Green Cosmetics by Tarte

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Tarte Cosmetics, started in 1999 by Maureen Kelly, is the leader in earth engineered™ beauty offering the widest selection of natural cosmetics full of skinvigorating™ ingredients including our proprietary t5 super fruit complex™ (a blend of the five most active, free-radical fighting super fruits), vitamins, minerals and natural fruit and plant extracts. But it’s not just about what’s in our healthy formulas; it’s what’s not in them that really sets us apart! We are 100% free of parabens, petro-chemicals, phthalates, sulfates and synthetic fragrances, just to name a few.

They offer a plethora of wonderful green items. And their cosmetics are loved and have been used by many of Hollywoods top Actresses and Models.

New for the Fall of 2009: Dark circle defense natural under eye corrector and brush, Femme Fatale refillable natural eye palette, Green siren natural cheek stain, and Lifted natural eye primer with Firmitol.

One of the best parts of Tartes company practices is that they give back. “every year a chunk of land equivalent to the average-size U.S. state disappears, affecting an estimated 1 million of the world’s 5 million species of plants and animals”. Sambazon, the global leader in acai, started the Sustainable Amazon Partnership (SAP) as part of their market-driven conservation business model in the Amazon Rainforest. With the purchase of every tarte product that has their new t5 super fruit complex™, customers will be helping to preserve the Amazon Rainforest through forest conservation, improved living conditions and educational opportunities for communities in Brazil. What could be better than that? Next time you are on the look out for new makeup, check out Tarte and be a part of rainforest conservation.


Natural Ways to Repel Mosquitoes

mosquitoCamping, cooking out, picnics, swimming at the lake, and whatever other fun thing you love to do in the summer, seem to all come with those pesky mosquitoes.

Here is some helpful ways to keep those mosquitoes at bay.

Try Planting Marigolds

Place the fragrant flowers in a garden bed to keep the insects away, their odor may deter mosquitoes, but to be sure they stay off you, its still best to apply repellent directly to your skin.

Other mosquito repellent plants are, Rosemary, Catnip, and Citronella Grass. Make sure and do some research before you buy these plants, do to the different needs of each plant. Some may not be right for your garden. Another help can be to plant basil near your doorway to keep the mosquitoes away. Another great tip would be to throw some herbs on the fire – Next time you barbeque throw some sage or rosemary on the coals to repel the pesky insects.

Mosquito Sprays –

Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Spray

eHow has a How to Make Pesticide Free Mosquito Spray that you can try. Made with Thai Lemongrass, which contains citronella oil and is safe and effective in repelling mosquitoes.

EcoSmart Insect Repellent Powerful, all natural formula is made from organic plant oils, and keeps bugs away for hours.

So the next time your in need of some mosquito help, try some of these suggestions for a natural, safe repellent and enjoy the summer as it was intended.

Natural Non-Toxic Deodorant

tropicalDid you know that underarms can absorb applied substances directly into the bloodstream? Most conventional deodorants contain artificial fragrances, harsh chemical antiperspirants and preservatives. Natural deodorants, on the other hand, use herbs or salts found to be very effective at reducing odor-causing bacteria. What to you want to absorb?

Here are a few natural deodorants for you to try:

Toms – Natural Care of Maine

Toms secret ingredient on their natural aluminum-free deodorants is hops, the same kind used in beer. Hops inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria.

Terra Naturals

These deodorants contain no synthetic chemicals, propylene glycol, parabens or aluminum. Their plant based formula results in odor control, performance and a natural feel.

JASON- Pure, Natural & Organic

JASON Aloe Vera Deodorant Stick is formulated without Aluminum Chlorohydrate. Formulated with certified organic Aloe Vera Gel and Corn Starch, Vitamin E, Lavender Oil,  and Clove, this deodorant delivers soothing freshness.

LAVANILA Laboratories – Home of the 100% Healthy Collection

These All-Natural, freshly scented deodorants provide superior, long-lasting odor protection. Soothing essential oils blend with powerful anti-oxidants and beta glucan technology for daily defense & nourishment. Clinically tested. Dermatologist Recommended. No Aluminum. No Paraben. No Propylene Glycol. No Harsh Chemicals.

Nautica Oceans The New Eco-Friendly Fragrance

nauticafragrance_reg106714Water-Based ~ Eco-Friendly ~ Biodegradable ~ Long Lasting

Nautica Ocean’s, an exclusive breakthrough water-based fragrance formula that is kinder to the environment and your skin. Using water for its carrier rather than the commonly used ethyl alcohol, makes the formula more eco-friendly to the soil, water, air and your skin.

