Cool Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas

Want to find the perfect gift that will make the right impression? Why not opt for an eco-friendly gift that is a win-win for your loved one and the Earth? Here are some of the coolest eco-friendly gifts for 2015!

It’s Only Natural Gifts
It’s Only Natural Gifts enables you to select from predesigned healthy gift baskets or build-your-own gift baskets. Personalize your unique gift basket with just right contents for the recipient. You’ll find so many options…so many ways to acknowledge… and so many natural and organic items to choose from!

Life Factory Wine Glasses
Lifefactory fuses a modern design sensibility, healthy materials, eco-friendly composition and exceptional utility to produce a full line of Safe, Simple and Smart products. Their innovative wine glasses feature an amazing non-slip grip to protect the glass and add a layer of safety to your dinner party fun.

Bead for Life Jewelry
Bead for Life believes in creating sustainable opportunities for women to lift their families out of extreme poverty by connecting people worldwide in a circle of exchange that enriches everyone. Vibrant Bead for Life Jewelry is made from upcycled paper into rich beads and helps to empower women to support themselves and their families.

Seedling
Seedling is passionate about the importance of growing young imaginations and celebrating the parenting journey one moment at a time. To this end they offer a number of imaginative DIY toys such as Create Your Own Designer TutuColour the Earth and Design Your Own Light Globe. Also, wherever they can, they use recycled and recyclable components to reduce their environmental footprint.

Bulldog Grooming Kit for Men
All Bulldog products are created to work simply and effectively while dealing with the specific issues men face. Featuring essential oils and natural ingredients that really work, The Bulldog Grooming Kit includes the Original Moisturiser, Face Wash and Shave Gel. Plus all Bulldog products are certified Cruelty Free and never contain ingredients from animal sources.

Unique Eco-friendly Gift Ideas

Looking for a gift that will get a great response AND is good for the Earth? Check out some of the most unique and fun eco-friendly gift ideas this season!

Back to the Roots
Back to the Roots started as curiosity about urban farming and has turned into a passion for “undoing food” and reconnecting families to it through fun, delicious and sustainable “ready to grow” and “ready to eat” products. They offer a number of one-of-a-kind gifts including their Deluxe Growing Set that features the supercool Water Garden self-cleaning fish tank where the fish feed the plants and the plants clean the water!

Seedling
Seedling is passionate about the importance of growing young imaginations and celebrating the parenting journey one moment at a time. To this end they offer a number of imaginative DIY toys such as Create Your Own Designer Tutu, Colour the Earth and Design Your Own Light Globe. Also, wherever they can, they use recycled and recyclable components to reduce their environmental footprint.

Evolution Salt
Evolution Salt Co. is the go-to company for Himalayan crystal salt worldwide. They are a family owned company that does everything from mining, to manufacturing, importation and distribution. Evolution Salt Lamps create wonderful, inviting lighting while combating the harmful effects of positive ionization (or electro-smog) caused by electromagnetic radiation which originates from TVs, monitors, computers, appliances, Wi-Fi, cell phones, etc., while the natural color of the lamp reinforces the rejuvenating and healing influence. Best of all, they believe in Fair Trade practices and  eco-friendly and socially responsible manufacturing.

It’s Only Natural Gifts
It’s Only Natural Gifts enables you to select from predesigned healthy gift baskets or build-your-own gift baskets. Personalize your unique gift basket with special images and just right contents for the recipient. You’ll find so many options…so many ways to acknowledge… and so many natural and organic items to choose from!

Renewal Products
Renewal Products Eye Pillows apply gentle weight to the acupressure points around the eyes, which helps relieve muscle tension, induce relaxation and promote restful sleep. They are also great to put in the freezer to use for headaches and puffy eyes. Plus, they use sustainable materials and support artisans by featuring handmade products.

Coffee Skin Care

Did you know that coffee can have positive effects on the skin such as repairing, firming, fighting cellulite and helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles? Check out the new wave of coffee-infused skin care!

JAVA Skin Care
JAVA is a luxury line of natural skincare products that harness the rejuvenating properties of green coffee, one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants. Products are formulated with essential oils infused with the coffee plant that are proven to nourish, repair and protect the skin. www.javaskincare.com

Skin by Ann Webb Coffee Cherry Products
Skin by Ann Webb utilizes the tightening and anti-inflammatory effects of coffee to improve the look of wrinkles. We especially like the Coffee Cherry Eye and Lip Balm that helps to reduce the look of dark circles and fine lines. www.skinbyannwebb.com

Coffee Scrubs
You’ll also find various coffee scrubs like The Coffee Scrub and Dirty Clean Coffee Scrub that help to remove and neutralize the effects of aging, drying and dead skin by exfoliating and revitalizing. Just use in the shower and rub in circular motions. Make sure to avoid use on any cuts or delicate areas. The caffeine works to tighten and deliver antioxidants to the skin to help cellulite and stretch marks.

