1. How to Clean Silver Jewelry the Natural Way

    Posted on July 31, 2012 by Courtney

    The Greenists are on vacation. Please enjoy this recycled post.

    I wear silver jewelry almost exclusively, but it’s a real downer when the oil from my skin tarnishes the metal, leaving it dull and dirty-looking. Recently I realized I hadn’t been wearing a few pieces I own that I really like, and it was just because the tarnish made them less shiny and pretty than they used to be. I knew I could go out and buy some expensive, toxic silver polish to restore my jewelry to its original shininess, but after a little research, I discovered a natural way to get the job done that doesn’t involve toxic chemicals.

    So I did a little experiment using a silver necklace my parents brought back from a trip to Alaska a few years ago. I hadn’t worn the necklace in years because it had turned so dull, but after just 15 minutes or so, it’s just like new again! Here’s how I did it: Read more…

  2. LIttle Moon Essentials – Tired Old Ass Soak

    Posted on July 10, 2012 by Allie

    The Greenists are on vacation.  Please enjoy this recycled post.


    We just remodeled our bathroom.  I hadn’t taken a bath in almost 7 years.  Mind you, I was showering.  This isn’t some kind of big horrifying confession.  Our old bathtub was impossibly small and didn’t allow for any kind of comfortable soaking.

    When my friend Lady heard that we were getting a real bathtub, she sent me some bath goodies.  Along with them, a jar of Tired Old Ass Soak bath salts from Little Moon Essentials.

    On Sunday, J and I did some super hard hiking and, well, not just my ass was tired.  I had sore muscles and the kind of cold that just won’t seem to get out of your bones no matter how many sweaters you pile on.  So, I took a nice long bath with a big scoop of Tired Old Ass Soak, and felt refreshed.

    It’s a blend of salts, minerals, rosemary, eucalyptus, and vetiver, and it has a bright, energizing, clear your sinuses scent.  It made my skin soft, and in combo with some hot water, a mass market paperback, and a good glass of wine, it is a heavenly experience.

    My soak came packaged in a glass jars with a metal cap, and you can call to refill.  From the site:

    “We all use our natural products every day! We would never dream of testing on animals, and we all maintain an environmentally-conscientious standard that befits a “planet friendly” company. Our company is women-owned & operated, located in the heart of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, which we think infuses our entire line with a special energy. We love what we make and we put intention and magic into everything we do. Our goal is to heal the world, one body at a time! And to co-create the healthiest and most harmonious Planet possible with everything we make and do! Please call us and we’ll tell you all about it!”

  3. Neutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Night Cream

    Posted on June 1, 2012 by Allie

    It’s Neutrogena Naturals week on The Greenists! We’ll be publishing reviews of different products from Neutrogena’s new natural skincare line each day this week. Product samples were provided to us free of charge, but all opinions are our own.

    Over the years as a green blogger, I’ve tested many many skincare products. Because we have an “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” review policy, there have been many beauty blunders you haven’t heard about. Testing so many products did a number on my skin. Two years ago, I ended up with a rash of milia that sent me to the dermatologist and landed me on some prescription skin care products that were definitely not green.

    Once my skin cleared up, I vowed to choose my products carefully and not try something just because a company offered to send it to me. But I grew up using Neutrogena products and had a relatively acne-free teenager-hood.  I’d also just used up a super pricey night cream I’d splurged on but wasn’t planning to buy again. So when the offer to try Neutrogena Naturals came around, the timing was perfect and I thought that at the very least it wasn’t likely a Neutrogena product would wreak havoc on my skin. Read more…

  4. Neutrogena Naturals Lip Balm

    Posted on May 31, 2012 by Howling Hill

    So I was sent two tubes of Neutrogena Naturals Lip Balm to test out. Now, I’m not much of a lippy user. Sure, when my smackers get dry I’ll apply something — usually Vaseline — but I know the real problem is dehydration so I drink more water. But Neutrogena was nice enough to think of my lips so I gave their product a try.

    And you know what? It’s ain’t bad at all.

