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JĀSÖN® Naturals Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner

Keep dry scalp and flakes at bay this winter with JĀSÖN® Naturals Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner! Tea Tree Oil combines with selected botanicals and protein to purify and fortify hair follicles helping to keep hair cleaner and shinier longer. Tea Tree Oil is also known as one of nature’s best bacteria fighters! www.jason-natural.com

JĀSÖN® Smoothing Sea Kelp Pure Natural Shampoo and Conditioner

Best for frizzy or just plain unruly hair, this natural hair care duo smells amazing all while taming fly-aways and rehydrating dry strands. In the dead of winter, your hair will look lustrous and alive! Featuring Hawaiian Ginger Root and Plumeria, the scent alone will take you somewhere tropical while staying out of the frigid weather. Plus, they do not contain any lauryl/laureth sulfates. www.jason-natural.com

Aubrey Organics Calaguala Fern Leave-In Conditioning Treatment

For a little extra help nourishing and conditioning your hair this winter, turn to Aubrey Organics Calaguala Fern Leave-In Conditioing Treatment. Made for fine and/or oily hair, this unique herbal treatment features an amino acid complex, herbal gums, and Calaguala Extract & Cade Essential oil to normalize your hair and scalp through the winter months. It smells fresh and aromatic, and can be left on overnight after applying for extra enrichment. A little goes a long way! www.aubrey-organics.com

Aubrey Organics NuStyle Organic Hairspray

For hold, shine and control, the new Aubrey Organics NuStyle Organic Hairsprays are a dream come true this season! Available in two formulations, Soft Hold & Regular Hold, both contain organic quinoa protein that boosts shine and holds hair in place. Plus, when you use one of these organics hairsprays, you don’t feel as though you are spraying yourself and the area around you with toxic ingredients! www.aubrey-organics.com

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Your hair is in for an eco-treat with Soy Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner from Peter Lamas! Made of Certified Organic Ingredients, 100% Vegan, and infused with lovely botanicals, dry and damaged hair will be revitalized in no time! Both the Soy Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner contain absolutely no Parabens, Petrochemicals, Sodium Lauryl or Laureth Sulfates! “Mom” loved how the rich, creamy soy conditioner made her hair feel silky and smooth after each use.

What are the benefits of using Soy Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner?

  • Soy Protein helps reconstruct and strengthen weakened hair shafts.
  • Fortified with Golden Seal, Carrot Seed, Chamomile and Yucca botanicals for their protective properties.
  • Aloe and Avocado combine to detangle hair and prevent split ends.
  • Moisturizes hair without weighing it down to give you super-soft, healthy looking locks.

To learn more about this planet-friendly company, or to order any organic haircare, bodycare or skincare products from Peter Lamas, visit www.peterlamas.com.

*Company generously provided images and samples for this review.*

Pure baby bliss! Your little angel will smell simply heavenly after a bath with Angel Baby® Shampoo & Body Wash! The sweet scent of organic orange and vanilla essential essentials combined with super calming organic calendula is a combination “Mom” just adores!

As always, Earth Mama Angel Baby has developed a fantastic product that contains absolutely no toxins, no artificial ingredients or fragrances, no petrochemicals, no sodium lauryl sulfates, no formaldehyde, and no phthalates! Certified USDA Organic, Angel Baby® Shampoo & Body Wash is made with pure (and gentle!) castile soap, and is excellent for use on sensitive, tender skin. Take care to watch that it does not get into baby’s eyes – this is not considered a “tear-free” formulation!

To learn more about Earth Mama Angel Baby products, or to order the Angel Baby® Shampoo & Body Wash, please visit the website.

Earth Mama Angel Baby is offering a special 20% discount off of the purchase of the Angel Baby® Shampoo & Body Wash for Tiny Green Mom readers! Please enter the following code: Itsablog20.

*Company generously provided images and samples for this review.*

Developed with the specific needs of moms’ in mind, Ma Mi Skin Care offers a complete line of natural skin care for women before, during and after pregnancy. “Mom” was delighted to discover that Ma Mi Skin Care contains absolutely no parabens, toxins, petroleum-based ingredients, sodium laureth sulfates, artificial colors, or unnecessary fillers. From exfoliating products to anti-aging products, the entire line gives moms a youthful and vibrant glow!

