CLOSED Contest! Zoe Organics bath and body goodness

This contest is now closed. The reviews are still relevant though!

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This week I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing the baby line from Zoe Organics. As Heather is a long-time friend from high school, I got to try some of her very first test samples last year. But now she’s refined her formulas and has stunning new packaging and a gorgeous website, too. It has been wonderful to watch this dream of hers unfold, as she’s been incubating the natural spa items concept since as long as I’ve known her!

Here’s what Zoe Organics is all about:

Zoe means “life,” and our mission is to celebrate and protect the lives of our children, family, community and planet. Zoe Organics uses only the most pure, organic ingredients because we believe in the necessity of eliminating toxins from our bodies and the environment.

We also believe that green living doesn’t require that we compromise quality or aesthetics. We practice fair trade and social responsibility, with the goal of enhancing lives in every community we touch.

You can read more of the inspiring story behind the name on the About page.

Heather sent me one of each of her 100% organic baby products to review for my readers:
Zoe Organics Baby Lineup

 

Organic Baby Bath Tea
Ten sweet muslin “tea bags” for $20
These ingenius little things are great. Filled with cocoa butter, oatmeal, and lavender, they infuse a warm bath with soothing goodness. Even my husband enjoyed them as he shared a nightly bath with our daughter. The smell is amazing and the skin-softening cocoa butter releases when you use the bag like a sponge.

zo bath tea

Ingredients: Oatmeal*, lavendula angustifolia (lavender) flowers*, calendula officinalis (calendula) flowers*, anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flowers*, theobroma cacao (cocoa) butter*, lavendula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil*.
*certified organic ingredient.

 

Gentle Hair & Body Wash
5.25 fl oz bottle with foaming pump for $14
One pump is all you need for a head full of little kid hair. I was amazed by how silky this stuff was! The foam is rich and creamy and slides on well. Usually products without surfactants tend to break up easily, but somehow Heather has made a formula that maintains its integrity when its applied. The scent is faintly herbal but not overwhelming. It’s also not too “girly” - it just smells natural and clean.

ZO hair and body wash

Ingredients: Aqua (water), saponifed cocos nucifera (coconut) oil*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil, ricinus communis (castor) oil, citric acid, rosmarinus officianalis (rosemary) extract, lavendula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil*, citrus reticulata (mandarin) essential oil*.
*certified organic ingredient

 

Organic Baby Balm
0.6 oz balm tube for $10
The product description on this magical little tube of goodness is “for just about everything.” How true that is! My mom, who is a die-hard Carmex user, really liked the longevity of the Baby Balm as a lip cream. I put it on the weird little dry patches that my baby has had on top of her feet since birth, and after one application they are about 50% gone! I used it on my elbows three days ago and they are still pretty soft. Anyway, you get the picture: this stuff is great.

zo baby balm

Ingredients: Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter*, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil*, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil*, beeswax*, lavendula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil*, vanilla planifolia (vanilla absolute precious) oil*.
*certified organic ingredient

 

Organic Diaper Balm
2 oz glass jar for $16
The texture of this cream is amazing - it glides on so silky-smooth! Also, it melts on the butt, not on the hand; it’s easy to spread but doesn’t drip everywhere.

I was a little surprised by the choice of Sweet Almond Oil as an ingredient. With concern about nut allergies so prevalent, and most moms who battle allergies looking to the organic market for products their babies can tolerate, using Sweet Almond Oil takes ZO out of the running in the diaper balm competition. I also thought the cocoa butter made it smell a bit musty. I think this product could use some refining - both in formulation and presentation. Putting it into a tube (maybe twice the size of the Baby Balm tube) would make for an awesome mess-free application, and finding a way to avoid the potentially hazardous ingredients would give more potential customers peace of mind.

That said, it works nicely and is a cloth diaper-safe formula - something I’m always in favor of!

zo diaper balm

Ingredients: Prunus dulcis (sweet almond) oil* [infused with lavendula angustifolia (lavender) flowers*, anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flowers* and calendula officinalis (calendula) flowers*], theobroma cacao (cocoa) butter*, beeswax*, lavendula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil*, anthemis nobilis (chamomile) essential oil*, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) essential oil*.
*certified organic ingredient

 

Organic Baby Massage Oil
2.5 fl oz glass bottle with pump for $16
This product was the biggest surprise for me. My eldest daughter has never tolerated massage well, and now that she’s a busy almost 4-year old, it’s rare to get her still enough to get her jammies on before she’s rushing to choose books for bedtime. So when she not only lay still after her bath and let me massage her with this sweet-smelling oil, but then requested it again the next night, I knew it was a winner!

The massage oil has probably the mildest scent of all Zoe Organics’ baby line. I liked its lightweight feel - it absorbed quickly and didn’t leave our skin feeling gummy. I used a predecessor of this massage oil on my belly during my latest pregnancy; it kept that tender skin supple and well-hydrated. You definitely don’t have to be a baby to enjoy this product!

ZO massage oil

Ingredients: Prunus armeniaca (apricot kernel) oil*, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil* olea europeaea (extra virgin olive) oil*, lavendula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil*, anthemis nobilis (chamomile) essential oil*.
*certified organic ingredient


Zoe Organics offers high end, spa-quality organic bath and body products. While the current line is targeted for babies, I’ve found they have much wider applications. Even if you don’t have a baby yourself or a baby with whom to share them, I think you would enjoy using them yourself!

On that note, Heather is giving away two free products to one lucky HeyLauraWhat winner!

This contest is now closed

Here’s how to enter:
Tell us what two products you might like to try if you win!


Additional ways to enter - one extra entry per item (leave a comment here telling us what you did)
1. Become a fan of the Zoe Organics Facebook page
2. Follow Zoe Organics on Twitter (leave a comment here with your Twitter handle)
3. Leave a comment on the Zoe Organics blog (tell us which post you commented on - if your ZO comment doesn’t show up right away, it’s just waiting for moderation!)
4. Suggest the Zoe Organics FB page to friends
5. Blog about Zoe Organics and/or this contest on your own blog (leave a link in your comment here)
6. Link to Zoe Organics and/or this contest on your Facebook Wall
7. Tweet about Zoe Organics and/or this contest (use @zoeorganics in your tweet)

Contest will remain open until Wednesday, August 4, whereupon I will announce a winner, chosen by the random number generator.

This coupon code is valid though!

Here’s a win-win situation for everyone:
Heather is offering my readers 25% off their first order, now through 12/31/10. Instead of placing items in your shopping cart online, just email your order (and the discount code: HeyLauraWhat) to heather@zoe-organics.com and she’ll email an invoice with the discount applied!

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