I am always on a quest to find the best, safest, and most easily accessible products for my kids. I refuse to use anything made by many of the major brands because of their insistence in using formaldehyde in their products. We are daily slathering our children with embalming fluid, people! That’s disgusting! Should we also put makeup on them before they go to bed so that they look alive when they wake up screaming zombies at 3am?
The other thing that freaks me out is that many products we are using to clean our homes, and bathe our families with are packed with harmful chemicals. Companies want you to believe that they are completely safe to use, and those sunny commercials of bouncing babies happily popping bubbles in the bathtub, then calmly nuzzling mommy to sleep do a pretty darned good job of making us feel all happy about using their products. The disgusting truth is that those products are not safe, they contain harmful chemicals that we are exposing our families to on a daily basis.
This is NOT clean living, you guys!
Yes, these products are tested and have “safe levels” of chemicals in them. But what happens when every, single product you use has any level of chemicals in them? You add those chemicals up, and the result is an unsafe level of toxins infiltrating your home. These levels cause problems like asthma, allergies, behavior problems, and can throw the hormones into a dizzying tailspin.
In response to a widening call for safer products, Walgreens has released the first nationally accessible and affordable line of household liquid products that are free of harmful chemicals. Their products range from baby wash and lotion to laundry and home care to tree-free paper products.
I generally have to drive about 30 minutes away to get to Whole Foods where I usually buy safe products to use on The Stinky and The Muffin. The bubble bath I buy for them, which doubles as their body wash, is $11.00. Add in the cost of gas in my 14MPG gas guzzling mini van and you’ve got yourself an expensive product, sirs and madames. We have a Walgreens exactly 1.8 miles from our house, and I can get this Ology All in One Soothing Baby Wash & Shampoo for $4.99.
I jumped for joy when I found out and ran over to my local Walgreens to get some Baby Wash and Ology Soothing Aroma Therapy Baby Lotion too. I’m horrible at putting lotion on the littles, but with so many chemicals in the inexpensive ones, and so much money out of pocket with the natural ones, it’s just a sacrifice I chose to make.
We got home that night and I rushed dinner so we could go take a bath.
I was really excited to smell this stuff in action.
The body wash and shampoo was divine. I couldn’t stop sniffing their necks when they got out of the tub! Plus, they felt really soft even without the lotion.
But then I used the lotion and swooned. Little back story: There is this non-flowering bush outside of my house that has an aroma unlike anything I’ve ever smelled before. I don’t know what it is, but I literally want to bury myself in this bush and stay there all day. It is intoxicating, and more enticing than the most fragrant orchid. THAT, my friends, is what this lotion smells like. I can’t get enough of it. I don’t know what this aromatic bush is outside of my home, and I don’t know what they put in this lotion that smells exactly like it, but I am SO glad to have found this lotion. I don’t use it on myself because I don’t want to become immune to the scent, but I use it on the kids every night, and it has enticed me to linger just a little longer in the soft folds of their necks at bed time.
I was even more head over heels when I found out that the lotion is gluten-free. Do you know how many of your skin care products use wheat in them? You’d be surprised.
I also purchased their Tree-Free Toilet Paper. I’m a self-proclaimed toilet paper SNOB. I’ll spare you the details, but I prefer to use really thick, strong, and soft toilet paper. I was really nervous to use this new toilet paper. It is made of sugarcane husks and bamboo, both of which are really strong fibers. So I put it to the test. For your own good, I did not take pictures of the toilet paper in use, but I can tell you that there were no finger-through-the paper incidents during use. I did have to use a couple more squares than I do with my normal toilet paper, but not nearly as many as I have to use with cheap toilet paper. An ENORMOUS bonus for me is that it is completely tree-free, so it is a sustainable choice for TP, and much more sanitary than using washrags. (gag)
So there you have it: A widely accessible and affordable choice for your personal, home, and paper needs. I’m so excited to have found Ology, and will continue to use their intoxicating smelling baby products, and tougher than recycled trees TP. This, my friends, is clean living.
Disclosure: I was in no way compensated for this post. I received a Walgreen’s gift card to purchase the items needed to facilitate this review. As always, all opinions and experiences are my very own and were not influenced in any way. I would like to thank OlogyBrand for allowing me to review their products, which I am genuinely excited about.