Are all of your products really organic?
It's a sensible question, especially in light of the many products falsely claiming to be natural or organic. You can click on Read My Ingredients on each product page to find out exactly what is in each product. You can also check our labels for the organic certifier (In our case, Oregon Tilth or OTCO) for extra assurance.
All Earth Mama Angel Baby teas, Angel Baby Bath Blossoms and Postpartum Bath Herbs are USDA Certified 100% Organic. Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash, Calm & Clean Hand to Toe Wash, Natural Non-Scents Hand to Toe Wash, and Happy Mama Hand to Toe Wash are NSF/ANSI 305 Certified Contains Organic Oils. Angel Baby Lotion and Earth Mama Body Butter are NSF/ANSI 305 Certified Contains Organic Ingredients.
Each Earth Mama Angel Baby product has as many organic ingredients as we can pack into it, but some essential ingredients aren't available as organic yet. And of course Earth Mama products are free from toxins and any worrisome ingredients, like artificial preservatives, fragrances, dyes or surfactants
But what does "organic" really mean?
It means that the plant was grown with respect for the earth, the soil, the farmer and you, the consumer. Certified organic farms adhere to strict standards, growing crops without the use of harmful pesticides or the usual dose of toxic chemical fertilizers. Manufacturers of certified organic products have to undertake a monumental process that assures consumers of the purity of each ingredient, process and final product, through every stage of manufacture. Click on over to Mama's Reading Room and check out the articles under the heading "Why Organic?" for more information.
Why aren't ALL of your ingredients organic?
Simply put, some ingredients just don't exist in an organic form, and some ingredients are not available certified organic. Sometimes the herbs we use are not cultivated, they grow in the wild and are harvested with respect for sustainability and the integrity of the plant population. Since Mama is a member of United Plant Savers, we do our best to support practices that ensure healthy population of herbs growing in the wild. You will see these herbs listed as "wild harvested."
What's your position on the use of palm oil?
We share your concerns about deforestation and conservation, which is why we use only sustainably harvested palm oil in Earth Mama Angel Baby products. Our passion about caring for mamas extends to Mother Earth too, and we strive to use herbs, oils and butters that are grown and harvested only in ways that honor the earth, her people and her resources.
Do you use lanolin, SLS, parabens or other synthetic preservatives?
No, and we never have.
Should I be worried about using that stuff?
There are a lot of uneasy concerns about some of the ingredients commonly used in personal care products. Mama never wants you to have to worry about those things, so she has worked very hard to formulate the purest, safest products for mamas and babies. Over the years Mama has gathered a LOT of research, which she loves sharing, and she encourages you to educate yourself. Please visit Mama's Reading Room for informative articles on Hidden Carcinogens in Baby Care products, or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.
If you don't use synthetic preservatives, what do you use to preserve your products to make sure they are safe and free of bacteria and mold?
All Earth Mama oil-based products, salves and massage oils don't contain water so they don't need a preservative to keep out the unpleasantries that can grow there.
Lotions, on the other hand (or knee, or elbow), are made by emulsifying (blending) oils and water. And because of their rich, organic and natural ingredients, they can become a perfect medium for nasty bacteria or mold. To combat that, our 100% organic preservative system is a certified organic alcohol extract of skin healing and moisturizing organic herbs. Beneficial to you, and safely preserved too!
Where is the expiration date on Earth Mama products?
We use a simple code that is our Sell By/Best By date as well as our batch and lot code. You will find a printed number that looks like this: 201409. In that example, 2014 is the year and 09, September is the month by when the product is guaranteed to be at its best.
I have an expired product - will it hurt me, or my baby?
We stamp a Sell By date on all of our products as a freshness guide for our resellers and customers, but this isn't an expiration date. To be sure of the quality of our products we keep a sample from each batch of each product we make. Some products in this sample inventory are over five years old and are still just fine! That said, you should always use your own best judgment, if it smells "off," don't use it. You can extend the life of oils and salves by making certain they stay cool and out of direct sunlight. So, don't store Earth Mama Angel Baby products on a windowsill or in the trunk of your car and they should be fine for at least a year past the Sell By date.
I need to know if your products will irritate my or my baby's allergies.
