The Perfect Gift: Kahina Glow Box


Bette Walker Photography


Girrrrrrl, I’m about to save your @$$ this holiday season.  The Kahina Giving Beauty Glow Box is the best Green Beauty gift set I’ve seen for under $100.  It contains Kahina’s organic, fair trade argan oil, a beautifully wrapped handmade rosemary lavender argan soap and their intoxicating FEZ body serum.  Not only is it a fantastic sampling of Kahina’s life-changing, eco-conscious product line, the packaging is so beautiful – all you need to do is tie a ribbon around the box.  Done and done.  Why haven’t you bought five of these already?  Cost: $75.  Purchase it here.

And because you should know a thing or two about what exactly you are giving this holiday, (hint: when you give the Glow Box, you are doing more than just gifting your sister some high-end argan oil) read on for an informative and inspiring Q&A with Kahina Giving Beauty’s founder, Katharine L’Heureux.


BB:  There are so many Argan oil companies out there.  What makes Kahina Giving Beauty different?

KGB:  There are quite a few companies selling argan oil and claiming argan oil as an ingredient in their formulations now.   This wasn’t the case at all when we launched Kahina in 2009.  At that time, argan oil was hardly known and people were reluctant to use pure oil on their faces.  Times have really changed and argan oil has become extremely popular.  As is often the case with popularity, companies tend to jump on trends without attention to details that ensure quality.   We have always gone to great lengths to ensure that our oil is of the highest quality, carefully harvested and produced using the best extraction techniques, then packaged with an eye toward preserving the ingredient.  We create thoughtful formulations using high concentrations of argan oil with other high quality, carefully sourced ingredients from around the world, with as much organic content as possible to create products that really work and that have a minimal impact on the environment.

BB:  Kahina is Fair Trade.  What does that really mean for the women who work at your co-op?

KGB:  Purchasing certified Fair Trade Argan Oil means that women are paid a fair wage for their work and that a percentage of the purchase price of the oil goes to programs that support them.  At Kahina Giving Beauty, we go beyond Fair Trade requirements and donate an additional percentage of our revenue to support the Berber women of Morocco.  Kahina provides support to these women in the areas of health, literacy, work education and increased opportunity.

BB: What are your favorite, cannot-live-without beauty products?

KGB: I use the entire Kahina line everyday.  The product I’m especially loving right now is our FEZ Hand and Body Balm.  Other products I use on an almost daily basis are Suntegrity 5 in 1 Moisturizing Sunscreen, W3LL People Foundation Concealer, Yarok Feed Your Volume for hair, and Ilia lipstick in Arabian Nights.  

BB: Kahina Giving Beauty was somewhat of a happy accident; you “discovered” an amazing product while on vacation.  What drove you to persist in establishing and growing your company?

KGB: I strongly felt that there was a need in the market for beautifully packaged, organic skincare that delivered, but I was also driven by my love for Morocco and desire to help the impoverished women of that country.  

BB: You are a mother.  What do you hope your children, particularly your daughter, learn from you and your venture with Kahina Giving Beauty?

KGB: I hope I set an example for them to live consciously, compassionately, and healthfully.  I hope to show them that they can create, and succeed, while helping people and the planet.

Thank you, Katharine!

Happy Shopping, Bare Beauties!


A Luzern Labs Gift for Bare Beauty Readers

I’ve written about Ayla Beauty many times (like here, here and here for starters) because it is one of the best places to shop for Green skincare; their customer service is incredible and they carry effective, hard-to-find product lines.  One of my personal favorites is Luzern Laboratories.

Luzern doesn’t use Parabens, DMDM Hydantoin, Urea, Triclosan, Phenoxyethanol, Ethanol, Denatured Alcohol, Ethyl Alcohol, Methanol, Isopropyl Alcohol, SD Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, PEG’s, Phthalates, Benzoyl Peroxide, DEA, TEA, MEA, Sulfates, Chemical Sunscreens, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Sodium Hydroxide, or Synthetic Colors, Dyes or Fragrances.  And, just in case you were wondering, according to Luzern, the Pure Cleansing Gelee is a favorite of Emma Watson, Jennifer Aniston buys the Serum V12 in multiples, and Melania Trump has the Force de Vie Creme Luxe hand-delivered to her apartment.

