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October 30, 2014

natural beauty buff | munemi imai, mun beauty

It’s no secret that fashion and beauty insiders flock to the experts when it comes to skincare and makeup secrets — and for a big beauty industry, it’s the seasoned makeup artists who are regarded as the top resources to reveal the beauty secrets of the stars.

But Munemi Imai, founder of cult hit Mun Beauty, offers so much more than her years of experience as an international makeup artist.

She offers deep insight as a green beauty product formulator herself, combining the best ingredients into a simple yet chic beauty oil that’s earned a place on my top shelf.

And she also offers proof in the pudding: LOOK at her skin. I’ll do whatever she tells me to do.

natural beauty buff munemi imai mun beauty

Munemi’s story is one that’s similar for a lot of us.

During a brief illness at one point in her career, she discovered the beauty of natural ingredients in everything that’s important to our well-being: The food we eat and the personal care products we use daily.

Inspired to take control of her health and own a deeper beauty, Munemi created Mun Beauty to harness the beauty of prickly pear seed oil, argan oil and rose oil to launch her line and is taking her time to expand the line — her companion toner launches this month, and I couldn’t be more excited to get my hands on it.

Besides Munemi’s new toner, I’m excited to try a few of the other beauty items she mentions below as staples in her beauty care routine.

A lot of them are familiar to me, but there are some gems below that are worth looking into — because again, of all the beauty aficionados out there, the ones that rise above the rest are those like Munemi who bring years of experience and depth to table.

natural beauty buff munemi imai mun beauty

As usual, I’ve starred the items I also use and love!

Healthway African Healing Clay TLC Tub

This organic South African green clay does a wonderful job on detoxing skin. You can mix with water and keep them moist as instructed, or I like to mix with honey instead.

*Manuka Honey

I like it both eating and putting on my face as a mask. I’d often mix with clay and a few essential oils for extra nourishing.

MUN No.11 Anarose Rejuvenating Rose Toner (available mid-November)

This is our brand new product. It’s the perfect synergy with No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum. It has a rosewater base with hydrating and anti-aging ingredients such as prickly pear stem extract, goji berry extract and hyaluronic acid. Rose, jasmine and daisy flower extracts work together for skin softness and radiance. I can’t wait for the launch date!

*MUN No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum

I just believe in this. I have fewer fine lines than four years ago, and it keeps my skin looking youthful. It’s so pure and so clean, but it’s powerful. It’s great for both morning and night. I use it as a makeup primer on models and celebrity clients all the time. Before I launched this, I thought to myself, “Even if the business doesn’t take off, at least I am set for myself.” {Editor’s Note: Read my full review of this serum!}

Illuminare Concealing Mineral Foundation SPF 20

I got introduced to this from Miranda Kerr when we worked together. When I want extra coverage — and in sunnier weather — I like to use this one. It gives a great coverage and is easy to spread, blend and layer.

*rms beauty “Un” Coverup 44

I use this as shading on the temples to under my cheekbones to give a little contour.

*Herbal Magic Roll-On Deodorant Herbal Scent

This is a clean, natural, safe and effective deodorant choice. I like the roll-on applicator, too. {Editor’s Note: See my “ultimate guide to natural deodorants” to get my take on this deodorant and many others!}

October 8, 2014

beauty scoop | primal pit paste natural deodorant

You know you have a bit of an obsession with a scent when you want to smell like it from head to toe — armpits included.

As part of my search for the best of the best natural deodorants on the market, Primal Pit Paste offered to put its collection of de-stinking agents to the test.

When I saw they formulated a scent called “Jacked-up Jasmine,” my ears perked and I got a little sweaty thinking about the fact that I could seriously smell like jasmine even in places where flowers go to die.

(No flowers were harmed in my testing of Primal Pit Paste products.)

primal pit paste natural deodorant

{Primal Pit Paste sent me samples of its natural deodorants in Jacked-up Jasmine, Royal & Rogue and Thyme & Lemongrass. A 2-ounce jar costs $8.95 while a 2-ounce stick costs $10.95.}

Primal Pit Paste sent me two jars of creamy, cruelty-free natural deodorant to test as well as a sample of a similar deodorant formulation packaged in a convenient stick applicator.

(The deodorants in jars are vegan. The ones in stick form contain beeswax for stick compatibility purposes.)

As those of you who are natural deodorant veterans know, it’s a bit difficult to find a truly clean deodorant that’s available in stick form.

