Five Easy Green Beauty Switch-Outs at The Detox Market

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Happy Friday!  If you haven’t read yesterday’s post about Valerie Grandury’s inspiring breast cancer journey, do that now.  Then, start shopping for prevention!  The five products that you should switch out, like, yesterday are deodorant, body lotion, shampoo and conditioner, lipstick and perfume.  Here are some of my favorites, all available at The Detox Market.  Don’t forget, shop through the end of October and get 10% off with code BAREBEAUTY10.

 

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1. DEODORANT

Conventional deodorants and antiperspirants contain aluminum, a non-essential heavy metal that is toxic to our bodies.  Studies have shown aluminum to be present in breast cancer tissue.  Going au naturel with deodorant can be a stinky experiment, but you’ll have nothing to worry about if you use Soapwalla Deodorant Cream.  It’s Clean and it works all day long, even during exercise.  Cost: $14.  Purchase it here.

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2. BODY LOTION

Our skin is our largest organ.  What we put on our bodies goes into our bloodstream within minutes and most conventional body lotions contain mineral oil, parabens and phthalates, among other toxic ingredients.  Switching out to Florame Almond Body Lotion is a no-brainer.  It moisturizes well, absorbs quickly and it smells great.  Cost: $28.  Purchase it here.

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3. SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER

Our most porous skin is on our scalp and our skin is even more permeable when wet, so we really need to think about what we wash our hair with!  I wrote a full review on Josh Rosebrook Shampoo & Conditioner.  They are awesome!  Cost: $30 each.  Purchase them here.

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4. LIPSTICK

Conventional lipstick is loaded with toxins like aluminum, mercury, lead, parabens, phthalates, and synthetic color and flavor.  And it’s been proven that the average woman “eats” about seven pounds of lipstick in her lifetime.  Instead, use Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner (Nobody’s Baby, shown), which is rich in jojoba and sunflower seed oil.  Cost: $26.  Purchase it here.

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5. PERFUME

Conventional perfumes contain phthalates, neurotoxins and endocrine-disrupting synthetics and it’s not just affecting you; it’s affecting your baby, your coworkers, etc.  Smelling like a hippie is not the only alternative; LURK Perfume Oils (AS01, shown) are not just natural, they’re luxurious, sophisticated and smell like heaven!  Cost: $55.  Purchase it here.

I hope you will “make the switch” with at least one product this month in the name of prevention!  Have a great weekend!

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Survivor: Valerie Grandury of The Detox Market

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I want to start off by saying that I have a love-hate relationship with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Aren’t we all very aware that Breast Cancer exists?  We have all been touched by this heinous disease and we all know that we need to do regular self-exams and get mammograms.  I wish we could rename October Breast Cancer Prevention Month, as we should be talking about the many prophylactic measures we can take to keep ourselves healthy.  Take a cue from this inspirational woman:

When Valerie Grandury was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in 2004, she felt healthy.  She had loads of energy and  didn’t eat processed foods – how could she have cancer?  Being the proactive go-getter that she is, she did not dwell on that question for very long.  Instead, she got to work.  Valerie underwent a mastectomy and received chemotherapy, and she was also prescribed to complete six months of radiation as well as five years of Tamoxiphen.  However, her immune system was so compromised after the chemo that her doctors told her to take a few weeks off.  She respected and trusted her doctors, but knew there had to be some holistic remedies she could utilize in conjunction with Western medicine.  She went to the Optimum Health Institute to recuperate and ended up staying for the three week certification program.  Valerie came back a changed woman and told her doctors, “I feel better than ever and I know what I need to do.  Give me six months without the prescribed meds.”  They thought she was crazy, but she wanted some control over her own body.  She began practicing yoga and meditation daily and became a raw vegan and stuck to it every day for six months.  And….it worked.  She’s been cancer-free ever since and enjoys every single day as a blessing.

Valerie swears that a positive attitude is the difference between life and death.  I told her that I thought going raw vegan must have been difficult. (I tried it for a week.  I liked it, but I also like broiled salmon and hot soup.)  She said, “It’s a lot easier than chemo.  If your life depends on it, the decision is easy”.  Wow, well, that puts things into perspective.

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Valerie was still feeling inspired and she just wasn’t finished being a breast-cancer-surviving-bad-ass.  She became a certified health and wellness coach and discovered that the expensive French face cream she had been using for years was loaded with parabens, mineral oil, and other nasty synthetic ingredients.  So, she started mixing products for herself.  Her long career in television commercial production taught her how to “scout” just about anything anywhere in the world whether it was locations, talent, etc.  She decided to “scout” ingredients: seaweed from Ireland, tamanu oil from Madagascar, you name it.  Her skin transformed and her friends and clients became jealous; they wanted in.  She started selling her freshly-made potions and Odacité (audacity en anglais) was born.  Of course, she wasn’t finished.  Once clients trusted her with their skincare needs, they wanted to know what makeup brands were safe, luxurious and effective.  They wanted new shampoo, nail polish, etc.  That’s when The Detox Market was born.

