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 I’m a label-reading mama on a mission to find the safest products on the market, for my family & yours! To read about how I decide what goes where on my rating list, please read this info: Please check out my so-so & Greenwashers lists also!


Based in: New Hampshire
Their mission: To create fabulously pure and effective products of the highest natural quality, based on simplicity and thoughtful preparation, with the intention to protect, soothe and heal. Products include: lip balms, body care, sun, bug & outdoor, massage & body oils, health & wellness, aromatherapy, sleep balm, baby & kid care, soaps, and more! Their ingredients come from all over the world but only one comes from China, it’s Camphor (Cinnamomum Camphora), they do have other ingredients from South Asia. Out of all their ingredients they only have 7 that come from USA. They have a page on their website that lists all their ingredients and where they are sourced (I really like that, it would be nice if all companies did this). Most of the packaging comes from all over the world and they don’t know exactly where from since they are too far from the source, the tins however are made in the USA.

Based in: Utah
“Their goal is  to inform others about the importance of staying away from the dangerous  chemicals in our world of fancy products with entrancing colors and  fragrances. In addition to making and selling products, their goal is to  inform people of the hazards of chemicals in Personal Care Products.” Products include deodorant, lotion, shower gel, lip balm, soap, hair care, bath salts, and of course, baby products! None of their ingredients come from China. Most of their packaging comes from the US but not all. The packaging that definitely comes from US is for body butter, salt scrub, shower gels, shampoos, deodorants, lip balms, lotion sticks, and face cream.

Based in: California
I recommend everything except Sal’s Suds which has SLS in it. Renowned for their quality, versatility and eco-friendliness. Liquid & bar soaps, hair conditioning rinses, lip balms, lotions, shaving gels, hand sanitizer, cleaners & more! EWG information on this line is not up-to-date, as it rates several products at a 3, claiming they containing fragrance– all Dr. B products that are fragranced use essential oils! None of the ingredients are from China but they do source it from other countries. Most of their packaging is made in the USA except for the body balm tins that are made in China. Dr. Bronner’s coconut oil is from Sri Lanka, palm oil is from Ghana, Olive Oil is from Israel & Palestine, and Hemp oil is from Canada.

Based in: Oregon
Certified organic by Oregon Tilth or OTCO. Natural and organic products for mama, baby, pregnancy, labor, postpartum, breastfeeding and gifts. They do have packaging made in China but they could not tell me for which product. No ingredients are from China. Most of them are from USA.

Based in: CA
I have this entire separate note about them. I love so many things about them and will never use another laundry detergent for my cloth diapers. I’ve recommended them on this page for several months now, and had many, many happy soap nut converts!

Based in: Cape May, NJ
There are numerous things I love about this line—both the products themselves & the true eco-friendly aspect of the business practices. Just Skin Food offers a fabulous selection of herbal salves, body butters, bar soaps, essential oils, skincare oils, lotion bars, body scrubs & flower essences. You will not find a SINGLE plastic product in her packaging, which makes me so very happy! Everything comes in glass or a stainless steel tin. Details like this show me Just Skin Food definitely deserves a spot on my best-of-the-best list: “Even our inside seals are made from certified unbleached chlorine free paper. We do not like to use any kind of sealer that requires heat transfer of glue or plastic.”Homeopathy is more than my life’s work, it is my passion! I first fell in love with homeopathy while studying abroad in Florence, Italy when I was just a teenager. Since then, I have furthered my education in the field, worked as a Classical Homeopath and Bach Flower Essence Practitioner, and continued studies in Natural Medicine and Holistic Healing and Herbology. Considering my holistic approach to health and skin care, bringing Just Skin Food to life was a natural evolution. It began with a simple line of Herbal Healing Skin Salves for clients, family and friends. But little did we know, there was much more to come. While my clients were on their holistic path to healing, their use of standard beauty products was counter-intuitive. Knowing that, they wanted products that would enhance their outer beauty while keeping in harmony with their inner journey of healing. With this in mind, we developed more holistic products to help them on this journey. Thanks to them, we continually evolve”. My review of some products:

–Lovely Lady- Entire line OTCO (Oregon Tilth Certified Organic)
Based in: CO
Products for face, body, bath, hair, women, men, treatment oils, organic scents, soaps. Minimal, safe, organic ingredients. No dedicated baby line, but you certainly could use them on your babe (bar soaps, lotions, etc). “Lovely Lady Products….true, honest, certified organic and natural ingredients with an emphasis on sustainable and fair trade. In a world where individuals and consumer groups have concerns over the purity of the products they consume, our mission is to provide certainty when it comes to your choice of personal care products. By offering unique formulations handcrafted through eco-friendly practices and the use of premium quality ingredients, we feel the loveliness will shine through us to you. No dyes, no synthetic perfumes or fragrances, no colors, no phthalates, no parabens, no sulfates, no petroleum, no artificial preservatives, no propylene glycol, no SLS and no wheat or gluten. No compromises. Lovely is as lovely does.”

