Bergamot, but they have a variety of scents.

Say hello to your summer bath routine!

4 Ways to Destress

Tip 1: Journal

One of my favorite exercises to de-stress that I do on the regular is to write a list or journal my concerns. Worries download from my brain and on to paper in order to clear my head, which helps me gain an alternative perspective. It keeps me from ruminating on them too long. Plus, it’s fun to look back and see how those pieces led me to where I am now and how they played a necessary part in my journey. Check out these great decomposition journals!

Tip 2: Monitor your Sugar and Caffeine Intake

Put down the sugar and caffeine! Seriously. It only adds to a spike in blood sugar, inflammation in the gut and overstimulation of the adrenal glands, not to mention contributing to foggy brain, short temper, and more cravings the next day.

Tip 3: Learn to Appreciate

Another action happens just before I fall asleep. I think of 10 things from the day that made me feel grateful. They can be as simple as a butterfly that flew past when I was walking to the car, a new client conversation that inspired me, a compassionate driver that let me in when traffic was jammed, or how yummy my tea tasted that morning. It is amazing how it can lull you to sleep and help you wake up in the morning with a more positive, calm state. The trick is to only list things that happened that day. Amazingly, you start to become more present with the little pleasures in your everyday life, even if it’s a stressful life…pretty fun!

Tip 4: Acupressure Points

When all else fails, I take 1 minute for a deep breath, close my eyes, and press the tips of my index and thumb together. This is utilizing the power of acupressure points to create a wave of calm that I feel move through my body and mind. Sounds too simple but it’s effective and easy to fit in. Even if you’re in a meeting, you can press your fingertips together under the table with nobody noticing. Don’t close your eyes though…that would just be awkward!

Quinoa Summer Salad

We love salads over here at Soap Hope. If there was a Sommelier for salads our Co-Founder Craig would definitely be the “Salad Steward”, for that fact he could probably do the wine part too! In a tribute to the love we have for salads and the love we have for our Co-Founder, Craig, enjoy this healthy, easy to make summer salad!

This salad is obsessive! It is light and refreshing and perfect for a hot summer day. Hello Texas!

Quinoa Summer Salad

Yields: 6-8 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Quinoa:

  • 1 cup quinoa (your choice!)
  • 2 cups water
  • Pinch of salt

For the Dress:

  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the Mix:

  • 1 Avocado chopped in chunks
  • 1/2 cup of pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 2 cups spinach whole
  • 1/2 cup chopped grapefruit

Directions:

  1. Using a strainer, rinse the quinoa under cold water. Add quinoa, water, and salt to the medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes, turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until all water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Allow the quinoa to cool to room temperature.
  2. Make your dressing in a medium bowl, whisk together and set off to the side.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, avocado, pomegranate seeds, mushrooms, spinach, and grapefruit. Pour dressing over the salad and mix until well combined. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Light, delicious, and refreshing!

Not Puppy Love: Why is Formaldehyde in Shampoo

When you last went to the store, did you buy soap or shampoo? Have you recently purchased shampoo for your dog or cat? If so, did you even consider that there might be formaldehyde in shampoo, soap, and other skin care products you use every day for your pets, your baby, or yourself? This is the sad, but sometimes true reality of the products we have in our homes. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Really, there’s formaldehyde in shampoo?!

By now you’ve probably seen the adorable pictures that blogger Jessica Shyba took of her son Beau napping with the family dog Theo.

Puppy and baby got us talking here at Soap Hope about what goes into products for kids and pets.

We picked up a bottle of dog shampoo at the local pet store and had a look at the ingredient list. It started off fine – water, honey extract, and chamomile extract seemed like winners to us — but why was artificial fragrance, DMDM Hydantoin, and Tetrasodium EDTA in dog shampoo?

Formaldehyde is for the Dogs

DMDM Hydantoin is a preservative that works by releasing formaldehyde into the product continuously over time. Formaldehyde does a great job inhibiting the growth of mold; but it’s also a known carcinogen, and most people don’t want it on their bodies or on their pets – especially when the puppy is snuggled up with the kids.

The consumer goods industry in the U.S. has a lot of leeway. If they want formaldehyde in shampoo, for example, but you don’t want to tell their customers, they can just add DMDM Hydantoin instead. The DMDM Hydantoin will slowly break down into formaldehyde in the shampoo throughout the life of the product. Problem solved!

(In the European Union, companies can’t get away with this trick: if an ingredient in their product breaks down into formaldehyde, they have to write “contains formaldehyde” on the label.)

In the Dog House

It’s not just Theo’s shampoo we think about at Soap Hope, it’s young Beau’s as well. Until 2014, Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo had Quaternium-15 in it. You guessed it – Quaternium-15 releases formaldehyde in shampoo and other products they designed for babies. Years of public outcry finally caused Johnson & Johnson to reformulate their baby shampoo.

J&J Removing Formaldehyde in Shampoo
J&J removes formaldehyde-causing ingredients in their shampoo.
Image Source: NYTimes.com

Shampoo needs a preservative to prevent the growth of bacteria. Big manufacturers don’t care that Quaternium-15 and DMDM Hydantoin produce formaldehyde; they care that they are very cheap and give their products a shelf life of over a year. These manufacturers know they can put pretty pictures on the products and make commercials with happy kids and pets, and that most people won’t look any further.

“No more tears!” Not quite.

Better Ways

There are better ways for manufacturers to preserve shampoo rather, than putting formaldehyde in their products. They can use a low-risk food-grade preservative like potassium sorbate, which has the same toxicity level as table salt. Even better, they can use vitamin e (tocopherol).

Some manufacturers don’t even require a preservative. For your pooch, try the totally natural Woof Wild Dog Shampoo Bar. Hand made by Maggie Hanus at A Wild Soap Bar, this shampoo bar has organic oils, aloe, oats, clay, sea salt, essential oils, yucca root and horsemint. It will leave your dog’s coat soft, shiny, and smelling great.

For moms and dads looking for a safe shampoo, we recommend any products from Acure Organics.

For baby’s bath time, try Hugo Natural’s Chamomile Vanilla Shampoo and Wash, followed by Badger’s Chamomile & Calendula Baby Oil, which contains nothing but certified organic essential oils.

What other ingredients are you worried about in your body care products? Let us know.