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A year or two ago, if you were to look at my beauty cabinet, you’d have probably been dumbfounded by the overwhelming amount of chemical-filled products in there. Lotions and cleansers and self tanners and hair serums and deep conditioners and astringents… I could go on forever. You see, I’ve always been a lover of beauty products — I still am — but I haven’t always been such a huge advocate for natural beauty. Read more »

Nova -Aug 26, 2014, 12:47AM
Hi,I love this post,I have been into natural products for a while now and I stay on the search for products that are good for the environment.If anyone out there is interested in products that are environmentally safe for your body ,home,hair,ingestion,or anything else you can think of feel free to send me a message that u want to know about more natural products.You can reach me at Thanks
Emily -Jun 23, 2014, 1:45AM
I love me some natural products but still are using chemical filled products. Everything is made up of chemicals even the most natural and simple products. Also natural does not automatically mean safer. Think of poison ivy, hemlock, arsenic, asbestos, lead, snake venom, mercury, etc....these are all perfectly natural substances but also pretty dangerous. And some synthetic substances are virtually non-toxic. So natural does not automatically mean safer and better and synthetic does not automatically mean unsafe or bad. To say otherwise is the naturalistic fallacy. And another thing to keep in mind is that the dose makes the poison for substances. Something **may** have certain bad effects at a certain level....but there can be levels where the substance is completely harmless; this can be true for both synthetic and natural substances. This whole 'dose makes the poison' thing is toxicology 101 and applicable to things as innocuous as water!

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The scents of spring are light and playful. They’re sweet and they’re cheerful, they open the heart, bring a smile to the face and a calmness to the soul.

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Valerie (@TheSweetSeed) -Jun 04, 2014, 11:55AM
I love Chanel's scents--they're timeless! And I love the c'est la vie shirt. I also just posted about my favorite scents:
Jele -Mar 09, 2014, 3:53PM
See by ever :))

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Post image for 3 Homemade Herbal & Floral Steam Facials

Spa treatments are the ultimate indulgence. They can make you feel just like a queen. Read more »

Livia -Sep 21, 2014, 8:19AM
I love the pictures from this post! I also wrote an article debunking common facial steaming myths. I'd love to hear your opinion about it
Veronica -Feb 21, 2014, 11:19PM
where do you suggest purchasing essential oils?

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We’re all well aware of the oil produced by olive fruits and all of the health and beauty benefits it has — it’s a healthy fat that’s believed to help prevent obesity, heart disease, and cancer to name a few, and it does wonders in the world of moisturizing skin and hair. You can even use it in oil pulling to detoxify your body. But there’s something else the olive plant has to offer — something huge – and it’s all about the leaf. Read more »

Jocelyn -Mar 08, 2014, 10:14PM
I just did a quick lit review on PubMed and found lots of good research for olive leaf extract! I'm going to double check with my docs first, but am excited to try. Definitely glad you recommend folks ask their doctors- I had wanted to try kelp extract, but my doctor advised against it. Hopefully this will be a go! :)
Beka -Feb 17, 2014, 1:05PM
I take olive leaf extract, oil of oregano, & evening primrose oil everyday to help with my allergies & rosacea. It works wonders!

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The strawberry: red, juicy, delicious…it’s like nature’s little heart. Since Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and anything red and heart shaped is appropriate around this time, I wanted to explore some unique ways that you can incorporate this tasty fruit into your daily beauty routine. Packed with nutrients and benefits, check out these three simple recipes that will help you look your best on Valentine’s day! Read more »

renae -Feb 21, 2014, 8:56PM
I personally use strawberry,banana and cucumber face masks and hair masks , freakin love it! :) You can also use aloe vera and honey for moisturizing hair and skin and it works so well.
DIYEARTE♦DIY -Feb 18, 2014, 4:46AM
I want to try strawberry detox water!! ☺ → DIYEARTE ♦ DIY

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This guest post comes from our contributor FP Naomi. Read more »

Space Cowboy -Sep 23, 2014, 5:57PM
I started using african black soap when I started my dreadlocks. I was going through so many different things trying to find the perfect thing to wash my dreads with(Ended up loving Grandpa's Baking Soda soap) but in this process I fell IN LOVE with african black soap for just about everything but my hair, I use it to wash my face and body, the smell is lovely and makes my skin feel soft and clean and healthy. I recommend it to people all the time. Would definitely advise trying it out to anyone who hasn't, particularly to people with a black head problem, after washing my face with if for a few weeks I had noticeably less blackheads. c:
Angela -Aug 25, 2014, 9:53AM
I have very bad eczema. I've been hospitalized in the past from skin infections, before trying Africa black soap I always had long sleeve shirts & pants. Once I started using this soap after a few weeks my skin cleared up, I still have little out breaks but now I'm wearing sun dresses & tank tops. It's a life saver for me because I live in Florida. a VERY VERY VERY well recommended product for anybody with skin issues.

