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DETOX YOUR SLEEP WITH MADESAFE

Do you know what ingredients could be lurking where you’re sleeping?  Is it safe?  Or is it full of nasty chemicals?

We spend eight hours every night sleeping, okay we try to spend that much time sleeping comfortably in our beds.   The crazy thing is our mattresses, sheets and pillows could be filled with chemicals that have negative heath effects.  Thank goodness MADE SAFE® has a ground breaking report Detox Your Sleep all about possible toxic chemicals in bedding and of course safer alternatives.  To download the full report go here.

Think about how much time we spend in bed and what the exposure to possible toxic chemicals can do to us or our children (not a good image, right?!?).

Common Toxic Chemicals found in bedding by Detox Your Sleep Report MADE SAFE®:

 

Look for safer bedding material like:

  • Cotton
  • Wool
  • Latex
  • Sewing


MADE SAFE® Detox Your Sleep lists ingredients/labels to Try to Avoid becase they may indicate the fabric was treated with harmful chemicals:

  • Polyurethane foam
  • Vinyl
  • Antibaterial/Antimicorbial
  • Easy Care
  • No iron
  • No ironing needed
  • No Wrinkle/Wrinkle Free
  • Shrink resistant
  • Soft Finish
  • Stain Repellant
  • Stain Resistant

MADE SAFE® CERTIFIED BRANDS:

Coyuchi logo Avocado logo(in progress)

Courtesy of MADE SAFE®

Check out the detailed list of MADE SAFE® bedding products here.

Bottom Line

I don’t know about you, but I want my bedding to be as clean/healthy as possible without potentially harmful chemicals.  As consumers, we have the right to know what potential harmful ingredients are in our bedding. We deserve safe products for our entire family.  When you’re in the market for bedding check out the Detox Your Sleep report, look for the MADE SAFE® seal when you can or find safer alternatives.

“Do the best you can until you know better.  Then when you know better, do better.”

~Maya Angelou

MADE SAFE, Product Reviews, Subscription Boxes

HELLO SUN & MOON SUBSCRIPTION-TRUE BOTANICALS

Sun & Moon

Well hello there my new favorite subscription.  Have you heard about the new subscription by True Botanicals called the Sun & Moon?  This isn’t like other subscription boxes where everything is a surprise.  Here, you pick your product (s) and you get one surprise (it’s all good, read below).

This new subscription just started in July and I’m loving it.

Every Sun & Moon subscription gets you 10% off the product and a surprise gift!  SCORE

How it works:

The subscription makes it super convenient and easy to change.

  • Pick the True Botanicals product (s) you want and set your timing for 1, 2, 3 or 4 months
  • You can adjust how often you receive your product in your account
  • 2 month commitment- by subscribing to a product you must have initial order plus one more.  After 2 shipments of the Sun & Moon your subscription may be cancelled (but you probably will want more-just saying)

So easy.  Plus all True Botanicals products are MADE SAFE®Certified, which means they are literally made with Safe Ingredients.

MADE SAFE® is America’s first nontoxic seal for products we use every day, from baby to personal care to household and beyond. We certify that products you use on your body, with your family, and in your home are made with safe ingredients not known or suspected to harm human health.

Our goal is to change the way products are made in this country for the healthier.”

Just look for the MADE SAFE® seal like the one below:

For more information on MADE SAFE® check out their website and my post here.

July

For my first subscription is the True Botanicals Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF 20 in light.  Usually the product costs $40, but with the subscription it is 10% off ,so $36 (I will take that thank you very much).  This subscription will automatically renew every 3 months, but I can change it to more frequently if needed.  I really like the light tinted broad spectrum sunscreen.  It absorbs quickly, leaving a little tint.  I apply it to my face, neck and chest after my other morning skin care ritual, and then make-up (when I wear it).

True Botanicals Everyday Sheer coverage uses non-nano zinc oxide and includes antioxidants to help protect from the sun as well as skin repair.  A multi-tasking wonder if you ask me.  Plus, it’s MADE SAFE®

This July Sun & Moon subscription included a 9 oz. Swell bottle!  A pretty blue aluminum bottle made to keep you hydrated, decrease plastic use and easy to carry around.   We are loving it!  Great for on the go, on a walk, in my daughter’s backpack.

 

August

My second Sun & Moon subscription is the Nourishing Body Wash “Grove” which I set up for every month.  This is one of my favorite True Botanicals products (however, I still need to try more-one day).  Smells so lovely, a little wood and citrus scent that works for men too.  The wash has an easy to use pump and the packaging is minimalistic chic and recyclable.  Just a little pump mixed with water to get a rich lather and makes skin super soft.  I have one in my guest bathroom as well and even my mom loved it.  Plus made with safe ingredients certified by MADE SAFE®  so I can use this on my daughter.

