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72 “Free From” Skincare Products that Deserves Some Serious Attention in 2018

The best free from skincare products in 2018

72 “Free From” Skincare Products that Deserves Some Serious Attention in 2018

Natural. Green. Organic. Clean. The time has come for beauty to evolve. What better way to do that than realizing that choosing organic and natural ingredients it the best choice for skincare products?

We believe that all-natural, organic skincare ingredients such as the precious antioxidants found in natural oils, butters and pure herbal extracts are better for us (and the environment!) than their synthetic and toxic alternatives. And we’re happy to let you know that we’re not the only ones thinking like this.

The ‘Free From Skincare Awards’ are celebrating the best “free from” skincare products and artisans, bringing you a list of the most wanted organic, all-natural products you should incorporate in your daily beauty routine.  

Each product is subject to testing and careful examination to ensure that in the development process only natural and organic ingredients as well as pure essential oils and butters are being used. The judges are not only mindful of those who have skin allergies, sensitivities and other health concerns but they also focus on finding all-natural and nontoxic complex formulas your skin can passionately enjoy…as well as whether or not the product is worth the money!

The list of award-winning skincare products contains some of the best products on the planet, free from parabens, paraffin, mineral oils, any synthetic chemicals, never tested on animals and eco-friendly.

 

 

Best Free From Skincare Product 2018

 

 

FreeFrom Achievement Award 2018

 

 

 

Best FreeFrom Skincare Brand 2018

 

Gold:

Green People

Silver:

SenSpa

Bronze:

Bloomtown

 

 

Family Skincare 2018

 

 

 

Men’s Grooming 2018:

 

 

 

Problem Skin 2018

 

Skin Food

 

 

Hair Care 2018

 

 

 

Body Care (Leave On) 2018

 

 

 

Body Care (Take Off) 2018

 

 

 

Oils and Oil-based Serums 2018

 

 

 

Make-Up 2018

 

 

 

Hand – Nail and Foot Care 2018

 

Enriching Spelt Hand Cream

 

 

Hard Soaps 2018

 

 

 

Lip Balms 2018

 

 

 

Face Care (Leave On) 2018

 

Bronze:

Lavera – Hydro Effect Serum

Calming Rose Super Tonic

 

 

Face Care (Wash Off) 2018

 

 

 

Fresh and Fragrant 2018

 

These products were made to help you look good and feel good. And when you feel good, you’re unstoppable. If natural beauty is your thing too, these are the brands that are making the difference between natural organic beauty and the alternative.

Looking for even more options? See the winners of CertClean’s 2017 Clean Beauty Awards or, if you’re looking for face moisturizers, see this ultimate list of 70+ face moisturizers that are going for “win” the 2018 Clean Beauty Awards this year. Are you ready to transform your skin and your life? Have you tried any of these award-winning products?

The Ultimate List Of All-Natural, Organic Face Moisturizers

The Ultimate List Of All-Natural, Organic Face Moisturizers

The Ultimate List Of All-Natural, Organic Face Moisturizers

Mother nature has a cure for almost anything and, lately, more and more beauty and skincare products are keeping their ingredient choices as close to the earth as possible. Maybe it’s the self-care, self-love vibe you can’t stop hearing about everywhere, but the all-natural beauty is in vogue now, more than ever.

One thing is for sure. Over the years we’ve become more aware of our decisions about what we allow on our skin and we’re looking to know exactly what the jars, tubs and bottles in our bathroom and dressing tables contain. It’s no surprise that with these demands, the organic skincare beauty market is blooming and hundreds of skincare brands have formed to meet your demands for safe, organic, natural beauty products.

Now, with lots of options along with misleading labels or brands that are outright greenwashing, it is still difficult to stay away from all chemicals that are so harmful not only to your skin but your entire body, and the process of having to find the real organic products you can use without worrying about the ingredients can be overwhelming.

These face care brands you’re about to read represent a mix of natural organic, non-toxic ingredients that are as good for the planet and your health as they are for your skin. Consider these 70+ nontoxic face moisturizers some of the best in the clean beauty industry — these are some of the natural / organic / nontoxic beauty heroes that have entered CertClean’s Clean Beauty Awards this year!

alenti - Liquid Rose Gold Night Serum

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AveSeena – Ageless Perfection Cream

Holy grail!

My holy grail! I use it under my makeup o r at night. I really love that it is a multitasker and can be used day/night. I don’t have time for million different creams. I want one that actually works. This cream feels so amazing on my skin. It really works practically overnight on my dry skin and how it looks in the morning is too good to be true…

Allison

What really counts is what they don’t use: no fragrances, no parabens, no siloxanes, or other unnecessary chemicals. With that settled, you can now indulge in our list with the best and brightest stars of green beauty. We hope we’ve given you a hand in choosing the best natural and organic beauty treats for your beautiful face.

