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I had the pleasure of trying out some products from a company that came recommended to me from another greenie mom.  True North Organics is made in Minnesaota in small batches using high quality certifid organic ingredients.  It’s one of those product lines that you know are just safe all around.  Simple ingredients, no synthetic chemicals, no “stearates” or “glycols” or questionable terms in the list of ingredients.

True North Organics sent me a little pile of their Coconut Lime scented products (because I am a sucker for coconut and add lime to it and I just squeal like a teenager at a Justin Beiber concert).  I samples the Shower Gel,  Body Butter and Lip Balm and love all of them.  Her line includes other scents like Lemon Lime, Raspberry Vanilla, and Orange Lavender.

Their Shower Gel foams up well and doesn’t leave any oily residue or powerful scents behind.  I have been using their Body Butter at night too.  It has a light whipped consistency and once applied turns to a light oil coverage… which is ideal for feet and hands at night.  I have trouble with body butters during the day but if you have very dry skin this might be he cure.  The scent, again, is refreshing and light.

True North uses certified organic ingredients, reccleable packaings and even prints their labels on eco-friendly paper with water based inks.  All their shipping materials are recycleable and biodegradable.  They also carry a line of baby care products called Lil’ Sprout that includes a shampoo/body wash and body butter for baby.  A lovely little company!

Get Some:  You can purchase any of their great products from their website TrueNorthOrganics.com!

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A while back, a reader asked me about natural sports products.  She was a running and wanted ideas for some alternatives to the traditional stuff like Body Glide.  My husband is an avid runner.  (We call it avid, most other’s say he’s crazy) He runs 10 miles a day on average and does up to 30 on the weekend.  Needless to say he experiences a significant amount of chafing.  He is married to his Body Glide and isn’t up for debating something more natural.

I have also started running but not nearly as much as he does.  So i am anticipating minimal chafing but I’m sure it will happen somewhere between running 7-13 miles at a time.  I’d like to not have to slather petrochemicals all over myself to avoid skin irritation.  The reader who emailed pointed me to a company called Chomper Body.  The line was created by active people who wanted to create a line of products that were healthy and more pure.  Athletes want to have a healthy body, so why slather unhealthy chemicals all over it?

I was given a stick of their Silke Anti Chafing balm to try out.  It comes in a deodorant stick style tube for easy application.  It glides on and stays put in the spots you need protection.  My ultra runner husband says it does wear off but I think that is true of all chafing balms. I used this on a recent 6 miler and came away chafe free. It has a very subtle scent that isn’t noticeable when being active. It goes on clear and doesn’t leave any white marks on your clothes.

They also have a really rad lip balm that I love (licorice scented – I love this and I don’t even like licorice), Muscle Butters, Booty Balms, specialized balms for both men and women, as well as Rest Day Massage Oils. Mmmmm!

Ingredients: Beeswax, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Sunflower Seed Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Calendula, Vitamin E, Rosemary and Lavender Esential Oils.

Get It: You can purchase Chomper Body products on their website ChomperBody.com

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It got quiet around here.  I kind of took an unofficial summer hiatus from beauty reviews but I am itching to get back into into and have a lot of new things to write about that I experienced over the summer. I want to rev up this blog somewhat too and make it more of it’s own animal.  In the meantime I want to start telling you about some of the products I checked out this summer.  Since summer is winding down (and for some of us it’s officially over – my kids have been back to school for 2 weeks already) and thoughts of those cool crisp Fall nights are on my mind.  And so is chapped lips. Many of you know about my obsession with all things lip balm so this review won’t come as a shock.

My friend Andi of Good Things Green Things sent me a tube of Purple Prairies Spearmint Shimmer Lip Balm a while back .  If you haven’t seen her shop you should check it out, she has a great selection of safe skin care, hair care and body products from some of my favorite companies.

As far as lip balms go, it glides on smoothly and has a pleasant minty scent that isn’t too powerful.  But what I love is that it has a mild pink shimmer to it so instead of just a plain lip balm it gives you a little oomph.  It’s one of my favorite new things and I carry it with me all the time.  Who doesn’t need “oomph” on a daily basis, right?

The base ingredients are very simple: Organic Olea europaea(Olive)fruit oil, organic cera alba(beeswax), unrefined organic butyrospermum parki fruit(Shea Butter), coconut oil, mentha piperita(peppermint oil), mentha spicata(spearmint oil).  It’s handmade in the USA and it works just as well as any schmancy lip balm you can find. Love it.

