Green is everywhere these days. Cars are green, our chip bags are biodegradable, even my electric company has changed the color of its logo from blue to green. But does that actually MEAN anything? Sadly, “green” can sometimes be less of a corporate dedication to sustainability and more of a marketing ploy. That’s why it’s refreshing to have companies like Nature’s Gate on the market who walk the walk and talk the talk, and have for a very long time.
Nature’s Gate was started over 30 years ago by two brothers in California who had a dedication to nature and the desire to create natural and organic products. Their first product was a Rainwater Shampoo, blended with herbs and rainwater they collected at Venice Beach. This shampoo, ladled out from a barrel in their herb shop, was the start of decades of natural, pH-balanced skin and hair care products that are inspired by nature and created with the commitment to preservation, conservation and sustainability. Nature’s Gate products are eco-friendly, cruelty free and recyclable; using organic ingredients whenever possible and using the latest technology to develop products that are not only green, but have the latest skin and hair care advances. And know what the best part is? They work.
We received Nature’s Gate Organics Persimmon & Rose Geranium Body Lotion for all skin types. Now I must preface this with the fact that as a Southern dark girl, I have a fear that has been bred into me (and many others) since childhood. It is….the fear of being ashy. If you dared walk out the house with ashy legs, you might as well not come home. So I was a bit hesitant on switching body lotions. I still have the shame of possibly using a product that won’t moisturize properly and that will leave me “not fit for company” in my grandmother’s eyes. But I can happily say that the Antioxidant Defense Lotion leaves me happily hydrated. Even my hateful areas, my elbows and knees, were soft, smooth and blessedly ash-free!
I checked out the ingredients on the Antioxidant Defense Lotion, and it seems that the nourishing ingredients are the Organic Persimmon and Pomegranate extracts which are blended with Organic Jojoba Oil. A fan of organics? This orange bottle (a recent redesign for the company) is packed with them; almost 35% of the ingredients are Certified Organic. Seriously, I counted. In fact, if you’re curious about any of the natural extracts or oils in Nature’s Gate products, all you have to do is check out their website; they provide a glossary of ingredients. As for Persimmon & Rose Geranium Antioxidant Defense Lotion, the Persimmon is rich in vitamin A & C and provides moisturizing properties while the Rose Geranium is a refreshing anti-irritant.
This review wouldn’t be complete without a mention of how Persimmon & Rose Geranium Antioxidant Defense Lotion smells. Honestly, it reminded me of a gardening salve that my mother had; very green, earthly and just like geraniums. The persimmon adds a slightly sweet/tart note, but the geranium is the overall scent for me. It wears off quickly so it won’t interfere with your perfume.
If you get a chance, check out Nature’s Gate’s website for info on their partnership with WaterAid America; a company that helps promote the use of rainwater as a sustainable and long-term solution to providing families in Africa and Asia with safe and cleaning drinking water. There’s also a page that lists ways that you can help.
A company that lives up to its natural and organic roots, continues to make products that promote that legacy AND that looks for charitable ways to help out others? Guess it actually is easy being green. (My apologies to Kermit the Frog.)
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Alyssa is kinda geeky, kinda girly and all the way in love with her cowboy husband who can say words like, “ornery” with a straight face. She live in Texas and is working on her Masters, being a good cook and starting a blog. One day. Eventually. Sometime soon. She promises.
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