Category: Natural Skin Care Tips

Aveda Products-The Debate Continues

Once again, Aveda comes up as a company that continues to put chemicals in there products, this one even sounding pure. Aveda Shampure boasts the following “The Art and Science of Pure flower and Plant Essence”, yet contains many harmful ingredients including dimethicone, fragrance, 2 of the parabens, and many more.

So what’s the deal? A few years ago I wrote about Aveda makeup and hair care and their deceitful way of marketing their products here. I grew up with the impression that this was a natural line of products, however back in the 80’s I really did not give a damn about what ingredients were in my skin care.

I received so much flack from some readers that were steadfast fans of Aveda a year later including this poster “Aveda continues to improve upon their product line based on new and evolving research and has eliminated or reformulated many of their products without parabens and other chemical preservatives.” I decided to look at the company and products again and had to agree from what I was reading. You can read that post here.

So, I find it a bit surprising that now, 3 years after writing about Aveda, they are once again exposed for what they really are. Jessica Ainscough of the Wellness Warrior has a great post up 8 Beauty Brands You Would Think Are Natural….But Aren’t and Aveda is at the top of that list. Who would’ve thought?


10 Of My Favorite Natural Beauty Blogs

Regardless of the thousands of beauty blogs that review cheap, drugstore skin care and makeup, there are great natural beauty blogs out there (besides this one of course), bringing to the public’s attention score’s of companies that are concerned with providing you, the consumer, natural beauty products that do great good for the world in general.

These blogs and the companies they represent don’t believe in dangerous chemicals that can damage the body and damage the planet. They don’t use sweat shop labor and don’t test on animals.

They do many different things to ensure that they are protecting the environment along with bringing you the most effective, natural skin care ingredients found in nature. Here are my favorites: (more…)

My Favorite Essential Oil Uses

So, last week, I literally could not breathe. I am one of those people that can’t function without breathing through my nose. If you don’t know what I mean, I go crazy if I am forced to breath with my mouth open. You might as well strap me down. I just can’t do it!

When I went snorkeling for the first time, the guide got frustrated with me because it was not possible for me to breathe through my mouth into that silly tube. He said to me and I quote “I can tell you’re a nose breather.”

We have a name! He was probably laughing his ass off at the end of the day with his coworkers……”I had this nose breather today and she….”

Anyhow, I got a little off track here….I went into my bathroom closet and found an old bottle of Eucalyptus Essential Oil. Out of all the essential oil uses, using them to clear a stuffy nose, headache, and calming a cold are for me are most important.

I rubbed 2 drops under my nose and within 10 minutes my sinuses were clear and that night I slept like a baby. A few nights later, my husband could not breathe and I pulled out my secret weapon for a stuffed up nose and he refused to try it!

Nope, nada, no way….”I’m taking Nyquil. “

How does someone get so brainwashed that he must take “so you can rest” medicine when something as simple and natural as Eucalyptus oil works much better?

Moral of this story…..essential oils work!

Popular Essential Oil Uses

Organic Basil Essential Oil

Basil promotes endurance and stamina, clears the mind and relieves intellectual fatigue. Are you a student, writer or office worker sitting behind a computer for hours finding yourself nodding off? Basil will refresh and awaken your senses and your mind.

Organic Chamomile Essential Oil

Chamomile Essential Oil is a traditional favorite for calming, balancing and promoting deep relaxation. Add stress-relieving Chamomile to massage oils, therapeutic baths, compresses and mood perfumes. It is calming and soothing on inflamed or irritated skin.

Organic Fennel Essential Oil

Fennel essential oil is Mother Nature’s body cleanser. It is used to treat fluid retention and cellulite and very useful for lymphatic drainage massage. Use Fennel essential oil in a gentle abdominal massage to alleviate digestive issues and flatulence.

Organic Rose Geranium Essential Oil

Rose Geranium is another favorite and one of the most sought-after essential oils available. With its rich floral bouquet, Rose Geranium radiates an uplifting rosy-mint fragrance. This essential oil is balances hormones, harmonizes mood swings, alleviates anxiety and has a normalizing effect on the sebaceous glands, which helps balance oily, dry or combination skin types.

