Category: Bath

An Eco-Friendly Manicure for Your Little Princess

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 by 2 Comments

If your little girl loves to play beauty parlor, it’s important to make sure she’s not being exposed to dangerous toxins in the process. Ecoprincess non-toxic nail polish is 3-Free, which means it does not contain formaldehyde toluene, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). These chemicals can cause asthma, cancer, reproductive harm, and other negative health effects with long-term exposure.

The nail polish is sold in sets of three coordinating colors packaged in a pink organza bag with a ribbon drawstring. The bottles are quite tiny, so if your daughter spills them you won’t end up with nail polish all over the floor. The polish itself goes on fairly sheer, so you should probably plan on doing at least two coats.

The Ecoprincess colors are designed to appeal to young girls. The set I received was called “Flower” and featured three colors: a bright purple, a pale pink with subtle sparkles, and a clear polish with flecks of purplish glitter. Of all the colors, I liked the pale pink with subtle sparkles the best. It’s feminine enough to make your daughter feel pretty, but not real noticeable from a distance.

I’d suggest the pale pink on her fingers and the purple with a glitter top coat on her toes. If you’re going to be brave and let your daughter paint your nails, go for the pale pink so mistakes aren’t quite as noticeable!

The nail polish is not peelable play nail polish. It is intended to be worn for at least a few days, then removed with nail polish remover. Traditional nail polish remover is also full of all sorts of nasty chemicals, so I would recommend picking up a bottle of Ecoprincess’s All Natural Nail Polish Remover with your polish order.

Visit the Organic Beauty Now website to view the complete Ecoprincess product line.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

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Kiss My Face Helps You Get Ready to Show Off Your Legs

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 by No Comments

I envy women who can go for weeks without shaving their legs. I need to shave every day to avoid looking like Chewbacca. So, I go through a ton of razors and shaving cream over the course of a typical month.

Recently, I had a chance to try Kiss My Face’s 4-in-1 Moisture Shave. This product is paraben free, phthalate free, and SLS free with no artificial fragrances. It’s designed to soften, smooth, soothe, and moisturize with natural ingredients like vitamin E, lemongrass, aloe, olive oil, and coconut oil.

The Kiss My Face 4-in-1 Moisture Shave feels more like a lotion than a thick foamy lather, which can take a little getting used to if you normally use a foamy product like Skintimate. It rinses off easily and leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the mint fragrance I tried, but the line does have several other fragrance options to pick from. There is even a fragrance-free option if you’d prefer to avoid scented products entirely.

Overall, I think this product performs comparably to Bath & Body Work’s True Blue Spa Silky Smooth Shave Cream–which is my normal go-to product when I want silky smooth legs. However, Kiss My Face 4-in-1 Moisture Shave comes in an 11 ounce bottle for $7.95, while the Bath & Body Works cream comes in a 7.5 ounce bottle for $12. Kiss My Face also gets bonus points for using all natural ingredients.

Since summer is quickly approaching, I’m pleased to have found an affordable way to get my legs ready for shorts, skirts, and capris.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: Kiss My Face

One Word for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Bath Scrubber: Amazing

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 by 2 Comments

I’ve been a fan of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers since they first came out. They tend to live up to their name in most instances. There was one place, however, where the regular Magic Eraser (and all other cleaning products I used) just couldn’t quite get the job done: my ugly, textured shower floor.

The Magic Eraser was the best of all the things I tried (and I have tried everything, from natural cleaners I mixed up on my own to the ones that were supposed to be the strongest of the strong available at the store. No matter what I did, the disgusting-looking gray-brown floor won.

It’s white now. Totally white, not just lighter. The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Bath Scrubber is now my new best friend. That thing made cleaning the shower floor almost effortless (I had scrubbed on my hands and knees for an hour at the time with barely any progress before).

The soap scum on the glass door? Poof—gone with one swipe and a rinse. I haven’t had trouble getting the door clean in the past, but this does make it about five times easier and it’s kind of fun to watch all the cloudiness melt away.

So this product is actually the Magic Eraser plus something a little extra that helps it cut through the soap scum, and it’s also bigger and more durable than the regular one (the site says it’s 30 percent larger).

