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The Certified Fabulous Team has been trying some of the best all natural healthy hair care lines and absolutely love Surface! We are lucky enough to offer a giveaway to our readers of their Trinity Dry Shampoo. If you are not familiar with Surface they are a high performance, salon exclusive hair care brand that respects personal health and the earth. Surface is a culture committed to growth, personal health, respect of earth and self and to giving back.

Three lucky Certified Fabulous readers will win one Surface Trinity Dry shampoo.

This innovative dry shampoo formula is truly unique. Trinity Dry Shampoo features an invisible, organic mineral infusion of volcanic ash and over 50 other naturally occurring minerals that create a crystalline structure. Combined with ocean water and lemon extract, the mineral rich ash cleanses and refreshes the scalp while absorbing free radicals and protecting color. You won't believe the results you get from a spray you can barely see! From maximizing the life of a beautiful blow-out to lifting the roots of fine, thin hair, or keeping hair extension in prime shape, Trinity Dry Shampoo is the new, can't-live-without secret weapon for salon gorgeous hair anytime, anywhere.

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Another AMAZING and globally conscious brand we wanted to highlight for Earth Day is emerginC scientific organics. Their products are 100% natural, are paraben and free of synthetic ingredients and are never tested on animals. This line has a minimum of 70% organic ingredients in all of their products and use sustainable packaging. The active ingredients include a wide variety of anti-oxidant rich plant and marine extracts including grape stem cells, spirulina, kombucha, goji berry, asthaxanthin, white and green teas, food grade seaweed, aloe, pine bark extract, vitamins as well as proprietary plant based hydrating and brightening complexes.

The company has a "Green Initiative" .Their office even runs off of wind power and all of their products are packed in biodegradable packing nuts when shipped. Also for every product purchased they plant a tree.

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emerginC also gives away packs of Bee Bombs with every order to help the bees:

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In honor of Earth Day the Certified Fabulous team wanted to highlight brands we felt really represent what Earth Day is all about. Earth Day is celebrated to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Earth Day 2015 is Earth Day's 45th Anniversary, and could be the most exciting year in environmental history. The Cert FAB team have scoured the beauty industry in order to share with our reader's brands whose mission to make a difference environmentally.

Teadora is an amazing natural brand which features beautiful products. "Teadora" means adores you in Portuguese. This brand shows their love for the world with natural and organic products made with novel rain-forest ingredients. Teadora used ingredients that are fair trade sourced, sustainable harvested, carbon reduction focused, recyclable and biodegradable.

Teadora products are 100% vegan and have no animal testing. The products are also are free of parabens, synthetic fragrance, silicone, gluten, phthalate, sulfates or other harsh chemicals. A portion of their profits fund a philanthropic exchange between the U.S and Brazil to support education leadership development, health and rain forest conservation, making this brand a true winner environmentally and globally.

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The Certified Fabulous team had the pleasure of trying Teadora's Rainforest at Dawn Nourishing Body Polish. This body polish is packed with antioxidant and vitamin-rich Buriti, Babassu, Brazil Nut, Rose Hip Seed, and Maracuja oils. Potent exfoliants like Acai Seeds and Amazonian Clay help slough away old skin. These ingredients work together to remove dead skin while hydrating and brightening skin to reveal healthier and smoother skin. Teadora also features many other amazing products for skin, body and hair.

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There are plenty of body washes out there and sometimes it can be hard to decide which product to choose. During these winter months we know it is import for us all to have a moisturizing wash that will not dry the skin out. Depending on your budget, it may be difficult to choose whether or not to spend or save when looking for a body wash. We are here to help!! We have scoured the market to find the best body cleansers in three price ranges: Mass market (under $10), Masstige ($10-$20) and Prestige ($20+).  

