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Purifying Charcoal Mask With Marine Algae from Derma-e

27 Aug

Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask With Marine Algae from Derma-e

Activated Charcoal, known for absorbing 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, purges pores of deeply rooted toxins.

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Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask deeply detoxifies skin of harmful micropollutants (exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, heavy metals) in two ways:

(1) Natural clays infused with Kimarine® Wakame, Bladerwrack and Activated Charcoal lift out dirt, oil and bacteria to decongest pores as the mask dries;

(2) Apricot Seed Powder exfoliates away dead skin cells and captured debris upon removal. Kaolin and Bentonite Clays absorb excess oils and impurities, relieving skin congestion. Kimarine® Wakame is a potassium-rich, magnesium-rich seaweed that is clinically proven to protect skin against environmental pollutants. Bladderwrack is an antioxidant-rich, mineral-rich seaweed known for its water-binding properties, supporting healthy skin hydration and nourishment.

Activated Charcoal, known for absorbing 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, purges pores of deeply rooted toxins, then Apricot Seed Powder gently exfoliates away micropollutants. Ideal for oily, active or urban skin types, even safe for reactive skin (minimal ingredients and allergy-tested),

Use this formula once or twice a week for skin that looks dramatically fresher, healthier and purely glowing. 

 
INGREDIENTS: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Kaolin, Bentonite, Glycerin, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Seed Powder, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida (Wakame, Kimarine®) Extract, Charcoal Powder, Epilobium Angustifolium (Canadian Willowherb™) Extract, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract* (.1%), Menthyl Lactate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

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Beauty And The Perils of Your Indoor Environment

6 Jun
​Are you eating too much toxic furniture? (serious stuff)​

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In the survey we ran last Monday, someone suggested that we go deeper into the other sources of toxic load our bodies are subject to in our modern world – aside from food or water.

Then, I read the report called “Toxic Free Home Guide” that Annmarie Skincare is giving away this week (when you grab one of their free sample kit HERE, shipped for free worldwide) and was completely shocked.

 

On page 6, Cate Leger, a green architect from Leger Wanaselja Architecture states:

“Essentially, we eat our buildings. They off-gas. They degrade. They rust. All of it comes off and settles into the dust on the surfaces all around us and some of it inevitably enters our bodies.”

And she goes on adding:

“The industry has very strong trade secret laws to protect product formulas — so that companies do not have to tell us what they are using…”

I had heard that some chemicals in paint and cleaning products can be harmful, but had never really looked into how polluted our inside air really is.

Then I found this report by the EPA, that says:

“While most people are aware that outdoor air pollution can damage their health, many do not know that indoor air pollutants can also do the same.

Studies of human exposure to air pollutants by EPA indicate that indoor levels of pollutants may be 2 to 5 times – and occasionally more than 100 times – higher than outdoor pollutant levels. Indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health.”

In other words… that smog you see outside and makes you cringe because you don’t even want to imagine what it’s doing to your body? Well, the inside air of some buildings are 100 times WORSE.

Annmarie’s report is 90-pages long, so it would be hard for me to tell you everything that’s in it. But at the same time, I don’t want to leave you with such a teaser.

So here are a couple of things from the report that you can apply to your life right NOW:

  • Choosing the right chemical-free mattress (and sheets) is really, really important – for example, memory foam mattresses are found to emit 61 chemicals. Something to keep in mind once it’s time to change yours.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Project says air fresheners don’t freshen the air at all… They mask one odor with another, while diminishing one’s sense of smell with a nerve-deadening agent. You should really trash your Febreeze and buy some essential oils diffusers instead.
  • Any candle or product containing the ingredient “fragrance” is usually toxic. This word is used to hide a mixture of several dozen to several hundred chemicals, with many classified as toxic — none of which are required to be disclosed to consumers. Use natural candles made out of beeswax.
  • Most antibacterial soaps contain triclosan, an endocrine disruptor (just like BPA in plastics) that can affect your thyroid. That’s why Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota recently signed a bill legalizing a measure BANNING triclosan-containing products in the state. The law will go into effect January 1, 2017. Stick with natural soaps without that ingredient!

Seriously… this free report is better than most ebooks sold for $20-30 bucks these days.

