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Ava Home 1Mom” has a new favorite when it comes to green cleaning products – Ava Anderson Non-Toxic! The Ava Home collection will keep your home clean but not toxic, and for “Mom,” who has two little ones, this is of the utmost importance. However, not all “green” cleaning products are created equal, and we were pleasantly surprised by the efficacy of the entire Ava Home line when testing out the products at Tiny Green Mom.

First thing to note – the incredible aroma of the cleaning products! The essential oil blend are not only powerful cleaning agents, but they make your home smell incredible right from the first spray! All of Ava’s Home products are a strong blend of the gentlest natural surfactants, minerals, and enzymes plus an essential oil blend of peppermint, lavender and tea tree oils which offer strong cleaning results without harmful chemicals and synthetic fragrance. They are the safest and best eco-friendly cleaning products on the market, and are human & pet safe as well. The ingredients are as follows: deionized water, fatty acids from plants, coconut oil, folic acid, sustainably-sourced minerals and enzymes, essential oil blend of peppermint, lavender and tea tree.All ingredients used in Ava Anderson Non-Toxic products score a ‘0’ on the Cosmetic Database’s toxicity scale- the lowest number you can be awarded.

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Our favorite was definitely the All Purpose & Glass Cleaner! Blended with gentlest natural surfactants, minerals, enzymes and essential oil blend of peppermint, lavender and tea tree oils, this powerful cleaner gives strong cleaning results without the use of toxic chemicals and artificial fragrances.

We also adored Ava’s Dish Soap, which made cleaning dishes a much more relaxing experience due to the armoa! Made from naturally derived minerals, organic enzymes and biodegradable soda ash, Ava’s Dish Soap will clean your dishes without leaving toxic chemical residue.

For greener cleaning in the bathroom, the Hard Surface & Bathroom Cleaner is both family and pet safe, and cleans tough to clean areas easily!

What we also found interesting to note is that Ava Anderson is a young, savvy eco-entrepreneur! This talented and smart young woman founded Ava Anderson Non-Toxic when she was only 14. Now at 19, her collection of organic, non-toxic products enjoy a large celebrity mom following including Alicia Silverstone, Kelly Preston and Laila Ali.

To learn more about the entire Ava Anderson Non-Toxic collection, visit avanaturals.com.

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

Simplify your daily beauty routine with Weleda’s New One-Step Cleanser and Toner, which cleanses and refines your skin in one simple step! Ideal for normal to combination skin, this lovely lotion smells fabulous as it cleans and tones without drying out your skin.

Mom” is a huge fan of Weleda skincare products, and this new One-Step Cleanser & Toner did not disappoint! Easy to use – just place on a cotton round and wipe over the skin before applying your moisturizer. The light citrus fragrance, which has been derived from pure essential oils, perks you up in the AM, which is a bonus! In addition to toning, the One-Step Cleanser & Toner can be used to effectively remove make-up, as well.

To learn more about Weleda’s One-Step Cleanser & Toner, as well as their extensive skincare line for face and body, please visit weleda.com.

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

On the road this summer? Beat the heat and freshen up anytime, anywhere with these fabulous towelettes infused with natural essential oils! “Mom” is lovin’ these instant refreshers when hitting the beach or park – they can be conveniently tucked in a pocket, purse, beach tote or diaper bag for an instant clean-up when a shower is just not possible. No need to use the baby’s wipes to smell baby fresh – Frais offers a clean essence for both men & women. Plus, the towelettes will remove waterproof mascara in a pinch!

Frais All-Natural Individual Towelettes contain Ginkgo Biloba, pure Shea Butter, Vitamin E and a luxurious assortment of eight Australian-blended essential oils, lifts the mind with Ginger, Tangerine, Lemon Myrtle, Niaouli, Orange, Basil, Grapefruit and Cardamom. Delightful for anyone on-the-go!

For more information on Frais Luxury Products, visit www.fraislux.com.

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

5 Aromatherapeutic Essential Oils of Value to the Human Body

By Sydney Johnston of BlissPlan.com

Aromatherapy uses the essence of plants, called essential oils, to treat physical, emotional and even mental stresses in humans and sometimes animals. Some people scoff at the use of aromatherapy, claiming there is no “scientific evidence” of its value. However, the famous De Materia Medica, written by a physician from ancient Greece in the first century AD, and used throughout the Roman empire, emphasizes the value of aromatherapy. A therapy that has lasted for at least two thousand years surely would have been abandoned centuries ago if it had no value to humans.

There isn’t anything mysterious about the “how” of aromatherapy. These essences stimulate nerves inside the nose which connect to areas within the brain. This is common practice in any hospital when an anesthesiologist covers the nose of a patient to create unconsciousness and substances from chloroform to horrifying chemical gas weapons using the respiratory system to influence the human body.

Aromatherapy isn’t meant to treat serious medical conditions but can be perfect for minor ones or when used alongside more traditional treatments. And here are three powerful essential oils you might consider.

1. Pine or Eucalyptus

Have you ever wandered through a pine forest, especially one at a higher elevation? It can be almost intoxicating! That’s because pine stimulates the nervous system and is a great pick-me-up. Instead of drinking coffee and eating sugary pastry when drowsy and muddle headed, try inhaling pine. Eucalyptus has much the same effect but most people have strong opinions about this particular scent – they love it or hate it. Pine is enjoyed by almost everyone.

