After Jane was born, I quickly became aware of what I was using on her skin as, after a few months of using products whose ingredients I couldn't pronounce, she started to get mild eczema. Doing a little research, I learned that highly fragranced and complex products could be the culprit. So, I started seeking out more natural products for her and myself.
Lucky for me, I was asked to try some products from a Canadian company named Green Beaver. Green Beaver was started by two parents who, after the birth of their son, had the same epiphany as I... too much scary "stuff" in typical household products.
Green Beaver products are 100% natural, biodegradable, vegan and gluten-free.
I use natural not just because of sensitive skin but because, like most babes, EVERYTHING goes in Jane's mouth. I've been calling Jane a "self-dunker" lately as she gets in her bath tub and immediately starts trying to get a mouthful of water by either face diving into the water or splashing it into her mouth. Green Beaver believes that "if an ingredient is not safe for us to swallow, then it should not be applied on our skin". SOLD.
I started using the Green Beaver Jr Bubble Bath and Shampoo, in Boreal Berries scent, two weeks ago. Now, when Jane takes a big gulp of her bubbly water, I don't worry. Because Green Beaver's products are naturally fragranced (with raspberry and carrot oil for example), I didn't worry when giving these a go because I knew that they weren't full of nasty chemicals that would make her skin break out. Jane's had no reaction, except to smell delightful! Smelling like berries is not the be-all-and-end-all but her fragrance-free wash was BOOOOOring. Us girls like to smell pretty! :) Where's the fun in scent-free? Both products will last a while too as just a teeny bit (the size of a nickel) is all I use for super-bubbles or a good hair wash! The shampoo lathers really nicely - as opposed to my sensitive skin shampoo that barely lathers at all.
I've also been using some Green Beaver "big girl" products. Their Winter line is awesome - especially in the frigid temperatures of Eastern Canada! Their Apres Ski Winter Lip Balm sits on my bedside table, where I use it religiously every night. It's awesome - not sticky, not thick, just right. I've also been using their Apres Ski Winter Face Cream every day on my cheeks and eyes to make sure the dry air and cold wind doesn't dry my skin out. It smells kind of herb-y but I like that it's not greasy and keeps my cheeks super soft.
At first, the Winter Cheek Balm scared me a little - It looks like a giant glue stick! With that said, I remembered when we used to go skiing as kids, Mom would CAKE this thick, sticky cream on our faces so we wouldn't get wind burn. The Winter Cheek Balm is about 1000% better than this. It's not greasy (obviously I don't like greasy!) or too thick. Last week, Jane's cheeks were getting a little dry from swimming and the cold. Little light bulb moment - I thought "hmmm, maybe I'll try that cheek balm stuff on her" - I mean it is natural, so even though it's not a "baby" product, it'll probably be fine, right? Grabbed my "glue stick" cheek balm and it wasn't until after I put it on her rosy cheeks that I noticed the following on the label: "our products are safe for the whole family including babies". SOLD. Officially a Green Beaver addict!
They actually have some baby care products (seriously? I'm going to be broke!) including massage butter (with a guide for baby and toddler massage) and nursing balm (lanolin free). I've got both if anyone who lives near me wants to give them a try. Jane's passed that baby massage period... as soon as she's naked she flips onto her belly and wants to mosey around. No time for relaxing anymore!
Pricing is insanely reasonable, especially considering natural products are usually more expensive. For example, Green Beaver Nursing Balm is $10.99 (www.healthtoyou.ca) whereas Lasinoh Lanolin Cream (commonly used) is $12.49 (www.well.ca). If the fact that it's cheaper and natural doesn't sell you, then I give up! Click here to see where you can purchase Green Beaver products online or for a store listing.
Here's the GREAT news! After I became addicted to the Green Beaver Jr products, I emailed my fabulous rep, Brianne, and begged for a Giveaway. I am such a supporter of this company now and a HUGE fan of their products that I really want everyone to give them a try. So....
Here are the details on MB's Green Beaver Jr Giveaway:
One lucky winner will receive a Green Beaver Jr package including the Boreal Berries Shampoo, Bubble Bath and Hand Wash. You would be absolutely crazy not to jump on this one ladies! These products are amazing and the company is definitely one we should be supporting!
If you want extra entries, feel free to:
(1) Tweet about this giveaway
(2) Post it to your Facebook profile (as status)
(3) Blog about it The winner will be posted next week under Giveaways. If the winner doesn't claim her prize within a week, another winner will be selected - so be sure to check back!
Even if you're not a Mom yet or have kids passed the age of Jr products, it's worth entering - these would make a great shower gifts!
*** American girls, stomp your feet again if you want to. Because GB is a Canadian company, this giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. My apologies. If it makes you feel better, you have Target and we don't. There. We're even. :p ***
PS - Ok, totally fessing up, after I read the quote from the founders about if you can't eat it, you shouldn't put it on your skin, I got a little curious.... so I taste-tested my Winter Face Cream. Not bad. I wouldn't be smearing it on my chicken anytime but it didn't taste like face cream. Y'all know what I mean. Y'all have accidentally gotten cream or something in your mouth before and it tastes like it's burning your tongue. This by no means tastes like it's bad for you. After that, I tried Jane's bubbles too! :p
PPS - If you're looking for an alternative to your Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer (although one of my fav products) or just wanting to support a Canadian company, Green Beaver Lip Shimmer is awesome and only $4.99!