Entries Tagged as 'natural beauty buff'

July 28, 2014

natural beauty buff | barbara jacques, jacq’s organics

When you declare something the “must-have” product of the summer, it only makes sense to go a bit deeper and explore the beauty routine behind the person who created said it-item of the summer.

And that’s what brings Barbara Jacques, founder of Jacq’s Organics and creator of my favorite summertime face oil, onto the blog today.

barbara jacques jacqs organics natural beauty buff

Beautiful Barbara founded Jacq’s Organics the same year that she gave birth to her first child — and after learning she had an ovarian tumor.

Like many green beauty founders who followed a similar path to green beauty after a health issue, Barbara wanted to take control of her own skincare and soon fell in love with the process of creating eco-chic, socially responsible and family-friendly skincare.

As evidenced in her various products (and scrumptious scents!), Barbara fuses her creative energy into Jacq’s Organics, leaving us with choices such as Lemongrass Shea Butter soap, Sweet Orange toner, Carrot Con Leche face serum and Green Tea and Acai Berries lip balm.

Learn more about how Barbara captures this creativity to bring it to Jacq’s Organics as she shares what green beauty and lifestyle products she keeps on her nightstand.

barbara jacques jacqs organics natural beauty buff

I’ve decided to share the items on my nightstand. I am not a morning person and my 3-year-old toddler has not gotten the memo yet.

On any given night, I’m in bed by 10 p.m. or 11 p.m., but over the past couple of years, I’ve been known to suffer from insomnia from time to time.

So the collection of items on my nightstand either helps to induce sleep or aids my insomnia problem. Let’s get started with my new favorite find.

Maya Water Facial Mist – Energizing Norwegian Thermal Water

I just discovered this amazing face mist that’s made with just water and nitrogen. Not to sound like a walking spokesperson, but it’s packed with active ingredients including calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and more. It’s non-scented but it’s something about the cool, hard spray that makes you feel like you just washed your face with the freshest, cleanest water from Norway.

I use it on my face and even in my hair right before heading to bed or on the way out. I’ve also starting carrying this in my yoga bag and for a quick face misting after. And it’s perfect on hot summer beach days.

Jacq’s Organics Lavender Love Body Oil/Shea Cream

I use these not just to help induce sleep and wind down, but when my 3-year-old decides to take over my bed when it’s her bedtime. It’s the perfect remedy for getting her to sleep quickly. I just rub a little bit oil or cream on her feet and tummy, read her a story and she’s out.

True Grace Candles in Stem Ginger

I discovered True Grace candles at the cutest apothecary/art gallery boutique in South Miami called The Archive-Gallery. I was looking for a Father’s Day gift for my husband and stumbled upon this delightfully intoxicating candle that has notes of ginger, lemongrass, citrus, pepper and more. I seriously carry this candle everywhere around the house because the scent is so soothing.

I told myself I was buying the candle for him, but I loved it so much I kept it for myself. As a frequent headache and migraine sufferer, the light scent of the ginger and lemongrass is extremely soothing. I’m obsessed with the blend and the cute tin container.

Jacq’s Organics Green Tea & Acai Berries Lip Balm

I have dry, chapped lips and the humidity in South Florida doesn’t help. So, I have a stash of lip balms almost everywhere including in my purse, in my car, in random jackets, little change purses, the back pocket of jeans and even in my daughter’s baby bag. The cocoa butter also helps with the hyper-pigmentation for my lips.

21 Drops #06 Passion

This little gem is also one of my fave new finds. The scent is #06 Passion; it’s a masculine blend and I don’t use it often, but I when I do use it, I like to put the oil on my wrist, behind my knees, on my neck and behind my ears.

Glass of water

For staying hydrated — and I enjoy the taste of water.

My Nexus phone

My phone is attached to my hip.

My Samsung Tablet

This little device is perfect for insomnia, including, but not limited to: Reading, checking emails, tweeting, strolling on Instagram, catching up on blog posts, note-taking, creating a music list and even the occasional kids’ games to distract the kiddo for a couple minutes.


Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night with an idea, or realized you forget to do a task from the day before? And then go back to sleep, wake up the next morning and forget the idea or whatever it was that woke you up in the middle of the night? The nightstand notebook is for random thoughts, creative recipe ideas, forgotten to-do list items and even the ideas and quotes that come to mind.

