Ella and I have been battling some sinus stuff for the past 2-3 weeks. (Luckily we are better now!!) Ella had her first yucky, stuck all over her face and hair, endless runny nose. All I can say is EWW!! The child has an amazing immune system and the last time she was truly sick was when she was 9 months old- which was 2 years ago. Of course she's had a runny nose every once in a while, but it would only last 1 day and was nothing like this. So when she came down with a cough and couldn't breathe I was really glad I had Mermaid's Purse Natural Organic Vapor Cream Rub on hand! As soon as I opened the bottle I was able to breathe! It worked wonders for Ella at night time and allowed her to get a good nights rest instead of staying up wheezing. The Vapor Cream Rub is made with all natural herbs, organic extracts and organic oils. Though, I did put too much on Ella one night and she had a small break out. It was my fault for trying to put it on her in the middle of the night in the dark... so be careful how much you use if your child has sensitive skin. Even if it is pure, organic and natural oils, Ella will break out if too much is used. But I found that a small dab, about the size of a dime, is enough to be effective. I had been using it for 2 nights before the breakout occurred, so I'm positive it was from putting too much on.
I compared the Mermaid's Purse Vapor Rub to an old baby vapor rub I had gotten at my baby shower and I could really tell a difference! I like how the Vapor Cream Rub is a cream instead of balm. I don't like that balms are sticky, even after it's rubbed in. We have cats, dogs and lots of fuzzy blankets, so there's nothing like waking up feeling dirty from hair and fuzz stuck to you. I put on the old vapor rub and it barely opened up my sinuses. I then washed it off and put on the Vapor Cream Rub. Instantly my sinuses were opened and I felt a difference in my chest. You know when you're sick how your chest feels heavy... well it felt like a weight was lifted. Sorry I couldn't phrase that better- it's been a long weekend! Since it is the flu and cold season, I highly recommend you going over to Mermaid's Purse and buying a bottle. You can get .5 oz for only $4 or 2 oz for $11.
The other product I didn't talk about was their Herbal Soaps. I have to admit, I've never really been a soap person. I usually use scrubs once a week or a body wash. I refuse to spend extra $$ on shaving creams and body washes have always worked well. But since I loved every other product I got to review from Mermaid's Purse and this is the product that got her started, I gave it a try... and my view on soap has changed!
Measha, the owner of Mermaid's Purse, made soap with her grandmother, who made soap with her own grandmother. So it is a talent that has been passed down through many generations. And now I can totally see why. Most bar soaps I've used in the past have left my skin feeling dry and never could work for shaving. After I used the Tee Tree Herbal Soap a few times and realized how soft it left my skin, I decided to be brave and try shaving my legs with the soap. It was perfect! The blade cut smoothly and no cuts. The Tea Tree is made out of aponified Oils of Olive, Palm Kernel, Castor, Organic Shea Butter, White Kaolin Clay, and 100% pure Tea Tree Essential Oil. It has a very subtle scent, which I really like. Tea Tree is also known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. It's good for acne, athletes foot, and other skin irritations. After I read that, I used it on Ella and no break outs. Just squeaky clean smooth skin. :) Mermaid's Purse has over 20 Herbal Soaps to choose from for all skin types.
Measha, being the generous person that she is, wants to give 1 lucky reader 5 Herbal Soaps of their choice! She also wants to give all of my readers a 10% off for the next year!! Mermaid's Purse also has body butters, shampoos, massage oils, baby products, natural deodorants, salves, mineral soaks, and much more- all made with 100% organic and natural ingredients.
The Discount: You can make any purchase at Mermaid's Purse Natural Organics and get 10% off until December 2010! Just enter mermaids10 at the checkout.
The Giveaway: 1 winner will receive 5 Herbal Soaps of their choice from Mermaid's Purse!
Rules: You have until 11:59 p.m. EST October 18, 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 EVERYONE.
How to Enter: Visit Mermaid's Purse and tell me which 5 Herbal Soaps you would choose if you win. Click on "Comments" to leave your post. Make sure to leave your email address!! I cannot contact the winner without it!
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