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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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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!

One of my absolute favorite scents is coconut.  Real, authentic coconut… not the weird candy like scent or the kind that smells more like a Christmas cookie.  The kind that reminds me of the beach, old school suntan lotion or tropical drinks and relaxation.  Which is why I tend to gravitate to it when it comes to my body care.  It makes me feel warmer and somehow happier… like you feel when you’re laying on a deck chair in a tropical place and no one is talking to you but the ocean waves. (Can you tell I need a vacation?)  Anyway, it’s the scent I more often choose when trying a new product line since it’s a common scent among natural brands.

I was introduced to The Body Deli maybe a year ago when they sent me samples of their Mai Tai Lip Gloss, so when they offered to do another review with us I was all for it.  They have a great selection of products chock full of organic and fresh ingredients.  I really dig their mission and the idea behind their products.  Since they don’t use icky preservatives in their products, most items have a shelf life.  Just like food.  But that’s not a problem because I plow through it in no time.

This time I picked their Coconut Cream Body Souffle and it is just as wonderful as it sounds.  You open the generous sized tub and it’s filled to the brim with a whipped white cream that looks good enough to spread on top of a chocolate pie. It has a smooth consistency so it spreads on like icing (I sound hungry, don’t I?).  It smells HEAVENLY.. like real genuine coconut.  It’s a treat to use which isn’t always the case.  I hadn’t been moved to order more products until now… I plan on getting myself some of the Coconut Cream Body Scrub to go with the Body Souffle.  It’s just divine.  The Tahitian Vanilla sounds intriguing too.

The Body Deli uses organic ingredients and no icky preservatives, parabens, phthalates, PEG’s, propylene glycol, dimethicone, or other common chemical ingredients so I feel they have some really great products.  For those of you who are ingredient mavens, there is vegetable emulsifying wax and Grapefruit Seed Extract present in some products so if you avoid those be sure to read the labels first.

GET IT: Seriously, if you like coconut like I do, you’ll thank me. Pick it up on their website TheBodyDeli.com

 

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bbraspvanilla1 You all probably know by now, how much we LOVE Bubble and Bee’s products.   I have quite a few of their products around my house and I love all of them.  Especially anything that’s lime coconut.  It smells fabulous.    Even my husband likes their stuff, particularly their solid lotions, like the lotion stick and the lotion bar.  It really helps heal his hands, which tend to split a lot in the cold weather.

I had put in a request for an actual “liquid” lotion with Stephanie, which thankfully was already in the works.  I love the solids, I use them every day, but I do like the actual ability to spread lotion on my skin.

Introducing Body Butta.  This stuff is fantastic.  The smell is heavenly.  I was lucky to be able to try out the raspberry vanilla, which smells like dessert, and looks like cake frosting.   I’ve had a hard time refraining from digging my finger in it and eating it (because that’s what you do with frosting, right?).   And I’ve just gotten word from Stephanie that you actually COULD eat it if you wanted to, and that it doesn’t taste bad.  I think I’ll refrain from being the one to experiment, but, you know if you want to give it a shot, go ahead (and let me know if I need to get a spoon).  The ingredients are all natural of course,  and include coconut oil, raspberry extract, vanilla extract, sweet almond oil and a few more.  Best of all, not one single ingredient on this list is water, so you’re getting a nice thick lotion that will leave your skin feeling soft and silky, not only to dry out again after 6 minutes.

The body butta has a shelf life of 10 months from date of purchase.  Another thing that is a GOOD thing.  Your lotion shouldn’t outlive you.

Get it: You can order Body Butta directly from bubbleandbee.com, and as an extra LovelyMama bonus, you can take 15% off your order using the coupon code “hotmama03“, which can also be combined with free shipping on orders over $65.  That’s a great deal!  Code expires 6/1/09.

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Nature's ParadiseI picked up a travel set of products from Nature’s Paradise not too long ago.  I was intrigued in this Certified Organic product line and they had a vast array of yummy smells to pick from.  I loaded up on Creamy Coconut Lotion (very moisturizing and tropical smelling), Tropical Mango Body Cream and their Pomegranate Love Body Wash.

This company has a wide range of body care products and if you look at the ingredients label on any product, it looks more like a fresh fruit brunch menu rather than an ingredients list.  I think one of my favorite products in the Creamy Coconut Lotion which is a really rich creamy lotion that absorbs quick and leaves you feeling almost powdery soft and smelling like fresh coconuts.  And check out the ingredients:

Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Arrowroot Powder, Organic Liquid Lecithin, Organic Coconut Extract, Organic Clarified Lemon Juice, Water

It doesn’t get much more natural than that! I looooove the smell. I have a small crush on their travel size body wash too because it comes in a foam pump so I’ve been using it up at the gym.  I hate dragging loofahs or washcloths with me and the instant foam makes getting in a quick spa treatment possible.  Who doesn’t like to smell of fresh pomegranates after a workout?

All of Nature’s Paradise products are Certified Organic, are completely Vegan, not tested on animals, and free of icky synthetic ingredients, petrochemicals or artifical fragrances.  Just pure awesome natural products.  Nature’s Paradise carries a whole Baby Line as well.  I haven’t tried them but I hear Jessica Alba has!

Get Yours: Pick up any of their fabulous products on their website NaturesParadiseOrganics.com!

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