My Favorite Natural Products of 2012: Beauty Products Edition

 

Hi everyone!  I hope it is sunny in your life!  In this video (Part 1 of the Favorite Natural Products of 2012 series) I talk about my favorite skincare, haircare, and body products that I either discovered in 2012 or that I’ve used throughout 2012.  Enjoy, and have a sunny day!

For the other half of my Favorite Natural Products of 2012- Everyday Products Edition: https://sunnymothernature.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/everyday-fav-natural-products-2012/

Products included in this Beauty Products video:

1. Deep Steep Honeydew Spearmint Body Mist
2. Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Destress Express Spirit Essence
3. Awaken Certified Organic Room & Body Spray in Erbaviva
4. Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Shampoo
5. Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Conditioner
6. Pure Local Honey (if you can’t buy local honey, please buy USDA certified organic)
7. Josie Maran Argan Oil
8. Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Anti-Aging Moisture
9. Babybearshop All the Better to Kiss You With Certified Organic Lip Balm in Pepperminty
10. Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Lip Delivery Antioxidant Lip Gloss in Clear Frosting
11. Dr. Bronner’s Bar Soaps in Baby Mild, Peppermint, Lavender, and Citrus Orange Scents
12. Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butters in Sweet Citrus and Vanilla Apricot
13. Argan USA Argan Oil
14. La Tourangelle 100% USDA Certified Organic Sunflower Oil
15. Meowmeowtweet Deodorant Cream in Lavender (You don’t need to keep this in the fridge, I just like to do so)

Please note: All of the products that I talked about in this video I either bought myself, or were given to me as gifts from my friends and family.  I am not affiliated with any of these brands and am not paid to talk about any of them.  I enjoy sharing products that I have found that I love!

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[CLOSED] Sage Stone Botanicals Giveaway and Review!

Hello!  Here is another video that I recorded a month ago that I’m just finally able to post up!

Sage Stone Botanicals is a small business out of Oregon that offers awesome organic and natural body care products.  Check out Sage Stone Botanicals’ website at www.sagestonebotanicals.com for more information!

Lavender Organic Hand Creme

Tangerine Lemongrass Organic Body Lotion, 2 oz travel size

Citronella Spray

Unscented Shower Gel

Peppermint Liquid Hand Soap

And I’m giving away one bottle of Sage Stone Botanicals Citronella Organic Bug Repellent Lotion, 2 oz travel size!  🙂

The required question to enter is: After watching the video review and/or visiting the Sage Stone Botanicals website, what is most appealing about Sage Stone Botanicals products to you?

For extra chances to win, you can do any, or all, of the options below:

1. Subscribe to my Sunnymothernature Blog

2. Subscribe to Sunnymothernature’s Youtube page

3. Like Sunnymothernature’s Facebook page

4. Like SageStoneBotanicals’ Facebook page

5. Follow @sunymothrnature on Twitter

6. Follow @sagestonenow on Twitter

If you have already done any of the additional entries, you can just post a comment saying that you have.  For each entry, please leave a separate comment.  This will make it easier for me to use an automatic number selector, and choose one of the numbers.

Giveaway is open from 10 PM August 31, 2012 until 11:59 PM September 8, 2012.  Giveaway is open only to U.S. residents 18 years old or older.  I will contact the winner within 48 hours of the contest ending.  If I do not hear from the winner within 72 hours after contacting them, I will select a new winner.  Good luck!

 

UPDATE: And the winner is… Jea from Arizona!  Congratulations Jea! 🙂

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

Please note:  I am not affiliated with Sage Stone Botanicals, nor was I paid to do this review.  I was sent the products that I mentioned in this video to try, but I was not required to review/mention them.  I planned to review only the products that I loved, and I do truly love all of them.  These are wonderful organic and natural products, that I will definitely buy for myself!

Just Added: A Peek Into My Cabinet!

Hello!

Do you want to know what products I use that are nontoxic, natural, and/or organic?  I finally made an all-inclusive list on a new page of my blog called A Peek Into My Cabinet!

Check it out here: https://sunnymothernature.wordpress.com/a-peek-into-my-cabinet/

I will be continually updating it.  So you’ll always be able to know what I am currently using!

What do you think of my list: Do you think it’s useful?  Do you love it?  Think it’s too long? 😉  Or am I missing a category you’d like me to add?  Let me know in the comments!

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

Lunapads Haul and Intro

Hello everyone!

So I hope the sun is shining in your area of the woods today.  I haven’t gotten a chance to do any videos recently, and this is something I’ve been looking into for a while.

