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Our Facebook store is now live!

Now you can shop directly from our facebook page 🙂

The team at NaturalMantra.com is thrilled to take our first step towards making eco-friendly living easy, accessible and affordable. Our Facebook store is now live, just in time for any last minute Diwali shopping.  We are privileged to launch this store with high quality products from Omved and Ecorico.

At this time, we’re starting with Mumbai and will be offering ‘cash on delivery’ for all orders within the city of Mumbai. As we gear up to launch our website we’ll be sure to ship all over India.

We’re making last minute Diwali shopping easy.  We can be reached on phone on 022-6555-5553 or by emailing your order and contact details to support@naturalmantra.com. To order and pay directly through our Facebook store, here’s how to order:

Step 1. “Like” us on Facebook.com/NaturalMantra

Step 2. Click “Shop”

Click the bright orange shopping cart

Step 3: Click a product to view details and start shopping

Click a product to view details and start shopping.

Step 4 : Add your favorite items to the cart and check out.

Diwali shopping can truly be overwhelming. We’ll help you save those last minute crowded store trips so you can achieve more, out of the little time you have. We’re just getting started to get some great natural and organic products directly to your door-step.

Have fun shopping this Diwali for some great natural and organic products!  🙂



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Green gifting ideas this Diwali from the Farmer’s Market

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The farmers’ market last Sunday (Oct 9) was bustling with many new faces and lots of positive energy. We met a new set of enthusiastic sellers with their equally amazing products. With Diwali less than three weeks away, we wanted to make this post more relevant to you. Taking forward from our previous post on ‘Glimpses from the farmers’ market Oct 2′, we’ve attempted to compile this handy-list, on unique eco-friendly gifting options we saw at the farmers’ market. More importantly, the one’s on this list are all safe, healthy, non-toxic options for your family and friends.

Here’s a list of some unique green gifting options that we bring forth in no particular order.

Gifts for young children:


Wood-free pencils are made out of wastes like plastic bags, thermacol plates, denims using lesser amounts of our natural resources

Notebooks out of recycled paper can be unique gifts not only for the older kids but also for moms

Neat lead-free toys and games makes these a gift that is sure to create an impression about you and your choices

1.  KEC Games and Toys: Colourful, vibrant, thoughtful, earth-friendly toys and art supplies from KEC Games and Toys. 

We love them because…

These products are made out of products derived from natural materials such a wood, paper, jute, rope, lac. For example,the pencils are not made of wood but waste material like plastic and more. They have some interesting children’s toys that are non-toxic and hence safe for children. Being a mom of a four year old these work as magnets for me. What truly appealed to me is that they have some really  neat traditional games which encourage experiential learning, encouraging creativity, strategic thinking and skill building. It’s a far better option as compared to television and video games.  The added charm about buying these games is that these also support the work of rural artisans and craftsmen by giving them a sustained source of income.

Gifts for women

2. Young Cosmetics with certified organic ingredients

Natural, safe, chemical-free cosmetics with a wide range of colours to suit the Indian skin tone. The ingredients include (ghee) clarified butter, kokum butter (garcinia indica), honey, beeswax

A long shelf life and yippee cruelty free

Young Cosmetics

We love them because…

Young cosmetics range are 100% chemical-free products. Rest assured, these line of products are devoid of any chemicals such as sulphates(SLS), parabens, petroleum based ingredients or any synthetic preservatives, When I read the ingredients on the pack the Young Mango Butter Moisturizer mentioned certified organic ingredients such as clarified butter, kokum butter, honey, beeswax.  Something interesting that stuck a chord was mango butter which has healing and regenerative properties. The icing on the cake, it also protects your skin from harmful sun damage. What I gather here is that I can simply wear this moisturizer on my skin along with a dash of natural lipstick and head out!

Young cosmetics range of products include lipsticks, lip balms, foundation, moisturizer and body lotion. This time consider a safe, chemical-free gifting option.