If you’ve been meaning to try Luzern, now is the time.  This week, Ayla is giving away a full-size Luzern Mico-Exfoliant (a $38 value) to the first 5 Bare Beauty Readers who place a $200+ Luzern order.  I thought I would tell you about some of my favorite Luzern products to help you make your selections!



I use Luzern Serum Absolut Au Vin on a daily basis and it’s a product I never want to go without.  Every time I suspend its use to experiment with something else, I’m sorry.  It’s a great AHA treatment for those who are sensitive to retinol; the exfoliating power gently reveals fresh, glowing skin while unclogging pores and minimizing fine lines.  I use it as part of my nighttime routine, but its antioxidants attack free radicals, so it’s great for day, too, as long as you wear sunscreen.  Bottom line: you won’t be sorry.  Cost: $90 for 1 oz.  Purchase it here.


Luzern La Defense SPF 30 is the daily sunscreen you’ve been waiting for.  It’s Clean, it has broad spectrum protection and it contains lots of active, anti-aging ingredients so you don’t have to wear an additional daytime anti-aging moisturizer.  And its gentle, light-weight hydration truly make it suitable for any skin type, including for those with acne, rosacea, eczema as well as those with extremely sensitive skin.  Cost: $45 for 1.3 oz.  Purchase it here.


And if you want everything Luzern La Defense has to offer plus the benefit of a tinted moisturizer, you need Luzern Bio-Suisse BB Cream.  It contains complexion-correcting mineral pigments that create a soft-focus effect and it leaves a semi-matte finish.  It is my go-to tinted moisturizer this Winter!  Cost: $55 for 1.3 oz.  Available in Light or Medium (I use Medium).  Purchase it here.


Ayla Beauty Founder, Dara Kennedy, has a funny story behind Luzern’s Force de Vie Micro-Gel:  When my skin was oily-combination, the Micro-Gel was my holy grail product.  Luzern stopped making it several years ago, and I was so devoted to it that I bought every bottle left in the country and got all of the shops/spas I bought from to ask Luzern to start making it again. Once I partnered up with them as a retailer myself, they found out what had happened!  There’s really nothing like it.  It balances oily spots and leaves skin looking dewy and glowy, but not oily in the least.  I’ve started using it myself, and I LOVE it.  It is truly a unique, amazing product.  Cost: $90 for 1 oz.  Purchase it here.



It is really difficult to find a mask that will intensely moisturize while exfoliating and brightening the skin.  Usually, you have to choose between the two or use multiple products.  Luzern’s Hydra-Enzyme Mask is like no mask I’ve ever tried.  It is a must for those will dry, lackluster complexions (that would be most of us, come Winter).  Those with aging skin will not be disappointed in this baby.  Cost: $65 for 2 oz.  Purchase it here.


La Mer fans, listen up.  This best-seller is the creme you should be using.  Luzern Force De Vie Créme Luxe combines powerful anti-aging ingredients with an intense, non-comedogenic moisturizing formula that diminishes fine lines and leaves skin feeling firm and smooth.  It has a cult-following for a reason.  Cost: $145 for 2 oz.  Purchase it here.

So, hop to it and be one of the first five – place your Luzern order now at Ayla Beauty and include “BARE BEAUTY” in the comments section for your full-size treat.  I can’t wait to hear your love letters after you become part of the Luzern Cult.


The SoGood Mom Files

Wow, two profiles in one week… Can you handle it?  Not sure I can!  My friends who started The SoGood asked me to put together a post for their very popular Mom Files column and I really loved writing it.  “What is The SoGood?” you ask.  Pretty much your best girlfriend, but more organized: it is a place where you can turn for the best of everything in your area, whether it be a solid interior designer or a chic florist.  Genius, no?!  Read on to learn more about my favorites for momma and baby.


Products That Make my Life (as a momma) Easier:

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask: I’ve probably mentioned this beta-hydroxy mask on Bare Beauty a hundred times.  Whether you are looking to glow for a big night or you need to treat a nasty breakout, this mask is THE answer.  It minimizes pores, exfoliates and dries clear, so you can walk around the house without feeling silly.  I even wear it to bed or to spinning class sometimes, which just amplifies its effects.  Cost: $55 for 1 oz.

One Love Organics Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo Powder: Conventional dry shampoo aerosol sprays are so, so bad for you, (read why here) but most powder versions fall short in the performance department.  Not this one, though: Healthy Locks is the best dry shampoo I’ve ever used.  Not only is it super-effective, it doesn’t leave hair white or chalky-feeling, (even if your hair is dark) and it smells amazing.  Cost: $12 for .8 oz.