Get It: You can purchase Purple Prairie Spearmint Lip Shimmer on Good Things Green Things

EWG Score: 1

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I have known about Juice Beauty for a long time and have tried one or two products in the past.  It’s been a while though and they have some new things on the market.  Juice Beauty provided me with a couple of samples of their organic skin care and I’d like to share with you my experiences with them.  Juice Beauty has a range of products that cater to every skin type.  My skin type tends to lean toward sensitive and even though I could use some anti aging help, I am always skeptical of using anything for fear that I might irritate my skin.

The first product I tested out was their SPF 30 Mineral Light Moisturizer.  This is a great alternative to chemical sunscreens and provides a little coverage as well.  It’s pretty sheer, so it doesn’t hide everything but it has enough of a tint to be a great base for your make up.  It utilizes Titanium Dioxide to provide SPF coverage and doesn’t have any whiteness to it.  It blends well and isn’t too heavy.  I have to use it sparingly because too much makes me look a little shiny. I think I might prefer the Sheer version personally but this is a good tinted moisturizer with the added benefit of SPF for those looking.

I also tested out their Cleansing Milk.  Traditionally I used to be the type of person who thought foam = clean.  When I learned that foaming action meant chemicals I changed my tune.  I thought I wouldn’t like a “milk” for washing my face but I actually love it.  It’s super gentle and leaves me feeling clean and moisturized.  Paired with a baby washcloth this cleanser really does a good job at removing my mineral make up.  The use of this product has actually improved the appearance of my mild rosacea and has softened my skin.

What I love about Juice Beauty is they use organic ingredients and cater to a wide variety of skin types and problems.  What I don’t love is that while they use organic ingredients, they still use some ingredients that send up a flag for us Greenies.  Phenoxyethanol and benzyl alcohol are among some of the ingredients lists.  Depending on how strict you are with your products, this may or may not be an issue.  They are free of he biggies like phthalates, parabens and PEG’s though.  A few of their products are actually USDA Certified Organic.  As far as organic beauty products go this is a decent option – just read labels carefully if you have concerns with some of the ingredients.

EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not all of the products they carry are in the Skin Deep database but they vary in score from a 1-3 which is pretty low.  To give you an idea, their Organic Facial Wash scores a 2.

Where to Buy: You can find Juice Beauty products at Sephora or direct from their website JuiceBeauty.com

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I think I learned about these EOS lip balms on Green and Clean Mom a while ago and thought they looked cool.  How neat to have a lip balm in a sphere shape.  As the Lip Balm Queen, I could not let it go that there was a lip balm out there I haven’t tried.  Coincidentally, while traveling last November I spotted one in a Happy Harry’s (Like CVS but in places like Delaware) and snatched two up to try out.

Three of these lip balms are USDA Certified Organic (90% organic ingredients) and utilize shea butter and jojoba oils to keep your lips moisturized.  I love the shape of the balm and makes it easy to find in my tote bag.  My toddler thinks its a bouncey ball so it gets thrown but it keeps its shape and doesn’t come apart when it hits the wall. Not that I make a habit of it. The top half screws off and reveals a smooth bubble of lip balm.  It goes on smooth and smells fruity.  One of the flavors I picked up was Summer Fruit and it has a soft fruit scent.

It doesn’t go on as smooth as other lip balms and I suspect it has a slightly more “waxy” feel to it because they need it to be a bit stiff to stay in that ball shape.  It doesn’t particularly last very long compared to a Badger Lip Balm or a LuSa Organics lip balms (my favorites and ones I carry with me all the time).  My only disappointment with the product really is the Lemon Drop version.  I purchased the Lemon Drop along with the other one I chose and didn’t realize it has an SPF of 15.  Initially I was excited because it’s not easy to find natural lip balms with SPF.  Since these were certified organic I assumed it had a bit of zinc or titanium oxide.  Wrong.

The Lemon Drop uses Octinoxate 7.5%, Oxybenzone 3.0% as the sun blocking ingredients. Oxybenzone is an endocrine disruptor which can affect the nervous system, has been linked to cancer in some laboratory studies, and creates free-radicals when exposed to the sun which are harmful.  Don’t believe me? Ask the EWG what they think of Oxybenzone.  EOS also has a “Medicated Tangerine” that seems ok but it contains Phenol 0.5% and I don’t know much about that ingredient to make a judgment but Phenol rates a 9 in EWG’s Skin Deep database so I’d probably skip it.