While Primal Pit Paste’s stick applicator is by no means perfect — the deodorant cream is still rough to apply and has to be massaged in just a bit to avoid bits of white deodorant on your clothes — it’s a step in the right direction for those of us who aren’t really in to dipping our fingers into pit paste every day.

One trick for applying the stick deodorant almost flawlessly, though, is to give the tip of the deodorant (cap off) a shot of hot air from your hair dryer. This gently melts the shea butter-based formula just a bit and allows it to glide onto your skin a little better (less flaking off).

I still have to massage it in a little to ensure there are no clumps, but consider this your natural stick deodorant tip of the day. You’re welcome.

primal pit paste natural deodorant

I found the jars of Primal Pit Paste more convenient to use — probably because I’m used to this application by now — and because again, my beloved jasmine scent was in jar form.

With the jars of Primal Pit Paste, you know the drill: Mix’er up, scoop a bit onto your fingers and rub it into your pretty little pits.

(Doesn’t it look like some sort of beautiful cake batter?!)

The texture of Primal Pit Paste is velvety and smooth. It’s not whipped and fluffy like Meow Meow Tweet’s, and definitely not hard like Schmidt’s. I’d say it’s most similar in texture to that of Lovefresh.

This is likely thanks having shea butter star as the base ingredient, followed by de-stinkifying arrowroot powder and a mix of antibacterial and moisturizing oils to round out the list.

While all three of my samples contained the regular strength of baking soda for odor-fighting goodness, Primal Pit Paste also offers “light” and “strong” versions for those of you who may need a little less or a little more depending on your body chemistry.

I found that the regular strength was just fine for my smelly self, and that Primal Pit Paste caused zero irritation and left me with zero stinky smells when put to the test for several weeks.

As you may remember from past reviews, my standard test is a typical 9-5 workday, with deodorant going on at about 8 a.m. and needing to last until closing time.

That’s the bare-bones requirement, but truly superior natural deodorants also perform through a vigorous, 85-degree heated Ashtanga yoga practice for 90 minutes.

I typically reapply around 5:30 in prep for my 6 p.m. practice, and Primal Pit Paste performed with me during my practice.

But I also put it to a couple other tests.

One was to wear it throughout my typical 9-5 workday and then go to yoga from 6-7:30 … with no reapplication. A bit of a bold move, as no one wants to be the stinky student in a small studio, but I risked it. For you. You’re welcome.

Primal Pit Paste did not let me down.

But the biggest test I put it through — just for funsies — was a 90-minute Bikram yoga class (I’ve been doing Bikram on Monday nights because I’m a masochist). For those of you unfamiliar with the practice, it’s also a 90-minute yoga class … but in 105-degree heat and 40 percent humidity.

Yeah. Good luck with that one, right?

Primal Pit Paste did not let me down.

That was not a typo.

I did reapply Primal Pit Paste in preparation for the class, but it’s true — it got me through several weeks of sweaty, ohmygoshIthinkImaydie Bikram yoga classes smelling like a blooming jasmine.

That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but the truth is, I did not smell myself and neither did my coworker, Tonya, who also attends the class.

Needless to say, Primal Pit Paste is legit and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to those of you still searching for your one true natural deodorant love. It’s on the repurchase list for sure (because #jasminepits, y’all).

Primal Pit Paste Stick Ingredients:

Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Arrowroot Powder, Organic Beeswax, Aluminum Free Baking Soda, and Essential Oils

Available Scents: Lavender, Thyme & Lemongrass, Orange Creamsicle, Unscented, Royal & Rogue, and Jacked-Up Jasmine

Primal Pit Paste Jar Ingredients:

Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Arrowroot Powder, Aluminum Free Baking Soda, and Essential Oils

Available Scents: Lavender, Thyme & Lemongrass, Unscented, Royal & Rogue and Jacked-Up Jasmine

Have you heard of or tried anything from Primal Pit Paste? What do you want your armpits to smell like? Tell me in the comments section!

 

August 27, 2014

natural beauty buff | garcy fry, eco diva beauty

In addition to all the founders I feature in this “natural beauty buff” series, I’m thrilled to bring you fresh beauty tips from the dear stockists who curate beautiful online (and sometimes, in-real-life) stores for us to let loose.