We hope these nontoxic face moisturizers will make you feel better about what you’re putting on your beautiful face. If you’re looking for organic / natural cream, paraben-free makeup or the best natural body moisturizer, there are plenty of choices you can find here – The List of Award-Winning Products from 2017 

Are you ready to take the plunge into natural beauty?

Every winning product of the 2017 Clean Beauty Awards

Clean Beauty Awards 2017 Past Winners

Every winning product of the 2017 Clean Beauty Awards

Looking for soft, smooth and seriously hydrated skin from head to toe? Looking to tame your mane? Makeup with lasting power? All without the nasty chemicals? Look at the winners of CertClean’s annual Clean Beauty Awards – the industry’s benchmark for celebrating the best in “free from” nontoxic skincare, make-up and hair care; a panel of 85+ independent judges slathered, lathered and bathed their way through close to 250 different products to determine the best performing products for 2017 – here are the winners in each of the 14 categories.
 
 
Clean Beauty Awards 2017 - The Best Face Wash

Best Face Wash of 2017: Moor Spa’s Salicylic Cleanser

  • Rating: 5.00 out of 5 Stars based on 1 Review
  • Certification: CertClean
Clean Beauty Awards 2017 - The Best Body Care

Best Body Care of 2017: Pure Bath & Body’s Body Butter

(Product no longer available)
  • Rating: 4.00 out of 5 Stars based on 71 Reviews
  • Certification: CertClean

Perfect for winter!

It absorbs quickly and leaves your skin feeling soft and smelling great. Seems like the perfect product for the upcoming winter months!

Lisa

Love it!

This body butter is amazing. It moisturizes my skin surprisingly and it is not too sticky. love it.

Jessie L

Super hydrating!

I love this body butter! It’s hydrating, especially for the winter months. It has a citrus scent and lasts for over 12 hours! I’ll definitely repurchase this again.

Bonnie
Clean Beauty Awards 2017- The best Eye Care

Best Eye Care of 2017: Good Karma Skincare’s Age Defying Four-in-One Face Cream

  • Rating: 5.00 out of 5 Stars based on 12 Reviews
  • Certification: CertClean

Most luxurious product

4-in-1 is the most luxurious product I have ever used, and I would not be without it. It feels light and nourishing going on, and my skin glows right away. My skin loves this stuff!

Sheila

Highly recommend!

After 3 weeks of using it I saw a noticeable difference in the quality of my skin, specifically the tone and softness. It also feels and smells great going on. It is rich in moisture, but not too heavy. I use it for day and night, and it doesn’t clog my pores. Highly recommend!

Tiffany

Pure and powerful

My skin is nourished and healthy. I see and feel a difference.
Emotionally, it’s huge – I know every ingredient – is good for me – and the energy, intention and vibration it holds is pure and powerful, too.

Debbie
Clean Beauty Awards 2017 - The Best Odour Care
Clean Beauty Awards 2017 - The Best Hair Wash

Best Hair Wash of 2017: Chorus Supernatural’s Volumize

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  • Certification: CertClean
Clean Beauty Awards 2017 - The Best Hair Treatment

Best Hair Treatment of 2017: Carina Organics’ Sweet Pea Leave In Conditioner

  • Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 Reviews
  • Certification: CertClean

Love the way it feels!

I have medium length unruly hair! Naturally curly on top and a frizz bomb mess underneath. I am now using both the shampoo and conditioner and love the way my hair feels. The conditioner coats your hair well and leaves it soft and shiny. My hair feels so clean and I love that it is all natural.

Cindy

Silky and shiny!

This conditioner made my hair super silky and shiny. The fragrance is a delight! Love it!

Taiana V.

Officially a Carina convert!

I have officially become a Carina convert! I have been using the Sweetpea shampoo and conditioner for months after seeing that it was CertClean certified and have recommended it to all my friends. This conditioner leaves my hair silky and isn’t too heavy. Love that it is a natural product and a Canadian company! My husband uses the unscented line and loves it just as much.

Amanda
Clean Beauty Awards 2017 - The Best Eyeliner

Best Eye Liner of 2017: Zorah biocosmetiques’ Liquid Black Eyeliner

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  • Certification: EcoCert
Clean Beauty Awards 2017 - The Best Lip Gloss

Best Lip Gloss of 2017: MarieNatie’s Lip Gloss

  • Rated 4.67 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
  • Certification: CertClean

So many things to love!

There are so many things I love about this lipgloss. Firstly, like the cute packaging. Next, when you open your lipgloss and smell it (at least this was my experience), it smells so nice..
It’s fun applying it anyways and makes me feel pretty 🙂

Sofiya

Keeps my lips hydrated!

It is nice to have such a high pigmented gloss that also nourishes the lips. When I don’t have a lip butter/balm handy, I’m incredibly grateful to have this lip gloss as it keeps my lips hydrated!

Jenise

Feels really nice!

Pros: the lipstick has good pigment and coverage, feels really nice on the lips (it is not drying, quite moisturizing), and smells amazing!

