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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!

508By popular demand you requested our input on the Whole Foods store brand of body care 365 Everyday Value.  On a recent pilgrimage to Whole Foods I decided to check it out because hey, I am all for cheaper, yet safe, skin care.  That natural stuff can really add up! I checked out the 365 body lotion and the body wash to evaluate the ingredients.

I WANT to tell you that this is the answer to our organic prayers but alas.  It is not. I will not say it’s totally awful because it has some very redeemable qualities.  These products are free of parabens, phthalates, SLS, and petrochemicals… and the price point is unmatched.  A huge bottle of lotion for less than $3 bucks? Yes please! The products also carry the Whole Foods Premium Body Care seal of approval.

The bad news is these products contain a bevy of ingredients that aren’t “natural” by our standards.  For example cetyl alcohol which is the emulsifier that makes lotion more watery and smooth.  This ingredient (and others like it) is not by any means natural and is commonly contaminated with 1,4 dioxane. (See this great article about body lotion on Bubble& Bee) … so if you are wanting something truly safe, stick with the really natural stuff.  If you’re more concerned with price while avoiding the big risk ingredients like parabens and phthalates than this brand will cover that for you.

For the sake of reporting I tried both of these products on myself.  The lotion (I opted for a citrus scent) smooths on well and does have an effective moisturizing effect.  Even my husband liked it.  Similarly, the body wash foams up miraculously and the lavender scent I tried is subtle (but not as lavendery as other products).

Bottom Line: These are free of the big “avoid” ingredients but aren’t chemical free.  For the price you definitely get what you pay for.  Effective products that are safer than most mainstream brands.  If you want truly natural skin care, opt for something else but expect to pay more than $3.

Where to Buy: You can find these at your local Whole Foods market or online.

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picture-1I’ve long been curious about Jurlique products.  There were a few that I’ve wanted to try, but I’m trying to get by with less is more.  I love product, but I’m trying to be less wasteful and of course, there’s the whole second child on the way that is forcing me to spend less money.  But I got some Jurliqe samples and I can’t pass up a good sample.  Samples will never go to waste in this house, because what I don’t use, I stuff in my toiletries bag for travel.   A great way to travel light without giving up my girly luxuries.

I have to say, I’m impressed.  I really like the Jurlique lotions.  I tried out both the soothing day care lotion and the balancing day care cream and they both smell great and are heavy without being overly greasy.   I tend to hate most lotions because the extra water means I have to use more to achieve the same results, but this is a great cream with a pleasant rosey smell.

I will say though, that not ALL of Jurlique’s products are free of the safe ingredients we like to avoid.  Most of their lotions are LovelyMama worthy, but their shampoos and cleansers tend to have more unfavorable ingredients, so this is another case of learning to decipher the labels.   But both of these lotions are great for night time and I can easily see these being a staple on my night stand.  Especially with summer sandal season coming along.   I can feel the softness already!

Get it: You can order any of the Jurlique line off of Saffron Rouge.  Or find some products in your local Whole Foods.

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eminenceA friend turned me on to Eminence Organics a while back and I was able to try a few of their products.  Their lines all are free of parabens, mineral oils, petroleum and SLS and they have some really divine products.  I got a few samples their DiVine collection which included a Mimosa Body Scrub and Mimosa Body Lotion.

Let me tell you, this stuff actually smells like a real mimosa – without making you smell like a drunk.  It a light citrus champagne scent and the body cream is really luxurious.  My hands are instantly soft when I use it.  Pampering is tricky when you’re trying to go as natural as possible and these don’t make you feel like a hippy… they feel like a real spa treat.  They have other delicious scents like Cucumber Mint, Pear & Green Apple  and a Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel. It’s too bad you can’t order these online or I would – but they are available at select spas!

Get It: Eminence is only available at partner spas and salons – call toll free at 1-888-747-6342 to learn of a spa near you.

bblotionstickNow that winter is full upon us (though technically, the first day of winter is next week), my skin has decided to revolt.   There is nothing really that seems to be helping my skin.  It’s itchy, dry, flaky and scaly.  I’d blame it on pregnancy hormones, but my poor toddler’s skin is much the same way.   We try to keep as hydrated and sealed as possible, but we’re fighting a losing battle.

So instead of trying to win, we’re just hoping to keep the playing field even.  I have a heavy artillery of lotions, bars, lip balms and other things to help with our winter skin.

One of my musts this winter, is our Bubble and Bee lotion stick.  I love it because it’s a stick, not a tube, so you get more for less and a little goes a long way.  It’s also very portable and inexpensive.  So I can stock up and keep them in my handbag, a diaper bag, and just about every other corner of my home.  It’s great for all over the skin, but especially great for sealing your hands while you’re out and about.

