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18
DEC

What’s New? Seaweed Bath Company

Filed Under: Health Aids,Personal Care at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another top quality brand of personal care products to our customers: Seaweed Bath Company.

Seaweed Bath Company offers a variety of skin care products to naturally help fighting dry, flaking and scaling skin, as well as managing severely irritated skin. With formulas designed with a combination of high-quality, all-natural ingredients, the company hopes to bring the ocean’s bounty into everyday life. Seaweed Bath Company was born from the belief that healthy hydration is the basis of true beauty. From the ocean’s nutrient-rich waters, the company discovered a special ingredient capable to revitalize stressed skin of all types.

Bladderwrack seaweed is an amazing ingredient rich in essential and non-essential amino acids found in your skin. The Seaweed Bath Company sustainably hand-harvests fresh bladderwrack seaweed from cold, mineral-rich waters off the coast of Maine to create the highest quality, all-natural products. Amino acids can help to hydrate dry skin and alleviate flaking, scaling and red skin often associated with certain skin conditions.

Seaweed Bath Company blends certified organic seaweed-based with pure Neem and Hawaiian Kukui oils for vitamin E and essential fatty acids, from oleic to linoleic and linolenic, plus natural anti-bacterial and emollient protection. For generations, cultures around the world have used the power of seaweed to help soothe irritated, flaking and scaling skin. Today, seaweed-based bath products are an integral part of both Thalassotherapy and Balneotherapy–holistic water-based therapies that help manage the skin conditions associated with psoriasis and eczema.

You can save even more when you shop Seaweed Bath Company products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code DEC14NEW15 at checkout to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand. Offer expires 12/31/14.

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Seaweed Bath Company – Wildly Natural Seaweed Powder Bath with Hawaiian Kukui Oil Eucalyptus & Peppermint Scent – 16.8 oz. (8-16 Baths)
Seaweed Bath Company – Wildly Natural Seaweed Body Wash Unscented – 12 oz.
Seaweed Bath Company – Wildly Natural Seaweed Volumizing Argan Shampoo Lavender Scent – 12 oz.

 
14
DEC

Save Your Skin with Hypoallergenic Personal Care

Filed Under: Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

Many people, myself included, have sensitivities to certain ingredients found in body washes, shampoos, deodorants, and laundry detergents.  Whether it’s breaking out in a rash, redness, itching, stinging, dry scaly skin we can all react differently to the ingredients found in our daily products.  However, you shouldn’t feel limited in what you can use on a daily basis. Lucky Vitamin carries a wide selection of hypoallergenic personal care products.

Laundry detergents are often forgot about when it comes to making sure your personal care products are not the cause of your skin problems. Chemicals, fragrances, and other ingredients found in your detergents are then washed and imprinted onto your clothes. When you wear these clothes directly against your skin this can cause your skin to become irritated. LuckyVitamin carries top rated brands like Earth Friendly and Seventh Generation, which come in a variety of scents, and is gentler on your skin. Worried about the little someone in your life as well?  We also carry Attitude, a hypoallergenic laundry detergent to help protect your baby’s soft yet sensitive skin.

Your daily shower or bath routine can also be a burden to your skin.  Like your detergents, certain chemicals, artificial scents, and other ingredients contained in your body washes can be detrimental to your skin. When it comes to keeping clean choosing the right body wash for you makes all the difference. LuckyVitamin carries a wide variety of body washes that smell delicious yet wont leave your skin feeling dry and irritated. We even carry a variety of body washes that you can use the next time your baby needs a bath.   Lastly don’t forget to check your moisturizer and body lotions. These products go onto your skin to help keep it soft and smooth, but make sure it doesn’t leave you feeling the opposite. With such a large selection of products to choose from on our site, you shouldn’t be stuck using something that isn’t working for you or your skin!

