Be Clean Naturally Review

How to naturally clean is with Be Clean Naturally, of course!

A few weeks back, I was thrilled to receive a large assortment of little goodies from this company, based in Squamish B.C. (for those who have no idea what the heck I’m talking about and figure I’m speaking of a vegetable or a Bigfoot, it’s a place on the Western side of Canada) and have spent the past little while trying out their products. Of all of the soap reviews that I have done in past sudsy posts, I have to say that the scent coming from the Be Clean Naturally packages was most definitely the strongest in a very pleasant way. It smelled similar to laundry and lavender as soon as I opened the parcel, which was fantastic for me because it provided a scent that I have been missing after switching to natural products but it was still accomplished without synthetics. I was immediately impressed.

Upon first impression, their site BeCleanNaturally.ca is very easy to navigate, beautifully designed and includes cute, little family touches on the pages with brief introductions from Kirstin, her husband and their children. It’s on the About Us page that we find out how the company began and I thought this quote from the founder was endearing;
I’m Kirstin, the founder of Be Clean Naturally Soap Products. I started making soap because my beloved Shone is allergic to EVERYTHING! I thought that a way to a man’s heart was through his stomach, but it turns out in this case that it’s through his skin, with a little jasmine.”
Be Clean Naturally began as a labour of love and it shows within their products which, speaking of, check this one out;

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I think they’re quite pretty and this is, as the stamp would suggest, called “Love” which has added lavender oils, Himalayan crystal salt and flowers to the base- that’s what you see embedded in the top of the bar. This bar was my favourite of the lot, looks-wise, as I enjoyed the addition of colour and the stamp made for a lovely decoration. As far as the scent goes, it’s exceptionally subtle and dies down in the bar as time passes. I found that it seemed to have no discernible scent whatsoever after a few days, which worked well for me because I could get my husband to use it without claiming that I was trying to hand him “girl soap”.

After he grew to love a previous hand soap that I reviewed, he was quick to pounce on this bitty bottle;

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I have to admit, I didn’t fall for this one as a hand soap. I think it may be the olive oil blend for the base because I prefer that for body use, which you may love just fine. It was a similar consistency to a dish soap, in my opinion, and a bit more runny than what would normally be found in the bathroom. It was not at all unpleasant to use but a pump is most definitely a more desirable vessel, which they carry if you go with a larger size, as then I wouldn’t have to worry about using too much at once.
My hubby enjoyed it, saying that “It smells like I just ate a candycane!” and following that by looking as if he wanted to eat one. Anything that reminds that man of food is great in his books because, unlike Kirstin’s hubby, the way to Bear’s heart is definitely via his stomach. I also detected an herbaceous note to it, which ups the peppermint to another level and it makes for a mouth-watering experience, so I was not at all surprised by his commentary.
I think that I would love this one as a shampoo, more than for hand use.
Speaking of shampoo, this bar below can double as that as well as a regular body soap;
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What a segue, eh?! It actually can though- be used on hair, as well as hands, face and body. When I first received the soaps, I was not as fond of the scent of this one simply because it was so subtle while dry but it definitely comes alive when used. I had such a pleasurable experience with the menthol and eucalyptus, without feeling as if I was inhaling a vaporub, and breathing in the aroma of the lather left me feeling like I was showering outdoors in dewy freshness- without the criminal charges for exposure, that is. This bar is rejuvenating and refreshing in a way that standard soaps can not compare to and I had the most pleasant experience with this one where body lather was concerned. My skin felt awakened by the menthol, as well as smooth and nourished due to the saponified oils.

On the topic of menthol, or minty, additions to the household, this is the Be Clean Naturally Tranquil Room & Linen Spray and it smells a lot like peppermint;

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I had been trying to find an organic, or natural, air freshener for ages and this one’s quite fresh. The soothing smell does dissipate fairly quickly and that is to be expected because the fragrance is natural. Things like Scentsy, or Glade, are filled with chemicals and they smell fantastic but will probably kill us at some point. It sucks, as the trade off is one that can cause some contemplation for myself (ah, hell, who cares if I die early if I can have it smell like Cinnabon in here?!) until I look at the babies and would prefer to refrain from using synthetics in the household. This provides the same type of pleasant, perfumed pick-me-up and allows me to run around in the same harried manner, spraying each room of the house for added freshness,  prior to company arriving. You do it too, I know it.
With this natural room spray, I would recommend using it when the little ones aren’t in the immediate area, as it could probably cause some eye irritation if little faces are looking up into the falling mist. The other spray options that Be Clean Naturally offers probably wouldn’t but I would suggest a better-safe-than-sorry approach to anything with peppermint, as it’s a very strong essential oil.
This blend of lavender, rosemary and peppermint is great for things like improving an agitated mood, or helping with insomnia. I went through nearly the entire bottle before I thought, “Duh, pain relief!”, as all of those ingredients provide relief for headaches, inflammation or pain, and I started using it as an absolutely fantastic muscle spray. It works just as well as A5-35 and I know what’s in it!