Splurge Skincare The Rub: No more excuses for dry, flaky skin.  This is the best body scrub you’ll ever try; the sugar crystals effectively and gently exfoliate (no nasty microbeads here) and organic safflower oil, cocoa butter and shea butter moisturize without leaving skin greasy.  You won’t even need to apply body lotion after showering.  Score!  Cost: $26 for 8 oz.

Ilia Lip Conditioner (in Crimson & Clover): Since women inevitably “eat” what they wear on their lips, it’s very important that it’s free of toxins.  Ilia Beauty makes Clean, flattering, on-trend colors in elegant packaging.  My favorite Ilia product is their Lip Conditioner; it feels like lip balm and looks like lipstick.  This shade is a favorite; it perks up my complexion when I don’t have time to apply a lot of makeup.  Cost: $26.

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer:  Every woman, especially every mother, should own this illuminator from RMS Beauty.  This Clean formula is free of silicones and mineral oil and the shimmer is extremely subtle, creating a healthy-looking glow.  You don’t need a mirror to apply it because you really can’t mess it up; I dab it on the inner corners of my eyes (to fake a good night’s sleep) and on my brow and cheek bones (to fake youthful bone structure).  Cost: $38 for .17 oz.


A Few Green favorites for Baby:

Zoe Organics Diaper Balm: I use this every single time I change my daughter’s diaper and I think she’s maybe had two diaper rashes in the year she’s been alive.  This balm acts as a natural barrier,  protecting skin from moisture and bacteria.  It also contains one of my favorite, all-star ingredients, calendula.  Cost: $18 for 2 oz.

Weleda Calendula Cream Bath:  This cream bath is amazing for all babies, particularly those with eczema or other skin sensitivities.  It’s also great for the winter months; this formula is so moisturizing I don’t even need to apply lotion to her skin after bath time.  Warning: unless you’re going for the slicked-back look, do not use as shampoo!  Cost: $16.50 for 6.8 oz.

Jiva-Apoha Body Oil in Baby Jiva: This sweet almond oil base enhanced with Roman chamomile and lavender smells like heaven and the aromatherapy benefits are very real.  These essential oils have been used since the beginning of time to calm and soothe.  Sometimes, I ask Annabel if I can borrow it.  Luckily, she can’t say “no” yet.  Cost: $45 for 2 oz.

Zoe Organics Bath Wash: This foaming shampoo and body wash is ultra-gentle and smells so soft and clean, minus the synthetic perfumes and formaldehyde.  The pump is also really convenient when you’re working with a wet moving target!  Cost: $16 for 5.25 oz.

NatraBio Teething Relief Liquid: Some people say they don’t even notice when their child is teething – um, what?!  There are a lot of teething remedies out there that have failed us, but this formula does help pacify my sad little teething monster.  The formula is totally natural, homeopathic and free from sugar and alcohol.  Cost: $7.50 for 1 oz.


What are your favorite momma-beauty-hacks and products for baby?


Winter Travel Essentials

When Zero George, an historic property that also happens to be the coolest boutique hotel in Charleston, asked me to guest-blog for their Black Book, I didn’t jump, I leapt at the chance.   After all, nothing is more sustainable than historic preservation and restoration, and their property is gorgeous.  If you ever visit Charleston, it is absolutely where you should stay.  I put together a list of my Green Beauty travel necessities.  (My husband is probably rolling on the ground laughing at this list, as my actual Green Beauty travel necessity bag is ahella-lot heavier than this, but you know, if I were on a desert island…)



Many of us fantasize that when we go on a glamorous trip, we will be, well, glamorous.  Alas, most of us are mere  mortals and even if the stale plane air doesn’t make us sick en route, we arrive at our destination dehydrated and tired with lackluster skin.  So unfair, right?  Let me help you.  Here are some of my favorite Green Beauty travel essentials.

(Shown left to right, top row first.)

W3LL PEOPLE Bio Brightener Stick:  This illuminating stick can help you fake anything from high cheekbones to a good night’s sleep.  The no-fuss solid formula easily brightens skin and lasts all day long.  Cost: $34.50

One Love Organics Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo Powder: This is the best dry shampoo I’ve ever used, Green or not.  The fact that it’s not an aerosol keeps you and the environment healthier while saving space in your carry-on toiletry bag.  Cost: $12 for .8 oz.

