This is the lowdown on my trial of EvaOlivia Organics. Opinions are sola mia.
I got to go to the Michigan Lavender Festival this month with my sister-in-law. It has been on my bucket list for some time. How do you feel about me now? Do you like me more? You should.
Anyway, in honor of the fact that I fulfilled one of my life goals (and that Mike and I are trying to go preservative free), I thought I would talk a little lavender and other fine ingredients today. Keepin’ it calm with EvaOlivia.
I created products that I was completely comfortable using on my precious children, so they had to meet the highest standards– and they do.
What is Eva Olivia?
EvaOlivia was created by Lisa who wanted natural and safe products for her daughters to use as babies. She wanted something clean yet effective for her family. Something better. So, Eva Olivia was born. Check out more about her products and ingredients. We are talking natural, organic, raw, plant-based products that are hand-made.
In her email to me, she says,
I handcraft organic and all-natural skincare products. This business was inspired by my daughters, who were both born prematurely, with allergies and very sensitive skin. I searched the market and spent a fortune on skincare products in a vain search for soaps and moisturizers that would soothe, gently cleanse, moisturize and comfort their skin without depositing unnecessary and harmful chemicals into their delicate systems.
After finding NOTHING (seriously, nothing!) suitable on the market, I took some classes, spent countless hours learning from my grandmothers and great grandmother, and I started making skincare products for my children. That way, I could control the raw ingredients, and ensure that they were only being exposed to only the best of what nature had created. Only by making it myself, could I be absolutely certain that “organic” truly meant organic, without any of the legalistic FDA-loophole definitions. I knew that when I said “all-natural” I could be sure that meant pure, unprocessed, un-messed-around-with raw ingredients. I created products that I was completely comfortable using on my precious children, so they had to meet the highest standards– and they do.
Products I Tried:
Bar Soap: The bar soap I used had a lavender scent from plants and essential oils. It seemed to hold its scent for a bit after my shower, and I was left feeling clean. I didn’t notice any residue. I would suggest draining your soap dish well otherwise the soap might get a little slimy.
Shower Gel: This gel had a bit of a musky scent to it. I wouldn’t say it was perfume-y at all though. It lathered and foamed a bit less than something you would buy in the store (I used a loofa for what it’s worth). It rinsed well, and my skin didn’t feel tight afterward.
Polishing Stones: This was my favorite product to try. These little nuggets are to be rubbed on your body where you need a little extra moisture, exfoliation or massage. They smelled like peppermint and really felt nice on my skin. After using a stone, my skin was very slick and there was a definite lotion-like residue left over. They were super relaxing and felt nice on my sore neck and hips – don’t ask. I’m old. Anyway, a word of caution: since they are so full of moisture, they will make your tub slick! I didn’t have to warn you; I could have sat back and laughed. But I did. You’re welcome.
So, why exactly should you being steering clear of commercially produced soaps? Lisa says,
Most commercial soap producers chose their materials based on cost rather than their ability to cleanse, moisturize or protect skin. Those detergent soaps are made from food industry waste such as lard or tallow. Lard and tallow renderings are obtained after cattle are butchered and the fat waste is removed. Sodium Tallowate is usually the number one ingredient in commercial soaps, which is the processed tallow or fat from a meat packing plant.
Not a pleasant thought when taking a shower or washing hands. And this doesn’t even begin to address the chemicals and other artificial ingredients that are a part of their production process.
Check out EvaOlivia’s post on the matter. Just a little soap for thought.