I admit it. I've been using a product made by a company that tests on animals, even though I'm against animal testing, because I haven't been able to find anything better. Zan led me to greener pastures yesterday. And I'm REALLY excited!
So, how excited can you get over finding a new moisturizer? VERY, apparently. I did sacrifice a bit of UV protection, going from a 30 to a 15, but I had no idea how many other, safer (for both people and animals) beauty options are out there. It was a trade worthwhile in that I may have more sun exposure, but no more petroleum by products being rubbed into my skin. There were also several types of actual sunscreens with 30 or above, but I didn't want to smell like coconuts all day. It was all found at a little gem of a store in Oceanside called Cream of the Crop. And despite the name evoking images of corn (or is that just me?), it is more of a granola type place. Ahhh, heaven to an Oregon girl living in an SUV fashionista city.
I also picked up the new crystal deodorant spray. I've heard about the actual crystal for quite some time, that you rub directly onto your, um, armpit, but just recently found out that it is also available dissolved in water in a convenient spray on bottle! I've tried so many other parabens free deodorants, and let's just say my boss never had to pull me aside and discuss work hygiene standards, but it had gotten to the point where I was worried enough that it might happen. So I'm also really excited about my new deodorant spray and am hoping it will work out this time. Every single breast cancer biopsy ever done has contained parabens, so eliminating it is important to me.
Cream of the Crop is also a health food store, with lots of packaged and fresh food options (including my favorite Far East Lentils). And the deli looked awesome! They have little mini carts with child seats, which is still a must if Gabi is with me. Those two little hands were flying left and right trying to touch all the new enticing things. I'm looking forward to supporting this locally owned store in all its organic natural goodness. There is such a wonderful sense of freedom in being able to shop and know that every single thing available is safe for you and the environment.