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Baby Massage

Baby Massage

All three of my children love to be massaged. It was a ritual we began when they were babies and has gotten us through infant colic, teething, nighttime growing pains, stress, and provided a special bonding experience for any pre-bedtime wind-down. As they grow older, sometimes these massages are the platform for precious conversations and a means to bring calm after a hard day. 

This powerful tool is too good to not recommend to every mama, so we have created a simple, useful, downloadable guide that covers everything from the benefits of baby massage to creating the best environment. At the end of the download are guidelines that you can cut out and keep in the nursery to help get you started. 

Cheers to hours of bonding and special memories that will last a lifetime!


What is Baby Massage?

Infant massage is a gentle, soothing therapy that has been shown to have physical and psychological benefits. It’s also a wonderful way to bond with your baby.


The Benefits of Baby Massage

  • Stimulates brain activity and releases oxytocin
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Increases alertness/heightens awareness
  • Reduces stress hormones
  • Improves immune function
  • Enhances development of the nervous system
  • Aids with digestion
  • Relieves discomfort of gas, colic, constipation
  • Deepens bonding between baby and parent/caregiver
  • Helps parent/caregiver respond to baby’s cues
  • Enhances communication between baby and parent/caregiver
  • Creates an opportunity for father, grandparent, or another special person in baby’s life to bond
  • Improves relaxation, sleep
  • Deepens baby’s feelings of security and overall well-being


The Process

Create a comforting environment.

  • Set aside 15-30 minutes of uninterrupted, distraction-free time
  • Choose a time when baby is happy and alert
  • Make sure temperature is warm enough so baby doesn’t get cold
  • Dim the lights and play a favorite lullaby album, or enjoy the quiet
  • Remove all jewelry that could scratch or distract
  • Follow up massage with snuggle or rocking time


Begin massage using these guidelines:

  • Make eye contact
  • Before you begin, request permission from your baby. This develops trust and respect; empowering him /her to accept or reject their body being touched
  • Watch for cues of engagement
  • Use gentle, fluid strokes (not so light that it tickles)
  • Keep strokes slow and relaxing; avoid over-stimulating baby by going too fast
  • Move from baby’s center, outwards (example: move from baby’s upper thigh down to his /her feet)
  • Balance – if you massage the right arm, massage the left arm next
  • Do each stroke 3 times and watch for cues from baby to continue or move to next stroke


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Sweet Dreams: Spotify playlists


We’ve created three playlists for lullaby/sleepytime, that are each a bit different, but that are all relaxing, beautiful music. We hope you enjoy!



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Why You Need Refresh Oil

Why You Need Refresh Oil

Zoe Organics Refresh Oil is one of the products in our collection that is lesser known than some of our other hero products. However, it packs a powerful punch and comes in handy more than you’d think. In fact, this might be the little roller bottle that you never knew you needed! In this post, we aim to bring some clarity to this special oil, so that next time you need it, it will be right there in your purse, pocket or cabinet.


What is Refresh Oil?

Refresh Oil is an aromatherapy oil designed to refresh, awaken senses and help to counteract nausea and stomach upset. Originally created for our pregnancy collection, it has become a beloved family staple. The blend of quality organic essential oils, is diluted in organic jojoba oil and packaged in a glass roller bottle that can be conveniently applied and kept close by.


Zoe Organics Refresh Oil 


How does it work?

Our blend of essential oils includes lime, peppermint, ginger and spearmint. As you read through the properties of these oils, you will see why we chose them. Here are their primary properties: uplifting, stimulating, immune system and digestion support, and help relieving nausea and upset.  

Here are some facts about these oils:

Lime: A refreshing citrus oil that has an uplifting aroma and supports the immune system. It is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and supports digestion. (We use distilled lime essential oil, which is not phototoxic.)

Peppermint: This plant at its aroma are known for their ability to counteract nausea and vomiting and soothe upset tummies. It is known to increase circulation, has anti-inflammatory properties and works as a decongestant. Only a very small amount of this oil is needed to be effective and we use it in a 0.95% concentration in this formula.

Ginger: Supports the immune system and is commonly used to support digestion and relieve gas, nausea and vomiting. It can increase circulation and support the respiratory system, but helping to remove excess mucus.

Spearmint: Increases circulation, supports digestion and has an uplifting, stimulating aroma that is energizing and uplifting.


Zoe Organics Refresh Oil


How do I use it?

