June 2019 Buying Club Extras

Here are some extras I have left from the most recent buying club order. You can start submitting your emails to claim your desired items to me at 9am central on Wednesday, 7/17. I’ll be in my office to pull & pack orders in the order received via email. I will pull your items, pack them up & charge you exact shipping via regional or flat rate USPS pricing. EMAIL: ecofriendlyusabuyingclub@gmail.com

**I have flat rate shipping of $6.95 via Pure Play Kids. There are numerous products available via former and current buying club vendors, that are listed there, and a whole lot more. IF you purchase $25+ via Pure Play Kids, complete that order, and email me your list of what you’d like from the extras list below. I’ll lock you in at that $6.95 flat rate shipping (the cost of a flat rate envelope). IF you order less than $25 via Pure Play kids, say a couple toothbruses & pack of gum are all you need, enter the code: buyingclub which will remove the $6.95 shipping, you’ll just pay for the products when you check out, no shipping. I’ll then charge you actual shipping for whatever you order via the extras list. Completing your order via Pure Play Kids, whether free shipping or not, helps me keep track of inventory there which is very important to me!!

 

Here’s what I have as extras from the most recent buying club. The next order is in October, at that time you can shop from 25+ vendors & get exactly what you want!

 

Poofy Organics:

2x orange lavender shampoo @ $16ea

2x dish liquid @$14 ea

1x wood/citrus max deo @$11

1x cherry toothpaste @$8.50

1x plumeria bar soap @$6

1x Summer Rain perfume roll-on @$15

1x Holiday Cheer dryer ball oil @$11

1x empty foamer (very vanilla label) @$2.75

 

COLD BEE GONE x2 @$9.95 ($13.95 on Amazon)

 

MAMA SUDS:

2x toilet bombs @$11 ea (reduced from $12.50 on her site)

 

JOSIAH’S OILS:

Shampoo bars @$ :1x relaxing lavender, 1x rejuvenating mint @$7.50ea, reduced from $8.50

 

ONYX:

2x condiment containers @$4.95ea

3x small divided tray @$3

3x medium divided tray @$4

 

REDMOND:

Earthpaste tubes @$ $6.50 ($7.79 on their site) 1ea: Peppermint, peppermint w/ charcoal, wintergreen, lemon, cinnamon, spearmint (xylitol-free)

1x sample pack (1ea: Real Salt shaker, Bath Salt Plus, Bentonite Clay,  travel size packets of Earthpaste) @$4.99 https://shop.redmond.life/products/redmond-sample-pack?_pos=1&_sid=fc2e4dc82&_ss=r

 

MARI’S BLISS:

Lotion stick (regular, no CBD or Mag) @$12

 

LIFE & BALANCE

Magnesium roll-on deodorant @$7 ea: 2x lemon, 1x lav

 

MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS:

½ oz geranium EO (pelargonium graveoleus) @$20.25

3x 8oz dried elderberries @$ 13.25ea

4x 1# dried elderberries@ $23ea    **(reminder, there has been a shortage of these in the fall months, not sure if that will be an issue this year, but that’s why I grabbed mine & extra with this order)

 

3x Bee Free Book Sets @$20: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157241556434297&set=g.944480978913682&type=1&theater&ifg=1

 

LUFFA GARDENS (new vendor): https://luffagardens.com/

4x dish scrubbies (2 luffas/order) @$7.95

1x 5 pack small pieces @$8.95

4x 5” (1 luffa/order) @$7.45

4x 7” (1/order) @$10.45

 

GLASS DHARMA:

1 set of 4 Decorative dots w/ cleaning brush, 9.5mmx 9” @ $43.95

2x Beautiful Bends smoothie size (12mmx 9”) @$8.99ea

1x 8mm x7” lid straw @$7.49

 

SALONSOLIDS:

2 x tubes citrus shampoo @$15 ea (reduced from $18 on her site)

1x travel pack conditioner @$3 (reduced from $5)

2x glass mixing bottles @$5 ea

1x dry shampoo shaker @$7

 

BETTER LIFE SAMPLES @$2ea: hand & auto dish liquids

 

MOLLY’S SUDS:

2x 60 loads super powder in Beach @$18.99 (on sale from $20.99)

4x 60 loads super powder unscented @$18.99 (on sale from $20.99)

**note on the new super powder: it does contain sodium lauroyl sarcosinate. I don’t consider it a terrible ingredient, but not the best of the best either. It *does* make it more of a *super* powder. I’m still perfectly happy with Molly’s suds original formula, but for those looking for something a little stronger, I would be okay with this compared to something like Tide, All, etc.

