Finding the perfect natural mascara has not always been an easy task. Thankfully, we’ve come a long way in just a few short years. Oh to look back just 6 years ago, when I was first testing natural mascaras, searching for an alternative to my beloved Dior Show. For a while there, the outlook was […]
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I will tell you now that to clean almost everything in your house, you need only 5 ingredients. 4 DIY cleaners that will become staples…
When you own a beauty store, trying out new brands is perhaps the best part of the job. Well, for the first year or two, anyway. It’s like Christmas morning every week! And then, by the time you’re opening a box from, say, New Brand #97, the novelty is wearing off, and it’s getting really […]
I have the unusual good fortune of living 2 blocks from a lovely little apple orchard, nestled right in the middle of our sleepy Minneapolis suburb. Starting in early October, they sell several varieties of the most delicious apples I’ve ever eaten, as well as the out-of-this-world raw, unfiltered honey they collect from their two […]
Summer 2013 is upon us, and The Environmental Working Group has once again released its hugely popular annual Sunscreen Guide, bringing with it a new season of debate regarding sunscreen ingredients and safety. As the owner of a store specializing in non-toxic beauty and personal care products, you can imagine the sheer volume of questions […]
I just turned 40. OK, to be honest, I didn’t so much turn 40 as get dragged there completely against my will kicking and screaming. But you get the idea. In any case, fending off signs of aging before they’re inevitable has recently taken on a new level of importance for me when selecting […]
I will never forget the first time I purchased a bottle of oil for my face. It was about 6 years ago, and having finished reading Stacey Malkan’s book, Not Just A Pretty Face, I promptly drove to the nearest Whole Foods to find replacements for all the skin care I had just tossed in […]
As the owner of an eco beauty store for the past five years, I’ll admit it takes something totally outside the norm to grab my attention these days. One Love Organics did it when they sent over their Skin Savior waterless beauty balm (you can read my review of One Love Organics at The Nature […]
These 10 Uses for Organic Argan Oil are based on centuries of Moroccan tradition, and let’s be honest – have you ever seen a Moroccan woman with anything but flawless, ageless skin?
With summer in full swing (an understatement in much of the country), everyone is talking about sunscreen, as new research emerges putting into question the safety of a whole host of common sunscreen ingredients, including nano zinc oxide. And with good reason.
As an avid consumer of all things related to natural, organic, and non-toxic beauty products, I have been surprised at the lack of eco beauty experts singing the praises of the Clarisonic Face & Body system.
Finding a line of skin care that successfully blends the best of nature and technology, with products that are equally safe and effective, is no easy feat – and that perhaps goes double if you are creating a line designed for high-end spas. But Naturopathica founder Barbara Close has spent over 15 years attempting to do just that. Her expansive line of skin care includes products that are EcoCert Certified Organic, Ecocert Certified Natural, and some that are neither, due to the use of synthetics like Glycolic Acid or Vitamin C. Her decision to use a combination of organic, natural, and synthetic ingredients has created some controversy regarding the “purity” of her product line. But is the criticism deserved, or has Close successfully navigated the tricky intersection of purity and performance?
As consumers increasingly look to third party certifications when choosing natural and/or organic products, the USDA has often been held up as the gold standard for US-based products. This month, they announced the launch of their new BioBased label, designed to give companies the opportunity to seek certification without meeting the food-grade standard of USDA Certified Organic. Unfortunately, the gap between USDA Certified Organic and the new BioBased standard is so large, it will likely only increase consumer confusion and decrease America’s standards for what are truly natural, organic, and sustainable consumer goods.
Eco beauty expert and Nature of Beauty president, Terri Bly, introduces rms beauty’s new, stunning ‘lip shine’ lip glosses, created by celebrity makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift. Made with all organic ingredients plus mineral color, the lip shine is already the top pick by top model Gisele Bundchen, and certain to be a top-seller worldwide.
Terri Bly, green beauty expert and owner of The Nature of Beauty Boutique & Spa, delicately reviews Nature’s Call by Poo-Pourri, a 100% natural, essential oil spray that leaves the ladies’ room smelling like roses – regardless of what you do in there.
Green Beauty expert Terri Bly reviews the new line of cucumber-based facial care from Galen Labs, a natural skin care company based in Minnesota.
Green Beauty Expert Terri Bly, founder of The Nature of Beauty, reviews Palette By Nature, a 100% Natural line of hair color that delivers rich, consistent color while also covering gray. Without question, Palette By Nature represents an unprecedented advance in the science of non-toxic hair color technology.
The Nature of Beauty announces the launch of its weekly series of Live shows (on Talkshoe.com), hosted by Nature of Beauty president, Terri Bly. Covering a wide range of topics, Bly will welcome some of the biggest names in the green beauty industry as guests. This week’s show, “Go Green Like a Pro,” features makeup artists Jessa Blades and Nina Strommen, who will share their experiences, provide tips and recommendations, and take questions from callers.
Green beauty expert Terri Bly reviews Engage Green’s eco-friendly line of handbags, made from recycled PETE bottles, organic cotton and help, and cork.
Terri Bly, green beauty expert and president of The Nature of Beauty, outlines the 6 steps she believes are most critical when evaluating search results in the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database.