Tag: paraben-free

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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