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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Cindy's Suds!

I LOVE the products from Cindy's Suds!  I have tried almost all of them & could rave about each one.  I've been intending to write a blog about her stuff for a while, and she recently came out with a new item so I knew now was the time.   Like I said, I love all her products but there are two specific favorites that are essential for this dry weather:  Cindy's Suds Healing Salve & Germ Guard.

Before I go on, YES, this is kind-of a product review for some of my favorite Cindy's Suds products.  "But she is your sister- you must be biased"- you might be saying.  True, true-- she IS my sister and I love her dearly.  I suppose I am biased towards her products versus competitors, but then again I see how she hand-makes them in her house.  I also LOVE what Cindy makes, have personally used her products for years, and I have my own blog- so yep, I am doing an unsolicited plug.

And besides, if she made terrible stuff, I would not blog about it ;)

Healing Salve:
This Michigan winter weather is drrrry--- and thanks to the coldest Winter in years, two toddler girls going potty all the time & two more in diapers, I have been washing my hands a lot.
Like, at an OCD level.
That left me with red, chapped, dry dry dry hands.  A few months ago I was rubbing Tyler & Tanner's red, chapped cheeks with her Healing Salve and I decided to rub a gob onto my hands.  My hands were so dry & chapped that even when I put lotion on them they still had this weird skin-burr feel and when I touched things like cotton I got the heeby-jeebies.  I might have sensory issues, but still...

Oh Man, did the salve take that away & it makes my hands feel so very healthy and GLORIOUS!!!  
The Healing Salve looks greasy, but it's not:  the ingredients include (but are not limited to) almond oil, calendula flowers, lavender buds, chamomile, beeswax, Shea Butter, Vitamin E oil & Lavender Essential Oil.  When I first slather it on my hands, they are shiny & slick from all that rich oil- but literally 30 seconds later, my thirsty hands have absorbed it and softness remains.  Whether using Healing Salve on hands, arms, cheeks, cuts, scrapes, have young skin or old, Healing Salve is great for all kinds of skin.

I use it daily on the boys' faces, arms, legs, any rough patches of skin, the girls' hands, and certainly my hands.  This salve is very similar to her Diaper Balm, which I also use.  I have a tin of Salve upstairs and a tin downstairs so I always have some close by.   If you have any kind of skin irritation, I HIGHLY recommend this stuff!  It works for our family, and I have no more heeby-jeeby skin issues!

Germ Guard:
This next product is AWESOME!!!  Cindy just created a new product called Germ Guard.  I actually found out about it when she posted it on her Facebook Page.  I called her and asked what it was all about.  She said it was made with natural ingredients and Essential Oils that are known for their antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties.  Since my house is filled with ludicrous amounts of Hand Sanitizer and Disinfecting Wipes, a little bit of natural sounded excellent to me!
I love this picture because Cindy's Germ Guard stands tall in front of those products- they are still good products to use, but you can use the spray in lieu of them and use it in other applications, too.
OK, so here is why I am in LOVE with the Germ Guard.
First, it is versatile.  I spray it everywhere and all the time.  On the bottle, it says: "Spray throughout home and on commonly touched objects such as door handles, phones, faucets, etc., to guard against bacteria and viruses."

And the ingredients are: "witch hazel, essential oil blend of clove, cinnamon, rosemary, lemon, eucalyptus, & orange".   I asked Cindy if I could spray it on hands, and she said that would be fine.  So I do.  Often.

Which brings me to the second reason I love it: my kids do!  The kids wash their hands often, but sometimes they also use Hand Sanitizer (especially when we are out & about).  Sanitizer obviously works, but being made with alcohol it is harsh on the skin and strong.  I don't like them using it too much if I can help it.  Plus, if they have a cut it stings and when they are given a squirt before they eat, sometimes if they lick their fingers it tastes gross.

Cindy's Germ Guard has a pleasant, clean scent and can be sprayed on hands without it tasting gross.  I know, I tried.  It is also really easy to just quickly spray some eager hands rather than squirting 8 hands with sanitizer and making sure they rub it all in.  PLUS, I can spray handles, knobs, and toys with it and feel like I am helping make things a little less icky while using a natural product instead of chemicals.  I simply love, love, love it!

The third reason I love Germ Guard is because it's made with a healing blend of essential oils.  Skeptic or not, you probably know people who use essential oils and swear by them.  Cindy's Germ Guard spray is made with a blend of essential oils that are similar to "thieves oil"- the blend is known for its antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties.

A quick testimonial: last week my throat got scratchy.  And all 4 kids had runny noses and the boys were acting crazy, which usually means they might be getting sick.  I not only used the Germ Guard in the above-stated ways, but I also started spraying it in the air and breathing it in and misting it in the bedrooms & even spraying myself and the kids with it liberally.
We never got sick.
Moreover, my throat got better the next day.
Coincidence?  Maybe.  But I also think using Germ Guard helps!!!

Like I said, I could rave about all of Cindy's products.  My house is filled with her soaps, soaks, balms, salves, lotions, and sprays.  Before you ask, YES I buy her products.  Being her sister, she does gives me free samples to test and she also feels it her duty as Aunt Cindy to provide my baby's bums with plenty o' balm.  I am not a salesperson, I won't get any commission from this blog, but I DO believe in her products and love this awesome stuff that Cindy creates.

Check out the Cindy's Suds website to see what other fine products she makes!  If you live in the Grand Rapids area, you will find her products at Harvest Health and Hop Scotch.  You can also click on these links & go to her website or her Etsy shop.
Right now, Cindy is actually offering a promotion on Etsy for reaching 1,000 Likes on Facebook.  She is giving 25% off the total purchase price this weekend, through March 15, 2015, by entering the Coupon Code 1000LIKES.  The funniest thing is, you would think we planned this collaboration of my blog with her offer, but we totally didn't!!!  We just must have some psychic sister thinking going on :).  Thanks for stopping by to listen to my plug and thanks for considering Cindy's Suds.

Stay healthy, Friends!



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