Don’t forget the babes!

As you know by now, we are big advocates of the organic and eco-friendly lifestyle – natural skincare products, natural and organic linens, clothing, and most importantly, our own organic bedding and mattresses. It’s our goal to fit the needs of you and your loved ones – we try to have a little something for everyone. If you’ve been in our beautiful Berkeley location on Fourth street, you may have also seen that we host a large amount of products specifically for the babies! Our baby section has become quite expansive over the years, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Beyond carrying our own Earthsake bedding products for the little ones (cribs, pillows, wool pads, crib bumpers, mattress protectors, etc.), we carefully select children’s products that are natural and organic, or local to the Bay Area.

We have organic and eco-friendly blankets, swaddles, organic clothing, teethers and greenware (no more worrying about what your child is putting in its’ mouth!), and greentoys, that the kids love playing while they’re in the shop. If you’re needing a little something for your own child, a niece or nephew, grandchild, our baby products make wonderful and thoughtful gifts!

 

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Organic cotton baby clothing made my Origany.

 

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View of our baby section – stop by and let the little ones play!

Staff pick: Legna luxury towels <3

As we all know from out spotlight in April, the Legna Italian linens from SDH are heavenly (and in case you missed it, there is a link at the bottom for more info). Did you know that other than bedding, SDH also makes towels and other bath accessories as apart of their Legna collection? Amazing, we know! We had a chance to chat with our buyer Wendi, who has a set of the Legna towels and is absolutely bananas for them.

Why do you love the Legna bath towels?

Wendi Goad: They are so silky, smooth, and super absorbent. The Legna towels very lightly exfoliate as well, so I feel fresh and clean after using them.

Do you have a full set?

Wendi: Yes! I started with just a bath towel and some wash cloths in the shark (a rich gray), and just recently bought more wash cloths and hand towels.

What do you like best about them?

Wendi: I like using the wash cloths on my face because they’re so soft and you can’t see the make-up I’m taking off on them!

That’s great! Do they wash well, compared to other towels?

Wendi: Very. I’ve had many of the towels that we carry, and none of them compare quite like the Legna towel. They get super soft with every wash, they hold up really well, and the colors are fantastic. 

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The Legna towels come in several different color ways, making it easy to match any bathroom space! We have a few in stock at our Berkeley location so you can experience the color, shine, and texture for yourself.  We also have a few washed samples of the towels, so you can see what it will feel and look like once the material has gone through proper washing. More info on Legna and SDH linens here: https://earthsakeblog.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/sdh-spring-linens-available-on-our-website/

Staff pick: Our 1.5″ Wool Topper!

Time for our staff picks! We had the pleasure of asking our co-owner Heather a few questions about her favorite Earthsake product, the 1.5″ wool pad!

What is your favorite Earthsake product?

Heather G: The 1.5″ topper, definitely!

So comfy! Why is the 1.5″ topper your favorite?

HG: It’s the one piece that transforms your mattress. Whether you have an old or a new mattress, it’s the one item that can change your bed. 

Are you currently sleeping on it now?

HG: Yes! Funny story. My husband and I (Co-owner Eric) have the (Earthsake) Rhapsody mattress. We moved the mattress onto a specific set of wooden slats that firmed up the mattress quite a bit for us – we put the 1.5″ wool pad on the Rhapsody and it has been HEAVENLY. It was just the right amount of plushness that we needed!

That’s great! Would you recommend the 1.5″ wool pad? Why?

HG: Of course! I would recommend the wool pad for your overall health, healthy sleeping, for alignment, and most of all, for comfort! 

 

As some of you already know, our wool is organically and locally grown in Sonoma County. It’s naturally resistant to mold, mildew, and dust mites, making it perfect for any climate! Wool will also regulate your body temperature, lowering your blood pressure and keeping you from sweating at night. The 1.5″ wool pad in particular is awesome because it lays directly on top of the mattress, so it fits snuggly underneath your fitted sheet! 

 

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It’s Spring!

