• Breakups and Breakouts

    A friend of mine recently went through a pretty dramatic breakup. And by pretty dramatic, I mean there was cheating. And by cheating, I mean he was sleeping with the city. But that’s neither here nor there.

    While her heart and head were left to make sense of it all, her body had a different way of dealing. As if she really needed more on her plate, her formerly healthy skin turned against her and left my beautiful friend feeling inadequate and worse for wear.

    Not only does a bad breakup affect your ability to do a number of things — like 1. get out of bed and 2. not drink wine for breakfast — it also does a number on your nerves, stomach, and face. And while you may not be able to control some things in life, you can certainly make strides to control the health of your skin.

    Finding a good nightly regimen and sticking with it is one way to combat the ol’ breakup breakout. The key to getting your glow back is to go natural and stay consistent. Because, like my mother told me, the best revenge is always, always a better life.

    Here are a few suggestions on what you can do to save face despite the drama:

    • Facial Cleanser: No matter how tired you are, you gotta wash your face. Use a gentle, organic soap that’s also strong enough to get rid of all the nasties. Rinse, repeat, and dry. Make sure you use a product that will be kinder to your skin type than that jerk was to your heart.

    One to try: Dr. Hauschka Soothing Cleansing Milk: This guy here uses Bentonite clay and fermented grain extract to clear out dirt, makeup, and oil while anthyllis extract nourishes, tones, and soothes.

    • Night Cream: Nurture your skin every night with an organic night cream that’ll make you feel like the kind of person who can take care of their own damn self. It also helps reduce discoloration, hyperpigmentation, post-acne spots, and dark spots. By the time you begin to see the difference — four to six weeks — you may even have your appetite back. Goals.

    One to try: Kahina Night Cream: This stuff is serious grown-up stuff, guys, and falling asleep cloaked in a cream that smells of the lilies and Japanese wakame seaweed it’s made from will assure you everything’s gonna be just fine.

    • Eye Gel: Whether your eyes are puffy from crying or your dark circles are due to lack of sleep, a good eye gel will set you straight so you can grieve as you wish and still look lovely. Firming the skin around your eyes, eye gels are excellent combatants against fatigued, tired, and run-down skin.

    One to try: Skin Owl Eye Gel Aloe + Cucumber: This super lightweight miracle worker uses hyaluronic acid, periwinkle, and licorice to transform translucent skin into a thing of radiant resilience. 

    • Night Conditioner: While this isn’t something you have to worry about 365 days a year, it’s an excellent addition to the life of your skin every few months. Begin now, use for 28 days, and the next time you have to break it out, your breakup will be a distant memory.

    One to try: Dr. Hauschka Renewing Night Conditioner: This 28-day regime uses oil-free ampules to encourage proper hydration and revitalize pale and lifeless mature skin. Condition once per decade of life: So, if you’re 30, use three times a year. If you’re 40, use four times every year, and so forth.

    • Night Serum: The job of night serums is to protect your skin from environmental stress and accelerated aging — read: helps you stay young despite life’s bull.

    One to try:  Sevani Advanced Omega Night Repair Serum: This serum is packed with vitamin C, A, CoQ10, and Kukui oil to fight the bad stuff, while rosewood, sea buckthorn, and neroli essential oils help hydrate and regenerate so you can get your glow back!

    Get Your Glow Back! Get Your Glow Back!



    The mission of Dr. Hauschka's biodynamic skincare line is “to support the healing of humankind and the planet” and you can feel the strength and deep nurturing of this very mission absorbing into your skin when you use the line. Everything they do is in the interest of fostering the well being of the world from ecologically conscious methods of growing and sourcing ingredients to international fair trade initiatives.

    The skin adores Dr. Hauschka. It is refreshing and delicious in every way you can imagine. I have been using Dr. Hauschka for 20 years now. At 40, people guess I am 30-33 and women are forever asking me what skincare I use. So, ladies! Here are the specifics:



    My basic daily skincare regime in the morning is Dr. Haushka 3 step: Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize.

    • CLEANSE: Hauschka’s Milk Cleanser is velvety smooth going on and great for the most sensitive skins, it doubles as a make up remover. You only need one or two pumps and it lasts around 6 months. 
    • TONE: The Clarifying Toner tones, balances pH, and calms skin- it contains Calendula, Wound Wort, Horse Chestnut, Echinacea, Daisy, and Witch Hazel- it is powerful and light all at once.  A few spritzes is super refreshing and the skin ADORES it.
    • MOISTURIZE: Hauschka has many great moisturizers for all skin types. I switch between the Rose Day Cream and the super effective Melissa Day Cream. I LOVE the Melissa Day Cream! The scent alone is so uplifting it is impossible to be in a bad mood when you apply it to your face. YUM. It contains sunflower, apricot, and jojoba oils, Melissa (Lemon Balm), Carrot, Daisy, among other pure delicious plant ingredients.

    BONUS MASK- 1-2xs a week I mix the Hydrating Mask in with the Melissa Day Cream. It is soothing and quenches thirsty skin with Almond, Avocado, Olive oil, Shea Butter and Beeswax.

