As a blogger, I increasingly receive offers of sample products to review and find the number promoting their "natural" ingredients to be striking. I don't request samples unless it is really something that is interesting or useful to me. Today I'm sharing a few of these with all of my blog readers. There is really no conflict of interest here, because I'm not paid. I only receive samples of the product and do let promoters know when I wasn't impressed.
I'll start with Dr. Ginger's Coconut Oil Toothpaste. My youngest daughter has never liked minty toothpaste, so she also joined me in the test; given her expertise. She really liked the fresh taste of coconut, the natural ingredients (especially coconut) and that it keeps her teeth feeling clean all day. She did question that it is fluoride-free, but we discussed how she is also getting fluoride in other ways. As for whitening, it probably takes several brushing, instead of the sample size packets. Now here is the kicker, on Dr. Ginger's website, it mentions coconut-mint flavored toothpaste. I started this post out with her not liking mint, so this is where I'm perplexed - in a good way. Given my daughter's feedback and my own test, I think it is a great product; especially for those wanting an option to the full on mint toothpastes.
Next is Clean Well's Natural Foaming Hand Sanitizer and Botanical Disinfecting Wipes with a lemon scent. I get intravenous treatments every couple of weeks for a few days and the wipes make it easy for me to clean the table where my nurse sits and around the sink she uses to wash her hands on arrival. I've used the regular disinfecting wipes on the market and they do have a chemical smell. The Clean Well wipes actually do smell really natural and fresh. I don't really know how I can test the claim of the active ingredient (Thymol) killing 99.9% of household germs, but do see some research including it in a National Institute of Health publication. As for the hand sanitizer, I know from personal experience, healthcare professionals are tired of the alcohol based sanitizers and think this is a much better option. I'm wondering how many infection control nurses are already looking into making this switch.
Finally, I come to Kamedis Dandruff Therapy Shampoo and Scalp Lotion. I tried the shampoo and it does indeed knock down the itchiness and irritation caused by my psoriasis - especially in this heat! Again, the ingredients are natural and include Soapberry and other botanicals. What I especially appreciate is that it doesn't have that smell of typical dandruff shampoos. That in and of itself makes it a must have for me.