Not long ago I decided that I had gotten lazy around here and let some healthy habits slip, which is probably normal after a few years of striving to live healthier, but after my trip to Minnesota to visit a reader friend (click here to see pictures of their gorgeous farm in my public thank you note), I was really motivated to kick it back into gear. So I wrote this post called, I got Lazy — 5 Ways I've Recommitted to Real Food.
Number five went beyond food, though:
5. Improve on sourcing more organic or natural products. I do think food should come first, but we’ve been making better food choices for a while and still haven’t gotten around to replacing more of our natural care products.
(We’ve replaced a LOT, like laundry soap, deodorant, toothpaste, lip balm, and a few other things, but still have more to go.)
If you're like me, though, and aren't really AS concerned about protecting marine life and the environment (I know, that's bad) as you are about making sure you have safe products around for your kids, just think though, if it's not safe for fish, it's not safe for us! Also, I've learned that all body care eventually washes to the oceans and streams — Stream 2 Sea is passionate about this and wants us to remember to use eco-conscious products when we are out in the water. This is especially important because of the immediate effects on marine life. (Boating, scuba diving, surfing, etc…)
Here's a neat video that shows how the company began and their passion behind it:
Some of my S2S favorites for safe skin care:
- I love their leave in conditioner. It just takes a small amount, smaller than the size of a dime in your hand — I work it to the end of my fingers, and then onto my roots and out to the ends. It detangles, but also makes my hair soft and not heavy or greasy. I tried another natural brand recently that was really soft and velvety as I was putting it on, but later my hair was so heavy it wouldn't hold a curl, my dry hair felt gummy in my fingers, and it looked greasy by evening! (This company was ready to spend a lot of ad dollars on my blog, too, but I had to pass since I just didn't like it.)
- The Stream 2 Sea sunscreen also isn't heavy, rubs in nicely, and since I know there are a LOT of scary ingredients in regular sunscreen from the store, I loved knowing this one was safe to cover the kids in. (We don't actually use sunscreen much if the kids are just playing around outside, because I want them to get the Vitamin D on their skin, but not letting them burn is important, obviously! So we use it mostly if we'll be by water for a chunk of time.) Those of you vacationing soon, or if you ski in the mountains, or maybe you live in a warm climate year-round, you'll love this stuff.
- Our daughter and I fight over who gets to keep the lotion in our room, so I'm ordering more of that. 🙂 It's silky smooth, very moisturizing, and again, it isn't greasy and has NO nasty ingredients!
Check out all these skin care ingredients we should be avoiding:
Where to find Stream 2 Sea Safe Skin Care Products
This post was originally paid for by Stream 2 Sea, but I love these products! Believe me, I turn down a LOT of advertising dollars from companies who contact me with products I'd never use myself or on our kids. I know you'll love S2S stuff, too. 🙂