Based in: Washington
Small line, not in EWG, but I do not see a single ingredient of concern..  From their website: “Moon Valley’s “farmacy” is nestled in the majestic foothills of Washington’s Cascade mountains where our devout herbalists turn nature’s healing agents into truly effective and luxurious personal care products. We sustainably grow and harvest our own organic ingredients and process them while still fresh, to give you the purest, most indulgent and exceptional experiences under the moon.” Offerings include: bar soaps, foaming herbal hand soap, lotion bar, lip balm, medicinal skin sets, essential skin sets, medicinal salves & balms, and several honey & bee-related offerings (honey pots, honey bears, etc). Most of the ingredients are from USA with the exception of coleus forskohlii that is made in India. Most of the packaging is from Canada & Italy. Some glass jars for honey are from China as well as the tins for their lotion bars.

Based in: New Jersey
I offer 10% off to 1st time customer who use my link, send me an email to learn how that works! With 500+ products, truly everything you could need for personal care and home! LOTS to choose from, including: bath & shower, body butter, lotion & scrubs, cosmetics, deodorant & toothpaste, eczema relief & natural remedies, essential oils, facial & hair care, henna for hair & body, lip balm, nail polish & remover, soap & sanitizer, sunscreen & bug spray, and MORE! Very impressed with the numerous product labels I looked at! From their website: “Our mission is to provide the best & safest products for affordable prices! We will be adding extra features over the next few months, so come back regularly. Poof’s Closet began with a specific goal in mind. To provide healthy and toxic free bath & beauty products at reasonable prices. After my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, my family was determined to stop using products laden with toxic chemicals. We made it our mission to find the safest and most effective ingredients for our products. We are a small family-run business and proud to offer alternative products nationwide. Poof’s Closet is dedicated to providing HEALTHY alternative beauty products free of toxins and unhealthy ingredients!” None of their ingredients are sourced from China but they do source them from all over the world but they are USDA certified organic. Their packaging is USA made. My review of several Poofy Products: Ordering through my page sends a little of your purchase back to me (as of 6/15/14, after a year+ of promoting this line as the safest, best on the market):

Based in: Wisconsin
ANOTHER fabulous WI company (Sturgeon Bay, WI). USDA certified line. 24 products in EWG rating 0-2 (4/24 rate at 2, the majority at 0). “Trillium Organics is your source for Authentic USDA Organic body care and all-natural skin care products. Trusted by the Organic Consumers Association and treasured by glowing fans worldwide, Trillium Organics blends and pours each and every organic skin care product by hand. If you find yourself troubled by Eczema, Psoriasis, Keratosis Pilaris, or Dry Skin, we have the solution for you. Every single thing in the OG Baby product line is 100% organic, chemical free, paraben free, petroleum free, with absolutely no hormone or endocrine disruptors, no nano-particles, no carcinogens, and nothing is ever tested on animals”. Categories include: bath & body, skin & face, baby & mama, bundles & baskets, conditions & recovery. No ingredients from China but there are some that they source overseas. All their packaging is USA made. My review:

Based in: Vermont
“Vermont Soap produces USDA Approved, Certified Organic alternatives to the chemical and detergent based personal care products now in general use. We make handmade cold process bars for sensitive skin, anti-aging products, the first truly organic shower gels, numerous organic nontoxic cleaners, and much more.” Categories include: bath and body, around the house, outdoors & animals, solutions by skin-type, oral care, and MORE! None of their ingredients are sourced from China but they do buy nail brushes from there. They cannot guarantee 100% China free bottles but their prime bottle supplier manufactures in the USA. They changed many suppliers as a lot of them move to China and Vermont Soap wants to keep their packaging made here in USA. The washcloths are from a women’s co-op in Mexico. A review I did of several of their products:



–Toups & Co, formerly known as Crunchy Balm:
Based in: MS
**In the process of becoming USDA Certified organic!**** This tallow balm gets rave reviews from those who’ve tried it. She has expanded her line to include lip balm & activated charcoal bar soap, all products feature the tallow balm as a main ingredient. About tallow balm, from Crunchy Balm’s website: “Crunchy Balm is a healing whole-skin tallow balm. Tallow is FULL of vitamins and minerals that feed your skin and help repair it, making it soft and supple. Forget the chemicals and give your skin whole food nourishment our ancestors used. Our ancestors frequently used tallow to moisturize and protect their skin (they knew what they were doing!), yet somewhere along the way we were led to believe that plant-based products were superior, although their chemistry does not match our skin well. Though plant based oils and butters can be WONDERFUL, animal products (like tallow) offer your skin a unique set of nutrients (vitamins A,D, E, and K in perfect harmony with their activators along with anti-inflammatory CLA) that it’s most likely been your skin has been missing out on! We ONLY use tallow from grass-fed cows pastured on organically grown grass, which results in tallow that is rich in nutrients and free of pesticides and other toxins. Using tallow-based products (along with eating animal organs and other “unusual” parts) means respecting that animal’s life by using EVERYTHING it had to offer, instead of just eating its meat.”

