Mommy Greenest Loves: Superfood Facial Oil

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When I was 30, I visited a legendary Los Angeles facialist who told me to stop using so many hydrating products. “Your skin is naturally oily,” she said. “You make your own moisture.” From then on, I just used eye cream at night, and added sunscreen in the daytime — all natural and organic, of course. And that was that, for a while.

But now I’m 50, and it’s a whole different ball game. Why? As hormones plummet and cells stop renewing, my skin is becoming drier. In the past few years, I’ve tried a lot of different creams, but the only thing that seems to restore moisture is a pure, natural facial oil. I’ve been using certified organic argan facial oil for a while, but recently upped my game by switching to Superfood Facial Oil from British natural beauty brand PHB Ethical Beauty. It’s lightweight but seriously hydrating — my skin drinks it up!

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My Electric Car Experience

I’ve been fascinated with the idea of owning an electric car since 2015, when I first met Josh Tickell and Rebecca Harrell, the amazing husband-and-wife team behind the “Fuel” documentary, which totally opened my eyes to the real possibilities of game-changing natural resources. (They’re also the powerhouse behind “Kiss the Ground,” which details how regenerative agriculture could solve global warming — but I digress.) Over the years, a few of my friends had tried plug-ins, but the ones I could afford wouldn’t get me to San Diego and back without charging, so I counted them out. Then Chevrolet offered to let me try out the new Bolt EV and let me tell you, it’s a game changer. 

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Mommy Greenest Approved: Blue Sky Family Farms Pasture Raised & Free Range Eggs

free range eggs in a crate held by a woman on a farmWhat’s the difference between caged and cage-free hens? Not much. The animals still spend their entire lives packed into a barn with hundreds of other hens, living their lives in just one square foot of space, on average. But because the public believes that cage-free is better, companies like McDonalds, Starbucks and Costco have embraced plans to phase out caged and heavily market cage-free eggs. As the egg-heavy Easter and Passover season is just around the corner, it’s important to know what you’re buying into when it comes to your eggs–and why pasture raised and free range eggs are better. [Read more…]

#ShopDrop2016 Gift Bag Preview

gift bags against white backgroundOn the fence about taking the Shop Drop Challenge? Perhaps the gift bag may convince you. What’s inside? Take a look! [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: RareEarth Natural Perfume + Video

natural perfumeIf you’ve been following Mommy Greenest for a while, you know that I like to make my own natural perfume. I made my first natural perfume video back in 2013, and when some readers commented that they were worried the natural vanilla extract base would stain their skin or clothes—never a problem for me, btw—I made another natural perfume recipe video, using rose water.

But my natural perfume formulas are typically two or three “notes,” meaning scents that I layer together. (I’m getting all perfumer-y on you know, I know.) So when natural perfume manufacturer rareEARTH challenged me to recreate one of their essential-oil based rareESSENCE perfumes—I went for it. Check out my DIY video and then enter to be one of 10 Mommy Greenest readers to win rareESSENCE‘s bestselling Beleza! [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Goodbeing Subscription Box

A subscription box against a white background showing contentsThe subscription box is a big trend these days: I’ve shared a sneak peek at snacks from Vegan Cuts, eco beauty from Spa Heroesvegan style focused LOVE GOODLY, and the fair trade subscription Artisan Box from GlobeIn. I value all of these subscription box services for their ability to help consumers save money and make healthier choices through their “try before you buy” programs. But when my beloved Goodebox subscription box service announced a rebrand to become Goodbeing, I had to investigate—and scored a whopping THREE-MONTH subscription for THREE lucky Mommy Greenest readers! [Read more…]

Safe Ducky Protects Kids From Toxic Products

father looking for non toxic products in baby storeEvery so often an idea comes around that’s a game-changer. I feel that way about Safe Ducky. Founded by Josh Kasteler and based in Los Angeles, the company is identifying toxic products to create a safer world for parents—one store and family at a time. [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Maty’s Natural Cough Syrup

natural cough syrup remedy with honeyWhen I was a kid, my father was a big believer in cough syrup, just not natural cough syrup. He bought the other kind—the stuff that tastes like a mentholated cherry popsicle and dyes your tongue bright red. My dad didn’t know about potential side effects like hives and seizures, or the links between food dyes and hyperactivity in children. Whenever I had a cough, he dosed me with a teaspoon every few hours until I was so woozy I slept it off.

But I’m a different kind of parent. There’s more access to information today, and I research everything that goes on my children’s bodies and into their mouths—often to their immense frustration. (Like the fair trade organic chocolate I insist on buying for candy-heavy holidays like Halloween, Valentine’s Day and Easter. But that’s another story.)

When it comes to medicine, I’m far more likely to look for a natural alternative than to grab a box of what’s familiar to me from childhood—especially after I learned that many cough medicines contain drugs so potent that they caused nearly 8,000 overdose emergency room visits in 2008.

That’s why I was so thrilled to hear that Maty’s Healthy Products has expanded their line of flu-season essentials to include a full range of natural cough syrups that are free of artificial ingredients and also nix alcohol, gluten, dairy, soy or wheat.Want to try? TWO lucky winners will take home a full range of Maty’s Healthy Products worth $40!* [Read more…]