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Odacité and The Detox Market contribute to two breast cancer charities all year long: Lipstick Angels and Living Beauty.  Check these small charities out, they are awesome!  Both focus on teaching women to nurture themselves and the power of positive thinking.

Not because I benefit from it, not because Valerie benefits from it, but because we both genuinely care about women’s health, we are teaming up to offer 10% off your purchase from The Detox Market through the end of October with the coupon code BAREBEAUTY10.  Orders over $80 qualify for free shipping and all other orders ship for $4.99.  You won’t be charged tax unless you are in California.  Please, treat yourself to a Clean product you’ve been meaning to switch out.  Treat your mom, your sister, a girlfriend.  Buy them something that will make them feel beautiful and actually benefit their health.  Invest in prevention.

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Shop My Favorites

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Like a kid in a candy shop…

I’ve been meaning to put up a shop-able page of all my favorite essentials that I use on a daily basis and it’s finally here!  Many of you have asked for my go-to’s, so I’ve done my best to digitally curate my personal collection.  I hope you find it helpful.  While some products will stay on this page forever, others may rotate as I discover/fall in love with new miracle-workers, so check back often!

That is all for today.  I hope this week is kind to you.  :)

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Experiment with Color: Kjaer Weis

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Oh my, how Kirsten Kjaer Weis never disappoints.  First of all, her packaging is so pretty, you’ll never again want to scurry to the ladies room to touch up your lips; these compacts are meant to be seen.  And kept – they are all refillable.

I have to be honest, Kjaer Weis’ new colors didn’t seem like they would work for my skin tone.  The pale creamy-rose blush and forest green shadow seemed better suited to the fair-skinned, platinum haired wood nymph-type than my olive skin and brown eyes.  But, after being a fan for years, I’ve experienced first-hand how universally-flattering all Kjaer Weis cosmetics are, and these proved to be no different.

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I had an event to go to tonight, (Hampden Clothing’s Fall fashion show and cocktail party, always so fun) so I jumped at the chance to dress up and actually spend more than five minutes on my makeup.  The Kjaer Weis Green Depth Eye Shadow really intimidated me; it seemed so intense in the compact.  However, like all Kjaer Weis’ eyeshadows, it went on like a sheer color wash (not too warm, not too cool) and I was able to build the intensity to my liking with a few layers.  Instead of fumbling with the contouring nightmare of five colors, I used the same color on the lid, in the crease and to line the eye – so easy!  Cost: $45 with the compact, $27 without.  Purchase it here.

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I cannot believe how much I love the Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Embrace.  Instead of looking too pale, it looked real, like I wasn’t wearing blush at all.  I decided to wear it on my lips, too.  This is the perfect product for when you want to achieve a monochromatic, no-makeup look, or when you want to play up your eyes, like I did.  Cost: $56 with the compact, $32 without.  Purchase it here.

Forgive my hasty iPhone pics.  I had an 11-month-old at my ankles literally pulling my skirt down during my “photoshoot’.  Next time, I am going to go this route when getting ready:

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Happy weekend!

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Meow, wow!

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So, in case you’ve been living under a rock, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  In my opinion, to protect your health, one of the top three products you absolutely MUST switch out is your deodorant.  (Read all about why conventional deodorant is so bad for you in this prior blog post.)

There are a lot of natural deodorants out there, and different formulas work for different people.  Be prepared to try a few before you find “the one”.  In my case, I’ve tried about seven.  Two of them were awesome.  They kept me smelling good, even after vigorous exercise.  However, their baking soda-heavy formulas gave me a red, itchy rash on my underarms.  I was so bummed.  I’ve been on the hunt ever since.

Meow Meow Tweet came to my rescue: they developed a baking soda-free deodorant cream in a light grapefruit scent.  If you have sensitive skin, this is for you; their new formula is super-effective and so gentle.  I’ve used it directly after shaving with no problem and the protection lasts a full 24 hours.  It even stands up to hot yoga classes (while I am sure I don’t smell like I just stepped out of the shower after a 90-minute class, I don’t smell like bad B.O. either).  Bottom line: this stuff works and it’s become a Bare Beauty staple.  My search is over!  Cost: $13 for 2.4 oz.  Purchase it here.

