• Organaca Presents Natural Teen Beauty Tips - Chemicals to Avoid

    Amelia and Claira discuss toxic chemicals to avoid

    In this weeks video installment of "Natural Teen Beauty" our two teen vloggers discover some of the toxic chemicals found in every day beauty products. Look under your sink or in your medicine cabinet and see what fun toxins you can come up with. In small doses these toxins seem benign but when they build up in our body and in our environment they can do some real damage.

    Chemicals to avoid in your Shampoo...

    Parabens - These nasty little guys can do a lot of harm but are found in almost all non organic/natural shampoos and conditioners. They are a preservative but can cause elevated levels of estrogen, which causes breast cancer. Here is a great article from the Breast Cancer fund.

    Sulfates (sodium lauryl sulfate) -  A skin irritant sounds like a great thing to put on your head...no? This little guy can not only damage your skin and eyes but has ironically been linked to hair loss and thinning. LIVESTRONG.COM had a nice article on that horrible side effect.

    Our shampoo brands don't use Parabens and Sulfates!

    Learn more about those brands here...

    Intelligent Nutrients - The most complete haircare line we carry.

    Yarok - From New York City. Some of our favorite hair products.

    Rahua - Made with sustainable Amazonian ingredients. 

    Briogeo - Botanical based yumminess for your hair.

    Dear Clark - Organic styling products from Texas.

    More reading here...

    sulfatefreeshampoos.org  Has a great site full of information and options regarding shampoos and hair care products that sulfate and Paraben free.

    Beautycounter.com has a terrifying list of toxins, chemicals and harmful ingredients they will NEVER use in their products. They are actively lobbying our government here in the US to ban many of these  nasty chemicals for use in beauty products. We support them 100%!

    organicbeautytalk.com  This blog has a great list of ingredients to avoid and great educational information about natural and organic beauty.

  • Organic Ingredients for Cleansing, Moisturizing & Anti-Aging

    Kahina Argan Oil by Organaca

    Argan Oil - The ultimate anti-aging food for your skin!

    What is it?

    Argan oil is a plant oil from a small nut that grows on Argan trees found only in Morocco. It is loaded with Vitamin E, phenolic oils, antioxidants and fatty acids, including hard to obtain Omega 6 and Omega 9 acids. Together, all these factors make argan oil one of the best ways to insure your skin stays young and healthy.

    What does it do?

    What doesn’t it do? Argan is multipurpose oil that can moisturize, feed or reduce wrinkles by providing your skin the essential nutrients it needs. Think of it as a multi-vitamin for your face. Some of the many benefits include...

    • Antioxidants that neutralize free radicals that cause signs of aging
    • Minimizes fine lines and wrinkles by locking in moisture and keep skin vivacious
    • Restores elasticity while revitalizing and replacing dead skin cells
    • Soothes irritation and redness of skin for a variety of issues

    Kahina Giving Beauty makes an entire skincare regime based on Argan Oils. Learn more about it by visiting our blog segment on the Women of Morroco who harvest this magical oil.

    Kahina Giving Beauty Organaca

    Apple Fruit Hydrosol

    Dr Hauschka Night Serum by Organaca

    Apple blossom water! Apples are loaded with moisture and your skin should be too! Apple hydrosol helps keep the skin hydrated while toning and revitalizing. This makes it great for cleansers that don’t dry out your skin. It’s loaded with vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B and free-radical fighting antioxidants. Alpha hydroxy acids are extremely beneficial for loosening dead skin and revealing new skin cells beneath. Apples contain malic acids that penetrate the skin membrane deeper than other topical ingredients which is great for those with sensitive skin.  Malic acid also acts as a chemical exfoliator and helps remove dead skin cells and encourages new growth.

    What does it do?

    • Keeps your skin hydrated and conditioned
    • Exfoliates dead skin cells and encourages new growth
    • Tones skin and encourages new skin cells
    • Protects skin from wrinkle and spot-causing free-radicals

    Check out our favorite products containing apple hydrosol...

