Fake Your Suntan with Fake Bake

Now that it’s Summertime, are you craving a suntanned glow? It’s common to want a touch of sun kissed look after spending a day outdoors in warmer weather. Thankfully, with Fake Bake there’s an alternative to a bronzed look while avoiding harsh UVA and UVB rays.

Fake Bake Self Tanning Lotion gives you the perfect tan without damaging effects from the sun. Apply this patent-pending technology lotion for a safe, streak-free glow.

If you prefer sprays over lotions, check out Fake Bake Tanning Airbrush Spray. The spray contains both DHA and Erythrulose, tanning agents that bond with your skin’s pigment. These tanning agents result in a darker tan than doesn’t show up in pores and is perfect for covering those hard-t0-reach areas.

Fake Bake products are great for achieving a safe suntan, but remember – you still need to wear sunscreen while outdoors. Customer favorites include, COOLA Total Body Sunscreen and Erbaviva Sunscreen.

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

Announcing Sunscreen Awareness Week

We’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback from our Mystery Ingredient Monday post yesterday about chemical sunscreens. So we’ve decided to declare this week Sunscreen Awareness Week. This week we will be focusing on ways to reduce sun damage. Since spring is just around the corner, it’s important to arm yourself with the best protection money can buy. Luckily, brands like John Masters Organics, Boscia, Juice Beauty, COOLA and Erbaviva have produced awesome organic sunscreens that will protect you from the sun without depositing gross chemicals in your body (like benzophenone)!

And just to show you that our money is where our mouth is, we’re offering you 25% off all organic sunscreens and Coolibar hats this week! Just enter the code SUN at checkout. You can stock up for spring and summer and SAVE. As always, when you spend $49, you also get free shipping!

This Coolibar sun hat is not only stylish and perfect with any outdoor outfit, it’s packable! Are you dreaming about the Hamptons? Florida? Or maybe just Folly Beach? This is the hat you need… and it’s also 25% off when you enter code SUN at checkout. So go for it!

Kick Cold Symptoms with Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus, flickr: jar ()

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

5 Simple Tips for Healthy Skin

Many people are starting the new year with resolutions to be more healthy. If you’d like healthier skin in 2012 and beyond, here are five tips from NaturalNews.com:

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  • Avoid refined sugar and simple carbohydrates because they deplete the structure of the skin and speed up the aging process (e.g. soda, syrups, candy, etc.).
  • Don’t sleep on your side because extended pressure on the face adds creases and wrinkles.
  • Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin cells, bring new cells to the surface and prompt collagen production.
  • Choose your sunscreen wisely. Avoid products with retinol, retinal palmitate, PABA, parabens, oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate and triethanolamine, which have been linked to hormonal problems and cellular irregularities.
  • Get deep, restful sleep because sleep produces human growth hormones (HGH), which are responsible for keeping up youthful traits. HGH is produced predominately during deep stages of sleep, so getting plenty of deep sleep is critical.

We carry several products that can improve the health of your skin, like John Masters SPF 30 Natural Mineral Sunscreen ($32), Erbaviva Children’s & Adult’s Sunscreen ($22) and a line by COOLA ($12-34). Plus, we have various exfoliating products from suki, John Masters Organics and other companies.

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: 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.

Pick of the Week: Erbaviva Children’s Sunscreen

Erbaviva sunscreen

With summertime quickly approaching, many moms are looking for a natural alternative to protect their child’s skin. Erbaviva sunscreen provides a SPF 15, full-spectrum protection (protection from both UV-A and UV-B rays) without chemicals and synthetic ingredients. Erbaviva can be used on both body and face, and works great for adults too!

The Erbaviva line is USDA Certified Organic, and contains a delicate scent of organic lavender and chamomile essential oils. All Erbaviva products are made and packaged in Southern California, and ingredients are made of the highest quality organic and wild-crafted essential oils, grown or produced without the use of pesticides or artificial fertilizers.

This sunscreen contains the following ingredients: Water, sweet almond oil, cetearyl wheat bran glycosides and cetearyl alcohol ( natural emulsifiers), avocado oil, camellia oil, sodium levulinate, oryzanol, potassium sorbate, allantoin, and organic essential oils of lavender and roman chamomile. Ingredients are made of the highest quality organic and wild-crafted essential oils, grown or produced without the use of pesticides or artificial fertilizers.

A 4 oz. bottle is available for $29.

Viva Erbaviva! Great natural and Organic Skincare for Your Baby

Erbaviva’s story is an inspirational one which stems from the love of two parents for their child.  Like any good parents, Chris Brown and his wife Anna Cirronis wanted to provide their beautiful baby with the very best that money could buy.  However, they were quickly disheartened at the rows of chemical-filled products on the supermarket shelves; and to their amazement they could not find anything which did not contain any synthetic materials.  Out of necessity, they started creating their own concoctions with natural essential oils to care for their baby’s sensitive skin.