Traditional Japanese Morning Star Vanilla Incense

I discovered this brand of incense a few of years ago on a visit to Epcot at Disney. The sweet vanilla scent makes for a seriously soothing, therapeutic wind down after a long day. I like to burn the incense while taking a bath, cleaning, unplugging from social media or even just listening to R&B or jazz playing in the background while doing nothing.

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 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


“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.”

May 16, 2014

natural beauty buff | pamela jones, pemberley jones

People think I’m weird when I tell them how many “Internet friends” I have thanks to green beauty blogging.

They think it’s even stranger when I tell them I’ve done Google Hangouts on Sundays in my jammies with said “Internet friends.”

To these people, I tweet say, “If your ‘Internet friends’ were half as smart / beautiful / artistic / driven as mine, you’d be protective of your Internet friends, too.”

But today’s natural beauty buff is more than an Internet friend to me (we met in person at last year’s A Night For Green Beauty Event!).

She’s a talented entrepreneur with a knack for design and an eye for the best green beauty products that won’t break the bank.

She’s also a fellow cat lady, which means she gets 54,736 extra points in my book.

Obviously, I’m talking about blogger-turned-businesswoman Pamela Jones of Pemberley Jones.

pamela jones pemberley jones online green beauty boutique pemjo

{Photos Courtesy Pamela Jones / Pemberley Jones}

Pamela, fond of alliteration, is based out of Pennsylvania (see, wasn’t joking about the alliteration), yet can easily be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

But be careful; it’s easy to become addicted to her witty updates and stunningly beautiful photographs — which will then lead you to want to buy everything she mentions on her social networks.

Speaking of, Pamela is sharing her top picks today.

I know she has a whole room full of beauty products for the store, but the items she mentions below are her staples.

It’s refreshing to see a nice mix of affordable and luxury green beauty products in her selection.

That are, of course, available in her online green beauty boutique.

See, told ya the woman was a savvy entrepreneur!

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

pamela jones pemberley jones online green beauty boutique pemjo

{Photos Courtesy Pamela Jones / Pemberley Jones}

“As far as where I keep these products, the answer is ‘all over my house.’ I’m constantly photographing them, so they end up in the oddest places, and rarely in the place that I need them. Such is the life of the beauty blogger though, right?!”

Aller-7 Support, or Freeze Dried Nettles for Allergies

“I’ve suffered with seasonal allergies for 20+ years, but I was finally able to leave the roller coaster of traditional antihistamines and decongestants behind when I found out about freeze-dried nettles for treating allergies naturally. The tablets I take are a mix of nettles and other anti-inflammatory goodness (quercetin, bromelain, turmeric, ginger, etc), and using them is one of the biggest health wins I’ve had in years!”

“They work, but they won’t leave you exhausted like OTC antihistamines nor do they make you hyper like decongestants, which by the way, I no longer need! The product I use is only available at my local health store, but identical products are available online.”

Weleda Body Lotions

“Wild Rose is my current favorite, but I keep these by my bed and sometimes even apply them just for the scent. They’re so dreamy. From the luscious smells to the ease of application, these thin but creamy lotions are addictive, and they last a long time. No stickiness, just hydration and good smells!”

pamela jones pemberley jones online green beauty boutique pemjo

{Photos Courtesy Pamela Jones / Pemberley Jones}

Kahina Giving Beauty Eye Serum

“I joke that I started my store just to have lifetime access to this serum. Is it a joke? Maybe not. Kahina’s Eye Serum has softened fine lines and restored some elasticity to my under eye area. I have almost every one of my friends and family members hooked on it! While to some it may seem pricey, you need so little of it that it lasts a very long time. A bottle will last me almost six months while using it twice a day.”

Osmia Organics Rose Clay Face Cleansing Soap

“My skin feels so nice after I use this soap! It’s gentle and non-drying, but sudsy so it’s great for removing makeup at the end of the day. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated and toned and ready for whatever serum or oil I happen to be testing. All this while smelling like roses? It’s the best! I like to chop it into smaller cubes so it doesn’t melt in the shower, this is another product that lasts me forever.”

