>Cloth Diaper Advice – Mailbox Mondays 4/4/11

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cloth diaper advice

If you need cloth diaper advice, every Monday I will answer reader submitted questions, and ask you to add your opinions.

Questions don’t have to be cloth diaper related, just email maria at change-diapers.com with “Mailbox Mondays” in the subject, or Fill out my contact form for readers, which you will always be able to find on my Contact Page.

Jess says:

Hi Maria! Love your blog! Thanks for all the useful info and reviews 🙂

I’ve been cloth diapering my baby girl since she left the hospital 9 months ago. I love using cloth and have never considered anything else. I’ve overcome any problem we’ve run into and it’s been going great! I’ve traveled with my diapers with no problem, but I’ve always had access to laundry facilities. Which leads me to my questions….

We’re taking a family vacation to Mexico in July (yippie!!). I will definitely be taking my diapers with me, but I will not have access to laundry machines. How do you handwash a load of diapers? I have no problem doing it and am kind of excited for the challenge. I feel like if I can do full-time cloth in Mexico for a week then how could anyone resist considering it? My plan so far is to use my regular pockets and A12s with flushable liners in every change to address the solids. But where do I go from there? Can I use my Rockin’ Green that I love so much? How do I make sure they’re going to be clean? (I should note that I don’t want to use disposable inserts). I’m assuming there will be a bathtub (will double-check with the resort before we leave) and line drying will be easy from our balcony.

I’ve read that handwashing flats is very easy to do and that they dry quickly (that would really help as opposed to the thick microfiber/A12 inserts). So should I reconsider my plan and get flats with some covers instead? Can I just lay the flats inside the cover or do I have to fold and use a Snappi to prevent leaks?

Thanks in advance for your advice!!

-Jess T.

Oh wow, how exciting!  I think it’s awesome that you will be cloth diapering on your trip!  In my opinion, microfiber is the most difficult thing to get clean, and it might be a chore to try to get them clean with handwashing.

Flats are definitely easier to wash and quicker to dry since they unfold, rather than being sewn as thick layers.  You can get a dozen cotton flats for as little as $20 (although hemp is much more, and some brands are more expensive than others.) They can also be very useful around the house when you’ve finished diapering with them.  Buying flats really wouldn’t cost much more than buying a week’s worth of chemical free disposable diapers/liners (which I know you don’t want to do anyway) plus you can reuse them

They are a little more time consuming to use, since you have to fold them.  Just like a prefold, you can snappi them for a more secure fit, or just fold and trifold them, then lay them in a cover.  You can generally use AI2 shells as covers, it will just be more of a tight squeeze over bulky diapers.  You can even use pocket diaper shells as covers, airing them out between uses to get two or so changes out of each one.

As far as hand washing, I would plan to use the detergent you currently use and wash in the bathtub, replicating your current wash routine. 

Submerse the diapers in cold or warm water for a soak, swish them around a bit, then rinse (may not really be necessary if you are using liners.)  Then fill the tub with hot water, add your detergent (swish to dissolve completely) and add the diapers.  Let them soak, agitating every so often.  Then drain the water and rinse.  It might be good idea to submerse the diapers an additional time with clean water, to make sure the diapers are rinsed clean.

I know I’ve been a bit all over the place, I think it’s awesome you are doing this, and I hope you have a great time!

So how about the rest of you?  Have you hand washed diapers?  Did you change your routine?  Use different diapers?

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>Cloth Diaper Giveaways – Roundup for 4/1/11 (Plus Linky To List Other Giveaways)

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cloth diaper giveaway roundup

If you’re looking for cloth diaper giveaways, you found them!  Every Friday, I round up all of the cloth diaper/accessory/baby wearing giveaways I’ve found, so you can find some to enter!

If you’d like me to feature your cloth diaper, accessory, baby wearing (etc.) giveaway next week, send a link and description to maria at change-diapers.com, or Fill out my contact form for readers.
 

