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sophyto1I actually received a few samples of Sophyto from Saffron Rouge.   I always love getting my samples in the mail and look forward to trying them out.   Last months (as you can see, I am pretty much right on top of everything these days) samples were kind of a disappointment to me.

The cleanser is the “Ultra Mild Silken Cleanser” which I was initially excited about.   After trying it out however, along with the other samples, I’m not really a fan.

The cleanser’s benefits, according to the site are:

  • Ideal for all skin types and skin colours.
  • Effectively removes surface debris and non-waterproof make-up whilst retaining natural moisture.
  • Beneficial for inflamed, or sensitive skin following; laser resurfacing, micro-dermabrasion, chemical peels, chemotherapy, radiation and sun burn.
  • Has soft, delicate aroma of cucumber and aloe.
  • Does not contain essential oils, or essential oil components.
  • pH 5 for normal skin range.
  • 97% of this product contains agricultural ingredients that have been produced organically.

One thing is true, my skin definitely wasn’t dried out after using it, as it is a cleanser, and not so much a soap.  It doesn’t foam, but it did clean adequately.   However, the line that states it’s beneficial for inflamed or sensitive skin?  It really stung my skin, so there is no way I would use this on my skin after any sort of dermatological treatment, especially a chemical peel (not that I’d be getting a chemical peel, mind you).   I have pretty sensitive skin to begin with and this product pretty much did nothing but piss my skin off.

As for the “agricultural ingredients.”  Sure that may be true, but included in the ingredients list is grain alcohol and benzyl alcohol.   It could be what irritated my face so much, but either way, I don’t really want to use something that is going to burn my face.

You may have very different results, but I’m definitely not springing for the full size bottle of this product.

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I can’t believe I just found your site! (considering how long I’ve known about safemama).  Anyhow, I was browsing, but didn’t find anything on anti-aging skincare.  As I’m now in my mid 30’s I’m realizing I need to do more to keep my skin firm and pretty.  I tried samples from the arbonne anti-aging line, but hated the orange/toasted marshmallow smell.  I hear shaklee has an anti-aging line, as well.  Do you have any insight on safer anti-aging skin care lines?  or do you not even think it’s necessary to stick with a “line” of products.  I’ve always had individual favorites, but I feel like my cleanser, eye cream & face cream routine is not doing as much for me as I need it to….. thanks so much for this site!!

Welcome to the darkside, my friend.   You spend your 20’s being careless about your skin and before you know it, 30 starts to creep up and you see a line here and then a line there, and you wonder how you started to age so quickly.   Or you blame it on your kids, because let’s face it, they age you.

I was one of those people that treated my skin absolutely HORRIBLY in my 20’s.  I wish I could go back to my 23 year old self and punch her in the face for all the tanning and not wearing of sunscreen.   And don’t even get me started on the crap I slathered on my face.   And now I’m paying for it by aging quicker than I would like.

Thankfully, there are a lot of things you can do to in the anti-aging department, and a lot of them don’t require slathering products on your face, but for that, we do have a lot of suggestions for safer anti-aging lines.

Tips for slowing down the aging process:

Now, you can’t exactly stop the aging process, obviously.  It’s a part of life.  But you can do things to, shall we say, age gracefully:

  • Hydrate! I know we mention this a lot, don’t we?  And it seems like a no brainer, but hydration has so many benefits, and one of them is helping with those fine lines.  The more hydrated you are, the better elasticity your skin has, and this is something that will take you through life.    Drinking the appropriate amount of water will help plump your skin to minimize the damage already done and of course, keep your skin glowing and looking youthful.   How much water should you drink?   Well, that depends on your weight.   Generally, you want to divide your weight in half and that’s how many ounces you should drink.
  • Exfoliate! Exfoliation is an important process in the anti-aging process.   Your skin sloughs off the dead skin to make way for the new, but sometimes, that doesn’t always happen naturally.   Exfoliating at least once a week (preferably twice, unless your skin is very senstive) with a gentle exfoliant and a washcloth (I’ll get to that in a minute) will help keep wrinkles at bay.
  • Avoid harsh soaps! It’s important to keep your face clean, but you don’t want to use something that’s going to strip your face of it’s natural oils, and then dry it out (which would make you have to exfoliate more often).   I wash twice a day, once in the morning, when I shower and then once before bed.   I would stress the importance of washing more before bed, so that the days “road dirt” and makeup don’t go getting into your pillow, making you at risk for break outs.  Ew.
  • Eat a balanced diet of fresh fruits and veggies! Again, this is another common sense no brainer, but fruits and vegetables have natural properties to help heal and nourish your skin.   Fruits like açaí, blueberries, pomegranate, blackberries, raspberries and cherries to name a few.  All of these fruits have great antioxidant properties.  Try to eat them in their natural form, rather than in juices, which are mostly concentrates.
  • Moisturize! It’s important to also moisturize your face daily.  I try not to mess to much with my skin, especially after abusing it for so long, but in the winter, I definitely need help in the hydration department.
  • Wear Sunscreen! Ok, I’ll admit, this one is particularly tough for me.   I’m in the no sunscreen camp, unless I’m going to be spending all day in the sun, I generally skip it.  However, if you’re proned to skin cancer, or if you live in a particularly sunny climate, you’ll want to at least wear a 15-20 SPF daily.  You want something that will block out harmful rays, but still allow SOME rays through, because sunlight is actually good for you too (vitamin D and all of that).   If you wear mineral makeup, it contains titanium dioxide, which also helps with blocking out the suns rays as well, so don’t go overboard with SPF and mineral makeup.   Again, you do want to expose yourself to some sun.

Brands we love:

As a rule, you don’t have to purchase all from one line and in fact, I find that it’s better to pick and choose.  Find what works for you.  Buy some samples from different lines and then see what you love and buy the full sizes.   Chances are,  you’ll find a line, buy the whole damn thing, and then find end up hating half of it.    Even if you find a few different brands of, say, exfoliant, it’s absolutely ok to rotate them, if you wanted to buy a couple of different  brands.

Exfoliants:

100% Pure sugar scrubAll of 100% Pure’s scrubs are great, but they seem to all have a different consistency based on the flavor.  My personal favorite for facial exfoliation is the chocolate mocha.  It’s got real coffee grounds in it, making it a little more gentle on the face and an added bonus is, should you accidentally get some in your mouth, it’s sweet, so you can get your daily dose of chocolate right there in the shower!

Moody Girl Sugar Scrubs – I love Moody Girl’s product line.  She has great scrubs and bath taffy (bubble bars).   The sugar scrub makes a great exfoliant, but I’d recommend hers maybe once a week as it’s pretty sugary, and it does make my face residually red for about 12 hours after use.  Best before bed, but the ingredients are pretty natural.   Not all of her scents are phthalate free, but she will disclose which ones are if you ask her.

Burts Bees Citrus Facial Scrub – This has been an on and off staple in my life for at least the last ten years or so.  It’s inexpensive and effective.   It exfoliates without drying the skin and doesn’t irritate even my sensitive skin.

Facial Cleansers:

Weleda Iris Cleansing Lotion – This is a good cleanser for those who might get dry flaky skin easily due to anything that lathers.   My skin has a tendency to do that from time to time.  So I use this when my skin is really dry.  It does take some getting used to.   The whole no lather thing throws me for a loop, but my face does feel clean.

Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Soap – This is another great staple of mine that works great as a facial cleanser (proof that you don’t have to buy a cleanser specifically for your face).  The only thing is that I’ve had to put it aside for the winter because we’ve had all sorts of dry skin problems here from the weather, but it doesn’t strip my face of the oils and and winter aside, it’s been good to my face.   Plus, it’s inexpensive and readily available just about everywhere.   It also lasts forever.

100% Pure Facial Cleanser – It’s no secret I love this line.  Although, to keep in line with my statement from before, I do try to rotate it with other stuff, because I feel that it works better this way.   This is a great gentle cleanser though.  It’s got lather, but it doesn’t dry.   It makes my skin feel really soft after use.

Moody Girl’s Bath Icing – This is one of my utilitarian products.  I use this for shaving, a sometimes body wash, and also for washing my face.   I was afraid that the lather would dry my face out, but it hasn’t.  It’s decadent without being bad for you.