Jurlique Rose Hand Cream: This rich, hydrating hand cream doesn’t leave my side in the winter months.  It soothes parched cuticles and fingertips and the natural rose fragrance is so uplifting.  Cost: $25 for 1.4 oz.

Kahina Giving Beauty Brightening Serum: Antioxidant-rich green tea, white lily, seaweed and argan oil protect against environmental damage while visibly brightening and evening out skin tone.  Cost: $72 for 1 oz.

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist: Vegetable glycerin and marshmallow extract hydrate and soften while rose and aloe soothe and restore balance.  Perfect in flight, after flight, or to refresh makeup throughout the day.  Cost: $34 for 3.3 oz.

Annee de Mamiel Altitude Oil: I swear by this antibacterial aromatherapy formula.  Dab a little under your nose or onto a tissue and breathe deeply to ease sinus congestion and revitalize the spirit.  Whenever I use this throughout a flight, I don’t become sick.  Cost: $42 for 10 ml.

Proud Mary Navajo Clutch/Cosmetic Bag: Charlestonian Harper Poe works with artisans in the developing world to create ethnic-modern works of art like this signature bag.  Handwoven in Guatemala.  Fair trade.  Cost: $38.

RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Smile: Whether applied to lips or cheeks or both, this sheer, coral-pink cream instantly perks up any complexion year round.  Cost: $36 for .17 oz.

EO Cleansing Hand Wipes: Pure essential oils, organic aloe vera and organic alcohol sanitize and moisturize hands on contact.  I don’t leave home without these.  Cost: $5.99

One Love Organics Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm:  This buttery balm removes makeup, cleanses skin, moisturizes dry hands and cuticles and doubles as a lip balm and eye cream all without any petroleum jelly or mineral oil.  Cost: $39 for 1.3 oz.


What are your favorite travel essentials?


LURK Made Natural Perfumes

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Sniff, sniff….  Do you smell that?  It’s synthetic fragrance.  It stinks.  Like, so bad.  If we could only pass a law that no celebrity could create a fragrance ever again… the world would smell so much better….

If you are a Green fragrance convert like myself, you frequently find yourself gagging on other people’s perfume choices.  And for those of you who would like to convert, but are afraid that you’ll smell like a pachouli-packing hippie, calm the eff down – the other side smells great!

Case in point: LURK Perfume Oils.  I wrote about them a while back and I am still a big fan.  Anne Sanford creates the most beautiful, sophisticated fragrances in her studios in Soho and Sag Harbor using only pure essential oils mixed with organic jojoba oil.  My two favorites are RSW005 and BS003.

RSW005: Warm sandalwood and earthy rose produce this androgenous scent. Smooth with a crisp citrus finish. An essential scent to slake even the most parched perfume palette.

PRJV1: Expansive layers of jasmine and rose intertwine with fresh petitgrain. Raw, unrefined, possibly debaucherous, definitely pleasing.

AS01: Notes of cedarwood, tuberose and sweet rose come together with a hint of spice to produce this slightly viscous yet subtle scent.

BS003: Dry woods mix with crisp citrus notes and sweet bergamot to produce this effervescent yet balanced fragrance.

TBPV1: Sultry florals blend seamlessly into a base of resinous black pepper. An antidote for the fragrance jaded.


In case you need a refresher course as to why synthetic fragrance is so bad for you:

  • Parabens are a synthetic preservative used in conventional perfumes.  They interfere with the production and release of hormones.
  • Phthalates are another synthetic preservative found in all synthetic fragrance.  They are bad news.  Not only are they an endocrine (hormone) disruptor, they are a known carcinogen.
  • Synthetic Musks are also an endocrine disruptor.  These can be found in air and water samples, human tissue, breast milk and umbilical cord blood.  They also cause allergies.
  • A good doctor will tell you to stop wearing (synthetic) perfume while you are pregnant.  This is always a red flag for me.  If it is harmful to the unborn baby, than it can’t be very good for us, either…


Magical Mineral Makeup: INIKA Cosmetics


Photo: Bette Walker Photography


For so many years, I was a devotee of mineral makeup.  Then, I found out there were some questionable ingredients in that brand that we all used (you know the one).  Since making the switch to Green Beauty a few years back, I’ve been loving all the Clean cream formulas, but sometimes we want something more familiar, and it’s pretty hard to screw up mineral powder…

When I met Samjhana Shrestha, founder of Embody Beauty Boutique, a few months back, I was obsessed with her beautiful face and what was on it; it was a true “I want what she’s having” moment.  Luckily, she divulged all her secrets and I learned all about INIKA Cosmetics.



