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Let me start by saying that I don’t pretend to be the greenest parent or the healthiest vegan parent but I do try my best to pay attention to what is good and not-so-good for my kids. In this crazy, busy world that we live in, that is WAY different than when we were babies, it’s hard to figure it all out though.
Sometimes it seems too overwhelming, so I just turn a blind eye to it all, open up a box of Twinkies and forget it is happening.
One company recently gave me a huge reality check and it wasn’t in the guilt-trip sort of way. It was in the best-friend-looking-out-for-you kind of way. That’s my favorite way!
The Honest Company opened my eyes to how much better and safer things could be for our babies. I knew Jessica Alba launched The Honest Company in 2012 and it was all about better and safer products for our babies, but I guess I didn’t realize the scope of it until I picked up her book, The Honest Life.
Let me sidetrack for a second here. I am not a cloth diapering mama. I wish I was, but it just wasn’t for me at the time. When I had my first baby in 2005, the alternative to cloth was the mass-market disposable diapers. That is what I chose. They were easy-peasy but not without their problems. Besides clogging up our landfills, we had the occasional issue with them exploding after an especially “wet” night when she was a toddler.
Have you ever experienced the exploded diaper when you get your baby out of the crib in the morning? I’m not talking about a poop explosion, I’m talking about the diaper literally exploding with a gobbly-gook gel type of substance that spills out of it onto your baby.
Ever accidentally wash a disposable diaper in the washing machine and struggle to wipe out that same gobbly-gook gel substance from the washer tub? Yeah, it isn’t fun.
Ever thought what that gobbly-gook actually is? What type of chemical or man-made crazy substance it is? I have in the past but I didn’t know another way (besides cloth and we already established that I wasn’t THAT parent at the time!) so the blind eye came in and the Twinkies took over.
Let’s get back to The Honest Life. When I picked up this book and started reading, it was as if Jessica Alba and I were friends. Her no-judgment attitude in the book along with her honest and real way of telling you how it is, was refreshing. It’s like my Baby Gizmo videos, no need to blow sunshine at you, just need to talk to you parent-to-parent and give you the real skinny on things.
I could have just jumped right to trying the Honest Company products but I wanted to know more about them. I wanted to hear why they were different. The book did that and so much more.
Did you know that the diaper companies don’t have to disclose what is actually in their diapers. That gobbly-gook substance is a mystery to the average parent (like me!) and it apparently can stay that way.
That is why Jessica Alba and her team set out to offer a better and safer alternative. She thought about parents like me who didn’t want to cloth diaper but didn’t necessarily want to use the brown paper bag type of green diapers that were available and didn’t want to spend a fortune doing so.
The Honest Company makes premium eco-friendly diapers that are free of all those mystery chemicals, feature natural, plant-based & sustainable materials and are super cute. No ugly “green” or shall we say brown bag diapers here! They have the cutest patterns from skulls to plaid to animals on the diapers!
I know what you are saying – cute and all is fine but do they work, right? Yep, they work! I found them just as absorbent as their disposable competition.
Plus, The Honest Company is so much more than diapers. They have all kinds of other products that follow the same “safer and better” philosophy!
They have household cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, dish soap, sunscreen, bath and body products and much more.
Did you know that the standard “tear free” baby shampoo on the market still has the same harsh chemicals but they add an eye numbing chemical so that your child doesn’t feel the burn? What?!? Yep, learned that one from The Honest Life.
I haven’t tried all the Honest Company products but I’ve tried quite a few and let me tell you – they are amazing! Here are some of my favorites:
Honest Diapers: They are adorable and they work! What baby boy doesn’t look adorable in skull diapers?!?
Honest Shampoo + Body Wash: No harsh chemicals here! No eye numbing agents! Just one second – are the other companies kidding me with the eye numbing chemicals in the baby shampoos?!? Okay, just had to get that off my chest!
The Honest Shampoo + Body Wash is naturally tear free, hypoallergenic, plant-based, non-toxic and a host of other great things. It worked perfect to clean my kids head to toe and even worked amazingly on my four-year-old who has full-body eczema that flairs up in the winter!
Honest Healing Balm: This stuff is magic. This organic, plant-based moisturizer is FREE of petroleum, mineral oil, lanolin, gluten, parabens, phthalates, fragrances, dyes and common allergens. What does that mean? It works great on my 4-year-old’s delicate skin that is normally covered in eczema. While other lotions burn and sting his skin when applying, this is one of the lotions that does not.
It is a tad greasy but when your child, who is constantly itching his belly and cries when you come at him with other lotions that sting, says “this feels good!” – you know you have a winner!
Honest Conditioning Mist: This one is my daughter’s favorite! With naturally curly hair, she has no problem combing out all the tangles after spraying the conditioning mist. No harsh chemicals here either! It contains argan oil, shea butter, jojoba & quinoa proteins to naturally soften & nourish and has a wonderfully light smell. No smelly, fruity heads here!
I could go on and on about The Honest Company products but you won’t completely get it until you try it yourself. And if you want the background information (without all the judgments, guilt-trips and lectures!) grab Jessica Alba’s book, The Honest Life. She talks to you in a real mom kind of way and gives you tips and advice on everything from food and make-up, to baby products. And who doesn’t love advice in a non-judgmental, non-mommy wars kind of way? She nailed it.
For more information on The Honest Company, visit their website at http://www.honest.com.