Does gifting to your more earth-minded friends come with a long list of dos and don'ts? Well, we have 10 gifts ideas that even the toughest eco-friendly critics will adore, especially if they have a soft spot for all things beauty. The following options are as do-good as they are feel-good for your mother to the holiday hostess.
In honor of Thanksgiving leftovers, we're sharing this easy DIY facial recipe from Jessica Kernochan, founder of eco beauty brand LaLicious. It contains just three ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. "I love pumpkins for its vitamin A, vitamin C, and zinc," Kernochan says. "Pumpkin also regulates oil production, reduces the appearance of pore size, and protects against free-radical damage."
3 teaspoons canned organic pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon milk
Mix the ingredients together thoroughly, and brush onto freshly cleansed skin. Let dry 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water to reveal soft, glowing skin. You won't be able to look at pumpkin pie the same this year!
While it's next to impossible to completely get rid of cellulite, there are a few things you can do to reduce its appearance. "I'm a huge fan of coffee grounds, and not just for your morning cup, but for your body as well," explains Jessica Kernochan, founder of eco beauty brand LaLicious. "The caffeine can help diminish the appearance of cellulite, and the coconut oil will hydrate and smooth your skin to perfection." In honor of Coffee Day today, why not whip up a batch of this skin-softening scrub?
1 cup coffee grounds
1/2 cup white or brown sugar
1 cup coconut oil
Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly. After you've washed your hair and body, massage the scrub on wet skin and rinse with warm water. Your skin will be soft, hydrated, and ready to be bared in your favorite warm-weather ensembles.
The following post was written by Christy, who blogs at Sparkles & Spinach, and is part of POPSUGAR Select Beauty.
When most people think of eco-friendly (and people-friendly) beauty, they probably picture shopping at Whole Foods and picking up a bar of patchouli soap. Not that there's anything wrong with either; Whole Foods is one of my favorite stops for amazing beauty deals. But green beauty has come quite a long way, and is far beyond shopping the aisles at your local health store. I personally have been chemical-free for the last two-plus years and will not use any products that contain toxic components. I consider myself a green beauty maven with purist tendencies! I try to find the cleanest — and by cleanest, I mean nontoxic — beauty items that fit a middle budget. If they multitask, that's even better. So here are my top five beauty buys that are not only safe, but amazing as well. Get the full selection when you read more.
Beauty products make a lot of claims, especially when it comes to natural and organic ingredients. Rose oil is supposed to make your skin as pretty as a flower, tea tree is reputed to blast away acne, and marine algae has started to sound like the fountain of youth. But do these ingredients actually live up to the hype? Get the facts on 10 of the most popular natural beauty boosters now.
The FDA doesn't regulate a lot of the chemicals in your makeup and skin care, and it's up to you to know what's in your favorite nail polish and foundation. We're lucky to live in a time when there are increasingly products with natural and organic ingredients available. Just adding jojoba oil to the formula, however, does not a safer, healthier product make, and it's sometimes hard to discern what's actually more health-conscious and ecologically responsible, and what's just got a label with pictures of plants on it. To cut through all the green-washing, we've put together 18 responsibly produced products that actually do the job. The majority are organic, and they're all free of parabens, phthalates, and harsh chemical surfactants. So click through and get a little green on your face.
— Additional reporting by Kaitlyn Dreyling
All the chemicals in standard sunscreens bumming you out? No need to let that ruin your beach trip! We've rounded up 10 tubes and sticks of SPF — all with natural ingredients — to make your day in the sun a little greener. And a lot of them are more familiar than you'd think.
Gone are the days when splotchy white zit cream was the cure-all for the pimple blues. Gone also is the notion that you have to sacrifice using natural ingredients for chemicals in order to get the acne-zapping job done. In Sophie Uliano's book Do It Gorgeously, the eco expert has lots to say about how we can go DIY with natural ingredients. Her soothing acne gel recipe is perfect for calming inflammation and preventing breakouts. It includes marigolds (which contain natural acne-blasting salicylic acid), bacteria-fighting tea tree oil, and just a dash of vodka. Get the instructions when you read more.