The Twin Source - The Organic Family http://thetwinsource.com/index.php/en/twin-life/organic-family Fri, 05 Jun 2020 02:39:48 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Rated and Reviewed: Three Popular Natural Shampoo and Body Wash Products http://thetwinsource.com/index.php/en/twin-life/organic-family/193-rated-and-reviewed-three-popular-natural-shampoo-and-body-wash-products http://thetwinsource.com/index.php/en/twin-life/organic-family/193-rated-and-reviewed-three-popular-natural-shampoo-and-body-wash-products

Baby Organic Bubble Bath Review

A lot of prep work goes into making sure bath time goes smoothly. Even before we check the temperature of the bathwater or put toys in the tub, as parents we are responsible for selecting the products we put on our children's bodies. With an increasing number of natural products coming to market and more people choosing to use them, we decided to put three natural shampoo and body wash products to the test.

We checked out:

We ranked the products (1 being the best) in each of the following categories: Environmentally Friendly, Suds and Efficacy, Scent, Ingredients, and Price and Accessibility.

Environmentally Friendly

1. Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash by Burt's Bees

2. Calming Shampoo and Body Wash by California Baby and Shampoo + Body Wash by Honest Company (tie)

Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash by Burt's Bees is the top pick in terms of being friendly to the environment. This is mostly due to the fact that it can be used as a bubble bath in addition to a shampoo and body wash, whereas a separate bottle of bubble bath was required when using Calming Shampoo and Body Wash by California Baby and Shampoo + Body Wash by Honest Company. While all three products have "green" packaging that can be recycled, using just one bottle for three purposes is more environmentally friendly.

Suds and Efficacy

1. Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash by Burt's Bees

2. Calming Shampoo and Body Wash by California Baby

3. Shampoo + Body Wash by Honest Company

Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash by Burt's Bees creates perfect sudsy foam with only a few drops. A little goes a long way. We found that our children looked and smelled very clean after washing with this product.

Calming Shampoo and Body Wash by California Baby was a very close second in terms of getting our children clean. We found that applying it to the hair first helped create foam and suds that could then be used to wash the remainder of the body. But for kids with no hair and/or on days when hair wasn't washed, extra product was needed to achieve a sudsy foam when applied directly to the body.

Shampoo + Body Wash by Honest Company generated better sudsy foam when applied directly to the body than Calming Shampoo and Body Wash by California Baby did. However, it didn't appear to get the kids as clean; our kids still smelled like sunblock after thorough cleansing.


Scent

1. Calming Shampoo and Body Wash by California Baby

2. Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash by Burt's Bees

3. Shampoo + Body Wash by Honest Company

The essential oils in Calming Shampoo and Body Wash by California Baby products smell amazing. A nighttime scent doesn't get more wonderful than French lavender and clary sage. The smell is very subtle and delightful, just what you would expect to unwind before bed.

Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash by Burt's Bees comes in second with a gentle, almost natural, scent that is fresh and comforting.

Shampoo + Body Wash by Honest Company smells like cupcakes baking in the oven or an orange Creamsicle; while the smell is pleasant, it doesn't seem to bring a feeling of calmness to the bedtime routine.

Ingredients

1. Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash by Burt's Bees

2. Calming Shampoo and Body Wash by California Baby and Shampoo + Body Wash by Honest Company (tie)

Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash by Burt's Bees is nearly 100% natural, while Shampoo + Body Wash by Honest Company and Calming Shampoo and Body Wash by California Baby contain some organic ingredients. All three of the products are paraben-free, sulfate-free, petrochemical-free, and phthalate-free. Both Shampoo + Body Wash by Honest Company and Calming Shampoo and Body Wash by California Baby have sodium benzoate, but Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash by Burt's Bees does not.

Price and Accessibility

1. Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash by Burt's Bees and Calming Shampoo and Body Wash by California Baby (tie)

2. Shampoo + Body Wash by Honest Company

Calming Shampoo and Body Wash by California Baby is the most expensive, and Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash by Burt's Bees is the least expensive. All three products are accessible online. We love that Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash by Burt's Bees and Calming Shampoo and Body Wash by California Baby can be purchased at local retailers. Shampoo + Body Wash by Honest Company, on the other hand, was difficult to find in stores.

 

Our pick: Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash by Burt's Bees

 

 


*Note: Honest Company reformulated its Shampoo + Body Wash after The Twin Source conducted its review. We will be reviewing the new product soon.

 

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carrie.carroll@gmail.com (The Twin Source) The Organic Family Wed, 31 Jul 2013 19:41:05 +0000
Earth Day Every Day http://thetwinsource.com/index.php/en/twin-life/organic-family/103-earth-day-every-day http://thetwinsource.com/index.php/en/twin-life/organic-family/103-earth-day-every-day

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Check out The Twin Source's growing list of tips to create a greener household. We are living proof that these measures are easy enough for even a busy mother of twins to take!

 

Researcher and Malibu Mom Melanie: 

  • Use only cold water for doing laundry.
  • Use washrags for cleaning instead of paper towels.
  • Buy whole foods—avoid processed not only for your health but to better the environment.
  • And lastly—and of course—recycle!

Twin Mom Carrie: We reuse glass sparkling water bottles instead of purchasing plastic bottles of water. We fill the glass bottles with filtered water from our tap and store them in the fridge to grab on the go. After each use, we run them through the dishwasher. It's great for the environment and so much cheaper than buying bottled water by the case.