Moisturizers:

Dr. Hauschka’s Moisturizing Day Cream – This is definitely a higher end  product (I actually have not found a “cheap” moisturizer that has worked on my face and believe me, I’ve tried), but I it worked well for keeping my face hydrated without leaving it feeling greasy.  That is one of my big issues with moisturizers for the face.  It has to be light.

John Master’s Rose and Apricot Antioxidant Day Cream – This is one of Kathy’s staples and favorite picks.  We totally adore John Masters hair products and after trying to cut down on the budget and rotating through different hair products, I’ve switched back to my favorite John Master’s products and I’ll never use anything else again.    Anyway, this is a great moisturizer for everyday use.  It’s light and great for sensitive skin.   Kathy says: “I use during the day..its still really gentle (I look for stuff with no or little citrus for my sensitive skin and rosacea) and has antioxidants to help me fight aging. ”   It’s also supposed to help with age spots (which means I will be running out and buying this cream pronto).   Again, this is a little on the pricey side ($28), but given how much you use on a regular basis, and the quality of the product, it’ll last awhile.  You’ll use less and get more with John Masters.  Trust me.  A bottle of their styling gel has lasted me nine months and I still have some left.

Weleda Almond Intenstive Face Cream – This is another one that Kathy loves.   It’s a little bit thicker of a cream, but absorbs nicely.  This isn’t something you would use everyday.   But rather a good follow up to a facial treatment.   It’s  about $20 for a one ounce tube (whoa) but again, it’s not an everyday lotion.   It’s also available at most Target stores, which is great for the convenient factor.

Sunscreens:

I haven’t found anything sunscreen wise that I’ve been in love with, but Kathy recently did a post about sunscreens, because we get asked this question a lot.

A great site that has a lot of different products to choose from, including anti-aging serums, is Saffron Rouge.  While they do carry a lot of the more expensive lines (and they also have a sample club for about $35 a year, and you get a few new samples a month), they have some affordable stuff.  Don’t be afraid to treat yourself to at least one higher end product if it’s something you really like, and then mix it in with more affordable skin care.  You don’t have to drop a mint to keep your skin looking healthy.  In fact, you can easily make an exfoliator yourself out of brown sugar, almond oil and a little bit of essential oil.  It lasts for about six months and works just as well as a store bought product (I made some for my son whose arms have been like alligator skin this winter and it worked well to get the leather off).

So there you have it.   You don’t need to load up on anti-aging products, one or two might suffice, but rather, take the preventative measures with stuff that you already have and make them count.   Try to find samples of products to try out so that you’re not out of a lot of money if you don’t like it.


tammyfenderWhile perusing a local magazine at the doctor’s office I read about Tammy Fender, a West Palm Beach-based beauty “guru” who originally started out working at a cosmetics counter.  She later became an aesthetician and wanted to really get to know what goes in our skin care and provide the best and most natural alternatives. She dedicated her life to researching  botany, aromatherapy, holistic chemistry and medical science. With all that knowledge, she developed her own chic and fabulously holistic brand named, not surprisingly, Tammy Fender.

Her skin care line is 100% organic and almost completely natural, void of things like parabens, phthalates and synthetic fragrances and ingredients.  She uses natural clays and essential oils to purify and preserve skin.  Her private practice caters to clients individual skin care needs and is legendary for her signature facials and holistic healing  treatments.

This line is part of the elite group of natural skin care-coupled with Tammy Fenders expertise-so it doesn’t come without a price, but it’s one indulgence I’d love to treat myself to. I’d kill to get my hands on her expertise, or at least just a bottle of her Capillary Strengthening Blend to help heal my mild rosacea.

Pamper Yourself: If you live in or near West Palm Beach, Florida you can make an appointment for a consultation or order her products direct from her website TammyFender.com.

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dearlm100x100I’m trying to find a relatively inexpensive facial moisturizer/sunscreen combo (of at least 30spf) – have you seen anything out there? Thanks!

Welcome to my personal hell!  I have had a HELL of a time trying to find daily moisturizers that contain safe SPF and have come up disappointed time and time again.

