Monday, December 3, 2012

Gluten-Free Holiday Gifts: Songcroft Naturals Review and Giveaway

As a gluten-free blogger, I talk about food a lot. What I don't talk about is beauty products. Why? Because I like to keep things simple, I rarely wear makeup, don't have much of a beauty routine, and am loyal to very few brands.

Until now.

Songcroft Naturals is an all-natural (and all gluten-free), handmade skin care product line. Developed by Marilene Kitada of Songcroft Farm in Washington, this is a brand I trust completely. I know where their products come from, I know they use sustainable practices, and I know I can trust their products to be gluten-free. I can also feel secure in knowing that my money is going exactly where I want it to go: to a small, family-owned business that shares the same environmental and ethical principles as I hold. I had the pleasure of becoming friends with Marilene and her family this past summer when my boyfriend interned at their permaculture farm. Eating dinner with the family, enjoying neighborhood potlucks, and observing their farm, it was clear to me that this was exactly the type of business I want to support.

I can't say the same when I shop from other stores. Do you know what you're inadvertently supporting when you buy from big stores? I don't...

My favorite product from Songcroft Naturals is their Healing Salve. I had the unfortunate opportunity to discover firsthand what can happen when you harvest parsnips without gloves, then spend a lot of time in the sun. Parsnip greens make you very photosensitive and I ended up with a giant burn on my arm that I was convinced would leave bad scars. However, I diligently applied the Healing Salve day and night, and was surprised to find very little scarring. These days, the only times my arm gets red is when I eat something I'm sensitive to. It's like a strange little radar for food sensitivities. (p.s. I'm including pictures of my arm below for those of you who want to see, but put them at the bottom since they're not pretty.

Songcroft Naturals is giving away their Nourishing Night Cream and Blemish Blaster to one lucky reader (continental U.S. only please).

Nourishing Night Cream: Ingredients: Distilled Water, Alloe perryi (Aloe Vera), Persea gratissma (Avocado) oil, Cocos nucifera (Coconut oil), 100% Organic Lecithin, Beeswax. 2 oz.
  • Soothes and rejuvenates skin
  • Helps prevent wrinkles
  • Softens fine lines in the skin, making them less noticeable
  • Reduces redness and inflammation
Blemish Blaster: Ingredients: Ethyl Alcohol (made from grain), Witch Hazel, Calendula officinalus (Calendula), flower Mellaluca (Tea Tree) oil, Juniperus virginiana (Cedar) oil, Wintergreen, Lavendula, Nobilus (Bay Leaf), Myrtle. 0.3 oz.
  • Is easy to apply only where it is needed
  • Helps to heal acne
  • Helps to kill bacteria within blemishes
  • Contains no phthalate, parabens, or synthetic ingredients

To win, leave a comment below telling me how you support local companies.

For extra entries, post this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Leave a separate comment for each extra entry.

And please please leave a way for me to contact you! It's the only way you can win!

Giveaway will close on December 7th at midnight EST.

Before Healing Salve: 

After daily applications of Healing Salve: 


Michelle said...

The biggest (and easiest) way I support local businesses is by shopping at farmers markets and subscribing to a CSA. I also look for the "local" tags at Whole Foods and PCC.

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Anonymous said...

Since the largest budget item we have in our house is food, we support local companies by shopping mainly at one of the two food co-ops in town. They have great stuff and it is great to be supporting a local merchant!

kschaider at hotmail

deanna said...

I buy as much as i can locally- from farmers market and small business with local homemade wares.

Anonymous said...

I buy from a local store that is organic as well as local as much as possible! I love that they now have a cafe so I can get lunch there on the days I forget mine. Bye bye Fast Food!


Anonymous said...

Shared on Facebook!


Anonymous said...

Pinned it!


Anonymous said...

I buy from my local meat guy who raises all his meat out in Ellensburg. Yum!

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Thanks so much for sharing this, Iris. Sustainable and natural companies should be celebrated like this more often! I'm glad to know about Songcroft and parsnips too. What an awful burn. Glad that the salve did wonders for it.

Sunflower said...

I buy local produce whenever possible and am seriously thinking about joining a CSA! Thanks for the giveaway!

Sunflower said...

Shared on FB!

Sunflower said...


Suzanne said...

I get a CSA, so I'm getting local produce and supporting a local company. I also buy milk and some meat from animals raised in CA.


Suzanne said...

I tweeted:


Suzanne said...

I shared on FB:


Christine said...

I support local companies by shopping at the little "mom and pop" stores in town and shopping farmers markets. I enjoy speaking to the farmers and having them know me by name.

Janice said...

Actually, i'm attempting to put together a resource for my local health and wellness small businesses. Kindof like a newsletter of sorts. It's still a work in progress. But, I am training to be a health coach and I know a ton of other health professionals and a lot of people have no idea where to go or who to call or what services are out there. I want to fix that. At least locally. There's a lot here.

Janice said...

I also shared on FB

Meghan said...

I really enjoy shopping at farmers' markets, and I try to buy a significant number of holiday gifts at craft fairs from local artisans.

Anonymous said...

I live in a small town and try to buy from small independents whenever possible.

Anonymous said...

I try to buy most of my food as local as possible and love going to farmer's markets to shop

mommasita said...

I love to shop at local farmers markets and make purchases at small, local boutiques as opposed to the mall.

beth said...

We shop local by buying from the grower and small businesses as often as possible. We are learning to eat seasonly.


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