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As part of my partnership with Ecocentric Mom, I receive one of their bimonthly subscription boxes for review. Every Ecocentric Mom Boxother month when I get my box, I feel blessed that I get to try out some new products and tell you about them!

This is how it works: Ecocentric Mom is a natural/green health/home/beauty product discovery subscription service that gives you three different box options: Mom-to-be, Baby Box, or Mom Box. Boxes ship every-other-month (6 times per year). An every-other-month model makes boxes more affordable for all moms. Ecocentric Mom works hard to pack the very best of the best in each and every box… and they deliver (pun intended)!

I just received the May/June Mom Discovery Box and it was, again, full of products I would never have discovered on my own. It’s a great service to learn about healthier products that can reduce the amount of toxins in your household.

Here’s a look at the wonderful products I received this month:

Playmaker Nutrition All Natural Gummy Vitamins ($14 per bottle) These vitamins are specifically formulated to supplement the dietary needs of active kids and teens and are endorsed by seven world-class professional athletes. All products made in the USA with all natural flavors and colors and do not contain corn syrup, preservatives, gluten, dairy, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, and gelatin. I love what isn’t in thesePlaymaker Nutrition vitamins and my girls like the flavors (me too!).

ORGLAMIX All-Natural “Hot Mama” Eye Shadow ($9 per full size .05oz) Orglamix Pure + Natural Color Concentrate contains no fillers, binders or extenders typically found in most mineral makeup. The result is an amazingly velvety texture; rich, dense and decadent color; smooth, uniform pigment distribution and blendability. These colors look like a loose powder, but feel like a cream and deliver a long lasting, crease-free wear in beautifully vivid color. Formulated WITHOUT: parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs, triclosan. This is a beautiful color and is very long wearing, I love it!

Licious Organics Raw Honey Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies ($1.20 per cookie) These cookies are made without gluten, soy or wheat and include raw honey, organic chocolate chips, cocoa, vanilla, creamy peanut butter and Utah Pink Salt. This cookie was delicious and very filling (in a good way).

Sili SqueezeThe Sili Squeeze with Eeeze ($15 per Sili Squeeze) The Sili Squeeze is a reusable squeeze pouch with a spill-proof spout. Made of durable silicone and 100% toxin-free materials, their food pouches are meant to last for years. My 10-year old immediately claimed this cute container for her own and has used it to bring her favorite yogurt and smoothies on the go. It’s been wonderfully convenient for us!

Boiron Arnicare Gel ($2 travel size, $11 2.6oz full size) Works naturally with your body to help relieve muscle pain and stiffness, swelling from injuries, and bruising. The unscented gel, which contains homeopathic Arnica montana, is non-greasy, paraben-free and quickly absorbed by the skin. We LOVE this product and have been using it for years! I was so excited to see a travel size in my Ecocentric Mom Box, it went right into the little first aid kit that I carry in my purse.

Rise & Shine Organic Coffee Body Scrub by Simply Rustic ($12 8oz full size) The caffeine in Organic Coffee is loaded with anti-Lovely Candy Companyoxidants and is considered the most powerful and researched anti-oxidant around. Caffeine detoxes and revives your skin creating more even texture and skin tone on cellulite-affected areas and most importantly gives you healthier skin. Organic Cocoa Powder is rich in vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that nourish skin. Loving this product!

All Natural Chocolate Caramel Swirl ($4 – $5 for a full size bag) The Lovely Candy Company makes delicious, consciously crafted candies for people looking for indulgent treats that offer the best ingredients available. Their all natural, chocolate caramel swirl combines our soft, buttery caramel with a ribbon of rich decadent, chocolate caramel. OH MY GOODNESS! This was (yes, was, because I ate them all in record time…) one of the most delicious caramels I’ve ever eaten.

