Mommy Greenest Approved: Vital Proteins Anti-Aging Marine Collagen

anti-aging marine collagen powderI never thought I would be the kind of woman who fought aging. I envisioned myself as aging gracefully, following in the footsteps of women like my aunt, who still practices daily yoga at 70. But then one day I looked in the mirror and the person staring back at me was…different. Her eyes had changed shape; her mouth tilted down. Even her ears had shifted, somehow. She looked like me, but…deflated. I know now that many of these changes happened because of collagen. As we age, the collagen levels in our skin drop, leaving it thinner and less elastic–what I’ve been experiencing, as I get older. But I discovered a way to boost those levels for anti-aging. It’s natural, non-invasive and pescatarian. Want to try? I’ve got some to give away, of course! [Read more…]

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…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Via Nature Sensitive Skin Care + Giveaway

via nature dry and sensitive skin care giveawayI am an excellent multitasker. I can juggle emails while editing reports, and text a conversation while in a meeting. (Shh… don’t tell.) But all this focus on better time management had me asking: Shouldn’t sensitive skin care be equally efficient? That question is answered by the new multi-tasking Sensitive & Dry Skin Facial Care Collection from Via Nature, which gave me two full sets of the dry and sensitive skin care line to give away, worth $149 each! [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…]