I've mentioned one of the first things I ditched was Bath and Body lotions and soaps. When I started, I tried making my own, minimal ingredient, non-toxic lotions... it was a disaster not going to lie. Even following a receipt I felt like the cleanup wasn't worth my time. Time is our most valuable resource so if you have the time, more power to you!
I still make my own foaming hand soap though, that's easy peasy lemon squeeze as my five year old would say. I digress, here are some absolute, must-have lotions that make my list.
First up is a beef tallow lotion from Toups & Company Organics. The baby balm seems to be the only thing that works on my son's dry nose. I've tried ozonated lotions specifically for eczema and that didn't work as well as the beef tallow. This was also recommended to me by our holistic nurse practitioner. Shop here.
Speaking of babies, they sure can do a number on a mama's belly. For pregnancy starting in the first trimester all the way through the "fourth trimester" you're going to want Earthley's Soothing Belly Butter. Since you have at least nine months go ahead and order one or even two of the larger size lotions!
Another great options for the whole family is Earthley's Good Night Lotion. This lotion's key ingredient is magnesium. Magnesium is a cofactor in over 300 systems that regulate biochemical reactions in the body. Needless to say it's super important. I use this on myself and all three kiddos. At any given time I have at least three tubs around the house and a bonus is that this lotion not only helps with sleep, it smells like a dream! Get it here.
If having tubs laying around isn't your jam then you definitely need to try a lotion bar. They travel well and are just kind of cool if you ask me! The one I love and trust comes from a crunchy mama who was a guest on V is for Victory, Rene Harris. You can check out all her products at hardlotion.com or follow this link to go directly to the original lotion bar/my favorite. (Don't worry if you're confused how this would work, it comes with instructions!)
All these options have minimal ingredients and no harsh chemicals (that I'm aware of.) As always, it's best to do your own research. If you happen to try any of these let me know what you think!