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December 11, 2014

natural beauty buff | rachel najera, rachel’s plan bee

“It all started with a little boy and a determined mom…”

 

Stories that start out like this are common in the green beauty world, but there’s absolutely nothing common about what Rachel’s Plan Bee founder Rachel Najera has achieved with her natural skincare line.

Currently comprised of seven botanically based products, Rachel’s Plan Bee has carved itself a nice little niche in this growing green beauty product industry.

This affordable, un-intimidating line (unless you’re scared of bees!) welcomes those who want neatly packaged naturals that aren’t ingredient-heavy and offer comforting, familiar scents.

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On the broad spectrum of green beauty brands, Rachel’s Plan Bee offers a warm, unpretentious style for those who are feeling out what the natural beauty industry has to offer.

Who wouldn’t want this beautiful, welcoming face — and flowery, happy brand! — to be one of the first that those new to natural beauty see?

(Her line also offers an escape to simplicity and beauty that green beauty veterans sometimes need. Just make me a pretty, effective vanilla body oil that won’t leave me broke for months!)

You’ll definitely be seeing more of Rachel’s Plan Bee around in 2015.

Not only because Rachel is doing amazing things with her small yet mighty line, but because we need to see more from green beauty entrepreneurs like her in the new year.

Passionate. Humble. Always grateful.

This is what the green beauty industry (and overall beauty industry!) needs more of. And when we need something this bad, the Universe makes it happen.

Are you ready to see more of this, too?

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As usual, I’ve starred the products I also use and love! NOTE: I’m a huge fan of Rachel’s Body Oil and Body Polish, which she hasn’t mentioned below but I felt compelled to remind you about! (Read my body oil review and body polish review.)

*Alima Pure Satin Matte Blush in “Antique Rose”

I am in love with this mineral blush because it absolutely has no shimmer looks so natural on my skin. I don’t wear much makeup, and this blush gives me just the right amount of color on my cheeks.

*RMS Beauty Lip Shine in “Moment”

Most lip color products on the market completely dry my lips out. I love this color and the way it moisturizes my lips. At first I thought the color would be way off for my skin tone. This one is perfect for a nude lip.

*Rachel’s Plan Bee Facial Oil  (Don’t forget to read my review!)

This is my favorite product from our line. I cannot be without it. There are times when I am tempted to just go to bed without my nightly dose of this facial oil, but the “skin care police” quickly remind me to NEVER neglect this nightly ritual after a cleansing my face. Our oil has become the only moisturizer I use both morning and night.

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Tehacha-Bee Farm Natural Probiotic Deodorant Baking Soda Free

Baking soda is not my friend and I have searched forever to find a non-irritating natural deodorant. This one is great! It does go on white initially, but if you massage it in with fingers after application, it is non-staining and works all day long with zero irritation. If you are a DIY person, Tehacha-Bee Farm has a sister company called Handcrafted Honey Bee where you can order a kit to make several tubes of this wonderful product. It’s called “Your Main Pit Stop” – so hilarious!

*Rachel’s Plan Bee – Bee Cream

This is one of our first products I created in our line. This is my go to beeswax cream to quickly moisturize my cuticles, hands and just shaved legs. It’s only takes a tiny amount to get great results.

*Fleegal Farms Peppermint Chocolate Soap

Even though I have been making soap for my family for years, I have a secret addiction of buying too much handmade soap from other makers. This one is my absolute favorite. Elly of Fleegal Farms has a gift of creating super moisturizing bars with intoxicating scents.

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Soap Nuts 

Several years ago when we were eliminating all synthetic cleaning supplies from our home, I discovered eco-friendly economical soap nuts. I love using soap nuts to wash our laundry! Artificial fragrances in commercial detergent make me sneeze. I wish I could bottle up the clean fresh scent that it leaves on clothes. I have slowly converted several “non-believers” to the many benefits of soap nuts!

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.

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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!

 

 



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