Twin Mom Lauren: We use all-natural cleaning products. It became important to me to use green products when I saw the twins putting toys in their mouths and crawling all over the floors!

Twin Mom Maritza:

  • When making school lunches, pack the food in reusable containers instead of plastic baggies.
  • We buy organic milk from a local dairy farm. We put a deposit down for the glass containers, and we take them back when we buy more.

 

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carrie.carroll@gmail.com (The Twin Source) The Organic Family Mon, 07 May 2012 20:35:15 +0000
How to Buy Organic Without Breaking the Bank http://thetwinsource.com/index.php/en/twin-life/organic-family/96-how-to-buy-organic-without-breaking-the-bank http://thetwinsource.com/index.php/en/twin-life/organic-family/96-how-to-buy-organic-without-breaking-the-bank

If you want to feed your family organically, it’s a good idea to do some research first. Simply buying any package, bag, or box of food marked “organic” may not accomplish your health goals and definitely won’t accomplish your budgetary goals. Here are some tips on what and where to buy organic:

  • Identify your organic needs. Unless you have an unlimited budget, shopping all organic can difficult. You might want to pare down your organic purchases to produce, dairy, and meat, for example.

  • Focus on perishable food, not processed. Processed food isn’t that good for you, regardless of whether the ingredients are organic or not. So, use your dollars for perishable organic whole foods that are good for you. For example, purchase organic Greek yogurt instead of organic granola bars.

  • Know your grocers’ prices. Retailers can price the same item very differently, so shop around a bit to find out which stores have the items you need at the lowest prices. This can take some time in the beginning, but it gets easier and saves money in the end. For example, I only buy organic romaine lettuce hearts at Trader Joe’s because they are $2.79, whereas at Whole Foods the same package can be as much as $3.99. But I always buy my weekly gallon of 2% organic milk at Whole Foods because it is almost a dollar less than at Trader Joe’s.

  • Don’t discount the discount retailers. It may seem counterintuitive and a departure from the farm-to-table concept, but you can turn your favorite big-box retailer’s buying power into savings on your organic shopping. My local Costco has the lowest per-unit prices around on many of our organic favorites, such as Stonyfield Farm half-and-half and yogurt, private-label trail mixes and nuts, maple syrup, milk, eggs, fresh chicken breasts and other meats, and pantry staples.

  • Bulk up. Another great way to get big savings on organic foods is to shop Whole Foods’ bulk section. Stock up and save on oats, rice, dried beans, flour, and dozens of other items.

  • Know The Dirty Dozen. Concentrate your organic buying on foods from The Dirty Dozen list.  These foods are the ones most likely to be contaminated with chemicals; they include thin-skinned fruit like strawberries and leafy greens. Conversely, learn about The Clean 15 foods, which are less likely to be contaminated, such as onions, pineapple and corn. Then devote your organic dollars to The Dirty Dozen and buy conventionally grown varieties of The Clean 15.

 For more tips on feeding your family organically, check out Get the Most Bang for Your Organic Buck.

 


Jessica is a mommy of three. She has a degree in fashion and the equivalent in childproofing a cool modern lifestyle.

 

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carrie.carroll@gmail.com (Jessica) The Organic Family Mon, 23 Apr 2012 07:09:27 +0000
Get the Most Bang for Your Organic Buck http://thetwinsource.com/index.php/en/twin-life/organic-family/95-get-the-most-bang-for-your-organic-buck http://thetwinsource.com/index.php/en/twin-life/organic-family/95-get-the-most-bang-for-your-organic-buck

Spending less money is an important component of feeding your family organically while sticking to a budget. But you also have to make shopping easy for yourself and get the most out of the food you buy (or grow). Here are a few ways to stretch your organic dollar at the grocery store, at the farmers market, and at home.

At the Grocery Store

  • Eat foods when they are in season. Although the grocery store offers a variety of produce from around the world, incorporating seasonal produce into your meals is the most sustainable and affordable option. For instance, cantaloupe and watermelon are dirt cheap in the summer and always on sale, but in the winter you pay more than double. Find out what fruits and veggies are in season by visiting This Food Thing.
  • Know the cost of foods in the organic frozen foods section, and wait for a good sale.
  • Select organic vegetables that are on sale, and build your meal around your purchase.
  • Buy whole when possible. You can buy a whole watermelon that will yield several containers of cut fruit for the same price as just one container of pre-cut melon.

At the Farmers Market

  • Scope out the farmers market calendar, and select the most convenient option for your schedule. Choosing a day and time that works for you makes you more likely to go.
  • Always know the price points in the grocery store first.
  • Be flexible in purchasing rare seasonal veggies vs. common mainstream items that are probably much cheaper if purchased at the store.
  • Pay with cash, and buy in bulk (especially with seasonal items).
  • Go toward closing time for some of the best deals.

At Home

  • Grow your own produce if you have room in your yard or on your balcony.
  • Use it, don’t lose it. The biggest waste of money is wasting food, and organic produce tends to go bad much more quickly than non-organic produce. Don’t throw it away before you have to! Is your organic fruit about to go bad? Cut and freeze for later use in smoothies or desserts. Veggies starting to go bad? Simply steam, puree, and freeze for future use. Or freeze fresh veggies immediately and save for future cooking use.

For more tips on feeding your family organically, check out How to Buy Organic Without Breaking the Bank.

 


Melanie is an honest-to-goodness California mommy. Residing in Malibu, she is ever-conscious of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for herself and her family.


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carrie.carroll@gmail.com (Melanie) The Organic Family Mon, 23 Apr 2012 07:02:33 +0000