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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!

Organic Beauty Buys for Father’s Day

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Father’s Day is right around the corner and before you buy the Hawaiian shirt or tie that her will never wear, consider some organic body care and skincare products that treat Dad to a little luxury. We have the ultimate Papa pick me ups:

Skin & Bones Moisturizer
- A perfect moisturizing oil that can be used on the face or body. Organic oils of jojoba, lemon, frankincense and sandalwood create a perfect citrus and woody aroma then men love. This nourishing oil penetrates deeply into the skin and leaves no greasy feeling.

Skinnyskinny’s Organic Rosemary and Mint Foot Scrub is a great way to give Dad’s feet a treat. Rosemary and Mint detoxify and stimulate the skin. Sea Salt and pumice provide effective exfoliation to slough off all the dead skin cells. Papa’s pieds will be looking pretty!

Living Nature’s Skin Essentials for Men is the perfect gift for Dad. This wonderful gift set includes the Gentle Cleansing Shaving Gel, Plant Based Moisturizer, and Men’s Shaving Crème all in a convenient travel sized tote bag.

And the winner is… Argan oil!

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Last week, I invited you to share your best Winning Winter Skin tips to our list of nine so we could have an even 10, and you could have a chance to win a $30 OBN gift card if we picked yours as the best.

Now, its’ time to congratulate Jennifer Schmidt Branham, our Winter Skin Survival Guide winner. Jennifer’s tip: Argan oil, a fave of mine, too! This 100% organic oil, produced by the Argan tree in the semi-deserts of Morocco, is lovingly called “liquid gold” by green beauties worldwide. Jennifer says “Argan oil has been amazing for me this winter – I put it on my face every night and have had no dryness – love it. Great for hair too!” Trust me, you’ll wonder how you ever did without.

So now, we’ve got 10 top tips for skin survival during these chilly months. Here they are:

1. Sun guard. Organic sunscreen in winter? Are we serious? You betcha. Wind and sun reflecting off snow and ice are winter skin enemies. Wind whisks away the moisture in the air and off your skin’s surface. Harsh sun in winter can be as bad (if not worse) than a hot summer’s day because all those wet, snowy, icy surfaces bounce the beams around like a funhouse mirror. So sunscreen yourself and your kids. Choose an organic tinted moisturizer, all-natural foundation or natural sunscreen with SPF15 at a minimum. Going skiing? At higher altitudes, UV light is more intense, so be a good snow bunny and up the SPF to at least 20.

2. Max out the moisturizer. Whether you’re indoors or outdoors in the winter, your skin’s gonna get dry. So use your organic moisturizer more often. And consider switching to a heavier emollient or cream this season to really drench that dermis. As is, switching from lighter to heavier creams can refresh your whole skincare regimen.

3. Bask in the mask. If clay-based masks are your go-to facial regimen and you’re finding your skin’s getting dry, pick a hydrating mask that features moisturizing and conditioning ingredients especially designed for dry skin.

4. Adjust your bath. Hotter, longer baths and showers feel great but they’ve got a nasty side effect: dry, itchy skin. If your skin’s pink-to-red when you step out of the tub, you’re bathing too hot. Turn the hot water down a notch or two. And while you’re at it, reach for bath products featuring soothing ingredients, such as the chamomile in gentle Angel Baby Bath Blossoms by Earth Mama Angel Baby. Or the eucalyptus in Muscle Relaxing Bath Beads by Shea Terra.

5. Shake up your shave. Bath time is shaving time, and though shaving is a good exfoliator for dry skin, be sure to use a moisturizing gel such as Men’s Gentle Cleansing Shaving Gel by Living Nature.

6. Lip service. Winter months mean chapped lips. That’s how it is. So pick an organic or all-natural lip balm and use it, use it, use it. Use a lip balm with at least SPF 15 like SPF 15 Lip Balm Stick by Badger (at under $4, it’s your lip’s best deal).

7. Hands up. Hands are exposed to even harsher elements than usual in winter. Keep an organic or all natural hand moisturizer at, er, hand, like by the sink where you wash up, and use it frequently. Plus, for you working guys ‘n gals, handling paper all day also dries out your digits, so stash some hand lotion in your purse or desk.

8. Feet first. Those poor neglected appendages at the bottoms of your legs take a beating during winter. They’re often in moisture-trapping socks, heavy boots, dry air environments or ankle-deep in snow. Plus cuts, cracks and fissures on feet are another way dreaded viruses and bacteria can enter your body. Treat your feet well this winter with emollient creams designed to restore softness like Foot Rituals Daily Maintenance Butter by Shea Terra. For extra bacteria-stopping action, grab Foot Balm by Badger, which has tea tree oil that can kill a microbe in its tracks.