Make your Own Coffee Scrub
You can also make your own easy coffee scrub. Just take 1 cup of organic grounds and combine it with about 5 tbsp of coconut oil (make sure to melt the coconut oil if needed) and 4 tbsp of sea salt. Voila! You have your own at home beauty treatment!

New Trend: Charcoal Beauty Products to Detox!

Are you looking for products that are going to help you take your beauty routine to the next level? Check out the new wave of charcoal beauty products that help to detox and nourish on a deep level. Activated charcoal binds to toxins to help remove them in a more complete way.

Giovanni D:tox System
This focused family of products utilizes super-cleansing activated charcoal and volcanic ash to lift pore-clogging toxins, oils and debris so that it can be easily rinsed away. Our favorite product in the line is the D:to Purifying Exfoliant Body Scrub that dives deep into pores to clean and lift for radiant skin.

Pacha Bulk Soap
Made in Nebraska,  Pacha gives a bar of soap for every one that is bought. Also, instead of shipping the give-away bars overseas, the bars are made in the communities that they are helping! Their Clarifying Charcoal bulk soap is loaded with charcoal powder to detoxify and cleanse naturally and is great for oily skin!

Derma E Purifying Products with Marine Algae and Activated Charcoal
Derma E makes an exciting line of purifying products that combine the healing effects of activated charcoal and algae to eliminate toxins and help boost skin purity and resiliency. The Purifying Gel Cleanser lathers away sweat, oil and toxin buildup for a clean, refreshed and glowing complexion.

Activated Charcoal Supplements
You can also find a variety of activated charcoal supplements that help to cleanse and detox the digestive tract to promote beauty from within. These supplements help to bind internal toxins so that they are expelled from the body. Please make sure to check with your doctor before using this or any other supplement.

Natural and eco-friendly products for Back-to-School

Can you believe that back-to-school is already here?! Neither can we! Check out some of the best natural and eco-friendly products to start the school year off on the right foot!

Wild Oats at Walmart
You might remember Wild Oats from back in the day, but now they are back with a line of affordable organic products at Walmart! You’ll find a variety of back-to-school staples like granola bars, cereal, applesauce cups and stuff for quick and easy dinners like marinara sauce and pasta! Delish! www.wildoats.com

Litter Free Lunch from New Wave Enviro
With great colors and fun designs, these are perfect for packing an amazing lunch! This kit has an insulated shell, four BpA-free airtight food containers (2 small, 1 medium and 1 large) and a 15oz BpA-free bottle. www.newwaveenviro.com/products/litter-free-lunch

Crocodile Creek Ice Packs
Crocodile Creek offers a variety of eco-friendly products for back-to-school including reusable ice packs to keep lunches cold. Packed in sets of two. Ice Packs are 5″H x 5″W x 2.5″D. Non-toxic and kid safe. http://store.crocodilecreek.com

Everyone Hand Sanitizer
Help prevent the spread of germs at school and at home. Everyone sanitizers are naturally effective against 99.99% of common germs and have zero yucky chemical ingredients. Made with pure non-GMO alcohol and the essences of Coconut and Lemon. Kids under six should be supervised when using the product. https://www.eoproducts.com/everyone-coconut-lemon-natural-hand-sanitizer-spray.html

Natural after-sun skin and hair soothers

We all love playing outside in the sun, but no one likes the toll that it can take on hair and skin. Here are some natural soothers that help revive dry hair and parched skin after a long day enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

Dr. Hauschka
Dr. Hauschka’s Revitalizing Hair and Scalp Tonic helps to balance and strengthen hair and sooth the scalp while adding natural shine, volume and manageability. It combines neem leaf, arnica, white rosemary,  horse chestnut and birch bark to nourish the hair, prevent breakage and invigorate follicles. www.dr.hauschka.com

Carolla’s Beeswax Skin Creme
This Colorado product combines olive oil with beeswax to provide a highly effective moisturizer that softens, protects and promotes healing. Try it on areas that are suffering from a light burn. It helps to naturally repair and feed dry, cracked skin. www.carollas.com

Ojas Naturals
Ojas Naturals provides a variety of focused oils that can help to deliver nutrients to thirsty hair and skin. The Rosehip Seed Oil is particularly good after a long day in the sun. It is high in antioxidants, essential fatty acids – omega 3 and omega 6, vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin C. Try dabbing it on your face and using it on the ends of your hair. We’ve never had it impact hair color after a color treatment, but if you are concerned ask your stylist to double check. www.ojasnaturals.com

