Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Mid-May marks the beginning of camping season for our household. I'm more of an "indoor girl" myself but since I am surrounded by testosterone, it is only fair that I buck up, break out the flannel and explore the wilderness. Plus, since we already own the equipment, it's a cheap vacation when we need a spontaneous getaway. Can't beat that.
Last June, before his first birthday, we took Nate to the Virginia mountains for his first camping trip. I knew that the humid weather would welcome all sorts of parasites and creepy crawlies but I didn't want to trade protection for toxicity. As I researched eco-friendly alternatives, I discovered All Terrain Co.
All Terrain's mission is to sell quality "natural remedies for outdoor enthusiasts". They also aim to increase awareness of environmental issues and promote environmental conservation. All of their products contain all-natural ingredients and their packaging is made from recycled material, recyclable and/or biodegradable. Although they still have a long way to go, All Terrain Co. strives for "net zero consumption".
I wound up purchasing the Kids Herbal Armor Spray (ARV $7.99) for our trip. This spray is 100% DEET-free and prevents insect bites with a unique blend of five natural, essential oils. It is clinically proven to be 100% effective for over two hours, 95.8% effective for over three hours and 77.1% effective for four hours.
After we arrived and set up camp, we went for a walk and I forgot to bring along the spray. No big deal, I thought, as the bugs weren't out in full force. We went down to the lake so Daddy could fish and I noticed a dark speck on the nape of Nate's neck (he inherited Mommy's pale skin so any dark spots are very noticeable). I thought it was just dirt and went to brush it away when I realized it was a tick! It's head had already embedded in his skin and I started to freak out. Thankfully, we had tweezers on hand and we were able to wrangle Nate long enough to get it out. But you can bet your bottom dollar that I immediately grabbed our All Terrain Herbal Armor and never left without it again!
The smell is a little on the strong side so if you are sensitive to the scent of citronella, you probably won't be fond of this. But we never saw another tick again the entire weekend! We also came home with no bug bites whatsoever, even though we only reapplied every 4-6 hours. So, I am a believer! All Terrain Co. has found a fan in me.
I was delighted to have the opportunity to review two more All Terrain products from their Kids Care line.
Nate is going through a bit of a daredevil phase as of late. His fearlessness (and obliviousness to hard objects in his path) has led to quite the number of boo-boos. All Terrain's Skin Soother Gel (ARV $6.99) has really come in handy. It protects against cuts, scrapes and burns and helps to relieve dry, chapped or cracked skin. We apply it everytime Nate takes a tumble - after washing the wound but before bandaging - and it is great. It goes on clear and has a light, pleasant aloe smell. His cuts and scrapes tend to fade faster now. And best of all, it's natural! Who needs Neosporin?! This would also be great to guard against chafing (ugh, those wet swimsuits!) or to use in cooler climates to counter the drying effects of wind and cold.
As you all know, Nate suffers from mild to moderate eczema and has since he was born. My poor little crocodile baby! I decided to try All Terrain's Eczeam Cream (ARV $7.99), which uses colloidal oatmeal to protect against eczema, minor skin irritation and itching. I love the thickness of the cream; a little goes a long way. It works fast to soothe the itch from his dry patches. But don't be fooled by the name - it's not just for eczema. You can use this to relieve psoriasis/rosacea, bug bites, sunburns, chicken pox, poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, etc., making this the perfect first aid accessory for camping or outdoor activities.
So far, I've been impressed with everything All Terrain Co. has to offer. Not only are they effective, but they are affordable too! You don't have to break the bank to go green anymore. Next, I'd like to try the antiseptic Kidswipes (made from wood pulp!) for those times when we need to get rid of goo on the go. They even have pet products so your four-legged family member can be protected too!
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Disclaimer: I received the Eczeam Cream and Skin Soother Gel from Caitlin at True North Brand Group to facilitate my candid review. I purchased the Herbal Armor Bug Spray on my own prior to this opportunity. I was in no other way compensated for this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. Your experience may differ.