Eco-Friendly Mother’s Day Gifts: Mommy-To-Be Edition

This is part 4 in our week long celebration of Mother’s Day.

On Mother’s Day it’s very important to also remember the Moms-to-be. We’re featuring some of our favorite products from Erbaviva, 3 Sprouts, and Beba Bean. Some of these products will help the Mom-to-be in your life relax a little more during pregnancy or help prep for when the special day finally arrives.

For the Mom-to-be:

Erbaviva Pregnancy Gift Set - Set includes three pampering pregnancy products in a natural-fiber gift bag. The luxurious, relaxing Mommy-to-be Milk Bath eases dry skin, while the luscious Stretch Mark Oil promotes skin elasticity to reduce stretch marks. The fragrant, smooth Back Rub Oil relaxes and calms pregnancy nerves and tired muscles.


Beba Bean Bambu Swaddling Blanket – The soft and sustainable bamboo blanket is naturally UV protective, insulated, and antibacterial—ideal for delicate infants.


Erbaviva Relax Body Wash – Lavender, Rose, and Neroli are blended into a mild, natural surfactant derived from olive oil.


3 Sprouts Hooded Towel - Ideal for baths or dips in the pool our hooded towel is perfect for newborns to age 18 months.


Erbaviva Mommy to Be Gift Box – Mommy will appreciate Quease-Ease Lip Balm with peppermint and ginger for those mornings that she’s not feeling well. She’ll love soaking in our Mommy-to-Be Milk Bath to ease her tired muscles and the itchiness of her growing belly. Erbaviva’s Refreshing Foot Balm pampers her aching and swollen feet. The rich, luxurious Stretch Mark Cream is a real treat and helps the belly grow with the pregnancy.


Past Posts in this series:

For the Mom who values eco-friendly skin care

For the Mom who will use any excuse to throw a good party

For the Mom with a green thumb

The Best Baby Shower Gifts

Attending a baby shower this spring? Many people are swarming around big stores like Babies R Us and while these stores sell lots of practical things, you could also get your mother-to-be gifts that are more special and more green. If she’s at all eco-conscious, she will appreciate your thoughtfulness in getting her one of these gifts:

Two’s Company Bath Buddy Animal Sponge*

Erbaviva Sniffles Organic Baby Chest Balm:

Erbaviva Organic Diaper Cream:

Cuskiboo Baby Comforter*

*item is on sale currently in-store.


Go Green with Organic Beauty & Kid Products

Are you ready for the biggest Irish party of the year? Prepare yourself by really going green with organic beauty and baby products.

We just received several new products that we are excited to try out!

First is the Intelligent Nutrients Pure Neroli Total Body Moisture. It’s a potent de-stresser. Just apply some to a few areas and massage to soothe. You can also put a dab under your nostrils and breathe deeply to feel serene and zen.

The second is 3 Sprouts storage bins with delightful animals like the hippo:

And lastly, we also got 3 Sprouts storage caddies featuring a playful pink pig (or a bee, walrus, mouse, etc.):

Eco-Friendly Baby Spotlight: Sophie la Girafe

Have you seen Sophie la Girafe? She’s the most popular baby teething toy these days and she’s natural. She’s a best-seller at Charleston Naturally because she’s made of natural rubber instead of plastics like most other baby toys. Concerned parents and healthcare professionals have been worried about lead paints and toxins like BPA in kids’ toys, so we know that this little rubber darling is sure to make little ones (and you) happy.

Check out this video from the Wall Street Journal about how Sophie became so popular after being manufactured in France for over 50 years:

Kick Cold Symptoms with Eucalyptus

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Egyptians and Chinese have used aromatherapy for centuries to aide everything from acne to anxiety. This alternative health treatment can have positive effects on pain, mood and an individual’s cognitive function.

If you’re looking for a natural way to kick the sniffles and other common cold symptoms this winter, try products containing the essential oil eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is used to treat respiratory congestion, bronchitis, breathing problems or asthma, sinusitis and more.

Here are several products we carry that contain eucalyptus:

  • Erbaviva Breathe Body Wash ($16)- This body wash gets you clean while easing respiratory issues with a blend of eucalyptus and organic eucalyptus leaf oil, plus cedar, spruce, organic hyssop flower oil, organic tea tree oil, organic thyme oil and organic lemon peel oil.
  • Erbaviva Breathe Body Lotion ($18) – Hydrate your skin using the same ingredients as the above body wash, plus sweet almond oil, avocado oil, glycerin, shea butter and jojoba oil.
  • Erbaviva Breathe Body Oil ($16) – This body oil can be added to a bath or used during a massage to ease the sniffles.
  • Erbaviva Breathe Bath Salt ($26) – Add this blend of sea and epsom salt and essential oils to your bath to purify and detoxify skin while easing respiratory problems.
  • Erbaviva Sniffles Organic Baby Chest Balm ($14)- There’s even aromatherapy for babies! Calm and soothe their little bodies with ingredients such as eucalyptus, tea tree, myrrh and cypress essential oil.
Bath oil

Bath oil

Gifts for baby: rattle, bibs, burpies

Beba Bean Knit Knacks Zoo Animals Rattle ($12) these 100% cotton rattles come in bear, elephant, giraffe or lion shapes.

