Green and Glam

Revisiting essential oils

July 31st, 2015

While we’ve discussed the basics of essential oils in our past posts, we at Organic Beauty Now feel so strongly about the healthful benefits derived from essential oil properties, we love to discuss why we continue to develop our products with these ingredients. After all, anything that comes directly from plants like these oils do, must be the very best nature can offer in skin care.

The purity of essential oils comes from their concentrated liquid form, directly from the plant. Not only do plant oils contain the essence of their fragrance (hence the name “essential oil”), they encompass the aroma compounds and the healthful properties.

Oils are available from all kinds of plants, as well as all different parts of the plant including the flower, root, wood, leaf, seed, berry and peel. The oil is extracted from the plant by different methods including cold pressing, which is a mechanical extraction. Since some flowers are too delicate for the latter method, solvent extraction is often used to express their oils.

We love the use of essential oils as ingredients for our green&glam products, including the following favorites:

sage
jasmine
rose
lavender
marjoram
clementine
pink grapefruit
coconut

In addition to being completely moisturizing, these oils lend wonderfully soothing aromatherapy for mood boosts, mental clarity, congestive relief and relaxation. The best part? The oils we use in our green&glam skin and hair care products is toxin-free. We use purely sustainable and certified organic essential oils in our products. If you haven’t tried essential oil-containing products for your skin and hair care routines, green&glam is a great place to start. We pride ourselves on providing only the most simple products with the ingredients nature gives us. Check out our Bath & Body line. From soothing oils to restorative masks, you’ll find favorite oils in all of our products. Enjoy!

Hair color should determine your makeup

July 17th, 2015

A fun thing about makeup this season is the variety of hues and shades that are on trend. With so many options, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed, however. How do you determine what is right for your coloring? Hair color should play a big role in what makeup shades you select. Here’s what we’ve seen time and again, for matching it up the right way:

Blonde
No matter the shade of blonde, you’re often looking at hair that blends in with skin tone, which can make your features get lost. Therefore, it’s important to add structure to them. A muted blush color with a few shades darker than your tone, placed at the right areas, will add the perfect flush. Apply beneath cheekbones and around the jaw line to add definition.

A shot of muted color similar to your blush will work the eyes. Top with curled lashes and plenty of black mascara.

You can go shades darker with your lip color, and increase the shine with a great gloss.

Red
Red makes a definite statement. Balance it with makeup by choosing a soft peach or pink shade of blush and lip color, with a neutral eye makeup. Apply liner and mascaras in brown or navy families for the perfect color combo.

Brunette
To avoid looking washed out if you have a more fair skin tone, warm up with a soft bronzer and add definition to your eyes with plenty of neutral shades on the lids and lashes. A softer blush will balance your look.

Black
If your hair is black, be sure you have strongly arched brows for structure. Take advantage of being able to pull off a darker brow to match your main! Same as for brunettes – if you’re fair, warm up your tone with a light bronzer. For darker skin, a little contouring will make you fabulous.

The Ombre
This trend is still going strong, so ease up on your makeup routine if you’re going with it. The same goes for highlighted locks. A light ombre pairs well with a natural look. Muted cheeks, eyes and lips will play up the color style and make you look super fresh.

Regardless of your hair and makeup colors, remember to prep by taking the best care of your skin, for a beautiful glow that radiates outward. The same goes for your hair. Green&glam products are the all-natural way to care for you and the environment.

Protection is the best beauty trend

June 30th, 2015

We’re in the throes of summer now, and the heat is on. While need for sunscreen is unavoidable, we’re learning more and more about the harmful effects chemicals in personal care products can have on our health. On the other hand, it’s no good to just go unprotected. We know that. What to do? We’ve compiled a few tips here to help you and yours be safeguarded during these broiling summer months, from the sun and its ever-thinning protective barrier.

Enjoy shade.
If you can’t find shade, put forth the effort to create it. Even if you’re residing at the beach or out in the open for a long period of time, you can produce some great, affordable shade. We’re lucky to have such prevalent items in this day and age to help us create shade. Try a big umbrella – hand-held or the staked kind. If you have the family in tow, 10’x10’ pole canopies are available nearly everywhere for as low as $50. Believe us, they are worth it! Don’t get caught outdoors without any kind of shade if you know you’re going to be stationary for most of the day.

Wear clothing. Accessorize.
This may sound hot and uncomfy, but it’s not – as long as you have the right fabrics. UVA/UVB protection now comes in lots of clothing, in moisture wicking material. You can find pieces in sports apparel stores and beyond. Wear a hat, and sunglasses with UVA/UVB ray protection.

