Erase Sun Spots, Naturally

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Got spots? A true friend won’t let you get away with calling them “freckles,” and we’re totally the real deal. Those dark patches are in fact hyperpigmentation, a sign of sun damage caused by an increase in melanin production, which happens when the skin is trying to protect itself from overexposure to UV rays.

So now that summer’s over, how do you get rid of the resulting spots? Continue reading “Erase Sun Spots, Naturally” »

Can Nixing Soap Save Your Skin?

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Remember that giant jar of cold cream in Grandma’s bathroom? She was onto something. Continue reading “Can Nixing Soap Save Your Skin?” »

Heightened Scents

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Osmia Organics Perfume Concentrates ($150) and Oils ($75)

If your eyes are the window to the soul, then your nose is the doorway to the heart. Continue reading “Heightened Scents” »

EcoStiletto: Matt Damon Takes A Potty Break

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Matt Damon celebrates World Toilet Day with a potty break.

Matt Damon went on a potty break to raise awareness for Water.org, which has delivered clean water to more than one million people since 2009 and is working on delivering for 780 million who still don’t have it. Continue reading “EcoStiletto: Matt Damon Takes A Potty Break” »

EcoStiletto: Natural Hair Dye Just Got Better

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Tints of Nature Permanent Dyes ($15 at Drugstore.com)

Do your eyes burn when you dye your hair? Think about how your hairstylist feels.

That’s because of toxic ingredients like lead acetate and ammonia, both banned in Europe because of neurotoxicity. (Maybe there’s something to that rumor about blondes, after all.)

Whether you’re at home or in the salon, a better choice is color that’s made without those Big List baddies, and also eschews parabens, propylene glycol and resorcinol, while maintaining low levels of PPD, also known as pigment.

Now available stateside through etailers like Drugstore.com, U.K. based Tints of Nature was the first brand to remove both propylene glycol and parabens from all of their products, and stays clear of ammonia as well.

Plus, they added as much as 65% certified organic ingredients like aloe, chamomile, comfrey and wheat protein, all designed to deliver lasting color and healthier hair.

With eyes wide open.

EcoStiletto: A Hint of Tint

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Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint Trio ($18)

From color on your teeth to oh-so-attractive smearing during that hot-and-heavy makeout sesh, lipstick can be just too much to deal with. It’s often easier to skip the stick in favor of something glossy and sheer. Continue reading “EcoStiletto: A Hint of Tint” »

Eco-Stiletto: Holiday Beauty Eco Multi-Taskers

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Revolution Organics Freedom Glow Beauty Balm in Blushed ($34)

The holidays are bonkers enough without having to stress about how to get your glow on for all of the festivities headed your way. Not to mention added that stress and a strong likelihood of seasonally induced indulgences aren’t doing your skin any favors. The solution? Keep it simple by paring down your color routine to a few key eco-beauty multi-taskers that get the job done with half the products in half the time. Continue reading “Eco-Stiletto: Holiday Beauty Eco Multi-Taskers” »

Alysia Reiner Exclusive Interview

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Alysia Reiner stole scenes in “Sideways” and “Kissing Jessica Stein” but our biggest props go to her eco-commitment. Alysia, an award-winning actress and producer who green renovated a Harlem brownstone with her husband David Alan Basche in 2007, currently appears in “Backwards.” Think this look is beautiful? Scroll down to see what period eco-makeup can do.

EcoStiletto: So what are you up to these days? Continue reading “Alysia Reiner Exclusive Interview” »

Ultimate EcoCelebrity: Jane Goodall

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The world has been fascinated with Jane Goodall for nearly 50 years, whether through her books, which detail profound discoveries linking primates to humans, or through television shows like Miss Goodall and the Wild Chimpanzees, which basically made her an international reality star in 1965.

Take that, Snooki. Continue reading “Ultimate EcoCelebrity: Jane Goodall” »

Aromatherapeutize Your Hangover

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We’ve all been there. Pounding headache. Lurchy tummy. Advil, greasy French fries, hair of the dog — we’ll try anything to get rid of a hangover.

So when we read about a new vegan toxin-eliminating aromatherapy blend from 21 Drops, we just had to try.

Crafted from juniper fruit, geranium leaf, lavender flower and cardamom seed oils, when applied to the base of the neck, temples and lower back, the Hangover blend can stimulate the lymphatic system to help flush out toxins, reduce water retention and — here’s the kicker — soothe an upset stomach.

All 21 Drops blends are natural, organic and/or wild crafted and come purse-friendly packaged in a handy-dandy, roller-topped glass bottle.

We’re not sure what worked, but we sure smelled good while recovering.

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