Ingredients: arrowroot powder*, shea butter*, magnesium hydroxide, virgin coconut oil*, jojoba oil*, grapefruit*, bergamot*, lemon* and sweet orange* essential oils.  *Organic

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Good For You Friday: Fall Favorites

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Isn’t Fall  just so darn seductive?  While I’m a summertime gal at heart, I really love this season and all its cozy, spicy goodness.  Here are a few of my favorite seasonal recipes from past posts.  (They are all cleanse friendly (!))

Creamy Turmeric Tea

In case you missed this one last week, here it is again.  It is SO good and you absolutely need to try it.

Gwyneth’s Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

Tastes like it’s really bad for you – meaning it’s really delicious.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

No protein powder.  Just whole fruits and veggies.  Super-yum.

Hearty Autumn Salad

Also a la Gwyneth.  Very satisfying.

Butternut Squash Soup

Much better than it sounds.  I make this Giada recipe all the time in the cooler months.

Now, get cookin’.

Happy weekend!

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The Natural Beauty Files: Spirit Demerson of Spirit Beauty Lounge

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Spirit Demerson at SBL HQ

Way back before Green Beauty was a movement, and before almost anyone but the hippie set analyzed the ingredients in their beauty and personal products, there was Spirit Demerson.  A former model, business and cosmetology student, store manager, artist, and even computer programmer, Spirit is a sponge for information and loves to learn about and research whatever she can get her hands on.  Studying each of these passions fittingly prepared Spirit for her true calling: the launch Spirit Beauty Lounge, the first multi-brand luxury online destination for Clean beauty, in 2008.  There, she set the bar for us all, and still maintains the very highest standards for health, efficacy and aesthetics.  We met up while I was in New York a few weeks ago and she is seriously even more stunning in person – her skin is, like, whoa, I’ll have what she’s having…  But more importantly, she is warm, kind and gracious.  Her name fits her perfectly.

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A soon-to-be-released perfume…

BB: What inspired you to begin and what kept you going when it got tough?

SD: Pure passion for the products inspired me.  When it gets tough, invariably someone calls in or sends a card in the mail to thank us for doing what we do.  Women who’s lives we can make better by cultivating the products we do – they inspire me to keep going through the tough times. 

BB: What is your number one piece of advice for women who aspire to become an entrepreneur?

SD: If you even want to, you’ve probably got the DNA to do it.  It’s a gutsy, driven, hard-working, passionate person who wants to be an entrepreneur.  If that’s who you are, you will probably be rewarded with some level of success and accomplishment in whatever you do – so do it!

BB: Your skin looks immortal!  How do you keep it looking so good?  Are there rituals or products that you swear by?

SD: Aw shucks thank you! I’ve reached the age where my friends keep asking if I’ve botoxed. I have to furrow my brow to prove to them that it’s not frozen, it’s just preserved!  I’ve been using organic anti-aging skin care, and sunscreen religiously  for over 12 years now. I still struggle more than anything with dark circles and hyperpigmentation ( hence the extreme sun avoidance) but the skin care really works! There are so many products I find very effective. The important thing is remembering to use them – not occasionally, not when your skin starts to look bad, but every single day – and if you can, start young.  I’ve found the MUN No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum to be awesome at reducing my dark circles, the Yüli Cell Perfecto PM to help noticeably with pigmentation, and the Amala Advanced Firming Complex to literally make forehead lines and laugh lines disappear. They’re among the most potent, effective products in my routine, which does include several more!

BB: What else do you do to take care of yourself?

SD: Green juice is a big part of my health routine. I started a diet of 3-4 juices or smoothies and one meal a day a couple years ago and it’s really great for me for feeling energetic and nourished and balanced. I know it’s not for everyone and I think there is something to your Ayurvedic dosha where it may be better for you to eat other types of foods and not just have green juice all day, but for me it’s awesome.  I also take the Pure Synergy Organic Prenatal  daily supplement.  I go to Crossfit 4 times a week and regretfully don’t do nearly as much yoga or meditation as I know I should. 

BB: What does Green Beauty still need?  Anything you wish existed?

SD: We’ve come so far – I honestly never have the conventional beauty “cravings” I used to have.  I would like to see more cleansing oil options and more hair oils, and a luxury body care line, but I have a feeling they’re all coming :)

BB: If you only have time to apply one cosmetic, it’s:

SD: I’ve been wearing my signature berry lip shade since I was 14!  Same with nails and toes. I know it’s bad to get stuck in a beauty rut but it’s me – it’s my color and I’m rarely caught without some version of it on.  Everyone who knows me knows my lip.  I also think lipstick is so transformational.  If it’s a bad hair day and all my good clothes are in the laundry, it’s jeans, tshirt, ballet flats and a bold lip = instant glamour.