Cons: none that I can think of so far! I really liked this product.

Nisha
It’ll be interesting to see who the winners are for 2018 – the 4th annual Clean Beauty Awards! Turning every inch of our skin into supple perfection – yet leaving out the harmful chemicals – is getting easier and easier thanks to all the movers and shakers in the industry.
For more information: www.cleanbeautyawards.com.
Do tell your favourite brands about the Awards!

Kaolin, The Unbelievable Benefits You Had No Idea About

Kaolin, The Unbelievable Benefits You Have No Idea About

Kaolin, The Unbelievable Benefits You Had No Idea About

Ever heard of Kaolin? At PurPicks, we started noticing this soft, white, powdery substance in more and more of the natural products from our brands, and it’s no wonder — kaolin has been used throughout the world for centuries in all kinds of ways! Porcelain, rubber, paint, paper, you name it, there’s probably kaolin involved. When it comes to beauty products, you can find kaolin used as an exfoliant to aid in purifying the skin and, in serums and masks, this ingredient is a godsend for clearing pores and keeps you from feeling too oily or too dry. Below are a few products containing kaolin that PurPicks’ health conscious community can’t resist:

1. Alaska Glacial Mud – Glacial Facial Purifying Mineral Mud Masque – Unscented

Facial Mask

  • Rating: 4.55 out of 5 Stars (22 Reviews)
  • Certification: CertClean
Alaska Glacial Mud - Glacial Facial Purifying Mineral Unscented

So gentle and refreshing!

I have the most sensitive skin and this is one of the only products I’ve found that I can enjoy. So gentle and refreshing. Feel like I’m having a special spa day from my own home.  10 stars!

Vivian

Leaves the skin fresh and clean!

I have dry skin. This mask is great! It leaves the skin looking fresh and clean.

Bonnie

Felt like I was at a spa!

Easy to apply. You could start to feel it working right away. It has a warming type sensation on your skin. Felt like I was at a spa. Easily washes off. My skin felt smooth and soft after. I am not normally a person who does masks but I really enjoyed this one. I also love the ingredients.

Shelly

2. Om Organics – Dry Shampoo

Haircare

  • Rating: 4.00 out of 5 Stars (59 Reviews)
  • Certification: CertClean
Om Organics Dry Shampoo

Feels natural on the scalp!

I don’t like the smell, yet it performs so well that I just forgot about the smell #lol. Very light weight, and feels natural on the scalp.

Sarah

Gave my hair a natural look!

It performs very well! I have dark hair and I was concerned about the white powder but it disappears very fast. Gave my hair a natural look with no need to wash with water. I really liked!

Taiana

Recommended!

I would definitely recommend anyone who have oily hair to try this product, it is very helpful.

Christina

3. Immersion Botanica – Fruit & Grains Facial Cleanser

Facial Cleanser

  • Rating: 4.47 out of 5 Stars (19 Reviews)
  • Certification: CertClean
Immersion Botanica Fruit and Grains Facial Cleanser

Fantastic!

This product was fantastic! I loved how it left my skin feeling.

Jillian

Gentle yet effective!

Such a gentle yet effective exfoliator. Feels great on my sensitive skin!

Alli

I don’t even need foundation!

This cleanser is perfect for my combination oily/sensitive skin! When I use it with the facial serum I don’t even need foundation. Love!

Virginia

Conclusion

Who knew kaolin was in so many different products! Exfoliators, dry shampoos, cleansers — oh my! Look through the ingredients in some of your favourite natural products and let us know if you see Kaolin in the ingredients. Maybe even buy one of these Kaolin-rich products for your friend Kaitlyn!

Beeswax: The Skin Protector That Works Wonders

Beeswax: The Skin Protector That Works Wonders

Beeswax: The Skin Protector That Works Wonders

Most of us who prefer natural ingredients know all about the work of bees. And although their most popular product is without a doubt honey, we’d like to put a spotlight on another one that works wonders for our skin: Beeswax.

The 100% natural fuel straight from mother nature.

Beeswax is an incredible natural substance and its use dates back to ancient Egypt, where it was the main ingredient in many ointments and creams used to treat burns, inflammations, heal bruises and even relieve joint pain. With all its rich protective properties, nowadays this special ingredient is present in cosmetics and body products due to its never-ending array of uses.

Beeswax body care products form a protective barrier that protect the skin without suffocating it or clogging pores, but rather allowing it to breathe while locking in moisture for reduced dryness. Being a good source of vitamins, this ingredient also helps with exfoliation and regeneration, offering your skin a truly rejuvenating look.

Below, we’ve listed a few natural products containing Cera Alba (Beeswax) that the natural skincare community seems to love:

Skincare Essentials

1. BEE23 Natural Beauty – Hotty Balm Normal To Oily

Facial Balm

Upgrade your beauty regimen for a smooth, silky soft skin that lasts.

