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Giveway!!! Vintage Traditions Body Balm ($116 Value)

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 “Is this tested for safety?”

Company X:Oh yes, we always test for safety!”

Me: “So it won’t cause a rash?”


Me: “How about cancer? Will it cause cancer?”

Company X:We didn’t test for that.”

Me: “What about reproductive problems? Will it cause those?”

Company X:We didn’t test for that either.

So, the above conversation didn’t **actually** happen, but it should! Cosmetic companies constantly assure us that they use “rigorous safety testing,” but the Environmental Working Group says “Such ‘safety’ testing as exists looks for reactions, such as skin redness, rashes or stinging, but does not investigate potential long-term problems for either humans or the environment. Yet the chemicals that go into products such as shampoos and hand creams are not trace contaminants. They are the basic ingredients.”¹ (emphasis mine)

Unfortunately, these chemicals don’t simply coat our skins, says clinical laboratory scientist Elizabeth Plourde. In her book, Sunscreen: Biohazard, the former cancer/DNA researcher explains that the toxic additives in sunscreen are detected in the blood withing five minutes of application. Within a few hours it can also be found in the liver, kidneys, spleen, testicles and brain. Info like this begs the question: Are you ready to kick that butylated hydroxytoluene-laden cream to the curb yet? Well then, I have just the thing for you!

Whole Nourishment For Your Skin – A Giveaway!

In case you haven’t been following my “mashed potato” experiment, I’ve recently fallen head-over-heels with lard and tallow for skincare. Both contain fat soluble vitamins A, D, K, lipids similar to what our skin makes, and ingredients that can be easily pronounced!

There is this one thing, though: I don’t actually want to smell like mashed potatoes. Fortunately, the guys over at Vintage Traditions have put together an ultra pure blend of grass-fed tallow, extra-virgin olive oil (not the fake stuff, either!), and aromatic essential oils that I love – and I get to give some away today!

Want To Win Some Body Balm From Vintage Traditions?

Great! I have not one, but THREE sets worth $39 each to give away. Each package includes a jar of:

  • Mild manly scent – My fave! Though it’s definitely appropriate for men, I think it’s more of a clean scent than an “manly” one. Daddypotamus and I fought over the jar when it arrived.
  • Pretty girly scent – A floral blend of lavender, elemi, palmarosa, geranium, and celery seed. Not quite my cup of tea, but I love the way it feels on my skin and will definitely be polishing off the jar!
  • Almost unscented –  A very mild scent which disappears quickly.

Here’s How To Enter

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This giveaway is open to US residents only. The contest ends August 2nd at midnight and the winner will be posted here on August 3rd. No purchase necessary.

Good luck, ya’ll!!!







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68 Responses to Giveway!!! Vintage Traditions Body Balm ($116 Value)

  1. Alexis D says:

    I read your post about the Vintage Traditions Body Balm this morning and was JUST thinking that you should have a giveaway and look you are – thanks :) And now I hope I win haha :)

  2. Cassie Hickman says:

    Just pinned your canning posts! I needed these! Thank you!

  3. This giveaway is amazing! I was so excited yesterday when I read your post on the “naughty” ingredient. I struggle with acne, now at 26, and love trying new natural things!

  4. Cameo H says:

    I have started being muchmore cautious about the things that my family uses on our skin. My grandfather never had a drink in his life he also never smoked or did a single drug, he did however religiusly apply sunscreen daily because he was a golf coach in Arizona, he died three years ago from cancer, it started as prostate cancer and spread to is pancreas, liver and other ograns. Since then I have tossed out all tradition non-organic forms of skincare. These products sound amazing and I would love to try them!

  5. Michele says:

    I love everything about your site especially the barefoot kids. Cute and natural says it all :-)

  6. Deb Frost via FB says:

    My husband has been using a homemade product using tallow on his leather-working projects, with amazing results! I would love to try the VT product. Are you too young to know the basis of Mary Kay Ash’s story for starting “Mary Kay”? This has made me remember it. A “duh” moment….

  7. Margo S says:

    Ok, of course you know this but.. I subscribe to the newsletter and blog, and love Mommypotamus on fb.

  8. Rachel K says:

    I just repinned your pin on Pinterest to the first step of fermented ginger soda. Yum! I can’t wait to try it.