9. Hair help. Dry scalp, dandruff and split ends all make an appearance more often when it’s winter, so here are a few tips to fight the damage. Don’t linger too long under the blow dryer. Use organic conditioners generously. And if your hair is feeling just totally done in by the weather, try an organic hair treatment to restore moisture. They’re packed with nourishing oils and plant essences to fight against the deep freeze.

10. Argan oil. This 100% organic oil is loaded in fatty acids and Vitamin E and works  from head to toe. Argan oil works on your hair to soften split ends, on your face to moisturize and minimize fine lines, even on your cuticles to keep them smooth. Best of all, Argan oil is safe for baby’s skin, and mommas-to-be looking for natural ways to lessen the dreaded stretch marks.

So there you have it: 10 winter skin fighting regimens aplenty to keep your skin in the pink, Green Beauties. Enjoy!

9 tips for winning winter skin

Monday, February 14th, 2011

How can months in which there’s so much water, aka, rain, snow, sleet, hail, etc., make your skin and hair so dry? It just seems wrong. And yet it happens.

We’ve got nine top tips for skin survival during these chilly months, but we need a tenth. Share your best tip on our Facebook page and, if we pick yours to feature, you win a Gift Certificate for $30. But hurry! The Winning Winter Skin Giveaway ends Friday, February 18th.

1. Sun guard. Organic sunscreen in winter? Are we serious? You betcha. Wind and sun reflecting off snow and ice are winter skin enemies. Wind whisks away the moisture in the air and off your skin’s surface. Harsh sun in winter can be as bad (if not worse) than a hot summer’s day because all those wet, snowy, icy surfaces bounce the beams around like a funhouse mirror. So sunscreen yourself and your kids. Choose an organic tinted moisturizer, all-natural foundation or natural sunscreen with SPF15 at a minimum. Going skiing? At higher altitudes, UV light is more intense, so be a good snow bunny and up the SPF to at least 20.

2. Max out the moisturizer. Whether you’re indoors or outdoors in the winter, your skin’s gonna get dry. So use your organic moisturizer more often. And consider switching to a heavier emollient or cream this season to really drench that dermis. As is, switching from lighter to heavier creams can refresh your whole skincare regimen.

3. Bask in the mask. If clay-based masks are your go-to facial regimen and you’re finding your skin’s getting dry, pick a hydrating mask that features moisturizing and conditioning ingredients especially designed for dry skin.

4. Adjust your bath. Hotter, longer baths and showers feel great but they’ve got a nasty side effect: dry, itchy skin. If your skin’s pink-to-red when you step out of the tub, you’re bathing too hot. Turn the hot water down a notch or two. And while you’re at it, reach for bath products featuring soothing ingredients, such as the chamomile in gentle Angel Baby Bath Blossoms by Earth Mama Angel Baby. Or the eucalyptus in Muscle Relaxing Bath Beads by Shea Terra.

5. Shake up your shave. Bath time is shaving time, and though shaving is a good exfoliator for dry skin, be sure to use a moisturizing gel such as Men’s Gentle Cleansing Shaving Gel by Living Nature.

6. Lip service. Winter months mean chapped lips. That’s how it is. So pick an organic or all-natural lip balm and use it, use it, use it. Use a lip balm with at least SPF 15 like SPF 15 Lip Balm Stick by Badger (at under $4, it’s your lip’s best deal).

7. Hands up. Hands are exposed to even harsher elements than usual in winter. Keep an organic or all natural hand moisturizer at, er, hand, like by the sink where you wash up, and use it frequently. Plus, for you working guys ‘n gals, handling paper all day also dries out your digits, so stash some hand lotion in your purse or desk.

8. Feet first. Those poor neglected appendages at the bottoms of your legs take a beating during winter. They’re often in moisture-trapping socks, heavy boots, dry air environments or ankle-deep in snow. Plus cuts, cracks and fissures on feet are another way dreaded viruses and bacteria can enter your body. Treat your feet well this winter with emollient creams designed to restore softness like Foot Rituals Daily Maintenance Butter by Shea Terra. For extra bacteria-stopping action, grab Foot Balm by Badger, which has tea tree oil that can kill a microbe in its tracks.

