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Top 5 Natural sleeping pillows

Some people are very particular about their sleeping pillow, and others will sleep on anything as long as it’s comfortable. I’ve never been a particularly picky pillow picker! I used to prefer a feather pillow when I was younger, but then when I became more aware of the environment, feather pillows were no longer on my list of favourite things to lay on. The Feather and Down industry is massive and mostly produced in China. There are lots of conflicting figures about how much ‘Live plucking’ happens these days, some says 3% of all Feather and Down comes from ‘Live plucking’, and others say 50%. Very different figures, and to be honest even at 3% that’s too much for me!

Synthetic Polyester is also massive in the Pillow world, and most cheap and cheerful ones are made from it. But personally for me, if I’m going to spend 1/3 of my life laying on it, I’d like it to be as natural as possible.

So if you don’t want a Feather and Down pillow, or a Synthetic polyester one, what are your options? Well you’ll be pleased to know there’s actually a few!

Tetra Tea Tree – This is an Australian brand. It uses Tea Tree flakes that have fallen from the tree, this a natural process where no trees are felled. All the flakes are collected by hand from wild trees, this is then taken and washed in their Sydney factory and hand-made there too. The covers are Organic cotton, so there are no chemicals whatsoever going into these products.

We bought the kids the small children’s pillow, when they were babies, and this worked well for them at the time, but as they got bigger, their pillows became too small – they have now become the dolls pillows!

We felt very comfortable giving the kids a pillow by Tetra, as they’re so natural. The only thing that I didn’t realise until it arrived in the post, is that it russell’s a little when you’re laying on it. This didn’t seem to bother the kids at all, but it’s this reason that we didn’t buy them for ourselves.

ChamonixRain Organics – Beautiful body care

I came across ChamonixRain Organics on Instagram, and loved the feel of the brand straight away – fresh but warm, natural and clean, these attributes tend to bode well in my eyes.

I was surprised to see that Michelle, the Founder and wizard behind ChamonixRain Organics, was based literally 3 streets away from me – I took this as a sign!

Eco hot water bottles by Hugo-Frosch

Winter was well and truly on its way, we were dreading another cold few months in our ice box / home!

It might seem strange to anyone reading this who doesn’t live in Australia, but it actually gets really, very cold in the winter. The north of the country is the hottest and the further south you go the colder it gets! As we live on the Northern Beaches of Sydney we’re quite far south, and definitely get hit when winter comes.

Now after that little Geography lesson I’ll get back to it. We’ve established that it gets cold in the winter, how cold you might ask? I’d say ‘very’ – around 7°C / 45°F at night! As we’re both from the UK we’ve had our fair share of cold winters and being snowed in, and we’re still calling it cold.

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Me building/cuddling a Snowlady when living in the UK.

As we don’t have a heated blanket, getting into bed can be a very sad/cold time of the day. We get our armour on – vest, flannelette PJ’s, thick socks AND bed socks, hoodie and dressing gown! Having a hot water bottle or two or three has always taken the edge off the pending trauma of a cold bed.

I’d dug out our old hot water bottles from the cupboard, and the first night we went to use them I realised the rubber had stuck together and were now unusable!! That bedtime became very sad indeed 🙁

Since starting this amazing Eco adventure as Yummy Green Mummy, when anything from my life ‘before’ runs out, I try to replace it with either secondhand or eco/ethical products. So I Googled Eco hot water bottles as I’d never seen any around, and I came across designer Hugo Frosch in Germany who’d designed and made an Eco hot water bottle. Obviously I emailed them straight away to find out more, and here I am lucky enough to be giving a review on this great product.

When I first opened the box I thought woooo stylish, and then I held a bottle I wasn’t sure if I was going to get on with it. They’re different to regular hot water bottles, as they’re firm, so not floppy and rubbery. However when you put the water in, they do become a little softer, but they’re still a firm bottle in comparison.

First night in bed and it did feel a little strange, not having a squishy bottle next to me, but after that initial, new uncertainty I really got on with it, and now a week in I don’t even think about the bottle being firmer.

Hugo Frosch Eco hot water bottles are made from more than 80% renewable resources – it’s mainly composed of sugar cane. I’m wondering if I’m going to find half eaten water bottles in the bed, and my husband with a full tummy – please note these are not a food source 😉 –  They’re recyclable, free from PVC and softening agents. Each bottle comes with a cover that’s 100% organic cotton, and so soft!

