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Healthy Stocking Stuffers

Written by: Famous Foods | 2018-12-15 | no comments

The personal care industry is currently undergoing a revolution, with an array of beauty and personal products that are free of chemicals hitting the market. And with the holidays fast-approaching, now is an excellent time to share the gift of clean living with your friends and family by gifting them these good-for-you stocking stuffers.

Non-toxic Shampoo and Conditioner

Shampoos and conditioners are notorious for having all types of chemicals in their formulations, from sulphates to perfumes. Toxic effects can multiply with conditioners because they can be left on your head for a period of time. Non-toxic formulations are generally made of organic content without sulfates, parabens, or other artificial ingredients. But they still do a good job of cleaning hair while making it look soft and silky.

Non-toxic Deodorant

Because deodorants go directly on the skin, their toxic variations may cause rashes and other unpleasant skin reactions while actually staining your clothing. Their synthetics may also affect lymph glands, which are necessary to your immune system. Non-toxic deodorants do not cause these issues and leave no unpleasant residue on your skin or on fabrics. They may include such ingredients as baking soda, essential oils, mineral salts, arrowroot powder and coconut oil.

Non-toxic Bubble Bath

If a bubble bath leaves strange substances in a bathtub after the water has disappeared, just imagine what it’s doing to your skin. Bubble bath may contain parabens, formaldehyde and artificial fragrances. Non-toxic bubble baths dispense with these ingredients by substituting organics like calendula, tree extracts, aloe vera and vegetable oils. Read the online reviews of them before buying a bottle to make sure that they also produce large and long-lasting bubbles.

Non-Toxic Lip Balm

Many lip balms on the market contain chemicals that can be absorbed into the skin as well as inadvertently ingested. The synthetics in these products not only wreak havoc on the lips of the wearer but remain on the lips and skin of those they contact. Burt’s Bees is a good example of a non-toxic lip balm that contains ingredients you should look for in other lip balms: beeswax, vegetable oils and extracts from spices.

Bulk nuts, Popcorn and Trail Mix

Chocolate bars, candies, and other unhealthy snacks are typical holiday stocking stuffers that may be full of toxic ingredients, fats and sugars. Substituting such edibles for bulk nuts, popcorn, and trail mix is not only healthier due to their vitamins and minerals but may help dieters lose weight because of their lower calorie count.

To purchase these stocking stuffers and to peruse other gift ideas visit us at Famous Foods.

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Wellness Gift Guide

Written by: Famous Foods | 2018-12-01 | no comments

Give your loved ones the gift of health and wellness with these gifts, available on our store shelves.

Beeswax Candles

Pure beeswax candles are an excellent gift for friends, family, party hosts and coworkers. They’re all-natural with no artificial ingredients, have a distinctively pleasant scent, and burn brightly and slowly. Bonus: they have an antibacterial quality that helps clean the air.

High-Quality Cooking Oils

For friends who are on a diet to lose weight or who are trying to eat healthy, high-quality vegetable oils become a delicious replacement for butter and animal oils. The use of olive oil in Mediterranean cooking is well-known but also available is coconut oil, which is high in healthy saturated fats, and truffle oil, which grants the taste of truffles without the expense and is rich in monounsaturated fats.

Essential Oils for Wellness

Fragrant essential oils, which can be applied directly to the skin, added to a bubble bath or diffused into the air, make a beautiful gift for friends and family including older adults and new parents. You can buy individual bottles, such of tea tree for skin ailments or lavender as a sedative, or look for sets that offer different oils. A hand-made potpourri of the matching herb makes a fragrant reminder of your kindness. If your recipient is unfamiliar with how to use essential oils, hand-writing a few instructions on a card adds a personal touch.

High-Quality Tea and Coffee

This gift works well for co-workers and gift exchanges as it’s not too personal and is available at different price points. Pairing a bag of organic ground coffee or a box of tea bags with organic fair-trade chocolate would make an excellent gift for the boss.

Meal in a Box

A Meal in a Box works well for the chef or foodie in your life. Put together all the ingredients to make a gourmet meal at home along with a recipe or two that you print from the Internet. One suggestion: a frozen organic filet of salmon with seasonal vegetables and potatoes plus a bottle of white wine. Tell your recipient to open this gift as soon as he or she gets it, so any perishables can be refrigerated or frozen immediately.

For more healthy gift ideas visit Famous Foods.

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