Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Steps Towards A More Natural Lifestyle

With the addition of a baby to our family two years ago, my husband and I started seeing life through new eyes. Baby eyes. Tender, delicate skin. Immature digestive system. Sensitive to the world. And although we'd felt we'd done a good job being "healthy" we started to see plenty of areas we could be more "natural" in our lifestyle.

Some small changes we've made are to buy as much organic as we can afford (we're not 100% but I scrutinize sales, and read labels very closely now). We also recycle, compost, and reuse as much as we can at home.

Once our baby arrived, we started paying attention to the ingredients on body care products as well as foods. There's definitely been improvements as brands have realized parents are paying attention to what is in their baby's products!

I just had the chance to try out a few items from the Johnson & Johnson Naturals line for baby! Now, it's important to remember that "natural" does not mean "organic." But that said, let me share a few of my thoughts on the products.

JOHNSON'S® NATURAL® is an entirely new line of products, made of 98% naturally derived ingredients and carefully created with you and your baby in mind.

JNJ Naturals products state they have:
  • No Parabens
  • No Dyes
  • No Animal Byproducts
  • No Silicones
  • No Lanolin
  • No Paraffin
  • No Petrolatum
  • No Phthalates
  • No Essential Oils
Great news for parents and baby, and certainly steps in the right direction for people looking for a more natural option! (Although I'd like to point out Lanolin IS a natural sheep product, I have used for many breastfeeding, cloth diapering, and baby care needs quite effectively. However, if you have a wool allergy, this would be a problem, which is my guess as to why it is not included in the JNJ Naturals).

I appreciated that the ingredients in JNJ Naturals are a turn for a gentler, more natural product. I thought the quality and consistency of the baby wash, shampoo, and lotion we received was good.

However, I wish the JNJ products did not contain alcohol, which is drying to a baby's skin. And they also contain sodium benzoate as a preservative, which ordinarily my family tries to avoid. I am hoping future formulations will elminate these two ingredients.

JNJ Naturals products DO have a floral, vanilla scent naturally derived from fruit, vegetable oils, and sugars. I did not care for this particular fragrance as I prefer fragrance-free or lighter scents and this one seemed a bit heavy to my sensitive nose! Perhaps JNJ Naturals will develop additional scent options or fragrance-free in the future.

If you're interested in trying Johnson & Johnson Naturals products, check them out online for more information, videos and coupons!

Have you been moving your family towards more natural living? Please share your steps to get towards a natural lifestyle with me!

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by MomCentral Consulting on behalf of Johnson’s Natural and received a product sample to facilitate my review, and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

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