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7
DEC

5 Winter Skin Care Tips

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Maintaining healthy skin can be difficult during the winter. The harsh cold weather outside along with the blasting heat inside can create many skin problems. As your skin needs extra attention in the winter, we offer you five skin care beauty tips during cold weather conditions:

1. Drink Water

Drinking water is essential for good health not only the winter but all year long. Hydrate your skin from within by drinking lots of water including when you go outside. Herbal teas are also a great way to keep it up with proper hydration.

2. Flax Seed Oil

Flax seed oil can moisturize your body from the inside. This amazing supplement contains vital fatty acids which can do a lot for your overall health. It is available in oil form as well as in capsule form.

3. Exfoliate

Exfoliating your skin is essential during cold days as this process help removing dead skin cells from your body. Exfoliating once or twice a week can keep your skin free from old dry cells as well as properly preparing to moisturize your skin.

4. Oil-based moisturizer

Most people prefer creams and lotions but they do tend to dry out the skin rather than keep it moisturized and soft. Oil-based moisturizers can help protect your skin from moisture loss and are often more efficient than lotion forms.

5. Humidifier

If you are willing the buy one, a humidifier is one of the best tools to keep your skin in good shape during the winter. A humidifying system puts moisture back into the air and helps your skin remain supple instead of cracked and dry.

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Nourish – Organic Body Lotion Pure Unscented – 8 oz.
Saavy Naturals – Moringa Oil Body Wash Bulgarian Rose – 8 oz.
Nubian Heritage – Body Wash Coconut & Papaya – 13 oz.

 
4
DEC

4 Tips To Heal Itchy, Flaky, Dry Winter Skin

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

 

 

H2O On The Go

While drinking plenty of water is a well-known tip to maintain hydration, we often neglect how important it is to consistently drink water-containing fluids throughout the day.   The adage of 8 glasses of water a day just isn’t enough to keep up with the body’s water needs.

Keep your fluid intake eco-friendly by carrying a glass or stainless steel water bottles with you to take your beverage of choice with you or fill up on the go.

Omegas From The Inside Out

While water hydrates the body, omega fatty acids keep that precious fluid in your skin cells to keep your skin hydrated.  When omega oils are low in the diet, there is increased permeability of the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of skin) and increased skin water loss.  Regularly consuming Omega’s 3, 6, 7 and 9 will lock in moisture from the inside out.

A recent study out of Turku Finland demonstrated that 2 grams (2000 mg) of a sea buckthorn fruit and seed oil supplement taken daily showed a significant increase in skin hydration and elasticity at the 1 and 3 month marks.  Skin hydration increased by 33.6% at 1 month and 48.6% at 3 months compared to the control group.  Skin elasticity increased by 16.3 % at 1 month and 25.8% at 3 months.

Exfoliate

Dry, flaky, itchy skin can leave an accumulation of dead skin cells that prevent moisturizers from properly hydrating skin.  Gentle exfoliation will prevent this build up and improve the ability of moisturizers to create a lipid barrier to protect your skin from dry environments.

When choosing an exfoliator, it is especially important to use an emollient-based product to prevent further drying of skin.  Choose an Exfoliating Scrub  that moisturizes skin while exfoliating and sloughing away dead skin cells.  Use once or twice a week on  facial skin and 2-3 times a week on elbows and knees or any other rough spots that need extra attention.

Slather On The Lipids

Moderately dry skin will benefit from traditional body lotions. However, for the driest, itchiest skin, look for ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter and cocoa butter that create strong moisturizing barriers against dry environments. .

Give your skin the extra pampering it needs during the winter by hydrating from the inside out and the outside in.

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28
NOV

What’s New? Sow Good

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of personal care products to our customers: Sow Good.

Sow Good offers a variety of personal care products which are good for you and good for the world we share. Sow Good is committed to giving back to others by creating luxurious, natural products as well as donating to charities which are in line with the company’s mission.

