The first sign of summer for me is always my first mosquito bite. I always consider bug bites to be the price I pay for good weather and barbecues. But now that I have kids, I feel the need to douse them in something to ward off bug bites, and I’ve never been a fan of that hideous bug spray smell mixed with all those nasty chemicals. Thanks to Erbaviva, I’ve found a way to fend off the bugs, while still keeping my family chemical-free. The new Organic Buzz Spray bug repellant from natural mom and baby skincare line Erbaviva...Read More
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Does anyone else feel like buying sunscreen takes a PhD and two hours internet research? I do. And then I’m too tired to swim. That’s why we’re happy to share some family-tested sunscreens that we’ve thoroughly tested– and we checked the EWG Skin Deep list, too, where top sunscreens are rated with the lowest numbers. (But take some of it with a grain of salt – not every ingredient that is of concern to them, like fragrance, is of concern to everyone.) Sunny times are here again! Our family of four rotated through three different product lines this summer,...Read More
I tend to shy away from products specifically made for anti-aging. As much as I love my skincare, I figure a good moisturizer and tons of sunblock should do the trick in terms of fighting old father time. But when I heard the philosophy behind Luxtural, which is all about hydration, I was immediately intrigued. I’m always a little wary of skincare products touting dubious new ingredients like Pacific Ocean rainwater, but it turns out Luxtural works for my fickle skin. The line consists of a tightly edited collection: Mystique Fountain (a hydrating mist), Silk Premonition (anti-aging/hydrating lotion) and...Read More
Even as an avowed skincare fanatic, I had never sampled the Dr. Hauschka products I’d heard so much about. This line is known for being holistic, ecologically sound, and focused on the body’s rhythms and internal processes. Which is great and all, but oh my gawd, the results. Count me in as the newest Dr. Hauschka fan, a line now available at CMP fave Hazel Wood Children, which means you have a great excuse to grab some luxury skincare for yourself, right between the skull socks and the tiny purple tank top. The Blackthorn Body Oil smells like a...Read More
Why am I a fan of organic baby products? To put it sweetly, sometimes our daintiest parts get the angriest. I really care about the kinds of products that go in those dainty places. Now there’s a new line of super-pure skin softeners from Australia that we think you’ll love, especially if your baby has problems with eczema, cradle cap, dry skin, or diaper rash. Or even if you mamas have skin issues yourselves. Every product from miniOrganics is formulated using the most comprehensive organic standards in the world. That means no GMOs, no pesticide residues, no petrochemicals or...Read More
Funny story– I almost didn’t want to feature this (utterly amazing) facial moisturizer. “I don’t think I see a difference,” I said to myself. “I look great, but surely that’s just me.” So I stopped using it. And then I noticed that my face didn’t look as young. My skin didn’t look as radiant. My eyes didn’t look as perky. In short, when I stopped using it, I looked older. So I apologized to it, kissed its feet, and am now using it again. And you should, too. It’s called Mama Mio Mighty Moisture, and it just impressed the...Read More
Spring allergies are a) here, and b) not just a human misery. If you have pets, you probably know what I mean when I say I am really, really tired of falling asleep to the arrhythmic snorfling noises of my dog scratching and biting furiously at her itchy skin. I was so excited about this natural dog shampoo alternative I found at a local shop, I couldn’t wait to write about it. And that’s saying something. Shampoo can just exacerbate the issue, unless you use a shampoo gentle enough to actually help and not introduce new irritants. And that goes for people too....Read More
Sometimes, I feel like my face is a battlefield. Since that first, confusing teen pimple, I’ve tried everything from earth mama oil cleansing, to whatever Glamour told me to use, to a more…. well, scorched earth policy of serious prescription retinoids that made me peel like a lizard. Ouch. But for the first time, I’ve found something that makes my face feel blissful. Which makes sense, since “bliss” is right there in the name: Blissoma. [don’t miss a great offer after the jump!] The line of Blissoma skincare from Irie Star is an award-winning collection of 100% natural and...Read More
I like to think I’m something of a hand lotion connoisseur. With the constant post-diaper hand washing, I’m glopping on the stuff at an alarming rate. I’ve tried pretty much every brand on the market and have always walked away wringing my (dry) hands in frustration. Some are too greasy, not hydrating enough or just plain smell bad. Then I met eos everyday hand lotion and was immediately smitten. The cool, modern looking orb holds some of the best lotion I’ve every gotten my thirsty paws on, and I’ve tried a lot. [don’t miss a cool giveaway after the...Read More
If your kids have acted a little nuts this week, it’s totally not your fault. Blame it on supermoon–we do. Here are a few of our favorites from the last week, in case you were too busy pulling out your hair to have caught them. 1. The new AAP’s new car seat and booster recommendations for kids 7-12 may your big kid hopping mad. Luckily, we’ve rounded up 3 awesomely cool booster seats for the car to keep everyone legal and safe. 2. If you’re going crazy trying to find the perfect baby book, we’ve rounded up some of...Read More
