Shopping for all natural cosmetics can be difficult. Outside of Whole Foods and your local health food store, options can appear limited. Shopping for high quality brands must often be done online. These are my favorite sites, the ones from which I order products and samples.


1. Spirit Beauty Lounge

Very much like Sephora, except the products featured here are natural, non-toxic, and eco-friendly. Stock up on Rahua Shampoo, skinnyskinny soaps, and RMS makeup. You can also order a sample of any product on the website! Products arrive in a timely manner and are beautifully packaged. This is a U.S. site; the owner lives in Brooklyn.


2. FutureNatural

An amazing site that has every natural product you could ever dream of! They have an incredible selection of organic perfumes, makeup, and skin care products. Stock up on Zoya nail polish, incredible bath salts, and more. They also have a men’s section! U.S. based site.


3. Saffron Rouge

The site sells only fair-trade organic beauty products and it sells a lot of them!!! It also has a beautiful aromatherapy section and a large selection of organic perfume and cologne. All orders over $50.oo qualify for free shipping! U.S. based site.


4. skinbotanica

Pick up your John Masters Organic Shampoo, Weleda foot cream, and Eminence Organics face masks. The site carries a huge variety of natural and organic brands. Right now, you can receive 20% of your entire order with the code BESTSELL 20. Pick up gifts for everyone on your list!!


5. The Organic Pharmacy

A one-stop shop for everything on your list. They have everything from dandruff shampoo to anti-cellulite gel. I have never tried anything from this brand that I haven’t liked. My boyfriend is especially fond of the men’s face wash and antioxidant gel.


6. abc Home

Shop online, just like you would in their beautiful store, for natural, non-toxic beauty products from high quality brands including but not limited to Amala, Kahina, and Intelligent Nutrients. If you live in New York though, try to make it downtown to their store on Broadway and 17th Street; the store is breathtakingly beautiful.



An online boutique for the amazing Eminence Organics line, this site is incredible in that it will provide you with samples of any of the masks or products . There are 36 masks in total. I always make sure I have a Seven Herb Treatment mask at home- it clears up breakouts and nourishes at the same time! Catherine Heigl raved to InStyle magazine about the products, saying that she couldn’t get enough of them; I am with her! I want all of them.


8.  The Nature of Beauty

A store with a large variety of high quality skin care products; I am a big fan of all the brands. The best thing about this site however, is the one cent samples and deluxe gift sets. For one cent, you can try most products. For five dollars, you can try five or more products from one line. Don’t waste your money buying products that might not agree with your skin type; sample until you get it right!


9. Indigo Wild

Home of Zum Bar soap (my boyfriend’s favorite soap!), this site contains all the famous “Zum” products. They have everything from face wash and body oil to baby products and bed bug spray. They even have Zum Bum- a special non-toxic spray to clean your dirty bum! Their products work, smell great, and come in creative packaging!


10. Bella Floria

This site contains natural products in a wide variety of price ranges; they have Hugo Naturals and Kahina Living Beauty. More importantly however, the site sells great, beautifully packaged gift sets such as the Woodsprite Organic Body Muscle Mender. They often have daily and weekly specials- so check back often!



Holiday Gift Guide

November 22, 2010

1. Balance Me Aromatherapy Bath Products

All-natural, completely non-toxic line of aromatherapy bath products that work. The company makes shower gel, creams, lotions, hair products, balms, and oils. They package gifts beautifully. Great buy!!

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2. Wewood Watch

These watches are made completely out of wood and are 100% chemical free. A healthy, cool looking watch, that is a great gift for men and women alike!

3. Tom’s Shoes

Incredibly, comfortable shoes that are for a good cause. For every pair that you buy, Tom’s donates a pair to an underprivileged child in Africa. These are my favorite shoes- I wear my Tom’s every single day.

4. EcoSnugly Slipper Boots

Comfortable and stylish eco-friendly boots that are great for both inside the house and out!

5. Hello Rewind

Turn your favorite old t-shirt into a laptop sleeve that you will love!!

6. Organic Flannel Pajamas

Coyuchi makes incredibly comfortable organic flannel sheets- now you can wrap yourself and/or your significant other in the same warmth with a pair of organic flannel pajamas! Well-made and long lasting- a truly great gift!

7. Eco Hair Dryer

A low EMF hair dryer that is good for both you and the environment! Dries hair just as quickly thanks to negative ion technology, but still gives off significantly less radiation. A great buy!

8. Organic Fireside Cotton Throw

Who doesn’t love an especially warm blanket to snuggle up with in front of the television? You can feel better about your own health and that of the planet’s when you wrap yourself up in this organic cotton blanket.

9. Sound Oasis Sound Therapy System

The top of the line when it comes to Sound Therapy machines; this one is equipped with an alarm and can also be used as a radio. The sounds are incredibly real, varied, and soothing. My boyfriend and I have ours running every night- we sleep to the sound of waves lapping against the shore; my brother and sister also have one. If you know someone who lives in a city and isn’t sleeping well, this machine could be the answer.

10. Skin Actives Gift Certificate

This is the home of customized, all-natural, non-toxic skin care. If you know someone who is having skin issues or just plain interested in skin care- this is the gift for them. They can choose from hundreds of antioxidants, plant extracts, etc to build their own washes, scrubs, serums and lotions. An incredible deal and a thoughtful gift!

11. Rising Tide Fair Trade Bags

Great looking bags for all occasions made by women in India! Weekender bags, beach totes, etc.

12. BTC Morning, Noon, and Night Tee

An incredibly versatile red (festive) long sleeve organic tee that can be worn day or night.

