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…]

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: Love for Humanity Organic Skincare

three dark brown bottles with rose colored labels against gray background with rose petals scattered in foregroundThere are lots of brands that plant trees for every purchase. And although that’s a noble endeavor—it’s a fir joke, get it?—if my purchase can help people and the planet, I’m sold. That’s why I was so excited to discover Love for Humanity Organics, a new truly natural skincare line that gives a meal to a child for every product you buy. Want to try? Get 25% off and a chance to win some! [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…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Miessence Balancing Skin Conditioner

jar filled with brown liquid against white backgroundSpring is officially here, and with it the realization that my skin needs to come out of hibernation. It’s dry in some places, oily in others, and I seem to have acquired more wrinkles during the headlong dive into hysteria that is the holiday season. Luckily, I just discovered a miracle in the form of Miessence Balancing Skin Conditioner. Kind of a toner, sort of a serum, this lightweight gel delivers amazing hydration without any oil or cream. My face feels softer, my fine lines are smoother, and my skin just looks brighter when I’m using it. Love!

How does it work? Like all their products, the Miessence Balancing Skin Conditioner is USDA Certified Organic (as well as certified in Australia and Europe). It’s loaded with aloe vera, calendula and marshmallow, as well as extracts of chamomile and bitter orange, plus a dollop of lavender essential oil. The directions say to use it under moisturizer, but I found it just as effective on its own. (If you’ve been reading MG for a while, you know how reluctant I am to add oil!) [Read more…]