 

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When considering more of a mass product that is less expensive, but is still effective, Olay Fresh Outlast Body Wash collection is our top pick. A great value at $5.49 you get a large bottle (23.6 fl oz) which will last for a good amount of time. There are 4 essential oil scents to choose from: Cooling White Strawberry & Mint, Soothing orchid & Black Currant, Crisp Pear & Fuji Apple, and Invigorating Champagne Mango & White Ginger. This body wash is formulated to work with skin’s natural pH. Olay has lowered the sulfates and contains 3x more mild cleansers than before. This will leave your skin feeling fresh and hydrated and is a great choice if you are seeking value in a mass body cleanser.

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    I love the glowology body washes, they smell AMAZING, and are super concentrated so they last forever. The packaging is really be
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Since Earth Day is next week (April 22nd) we dedicated this week to Natural and Organic beauty (in case you haven't noticed). From the time we started to learn more about how our actions have negative affects on our planet people have been figuring out how to less our carbon footprint (defined as "the total sets of greenhouse gas emissions caused by an organization, event, product or person). 

"Natural" and "organic" are words that have been around for a long time, but caught on at first as a trendy thing and now I think it is evolving into a choice that people are making from being more informed. The use of the words, although a bit over used, basically lets us know that when we see the term "natural" it means ingredients are derived, in whole or in part, from natural sources with no synthetic compounds. "Organic" meaning ingredients are supposed to contain only plant-sourced ingredients that are cultivated without the use of synthetic chemicals, irradiation, or pesticides. 

Label meanings when looking for natural or organics: 

  • 100% Organic: Must contain 100 percent organically produced ingredients (excluding water and salt). This is the only label that guarantees a completely organic product. These products can carry the USDA Organic Seal.
  • Organic or Certified Organic: At least 95 percent of content is organic by weight (excluding water and salt). These products can carry the USDA Organic Seal.
  • Made with Organic Ingredients: At least 70 percent of content is organic. Front panel can say "Made with Organic" and list up to three specific ingredients. These products cannot carry the USDA Organic Seal.
  • Less Than 70% Organic: Can list only organic ingredients on ingredient panel, but not on front panel. These products cannot carry the USDA Organic Seal.

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Life is weird.  It just is, let’s face it.  I was speaking to my office mate Amy a few weeks ago about an interesting skin care regime her daughter was trying, using oils as a cleanser.  I was intrigued, and wondered how using oils could effectively cleanse your skin.  Although using oils would of course be the ultimate in all-natural skin care, would it leave my already shiny forehead a grease pit?? Could just oil effectively cleanse my skin, removing dirt and excess oil?? So funny that within the week I was introduced to the Boots Botanics line.  And now I am a believer.

Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm is the coolest, and most effective all natural facial cleanser I have tried to date.  Packaged in a 2oz jar, this product upon first view looks like refrigerated olive oil.  It is literally made of organic oils. Super simple ingredients such as Olive oil, Jojoba oil, Shea butter, Sweet almond oil, Rose seed oil, Geranium flower oil, Bergamot fruit oil and Lemon oil make up this great cleanser, which is 97% organic.  Included with your jar of fabulous cleanser, is a super handy muslin cloth.

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Directions state to massage the Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm all over your face and neck. I must say, at first this was a weird experience.  I am used to a foaming cleanser. Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm applies as solid oil, and initially the greasy feeling is quite bizarre, although not unpleasant.  Directions the tell you to soak the muslin cloth in warm water, and apply as a compress over face and neck to draw out impurities.  I must say, the sensation of the warm cloth over the oil was amazing; the fragrance of this balm is entirely soothing.  I was extremely impressed at the ease in removing the balm from my face.  Using the muslin cloth to massage the balm off helps to exfoliate the skin.  The directions then advise to soak the cloth in cool water and apply as a compress to close pores.  I was amazed at how soft and smooth my skin felt after completing this simple routine.  I noticed immediately my complexion appeared smoother and brighter.  I felt as though the oils were truly able to effectively cleanse my skin, removing dirt and oil, without drying my skin out.    I am sold, and am ditching my standard foaming cleanser which always seems to leave my face tight and dry.  Boots Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm left my skin feeling clean, but soft, supple and smooth.  Love it!!

