Party Recap: Tips For Being a Conscious Shopper

For those of you who attended our first Twitter party, we had a blast! We had a wide variety of attendees from veteran mommy bloggers to health experts to first-time-tweeters. If you weren’t able to make it, we have you covered. We’ve compiled the best tweets for advice on finding the safest, greenest products. And make sure to stay tuned for more #GGMoms parties in the future!

Q1: The term “Fragrance” can conceal chemicals, do you prefer to buy “Fragrance-free”?

  • @MindfulMomma: You can use GoodGuide’s new personal filter to find Fragrance-free products while shopping online!
  • @Women4Earth: Studies show that women actually experience more allergic reactions to toxic fragrance chemicals than men.
  • Nearly everyone agreed they try to buy Fragrance-free and hypoallergenic products.
  • Suki was recommended as a great company to try.

Q2: What ingredients do you avoid in personal care products?

  • @GinaBad: My top concern is metals in products. Aluminum, Lead, Mercury.
  • @AvbyeElizabeth: Anything I can’t pronounce!
  • @YourOrganicLife: I avoid anything not from the earth. Don’t even like “derived from” because manufacturing process is usually toxic.
  • GoodGuide’s personal filters can also screen out products with controversial ingredients.
  • SLS was another ingredient of concern.

Q3: Do you try to buy products that are eco-certified? What labels do you look for?

  • @BerryPlusClean: Full disclosure of ingredients!
  • @RetroHousewife5: Leaping Bunny is one I look for.
  • @YourOrganicLife: I avoid anything not from the earth. Don’t even like “derived from” b/c manufacturing process is usually toxic.
  • Many tweeters agreed USDA and ACO certified organic was most important.
  • GoodGuide shows what eco-certifications products have and what their competitors might have.

Q4: What brands do you trust for household cleaners?

  • @NaturalFamToday: Vinegar and Baking Soda are used for most things here!
  • @GTGT: Easy sink scrub: 1 cup baking soda & 1/2 cup liquid castile soap. This works so well for sinks, tubs & grout!
  • Seventh Generation was a popular recommendation, along with Dr. Bronner’s.

Q5: Which do you trust more: word of mouth or scientific data?

  • @EdenSong: I use both!
  • @MindfulMomma: I listen to my friends but also research on my own.
  • @GinaBad: For me it’s word of mouth, because then you can hear the first-hand negatives of a product

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