The Nourishing Wash is made with organic ingredients and essential oils.  The key ingredients:

  • green and white tea to help smooth skin
  • aloe leaf extract to hydrate and firm
  • olive fruit extract to soften skin

The August Sun & Moon is all about treating yourself with a lymphatic drainage massage, which included a beautiful rose quartz gua sha facial stone said to:

  • depuff
  • detox
  • leave skin glowing

I use the stone in the morning with serum and it really helps decrease my puffy eyes and gives a nice glow.  Have you tried one of these?

Bottom Line

LOVE IT!  Love everything about True Botanicals because their products work, they are made with safe ingredients plus they have third party certification with MADE SAFE® to prove it.   The Sun & Moon subscription offers a way to receive the True Botanicals products you want, save 10% and receive a wellness treat.  Winning!!!

What do you think?

Are you subscribed or what are you thinking about getting?

We’re turning the skincare industry into a wellness industry.”

~True Botanicals

 

MADE SAFE, Product Reviews

RANAVAT BOTANICS AND MADE SAFE CERTIFIED

Ranavat Botanics

Let me introduce you to a daily luxury ritual with Ranavat Botanics.  They create luxurious, hand-crafted, high performance botanical skin care inspired by India’s lavish royals and they have MADE SAFE products.  With product names like Mighty Majesty, Kiss of Royal Tea, Flawless Veil, Eternal Reign, one can’t help but feel regal.

I was so excited when MADE SAFE reached out to me to try Ranavat Botanics.  As a MADE SAFE ambassador using safer products is a priority for me and my family.

Ranavat Botanics was established in 2017 by Michelle Ranavat, a mom with a background in quality as an engineer.  I had the pleasure of meeting Michelle at The Indie Beauty Expo at Neiman Marcus in Dallas.  I was able to talk to her about her botanical treasures.  So exciting to see Indie Beauty at mainstream stores like Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.


Michelle’s desire:

“To make you feel special is what drives me around the world in search of a botanical that is worthy of your skin”

Ranavat Botanics is inspired by beauty rituals exclusive to Indian royalty.  The products are infused with ancient laws of Ayurveda, these rich formulas have been passed down through generations of mothers and daughters and from Michelle to us.

“By taking a modern interpretation of the ancient science of Ayurveda, and using certified organic ingredients, we unveil age-old beauty secrets from India’s rich history to bring you:  Your Royal Ritual”

These are all hand crafted in Michelle’s Los Angeles studio.  She uses only the finest active botanicals harvested across the foothills of Himalayas to the New Zealand countryside.

Not only are they cruelty-free and part of the Leaping Bunny Program, every product is made with high standards for ingredient quality, each product is certified by either MADE SAFE or USDA.  This is so important to ensure that their products are made with safe clean ingredients.

MADE SAFE Certified

I’m honored to be a MADE SAFE ambassador, where I try MADE SAFE products and share my thoughts about these products.  When I’m researching new products I always try to find MADE SAFE products first because I know if they have the MADE SAFE seal on them they are made without all those potentially harmful ingredients.  Just look for the MADE SAFE seal like the one below:

Photo credit ww.madesafe.org

Photo credit www.madesafe.org

The MADE SAFE seal holds a lot of meaning, it lets us know that products are made without known carcinogens, behavioral, reproductive, neuron toxins, heavy metals, hormone disruptors, pesticides, insecticides, flame retardants, toxic solvents, or harmful VOCs or Volatile Organic Compounds and more.

This means Ranavat Botanics products with the MADE SAFE seal are made with safe ingredients, their product ingredients have been examined by scientists to ensure they are NOT harmful and don’t build up in the environment or our bodies.

MADE SAFE means a product has been made with safe ingredients that are not known or suspected to harm human, animals, or ecosystems.

MADE SAFE is an easy way to helps us:

  • Figure out what’s safe and healthy to use for our families
  • Gives companies the first-ever road map for making products with safe ingredients
  • Makes it easy for retailers to stock the safe products we want

What MADE SAFE is doing is revolutionary.   They are providing rules for making products from a base of Made Safe Ingredients.  They have already certified hundreds of products and many more to come.  For a list of MADE SAFE products click here.  Why can’t all of our products be made safe (hopefully one day)?

