Monday, July 6, 2015

ACURE Organics baby line {Review & Giveaway}



I've been a fan of ACURE ever since I first discovered them!  I recall running out of body lotion and browsing the aisles at my local Whole Foods for something new to try.  ACURE was appealing because it's an affordable line.  And let's face it- who wants to spend an arm and a leg on something if you're not sure you'll like it?!  Once I tried their body lotion I was sold.  A natural brand that is accessible, affordable, and actually works!  Since then, I've tried many ACURE products and loved them all.  Their range of products include skin care, lip care, body care, and hair care.  They recently expanded their line to include baby care- which I'm going to tell you all about!



bare baby 4-in-1 foamer

I've said it before, and I'll say it again- I love a good multitasking product!  This wash can be used as a bubble bath, shampoo, body wash, and hand soap.  I think every mama wants (and needs) a wash like this for their little ones.  Bath time is a breeze with the large foam pump bottle.  I really appreciate unscented as an option for babies and kids because scents can sometimes be irritating to their sensitive bodies.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Decyl Glucoside, Coco-glucoside, Glyceryl oleate, Sodium Levulinate, Potassium Sorbate, Glycerin, Organic Coco Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Cathamus tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber), Roman Anthemis Noblis (Chamomile) Flower, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Sodium Phytate, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum.





baby fix it stick

This stick is USDA certified organic and it's meant to heal baby's boo-boos.  I think a stick application is just plain awesome!  For starters, it's convenient and ideal for keeping in the diaper bag.  It also makes application super simple; just swipe it on and rub it in!  I used this on my daughter's face (she tends to get dry skin on her cheeks) and any little scratches that appeared.  The scent is very mild and it glides easily onto the skin.

Ingredients: Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Organic Olea Europea (Olive) Oil, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Oil, Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Organic Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Organic Cucubita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Tocopherol.



baby sun spf stick


We've used this stick quite a bit since receiving it.  Its scent is mild with hints of vanilla and orange.   It's perfect for on-the-go!  My daughter has such fair skin and I like to protect it whenever we're out in the sun.  The formula appears white when applied, but rubs in easily.

Ingredients: organic cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, organic helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, organic cera alba (beeswax), euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, organic rincinus communis (castor) oil, organic copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, organic butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, organic theobroma cocoa (cocoa) seed butter, organic calendula officinalis (calendula) flower oil, organic symphytum officinale (comfrey root) oil, organic punica granatum (pomegrante ( seed oil, organic borago officinalis (borage) seed oil, organic curcubita pepo (pumpkin) seed oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, organic citrus sinensis (sweet orange) peel oil, organic vanilla flavor oil, tocopherol, organic aloe barbadensis (aloe) aloe leaf juice.



baby bug stick

I haven't had to use this stick a ton, but I really enjoyed the fresh scent.  It glides on the skin and rubs in easily.  It must be effective because all of the bugs stayed away!

Ingredients: Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Organic Cocs Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Organic Cymbopogon Nardus (Citronella) Oil, Organic Eucalyptus Globus (Eucaluptus) Oil, Organic Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Organic Cedrus Antlantica (Cedarwood) Oil, Organic Geranium oil, Organic Cymbopogon Flexuosus (Lemongrass) Oil, Tocopherol, Organic Punic Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Organic Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Organic Curcubita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil.





yummy baby lotion

This lotion is scented with vanilla and citrus, and is not overpowering.  It keeps my daughter's skin soft and supple!  I enjoyed using this on her during the daytime if she had dry skin and needed a little extra moisture.

Purified Water, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Isoamyl Laurate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Sodium Levulinate, Potassium Sorbate, Olive Oil Polyglyceryl-4 Esters, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Natural Flavor, Tocopherol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber), Roman Anthemis Noblis (Chamomile) Flower, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Sodium Phytate, Citric Acid.


baby bare lotion

I prefer to use this lotion on my daughter after her bath at night.  I think unscented is always a safe option for new little babes and anyone with sensitive skin.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Isoamyl Laurate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Sodium Levulinate, Potassium Sorbate, Olive Oil Polyglyceryl-4 Esters, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopherol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber), Roman Anthemis Noblis (Chamomile) Flower, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Sodium Phytate, Citric Acid.


