I love to try new products, and I love to support fellow mamas.
So, when Heidi Engen approached me with her business, The Smart Seed, and offered to let me try her products, of course I said yes!
The first thing that caught my attention was that she makes her products with organic flax. I happen to have a dad, brother, and extended family who raise organic flax in central North Dakota, so I felt a bit of a connection there.
So what are Heidi’s products? She uses North Dakota grown flax seed and flannel to create hot and cold packs in multiple sizes. You can check out why she specifically uses flax in her products here. It’s also why she calls her company “The Smart Seed”.
I checked out her Etsy store to see what I might like to sample. I was the most interested in the eye pillows because I thought I could use them as ice packs for the kiddos. Heidi explained that she was actually working on kid packs, so I waited for those to be done as that is what I wanted to test out.
When Heidi delivers, she delivers. Instead of just the product, I received a cute package at my door, topped off with a personalized note. She impresses right from the start.
She definitely exceeded my expectations. I immediately noticed her great attention to detail and design.
Even her tags have her logo on them. Cute, cute, cute!
So here’s my review of what I received:
This is actually the product that I wasn’t interested in when she offered it to me, but I find that it has been the one that I reach for the most! You simply microwave it for 1-2 minutes–and then you snuggle with it. 😉 It comes out warm and is an instant stress reliever.
I personally find it a bit bulky to wear around my shoulders. It isn’t comfortable for me to have it around my neck and sit back (maybe that’s my undiagnosed claustrophobia coming out….) However, I sometimes lay it on my ankles/feet while I’m reclined and reading (What can I say…I get cold feet!). It also feels good to just lay it on other areas that are sore/tired.
I’ve also taken it to bed with me to warm me up in the cold sheets. In a way, it makes me feel a bit like an old pioneer. Didn’t they used to go to bed with hot potatoes under the blankets to stay warm? 🙂
My five-year-old was also instantly drawn to it once it was heated up. He wanted to snuggle with it.
The nice thing about these products is the flannel covering. Even if the seeds get really hot from a little too much microwaving, the flannel protects your skin.
I keep this in the freezer in a Ziplock bag. I haven’t used this yet as an eye refresher, but this is the PERFECT size for little foreheads. Think fevers. We have used cool damp washcloths on their foreheads to help the kiddos cool down when they are sick, but these get the job done without the “wet.”
This was bigger than I expected it to be, which is nice. I keep this in the freezer with the eye pillow. I personally use them both for the same job: kids. This is the perfect kids’ ice pack because of the flannel and the flax. It’s not too cold on the skin. Whenever I use traditional ice packs for all those “owies,” I always have to wrap them in a dish towel so it’s not too cold. This can go straight to the skin from the freezer without the worry of it hurting the skin. And the flax molds to whatever surface you put it on, so it’s comfortable.
Eye pillow on the left, kid pack on the right
This little lady actually grabs them occasionally just to play with them. They feel pretty cool. (Pun not originally intended.)
These smell soooo good. I do like the smell of lavender, though, so if you don’t, it might be a little strong. At first, I assumed that they were made with essential oils, but Heidi explained that the scent comes from the actual dried herb itself. (I should have read the label.)
From what I remember about aromatherapy, lavender is supposed to help you relax, and peppermint is supposed to help with nausea and headaches. I can definitely see the benefits of combining these scents with hot/cold packs.
Also, flax does have a distinct smell, so the scent packs will mask that smell if it’s not something you like. When my five-year-old was testing out the shoulder wrap without a scent pack in it, he told me it smelled like “dirty pants” which made me laugh. Unless you are pressing your nose up to it, the flax smell is not something you are going to notice. And to me, it just smells natural. And it’s nice to know that it’s North Dakota grown. 🙂
Questions I Had, Answers I Got
1. What is inside the scent packs? How long does the scent last? Can I add more essential oil to the packs if the scent weakens?
The scent packs contain 100% dried lavender or peppermint (no essential oils added). Depending on how often they are heated, they will last approximately 2-3 months. When the scent begins to fade, a couple drops of essential oil can be added to them to boost the aromatherapy experience.
2. How long do the seeds last? Do they ever go bad?
In my experience, I have not yet seen the flax seeds go bad. My husband has been using his heat pack on a daily basis for the past 3 years, and it is still going strong! One of the main benefits to using flax seed is its oil content. As opposed to wheat or rice (which are mainly comprised of water that evaporates over time), flax seed contains 30-40% oil that retains heat longer, and can be reheated over and over without losing its ability to retain heat. (This is my inspiration for naming the products “The Smart Seed” – those flax seeds are pretty smart!)
The flannel liner comes off and is machine washable. Do not wash the flax pack, however.
The eye pillow and kid pack are now a staple in my freezer.
Overall, Heidi has created a neat shop with useful, unique products. I am definitely satisfied with the products I got, and I can see our household continuing to use them in the future.
Thank you so much for letting me try them!
And how awesome is this?! I have an exclusive coupon code for you, the reader of this blog! Through May 31, 2017, you can save 15% on your entire TheSmartSeed Etsy shop order when you use the code NDMOM15 at checkout.
Here are the links if you want to check her out on Etsy or Facebook.
I hope you are having a sunny day!