With More Lead in Lipstick, Choose Natural Beauty

brunette model with dramatic makeup and red lipstickThere’s nothing better to take a look from blah to bling than a slick of gorgeous lip color. But a recent study of popular sticks and glosses found they contained lead, chromium and other heavy metals—many at levels that could be toxic. What’s a girl to do? Look for truly natural lip color with ingredients you recognize, like a brand-new sexy ruby slick from La Bella Figura. The natural beauty innovator is sponsoring this summer’s hottest event in Los Angeles! [Read more...]

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Mommy Greenest Approved: Naturepedic Organic Mattress Protector Pads

white organic mattress protector pad close upI recently accompanied a friend to IKEA so she could buy a mattress. My friend was on a tight budget, so she couldn’t afford a fully flame retardant free mattress, like one from Naturepedic, which is Mommy Greenest Approved. But I had a solution: I knew that IKEA’s mattresses were free of brominated flame retardants known as PBDEs, which do not prevent fires and have been linked to developmental, fertility and neurological problems—including autism. She’d get a mattress that was free of the worst flame retardant contenders* then cover it with an organic cotton, PVC-free, waterproof cover to block flame retardant dust (as well as dust mites that cause allergies). Want to try my solution in your home? I’m giving away three Naturepedic Organic Mattress Protector Pads worth $159 each! [Read more...]

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Mommy Greenest Approved: Retap Water Bottles

three glass water bottles with blue lids against white backgroundReady to rethink your water bottle? In previous posts, I’ve talked about the impact of bottled water on your health. But as cities like San Francisco move to ban plastic water bottle sales in public places, more and more consumers are considering the cost—both to their wallets, and to the environment: Plastic bottles require more than 17 million barrels of oil annually to make, enough to fuel 100,000 cars for a year. Enter Retap reusable water bottles, which are designed to make drinking water from the tap safe, easy and convenient. I’ve got FIVE to give away! [Read more...]

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Natural Beauty, Delivered

cardboard box filled with natural beauty brands spilling out against white background, tied with opened pink ribbonI’m truly obsessed with Goodebox, the members-only service that delivers trial sized natural beauty and personal care products to your doorstep each and every month. It’s a brilliant way to treat yourself and try out better brands that might not otherwise be on your radar. So I was honored when they asked me to guest curate this month’s box—and give away a free six-month membership to one lucky Mommy Greenest reader! Want to try? [Read more...]

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Home Detox with Mommy Greenest

african american father with young son on his shoulders smile in front of large house with white columnsAfter many years of informally advising friends, family and acquaintances about how to reduce toxic chemical exposures in their homes, I recently launched Home Detox with Mommy Greenest, a service business here in Los Angeles. Meeting with families one-on-one for about 90-minutes, I assess the big picture—from what’s in your fridge to what’s on your floors—and follow up with recommendations on the spot, as well as an in-depth report within the week. The service helps families eliminate household toxins and make sure their homes are the healthiest they can be. And the response has been nothing short of amazing! [Read more...]

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Mommy Greenest Approved: PACT Hot Yoga Gear

brunette model wearing red patterned hot yoga pants in rowboat on glassy forest lakeI do hot yoga about three times a week—hot not because the room is heated, but because I sweat. A lot. And although I admire the fancy patterned pants on my hot yoga studio friends, I tended to stick to the boring-yet-utilitarian uniform of black leggings and extra-long men’s ribbed tank top.

But I just discovered a new line that’s inspired me to upgrade my look for hot yoga—and life. PACT just launched a collection of fair trade certified (no fast fashion here) camis and leggings crafted from super-soft organic cotton. The styles are perfect for daily, gym and yoga wear and best of all they’re totally affordable—and even available at Whole Foods Markets! Ready to amp up your workout style? I’ve got a 20% off to share, plus FOUR readers will each win a pair of leggings of their choice! [Read more...]

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Why Choose Organic Milk?

red-headed woman drinking a glass of organic milk against a blue skyThere’s a lot of news about toxic chemicals in our lives, and it can get overwhelming. But the great news is that even small actions can add up to a huge healthy impact on our lives. A great example is organic milk. The difference that choosing organic milk can make for you and your family’s health is HUGE. [Read more...]

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Mommy Greenest Approved: Lash Food Natural Lash Enhancer

lash enhancer product in white tube next to white box against white background.Most lash enhancers are prescription medications that can have side effects. But Lash Food is on over-the-counter lash enhancer that’s proven to make your lashes longer, thicker and stronger—and it’s vegan, cruelty-free and certified natural by EcoCert! Want to try? I did, and loved it so much I’m giving two tubes away! [Read more...]

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10 Ways to Nix Breast Cancer Chemicals Now!

woman self-examining her breasts for breast cancerFor years now I’ve railed against the pinkification of October, when companies that formulate their products with ingredients linked to breast cancer have the audacity to slap pink ribbons on them in the name of breast cancer research. This year, I’ve got even more reason to rail: Harvard researchers recently released information on 17 chemicals that can cause breast cancer—and most of them are in products we use every day. [Read more...]

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