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Eco Nuts Soap Nuts Review

8 Jan

When I first read someone’s blog that they were using Eco Nuts soap nuts to wash their cloth diapers, I thought to myself how can a bunch of nuts clean stinky cloth diapers. I  must say that I was intrigued by these nuts because I started researching Eco Nuts and even asked a few moms who used them “how well do they clean the diapers”? I also contacted the owners of Eco Nuts and they explained all the benefits of using Eco Nuts to me and sent me some information.

What Caught My Eyes on the brochures was that they were NOT MAN MADE.

Eco Nuts™  Soap Nuts are a berry that grows in the Himalayas that naturally produces a soap. The soap is called saponin, a natural cleaner that works as a surfactant, breaking the surface tension of the water to penetrate the fibers of your clothing, lifting stains from the fabric and leaving dirt suspended in the water that is rinsed away. Eco Nuts™ are wild-harvested, meaning they are gathered from wild trees grown without any kind of chemicals, fertilizers, or pesticides. The saponin actually tastes bad to insects so no pesticides are needed, and the trees naturally love poor uncultivated soil

Both my girls have eczema and detergent is just one of the many things that cause a flare up. I was out of my element because I though this would the perfect detergent for us but I was also nervous because I didn’t really believe that the nuts would work.

I got a few samples of both the nuts and the liquid. I told you before that I didn’t trust the nuts so I tried the liquid first. The dryer didn’t even come to a complete stop before I grabbed the diapers out of the dryer and sniffed…NOTHING… absolutely nothing! I ran to the living room and gave the diapers to my mother-in-law to smell and she said “Hmm I don’t smell anything.” I then ran to my husband and gave the diapers to him to do the smell test.  “I don’t smell anything he told me.  I told him that I washed the diapers with the Eco Nuts detergent. He said to me “there you go now you have a soap for the girls that you don’t need to worry about.”

A few days later we lost power. I had to hand wash my diapers so I decided to use the Eco nuts since I was still testing them but I also didn’t want to use anything else that could cause any skin irritations since I wasn’t going be wearing a gloves. I am happy to report that they came out nice and clean.

After about a month, I finally decided it was time to try the nuts and I will tell you I that cheated and added some liquid as well…I know.  The second time I didn’t though and must say there was no big difference in how they cleaned the diapers. Now that I got used to using the nuts, I can’t decide which I love better the nuts or the liquid.

After testing out the Eco nuts soap for a few months and I haven’t had any issues with it, I decided to add it to our store Natural Pure Essentials . If you have used Eco nuts, feel free to leave a comment on how it works for you.

Tips on how to find natural and safe sunscreen.

24 May

There are two types of sunscreens physical and chemical. Physical sunscreen uses zinc oxide or titanium oxide to block the sun’s rays. The zinc oxide sits on the skin and acts as a physical barrier and does not get absorbed into the skin. Chemical sunscreen works by using an organic compound such as oxybenzone to absorb the sun’s rays and dissipate it as heat. Chemical sunscreen does get absorbed into the blood stream and can cause allergic reactions.

When looking for a natural sunscreen be sure read the ingredients. Check to make sure that the active ingredient is either zinc oxide or titanium oxide and that the inactive ingredients have names that you can recognize. You should use a physical sunscreen for children and babies since it does not absorbed into the blood stream and is less likely to cause an allergic reaction. As with any skin care products, be sure to read the ingredients and not the label.  You can find a list of natural and safe sunscreen here on the EWG website. http://breakingnews.ewg.org/2011sunscreen/best-sunscreens/best-beach-sport-sunscreens/  We also carry natural sunscreen at Natural Pure Essentials.

The Ingredients Which Would You Choose – Natural vs Conventional Sunscreens

11 Apr
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Spring  is here and summer will be upon us before you know it. Summer  is my favorite season because I get to spend most of my time outdoors and of course lots of BBQ. Summer also means a lot of people will be getting their sunscreens. Back in the days, I would just buy my favorite sunscreen  Banana Boat. But, now that I know that whatever you put on the skin it get absorbed into the bloodstream;  I have made the switch to natural sunscreens.  Last year I used Thinkbaby sunscreen and loved it and this year I will be testing out Badger sunscreen.