3.  Gifts for pregnant women and infants

Great little organic goodies to carry in your purse

USDA certified organic herbal teas from mommy and baby

The USDA certified organic Maternity gift baskets

We love them because…

OG Mama’s website says it well  ‘What goes on, goes in’. What we apply on our skin, matters.  Samskara Wellness has a pretty neat basket of organic goodies to offer.  Because it’s certified organic it makes a great quality gift for moms-to-be . The pregnancy gift basket includes a large Organic Belly Butter (236ml), an Organic Lavender  Gentle soap (236ml), a Organic Lavender  Moisture Oil (236ml), an Organic Pregnancy Tea(from Traditional Medicinals), a Hyacinth picture frame all filled in a flower pot.

I particularly was attracted to the organic caffeine-free herbal teas. They are available for:

  • pregnant women
  • breastfeeding moms
  • women to help promote the health of the female system
  • the health of the urinary tract

I picked up the Organic Cran-Acid teas for my mom. We’ll come back with our review in a few weeks.

Neat set of products worth a try.  You will get addicted to these!

4. Unique memorable gifts for your friends. Home Décor


Visiting cards we fell in love with :).

Bees wax filled in empty coconut shells. How cool is that?

You can definitely find something interesting to gift here

Our Lil Bit: You’ll get a drift of their unique products once you see their visiting cards.  I sure haven’t seen something like this, ever since I left my high-profile, stressful advertising job.

We love them because:

The products in the Our Lil Bit  outlet come from 15 NGOs who make hundred’s of eco-friendly products. It’s hard to leave them without buying something.  From pen holders to little containers that can be used to keep jewellery, to beeswax candles, recycled pin boards, natural mosquito repellants, organic herbs and a lot more. You will most certainly find something or the other that you can gift this Diwali.  Certainly give this store a try. Their cause is noble as they work to preserve and sustain planet earth as there is no Planet B. 🙂 (Picked this up from their visiting card)

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Beyond the ones we listed above from Day 2 at the Farmer’s Market, this list of eco-friendly gift options is incomplete without the brands we included in our previous blog post: ‘Glimpses from the Farmer’s Market in Mumbai – Oct 2nd’.

6.  Omved

Omved candles comes with a lid for long lasting fragrance.

7. Ecorico dryfruits:

A highly recommended safe, healthy replacement to the traditional dry-fruits, Ecorico’s cashews, apricots and other nuts come in its most raw natural form without the treatment of any harmful chemical pesticides. Because it comes untreated with any kind of chemicals, it has a naturally rich taste.  The difference is that obvious. Try them to get addicted!

Ecorico certified organic nuts: A healthier substitute for the traditional dried fruits your find in the markets

One of my personal favorite gifting options from Ecorico

Eco-friendly Fashion :

8. No Nasties

T-shirts that lead a movement.


Gift a Service 🙂

9. Healthy organic dabba service under the guidance of Kavita Mukhi : Sahi Tiffin

Sahi Tiffin: Nutritious healthy organic meals under Kavita Mukhi's nutrition guidelines

Have a friend, husband, wife who needs nutritious organic food? Try Sahi Tiffin services at Rs. 950 per week. Call them at 9819865135 for more information.

To conclude…

We certainly hope that you have a few extra meaningful gifting options to consider this Diwali. Make it a sustainable, eco-friendly, less polluting Diwali.  We are fast working to get our online store up so that you can find products that are healthy, safe, non-toxic and sustainable at the click of a button.  We’re working to making eco-friendly living easy, affordable and convenient.

To view more photos from the farmers market please do visit the album on facebook.com/naturalmantra .

If you visited this farmers’ market or a market in your locality, please share your experiences with us. We’d love to hear from you :) . Leave us a comment or connect with us here:

Facebook : Facebook.com/NaturalMantra ;

Tweet: @NaturalMantra

Blog : https://naturalmantra.wordpress.com/

Disclaimer:  The views expressed are that of the author alone based on my personal experience at the market.  

About the author: Tina is the mother of a beautiful, curious 4 year old girl. She returned to India early this year after living the San Jose, California, USA for over 5 years. She strives hard to reduce, reuse and buy products that are natural, organic and more importantly sustainable.  She is also a social media professional in a leading social media agency in India, a professional children’s photographer, and supports the movement towards a sustainable future for our planet. Connect with her on tinadatta23@gmail.com.


