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Celebrate Earth Month: DivaCup Review and Giveaway

Psst…guess what.

There’s kind of a revolution going on. You want in? Sure, but I’m going to have to talk about period stuff for a minute…

K? K.

I grew up thinking there were 2 options for feminine products: pads or tampons. I guess the ol’ OB could be considered a third option depending on how you look at it, and I did prefer those for a while because there was no applicator, and I considered that a little more Earth-friendly.

It wasn’t until college that I heard of something called a menstrual cup. I wasn’t sure what it was, or exactly how it worked, but I knew one girl who used one and she was waaaay crunchier than I was.

That was then. Bwahaha! :D

So long story short, after I had my son and committed myself to ridding our lives of scary things that make us sick (like chemicals and plastic, both of which live in a traditional maxi pad), I decided I wanted to give menstrual cups a try. I had heard nothing but great things about DivaCup. Sure, I had some reservations about using something that seemed like it could be complicated or uncomfortable, but after just a few uses it was easy as can be. No fuss, no mess. If you have those same concerns, let me assure you: you can do it. I promise.

Here’s a statement straight from DivaCup describing their mission:

Diva international Inc. makers of The DivaCup® (menstrual cup) and The DivaWash®, offers women an environmentally responsible and economical alternative to tampons and pads, thereby changing the face of feminine hygiene around the world. 


Billions of tons of pads and tampons are dumped into landfills each year, and consumers are becoming more aware of this every day. Because of this, women are looking for a cost-effective way to make a positive impact on the environment. The DivaCup® significantly reduces one’s eco-footprint while providing the most convenient, clean, reliable, and comfortable way to address the monthly cycle and the issue of disposable feminine hygiene.

 

Obviously, using a product that eliminates waste is good for the environment. But the benefits of DivaCup go further. I honestly think that using DivaCup is one of the best things you can do for yourself as a woman. Seriously. Pads and tampons are full of chemicals that have no place in a woman’s body, and I have even been told by friends that their flow and uncomfortable symptoms decreased when using a menstrual cup. I chose cloth diapers mainly because I didn’t want yucky toxic ingredients next to my son’s most delicate parts, so I should be worth the same consideration, right? :) I think so. I encourage every woman out there to just give DivaCup a try; it might take a cycle or two to get used to it, but it really is easy…and you’re worth it.

 

Interested in trying DivaCup? Purchase one in stores or online, or enter to win one using the easy Rafflecopter form below!

Happy Earth Month, from me and the folks at DivaCup!

 

And just a note: DivaCup provided me with a product sample for review purposes, but I was not compensated at all for providing a positive review.

 

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A Green Gift: Conscious Box Review and Giveaway

Writing a blog has some fun perks.

Once in a while, I make a few dollars, and every so often, I get a free product to try out. That’s fun. But, the true treasures are found when I happen upon a new friend–a fellow conscientious greenie. No matter what your priorities are, life can get a little lonely when you don’t know many people who share them, so finding like-minded friends…well, it’s a gift.

So, when Jameson Morris contacted me to try out his new offering, the Conscious Box, I jumped at the chance. It was apparent to me right from the get-go that Jameson is 100% dedicated to introducing his customers to the best in eco-friendly, conscientiously and sustainably produced products. There’s no greenwashing here…the concept behind the Conscious Box is from the heart.

What is the Conscious Box?

“Conscious Box is a monthly delivery of pure and sustainable products that are handpicked from businesses that care for the planet.” These products are carefully vetted by the folks at Conscious Box, and meet their strict criteria. A pretty, seasonally decorated box arrives at your doorstep, complete with an inspirational, heartfelt message and filled with sample sizes of pure and natural products from ethical businesses you can trust.

Sounds like a fun thing to find in the mail, huh?

I received the November and December boxes to review. Honestly, I was a little skeptical at first. Samples sizes don’t excite me all that much. I guess I just feel like you don’t get much of a chance to really try a product from a tiny sample. Well, when the boxes arrived, I found that these were no tiny samples. Many of the products seemed nearly full size, and the ones that weren’t were still generous enough to really give them a good try.

Here’s the November box:

…and December:

I couldn’t possibly provide a thorough review of all the products I received – there were too many of them! But I can tell you that there were several that I already purchased faithfully, and a few that have become new favorites.

Good Earth lollipops, Honest Kids organic juice pouches, Kind fruit and nut bars, Eat Cleaner wipes, Justin’s nut butter – they were all staples in our home already, and I was happy to see them among my Conscious Box loot. (A huge sign that Jameson and I are most definitely on the same page.)

Several new products that piqued my interest, and then FAR surpassed my expectations, include BerryPlus laundry soap (made from soapberries!) and EarthFriendly Products cinnamon-scented room freshener spray. Love, love, love…LOVE!! Scented products are one thing that many toxin-conscious folks miss, and I was thrilled to be able to spray and scent my living room (and cinnamon is my #1 favorite scent!) SCORE! These two will definitely be joining my regular arsenal of household products. :D

I saw a few differences in the 2 boxes I received, and they told me a lot. The November box was great, but the December box was even better. More products, bigger samples, coupons…that tells me that the folks at Conscious Box are working hard to find more and more companies to share with their subscribers, and they are succeeding. This is a company focused on growth, so, in my opinion, this is the time to subscribe. I would bet that these monthly deliveries are only going to get better and better! :)

Get your Conscious Box!

Gift yourself or a greenie friend with the gift of sustainable surprises each month! Visit Conscious Box to subscribe now, and be sure to like them on Facebook where you just might find fun opportunities to get extra goodies added to your next box just by leaving a comment or sharing ideas on how to reuse the delivery box.

Win it!

Jameson has generously offered one lucky ABCs and Garden Peas reader their own December Conscious Box! (Trust me…you will LOVE it!)

Enter using the easy Rafflecopter form below.

The only mandatory entry is the first one on the form – Visit ConsciousBox.com and let me know what you’d like to find in a future delivery!

 


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