Meadow Guard - All-Natural Odour-Fighting, Immune-Boosting Deodorant

You may remember from previous posts that I have banished all forms of deodorant and antiperspirant from our homestead unless it's something I made myself.  Not only are they expensive, but they are full of nasty chemicals and toxins that have been linked to all kinds of different ailments including cancer.

Is your Deodorant Toxic??

But recently I decided to give From the Meadow's Meadow Guard a try.  I do make my own deodorant, but I wanted to see what else was out there.  And also, my husband isn't quite satisfied with the odour-busting abilities of my homemade concoction.  It's fine for me, but he works a very physically demanding job and needs something that is going to keep him smelling fresh all day.

So bring on the Meadow Guard!

It is all natural and full of all kinds of odour-fighting and immune-boosting herbs and plants.  Trade in the toxic chemicals for things like:
  • Fennel - which has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties
  • Feverfew - which helps to reduce & prevent headaches and supports digestive health
  • Anise - helps move mucus from the lungs and relieves cramps and spasms, especially when these symptoms are tied to bronchitis, when there is an incessant cough, or specifically for whooping cough.  
  • Rosemary - stimulates circulation, help with heart health and even improves energy and has anti-depressant properties
And that's only a few of the herbs & essential oils blended into this powerful stick!

Meadow Guard is light green in colour it goes on smooth and is quite moisturizing on the under arm.  It has a lovely lemongrass scent that both me and my husband enjoy.  We've been using it for close to a month now and we're still loving it.  My husband commented that it's the first deodorant he's ever had that actually kept him from getting stinky.  No overpowering fragrances, but that mix of herbs and essential oils is combating his odour-causing germs like nobody's business! I'm just excited when he gets home from work I can actually hug him without the fear of passing out.  And I haven't noticed any unsightly white marks on my clothes.  Bonus!

I have to say that I'm super impressed with Meadow Guard and I will admit it's steps above my own homemade deodorant.

And yes, it's OK to ask for some in your stocking! (pssst....it's perfect for cold & flu season.)
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Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge from From the Meadow for the purposes of this review.  The opinions expressed are my own.

Bumps, Bruises & Bums - Baby Burrific Heal-All Review

You may remember my previous post discussing all the nasty ingredients in diaper cream.  To think that we willing smear that gunk on our precious babes sensitive parts. But no more!  We have banished all those petroleum-based toxic concoctions and have been converted to a more natural, holistic product - Baby Burrific Heal-All.
http://www.fromthemeadow.com/baby.htm


This cream is part of From the Meadow's Miss Abby Baby Collection This is a must have for every nursery.  And it's not just a diaper cream.  This cream does it all; bumps, bruises, scrapes, dry skin and sore spots the Burrific Heal-All takes care of just about everything.

http://www.fromthemeadow.com/baby.htmMade with all natural ingredients including oil of Rosemary, Burdock, Heal-all,Yarrow and Aloe.This cream is gentle enough for all your baby's precious parts. 

As a diaper cream the Baby Burrific worked wonders.  It has a nice natural herbal scent and easily absorbed into baby's skin.  And unlike those white petroleum creams it soaks right in and you can rub the excess into your hands to help soothe dry skin.  I used it with our cloth diapers and it didn't stain them or make them smell funky like the commercial brand we had been using.

We also used it on the kids never ending  parade of bumps,scrapes, and scratches.  There were no complaints from the kids and it definitely helped to soothe and heal those sore spots.

The Baby Burrific Heall-All cream lives up to it's name and is a great multi-purpose cream to have as part of your nursery and medicine cabinet.  And to top it off, it's all natural and safe for even the smallest of babes!

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Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge from From the Meadow for the purposes of this review.  The opinions expressed are my own.

Tip Tuesday: Do You Know What's in Your Diaper Cream

So you're little one has a big red bum?  Poor baby and all you want to do is make them feel better.  What do you do?  Grab the tub of diaper cream and slather it on.  Right?  Before you reach for that tub or tube, you may want to check out the ingredients on that label.

Diaper creams are supposed to be soothing and healing and help those cute little bums get back to wiggling.  But there's a whole ton of nasty chemicals in those creams that we are willingly rubbing over some of the most sensitive areas of our baby's bodies.  And I will confess that I totally used them.  But after learning what's in those creams I have banished them from our homestead.

