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100% Pure Natural Shampoos & Conditioners

April 28, 2015 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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100Percent Pure Shampoo and Conditioner

When I first decided to stop using conventional beauty products, around 8 years ago, two of the products that were most difficult for me to find natural replacements for were shampoo and conditioner. I visited my local health food store thinking that they must have safe alternatives. But after reading the ingredient labels on pretty much all their shampoos and conditioners, reviewing the products on the skin deep database, keeping the price in mind, and knowing what my hair needs; there were only a few that I was willing to try. I tried a few different brands and types, even some that didn't meet the safety level I was looking for, and was disappointed by all of them. So I turned to DIY shampoos and conditioners, thinking at least I would be in charge of the ingredients. I tried different concoctions with baking soda, honey and apple cider vinegar and many recipes for castille soap shampoos with vinegar rinses - none of them worked for me for any period of time. My scalp got really dry and my hair always seemed stringy and heavy. (I should note that we have really hard water, and I have read that it can negatively impact how castille soap based shampoos work.)

For my hair, shampoo and conditioner has always been hard to find because I have fine, but very thick hair which can look oily and weighted down straight after washing with certain products. I also wash my hair about twice a week, so being able to go a few days in between washing without my hair looking oily is a requirement. I'm very picky about shampoos in particular, because my hair can tangle into crazy knots very easily when I wash it. I need a shampoo that will clean well, but not turn my hair into a knot ball before I apply the conditioner. And I need a conditioner that will moisturize, but not leave my hair heavy, stringy and greasy looking by the end of the day. I have honestly been searching for what-seems-like-forever, and only have only found a few that could make the cut.

100Percent Pure Shampoo and Conditioner

After trying shampoo and conditioner from Desert Essence, Nature's Gate, Giovanni, JASON, Avalon Organics, Earth Science and a many more - the first shampoo and conditioner that I switched to was by ShiKai, which left my hair feeling pretty good but I wasn't satisfied with the level of ingredients. Still, I used it for a while because I had not found any that worked better for me. The next shampoo and conditioner that I switched to for quite a while was Beautiful Curls, which met my ingredient qualification and left my hair feeling pretty clean, but started to look oily by the end of the second day. And I could never quite get used to the lack of suds when using the shampoo, so I continued to look for something more. About a year later, I started using Acure shampoos and conditioners, which met my ingredient qualification, the shampoo has just enough suds and doesn't leave my hair super tangled, and my hair felt and looked pretty good in between washing. I have been using them ever since...until I tried the new 100% Pure Shampoo and Conditioner line.

100Percent Pure Shampoo and Conditioner

100% Pure offers a great collection of moisturizers, cleansers, makeup and hair care products all made from healthy ingredients and refreshingly no chemicals or synthetics. I have tried many of their products from moisturizers to makeup, and keep coming back for more. I enjoy reading over the labels with the line-up of ingredients of extracts, oils and hydrosols from fruits, flowers, coffee, tea, kelp, aloe and not much else. The makeup is even colored using fruit, and everything smells seriously delicious.

Their collection has grown a lot since I started ordering from them over 6 years ago. I believe at that time it included only one shampoo and conditioner. I received samples of the old shampoo and conditioner with one of my orders, and honestly I didn't care for them. The shampoo had a consistency similar to water which was very difficult to work into my hair and it left it feeling heavy, although it smelled great. Even though I didn't care for that shampoo and conditioner, I love their other products so I was excited to see their new line-up of shampoo and conditioners all of which have great reviews. I decided to give some a try, and chose the Yuzu & Pomelo Glossing Shampoo (because I am drawn to fruity/citrus scents) and the Burdock & Neem Healthy Scalp Conditioner (because my scalp has been pretty dry this winter).

AWESOME-NESS ALERT:
First, my order shipped a half hour after it was placed - awesome.
Next, it arrived at my house 2 days later - double awesome.
And it included a handful of small samples of lotions and cleansers - triple awesome.
(Every order I have received from them has contained 3-4 samples in it.)

100Percent Pure Shampoo and Conditioner

I have been using the Yuzu & Pomelo Shampoo and Burdock & Neem Conditioner for about a month now, and I'm happy to say that they are great. I really like the fresh, citrus scent of the Yuzu & Pomelo Shampoo. The consistency is on the thin side but not problematic, it has just enough suds, and my hair feels really clean afterwards. The Burdock & Neem Conditioner has a pleasant minty scent, a small amount can be worked throughout all my hair and it's not too greasy. Overall, my hair and scalp feel clean and moisturized and my hair dries with minimal frizz (I always air dry).