Apply (what you learn, then sunscreen).
Environmental Working Group’s 2015 Guide to Sunscreens states, “Sunscreen should be your last resort.” This means to simply take all measures necessary to avoid harmful sunrays by seeking shade, covering up with clothing, and planning outdoor activities around the time of day or according to the day’s UV index. Once you’ve taken these to task, cover all exposed skin with a layer of sunscreen or SPF-containing moisturizer that has the least harmful ingredients. EWG’s site has a list of the best lotions and sunscreens that meet their criteria. Go with something from this list in order to avoid harmful chemicals that penetrate the skin, entering your bloodstream to cause harmful hormonal effects on you and your loved ones.

It’s up to you to advocate for your health and the health of your family. Don’t trust a product simply because it’s on a store shelf. Do your homework, and protect yourself as a consumer. At green&glam, we know our customers do all they can to take the very best care, while voting with the purchases they make to encourage all companies to make the shift toward producing healthier items for us to use.

In your nature

June 16th, 2015

So you know we’re loving the barefaced look that’s going this season. How to get that look (the trying without looking like you’re trying)? Here are a few simple steps…

Of course you must begin with the healthiest skin possible. Start from the inside out, with your diet and exercise. You really are what you eat. Load up on brightly colored vegetables and avoid processed foods and beverages as much as possible. Drink plenty of water. Eat healthy fats – omega 3s found in fish, seeds and nuts, avocados and olive oils.

Care for your skin with products featuring all-natural, organic ingredients like those in green&glam skincare.  Wash your face well at night to remove all makeup, but do so with mild products. Also, hydrate. Our gentle Soothe & Repair Oil is the perfect daily moisturizer. Only a dab is needed. And our award-winning Hydrate Antioxidant Mask with rose flower oil for anti-aging and skin nourishment will give you a fresh, dewy glow.

Once you’ve achieved well-hydrated skin, keep the glow going with a great primer and concealer that feature anti-aging properties.

How to achieve the look with your makeup? Check out here, here and here for ideas.

There are plenty of choices within the foundation makeup arena these days: BB creams and beyond; liquid and powder makeup and everything in between; tinted moisturizers. The list goes on. Choose a shade for your skin and apply a touch, following with your preferred glow-inducing method. Contour away, or simply emphasize with a crème highlighter, hitting all the right spots – your T, plus brow bone and cheek bone areas. While you’re near your brows, remember to fill in and brush them all the way to a full look.

An application of peachy blush and shimmery neutral shadow, and you’re on your way. Finish with a dab of natural-toned lipstick or gloss.

Now, go out and live it. At Organic Beauty Now, we care about natural beauty – the kind that shines from the inside out. We love that consumers are demanding more from companies than just beauty solutions. It’s important for each of us to put our stamp on the industry by voting with our dollars by purchasing product with sustainably derived, organic ingredients. It’s good for the environment, and good for us.

Some summer hair

May 29th, 2015

We love summer as a chance to get a fresh start, similar to the beginning of a new year. It’s a time for change – school’s out, everything is more laid back, and it’s a chance to change up your wardrobe and overall look.

And, summer hair can be incredibly fun and fulfilling. The great thing about now is that seemingly anything goes – everyone’s not clamoring for one famous look. Our hairstyles can reflect our different personalities, and they’re usually always entering a new season along with our makeup, wardrobes, etc.

What’s good this summer? If you’re into longer locks, you’re in luck. If you love bobs, same thing. And, if you love the shortest short trend, that’s a good thing, too. Decide your target length and have a stylist you trust customize it to flatter your features.

Pixie short
The 80s-90s style rebirth has presented us with a variety of short shapes, with bangs that go short or daringly long for a funky look.

Lengthy layers
On the other end of the spectrum, you’ll see a wide array of looks for long hair – with side and center parts featuring face-framing and casual layers, and even blunt cuts.

What about bob?
All bets are off if you think you can categorize this medium length into one look. Fascinating iterations of the bob are growing with all different lengths and layers.

Bangs or no bangs
In summer’s relaxed setting, you may notice a lot of previously well-established sets of bangs growing out for a less polished feel. If you have a set of your own to give up, summer is an ideal period for bang growth, with numerous options for styling and pinning back (and adorning).

How can you keep your hair looking sweet this season? Establish a voluminous blow dry and style that you can maintain for a few days, depending on your activity level. A great foundation for days-long fabulous hair can be achieved via a professional blowout.

To maintain your summertime cut and color, protect your hair with the right products. Green&glam has what you need, from Waves Sea Spray to Hair Repair Mask to Replenishing Serum and beyond. The best part? Our products give you a dry bar finish without silicone and other harmful ingredients. Green&glam natural and nourishing hair care products are made with certified organic ingredients and sustainably sourced essential oils. If you haven’t already, give them a try. Our Glam on the Go Travel Set is a great sampler of some of our most popular items.

