Posts Tagged ‘questionable ingredients’

How do you moisturize?

Oct
8th
2012
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  Seeing this video on the Jenesequa blog has me rethinking the way I apply my moisturizer. I mean, I'm opposed to many of the ingredients used in Clarins products,  but would you look at Claire's skin?! Either she has excellent genes or there's something to her method of application. Maybe both. To moisturize, I typically start in the center of my forehead (recently with jojoba/argan/lavender EO blend) and work my way to my outer and then inner cheeks in small, gentle, circular strokes,...

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Foody Friday: Simple Homemade Tomato Soup

Aug
10th
2012
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I woke up a few mornings ago craving tomato soup, and luckily we had all the ingredients needed to make it happen!

What I used:

2 medium carrots

1 large clove of garlic

1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes

1 cup of not-chick'n broth

basil, oregano, salt, and pepper to taste

a small handful of shredded Parmesan cheese for topping (optional)

What I did:

First, I peeled the carrots and sauteed them in butter on low heat until...

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Retinyl Palmitate Revisited

Jun
20th
2012
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You might or might not remember my post from a while back about my confusion regarding retinyl palmitate. The knowledge I gained from my limited research did prompt me to eventually add retinyl palmitate to my list of Ingredients to Avoid, but I was still pretty unsatisfied with how much I learned. Upon the discovery of All Natural Beauty, a pretty nifty website packed with useful information (complete with a HUGE ingredient glossary), I decided to ask one of the available experts what they thought of retinyl palmitate. In her response,...

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True Blue Spa Too Shea Body Balm Review

Jun
5th
2012

T&J

Rating:

7.5
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A recent trip to Bath & Body Works with a gift card made me realize three things: 1. 15 dollars might as well be 15 cents a store like that. 2. There are way too many scents happening at once in a very tiny area, and 3. Bath & Body Works (or at least the one in Lake Charles) carries one, and only one, natural product. That product, which is the one pictured above, ended up being the one I took home. Ingredients (provided on product packaging)- "Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter." The Cosmetics Database gives shea butter...

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Sheer Cover Duo Concealer in Light/Medium Review

Jun
4th
2012

T&J

Rating:

7
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  I recently received a Spring Beauty VoxBox that contained several health and beauty products for me to try. Unfortunately, many of the brands, like ChapStick and Aveeno, were those that I have been avoiding for ages. The concealer that I'll be reviewing today was also in the box. While the ingredients could definitely be a whole lot cleaner, my frugality convinced me that I should at least give the $24 product a try. Ingredients (provided on product packaging)- “caprylic/capric triglyceride, octydodecanol, euphorbia cerifera wax, copernicia cerifera wax, jojoba...

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Not Quite Natural: Johnson’s Natural Line

Mar
27th
2012
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As finicky as I am about the ingredients in my health and beauty products, I can only imagine what I'll be like one day when a baby is thrown into the mix.  Big companies like Johnson & Johnson are notorious both for greenwashing and for allowing some pretty shocking ingredients to make their way into personal care products, so why should their natural line for babies be any different? The Johnson's Baby website provides a long list of the ingredients their natural line is formulated without: No Parabens No Dyes No Animal...

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Not Quite Natural: güd by Burt’s Bees

Mar
8th
2012
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Nice try, Burt's Bees. Your (sort of) new line of bath and beauty products almost won me over. The phthalate-free scents are lovely, and the branding is nice and clean. But wait! Let's have a closer look at the ingredients, shall we? Floral Cherrynova Natural Softening Conditioner-water, cetearyl alcohol, fragrance, ceteareth-20, glycerin, phenoxyethanol, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, hibiscus sabdariffa flower*, mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf extract*, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract*, thymus vulgaris (thyme) leaf extract*, urtica dioica (nettle) leaf extract*,...

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What exactly is in a moisturizing strip?

Feb
22nd
2012
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    One of the least green things about me is that I use disposable razors. It's shameful, I know, but I've been known to use the same one for at least two weeks in hopes of being less wasteful, and I simply cannot afford the upkeep that a reusable Venus or an Intuition requires. The complete deterioration of the moisturizing strip or a serious case of razor burn are usually my signals to throw out my old razor and replace it with another, and unfortunately it's usually the...

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A Fine Day for a Scary Infographic

Feb
20th
2012
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I should totally print this infographic that I found on the ecomom blog and keep it with me. It would certainly come in handy when conversing with naysayers, don't you think? Entered the bath salt giveaway yet? Image...

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Not Quite Natural: Cover Girl’s NatureLuxe Collection

Jan
24th
2012
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Cover Girl's NatureLuxe Collection came out last year in the spring, but I only recently became aware of its existence since I tend to avoid this brand like the plague. I happened to see a display on a recent trip to the store with my grandmother, and I immediately made a mental note to do some research. The green packaging (I'm speaking only in reference to the color and not Cover Girl's environmental awareness or impact) was a clever move on their part, since most of us associate green with all things natural....

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