Many of you know, love and shop Canadian and U.S. green beauty store Eco Diva Beauty, but how well do you know co-founder Garcy Fry and the story behind this luxurious online store?

garcy fry of eco diva beauty

I had the pleasure of meeting Garcy in person at 2013’s “A Night for Green Beauty” in New York City, and was thrilled to chat with her again at this year’s event in Los Angeles.

During our quick conversation, it was lovely to hear about Eco Diva’s birth — the brainchild of Garcy’s whip-smart mother, Charlene — and how Garcy, a professional makeup artist, was leading the site’s growth.

It’s women like this (and especially these mother-daughter teams!) that excite me about the green beauty industry. If you see something missing out there, go forth and create it!

And while you may think “oh, there are plenty of green beauty shopping sites,” each one has a unique personality and style.

Shopping on one may not be the same as shopping on others, and I’ve enjoyed the luxurious experience of shopping Eco Diva Beauty myself. You are taken care of!

And you can only be taken care of by someone who truly knows how to take care of herself.

Below, Garcy shares her natural beauty and health rituals that keep her looking and feeling her best.

Be inspired.

Be healthy.

Be an Eco Diva.

green beauty products that garcy fry of eco diva beauty keeps on her nightstand

On Garcy’s Nightstand

Tata Harper Aromatic Bedtime Treatment

This has become a bedtime ritual for both my husband and me. It almost immediately puts my mind at ease and helps me sleep better.

Vapour Organic Beauty Lux Lip Conditoner

The last thing I do before bed is put on lip balm — I’m an addict. And I’ve been addicted since Lip Smackers were introduced to the market. I don’t know if that damage is reversible, but at least I’m eating organic lip balm now.

Earplugs

Now these are an essential piece on my nightstand, not because I love them, but because I love my husband. If they are not in my ears at night, then the love for my husband decreases ever so quickly.

Good Book

I need to read before bed to help turn my mind off and go to sleep. I love anything written by Khaled Hosseini and stories about life in the middle east.

Liquid Calcium Magnesium (kept in the fridge, but part of the nightly ritual)

Just recently I’ve had some troubles sleeping. I toss and turn all night long, so my naturopath suggested magnesium to help sleep better.

favorite green beauty product picks from garcy fry of eco diva beauty

In Garcy’s Purse / Beach Bag

Consonant Skincare “The Perfect Sunscreen SPF 30″

My sun-worshipping days are over, and this sunscreen helps block UVA and UVB rays without all the toxic chemicals. It’s ultra-smooth, grease-free and leaves absolutely NO white residue! And that’s why they call it perfect.

Soapwalla Deodorant Cream

This has been a staple for me for years now. I just love its creamy consistency, the fresh scent and how I can sweat my tush off and still smell dandy!

prtty peaushun lotion from eco diva beauty

PRTTY PEAUSHUN Skin Tight Body Lotion

I love to keep PRTTY PEAUSHUN in my bag and slather it on any parts of my body that are showing to give me a luminescent glow. It also helps soothe burns and is a natural bug repellant — how cool is that?!

La Bella Figura Tesoro Mediterranean Blend

In Garcy’s Bathroom

La Bella Figura Tesoro Mediterranean Blend

This summer I’ve used this oil more than anything else. I love how light it is and how well it hydrates without leaving my skin feeling greasy.

kahina giving beauty night creamKahina Giving Beauty Night Cream

This is what I call preventative medicine. Wrinkles can take a hike while I sleep, because I’m sleeping with collegan-boosting ingredients like resveratrol. This is by far the best night cream I’ve ever used. Its whipped texture is so lovely and the scent its magical, like all of Kahina’s products.

August 13, 2014

beauty scoop | lovefresh natural cream deodorant

When I first started natural deodorants, I’d always keep a toxic backup stick on standby for important outings (weddings, on-air spots, yoga class, etc.).

Since testing and reviewing more than 20 natural deodorants, I’ve figured out what works and what doesn’t for my naturally smelly-girl body, and I’m excited to add another trusted formula to the “will repurchase” list: LOVEFRESH Natural Cream Deodorant.

And yes, I tossed the toxic-stick ages ago.

lovefresh natural cream deodorant

{LOVEFRESH sent me samples of its natural cream deodorants to review. A 2-ounce tub costs $15 and a 4-ounce tub costs $25.}

LOVEFRESH is a Toronto-based natural beauty brand that boasts effective formulas and pretty packaging (look at those chic fonts and whimsical designs on the deodorant lids!).