If you have other injuries and ailments to soothe, this is the wound balm;

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Now, I have had no real reason to use this as part of first aid care since receiving it (knock on wood that I don’t, as my home is full of accident prone klutzes) so I can only speculate about the healing properties based upon the ingredients. You can do that kind of research just as well as I can and check out the page about this stuff here. I use some on the ingredients list for almost everything imaginable and firmly believe in the healing properties of essential oils; As such, I do think that a balm comprised of the best of the best of them would work well. It smells, to me, like beeswax and calendula, which is fantastic for rashes and other skin irritations. Texturally, it is a lot like beeswax but then goes on with a buttery-smooth layer that makes for an excellent barrier cream. I would go so far as to use this on baby bums, although diaper rash has not been a problem with our youngest two and I thank cloth for that!
Moving from soothing baby bums to washing bitty booties and bodies, this is the Baby Bar;
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Would you like to know the ingredients? Of course you would, as a responsible parent! Olive oil. That’s it, that’s all. No dyes, scents, chemicals, parabens, sulfates and so on- just pure, natural, olive oil. It leaves skin soft (as if it wasn’t already), clean and moisturized with a rich and pleasing lather. Due to the composition of the soap, you really have to avoid leaving it in the water for too long and be sure to store it properly in between washes or it will become slightly more gooey and soft than other bars might. It is about half the size of the other soaps and not much cheaper, which does not make the most sense for our household budget. In all honesty, the rest of the bars do not contain anything that is not “baby safe” (although I would avoid mint for children and do not use tea tree oil on babies under 6 months) and I used the Love and Tea Tree bar on the girls too.
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This was my favourite of all of ones that I tried due to the fragrance and the fantastic array of uses. Be Clean Naturally makes soap bars that can be used on the hair as well the body so this is GREAT for school-aged children as shampoo. Tea tree oil helps deter lice naturally, which has been pretty much my worst fear since my oldest started school, and has been added to our daily regiment. This tea tree oil soap makes for a quick, easy way to add the oil odour to my little ones’ hair without it being overpowering and it’s also an excellent solution for skin blemishes or acne. If you don’t have children to worry about, you could use it on the poochy to prevent fleas.

This, all around, is an excellent soap for value, skin, scent and suds. I most definitely recommend it.

Last but not least is the laundry soap;
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Mhmm, lemony.
It smells a lot like lemons and a bit like tea tree oil so, of course, I had to quote and then impersonate Homer upon opening the bottle. I did not find that it was sudsy, which most natural laundry soaps are not, and was unsure about how clean our clothes would be until I opened the washing machine and could smell a lingering freshness. That set the soap apart from any natural product I have used to date, as there is typically no fragrance after a wash but this was noticeable, although light. Admittedly, the bottle was so little that I could only do one large load and do not have much experience with this but, at $2 for the small bottle, it’s worth trying on your own if it is something that you think you may like. I can not speak for stain fighting power, terrible grime or anything like that but it smells pretty decent and appears to do the job.
All in all, I had an excellent experience with Be Clean Naturally and enjoy the idea of supporting this family and their labour of love. I would have to pick the Tea Tree bar as my preferred of the lot, although so many on the webpage are incredibly intriguing for me and I would have a hard time choosing only a couple that I would love to bring home. The diverse line of products that Be Clean Naturally carries offers something for everyone and, if you’re wanting to do a bit of shopping but have a hubby who monitors the budget, bribe him with some Chubby Rubby if he keeps quiet about your purchasing decision. If he’s not confused enough by the offer to open up the webpage then I would be shocked. If he’s anything like mine, he would be immediately on board at the mention of the product name alone- aaand grinning like an idiot every time you looked at him for the rest of the evening.
Now you’ll have to head over to the site to read up on Chubby Rubby and see what the heck I mean by that. While you’re at it, be sure to stop by their Facebook page too.

