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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!
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
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
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
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.
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I had no idea people would love to know what products I have as much as they did, so here’s what’s on my bathroom counter top and a few things from inside “The Drawer”:
Deodorant: I use a couple deodorants. I have found that switching my deodorant from day to day lends to the effectiveness of natural deodorants. But they don’t all work for me so I rely on three to do the job. The first is Bubble & Bee Geranium Lime Pit Putty. Love this one and when it runs out I’m going to get their Geranium Lime Pit Putty with Baking Soda. I also use Soapwalla’s Cream Deodorant which I like to use on days when I take a more decadent shower… I don’t know why exactly but just go with it. I also use Weleda’s Rose Deodorant Spray. I use the Weleda mainly when I take a shower at night. The alcohol seems like it should be a bacteria fighter so in my weird brain I think “ok this will keep the stinky away all night and then I can put on regular deodorant in the morning”. I have no idea if that is even true or remotely accurate but it makes sense in my brain. I’ve also been making friends with Miessence products (Ely Organics) and one I do like is the Miessence Deodorant. If you prefer roll on deodorants this might be the one for you. If you are new to natural deodorants here’s a primer to get you started.
Face: Depending on the time of day I am using two face creams. This is one area I struggle because as I mentioned, I have very sensitive skin, plus rosacea, plus aging, plus occasional breakouts. So finding something gentle and effective is really hard for me. For night I am trying out Yes to Cucumbers Facial Hydrating Lotion and it seems to do ok. I also have a pack of Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes which I thought would be good for quick sweat wipes or lazy nights to remove make up. But they kind of burn a little so I think they’ll get tossed. For daytime, its Burts Bees Radiance Day Lotion with SPF 15. It contains phenoxyethanol though so I’m on the lookout for something better. When I last visited the dermotogolist they told me to use Aveeno and I did for a while until I saw what was in it. I’m constantly trying to find a good replacement. Have yet to find something I really love. I’m open to your suggestions ladies.
Eyes: I haven’t used an eye cream much since I had to stop using my beloved Clinique eye cream which was my favorite thing on the planet. I have a small bottle of John Masters Organics Firming Eye Gel but I often forget to use it.
Body: This also depends on the shower. Showers where I have time for a scrub allow me to skip lotions and potions. I towel off and get dressed. Quick showers tend to leave me wanting a little extra moisture so I opt for body oils. While I do like the occasional rub down with a lotion or body butter, oils don’t require any processing or chemical emulsifyers. And if you find a great body oil it can double as perfume. Right now I use Soapwalla’s Luxurious Body Oil. It’s light enough for day use and smells lovely. I also have Burt’s Bees Vitamin E Bath & Body Oil which has a great citrus scent but it’s pretty heavy and greasy so I haven’t used it in a while. Also making appearances on my counter is The Body Deli Coconut Body Souffle, Weleda Seabuckthorn Body Lotion, and Badger Balm Vanilla Coconut Body Balm (I use this primarily at night).
Hair: This is definitely one area where I need improvement. It’s sad really. I do own several natural hair products but I shamefully admit that I use one or two NOT natural hair products. I have one or two natural ones I do like. One is John Masters Organics Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray. I use this for curly hair days to give my curls that “fresh off the beach” wind look. It works great. The other is Giovanni Frizz Be Gone which is great for straight hair days. It seals and protects my hair before being tortured by a flat iron. My shame lies in my use of John Freida’s Fresh Curlz. I also use Aveda’s Curl Cream which is like the best hair stuff ever for curly hair. See? Not perfect but trying.
Part 3: You get a peek into my make up bag!
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Categories: Badger Balm, Bath Goodies, Body Balm, Body Cream, Body Lotion, Body Oil, Bubble and Bee, Burts Bees, John Masters Organics, Miessence Certified Organics, Weleda, Yes to Carrots!
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
A box arrived on my doorstep not long ago from a company I like called Rocky Mountain Soap Company. I was introduced to them last year when a reader asked me to review them. I still use their body butters and went through a bottle of their gentle Tiny Tot Foaming Wash. So when a box came that I wasn’t expecting with the Rocky Mountain logo on it I was squealing with glee. (Products tend to evoke that kind o reaction from me). Rocky Mountain Soap Company creates really luxurious body products using the best ingredients available that are really effective. This is definitely the case with their new line of body scrubs!