It’s really just another reason you should really grab one of Annmarie Skincare’s sample kits on this page.

Have a great day!

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5 Apr

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GOING GREEN WITH DIAMONDS

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Brilliance Creates A Smaller Carbon Footprint By Using Conflict-Free, Recycled Metals While Producing Exquisite, Quality Jewelry

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Halo Split Shank Diamond Ring in Platinum

Earth Day is right around the corner! Celebrate this special day with a beautiful, eco-luxe piece of jewelry for yourself or for someone special from Brilliance. Although the terms eco-friendly and luxury may seem to be on opposite ends of the spectrum, they no longer are with Brilliance. We’ve included several selections that we think you’ll love and will make you look at jewelry in a new way!

Brilliance also offers Canadian diamonds and strictly adheres to the Canadian Diamond Code of Conduct, which guarantees every diamond in their inventory is mined and processed in an environmentally and socially-conscious manner. Their diamonds are hand-picked by gemologists and each can be traced back to the region of their origin.They are also manufactured in the United States by master jewelers.

By using recycled metals and conflict-free diamonds, combined with their specialized processes for creating luxury keepsakes, Brilliance produces the highest-quality jewelry, which is their hallmark.

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Pear Diamond Solitaire Pendant in Yellow Gold (1 ctw)

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Diamond Link Earrings in White Gold

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Sapphire Bangle Bracelet in Yellow Gold

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Trellis Sapphire and Diamond Gemstone Ring in Platinum
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Halo Diamond Preset Engagement Ring in Platinum (1 1/2 ctw)

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Scallop Diamond Eternity Ring in White Gold (4 ctw)
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Emerald Diamond Eternity Ring in White Gold (7 3/5 ctw)

 

 

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8-Day Makeover: Look Younger Naturally

18 Mar
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8-Day SPRING Makeover

Look Younger Naturally

Shake up your daily routine, turn back the age clock, and bring out the best in your skin and your looks. Yes, all are possible, right now! This plan will revitalize you, inside and out. Result: Look and feel years younger…relaxed, radiant and renewed.
(*I recommend you start this on a Saturday so the relaxing day coincides with Sunday)
Go Green for your Skin and your Health

Spring is the perfect time for new beginning and to deepen or renew your “green” resolutions. Each time you are about to put something in or on your body, ask yourself the question,
“Is this bringing health, beauty and harmony to my body?” If not, just don’t do it! Going green is about respecting yourself enough not to trash your beautiful body.

1. Remove Toxins: Make sure that ALL your skincare and make-up is absolutely free of any toxic ingredients like preservatives or fragrance. If not STOP using them at least for this 8-day makeover. I cannot state this enough, more and more scientific studies show that these toxic ingredients are not only bad for your health, but they make you age faster by creating free radicals.

2. BASIC 4 your Skincare Routine: Your regimen should include at least: Cleanse morning and night with gentle cleanser (nothing foaming on your skin), Tone, Day Cream, Night Cream.

If you’ve never experienced what our fresh skincare can do for your skin, try our 7-product Discovery Kit for only $29 (Value $75). This is a super complete beauty treatment.

3. Add Exfoliation to your Skincare Routine: Every other day with our Jojoba Beads exfoliant. This will slough off all dead winter skin. Don’t forget neck décolleté and hands. This Jojoba Beads Exfoliant is a real miracle worker; tough enough to remove dead skin cells, yet gentle enough not to damage fresh new ones. An absolute key to fresh glowing spring skin!

4. GREEN your Diet: An easy way to achieve a “greener diet” is to start your day with a green smoothie. For those who missed my Green smoothie Detox, download the PDF for some great recipes.

5. Go Meat and Dairy Free for a Week: I promise you will LOVE the results. First, you will shed off pounds; second, your skin will clear and glow; third, it will help all of us breathe better. The United Nations estimates that greenhouse gas emissions from meat/dairy production accounts for more than the combined emissions from planes, trains and automobiles. Scary no?

Replace meat with avocados beans, lentils, quinoa, brown rice, and baked potatoes. Pair them with big mixed salads. Dare to mix greens and fruits like mangoes, apples, and pears… Top with a few nuts (walnuts, pecans, pine nuts, sunflower seeds) for a boost of omega 3s. Dress with a little lemon juice and virgin olive oil.

