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Kiss My Face Kids Defense Lotion

Get prepared for an eco-friendly summer with these new finds! From play dates and picnics to long days at the park, “Mom” has compiled her top picks for the months ahead!

Kiss My Face Kids Defense Spray

Kiss My Face Kids Sun Care Collection

With the new Kiss My Face Kids Sun Care Collection, kids can protect their skin all summer long with formulas that effectively block harmful UV rays with the use of Antioxidant Defenders™ that are free of parabens, oxybenzone and artificial fragrances. Whether mastering the biggest cannonball or setting up shops for the best lemonade stand, summer’s possibilities are endless thanks to Kiss My Face. “Mom” is loving the Kiss My Face Kids Defense™ with Air Powered Spray™ SPF 50 – this provides a fast, easy applicaton for not only hard to reach places, but little ones on the move! Two more products round out the collection, which includes the Kiss My Face Kids Defense™ Mineral SPF 30 and the Cool Sport™ with Any Angle Air Powered Spray™ SPF 50. All products are biodegradeable, too! www.kissmyface.com

Posh Play Mat

This is a busy mom’s dream come true! This planet-friendly, PVC-free faux leather mat looks classy while providing little ones a sanitary place to play in an instant – both inside and out! With a large celeb following, the Posh Play Mat wipes clean in seconds and can be rolled up to tote anywhere, from the park to playdate to airport! www.poshplaymat.com

Desert Essence Baby

Desert Essence Baby

Afer a long day of playing in the summer sun, get your kiddos squeaky clean with this new favorite line of “Mom’s” by Desert Essence! Their new NSF-Organic & USDA Certified-Organic Babycare & Nursery Care products are simply awesome. The Oh So Clean 2 In 1 Gentle Foaming Hair & Body Cleanser smells delightful and is made from 100% Olive Castile soap blended with vitamin-rich Organic Sunflower Oil. The My Sweetie Pie Baby Lotion is also quite a hit! www.desertessence.com

Bitsy's Carrot Raisin Crunch

Bitsy’s Brainfood Cereals

Move over Raisin Bran! There’s an exciting new cereal called Carrot Raisin Crunch from Bitsy’s Brainfood that will have everyone clamoring to the table this summer! The popular Bitsy’s Brainfood has created a smarter cereal alternative made from organic ingredients and real fruits and veggies!. Bitsy’s cereal is available in three tasty flavor combinations: Fruit & Veggie 1,2,3, Carrot Raisin Crunch, and Banana Squash Squares. Kids can have a nutritious breakfast that will fuel them for the day of summer activities or the cereals make an excellent snack for on-the-go, too! Just place in a reusable container for something fun to nibble on! www.bitsysbrainfood.com

*Companies generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

 

Kiss My Face Kids SunblockWith kids spending more time playing outside or practicing cannonballs into the pool now that summer is upon us, it’s time to protect little ones from the harmful effects of the sun – naturally, of course! Kiss My Face Kids Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 is one of “Mom’s” top picks this summer – this natural mineral sunscreen glides on evenly, offers SPF 30 protection and does not contain nanoparticles, phthalates, fragrances, artificial colors or any other animal ingredients. It’s an excellent choice for parents who are concerned about their children as well as the planet!

With a little one who could swim for hours in the pool if it was up to her, “Mom” tested the new Kiss My Face Kids Sun Collection and was very pleased! It did not wear off quickly, and provided her sun-kissed child with optimal protection, no matter how many times she dove into the pool!

To learn more about the Kiss My Face Kids Sun Collection, or to order, please visit Whole Foods and KissMyFace.com.

*Company generosuly provided samples and images for this piece.*

hairdresserProtect Your Hair and the Environment: 5 Eco-Friendly Hair Care Products

We all want to have the gorgeous, glossy tresses that we see on shampoo commercials and red carpets, but some of us aren’t willing to increase our carbon footprint in the process. If you find yourself torn between using the products that are going to tame your mane and doing your part to ensure a greener tomorrow for future generations, you need not fret. As it turns out, you’re not the only eco-minded idealist looking to realize a greener lifestyle while still enjoying the benefits afforded by modern beauty products. And the good news is that there are a slew of hair care solutions that can give you the luscious locks you seek while doing less harm to the environment. Here are just a few that you may want to check out.

1. Alterna Bamboo shampoos and conditioners. Made with organic bamboo (and other) extracts, Alterna’s hair products smell amazing and leave your locks feeling clean and healthy. You’ll also appreciate the fact that they’re free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, sodium chloride, and toxic chemicals that populate other shampoos and conditioners. Many also contain antioxidants to repair damage caused by free radicals (created by exposure to the sun, chemicals, and so on), as well as a variety of natural ingredients that will make your hair soft, shiny, and super healthy. And they’re certified organic.

2. Dr. Bronner’s organic soaps. Dr. Bronner’s specializes in 100% organic products that are certified to USDA and Fair for Life standards (for organic and fair trade organizations, respectively). In addition, they’re meant to be sustainable thanks to 3-in-1 functionality that means you can use both the classic liquid and bar soaps for your skin, your hair, and even your laundry. In addition, the liquid soap is meant to be diluted in water, as it is concentrated, so a 2-ounce bottle could last you just as long as a much larger bottle of shampoo. Plus, the pure Castile formula denotes a vegetable oil base that will help to keep your hair soft and shiny.

3. Kiss My Face styling products. This company may be better known for their skin care products, which smell like heaven and work like a charm, but don’t discount their styling products that offer the same benefits for your hair. Although the products are touted as “natural” rather than organic (which, as you know, means very little), the ingredients are all plant-based, so at least you won’t have to worry about toxic chemical additives (although there’s no guarantee that the plants included weren’t subjected to chemical fertilizers and pesticides). However, they also use recycled materials in their packaging and their products are cruelty-free. Kiss My Face might not have the greenest credentials, but they’re better than most. And you really can’t beat their yummy scents.

4. Henna. If you’re looking for an alternative to the harsh chemical hair dyes that you’re used to, all-natural henna offers a plant-based solution that allows you to enjoy the versatility to alter your appearance without doing irreparable damage to your hair (or the environment). In addition, it’s not permanent, so you can change it up frequently if you want to.

5. Natural oils. No matter how many hot roller and flat iron reviews you read, you’ll be hard pressed to find heat treatments that don’t damage your hair. So if you want the straight strands or curly coifs they can offer you’ll simply have to protect your hair beforehand or repair the damage after the fact. And the truth is that you don’t need any specialized or pricy products to get the job done. With natural oils like organic olive, coconut, avocado, or almond (amongst others) you can help to seal the cuticle of your hair in addition to moisturizing your scalp. You’ll do no harm to the planet in the process and you can have the incredible hair you’ve always wanted.