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Here are some cool little tricks I have learned over the years that will do just as good job as any leading commercial product on your complexion, hair and body but without adding the toxic cocktail or compromising your style or budget. Enjoy!
In the morning, slap a spoonful of plain organic yogurt on your face. Higher fat % for dry or normal skin and fat-free for oily. Excellent moisturizer and you can have the rest for breakfast;0)
Instead of your usual hairspray or gel try to apply plain aloe vera gel to style your hair. Dissolve a little bit of sugar for extra hold. Works just great!
Ummm...strawberries! Mash one or two extra-ripe berries in a cup, dip a cotton ball in the juice and wipe your face and neck area. Leave for 5-10 minutes, wash off with cold water. Your face will instantly look fresh and glowing, like after 8 hrs good night sleep. This one is my personal favorite, - being a mom to a teething toddler, 8 hours of sleep is unimaginable luxury I can only dream of, so this trick really does the job of looking good in the morning!
Good old cucumber will take the puffiness out of your eyes in no time. Cover your eyes with fresh, cold (must be cold!), thin slices and leave them on for a couple of minutes. Re-apply a fresh batch if needed. Camomile tea bags and ice cubes will do the trick too!
Lemon juice will get the skin discoloration caused by sun damage out, but you have to be persistant! Keep your skin well moisturized to avoid dry patches and remember to use good sunblock in between the applications (actually, you should use one All the time!). "For extra fun, let your boyfriend or spouse kiss your lemon-juiced face - the look on his face will be priceless!"
But what has to be done - has to be done! Going through tons of materials to choose from I outlined the most basic things, like carpeting, paint, furniture and bedding that should be as "clean" as possible:
Floors. Yes, a soft carpet in bright colors might seem like a perfect choice, but it off-gasses toxic chemicals right into the air your little one is breathing. Vinyl flooring is a big no-no. A much healthier alternative is a natural, easy to clean surface like inexpensive and stylish bamboo or other prefinished wood flooring. Throw a rug on top with a no-skid undermat, something you can wash and air dry once in a while.
Furniture. Most of the furniture you see in the stores today is made with chipboard and pressboard. The glue that holds it together contains formaldehyde which can off-gas into the air for years! Which is why choosing a solid wood or metal furniture is your best option health-wise. While it can be quite pricey, buying used furniture can save you hundreds of dollars. The only thing you should not get second-hand is a crib, for safety reasons.
Bedding and clothing. Did you know that most of baby bedding is treated with fire resistant chemicals and most of new clothing contains formaldehyde? The least you can do is to wash everything before using it to help draw out harmful chemicals. But better yet, choose organic clothing and bedding made with organic and natural fibers that are chemical-free.
Windows. Stick with wooden or metal blinds and don't buy wrinkle resistant curtains. As pretty as they may look they all contribute to the chemicals off-gas into the air your family is breathing.
Personal care products. Stuff like air fresheners, fabric softeners adn petrolium based body care products all contain potential cancerogens and irritants. While shopping, look for natural and organic skin care products. Stay away from heavy scented lotions, creams and shampoos. They may contain phtalates and parabens, potent endocrine disruptors and irritants.
Once you start "greening up" your home, the possibilities are endless! Don't stop there, choose organic and local food, use less plastic, drive smaller car. Your children will thank you for this.
And you can always visit our online store, where you will find a great selection of beautiful organic and eco-firendly products for yourself, your kids and even your pets!
Our company is family owned, originated in our home country - Denmark and based in beautiful Eastern Ontario, Canada.
Max was born with a full set of allergies and a very sensitive skin. Even the most gentle baby cream would trigger a severe eczema that would last for weeks. To keep it under control, we had to apply steroid cream on him several times a day. I hated the idea of putting stuff on my baby's skin the name of which I could not even pronounce! While searching the web for more natural alternatives we have learned a lot about different chemicals that are present in most non-organic or natural skin care products. We have learned that many of them are really bad for you and can cause deseases like cancer.
After we switched to natural skin care products for our son, we saw the difference after just a few hours! His skin cleared almost completely now.
This little change made us re-think other things in our life that affect us and our planet in a harmful way. Reading about billions (!) of tons of desposable diaper waste buried in our landfill made me switch to cloth diapers. It was a lot easier then I thought it would be, seriously!
Then the rest followed: no more plastic bags, only local and organic produce on our grocery shopping list, smaller cars, natural fiber clothing and so on, the list is getting longer every day.
Consider organics for yourself and your family. Not only you will feel good about yourself, you will also leave a cleaner, healthier world for your kids.
Hemp is a popular choice in fabric for a cloth diaper for so many reasons, including:
· Hemp absorbs moisture far better then synthetic fibres.
· Hemp has natural antifungal and antibacterial properties.
· It is very breathable and non-allergenic.