  • Rating: 4.73 out of 5 Stars (49 Reviews)
  • Certification: CertClean
BEE23 Natural Beauty Hotty Balm Normal to Oily

So soft and wonderful!

I was introduced by a friend to Michelle due to a bad skin reaction to some products. After two week of using her face cream I had nothing but good news. My face cleared up and it was just so soft and wonderful. Will be a user for life

Esabella

Grateful!

Normal to oily help my skin so much! I’m so grateful for this product.

Nonija R.

Keeps my dry skin happy!

I love this product! Thank you Michelle for creating it ! Keeps my often dry skin happy!

Mimi

2. Lowen’s Natural Skincare – Rub it in Why Don’t Ya!

Hand & Body Lotion

Use it to moisturize your skin and give it the healthy glow you’re after.

  • Rating: 4.70 out of 5 Stars (10 Reviews)
  • Certification: EWG Verified
Lowen's Rub it in Why Don't Ya!

One of the best moisturizer!

Probably one of the best moisturizer I’ve ever tried! I have dry hands from constant hand washing (perks of being a nurse) I also like how it’s not a strong fragrant moisturizer.

Esther

Great smell and texture!

Great smell, and texture, rubs in well and very smooth skin afterwards

Lauren

Moisturizes my driest areas!

Another super thick and creamy product from Lowen’s! Does a great job moisturizing all of my driest areas – heels, elbows, eczema … beautifully scent free.

Gail

3. Bee Real – Deodorant

Body Deodorant

You will be pleasantly surprised at how it effectively keeps sweat and stickiness at bay.

  • Rating: 5.00 out of 5 Stars (20 Reviews)
  • Certification: CertClean
Bee Real Deodorant

Smells so good!

This deodorant works, and smells so good! You don’t need to apply much, so it lasts forever too. Great product.

Brenda

Recommended!

I have been using this product for years. It is the best natural deodorant I have found that actually works, goes on smoothly, and smells nice. I recommend it to lots of patients.

Dr. Alanna Kuhn, ND

Best natural deodorant ever!

This is by far the best natural deodorant ever. It smells wonderful and really works, a little goes a long way.

Karen A.

What are your thoughts on Beeswax?

Beeswax is an excellent ingredient and has demonstrated to be a great addition to your skincare ritual.

Do you already use products with beeswax? Do share. If not, is your interest piqued? Let us know what you think about this incredible ingredient in a comment below – we’d love to hear your opinion.

3 Arrowroot Skincare Products You Can’t Pass Up

Arrowroot Article Featured Image

Arrowroot: the great moisture-absorbing ingredient

You may not have heard of arrowroot yet, but you will soon become familiar with the ingredient and its benefits. This herb is often listed as Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Root Powder on skincare product labels. Often used as a substitute for gluten in a variety of recipes, when used in cosmetics, arrowroot has moisture absorbing features that allow active ingredients to enter the first layers of our skin. This is why we also see arrowroot used in body powders which leave the skin soft and silky. It’s worth mentioning that many products that help with skin conditions like blisters, burns, and scabs incorporate arrowroot. Below, we’ve compiled a list of products containing arrowroot that PurPicks users can’t get enough of.


3 Skincare Products People are Raving About 

1. Bee Real – Deodorant

Body Deodorant

An excellent deodorant that keeps the smell at bay, and lets you feel confident when in stressful or active situations!!

  • Rating: 5.00 out of 5 Stars (20 Reviews)
  • Certification: CertClean
Bee Real Deodorant

Best I have used!

I switched to natural deodorants a few years ago in an effort to eliminate toxins from my body products. Bee Real deodorant is by far the best I have used.

Debora A. L

Goes on smoothly!

I have been using this product for years. It is the best natural deodorant I have found that actually works, goes on smoothly, and smells nice. I recommend it to lots of patients.

Dr. Alanna K

Lasts all day!

I wasn’t a fan of natural products until I started to use Bee Real products. My favourite is the Vanilla scent. Lasts all day no matter what activity you are doing.

Janice H

2. Always Bearded – Beard Cream Bergamot & Ylang with Distilled Cedarwood

Beard Cream, Men

This leave-in conditioning cream is a great alternative to beard oil, instead providing a non-oily matte finish.

  • Rating: 3.44 out of 5 Stars (9 Reviews)
  • Certification: CertClean
Always Bearded - Begamot & Ylang with Distilled Cedarwood

Does the job!

My hubby tried this product, and while he doesn’t have a beard, he’s used to using natural products which are often great on his skin but way too greasy for his liking. He was happy to report that this cream does the job without being super slippery

Gail

Recommended!

I can indeed recommend this cream, the smell alone is great. The cream is not too greasy, and easily applied to the beard and facial skin. Sometimes beard oil is too much, this cream you can rub between your palms and apply just enough!

David W

Really Moisturizing

My beard and neck area are always very dry. After using this beard cream, it really moisturized my beard and neck and made it feel very smooth. However after a while due to my eczema, my neck felt very irritated.

