Alaffia Skincare Giveaway!
I wasn’t really picky about what skin/haircare products I used before I had my baby, but once I had Timothy, I started to become ultra aware of everything I was putting into and onto my body. Everything I ingest is now passed to him either through breast feeding, or touch. I have to be careful that the lotion I use won’t irritate his skin and I’d like to keep Timothy away from unneeded chemicals for as long as possible.
When Alaffia sent me their skin and hair care products I was excited to try them! For those of you who have not heard of Alaffia – they are make fair trade, sustainable products from natural raw ingredients.
Alaffia was founded in 2003 by Olowo-n’djo Tchala as means to alleviate poverty and advance gender equality in Togo, West Africa. At least 10% of sales from the finished products are returned to West Africa to fund Community Empowerment Projects aimed at alleviating poverty by improving education and gender equality, and reducing the effects of climate change. The story of how Alaffia came to be is actually really heart warming; if you have a few minutes I recommend watching their short video (hint: it includes a love story!):
The dark color of the black soap was a bit intimidating at first, but I try to “not judge a book by it’s cover.” I didn’t have very high expectations just because I had never heard of Alaffia, but I was completely blown away (in a good way)! The black soap, which can be used for both body AND hair, actually left my hair feeling really soft! It had a nice subtle, not overpowering scent to it too. I’m also a big fan of the EveryDay Cocounut Body Lotion. It also has a great subtle coconut smell. I feel like products made with Shea Butter often leaves a sticky film on my skin, but this lotion didn’t leave any sticky feeling and moisturizes nicely.
Alaffia has been kind enough to donated an amazing gift basket, worth $100, filled with an assortment of their EveryDay Coconut products, available in Target, Whole Foods and other retailers. The basket includes EveryDay Coconut Body Wash, Lotion, Shampoo, Conditioner and lip balm. The basket also includes two additional favorites in EveryDay Shea Bubble Bath and Authentic African Black Soap. Each of these products balances science with tradition to holistically benefit your body, communities and the environment.
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Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!