October 2017 Glowing Beets Review

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Glowing Beets is a monthly subscription box that I have purchased for the past two years. I get so excited to receive it every month, and seriously love it! You receive about 3-4 products that are either full size or deluxe samples. Each product is carefully picked so the box includes clean, cruelty free, and quality items. I love the mix of skin care, body, and cosmetic products. The box costs $29.95 + $5.99 shipping.

Ursa Major Brighten Up Vitamin C Serum

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The first product in this month’s box is the Ursa Major Vitamin C Serum. I have been wanting to try this brand for probably a year (not joking). There is whole line of skin care for men and women. This serum is full of organic ingredients and is very clean. It has a fresh, musky floral, and citrus scent. This is a lightweight facial serum that really brightens and hydrates. You only need a super small amount, so this bottle will last a little bit. It retails for $54.

Moondani Natural Breath Mist- Mystical Mint

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Next up I got the Moondani mint breath spray. I was so happy to see this in the box, and to discover an alternative to gum or sprays filled with chemicals! The ingredients are clean or organic. When I first sprayed it in my mouth it was intense (because I don’t usually use sprays), but after a minute it had a nice refreshing taste. There was a small taste of fennel, but mint was definitely the prevalent flavor. It retails for $12.99. Overall, a very crisp and refreshing mist to keep in my purse for when I’m on the go.

True Moringa Simplicity Facial Oil

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This month I got a second face oil, the True Moringa facial oil. This one is pretty cool because it came in a roller ball packaging, which I have never seen before. It is made of only cold pressed moringa oleifera seed oil. This oil has a unique scent, almost like a musky nutty smell. I really like it. This oil absorbs very quick and didn’t leave my skin feeling greasy at all. Definitely one to check out if you aren’t into floral scented face oils! It retails for $26 for a 1 oz bottle.

2 Year Customer Appreciation Gift:

Kari Gran Lip Whip- Currant

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I was so so excited to receive this little gift! Just like with Ursa Major, I have been wanting to try this lip whip for the longest time. I got the lip whip in the color currant which is a dark berry color with a slight shimmer. It has a thick consistency, and adds a good tint of color. This is such a moisturizing product! The ingredients are organic and clean. The whip retails for $21. Another thing I really love is that Kari Gran is based out of Seattle! I love discovering products that are local to me.

That wraps up my review of October’s box. I just became an affiliate with Glowing Beets which I’m sooooo excited about! If you sign up using my code I will get a perk. I always want to keep everything 100 with you! I am promoting this subscription because I love this box, and pay for it every month. It allows me to try a variety of products and fits my family’s budget. My code is “TLM10” which will get you 10% off your first box! Enter it at checkout when you sign up on www.glowingbeets.com.

Thank you so much for reading this! Have you tried Glowing Beets?

Great Finds at JBF Issaquah!

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Are you ready to get your shopping on? I attended the Primetime shopping at the Issaquah “Just Between Friends” sale on Thursday night. The Issaquah sale goes until Sunday, so you still have time to shop this great sale! Today, Friday, is a regular shopping day. Saturday is the half off day, and then Sunday is the 75% off day (everything without a star and marked donate). You can go to “Just Between Friends” website for all the details on the Issaquah sale.

Here’s the fun part of shopping these sales, I get to share with you the great deals I saw or purchased at the sale!

One of my favorite things at the sale is the “Melissa & Doug” toys and puzzles. I have found a tool set and some chunky puzzles at previous sales. This sale I checked out the food and kitchen accessories because Echo LOOOOVES his kitchen. There were so many different sets and ranged from $12-25 for the small ones. I picked up this wooden Velcro cookie set (so cute!) for $16. That is a 20% savings from it’s retail price of $20.

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One thing I was on a mission to find was rain/snow boots! We live in a town that gets a bit of snow, so I wanted to gear up for the cold weather that is quickly approaching. I found these red “Land’s End” boots that are in great condition for $8. These boots retail for $50-80. For this calculation I assumed it was the $50 boot. That is an 84% savings! Love it!

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The next item that I purchased was an “H & M” fleece lined coat for $12.50. Echo didn’t have a heavier coat for this winter so I snagged this one! These coats retail for about $35, which means the coat was 64% off. It is in such good condition and am excited for Echo to wear it.

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The last item I purchased, that I’ll share with you, is a long sleeve flannel button down from “Gymboree”. The flannel shirts from Gymboree retail for about $32, and I paid $5. That’s another 84% savings!

