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I have known about Juice Beauty for a long time and have tried one or two products in the past.  It’s been a while though and they have some new things on the market.  Juice Beauty provided me with a couple of samples of their organic skin care and I’d like to share with you my experiences with them.  Juice Beauty has a range of products that cater to every skin type.  My skin type tends to lean toward sensitive and even though I could use some anti aging help, I am always skeptical of using anything for fear that I might irritate my skin.

The first product I tested out was their SPF 30 Mineral Light Moisturizer.  This is a great alternative to chemical sunscreens and provides a little coverage as well.  It’s pretty sheer, so it doesn’t hide everything but it has enough of a tint to be a great base for your make up.  It utilizes Titanium Dioxide to provide SPF coverage and doesn’t have any whiteness to it.  It blends well and isn’t too heavy.  I have to use it sparingly because too much makes me look a little shiny. I think I might prefer the Sheer version personally but this is a good tinted moisturizer with the added benefit of SPF for those looking.

I also tested out their Cleansing Milk.  Traditionally I used to be the type of person who thought foam = clean.  When I learned that foaming action meant chemicals I changed my tune.  I thought I wouldn’t like a “milk” for washing my face but I actually love it.  It’s super gentle and leaves me feeling clean and moisturized.  Paired with a baby washcloth this cleanser really does a good job at removing my mineral make up.  The use of this product has actually improved the appearance of my mild rosacea and has softened my skin.

What I love about Juice Beauty is they use organic ingredients and cater to a wide variety of skin types and problems.  What I don’t love is that while they use organic ingredients, they still use some ingredients that send up a flag for us Greenies.  Phenoxyethanol and benzyl alcohol are among some of the ingredients lists.  Depending on how strict you are with your products, this may or may not be an issue.  They are free of he biggies like phthalates, parabens and PEG’s though.  A few of their products are actually USDA Certified Organic.  As far as organic beauty products go this is a decent option – just read labels carefully if you have concerns with some of the ingredients.

EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not all of the products they carry are in the Skin Deep database but they vary in score from a 1-3 which is pretty low.  To give you an idea, their Organic Facial Wash scores a 2.

Where to Buy: You can find Juice Beauty products at Sephora or direct from their website JuiceBeauty.com

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I fully am expecting Stephanie, from Bubble and Bee to take over the world, sometime soon.   I noticed that she had come out with a facial care line, and I have been dying to try it.  And with going through a major winter depression, I decided that the time was now, and I treated myself to some new goodies.  I didn’t treat myself to enough goodies, but that’s neither here nor there.

My face is… weird (insert bad joke here).  It’s never really consistent.  It’s sensitive.  It isn’t sensitive.  It’s dry.  It’s oily.  It’s flaky.  It’s itchy.  It’s shiny.   I wish it would pick something and stick with it.   So when I went to choose a facial cleanser to try out I made a faux pas in not trying out the sample pack.  Instead I chose the Pineapple facial cleanser for normal skin.  I don’t know what I was thinking.  That all of those things equal an average round about to normal skin?  Yeah, my logic isn’t so logical sometimes.

This stuff is awesome.  It cleaned as it should but it was a little too drying for my particular skin and I chalk this up to winter, and my skin just being a jerk right now.   It cleaned really well and didn’t leave my face overly dry.   I would say if you’re in the middle of a bitterly cold and raw winter, and your skin is throwing a tantrum about it, go for something for sensitive skin. Bubble and Bee has two other facial cleansers including a gentle Honey & Rosehip cleanser which is suited for more dry and sensitive skin.

What I love about the facial cleanser is that lathers nicely.  I’m not a “cleanser” kind of girl, rather, more of a face wash kind of girl.  I need a little lather in order to get the road dirt off.   It smells awesome and of course I never even so much as flinch with a worry when buying Bubble and Bee products.   The list of ingredients is always short and it’s never anything that I can’t pronounce.   I always feel as if I’m treating my skin to the best that nature has to offer when I buy from them.

You can purchase any of Bubble and Bee’s facial cleansers right from BubbleandBee.com, or if you’re taking a vacation to Utah, go and visit her store and see all the other goodies Stephanie has to offer.

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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 MommyIsGreen.net

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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shea butter soapIt’s no secret I get hooked on certain products.  Just ask me how many lip balms I have at any given time in my purse. (Currently 6).  See? Addict.  My other secret addiction is bar soap.  I don’t know if it’s the traditional nature of bar soap or the rush I get when I open a brand new bar.  Either way, I prefer it over body washes… especially for my face.  I have sensitive skin and am prone to rosacea.  So I am on a constant hunt for an alternative to Cetaphil’s bar soap that my dermatologist recommended.  I just can’t bring myself to continue using it.