Burt’s Bees
Burt’s Bees After Sun Soother is an intensely hydrating, quick-absorbing face and body lotion packed with natural aloe vera and linden extract. It also contains coconut oil, bee pollen and glycerin to help sun-kissed skin feel revived, soft and healthy. www.burtsbees.com

 

Natural sunscreen for sensitive skin

Excited to get outside and enjoy the nice weather? Make this season even more enjoyable by stocking up on sunscreen that utilizes more natural and non-toxic ingredients.

Goddess Gardens Organics
Goddess Gardens Organics skincare and sunscreen products will fit into any lifestyle. They think that everyone deserves to spend more time outdoors so they offer a full range of all natural sunscreen products so you can enjoy some rays and shine on. Created by a mom for her daughter, their products are free of chemical sunscreens, biodegradable and sheer. www.goddessgarden.com

Badger’s Baby Sunscreen Cream and Tinted Zinc Oxide Sunscreen
Badger’s SPF30 Baby Sunscreen Cream contains non-nano Zinc Oxide to protect from both UVA & UVB rays. It is water and sweat resistant for 40 minutes, biodegradable, and works immediately upon application.  Pediatrician tested and approved safe for babies and kids. Their SPF 30 Tinted Zinc Oxide Sunscreen provides a sheer mineral tint blend that works well with most skin tones.

Coola Organic Suncare
Coola is at the cutting-edge when it comes to innovative sunscreen products. To this end, they just introduced the first 70%+ certified organic SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray. A weightless, matte finish mist protects the sensitive skin of your face while keeping your makeup looking fresh all day. This highly advanced formula includes both Cucumber and Aloe Vera Extracts to help soothe and refresh skin; and Hyaluronic Acid, known to bind moisture and help soften, tone and rehydrate skin. They also offer a beyond-cool, vet recommended Pet Sunscreen Spray. Make sure to check it out for your dogs and horses!

Elemental Herbs All Good Sunsticks and Lip Balms
Elemental Herbs Zinc Sunstick is ideal for the face, nose, ears and more. In addition to the non-nano Zinc Oxide, their formula incorporates rich, skin-saving certified organic oils, including jojoba, coconut and avocado. Their amazing SPF 20 lip balm combines nourishing ingredients like organic calendula, organic comfrey, organic lavender and organic plantain to keep lips soft.

 

Natural honey beauty products

Sometimes the simplest ingredients from nature can make the biggest difference in the health of our skin and hair. Honey is a natural humectant, which means that it naturally pulls in moisture where we need it most. Check out some fabulous natural honey beauty products for hair, skin and lips!

Honey Girl Organics
Honey contains high levels of healing antioxidants to help fight free-radical damage.  Honey Girl Organics utilizes the healing power of honey to promote skin health. Their products help to stimulate collagen production, moisturize and provide nutrition without causing irritation. www.honeygirlorganics.com

John Masters Honey and Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor
This amazing product contains honey and hibiscus extracts and 16 other certified-organic extracts and plant oils to bring life back to very dry or damaged hair. It’s also safe for color-treated hair. www.johnmasters.com/products/hair-care/honey-hibiscus-hair-reconstructor.html

Shea Moisture Manuka Honey Products
Native to New Zealand and Australia, Manuka Honey is chalk full of antibacterial methylglyoxal (MG) for healthier skin and hair. Shea Moisture Manuka Honey Products combine certified organic Shea Butter, Honey, Mafura and Baobab into a rich formulation of restorative oils to deeply moisturize, while boosting the barrier against environmental irritants. www.sheamoisture.com/Community-Commerce-Manuka-Honey-Mafura-Oil-Infused-Shea-Body-Butter_p_854.html

Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm
This natural balm with a delicious honey taste helps to nourish dry lips with a touch of Vitamin E, leaving them soft, supple and super happy. www.burtsbees.com/Honey-Lip-Balm/

 

Natural Sunscreen and Bug Spray

Excited to get outside and enjoy the nice weather? Make this season even more enjoyable by stocking up on sunscreen and bug spray that utilize more natural and non-toxic ingredients.

