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Give Your Ragweed Allergies a Boot with These 5 Superfoods

Filed Under: Environment,Superfoods at 2:25 pm | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author
For some, the first indication of autumn is the Labor Day weekend, which among other things signifies the unofficial end of another care free summer and the beginning of a new school year. For others, however, the first hint that fall is just around the corner includes itchy, watery eyes, a runny nose and sneezing – all symptoms of the dreaded ragweed, the notorious allergen of the new season.

Experts say that an unusually wet spring is the reason for the most severe ragweed season in recent memory.

Whatever the reason for it, ragweed season is now in full force throughout most of the US. It hits its victims hard and doesn’t pull any punches until the first full frost strikes. For many allergy suffers, that means up to two months of discomfort with side effects that may include sick days from school and work, and an inability to enjoy life to the fullest.

But it doesn’t have to be.

Beyond taking OTC and prescription allergy medications, many of which have their own unpleasant side effects (like severe drowsiness), changing one’s clothing and taking a shower after an extended period outdoors and keeping the house and work place clean and free of dust, there are a number of natural ways of boosting your immune system that may help minimize the impact of fall allergies.

And there’s more good news: our suggestions all taste delicious.

By simply adding these five superfoods to your diet – foods rich in Vitamin C, antioxidants and folic acid – the inflammation associated with fall allergies may be reduced.

  1. Cruciferous vegetables– research from the University Of California School Of Medicine found that cruciferous vegetables may play a key role in preventing allergy symptoms and asthma. Researchers found, Sulforaphane — a chemical in broccoli — triggers an increase of antioxidant enzymes in the human airway that offers protection against the numerous free radicals that we inhale every day. Foods like broccoli and kale are also high in Vitamin C, a natural antihistamine.
  2. Apples– in addition to Vitamin C, apples also contain high amounts of quercetin — one of the most important alternative remedies when it comes to allergies because of its ability to stabilize mast cells, which release histamine.
  3. Onions and garlic —like apples, onions and garlic are full of quercetin, which works similar to many of the prescription drugs on the market today by acting like an anti-histamine. Onions contain roughly 100 milligrams of quercetin per 3-1/2 ounces. Onions and garlic also help to regulate and boost our immune system, which helps to fight off allergies.
  4. Citrus fruits – oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes contain large doses of Vitamin C. One large orange contains roughly 100mg of Vitamin C. On top of being packed with Vitamin C, lemons and other citrus fruits also contain high levels of antioxidants.
  5. Fresh fish – salmon, mackerel, herring, anchovies and sardines are high in Omega 3 fatty acids, which help combat the inflammation associated with seasonal allergies. A German study that was published in the journal of Allergy, found that peoples whose diets were rich in omega-3 fatty acids were less likely to suffer allergy symptoms.

A final suggestion: if you suffer from ragweed allergies, check your local allergy forecast before venturing outside each day. When the allergy count is unusually high, opt to stay in-doors as much as possible with the air conditioner turned on.


5 Eco Friendly Lunch Ideas

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
lunchHere’s some food for thought — the less you throw away, the more money you save. Try replacing some (or all!) of your paper or plastic lunch storage and transportation options with some of the eco-friendly alternatives below. Go green and save green, who doesn’t love that?

Save money on Ziplocks – You can get 20 quart Ziplocs at your local grocery store for about $3.70 (just under twenty cents a pop). And if you’re like most, you probably wind up throwing them away after each use, which can add up in a hurry. Instead, consider making the switch to these reusable storage bags made of FDA-Grade PEVA Film. They are PVC-, lead- and BPA-free and are machine washable.

Forget the brown bag – Down with the brown! Help create a waste-free lunch by replacing your brown bag with a reusable tote from Repreve. Their lunch totes are stylish and constructed using 50% post-consumer recycled bottle fabric. The FDA-grade lining and non-toxic coated exterior wipes clean and is PVC-, lead- and BPA-Free to boot.

Ban the Bottle – More than 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills and incinerators every day, so why not make the switch to a reusable water bottle? Our favorites are stainless steel or glass. If you go glass, make sure to pair it with a protective sleeve that will help prevent accidental breakage.

