• 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

    Doug, Nevada

  • 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!

    Dr. Hauschka Foot Cream Beautiful but dry climates need extra skin care

     

    Snobbery has it’s villains. For music snobs, it’s the popularity of a David Bowie  or Radiohead. 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.

    Jed, Nevada

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

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    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!

    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.
  • Kahina Giving Beauty: The Women Behind the Brand

    MEET THE WOMEN BEHIND KAHINA

    For centuries, the hard work of extracting oil from the nut of the argan tree has been performed by Berber women, the indigenous people of North Africa, many of whom live in Morocco’s argan region. The work is extremely labor intensive. It can take one woman up to eight hours to crack the nuts for one liter of oil. This labor provides the women with an opportunity for social and economic freedom that they would not otherwise have.Most of these women cannot read nor write, so they use illustrative symbols to mark their identity. One such example is the five-pointed star—a key element in Arabic design that is drawn on the top of each Giving Beauty package. Encircled, this star is the emblem of the Moroccan flag.In 2008, on one of her many visits to the cooperatives, Katharine collected the marks and signatures of several of the women who extract the argan oil for her products. As they wrote their names—some for the first time—they told Katharine stories through the aid of a Berber translator.
    Kahina Giving Beauty The hard working women behind Kahina.

    As a testament to their inner and outer beauty, their stories and signatures are shared here:

    Fatima is married with 2 children. She tells me that her husband is a very good man, very supportive of her and proud of her for working in the co-op. Like the others, Fatima takes special care in writing her signature when her turn comes to write her name.

    60-year old Zaima has worked at the co-op for 6 years. Zaima’s husband works on others’ farms as a hired hand, but, because there is no work for him now, they are both are grateful for her income which allows them to provide for their six children. Zaima’s name means beautiful in Arabic. I ask her if she feels beautiful. Her response is an emphatic, "yes!"

    Zahra Amarir is married with 8 children. Before working in the argan cooperative, she did farm labor with her husband. She tells me it was very hard work and that she finds working in the co-op much more enjoyable. Zahra says the women she works with are like sisters to her. She was very excited to take the literacy class offered by the co-op and tries hard to write her name but she tells me she finds it difficult to learn something new at her age, so she writes her mark instead – a simple figure with two loops.

    Kahina Giving Beauty

     

  • Lina Hanson launches new scent Satori!

    The following is from Lina:

    Satori is the result of months of sourcing quality ingredients, working on formula after formula, and finally deciding on my packaging. I have to say, it takes a lot of effort and time from the beginning to the end when creating a new product. However, I’m so thankful to be able to work on my own time, create whatever inspires me, and just trust in the process.

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    As some of you might know by now, I love to travel. Traveling is what inspires me to create and formulate my products. Traveling has opened my eyes to different ways of seeing the world. I truly believe the more we go out and explore what the world has to offer, the bigger the world becomes. (You just want to keep exploring it. The list of places to see grows.) Not to mention, the ingredients I have found in different places on earth, I would have never found any other way.

    So, when I wanted to create a perfume oil to add to my Global Beauty collection, I decided to take a trip to South East Asia.  I fell in love with it immediately, and I felt so much inspiration there.

     

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    I wanted to create a scent that evoked the beauty of this beautiful landscape and culture of the Far East. A scent that transports you to most  these exotic and remote areas of these magical places.

    Satori is an uplifting and invigorating scent with gorgeous notes of  crisp and awakening japanese yuzu & ginger, along with grounding and warming sandalwood and vanilla.

    Like the places I travel to, Satori is exotic with a bit of mystery to it. It is a unique scent because it  smells great in the perfume bottle, but truly transforms once its applied to the skin. Everyone will have a different experience with it,  but I can guarantee it will all be a positive and happy one.  Since I created this blend, I don’t go a day without wearing it. I bring it with me in my purse throughout the day and re-apply it whenever I need a little “boost.”  It just makes me happy!

    If you are a fan of my Global Body Serum, this gorgeous perfume will layer perfectly with it because it has some of the same notes.

    I couldn’t be more pleased with this special blend and I hope you will love it as much as I do. Enjoy!

    Love,

    Lina

    Lina Hanson Satori Perfume Oil

     

  • What's in Kaia Naturals Facial Cloths?

    Kaia Naturals Information See that up there? Kaia Naturals only uses the good stuff!

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