We are committed to using real ingredients from trustworthy companies. We promise ingredients that we would confidently use on our families, or even bake in the food we eat. Ingredients we’re willing to plaster on a billboard for all to see. When possible we use organic, non-gmo, fair trade and cruelty free ingredients. Companies’ business practices are a huge deal and are apparent in their products – independent and family owned brands are our first choice.
Bob’s Red Mill is an employee-owned independent company. They mill traditionally.
Baking Soda Notes: Certain brands make a perfectly fine baking soda, but Bob’s Red Mill makes a better product, especially for something you plan to soak in or apply to your body. Bob’s Red Mill mines directly from the ground in its natural sodium bicarbonate state. Baking soda is extracted using a simple water process, using no chemicals. Other companies create it in a lab. They use a chemical reaction, passing carbon dioxide and ammonia through a concentrated solution of sodium chloride. Plus Bob’s Red Mill is still independently owned, not part of a larger conglomerate of impersonal companies. If I’m putting the body cream on my child, soaking in a tub of bath salts, or providing the product to others I need to know that it’s the best.
Bragg Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Bragg is unrefined, certified organic and non-gmo. It’s always been my favorite for cooking and body products. They offer it by the gallon on their website. You can even buy it by the case for a discount.
Certified* Organic, Bragg Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made from 100% organically grown Greek Olives that continually provide the best quality and flavor.
Dr Bronner only uses fair trade and certified organic coconuts. Just read their About page and tell me you don’t want to buy their products.
Frontier Co-op is a member owned company owned by their wholesale companies. They are an independent brand.
La Tourangelle is a family owned business. Their products are Non-GMO certified and use traditional French methods to produce their oils with mills in France and California. The California branch covers all of the United States and Canada.
Jason is a cruelty free company and does not test their products on animals. However, Jason is not independently owned. They are a subsidiary of Hain Celestia, which is currently one of the few publicly traded natural and organic foods companies to not be controlled by one of the major conglomerates (who are currently on a rampage to buy up the independents): General Mills (GIS), Pepsi (PEP), Campbell Soup (CPB) and Unilever. Hain Celestia is a huge company with huge investors. Unfortunately, with major changes and pressure from activist investors, Hain Celestia is projected to eventually sell out, be bought out.
NOW boasts a less expensive product that guarantees purity and quality based on their private laboratories and over 50 years of experience. They are a huge international company, although still owned by the founding Richard family.
All Epsom salt contains the naturally occurring minerals magnesium and sulfate, which can be absorbed through the skin.
Saltworks, established in 2001 is family owned and operated. They boast to be the first and largest gourmet salt company in the world.
While Saltworks is my favorite and used solely in simple. pure. love. products, most drug and health food stores sell Epsom salt. It’s also available online. Grain size affects your end product, so look for medium to fine, USP grade for human use. Most stores stock Dr. Teal’s or Aaron Brand. Saltworks makes the best Epsom salt, but that’s my opinion. It’s available at my local natural foods store, but if you go online you’ll see they have more grain size options. I’ve also used Epsoak by the San Francisco Salt Company. For further reading check out this link: http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org
Essential oils (EO) are a very important part of the therapeutic power of homemade body care products. Not all EO’s are created equal though. Many factors go into their quality, including grade, purity and integrity. When buying your own EO, purchasing from a reputable company will ensure you’re getting a high-quality product without added ingredients (and not synthetic). Price is not what counts, although prices range greatly with pure EO’s because of how difficult it is to produce certain ones. What truly counts is quality.
Aura Cacia is a member of the independent brand Frontier Co-op, along with Simply Organic and Co-op Market. Frontier Co-op is a member owned company owned by their wholesale companies. Aura Cacia offers authentic and organic and non-organic essential oils. Their website also offers a wealth of information about essential oils and diy body products. Their essential oils are quality tested and highly concentrated 100 percent pure. Added bonus – they are also committed to the Positive Change Project an annual grant program that supports women and children, helping them to transform their lives.
Please see our list of essential oils and what they’re used for here: Essential Oils
Celtic Sea Salt (Selina Naturally)
All Celtic Sea Salt® Brand salts are authentic, unprocessed, whole salts, guaranteed to be optimally balanced in mineral content and to be free from pesticides, herbicides and harmful chemicals.
Below are two charts from Philip H. Howard of Michigan State,
showing who owns which brands in the organic food industry.
Also visit: The Cornucopia Institute for more information on the good food movement.