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…]

Sick of #Toxic Cosmetics? @SenFeinstein Bill Fix

Senator Dianne Feinstein preempted #EarthDay2015 coverage yesterday by introducing a new bill to reform the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act. And surprisingly, considering the cutthroat battle to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act, it garnered very little attention.  [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: The Honest Company

jessica alba's honest company detangler next to a brush on a table with a blurry green backgroundIn the dog days of summer, the only thing my kids want to do is swim in the pool. Since we don’t have one at our house, I keep a bag packed with essentials that I can tote to a friend’s house, the health club, a public pool—basically wherever we can get some water time. I like products that do double duty so I carry less gear. And of course, I want them free of parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances and dyes, formaldehyde, petrochemicals and any other baddies I don’t have room to mention. That’s why this year, my swim essentials bag is packed by the The Honest Company, which just gave me a whopping $10 off any $40 purchase, to share with Mommy Greenest readers! [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…]

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…]