4x 70 loads unscented @$13.50

1x 120 loads unscented@$20.99

(oxygen whitener, regular formula peppermint in 70 & 120 loads, dryer balls, and sink scrub listed on Pure Play Kids)

 

Via Pure Play, vendors previously offered via the buying club that I purchased extras from:

Vejibags

Meliwraps

Island Picnic organic cotton sandwich and snack bags

Washcloth shop:  7 & 8” wipes, bamboo tissues

Mollys: sink powder, oxygen powder, 70 & 120 peppermint

Preserve: 3 & 5 blade razors, tongue cleaners, toothbrushes

Simply Gum & Mints

And a whole lot more!!! Please check my site out: https://pureplaykids.com/

 

Misc items I have for sale, comment ‘sold’ to claim on the pics: https://www.facebook.com/397517646930548/photos/rpp.397517646930548/3101272116555074/?type=3&theater

 

Be the change you wish to see….

It makes me so happy to know that the next generation(s) are being raised to refuse single use plastic. For my kids, bringing our own straw and refusing a lid is the norm. A month or so ago, I had taken our straws in to wash them and forgotten to put them back in the vehicle. We went out to eat and I accepted a straw, as I tend to dump ice water all over myself when the ice shifts if I try to drink out of a cup. My Son: MOM, you taught us to say no to straws, what the heck are you doing?! Total straw shaming, and it made me SO proud!

While shopping, my Son helps find the option with the least amount of plastic. We needed bunny food today. I grabbed a medium sized bag, but it was plastic. He says: Mom, the larger bag is paper, and then we won’t need food for a very long time too. Yes, yes Son, you are absolutely right! So, SO proud.Oh, and he’s 8!

 

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Here’s our set-up. Not cheap for the 4 Decorative Dots straws + the hemp carrier (from GlassDharma), but as a family of 4, this is perfect for us! I’m a firm believer in making quality investments that will last many, many years. 100% made in USA, reusable, eco-friendly materials, win-win-win! And seriously, while I feel like my kiddos don’t listen at times, when I really want them to, they show me they are paying attention… Be the change you wish to see in the world!

 

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It’s Buying Club Time!

I only offer this opportunity 3x/year, the next order after this is in October!

There are NUMEROUS vendors offering savings of 10% or more if you get your order in before 11:59pm Central on 6/5. The FINAL deadline is 6/9 at 11:59pm Central. All details here.

I wanted to point out a few things:
–Mountain Rose DOES have dried elderberries in stock currently, this is absolutely the time to order them. I can all but guarantee they will be out of stock during our next order in Oct.
–My homemade toothpaste and deodorant is now $9, but I’m offering it at $7.50/jar for the buying club only, that’s a huge savings!
–Sun stuff: this order will ship to you end of June, early July, so stock up on your Summer Sun protection and relief. Numerous vendors offer sunscreens, Poofy has a fabulous After Sun Spray that I’m never without. Urban Baby Bonnets are only offered once/year, and they also offer winter bonnets.
–School stuff: while school is just getting out for many kiddos, the next order after this is Oct so if possible, get your stainless steel lunch items, organic cotton sandwich/snack bags, Meli Wraps, immune boosting products now!
–luffas: Brand new vendor, and just about every order that has come in thus far is grabbing a couple of them, I’m super excited about these!
–Pure Play Kids (my baby) is a vendor, and has many of items in stock from vendors not being offered this round, as well as a whole bunch more fun stuff. Any income I make on Pure Play sales goes back into stocking more fun stuff, I have a huge wish list of things I’d love to add to the variety there!

Welcome to the NEW Pure Play Kids!

Thank you for your patience! After purchasing the site in October (read about my journey here), I made it through my 1st Holiday season. Then I shut the site down in January while I traveled, and worked on switching website hosts to make my site more mobile-friendly & user-friendly from my end. This took much longer than I had hoped, but finally, here we are mid-March & it is fully back online, better than ever!