To see my other MADE SAFE reviews please click here.  Plus, if you want to learn more about MADE SAFE, how a product gets the MADE SAFE seal, and up to date research then check out their website at madesafe.org and my post.

Now on to these royal products.

Masques

All three of these MADE SAFE certified travel ready single use Masques come in the Royal Masque Collective $32 or in the Travel Royal Ritual $55/ Full Size $65

  1. Eternal Reign Detoxifying Masque
  2. Kiss of Royal Tea Hydrating Masque
  3. Flawless Veil Illuminating Masque

Ranavat Botanics wants us to discover our own royal ritual.  I’ve tried all three masks.  They are all so beautiful and unique and any one of these would make a lovely addition to any routine.

(1)  Eternal Reign Detoxifying Masque travel size:

This organic powder is made to detoxify the skin.  Made with vitamin rich superfoods:

  • Manuka Honey Powder
  • French Green Clay
  • Betonite Clay
  • Neem Powder
  • Gotu Kola Powder
  • Moringa Leaf Powder
  • Spirulina Powder
  • Vitamin C
  • Arrow Root Powder

I mixed about 2 teaspoons of powder with water to get a silky paste.  I left it on for about 10 minutes, can be on for 10-15 minutes.  I also like to spray their Jasmine Hydrating Tonique while wearing the mask.  This mask felt creamy on and left my skin feeling clean, soft, and so smooth.

(2)  Kiss of Royal Tea Hydrating Masque:

Roses anyone?  I love rose everything, especially in my skincare products.  This beautiful mask is made with vitamin-rich ingredients like Rose Clay, Rose Petal Powder, New Zealand Munuka Honey Powder, Indian Ginseng Powder, Hibiscus Petal Powder and other ingredients to help nourish skin.

I just mixed a few teaspoons of Kiss of Royal Tea dry mask with water, (using a bamboo spoon to mix) and then applied with a mask brush.  This makes a rose colored mask (see pics below and of course I had to make a “kiss face”).  My skin felt super soft, hydrated and gave a nice glow after.  So pretty.  I think this might be my favorite (if I had to pick one)?!?!

So hydrating especially at the end of the crazy winter weather.  Can’t wait to use again.

(3)  Flawless Veil Illuminating Masque:

The Flawless Veil is made to uncover fresh skin and decrease hyper-pigmentation.  Made with Solum Fullonum (Fuller’s Earth Clay), Bentonite Clay, Manuka Honey Powder, Organic Wild Tumeric, Organic Sandalwood and Bakuchi, Saffron and other certified organic ingredients.

This mask has an earthy scent.  It makes a velvety mask, just like the other Ranavat Botanics Masques.  Gives a nice cooling sensation when on.  I left this on for about 10-15 minutes, misting my Organic Jasmine Tonique every few minutes, and then I used a warm towel to remove the mask.  My skin was left super soft and radiant after.

I really love how easy these are to use, simply add water.  Plus for an extra treatment, Ranavat Botanics suggests placing a warm towel over the masque to loosen and gently remove the dried masque (like I did above).

Organic Jasmine Tonique $40:


Say hello to hydrating Jasmine, I couldn’t stop misting myself (seriously).  The scent is so intoxicating.  Made from certified organic and steam-distilled Indian Jasmine flower, no wonder this smells so sweet.  Plus leaves skin feeling refreshed and hydrated.  Such a lovely aroma and gentle mist.

I like to spray directly on my face with the gentle mist throughout the day.  Anytime I need an extra lift or hydration.  At night I use an organic cotton pad, just a few sprays on the pad to tone and help take off the day.

The only ingredients in this beauty are USDA Certified organic steam- distilled jasmine flowers.

The Tonique is a multi-tasker too.  It can be used as a toner, masque activator or a hydrator for skin.  Love this refreshing mist.  It also comes in Organic Lavender Tonique, sounds so lovely (can’t wait to try).

Mighty Majesty Hair and Body Serum Huile Extraordinare travel size/Full Size $55:

This is a mighty majestic hair and body serum.  It smells like a jasmine garden.  Made with Certified Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Jasmine Oil and Organic Amla Extract.  I apply a few drops to the palm of my hands and smooth through my dry hair.  I helps decrease my frizz and soften my waves (thank goodness).  Adding a pretty shine.  I like to rub in the extra serum on my hands to soften my dry skin.