6. Choose Organic: This is the most powerful way you say NO to pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics, that all wreak havoc on your hormones with terrible consequences on both your skin and health. Check out the dirty dozen, clean 15 lists. I know organic is more expensive but when you go meat-dairy free your grocery bill becomes cheaper and SO much healthier!

7. Go Outside and Take in Nature:
 Spend at least 20 minutes outside today – and for the 7 days to come. Soak in some ‘vitamin G’ (for green). Mother Nature can be extremely therapeutic and the fresh air will do you, and your skin a world of good.

Day 2: Soothe and Relax

Relaxing never seems to make it onto the to-do list but today, relaxing is your to-do list!

1. Make time for yourself: If you have kids, arrange for someone to take care of them. Book ½ day with yourself; write it in your agenda so you are sure to not miss the important meeting with yourself.

2. Give yourself a facial: Run a nice hot bath; charge it with a few drops of essential oils. Let the steam from the water open your pores. Exfoliate with the Jojoba beads exfoliant to remove all dead skin cells. Rinse and follow with a thick layer of the Deep Hydration Masque to infuse your skin with revitalizing antioxidants. Let it sit for 10 min, while you soak and rest in your bath. Rinse off masque, and with a loofah exfoliate your entire body. If you are courageous finish with a quick cold water shower.

3. Pamper yourself: Get a massage, stay in bed all morning or do anything that makes you feel like a queen, you are one!

4. Practice deep breathing and do it at least twice a day for the next 7 days, preferably at around the same time each day. This will help establish a breathing routine that calms you, refocuses your energy, and brings very soothing oxygen to stressed skin. Here is one I like: Inhale and exhale through your nose, mentally counting "in-two-three, and then "pause-two-three” and then “out-two-three," During the pause, don’t breathe in or out; just rest comfortably. Do this 5 times. Over time, increase the count to four ("in-two-three-four, out-two-three-four"), then to five, until you reach a number that’s comfortable to you.

5. Have Sex! Yep, sex (with a partner or on your own) can help relax you and get your skin glowing again.

Stay green of course!

Day 3: Eat your Way to Younger Skin

You are already Greener since day one. Remember that healthy glowing skin comes from proper skin care paired with an antioxidants rich diet. Plants are the only real source of antioxidant, with fish that is high in vitamin E. Plant foods also have a very low amount of calories compared to animal food. So, if you want to maintain a healthy weight, plant-based food is also a better choice.

1. Replace your coffee with green tea and sip all day long.

2. Drop ALL skin destroyers: Processed foods, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, soda (diet and regular), processed meats and cheeses, refined flour, sugar, saturated fats, fried food, cigarette smoking.

3. Amp your intake of vitamin A, C, E rich food; checklist below.

Vitamin E, C and A

4. Quench your thirst: Make sure you drink enough water. The rule is ½ your weight in oz. If you weigh 120lbs, you need to drink 60 oz. If you have a hard time with this add slices of lime, lemon, cucumber or mint in your water. Skin will wrinkle faster without adequate moisture. Just like the plant, when skin loses moisture, it gets dry. Dry skin shows wrinkles more and causes skin to sag faster than it would normally. Skin will plump up nicely when the skin cells are hydrated.

Keep going green and relaxing!

Day 4: Get Moving

1. Include at least 30 minutes of physical activity today, and schedule time for more active half hours over the next few days. Choose something you enjoy. There’s no point in being miserable. The goal is to raise your heartbeat. Whether it’s turning on some music and dancing, going for a power walk/run with your dog, taking a bike ride – there are plenty of options for doing your body good. Exercise during the day helps you fall asleep at night and improves the quality of your beauty sleep. Just another one of the health benefits of physical activity.

2. Treat Yourself to Something Special! Reward yourself with an hour today or tomorrow (1 full hour) to do anything you’d like. Get a nice hair cut/color, go shopping, have a mani/pedi or simply veg in front of the TV!

Remember to go green, relax and eat well!

Day 5: Have Fun

Laughter is the best medicine and is so good for your looks. Happy vibes will do more for your looks; now that’s a facelift! We are so caught up in busy schedules and responsibilities, we often forget that fun should be part of our day.