The Cloth Diaper Whisperer

*Mini Maestro Diaper from Mama to 4 Blessings Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/1)

*Flip Disposable Inserts from Lindsay’s Family Reviews & Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/1)

*Econobum from Padded Tush Stats Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/1)

*Itti Bitti Diapers & Wipes from Crunchy Beach Mama (ends 4/1) Open to the U.S and Canada

*Huggabunz Diaper from Maine Cloth Diaper Co. and Chubby Cheeks Thinks (ends 4/1)

*Maxwell Designs Wet Bag from Mama Days Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/1)

Sprout Change Starter Kit from Kelly Wels (ends 4/1)

*Zookies Diaper Cover from Fabulous Family Reviews & Giveaways (ends 4/2)

*Kissaluvs Marvels AIO & CJ BUTTer from Modern Cloth and Crunchy Beach Mama (ends 4/2)

*Thirsties & Econobum Diapers from Modern Cloth and Double Duty Mommy (ends 4/2)

*Boba or Ergo Carrier from CSN Stores and Life as a Global Mom (ends 4/3)

*Sprout Training Pants from The B Keeps Us Honest (ends 4/3)

Cow Patties Diaper from Cloth iaper Contests & Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/3) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Applecheeks Diaper from Crunchy Beach Mama (ends 4/4) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*2 FuzziBunz OS Diapers & Diaper Pail from Madison Organics & Mama B Mandatory Facebook “like” (ends 4/4)

*2 FuzziBunz OS Diapers & Pail Liner from Madison Organics & Double Duty Mommy Mandatory Facebook “like” (ends 4/4)

*Monkey Doodlez Diaper from Baby Dickey’s Giveaways (ends 4/4)

*Boba Baby Carrier from Gal Time Two Mandatory Facebook “likes” (ends 4/4) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Leahn Wonderland Diaper from SapsMama Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/4) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Ergo Baby Carrier from Monkey Tales Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/5)

*AMP Diaper from Une Petite Plume (ends 4/5)

*Banana Bottoms Cloth Trainer from Crunchy Beach Mama (ends 4/5) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Ergo Baby Carrier from The Bragging Mommy (ends 4/5)

*Sugar Plum Baby Diaper from Knocked Up an Nursing (ends 4/5)

*Tiny Tush Diaper from Crunchy Beach Mama (ends 4/6)

*Thirsties Duo Diaper from The Baby Birthing Mama Mandatory Facebook “like” (ends 4/7)

*Tiny Tush Diaper from Double Duty Mommy (ends 4/7)

*Sweet Pea Diaper from A Mommy’s Blessings Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/7)

*Itti Bitti Diapers & CJ’s BUTTer from Cloth Is Green and Double Duty Mommy Manatory Facebook “like” (ends 4/7)

Itti Bitti Diapers from A Mom’s Take (ends 4/7)

*CJ’s BUTTer from Fluffy Cheeks and The Not So Secret Confessions of a SAHM Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/8)

*Tiny Tush Diaper from This Mama Loves Her Bargains (ends 4/8)

*$15 Mud Butt GC from A Mommy’s Blessings Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/8)

GoGreen Pocket Diaper from Sweet T Makes Three Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/8) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Bummas Wipes from Tales from the Nursery (ends 4/8) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Evolution Diaper from Momma in Flip Flops (ends 4/8)

Fuzzibunz Diaper from Roxanna Jolly (ends 4/8)

Best Bottom Diapering System from Lindsay’s Family Reviews and Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/9)

*Softbums Diaper from Monkey Tales Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/10)

*Rumparooz Diaper from Thanks Mama and Mommy and Me Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/10)

*Cow Patties Fitted from Sophie and Momma Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/10) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Dinkledooz Diaper from Go Go Natural and Mommy and Me Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/11) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Best Bottom Diaper from Mommy and Me Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/14)

*$25 AppleCheeks GC from Happenings of the Harper Household Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/15)

Tiny Tush Diaper from Oh So Savvy Mom Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/15) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Happy Heiny’s Diaper from SweetPeas Cloth and It Keeps Getting Better Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/16)
*Ergo Baby Carrier from Luv My Two Girls (ends 4/17)

Zookies Cover from Mommy and Me Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/20) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*giveaways that have been listed in a prior week’s roundup

You may enter any “family friendly” giveaway in the linky below. The form Blog name – Giveaway Item – Ending date works well. Please at least include the item and end date, and link directly to the giveaway.

View my where I list my giveaways post, to find more places to link up your giveaways!

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>Cloth Diaper Advice – Mailbox Mondays 3/28/11 – Diaper Rash/Creams

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cloth diaper advice

If you have cloth diaper questions, every Monday I will answer reader submitted questions, and ask you to add your opinions.

