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Friday, March 27

Feel Like a Natural Woman (Aretha Franklin)

One of our resolutions this year was to try and move toward more natural products...detergents, beauty products, food, etc.  Every small change that we can make will eventually add up to large benefits.  Today, I want to share some of the small beauty product changes that we made, and what we thought of the changes.

The three companies featured here are home-based businesses that strive to make quality, luxury toiletries without the harsh chemicals that fill so many of our drugstore shelves.  They use pure ingredients and transparent labeling, and the products are safe & easy to order through Etsy stores.  The prices are very affordable, especially for the quality of the natural ingredients.  I hope that you'll consider making a switch to some of these natural products!

Our most commonly used beauty products were lotion, body spray, soap, bath soak, and sugar scrub - so these are the products that we wanted to replace first.  One of these stores is providing a great discount for readers....you're going to have to read the post to find the goodies!!

Lotion / Cream

The Lilac Meadows Whipped Shea Cream from My Body Utopia has a great pick-me-up scent for this gloomy time of year. When you order the product, is it then handmade out of shea cream, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, and lilac fragrance. Their motto is : "Ahhh, simple ingredients you can pronouce!"

I used this for the first time after a bath, and found that it left my skin feeling soft and silky, but without that greasy feeling that so many moisturizers leave. It smelled wonderful, and was relaxing just before bedtime. One thing that I liked about this product was that it came cellophane wrapped, so I knew that it hadn't been tampered with, and it would be a good option for gift-giving in the future.

You can pick up this, or any of their other scented creams, at the My Body Utopia store.

Body Spray & Room Spray

The Harmony Natural Stress Relief Room & Linen Spray from God's Garden Products is the perfect blend of spicy and calm, to restore inner balance during times of stress. When you order the product, is it then handmade out of ylang ylang, sweet orange, vanilla and patchouli essential oils. The packaging is simple and attractive, and these products would be perfect for gift-giving!

While the scent couldn't get my kids to stop bickering, it did help with 'dragon time,' as my husband calls it.  It's a very light scent, not overpowering, but effective at creating a calm space.

The Four Thieves All Purpose Spray, also from God's Garden Products, makes a good surface disinfectant and antiviral hand spray. When you order the product, is it then handmade out of a proprietary blend of essential oils.

I love the spicy, yet comforting, scent of this spray.  It stands on it's scent alone!  But what makes this spray unique are it's antiviral and antibacterial properties derived from the oils used.  We used it during a time of sickness, and it helped open up sinuses, and seemed to shorten the duration of illness by a little bit.

You can pick up these sprays, or any of her wide variety of products, at the God's Garden Products store. Use code WHW15 to take 15% off your entire order. Thanks, Mignon!!

Bar Soap

The Kitchen Clean Hands Soap from My Body Utopia is tough on germs, yet gentle on skin. When you order the product, is it then handmade out of lye, water, palm kernal oil, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, castor oil, lemon, and tea tree essential oil. Their motto is : "Ahhh, simple ingredients you can pronouce!"

This stuff works wonders!! Typically, after hand-mincing garlic and onions for dinner, i can still smell them the next morning, even after scrubbing -- but this soap took the smell right away. I'm thinking our next bar will be the Fish-Be-Gone soap, since we use cook so much fish around here.

It should be noted that My Body Utopia also sells cute crocheted hats, homemade deodorant, and homemade toothpaste.

Bath Soak

The Lavender & Chamomile Relaxing Bath Soak from God's Garden Products is perfect for unwinding at the end of a long day. When you order the product, is it then handmade out of epson salt and essential oils (lavender, chamomile, and rose absolute). The packaging is simple and attractive, and these products would be perfect for gift-giving!

Just a little bit goes a long way for a great pre-bedtime bath or a long soak with a good book.  The lavender scent isn't overpowering, and the chamomile and epsom salt both help with achy legs after a distance run or just a long day.

You can pick up the soak, or any of her wide variety of products, at the God's Garden Products store. Use code WHW15 to take 15% off your entire order. Thanks, Mignon!!


Sugar Scrub (we tried two different kinds, for different scents)

Peppermint Sugar 

The Peppermint Sugar Scrub from Meg's Magnificent Mixes is tough on germs, yet gentle on skin. When you order the product, is it then handmade out of coconut oil, sugar, food coloring, candy canes, and peppermint essential oil.

This worked well to lightly exfoliate the skin, without leaving a greasy film or granules behind in the tub. The scrub was especially nice when we were all sickly, as the peppermint scent helped to open up sinuses without being too overpowering. Also, it should be noted that the shabby chic packaging is very cute.

Meg hosts monthly product giveaways on her Facebook page. Join in - you might be the lucky winner next month!

You can pick up this, or any of her other sugar scrubs, at the MMM Etsy store.

Juniper Rosemary


The Juniper Rosemary Dead Sea Salt Scrub from God's Garden Products is an invigorating natural body scrub. When you order the product, is it then handmade out of Dead Sea salt, epsom salt, almond & grapeseed oils, and essential oils (juniper, berry, rosemary, and eucalyptus).

The scent of this one was a little bit much for me right now, BUT I loved how Christmas-y it was. I will definitely be setting this one aside until winter, when it will be perfect for holiday mood-enhancing. It didn't leave any sort of film or granules in the tub, and worked well to exfoliate. This would be a great morning scrub, since it was fairly invigorating!

You can pick up the scrub, or any of her wide variety of products, at the God's Garden Products store. Use code WHW15 to take 15% off your entire order. Thanks, Mignon!!

Closing

Even if you don't use these particular products, I encourage you to explore your options for chemical-free, natural beauty products. Your skin is your body's largest organ.....do you really want to continually open yourself up to ingesting a daily chemical cocktail in the name of beauty???

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