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Spring is here! Well, weather wise, almost. And that means your skincare routine is shifting to better suit your needs! We want to reveal brighter, luminous skin to match our bright spring moods! As you're looking to transition your skincare, you ought to consider Burt's Bees Brightening Line. For brighter, more even toned skin, this line uses a "unique formulation of White Daisy Extract, known to regulate skin’s melanin production, combined with a multi-fruit complex." Sounds perfect for skin right? And the White Daisy and refreshing scent will get you in the right frame of mind for Spring. 

I have been using three products from this line: Burt's Bees Brightening Refining Tonic, Burt's Bees Brightening Even-tone Moisturizing Cream, and Burt's Bees Brightening Eye Treatment

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After using my daily cleanser, I then apply the Burt's Bees Brightening Refining Tonic (98.9% natural). This tonic, like most toners, removes excess dirt and makeup left on your skin even after cleansing. This tonic also helps improve surface dullness of your skin for a brighter, more even toned complexion. If you're hesitant to shift some of the products in your skincare routine, this refining tonic is a great way to add in brightening benefits with one simple step. 

If you're in the market for a new spring moisturizer, Burt's Bees Brightening Even-tone Moisturizing Cream (99.0% natural) is worth a try. After using your toner, apply this moisturizer to help even your skin tone and help diminish the appearance of dark spots and discoloration. I like that this moisturizer has a light luminous finish which instantly brightens my complexion. It also has a very refreshing fragrance. This product is definitely moisturizing and takes a few minutes to absorb completely. I prefer to use it as a night cream, which works very well for my skin.  

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If you took a chance when pixie haircuts or the "Miley Cyrus" trend started to be a big thing then you might be where I am right now, which is somewhere between a long pixie and a short bob. Sure it was easy when my hair was barely at half an inch...all I had to do was shampoo and go, but growing hair out at certain stages can get pretty tedious and annoying. Currently I'm at this awkward stage where I'm not sure if letting my sideburn hair down looks good or not, hah. Okay so I KNOW I want to grow out my hair and fast...I have been very excited to get to the long bob phase so I can look like Beyonce :) Although it seems like I will never have the VERY long hair I once had, I began my research in ways to make my hair grow faster, that's when I came across the JĀSÖN: Long and Strong Jojoba Pure Natural Shampoo and Conditioner!

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JĀSÖN (which means "healer" in Greek) started when a group of independent thinkers drew upon the pioneering spirit that was so much a part of their California heritage and set out on a road of rediscovery. Theirs was a path back to simple, wholesome ingredients proven safer and proven to work together in naturally effective ways. 

An important fact, if you want healthy hair, is that the products you use have to be chemical free. I have been trying to follow this rule and it seems to be the easiest in hair care for me, especially when I heard that JĀSÖN, one of my favorite brands, had a hair care collection that could grow my hair! 

The JĀSÖN: Long and Strong Jojoba Pure Natural Shampoo poured out easily because it was thinner than most other shampoos, but it really massaged into my hair well and once I rinsed it out it felt clean and ready for my conditioning step. The JĀSÖN: Long and Strong Jojoba Pure Natural Conditioner was an amazing thick and creaming substance that my hair soaked in like a sponge! It felt luxurious and smelled amazing! I left the conditioner in as I continued my shower routine and after I rinsed it out I felt a difference in my hair's moisture. I was able to comb through my hair with my fingers easily! 

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Burt’s Bees is the coolest company ever. Started by single mom, and Maine native Roxanne Quimby in 1984, this company has grown immensely over the past 30 years. Using Burt Shavit’s leftover beeswax, the two worked together to grow one of the most environmentally friendly companies ever. In 2012, as an interest in natural products continues to grow, the company Gud was born out of Burt’s Bees continuing desire to bring naturally wonderful products to consumers in a mass market retain setting.