These are all natural and when I say that I really mean it. I have used MANY body scrubs in my day. I prefer sugar scrubs over salt scrubs because I have pretty sensitive skin and anything too abrasive is too harsh for me so I stick with sugar scrubs.. BUT their Bamboo Body Scrub is the first salt scrub I have used that wasn’t totally chunky and unpleasant. In fact I thought it was a sugar scrub until I read the ingredients.
Rocky Mountain Soap Company’s body scrubs really deliver. The Bamboo Body Scrub is thick like you would want a scrub to be like and the granules are fine enough not to cause any irritation at all. I was soft and smooth and it smells great… has a lighter citrus scent. It has shea butter to soothe and moisturize and grapefruit essential oil to refresh and combat cellulite. It’s a delightful addition to my shower arsenal. What I adore about scrubs like this is the lack of need to moisturize after a shower.
They have two other fabulous scrubs… a Blood Orange Sugar Body Scrub and a French Lavender Sugar Body Scrub hich are both equally fabulous. Rocky Mountain Soap Company has a ton of great products without the risk of icky chemical additives and preservatives. Always paraben, chemical, PEG and phthalate free – but without losing any of the awesomeness. Rocky Mountain Soap Co. is definitely one of my favorite companies.
GET IT: Trust me you ‘ll love them. Pick up these scrubs or any other of their great products on their website RockyMountainSoap.com! They have a deal going now if you order one scrub get the second scrub for 50% off!
There’s been a lot of hoopla around perfume lately, most in part to to a new laboratory analysis done by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Along with the EWG, they tested 17 mainstream fragrances from Chanel to Calvin Klein. The study found that the perfumes contained on average 14 ingredients not listed on the label because of a loophole that allows companies to claim their toxic recipes as a “trade secret”. Pathetic. They also found 10 sensitizing chemicals associated with allergic reactions such as asthma, wheezing, headaches and contact dermatitis and 4 hormone-disrupting chemicals linked to a range of health effects including sperm damage, thyroid disruption and cancer. You smell sexy but cancer is most definitely not sexy.
Have a look at the products they tested and the appalling results: Not So Sexy Report
What Do I Do?
I hate to say it but ditch the perfume, ladies. People overdo it with perfume and I personally can’t stand being near someone doused in Britney Spears CIRCUS… However I will admit it’s nice to be able to put on a dab of something when you’re dressed up. Here is a list of a few natural fragrances that aren’t laden with toxic hormone mimicking chemicals:
- Red Flower (I use this and love it)
- Rocky Mountain Soap Co Natural Perfumes
- LaVanila Perfume Oils
- Tsi-La Organic Perfume Oils
- Blends Organic Perfume Oils
- Parfums Honoré des Prés
I’ve been known to “make” my perfume simply by dabbing a desirable oil behind my ears (just be careful of reactions if you are sensitive) or I rely on the natural scents of body oils. My current favorite is Soapwalla’s Luxurious Body Oil. No need for added perfumes to make me smell pretty.
Sunny Lime Skin Care is one of many reasons I love Etsy.com. You can find great products that aren’t full of chemicals and processes contaminating ingredients. Sunny Lime sells Organic Shea Butters for your skin with no icky stuff added. You can get pure Shea Butter which is unscented or one of their scented butters that are lightly scented with a blend of organic essential oils, or oils that were not cultivated with chemicals. All of Sunny Lime’s Shea Butter’s are mixed with Jojoba oil for maximum moisturizing capability!
Shea Butter has many great uses and healing properties. Use it on rough feet, elbows and knees. Use as a skin primer for shaving in the shower to reduce nicks and cuts. Shea Butter helps reduce wrinkles and lines, age spots, softens scars, and heals chapped lips. There are a million uses for this moisturizing power house ingredient. Sunny Lime’s Shea Butters have no gross stuff like preservatives, parabens, phthalates or synthetic fragrances. Just simple Organic Shea Butter and essential oils.
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