Monarch Farm Rose Complete Rejuvenating Face Cream ($5 travel size, $15 1.75oz size and $25 4 oz size) Their farm inspired herbal products are crafted with organic oils, waxes, essential oils, and botanicals to deliver the purity you are seeking. Rose Complete Rejuvenating Cream is formulated to ease the advancement of skin aging, Rose petal infused Rosehip Seed Oil, Rose Absolute & Rose Hydrosol synergestically combine to create a deeply moisturizing cream with proven skin regenerative ingredients. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the smell of this product! I’ve been using it since I received my box and I love how it makes my skin feel and look. And, I really think the price is great.

Wild Orange Natural Organic Solid Deodorant by Natures Natural ($2 travel size, $6 2.6oz full size) This Natures Natural deodorantdeodorant is 100% natural and has a great consistency and smells AMAZING. It’s baking soda free and 100% organic. I’m always on the lookout for natural deodorants for myself and now for my oldest daughter. This is a winner and I really liked the Natures Natural etsy shop.

LrCrem Naturals “LeRevital Riche Body Souffle” ($3 travel size, $24 8oz size) All natural and fully concentrated infused with protein rich neem, rosemary, jojoba, avocado and essential oils. Soothing moisturizing cream. No artificial additives, petroleum and parabens. Lightly scented Cherry Blossom. Safe for all skin types. This product smells delicious and I’ve been using it on my legs and it’s working wonderfully.

Antioxidant Rich Organic Nightly Repair Nectar by La Mav ($50 1.1oz full size) An advanced age-fighting serum formulated with CoEnzyme Q10 and Vitamin E to protects skin from free radicals and daily rigors. Eight bio-active organic flower nectars including Rose, Ylang Ylang and Neroli provide dry and dehydrated skin a powerful shield to lock in moisture and restore glowing softness, comfort and radiance while Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids boost skin tone and firmness. Love the ingredients in this product.

Disclosure: I am a part of the Ecocentric Mom Blogger Team and receive bimonthly subscription boxes for review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own. Affiliate links appear in this post.

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As part of my partnership with Ecocentric Mom, I receive one of their monthly subscription boxes for review. Every monthEcocentric Mom Discovery Box when I get my box, I feel extremely grateful that I get to review some awesome products and tell you about them! I just received the September Mom Discovery Box and it was, again, full of products I would’ve never discovered on my own.

Monthly subscriptions to Ecocentric Mom range from $17-$21 a month.  The value of the products inside the box well exceed that price, plus you can save hundreds of dollars with the discount codes provided exclusively to Ecocentric Mom subscribers. It’s a great service to learn about healthier products that can reduce the amount of toxins in your household.  To find out more about the service or to get next month’s box sent to your mailbox, visit EcocentricMom.com.

Here’s what was in this month’s box:

Bella Organics Crisp Apple Lip Balm ($3.50 full size lip balm) This is so perfect for Fall! And not only does it smell yummy it’s free of GMOs, contains no parabens, no additives and no chemicals. Only natural and organic ingredients.Eve Organics

Eve Organics “Dirty Hands” Hand Sanitizer ($6.95 2oz) Dirty Hands sanitizer is chemical-free, vegan and gluten-free. This sanitizer is for every day use to clean dirty hands. Therapeutic grade essential oils of lavender, lemon, peppermint and tea tree are antimicrobial, antibacterial and anti-fungal. LOVE this!

Allimax ($34.99 30 capsules) These capsules made from fresh, raw garlic are designed to help maintain a healthy natural defense system.

Real Purity Lipstick ($15.00 full size) The ingredients that “make up” Real Purity Lipstick are designed to be a powerful anti-oxidant and are so natural that the lipsticks could be eaten without any health concerns. And, did you know, according to the Real Purity website, that the average woman eats 18 tubes of lipstick in their lifetime? Yikes!

Beanfields Bean and Rice Tortilla Chips ($1.49 1.5oz bag) I LOVE that these snacks carry the Non-GMO Project Verified seal of approval. They also have twice as much protein and fiber as most tortilla or potato chip, are gluten free, vegan and food-allergy friendly. PLUS they taste DELICIOUS!

Eve Organics Balance Moisturizer ($23.95 2oz full size) This moisturizer has all the good stuff you want in a skincare product and nothing harmful. What I really appreciate about Eve Organics is their transparency regarding the ingredients in their products. They actually list them! This is not typical with skincare.

