Sunday, June 25, 2017

Product Review: Yorba Organics

We've all heard that reading labels is important, but do you ever stop to check what ingredients are in things other than food? Take skincare products, for example. Even products that may seem harmless are full of hidden chemicals that we are putting directly on our bodies--and our children's.

But how do you know what is safe and what to avoid? (Especially when the names of some of the ingredients are longer than the alphabet) Here is a list of a few common ingredients that are less-than-healthy for our bodies:

Parfum (a short and sweet way of saying "a bunch of chemicals to make this product smell good" in most cases), Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) (a mixture of ingredients that helps other ingredients--both good and bad--penetrate the skin. The lower the number that follows, the more easily the skins absorbs it.), Talc (we've all heard about this one and its links to ovarian cancer), Mineral Oil

Take a look at the ingredients in some of these "baby friendly" products. How many chemicals can you spot?

 Johnson's Head to Toe Baby Wash
Water (eau), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, PEG-150 Distearate, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-10, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum

Desitin Diaper Paste: Zinc Oxide, Petrolatum, Cod Liver Oil, Lanolin, Talc, Glycerin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Beeswax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance

Aquaphor Baby Healing Skin Ointment: Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Ceresin, Lanolin Alcohol, Panthenol, Glycerin, Bisabolol

Along comes Yorba...

Even products that say they are organic may only contain one or two "organic" ingredients, and it is hard to know what brands to trust. That is why, when we came across this 100% natural origin line of skincare products for the whole family, we just couldn't wait to bring them to our customers. Yorba is 100% organic, and each ingredient has completely natural origins. The smell good, work amazing, and are totally safe for the entire family. We have carried these products for about a year now, and we gotten great reviews and tested and loved them ourselves.

Here is a quick rundown of some of their natural ingredients used in their products:

Mafura: Mafura has incredible healing properties, while improving elasticity with its nourishing and moisturizing abilities. It is rich in essential fatty acids (palmitic, stearic, oleic and linoleic) and has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties due to the presence of limonids. Mafura hunts down damaging free radicals more effectively than other oils.

Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera has moisturizing, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. This makes it great for healing cuts, abrasions and skin irritations. It’s packed with as many as 75 nutrients, 20 minerals, 12 vitamins, and 18 amino acids. It also has over 200 active enzymes. Aloe Vera has been known to protect the skin by stopping the growth of bacteria, fungi and some viruses. It has been proven beneficial for dry skin, keeping it hydrated while increasing elasticity and providing the oxygen needed for skin to stay youthful and healthy.

Marula Oil: Marula Oil is renowned for its cleansing and refreshing properties. It also provides protection against free radicals and helps to repair the skin. Marula Oil has a pH very close to our skin pH so it is mild and gentle enough to be used on even the most sensitive of skins

Baobab: Baobab (Tree) Powder has high levels of omega fatty acids and virtually unparalleled antioxidant properties. Baobab is a super fruit and is rich in vitamin C, calcium and magnesium. It also has prebiotic properties to support skin health.

Kigelia: Kigelia is a clinically proven antibacterial and is known to aid in the natural treatment of very dry skin conditions and Eczema. It is packed with nutrients that aid in the repair of damaged or aging skin. Kigelia is also a highly effective anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredient.

Kalahari Melon: As the ancestors of the humble watermelon, Kalahari Melons grow in some of the remotest places on the planet. Oil derived from these plants has remarkable regenerative properties and helps to rejuvenate skin cells. It contains high levels of essential fatty acids, oils, proteins, minerals and nutrients. These allow the Kalahari Melon to keep skin young, supple and hydrated after use.

Some of our favorite baby products are their Baby Body Oil, Baby Wash & Shampoo, Diaper Cream, and Baby Powder. When you find a product that is gentle, effective, and safe for baby, its a total win.

They don't just specialize in baby products, either; they have a whole bunch of great mom products, too! Their Refreshing Face Cleanser and Revitalizing Face Moisturizer are a great addition to a nighttime taking-off-your-make-up routine. For a luxury spa day right at home, try their Softening Foot & Heel Balm, which seriously takes care of those cracked heels. Replace your shower products with the Nourishing Shampoo, Repairing Conditioner, and Exfoliating Clay Wash to go organic and natural.  Expecting mamas love the Stretch Mark Cream, and their Nipple Cream is our new favorite for nursing moms.

And one product that everyone is sure to love (because we sure do!) this summer is the Insect Repellant lotion!

Try this amazing brand today and get 20% off! Use code YORBA online or mention this post in store! Shop here:!/~/search/keywords=yorba&offset=0&sort=relevance

Monday, June 19, 2017

Must-Haves for Moms of Multiples

Twins have been all the buzz in Hollywood lately; first George and Amal, and now Queen Bey herself, have finally given birth to twins! With all the twin-talk goin on, we figured we'd share some of our favorite products made for multiples.

A functional stroller is an absolute must-have for twins! Uppababy Vista is the ultimate double stroller that will last for years! You can fit 2 car seats, 2 bassinets, 2 toddler seats, or mix and match to make going out-and-about with two littles easy as can be. Definitely a great investment!
Feeding one baby is tricky enough, let alone two! Here to save your sanity is the TwinZ Pillow, a specially designed feeding pillow for twins. It's unique shape lets you feed both your little ones at the same time, whether you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding. It also works great for tummy time and play time!

If you're a family that will be on-the-go a lot, a baby carrier is must. But with twins, the options are limited. That's why we love the TwinGo carrier that lets you carry both babies at once! If you are going solo, the TwinGo can be worn with one child on the front and one on the back. But if you have a helper for the day, you can split it up and carry one child each. Perfect for going to busy events that aren't very stroller friendly.

Share this with a new or expectant mama of twins that you know! Let us know some other innovative twin products that you love!