Hemp does not require pesticides or fertilizers and needs very little water to grow. Unlike other plants, hemp enriches soil it is growing on instead of depleting it of nutrients.
Unbleached Cotton, Hemp, Hemp/Cotton, Bamboo Diapers:
Prior to use wash your new diapers a couple of times in hot water and a small amount of mild detergent, drying between each wash cycle. This will help make your diapers fully absorbent. Do not use fabric softeners, dryer sheets or detergents containing citrus oils as they will coat the diapers making them water repellent. To help keep your diapers disinfected naturally - add a few drops of Tea Tree Oil to your diaper pail and/or your washing machine. Do not use bleach. Keep your wet and dirty diapers in a covered diaper pail. Using a waterproof bag is an excellent option to help seal in odours between washings and make emptying the diaper pail more convenient.
To wash your wool covers simply soak them in cold water with a small amount of mild detergent for about 20-30 minutes. Then roll them up in a towel to get the excess water out and lay flat or hang to dry.You will need to lanolize your wool covers every 3-4 washes by adding a teaspoonful of melted lanoline (Lansinoh or PureLan by Medela) to soapy water and soaking them in it for about 10-20 minutes. Wool covers do not have to be washed at every change (unless soiled) so just air them when wet and they will smell fresh again. Wash every 10-14 days.
Hand or machine wash in warm water using a small amount of detergent. Hang to dry or tumble dry on medium heat.
If you have a baby, consider this:
Each baby needs up to 6000 diaper changes over the course of 2-3 years.
There are 18 billions tons of disposable diapers are used in the States along.. in ONE year.
Disposable diapers are buried in our landfills, where they stay for hundreds of years.
If you really care about what kind of world your child will live in, consider using cloth diapering system. Really, it's a lot easier than many people think! You will also end up saving a lot of money, yes, even with those two extra laundry piles each week. Cloth diapers come in many shapes, colours and styles to satisfy even the most picky parent.
Be kind to our planet - choose products that offer value, function and respect for the environmentproducts. Not only will you feel good about yourself, you will also leave a cleaner healthier world for your kids.
As soft and comfy as cotton is, the cultivation of non-organic cottonis a toxic nightmare. Over 1/4 of all the pesticides used in modern agriculture are applied to the modern ctton plant. This stuff contains some of the nastiest compounds known to a man, including cyanide. Five out of nine major pesticides used in cotton production are proven cancer causing chemicals and all nine are classified by EPA as TYPE 1 and TYPE 2 - the most dangerous listing out there.
Flat Diapers - First cloth diapers were flat diapers, a rectangle of absorbent material folded around your baby’s bum.
Pre-Folded Diapers -Pre-Folded diapers (sometimes called Indian or Chinese pre-folds) are almost identical to flat diapers. Pre-folds are a multi-layered square of fabric, usually sewn into three panels with extra layers in the centre panel for added absorbency.
Contour Diapers - A contour diaper is a number of layers of absorbent fabric cut in bone or an hourglass shape. Some may also have elastic around the legs and waist for a better fit.
Fitted Diapers - Fitted diapers are a more advanced version of the contour diapers. The only difference is snaps or hook and loop (Velcro or Aplix) closures.
Pocket Diapers - Pocket diapers consist of two parts: a waterproof outer layer with an inner layer of fleece and an insert. The two layers are sewn together in such a way as to leave an opening at the back into which you put an insert of your choice.
All-In-Ones - All-In-Ones (AIOs) aim to provide the ultimate in convenience by providing everything you need in one step with no fasteners or separate covers required. Absorbent material and waterproof cover are built into one diaper. They are not as breathable as two-part diapering system and they tend to take longer to dry.
Vinyl, Vinyl-Coated Polyester, PVC - The diaper covers of our parents – these are made with harmful polyvinyl chloride, a plastic that may contain phthalates, an endocrine disruptor. They are not breathable or durable. Not a good choice.
Polyurethane Laminate (PUL) - PUL covers are made with knitted polyester or cotton that has been treated with polyurethane, making them waterproof but breathable and mildew resistant.
Wool - Wool is naturally anti-bacterial and can absorb up to one-third of its weight in moisture without feeling wet. A high-quality wool cover made from untreated wool is soft and not scratchy at all as many people might think. It also provides regulated body temperature keeping your baby cool in summer and warm in winter.
Fleece - An alternative to wool, fleece is made of 100% polyester, which wicks moisture away from baby’s skin. Fleece is machine washable, but can be prone to detergent build up, which may decrease performance.
Liners - A thin layer of soft flushable cellulosic fibre between baby’s bum and diaper to absorb any solid mess. Simply discard the soiled liner in the toilet and flush it away.
Doublers - An extra layer of soft, absorbent fabric added to a diaper to increase absorbency. They are perfect for naps, overnight or for babies who wet heavily.
Inserts - They are a wide variety of materials used in the pocket of a pocket diaper.