In addition to this presentation, the ingredients LOVEFRESH chose for their natural deodorants — Moroccan Rose, Lavender Tea Tree and Sweet Orange Patchouli — keep your pits fresh, clean and slightly sweet…but not sickly sweet.

As you may be able to tell from the picture above, I tested (and finished!) the LOVEFRESH Moroccan Rose Absolute natural deodorant first.

I never thought I’d want my underarms to smell like roses, but it was a very nice morning ritual and made me feel ultra-feminine and sexy while doing the most un-sexy act of smearing my armpits with cream.

As dainty as rose sounds, it did an amazing job at keeping me stink-free. I put LOVEFRESH Moroccan Rose Absolute natural deodorant through stressful days and nights at work and my regular Ashtanga practice.

No.
Stink.
Here.

Here’s what’s in LOVEFRESH Natural Cream Deodorant:

Fair Trade Shea Butter, Coconut Oil*, Kaolin Clay, Sodium Bicarbonate (aluminum-free), Emulsifying Wax (coconut derived) and natural organic essential oils*.

This blend of ingredients isn’t anything too crazy when it comes to natural deodorants (a few of the usual suspects here), but the texture this combination yields is nothing short of lovely.

Somewhere in between that of Schmidt’s natural deodorant (hard) and Meow Meow Tweet’s natural deodorant (whipped), LOVEFRESH’s natural deodorant is a true cream with enough body to it that it’s almost like massaging in moisturizer (thanks, shea butter!).

I have an inkling that this generous helping of shea butter combined with coconut oil is what keeps the baking soda in check, as I experienced zero irritation with this natural deodorant.

(I’ve complained before about my sensitivity to baking soda. This is the ingredient that kills the stank, but it can also be a bit harsh on your skin!)

However, every body is different, so always experiment a bit and pay attention to how your skin reacts to any beauty product you try!

lovefresh natural cream deodorant

I’m currently using the Lavender Tea Tree scent (above), and this was the only natural deodorant I packed with me on my trip to Los Angeles last weekend for “A Night for Green Beauty,” which is always a crazy whirl of excitement, emotions and — you guessed it — sweat.

I smelled just fine the entire time.

In addition to my regular Ashtanga yoga practice, I’ve also taken up Bikram yoga (I enjoy self-torture, obviously) and LOVEFRESH natural deodorant has worked extra hard to keep me from stinking in a 105-degree room with other (kinda stinky) people.

If that doesn’t have you convinced, then I give up. It just works, and if you can get over the application process, you’ll find yourself with smell-good pits and deodorant tubs so pretty you’ll want to display them in your bathroom.

So, to recap, yes, LOVEFRESH makes the “yes it works and yes I will repurchase it” list.

Yes to LOVEFRESH!

LOVEFRESH ships to the U.S. and Canada, too, so when it’s time to pick up a few new Canadian green beauty products, LOVEFRESH will definitely be in my shopping cart.

Have you tried anything from LOVEFRESH? What other natural deodorants should I try? Tell me what you know in the comments section!

 

 

July 8, 2014

natural beauty buff | josh rosebrook, josh rosebrook skin and hair care

It’s not often that you come across a green beauty founder who knows his chops when it comes to both skincare and haircare.

It seems even more rare to find a male green beauty founder who really gets it when it comes to skincare and haircare.

But this stuff is just in Josh Rosebrook’s DNA.

josh rosebrook, josh rosebrook skin and hair care

A budding beauty entrepreneur at age 10,  Josh is one of those founders who uncovered his passions early on and found a way to make it his career — to the benefit of all of us.

He’s made his mark as a hair stylist and green beauty king, counting people such as Olivia Wilde, Sofia Bush, Mila Kunis and Ru Paul (yeah, I said Ru Paul! #legit) as fans, and now, he’s brought that magic touch to skincare — have you tried his Cacao Antioxidant Mask?

The proof that his skincare line is the real deal is in Josh’s skin itself; not very many women, let alone men, have the glow that Josh has.

But if you want to define “real deal” a bit more, just check out the beautiful ingredients he sources for his various oils, toners, cleansers and masks — this isn’t a simple DIY, folks!

The exotic herbal infusions he includes in his collection conjures up images of a beautiful potion-master mixing away some of the most potent ingredients, and I personally can’t wait to get my hands on the serum and accelerator he mentions in his routine below.

But besides the skincare Josh shares in his routine, he digs a little deeper — as many of us in the green beauty world do — and shares his love for supplements; high-quality, durable accessories; and healing crystals that can take us a little beyond what internal and external health care can.

