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GTKY: Your favorite natural products

It seems like many of us are trying to make some major lifestyle changes on this TTGP journey, especially with all the recommendations in It Starts with the Egg. So tell us, what are your favorite natural products? They can be beauty items, household goods, or even foods that we might not expect. Feel free to edit your recommendations as you remember items or try new products.


Me: 34 DH: 27
TTC since June 2016

Azoospermia diagnosis (zero count) Dec 2016

AZFc chromosome microdeletion discovery March 2017
Unsuccessful TESE for DH in August 2017
October IVF with donor sperm
29R, 24M, 16F, 2d5, 4d6 (6 embryos total)
Only 3 could have PGS. 2/3 normal. 5 embies frozen
12/15/17 FET--CP
2/7/17 FET #2--BFN
~*~*~Nevertheless, she persisted~*~*~
jrm_14adiratmadspunk

Re: GTKY: Your favorite natural products

  • @AlohaKumu Larabars are really clean and tasty. I know some people like RX bars, but personally I find them way too chewy. I’m not a fan. But sometimes for easy breakfast I’ll pre-make egg muffins or sweet potato crust quiche and eat on that for the week.
    *Siggy Warning*
    Lilypie Second Birthday tickers

    AlohaKumuadirat50Wife
  • @KristoKekerooni Many Times, I bath in eposolm salt & don’t use soap. No judgement here. 


    KristoKekeroonilurvleybunchococonuts
  • I use Dr Bronners all in one Wash.. They make tons of products! 
    https://www.drbronner.com/
    zwink1
  • @lalala2004 Thanks for the suggestion on the Larabars. I'll have to check them out!
    @SkilledSailor I definitely want to look up more natural makeup options. I use Bare Minerals as a light powder every morning, but I know they aren't natural.
    @KristoKekerooni I really tried to use dry shampoo and all sorts of combos of the baking soda/apple cider vinegar stuff, but my hair simply isn't having it. (I also have really long hair, so I know that makes it harder.) But I like your soap trick!
    @tamalahoops Thanks for sharing the soap suggestion. (The coconut + lemon option sounds like it would smell amazing when unscented wasn't needed.)
    @redlikeme The Native deodorant now has a sensitive option that's baking soda free! I'm definitely going to check out that subscription box.
    @holly321 That's awesome that you make so many of your own products. I'll usually use the baking soda/vinegar method for most cleaning, but the stovetop can be tricky.
    @jrm_14 I love everything you posted!!! I'm going to check out those recipes, too.
    @ndz2018 I have friends who swear by Dr. Bronners, so I'm going to look into that as an option, too.
    Me: 34 DH: 27
    TTC since June 2016

    Azoospermia diagnosis (zero count) Dec 2016

    AZFc chromosome microdeletion discovery March 2017
    Unsuccessful TESE for DH in August 2017
    October IVF with donor sperm
    29R, 24M, 16F, 2d5, 4d6 (6 embryos total)
    Only 3 could have PGS. 2/3 normal. 5 embies frozen
    12/15/17 FET--CP
    2/7/17 FET #2--BFN
    ~*~*~Nevertheless, she persisted~*~*~
    jrm_14ndz2018zwink1
  • ndz2018ndz2018 member
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    edited December 2017
    @AlohaKumu a big bottle lasts us forever it’s about $17-$20 for a 32oz bottle I think.. I love the Lavendar One. They sell it at target and Walgreens 
    AlohaKumu
  • @AlohaKumu , Yeah, I have really oily, long hair, so it doesn't work super well, but it gets me between washes at least!
    Previously KristoB
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    TTC #1 since September 2014
    Diagnoses: RPL and MFI (count, morph, DNI, DNAS, multiple bilateral subclinical varicoceles), low progesterone
    History (TW):
    BFP: 3 May 2015, loss confirmed 4 June 2015
    BFP: 15 August 2015, loss confirmed 23 August 2015
    BFP: 16 November 2015, loss confirmed 22 November 2015
    BFP: 12 August 2016, loss confirmed same day
    November 2016: HSG = All Clear!
    January 2017: High DNA fragmentation and stainability
    February 2017: Clomid + TI + Progesterone = BFN
    March 2017: Clomid + HCG + IUI + Progesterone = SA/wash: zero count on attempt #1, <1,000 on attempt #2= BFN
    Varicocele Embolization- 5 May 17
    December 2017 SA: Zero improvement after embolization
    Next Up:
    IVF!!!!!
    January ER, fresh transfer, PGS testing remaining embryos. 


            



    AlohaKumuzwink1
  • Bumping this to add more. 

    I do not know how I forgot to add these the first time. I have used organic/all natural cotton tampons for years.  

    These are my top 3 picks for pads & tampons. 


    L.Organic tampons




    lurvleybunchococonutsAlohaKumudarkstar4250Wife
  • Stalking this thread and adding stuff left and right to different carts online!  Thank you ladies all for your suggestions!  It's hard to randomly pick items and just hope they work so I like knowing what you guys all use. 

    @AlohaKumu expect a trial size deodorant! 
    Also, I like Rx bars - but my RE is against carbs > protein and they are so I haven't been eating them recently.  I personally like the mint ones. They're very chewy but tasty! 
    Also, I added the chapstick you mentioned to my Amazon wishlist a while ago when you had mentioned it. My hubs bought it for my stocking for Christmas and I love it! 

