Entries Tagged as 'natural beauty buff'

October 13, 2014

natural beauty buff | laurel shaffer, laurel whole plant organics

I’m always completely giddy to bring you a new “natural beauty buff” feature, but today’s post featuring Laurel Shaffer of Laurel Whole Plant Organics has my heart skipping a beat.

Laurel is just one of those founders you can instantly connect with because she’s the real deal — from the first email to the first handshake.

Warm and sweet, Laurel is chock-full of natural beauty knowledge (she’s a trained herbalist, ya know), yet explains it to you in a way that’s not sales-y, shocking or oversexed. It’s just real.

It’s also refreshing to see that not only does she use her own products in her daily rituals, but she also gets excited by other green beauty brands (and dare we say the c-word — “competitors”), which just goes to show you how deeply ingrained Laurel is in this bustling green beauty community.

Something tells me that’s that Bay Area coolness coming across in her demeanor.

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

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I love products.
I love my products.
I love other brand’s products.
If I could use 30 products everyday, I would. I might have to take time away from work to fit them all in, but it would be worth it!

I don’t wear makeup often, so I didn’t include that in my routine. I love nourishing my skin and keeping it bare whenever I can.

When I do wear makeup, though, most of my staples are from Alima Pure and Vapour Organic Beauty. Below are my “Daily Essentials” that I really do use every day! 

Laurel’s Daily Essentials

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*Josh Rosebrook Deep Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner

OMG. I am a believer! Using “natural” hair care products has always been a struggle for me. I tried pretty much everything on the shelves of Whole Foods. Not only did they not work, but they were usually a pretty far stretch from natural to my own standards. I came across Josh’s brand, and the purity really stood out to me — in fact, a purity in shampoo and conditioner that I had never come across. So you can imagine my surprise that it WORKED. I’m a die-hard. I’ve found my go-to hair care brand. My hair is the healthiest it has ever been.

Rupam’s Tooth Soap

All about the purity for me – always! I love that Rupam’s tooth concoction is so incredibly pure and effective. My teeth are always squeaky clean. This product replaces a toothpaste for me, and my teeth actually feel cleaner than when I used a toothpaste.

*Etta & Billie Soap

Shout out to one of the many indie green brands in my Bay Area home. Alana, who makes these soaps, is such a lovely person…. her formulas are incredibly pure (again, with the purity!). I love that her formulas are mostly organic and that she uses rosemary to preserve her oils instead of vitamin E. She also uses super-cool combinations for her soaps like this locally made Earl Grey Tea.

Laurel Whole Plant Organics Normal/Dry Cleanser

This is my go-to cleanser for washing my face and removing my makeup. I like to treat it like an oil cleanse and remove it with a towel. It’s super-nourishing and hydrating, starring rose, calendula, honey, rose geranium and bergamot. With 20 active beneficial plant ingredients, and no water or alcohol, this cleanser is more than a cleanser for sure.

Laurel Whole Plant Organics Normal/Mature Elixir

Immediately after cleansing, I use our Elixir. It smells so lovely, and I tend to overuse. Guilty. This product is also rose-focused, accompanied by frankincense, lemon balm and sandalwood — a total of 20 beneficial plant actives actually! This product is also water- and alcohol-free, so the formula in total is 100 percent beneficial active ingredients. This is definitely more than an average toner and a must for my anti-aging regimen.

Laurel Whole Plant Organics Sun Damage Serum

How I moisturize my skin changes daily. I love that about our line. Do I use a Balm today? Is my skin inflamed? Do I need an antioxidant boost? I love being able to ask myself those questions each morning and choose accordingly. But in the summer, often our Sun Damage Repair Serum wins. It contains a high amount of whole plant vitamin C, and it repairs as well as prevents sun damage. I am a huge advocate for using whole plants instead of synthetics for our antioxidants like vitamin C, and this product is an obvious reflection of that philosophy’s efficacy.

On Laurel’s “Daily Essentials” Wish List:

A good deodorant. I really need to work a good deodorant into my routine, and I am excited to try the news ones from Meow Meow Tweet, Schmidt’s and Blissoma! [Laurel, tell me you've seen my ultimate guide to natural deodorants?!]

Laurel’s “Serious Me Time” Products

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I try to take at least one day a week to really relax, take a bath and surround myself with products. That sometimes is the only time I take for myself all week when things are busy. It helps me relax like nothing else.  This always starts with a bath and some tea!

By Nieves ​Bath Salts

I have personally known Nieves for years, being one of my fellow Bay Area brands. She is always incredibly kind. I love that this bath salt has some of my favorite EO’s for relaxing, like lavender and cedar, and it also has seaweed for a great detox. My skin is always incredibly soft after.

Laurel Whole Plant Organics Honey Berry Mask

On a serious pampering day, I have been known to do three masks back to back!  And use, easily, 15 products. Love it. But our Honey Mask is a staple. I never give myself a facial without it being included. One tip is to NOT mix it with powdered masks! We get asked that a lot. Honey coats the plants in the powdered mask, so then you are not getting the full benefits of the plants, only the honey.