Check the website to see if coupons are available coupons before heading to the store.

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An Efficient Way to Store Your Little One’s Bath Toys

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 by 1 Comment

When my son was little, we had the world’s largest rubber duckie collection. Trying to keep them all organized in the tub was a huge pain. I had a mesh bag organizer, but a plastic storage basket like this bath toy organizer from KidCo would have been a much nicer solution.

I like this bath toy storage idea because it’s an affordable solution and it doesn’t use suction cups. For some reason, I have a terrible time getting suction cup organizers to stay put in our bathroom. They will stick for a few weeks, then randomly fall on top of you when you’re bathing. When you have a small child in the house, this is obviously not a good thing.

The KidCo bath toy basket organizer is made of white plastic with drainage holes and removable dividers. It expands to fit any size of bathtub. Since it sits across the tub instead of being up high, you don’t have to worry about your child slipping because she tried to stand up to reach a favorite bath toy.

Also, even though this is advertised as a bath toy organizer for children, it looks like it would be super handy for extra storage of all those body wash and shampoo bottles that I don’t really have room for in my bathroom.

The KidCo bath toy storage organizer basket sells for $14.50 on Amazon. It’s eligible for free super saver shipping on orders of $25 or more.

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Kiss My Face Shower Gels Use Aromatherapy to Soothe and Invigorate

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 by 1 Comment

Did you ever notice how taking a shower is like a mini-vacation once you become a mom? I love taking a nice long shower because it’s the one time of day I’m guaranteed to get some peace and quiet!

If you’re looking for a few new products to add to your shower routine, the new aromatherapy shower gels from Kiss My Face let you make the most of every minute spent in the shower.

The Kiss My Face Early To Bed Shower Gel is designed to be used at night time to help calm and relax you. It includes clove, chamomile, jasmine, lavender, neroli, and ylang ylang essential oils.

The Kiss My Face Early To Rise Shower Gel is for those of you who prefer a morning shower and need something to help perk you up a bit. It includes bay, basil, eucalyptus, juniper, lemon, lemongrass, grapefruit, peppermint, spearmint, and wintergreen botanicals.

Both shower gel varieties are made with olive oil, aloe, and vitamin E oil to provide a great natural moisturizer suitable for all skin types. The shower gels, like other Kiss My Face products, are gluten free, phthalate free, paraben free, biodegradable, vegan friendly, and made without animal testing.

I’m a big fan of aromatherapy in general, so I really like both of these shower gels. They have a rich lather and the olive oil helps moisturize your skin during the harsh winter months.

The Early to Bed Shower Gel is great for helping you unwind at the end of a long day. It’s like a more sophisticated version of the various lavender scented baby bath products intended to help calm your little one at nighttime.

The Early to Rise Shower Gel is also pretty effective, but it has a strong enough scent that it can interfere with other body products you’re wearing. I ended up switching to a citrusy perfume on the days I use the Early to Rise Shower Gel because the combination of the shower gel and my floral body spray was unpleasant.

Kiss My Face products are available at Whole Foods and

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: Kiss My Face

Little Green Provides Natural Skincare for Sensitive Skin

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 by No Comments

If you are looking for made in the USA skincare products that are natural and suitable for people with sensitive skin, the Little Green brand is a great choice.

Little Green products are marketed as being for babies and children, but they’d be perfectly fine to swipe for your own use if needed. Little Green makes body wash, lotion, and hair detangler. My personal favorite product, however, is their soothing balm.

The soothing balm is designed for cheeks, lips, and small dry patches on the skin. It looks like a very large tube of lip balm. (My son actually called it a glue stick when I gave it to him!)

The balm is made with natural ingredients like beeswax, jojoba oil, avocado oil, and evening primrose. It has no parabens or allergens. While the Little Green body lotion has a light citrusy fragrance, I don’t notice any sort of scent in the Little Green balm.

I like that the balm is lightweight and doesn’t feel greasy on the skin. It’s a nice size to throw in your purse or diaper bag. I’ve found that applying moisturizing products throughout the day is the best way to keep my son’s dry skin under control, so the portability of the Little Green balm is a major selling point for me.

