It’s been a tough winter. Although we avoided the polar vortex of last year, watching Boston get buried (weekly) has made me feel like crawling under a pile of down comforters.
And my lips have been chapped. This. Entire. Winter. Okay, first world problems… But it sure made me feel better when I got a beautiful “care package” from Beesential. They are even letting me share a Beesential Natural Products Giveaway with you. Could you use a pick me up too?
As regular readers can attest, I am a stickler for natural bodycare products. Put something on my skin that contains phthalates? Not a chance. Yup my kids are really tired of me walking around saying “what goes on, you goes in you” and depositing unapproved products in the trash.
But they get excited too when I bring out “the good stuff.” Like when I commented that the Beesential natural lip balm in Lemon Lavender smelled just like my Lemon Lavender Cupcakes. My youngest snatched it from my hands , sniffed it suspiciously, then put some on, saying, “Why do you have this?”
“I get to do a review on my blog…”
She narrowed her eyes, “But do yooouuuu have to review it?” So I handed over the cap.
“This is creamier than what you got me for Christmas. “
Yup, this natural lip balm passed with flying colors. Not surprising since it was awarded the best lip balm by Total Beauty for three-years running! And it gave me an excuse to try the Orange Ginger lip balm which was sweet and citrusy and made me think of sunshine.
The package also contained bar soap, lotion, body wash, and foaming soap. I loved all the products, but especially the body wash. A good body wash has to meet a lot of tough requirements to satisfy me. It must be thick enough not to spill down the drain in the shower, lather well, be nicely scented with essential oils and have an ingredient list that I understand (or which can pass the Environmental Working Group ingredient test). There aren’t a lot of all natural products that meet all these criteria! Okay I was also crazy about the lotion since my skin is almost as dry as my lips (and I loved the addition of bergamot to the lavender scent). And you can’t beat a foaming soap to please kids…
Beessential is a family run business that began when they let a co-worker put a beehive on the family farm. They tell us:
“It began with a single hive. We found beekeeping fascinating, and we liked the free honey. Then one day, just minding our own beeswax, it suddenly dawned on us that we wanted to created products based on our own bee by-products and other natural ingredients. That’s the Beecology story, pretty much. We’re not a conglomerate masquerading as a cute mom and pop operation. We’re just a few folks who enjoy sharing these natural products with people, whom we love almost as much as we love bees.”
And now the Beessential Natural Products Giveaway…
This is sponsored by Beessential and includes a foaming soap, bar soap, body wash, lotion, and lip balm–all in lavender. It is open to US and Canadian mailing addresses and closes at midnight CDT on March 1, 2015. To enter, leave a comment letting me know your biggest winter healthy living challenge. For a second entry, like Art of Natural Living on Facebook and leave a second comment (or leave a second comment telling me you are already a follower). The winner will be picked randomly, contacted by email and have 24 hours to get back to me with confirming information or a new winner will be chosen.
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