Here's a few of the ingredients taken right from the website of a common diaper cream company.  The active ingredient is Zinc Oxide and here's some of their common inactive ingredients: 
  • Cod liver oil, which is rich in vitamins A and D--a skin protectant that provides protection by forming a protective barrier on skin, preventing wetness and other irritants from reaching the skin underneath. Cod liver oil is also an occlusive skin conditioner that increases the water content of the skin by blocking the evaporative loss of water
  • Petrolatum, an occlusive skin conditioner that increases the water content of the skin by blocking loss of water through evaporation.
  • Lanolin, a skin protectant. It provides protection by forming a protective barrier on skin, preventing wetness and other irritants from reaching the skin underneath. Lanolin is also an emollient skin conditioner that helps maintain the soft, smooth, and pliable appearance of skin. Emollients function through their ability to remain on the skin surface or in the skin’s top layer to act as lubricants, reduce flaking, and improve the skin’s appearance
  • Aloe – a naturally-derived emollient skin conditioner that helps maintain the soft, smooth, and pliable appearance of skin. Emollients function through their ability to remain on the skin surface or in the skin’s top layer to act as lubricants, reduce flaking, and improve the skin’s appearance
  • Vitamin E Acetate – an antioxidant that plays a vital role in maintaining the quality, integrity, and safety of cosmetic products
  • Dimethicone – a skin protectant. It forms a protective barrier on skin, preventing wetness and other irritants from reaching the skin underneath
  • Mineral oil – a skin protectant, an occlusive skin conditioner, and an emollient skin conditioner. Forms a protective barrier on skin, preventing wetness and other irritants from reaching the skin underneath. Mineral oil remains on the skin’s top layer to act as a lubricant, reduce flaking and improving the skin’s appearance
  • White beeswax – an emollient skin conditioner that helps to maintain the soft, smooth, and pliable appearance of skin. Emollients function through their ability to remain on the skin surface or in the skin’s top layer to act as lubricants, reduce flaking, and improve the skin’s appearance
Sounds pretty good right?  Until you look up the ingredients and see what effects they have on the body.  Check this frightening information about those inactive ingredients from MotherLove:
  • Petrolatum (synthetic/chemical; made from petroleum pulled up from oil wells during gasoline production & produced in a petrochemical refinery thru catalytic reactions that crack molecular structure; prone to contamination w/ cancer-causing impurities from manufacturing process; banned in EU as probable carcinogen; studies find petrolatum impurities in tissue of breast cancer patients; hormone disruptor);
  • Mineral Oil (a byproduct of petroleum in the making of gasoline; may cause birth defects; possible carcinogen itself, plus prone to contamination w/other cancer-causing agents during the manufacturing process; eye/skin irritant; may hinder normal skin respiration by blocking oxygen, while trapping in toxins & wastes; may cause asthma & tumor formation);
  • Lanolin  (lubricant/emollient; oil from the glands of sheep; prone to contamination w/ cancer causing & neurotoxic pesticides such as DDT, which studies show absorb through the skin, because conventional sheep are dipped whole into pesticides; considered strong allergen to skin & lungs);
  •  Dimethicone (a synthetic/chemical lubricant/emollient otherwise known as silicone; silicone is a controversial ingredient, including in breast implants; may accumulate in the body; non-biodegradable; may inhibit respiration of the skin, while trapping toxins inside); 
And this  is why we no longer use these creams in our house.  So if you must use something, make sure to read your labels and choose an all-natural alternative.

We are currently using a great local, organic cream called Burrific Heal All made by From the Meadow.  Stay tuned for my upcoming review of this cream.  But I'll let you in on a little secret....we have happy bums here on the homestead! 
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Royal Velvet All-In-One Shampoo, Body Wash & Facial Cleanser Product Review

After researching what was actually in all my lovely bottles in the shower, I was kind of grossed out and a little frightened by what I had been putting on my hair all these years. (check out my post about what's in your shampoo) I really couldn't believe the amount of chemicals and very un-natural things that were in my shampoo.  I don't know if I was blissfully unaware or I was just too naive to think about how a shampoo could make my hair look and smell so amazing, but was so toxic at the same time.  And so the search began for a safer, more environmentally friendly way to wash my locks.

