January 22, 2010
I am a huge fan of Aveda's Light Elements line. It is perfect for any hair type! Aveda has just introduced two new products to this popular line:
Light Elements Texturizing Creme:
Weightless texture with light hold for all hair types.
Light Elements Shaping Wax:
- Amur corktree and barley blend adds moisture to hair.
- Organic beeswax and pullulan help provide light, flexible all-day hold.
- Plant emulsifiers from jojoba and soy give the product a soft and creamy texture.
- A blend of gamma oryzanol (from rice bran) and Sasa veitchii (bamboo) helps protect hair from UV damage.
- Spicy-citrus aroma features certified organic mandarin, ginger and Australian sandalwood.
Weightless texture with firm, pliable hold for all hair types.
- Organic beeswax and jojoba wax help provide unique pliability
- Pine rosinate and pullulan help give all-day strong hold
- Plant emulsifiers from coconut, jojoba and soy give the product a creamy texture
- A blend of gamma oryzanol (from rice bran) and Sasa veitchii (bamboo) helps protect hair from UV damage
- Spicy-citrus aroma features certified organic mandarin, ginger and Australian sandalwood.
I absolutely love both of these products. The scents are wonderful, and they really improve the coarse texture of my hair and give it manageability. Aveda is committed to the environment
, and these products are manufactured in the USA.
Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No
prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or
December 28, 2009
makes exfoliating soaps from 100% natural and organic rainforest ingredients in Paraguay
. The soaps' exfoliating properties help unclog pores and keep facial skin looking healthy and clear. The company's name is "given by a Guarani
tribe to a tropical plant considered as the Amazon's rare jewels".
Nature compliments the human soul and envelops it with health beauty and happiness.
To satiate the human thirst for nature; infusing our products with the purest ingredients from natural sources, certified organic when possible, using our knowledge of the power of the rainforest plants and fruits and the magic of aromatherapy, respecting our environment. Helping our community and always respect other beings.
This facial soap smells absolutely wonderful, and it can also be used as a shampoo. From Yerba Mate to Black Clay
, you are sure to find a blend that you enjoy.
Disclosure: I was sent a free sample of this product to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative
December 16, 2009
Staying fresh smelling naturally can be challenge. I've tried many natural deodorants, only to be disappointed by the end of the day. They work fine if you reapply them several times a day, but who is going to carry deodorant around in their purse or backpack all day? Crystal-based deodorants offer good protection and an alternative to aluminum-based ones that have been possibly linked to breast cancer. Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal products do work, and they are hypoallergenic, non-staining, phthlate-free, paraben-free, aluminum-free, and offer 24 hour protection.
I am not used to using a wet deodorant and spilled it on the floor when apply it. I usually just use homemade mix of baking soda and herbs for my body odor protection. I am also sensitive to scents, so I prefer deodorants that do not smell.
I haven't put Naturally Fresh to a super sweaty test, but it holds up well for normal usage. It is important to note these products are super safe. According to the Environmental Working Group's cosmetic database Skin Deep, Naturally Fresh products received a hazard school of 0 out of 10! That's the lowest score you can earn.
Disclosure: I was sent a free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or neg
November 27, 2009
LillyPilly makes natural beauty products from Australian native plants.
For thousands of years the indigenous people of Australia have known about the skin revitalising properties of native Australian plants extracts - purifying lilly pilly, invigorating eucalyptus, soothing tea tree and rejuvenating Kakadu plum...LillyPilly is Australian owned and made and has been uniquely formulated in the harsh Australian climate to counter the effects of environmental pollutants and a busy lifestyle which can leave skin dull, tired and damaged.
We've tried out three LillyPilly products:
Eucalyptus with Nerolina Body Wash
: At $17.99, this is a big tube that will last a long time.
Wake up your senses with Eucalyptus with Nerolina Body Wash. With its subtle menthol scent blended with the lavender and lilac undertones of Nerolina oil Eucalyptus Body Wash is the perfect tonic to decongest sluggish skin leaving it silky smooth and never dry.
Kakadu Plum Hand & Body Creme
: At $9.99 a tube, you will love the scent of this lotion.
Rejuvenate your skin with Kakadu Plum Hand & Body Crème. Fruit from the Kakadu Plum tree is the richest natural source of vitamin C in the world - an important antioxidant which helps prevent the breakdown of collagen in the skin. Blended with the naturally potent antioxidants and exfoliating fruit acids found in Lilly Pilly extract. Enriched with vitamins A & E, omega oils and Aloe Vera.
