What’s more fun than celebrating Earth Day with a natural body care package from Dessert Essence!
It’s Earth Day! I love seeing all of the environmentally aware news stories and emails. If only we could keep this awareness going year-round!
The other thing I love is that Earth Day means spring is just around the corner!
But this year, I’m not ready. After two feet of snow last weekend and an evening of cold night-photography, my skin feels like I live in a desert!
Now on earth day – or any day – most people are pretty aware about putting good things IN their bodies: organic ingredients, lots of fruit and veggies, grass-fed meats, etc. But there is less awareness of what we put ON our bodies. It’s easy to forget your skin can absorb things–you’ve heard the saying… What goes on you, goes in you.
And while soaps and lotions may seem pretty safe, they can contain chemicals you might not want on your body. Things like lead in lipstick, triclosan in toothpaste, phthalates in… well, so many things.
Fortunately, I just got a natural body care package from Desert Essence. Back when I had an online natural body care store, I used to sell their products. So, I was really excited to hear from them!
The package had all kinds of goodies starting with jojoba (pronounced HO-ho-ba) oil products for hair and skin. It was seven years ago that a guide at Tucson’s Desert Museum mentioned that jojoba oil is very close to the natural skin oils, so great for healing—I made a note to try it then. Yes, it is richly moisturizing and… finally off my to-do list!
My natural body care package also included a beautifully scented lemon shampoo and conditioner, which will be perfect to help me psych for summer, and an unscented moisture lotion. That’s going to my oldest daughter who just got painfully swollen hands from someone else’s lotion. (Unscented can be THE BEST if you are sensitive — see note on patch test below).
And finally, there is a tea tree essential oil and a “sleep” blend of essential oils. Hmm, I should have had the sleep blend, when I couldn’t sleep after that night photography session! Are you on the essential oil bandwagon?
I also learned that Desert Essence is a B-Corp, a “socially responsible” certification on the order of USDA Organic or Leaping Bunny. Per the B-Corp website, “B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.” And their products are vegetarian and not tested on animals. Hooray!
Whenever you try a new product it’s a good idea to do a “patch test” even with a good natural product. Just rub a tiny amount into your forearm, then wait 24 hours to see if you react.
And now for the giveaway!
The folks from Dessert Essence and I want to share this natural body care package with one reader as well. Sponsored by Desert Essence and Art of Natural Living, it is open to mailing addresses in the US and closes at midnight CDT on May 6. To enter, leave a comment below telling me if you changed any habits for Earth Day. For a second entry, sign up for Art of Natural Living emails (below my picture) and leave me a second comment, letting me know you did (or that you already subscribe). The winner will be picked randomly, contacted by email and have 24 hours to get back to me or a new winner will be chosen.
Happy Earth Day!
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