|My granddaughter was excited about trying these|
But really, why is it even important to avoid the artificial egg dyes on the market? After all, we all used them growing up and we're okay, right?
Well, according to an article in the NY Times,
The federal government has been cracking down on artificial food dyes for more than a century in part because some early ones were not only toxic but were also sometimes used to mask filth or rot. In 1950, many children became ill after eating Halloween candy containing Orange No. 1 dye, and the F.D.A. banned it after more rigorous testing suggested that it was toxic. In 1976, the agency banned Red No. 2 because it was suspected to be carcinogenic. It was then replaced by Red No. 40.
Many of the artificial colorings used today were approved by the F.D.A. in 1931, including Blue No. 1, Yellow No. 5 and Red No. 3. Artificial dyes were developed -- just as aspiring was -- from coal tar, but are now made from petroleum products."
Interestingly enough, stores like Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe's, refuse to carry foods that contain artificial coloring.
For those of you who care not only about the health of your children, but also about the environment, it's important to note that the so-called "natural dye" currently used for red in most naturally dyed products, including lipstick, Cherry Coke, some natural egg dyes, etc., is actually from the blood of the cochineal bug (carmine). Ecologically, these bugs are farmed and crushed in irresponsible manners, worthy of some attention.
Okay, now you know about some of the whys for opting for safer dying methods, and you can find out many ways for the hows. But I have really good news for you, and that is that there is an easy alternative, which I've tried, and so have my grown daughters. We really like these dyes.
What are they?
The Natural Egg Dye Kit from Natural Earth Paint. It's perfect for creating beautiful eggs while protecting your kids from the toxins in many dyes.
For just $8.95, you can get 4 dye packs for creating beautiful egg displays in time for Easter. And with the code "eggdye14" you can even receive FREE SHIPPING! Of course, you have to move quickly on this. I recommend ordering TODAY!
The dyes are made from fruit, herbs, and vegetables, not synthetic crap or carmine.
My husband and I tried two of the dyes and then experimented with mixing the colors a bit. Here are our results:
Don't you like the little duck that just appeared on the light green egg?
My daughter, Bethany, dyed the eggs with her 3 YO. He seems happy with them.
She used all of the colors.
You can do other things to the eggs for variety, such as adding a fern, leaf, flower, doily, or some other object and securing it to the egg with a nylon stocking held tightly in place with a rubber band. After soaking the egg in the dye (which is made by adding the powder to water), you simply remove the stocking and get results like these:
You can also use a white crayon to draw designs on the eggs prior to dying them.
While we loved the safe-for-kids-and-the-environment factor, there was one thing we, especially the little ones, weren't especially keen on -- the soaking time. With children, there is a patience-factor and these eggs take 10-20 minutes soaking time. So, when dying the eggs, just make sure you have another activity planned with the kiddos while they await the results.
The Natural Earth Paints company also has a set of wooden eggs that can be painted with their wonderful natural earth paints. You can seal the paints with a natural varnish made by combining 4 parts olive oil to 1 part melted beeswax. Rub it on with a rag and let it set for 1-2 hours. Rub the excess off and display! Through 4/14/14, get 20% off the wooden eggs set with the coupon code "eggs20".
|Here's what you could win!|
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