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Unwind and Relax this Holiday Season!

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

We know with all of the holiday events you will attend from now until New Years, unwinding and relaxing falls to the bottom of your checklist! We want to remind you how important it is to take a little time for yourself. Wash away stress and lose yourself in the soothing and dreamy blend of lavender, marjoram, neroli and clementine that promises to bring calm and relaxation to the body and mind. Our Unwind Body Wash cleans gently, without stripping the skin’s protective oils, leaving your skin soft and supple. We are mindful in making sure to only use the purest of ingredients so that this wash can be used for all skin types. We encourage you to pour into a warm bath or massage on to body in the shower. Rinse thoroughly and follow with a generous application of our Unwind Shea Body Butter. Makes you want to bump up personal pampering on your checklist doesn’t it?!

Hair color should determine your makeup

Friday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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.

Proposed legislation would improve standards

Friday, 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.

Soothe & Repair Oil

Tuesday, 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

Thursday, 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.

Eat for beauty

Friday, 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!

Calendula

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Calendula, named by the ancient Romans is from the plant family asteraceae. Calendula is a native of the Mediterranean area and is now grown in temperate parts of the world.

Historically, calendula was used to treat bee stings, scorpion bites and any sort of skin problem, by simply picking the flower and rubbing on the affected area.

Calendula has many healing properties. Since it stimulates blood flow to the skin, calendula creates suppleness. It is also an anti-inflammatory and a bactericide that works wonders on skin problems.

Calendula is largely found in face creams and lotions because of its regenerative ability to smooth skin.

We love our Calendula shea butter rejuvenating face cream. An every day face cream that will leave your face feeling hydrated and soft. Give it a try!

Now on sale 20% off. Use code cal20.

Wedding Beauty Bag Unpacked: 3 Products You Need Now

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Cut the cake and cue the reception band – time for wedding season! Whether you’re exchanging vows, getting fitted for a bridesmaid’s dress, or just remembering to mail in your RSVPs, we’ve pulled together a few products to say “I do” to before you hit the summer wedding circuit.

Tone, Def
Want a beauty-full way to calm your nuptial nerves? We love Kimberly Sayer’s Organic Lavender Toner ($28). The formula, comprised exclusively of purified water-steamed lavender flowers, is totally free of skin irritating chemicals. Try a quick hit of this relaxing and revitalizing product before applying your bridal “face” – it’s the scentsible thing to do!

Tan Slam
Mastering the right shade of bronze as to appear gorgeously glowing without looking over-baked is an art. We can’t get enough of 100% Pure’s Cocoa Pigmented Bronzer ($25). Natural ingredients (read: cocoa, tomato, coffee, and berry) combine to create the most spot-on shade of sun-kissed.

Mint Condition
Between final fittings and attending to last minute details, squeezing in some much-desired tub time may seem as unrealistic as expecting to control the wedding day weather. To help sway you into some serious de-stressing, we suggest Priti’s Deep Rosemary and Mint Organic Bath Soak ($24). The invigorating blend soothes muscles and provides deep aromatherapy to boot.