Monday, October 27, 2008
Ok ladies. I have a new *must have* line of products for you. In a late night search I found LuSa Organics. I immediately started drooling over their products. Since I first tried a few delectable items I jumped back online and ordered $80 more. LuSa Organics is a family run business, a very cute family with 2 adorable little kids and a whole slew of inspired and luxurious bath goodies that cater to women, mom and baby.
I am seriously addicted, and it’s been a while since I found a line that I really truly loved in that “buy my self a girly treat” sort of way. First, I am totally committed to their unbelievable Organic Sugar Scrubs. I tend to prefer sugar scrubs in general but this one is really amazing because it’s not a big sloppy scrub which I find doesn’t have as much “scrub” and more “goop”. This one though is a tin packed with organic sugar so you really get your scrubs worth on one scoop. They smell good, they scrub great and moisturize the toughest spots. I attribute my now smooth arms and legs to this scrub. Seriously, even my husband commented on my softness. I. Love. It. The Mint scrub leaves you feeling clean and sparkly and the Lavender scrub is a soothing treat for the skin. This is my must-have bath treat.
Also? Lotion Bars. I have never used a lotion bar before but I was dying to try it. I don’t know if this is the right way to use one but I take the whole thing out of its pretty tin and rub it all over feet and hands before bed. I swear, he next morning I wake up with the softest feet and hands. My lavender Lotion Bar is now a permanent fixture on my night stand. These are great for traveling too, no trying to drag a big silly pump in your travel bag or risking a tube opening up accidentally. Lotion Bar is my new staple beauty item.
Their fresh goats milk handcrafted soaps are all unbelievably fresh smelling. I have a bar of Ylang Ylang and Lavender in my shower and I reach for it over all the others. It lathers perfectly and the smell… oh heaven.
I could go on for eternity, but I assure you all their products are divine. They carry Belly Balms, Diaper Balms, Essential Oils… I promise you, you will not be disappointed. LuSa Organics has a cool Soap of the Month Club too which would make a great gift (HINT HINT) and they have some lovely Gift Collections for New Mom and Baby.
Lovely SafeMama Winner! Ok not only do I absolutely adore this company and their products but everything they carry is totally natural, organic when possible and they use sustainable and local ingredients to craft their wonderful goodies. They also donate 10% of their profits to organizations generating positive global change.
Get it: LuSa Organics has so graciously offered our readers a special promotion. When ordering from their website enter “LovelySafeMama Freebie” in the comments field on checkout (not the coupon box, comments field) and they’ll toss in a free gift with your order. Thank you LuSa Organics!
Thursday, March 31, 2011
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…
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Let’s face it, even though we all know that too much sun is bad for us, most of us love the healthy glow of sun kissed skin. Now, we’ve said it before, you need some sun. Studies show that in this day and age, we don’t get nearly enough vitamin D, especially in the winter (and sure, supplements help, but one of the main sources is the sun), so when summer rolls around, we like to spend a lot of time outside. It helps even out my family’s moods, and we all sleep better at night.
I’ll say this, unless you have a history of skin cancer, or you’re one of those people that burns even if it’s a cloudy day and you’re in your house with long sleeves on, ditch the sunscreen if you’re going to be out for a short while (say an hour). Opt for a hat to keep the sun out of your eyes, but let the sun do its magic. I’m not a habitual sunscreen user. I feel it does more harm than good. However, if you’re going to be out at the local pool, or a day trip to the beach, make sure you use a sunscreen of at least a 30SPF, and keep reapplying, per the directions on the bottle.
Now, with that said, I’m guessing a lot of you probably have a nice summer glow going on right about now, don’t you? And it makes you feel pretty good. It makes your skin look more even, and toned. Not to mention, it helps with some other skin disorders, like keratosis pilaris (of which everyone in my family suffers from, sadly), eczema, and psoriasis (my father suffers from it and his dermatologist went against everything he stood for and told him to high tail it to a tanning bed) and others. But, with being at the beach or the pool on a regular basis, your skin is probably dry. Especially if you’re a woman and have to shave every day in the summer.
So how do you keep your skin looking smooth like a lotion commercial, without having to dip yourself into a vat of phthalates and petroleum based products? Here’s my regimen so far this summer:
Aloe Vera Gel: Aloe has great healing properties. It keeps your skin from drying out and also prolongs your tan. Not to mention it’s really cool and soothing if you happen to get burned.
A good baby/body oil: You can probably easily make your own, but my favorite, that I recommend to everyone, is the Tippy Toes Baby Oil by Mambino Organics. I love this because it’s very light, and absorbs perfectly. It’s a simple list of ingredients, and it nourishes my skin. I added a mixture of a few drops of my favorite essential oils to my bottle and it’s like having my own personalized scent.
I put both of these on immediately after my shower, while my skin is still damp. It takes me an extra two minutes and my skin has never felt better. And I actually feel good about showing it off this summer.
