All Natural Beauty

A few weekends ago, Baylie and I ventured out to the Scottsdale Farmers Market where there are a number of local farmers and tons of other local products. We always get the great olive oil from Queen Creek, the goat milk lotions and delicious grass-fed beef from a farm in southern Arizona. Peter and I  were horribly spoiled when we lived in DC and visited Eastern Market every weekend – this is a close second and we love it!

While walking through the maze of booths, we came across one selling all natural beauty and wellness products. The scent wafting from the small area was amazing – herbal and clean – like an expensive spa. I was hooked. I talked with Maggie, the owner of  Holistic Earth Remedies and sampled a number of the products. I was tempted by all of them, I know I’ll be sad I didn’t buy the Herbal Muscle Mist after my workout this week. I settled on the Organic Face Wash and the Ultimate Eyelash Conditioner.

The face wash is made with organic tea tree oil and Arizona honey among other natural ingredients. The tea tree oil gives a little tingle as it foams and the wash leaves the skin feeling clean but not dry. Even Peter liked it and getting him to even try something new is hard, let alone like it! I use the wash with my Clarisonic face brush and it’s like I’m at the spa and my skin looks like it’s been there too.

I use the  Ultimate Eyelash Conditioner as a makeup remover and it’s wonderful. It’s very thick , almost like an ointment. It not only does a great job of removing all my makeup, but leaves my eye area incredibly moisturized – great for preventing those under eye wrinkles and it makes my makeup glide on the next morning. Bonus? It contains caster oil which promotes hair growth – helllooo eyelashes!

The best part about these products is that Maggie, the creator and owner, has a tremendous offer for The Goon Room readers! If you purchase the Organic Face Wash, she will throw in the Ultimate Eyelash Conditioner FREE! A $10 value! Visit http://www.holisticearthremedies.com/ and peruse the variety of products and then contact Maggie directly (mzombro1@cox.net or number on her website) for The Goon Room deal. Also see where Holistic Earth Remedies will have a booth in the Phoenix area so you can smell for yourself.

Diaper Dilemma

For some reason, when Baylie gets diaper rash she REALLY gets diaper rash. It seems like the combination of a new tooth and the super chlorinated water she inevitably drinks at swim lessons makes for a lethal combination for her booty.

This past week was particularly bad. She was at the point of refusing to let me  use wipes – she would scream and squirm and it was obvious that her poor red booty was just too sore for the harsh wipes. That said, I was giving her a quick rinse twice a day in addition to her nightly bath. Then, I found California Baby Diaper Area Wash. I love this all natural brand any way so it was a no brainer for us to try it.  It uses Calendula and Aloe Vera to soothe and then cleanse the tender skin. It cools the burn and helps wash up saving us from 19 baths a day. It also really helped clear up the rash.

Target, Buy Buy Baby and Diapers.com all carry the California Baby line as well as Californiababy.com. I love their “relaxing  aroma therapy” scented line – it makes for pleasant bubble baths and a nice smelling kiddo – I think the fact that the bubble bath comes with a bubble wand is adorable.