Goddess Gardens Organics
Goddess Gardens Organics skincare and sunscreen products will fit into any lifestyle. They think that everyone deserves to spend more time outdoors so they offer a full range of all natural sunscreen products so you can enjoy some rays and shine on. Created by a mom for her daughter, their products are free of chemical sunscreens, biodegradable and sheer. www.goddessgarden.com

Coola Organic Suncare
Coola is at the cutting-edge when it comes to innovative sunscreen products. To this end, they just introduced the first 70%+ certified organic SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray. A weightless, matte finish mist protects the sensitive skin of your face while keeping your makeup looking fresh all day. This highly advanced formula includes both Cucumber and Aloe Vera Extracts to help soothe and refresh skin; and Hyaluronic Acid, known to bind moisture and help soften, tone and rehydrate skin. They also offer a beyond-cool, vet recommended Pet Sunscreen Spray. Make sure to check it out for your furry friends!

Buzz Away Extreme
This family friendly formula utilizes powerful essential oils like geranium and citronella to keep bugs away for about four hours. It is a deet-free solution that helps to repel mosquitoes, black flies and ticks so that you can enjoy your outdoor activities without pesky intruders.www.quantumhealth.com/productgroups/itchandbite.html

Burt’s Bees All Natural Herbal Insect Repellent
Burt’s Bees is committed to sourcing effective natural ingredients for their wide range of products. Their potent All Natural Herbal Insect Repellent is made with lemongrass, citronella and rosemary oils to help keep bugs at bay.

Please note: On the Daybreak TV Segment Chelsea mentioned that she also likes to bring a Deet Sunscreen with her when she is camping in addition to a natural option just to make sure that she is protected. While we advocate using natural as much as possible, it is important to weigh the risks and benefits when choosing any product. Since bugs can carry serious viruses, in heavy conditions sometimes a non-natural solution like sunsect might be your best bet. In general, the Natural Products Network likes to advocate an integrative, non-judgmental approach to natural living. 

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Natural Sun Survival Kit Giveaway

Enter to win some of our favorite natural products to help protect you from the sun!

Goddess Garden Organics Sunny Body Sunscreen – This safe and effective sunscreen contains organic ingredients and is easy to apply. It was created by a mom for her daughter and is free of chemical sunscreen ingredients.

Acure Unscented Argan Oil Cleansing Towelettes – Great for removing makeup or refreshing your face after a long day in the sun! Gentle Argan Oil helps to cleanse, soothe and detoxify on the spot!

Acure Moroccan Argan Oil – Help to repair and protect hair and skin from the effects of the sun with this super oil packed with Vitamin E, essential fatty acids and proteins.

Coola Radical Recovery After-Sun Lotion – Save your skin with this ultra-moisturizing and deep-soothing lotion that utilizes plant-derived actives to clam sunburn repair skin for a more youthful appearance.

Just head to the NPN Instagram to enter to win! US only. Contest ends 5/24/15.

Detox Your Hair and Skin for Summer

Are you looking for natural ways to revive your hair and skin just in time for the warm weather? Check out these easy-to-use products that help to cleanse, feed and replenish to detox your hair and skin for summer.

Aviva Advanced Hair Nutrition
This drug-free supplement helps to nourish your natural hair growth cycle for longer, healthier and stronger hair. It contains 18 essential nutrients like Biotin, Vitamin B5, Folic Acid and Zinc to help your hair reach its full potential by improving texture, increasing shine, and reducing shedding. www.avivahair.com

Acure Argan Oil Products
Argan oil provides an easy and versatile way to detox both hair and skin naturally. Argan is super rich in Vitamin E, proteins and essential fatty acids to help to fight aging and repair damage. You can find it in a versatile oil to put on hair or skin or even in handy cleansing towelettes and you can take on the go to gently remove dirt, sweat, makeup and environmental toxins from your face and body.

NatureWorks Swedish Bitters
NatureWorks Swedish Bitters is the legendary herbal digestive blend that was originally developed in the 16th century. It contains a number of “bitter” herbal extracts like myrrh, carline thistle, camphor, valerian and cinnamon to help to detox the body, improve digestion and aid in overall health. Since good digestion and skin health are so closely intertwined, Bitters can help give your body a boost internally when it comes to beautifying the skin. Intestinal problems can often surface as rashes, acne, wrinkles and dull hair.  www.naturesway.com/NatureWorks-Swedish-Bitters-33-8-fluid-oz

Hyland’s Cell Salts
Cell salts are 12 mineral salts found in our cells that were first discovered by Dr. Wilhelm Heinrich Schuessler in the late 1800s. Taking cell salts helps to feed our bodies on a cellular level and correct mineral imbalances in the body. You can replenish and restore these essential minerals by taking a supplement like Bioplasma Sport that features all 12 salts—or you can take them individually depending on your needs. When it comes specifically to hair and skin, Silicea Cell Salt (one of the 12) helps revive connective tissues to nourish brittle skin and hair.

