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Your Good(-smelling) Deed For Earth Day

14 Mar

Want to get a jump on Earth Day this year? Here’s your chance to do something good for the children of Bolivia and Ghana – and smell good doing so!

For the second year in a row, Armani’s Acqua di Gio will give 100 liters of potable water to needy children in Bolivia and Ghana for any perfume sold between March 19 and 25th in the Acqua di Gio line by Alberto Morillas. Here’s your chance to try the line’s newest fragrance: Essenza.

All set for perfume at present? Not to worry. Simply by going to the line’s FB page, and clicking on “Like,” they will sponsor 50liters of potable water for the designated needy children. Now wasn’t that easy?

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Native Shoes All Weather And Eco-Friendly

5 Sep

Made from foam-injection molded EVA, Native Shoes have been a huge hit since their debut in the spring of 2010 thanks to their extremely lightweight, airy, and washable material.Native Shoes All Weather And Eco-Friendly - Greening BeautyThe easy-to-slip-on Miller, Jefferson, Howard, Jericho, and Corrado silhouettes, as well as the sturdy Fitzsimmons hiking boot, keep feet happy in sun, rain, sleet, and snow.  And to top it all off, Natives are eco-friendly, as they are manufactured through a low energy emission process which produces zero waste and does not use any animal bi-products.

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Eco Basket by Lost Property of London

21 Aug

Elwin is their upcycled luxury eco basket bag made from fair trade coffee sack and natural hide handles. Think Sunday strolls through the market or chilling out on the beach.

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Odacité and Absolution – Bespoke Skincare

19 Jul

Greening BeautyBy Paige Donner 

Bespoke is the new black.  Or, rather, bespoke skincare is the newest wisdom in product formulation for skincare products, especially in natural and organic based lines. We’ve come across two stellar lines this past year who are both formulating skincare product lines specific to personal and individual needs.

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The first, Odacité, is created by founder Romain Gaillard, a French native who makes his home currently in Southern California. For a novel approach and because it’s important to remember that our menfolk need TLC too, we tried out his line of products that were formulated specifically for an adult male whose lifestyle includes some sun exposure and late nights.

Before the products were formulated, senior Skincoach Nairi Khatchadourian sent along a detailed questionnaire to find out what sorts of skincare concerns our tester had. This is the response, along with the product types and explanations, that were received:

Dark Circles Under Eyes: The Odacité skincare includes a “great concentration of Tocopherols (natural Vitamin E) that is known to help with dark circles. It also includes bioavailable Vitamin C of rosehip oil that helps strengthen blood vessel walls, and tea extracts that work wonders at reducing dark circles.”

Dark circles can appear as a result of several factors: lifestyle, genetic, lack of sleep, aging.

Suntegrity sunscreen is their product to deflect the harmful effects of overexposure to the sun.  It’s an effective product which is saying a lot for something that is so respectful of natural ingredients use. Sunscreens still are something of the Holy Grail for natural-based skincare products.

Cleanser. The cleanser includes Tamanu oil from the rain-forest of Madagascar which is a super healing oil. They get the wild-crafted oil from Madagascar 
because wild plants retain the highest potency. Tamanu oil is proven to aid in the elimination of waste material and toxins from the capillaries. The cleanser also comes with two sponges that encourage lymph circulation when used on the face.

Immortelle Toner.Toning  helps shrink pores and restores healthy skin Ph balance. They suggest using the Toner as an after shave. Its base is Aloe Vera so it hydrates the skin and reduces puffiness.

The moisturizer is formulated with pure virgin coconut oil and organic aloe. These boost 
skin hydration by locking in moisture. The fresh organic aloe also heals. It is also, “Formulated with DMAE a natural skin firming agent. Long term use of DMAE  has been clinically proven to greatly decrease the appearance of loose and sagging skin. DMAE also helps prevent and reduce age spots.”

Our Greening Beauty test subject felt a significant improvement in his skincare quality after using only these products for three weeks. Not any kind of a Metrosexual, it was difficult to convince him to use any kind of skincare. But after using Odacité Bespoke Skincare, we now have a firm believer in natural, crafted to order, skincare.

Absolution

The founder of this organic skincare line from France, Isabelle Carron, describes it as “the first unisex bespoke certified organic cosmetics brand.” She has created it from minerals, vitamins and wild plant extracts. The line is formulated with simplicity in mind. It is the founder’s goal to offer a few products that can answer a variety of your skin’s needs.