    Try Dr. Hauschka. You are in for a delicious daily experience. Your skin and senses will thank you. Hauschka is a bit pricey but SO WORTH it and I have a secret.  I buy from Organaca.com, they have great sales on Hauschka several times a year 25% off and I stock up then. Save some money while you are at it, ORGANACA.COM.


    Shar Veda is an Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor & Health Educator, Yoga Therapist, and herbalist living in Ashland, Oregon. She offers compassionate health and lifestyle counseling anywhere in the world via Skype and or the good old-fashioned telephone. Shar has had the great gift of studying with leading teachers in Ayurveda, Yoga, and herbalism for nearly 20 years. However, it was her adopted grandma, Doe (English-American and Blackfoot Native), who instilled within her profound appreciation for the supreme power of loving touch, healing arts, and world family. Visit her website for a video, full bio, and photos or find her on Facebook!







  • 5 Reasons to Use Organic Skincare & Makeup


    Dr. Hauschka Organic Skin Care

    For most women, makeup isn’t a mask: it’s an essential part of everyday life, something that beautifies the face as well as the general attitude. From ladies who love to get artsy with eye makeup to those who simply need some lip gloss and mascara to face the day, makeup isn’t something most are willing to give up. But as more natural beauty products hit the market, women are left wondering what’s so dangerous about their conventional beauty products. Should they should stop wearing makeup or switch to something more natural? Well, no, you don’t have to stop wearing makeup at all. In fact, we’ve come up with five reasons why you should use organic skincare and beauty products, along with five natural items you may not know about.

    1. Eco-smart
    Beauty products that you’re probably used to rely on a long list of chemicals and petroleum-based ingredients. Due to the extensive mining required to produce some of the harsh substances in makeup —like aluminum and petroleum — there is a profound effect on the areas with such resources. Acres of land and essential wildlife in places Amazon Rainforest, for example, are destroyed for the sake of many common personal care products — like antiperspirants.

    One to try: Schmidt’s Ylang-Ylang + Calendula Deodorant

    Schmidt's Deodorant Ylang-Ylang


    2. Nutrients aplenty
    While the general rule for eating whole foods is, If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it, the same can apply to beauty products. They also say, if you can’t eat it, don’t use it on your body! Instead, go for products with nutrients like cocoa butter and nutrient-rich oils.

    One to try: 80 Acres of McEvoy Ranch Olive Oil Lip Balm.80 Acres Verde Lip Balm


    3. Chemical free = A healthy body
    Products that use harsh chemicals can be irritable on your skin or cause allergic reactions, but worse than that, they can poison your endocrine system. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, two of the most common substances in conventional makeup — parabens and phthalates — have been linked to cancer as well as type-II diabetes. But go natural, and you’ll look good AND feel good because you’re healthy.

    One to try: Dr. Hauschka Eyeliner Duo Dr Hauschka Eyeliner


    4. Natural is gentler
    Of course, once you’re rid of products with no harsh chemicals, you’re naturally already being kinder to your skin. But did you know that an organic product means your skin should be more naturally moisturized and not looking so dry, dull, and cracked?

    One to try: Dr. Hauschka Rouge Powder

    Dr Hauschka Rouge Powder


    5. Helps prevent premature aging
    Many natural skincare products contain some level of sun protection. Since your face is so vulnerable to UV-related aging, it’s important to choose a beauty product with minerals and vitamins that can enrich and protect your skin, leaving you with a glow instead of a wrinkle.

    One to try: 100% Pure Healthy Flawless Skin Foundation Powder w/ SPF20

    100% Pure Healthy Flawless Skin Foundation Powder w/ SPF20- Creme - Creme (fair)




    Please contact us or comment below with any questions you have!

    - The Organaca Team

  • Top Organic Ingredients from the girls at Natural Teen Beauty

    In their quest for natural beauty Amelia and Claira share some of their favorite organic and natural ingredients.

    Nature has provided botanical and natural ingredients since the beginning of time. The girls have a few favorites and want to share them with you. Most of our products consist of many different ingredients but here are a few made with some of the girls favorites.



    The free-radical fighter helps counter the effects of oxidization of skin cells by converting into Vitamin A. It's used in many of our products and is found naturally in these foods...Apricots, Asparagus, Broccoli, Carrots, Grapefruit, Kale, Peas, Plums, Pumpkin, Spinach, Squash and sweet potatoes to mention a few. Shop for products rich in Beta-carotene below.

    Suki Nourishing Facial Oil- For combo to Dry skin

    A daily moisturizer that feeds your skin and fights aging.

    Suki Noureshing Facial Oil

    Ilike Pumpkin and Orange Mask  

    It's spa night!! Use this mask after sun exposure or damage to fight dryness and hyper-pigmentation.

    ilike Pumpkin Mask


    Rohr Remedy Boab and Rosehip with Vitamin E oil

    Australian Bush Medicine! Rosehip derivatives can reduce fine wrinkles caused by UV damage, and reduce hyper pigmentation of scars.

