Steamcream

metal tin with steam escaping the open lid against a black background1.2.14 Editor’s Note: After being alerted by a reader (see comments below), I was disappointed to discover that Steamcream does in fact contain parabens, which are absolutely not Mommy Greenest Approved. I apologize for not doing a more thorough job of researching this product. When I investigated further, the company told me that, “”The parabens we use are esters of 4-hydroxybenzoic acid which occur widely in the plant and animal worlds (for example, in barley, strawberries, blackcurrants, peaches, carrots). Ours has a mineral origin that is synthetically refined and does not contain any material from animal sources. We buy it in powder form and dissolve it into our formula.” When I asked them to tell me exactly which parabens they were using, they shared that they were methylparaben and propylparaben, “proven to be the safest for cosmetic use.” On the EWG Cosmetics Safety Database, methylparaben is identified as a four hazard, and propylparaben a frightening 10, the highest possible hazard for a cosmetic ingredient. Given this new information, I don’t feel comfortable picking winners for this sweepstakes. But I also want to keep the post up, so this community can see how mistakes happen to the best of us–especially when it comes to beauty product labels. I am truly sorry if I inadvertently misled any of you with this post. Please comment below with your thoughts, or email info(at)mommy greenest.com if you’d like to discuss further. Here is the original post:

For years, I’ve been a steam junkie. As a teenager, I used to fill a bowl with boiling water, then throw a towel over my head to heat up my skin. Today, a hot bath does the trick—whether I’m working a skin lightening or hydrating natural beauty treatment. But I never thought that steam could be used to actually create the natural beauty products that are good for my skin. That is, until I discovered Steamcream. Wanna try? Mommy Greenest readers scored 20% off, plus a chance for freebies! [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Gilly’s Organics Natural Beauty Products

natural skin scrub with dried pink flowersI like to DIY my own beauty products, but then again there’s something to be said for an expert doing it for you. For me, that person is Gilly Garrett, who has been concocting beauty essentials from natural ingredients and essential oils since she was a little girl in her family’s pharmacy.

Today, Gilly’s Organics offers a full range of beautifully scented, perfectly formulated natural beauty products. And now Gilly is giving Mommy Greenest readers 40% off plus a chance to win $125 worth of natural beauty essentials! [Read more…]

Body by Vegan

alicia silverstone in short shorts and strawberry t-shirtA few years ago, a friend forwarded me a picture of Alicia Silverstone. The subject line was simple: body by vegan.

It got my attention. Because even though I try to exercise two or three times a week, there remains that stubborn five pounds of fat that took hold right below my belly button while I was pregnant and never came off.

Now I know that I’m active and healthy, and I knock wood daily for that. But there is a vain teenager inside of every woman. And on the day that my friend sent me Alicia Silverstone’s picture, that teen spoke up. I wanted to have a body by vegan. Desperately.

The photo-sending friend happens to be a vegan, mind you. And she also happens to be very thin, which may have less to do with the fact that she doesn’t eat animal products, and more to do with the fact that when you don’t eat animal products there is really very little that you can eat. Why live like that? [Read more…]