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This she does with a truly original approach to “bespoke.”  Basics of the line such as La Crème du Jour and La Solution + Energie are packaged by themselves but formulated to be sold together so that the client, themselves, can mix the ingredients according to their skin’s needs at that moment.

This approach earned Carron a Beyond Beauty Jury Award and a Wallpaper Magazine Design Award in 2010. The product line is also Eco Cert-ified.  The Day Cream (recyclable)-plastic jar/pump is beveled inward at the top so that when you pump a bit of the cream out onto the little “bowl” it allows you to spritz a drop of the Energy Solution onto it so that you can mix it all up right there with your fingertips, just before applying. Other “La Solution” varieties are: Eclat (Clarifying/brightening), Anti-Age, and Controle.

The product philosophy emphasizes Listening. “Listen to Yourself…” it says, “Listen to your skin! Intimate connection, echo of your soul and body, your skin’s needs are like yours: constantly changing.

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The ingredients are potent: Olive tree flavonoids, Aloe Vera, Borage oil whose anti-aging actions is combined with a mineral sunscreen (Mica) – all of this in the day cream. And in the booster you have Echinacea, Edelweiss and Extract of Thermus Thermophillus to name a few. [That last-named ingredient is particularly effective in protecting your skin from air pollution, UV ad electromagnetic radiations.

Read more on the new Absolution.me Blog.

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Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 Introduced In U.S. House

28 Jun

June 27, 2011 www.safecosmetics.org
Dear Green,

Our hard work is paying off! This year, you and thousands of Campaign for Safe Cosmetics supporters urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to get cancer-causing formaldehyde out of Brazilian Blowout and other hair-straightening products.

And recently, you signed the petition to the Obama Administration asking for prevention to be a major focus of our country’s cancer plan (we joined our allies at the White House in May and dropped off all 73,000 signatures!).

Well, we have exciting news: you’ve helped build the momentum for Congressional leaders to reintroduce the federal Safe Cosmetics Act in the House of Representatives Friday.

This bill (H.R.2359) would give the FDA the authority it needs to ensure that personal care products are free of harmful substances like lead, 1,4-dioxane and chemicals linked to cancer.

Existing law, which has not been updated in 70 years, allows companies to use these and other toxic chemicals in products we use on our bodies every day. We know that the U.S. can do better to protect our families and to remain a world leader in the marketplace!

Please urge your House members to co-sponsor the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011. Here’s how:

1. Email them using our easy form.

2. Call them. Use our Legislator Lookup, dial the number for your federal Representative (we’re not contacting Senators yet), and use the email text as a guide for your message to the staff person who answers the phone. Calls usually take about 1 minute, but they are really important!

3. Visit them. You have the right to meet with your Representative (or his or her staffers) to tell them that you want safe cosmetics. Check out our Legislative Toolkit to learn more.

Please take action and spread the word!

Thanks for all you do to make cosmetics safe for all of us.

Sincerely,
Lisa, Mia, Stacy, Jamie, Marisa, Nancy and all of us at the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

P.S. If you haven’t seen it already, check out The Story of Cosmetics, a short film that breaks down why we really need the Safe Cosmetics Act.

YOU did it!

Thanks to your support, Congress is now considering the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011. Ask your U.S. Representative to sign on as a co-sponsor.

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Weleda for Sports

2 Jun

by Paige Donner

Summer is here and with it all the outdoor sports we love to indulge in – tennis, jogging, tai chi, surfing… To take care of yourself while you’re taking care of yourself, have a go at the line of Weleda products designed for athletes.  The line is all natural and good for professional athletes as well as those of us who simply get outdoors to get in our workouts.

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Creme Sani-Pieds – This foot cream is made from organic myrrh and calendula extracts with lavendar and orange essential oils added. It’s non-greasy and leaves your feet feeling soft and refreshed, while aiding with perspiration.

Silver Birch Juice – To be mixed with water and drunk after your workout or throughout the day, this concentrate of silver birch leaf juice aids in elimination of toxins. The organic juice contains different substances whose “flavonoids” aid in elimination.

Copper Sulfate Tonic Gel for Legs – Runners and speedwalkers know the sensation of “heavy legs.” It comes from miles of pounding the pavement. This refreshing and tonifying gel, greaseless, is made from extracts of copper sulfate, lemon, arnica and essential oils. Keep it in the refrigerator for a particularly intensive after-workout therapy for your legs.

