My Ecocentric Mom Box is always full of an interesting and surprising array of product options I never knew existed. Here’s what I discovered in the March/April box:
For your body:
Bach Original Flower Remedies – Bach has distilled 38 flower and plant essences into concentrated clear liquids, each of which is reputed to help deal with some kind of stress. My box contained a bottle of the essence of elm. It smells good enough to use as a perfume, though the recommended application is on the tongue.
Treefort Naturals Comfrey Salve – My hands always seem to be on the dry side. This salve soothes and softens and leaves no greasy residue.
MarieNatie All-Natural Lip Gloss – It’s free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances and dyes, petro-chemicals and phthalates. I also like how moist it is on the lips. The company also makes eyeliner, eye shadow, blush, lip balm and mascara.
Oatmeal Grapefruit Face Wash Powder by Homespun Northwest – This powder consists of freshly ground organic oats, Kaolin clay and grapefruit essential oil. Put a little in your hand, add a few drops of water until it makes a paste, and scrub. Easy peasy, and safe as can be.
House Blend Organics Coconut Body Wash – I already use coconut butter as a body lotion because it is so moisturizing. This body wash both cleans and moisturizes, too.
Essio $10 Gift Card – Essio is an aromatherapy diffuser for the shower and uses 100% USDA-certified organic essential oils. Wouldn’t a lovely essential oil be so much better to smell than chlorine when you take a shower?
To help you relax:
Organic Caffeine-Free Roman Provence Rooibos Tea – This tea is full of rooibos, elderberries, blueberries, rosehip pieces, lavender blossoms, and even rose petals. It is just as soothing to smell as to sip.
Powernap 2-CD Set – The lovely ambient music on these CDs will help revive you in the middle of the day with a powernap that works with your schedule. Choose from three longer naps to two five-inute programs. Each nap ends with chimes and a gentle voice to away you from a refreshing sleep.
2 Degrees Food Bar – Unlike many power bars or energy bars, this snack actually tasted like real food. It includes heritage grains like quinoa, cia and millet. Plus, they’re gluten-free, vegan, GO-free and kosher. An added bonus: For every 2 Degrees bar sold, the company donates a meal to a hungry child in the US and abroad.
Bluapple for Produce Preservation – I’ve been wanting to try one of these for a while, so I’m glad to have a chance. It is a small plastic ball that resembles an apple. Inside, you add small pellets that absorb the ethylene gas that fruits and vegetables emit as they age. By absorbing the gas rather than leaving it in the fridge, the Bluapple aims to preserve food freshness and extend the life of the produce. I’ve just put it in my veggie drawer. I’ll let you know how it works.
Sport Suds Laundry Detergent – This detergent is specially formulated to remove stubborn stains and odors. I’m not sure exactly what is in it, but happily it doesn’t contain phosphates, dyes, or synthetic fragrances. It could be very effective on t-shirts, socks, shorts and sweatpants that take a beating when you or your kids are playing sports, out biking or hiking, or otherwise working up a sweat.
Acai Seed Bead Hair Barrett – All of the jewelry made by Terri Jean’s adornments, including this barrett, are vegan, with a particular emphasis on organic nuts and seed beads.
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