Wednesday, June 9, 2010

EcoMom has stuff for EcoDads too! (Review and Giveaway!)

***Giveaway closed***
Winner: Jamaise

Remember a while back, I got to try some great products from the great folks with eco-friendly baby products - EcoMom? My poor husband seems to get left out of these things too often, so when EcoMom offered him the opportunity to try out the Pacific Shaving Company All Natural Shaving Oil, he was all over it.

By all over it, I actually mean the reaction was - I get to try something? Cool! Then, when he saw the teeny, tiny bottle of shaving oil he was a little mystified. This tiny bottle does up to 100 shaves? Will oil really work better than the usual shaving foam? How will my skin react?

The first time he used it, the results were wonderful. He alternates between an electric shaver for work days, and a blade on weekends or for when he wants a closer shave. So the blade shaves usually take a little longer but are more thorough. He tested out the shaving oil on a weekend and we were both really amazed at just how smooth his skin was after using it. It has a very slightly herbal scent and left his skin so soft. What he was most impressed by is that it doesn't leave him with little red marks and bumps like he sometimes gets from shaving. And he's been having less problems with ingrown hairs as well. It's just a clean, perfect shave. The oil has soothing ingredients like aloe and cucumber, so perhaps that's why - or maybe it's something to do with the way the blade goes across the skin more easily. We're not sure. But it's good.

Hard to believe such a small bottle has so many shaves in it, but only 5-7 drops are needed for each shave!

There are mostly recognizable ingredients in this product (it contains Sunflower Oil, Bergamot Fruit Oil, Avocado Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Cucumber Extract, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Kukui Nut Oil, Tangerine and Grapefruit Peel Oil and Menthol, along with the three I'm about to discuss), but there are a few ingredients that don't really scream out 'all natural'. They are:
  • Laureth-4. This functions as a surfactant (lowers the surface tension of liquids which makes them easier to spread) and emulsfying agent (it makes the other ingredients form a homogenous liquid). It has been linked to irritation of the skin, but my husband did not experience this at all, and I couldn't find any real information about that problem. The Cosmetics Safety Database ranks it as 3/10 (10 being the highest risk).
  • Cyclopentasiloxane. This is a silicone product that is used to improve the feel and 'slide' of products. It has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, skin irritation, endocrine system disruption, and tends to bioaccumulate (builds up in the environment). However, the Cosmetics Safety Database ranks it as 2-3/10 which is still very low. I am guessing the links to problems are at large doses.
  • Tocopherol (Vitamin E). This is used as a preservative in cosmetics, but it has the benefit of possibly protecting the skin against wrinkles and tumour formation caused by UVB rays! Cool. At high doses, though, it has been linked to tumour formation in animals. The Cosmetics Safety Database ranks it as 2/10 or very low.
Overall given the low risk ranking of these ingredients and the minute quantities in the product, I'm not overly worried about them. I do like to know what's in the products our family uses!

My husband (and I) have been really impressed with the good shaves he's had using this. You can find it - as well as lots of other great eco-friendly products for dads, mums, and babies at EcoMom! They have added a TON of new products to their website since my last review. I have been consistently impressed with the products they carry.

One other thing they offer which is great for families that want to save some money while making a healthy difference in their home, lives and environment, is the EcoPass. For $99 you get a year of free shipping with no minimum order (regularly, orders of $75+ get free shipping), as well as a 15% discount on all your purchases. And, right now you get a free $50 gift card when you buy the EcoPass! That could really add up to big savings. Check out the site for details!

Discount alert!

EcoMom has offered my readers a discount code as well! Simply use the code SBBL220 to get 15% off your first order. This code expires July 30, 2010.

And now, one of my lucky readers can win some eco-friendly shopping fun at EcoMom with a $20 gift certificate! Awesome (I'm jealous!). Remember, they have loads of products for women, men (Father's Day, anyone??), household products, and baby items as well!

The giveaway: A $20 gift certificate to EcoMom!

How to enter: Head over to EcoMom and let me know one thing that catches your eye, OR one thing that you learned there. Make sure I've got a way to contact you if you're the winner!

Extra entries (please leave an extra comment for each):
  • Become a fan of the EcoMom Facebook page (please comment with your first name & last initial for verification)
  • Sign up for the EcoMom newsletter
  • Follow @ecomomCEO on Twitter (leave your Twitter name!)
  • Follow me on Twitter (leave your Twitter name!)
  • Tweet about this giveaway for ONE entry, this is not a daily! You can use this if you like:
#Win a $20 gift certificate @EcoMomCEO at Emily's Latest! Eco-friendly mum, dad & baby! @emilyisland http://bit.ly/cW0abB US/CAN 6/24
  • Follow my blog (publicly) – 2 entries, leave 2 comments
  • Add my blog button to your blog– 2 entries, leave 2 comments (please leave a link to your blog)
  • Blog about this giveaway, linking back to this post and to EcoMom – 2 entries, leave 2 comments and please include a link to your post
I will be verifying comments so please actually do the things you say you do ☺

Please be sure to include your email address if it’s not public in your blogger profile! Anonymous comments without a way to contact you will be rejected. Canadian or US mailing addresses only, please. Giveaway ends June 24th at 11:59 EST. A winner will be drawn the next day, announced here, in a separate post and emailed! Prize will be shipped by the sponsor.

