I’m always on the lookout for handmade all-natural products to use instead of traditional store bought ones. I like to keep ingredients simple to minimize my (and my family’s) exposure to chemicals and toxins. The less ingredients the better, in my opinion! If I can’t read an ingredient on the label then I’ll usually pass it up. 2 products that are really important to me to have be natural are diaper rash cream (since it’s going on sensitive parts) and deodorant (because ingredients could possibly be linked to breast cancer). Those are both good enough reasons in my mind to look for better products!
Luckily, Monkey Baby Naturals contacted me to see if I wanted to review some products! What perfect timing! Terri, the WAHM behind the cute monkey logo, makes a diaper rash cream called Baby Goo and a Natural Deodorant! Along with those 2 products she also makes Boogie Goo, an herbal chest rub, and a Baby Massage Oil. All the products feature simple, natural ingredients like oils, herbs, beeswax, and butters! You can see full ingredient listings on her website. Trust me, you’ll be able to read and identify every ingredient. No worries about chemicals in these products!
Terri sent me the Baby Goo Unscented to try out with Grady and Haley. It’s safe for cloth diapers and has worked well for clearing up minor diaper rash for us. We haven’t had a really bad rash, so I can’t say how it would work on those ones, but it’s worked great for us so far. Since it’s multipurpose I’ve also used it on dry skin as a moisturizer. It makes my hands feel nice and soft and has helped clear up some dry skin on Grady’s legs. I also LOVE the container it comes in. I always feel like I might contaminate stuff that comes in a jar, so I appreciate that this comes in a pump. It’s runnier than some of my other diaper creams, but works just as good, if not better. If you prefer your stuff to have a scent, Terri also makes Baby Goo in Lavender & Tea Tree, Mandarin, & Cocoa Butter scents. Doesn’t the cocoa butter sound lovely?
I also got to try out her Natural Deodorant. I was a little weary that it would work at first but it DOES! No BO here! I did feel pretty sweaty at first though, since it’s not an antiperspirant. But the more I use it the less sweaty I feel. I really think it’s helping me to sweat less! With regular deodorant I knew I smelled bad if I was sweating, with this stuff my sweat smells good. Ha! It doesn’t go on as smooth as regular deodorant but it’s not rough or anything. I’ve been wearing the Lavender & Tea Tree scent, but she also has Palmarosa & Tea Tree, Sage, Tea Tree & Lemon, Geranium, Rosemary & Lime, and Lemon, Clove & Patchouli. Lots of nice scents to choose from.
Do you use natural personal care products? What scent would you choose for yourself in either the diaper rash cream or the deodorant? Is one product more important to you to use natural than others? What’s first on your list? I started out by switching all our baby products to natural ones first. Now, I’m working on myself!
BUY IT: You can purchase the Baby Goo and Natural Deodorant, like the ones I reviewed, on the Monkey Baby Naturals Etsy Shop for $13.49 and $8.49 respectively. Great prices for natural products!
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WIN IT: One lucky According to Jenny reader is going to win Baby Goo in the Fall Fluff Giveaway Hop (ends 9/15/12) and another lucky reader is going to win the Natural Deodorant in the Fall in Love with Handmade Giveaway Hop (ends 9/14/12). Click each link to enter!
Although I was sent complimentary items for review purposes, I was not paid or enticed to write an awesome review for these products! All opinions expressed are 100% mine! Logo and product photos are curtesy of Monkey Baby Naturals.