Questions don’t have to be cloth diaper related, just email maria at change-diapers.com with “Mailbox Mondays” in the subject, or Fill out my contact form for readers, which you will always be able to find on my Contact Page.

Madeline says:

Hey Maria,

I have a friend with a newborn who has horrible diaper rash (even in sposies) and has to have medicated diaper cream and A and D ointment on her bottom (the doc wants only the A and D to come off with diaper changes, so the medicated stays on all the time). I suggested fleece liners, but wondered (1) if you have any other suggestions and (2) if you know of any diaper cream that is as thick as Desitin, but is CD safe.

Madeline

Hi Madeline.  Even “cloth safe” creams have to be put on very, very thin in order to not damage the diapers. If she had to use a medicated cream, I’d recommend using a fleece liner for sure. You’re really not going to find anything that thick or medicated that is cloth safe. I never had luck with Desitin, but I think Boudreax’s Butt Paste is an awesome non-cloth safe rash cream. It always worked wonders on my daughter (who was disposable diapered.)

Does she know what the rash is? Thrush etc.? My son actually got terrible rashes from disposables, but it cleared up with cloth. If he gets a bit red, I put a thin layer of a cloth safe cream like Grandma El’s, Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm, or Motherlove Diaper Rash and Thrush Salve, and it clears up.

Once her baby’s rash has cleared up, she might want to consider using a very, very thin layer of cloth safe cream at every change as a barrier.

For now, I’d also recommend letting the baby have some naked time. Do tummy time on a few blankets or a waterproof pad, and leave the diaper off whenever possible. I know it can be a messy prospect, but air does seem to help rashes!
 
How about you lovely readers?  Have you battled a diaper rash that required medicated cream?

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>Cloth Diaper Giveaway Roundup for 3/25/11 (Plus Linky For All Giveaways)

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cloth diaper giveaways

Do you find yourself hunting for a cloth diaper giveaway (or twelve) to enter?  Every Friday, I round up all of the cloth diaper/accessory/baby wearing giveaways I’ve found, putting them all in one place for you to browse and enter!
If you’d like me to feature your cloth diaper, accessory, baby wearing (etc.) giveaway next week, send a link and description to maria at change-diapers.com, or Fill out my contact form for readers.
 

*Best Bottom Diapering System from Crunchy Beach Mama (ends 3/25) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Go Green Pocket Diaper from Sugar Pop Ribbons Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/25)

*Ergo Baby Carrier from Jewels and Treasures Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/25)

*GreenChild Creations Fitted from Crazy4Fluff Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/25)

Huggabunz Diaper & Wipes from Maine Cloth Diaper Co. and Cloth Diaper Contests & Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/25) Open to the U.S and Canada

Bumgenius Diaper Sprayer from Kelly Wels (ends 3/25)

Thirsties Duo Wrap & Prefold from 29 Diapers Two mandatory Facebook “likes” (ends 3/25)

*Ergo Baby Carrier from  Princes and a Princess 2 (ends 3/26)

*Bamboo AIO from LC Diaper Parties and Crunchy Beach Mama Mandatory Facebook “like” (ends 3/26) Open to the U.S. and Canada

IttyBittyBums Diaper from Adventures of Mommy S (ends 3/26)

*Knickernappies Diaper from Wee Little Changes (ends 3/27)

*Itti Bitti Diapers from Your World Healthy and Natural Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/27)

*Real Nappies Starter Package from Take Time To Smell The Rose Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/27)

*Thirsties Duo Wrap & Prefold from Crum’s This n That (ends 3/27) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Ergo Baby Heart2Heart Insert from The Cloth Diaper Report (ends 3/27)

Qtbunns AIO from Nicki’s Cloth Diaper Reviews (ends 3/27)

*Bummas Wipes from Love You Always and Forever Mandatory GFC follow and Facebook “like” (ends 3/28)

*Thirsties Duo Fitted from Madison Organics and Dirty Diaper Laundry (ends 3/28)

*Doopsy Insert from Baby EcoMart and Oh So Savvy Mom (ends 3/28) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Thirsties Prefold & Cover from Crunchy Beach Mama (ends 3/28) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Snappi from A Mommy’s Blessings Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/28)

*Doopsy Diaper from Under the Apple Tree Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/28)