My husband has also been enjoying the Yuzu & Pomelo Shampoo - he has psoriasis on his scalp and many shampoos cause it to get worse, so this is a big deal. He's tried all kinds of psoriasis shampoos from prescription to tar based, some of which worked ok, but of course we were concerned about the ingredients. Since we started trading out chemical laden personal care products for more natural options, the shampoos that have kept his psoriasis in check have been this diy natural shampoo recipe from Wellness Mama which he loves, and the 100% Pure Yuzu & Pomelo Shampoo.

100Percent Pure Shampoo and Conditioner

What natural shampoos and conditioners do you love? Share your favorites in the comments below!

 

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Modular Recycled Carpet Squares

April 06, 2015 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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FLOR Parallel Reality Soda Shoppe 5x7 area rug
My FLOR Carpet squares, in Parallel Reality design, set up in a patchwork pattern.

When I first came across FLOR carpet squares, modular carpet tiles sounded like a really great idea to me - you can mix-n-match different colors and designs to create one-of-a-kind rugs, if one square gets dirty you can lift it up and clean it in the sink or replace it if need be, and when they are worn out you can send them back to the company to be recycled into new carpet tiles. But at the time, I was living in a house that had wall-to-wall carpet in almost every room. So even though I thought they had a cool product, there wasn't really a space that lent itself to trying them out.

In our new house, we were lucky enough to be able to install bamboo flooring throughout before moving in. And although I love the look, we have found that area rugs bring some much needed warmth to our spaces. I typically prefer to purchase rugs made from natural fibers, but I wanted a rug that could stand up to spills and traffic for the kitchen and entry. So I decided now was the perfect time to give FLOR carpet squares a try.

FLOR Recycled Carpet Squares - Made in the USA
Packaging was minimal, this is the box I received from UPS.

FLOR Recycled Carpet Squares - non-skid backing
The non-skid backing, shown in Line, Please design. | What was in the box.

I received them today, and it was super easy to get them all set up. I just placed them in my desired layout, and used the included adhesive dots to secure each carpet square to the bordering squares. The quality of the carpet squares seem very good. They are heavy with a non-skid backing and the pile looks very uniform, full and free from snags etc. They look like they will be very durable. And so far they have fit together so snug that the rugs almost look seamless.

FLOR Dots
The yellow adhesive "dots" used to secure the squares together.

I ordered the multi-colored wide stripe Parallel Reality in the Soda Shoppe area rug which was perfect for creating a fun and colorful centerpiece in our kitchen. And the Line, Please in Cayenne, which has very thin stripes, and worked well for creating a more subtle patchwork pattern in our entry. And I'm very impressed with the design, feel under foot and the overall quality so far.

Since I was opting for an easier to maintain nylon for high traffic areas, I wanted to make sure that it was eco-friendly. Both the Parallel Reality and the Line, Please carpet squares are made in the USA and are made from recycled fibers - 100% for Parallel Reality and 49% for Line, Please. And as I mentioned, once they are worn out you can send them back to FLOR to be recycled. All you have to do is contact them with the number of squares you will be sending, and they email you a prepaid UPS label. This is a huge bonus, to me, to know that they will not just end up in a landfill at the end of their life.

FLOR Carpet Squares in Horizontal Pattern
I ended up going with a horizontal pattern for the final layout.

Based on what I've seen so far, I'm hopeful that these will look nice for quite a while. And based on how easy they were to set up, I am even considering using FLOR carpet squares in a wall-to-wall installation in our basement living space...stay tuned.

Have you installed FLOR carpet squares in your house?  What do you think of them? 



Family Room Inspiration: Colorful, Artisan & Handmade Throw Pillows

Vibrant Modern Handmade Throw Pillows

We recently moved, we've been in our new house for just over a year, and we are still in the process of furnishing some empty spaces. So I've been spending loads of time browsing for ideas to inspire me. I'm drawn to neutral colors and simple, modern style for my main furniture pieces and wall colors, with colorful accents to set the mood (as I don't want to get locked into trendy design choices for years to come). So I wanted to share some of the fun and colorful, and of course "green", home accessories I've come across on my journey.

Right now I'm in search of some colorful and fun throw pillows for our family room. Novica has loads of unique, fair trade and handcrafted home accessories (fair trade throw pillows shown above). I also really love to look for modern, colorful home decor on Esty - you can always find tons of creative, handmade and unique, vintage items perfect for whatever vibe you are going for. Above are some fun, vibrant throw pillows that I pulled together to help spark some colorful family room inspiration. If you're looking for a little throw pillow inspiration, check out my full fav list of colorful handmade throw pillows on Etsy.