Yesterday, I happened to pass by the sunscreen display and began to wonder what is really is those sunscreens. I decided to do a search on Banana Boat since it is a popular conventional brand and here is what I found.  

Ingredients for Banana Boat Sunscreen:

Active Ingredients: Homosalate (15.0%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (5.0%), Titanium Dioxide (2.4%). Inactive Ingredients: Water, Isohexadecane, Ozokerite, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Dibutyl Adipate, PEG-8, C30-38 Olefin/Isopropyl Maleate/MA Copolymer, Glycerin, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Chloride, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Retinyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Alumina

I decided to compare Banana Boat with a natural sunscreen and choose Thinkbaby Sunscreen

Here is the Thinkbaby Sunscreen Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 20%

 
Inactive Ingredients:
  • VEGETABLE GLYCERINE
  • WHOLE LEAF ALOE VERA (BARBADENSIS)GEL
  • PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL
  • DAUCUS CAROTA SATIVA (CARROT)
  • SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL
  • OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL
  • L-ARGININE
  • VITAMIN E (TOCOPHERO)TOCOPHEROL
  • VITAMIN C (ASCORBIC ACID)
  • ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C)
  • CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL WAX
  • BEESWAX
  • BOSWELLIA CARTERI (FRANKINCENSE)
  • ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY)
  • CORNSTARCH (ZEA MAYS)
  • ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH
  • CARRAGEENAN(CHONDRUS CRISPUS)

 

Almost all the ingredients found in the natural sunscreen are edible…not that you want to eat it and the ingredients in the conventional sunscreen are not.  My midwife use to say if you don’t recognize the name or can’t pronounce it, then don’t use it.

Thinkbaby sunscreen review

20 Jul

thinkbaby sunscreenAs promised, we took the thinkbaby safe sunscreen for a test run on our 5 days vacation. We spent a lot of time at the water park, beach and zoo which means we were constantly outdoors in the 90 degree weather. There were 5 of us that used the sunscreen, including my mother-in-law, who knows nothing about natural living so she was very objective. I am not good at reapplying sunscreens often and often for me means 2 hrs for me so keep that in mind.

Performance/Protection   A++

Absolutely No Sunburn at the water park except for my mother in law who did not put any on. Not even a swim suit imprint.  I used banana boat a few times before I knew how toxic it is and it did not even prevent sunburns. We only re-applied 3 hours after the first application. As I said before, I do not reapply sunscreen often.

Price- You get what you pay for.

When I first heard of the price  $16.99 for  3 oz, I thought it was a bit pricey but you get what you pay for. The sunscreen is not chemical based so of course it is not going to be cheap.  With the Thinkbaby sunscreen, a  little goes a long way and that is even an understatement. It will last a long time. After using it on 2 children, 3 adults for 5 days with reapplication, we still have 1/2 tube left.  The sunscreen is a bit more runny compared to some of the others I have seen and you only need about a penny size or a bit more to start off with. I would caution you not to squeeze the tube but just let it run out slowly or else you will end up way too much.

Color –  B++

The sunscreen is zinc based and thus goes on a bit  white if you use too much. This is the only con I can find for the thinkbaby sunscreen.  To avoid the white look, use a little and work it in then add more if needed.

Water resistant A

The sunscreen is water-resistant. I personally didn’t reapply until 2-3 hours later at the water park and we were fine.

Consistency – I like that is not greasy or slick. Rubs in well if you use a little at a time. Everyone reacts differently to lotions on their skin. I felt that  it left a little thin layer on my skin when applied but my hubby said he felt nothing.

Lastly my mother in law tried the sunscreen after she got burn on the first day of our trip. Her option of it is” it works well” My husband is impressed how he didn’t get burn because he comes home everyday after coaching looking like a red lobster. The only con he and his mother found was that it is a little white but they like that it works great. My hubby and mother in law literally lather on the sunscreen which is too much. Just remember a little at a time. Thinkbaby is a keeper for me. My children have eczema and they had no reaction to the sunscreen. Thinkbaby sunscreen does a great job at preventing sunburns,  is not greasy and is toxic free.