I’m more than thrilled to share the routine green beauty and health must-haves of kimberlyloc.com’s first male “natural beauty buff” — what an example you’ve set, Josh (in so many ways).

Any other male green beauty founders out there care to step up?

As usual, I’ve starred the items I also use and love — and I’m kinda surprised Josh didn’t mention any items from his lovely haircare line! I also like his hairspray.

rms beauty un cover up

*RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up

“This is the best concealer I’ve ever used. The ingredients are incredible and the performance is flawless. This product balances perfectly with the skin and helps moisturize. The “Un” Cover-Up wears all day and blends so well, giving off a natural glow that only a pure, exceptionally formulated product can do! I love this stuff! This goes with me in my handbag everywhere.”

spirulina

Spirulina Manna

“Spirulina is such an incredible superfood with an unbelievable list of phytonutrients and benefits. I get it at Nature’s Health Food and Cafe when I’m in Palm Springs.”

Temecula County Bee Pollen

Temecula Valley Bee Pollen

“I add this to my green smoothies regularly, and I really feel like that it helps with my seasonal allergies and contains tons of nutrients. Giving your body a small dose of all the local pollen helps the body build up an awareness that the seasonal pollen is not a pathogen.”

“It’s also a whole food powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and oils, carbohydrates, amino acids and over 5,000 enzymes and coenzymes! The bees are dying in record numbers due to pesticides. Help save the bees! Beyond the incredible health products they create, the bees are crucial to the survival of the ecosystem. Most fruit and grain crops require pollination; without the bees, we are doomed.”

josh rosebrook deep hydrating serum

Josh Rosebrook Deep Hydrating Serum

“I have been addicted to the benefits of my oil serum for years. Nothing on the market is more nutrient-dense, regenerating, moisturizing or hydrating when paired with my Hydrating Accelerator. I selected active herb and plant extracts and oils for their unique, skin-transforming ability and the ultra-powerful synergy they create together. This highly concentrated oil serum is irreplaceable in my life and incredible for all skin types as it absorbs quickly into the skin and is calming, brightening, plumping and protecting.” (Also available on Amazon)

josh rosebrook hydrating accelerator

Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator

“This is a must-have and always in my bag. I am always talking about this crucial step in skin care that is overlooked way too often (right up there with weekly exfoliation.) Hydrators loosen skin tension and deliver vitamin-infused water into the skin. Our moisturizers’ nutrients are then allowed to move deeper into the skin and trap in that hydration, moisturizing our skin. I spritz my face with this a few times a day and lock it in with my Deep Hydrating Serum; fine lines disappear instantly and my skin glows!”

josh rosebrook nutrient day cream

Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream

“I worked on this multi-benefit moisturizer for years to get it perfect. Lightweight, non-sticky and extremely nutrient-dense, the synergy power in the selection of herbs works wonders healing the skin. It brightens and you feel it work, firming your facial skin instantly. The non-nano zinc protection and moisturizing benefits keep my face plump and protected all day. This goes everywhere with me — I am completely obsessed with it.”

josh rosebrook deodorant cream

Josh Rosebrook Deodorant Cream

“I’ve been perfecting this simple deodorant product over the last few months, and I’m really excited about it. I pretty much take it everywhere with me now. It goes on smooth, keeps me dry and the aroma is intoxicating. Not sure when it will be finished and available!”

healing crystals

*Crystals

“The power of crystals can assist and heal us in many ways. Crystals have a higher vibration. Carrying them and meditating with them can help keep your energy up, help boost the immune system and clear your mind and help balance you emotionally. When your mind is clear and calm, if you are sensitive enough, you can feel the energy of crystals. I keep crystals on my nightstand and choose specific ones to carry in my pocket with me and in my handbag wherever I go. I also keep some in my car in the cup holder! When I’m in Palm Springs, I go to Crystal Fantasy on Palm Canyon — they have a great selection.”

jack spade bag

Jack Spade Handbag

“I love Jack Spade’s clean, casual design. I need my bags to be well-made because I tend to fill them up with many things at once. These bags haven’t busted on me yet! I have three Jack Spade bags; brown, black and this blue one.”

warby parker sunglasses

Warby Parker Sunglasses

“I love Warby Parker eyewear.  You select five pairs of eyewear and they send them all to you to try on. You decide over five days what you like and then place your order online. Warby Parker eyewear is understated, chic and just my style.”



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