Based in: Utah
FINALLY, a fluoride & Sodium Lauryl Sulfate-free toothpaste that is not only safe to swallow, but beneficial! I can’t recommend this toothpaste highly enough– for those just learning to brush their teeth, but also for adults. The xylitol they use is derived from a mix of GMO-free birch & corn cobs. Most of their ingredients are made in USA except for some essential oil and Xylitol (both are non GMO). All their packaging comes from China.  To read my review of Earthpaste, follow this link: Also, I’ve written on the bentonite topic here:

–Josiah’s Oils LLC:
Based in: Lancaster, PA
From their website: “Common skin products are loaded with claims of “organic,”  “all-natural,” and “pure,” but if you read the labels, there are usually  toxic ingredients – like Propylene Glycol or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, FD&C Color, Fragrance . . . just to name a few!  We promise never to use harmful ingredients in our products.  To keep that promise, we make every product to-order – just for you nothing is sitting on a shelf aging!  That way we can promise that your lotion is FREE of un-natural preservatives!  Take care of your body – start with your skin!” The website is full of products for all sorts of conditions and ailments, made with many organic ingredients. It’s quite an extensive list with absolutely no ingredients of concern which is something we all know is not easy to find. Products include: Insect Away, Sun Sticks  & Lotion, hand sanitizer, foaming hand wash, bed bug spray, lice OFF spray, dry skin, eczema, itchy skin remedies, too much sun lotion, healing salve, UNpetroleum (Earth) jelly, whipped & infused body butters, organic veggie wash, nail fungus relief, lip balms, congestion fighters, healing deodorants, green clean your home, headache relief, poison ivy relief, zit zappers, soaps, foaming baby bath, happy baby Bum paste, Boo Boo stick, vapor rub, lotions, sleepy time relaxation blend, sore muscle relief, yeast relief, several essential oil custom blends and gift sets (and I’m sure I probably left a few things out!). Packaging is USA made, most of their ingredients are local except for Shea as it comes from Africa. Here is my review of a few products made by this business:

–LuSa Organics-
Based in: Wisconsin
(located 20 min. from my home in WI!!!) Only product I don’t currently recommend is the Hey You Shoo (bug spray) as it contains polysorbate-20, she’s working on reformulating to no longer include it (Summer 2017). From their website: “This is natural body care that’s actually, well, natural. Just pure, honest ingredients. Going natural is pretty sweet. And that’s only the beginning. Organic lip balm? Preservative-free lotion? No problem. You’ll also find everything you need for your organic baby from pregnancy to diaper care to baby’s bath.” Lusa uses certified organic products, but the end product is not yet certified organic itself, a goal they have for the near future! They try to use domestic ingredients any time they can. Shea Butter is produced by a women’s co-op in Togo, Africa and palm oil is from South America. They don’t believe that any ingredients are from China but they think that on occasion some of the essential oils might come from there depending on the season. All packaging made in USA. My review:

Based in: Michigan
From their website: MamaSuds was the vision of a mother of two who was always seeking for an affordable yet safe way to clean her home and family. Michelle (mama) wanted to find an affordable cloth diaper detergent that rinsed, cleaned, and actually got the soil and stink out of the diapers! Michelle started searching detergents and wondered, why is everything that is natural, safe, and chemical-free come with a hefty price tag? After several recipes, she started giving it to friends and family to try. Shortly after Michelle started making all the soap in the house, and her husband Jim thought if their family benefited from the soap, why wouldn’t other families? MamaSuds was born! Where ingredients & packaging come from: Olive Oil: Italy, Bottles: Michigan, Labels: Michigan, Lye: United States, Sodium Tetraborate: California, Sodium Bicarbonate: Green River basin of Wyoming and Colorado.
Here’s my review of the liquid laundry & Castile soaps:

Molly’s Suds Laundry Powder-
Based in: FL
Laundry powder ingredients: Proprietary blend of sodium carbonate from the Green River Basin in Wyoming, sodium bicarbonate, epsom salt (epsomite) and sea salt. While there are no perfumes, which are neurotoxic and petroleum based, there is a very minimal amount of organic peppermint essential oil. Additional info from Molly’s:  “Another note for you about our Laundry Powder is that our sodium carbonate is NOT super washing soda… It’s mined from the Green River Basin and crushed, packaged and shipped to us. Most detergents in the industry use the solvay synthetic and processed from ash (hense soda ash) and its not natural. We use food grade, aluminum free sodium bicarbonate safe for use in organic formulations and food. We use only corn and gluten free sea salt without the use of separators, fillers and anti-caking agents, it’s more pure than table salt, crazy what they put in table salt. Our Epsom salt is pharmaceutical grade and pure. Also zero anti caking agents, free flowing additives or conditioners- found in most all Epsom salts. None of our ingredients are of animal origin. No melamine- also common in “homemade” packaged laundry powders. 
It’s very pure, and while I know it’s not soap nuts it’s a fabulous alternative and more pure and primal than homemade detergent people make that has so many hidden ingredients they aren’t aware of.” Ingredients are from USA and the molding for the bottles and scoops are all done in USA as well but she can’t guarantee that the raw material is from USA. My Molly’s review:

Motherlove –
Based in: Colorado
“As the first herbal personal care and supplement line specifically designed for pregnant and breastfeeding women, Motherlove has led the holistic body care industry since its conception in 1990. Our dedication to consistent quality means crafting only the finest, purest products, and using certified organic ingredients designed to nurture, soothe and heal women on their all-important journey of nurturing life. Each of our formulas are time proven and backed with integrity, wisdom and an intimate knowledge of herbal remedies”. Shea butter is from Ghana. Herbs are certified organic and come from all over the world but none come from China. Herbal supplements are manufactured in New Mexico. Olive Oil comes from Spain. All bottles are from India.

