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In case you missed it, or don’t recall, I did a What’s In My Make Up Bag post a while ago. I don’t have a pristine natural selection of cosmetics but I try. One of the things I hadn’t found yet was a more natural option for eye liner. I don’t wear it every day but I have pretty fair coloring and need to emphasize my eyes when I can manage to. I was not blessed with full dark lashes. Anyhow, when I was in NYC for BlogHer, Joelle and I made a little detour to Sephora on our way to the convention hotel.. you know, like girls tend to do. On a whim I grabbed a little value pack of eye liner and mascara by Tarte which featured a travel sized mascara that I love and have used before, Tarte Lash Hugger. Along side it though came a Tarte emphasEYES™ eyeliner.

It didn’t occur to me until just now that it is meant for the inner rim of your eye for that “smoky” look.  I don’t hardly ever go anywhere to warrant a “smokey eye” these days so I have just been using it primarily as an eyeliner.  It goes on smooth and stays all day.  I’d say that was a success in the realm of natural cosmetic use.

Tarte makes many of their products without the use of parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, SLS, or mineral oils.  The emphasEYES eyeliner is no exception. Their products are by no means chemical free but it lacks some of the bigger players we try to avoid these days so it’s a good alternative that performs rather well.

Get It: You can purchase Tarte products and their emphasEYES eyeliner on their website or on  It comes in 3 colors: Black, Chocolate and Plum.

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One of the best things about attending BlogHer this summer was being able to meet some of the bloggers that I read regularly, like Victoria from Mommy Is Green.  She so very graciously offered to share with you her own DIY recipe! Here it is:

DIY Cleansing Facial Scrub recipe from

DIY: Cleansing Facial Scrub

I’m always looking for the safest bath and body products. I find it important to use items without parabens, phthalates, petroleum-based products, etc. Sometimes the safest products are the ones you make yourself. I had a difficult time finding a facial scrub with ingredients I felt good about. So I decided to come up with my own. I decided to make a Cleansing Facial Scrub. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4 tablespoons of Pure Cane Sugar (finer grain than Sugar in the Raw)
  • 1 tablespoon of Castile Soap
  • 1 teaspoon of Sweet Almond Oil
  • 10 drops of essential oil (optional)
  • 2 oz. container with lid

Pour the castile soap into your container (a tinted glass container will help preserve the essential oil if you have one). Add the sweet almond oil and the essential oil drops to the castile soap. Mix well. Add the sugar tablespoon by tablespoon while stirring.

You can keep the scrub refrigerated so it stays firmer. You’ll also want to mix it with your finger before each use. Apply the scrub directly to your face and add a few drops of water when needed.

Personally, I like to use Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap, Florida Crystals USDA Certified Organic Pure Cane Sugar, and Aura Cacia USDA Certified Organic Sweet Almond Oil and Essential Oil. You can mix and match the scented castile soap with different essential oils to create your own unique scents. A couple of versions I use are citrus castile with sweet orange oil, and peppermint castile with grapefruit essential oil. If you have sensitive skin you can use an unscented castile soap and skip the essential oils.

I usually prefer to use a facial scrub and cleanser separately, but this scrub is for the end the day. It’s for at night when you’re just too tired to go through a whole routine. You have the sugar for exfoliating, the soap for cleansing, and the oil for moisturizing. If you’re concerned about having oil in your cleanser, remember that oil dissolves oil.

Mommy Is GreenPlease visit Victoria at Mommy Is Green for more of her insightful writing about her journey through becoming green and the products and practices that get her there.

Thank you Victoria!

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