July 21, 2008

Organic, Natural Beauty: Aveda Green Science Lifting Serum

aveda_lifting_serum What is Green Science? Green Science is a line of Aveda facial products clinically proven to lift, making lines and wrinkles less visible in four weeks. I've been using several of these products, and I really like the Green Science Lifting Serum. This serum promotes surface skin cell regeneration, moisturizes, and firms skin.  It is made from bio-fermented glucosamine, organic argan oil, anti-oxidants and peptides.   

Argan oil comes from the nut of a tree in Morocco. Like other Aveda products that support community projects, Green Science supports the Targanine Cooperative, a collective started by Berber women to:
bring the Argan tree (Argania spinosa) and its derivatives to the international market. Only the women are involved with the preparation of the oil which is derived from the seed of fruit sustainably harvested by the women gathering the fallen fruit from the ground. The seeds are separated from the pulp, cracked open by hand, and through the mechanical extraction of cold-pressing, produce an oil that meets the criteria of "extra-virgin". Every part of the Argan fruit is used; what is not produced for sale is used as animal feed, and the shells are used as a heat source.
Aveda has provided grants to the Targanine Cooperative to purchase equipment that helps the women support their families and communities, as well as increase sustainable production.
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June 16, 2008

Natural Lip Luxury from Aveda

av_A46P_162.jpg I love Aveda hair products (see our post on The Aveda Babassu Community Project). It is only recently that I have discovered Aveda's makeup, specifically products for lip care. Like other Aveda products I have tried, I fell in love with them and felt good about using them on my daughter for her ballet performance, due to their natural ingredients, ecological packaging, and community supported projects.
  • Nourish-mint renewing lip treatment: This lip product is designed to replenish and plump lips naturally over time, as well as smooth the appearance of lines. It makes a wonderful base for lip color or can be used alone. The new packaging reduces waste by 33%, and the key ingredients are coconut, raspberry, certified organic spearmint and vanilla.
  • Nourish-mint sheer mineral lip color: Available in seven different shades, this lip color combines the benefits of the above product with color! The improvements to your lips are noticeable in two weeks, with full results typical after eight weeks of continuous wearing. The key ingredients are rasberry, pomegranate, bilberry, certified organic spearmint and vanilla.
  • Nourish-mint smoothing lip color: There are 21 shades of color available for this lip product! After using this product, 75% of women noticed fuller lips after 2 weeks. Naturally plump lips, rather than collagen injected ones, bring out the natural beauty in any woman.
  • Envirometal retractable lip brush: Made from 30% post-consumer recycled aluminum and cruelty-free (not made from animals), this silky-soft, taklon bristles lip brush allows for precise application of lip color. The retractable head makes it easy to throw in a bag or purse without worry about getting the brush dirty.
  • Nourish-mint abaca clutch: Made from abaca pulp, a plant related to the banana tree, this clutch bag holds seven lip products and the retractable brush, or it can hold two lip colors, lip brush, and a total face compact. Abaca plants help prevent erosion, an this bag is made in the Philippines. It is the perfect little makeup bag.
Even though I don't wear makeup regularly, it is nice to have natural, environmentally packaged products for special occasions. I really love the abaca clutch and the renewing lip treatment!
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June 9, 2008

Give Yourself an Eco Pedicure with a Terra Cotta Foot Scrubber

terra cotta foot scrubber This time of year, I get garden feet which are dirty and crack. My feet need some tender loving care, but I refuse to pay for a pedicure and be exposed to all of the toxic chemicals in nail salons. Gilden Tree's two-sided Terra Cotta Footscrubber and Callus Remover is the perfect tool for giving yourself an eco pedicure. Ranked as "The Best" by "O" (Oprah) magazine, this footscrubber is long-lasting, easy to clean, and eco-friendly. It is made by a women's cottage industry in Pakistan, and if used regularly, it helps remove calluses, and reduces dry,cracked heels. Your feet will be cleansed, exfoliated, and polished. Terra cotta construction means you can either heat or chill the footscrubber for further soothing. 
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May 28, 2008

The Aveda Babassu Community Project and Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother

Aveda  Smooth Infusion Style Prep I have been using Aveda products exclusively on my hair for about five years, and the results are incredible. My hair is smooth and shiny in all weather conditions, thanks to Aveda. One product I love is the Aveda Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother. This product controls humidity for up to 12 hours and prevents damage from styling (not that I even own a blow dryer). Just place a small amount in wet hair after bathing and let the natural ingredients, such as babussa, work wonders on your hair, no matter the type.

Aveda supports sustainable, organic agriculture and economic independence in regions around the world. The Babussa Project in the eastern Amazon has helped preserve palm trees from clearcutting and supported local, indigenous women that collect the nuts from the babassu palms.

