Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Earth Week Sponsor . Natural Home Essentials

I'm very excited to introduce the first Earth Week Sponsor, Natural Home Essentials, a local company. Karen sells most of her products at our co-op. She is a pharmacologist specializing in toxicology by day so when she reads a label on a product, she actually knows what those ingredients are. Ten years go, she started to make her own natural home and personal care products so that she could avoid exposing her family to chemicals found in commercial soaps, lotions, etc.

Here's what's special about her products:

- Made with pure oils, butters, waxes, and other natural materials
- Scented only with essentials oils - no artificial fragrances or phthalates
- All palm oil is certified organic & sustainably farmed - no rainforest destruction
- No genetically modified anything!
- As many organic ingredients as possible while still keeping the price reasonable
- Food grade sodium hydroxide, not industrial-grade lye, in the soapmaking process

Over the last few years we have made a gradual shift to more natural products. I don't buy anything with parabens (methylparaben, propylparaben, etc.), SLS, homosalate, or pthalates. I've also been using deodorants without aluminum ingredients for over 10 years. Luckily, it's becoming easier to find these products thanks to this green revolution we're in and websites like Etsy. And we even luckier to have Karen as our neighbor who drops a soap or two on our front porch when we're not looking. Awesome.

Here's the giveaway from Natural Home Essentials:
Pink Grapefruit Soap, a refreshing splash of citrus with the moisturizing power of shea butter

Masala Bay Soap, a moisturizing soap, fragranced with an exotic blend of West Indian bay, citrus, and spices

Healing From The Hive Body Butter Bar, designed to moisturize and protect with only pure, natural ingredients, without feeling heavy or greasy. No unpronounceable ingredients that don't even keep your skin from getting scaly and cracked. Because it contains no added water, no chemical preservatives are required.

Check out the website for more information and a complete list of ingredients. Giveaway now closed.

15 comments:

Steph said...

All that stuff looks so yummy! Definitely going on my "I don't really need anything for Mother's Day, but since you're asking..." list.

Carolyn said...

Not to copy Steph, but those soaps look absolutely delicious! I have found that eco-friendly soaps tend to last longer than the conventional kind.

Beth Lemon said...

I have used the soaps and they are amazing. They are not drying at all. I highly recommend them! Ask her about her bug spray.

The Pooley Tribe said...

Those look yummy! The body butter especially. kapfife at gmail dot com

Domestic Diva said...

Lovely! Thanks for the chance.

Funk Family said...

Looks awesome! I bet it smells awesome and all you women promoting back to nature are awesome!

laurel said...

Woooo! Fantastic looking soaps! Thanks for the chance!

Justine said...

What a neat giveaway! Love it!

Emma! said...

Awesome! Thanks for the contest. I'm following you now too!

shaina said...

Pink grapefruit soap. mmmm. I love the scents of homemade soaps!! So yummy smelling.
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Allison said...

Everything just looks like it smells amazing!

Roma said...

Homemade soap is the best! These look great!

Chuka said...

I would love to win any of these soaps!

joy gardner said...

The corrugated one looks so good, almost like a body scrub more than a soap!

sweet limes said...

Mmmmm. I think handmade soaps are the best.