Best Bottom Diaper from Crazy 4 Fluff Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/28)

*Bummas Wipes from Life of a Slightly Crunchy SAHM of Drama Queens Mandatory GFC follow and Facebook “like” (ends 3/29)

*Kawaii Diaper from West Coast Mama (ends 3/29) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Doodle Dypes from So Easy Being Green Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/29)

*Diaper from Mommy Secrets and Crunchy Beach Mama (ends 3/29)

*Best Bottom Diaper from Mama on a Green Mission Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/29)

*Best Bottom Diaper from Double Duty Mommy (ends 3/29) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*GroVia AI2 from Wee Little Changes and The Not so Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom (ends 3/29)

*Babee Greens Fitted from So Easy Being Green Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/29)

Best Bottom Diaper from Crum’s This n That Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/29) Open to the U.S. and Canada

$20 Wee Expressions GC or Snappi from So Easy Being Green (ends 3/29)

Green Bumkins Wet Bag & Wipes from My This n That Life Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/29)

Monkey Toe Diaper from My This n That Life Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/29)

Eucalan Wool Wash from So Easy Being Green Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/29)

Green Scene Diaper from So Easy Being Green Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/29)

Tiny Tush Diaper from Baby Dickey’s Giveaways (ends 3/29)

Mother-ease Diaper from Fluffy Cheeks and A Whole Lot of Fluff (ends 3/29)

Sustainablebabyish Longies from Natural Family Supplies and So Easy Being Green Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/29)

*Doopsy Insert from Happenings of the Harper Household Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/30)

*$20 Eli Monster GC from Cloth Diaper Addiction (ends 3/30)

*Osocozy Fitted & Wool Cover from Cloth Diaper Addiction (ends 3/30)

*Fluffy Monkey Butts Diaper from Cloth Diaper Addiction (ends 3/30)

*Mother-Ease Fitteds & Cover from Cloth Diaper Addiction (ends 3/30) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Cheeky Diapers Fitted & Cover from Cloth Diaper Addiction (ends 3/30)

*Star Baby Design Fitted from Cloth Diaper Addiction (ends 3/30)

*Smartipants Diaper from Sweet T Makes Three Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/30)

*Itti Bitti Diapers & Wet Bag from The Eco Chic (ends 3/30)

*Bumgenius 4.0 from Happy Cotton Tails and Soleil Selene Mandatory Facebook “like” (ends 3/30)

*Oh Katy Diaper from Momma in Flip Flops (ends 3/30)

*Thirsties Duo Hemp Prefold from Wee Little Changes and Cloth Diaper Addiction (ends 3/30)

*$20 For The Monster GC from The Mommy Goods (ends 3/31)

*Thirsties Duo Fab Fitted from Green Pixie Baby and Little Baby Bug Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/31)

*Kissaluvs Contour Diaper from Nutured Family and The Mommy Goods (ends 3/31)

*Osocozy Prefolds from All Together Diaper and The Mommy Goods (ends 3/31)

*Econobum from Little Baby Bug (ends 3/31)

*Econobum from The Mommy Goods Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/31)

*Hug A Monkey Baby Carrier from Coupon Queen Bee (ends 3/31)

*Bummis Fleece Liners from The Mommy Goods Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/31)

*Babee Greens Fitted from Crunchy Beach Mama (ends 3/31) Open  to the U.S. and Canada

*Fuzzibunz Diaper from Mommy Gaga (ends 3/31)

Oh Katy Diaper from A Mom’s Take (ends 3/31) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Smart Bottoms Diaper from The Mommy Goods (ends 3/31)

AMP Diaper from The Mommy Goods (ends 3/31)

Thirsties and Happy Heiny’s Diapers from DNA Diapers & Mama B (ends 3/31) Open to the U.S. and Canada

GenY Cover from The Mommy Goods (ends 3/31)

Zookies Diaper Cover from The Mommy Goods (ends 3/31)

Sleepy Wrap from Triple Duty Momma (ends 3/31) Open to the U.S. and Canada

AMP Diaper from Sweet Little Bottoms and Cloth Diaper Contests & Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/31) Open to the U.S. and Canada

$20 Lil Bunz GC from The Mommy Goods (ends 3/31)

Tiny Tush Cover from The Mommy Goods (ends 3/31)