Rethink Your Storage – Reusable containers are a great way to prevent food waste, but those icky plastics ones are loaded with toxic chemicals and other junk you don’t want coming anywhere near your lunch. Let’s not even talk about what happens when you microwave plastic. Our solution, go glass! You’ll see that your food not only tastes better, but the cleanup is easier too!

Food in Jars – It’s all the rage to put your food in jars. You can easily layer a salad beautifully in a mason jar. Keep in mind that the dressing is always the first (bottom) layer. We recommend using wide mouth jars as well because they hold more ingredients and are easier to wash. They’re a portable way to get your greens on the go.



5 Cleaning Agents to Keep Out of Your Home

Filed Under: Environment,Health Concerns & Ailments,Natural Cleaning Aids at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Cleaning ProductsDid you know that a good number of household cleaners contain toxic ingredients that can be harmful to you and your family? Many conventional products use powerful toxic ingredients which are carcinogens and endocrine disrupters. Natural cleaning products can clean as effectively as their petrochemical counterparts without polluting your home as well as the environment. So, next time you shop cleaning products, check all ingredients on the labels and make sure they do not include any of these 5 cleaning agents to keep away from your home.

1. Ammonia: found in bathroom cleaners, polish products for sinks and jewelry, as well as in glass cleaners, ammonia is a powerful irritant that can develop serious health issues such as chronic bronchitis and asthma. Ammonia is also known to cause irritation to eyes and mucous membranes, breathing difficulty, wheezing, chest pains, pulmonary edema, and skin burns. High exposure can lead to blindness, lung damage, heart attack or death.

2. Phthalates: air fresheners, dish soap, toilet paper, and other fragranced cleaners may contain this dangerous ingredient. If you see the word “fragrance” on a label, there’s a good chance phthalates are present because, by law, companies do not have to disclose what’s in their scents. Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors. Although exposure to phthalates mainly occurs through inhalation, it can also happen through skin contact with scented soaps or other personal care products.

3. Phenols: found in toilet bowl cleaners, disinfectants, and other household products, phenols are toxic to respiratory and circulatory systems. This chemical is still used in the United States but because of the threat posed to the environment by nonyl phenols, the European Union has banned this harmful ingredient from all cleaning products manufactured or used in the EU.

4. 2-Butoxyethanol: commonly found in window, kitchen, carpet, and multipurpose cleaners, 2-butoxyethanol/ ethylene glycol butyl ether can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin and may cause blood disorders, as well as liver and kidney damage. May also cause reproductive damage with long-term exposure.

5. Chlorine: widely used in toilet bowl cleaners, mildew removers, laundry whiteners, and even in tap water, the health risks from chlorine can be serious. Chlorine is a respiratory irritant at an acute level and is listed as a possible human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.


5 Ingredients to Avoid in Household Products

Filed Under: Environment,Natural Cleaning Aids at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Spring CleaningSpring is just around the corner but before you start shopping for your annual spring cleaning, check out some news about household cleaners containing toxic ingredients. Learning about these potentially toxic chemicals is extremely important as these ingredients can be harmful to you and your family; instead, let nature do the dirty work for you.

1. Phthalates

Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors but are often found in air fresheners, dish soap, toilet paper, and other cleaners. If you see the word “fragrance” on a label, there’s a good chance phthalates are present because, by law, companies do not have to disclose what’s in their scents. Although exposure to phthalates mainly occurs through inhalation, it can also happen through skin contact with scented soaps or other personal care products.

2. 2-Butoxyethanol

Often found in window, kitchen, carpet, and multipurpose cleaners, 2-butoxyethanol/ethylene glycol butyl may cause blood disorders as well as liver and kidney damage. Additionally, it causes sore throats when inhaled and long-term exposure may contribute to necrosis, pulmonary edema, and may cause reproductive damage.