If you’ve read here or over at SafeMama for any length of time, you’ll know that we LOVE Bubble and Bee’s products.   They’re always up front about their ingredients, because they have nothing to hide.  They’re safe for both kids and adults alike.  And another thing I love is that you have other options aside of lavender, such as orange, lime coconut (I’m addicted to this scent, I can’t even begin to tell you how good it smells), and chai, to name a few.

Is your skin suffering like ours?  Head over to Stephanie’s blog and read her tips for helping your skin through winter.

Get It: You can get all of Bubble and Bee’s awesome products directly online and enjoy 15% off your entire order using code wintermom3

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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

I’ve gotten used to the subtle scents of natural beauty products.  In a way, this is a good thing, as I feel as if phthalates have made us hard wired to think that we need our body wash to smell heavily like fake floral or fruit scents.   I like smelling clean, not like my great aunt’s perfume cabinet.  That said, because you’re hard wired to want to smell like a fruit salad, sometimes, that’s not such a bad thing.  Good smells are appealing, and are great memory triggers.  Sometimes, you just want to smell like a girl.

Enter the 100% Pure beauty line.  I came across this line of products and saw a pink grapefruit body wash and I had to try it.  I don’t know what it is about me and pink grapefruit, but I love it.  I had been looking for one about a year before all of the chemically laden bath companies released them.  What can I say, I’m ahead of my time.

When I first poured some of the body wash on my washcloth, I was surprised.  It’s kind of…watery.  I was a little disappointed because I figured that watery = no lather.   I worried over nothing.  It held a nice mild lather with one single application and left my skin feeling soft and smooth.  In fact, when I shaved afterwards, my skin felt great.  Not tight and dry like it normally does.

I topped my shower off with one of their awesome body creams, in honey pear, which was just like the old days.  It was so fragrant and nice.  And you know what?  My skin is STILL smooth after being in jeans all day.  And no lotion has ever done that.  Especially when winter has appeared on our front door overnight and the dry heat has been running.

The 100% Pure products contain no synthetic chemicals or fillers of any kind.  Everything is scented with fruit extracts and smells great.  They have a wide variety of products, including fruit pigmented cosmetics, a full line of facial care and body care.   This is a product line that I will always keep on hand.

Get it: Order 100% Pure products directly online.

Bonus! We’ve got a jar of Strawberry Lemonade Juicy body scrub AND a bottle of coconut body lotion up for grabs.   Here’s how you can win:

1. Send an email to safemama.contestsATgmail.com with the subject “100% Pure Giveaway” in the subject line.  Please include both your name AND address in the email.

2. Log onto the 100% Pure website and find your favorite product and tell us what it is.

You must follow steps 1&2 in order to qualify for this giveaway.  All information given, is not sold or used other than to notify the winner.   Winner will be drawn at midnight December 4th. Contest open to US & Canadian residents only.  Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery of prizes.

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LuSa OrganicsOk 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 LuSa Organicsprefer 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!

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!

Weleda Skin FoodThis product isn’t really new news for many, and I’ve seen it mentioned on various beauty sites, but I couldn’t very well not dedicate a post to it considering the nature of this lotion.  I hesitate to call it that because when I think of lotion a certain texture comes to mind and Weleda Skin Food most certainly doesn’t fit that idea, and I’ll tell you why.

My creams, lotions and balms fall into 3 categories.  1) After-shower, 2) Desk worthy, and 3) Nightstand.  After shower potions need to be luxurious but not overly greasy, although I am known to indulge in body oil from time to time.  Desk worthy items need to be ultra moisturizing but MUST absorb fast because I don’t have time to wait during my peak 3 hours of alone/work time waiting for oils or butters to soak in.  Greasy keyboards are not cool.  Finally, the nightstand group.  This coveted spot goes to products that earned my love and devotion.  They can be thick and creamy and suitable for overnight moisturizer.  Weleda Skin Food falls into this category.

It comes out looking almost like some kind of epoxy used to glue things together but once its distributed it does actually feed your skin.  This stuff is great for stubborn rough spots, hands, cuticles, elbows, knees, etc. I recommend night use so it has a chance to soak in – but I am also known to use this on car trips when I’m not driving. (I like to do little spa treatments in the car on long trips).

Weleda is one of the few companies I trust 100% and feel better knowing that their products aren’t filled with parabens, phthalates, or synthetic ingredients.  They have a vast collection of products, many of which I use and love.  This one is no different.  This cream is like dessert for your skin.

Get Some: You can find small sample sizes and full sizes of Weleda Skin Food right now at your local Target, or online on Amazon.com, or direct from Weleda’s Online Store.  (I am just dying to try the Foot Cream now…)

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