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8 natural essentials for baby

This week is all about babies! Last Friday, a dear college friend had a bouncing baby boy (squee!), and I’m not-so-patiently awaiting the arrival of a new niece, who should make her debut hopefully today. So of course I had to put together a roundup of natural baby essentials…

Zoe Organics Gentle Hair & Body Wash, $14

It’s so important to use gentle products on baby’s delicate skin—and this foamy wash fits the bill, with soothing rosemary and lavender. It’s not a “no tears” formula, though (thank goodness!), so be careful not to get it into baby’s eyes.

Trilogy Everything Balm, $21

This is one that you can share with baby. Trilogy’s aptly-named Everything Balm is great for chapped lips, healing scrapes and wounds, soothing diaper rash and dry skin, and more. You’ll keep coming up with uses for this multi-tasker.

Weleda Calendula Diaper Care, $13.50

Zinc oxide in this diaper rash cream speeds healing, and calendula soothes irritated skin. Weleda grows many of its own ingredients in its own biodynamic gardens and specializes in homeopathic skin remedies.

Spit That Out! by Paige Wolf, $13.95

OK, so you’re not going to actually use this on the baby…but Paige‘s guide to raising children in a natural, eco-friendly way offers lots of great tips and advice. A great go-to resource.




Widu Natural Bristle Baby Brush, $30

If your baby wasn’t born with hair, you might not need this one right away—but someday you’re going to need a soft brush to untangle those baby-fine curls! This one is made with soft boar bristles in sustainable ash wood and uses no toxic chemicals or lacquers.

Sniffles Baby Chest Balm, $14

There are no petroleum-based ingredients in this balm—instead, eucalyptus, cypress, and helichrysum essential oils mix with calming calendula, lavender, and chamomile to soothe and  heal the sniffles.


Vive Sana Solar to Polar Baby, $32

Protect baby’s delicate skin from the sun with this SPF 42 sunscreen. Baby’s skin tends to be drier and more sensitive than grown-up skin; this stuff protects and moisturizes at once.

Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Hand Sanitizer, $12

I’ve never met a mom who didn’t carry around hand sanitizer. I avoid the stuff, since I don’t think all germs are bad (and I don’t like the harsh alcohol in most sanitizers)…but this sanitizer from Intelligent Nutrients just might make me change my tune. It won’t leave your hands dried out and scratchy, and it leaves out the icky synthetics I wouldn’t recommend ever putting on kids’ skin.

What are your go-to natural baby products? —Aleigh

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Link Love Friday: The Grateful Edition

I’m having a big grateful moment today: for amazing friends, for my sweet (and hilarious) dogs, for my husband (married five years last weekend, what?!), for the work I do, and of course, for every single one of you who stops by to read Indigo+Canary. You are amazing!

I’m also grateful for the fantastic natural and organic blogs out there that continue to keep me inspired and informed. Here are three of my favorite recent posts from some of my favorite bloggers:

  • I have a huge fan-girl crush on Crunchy Betty, and if you haven’t checked out her blog yet, absolutely do not miss this post about navigating your natural health. It’s such a smart take on going the natural route, even though it can feel overwhelming.
  • One big pet peeve of mine: whining about growing older. (Here’s the thing: not everyone is lucky enough to grow old or even celebrate just one more birthday. Enjoy the life you have while you have it!) If you’re still not convinced, here’s a post for you, from Organic Authority: 1o Things to Love About Aging. Enjoy!
  • The once-a-week detox seems like something I could definitely stick with. And if two of my favorite natural beauties—Jolene from Beauty is Wellness and CrazySexyCancer chick Kris Carr—say it could help get rid of cellulite? Sold.
What are you grateful for this week? —Aleigh

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4 Tips for a Beautiful (and Healthy) Earth Day

It only comes around once a year, but there’s no reason you can’t celebrate Earth Day all year long—even when it comes to your cosmetics. Here are four things you can do today—and every day—to show some love to Mother Nature.

Choose organic when you can. Organic ingredients are grown by farmers who care about supporting the earth’s health through sustainable agriculture.

Choose your cosmetics carefully. Support companies that have policies that benefit the planet. Here’s a list of six sustainable beauty companies I put together for Breathe magazine.

Recycle. Many natural and organic cosmetics companies use recycled—and recyclable—packaging. Make sure you clean them out and drop them in your recycling bin when you’re finished with them.

Drink lots of water (it’s great for your skin!). But make sure you’re drinking from a re-usable water bottle. Those plastic water bottles are often made with BPA—but even if they’re BPA-free, they’re bad for the environment (and bottled H2O is no better for you than tap water).

Are you celebrating Earth Day? What do you have planned?



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Link Love (Good) Friday

I’m a busy bee at work this week, so I’ll get right to some Good Friday Link Love! Here’s what I’ve been reading+enjoying lately:

Happy holiday weekend, everyone! What have you been reading this week? —Aleigh

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Sustainable (and natural) Beauty

My latest story for Breathe magazine is out, and it features six natural beauty companies that take their commitment to Mother Nature very seriously. (Of course, I love that.)

Here’s a little nugget from the story: Did you know the founder of Aveda sold the company to Estee Lauder and created a new, ultra-sustainable beauty company? Read the story to find out which one. —Aleigh

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