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Post image for Honey Is The New Shampoo: The Conclusion

I haven’t washed my hair with conventional shampoo and conditioner for almost one full month — and this will be my last week reporting on it. Why? Did I give up? Am I switching back to the (unnatural) way things used to be? Read more »

Elaine -Sep 26, 2014, 5:19AM
Hi there! I loved reading about your experience, thank you for sharing. I am on day 1 of honey water washing, and feeling reasonably good about the results - I waited 5 days before honey washing for the first time (eeep) so my hair was very greasy indeed. Psychologically I think that was helpful, as even though it doesn't feel as "clean" as it would have after commercial shampoo, it's still a heck of a lot cleaner than it was! I have a question, though... What do all you no-poo / natural-poo ladies do when you go to the hairdresser? I usually love my shampoo and head massage, but I don't want to be punted straight back into transition every time I go for a haircut. What do you guys do? I'm guessing taking my own little bottle of honey water with me might raise some eyebrows... ;-) I only manage a trip to the hairdresser once every 4-6 months, would a commercial shampoo & condition send me right back to the beginning, or is it something my hair will cope with once it's balanced itself out? Thanks for your help!
Jewel -Aug 23, 2014, 8:17PM
PS, tea tree oil has huge medicinal properties. Antibacterial, anti- fungal, and many studies suggest it is also anti-viral. It can help prevent bacterial infections in cuts & scrapes, reduce the symptoms of fungal infections in skin and nails, and many use it to ease and speed healing of cold sores (virus). Additionally, it is also popular in Australia to ward off colds & flu, by inhaling it in steam or putting a drop in a spoonful of honey you swallow at bedtime. I've read that tea tree oil has properties that encourage faster healing of wounds, bruises, and burns. I have personally witnessed tea tree oil reducing and eventually removing waters and moles!

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If you live in a part of the world where winters are very dry, I totally feel you. Dry air has a tendency of sucking the moisture out of everything it comes in contact with — including our skin and hair.

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duvessa -Oct 16, 2014, 3:35AM
hey thanks a bunch .... actually I'm from India and the weather isn't cold but actually humid also the pollution makes my hair all dry and frizzy so i will definitely try your reciepe
Sally -Jun 28, 2014, 3:11PM
I have to give this a go, do you think it will be ok to use on mature dreadlocks?

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Red lipstick is a lot of things. It’s classic, it’s sexy, it’s sultry, it’s pretty, it’s provocative. It draws attention, yet at the same time, leaves something to the imagination… It has an air of mystery about it. We have tons of girls at the office who do the red lip so well, so I decided to take a walk around and see who I could capture in their signature shade. Read more »

Sara -Feb 02, 2014, 1:22PM
Shame, shame!! Maybelline and Revlon test on animals!
Flourish Design Co. -Feb 01, 2014, 1:24PM
Ohhh all those girls are rockin the red lips! Perfect shades for each gal!

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Post image for Honey Is The New Shampoo: Week 3

I’m going on 3 weeks of washing my hair with natural substances (no commercial shampoo or conditioner!). I’ve used mainly honey with a couple tries of clay and apple cider vinegar… and this week I started something else. Read more »

Brooke -Oct 29, 2014, 5:05PM
I recommend following almost exactly blog (not mine). The girl who writes does intense research on every item and ingredient she also has a really firm understanding of ph balance and some amazing info.
lulu -Sep 15, 2014, 12:54PM
I have been no poo for 4 months. I would suggest not using avocado or coconut oil if you are going to heat will cook your hair and damage it to no end! try looking up no-heat styling to get curls and waves.I am still experimenting but have tried Morocco Method with good paragons, sulfates etc. Also a bores bristle brush will help to distribute the natural oils in your scalp to your ends. Try cornstarch in the night and it will absorb some oil and make your hair more manageable. I use cocoa and cornstarch at night ( a true mess) but for dark hair works a treat for the oil situation. Good luck!

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I’ve always admired women that wear a red lip; fearless, strong, confident,beautiful, timeless, classic… Read more »

Milka -Jan 30, 2014, 4:11PM
In my opinion MAC Russian Red is very universal is a true red, not blueish, not pinkish or magenta-ish and not orange, just red. When in doubt go with Russian Red
Shelley -Jan 29, 2014, 10:53PM
Such a fun video! Thanks to all those who commented above me for the great tips re. the importance of skin tone. I'm still a little afraid of red, but I might be tempted to give it a try!

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Post image for Honey Is The New Shampoo: Week 2

In a few days I’ll hit the 2-week mark since I began this no-commercial-shampoo, honey-washing journey. I must say, it has been quite the adventure thus far. I’ve never before wanted to reach for a bottle of shampoo so badly, but I’m sticking this out! Once again, I want to thank you all so so so much for all of your advice and support. I’ve been going over every one of your comments, and there is no way I’d be able to do this without you!  Read more »

Laurel -Sep 21, 2014, 6:53PM
I believe certain oils will protect your hair, like argan oil, but truly, you should ditch the heat tools! I find that twisting my hair and clipping it over my head (I shower at night so I do this with damp hair) and sleeping like this gives me beautiful spiral curls/waves!
Alyssa -Feb 03, 2014, 10:38PM
I want to try no 'poo soooo bad! But I work in a high end hotel at the front desk and I don't think I could get away with the greasy look and the odor during the transition period. Sigh. In the meantime, I'm a total fan of Dr. Bronner's for shampoo and Argan oil as a conditioner. Good luck with the endeavor!

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