Mom’s” favorite? The Nightshift Eye Serum! It glides on evenly, and does not feel heavy on the delicate eye area. You can feel it working its’ magic on puffy, tired eyes and dark circles immediately.

With the holidays right around the corner, Ma Mi Skin Care offers a wonderful gift pack that any mother is sure to appreciate! The gift pack retails for $67.oo and contains a complete skin care regimen, which includes:

  • Reawaken Cleanser
  • Radiant Exfoliator
  • Satiated Moisturizer
  • Nightshift Eye Serum

To learn more about Ma Mi Skin Care, and their fabulous line of natural products, please visit www.mami-natural-skin-care.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

Let the light, clean scent of plumeria and sea kelp fill your shower as your shampoo and condition your hair naturally with JASON’s Plumeria & Sea Kelp Moisturizing System! This new, all-natural hair care system was recently introduced to provide eco-conscious individuals with lustrous, gorgeous hair without the use of harsh chemicals. The JASON Natural Salon Hair Care line contains essential oils and botanicals, but is completely free of parabens, sodium laurel sulfates, and animal by-products.

Whether your hair needs extra moisture, more body, or restoration, this new line offers something for every hair type. Plus – the shampoos and conditioners smell absolutely delightful due to the botanicals and essential oils added!

In addition to their new shampoos and conditioners, JASON offers styling aids and finishing products to help you tame and style your tresses. From natural wax pomade to volumizing root boost – JASON will help you to achieve your eco-fabulous look.

For more information, to locate a retailer near you, or to order online, please visit www.jason-natural.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

Were you aware that between 10% to 20% of children suffer from eczema in the United States alone? As children’s skin is extremely sensitive, eczema can be a common problem, especially in the first tender years of life. With such soft, delicate skin, only the gentlest of products will help to heal and soothe your child’s eczema or dermatitis rather than irritate the skin.

exederm® has created a full line of ultra sensitive formulations to ease the flare-ups caused by eczema and dermatitis. Given the National Eczema Association’s ‘Seal of Acceptance,’ all exederm® products contain absolutely no Parabens, Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS), Propylene Glycol, Fragrance, Lanolin, Formaldehyde, Phthalates, or Colors and Dyes. Only the mildest ingredients are used so as to avoid common chemical irritants found in many known brands.

To soothe, hydrate and protect delicate skin, exederm® has created a soothing baby oil, hydrating baby lotion, and intensive baby moisturizer. All of these products are rich, creamy, and glide on smoothly, a big plus for those little ones with already irritated skin! In addition, bath time is much less stressful with exederm®’s non-irritating baby shampoo and cleansing baby bath!

Mom” has been using the non-irritating baby shampoo on her little one with great success! This gentle, itch-free and tear-free shampoo has dramatically reduced the seborrheic dermatitis (commonly called “cradle cap”) on her child’s scalp after regular use.

To learn more about exederm®’s full line of skin care products for eczema and dermatitis, please visit www.exederm.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

Today’s illuminating article is written by health professional, Marissa Oachs, the 2nd in the series featured on Tiny Green Mom. Marissa offers an engaging commentary on what mothers need to know to make informed choices on common baby products. Another HUGE thanks to Marissa for providing this article for Tiny Green Mom’s readers! Please visit Marissa’s blog for more information: http://the-hardest-job-on-earth.blogspot.com/.

What Every Mother Should Know…About the Products We Use on Our Children

So…last time I focused on the air our children are breathing in. This time I am going to focus on the products we use on our children, such as lotions, body wash, shampoo, massage oil, etc.

Our children are the most precious gifts in the world ever given to us and it is up to us to keep them safe and healthy! There are a lot of things we have to worry about as mothers, but we shouldn’t let what we put on their skin be one of them!