Refresh Oil can be used a few different ways, but the most straightforward use is to roll it on the pulse points (temples, neck and wrist). A light massage with the oil on the temples or neck can be a therapeutic little ritual or pick-me-up.

We also like to roll it on the palms, cup our hands around our nose and breathe a few slow, deep breaths. For young children, you can apply the oil to an adults hands and allow them to breath in the aromatherapy blend.

For adults and children, a gentle massage with the refresh oil on the stomach can be beneficial during upset or nausea. Simply apply the oil directly to the abdomen and gently rub the oil in a circular motion.

It is recommended to use caution with peppermint and spearmint essentials oils with young children because of the high menthol content. The combination of these oils is used at 0.45% dilution in this product. For use with young children begin by allowing them to smell the aroma of the oil rather than applying directly on their skin, particularly on our near the face.

As with all of our products, this one is a muti-tasker. The benefits of the essential oils make it a daily favorite.

Here are some of the ways our family and our customers use it:

  • Travel companion for motion sickness, nausea or stuffy, smelly enclosed spaces (planes, trains and automobiles)
  • Morning sickness and nausea
  • A pick-me-up for a tired mama or caregiver
  • A labor oil to stay alert and combat fatigue and nausea
  • A pick-me-up for C-section births
  • Tummy aches
  • For use before a test or to help with concentration
  • A refreshing perfume oil


Zoe Organics Refresh Oil


What are other people saying?

“A few weeks ago, my 5 year old daughter got a little stomach bug. I remember Heather telling me about a little trick that she would use on her kids, and boy does it work! Every time Emma would complain about her tummy hurting, I would grab our Refresh Oil and apply it in a circular motion on her stomach, and within minutes she would calm down and her stomach ache would subside a little bit! It was just enough to give her some relief.” – Lee W.

"As some who struggles with anxiety, I use this daily to keep my calm. Love breathing in all its goodness :)" – Teresa D.

"This oil never left my side during my first trimester. I often felt sick all day long, and rubbing this oil on my wrists/hands and smelling it when I got particularly queasy was really helpful. Even now that I am not as sick, the scent has become comforting so I still apply it daily. It is small but mighty. Couldn't have lived without it in those first few months!" – Jenn (review from

"At first I thought this was only a pregnancy essential oil, but the girls in the store explained that it can be used for motion sickness too. Now I keep it in my handbag and apply it whenever I am feeling nauseous while traveling, which is often. It is like a breath of fresh air on planes, trains, and in the car. Love this oil!" – Kathryn (review from

"This smells sooooo good of lime, ginger & spearmint – it's not strong and overpowering – it's very light and refreshing. I love using it as a natural perfume but it is also wonderful on pulse points when feeling sick, car sick, headache coming on, etc. It is so great to keep in my purse, it's small and easy to use with the roller ball. It is also nice to roll all over palms of my hands, rub together and take deep breaths if I'm feeling really run-down and tired. It's such a great price too – makes a great gift to for anyone who travels a lot or pregnant friends." – Carol H. (review from

"I love this product! It has a light, delicate scent that is very appealing. I use it multiple times a day." – Karyn M. (review from

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A Quick Update On Our Intimate Collection

A Quick Update On Our Intimate Collection

In 2016 we did a soft launch of our Intimate Collection with three beautiful products – Body Oil, Aroma Oil and Candle. We introduced this collection with a lot of passion, especially because we saw a need for them in our own lives. And as we delve deeper into our understanding and concern for all areas of women's health and wellness, we have recognized the value of sexual wellness and the need for quality, safe and (enjoyable, delightful) products that support a sense of inner peace, inspire affection, and set the mood for that beautiful intimate connection that can exist between partners. 


Zoe Organics Intimate Collection


After we launched this collection, we asked for your feedback and suggestions. What we found was that you too have a desire for clean sexual health products! Not just any “clean” products... products that are much different than what is currently on the market.

Since our initial launch, we've been taking your feedback and we are working behind the scenes to tweak and improve this collection and bring you more products. It will take time, but man, it’s going to be worth it!


Zoe Organics Intimate Collection


This week we restocked the Body Oil (just in time for Valentine’s Day) and, WOW, you have blown us away with your response! This amazing organic oil is flying off the shelves, and we couldn’t be happier.


Zoe Organics Intimate Collection Body Oil, No.1


If you haven’t checked out our 100% organic Intimate Collection Body Oil No. 1 yet, you can see it here.

Also, we want to hear from you! Please comment below, email us, or head over to our last post in Instagram, with any products ideas that you think should be added to our Intimate Collection. Tell us as well if you enjoyed the Aroma Oil and Candle. We want to make products that enrich your life, so please let us know your thoughts! 