Naturawlbeing –
Based in: Stafford Springs, Connecticut
In process of USDA certification, at this time, made with 82-100% certified ingredients. Plant-based body, baby & home care products using only the purest raw ingredients made available by nature. Free of chemicals, pesticides, synthetic fragrances and dyes. 82-100% organic. 100% vegan. Fair-trade, eco-friendly and sustainable materials. 99% plastic-free packaging. Crafted in small batches. Cruelty Free. Approved by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics. + every product purchased plants a tree. Categories of products include: body, baby, home, gift, fragrance, refill, lotion, soap , bath, tea soak. I really love that they offer their products in glass or stainless vessels, and you can buy refills! The ingredients for Naturawls do not come from China. She is waiting on an answer for two more bottles. We should have an answer soon.

–Nurture My Body –
Based in: Rainer, WA
51 products in EWG, all rate 0-1.  “Here at Nurture My Body we offer beauty products that are made with certified organic ingredients, not tested on animals, phthalate-free, Vegan safe, gluten free choices, either glass or BPA-free plastic bottles, packaged with eco-friendly materials and all handmade in the USA. Certified Organic Ingredients, Organic, & Wildcrafted Ingredients, Made in Small Batches, Packaged in Cobalt Blue Bottles to Block UV Rays, Disclosure of All Ingredients, Animal-free Testing, 100% Biodegradable, Eco-friendly Packaging, Created with Sustainable Business Practices, Infused with Love”. Categories of products include: skin care, body care, hair care, baby care, and pregnancy skin care. You can shop by skin type, or feature such as vegan-friendly, nut-free, fragrance-free. Retail locations in WA, IL, and MA. All their ingredients are not only from USA but most of them are grown by them at their facility. All their bottles are and all the way down to their packing peanuts are made in USA. Shampoo review:

–Nyme Organics (formerly Sweet Knee)
Based in: North Myrtle Beach, SC
Very small line, but I like what I see. From their website: “We’re so proud of our ingredients that we list them on each product page on our site. All of our ingredients are hand sourced by us and are chosen based on growing methods and harvesting practices. Most all of our ingredients (98-100%) are certified organic and are indicated on our website and product packaging with the * symbol. In some instances a certified organic ingredient is not yet available on the market, and so we indicate that on our packaging and website product pages. We also take note of growing and harvesting practices. Our palm oil is harvested with oversight from state and third party environmental programs such as EcoSocial. We also buy our oats from a farming family who are able to grow certified organic and certified gluten free oats for us. With the exception of beeswax, found in our bun glaze, all of our products are also vegan friendly. We choose to use beeswax because of its superior skin benefits, vitamin A for normal cell development, antiseptic properties and natural itch relief. Plant waxes are harder and more brittle which makes them clump and separate; and these waxes have no skin benefits.” Products include: Castile & bar soap, oatmeal cookie bath, various creams, lotions & oils for dry skin, colic soothing, diaper rash & essential oil blends. I like that they offer refill sizes! All ingredients are sourced from US and Europe but they don’t know where their packaging is made.

–Purémedy: Ancient remedies for modern people.
Based in: CA
All organic or wild-harvested ingredients. Offerings include: Medicinal Salves, Vegan Salves, Facial & Baby Care. Formulas for acne, cold sores, eczema & psoriasis, normal to dry, oily, first aid, fungus, intensive skin repair, healing salve, personal lubricant, rosacea, sore muscles, warts, and veterinary. Most of the ingredients are from the US and Canada and one made in Brazil.  All the packaging is made in USA. All ingredients are safe and straight-forward, nothing of concern whatsoever!

–Radiantly You–
Based in: New York
Small, basic line using mostly (but not all) organic ingredients. The whole catalog is only 8 pages of products, but does have the very basics: sugar scrubs, lip balm, laundry detergent, bar & liquid soap, shampoo bar, sunscreen, bug spray & a bit more. No ingredients of concern except borax in the laundry detergent, but it is in a very small amount which I’ve been told from a few soap makers is needed to alter the Ph of the liquid soap to get it to be effective. This is much different than some powdered detergents which use scoops of borax, but still important to note it is in there, for those that choose to avoid it as I do. Otherwise, unless you’re looking for certified organic products, this line may be of interest to you. My co-admin has reviewed a couple products which you can read about here:

Based in: Washington
I haven’t been this excited about a product in a long time.  From Sarah, the creator of this fabulous line: “ Uniquely Plastic free! Safe ingredients for both the environment and us..made in the USA! I’m always looking to make products as pure as possible without compromising results.” My Review says it all, please read it here:

Simply Rustic –
Based in: PA
Products are handmade using 100% natural, high quality, fair trade, organic, raw, unrefined and wildcrafted ingredients. Body butters & scrubs, bath salts, lip balms, and more! Most of her packaging is made in USA except for the Face Food containers that are made in Spain.Click on the link for my review of some of the products:


******Cleaning Products that rate well are very hard to come by- here are a couple of options. Finding safe cleaning products has proven wayyyy more difficult than the personal care product category. Here’s an example of how frustrating label-reading can be. My co-op has a dish soap made by Life Tree- the ingredient label: a blend of purified water, naturally derived surfactants, and botanically derived fragrance. Sounds great, and minimal, right. To find out what specifically that includes I went to their website, here’s what they list there: Ingredients: Purified water, Alkyl ether sulfate, Alkanolamide, Linear alkylate sulfonate , Aloe vera extract, Calendula extract, Fragrance (botanically derived). All the surfactants receive a C in EWG’s cleaning database. Lesson being, labels especially on cleaning products are often very vague. And frustrating. The search for the safest lines of cleaning products continues…

Better Life “Dish It Out” dish soap:
The rest of the line has some ingredients of concern, but dish soap has been a very difficult category to find safe options for, and this is one of the better ones I’ve found. Poofy Organics makes the safest one on the market, but has to be ordered online, but I highly recommend it!