This type of video (or topic) is not for everyone, and I understand this.  I feel that menstruation is a part of life and is a natural process though.  Therefore, I wanted to share with you a new company that I recently ordered from~ Lunapads! 🙂

Lunapads is a women-owned Canadian company that sells reusable cloth menstrual pads and pantyliners, along with some other items.  One of the things that drew me to Lunapads was that they truly want women and girls to accept their bodies, and feel great about being a woman.

If you aren’t sure whether reusable menstrual pads are for you, that’s ok.  I recommend trying reusable pantyliners first.  I did this, and this was what convinced me that I did want to try Lunapads pads too. 🙂

So enjoy watching, and if you have any questions or comments, leave them in the comment section below!

Have a sunny day 🙂

~Kim

Check out Lunapads here: http://www.lunapads.com

Check out Planet Wise here: http://www.planetwiseinc.com

Please Note:  I bought all of the items shown myself just because I was interested in them, and I am not affiliated with Lunapads or Planet Wise.  I wanted to share this with you because I feel that these types of products have the potential to have a very positive impact on our individual health and Mother Nature’s health as a whole. 🙂

My Favorite Natural Products of 2011!

Hello!  I hope the sun is shining in your area of the world today!

So, I decided to do another video~ this time showcasing my favorite products of 2011 that are all natural products!  I try very hard to find and use products that are good for my health as well as good overall products.  These are all of my favs and I wanted to share them with you!  I love all of these products that I just keep buying more of them when I run out. 🙂

And yes, as I mention in the video, many of these products are the only product in their category that I use!  I didn’t realize how true this was until I watched this video 🙂

I’m probably not going to post all of my youtube videos on my blog since some ideas I’m thinking about doing are maybe more youtubeland than my blog.  However, if any of you would like to see them, you can either go to my youtube channel www.youtube.com/sunnymothernature, or if you would prefer me just posting them on this blog too, let me know!  🙂

The products I mentioned in this video are:

1) Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butters in Sweet Citrus and Vanilla & Apricot (Available at Sephora.com, QVC.com, and Josiemarancosmetics.com typically for $35 each)

2) Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil (Available at websites mentioned above; 1.7 oz for $48; 0.5 oz for $14; or 4oz for $96)

3) ArganUSA Argan Oil 32 oz (Available at zamourispices.com for $100 in plastic, or $110 in glass)

4) Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps in Lavender and Unscented Baby-Mild (Available at Target and drbronner.com for about $4.49 each)

5) Dr. Bronner’s Organic Hand Sanitizing Spray USDA certified organic (Available at drbronner.com for $3.99; it was available at Target, but I don’t believe it is anymore)

6) Josie Maran Argan Lip Gloss (These are only available at josiemarancosmetics.com for $18.  QVC and Sephora only have her Natural Volume Lip Glosses which I have not tried)

7) And lastly- Local Pure Honey!  or USDA Certified Organic Honey

I hope you enjoyed this video~ If you have any questions, or want to request a video, please leave them in the comment section below! 🙂

Also, check out my blog at http://www.sunnymothernature.wordpress.com

(I’m still using my laptop to record, so I know the quality isn’t the best.)

FTC: I bought all of the products mentioned in this video myself, except for this round of honey which was a Christmas present from my sister and brother-in-law, and this round of the Dr. Bronner products were Christmas presents from my parents 🙂  I do typically buy my products either in kits, or when there are sales, to save money though.  Also, I am not affiliated with any of these companies, nor was I contacted by any of them.  I just love all of these products and wanted to share them with you!

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

Yes! I Conquered a Sunburn Naturally~ And You Can Too!

A random goal of mine this summer was that I did not want to get a tan… or a sunburn for that matter.  I’m extremely fair (aka pale) and just decided that I wanted to embrace my fair-skinned complexion instead of attempting to get that summer-glow (this is what normally happens~I burn, then I tan.)

This goal was halted about a week ago though, when I ended up in the sun during peak sunlight hours, for several hours.  Of course that was one of the only days this summer that I did not wear sunscreen.  Oh well.

This landed me with a sunburn on my chest, shoulders, back, as well as on my nose and forehead.  At first it didn’t seem really bad, especially compared to some sunburns I have had.  However, as it turned into that night, I began to really feel the radiating heat.  I knew I had only a little time to decide what to use before I possibly ended up peeling.

I wasn’t at home, so I had limited options~ try a “normal” sunburn lotion~ full of harmful chemicals as ingredients, or try something that I’ve never tried on my sunburn before~ but that would be a natural, organic way to heal my sunburn.

I picked the latter option:

I tried Argan oil. 

I normally use organic Argan oil as my overall body moisturizer anyway, and I had heard that it could be used to heal sunburns.  So, I was curious to try it.