 

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Follow Ecomodish on Bloglovin

June 10, 2012 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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My favorite eco-friendly baby items

April 25, 2012 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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I wanted to write, my first post in quite a while, about a topic that has pretty much consumed my days for the last 11 months - baby products! I recently had my first baby in the spring, and while taking a break from posting on Ecomodish, I have been spending loads of time finding non-toxic and eco-friendly baby gear for my son. So I've compiled a list of baby products that I own and use, to share with you...

Meal Time

Eco-friendly Baby Meal Time

I researched baby products for months before my son was born focusing on non-toxic and eco-friendly options, including baby furniture and other products that could be re-used or converted into something new as he grew. The OXO Tot Sprout Chair is a great example of a baby necessity that can convert to extend its use. Its made for children ages six months to 5 years, converting to a youth chair by removing the crotch post, tray and harness (an extra cushion comes with the chair for the youth setup). Its also super customize-able to the size/age of your baby - the seat can be adjusted in height and depth, the tray can be secured at different depths and the footrest's height can be adjusted as well. It also has some other great features for the busy, clean-freak parent (like myself). The tray is easily removed and secured with one hand, sits flat when placed on a table or counter, will hold about 7 oz. of spilled liquid and wipes down easily (it also easily fits under the kitchen faucet for big messes). The seat cushions are BPA-free, phthalate-free, and PVC-free and can be easily removed (they attach with velcro) and wiped down and are pretty stain resistant - we got ours in a fun lime green color. The base appears to be solid wood and the footprint of the chair, including the tray, is pretty compact which was also a necessity in our tiny dining room. Overall, we really liked our OXO Tot Sprout Chair, it was easy to use and clean and the modern design fit in well with our dining room decor.

Storage

Eco-friendly Nursery Storage

Diapering

Eco-friendly Diapers & Diapering Products
  • Earth's Best Diapers - When we started looking into diaper options we really wanted to choose the best product for our son and the planet, which naturally led us to cloth diapers. But after going over and over it, we finally decided that cloth diapering was not the best option for us. I felt really guilty for a while, but decided that I just had to be ok with our decision and move on. So after researching dozens of brands we chose Earth's Best because of the materials used in the creation of the diapers and the great reviews on performance and lack of diaper rashes, and we were not disappointed. We used these diapers from the day our son was born and never had diaper rash or a problem with leaks. They are chlorine free, latex free, dye free, fragrance free and made with renewable, natural absorbent materials such as corn and wheat (although they do have some petroleum based materials, they are much less than leading brands). We also occasionally used Honest Diapers, and they are comparable to the Earth's Best but come in fun prints!
  • Bum Boosa Bamboo Baby Wipes - We have also used these wipes since our son was born and have been pretty happy with our choice. Bum Boosa wipes are made of bamboo instead of tree pulp, have a pretty clean, short ingredient list and a pleasant smell. Some downsides are that they are difficult to remove from the package and they are on the thin side so you need to use more than a thicker wipe, but they clean really well. We bought an OXO wipe dispenser (see below) which solved the dispensing problem at home. We tried Seventh Generation wipes and occasionally use Honest Company wipes and neither seem to clean all the poop residue quite as well.
  • OXO Tot PerfectPull(TM) Wipes Dispenser - This works great for keeping wipes wet and actually dispensing one wipe at a time. It has a little window in the front to see when the wipes are getting low, a silicone gasket that keeps them moist, gripping feet so it doesn't slide, and it pops open by pushing down on the top - so its easy to use with one hand. I've also read reviews of it working well with cloth wipes as well. And you can re-purpose it to hold other types of wipes, cloths or even tissues later on.
  • Buti-pods Wipes Case Refillable Zippered Slim Travel Wipes Holder - I bought this when I wanted to switch from carrying a diaper bag everywhere to just keeping a diaper and some wipes in my purse and didn't want to buy travel wipe packs. It doesn't hold a ton of wipes, but it is super slim and keeps wipes moist for months - I went to get one to wipe a cute little face after playing in the sandbox recently (after not using them for a couple months) and they were still wet! It works great for wipes or tissues and its easy to fill up with existing stock - no more travel size packages needed here.
  • Motherlove Diaper Rash & Thrush Relief - This stuff works like magic! We used a few different creams and salves in the beginning but never felt like any of them helped too much. My son never had any major rashes, just some redness when his poop diaper didn't get changed right away. I was using the Motherlove nipple cream at the time (which I also love), and when I went to buy more I saw the diaper rash relief, so I decided to try it out. It comes in a tiny container, so I was a little hesitant, but I'm so glad I tried it. You only need a tiny bit so it actually lasts quite a while, it spreads on very easily, AND most redness/rashes disappear by the next diaper change. I highly recommend it.
  • Naturepedic Organic Cotton Contoured Changing Pad - We wanted to make sure that the air quality in our son's nursery and anything that he would be coming in contact with would be safe, so when looking for a changing table pad we wanted one that wasn't made of vinyl. This Naturepedic one is great, we've been using it for 4 years and it still looks brand new. It is covered in an organic cotton cover with a clear 100% polyethylene food grade waterproof coating, so its super easy to clean just in case there are any accidents. We bought an Argington Wood Changing Tray to place it in on top of a regular dresser, and it fit perfect. I also like the contoured shape because it offers a little padding under the head for toddlers.
  • Snoozy Organic Flannel Waterproof Multi Use Pad - We used these as travel diaper changing pads (and during potty training), and they were great. We also use them under bed sheets for extra protection when our son is sick. The top is organic cotton flannel with a polyester fill and the underside is a lead and phthalate-free waterproof polyurethane protective layer. It is also rated to provide protection from allergen molecules of less than 10 micron.
  • Naty Biodegradable Disposal Bags for Diapers - These bags are biodegradable and compostable, and are made from GMO-free corn-based film. These are perfect for when you are out and about or even visiting family or friend's houses as they are really great at masking the dirty diaper smell. They could also be used as doggie clean-up bags or even for a small countertop compost bin (although I haven't tried that).

