One thing that many Waldorf families have in common is a love of things that support total health. Many families choose Waldorf Education and Waldorf homeschooling because they feel this supports the development of the whole child in an appropriate way. Many families who choose Waldorf Education are also interested in a healthy, organic lifestyle and products that support family health, self-care, cleaning, and more.
I have been buying and eating organic food for the past 25 years. In this time, I have also embraced the use of herbs and the making of herbal infusions, essential oils, alternative health care systems, organic personal care products and cleaning products and more. Many, many people are futher along on this path than I am, but today I wanted to share some of my favorite family care, personal care, and cleaning products. I know many of these kinds of products could be easily made by hand, especially things such as laundry detergent and deodorant, and sometimes I have, but I also wanted to share my favorite brands with you (no affiliation, just happy using the product) so if you are short on time or just getting started on this path, you will have some tested recommendations! Please do feel free to add your own recommendations in the comment box, share your favorite product lines, and more.
I have asthma, and we are headed into flu/cold season here in North America as well, which is always cause for concern for my lungs. Therefore I use the Environmental Working Group guides for products to often help discern which products have a higher risk of respiratory effects.
I have used both homeopathics from Boiron and many of the herbal tincture products from Herb Pharm for both adults and children. My favorite general things to have on hand include arnica gel, collodial silver, and oregano essential oil. I also like to have a selection of something similar to a Thieves Oil as we head into flu/cold season. You can find recipes on-line as to how to make a version of Thieves Oil out of basic essential oils.
My favorite supplements and probiotics so far are from the Jarrow line.
To make herbal infusions, I typically order directly from either Frontier Co-op or Mountain Rose Herbs.
Water Filters – I am currently looking for both in-house filters and shower filters. If you have a recommendation, please leave it in the comment box!
(We also use allopathic preventative medicine and chiropractic medicine for general health as well, but this post is mainly about products!)
For deodorant,I like Purelygreat and the Bergamot and Lime Schmidt’s. I have tried Primal Pit Paste without good success due to senstitive skin, but that seems to be what most people I know use. I have also heard good things about Piperwai deodorant from several people now. Deodorant is fairly easy to make as well.
For lotion, I tend to use just straight oils instead or a combination of oils mixed with a facial lotion or body cream.
Facial cleanser/anti-aging products. My dermatologist remarked to me that she felt cleanser in general wasn’t as important because it is on your face such a short amount of time compared to creams, serums, eye cream, etc. so to invest in better quality brands for those things. Derma E has some products that are rated highly in the Environmental Working Group SkinDeep Database (and some are not). I don’t really have any tried and true favorites in this category yet. I keep trying new things! Please leave me your recommendations!
For shampoo and conditioner, I have not found ANY natural shampoo that I have liked for my hair type and texture. I have on my list to try Carina Organics Shampoo and Conditioner and see if I like those.
Soaps/body wash – I like shea butter soaps and those generally score well on the EWG database. I find olive oil based soaps drying for my skin. This one is a little hard for me since I was raised on Dove soap, LOL.
Toothpaste – David’s Natural Whitening Toothpaste in peppermint is supposed to be good; does anyone use it? It is flouride-free. For small children, we used flouride-free toothpaste and Kiss My Face toothpaste for the older children. Our teens now prefer a regular brand of whitening toothpaste (yup, I know).
Hand soap – I like to try to find things at Amazon’s Subscribe and Save for products such as these, but Amazon doesn’t seem to carry any of the products marked with the green gold standard or a “1” , the next level down, in the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. Miessence and Beautycounter both get high marks in this category; perhaps you can find a person who sells those products, or order from the ATTITUDE line directly from their website. ATTITUDE is one brand that seems to get consistently high marks in the EWG Database for both personal care products and cleaning products.
For sunscreen, (which I don’t wear a lot except on my face/neck and the backs of my hands due to the blocking of Vitamin D, probably much to the horror of some medical professionals), I try to choose from the EWG Best Sunscreen list.
For all of the above items, I try to check the Environmental Working Group database several times a year since recommendations change due to manufacturer’s changes in formulation.
Laundry Detergent – is super easy to make; however, if you are in a pinch and want laundry detergent you can try BioKleen powder; Seventh Generation Free and Clear, or ATTITUDE laundry detergent. Or, many folks use soap nuts.
All purpose cleanser is also easy to make and you can add essential oils to make everything smell lovely.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner – many natural substitutions here, but Green Shield or Seventh Generation scores high on the EWG list for a premade one.
Dishwasher Detergent/Powder and Detergent for Hand-Washing Liquids – I like ATTITUDE for both the dishwasher and hand washing of dishes. I have also used Seventh Generation and Ecover in the past; I think Seventh Generation scores higher in the EWG database though.
Share with me your favorite tried and true natural and organic products! I always love to hear people’s recommendations!
Blessings and love,