September 21, 2011

The Absolute Best Care for Your Lips: Dr. Hauschka Lip Care Stick

For years, I have resisted dishing out the big bucks, relatively speaking, for Dr.Hauschka Skin Care Lip Care Stick. I get lots of lip balms sent to me as samples for reviewing, but Dr. Hauschka is the line I buy when given a choice. The lip balm always seemed extravagant at $14 a stick, but I finally justified it to myself promising to never lose it.

Four plant waxes join beeswax to seal in moisture and protect even the most sensitive lips while providing a soft, silky shine.
  • Jojoba wax and shea butter protect from the elements
  • Helps prevent dry, chapped lips
  • Soothing extract of carrot and anthyllis soften and nurture
  • Unlike conventional lip care products, the ingredients in Lip Care Stick promote healthy lips without causing dependency
Your lips deserve this wonderful, organic, natural product. Just one application, and I feel relief that lasts without constant reapplication. I love Dr. Hauschka!
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September 14, 2011

Really Natural Beauty: Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer and Green Apple Peel

Made with certified organic ingredients, Juice Beauty makes high end products without the exorbitant price, well too exorbitant. We were sent two Juice Beauty products to try:
Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel - Full Strength

A powerful hydroxy-acid complex of certified organic apple, lemon, grape juices, raw cane sugar and white willow bark dissolve and free dull, lifeless skin for visibly improved skin tone and texture. Vitamin antioxidants and essential nutrients hydrate and nourish fresh skin for a healthy, beautiful complexion.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer
Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer contains a proprietary blend of organic fruit stem cells and powerful Vitamin C to help decrease DNA damage and accelerate cellular proliferation.
Fruit stem cells penetrate deeply into the skin and encourage cellular repair while potent Vitamin C promotes collagen production and renewed skin elasticity

Juice Beauty consistently receives low hazard scores (one to three) from the Environmental Working Group. These are great products from a company you can trust! All of the products are made 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 negative.

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September 9, 2011

Really Natural Beauty: Hugo Naturals Dual Action Sea Fennel and Passionflower Deodoran

Deodorant is somewhat a necessity of life, but unfortunately many of the big name brands are full of toxic substances that are particularly concerning for breast cancer. Finding a natural deodorant that works can be a challenge.

Hugo Naturals, Sea Fennel & Passionflower Deodorant is a unique blend perfect for sensitive skin.

Dual-Action Formula Our powerful formula helps keep you fresh all day long. We've formulated our deodorant with powerful anti-microbial ingredients that help stop odor causing bacteria, while leaving out propylene glycol, alcohol and aluminum. Gentle yet effective, our rich deodorant contains rice powder to help absorb perspiration. Non-irritating. Non-staining. Crafted from cruelty-free ingredients. Always free of artificial fragrances, artificial colors, parabens, petroleum products, and animal fats.

I love the smell of this deodorant!

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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August 30, 2011

Caffeine May Naturally Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer from Sun Exposure

Good news for coffee addicts like me! According to a new study, caffeine may naturally reduce your risk of skin cancer from sun exposure.   The Huffington Post reports Rutgers University researcher Allan Conney's findings:

"The study we did with colleagues at the University of Washington identified the ATR kinase pathway as being inhibited by caffeine." The result? More DNA damaged cells are killed off, potentially preventing non-melanoma (basal or squamous cell) skin cancer from ever developing.

But caffeine doesn't only inhibit this important protein. Caffeine itself also acts as a sunscreen, absorbing harmful UV rays, according to Conney. So will your sunscreen contain a shot of caffeine one day? "I would think that's a real possibility," he says.

Until that day comes, there's some good news for coffee drinkers: You're already getting some sun protective benefits from your daily cup of joe. A 2007 study of nearly 94,000 women found that those who sipped caffeinated coffee daily had an almost 11 percent lower risk of non-melanoma skin cancer. Women who drank six or more cups of coffee on a daily basis saw a 30 percent reduction in risk.

Actually, many sunscreens already contain coffee, like Nature's Gate Mineral Kid's block. How well topical versus ingested coffee protects your skin, I don't know.

Be sure to always check the Environmental Working Group's sunscreen guide to find the safest protection.