Along with creating an eco-friendly fragrance, Nautica uses environmentally friendly packaging. The eco-friendly, 100% recyclable, outer carton reflects the brands nautical heritage. Its made from 30% post consumer recyclable content and manufactured using wind power in a carbon neutral facility. Nautica Oceans has also been judged to be biodegradable, which means that the EDT in its life cycle returns to ingredients normally found in nature.

The smell is a fresh, aquatic fougere fragrance that captures the modern masculinity of todays man. With notes of brisk ocean air, lemon tonic, and sea salt rose which are anchored by the richness of teakwood and the exclusive ‘Regatta Accord’ giving the fragrance it’s signature.

They have shaving cream, alcohol-free deodorant stick and eau de toilette spray in two sizes. Sold at most major department stores.

They have a sweepstakes going on right now. Enter for your chance to win a $500 gift card, Nautica Freeboard Luggage set, Nautica Fragrance Products, Nautica Weekender Bag, Nautica Deck shirts, or a Nautica Silver Dial Bracelet-Style Watch.

Ely Organics

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If you are looking for organic products that you can trust and that come with the highest International food standards, try Ely Organics.

Ely Organics are made with only the finest organic cold pressed oils, essential oils, herb extracts and flower extracts; Ingredients so pure you could eat them. miessence® is currently one of a few skin care products on the planet that has submitted to, and complies with, the rigorous processing and labelling requirements for certified organic food products.

Erin Ely discovered Miessence products while reading ingredient labels.

I know I can trust the organic integrity of Miessence products because of their third party independent organic certification. Third party certification is the highest level of verification there is for an organic product.

In 2005 Erin Ely became an independent Representative with ONE Group and started her home based business; Ely Organics.

Ely Organics offers a variety of products for Hair, Body, Oral, Baby & Mother, Cosmetics, Health Care, and Household. They have each product in full size, travel size and sample size.

I’m impressed with the fact that these products are so pure that you can actually eat them. I don’t want to be putting a bunch of toxic chemicals on my face that can cause long term health problems. And the fact that these products are safe around babies and animals is always a plus.

NVEY Le Maquillage – eco organic makeup

winter_06Go green this spring with Australian cosmetic house NVEY Le Maquillage‘s eco organic makeup. Going green never felt so good.

NVEY ECO is one of the first organic cosmetics brands in the U.S market. Formulated with a careful blend of plant and mineral ingredients, natural botanical extracts and antioxidants, NVEY ECO products offer pure, gentle and beautiful make-up products for the most discerning beauty buffs. Ingredients from this unique line of make-up include Natural Beeswax, Rose Absolute, Jojoba Oil, Chamomile and selected prove vitamins such as A, E and C Known for their restorative and soothing properties. NVEY ECOs wide range of long-lasting eye shadows, bronzers, foundations, lipsticks, and mascaras run the gamut in hues, textures, and finishes offering eco-friendly make-up choices for sexy green consumers.

All NVEY makeup is:

  • Talc Free
  • Paraben Free
  • Preservative Free as of July 2008
  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate Free
  • No Propylene Glycol
  • GM Free
  • Not Tested on Animals
  • No Petroleum Based Ingredients
  • No Nanotechnology Based Ingredients

Check out their Eco Exchange Program where if you return six NVEY eco primary components, NVEY will provide in “exchange” one complimentary NVEY eco organic eye shadow. For complete details click here.

New Almay Pure Blends

I was watching TV the other night and a commercial from Almay caught my eye. Claiming that they have over 95% natural ingredients in their new line called Almay Pure Blends.

I have been concerned lately with the amount of chemicals and ingredients that are in the makeup and body care products I use. I think our bodies deserve the best and most natural ingredients, so anytime I see a product that is natural I get excited.

Almay Pure Blends offers a full line of products including: Foundation, Eye Shadow, Lipgloss, Blush/Bronzer, and Loose Finishing Powder.

The new generation of natural cosmetics. With over 95% natural ingredients, including extracts from fruits and flowers, you’ll discover an irresistible range of pure, light infused colors. There’s no compromise. Moisture-rich ingredients, petal soft textures and glide-on, live-in, weightless formulas create a brighter, flawless, lasting finish.

All Almay Pure Blends formulas include a blend of antioxidant fruit and flower extracts that provide skin benefits:

  • Lotus Extract
  • Acai Extract
  • Orchid
  • Citrus Juno Peel Extract
  • Papaya Extract
  • Viola Tricolor Extract

Another great thing about the new Almay Pure Blends is the eco-friendly packaging, made from an average of 44% recycled materials. It depends on the product to how much recycled material is it made from. For all the packaging statistics click here.