This stuff works!  I’ve rarely had a sunburn (even minor ones) that did not peel.  Since I used Argan oil on my sunburn though, I did not peel~  Even a little!  And it healed in two days~ unheard of for my fair skin.

What I did was simple:

1) Slightly dampen the skin (where you’re planning to put the Argan oil)

2) Lightly rub about 3-5 drops of Argan oil into the skin

3) Repeat until all sunburned areas are covered

4) Wait about 3-5 minutes for the oil to soak into the skin

5) Repeat Steps 1-4 at least once in the morning and once before going to sleep until sunburn is gone; or, as many times as needed throughout the day

That’s it!  You really don’t need a lot of Argan oil on your skin either, a little bit goes a long way.  You don’t want your skin to be extremely oily~ just feeling moisturized.

The reason why you want your skin to be slightly damp when you apply the Argan oil is because this allows your skin to soak in the oil easier and quicker.  If your skin is dry, then not only will you need to use more oil, but your skin won’t soak it in as much.

I hope your remaining summer days are sunny and sunburn-free!  And if a sunburn sneaks in, use some organic Argan oil to conquer it!

~Kim

Why I Tried Organic Eggs and My Nature’s Promise Organic Eggs Review

                           

I used to love eating eggs: hardboiled, omlet, and especially scrambled.

That is, until my body changed and I no longer could tolerate any of these. The only way I could eat storebought eggs for almost two years was if an egg was baked into some kind of main dish (for example, if an egg was baked into a cake, etc.).

This happened about a year before my IBS started, yet even in that year it seemed inconsistent. I could eat some eggs and be ok, but others I would end up completely sick from them.  It was only until I read somewhere online that someone else had this same problem with storebought eggs and could not eat them because they would get sick, but fresh eggs they felt fine on that I started to notice when I actually felt bad.

The regular storebought eggs: After every time I ate them I would feel horrible.

Fresh eggs from my brother in law’s familyI felt fine every time after eating them.

Yet, even after starting to notice this as a pattern, I still would dread eating even fresh eggs because I worried that I would become ill like after eating storebought eggs.

Even until recently, I had still been restricting how many eggs I consumed because of that worry.

That was, until about a week ago, when I became so hungry for fried rice, but I had no fresh eggs. (With my no processed foods challenge, I make it myself with brown rice and an egg, or two.  If you want a little bit more something, add some low sodium soy sauce)

So, I began to wonder whether organic eggs would give me trouble like normal storebought eggs.  I decided to try it and risk myself feeling horrible just to see if I could eat organic eggs, and I can!

My body is completely fine with the organic eggs.  This was absolutely wonderful to find out 🙂  Also, they tasted really fresh.

I tried Nature’s Promise Organic Eggs mostly because these were the only organic eggs available at my grocery store (Giant Grocery Stores in PA).  There were only two other options, and both were not organic, but “pure” and “natural.”  So, these two other options are not regulated, but they want me to pay more for them.

Nature’s Promise Organic Cage Free, Fresh Brown Eggs Large, Grade A, on the other hand, are USDA Organic certified (look for the label like I have at the top of this post).  So, they have to follow strict guidelines to be labelled as organic by the USDA.  These eggs are from organically raised hens.  They use no antibiotics, no synthetic hormones, and no synthetic pesticides, which is wonderful because this is all stuff I am trying to avoid.

However, be careful when eggs are labelled as “cage free.”  Although in theory “cage free” is a wonderful idea, there is no regulation determining what “cage free” actually means.  So, it sadly could just mean that the chickens are all on a floor crowded together.  The U.S. government needs to place regulations on “cage free” so that we, the consumers, are NOT misguided by terms such as this on packaging.

Overall, these organic eggs have no antibiotics, no synthetic hormones, no synthetic pesticides, are USDA certified organic, and they tasted wonderful!  I’m sure other organic egg brands taste just as good and, if USDA certified organic,will not contain antibiotics, synthetic hormones, or synthetic pesticides as well.  Just make sure you are not misinformed by the terms “natural,” “pure,” or “cage free” on any packaging because none of these terms are regulated.  I will definitely be continually using these organic eggs whenever I do not have fresh eggs 🙂

So, if you’re looking for some nice eggs, but do not want anything in them that could harm your health, or you are like me and cannot tolerate regular storebought eggs, try some Organic Eggs, like Nature’s Promise!  You and Mother Nature will be a little healthier and happier 🙂

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

Please Note: I did not receive free eggs, or anything else, from Nature’s Promise.  I am not affiliated with Nature’s Promise, and I am not being compensated by them.  My parents bought this carton of eggs.