Dr. Bronner
Based in: California CA based
Price Range: $
In addition to making great body wash, shampoo, etc. Dr. Bronner’s can be used for many cleaning products around the house. People use it for everything from laundry, to dishes, to whatever you can think of. Their website has lots of ideas, and their Facebook page is wonderful as well! I just do not recommend Sal’s Suds as it contains SLS.

Green Shield Organics-
Based in: North Carolina
Price Range: $
Mostly A’s & with a couple B’s via EWG…. . My Greenshield review:

Poofy Organics-
Based in: New Jersey
Price Range: $
My top recommendation for dish soap, it’s the most minimal, safest & most effective dish soap I’ve ever used. I’ve also used & highly recommend their all-purpose spray, bleach alternative powder, laundry & auto dish detergent. They truly have it all!

118 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Janna
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 21:00:51

    Have you checked out this information on Bumble and Bee? Just wanted to pass it along in case you had not.


  2. Janna
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 21:01:16


  3. Jessica
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 00:01:12

    Don’t forget Ava Anderson’s rated a 0-1 on the Environmental Working Group. Great stuff.


  4. Kimberly MacLeod
    Nov 21, 2014 @ 14:51:33

    I try to order a lot of things from ETSY. I’m not sure what to look out for. What are the main ingredients I should look out for/avoid?!


    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Dec 15, 2014 @ 18:52:31

      Things with suuuuper long names, things you can’t pronounce, numbers, fragrance not specified as derived from essential oils, those are the main red flags… I’m always happy to take a look at any product if you want my thoughts just send me a link to an ingredient list & I’ll share my thoughts.


      • Amanda
        Feb 04, 2016 @ 18:12:34

        Why should we look out for fragrances listed as a blend of essential oils? I thought that would be the safest type of fragrance. Is it just unsafe because they don’t list the specific oils? Thanks!

      • ecofriendlymamausa
        Feb 05, 2016 @ 14:27:14

        Some oils should not be used for kids of certain ages, and some kids may be allergic to certain oils no matter their age. Always, always, we need to know exactly what is being used so we can make informed decisions.

  5. Kim
    Dec 13, 2014 @ 05:53:08

    Miessence should be included on this list. They have the worlds first certified organic skin care line and are a carbon negative company. The products are truly green and ethical.


    • Kim
      Dec 13, 2014 @ 05:55:33

      Unfortunately they aren’t made in the US but still worth reviewing.


      • ecofriendlymamausa
        Dec 13, 2014 @ 18:11:48

        That’s why they aren’t on the list. And that’s not true, there are several certified organic skin care lines on my approved list that are made in the USA… I don’t feel shipping a product made in Australia lends to being carbon negative…

  6. Dianne
    Jan 21, 2015 @ 23:30:47

    Hi Mama. Would you be so kind to review my home business and place a link on your wall? We have been established for 10 years, and we are certified organic to food grade. (edible) Our products are made fresh and shipped world – wide. I have been with Miessence for 10 years now, but I really need to establish myself and my venture online. I really appreciated your blog and effort you have gone into reviewing all these products. Thanks so much for your expert opinions. They are great, and i will be using your blog to clarify the difference between natural/organic/certified. Thank-you.


  7. Kristin M
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 17:07:19

    Dr Bronners cleanser has Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in it? I thought that was bad? But it’s your good list. I’m confused.


  8. Kristen
    Feb 09, 2015 @ 02:32:58



  9. Sue H.
    Mar 06, 2015 @ 16:34:36

    Why have you not looked at Melaleuca products?


  10. Christine
    Mar 10, 2015 @ 18:06:27

    I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog (while searching for “honeysuckle”!). I’ve been on the search for truly natural products for my skin & hair and have been so frustrated that 90% of the companies that claim to be toxin free still use harmful ingredients in their products. Your list helped me tremendously. Thanks for all the time you put into this.


    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Mar 10, 2015 @ 20:03:13

      You are very welcome! Its been a work in progress over 3 years, sharing the things I’ve learned over the course of my life. I learn new things every day & am so thankful there are others out there who care!


  11. Christine
    Mar 12, 2015 @ 11:31:38

    Regarding safe cleaning products, I just started using Branch Basics for my cleaning. I can’t comment on how well it works for everything yet as I’ve only tried it for my dishes in the dish washer (which came out sparkling clean!!) but thought you’d might want to take a look if you haven’t heard of them yet. 🙂

    Also, I didn’t see Uncle Harry’s on your site so I wanted to share that link too. I use their tooth soap and unscented shampoo/conditioner and love them both! I’d be curious to know what you think of the ingredients. It’s mostly just castile soap with essential oils & regular oils.


    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Mar 16, 2015 @ 23:55:10

      There is an article going around about how Branch Basics ingredients don’t add up, but I haven’t used it myself, I know it’s gaining popularity! I will have to look into Uncle Harry’s too, thanks for the suggestions!


      • Christine
        Mar 19, 2015 @ 17:25:25

        Do you mean they don’t add up to how well the ingredients of Branch Basics clean, or how safe they are? I’d love to know since I’ve been trying to get them to send their MSDS and haven’t heard back. I also can’t find the information online. Although I do feel the product cleans really well for me, I don’t know what their problem is in not saying “exactly” what’s in it. Thanks!

