The Other Organics

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Dirty Dozen guide for buying organic foods.  I buy organic or from local farmers I know where budget permits.  My stomach appreciates pesticide-free food because pesticides are a big pest.

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Then there are all the other things labeled organic.  Everything from soaps and shampoo to baby diapers.  I’ve purchased a few hits and misses.  For me organic does not always equal quality.

The Hits!

  • My favorite dress.  With a description like that, it’s pretty obvious I love my dress by Global Girlfriend. The perfect mix of comfort and versatility with a great message.  IMG_6501Global Girlfriend provides micro grants or micro credit to women in struggling countries to build their own eco-friendly and fair trade craft businesses.   The dress looks as good today as it did the day I bought it.  I’m excited to buy it in another color and a few other things to help these women gain economic security.
  • Recycled Cutting Board.  I tend to wander the aisles of Target for no reason.  Okay I have a reason…I’m looking for fun stuff to buy.  Sometime last year I came across a green cutting board that is actually red. IMG_5996  Actually the eco-smart cutting board comes in multiple colors.  I chose red to mark it as my cutting board to avoid cross contamination.  Best of all I can send it to be recycled again when it begins to show the wear and tear. IMG_5997
  • Cleaning Products.  I’ve always wanted to buy green cleaning products but didn’t want to waste all the products I already had.  When my allergies hit full force I was, well forced to go green. (pun intended!)  Chelle has been my guide along the way.  It’s amazing what baking soda, vinegar, castile soap, borax and a little elbow grease can do. green (source)
  • Burt’s Bees.  Hello, my name is Cynthia, and I’m a chap stick addict.  I’ve tried them all but Burt’s Bees is the only lip balm that stops the chapping for me and doesn’t feel like a layer of icing on my lips.  bee(source)  Real icing might be fun to lick off but wouldn’t help the chapping.
  • Shave Bar.  Hunni has a baby face.  While at the Troy Farmers’ Market last year I stumbled upon Rad Soap CompanyIMG_3963No big name brand soap or suds saved his baby face from the evil razor but I don’t want to live with a mountain man. This shave bar is made locally with many scents so he tastes good enough to eat…if it weren’t for the lye. Smile

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  • Deodorant.  Maybe I am super stinky but organic deodorant does not work for me.  I’ve tried several types but I always end up with pit stains and still a bit smelly. IMG_7524 I’ll stick with my Secret for now.
  • Toothpaste.  I understand the concept behind basic toothpaste.  But if I wanted to brush my teeth with baking soda and peroxide I wouldn’t buy a fancy tube of toothpaste.  In fact the taste is so rechid – yes even the mint – I don’t want to brush my teeth.  Let’s face it…that’s bad for everyone.

Tell me some of your non-food organics I should try.

*Note: I was not paid to blog about any of these items.  All opinions are my own and I purchased them all with my good looks…I mean debit card.*

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