Tag: paraben-free

The Crocodile Dundee of Australian skincare is luxe, all-natural, and super effective.

Remember when Crocodile Dundee said, “That’s not a knife; THIS is a knife?” Yeah. That’s how I feel about cheap face wash right now, because this new jojoba oil skin care line straight out of Australia is giving me major results. Every day is a g’day when I’m slathering myself in products by The Jojoba Company, and that’s not nearly as hokey as it sounds. My current regimen includes washing with the Purifying Citrus Foaming Cleanser, moisturizing with the CoQ10 Antioxidant Serum, and doing weekly masks with the Skin Refining and Brightening Face Mask. Although all the ingredients are...

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Healthy Hoohoo: Natural feminine care products so awesome we’re trying hard not to make fun of the name

Yes,  I’m introducing you to natural feminine care products here, but hey, we’re all women (well, about 98% of us) and you can probably relate to my own minor recurring issue: During my last well visit, my nurse practitioner gently reminded me to ditch the gym clothes immediately after my workout and use feminine wipes if I wasn’t able to shower right away. And so, in an example of perfect timing, I got my hands on something called (wait for it…) Healthy Hoohoo wipes. I know. I know. Granted, I giggle every time I look at the package because well, the name and all, and...

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Nine Naturals: Because once you go all natural while pregnant, it’s hard to go back to crappy shampoo

I still remember the day I learned about sulfates, parabens, and phthalates and what they can do to unborn babies. I waddled into my bathroom, read the ingredients of my favorite products, shook my fist at nasty chemicals and the companies that put them in shampoo, and ran out to buy beauty supplies that were healthy and safe for pregnancy.  [don’t miss a special discount after the jump]   We first covered Nine Naturals when they debuted in 2009, and we jumped at the chance to try their new formulations for hair and body. The entire idea behind the...

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Fairiche skin care: luxury stuff for faces in need of pampering

Now that forced hot air and dry radiator heat is less a part of my days (hallelujah) I can already feel my skin starting to adapt. It’s time to put away the heavier, winter moisturizers and transition to something lighter. The brand new Fairiche line is a luxury anti-aging skincare line but uh, let’s just just call it a luxury skincare line, shall we? It’s actually formulated to take on those nagging concerns like fine wrinkles, dark spots and hyperpigmentation but you don’t have to have middle-age skin to see the effects. I’ve been trying out the Fairiche Vivid...

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Kid-friendly makeup even nervous moms can feel good about

I give up. My daughters like the idea of makeup as part of their dress-up routine. Uncle! Still, I insist on two things: it’s not for wearing to school, and it needs to be kid-friendly makeup, as in all-natural, with no harmful stuff. So I love a company putting together little organic cosmetic gift sets filled with just that. The Eco Princess kid-friendly makeup set is filled with all-natural and organic mineral makeup that’s free of sulfates, parabens, and other toxins (all of which I should probably be avoiding myself). While it doesn’t have as much as I was hoping...

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The sunblock that turned us into a family of sunblock snobs

This sunblock is so good, so easy, and so waterproof that my kids call it only “the good one.” Well, not my three-year-old. He calls it “dat good can dat you spray.” Translation: winning product. The brand is MD Solar Sciences, which bills itself as a physician-driven skin cancer prevention company– unlike, say, companies that also make SPF 2 body oil and post-sun aloe gel.  “The good one” refers to two different products that work equally well. The Quick Dry Body Spray is our very favorite, as it sprays cleanly and, believe it or not, clearly. With almost no...

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Summer shampoos just for kids (and their paraben-averse parents)

I’ve been using Fairy Tales hair care products since my girls’ first haircuts, when the stylist recommended them. While they’ve become very well known for their gentle lice shampoos and repellants for kids, the rest of their line is pretty awesome too. And now they’ve got a few new kids’ hair care additions that are perfect for summer. The Lifeguard Clarifying Shampoo and Lemon-Aid Conditioner are fantastic for after days in the sun, dips in the salty ocean, or underwater time in the chlorinated pool. You can even leave the conditioner in a few minutes to stave off that green tint...

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A safe sunscreen to use all summer long

We all know how important it is to protect our skin from the sun. But the confusing thing is that some sunscreens contain scary ingredients that may actually cancel out their sun protection benefits. I’m always on the lookout for a more natural, toxin-free SPF, which is not an easy task. Thankfully I found a new one that delivers safety and effectiveness with no yucky white streaking. The new sunscreens from Suntegrity Skincare at Lion’esque Style are free of all potentially harmful chemicals, including parabens, phthalates, and nano particles. I definitely feel safe smearing it all over myself and...

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These natural baby hair products are 90210 approved

It generally doesn’t matter to me that a bunch of celebrities use a particular hair care product on their babies. But it did make me wonder what was so special about Jenerations Baby that Hollywood moms seem to be flocking to it. Jenerations Baby was founded by Jennifer Reilly, a mom with two kids and fourteen years of experience as a hairstylist. She wanted natural products she could feel safe using on her kids, so she designed the hypoallergenic line without sulfates, parabens, harsh chemicals, or essential oils that are potentially estrogen disruptors. Well, now I see what all those...

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The best best best hand lotion

I like to think I’m something of a hand lotion connoisseur. With the constant post-diaper hand washing, I’m glopping on the stuff at an alarming rate. I’ve tried pretty much every brand on the market and have always walked away wringing my (dry) hands in frustration. Some are too greasy, not hydrating enough or just plain smell bad. Then I met eos everyday hand lotion and was immediately smitten. The cool, modern looking orb holds some of the best lotion I’ve every gotten my thirsty paws on, and I’ve tried a lot. [don’t miss a cool giveaway after the...

