Green and Glam

Blow Bars

January 16th, 2015

What’s your favorite thing about having an appointment with a hair stylist? Is it the soothing shampoo and rinse? Is it walking away with fabulously voluminous and professionally styled hair? Or is it just the time alone, getting way from daily responsibility for pampering time?

If only salons could bottle and sell the experience to you, right? Well, maybe you could just visit your neighborhood blow bar. No matter where you live in the States, there’s sure to be one or two in a metropolis area near you. Hair blow bars are sprouting all over the country in recent years. And women are gathering around their doors, ready to include a hair blowout in their busy schedules as a way to attain quick, affordable luxury.

What does one find upon entering a blow bar?

In addition to a crowd of happy, relaxed women, one would see similarities of a beauty salon – stations with mirrors and chairs, but no scissors or boxes of foils.

This is the icing, not the cake. The light feel of freshly blown and styled hair is incredible. And that incredible is what you get.

If you’ve never had a blow bar hair blowout, just imagine your professionally done shampoo and post-color and -cut blow dry and style. It’s everything you experience (possibly with extra care and attention), without the technical stuff.

A traditional blowout can consist of a scalp massage and/or treatment (you already relaxed just a little reading those words – right?), and methodical blow dry and style performed by an expert with access to a beautiful array of products and tools. Prices range from store to store, but expect to pay the equivalent of the regular “shampoo and style” portion of your salon bill.

It doesn’t have to be a huge ordeal, either. Visiting a blow bar can be a great way to treat yourself in the midst of running errands or even on your lunch break. Depending on the style and add-ons, your blowout can be done in 30-45 minutes on average.

Customers range from event-hair seekers, business professionals needing their “work week hair”, and just those looking to be pampered and add great hair to their look. Blowout results can last several days with a little effort and care.

And if you’re thinking, “I don’t want big hair,” well, that’s not all blowouts are about. Delicious volume, sure, but there are different types of blowouts from which to choose. The blowout includes style, so you can choose loose waves, sleekness, or a big coif. The primary purpose for many women is the experience. A blow bar can be a place of solitude and relaxation, and treatment that may keep you going back for more.

Safe play makeup

January 6th, 2015

For decades we have given in to the desire to look our best by ignoring what’s in our skincare and makeup products. It has been so easy to do so, mostly due to the irresistible packaging and marketing that has bombarded us for so long. Until recently there was little to no education for the public on the potential effects of using many cosmetic ingredients. We’re finding out more and more just how many long- and even short-term effects can occur from the use of daily multiple beauty products. Still we are left to self-monitor what ingredients we apply to our bodies. Beauty items are still the least regulated products available for purchase. Despite this, we as consumers are wising up to what we use.

What about our little girls? For how many decades now have we seen play makeup and skincare products available for our daughters (and before that, for us) on store shelves? With our movement toward all-natural skincare and cosmetics, let’s not forget our innocent girls and what we allow them to use for their makeup playtimes.

What fun they have playing big girl with their own personal care products! The independence that comes with nail painting and playing with makeup can be a sweet childhood memory.

We created the ecoprincess collection just for this. Our 100% natural play makeup, bath, body and hair products are made with certified organic and sustainably sourced ingredients.  We have a variety of affordable play sets perfect for bath time, playtime, dress up and birthday parties. Treat your girls to non-toxic polish and makeup sets, hair products, and bubble baths and lotions in fresh scents. What more could a princess want?

As you’ve made your own switch to all-natural and organic beauty products, you may have noticed the positive difference in your skin. Essential and beneficial elements surround us in nature, which is always healthy for our bodies inside and out. This is evident from the skin transformations we see as we eliminate harsh chemicals from our skincare routines.

It’s hard to imagine going back to the days of blindly applying any old moisturizer and makeup to our delicate skin. Why wouldn’t we take the steps to oversee what the little ones in our lives put on their own skin? Let’s protect our girls, and the environment!

Browse our ecoprincess product line, and see why we love it! We know you and your little one will too!

