DivaMoM: Handmade organic body oil

DivaMoM is a product of the Hungarian brand SkinDelight, which only uses high quality and organic cold pressed oils. The handmade and organic body oil is made of 99.1% certified organic ingredients:

Coconut (cocos nucifera) oil*, jojoba (simmondsia chinensis) oil*, sweet almond (prunus amygdalus dulcis) oil*, shea (butyrospermum parkii) butter*, cocoa (theobroma cacao) seed butter* essential oils: ylang-ylang (cananga odorata)*, palmarosa (cymbopogon martini)*, mandarin (citrus reticulata), lemon (citrus limon)*, orange (citrus  sinensis)*, petitgrain (citrus aurantium leaf), rosewood (aniba rosaedora), bergamot (citrus bergamia)*, lemongrass (cympopogon citratus)*, patchouli (pogostemon cablin) vetiver (vertiveria zizanioides), grapefruit (citrus paradisii)*,

*certified organic.

Divamom from Skindelight

Why DivaMoM?
Today, I’m 28 weeks (6th month) pregnant and my belly feels very often itchy and tight but is also growing really fast now (already gained 12kg!)! My fear of stretch marks is therefore also increasing. According to Heidi Waldorf, MD., an associate clinical professor of dermatology, stretch marks happen when your body grows faster than your skin can keep up with. This causes the elastic fibers just under the surface of the skin to break. Growing that fast can leave you with stretch marks, especially on your belly and breasts, two areas that grow the most. Stretch marks can also show up on the thighs, buttocks, and upper arms. And according to Babycentre’s pregnancy weight gain estimator, by the end of my pregnancy I will gain 11.3-15.9 kg (1 st 11 lb – 2 st 7 lb)….Oh boy! Continue reading “DivaMoM: Handmade organic body oil”

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Logona Organic Hair Color: Brand Review

Dear Organic Lovers,

At the moment, I’m searching for a great organic brand for hair coloring without PPD, peroxides, ammonia etc. After hours researching and reading many positive reviews, I decided to buy & try Logona’s products.

Why Logona?
Well, I gave up on searching for permanent hair color brands as I noticed they all contain ingredients such as PPD or peroxide. And if your stylist/colorist tells you they’ve found a natural or organic permanent hair color, do not believe them! In addition, there is a question whether 100% organic hair dyes do exist. Therefore, I’m trying to find the most natural products that cover the best…

Logona Organic Hair Color

Continue reading “Logona Organic Hair Color: Brand Review”

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My Organic Pregnancy

Hi Organic Lovers,

As I’m a fan of everything natural and organic, I’m very happy to finally share the experience of my “organic pregnancy”. I will share some health tips and review organic/natural products.

Today, I’m exactly 23 weeks pregnant. Time flies and my belly is growing so fast now! I can’t believe that in May 2017 I can finally hold my baby girl. I can already feel here kicking (since 18th week). She is a wild girl hehe.

Organic Pregnancy
20 weeks pregnant

The 3D ultrasound picture below (and the most recent one) was taken when I was exactly 20 weeks pregnant. It was one of the most beautiful moments during my pregnancy…

Baby Girl 20 Weeks Pregnancy

 

The ultrasound picture below was taken when I was exactly 3 months pregnant. I finally could share the great news with my family and friends!

3 months pregnant

I remember that once I found out that I was pregnant, I started to be very careful with everything.

First of all, although some women still continue drinking some alcohol during their pregnancy, I decided not to touch any drop of it (missing my wines!). I also avoid eating certain “raw foods’ such as:

  • Cheeses made with raw milk (think about the soft cheeses such as Camembert) -> always search for cheeses made with pasteurised milk!
  • Raw /undercooked meet (Carpaccio) and raw fish/shellfish such as sushi. For my burgers I always make sure that they are well done. Although infection with listeria is rare, it is important to take special precautions in pregnancy, because even a mild form of the illness in a pregnant woman can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth or severe illness in a newborn baby. Many cold meats, such as salami, Parma ham, chorizo and pepperoni, are not cooked, they are just cured and fermented. This means that there’s a risk they contain toxoplasmosis-causing parasites.
  • Raw or partially cooked eggs to prevent the risk of salmonella food poisoning
  • Vacuum-packed fish and meat

In addition, you have to be careful for toxins and “Toxoplasma gondi “ when working in the garden. Toxoplasma gondi is an infection that is spread from animals to humans and can be acquired by ingesting or direct contact with raw or undercooked meat as well as exposure to soil. Cats play an important role in the spread of toxoplasmosis! And as fruits and vegetables have to be washed very well, I avoid eating salads in restaurant. I also don’t order drinks with ice (and added lemon) anymore to avoid risk of certain bacteria. I know I know, I’m very cautious, but I’m doing everything to protect my baby girl :).