With 97% natural ingredients and accessible price points, güd: Mango Moonbreeze Natural Body Lotion is a wonderful product for those of us seeking a natural product, at an affordable price. Mango Moonbreeze Natural Body Lotion contains natural AND organic ingredients.Made with natural shea butter, sunflower seed oil, and organic hyssopus,  officinalis extract, black walnut leaf extract, melissa officinalis leaf extract, rosa canina fruit extract, raspberry leaf extract, this product has a really nice ingredient list. This lotion is formulated without parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals and sodium lauryl sulfate, and is never tested on animals, making this a really great drug-store find. Retailing at $7.00, this is one amazing lotion.

güd: Mango Moonbreeze Natural Body Lotion comes in a large 8oz tube. This thick white cream is so moisturizing, it immediately absorbed into my dry, parched skin leaving my body soft and smooth. The fragrance is sweet and fresh, and not too strong. I would love to layer the body wash under the scent of this lotion, it is so pleasant. I have always used and loved Burt’s Bees, and now I am thrilled that I can get a beautifully fragranced, moisturizing lotion at a great price!!

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I'm a crazy workout queen. I've mentioned my Crossfit obsession in past articles, and my love of running. All of this working out makes what I’m putting into my body so very important.  If I don’t have the proper nutrition, I find myself getting light-headed in the gym, opening myself up for injuries. Although lightheadedness can be kinda fun (sorta like having the gas at the dentist), black floaters obstructed my vision are a sure sign I either did not take in enough calories, or haven’t put in the right combo of fruits and veggies. Im a HUGE fan of my Vitamix emulsifier, but don’t always have the time or energy it takes to not only prepare fruits and veggies for juicing, but also the frequent shopping for produce to ensure a fresh product. Then I was introduced to RDA-12 Vitamins from Addison Field

RDA-12 vitaminsRDA-12™ is an all-natural multivitamin from 12 whole fruits and vegetables that provides your recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of 12 essential vitamins using no synthetic vitamins for superior absorption and benefit. RDA stands for the “recommended daily allowance,” in other words, the necessary daily intake quantities of nutrients that the FDA recommends. 12 stands for the 12 essential vitamins from 12 whole fruits and vegetables represented in this supplement. These include: Vitamin A (as Carotenoids), Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K1, Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), Biotin (B7), and Pantothenic Acid (B5). The 12 fruits and vegetables include: Apple, Beet, Broccoli, Carrot, Cranberry, Grape, Orange,  Pomegranate, Shitake Mushroom, Spinach, Strawberry and Tomato. These fruits and veggies are freeze dried and gently ground into a fine powder. This process ensures that the final product retains as many benefits as possible.

I noticed upon my first use of this vitamin powder an increase in energy. An eighth of a teaspoon gave me the same energy boost drinking half a quart of emulsified juice gives me. I didn’t have to purchase a bunch of produce to prepare; I simply mixed the tasteless powder into a small glass of orange juice. I liked the benefits I felt so much, that I have included a half dose into my children’s juice in the morning as well (yes, this product is indicated for children, at a smaller dose).

I was so impressed by the quality of researched that went in to the development of this product.  RDA-12’s website is a treasure trove of knowledge about not only this vitamin supplement, but also amazing information about proper diet an nutrition as well.  So many vitamins on the market are not even able to absorb into one’s system. RDA-12 absorbs quickly, giving me an immediate boost. I might even give up coffee (haha).  If you are interested in improving your health, or are looking for a better vitamin, I urge you to try RDA-12 Daily Vitamin Powder.  It has made my days much better!!

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I need to be told what to do. I'm not sure if it’s a touch of ADD, or if my brain is scattered from having to keep track of a million things from day to day, but I will admit, sometimes I have a difficult time keeping it together. Sometimes I just need to be told what to do. Establishing a skincare routine is always difficult for me as it requires me to focus, and decide exactly what, when, and why a particular product is necessary. Lucky for me, MyChelle Dermaceuticals has provided me with a delightful kit - the MyChelle Dermaceuticals "hello, beautiful" collection, which meets all of my skincare needs. Not only does this kit come organized in a beautiful flip-top box (made of recycled paper), but MyChelle has also outlined a 3 minute morning/night routine which anyone, even the most scatter-brained of us, can follow.