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There are so many great items at the sale. One item I saw but didn’t pick up was a pair of white high top Converse (personally can’t do white with a toddler). They were priced at $18, and retail is $69. So someone can grab them for a 74% savings.

Anything you need from nursery to toys to clothes, the Issaquah sale has you covered. This sale they have lots of Halloween costumes for the kiddos. Hope you all get a chance to go check it out! There is still time to shop!

Thanks so much for reading! Do you shop consignment clothing?

Keep Me Safe Organics Review

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A couple of weeks ago I was sent samples of “Keep Me Safe Organics” face cleanser, moisturizer, and mud mask. This blog post is my 100% honest review of those small samples that I was sent.

“Keep Me Safe Organics” (KMS) is a multi-level marketing company that is dedicated to creating “non toxic” products. The company wants their advocates to be able to balance family and business life, while using “safe” body care and cosmetic products. Some products have more organic ingredients in them than others.

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The first product that I tried was the “Whipped Citrus Antioxidant Cleanser”. This cleanser has a very refreshing citrus smell that helped me wake up a little bit when I washed my face in the morning. The consistency is very creamy and smooth. It foams a little bit, but not a ton. I like when cleansers aren’t super foamy. There are a couple of ingredients that I am not 100% sure about. The cleansing power, feel, and smell are great!

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The next product I tried was the “Rejuvenating Glacier Mud” mask. If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen that I love face masks. This mask from KMS felt really good! There is only one ingredient: Silt (Fresh Water Glacier Minerals). I put it on after washing my face, left it on for about 5-10 minutes, and then washed it off. It wasn’t a heavy mask which I liked. I just needed a thin layer for it to do its thing. It tightened up pretty quickly as it dried. My face felt super smooth and clean after wearing it!

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The last product I tried was the “Whipped Citrus Moisturizer”. I applied it after cleansing my face and doing the mud mask. I really liked how this moisturizer applied. It is super creamy, and absorbed into my skin pretty quickly. It didn’t leave my skin feeling greasy or weighed down which I loved. And the smell has a very refreshing citrus scent! Just like with the cleanser, the ingredients are not all organic.

My final thoughts are that some of the products from the company look amazing and are full of organic ingredients. Others didn’t have many organic ingredients in them. I think that this company is trying to create great products that are safe for you and your family, and create better options. If you are a purist and only want the cleanest ingredients, you will need to read the ingredients list on each product from KMS. The products I tried performed great, and I personally might get a bottle of the mud mask.

I received the products from Sabrina Liguori and you can shop from her site “KMS Toxic Free Beauty” if you want to purchase any products!

JBF Issaquah Sale & Giveaway

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Shopping for outfits, toys, and gear for our little ones is so much fun… until you see the hefty price tag that comes with it. Have you ever walked into a kids clothing store, just to walk right back out the door? I totally have, because I refuse to pay a ton of money on clothes that will be outgrown in no time at all. Well I found the perfect solution to this issue! The “Just Between Friends” (JBF) sale!

JBF is a consignment sale, of gently used or new items, that has many events all over the nation. You can head to jbfsale.com to find your local event. Here are just some of the things that may be available at the sales: clothing (infant-teen, as well as maternity), diaper bags, pack & plays, strollers, toys, items for feeding, nursery gear, and so much more. I love going to my local sale because I can get clothes 50-90% off retail, Melissa & Doug toys 25-30% off retail, and pretty much anything Echo could need at a deep discounted price. I have gone to every JBF Issaquah sale since finding out I was pregnant with Echo. It has helped my family stick to a budget while still getting Echo super cute clothes.

Here are some of the items I picked up at the March sale!

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$90 for so many clothes and shoes!

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My favorite shirt I picked up for Echo, rhino shirt.

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Osh Kosh Tan Skinny Jeans

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Tucker & Tate black sneakers

If you sign up to consign or volunteer, you get to shop a pre sale before the public is able to. This is a great opportunity for families to make some cash for all of their gently used or new baby gear. I would definitely encourage any families with lots of clothes, toys, or gear to consign.

If you live in the Seattle area, come shop the Issaquah sale! I am giving away a Primetime shopping pass for the Issaquah sale which starts at 4pm on Wednesday October 4th. This is an opportunity to shop before the public. I will give one ticket to 2 winners and will announce them on Friday September 29th! Here’s how to enter: sign up to my email list (click the “follow” button and enter your email), like “Just Between Freinds Seattle East” on Facebook, like “The Lil Things Blog” on Facebook, then come back here and comment “done”. Super simple! Good luck!

Thanks so much for reading this! Share this with your friends so they can enter too. Hope to see you at the JBF Issaquah sale!