3. Chlorine

Widely used in toilet bowl cleaners, laundry whiteners, mildew removers, scouring powders and even in tap water, the health risks from chlorine can be acute, and chronic. Chlorine is a respiratory irritant at an acute level and is listed as a possible human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

4. Glycol Ethers

Found in cleaning products, liquid soaps, and a variety of household products glycol ethers are used as solvents. Acute exposure to these chemicals can result in necrosis, pulmonary edema and serious kidney and liver damage. Long-term exposure can cause fatigue, nausea, anemia, tremors and anorexia.

5. Ammonia

Often used in bathroom cleaners, polish products for sinks and jewelry, as well as in glass cleaners, ammonia is a powerful irritant that can develop serious health issues such as chronic bronchitis and asthma. Ammonia evaporates, doesn’t leave streaks and is known to cause irritation to eyes and mucous membranes, breathing difficulty, wheezing, chest pains, pulmonary edema, and skin burns. High exposure can lead to blindness, lung damage, heart attack or death. Ammonia can also create a poisonous gas when mixed with bleach.


5 Reasons to Buy a Water Bottle

Filed Under: Environment,Water Purification and Storage at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Water bottlesDo you own a reusable water bottle? We hope you do, but if you are still a consumer of packaged-in-plastic water, here are 5 great reasons to buy a water bottle and stop shopping bottled water.

1. Environment

The number one reason to purchase a reusable water bottle is to protect the environment. Millions of plastic bottles are used every day and only about 10% of those actually get recycled. That’s a ton of waste, literally. On top of that, add all the fuel used for transportation and manufacturing of plastic, and we are talking about a huge, and totally avoidable, impact on our environment.

2. Save Money

Shopping bottled water is very expensive. If you calculate the amount of money you spend for bottled water you drink every day, you are likely to stop buying it right away. Drinking the recommended daily amount of water using bottled water can cost an average of $1,500 per year.

3. BPA – Bisphenol A

BPA is an estrogen mimicking chemical in plastic that may affect your health. Studies have shown that BPA may affect brain function, immune function, hormonal function, as well as affecting babies, as some plastic toys contain BPA. When shopping a reusable water bottle, choose aluminum, glass or make sure the plastic ones are BPA-free.

4. Tap Water

Did you know that over 90 percent of public water systems meet EPA’s standards for tap water quality? So, you actually do not need to buy bottled water. If you still don’t trust your local tap water, a filtration system is an excellent way to provide top quality water for you and your family.

5. Bottled Tap Water

You are spending your money on top-quality brands of bottled water only to find out that about 40 percent of bottled water comes from tap water. The Natural Resources Defense Council has confirmed that the majority of brands of water contain a good percentage of water from tap.


What’s New? Dropps

Filed Under: Environment,Natural Cleaning Aids at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
DroppsUsing natural cleaning products can really make a difference for the environment. If you want to make the switch from conventional to green products but have yet to find a good brand, Lucky Vitamin has good news for you. We are happy to introduce Dropps products to our customers.

Dropps offers an exclusive line of cleaning products made with natural ingredients and without dangerous chemicals. This eco-friendly brand only produces products that are phosphate-free, chlorine-free and NPE-free. The company uses less water, less plastic, take up less space, cost much less to ship, and leave tremendously less mess in landfills. Dropps fresh scent, scent dye free, and baby laundry detergent formulas have been approved by the DfE – Design for the Environment – program, which recognizes products with safer chemistry.

Dropps was created to develop and produce cleaning products with formulas that could keep fabrics looking vibrant, soft, better, and longer in a convenient, dissolvable pack. This innovative formula contains a split personality: tough on dirt, but gentle on your favorite garments. Dropps mess-free, feather-weight detergent packs are filled with super-concentrated cleaning magic. Pre-measured for foolproof laundry-doing, the dissolvable packs waste nothing and are the perfect product for busy moms, dorm-dwellers, and anyone else who do not want to be bothered measuring, pouring and weightlifting the big-bottle brands.

Additionally, you can save even more when you shop Dropps products at Just enter the promo code JAN15NEW15 at checkout for an additional 15% all products of this new brand.


8 Food Trends of 2015

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Environment,Nutrition at 10:38 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
foodtrendsMove over quinoa and bye bye kale.