Laurel Whole Plant Organics Brighten Mask

This is our real-deal, anti-aging mask. This is another product where we focus on using the whole plant version of our desired antioxidants, like vitamin C. Camu Camu, acerola cherry and rosehip are all packed with vitamin C to repair damaged skin, restore collagen and brighten skin tone. I should probably be using this one daily!

Herbivore Botanicals Hair Serum

I love this hair serum! I slather this all over my hair, and sometimes leave it on until the following day. It has a rich texture to it, and a soft bright floral scent. I also think the owners of Herbivore are basically the coolest hippie product-makers ever.

*Laurel Whole Plant Organics Night Balm

A real anti-age facial is not complete without our Night Balm. Our Night Balm contains more rose and more sea buckthorn than any of our other products. It is by far one of our most concentrated and results-driven formulas. I will be the first to admit it smells a little heavy — nutty, floral and musky. I love it, but I know that it smells so heavy because of all of our unrefined quality oils. Sometimes efficacy has to come before scent in my opinion. That is what perfumes are for!  Which leads me to…

Charmed Botanicals Chakra Oil

This scented roll-on scent is made only with essential oils, and it is super special. It is made of equal parts seven oils, one for each chakra. It is truly harmonious and blissful. It is very delicate, which I love. I could spend hours smelling it and trying to pick out the seven oils and how they interweave together. For me, scents aren’t necessarily something you throw on before you leave the house. They are part of me caring for myself and feeling beautiful.

On Laurel’s “Me Time” Wish List:

*May Lindstrom Skin The Jasmine Garden

Yes, I know, I know – we make Elixirs! But we actually don’t use a lot of Jasmine, and May has such a gift for making self-care so special.

La Bella Figura Aria Nighttime Cell Recovery Treatment

Even though we make plenty of serums, LBF’s Aria looks so rich in color! And as a formulator, that tells me all I need to know: The richer the color typically means the higher the antioxidant content and the higher quality the oils – sold!

September 11, 2014

natural beauty buff | anit hora, mullein & sparrow

When it came to natural beauty products, I never really thought of myself as a packaging person — it was always about how well something performed.

As I’ve gotten more involved in this industry, my thoughts have changed.

A product has to have it all — the packaging, the branding, the story and, of course, the ingredients and performance.

One brand that I’ve been admiring for all of these qualities above (and have been lucky to sample and review) is Mullein & Sparrow, an artisan line based in Brooklyn and founded by the beautiful Anit Hora.

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With just one glance at the Mullein & Sparrow homepage, you’ll be transported to an old-fashioned apothecary, complete with minimal design elements on the labels and an overall clean aesthetic.

A few products, such as the Lavender Hydrosol and Tinted Lip & Cheek Balm, have a bit more styling to them, but in a whimsical, flirty way that totally fits the mood of this gorgeous line.

anit hora founder of mullein & sparrow

Anit’s goal of creating a line that celebrates time-tested skin care traditions, such as those based in Ayurveda, and simple yet effective remedies, comes to life in Mullein & Sparrow, and today she’s sharing a few of her favorite products both from her line and others’.

Enjoy.

what's inside mullein & sparrow founder anit hora's green beauty bag

(I’ve starred the items that I also use and love.)

UPDATED: Anit has so generously offered a 15% off code to my lovely readers, valid on any Mullein & Sparrow purchase. Use code “KIMLOC” at checkout!

*RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-up

I really love the consistency of this natural cover-up. It is very light, but does a great job at maximizing coverage without feeling very heavy on the skin. Because it has so many great ingredients, you never have to feel bad about wearing it. Also, its small packaging is perfect to throw in your bag when you’re on the go and is great for any quick fix.

*RMS Beauty Living Luminizer

The wear of this product is amazing. It is so light and subtle, but even the littlest bit goes a very long way. It is great for adding a nice glow, but looks very natural. It’s the perfect product to spruce up your look, and you can put it virtually anywhere (i.e. eyes, lips, contour).

*Flawless Volumizing Mascara by BareMinerals and *Tarte’s Lights Camera Lashes Mascara

These two mascaras are the best in the more natural market. They work great and are free from many not-so-good ingredients that you find in most cosmetic products.

*Mullein and Sparrow Face Serum (Get 15% off with code 15% off with code KIMLOC through 9/30/14!)

Our face serum is packed with some of the best natural ingredients and essential oils out there. It is super nourishing and moisturizing. I use it in both the AM and PM and mix it with the Lavender Hydrosol.

Mullein and Sparrow Lavender Hydrosol (Get 15% off with code 15% off with code KIMLOC through 9/30/14!)

This product comes with me everywhere! I use it frequently throughout the day, sometimes as a toner in my skincare routine and other times as a quick pick-me-up when my skin is feeling dry or overheated. It has a wonderful scent and feels so great on the skin. It’s great for any time of the year, but is especially awesome in the summer. It even works as a natural bug repellent!

Mullein and Sparrow Dark Dry Shampoo (Get 15% off with code 15% off with code KIMLOC through 9/30/14!)

Our dark dry shampoo is a life saver! It helps me maintain healthy hair and also gives me great volume when my hair is feeling bit flat. Just a little bit of this product goes a long way and makes your locks look fresh and clean (even if you woke up with some serious bed head).

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.

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.

Notebook

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

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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