2. Lemongrass and/or Sage

If you’re not drowsy but instead have the opposite problem of being too stimulated, sage and delicious lemongrass can help. Lots of us feel a headache coming when we’re too pressured and either one of these oils might ward off pain in your head, or even improve it if you already have a headache.

3. Blue Tansy

Blue tansy is an essential oil that is unfamiliar to most of us, but this sweet-smelling, deep blue colored oil is a boon to asthmatics and allergy sufferers. It’s anti-inflammatory and is a natural antihistamine which eases breathing and dilates the bronchial tubes.

It also relieves pain because it relaxes the nervous system to create a sense of calm and relieve stress and tension.

Be warned, though: it is quite powerful and needs to be diluted within a sweet oil like grapeseed or jojoba, plus it will stain clothing because its color is so strong, so use with care.

These three quick uses are just the tiniest fraction of the wide range of aromatherapy remedies easily available to us all. It’s important to know that synthetic fragrances absolutely will not provide the benefits of true plant essences so don’t be fooled into believing claims that you should use lab-created oils for anything but a pleasant smell. Genuine plant essences, on the other hand, are blessing to mankind and have a multitude of uses.

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Yes – this little spray does it all! From lightly scenting your linens and sheets and freshening up the room to soothing sunburns and itchy bug bites, the Body, Room & Linen Lavender Spray from Keys Creek Lavender Farm is a household dream come true!

Lavender is used typically as a natural sleep aid, due to its’ calming properties, but it has a multitude of uses that make this essential oil a must-have in any home. Keys Creek Lavender Farm has developed a lovely spray made from Certified USDA Organic lavender essential oil and pure lavender hydrosol. It can be kept in the home, office, or car – anywhere you may need to experience the soothing attributes of lavender.

Mom’s” favorite use? Two or three sprays on the pillow before bedtime – creating a peaceful state of bliss as slumber beckons!

To learn more about the wonderful uses of lavender, or to order the Body, Room & Linen Lavender Spray, please visit www.keyscreeklavenderfarm.com.

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

Soothe and protect chapped lips this winter with Jess’ Bee Natural Lip Balms! Made with all-natural, chemical-free Organic Raw Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E, Beeswax, Soybean Oil, and lightly scented with essential oils – your lips have never felt more hydrated and moisturized! Jess’ Bee Natural Lip Balms are available in 6 flavors, including Tangerine, Peppermint, Lime, Cinnamon, Grapefruit, and Natural. The Grapefruit and Tangerine flavors definitely put a pep in your step, especially in the morning! Not only does Jess’ Bee Natural make fabulous lip balms & lip scrubs, but they offer all-natural shea butter lotions & lotion bars for men, women, and babies, as well as stretch mark creams for new mamas.

Jess’ Bee Natural is an eco-conscious business specializing in high-quality skin care. All of their products are produced in small batches and are hand poured, using some of nature’s purest ingredients known for their moisturizing, healing, and soothing qualities.

All of Jess’ Bee Natural products can be found nationwide at Whole Foods Market, as well as online at www.jessbeenatural.com.

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

Gentle on baby’s delicate skin, and lightly scented with Lavender essential oil, this Lavender Baby Gel from Keys Creek Lavender Farm provides a calming bath experience for little ones! Paraben-free, the Lavender Baby Gel contains Organic Aloe Vera, Roman Chamomile essential oil, German Chamomile essential oil, and the Keys Creek Lavender Farm’s own Lavender essential oil. pH-balanced and extremely mild on tender skin – this is a wonderful choice for a cleansing and soothing bath gel!

To use, prepare baby’s bathwater, and pump a very small amount onto the washcloth or into your palm, work into a lather, and cleanse. Light and lovely, the scent of Lavender will fill the room!

To learn more about Keys Creek Lavender Farm in Valley Center, CA, or to order one of their many lavender-inspired products, please visit www.keyscreeklavenderfarm.com.

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

When you are on-the-go during the hottest part of the summer, finding a way to cool down and feel refreshed isn’t always easy! That is where COOL OFF™ comes to the rescue! This portable, pocket-sized cooling towelette helps you to recharge and beat the heat, naturally! Infused with a lovely, clean-scented combination of cooling herbs, plant botanicals, and essential oils, these innovative towelettes will help you cool down in a flash!

It’s easy to use COOL OFF™! Simply remove the towelette and shake lightly. Press it onto the back of the neck, inner arms and back of knees. Then blot the forehead and other desired areas, such as wrists and forearms – you will feel refreshed in no time!

These super-soft towelettes are perfect for use while hiking, jogging, working out (indoors or outside), playing sports – anywhere you tend to work up a sweat! COOL OFF™ also helps those experiencing the hot flashes associated with menopause – these discreet towelettes can be used to help you renew and recharge instantly. They are available in a box of 24 packets.

To learn more, or to order, please visit CVS.com. COOL OFF™ can also be purchased online on Amazon.com or at Duane Reade stores in New York.

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

The saying goes, “If Mama Isn’t Happy, Then Nobody’s Happy!” Here’s a way to combat those baby blues postpartum – with Earth Mama Angel Baby’s Happy Mama Spray. The name alone is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face! Touted as “virtual bliss in a bottle,” a simple spritz of this spray which contains ginger and lime pure essential oils is sure to settle mom’s nerves. Found at Babies R’ Us and online at www.earthmamaangelbaby.com.

*Company provided sample for review*