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Green ‘n Healthy Gift Basket (or Stocking) Ideas – Part 1

I don’t know a girl alive who doesn’t enjoy a good “basket o’ stuff” for the holidays. Of course, it is important to personalize this basket for the particular girl you have in mind, so I thought I might offer some basket filling ideas that are green and healthy! And clearly, you can stuff a stocking with this stuff, too.

If you are looking for some healthy bath products for a girl who likes tropical or beachy themes, try these:

Indian Coconut Nectar, Island Vanilla, Hawaiian Ruby Guava, or Brazilian Mango Grapefruit perfume and body butter by Pacifica. Each one is an exquisite blend of tropical and luscious fragrances. The coconut is reminiscent of your favorite summertime sunscreen, but more subtle (though surprisingly lasting). The vanilla is really an all-year kind of fragrance that reminds me of Aquolina’s Pink Sugar, but richer, less candy-scented, and all-natural guaranteed. Hawaiian Ruby Guava is fruity, warm, and floral, while the Brazilian Mango Grapefruit is fruity, crisp, and bright. Pacifica is one of my favorite makers of natural perfumes…you can normally find them in stores like Whole Foods, Central Market, Sprouts, etc…but they are also online and you have plenty of time to order now! They often have candles, diffuser reeds, and solid perfumes to pair with their perfume scents, as well. They also have a relatively new line of face care and makeup that is getting rave reviews.

Honey Mango or Island Citrus body wash by Alba Botanica are very much like “standard” body washes that smell incredible, hydrate the skin, and omit the following types of ingredients: artificial colors, parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate or sodium methyl sulfate. Alba Botanica is a company focused on vegetarian and earth-friendly products and is usually easy to find in your natural grocery stores. Try iherb.com for sweet online prices.

Coconut & Hibiscus Body Butter by SheaMoisture is a luscious lotion that is super softening and moisturizing—so much so, that I keep it on my desk at work. When I first started using it, my co-workers immediately commented on how “lovely” it smells. It’s a nice floral and tropical scent that works with those Pacifica perfumes above and it should be fairly easy to find at your local Target.

Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub – Grapefruit or Brown Sugar Body Polish – Kumquat by Hugo & Debra Naturals make great scrub options for your basket. Hugo & Debra Naturals are committed to creating vegan products that omit the following ingredients: parabens, phenoxyethanol, sulfates, PEGs, propylene glycol, petroleum products, silicones, phthalates, synthetic surfactants, artificial colors, or synthetic fragrances. Also soy free, gluten free, and cruelty free. These products smell amazing and are gentle enough to be used on the face and décolleté. Find them at your local natural grocer or online.

Coconut Foot Cream by Burt’s Bees is, in my humble opinion, Burt’s best creation. Not only does it have a wonderfully simple coconut (and rosemary and peppermint) fragrance, it is the best healing “balm” type of product I have ever found. It’s super rich, and although it is oily, it works wonders at smoothing out rough heels! I even use it on my hands in the winter time because they get chapped and cracked…this is the only thing that heals that dryness. I cannot recommend enough. Also, it should be super easy to find at stores like Target and Walmart.

And it might sound weird to give your gal deodorant, but if you do, it will be a very special treat for her. Fancy deodorant by La Vanila comes in all kinds of scents, but Vanilla Passion Fruit or Pure Vanilla will stay within the “tropical” theme we have going here. These puppies are expensive for deodorant, but are all-natural and effective, luxurious and lasting. This is Oprah’s deodorant of choice, if that means anything to you. I find it hard to spend this much money on deodorant, personally, but that’s what makes it such a special treat! You can get this from Sephora or directly from Lavanila.com.

Round out your basket with a natural loofah, pumice stone, nail brush, and towel, and you have got a magnificent gift to give that someone special.

Dang. I wish someone would buy all of this stuff for me. Note to self…have hubby read my blog.  Happy gifting, y’all!

Up next: Peppermint and Cinnamon!

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Hoorays, Yays, and Not So Greats

Hello, all!

If you read this blog often, you know my most recent post was the first “real” post since way back in the winter.  Well, what happened was that I had bought a lot of products, but needed to pace myself on actually using them for awhile, finding replacements for the duds, and well, using everything I had bought with all that money before I went to go buy more products.

So, I’m ready now with some new reviews.  My ratings go like this:  Hooray = I”m a FAN and will buy this product as long as they make it!  Yay = it’s good, but there’s some sort of issue, either cost or ingredients or something that hasn’t convinced me not to try something else.  Not So Great =  it might have been a good idea, but definitely not worth buying again.

To start, since the products I tried are quite numerous, a few Hoorays!

Tuscan Blood Orange Spray Perfume

Pacifica perfume sprays, lotions, and candles.  I’ve raved about this product in more than one place online, bought it for my mom and sister-in-law for Christmas, and pretty much wear it everyday.  The body butters are moisturizing without being too greasy and they absolutely smell delicious.  I pretty much replaced my vast collection of perfumes with about 6 different fragrances from this company.  My favorites are Tuscan Blood Orange and Island Vanilla.  Okay, and Malibu Lemon Blossom is a very close third.  This company is committed to only the best and most natural of ingredients, ensuring no pthalates or other “bad for you” chemicals, they do not test on animals, all products are 100% vegan, and by the way, gluten free.  They have some crazy good online specials once a month and can also be easily purchased at Whole Foods, Central Market, and other naturally-minded stores for around $20 for a 1 oz. perfume. They also have yummy all-natural lip balms with shimmer and tints, body wash, bar soap, reed diffusers, and more. I am. in. love. HOORAY!

Shea Moisture body wash – specifically the Coconut & Hibiscus scent…Holy moly, does this product smell so totally yum.  I was so sad that I had to give away all of my moisturizing and bubbly body wash for fear it was full of phthalates and other dubious ingredients.  Bar soap is fine, but it *can* be more drying than other soaps, as we all know.  This brand, Shea Moisture, has a broad variety of products that list all-natural products, fragrance created from essential oils, and promises “no parabens, no phtalates, no paraffin, no formaldehyde, no propylene glycol, no mineral oil, no synthethic fragrance, no animal testing, no PABA, no synthetic color, no DEA, and no animal ingredients.”  Their website is currently down for reconstruction (I imagine it was flooded with fans once their products became so widely available), but you can find their products at reasonable prices at places like Walmart, Target, Walgreens, and the like.  They have lots of other scents, and they specialize in hair products for ladies of color (more on this in another blog), so there is something for everyone with this brand.  Again.  Major win!

On a side note, I am impressed with the growing availability of natural products at places like Target and Walmart.  You do need to know where to look, though, because you aren’t necessarily going to find those “good for you” products in the same aisle as similar products.  While I did find the Shea Moisture products above in the usual aisle in Walmart, the Burts Bees, “Yes To” products, and other things like Dr. Bronners are often in a dedicated section of products near either cosmetics (Walmart) or in my local Target, they get their own side of a whole aisle between cosmetics and the pharmacy!  As you can imagine, the selection at Target is pretty extensive if it can fill up a whole aisle.

Next time…the “Yays.”

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