Sow Good knows the importance of the environment. As a manufacturer of bath products, water is a big part of the system and the company ensures that only the very best, cleanest water is used for the creating of the product. This is one of the highest priorities in the manufacturing process. Additionally, the company is located on Lake Champlain in northeastern New York. While beautiful, it has its challenges, like many bodies of fresh water. Years of pollution and the introduction of non-native aquatic life are posing serious environmental threats to the lake and the surrounding environment. Thankfully, with the support of federal, state and local funds, a plan has been developed and action is being taken to benefit the Lake Champlain basin’s water quality, fisheries, wetlands, wildlife, recreation, and cultural resources.

Sow Good is a proud supporter of the program Water for People. A portion of the sales of every Sow Good product is donated to this very worthy charity. Additionally, the company encourages all consumers to check out this important program and hopes that you’ll be happy that part of each and every product purchases is helping Water for People, by providing safe drinking water to people around the world.

You can save even more when you shop all Sow Good  personal care and beauty products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code NOV14NEW15 to save 15% on all items of the new brand.

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Sow Good – Natural Eau de Parfum Rollerball Generosity – 0.34 oz.
Sow Good – Natural Eau de Parfum Spray Generosity – 1.7 oz.
Sow Good – Natural Eau de Parfum Spray Happiness – 1.7 oz.

 
10
NOV

3 Non-Toxic Nail Polishes for The Beauty Junkie

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

 

Nothing says put together like a woman with a chip-free manicure or pedicure. This female ritual, as silly as it may seem, can be an instant mood booster or the perfect finishing touch for any occasion. Take things to another level by swapping out your old chemical-filled beauty products with new natural or non-toxic alternatives. Finding a new, natural nail polish can be a little bit of trial and error. For starters, you’ll need to purchase the base and top coat that go along with the brand to achieve the best results – especially with water-based formulas. Here are some of our favorites:

Zoya –If you are a recovering OPI junkie, Zoya’s your best bet for not turning back. This brand is long-wearing and contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl phthalate or camphor. Zoya provides a great selection of subtle shimmers, bold glitters, gorgeous neutrals and more.

Scotch Naturals Scotch Naturals has a buzz that extends even beyond the world of natural beauty. They not only have a great name and even better tagline (Not all Scotch is an acquired taste…brilliant!), they are truly non-toxic and contain none of the abrasive chemicals that are found in typical nail polish. Scotch’s line of polishes offers a wonderful eco-friendly option that comes in a variety of sophisticated colors that don’t require an acquired taste. Just remember, since this is a water-based nail polish, stick with their base coat, top coat and even polish remover for best results.

Piggy Paint – It’s all about female bonding with this one. The brand name is cute and the colors are bright and fun! This is another great water-based formula which is odorless and hypoallergenic which means it’s mommy (or big sister) approved. You won’t find any toxic chemicals here because Piggy Paint is free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, Bisphenol A, ethyl acetate and acetone. This nail polish brand is perfect for sleepovers or as stocking stuffer. One tip: Piggy Paint recommends using a blow dryer on a low heat setting for maximum chip resistance.

No matter what brand you end up leaning towards, it’s fun finding your favorites!

 

 

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9
NOV

What’s New? Balanced Guru

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Personal Care,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Balanced Guru is a recently added premium line of certified organic skin, body, hair and energy products, now available at LuckyVitamin.com.

Balanced Guru offers unique products created and developed to help you find balance in every aspect of your being. All products can help balance your beauty through physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. By combining ancient eastern wisdom with modern western science, the company has unique formulations to integrate the benefits of aromatherapy and wholesome ingredients to balance your health and beauty.

Beauty and health starts from within, thus, Balanced Guru believes in simultaneously nurturing body, mind and spirit in everything we do. Additionally, Balanced Guru was created with a conscious and passionate commitment to promote the wellbeing of customers and the planet we all share. The company crafts wholesome products that are certified organic, cruelty-free, and sustainable while limiting the environmental impact and maximizing the social impact by giving it back to communities.