So aside from the SPF and Phenol issue these are good little lip balms in a fun container.  Just avoid the Lemon Drop and the Medicated Tangerine  flavors.

Get Them: I found these at CVS and similar stores.  You can also purchase them from their website Evolution of Smooth.

Skin Deep Rating: The Summer Fruit version rates a 1 in EWG Skin Deep and they don’t have the Lemon Drop with SPF 15 listed at all.  I wonder why…

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During an impromptu trip to Whole Foods last weekend I was greeted with the Valentine’s Day displays and was of course enamored with all the pink and red.  I spotted a big pile of Dr. Bronner’s Rose soap and decided to treat myself to a bar.  I love Dr. Bronner’s products for everything.  I use the liquid castille soaps as ingredients for DIY recipes, I use the bar soap for myself and my kids. I also love natural rose scented skin care so I snatched it up.

I’ve used Dr. Bronners bar soaps in the past and have loved them.. they lather well, clean great, smell great and last long enough to be worth the cost and not too long that I can’t indulge my addiction to bar soaps.  Really, each bar costs a few dollars so it’s not a huge commitment.  It cleanses without drying your skin and leaves you with a very very light rose scent.

It’s no secret that Dr. Bronner’s is an impressive company – Fair Trade, Certified Organic, eco-friendly packaging, no Animal Testing … do I need to go on?

Get It: You can pick up Dr. Bronner’s Soaps in many places like Whole Foods, most Natural Food stores, even Target.  Or you can order direct from their website DrBronner.com!

EWG SKin Deep Rating: 2

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Peacekeeper is a company that I admire for many reasons but right now I want to talk to you about their V-Day lip gloss!  Peacekeeper launched their V-Day Lip Gloss in honor of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls. Peacekeeper Cause-Metics is a company that makes great and safe cosmetics that stand for a cause and use all their profits to support women’s health advocacy and human rights issues. Awesome.

Their V-Day lip gloss is a natural gloss using organic waxes and butters to create a smooth and nourishing gloss that isn’t sticky or heavy. It’s pigmented with natural minerals and has a sheer yet colorful look. The color in the tube looks much like a siren red but on, looks more like a warm sheer pink gloss. For $10 you get a great gloss, and the proceeds go to a great cause.  It’s a win win.

Get It: You can order this and other of their products  including their other Eco-Sheer Glosses on IAmPeaceKeeper.com!

EWG Skin Deep Rating: 1

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I don’t normally review baby products here on LovelyMama since this space is for us… but this one item I happened to steal for myself and fell in love with it.  Nourish Baby Organics is a great line of baby bath products made by a mom in Tennessee who wanted the safest products for her baby.  Just like we do.  So on a whim I picked up her Coconut Balm since I love everything coconut.  I bought it with the intention of using it on my son but when I took one whiff of it I decided it needed to be mine.

I’ve gone through the entire container.  Let’s put it that way.  It smells heavenly of coconut… the kind of coconut that reminds you of lying on a tropical beach somewhere without screaming kids and a Mai Tai resting next to you. I placed the tin on my nightstand (where only the best products in my arsenal go) and used it nightly for aromatherapy (ahhhh that beach) and to moisturize my hands and feet.  It works fabulously as a night treatment for over washed hands, cuticles, chapped lips.  According to her it’s great for eczema and diaper rash since plantain leaves relief itching and chickweed helps repair.  But I used it all up before I could get any of it on my sons butt.  I think it’s too good to put on someone’s butt! /selfish

If you love coconut and being soft and moisturized this is the balm for you.  Now that everyone up north is buried under 12 feet of snow, I know some of you could use a tropical escape – even if it is just in the form of a really nice body balm.  And it’s mostly organic, so there you go.

GET IT, SERIOUSLY: You can get this and other great Nourish Baby Organics products on Good Things Green Things!

Skin Deep Rating: 0

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Happy New Year!  I want to start off the year with some make up reviews because I know a lot of you are searching for recommendations.  Serendipitously I was contacted to try out a great line of cosmetics called Bailey Cosmetics which was developed to work well and be conscious of safety and of the environment.  The line has no parabens, no fragrance, no nano-particles, no micronized particles, to talc and no bysmuth oxychloride (which is found in many mineral make ups and can be an irritant).  Bailey Cosmetics created a line that was safe and uses only pure grade minerals.

