- Dear Muffy, I recently found your blog and I am enjoying it immensely. I do have one request, though. Could you please write an entry on grooming products? What brands of shampoo, toothpaste, etc. do true preps use? Thanks!
- Hey M., I always feel clueless when buying household cleaning products. What do you get? Keep writing!!
- Hello, I am going to throw some questions your way: you say smells are anathema, does that mean no scented candles or perfume for you? Also, I love your minimalist preppy style. What is your take on make-up, lotions and potions? I hope I don’t sound too terribly nosey, but I really appreciate your input on these types of matters. Thank you for your time.
- Dear Muffy, Do you have a favorite lip balm, gloss or stick that you prefer for the cold winter months? Wishing you a healthy, Happy Holiday season! xoxo
- Greetings Muffy. I noticed you have the perfect shade of soft pink lipstick on. I am always in search for the right color. May I ask what color it is? Thanks!
I have put forth what could easily be described as far too much effort over the years on the selection of cleaning and grooming products. I have belonged to numerous health food/natural care co-ops; frequented health food stores; bought in bulk directly from the manufacturers; and lobbied my local supermarket to carry certain products.
So the answers to the above questions fall into three basic categories - the purest product I can find; a more conventional product (but minus the fragrance); and vanity.
I am quite pleased with products like Tom's of Maine aluminum-free deodorant as well as their toothpaste, and would classify these in the "pure" category. I have compromised with products like Lubriderm and Dove soap, opting for their hypo-allergenic and fragrance free products. ( I share Tickled Pink and Green's strong need to always have a lip balm available, buy them in great numbers, and have one stashed in every room, car, pocket, pocketbook, bedside table, etc.)
I dislike artificial fragrances, so I don't used scented candles or perfumes, and opt for fragrance free as often as possible (fragrances are the result of some of the most harmful categories of chemicals, so I have been told), including my husband's shaving cream.
I also go for natural cleaning products, taking Deidre Imus' advice to look for products which have the ingredients highlighted.
While it is arguably a bad time for things like Women's classic clothes, it is an excellent time for the ease of purchasing natural products, and I get virtually all of them now from one simple source, my local supermarket.
This is the vanity category and where I fail. The (only) make-up I wear is this Elizabeth Arden lipstick (Pink Vibrations #49).
And because I chemically treat my hair (off the scalp, anyway), most natural shampoos don't work for me. So I pick up my shampoo and conditioner at the local salon and I refill my lipstick supply whenever I am in the city. I don't use nail polish , mostly because it never stays on, but also because of the particularly nasty nature of the remover.
Ultimately, I try to make all of these decisions for myself and family using the same criteria as food and clothes.