Hair & Personal Care Products
Hair Care – Morrocco Method
After 3 years of ditching commercial shampoos and trying out a host of DIY recipes (including my favorite DIY pH Balanced shampoo recipe found here), I finally have a natural, holistic, and AMAZING hair care system that I can fully recommend. It’s what I use for me and my family. Morroco Method‘s all natural, wild-crafted, raw, vegan hair care products go beyond my own strict requirements for safe hair care products. Since I had already been through the detox phase of switching away from toxic commercial shampoos, my transition into using Morrocco Method was pretty seamless, but the results have gone so far beyond anything I was able to achieve with my DIY stuff. That’s because these products are the results of decades of practice, artfully selected ingredients, and a passion for hair care. I will never use another hair care product again. Learn more here.
Use the coupon code TYB15 to get 15% off your entire purchase. I recommend starting with their Healthy Hair Starter Package. It’s the same package I purchased to start and I LOVE it. Click here to visit their shop.
Toothpaste – Earthpaste
I skip back and forth between making my own (recipe found here) and using Earthpaste (like this). And to be honest, at this point I probably use Earthpaste more simply because my children LOVE the kid’s lemon Earthpaste, and I love knowing it’s good for their teeth without any nasty ingredients. Find it here.
Facial Cleaner: Oil Cleansing Method
So this isn’t really a product, but I’ve had people ask about facial cleaners. In my opinion, The Oil Cleansing Method is THE way to go. Let’s get real: I actually only “wash” my face a couple times a week. Unless I’m really sweaty (which happens on my cardio/strength days), I generally just wash with water. For my dry skin, that’s enough. On the sweaty days I do the Oil Cleansing Method. I’ve tried other facial cleansers (including expensive ones from brands I love) and nothing compares… at least for my skin. My only addition to my original Oil Cleaning Method post is that I add some frankincense essential oil to my OCM mixture. It’s AWESOME for your skin. Read about the Oil Cleaning Method here. Buy my favorite frankincense essential oil here.
Deodorant: Primal Pit Paste
Deodorant is one thing I almost always make myself. (You can find my recipe here.) Why? Because I have yet to find a product that I love as much as my own, especially for my sensitive skin. But, for those not inclined to do it themselves, I do like, have used, and recommend Primal Pit Paste. You can find it here.
Tampon/Pad Replacement: Menstrual Cup
I never thought saying “goodbye” to tampons would be so awesome, but I am a total believer in the Menstrual Cup. Read this post to get information on how to choose the best cup for you. I personally like the Lunette, but your body may work better with a different brand. It’s easy to use (once you get the hang of it), will save you money, requires less space in your bathroom, will last many years, and is better for the environment. You can find the Lunette here (for pre-childbirth) and here (for after childbirth).
Make-Up: Still Deciding.
I am a huge advocate of freeing your face and going makeup-free as much as possible, but for those special occasions or family photo shoots, I personally recommend Beautycounter. They have a lot of safe, tested makeup options. And I also love their mission to get safer products into the hands of everyone. They have great makeup options and other skincare products. (Check out their sunscreen!) Check them out here.
Hand Soap: Thieves
I love the Thieves line of soaps and cleaning products. You can learn why here.
Non-Toxic Cleaning Products
You can find my big ‘ol list of DIY cleaning recipes here. But if you want to keep it simple, then I highly recommend checking out Young Living’s Thieves line. It has made my life SO much easier and I love that it’s safe and natural. Click here to learn more.
Real Food Pantry Staples
Meal Plans: Real Plans
I’ve tried several meal planners before and I finally have THE one that I love, love, love. If you haven’t checked out Real Plans yet you must! Not only can you change your menus to fit your needs, but it has an integrated shopping list and mobile app to make things so easy. I no longer dread meal planning. It’s definitely a favorite resource. And it’s priced beautifully. Check out Real Plan’s traditional plans here, Paleo plans here, and vegetarian plans here.
Rather than post a lengthy list here, I recommend checking out Processed Free or this post for my pantry staples.
Many people are deficient in magnesium. Magnesium oil is the most effective way for your body to absorb the nourishing benefits. I have found it’s also useful for dealing with restless legs and promoting a good nights sleep. This is the only kind I use.
Blue-Light Blocking Glasses
Did you know that artificial blue light messes with your body’s natural melatonin levels? Bad news since so many people use technology late into the night. A simple solution is grabbing a pair of these inexpensive glasses and put them on when the sun goes down. They block out the blue light which makes your hormones happy. These are the ones I have.
Supplements & Superfoods
During my second pregnancy I was dealing with some major leg cramps. Following the recommendation of my midwife, I started using these trace mineral drops every night before bed. The cramps disappeared! I still use them to supplement my diet since our modern soil is so deplete in minerals. They also help me sleep better. You can find there here.
This powerful super-food can help your skin, joints, sleep and more. You can read why I love it so much here. You can find my favorite recipe using the stuff here. And you can purchase grass-fed, quality gelatin (the only kind I recommend) here and here.
Dried Liver Capsules
I noticed a HUGE difference in my energy when I don’t take my liver. Don’t be turned off by this super-food. There are so many reasons to add liver to your diet (read about it here). Best part? You can get them in capsule form. Grass-fed and full of goodness. Find them here.
Vitamin K2 is a critical nutrient that many people are lacking. You can read about the benefits here. Unfortunately, most supplements you’ll find in the market are synthetic and not as easily absorbed by your body. I like this fermented natto supplement as a simple way to get my K2. Just one tiny pill a day and you’re good to go. Real food for the win, again!
Most vitamin C on the market is made in a laboratory (even though the label might suggets otherwise). Other supplements come from GMO crops. I like this Royal Camu supplement (I get them as capsules) as a safe and super effective way to benefit from Vitamin C.
There has been a lot of discussion about the benefits of probiotics in our diets. But the effectiveness on taking probiotics depends a lot on the type of bacteria strains present. This Probiotic is my favorite and highly recommended by top health professionals. I take one a day.
Odds & Ends
Yep. I’m going there. With all the talk about detoxing, one of the best things you can do for yourself is make sure your body is eliminating properly. You can read about my experiences with the Squatty Potty here and here. You can order one here.