1. Healthy and Sexy Hair Without the Shampoo

    Posted on March 20, 2012 by Courtney

    Please welcome today’s guest poster, Lydia Quibbin-Jones.

    Everywhere we look, we see the promise of healthy, bouncy, and gorgeous hair — from TV commercials to prints ads to giant billboards in the city. They often feature models with luxuriously shiny tresses that make us wonder: “How do I make my hair look like that?” Before we know it, we’re dashing off to the supermarket to hoard bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and various styling products.

    Many people don’t realize, however, that hair care products actually do more harm than good. Shampoos strip off natural oils released by the scalp, while conditioners (used to counter the drying effect of shampoo) block the release of natural oils. Because of this, our hair becomes dependent on these chemicals to look healthy.

    While there are specialty products that claim to be milder, they are often more expensive and still contain chemicals. So how do we keep our hair clean and healthy? It’s simple, really: raid our pantry and kitchen cabinets.   Read more…

  2. Pacifica Solid Perfume

    Posted on March 9, 2012 by Allie

    I’m not necessarily a no-frills person. Low-frills might be a good way to describe it. I don’t use heavily scented products and I haven’t had a go to perfume in over a decade. I have allergies and it takes work to find a scent that isn’t a trigger. There’s nothing fun or attractive about smelling lovely, and sneezing non-stop. But lately, I’ve been craving a little boost. This has been a long grey winter and I wanted something to cheer me up.

    While shopping at the BFW (Big Fancy Wegmans), I noticed a display of Pacifica Perfumes. They’re made with essential oils, and don’t carry the nondescript “fragrance” ingredient on the label. Of course every nose is different, but I tested several in their line and none of them made me sneeze.

    I decided on Tahitian Gardenia as my scent and chose the solid perfume, which comes in a recyclable tin, because I like the idea of being able to tuck it in my purse without worrying about spills. It’s a bright, natural scent that doesn’t over power. I love it!

    It’s vegan, gluten-free, and made in the USA (Pacifica is based in Portland, OR) without animal testing.

    At nine dollars on the website (although, I’m fairly certain I paid six at Wegmans) it’s a perfume indulgence that won’t break the bank, but it feels like such a nice little luxury.

    The ingredients are:
    Pacifica’s Tahitian Gardenia Solid Perfume contains organic cocos nucifera wax (coconut wax), organic glycine soja wax (soy wax), parfum (Pacifica’s own perfume blend with natural and essential oils), prunus armeniaca wax (apricot wax), caprylic/capric triglyceride (coconut source).

  3. Fight Dry Winter Skin with Homemade Scrubs

    Posted on February 29, 2012 by Courtney

    Around here, it hasn’t really felt like winter lately. It’s been around 60 degrees in Atlanta, which feels great, but kind of freaks me out — I like the seasons to behave normally! Plus, it makes me worried that this summer is going to be more unbearably hot than usual. Ah, the joys of erratic weather patterns.

    But even though it’s felt like spring, my skin still wants to believe it’s winter, and that means it gets dry and chapped easily. Here to help with some homemade beauty products today is Erica Katz, the author of Bonding Over Beauty, A Mother-Daughter Guide to Self-Esteem, Confidence and Trust. From product and styling tips, such as how to create the perfect ponytail, to at-home recipes for creating an organic facial scrub, Erika explores it all in her book, in which she includes her own experience as well as information from interviews with top beauty experts.

    Here are a few beauty product recipes Erica has to share!  Read more…

  4. Greenists to Funky Pits: Bring It.

    Posted on February 23, 2012 by Mickey

    If there’s one thing that gets a Greenist’s attention, it’s armpit talk. Do a search on this site for “deodorant” and you’ll get 20 posts that at least mention the word, most featuring intimate details.

    Let’s make it 21. Blackjack!

    The brave quest for inoffensive yet chemical-free and environmentally sound underarms almost seems like a right of passage for folks who already take their own bags to the supermarket and carry a reusable water bottle and are looking for the next step. But when it comes to B.O. as opposed to, say, shampoo or toothpaste, many people draw the line. I’ve gotten the sense over the years that there are a lot of people out there making their own yogurt and raising chickens in suburban coops yet steadfastly refusing to forgo the toxic cocktail they smear in their pits, because a hippie is one thing, but a smelly hippie is a whole different level of commitment and ostracism. Read more…

  5. How to Make Natural Lotions, Facial Masks, and Conditioner

    Posted on October 25, 2011 by Courtney

    Please welcome today’s guest poster, Adam.

    Did you know that store-bought lotions can contain chemicals that are actually harmful to your skin? Making your own natural lotions and body care products is safer and a fairly simple thing to do. Since many store-bought products are relatively expensive, making your own at home can also save you a lot of money. Here are five recipes to try.  Read more…

  6. Boots Botanics Organic Rosewater Toner

    Posted on October 7, 2011 by Courtney


    Image: http://www.me.boots.com/

    Over the summer, I had the brilliant idea to start moisturizing my face with toner. I have combination skin, you see, which means it’s dry in some places (forehead) and oily in others (hello, chin). That can be a pain in the keester. It’s hard to find a moisturizer that’s strong enough to hydrate my forehead while not causing my chin to break out like I’m 15 years old all over again.  Read more…

  7. SheaMoisture Giveaway Winner!

    Posted on September 23, 2011 by Courtney

    Wow, you ladies REALLY like your organic hair products! We are blown away by how many people entered our SheaMoisture giveaway. Thank you all for reading!

    After consulting the Random Number Generator, we’ve determined that the winner of our SheaMoisture Deep Treatment Hair Masque and Moisture Retention Shampoo is commenter number 53, which is Jennice!

    Congratulations, Jennice! We’ll be in touch shortly to get you your hair products. Thanks to everyone who entered, and check back soon for more giveaways on The Greenists!

  8. SheaMoisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Lotion (and a Giveaway!)

    Posted on September 21, 2011 by Courtney

    Winter’s coming, folks, and you know what that means? Dry skin. For me, it’s constant struggle during the cold months to keep my skin from getting dry and flaky, which means I rely a lot on lotion. If your skin needs a lot of help in the moisture department, have I got the lotion for you: SheaMoisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Lotion.  Read more…

  9. Kiss My Face Big Body Shampoo

    Posted on August 24, 2011 by Courtney

    When you switch to a natural shampoo, there are two things to keep in mind: One, a natural shampoo isn’t going to lather as much as a common, paraben-laden one, so it may take a couple of showers to figure out how much you need to pour into your hand to cover all your hair. Two, if your mind and hair are both accustomed to the shampoos you’ve used before, it may take some time to get used to the new natural one. But don’t give up! Give it a couple of weeks, and before long, natural shampoo will feel perfectly normal.

    Recently I bought some Kiss My Face brand shampoo, which contains only all-natural ingredients and no parabens or pthalates. Yes, it took my hair a couple of washings to adjust, but now I love it! I chose the Big Body variety on account of my fine, thin hair, and as promised, it does add volume and body without drying out my scalp.  Read more…

  10. Crystal Deodorant: It’s All Natural, and It Actually Works!

    Posted on June 30, 2011 by Courtney

    I’ve tried a lot of the natural, aluminum-free deodorants out there. A LOT of them. If you’re wondering why we haven’t reviewed many of them here on The Greenists, it’s because we have a strict “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” policy — which is a nice way of saying most of them didn’t work out very well for me. I’ve developed a system in which I use the natural deodorant if I’m sticking around the house (which is often, since I work from home) and bust out the good old, toxic, could-run-a-marathon-and-still-smell-like-a-rose stuff whenever I’m going out.  Read more…

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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