Sophie the Giraffe ($23) – this BPA-free toy is made of 100% natural rubber and food paint, and was designed to stimulate baby’s senses. Sophie was first introduced in France in 1961 and has been a stateside hit for moms with babies up to two years old. Read more here.

Zebi Bag of Burpies ($49.95) – this gift set contains five, unbleached cotton burpies in a variety of vintage-inspired prints, as well as a plush animal toy.

Bambu baby bowl ($12) – this certified organic bamboo bowl contains no chemicals or dye and can be used for hot or cold food. Utensils are sold separately ($8.95).

Zebi Bib N Burp Set ($29.95) – this vintage-inspired set includes a bib and burpie, which are each made with certified organic, unbleached cotton.

Beba Bean Bamboo Swaddling Blanket ($30) – this blanket is made from soft and sustainable bamboo, which is naturally UV protective, insulated and antibacterial!

Gifts for Kids: 3 Sprouts Animal Designs Storage Bins & More

Still looking for unique holiday gifts for the little ones? 3 Sprouts produces a colorful line of organic products for kids and babies. From storage bins and hooded towels, to art smocks and placemats, 3 Sprouts’ bright, animal designs will make staying organized fun for the whole family.

Our newest product is the Hanging Wall Organizer ($30), which is available in hippo, moose or alligator. Perfect for nurseries and playrooms, the wall organizer is 40” tall x 14” wide and each pocket measures 11.5” x 14”.

All 3 Sprouts products are made from 100% organic cotton canvas and 100% eco-spun felt applique, which is made from recycled plastic bottles. Check out more products below, or click here to view all 3 Sprouts products.

Hooded towels ($36)

Storage bin ($38)

Storage Bin ($38)

Storage box ($28)

Storage Caddy ($24)

Art smocks ($24)

Placemats ($8)

Pick of the Week: Erbaviva Sniffles Organic Baby Chest Balm

In the transition of seasons, a case of the sniffles is expected and often  inevitable. Restore your baby’s health naturally and safely with USDA Certified Organic Erbaviva Sniffles Organic Baby Chest Balm ($14, 1.4 oz.).

This balm offers relief from cough and cold symptoms with the soothing oils of eucalyptus, tea tree, myrrh and cypress. Made with organic and wild-crafted essential oils, Erbabviva’s baby chest balm uses ingredients grown without pesticides or artificial fertilizers. Other ingredients include: organic sunflower oil, organic shea butter, organic beeswax, organic jojoba seed oil, organic lavender flower oil, organic cedar bark oil, organic grapefruit peel oil, organic geranium flower oil, organic rosemary leaf extract, organic immortelle extract and organic calendula flower extract. Rub your baby’s chest, back and neck with the balm to relieve symptoms of cough or cold.

Erbaviva started in 1996 in response to the multitude of baby products including harsh chemicals and unhealthy additives. We carry products for both mom and baby. From sunscreen and diaper cream to baby shampoo and bath salts, Erbaviva offers a full line of products that are detergent- and additive-free.

Pick of the week: Green Crafts for Kids

We live in a world where television and video games are an integral part of a child’s daily schedule. The average American youth watches an alarming 1,500 hours of television a year. Not only does television hinder a child’s physical prowess, but it also stifles their imaginative and naturally inventive spirit. Kickstart your little one’s creative genius with Cico Books’ Green Crafts For Children.

Written by Emma Hardy, this book contains 35 step-by-step artistic projects for children aged 2 and over. Share any craft with your child and exercise their imagination while also fostering their appreciation of all things green! From fashioning badges and salt dough pictures to creating patterns from dried leaves, all projects in Green Crafts for Children ($19.95) make use of natural, recycled and found materials.

Green Crafts for Children is the perfect holiday gift! Scour 128 pages of resourceful activities such as: T-shirt peg dolls, seed-pod shoes or a board game from shells and pine-cone animals. The projects in this craft book are also perfect for rainy days or colder weather. Give the gift of natural creativity to your loved ones!

Pick of the Week: Erbaviva Organic Baby Washbag

Few things compare to the soft touch of a baby. Protect your little one’s tender skin with Erbaviva’s Organic Baby Washbag ($32).  These washbags cleanse your child gently using herbal ingredients without overdrying sensitive skin.

Filled with organic oatmeal, milk powder, lavender flowers and essential oils of lavender and mandarin, these unbleached muslin sachets contain 95% organic ingredients. Simply place a sachet in the water and gently rub for a soap- and detergent-free bath that won’t strip the natural, essential oils from your baby’s skin.

These Organic Baby Washbags are part of Erbaviva’s full line of organic products and carry the USDA Certified Organic seal. Each bag comes with 20 sachets.