A great source where all the above is mentioned and summarised is FDA’s (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) info about Food Safety for Pregnant Women .

Furthermore, pregnancy safe hair dye products should NOT contain ammonia, peroxide, PPDs (para-phenylenediamines, the chemical that creates color and is widely thought to be carcinogenic), coal tar (the FDA issued a warning about it being a possible cancer risk back in 1993), lead, toluene and resorcinol.

In my next post I will write more about “organic” hair dye products.

Stay tuned! 😉

Also, check out The Organic Label’s IG and FB account for more info!

 

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Organic Nail Polish Removers & KOH Cosmetics

Hi Organic Fashionistas!

For those using nail polish and remover often, it’s worth knowing that chemicals in nail polish can be harmful if you’re regularly exposed to them. The two most common chemicals are formaldehyde and toluene. Formaldehyde is used as a hardener in nail polish and toluene is used to help nail polish glide on more smoothly. Especially when you are pregnant it is recommended to use nail polish that’s free from both chemicals.

In addition, if you are exposed to large doses of acetone over long periods of time, there’s a small possibility that this could lead to developmental problems and birth defects. Many beauty bloggers mention the US organic brand Karma Naturals. This soybean based oil contains propylene carbonate, soybean oil methyl exter, and tocopheryl acetate as ingredients- no acetone whatsoever!

Yesterday, I went shopping in Antwerp to find organic nail polish removers. No organic brand that sparked my interest but at Parfuma I noticed the “Purifying Polish Remover” from KOH Cosmetics with no acetone (however this means another chemical namely ethylacetate which is less drying and healthier for cuticles!) with vitamin E, almond oil and castor oil.

KOH Cosmetics

Furthermore, I noticed KOH’s  “Calcium Nail Whitener”. I love the small  fashionable black box that comes along. After applying, I noticed a healthy-looking pink nail bed! Love it!!!

I love the brand and wondering whether there are other organic healthier alternatives? Let me know!! 🙂

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Oranges: Health Benefits, Risks & Nutrition Facts

Happy Tuesday Organic Lovers!

It’s finally March and winter is almost over! This year spring begins March 20th!

As you all know, colds and flus are most common in the winter or rainy seasons. And to boost my immune system, I often drink freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning.

Fresh Orange Juice

Health benefits of freshly pressed orange juice:

  • Ability to boost immune system function
  • Reduces signs of aging
  • Protects against cancer
  • Boosts cellular repair and metabolism
  • Detoxifies the body
  • Improves circulation
  • Improves blood pressure
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Lowers cholesterol levels

The skin & pulp in oranges have considerable health benefits!

Can vitamin C cure colds?
The answer is NO. According to MedlinePlus, despite the popular belief that vitamin C can cure the common cold, research about this claim is conflicting. Large doses of vitamin C may help reduce how long a cold lasts, but they do not appear to protect against getting a cold.

Natural cold and flu remedies
In addition to orange juice, I drink plenty of water; warm water with lemon juice and honey (is known to be antimicrobial and helps the immune system fight infection; teas (clears the nasal passages); soups and I add lots of RAW garlic (powerful antioxidant with antimicrobial, antiviral and antibiotic properties) and onion to my food (no kissing :P). Medical professionals also recommend that you should spend about 10 to 15 minutes in a steam shower, up to three times per day.

Fresh orange juice during pregnancy?
According to babycenter.com, most unpasteurized juice is not safe, because your immune system is suppressed when you’re pregnant. You should drink only pasteurized juice products unless the fruit is freshly washed and squeezed immediately before you drink it (as fresh orange juice often is).

If fruit juice is not pasteurized during pregnancy, e.g. if you buy it freshly pressed, that means it has not been heated enough to kill the bacteria in the juice. This can be harmful to the baby or mom.

Not only is orange juice high in vitamin C and folic acid, it’s also a good source of potassium, which has been shown to help lower high blood pressure, a particular danger during pregnancy.

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