Ergo Baby Carrier from This Mama Rocks Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/31)

*Mini Maestro Diaper from Mama to 4 Blessings Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/1)

*Flip Disposable Inserts from Lindsay’s Family Reviews & Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/1)

*Econobum from Padded Tush Stats Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/1)

Itti Bitti Diapers & Wipes from Crunchy Beach Mama (ends 4/1) Open to the U.S and Canada

Huggabunz Diaper from Maine Cloth Diaper Co. and Chubby Cheeks Thinks (ends 4/1)

Maxwell Designs Wet Bag from Mama Days Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/1)

Zookies Diaper Cover from Fabulous Family Reviews & Giveaways (ends 4/2)

Kissaluvs Marvels AIO & CJ BUTTer from Modern Cloth and Crunchy Beach Mama (ends 4/2)

Thirsties & Econobum Diapers from Modern Cloth and Double Duty Mommy (ends 4/2)

*Boba or Ergo Carrier from CSN Stores and Life as a Global Mom (ends 4/3)

Sprout Training Pants from The B Keeps Us Honest (ends 4/3)

Applecheeks Diaper from Crunchy Beach Mama (ends 4/4) Open to the U.S. and Canada

2 FuzziBunz OS Diapers & Diaper Pail from Madison Organics & Mama B Mandatory Facebook “like” (ends 4/4)

2 FuzziBunz OS Diapers & Pail Liner from Madison Organics & Double Duty Mommy Mandatory Facebook “like” (ends 4/4)

Monkey Doodlez Diaper from Baby Dickey’s Giveaways (ends 4/4)

Boba Baby Carrier from Gal Time Two Mandatory Facebook “likes” (ends 4/4) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Ergo Baby Carrier from Monkey Tales Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/5)

AMP Diaper from Une Petite Plume (ends 4/5)

Banana Bottoms Cloth Trainer from Crunchy Beach Mama (ends 4/5) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Ergo Baby Carrier from The Bragging Mommy (ends 4/5)

Sugar Plum Baby Diaper from Knocked Up an Nursing (ends 4/5)

Tiny Tush Diaper from Crunchy Beach Mama (ends 4/6)

Thirsties Duo Diaper from The Baby Birthing Mama Mandatory Facebook “like” (ends 4/7)

Tiny Tush Diaper from Double Duty Mommy (ends 4/7)

Sweet Pea Diaper from A Mommy’s Blessings Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/7)

Itti Bitti Diapers & CJ’s BUTTer from Cloth Is Green and Double Duty Mommy Manatory Facebook “like” (ends 4/7)

CJ’s BUTTer from Fluffy Cheeks and The Not So Secret Confessions of a SAHM Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/8)

Tiny Tush Diaper from This Mama Loves Her Bargains (ends 4/8)

$15 Mud Butt GC from A Mommy’s Blessings Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/8)

*Softbums Diaper from Monkey Tales Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/10)

Rumparooz Diaper from Thanks Mama and Mommy and Me Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/10)

Cow Patties Fitted from Sophie and Momma Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/10) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Dinkledooz Diaper from Go Go Natural and Mommy and Me Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/11) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Best Bottom Diaper from Mommy and Me Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/14)

$25 AppleCheeks GC from Happenings of the Harper Household Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/15)

Ergo Baby Carrier from Luv My Two Girls (ends 4/17)

*giveaways that have been listed in a prior week’s roundup

You may enter any “PG rated” giveaway in the linky below. The form Blog name – Giveaway Item – Ending date works well. Please at least include the item and end date, and link directly to the giveaway.

View my where I list my giveaways post, to find more places to link up your giveaways!

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>Tom’s of Maine Natural Deodorant Review

>Tom's of Maine Deodorant

Fair warning that this post talks about perspiration/smelly pits.  🙂

I’m going to be perfectly honest here; I really enjoy my “mainstream” personal care products.  They work, they smell good, and since I “CVS,” I usually get them for free, “better than free,” or pennies.  I know though, that the chemical filled products aren’t good for me, especially anti-perspirants that contain aluminum.  So, I’m trying to take baby steps to switch things over to more natural choices.
 
CVS had a deal a while ago on Tom’s of Maine products, where they were $3.99, with $3.00 Extra Care Bucks back, limit 2.  This deodorant cost me a net of 99 cents (haven’t paid that much in years!), but since I paid with extra bucks, I figured it wasn’t too bad.  I chose the fresh apricot scent, but it comes in several others as well.
 
