Green toys: Natural cosmetic kits

As the mother of four young girls, I am constantly battling dollar-store lip-gloss – hidden in party loot bags – and fluorescent bath products laden with chemical nasties.

As the girls get older, I have no doubt it will prove harder for the eco-warrior in me to maintain the upper hand. But I am doing OK thus far.

One of my big allies in this battle is an award-winning Canadian company, Kiss Naturals, that sells kid-friendly make-your-own cosmetics kits.

The kits save my children from following in their mother’s footsteps and learning the hard way that if you squeeze rose petals and place them in a jar with pretty much any other liquid or cream, the whole thing fairly quickly goes rotten, sludgy and stinky. No amount of pretty calligraphy on the homemade cosmetics label can counter this inevitability.

There are several kit options. So far, in our household, we have tried the lip-gloss, lip balm and bath fizzie kits. All have worked very well, though my connoisseur middle daughter tells me she likes the lip balm kit the best. The price range is $17-$25 depending on the kit.

Instructions are simple (six year olds might need help, but ten year olds don’t) and I like the fact that there is enough material in each package to make several items: this is a gift that keeps on giving (in the best sense).

All the ingredients are demonstrably natural (so lava lip-gloss consists of two types of base oil, glycerine and natural colours/flavours). Packaging for the kits themselves is minimal (and recyclable) but the folks at Kiss Naturals suggest you repurpose and make it into a memory box after.

The products that result look quite professional (so, for example, proper roll-on dispensers are provided for the lip-gloss). Even fashion-forward kids are satisfied. Last but not least, several bulk and refill items are available on the Kiss Naturals website (which also has an informative FAQ section).

This famiy-run company is based in Quebec and all the kits are assembled there. They are sold quite widely in Canada and the US and by Amazon.co.uk (prices are a bit higher in the UK). For a full list of stockists – including my favourite Ottawa option, Bloom Artisansee here. You can also order on line direct from Kiss Naturals (prices are the same as in shops but shipping is extra).

I wholeheartedly recommend these kits as gifts. Unlike some of the craft sets that come into my household, everything we have tried has been actively used and appreciated.

And the good news is that some of you have an opportunity to try a kit for free. When I contacted Kiss Naturals to ask for some photos for this review, Marie kindly offered a giveaway for my readers.

(This will be the first time I have done such a giveaway, though they are relatively common on other blog sites.)

I have six kits to give away. If you are based in the US or Canada and would like to try one, email me your name, address and choice of kit (see the website). What do you have to do in return? Two things.

The first is to help me with my site. By that I mean encourage your friends to subscribe to my feed (tell me who you have signed up in your email) or send me some product review suggestions: which eco products do you find really work? The second is to like the Kiss Naturals Facebook page.

On May 31st, I will pick the top six most helpful people and Marie will send them a kit of their choice. Hooray!

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2 comments

  1. Cathy Rust says:

    Hi Diana,
    I agree, these kits are wonderful! My daughter and I had a lot of fun making the lip balm. It’s really hard to find good, local, eco-friendly toys these days.
    FYI, Mastermind Toys (a Canadian company) also sells them on-line and in-store.
    http://www.mastermindtoys.com/catalog/searchresults.aspx?search=kiss+naturals

    Cathy

  2. Jessica says:

    A new line of Australian made natural play make up for kids called Pure Poppet, is now available in Canada at Jess’ Crunchy Shop, a Canadian retailer of eco-friendly essentials for the whole family. http://www.jesscrunchyshop.com/shop/play-makeup/

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