With Easter ~1 month away, I hope you’ll make me one of your 1st stops for shopping. I have all-natural egg dye kits, and many other fun items for your Easter baskets. I also have unique items for your kitchen, home, and self-care. Without your support, little shops like mine aren’t able to survive in this world of Amazon convenience. I promise to do my best to keep my prices as low as possible, and most orders ship same day, or next, after I receive your order!

https://pureplaykids.com/

Working from home while supporting your organic product values!!

I don’t share this often, but I also don’t want to withhold this opportunity from anyone! Did you know that you can earn some income from home, while supporting your made in USA, organic, safe product values? With an improved website, improved compensation program, and NEW CBD LINE, Poofy Organics has never looked better in terms of an opportunity for YOU!!! Whether you’d like to earn some extra grocery money each month, or become the “bread winner” for your family, the opportunity is there. And I’d feel bad if I didn’t let you know….  There are several links wrapped up within this one, ANY questions, let me know! https://ecofriendlymamausa.com/buying-clubdeomy-poofy-organics/ready-to-work-from-home-join-team-eco-poofy-usa/

Sodium borate in personal care?! My thoughts…

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Poofy Organics is releasing a new CBD cream, and it’s oh so exciting!! One concern with this cream is that it contains sodium borate as an ingredient, yes, BORAX!! I’ve been very vocal in speaking out against this as an ingredient in homemade laundry soap, which it is often a main ingredient of, for many years now. Why have I taken this stance? Mainly because of EWG, the Environmental Working Group, and the bad score they give it & the concerns they raise. However, over the years I’ve learned to take their findings with “a grain of salt”. My mantra on EWG over the years has developed into: it’s a good starting point, it’s not the end all & be all on any given topic.  They do rate sodium borate a moderately high 5-6, but they also give a 5 to clove bud essential oil… Those of us who’ve done our due diligence on EO’s know it’s about proper dilution & usage, and my research on sodium borate has lead me to the same conclusion…. https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/705996/SODIUM_BORATE/#.W0_YTdVKjZ5

Ingredients in Poofy’s soon-to-be-released CBD cream: Organic Unrefined Shea Butter, Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, MSM, Terpenes (Eucalyptol, Humulene, Nerolidol, Terpineol), CBD Isolate, Sodium Borate, Vitamin E (non-gmo)

ALL the concerns I can find for sodium borate are in regards to its  powder form, inhaling it, like in powder laundry detergent. But I cannot find concerns when using it topically…. Stephanie from Chemical of the Day is a very trusted source of mine, I’ve never disagreed with anything she’s shared, and she says topical is okay… http://chemicaloftheday.squarespace.com/todays-chemical/2010/9/13/borax-sodium-borate.html

 

Here’s a post by a skin care company using it in their cream as well, I feel they have good points: https://woodspriteorganicbody.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/the-great-borax-sodium-borate-debate-and-a-few-words-on-the-ewg-skin-deep-database/

 

I’ve searched & searched for legitimate concerns when it comes to using it topically via a cream, and cannot find anything other than a few bloggers referencing EWG & saying they don’t want to take a chance. I’ve searched PubMed & other sources as well & can’t find anything on the topic. After speaking with Kristina about this personally, I learned that she feels it’s absolutely necessary to making this the most effective product it can be. She can’t divulge proprietary info of course, but she shared with me that the amount used is teeny, tiny per jar, like teeny. And of course she researched the heck out of it too, she wouldn’t put anything in any of her products that she wasn’t 100% confident in. The CBD cream is not like a typical lotion where it’s just supposed to moisturize, it needs to deliver the beneficial ingredients where they need to go, and she’s spent months looking for the right ingredient to do that, the sodium borate is it… The typical emulsifying wax used in the other lotions isn’t effective enough. Wellness Mama has a decent read on the debate too. https://wellnessmama.com/26407/borax-safe/

Another good read: https://www.annmariegianni.com/ingredient-watch-list-sodium-borate-borax-is-it-safe/

We have a thread going in our Poofy Guides group on this topic currently, and there are a lot of good comments!

From Andrea: A lot of public concern comes from the chemical misunderstanding between boric acid and sodium borate. Sodium borate is a natural salt mineral, while boric acid is harmful and toxic.

From Anita: Sodium borate is in contact solution.