Each new year brings new food trends in the nutrition world.  Whether it be advances in technology and the discovery of new culinary techniques or the revival of popular, healing foods from the past, what’s old is new and what’s new is, well…really interesting. That’s the wonderful thing about food — it’s completely a matter of taste, and there’s no shortage of trends to explore.

Sip on This: In major metropolitan areas people are trading in their Starbucks for coffee cups of bone broth. This nutritiously packed food contains a plethora of vitamins and minerals that can help with everything from joint pain to cellulite. Its soothing, warming – not to mention healing – qualities make bone broth the perfect comfort food this winter.

Get Smart, Be “Bulletproof”: By adding grass-fed butter and coconut oil or MCT oil to your coffee it becomes Bulletproof Coffee. This combo of ingredients is said to trigger weight loss, decrease brain fog and boost cognitive function.

Insect Invasion – Cricket Flour. Yes you read correctlyIt’s popping up in everything from protein bars to baked goods and is being promoted as the most sustainable protein on the planet. Edible insects provide protein, fats and essential amino acids without consuming as many resources or emitting anywhere near the level of greenhouse gases that are associated with the production of animal proteins.

Savory Yogurt – The Stone Barns at Blue Hill in Tarrytown, New York is known as a farm to table mecca amongst the region’s foodie locavores. Recently, they have branched out to add veggies such as beets and squash to their yogurts to rave reviews and predictably delicious results. It shouldn’t be long before other eateries hop on the bandwagon.

Millet, The New Grain – This gluten-free grain has been a staple in Eastern Europe and Asian for thousands of years.  It’s delicious, mildly sweet and fluffy when cooked. We recommend toasting millet prior to cooking to bring out its earthy flavor.

A New Superfood: Sometimes referred to as the “Queen of Superfruits”,  baobab originated in Africa and is loaded with vitamins, fiber and twice the antioxidants of acai fruit. Eat it raw or sprinkle in some baobab power to supercharge your smoothies.

The Future of Food – Molecular gastronomy has been around for a while now, but new techniques are being used to create sustainable foods utilizing plants as an alternative to animal-based foods.

Crazy for Cruciferous: Sometimes genetically modifying vegetable can be good thing, like when it results in an amazing hybrid species such as kalettes. This sweet and nutty union of brussel sprouts and kale burst onto the scene in the Fall of 2014 and is sure to be a new, featured player on the foodie scene in the new year.



5 Ingredients Hiding in your Feminine Hygiene

Filed Under: Environment,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor


More and more people are reading foods labels to check for GMOs and other harmful additives. But what about your feminine hygiene products?  GMO cotton is bleached, sprayed with pesticides and is teeming with toxins. Do we really want these poison products anywhere near our private parts? This has got to end.

Rayon/Viscose – When choosing feminine care look for brands like Maxim that use 100% organic and natural cotton. Organic cotton is grown without the use of Pesticides, Fungicides, Herbicides, Sewage Sludge, Irradiation or Genetic Engineering. Instead, Organic Farmers use natural alternative methods and tools that help enhance soil quality and biodiversity and protect the air and water on which we depend. Who wouldn’t prefer their most intimate products to be made from only all organic and natural methods?

Chlorine/Dioxin  – Keep carcinogens away from your most intimate body parts. Dioxin is a chemical substance or resulting residue of the Chlorine bleaching process. It can stay within the fluff fibers of the product materials that come in contact with your body, leading to prolonged exposure to this toxic carcinogen (cancer-causing substance). Maxim products are bleached through a safer process which uses Hydrogen-Peroxide, a natural and safe alternative to Chlorine.

Synthetics – When synthetics come in contact with the body they can create unfavorable conditions leading to allergy, irritation, discomfort, and even that slight discomfort you may have experienced recently with your conventional products.

Wood Fluff Pulp – A tree byproduct that is obtained by destroying natural forests.  Maxim products use cotton which  is a more renewable crop that can be harvested once a year, whereas trees take 6 – 12 years to grow. Also, once the trees are harvested and cut down, they go through a very harsh chemical treatment in order to break them down in to the cotton-like and looking absorbent core you’re used to seeing in other pads. Do not be fooled – even though it looks like cotton, it might not actually be cotton.