13. Tata Harper Products

For that someone in your life who is incredibly worried about wrinkles and aging, this skin care line by Tata Harper is the ultimate in organic, non-toxic anti-aging skin care. Mentioned and reviewed in all the top magazines- it lives up to the hype- my boyfriend Will and I couldn’t believe the difference in our skin!

14. H. Gillerman Organics Remedies

These essential oil remedies really work! My boyfriend Will and I are huge fans of the sinus remedy and the True Relaxation Muscle Remedy. Pick out the remedies that suit the person for whom you are getting the gift- trust me, they will be truly appreciative!

Small Gifts

1. Widu Purse Brushes

Beautifully crafted Italian brushes that are free of synthetic materials. They come with a small twill bag to keep them clean in your purse. A thoughtful, small gift for someone you care about!

2. Red Flower Candles

Incredibly beautiful non-toxic candles that smell delightful!

3. Teko Socks

Socks made of organic wool or polyester. The company uses a chlorine-free bleaching process (chlorine bleaching creates toxins galore) and is dedicated to using the most sustainable practices available. Plus, these socks feel great and last forever! Great for athletes and non-athletes alike!

4. Garden In A Pail

Grow anything from tomatoes to flowers in a pail. The pail comes with pre-planted seeds- all you have to do is provide water and sunlight!

5. Thinksport Insulated Water Bottles

Vacuum sealed stainless steel water bottle that will keep liquid hot or cold for hours. There is even an internal removable mesh filter to stop you from consuming ice or tea leaves while drinking. A great, completely non-toxic choice.

6. No More Dirty Looks

Give a teen or woman in your life the gift of knowledge. The book by Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt covers the history of the beauty industry, the toxins in everyday cosmetics, and details the fabulously safe alternatives.

Gifts for Children

1. Eco- Dough

A beautiful play dough made out of completely natural, non toxic ingredients and dyes from spinach, beets, and carrots.

2. Eco- Paint

Powdered paint made with flour, cornstarch, seaweed, and natural organic fruit and vegetable extracts. Completely non-toxic. Works beautifully.

3. My Daddy is a Pretzel

A book about yoga for little ones. Introduces several postures, complete with colorful illustrations.

4. Silk Fairy Wings for Girls

Beautiful fairy wings for girls who love to play dress up. Sarah’s silks produces wonderful dress up clothes for little ones- my three year old sister is a huge fan!

5. Junior Rhythm Pack from Jamtown

A wonderful music set complete with drum, book, gourd shake, learn along CD, carrying tote, and activity cards.

Eco-Friendly Wrapping

1. Living Ethos Gift Wrap

Beautiful gift wrap bags that can be used over and over again. Eliminate paper this Christmas! Save money!

2. Chewing the Cud Reusable Gift Wrap

Beautiful reusable gift wrap made out of 100% organic cotton with soy based inks. It is machine washable and wraps beautifully…will last for years! As much of a present as the present itself!

Eco-Friendly Cards and Gift Tags

1. Smock Paper

Absolutely beautiful cards and tags made out of luxury bamboo paper with vegetable-based inks. The cards and tags are original, creative, and beautifully made.

Loving Indian Healing Clay

November 21, 2010

I don’t think there are enough good things that I could possibly say about Indian Healing Clay. This clay is magical and shouldn’t be kept a secret! In order to make a mask, combine equal parts clay and raw organic apple cider vinegar . After 10-15 minutes, remove with warm water and a washcloth. Simple!

Reasons why I love this product…

1. There is only one ingredient (calcium bentonite clay) in this product. No fragrances, chemicals, or toxins of any kind.

2. Pores look significantly smaller after just one use.

3. It is a fabulous exfoliant- leaves skin super soft!

4. This product is vegan and wasn’t tested on animals.

5. One jar, which is less than eight dollars, will make up to 15 masks. The deal of the century!!!

Youth in a Bottle

November 11, 2010


What is Resveratrol?

Resveratrol is a polyphenol produced by several plants (such as grapes) when under attack by pathogens such as bacteria or fungi.

It is a potent antioxidant when ingested; it has the ability to slow down both human disease processes and aging.


A Little History

Since researchers first uncovered the French population’s low instance of heart disease in the 1990’s, there has been a great deal of interest surrounding the benefits of red wine. Researchers soon uncovered what they believed to be the reason; resveratrol, a compound found in the skin of red grapes.




-Anti-Inflammatory Effects

A reduction in inflammation leads to less arterial plaque, a reduction in cancer risk, and improved overall functioning.

Skin benefits: less redness, irritation.


-Antioxidant Effects

When cells are oxidized, they create free radicals. Free radicals start a series of chain reactions that damage cells. Obviating this chain reaction can help prevent cancer, heart disease, and aging.

Skin benefits: decreases formation of lines and wrinkles, prevents sagging and/or puffing.


-Anti-Diabetic Effects

Resveratrol aids the body in sugar metabolism. Many doctors believe that spikes in blood sugar play a role in wrinkle formation; blood sugar binds to collagen fibers, causing them to harden. The resulting loss in elasticity, leads to wrinkle formation.

Skin benefits: decreases formation of lines and wrinkles.



The Best Supplements

Jarrow produces incredibly high quality supplements. I love their Resveratrol because it not only helps your skin, but gives you an energy boost as well.  My boyfriend and I both take one capsule daily.


North American Herb and Spice’s Resvital Powder is incredibly delicious! It makes a wonderful addition to smoothies and other foods; I have also been known to eat it straight.



For Your Skin

Resveratrol Anti-Aging Mask


1/2 Tbs. organic whole milk yogurt

1/2 Tbs. organic raw honey

1 tsp or 1 capsule of Resveratrol



Mix the honey and yogurt together in a bowl.

Empty the contents of one capsule into bowl.

Mix together all ingredients.

Apply to face.

Leave on for 20-30 minutes.

Remove with a wet washcloth.


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