In conclusion: It’s essential to keep an open mind about all ingredients. Just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s perfect. Just because 1 source says it’s terrible doesn’t mean that’s the case in 100% of circumstances. With this new CBD line, you’re going to have to do some research. Is CBD right for you? I can’t tell you with 100% certainty. Is the Poofy Organics CBD cream among the absolute best possible choices for a topical cream should you decide it is a product you need? I can say with certainty YES.

The case FOR supporting the MLM business model

The title should continue with: when the products are great!

In my 6+ years of blogging, I’ve seen my fair share of disdain for MLM (Middle Level Marketing) companies. A quick Google search will lead you to plenty of articles against supporting a MLM company. This is not one of those articles. I wanted to share my thoughts as to why you should not lump all of them together nor turn your back on them entirely…. Believe me, I’ve also built up my share of disdain for certain companies myself!  From time-to-time I see posts: looking for non-MLM recommendations for baby shampoo (just a random example). Here’s why I think you’re missing out by lumping ALL MLM’s together.

My motto: ingredients speak for themselves, they just need a voice. I am that voice. I have spent years looking into every personal care company I see. And in my opinion, Poofy Organics is the best of the best. You can look at this list here to see my Best-of-the-Best, So-So, and Not Recommend Lists: https://ecofriendlymamausa.com/product-reviews/personal-carecleaning-master-list/. Of those on my Best-of-the-Best, Poofy is the only direct sales/MLM/network marketing option in that category.

I’ve been a “Guide”/affiliate/Rep with Poofy for 4 years now. The fact that Poofy has ~500 of us Guides sharing our love for these products & all they stand for, with our friends, family, co-workers, means Poofy continues to grow at a slow but steady pace. This means they are able to offer more USDA certified organic products than any other line on the market. This means that every time we vote with our $$ & make a purchase, they need to re-order supplies from their wholesaler. Our vote with our dollars means more organic ingredients in demand. That means an organic farmer continues his/her livelihood of growing  the organic crop they specialize in.

Every product you purchase has a wholesale & retail cost. When Kristina first launched Poofy Organics over a decade ago, she offered her products in a traditional brick & mortar way, to a bunch of Whole Foods on the East Coast (Poofy is located in NJ). So yes, it was convenient that you could swing by Whole Foods & pick up a select handful of  Poofy products. But only if you were on the E. Coast would you even see them. Or only if you found out about Poofy’s retail website somehow would you even have heard of them. Now, with ~600 products, there’s no way any brick & mortar could stock even a portion of their great offerings.

I know from my hours of volunteer staffing in my food co-op that we markup personal care products 70% there. Yes, 70%! Most retail mark-up is at LEAST 50%…. So while yes, I earn 25% of your purchase when you shop via my Poofy link, it’s nowhere near the 50-75%+ mark-up you are paying for items you’re buying off the shelves elsewhere.

Poofy is different in many ways. There is no push to get out there & recruit others. Many never recruit anyone. Poofy is not interested in exponential growth like many other MLM’s, they want to get as big as possible, as fast as possible. Poofy doesn’t. Kristina, the owner & product creator at Poofy, wants to continue making products by hand, and is very proud of the fact that all products are hand-poured and hand-labeled, in addition to being hand-made. Also, our 25% commission is far less than many companies. Earning 50%+ commission with other MLM companies is more of the norm than not. Kristina believes in keeping Poofy prices as low as possible so as many people as possible can afford them. I urge you to do some price comparisons with other companies, both MLM & non. You’ll find higher price tags for products with few or zero organic ingredients.

So yes, I am earning 25% of your Poofy purchase instead of Whole Foods earning 75%. Are you seriously going to hold that against me for telling you about this great line? Are you seriously not going to consider these products, which I consider the best of the best on the market, because it’s an “MLM”. I really hope you’ll reconsider… The ingredients speak for themselves, and Poofy uses the finest organic ingredients on the market. In addition, you can shop directly from Poofy is you choose, you don’t have to purchase through a Guide as many other companies force you to do, even if you don’t know one. So you can go straight to poofyorganics.com & make your purchase there, they don’t pay out commission to anyone for that purchase. But I hope you’ll consider using my link, so I can keep on doing what I’m doing: researching the safest, best, made in USA products on the market. Here’s my link 🙂 https://ecofriendlyusa.poofyorganics.com/

 

 

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