Let me begin by sharing MyChelle’s wonderful 3 minute morning/night ritual, which has simplified my skincare routine tremendously!! In the morning, I spend one minute on each step (sometimes less than a minute). MINUTE 1: Gently clean your face with one of our cleansers to wake up your skin and create a clean slate for the nourishment to come. MINUTE 2: Nourish your way to a great start every day with our power-packed serums, refreshing mists and luxurious creams. MINUTE 3: Protect your skin with our chemical-free, reef-safe, mineral-based sun defense products that show UVA and UVB rays who’s boss. These 3 steps cover all of your bases, leaving your skin radiant, cleansed, refreshed, nourished and protected from the sun. Who could ask for anything more?!?

Now ladies, lets not forget about our nighttime skincare routine. After a day of exposing our skin to makeup, pollution, dirt, oil and sun exposure, your nighttime ritual is just as important (if not moreso) than the morning routine. MyChelle gives an outline of an easy, 3 minute/3 step routine anyone should be able to follow with ease: MINUTE 1: Cleanse away the dirt and stress of the day with one of our refreshing cleansers. MINUTE 2: Once a week, treat your skin to one of our highly effective treatments, which include delicate peels, masks and scrubs. Apply one in less than a minute and then soak in the benefits while you tackle another chore before rinsing. MINUTE 3: Use our serums and creams to finish off your night and load up your skin with hydration and rich botanicals.

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MyChelle offers an amazing array of products to use while adhering to the above mentioned 3 minute morning/night skincare regime.  I was lucky enough to be able to use the following products for my new ritual. Step 1: the amazing White Cranberry Cleanser. This cleanser is naturally exfoliating and pore clearing, bringing skin into healthy balance. Willow Bark and Totarol™ bring balance to oily and blemish-prone skin conditions. Pomegranate, a super fruit rich in antioxidants and naturally exfoliating fruit acids, protects against environmental aggressors, while keeping pores clear and skin calm.

Step 2: the Incredible Pumpkin Peel exfoliates and deeply nourish skin with Pumpkin Pulp, Enzymes and Fermented Juice. Loaded with antioxidants, this fortifying peel rejuvenates and supports cellular integrity while clearing pores and aiding detoxification. Skin is left feeling incredibly soft, smooth and clean with a renewed healthy glow. This product smells good enough to eat. Think pumpkin pie, YUM.

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Aegeia Daily Hydration Facial MoisturizerThis 100% natural line is my new go to skin care line and within just two weeks of use I’ve seen a noticeable difference in my skin. I had the pleasure of testing the Daily Hydration Facial Moisturizer from AEGEIA Skin Care. The light-weight moisturizer is free of the damaging effects of synthetics, parabens, toxins, and chemicals and works for all skin types.

The moisturizer actually creates a transparent, protective layer to seal in moisture and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Think of it as your secret weapon against UV rays, pollution and other environmental damage.

Anti-oxidants in the formula include Sesame Seed Oil and Vitamin E to counteract the harmful effects of free radicals. Additionally, the Sesame Seed Oil combined with Titanium Dioxide naturally helps to protect skin against the sun’s damaging UV rays. Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Aloe Vera provide ample moisture, and contain numerous healing properties.

Skin care technology is truly fascinating and the secret behind this particular product is the Sweet Almond Proteins, which represent the use of patented cross-linking technology that forms a smoothing film on the surface of the skin and provides an airbrushed, youthful surface. Essential oils fine-tune individual moisture levels while helping to combat acne, rosacea, eczema as well as the onset of age-spots, wrinkles, fine lines and uneven skin tones.

When perusing the company’s website, I was especially impressed by the Success Stories tab. The before and after photos were incredible and truly show how effective these products are!

