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Mothers Day Gift Ideas For The Natural Mum

Mothers Day Gift Ideas for the Natural Mum Eco and Us

Mothers Day Gift Ideas for the Natural Mum

1. Locks by LucyEco Luxe Moisture Hair Mask

Eco-luxe moisture mask is packed full of natures finest ingredients. Blended into a luxurious treatment to hydrate, nourish and repair locks of all ages. 

2. Paudha Healing  – Empress Gift Pack

A natural alternative to botox this beauty tool works wonders to reduce puffiness, promote lymphatic drainage, improve skin tone and elasticity and relax facial muscles. 

3. Mandala HandmadeMothers Day Gift Pack 

Perfect for expecting or new mum. It includes cocoa and coffee body scrub, gentle baby balm and soothing lip balm, and a handmade organic baby teether and strap. 

4. Shekinah GlowMummy and Me Beauty Box

This box is aimed at mums of tweens and teens, a perfect opportunity to open up a dialogue about beauty, your body and healthy beauty options with your daughters.

Each beauty box includes:

Mum set of 3 reusable face wipes; daughter set 3 reusable face wipes; mum skincare/makeup headband; daughter skincare/makeup headband;  Native Glow Travel size Calming Desert Cleanser in 30ml; Native Glow Travel size Wild Citrus Hydrating Toner in 30ml; Native Glow Travel size Desert Dew Moisturiser in 30ml; Native Glow Charcoal Tea Tree Goat’s Milk Soap; Luscious Lipstick sample in (New colour) First Kiss; Luscious Lipstick sample in Framboise.

5. Soaps by HeatherNatural Soap Collection

A beautiful selection of naturally scented soaps and shampp bars. Handmade in the Blue Mountains.

6. Loving Botanica – Coconut Oil Soap Pack

This pack includes three divine scents, hand crafted from nourishing organic ingredients. The trio scent range includes: Orange, cinnamon and poppyseed; Lavender and rose geranium; Rosemary and lemongrass. Made from cold-pressed coconut and olive oils.

7. Aroma Bottles – Deluxe DIY Starter Collection

Premium quality amber glass bottles to DIY natural household and self care products. This collection includes:

500ml amber glass bottle with spray trigger; 350ml amber glass foaming dispenser with bespoke Hand Wash vinyl decal; 100ml amber glass bottle fine mister sprayer with bespoke Room Spray vinyl decal; 10ml amber glass bottle atomiser spray; 10ml THICK amber glass metal roller ball; 5ml amber glass metal roller ball; 1ml amber glass  metal roller ball.

8. Bare Beauty EssentialsBody Butter and Bath Tea Combo

 Luscious organic body butter with  cold pressed oils, and essential oils are a perfect match for Laura’s detoxing bath teas, which contain Himalayan, Dead Sea and epsom salts, essential oils and botanicals. A perfect gift set for every mum. 

9. Nina’s BeesFloral Oil for Face and body

Bees Paradise Face and Body Oil is created in Nina’s boutique apiary in the Blue Mountains. Using cold pressed organic oils rich in nutrients and complex minerals from flowering plants that bees adore. The unrefined flora oils are bursting with an abundance of vitamins which help to repair and revitalize your skin.

What a beautiful collection of Natural Skincare Products perfect for every mum. Order now in time for Mothers Day.

The story behind the biz with Renee owner of Paudha Healing

Renee Tilley, owner of Paudha Healing provides an insight to behind the scenes of her gorgeous natural skincare business.

Tell us a little about yourself..

I’m a 36 year old mum and wife with a corporate background, having been in the legal industry for almost 20 years now (yes I left school when I was 15!!). I live in the beautiful Blue Mountains, NSW with my hubby (who also helps out with the business), our very spirited, 6 year old daughter and our fur babies, who are both rescue dogs, Ben the Jug and Ruby the Pugalier.  We moved to the mountains in 2011 and have not looked back, it is definitely the most beautiful place we have lived and truly feels like home. It is such a small and close community here, we just love it.

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What consumers need to know about sustainable fashion

How ethical are your fashion choices?

After the recent events at Rana Plaza in Bangladesh, consumers are open to supporting sustainable and ethical fashion brands more than ever. You can witness this more so common in children’s fashion industry where more brands are open to designing and creating ethical and sustainable clothing.

 

What is Sustainable Fashion?

