Loving Derma e Natural Skincare!

For over 25 years Derma E has been developing skin care products rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and botanicals that have been proven effective at battling conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, scarring and aging. The company uses scientifically proven ingredients where there is documented evidence of effectiveness, such as alpha lipoic acid, oregano, Ester-C, and hyaluronic acid.

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Seventh Generation Fresh Citrus Natural Hand Wash

Scented with essential oils and botanical extracts, this is a great hand wash for messy places, such as the kitchen, where an expensive bottle of organic hand wash might not be economical. While the ingredient list is not entirely organic essential oils (our ideal), this soap doesn’t contain any parabens, dyes, or synthetic fragrances. The best part is the great value, costing around $3 for a 12 ounce container at Home Depot.

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Our Favorite Non-Toxic Deodorant

It has been interesting experimenting with various non-toxic deodorant over the years. After trying many forms, ranging from the crystal rock to tea tree and patchouli scented roll ons, we have finally narrowed down some good ones. The criteria was based on having a simple and safe ingredient list, free of parabens, aluminum, alcohol, propylene glycol, and triclosan. Amongst our short list were some pretty strange scents, so the next level of filtering factored in fragrance. The top choices below are pleasant and effective deodorants, with no white residue or staining. All are available at Whole Foods and online as indicated.

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Why You Need to Buy Q-Tips Brand!

Believe it or not, there is a major difference between these Q-tips brand cotton swabs and the one in the picture below it. If you look closely you can see that the one below (albeit the cheaper version) is made of plastic, and as such are scattered across the world’s oceans and shorelines. We were shocked to find thousands of these plastic sticks littered across one tiny beach near Lagos, Portugal and we can only imagine how many more there must be on other beaches and still in the water. The Marine Conservation Society has reported that 50% of the sewage-associated waste they found in beach surveys was made up of cotton-swab sticks.

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Products We Love: Juice Beauty Organic Skin Care

It’s really important to use organic skin care products, as your skin absorbs over 64% of what you place on it. Most skin care brands, both luxury and drugstore varieties, contain ingredients that have been exposed to insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers. And nearly all large cosmetic companies preserve their products with parabens, known carcinogens that have been found within human breast tumors. Toxic ingredients are allowed in our skincare products because beauty products are largely unregulated. For these reasons, we are huge proponents of organic skincare lines such as Juice Beauty. We especially love their acne products and the Green Apple Peel for sensitive skin. Juice Beauty products are free of gluten and parabens. All Juice Beauty products meet existing organic standards: the California Organic Products Act and the USDA National Organic Program Law.

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