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Natural ingredients are what a lot of people are seeking now when  it comes to skincare and I have been finding myself trying more and more pure products and actually liking it! Yes, natural and organic can make a difference just as much as any other skin care product but without damaging chemical ingredients. Not to say I don't use non-natural skincare, but it is nice to be able to find true winners in the natural arena that I can turn to when I want to change up my beautifying routine! 

AEGEIA skin care is created with 100% natural ingredients and each product contains pure essential oils to promote natural healing and wellness. It is a small brand with a big heart and AMAZING products! Developed in 2001 Rebecca Wachsler created AEGEIA when her eighteen month old daughter developed eczema. Upon much research she conducted she was shocked to discover the number of damaging, synthetic chemicals in the “higher-end” cosmetic products, at that time, to “care” for skin. That is when she decided that the only way to truly eliminate these dangers were to make the products herself.  

After reading up on the brand I was very excited to actually try it! Since I am a lover of serums I took the AEGEIA: Revelation Corrective Serum which is said to stimulate production of new cells and collagen as well as improve skin tone and texture and reduce the appearance of pore size, fine lines, uneven skin tone, irregular pigmentation and superficial acne scars. It also contains my favorite ingredient, Glycolic Acid! I'm happy :)

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After I washed my face thoroughly I pumped the serum into my hand and I immediately loved how the serum had an earthy, clean smelled to it! The consistency made it easy to cover my face and neck and it absorbed quickly into my skin while also leaving a thin protective layer that I could feel, so I knew it was working actively on my face and through the night! It wasn't sticky or uncomfortable, it made me feel like the product was actually working and lingered on my skin for the purpose of protecting and correcting it. The next day when I woke up the first use brought me a glowing, radiant complexion that was a clear difference and improvement! It hydrated perfectly for a combination skin person (such as myself) and I dare to say it would maintain perfect hydration to even a dry skin type. 

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“The Beautiful Side of Healthy”

We all know that a healthy diet and lifestyle can do wonders for your skin, body, and mindset. As you change your diet, and perhaps pay more attention to what exactly is in your food and how it is getting to you, you might want to begin to look at your skincare in a similar fashion. If natural, organic ingredients in your food are beneficial to your skin and body, wouldn't you want the same in your skincare? Well, if you're looking for just that, a natural, healthy skincare line to really care for and benefit your skin, AEGEIA has it. 

Aegeia Purifying Facial CleanserI have been recently paying more attention to the types of food that I'm eating, and the ingredients that are in some things that should be so simple. So when AEGEIA products came into the office, I was excited to apply this same type of attention to skincare are learn more about this brand and the natural products they offer. For this week I tested out the AEGEIA Purifying Facial Cleanser. Made with 100% PURE Essential Oils and 100% Natural, this cleanser really does give you "The Beautiful Side of Healthy." 

My first impression was that this cleanser does smell a bit medicinal, but don't let that scare you off because all the natural ingredients work to make a great cleanser. And when I revisited the scent, you can really smell the lavender and spearmint! To use, gently rub onto the face and neck in circular motions. Then wipe off with a warm, moist wash cloth. This cleanser has soft beads that work as a gentle exfoliate to clear away those dead skin cells for a renewed skin surface! Not only does this work as a cleanser, but you can also remove eye makeup by massaging the cleanser gently onto the eyelashes! After using this cleanser, my skin felt really nice. It was thoroughly cleansed, but not stripped. It was neither drying, nor did it leave a thin film of product. My skin felt restored, hydrated, smooth, and well, healthy! I did not feel like I was missing anything from other cleansers that are not 100% natural. 

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Cetified F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. expert Jessica is featured on eHow.com to bring to you beauty tips! In today's video see how you can clean your scalp with natural products.

 

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Weleda's Lavender Relaxing Body Oil has become my before bedtime ritual. The calming scent helps soothe a tired body and spirit after a long day. The relaxing blend helps restore skin's natural moisture barrier to soften skin, replace essential oils and melt away the stresses of your day.

