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Product Review – A Wild Soap Bar

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Take a wash on the wild side..   We were excited to be introduced to  A Wild Soap Bar. A Wild Soap Bar’s natural products are handmade in the USA, biodegradable, cruelty free, minimally packaged with recycled & recyclable materials, and do not contain synthetic fragrance oils, petroleum products, FD&C dyes, parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl or laureth sulfates, antibacterial triclosan, TEA, or other harmful chemicals.  100% of base oils are certified organic.

A Wild Soap Bar offers over two dozen soaps and soap gift sets. All of them specially created to soothe, invigorate, and deep clean. Here are a few of the amazing soaps:

cedar wood

Cedarwood Scented with a fir needle essential oil blend and filled with ground cedarwood and moroccan red clay, this exfoliating bar is sure to please the outdoor lover with its fresh forest scent.

sassafras

Sassafras  offers a fresh fragrance with great lather and a clean rinse.  Sassafras Soap is spiked with cinnamon, spice and everything nice plus sassafras root and sweet orange oil. The exfoliating texture sloughs off dead skin cells while the warm spicy scent brightens your day.

soap sampler

The All Natural Soap Sampler is a fragrant, colorful soap assortment that’s great for travel, guests, or just someone who loves soap! In it is 8 of Wild Soap Bar’s most popular soaps.

A wild Soap Bar handcrafts soap using the slow cold process method, which means no external heat is used so the goodness of the natural ingredients are preserved for you as much as possible. Each bar begins with a high percentage of nutrient rich organic extra virgin olive oil to which we add organic coconut oil for fluffy lather, organic palm oil to increase longevity, organic high oleic sunflower oil for its superior skin care properties, and organic castor oil for a dense creamy lather that conditions and moisturizes. Next wild-crafted and organic botanicals are responsibly added, fragrant organic spices, purifying earth clays, and tropical butters for their exceptional skin care benefits. Finally, the  wildly aromatic olive oil soaps are scented with only pure essential oils extracted from plants… fresh clean scents, the way mother nature intended.

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Product Review – Wondercide Natural Pest Control Products

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When one thinks of pesticide poisoning, they most likely think of pesticides that are utilized on produce, such as apples, lettuce tomatoes, lettuce and other fruits and vegetables.  There are additional means of pesticide exposure that occurs from insecticides and lawn treatment, but additional exposure is common from the many flea and tick control products that are used everyday.

Here are a few simple ways to minimize exposure to pesticide poisoning:

  • Grow your own produce. Growing your own crops means that you can use healthful methods to control any pests. There are all-natural remedies for controlling pests and enriching soil. Or you can use organic pesticides.
  • There are certain produce items which contain the highest levels of pesticides. Avoiding these crops can reduce your pesticides consumption levels by as much as 90%. Some of these items are fruit like cherries, apples, peaches, pears and grapes. Vegetables you could avoid are celery, spinach and sweet bell peppers. Remember, if they are organically grown, then these are safe to eat.
  • If you spray your lawn, switch to organic lawn care.  Only treat your lawn with organic products.  This decreases exposure to harsh chemicals to you and your pet.
  • Choose natural and organic garden care products when caring for your lawn. Be sure to read the labels to make safe choices to reduce the risk of pesticide poisoning.
  • Use natural flea and tick prevention products that are safe for you and your pets.  Wondercide was founded on the principal of ecological and ethical means to make the world safer.

Stephanie Boone, founder of Wondercide, started her company when her precious dog Luna became so ill from veterinarian-prescribed flea and tick prevention meds.  Veterinarians suggested she put Luna down, but that was not the answer.   She sought out help from scientists, professors and holistic veterinarians to develop Wondercide.  Stephanie stated, “Treating the source, not the symptom” drives her to educate the public and offer an alternative to toxic flea and tick prevention medications.  Luna is now 14 years old and is healthy and happy.

 

 

 

Evolv

 

Evolv™ is natural and organic and is the alternative to the harsh chemicals found in veterinarian prescribed and over-the-counter flea and tick preventive medications that sickens and kills pets every year.  Evolv not only repels, it kills on contact.  Wondercide states, “Effective on all life cycle stages, this bio-based formula safely protects your your pet without risk to adults or children.”  It’s a safe and natural way to keep your pets free from critters, all while being safe for pets and children.

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Why use Organic Baby Shampoo and Wash

Your baby’s skin is the largest and most delicate organ. Yet we regularly massage the skin with products loaded with petrochemical ingredients. If you would read the label on the back of your child’s shampoo or wash bottle, you would see dyes, preservatives, synthetic foams, parabens and petrochemicals. Remember, the skin is a porous membrane, so up to 60% of products that are applied to skin will make its way into the body. This results in over 90 industrial chemicals that the body can’t breakdown and eliminate. This material will accumulate over time and can lead to serious diseases like cancer.