Fragrance – Many conventional feminine hygiene brands use irritants, such as Fragrances, which are not natural and can cause irritation and discomfort. The plastics, viscose, wood fluff pulp, perfume, super-absorbents and other petro-chemical fillers found in standard feminine hygiene products creates what’s called a “heat-dampness micro-climate” in the body, which is an ideal environment for encouraging the growth of bacteria, fungi and other irritation-causing subjects.

This week, enter our giveaway to win four Maxim products of your choice. Keep carcinogens away from your most intimate parts!


The Hidden Dangers of GMOs

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Environment,Food Politics at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
GMO_DangersMany of the US’s most harvested crops, including corn, soy, sugar beets and cotton, contain DNA that was manipulated in labs to resist drought, disease and insect infestation. However, these potentially dangerous genes can be transferred to DNA found in bacteria living inside of us. Unfortunately, that’s just the beginning.

GMOs are bad for the environment. Overuse of Roundup results in “superweeds,” resistant to the herbicide. In return, farmers have to use even more toxic herbicides every year. Between 1996 and 2008, US farmers sprayed an extra 383 million pounds of herbicide on GMOs. As if that weren’t bad enough, herbicides like Roundup reduce biodiversity and can harm insects, birds and other animals.

GMOs are affecting our health. The number of Americans with three or more chronic illnesses has increased from 7% to 13% over the past nine years – a figure that doesn’t even account for the increase in food allergies, autism, and reproductive and digestive issues that afflict more and more of us each year. Many medical groups including the American Public Health Association and American Nurse Association condemn the use of GM bovine growth hormone due to the fact that milk from treated cows contain insulin growth factor 1, which has been shown to cause cancer.

GMOs will not feed the world. Contrary to Big Agriculture’s argument, the agricultural methods behind GMOs do not result in higher yields. A report authored by more than 400 scientists and backed by 58 governments with The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) stated that GM crop yields were “highly variable” and in some cases, “yields declined.”

GMOs are present in over 70% of supermarket foods. Protect yourself and protect your family by doing the research and making smart choices. This handy guide will help you identify and avoid foods with GMOs.


What’s New? Buggy Love

Filed Under: Environment,Natural Cleaning Aids at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another eco-friend brand of cleaning products to our customers: Buggy Love.

Buggy Love products are created to protect our children, defend our planet and improve our world. The company is committed to changing the landscape of the cleaning products’ industry and wants to ensure everyone can understand the value and difference between organic and natural products.

Buggy Love offers a unique line of natural cleaners created with only the finest ingredients this world can offer. The company started as a response to the blatant industry “green washing” and misleading labeling practices. Buggy Love has refused the use of logos on labels that have nothing to do with the authentic, sustainable principals of organic growing and processing methodologies. Take the time to see past the logos, friendly packaging and clever wording of conventional products. Buggy Love happily challenge all customers to compare labels to any regular “Natural” “Eco-Friendly” “Bio-degradable” or “Green” cleaner on the market.

Any company that wishes to be genuinely “organic” must first strive to go back to nature and discover what it is to be sustainable. Observe systems that naturally self-perpetuate and harness the pure qualities of non-chemical treated life to achieve results naturally. Being “organic” also demands considerations for fair trade, social justice, vegetarian/vegan, biodynamic, permaculture, transitional organic and ethical wild-crafting sustainable and ethical methodologies.

“Natural” products and brands, though safer than the harsh alternatives, still contain many of the toxins and harmful ingredients. This so-called “green wash” marketing is often misleading consumers to invest in products that still contain levels of toxins. Buggy Love will not compromise on the quality of any ingredient or substitute them for cheaper chemicals in order to lower costs or improve margins. Additionally, the company never uses the potentially carcinogenic preservatives parabens or sulfates in any products.


What’s New? My Konjac Sponge

Filed Under: Environment,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
My Konjac SpongeLucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a revolutionary 100% eco-friendly product to our customers: My Konjac Sponge.

