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    Natural Mosquito Repellent to Ward Off Summer Bugs & More

    My Ecocentric Mom Box has arrived just in the nick of time. Summer is in full swing, which means so are the mosquitos. There are lots of ways to reduce mosquitos around your home, but most of us still need Mombox1to use some kind of repellent when we're in the garden, at a picnic, or taking a walk. This month's Mom Box included Herbal Insect Repellent from Turtle Moon that's worth giving a try. Made from essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus and wild geranium, it smells great to me (though not to bugs), sprays on so you can rub it in, but is not greasy.

    I was a bit skeptical of another product in the box until I tried it. It's a lip scrub, believe it or not. This is a terrific solution if you have chapped lips that you just can't seem to keep moist.  Essence of Antiquity Pomegranate Lip Scrub works like hand or body scrubs you might have tried. Organic sugar provides the grit that gently wipes off rough skin cells, leaving lips feeling surprisingly moist.

    Afterwards, I tried the Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Lip Colour, a lip stick made with shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil and pomegranate oil (NOT lead, which is found is a surprising number of lip sticks). All those oils left my lips feeling soft and healthy. NOTE: this lipstick is pretty shimmery, so if that's not for you, you can use it as a base and put something more subdued on top.

    Another healing product in this month's box was the Brigit True Organics Magic Healing Skin Balm Stick. This balm claims to help heal skin irritation, bug bites, and dry skin. I wasn't able to verify those claims independently, but given the ingredients - extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, calendula - I can imagine that it does a pretty good job moisturizing and soothing.

    There were two more skin care products in this month's box and I liked both of them. Shea Terra Organics Rose Hip Black Soap Face Wash contains South African Rose Hips Oil. When I finished washing my face with it, I felt refreshed, not like my skin had just been scrubbed with sandpaper. The paraben-free Green Leaf Living Lotion Bar smelled slightly like grapefruit - very refreshing! If you're still doing battle with dry skin, you can take advantage of the 10% off coupon for products The Eczema company is offering through their special relationshisp with EcoCentric Mom.

    Finally, the mom box included a packet of Jenuinely Clean Laundry Power Wash, good for two loads of laundry. I haven't had a chance to try it yet, but the ingredients look good: essential oils, natural minerals, and plant-based soaps.

    As for snacks, I enjoyed trying the EcoTrek Fitness Whole Food Bar: no refined sugars, artificial sweeteners or genetically modified ingredients. The bar I tried, dark chocolate and toasted coconut, was a yummy alternative to the very sweet and cloying conventional bars sold in most health foods stores. I also gobbled up the Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips: zero trans fats, no cholesterol, and substantial enough to eat on their own or scoop up a dip.

    WANT TO GET YOUR OWN MOM BOX?

    It's easy to get your own box (Disclosure: Big Green Purse earns a small commission if you sign up, which helps defray our operating costs. Thanks!). You'll find all the details here.

    Until July 13, you can order a monthly box at a discount. Use coupon code ECOMOM3OFF.

     

     

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    Sean Carter

    natural products can be quite powerful and really give you results. I have switched to natural sunscreen as well as bug repellent and I have had no issues with either ever since

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