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I don't think my family is ready to switch over to no-poo and funk butter (I think my teenagers would revolt<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ), but I'm really trying to switch to "more natural" products.<br><br>
Burt's Bees and Aubrey Organics look *decent*. Any pro/con opinions on either or both?<br><br>
(Oh, what about JASON, as well?)<br><br>
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Check out this thread with links to the campaign for safe cosmetics: <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=662490" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=662490</a> lots of companies that make good stuff. Tom's is good (great for deodorant and toothpaste) and is available affordably and more main stream. Burts is awesome but pricy (good for make up, not many companies making that.) I like SOME of Kiss my Face products, actually I LOVE them all, but they aren't all as safe as others according to the Skin Deep report. But they have good shampoo, and I feel that's hard to find. Shop around!
 

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I use both Burt's Bees and Aubrey Organics products (though some still have things I try to avoid -- I usually check any suspect ingredients in Skin Deep before buying).<br><br>
Whenever I check out JASON products, there's something I don't like about it (in terms of ingredients). I like ingredients lists on which a majority of things are substances I've heard of (and preferably would not be afraid to eat), which is mostly doable.<br><br>
I use Dr Bronner's for shampoo, though - it works out cheaper and the ingredients are more transparent than BB or AO products.
 

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I hated Aubrey Organic stuff, but know some people who love it. I love Burt's Bees and know some people who hate it. As far as a preference, you have to try things to know what works and what doesn't. Unfortunately, not everything works for everyone.<br><br>
And as the others said- read the labels carefully. Just because it says "Natural" or "Organic" doesn't mean it doesn't have icky stuff in it!
 

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I LOVE most of Aubrey Organics stuff---some of Burts bees (they use some artificial fragrances in some products that make me sick). Some of the Kiss my Face stuff is fine----but most has yucky chemicals I avoid. Jason products are ridiculously loaded with chemicals----it mystifies me how they can call themselves natural and organic! Dr. Bronners is another 100% natural one we use and love. I try and limit the amount of brands/products we use, even though I used to love trying different products all the time. Our arsenal includes:Aubrey, Burts, Tropical Traditions, Dr. Bronners.
 

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i like aubrey lotions a lot but not the shampoo. it is too watered down and my hair is longish and thick, so i end up using a ton just to wash my hair. i have to comb it thru to get it to distribute evenly.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i like aubrey lotions a lot but not the shampoo. it is too watered down and my hair is longish and thick, so i end up using a ton just to wash my hair. i have to comb it thru to get it to distribute evenly.</div>
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Just curious, did you shake the bottle before applying? I had issues with their shampoos until I read the directions and it says to shake well before using <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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For those of you who use Dr. Bronners on your hair, does it dry it out at all? We use the bar soaps (and the liquid for cleaning), but I worry that it might be too harsh for my hair.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We avoid Bees now because of the fragrances.<br>
Love Bronners though!</div>
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Burts Bee's also has new ownership and they have added several things to their line with questionable ingredients in them. Read the labels CAREFULLY. One of the new items is the liquid baby wash (previously they just offered a bar soap for babies), and I was reading the ingredients at Target the other day and I was shocked at some of them.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Just curious, did you shake the bottle before applying? I had issues with their shampoos until I read the directions and it says to shake well before using <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"></div>
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i do shake well before, it takes so much to get it through from end to end. i don't require lots of bubbles, but i do like to at least know my hair is clean, i don't do no poo, but i don't wash it every time either. i love the ingredients in it though, and use it for my dd. maybe different aubrey's shampoos have different water concentrations, i'll have to check!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Burts Bee's also has new ownership and they have added several things to their line with questionable ingredients in them. Read the labels CAREFULLY. One of the new items is the liquid baby wash (previously they just offered a bar soap for babies), and I was reading the ingredients at Target the other day and I was shocked at some of them.</div>
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Ugh! Are you serious! I use this on my baby and love it! (Her sensitive skin seems fine.) Can you elaborate on the bad ingredients in the Burts Baby Wash? Any recommendations for another babywash (that smells really good?)
 

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I stick mostly to the big brands and check them out on the ewg site. I like Jason shampoo, tom's toothpaste, and we use dr. bronner's diluted for handwashing. You HAVE to get funk butter. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
I'd like to know what people use for regular ole body lotion. I looked up lubriderm, my old favorite, on my new bible the ewg site, and it fared poorly. I tried Kiss My FAce, and the ingredient list has 6000 ingredients, and it made my face turn bright red. It didn't effect my body, but still, creeped me out. There are like zillions of natural lotions, and I don't know which to try, or what ingredients to avoid, really. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> For my face I use shea butter or jojoba or maybe vanicream, but they're not pracitcal for daily body moisturizing.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Burts Bee's also has new ownership and they have added several things to their line with questionable ingredients in them. Read the labels CAREFULLY. One of the new items is the liquid baby wash (previously they just offered a bar soap for babies), and I was reading the ingredients at Target the other day and I was shocked at some of them.</div>
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Really? That sucks. Now I have to find a new product for the kiddos!
 

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I use this, so I was worried. Here are the ingredients of Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash: Water, decyl & lauryl glucosides (natural coconut oil, corn starch & sugar soap blend), coco betaine (coconut oil moisturizer), soy protein, coco-glucoside & glyceryl oleate (natural sunflower & coconut oil soap blend), sucrose laurate (sugar ester), vegetable glycerin, betaine (sugar beet), glucose (sugar), fragrance, orange oil, anise oil, lemon oil, vanilla extract, clove oil, xanthan gum (natural thickener), glucose oxidase & lactoperoxidase (natural thickener).<br><br>
I looked them up on ewg.org and each ingredient scored a .1 for low risk, primarily because they hadn't been studied/evaluated (including the glucose). The fragrances that Burts Bees uses are phthalate free, so I am not sure what the questionable ingredients are. I think it's safe.
 

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we're burts bees fans over here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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We are now using (and love) the new Burt's Bees baby shampoo & wash. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> It's definitely better than baby magic or the like. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> We used to use the BB baby bar soap but it leaves too much of a film in the bathtub for my liking (we have really hard water).<br><br>
I really like the Aubrey shampoo for babies as well, but it seems like you have to be careful because sometimes we'll get a bottle that just has a funny 'wang' to it. We're finishing up a bottle like that, it's almost like it 'turned' or something but my nose does not like it.<br><br>
Definitely check out the Skin Deep database, it's really helpful!
 

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I looked them up on ewg.org and each ingredient scored a .1 for low risk, primarily because they hadn't been studied/evaluated (including the glucose). The fragrances that Burts Bees uses are phthalate free, so I am not sure what the questionable ingredients are. I think it's safe.</div>
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Well---rating a 1 is not such a worry---but I talked to Burt's Bees about their fragrances--and the lady basically told me that the fragrances are NOT from essential oils, which means they are synthetic--which is why they made me sick and also left dd nauseated after using the raspberry shampoo! I guess the kind of snotty attitude of the woman at Burts Bees changed my mind about how "nice" and natural they are also............<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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I know that yes, they use fragrances (I went through a period where I couldn't stand hardly any smells without getting sick but I'm okay now for whatever reason). The bottle of shampoo I have specifically says phthlalate free. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
She certainly didn't need to be snotty with you either way though!
 

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we love love love Jason's biotin shampoo and conditioner. Jason makes great products, as far as we are concerned. And dr. Bronner's.
 
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