May 19, 2010

Chemical-Free, Fragrance-Free Hair Gel for Babies and Kids

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This may seem like an odd product, but Le Baby has created a chemical-free, fragrance-free hair gel for babies and kids. I call this product odd, because you may wonder why babies need hair gel. I have seen many parents spike little boy's hair into mohawks, and I needed hair gel to tame my daughter's locks into a bun when she took ballet (we used Jason Natural Products Hi-Shine Styling Gel). Even so, I don't really think this is a product you need.

Tami Dimmerman, creator of Le Baby, searched for a product that would tame and style her daughter Chloe's fly-away hair without aggravating her eczema or irritating her sensitive skin. She hoped to find a safe, gentle and effective gel without harsh chemicals or potentially harmful ingredients. Unwilling to settle for what was in the marketplace, Tami spent months experimenting with different all-natural formulas until, through animal-free testing, she found the perfect combination.
I also question the chemical-free claim when the listed ingredients include sodium benzoate and disodium EDTA, for example. Just because an ingredient is derived from a natural ingredient does not make a product chemical-free.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.
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May 12, 2010

Natural Beauty Secrets: Clearly Beautiful Collagen Facial Mask with Hyaluronic Acid

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Clearly Beautiful offers a natural hydrating line of facial products. Featuring a facial mask and eye mask, these products contain:
an exclusive formula combining all natural ingredients with a pure plant collagen delivery system. It will transform your skin by nourishing both the epidermal (top) layer and penetrating deeply into the skin to aid in increased collagen production, cell renewal, and total skin hydration.
Pulling the facial mask out of the packaging, it resembled rubbery goo. I found it difficult to align over my eyes and mouth. Although the label assures me the liquid is safe to enter my eyes, I wanted to avoid any drips. The mask does have a cooling, soothing effect, but it is difficult to keep in place unless one reclines and does not move or talk or sneeze!
 

Clearly Beautiful uses plant-derived collagen. The active ingredient is Hyaluronic acid, hopefully not in nanoparticle form. Each mask costs $25, which is steep for a weekly regime in my opinion, and I did not see immediate results as promised, but my skin did feel soothed.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

April 26, 2010

Really Natural Beauty: Biodynamic Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream

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I rarely buy natural beauty products anymore, as I get plenty of samples to review. Recently, I found myself out of face cream and resorted to purchasing one of my old favorites: Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream.

A rich, luxurious daily moisturizer. Soothing rose ingredients nurture and renew sensitive, dry and weather-damaged skin. Protects skin against dryness and soothes red, irritated skin and conditions of couperose.

  • Protects the delicate outer layer of the skin against dryness and irritation

  • Extracts of rose petal, rose hip and avocado soothe and renew red, irritated, sensitive skin

  • Seals in moisture to prevent dryness

  • Thirty rose flowers go into each tube of Rose Day Cream


Although I don't have any "irritated skin conditions", I like how this cream is thick and nourishing, but it doesn't feel heavy and oily. I do spend a lot of time in the sun gardening, so I like the soothing qualities of the rose cream.
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April 19, 2010

Really Natural Books: Grow Your Own Drugs: Easy Recipes for Natural Remedies and Beauty Fixes

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Grow Your Own Drugs: Easy Recipes for Natural Remedies and Beauty Fixes is written by ethnobotanist James Wong. Wong believes, and I agree, that it's easy to grow and make your own natural remedies. He explained to NPR:

I think so many people have this stereotyped idea of what herbal medicine is. I think they've very much got a big black line in their minds that separates serious, conventional, tested, scientific medicine on one side and slightly airy, fairy, away-with-the-hippies -- you know -- natural-but-probably-doesn't-work, plant-based medicine on the other. To me as a scientist, whether a chemical is found within a pill or the cells of plant is really irrelevant -- that's just packaging.

Wong's book has a beautiful layout with incredible photographs and recipes. Take for example:
A few tablespoons of this garlicky vinegar in hot water make a powerful antifungal foot bath, but don't use it on broken skin -- it will hurt! The vinegar takes 1 month to infuse but will last at least 6 months to 1 year. It tastes good in salad dressings, too.

