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23
MAY

New Brands Showcase: Eco Tan

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce another premium brand of personal care products to our customers: Eco Tan.

Eco Tan offers an exclusive line of organic tanning products made with safe, natural ingredients. The company ensures every product is free from artificial ingredients and the colors do not contain synthetic food coloring as they are made from natural cacao, herbs, flower extract, fruit extract and chamomile from Mother Earth.

Eco Tan products are a healthy alternative with no hidden nasties. The company has made Australian history by becoming the first and only tanning company to have natural and organic ingredients certified by the Organic Food Chain in March of 2011, under the Australian Government’s organic and biodynamic standards. These organic ingredients are grown and manufactured without the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilizers, animal derivatives or GMO’s and, at the same time, support sustainability as products organically reduces the dependence on non-renewable resources.

Eco Tan believes that the organic production process works in harmony with nature, keeping harmful chemicals out of our environment. The organic standards places great emphasis on building and sustaining healthy soil, crops and animal welfare. Certified organic products are not just chemical free but have been grown, prepared, and processed just the way nature intended.

You can save even more when you shop Eco Tan products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAY16NEW16 at checkout to get an extra 15% OFF on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this offer expires 5/31/16.




11
MAY

5 Places You’re Forgetting To Put Sunscreen

Filed Under: Beauty,Health Concerns & Ailments,Personal Care at 1:23 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
father applying sunblock cream on daughters shoulder, sun protectionYou spent all day soaking up the sun only to wake up the next day with a wicked burn and a deep yearning for a bottle of aloe vera to dull the pain. Sound familiar?

Some of the worst burns happen on overcast days when cloud-filled skies can cause even the most faithful sun worshippers to (unwisely) skip the screen, unknowing that 80% of the sun’s UV rays can easily slice through the typical cloud coverage. Even if you do apply, just because you lather up your legs, arms and face doesn’t mean that you’re completely protected.

Here are some oft overlooked spots that need some sunscreen love!

Ears – When you apply sunscreen to your face don’t forget the ears. Whether you’re driving or wearing a baseball hat, remember that your ears are exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. A recent study from the Skin Cancer Foundation found the ears to be one of the most common places to find skin cancer.

Scalp – Greasy hair, don’t care! Apply sunscreen on your hair or (if you’re follicley challenged) scalp to prevent a painful burn. Even better, wear a hat (but see above about making sure your ears are protected). A team of researcher at UNC found that the most deadly melanoma skin cancers occur on this area of your body. Tip: use a Q-tip for an easy, clean application.

Tops of Feet – Did you know the soles of feet have a layer of dead skin cells which protect against UV rays? Unfortunately, that’s not the case with the tops of our feet which, of course, actually face the sun. Plus, getting burnt here is pretty painful especially if you have to wear shoes.  

Lips – Whether you’re sipping on a tropical smoothie or eating some healthy snack on the beach, lip protection can come off pretty easily, so reapplying is always a good idea. Our top pick combines organic sunflower seed oil, organic beeswax, organic coconut oil, and vitamin E to protect your lips under the harshest conditions.

Tops of Hands – Our hands show age and sun spots before our face. Reapplying here is key, especially if you wash your hands a lot. Here’s a little tip from us: use face sunscreen on your hands. It’s loaded with ingredients to prevent further damage. This ultra-sheer lotion features fruit stem cells to diminish photo-aging and stimulate healthy cell renewal for age-defying benefits




10
MAY

Why Choose Natural Sun Care?

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B10 SunCareNatural sun care products offers a variety of health benefits for your skin and are also the best way to promote a safer environment. You have probably heard so much about it and if you still can’t find enough reasons to switch from conventional products to natural products, we present you a few good reasons to choose natural sun care.

First, conventional sun care products such as sun blockers and lotions may contain harmful ingredients such as mercury, ammonium, laureth sulfate, alcohol, and many others. Think about it: you are actually applying these toxins directly onto your skin and they can be easily absorbed into your skin and perhaps spread through the body. The vast majority of natural sun care products avoid these harmful ingredients, decreasing the chances of redness, irritation, skin breakout as well as allergic reaction. Plus, always keep an eye on the ingredients list and avoid parabens, a very dangerous synthetic ingredient known to mimic your body’s natural hormones and alter the functions of the endocrine system.

Second, natural sun care is the best way to protect yourself and your family from side effects. Convectional products contain a great amount of artificial fragrances, designed to cover up the smell of other chemicals used in many sun care products. Some of these chemicals are known to have a strong smells and may cause headaches in many people. Natural sun care products often contain only natural ingredients instead of a cocktail of chemicals. Additionally, a good number of natural sun care products may be scented with natural essential oils that can even provide aromatherapy.

Lastly, natural sun care is the best way to ensure you are only buying earth-friendly products. Conventionally produced ingredients can have a negative environmental impact and a multitude of regular sun care products contain chemicals. The manufacturing of these products may leave a lot of those chemicals into the air and water, and even more go down your drain in your own home. Choose natural, organic ingredients for your sun care products this summer and do your part to keep our planet healthy too.




10
MAY

Zinc: The Mineral You Need To Protect Your Skin

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Personal Care at 9:35 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s the perfect time to talk about better sun safety for your family. Despite increased sales of sunscreen, melanoma continues to increase at rapid rates, and much of the damage can occur during childhood. In this webinar, Kate Solomon from Babo Botanicals will talk about the importance of zinc and sun protection.

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7
MAY

Who (Beard) Cares?

Filed Under: Men's Health,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Spring season brings us hockey playoffs and for many players, and some fans, is the time of the year for an old and fun tradition: the playoff beards.

The superstitious practice of not shaving during the playoffs started by hockey players and it’s now also part of other sports playoffs. It’s not known exactly when and who started this trend, perhaps the New York Islanders in the 80s as a couple of Swedish players part of that team may have been inspired by tennis champion Björn Borg’s custom of not shaving his beard during Wimbledon. The playoff beard is believed to bring good luck to teams, so as the team enters the playoffs, players stop shaving and will not shave until the team is eliminated or wins the hockey final game of the Stanley Cup.

However, for many man, a beard is not about “not shaving” and letting the facial hair grow out. It’s much more than that. A beard means many different things. Some men may have it for cultural-religious tradition, while some others believe it to be fashion. Some men think a beard can show virility or strength, while others may think it can be classy or show high social status. No matter what your reason or believe, maintaining a beard requires some work as trimming, cleaning and treating hair is essential to keep it healthy and in good shape.

Conditioners, moisturizers, balms, and even a full grooming kit can be very helpful for those growing a beard. Depending on your hair type and the length, beard oils may be handy too. Click here to check out LuckyVitamin.com beard care line of products.




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.




12
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!




11
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.




2
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.




22
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.




18
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.