Calvin

3. Neitra Body Botanicals – Deodorant

Body Deodorant

Honestly, this could be the best deodorant you’ve ever had.

  • Rating: 4.58 out of 5 Stars (33 Reviews)
  • Certification: CertClean
neitra deodorant

Really works!

Finally a natural deodorant that really works! Wonderful scents, I’d recommend it to anyone.

Terezie

Heaven in a jar!

Can’t even think of enough good to say. This deo is the balm!!!! Lasts the entire day, no matter what you do. Heaven in a jar and ohhhhhh so much better for your body!

Kathleen

Smells great!

OMG! A natural deodorant that smells great and actually works.
I’ve only ever used the deodorant salt before and it did not work so i thought I would be stuck using conventional deodorants for life.

Rosie

Let us know what you think of arrowroot!

The benefits of using products with arrowroot often speak for themselves, as seen in the positive reviews from people who use products that highlight the ingredient. Have you used any of the products mentioned? Let us know what you think by leaving a review – we’d love to hear from you!

Attitude Organic – Our Fav Natural Hair Products

Odylique Gentle Herb Shampoo
Attitude Organic Logo

Marine
Attitude Organic

 

I realised that most of the tips to adopt a healthy and green lifestyle are unclear and difficult to implement. Besides, people tend to be lured by Marketing and I want them to avoid Green washing. So I created Attitude Organic to help women to adopt a more sustainable Attitude and lifestyle in the easiest possible way.

 

Age: 26

 

Skin Type: Combination

Hair Type: Curly

 

Skin Concerns: My skin is very sensitive and I have eczema sometimes

 

Values: Cruelty free, Non-Toxic ingredients, Fair Trade, I am vegetarian and I would love to transition to Vegan but it’s hard for me to give up on cheese.

Our Top 5 Natural Hair Products

Shampoo and hair treatments are part of a basic (sometimes-daily) routine. Washing our hair helps us feel clean and fresh. What a great way to start the day! Attitude Organic wants to find the best products for you. Those have to be organic, natural, cruelty-free, safe and they should make you shine of course!

We tried a few natural hair products and we made a selection of the best organic alternatives for you!  We also give you the list of ingredients you should generally avoid in classic shampoos, conditioners and hair masks. If you are a natural beauty lover, keep on reading!


Why Natural Hair Products?

Traditional hair products (if we may call them this way) contain synthetic chemicals that are carcinogens. So if you use them continuously, they might result in long-term health risk (cancer, tumors…), skin irritation and nausea.

Natural hair products are much safer! Free of synthetic chemical, they are made from natural ingredients including essential oils and vitamins. For this reason, their smell is lighter, don’t be surprised! All those natural ingredients and vitamins are gentle and your hair will look better while being healthier.

Besides, most of the natural shampoos are ethically produced, cruelty-free and use fair trade ingredients. Natural and sustainable is definitely the best, isn’t it?
 

Ingredients to avoid

If you want to be safe, try to remember the 6 ingredients below and make sure you avoid them.

  1. Sodium laureth sulfate. This chemical that creates the foam can also cause cancer.
  2. Avoid parabens because it mimics estrogen and is suspected to provoke breast cancer and tumors.
  3. Dimethicone. This type of silicone traps bacteria into your skin and leads to breakouts. Thus, if you struggle with acne, ban it!  
  4. Formaldehyde. Its carcinogenic nature got it banned from many countries such as Japan and Sweden.
  5. Ammonium lauryl sulfate and generally all other sulfates as they are irritating.
  6. Triethanolamine. That is a form of alcohol.


Our fav natural hair products

To avoid all the nasty chemicals, you should try natural hair products! Here are our 4 favourites!

1. Odylique

Odylique Gentle Herb Shampoo

This Gentle Herb Shampoo will give you shiny hair and protect your scalp if it is sensitive. We love that it is paraben and sulfate free! Without any chemical fragrances, it is plant-based, vegan and cruelty-free.

On top of it, this shampoo is fair trade and comes in recycled packaging. IDEAL!

 

2. PHB Ethical Beauty

PHB Organic Shampoo Attitude Blog

This certified organic brand received many awards, it is a must! All the products are cruelty-free, vegan and handmade in the UK.

Moreover, PHB uses 100% recyclable materials for packaging and sends a part of the profit to charity.

This Tea Tree & Lime shampoo is made without any parabens, artificial fragrances, formaldehyde and triethanolamine. It’s a dream! We love how it makes the hair silky and not greasy at all.  

 

3. Kind Natured

Kind Natured Organic Shampoo Attitude Organic Blog

Kind Natured makes your safety a priority. Their natural hair products are free from parabens, sulfates and petroleum. The Argan and Kukui Oil shampoo is very gentle and amazing for greasy hair!

 

4. Yes To

Not tested on animals, all their products are paraben free, fragrance free and avoid any other synthetic chemicals.

