5 Green Products: Organic Baby Powder to Holistic Moms Network Cookbook

organicbabypowder1. Naturity Organic Baby Massage Oil and Baby Powder

I’ve never discovered organic baby powder before, and although I didn’t use talc on my babies, I do use baby powder in stinky kids’ shoes sometimes. Actually, Naturity’s organic baby powder is not made from talc, but its main ingredient is arrowroot powder. In addition, Naturity’s organic baby massage oil is nut and wheat-free, and it is “designed to mirror baby’s natural sebum”.

At Naturity, we pride ourselves on the organic integrity of our products, which are comprised of 99-100% certified organic ingredients. The organic ingredient percentages for all products are listed on the front of all labels. Product ingredients are clearly listed on all containers as well as beside each product description on our website. We do not use any synthetic preservatives, emulsifiers, additives, or fillers.  But we do use certified organic ingredients from sustainable providers.

Best of all, every single Naturity product has received a score of zero on the Environmental Working Group’s cosmetic database Skin Deep.

Would I buy these products? Yes.  This is a company you can really trust, and I don’t think the products are too overpriced at $12 a piece.   Cruetly-free, organic, zero toxicity, vegan, etc…you can’t go wrong!

EO2.  EO Beauty Products

These products were actually sent to me for Breast Cancer Awareness month, but oh, sometimes it takes me awhile to get product reviews complete.  EO is one of my favorite brands that I discovered when searching for SLS-free hand soap for my son’s sensitive skin.

One thing that I think strongly speaks to the integrity of EO is their deliberate decision not to label their products as “organic”, even though they use many organically-grown ingredients.

We choose not to label our company as organic even though we manufacture products that are certified organic as approved by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) http://ccof.org/. We make this choice because there are no guidelines for organic personal care, like the ones that exist for food. So we take the higher road and only label those products organic that meet the USDA Food Grade Standard of what defines organic. To do otherwise would be confusing and deceiving to our customers regarding the organic nature of the products bearing our name.

“Organic” in personal care is frequently used as a marketing term to capture sales in the ever-greening marketplace. We feel that this is misleading and we encourage our competitors to stop. The word “organic” does not belong on the front panel of a label, even if it’s incorporated into the brand name, unless its ingredients and manufacturing process are certified organic by a certifying agency recognized by the USDA…

We believe in organic. This standard is an integrated part of our company, lifestyle and philosophy. This is why we have chosen to manufacture our own products onsite and become a certified organic manufacturer, unlike many of our competitors. It also enables us to ensure that our ingredients and end-products are authentic and competitively priced.

Today it simply isn’t possible that all personal care products be 100% organic, given the available ingredients. At present all of our products contain certified organic ingredients. Some of our products do meet the USDA Food Grade Organic Standard to bear the USDA of organic. These products proudly bear the USDA certified organic seal. You will find this seal on our bath salts, lip treatments and hand sanitizer sprays. Our commitment is to continue our quest to make organic products that meet the highest global requirements of what can bear the Organic seal.

Would I buy these products? Yes. EO is a brand I have trusted for many years, and I always buy it for my home and workplace.

Screen shot 2010-01-14 at 8.06.34 PM3. Belle Baby Organic Carrier

Every baby should be worn!  I’ve said it many times before, I could not have survived the infant period of my children’s lives without baby wearing!  The Belle Baby Organic Carrier is a front-support style device that is handcrafted in Colorado and easily adjustable.

More comfortable than a baby sling, the Belle Baby Carrier distributes your baby’s weight to your hips, instead of your back and shoulders, and places your baby in a proper, ergonomic position that supports your baby’s developing spine.

Some of readers have cautioned before about this style of baby carrier being bad for children’s hips, but neither of my children had any negative effects from our Baby Bjorn.

Would I buy this product? No.  I loved our Baby Bjorn, which seems a little bit more secure to me, plus, if I were to buy a new baby wearing device, I would have to try the Ergo Organic Carrier.  All of my friends raved about it, and I like its versatility in being both a front and back carrier.  I am also not swayed by the fact that celebrity moms, such as Angelina Jolie, use the Belle.

many-paths-final-cover-image4.  Many Paths, One Journey to Health:  In the Kitchen with Holistic Moms

I love the Holistic Moms Network (HMN)!