The company only uses ingredients and materials that are safe for our bodies and the environment, including raw ingredients which are always natural, certified organic and come from sustainable harvesting. All jars and bottles are made with 100% recycled and recyclable post-consumer resin. In addition, all packaging, marketing and shipping materials are made with 100% recycled and recyclable paper, and labels and formulations are 100% biodegradable, free of harmful chemicals and toxins.

Save even more when you shop Balanced Guru products at LuckyVItamin.com. Just enter the promo code NOV14NEW15 to save 15% on all items of the new brand.

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Balanced Guru – Face It Off Facial Cleanser – 4 oz.
Balanced Guru – Drop Dead Salt Scrub Body Exfoliator – 9 oz.
Balanced Guru – Balm Me Up Body Balm Cocoa & Tang – 4 oz.

 
7
NOV

10 Healthy Uses for Honey

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Personal Care,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

The health benefits of honey have been known for years but it seems there’s always a new use for honey. Unprocessed whole food honey may be an excellent addition to your diet as the honey is never heated or strained, and contains all the pollen, propolis, vitamins, honeycomb, live enzymes and trace minerals the bees put into it If you still unsure about its healthy beenfits, here’s 10 Healthy Uses for Honey:

1. Energy Booster: Honey has amazing energy enhancing properties. For your morning coffee, switch sugar for honey for a daily energy boost or add it to your tea for a mid-afternoon extra energy kick.

2. Soothe Sore Throats and Coughs: honey is an excellent alternative to soothe sore throats. Just mix a tablespoon of honey with the juice of one lemon and drink. Honey is also an excellent ingredient for cough drops.

3. Sugar Substitute in Baking: for every cup of sugar a recipe calls for, replace it with 3/4 cup of honey. For best results, add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, reduce another liquid in your recipe by 1/4 cup, and reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees.

4. Promote Mental Alertness: honey can promote mental alertness and is a great product to be added for situations when you just need to be alert. Add a spoon of honey to your beverage when studying, working long hours, or driving, especially at night.

5. Relieve Hangovers: a few tablespoons of honey may help reducing hangovers by speeding up your body’s metabolism of alcohol. Honey contains a lot of fructose, very needed during “those rough days”.

6. Moisturize Dry Skin: honey is a fantastic moisturizer, especially on dry patches, like your elbows or hands. Several personal care products contain honey in their formulations but you can also apply the raw product into your skin. Just rub onto your dry, patchy skin and let it sit for about 30 minutes before washing off.

7. Remove Acne. Stubborn acne can really benefit from a small daily dab of honey. Place a Band-Aid over the pimple, and take it off 30 minutes later. The results of this old trick may surprise you.

8. Use as a supplement/multivitamin: Honey and its related products such as propolis and royal jelly are also an excellent source of nutrients. Most whole food honey products contain proteins, amino acids, fatty acids, lipids, minerals and a multitude of vitamins such as B1, B2, B6, niacin, biotin and folic acid.

9. Condition Damaged Hair: honey is a great natural conditioner. Just add a teaspoon of natural honey to your regular shampoo to smooth your damaged locks. You can also combine it with olive oil for a deeper conditioning. Let it soak for 20 minutes with your hair wrapped in a towel before shampooing as usual.

10. Heal Wounds, Cuts, Scrapes, and Burns: honey works as a natural antiseptic. So, simply apply honey to the affected area and wait for 20-30 minutes to heal cuts or burns.

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YS Organic Bee Farms – Raw Tupelo Honey – 13 oz.
CC Pollen – High Desert Totally Desert Honey – 1.5 lbs.
Wholesome Sweeteners – Fair Trade Certified Organic Raw Honey – 16 oz.

 
26
OCT

Turn Heads with Love Your Color

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

 

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a revolutionary, healthy hair color to our customers: Love Your Color by CoSaMo.