    Rohr Remedy Boab and Rosehip oil


    Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza Glabra)

    The anti-inflammatory powers of licorice extract is well documented and has been used medically to treatrosacea, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis. In skin care it helps fight puffy skin and bags under the eyes. However it's brightening qualities makes it very popular for treating redness, sun spots or damaged skin.

    Suki Targeted Bio-Brightening Face Serum

    Need help with sun spots or evening out sun damaged skin? This is our number one selling product for just that!

    Suki Targeted Bio-Brightening Face Serum


    100% Pure Brightening Night Balm

    Another great choice for evening out sun damaged or irritated skin.

    100% Pure Brightening Night Balm


    Green Tea Extract

    Protect those skin cells with Green tea extract! It's naturally loaded with antioxidants that fight aging and keep your skin young and healthy.

    Briogeo Be Gentle Be Kind Green Tea Shampoo

    Even your scalp will enjoy the soothing and rejuvenation effects of Green Tea! This has become a staff favorite and is great for sensitive hair and skin.



    One Love Elizabeth Dehn Vitamin C Serum

    Love your skin and give it the best nutrition you can. This vitamin C serum is amazing at feeding your skin and evening out skin tone simultaneously!



    If you have any questions about natural ingredients and the skin issues they serve please give us a call and we would be happy to direct you to the right products!


    -The Organaca team


















  • Here Comes the Sun: Sun Protection End-of-Summer Tips

    Late summer early fall sun protection

    At the end of the season, it’s easy to throw caution to the wind while trying to soak in the last days and rays of the summer sun. But as you’re holding onto that summer spirit, even into the early Fall, you could be damaging your skin. Don’t be fooled: there’s still reason to take precautions against possible sun damage.

    Here’s four sun protection tips you should consider for summer’s last hurrah.

    1. Non-mineral sunscreens: When using a preventative sun care product, it’s important to know the difference between mineral and non-mineral products. Classic/traditional/non-mineral sunscreens use chemical-active ingredients that absorb and dissipate UVA and UVB rays. These should be applied half an hour before you park yourself on the beach — it needs time to soak into your skin before the sun gets there first. One to try: This Coola Full Body cream is a perfect example of a great non-mineral sunscreen.

    2. Mineral sunscreens: While classic sunscreens dissipate rays, mineral suncare products use mineral-active ingredients like Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide to scatter then reflect UVA and UVB rays. That means that they can stop UVA rays before they even reach the skin rather than absorbing then filtering the rays independently. Another cool thing about mineral sunscreens is that they go into effect immediately upon application. So if you’re forget all about lathering on your lotion until you’ve been in the pool for ten minutes, you can still do some major damage control/protection before it’s too late. One to try: This Coola Mineral Baby Organic SPF 50 is all-natural, organic, hypoallergenic, and created specifically to give safe protection to kids six months old or older.

    3. The right regime: Don’t forget to protect yourself all over. That means paying attention to your face, lips, as well as your full body. There are products made to specifically care for particular parts, like your tender lips. One to try: This Coola travel kit will have you prepared for it all.

    4. Repairing is caring: Even if you can’t feel the burn, like in the cooler days of early Fall, your skin still needs some TLC after a long day in the sun. Using products with natural ingredients — like rose water A and rye seed extract A —  is the best way to repair and care for your skin.  One to try: Remember when we said you should pay attention to all of your body? This Coola Environmental Repair Plus Calm Glow Eye Gel makes sure your eyes are in good shape with its lightweight and oil-free gel that keeps moisture in and pollutants out.

    HELP! What if I have sun damaged skin?

    We all forget our sunscreen once in a while. What then? No worries, you can reverse sun spot damage the natural way by using one of our skin brighteners. Using natural botanicals and vitamins and avoiding non-synthetic skin bleachers, these brighteners can reverse and correct redness and post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation from sun exposure.  Here are three of our favorites:

    Suki Targeted Bio-Brightening Face Serum

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    Suki Even-Tone Brightening Face Serum

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    Kahina Brightening Serum

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    As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions about avoiding and treating sun damaged skin!

    -The Organaca Team


  • Organaca Presents Natural Teen Beauty Tips – Sulfates and Parabens

    Amelia and Claira discuss Sulfates and Parabens.

    The girls decided to go into a little more depth about sulfates and parabens in shampoo products. Women's health is an important issue for the girls and for all of us at Organaca. These videos are geared towards young women and teens and we hope they help start a conversation about teen health and the impact beauty product chemicals have on their health.

    Here are some educational resource we recommend...


    Our friends at Beauty Counter have an amazing blog on natural skincare and education.

    Organic Beauty Talk is one of our favorite online magazines! Here is an amazing list on ingredients to avoid!

    The Skin Deep Cosmetic Database is probably the most comprehensive database of cosmetic and skincare ingredients out there.


    The Organic Consumers Association has a great site full of information. Check out their article on parabens.


    There is a lot of information out there. Get educated and get green!



  • 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.



    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.


    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.

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