Berkeley Researchers Test Toxic Beauty Detox

There’s so much gloom and doom in the story about beauty products. From the “Stink!” documentary’s exploration of the “fragrance loophole” to tests that found lead in 60% of lipsticks (yes, really) getting ready is like walking through a haunted house: fear at every turn. My thought process tends to go something like… This sample mascara is amazing, but is the company that makes it is hiding mercury in the formula? I love my new deodorant, but am I dousing my lymph nodes with cancer-causing chemicals?  I’ve swapped out hair dye for henna and greened my makeup routine, but the fear of hidden chemicals means sometimes I feel like hiding my (unwashed) head under a rock, rather than further subjecting it to another toxic product stew. Which is why a new study has me pretty excited… [Read more…]

MG Tapped in InstaNatural’s Top Organic Beauty Bloggers!

“Though the blog focuses on an eco-friendly lifestyle, the spirt of EcoStiletto is alive and kicking in her Eco Beauty section, where see features great product reviews, giveaways, and video tutorials. Check out her Guide to Green Beauty, a great resource for beginners to learn about eco-friendly and organic beauty.” Meet the rest of InstaNatural’s Top 15 Organic Beauty Bloggers by clicking here!

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: LumiMist

bottle filled with water and bubbles against white backgroundI’m always up for being a guinea pig to green technology. I cleaned my carpets with alkaline water and drank hair spray to show how unnecessary toxic chemicals were in beauty products. So when LumiMist asked me to take a look at their device, which transforms ordinary tap water into a bacteria-fighting cleanser and toner, I was intrigued. Could something this simple really work? [Read more…]

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 and you’re invited! [Read more…]

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…]