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13
APR

The Ultimate Beauty Approach Webinar

Filed Under: Personal Care at 3:21 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
ACURE Organics utilizes food and plant actives to feed the largest organ of the body — the skin. One of the primary aspects of ACURE is learning about EFA’s in their beauty oils and why this is so important to apply to your skin topically. If you are supplementing fish oils internally to feed your body EFA’s, they feel it makes complete sense to feed your skin the same EFA content topically. Listen and learn about “The Ultimate Beauty Approach” and which beauty oil might be the right fit for your skin type.




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APR

Choosing the Right Oil for your Skin

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
Let’s face it (no pun intended), facial oils are all the rage. It used to be that the mere thought of putting oil on your face was enough to make your skin crawl. But now, these plant-based oils are helping to, literally, wash away those long-held preconceptions by giving you a refreshing and radiant glow, naturally.

All Skin Types – Argan Oil

Known as “liquid gold”, argan oil is extracted from the kernels of the Moroccan argan tree. It’s rich in vitamin E, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Argan Oil helps fight lines and wrinkles and minimize scars and stretch marks all while restoring moisture and tone.

Dry Skin – Rosehip Seed Oil

Rosehip oil is extracted from the seeds of Rosa canina and is rich in Omega-6 essential fatty acids. This oil can be used to aid skin cell renewal, resulting in a replinished, healthy glow. It’s amazing scar-healing properties makes it perfect for damaged skin, too!

Oily Skin/Combo Skin – Jojoba Oil

If you suffer from oily skin than jojoba oil is for you. It can help regulate oil production by mimicking sebum, the oil secreted from your sebaceous glands, helping to balance your skin’s oil production. Jojoba oil can also help heal acne and other blemishes, providing all the moisture and hydration the skin needs.

All Over Moisture – Coconut Oil

Due to coconut oil’s propensity for clogging pores, we definitely don’t recommend this for your face. The rest of your body, however, coconut oil is a must-have! It’s loaded with three fatty acids — capric, caprylic, and lauric — that have antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Plus it’s easy on the wallet and can be used for a variety of skin ailments including everything from diaper rash to razor burn, cellulite and more!




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APR

5 Best Hair Oils for Different Hair Types

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
AvoThe winter is finally over and it’s the best time of the year to repair your hair. If you are looking for products to treat and repair your hair, many oils can do an excellent job but did you know that each hair type has an oil which works best? We’ve made a quick list of 5 best hair oils for different hair types.

1. Avocado Oil = Thin Hair

For thin, lightweight hair, avocado oil is considered the best product. This amazing natural product is known to promote cell growth and shine and can actually increase volume as well. Many shampoos and conditioners contain it as an ingredient but avocado oil promotes the better results.

2. Coconut Oil = Thick Hair

For thick and curly hair coconut oil is an excellent choice. One of the most popular hair conditioners, coconut oil has vitamin E, vitamin K and iron and can not only promote beautiful shiny hair but also help to maintain a healthy scalp. A good tip: the longer you leave coconut oil on your hair, the more effective it is.

3. Argan Oil = Dry Hair

Argan oil is an incredible product to be used in dry hair. After a long cold winter, many people may experience dry hair and argan oil is considered by many experts as the best product to revitalize your hair and correct split ends.

4. Marula Oil = Color-Treated Hair

Marula oil contains vitamin C and vitamin E and it’s very efficient to restore natural hair condition. Color-treated hair tent to be very dry but this natural oil is one of the best products to lock the moisture in.

5. Tea Tree Oil = Scalp Treatment

Tea tree oil is so amazing that can actually help for dry and oily scalp. How come? Tea tree oil’s antifungal and antibacterial properties can restore chemical imbalance on your scalp and, therefore, can help with both issues.




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APR

New Brands Showcase: ManCave

Filed Under: Men's Health,Personal Care at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin continues to add new brands so our customers can discover these fantastic new products at great prices. The latest “Lucky Addition” is a premium natural men’s grooming line: ManCave.

ManCave offers supreme-performance, natural men’s grooming range with a premium fragrance. Taking the grooming regime to a whole new style, ManCave is inherently masculine, sporty yet modern with a touch of humor. Launched in the UK in December 2012, the company ensures the line clearly communicates functionality and effective formulations at prices within reach of every male demographic.

