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Monday, December 28, 2009

The Green Beaver Company Review and Giveaway - Ends Feb 1, 2010

Cold Canadians Winters can have a profound effect on the condition of our skin and can aggravate pre-existing skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis. Sub-zero temperatures, wind, dry air and indoor heating can lead to what is know as the winter itch. The "winter itch" is very dry skin occurring most commonly on the legs, arms, hands and torso. The skin looks and feels tight, rough, dull, flaky and can accentuate the finest lines. In some cases, the skin may chap and even crack especially in over-exposed areas such as the hands and lips. As the term eludes, the winter itch causes the skin to feel itchy leaving us desperately scratching for relief. Did you know that under normal conditions, the surface of the skin has a water content between 10% and 30%. Sebum, our skins natural oil , helps to minimize water loss and acts as a natural protective barrier against harsh environmental  conditions. When the humidity dips below 60%, which is often the case in heated indoor atmosphere, our skin loses more moisture than what it can replace. Signs of dry skin appear when the water contest of our outer surface of the skin falls below 10%. The wind and outside cold dry air further dries out our skin. Long hot showers and detergents can also exuberate our dry skin by stripping our protective natural skin oil causing our skin to be able to retain less moisture. What can we do?? There are two strategies to maintain healthy skin during the winter. First we can help our skin to minimize moisture loss, and secondly we can help keep it moist.
The Green Beaver Company, located in Hawkesbury, Ontario on the Ottawa River, was founded in 2002 and offers a wide selection of natural and eco-friendly personal care products. The majority (>95%) of the ingredients used for their  products
are organically grown or ecologically wild crafted here in Canada. For those who suffer from dry skin, especially during the winter months, The Green Beaver
 Company has formulated the Apres-Ski  Line.

The Apre-Ski products were formulated to protect and relieve the driest, roughest and itchiest skin. They are naturally rich with shea and cocoa butter for maximum hydration. Green Beaver Apres-Ski products are enriched with skin soothing colloidal oatmeal and other nourishing plant extracts such as Aloe Vera. All Apres-Ski products are 100% natural without petroleum derived ingredientss, silicone, artificial fragrances, dyes, methylparaben or other unwanted chemicals preservatives.

I get dry skin just like most do at this time of year, so with the weather changing I like to try and use skin lotions.  My boys love to play outside a lot and with walking to and from School, I knew that the Green Beaver Cheek Balm was going to be a handy balm to use on all those rosey red cheeks.  I was also sent the Apres-Ski Body Lotion, Apre-Ski Winter Face cream, and Apres-ski soothing lip balm

The Green Beaver Company knows skin care and this was a great start for my families skin care for the winter months. I also like that the Green Beaver Website has the complete list of ingredients for everything Green Beaver makes. 100% Natural is something a lot of us look for in our labels. Especially if we are going to be using it on our bodies and our children. This was a wonderful review opportunity and I have to thank Green Beaver for this opportunity to promote yet another wonderful Canadian Company. 
Green Beaver Winter Body Lotion is a highly moisturizing botanical emollients that sink deep into the skin leaving it silky soft and comfortable. Soothing colloidal oatmeal instantly relieves itchy feeling skin. Which makes it suitable for eczema and psoriasis proned skin. I love using this after a shower or bath , it goes on very well and very dry, leaving your skin feeling great and not oily.  This is wonderful for the whole body!!! I also admire the light fragrance of the lotion, its very subtle and not over bearing on your nose.

Green Beaver Apres-Ski Face Cream is wonderful product to use.  Its light and creamy, and the extra rich shea and cocoa butter make this so good for your face. Non- greasy and quick absorbing I really like this as it is very light to use and doesn't leave any heavy feeling. It is also naturally suitable for sensitive skin. This is a wonderful face cream to use, and a little goes a long way and it smells good to.
Green Beaver Apres-Ski Lip Balm is a wonderful balm to have in your purse or van console as mine sits, it is soft and long lasting. It is enriched with skin-healing aloe and vitamin E. It is a balm that when your out and your lips are dry as the Sahara desert from grocery shopping your lips will thank you for it.  Unflavored you wont want to lick your dry lips again!{lol}

The New!! Green Beaver Apres-Ski Cheek Balm is probably my favorite for the kids for sure. It comes in a handy carry able container that you can loop a string through if your taking it out and about. It is quick soothing for those cheeks in the winter time that seem to take the brunt of the cold winter. I know I see also of red cheeks but I have been using the cheek balm on my guys and its non greasy and quick to use they barely notice you making them stop and apply it as they head out the door. I remember as a kid my cheeks getting sore from the cold winds so to have a cheek balm available now is brilliant and a great idea as three of my children walk to school and winter has only just begun.
Green Beaver also has a NEW Lip Shimmer!!! 
Lip Shimmer is a wonderful product not even on the site yet and Green Beaver is generously giving One Lucky Organic Girl a Lip Shimmer.The Green Beaver Company is always expanding their formulas and have amazing products on the site for the whole family. From natural toothpastes made with plants and minerals to wonderful new Shampoos Green Beaver is a great Canadian company offering 100% natural products for the whole family.