Here are the ingredients (no aluminum):
 
Name/Purpose/Source

Propylene glycol/Consistency/Natural gas from the earth
Water/Consistency/Maine aquifer
Sodium stearate/Stabilizer/Vegetable oil
Aloe vera leaf juice (organic)/Soothing/Organic aloe (Aloe barbadensis) plant
Witch hazel water/Soothing/Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) plant
Zinc ricinoleate/Deodorancy/Zinc oxide and castor bean (Ricinus communis) plant
Glyceryl laurate/Deodorancy/Vegetable oils
Chamomile flower aqueous extract/Soothing/Organic chamomile (Matricaria recutita) flowers
Apricot fragrance (natural)/Pleasant smell/Natural plant essential oils
Hops [CO2] extract/Deodorancy/Hops (Humulus lupulus) cones
Caprylic/capric triglyceride/Consistency/Coconut (Cocos nucifera) oil and glycerin
Ascorbic acid/Antioxidant/Corn (Zea mays) or molasses
Silica shells/Fragrance duration/Sand

natural deodorant

The deodorant went on really smoothly, almost like a gel solid.  It smelled really nice, but not too strong and not too “fruity,” despite the apricot scent.

I do tend to perspire a good bit, especially when I’m nervous (which is like, always.)  Luckily, I don’t really have a stinky B.O. smell.  Still, I don’t really want to smell that natural, musky scent.  I know some people don’t mind it, pheromones and all, blah blah…I’m not one of them, LOL.

So while testing this, I felt like Molly Shannon’s SNL character, Mary Catherine Gallagher.  I felt like I was constantly sniffing myself.  Hee hee.  While it smelled great at first, it very quickly seemed to “wear off” and I could “smell myself” again.  I tried reapplying every few hours at home, and that seemed OK.  I wanted to give this a fair shake, so I used it for about a week or so.

The other morning, I applied my deodorant, and went for a walk about an hour later.  It wasn’t terribly warm; around 45 when we started, and warmed up a bit as the sun came out.  By the time I finished a 45 minute walk, I felt like I smelled, and a sniff made me feel like I hadn’t put anything on at all.

So, this deodorant is definitely not for me, I’m sticking with my usual for now, but I know lots of people swear by Tom’s of Maine deodorant!

I really want to find a great natural deodorant before my daughter needs to wear it.  I know, she’s only 6…but kids seem to need it earlier and earlier, and she will be a pre-teen before I know it!  I know there are differing opinions on the link between aluminum/parabens and breast cancer, but if I can find a product without them, why not use it?

FTC compliance: I paid normal retail price for this product.  I was not compensated in any way for this post, and all opinions are my own.

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>Stroller Blanket From Nikki’s Little House – Review

>Nikki's Little House Stroller Blanket

Nikki’s Little House sells all kinds of fabulous products, from cloth diapers to Melissa & Doug toys.  Nikki also has a Hyenacart store where she sells her hand made items.  You may or may not remember the custom Birthday Monster shirt and I Heart Dad shirts she made for me.

I had been eying her stroller blankets for a while, and when the monster print was on sale for $15 (regularly $20), I grabbed it!

toy loops

It even has loops to attach toys for little ones!

loops to stroller

The blanket snaps on to the stroller to keep it securely attached.  When my daughter was little, I ran over her blanket many times, and occasionally she’d toss it out without my noticing. That would mean backtracking my 4 mile loop to find it!

snaps to form boot

The blanket snaps at the bottom to form a boot to cover tootsies.

can be used unsnapped

You can also use it unsnapped for bigger kids.

The blanket I bought is a super cute monster print on the front, with green trim and backing.

monster print

Here it is all snapped to the stroller:

snapped to stroller

Here you can see how the “boot” covers the foot thingie on the stroller.

no cold toes

I’m able to take my son out for a walk and have him tucked in snugly the whole time!  The blanket is very well made and nice and soft and thick!

I am getting ready to order new I heart Dad shirts for both kids, my daughter wanted to wear them to pick up Daddy from the airport (business trip), and she was sad that she & her brother both were outgrowing them!

FTC Compliance: I paid normal retail price for this item.  I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.

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