Love Your Color offers its users something unique. An easy to use, one bottle formula for hair coloring. To get started, all you would need to do is open the box, twist the top and apply it to dry hair. Have any leftover color? KEEP IT! This line allows for users to keep leftovers and use it for root touchups! We’re happy to add such an awesome, unique color line to our profile.

Inspired to create a no ammonia and peroxide formula that was free of PPD, the CoSaMo team worked diligently for 2 years testing and sampling this line. A great deal of research has gone into Love Your Color to provide you the ultimate in non –invasive color. Even people with the most sensitive skin, including those allergic to most other colors, are able to use this gentle, soft, and incredible product. . Love Your Color is highly effective at gently covering grays. Plus, all products are made in the United States.

The company also takes pride in the environmental responsibility by handcrafting products with a smaller carbon footprint and free of harsh chemicals. All products are engineered specifically for you. Love Your Color is no ordinary line. Try it for yourself and you’ll see its power to gently color your hair like no other product you’ve ever used.

For a limited time, you can enter to win a hair color giveaway. Hurry, contest ends 10/30/14.

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19
OCT

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!

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15
OCT

4 Nutrients You Need For Younger Looking Skin

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

 

Let’s face it, no one wants to grow old. If there was a magic serum to stay young and beautiful forever, everyone would want a bottle. While this may sound like make believe, science and research shows that certain nutrients can, in fact, slow down the aging clock. Olympian Lab’s Optimal Blend Skin Support can help nurture and support your skin with these four ingredients.

Hyaluronic Acid – As we age, our body’s production of hyaluronic acid begins to slow down. This molecule is responsible for the skin’s moisture. Hyaluronic acid helps rehydrate the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

DMAE – This ultra-firming ingredient has anti-inflammatory properties which provide a lift to aging skin and improves elasticity. This nutrient works best when applied topically and taken as a supplement.

Alpha Lipoic Acid – Considered one of the most powerful antioxidants, this compound is fat-soluble and can prevent free radical damage from occurring inside the cell. As we age, the cell’s natural defenses begin to decline, but ALA reduces the damage that results in wrinkles.

Grape Seed Extract – Another antioxidant powerhouse, grape seed extract is rich in fatty acids that are important for maintaining a cell’s structure. Plus, it’s astringent-like properties tone and tighten the skin for a more youthful appearance.

LuckyVitamin is offering an exclusive deal with Olympian Labs. When you purchase Optimal Blend Skin Support you’ll receive a FREE 1.7 oz. serum. Both products promote youthful looking skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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12
OCT

13 Deadly Toxins in Your Make-Up

Filed Under: Green Living,Personal Care,Women's Health at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Looking to shop make-up products? Be careful! Many products contain hazardous chemicals ingredients that can be dangerous to your health. Here’s a list of 13 deadly toxins to avoid in your make-up, cosmetic, and personal care products.

1- Parabens: commonly used in makeup, this toxic ingredient may interfere with hormone function and it has been associated with breast cancer. Look out for ingredients with “pararaben” in their name such as methylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, or ethylparaben.

2- BHA and BHT: BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are widely used as preservatives in makeup products, lipsticks and moisturizers, among other cosmetics. BHA and BHT are closely related synthetic antioxidants known to induce allergic reactions in the skin, cause cancer, and interfere with hormone function.

3- Siloxanes (Cyclomethicone): these silicone-based compounds are used in cosmetics and facial treatments to soften, smooth, and moisten. It can interfere with hormone function, may impair human fertility, and damage the liver. Check for ingredients ending with the word siloxane such as cyclotetrasiloxane.

4- DEA, cocamide DEA and lauramide DEA: widely used in moisturizers and makeup products. DEA compounds are used to make cosmetics creamy or sudsy but are known to cause skin irritation. DEA also acts as a pH adjuster, counteracting the acidity of other ingredients.

5- Parfum and Synthetic fragrances: widely used, even in some products marketed as “unscented”. Mixture of chemicals that can trigger allergies and asthma. Some linked to cancer and neurotoxicity.

