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Revisiting essential oils

Friday, 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!

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.

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.

Pretty Up Your Summer Place

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Summer homes provide a much-needed retreat for rest and relaxation, so it only makes sense to upgrade them with a few smart, seasonal beauty buys. Think: delicate candles to help unwind after a long day at the beach, bath salts by the tub for after dinner treat, and pretty soaps to impress your guests.
Here, a few of our favorite finds for inspiration:

Green Girl Soy Candle in Pure Lavender, $9

Pure, pesticide-free soy provides the perfect base for these slow-burning scentsations. They’re affordably priced so you can stock up and scatter throughout the house. We’re huge fans of the Lavender – it’s the perfect fragrance to sweetly lull you into mellow, post-beach bliss.

Baby Bear Baby Bird Soap, $9

Isn’t this just the sweetest? Yes, it’s intended for super-sensitive baby skin, but the adorable bird design is too cute not to put on display. Oils of palm, coconut, aloe vera, and lavender combine to create a delightfully decadent and mega-moisturizing treat for sun-worn hands.

Priti Deep Rosemary and Mint Organic Bath Soak, $24

Every summer home bathroom should be stocked with these rosemary and mint scented bath salts. The packaging is display-ready gorgeous and the revitalizing scent is just the treat to freshen up after some serious swim time.

Green Stocking Stuffers

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

The stockings were hung on the chimney with care with the hopes that their contents wouldn’t poison the air …..
Ok perhaps we’re being dramatic but how much do we think about the items we put into our stockings? We manage to incorporate being green in our daily lives but how bout when Jolly Old St. Nick comes to town? Take a look at the average stocker stuffer item: overly packaged, artificial color & flavor and made in who knows where??? This year, choose products that are made in the USA with the finest organic ingredients. Most importantly, choose items that have been sustainably made and support small businesses that make these wonderful products. It’s a win win for everyone involved. Your loved one will get a stocking stuffer that they will actually use and you won’t pollute the planet in the process.

Here are some of my favorite stocking stuffers this year.

Badger Balm- Winter Wonder Balm.
This is my go-to remedy for colds & flu symptoms all year long. Made with cooling eucalyptus, tea tree, rosemary and peppermint, this organic balm with soothe all of your aches and stop your sniffles.

100% Pure Lip Gloss-
We love these natural lip glosses made with only fruit & plant pigments. Rich vibrant colors, delicious flavors, and soothing ingredients such as shea butter and vitamin E.

Green Girl Candles Simply Lemongrass
These soy based candles use only therapeutic essential oils and no sickening artificial fragrance. I love the cleansing purifying scent of lemongrass. It is one of the few scents that can be used anywhere from bathroom to bedroom and it makes a great small gift.

Organic Perfumes

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

The art of making perfumes dates back to antiquity and evidence suggests it began in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt. Many Egyptians adorned their tombs with perfume to ensure an aromatic spirit in the afterlife. Throughout history men and women have used perfume or burned incense for sacred rituals and to self beautify.

Traditionally all perfumes were naturally derived, containing essential oils, plant or wood resins and even secretions from certain animals.
With the advent of modern technologies, scientists were able to isolate particular chemical constituents such as vanillin from vanilla, to create synthetic substitutes of real oils. The synthetic varieties of chemicals were cheaper to manufacture and the perfume industry exploded. Over the years, many of us became used to the noxious smell of someone wearing strong perfume in the office or out in public. For some, physical symptoms such as headaches arose from these synthetic chemicals being sprayed
on our bodies. Luckily, as we move into greater awareness of toxic and synthetic chemicals we also discover true artisan perfumers who are doing it the old fashion way…Naturally and Organically!!!
Organic perfumes are made with organic essential oils, resins, and spices and usually combined with certified organic alcohol, fractioned coconut or jojoba oil. Since the perfumes are natural, they absorb into your skin more quickly and do not “hover over” your body like a cloud. With natural perfumes, you don’t smell someone a mile away; more over; the scent of a natural perfume bonds with a person’s unique body chemistry to give a natural and distinct scent just for you! Here are some of our favorites:

Fleur Savage by Tsi La-

Made with intoxicating jasmine, neroli and rare tuberose, it is a floral masterpiece and can be used for day or night.

Mejicca by Amanda Walker
They say that vanilla is the most seductive scent and with this perfume, you’ll have no problem in the seduction department. Made with three different types of rare vanilla and a exotic variety of spices, this warming sweet fragrance is soft and delicate.

Coffee and Chocolate

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

COFFEE & CHOCOLATE DELICIOUS INDULGES FOR THE SKIN

Next time you crave that strong espresso, or luscious piece of dark chocolate…go for it and consider it part of your beauty ritual. After decades of deprivation and guilt, scientists are now discovering that these delicious treats actually have incredible benefits to the skin.

Most of us love our cup of Joe in the morning but did you also know that caffeine is the first line of defense against swollen eyes and cellulite? When used topically, caffeine works to constrict blood vessels, reduce inflammation and decrease the appearance of dark circles under the eye or the appearance of cellulite. Caffeic acid is a polyphenol or antioxidant that is found in caffeine. This acid scavenges all of those nasty free radicals which cause damage and premature aging. For a java jolt to your skin, try SkinnySkinny Organic Black Coffee Scrub. Exfoliating sugar and organic coffee will leave your skin smooth and radiant.