The biggest problem isn’t that there isn’t products out there that are daily moisturizers with SPF, it’s that many of the organic and safer lines use what we feel are unsafe sunscreen ingredients.  The Environmental Working Group’s organization Skin Deep did a study last year on sunscreens after news came out that some sunscreen ingredients such as Oxybenzone are endocrine disruptors which can affect the nervous system, has been linked to cancer in some laboratory studies, and creates free-radicals when exposed to the sun.   After digesting that we determined that physical sunscreens were best (Zinc Oxide or more common Titanium Oxide) which stay on top of the skin and don’t absorb into the bloodstream.

Hence, my daily moisturizer was pitched in the trash and I went hunting for something better.  So far I have yet to find a great one that I love and have been relying on the SPF in my mineral makeup to keep my covered but the search continues.  I tried Aubrey Organics but their lotion looked more like something I’d find in a swamp than something I’d want to put on my skin.  However there are a few I haven’t yet tried that I thought I’d share here so some of you could give them a go.

Juice Beauty Organics SPF 30 Mineral Sheer Moisturizer:  A chemical free moisturizer that uses titanium dioxide to block the sun.  I was worried to try this since I used a sample of a thicker version and it smelled like metal, but this looks promising.  In fact I may go up to Sephora later and check it out.  They have several other options to try as well.

Living Nature Daily Defense SPF 15: The  sun filtering protection of Zinc Oxide defends skin against premature aging while Manuka Honey and Harakeke boosts hydration.  Suitable for all skin types. Again, I haven’t tried this but it looks like a nice option.

100% Pure Organic Pomegranate Antioxidant Hydration SPF 20: Not one weird ingredient in the bunch. we’re big fans of all the 100% Pure products so they get a thumbs up from us.

Reader Tip! Cheryl writes in, “Just want to comment on your latest post about daily sunscreens.  You suggest Juice Beauty sunscreen, and there is also the cheaper Juice Organics line by the same company.  The Juice Organics SPF 30 Light Tint moisturizer is good, and it’s $14.99 at target and at juiceorganics.com.

Unfortunately none of these are in the “cheap” category and honestly, I don’t think we’re going to find what we’re looking for at CVS in this category.  But considering this is something you put on your face every single day, it might be worth the extra bucks to make sure what you’re slathering on is safe and natural.

Have a question about products or ingredients? Ask us!

I have switched to natural deodorant recently, with no real trouble.  However, I have yet to find anything that cuts the mustard for my manly husband, especially in the Texas summer!  Not to mention most of the alternatives I have found smell rather girly.  Any suggestions?  Do your husbands use natural deodorants, and have they found one they can count on?

We are shamed to say it, but our husbands are pretty stubborn when it comes to switching their products over to natural products.   My husband was pretty annoyed when I tried to switch his toothpaste over and now secretly looks forward to business trips because I know he keeps a secret stash of Colgate in his toiletries bag.  So he still uses his trusty old Axe.  You can lead a horse to water and all of that (although, I did get him to switch his chemically enhanced shampoo to Dr. Bronner’s.  Baby steps).

However, we do tell people that it definitely takes time to switch over to have it work properly, and men are no exception.  We did post some tips on switching over, you no doubt have read (and I’ve also tried to drill into my husband’s head as well), but they bear reposting:

Be patient. You’ll need at least 2 weeks to adjust (and sometimes longer), so if you go a couple days on a new deodorant and you smell this could mean your body is still ridding itself of toxins.  You might have to try a brand or two to find the right one for your body chemistry too, so give it some time.

Exfoliate. Its a good idea to GENTLY exfoliate your armpits once in a while to remove any dead skin blocking your sweat glands and pores.  Use a really soft washcloth and gently massage the area.  Don’t use scrubs or salts as this might damage the delicate skin of your armpits.

Sweat! The reason deodorant makers put Aluminum in their product is to prevent you from sweating.  There is a major problem with this in that you are supposed to sweat, sweating is your body’s way of ridding itself from toxins and impurities.   Once your body is used to not having antiperspirant it can actually regulate your sweating.  Since switching to Weleda I have not noticed being “wet” unless I am huffing and puffing on the treadmill, in which case who cares.  What matters is I don’t SMELL like sweat.