There’s still time…

December 19th, 2014

It’s not too late to buy award-winning beauty for your holiday gift giving. Green & glam can ship your order even overnight. If you order now via standard shipping, you can still get your delivery in time for Christmas! But this is your last chance, so place your order today!

Are you still at a loss for ideas? We have lots of great gifts for you.

Lavish someone on your list with one of our unique green & glam body care products. Give the gift ofpurity and beauty in a variety of moisturizing body oils and nourishing body washes, butters or scrubs. Our four-piece Body Care Kits combine 3 luxurious green & glam products with a bath sponge, all in one set for the best value.

Gift someone with a Glam On The Go Travel Kit. This lux sampler features four of our hair product favorites: volume shampoo, intensive moisturizer, hair repair mask and replenishing serum – perfect for someone new to green & glam, or a long-time fan who can’t go anywhere without her green & glam hair care. Are you traveling this holiday? Don’t forget to order a Kit of your own!

For the guy or girl on your list, try giving our green & glam Shave Cream. This rich formula protects against razor burn and nourishes skin with its blend of organic essential oils. It’s just enough luxury to give as a standalone gift, and will make shaving a pampering experience your recipient will look forward to time and again.

Treat someone to award-winning organic beauty with our Peppermint Grapefruit Hand & Foot Repair formula of aloe vera, Ugandan shea butter and anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory Rhatany root extract. Our Hair Repair Mask, a Beauty With A Conscience 2014 winner, is the perfect indulgence for hair, and guarantees a great hair day for anyone.

For the little princess on your list, choose one of our sweet echoprincess gift sets starting at only $11.99. They’re made with nontoxic and sustainable, organic ingredients.

Remember, this is your last chance for Christmas ordering. If you’d like to let your recipient enjoy the choosing his or her own products, get gift certificates for coveted items from Organicbeautynow.com for any amount.

We hope you and yours enjoy a beautiful holiday!

Eat for beauty

December 12th, 2014

Delicious December…the time of year when rich treats are at your fingertips. While it’s nice to have plenty of excuses to enjoy foods that you wouldn’t normally allow in your diet, the decadency of holiday diets can wreak havoc on your weight, yes – but also on your skin. No matter your lifestyle, it’s easy to get sucked in to the stress holiday season offers and run on less sleep, a super busy schedule, endless tasks and deliciously fattening foods. Enjoy, but also begin thinking about cleaning up your diet in the new year. This is not a suggestion to go crazy and forget your healthy eating habits altogether. Instead, look toward the next month and the fresh beginning it can bring to your health.

What can you consume for detoxification and beauty next year? Here are some ideas.

Water
This one is important. Your skin cells are made of mostly water, so when your body is dehydrated, it can affect the condition of your skin. As a rule, sip water over all other beverages, throughout the day.

Fruits
Filled with vitamin C, strawberries offer collagen-boosting properties that plump your skin, firming it and decreasing lines and wrinkles. The antioxidant quercetin is contained in apple peels, and provides sunburn protection as well. Studies show that eating high-lycopene foods like tomatoes help able to better fight off sunburn.

Leafy greens
Vitamin A-rich romaine lettuce is known to boost cell turnover as well as improve circulation in the skin by injecting extra oxygen into the body. The result is fresh, glowing skin. Kale is also an excellent source of vitamins A and C. 

Peppers
Consuming even a small amount of chili peppers suppresses appetite and increases metabolism. Fewer calories prove better for your overall health and well being. Yellow bell peppers are also known to fight free radicals that cause fine lines and wrinkles.

Antioxidants
All varieties of tea, as well as dark chocolate help improve circulation, decrease inflammation and protect skin from sunburn due to their high concentration in antioxidants.

Healthy fats
Olive oil, full to the brim of essential fatty acids, not only helps protect skin from sun damage, but provides moisturizing benefits when consumed AND when applied to the skin. Walnuts are a super food for your health and beauty. Just a small handful supplies enough omega-3 fat to help restore and maintain skin moisture and texture. Fatty fish like sardines are especially rich in DHA, and help fight acne. 

