About Mommy Greenest

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff in Paris

Welcome! If you found me by choice, thank you—and if you accidentally stumbled in and are about to click away because you think I’m going to wax philosophical about the joys of dressing your kids in hemp, stick around.

I’m not here to preach. I might use biodegradable bathroom cleaner, but I’m not about to deny my three children the occasional hamburger—though I can’t help reminding them what factory farming is doing to the planet. I live by example, but I’m not a sustainabully. (Yes, I made that word up.)

Since I began publishing EcoStiletto in 2007 and blogging as Mommy Greenest in 2008 (the two merged under the MG umbrella in 2013), I’ve written about feeding my kids organic food, battling a lice infestation without chemicals (they won), DIYing natural perfume and disposing of off-gassing toys (“Doll? What doll?”).

When it comes to my three children, I follow the Precautionary Principle as established by the United Nations in 1982. It states that, “When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically.”

I try to raise my family with this knowledge in mind, but—like all of us—sometimes I fail. So maybe I’m not the greenest mommy on the block. Who cares? The point is, I try to make daily choices that can help us create a healthier lifestyle—without judgement. And on this blog, I share information about those choices with you.

Recently, I’ve been more focused on my work with mission-driven brands and organizations, which you can see more of at Lincoln Sarnoff Consulting. I haven’t had time to regularly update Mommy Greenest, but there is literally a decade’s worth of content here already, so hopefully you can find something interesting. And I do read and respond to comments, so bring ’em on!

So, What’s With the Nest?

Rates of children’s illnesses—including cancer, asthma and autism—are escalating at a pace so rapid that many are considered epidemic. Scientists believe that many of these illnesses are caused by chemicals in our environment, which children absorb at a rate much higher than adults. Yet many of these chemicals are so easy to avoid!

The analogy that these scientists have made is to the old “canary in a coal mine” adage, in which the coal mine is the world and our children are the canaries, whose spiking rates of illnesses should be telling us that something is very, very wrong. In creating Mommy Greenest, I kept coming back to the idea of those birds—as well as our children—and the safe environment that is the birthright for both of them.

Please take a minute to click through my slideshow. A picture tells a thousand words about why this information is so important.

I truly believe that by taking small steps to keep toxic chemicals out of our lives, we act collectively to protect our nest for all the world’s children. And if you’d like to know more, please email me at info(at)mommygreenest.com. I’d love to connect!

Easy DIY Natural Skin Scrub Recipe

natural skin scrub on gray backgroundMy teenaged daughter gave me the best holiday gift last year. In a small recycled jar, she’d mixed together sea salt, grapeseed oil and mint essential oils into a natural skin scrub. This heavenly blend not only turned my shower into a spa, it transformed my skin: When I scrubbed it on and then let the oil soak in before toweling off, my cracked and chapped winter skin was suddenly soft, smooth and hydrated. With this miracle in mind, I discovered a natural skin scrub recipe that’s easy to make in minutes. [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Guide to Green Beauty

green beauty model close upGot a minute? Take a look at your bathroom shelves. If you’re like most women, you’re using about 12 different beauty products each day. Now flip to the ingredients panel of your favorite product—a lotion, perhaps, or sunscreen—and settle in for a good read. Do the ingredients number a dozen or more? Probably. Can you pronounce them? Probably not. Yet those 12 beauty products deliver an average 168 potentially toxic ingredients to your body each and every day. It’s time for a green beauty clean-out! [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Saison Beauty Natural Skincare

natural skincare saison beauty products lined up in a rowRemember when you were in high school and your grandma’s friend was “having her colors done” and you learned you were a Spring? Okay, maybe that’s just me. But I was fascinated by that cool little color wheel and how it finally made sense that I still loved pink even though I was 16. That’s kind of how I felt when I discovered Saison Beauty, which takes the seasonal concept and applies it to natural skincare. Genius! [Read more…]

China Trumps U.S. #Toxic #Beauty Regulations

Kudos to China for proposing stricter regulations on toxic chemicals in cosmetics, which will bring them more in line with the EU’s. A second draft of the country’s new Complete Technical Safety Standard for Cosmetics was proposed recently, which will ban 100 additional toxic beauty ingredients and classify oral care products like toothpaste as cosmetics, with similar restrictions. How does this stack up to the U.S.? [Read more…]

One Minute Toxic Test

toxic test products against white backgroundBetween the cute kittens and baby pictures, there was one meme circulating in my social media this week that I couldn’t click away from: Have you taken the Toxic Test? And although I’m usually adverse to flashing messages promising to tell me something I don’t already know, I clicked on over to the Toxic Test to check it out. Believe me, I was surprised. [Read more…]

Try A Natural Deodorant Detox from Weleda

mommy greenest natural deodorant detoxI know, I know: I’m a broken record. But seriously I can’t tell you how many questions I get about how to use natural deodorants! So I teamed up with Weleda (again) to give you the low-down AND a chance at a $300 gift basket! Want in? Read on! [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Au Naturale Cosmetics Natural Beauty

model wearing au naturale natural beautyRemember when I shared how I put on my natural beauty face in five minutes? I just discovered a brand-new line of natural beauty products that delivers all the components you need—plus gives back to transform the lives of African girls. From brushes to mineral powders to pencils and more, Au Naturale is my new favorite natural beauty obsession, so I hooked you up with 25% off plus a chance to win a $150 shopping spree! [Read more…]