2 New Organic Beauty Spots to Shop

2 New Organic Beauty Spots to Shop

Today I’m thinking about two new organic beauty shopping sites. Well, one is brand new and one is new to me.

First we have Fig & Flower. Cute name, awesome store. This one carries lots of top organic beauty brands and has mad good customer service. My products arrived super quick and I loved every one of them. Fig & Flower stocks not only beauty items, but products for home and pets too. Check it out.

Next is The Detox Market. This store is the baby of Odacite creators Valérie Grandury and Romain Gaillard, so you know they know nontoxic. TDM stocks some of my favorite organic beauty brands, plus some I have yet to try. They also offer juices, supplements, and kits to help you get your cleanse on.

It’s always exciting finding new places to shop, don’t you think?

Organic Beauty on a Budget?


Now for the big question … Will switching to safe cosmetics break the bank?

Absolutely not! You shouldn’t have to spend all of your money to be healthy, and you don’t.

There are certain luxury products that I will always want to have on hand, but daily care items (the ones you go through the quickest) should be affordable for you. Cleansers, toners, exfoliants can be found at nominal prices, moisturizers and serums are the next rung in the pricing range, followed by facial oils and eye creams. As with conventional beauty products, you can purchase from the low end all the way up, but more expensive is not necessarily better.

Opting for less expensive cosmetics does not have to mean sacrificing quality. There are many products and brands that I swear by and use regularly that are both cost-effective and high-performance.

Here are some of my favorite lines that are both nontoxic and economical:

Benecos great makeup at reasonable prices

Lavera I can’t live without the Basis facial cleansers and Mattifying Balancing Cream

100% Pure Love their lipgloss, eye cream

Acure Organics High performance natural hair products at low prices

Bubble & Bee Love Pit Putty deodorant and their body creams too

Your Own Personal Nutritionist (app style)

Rise App Personal Nutritionist

Want to lose 5 lbs with me? Or maybe figure out how to boost your energy? Maybe you have a special occasion coming up that you want to look extra fabulous for?

Let’s do this!

Haven’t you always wanted a personal nutritionist to help you out with this kind of stuff? Me too. And I have one. For the next 10 days. And so can you.

Here’s the deal: Rise is a new iPhone app that helps you track what you eat and connects you with a real life nutritionist who guides you on your mission to healthier eating, feeling great, and looking like a million bucks.

All you have to do is download the app and plug in your deets to get started. The nutritionist is a subscription service, but the folks at Rise have given us a special discount code to get started for free. Wee! You’ll still need to enter your credit card info, but where it says gift card enter code RISEGK8 and you won’t be charged.

I’d love it if you jumped on the Rise bandwagon with me and share your experience along the way. I’ll be posting on mine here and at Feelgood Style.

Trend :: The Scrunchie (for reals!)

Scrunchie collage

No, I’m not messing with you. The scrunchie is back. While I quickly re-embrace some resurfacing trends (I wouldn’t hate if hot rollered hair was back in, just sayin’), I did softly gasp when I read about the return of the scrunchie.

Now, I loved the scrunchie as much as anyone. Probably more than many. I even had one that was my absolute favorite (dark green silk) and totally mourned its loss once the elastic gave. I could never find another that lived up to its awesomeness and tried my hand at sewing in an attempt to reincarnate my beloved scrunchie. The DIY scrunchie was a DIsaster and the fad fell by the wayside soon enough anyway.

So why do I not feel overjoyed to see that these guys are back on the scene? Maybe because they are so very 80s that it just seems completely wrong. But take a look at @scrunchiesofinstagram and it brings you straight to the now of scrunchiedom, plus some pretty great throwbacks.

Basically, to pull off this accessory these days, without looking like you are headed to a Jazzercise class circa 1986, think messy hair pulled up high. Try half up or a pony at the crown.

What do you think? Are you gonna scrunchie?

Ingredient Navigation :: How to Tell if a Product is Truly Safe

Ingredient Navigation

Last week we talked about the easiest ways to make the switch to nontoxic products. So you’ve decided how you’d like to do this (ease in or all in, now for finding those products.

