Monday, November 12, 2007

Product Reviews and some baking

Sorry for the shady picture. I'm still getting the hang of my camera. At least I have pics on here now. LOL

These are some of the products that I am 'currently' using. I say currently because I have never been too faithful to any one product. Meaning - I don't tend to buy the same thing twice. I guess I figure there's always something better out there to try. Starting from the left you will see my toothbrusth and toothpaste.

The toothbrush is a Radius one. I love the fact that all i have to do is replace the head - it pops right off. The handle is made from recycled yogurt containers.

The toothpaste is made by The Green Beaver. When we lived in Eastern Ontario this company was local to us. But now that we are on the opposite end of Ontario - that be it Northern Ontario - it isn't local. But, I love their products. No sulfates or fluoride in it.

Next to that is another Green Beaver product - their winter lotion. It is soooo thick - its great for winter chapped skin. I can't say that I like the smell though - it doesn't really have one. Then comes the Burts Bees facial scrub and face cleanser. I love the smell of both and they work great EXCEPT they have caused my ezcema to flair up. Soooo, both have to go bye bye. I'm currently using some samples from the Health Food store to figure out what to buy next. Next in line are the shampoo/conditioner made by Desert Essence. It is the italian grape one. Wonderful!!! I can't say enough good about them. They smell like grape bubblegum and are free from sulfates, parabens, etc not too mention they are organic. I've always had a love/hate relationship with so called natural shampoos. Its hard finding one that doesn't have some sneaky junk in them and that actually work. Case in point: next to them are two shampoos that are just about empty. The first one is made by Avalon Organics - it just did nothing for my hair - left it dry. But it smells great. The second one is by Pureology. I saw them on They were promoting their products on one episode of her web show. So I went out and bought the shampoo and conditioner. We loved them - they smelled great and made our hair feel great. However, the price was a bit much AND they do have some parabens in them. But they are vegan and are promoted as being zerosulfate.
That shower curtain you see is the hemp one I bought last spring. Also next to the shampoo is the hemp face cloth that came with some hemp soap I bought. All this stuff I got online at The hemp soap isn't pictured because we used it all up. Lately I've been buying our soap from a local family that makes it.

Another day I will post about my makeup and kids products.

Now onto food: This morning I made a few things to get us through the week. I made a homemade bread, a pumpkin loaf, and three jars of La Dolce Vegan's Creamy Tomato Basil soup.
Tomorrow I plan on getting out the slow cooker and making a pot pie from 'Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker'. So check back later to see how it turned out!


Veggie said...

I want to see how your slowcooker pot pie turns out.

I love The Green Beaver lip balm, and I just started to use their green tea facial cream.
I just use The Soap Factory liquid (vegetable) glycerin as my face cleanser and we use their olive oil & glycerine soaps in the shower. My husband uses a shaving brush (that we ordered from the and olive oil soap in a little container (instead of shaving cream).
I had such a hard time finding a natural shampoo, but I finally found one I like that doesn't make my hair all gross and oily. Aubrey Organics. I like Desert Essence toothpaste.
I haven't found a hand cream that both works and is natural yet though, so I'm still using Glysolid because it really works and it's winter again and it also helps with the eczema I tend to get in the winter.

Hippie Girl said...

Ahhh, the green tea facial cream. I bought that once - liked it. I'll have to check out

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

This is a great post. I have been trying to get more natural body care stuff - it is the last frontier for me. I like smelly girly things in my bathroom and ther eis just not much variety down here in FL for natural products - so I do Tom's of Maine, Nature's Gate, Dessert Essence, Burt's Bees etc. So thanks for these products. It is good to get reviews from someone "i know" :)

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