The average consumer can’t fully determine the long term dangers of applying various chemicals and corrosives to their children’s skin and scalp. As more parents are becoming aware, they are reconsidering using conventional bath products. Here is a further listing of some of the harmful ingredients in many conventional bath products:

  • Diethanolamine or DEA – This is a carcinogen that if used repeatedly could lead to cancer.
  • Propylene Glycol – Ingredient in industrial antifreeze. Gives shampoo slippery characteristic.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – Inexpensive detergent chemical that creates foam. Found in most dish detergents.
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate – Found in industrial engine degreasers.
  • Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate- Inexpensive detergent and makes mixtures foam well.
  • Olefin Sulfonate – Deodorized kerosene

True organic shampoo and wash products offer a wealth of benefits for hair and skin that will be immediately noticeable. Organic products gently infuse your hair follicles and skin cells with natural minerals, herbal extracts, and oils. Keep in mind that not every natural ingredient is safe for a baby’s delicate skin. Some essential oils may be irritating so when choosing a shampoo or body wash for your baby, read the label carefully and be sure it has been proven safe for infants. There are lots of shampoos to choose from, so check out a few to see which one best meets your needs.

Vermont Soap Organic Baby Wash is great because it is two products in one. It can be used to wash both baby’s hair and body.  Bath time will only take about two squirts–one for the body and one to shampoo hair.  Typically, one bottle will last much longer than most store bought brands. So even though it’s a little more per bottle, you will save in the long run. Plus you’re getting the benefit of knowing you’re using the most natural ingredients for your baby’s sensitive skin.

When you use organic bath products, you’re also helping your environment by letting bio-degradable substances go down the drain and not harsh chemicals.

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Eco Product Review: H20 Water Powered Can Clock

The H2O Water Powered Can Clock uses state of the art water technology to power a large hi contrast display (LCD) clock. This clock will run continuously for a long time without needing any human intervention.

H2O water powered clock

H2O water powered clock

By using positive and negative electrodes the H2O Water Powered Can Clocks patented technology creates an electro-chemical reaction with water, thus producing the electrical energy for powering the LCD clock display. The Can clock is the size and shape of a conventional can of soda, roughly 11cm x 5.8cm (4.3in. x 2.3in.).

The water will need replacing due to evaporation. The evaporation though should be at a slow rate as the water is well encased, meaning it will only require a water top up every 6 to 12 months.

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Green Product Review: Smart Faucet

This Smart Faucet eliminates water waste by providing water only exactly when it’s needed  (in the beginning and end of the hand-washing event), and automatically shuts off the water while you’re lathering up, which saves water and heat.  No more constant adjustment with the hot and cold temperature setting trying to get the right temperature, as it is set at the desired heat setting.  The best feature of this product is that it’s made to retrofit directly on to your existing hardware.

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The Smart Faucet is a 1.5gpm (gallons per minute) aerator with an antimicrobial handle that controls water flow from the faucet. Water only flows when the handle is depressed, although there is a locking disk for continuous flow when needed.

The Smart Faucet requires no batteries or electricity to control consumption and is produced and packaged in the United States. The Smart Faucet can save up to 15,000 gallons when compared with the use of a standard 2.5gpm aerator. The Smart Faucet is an example of a low-tech solution that can save lots of resources and educate at the same time.

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Engage Green Review

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Engage Green is a line of eco-friendly products such as upcycled bags, totes, briefcases, etc.   They mix an artsy design into their styles, and create quality bags that will last through all weather conditions.  They use sustainable materials to help eliminate their waste output.  Engage Green is known for its unique fashionable designs made out of Recycled Plastic [PET], Recycled Paper and Sustainable materials like Organic Cotton, Hemp and Cork.

Engage Green was born in 2007 in Brooklyn.  Engage Green believes in quality – durable luxury, made to last, made to perform well in all weather conditions. We turn consumerism into something positive by engaging what we call [The Green Cycle] – choosing the right material, creating a functional design and engaging environmentally conscious consumers.

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Green Product Review: Looflighter Electric Barbecue Lighter

This was one of our most anticipated product tests. We decided to test the Looflighter during a tailgate event to light the charcoal and flavor kindling for a smoker grill. Following loading of the charcoal, the Looflighter was plugged into a nearby Imagepower source. By holding the end of the Looflighter within a few inches of the charcoal for around 4:30 minutes, we began to see the whitening of the edges of the charcoal. Within minutes several briquettes were lit and the smoker was up and going, without the us of any lighter fluid or and other accelerant. Severa

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l hours into the process, it was noted that several coals were not lit and the strength of the fire was decreasing. We were able to point the Looflighter at the unlit charcoal. This would traditionally be an issue once a fire is in progress, but with the Looflight

er this posed no problem and the test was a complete success.