Fifteen years on, Erbaviva has become a household name and is a worthy success story.  Their range of fabulous organic baby products has gone from strength to strength.  They have a following of devoted mums and dads who cannot sing their praises enough, because Erbaviva’s products deliver what they promise.  If the best advertisement is word of mouth then a lot of people worldwide have been using Erbaviva’s products and talking about the fantastic results.  All of their products are ideal for all skin types and it is refreshing to see a list of ingredients you actually know such as Lavender Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and Chamomile.  They proudly wear the USDA Certified Organic logo on their label and seek only the purest natural ingredients to care for all babies.

Erbaviva’s assortment of products for sweet little munchkins makes the perfect organic baby gifts.  Putting a selection of various products together as a ‘starter baby hamper’ is a thoughtful and caring gift for a friend and their precious little one.  Organic baby gifts of course are not limited to only newborn babies; they make wonderful birthday gifts or Christmas gifts and are great at any stage of a child’s life.  At Charleston Naturally, you will find lots of interesting things to add to your hamper such as cute toys made of natural fibre, books, and other exclusive items.

Erbaviva’s philosophy of embracing all that is completely natural and renouncing all that is remotely synthetic has resonated with millions of people everywhere.  A thriving company which started out as two ordinary people with a dream of caring for kids everywhere is proof that the demand for natural and organic products is higher than ever.  Erbaviva operates as an eco-friendly company and their manufacturing plant runs on a renewable power source; their trucks use bio-diesel to minimize their carbon footprints.  As an ethical company they also believe in giving back to the community.  Fifteen percent of sales from their selected products are donated to the ‘Worldwide Orphans Foundation’ – a non-profit organization assisting orphans around the world with education, building of schools and providing social support networks in their community.  This great organization also assists orphans living with HIV to receive care and medical treatment.

So you see, using Erbaviva products gives you much more than just fantastic clean and fresh skin care or great organic baby gifts.  They represent something much nobler.  Your happy baby will look and feel great on the outside and you will feel good on the inside that you are making a difference in the life of a less fortunate child somewhere else in our world.  As with other great natural and organic companies, Erbaviva’s range is constantly improving and evolving to provide their consumers with optimum products.  Make a better choice for your baby today and he/she will enjoy the immense health benefits in the future.

Spring Showers: 5 Perfect Gifts for the Mommy-to-Be

Spring ushers in more than rain showers. For the numerous baby showers held in  April,  May and June Charleston Naturally has put together a hand-selected collection of our favorite baby shower gifts. Whether you’re looking for gifts for baby or the expectant mother, we’ve got you covered.

Here is a list of our top 5 spring shower gifts:

  • The Erbaviva Organic Mommy Travel Kit is the go-to organic baby gift for expectant mothers. The reusable bag arrives complete with everything from Erbaviva’s best-selling stretch mark cream and oil to nausea-soothing lip balm to luxurious milk baths. The mommy-to-be can be comfortable wherever she goes.
  • Thoughtful touches, such as cuffs that fold over to create mittens and an elastic bottom for convenient diaper changes, make Beba Bean’s Bamboo Kimono Sacque the fashionable must-have baby clothing item. Plus, moms love that bamboo is naturally antibacterial, UV protective, and insulated. Ideal for protecting delicate newborn skin.

    Bamboo Sacque

    Bamboo Sacque

  • 3 Sprouts Organic Hooded Towels are designed for the eco-chic mom and baby. The adorable organic cotton knit towels allows mom to swaddle baby with warmth after a bath or dip in the pool. Available in a selection of five cuddly animals and packaged in red grosgrain ribbon, these cozy, organic certified baby towels are a perfect no-hassle baby shower gift for a mommy-to-be.

    3 Sprouts Organic Hooded Towel

    3 Sprouts Organic Hooded Towel

  • Erbaviva Baby Wash Bag is perfect for new moms nervous about baby’s first bath. The unbleached, soap-free sachets are filled with herbal ingredients. Simply drop the aromatic bag into the tub and gently rub on baby’s skin. The Erbaviva Baby Wash Bags clean without drying to maintain the necessary oils important for good hydration, while leaving baby clean and fresh.

    Cuski Boo Baby Comforter

    Cuski Boo Baby Comforter

  • Cuski Boo Baby Comforter is a must-have for the first days home from the hospital. Ultra absorbent, antibacterial, eco-friendly, and biodegradable, the bamboo woven comforter holds crucial mommy and baby scents which soothe baby and aid bonding. Best of all, the Cuski Boo Baby Comforter’s scents help to bring on mommy’s milk flow, making breast-feeding easier.

Are you invited to a baby shower?  Shop now and we guarantee yours will be mommy-to-be’s most cherished gift.