"I know a company called Aubrey's was mentioned , but let's hear more practical methods of keeping ourselves clean instead of resorting to over the counter chemicals."
Aubreys is all natural. You actually have to refridgerate alot of thier stuff after using it. The only preservatives they use are Grapefruit seed extract or Vitamin E.
Burts Bees also makes some good shampoos and creams, toothpaste, etc. that has no chemicals , parabens, etc.
The others in the healthfood stores all seem to have some kind of chemical,-even though they are sold in healthfood stores.
Now- Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Castile soap is awesome for scrubbing your entire Bod in the shower with a shower brush.
My favorites are the totally home-made things though-- like using olive oil, coconut oil, corn starch, wet warm teabags (nice blush and natural bronzer), beet juice (makes a nice lip stain).
One of the members here- Lydia-- makes her own body cleansers and skin masks using various citrus fruits. You can get a free sample from her.