July 13th, 2009 - Leslie Billera
I don’t know about you – but here in San Diego, there seems to be a Macy’s on every corner.
Typically, the iconic department store’s off-the-rack offerings bore me to tears when it comes to gift shopping.
But when I found out that Farmaesthetics is sold at some of the larger Macy’s locales in their ‘Beautiful Planet’ green boutiques, I was thrilled!
Ten years ago, Farmaesthetics CEO and owner Brenda Brock was whipping up her all-natural, homemade concoctions in a blender at local farmers’ markets. Today, she’s the owner of the premier green skin care line at Macy’s, which can also be found at luxury spas nationwide.
Lauded in Treehugger’s coveted 2009 BEST of GREEN as their Best Skincare Brand pick, Farmaesthetics use only organic herbal and floral ingredients and no preservatives grown on small American farms. Products include Fine Herbal Cleanser, Eyebright Eye Makeup Remover & Treatment Oil, Nourishing Lavender Milk, Cool Aloe Mist and many more.
So next time you need a gift for someone else – or yourself! – check out Farmaesthetics either online or at Macy’s and support organics, small American farmers and a feel good American Dream!
Via The Herald News
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February 16th, 2009 - Leslie Billera
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It’s an astonishing fact: Europe has banned 1,100 chemicals for beauty care products that the U.S. has not, including coal tar in shampoo, lead in lipstick and petroleum distillates in mascara.
So if you’re a beauty buff, it’s buyer beware. Here’s some top tips for getting smart when it comes looking pretty.
1. Keep It Simple
Look for minimalism when it comes to cosmetic label-reading. Low numbers of ingredients you can’t pronounce increases the chance that the product is better for you. Avoid products with parabens, fragrance, sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate, PEGs, triethanolamine and DEA.
2. Good Enough to Eat
Look for products that contain ingredients that you can eat. Truly organic products can include a mix of organically grown herbs, fruits and vegetables.
3. Signed Up?
Cross check whether your choice in cosmetic brands has signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics (www.safecosmetics.org). This pledge includes companies who don’t use chemicals banned in Europe. Of the 1,000+ companies on the list, it’s worth noting that major brands including L’Oreal, Proctor and Gamble, Avon, Estee Lauder, Revlon and Unilever are NOT board.
Learn more about links between breast cancer and cosmetics and be your own advocate!
Via: Vail Daily
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February 10th, 2009 - Leslie Billera
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In a nutshell, ‘neutraceuticals’ use natural substances with medicinal properties that promote health benefits. These natural ingredients are selected for attributes and properties that are used to treat or prevent a range of diseases, afflictions, or conditions.
Just as the growing neutraceutical industry looks to Mother Nature for these rejuvenating ingredients, so can you!
Your skin needs nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to heal it and protect against further damage…here’s just one all-natural DIY remedy towards that end:
Laura Klein’s Minty Green Goodness Toner
This is an excellent post-facial mint toner. It’s ideal for normal to oily skin, removing left-over residue, closing pores and restoring balance to the skin.
- 1 teaspoon of loose organic peppermint tea (you can use a tea bag if you can’t find loose tea)
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/4 cup witch hazel
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 5-10 drops of your choice of essential oil
1 spray bottle, 10 oz or bigger; or 10 oz screw top for application with a cotton ball
Place tea bags in a medium size bowl. Bring water to a boil. Pour hot water over tea leaves and steep for 15 minutes until cool. Strain tea into your glass jar. Add witch hazel and lemon juice. Shake to combine.
Apply after cleansing with an organic cotton ball or if using a spray bottle, mist face and décolleté.
Say goodbye to pricey, over the counter ‘neutraceuticals’ – start making your own — at home — today!
Read More:Create Cost-Efficient Neutraceutical Skincare!