    The lippy wasn’t greasy or sticky. It didn’t have much of a flavor or scent, two things which drive me crazy. And the ingredients (always the first thing I look at before I try a new product) and the source of those ingredients are listed right on the back of the recyclable cardboard box

    Beeswax (beehives)
    Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil (Jojoba Seed)
    Sesanun Indicum (sesame seed)
    Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) seed oil (sunflower seed)
    Olea Euroopaea (Olive) Fruit Oil (olive oil)
    Butyrospemum Parkii (Shea) Butter (Shea Tree)
    Flavor (Natural Flavor)
    Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) seed Butter (cocoa seed)
    Tocopherol (Vegetable) (fancy way of saying Vitamin E)

    The only thing the box doesn’t tell me is about the seeds: Where they GMO seeds? Were pesticides used for the monocropping? Were the plants ethically harvested, traded, and sold? Did the workers get a fair share of the profits?

    Walking down the isle at CVS or Walgreens can be fairly daunting if you want natural products. Believe me when I say they are few and far between. That’s why, aside from those unanswered questions, I would recommend the lippy to anyone buying at a large box store.

    Since I have two, it’ll take me years to get through them both. I may write another post telling you how fab this product is, and how well it lasted, in a year or two.

  5. Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub Review

    Posted on May 30, 2012 by Courtney

    It’s Neutrogena Naturals week on The Greenists! We’ll be publishing reviews of different products from Neutrogena’s new natural skincare line each day this week. Product samples were provided to us free of charge, but all opinions are our own.

    Skin care routine confession time: I do not exfoliate as often as I should. Most days, a little facial soap, water, and moisturizer are all I use. My skin is fairly sensitive, so I’m not one of those people who should exfoliate every day — if I did, my skin would be crazy irritated all the time. But when I brush my hair off my forehead and realize my skin is a little rougher than it should be, or if my skin just looks dull, I need a good green product to restore some radiance up in here.

    So when Neutrogena offered to send me a bottle of Purifying Pore Scrub from its new Neutrogena Naturals line, I was happy to try it out. On paper, I love the line itself — every product is free of harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes, and pthalates, which means I don’t have to worry about the health risks of rubbing it into my skin. None of the Neutrogena Naturals products are tested on animals, either, which is a big plus in my book. The 4-oz. bottle, which provides enough pore scrub to last quite a while, is made of 50% post-consumer recycled material.

    But how good are the products? Stefanie and The Modern Gal are fans, and I have to join them — the pore scrub is awesome. Read more…

  6. Neutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer

    Posted on May 29, 2012 by The Modern Gal

    It’s Neutrogena Naturals week on The Greenists! We’ll be publishing reviews of different products from Neutrogena’s new natural skincare line each day this week. Product samples were provided to us free of charge, but all opinions are our own.

    Like Stefanie, I’ve been a fan of Neutrogena products for quite some time because they’ve always worked well and are highly affordable. I’d been a fairly regular user of Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Moisturizer for years. I haven’t used that moisturizer for months though because I mistakenly purchased a huge bottle of another brand’s moisturizer, thinking it was face wash. In an effort to be non-wasteful, I’ve been using that brand’s not-as-good moisturizer since, and the condition of my face, well, it hasn’t be so great lately.

    Read more…

  7. Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover Review

    Posted on May 28, 2012 by Stefanie

    It’s Neutrogena Naturals week on The Greenists! We’ll be publishing reviews of different products from Neutrogena’s new natural skincare line each day this week. Product samples were provided to us free of charge, but all opinions are our own.

    I’ve always liked Neutrogena’s products, so when The Greenists were asked to try something from the new Neutrogena Naturals line, I was happy to oblige. I chose the Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover, which is supposed to clean skin and remove makeup gently, using natural, plant-derived ingredients.

    Like all of the products in the Neutrogena Naturals line, this cleanser is free of chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes, and phthalates. On average, the products are 94% natural (the cleanser + makeup remover is listed as 86% naturally derived, to be specific); they’re not tested on animals; and they come packaged in bottles made from up to 50% post-consumer recycled content. In conjunction with developing this line, Neutrogena has partnered with The Nature Conservancy, a global organization dedicated to protecting natural sources of clean water, and the Forest Stewardship Council, a non-profit that promotes responsible management of the world’s forests. They even house the Neutrogena Naturals website on a solar- and wind-powered server that keeps the site running completely off the grid.

