Friday, August 29, 2008

ORGANIC TREATMENTS FROM KISS MY FACE, W.S. BADGER & Co., JOSHUA TREE PRODUCTS & J.R.LIGGETT’S

POTENT + EFFECTIVE HEALING, PROTECTING, AND CLEANSING WITHOUT THE TOXINS

OUTDOOR RETAILER MARKET, SALT LAKE CITY, August 11th

Words- Judith Ecochard, Images from respective websites

We think what goes directly on our skin is even more important than the clothes that cover us up.

Especially when we hear the stat that women absorb 5lbs of chemicals (via makeup) a year.

And if we can’t pronounce the name of any ingredient, our alert antenna always rises.

KISS MY FACE:

Started by New York City refugees twenty five years ago, KISS MY FACE has evolved big time- from the original products being sold out of the back of a Volkswagon Bus.





WHAT’S NEW:





We think the new Kids line of goodies will “put a smile in the aisle” and on the face of any caregiver who is concerned about all that chemical stuff that’s in a lot of bath/body products.



Made without artificial colors, any animal ingredients, (no animal testing), and no unnecessary chemicals –the nine products in the collection gets kids squeaky clean and can help them learn about endangered species that appear on the bubbly bright orange packaging.

Available worldwide, the Bubble Wash, Foaming Hand Wash, Detangler, Foaming Shampoo and Body Wash, Shampoo and Conditioner, Lip Balm, Toothpaste (with and without fluoride) and adorable Whale of a Soap Duo Pack retail for $5.95-$9.95 and come in fun Berry Smart, Orange U Smart , and Scentless versions.

INFO: KISS MY FACE



W.S. BADGER:

We applaud W.S.Badger Company –who makes a lip balm we’ve been using since the company first hit retail shelves-for their tireless toil to become one of the very few natural body care companies that has boatloads of goods that genuinely meet the tough requirements to be anointed “USDA CERTIFIED ORGANIC”.

This is a very big deal as many products out there claim to be “eco” or “green” but often are not-or contain such a small percentage of the good stuff-we feel why bother (to mislead??!!??).

But as of August 1st, many, many Badger’s products are 99%-100% organic (and they can prove it!).


To quote Bill Whyte, CEO-“Organic means that the oils, butters, waxes and essential oils in our formulas come from plants that have been cultivated naturally, without the use of chemical fertilizers or toxic pesticides. In our case, it also means that no chemicals or synthetics are used in the production process or the final product.”

And with the Leaping Bunny Logo-needless to say, there’s no animal testing or animal ingredients ever.

Yeah!

WHAT’S NEW:
W.S. Badger has recently solved the problem of our aching joints and over used muscles with the new Sore Muscle Rub Original Cayenne & Ginger Blend and another - Extra Strength with Chili Extract (that warms us up), the Sore Muscle Rub Cooling Blend (that chills us out)… and the Sore Joint Rub with powerful Arnica and Black Pepper CO2 Extracts that soothes aches and stiffness.


Also new are the aromatic Vanilla Madagascar and Pink Grapefruit flavored lip balm sticks.

Plus the top rated Sunscreen (SPF=15-SPF30+)- for safety and effectiveness by the Environmental Working Group-really protected us on a hike in the high altitudes of the Rockies, absorbed quickly without stickiness…and actually smelled decent (lavender , lime and sweet orange are part of the mix).


INFO: BADGER BALM







JOSHUA TREE PRODUCTS:

Climbers are a devoted bunch, dedicated to their vertical ascents like Dead Heads.

A chance stroll along some mezzanine in the Salt Palace Convention Center had us meeting David Lawrence, now proud owner of the Joshua Tree Company.

Naturally, he and his gal climbed their way across America to attend OR-and we know he is- and was- a proud user of J-Tree Climbing Salve ($15)… that got him all pumped about the company- started by Jenny Q Herbals- to begin with.

WHAT’S NEW:

With our paws healed by the multi-use balm packed with essential oils, it make sense that J-Tree would launch a line of theraputic, caffeine-free teas ($10) to keep the karma going.

Made with organic ingredients the dried teas- that come handsomely packaged in air tight jars-were all ready to sample. So we tried the AnxietyFree tea that’s billed as a stress buster without the drowsiness. Our take-it’s tasty and should be given out free on traffic-clogged highways and byways during rush hours. Or to raging straphangers.

Other brews include Dream, Rejuvenative, and Unplugged teas.

Another product, which should make climbers happy, are the innovative Herbal Chalks for $6.00… Fire (with cloves) and Ice (with mint) – that are ultra ground.

Plus, J-Tree offers petroleum-free lip balms ($4 each) that heal, relieve sun burns, and protects.

INFO: JOSHUA TREE

J.R. LIGGETT’S:

“Environmentally Correct,” "Handmade"and “Simple, Old-Fashioned, Quality” –are admirable mottos-and we’re happy that the 26 year old, family-owned New Hampshire company J.R. Liggett’s--has the chomps to back up words.

Boaters and world travelers are probably familiar with J.R. Liggett’s cult favorite best seller- the “Old-Fashioned Bar Shampoo” (3.5 oz $6.99) that defines multi-tasking. We used it to wash our clothes and our hair on a recent trip- that saw our luggage “over-nighting” at some airport somewhere.

Amazingly, we loved the fresh scent-and we usually avoid aroma anything. It lathered up toute de suite without much water (good for those out on the open seas and backpackers) and is 100% made from earth-friendly ingredients.

Brand new is the non-aerosol, moisturizing Shaving Foam ($9.99). Free of harsh detergents (sodium laurel sulfate) this hypoallergenic formula boasts soothing olive, coconut, castor, safflower, almond and jojoba oils…for a clean and comfortable razor experience.


INFO: J.R. LIGGETT’S




FACTOID: ALL THE AFORMENTIONED COMPANIES ARE STILL PRIVATELY OWNED!!!!!!!!!!!!