Continuing on in my quest for good & sane products for my children and us, available here in Australia… (see previous posts on sunscreen and chemicals)
I’ve been reading so much about the potential ill effects of fragrance, phthalates, petrochemical byproducts, SLS etc and cannot believe that some of the most trusted companies (Johnson & Johnson, Pantene, Nivea, l’Oreal et al – actually pretty much everything on a supermarket shelf) include these potentially carcinogenic or hormone/endocrine-altering chemicals. Unfortunately due to our arcane labelling laws, just because a product might be freely available here doesn’t mean that it is totally safe! It is time to start deciphering labels, however painful that may be. Luckily, you have me for that.
With this info utmost, I’ve come across some lovely stuff from the billie goat soap company. Listed on the bottles is this:
“Our products do not contain: Sulphates, Parabens, Propylene Glycol, Silicones, Phthalates, Mineral Oils, DEA, Ethoxylates, Petrochemical cleansers.”
What they do use is mainly fresh goats’ milk & essential oils, with a few other skin-friendly ingredients. I’ve already used quite a few of their products:
Billie Baby Milk Baby Body Wash (great for Olly’s sensitive skin)
Billie Goat Soap Moisturiser (rubs on white but soaks in quickly, very light and leaves little residue) Billie Goat Soap Hand & Body Wash (very gentle: my hands are really dry from all the constant cleaning and wiping and washing up – it’s helping to prevent them looking like lizardskin)
Plain Goats’ Milk Body Bar (a natural soap that lathers rich & creamy but beware! you need to keep it dry between washes or it mushes).
Hooray! I love them… they don’t use colour or synthetic fragrance. Do yourselves a favour and check them out. Available from Healthylife stores across Australia.
ps I’ve just read that they were recently on national telly – is that a good thing or bad?!