This is another multi-tasking product:

  • Hair:  It can be used on dry or wet hair and on the scalp by leaving on overnight
  • Body:  all over to smooth and hydrate, especially on damp skin
  • Bath:  add a few drops to soften skin and give the bath a sweet jasmine scent

Bottom Line

Ranavat Botanics is truly an exquisite line.  From their royalty inspired names, gorgeous packaging, scents, textures, and their MADE SAFE and USDA products with Indian influence.  Plus, I really like they are made with safe ingredients, how easy these are to use, yet so luxurious and affordable.

Have you tried Ranavat Botanics?  Please let me know your thoughts in comments below.

“The most magnificent thing you can wear is beautiful skin”

~Michelle Ranavat, founder Ranavat Botanics

 

[Disclaimer:  GPB received Ranavat Botanics products for review as MADE SAFE ambassador, opinions are my own]

Eco baby/kids, MADE SAFE, Product Reviews

PLENI NATURALS MADE SAFE FOR KIDS

We're loving @pleninaturals hair and body wash that are @madesafehq + cruelty free + certified vegan. So excited to add their baby oil and baby balm to my daughter's skin/body care. Thank you Allyson for these lovely safe products. . We've been using their hair and body wash on my 5 year old daughter for a while now that we received in the May @glowingbeets box. We love the smell of orange & vanilla, the bottle with the cute little veggies, how it lathers and makes bubbles & a little goes a long way. Plus this momma is thankful all of their products are made with safe ingredients. . Pleni Naturals is proud to be one of the first brands to be MADE SAFE certified. This means every product has been screened by a team of scientists and found to be made without toxic chemicals known to harm human health! So important! All of their products are made with organic fruit and vegetables and without harmful ingredients. . Have you tried Pleni Naturals? . Painting by my daughter for Mother's Day 2016 . . #pleninaturals #greenbeauty #greenbeautyblogger #greenbeautybloggers #greenliving #organicmama #organicbeautyblogger #organicbeautybloggers #naturalmama #naturalbeautyblogger #naturalbeautybloggers #saferproductsadvocate #cleanliving #greenpassionbeauty #greenpassionmomma #organicmom #naturalblog #naturalproducts #madesafecertified #organicbaby #organickids #ecoskincare #earthfriendly #ecoloving #creultyfree

When my daughter was a baby I wasn’t researching all the ingredients on everything I used on her like I do now, I assumed if a product was on the market it must be safe.  Right?!?  Not so, I’m afraid.  Thank goodness we now have products like Pleni Naturals and MADE SAFE Certification which takes a lot of the guess work out of what is safe to use on our kids and us.

I love Pleni Naturals mission:

To create a positive connection with kids and the healthy foods they eat through nutritious fruit and veggie-filled products and inspiring packaging.

Allyson, the lovely founder of Pleni Naturals, is a mom, former aesthetician that knows her stuff.  She created a wholesome line of natural and organic skin care products for babies and kids.  Plus, Pleni Naturals partners with Life Lab, to educate and change the way kids’ think about fruits and veggies.  Not only does Pleni Naturals give back, they also make all their products with safe ingredients, they are allergy and dermatologist tested, certified vegan, cruelty free, and  MADE SAFE certified.

What more can one ask for?  More products please!  Stay tuned because Pleni Naturals will be launching a new release soon (hint- it is a popular request).  So exciting!

PLENI NATURALS is MADE SAFE Certified

GPB MADE SAFE SCREEN INGREDIENTS

Pleni Naturals was one of the first skin care lines to become MADE SAFE certified and that makes me so happy.  If you know me, the MADE SAFE seal is one I welcome and look for in our world of green washing (I still read labels too).  Yes, companies use buzz words like “natural” and “green” to make us believe their products are safe, but they contain potentially harmful ingredients.  Not Pleni Naturals, they are MADE SAFE (made with safe ingredients):

When products like Pleni Naturals have MADE SAFE certification that means:

They have been thoroughly screened by scientists and found to be made without toxic chemicals known to harm human health such as behavioral toxins, carcinogens, developmental toxins, endocrine disruptors, fire retardants, GMOs, heavy metals, neurotoxins, pesticides, reproductive toxins, toxic solvents, or harmful VOCs.

Learn more about MADE SAFE’s incredible work to make all of our products safe, from baby wash and bottles to bedding and cleaning products at madesafe.org and read my post here.