Bed Time



Trade-up Your Old Bridesmaid Dress for a New Little Black Dress

May 10, 2011 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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Little Black Dress

UPDATE: Unfortunately, the NEWLYMAID bridesmaid dress "exchange" program is no longer active.

I wanted to share with you a new site that launched today, NEWLYMAID.com. They offer a unique way to trade up a bridesmaid dress after a wedding for a new little black dress that can be worn for any occasion. NEWLYMAID is the first service of its kind to offer women a way to enjoy savings, reduce their carbon footprint, help others in need, and get a fabulous dress they can wear for any occasion.

NEWLYMAID accepts bridesmaid dresses and special occasion dresses from ANY designer brand. In return, you get a special 30 - 50% credit value towards a new 'any occasion' black dress. The little black dresses can be styled to work for many occasions from a sophisticated office look to flirty looks fit for a night on the town.

The gently worn bridesmaid and special occasion dresses will either be donated to charity or recycled. Dresses which are suitable for reuse will be donated to Clothes4Souls. Clothes4Souls brings shoes and apparel to people in need around the world. NEWLYMAID will also work with UNIFI to recycle qualifying dresses that are 100% polyester. And, future NEWLYMAID styles offered will include REPREVE (R)- recycled fibers made by Unifi.

If you have an old bridesmaid or special occasion dresses just hanging around in your closet, visit NEWLYMAID and send in your old dress for credit towards a new little black dress perfect for work, brunch, or girl's night out.



Inspired Style: Vintage Wedding Dresses & Accessories

March 21, 2011 | posted by ecomodish | 1 Comment

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While browsing Etsy for some handcrafted goodies I decided to try out creating a Treasury List for you all, and opted for a theme of Vintage Inspired Weddings because there are just so many amazing vintage and handmade wedding dresses and accessories to choose from. Enjoy!

Twigs & Honey

Twigs & Honey - Handcrafted wedding hair accessories, veils, tiaras and garters.


Chloe AND Maddie

Chloe & Maddie - Vintage inspired wedding hair accessories, shoe clips and other wedding accessories.


Isadora Clothing

Isadora Clothing - Convertible dresses, for brides and bridesmaids, available in Eco Jersey (organic cotton and bamboo blends).


Primitive Pin Cushion

Primitive Pin Cushion - Antique jewelry and vintage inspired jewelry created with vintage beads and findings.

View all these vintage and vintage inspired wedding dresses and accessories on Etsy.



Jess' Bee Natural Lip Balm & Shea Butter Lotion

Jess' Be Natural Lip Balm and Lotion

I recently received some complimentary samples from Jess' Bee Natural, and started on my mission to test them out. I received 3 flavors of Natural Lip Balm and a sample of Shea Butter Lotion. I was excited to give them a try because: 1) I'm always on the look out for the best moisturizing lip balm and 2) my hands were super dry this winter - the skin was actually flaking right off!

I've been using Jess' Bee Natural Lip Balm and Shea Butter Lotion for just over 6 weeks now and am happily impressed. I'm also impressed that all of the ingredients used in Jess' Bee Natural products are pure and natural, chosen for their healing and moisturizing properties; they are produced in small batches and are hand poured to ensure their quality; and all of their 18 products scored in range from 0-1 in the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database.

