My last post was all about switching over to natural and cruelty free personal care products. For the next few posts I’m going to let you know which products I use and love.
Finding a decent cruelty free and non-toxic shampoo and conditioner was a freaking saga. I tried so many that left my hair flat and greasy. I have seriously tried over 10 brands. And a few times when I had FINALLY found a brand I liked...they changed the formula. This actually happened to me twice with two different brands.
Finally, I have settled on Giovanni. It’s not the greenest product out there but the quality is light years ahead of the other brands. In addition, they have an entire hair care line, not just shampoo and conditioner. I use the Golden Wheat Shampoo and Smooth and Silk Conditioner. I’ve also tried the Leave In Conditioner and Frizz Be Gone serum. Dave uses their gel.
The other great thing about Giovanni products is that they’re widely available. Most health foods carry them and you can find them in the ‘Natural Foods’ section at Loblaws stores.
One of my all time favorite brands is Green Beaver. They are a Canadian company started by two biochemists. They are committed to making completely non-toxic products and use almost all Canadian and organic ingredients. I was using their shampoo/conditioner until they changed formulas. I wasn’t crazy about the new formula, but give it a try. I currently use their body moisturizer, sunscreen and deodorant. It is really hard to find an all natural sun screen that isn’t thick and pasty but theirs goes on nice and smooth and doesn’t leave a white film.
I used Green Beaver’s mint toothpaste for a long time but after developing a cavity my dentist recommended that I switch back to a toothpaste with fluoride. So I’m now using Jason’s PowerSmile with fluoride.