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The Pros and Cons of the Eco – Friendly Menstural Cup

Ami Beck from Man Tribe Mumma gives us the pros and cons of using a menstrual cup.

A menstrual cup can be scary and the fear of the unknown is strong. So I felt the need to take it upon myself and do the hard work for you with this honest review.

 

So, I heard about these cups and decided to try one out after a few people absolutely raved about them. I have to be honest here and say that I wasn’t just drawn to the fact that they are environmentally friendly but mainly to the fact that you only have to change it once every 12 hours! The first period that I tried it out, I was a bit nervous and had room for improvement of getting used to it. But by the time I used it with the second period, I had absolutely fallen in love!

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A menstrual cup is a silicone cup that you insert in your vagina in place of a tampon. It collects the blood rather than absorbing it. You then empty the cup and either rinse it out or give it a quick wipe and then re-insert. The best part is that you only have to do this once every 12 hours (this may vary according to the individual cup that you use so, please make sure to check with the company you buy from).  Then, you can go about your day just like you have a tampon inserted.

At the end of the post, I will summarise and list my favourite things about the menstrual cup and the things I found to be less desirable. For now though, here is what the first 5 days of my period was like with the Ruby Cup. I chose the Ruby Cup because of their “Buy One, Give One” program. For every cup they sell, they donate one to a girl or woman without access to menstrual care products. They are from the UK.

DAY ONE

Light Flow. The Ruby Cup is feeling okay while sitting down but when I am standing it definitely feels like there is something up there. It feels quite bulky. Maybe I haven’t put it in properly. Not sure if I am able to pee without having to remove it. Comfortably played a game of Touch Football with it in. Pretty excited to see how we go overnight and not having to wear a pad.

DAY TWO

Medium Flow. Last night was the first night ever that I had my period and didn’t wear a pad to bed, although I still wore a liner just in case anything leaked. It was the most freeing feeling I have ever felt. Even if I don’t wear the cup during the day, I will never wear a pad to bed again. During the day there wasn’t any pinching or discomfort but, still feeling like there is something there when I’m up and moving around. Cramping doesn’t seem to be as bad as it has been either. I was surprised with how little blood there was in the cup when I changed it.

DAY THREE

This morning the cup was pinching a fair bit, I figured it must have been in wrong, I was right. I took it out and readjusted and it felt quite comfortable after that. I guess that positioning and insertion really is everything. The rest of the day I didn’t even think about it and didn’t even know that it was there. Finally found out that you CAN pee without removing it! I emptied the cup when I went to bed that night which means it was in for about 12 hours.

DAY FOUR

My favourite part of this menstrual cup still has to be the no pads to bed! I got up in the morning, got the boys their breakfast and got dressed for the day before I emptied the cup (about 12 hours overnight). It was kind of pinchy so, I readjusted and all okay again. I am determined to get the hang of the insertion. My period is slowing down now and I love that there are the measurement lines on the side of the cup so that I can see how much blood there is exactly. I have found that my period is not actually as heavy as I thought it was.

 

The next month was even better again and I am now a total convert! I don’t think I could ever use tampons or pads again! The fact that I don’t have to change anything for 12 hours is such a great feeling.

THE BEST PART
  • No Pads or Tampons
  • Don’t have to remove it when you need to pee
  • Only change it twice a day
  • The long run saving of costs
  • Doing a good thing for the environment
  • More comfortable once you’ve gotten used to it
  • Comes in pretty colours with its own storage bag
THE BAD PARTS
  • Can be pinchy and uncomfortable if not inserted correctly
  • Can be seen as ‘hippy’ or ‘gross’
  • I actually can’t think of anything bad

If you are thinking about trying out a menstrual cup, I promise you won’t be disappointed once you have it all worked out. Just like anything new, it can take some practice mastering the art. Below are some brands that I recommend.

Thanks so much Ami, for sharing your experiences of using the menstrual cup with the Eco and Us community.  For more great posts and mumma hood insight be sure to follow Ami at Man Tribe Mumma

If your still not sure if the menstrual cup is for you, be reassured that you can purchase non toxic tampons and sanitary pads from two of Eco and Us’s featured businesses Apple and Rhubarb and Bekole First Period Boxes

Want to learn more about how to live a more natural lifestyle and chat with people on the same journey? Then come and join us in the Natural Living Community Facebook Group we would love to see you there.

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