INIKA’s Mineral Foundation powder is just perfect.  It provides flawless full coverage without making me looking like I’m wearing a face full of makeup.  The pure and simple ingredients won’t clog pores or irritate sensitive skin, but they do provide SPF 15.  I wear “Trust”.  Cost: $38.  Purchase it here.

Ingredients: Mica (CI 77019) May contain (+/-) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891); Zinc Oxide (CI 77947); Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499); Ultramarines (CI 77007).


INIKA’s Mineral Blush in “Blooming Nude” is everything.  It’s like a bronzer and blush in one and I am obsessed with it.  The color is super-saturated, (there are no fillers in their formula) so a little goes a long way and it stays put all day long.  I also love the satin finish; it looks so natural.  Cost: $26.  Purchase it here.

Ingredients: Mica (CI 77019); Zinc Oxide (CI 77947); May contain (+/-) Tin Oxide (CI 778161); Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891); Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499); Ultramarines (CI 77007)


 INIKA’s Mineral Eyeshadows are silky and light and can be used wet or dry.  I have super-sensitive eyes, but the pure mineral formula didn’t irritate them at all and lasted all day and into the night.  The colors are gorgeous and buildable.  A+!!!!  Cost: $16.  Purchase them here.

Ingredients: Mica (CI77019); Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891); May Contain +/- Ultramarines (CI 7707); Iron Oxides (CI 77491; CI 77491; CI 77499); Pigment Violet (CI 77742). (Eternal Marine contains Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288; CI 77289).)


Quite possibly my favorite eyeliner ever, INIKA’s Organic Eyeliner combines a Clean, non-irritating formula that glides right on and doesn’t fade or smudge (I do touch up for evening, but it lasts through the whole day).  Their colors are GORGEOUS and they each come with their own sharpening cap.  “Saphire” is my personal favorite – the whites of the eyes appear brighter, making any eye color POP.  Cost: $18.  Purchase them here.

Ingredients: Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Mica (CI 77019), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Levisticum Officinale (Black Lovage) Oil (Olus), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbic Acid, May Contain (+/-):, Iron Oxides (CI 77491) (Red), Iron Oxides (CI 77492) (Yellow), Iron Oxides (CI 77499) (Black), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Pigment Violet (CI 77742) *Certified Organic


INIKA Light Reflecting Highlighting Creme is a truly outstanding product that every woman needs in her makeup bag.  Whether you’re going to a big event or braving a sweaty summer day, this baby won’t budge, even for those with oily skin.  I also love how it can be applied precisely for a bolder effect (like on the inner corners of the eyes so I look like I’ve slept), or it can be “tapped” into the skin for a more natural, dewy appearance (like on the cheek bones).  Cost: $22.  Purchase it here.

Ingredients: Water(Aqua), Glycerin, Mica, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Citrus Grandis ( Grapefruit ) Fruit Extract, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77491, CI77492, CI 77499

Eye Makeup

Photo: Embody Beauty Boutique


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In this photo, I’m wearing INIKA Mineral Foundation in “Trust”, Mineral Blush in “Blooming Nude”, Mineral Eyeshadow in “Peach Fetish” and “Cocoa Motion” with their Organic Eyeliner in “Cocoa” on the upper lid and “Saphire” on the lower lid.  The look is topped off with INIKA’s Light Reflecting Highlighting Creme.

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In this photo I’m wearing INIKA Mineral Foundation in “Trust”, Mineral Blush in “Blooming Nude” (a less heavy-handed application than the first photo), and Mineral Eyeshadow in “Peach Fetish”, “Cocoa Motion” and  “Forest Gold”.  I used the Organic Eyeliner in “Cocoa” on the upper and lower lids and topped it with the “Forest Gold” eyeshadow and finished the look with Light Reflecting Highlighting Creme.


Mmmm, Bone Broth (?!)