Tea Tree with Rosewood Hand & Body Creme
: At $9.99 a tube, you will love the way this lotion hydrates your skin.
Soothe, calm and replenish sensitive and stressed skin with the healing properties of Tea Tree oil renowned for its antiseptic qualities. Enriched with vitamins A & E, omega oils and Aloe Vera.
Disclosure: I was sent the above described products in order to write this review. This is an authentic review and no prior assurances were given as to whether the review would be positive or negative.
November 25, 2009
LUSH Handmade Cosmetics prides themselves on selling "naked" products. 65% of their products are sold without packaging, making them more environmentally friendly. Furthermore, Lush is against animal testing, as you would expect.
Our Core Beliefs
We believe in making effective products from fresh, organic* fruit and vegetables, the finest essential oils and safe synthetics.
We invent our own products and fragrances. We make them fresh by hand using little or no preservative or packaging, using only vegetarian ingredients, and tell you when they were made.
We believe in buying ingredients only from companies that do not commission tests on animals and in testing our products on humans.
We believe in happy people making happy soap, putting our faces on our products and making our mums proud.
We believe in long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again.
We believe our products are good value, that we should make a profit and that the customer is always right.
* We also believe words like fresh and organic have honest meaning beyond marketing.
I've tried out two LUSH products:
Breath of Fresh Air Toner by LUSH: This is a nice skin toner that "tones without tightness". It's not my all time favorite toner, but I do like it. Perhaps it is the hint of patchouli that reminds me of my Dead tour days. I like that this product uses sea water as an ingredient.
Vanilla in the Mist Body Soap by LUSH: I'm a big vanilla fan, and I love this soap. It actually uses real vanilla pods to create a wonderful scent. Lush is also "the only cosmetics company in the world using a palm-free soap base, but we're happy to share the formula with other cosmetics companies (we've already done so) so they can make the switch away from palm!"
Disclosure: We were sent the above described products to test in order to write this review. No advance assurances were given as to whether the review would be positive or negative.
October 30, 2009
Two problems I remember being plagued by during both of my pregnancies was acne caused by hormonal changes and itchy skin caused by the big belly stretch. Belli Pregnancy has safe solutions to these problems.
- BELLI Acne Clearing Facial Wash: This product uses lactic acid to treat blemished skin, as well as cucumber and green tea. This is not a soapy wash, but a smooth, lemony scented cleansing wash. It is important to note that most acne treatments are not recommended during pregnancy, except for Belli's product.
- BELLI All Day Moisture Body Lotion: This is a wonderful lotion that uses lemon oil, chamomile, and shea butter to provide lasting relief for itchy skin. When I was pregnant, I was plagued with an itchy back from my growing, stretching skin, and no lotion could provide relief. I am not pregnant now, but this lotion did a wonderful job on my dry fall/winter hands. This product received a score of three out of ten for toxicity by the Environmental Working Group.
Belli Pregnancy is safe during those pregnancy months because:
Belli Pregnancy has set a higher standard for prenatal safety, as the only skin care line in the world that is teratology screened. We search through over 16 million medical research articles in over 5000 international journals, and use this information to exclude ingredients with even remote links to birth defects or other problems with pregnancy. Belli Motherhood is LactMed screened to avoid ingredients linked to harmful effects during breastfeeding. Belli Baby is screened for xenoestrogens--chemicals which can act like hormones that interfere with normal development of the reproductive system.
Of course, you don't have to be pregnant to enjoy these products.
Disclosure: I was sent free samples of the above products in order to write an authentic review. I did not guarantee a positive or negative review in exchange for the samples.
October 23, 2009
I've just discovered a new line of natural beauty products, 99.40% natural to be exact. J.R. Watkins Natural Apothecary is a 140-year-old company (why am I just finding out about them now?) that creates "authentic, quality all-natural personal care products". Two of the company's gift sets I have tried are the Head To Toe Kit and the On the Go! Kit.
J R WATKINS Head To Toe Kit includes:
- Mango Hand & Body Lotion (1 fl. oz.)
- Aloe & Green Tea Hand & Body Lotion (1 fl. oz.)
- Peppermint Foot Cream (1 fl. oz.)
- Aloe & Green Tea Body Cream (0.70 oz.)
- Lemon Cream Body Cream (0.70 oz.)
- Lavender Hand & Cuticle Salve (0.25 oz.)
- Lemon Hand & Cuticle Salve (0.25 oz.)