ATHLETE'S FOOT

Garlic Footbath
10 bulbs garlic, peeled and finely chopped
100 g fresh sage leaves
2 cups (500 ml) cider vinegar

1. Place the chopped garlic and sage leaves in a jar, then add the cider vinegar. Seal and leave to infuse for 1 month, shaking occasionally.

USE Add 5 tbsp to a bowl of hot water, and soak feet for 15 minutes. Use 2 or 3 times a week in conjunction with "Garlic Talcum Powder" (see page 52).

This is a great book for the seasoned herbalist and amateur alike, and it is an incredible resource I know I will refer to over and over again.  The title is pretty unique too!

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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April 13, 2010

Natural Beauty: "Organic Cheaters" Protest


Organic is a marketing term in the beauty industry, and many products, even ones we have reviewed, use the term loosely tricking consumers who don't dig deeper into the ingredients. The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) explains:

The Organic Consumers Association has long fought against what it calls "organic cheater brands" - personal care products that use the name "organic" in the product name or brand, yet are not truly organic products at all. This year at the Expo West Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, California, the OCA staged a very visible public protest to expose what it calls "sham poo products" that are "organic cheaters."

The protest was part of the OCA's Coming Clean Campaign which continues to expose dishonest or misleading products in the skin care industry.


Many of these brands are ones I have used in the past and are sold in health food stores. These companies should not be allowed to get away with labeling fraud!
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

April 9, 2010

Natural Eye Care: LashFood Conditioning Eyeliner, Mascara, and Eyelash Serum

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Some people are born with beautiful, lush eyelashes, and some people need a little help in that department. LashFood was designed for anyone looking to improve the appearance of their eyelashes, and they have added conditioning mascara and eyeliner to their line.

LashFood products are natural eyelash and eyebrow conditioning stimulators that provides you with fuller, longer, darker, and stronger lashes. LashFood is formulated using the highest grade natural ingredients including Biotin, an essential vitamin, Arginine, a natural amino acid, and root and herbal extracts. No harsh chemicals, drugs or imitation ingredients are used. All products are dermatologist tested and approved. The newest innovation of JB Cosmetics, LashFood is created by Jane Kim. JB Cosmetics is a well known cosmetic manufacturer that specializes in eyelash products and stands for sophistication and beauty.

Products include:

LashFood uses nano-peptide technology. Honestly, I am afraid of anything that uses nano in its product description over growing concerns about the safety of nano technology; however,  It is positive that these products are made in the USA and are not tested on animals. They would make a nice Mother's Day gift too!

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.


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March 30, 2010

WTF? Cut Hair Used as Cheap Fertilizer and Food Additive

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You've probably heard of the great program Locks of Love, in which people donate long hair to make wigs for sick children, but did you know that short hair clippings are used as cheap fertilizer and as food additives? Mother Jones explains:

Human hair isn't the only source of L-cys. You can extract it from poultry feathers or even synthesize it in a lab--although the end product is no different than what you'll get by dumping tons of barbershop waste into vats of hydrochloric acid and separating the coveted compound from the resulting chemical stew. George Cherian, chairman of Indian hair exporter Raj Impex Hair, however, has long been the cheapest source of L-cys. You'd be hard pressed to find a richer source: Human hair contains up to 20 percent cysteine by weight, while duck feathers may yield only about half as much.

But you'd be equally hard pressed to find food manufacturers willing to admit that they use the hair-derived version.

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March 24, 2010

Natural Body Care: (SEED) Uses the Power of Nature (Grape Seed Enriched)

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Grape seed extract is pretty amazing stuff leftover from the winemaking process! I've used it to cure toenail fungus, and now there is a line of body care products that harnesses its power for natural beauty: (SEED)

(seed)+ Nourishing Body Lotion, Restful Lavender Sage: Brimming with the power of grape seed oil providing natural Vitamin E, the lotion is also rich in linoleic and essential fatty acids, which protects the skin and aids in moisturizing. The lotion also includes soothing green tea extract and shea butter for extra conditioning benefits. Our favorite part, the lotion absorbs quickly, is not greasy, and is long-lasting. Now that is the power of nature at its best! Available in three different scents: Invigorating Citrus Blend, Restful Lavender Sage, and unscented.