9. Hair help. Dry scalp, dandruff and split ends all make an appearance more often when it’s winter, so here are a few tips to fight the damage. Don’t linger too long under the blow dryer. Use organic conditioners generously. And if your hair is feeling just totally done in by the weather, try an organic hair treatment to restore moisture. They’re packed with nourishing oils and plant essences to fight against the deep freeze.

So there you have it: winter skin fighting regimens aplenty. But we’re still missing one from you. So share your best tip on our Facebook page and, if we pick yours, you win a Gift Certificate for $30. But only if you get in on The Winning Winter Skin Giveaway by Friday, February 18th.

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.

Easy organic haircare routine for men

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Hey guys! You don’t have to spend hours to get great hair or treat it with toxins. You just need a good routine.  So here’s your quick-and-easy guide to a hair care routine that will keep your hair sexy, shiny, and natural.

Organic Hair Care for Guys

Cleanse – Your first step is to cleanse your hair and scalp to get rid of dandruff, buildup and other impurities. If you have oily hair, you may need to wash it as often as once a day. For normal hair, two or three times a week may be enough. Dry hair? Once a week can often do the do. Of course, if you’re an active guy, you’ll need to add hair washing to compensate for all that sweat equity.

A little know fact: men have thicker scalps then women so be sure to use a clarifying shampoo. We love Dr. Alkaitis Organic Shampoo as a good, basic clarifying wash. It’s detergent free but has serious cleansing action in its coconut cleansing base.

Moisturize – After you wash away the grime, you do have to put back moisture. I’m a big fan of Shea Rice Milk Conditioner by Hamadi. It conditions and restores fullness to your hair with shea butter and rice extracts. A little goes a long way. Apply a dime-sized dollop, work it through the hair (oily? you can still do the scalp with this one as it’s super clean and doesn’t promote oil) let it sit for a few minutes for a deep condition, then rinse.

Style – You can style your hair  and get the salon look without going all chemical. For the pomade look, we love USDA Hair Balm by Intelligent Nutrients. It’s synthetic-free, chemical-free and really holds the look.

Those are the basics. Once in a while, you should throw in a hair serum to treat hard-working tresses to some more TLC. If you’re the outdoorsy type, try Serum 5 Triumphant for Men, which has natural UV protection. That’s good for your hair and scalp. Do you have stressed tresses from home stress, work stress, etc.? Go for Serum 6 Booster for Men, which is good for what ails you. With either, start once a week and add on more treatments as needed.

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.

Greenwashing so-called organic beauty products is dirty business

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Count us among those who are thrilled, make that ecstatic, that everyone’s become aware of the importance of choosing organic and all-natural ingredients. Now that so many of us are insisting on our beauty products being green, it’s a hopeful sign that beauty can be sustainable.

But when it comes to lacing these beauty products with questionable or downright dangerous ingredients, yet calling them “organic” or “botanical” or “all-natural,” we call that dirty. The industry calls it greenwashing. And you’ll be surprised whose on the list.

Aveeno tops it. On their website, they advertise their “Active Naturals,” ingredients that are derived from nature. A banner pops up and reads, “Aveeno Inspires. All our products come from nature…” Yet, if you pick up one of their many products you’ll read words on the ingredient list like: Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Dimethicone, Benzaldehyde, Butylene Glycol, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, and Propylparaben. Yes, some are “natural” (for example, Petrolatum and Mineral Oil are derived from petroleum, which comes from nature) but they’re probably not what you had in mind.

Sephora is on it too, sadly. They put their “Naturally Sephora” logo on products that are formulated to exclude a minimum of six of these eight ingredients:

  • GMOs (genetically modified organisms)
  • parabens
  • petrochemicals
  • phthalates
  • sulfates
  • synthetic fragrances
  • synthetic dyes
  • triclosan

What’s that mean? It means that you might still find parabens (cancer-causing) or pthalates (high level exposure can lead to cancer and adult infertility; low-dose exposure studies show potential male reproductive development damage to fetuses). Why not exclude them all? Here’s why, in their own words. “Simply because sometimes an equally effective, viable, natural alternative is not yet available.” Confusing? You bet. And we say hogwash.

And the hits, they just keep coming. According to TerraChoice, an environmental consultancy firm, investigated consumer products making environmental claims in North America, Australia and the UK.

The survey focused on children’s toys, baby products, cosmetics and cleaning products.

Greenwashing is defined by TerraChoice as the act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service.

The firm found that as many as 98 percent of the products surveyed committed at least one sin of greenwashing.