      • ecofriendlymamausa
        Mar 21, 2015 @ 13:03:33

        I will try to find the article, but yes it was implying not all the ingredients are on the label, that it works too well for what it states is in it….

    • Ngan Menegay
      Jun 23, 2015 @ 00:49:20

      Hi Christine,
      I’m considerting Branch Basics as well, but can’t find much information on how to use their stuff for the dishwasher. How do you use it for your dishwasher (what’s the concentrate/water ratio).


      • furmomof6
        Aug 22, 2015 @ 13:53:41

        Hi Ngan! I’m sorry I just saw your comment now! I’ve actually since given up using Branch Basics as my dish detergent because it wasn’t doing a great job (leaving spots and some dishes left with food caked on, etc). They recommend diluting 1-2 teaspoons of the concentrate to 1 cup of water, which you are to add to the bottom of your dishwasher (not the detergent tray). They do state that using their cleaner for dishes is the one area it’s either hit or miss – it either works great for some or not for others. I still don’t like that they don’t fully disclose their ingredients so I’m on the hunt again for a different cleaner. Good luck!

  12. Lindsay
    Mar 18, 2015 @ 02:12:25

    What would be the number one company you would recommend for body/ hair care if you had to choose 1 for your kids to use? Thank you for doing all these research!


    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Mar 18, 2015 @ 13:22:07

      I commented on your other question too, but Poofy Organics has it all: baby, teen, men’s, home, make-up, all of it! Many people do like one-stop shops, Poofy is it! 🙂


  13. L.S.
    Mar 21, 2015 @ 06:11:45

    After searching for a toxic free toothpaste, now comes the controversy about the lead content in Earthpaste. Even though you are not ingesting per say- would you still consider it safe to use? Thanks- great site.


  14. celinegabrielle
    Mar 22, 2015 @ 02:30:04

    Thank you for this list. I know I ask about the other list but wondering if I could also use this list. Also what do we do about all the greenwashing? Is there a way to have a big boycott on those products?


    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Mar 22, 2015 @ 12:30:10

      Yes, you can share link to any of my work. We vote with our dollars. Stores replace what sold with more of the same. So I boycott by not buying 7th Gen, etc. no matter what. Mass boycotts are very tough to pull off, if you have any ideas, I’d be happy to work with you!


  15. celinegabrielle
    Mar 22, 2015 @ 21:52:29

    I don’t know if I have any good ideas maybe going on Twitter and letting people know that are into organic and environmental and of course having tons of Youtube videos. Or trying to connect with Women’s Voice for the Earth. The greenwashing is so disturbing. I have a store called Cub Foods and they got rid of Dr. Bronner because it wasn’t selling where I live. So all the non-toxic items are gone. I have a Target close but the only thing I like is Dr.Bronner and Shea Moisture but wish the price would come down. Even the health store is not that strict.


  16. Marlene Gaino
    Mar 23, 2015 @ 13:55:29

    What about Young Living Essential Oils and their products for kids?


    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Mar 23, 2015 @ 18:23:47

      I don’t evaluate Essential Oils, too complex, I have no way of investigating their claims really. I do know they are not certified organic, and I choose to buy & use oils that are. As far as their personal care, I have them on my so-so list.


  17. Monica
    Apr 03, 2015 @ 19:59:29

    I have been desperately searching for a new make-up line (pressed powder, mascara, eye liner, eye shadow, lipstick and/or lip stain, lip liner, etc.). I want a line that is the safest possible, but also delivers the best results. Have you looked into any particular companies that you love for their ingredients and results?


  18. CaseyAnn
    Apr 17, 2015 @ 19:11:43

    Hi there. This list is of organic products is great and incredibly helpful. I’m 20, and starting to go organic with my hair products (for starters) and skin products. I’ve been doing a whole lot of research on products that will be safe to use, and finding this list has made the research somewhat easier, now that I have something to go off of. Anyways, I’m wondering if you know of any organic cosmetic companies? I checked out most of the sites on this list, but they didn’t offer much for cosmetics. Maybe I missed them?


  19. Erin
    May 27, 2015 @ 01:45:38

    What essential oils do you use?


  20. Dawn Shepherd
    Jun 03, 2015 @ 19:14:25

    Have you checked into Dr. Mercola’s product line?


  21. Vicki Deitzel
    Jun 25, 2015 @ 01:35:48

    Hi. I appreciate all you have done to inform everyone on these products. Since I stumbled upon your website I just can’t stop looking at the EWG website. What do you think of Face Naturals. I’ve recently placed an order and most all of their products are 0. Thanks. Vicki D


  22. Julie W
    Jul 04, 2015 @ 15:28:02

    On the doTERRA post you can get all the product information pages right online. Here is the link.


  23. Lori
    Jul 08, 2015 @ 21:00:42

    Have you checked into NYR Organics or Lemongrass Spa?


  24. Courtney
    Jul 18, 2015 @ 05:21:17

    Do any of these company’s allow you to send in used bottles to be refilled? Thank you!!


    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Jul 18, 2015 @ 13:09:55

      I know Josiah’s Oils will refill their Essential Oil bottles, especially the bulk size, but I think that’s more for local people, not sure how cost effective it’d be to mail them in then have them mail them back. I would guess if you’re local to some of the smaller vendors they would do that! And I agree, I love reusing!