What I was instantly impressed with was the packaging and the tools.  All the containers and brush handles are made with recyclable aluminum compacts (those of you who like to avoid aluminum take note) that feels good to hold and under the cap of each has a mirror.  The brushes are made with either humanely sourced goat hair or synthetic bristles.  They never test their products on animals and they use recycled materials for packaging and shipping.

Beauty Never Sleeps sent me their full collection to try out which included their 2 tone foundation powder, a dual eye shadow that has a shade that doubles as eyeliner, a blush, their Powder of Youth which provides a healthy glow without the extra sun exposure, their graphite eye brow pencil and a set of their fabulous brushes.

I was skeptical when I waited for them to arrive… safe, ok but does it work? Are they too potent? Do they smell like a cave?  Natural make up either falls into two categories for me.  Too much pigment (and I can never find a good balance to use it) or the color is right and it smells like I’m doing a cave painting with mud.  Natural make up can sometimes smell that way.  Not the case on either points.  I followed their step by step insert on creating a day and evening look and both are easy and made me look, well gorgeous.  In fact after my first time trying it all out I met up with my mother later on.  She commented on my make up and said “What do you have on, I need that”. That basically means it looked good and she wants it for herself.  :)

The colors are soft and neutral and bring out your beauty rather than mask you like a clown.  The foundation duo in Medium was perfect for my skin tone and matched just right.  They have a handy illustration on their website to help you chose your colors.

They also have a really nice lip gloss that provides the perfect pink sheen to your lips without looking overdone. It has aloe and shea butter to protect and heal.  These products aren’t vegan (beeswax) but as I mentioned they do not test on animals and take care to chose materials that are as environmentally friendly as possible without compromising the glamorousness. Is that a word? Well, it should be. The Bailey Cosmetic line is a fabulous find… safer than the traditional gunk you find in department stores and you still look just as fabulous.

Get The Look: You can order all their products on their website Beauty Never Sleeps

I don’t remember how I learned about Biggs & Featherbelle but their samples came to me right at the perfect time.  I was having a stressful day and a box of treats showed up at my door.  My obsession with bar soap is almost as ridiculous as my obsession with lip balm.  And when I got samples of both it was like my worlds colliding… in a good way. Just to ice the cake here, they also sent me one of their very luscious Body Butter Bars.  I had forgotten how much I love lotion bars in the winter time when my skin gets so dry and chapped I look like a lizard shedding its skin. It’s not attractive. But lotion bars or more specifically, Biggs & Featherbelle’s Body Butter Bars are the perfect way to combat this.

When I first tried lotion bars last year, I looked at my purchase and thought “What am I supposed to do with this?”.  But now I’m a pro and they are woooonderful for dry skin problems.  They key is warming them up. You can’t just take it out of the package and start rubbing it on yourself.  Well you could, on an elbow or something, but I have much better results when I rub it between my hands first and then apply to my rough areas like feet, hands, elbows, and even shins if you can believe it.

But that’s not all you can find at Biggs & Featherbelle… they have a wide range of fabulous products including soaking salts, lip balms and  soaps.  I received their Muscle Soak and lined up a night to soak my aching body (I’ve been doing a lot of Pilates and Yoga lately -and OW man) .  What a lovely relief it provided. With ingredients like Sea Salt, Epsom salt ginger and clary sage – it landed me a long hot bath full of relaxation and muscle relief.

Now on to the bar soaps.  I collect bar soap.  Seriously… it’s a sickness.  There is so many in my shower at any given time (hey I like to have choices in there) that my husband often stands there dumbfounded wondering if I am working on a soap sculpture.  But after trying out Biggs & Featherbelle’s Bar Soap I truly am wondering if I’ll ever stop buying soap.  They have so many fantastic scents to chose from like their Beach Bar with Sea salt, eucalyptus, clary sage and jojoba oil for exfoliation and moisturizing.  Or their really awesome Goodie Bar which is packed with skin nourishing oils like Macadamia Nut oil an Sweet Almond along with goat’s mil for hydrating and smoothing.  I could go on forever, but you can check out the selection yourself. Yum yum yum. Love love love.

Their ingredients lists are truly impressive – not a chemical as far as the eye can see. Their cute and eco-friendly packaging is a big bonus too – I love my bath goodies to look nice!  I’ll be a frequent customer, I can tell you that.

Get Your Own: You can shop at BiggsandFeather.com and receive 20% off your order with coupon code BFLSM!

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