The company subdivided the concept of greenwashing into seven specific sins, from common to least common:

  • 1. The Sin of the Hidden Trade-Off occurs when one environmental issue is emphasized at the expense of potentially more serious concerns.
  • 2. The Sin of No Proof happens when environmental assertions are not backed up by evidence or third-party certification.
  • 3. The Sin of Vagueness occurs when a marketing claim is so lacking in specifics as to be meaningless.
  • 4. The (new) Sin of Worshiping False Labels is when marketers create a false suggestion or certification-like image to mislead consumers into thinking that a product has been through a legitimate green certification process.
  • 5. The Sin of Irrelevance arises when an environmental issue unrelated to the product is emphasized such as claiming a product is ‘CFC-free’ when CFCs are banned by law.
  • 6. The Sin of Lesser of Two Evils occurs when an environmental claim makes consumers feel ‘green’ about a product category that is itself lacking in environmental benefits.
  • 7. The Sin of Fibbing is when environmental claims are outright false.

So, what’s a body to do? Read labels. Get educated. And shop at companies like Organic Beauty Now who make it our life’s work to offer products held to the highest standards for organic and all-natural beauty products.

Are we perfect? Of course not. This is a fledgling industry. New information is coming out all the time. But we do our best and do due diligence, all the time, not just six out of eight times.

The ugly truth about what’s in beauty products

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Watch this amazing video that really explains where all the toxins and chemicals in conventional beauty products got their start and how they go into your body. And your kids. She really names names.

After you watch it and become appalled (again) by all the toxins, additives and chemicals in conventional cosmetics, make sure you add your nom de plume (that’s “name”) to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 and show your support for getting the FDA to get the toxins O-U-T!

And, as if you needed any convincing, Green Beauty, go forth and go organic!

Organic shaving creams, gels and oils give you smooth shaves, naturally

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

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Truth is, I liked my synthetically created shaving cream — great foam, clean shave. What’s not to like? That is, until I did an ingredient check and found all of the toxic goodies packed in that puffy, white foam. Myristic acid, Potassium Hydroxide, triethanolamine (TEA) and parabens, which are linked to cancer and reproductive problems, were a just a few of the alarming ingredients I was slathering on (and men, this means right on your face.) Yikes!

Compare this to some of the ingredients in natural shaving cream — aloe, sunflower oil and essential oils from every flower and fruit you can think of — and it’s easy to make the switch, and get over the foam. That’s right people, you have to give up the foam. The biggest difference between synthetic shaving cream and organic shaving cream is the texture.

Almost all synthetic shaving creams are foamy. Foam is created with synthetic emulsifiers while organic shaving soaps utilize natural oils and natural emulsifiers. While the puffy white foam does have its merits, (it’s fun to watch it grow!), what would you rather put on your skin, acrylate crosspolymer or coconut oil and aloe vera?

An added bonus for choosing the ingredients that you can actually pronounce is that natural oils and emulsifers also provide a smoother shave, which translates to soft, silky, hydrated skin. Organic shave cream moisturizes as you shave away the hair.

Guys, you’ll be lovin’ your face with these organic men’s grooming products, too. Once you give up the foam and switch to organic shaving cream, you’ll never go back. Trust me!

Here are my faves:

Miessence Shave Gel feels different from any other shave gel I have ever used. This is a unique organic shaving gel in that it goes on like a transparent lotion and is super moisturizing. Organic emollients, such as sunflower, aloe and chamomile not only protect from razor burn, but also soften, really. And, guys, did I mention a super close, smooth shave…or should I say, girls? It’s safe to say, you will miss this product if you run out. And true for most organic shave creams, a little goes a long way.

Miessence After Shave Balm Shaving can rough up your skin, and broken skin is vulnerable to chemical absorption. That”s why using natural and organic aftershave is super important. When Miessence says organic they mean international organic food standards. Made with aloe vera, St. John”s wort and witch hazel, so it”s naturally soothing and bracing. Mmmmm…

Vitaman Shave Oil We don”t need to tell you about the risks of the razor. That”s why this organic shave oil is such a winner. It puts a protective layer between the blade and your face, maximizing the razor”s edge to give you a close shave. The active, organic ingredients  warm your skin,increasing blood flow while softening and lifting hair follicles so your shave gets even closer with less collateral damage.

Here’s to adding a whole new dimension to your morning showers. Organic shave creams hydrate your skin while the scents of many of these products offer up sweet aromatherapy in a bottle. The best part? We sacrifice nothing in order to be environmentally good to ourselves and our world. Enjoy!