As well as the Classic Eco bottle, they also come in a Junior size which Bert is now the proud owner of. He takes it to bed every night and it keeps him so toasty on these crazy cold nights!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are some really lovely covers to choose from the Hugo Frosch Junior range, not all are organic, but here’s a taster of the selection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m really excited by this product – I’d not even thought about hot water bottles not being safe for the environment. I’ve tried to find out how long rubber takes to decompose, and there’s not straight answer it seems. It depends a lot of the type of rubber and it’s additives apparently. But the spectrum was at best 80 years and at worst possibly never!! But even at best 80 years, that’s a long time – that’s a lifetime!

Little Innoscents – Organic Baby Skincare

Lets start with the backbone of the company, Antonette Golikidis.

I really like her story, she’s a passionate mum that refused to be taken in by the market giants – Thank you.

Antonette lived a fast paced life in a high powdered corporate job. This life however wasn’t working for her, so she took a massive step back to find where her heart lay.

Once Antonette had her first baby Alex, she was looking to find beautiful natural products for his skin. Having a Diploma in Health Science she was able to understand the ingredient lists on the back of bottles – this is what motivated her to make her own products, as there was no way she was going to buy what was on the supermarket shelves.

For 10 months armed with her Cert IV in Aromatherapy and Diploma in Health Science, Antonette perfected creams in her kitchen, this is when Little Innoscents was born – 2007.

I always look forward to reviewing products for the kids’ skin, it’s so important to me to know that I’m applying healthy, natural and pure ingredients to them. It’s easy to forget that the skin is an organ, in fact the largest organ in the body. It absorbs everything around us in the atmosphere, needless to say what we apply directly to it!

The products I had to trial were the Intensive soothing cream, Hair & Body wash, Vapour rub balm and the Moisturising lotion.

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Intensive Soothing Cream – 

Ingredients:
Purified Water(aqua), Aloe Vera Juice (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice)*, Vegetable Glycerine, Sunflower Oil (Helianthus Annuus) *, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii)*, Emulsifying wax, Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima)*, 100% Propriety blend of essential oils (Aroma), Lavender Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia)*, Rosewood Oil (Aniba rosaeodora)*, Calendula C02 Extract Oil (Calendula Officinalis)*.
*Denotes Certified Organic

All of the above are 100% natural as is all of the Little Innosents products. The beautiful Shea Butter base makes this cream delightfully smooth and dreamy, with an amazing smell.

The first time I used the Intensive Soothing Cream it didn’t actually go down very well with my daughter, however she did have very bad nappy rash where her bottom was actually bleeding (poor little bundle!), so it was hard to tell if it was the cream, or just the fact that she was in so much pain regardless.

As natural as products can be, people can still react to them – If I put anything with Lavender in on my face, it becomes really itchy – So I tried the cream again once her rash had gone down a bit, and it was fine, Pixie even laughs now when I’m putting it on! I use it now as soon as it looks like they’re getting a little red, it really seems to help doing it this way.

Calendula is a fantastic anti-inflammatory, and great for sensitive skins – Rosewood oil has some perfect properties for this cream, including skin rejuvenation, tissue regeneration and its an excellent cell stimulant.

I’ve also used it on my hands – As a mum we’re always washing our hands, as a result of this I’ve been getting a sore and itchy patch of skin under my wedding ring, I think from water being trapped underneath. I’ve found this cream has really soothed the itching and calmed the skin.

Hair & Body Wash – 

Ingredients:
Purified Water (aqua), Kernel Oil (Potassium Oleate)*, Sunflower Oil (Potassium Linoleate)*, Olive Oil (Potassium Cocoate)*, Vegetable Glycerine, Spearmint Oil (Mentha Viridis)*, Xanthan Gum, Lavender Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia), Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis), 100% Propriety blend of essential oils (Aroma).
*Denotes Certified Organic

I really like how the ingredient lists have the Laymen’s term first, then the latin in brackets, most of the time when you look at an ingredient list it’s very hard to understand, even the most natural products can have quite chemical sounding latin names.

This wash is over 90% Australian Certified Organic and it’s biodegradable. 