There are tons of natural cosmetic brands on the market today. Compared to a decade ago, the numbers are staggering. But you have to beware tricky marketing and get to the good stuff.

So, how can you tell if a brand is truly committed to safety in cosmetics?

The old adage If it seems too good to be true, it probably is works here. If a mainstream brand that has been making toxic products forever suddenly pops up with a new “pure” or “natural” product you have every right to be skeptical. Creating nontoxic products takes time, research, and money. Even more so, reformulating toxic products. If a brand were to come up with a truly nontoxic product to add to their toxic line, they would have to go to a lot of effort, testing, and dollars spent. And they would definitely want you to know all about the steps they took and healthy ingredients they use.

Slapping the word “natural” on a product does not make it nontoxic.

You have what you need to ID a safe product. Because you are armed with your trusty Ingredients to Avoid list, well-versed in breaking down a product ingredient listing, and know exactly what YOU want, it is going to be that much easier to identify greenwashers. You’ll be throwing products aside at a glance in no time. And getting straight to the good stuff.

Remember, ingredient listings can be confusing. Some are even meant to be that way. That is a red flag. No readily available ingredient listing = another red flag. If a brand does not disclose a full ingredient listing for each of their products, be skeptical.

My last, favorite, and possibly most important tip on choosing safe cosmetics: Shop brands you can trust. There are many companies committed to safety in cosmetics. Take a look at their commitment page or read their story on their website. Check the list of ingredients they never use. Follow them. Buy their stuff.

Our purchasing power is our greatest tool in providing ourselves with healthy bodies and a healthy environment to live in. When we buy products that have no toxic ingredients in them and have been manufactured with environmentally friendly processes we are creating a demand for these products and ingredients, which in turn means more organic farming and safer manufacturing methods.

All of these point to healthier living. And maybe by using safe organic products on our children we can raise more aware, healthy adults. The key to a healthier environment for generations to come.

*Image by Sylwia Bartyzel at Unsplash.com

Trend :: The Grey Job

The Grey Job

Trends get crazier all the time. One of the most shocking (at least to me) is the dyed grey hair trend going on right now. Shocking because I know many women who spend countless hours (not to mention dollars) keeping their strands grey-free.

Is this purposeful grey trend liberating or a slap in the face to those who’ve been combatting this situation for years?

My own Mom went grey at a young age and dyed her hair for many years. After losing her hair during her first round with breast cancer, she decided to forgo the dye job and leave her hair beautifully grey. But she was 66 at the time.

What about those women who are in their 40’s or even 30’s? I totally get why they are not ready to quit coloring.

A very close friend of mine is totally grey and colors on a regular basis. Very regular, like every 3 weeks. Not only is this time and cost consuming, but she is concerned about putting these harmful chemicals on her hair and scalp so often.

What do you think? Are you grey and covering it? Or going natch? Or have you hopped on the grey dye job bandwagon?

Pics via Pinterest

How to Make the Switch to Natural Products

Girl with Dog

This summer we’ve talked a lot about finding the right skincare for YOU. Your skin type, your issues and desires, what is important to you and works for your skin. If you didn’t see it, last week I posted a worksheet to really narrow things down. Fill in those blanks and you have your own personal skincare recipe.

Now you may be wondering … How do I make the switch?

There are several ways to go when first switching to nontoxic products. Sure, you could throw out everything that contains nasty ingredients and make a fresh start all at once. I would advise against this mode, as it can be pretty expensive and time consuming. The best way is to choose where you’d like to begin and go, gradually, from there.

Most exposure Switching out products that offer the most exposure to toxic ingredients is a great place to start. Items like facial serums and moisturizers, makeup, and body lotions (products that sit on the skin all day). This will immediately decrease your daily exposure to toxic ingredients.

Easiest substitutions Certain products are easier to swap out than others. Facial cleansers are pretty straight across the board and simple to replace. Same goes for body wash, make up remover, and toner. This type of product is also on the less expensive end of the skin care spectrum, making them a feasible place to begin.