6. PEGs: these petroleum-based compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. PEGs are commonly used as cosmetic cream bases and may be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which can cause cancer.

7. Petrolatum: used in a variety of make-up products, as well as lip balm/lipstick, and skin care products. Petrolatum is mineral oil jelly used as a barrier to lock moisture in the skin in a variety of moisturizers that can be contaminated with cancer-causing impurities.

8. Mineral Oil: often used in beauty treatments products, mineral oil is a petroleum by-product which may clog the pores and interferes with the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. Slows down skin function and cell development, resulting in premature aging. Its solvent properties are used on cleansers that are intended to use in removing oil-based makeup and in removing the accumulated dust and dirt on oily skin types.

9. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): used in cosmetics as a detergent, SLES can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. SLS may damage liver, irritates skin, eyes and respiratory tract.

10- Dibutyl Phthalate or DBP: often found in nail products and some hair sprays, this toxic to reproduction may interfere with hormone function. DBP’s are commonly hidden on ingredient labels under the term “fragrance”.

11. Heavy Metals: heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, and nickel can build up in the body over time and are known to cause many health problems such as cancer, reproductive and developmental disorders, neurological problems; memory loss, cardiovascular, kidney and renal problems; headaches, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea; among many others. Multiple conventional cosmetic products such as foundation, mascaras, lipsticks, tints, glosses contain multiple heavy metals.

12.  Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives: widely used in moisturizers, formaldehyde is known for causing cancer. Look out for ingredient such as DMDM Hydantoin, Daizolidinyl Urea, and Methenamine.

13. Coal Tar Dyes: Labeled as P-phenylenediamine, this toxic is known to cause cancer and can be contaminated with heavy metals toxic to the brain. Coal tar-derived colors are used extensively in cosmetics, generally identified by a five-digit Color Index (C.I.) number.

 

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Gabriel Cosmetics Inc. – Eyeliner Chocolate Brown – 0.04 oz.
Jason Natural Products – Makeup Remover Quick Clean – 75 Pad(s)
Honeybee Gardens – Truly Natural Mascara Espresso – 0.2 oz.

 
10
OCT

Animal Testing – It Ain’t Pretty

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

 

When shopping for cosmetics, most women look for products to give them a shine-free appearance, longer eye lashes or a plump pout. What you probably don’t think about is whether or not this product was tested on animals.

Every year, cosmetics companies kill millions of animals to test their products. These companies claim they test on animals to establish the safety of their products and ingredients for consumers. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require animal testing for cosmetics, and alternative testing methods are widely available and often lead to more reliable results. Before you make your next cosmetics purchase, here’s a few facts about animal testing that you should know from dosomething.org:

1. Over 100 million animals are burned, crippled, poisoned, and abused in US labs every year.

2. 92% of experimental drugs that are safe and effective in animals fail in human clinical trials because they are too dangerous or don’t work.

3. Labs that use mice, rats, birds, reptiles and amphibians are exempted from the minimal protections under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

4. Up to 90% of animals used in U.S. labs are not counted in the official statistics of animals tested.

5. It’s mandatory for all products to be tested on animals in China. Meanwhile, the European Union issued a ban on the sale of new cosmetics that are tested on animals.

Don’t be cruel. Choose natural and organic beauty products that bear the leaping bunny symbol and contact your favorite beauty brands to ask them to stop testing on animals if they do.

 

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6
OCT

Acure Skin, Body and Hair Care: Battling Breast Cancer with Better Choices

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

 

On average, women use a dozen personal care products containing 168 chemical ingredients every day.  Manufactures claim levels are too low to cause harm, however, low levels layered on everyday, add up. When one third of personal care products contain at least one ingredient linked to cancer and up to 80% of products may contain one or more hidden hazards that are not even listed on product labels, it is no wonder that the likelihood of a woman being confronted with breast cancer in their lifetime has risen to 1 in 8. Fortunately, recent studies show that breast cancer is linked to several environmental and genetic factors, which can be controlled or mitigated. Using clean personal care is an amazing first step.

