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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.

green & glam gift sets galore

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Don’t stress over getting gifts for the women in your life this holiday season. Make it easy by shopping green & glam for indulgent, organic beauty at reasonable prices.

How many women are on your shopping list this year? Not to worry – no matter who’s on your list, we have you covered.  These are the ladies we at Organic Beauty Now try to remember to shop for:

Teachers
Girlfriends
Mothers
Grandmothers
Aunts
Cousins
Neighbors
Hair stylists
Party hostesses
…and don’t forget you – we know how hard you’re working to make the season special for your loved ones, so give yourself a little treat while you’re at it. You have our permission!

Here are some beauties for the beauties on our lists:

Gift sets for Big Girls

Body Care Kits in Harmonize, Inspire and Unwind – Get all three Body Care versions you’ve come to know and love. Decide who could use what, and give wonderfully pampering Body Care Kits that include Body Oil, Body Wash, Body Butter and a bath sponge in one affordable set.

Glam on the Go Travel Set

This $35 four-piece set is for a limited time. Keep your recipient green & glam with travel versions of our Volume Shampoo, Intensive Moisturizer, Hair Repair Mask and Replenishing Serum – everything she needs in one kit! This set is also great for sampling green & glam.

Little Girls’ Gifts

Enchant the little princesses on your list and their moms too, with all-natural and organic ecoprincess gift sets

All Natural & Organic Play Makeup Set

This value-driven set comes in a sweet hand-made tote purse with two eye shadows, one blush, pink lip shimmer, light pink water-based nail polish and two applicators. Only $24.99!

Body Glitter Set

This set is the perfect finishing touch for your girl. It comes with purple, hot pink and white body glitter, great for dress-up time and birthday parties! And, it’s just $11.99

Non-Toxic Polish sets

Our pallet sets of princess-worthy polish each come with three bottles of polish. Choose from Tiara, Flower, or Butterfly sets.

All-Natural & Organic Party Favor

Don’t just treat your hostess – treat her little one for her hospitality, with this sweet little organza bag filled with lip shimmer, pink water-based nail polish and body glitter.

Bath Gift Sets - Make bath time a fun time with our Gift Sets filled with varieties of luscious bubbles and bath and hair products, all with reusable totes.

Beauty Resolutions for the New Year

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

2012 brings a New Year and a new list of resolutions that many of us try to keep for at least a few months. This year, choose beauty resolutions that will keep your skin looking its best! We asked some of our loyal customers to give us their best beauty resolutions for the New Year:

  • Increase your water intake. Everyone knows that water is necessary for healthy skin metabolism. By adding just a few extra glasses a day, tissues will get more of the precious fluid they need to function more properly. Your glowing skin will thank you!
  • Wear SPF Every Day! Yes rain or shine, slather on the SPF, since UVA and UVB rays cause damage every day, it is necessary to protect the skin on a daily basis. A quick way to cheat is to pick a moisturizer with natural SPF. One of our favorites is Kimberly Sayer’s Ultra Light Facial Moisturizer with SPF. This light crème applies a veil of moisture while providing essential protection from the elements.
  • Wash your face before going to bed!!! This seems to be one of the hardest resolutions to keep all year long…especially after a long day. We recommend Red Flower’s Lymphatic Phytopower Sea Cleanser. Nourishing sea plants and aloe vera soothe the skin while mushroom extract and white peat revitalize. Your skin will look forward to this daily treat!
  • Toss out that old makeup!!! Old makeup can be loaded with bacteria which can clog pores and cause breakouts. Make sure to throw out old makeup especially natural or organic eye makeup that is over 6 -12 months old. Ditch the old tube and replace it with 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara. Using only natural pigments from black tea and conditioning vitamin E, this mascara lengthens and thickens lashes using only natural ingredients.

 Did we miss any top resolutions that you have? Let us know!

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.

Tea Tree Oil

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Tea Tree Oil is distilled from the Meluca Alternifoia tree found in Australia. This prized essential oil has been used for hundreds of years and is still used today to treat viral, bacterial, and fungal infections. Here are some great products that use tea tree in different ways:

In skincare, Tea Tree oil acts as an astringent and has strong antiseptic properties. Balm Balm Organics Tea Tree Face Balm provides vital nourishment and moisturizer while fighting acne and oily spots. http://www.organicbeautynow.com/tea-tree-face-balm.html

In hair care, tea tree oil disinfects the scalp, and reduces the build-up of residues around the hair follicles. Yarok’s Serum 4Chill After Sun, uses tea tree to soothe the scalp and decrease inflammation protecting scalp and hair from sun, chlorine, and summer damage on the hair.

For cuts and scrapes, use Certified Organic Tea Tree Oil from Balm Balm Organic in a dilution to disinfect the skin. Create a blend by mixing one part tea tree oil with 10 parts water. Dip the damaged skin in the tea tree oil solution or dab the tincture onto the bare skin with a cotton ball. For added benefit also add a few drops of lavender to accelerate healing.

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.

Founder Tara Verkuil on Real Mom TV tomorrow!

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Don’t miss the lovely, the talented, the fresh-faced Tara Verkuil, founder of Organic Beauty Now, on the live TV show, Sense of Style, brought to you by Real Mom TV, on Tuesday, October 19th at 10 am!

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.