I reached out to Allyson to see if I could use all of her products on my 5 year old daughter and was informed these could be used on a baby as well as toddlers, kids and even us moms.  Thanks again Allyson for sending me your amazing products to try (reached must-have status in our house).   Now let’s get on to the products:

Apple + Broccoli Hair & Body Wash 8 fl.oz $16.99

Happy bubbles with @pleninaturals Apple + Broccoli Hair and Body Wash! . This is our favorite multi-tasking body, hair & bubble bath wash. It's gentle, works, smells yummy - like sweet orange & vanilla & made without harmful ingredients. . It is @madesafehq - which means it is made with safe ingredients that are not known or suspected to harm human, animal, or eco systems! Win win. . A must have for my girl. Have you tried @pleninaturals ? . . Full review coming soon. . . Happy almost weekend! ❌⭕️ . . . #greenbeauty #greenbeautyblogger #greenbeautyblog #greenpassionbeauty #greenbeautylife #greenbeautymom #greenmom #cleanliving #naturalbeauty #naturalbeautyblog #organicmom #momlife #organickid #pleninaturals #madesafecertified #greenliving #ecomom #saferproductsadvocate #healthybaby #naturalkidsproducts #healthymom #healthyliving #greenpassionmomma

This wash is quite the multi-tasker, it is a clear liquid wash that can be used all over as a body wash, shampoo/hair wash, and as a bubble bath.   We love to use it for everything.  When I say everything, I mean the bottle has even been used as a character (Mr. Broccoli, Ms. Apple & Mr. Orange) during bath time thanks to my husband.   It smells fruity, like sweet orange and vanilla (orange vanilla swirl-yummy).   A little goes a long way and it creates a great lather as a wash or in her hair.  Plus, the wash is gentle with no tears and leaves her skin clean.  So important, right?  The wash makes amazing bubbles for a bubble bath.  Just add a few squirts and bubbles everywhere (picture above was in a jacuzzi tube).

The Body and Hair wash are made with safe ingredients and fruits and vegetables (insert mommy happy face here):

  • Apples
  • Broccolli
  • Olive Oils
  • Orange Essential Oil
  • Vanilla Extract

For a full list of ingredients see here.

GPB PN body wash ingredients

Cucumber + Grape Baby Oil 4 fl. oz $15.99

GPB PN Baby oil

The Cucumber + Grape Baby Oil is not just for babies.  Don’t let the name keep you from using this on you or your child or baby.   It is a clear oil that helps provide deep moisture to calm and protect skin.  It’s not greasy and makes skin feel silky smooth.  Absorbs quickly.

Made with safe ingredients like:

  • Grape
  • Cucumber
  • Rasberry
  • Cranberry
  • Vanilla Fruit extract

For a full list of ingredients see here.

Pleni Naturals also suggests using the oil for cradle cap and as a pregnancy belly oil.

Berry + Olive Baby Balm 2 oz. $15.99

GPB PN Balm 2

This is the BALM!  That’s right, it is a smooth, creamy balm that moisturizes and soothes my daughter’s skin and mine.  It is great for any area that needs to feel soft and smooth.  It can be used on hands, lips, cheeks and as barrier protection from the elements in the winter (when ever the winter will get here).

I love to mix their Baby Oil with the Berry + Olive Baby Balm.  I add them both together in the palm of my hand and warm them up before I apply it to my daughter.  A must-have for us this summer with swimming lessons and the heat my daughter’s skin was super dry.  Mixing these two together helped her skin stay hydrated and protect her skin from the harsh chlorine.  Also, the vanilla scent or according to my daughter it makes her smell yummy, like cupcakes, and takes away the pool aroma (thank you very much!)

GPB PN mix

Baby Oil + Balm=super soft skin

GPB PN combo

Absorbs quickly

Gift Set $45

GPB Pleni Naturals 1

Once I was getting close to running out of all the goodies I was sent, I just had to order their Gift Set.  It includes all of Pleni Naturals products described above + a Reusable Organic Muslin Bag.  The Muslin Bag is made from organic material.  It is big.  It can be used to store products, for travel, and can be used for fruits and veggies at the store or take to the farmer’s market.

GPB PN bag

This would make a wonderful gift for a mommy friend or a baby shower gift or a gift for you to try all the products or stock up like I did.

Bottom Line

I feel so good about using Pleni Natural products on my daughter.  They are made with safe ingredients, certified MADE SAFE and work.  Not only do I trust they are safe to use on my daughter, I can’t wait to give all these products to my mommy friends.  They last a long time and who can resist the cute fruit and vegetables?  We can’t!

Have you tried Pleni Naturals?  If not, make sure to sign up for their newsletter and save 10% off your first order, you can find them on Pleni Naturals and Amazon.

The word pleni in Latin means full, and each Pleni Naturals product is full of healthy fruit & vegetable ingredients!

~XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty