One of the things that Ali likes to do is claim that he doesn’t use any chemicals on his body. We’re not totally natural with hand soap and dishwashing detergent yet (I like my suds!) but he uses and recommends the following three products for personal hygiene.
This pure castile soap claims 18-in-1 uses. We prefer the peppermint flavor but it also comes in many other scents including citrus, rose, eucalyptus, almond and lavender. People use Magic Soap as a body wash plus shampoo; you can also do your household cleaning, laundry and dishes with it which makes the product popular amongst travelers and hikers. You can even brush your teeth with Dr. B’s, but the thought of it grosses me out just a little bit (I know, I know… it’s only psychological). I love that you can refill your own bottle (buy it by the ounce or bulk) at any Whole Foods and most natural foods stores. Here is the FAQ they have written to address many common questions about the product.
I was excited to find this natural toothpaste at Target. I’m Ali’s buyer and my criteria for our hygiene products is that the item must be affordable compared to similar toxic versions, and it must be available regularly in stores we frequent. Admittedly there’s a little bit of “selling out” finger pointing when an organic product sells at Target or CVS, but I am glad that Annie’s mac and cheese or Burt’s Bees products will be within reach wherever we travel and will be held to price-fixing by other major brands. (Am I a hypocrite?)
This is the first time we have used this toothpaste. Ali seems to really like it, although my teeth don’t always feel clean and shiny after use. Because Burt’s Bees toothpaste lacks chemicals and abrasives, you really have to go at your teeth if they’re in need of a good brushing. I alternate with three toothpastes depending on my mood (hey! I’m finishing a couple of tubes!!) and currently prefer the baking soda + light chemicals Arm & Hammer toothpaste myself.
3. Tom’s of Maine natural deodorant.
He currently uses the lemongrass scent, but in the past he used unscented. For the ladies, there is also apricot, cucumber-grapefruit, and lavender. Ali is someone who sweats intensely with little provocation and he has been very happy with this product. (Interestingly, Tom’s doesn’t work for me! I find that on days I use it, I actually smell more than au naturelle by the end of a day.) Tom’s is available at any natural foods store, but also now at Target and drug stores nationwide.