Want to get the most benefit from your foods? Eat organic whenever you can. It’s especially important when eating produce to avoid conventional items that may be injected with pesticides. Today it is easier than ever to attain organic foods – not just produce – but teas, nuts, seeds, grains and dairy products. Here’s hoping you’ll enjoy a healthful, beautiful and delicious new year!

green & glam gift sets galore

November 26th, 2014

Don’t stress over getting gifts for the women in your life this holiday season. Make it easy by shopping green & glam for indulgent, organic beauty at reasonable prices.

How many women are on your shopping list this year? Not to worry – no matter who’s on your list, we have you covered.  These are the ladies we at Organic Beauty Now try to remember to shop for:

Teachers
Girlfriends
Mothers
Grandmothers
Aunts
Cousins
Neighbors
Hair stylists
Party hostesses
…and don’t forget you – we know how hard you’re working to make the season special for your loved ones, so give yourself a little treat while you’re at it. You have our permission!

Here are some beauties for the beauties on our lists:

Gift sets for Big Girls

Body Care Kits in Harmonize, Inspire and Unwind – Get all three Body Care versions you’ve come to know and love. Decide who could use what, and give wonderfully pampering Body Care Kits that include Body Oil, Body Wash, Body Butter and a bath sponge in one affordable set.

Glam on the Go Travel Set

This $35 four-piece set is for a limited time. Keep your recipient green & glam with travel versions of our Volume Shampoo, Intensive Moisturizer, Hair Repair Mask and Replenishing Serum – everything she needs in one kit! This set is also great for sampling green & glam.

Little Girls’ Gifts

Enchant the little princesses on your list and their moms too, with all-natural and organic ecoprincess gift sets

All Natural & Organic Play Makeup Set

This value-driven set comes in a sweet hand-made tote purse with two eye shadows, one blush, pink lip shimmer, light pink water-based nail polish and two applicators. Only $24.99!

Body Glitter Set

This set is the perfect finishing touch for your girl. It comes with purple, hot pink and white body glitter, great for dress-up time and birthday parties! And, it’s just $11.99

Non-Toxic Polish sets

Our pallet sets of princess-worthy polish each come with three bottles of polish. Choose from Tiara, Flower, or Butterfly sets.

All-Natural & Organic Party Favor

Don’t just treat your hostess – treat her little one for her hospitality, with this sweet little organza bag filled with lip shimmer, pink water-based nail polish and body glitter.

Bath Gift Sets - Make bath time a fun time with our Gift Sets filled with varieties of luscious bubbles and bath and hair products, all with reusable totes.

Winterize with Body Oil

November 14th, 2014

When it comes to caring for your skin during winter months, body oils still have you covered. Fortunately, we’ve dismissed the stigma we attached to body oil in the 80s that it clogged pores and caused acne breakouts.

Today we embrace body oil as a beautifully and naturally effective way (assuming you select a natural product) to moisturize and nurture your skin. All-natural body oils are free of chemicals (this property alone is wonderful in itself), expressed from roots, flowers and leaves from numerous plants.

Body oils carry a long list of benefits. They can improve your skin’s health and appearance by reducing inflammation, breakouts and discoloration. They provide elasticity and skin cell regeneration. The mood-enhancing qualities of oils have long been studied. Oils can rejuvenate the health of your skin AND your overall well being.

Organic Beauty Now recognizes the relaxing nourishment that comes from body oils. Not all oils are the same. Our green & glam body oils are richly derived from expeller food-grade coconut and sunflower seed oils.

All-natural coconut oil delivers moisturizing and anti-inflammatory results to skin via polyphenols and other antioxidants that fight free radicals. It’s additional promise of anti-bacterial and hydration properties actually trap moisture in the skin.

Sunflower seed oil holds many of the same attributes as coconut oil, delivering moisturization, fortification, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits with its concentration of Omega-6 (linoleic) fatty acids and Vitamin E.

What do we offer?

