The winner for this giveaway HAS BEEN CHOSEN! But…I’ve decided that January will be an ENTIRE MONTH of GIVEAWAYS! Keep stopping by for MORE freebies all month!
Before I started eating more naturally, I basically relied on Kashi, SoyNut Butter, Turkey Bacon (which is not bacon), and anything low-fat, low-sodium, or low-taste for my fuel.
When I realized that this was neither the way to stay healthy nor happy, I got a little pissed. I wondered how the heck I just accepted, as a matter of course, that something out of a box, bag or a capsule – something with an ingredient list longer than my list of favorite Wallace Shawn quotes – was good for me.
My disdain for much of Big
Profits Business now invades my life. I can barely stand to watch television because every commercial is a reminder that 99% of companies think we’re stupid. OH. Mah. Gahd. Does this tick me off. Disposable everything (god forbid we use the same dust cloth twice). McDonalds’ ridiculous “small farmer” ad campaign. Ads for Statins (see this article). Commercials that demonize stomach acid. (News Flash: You want more stomach acid, not less!)
So in the interest of pulling my hard-earned money from the coffers of large corporations who sell us (whether intentionally or ignorantly) chemical-laden, preservatice-laced, health-degrading junk, I – like many others in this community – have started seeking not only different foods, but a different way to care for my body and home. (I write a column for Paleo Magazine about this very topic!)
There are so many simple substitutions when it comes to cleaning, soaping and scrubbing – you don’t need chemicals, SLS, “fragrance” or any other manmade, cheap, potentially toxic chemical to get your home, body hands and clothes clean! What you can’t do with vinegar, you can do with coconut oil, lye soap, castille soap, soap nuts, or baking soda.
So, yeah. My basic philosophy is “Damn the Man.” (Save the Empire).
But if your aversion to
wearing Birkenstocks being Crunchy overwhelms your desire to mix your own kitchen cleaner, you’ve got another option.
Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions sent me a few products to review recently. They sent me hair oil and hand soap, at my request. I’m not going to talk much about the hair oil, because I didn’t like the smell (although it did make my hair very soft). But I am going to talk about the hand soap in this post, as well as three other products that I bought for myself and loved so much that I’m going to GIVE SOME AWAY!
First, the hand soap. Because the EWG would have you don a hazmat suit before you use a hand soap with Triclosan (check yours), I’m really loving the foaming hand soap. While I have a bar of lye soap at each sink, let’s face it – houseguests probably prefer an alternative. So I’m keeping Tropical Traditions’ unscented hand soap in the kitchen and lavender in the bathroom. It’s simply saponified coconut oil and essential oil.
Next, the dish detergent. While I’ve got laundry detergent covered (I LOVE soap nuts!) I had trouble finding a good, pre-made substitute for traditional dish detergents (my homemade stuff just didn’t do the job). Tropical Traditions’ powdered detergent doesn’t contain phosphates or chlorine, and I’ve been really happy with it.
Last, the all-purpose cleaner. Originally I bought this cleaner because I needed to clean my car, and I couldn’t stand the smell of my homemade vinegar-based cleaner in that small space. This works for laundry soil, car, and household surfaces. Not too shabby.
So I’m giving away the lot! One all-purpose cleaner, one 5-lb powdered dish detergent, and one unscented liquid soap (foam pump)! It’s a $40+ value (when you include shipping)!
All you have to do is:
FIRST, follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter OR sign up for their sales newsletter
(I highly recommend this – you’ll get early notification of sales and free shipping!)
Remember – you’re on your honor! I’m trusting you to do this!
(If you already subscribe, just say so in your comment!)
THEN, let me know you did it by commenting below OR
on this post on the Cave Girl Eats Facebook page!
(Also feel free to share your own crap-free home & body care tips!)
Contest ends TOMORROW, Friday the Thirteenth, at noon ET (when the NEXT giveaway begins!)
Want EXTRA-extra help with body & skin care? I wrote an all-digital, comprehensive guide from my years of research into healing my own skin through nutrition, digestive healing and the right body care routine. My other (always FREE) body care posts are here!