In the five years or so I’ve been chasing a more natural lifestyle, I have tried a lot of different products. When it comes washing my teeth, hair, bod and babies, I’d say I’ve tried just about all the eco-friendly products there are at the affordable end of the spectrum. I don’t want to spend megabucks on my toiletries, but I also don’t want them causing blue-green algae blooms and putting my family at risk of health problems. Too much to ask?
These days I reckon I’ve sussed out the best eco-friendly products for the bathroom, so I thought I’d share my favourite shampoo and conditioner, natural toothpaste, body wash and baby stuff. I think I’ve also finally found a natural deodorant that actually works, but we’re still in the testing phase, so watch this space.
Ecostore Shampoo & Conditioner
My one vanity is my hair (not that you’d know because I usually stick it up in a ponytail). It’s ridiculously thick and so far bears no grey. It tends towards dry, but is generally very healthy. Most of the cheaper (I’m talking less than $15 a bottle) shampoos and conditioners leave it lank and greasy, meaning I have to wash it every day. Poo to that. I’m loving ecostore’s plant-based shampoo and conditioner, which is free from phthalates, parabens, silicon, SLS and petrochemicals, and does a smashing job. I can go three days between hairwashing, and only needed to use a small amount. The conditioner contains almond oil and does a great job of untangling my birds nest. Visit the ecostore website here.
Grants of Australia toothpaste
Oh man I have tried some weird and wonderful natural toothpastes. One made me cough, one tasted like pina colada and another was like having your mouth washed out by soap. Thankfully, I found Grants of Australia Extra Fresh toothpaste, which is minty and comes out of a tube as a white paste – in other words, it is like using the toothpaste I grew up on. This is major because after valiantly putting up with the weird and wonderfuls, my hubby finally asked in a pitiful voice if we could please just use a normal toothpaste! Grants has four varieties of toothpaste, all with no flouride, parabens or SLS. Find out more here.
Simplyclean body wash
I discovered this range in my local organics store, it’s fairly new and I’m pretty excited about it. SO far I’ve only tried the Lemon Myrtle Body Wash and I love it, the tangy smell of lemon myrtle is very invigorating, it suds up well and is ph-balanced so my skin feels clean but not squeaky. Septic-system safe, this product contains no SLS, SLES, PEG, parabens, petrochemicals, mineral oils or DEAs. You can buy it online here.
Natural Instinct Baby shampoo, conditioner & baby wash
Last but definitely not least, an old favourite with a new look. I’ve used most of the Natural Instincts range and always found them to be reliable, quality products. Again, these are all plant-derived and omit all of the nasties mentioned in this post.
I know packaging shouldn’t matter, but I am really pleased Natural Instinct has got itself a new look – you may have seen the old white bottles on the shelf and thought they were a bit budget (and they certainly are, but only in price). The new packaging is more in line with the oils and natural ingredients contained within. My kids aren’t fond of having their hair washed, but the Natural Instinct formulation is very gentle, and they smell so lovely afterwards that it’s worth getting soaked to get them clean! Check out the new look Natural Instinct here.
There you have it, the best eco-friendly products for the bathroom according to moi. If you have a recommendation, I’d love to hear it!