BB: What is next for SBL?  Anything in the works that you can tell us about?  Any launches you are excited for?

SD: You know I always try to be like Apple and wait for the Big Reveal rather than say anything but we do have a new content website launching where you’ll be able to get all the tips, tutorials, inspiration and education for living an elevated, beautiful green lifestyle.  I’m really excited about it.  We also have a few new lines creating exclusive capsule collections for SBL. It’s going to be wonderful!

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Some of my favorites

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Dressing table-worthy packaging from Vered

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And if you don’t know about SBL’s sample program…

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Now you know.  It’s AWESOME.

By the way, if you are unsure of what color will suit you, whether a moisturizer will be too heavy, etc. try SBL’s sample program: 6 generous samples for $25.  I’ve found some of my favorites this way.

Thank you, Spirit, for letting us take a peak into the “lounge”!

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Bare Beauty Post Summer Round-up

Happy Wednesday, Bare Beauties!  Head on over to the Marysia Swim blog this morning to read my guest post.

Summer is over, which brings a new set of beauty challenges.  It’s time to tackle sun damage and dry skin; your summer makeup is probably not looking so fresh anymore, either.  It’s time to switch it up!

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  1. Kahina Giving Beauty Brightening Serum fades stubborn sunspots and melasma in six weeks flat, just in time for holiday parties!  (use AM and PM for best results)
  2. Yuli Skincare’s Metamorphic Elixir contains naturally occurring hyaluronic acid, which pulls moisture deep into the skin.  It amps up the power of any moisturizer or serum you’re already using and it smells amazing.  The perfect toner.  (use AM & PM immediately after cleansing)
  3. Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Facial Sunscreen and Primer is great under makeup.  Just because it’s not summer doesn’t mean you can go unprotected!
  4. Kjaer Weiss Eye Shadow in Magnetic is the perfect neutral for all skin tones and the gorgeous compact is refillable.
  5. Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner in Arabian Nights is the fool-proof way to a berry lip that won’t dry out – looks like lipstick, feels like lip balm.

 

Thanks for having me, Marysia! xx

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The Perfect Tool for Perfect Skin

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I don’t normally write about beauty tools, but just in case you don’t already swear by it, I am going to do you a solid and tell you all about the The Pure Beautyblender.  I started using this magical makeup sponge about a month ago and it has totally changed the way makeup looks on my face – as in, you can’t really tell that I have any on when I use it.

I thought that would get your attention!  What sets this makeup sponge apart from the rest is that it doesn’t have edges, so it doesn’t leave streaks or lines on your pretty face.  And, unlike using your fingers, it doesn’t “smear” makeup on or leave it sitting on top of the skin.

Suggested Usage:
– Remove your dry Beautyblender from its canister.
– Saturate your Beautyblender with a lot of cold water until full size is achieved.
– Gently squeeze excess water out and dry with clean towel.
– Dip damp beautyblender into skincare or makeup of choice.
– Stipple or “bounce” motion onto skin until you achieve desired coverage.
– Store beautyblender pure on top of its reusable canister.
– The beautyblender pure will shrink, and when it is dry, you can put back into open canister.

Other tips:  You can use the Beautyblender with liquid, cream or powder makeup and I also love using the small tip to clean up the eye area when I’ve finished doing my eye makeup.  The round bottom portion is perfect for applying makeup to larger areas, like the forehead.  Wash your Beautyblender after every single use, ladies.  Bacteria ain’t pretty!  Cost: $20.  Purchase it here.

The Pure Beautyblender is free of synthetic dyes and it’s also latex-free.  This sponge lasts forever, but at the end of its life, you can send your trusty lil’ guy to be recycled:

Rea.deeming Beauty, Inc./beautyblender
3864 Courtney Street, Suite 280
Bethlehem, PA 18017

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Healthy Chocolate?

 

IMG_2287I’m going to make this short.  If you love chocolate, but you feel like you can’t stop at one piece, you need to try Living Raw Organic Chocolate Truffles.  They are rich, delicious and they are dairy freeeeeee!!!  (And raw, vegan, organic, non-GMO and gluten-free.)  There are only three in a package and they aren’t cheap, ($5) but that combined with the fact that they’re so satisfying gives me some kind of magical willpower.

I mean, look at the nutrition facts.  There is no reason to feel guilty for eating one of these.

  • Calories: 60
  • Total Fat: 3.5g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 9g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 5g
  • Protein: 1g

Ingredients: Organic Cacao Powder, Organic Cacao Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Agave, Organic Vanilla, Pink Himalayan Sea Salt.

Your skinny ass can thank me later :)