The brand also supports women by working along them. They want to help women “radiate true happiness.” So is your hair ready to radiate with Yes To products? We recommend the Cucumber range if you wish to give volume to fine hairs!

 

We are definitely impressed by all these brands that put an extra mile to get the best natural and organic ingredients in their products. So have you decide which organic hair products to use next? Share your thoughts with us!

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5 Ways to be more Eco-Friendly this Earth Day (And Every Day)!

Earth Day TBE Sabrina ZImmerman

Sabrina Zimmerman
The Brunette Ecoholic

 

Clean beauty & lifestyle blogger, wellness advocate, ingredient nerd & happy herbivore

 

Age: 47


Skin Type: Oily/acne prone

Hair Type: Coloured, wavy

Skin Concerns: Acne, aging

Values: I’m a vegetarian

Earth Day TBE Sabrina ZImmerman

In honor of Earth Day today, I thought this would be the perfect time to share some easy tips on how to make eco-friendly living a part of our everyday lives!

And while it may seem overwhelming to know where to start, as there are sooooo many ways to be more eco-friendly (I’m considering creating a guide to help people be more eco), I figured I’d start slow and just share 5 ways you can lessen your carbon footprint and show Mother Earth a little extra love! 🙂

Earth Day Dessert TBE Sabrina ZImmerman

Ditch the plastics – Since most plastic ends up either in landfills where it takes foreeeeever to degrade (and when it does, releases harmful toxins) or in oceans where it has a devastating impact on marine life (approx. 100,000 sea animals die every year after becoming entangled in or eating plastic bags), more eco-friendly options would be to use canvas bags when shopping, glass or stainless steel straws for drinking and glass bottles or storage. And glass made from recycled scrap produces 20% less air pollution & 50% less water pollution than glass made from raw materials!  TBE tip: Mason jars are not only affordable drinking & storage options but also can be used for home decor!

Mason Jars Earth Day TBE Sabrina ZImmerman
Ohio Farm Earth Day TBE Sabrina Zimmerman

Eat less meat – I know that for die-hard carnivores (like my family), this seems like blasphemy, but cutting back on meat purchasing/consumption can be of great benefit to the environment. Raising animals for food requires large amounts of land, water, food & energy. According to the Food & Agriculture Organization of the UN, animal agriculture is a “major stressor on many ecosystems & on the planet as a whole”, as well as being a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption (about 34-76 trillion gallons annually). By going meatless even a few times a week, you are helping to lower the amount of resources that are used up! TBE tip: Check out sites like One Green Planet, and Oh She Glows for some really tasty & healthy plant-based recipes that will make you not miss that burger at all!

Water Kitchen Sink Earth Day TBE Sabrina ZImmerman

Use less water – Being more conservative with water usage can not only save you money, but it helps prevent water shortages as well as reducing wastewater treatment costs and the amount of energy required to treat, pump & heat water (meaning less CO2 emissions!). TBE tips: Don’t leave the faucet running when you’re brushing your teeth or washing your face, take shorter showers, wash clothes with cold water instead of hot, and invest in a low flow toilet or other water saving utilities.

Food Healthy Earth Day TBE Sabrina ZImmerman

Shop your local farmer’s market – Skipping the grocery store in favor of your local farmer’s market has so many benefits! First of all, buying local means the food you are buying came from nearby, which means less resources were used to get it to the market, which means less pollution. You’re also helping to support small family farms directly, giving them a better return for their wares! Another benefit to buying from local farmers is that you have a chance to talk to them about their farming methods (something I personally do quite often!) – ie: do they use a low spray method, crop rotation, organic methods, etc. And of course, it’s usually much cheaper at the farmer’s market than at the grocery store, so you can get a wide variety and a good quantity without hurting your wallet! TBE tip: Make sure to get to the market early so you don’t miss out on the best deals, and don’t forget your reusable canvas bag to carry your haul!

Makeup Earth Day TBE Sabrina ZImmerman

Go green with your cleaning and beauty products –  Many of the ingredients found in conventional cleaning & beauty/personal care products are pretty unhealthy – not only for us but the environment as well (these chemicals once rinsed down the drain, or flushed down the toilet, make their way into nearby waterways & can poison aquatic life). Truly green companies use methods to reduce their carbon footprint any way they can and use ingredients that are beneficial to us and the environment. And don’t think that going green means you have to spend a fortune or buy everything online – there are many very eco-conscious & affordable brands out there and some you can even find at your local grocery store, Target, Ulta or Whole Foods! TBE tip: Not sure what brands are worth switching to? Check out some of my faves here here!

 

What are your favorite tips for being more eco-friendly? Share them below!

Happy Earth Day!