Thieves Oil And It’s Many Uses

Hi, my name is Alysia and I am an addict.I have only just recently come to the conclusion that I am hopelessly, utterly addicted to thieves oil.
I discovered Marseille’s Remedy Traditional Thieves Oil via the Still Eagle shop because it appears that Deb, from the store, has a knack for sending me things to review that I end up loving. I had heard of it before, I’ve used components of it previously, and I was most definitely open to trying thieves once I smelled it as a complete formula. The scent is quite powerful, although not at all unpleasant, and the notes that come through the best for me are those of rosemary, clove and lemon as the finishing fragrance. There is also cinnamon and eucalyptus within the mix, adding to the powerful pungency but it makes for a lovely aroma overall and it is one that you will keep going back for, once you have used it the first time.

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The picture and date of 1413 on the bottle was intriguing for me, which made me do a bit of research into the origin and I found out that thieves oil was originally used by grave robbers in France, who were stealing from the bodies of those who died of the plague. They had mixed a blend of spices in a recipe that allowed them to be among plague victims without contracting the disease, which they eventually traded for a lesser sentence from the judge when they were caught and tried for their crimes (they were hanged, instead of burned alive). It is said that their blend of spices and perfume mix is the reason why plague doctors would wear beak-like masks filled with the concoction, although one can only speculate based upon old tales. What I know for certain is that thieves oil is an excellent antibacterial solution and, with a simple Google search, you can find over 100 uses for the stuff. I particularly enjoy diffusing it to kill bacteria within the air, which I have read that it can eliminate over 99% of it within 12 minutes.

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I think so!

I have also started applying it to the soles of my oldest son’s feet before he leaves for school, which is supposed to help prevent him from contracting any of the other germy children’s viruses. Here’s hoping, as I have two toddlers at home with me and sniffly, sickly toddlers are not fun housemates. Come to think of it, a whiny and sick husband isn’t either and he is not at all partial to oil of oregano. Luckily, thieves oil tastes much better to ingest (I would recommend a drop in some tea).

I have also used it on acne spots since I got the bottle a few weeks back. My oldest daughter is potty trained but she had an accident in bed a while ago so we put her in Pull Ups for a couple of days, just in case, and they caused her to break out in some spots on her bum. The thieves oil lessened the redness and actually completely healed the pimple within a couple of days. Admittedly, I can’t wait to experiment with that aspect more but it will be a while yet before my children require remedies of that nature on a regular basis. When the time comes, however, I will update again.

My usage of choice is the headache remedy; I have suffered from something called “cluster headaches”, aka “suicide headaches” (as people who deal with these will kill themselves), since I was 19 years old. They come on out of nowhere, last for days on end and are like nothing that I can possibly describe but they are similar to a long-lasting migraine that has been sent straight from Satan. When they come on, I will be sick as a result of the kind of pain they cause and used to take pills that would cost upwards of $100 for 6 of the silly, little things. Now, I have not had a full-blown episode since I received the thieves oil but I have had a normal headache, or a preceding type of migraine, and the thieves oil took care of it quickly. I was absolutely shocked over how fast the remedy lessened the pain and had better luck with this than any over the counter medication; I put a drop onto my thumb, then rub it into the roof of my mouth. When I dealt with more severe pain, I also put some oil onto my temples and the pressure points in my neck. I actually found that to instantaneously relieve my headache, although it did also cause my eyes to water for about five minutes until the scent died down a bit. Worth it? I think so.

I have also used it to combat mildew in the bathroom, scrubbing my tub surround with it, and adding it to the Zero Xeno descaler. I also use it in my laundry and am going to try the stuff as a stain remover, as I have read great reviews for it online, tonight on my son’s grass stained pants.

My husband’s preferred method of application and use would be via massage, when blended with coconut oil, lavender and peppermint. It smells absolutely divine, helps to relieve muscle tension and pain, and is so relaxing to inhale that I end up falling asleep before he attempts to seduce me- or at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

I am a firm believer in the benefits of thieves oil and love the organic blend offered by Still Eagle, due to the size of the bottle and how long it lasts. I suggest it for a multitude of remedies in the advice section of the Frugal Mommy Facebook group all the time and needed to write this post so that people finally know what the heck I’m talking about, as I genuinely do love the stuff and use it for everything. In the interest of an honest review, I must say that shipping costs are quite high if you are not placing a large order so be sure to stock up and make it worth the postage. Talks are presently in the works for a possible discount for readers so stay tuned for the next Still Eagle review.
If you want to check this awesome, germ fighting oil out for yourself, click here. If you want to connect with the store via Facebook, you can find their page here.