*Osmia Organics Spot Treatment

“I normally have a pretty clear complexion, but the stress of starting your own business can change every aspect of your life, including your skin! I’ve been crushing hard on this little spot treatment; I’m so grateful that I found it. In most cases it reduces inflammation very quickly, and spots are gone altogether in a few days.”

pamela jones pemberley jones online green beauty boutique pemjo

{Photos Courtesy Pamela Jones / Pemberley Jones}

*Benecos Mascara

“I have three issues that complicate my mascara needs: Allergies, contacts and delicate under eye skin. The first two mean lots of rubbing at my eyes, the last begs for less rubbing at my eyes. I need a mascara that won’t budge with normal wear, but also won’t require too much effort to remove. What’s more, since I work from home, I don’t wear mascara every day, so spending a lot of money on a tube that dries out in a month doesn’t work for me either! Oh, and I want dark lashes and great volume”

“Sounds like too much to ask, right? I found all of these things in this mascara. I love it! Getting used to the wetness of formula takes a few applications, but it’s worth the effort!”

DIY Cream Shadows: Weleda Skin Food + *Alima Pure’s Luminous Shimmer Shadows (shown in Milan)

“I love making my own cream shadows by mixing a dab of Skin Food with Alima’s pretty shadows. I like the versatility of using this method. When you buy cream shadows, they don’t always stay put. This gives you the ability to get the look of a cream shadow, but tap a little of the powdered shadow on top to help set it. I find it gives the richest and longest lasting color results.

April 29, 2014

natural beauty buff | tara pelletier, meow meow tweet

Besides the obvious cat lady connection, Meow Meow Tweet co-founder Tara Pelletier and I seem to have a lot in common.

Like most green beauty-loving people, this Brooklyn-based pixie-bob babe knows that it’s important to treat your insides as well as your outsides to keep your skin happy.

Tara Pelletier of Meow Meow Tweet

{Photo by Danny Rico // Courtesy Meow Meow Tweet}

Her mention of natural remedies that aid both digestion and complexion issues piqued my interest, as it seems those of us with breakout-prone skin tend to have gut issues.

Her mention of random lip balms in every last pocket had me feeling a bit sheepish about my own lip balm addiction (she makes the damn stuff, what’s my excuse?).

She really had me, though, when she mentioned her sweaty-girl tendency and actually offered a solution for how to keep herself feeling fresh.

Time to add a face and body toner to my deskside collection!

see what's inside meow meow tweet co-founder Tara Pelletier's green beauty bag

{Photo by Danny Rico // Courtesy Meow Meow Tweet}

I could go on about how I also have what could be the beginnings of arthritis in my left knee and also carry around an idea book and iPhone, but perhaps that’s a silly conversation to have with Tara herself when I make it up to New York City again (get a peek at the MMT studio via my girl Marcella!).

But we can totally feel free to talk about that and Tara’s picks and more in the comments section.

As always, I’ve starred the products I also use and love.


“I drink the tea and I take the tincture. It’s the only natural remedy I’ve found for my seasonal and cat allergies (yes, I said cat) and for the beginnings of what could be arthritis in my young but cranky right knee.”

*Dr. Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar

“I drink a tablespoon in warm water every other morning. This has greatly helped my digestion and my complexion.”

Anita’s Creamline Coconut Yogurt

“Sorry if you’re not in NYC as it’s only available here, but this vegan yogurt is seriously swoon-worthy. It’s thick and tangy like greek yogurt and made without added sugar.”

Anything from LayerXLayer

“We seriously have almost every style of bag they’ve ever made. Each one is crafted impeccably, sturdy, smartly designed and looks amazing.”

“I literally pulled what was in my Brimfield Bag by LayerXLayer. As you can see, I carry around a lot of unlabeled MMT stuff.”

*Meow Meow Tweet Geranium Basil Face + Body Tonic

“I use this to freshen up when I’m running around. It was a godsend on a recent long flight when I started getting that recycled-air, sticky-skin feeling. I sweat pretty easily, so it’s a good thing to have in my bag when I’m popping between business meetings on foot or on bicycle. I also use it every night after my shower and before moisturizing. I like the geranium basil because it’s complimentary to my combination, blemish-prone skin. (Jeff uses the bergamot vetiver and carries the same miniature size in his identical bag!)”

H. Wood Beauty Mineral Powder Foundation

“I have to admit, I carry this religiously and don’t really use it. When I do, it’s mainly as a concealer (I mix it with a little balm) if I’m going to have my picture taken and I look especially tired or sallow. Generally I don’t wear makeup.”