Acure is a family owned and operated company, founded on sustainable principles, to provide the highest quality fair trade, natural and certified organic personal care products. Kristy and Jon Guerra founded Acure as a way to honor Kristy’s grandmother, who battled breast cancer for over 10 years.

“I wanted to help raise money for breast cancer research and awareness while also providing healthy products that promote healthier living and a greener planet,” says Kristy.

In addition to creating clinically proven effective formulas that steer women away from cancer-causing ingredients, Acure also donates 5% of their skin care proceeds to Bright Pink, a national non-profit organization that provides education and support to young women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. They arm young women with knowledge, options and a great attitude, and offer companionship and empathy during their journey.

Acure continues their commitment to clean, healthy, clinically proven effective products, as they extend the facial and body care line to include hair care.  These formulas are salon tested for maximum performance, using the finest natural, organic and fair trade ingredients available, leaving out the parabens, sulfates, phthalates, petrochemicals, animal bi-products and synthetic fragrances found in most shampoos and conditioners.  Acure uses cutting edge plant stem cell technology to address specific hair concerns at the root and follicle level.  Argan plant stem cells extracted from the Moroccan argan tree, famous for its prized argan nut oil, are the first active stem cells with proven effect on real dermal stem cells. In the skin, argan stem cells support the dermal stem cells in their regenerating potential, accelerating the skin’s natural repair process. In the hair, they strengthen the follicle connection between the hair fiber and the follicle itself, promoting healthy hair retention and growth.

Not only is plant stem cell technology impactful to the skin and hair, it also has far reaching positive impact to the environment in that it supports preservation and availability of the most rare plant species for generations to come. Argan plant stem cells are 100% non-GMO, free from herbicides, pesticides and fungicides and organically extracted.

Acure’s Lemongrass and Argan Stem Cell Shampoo and Conditioner not only embody these dynamic little buds of gold but also folds in organic Moroccan argan oil and CoQ10 to support keratin production and strengthen the follicle connection, rich avocado oil, which provides vitamin B12 and moisture, while lemongrass cleanses and clarifies.  All of our shampoos and conditioners are vegan, gluten free and color safe, plus for each hair care product Acure sells, they donate 10 cents to Water.Org. Water.org provides underdeveloped communities with sustainable, sanitary water sources through local partnership, technology and education.

Try them all and fall in love with the results while making a healthy choice that supports the fight against breast cancer!

 

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OCT

What’s In Your Pocket?

Filed Under: Green Living,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

You might not be thinking about it every time you reach in your pocket to grab your chap stick, but this common lip remedy can contain many chemical toxins. Ingredients such as petroleum jelly, parabens, camphor, mineral oil, Polyphenylmethylsiloxane 556, petrolatum, artificial fragrances and flavors as well as D&C red no. 6, can be found in many lip balms on the market today.

Although it’s a natural product, petroleum is toxic to the body. Petroleum jelly is a by-product of oil refining and is supposed to be free of carcinogens depending on the refining process and purity of the jelly. Parabens are another common topic when discussing any beauty or personal care product. These chemicals are used as preservatives to prevent the growth of microbes. They can be absorbed through the skin, blood and digestive system. Common health concerns for parabens include: endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, allergies, immunotoxicity, and cancer. Camphor, a waxy substance derived from the camphor tree, has been classified as toxic known for potentially causing nausea, vomiting, seizures and in small children, can even cause fatal poisoning.

Chap sticks found on LuckyVitamin usually contain beeswax, coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter and cocoa butter.  These key ingredients seal in moisture and don’t come with some of the risks that those other chemicals do. Burt’s Bees, EOS, Acure and Mode De Vie are just some of our most popular brands and products. Make sure to always read the ingredient label so you can ensure you’re keeping your body safe and avoiding these common toxic compounds.

 

 

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