We did receive a product for review from EcoMom, but our opinions are our own and honest. We were not paid to write this review. Thank you to EcoMom for the opportunity and sponsoring a giveaway!

102 comments:

  1. follower 2

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  3. Love the eco-dough (and so would my kids!)

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  4. TWEET!

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  5. Following EcomomCEO on twitter (@iamconfessing)

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  6. I really like the sun screen wipes-- how convenient!

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  7. Following you on twitter, too!

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  8. Fllowing Ecomom on FB (as Elizabeth F)

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  9. I also have your button on my blog!

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  10. I also have your button on my blog!

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  11. Thanks for the review! My hubby shaves his entire head every day and could really really use this product. I'm off to check it out. Great gift idea.

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  12. Episencial Sweet Dreams Bubble Bath sounds nice! Not sure if I would want to use it more than my little guy!

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  13. I follow EcoMom on twitter (LMSDiapers)

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  14. I follow you on twitter. LMSDiapers

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  23. I'm interested in the Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream.

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  24. I'm a fan of the EcoMom Facebook page. ID: Lynda Castillo

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  25. I signed up for the EcoMom newsletter.

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  32. #1 - I grabbed your button and posted it here: http://thespanglyprincess.blogspot.com/

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  33. #2 - I blogged about this giveaway and posted here:
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  34. #1 - I blogged about this giveaway and posted here:
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  35. I like the looks of the Melissa & Doug chunky puzzles. I've been wanting to get my daughter some wooden puzzles.
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  36. I ollow @ecomomCEO on Twitter. @lisaro7

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  37. I tweeted: http://twitter.com/lisaro7/status/16029381738

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  38. I'm following you on Twitter. @lisaro7

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  39. I became a public follower - entry 2.

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  40. I became a public follower - entry 1.

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  41. I'd love to try their Facial Cleanser - most non-organic varieties make my face break out.

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  42. The cool aloe mist catches my eye!

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  43. follow ecomom on twitter @mellanhead

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  44. I love the Plum Organics*the fruit ones are really good) food and the boon spoon

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  45. I've had my eye on the Black Stoneware Compost Pail
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  47. Teresha FP is a fan of Ecomom on FB
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  48. I like the plum Organic Pouches for babies!
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  49. I "Like" EcoMom on FB! (Ashley Reynolds)
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  51. I follow @ecomomCEO on twitter! (@reynoldsmom)
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  57. Entry #2 --> I am publicly following your blog on Google Friend Connect (username Nelsby).
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  58. Entry #1 --> I am publicly following your blog on Google Friend Connect (username Nelsby).
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  59. I have my eye on the organic food for babies/toddlers/kids. I would use the $20 on the Plum Organics and Revolution Foods for my grandchildren.

    Thanks for the chance!

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  60. I follow EcoMomCEO on Twitter as cspring31971

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  61. I fan/like EcoMom on FB as Carole Spring

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  62. I subscribe to the EcoMom newsletter at blondie_31971(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  63. Great site, I even shared it with a friend. My fav is the Under the Nile Fruit and Tote - super cute!

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  64. I love EcoMom's site. I think I would have to pick the Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack.

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  65. I like EcoMom on facebook: Christine P.

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  66. I signed up for EcoMom's newsletter: domesticprncs@gmail.com

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  67. I follow you on Twitter: @domesticprncs

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  68. I follow @ecomomceo on Twitter: @domesticprncs

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  69. I tweeted about your giveaway @domesticprncs

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  70. I added your button to my blog #1: http://domesticprncs.blogspot.com/

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  71. Eco-Kids Eco-Dough Tube Regular-caught my eye :)
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  72. Ecomom newsletter subscriber
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  73. Ecomom fb fan-Julie L
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  74. # 2 follow blog as jelaws5

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  75. # 1 follow blog as jelaws5
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  76. Would love to get the Under the Nile Fruit and Tote!

    Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!
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  77. following you on twitter (@HappyReviews)

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  78. following EcoMomCEO on twitter (@HappyReviews)

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  79. signed up for the EcoMom newsletter!

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  80. tweet!
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  81. got your button (under Review & Giveaway BLogs)
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  82. got your button (under Review & Giveaway BLogs)
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  83. blogged #2
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  84. blogged #1
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  85. I like the The GrimeFighter All Purpose Cleaner!

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  86. Hope I'm in time! I'd love the Kissaluvs Organic Cotton/Hemp Fitted Diaper (Newborn) & Play All Day Hemp and Certified Organic Cotton Wipes :)

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  88. tweet! http://twitter.com/jamaise/status/16986272854

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