Tag: natural skin care

I can’t wait to be on the road again

Sometimes, full-sized baby skincare products can be intimidating for me. Like that enormous tube of diaper cream, or the half-gallon jug of powder that I can all too easily imagine scattered over my floor. I like my products like I like my kids: short and cute. At least until I get to know them better. That’s one reason I’m loving the Road Pack by Mayron’s Goods. But it’s not the only reason. [don’t miss our giveaway after the jump!] The Road Pack brings together five must-have baby products in an adorable, waterproof travel bag. So it’s cute. And handy....

Read More

From dirt to diapers: A Weleda journey

I’m back from Germany, and I’ve got jet lag, chocolate, and answers to your questions regarding Weleda‘s biodynamic farm. I’ve also got stories about canceled credit cards, hairy men in capri pants, blood sausage, and homeless hedgehogs wearing soccer shoes. But that’s not why you’re here. First, you want to know more about calendula and unicorns. Mama H asks: Are their ingredients somehow measured for potency? The answer: It’s true that no two harvests are alike, which affects the ingredients, but I learned that Weleda ingredients have to undergo strict tests in order to meet European laws and certification...

Read More

Weleda, take me away!

As the resident beauty product maven around here, I’ve always wondered why so many bath and beauty products include calendula. I mean, how powerful can a pretty little yellow flower be? I also wonder how they get the oil out of a rosehip, how they keep lotion from separating, and why unicorns don’t exist. At least three of these four questions will be answered for me (and you) next week by biodynamic powerhouse Weleda. I am thrilled to have been invited to tour the largest medicinal garden in the world this week at the Weleda Naturals Headquarters in Swabisch...

Read More

Terralina lets you be good to your skin, mamas. And mamas-to-be.

The first time I saw that little pink plus sign, my life changed. Not only because I was going to bring a human being into the world, but also because I knew that the skin care section of my medicine cabinet had become a mine field. No salicylic acid. No parabens. No retinoids. Add all those caveats in with the “no brie” dictum and I was ready to cry into my organic ice cream. [see the giveaway after the jump!] The two women who founded Terralina felt that way, too, and that’s why they  created a line of skincare...

Read More

Protecting yourself from sun protection

Keep your eyes on the EWG website for the latest Environmental Working Group sunscreen recommendations! The headlines are everywhere: Not only is the sun hurting you, but your sunscreen is now a partner in crime. Whether you fear nanoparticles, retinoids, or hormone disruptors, it’s easy to spend twenty minutes in the sunscreen aisle drooling in frustration. But you don’t have to fear your children’s sunscreen any longer, thanks to this dandy list: The Environmental Working Group’s 2010 Sunscreen Guide. As CMP always says, checking with EWG is a good idea when you’re searching for a new product, because their...

Read More

No nasty, icky, rotten, disgusting chemicals

There are loads of companies jumping on the eco bandwagon, but this is the first time I’ve ever heard of one that started in an eco village. Heck, this is the first time I’ve heard of an eco village! But this is indeed where New Zealanders Melanie and Malcolm Rands developed an ecostore of earth-friendly products for their neighbors 15 years ago. And now those products have made it over to us, even if the closest I have to an eco village are my recycling and compost bins. I found their brand of baby shampoo rinses nice and quickly,...

Read More

Yes, carrots. YES!

I’m not in the habit of talking to vegetables unless I’m pregnant and singing a love song to my tempura zucchini. Still, I find myself saying yes to Yes to Baby Carrots several times a day lately. Maybe you’ve seen the orange-splashed Yes to Carrots brand at your local drugstore or SuperTarget and wondered what the big deal was. The deal is this: Organic veggie extracts, 100% natural ingredients, and a complete absence of parabens, petroleum, and SLS. All now with a line made just for babies. Are you shouting YES, CARROTS yet? Because I totally am. My favorite...

Read More

Natural baby wipes take care of babies and their home planet

You’ve got some organic spaghetti on your face, honey. Let me get that for you. (Licks thumb, scrubs face off shrieking, flailing baby.) There, isn’t that better? Well, a little. I mean, the tomato sauce has been replaced by a red rash, and my baby is covered in spit. But at least it’s better than drenching his tender face in diaper wipe “juice” riddled with propylene glycol, right? Wrong, thanks to Elements Naturals 100% Compostable baby wipes. These natural baby wipes are now even more fantastic than they were when last we lauded their benefits. And a lot better...

Read More

Baby sunscreen lotion grows up a little bit

I had a May baby and a July baby and as such, I still remember those panicky early days of taking the baby out into the (gasp) sun. I don’t think I could have had enough muslin swaddling blankets and floppy brimmed sunhats to put me at ease. So I love that there are so many choices of gentle baby sunscreen lotion now with more natural ingredients and lighter scents, like the new SPF 30+ Mineral Sunscreen from Little Twig. The formula is now “extra mild,” which I can only imagine is a step up from the ordinary “mild”...

Read More

Scottish moors and candy shops, now by your sink

You know those old “Calgon, take me away!” commercials? You’ll get that feeling right by your kitchen sink when using natural body lotions by SEED. If you’re not sold on your current 100% natural body lotion, these were created by husband-wife team Rebecca and Benjamin who wanted to detox during pregnancy and lose some of the chemicals around the house. The result is a series of natural body products packed with the reportedly beneficial antioxidants of the mighty grapeseed. I found the lotions perform well after the shower with excellent, lasting, non-greasy moisture. Restful Lavender Sage is a pleasant...