Weleda Lavender Relaxing Body Oil 8.1.13This tension-taming oil is rich with organic lavender oil, known for its balancing and soothing fragrance, and known to help you fall asleep. The scent brings me back to being a child as many of the products my mother used during my bath time were infused with Lavender. Sweet almond and sesame seed oils are also infused into the product. The oil absorbs quickly into the skin so your pillow and sheets will not be stained with any excess residue. After continued use, I saw a noticeable difference is my skin's moisture levels and softness. Additionally, the scent truly brings me peace of mind and relaxation which is vital to a NYC girl!

Each evening, I massage a small amount into my skin after a shower. After massaging the oil into my skin in a circular motion, I am ready for a restorative sleep. The next morning I awaken to soft, beautiful skin and I'm convinced I'm getting a better night's sleep as a result of it.

What I love most about Weleda is that when they say "all natural" they mean all natural. Their products are free of synthetic preservatives, fragrances and chemicals. You never have to worry about toxins, additives or raw materials from mineral oils being included. The brand uses the purest wild-crafted, organically and Biodynamically cultivated ingredients. To ensure their ingredients maintain their innate potency, they harvest them quickly and then process them as little as possible, taking excellent care of them along the way. The brand is 100% certified natural and is now 100% certified fabulous!

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When we hear the word hippie we tend to think of the people in the 1960's that had long hair, protested, and were obsessively into living a naturalist, environment friendly lifestyle. The surprising part is that those outcasts of that generation were way ahead of their time because now natural and organic living is a huge part of the norm in today's society. We may have shorter haircuts, shaved legs and prefer to wear shoes now, but us health conscious, earth friendly shoppers are considered a new age hippie! The once taboo title of granola-crunchy hippie is now a compliment more than an insult. More and more consumers are learning about the health benefits of natural and organic eating and now that frame of mind is expanding out to our skincare. People are educating themselves and reading labels to ensure they maintain health on the inside...and out. 

Weleda is one company maintaining their 100% certified natural claim since they started in 1921. They have very clear standards for their products:

  • No synthetic preservatives
  • No synthetic fragrances
  • No synthetic chemicals
  • No synthetic anything

It's that simple...and when they say "all natural" they mean all natural! 

Weleda's origins is a very interesting story:

"It all goes back to 1921 and something called anthroposophy. This movement, stemming from the teachings of philosopher Dr. Rudolf Steiner, encourages the individual to see his or her body, mind and spirit as intrinsically linked to our world; all part of one holistic system.

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I have a brand to discuss today that you might not have heard of, but you'll want to know about! Cactus Skincare is an Australian brand that uses natural and organic ingredients all with cactus extracts. I was able to try some samples from their FABULOUS line of skincare, and let me tell you, I was impressed! Along with other benefits, Cactus Skincare offers products that suit your skin type/problems (dry, oily, combination, etc.), which helps in the selection process of what product to use. My skin tends to be more on the drier side, so I want to cover the products that focus on dry skin and how they worked for me.

Cactus Samples 7.21.13 Certified FabulousI'll start with the Intense Hydrating Creme. This cream is suitable for dry skin or to use as a night cream. I personally really like using a night cream, letting the product work while I sleep. After cleansing or exfoliating before bed, it is a great rich cream to apply and let it work its magic! This Intense Hydrating Creme was a great moisturizer and my skin felt radiant, nourished, and restored in the morning! It absorbs well and does not leave a greasy residue, however it does leave a protective hydrating barrier over the skin. It also smells absolutely divine! Fresh, natural, flowery and is in no way overly fragrant. 

Now for a day cream, I tried the Nature's Anti-Oxidant Creme for normal to dry skin. This is a lighter (yet still very moisturizing) cream that contains mineral sunscreen, great to put on in the morning before you walk out into the bright sun! It was easy to incorporate this cream into my morning skincare routine, as it absorbs really well and I can easily apply makeup afterwards. With vitamins and minerals to enrich and nourish skin, I felt good about using this product. Not only was it moisturizing, but I felt that it helpd improve my skin, leaving a smooth appearance and texture! This cream can also be used to help soothe sun damaged skin!

