December 26, 2008

Go! Go! Natural, Cruelty-Free, Environmentally-Friendly, Socially-Conscious Beauty

SB-Bottle-Thumb.jpg Go! Go! Beauty offers many unique blends of lotions. We've tested out the Go! Go! African Spice Bazzar Shea Butter Lotion. This beautiful smelling lotion feels wonderful on my winter dry hands, and best of all, it is natural, cruelty-free, environmentally-friendly, socially-conscious, biodegradable, and the containers are recyclable. Go! Go! products have even been certified by PETA with a Caring Consumer Seal.
Quench your thirsty skin with a precious and ancient secret from the Cradle of Life. This rich, creamy lotion contains 5% pure African shea butter, just enough of the emollient to shield your skin from the fierce elements and provide enduring hydration. Bring your inner radiance to the surface with healing aloe, rejuvenating sugar cane, and anti-oxidant grapeseed and vitamin E. Smooth it on. Your skin laps it up so that you will feel absolutely royal.
Go!Go! is a globally-minded, socially-conscious company. For every 200 bottles sold, Go!Go! donates $100 to Women for Women International, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women in war-torn countries around the world rebuild their lives.
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December 24, 2008

Handcrafted in LA Bath and Body Products by nettiescrub

nettiescrub.jpg Hand made in Los Angeles, California, nettiescrub bath and body products are natural, whimsical, and scrumptious. From lemon body balm to cinnamon citron lip balm, nettiescrub's blends are unique and perfectly fragrant.
Inspired from a passion for the "pure, simple, and fun," our whimsical line is created & designed to lighten life's daily burdens and its effect on skin. In addition to lightening moods and raising smiles, nettiescrub™ formulas are only sold in sustainable and reusable packaging. It's the gift that keeps giving, to you and the earth. "Going green has never been so glorious"
My favorite product is the Nettiescrub Grapefruit Body Buff Organic Hand Exfoliant.
Ingredients: sugar, soy bean oil, grape seed oil, organic aloe water, jojoba oil, spearmint oil, organic acai oil, organic olive oil, grapefruit essential oil, rosemary essential oil and grapefruit seed extract

I've never used a body buff before, and I am in love with its exfoliating properties.  I also love how nettiescrub containers are recyclable and reusable!  I will be reusing my nettiescrub containers to try my own hand at crafting homemade beauty products, thanks to nettiescrub's inspiration!

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December 17, 2008

Piggy Paint All Natural, No Odor Fingernail Polish

piggypaints.jpgPiggy Paint is a non-toxic, odorless, kid-friendly nail polish that is "natural as mud".
Mud is a mixture of water and dirt. Makes great mud pies. Piggy Paint is a mixture of water and other natural ingredients. Makes fancy nails. Piggies love 'em both. Piggy Paint is a non-toxic fingernail polish designed especially for your little girl. No smelly odors, no toxic chemicals, and no damage to your precious one's nails or the environment.
I tried Piggy Paints on my daughter's nails, and there really is no odor! Usually nail painting activities are banned from inside our home, but with Piggy Paint, no one noticed she was painting her nails. Piggy Paints do not contain any formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, biphenyl A, ethyl acetate or acetone. Piggy Paints even makes non-toxic nail polish remover! According to the Grist:
And lest you think the FDA is keeping a close eye on your mani/pedi products, the truth is that the governmental agency doesn't test, review, or approve the ingredients -- and doesn't even require the companies making the products to conduct safety testing. In most cases, virtually any ingredient can be used.

The worst of these include toluene, a toxin that has been linked to birth defects; formaldehyde, a carcinogen and common indoor air pollutant; and dibutyl phthalate, or DBP, a plastic softener that has been much-maligned in the news of late for its role in a number of health problems including infertility, reproductive cancers, and disruptions in fetal development.