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Be green today with these 10 simple steps

Eco-friendly home

Adopt a natural, organic and eco-friendly lifestyle. (Image Courtesy : Google)

The best part about living an environmentally friendly lifestyle is that it helps you save money. Being green is not about going out and buying a green product, it’s about being aware of how we live each day and the baby steps we take every single day.

If you’ve wanted to start an eco-friendly lifestyle and didn’t know where to begin, here are 10 easy steps you can take today! Rest assured if you practice just a few of these steps you would not only save money but also be our planet’s best friend. ☺

Here are 10 simple tips to go green Right NOW:

Tip 1. Did you buy your favorite jam or achar (pickle)in a glass jar?

Eco-Tip: Re-use the glass jars to store pulses, spices, tiny art supplies and things alike.

Benefit: You’ll save your food from being stored in substandard plastic containers. Moreover, plastic is neither good for your health or the planet’s. Rest assured you won’t have to worry about BPA (Bisphenyl-A) or exposure to cancer.

To parent-to-be, parents of infants and younger children, women and everyone : we’d strongly urge you to read this synopsis put together by the American Cancer Society, about a study enlisting the risks from plastic chemicals such a BPA

Tip 2. Make yourself a promise.

Never leave home without water in a reusable bottle. Absolutely STOP buying plastic disposable bottles. Please refer back to Tip 1 on the ill effects of chemicals such as BPA in plastic. Watch ‘The Story of Bottled Water’. Even though this is specific to the US, it is relevant to India and an eye opener.

Tip 3. Have a baby in diapers?

Eco-Tip: Switch to cloth diapers or use a combination. Leave the disposable diapers for use when you head out of home or have guests over.

Benefit: Cloth diapers or reusable nappies can be a great inexpensive alternative to disposable diapers. Age-old traditions are tried and tested techniques and there is no harm bouncing back to something that is naturally good. Babies who wear cloth nappies have less diaper rash (hence less creams). With cloth diapers your baby won’t be exposed to sodium polyacralate (the shiny crystals in the diaper that can stick to babies skin causing reactions)*1 To read about benefits of cloth diapering here’s a super article on ’10 Benefits To Using Cloth Diapers’ written by Kelly a wonderful mom of three. If your child has sensitive skin try organic pants that are made out of unadulterated soft cotton. They stay soft even after multiple washes. You have to experience them to truly understand its quality.

Tip 4. Unplug appliances, chargers and microwaves when they are not in use. 

Definitely turn your computer off completely before you go to bed.

Power Strip helps you unplug multiple plugs in one go.

Eco-Tip:  Consider using a power strip, it’s easy to unplug multiple appliances quickly. Adds to the convenience factor 🙂

Tip 5. Invest in rechargeable batteries and compact fluorescent lights(CFLs) or LED light bulbs.

Tip 6. Reuse old bills, printouts as scrap paper.

If you have children use them to create some stunning artwork for your kids room. Alternatively print on both sides.

Tip 7. Order e-statements and pay your bills online. Phone bills, bank statements, energy bills everything.

Tip 8. Have errands to run?

Eco-Tip: Stop. Pause. Plan. Make a grocery list and stick to it. Additionally try and plan errands in one geographic location together.

Benefit: Firstly, sticking to your list will help you stick to your budget. Shoppers tend to over spend when they don’t have a list, sometimes buying items that are already stocked at home. Lastly, clubbing the errands together in a single geographic area will help will save on petrol.

Tip 9. Bring in some natural light.

Bring in the natural light.

Avoid turning lights on as long as you can.  Alternately do remember to switch off lights, fans or any other appliance before you leave the room or your house.

Lastly, guess you already know this.

Tip 10. Going shopping?

Please carry re-usable bags. Make the synonymous association Shopping = Reusable bag! 🙂

For thoughtful shoppers!

Heading the eco-friendly lifestyle has never been this easy. Sign up for a few of these and you’ll be well on your way to making it a way of life.

We love connecting with our readers. Comments, suggestions, more eco-friendly quick tips? Send them in to tina@naturalmantra.com and we’ll be happy to give you due credit.

Reduce, re-use, re-cycle.   Be Cool.          Be green!

Agree?