1. Connect with a friend: Today schedule time to spend an evening of fun time with people who are meaningful in your life — who make you laugh or inspire you. Pick up the phone and call someone you love and who loves you. Arrange for sharing a tea or maybe your 20 minutes in nature. Try the co-counseling routine: If you are going to be 20 min together, each one gets 10 min to talk while the other one is only listening – Not offering advice or sharing their personal life experience. This is all about expressing for one and listening for the other one. Then switch. You will be amazed at the result. Here are some subjects ‘What do you love about yourself?’ ‘What are you truly passionate about?’ ‘What makes you happy?’

Keep moving, eating right, going green and relaxing!

Day 6: Let your Inner Beauty Shine

"Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties." Hellen Keller

Inner Beauty is a concept used to describe the positive aspects of something that is not physically observable. Feelings have dramatic effects on our beauty. We all have experienced days when we feel beautiful and other days when we feel just awful for no given reason. When we are in love, it shows…Pregnant women have a radiating beauty…

Your face reflects your emotions. Why do we smile on camera? Because we look better with a happy feeling on our face rather than a feeling of anger, fear or resentment.

1. Focus on the Positive. Try this tonight: Make a gratitude list for the day. Write down three great things that happened during your day. They don’t have to be out of this world. They can be as simple as the fact that you ate well all day, or that you hit a big deadline at work or that the sky at sunset was beautiful. Just three good things, simple as that! Tomorrow when you wake up, before you get out of bed, bring to your mind three things that you are grateful for. Again can be as simple as a bird singing. At any time during the day when stress hits, recall your gratefulness and let it melt away the adverse effects of bad energy.

Continue to have fun, move your body, eat well, go green and relax!

Day 7: Beauty Sleep

Get More Beauty Sleep: If you don’t have any early obligations today, sleep in as long as you like. If you have to get up early, take a nap later in the afternoon. The ideal time for a nap is about 8 hours after you get up — that’s when your body temperature naturally takes a little dip (a sleep inducer); it’s part of your normal biological rhythm. So give in, and experience the beauty benefits of a little power nap.

How to Power Nap:
1. Take off your shoes, and get comfy on a reclining chair, couch, or bed. Close the blinds, or turn away from any direct sunlight.
2. Set an alarm for 30 minutes. That gives you 10 to fall asleep and 20 for your actual nap.
3. Avoid napping after 3 p.m., it can disrupt your nighttime sleep.

Continue focusing on inner beauty, greening your life, having fun, moving your body, eating well and relaxing!

Day 8: Keep your Skin Glowing

CONGRATULATIONS!
You’re about to complete our 8-Day Spring Make-Over! You should be looking and feeling younger but also happier, healthier, proud of your accomplishment and more whole; less stressed, more you.

By continuing some of the new habits you’ve picked up in the last 8 days, you’ll keep looking and feeling terrific, not just for now, but for life. When it comes to staying young forever, preventative measures are more effective than treatments. People who work to maintain their youth are often in better physical shape and experience a sense of well-being that promotes good emotional health.

1. Keep your personal care products free of toxins and your skincare routine consistent.

2. Renew your commitment to your facial exfoliator. As we age, our once-fresh complexion can start to look a little sallow. To combat this, exfoliate — twice weekly, no excuses — and don’t forget the skin below your neck!

3. Make a lemon pledge! 
Skin-cell turnover slows as you age, causing your complexion to look uneven. Combat this with a simple homemade peel: Apply two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice on your face using a cotton ball, avoiding your eye area. Leave on for about 10 minutes, and then rinse with tepid water.

4. Check your vitamin D level. It is a simple blood test and most women are deficient. A growing body of research shows that deficiency of the nutrient can trigger a slew of health problems.

To health and beauty,

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Valérie Grandury
CEO and Founder

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Lumeria Maui- A Symphony of Senses

1 Mar

Outer Beauty starts with Inner Beauty.

But you knew that already!

So consider this as just a gentle reminder that when you take care of the inner Beautiful You, your whole world will see it, take notice and might just be inspired to do the same.

We love Lumeria Maui’s Glow Cleanse program…

Lumeria Maui’s Hawaiian Signature Program

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Slow down an unplug…Immerse yourself in the magic and mystery of aloha.