The Holistic Moms Network is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization connecting parents who are interested in holistic health and green living.  We encourage moms to trust their instincts, parent from the heart, use their innate sense of what is best for their children, live in balance with the Earth, and learn about the pros and cons of all healthcare and parenting options.

Of course, HMN has published an awesome cookbook filled with yummy recipes.  From Almond Loaf to Algerian Wedding Stew, these recipes come from moms all across the country from different HMN chapters.  It reminds me of the cookbooks schools used to put together for fundraisers, but these are healthy recipes you want to eat.  There’s even a whole chapter on gluten-free, egg-free, dairy/casein-free!

Would I buy this product? Absolutely yes!  I love the recipes, and I love supporting Holistic Moms Network!

myobaby5.  My O Baby Organic Onesie and Baby Towel

My O Baby offers many organic products for your littlest ones made in India.  When I first noticed these organic baby clothes were made in India, I assumed it was for cheap labor, but then I read that CEO Jyoti Singh is a beautiful Indian mom.

As a mother, I am always concerned about the clothes, food and anything else that will come into contact with my children. So while developing my brand I wanted every garment to be made of gentle materials and of quality construction, while ensuring our designs had a contemporary, fun and playful spirit of childhood.

My O Baby is a member of the Organic Trade Association and our garments are 100% certified by the Control Union guaranteeing that all of our products are organically grown, with no use of pesticides or chemicals. In addition, our snaps are nickel-free and the dyes we use are approved by the Control Union certifying minimal metal content and ensuring our garments will not cause rashes or skin irritations. Our goal is that only the softest, gentlest materials come into contact with your baby’s sensitive skin.

Would I buy this product? No. I think $32 is too much for an organic baby towel and $20 too much for a little onesie, no matter how cute.  I know sustainability comes at a cost, but I also know most families have budgets.   As I’ve mentioned before, similar organic products are available at almost half the price, but without the cute embroidery.   I am also annoyed these products come in plastic bags with the ubiquitous warning about suffocation and please recycle.  Only problem:  our recycling center no longer takes plastic bags. I hate plastic bags!

Disclosure:  The products described above were sent to us as free samples.  Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given.  No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews.  The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

Comments

  1. The bubble bath is really good – very comforting for the baby – After a massage, a bath using the bubble bath, seemed to really help my baby.

  2. I have never heard of Naturity. Is this a new company and does anybody have a personal testimony?

  3. Have you ever rubbed your baby down with massage oil? It is so funny to see them squirm…especially when they get close to 12 months. They give you the what the heck are you doing look but hey I kind of like this face. Too funny. Haven’t tried the Naturity product but I will. Sounds great and looks great too.

  4. The Holistic Moms Network strives to connect parents, create supportive communities, and help parents and others to learn about holistic and green living.

    For parents who choose to raise their children holistically, having the support of like-minded parents is critical. That is why HMN is dedicated to facilitating grassroots community-building throughout the nation, offering moms the opportunity to create local chapters where they can connect and find friendship and resources that are so necessary for successful parenting.

    Through our local Chapters, special events, and dynamic online forums, HMN members share life-changing information and advice on a variety of topics including pregnancy, breastfeeding, natural childbirth, healthy eating, positive discipline, alternative medicine, and all aspects of green living. Through the Network, they gain the confidence they need to make important decisions for their families. HMN members have discovered natural remedies for their child’s asthma and fever, found the courage to have a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), become educated about vaccination choice, and tried recipes for making their own non-toxic cleaners.

    Today, more and more parents want to make informed choices and are looking for advice about natural parenting. A majority of today’s moms say that pregnancy inspired a shift to green living, and three quarters of Americans seek out some form of alternative medicine. This might explain why, in just a few short years, HMN has grown to include over 100 Chapters across the United States, with new Chapters forming all the time. HMN is building a thriving natural parenting movement, helping thousands of families make positive, lasting changes in their lives. We are proud of this achievement because, as a community of informed and empowered parents, we are not only making a positive difference in our own families’ lives, we are changing the world!

    Join us! Find a Chapter in your area. If no chapter exists in your area, please consider starting a local chapter! Learn more about becoming an HMN Leader and help grow our community!

  5. The use of talc goes far beyond baby powders. It can be found in deodorants, adult body powders, and cosmetics. Concerned parents may wish to increase surveillance for products that they and their older children/teens use as well.

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