Overall, I think ACURE has a great collection of baby products and I definitely recommend them!  My daughter hasn't had any adverse reactions since using them and she adores the bright colors and fun images on the packaging!

Acure has generously offered a discount code "TRYACURE" for 15% off a one-time purchase! In addition to this, they also want to give one of you a chance to try TWO of their new baby products! Enter to win a bare baby 4-in-1 foamer and a baby sun spf stick!






Entry-Form

The giveaway is open to readers in the US only 18 years of age and older.  To enter simply fill out the form in giveaway tools.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the winning email or another winner will be drawn.


With the exception of the bare lotion, I was sent all other products in exchange for my opinion.  All thoughts are my own!

-Ginger


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Meow Meow Tweet {Baby line Review}

When I discovered that Meow Meow Tweet launched a new line of products for baby, I contacted them immediately.  They kindly sent me a sample/travel size of each of the 5 products.  Read on to see my thoughts!



If this is the first you've heard of Meow Meow Tweet, let me tell you a little about the brand.  It's a small-batch apothecary in Brooklyn, NY founded by Jeff Kurosaki and Tara Pelletier.  The pair met in art school and started the company in 2009 after being gifted a bar of handmade soap.  I know you're wondering about the company's name; It comes from their two cats and Jeff's bird back in his home state of Hawaii- how sweet!

Since I'm a former Pastry Chef, I love that Tara utilizes skills from her background in the culinary world to create and develop the products!  As vegans, Tara and Jeff formulate their products using purely all-natural plant and mineral-based ingredients.  They use absolutely no animal-derived ingredients, so Meow Meow Tweet's products are free of carmine, beeswax, honey, palm oil, lanolin and tallow and are Leaping Bunny cruelty-free certified. 


Baby Bath Wash

This is a super gentle wash that can be used for baby's hair and body.  The less products I need to juggle while bathing a squirmy child, the better.  The formula is moisturizing, lathers well, and the sweet orange + lavender scent is perfection!  Little miss L was left with clean, baby soft skin after bath time.  I really appreciate that MMT offers it in a plastic pump foaming bottle for ease of use AND a glass bottle for those who are trying to limit the use of plastic.

Ingredients: 
aqua (water), *cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, *helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil, *ricinus communis (castor) oil, citric acid, +potassium hydroxide, *vegetable glycerin, *rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, *citrus sinensis (sweet orange) essential oil, *lavandula officinalis (lavender) essential oil

*certified organic ingredient / +none remains after saponifying oils



Baby Body Balm

This can be used all over baby's body but also works well as a preventative diaper rash cream.  You can mix it at a 1:1 ratio with the baby powder to create an effective diaper rash remedy.   And guess what mamas?!  It's cloth diaper safe!  Yay!  The scent is mild and I love that it can be used anywhere- on baby or mama!

Ingredients: 
*mangifera indica (mango) butter, *helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil, *simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, *sesamum indicum (sesame) oil, infused with *matricaria chamomilia (chamomile), *calendula officinalis (calendula), *plantago major (plantain), *althea officinalis (marshmallow) root, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, *rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract

*certified organic ingredient


Baby Body Oil

The body oil is similar in scent to the body cream.  It's not overpowering and is free of essential oils, which can irritate some people.   I think a body oil is perfect for using right after bath time while the skin is damp to allow it to sink in effortlessly.  This is ideal for massaging baby as well!  I even used a little for "styling" my daughter's hair!

Ingredients: 
*persea gratissima (avocado) oil, *helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil , *simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, *sesamum indicum (sesame) oil, infused with *matricaria chamomilia (chamomile), *calendula officinalis (calendula), *plantago major (plantain), *althea officinalis (marshmallow) root, *rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract

*certified organic ingredient


Baby Body Powder

The body powder is incredibly light and effective at absorbing extra moisture wherever needed.  I enjoyed using it during diaper changes because I would take a whiff before I sprinkled it.  Lavender + Tea Tree = calming and soothing!

Ingredients: 
*maranta arudinacea (arrowroot) powder, kaolin clay, zinc oxide, *lavandula officinalis (lavender) essential oil, *melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) essential oil

*certified organic ingredient


Cocoa Skin Cream

The skin cream is rich and creamy (as the name implies).  While it is a thick cream, it melts on contact with your skin and rubs in easily.  It's formulated with only four wonderful ingredients and without essential oils.  I personally really enjoy the cocoa butter scent!  My daughter tends to get red, rosy cheeks and dry patches from time to time.  I found this worked well in soothing, moisturizing, and healing her skin.

Ingredients:
*cocoa butter (butyrospermum parkii), *butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, *cannabis sativa (hempseed) oil, *helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil

*certified organic ingredient


Overall, I was definitely impressed with each of these products and highly recommend you go ahead and buy them NOW for your little one OR as a welcome baby gift for someone else.  While these baby products are a little more pricey, the ingredients and quality are superior and it shows!

Be sure to follow Meow Meow Tweet on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr to stay up-to-date on products and promotions!


I was sent these products in exchange for my opinion.  All thoughts are my own!
-Ginger

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Songcroft Naturals Review: Frankincense Rose Cream

Songcroft Naturals is a family-owned business in Snohomish, Washington.  Marilene Richardson is the Owner and Chief Formulator and she learned the importance of natural living at an early age.  After becoming ill and extremely chemically sensitive, she made it her mission to create her own line of natural personal care products.

Something that sets Songcroft Naturals apart from other natural skincare brands is that they grow many of their ingredients on their farm using organic practices.  "SongCroft is a working permaculture farm with bees, dairy goats, chickens, fruit trees, and lots of culinary as well as medicinal herbs and vegetables. Permaculture is a design system based on ethics and principles which can be used to establish, design, manage and improve all efforts made by individuals, households and communities towards a sustainable future."




The Frankincense Rose Cream was formulated to encourage healthy skin and this is what we all strive for, right?!  I would say it's a light to medium weight moisturizer.  The consistency is thin, but it definitely leaves my skin hydrated.  The scent is delicate and not overpowering at all.  It works well under makeup and provides a smooth base for foundation.  Marilene also suggested using it as a base for a DIY foundation!  Check out her post for details.  I tend to use lots of face oils, but it's nice to have a cream moisturizer for a change.

Ingredients: Water, Aloe perryi (Aloe Vera), Prunus americana (Apricot) oil, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil, Sodium benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl alcohol, Sodium stearoyl lactylate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Organic Soy Lecithin, Cera alba (Beeswax), Rosa damascens (Rose) Flower Distilate, Boswellia carteri (Frankencense), Pelargonium gaveolens (Rose Geranium), Canaga odorate (Ylang Ylang), Citrus medica limonium (lemon), Rosa rubiginosa (Rose Hip) oil

I must admit I didn't recognize some of the ingredients and had to look them up.   I used EWG as a reference and all of the ingredients in question scored a 1 or below, with the exception of Sodium Benzoate (it scored a 3).

Marilene provided this information to clarify further: "...sodium benzoate is a food grade preservative.  We use it in conjunction with the radish lacto-ferment to provide a broad spectrum preservative against bacteria and fungus.  It should also be noted the cetearyl alcohol is different than other alcohols. It is an emulsion stabilizer and is not drying.  Sodium stearoyl lactylate is not from dairy and is a salt that helps in emulsifying.  Sodium benzoate is also an emulsifying ingredient. These ingredients help the cream ingredients to not separate."

"...we choose to practice truth in labeling and provide all names using INCI standards.. Some of our ingredients are not legally required to be listed as they are at such a small amount but we do list them because it is the right thing to do."


Songcroft Naturals has generously offered a 10% discount AND free shipping using the code "gsgigi" at checkout!  They have a wide range of products, so check them out!

Be sure to connect with Songcroft Naturals on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google+ for updates!



I was given this product in exchange for my opinion.  All thoughts are my own!

-Ginger