Archive for February, 2011

During an impromptu trip to Whole Foods last weekend I was greeted with the Valentine’s Day displays and was of course enamored with all the pink and red.  I spotted a big pile of Dr. Bronner’s Rose soap and decided to treat myself to a bar.  I love Dr. Bronner’s products for everything.  I use the liquid castille soaps as ingredients for DIY recipes, I use the bar soap for myself and my kids. I also love natural rose scented skin care so I snatched it up.

I’ve used Dr. Bronners bar soaps in the past and have loved them.. they lather well, clean great, smell great and last long enough to be worth the cost and not too long that I can’t indulge my addiction to bar soaps.  Really, each bar costs a few dollars so it’s not a huge commitment.  It cleanses without drying your skin and leaves you with a very very light rose scent.

It’s no secret that Dr. Bronner’s is an impressive company – Fair Trade, Certified Organic, eco-friendly packaging, no Animal Testing … do I need to go on?

Get It: You can pick up Dr. Bronner’s Soaps in many places like Whole Foods, most Natural Food stores, even Target.  Or you can order direct from their website DrBronner.com!

EWG SKin Deep Rating: 2

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Peacekeeper is a company that I admire for many reasons but right now I want to talk to you about their V-Day lip gloss!  Peacekeeper launched their V-Day Lip Gloss in honor of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls. Peacekeeper Cause-Metics is a company that makes great and safe cosmetics that stand for a cause and use all their profits to support women’s health advocacy and human rights issues. Awesome.

Their V-Day lip gloss is a natural gloss using organic waxes and butters to create a smooth and nourishing gloss that isn’t sticky or heavy. It’s pigmented with natural minerals and has a sheer yet colorful look. The color in the tube looks much like a siren red but on, looks more like a warm sheer pink gloss. For $10 you get a great gloss, and the proceeds go to a great cause.  It’s a win win.

Get It: You can order this and other of their products  including their other Eco-Sheer Glosses on IAmPeaceKeeper.com!

EWG Skin Deep Rating: 1

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Given the claims that conventional mascara makes (“Your lashes will punch others in the face with their girth and length!“), it’s no wonder that our reviews of safer mascara are, well, lacking.  The majority of conventional mascaras work based on the type of wand (most of the volumizing wands are now made of silicone), and I’m sure it does add some semblance of a “clumping effect” albeit slight, so that it gives the illusion that your lashes are longer and fuller.   But no mascara really does that for me so I have no idea what I’m talking about when it comes to science.

Now that my kids are getting older and allow me five minutes to put myself together (not the whole five minutes to myself, and not without a lot of tattling, screaming, and shoving each other, I might add), I’ve slowly been remembering to wear at least a little makeup every day.    So, I treated myself to some new stuff, one of them being mascara.  And as far as “green” mascara goes your choices are limited and as far as green AND volumizing?  Well, Dr. Hauschka’s volumizing mascara is pretty much all that there is.

Dr. Hauschka’s volumizing mascara will not make the same claims that its conventional counterparts will.  Your lashes will not precede you when walking into a room.  It’s a very simple mascara, and it did give my lashes more volume but realize that I have little nubbins for lashes so anything is an improvement for me and this isn’t a complaint.  I take any mascara at face value because I think what mascara promises is ridiculous.   It smells fantastic, like rose petals, which beats any other brand in my book (I big puffy heart the scent).  Most mascara smells like mud in my opinion.   It doesn’t make my eyes itch and it gives me nice pleasant natural looking lashes without making me look like a drag queen.

So overall?  If you’re going for a more natural look and you’re looking to green up your mascara?  This is a sure winner.  The price isn’t majorly expensive (about the same as a good conventional mascara, more expensive than your typical drug store mascara), about $30. If you’re looking for something that will give you more of a supermodel look? Yeah sorry, you’re going to have to stick with Loreal.

Skin Deep Rating: 6

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When I was younger, and first learning about applying makeup (albeit, probably not correctly), I used liquid foundation.  It seemed like the right thing to do.   I probably picked out the wrong color for my skin tone, and I also probably had the mask look,  where the makeup ended and my naked skin began.   Ahh youth.   And then at some point in my twenties, I switched to a lighter liquid foundation and a pressed powder, eventually migrating away from foundation altogether, mainly because foundation started making me claustrophobic.  It was always too heavy, I liked that if I needed to put more on, I simply had a compact, and I didn’t need a sandblaster to take it off at night.   Not to mention, the smudges liquid foundation left on your favorite shirt.   I hate that!

Before greening up my beauty lifestyle, I was a devout M.A.C. person.  I always had at least three of the pressed powders at any given time.  It made my skin glow and allowed it to breathe.  Once I had kids, I wore it less frequently anyway.  My only option when going green was loose powder.  A few years ago, it was much more difficult to find a pressed powder that didn’t have a hot bed of cancerous chemicals in it.   Cut to current day and I’m kind of sick of loose powder.  It makes a huge mess, and it was just never my favorite.   So I decided to look back into liquid foundation, more for those days when I was going out somewhere where I wanted to look a shade more decent than my regular state.

Liquid foundation is just as I remember it.  I picked out Living Nature’s foundation, based on the fact that it was Saffron Rouge’s top pick, and while it was expensive, it was middle of the road.  But it was still liquid foundation, and it was in the middle in terms of weight.  It’s listed as a lighter weight foundation, which is true, but it’s not sheer.  The coverage is good, but it dries quickly as you’re applying it, so I feel as if I have this cakey look to my face if I’m not careful.  If you have a quick hand you may have better luck.  I wasn’t thrilled with the way it smelled either.

Thankfully if you’re looking for alternatives, there are a few, but they’re going to cost you.  Suki has a great line of products, including a liquid tinted moisturizer that Kathy has had better results with.   My advice?  If you’re looking for a liquid foundation, go with either Suki’s tinted moisturizer or one of Nvey’s foundation options.  I’ve never had a bad experience with either of these brands.  Kathy likes Miessence Liquid Foundation too.  Keep in mind that none of these options include sunscreen in their formulas.  So don’t forget to put a sunscreen on before you put your foundation on.

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