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Our babies enter this world perfect and pure. But it sure is hard keeping them that way. With all the chemicals and artificial ingredients floating around in what appear to be harmless baby products, it is difficult for even the most discernible parent to know what is truly safe. But one company I can trust to be on my side is EcoMom.
EcoMom.com is dedicated to providing simple, safe, smart solutions that encourage women and their families to take their first steps toward a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. EcoMom does all the research and product testing so we don't have to! Everything they offer is evaluated and approved based on a set of rigorous standards set forth by Healthy Child, Healthy World - with the goal to help make the world a better place.
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- be chronically toxic, carcinogenic, reproductively toxic, endocrine-disrupting, neurotoxic or teratogenic
- contain toxic dyes
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- contain sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates, propylene glycol or other synthetic preservatives
- contain PVC
- contain bisphenol-A (BPA)
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I've been fortunate enough to test drive several products courtesy of EcoMom in the past. Most recently, we were able to review the Eco-Kids Gluten-Free Fingerpaint Tube (ARV $33). Made right here in the USA, these paints are made with all-natural ingredients including fruit, plant and vegetable extracts from beets, spinach, paprika, carrots, purple sweet potato, red cabbage, blueberries and tomatoes. One tube contains six 3 oz. containers of gluten, dairy and soy-free paint - perfect for little ones with allergies! The packaging is made from post-consumer waste and the paint containers are made of 100% cornstarch, for the ultimate in eco-consciousness.
The paint comes in a powder form, which makes it easy to customize the consistency. Just add more or less water to achieve your desired texture. The smell was great - no funky fumes. The colors were rich but turned more pastel when we placed it on the canvas. Nate was hesitant to dip his fingers in at first but after Mommy took the lead, he painted for over a half an hour, both with his fingers and a brush.
I did find that I had to keep adding water so the paint would stay smooth and not glob up. And I was a little disappointed that the dry, finished product flakes off a bit if you run your hand over it. But since I plan to hang it high on the wall, I'm hoping it stands the test of time. We haven't yet tried the paint on watercolor paper. Perhaps that will work out better.
But it's awfully cute, right?! I call his first masterpiece "Walk in the Park". I see the sun shining down on a tree and a fountain with grass and a park bench. I think I have a little Picasso on my hands! What do you say?
Overall, I am happy with the Eco-Kids fingerpaint. Nate enjoys it and I pink puffy heart that it is safe and natural. But I do wish it were smoother and more vibrant on media.
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Giveaway will end on August 24, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. Open to U.S. and Canada. Winners will be chosen via Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to congratulatory email or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.
Disclaimer: I received the Eco-Kids Gluten Free Fingerpaint Tube free of charge from Jody at EcoMom to facilitate my candid review. I was in no other way compensated for this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed in my review are purely mine. Your experience may differ.