It’s spring time, and we’re so ready for the sunshine here at Earthsake! Need to put together some Easter baskets? We’ve stocked up on stuffed bunnies, duckies, bath toys, and puzzles; perfect gifts for your little ones! We also have stocked up on some big kid treasures, too. Our spring collection of linens has started to trickle in, and beds are dressed to the nines! Organic cottons, brightly colored bamboo sheets, and gorgeous throw pillows for that perfect color pop. 

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Be kind to your body: Paraben and Phthalate-free care products

Today, there is a positive movement in the food industry to make and keep healthier eating habits. Companies are sourcing fresh produce and veggies locally, and finding healthier alternatives to refined sugars and processed foods. Since we are making a conscious effort to make healthier choices to what goes in our bodies, we should be doing the same for our outer shell as well, as those two are connected. Many of us think being healthy on the outside means making healthy choices that only effect your outward physique. The truth: skin is our bodies’ biggest organ, and absorbs anything it comes in contact with.

We are creatures of ritual – we don’t often think of our daily habits, like how harmful the products might be that we’re using directly on our bodies everyday. What’s in the shampoo are you using, or the lotion you use after the shower? What about deodorant?  Or the perfume? Have you thought about what’s in the hand creme that stays tucked away in your bag, next to the chapstick? Let’s investigate!

Reading the information on personal products will give you some insight on the contents, but not enough. More often than not its a slew of words that are unpronounceable (not a good sign in the first place). One common chemical in the cosmetic and home-good industry is a compound called “parabens”. Parabens are essentially a special chemical made up of various acids, and are used as a preservative to increase the shelf-life of products.  They are used in shampoos, make-up, lotions, cremes, moisturizers, and detergents.

Another harsh chemical to watch out for are phthalates. Phthalates are a bonding of various chemicals (acids and alcohols) that are used to essentially soften plastic material, making them more flexible, durable, and increase their longevity. Ever sprayed a perfume and encountered a strong, lingering rubbing alcohol smell? No more wondering! Phthalates are used in perfumes, lotions, cremes, moisturizers, shower curtains, nail polish and removers, house cleaning agents, and cosmetics. In these particular products, phthalates are used to make colors more vibrant and create longer-lasting scents in perfumes and cremes [1].

Both phthalates and parabens are extremely cheap, a big reason a lot of companies use them in their products. Your skin takes everything in and absorbs it into the blood stream, its time to be careful! Phthalates and parabens are both known to cause endocrine disruption, especially in breast-feeding moms and pregnant women [2].The endocrine system hosts vital glands that distribute hormones throughout the body (including reproductive glands, the adrenals, and pancreas),  so healthy early development is essential. Chemicals that are endocrine disruptors (like phthalates and parabens) can cause serious issues like birth defects and cancerous tumors. Traces of parabens have been found by researchers in breast cancer tumors, closely to the use of cosmetic products [3]. Research has also shown the exposure to some types of  phthalates has caused a lower sperm count in men, as well as infertility [4].

Your body is a temple, and should be treated as such! Earthsake proudly houses products that are paraben and phthalate free, from body lotions and soaps, to laundry detergent. One of our favorite products is Hello Mellow, an LA based company that uses all natural and organic ingredients in their body oils and butters. Their Rejuvenate body oil includes sesame and olive oil, avocado and mango body butter, with essential oils of lemongrass, lavender, and litsea. Highly nourishing, all natural, and most important, their products are paraben and phthalate free! Swing by the Earthsake store to try it!

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Sources and more info on parabens and pthalates:

1.”Campaign for Safe Cosmetics : Phthalates.” Web log post. Campaign for Safe Cosmetics : Phthalates. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2014. <http://safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=290&gt;.

2. “Parabens.” Web log post. Parabens. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Mar. 2014. <http://www.breastcancerfund.org/clear-science/radiation-chemicals-and-breast-cancer/parabens.html&gt;.

3.”Campaign for Safe Cosmetics : Parabens.” Web log post. Campaign for Safe Cosmetics : Parabens. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Mar. 2014. <http://safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=291&gt;.

4. “Campaign for Safe Cosmetics : Phthalates.” Web log post. Campaign for Safe Cosmetics : Phthalates. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2014. <http://safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=290&gt;.