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Good Karma 4-in-One Face Cream Review

Good Karma 4-in-One Face Cream Review TBE

Sabrina Zimmerman
The Brunette Ecoholic

 

Clean beauty & lifestyle blogger, wellness advocate, ingredient nerd & happy herbivore

 

Age: 47


Skin Type: Oily/acne prone

Hair Type: Coloured, wavy

Skin Concerns: Acne, aging

Values: I’m a vegetarian

Good Karma 4-in-One Face Cream Review TBE

Sometimes when it comes to skin care, especially when you have acne prone skin, less can definitely be more. When my skin is acting up, I’ll generally scale back on the amount of product I am using until it calms down a bit and can handle more. The downside is that I feel like I am neglecting a step that my skin may need, so finding a product that multi-tasks, like this one from Good Karma Skincare, is a real plus!

I had the pleasure of using their Lux 7 Age Defying Four-in-One Face Cream and it hit all the right notes for me and my demanding skin!

Combining the best of both nature and science, Good Karma has completely simplified the beauty routine by taking FOUR products and putting them in ONE jar! Genius, right?!

This anti-oxidant rich moisturizer is designed to take the place of your day cream, serum, eye cream and night cream, and though it was kind of weird to just use one product (when you are used to using several!), I have to say that I loved the convenience of a singular product, especially on days when I was in a hurry.

But before I delve into how the product worked for me and my thoughts on it, I want to share a bit about how this ingenious product came to be…

Owner and holistic practitioner, Cynthia Ransom had a desire to create products that were convenient, affordable, luxurious, truly natural but most importantly would yield genuine results. She got her inspiration from a 68-year-old client (who happened to be a Native American Shaman) when she asked her what she used on her skin to achieve such a wrinkle-free complexion. The Shaman shared her beauty secret – a blend of seven natural oils and thus Lux 7 was born.

Using the 7 oils as the foundation of her products, along with her holistic science knowledge and experience, Cynthia worked with biochemists to perfect her nutrient dense creations as well as pioneering a new process she uses in all of her products called Bio-Fresh – a method which helps to preserve the integrity of the ingredients.

All ingredients used in Good Karma’s products are obtained from 100% natural and renewable resources, are cruelty-free and do not contain any toxic synthetic or harmful natural ingredients.

Now, on to my personal experience with the product….

First of all, this comes in 2 formulations – one for “normal-dry” skin and “normal-oily”. I chose the “normal-oily” as that would suit my skin best.

The cream comes in an airless container, which helps to protect the nutrient-dense formula from degrading from oxidation.

Besides the proprietary blend of the 7 (cold pressed, organic & unrefined) oils of Almond, Apricot, Avocado, Grapeseed, Olive, Sesame, & Vitamin E, it contains ingredients like Date Seed Extract to minimize the formation of wrinkles and protect skin from free radicals, Blue Algae Extract which helps to tighten skin, Sodium Hyaluronate to boost elasticity and hydration, and anti-aging antioxidants like CoQ10. Natural Grapefruit Peel Oil provides a light, refreshing scent.

The cream itself is light and silky and deeply hydrating. While it does go on a little “oily”, once it is absorbed, it is more matte. A little bit goes a long way too, so be careful when pressing down on the top to release product!

While I was using this (a few weeks), my skin was calm, soft and had a dewy glow. I noticed too that I didn’t break out, which always makes me happy!

Note: Their website does mention a warning that some people may go through a complexion detox when first starting to use this, especially if you have never used natural products, so if you have really sensitive skin, you may want to do a patch test or use this every other day to start.

All in all, I really liked this cream – the ingredients, the packaging (digging the whole airless container thing!), the multi-tasking benefits, the price, but most of all, I love how my skin looked while I was using this (I had to set it aside for now to test other products, but will definitely return to using it!).

One last thing I absolutely love about this brand is that they are not only a cruelty-free brand, but they give back to our animal friends through their “Beauty Feeds the Beasts” program – an initiative that provides meals for animals in shelters with every purchase of their products!

Price – $48

Ingredients – NORMAL TO OILY INGREDIENTS: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Ethyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Crithmum Maritimum (Sea Fennel) Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Ceteareth-20, Cetyl Alcohol, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Squalane, Cetyl Palmitate, Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Root Extract, Octyldodecanol, Octyldodceyl Xyloside, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Extract, Astaxanthin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower (Matricaria) Extract, Hydrolyzed Silk, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Seed Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Thioctic Acid, Ubiquinone, Methylsulfonylmethane, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol.

Have you ever tried Good Karma Skincare? What are your thoughts? Let me know below!

Peace & Love,

Sabrina xo

*Product was sent to me for review consideration, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Photos by TBE.

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The Gut-Skin Connection: 3 secrets to beautiful skin

My Secret to Beautiful Skin by Nora DeBora
Nora DeBora

Nora DeBora
Naturally Nora

I am a Certified Yoga Instructor, Personal Trainer and Holistic Nutritionist who focuses on bringing health back to balance through healing the gut.