    Hauschka Night Serum

    Dr Hauschka Night Serum by Organaca

    Suki Purifying Foaming Cleanser

    Suki Purifying Foaming Cleanser by Organaca

    Intelligent Nutrients Gentle Cleansing Lotion

    Intelligent Nutrients Gentle Cleansing Lotion

    North American Witch Hazel

    Witch Hazel- Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Toner by Organaca

    Hamamelis virginiana

    What is it?

    Made from the leaves and bark of the North American Witch Hazel Shrub, this wonderful gift from nature has a multitude of uses that makes it one of the most popular ingredients for organic skincare products. Native Americans have been using the bark of this plant for generations for medical purposes that include eye irritation, bruises, skin irritation and burns as well as internal use for stomach and digestive issues.

    What does it do?

    • Soothes irritated, bruised or damaged skin
    • Tightens pores making blackheads disappear
    • Balances and controls oil production in the T zone
    • Treats acne and skin blotches

    Check out our to products that use Witch Hazel...

    Dr Hauschka’s Clarifying Toner

    Dr Hauschka Clarifying Toner by Organaca

    As I guy, I love the way it reduces blackheads and balances my face oils. Personally, I use Dr Hauschka’s Clarifying Toner after I wash my face or after a shower.

    Suki Transformative Purifying Masque

    Suki Transformative Purifying Masque by Organaca

    Witch Hazel's soothing & restorative properties make it ideal for spot removal

    Dr. Hauschka Revitalizing Day Cream

    Dr Hauschka Revitalizing Day Cream by Organaca

    Dr. Hauschka Revitalizing Day Cream is a best seller for those who need to moisturize their skin but also need to keep face oils under control at the same time. It's no surprise Witch Hazel is a main ingredient of this popular day cream.

    Learning about our skin's needs is an important first step to effective, natural beauty. Familiarize yourself with ingredients that fit your paticular needs and then find the products that contain them. Please feel free to call or write us any time. We'd be more than happy to help find products that work for you.

    Cheers,

    Derek

    Organaca Team

     

     

     

  • Organaca Presents: Natural Teen Beauty Tips

     

    Here at Organaca we strive to serve everyone. After some prodding from my 16 year old niece we decided to start a how-to video series for Natural Teen Beauty Tips. Being a teen is hard enough these days but that doesn't mean they have to use chemical-ridden products that hurt the environment and their health. Natural beauty is a lifestyle choice that can be learned early in life. This series will educate and inform teens on how to Live Green and Live Beautifully. Their first video is a product review on Suki's Active Daily Regime Trial Kit for Clarity (combo to oily skin) This kit covers all your skin care needs and is a great way to introduce natural teen beauty to a newbie.

    Amelia and Claira are two all-American teens who are going to introduce you to the benefits of natural and organic beauty...but from a teens perspective. They will be dealing with topics that range from dealing with acne to choosing sustainable and natural hair and makeup for prom. They will also be touching on other important teen issues that deal with what natural teen beauty is all about. This series will be full of great educational information but will also be fun and entertaining. We have given the girls full artistic license so you never know what these two are going to come up with.

    Amelia and Claira are excited to answer your questions and take on issues and topics that will help teens understand and implement a natural beauty routine that is safe and effective. Check out some of their ideas...

    Prom Makeup/Hair Tutorial

    Mud Masque Sleep Over

    Water Dates and Sunblock

    Travel Tips & Travel Sized Hair Product Kit

    What Natural Beauty Means to You

    Date Tips and Lipstick

    How to Kiss and Lipstick

    Makeup Dos and Don’ts

    Eyeshadow Tutorial (smokey eye, natural, cat eye etc.)

    Curly Hair Tutorial-Dos and Don’ts

    How to Take Care of Long Hair

    Musical Stage Makeup (School Musical “Cinderella”)

     

    Let us know if there are any topics you want to see covered by commenting here! Also, Please feel free to leave comments and questions for the girls on our youtube channel and maybe they will

    Live green, live beautifully.