ManCave products are paraben, sulphates (SLS SLES), petrochemical and synthetic dye free, as well as vegan, and are made with only naturally derived GMO-free ingredients. The formulations include prestige ingredients and enriching bioactives with 8-12 essential oils. The company’s recipe for success could be summarized as follows: first start with a natural active ingredient, such as the effective amino L-Arginine. Follow up with 12 essential oils, then complete each product with a signature key ingredient, ranging from caffeine, panthenol, shea butter, borage oil to the captivating scent of cedarwood.

ManCave was created after a two-year painstaking development process, focused on replacing man-made chemicals with a precise amalgamation of natural ingredients, all while using the most sustainable sources of production. The result is ManCave, an essential natural men’s grooming range free from skin-unfriendly ingredients.

You can save even more when you shop ManCave products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code APR16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. Here’s the scoop on a bunch of exciting new items at LuckyVitamin.com.




25
MAR

DIY Coconut Sugar Scrub

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care,Recipes at 9:09 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
sugar scrub

Avoid chemicals and save some green with this easy DIY coconut sugar scrub. It sloughs away dead skin cells to reveal a healthy glow. It’s organic, free of parabens and sulfates and made with just a few items, most of which you probably already have on hand.

If you don’t have any white sugar handy, feel free to use brown sugar instead. Likewise, jojoba or almond oil make fine substitutes for the coconut oil.

Ingredients

8 ounce mason jar

1 cup of organic sugar

¼ cup organic coconut oil

6-12 drops of lavender essential oil

Directions

Add the sugar to a medium sized bowl. Add the melted coconut oil to the sugar and mix with a spoon until you arrive at a nice, fluffy consistency. Add your essential oil and transfer the scrub to the jar.

While this scrub has a shelf life of up to two months you’ll probably use it up well before then!




12
MAR

New Brand Spotlight: Mineral Hygienics

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
MineralHygienicsLucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a new brand of superior cosmetic products to our customers: Mineral Hygienics.

Mineral Hygienics offers a unique line of cosmetics that can help you look incredible. The company has spent years perfecting all-natural formulas that uses the fewest number of ingredients in the industry, in exactly the right combination, for exactly the right results.

Mineral Hygienics products do not contain complicated fillers, ingredients, or jargon. All products are created with natural ingredients and backed by solid research, input from dermatologists and other skin experts, and continuous testing to meet the latest standards for cosmetic safety.

When Mineral Hygienics develops a product, there is both reason and logic in its formula. Every product has a purpose, and the reason for development is to be better than the competition. The company does not want to release thousands of sub-par products and saturate the market. Instead, Mineral Hygienics wants to ensure that, before using a product, customers feel comfortable knowing that it was developed with care and reason and, after using the product, customers are excited that they feel the need to share the excitement with others around them. The company’s mission is to be the premier cosmetic manufacturer focusing on creating the highest performing products and doing everything possible to keep them as natural as possible.

You can save even more when you shop Mineral Hygienics products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAR16NEW16 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.




2
MAR

New Brand Spotlight: Aromatherapaes

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Personal Care at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
AromatherapaesLucky Vitamin is happy to present another premium brand of aromatherapy products: Aromatherapaes.

Aromatherapaes offers a top quality line of products including lotions, washes, scrubs, bath effervescents, and much more. Each product is designed and formulated with a unique blend of beneficial essential oils to promote many health benefits to you. The company combines the best natural ingredients with the time-tested principles of aromatherapy.

Aromatherapaes products contain only natural ingredients and do not contain synthetic colors, fragrances, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, or GMO. Made in their own California facility, Aromatherapaes is formulated to meet the Natural Products Association standard, which ensures purity and sustainability. To meet the standard, a product must contain at least 95% certified natural ingredients, and the balance must consist of certified-safe-synthetics that have no natural alternative. The NPA seal lets you know you are getting a safe and truly natural product.

You can save even more when you shop Aromatherapaes products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAR16NEW16 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, offers expires 3/31/2016.




26
FEB

Natural Nail Polish: What is 5-Free?

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care,Women's Health at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
NPA new term has arrived in the nail polish world and some people are quickly searching for the meaning of 5-Free.

5-Free refers to the newest way to label non-toxic nail polish products which do not have the five most common dangerous chemicals found in nail polishes: toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and camphor.

The term is actually very useful when shopping nail polishers. Some brands have removed these potentially dangerous ingredients without sacrificing quality or performance, creating a product that is free of all 5 chemicals, known to cause cancer, skin irritations and disrupt the endocrine system. It’s important to remember that polish is applied to nails, which aren’t made of living tissue and, therefore, these ingredients are not likely to be absorbed into the bloodstream. However, people may inhale potent fumes or make contact with the skin while applying the product. So, prevention is better than cure.