Chocolate is truly a gift from the gods. Not only does it taste incredible but also does miraculous things for your skin. Chocolate contains high amounts of cocoa butter which is the rich emollient fat found within the cocoa bean. The moisturizing benefits of cocoa butter are well known which makes it the go to skin softener during pregnancy. Chocolate also contains flavanoids, an antioxidant that prevents cellular damage and acts as a skin protectant. A recently published study demonstrated that those who consume high flavanol cocoa (like dark chocolate) displayed a decrease in skin roughness and scaling as well as thicker and more hydrated skin by the end of the study. For a truly decadent treat, try the Dark Chocolate Truffle Body Scrub by Chocolate Sun. Pure dark chocolate and Dead Sea Salts invigorate and exfoliate.

Organic Lavender Oil

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

When trying to find my “happy place” during stressful times, I often imagine fields of Lavender in the South of France. Since I can’t jump on plane and be there, I find that a quick aromatherapy vacation does the trick. French Lavender essential oil has a unique combination of herbal and floral notes which are exquisite and if I close my eyes long enough….I can pretend I’m there. As we all know, Lavender oil is both physically and mentally calming. In skin care, it soothes inflammation including cuts and burns. Mentally it is relaxing and clearing and can elicit calm in almost any situation.  Organic French lavender can be found in many products and here are some of our favorites:

Blue Tansy & Lavender Balancing Day Crème by Cupcake Organic contains organic French lavender oil and lavender floral water to hydrate and balance the skin. Blue Tansy also provides soothing relief to dry or inflamed skin.

For the ultimate moment in tranquility, indulge in a soothing bath with Organic Lavender Bath Salts by SkinnySkinny. French lavender essential oil, organic shea butter and olive all combine to provide luxurious relaxation that leaves your skin smooth and supple.

Striking it Rich: A Guide to Plant Oils

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Plant oils can help detoxify, ward off the signs of aging, and treat a bevy of skin disorders. Talk about sustainable resources. And they’re not just for the winter season.

Here’s a quick briefing on some lesser known oils and how to take advantage of their skin-benefiting abilities:

Carrot Oil

Why you need it: Plagued with acne? Suffering from dry skin? Pretty much everyone benefits from this natural detoxifier. Carrot oil, cultivated primarily in Europe and the US, is noted for its rejuvenation properties and success in treating problem skin disorders (including eczema, acne, and psoriasis). Beta carotene and vitamin A make it a parched complexion’s best friend.

Find it: Shea Terra’s Nighttime Nourishment Nutrient Facial SerumEvening Primrose Oil

Why You Need It: Looking for the ultimate “anti-aging” oil? Evening primrose is it. This oil is loaded with Omega 6 fatty acids AKA the key to glorious skin. These essential fatty acids, or EFAs, are totally essential for your body to maintain healthy cell structure and promote skin elasticity. If that isn’t enough, the oil’s anti-inflammatory properties can also help combat the occasional breakout.

Find it: [Youth Glow Omega Face Complex from Mambin
Jojoba Oil

Why You Need It: Jojoba (which is actually a liquid wax) has a long history of therapeutic use. Native Americans would use it to create a healing skin and scalp salve by melting and softening the seeds. Packed with alpha, delta, and gamma tocopherols (all different forms of vitamin E), Jojoba mimics the natural sebum structure found in our ski and is the perfect moisturizer for all skin types.

Find it: [Madara’s Ecoface Deep Moisture Cream

Seabuckthorn Oil

Why You Need It: Seabuckthorn oil contains a high amount of antioxidants that protect against free radical damage (a trigger of premature aging). Loaded with beta carotene, the bright red oil helps slow down the signs of aging while well repairing the skin. Those with sensitive or mature skin will want to stock up!

Find It: [Jiade’s Truly Organic Healing Serum]

Primp Like an Egyptian

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

PRIMP LIKE AN EGYPTIAN

Anyone who’s ever liberally lined their lashes or chilled out in a milk bath knows the natural beauty secrets of Ancient Egypt are legendary. In fact, many of the top secret ingredients are still used today.

Below, we present a history lesson for the beauty books:

Milk: Credit Cleopatra (known for her love of milk baths) for this dairy special beauty remedy. Milk, which contains lactic acid will exfoliate your dead skin cells, and leave you with super soft skin. Try Madara’s Ecoface Delicate Cleansing Milk with lactic acid from milk to gently cleanse away dirt and impurities.

Black Cumin essential oil: Ancient Egyptians used essential oils to keep hair healthy and prevent pests such as head lice. The oil of black cumin protects the scalp from sun while conditioning and stimulating hair growth. Intelligent Nutrients uses black cumin seed oil in many products, including USDA Spray-On Detangler. This organic detangler conditions hair while attacking knots.

Clay: In ancient Egypt, both men and women wore makeup to look more beautiful and enhance the face. Red or pink clay was used to give color to the cheeks or lips. Nvey Eco uses kaolin clay for color and coverage with their Organic Compact Powder. With nourishing oils and clay, skin absorbs oil and provides a light smooth texture.

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Neroli Oil: Sweet and intoxicating, the aroma of neroli or orange blossom is unforgettable. It has been said that Cleopatra soaked the sails of her ships with the scent of neroli before she set sail to Rome to seduce Mark Anthony. For a little seduction of your own, try Tsi La’s Fleur Savage Perfume.