    But none of that would be particularly important if the products weren’t any good, right? Luckily, this one is! Read more…

  8. 5 Tips for Being an Educated Natural Cosmetics Consumer

    Posted on May 22, 2012 by Courtney

    Please welcome today’s guest poster, Melissa.

    In the handmade soap and cosmetics industry, there can be a lot of misleading language. For example, “natural” doesn’t always mean that a product is 100%, 10%, or even 1% natural. Instead, many products that carry the title “natural” may only contain some trace of something that is natural, a plant essence, extract, or vitamin for example, while the rest of the product is composed from the same harmful detergents and chemicals that its non-natural counterparts are. Read more…

  9. My Favorite Lip Color

    Posted on April 13, 2012 by Allie

    I’m not really a lipstick person.  I always want to be.  I love the elegance of the idea of lipstick.  I wish I could be like those women in old movies who slide into the backseat of a taxi cab, quickly pull a fancy compact and a tube of lipstick from their purse, and voila!  All is right with the world again.

    But I’m really more of a lip balm kind of person.  I adore eye liner, and I rarely leave the house without at least a little mascara, but I always feel too painted and formal when I put lipstick on.  And with all the talk of lead in lipsticks, it’s easier to keep lipstick as a special occasion thing.  Still, a little color is nice.

    Andi from Good Things Green Things sent me a tube of Purple Prairie Botanicals Spearmint Shimmer Tinted Moisturizing Lip Balm, and I love it.

    It has a light pink shimmer that would be flattering to any skin tone, and adds just a hint of color and brightness without looking fussy.  It’s has a super smooth, light texture that wears nicely.  The spearmint adds a lovely fresh scent and a pleasant tingle.  The ingredients are 100% natural and 98% organic, it’s made in the USA, and it carries a level 1 safety rating from EWG.

    Ingredients: Organic Olea europaea(Olive)fruit oil, organic cera alba(beeswax), unrefined organic butyrospermum parki fruit(Shea Butter), coconut oil, mentha piperita(peppermint oil), mentha spicata(spearmint oil).

  10. Dry Shampoo

    Posted on April 6, 2012 by Allie

    I’ve been blond for several years, but decided to go dark again. To keep my color from fading too quickly, I’ve resorted to a shower cap and washing my hair every three days instead of every day. It’s better for my color, and it’s better for my hair too. I’ve noticed my hair has more body and shine, and is easier to style.

    But, of course, I still want to look like I have freshly washed hair. Dry shampoo has become my favorite beauty trick. On day three, I sprinkle a dime-sized bit of No Drought Dry Shampoo from Lush across my part and in any other areas that are feeling a little oily, and brush through. Then I twist my hair in a bun, cover it with my faithful shower cap, hop in the shower, and by the time I’m done, the steam has created some soft waves, the dry shampoo has lost it’s powdery look, and I’m ready to go.  Or, if I’m feeling fancy, I can style with hot rollers.  It’s also perfect for touching up post-workout hair.

    It’s much easier than wrestling with the hairdryer every day, and much classier than running errands with wet hair. As an added bonus, I’m saving water, because on my non-hairwashing days, my showers are super quick.

    No Drought has a light, citrus scent, and doesn’t leave my hair looking dull or powdery like some other dry shampoos I’ve tried.  The ingredients are simple, and it’s easy to use.  I’m also saving money. A 4.6 oz bottle of No Drought is only 12.95, and a little goes a long way.  I expect this bottle to last five or six months, and I’m using less of my pricier shampoo and conditioner.

    You can learn more about Lush’s ethical and environmental policies here.

    Do you use dry shampoo?  Do you wash your hair every day, or less often?

Tip of the Day

If It Doesn’t Smell, Don’t Wash It


According to Real Simple, if every American made an effort to launder less — cutting out just one load of laundry a week per household — we’d save enough water to fill seven million swimming pools each year.

So if it looks clean, and it smells clean, call it clean and wear it again. Consider hanging worn clothes out on your clothesline to freshen them up between wearings.

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