Here’s more information about the 5 chemicals that are NOT used in 5-Free Nail Polishers:

Toluene: a liquid that is used as a solvent and has the smell of paint thinner. Known to cause skin irritation, nausea, and light-headedness, toluene can also damage the nervous system, and may cause birth defects and developmental problems in children of pregnant women.

Dibutyl Phthalate: known as DBP, it is a commonly used plasticizer and has been linked to cancer. DBP has also been connected to birth defects and is considered a suspected teratogens, which are agents that cause malformations of an embryo.

Formaldehyde: this chemical’s vapors are irritating and can trigger asthma. Formaldehyde is also a known human carcinogen.

Formaldehyde Resin: a derivative of formaldehyde, this allergen is mainly used in the production of coatings and adhesives.

Camphor: this is actually a poison that can cause seizures and disorientation if used in large doses. This chemical acts as a cover on your nails, depriving them of nutrients and causing yellow staining on your nails.




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FEB

New Brand Spotlight: True Moringa

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B22 TMLucky Vitamin is introducing a top-quality brand of skin and hair care products to our customers: True Moringa.

True Moringa offers natural skin and hair care powered by nature’s best kept secret: the antioxidant-rich moringa oil. This 100% cold-pressed moringa oil is sourced ethically from smallholder farmers and manufactured locally in Ghana with proprietary technology developed by MIT engineers. Known in Ghana as “the miracle tree”, moringa is an amazing plant as its leaves contain more vitamin A than carrots, more protein than eggs, more calcium than milk and more iron than spinach. In addition, the seeds are rich in antioxidants and moisturizing agents and, therefore, can produce one of nature’s finest cosmetic oils for hair and skin care.

True Moringa is a natural skin and hair care line 100% vegan, sulfate free and parabens free. This entire line of personal care products used true moringa oil that is cold-pressed using proprietary technologies developed to bring you the best natural beauty products for hair and skin. Lightweight and easily absorbed, true moringa oil will not clog pores and may help minimize scars, stretch marks and signs of aging while replenishing essential fatty acids to the skin and preventing long term damage.

You can save even more when you shop True Moringa products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code FEB15NEW16 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, offers ends 2/29/2016.




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FEB

New Brand Spotlight: ncLA

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B18 NCLALucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of beauty, personal care products to our customers: ncLA.

ncLA offers innovate products that combine fashion and beauty based on the Sunny Southern California lifestyle. This LA-inspired luxury line creates nail fashion products that will lead the industry, bringing exceptional quality, creativity and individuality to your fingertips. ncLA true essence is based on what and how they create things as well as the moments that truly inspire them, which should be deeply embedded in their DNA. It is ncLA passion and their common love for the same things.

ncLA nail fashion products is the result of a innovative expression of what they consider important such as achieving the perfect look that subtly impresses, inspiring innovation through fashion forward design, and delivering superior quality that stands far above the rest.

You can save even more when you shop ncLA products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code FEB15NEW16 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, offers ends 2/29/2016.




17
FEB

3 DIY Homemade Hair Masks

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 2:51 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
hairAll these DIY hair masks use ingredients you can find in your kitchen! Coconut oil can help improve hair growth and strengthen your locks since its high in lauric acid allowing it to penetrate deeply into the hair shaft. Apple cider vinegar prevents build-up and unblocks your hair follicles leaving your hair as smooth as silk. Plus, it gently cleanses the scalp, maintains the pH balance of the hair, and accelerates hair growth. Find your hair type, try one of these masks below and let nature nurture your hair.

Smooth & Shine for Frizzy Hair

1 Tbsp. of coconut oil

½ avocado

½ ripe banana

In a food processor combine all the ingredients. Apply to hair and leave on 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water. Wash with a natural shampoo of choice.

Deep Clean for Oily Hair & Dandruff

2 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Tbsp. Honey

1 Tbsp. Water

1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil

Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl. Massage into your scalp for five minutes. Leave on hair for ten minutes and wash out with warm water.

Protein for Dry/Damaged Hair

1 Tbsp. Olive oil

2 Tbsp. water

1 beaten egg

6 drops off lavender essential oil

Whisk together all the ingredients and apply to hair and scalp. Leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with cold water. Be careful not to use warm water because this could cook the egg. Wash with your favorite natural shampoo.




16
FEB

Beautiful Hair Naturally with Argan Oil

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care,Women's Health at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B16 AOIf you are looking for ways to naturally make your hair healthy and beautiful, one product could be your best bet: argan oil.