One characteristic I look out for in body wash is how much it lathers up, the more it lathers the more I stay away. The reason for this is SULFATES, you can find these in almost anything these days, cosmetics, toothpaste, shampoo, foods, oh and industrial cleaners! Anything that foams basically.

Sulfates (SLS, SLES, ALS) are corrosive cleaning agents, they started life in the industrial cleaning industry, as they easily cut through heavily soiled surfaces. You can imagine what Sulfates are doing to our bodies, stripping it of moisture, natural oils and protective lipids (natural fats).

This body wash you’ll be happy to know, does not foam!

It’s a really refreshing scent that seems to work both in the morning and evening, the Spearmint is a lovely pick me up in the morning, and then the Lavender sneaks in in the evening and gets you all relaxed.

Spearmint oil is far gentler than Peppermint oil so better for babies, it’s also great at calming itchy skin – Sweet Orange is used in Aromatherapy to promote feelings of happiness and warmth, it’s also good at fighting colds and flu and eliminating toxins – Lavender is used a lot in bath products and there is a reason for that, it’s calming and relaxing properties are insane, it’s an antiseptic, helps with cold’s and flu and balances the skin.

Vapor rub balm –

Ingredients:
Sunflower Oil*, Jojoba Oil*, Shea Butter*, Beeswax*, Lemon Essential Oil*, Spearmint Essential Oil*, Wintergreen Essential Oil, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil*, Peppermint Essential Oil*, Rosemary Essential Oil.
*Certified Organic by ACO

When our little ones get blocked noses, night time can be hard for them but also for us hearing our bundles so congested. In this balm the Eucalyptus oil is beautifully subtle but very much there, it’s got amazing properties such as fighting inflammation, headaches, respiratory problems, sore muscles, the list goes on. Wintergreen oil is the menthol scent that comes through, this is also a power house in fighting inflammation, it’s an analgesic and incredible warming – These are two oils you definitely want on your side when fighting a cold or flu! It’s got a lovely texture, not thick and greasy but smooth and buttery, yummy yummy.

I love this product, awesome for the colder months, it’s like a little warm cuddle. On those really cold nights it’s great to put on for that bit of extra warmth – I will admit I’ve been using it too and it’s really comforting.

Moisturising lotion – 

Ingredients:
Purified Water (aqua), Aloe Vera Juice (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice)*, Emulsifying wax, Sunflower Oil (Helianthus Annuus)l*, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii)*, Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima)*, 100% Propriety blend of essential oils (Aroma), Ylang Ylang Oil  (Cananga Odorata), Lavender Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia).

*Denotes Australian Certified Organic

This cream smells divin, I will most certainly be getting more of this. It’s again got a Shea butter base so it’s very yummy and creamy, but not thick and heavy. The Ylang Ylang and Lavender and both fantastic oils, they have an incredible calming effect on the mind and body, also wonderfully balancing for the skin.

Bath time

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Hevea – Natural rubber bath toys

I have written about rubber ducks before in my Boon bath ducks post last year. It really is quite disgusting what you find inside your children’s bath toys! If you dare to cut one open this is what you’ll most likely be faced with!

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Hevea are known for their dummies (pacifier) and teething toys, but now they’ve also brought out a range of bath toys. Hevea products are made from natural rubber from the Malaysian rubber tree. Each tree is tapped every morning before dawn and left to drip for 4 hours.

Rubber+Tree+TappingAs you can see from the image at the top of the page, rubber ducks and any other bath toy that have holes in, build up this black mouldy slime that’s a breeding ground for bacteria.

So why choose an Hevea bath toy?

  • No holes or perforation for water to get into.
  • Made from 100% raw naturally sustainable tree rubber.
  • No added colours or synthetics.
  • BPA, phthalates and PVC free.
  • Biodegradable.

As well as all that the packaging is also made from FSC certified paper and biodegradable materials, and the graphics are printed with vegetable inks. 

I really like the natural, rubber look. OK it’s not bright and sparkly, but knowing what goes into those toys to make them bright and sparkly, it’s a bit of a no brainer for me.

You can choose from a frog, a duck and a fish, there is also a giant duck (which I have my eye on!). As well as the raw natural rubber toys there is also the special KAWAN duck that’s hand painted with natural plant pigments.

Hevea have also produced a bath mat, so your babies’ bath time experience can be as natural and caring to their bodies as possible.

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I WANT A GIANT RUBBER DUCK!!!

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