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Zoe Organics Intimate Collection




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What You Might Not Know About Our New Gift Sets

What You Might Not Know About Our New Gift Sets
We are so excited to announce the arrival of our new Gift Sets! We've gathered three of our favorite products in both the Baby and Pregnancy categories, and packaged them together in beautiful new gift boxes. Continue reading

FREE Refresh Oil with purchase!

FREE Refresh Oil with purchase!

Did you know that our 100% organic Refresh Oil is a great natural remedy for tummy aches? You'll want this in your back pocket come Halloween! Here's why:

  • Peppermint Essential Oil: Helps to relieve bloating, calm stomach muscles, and reduce pain from cramping. It also helps eliminate gas from the intestines.
  • Ginger Essential Oil: Applying ginger essential oil directly on the stomach can relieve bloating and give you a boost.
  • Lime Essential Oil: An uplifting, sweet scent to help you feel refreshed.
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      Real Natural Beauty

      Real Natural Beauty

      A few weeks ago, Organic Authority published an article, What Real Natural Beauty Brands Want You to Know About Big Beauty. It was a very well-written piece by Liz Thompson, with quotes from some of my dear friends and brand founders in natural beauty. As I read through the article, it caused me to reflect on what Natural Beauty really is, and why we started in the first place. I wanted to spend a few minutes adding my thoughts because I think this is an important conversation to have as the natural beauty industry continues to grow and evolve.


      Organic Authority quote: Heather Hamilton


      Zoe Organics products became available in May of 2010. I was making products and running the business from my kitchen. I was a young mom with a toddler, preschooler and was pregnant with my third. I believed that natural and organic products could be so much more than what was currently on the market. During the first few years in business, I connected with some of the brand founders that today have thriving businesses. They also started in their kitchens or studios, researching and sourcing the best natural and organic ingredients they could find, making them with utmost care in small batches.

      We had a common goal, to educate consumers on the benefits of natural and organic ingredients and provide something different than the conventional products that dominated the market. When we began, green beauty was still very young and good products were hard to find. You could take our products at face value, and when you called the number on the website, you could speak with the brand founder, who was also the formulator (and likely every other role within the company)!

      In 2013, our friends La Bella Figura started A Night For Green Beauty, which would, for the subsequent three years, be the leading, highly anticipated green beauty event, bringing together the best premium natural indie brands into an intimate setting. It wasn’t a “show”, but a premiere social gathering, complete with flower crowns, champagne and tables covered with the most beautiful natural and organic products.


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      We, collectively, evangelized and promoted each other’s brands. We recognized that together we were a force that could bring about change. And indeed it did. Our efforts began to pay off and gain momentum as consumers eagerly made the switch to natural – now that products that were safe, beautiful and performed well were available. And sales picked up.



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      Fast forward seven years, and the opportunities have multiplied. The challenges have as well. We all agree that without the growth and consumer demand for natural products, we wouldn’t have the opportunities we do today. But we also feel the pressure from brands who have jumped on the bandwagon when it became trendy to do so. Brands that have big budgets and celebrity followings, and are far more motivated by the bottom line than their environmental or social impact.

      But despite all the noise that has entered this evolving industry, I believe what set us apart then is what continues to set us apart today: our steadfastness to what we believe in, and the reasons why we started in the first place. As I read all of the quotes from the brand founders in this article, I was encouraged and re-energized. As long as there are brands fierce with purpose and commitment to quality and authenticity, there will be Real Natural Beauty.

      Real Natural Beauty


      Header photo: Olly Joy on Unsplash

      Illustrations: The Chalkboard

      Product photo: La Bella Figura
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      A dream came true for us this week – our products went up on Nordstrom's website!

      Nordstrom is a retailer we set our eyes on in 2010 when I was making products in my kitchen. We knew we wanted to partner with them, and this week it happened. 

      You can now find most of our products on – and watch for our brand new gift sets coming early October. They are GORGEOUS!!

      If you make a purchase on, would you pretty please leave a review so that new customers can discover us as well? You're the best!

      Thanks for working together with us to make natural and organic the standard in skincare. We've only just begun!



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      World Breastfeeding Week 2017

      World Breastfeeding Week 2017

      World Breastfeeding Week 2017

      Breastfeeding can be painful, frustrating and tragically difficult. So we honor every mama who has given it their best shot, whether that has meant a few days or a few years – we celebrate you. 

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