Argan oil is extracted from the kernels of the argan tree, which is native to Morocco. This oil is extremely rich in beneficial nutrients including fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamin E. Its properties make it particularly beneficial for hair and skin, making it a popular cosmetic choice for many celebrities.

Known as the liquid gold, argan oil is proven to make hair softer, silkier and shinier and is often used as a main ingredient for hair conditioners. Argan oil can also help to treat split ends, tame frizzy hair and give hair shine. A variety of styling products contain argan oil too as it helps make hair more manageable and adds a healthy, attractive shine to any hair style. An ideal product for a daily routine after blow-drying, just rub a few drops of argan oil over your palms and then comb your fingers through your hair to apply.

Additionally, argan oil can be helpful for some health conditions as its properties may help prevent prostate cancer as well as balance cholesterol levels. Plus, studies have showed that argan oil has antimicrobial properties and can be used to treat damaged skin and inflammation as well as protect against skin infections, clear up acne, ease eczema, and heal cracks and burns.

Pure argan oil can moisturize instantly, help repair damaged hair, and prevent split ends while restoring shine. This amazing product is also known to increase hair growth and help prevent dry and itchy scalp. Click here to shop 100% organic, all-natural, pure argan oil at LuckyVitamin.com.




10
FEB

Olive Oil Benefits for the Skin

Filed Under: Beauty,Green Living,Personal Care at 3:01 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
oliveoilWhen you think of olive oil you may think of sautéing, baking or whipping up a quick DIY salad dressing. However, this oil goes way beyond the kitchen. Get beautiful with some olive oil today.

Reduce the appearance of Fine Lines & Wrinkles

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is packed with antioxidants that can prevent wrinkles and improve the appearance of your skin.  Trade in your chemical-laden make up remover for a cotton ball dabbed in a small amount of olive oil! Eye make-up? Gone!

Soothe Dry skin

Forget expensive lotions; olive oil is great for dry skin. It’s loaded with skin-loving goodness and is a natural humectant, meaning that it will attract moisture to barren, cracked skin. Olive oil has also been known to improve skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis.

Strengthen Nails

Do you suffer from dry and brittle nails? Give yourself an at-home spa nails treatment! Warm some olive oil, dip the tips of your fingers in and relax. Wait five minutes, rub your cuticles and wash your hands. The olive oil will penetrate deep into your skin and strengthen your nails while simultaneously promoting healthy nail growth.

Get hair that shines

Last but not least, let’s get to how olive oil can work wonders on your mane. Massage some olive oil into your scalp and comb it through your hair. Focus on the ends of your hair if it’s really dry or color treated. Leave on for 10 minutes. Have really dry hair? Put on a shower cap and add some heat with a blow dryer. Dandruff sufferers should leave the cap on overnight for a deep condition treatment.

 

 

 




9
FEB

Badger: Power Of Oil Webinar

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 5:30 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Oil cleansing is a hot new trend in face care – and here’s your chance to get in the know! Join us for an introduction to Badger’s new Cleansing Oils, Face Oils, and Beauty Balms.

Visit LuckyVitamin.com for a large selection of Badger products.




4
FEB

4 Reasons to Switch to Organic Soap

Filed Under: Beauty,Green Living,Personal Care at 11:41 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
soapThe Harsh Chemicals

Many traditional soaps contain synthetic foaming agents, artificial colors and a laundry list of unpronounceable chemical additives that can leave your skin feeling rough and itchy. Commercial soap manufacturers extract the very ingredient that helps keep skin moist (glycerin) during the soap-making process and sells it off to companies who make lotions and moisturizers. In contrast, most natural and organic soaps contain ingredients such as coconut oil, aloe, goat’s milk and essential oils that nourish, heal and repair the skin.

The environment

When you wash off conventional soap, the sudsy residue that circles your drain is made up of more than just soap and water. All of the chemicals and pollutants go along for the ride as well, eventually winding up in our soil, rivers and streams. Organic soap ingredients are far more mindful of the toll is ingredients take on our environment.

Your Family

By making the switch to organic soap you’re reducing the amount of toxins your family is exposed to. In a 2008 study by the Environmental Working Group, 20 teenage girls used 17 products a day, five more than the average U.S. woman. The study found 16 chemicals with potentially harmful health effects in blood and urine samples of the girls, aged 14 to 19.

The Economy

Research shows that nearly 70 cents of every dollar spent locally stays within the community. When you shop “small” and support local retailers, artisans and farmers you’re also making an investment in your community. It’s a great way to “think globally, act locally”.