Best to play it safe and stick with Piggy Paint.
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December 8, 2008

Purely Beautiful J. Lynne Mineral Cosmetics Natural Lip Gloss

detail_34_jlynne-glossfx-lipglaze.jpg J.Lynne Gloss FX Lip Glaze is cruelty-free, free of chemicals, synthetics, and fillers. This natural mineral lip gloss comes in a multitude of lush, juicy colors. From neutrals to bold colors, you are sure to find a color to suit you. This natural lip gloss feels great on your lips and is long lasting.
Ingredients: Lanolin, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Beeswax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil. May Contain Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742).
J.Lynne Cosmetics, an indie beauty and mineral makeup company, makes their cosmetics in small batches in Arizona.  Founded by Jessica Lynne Miller after years of using "traditional" cosmetics that irritated her sensitive skin, Jessica found the solution in mineral makeup.
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November 12, 2008

Kiss My Face Sugar and Spice Natural Holiday Collection

vanilla_sugar_gift_pack_tn.jpg Kiss My Face has introduced a holiday collection called Sugar & Spice. Vanilla sugar and cranberry spice scent these beauty products containing no animal ingredients, artificial colors, or unnecessary chemicals. These products have not been tested on animals. Here are the products that I have tried:
  • Kiss My Face Sugar & Spice Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub & Moisturizer Gift Pack: I love the smell of these products, and the scrub is great for exfoliating. Ingredients:
    Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub: Aqua, Glyceryl Stearate, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Leaf Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Red Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Pumice, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Cassava (Tapioca) Root Extract, Glycerin, Blend of Natural Essential Oils, Xanthan Gum, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Camelia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol

    Vanilla Sugar Moisturizer:
    Aqua, Juniperis Oxycedrus (Juniper) Fruit Extract, Melissa Officianlis (Lemon Balm) Leaf, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Angelica Archangelica (Angelica) Root Extract, Althea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Protein, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Caprylic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Soja (Soybean) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Blend of Natural Essential Oils, Cassava (Tapioca) Root, Blend of Natural Essential Oils, Glycine, Zanthan Gum, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Tocopherol

  • Kiss My Face Sugar & Spice Holiday Lip Gloss Duo Pack: Help those chapped lips with these holiday flavors! Ingredients:
    Vanilla Sugar:
    Organic Canola Oil*, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Organic Coco Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Organic Vanilla Flavor*, Aloe Barbedensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Stevia Rebaudiana, Tocopherol(Vitamin E

    Cranberry Spice:
    Organic Canola Oil*, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Organic Coco Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Natural Flavor, Aloe Barbedensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Tocopherol(Vitamin E), Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Leaf Oil.

    • Kiss My Face Sugar & Spice Cranberry Spice Self Foaming Soap: I am not a big fan of self foaming soaps; I think they are a little strange; however, I do enjoy the scent of this soap. Often after washing my hands, I would delight in the subtle scent left on my hands. Ingredients:
      Aqua, Aloe Barbedensis*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea Leaf Extract)*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange Extract), Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass Extract), Decyl Glucoside, Disodium Coco-Glucoside Sulfosuccinate, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Natural Essential Oil Blend, Potassium Sorbate
      *Organic ingredients certified by Quality Assurance International

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September 10, 2008

Vegan, Organic, Natural Beauty Products by SpaRitual

Look-Inside-Lotion-Group.jpg Organic consumers have lots of choices when it comes to beauty products, but not all of them are created equal. Unlike many beauty companies, SpaRitual discloses the exact percentage of each product that is organic, and they never use synthetic dyes, parabens, and petrochemicals. The all vegan ingredients are "sourced with awareness" and are biodegradable. I recently tried out two SpaRitual products.
Organic Frankincense balances the sacral chakra to focus the mind and soothe the body. Organic Aloe Vera and organic Olive, Sesame and Soybean Oils soothe, nourish and treat the skin while Avocado and organic Shea Butters help retain moisture and protect skin.
Organic Ginger balances the root chakra to energize the mind and body. This multipurpose salt is infused with a blend of locally harvested California Sea Salts, mineral-rich Dead Sea Salts, Epsom Salts and Corylus Clay to detoxify, soothe, firm and tone the skin.
All packaging is made FSC mixed sources, and SpaRitual products are made in the USA.
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September 8, 2008

