I first encountered Beautiful Earth when I won their Baby Box in a giveaway from Lindsey Blogs. I'd never heard of them before, but I'm always on the lookout for good natural products,especially for Thing 2, who tends to break out in a rash if you so much as look at her funny.
Baby Bar -- We didn't use this because bar soap tends to become a mutilation victim in our home (although Mr. TFT has just informed me that Thing 2 in fact greatly enjoys cleaning her butt with my nice boutique bar soap...greeeaaat.) We did, however, gift it to a friend who found herself in guardianship of an extra child quite suddenly (mom bloggers are greatly known for having extra children's products lying around), and they were fans.
Baby Bath & Massage Oil -- I love this stuff. It's gentle, smells amazing, and is incredibly soothing and relaxing. Sometimes I even let Thing 2 use some.
Baby Hair & Body Wash -- I have literally had upwards of 3 brands of baby wash littering the edge of our bath tub. Once we tried this, the others quickly got shoved to the side. Only the best makes it to the squid. (Well, the best + Mr. TFT's unenlightened man soap.)
Baby Body Lotion -- I can't begin to describe how difficult it is to find quality natural skincare products, especially lotion. Lotions can be a minefield of fragrance and other irritants, and they tend to be either too thin (read: ineffective) or thick and stifling to the skin. This lotion is a rich consistency with a pleasant smell. Best of all, it moisturizes without irritating. Keeper!
Baby Barrier Cream -- I didn't immediately feel strongly about this. I didn't notice a huge difference or miraculous effects, but Thing 2 began to specifically request "goop" at diaper changes and, over time, I've noticed that she has not had serious diaper rash issues since we've started using it. That's good enough for me!
Breathe Easy Chest Rub -- If I could only buy one baby product from Beautiful Earth, it would be this. I admit: I've become a bit of a Breathe Easy fan girl. Why? Because, you guys--it works. It has a pleasant and gentle spearmint-y scent, which is a nice change from the usual harsh smell of vapor rub. I've used this and shared it with a friend who had two little ones simultaneously sick with croup, and it's truly effective. Coughs are soothed, mucus is broken up...it's a beautiful thing y'all. By far my favorite product for coughs, colds, and restless nights.
Because I fell in love with the brand for their amazing baby products, I was beyond excited a couple of months ago when I had the chance to try one of each of the new to the US adult products from Beautiful Earth. The products were:
Bath & Massage Oil -- As wonderful as the baby version, but with an Orange and Patchouli fragrance rather than Calendula and Lavender. It's a nice little "pamper Mama" treat. The only thing I didn't like about it was that it didn't come with the handy little pump top like the baby version does. Not a deal breaker in the slightest, but it would be a nice thing to have! (The massage oil is not included in the photo above because I made the mistake of leaving it on a reachable surface and Thing 1 and Thing 2 scampered off with it. It has since disappeared into the ether...Now that I think about it, maybe I'm glad it didn't have a "convenient" pump top...)
Bath Milk -- This makes a nice little addition to your bath water. I even used it in combination with the bath salt, and it left my skin feeling so soft and pampered! It's like a spa day for mommy! Really. I could *almost* forget that I was reclining in a cramped tub on a non-slip alligator tub tread, surrounded by baby toys. Bliss!
Invigorate Bath Salt and Aromatic Bath Salt -- Can we talk openly about a Mama issue right now? I don't know about you all, but after birthing two children, a lot has changed. Let's just say that sitz baths have become an all-too-frequent necessity. But, instead dumping Epsom salt from the value sized cardboard carton, I can sprinkle in a bit of pleasantly fragranced Epsom with bits of dried flowers and plants. Then, instead of just soaking my hemorrhoids, I can pretend I'm floating in a relaxing spa bath (you know,with all those extra bits I mentioned in the Bath Milk section). It seems silly, but it's one of those little things that makes a big difference and helps me feel like I'm treating myself. Do be warned though that, as I mentioned above, these salts do have bits of dried flower and plants. I thought it would bother me, but it really hasn't so far. There has been no additional post-bath clean-up required.
Natural Shampoo and Natural Conditioner -- These were the products I was most excited to try. I don't know about you guys, but I've found a lot of "natural" body care products to be lacking. In my experience, they tend to either have unpleasant smells or lack in the effectiveness category. The Beautiful Earth shampoo and conditioner definitely do not fall into either of those categories. I enjoy the fragrance, and they leave my hair feeling soft, clean and manageable. Do be advised that, like most natural shampoos, these will not foam much, which can take some getting used to. I do have to supplement and switch out because I have scalp issues and eczema, but these are by far the best natural shampoos that I've tried so far.
Hand & Body Wash -- Like the shampoo and conditioner, I love that the body wash has a pleasant scent and works well. It also doesn't dry my skin or cause breakouts. That's really all a girl can ask of a body wash, right?
Hand & Body Lotion -- In the past, I've used CeraVe cream because it's thick enough to be effective and safe for sensitive skin. But I've missed having lotions and creams that fit those requirements and also smell pretty. It sounds silly, I know, but sometimes I just want something that smells pretty (without being laden with artificial and harmful fragrances). This is it. I love the grapefruit and orange scent and the fact that it's rich enough to actually moisturize my skin and not leave it filmy or itchy.
Body Butter -- Of the adult products, this is probably the only one that I'm lukewarm about, and it's probably just a matter of personal preference. It smells great and doesn't break me out, but (and I know this sounds silly, as much as I've talked about trying to find a product that's thick and creamy) I found it to be just a little too thick. It was hard to spread evenly, and I really just preferred the easy application of the regular lotion. I will say, though, that it works great if you have a small area you need some concentrated moisture for.
The only other thing I didn't like was that there was no facial moisturizer. I can (and do) use the body lotion, but the skin on my body is not the same as the skin on my face, and I would love to see a special moisturizer just for my face!
Now, here's your chance to pamper yourself (or your baby!) with some Beautiful Earth products of your very own!
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