Wednesday, April 22, 2009

green birthday/earth day giveaway!

i really liked doing my blogiversary giveaway last month, so this month i'm doing a birthday giveaway! (and it's earth day today!) (and it rhymes!) (my birthday is on friday, may 1, the day the giveaway winner will be announced. just in case you want to send me one of these nifty new paddles for my mixer. i have a 4.5 quart kitchenaid stand mixer. i'm just saying.) this is a fabulous prize, if i do say so myself. i would love to win it, so i hope you love it too:

the green baby giveaway includes two bars of handmade soap (lavender & tea tree and lavender buttermilk castile), two push sticks of bum (diaper) cream, a pot of nipple cream, five cloth baby wipes with wipe solution, dusting powder, lavender ooh lotion, and a lavender oatmeal milk bath for mom to soak those long days away. (see how naive i am still, to think mom will have time for a bath?) if you don't have a baby or don't want the baby giveaway, that's okay, you can still enter for a green mommy giveaway. i'll substitute a stick of massage cream for the bum cream, lip balm for the nipple cream, a gentle face scrub for the wipes, and a gentle face toner for the wipe solution. see below for a full list of ingredients in case you're concerned.

to enter, please leave me a comment letting me know which giveaway prize you would like (mommy or baby) as well as a random interesting factoid about yourself. for example: my random interesting factoid is that i make soap! if you don't leave a factoid, you won't be entered, so please don't forget that part. please also leave me your email address (feel free to munge it) so i can get in touch with you about sending you your prize. you have until 8pm pdt on wednesday, april 29, 2009. i'll plug the results into and post the winner on my birthday, may 1. i'll mail anywhere in the good ole us of a or canada so if you're out of the country (besides canada), i'm sorry, but you can still have the satisfaction of having won and i'll choose another winner. there will be only one giveaway prize.

here are the ingredient lists for the giveaway items. please note that you do use these at your own risk; i have tested everything on myself, my husband, friends and family (but not my cat) and found it to be safe to us; the ingredients in the nipple balm are all food-grade and were approved by a lactation consultant. however, i can't be liable for your health or safety. i make every effort to create a safe, gentle, reliable product, but i can't be responsible for any allergic or otherwise adverse reactions you may have. by entering the giveaway and accepting the prize you agree that i am not responsible for the use or misuse of these products or any illness or injury caused by them, however unintentional.

lavender & tea tree soap: olive oil infused with lavender buds, slippery elm bark, and yarrow; coconut oil, corn oil, water, sodium hydroxide, shea butter, lavender essential oil, and tea tree essential oil.
lavender buttermilk castile soap: olive oil infused with lavender buds; buttermilk, water, sodium hydroxide, stearic acid, lavender essential oil, and pink oxide.
bum cream: soybean oil with vitamin e, calendula oil, shea butter, coconut oil, zinc oxide, beeswax, lavender essential oil, and tea tree essential oil.
massage cream: soybean oil with vitamin e, calendula oil, shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, sandalwood essential oil, and lavender essential oil.
nipple cream: grapeseed oil, coconut oil, and beeswax.
lip balm: soybean oil with vitamin e, calendula oil, shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, lavender essential oil, tea tree essential oil, and peppermint essential oil.
cloth wipe solution: water, aloe vera gel, calendula oil, distilled white vinegar, germaben ii (propylene glycol, diazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, and propylparaben), lavender essential oil, and tea tree essential oil.
face scrub: baking soda, kaolin clay, water, phenonip (phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, and propylparaben), lavender essential oil, and tea tree essential oil.
face toner: water, aloe vera gel, witch hazel, distilled white vinegar, phenonip (phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, and propylparaben), lavender essential oil, bergamot essential oil, and tea tree essential oil.
dusting powder: cornstarch, arrowroot, kaolin clay, lavender buds, and calendula petals.
lavender ooh lotion: water, olive oil, honey, emulsifying wax, stearic acid, soybean oil with vitamin e, calendula oil, shea butter, germaben ii (propylene glycol, diazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, and propylparaben), citric acid, and lavender essential oil.
lavender oatmeal milk bath: nonfat milk powder, rolled oats, lavender buds, chamomile, baking soda, sandalwood essential oil, and lavender essential oil.
cloth baby wipes are 100% cotton.

please note that both germaben ii and phenonip are both paraben preservatives. parabens have a very long history of safe use in all kinds of cosmetic products and are approved by the fda in usage rates up to 25% of total weight. preservatives are needed in any water-based "concoction" to prevent microbial growth and other nasties. my usage rate is approximately 1% of total weight. i cannot make lotions, scrubs, or toners without preservatives, so if you oppose the use of parabens or preservatives in your care products, please do not enter the giveaway. if you would like more information about germaben ii and phenonip, please click here. for more information about the safety of parabens, please click here.


miss kerry said...