Shea Butter Lotion

I started my testing by exfoliating my hands with some turbinado sugar and water to remove the dead skin, and while my hands were still moist with water, I applied the Shea Butter Lotion. Because the lotion is more of a salve or balm consistency, I found that applying the lotion to moist hands after washing really helps it absorb into my hands much better. The first few days I needed to apply the lotion after every hand washing – then after about a week the dry, peeling, flaking skin on my hands appeared healed and moist. Now I just apply twice a day, and my hands are soft - no flaky dry skin.

Natural Lip Balm

I had just run out of my current lip balm, so I was happy to get started on the three flavors of Jess' Bee Natural Lip Balm - Tangerine, Peppermint and Unscented. All three use the same simple, natural base of ingredients - sweet almond oil, beeswax, soybean oil, shea butter and vitamin E - which goes on smooth and softens fairly well. I use the unscented every night right before bed and it keeps my lips from drying out before morning. The tangerine offers a sweet, fresh scent that adds a little brightness to a winter day, but I think my favorite is the Peppermint. The Peppermint has a slight tingle when applied and a clean, cool scent which reminds me of minty toothpaste - I know this sounds weird but I really like it!

My Conclusions

Shea Butter Lotion - rating: * * * *

Although the Shea Butter Lotion isn't the typical creamy moisturizer that we have all been trained to expect, I really love the results I got from using it. The formula only includes sweet almond oil, raw shea butter, vitamin E - no water - which results in a balm-like lotion that creates a moisture barrier on the skin. On the same note, my only negative would be that when applied to dry hands it seems to sort of sit on the surface of your skin leaving a greasy layer. But its easy enough to just wet your hands right before applying, in order for it to work great. I would highly recommend this as a dry skin treatment. I rate the Shea butter lotion 4 out of 5 because it doesn't apply well to dry skin.

Natural Lip Balm - rating: * * * *

The Natural Lip Balm is a perfectly effective daily lip moisturizer. It applies easily and keeps lips hydrated for a worthy amount of time. I use lip balm many times a day, so I'm happy that it contains a short and simple list of safe ingredients. I rate the lip balm a 4 out of 5 stars because although it works well, I have used other lip balms that I like just as well.

Safe Cosmetics

Jess' Bee Natural is a signer of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and are up-to-date on all requirements of a Full Member Status. This means that all of their products are free of the over 1,100 toxic ingredients banned from personal care products by the EU; they disclose all ingredients on product labels and on their website; they engage in at least one Campaign activity annually; and they comply with ingredient prohibitions and restrictions recommended or mandated by national health agencies overseeing cosmetics safety, including the U.S., Canada, the E.U. and Japan, as well as additional ingredient prohibitions and restrictions endorsed by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.



Eco-Chic Wood Bangles from Mango Tree

February 21, 2011 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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Mango Tree Eco Chic Bangles

Mango Tree offers hand-carved, hand-painted, wood bangle bracelets made from organic Grade A mango trees that are only timbered for use when the tree can no longer yield fruit. Mango Tree believes that every little bit helps, which is why they recycle and use natural materials for their eco-friendly, handmade jewelry. Mango Tree also donates a portion of their proceeds to various charities. Each month a different organization is chosen to donate to - February 2011 is The American Heart Association.

Each Mango Tree bangle bracelet is designed and painted using special techniques and colors. Colors and patterns vary from bangle to bangle, making every bangle bracelet unique. Mango Tree offers their eco-chic bangles in 3 styles, 50 colors and 4 sizes. The multitude of colors guarantees a perfect compliment to any outfit.

Mango Tree Bangle Bracelet Combinations

Check out Mango Tree's hot color combinations. Or try out their Mix & Match section, designed to allow you to play with endless color and style combinations. They even have an option to select skintone, so you can see what colors will look best on you.



Daily Deals from Socially & Eco Conscious Companies

Pure Citizen - Daily Deals on Eco-Conscious Products

It seems that sites offering daily deals are smokin' hot these days and Pure Citizen has added a cool twist. They feature daily deals on clothing, jewelry, handbags, makeup, home accessories and even stationery from companies that are making the world a better place. At Pure Citizen you'll find green products at up to 90% off that are organic, fair trade, vegan, sustainable, recycled, natural and handcrafted. Each sale only lasts for 72 hours with limited quantities from eco brands including Nicole Bridger, Good Society, Priti NY, Hovey Lee and more. Each sale can also benefit a non-profit organization of the featured brand's choice, so you can opt to donate a percentage of your savings to that day's non-profit.

You have to join Pure Citizen to access the deals, but such huge savings with the opportunity to give back are more than worth it.