Natural, Organic Beauty: Beauty With a Cause (b-cause)

bcauseColorSm.jpg Beauty With a Cause (b-cause) is a natural, organic beauty company with a mission to educate. Modern day cosmetics are hidden with dangers, and even the labels "organic" and "natural" are meaningless in the US when it comes to personal care products. Anyone can claim their product is natural and/or organic, as there are no federal certifications or safety testing for beauty products. There are no official guidelines as to what constitutes a natural product.  Even though a beauty product may contain certified organic ingredients, it may not be 100% natural. Some beauty products labeled organic, contain only a single digit percentage of organic ingredients. You don't have to be concerned with Beauty b-cause products for men and women:
Beauty with a Cause (b-cause) is committed to offering you safe products at an affordable price. We want you to make the "better" choice by making it easy and affordable to purchase products that have been carefully selected for the safety of their ingredients. Many products are totally organic and none of them contain items listed on the ingredients to avoid list. Further, no product has been tested on animals.
10% of all Beauty With a Cause (b-cause) proceeds are donated to breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and scleroderma research. Furthermore, many of the mineral makeup products are named for women who have battled breast cancer, ovarian cancer and scleroderma. Natural beauty, education, and health research make Beauty b-cause a company worthy of your support.

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August 27, 2008

Biodynamic, Organic Beauty Products by Jurlique

104900_m.jpg What is biodynamic? Biodynamic farming goes beyond organic gardening by focusing on a holistic balance between soil, plants, and animals in a closed, self-nourishing system on the farm. Seeds are sown according to celestial events. As Steve Diver explains:
A basic ecological principle of biodynamics is to conceive of the farm as an organism, a self-contained entity. A farm is said to have its own individuality. Emphasis is placed on the integration of crops and livestock, recycling of nutrients, maintenance of soil, and the health and well being of crops and animals; the farmer too is part of the whole.

Jurlique has created a line of biodynamic, organic beauty products. Grown on their own certified biodynamic and organic farms in South Australia, each product combines herbs, flowers, and naturally derived ingredients. These products do not contain parabens, mineral oils, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl, sulfate, synthetic emulsifiers, artificial colors, or fragrances.

  • Biodynamic Beauty Refining Treatment:  This natural skin polisher is made from calendula, horsechestnut, soapbark tree extract, apricot seed and willow bark extracts to help renew skin and improve your complexion.
  • Biodynamic Beauty Serum:  To address the visible signs of aging, this serum is made from organic black elder, licorice, beech tree buds, hibiscus, and yeast to brighten and strengthen skin.
  • Biodynamic Beauty Eye Cream:  This deep hydrating cream is made from euphrasia and arnica to reenergize tired eyes. It has been tested by ophthalmologists.
  • Biodynamic Beauty Night Lotion:  This nighttime cream is designed to regenerate skin while you rest with organic licorice, black elder, marshmallow, and calendula to soothe and calm the skin.
Jurlique's safety has yet to be rated on the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep database.
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August 6, 2008

Natural Beauty: Aveda Green Science Firming Eye Creme

av_A3X6_162.jpg The skin around our eyes is different than the rest of our face, yet it is often neglected. Signs of aging and damage around the eyes make us look older and tired. Aveda's Green Science Firming Eye Creme is a natural remedy for keeping the skin around our eyes looking young, healthy, and free of dark circles. Lady's thistle, organic argan oil and cactus formula moisturize the skin and smooth fine lines. Peptides and plant-derived buckwheat wax help to minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles. If used twice a day, you will notice an improvement around your eyes in about four weeks. I have been using the Green Science Firming Eye Creme for less than that, and I am very pleased with the results.
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July 28, 2008

Natural Beauty: Aveda Green Science Firming Face Creme

av_A3X7_162.jpg Who doesn't want a eco-friendly, firmer face? Now that I am approaching my late thirties, I see the need for facial firmness, but I have to stick to my natural values. Last week, we reviewed Aveda's Green Science Lifting Serum. The Green Science Firming Face Creme is another great product in the Green Science line. Made from lady's thistle, organic argan oil, cactus, glucosamine, anti-oxidants and peptides, this creme improves visible skin firmness, moisturizes, smooths fine lines, and strengthens skin's barrier function to keep toxins away.

One thing I love about Aveda besides their involvement in community projects is their comittment to eco-friendly packaging. The Green Science Firming Face Creme container is made from 100% post-consumer PET and is recyclable. It is hypocritical to not use responsible packaging for natural, organic products, and Aveda had developed guiding packaging principles:

  • Considering the lifecycle analysis of packaging options
  • Reducing the size, weight and production processes of packaging
  • Offering packaging that can be recycled whenever possible
  • Using the most environmentally sound materials and as much Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) content as commercially possible
  • Using renewable energy to manufacture and fill our packaging
  • Challenging our packaging partners to meet these standards as well
I wish every company would put as much thought into packaging, like Aveda, as they do their products.

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