I also really liked the Lemon Myrtle Cleanser & Gentle Exfoliant (both suitable for all skin types). The cleanser smells especially fresh and the exfoliant was gentle enough on my skin and left a bright surface ready for the Intense Hydrating Cream!

When reading more about Cactus Skincare, I came across this description of the brand that says, "Cactus Skincare creates a healthy working environment for skin by retaining moisture and giving the skin the nurtrients it needs to repair itself." I think we often look for products to heal our skin on thier own, but I liked the idea of your skin being able to repair itself with the ingredients and environment created by the skincare product. This idea definelty came through in their products and if you are also intrigued by the skincare line, be sure to check them out on their website www.cactusskincare.com

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For this week I have a facial cleanser that will revive dull skin just in time for summer! Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Exfoliating Facial Cleanser has small beads that gently exfoliate your skin leaving you with a bright, clear, and smooth complexion. This cleanser is 100% natural with a high concentration of sea buckthorn that’s rich with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals for a more beautiful complexion. This cleanser was not too rough even with my sensitive skin. My skin felt thoroughly clean and refreshed! Everyone’s skin needs a little pick me up once in a while, so if your complexion is feeling a bit dull, this is just what you need to get that revived and refreshed look!

You can purchase SeabuckWonders Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Exfoliating Facial Cleanser for $16.97 at www.seabuckwonders.com

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High-Low Natural Exfoliating Facial Cleanser options:

Cure Natural Aqua Gel Exfoliator $32.00 on Amazon

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Beauty products have never been known for being earth friendly (I think we can all admit that the amount of Aqua Net used in the 80's caused its own hole in the Ozone) so it's refreshing to find some all natural products that really do help make you look your best!

First, lets talk about two amazing natural additions to bath time: Dorey Aromatherapy Message in a Bubble and Plum Hill Sugar Body Scrub. I don't take baths very often, but with wedding planning, work, preparing for graduate school, and life in general, I've been experiencing my fair share of stress lately, and what's a better all-natural cure for stress than a bath?

I filled my tub with hot water and sunk in for a relaxing mini getaway. The Dorey Aromatherapy Message in a Bubble04262013 Dorey Aromatherapy Bath Fizzie Certified Fabulous is a bath bomb that I simply dropped in the water and the ball burst with fizzy fury! In just seconds my entire bath was a spa retreat. The gentle massage of the fizz loosened up my tense muscles and the rich smell filled my bathroom. The ball lasted for several minutes and once completely dissolved, a small laminated message floated to the top of the water. My message was a quote on strength and fearlessness from Audre Lorde, a writer and civil rights activist. I put my inspirational quote aside and enjoyed my enriched bath. After I dried off, my skin felt soft and rejuvenated.

04262013 Plum Hill Body Sugar Cranberry OrangeMy next Earth friendly bath treat was Plum Hill Sugar Body Scrub. I have the Cranberry Orange scented scrub and it smells fantastic! The scrub also comes in Coconut Lime and Island Woods, all amazing scents! The natural oils mean that the scrub doesn't smell chemical or fake, plus the oils leave your skin baby soft! I used this in the shower and, unlike some scrubs that dissolve in your hand, this had a nice thick texture that lasted. The oils left my skin moisturized and the scrub harmlessly exfoliated.

Now let's go outside the bathtub/shower. I have dry frizzy hair that sometimes, with enough product, 04262013 Curl Up and Shine Creme Use Me Certified Fabulouscan have soft curls. But I hate piling chemicals on to my hair everyday, robbing it of it's natural beauty. Thankfully, the amazing people of Use Me have figured out a natural solution! Use Me's Curl Up & Shine Creme is a gentle cream that you apply to wet hair, working your way from ends to root. As I worked my way up, I scrunched the tips of my hair and gently separated my curls with my fingers. Then I just let my hair air dry and it looked great! Everyone noticed my hair looked less frizzy and my curls were allowed to spring, not weighed down with product.

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