As long as it smelled good and looked good, I slathered and lathered.
Then, I became pregnant and paranoid.
Then, like a wrinkle that abruptly appears, never to be ignored again, I discovered sulfates, parabens, phthalates,and petrochemicals.
(See worry #95 here).
And just like that, the fruit in my fragrances soured, the bubbles in my bath evaporated, and shine in my bronzer faded.
You can learn more about these ugly additives here, but, in short, these invisible boogie monsters do things like make products foamy, smooth, fragrant, and long-lasting.
But, it is also possible that they are they involved in more sinister activities like endocrine system disruptions, breast cancer, obsesity, fertility problems, and skin irritation.
Not willing to take unnecessary chances over something I could fairly easily control, I ditched most of the baby lotions and opted for other "cleaner" cleansers.
Although we have tried several different brands, one of our favorites is Burt's Bees.
While I found it fairly easy to be diligent about what I was using on Emily and Drew, my personal switchover wasn't as quick or simple (or cheap).
I started by cutting back on the number of beauty products I used (which wasn't all that hard considering I had less time/energy/motivation to shower and primp in those early days with twins).
As I ran out of make-up (which also took a while since I was wearing less make-up those days, too), I began replacing pieces with make-up with fewer additives. Currently, I am using Bare Minerals, and I can honestly say I don't miss my old stuff.
I've tried several different "boogie monster-free" shampoos, and the verdict is still out there for me. I haven't found any that this mama loves, but I have found a couple that get the job done. If you have a shampoo recommendation, I'd love to hear it!
I do, however, have a Mama Loves when it comes to a smell-good, all-good body wash for mamas: güd by Burt's Bees.
Like Burt's Bees for Babies, güd is all-natural, not tested on animals, and free of paragons, phthalates, and petrochemicals. It comes in great fragrances like, pear, orange, vanilla, and cherry.
After finding güd while on one of my many trips to my favorite Target, I've tried the pear and the cherry, and I have enjoyed them both. I haven't tried the lotions yet since I am waiting to run out of my last brand first.
Supposedly, the bottle is even designed to be shaped like a microphone--perfect for belting out your favorite tune in the shower. I will neither confirm nor deny if I have been using my body wash bottle to sing in the shower, but just in case you want to give it a go, I will leave you with a song to sing this Saturday that I think would go perfectly with a bottle of güd and five minutes of peace and quiet in a hot shower.
Linking up with the fabulous Julia and her Mama Loves series and the awesome Ginger's Songs That Make Us Sing Saturdays!
I was in no way solicited or compensated for the product reviews/mentions in this post. I am just a happy customer sharing my opinions.