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The most wonderful time of the year

Monday, 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!

Personal care products can affect our ecosystem

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Have you ever considered the number of health and beauty products you use on a daily basis?

How many times per day do you shower, and what products do you use each time? You also probably use a variety of lotions, serums and a number of hair care products. What about cosmetics? Think of all you apply to your face every morning. Lastly, consider the number of times you wash your face, hands, body and hair per week.

And, what about your containers? Though we certainly try, there’s no way we’re able to scrape every single bit of product out of their often vault-like packaging. So many of the industry’s bottles and containers are in no way recyclable. So, off to the trash it goes.

Where does all of the product and packaging go when we’re finished with it?

Our government Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun to recognize such items – now officially titled PPCPs (pharmaceuticals and personal care products) as being detected in bodies of water all over the world. While the full effects on the environment are far from being completely understood, it is clear that they are being released into our groundwater in such quantities as to cause concern.

While we know there are ingredients in so many conventional products that are harmful to our bodies (more on that later), it’s important to know that all of these same ingredients also seep into our ecosystem. It may not seem like much if you use one product that is not free of harmful chemicals, but think of it on a collective level. If everyone uses those conventional products on a daily basis, the total amount of ingredients being released into our ecosystem is probably more than we can imagine.

Who and what lives with chemicals in our ecosystem? All living things – plants, animals (all of the living creatures in our seas) feel the effects of our product use. And then, it can and does circle back to the product users. The things we eat – fish, produce – have so many times been contaminated by the chemicals we use on our bodies.

Where does that leave us?

We are a high-consumption culture. Everyone could benefit if we would do a couple of things:

  • Simplify our routines. What can be cut out, or combined? Think of what is likely unnecessary in your beauty routine. And know that some products – or a combination of them – may do more harm than good to your purpose anyway.
  • Use natural and organic ingredients as much as you can. Again, you could be doing more harm than good to your personal care– if you are using products that are not free of chemicals.

We are here for you. Our products are free of toxic, synthetic ingredients, colors, fragrances and preservatives, and are packaged in recyclable materials. Go green & glam with us today.

For information on products and the environment, visit http://www.ewg.org.

Safe play makeup

Tuesday, 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…

Friday, 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!

Ecoprincess Nail Polish Featured on Toddler Trails

Tuesday, 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.”

Pregnancy and Skin Care

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Although pregnancy is an absolute joy for many moms to be, it wreaks havoc on our skin. Not all of us are lucky enough to have the “glow” during pregnancy. Hormones and the changes in the way oil is secreted affect our skin during pregnancy. Luckily, you have some help with wonderful natural products that will be a savior to your skin.

Beautiful Belly oil from Living Nature contains rich almond oil and vitamin E which soothes and nourishes dry skin. When skin is properly nourished, it has greater elasticity. Healing oils such as calendula and lavender protect and calm the skin and are safe to use during pregnancy.

Moisture Me Body Toning Oil by Mambino contains rich penetrating oils such as almond, avocado and Shea butter to nourish the skin. Pomegranate oil is high in polyphenols which fight against cellular stress. It rejuvenates tired and stressed skin. It promotes collagen and elastin which support and strengthen the skin.

A Little Something for Mama-To-Be is a great gift to pamper yourself or someone you love. Happy Feet Foot Balm stimulates tired feet with rosemary and peppermint oil. Natural Stretch Oil soothes and nourishes with Organic lavender oil, and Mint & Herbal Lip Balm soothes with Shea butter and refreshes with spearmint. This set contains all of the best things to keep a future mama covered from head to toe in moisture.

The Best Kid-Approved Bath Products

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Soap Stars

When you’re little, getting clean is the last reason to take a bath. Just ask any kid coated in ice cream scented bath bubbles. Transform tub time from a requisite chore to an aquatic adventure with the right all natural beauty products. Need some help separating the best suds from the duds?

Below, our picks for the best all-natural bath buys:

Kids will go nuts for Yummy Ice Cream Bubble Bath. It’s free of all yucky toxins, lathers up into big, bouncy bubbles, and isn’t tested on animals. Oh, and it smells like a sundae.

Planet Kid Floating Soaps, made with cocoa oil, smell like yummy banana taffy and bobble at the surface. Yes, they float! No more cases of lost, sinking soap.

Tiny Bubbles Foaming Bath  comes in a super, squeeze-friendly pink bottle and is another all-natural bubble bath that promises loads of entertainment. Lavish your little one in coconut bubbles scented lightly with calming Linden blossom.

Rub a dub dub, enjoy your all-natural tub!

Nature’s preservatives give parabens the boot

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Facts are, green beauties, that about 60% of what goes on your skin (your body’s largest organ) goes into your body’s internal organs, not to mention the environment. With that in mind, let’s take a hard look at parabens, one of the main synthetic cosmetic ingredients that’s come under justifiable fire, as well as some natural cosmetic ingredient substitutes that can do the do.

