The Alchemy of Flowers

Can lipgloss make us more compassionate? For Katie Hess, flower alchemist and founder of Lotus Wei, the answer lies not only in the ingredients, but in the intention. When she collaborated with Modern Minerals to create a line of Emotive Makeup, she intuitively selected her own flower and gemstone essences that are known to dissolve negativity and promote clarity and loving kindness. Fully bloomed flowers are hand-picked at the the exactly right moment in their moon cycle and after several dilutions, only the energetic imprint remains. This is the essence of flowers, and for Katie, it is the sacredness of her art form.read more

MADE SAFE:
Product Safety News

With the rise in awareness about ingredient safety, a host of new organizations, technologies and certifying bodies have cropped up as well, each with the aim to help educate and navigate the ever-changing landscape of formula transparency. EWG pioneered the movement with the launch of SkinDeep Database and Skin Deep App, followed by their EWG Verified certification, launched in 2015. Blogger-activist Sarita Coren recently took an in depth look at Skin Deep, and offered a unbiased account of its strengths and limitations to help citizens understand how to best use this tool. Also on the scene, Think Dirty is another popular tool that rates ingredient safety.read more

The Beauty Of Body Oils

It’s no secret that here at Beauty Heroes HQ, we love our oils. We feature many oil-based products in our Clean Beauty Shop, from cleansers like In Fiore’s Lustra Illuminating Cleansing Essence, to serums like Antioxidant Facial Serum by Laurel. And this month, we introduced one for the body – Beautycounter’s Lustro. From cleansers to treatments to moisturizers to hair masks, oils are proving to be the new 10-in-1 wonder ingredient. But, while we’re past the point of consumer confusion (i.e.,“Wait, won’t an oil on my skin make me breakout?”), there is still a lot to learn – and love – about this staple ingredient.read more

How To Best Dispose of Toxic Beauty Products

As you begin making the switch to non-toxic beauty products and do a cabinet detox, you’re likely to wind up with plenty of containers filled with remnants of carcinogenic and hormone disrupting ingredients. While your first instinct may be to rinse out and recycle these product-lined bottles, jars and tubes, doing so sends these toxic chemicals right into our surface water (as does using them on a daily basis, but thank goodness you’re done with that). We know that contaminating water is not what you had in mind so here are some better ways to dispose of old product containers and their contents as safely as possible.read more

The Best Ingredients to Detox Your Skin

Isn’t washing your face every day a detox program for your skin? Well, yes – but it’s not everything. Removing make-up and residue from the surface of skin is an important step in helping allow skin to naturally detox through your pores and prevent blemishes.Just as in a body detox, ingredients that clear the path and support your skin’s natural cleansing mechanisms – by physically removing debris from the surface and boosting circulation to stimulate removal of waste from tissues and cell regeneration – are worth incorporating into your everyday routines. read more

Villain Ingredient Concern: Neurotoxins

A neurotoxin is a substance that causes damage to your brain. These dangerous toxins can harm the central nervous system, interfering with normal brain development and neurotransmitters, among other detrimental effects. There is alarming evidence in several studies that found more than 200 neurotoxins in the umbilical cord blood of newborns, demonstrating not only how common they are but also the extent to which they’re being passed down to children. The neurotoxins studied are most commonly found in seafood polluted by mercury, flame-retardants, pesticides, many wood preservatives and varnishes, and skincare products.read more

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