 

My Summer Beauty Favorites

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My favorite season of the year is SUMMER!!! Nothing beats the warm weather, sun, and get togethers with the people you love! Today I want to share with you the beauty favorites that I used this summer. Let me just say I was shimmering all summer.

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First up is the “Gaffer & Child Hydrating Serum” which I did a Favorites Friday post on a little bit ago on my Instagram. I apply this after I wash my face, to keep it hydrated and healthy during the dry warm weather. I love this serum because it doesn’t make me feel greasy or weighed down on my face. I use 3 drops and pat it onto my face, so a few drops go a long way. I usually wear it without makeup over the top, but on days I do my makeup I just let it dry before applying my BB cream. It is made of organic and cold pressed oils, and also includes botanical extracts. I can definitely smell the lavender in it, but it isn’t an overwhelming floral smell. Another thing I really love is that part of each purchase goes toward the cause of ending animal abuse.

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A product that I apply right out of the shower, especially after shaving my legs, is the “Forager Shimmering Body Oil in Stargazer“. This body oil is very moisturizing and absorbs into my skin quickly. Very important to me that I don’t walk around feeling greasy or oily. When I first saw the bottle, I thought it was going to be waaaaay too sparkly. When applied to my skin though it is a nice amount of shimmer, not too much and not too little. I feel like the smell is a little musky with a splash of fruit. I love the smell. Stargazer is made of a hydrating oils and essential oils. One really cool thing about Forager is that you can send your empty bottle back to them and they will give you a discount on refilling it!

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Another area that needs hydration during the summer is my lips! I constantly have dry chapped lips, so finding a good moisturizing lip balm is very important to me. I have also done a Favorites Friday of this product on my Instagram, but it continues to be my favorite. I love the “Me & The Girls Beneficial Organic Beauty Lip Moisturizer in Mentha Revive“! On the tube it says it is a lipstick base and topper, but I use it even when I’m not going to wear lipstick. I have just found this to work really well for me, and the fact that it is made from organic ingredients makes it that much better. I also like the minty smell and the slight tingle from the spearmint essential oil.

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Summer is the time for beach waves. My favorite hair product this summer has been the “Captain Blankenship Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray“! This spray gives you a voluminous textured look, while giving your hair a subtle shimmer from gold mica. There are only a handful of ingredients in it, many being organic. Love this stuff to create a quick hair look, whether it is a voluminous ponytail or beachy waves.

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As for makeup I have liked a bronzy look this summer. I am in love with the “Teri Miyahira Beauty Explore Bronzer“. I did a full review on the subscription box that I received this bronzer in, so you can search for my Teri Miyahira review from last month. This bronzer is a subtle brown, not a dark orangey brown. It’s definitely a good tone to give my face a little bit of definition and warmth while looking pretty natural. Teri’s products are always vegan and cruelty-free, as well as petroleum, talc, and synthetic preservative free.

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And lastly, to add a little bit of shimmer to my makeup look I am loving the “Free Love Beauty Illuminating Oil in Ice Queen“! It is made up of a couple of ingredients and nourishing organic oils. Ice Queen is a bright strong highlight, so a little bit of this stuff goes a long way. I apply it in the same places that I would apply a pressed powder highlight. I’ve been trying to put into words what it smells like, but I just don’t know how to describe it haha. I’m pretty sure it’s the rosehip oil that you smell the most. So it’s more of a musky smell to me, which is great. You can apply this oil to your whole body if you want, but I just use it as a highlight.

Thank you so much for reading! What has been your favorite clean beauty/body product this summer?

Teri Miyahira Beauty July Review

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It has been about a week and a half since I received the July Teri Miyahira Beauty box, and I’m in love! Teri Miyahira Beauty is a makeup line that is 100% natural, vegan, and cruelty-free. Teri also doesn’t use petroleum, dye, synthetic preservatives, and talc. Every box that I have received has been a great value and had a good selection of products. This box has been one of my favorites so far!

“Push Beyond”

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Each box comes with a card that has product descriptions and ingredients on one side, and then a cute motivational design on the other side. Love the idea that she makes them inspirational and can be kept to decorate with. I loved the design of this months card!

“Seek” Powder Illuminator

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With Teri’s powder products a little goes a long way. This illuminator is dense (trying to come up with the right word) and very pigmented. It is such a pretty rose gold color! Looking at the compact I was worried it would be too dark on my fair skin, but on the skin it is the perfect rosy highlight!

