Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Review It Wednesday -- the fruit of the womb

Behold, children are a gift of the Lord;
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one's youth.
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.

-- Psalm 127:3-5a (NASB)                 

When you visit the web page for Earth Mama Angel Baby, the first impression you get is 'these mamas love babies!' There's just no other way of seeing it. They rejoice when new life comes into this world and they grieve when a little one is lost

That is why I trust them to provide only the safest products available for my grandbabies (and the rest of the family). I simply love EMAB

Recently, in exchange for a review, they sent me a 5.3 oz. bottle of Calm and Clean Hand to Toe Wash. Of course, they were probably confident they could count on me for a positive review because, well, I simply love EMAB and they know it.

However, just because I love a company and the folks that run it, and just because I get to try a product for free, does not mean I will write a misleading review. If I don't like something about it, I'll let you know. If I hate it, I'm likely to let the company know and skip the review altogether, which recently happened with a book I was asked to review. I sent the book back with an explanation as to why I could not give it a good review. Ouch.        

So, here's what I think about the Calm and Clean Hand to Toe Wash: I love it. Can't help it ... it's a great product! The light scent stems from the organic lavender and vanilla pure essential oils. What a nice diversion from the commercial hand soaps packed with artificial scents that linger on your hands for countless hours after you're done washing.

While other soaps use artificial foaming agents to ensure sudsiness, the line of EMAB soaps does not. The castile soap is naturally foamy and comes out in a perfect puff of lather every time you press the pump. My 3yo granddaughter loves washing her hands, over and over again, with this delightful safe and natural liquid soap.

While many products out there claim to be 'safe and natural' for kids, be careful. This is such a misleading claim. But when the mamas at EMAB make the claim, you know you can trust them. Why? Well, just look at the facts.
  • No petrochemicals, petroleum or petroleum byproducts
  • No 1,4-Dioxane, formaldehyde or phthalates
  • No sodium lauryl sulfate, cocomidopropyl betaine or other synthetic foaming agents or surfactants
  • No artificial preservatives, parabens, phenoxyethanol, Quaternium-15, etc.
  • No artificial emulsifiers.
I took the above list right off their website. These are the very things that make safety-minded mamas, papas and grandparents, like me, feel really good about using this product on my grandbabies' delicate skin. The USDA Certified Made with Organic Ingredients label helps me breathe even easier, on so many levels!

But don't let the gentleness fool you. Just because a product is gentle, doesn't mean it won't fight germs. Think Jacqueline Kennedy -- soft and feminine but tough as nails. Yeah, that's what it's like. And did I mention the smell? Oh yeah, that's how I started out. But it really is worth repeating.

The price seems a bit high at $10.95, but when you consider you get at least 300 pumps out of each bottle, the bargain starts to reveal itself. Plus, EMAB always seems to be offering special deals. Speaking of which, the mamas are offering the GG community 15% off orders on their website through December 30, 2011! Don't you just love a generous mama?! Just type in the discount code GrGrandma when you check out.

Should you just take my word for it, when I talk about how safe and effective the EMAB line of products is? Well, you could. But I'm not alone in my faith in these products to be safe for the precious little ones God has entrusted with. I';ll let a recent press release speak for itself (bolded highlights are mine):

November 2, 2011 — Clackamas, OR — UPDATE: As news spreads about toxins and the ongoing concerns about formaldehyde-releasing ingredients in baby products, Earth Mama wants to spread the good news that some hospitals are making safer choices for their newborns. Earth Mama Angel Baby® products were chosen by Miami Valley Hospital, in Dayton, Ohio, as the first step in their “greening process” following a year of research on the subject of environmental toxicants and the health risks they pose to newborns and mothers.

MVH delivers nearly 5000 births a year, and wanted to assure mothers of the safety and efficacy of the products they offer. Earth Mama’s Natural Non-Scents Hand to Toe Wash and Angel Baby Oil are being used on all newborns including the babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Replacing the many different products previously offered to new mothers, Earth Mama’s organic castile soap and 100% natural baby oil offer a pure, safe, simple alternative to the myriad wipes, lotions and soaps that are often laden with chemicals, including artificial fragrance, preservatives and dyes.
 Nurses from MVH strove to find products that rated a 0 for toxins by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), while also meeting MVH’s own rigorous standards. Earth Mama Angel Baby was a natural choice, since the entire product line was formulated by a nurse and herbalist and it was the first company to rate all zeros on EWG’s Skin Deep database.
 While taking part in a nurse leadership program it became clear to Ann Brower BA, RN, IBCLC, ICCE, CD, Birth & Family Education/Lactation Coordinator, that MVH could lead the way by using the best products for their patients. "As nurses we are challenged to be leaders in the community and to help the community do the right thing. We hope our children’s children won’t have to suffer with illness, allergies, reproductive disruption and cancer. We need to set back the clock to a simpler way of doing things. This IS the right thing. This is best practice. As healthcare providers, we need to be leaders not only in safety, but also in education. We want them to learn to read labels, and realize if you have a choice, choose the one that’s least toxic."
 Earth Mama founder Melinda Olson encouraged broad product testing and provided numerous rounds of samples for approval by different MVH groups. “I am delighted MVH required extensive product review; Earth Mama is all about pure ingredients and consumer education,” Olson said. She sees this growing trend in hospitals as a good sign. “It’s no surprise that hospitals are taking ‘healthcare without harm’ to a green level. Nurses are on the cutting edge of more natural patient care, and when they get involved, things change for the better. Since more parents are aware of avoiding toxins in pregnancy and baby products and strive to keep their babies free from as many worrisome chemicals as possible, it’s natural that they would choose hospitals that are on board with a safer philosophy.

Regarding the most recent Toxic Tub news story (Baby’s Tub is Still Toxic ) , Earth Mama Angel Baby thinks it’s simple; a mama should be able to know what she is putting on her baby, and her whole family, without having to have a degree in chemistry. “With all this news about formaldehyde-releasing Quaternium 15 and 1, 4 Dioxane in babies’ tubs, we want to make it clear that Earth Mama Angel Baby has never contained those ingredients, or ANY toxins ever.” says Olson. Every Earth Mama product rates a ZERO for toxins on the Skin Deep database, and Mama’s Promise® is to offer only safe, pure, natural products that work. If it doesn’t measure up to Mama’s standards, it doesn’t leave the building.

Convinced? I am. But if you need a bit more info, visit The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics website and read their report, No More Toxic Tub.

When you're ready to order, don't forget to type in the code GrGrandma for 15% off your total.

Earth Mama Angel Baby ... just one more thing to be thankful for!

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