- Natural Beeswax Lip Balm (0.14 oz.)
J R WATKINS On the Go! Kit contains:
- Lavender Hand & Body Lotion (1 fl oz/29 mL)
- Lemon Cream Hand & Body Lotion (1 fl oz/29 mL)
- Aloe & Green Tea Hand & Cuticle Salve (.25 oz/7 g)
- Natural Beeswax Lip Balm - stick (.14 oz/4 g)
I really like the J R WATKINS Natural Beeswax Lip Balm. It really moisturizes and lasts on dry, chapped winter lips. This lip balm is very soothing with a slight peppermint essence.
J.R. Watkins is committed to being:
- 95% Natural and above
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Free
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate Free
- Paraben Free
- Phthalate Free
- Mineral Oil, Petrolatum free
- Dye Free
It should be noted, however, that J.R. Watkins Lavender Hand and Body Lotion received a rather high score of eight out of ten on the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) Skin Deep cosmetic database
. Of greatest concern, according to EWG, are the fragrance and methylparaben ingredients. Not all of J.R. Watkins' products have been evaluated by EWG.
Disclosure: I received free sample products in order to complete this review. No guarantees of positive or negative review were given in exchange for the products. This is an authentic review.
October 14, 2009
Earth Therapeutics Clari-T Pore Cleansing Strips use the power of tea tree oil to remove blackheads and deeply clean pores on your nose. Recommended for once a week usage, the strips are applied after first wetting your clean nose, then placing the strip across your nose (be careful your hands are thoroughly dry when removing the strip from it's wrapper). The strip stays on for about 10 minutes, and upon removal, the results are amazing! Examining the used strip is both gross and fascinating, and I was convinced after one usage that Earth Therapeutics Clari-T Pore Cleansing Strips are a must have for any natural beauty regime.
Disclosure: This product was personally purchased.
September 14, 2009
I was recently sent samples of White Sands Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner. These products are designed for color treated hair, and although they are vegan, they are not natural. White Sands Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner are sulfate and silicone free, and according to the press release I received, "all natural".
As 100% Vegan, Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner by White Sands is an all natural, sulfate, silicone, and cruelty free cleansing duo powered by Wheat and Silk Amino Acids. The line excels at moisturizing dry, damaged hair from the inside out, while providing superior hair color protection with each use.
If it is all natural, then why is the last ingredient FD& C #40, a synthetic food color made from coal tar or petroleum? Chris Gupta
From the Dictionary of Food Additives: FD and C Red # 40:
This dye, approved in 1971; is a member of the family of Azo Dyes; it is widely used in the cosmetics industry. Allied Chemical has an exclusive patent on it. It is substituted for FD & C Red #4 in many cosmetics, food and drug products. Many American scientists feel that the safety of Red #40 is far from established because the manufacturer conducted all of the tests. The dye should not have received a permanent safety rating. The National Cancer Institute reported that p-credine, a chemical used in preparation of Red #40, is carcinogenic in animals. The FDA permanently listed Red #40 for use in foods and ingested drugs but only temporarily listed it for cosmetics and external drugs. FD means food & drug; C means for cosmetics.
According to Wikipedia, FD & C Red #40
was introduced to replace a truly natural food coloring made from Amaranth. There are other ingredients in the White Sands product that I question. I think it is also important to note that it is only the press release that claims the product is all natural, as their is no such information contained on the products' bottles.
Consumers need to be cautious when companies claim their products are all natural. Often ingredients are included that are naturally derived, yet consumers assume this is the same as being natural. FD & C Red #40 comes from the natural source of petroleum or tar, but that doesn't mean I want to put it in my hair or in my body.
July 30, 2009
The emergence of gray hair signifies the start of the aging process for most people, even though the age at which this occurs varies greatly amongst individuals. Many people go to great extent to cover up their gray hair
. According to National Geographic
Work or personal stress may make you want to pull your hair out, but it's cellular stress that actually turns it gray, a new study has found.
That's because DNA is "under constant attack" by damaging agents, such as chemicals, ultraviolet light, and ionizing radiation, according to study lead author Emi Nishimura of Tokyo Medical and Dental University...In younger people, the hair's stem cells maintain a balance between those that reproduce and those that turn into pigment cells, so that pigment is constantly being added to growing hair.
Scientists suspect turning hair gray is the body's way of "purging damaged stem cells without killing them off". It would seem that the constant exposure to chemicals in our environment may be speeding up the process of graying.