 

How Ohsa Root Helped My Allergies and Asthma

Anyone who has experienced breathing problems due to allergies and asthma will tell you that it’s an absolute nightmare. Half the time you are trying to avoid undefined “triggers” that can send you into a tailspin and the other half of the time you are trying to find anything that will help.

Of course, you always want to consult your doctor about the best course of treatment for you, but I want to share my recent experience with Ohsa Root in hopes that it might help other people going through the same thing.

Ligusticum porteri, known as Osha or oshá, is an herb that grows primarily in the Rocky Mountains and northern Mexico. In Native Americans cultures it’s known as “Bear Medicine” because the bears are known to rub the root on their bodies. When the Native Americans observed how bears were utilizing this root, it led them to consider it’s healing potential.

When it comes specifically to breathing and allergies, Osha is known to help cut mucus and clear it from the sinuses and lungs. It also works to naturally open the bronchial tubes and help increase oxygen intake. Within a few hours of taking the root extract, I noticed that breathing through my nose was easier and that I could inhale deeper into my lungs. After about a week of continued use, I’ve found that my wheezing is better and that I’ve coughed up some of the mucus that seemed trapped in my chest. It’s feels like my congestion is lifting in a new way that I haven’t experienced before.

Of course everyone is different and I cannot guarantee that you will have these same results. However, the more that we share our positive healing experiences the more we help each other find new, helpful wellness strategies. So pass along the word about which natural products help you! –Chelsea

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Natural products for eye wrinkles

One of the first places on the face to show aging is around the eyes. That’s why more people are turning to targeted natural products, like these, that will help protect and repair this delicate area of skin.

Nubian Heritage
Nubian Heritage produces luxurious natural products made with organic and fair trade ingredients from traditional African recipes.  Their Mango Butter infused with 100% Organic Raw Shea and Vitamin C rejuvenates, firms and moisturizes to protect and improve skin’s firmness. Try doting it on your “crows-feet” on the sides of your eyes to help repair this critical area.  Shea butter is a natural humectant, which means that it helps to naturally pull moisture into the skin.

Coola Environmental Repair Plus Products
Coola Environmental Repair Plus products help to repair and protect skin from the damaging effects of the sun, waxing and other irritants. Their Calm Glow Eye Gel soothes, firms and protects to keep moisture in and pollutants out. It specifically provides a protective barrier around the delicate eye area to reduce redness and inflammation, while shielding skin.

Leaf People
Leaf People skin care, founded in 2004 by Herbalist, Julie Levin, utilizes raw, organic ingredients and effective extraction processes to provide visible results. Their transformative Peony Green Tea Eye Serum features white peony, green tea and helichrysum that has been used for centuries to aid the skin renewal process. It works to fight wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles by renewing delicate under eye skin.

Red Flower
Red Flower has a mission to produce products that work in harmony with nature to reduce signs of environmental damage, create glow and fully awaken skin.  Their Illuminating Rose Collagen Renewal Face Serum instantly helps to boost circulation and plump skin with a rush of rejuvenating whole rose essential oil concentrate, omega 3, 6 and 9, ellagic acid and potent, antioxidant-rich berry-complex.

Everyday essentials for Earth Day

Looking for easy ways that you can go green and help protect the planet? Check out some Earth Day essentials that make your life easier while helping to conserve our vital resources for Earth Day and beyond!

eCo-cover Phone Cover
The eCo-ver is the first “rubber-like” compostable smartphone cover made from non-gmo corn and wheat. It is manufactured in the US and offers a green alternative from the synthetic materials found in other phone covers. Plus, it works well, too! The smooth and durable design protects your phone from falls and is easy to grip. www.eco-bundance.us 

BETTER LIFE Cleaning Products
BETTER LIFE products were developed by a formulations chemist dedicated to driving forward a line of green products that work well and are good for people and the planet. To this end, they set out with a mission to create  high performing cleaning products that are completely safe for families. Check out their amazing Starter Kit that features some of their top selling products and microfiber cleaning cloths.

USB Cell Rechargeable Batteries
This genius battery offers a simple way to recharge batteries so that you can use them hundreds of times. To charge, you simply plug them into any USB port so you can keep on using them! There is no charger needed! www.usbcell.com

Q&Q Smile Solar Watches
Turn light into energy with this simple and stylish solar watch that is fun and virtually maintenance free. There is no battery to charge and the watches are made using recycled materials. Plus, the company is dedicated to giving back so you are getting a green watch and helping people at the same time! www.smile-qq.com/smilesolar/