    @jrm_14 I've been meaning to switch out my tampons too for organic ones, I'll probably give those a shot! 

    @redlikeme I'm definitely going to check out that subscription box as well! Thanks for the tip!
    AlohaKumujrm_14
  • Where is the best place to buy all natural products? Do you all trust Amazon typically? I am just starting to get into the thought of using all natural products and am interested! 
  • @meladams10 I've been using desert essence for my shampoo/conditioner/body wash and I've found that Amazon is cheaper than my supermarket so I've been stocking up there.
  • @50Wife Thank you for the info! Sometimes I'm skeptical about buying products off Amazon so I'm glad to know you have good experience with it! 
  • @meladams10 Sometimes it takes comparison shopping, but I do end up buying many of my products through Amazon. (Often I'll buy and try a product from the supermarket first and then re-order from Amazon in the future if I want to continue using it.)
    @50Wife Thanks! I've still been really happy with the Native deodorant since I started using it. Awesome to hear about your chapstick stocking stuffer!
    Me: 34 DH: 27
    TTC since June 2016

    Azoospermia diagnosis (zero count) Dec 2016

    AZFc chromosome microdeletion discovery March 2017
    Unsuccessful TESE for DH in August 2017
    October IVF with donor sperm
    29R, 24M, 16F, 2d5, 4d6 (6 embryos total)
    Only 3 could have PGS. 2/3 normal. 5 embies frozen
    12/15/17 FET--CP
    2/7/17 FET #2--BFN
    ~*~*~Nevertheless, she persisted~*~*~
    50Wife
  • @50wife they come with or without applicators, sonmake sure when you buy you’re getting what you like!  Organic tamping make the most sense for me, personally, as I don’t understand putting something with chemicals directly in on myself like that. They’re also far less irritating.  

    @meladams10. I always make sure to choose Prime when shopping with a amazon. Even if you don’t have Prime, they’re trusted sources & it is guaranteed. 


    50Wifemeladams10
  • jayliijaylii member
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    edited December 2017
    Great post! I'll have to spend some time reading through this.I already use a lot of natural products, but am always looking for fresh ideas. It's challenging and a bit overwhelming for me so I try to focus on changing one thing at a time. Most products contain so much junk and it can be hard to find healthier alternatives. One resource that I've been using for years is the EWG website. They also have an app and it's so helpful for looking up product ratings!

    Products I currently use and love:

    Deodorant: Primal Pit Paste (buy on Amazon or their website). 
    Everyday face cream: Kiss my Face Face factor spf 30 sunscreen
    Face Cream - This is a heavy cream, but I love it! Great on face especially during dry winter months: JASON Age Renewal Vitamin E Crème 25,000 IU
    Face: Rose water spray. Really helps with redness and feels nice on skin.
    Body lotion: Eucerin Skin Calming Body Lotion (fragrance free)
    Face wash: Yes to Carrots Fragrance-Free Daily Cream Facial Cleanser
    Hand Soap: Dr. Bronner's lavender scent castille soap - it's sold in a large container as concentrate. I put the concentrate and water in foaming dispensers.
    Lady care: Love my lunette  mentrual cup!

    Edited to a couple more things
    TTC #1 July 2017
    No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. - Hal Borland
    My Chart
    jrm_14starla
  • Oh I love this thread! I use a lot of the products you all mentioned here, so I will just list a few different ones that I really like.

    Soap: I love dapple soap (dish/bottle soap you can find at Walmart and target). 
    Cleaner: I also love the dapple all purpose cleaner for our home. I’ve used better life products too and if I could find them locally rather than ordering, I would use these more too. 
    Makeup: I mostly use tarte for my cover up and eye shadows
    lotion: babyganics 



    jayliiAlohaKumujrm_14
  • @meatballs37 I love Tarte!  I had no idea they were ‘safe’ until recently. Someone gave me a bunch of it for my wedding. 

    Idk if I already mentioned- I buy a lot of these products at Marshall’s/TJ Maxx/Home Goods for way cheaper than anywhere else. 


  • @jrm_14
     tarte is having a decent sale on their website right now too. I am thinking about getting a new blush and restocking my eyebrow powder. 



    jrm_14
  • @meatballs37 Ohhhhhh, I love Tarte’s blush stick. 


    meatballs37
  • jrm_14 said:
    @meatballs37 Ohhhhhh, I love Tarte’s blush stick. 
    Me toooo! :) 



    jrm_14
  • Love these tips!!

    Deodorant: Primal Pit Paste is awesome!!
    Face Oil: Vintner's Daughter ($$$ but makes my red fair combo-acne prone skin glow!)
    Face Wash - Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser (Also $$ but nothing else cleared my skin and doubles as scrub/mask)
    Face: Dickenson's Witch Hazel Towelettes (These are my HG!  They make my skin so calm and nice!)
    Body: Coconut Oil + Dry Brush
    Makeup: Kosas Beauty! The blushes are so pretty and they have cream or power formulas which is perfect for combo gals...also LOVE their lipsticks such good colors.
    Lip Balm: Kari Gran (it's a local Seattle natural company)
    Hair: Alba Gloss Boss (great smell and shine)

    Anybody have a good rec on natural mascara that doesn't smudge?  I have long eyelashes and so far natural mascara just ends up on my brow bone...not cute!  Also a natural toothpaste that doesn't taste like baking soda??

    Thanks!
    <3 Jen
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