    Derek

    The Organaca Team

  • Beautycounter Lobbies for Safe Cosmetics and Skin Care

    Beautycounter organic skin care

    What is in the cosmetic, skin and hair care products that you routinely use? You may be shocked at the results. According to reports by ABC News and statistics compiled by the organic skin care company Beautycounter, the number of chemicals is alarming. While European countries have banned almost 1400 dangerous chemicals, the U.S. has only banned a total of 11. The average woman uses 12 beauty products containing over 120 chemicals in her daily routine, some of which are known to cause health problems. The average male uses 6 beauty products containing up to 80 harsh chemicals. While many of us give careful consideration to what we put in our bodies, we don’t often consider what we put on our skin, the body’s largest organ.

    Gregg Renfrew, CEO and founder of Beautycounter, not only has built a company around safe, organic cosmetics, but she is also actively lobbying on Capitol Hill for change. While it seems counterintuitive for a business person to push for increased regulation, Renfrew has her reasons and her concerns appear to be legitimate. While Renfrew pushes hard for increased regulations, her competitors in the Big Cosmetic industry are pushing hard as well. Cosmetic companies spent nearly $33 million lobbying Congress last year not to regulate their industry, claiming that it would harm innovation. Considering no new cosmetic regulations have passed since 1938, it seems that their past efforts have been quite successful. Check out the following list of known chemicals in the cosmetic industry and ask yourself if this sounds like “innovation” or cost controls at our expense.

    Here’s a quick roundup of what you may find:

     

    Over 85,000 chemicals have been added to cosmetic, personal care, and everyday cleaning products since 1938, 80-90% of which were never tested. The team at Organaca strives to bring you to the best and safest organic and natural beauty products from around the world. We are constantly evaluating our product line for unsafe ingredients and will continue to remove those products from our offerings as they are discovered. We will remain vigilant in monitoring what our members put on their bodies, and we fully support the lobbying efforts of Beautycounter and like-minded organizations.

    Best practice? - Find products with the fewest number of chemicals on the label, and preferably with natural and organic ingredients which have not been tested on animals.

  • Briogeo Hair Care: A Guide

     

    Briogeo Hair Education

  • Dr. Hauschka Foot Cream: A Manly Man Review

    I live in the desert. And even though there’s plenty of green trees, a lake right outside our valley and so far, no water restrictions, the old saying still goes…”It’s a desert out there.” And one might think that being so dry that we are fairly free from the evil condition of Athlete’s Foot, but nope, I found myself with it late last year and early 2015. I thought you had to be an athlete to get it, but lucky me I suppose.

    So when I finally go past it and was able to really start caring for my feet, someone near and dear sent me Dr. Hauschka’s Hydrating Foot Crème and…(expletive!) I love it! It’s really great for someone who works a lot, in horribly, uncomfortable steel toe boots as I do. When I get home, my feet are less … gross… for lack of a better term than ever before. So, in a sense, I could in theory go longer and longer in my shoes and socks. Dr. Haushka’s products have been good to me so far. They each have a distinct smell that feels different from other foot products on the market. This isn’t a spray on sort of treatment. For me, it takes time and yes, it is pampering but it also works for you. That’s kind of how I like to ration it out when it’s late at night and I want to go to bed. I simply remind myself that “Hey, it works for me!”

    And if foot crème isn’t your fancy, fine, I get it. Your significant other will be the one with the good, clean feet…and you can apply it for her!

    Dr. Hauschka's Hydrating Foot Cream

    Zach E., Las Vegas

  • Dear Clark: A Manly Man Review

    My Take on Dear Clark Shampoo/Conditioner.

    It’s the scent…It isn’t the commercial scent of a giant conglomerate making thousands of bottles of shampoo a day and shipping them to the masses. It’s personal. It’s yours and it’s so distinct. I don’t have many rituals and those that I do have; I certainly don’t dwell on. But when you open the Dear Clark bottles of Shampoo and Conditioner, one cannot help but be overwhelmed by that distinct …difference.

    That difference is enormous. I’m almost…no, I am a snob about it!