Thinkbaby and thinksport sunscreen are available at Natural Pure Essentials http://www.naturalpureessentials.com/thinkbaby-sunscreen.html

Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen

29 May

Spring has sprung and summer is at our doorstep and so is the increase use sunscreens and sunblock. The sun is important because it supports all forms of life and is vital to our very health. Sunlight  is also natural source of vitamin D which is essential for calcium absorption and healthy immune system yet too much sun can damage the skin and cause premature aging and skin cancer.  

When we took our daughter to the beach or for vacation to Florida, I used aloe vera gel with vit E on her to prevent sunburn, as I could not find a natural sunscreen that I could use on her.  With baby number 2, the search began again for a safe sunscreen and we discovered thinkbaby thinksport safe sunscreen. I immediately called up thinkbaby and asked for a list of the ingredients. The owner, Kevin, sent the list of ingredients and I think I must have told him thanks a million times and tried to hug him through the phone.  

We finally found a sunscreen that we felt was safe our daughters!!!….and has a zero rating in the EWG database.!!  The sunscreen has all the good stuff like aloe vera which prevents and heal sunburn, carrot oil which is a great skin healer and regenerator. Not one toxic ingredient. Like many of the products in our store, we test them on our own children and so the sunscreen will be tested when we go on vacation this summer. We are excited about thinkbaby, thinksport safe sunscreen and we must say thanks Kevin.  Our first batch sold like hot potatoes and another batch is on its way. I hope you are excited as we are to see a toxic free sunscreen filled with nourishing and protective plant base skin healers. Get your thinkbaby, thinksport safe sunscreen before summer comes as they are going fast.  

thinkbaby safe sunscreen

Thinkbaby thinksport safe sunscreen

 

Order your thinkbaby thinksport safe sunscreen http://www.naturalpureessentials.com/think-baby-safe-sunscreen3-o3.html

How to choose natural baby skin care products

2 Feb

I love the smell of new babies and often give conventional baby care products to new moms untill  my daughter had a reaction to Johnson and Johnson’s baby products. I started looking into the ingredients and was shocked at what I saw….I then started using natural baby care products.

Natural baby skin care products are made from plants, herbs and animal fats while conventional baby skin care products are manufactured using chemicals and other synthetic ingredients.

The skin is the largest organ and substance put on the skin is absorbed directly into the blood stream including the chemicals found in baby care products. Conventional skin care contains chemicals that causes cancer,  skin irritation, rashes, eczema, disrupts hormonal functions, causes liver damage, birth defects and are downright toxic to the body. Dyes and fragrances used are linked to behavioral problem in children. Choose you baby skin care wisely.
What to look:
  • natural emollients such as avocado oil, shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, coco butter instead emulsifying wax, coconut fatty acids, alcohol compound such as cetyl, benzyl, butyl, alcohol, PEG compounds such as PEG -40 hydrogenated castor oil, petrolatum.
  • Choose products that are preserved using natural ingredients such as tea tree oil, lavender, myrrh or vitamin E (d-alpha Tocopherol) instead of chemicals such as parabens, sorbates, benzoate and formaldehyde
  • Avoid surfactants -suding agents- such as sodium laureth sulfate-SLS which is known to dry out the skin, sodium laurate, and all the other sodium laureth compounds.
  • If a product says organic, check for the USDA certification or other certifying organizations symbol. If there is no certification, assume the product is not really organic. There are 3 levels of certifications; each level tells how many of the ingredients used in the product are organic: level 1  -100% organic, level 2 – 95% and level 3- 70% organic. Most ingredients that are organic will have an asterisk next to it. Check to see how many actually has an asterisk to give you an idea if the product is 100% organic or not.

The most important thing :

Read the ingredients on the product and not the label

What’s in your baby’s product?

27 Apr

What is in your baby’s skincare product? When my daughter broke out is rashes after using  Johnson and Johnson baby products, I went to the EWG to see the rating on the products and they had ratings of 8, 9 and 10 meaning highly toxic. It beats me how a company could knowingly put chemicals in their products that can harm a baby. For example, those no more tears shampoos contain anaesthetics to numb the eyes so the babies or toddlers can’t feel the soap stinging the eyes.  Just try reading some of those ingredients names and hopefully you won’t bite your tongue trying to say them. Check out the www.EWG.org  for a list of what is in your baby products and their ratings. I was glad to find that there were companies that sold natural skincare products. Be careful to always read the ingredients because anyone can put natural and organic on their products but that does not mean that it is natural or organic.