Please note that that the Looflighter comes with a 10″ cord, so the need for an extension cord may be necessary depending upon distance from a power source. The Looflighter would also be a great tool for lighting fireplace or chiminea fire.

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Solar Wild Grass Garden Lights

The Solar Wild Grass Lights use solar power to provide a beautiful, eco-friendly lighting feature to your garden or landscape. The lights come in a set of 3 sprigs of fiber optic lights that can be arranged in a variety of ways, each leaf can be manipulated for the desired look. Wild-Grass-Solar-Garden-Lights.-3-LED-Lights-400x243

The Solar Wild Grass Lights are powered by a 0.2 watt solar panel that chargers a 500mAh rechargeable NiMH battery. The battery can provide around 6 hours of lighting for the wild grass sprigs from only 8 hours of sunlight. The grass lights achieve this as they use 3 LED bulbs, one per sprig, to provide the lighting. The grass lights turn on automatically as dusk approaches by the light sensor.

These are absolutely gorgeous and stylish lights for lighting up flowers, steps and patio seating area. 1 pack includes 3 LED lights connected with 1 solar panel on with stake.

 

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Freeloader Classic Solar Charger Review

Solar chargers are ideal because they allow you to harvest energy from the sun and then deliver it straight into your mobile device of choice without having to plug into power outlet.The Freeloader Classic is the new star of the solar mobile charging world. Sleek and robust it contains the most cutting edge electronics capable of powering the world’s most popular devices including the iPad and the iPad2.

The Freeloader Classic is comprised of three aluminum coated parts – the battery and the two solar charging panels. When not charging, the panels can be folded and hooked together, panel-to-panel, keeping them protected. The main battery has a backlit LCD display that illuminates and to signal the current battery life level, detecting charge being picked up by one of the panels and if the device is connected and charging. The fully charged battery can supply around 2 hours charge to an iPad and a full charge to most smartphone devices.

On the left hand-side of the battery unit are two USB ports, one full size and the other a miniUSB slot. The first is used to connect the various charging adaptors, while the smaller can be used to link the Freeloader Classic up to a PC for a quicker 3 hour charge.

There’s a specific Globetrotter Edition of the Freeloader available, building upon the Classic by adding a larger Supercharger panel that, can charge the battery up in 4hrs and is great for those who spend extended periods of time in the outdoors.

Key Features:
  • 1200mAh environmentally friendly Li-ion battery
  • 150mA premium quality crystalline solar cells
  • Charge Time: 8 hours via solar panels or 3 hours PC
  • Nine included tips
  • Removable solar panel modules
  • Charging via miniUSB option
  • 8-hour solar charge time
Compatibility:
Supplied with a master cable and nine adaptors to fit the following:
1) Mini USB – Motorola, Blackberry, Smartphone, iMate etc
2) Micro USB – Motorola, Blackberry, Nokia etc – the new “standard phone adaptor”
3) 4mm straight jack – PSP, TomTom, EBook etc
4) Nokia 3.5mm straight jack
5) Nokia 2mm straight jack
6) Sony Ericsson – wide adaptor
7) Samsung – G600 series adaptor
8) LG – Chocolate, Prada etc
9) DS – DS Lite
*USB socket connector allows connection from devices with their own USB charge cable – e.g. Apple products.

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Product Review: Halsa Acupressure Mat

Acupressure has proven to be a popular natural health remedy and has gained a strong reputation amongst natural treatments and alternative medicine throughout the world. The first use of the acupressure mat as we know it todayHalsa Acupressure Mata was in Soviet Union in the 1980s, but by the 1990s, with the spread of liberation following the demise of the Soviet Union Acupressure Mats began to be popular in a wide range of former Soviet Block countries and beyond. Today we are seeing the popularity of Acupressure Mats spreading worldwide with their use sweeping across Western Europe and the Americas.

Current estimates have over 75% of the US population suffering from lower back pain, resulting in and estimated $50 billion on back pain relief ranging from medication to surgery.  A new treatment that has great results and is cost effective, the Halsa mat, is attracting attention amongst the back pain sufferers. This mat, based on the acupressure theory, made up of thousands of plastic nails stimulating pressure points which release pain relieving hormones.  Many of the product benefits of the Halsa Mat include relief from back pain, insomnia, migraine headaches, or simply want to relax after a long or stressful day.”

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