At the Common Ground Fair last weekend I discovered Rooted Earth Farm, a two person sustainable farm in Casco, Maine. Amongst a variety of lovely, natural body care products I found yoga mat spray. If you have read my previous posts or taken a class with me you know seriously I take good mat hygiene and love a good natural product, so you can guess how excited I was to try it!
The spray comes in three scents: Awake, Liquid Sunshine and Zen, and multiple sizes. I chose a 2 oz bottle of Liquid Sunshine, the lemon and lavender blend, and it did not disappoint. It is bottled in a beautiful cobalt blue glass bottle with a spray top. At first I was a little concerned about the bottle breaking, but it is quite durable and I have been toting it around to all of my classes with no breakage or leaking. I have eczema that is triggered by chemicals, so I absolutely love that the spray has 4 simple ingredients: water, witch hazel, lavender essential oil and lemon essential oil, so it doesn’t irritate my skin. I’ve used it on a variety of mats from PVC studio mats to my Manduka Pro without any fading, drying or residue. But don’t let the gentleness of this product fool you, with the power of witch hazel and real lemon and lavender it packs a real cleaning punch (just look at the paper towel when you’re done for proof). Another one of this products great features is its ease of use. There is no mixing, wetting a paper towel and spraying a certain number of sprays of product or waiting, simply spray and wipe. However, I’ve saved my very favorite thing about this product for last: the smell! The combination of lemon and lavender is pure joy. Whether you prefer to clean your mat before or after your practice, the delightful scent lingers helping you to find your calm and focus.
I full-heartedly recommend this product to any yogi. This company really stands behind this product, too. When I had a problem with the spray top on my bottle (it turns out I had an old model top) I contacted the owner and within minutes I had response back and a new spray top in the mail the next day- now that is customer service.
If you are looking for a ready-to-use, locally made, natural product to clean your mat that you can feel good about, give this spray a try.