 

Age: 34

 

Skin Type: Combination

Hair Type: Thick, curly, coarse

Skin Concerns: None

Values: Optimal Digestion = Optimal Health. Eat whole foods, what mother nature so beautifully provides.

My Secret to Beautiful Skin by Nora DeBora

People with beautiful, radiant skin, aren’t just lucky! Ok, maybe a few are. But, people with beautiful skin generally tend to follow three secrets. They nourish, protect and treat not only their skin topically, but also their gut internally. If you visited a dermatologist as little as ten years ago, you probably would have been informed the there was little or no connection between diet and skin health, but this is far from accurate. Just as your diet can prevent cancer, ward off degenerative conditions, reverse diabetes and heart disease, so can your diet affect your skin.

Your body is compromised of almost 100 billion cells, all of which are made up of protein and fat. Carbohydrates are the fuel for these cells. If you do not eat enough protein your skin will sag, your hair will fall out and wounds will be slow to heal. If you don’t eat enough good fats, your skin will become dry and dull before its time, and your hair and nails will become brittle. Vitamins, minerals and plant nutrients also help the skin by repairing damage, building it’s structure and maintaining hydration.

Wait! It doesn’t stop there. Even if you eat the healthiest, most nourishing skin diet, this is half the battle. You also need to make sure your digestive system can reap its benefits.

HOW GUT PERMEABILITY INFLUENCES YOUR SKIN

Now let’s talk about digestion. This 38 foot long tube functions completely on its own and is responsible for delivering nutrients to your entire body, including your skin.  The lining of your small intestines is where this magic happens. However, over time, this paper thin lining can become irritated and inflamed, compromising how your body absorbs, digests and assimilates these nutrients. This irritation and inflammation is caused by several factors including stress, drugs, medication, poor diet, toxins, sedentary lifestyle and chemicals from household and personal care products. You may know this phenomenon as intestinal permeability, a.k.a. “leaky gut” and it is highly correlated to the health of your skin.

Let’s take a moment to focus on the latter irritants, personal care products. Yes, the very stuff you put on your skin can affect the health of your gut. Your body’s largest organ, the skin, is porous and absorbs whatever you put on it.  Your body absorbs over 70% of what you put on it. These chemicals leach into your blood stream which circulates throughout the body and can compromise the health of your gut.

With so many variables influencing the health of your skin, I’ve put together 3 simple secrets to help nourish, protect and treat your skin.


3 Secrets to Beautiful Skin

#1 NOURISH

A diet plentiful in dark coloured vegetables and fruits, lean meats and fish, and essential fatty acids will benefit your complexion. If you consistently supply your body with the quality raw materials that it needs, it will reward you with smooth, radiant, glowing skin. I call these specific foods your ‘Skin Nutrient Superstars.”

Vitamin A helps prevent acne, blemishes and keeps away dry scaly skin.

Food sources: sweet potatoes, carrots, dark leafy greens, winter squashes, lettuce, dried apricots, cantaloupe, bell peppers, fish, liver, and tropical fruits.

Vitamin B required for new cell formation and protein synthesis, in addition to oxygen usage by skin cells.

Food sources: liver, eggs, dark leafy greens, sardines, mackerel

Vitamin C is required for the formation of collagen, while preventing skin damage.

Food sources: peppers, dark leafy greens, broccoli, berries and kiwi fruit

Iron is responsible for oxygen transport to cells, energy production and skin colour. Low iron causes black and blue circles under your eyes.

Food sources: red meat, poultry, dark leafy greens and lentils

#2 PROTECT

Aside from protecting your skin from the foods you eat, topical application is also extremely nourishing. More than ever, shoppers struggle to recognize safer beauty products on store shelves because they’re practically indistinguishable.  I recently partnered with CertClean, one of North America’s leading certification companies for safer beauty and personal care products. As a judge for their 2017 Clean Beauty Awards, I’ve had the pleasure of testing out a variety of their natural body care products. So far, so great!

Keep your eyes peeled here for the announcement of the 2017 awards. You can rest assure that these products will naturally nourish your skin from the outside in.

#3 TREAT

We’ve reviewed some nutritional and topical remedies for beautiful, glowing skin. To take it up a notch, you can also treat your skin with nutritional supplements. Here are a few of my favourites

GLA for glowing skin: essential fatty acids (EFA’s) are the good fats that are essential for beautiful, dewy skin. They are necessary for moisturizing, preventing skin aging while decreasing wrinkles and treating acne.

Source: GLA can be found in borage oil (approximately 22-24 perfect). Try taking 500mg per day for two months consistently to start seeing results.

Collagen (also known as the foundation of your skin) is the single, most abundant protein in the human body and is critical to skin health.

Sources: it is important to make sure that your collagen obtained from grass-fed and pastured humanely raised sources from a reputable company.  

Probiotics: Oral probiotics have been shown to decrease lipopolysaccharide, improve intestinal barrier function and reduce inflammation.

Source: supplement with anywhere between 10-50 billion CFU’s daily

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