There is seriously some nasty stuff in most commerical lotions like:
Artificial fragrance (NO restrictions by the FDA on whats included under "fragrance")
Parabens (preservative. possible links to cancer)
Glycols (not tested for safety)
Artificial colors (chemicals)
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (makes the lotion go deeper into your skin)
* Since about 60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodsteam (hence the reason the birth control patch works), think about if you want these things inside your body?!
IMO the best things to change first are those you use every day - soap, lotion, deodorant, etc. Baby steps and you'll be protecting your health and the health of your children!
* Did you know that not only is testing of beauty products done by the manufactuer (vs. the government) but it is voluntary?! That means that the majority of the ingredients used are untested. There is very little government regulation from the FDA at this time. And dont think just because it says "organic" that its safe. That means something for food, but it doesnt mean anything in beauty care yet. A product only has to have some organic ingredients to carry that label but it can still be full of chemicals as well. You have to know what to look for and READ LABELS carefully.
Here is a great article that goes more in depth.
Ive tried a ton of different moisturizers because my skin was so dry this past winter. A lot of natural lotions are really oily/greasy. But I found a great hand lotion that is actually "lotioney" by Aubrey Organics. Their products are 100% natural and safe.
Safety reviews of Aubrey Organic's lotions
For deep moisture I also liked the 100% Shea Butter I found at our Central Market (like Whole Foods). I used this on Jayna when her legs were chapped from the cold:
Another one that I like for daily use (its thinner) is by California Babies. Their products are great - and safe! Target now carries many of their products!
Reviews of California Baby Lotions
We also use their sunscreen. This one also has essential oils that keep bugs away - it smells really good! We also use their sunscreen stick for faces and its really convenient. They are $12 each but last a long time and work great!