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SPF Moisturizer that’s green and clean? Sold!

Relying on an SPF moisturizer alone has always worried me just a little bit. With hours of playground and beach time ahead of me this summer, I need my skin to be well protected (and to look pretty, too). But I’m a tough customer when it comes to my sun protection. My SPF has to be a physical block, like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, and be free of as many toxins as possible. It’s hard to find that all in one facial moisturizer. And yet, I found a new product that fits the bill: Super by Dr. Nicholas...

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The green laundry detergent that impresses the you-know-what out of me.

When one scoop of detergent can take a toddler diaper Houdini’s bedspread from poop-ravaged nightmare to deliciously clean in just one wash, I have trouble holding back my enthusiasm. Still, it takes more than that to impress me, and I’ve found a brand new laundry detergent that delivers. This utterly rockin’ new Rockin Green detergent is everything that we love. It’s eco-conscious and free of dyes, phosphates, dioxins, parabens, SLS, and animal ingredients. It has formulas for hard, soft, and regular water  But most importantly, it really freakin’ works. I’ve been using Rockin’ Green for several weeks on all...

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A kinder, gentler lip balm

Angry winter weather is coming – yes, even on the left coast, where a cold, dry wind comes off the ocean and ages my skin (and forces me to eat leftover pumpkin pies for breakfast. A la mode). This winter, though, I am more prepared – I have Chapstuff. This yummy-scented, non-greasy mega lip balm is made with shea butter, orange oil and vitamin E, and appears concocted to smooth even the angriest chapped lips/wind-burned cheeks and dry heels. It comes in a stick big enough to glide on my hoofy-heels, but is still small enough to tuck into my...

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When stylish eyes are smiling – the joys of mineral makeup

You might notice that a lot of our beauty posts highlight the fact that the product is eco-conscious and doesn’t contain yucky, icky, no-good chemicals. But this pick is triply good: good for the environment, good for your skin, and makes you feel totally awesome. Seriously, if you haven’t tried mineral eyeshadow, you simply must. I recently ordered from Concrete Minerals on Etsy and am loving the new looks I’m achieving. I’ve avoided talc for a long time, but did you know that most store brand labels also include parabens and other ingredients possibly linked to cancer? Let’s just...

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Safer choices for Halloween hair and makeup

For the first year ever, since becoming a parent, I actually have my kids’ Halloween costumes ready to go with more than 2 hours to spare before the 31st. Well, almost. The last thing we have to track down is some black cat nail polish, and some green face paint to perfect my five year-old evil witch. Browsing the local costume emporium in a bit of a rush, I was bummed to find no natural face paint options at all; just the cheap Chinese-made stuff. I totally admit I bought it, only to have a bit of remorse that...

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Johnson’s Natural means more naturals for all.

When I first heard that Johnson & Johnson was coming out with a line of natural baby products, I was intrigued. My first thought was, it’s about time that there’s a choice like this for the moms out there who can’t afford the high-end natural stuff at the health food stores. So when I was asked to work with the company as a consultant and spokesperson, I was honored. Thrilled even. I might have peed a little. (But only because I’m pregnant.) Especially after taking the products home, trying them out on my own kiddos, and seeing that wow,...

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Protecting little heads from UV rays, chlorine, and parabens too

I’m not one for fussing with my girls’ hair too much – if we remember to brush it in the morning that’s a good day. But I do know that the poor kids have inherited my frizzies, coupled with their dad’s thin hair, which is a great combo, especially in the summer. So Cozy has a nice protective conditioning mist with sunscreen that we’ve loved using this summer. I can just spray it on their hair after the bath, but because of the sunscreen, I think it’s best to keep in your beach bag or diaper bag for some...

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Terralina lets you be good to your skin, mamas. And mamas-to-be.

The first time I saw that little pink plus sign, my life changed. Not only because I was going to bring a human being into the world, but also because I knew that the skin care section of my medicine cabinet had become a mine field. No salicylic acid. No parabens. No retinoids. Add all those caveats in with the “no brie” dictum and I was ready to cry into my organic ice cream. [see the giveaway after the jump!] The two women who founded Terralina felt that way, too, and that’s why they  created a line of skincare...

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Scottish moors and candy shops, now by your sink

You know those old “Calgon, take me away!” commercials? You’ll get that feeling right by your kitchen sink when using natural body lotions by SEED. If you’re not sold on your current 100% natural body lotion, these were created by husband-wife team Rebecca and Benjamin who wanted to detox during pregnancy and lose some of the chemicals around the house. The result is a series of natural body products packed with the reportedly beneficial antioxidants of the mighty grapeseed. I found the lotions perform well after the shower with excellent, lasting, non-greasy moisture. Restful Lavender Sage is a pleasant...

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Can Skindinavia make you look 10 years younger? Well now…

I will say, when you name a product 10 Years Younger Makeup Finish, the bar is pretty high. Not that I’m expecting Botox in a handy spray form, but you know. Ten years. That’s a lot of years younger. For those of us with not-twenty-year-old skin, this light spray is a pretty swell choice especially as the weather is warming up. It hails from the cleverly named Skindinavia which focuses entirely on makeup finishes, the kind of thing brides, Vogue editors, and Zac Posen models adore. This one in particular is made to help your makeup from settling into...

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