Beauty & Skincare

What is Bioaccumulation and why does it matter?

What is bioaccumulation and why does it matter? Bioaccumulation implications for cosmetics ingredients.

This is a simplified explanation of a very important subject. For a deeper deep-dive on toxicity in general, I highly recommend The Dose Makes the Poison by Patricia Frank and M. Alice Ottoboni.

Do you know the pH of your shampoo? This is why you should.

Do you know the pH of your shampoo? Why shampoo pH is critical for healthy, shiny hair.

 

Shampoo was my gateway drug into green beauty. Nearly ten (?!) years ago now, I was struggling with hair loss and breakage and began looking into everything and anything that could be contributing to my tress plight. I stumbled upon the hair-damaging effects of sodium lauryl sulfate, and away we went.

St. Patty's DIY Day with a Guinness Hair Rinse and Face Mask

Happy St. Patrick's Day! To celebrate, grab two bottles of Guinness: One for yourself, and one for your hair and skin. It's St. Patty's DIY Day!

Guinness beer, oat, and honey acne fighting face mask; Guinness beer hair rinse

How to Choose a Good Sunscreen

I wrote previously about most everything you could ever want to know about sunscreen. Check that out here.

Protect yourself from more than the sun: Everything you need to know about sunscreen

Protect yourself from more than just the sun, what to know about sunscreen

I still have my grandmother's words ringing in my ears: "The sun is not your friend." It's true – too much sun certainly is not your friend (but the vitamin D you get from it is). We're used to hearing that too much sun will give us cancer and cause premature aging, and we've been taught to wear sunscreen every day – if not to protect our health, at least for the sake of vanity. 

When Vegan Cosmetics are Misleading

Choosing healthier personal care products can be daunting with so many choices out there, and, as a result, we tend to focus on one or two buzzwords to help narrow down the choices and make an ultimate decision. (More about that circus in my Greenwashing post.)

The Truth about Willow Bark and Pregnancy

The Truth about Willow Bark and Pregnancy

A brief aside before we get started: I'm not here to freak you out. I only want to help others avoid the anguish I went through of assuming something was safe, and finding out later that this assumption was not entirely true. 

How to fade acne scars quickly and without toxic ingredients

How to Fade Acne Scars Naturally, Easily, and Gently

Acne. What a sinister word. As if dealing with active breakouts weren't enough, there's the scarring, and the more traumatizing the breakout, the worse the scarring. Sure, that makes sense, but it's still cruel.

How to Choose the Best Oil for Your Skin

How to Choose the Best Oil for Your Skin

It's no longer a secret that oil is an excellent moisturizer, but it can be overwhelming to choose the best facial oil for your skin when there are so many options. Let's take a look at components to consider, and explore some favorite oils.

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