I try to make the best decisions I can for my family given the information that I have on hand. When I was younger and still living in New York, I tried my best to make as many of the dishes I served my family from scratch.
Even from an early age, I knew the difference between home made and store bought. It’s not that one is necessarily better than the other, but when it came to food, I definitely figured out the difference between my mom’s cooking…and everyone else’s.
When it comes to the love of a mother, there is not much else that can compare.
We all have heard the stories of super human strength that mothers have exhibited when her child is in danger. Here on the site, I have written about friends of mine, whose businesses also grew out of the love of for their children. One of my friends knew that it was extremely difficult for her to find baked treats without dairy, nuts, or eggs. Out of that need, came her small business of baking and selling vegan treats. I have another friend whose daughter had extremely sensitive skin and one of her businesses is all natural castille soap and other products for children just like hers.
Personally, I have also shared how preservatives and additives have affected Gelli in some of her food allergies that present themselves when she eats anything outside of what we make from scratch for her breakfast meats. (Next on my list is figuring out how to smoke my own bacon.) So, I also know first hand, what lengths I will go to, to make things right for my children.
Green Mama is third “baby” of Andrea Fernandez Reloza. Because she was raising her own two babies, she wanted more all natural alternatives when it came to caring for her home, and her precious family living in it.
It began with her starting to mix her own cleaning products using baking soda, vinegar, and essential oils. As her business grew, she began to create other skincare and wellness products which meant that her team expanded to include dematolgists, microbioligists, formulators and business men.
Using all natural local virgin coconut oil as the base of many of her products she only adds botantical ingredients and premium essential oils. Everything is made in small batches, are non toxic, and affordable to the end user, like me.
I have yet to try all of her products, but so far I have used the Bio Enzyme Spray on my kitchen counters and in my bathrooms effectively. Both of these products are light, fresh, (not oily) and actually smell fresh and citrusy. It makes them easy to use while doing quick clean ups to keep up with the two rooms that need to be the cleanest rooms in the house. I have even used the all natural Tea Tree/Eucalyptus Toilet Bowl Cleaner in Gelli’s banyo and I am happy with the results.
When I was younger, it was MY chore to make sure the bathrooms were clean in our home. While I have not allowed the kids to handle the chemicals I previously used to clean the bathrooms as of yet, using these all natural cleaning agents actually has me thinking that it might be time for the older kids to learn how to clean a bathroom properly. I don’t think it’s something that I would have them do as a regular chore, here in Manila, but I think it’s very important to know how to clean properly. (I learned this skill when I was 14 years old.) Especially, now that my oldest is off to college, there are so many more life skills she needs to learn in being able to take care of herself.
Using Green Mama products, actually empowers me to give a responsibility like this, to the kids without worrying about exposure to harmful chemicals.
I think that’s a win win situation! Don’t you?
Andrea has created a full line of beauty and skin care products as well. These include items like her VCO Dual Makeup Remover, Facial Cleanser and Apple Cider Toner. She also has bath and body items which include a delicious Grapefruit Shower Gel, Tumeric and Lemon Bath Soap, and she even has a Gugo shampoo that I am looking forward to trying soon.
But like any momma who loves what she is doing, it is evident in the feedback she receives from her customers. So the beauty of what she started doing for her family, became a full fledged business where she provides natural non-toxic cleaning and skincare products for other socially aware and mindful mommas like herself. And when she gets that feedback through the social media accounts that she manages for the brand?
She knows that she is doing something right.
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