“Explore” Powder Bronzer

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Loving this tone on my skin! It has a cooler tone to it than most bronzers I have seen, which is what I have been looking for. It gives a subtle warmth to my face and sculpts at the same time. The “Clarity” bronzer that was in an earlier box was too dark for my skin, so receiving this lighter more subtle bronzer made me super happy!

Reset Hydrating Fruit Enzyme Mask & Exfoliant

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If you follow me on Instagram, you have seen my posts about loving face masks. I was sooooo excited to get a deluxe sample size of Teri’s Reset mask. It smells citrusy, and also has a strong banana scent to me. The consistency is very creamy and smooth. I like that it wasn’t extremely exfoliating and scrubby. This is a great mask to use during your self care time.

Vegan Rose Gold Face Artist Brush

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How cute is this brush? I love the look of Teri’s rose gold makeup brushes! This face brush has a dense flatter brush that is so soft. It would be perfect for applying foundation or even using to apply the face mask that came in this box. I have a couple of her brushes and have loved each one of them.

Teri Miyahira’s makeup line is definitely high-end to me. It is not cheap, but you get great quality products with cleaner ingredients.

Thank you so much for reading! What is your favorite Teri Miyahira product? Comment below! 🙂

Green Lipstick/gloss Roundup!

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If you have been following my Instagram, you have seen me mention lip products a couple of times. I am loving trying new things from lip scrubs to lip balms to lipsticks. There is just something about putting a pop of color on your lips in the spring or wearing a darker warm color in the fall. This post is all about my current lipstick and lip gloss favorites!

Fitglow Beauty Lipstick

First up is a lipstick collaboration from my favorite subscription box “Glowing Beets” and “Fitglow Beauty”. The color is called “Beet”. As far as I know Fitglow isn’t selling lipsticks at this time, but I’m hoping they do soon. I first tried Fitglow lipstick in 2015 and absolutely loved the formulation. This new color is perfect for spring and is a nice pink. This lipstick is creamy and moisturizing. It is not a glossy looking lipstick but also isn’t matte, it is the perfect middle ground. Of course on of the biggest things for me is what the lipstick is made with. Fitglow only uses organic and natural ingredients.

100% Pure Matte Lipstick

The first matte lipstick I ever tried was the 100% Pure Cocoa Butter Matte lipstick in “Aubergine”. You guys…I am in love! The color is perfect for winter (I got to wear it longer this year because winter went for so long here in Seattle). It is a dark red-purple color. I loved pairing it with a neutral toned eye. Love love love the matte texture. I thought it helped it stick in place and wear longer. 100% Pure is 100% natural, vegan, gluten free, and Cruelty free. Their lipsticks do not contain any dyes and are colored using fruit pigments. You can smell the fruitiness of the lipstick. So cool!

Teri Miyahira Lip Gloss

Perfect lip gloss for everyday and running errands! I tried the Luminosity Lip Gloss in “Innovation”. It is a sheer, pink-mauve color, with high gloss. Because it isn’t like “BAM!” in your face pigmented, it is perfect to throw on to give a makeup look a subtle finishing touch. I also love the vanilla scent that the gloss has. Teri’s products are natural, vegan, and cruelty free. They are also free of dyes, talc, alcohol, and synthetic preservatives. Amazing high end make up line!

Au Naturale su/Stain Matte Stain

This lip stain is making me more in love with matte lip products. I tried the matte lip stain in “On Pointe”. It is a great pink-nude color for a neutral lip. I do think it has more of a liquid lipstick texture. The stain has a strawberry like scent to it. I look forward to trying more colors of this product in the future! Au Naturale Lip Stains are 100% natural, vegan, and cruelty free. I think this is a very clean make up brand to check out.

HAN Natural Lip Gloss

WOW! This lip gloss is super pigmented! I tried the 100% natural lip gloss in “Raspberry Chardonnay”. It is a pink color with a slight shimmer and high gloss. The gloss has a strong vanilla scent (which I looooove because I am a vanilla-aholic). If you want a quick application for a bold lip, this is your gloss. HAN uses natural ingredients like acai oil, argan oil, shea butter, and lots more in this gloss. HAN is a cute and affordable make up line that I really like.

Plastic vs. Glass Containers

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Would it raise a red flag if your doctor told you to not eat anything out of a plastic container? For me it definitely did when my naturopath said that to me! One of the lifestyle changes that I made early on in my process of going green was getting rid of the plastic containers in my kitchen.

