Shop Talk

It's Easy To Go Natural

October 07, 2007|By [ MEREDITH COHN]

Maybe the last time you used that cream on your face, ate that power bar or fed your dog that food from China, you thought about the unnatural stuff inside and wondered if you were doing yourself any good. Here are some new items that were on display at the 2007 Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore recently that are made from ingredients you probably can pronounce:

1. Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops

Price:

$2.50-$2.80 for a bag of 15 lollipops

Where to get it:

Amazon.com or YummyEarth.com

Why we like it:

A couple of dads came up with these suckers, which come in 20 flavors including pomegranate pucker and ginger zest. Who knew purple carrots and red cabbage could taste so good?

2. Vermont Soapworks Yoga Mat Spray

Price:

$9.99 for a 16-ounce bottle

Where to get it:

vermontsoap.com

Why we like it:

This mild cleanser made of oils and aloe vera gets the stink out of your mats, balance balls and delicate clothes - because holding your nose is not a yoga position.

3. MyChelle Travel and Gift Set

Price:

$21.99

Where to get it:

mychelleusa.com, Whole Foods

Why we like it:

There are creams and cleansers, as well as a Fruit Enzyme Mist for spritzing on your face after the in-flight air sucks the moisture from your skin. And it comes with its own federally approved ziplock bag.

4. Attune Yogurt & Granola Wellness Bar

Price:

99 cents to $1.29

Where to get it:

Whole Foods at Harbor East and Wegmans

Why we like it:

This is the first bar with probiotics, or live microorganisms found to aid digestion if eaten regularly. It comes in lemon cream and chocolate crisp and doesn't need refrigeration like yogurt-based alternatives.

5. Freshpet Homestyle Select dog food

Price:

$9.99 for a six-pound roll, which should last about a week

Where to get it:

Bloom grocery stores in Scaggsville and Odenton

Why we like it:

The food, found in the refrigerated section, is made in Pennsylvania with ingredients from local sources. It beats cooking for your dog yourself.

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