  • Harmonize Body Oil – Features soothing and refreshing clary sage, geranium, rose and lavender to center and balance your disposition.
  • Unwind Body Oil – Calms and relaxes the mind and body with a blend of lavender, marjoram, neroli and Clementine. Pure bliss.
  • Inspire Body Oil – Vibrant yazu, pink grapefruit and elemi oils empower and energize with deliciously aromatic therapy.

How to use it

Here is what you need to know to help body oil nourish your winter skin.

  • Add it to your shower. Since our oils’ specialties are to trap in moisture, use your oil immediately out of your shower for better absorption and hydration.
  • Add it to your bath. Just a few drops of oil to your bath will create a moisturizing wonder for your skin.
  • Stay natural. You’ll never go wrong with pure, unprocessed body oils. And your skin will love you for it.

With Certified Organic ingredients, green & glam never uses parabens or preservatives in our blends. We care for your skin and take pride in our beautiful, sustainable products.

So many reasons to LOVE coconut oil for your hair (and the rest of you too)

September 22nd, 2014

Coconut oil is seriously hydrating for dry locks.

Coconut oil stimulates hair growth. Who doesent want that?

Coconut oil adds shine and lustre.

Coconut oil promotes a healthy scalp, including fighting dandruff.

Coconut oil helps prevent breakage and split ends.

green&glam’s replenishing serum is one of our best products, largely made of coconut oil, not silicones, like many serums out there. Beware! Our product is light, it hydrates and provides shine and instantly absorbs. Loved by all who try!

What is silicone?

August 9th, 2014

Silicone is one of those words consumers hear all the time and most are clear that it is not a good ingredient. So what is silicone?

As defined by Wikipedia. Silicones are inert, synthetic compounds with a variety of forms and uses. Typically heat-resistant and rubber-like, they are used in sealants, adhesives, lubricants, medical applications, cooking utensils, and insulation.

Yuck!

It’s a product a lot of companies use in both their shampoos and conditioners. It seals off the hair and coats it, making your hair look smooth and frizz free… for a while.
Silicone coats the hair, which means none of the products you use will actually penetrate the hair. Hot oil treatments and deep conditioners won’t work well with silicone in your hair. You CAN’T wash out silicone. It is not water soluble. So every-time you wash your hair, more and more just builds up. Eventually your hair just gets flat, and dull, and gross.  At green&glam, we opt for artichoke leaf oil that penetrates the hair and actually strengthens it. Silicone just coats it.

Volumizing Shampoo, $26.99. We aren’t the only ones who love it, our shampoo was voted best of 2013 by Beauty with a Conscience Award. Give it a try….we know you will love how your hair looks, silicone free!

Ecoprincess Nail Polish Featured on Toddler Trails

July 1st, 2014

Our Ecoprincess Nail Polish set was featured on Toddler Trails! Toddler Trails is a blog that covers all things beauty, lifestyle and parenting. It’s a very popular blog for moms and definitely worth a look. Check out the entire article here: Girls Nail Polish.

“My princess just LOVES getting all decked out with makeup, glitter and nail polish. I like to let her get all dressed up for special occassions like her recitals.  However, I have a sneaky suspicion that it isn’t really good for her. Besides, my makeup is for me.  Because of my skin allergies and bacteria, I just don’t like to share.  Which is why EcoPrincess Organics are perfect for her.”

Quick tip to get that sexy, just off beach look……..without even stepping in the sand

June 30th, 2014

This wavy, tousled look comes easier to those with naturally wavy hair, however can be created with the right products for those gals with straight hair.

At green&glam we believe in creating beautiful hair, naturally. That also includes a low maintenance routine. And as we all know, nothing dries your hair faster than hair dryers, curling irons and chemically based products.

Try this fast and easy way to a great beach look. No work necessary!

After washing your hair at night. Towel dry gently. Spray on our Waves Sea Spray. If desired dry hair halfway. Even better. Air dry. Just before going to sleep, wrap hair in tight bun at nape of neck. Secure with a scrunchy. Rubber bands tend to leave marks.

In the morning, voila! Beautiful, beachy hair, hassle free and all naturally!