My Konjac Sponge offers unique sponges which are soft, gentle, safe and yet can provide a very deep skin cleaning without damaging skin. Made with superior quality, My Konjac Sponge products are made to the very highest of standards, using the purest volcanic rock filtered water, and 100% food grade konjac fiber, a pure vegetable fiber taken from the root of the Amorphophallus Konjac plant. The company selects only the best quality ingredients and every product contains no fragrances, artificial colors, preservatives, parabens, or any other additives that are known for causing cancer and other diseases.

Inspired in traditional Japanese sponges, My Konjac Sponges are highly effective at cleaning skin. A great deal of research has gone into My Konjac Sponge to provide you the ultimate in purity and quality. Even people with the most sensitive skin, including infants, are able to use this smooth, pure, and 100% natural product. All products carry the Leaping Bunny logo, the highest standard of cruelty-free status in the cosmetics industry.

The company also takes pride in the environmental responsibility by handcrafting products which are all vegan (registered with the Vegan Society), natural and free of chemicals that can harm the environment. All products are biodegradable and every material used in the packaging is recyclable. My Konjac Sponge is no ordinary sponge. Try it for yourself and you’ll see its power to gently cleanse your skin like no other product you’ve ever used.

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What’s New? Moon Valley Organics

Filed Under: Environment,Personal Care at 2:30 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Moon ValleyLucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another top-quality brand of personal care products to our customers: Moon Valley Organics.

Moon Valley Organics offers herbal products developed with the intention to nourish and heal your body, mind, and spirit, as well as to care for the Earth. The company started in 1998 conceived out of a passion to live ethically and sustainably. Today, that enthusiasm carries forth from the ingredients from a certified organic, biodynamic farm to the traditional knowledge from a family of artisan farmers, herbalists and beekeepers. Each element coming together to create amazing products made from the best things on Earth.

Moon Valley Organics formulates unique blends of medicinal salves, which combine western herbs with traditional Chinese medicinal ingredients. The bulk of ingredients are grown and processed in the Cascadia Bioregion, meeting high standards of integrity, quality and sustainability. The company grows 100% USDA certified organic, sustainably farmed herbs using biodynamic practices. They are carefully dried, processed, and packaged on site. What they can’t grow, it’s sourced from local organic farms and suppliers who support fair trade and (RAN) Rainforest Action Network.

Moon Valley Organics is also fully committed to green packaging, using only materials that will do the least harm to the planet. All packaging is BPA-free, 100% recyclable and made from the highest percentage of post-consumer recycled material available.

You can get five times Lucky Reward Points when you shop Moon Valley Organics products at Five points based on normal point ratio of one point earned per $1 spent. Actual points offered are displayed on item detail page for each item. Click here for more information on LuckyRewards program.

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5 Chemical Free Alternatives to Sunscreen

Filed Under: Environment,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Personal Care at 1:03 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Sunscreen AlternativesWhether you’re at the beach or just hanging out in your backyard, it’s important to protect yourself and your family from the sun’s damaging rays. Unfortunately, any old sunscreen won’t do. Most commercial sunscreens contain a wide variety of toxic ingredients and have the potential to do more harm than good. Recent reports have suggested that some of the main ingredients found in mass produced sunscreens could even cause cancer.

Here’s a list of potential toxic chemicals that may be learking in you sunscreen:

  • Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), including octyl-dimethyl PABA
  • Benzophenones, especially benzophenone-3, Oxybenzone
  • Cinnamates, namely octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC)
  • Homosalate
  • 4-methyl-benzylidene camphor (4-MBC)
  • Retinyl Palmitate

Luckily, there are ways to protect your skin from overexposure without the use of harsh chemicals. Many natural oils offer protection from the sun and offer varying levels of SPF.

Get sun protection without the toxins

When shopping for sunscreens be sure to read the labels and avoid buying sunscreens containing toxic chemicals, such as those found in the above list. Or you could try making your own using safe oils (some which you can find in your kitchen!).

Here are some natural alternatives to traditional sunscreens that feature some built-in SPF protection:

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil can provide a SPF of 8. Even though this isn’t a very high SPF, multiple applications can provide extra moisture and prevent skin from burning.