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Plastics can be made up of hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, sulfur, chlorine, and nitrogen. Then there are additives put in it to make it softer, more durable, able to be heated repeatedly, etc. A couple common types of plastics are Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Polystyrene, Polycarbonate and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). These are plastics that may contain phthalates and Bisphenol-A (BPA). BPA and phthalates are known hormonal toxins, and may be developmental, organ system, and reproductive toxins. These are chemicals that we wouldn’t want to put on our bodies, so we should not be ok with ingesting them.

In my pursuit to get healthy, I got rid of every plastic container (cups, plates, food storage, ice cube trays, straws, etc.) in my kitchen. It is one baby step that is doable and not overwhelming. All these little steps toward better health add up! I use the Pyrex brand of glass containers for mixing bowls, baking dishes. I also have a set of Best Choice glass containers. With both sets there are plastic lids (BPA free) which should not be left on when heating food. I am currently looking for glass containers that do not have plastic lids. I love using the glass versus the plastic because glass doesn’t stain, hold in odors, or leach anything. Glass containers are more expensive to purchase. The one drawback for my family is that we will have to buy containers more often due to them breaking when dropped. Using the glass gives me more peace of mind with my family. I don’t want them to be eating or drinking chemicals from the container their food is stored in.

Thank you so much for reading! What is your favorite brand of glass container? Comment below. Remember to follow my blog for updates on new posts.

 

*I am not a scientist or chemist, so this post is purely my opinion based on internet research I have done. *

Happy Little Camper Review

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Have you ever looked at what is in your baby’s wipes? It is shocking what some companies want you to use on your child. Up until now I have made my own baby wipes from paper towels, pure castile soap, coconut oil, and water. Recently I started looking at better options than conventional baby wipes and found “Happy Little Camper”.

Happy Little Camper is a 100% non-gmo cotton baby wipe. They are hypoallergenic and biodegradable. These baby wipes contain organic Aloe Vera which leaves the skin nourished and refreshed. They have a great thickness to them and are very soft. It’s important that the wipes aren’t super wet and also not too dry. These are the perfect balance. They are durable and stand up to any mess (pee, poop, and after meal clean up). I am really happy with how these wipes perform!

These wipes are free of fragrance (known to be a huge toxin), silicone, parabens, polyethylene glycols (polymers of ethylene oxide), and polyethylene terephthalate (synthetic plastic polymers). It is also free of chlorine and ethyl alcohol! I liked that these wipes are free of some of the big nasty chemicals!

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Most families are on a budget, mine included. We aren’t made of money and the diapers and wipes cost adds up quick. These baby wipes are the same price as conventional wipes, but without some of the nasty chemicals. A 72 count pack is $3.99. They also have to-go wipe packs (3, 20 count packs) for $5.99.

If you are looking for a better baby wipe option, definitely check out Happy Little Camper!

Have you tried Happy Little Camper? Comment below 🙂 Thank you for reading!  Remember to click follow to get email upsdates on new content!

 

Sun’s out, Bugs out!

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Since Seattle has gotten a little bit of warm weather, the bugs are starting to come out. Insect repellents are full of crazy toxic chemicals. Last year I started hunting for better alternatives that still perform!

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Every year I get sooooo many bug bites! I do not know what it is about me, but mosquitos love me. Last spring/summer I made my own bug spray that I used. It is an essential oil mixture that performed AMAZING! I did not get any bites on the places I sprayed. I don’t use this on Echo, because I don’t know the exact dilution of my mixture and it hasn’t been tested. It is super easy to make and works great. Here’s the recipe:

-4 oz. blue glass spray bottle

-Fill 3/4 of the way with water

-Add 2 Tablespoons Witch Hazel

-Add 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil & 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil (I use Young Living)

-Shake before each use & spray on

Puracy Natural Bug Spray

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For Echo, I really like using the Puracy Bug Spray! One of the big things that I like about it is that it is 100% DEET free. It’s also free of other nasty substances like Formaldehyde, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and more. It is made up of essential oils and botanical extracts which smell great! The peppermint, citronella, geranium, lemongrass, and Vanilla all blend well together. It isn’t greasy when you spray it on your body and then rub it in. It is recommended that you consult with your child’s physician if you intend to use it on a baby younger than 6 months. I used this on Echo last summer when he was 17-21 months old. He had no reactions or anything to the spray itself. He didn’t get any bug bites, so it performed great! It is also pretty budget friendly at $12 for a 4 oz. spray bottle. We only used one bottle last spring/summer. Puracy was definitely a better option than conventional bug sprays for my family!

Hope you are all enjoying this Spring sunshine! Have you tried natural & non toxic bug sprays? Comment below 🙂 share with friends.