What can’t you live without? Most of us are fairly attached to our moisturizers, for example, and may even use several – one for daytime, one for nighttime, one for winter, another for summer. You may have to experiment in this area, but as long as you follow the product specs and guidelines it should not be a difficult transition. Choose for your skin type and check labels to see if there are any ingredients that may irritate your skin. Certain skin types are sensitive to particular essential oils, but usually if a product is labeled “Sensitive” it will be safe for finicky skin.

Another rule of thumb – once you find a product that you love try other products from the same brand. Many online retailers offer samples with purchase or trial sizes at an affordable price. Some even have estheticians ready to answer your questions. Read product/brand descriptions thoroughly and if you have further questions contact customer service. Or ask me. I have tried most brands on the sites I love to shop and would be happy to answer your questions or point you in the right direction.

*Image by Matthew Wiebe at Unplash.com, cc

Reader Question :: Serum for Oily Skin?

Serums for Oily Skin

Hi, I am a 32 year old Asian woman with oily skin, large pores ,dark spots, and some pimples. Do you think a serum will help reduce my skin problems? If yes, which organic and natural product will help me? Thank you so much!

Serums hold many benefits for all skin types. The difference is in the ingredients.

For oily skin types you need light, easily absorbable ingredients. Argan oil works well on oily skin. It absorbs readily into skin, offering all the nourishment with no extra oiliness. My friends with oily skin love this stuff.

I’m also going to suggest one of my favorite all time oils here, and that is rosehip oil. It is very lightly moisturizing (to help balance oiliness), lightly exfoliating (to help with breakouts and skin texture), and offers lightening and brightening effects (to fade spots).

You may or may not need a daily moisturizer with a serum, depending on how oily your skin is. If you do give serum a try, wait 10 to 15 minutes and if your skin feels tight, go ahead and apply a light moisturizer over the serum.

You may also want to consider a product for pore refinement. Amala Purifying Moisturizer offers very light hydration, balances oiliness, refines pores, and evens skin tone. This product may work very well for you, with or without a serum.

I’m happy to see you are considering a serum to control your skin issues. So often those with oily skin tend toward drying treatments. While this may seem like the way to go with oily skin, over doing it will only exacerbate the issues. Spot treatment is fine, but stripping the skin of natural oils means flakiness. Sebum becomes trapped under skin flakes and this causes breakouts.

One last note. To protect against more dark spots and prevent further darkening of existing spots, wear a mineral sunscreen when spending prolonged periods outdoors.

Choosing Skincare :: A Worksheet

Writing in Diary by Viktor Hanacek at Picjumbo

So over the past few weeks we’ve talked skin type. We’ve talked skin issues and what you like, dislike, and have to have in skincare. We’ve even looked at some real life examples on choosing the right skincare.

Still in a quandary as to what will work best for YOU?

I’ve created this little exercise to walk you through ID’ing your perfect products. Fill in the blanks and you will have a set of personal guidelines to follow when shopping for beauty products.

My skin type is _________________ .

I have ______________ issues with my skin.

I love __________________________in a beauty product, but cannot stand ___________________________.

Therefore, when shopping for nontoxic cosmetics I should be on the lookout for products designed for __________________ skin type, that also help to treat ___________________________ issues and are/aren’t ___________________________.

There you have it. You’ve just figured out which products are perfect for your skin! That wasn’t so difficult, right?

As always, if you have question just ask.

*Image by Viktor Hanacek at picjumbo.com

Bold Lip, Bronze Eye

Bold Lip Bronze Eye Organic Makeup

This is sort of a reverse of Alexa’s sig makeup look. Where she does the bold eye with nude lip, this is a bright orange or punchy pink lip with a bronze-y neutral eye. Hot this summer.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Eye color of your choice ~ If you are going for a pink lip try taupe shadow, like 100% Pure Dual-Ended Creamstick in Cotton/Silk. If you are opting for an orange lip, you can use a gold or bronze hue, like RMS Beauty Cream Eyeshadow in Solar or Seduce.

For lips ~ Here is where things get fun. My top two recommendations here are Ilia Beauty Lipstick Voila or Neon Angel.

And that is it. Keep cheeks fairly neutral and let lips take the stage. Party on.