Oregon Lavender Essential Oil

This is another one of my favorite essential oil uses to help me sleep. Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular, versatile and widely used essential oil. Lavender essential oil is said to soothe inflammation, relieve symptoms of headache, tension and insomnia, neutralize insect bites and can be an effective pain reliever and healer for bites and minor burns.

Organic Orange Essential Oil

Sweet orange essential oil carries a warm, sensuously radiant aroma, and conveys a light-hearted happiness and promotes optimism. Comforting in a bath during winter time, this essential oil is especially liked by children because of its sweet, familiar fragrance. It is stimulating on the lymphatic system and can help calm nervous digestive problems.

Opting for pure essentials oils instead of synthetic fragrances creates a healthier atmosphere for our families and giving ourselves the opportunity to benefit from therapeutic properties available from nature.

Buy essential oils here. Hand-made from organically grown herbs on an organic farm in Oregon, Alchemilla’s skincare and bath products, ranging from skin toners, masks and exfoliators to massage oil, lotions and essential oils, couldn’t be fresher and therapeutic.

Essential oil safety:

Essential oils are very concentrated and too strong to be applied to the skin in an undiluted form. Always be sure to research the contraindications of any aromatherapy oil you are considering. Use with extreme caution especially when pregnant and consult your physician if you have a health condition.

Some essential oils can be toxic if ingested, and some can cause irritation in their neat, undiluted form. Always keep essential oils out of the reach of children.

Do not use on the skin unless diluted with an organic carrier oil.

Essential Oil Dilution Guidelines

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Natural Beauty Products That Caught My Eye This Month

Did I mention that I am addicted to natural beauty products? I love finding them and sharing them with you. Here are a few that caught my interest this month.

I travel. A lot. And nothing is more annoying than having to throw out that expensive tube of moisturizer because you forgot to clean out your purse before heading through security.

AHAVA now has a cute travel tote with 3 of their best selling products in TSA approved travel sizes perfect for carryon. For $30 you get AHAVA’s Mineral Body Lotion, All in One Toning Cleanser (no need for both), and Essential Day Moisturizer.

AHAVA’s natural skin products are made with the best skin-friendly ingredients from the Dead Sea along with wonderful botanical ingredients to maintain healthy skin.

Simply Karen, my favorite place to get all natural mineral makeup, now offers mineral foundation in a convenient pump brush, a breeze to apply when you are on the go. It combines a loose mineral foundation and easy to use brush and makeup in one and has an SPF of 15.

Simply Karen natural mineral foundation provides great coverage while looking so natural and stays on all day. Your skin will look fresh and clean with a natural glow.

I absolutely love body oil. It is one of the best natural body products you must have. Along with being a great moisturizer, body oil makes your skin glow and Marie Veronique Organics Anti Aging Body Oil does all that and more. Made with apricot kernel, jojoba, avocado, and watermelon seed oils, along with squalene, leaving skin smooth and supple, this natural body oil also calms and balances with an aroma from luxurious rose and neroli essential oils. Pure heaven.

If you have ever worn nail polish for a very long time, you know how nasty your nails can get, especially that nasty yellow color. Even without polish nails can look dull and dirty. Now you can have bright, clean, white nail tips with the Talika Instant Manicure, a powder you dissolve in warm water.

In addition to the oxygenation power Lemon & Ivy extract, horsetail extract, and vitamin C, have rich cleansing and nutritional values of plant extracts. Your nails will be scented, protected and tips will become whiter after each use. How come I never heard of this before?


3 Secrets For Reducing Under Eye Wrinkles

It is often said, “The eyes are the windows to the soul” and “beautiful eyes make a beautiful woman.” Your eyes are the first thing people notice and healthy, dazzling eyes capture attention. In order to have beautiful eyes, it is equally important to take care of the skin around them by minimizing under eye wrinkles.

The skin around our eyes is extremely thin and fragile. It lacks oil glands that provide natural moisture and this is why it is the first place on the face to show significant signs of aging….you know, crows feet, dark circles, fine lines, dull, sagging skin. The good news is, with proper care, you will recapture that youthful dazzle!

