Love Peace Organic is an online holistic beauty and wellness destination dedicated to offering the highest quality products through consciously curated collections.
Founder Anastasia Taras lives in Brookfield, Wisconsin with her husband and two daughters and is a dear friend of mine. Needless to say, she loves beauty products! After she had her girls, she noticed it was difficult to find low-toxin products in this part of the country and wanted to offer clean options for moms and women in the upper Midwest. So, armed with a background in product development, Anastasia’s brand now offers moms and women products they can trust for their families, at one convenient online destination.
Anastasia says that her favorite part of the business is connecting with other women, and she has partnered with Nourish Organic Juice Bar to offer local pickup. Also, Love Peace Organic is always on the lookout for new brands to add to their already extensive collections!
Today, I’m ecstatic to introduce you to Anastasia Taras, of Love Peace Organic. I was excited to sit down with her to talk about the very best clean products for new moms, babies, and kids (and the whole family … really)!
Megan Papachristou (MP): Thinking about the mama-to-bes and new moms, what are some everyday clean beauty and skincare items that would be great to add or swap out of their routine?
Anastasia Taras (AT): If you are a new mom, I know first-hand how busy you are – and reading labels can be time consuming! So, to make it easier, the top five clean beauty swaps I recommend are deodorant, body wash, oil cleanser, mascara, and toothpaste. And you don’t have to swap all your products at once. Pick one or two products at a time and start with the products you use most!
MP: What toxins should women be looking out for when pregnant and breastfeeding?
AT: There are a TON of toxins lurking in products, and they can even be found in brands that are marketed as clean/natural. Here are a few of the top toxins to look out for: synthetic fragrance, PEGS, SLS/SLES, parabens, and aluminum chloralhydrate. I like to use these apps when I want to search for an ingredient or product: SkinDeep, and Think Dirty. Plus, these apps even allow you to scan labels while you shop!
MP: What are your favorite clean products to use on kids?
AT: I love the Babo Botanical line for kids! Babo Botanicals’ sensitive baby shampoo and wash is a great option for your new baby. The sensitive baby zinc diaper cream, and healing ointment, are other products I recommend.
Enzymatic Body Cleanse, by Aleavia, is great for the entire family; it is gentle and works well for sensitive skin issues. Moreover, Aleavia‘s line of products protect the skin’s microbiome, balancing the pH level. Their Unscented Prebiotic Lotion is also a wonderful option.
In the same fashion for sensitive baby skin, Babo Botanicals also has a great lotion!
Additionally, my favorite shampoo and conditioner for kids is from Under Luna. In fact, my girls love the Sweet Baby Orange Shampoo and Luna Love Conditioner. If you are looking for an unscented shampoo, Under Luna also has this option!
Another product my kids use regularly, especially in the winter months here in Wisconsin, is Kids Propolis Throat Spray, made from high-grade bee propolis extract and buckwheat honey. This can be used for children 2 years and over for immune support.
A great resource to learn more about your children’s environment is the DetoxMe app!
MP: For the stressed out mama, what products can you recommend to help both body and mind?
AT: A warm bath using Moon Mylk Bath Soak is my favorite way to destress after a long day. The soothing blend of Epsom salts, lavender, and colloidal oats prepare you for deep relaxation and sleep. During my nightly skincare routine, I love using my jade facial roller to move lymph and detoxify. I find this practice so relaxing after I use my facial oil. On days I feel stressed, I look to journaling to help center me. I love the journals we offer from Wildehouse Paper. They use 100% recycled paper, are made in the USA, and plant one tree for every order.
MP: As moms, we all encounter those sleepless nights sometimes. Are there any products or routines you can recommend for this?
AT: For those restless nights, I love using my facial reflexology tool. It is so easy to use and instantly relaxes me. My favorite tea, Blue Lotus, from Anima Mundi, works to relax the nervous system and promote restful sleep. I also keep my wellness roller on my nightstand and roll it on my wrists and neck before bed. Lavender, Melissa, and Ylang Ylang oils help you ease into a rejuvenating sleep.
MP: What are your favorite products for new moms?
AT: I love Holi(mane) from Agent Nateur. This marine collagen supplement can be added to your morning coffee, smoothie or even your water. It will help with postpartum hair loss, and combines two powerhouse super foods: marine collagen and pearl powder. Abundant in over 30 trace minerals that support the appearance of optimal hair, skin and nail health, this is a great product for a new mother. This personally helped me after having my second daughter.
My favorite eye cream for a sleep deprived new mom is All Seeing Eye Cream, from Living Libations. The whipped texture and soothing combination of rosewater and aloe vera really help to brighten and refresh tired eyes.
Another product I would highly recommend is the organic Mermaid Dry Shampoo. This toxin-free swap is the perfect solution to those days where you just don’t have the time to wash your hair!
MP: Where can we buy your favorites, and follow you for more tips and product recommendations?
AT: My online shop, Love Peace Organic, offers a curated collection of clean beauty and wellness products. All of our products are toxin free, plant based, sustainable, and of course effective!
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