    Zach from Las Vegas This is Zach. He hikes a lot.

     

    Snobbery has it’s villains. For music snobs, it’s the popularity of a U2 or Coldplay. For sushi snobs, if it’s not in Japan or California or the world’s finest restaurants, it’s not edible. For beer drinkers, it’s the local brewery…they’d never be caught dead with a Budweiser or Miller. For me-my enemies are the major shampoo makers. I don’t want to say their names but you can see their commercials now.

    Dear Clark may be the one thing I’ll continue to be snobbish about---at least while I still have hair.

    Zach E., Las Vegas

    Dear Clark Hair Care This is Dear Clark. Its blowing our minds!
  • Just Added: Coola Organic Suncare Kit!

    coola-suncare-travel

    Go GREEN and not red with this super handy Suncare Travel Kit!

    Kit includes a quartet of Coola's most popular luxury organic and natural suncare must haves, all in TSA approved carry-on sizes! These high-performance products protect and nourish the skin with vitamins and age-defying antioxidants, while remaining free of parabens, paba, petroleum and phthalates. All in a reusable, travel-friendly and limited edition COOLA travel clutch!

    • $75 Value!
    • Protects & repairs
    • Award-winning product assortment
    • TSA approved carry-on size products
    • Limited edition COOLA clutch

    • Includes TSA Approved Size Products:
    • 3.4oz Sport SPF 30 Piña Colada Sunscreen Spray
    • 2oz ER+ Radical Recovery® After-Sun Lotion
    • 0.85oz Classic Face SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer
    • Full-Size Liplux® SPF 30 Original

  • Dr. Squatch: Showering with Nature

    Dr. Squatch Soaps Look at this guy. He's soaping it up like nobody's business. Get on that band wagon!

     

    Dr. Squatch Soap Co. started as the idea to create a simple, natural, and manly soap. With a belief that the Sasquatch is the perfect embodiment of "manly men" these guys created a soap bar with simple ingredients from mother earth, carefully chosen just for your body.

    Dr. Squatch is a homegrown company that believes in trust and transparency, and like the great wild Sasquatch, they believe in living a free, simple, and natural life.  Also having a deep admiration for being in nature, they sought to bring this experience to other guys, even if its just in the shower.

    Just like the Sasquatch who roams free we too enjoy exploring and pursuing an active life, making that time of cleansing all the sweeter.  We are proud of Dr. Squatch Soap's ability to let men unleash their inner man, in all the glory of everyday adventure, independence, and freedom.

    Childhood friends and family are all that make up the Dr. Squatch company at this point, but even though they're small, they still have big plans to leave a positive mark on everyone and everything they come in contact with through originality, responsibility, and quality.

    Here at Organaca, we can get down with that!

    (Not to mention that Kelly's boyfriend won't stop asking for the soaps)

    Dr. Squatch These guys! They made Dr. Squatch happen!
  • Dn Unik's Age Defying Serum

    DN Unik Age Defying Serum

     

    This serum deeply moisturizes, helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles,
    and helps protect the skin from the signs of visible aging.


    BEAUTY TIP : Apply to the face, neck and décolleté, avoiding the eye contour area. Use morning and evening.

    Use alone or with DN-UNIK Day Cream or DN-UNIK Night Cream.


    NATURAL HYALURONIC ACID

    Obtained from the fermentation of a mixture of algae and plants, it is known for its moisturizing and age-defying properties. It helps protect the tissues and preserves the water content of the skin.

    AGE-DEFYING ACTIVE 

    Composed of a combination of an extract of Tara gum (derived from a Peru shrub), rich in oligosaccharides and
 a green algae, it helps improve the hydration, elasticity and firmness of the skin.
It helps preserve the youthful feeling of the skin. 

    SESAME OIL 

    Rich in vitamin E and unsaponifiables, it helps maintain the integrity of skin and helps prevent the skin from drying. It also helps protect the skin from external elements.

    ALOE VERA
    Contains numerous vitamins and minerals. It presents moisturizing,
    soothing and restorative properties.
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