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Are You a Crunchy Mama? You’ll Love this {GIVEAWAY-NOW CLOSED}

September 13th, 2013 · 8 Comments · Natural Health, What to Buy

What’s not to love about natural products with names like “Menth Head,” “Mint Pit” and “Smelly Face?”

Ashley and Katie are two sisters-in-law who got into the natural life as many of us did, through children and family. They teamed up to form Crunchy Mamas a few years back after people kept telling them they loved their products, and that they were really working.

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They are enthusiastic to the nth degree about keeping your family safe from toxins, and they really love what they do. Here’s a bit from the sisters:

Katie and I started Crunchy Mamas with a batch of lip balms that we practically had to force our friends and family to buy.  Then, with a whole lot of help from above, it evolved into this exciting adventure we are on right now.

Our ultimate goal is to help eliminate the assumption that just because it is for sale at a store, it is good for you.  As we detail in this post, we want to encourage people to read labels, do research, and then decide what you allow into your home.

Not Only Natural, but Fun

I have to give Ashley and Katie props, their product names are hilarious. We’ve had a selection in our hands for about a week, not time to need the Menth Head (a stick of breathe-easier goodness for coughing nights), but plenty of time to use the Scab Stick for multiple children!

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What I love so far:

The ease of use stands out to me immediately. For example, I’ve used many other salves and chest rubs, but you usually have to use your finger to apply. Both of these come in stick form from Crunchy Mamas, and I don’t miss taking the time to wash my hands one. more. time. as a busy mom! The Menth Head smells  heavenly in my opinion, and the Scab Stick has helichrysum oil in it, an uber expensive essential oil that I’m more than happy to purchase just a few drops of this way instead of boku bucks for a whole bottle I’ll never get through.

The hand sanitizer is in a squirt bottle that seems very sturdy (like it won’t break by squirt 16) and easy to pack in a diaper bag. It’s simple to use, smells great (lavender and lemon with alcohol to sanitize and aloe to moisturize), and has a nice mist that really covers the hands.

Smelly Face is a fancy skin moisturizer that’s a bit out of my league. It has a bunch of fancy oils in it that I’d never buy individually. I don’t wear a lot of makeup, nor do I wash my face very often because I just don’t take the time. If I get a shower, it’s a victory of me communing with water, and that is sometimes all I get. Winking smile

I did try it a few times this week, and it does feel good and smell weird, but as I read the other things it can tackle (i.e. it’s not just a moisturizer, news to me), I can see I’m going to have to use it a bit more regularly and pay attention to its effect on my age spots and dark under eye circles. Which I just made up for the purposes of this post, by the way -  you can’t believe everything you read on the Internet. Age spots, bah! Much too young for those…

imageWe also tried the Mint Pit, which is a little pot of deodorant. It contains a lot of ingredients that you see in homemade deodorant recipes but also clay, which really intrigues me. We use Redmond Clay for a lot of things around the house, but I didn’t know about it when I was making my own deo.

It makes the paste darker than you’d expect in a deodorant, but it should also have powerful odor-eating and moisture-resistant capabilities. You might be interested to check out GNOWFGLINS’ comparison of a few homemade deodorant recipes, including one with clay and some “does it stain the T-shirt tests.”

You should see me test deodorant. I’ll be pushing the stroller on a walk, glance furtively around to see if anyone is looking, and then give my ‘pits a big ol’ snnnnnnniff. Oh yes, I’m dedicated to you all! Winking smile

I think Mint Pit did its job pretty well, although I had some serious detox-style stink at the end of the day (which may be a good thing, strangely, if you read yesterday’s post!).

I enjoy the smell, but my  husband wouldn’t try it because he didn’t want to smell like mint! He might like the patchouli/frankincense “his pit” better. Winking smile

Want to Try Yourself?

Crunchy Mamas is giving away a $49 prize package to one lucky reader. It contains:

  • 2 oz bottle of Lavender-Lemon Hand Sanitizer
  • 1 oz bottle of Smelly Face – all natural facial moisturizer
  • 2 oz jar of Mint Pit
  • two 0.15 oz tubes of Lip Balms (flavors vary depending on what is in stock)
  • 0.5 oz tube of Scab Stick – organic neosporin alternative
  • 0.5 oz tube of Menth Head – organic Vicks vapor rub alternative

Be sure to check out Crunchy Mamas’ website for some of their other fun products, like Crusty Foot, Nipstick, Achy Breaky, and Witchy Woman. If something catches your eye, use the coupon code KIT for 15% off all orders through October 13th.

Some Other Winners

The winners of last week’s giveaway for Molly’s Suds are:

1st Prize :: Barabara Ann Goodman
2nd Prize :: Karen Williams

Congrats ladies! Please email katy at kitchenstewardship.com with your mailing address for your prize, and don’t forget the code “kitchen” for 15% anything but a starter pack at Molly’s Suds.

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Giveaway is open to U.S. mailing addresses only. I will use random.org’s integer generator to choose the winner, who will be announced on the blog and will receive an email. Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST on September 19th and I’ll post the winners the following week.

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8 Comments so far ↓

  • Heather :) :) :)

    I entered the giveaway :) :) These products look really interesting and while I’d prefer to make my own at home, I just don’t always have the time…but I would love to support other ladies who are working to support their families by starting small businesses etc with awesome products :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather ;)

    Kira Reply:

    I’m with Heather! I finally started making a few of my own products this year, but still like to buy others instead of having to make that upfront investment in ingredients and time. And I love that you work with these small companies to introduce us to them!

    Now to place my order for Menth Head since our house has officially entered allergy season…

  • luisa

    The meth head sounds amazing! I especially want natural products if it is going on my sick little baby…

    Stacey Reply:

    Meth head? LOL Sorry, this made me laugh. I’m pretty sure is menth head. ;)

  • Lindsey

    I just read your post “Is the war on infections… or antibiotics” and really appreciated it. I had strep B and had antibiotics in labor with all three of my kids and really had a hard time emotionally with it. I felt guilty that I couldn’t give my kids a better start in life, even though my diet is really good. Luckily I took a lot of probiotics with the second two and that really seemed to help. I also ended up having to take antibiotics again a couple of months ago after a UTI that I tried to treat naturally turned into a kidney infection. This was especially frustrating because I’m nursing. The hard thing is that the mental anguish of taking the antibiotics is so hard, when a few years ago I just took them without thinking about it. Anyway, thank you for your post and your wise words, it was nice to read that we had similar experiences.

  • Angela

    Hi! I’m viewing this post in my browser but I don’t see where the survey form is to enter. This has happened to me before and I’m not sure what to do. I tried going to your facebook page to see if there was a link there but it just brought me back to this post. :-(

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Angie,
    I think the form has been a bit intermittent, so hopefully if you try back later tonight it will be back up – I’m so sorry about that!

  • Carrie W.

    I am really interested in trying the Mint Pit.

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I embrace butter. I make homemade yogurt. I eat traditional real food – plants and animals that God created, not products of plants where food scientists work. Here at Kitchen Stewardship, I share how I strive to be a good steward of my family's nutrition, the environment, and our budget, all without spending every second in the kitchen. Learn more about the mission of KS here.

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