And what I found was Royal Velvet - an all-in-one Shampoo, Body Wash & Facial Cleanser made by From the Meadow. Talk about a multi-tasker....I was already excited about the thought of having just one bottle instead of three on the side of the tub.

So when I picked out this new shampoo, Brenda, the owner of From the Meadow was kind enough to give me a little education on using an all natural shampoo.  She first asked me if I put junk on my hair.  Not sure exactly what she meant, but I figured she was referring to chemicals.  And yes, there were many; Shampoo, conditioner, curl enhancer, shine oil and even some hairspray. And then she said something like "it will make your hair feel like crap. It's got to get all the crap off your hair."  I had used some fairly natural soaps and shampoos in the past so I really didn't think too much about it.

On the first day in the shower I used only the Royal Velvet as my shampoo, body wash and facial cleanser.  It's pretty amazing as there are only 4 ingredients in entire bottle.  I can't think of very many things I own that only have 4 ingredients.  As soon as I opened the bottle I was immediately calmed...inhaling the lovely perfume of lavender in the tub.  The Royal Velvet has a nice texture and with no artificial colours (or anything) it had a very natural and organic oatmeal colour.  There's not a lot of foaming action as it's a natural product free of any added chemicals that give us all those bubbles.  But when rubbed between your hands it had a decent lather and wonderful lavender smell.  It was heavenly on the body and face and left my skin feeling clean and moisturized.  It wasn't drying or irritating and I found I didn't need to use as much moisturizer as I usually would.  I'm guessing this is because it's comprised of saponified Oil of Soya and Coconut.  Regardless, it was nice not feeling like my skin was parched and a size too small when I got out of the shower.

Now for the hair....

So as of right now I have been using Royal Velvet for just over 2 weeks.  And as Brenda warned, my hair did feel like crap.  The first time I used it I don't think I was fully prepared for the actual feeling.  It was like I had rubbed some kind of gunk through my hair instead of shampoo. It didn't matter if I added more, there was no lather and it just felt dirty and slimy.  After all, Brenda had told me that it was just all the crud and build up that was coming out of my hair.  So I kept that in my head and kept going with my experiment.  I usually wash my hair every 2-3 days and kept up this routine with the Royal Velvet.  It was the strangest feeling...it was like my hair was grimy, but not really greasy.  It felt thicker and wasn't frizzy and it smelled fantastic with all the lavender.  But about a week into it, I was feeling less than comfortable with my slick look.  I visited Brenda at the Farmacy and asked her if this was normal and if there was anything I could do.  She didn't seemed phased at all and handed me a sample of Calendula soap and told me to alternate it with the Royal Velvet.

My hair after 2 weeks of Royal Velvet
I then went home and did a little research on my own about using natural, chemical-free shampoos.  And it turns out that yes, all the crud and buildup will come out of your hair...which is kinda gross.  Also, the other thing is your hair and scalp need to recalibrate.  The regular shampoos strip your hair and scalp of their natural oils, which is why your hair is so nice and soft and shiny, but also why you need to wash it frequently.  Since those oils are continually stripped, your body has to work overtime to keep producing them in an effort to keep your hair and scalp moisturized.  So when you quit the stripping with the chemical shampoos, it takes some time for your body to realize it doesn't have to produce so much oil anymore.  So hence the oil slick on my head.

Now, just over 2 weeks into using the Royal Velvet, my hair is no longer greasy.  It's clean and healthy and quite manageable.  It does feel different; you can feel the natural oils in my hair, but not in a gross way, but more like a healthy, natural, shiny way.  I've used the Calendula soap twice when I feel I'm getting a little too oily but each time I wash my hair I notice it feels less and less cruddy and more and more healthy.

As far as the Royal Velvet goes, I will say as a body wash and facial cleanser it is heavenly!  It cleans without drying and smells divine.  And as a shampoo, it is a process...one that will lead you to healthier, happier hair.  My husband has been using it as well and hasn't had quite the same tricky tresses I have but that's likely because he has considerably less hair than I!  I am quite pleased with the results so far and I can't wait to see what the future holds.  And I'm beyond thrilled that I can pronounce everything on the bottle...and it's local and organic.  What a winning combination!

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Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge from From the Meadow for the purposes of this review.  The opinions expressed are my own.