I had the opportunity to sample a swanky line of skin care this year. I wasn’t sure at first, if I wanted to review it. It looked too pretty to be free of toxic ingredients. I looked a bit closer and was actually impressed by the list and decided to give it a try. I was skeptical but, why not try it out. Of all the skin care products I’ve tested, I rarely fall so in love with a line that I use it all. Not the case with La Mav Organic Skin Science. I just used the very last drop of it and came online to see about ordering more.
These products, while at a pretty high price point, are really amazing. They make my skin feel smooth and lovely without any irritations. For the first time, I actually use a night cream. Mostly because it isn’t thick and heavy like others can be. My skin actually glows when I use this line of skin care. The cleansing creme’s are gentle and leave you feeling clean and fresh. The Wrinkle Defense Day Fluid is light and absorbs easily. I am in love with the Omega-3 Advanced Nightly Repair Creme - I wake up refreshed and soft without any irritation.
Certified Organic and cruelty free, and not to mention the packaging is beautiful. I do wish the packaging was recyclable, which would be my main critique. But I can’t argue the performance of the products I tried. You can find the anti-aging line and all their other products on their website LaMav.com. They have lines for every kind of skin care issues. I may have to save up to replace the products I fell in love with!
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Just wanted to share with you the goodies that came along with this edition of EcoCentric Mom‘s “Mom” Box. Lots of pretty little natural treats.
House of Metalworks - Jewelry handmade in the USA with reclaimed/recycled materials, this months box came equipped with a darling heart charm bracelet that is so sweet and delicate. Lovely little gift for someone you love. beautiful!
The Seaweed Bath Co – A full sized bar of Detox Cellulite Soap that uses Organic Coffee as the exfoliating ingredient! Natural ingredients combat itchy skin, psoriasis, eczema and other irritating skin conditions. Seaweed extracts, coffee and cinnamon gently cleanse and nourish skin. Free of parabens, sulfates, gluten and dyes.
pur-Absorb Iron – These little packets of iron-rich natural spring water as a natural supplement for women with low iron levels. A gentle effective dose reducing the effects of side effects due to it’s proven absorption rate. This month’s box came with a full sized box of 28 supplements! Thank you pur-Aborb!
RESCUE Gum Natural Stress Relief - Not sure who knew I needed this but thank you EcoCentric Mom. This natural gum by Bach called Rescue Gum is a tasty piece of stress relief. Orange and Elderflower extracts soothe your stress levels and help you cope. I’m not sure what about it works but chewing one of these did actually keep me collected and focused while writing this post!
Sjaak’s Organic Fair Trade Chocolate Hearts – Who doesn’t love chocolate? Okay not everyone dies but these pretty little chocolate hearts use organic and non-GMO ingredients while supporting a fair trade environment and practices. They come in assorted flavors like lavender chocolate and cherry but my heart belongs to the basic milk chocolate. Such a conscious little treat!
LIPS by Healthy Houseful – If you don’t know me by now, the way to my heart is with lip balm. I am constantly applying it and I have one or several with me at all times. LIPS by Healthy Houseful is a warm butter balm with lemon essential oil and natural vanilla, making this a luscious little lip balm that was super moisturizing thanks to coconut oil and shea butter. Mmmm
Pure + Remedy Vitamin C Facial Serum & Precious Drops Super Hydrating Serum – I never was a big “serum” person. Until I got wrinkles and stuff. These high quality serums are a great solution thanks to safe natural ingredients that effectively address skin concerns like age spots, dryness, and texture of your skin. I loved the Vitamin C serum to combat those pesky sun freckles on my chest. They look sort of cute now but won’t forever. I’d love to treat skin issues with safe ingredients. These serums moisturize without leaving any sticky residue. Just softness!
Subscribe! I truly love these boxes and think they make a wonderful treat for any mom or woman in your life who wants to try out new natural products. The subscription service offers a generous box of samples and coupons along with expert tips for $24 with deliveries every 2 months. Choose from Mom Discovery, Mom-to-be Discovery or Mom & Baby Discovery themed boxes and get a load of fun stuff to experience.
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Anyone remember Clean George? One of my favorite companies has come up with some really great new products I wanted to share with you. Clean George, as a company, believes in only using safe natural organic ingredients to create their lovely products and they deliver! They have a new line of skin balms that come in those awesomely chubby tubes. Skin troubles are always an issue for us at one time or another and you never know when it will strike. These are the perfect thing to have handy for a variety of troubles.
Got booboo’s and bumps that need soothing? Dry lips or hands? Need a quick skin soother? They have you covered. I don’t have a favorite of the four different kinds they offer but I love each one for different reasons. The SKIN stick is great to keep in your bag for any ol’ reason and it smells like lemon. I just used it for my dry cuticles. CHILL OUT is another great one with Lavender essential oil infused into nourishing butter oils along with antioxidant rich ingredients and vitamin C. Great for cranky kids, and cranky moms. Makes a great lip balm too.
These are perfect for travel (no liquid!) because they are smooth and nourishing without the use of water and preservatives. The wide tubes make application easy, even though they slip on like butter. A daily essential if you ask me.
Check out Clean George and their wonderful story!
Polar what? All I know is it’s cold and we’ve all been battling coughs for weeks. I am over it. But to help soothe the coughs and sniffles this time of year when we are bound to catch a bug or two, there are natural remedies to help us.
Nagging coughs are the worst, especially for kids when they are trying to sleep. Here are some of my best ideas to at least help you try to get through it until it subsides.
Honey – I know we have all heard this one but I do think it helps. As long as your child is old enough and doesn’t have a known allergy to it, this is a safe and natural way to help settle a yucky cough. A teaspoon or two before bed and as needed. My kids think it’s kind of neat. I can’t get them to drink tea so this is the next best thing to soothe a cough.
Humidifier – Keeping the air moist can help keep things moving along. Dry heat from our homes can inhibit healing and make scratchy throats feel worse. Placing a clean humidifier in any bedroom will reap great breathing benefits.
Lemon Water – Drinking water in the morning with a few slices of squeezed lemon is known to help clear out mucus and is an added boost of fluids and vitamin C!
Chest Rubs – I know you can buy these anywhere but they are all typically petroleum based and very harsh. Natural versions work just as well and you have a little peace of mind that you aren’t slathering a thick petroleum based chemical on your baby. One of my all time favorites is by House Blend Organics called Cousin Sam’s Cool Eucalyptus Chest Rub. A little here and there and airways clear up. I have heard that putting this on kids feet and covering with socks can stop a cough. I’ve never actually tested it though. House Blend’s products are all completely natural, and certified organic. But the best part is they are made so well – I love the entire line. If you have chapped hands like me (from all that hand washing) I love love loooove her Organic Lavender Balm (and the Coconut, and and and… can you tell I love this line?)
Find it here: Good Things Green Things (10% off with code “safemama”)
Happy 2014! Helping me get back in the swing of things are the lovely people at Babo Botanicals who offered my dear readers a chance to win a $100 Gift basket of Babo Botanicals products. If you don’t know about this brand I recommend checking them out. I habitually use their Lice Prevention shampoos and spray as well as my favorite Meadowsweet Bubble Bath - such a heavenly scent. Packed with natural and certified organic ingredients, Founder Kate Solomon takes pride in providing beautiful but safe and effective products. And she’s a sweetheart!
One reader will receive a gift basket full of Babo Botanicals products worth $100! Here’s how to enter:
I took a much needed, mental health break from writing. I hope you’ll all forgive me for that. I sometimes feel pressure to do articles to fit the seasons and holidays despite having churned out the same baloney year after year. My new philosophy here is to write what’s useful for you. I’m sure you all were waiting on baited breath for my safe Halloween posts (not)… instead I want to focus on what will make your life easier rather than more expensive. SafeMama has many plates spinning over here but rest assured, I am refreshed and hopeful that the rest of this year, which I cringe to say is now officially “Holiday Season”, will be a great end to the year. In the meantime, I wanted to kick off my refreshed sense of energy with my grandmother’s very easy can free (and bpa free) method of cranberry sauce. I shared this a few years ago with a few other great recipes for Thanksgiving. This is my spin on my grandmother’s recipe with a little spice kick.
SafeMama’s Cranberry Sauce
- 1 cup organic unbleached sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup orange juice (and zest)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- dash of nutmeg
- 1 package of cranberries (looked over and washed – organic preferred!)
Directions: In a large saucepan, mix water, orange juice & sugar. Stir until dissolved over medium heat. Dump in cranberries and zest an orange into the pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and then boil gently, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes. During this time you can add the cinnamon and nutmeg. Remove from heat and pour into a glass bowl. Let cool completely at room temperature, then refrigerate. Best made the day before (says Grandma… and its actually true, plus its one less thing to do on Turkey Day). Of course, there are a zillion cranberry sauce recipes on Pinterest but this one is tried and true. I make it every year! My friends at Wild Mint are hosting a great challenge for the month of November, cleverly called “No-Can-Ber“. They are posting some great recipes and will have an exciting giveaway coming up. Go check it out!
What are your favorite can-free holiday recipes?
