December 21, 2012

DIY Facial Cleansing Oil For Blemish Prone Skin

Oil cleansing can be the perfect antidote for dry or winter ravaged skin. But what about those breakouts? Acne doesn't discriminate against oil depleted skin.

December 17, 2012

The Oil Cleansing Method

The winter solstice is approaching and the air is getting drier. Do you ever notice that the change in season effects your skin? Combined with indoor heating, the air can be particularly harsh this time of year.

November 27, 2012

The Budget Edition: 85 Cent Lip Balm

Here's another deal to add to your booty from Cyber Monday. For a limited amount of time, Madre Bees is selling a lip balm for $0.85. I think that's cheaper than a candy bar.

November 14, 2012

My Philosophy

My philosophy regarding natural products drives my choices, my research and my writing. And therefore it is important to share with you.

November 5, 2012

A Certified Organic Laundry Detergent

Cleaning products have perpetually frustrated me. They aren't required to disclose comprehensive ingredient listings like personal care products. Nearly all will include only vague descriptions like: "non-ionic surfactant,"  which are pretty much no help at all.

October 23, 2012

How to Save Money While Going Non-Toxic

Transitioning to a green beauty routine can be expensive if you buy the luxury items that contain flecks of 14 karat gold. But if you know what you're doing, you can actually save money while making the switch. It's not immediately obvious, so I wanted to share what I've discovered on my journey.

September 19, 2012

Summer Is Almost Over, But Keep Wearing Your Sunscreen

William McElligott 

Why should you wear sunscreen? Because it can prevent skin cancer. If that isn't enough, this picture might seal the deal.

July 17, 2012

The Ultimate Sunscreen Guide 2012

It's SUMMER TIME! It's the season filled with warm nights, sandy toes, and freckles. Want to know what sunscreen to wear for that next beach trip? You're in the right place.

July 6, 2012

How to Eat Fish And Avoid Mercury

Omega-3's are fabulous for your skin and hair. Consuming the best ratio of Omega 3's to Omega 6's is also important for your overall health. One way to accomplish this is to eat fish. But wait. It's not that simple.

June 11, 2012

Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil

I tried argan oil for the first time last month. I know, I'm a little late to the party. Trends take awhile to grow on me; I'd never even worn skinny jeans until a year ago.

June 6, 2012

Do you Dry Brush?

One trend I just don't stop hearing about (like green smoothies and acai) is dry brushing. It's exactly what it sounds like: brushing the skin on your body, outside of the shower.

May 31, 2012

Do You Consider Flame Retardants When You Buy Furniture?

I've known about flame retardants in children's pajamas for a long time. However, a recent storm of articles has emerged discussing the presence of flame retardants in furniture. It got me thinking: how much of my house is filled with those chemicals?

May 29, 2012

The EWG Releases This Year's Sunscreen Report

I look forward to this report every year. Particularly because it means it's summertime. And that means blueberries and watermelons are in season, and beach trips happen every weekend.

April 26, 2012

A New Study Finds That Thyme Is More Effective Against Acne Than Benzoyl Peroxide

Nature wins again. Breaking research conducted by Dr. Escalada from Leeds Metropolitan University found that a solution made from thyme is more effective at treating the acne bacterium than benzoyl peroxide.

April 24, 2012

The Great Deodorant Hunt: Part 2

Burt's Bees was bought by Clorox in 2008. That's right, the brand known for making bleach. I'm not gonna lie, it doesn't give me much confidence in the company continuing to create clean products. But this deodorant seems to be keeping my hopes alive.

April 16, 2012

March 31, 2012

The History of Oil

Some call it liquid gold. I happen to think this is an accurate description. Facial oils have made my list of best discoveries in 2012, and the year is still in it's infancy. But it gets a bad rap in some circles. So why the disagreement?

March 26, 2012

Acure Energizing Body Lotion Review

I've been a swimmer my entire life. You know what chlorine does to your skin? Well, let's just say that after swim practice slathering on boatloads of lotion was a ritual.

March 16, 2012

Sejaa Pure Skincare by Gisele Bündchen

Celebrities seem to be cross training quite a bit as of late. They're starting clothing lines, designing signature fragrances, endorsing pills, and even creating their own organic skin care lines. Model Miranda Kerr launched the natural skincare brand Kora Organics, which was recently certified organic by Ecocert. And now Gisele Bündchen has stepped up, founding Sejaa Pure Skincare.

March 9, 2012

Brazilian Blowout Reaches Settlement Agreement

It looks like this saga, which has been going on since 2009, may be over. GIB, the manufacturer that produces the Brazilian Blowout has agreed to pay $4.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit. In 2011, the FDA issued a warning letter to GIB regarding health complaints and mislabeling of the product. While GIB labelled the product "formaldehyde free," it actually emitted about 9% formaldehyde.

February 24, 2012

February 20, 2012

Is There Lead in Your Lipstick?

Does this lipstick look familiar? Then I have some bad news for you. The FDA just released a new study on the lead content in lipstick and the tube shown above, Mabelline's Color Sensational, was the worst offender.

February 10, 2012

How To Get Rid of Blackheads

Surprise, surprise, it's not those infamous pore strips you tried when you were 13. But you will not believe how excited I was when I found something that worked.

February 6, 2012

My Culinary Discovery

Along with a new year comes new discoveries. Recently, I stumbled across a food blog called My New Roots, the brainchild of Sarah Britton, a certified holistic nutritionist and chef. I have fallen in love.

January 23, 2012

The Budget Edition: Spot Treatment

One benefit of the rampant DIY trend is the low price tag. And the benefit of this little recipe is its simplicity.

January 11, 2012

Cleaning House

Happy 2012, dear readers! Let's start this new year off with a clean slate, shall we?