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Ecocentric Mom – October 2017 Pregnancy Box

Ecocentric Mom is a monthly subscription box for moms who want to discover the best non-toxic, organic, natural and unique products for themselves, their babies and their homes. Boxes ship around the 25th of each month and make the PERFECT gift for a mom-to-be or new mom! At $27.99 for one month, the box is suitable for almost any budget.

I couldn’t wait to receive my Ecocentric Mom Pregnancy box and as soon as it arrived, I tore into it. October’s theme featured products geared towards a Healthy Home.

My box included:

  • “Simon” Hedgehog/Owl Toy by Lilliputiens – This fun, reversible toy is machine washable and is perfect for attaching to strollers and play gyms. I can’t wait for Lil Bean to be able to one day get his hands on it! Retail value: $24.99
  • Natural Hydrating Lip Gloss in Raspberry Rose by Pure Lano – I love the color of this lip gloss and the way it felt on my lips (it’s non-sticky). It’s the perfect shade for fall and the case includes a light and a mirror for easy application. Retail value: $24
  • Organic Coconut Oil by Coconut Karma – This coconut oil comes in a portable package (with a re-sealable cap) to help you continue your habits like daily oil pulling, coconut oil coffee drinking, and hair and skin moisturizing, even when you’re away from home. Retail Value: $5.33
  • Wool Dryer Balls by Ecocentric Mom – Even though I already have a set of wool dryer balls, I don’t mind having another stash. I love using wool dryer balls – they reduce wrinkles, soften fabrics, shorten drying time, and can be mixed with essential oils to make your laundry smell great. They are a great all-natural and chemical-free addition to your laundry routine. Retail Value: $16.95
  • Botanical Luxe Bath: Freshwoods + Spearmint by True FormulationTrue Formulation handmakes all of their products with absolutely zero chemicals, preservatives, and fillers  to provide a luxurious bath experience with a blend of oils and an accompanying botanical mix to help relieve stress, soothe aching joints, and stimulate circulation. Retail Value: $18
  • Laundry Suds: Citrus by Lilac Moon Company – Lilac Moon Company is a mom owned business, which I love! They create everything in small batches, including this liquid laundry detergent. I made my own laundry detergent, but I couldn’t help but to use this right away. The citrus scent provides the perfect perk to your clothing!

I actually loved everything that I received in my box even though I don’t have plans to use some of it right now. I love the care that Ecocentric Mom takes when they are choosing items for their box. I’ve tried a couple of other subscription boxes during my pregnancy but prefer this one because their ideology aligns with my own. Plus, I feel like I certainly received products with a value higher than the cost of the box.

That being said, I’m really trying to save every penny that I can for when I am on maternity leave, so I decided to take a month or two off until I see what my budget will look like post-baby.

 Ecocentric Mom box

DIY Lavender Linen Spray

I’ve mentioned in a few of my recent pregnancy updates that I’ve been having trouble sleeping. While I have been sleeping better lately, I still haven’t been sleeping like I’m used to. Some nights I just can’t get to sleep (either sleep has escaped me or I start thinking about all the baby-related things I need to accomplish), other nights I wake up sweating or I’ll wake up and have to pee and simply can’t get back to sleep.

I need my sleep. When I don’t get enough sleep, the next day drags by and I find it tough to focus or get anything completed. It feels as if I’m having to mentally, and psychically, trudge through quicksand.

So I ended up throwing together a quick spray with lavender essential oil to use on my bed linens. I sprayed it on my mattress/mattress pad, sheets, and comforter but avoided spraying it on my pillows just because I didn’t want to overwhelm my sensitive pregnancy nose.

Lavender is a great essential oil to use to help you sleep and its calming scent also helps to relieve stress and reduce anxious feelings. It’s one of the oils that I keep on hand almost all of the time, not only for personal use, but for use in the products that I create for The Southern Belle’s Garden.

– For example, my Lavender and Calendula Hand Salve –

It’s commonly believed that some essential oils are safe to use (in moderation) during the second and third trimester but make sure to ask your doctor before using. Lavender is considered to be one of the more acceptable essential oils because of its gentle nature, but many avoid it during the first trimester. Also, avoid using essential oils in areas where pets are – cats especially can have adverse effects to some oils. Do your research!

Ready to give it a shot?

DIY Lavender Linen Spray

makes about 4 ounces

  • 1 ounce witch hazel
  • 10-15 drops lavender essential oil (I tend to lean a little more to the 15 drops but for a lighter scent, use closer to 10 drops.)
  • 3 ounces distilled water

Combine all of the ingredients into a small spray bottle and shake well before using.

Spray on your pillows, sheets, towels – I’ve even sprayed this on our couch cushions when I thought that they needed a pick me up. This spray will keep indefinitely and I store mine in a small glass spray bottle either in the medicine cabinet or on my headboard for quick access.

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