Thursday, March 24, 2011

CJ’s All Natural BUTTer, Creamy Lotion, Carcass Cleaner and Deodorant - with a Giveaway!

Hi mommies and daddies! Christy from Gorgeous and Green here. What got me started using natural body care products was going to EWG’s cosmetics database site over a year ago. I was appalled at the horrible ratings of products that I thought were “natural” and “safe”. I was using this stuff on my kids! I was determined NOT to use “mainstream” products again. In my opinion, if you can’t pronounce the ingredients and/or they’re more than 4 syllables long per word, then they can’t be good for you. Ever since I’ve been on a continuous search for natural products and I’ve found several. CJ’s All Natural are by far my favorite! Every single ingredient is listed and reading the label is so simple. It’s refreshing to have products whose ingredients are clear!
CJ’s makes many different products, all of them in over 20 delicious scents, but I limited my review to the ones I used personally.
Let’s start with the Creamy Lotion and the BUTTer. I am in my third trimester of pregnancy so having a good lotion is a must. My kids have sensitive skin, and eczema, so I also needed something that I could use all over on them without worrying about what was in it. Plus, this past winter my skin was a bit dryer than it usually is and I was SO itchy! Needless to say I was pretty excited to get these products and find that they are wonderful! They are both lotions, but the BUTTer is not as thick and from what I’ve experienced (and heard from others) it’s more moisturizing. Because of that I’ve been mostly using the creamy lotion on myself and the BUTTer on my kids (especially since the BUTTer is great for the diaper area too!). I do always have a couple of spots of dry skin right around my eyebrows, so I used the BUTTer there and it worked beautifully! My daughter had a diaper rash from her overnight diaper and for some reason one day several weeks ago she decided to scratch it and gave herself horrific cuts and made the rash worse. This was thankfully right when I started using the BUTTer and I just continued using it. The rash went away very quickly and the scratches she'd given herself healed within a week or so. I was thrilled at how well it worked! The ingredients of the lotion are: Water, shea butter, coconut oil, E-wax (emulsifier), stearlic acid, veg glycerin (moisturizer), cornstarch, phenoxyethanol (preservative), caprylyl glycol (skin conditioning agent) and sorbic acid (preservative) Another great bonus for me is that they aren’t too “smelly” at all. I have an extremely sensitive nose and can’t tolerate too much scent. These smell divine!
Next I’ll move on to the Carcass Cleaner. This product can be used as a body wash and/or hiney cleaner on baby’s bum with your cloth wipes. Right now I’ve been using it in the bath on my two older kids but when the baby’s born I fully intend to use it with my wipes. I tried it first on their bodies and hair but found that it made my daughter’s hair a little too oily. So I just use it on their bodies now. Their skin is now incredibly soft and smooth compared to when we were using products from Johnson&Johnson or any other baby/kid body wash. Even the ones marketed for dry skin and as “natural”. Ingredients are: pure olive oil castile soap, water, shea butter, coconut oil, aloe, castor oil and xanthan gum (corn sugar). Because this cleaner does not contain SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), it does not lather up like soap or other washes, but still spreads out nicely when you use a washcloth.
Last but not least I’ll talk about the one I’m most excited about. CJ’s All Natural Deodorant! For the last several months I’ve been going deodorant-free because I could not find any alternative but yet I refused to put something on myself that had so many harmful things in it. The ingredients of most common deodorants is pretty scary. I learned that all anti-perspirants contain aluminum so I knew right away that I wasn’t going to have the luxury of those anymore and have since become more than ok with that. Then my mission was to find a deodorant that would make it possible for me to be anywhere close to another person without looks of disgust. I tried several different products including a Thai crystal stone. Nothing worked until I put on CJ’s deodorant for the first time. Fantastic! Now I smell great at the beginning of the day as well as the end! The ingredients are: lemon, lavender, tea tree, and clary sage essential oils, Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Sodium Bicarbonate and Cornstarch. An incredible combination!
Now for the really fun part! I’ll be doing a giveaway of one of the products mentioned above, or a $10 gift card to my store! To enter, follow the instructions below. Each item is worth one entry and you must comment that you’ve done that item (links must be included when appropriate). Complete every item for up to SIX chances to win! Shipping to US and Canada residents only.

• Mandatory – go to my website and find a product that you like and comment below what the product is.
• Mandatory – like Gorgeous and Green on FB
• Optional - post on Gorgeous and Green’s FB wall introducing yourself or about a fun product you found.
• Optional – go to CDRC’s FB page and “like”.
• Optional – suggest my FB page and/or CDRC’s FB page to your friends(or share on a blog or other fb page you may have) and comment below that you’ve done so.
• Optional – Share this blog post on your FB page, twitter or your blog.

Giveaway will run until Friday April 1st at midnight(EST) when I will do the drawing. The winner will be announced on my fb page as well as CDRC’s fb page. Hope you enjoyed reading my post and have fun!

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