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Weleda is a  Swiss company that has been devoted to organic well-being products for 90 years. It is the official partner of  INSEP (Institut National du Sport, de l’Expertise et de la Performance) and has been chosen by the French medical commission for the National Olympic Committee of Sports for the London 2012 games.

Next time you are in Paris, book yourself and your sweetheart for a couples massage and, time permitting, a massage workshop. The Espace Weleda just off the Champs Élysées is a naturally inviting space that is used as a spa and also, primarily, as a place to educate clients about the Natrue certified Weleda products and how to use them effectively. Workshops are held several times a week and the couples massage workshop is very popular especially around Valentine’s Day.

www.espace-weleda.fr   10 Ave. Franklin D. Roosevelt 75008 Paris 

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Caudalie Spa

13 May

By Paige Donner

There is one spa that was voted The Best Spa In The World by Condé Nast readers in 2010. That spa is in France’s Bordeaux region and sits serenely in the middle of a vast and prestigious AOC Graves vineyard. The spa? It is Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa.

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On her parents’ vineyard and just next to her sister’s Small Luxury Hotel, Les Sources de Caudalie, in Bordeaux, Mathilde Thomas discovered a naturally occurring hot springs 540 feet below ground. This is the site on which she and her husband, Bertrand, built the signature Caudalie Spa based on the anti-oxidant, ant-aging properties they have patented from the seeds and skins of grapes.

Caudalie Vinotherapie beauty products are used exclusively at this idyllic spa in the Bordeaux countryside, in a vast wooden structure planted next to a pond with swans and indoor-outdoor swimming pools. Treatment rooms are both upstairs and downstairs and it is possible to walk from your hotel room in your robe to your spa treatment in the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa with only a few feet of exposure to the outside air.

Caudalie Spa, Bordeaux, Greening Beauty c. Paige Donner

Caudalie Spa, Bordeaux, Greening Beauty c. Paige Donner

Famous among their treatments are the Barrel Bath, the Honey and Wine Wrap, the Pulp Friction Massage with fresh grapes and the Crushed Cabernet Scrub. At each of the relaxation stations are small dishes of fresh grapes alongside pitchers of fresh water. Portishead and other “lounge” music is piped in overhead from the sound system, unless you request classical or another genre.

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You can also go for a simple Caudalie Grand Facial Treatment. This includes a full facial massage, gentle buffing cream made from a base of crushed grape seeds, a moisturizing (or purifying, as needed) mask and anti-ageing serum for eyes and lips. You also have the choice of a hand or foot massage. Afterwards you are welcome to linger downstairs in the lounge chairs that overlook the vineyards and dip into the pool that has strategic water jets fitted at just the perfect height to pulsate relaxing water onto your neck and shoulders.

There is also now a Caudalie Spa in NYC. Read More on Greening Beauty.

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Hyères Festival: Céline Méteil Wins

3 May
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Sunday,1 May Hyères, France  The jury, presided over by Raf Simons, unveils the winners: French designer Céline Méteil has won the Première Vision Prize, one of two prizes attributed in the Fashion Competition of the prestigious Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography.

Selected from among ten finalists, Céline Méteil created a collection of airy and structured origami dresses made from jaconas. This stiff and transparent cotton plainweave is ordinarily employed to create a three dimensional muslin prototype of a garment. Her highly architectural clothing entertains a dialogue with the body, building on layers of transparency and lace and shaped in subtle balance with fluid knits.

Baptised “Plié Backstage”, the collection was produced with the support of Sophie Hallette, Mario boselli Yarns & Jersey and TESJ, all PremièreVision exhibitors, and Close to Clothes, a Mod Amont exhibitor.

Céline Méteil, 32,also won the”Prix du Public”,and has worked with John Galliano, Nicolas Ghesquière (at Balenciaga) and Felipe Oliveira Baptista. At thispoint she is aspiring to launchher own brand. This is the first year that PremièreVision, the World’s Premier Fabric Show, has partnered withthe Hyères festival and sponsored one of its prizes, in the amount of 10,000 euros. But the Première Vision Prize goes beyond the awarding of the prize money to the winning young designer.

Première Vision, whose vocation is to further contacts between professionals in this most creativeof fields, is fully committed to this programme to support young design talents, and to building a longterm relationship.