 

Earthing; An Update

I recently wrote about my experience with “earthing“, or grounding, and just wanted to quickly post regarding what happened last night. My husband and I switched sides of the bed due to the positioning of our infant. As a result, he spent the night on my earthing sheet and I woke up in severe pain. My feet were sore once more, my shoulder ached and I did not sleep nearly as well as I have since the sheet had been put on our bed. I truly did believe that the sheet was effective prior to this. Now, however, I am resolute in that fact.

Saje Natural Wellness; Pain Relief

The nice people from Saje opted to send me a couple of their products to try, which had originally started with them choosing to have me review some children’s items to see if they may help my little guy at all (autism). Sadly, those items were not in stock when they went to ship them my way but I was not exceptionally disappointed to find that out; This meant that they sent out enough samples to really test those remedies and adequately study their effects, preferring to know what theirs does and does not do. I can’t wait to find out the results and I am sure many other mothers in the same situation will want to check out their blog here for them as well.

In any case, I was pleasantly surprised by a package at my door that contained some of the pain relief options I had discussed previously, even though I was not able to test out the product that they had requested. I did not expect to receive an item at all, let alone two that were so perfect for my situation and incredibly thoughtful to boot! I was excited to try these out, as I know many other women who deal with pain on a daily basis and it’s an unpleasant issue for me in my daily life.
Myself, I deal with chronic pain due to being hit by a negligent driver in a one ton 4×4, who was more preoccupied with the blonde at the side of the road than where he was going. I was a pedestrian and, clearly, no match for the Ford. I was hit, thrown into an intersection and skidded about five feet after landing. It was quite an experience but I thank God on a regular basis that it had not been a minute earlier, as my son would have been crossing that way with me and on the side where I was hit. He would have surely been killed. Two years of physio later, I can walk without looking like a peg-legged pirate (most days) but have soft tissue damage, joint pain, ligament pain, a leg that decides when it will work or not- and one heck of a grudge! These are things that, regardless of my workout routine or how much effort I put into my recovery, I will always deal with. I refused to take the medically prescribed pain relief options and have been on the hunt for useful alternative ones since.
I had been sent the Pain Release Anagelsic Bath Salt Soak, as well as the Pain Release Analgesic Massage Oil, both being found on their site; www.saje.ca.

Firstly, I took a bath with this in the water;

You’re supposed to add two capfuls to a bath in order to have muscular aches and tension removed with pain-relieving essential oils. I found that this smells very pleasing, with eucalyptus coming through nicely as the prominent scent. I added an additional capful to my bath, as I draw a very deep tub and I’m just that kind of overindulging lady! I am a big fan of bath salts for detoxing as is and my tension really did melt completely away while using this. The fragrant steam calmed me and the chamomile came through for an even more relaxing effect. I have found this to be one of the most effective water remedies I have come across, as I have experimented with my own essential oils to try to find the best mix and nothing has been this pleasing. Top this soak with a glass of wine you’ve got heaven in a tub!

As for the massage oil;

I was not as impressed at first. I found the aroma incredibly pleasant, as with the bath salt soak, but this one smells a little more herbaceous, with rosemary being the prominent component for me. I am a big fan of all things that smell as though they came from the earth and this fits the bill. The salts and the rub are made of similar ingredients and I have to admit that I was surprised to see that wintergreen (or at least peppermint) was not one of the additions. Wintergreen is a known, and studied, pain relief option and it’s great for joint issues. It would be an awesome addition to this and, if I had any on hand, I think that would have made for a perfect remedy concoction. Like I said, I wasn’t horribly taken by it when my husband rubbed this on my shoulders, traps and neck. The aroma creates a lovely cloud of intoxication, it really does. I kept saying that I didn’t notice it’s effects as much and then, all of sudden, I felt nothing. It was not a numbing sensation, or a tingling one, it was just a lack of pain all at once. Either he gave me an excellent massage, which has never been his strong-suit, or this did help to dull pain. Within an hour or so, I was back to having a bit of muscle tenderness but it truly does work for short-term relief. I would say it takes a bit to kick in and a little bit longer to lose effectiveness. On the plus side, you can get a half hour massage out of just the tiniest bit of oil and a small amount goes a long way!
It does give some relief and makes for an aromatic, calming, sensual and lovely massage oil overall.

If you are going to decide between the two, I would most definitely choose the bath salts. Absolutely fantastic, in my opinion, and it was such a pleasant experience that I looked forward to my next bath like a child waiting for Christmas!