Parabens

  • What it is. Parabens are used as preservatives in cosmetics, personal care products, pharmaceutical products (even in children’s medicine), and food. They prevent the growth of harmful microorganisms, especially molds and yeast, and extend a product’s shelf life. There are six commonly used parabens, including Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, p-Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, n-Butylparaben, and Benzylparaben. Because parabens are created from benzoic acid (a naturally occurring chemical in plants), you may even find them in so-called “natural” products.
  • Why steer clear. Reports that parabens demonstrate estrogen-like activity in rodent tests and in human breast cancer cells in the lab have given folks reason to reassess this ingredient. Estrogen is a necessary human hormone, however, it has its bad side, namely, in promoting certain types of cancers, including breast cancer. So anything that mimics estrogen and can pile up in your body the way parabens have been shown to do is not a good thing. This is especially true in moms-to-be and infants. Many environmental-health scientists say parabens cause hormone levels to go crazy. The extensive evidence makes a compelling case. Parabens are absorbed by your intestinal tract and blood, metabolized, and exit your body in urine (but not completely), where they do damage to marine life when they enter the ecosystem via sewage. Studies also show they can also stick around in your fat cells, and you can accumulate more parabens in your body over time, like a shelf that never gets dusted.
  • Choose instead. Any water-based product has to have some kind of preservative to stop uninvited little microbes from growing, but it doesn’t have to be parabens. Some natural substances that, when used alone, offer limited antibacterial benefits can be boosted when used together in the right combinations. For example, sugar and milk enzymes (glucose oxidase or lactoperoxidase) both absorb bacteria-causing oxygen. Vitamins A (retinyl), C (ascorbic acid), and E (tocopherol) all help slow down the natural oxidation process, keeping oil-based products fresher longer. Honey is bound by high levels of sugar, an organic compound that acts as a preservative, so it can protect cosmetic products from spoilage. And essential oils—such as violet, lemon, juniper, lavender, cinnamon, peppermint, clove, sweet orange and thyme—all can kill harmful bacteria, as well as heal and nourish skin, without damaging your immune system.

So there are answers in nature, not only to your beauty dreams, but also to ensuring the cosmetics you use are safe–not just from nasty little microbes but from unwanted effects of the ingredients themselves.

Get 20% off Organic Beauty Now’s Stocking Stuffers

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Looking for stocking stuffers that are sure to be appreciated and remembered? Then browse Organic Beauty Now’s Stocking Stuffers and get 20% off when you stuff their stockings with the best organic beauty products.

Our Stocking Stuffer Guide makes it easy to choose the right gift for friends, family, even yourself (why not stuff your own stocking, right?). There’s something for everyone: women, men, teens and kids.

Like our Lavender Hand Cream by 100% Pure—with white tea, lavender, cocoa butter, pomegranate, grapeseed and rose hip seed oil. And just $6.40? A steal! Shea Pomade by Hamadi—great for guys and gals and just in time for holiday party hairdos. Now just $19.99. And every color of Priti Toxin-Free Nail Polish a girl could want, at just $10.

So stuff away, Green Beauty, and give them organic beauty and personal care products they’ll love getting, and you’ll love giving.

Parabens in kids play makeup? Just say no with this organic play makeup set!

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

My little Green Bean is a girly girl. She’s a rough-n-tumble gal too, don’t get me wrong. But that doesn’t stop her from loving tutus, Mommy’s jewelry, and fashion. (“I like that combination, Mommy,” came out of her mouth, I kid you not. This from a 4-year-old.)

Needless to say, Green Bean’s a mall rat in the making. When we go shopping, she loves to look at all the pretty things, and even has her very own favorite store. Yes, Claire’s tops the list of destinations when Green Bean is about. And while I’m happy to (periodically) indulge her desire for a fuzzy pink hair clip or ballerina necklace, I was horrified (but not surprised) when I looked at the ingredients on the girls play makeup kits and lip glosses and found the dreaded P word. That’s right. Parabens. Paired with synthetic dyes, and a bunch of other chemicals.

Fun? I think not.

So we at Organic Beauty Now marched right out to find an organic alternative. One that lets a little girl have makeup fun (if Mommy thinks that’s ok), without letting her rub toxins and chemicals into her young, impressionable skin cells.

Enter the 5-piece Organic Play Makeup Set by Little Earths Beauty. It’s got everything a budding green beauty could want: pink glitter gel, pink eye shadow/blush, tinted lip balm in rose, a mirror and an eye shadow applicator, all zipped up in a 4×6-inch clear makeup bag.

The best part? This organic play makeup set has ingredients like organic jojoba oil, serecite (mineral), Vitamin E (rice based), aloe vera, and sweet almond oil. No parabens. No synthetic dyes. No yuck.

So if you’ve got a little girly girl at home like I do, I hope you’ll consider the 5-piece Organic Play Makeup Set for gift giving this holiday. It’s just $15.99 in our Holiday Gift Guide this week!

Because fun should be fun, and being a mall rat is different than being a lab rat.