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Green Carpet, Red Dress

23 Apr

The last couple years have seen an awakening of Green Style on Red Carpets. Not just actresses but also wives of actors are using their moments under the Star Lights to bring attention to ethical fashion and their favorite charity causes.

British actor Colin Firth’s wife, Livia, even maintains a blog hosted on Vogue that discusses her favorite [ethical fashion] finds and also some resale and London Pop Up shops where you can purchase dresses that have been worn by her on Red Carpets. Including a dress worn on her recent walk down the Academy Awards Red Carpet with husband Colin.

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We’ve come a long way, baby, even from 2009 when Greening Hollywood stationed ourselves on the Kodak Theatre, Academy Awards Red Carpet with our Terracycle Bag and our Repurposed Threads.

Greening Hollywood TV VIDEO HERE

Livia Firth’s Blog Here

Excerpt…Both the Prophetik Golden Globes dress and the Gary Harvey Oscar dress will be auctioned to raise funds. The highlight of my night however was still meeting Jamie Oliver. Hope I didn’t make a fool of myself when I offered to cook pasta for him! – Livia Firth

Interested? Read More on Greening Beauty and on Vogue’s Green Blog

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Vinothérapie by Caudalie

14 Apr

By Paige Donner

Caudalie is a wine term, in French, that refers to the length of time the taste of a wine lingers in the mouth. The longer the better. It is a measurement of a wine’s quality.

Caudalie Vinotherapie, Greening BeautyA spa and beauty care line based on patents derived from bio-research on the beauty benefits of the grape, Caudalie is a fitting name for this French line that originated in the heart of Bordeaux, in fact in the prestigious Graves appellation.

Mathilde Thomas is the Founder and Creator of Caudalie, a top-selling beauty line in French Pharmacies where so many of the best beauty brands in France are sold. Since a year or two, Ms. Thomas, now NYC-based, has launched her brand in the U.S.

But though this young beauty visionary may spend her day-to-day in NYC, it is in Bordeaux where her heart, and the base of Caudalie Vinothérapie products, remain firmly rooted.

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Working with Dr. Vercauteren of Bordeaux’s University of Pharmaceuticals, Ms. Thomas was intrigued by a claim he made to her during the 1993 grape harvest on her parents esteemed Bordeaux vineyard, “Do you know that you are throwing away treasures?” he asked her when he saw the grape skins and grape seeds being discarded.

She quickly learned, by listening to Dr. Vercauteren’s explanations, that grapeseeds and grape skins hold extraordinary deposits of anti-oxidants, in the form of polyphenols. And this is where Ms. Thomas showed true entrepreneurial genius, because from that bio-detritus, she created the luxury “Cosm-ethics” beauty care line and brand, Caudalie.

Caudalie owns three patents that help slow the signs of skin-aging:

1) Polyphenols from Grape-Seeds

“The most powerful anti-oxidants occurring in the vegetable world. They stop free radicals, which are the main cause of cutaneous ageing. They are the best anti-ageing shield for the skin.

2) Resveratrol from Grapevine Stalks

It gives the skin back its youthfulness and firmness. Harvard’s Department of Medicine identified Resveratrol as the most effective active ingredient for prolonging cellular life.

3) Viniferine from Grapevine Sap

The sap from grapevine stalks was used in the past to diminish dark spots and clarify the complexion of young women. Viniferine protects against dark spots and leaves your complexion incredibly radiant.

The Caudalie researchers have come up with a few more grape treasures which are formulated into the beauty line such as “organic grape water,” grape-seed oil, and Vinolevure®.

“There’s no miracle cure for skin ageing, there is a patent!” – Mathilde Thomas, Founder-Creator, Caudalie, Skincare Line

You can rest assured you are making an ethically beautiful choice with these products, too. None of the formulas are tested on animals and they ask that their suppliers do the same. They use the maximum amount of natural ingredients, that are both biodegradable and respect the environment, in their product lines. Her coined term of “Cosm-ethics,” refers to the fact that no animal ingredients, parabens, phenoxyethanol, phthalates, mineral oil, synthetic colorings or sodium laureth sulfate are used in any of the formulations or products.

There are also Caudalie Spas: In Bordeaux, France; NYC, New York; Versailles, France; and in Spain. Read the related article on Spa Caudalie in Greening Beauty.

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