The summer is looking brilliant! (So will your hair).

Proposed legislation would improve standards

May 15th, 2015

Some hopeful news for American health and beauty product consumers just came about last month. Two senators – both female – introduced the new Personal Care Products Safety Act.

According to this long overdue proposed amendment (really, the first initiated since the 1930s), the FDA would have a say in regulating what chemicals are included in the personal care products we apply to our bodies. The 98-page bill includes a requirement that the FDA review five common personal care and beauty product chemicals per year to evaluate their safety. The senators consulted with the Environmental Working Group to establish an initial list of chemicals to be reviewed. Many of you may be familiar with the organization’s Skin Deep database that shows us what personal care and beauty products contain what harmful chemicals.

There is currently little known about the ingredients in commonly used health and beauty products in the nation. But according to Environmental Working Group, American women put an average of 168 chemicals commonly found in 12 types of products on their bodies daily. The statistics are even higher for teenagers, who on average use 17 personal care products per day.

While some chemicals could be safe to use, there has been no regulation in place for us to know for sure. Look at the ingredient lists on popular and/or incredibly advertised brand-name body moisturizers, shampoos, body washes, foundation makeup and other cosmetic products, and you’ll be in for some heavy reading. It’s more than a little disconcerting.

While the proposed bill is definitely a step in the right direction for consumer protection when it comes to the industry, the best we can do is the same as in any case when it concerns our health and well being, and that is to be responsible consumers. By researching products and the companies we buy from, as well as studies on chemicals in products, we can continually self educate and know what we’re putting on our bodies. Vote with your dollars, and purchase health and beauty products that are made with sustainable, organic ingredients.

Click here to read the proposed Personal Care Products Safety Act.

The most wonderful time of the year

April 27th, 2015

Slumber parties, birthdays and teas – oh my!

If you’re like many moms, you may have just expressed your enthusiasm with an inward groan. The thought of yet another upcoming soiree to plan in the middle of all the other activities, swim parties, camps and other summertime fun you’re required to create, as a good mom should (so say the masses), may make you want to pack up and go away for the season – alone.

Don’t dread or fret: ecoprincess can save the day – and the party! Our sweet ecoprincess line has all the treats you need to plan for your girl’s special day, whether she’s the guest of honor or simply a guest. We have what you need to gift the princess and her court.

Two of our favorites:

Our All Natural & Organic Play Makeup Set is her own purse full of two eye shadows, a blush, pink lip shimmer, light pink water-based nail polish and two applicators. All products are completely nontoxic and wash off easily with soap and water (polishes peel off with warm water, too, but we also offer All Natural Polish Remover). And at only $22.99, it’s an incredible value.

Our Party Favor set includes natural lip shimmer, pink water-based polish and body glitter for only $11.99, so princesses can dress up at the party, or apply and have fun at home!

Ecoprincess has three colorful Non-Toxic Polish sets from which to choose, as well a sundry of bath time delights for her. We offer sweet vanilla, citrus and unscented bubble baths and body lotions, as well as bath gel and shampoo and a wonderful detangling conditioner. Single bottles of our bath and hair products are available for only $11.99-$13.99 each. And every set comes in a pretty purse or reusable pink organza bag.

With so many different products to use, she’ll feel grown up like mom for just a little while. And you’ll feel great about letting her use ecoprincess products, because we love our princesses, but we love our environment, too! All our delights are formulated with certified organic and sustainably sourced ingredients. We never use synthetic fragrance, dyes, parabens or chemicals, so they’re safe for princesses and all of the land! So relax, enjoy this season, and don’t forget to pick up a little something for the queen!

Natural and organic foods still excite

April 13th, 2015

Last month the Natural Products Expo West 2015 introduced thousands of new products from natural and organic companies in the industry. The expo allows thousands of exhibitors from companies to demo and educate the press, buyers, and potential consumers (once the press spreads the word) on their products. Fortunately, natural and organic living is growing in popularity and is hopefully here to stay.

What are some of the products that received the most buzz? Snack foods were popular and ruled in the Best of Press Awards – an honor determined by over 1,000 members of the press. The three top picks were Justin’s Mini Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Noosa Yoghurt Vanilla Yoghurt and Brandstorm, Inc.’s Dark Chocolate Chia Seeds. Other foods that have been hailed as up-and-coming natural and/or organic wonders included Radicle Greens beverage, Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Phospholipids, New Earth Dynamics Restore, and Banza. Among products displayed were a continuance of food staples including sauces and pastas made of various wheat-free ingredients. Beans and nuts are always popular among foods in the industry.