Image:   Attribution Some rights reserved by Stepheye

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July 29, 2011

Kiss My Face Olive Oil Soap Earns 0 Hazard Score by EWG

If you are looking for a pure, safe soap, look no farther than Kiss My Face. Kiss My Face's olive oil soaps are wonderful to use and earned a zero score for hazardous materials by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). I think this is actually the first product we have reviewed to receive such a low score!

You wouldn't think a bar of soap could get people so excited - but our customers can't say enough about it! Sun drenched Mediterranean orchards are where these 86% olive oil bar soaps begin. Olive oil has been used for centuries to moisturize and gently cleanse the skin. Its antioxidant properties are legendary for nourishing skin and fighting the signs of aging. No foamers, artificial colors or additives, just a pure and simple clean you can feel good about.

We were sent three varieties of the olive oil soap, and we loved all three!
 These are great soaps you can trust!  The only way they could be improved is if they were made with organic olive oil and herbs. 

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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July 11, 2011

Really Natural Beauty: EO (Essential Oils) Giveaway!

We love EO!  It is a brand I have trusted ever since I discovered the evils of sodium lauryl sulfate (and my son's skin reactions to it).  We've reviewed their products before (EO Organic Hand Sanitizer and Sanitizing Hand Wipes), and are sharing our love of EO with our readers by hosting a great giveaway.  You could win:

EO Hand Soap, Peppermint & Tea Tree:

Our extremely mild and richly foaming formula deeply cleanses and nourishes even the most sensitive skin with pure and soothing botanicals. Refreshing Peppermint works synergistically with healing Tea Tree to refresh and restore skin radiance.

  • Cool soothing Peppermint awakens skin; Tea Tree protects and restores skin balance.

  • Organic Calendula, Chamomile and White Tea botanicals harmonize and replenish skin.

  • Gentle coconut cleansing complex creates a mild and gentle foam.

  • pH Balanced and Biodegradable to clean without drying hands.

Eo Hand Sanitizer Spray- Organic Peppermint

EO®Hand Cleansing on the go.

The natural plant-based alternative to chemical laden hand sanitizers.

  • Organic Peppermint Essential oil is cooling and cleansing.

  • Fragrant and soothing.

  • Vegetable Glycerin is naturally hydrating.

  • For healthy hands: Spray onto palm. Rub hands together until they're dry.

EO Hand Sanitizer Gel, Lavender:

EO®Hand Cleansing on the go.

The natural plant-based alternative to chemical laden hand sanitizers.

  • Lavender Essential oil is soothing and cleansing.

  • Soothing Jojoba Oil nourishes and moisturizes.

  • Vegetable Glycerin is naturally hydrating.

  • For healthy hands: Put a small drop in your palm and rub your hands together until they're dry.

Coconut & Vanilla with Tangerine Body Lotion:

A nourishing and protective moisturizer that applies easily and is quickly absorbed leaving skin smooth and soft. Refreshing Coconut and Vanilla with tangerine lightly nourishes and refreshes skin.

  • Tangerine refreshes and uplifts; Coconut and Vanilla pamper skin.

  • Oat Betaglucan moisturizes and soothes irritated skin and promotes skin firmness.

  • Rice Proteins penetrate deeply to diminish fine lines.

  • Vitamins E improves skin elasticity with powerful antioxidants.

  • Mango Seed Butter and Olive Wax moisturize and protect skin.

  • Organic Jojoba Oil lightly conditions skin restoring softness naturally.

  • Organic Calendula, Chamomile and White Tea botanicals harmonize and nourish skin.

Hand Cleansing Wipes Lavender

EO® Cleansing Wipes the organic, plant based alternative to chemical laden hand wipes. All-purpose. Cleans and sanitizes hands.

  • EO Natural bamboo wipes are moistened with Pure Essential Oils and Organic Aloe Vera to cleanse and moisturize gently and naturally.

  • French Lavender nurtures and soothes naturally.

  • Organic Chamomile, Calendula and white tea botanicals harmonize and replenish skin.

  • Made from nature's most sustainable resource, these wipes are 100% biodegradable.

EO is a family-run business that I wholeheartedly trust and support!

To enter our giveaway:

Good luck! The winner will be selected one week from today randomly from entries.

We love EO (I know, I know, we already said that!), and you will 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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July 6, 2011

Support the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011

The cosmetic industry is largely unregulated in the US. Women and young girls apply thousands of chemicals to their faces every day. The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 needs support to protect us from harmful make up products!

