Wednesday, April 20, 2011

In which I review quite a few bath and body products

I recently received a box full of bath and body products which, as you know, is a great day at the post office.

I was thrilled with all of them and wanted to quickly highlight them for you.

Burt's Bees products are a favourite in our house. They are one of the best known names for earth-friendly, natural personal care products. 

Burt’s Bees® Richly Replenishing Cocoa & Cupuaçu Butters Body Lotion
Key Ingredients Include:
Cocoa Butter - Triglycerides of fatty acids made from the beans of the cacao tree (Theobroma Cacao). Cocoa butter is a superb emollient that softens and protects chapped skin, relieves irritation and diminishes signs of wrinkling and stretch marks. It is also helpful as a binder or thickener in natural cosmetic formulas where chemical thickeners are not used. It has a sweet chocolate smell.

􏰀 For sensitive skin 􏰀 Clinically proven to moisturize for 24 hours 􏰀 Hypoallergenic and safe for sensitive skin 􏰀 Dermatologist tested 􏰀 Absorbs quickly 􏰀 Non-greasy formula


I love companies with guiding principles that I can support. Diane Lai, a new collection of products for sensitive skin are lead by these Guiding Principles
1. Deliver WOW Through Service 
2. Source Organic and Fair Trade Ingredients 
3. Build A Positive Working Environment 
4. Do More With Less 
5. Be Passionate 
6. Be Humble 
7. Be Socially Responsible

Suggested products: 
Rejuvenate is the ideal daily moisturizing lotion to maintain soft and healthy skin. Rejuvenate is a lipid replenishing body lotion to smooth, protect and restore the skins natural barriers to reduce dryness, irritation, and scratching.

Soothe is the ideal all natural cream to help comfort skin irritations. Soothe uses natural oils and anti-itch remedies to prevent further scratching and inflammation. Other irritations that you can use Soothe on are insect bites and mild sunburn.

No Parabens, Phthalates, Formaldehyde, Artificial Fragrance, Artificial Colorants, Retinols, Zero Sulfates, Petro Chemicals, Oxybenzone and, of course, Made In Canada

Because of its commitment to creating a line of products made with plant-based, biodegradable ingredients, a number of Green Works® products have earned the Natural Products Association certification. A product with the NPA certification means that at least 95 percent of its ingredients are natural, and that the product has also been certified to be:
  • safe
  • responsible 
  • sustainable
Green Works® is proud to have four products with the NPA certification seal: Green Works® Naturally Derived All-Purpose Cleaner, Green Works ® Naturally Derived Glass & Surface Cleaner, Green Works® Naturally Derived Bathroom Cleaner, Green Works® Naturally Derived Toilet Bowl Cleaner and Green Works® Naturally Derived Laundry Detergent with more products slated for certification later in the year.

Green Works® surfactants are made from renewable resources (think corn and coconut)—meeting the sustainability criteria of the NPA Standard. Green Works® surfactants—which are ingredients that help make a product foam up and remove dirt—are derived from corn, coconut and other renewable resources. They work great on tough stains and dirt,  but have the added bonus of being  made from a renewable resource.

Green Works® solvents are made from corn. The ethanol solvent used in Green Works® products comes from a popular summer vegetable: corn. This naturally derived solvent helps both in cleaning and to help bind together the cleaner.

The fantastic fragrances in Green Works® products are thanks to essential oils—remember “natural” and “sustainable” are both criteria for the NPA Standard. Essential oils, such as lemon and lavender, are a renewable resource and also perform double duty by helping both to clean and give Green Works® products a fresh, natural scent.

Green Works®  buffers are all naturally derived, too—and are not suspected to risk human health or the environment, meeting the “safe” criteria of the NPA Standard. Green Works® buffers, which help keep the pH of a product stable for optimal cleaning, are all derived naturally. Some that are commonly used in Green Works® products include boric acid (a weak acid that is found in most fruits and plants) and potassium carbonate (a water-soluble white salt).

Last but not least, Green Works® products have not been tested on animals during the formula development process, meeting the responsible criteria of the NPA Standard. 

NIP + FAB, the clinically tested range for the face and body delivers 11 targeted treatments from eye brightening and skin plumping to cellulite and nipple smoothing, and is crammed with breakthrough natural and technologically advanced skin smoothing, boosting and firming ingredients.  
Available at Shoppers' Drug Mart.

First Certified Organic Gluten-Free Personal Care Products
The Green Beaver Company, a Canadian manufacturer of natural personal care, introduces the first certified organic, gluten-free products. Lip balm, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and body wash are the first products to be produced as part of their gluten free line.

People with celiac disease are intolerant to gluten protein found in wheat, rye, barley and various types of grains. Celiac disease is an auto-immune disorder of the small intestine that occurs in people of all ages from infancy onward. The disease can lead to an increased risk of type 1 diabetes, osteoporosis, intestinal cancer and other illnesses. It is estimated that 1 in 133 Canadians are affected by celiac disease.

Gluten is found mainly in foods but may also be found in personal care products such as lip balms, lotions, shampoos as well as in some medicines and vitamins. Although the gluten protein is too large to be absorbed through the skin, many people with celiac disease use gluten-free personal care products to avoid accidental ingestion. Others use gluten-free products due to topical reactions such as extreme itching or rashes. Cross contamination from hand to mouth is one way of ingesting gluten from personal care products.

**Disclosure: I received a product from each company to sample in order to provide this review.

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