Source:
1. Caldwell, Ginny. “Diapers. Disposable or Cotton?,” Eco-Baby Catalogue

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Nothing excites me more that the sight of bright, farm fresh organic vegetables. It was all here at the Farmer’s Market coupled with a first hand experience of some amazing natural and organic products.  With these amazing earth-friendly products, we also had a chance to personally meet equally amazing and passionate sellers.

The Bandra Farmer's Market

On Sunday Oct 2, 2011,  we visited Kavita Mukhi’s Farmer’s Market Season 3 here in Mumbai.

Where : Bhalla House, 97 Hill Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai.
Landmark: Opposite Saint Andrew’s Church,
When  : All Sundays October 2, 2011 to April 29, 2012
Time    : Sundays, 10 am to 4 pm

(If you plan to frequent the market every Sunday, please make a note of this.  Farmer’s market happens in October & November in Bandra and shifts to Mahalaxmi Race Course from December through April. For more details please visit this link : Farmer’s Market Mumbai)

Glimpses you cannot miss

Here’s a glimpse of the sights we captured this Sunday at this homey, close to nature, unadulterated market place with like-minded thoughtful shoppers and passionate sellers. Take a peak into this blissful natural, organic and eco-friendly market along with a few brands that caught my eye.

First off : Sights of some certified organic vegetables! Needless to say we bought some for the week! 🙂

Certified organic greens

Certified organic potatoes

Certified organic vegetables

Organic vege-delight!

While the choice of produce was limited this Sunday, I hope to see more varieties of vegetables and fruits that I can carry home in the coming weeks. For those looking for home delivery of organic vegetables straight from the farm we were happy to meet ‘Jiyo Organic‘ who takes orders twice a week. A great help for many who can’t make it to the Farmer’s Market every Sunday.

 

Sustainable brands that caught my eye

 

Omved: As you entered the market we stopped to experience a few Omved  products on display. One of the first impressions these products exude is that of distinct high quality and very Indian. From its packaging to the captivating fragrance, going away without a purchase is hard. As mentioned on their site, Omved stands for Om: The absolute; Ved: knowledge.   Their range of products are made by master artisans and tribal craftsmen in village units, fair trade of course! These products are handcrafted, natural, chemical free, non-toxic, biodegradable thus sustainable.  It emphatically brings back ancient Vedic traditions with a high element of design. Here are just a few for you to see 🙂

You can find them on Facebook.com/Omvednatural

Omved incense sticks

Omved tin candles.

The Omved stall

Ecorico snacks. Power snacking without the chemicals. Now how good is that? Their product range includes organic dried apricots, dried figs, almonds, cashews and pistachios free of sulphites, preservatives, colourings and allergens.  What appealed to me the most is that it can be a healthy snacking option for my little four year old as well.

An interesting offering were the impressive gift packs. Take a look to exclaim : Vow!

You can join their Facebook Page @ Ecorico-Organic-Club

No Nasties: 

Can eco-friendly brands be fun and cool? Hell ya! 100% pure organic cotton T-shirts with edgy designs,  high on creativity and style statements. These T-shirt lend a personality of their own coupled with the styling and the fitting. It’s definitely not the typical T-shirt.  NoNasties.in also has an eye-catching website design. It stands out just like their T-shirts!  Three cheers to the No Nasties team for heading this movement!

You can join their fanclub on facebook.com/nonasties

Shop for change!

Beyond the green produce we loved the organic cupcakes, pulses, cereal bars, nutritious organic meals and snacks, bath and body, natural mosquito repellants, and a whole lot of natural, organic products for your home.

Here’s an extended glimpse:

Homemade Organic cakes and cupcakes

Time for some Organic Healing?

These surprised us!! Amazingly delicious Gouri's cereal bars!

We hope you enjoyed these glimpses.  To view more photos from the farmers market please do visit us on Facebook.

If you visited this farmer’s market or a market in your locality, please share your experiences with us. We’d love to hear from you :). Leave us a comment or connect with us here:

Website: NaturalMantra.com ;

Facebook : Facebook.com/NaturalMantra ;

Tweet: @NaturalMantra

Blog : https://naturalmantra.wordpress.com/

Disclaimer:  The views expressed are that of the author alone based on my personal experience at the market.