Thankful Weekend Sale – Save 25% store wide!

The Thankful Weekend Sale is here! Woohoo!

Save 25% store wide through Monday 12.2.13! All products in the clearance section are 50% off! This is an automatic promotion, so there’s no need to type in a coupon code – just shop & save!

I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family & friends & that your weekend is restful. And I hope you know how much I appreciate your support of my little business. It means the world to me!

I’ll be home all weekend packing orders & putting up Christmas decorations, so if you have any questions just send me an email at andi@goodthingsgreenthings.com. Take care & I will talk to you soon!

Andi ūüôā
www.goodthingsgreenthings.com

The Thankful Weekend Sale starts Friday 11.29.13 & ends Monday 12.2.13. No coupon necessary & no other coupons apply. Does not apply to sale items or gift certificates. Sorry, no rainchecks.

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August Specials: Sunscreen sale!

Happy August!

I hope you’re having a great summer & have been able to stay cool. It has been incredibly hot here in Minnesota. I’m looking forward to Fall & hoping for cooler weather. Here are the specials for the month of August:

Sunscreen Sale – All of our sunscreens are 10% off through August 31st, 2012. Choose from Goddess Garden, Raw Elements, Purple Prairie Botanicals & the Hurraw! SPF 15 Lip Balm.

Lovely Lavender Sale – Lavender is a great healer & is helpful in treating burns & bites. Through August 31st, 2012 you can save 10% on the lavender products that are listed on our home page. The Nourish Organics Lavender Balm is a great all purpose balm for sun burn, bug bites, diaper rash, eczema & dry skin. It makes a great nighttime moisturizer for dry/aging skin. It’s one of my absolute favorite products!

Take care & have a wonderful month!

Andi ūüôā

www.goodthingsgreenthings.com

Sunscreens: What We Carry + Usage & Storage Tips

Summer is here & that means more fun in the sun for most of us! I get a lot of sunscreen questions this time of year, so I thought I would put together a post about our sunscreens, along with some helpful usage & storage tips.

First off, lets go over the three sunscreen brands at www.goodthingsgreenthings.com. We carry:

Purple Prairie Botanicals¬†– A great all around brand & the most budget friendly sunscreen that we carry. Purple Prairie offers their¬†Sun Stuff Mineral Sun Protection Lotion, that is¬†equivalent¬†to an SPF 30. This lotion does offer some water resistance & should be reapplied when water is no longer beading off the skin. A lot of people ask me why the Sun Stuff lotion bottle doesn’t carry the SPF 30 on the label. The reason for that is, that in order to claim an SPF value, the sunscreen must be made in an FDA approved facility. Purple Prairie is currently working to meet those standards.

Purple Prairie also makes the super easy to apply Sun Stick & their Sun Stuff Lip Balm. Both of these products are water resistant. The Sun Stick is a great choice for babies since it is so easy to apply & has has a very limited ingredient list of only 7 ingredients. The Sun Stuff lip balm is great for those who spend most of the day in the sun & those who are prone to cold sores brought on by excessive sun exposure.

Goddess Garden¬†– I love the lightweight, non-greasy texture of the Goddess Garden sunscreens. We carry the¬†8 oz SPF 30 Family Size Spray¬†– this is a pump spray, not one of the harmful aerosols that the Environmental Working Groups warns against. There are no inhalation concerns with this sunscreen, unless of course you’re shooting it straight up your nose. Please do not shoot this straight up your nose. ūüėČ Now that we’ve got that covered, I love how easy to use this sunscreen is. The sunscreen goes right where you want it to ¬†& rubs in easily. My kids think it’s pretty cool when I blast them with sunscreen. Another precaution: please do not spray your children or yourself in the face. It’s best to spray the sunscreen on your hands & apply it to the face.

Goddess Garden also makes an SPF 30 Baby Sunscreen with only 9 ingredients. Just like the spray, this is a lightweight sunscreen, rubs in well & is safe for babies of all ages. Goddess Garden sunscreens have some water resistance, but I would definitely reapply every 60 minutes, instead of every 90 minutes like the label suggests. For those of you that are looking for a lower SPF, you might like the SPF 15 Sun Body Lotion. It comes in three light aromas: Grapefruit Bergamot, Lavender Mint & Tangerine Lavender. This body lotion provides moderate sun protection & is very lightweight & non-greasy. It is great for your face & can even be worn under makeup. It would be perfect for every day face protection.

Raw Elements РAttention swimmers & athletes! This is the sunscreen for you! Raw Elements was created by an ocean lifeguard & is full of healthy, nourishing ingredients. Raw Elements makes an SPF 30 sunscreen lotion & an SPF 30 sunscreen stick. Both of them are seriously sweat proof & water resistant. The sunscreen stick can even be applies underwater! These are thicker sunscreens, but that is what gives them there extra stick. If I was going to be in the water all day, this is the sunscreen I would choose.

Hurraw! РI just have to mention this lovely little SPF 15 lip balm from Hurraw! Balms. It is so smooth, taste like a creamsicle & offers great daily protection from the sun.

All of these sunscreens are:

Usage Tips & Storage

I’m a firm believer that all sunscreens should be replaced every year. Products break down over time, especially in heat(more on that in a minute) & you don’t want to be using old sunscreen on you or your kids. You need to have something that is going to keep you protected. Purple Prairie Sunscreens expire 12 months after the open date. Goddess Garden & Raw Elements Sunscreen have an expiration date on the bottle – typically 2 years after being made. If the sunscreen smells funny or the¬†consistency¬†is off, throw it out & get yourself a new bottle. The best way to store sunscreen is in a cool, dry location. At home on the shelf or in a drawer is fine. When you’re at the beach or out on the water, keep you sunscreen cool & shaded. A great place to tuck it away is in your cooler or a beach bag. Don’t forget to bring it in the house when you get home. The heat will break down all those wonderful protecting ingredients & you’ll have to replace your bottle. I left my sunscreen in the hot car for a week & it was completely ruined.

I hope I’ve answered some of your questions, if you have any others, you can always email me at andi@goodthingsgreenthings.com or you can check out our¬†Sunscreen FAQ page.

Enjoy the sunshine & be safe out there!

Andi ūüôā

www.goodthingsgreenthings.com