In today’s fast-spinning world there is a need to unplug and recalibrate to the simple things in life. Reconnect with simplicity and joy by engaging in authentic island experiences.

Step back into Ancient Hawaii – Paddle an outrigger canoe, spend time with a Hawaiian Kahuna, visit a traditional taro farm and witness living history by visiting a sacred Hawaiian Heiau.

This Program Includes:

3 Nights at Lumeria Maui / Breakfast and morning Yoga / Traditional Outrigger Canoe Adventure / Visit to Honokowai Valley and Maui Cultural Lands (Saturdays only) OR Iao Valley – Sacred Valley Hike with educational component.

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GreeningBeauty Lumeria Maui Glow Cleanse

Glow Cleanse: Detox and breathe deeply.

Do you feel sluggish and tired all the time, like you are struggling to keep up? Could you use more energy and clarity of mind? Combine your love of yoga with our Lumeria Glow Cleanse! Lumeria Maui combines Chef Craig King’s state-of-the-art juice and broth cleanse with restorative yoga to strengthen and heal the connections between body, mind and spirit to restore a feeling of balance, joy and lightness of being.

This program includes:

5 nights at Lumeria Maui / Daily private consultation with our onsite Lumeria Glow Cleanse alchemist / 5 days of the Lumeria Glow Cleanse / Daily sunrise meditation/ Daily morning yoga class / Daily traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage / Day-trip to a sacred Heiau — site of sacred indigenous Hawaiian culture — with meditation and educational component.

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Have A Wild Dynamic Organic Christmas! Holiday Picks – Bubbles, Roses & Geraniums, Smoothment

11 Dec
by Paige Donner
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Dynamic Organic Bubbles
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The holidays just aren’t the holidays without a bottle of bubbly!…

Bio-dynamic Champagne is still something of a rarity. I’m talking Champagne Champagne – the real thing, not the fakes and wannabes from regions other than Champagne, France.

Champagne Fleury was the first House in Champagne to convert their vineyards to bio-dynamic viticulture. That was in 1989 and the visionary was Jean-Pierre Fleury.

Fleury Champagne produces about 200,000 bottles of Champagne per year – half is sold domestically and half goes to export. The family owned vineyards are located in the Côte des Bar area of Champagne, France – about 45 k. south of Troyes. 

The taste? Clean, fresh, authentic and dynamically organic!

Roses & Geraniums 

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Delicate and soothing – the newest fragrance combo from NYR (that’s Neal’s Yard Remedies, natch) is scented as gently as it is formulated. Made with shea and cocoa butters, enhanced with avocado oil, this shower gel and accompanying body lotion make perfect stocking stuffers for that sweet, delicate someone. Scent is from prescious rose otto and geranium flowers. 

Smoothment –  [To Start The Year Off Right!]
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Timed for launch before the holidays, the 3-Pack of organic smoothie blends is an ideal gift or stocking stuffer for anyone that enjoys delicious gourmet food, or whom may be looking for healthy superfoods to boost a health commitment in the New Year. 

3 Flavors – Antioxidants, Omega-3, Protein  
Our Fave: The rich, chocolaty Protein Smoothie Mixer features three of the most nutrient-dense superfoods in the world (hemp, cacao and maca) and a delicious low-glycemic natural sweetener from Peru (lucuma). This kosher blended powder is a nourishing source of protein and omegas, as well as antioxidants found in the feel-good cacao. Blend this gluten-free Smoothie Mixer with a banana, peanut butter, non-milk of your choice and honey.

Join the Smoothment! Smoothies are an ideal tool to reach a higher level of nutrition and diversity in your diet. That’s why Navitas Naturals created the Smoothment – an interactive program that features easy, delicious smoothie recipes. The Smoothment inspires people to add a superfood smoothie into their daily routine in place of a meal or snack.
Exclusively: online at williamssonoma.com.

Greening Beauty Gift Giving In The Age of Organic

4 Nov

The challenge of holiday gift giving is a. to be unique and b. to be not so unique that your gifts go unappreciated.

For the ladies (and men!) on your list this holiday season 2012, organic beauty products are some of the best choices because they not only fulfill everyday needs and are useful products that most of us ritually use, they are also the healthier version of those personal care products we tend to use every day.