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It’s that time again… I want to show you what awesome goodies you might be missing out on in these fabulous EcoCentric Mom subscription boxes! Lots of great products this month.
Pure + Remedy – This month’s Mom box came equipped with four samples of Pure + Remedy’s facial moisturizers! I am always weary of natural skin care products but these were really luxurious and lovely, made with many certified organic ingredients. Light and not greasy, perfect for chapped winter skin protection without the heaviness.
Possum Hollow Farm Soap – Made right in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, a place close to my heart, this family owned soap company has been around for 15 years crafting natural hand-made soaps. I would love a bar of every single scent combination if possible. This month I was treated to a bar of Karen’s Red ROse soap… I don’t know how they knew I loved rose scented products but I do and this one is no exception. Thank you Possum Hollow Farm for feeding my addiction to bar soap!
Suncoat Sugar Based Natural Mascara – Finding natural make up not loaded with chemicals and junk is tricky. Made with natural ingredients and pigments, you can feel better and look gorgeous without the risk. It looks great on, and washes off easily at night.
Suncoat Girl Nail Polish – Along with the mascara there was a bottle of Suncoat Girl water based nail polish to try out too! I don’t have the best luck using natural polishes because I’m impatient. While not totally chemical free it is free of phthalates, tolune, formaldehydes and dyes. I got a cute pink shade to test out!
Moontime Tea’s Organic Fertility Blend – I was afraid to drink this because I seriously don’t need any more kids, but if you are looking for an added tasty tea boost to your fertility this might be fun to try. ”Naturally caffeine free herbs used since ancient times to support reproductive function: organic red raspberry, organic nettles, organic red clover and organic peppermint”. Sounds good and I’ll take their word for it!
ips All Natural Chips – I am new to these snacks and am already hooked. These tasty pressure puffed snacks are made with corn and egg whites, making these a protein healthy snack for not a lot of calories, sodium or sugar. Non-GMO, natural ingredients and a step or two up from conventional snacks as far as nutrition goes. I’d love these for my kids lunchboxes for a treat.
Untrash Compostable Trash Bags – Trashbags are a huge source of waste in the world. They clog water ways and trash heaps causing environmental damage we might not have such an easy time un-doing. These commercially compostable trash bags might be the answer if your area accepts them. Just make sure what you put in them is compostable too.
Truebar by Bakery On Main – I love a good snack bar that isn’t loaded with sugar, but add to that some valuable nutrition and I’m on board. Truebars are packed with Omega-3 are non-GMO, Gluten free and Kosher. Perfect sized snack for your gym bag or diaper bag when you’re stuck without lunch handy. Looks like they have some great flavor combinations but I really liked the Walnut Cappucino Bar I sampled!
MacroLife Naturals Coco Greens & Berry Reds Super-Foods – Mix these vitamin and antioxidant rich supplement boosters to milk or water to give kids a healthy dose of power. Vitamins, Probiotics, calcium and Minerals for healthy minds and bodies. They taste like chocolate and my kids loved them… all natural and 70% certified organic ingredients.
Also in the box is a load of discounts for all the brands above so if you haven’t signed up for your EcoCentric Mom boxes yet hurry up and go! They are really an awesome treat for you, a friend, or an expectant mom. If you get a $21/Month subscription and use ECOMOM10 at checkout you’ll get 10% off!
I already have the next box sitting here waiting for me to tear into it!
I have found a few natural deodorants that work well for me. I assume once your body gets used to not being bombarded with chemicals you just adapt. Or I just don’t smell that bad maybe. I think it’s the former. Anyway, the lovely Andi from Good Things Green Things sent me a container of her new inventory of Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant Cream to try out and I quickly fell in love. But then I kind of love everything she carries!
So what is it? If you’ve never used deodorant cream I recommend giving it a try. You apply a small amount under each arm and that’s it. I have tried this one out for sweaty workouts, gym time and during the day with no issues. I chose the Lavender Sage scent (I’m a lavender type of girl) and it kept me smelling sweet all day. Schmidt’s comes in a few different fragrances as well as an Unscented version. You can choose from Cedarwood & Juniper, Ylang Tlang & Calendula, Bergamont & Lime if you like a citrus scent, and of course the one I like Lanvender & Sage.
Schmidt’s uses natural ingredients like arrowroot powder and baking soda to keep odors at bay and the rest is a mixture of butters and essential oils to make you smell fresh. It’s a great price for a jar that will last. Give it a go! I’ve already added it to the SafeMama Safer Deodorant Cheat Sheet.
Want to win one? Good Things Green Things is giving one lucky reader a jar of Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant Cream in a fragrance of your choice. Here’s how to enter!
