natural beauty

Help The Body Shop Build a Rainforest Bio-Bridge, Find "Reggie" a Mate

The Body Shop wants you to help it build a bio-bridge. What’s a bio-bridge? Described simply, a bio-bridge is a green corridor that connects wildlife habitats that have been…

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LUSH to Remove Mica From Products Over Child-Labor Concerns

All that glitters is not gold. Such is the case with mica, a shimmery mineral that gives bronzers, eye shadows, lipsticks, foundations, and nail polishes their lit-from-within luster.…

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Get the Perfect Valentine's Day Look, Plus Win an EcoTools Glamour Kit!

We’ll announce the winner in our newsletter on Wednesday, February 19. The deadline to enter is 12 midnight ET on Tuesday, February 18, so ENTER NOW for a chance to win! ABOUT…

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Make Meow Meow Tweet's DIY Clementine-Nutmeg Body Scrub

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES 2 organic clementines 1 cup demerara sugar ½ cup cornmeal ¼ coconut or sunflower oil ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes 1 nutmeg or ½ tsp ground nutmeg ½…

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LUSH Prize Awards £250,000 to Innovators Against Animal Testing

Full disclosure: LUSH paid for the author’s travel and accommodation; opinions expressed here are her own. LUSH Cosmetics celebrated the second year of its prestigious LUSH Prize,…

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Drinking From Water Bottles Can Cause Premature Wrinkles, Experts Warn

Photo by Shutterstock Did you ever think that drinking water can cause wrinkles? Experts are issuing a warning that drinking from water bottles could be the cause of unsightly premature…

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Seventh Generation Launches "Boosts" Line of Botanical Facial Serums

Seventh Generation is making a play for your punim. The venerable natural-products firm, best known for its environmentally friendly household cleaners and laundry detergents, is…

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Aveda's "Full Circle" Recycling Program Saves Packaging From Landfills

Next week, eco-friendly beauty care giant Aveda will kick off its new Full Circle recycling program. Coinciding with their Cradle-to-Cradle design philosophy, the program will invite…

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MCMC's Brooklyn-Crafted Fragrances Benefit Volunteer Groups in Need

Although the inspiration for her scents comes from all over Anne’s life, she is especially inspired by volunteer experiences.   Anne explains that “this drive led me to create…

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Hey Dudes, Men's Personal-Care Products Contain Toxic Chemicals, Too

Photo by Shutterstock Ladies aren’t the only ones who should be weary of cancer-linked chemicals in personal care products. A new study by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has shown…

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Restore Dull, Tired Locks With LUSH's DIY Avocado Hair Mask

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES 3-4 ripe avocados 2 lemons 3½ tablespoons olive oil 3½ tablespoons honey Handful of rose petals 1 cup millet flour STEP ONE Take a handful of rose petals and…

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Want Acne-Free Skin? Avoid High-Glycemic-Index Foods, Dairy

Photo by Shutterstock Pimples still rearing their ugly heads? The fault might lie in your diet, according to a new study in the March 2013 issue of the Journal of the Academy of…

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The High Cost of Cheap Clothing, Made in Midtown, "We're Animals Too"

Photo by Shutterstock Don’t celebrate the European Union ban on cosmetics testing on animals just yet, says Mark Bittman. There are still many questionable ingredients in cosmetic…

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European Union to Ban All Animal Testing for Cosmetics

Anita Roddick, late founder of The Body Shop. The end is nigh—for animal testing, that is. Starting March 11, the European Union will ban the import and sale of new cosmetic products…

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Oprah Draws Criticism for Endorsing Face Cream Made From Foreskins

Glen Callender and his foreskin have a bone to pick with Oprah Winfrey. The founder of the Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project has launched a protest against Winfrey, for her…

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Wrangler's "Denim Spa" Jeans Claim to Moisturize Legs, Fight Cellulite

LEG SAVERS Other high-performance skincare ingredients, according to Wrangler, include apricot-kernel oil, passion-fruit oil, rosehip oil, and Shea butter, as well as monoi de Tahiti, a…

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6 Ways to Clean Up Your Beauty Routine for the New Year

Photo by Shutterstock PURGE YOUR MAKEUP BAG The new year offers the perfect opportunity to clear old, expired makeup from your cosmetics bag and dressing table. Used makeup collects…

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Are "Natural" and "Organic" Cosmetics Necessarily Better for You?

Photo by Shutterstock Navigating the beauty industry isn’t unlike watching an episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County—you’re equal parts baffled and alarmed, there…

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