Joining with environmental groups, the babassu nut breakers successfully lobbied local and federal officials to prohibit the clear-cutting of the palm forests, and to protect the right of forest inhabitants to gather, harvest and sell the nuts. These local collectives--in this precious region--have been partners with Aveda for six years...Our collaboration has exceeded expectations--on both sides. Aveda has financed the construction of a babassu processing facility, a soap-making facility, a paper press for processing babassu fibers and funded corresponding training in processing and management. We are able to buy babassu directly from the women's collectives.
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May 14, 2008

Korres Aloe Vera Natural Body Milk Moisturizer for Men

Korres after sun aloe vera body milk
Men often neglect their skin, in my experience. They will usually use whatever product is cheapest or close at hand, often borrowing skin care products from their ladies. Greek made Korres Natural Products are great for all men, from the rugged to the more refined. Korres has roots in Athens' first ever Homeopathic Pharmacy, and their products contain high efficiency natural ingredients, food ingredients, Greek flora, and medicinal herbs.

I am in love with Korres Aloe Vera Aftersun Moisturizing Body Milk, as is my man. It is light and soothing, perfect for after a shower. The scent is gender neutral, and the ingredients deeply moisturize while relieving symptoms from sun exposure. This product received a score of 5 out of 10 on Skin Deep for cosmetic safety. I would definitely like to explore more products by Korres.

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May 7, 2008

More Great Natural Products from Solay Wellness

nat-shampoo-lavender.jpg We've already reviewed Solay Wellness's cleaning products and Himalayan salt lamps. Now, we've tried out some of their beauty products too!
  • Solay Shine Lavender Natural Shampoo: My daughter loves this shampoo. It smells wonderful and is quite sudsy for lacking SLS. This shampoo is made in small batches from: Coconut oil, Castor oil, Palm oil, Jojoba oil, Wellness Water, Himalayan salt, Soy protein, Vegetable glycerin, Lavender Essential Oils and Potassium hydroxide.
  •  Solay Detox Face Mask: This mud mask made my face feel wonderful after it was removed, and my pores felt tightened. Hand made with high quality Calcium Bentonite clay from the Death Valley and Himalayan So-lay concentrate, this mask is vegan and organic. 
  • BREATHE Solay Body Scents: This body spray is not overpowering and rejuvenates the mind and body with aromatherapy. $1 from every purchase is donated to planting trees. Remember the Breathe Mantra: As I spray, I remember to breathe deeply
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April 16, 2008

All Natural Shaving Oil

all natural shaving oil All natural shaving oil made by Pacific Shaving Company is the perfect product for the green man or woman that shaves. Shaving creams lather due to aeration, and this creates less lubrication against your skin causing irritation. In contrast, shaving oils are smooth and eliminate nicks and razor burn. You only need to use 6-8 drops, and one small bottle lasts for 100 shaves. Made from all natural essential oils,this shaving oil will not clog pores and comes in a recyclable bottle.

Via: Green Mom Finds

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March 24, 2008

New Burt's Bees Sunscreen

31AgfkDjpUL._AA264_.jpg On a recent trip to Tahoe, I experienced the consequences of not wearing sunscreen in the snow. Searching for a natural sunscreen in a drugstore, I found Burt's Bees NEW! Chemical-Free Sunscreen SPF 15 and felt pleased Clorox was getting the brand into more outlets; however, I was somewhat disappointed in the product. Even though I applied it multiple times, I still got sunburned the following day, but the product may not be to blame. SPF 15 is not strong enough protection for high alpine skiing. Burt's Bees NEW! Chemical-Free Sunscreen SPF 15 contains Titanium Dioxide minerals, Hemp Seed oil, Calendula, Witch Hazel, Goldenseal, and Wheat Grass extract to naturally reflect the sun's harmful rays and provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. It is Paraben-free and Phthalate-free, as well 99.11% natural.
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March 17, 2008

Dr. Hauschka Normalizing Day Oil Helps Problem Skin

41H3MZ3AC3L._AA280_.jpg I have combination oily skin, and sometimes it is a problem. When a friend suggested I try Dr. Hauschka Normalizing Day Oil, I thought she was crazy to think that I should actually add oil to my complexion; however, she was right. This beauty product helps normalize the over production of skin oils, and you can trust it to be truly natural, unlike almost half of so-called "natural" personal care products that contain the carcinogen 1,4-Dioxane.
Ingredients Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Apricot (Prunus Armeniaca) Kernel Oil, Sweet Almond (Prunus Dulcis) Oil, Peanut (Arachis Hypogaea) Oil, Carrot (Daucus Carota) Extract, St. John?swort (Hypericum Perforatum) Extract, Wheat (Triticum Vulgare) Germ Oil, Calendula Officinalis Extract, Neem (Melia Azadirachta) Leaf Extract, Jojoba (Buxus Chinensis) Oil, Fragrance/Parfum (Essential Oil), Citral*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Farnesol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Eugenol*, Cocoa (Theobroma Cacao) Butter
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February 27, 2008

Dr. Hauschka Toned Day Cream

218Xg6TP-tL._AA250_.jpg Dr. Hauschka's Toned Day Cream is made for normal, dry, or sensitive skin. This day cream gives skin a healthy glow and lightly evens out skin tones with its slight beige coloring. Dr. Hauschka believes that cream should only be applied to the face in the morning, in order that the skin may be clean of any products over night. For many people used to nighttime moisturizing, this takes some getting used to, but the results are fabulous. All ingredients are GMO-free and biodynamically grown.

Don't forget to cleanse your skin with Dr. Hauschka's Cleansing Milk!

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