Last week when I arrived in Chicago I was swept off for a really awesome day at the MightyNest warehouse! A highlight of my trip for sure and I’ll tell you all about it. MightyNest has been a haven for me and my readers for years and I have truly enjoyed watching their business grow and working with them on various projects. It’s been so rewarding and the opportunity to meet the people I’ve talked to and worked with over the Internet was amazing. I arrived at the MightyNest warehouse in the morning and despite the taxi dropping me off at the loading dock I was greeted warmly and got to hug the infamous Annie from the MightyNest team who blogs and researches all the live long day. (Why didn’t we take a picture together Annie??)
Anyway, we got right to it and Annie so graciously gave me a tour of the warehouse with all it’s amazing goodies lined up for me to check out. They are currently geared up for Back to School shopping and have so many great new options to choose from! New lunch boxes and bags from Wildkin, SoYoung and Crocodile Creek, really fun snack bags and food storage options like SnackTaxis, ThinkBaby and Wean Green. Lots of fun colors and prints to choose from. I’d be in serious danger of going broke if I worked in there. I also really loved the stuff geared toward older kids like this amazing Junior Backpack from SoYoung. It would even work for adults. I got my hands on one in the warehouse and was tempted to take it home with me.
Funding Mighty Schools! During my visit I had the opportunity to learn about their newest program which I think it really amazing. MightyNest is working on providing more ways for us as parents to help our schools be healthier and supportive just by shopping for safe products. 15% of your purchase can be donated to an elementary or pre-K school of your choosing simply by shopping and selecting your school. You can also raise money for your school by getting more parents involved or sending the program details to your PTO! More opportunities to participate will be coming soon… In the meantime check out their information page to find out how you can get involved in the program!
Definitely the biggest highlight is having the chance to meet and spend some time with the MightyNest family. I have loved working with them and watching their business grow over the years and I am so appreciative of all the support they have given me since the beginning of SafeMama.com. Thank you Chris and Kristen Conn for always being so welcoming and supportive. You are both amazing people! Thank you Annie Asebrook for the warm welcome, the tour and your always kind words. It was a pure pleasure to meet the entire MightyNest team Cam Balzer, Tracy Zeidler and the interns who all probably thought I was nuts for showing up in the loading dock instead of the front door.
Thank you MightyNest for the warm welcome, your continued support and for helping me get to BlogHer this year!
School time is here! Yay. A lot of schools go back this week and next so I am BUSY trying to get my own kids started at school and trying to update the cheat sheets with new things I found. Working diligently to get that done. In the meantime I want to tell you about the great new things at MightyNest for back to school. I got to tour the MightyNest warehouse while in Chicago (I have a post about that too!) and while I was there I got to check out all the cool stuff that’s out now. MightyNest sent my little man a set of back to school lunch gear to get him started for the new year. He loves the color orange so of course MightyNest delivered everything in orange!
Wildkin Lunch Box – Wildkin has a great line of products (and nap mats!) for school and this lunch box is no exception. Roomy and easy to clean, this lunch box will keep all your food insulated and ready for lunchtime. There is a perfect pocket in the top lid for a flat ice pack to keep your food cool, and an elastic grip for holding a drink box or water bottle in place to avoid that roll around smushed sandwich effect. I can fit a good amount of food and snack containers in there for my little guy. PVC, BPA & Phthalate-free as well as CIPSIA compliant for lead safe.
ThinkBaby Bento Box – I have used these for years and years. They are the perfect size for fruit, veggies, cheese or pasta. The lid is tight enough to make it leak proof and they come in fun colors. I have several of these and use them almost every single day! Easy to clean (I put mine in the dishwasher) and totally useful! I used them all summer in my pool cooler and for on the go snacking. And they fit great in every lunch box we have. These are a staple in my house!
Hydro Flask Insulated water bottle – I have one of these for me too! This stainless steel insulated bottle keeps liquids cold or hot for hours. The double walled construction provides great insulation without any toxic materials. Very durable and holds enough to quench any kids thirst during the day. Stainless steel is perfect for kids because of it’s durability and resistance to bacteria and funk.
Snack Taxi – These are another staple around here. Instead of ziplock bags we use these for loose snacks, fruit, crackers, anything! They come in a size large enough to fit a sandwich too. The lining is easy to clean with quick wipe down or rinse and are ready to go for the next lunch. They come in some awesome fabric patterns too! Snack Taxis are always BPA, PVC, Lead and Phthalate Free of course.
One great new benefit of shopping with MightyNest is you can choose to have 15% of your sale donated to an elementary or pre-school of your choosing!
Want to win it? MightyNest is MightyAwesome and is giving away this set to a lucky reader! Thank you MightyNest!