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My Introduction to L’Occitane

You know what really gets me riled up?

When companies plaster “eco-friendly” or “natural” claims all over their SO-not-natural products just because they think consumers aren’t savvy or educated enough to know the difference. It’s called greenwashing, it’s everywhere, and it’s wrong.

But you know what I really love?

I love when I find a company or product that I’m interested in and want to buy, and then I do my research and find out that the company has an underlying commitment to sustainability and the betterment of our planet. You see, if a company has a really great products and a great commitment to sustainability, it doesn’t have to use one to sell the other.

…and to find one, well, it makes me feel like I’ve unearthed a true treasure. :D

This is exactly what happened when I found L’Occitane beauty products. I had heard the name many times before, but I had never really looked into the company much. But when I finally did: Wow! I was surprised – and uplifted! – to learn of their widespread commitment to sustainability, natural ingredients and ethical business practices.

L’Occitane, as a company, is committed to sustainability from its ingredients to its packaging and store practices. The folks there work to source sustainable ingredients, lessen the consumption of limited resources, and engage in fair trade and ethical treatment of the people creating their products.

“For the past two years our staff have been travelling to West Africa toteach the L’OCCITANE way of making soap to women in the Burkina Faso co-operative, where our pure shea butter is made.” ~ Olivier Baussan, L’Occitane Founder

In reading about L’Occitane, the one thing that really stood out to me was that they don’t claim to be perfect, but they have a tremendous dedication to continuous improvement. They detail SO many plans for how they plan to make their processes even better – like adopting a Life Cycle Analysis for many of their products, which means they can analyze the sustainability of each product from production to packaging, finding ways to improve along the way.

And, to top it all off, their products are gorgeously packaged, with a huge selection including bath and body care, home fragrance, haircare, and baby and men’s items, too! The ingredients and scents are deliciously tempting, which is SO much fun, since scent is usually the first thing to go when you decide to go a little greener.

Visit L’Occitane’s website to browse their selection of  beauty products and anti-aging skincare, and learn more about their commitment to sustainability and the future of our planet. Or, stop by one of their 170 boutique locations!

 

This is a sponsored post. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

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Coconut Oil: Not just for butts anymore!

I’ve been using coconut oil as a cloth-diaper-safe butt cream for over a year now. Luckily, we haven’t had to deal with diaper rash, but teething sometimes makes Little Man’s bum a little angry, and a swipe of coconut oil calms it right down every time without causing my diapers to repel.

But this week, I fell in love with coconut oil all over again for a completely different reason. 

Those of you who tweet may have seen me mentioning the horrible case of hives I had last week. At least I thought they were hives. It turns out I had an allergic reaction to something (who knows what) that I had come in contact with, and I was a mess.

I had a red, itchy, swollen rash all over my face, neck, torso and hands. I think my right pointer finger was the worst, and it blistered so much I was actually afraid it might scar. When I went to the doctor, he seemed concerned about infection because it was getting pretty ugly.

He immediately prescribed a round of Prednisone. When I mentioned that I am nursing and we are trying to conceive, he decided against that prescription. (I was relieved because I just hate medication in all forms, and I have to be pretty much dying to agree to it…)

The rash seemed to be calming on its own a little, but he still wanted to prescribe Triamcinolone Acetonide cream. But only for my hands. Not my face, because it’s more vascular and too much could enter my bloodstream.

Sorry, but does that sound safe to you? Uh, no thanks. :?

OTC hydrocortisone? I think I’ll skip that too.

So I left and went home, happy in the knowledge that I didn’t have some kind of incurable skin crud, but not sure what to do about the severe itching and raw skin on my hands and face.

And then I remembered: A jar of Tropical Traditions virgin coconut oil in my cupboard.

Could that work? Why not!? With all I’d read about the different uses of coconut oil, it made perfect sense. :idea:

I immediately put a thin layer on my face and a slightly thicker layer on my hands. On the really bad parts, I applied it a few times.

That was yesterday and, long story short, you can barely see where the blisters were. No lie – the parts of my hands that were affected actually feel better than the rest. This stuff is amazing: just one simple ingredient that’s 100% pure and safe for me as a mama, my baby, and the baby that we’re already looking out for, just in case. ;)

Prednisone disaster averted. 

Just one more reason I plan to keep a jar of coconut oil in my house at all times. Thanks so much to Tropical Traditions for a great product, and I look forward to finding out what other tricks it can do! :)

I was not compensated in any way for this post. I just really, really want you all to know how great this stuff is!

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Have you ever used coconut oil? What is your favorite use for it?

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