The Breast Cancer Fund explains:

Formaldehyde in hair-straighteners, heavy metals in makeup, phthalates in perfume and parabens in lotion. Chemicals linked to cancer don't belong in our everyday cosmetics, yet current law allows it.

That's why the Breast Cancer Fund has been rallying for major change in the cosmetics industry for six years, on behalf of people affected by breast cancer and as a founding partner in the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

Now we--and you--have a voice and a vehicle in Congress for truly safe, nontoxic cosmetics. On Friday, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 in the U.S. House of Representatives.

This bill (H.R.2359) would give the FDA the authority it needs to ensure that personal care products are free of chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, infertility and other serious health problems.

Contact your representative and help move this important bill through Congress.

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June 22, 2011

Really Natural Cookbooks: Ani's Raw Food Asia

-!Anis Raw Food Asia Easy East West Fusion Recipes the Raw Food Way Books --image.jpg
I love raw food, but I wouldn't say I was a raw foodie. Fortunately, Ani's Raw Food Asia: Easy East-West Fusion Recipes the Raw Food Way has many great recipes to spice up my raw food recipes beyond nuts, cocoa, and salads.

You've been to her kitchen, enjoyed her desserts, and mastered the essentials; now go with raw food goddess Ani Phyo back to her roots for the first ever Asian raw food cookbook. Along with recipes from Korea, China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, and Hawaii and background information on traditional dishes, Ani's Raw Food Asia also offers essential tips on green living, well-being, longevity, fitness, beauty, and entertaining as inspired by a healthy Asian lifestyle.

Recipes include: Mixed Vegetable Skewers with Almond-Butter Sauce, Creamed Curry Saag, Vegetable Tempura with Orange Lemongrass Dipping Sauce, Marinated Shiitake Mushroom Dumplings, Corn Fritters with a Hot and Sour Cucumber Dipping Sauce, Dosas, Moo Shoo Vegetables, and more.

One recipe I found really interesting and never encountered before was for sunscreen! This recipe includes sesame oil, which according to Ani "blocks or reduces about 30 percent of the sun's burning rays". Who knew?

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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June 17, 2011

Natural Poison Oak Remedies: Marie Original PO Soap

With summer time outdoor adventures comes the risk of poison oak (PO) or ivy exposure. This plant can cause a mild rash to one that is intolerable. One solution I have found for my children, who do not always respect PO in the same way I do by sticking to the trail, is Marie Original Poison Oak Soap.

Poison Oak Soap helps remove the oils of the poison oak, poison ivy and poison sumac plants from the skin, and speeds up healing of poison oak, poison ivy, poison sumac and other minor skin rashes. Herbs with a natural antihistamine action help stop itching and redness, and promote healing of the skin. Marie Original Poison Oak Soap is a completely natural blend of essential oils, herbs, extracts, clay, oatmeal and glycerin soap and does not contain any artificial ingredients, dyes or scents.

My son has very sensitive skin, both sensory and physically. He loves Marie's PO soap and requests it at bath time. He associates with relief from previous itchy rashes and with prevention. I used to think any soap and water could wash away the oils of PO, but now I am a firm believer in Marie's Original Poison Oak Soap.

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June 15, 2011

Really Natural Beauty: Alaffia Roobios & Shea Butter Antioxidant Face Cream

One thing I enjoy about shopping out of town is I discover new brands. I recently tried Alaffia Rooibos & Shea Butter Antioxidant Face Cream on a road trip, and I was quite pleased with its texture, consistency, and application.

This silky cream combines the proven moisturizing and anti-aging properties of Unrefined Shea Butter with the antioxidant power of Virgin Coconut Oil, Rooibos Tea and Wild African Honey. Improves skin elasticity & texture while protecting from damaging free radicals. For all skin types.Alaffia's mission embodies three clear principles:Create - We formulate and create our products based on indigenous beauty knowledge and fair trade ingredients.Inform - We believe that it is our duty to inform the public about interconnections between communities and how, together, we can alleviate poverty through fair trade and sustainable choices.Empower - The fair trade of our handcrafted shea butter and sustainable products funds community enhancement projects that encourage self empowerment and gender equality for women in our West African communities.

This product or company has not been evaluated by the Environmental Working Group's cosmetic database, so I have to take Alaffia at their word. I applaud their commitment to sustainability and fair trade.  Besides, this is a very pleasant face cream that leaves your visage feeling moisturized but not oily. 

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