Visit the Little Green website to locate a store that sells the soothing balm and other products in the line.

Disclaimer: Sample Little Green products were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

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Treat Dry Skin with CapriClear Moisturizing Spray

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 by 2 Comments

If you’ve been thinking about trying coconut oil as a moisturizer, I highly recommend CapriClear’s moisturizing spray.

CapriClear is made with 100 percent fractionated coconut oil. It has no artificial fragrances, toxins, sulfates, mineral oil, gluten, petroleum, phthalates, parabens, or animal products.

I’ve used a jar of regular coconut oil as a moisturizer before, but this is definitely preferable. It’s colorless, odorless, doesn’t stain your clothes, and dries quickly. It’s easy to apply and seems much less greasy than using regular coconut oil on your skin. Everyone in my family loves it!

CapriClear bears the National Eczema Association’s Seal of Acceptance on its packaging, so this would be an excellent product if anyone in your family who suffers from this annoying and uncomfortable skin condition. My son had horrible eczema as a baby, so I wish I would have known about this product during his earlier years.

We used Aveeno or Eucerin to treat his eczema, but both products were only modestly effective and have chemical ingredients that are smart to try to avoid using on your children. His eczema isn’t quite as bad now, but I like knowing that I have a safer product to use when he has a flareup.

Visit the CapriClear website to learn more about the product or to purchase a bottle for your home. A travel sized bottle is $6.99, while a full sized 5.4 ounce bottle is $16.99. Ounce for once, CapriClear is more expensive than most brands of regular coconut oil that I’ve tried in the past. But, since this product is easier to use and it seems like you need less per application, I think the added expense is probably well worth it.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: CapriClear

Pamper Your Little One with Baby Mantra Products

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 by No Comments

If you’re looking for natural, gluten free, and vegan personal care products for your home, check out the line of shampoos, lotions, body washes, and massage oils from Baby Mantra.

In addition to making all of their products in the United States, Baby Mantra uses fully recyclable packaging. The company does not test on animals and uses no animal ingredients, so you can feel good knowing your purchase is cruelty free.

Baby Mantra is a member of the Natural Products Association (NPA), the nation’s largest and oldest non-profit organization dedicated to the natural products industry.

One of Baby Mantra’s most popular products is their newborn shampoo and body wash. This lovely baby care product is perfect for any parent who is concerned about avoiding products that use potentially harmful ingredients like parabens, DEA, or propylene glycol.

Baby Mantra has a pleasant lavender and honeysuckle fragrance, although you can still detect the scent of the coconut oil that is used in the product. If you’re not used to using low foaming products, however, you can easily over do the application. Remember that you only need a quarter sized amount of product for your baby.

Baby Mantra products are marketed as being for babies, but they are also great to use on toddlers, older kids, or even adults with sensitive skin.

I didn’t feel like their newborn shampoo and body wash worked well as a shampoo for my long hair, but I’ve used it as a body wash a few times with great results.

Visit the Baby Mantra website to learn about the different products in the company’s line or to purchase items for your family. Products can be purchased individually or as combo gift sets that would be perfect for the next baby shower you attend.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: Baby Mantra

Save Money by Switching to CVS Flushable Moist Wipes

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 by No Comments

Flushable moist wipes are a must for any mother of young children. I started buying them when my son was being potty trained and discovered they were well worth the investment. It’s much easier for kids to clean themselves up properly with the flushable wipes, so the wipes pay for themselves in terms of the time they save when you’re doing laundry.

CVS Total Home flushable most wipes are made with aloe and vitamin E to be gentle on your skin. They work just as well as any other brand of wipes I’ve tried, but offer a 20-30% savings.

In addition to being cheaper than name brand wipes, the CVS Total Home wipes are made in the USA. I can’t always afford to buy American made products, but saving money and supporting efforts to keep jobs in the United States is a win-win situation in my book.

Like other flushable moist wipes, you do need to be careful when using the CVS Total Home wipes. Flushing too many wipes down the toilet can create expensive clogs in your sewer and septic system. (Check out this article from the Washington Post for details.)

It’s best to tell your kids that the flushable wipes are only for when they need to go #2 on the potty. Have them use toilet paper for everything else.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: CVS