I’ve been thinking a lot about beauty subscription services—you know, when you pay a fee and get a surprise package delivered to your doorstep each month? Subscriptions started with beauty, then the Honest Company started doing it with diapers—now people are even subscribing to get their razors! According to Forbes, subscription is the hottest trend since sliced bread. But subscribing means you have to trust the curator of the service to deliver products that you really want. And when it comes to a beauty subscription, there is no finer curator to trust than Jeannie Jarnot, a former spa director and the genius behind the brand-new Spa Heroes Beauty Subscription, which delivers truly natural beauty products at up to 60% off retail. [Read more...]
Please don’t be fooled by a breast cancer pink ribbon on a beauty product made with toxic chemicals that cause cancer—regardless of the amount its manufacturer plans to donate to breast cancer research, these products do more harm than good. Want a short list to avoid? I’ve got it! [Read more...]
Remember the 2014 Shop Drop Challenge? That was when I encouraged Mommy Greenest readers to give up shopping for 30 days. The logic went like this: 160 million American women spend about $60 a month on clothes and dump an average of six pounds of textiles into the landfill; if we all stopped buying new clothes for one month we could save nearly one billion pounds of textile waste and $10 billion. So we didn’t quite reach six figures, but this January, 500 women saved more than $30,000 and 3,000 pounds of landfill waste, just by taking a 30-day retail shopping pause—and thrifting and swapping instead. We celebrated the culmination of that event with an event at the Give + Take Swap Boutique in Santa Monica, CA. And now I’m taking the party one step further. [Read more...]
There are lots of brands that plant trees for every purchase. And although that’s a noble endeavor—it’s a fir joke, get it?—if my purchase can help people and the planet, I’m sold. That’s why I was so excited to discover Love for Humanity Organics, a new truly natural skincare line that gives a meal to a child for every product you buy. Want to try? Get 25% off and a chance to win some! [Read more...]
I know the health risks associated with hair dye. I’ve written about the FDA’s warnings that hair dye can lead to respiratory problems, hair loss and skin irritation. And for the past few years, I’ve been fine with plucking the occasional gray. But there’s nothing like a change of color to upgrade your mood, and last week I desperately needed a mood upgrade. So I went dark—by about four shades—with a temporary hair dye color. Then I found a few tricks to make it last. [Read more...]
With the tragedy of Robin Williams’ death raising questions about mental illness, I started looking for answers. The statistics are staggering: Today, one in 10 Americans is on antidepressants—a 400% increase in the last 30 years. And there’s a lot of evidence showing that these drugs may not be able to help everybody. In fact, some experts believe that lifestyle shifts—especially dietary—might be a more effective first step to address depression, as well as anxiety, which is depression’s flip side. I asked Heather Lounsbury, author of Fix Your Mood with Food, to share her expertise on this important subject with Mommy Greenest readers. I am so honored to share her wisdom with you—and to host a giveaway of her amazing new book! [Read more...]
We’re starting to wake up to the impact of high fructose corn syrup on our nation’s health: Studies have shown that consumption of high fructose corn syrup leads to obesity, a condition that now affects more than 30% of American adults and is associated with heart disease, diabetes, strokes and other serious health problems. A recent UC Davis study featured on “60 Minutes” showed that just two weeks of eating high fructose corn syrup increased the risk of cardiovascular disease.
The problem is, most people don’t stop at two weeks. In fact, research shoes that sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup and sugar are addicting: Just like cocaine, they release endorphins, dopamine and seratonin as they hit your system, triggering the pleasure center of your brain. And just like illicit drugs, you need more and more of the stuff to feel good. People, it’s time for a detox! [Read more...]