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Marie Veronique Organics falls squarely into this product category of Good For Your Skin and Good For The Planet, Too. Marie Nadeau is a former chemistry teacher based in Berkeley, California who decided to create a simple skin care product line-beauty regime with the help of her physicist daughter, Dr. Jay Nadeau. As a mature woman going into this business venture, Marie’s emphasis was on anti-aging through the use of intelligent sunscreens and skincare …”the most important being safe and effective sunscreens made with intelligent ingredients.”

Just what are “intelligent ingredients” you may be wondering? Well, for the MVOrganics Moisturizing Face Screen / Everyday Sheer Coverage which protects against UVA rays with its non-nano zinc oxide, think red raspberry for healing and moisturizing, sea buckthorn and emu oils for their anti-premature aging reinforcements all topped off with a rich dose of anti-oxidants.

The sheer tinted coverage comes in SPF30 and SPF20 (with green tea and coffee berry extract) and both are hits over at the EWG. Tip: only those with porcelain skin tones can get away with wearing the Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF30; the SPF20 is good for most other skin tones. In fact, the product offers such complete skin tone even-ing coverage that when it was first marketed as simply a sunscreen, ladies started wearing it out in the evening as a light foundation and loving the matte effect it gives to the facial skin.

Not to miss – and this goes for you guys, as well – are the MVOrganics Anti-Aging mist and Anti-Aging Oil+. The mist is slightly fragrant with hints of geranium essence while the Anti-aging Oil that you gently massage into your neck, chest and face while the skin is still moist contains over 20 different kinds of oils like kiwi seed oil, meadowfoam oil and tamanu oil which results in a soothing essence reminiscent of that last great Swedish massage you had.

Packaging for the products is recyclable and the ingredients are all bio-degradable. “We don’t use toxins, petroleum-based products, nanoparticles, or anything else that’s potentially harmful,” states the founder, Marie Veronique. Check their website for prices and more product information.
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L’Essence Des Notes Perfume – Paris

15 Oct

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by Paige Donner

Some of the freshest scents coming from Paris, France these days are from an artisan “parfumeur” dedicated not just to the clean purity of scents, but also to the clean purity of a perfume’s composition. The woman behind the brand is Huong Mangin, a French woman whose family originated from Vietnam. Her perfumes are created in Grasse, the historic “perfume capital” of France, and, arguably, the world.

During the recent Rives de la Beaute’ held in Paris this Autumn, much discussion surrounded the topic of “Scent as Art.” To elaborate, the discussion’s central point is about creating museums of scent, whereby a perfume can be held up, enshrined and admired as the piece of art, and historical reference point, that it is.

While she was designing her perfumes, Huong Mangin, General Manager of Fragrance et Beaute Francaises recalled her childhood scent-memories from Vietnam – the delicate florals, the fresh herbs and spices, the raw fragrances of her childhood and her ancestral home. When she began working with the iconic 5th generation family house of Mane, based in Grasse, in the south of France, these were some of the perfume essences she put forward in her design wishes.

Master perfumers Christian Vermorel, Céline Ripert and Frédérique Terranova took their cues from Madame Mangin and went to work creating the sublime perfumes that are L’Essence des Notes. The scents they worked with in their creations are from the Citrus/Fruity, Fougere, Chypree, Floral, Wood and Oriental/Amber families. Each perfume has a top note, a heart note and an end note. The top note and the end note are always different,  – the true mark of a quality perfume.

Some of the original perfumes you can find in the L’Essence des Notes perfume line: Orange & Litsee, Citron & Petitgrain, Lavande & Romarin, Cardamome & EmbrunsPamplemousse & Basilic, Myrte & Bergamote, Vetiver & Patchouli, and Coriandre & Bois de Cedre.

Their newest offerings are the premium range. These perfumes are: Rose de Kelaa, Oud de Kyara, and Oud d’Angkor. These are sensual perfumes that carry names to evoke journeys and the sense of escape.

Another remarkable thing about these perfumes are that they are ISO 9001 certified, which is a certification guaranteeing quality manufacturing procedures. Indeed, these perfumes are so clean, they are sold in Pharmacies in France. Mangin created her perfumes so that they would be as clean and natural as possible, and have sublime, enduring scents, the combinations of which are innovative and fresh.

