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Seabuck Wonders: Himalyan Sea Buckthorn Advanced Skincare

Sea buckthorn oil is a treasure chest of nutrients and has been used as a secret beauty aid in Eastern Asia for over 1000 years.

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Mother’s Therapy Organics hand sanitizer & germ fighting lotion

Mother’s Therapy Organics™ Baby Lotion is the natural alternative to creams that often do skin more harm than good.

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beeXpression organic cotton onesies created in Michigan

beeXpression® is all about using simple messages to create what Kim calls “full circle kindness,” one smile and one sale at a time.

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Who owns your favorite organic brand? White Wave Dean Foods Buys Earthbound Farm

Another independent organic food company bites the dust

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Veria Natural Products: Innerdosha In Control Serum and Self Optimize Rest Well

Ayurveda is about balance, and it’s hard to balance what’s organic (you) with what’s artificial.

Supports Normal Sleep and Relaxation

Supports Normal Sleep and Relaxation

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VZ Wraps: Eco-Friendly Organic Cotton Reusable Gift Bags

reusable, organic cotton gift bagsI hate wrapping presents.  I hate wasting the paper that will be torn away and discarded.  I can never get the corners write.  It’s a waste of my time and a waste of resources. Paper gift bags have made gift wrapping easier, and we do reuse the ones that are given to us, but there is another solution.

My stepmother used to wrap a few gifts in fabric.  I have tried this method, but the scotch tape really doesn’t stick, plus the scraps of fabric I guiltily keep thinking some day they will become part of a project, but they usually don’t.

VZ Wraps are different.  Made from organic cotton with many cute designs, these reusable clot gift bags are sure to be kept and continue beyond one gifting.

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Rethinking the Standard American Diet (SAD): Overweight and Undernourished

standard american dietI have just returned from two weeks in Italy.  I was a little nervous about eating while in this country known for its excellent cuisine, as I limit my dairy and wheat intake due to food sensitivities and allergies.  I remembered from my past adventures there that fresh fruits weren’t a problem when purchased at fruit stands or farmers’ markets (it is cherry season); however, a good salad is hard to come by  (except for Coquinarius in Florence).

Italians eat a lot of cheese and pasta, yet they are not overweight.  In America, we target such foods as unhealthy to eat all the time and sure to add extra pounds, yet is this really true?   The only overweight people I saw in Italy, and of course this is a generalization, where the American tourists.  Sure, these tourists probably eat the Standard American Diet (SAD) full of processed foods like high fructose corn syrup, yet what about my conceptions of eating mostly raw fruits, vegetables, and nuts as healthy eating?  Should I be eating more cheese and wheat?

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Hydrate your skin with Vermont Soap Choco-Luscious Organic Skin Smoothie

organic vermont soapMy close friends know I am sort of a hydration freak. I am always reminding folks to hydrate with water.  What many of my friends don’t know is that I am also an advocate for hydrating your skin.

It’s hard to find a lotion that actually hydrates.  Some are too thick, and some are too thin.

I spend a lot of time outside.  It’s where I want to be. As a result, my skin takes a beating from the elements.

We were sent a new product from Vermont Soap:

Choco-Luscious Organic Skin Smoothie:

Choco-Luscious Skin Smoothie is the choco-licous way to keep you skin smooth and moisturized throughout your busy day. Easily spread and absorbed, doesn’t leave a greasy feel or film. Your skin will love you for it! And you’ll smell choco-yummy too!

Contains: Certified Organic Coconut Oil, Certified Organic Cocoa Butter, Certified Organic Beeswax, Certified Organic Rosemary Extract

I tried this skin smoothie on my hands, and it did not leave them super oily. It did seem to effectively hydrate.

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Holy Hemp!

HempWhole Foods celebrated Hemp History during the week June 3-9. Although I am late in joining the celebration, I love hemp products!  From personal care products to food, this amazing, environmentally friendly plant has been in use for thousands of years.

Due to weird drug laws, hemp’s use in the US has been limited. Most of the current supply for products comes from Canada. That is changing, as voters recognize the benefits of hemp.

Natural News reports:

The recent passage of Amendment 64 in Colorado, which legalizes the cultivation and recreational use of marijuana throughout the state, is having a major impact on the state’s agricultural sector. But the biggest potential for economic growth may actually come from marijuana’s non-psychoactive cousin hemp, which is right now being planted on U.S. soil for the first time in 60 years, thanks to the initiative’s passage.

Whole Foods sent us several hemp products to try:

Manitoba Harvest Shelled Hemp Seed, 8-Ounce Bags (Pack of 2)

Hemp Hearts are packed full of protein with 10 grams of plant-based protein per 30 gram serving size. Hemp Hearts are a great way to get an ideal ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3‘s including the rare EFA known as Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA). Testimonials have shown that GLA alone helps with arthritis, joint mobility, eczema, hormonal balance, migraines, menopause in women, healthy cholesterol & blood pressure levels and even weight management.

