I've always been kind of nutty about not having harmful chemicals anywhere in my house. I'm one of those people who would rather steam than scrub with bleach and who uses cleaners I find at the health food store with main ingredients fit for human consumption. Once I found out that I was pregnant, I became even more neurotic with my quest to use only the most natural items. It's always great to find companies who offer such all-natural products free from parabens and other yucky things. When I discovered EOS Smooth Sphere lip balms, they became the answer to all of my prayers for a few reasons. For starters, their lip balm is 100% natural and 95% organic. It is free from parabens and petrolatum. (Also a plus is that it's gluten free! These are things I like to notice because my husband has Celiac and it's so nice when companies pay attention to things like that.)
In addition to drying out my skin completely, pregnancy has affected my sinuses like you wouldn't believe. (Or if you're unlucky enough to have a deviated septum and all sorts of allergies like I am, maybe you would believe it.) I find myself sleeping and breathing through my mouth, thus waking up with terribly dry lips that are just another added discomfort. The EOS Smooth Sphere lip balm totally saved my lips. They're packed with jojoba oil, shea butter and vitamin E and they keep my lips feeling super moisturized. I already tossed in one of mine into my hospital bag to keep my lips moist after I give birth.
On a totally superficial note, the EOS Smooth Sphere lip balms are totally cute and fun! They come in bright colors and are in a sphere shape (if you haven't figured that one out yet) with a twist-off cap.
They apply directly to your lips so you don't have to dip your fingers into a pot of messy lip balm and their great shape means they won't get lost along the rubble of your purse like traditional tubed lip balms. They're always easy to grab when you need them!
The great folks at EOS also sent me some of their awesome hand lotion to try. I was in love with the fun shape from the moment I pulled it from the package! The modern, sleek shape is perfect for keeping in your pocket if your hands are as miserably dried out as mine are and it's so compact that it can fit perfectly in any handbag.
I'm not usually a fan of any types of creams or lotions. I hate that slimy, oily feeling that comes with them so much that I find it impossible to even apply oils or lotions to my stretch marks (and, trust me, there are a lot...I resemble a zebra these days) without writhing around in discomfort. With my aforementioned allergies, I'm not a big fan of over-perfumed scents, either. I was so pleased to discover that the EOS hand lotion wasn't even slimy in the least bit. Once I applied the lotion to my hands, they simply felt soft without a single trace of oil or residue left behind! You know those wax treatments they do when you get a manicure that make your hands turn silky soft instantly? It was kind of like that. No sliminess, no oil, no grease left behind.
I was also so pleased that there wasn't a ton of heavy perfume. Instead, the very subtle cucumber scent was slight and refreshing. The hand lotion is 97% natural and contains aloe, shea butter, vitamins E and C as well as oat extract. While this one isn't gluten free due to the addition of oat extracts, it's still paraben free and hypoallergenic. I am honestly amazed at how soft my hands feel without that left-behind residue that many hand lotions contain.
The great folks at EOS don't stop there! They have a slew of lotions, shaving creams, lip balms and other products. To learn more about EOS Products and to purchase some of your own (which I can't recommend enough), visit their online store or website!
Oh, but they don't stop there either! EOS has offered one of my readers a chance to win your own Smooth Sphere Lip Balm! (US entries only, please.) Here's how!
Win an EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Honeysuckle Honeydew!
1. Add EOS Products on Facebook. Leave me a comment with your Facebook URL so that I can verify this step has been completed!
Bonus Entries: (Leave an additional comment for each extra entry!)
1. Add You Are The Roots on Facebook and leave me a comment with your Facebook URL so that I can verify this step has been completed!
2. Follow EOS Products on Twitter and tweet the following (can be done once a day; please comment with direct link to tweet): #WIN a Smooth Sphere Lip Balm from @eosproducts at http://tinyurl.com/3elmbrc! Ends 6/14; US Only
3. Vote for You Are The Roots on Top Mommy Blogs & Picket Fence Blogs by clicking the buttons on my left sidebar (can be one once daily and counts as one entry; please comment to let me know this has been completed!).
Please make sure your e-mail address is accessible/public or leave it with your comments! Good luck!
Giveaway closes on Tuesday 6/14 at 10:00 AM EST.