During my search I found Tilvee Eco Ethical Skin Care.  I haven’t had the opportunity to try their products out but I was giddy over the simple facts. Their products are free of all chemicals including Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Preservatives, Petrochemicals, Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates and not to mention they don’t test on animals, are committed to green business practices and are signers of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.  Can you say “love”?

As a suitable replacement for that old Cetaphil Cleansing bar I think their Shea Butter Facial Cleansing Bar might be a good contender.  People who suffer from rosacea tend to be sensitive as well as have dry patches so the gentle shea butter would be an ingredient to combat that.  Stuff is on sale right now so I might have to pick up a lip balm too.  See? Can’t ever resist.

Follow Up Review: I started using this on my face (remember…I’m sensitive with rosacea flare ups) and my skin has actually improved in the last few days of using it.  My skin isn’t as dry and dare I say my rosacea is clearing as well.  I think this is a great product.  Bye bye Cetaphil.

Get It: Pick one up on their website Tilvee.com – go now because their having an Earth Month sale… 25% Off!

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.


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

100percentfacewashI think it’s safe to say, that when I find a particular brand that I like, I first drool over every product they have available, and then I go out and buy them.   I know that’s the case for me with conventional products, however safer beauty products are a bigger deal.  For one, they’re more expensive.  Two, sometimes you might finally find something in a line that works for you, but the rest of the products fall short of the mark.

I can honestly say so far, that the 100% Pure line is all fantastic.   At least the many products that I’ve tried.

I was on the hunt for an actual face wash.  Previously, I had been using Dr. Bronner’s, which works fine, but I noticed that it was making my skin too dry for the winter.   I figured that I would give the 100% Pure facial cleanser a try.

The face wash is very similar to the body wash, save for a few ingredients, which I’m guessing is to make the face wash a little more gentle on the skin.   I’ve used the body wash on my face before and it stung a little, and unless I leave the face wash on for a long time, I don’t have that problem with this.  Consistency wise, it’s the same.

Like the body wash, it foams nicely, and doesn’t dry my skin out, which is exactly what I was looking for.   I’m not too keen on the one that’s packaged in glass.   I like the glass factor, it’s the dispensing that I don’t like.   Think tabasco sauce bottle.  They recently came out with a pump version as well, which I may purchase, once I use what I have.

I’m definitely digging the 100% Pure line.  I can actually pronounce the ingredients and if there was ever a testament to its “purity”, it would be that nearly everything that I’ve ordered has arrived almost frozen (my lotion represented a thick milkshake!).  I can’t really say that about any chemically laden beauty product that I’ve gotten.   You’ll definitely see more reviews in the future.

Get it:  100% Pure foaming face wash comes in four “flavors”,  organic lavender honey, organic cranberry, cucumber juice and lemon juice.   You can order any of them off of their website.

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One of the things that seems to plague all of us is skin problems in one form or another.  Teen acne, adult acne, occasional breakouts, dry skin, aging skin, rosacea, etc.  Our skin seems to have a mind of its own no matter what type you have.  Once I decided to green up my skin care I went on a hunt for products that wouldn’t irritate my mild rosacea but would hopefully help me control my hormonal breakouts.

I had the opportunity to try out a skin care line called Miessence Certified Organics.  I’d seen his around for years but never tried it, but I’m glad I did.  The Miessence soothing skin care line held up to my standards for safer skin care.  It didn’t aggravate my rosacea and the products really do what they say they’ll do.  There is a system for every skin type and the system works well with the 3 base products.  The Miessence cleanser, skin conditioner, which is like a gentle toner and a moisturizer.

The Soothing line has a nicer vanilla style scent and is free of nasty petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances, parabens and features certified organics ingredients like organic aloe and bergamont.  Miessence Organics has a skin care line for every skin type including Balancing for normal/combo skin, Rejuvenating for mature/dry skin, Soothing for sensitive skin (like mine), and Purifying for oily/problem skin types who are prone to breaking out.  These are a great alternative to mainstream skin care lines full of icky petrochemicals.

Get Some: You can order Miessence Organic Skin Care online at Miorganic.ca

Win Some!

We’re giving away a travel set of the Miessence Balancing Skin Care Line which includes a generous travel size of the Balancing Cleanser, the Balancing Skin Conditioner, and the Balancing Moisturizer – good for normal or combination skin types.

To enter: Send an email to lovelysafemama (at) gmail.com with the subject “Miessence Giveaway” along with your name and mailing address (we will never share this information, only use it to notify you if you win and to send you your gift), and answer this question: “What skin care are you currently using?

We’ll accept entries until Midnight on November 13, 2008.  One winner will be chosen at random. Contest closed. Congratulations to Tara D from Rochester NY for picking up a travel set of Miessence Organic Skin Care!  Thank you to everyone who entered and keep coming back for more fabulous giveaways.

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