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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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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!

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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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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kmfI haven’t really found too many shower gels that I like lately.  They’re either full of chemicals, or they’re organic and watery, or they just suck overall.  I reluctantly picked up a tube of Kiss My Face’s Sudz Organic Shower Gel at Target this month since it was the first time something new was in the natural beauty aisle.  Typically, I want to like Kiss My Face’s products because I grew up using them.  But some of their products contain parabens and they aren’t totally natural all the time so I opt for other stuff.  But I saw it and on an impulse (after reading the label) decided to give it a whirl.

I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised.  I’m not going to pass out from euphoria over it but it meets most of my criteria for shower gel.  It must be almost all natural, it must be in a nice scent and it must lather.  The problem with most organic shower stuff is the lack of foam.  Not so much the case here.  I absolutely love citrus scents so the Sweet Orange & Lime scent was right up my alley.  Its bubbles up nice, smells great and I feel quite refreshed after using it.  I also used it in conjunction with some Kiss My Face Sudz bar soap and I step out of the steam feeling fresh and clean.  I’ll probably pick this up again in other scents since it has a great price point.  The Grapefruit & Lemongrass sounds divine.  Overall, thumbs up!

Get It: Found mine at Target but I just saw it on Amazon and on VitaCost.com for less than $5.

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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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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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