Wheatgerm Oil

Wheat-germ oil contains vitamin A, vitamin D, B vitamins and antioxidants. These nutrients not only moisturize and heal dry or cracked skin, they also help prevent scarring. In particular, wheat-germ oil has a natural SPF of and is a great source of vitamin E, which helps reduce skin damage.

Shea Butter

Shea butter has an SPF of about 6, which is perfect for low sun levels or people with naturally dark skin. It works wonders on dry skin and eczema because it’s readily absorbed into the skin and contains so many fatty acids.

Red Raspberry Seed Oil

Red Raspberry Seed Oil is a great additional to skin care products due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Recently, this fruit oil has been found to contain an SPF as high as 28-50 which is equal to that of titanium dioxide.

Carrot Seed Oil

This essential oil is contains a natural SPF of 38 to 40. Carrot seed oil therapeutic benefits include antioxidant, antiseptic and high levels of Vitamin A. Make sure to use with a carrier oil before applying it to your skin.


What’s New? River Soap Company

Filed Under: Environment,Personal Care at 3:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
RSLucky Vitamin is happy to present another top quality brand of personal care products to our customers: River Soap Company.

River Soap Company offers triple French milled soaps created with only natural ingredients. The company aims to provide high quality, vegetable based soaps and bath accessories without artificial colorants or fragrances, priced for everyday use. River Soap strives to minimize the impact on the planet and, therefore, all bath products are simply wrapped, with no fancy packaging.

River Soap Company began in 1991 producing soap bars in a kitchen. Today, the company has grown and continues to expand to include 12 different soaps, all natural sea sponges and very own complexion mitts. The unique, long-lasting 4.5 ounce soaps are all vegetable base, biodegradable, cruelty-free and contain no perfumes. The company uses a unique combination of pure essential oils to scent every soap bar and add sweet almond oil to make them extra moisturizing. Triple French milling soaps are dense, long and neat, not leaving a gooey mess in the soap dish. No artificial colorants are ever used in the soap making, only botanicals and minerals. For example, plant chlorophyll makes the mountain laurel soap a light green color and sea kelp powder makes the ocean mist soap green while acting as an exfoliator and adding trace minerals.

River Soaps are made from a coco-palm soap base. The palm oil has been farmed and harvested according to standards established by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which promotes planting and harvesting palm oil in a sustainable manner.

Additionally, you can save extra on these fantastic new products from River Soap Company. Just enter promotional code JUN14NEW10 to save an extra 10% on all items of this new brand at Lucky


Celebrate Hemp History Week…It’s time to grow

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Environment,Health Foods,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

This week marks the fifth annual Hemp History Week. More than ever, people are learning the benefits of this amazing plant. It’s been seen in health foods, skincare products, textiles and even building materials! Despite’s ever growing popularity, it’s misguided and outdated policy prevents U.S. farmers from growing this versatile, nutritious, eco-friendly crop.

Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant. It is not the same as marijuana, as it does not contain the high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the active ingredient that produces a high. Hemp, or industrial hemp, is a cultivated, low-THC variety of Cannabis. It is grown for its seeds, oil and fiber.

Hemp is full of nutritional benefits. It’s a great source of complete protein with ten amino acids, omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids, Vitamin E, and iron. Vegan and gluten-free, hemp is an ideal, non-dairy alternative for vegetarian, vegan and raw diets or anyone with soy or dairy allergies.

Hemp Oil is becoming the new olive oil. A recent study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry detailed the numerous compounds in hempseed oil, which contains aliphatic alcohols, sterols and linolenic acids, which have all been associated with promoting good health.

You can you hemp seed in a variety of ways – added in smoothies, sprinkled in salads, cereals and dips or you can even substitute them for nuts in baked goods. You can even try making your own hemp milk or ground them into a meal.

We need work together to help farmers and support hemp farming in the U.S. Let’s educate our elected officials about the economic benefits of growing non-drug, industrial hemp on American soil. To learn more about events going on in your area and how you can help, please visit