The Green Beaver Company was founded by Karen Clark; a biochemist and Alain Menard;
 a microbiologist, both whom worked for in the pharmaceutical industry for over 10
yrs before starting The Green Beaver Company. Together with their infant son as
inspiration, they formulated Green Beavers all natural personal care products.
At The Green Beaver Company they rely solely on pure natural ingredients when formulating their products. The Green Beavers newest Apre-Ski Line is a must have for anyone living through the tough elements of winter.  The Cheek balm is a great accessory to keep under your coat from the ice rink to ski hill.  All of these Canadian made
products made by Green Beaver are available in natural health stores across Canada.
You can also purchase any of the above mentioned products at http://www.greenbeaver.com/
This Giveaway is ONLY open to Canadians {sorry US residents}
~The Giveaway~
The Green Beaver Company is generously giving one Organic Girl Entrant 1 Apres-Ski Winter Body Lotion, 1 Cheek Balm, and 1 Lip Shimmer!!
~To Enter~
Visit The Green Beaver Company and choose another favorite product {1 entry} and for another entry tell me something you learned about Green Beaver {1 entry}, come back here and leave your comment at the link below
~Extra Entries~
Subscribe to Green Beaver Newsletter{1 entry}
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This Giveaway is open to Canadians
Ends Feb 1, 2010
(Winners will have 48 hrs to respond to my email or new winner will be chosen)

Thank you Green Beaver Company for this wonderful Review opportunity and for sponsoring this giveaway at Organic Girl.

Skin and Pollution:
The skin, an organ of contact and protection, is also the organ that is most directly subjected to environmental pollution. Nowadays wherever you live, you cannot escape the harmful effects of atmospheric pollutants. Different Types of Pollutants: Carbon monoxide: this pollutant is a gas that comes from automotive exhaust fumes, industrial emissions, the elimination of household waste and cigarette smoke.Lead: this pollutant which is an airborne particle which comes from automotive exhaust  fumes, cigarette smoke and the burning of home heating fuel. Other pollutants: iron, chlorine, nicotine, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone, which plays a beneficial role at high elevations by absorbing the UV rays that are the most hazardous for the skin, but turns into an atmospheric pollutant at low altitudes, causing oxidizing reactions and serious respiratory problems.The Effects of Atmospheric Pollutants on the Skin:These atmospheric pollutants have a toxic effect on the skin. They penetrate the natural cutaneous environment (sebum, make-up and waste) and create an opening where toxins and free radicals can enter and block all the skin's  natural defense and detoxification mechanisms (cellular respiration), resulting in
what could only be called asphyxiation.
The Immediate Consequences are:

·         Accelerated aging
·         Dehydrated skin
·         Dry, dull skin
·         Irritated and itchy skin
·         Dilated pores
·         Acne
·         Allergies

More Winter skin care tips:

  • Use Green Beaver Winter Skin Care products
  • Wash with warm water (not hot) and use mild soaps. Hot water and harsh soaps can remove natural oils from the skin.
  • Sprinkle colloidal oatmeal in your bath water. Oatmeal soothes dry skin and helps retain moisture on the skin.
  • After washing, gently pat skin (don’t rub dry). Moisturize while skin is still slightly damp to trap moisture in.
  • Use moisturizers high in natural emollients specifically formulated for dry skin.
  • After washing hands, apply a deep penetrating balm to help prevent dry, cracked skin.
  • Protect your skin from cold windy conditions. Apply a rich face cream and a long-lasting natural lip balm before going outside. Don’t forget your hat, scarf and gloves!
  • Exfoliating the dead skin layer of dry skin will allow a moisturizer to sink in deeper
  • Maintain a comfortable level of humidity in your home. Indoor heating dries out the air.
  • Drink plenty of water. The body needs water to keep going and if it doesn’t have enough it will draw from your skin’s water reservoir.


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