Tru All-Natural Multi-Purpose Cleaner ($19.95 concentrate makes 128 fluid ounces) Tru is completely safe and non-toxic, and made from 100% food-grade ingredients and is completely safe and non-toxic. AND they too are completely transparent about their ingredients… even their kids can pronounce them all.

Hang-It-Up Eco Friendly Bamboo Hanger ($19.99 per 2 pack of hangers) I needed a product like this! You can’t (orHosiery Hanger maybe you can) imagine the tights, scarves and other accessories my daughters have amassed… and then there’s mine! This awesome, eco-friendly hanger is nice to look at and really keeps things in their place with the elastic loops. I’ll be ordering more!

TravelSpritz or FruitSpritz by SpritzBlitz ($5.99 2oz full size) These convenient products contain no BPAs and use the cleaning power of lemon and orange oil to kill germs. And a portion of the proceeds from all of the SpritzBlitz products goes to charities benefiting children.

Other special offers included in my box this month:

A discount off Rock the Locks kids organic and natural hair products, free prints from the free app that lets you order prints of your mobile photos, PostalPix, and a discount on Sprout Non Toxic Nail Polish.

Use code “ECOMOM10″ for 10% off the monthly $21 subscription plan!Ecocentric Mom

Disclosure: I am a part of the Ecocentric Mom Blogger Team and receive monthly subscription boxes for review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own. Affiliate links appear in this post.

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by Wendy Gabriel

GREEN BUYING TIP:  Organic Essence is a certified organic body care company that cares about how their product is made, how it is packaged and how it performs.  Their goal is “good for you and good for the planet.”

Since the end of the presidential election, I’ve been missing all the who-is-endorsing-whom talk.  I didn’t think I would.  I thought I would be relieved that all the rhetoric was finally played out.  So, in case anyone else is feeling a little like a good endorsement would make their day, here it is:  I fully and wholeheartedly endorse Organic Essence.

 

I was lucky enough to have a kind representative from Organic Essence send a few samples to me. 

The amazing experience started the moment I opened the box.  The unbelievable scent of non-chemical goodness wafted up to greet me and I was hooked.  Then came the packaging.  The 100% biodegradable and eco safe jar is OK to compost in my garden.  The label is printed with soy ink and affixed with an organic adhesive.  It doesn’t get any better than that. 

Organic Shea Cream – grapefruit:  The scent, or flavor as it is listed on the label, is heavenly.  And apparently organic grapefruit is “well known to be an anti-aging skin detoxifier.”  And “like most citrus aromas, the fragrance evokes a feeling of euphoria and is most useful for its invigorating tonic purposes.”  This product can be used as a hand and body moisturiser, a lip moisturiser, a callus softener, a cuticle conditioner and a make-up remover.  Since using the Organic Essence products my lips, hands and heals have never been so soft.

Pure Organic Shea Butter:  The Pure Organic Shea Cream is a “natural cold pressed oil from the african karite nut. It is well known for promoting capillary circulation and is considered to be a superior healer and rejuvenator for troubled, dry or aging skin.”  And equally beneficial, the shea butter is fairly traded while supporting 600 women in Ghana.

Pure Organic SoapThis “eco foam” is yet another great product from Organic Essence.  I have replaced my body wash with this amazing soap that “unifies skin conditioning and gentle purifying soap with moisturizing aloe vera, and skin softening healthy certified organic oils.  All benefit its environmental essence and are synergistically mild enough for sensitive skin.”  I even use it as a body wash and shampoo for my five-year-old and 19-month-old daughters.  They love the scent and the foam.  And I love the assurance that “questionable ingredients or even trace toxins are not present to potentially harm their health.”

As the holiday’s are fast approaching, Organic Essence even has a product I will be using for stocking stuffers.  Their Organic Essence Lotion To Go – The Skin Moisturizer in a Stick. 

I am impressed with Organic Essence as an organization.  Their products are excellent and I will be supporting them whenever possible. 

Remember, whenever we make a purchase we are casting a vote for the things that really matter to us.

Yes We Can make a difference!

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