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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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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!

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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.

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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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sheamoistureI make so secret of the fact that I stalk the “natural products” aisle at Target like a love-sick teenager trying to catch a glimpse of her current crush.  So when a line of products showed up there a week or so ago I was all over it.  A brand called Shea Moisture creates luxurious body treatments with really simple and rich ingredients. I picked up the 100% Organic Shea Butter which is more or less a tub full of thick ingredients that smell heavenly. I chose the Coconut & Hibiscus scent and I don’t regret it.  It’s warm and floral = but a little strong so beware if you are scent sensitive.  This balm has many great uses like fr dry skin, chapped lips, dry hair, psoriasis, insect bites… but it smells so feminine and tropical I like to use it as a hand and foot treatment before bed.  While I watch TV I scoop out a bunch and start working it into my dry flip flop ragged feet and slip on a pair of cotton booties.  By morning my piddies are soft and back to a human condition.  I also picked up the Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Shea Butter Wash too.  It foams like, whoa. And I am so buttery soft from using it, it’s quite unbelievable.sheamoisture2

This line is totally free of parabens, phthalates, PEG’s, propylene glycols, harsh chemicals, and dyes.  It’s also made with certified organic ingredients, is not tested on animals and uses ethically traded ingredients too.  They have several scent profiles including the one I am in love with: Coconut Hibiscus.  They also have Lavender & Wildflower, Lemongrass & Tea Tree, and Olive & Green Tea… though they only have a limited few at Target stores like their African Black Soap and Raw Shea Butter.  I went back to Target to pick up the coordinating lotion and bar soap and they wee sold out.  Looks like I’m not the only one privy to this new find!

Get It: Online at SheaMoisture.com or at your local Target (not all Targets carry it).

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badgerSince a huge majority of you are snowed in, I thought I’d share with you one of my favorite every day products.  It’s no secret that I love the Badger Balm company and I love supporting them.  They are such a conscious company and all their products are natural and many, certified organic.  I love knowing that when I use a balm or soap, I am using the safest ingredients and that they don’t bother with making products that require emulsifiers or chemical involvement.

My latest love affair is with their new Vanilla Coconut Every Day Moisturizer.  They sent me a sample a little while ago and it;s almost empty.  It earned a spot on my night stand and I use it nightly on my hands, cuticles and feet.  The scent is perfect.  I usually really love coconut scented anything since it makes me feel like I’m indulging on a tropical island or reminds me of summer time and beaches. That’s a good feeling to have when its chilly out and you need some extra moisturizing.

It comes in a large tin and the scent is a warm but subtle coconut … but toned down with the vanilla to make a really wonderful scent.  As always, Badger Balm uses a natural formula and only the best ingredients… like coconut oil, vanilla and rosemary.  This balm is also Certified Organic and Fair Trade.

Get It: Seriously, you need this.  And you need their lip balms which are hands down one of my absolute favorites.  My particular fave is the Lavender Orange.  It’s the one I brought with me to the hospital when I had my son.  Only the best!  Pick up a Vanilla Coconut Every Day Moisturizer on their website BadgerBalm.com

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revolution organicsAs a working mom on the go, I am always interested in finding safe products that are multi-purpose. So when I found Revolution Organics I went crazy over their All-Over Body Balm.  This hefty tube of balm has over 22 possible uses.  How can it get better than that?  I’d rather replace the tubes of hand lotions, lip balms, cuticle balms and baby cream in my diaper bag with this ONE  handy compact tube.  It has a light citrus scent and really is a wonderful moisturizer.  I use this as a lip balm, rub it on my hands and cuticles, relieve wind chapped kid cheeks and it can help with frizz when you’re in a pinch.

Revolution Organics uses no synthetic ingredients, parabens, synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals and they don’t test on animals.  They are also certified USDA Organic which is only reserved for products with 95% organic ingredients.  Now that’s something I can live with!  After trying and failing with many Certified Organic products either due to their lack of performance or the overpowering smell (Aveda Organics I’m talking about you) I have really fallen in love with Revolution Organics.

They also offer a few other gret products including an All-Over Skin Creme (I keep in on my desk for hands and elbows during my workday) and a yummy All Over Lip Balm that I’m dying to try.

Get It: Pick up any Revolution Organics products at Saffron Rouge, Lilou Organics or on Beauty.com

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