Erin, this looks so beautiful!! Great job! You know pretty much all my facts so I'll tell you that I learned last weekend that your old little hand mixer cannot handle making cinnamon roll dough, and I blew out it's motor, and so, am in the market for a new mixer. Also, I make great lemonade.

Sarah @ said...

It does look beautiful!!

So, hmmmmmm. A random, little-known fact (for the baby giveaway) about me is:

One of my favorite things to do is to bounce paperclips around. Paperclips ARE NOT SAFE around me. Which is why we don't have any in our house.

Well that and they kept getting stuck in our vaccuum.

And my e-mail address is sarah [at]

Sherry said...

Wahoo! Thanks for the heads-up for your fabulous giveaway! I love the fact that you make soap! A random little tidbit about me is that I don't drive. Back in NYC I didn't need to, and 6 years of no driving made me feel like it wasn't really necessary to have a two-car household here in Richmond when we moved (since I work from home anyway). I know, it's weird! But it totally works for us. And I think it's good Earth Day behavior too!


JayBee said...

Happy B-day!!

Your give-a-way is awesome! I'd want the mommy version, since I don't have kids -- but if I was expecting, that sounds like the perfect set of lotions, creams, etc.

My random fact: I've never won a blog give-a-way.

Other random fact: The first celebrity I ever met was Elijah Wood.

Email: j.balow[at]yahoo[dot]com

Jessika said...

Really? You make soap? (yes, said a tad slyly...) But everything looks wonderful!

Random fact: I fear I may have an unhealthy email addiction. This is why I cannot allow myself to get a new cell phone with email capabilities.

Another one: One of my favorite artists is Noelle Dass. If I could own all her prints, I would. And I'd put them all in my office and be the "interesting" one with the animals. And lettuce growing on my windowsill.

casadekaloi said...

Ooh! The baby giveaway, please!

Fact: I pick at my toenails. How gross is that? I can't even believe I just put that out there on the internet.

Please don't change your thoughts about me.

Also, I'm really honest and go with my instincts on nearly everything, which is why I didn't backspace my gross fact and replace it with something cooler.

Jaimey said...

ooh ooh ooh pick me!!! :) I want the non mommy gift since I am not preg and I would be these don't last long enough...

My factoid is I still sleep with a blankie, when my son isn't stealing it from me!

you know my info but its

Jaye @ said...

Wow Erin! Count me in for entering the Baby Products Giveaway :) Hmm a random fact about myself? Well, if I'm eating lunch or dinner, I ALWAYS save the meat for last. It's more of a subconscious habit, I certainly don't go out of my way to do it. I really don't even understand why I do it. Maybe I'd rather fill up on veggies and grains first? Who knows! :)

My email address is j[at] :)

Kelly said...

Erin this is so cool!! I am so excited about all of your home-made goodness!!

A random fact about me is that I am a Girl Scout Leader and my favorite kid's author is Roald Dahl.
If somehow I happen to win this giveaway...I would like the "mommy" one.
my email is kellyheiden(at)gmail(dot)com

Jessie said...

I've been reading your blog for some months now, and I just love it. I also consider myself a crafty/thrifty/do-it-yourself kind of gal, but you're on another level! Keep doing what you're doing.

My sister, whom I absolutely adore, is having her second child (making me an auntie for the fourth time), so I would like to enter for the mommy giveaway.

Random fact about me: I love hand-me-down furniture! Almost every stick of furniture in my house previously belonged to someone else, or was made by one of my family members. I love that my grandmother owned and loved my dining room set and my living room sofa. I love that my father and uncle made my bookshelves. I love that my aunt thought of us when giving away furniture that no longer fit in her house.

Jessie said...

Hi again, I am not trying to enter a second time, I just forgot to leave my email address: jessie(dot)grandgent(at)gmail(dot)com


Sarah said...

Very cute blog. I heard this blog from my furniture collecting sister, Jessie! I would love to enter the blog for the baby prize. I am expecting in December around Christmas. YAY!! Christmas baby!!!
Random factoid: I hate it when my food touches together on my plate and I hate ice in my drinks except iced water.