  9. Rhonda Rogalski says:

    Oh what a great giveaway! I read your post yesterday about tallow and was thinking I might want to make some. But I think I’d rather support a company that already creates a product that is in line with my way of life. Thank you so much for the opportunity – I hope I win!

  10. Caitlyn says:

    Pinned: Denise Minger – Debunking the China Study, already “Like” you on Facebook, and already subscribe to the newsletter =)

  11. Kirsten says:

    What a great giveaway! Oh, I hope I win! :)

  12. Emily C. says:

    so intriguing! i’d love to try this.

  13. Ro says:

    Fudge pudding pops! They look very yummy, and it’s ridiculously hot here this summer. I think I’ll give them a try this weekend. :)

  14. B says:

    I just pinned “Bacteria Eating Virus Used As Food Additive On Organic Foods”!!

  15. So glad to know this is a real product! I grabbed some beef tallow out of the fridge last night and slathered it all over my face before bed. Then, I kept thinking… “What if she’s messing with us?” tee hee

  16. Bwahahaha, 20 something allergies! I will never do that, promise!

  17. Mandy says:

    Liked you on Facebook! So happy to have found you through Sarah, the Healthy Home Economist :)

  18. vina sanchez says:

    I am following you on various boards on Pinterest now….like Home Remedies, Recipes to Try, Real Food Media, Books I love, etc…



  19. Lisa says:

    Would love to try this stuff! My kids already look at me as though I’m weird when I rub the coconut oil left over from greasing the brownie pan onto the back of my hands!

  20. Teresa says:

    I repinned: Preconception Health: Nourish The Soil Before You Plant The Seed

  21. I know the overall story, Deb Frost, but I’ve never heard about the “aha” moment! Would love to know :)

  22. Megan Rich via FB says:

    I would LOVE to try this product. I have always had acne which has gotten severe since my pregnancy, my son now 2. I’ve cleaned up my eating and went chemical free and no change, although I’m not perfect. I’m sad to say I’m following dermatologist recommendations currently cause I can’t have acne on my wedding day! Love reading your posts :-) Is this where I tell you I repinned your “The real cause of acne”?

  23. Splendid giveaway!
    I have always wanted to use as natural and chemical free products.

  24. Cathy says:

    I’ve been a subscriber to your newsletter for some time…just ordered some vintage traditions the other day after your post, but would love to win this getaway so I can share! Pinned your spice rack remedies for cold and flu season and became a follower.

  25. Joy says:

    Just a note: I clicked the subscriber entry, even though I subscribe by email not RSS like it specified. I figured that’s what you meant. :)

  26. Stephanie says:

    I just pinned the lacto-fermented ketchup recipe. Looks great! I’m guessing my kids will like it, too. :) My Pregnant belly could use some relief. This cream looks amazing!

  27. Aimee says:

    Pinned your 100 way to be kind to a child…just loved the photo and how sweet it is!

  28. Emma says:

    I already liked your Facebook page and I pinned one of your non-toxic beauty pins.

  29. Emma says:

    Forgot to say, I signed up for your email newsletter too.

  30. Esther says:

    What a fabulous giveaway; just entered to win! What lovely gifts to give fellow hippie girlfriends and family! I currently use a dab of coconut oil and a few drops of Young Living face serum–it’s wonderful, but I sure would love to try this as well. Once again, you rock, Mommypotamus!

  31. Katie says:

    Like you on FB (Robert McGoldrick)

  32. Katie says:

    I already have had your site pinned from a long time ago under favorite places and spaces- it’s just a general link to your site- says Mommypotomus- because I like every post :) Katie McGoldrick is the name (following you on pinterest)

  33. Annette Slavin says:

    I already subscribe to your mailing list. I just pinned your lotion. Love it!

  34. Rebecca says:

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  35. I’ve heard about this lotion but hadn’t tried it yet. I love tallow as a moisturizer, but I agree, I don’t want to smell strange. I signed up for their newsletter and will place an order. Thanks for the helpful info!

  36. Emma says:

    I read this post and the one before on using tallow as a moisturiser and decided to experiment: put together about 3 different combinations of tallow/olive oil/coconut oil (both extra virgin) with various essential oil blends, as well as a lard/coconut oil blend. Don’t know how it compares to the bought product, but I reckon it works pretty well!