To help you understand the rest of this article, let’s start with listing the significant offenders that you should look for in the ingredients of your baby products:

Parabens (Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben): These are used as preservatives in many of the baby products – lotions, washes, wipes, etc. They can cause allergic reactions, are irritating to skin/eyes, and have been shown to be harmful to human sperm. They are also a concern for reproductive problems and breast cancer. They are readily absorbed through the skin and have been detected in breast tissue and tumors.

1,4-dioxane: is harmful even in trace amounts. It is a byproduct of a chemical processing technique called ethoxylation used to make petroleum based cosmetic ingredients gentler to the skin.

Formaldehyde: this is a probable human carcinogen and is associated with gene damage, mutations, and developmental problems.

Benzethonium Chloride: This is used in some baby wipes and is highly TOXIC. Ingesting even a small amount may cause vomiting, collapse, convulsions, coma, or death

Benzyl Alcohol: moderately toxic if inhaled or absorbed through skin contact. It is a moderate skin and eye irritant and larger exposures can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory distress, and even death. It is found in some baby lotions and diaper rash cream.

PEGs: Polyethylene glycols should not be used on damaged skin due to concerns over kidney toxicity. It is also associated with cancer of the blood and lymph systems. PEGs are found in cleaning products and lotions.

Colorings: FD&C Yellow #5 is an allergen and has been associated with hyperactivity in children. It is added to some bubble baths and baby washes.

Fragrance: this is a catch all term that manufacturers can use without listing specific ingredients. Phthalates are often ingredients in fragrances. These include chemicals that are suspected carcinogens and hormone disruptors.

Here are some other ingredients of concern to keep an eye out for – talc, triethanolamine and cocamide DEA, Isopropanol, 2-phenoyxyethanol, glycerin, linoleic acid, cholecalciferol, 1,4-dioxane and triclosan.

Chemicals such as phthalates, parabens, and sodium lauryl sulfate, have turned up in shampoos, lotions, and body washes. These products may also contain harmful chemical by-products such as 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde, which the EPA classifies as probably carcinogens!

Here is another example – in a recent study involving infants and toddlers, 81% had signs of phthalates in their wet diapers after having had some type of personal care product applied to their skin. Some experts suggest that phthlates, which is also used as softeners in plastic toys and have recently been banned from children’s toys by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, can potentially have negative impacts on the respiratory system, liver, and kidneys!

Also, keep in mind while you read all these facts – a baby’s skin is five times thinner than an adults’, making it even easier for them to absorb all these harmful products! Plus, babies have a greater ratio of skin surface to body weight, so they have a harder time flushing the chemicals out of their systems!

It really hits home to me that this is serious when I see that other countries have banned them out of their products: Formaldehyde is banned from personal care products in Japan and Sweden and the European Union bans 1,4-dioxane from their personal care products at any level and have recalled products that contain the chemical. If other countries can do it, why aren’t we??!!

Here are some quick tips to fight these companies who are killing our children one bath at a time?

  1. Start to be choosy about what products you use. Read the labels on all the baby products you have in the house right now.
  2. Avoid or throw any products away that have any of the ingredients listed above.
  3. Simplify: Select products with fewer ingredients and no sythetic fragrance or dyes, and use fewer products overall
  4. Tell manufacturers that safety is important to you – write major companies that do include these harmful ingredients and tell them that safety for your children is important to you!
  5. Take action: Tell Congress you want safe cosmetics for babies, adults, and everyone in between.
  6. Buy the healthy alternatives. They may sometimes be a little more expensive, but keep in mind you will save money down the road by saving money in health and hospital bills

Marissa has listed some of her favorite alternative brands for different baby products below (some of which have also been featured on Tiny Green Mom!

  • Baby bath/wash: Shaklee, California Baby, Avalon Organics, Yes to Carrots
  • Baby oil/lotion/diaper rash ointment: Shaklee, Earth Mama Angel Baby
  • Baby shampoo/conditioner: Shaklee, Yes to Carrots, Aubrey Organics
  • Diapers: Earth’s Best, Seventh Generation, Tushies
  • Baby Wipes: Tushies, Seventh Generation, Earth’s Best

Please, for the safety of your children, the rest of your family, and the earth we live on, read the labels and choose wisely.