You are the best judge of what is safe for you and your baby. You know your body best. Please look at the Read My Ingredients lists to see if any of your known allergens are in our products. If you have specific questions or concerns about product safety, allergies or ingredients, it is always best to consult with your Midwife or Naturopathic Doctor or another trusted healthcare professional who is knowledgeable about the use of herbs during pregnancy and when breastfeeding a baby.
I am vegan, are all Earth Mama products vegan and cruelty-free?
Yes they are! We use no animal products (like lanolin), and our balms are made using plant based wax instead of beeswax.
Why are there little white specks in my Natural Nipple Butter and Angel Baby Bottom Balm?
The white specks are shea butter and may appear in Angel Baby Bottom Balm, Natural Nipple Butter or Earth Mama Bottom Balm. When shea butter is cold, it solidifies. When it is warmed by contact with your skin, it should quickly melt and become a soft consistency again. Products made with natural ingredients, like herbs and essential oils, may vary in appearance across lots and final product batches, as they have no yucky additives to create false consistency.
Is Angel Baby Bottom Balm good to use with cotton diapers?
You bet! In fact, we've received wonderful feedback from you - our customers - as well as cloth diaper companies , saying that Angel Baby Bottom Balm is the BEST with cloth diapers!
Do I need to wash the Natural Nipple Butter off my breasts before breastfeeding my Angel Baby?
No, it's safe for both you and your angel baby. Read my ingredients!
Great! I want to place an order. How long will my order take to arrive?
Please see our Order Information page. If it doesn't tell you everything you need to know, you'll find a list of mamas you can email with questions.
Do any stores near me carry Earth Mama Angel Baby® products?
We hope so! Please check our online Store Locator to find stores in the US and Canada. If you are outside the US or Canada, please email our OrderMama to get information on where to find Earth Mama Angel Baby(r) internationally.
I have a store and I would love to resell your products, do you have a wholesale program?
How do I heat my Booby Tubes™ if I don't have a microwave?
One of our intrepid Mama's Helpers took this question on, and took some Booby Tubes™ home for a little experiment in her own oven. The results were terrific - as long as you don't forget to take the Booby Tubes™ out of the oven! Preheat your oven to the lowest setting (that was 170 degrees on Mama's Helper's oven), place your Booby Tubes™ in an oven-safe dish, away from the heating element, and heat them for 10-15 minutes. After 15 minutes they don't seem to get much warmer, so that seems to be all the time they need. Please set a timer and keep a very close eye on them while they are in the oven! One advantage of the microwave is it shuts off automatically, so with a regular oven you'll have to be more diligent.
How do I clean my Booby Tubes™?
Just wipe the outside 100% organic cotton with a damp cloth. It is important that you don't submerge them in water (or put them in a washing machine) as they are filled with flax seeds and if they get wet, they may sprout (really!!).
Why do you use plastic bottles and jars? Why don't you use glass bottles and jars?
Earth Mama Angel Baby’s commitment to honor the earth and her valuable resources extends to our packaging as well as our natural and organic ingredients. We are even the proud recipients of the BRAG (Business Recycling Award Group) for our green practices, and we are always looking for ways to better what we do. At this point, the plastic PET bottles and jars we use are the safest containers for both our products and our customers. Our containers are colored to keep out harmful UV rays. The PET we use is the most readily recyclable and the safest plastic manufactured.
We’ve asked our trusted expert at The Soft Landing to weigh in on our use of PET: “In some cases, PET makes an excellent alternative to glass. PET bottles and jars not only weigh less and recycle well, they provide a necessary measure of safety for products that are carried in diaper bags and stored around the bathtub. PET has been shown to store skincare products containing essential oils remarkably well because it has a high permeability resistance rating. This is necessary because essential oils are powerful substances with a myriad of properties and potencies. When mixed with a carrier (lotion, oil, balm or salve), the essential oil's potency is diluted. While the essential oil’s capacity to infuse the lotion with aroma and herbal attributes is not diminished, its capacity to damage plastic is.”
Earth Mama Angel Baby products were originally packaged in glass, until we got reports of breakage, and found out a woman was cut opening a jar of Natural Nipple Butter that had broken in transit. The last thing we want to do is hurt a mama with sore nipples! And we know how containers can end up bumping and slipping around changing tables and bathrooms, and can end up in little mouths too, so we choose to package our products in tumble and teething resistant plastic jars.
Our opinion is that glass presents a much bigger safety concern than plastic. And as always, we're looking for the safest, purest way to keep mamas and babies happy!