  37. Delicia says:

    Liked, followed, signed up to Vintage Traditions … Thanks for the giveaway

  38. melanie swan says:

    I re-pinned the coconut milk vanilla ice cream recipe! I’ve been slightly obsessed with ice cream lately; I need to try this one!! :) BTW….I tried subscribing to your blog via Feedburner, but I’m not sure it worked. I got no confirmation…. :(

    • Heather says:

      Sorry about that, Melanie! Working to get it fixed now, but in the meantime you can sign up using the bright yellow button in the top right corner.

  39. Angelina says:

    I already like and follow you, hope that counts (I really haven’t figured out Pinterest and am afraid if I do, I’ll live there, so keep avoiding it like the plague!). :)

  40. Julie S says:

    I repinned the post on first foods for babies as we are expecting #4 in a few months–the first one since starting on my real food journey.

  41. Marykay says:

    I repinned your article on the “naughty” ingredient. We recently ordered a 1/2 cow so I am hoping I can get the suet and make it myself!!!

  42. Kristi says:

    This sounds fantastic! I am so excited about this giveaway. :-) We recently moved from KS to TX and my tallow got left in a friend’s fridge along the way. Is it bad that I nearly cried when I realized it? Ok, maybe not cried, but was definitely not happy. Still need to find a good source here!

  43. Suzanne says:

    Repinned the Theives Recipe.

  44. Shellie says:

    Your blog has been a huge aid for me as our family seeks to eat real, healing foods. I’ve purchased and am reading “Nourishing Traditions” and “Healing Tooth Decay.” I re-pinned “Homemade D.O.” and “Homemade toothsoap.” Thanks!

  45. Brianne says:

    I pinned the non-toxic hand sanitizer. Along with so many of your recipes :)

  46. Paula says:

    I pinned the article by a podiatrist that said wearing shoes may hamper the growth of a young child’s feet, barefoot is good! I am following all your boards on Pintrest.

  47. michelle says:

    What about the fat from making bone broth.. Is that suitable as a cream too?? Or is that tallow?? Am using the greenpastures fermented cod liver oil/x factor butter cream now, works miracles too!

  48. Aimee 'Mackley' Johnson via FB says:

    Please let it be meeee! So exciting!

  49. ::fingers crossed:: I’d love to try this stuff!

  50. Michelle says:

    Did all but pinterest…just do not have the time to sign up for that yet lol

  51. Victoria says:

    Think I did everything I was supposed to;) excited about the body balms!!

  52. Carrie says:

    I just pinned How to can tomatoes at home, from fresh tomatoes – Canning tomatoes made easy and illustrated! because I am a newbie canner and I value this info so much! Thank you!

  53. veronica says:

    I repin Home remedies

  54. Jennifer Wright Romanchick via FB says:

    Would really love to get spoiled!

  55. Thanks for the chance Heather!! Hope hope hoping! :0)

  56. Heh heh, I’m looking around and not sure where to find results for this giveaway? I’m not excited or anything…;0)

  57. I drew the winners and am waiting to hear back that the last one met the giveaway requirements (signing up for Vintage Tradition newsletter) – should be posted soon!

  58. Well my first name got me excited! Oh wells, better luck next time! :) I’m going to try and make this at home! My sweet sister in law is sharing some of her tallow and I’m gonna give it a shot!

  59. Janice DeLong via FB says:

    I just made some tonight with tallow, coconut oil and a couple drops of lavender. I was wondering if putting the lavender in would somehow make the cream ” not as good”?

  60. I think lavender would be great! It’s thought to be be very good for skin :)

  61. A says:

    Hi, I was wondering what you use as your daily skin care regimen for day and night?

  62. Rachel says:

    I just checked out Vintage Traditions website and was SOOOO happy to see they use XYZ Oils in their products. Outside of killing bugs, that’s the only company whose products I will use. AWESOME! Since I’m expecting my first, this will definitely be going on my registry list.

    Thank you!

    • Heather says:

      Rachel, they are AWESOME! I was sure they probably used regular olive oil from the store which is often fake, but no. They source it directly from farmers. They have gone to great lengths to use only the highest quality ingredients and I can tell a HUGE difference when I use their stuff. Congrats on your pregnancy!

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