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Relief for garden hands: Vermont Soap organic hemp Green Gold Herbal Moisturizer

USDA Certified Organic certified organic herbal moisturizer Smoothes and soothes aging skin, promotes skin healing and healthy looking skin Reduces the appearance of fine line wrinkles Age defying beauty treatment for face, hands, neck and sun damaged areas Safe and nontoxic for sensitive skin.This time of year, my hands get really rough from gardening. I try to wear gloves, but inevitably, they are tossed aside to allow for more nimble fingers dividing plants when transplanting.   These rough, dry hands are hard to hydrate, especially since there is rarely time to allow moisturizer to soak in between use and handwashing.   My hands require serious, healing moisturizing.

Vermont Organics Green Gold Herbal Moisturizer is just what my hands need. Made with hemp oil, this moisturizer replaces lotions, balms, salves and creams.

  • USDA Certified Organic certified organic herbal moisturizer
  • Smoothes and soothes aging skin, promotes skin healing and healthy looking skin
  • Reduces the appearance of fine line wrinkles
  • Age defying beauty treatment for face, hands, neck and sun damaged areas
  • Safe and nontoxic for sensitive skin.
Organic Hemp Oil, Certified Organic Shea Butter, Organic Lavender Oil, Organic Rosemary Extract, Organic Calendula Extract, Organic St. John’s Wort Extract, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E)

100% Natural, Safe Haircare for Pregnancy and Beyond: Nine Naturals

Beauty for Pregnancy and Beyond:  Nine NaturalsAlthough I don’t think you need special beauty products while you are pregnant, other than belly butter, you definitely want to use only natural products. Your skin and scalp absorb everything applied to it, and this in turn will pass through the placenta to your growing baby.

Nine Naturals is 100% plant-based haircare products containing organic oils designed for those special pregnancy months and beyond.

Nine Naturals Is…

  • Formulated for Health & Safety: Our formulations are 100% plant-based. We never use Sulfates, Parabens, Phthalates, Petrochemicals, DEA, Synthetic Fragrances, or Artificial Preservatives. All of our ingredients are pre-screened for health and safety during pregnancy and while nursing.
  • Optimized for Performance: Not all natural products are created equal. We designed our line focusing on high performance as well as purity. Our premium ingredients, which include moroccan argan oil, macadamia seed oil, and cupuaçu butter, nurture hair and skin to keep women radiant through pregnancy and beyond.
  • Transparency & Clarity: We disclose all of our ingredients, and provide an online glossary describing each and every ingredient (and its many beauty benefits!).
  • Gentle 100% Natural Fragrances: Our proprietary natural fragrances – comprised solely of pure essential oils – are gentle and soothing, designed to help ease common pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness and fatigue. We’ve also toned down the strength of the scents, to account for heightened sensitivity to smell that overwhelms many pregnant women.
  • Safe for Color-Treated Hair: Since pregnancy and nursing are periods during which many women decrease or abstain from toxin-heavy color and hair-treatments, all of our hair products are pH balanced to be safe for, protect and prolong color-treated hair.

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Body Sense for Baby: Badger Balm and Under the Nile Organic

badgerLooking for a perfect, affordable eco-friendly baby gift?   You can’t go wrong when shopping on Body Sense.  Body Sense makes it easy to shop for safe, natural products by placing the Environmental Working Group (EWG) hazard score on each product page.  No need to bounce back and forth between websites for find out if a product is actually “natural” or “healthy”.

Many companies sell products they describe as “natural” or “organic”. Some of them are even certified “natural” or “organic” by independent entities. But what do these words really mean? Unfortunately, they are sometimes used too loosely and can be misleading. After all, arsenic and lead are “natural”! At worst, these words can be inadequate proxies for the safety of you and your family. Body Sense sells only products rated by an American non profit organization as having the lowest-hazard potential, on a three-level scale. You will never find a product rated “moderate hazard” or “severe hazard” on our website.

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Natural Toddler Feeding Made Easy: Happy Family Gluten-Free Organic Superfoods

Screen shot 2013-01-30 at 11.49.44 AMHomemade meals and snacks from whole foods is always best, but it is not always possible or convenient. Fortunately, parents have many choices for feeding their infants and toddlers nutritious, organic food.

One such brand keeping it simple and organic for busy families is Happy Family. From Happy Baby to Happy Tots, all stages of eating and development are covered by this brand of convenience.  Just remember convenience often comes at a cost to the environment and health.

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Take Action: Keep Synthetic Nutrients out of Organic Food

Save organic standardsWe first alerted you about synthetic nutrients in organic infant formula last year.  Unfortunately, the problem has not gone away and may spread to other organic foods.

Organic means organic. Organic standards should not include any synthetic nutrients.  It contradicts organic.  So far, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) has agreed, but large food corporations are pushing the USDA to change that.

The Cornucopia Institute explains:

In the past six months, organic stakeholders won a string of victories at the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meetings, which upheld organic integrity and rejected corporate petitions for eight synthetic nutrients.

Rather than respect the organic law and accept the NOSB recommendation and the will of the organic community, corporate food manufacturers like Nestle have refused to remove the synthetic nutrients from organic foods, and have turned instead to the USDA for help.

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