A tip for Earth Day:
Don’t throw away your batteries in your regular trash, besides being really bad for the environment, 90% of most batteries can be recycled. Instead, keep a Ziploc bag where you keep the new batteries (we keep them in our junk draw). As you reach in for new batteries, discard the old batteries in the bag. You can then drop them in the recycle bin at the entrance of any Lowe’s Department store for proper disposal. I make it a yearly drop on Earth Day.
Happy Earth Day 2013!
This product has been one I have wanted to write about for a long time. I stumbled across it at TJ Maxx a few years ago. I wasn’t sure if it would work, but I took the chance and have been happy ever since. As I mentioned in my original Keepin’ Clean post, I am very sensitive to many cleaning products, but I don’t want that to hinder my ability to enjoy quality hygiene. Giovanni Eco Chic Hair Care has allowed me to stay clean without sacrificing a salon product. It is USDA 100% certified organic, but you won’t see the huge label bragging on the bottle. It quietly states it at the bottom of the ingredients along with the fact that they use 100% vegetarian ingredients, no phthalates, artificial fragrance, dyes, sulfates or parabens. It comes in a few different formulas. I have tried the Tea Tree Triple Treat (invigorating), Smooth as Silk (deeper moisture) and Root 66 (max volume). My favorite has always been the first one I tried, Root 66 for max volume. I have very fine but thick hair, this product works for me. The best part of their system is that each formula has a “dot” scale on the back that categorizes the products from clarify to moisturize for the shampoos and light to deep conditioning for the conditioners. This makes it easy to best gauge which one is right for your hair. Each has a very nice professional grade smell, but does not overpower. The pricing hovers around $10.00 a bottle, but highly worth the price. It doesn’t take much to lather up. I have found this product at Target, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Stop & Shop and my local specialty store. I highly recommend this line.
**I have not been paid to endorse this product, this is my personal opinion.
I have tried many of Alba’s products and am a fan of most, these two in particular. As I have mentioned in my other product review, I have been on the look-out for all natural products that still allow me that fruity, girly feel. I also want to feel clean. I have found some natural products don’t always feel as though they wash away clean. These are not those products.
The Alba body wash is one of my favorites. It smells of fruity mango, catering to my girl side and lathers up great, which makes a little go a long way. It rinses off clean and adds a nice amount of moisture to my skin. The big jug does cost a bit (around $16.00 or so), but lasts for a long time.
The Alba Enzyme Scrub is a great face wash. I don’t use it every day, only about twice a week or so. It has a great consistency with small particles to help exfoliate your skin. Its mild smell is calming and all washes away nice and clear, leaving fresh, clean feeling skin. I have other face products, but this is a great one to add to the collection.
All in all, these products are two of the favorites for me. They are pretty readily available at most places that carry natural products. I can usually find them at my local drug store.
As I have been going through this process of all natural body products, I have found that each person in my family uses a combination of different ones. I will continue to bring our “home runs” to you in these product reviews.
Have you tried anything new lately?
Changing what I use on the outside of my body started long before my journey of cleaning up what goes into it. After having Griffin, I found my skin changed completely. It had become sensitive to many of my old shampoos, soaps and pretty much anything with fragrance. I was having trouble with break outs on my scalp, stomach and back of my legs. My Doctor recommended that I switch to zero sulfate products. Five years ago, sulfate free products weren’t as readily available as they are today. Of course, there was Dr. Bronner’s (still a staple in our home) and Nature’s Gate. These are great products and did help with my issue, but I missed the fragrant smells. I am still a girly girl that really likes fruity smells. Over the last few years, the market has been flooded with new natural, sulfate and paraben free products. I’ve been testing many of them and have wanted to share my thoughts with you. Then last month, I won a giveaway over at A Life Sustained for güd products, the new line from Burt’s Bees. I saw it as a sign to start posting about my product experiences.
So, onto the product review of güd by Bert’s Bees. As I mentioned, I won this product from one of my very favorite blogs, A Life Sustained. Courtney creates a beautiful space on the internet with posts about her adventures as a creative, mindful mother, wife and woman. She has been a huge inspiration to me as I work towards a “clean” life. After seeing her giveaway and product review of güd products, I entered to win. Lucky me, I won! A few days later, I received my package in the mail.
The package contained Natural Hand Cream, in Floral Cherrynova and Vanilla Flame and Body Spray in Vanilla Flame. I was delighted with the naturally fruity smell of the Floral Cherrynova hand cream. Although it goes on thick (a little goes a long way) it leaves skin moist all day. The smell is not overwhelming, and doesn’t last too long, but long enough to feel pretty. I am very happy with the body spray. I found the light spritz to be very refreshing. The smell is not overpowering or sweet, just very subtle. The only con is that I wish the smell would last a little longer. All in all, I like them and would purchase them again. They have body wash, shampoo and other products. If you are interested in trying them, I did notice a $1.00 off coupon on the website (if you like them on Facebook, of course!)
Thank you Courtney!