Whether you're a new mom or your kids are a little older, you're probably always on the look-out for non-toxic and healthy products that will help keep your child happy and safe. EcoCentric Mom makes your job a lot easier every month by sending out sample boxes of new products you should at least know about when you go shopping.
I have the enviable job of reviewing EcoCentric Mom's samples each month. My August "baby box" arrived recently, full of products I wish had been around when my own two children were younger. Thanks to EcoCentric Mom, I now know about some terrific options that are worth switching to if you use more conventional brands:
Ecover Natural Dishwashing Liquid – I've used Ecover clothes washing detergent and dish washer powder for a while now, but I hadn't given their dishwashing liquid a try until now. It foams nicely, does a great
job cutting grease, and given my sensitivity to synthetic fragrances, I appreciate that the scent is naturally derived from grapefruit and green tea. This month's box came with a nice sized sample, plus a coupon for $1.00 off any Ecover dishwashing products.
Lunch Skins – Just in time for day care, pre-school, or full-day school lunch boxes, these reusable sandwich bags can be used a thousand times. They're BPA, lead, and phthalate free, and handsewn in the USA by a local family business. If they get dirty, just toss them in the dishwasher.
Molly's Suds – This laundry powder does the job minus fragrances, dyes, formaldehyde, 1,4-dioxane and phosphate. It has not been tested on animals, and is ultra concentrated so a little goes a long way. Though formulated for kids, you can wash your laundry in it, too.
Cocoon Baby by Enfusia - This sulfate and paraben-free body wash and shampoo is also wonderfully fragrant, thanks to infusions of chamomile, lavender and lemongrass. If you're lucky, your baby will share it with you!
Natural Newborn Diaper Defense Cream – Even though my kids are long out of diapers, I can imagine using this cream as a gentle moisturizer. The label says it is also "great for bug bites, cuts, scrapes and burns."
Journeys Mother Sunscreen Lotion Pellets – If you don't like spraying sunscreen and find liquids too messy, these pellets are for you. They rub on smoothly, and do a good job moisturizing skin as well as protecting it from the harmful rays of the sun. The organic ingredients include beeswax, raw mango butter, extra virgin coconut oil, Grapeseed oil, apricot kernel oil and other essential oils.
Happy Baby Organic Baby Food – I'm a complete convert to serving kids organic food, and in that department, Happy Baby is doing a great job. My concern about this product is its packaging, especially
the plastic cap on these pouches. The Great Pacific Garbage patch plaguing the Pacific Ocean is full of bottle caps, which birds mistake for food and swallow, and which waves eventually break up into tiny plastic pellets that are littering many beaches. Plus, kids could swallow the cap if parents don't immediately put it away. My baby box included a coupon to get $1 off any two packages of Happy Family products, so I'd be inclined to try some of the snacks and munchies that come in a safer package. I hope Happy Baby will let me know when they replace their cap with a safer, more eco-friendly option.
And for bedtime?
(NOTE: Full disclosure – I am a paid reviewer for EcoCentric Mom and receive a small commission on memberships generated through Big Green Purse. All opinions expressed are my own.)