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Growing up in the Philippines, I was surrounded by bamboo and we used many things made out of bamboo, from furniture, to coin banks, to cooking implements.
So it was a pleasant surprise when I began seeing fabric products made out of bamboo.
And the benefits of fabric made from bamboo are numerous: they’re incredibly soft, breathable, hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial, and provide UV protection.
And bamboo is probably the most ecologically sustainable source of fiber. You see, bamboo grows without the need for pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. And, because they mature fast, they’re very easy to replenish.
I had the opportunity to try bamboo fabric products from Cariloha, a US-based company specializing in leisure wear and other products made of a proprietary blend of bamboo.
If you want to give Cariloha bamboo products a try, remember that they offer two guarantees:
There’s a 90-Day Satisfaction Guarantee, which says if you don’t love the product, you can return it within 90 days for a full refund (less shipping charges).
And then there’s the Lifetime Quality Guarantee. You read that right, a lifetime guarantee. At any time after purchase, if you’re not completely satisfied with the quality of the product, you can return it and exchange the item(s).
I think it’s great that companies like Cariloha are providing various products made out of bamboo and other natural fibers. Now those with sensitive skin, those who value natural fibers, and those who want to use ecologically sustainable products have more choices. Cariloha proves that eco-friendly products can be good for you, good for the environment, and look good all at the same time.
Have you tried bamboo-based fabric products before? What do you think of them? And what are your favorite bamboo-based fabric products?
PS: I received these products for free to review on my blog. Nevertheless, I’ve provided my honest opinions about the products. :
How do you keep your oven door clean and clear?
This problem has plagued me since I made oven baked fried chicken in a cast-iron skillet. And because I don’t use chemical-laden products, my options have been limited. Vinegar and baking soda are great for cleaning almost anything. But greasy oven doors with baked-in gunk? Not so good.
So for the longest time, I put up with an oven door so dirty, I couldn’t clearly see what I was baking.
That is, until I discovered Universal Stone Cleaner.
I’m going to pause from typing now, because, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words:Continue reading
In my ongoing search for good-tasting baked goods for my son, I ordered The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook by Cybele Pascal from Book Depository (it was also a good way to test this online bookstore, which offers free shipping to several countries in the world. Check it out.)
Anyways, The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook promises recipes without “gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, and sesame.” Just perfect for my son!
But as always, the proof is in the pudding, I mean, baking. And here’s what I’ve made so far:
It’s annoying and embarrassing, and it’s been giving me a lot of grief.
I’m talking about adult acne.
I hardly had any breakouts when I was a teenager, but sometime in my 20s, I my skin started breaking out.
I thought – everyone said – I’d have clear skin by the time I hit my 30s, but here I am, in my early 40s and still breaking out!
I’ve tried many things. The best thing, really, is to visit my dermatologist about every two months and use a bunch of chemicals on my skin.
But since moving to Canada, I haven’t been to a dermatologist in years. Plus, I’d really like a gentler way to care for my skin.
Enter: The LaVigne Daily Essentials Clear Skin Solution.
We’ve been happily using LaVigne’s Mayan Magic Balm for my son’s eczema, so when I discovered LaVigne has many other products, including a package for acne skin, I was excited to try it out.
Linda Zaumini, founder of LaVigne Organic Skincare, graciously gave me a complimentary set of their Clear Skin Solution, which is made up of:
I used these products for several months, to get a clear picture of how they were affecting my skin. I tend to break out when I use something new, so I had to give my skin a few weeks to adjust.
In this post, I’ll tell you what I liked and didn’t like about these products, including why I’m now back to my chemical-laden acne-fighting products.
It’s really frustrating to buy eco-friendly supplies for the kids and my home office. Everything from backpacks to lunch boxes are made of plastic! So I was pleasantly surprised when Naked Binder approached me to review their binders.
Naked Binder’s 3-ring binders are made of 100% recycled board and metal. They don’t have any vinyls, plastics or toxins. Here’s one of the binders I received:
I gave the other binder to my 10-year-old DD as I wanted to get her thoughts on the binder as well.