3 Secrets For Reducing Under Eye Wrinkles

Secret #1. Check your label. To reduce under eye wrinkles, your eye cream has to be gentle, hydrating and nourishing. Using a high-quality, organic/natural eye creme is absolutely essential to having dazzling eyes. Many eye creams use petrochemicals (mineral oil), parabens (preservatives), co-polymers, etc. Avoid these ingredients. They are used because they are cheap, not because they are good for your skin.

Secret #2. Apply eye cream with great care. When applying eye cream, use a small amount on the tip of your ring finger and gently dab along the lower eye area working outward. Then use light gentle swipes to spread evenly. Never massage or pull the skin as it is very fragile. You do not want to tear the underlying skin. Be gentle and take your time.

Secret #3. Lighten and Even. If you have dark circles under your eyes then you should use an eye cream that has lightening ingredients that penetrate the skin surface and help to diminish the appearance of dark shadows from under your eyes and even your skin tone.

Bonus Tip. Light Diffusion. Magicians use slight of hand and misdirection to amaze their audience. Amaze your audience with “NoLines Illusion” light diffusion.

NoLines Organic Eye Serum is specially formulated with light diffusing  “NoLines  Illusion” organic blend  that deflects light away from the eye wrinkles, making the wrinkles ” disappear” while working to repair, restore and revitalize your skin naturally.Works like magic! It’s loaded with organic antioxidants, vitamins, organic herbs, natural peptides   More>>> 

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Doctor of Homeopathic Medicine, Bachelor of Science – Health and Wellness, Diploma of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, New York State Licensed Esthetician (skin care specialist).

Safe Cosmetics-Moving Forward

The more I dig, the more I find. Awesome safe cosmetics that is. It seems to be never ending; there are times when I get sucked in for an entire day or two researching what I find. You could say (and I think I have said this before) that I am addicted. It’s exciting to find those products that not many people know about……natural skin products and natural cosmetics that everyone can’t help but love.

It’s also exciting to know that the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics is making great strides to bring awareness to dangerous chemical ingredients in our beauty care products by enlisting companies to take the Compact For Safe Cosmetics pledge to make safer products.

This year 322 beauty care companies have earned the title of “Champion” and you can find the list here. Keep in mind that there are many more companies offering products without these chemicals and have been for years, however not affiliated with this movement.

CBS News reports a coalition of about 150 groups worked with these companies to get them to remove substances banned by health authorities in other countries, particularly chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects and preservatives that release formaldehyde, which can cause cancer as well as burn the eyes, nose and throat. The coalition also pushed for companies to list all ingredients in their products, which many companies don’t do.

It’s not over however. Big companies like Johnson & Johnson while removing dangerous chemicals from baby products, have not done so with adult products and most big companies still use ingredients that cause cancer or reproductive harm. Europe has already banned these chemicals. What does that tell us?

Do your part by purchasing from natural skin care companies (a small sampling here), and ban those companies that refuse to remove dangerous chemicals from their products. While signing petitions can help, the biggest reason for any company to change is consumer demand and more and more consumers are saying no to chemical laden skin care products. Bottom line…move your money, and everything will fall in place.

I am proud to be involved in this growing natural beauty care segment; natural cosmetics represent the fastest growing segment of the $50 billion cosmetics industry and for good reason. Safe cosmetics are important for the future health of our children and their families.


Beautiful Skin-Not Without This

There is no doubt that natural skin products and essential oils play a large role in recovering skin damage and maintaining overall skin health, that’s why I am here. Natural, organic substances work in harmony with the natural forces of the body. To make the most of natural products however, whether for your health or beautiful skin, it is necessary to abide by the laws of nature, especially regarding food.

The best anti aging cream in the world or the newest cosmetic procedure will not keep your skin from aging if you continue a diet of unnatural foods. There is no disputing this fact. Just as skin needs protection from outside pollution, it also needs protection from pollution on the inside.

Beautiful skin depends on the blood which nourishes it and the health of your blood is determined by the food you eat. Overeating or eating the wrong foods may lead to toxic congestion of fluids causing the cells in your body, including skin, to become slow and starving them of oxygen.  If the body is undernourished, the skin is undernourished. Period. (more…)