A momma friend taught me a simple premise years ago – if a product is genuinely gentle enough for your baby’s delicate skin, it’ll be kind to your sensitive skin, too. That’s how I started using Combat-Ready Balm, formulated for babies and kids, on my winterized, wizened hands. Even though the name doesn’t instantly sound like something you store in a pink gingham basket on the changing table. Esthetician Sara Damelio developed Skincando, with a line of organic and natural products, including a balm, bar, and lip balm. The balm is non-greasy, lanolin-free and gently scented with French lavender...Read More
Relying on an SPF moisturizer alone has always worried me just a little bit. With hours of playground and beach time ahead of me this summer, I need my skin to be well protected (and to look pretty, too). But I’m a tough customer when it comes to my sun protection. My SPF has to be a physical block, like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, and be free of as many toxins as possible. It’s hard to find that all in one facial moisturizer. And yet, I found a new product that fits the bill: Super by Dr. Nicholas...Read More
We know that in reality, every day should be Mother’s Day. New moms in particular need all the love and affection and caretaking they can get, and not just in May. So when the wonderful site 3floz asked us to partner with them and put together our own little gift basket for moms, we were like, lead the way. We’ll bring the bridge mix. So we are so excited to introduce to you our awesome New Mom Pampering Kit. It’s such a super pick-me-up for yourself, or for your next pregnant friend who deserves a shower gift that demonstrates...Read More
The harsh, dry winter weather has not been nice to my toddler son’s skin. He has red, rough patches of skin on his face and his tiny lips are all chapped (sad face). I had been afraid to put any ointment on his lips until I discovered Erbaviva’s Organic Baby Lip & Cheek Balm. All products from both of the Erbaviva lines–Mommy-to-Be and Baby–are certified USDA organic and free of harsh detergents, chemical fragrances and unhealthy additives. The Organic Baby Lip & Cheek Balm, made with soothing chamomile and healing rosemary extracts, helped my son’s cracked skin disappear in...Read More
Angry winter weather is coming – yes, even on the left coast, where a cold, dry wind comes off the ocean and ages my skin (and forces me to eat leftover pumpkin pies for breakfast. A la mode). This winter, though, I am more prepared – I have Chapstuff. This yummy-scented, non-greasy mega lip balm is made with shea butter, orange oil and vitamin E, and appears concocted to smooth even the angriest chapped lips/wind-burned cheeks and dry heels. It comes in a stick big enough to glide on my hoofy-heels, but is still small enough to tuck into my...Read More
True story. Every summer, my skin goes wonky and I end up looking like a pizza-faced tween. But this year, I nipped it in the bud with the added bonus of looking six years younger by my very unscientific calculations. All that, thanks to the winning combination of tomatoes and blueberries. On my face. A while back, I raved about how Yes to Baby Carrots can make your life as a mom easier. Now I want you to listen to me rave about how their new lines, Yes to Tomatoes and Yes to Blueberries, can make your life as...Read More
The cool, crisp air of fall is here, and moms everywhere are pulling out their baby lotion arsenals to keep eczema and dry skin at bay. For me, the toughest part about having kids with sensitive skin is finding just the right product that does everything I want it to do and actually smells nice. This year, I’ve already got two kids begging for lo-lo, thanks to the new line from Lavanila Laboratories. Of course they call it “cookie lotion” because it smells just like sugar cookies with a touch of lemon–in a calming, soft way that moms will...Read More
I don’t get to take a bath in my Jacuzzi tub very often, mainly because it’s full of tiny little teacups and saucers and one random pink pig who, I’m told, likes hot chocolate and cake. My kids have pretty much taken over the tub that made me want to buy the house in the first place. But now I’m turning the tables on their daily tea party. I’m turning them into the tea, with the awesome Organic Baby Bath Tea from eco-conscious Zoe Organics which is one of my favorite bath products ever. [don’t miss a great offer...Read More
I’m a bit of a germ freak. Okay, a lot of a germ freak. Like the kind of person who has about twelve bottles of hand sanitizer on the go at any given time. And kids who use the word “sanitizer” like it’s a normal thing for them to be saying. (Yes, I’m more than a little embarrassed.) But at the same time, my kids are also quite familiar with the word “chemical” and there’s no way you’ll catch me using some Triclosan- and alcohol-laden toxic cocktail to (supposedly) clean their little hands. Which is why I’m thrilled to...Read More
Pregnancy. Nursing. Postpartum. Pregnant again. Getting my first crow’s foot. Freaking out. My skin’s undergone more changes in the last five years than the cast of Saturday Night Live. I wanted a skincare product that was natural and safe, so I hopped on Google and tried slathering my face with honey, yogurt, banana, and avocado. Yuck. I gave up. Hence my enthusiasm for Marie Veronique Organics. This line of skin care products, available only extra fresh and online, is hand-made in California of intelligent ingredients in 100% recyclable packaging. And from what I can tell, it’s safe and beneficial...Read More
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