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Sarah Hastings

I've been transitioning into using ONLY biodegradable and earth-friendly products that have environmentally transparent values.  Purchasing goods made from natural compounds not only supports ethical production. They will also aid in cultivating a healthy greywater garden out back.  

Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner 

VALUE: $3.50 for a 16 fl oz bottle, this is the best value for store-bough natural shampoo.

ENVIRONMENT: The bottle itself is made from 50% post-consumer content and is recyclable.  It contains no parabens, sulfates (irritants), artificial fragrance, or animal-tested ingredients.  It's completely biodegradable.     

PERFORMANCE:  Pros: Great Scent Cons: Not so sudsy



VALUE: $5-6 

ENVIRONMENT: This deodorant is free of propylene glycerol, artificial fragrance and colors, animal ingredients, and animal-tested ingredients- And it's 100% biodegradable.

PERFORMANCE:  Pros: Mmmm! Smells like ginger.  Works very well. Cons: None.

Tom's of Maine Floride-free Fennel Toothpaste 

VALUE: $4.50

ENVIRONMENT: Tom's is known for its efforts towards environmental and social balance.  The brand strives to embody sustainability both in their business model and in their product design.  5% of employee time is dedicated to volunteering and 10% of profits are invested in "human and environmental goodness."  This paste is made with no animal testing and no artificial colors, fragrance, flavors, or preservatives.  I really love how the empty tube can be sent to Terracycle to be upcycled into a new product.  I quote Tom himself: "We use zinc citrate sourced from zinc - a naturally occurring mineral and xylitol, a natural ingredient derived from birch trees or corn."

PERFORMANCE: Pros: Texture was great and it felt like normal toothpaste Cons: This brand carries all sorts of mint flavors.  Just DON'T buy the fennel flavor unless you like licorice in the morning. 

Desert Essence tea tree oil dental floss


ENVIRONMENT: Ordinary floss is made of nylon or Teflon and does not degrade well.  And that wax is usually petroleum-derivedSo I bought Desert Essence's product because it claimed to be naturally waxed and saturated with pure tea tree oil.  The brand abstains from animal testing and uses no artificial detergents, alcohol, or synthetic colors and perfumes.  

PERFORMANCE: Pros: Works great, feels great, great, great, great Cons: None. It's my favorite. 

Mario Badescu botanical face gel

VALUE: $15

ENVIRONMENT:  Mario Badescu's brand is applauded for its simple and effective ingredients.  This face gel uses natural botanical ingredients.   The bottle is recyclable... like any. 

PERFORMANCE: Pros: Smells nice and has a nice packaging.  Cons: It doesn't clean my face.  It didn't remove make-up and my skin was still oily after using this product.

Stay tuned for my next set of product reviews!