The more we make each meal a feast for our eyes and mouths, the more it nourishes the deeper levels of our being.

– Staying Healthy with Nutrition

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Green Beauty on a Budget

 

If you want to adopt a green lifestyle, you’ll need to avoid synthetic products that contain toxic ingredients or that use energy-intensive methods to produce. Unfortunately, this means chucking most of your store-bought beauty aids. Although eco-chic cosmetics can be as expensive as conventional upscale brands, using only green beauty products doesn’t require taking a second job. You can make many products at home from inexpensive ingredients. Supplement these DIY products with select natural products from retailers you trust and you’ll have a full yet affordable beauty regimen.

Step 1:Decide what you need to purchase and what you can make for yourself. Turning raw ingredients into fabulous beauty products can reduce the sticker shock of store-bought natural and organic products, but some products — like shampoos and lip gloss — require multiple hard-to-find materials and won’t necessarily get you the results that you want. Budget in the purchase of these items. Then save money by making the less labor-intensive products — face masks, scrubs and simple moisturizers — that don’t require a degree in biochemistry to whip up at home.

Step 2:Separate an egg yolk from the white and use the yolk in place of conditioner. Conditioners coat your hair in silicone and oils, giving an immediate result that quickly wears off. Eggs strengthen and restore your hair over the long term. If you’ll be making facial masks, reserve the egg white for those recipes, as egg whites help tighten your pores.

Step 3:Find and patronize local sources when procuring ingredients for your beauty recipes. While you’ll have to hit the health food store for essential oils and — unless you live in a subtropical climate — ingredients like lemons and avocados, local farms can provide you with products like the yogurt and eggs you need for many beauty recipes. Connect with local beekeepers for honey and beeswax used in beauty products like homemade lip balm. In addition to the green benefits of shopping locally, you can often find amazing deals at farmers markets or when buying directly from a farm. (See References 1)

Step 4:Learn to apply makeup correctly. Once you know how to get the most out of your makeup, you can cut out many of the products you’re already using, reducing the number of products for which you need to find green alternatives. Achieving a versatile, “natural” look is actually an art, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll only need a few products instead of a huge makeup case filled with all shades of the rainbow. (See References 2)

Step 5:Develop a fashion style rather than falling back on short-lived trends. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 12.7 tons of textiles went to landfills in 2009, constituting just over 5 percent of total municipal solid waste (see References 3). Hunting down secondhand and vintage clothes saves you money, helps you to develop your own style and cuts down on the amount of castaway clothing sent to the landfill. When you do make new clothing purchases, plan to spend more at the outset for quality and durability and purchase items that you can imagine wearing for years; over time, your investment will pay for itself, as you spend little to replace worn-out clothes or items that are no longer trendy. Use fun accessories to enliven your old favorites. If an item no longer fits, consult a tailor or crafty friend to see if it can be remade into something new, like a handbag. Developing a personal style will also reduce the amount of makeup you need to purchase, as you’ll focus on what works with your coloring and personal style instead of purchasing new lipstick shades every time the trends shift.

What is the Difference between Organic Products & Natural Products?

 

If you are sometimes confused when navigating the different marketing terms for organic and natural products you are not alone. Everything from produce to beauty supplies to clothing carries labels that appeal to the health conscious or eco-friendly shopper. Whether or not these labels accurately define the products depends on regulations.

Regulations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees regulations on product labeling. With the increase in interest in natural and organic products, the government has taken steps to regulate use of terms such as natural and organic (see References 2). As of 2008, 69 percent of adults in the United States bought some organic products and 82 percent of U.S. food retailers offered organic products for sale (see References 1, page 3).

Organic

Organic certification ensures that the product met the USDA standard under the National Organic Program, which began in 2002 (see References 2). The organic label means that the product contains at least 95 percent organically produced and processed ingredients. You might also see a label with a percentage indicating how much of the product qualifies as organic. Any product containing less than 70 percent organic ingredients cannot use the organic label. These products can only list individual ingredients as organic. Organic products must also indicate the certification agency and indicate each organic ingredient on the label. (See References 3, page 1)

Natural

The natural label has become ubiquitous. The government does not regulate the use of the word natural on products, except for poultry and other meats. Natural meat and poultry cannot contain artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or sweeteners, and processing kept to a minimum. A label of natural on meat products must explain how the product classifies as natural. A label of natural does not indicate anything about the raising, feeding or care of the animals. On other products, the natural label ideally means minimal processing and no artificial additives. The lack of regulation, however, makes it difficult for consumers to determine if this is the case. (See References 1, page 1)

Considerations

With any product, reading the fine print will help you make educated choices. A product labeled organic isn’t necessarily better than one labeled natural. For example, because of regulations, some local products might not qualify for the organic label due to the fees and size of the operation, but may use organic practices. In such cases, ask questions of the farmer or manufacturer. Carefully read the labels of products identified as “natural” to search for any artificial ingredients or excessive processing.

Put good in and give it back

Another amazing organic product 🙂

LOOKSMITH

I’m no hippy but I’ve been on a bit of mission to be a more conscious consumer. While being “green” has become a marketing ploy as much as any other, I don’t think that should justify careless and thoughtless consumption. For me, the hardest part is being consistent and thinking of sustainable ways to use more natural products or to buy things that haven’t come at the cost of a chinese child’s bleeding fingertips. So, yes…shopping at Mr. Price should be a no-no, but I still do it because it’s cheap. CURSE! For now, here is my small beginning to an ambitious but good way of life. Here’s a skincare product that I’ve found which is natural and actually works.

This is a lil’ Starter kit by Esse. Check their site out. Their stuff is great. Organic products with a social conscience. Esse seeks to benefit the communities involved…

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Get that Natural Radiance with Jurlique Pick of the Bunch: Rosewater Balancing Mist & Herbal Recovery Gel Review

MOSTLY SUNNY

I’ve been in love with Jurlique for a couple of years, and the affair started with their Rose Hand Cream. It’s the product that taught me when rose is done well, it doesn’t necessarily smell old. Around 3 months ago I found the nice Pick of the Bunch set on Beautybay and decided to give it a try!

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5 Ways to Avoid Breakouts

So true!!!

EpicDermis

1. Don’t Touch Your Face
When you touch your face, the dirt and oil from your fingers come in contact to your skin, which can cause breakouts.  Don’t touch your face.  No, just don’t.

2. Wash Your Pillowcases Regularly
When you lay down to sleep, the oils from your hair make their way onto your pillow, leading to clogged pores.  Regular washing of pillowcases helps lessen the exposure of oil on your face.  Another alternative would be to learn how to sleep on your back.

3. Don’t Get Too Stressed
It is widely known that acne can be also caused by stress.  Stress induces the production of adrenal glands, which leads to the overproduction of oils on the skin.  Having a positive mind and even have short breaks in the day can make all the difference.

4. Wash Your Face Twice a Day
Following the 3 Step Acne Treatment does…

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