I can't believe Halloween is a month away! Where does the time go? I have to say this year is the first year I haven't really been excited about Halloween. I'm not looking forward to having to tell Ella no when she begs for the candy she just scored. I'm not looking forward to looking for or creating a costume. I am ready to have a pumpkin and I love my Fall decor... but something is just missing this year. Maybe it's the new-found knowledge about all of the toxic junk in costumes that has me down.
I've learned that majority of the cheap costumes sold are made with toxic conventional dyes, which can cause skin irritations and also pollute waterways. Some costumes are also made with petroleum based products which require oil drilling. Both are bad for the environment, not to mention your child's precious skin. On top of that, most costumes are also made out of nylon or polyester which are both non-biodegradable. They all are treated with flame retardants- which is good and bad. Good- it's saving your child's life in case they come across a open flame. Bad- there is a lot of negative attention towards certain flame retardants and you don't know which kind is in your costume.
As I was researching "safe" costumes, I was thrown back after reading to avoid cotton since it is highly flammable! Cotton, rayon, acetates or blends are all highly flammable. Also you should avoid cardboard boxes, paper, tissue, long costumes, flowing costumes, fake fur, stringy strands, lace trim, tight costumes, loose costumes, masks and hard props. Wow... that's a lot to avoid. See why I'm getting down?
The good news is that there are Eco-friendly options available, like at Oeuf. Oeuf, pronounced UH-F, is a Eco-friendly company dedicated to create practical, stylish, high quality safe products for our children. They have adorable Alpaca fabric Halloween costumes that quickly caught my attention. Alpaca wool contains fibers with microscopic air pockets. This gives the fiber tremendous thermal capacity that allows a breathable fiber with an insulating nature.
Oeuf has a Mask and Tail set made from 100% Alpaca wool that is really cute. The mask will only cover your child's nose, so you don't have any safety worries! The set is made in Bolivia and is sure to stand out. You can choose from a tiger, raccoon, dog, fox, cheetah, zebra, giraffe or crocodile.
Oeuf also has Halloween Bat Boy & Bat Girl hats, an Animal Hat & Booties, Angel Sweater and Angel Booties that are all adorable. You can also find Alpaca jewelry, which is a great alternative to the cheap plastic stuff. While you are looking around, be sure to check out their amazing new items!
The Giveaway: Oeuf would like to give 1 lucky reader a Mask and Tail set!! A $48 value!
Rules: You have until 11:59 p.m. EST October 12, 2009 to enter. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced after they respond to the winning email. The winner has 48 hours to respond to the winning email, or a new winner will be chosen. You must leave your email address! This contest is open to the US.
How to Enter: Go to Oeuf and tell me something that you love and tell me which animal you would pick if you won. Click on "Comments" to leave your post. Make sure to leave your email address!! I cannot contact the winner without it!
EXTRA entries: You must complete the "How To Enter" before making any extra entries. Make sure you leave a comment for each extra entry and tell me which one.
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3. Subscribe to my blog by email (on the right sidebar) You must verify and be active at the time of the giveaway- those who are unverified will become disqualified
4. Blog, Tweet or send a message on FB and leave a link here (3 extra entries)5. Enter another giveaway I have going on and tell me which one or leave a comment on a non-giveaway post (1 extra entry total)
6. Go to Oeuf and join their mailing list
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