So, what is the deal with bone broths?  There has been a lot of talk about them recently – take a look here and here.  Basically, drinking the broth created by boiling specific animal bones (with or without marrow, some attached meat, etc.) is said to be very beneficial to our skin, organs, adrenal glands, and much, much more.  People are calling it the fountain of youth and “the new juicing”.  Hmmm, even though this sounds kinda gross, let’s dig deeper, because I really like what juicing does for my body…

I consulted Bare Beauty’s resident naturopath, Dr. Sherri Jacobs.  This is what she had to say: “For hundreds of years, people have been making broth from the bones and leftover parts of animals. When vinegar is added, the broth becomes medicinal as the acid releases minerals and proteins from within the bones and cartilage. This virtual liquid vitamin is especially beneficial for healing and nourishing the gastrointestinal tract.”


Bones—from poultry, beef, lamb, fish or shellfish

  • cooked remnants of a previous meal, with or without skin and meat
  • raw bones, with or without skin and meat (raw bones and meat may be browned first in the oven, or in the bottom of the stockpot to enhance flavor and color) ∗ use a whole carcass or just parts (good choices include feet, ribs, necks and knuckles)

Vegetables—peelings, ends, tops and skins or entire vegetables may be used

  • celery, carrots, onions, garlic and parsley are most traditional, but any will do ∗ if added towards the end of cooking, mineral content will be higher

Vinegar—any type, (I like raw apple cider vinegar) 2 tablespoons per 1 quart water Water—cold, filtered water to cover

Combine all ingredients in a large stainless steel pot or pressure cooker. Bring to a boil and remove any scum that has risen to the top. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 6–24 hours (3-12 hours if using a pressure cooker). To reduce cooking time, smash or cut bones into small pieces before cooking. If desired, add vegetables in last half hour of cooking. Strain through a colander or sieve lined with cheesecloth for a clearer broth. If uncooked meat was used to start with, reserve the meat for soup or salads.

If you wish to remove the fat, use a gravy separator while the broth is warm or skim the fat off the top once refrigerated. Cold broth will gel when sufficient gelatin is present. Broth may be frozen for months or kept in the refrigerator for about 5 days.



∗ As a base for making soup.
∗ Use broth in place of water to cook grains or beans.
∗ Simply add salt and sip broth like tea. This is especially nice in the winter or if you’re feeling sick.

Adapted by Stephanie Maxson and Anne Buzzelli from Traditional Bone Broth in Modern Health and Disease by Allison Siebecker (The Townsend Letter, February/March 2005), and from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon (New Trends, 1999).

Here is an awesome post about bone broths on Nourished Kitchen, too.

What do you think?  Are you already a fan?  Are you going to try it?  Are you a vegan and totally opposed and offended?


La Bella Figura: More Than Makeup




Have you found yourself wishing that your makeup was not just harmless to your skin, but actually active and nourishing?  This past summer, La Bella Figura Beauty launched More Than Makeup, and it is just that.  Already a Green Beauty brand with a killer skincare line (complete with a cult following), the ladies at La Bella Figura decided they wanted to create makeup infused with the same antioxidants, rich omegas and breathable plant waxes that they’ve been working with for ages.


Radiant Creme Blush in “Disco Queen Gloria”


The Radiant Créme Blush in Disco Queen Gloria is the perfect neutral-rose-gold.  The texture is really lovely; it is emollient, but not at all greasy.  Kakadu Plum Extract offers a high source of complete vitamin C, a potent free radical scavenger, while Cupuacu Butter seals in moisture.  I used it on my lips, cheeks, and eyes for a monochromatic look and it was so pretty.  Cost: $36.  Purchase it here.

Ingredients: Camellia Oleifera (Camellia Seed Oil)*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Trichilia Emetica (Marfura) Butter, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Butter, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Cetearly Olivate (and) Sorbitan Olivate (Olive Wax), Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Wax, Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Powder, Kaolinite (White Clay) Powder, Opuntia Ficus Indica (Barbary Fig) Seed Oil*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract, Terminalia Ferinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Oil, Schisandra Sphenanthera (Schisandra) Fruit CO2 Extract, Bertholletia Excelsa Flower Extract,  Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower CO2 Extract*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract*, May Contain-(+/-Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491, (Mica) CI 77019 .  *Certified Organic



Golden Corrective Highlighter in “Brazilian Denise”

The Golden Corrective Highlighter in Brazilian Denise looks SO gold in the compact, but don’t let it scare you off.  I really thought that there would be no way I could pull it off without a tan.  However, the color goes on sheer and is very build-able.  I love the texture and it gives my skin the most subtle shimmer.  I applied it to my brow and cheek bones, down the bridge of my nose, the inner corners of my eyes and a little on the cupid’s bow of my upper lip and it lasted for hours and hours.  Cost: $38.  Purchase it here.