  25. Susie Z
    Aug 16, 2015 @ 19:02:28

    This is fabulous! Thank you for this comprehensive list and all of the work that went into it. Can you comment at all about this line?


  26. Britni Graham
    Aug 27, 2015 @ 18:20:52

    Have you ever looked into 100% Pure? It is a cosmetic line. Thank you for your info!


  27. Lo & Lil
    Sep 03, 2015 @ 15:16:55

    Hi Jess, I know that you buy a lot of these products for yourself. Could you make a recommendation on your favorite shampoo and conditioner? I have been using salon level brands Pureology and Redken for a lot time. I read you article regarding making the change to organic shampoo and conditioners. I have tried the baking soda and vinegar option that didn’t work for me. I do have color treated hair and very thick and wavy hair. I want to make the switch but haven’t because I don’t know what to buy. I have as you suggested weaned myself down for using a lot of shampoo and conditioner and leave in products to ready myself for an organic shampoo. I am ready to order but need your recommendation! Thanks!!!! Loving your site.


    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Sep 03, 2015 @ 18:28:21

      Wonderful, you’re off to a great start! Many are happy with Poofy Organics, but it doesn’t work for everyone… The Mighty Mane line is very popular, as well as the orange/lavender. It’s one of those things, you really don’t know until you try how it will work for your hair type. I offer 10% off all 1st time Poofy orders when using my affiliate link. I can’t create my own coupon so you need to place the order then let me know if you want your 10% back via check or PayPal. Here’s the link:

      Personally, I alternate between Poofy’s shampoo bar (which again, some absolutely love, some not so much) and the orange/lavender shampoo. I’m very happy with them! I hope this helps, and thanks for the kind words!


      • Titus2Homemaker
        Dec 30, 2015 @ 19:12:38

        I’ve found that your WATER makes a big difference in how products work, too, and this is perhaps most noticeable with hair products. So if you find something that works, but then move, you might have to start looking again, and what works for one person with a given hair type might not work for another — because the water hardness is a major factor.

  28. Ashley Boitson
    Sep 07, 2015 @ 21:05:27

    Hi just wondering if you can recommend a good facial cleanser? I have been using Cetaphil and it rated 2-3 on EWG but it has parabens. I’d like something cheaper. Also I live in Canada so I am limited. I was sad to see that Poofy Organics didn’t ship to Canada!!


  29. Lisa Letnes Bender
    Sep 11, 2015 @ 12:05:02

    Hello, I have been looking for a safe choice permanent hair dye that is not henna as my stylist does not want to learn how to use henna. Any help would be appreciated. 🙂


  30. Jackie Vetterlein
    Sep 16, 2015 @ 18:27:15

    Hi, I love poofy organics myself, I also really like Miessence, have you heard of them?


    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Sep 19, 2015 @ 00:20:32

      I believe I did look & they looked pretty good, but are made in Australia, correct? Or am I thinking of someone else? Obviously, no matter how good they look they’ll not be on my “approved” list if they are not made in the US as that is a huge part of my mission here.


  31. Jessica Kielb Grubea
    Sep 18, 2015 @ 14:16:06

    Have you researched Perfectly Posh?


    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Sep 19, 2015 @ 00:19:02

      Yes, definitely on the greenwashers list: Perfectly Posh– not in EWG. Several products contain artificial coloring, which is something I’d never recommend (Yellow 5, Blue 1, Red 33), and numerous other ingredients of concern Here’s a body crème label to give you an idea, NUMEROUS ingredients of concern: Water/Aqua, Alpha Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polysorbate-20, Cocamide MEA, Polyquaternium-7, Fragrance/Parfum, Coco Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Methyl Gluceth-20, PEG-150 Distearate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl p-Cresol, Glycerin, Yellow 5 [CI19140], Blue 1 [CI 42090], Citric Acid. Bath bombs contain: PEG-180, Titanium Dioxide, Polysorbate-20. The few baby products offered look much better, but contain both Potassium sorbate & sodium benzoate. Every product I looked at has numerous ingredients of concern!


  32. Sarah Murphy
    Nov 11, 2015 @ 22:23:14

    I’ve looked into Beauty Counter some and they seem to be good. Would you agree?


  33. lhulbert7
    Dec 24, 2015 @ 14:26:41

    Thank you SO MUCH for the time you’ve spent in compiling this. I have currently been doing the same thing, and not only is it time consuming, but so frustrating to constantly hit these dead ends of toxic “claiming to be clean” products!

    That being said, I’ve been looking to find a company that that I can represent and be the safe haven for my client base. Is poof organics the only of these listed that offer a direct sales opportunity?

    Thanks again!


    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Dec 26, 2015 @ 20:11:48

      Yes, I wish there were more but there truly is no company that compares to Poofy & offers direct sales. There is no line with more USDA certified products on the market! Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. I’d be thrilled to have you join my team!


  34. Allyson H.
    Jan 26, 2016 @ 01:44:51

    Hi. I’m curious if you have looked at Beautycounter lately?
    They are 1 of only 2 companies to bear the seal EWG verified. The restrictions with this labeling is very restrictive.
    I’d love to hear your thoughts after you take another look.


  35. Monica Godfrey
    Jan 26, 2016 @ 02:21:51

    What are your thoughts on Beautycounter and their products?


  36. Stacy McClary
    Jan 26, 2016 @ 17:27:09

    Do you have any information or recommendations on Limelight by Alcone or Tarte cosmetics?


  37. LeeAnne
    Jan 27, 2016 @ 16:46:11

    I was wondering if you’ve looked into Uncle Harry’s Natural Products? I don’t see much out there for reviews on them.


  38. Candice
    Jan 27, 2016 @ 21:59:48

    I’m so happy I stumbled across tour website! You have such invaluable information!! Unfortunately I live in Canada and everything costs so much to ship or doesn’t ship to Canada… I’m wondering how about I can start compiling my own list for Canadian companies?? Any guidance would be greatly appreciated! Again thanks for all your hard work you’ve done so we don’t have to spend hours researching!!


  39. Lynn P
    Jan 28, 2016 @ 05:37:31

    I know you say you are mainly looking for USA companies, but would you give me a review of a couple items? They’re Canadian made (except the Live Clean)
    Green Beaver Frosty Mint Toothpaste (this is what I’m currently using) (I’m considering trying their shampoo)

    I’m currently using live clean shampoo and conditioner. What do you think of their products, outside of the baby shampoo? They used to work really well for me but not so much anymore, so I’m trying other brands, which leads me to:

    I bought some new shampoo and conditioner by Pure Joy Naturals (just about to start using them, my Live Clean bottles are almost empty), and I also have been using their deoderant for the past 8 months which I really like and find works well. I don’t know yet how well the shampoo and conditioner will work, so here’s hoping! 🙂 (I included the baby shampoo because you seem to like to look at what companies put in their baby products)

    I really like the look of Poofy Organics, but I understand they don’t ship to Canada, which is a bit frustrating as I have to look for something in Canada now, but your listing of recommended companies will certainly make it easier. So thanks for all your hard work!


  40. EM
    Jan 28, 2016 @ 20:29:12

    What is your take on vitamins and supplements? Do you take daily vitamins and supplements? If you do or know some good companies, I will greatly appreciate it.


  41. elk121
    Jan 29, 2016 @ 21:23:16

    Thank you so much for all of your hard work in gathering this info! 🙂

    Have you ever researched Tastyface Organics?


  42. Melissa
    Feb 03, 2016 @ 01:18:46

    I’m sorry if someone has already asked thus but are all or any of these products tested on animals? I try to find good ingredients that are also cruelty free.

    I was also wondering, how did you learn to read and understand what everything means on labels? I would love to learn your ways lol

    One more thing, someone mentioned your recommendation on vitamins. Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you for your hard work!!!


  43. Marisa
    Feb 04, 2016 @ 21:59:44

    I’d like to purchase some Poofy products, are you still offering a 10% discount code?


  44. Rebecca
    Feb 10, 2016 @ 02:13:51

    Thank you for all this wonderful information. i’m mainly interested in cosmetics,would you know what is a beautiful looking makeup?
    Also, you dont write anything about Dr. Hauschka?


  45. Anonymous
    Feb 17, 2016 @ 18:18:01

    Question-why do quite a few of the Poofy Organics products state “*this product has NOT been certified to the organic standards”? Sorry, but I don’t understand how you don’t have Poofy on your so-so list, if not ALL of their products are certified organic. Just trying to understand…


    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Feb 20, 2016 @ 00:09:20

      Excellent question! NO, 100% off the 500 products offered by Poofy Organics are not certified organic. Take the 100 colors of nail polish for example, you will not find a certified organic nail polish. That being said, Poofy Organics makes one of the very safest options on the market, and it WORKS so, so well. I get so many great emails after people try it for the 1st time. Make-up too, it needs some ingredients like micas that while they’re from the earth, they are not from a plant therefore cannot be certified organic. All that being said, to my knowledge there is no line on the market with more products that ARE certified organic.This is an excellent blog post that explains it better than I can, I hope you’ll read:

      Other than sticking with coconut oil or shea butter for lotion & the most very basics in every category, some categories of products (like lotion) require an ingredient or 2 that are not certifiable. That doesn’t make them dangerous, they’re still the safest choices on the market.


  46. Terri
    Mar 09, 2016 @ 20:04:37

    Have you found a dish washing detergent / dishwasher detergent that works great and meets all your guidelines?


  47. Irma Elaine
    Mar 10, 2016 @ 21:50:06

    Can you recommend a dishwasher soap? I have searched your website, but wasn’t able to find any you recommend.


  48. Ren
    Mar 12, 2016 @ 19:49:57

    Hi Jess! I was wondering if you would mind taking a peek at the Sunfood brand, specifically this product? It seems pretty good to me but I’d love to hear your take. Cheers!


    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Apr 04, 2016 @ 20:23:05

      Sorry I’m just finding this question now! It looks interesting, they list this as the final ingredient: Ananas comosus (Pineapple). Soooo, it has chunks of pineapple, pineapple extract, what form? I don’t see anything concerning but don’t feel that ingredient list is 100% accurate…


  49. Crystina
    Apr 01, 2016 @ 21:39:14

    What are your thoughts on The All Natural Face?


  50. Nicole
    Apr 02, 2016 @ 03:52:00

    Have you looked into this company at all??


    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Apr 04, 2016 @ 20:19:05

      I’ve not heard of them, just looking now…. I don’t see any ingredients of concern, yay, happy to be able to report that! I wish they were certified organic for those price tags, you certainly can find USDA certified organic products for a fraction of the price. But good find!


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