The first time I heard that they put cancer-causing chemicals in “normal” deodorant I was in college and the friend who shared this with me stank a little bit and I thought, “How nice for him. But, no thanks.”
About seven years later, I learned about those same chemicals being put in “normal” house cleaners, hair conditioners, skin lotions, and really everything that surrounds us all the time. And I learned they were being trapped in my liver (your body’s detox organ) and causing me to have health issues.
So, out that crap went! Out with the cleaners and conditioners, out with the lotions and creams, and out with the deodorant. And “green” became my new normal.
So, you can imagine how surprised I was to find baby products and new mama products that are petroleum based (??) and filled with synthetic fragrances (??) and dyes (??).
It’s seriously just a nightmare.
But anyway, I can only protect myself and my baby and my husband (and maybe a few friends and family who read this and let me clean out their bathroom cabinets). And so I do, with stuff from Earth Mama.
Now, unfortunately, I couldn’t try the deodorant much (baking soda — even the teeniest amount — sets my arms on fire from any deodorant, even the paleo one I reviewed last year), so I had to pass them over to my husband who has been enjoying them for almost two months now (favorite scent: citrus, because it’s energizing and fun, favorite quality: that it works, I didn’t notice any bad smells or wetness throughout the day).
I, however, have had exclusive enjoyment of the balm, and it is out of this world! For a few reasons:
- It’s full of natural healing stuff I don’t understand, which means I don’t have to buy random elixirs and herbs and cook them over the stove screeching like a witch
- It perfectly lubricates the scar tissue which (and if you’ve had a caesarean perhaps you get this?) can sometime stick to the other skin and feel weird
- It heals! I saw a distinct change in color (less pink and red, more skin-colored) within like three days!
It also heals other stuff! Little fingernail-cuts on baby’s face and those weird split corners of skin at my fingernails in winter… it takes care of everything almost overnight.
And as a fun side story: I noticed our son was getting dry patches in random spots, and realized the bubble bath we used might be too harsh on him. Our pediatrician recommended something petroleum based (again, ????) but I knew better. We splurged on Earth Mama baby wash and shampoo and Calendula baby oil and the spots stopped advancing right away and now, about three weeks later, I haven’t noticed any! Just goes to show that in babies and life (and food and writing) the higher quality ingredients, the better the results.
Have you used Earth Mama products? Better yet, what do you think of their recent rebrand?
(I love it!)