Ingredients: Camellia Oleifera (Camellia Seed Oil)*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Trichilia Emetica (Marfura) Butter, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Butter, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Cetearly Olivate (and) Sorbitan Olivate (Olive Wax), Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Wax, Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Powder, Kaolinite (White Clay) Powder, Opuntia Ficus Indica (Barbary Fig) Seed Oil*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract, Terminalia Ferinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Fruit Oil, Arnica Montana (Arnica) Flower CO2, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower CO2 Extract*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract*, May Contain-(+/-Titanium Dioxide CI 77019, Iron Oxides CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Mica CI 77019.  *Certified Organic 

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Kahina Giving Beauty Fez Hand and Body Balm



My hands are officially dry and chapped.  I guess there is no turning back now; Winter is on it’s way.  Sniff, sniff….  I know I’m not alone here.  We all try to apply hand cream throughout the day, but between flu season and dirty dishes it just gets washed off.  The answer: Kahina Giving Beauty’s Fez Hand and Body Balm, a nighttime treatment for hands with stress-relieving aromatherapy built right in.  This rich, velvet-y balm contains carrot seed oil, shea butter, coconut oil and mango nut butter as well as olive and argan oils that moisturize all night long, baby.  It is also infused with one of my personal favorite all-star ingredients, calendula, which calms and soothes irritated skin.

As the last part of my nighttime ritual, I rub this into my parched hands (and elbows, and feet) and not only does the moisture sink right in, the signature Fez scent whisks me away to somewhere much more serene and exotic than an iPhone of unanswered emails.  In fact, I think I will go huff some now.  Night-night.

Cost: $48 for 1 oz.  Purchase it here.

Ingredients: olea europaea (olive) fruit oil*, argania spinosa (argan) oil*, apis mellifera (beeswax) wax*, cocos nucifera (coconut) nut oil*, butyrospermum parkii (shea) nut butter*, mangifera indica (mango) nut butter, daucus carota (carrot) seed oil, rosa damascena (rose) flower oil*, citrus bergamia (bergamot) peel oil, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower oil, citrus paradisi (pink grapefruit) peel oil, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) leaf/flower oil*, backhousia citriodora (lemon myrtle) leaf oil, pogostemon cablin (patchouli) leaf oil, santalum spicatum (sandalwood) wood oil, melissa officinalis (balm) leaf extract, vetiveria zizanioides (vetiver) root oil, eugenia caryophyllus (clove) bud oil*, calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract*, cuminum cyminum (cumin) seed oil, citrullus lanatus (watermelon) seed oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*

*Ingredient from Organic Farming

100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin; 97% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming

Formula certified natural and Organic by ECOCERT Greenlife according to ECOCERT Standard available at


Bare Beauty’s Best Spot Treatments



Everyone gets a zit once in a while (some of us more often than others, ahem).  Conventional blemish creams aren’t just toxic, (especially during pregnancy, read your labels!!) they over-dry and damage the skin.  Instead, try one of my favorite Clean spot treatments – find the best one for you below.

Osmia Organics Spot Treatment combats bacteria and inflammation with powerful essential oils while evening primrose oil soothes and heals the skin.  This product works best on pimples that are close to the surface and it should be applied 3-5 times per day (under and over makeup).  Cost: $22 for .16 oz.  Purchase it here.

Naturopathica Moss Blemish Treatment works great on deep, cystic pimples as well as blackheads.  Ever wish you could apply a clay mask to a zit and still walk around in public?  I just answered your prayer.  This stuff dries clear!  Cost: $58 for 1.7 oz.  Purchase it here.

Medik8 betaGel attacks and kills even the worst blemishes without over-drying the skin.  Cost: $68 for .5 oz.  Purchase it here.

Indie Lee Blemish Stick works best on blemishes that actually need to be dried out.  It’s also easy to apply on the go.  Cost: $28 for .33 oz.  Purchase it here.

The Organic Pharmacy Blemish Gel is super-gentle, making it perfect for those with sensitive skin or those who are pregnant.  It is also a great product to use on a zit that has erupted and needs help to heal.  Cost: $39 for .3 oz.  Purchase it here.

Do you have any Green favorites that I missed?