(Kathy chiming in here): I love Statia’s tips and totally agree. I am using a body oil as well as a scrub in the shower to keep the bumps and dryness away all year long. My faves right now are Rocky Mountain Soap Company Bamboo Body Scrub and LuSa Organics Organic Sugar Scrub
You can pick up Aloe Vera Gel (look for preservative free or organic) on Amazon.com or at a local health food store. Check out Lily Of The Desert Aloe Vera Gel or their Lily of The Desert Aloe 80 Soothing Gel on Amazon.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
I don’t wear a ton of make up. I know there are parts of the country where women tend to wear more make up than others (*cough* Long Island *cough* and I can say that because I grew up there) and I do wear some… enough to make myself acceptable for public consumption. I do like my girlie must haves and here is whats banging around in my make up bag:
Foundation: I don’t wear a lot of it and I never really did. But as I’m getting older I have rosacea and some flaws and I just need a light overall cover to make me happy. I am using mineral foundation which I have recently read to be less than great due to breathing in particles. But I loathe liquid foundation. Hate it. So I hold my breath and hope I don’t get some funky lung disease from it. My favorite is Alima Pure Mineral Satin Matte foundation after switching from Bare Minerals when I learned that it contained Bismuth Oxychloride which can be an irritant to rosacea sufferers.
I also use SukiColor Liquid Formula Concealer in Flax (which I can’t find on their website right now) for spot treating under eye circles, zits or whatever weirdness shows up. Blends well and has a more respectable ingredients list than most commercial liquid make up.
Blush: I hide from the sun so much so that I need an extra boost (I wear hats and sunglasses all the time) so I use Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Blush in Dianthus. Dr Hauschka makes a nice blush bronzer too but the cost difference is amazing. $15 for Alima vs $30+ its an easy choice for me.
Eyes: NVEY Eco Organic Eye Shadow Palette in Palette 3. I had a palette of this before which I had gotten as a gift and it lasted me forever. So when I was digging the last of it out I decided it was a worthy investment. It’s $60. Yeah I know. But it lasted me well over a year to a year and a half. So I figure I’m spending that over a course of time on different ones anyway and this is organic. So I splurge. I also have a small Dr. Hauschka Eye Shadow Solo in Shimmering Ivory. But I may try the 4 color palettes they have next time instead of the NVEY. $44 vs $60 on that scale.
Eye Liner: I have a basic black eye liner from Sephora. Nothing green or safe about it. I need to find a better one.
Mascara: I use Tarte Lash Hugger Eco-Friendly Natural Mascara. Tarte uses better ingredients than most and avoids things like parabens, phthalates and mineral oils and is in a recycled tube. It works great… can’t complain. I tried out one of the “natural” brands at CVS and it was awful so I’ll stick with this.
Lips: My favorite topic! I don’t wear lipstick. It’s a pretty rare occasion if I do. I am a lip balm kind of girl and when I get dressed to go out (haha) I am a fan of lip gloss. Although since I started greening my make up I haven’t found too many lip glosses that do it for me. I have a million lip balms including: Badger Lip Balm in just abut every flavor but I love Tangerine and Lavender Orange, Bubble & Bee Lip Balm in both Coconut Lime and Rude Raspberry (which is Certified Organic now), a Burt’s Bees Radiance Lip Shimmer as well as a Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Lip Gloss in Sweet Pink, LuSa Organics lip balm (love) and an Earth Mama Angel Baby Lip Balm which I use at night.
Nails: I know we did a whole round up of safe nail polish but to be very honest – I hate almost all of them. They don’t stay on and yes I used them while I was pregnant if at all but my vanity is at stake here so I ave been using Zoya Polishes for my mani pedis. Zoya is Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP Free so I feel somewhat better using them.
Anyone have any eye liner or lip gloss recommendations? Hope you enjoyed the peek into my bathroom!
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Categories: Alima Pure, Badger Balm, Blush, Bubble and Bee, Burts Bees, Concealer, Dr. Hauschka, Earth Mama Angel Baby, Eye Shadow, Foundation, Lip Balm, Lip Gloss, LuSa Organics, Mascara, Nvey Eco
Monday, May 31, 2010
Someone asked me recently if I would publish a list of products I use. I was hesitant because like you, I am a work in progress and I sometimes think people expect me to have it all figured out. I don’t, but I try. So here it goes…
Giovanni Colorflage Beautifully Blonde Shampoo: Ok this stuff isn’t nirvana when it comes to ingredients, it contains phenoxythanol and a few other questionable items but its better than a paraben, phthalate ridden shampoo and it works really well. I spend a fortune on my toxic highlights (hey I’m vain ok? I like being blond!) and the last thing I want to do is ruin my expensive ‘do with lame shampoo. This claims to protect from fading and enhance blonds. So far I’m just really happy with the cleaning power and the softness.
Giovanni Organics 50:50 Balanced Conditioner: Again, not perfect but better than many. Leaves my hair smooth and soft and works just as well as traditional conditioners. I also like John Masters Organics Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner but right now I can’t afford a $22 conditioner. I love it, and when I can swing a bottle I’ll get it but let’s face it, it’s a fortune. Giovanni is available at Target and only costs about $7-9 bucks. I can handle that.
Tilvee Shea Butter Bap Soap (Face): I have very sensitive skin and mild rosacea and a dermatologist told me to use anti-bacterial Cetaphil. Well, I’m not comfortable with the ingredients (fragrance, PEG’s and Triclosan as the anti-bacterial agent) so I set out to find a better soap that had few ingredients. Tilvee was the winner/ I use their Shea Butter bar for dry and sensitive skin and it works great. Plus no gross ingredients.
BAR SOAP: Ok this is where my obsession is and it’s evident by the bar soap in my shower. I’ll just list them all. Kiss My Face Sudz C-Weed Sweet Orange and Hemp – I love citrus scents and this doesn’t disappoint. Bubble & Bee Coconut Lime Soap – another awesome one. Dr Bronner’s Lavender Bar Soap – cheap, works and available at Target, Kroger, etc. One type of soap I don’t have right now that I love is bar soap from LuSa Organics. I like the Ylang ylang and Lavender Goats Milk Soap but they have a ton of choices for every preference. All natural and they’re purely awesome. I love their sugar scrubs and their lip balms too… actually I love everything they make and need to place an order soon. Worth every penny. There are tons of natural soaps to pick from – this is the easiest thing to change when going natural.
Weleda Birch Body Scrub: I got this on a whim and reviewed it but it doesn’t get much play in my shower. It smells nice and I think if I tried it with a loofah it might work better but then its a body wash not a scrub so it gets neglected. Read my review here.
Rocky Mountain Soap Company Bamboo Body Scrub: I just reviewed this and really love it. I’ve been using it often and I am buttery soft as a result. I love scrubs and although I don’t always have time to use them, when I do they have to be awesome. This one is worth of my time for sure.
Next time I’ll give you the inside look at my after-shower body care and perhaps a peek into my make up bag!
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Categories: Bar Soap, Body Scrub, Body Wash, Bubble and Bee, Conditioner, Dr. Bronners, Giovanni, John Masters Organics, Kiss My Face, LuSa Organics, Rocky Mountain Soap Company, Shampoo, Tilvee Eco Ethical Skin Care, Weleda
Monday, April 5, 2010
Ok, you know how much we SafeMama girls love our cheat sheets. And I know you’re thinking, sure, our kids are covered, but what about us? We get a lot of questions asking about particular products, and while we would LOVE to try every single one of them, there is just not enough time or money possible for us to do so. But with that in mind, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t compile a list of products for you to have at the ready when you’re looking for information on whether or not we think your favorite product is safe enough to use.
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Please keep in mind that this is not a full list of products. This is what we’ve found so far, and this will be a constantly updated list as we find things, or as you submit your findings to us. But we think this is a great starting off point. [Last updated April 5, 2014]
Best Choices – Our top picks
These are the products that are free of all of the chemicals we avoid along with labels that have ingredients you can actually pronounce.
- Bubble and Bee
- Badger Balm
- Dr. Bronners
- Earth Mama Angel Baby
- Lusa Organics
- Bien Ella
- Nature’s Paradise Organics
- Tilvee Soaps
- Sweet Beauty
- WoodSprite Organic
- Keys Soap
- Soapwalla Kitchen
- Joia Botanicals
- Lulu Organics
- Zum Face
- Nostalgia Organics
- Miessence Certified Organic Skin Care
These are the products that are free of all the big chemicals we like to avoid, such as parabens, phthalates, phenoxyethanol, SLS’s, PEGs, propylene glycol, dimethicone, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Benzoate as well as some others, but they just weren’t squeaky clean enough for us to warrant putting them on our “best” list. Maybe they have a couple of stearates or a few more synthetics than we’d like to see. However, they’re still pretty great and we even use some of ’em.
- Dr. Alkaitis
- John Masters*
- Intelligent Nutrients
- Shea Moisture
- Dr. Hauschka
- Moody Gurl
- 100% Pure*
- Aubrey Organics
- Revolution Organics
- Living Nature
- Pangea Organics
- blissoma solutions
- Kahina Giving Beauty
- Mamma Michal’s Freshly Made Body Care
These are brands that may have a few products with questionable ingredients on our list of ingredients we like to avoid or maybe they have more synthetic ingredients than we’d like to see, however, they are FAR better than your conventional, chemical counterparts. While they’re not going to make you sprout a second head, this is something where you’re going to have to be the one to make the judgment call whether or not you want to use these products.
- Yes to Carrots
- Kiss My Face
- Burts Bees
- Whole Foods 365 Brand
- Cactus and Ivy
- Sophyto Organics
- Tammy Fender
- Suki Skin Care
- Suzanne Aux Bains
* The ever wonderful Stephanie Greenwood of Bubble and Bee and publisher of the Chemical of the Day Blog, brought to our attention, sadly, that there are “hidden parabens” in some of our favorite products (as noted by the asterisk). We were bummed to find out that great brands like John Masters and 100% Pure are included in this list of products. Go over and read the article and then make the call for yourself on whether or not you would still want to use these products. It may not be every single product in the brand, just a select few, but she’ll tell you what to look for and breaks the slight chemical difference down into layman’s terms. This is where she helps you become empowered to read labels and learn how to decipher bad ingredients vs. the good ones. Stephanie is one of the true good people in this business.