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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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by Wendy Gabriel

GREEN TIP: When purchasing a new clothing item, keep these simple tips Green your closetto a greener closet in mind. Buy local, buy natural and buy organic.

Buy local. Just like with our food, the less distance your clothes travel to get to you, the less they contribute to green house gases. Look at the labels, if the clothes or the fabric come from overseas, think about the added impact on the environment from the use of petroleum and additional greenhouse gases generated in transporting those goods. Also, if we buy goods made and produced locally, we are helping support our workers and our economy (which means there is a better chance that labor laws, fair trade and healthy working conditions are followed).

Buy Natural. Avoid synthetic materials. Polyester fiber is made from the same petrochemical compound as plastic water bottles (polyethylene terephthalate). It’s made from nonrenewable crude oil that often creates pollution in both its mining and manufacturing, and there are many toxic and harmful chemicals used in it’s production. In general, buy natural fibers – it will keep the chemicals away from our workers, away from our kids, out of our environment (water, ground and air) and it will reduce our use of petroleum – a non-renewable resource.

Buy Organic. While natural fibers, cotton, bamboo, and so on are better than man made, it is important to buy organic whenever possible.

According to BigGreenPurse.com:

  • Approximately 25% of all insecticides and more than 10% of the pesticides used in the world are used to grow cotton.
  • It takes 1/3 lb. of pesticides and fertilizers to produce enough cotton to make just one t-shirt.
  • Organically grown cotton uses beneficial insects and biological and cultural practices to control pests and build strong soil.

In addition to the concern about chemicals entering the air, ground and water from conventional cotton farming, cotton also enters our diets through cottonseed and cottonseed oil, and is also used in animal feeds.

We all can make a difference. Being informed about the new clothes you buy and the effect they have on the environment is important. You might only buy one organic cotton shirt, but if we all made a similar purchase, our cumulative impact would be huge.

Source: Green Living Tips

My Green Side’s weekly web pick:

Organic Consumers Association
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics.

Editor’s Note: Each Wednesday My Green Side brings Simple Tips for Green Living to The Christopher Gabriel Program. We also highlight a favorite green site each week. You can stream the segment at approximately 1020am (CDT) every Wednesday at WDAY.com.

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