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Saw Palmetto and Mint from Origins

28 Oct

As we fast approach turning back the clocks and Halloween weekend, it is with a touch of sadness that we say Adieu to summer…One thing we won’t be leaving behind, however, is our Origins Zero Oil™ Beauty Regimen. We discovered it this past summer and have since made it one of our essentials. Here’s why:

The NEW Zero Oil™ Collection with Saw Palmetto and Mint features a cleanser, toner, moisturizer and instant matte that, when used as a regimen, are clinically proven to immediately unclog pores while also providing skin with clarity and moisture.

In fact, after four weeks, the NEW Zero Oil™ Collection is clinically proven to reduce oil and the appearance of pore size and improve smoothness and tone.

We at Greening Beauty put this to the test during the “dog days” of summer August and September when temperatures were hottest. We say It worked!

Origins, as many of us devotees of natural skincare know, has been part of the very large Estee Lauder cosmetics company since 1990. As an integral part of that larger corporate structure, it is well worth acknowledging that Origins uses potent plants, organic ingredients, and 100% natural essential oils. Origins has a long-standing commitment to protect the planet, its resources and all those who populate it which is reaffirmed by the earth and their animal friendly practices, packaging and policies.

Here are some of the collections key ingredients:

Saw Palmetto Indigenous to the southeastern United States, the berries of this green, leafy plant have been used by Florida’s Seminole Indians as a source of both food and medicine.

Broad Leaf Kelp (Laminaria Saccharina) Native to the shores of Britain and Ireland, this seaweed is known as a “Jack of all trades” due to its various benefits including reducing excess oil production in skin.

Salicylic Acid Salicylic Acid is often used as an exfoliating ingredient within skin care products.

ESSENTIAL OILSSpearmint Native to Asia, the stems and essential oil are used in folk remedies to help stimulate mental alertness.

Lemon Used primarily for its purifying properties.

Sweet Orange Derived from fruits of the Citrus Sinensis tree, the aroma is known for its mood-lifting properties.

Lavender An herb used for over 2,500 years, Lavender is widely known for its soothing and anti-irritant qualities.

Ylang Ylang Has long been used as a purifier.

Special Recommend: Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief. Makes the red disappear. Very useful as we fold into Fall and get ourselves ready for truffle season!

Greening Beauty


‘Tis The Season of Pink

16 Oct

(From our friends at Safe Cosmetics.org)

This October, ask Estee Lauder to help prevent breast cancer

It’s October, which means autumn colors are arriving – especially the color pink, which is now synonymous with “breast cancer awareness.”

Estee Lauder trumpets its commitment to breast cancer awareness through promotions and pink ribbons galore. Awareness about early detection and treatment options is important. But when one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, what we need most of all is to get chemicals linked to cancer out of products we use every day – including cosmetics from pink ribbon companies like Estee Lauder.

Some examples: Estee Lauder brands Bumble & Bumble, Aveda and Clinique contain chemicals that are likely to be contaminated with the carcinogens 1,4-dioxane or formaldehyde; Bobbi Brown Blush contains silica and titanium dioxide (which poses a risk of cancer from inhalation); and several Estee-owned brands still use parabens, which can act like estrogen in the body. Higher estrogen exposures throughout a woman’s life can increase her risk of breast cancer, according to the latest scientific evidence.

Check out Evelyn Lauder’s Huffington Post piece on breast cancer awareness, and post a comment telling her what you think! Then, learn which cosmetics chemicals are linked to breast cancerand how the pink ribbon came about.

It isn’t just the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics talking about these crucial links. The President’s Cancer Panel concluded in its May 2010 report that many cancers are linked to environmental exposures. The Panel pointed to lax regulations around toxic chemicals, the fact that chemicals are allowed on the market without adequate safety data, and the (completely legal) use of known carcinogens and hormone disruptors in common products like cosmetics.

We know that Estee Lauder can make safer cosmetic products, free of ingredients linked to cancer. In fact, their Origins and Aveda brands have phased out some hazardous ingredients, but other Estee Lauder brands like M.A.C., Clinique and Bumble and Bumble have not.

Estee Lauder even lobbied against legislation in California that requires cosmetics companies to notify the state when they use chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects — while simultaneously launching Pink Ribbon campaigns to “raise awareness” about breast cancer.

In the absence of laws that protect us, we have to demand protection ourselves. This October, we want Estee Lauder to made a genuine commitment to women’s health.

Mia, Stacy, Lisa, Marisa, Genevieve and all of us at the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

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