And what’s this about bone broth?

You may have been hearing something about this, as it is currently touted one of the most health-beneficial foods to be consumed. True bone broth takes a real undertaking to produce – using beef or poultry bones and simmering for a lengthy time (I’m talking up to two days or more). The restorative benefits to the body are said to be amazing, and beautifying due to the high amounts of gelatin and collagen produced during the cooking process. A company called Real Bone Broth is producing and selling genuine broths for the increasing demand. Bone broth is reportedly a diet component of professional athletes and any others who wish to maintain great bone and gut health, among other perks.

Organic and all-natural food products that are processed and packaged are historically known to not always be convenient, but as the market grows, we’ll continue to see companies work toward achieving the convenience factor that consumers still want and need to feel healthy even on a busy schedule.

Soothe & Repair Oil

March 31st, 2015

I love oils! What better way to nourish your skin? Oils are nature’s softener, serum and moisturizer. An all-natural oil will do miracles to skin. It can completely transform a ruddy, uneven complexion. It will reduce redness and the appearance of age spots. It will unclog pores. It will provide a softening that leaves you with a glow, free of rough spots and a lessening of the look of fine lines.

I know, all this sounds like it’s from an anti-aging skin cream commercial. But you know what? There’s a clear difference between expensive anti-aging formulas that are suddenly present in every single beauty product available, from foundation primers to translucent powders, and a simple beauty oil. It is this: an oil is, well, an oil. It’s from nature, and extracted the right way, it can be all you need.

And if you use a formula with a delicious combination of oils and extracts, you can have your cake and eat it, so to speak.

Green&glam Soothe & Repair Oil offers a blend of natural, organic ingredients. Rose flower, sunflower seed, and palmarosa are some of the oils combined with extracts of rosehip seed, rosemary leaf, calendula flower, and more. We balanced the best ingredients we knew to provide a radiant and youthful glow without harmful chemicals and fragrances. Soothe & Repair can bring out the best in your skin. It’s all-natural anti-aging properties help defend against free radicals, and they plump your skin.

What else can you do with it?

You don’t have to limit Soothe & Repair use to your facial area. Any skin surface, delicate or not, can benefit from its use. Think elbows, feet and hands. While you’re there, massage just a tiny bit onto your cuticles.

Did I mention the sensory benefits of oils? Of course they feel fabulous, even indulgent, but the olfactory intake of such beautifully natural scents serve to soothe you in a way that is purely therapeutic.

All these benefits from one bottle of oil? Yes. And it’s not because we’ve added expensive or man-made ingredients that could end up being harsh on your skin. We’ve kept it simple with our nature-made blend of oils and extracts. We believe that sometimes it’s best to just let nature do its job. And we’ve blended Soothe & Repair Oil to make it easy for you to benefit from nature’s best.

The essence of essential oils

March 19th, 2015

Essential oils have gained a lot of mention online and in print over the last year or so. You may wonder if they are as natural as they sound. In fact, the essential oils themselves are completely pure. They are concentrated liquids that come directly from plants, and contain their aroma compounds. A plant’s oil contains the essence of its fragrance, which is why we call it an “essential oil”.

There are a number of methods of plant oil extraction. Distillation uses steam. Expression – you may have heard the term “cold-pressed” in descriptions of oils – is a mechanical method of extraction. And in the case of flora, solvent extraction is used when plants are too delicate or contain too little oil for expression. The components of plants that produce oils can include the flowers, roots, wood, leaves, seeds, berries and peels among others.

Why use them?

There are a variety of purposes for essential oils, depending upon their plant. Certain oils can be used in the home for cooking and cleaning. Some oils are used for fragrance and aromatherapy, helping to contribute to mental clarity and offering a mood boost. Others are excellent in providing pain relief and congestive relief, and many of these work wonders for skin softening and moisturizing. The main reason you may consider using essential oils in your home and wellness and beauty routines is that they are all-natural products. You can feel good about using completely effective oils knowing that they are very minimally processed and free of harmful chemicals. And, they so often do a better job than expensive additive-laden cleaning and beautifying products.

Despite the variety of essential oil uses, one thing we all can probably agree on is the fabulous effect it can have on our beauty routines. Toxin-free is the way to go when it comes to your health and well being. These are the reasons green&glam depends on a variety of essential oils for numerous products. We stand by our use of essential oils of sage, jasmine, rose, lavender, clementine, marjoram, pink grapefruit, coconut and more – in our bath and body, and hair care products. The oils we use are certified organic, so you can enjoy and indulge with green&glam, knowing you are doing the best you can for your health and wellness while using fabulous products.