And of course, to add another:

Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate:  The more water you consume, the less likely you are to smell as water flushes toxins out of your system.

And of course, diet also has a play.  If you’re going to eat stinky foods, they have to come out somehow, and going to the bathroom isn’t the only way your body excretes waste.  Which is why you tend to smell like an 18 year old brewery after a night of drinking heavily.   Garlic, onions, red meat.  It’ll also come out in your pores as well.   Which makes me wonder if I’d smell like vanilla cupcakes if I lived on a diet of them…. hmmm food for thought…

As for brands, we personally like both Bubble and Bee’s Pit Putty (they have other varieties as well) and Weleda.  Weleda’s deodorant is more of an alcohol base which might help curb odors for your husband, better than Bubble and Bee, and I know my husband has said that the original Bubble and Bee is a little bit too feminine smelling for him.   Weleda makes a Sage variety that isn’t girly smelling.   I’ve used both Bubble and Bee and Weleda doing yard work in the hot summer sun and while, yes, I did sweat, I didn’t smell at all.  I would say to buy a couple of varieties, find what works and then rotate based on your needs.  Guys tend to be simpler with their body care needs, but sometimes, they need to go the extra mile to find a product that works for them too.

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good for you girlsIt’s no secret that teenage girls have different skin that the rest of us.  But they still deal with the same issues we face like breakouts and redness.  I don’t even want to think about what I put on my face when I was young… let;s not even go there.  Now, girls have better options and there is more information out there to help them learn about.  There’s even an organization geared toward helping them green their life: Teens Turn Green has a whole campaign called Teens for Safe Cosmetics!  Also, typical teenagers body burden of hormone altering chemicals is astronomical these days considering the volume of products they use.

So when I found a new company called Good For You Girls,  I had to share it with our readers in case anyone has a teenager who needs some safer skin care.  Good For You Girls has no parabens, synthetic chemicals, no petrochemicals and no dyes or irritants.  And they even have a great list of ingredients to avoid so your girls can start early on being able to read labels and avoid things that could be harmful later in life.  The sooner they are familiar with this stuff the better.

Good For You Girls comes with a complete set of skin care including a Gel Cleanser, a Refreshing Toner, and an Oil-Free Moisturizer.  All of the products have little to no scent reminiscent of a touch of aloe.  These are so gentle that I was able to use them on my rosacea prone skin with no problems.

Get it: Purchase a 3 piece kit on their website GoodForYouGirls.com

bbraspvanilla1 You all probably know by now, how much we LOVE Bubble and Bee’s products.   I have quite a few of their products around my house and I love all of them.  Especially anything that’s lime coconut.  It smells fabulous.    Even my husband likes their stuff, particularly their solid lotions, like the lotion stick and the lotion bar.  It really helps heal his hands, which tend to split a lot in the cold weather.

I had put in a request for an actual “liquid” lotion with Stephanie, which thankfully was already in the works.  I love the solids, I use them every day, but I do like the actual ability to spread lotion on my skin.

Introducing Body Butta.  This stuff is fantastic.  The smell is heavenly.  I was lucky to be able to try out the raspberry vanilla, which smells like dessert, and looks like cake frosting.   I’ve had a hard time refraining from digging my finger in it and eating it (because that’s what you do with frosting, right?).   And I’ve just gotten word from Stephanie that you actually COULD eat it if you wanted to, and that it doesn’t taste bad.  I think I’ll refrain from being the one to experiment, but, you know if you want to give it a shot, go ahead (and let me know if I need to get a spoon).  The ingredients are all natural of course,  and include coconut oil, raspberry extract, vanilla extract, sweet almond oil and a few more.  Best of all, not one single ingredient on this list is water, so you’re getting a nice thick lotion that will leave your skin feeling soft and silky, not only to dry out again after 6 minutes.

The body butta has a shelf life of 10 months from date of purchase.  Another thing that is a GOOD thing.  Your lotion shouldn’t outlive you.

Get it: You can order Body Butta directly from bubbleandbee.com, and as an extra LovelyMama bonus, you can take 15% off your order using the coupon code “hotmama03“, which can also be combined with free shipping on orders over $65.  That’s a great deal!  Code expires 6/1/09.

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