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Neal’s Yard Remedies Makeup

9 Oct

by Paige Donner

Neal’s Yard Remedies, the UK-based natural remedies, skincare, bodycare and now makeup line, feels that the Tree is a perfect symbol of beauty: The roots represent our health/inner beauty, and the outer blossomings of gorgeous leaves, fruits and flowers are symbols of our outward beauty. That’s the logic behind their logo.

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So when they moved into developing their makeup line, after several years of careful thought and reflection, they knew that mineral makeup was the direction to go in.  However, based as they are on holistic and organic remedies masquerading as personal care products and skincare, they wanted nothing to do with the common additives found in many of the mineral-based makeups on store shelves today. One good example is talc and talcum powder. Believe it or not, many “mineral” makeup lines today use these as fillers to round out their color-based mineral makeup lines. But never NYR!

White Tea (Powder)

So what NYR did before ever launching their makeup line in any of their 42 U.K. stores (70 boutiques worldwide) was to do a fair bit of research focused around white tea and white tea powder.

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“Color That Cares”

Many of us know white tea as the super anti-oxidant we can sip, but what NYR lab researchers found was that white tea, ground up as a powder and used topically on the skin, also makes for a superb anti-oxidant ingredient and free-radical protector for the skin. So when you apply any of the Neal’s Yard Remedies mineral makeup, on face, eyes, cheeks and lips, you are actually doing your skin a favor by giving it a good dose coating of anti-oxidant and free-radical fighting White Tea.

Autumn’s new shades are gorgeous gem colors such as plum,  royal blue, blue bell and silver birch. When you add just a smidgen of water to your makeup brush, the mineral color makeup for your eyes, for example, goes on wet and stays on all day long. What’s more, these mineral makeups in rich and flattering pigments are the first makeup line to be Soil Association Certified.

On The Horizon: Soon to be launched – by end of 2012 in the U.K – is their new range of lipsticks in a range of luscious shades. And for 2013 they promise to have come out with a jaw-dropping, eye-popping fully-functioning, organic based mascara.  For U.S. customers, NYR lipsticks will be available by early 2013.

Never Tested on Animals, Fair Trade, Natural, Organic – Neal’s Yard Remedies

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Mobile Apps For Smart Beauty Shopping

7 Oct

by Mariana Ashley

College Students: Mobile App Helps You Shop Smarter for Things Like Beauty Products

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College students these days are very environmentally aware. They’ve grown up in a world where talk of climate change and melting ice caps counts as everyday conversation, and are fully aware that the choices they make—no matter how small—play a role in the bigger picture. 
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A great deal of them recycle, carpool, and do their best not to waste water. They exhibit a genuine concern about the future of our planet. They are making changes in every aspect of their life from shopping to socializing. It’s no surprise, then, that many of them are looking toward the ever-evolving world of technology to help them in their cause. 

Enter the GoodGuide appAvailable for both iPhones and Androids, this mobile application helps consumers make smarter decisions about everyday products such as toothpaste and mascara. How it works is simple. Just download the free app onto your smartphone, aim it at a product’s barcode and wait for the results. The user will instantly gain environmental, ethical and safety information about the item, making it easier for people to make informed choices about the companies they support.

Now, I’m not saying this app was made exclusively for college students, but it is definitely college-friendly. Think about it, kids these days never go anywhere without their phone. Plus, with crazy school and work schedules, they have little to no time to research each and every purchase they make BEFORE heading to the store. So, considering their lifestyle the ease and convenience offered by GoodGuide app just makes sense.

With detailed information on over 150,000 products and feature such as the purchase analyzer, this application promotes all-around transparency and consumer advocacy. Run by professors and grad students at UC Berkeley, GoodGuide users, rest easy knowing they are getting quality information they can trust.

So, before you buy that next bottle of shampoo or reach for that supposed “miracle” moisturizer, for check its stats with GoodGuide to see if it helps or hurts Mother Nature as a whole. Planet Earth will thank you!

Mariana Ashley is a freelance blogger who writes about education topics, college trends, student lives, post-college careers, and online colleges in Colorado. Feel free to leave any questions or comments below.

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