Moisturizing Body Soap: This grape seed oil and extract enriched body soap includes an additional boost from refined pomegranate, apricot and strawberry seeds to gently exfoliate and cleanse --bye bye scaly skin!
Available in two different scents: IInvigorating Citrus Thyme, and unscented.

Lathering Shampoo Bar: This spectacular grape seed oil enriched shampoo also includes conditioning panthenol Pro-Vitamin B5 and fruit seed oils which are shown to moisturize and repair stressed tresses. We love the compact quality of this bar making it easily portable - great for the gym and it lasts a long time. So long plastic bottle! This bar was especially formulated for short hair and guys love it! Available in two different scents: IInvigorating Citrus Thyme, and unscented.


Of course, all of these products come in recyclable or biodegradable containers, and they are made in the USA. I do wish the ingredients were organic though.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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March 3, 2010

LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

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According to the Mayo Clinic:

Seasonal affective disorder (also called SAD) is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. If you're like most people with seasonal affective disorder, your symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.

LUSH "Fresh Handmade Cosmetics" is tackling SAD head on with fun products to lighten your mood and cheer you up!

The Comforter Bubble Bar by LUSH:
After a chilly walk home in the snow, wrap yourself up in The Comforter Bubble Bar ($8.75). A hot bath of fruity, blackcurrant bubbles provides instant warmth and comfort inside and out. Formulated with bergamot, the uplifting essential oil calms nerves and is recommended for people suffering from S.A.D. - or those with regular winter blues.

Therapy Massage Bar by LUSH:
Calm your mind and your senses so you can feel at peace during these cold winter months with Therapy Massage Bar ($8.75). This 100% organic shea and cocoa butter bar increases circulation and warms muscles. The lavender plays a major role to ease senses, calm the nervous system and relieve stress.

Happy 4 SAD Shower Gel by LUSH
Need something extra to keep spirits soaring as temperature rapidly falls? Just in time for the coldest season of the year, LUSH has brought back Happy 4 Sad ($25.95) as a Retro product! The ultra-violet colored shower gel is perfect for when the UV index is at zero. It contains neroli oil, an anti-depressant to help make it through the darkest of days. So lather up with this scent that will keep you smiling throughout the day.

I am bugged by the fact that the shower gel contains D&C Red No. 33 and FD&C Blue No.1. None of these products have been evaluated by the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep cosmetic database, but other LUSH products have received hazard scores from three to seven.

Spring may be right around the corner, but these LUSH products are fun to use in any season or mood. They smell delightful and live up to LUSH's handmade, naked reputation.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

February 10, 2010

Get Stubborn Stuff Off Your Skin Naturally with Removeez

Screen shot 2010-02-06 at 10.02.17 AM.png Temporary tattoos on kids' skin, Sharpie markers, tar, sap, band-aid residue, etc....these are all stubborn substances that typically have to just wear off your skin unless you use harsh chemical agents. Removeez has the natural solution to "Get Stuff Off Your Skin".
Numerous hospital visits with our young son, and the skin-tearing sticky bandages that come with... Daily trips to our tar-ridden beach, and the impossible-to-remove-goop that come with it... A daughter who loves to play with Sharpies, and the permanent skin art that comes with it...

We found we needed something like REMOVEEZ daily. We had no desire to go into the shed for toxic mineral spirits and we were done with the "just rip off the band-aid" moments. We didn't want to stop our kids from being kids -- wearing temporary tattoos or playing with face paint; we just needed something to clean them up so they could look nice for the grandparents.

As California beach parents, we went looking for something natural, with additional homeopathic elements, because after all we were going to put it on our kids' skin. When we didn't find it, we invented it.


Using homeopathic extracts of aloe, bee pollen calendula, Hawaiian white ginger, and red clover blossome, Removeez comes in four scents:

  1. Removeez - Lavender/orange

  2. Removeez - Eucalyptus/orange

  3. Removeez - Clove/orange

  4. Removeez - Coconut/orange

Removeez is an "alternative to rubbing alcohol, baby oil, turpentine, mineral spirits, acetone, and industrial products not meant to clean the skin."

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

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