Almay Pure Blends are not tested on animals, are all hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and non-irritating. Also free of talc and added parabens. Try Almay Pure Blends for yourself and see how you like them.

Eco-Me 100% Natural Kits for Home, Body, Baby & Pets

Eco-Me specializes in 100% natural do-it-yourself kits that are good for you and the environment, too.

We created a line of cleaning kits to help people make their own natural, non-toxic, chemical-free products. In March of 2005 my 36-year-old sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. How does a healthy, athletic, spiritual and nutritionally organic young woman face the challenges of breast cancer? With no family history of this disease nor a lifestyle to promote it, could my sister’s breast cancer be linked to the pollutants in our environment or toxic chemicals in our homes? Is it possible that by simply cleaning your home you are creating a toxic environment? Could the chemicals in products that line our shelves lead to life threatening health risks? The need to remove unnecessary chemicals from our homes led our search for completely natural and chemical-free products. The only problem was finding the products. Most natural cleaners still use synthetic chemicals for colorants and add trace amounts of ammonia and harsh additives to their products. So we decided that if we wanted a truly natural product we would have to make it ourselves and a few months later Eco-Me was born.

How this works: Eco-Me‘s kits include easy to follow instructions and a 100% natural essential oil, different ones for each kit. You combine the oil with items you already have in your kitchen, such as, Vinegar, Water, Olive Oil & aluminum-free Baking Soda. Depending on if you are mixing it for body, home or pet, the ingredients you use will be different.

Go to Eco-Me‘s website and check out all the natural products they have.

Eco-Friendly Scandle Body Massage Candle

Who would have thought to combine an aromatherapy candle with massage oil? The Scandle Body Massage Candle is a fragrant hand-poured body massage candle that, when burned, melts to create a healthy body massage oil that can be used to enhance the health of your skin. Not only, is The Scandle Body Massage Candle healthy for your skin, but it is also healthy for the environment, emitting less soot and toxins into the environment than paraffin candles.

Last year in October at Scandle they announced new sustainable packaging, designed to coincide with the company’s already eco-friendly product line.

The 7.5oz Scandle® Body Candle packaging will feature a re-usable ceramic canister with pour spout.  After using their massage candle, customers can either choose to re-use the canister for other purposes or purchase Scandle® Body Candle refills from their favorite retailer, spa, or online at www.abodycandle.com. In addition to the redesign of the 7.5oz Scandle Body Candle packaging, Scandle’s 4oz massage candle will feature canisters made from recycled materials and a heat resistant band for easier application.

With a wide variety of fragrances to choose from, you are bound to find a smell you like and now that they offer refill candles the price seems much more reasonable. Starting at $21.99 for the Scandle and $9.99-$11.99 for refills.

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Pure Castile Classic Soap

I was at Target picking up some much needed beauty supplies when I came across Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Hemp Peppermint Pure-Castile Soap for the first time. I saw that it was organic and I was checking the label and it read; Enjoy only 2 cosmetics, enough sleep & Dr. Bronner’s ‘Magic Soap’ to clean body-mind-soul-spirit instantly uniting one! I found this intriguing, that one soap could be used for your whole body and decided I would give it a try. It was just a small sample size so what did I have to loose?

I am now onto my second bottle, I love the product so much. Its smells wonderful and it leaves you feeling clean. Even the price is reasonable. I actually found some sample sizes on sale. They have the Pure Castile soaps in 8 different varieties. I have tried the peppermint and Lavender, both equally brilliant.

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Pure Castile Classic Soaps are:

  • Certified Fair Trade
  • Made with Organic Oils
  • 100% Post Consumer Recycled Plastic Bottle
  • Not Animal Tested
  • Completely Biodegradable & Vegetable-based
  • Multi-Purpose: 18-in-1 Uses
  • No Synthetic Foaming Agents, Thickeners or Preservatives

For those of you who would like to know what “Castile” means, In earlier centuries, an all-vegetable based soap was made in the Castile region of Spain from local olive oil. By the turn of this century, “Castile” had come to mean any vegetable oil-based soap, versus animal (tallow) fat-based soap.

On Dr. Bronner’s homepage they are are offering a 15% off in the month of February on all Rose Liquid & Bar Soap, All Lotions, Lip and Body Balms. So what are you waiting for? Go out and buy yourself some fabulous Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap.