Archive for September, 2008

We’ve long been a fan of BeeCeuticals products.  Besides the fact that they work well, they also work very hard at maintaining a product that is consistently of the highest quality.  Kathy raved about BeeCeuticals not once, but twice. So of course I had to give this stuff a whirl.   I got the Honey Thyme lotion and I have to say, for lotion, it’s heavenly.  I love that it’s not overly greasy, but it moisturizes well.  I use it when I get out of the shower, and before bed and reach for it when I just need a nice hand cream.  The other thing I really love about them is the fact that the smell is natural and light, and also not lavender.  One thing about switching over to natural products that are scented with essential oils, is that I cannot stand the smell of conventional products.  The artificial perfumes are noxious and overpowering.  Let’s not even get into the fact that they’re horrible for you.  I just don’t like to have my nasal passage assaulted with the smell of fake peonies.

Aside of the fact that this stuff rocks my socks off, BeeCeuticals also rocks my socks off.  Why? Well:

  • They use as many certified organic ingredients as possible
  • They use fair trade ingredients when possible
  • Free of icky chemicals such as parabens, phthalates, SLS’s etc
  • Biodegradable
  • Sustainable
  • And of course, not tested on animals.

Best of all, it’s not that expensive.  I’ve seen smaller jars of safe body lotion go for twice that price and they’re not nearly as green as they claim to be.

Get It: You can order the BeeCeuticals Honey Thyme lotion right from our affiliate shop. Or you can order any of BeeCeuticals products directly from their site.

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Categories: Bath & Body, Body Lotion, Hand Cream

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Lavanila Lip ShineI am a huge lip product whore.  You’ll learn this if you read this site regularly.  I own enough lip balms and glosses to write 100 entries.  My first one is for LaVanila’s The Healthy Lip Shine lip gloss.  Once I learned about all the gunk in traditional glosses I went on a quest to find one that I could use daily that had a safer ingredients list.  I haven’t tried much of the LaVanila line because typically I’m not a vanilla-scent person but I was drawn to this one for it’s vanilla grapefruit scent.

This is a great day gloss… it goes with me everywhere.  It goes on smooth and isn’t overly heavy or sticky and has a pretty sheer pink hue. Better yet this lip gloss is free of parabens, phthalates, Petrochemicals, Propylene Glycol, Mineral oils, Silicone, Synthetic Dyes, and Sulfates.  The tube is 100% recyclable and is not tested on animals!

It comes in a few other scents including Vanilla, Vanilla Coconut, and Vanilla Blossom… all of which are light peachy colors that go on sheer enough for wearing anytime.

Get it here: Sephora.com

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I love lip products.  I have become a huge Dr. Bronner’s fan over the past year for many reasons.  Dr. Bronner’s uses mainly organic ingredients, many certified organic.  The company holds much pride in their Fair Trade and no animal testing policies.  Anyway, I spotted their lip balms in the new “Natural” section of the Target Beauty aisles and snapped up a tube of Peppermint and a Lemon Lime.

I consider myself a lip balm enthusiast… I try every balm I can find that doesn’t contain harmful ingredients.  This is quickly becoming a favorite.  This balm doesn’t have a shea butter base like many others do which gives it a much smoother feel and easy application.  I love shea butter lip balms for their healing qualities but they tend to get a little bumpy if they haven’t been used in a little while.  Dr. Bronner’s is a smooth silky application that glides on.  Even my 2 year old likes it.  Some of the natural balms tend to get overly fragrant with the essential oils but this is on the subtle side.  All Dr. Bronner’s lip balms are USDA Certified Organic and have the  Coalition for Consumer information on Cosmetics rabbit seal (not tested on animals).

One of the other things I adore about Dr. Bronners is that it isn’t hideously over-priced like so many organic things are.  This lip balm is $2.99 and its worth it.

Get it here: I found them at Target but you can also order them on Dr. Bronner’s website.  They come in Lemon Lime, Peppermint, Orange Ginger (I WANT THAT), and Naked Organic.

Skin Deep Rating: 1

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I’ve long been on a search for a sunscreen that doesn’t make my face feel like someone glued a lead apron to it.  I can’t put lotion on my face as I just can’t stand the feeling.  So when I came across Peter Thomas Roth’s mineral powder sunscreen, I squealed with glee.   The best thing is that the powder comes with its own built in brush and a little goes a long way.  You simply shake, and it appears on your brush.  It goes on smooth and appears matte with a slight tint to it, much like a powder foundation.   It’s small enough to stick in a hand bag (or a diaper bag if you’re in that stage of your life), right next to your favorite chemical free lip gloss!

I will say that while I do love this stuff, it’s a powder, so its obviously not the best thing if you’re going to be out in the sun all day (for those days, I suck it up and apply the lead apron).   And I will admit, I only use it when I know I’m going to be out and about during the day and in the sun a lot (more than an hour).   If you’re going to just be going out for a short while, opt to skip the sunscreen (unless of course you’re at risk for skin cancer) as it’s the best way to get your daily dose of vitamin D (yes, some sun is actually good for you, in moderation of course).

Peter Thomas Roth did well by me by putting this sunscreen out.  It contains no petrochemicals and my face doesn’t feel like sludge when I use it.

Get It: You can find Peter Thomas Roth‘s Mineral Sunscreen on Amazon.

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As a gift last year, I received a couple of items from AfterGlow natural cosmetics.  One of them being a mineral blush.  I have been a mineral makeup user for some time, mostly using Bare Minerals but I hadn’t found a blush I liked.  I tried AfterGlow’s Organic Mineral Blush and am really happy with it.  It’s made from organic ingredients and is free of parabens and synthetic ingredients.  The nice part about mineral make up is it’s gentle for sensitive skin and I happen to have some mild rosacea.  AfterGlow’s mineral make up is great for those of us with sensitive skin.  Their blush is rich in antioxidants to defend your skin against free radical damage too.

The Organic Mineral Blush is really concentrated with color so a little goes a long way and they have the most amazing selection of colors.  I’m going to be trying out their mineral powder too as a comparison. If you are comfortable using mineral powders (and I really think that once you try it and get the hang of it you’ll never go back to liquid) this blush really works well.  A little practice distributing is needed but it gives me a nice healthy glow, no dressed up corpse look here.

Get It: AfterGlow Mineral Cosmetics

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One of the things I’ve been searching for is a safer mascara.  Admittedly I was hooked big time on the big orange LashBlast by Cover Girl (Cover Girl mascaras rate around a 7 in Skin Deep).  Once learning about some of the icky junk in mascaras I’ve been on a holy search to replace mine with something safer.  I picked up Tarte Lash Hugger Natural Mascara at Sephora on a recent trip to San Diego and have been giving it a fair go.  First the good stuff.  This mascara is paraben-, phthalate-, sulfate-, mineral oil-, propylene glycol-, fragrance-, and synthetic dye-free. The tube is made from post consumer recycled aluminum which is definitely an eco-friendly package compared to the usual plastic of others.

I like this mascara but I don’t love it the way I love the performance of some of the traditional ones.  However, the ingredients (or lack of) is what makes me adore it.  This mascara goes on pretty thin so you can go light with it or build up for a more dramatic effect.  And the tube is cute… it’s purple!  Functional, cute and safer that your run of the mill mascara.

Get it: Sephora.com

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EWG Report on Teen Girls Body BurdenThe Environmental Working Group released a report yesterday revealing that 16 chemicals including parabens, phthalates, triclosan and musks were detected in teenage girls aged 14-19.  All the girls tested had these chemicals in them including methylparaben and propylparaben, varieties of phthalates and triclosan which the EWG recently did a study on in July.

Why is this a problem?  According to the study:

Adolescence encompasses maturation of the reproductive, immune, blood, and adrenal hormone systems, rapid bone growth associated with the adolescent “growth spurt,” shifts in metabolism, and key changes to brain structure and function. Alterations in an array of sex hormones, present in the body at levels as low as one part per billion (ppb), or even one part per trillion (ppt), guide this transformation to adulthood. Emerging research suggests that teens may be particularly sensitive to exposures to trace levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals like the ones targeted in this study, given the cascade of closely interrelated hormonal signals orchestrating the transformation from childhood to adulthood.

Not to mention, teenagers experiment with a wider variety of cosmetics and bosy products and use on average 17 products daily compared to adult women who use on average 12.  That’s a big difference in terms of exposure to hormone mimicking chemicals.

What can you do?

Educate your teens on the importance of becoming educated about what they’re putting on their body.  The sooner they start questioning what’s going on their face every day the better.  It’s important for all women to investigate the products they use every day.

Safe Costmentics Database: Cross check your products in the Skin Deep Database to find out what’s in your products and how they could affect your health.  Some products are downright scary!

Use less! No one needs to use 17 products a day.  We don’t think you have to sacrifice beauty and cleanliness to be gorgeous, but using less reduces your bodies burden overall and helps it regain its natural self maintaining abilities.

Choose Better Products: Look for products with ingredients you can pronounce.  If you don’t know what it is, look it up or don’t buy it.  Our rule of thumb is “Can I eat it?”… ok not always, just kidding.  But you really want to choose products that have certified organic ingredients if possible, or from companies that pride themselves in providing safer alternatives to typical beauty products.

Source: Environmental Working Group: Teen Girls’ Body Burden

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A few months ago, while doing one of my many searches for safe skincare for myself,  I discovered an awesome company called Bubble and Bee Organics.  One thing I love about Bubble and Bee is that they always use organic ingredients when possible, and better yet, they never use synthetic ingredients, ever.

I love all of the products that I’ve tried.   Especially their Pit Putty.  I raved about Pit Putty over at SafeMama a few months ago and I stand by that review.  Pit Putty is hands down the best deodorant I’ve tried.  It’s very soft and powdery.  And a little goes a long way.  Once I used it properly, I never had a problem with white stains on my shirt and it lasts, even in the hot sun.  Something I tested profusely when first tried it out (I was the girl with her face in her armpits all day).

This is a deodorant, which you shouldn’t confuse with an antiperspirant.  While we think it’s great to not sweat, antiperspirant not only has awful synthetic chemicals in it, but they block your pores, preventing you from sweating.   This is just not natural.  Sweating is good for you.   And over time, conventional antiperspirant clogs your pores making it more ineffective.   Since I’ve made the switch to a natural deodorant, I sweat less and I rarely have any odor.

When I didn’t think that Pit Putty couldn’t get any better, Stephanie surprised me and came out with a new scent specifically for women: geranium lime.   I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview and let me tell you, it’s awesome.  I didn’t mind the scent of the original, but I know that some women want something just a little more feminine.   It’s so feminine, that I’m now back to sniffing my armpits, but not because I’m self conscious.  But more because it smells so good.

We give all of Bubble and Bee Organics products the LovelyMama Seal of Approval.

Get It: Be one of the first to get the new scent of Pit Putty.  You can order directly from Bubble and Bee’s website and take 15% off your entire purchase using the code “lovelymom9

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