Read More

Maclaren – Now making scents

Ah baby smell. The intoxicating fragrance of that soft hair, the delicate sweetness of their freshly washed onesie, and the putrid, offensive nasal assault of a fully-loaded diaper. Thank heavens for the new Beginning by Maclaren line of aromatherapy candles which rids your nursery of those less desirable odors and fills it will a sense (and scents) of calm. Each of the five scents are designed with a purpose, whether to inspire you, rejuvenate your or just calm you (and the baby!) down. They’re made from 100% natural soy and palm wax and other vegan ingredients. The candles are...

Read More

Let Cool Mom Picks and Ideeli shower you with roses for Mother’s Day

We are all staunch devotees of the members-only luxury sale site, Ideeli, which has perhaps the most consistent array of high-end designer clothing and accessories at fabulous prices, along with giveaways that even we find ourselves entering. So we are thrilled and honored to have curated our own Cool Mom Picks – Ideeli giveaway just for Mother’s Day. And we want one of you to win! While there’s nothing wrong with roses for moms, we took it a step further with a $500 rose pampering package that will please everyone from a first-time mama-to-be, to your family’s esteemed matriarch....

Read More

Even burly babies love Smoochie.

We call my baby Big Hoss because he’s burly and loves all things rugged– trucks, Star Wars, and motorcycles. But when it’s diaper changing time, Big Hoss is now a fan of sweet, sweet Smoochie Baby. This baby body care line from the uber-cool store in Brooklyn includes all the perennial favorites — lotion, soap, shampoo/body wash, massage oil, diaper balm, and more. All products are hand-made with love and affection in Canada and include gentle, all-natural ingredients. Our favorite is the Sweet Cheeks Talcum-Free Powder, which uses a delightful Japanese recipe of arrowroot powder, kaolin clay, and lavender...

Read More

I holla for Soapwalla!

Writing for Cool Mom Picks is pretty much my dream job, and I get to review some truly amazing stuff. I can shout at the top of my lungs about how much I like a product, but the real test is this: Did I go back and buy more? When it comes to Soapwalla Kitchen, the answer is a resounding “Yes, and I’m tracking my shipment hourly.” Soapwalla is a one-woman, hands-on, super pure line of indulgent bath products by Brooklyn girl Rachel Winard. Her objective? To make the highest quality all-natural bath products available. You can’t really argue...

Read More

Lip lube in an eco tube

I’m definitely a bit of a lip balm addict, with various tubes and containers stuffed into my coat pockets, purses, and drawers. So when I heard about the biodegradable eco-tube lip balm from Organic Essence, I had to give it a whirl. Instead of adding more plastic into the landfills, the folks at Organic Essence decided to try eco-friendly 100% consumer waste recycled paper for their lip balm packaging, and I have to say that I really dig it. If you’re used to the simple twist and apply, it takes a bit of an adjustment; in this case, do...

Read More

Organic hair and body products that smell like heaven. Not earth.

Babo the bunny won’t put up with animal testing. He wants everything to be vegan and organic, and he believes that hair and body solutions for kids should be just as high-quality as the products used by adults. Sheesh, Babo. No wonder you started your own line. Babo Botanicals is a line of delicious natural hair and body products made by hand on a certified organic farm in upstate New York. The brain behind Babo, Kate Solomon, has over 10 years of experience designing products for L’Oreal and Avon. But here’s the most important thing: Everything smells phenomenal. And...

Read More

Body Sense – Perfect sense for every body.

I’m a strong, empowered woman, and I hate asking for help, but…sometimes, I need help. Like when the yogurt is pushed all the way back in the case at the store and there’s a baby strapped to my chest. Or when I’m trying to wade through all the bogus claims on the internet about product safety and skincare products. Enter Body Sense, an online shop where every bath and beauty product sold is rated between 0 and 2 for chemical risk on the EWG’s Cosmetic Safety Skindeep list–a 0-rated product containing ingredients with no known risks, and 10 being,...

Read More

Pure. Good. Purgood.

Sometimes I have a major case of the Holden Caulfields when I’m looking for bath products worthy of my children.  They say “all-natural”, and I cry, Phony! Fake! Liar! and snarl at the petrolatum and mineral oil hiding behind the organic aloe vera. But not Purgood Organics, because their products are pure, good, and actually contain organic ingredients. My favorite thing about this dynamic duo is that they don’t contain sulfates, parabens, or Pthalates. I’m an ingredients hawk, and I won’t put harsh surfactants or questionable chemicals on my own skin, much less the thinner, softer, more porous skin...

Read More

Fight germs without becoming “that mom”

I’ve got a bottle of hand sanitizer in my purse, as I’m sure all of you do, too. It feels like an imperative, even though I’ll pick actual soap-and-water hand washing over hand sanitizer whenever I can. So when I first heard about “a new hand sanitizer” I may not have been overly excited, you know, until I found out that in addition to being all-natural, it continues killing germs for hours after use. Sound impossible? It’s not. staSAFE‘s active ingredient, derived from silver and zinc, has been shown to reduce bacteria on the hands more than two hours...

Read More

Child-safe makeup or play makeup? Reader Q&A

My 4 year old daughter is very into dressing up–including the make-up. Do you know if there are safer kids’ make-up products out there? Maybe I’m paranoid, but I worry about the $5 variety available at the toy store–do I need to worry about it irritating her eyes, or bothering her skin? -Kristen In a word, “yes”. Kristen, you are smart to worry about play makeup since it can be loaded with particles and ingredients that are anything but kid-friendly to little lungs, eyes and skin. After my kids received a big cheap kit of “play makeup” made of...

Read More

Pin It on Pinterest