*Meow Meow Tweet Little Tin of Tea Tree Deodorant Cream

“This tiny little thimble of deo is something that I always have, especially in the summer for bike commutes and hot subway rides. I’ve also used it as a toothpaste in a pinch. Don’t be grossed out!”

Lurk TBPV1

“This is the only product that I use on a regular basis (besides sunscreen and toothpaste) that’s made by someone else. Anne (of Lurk) is a scent-smith, and I’m truly in love with this perfume. This winter, I would put it on my scarf so I could smell it while I was bustling around town. It smells of peppery candied flowers.”

*Random Meow Meow Tweet Lip Balms (two tangerine limes and a cinnamon mint)

“I have lip balms coming out of my ears. One of the benefits of making these things is that you end up with one in every pocket.”

*Badger Sunscreen Lotion

“A great, non-greasy, no-funny-stuff, sunscreen. I have tattoos and don’t like to get caught in a sunny situation without protection for them. I’ve kept my colors pretty vibrant over the years by being rigorous about the SPF. I also make my own sunscreen, but it’s not as travel friendly in a jar — I wear that one on my face.”

*Meow Meow Tweet Relief Balm

One of our oldest recipes but newest launches. This is a vegan “tiger balm.” I use it on my hands, on my knee, as a headache soother and as a lip balm. It’s definitely one of my favorite recipes.”

*Idea Book

“This is where I jot down recipe ideas, write parts of songs, sketch or make random lists. It’s like a practical diary.”

*iPhone 5

“We’re being authentic right? Well, this thing comes with me everywhere and is a large part of my life. For better or worse.”

April 11, 2014

natural beauty buff | karen ries, hana organic skincare

Karen Ries of HANA Organic Skincare has set a new standard for the natural beauty buff series.

Basically everything that she has shared with us is local to her (she hails from the Pacific Northwest), and though I cocked my head at the inclusion of heavy cream in her list, of course she mentioned how to use it in your green beauty treatments!

karen ries hana organic skincare natural beauty buff

Karen created HANA Organic Skincare in 2011 and is committed to fresh products that are handmade in small batches.

As a certified herbalist, Karen understands how to choose potent, medicinal herbs for use in her collection.

She obviously also understands how to treat herself; between the inclusion of heavy cream, spiced chai and Theo Chocolate (a favorite of mine!), Karen’s picks had me drooling and, subsequently, craving/needing a bath.

karen ries hana organic skincare natural beauty buff

Her picks have inspired me to think about the food and beauty companies that are local to me and how I can continue to support them in everything I do.

As always, I’ve starred the items below that I also use and love!

Read my reviews of HANA Organic Skincare products!

HANA Organic Skincare Eye Oil

I really love oils for my skin, and I especially wanted to make something uncomplicated and gentle for the eye area. There are few ingredients involved, but they blend nicely to smooth your skin. I apply once in the morning and at night.

Dragonfly Chai

In my humble opinion, the best chai in the world! Handcrafted from a microbrewery in Portland that uses organic fair trade teas. In addition to improving digestion, chai enhances the immune system, fights inflammation and has antioxidant properties. I especially like to sip on their Spicy Black Tea when I’m relaxing in the bath.

Twin Brook Creamery Heavy Organic Cream

Besides tasting incredible in a Dragonfly chai, this local cream works wonders when added to *HANA Organic Skincare’s Lavender Grains. The addition of cream to the grains makes this a moisturizing, rejuvenating and gentle face mask. Plus the packaging is as simple as you can get, the cows aren’t fed any antibiotics or hormones and I love reusing the bottles as flower vases when I’m finished.

China Rain, from Tenzing MoMo

This apothecary store has been in Pike Place Market for more than 37 years, and their China Rain has been my absolute favorite body scent since 1987! The blend of essential and base oils create their fresh, floral scent.

*Theo Chocolate

Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and major health benefits. I snack on Theo’s dark chocolate which is made in their Seattle facility (the first organic and fair trade chocolate factory in the country).


These unique glass candle votives are hand blown at their Seattle studio. The founder’s story is truly inspiring as are her charitable donations (each sale donates to various causes). I have a few scattered around the house, but I keep this one to light by the bathtub when I want to unwind.

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