1. 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.

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. A/V Fridays – Beth Terry’s Book Trailer for Plastic Free!

    Posted on May 25, 2012 by Allie

    Learn more about Beth and her book here!

  6. 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…

  7. Meatless Mondays: Spaghetti with Broccoli and Lemon

    Posted on May 21, 2012 by Courtney

    We have a difference of opinion about this dish in my household: I think it’s a great main course if you’re in the mood for a light dinner; my boyfriend thinks it’s better as a side dish. No matter how you serve it, it’s delicious!


    12 ounces spaghetti (3/4 box)
    3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
    1 1-pound package frozen broccoli florets, thawed
    1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
    kosher salt
    1 lemon, zest finely grated and juice squeezed
    1 cup grated Parmesan (4 ounces)


    1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water, drain the pasta, and return it to the pot.

    2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until golden, 1 to 2 minutes.

    3. Add the broccoli, red pepper, and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes.

    4. Add the broccoli mixture, lemon juice, Parmesan, and reserved pasta water to the pasta.

    5. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until combined and heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle with the lemon zest and serve.

    Bon appetit!

    Recipe courtesy of Real Simple.

  8. Planet Dog Wood Chuck

    Posted on May 18, 2012 by Allie

    Planet Dog is one of my favorite green companies. My dogs love Planet Dog toys, and I love that they’re made in the USA from recyclable (and often recycled) materials!  Plus, they give 2% of every sale to the Planet Dog Foundation to support service dog organizations.

    I was thrilled when Planet Dog asked me to test out their new Wood Chuck ball thrower. It’s made from reused cork scraps and sustainable bamboo. It has a classy, elegant look that’s way more attractive than the brightly colored plastic ball chucker we have, and a the cork handle looks way more comfortable! But, we already have a ball chucker and while I’d much rather have a Wood Chuck, I’m a firm believer that using what you have until it wears out is one of the best ways to go green.

    So, we asked Ashley at Wooftown Doggie Daycare and Rescue to test out the Planet Dog Wood Chuck. This is what she had to say:

    I love it! The dogs love it! They love it so much that they chewed the balls immediately.

    I think the Wood Chuck is wonderful and sturdy, and the ball that came with it is great too, just didn’t hold up in a group setting, the balls would probably be fine for a smaller dog that doesn’t like to destroy their toys, but these guys are rough players, so they chewed it pretty quickly.

    The Wood Chuck will work with any 2.5″ ball, and Planet Dog has several to choose from, so if your dogs are rough players too, you might want to try another ball style.  Argo and Stella have several Orbee-Tuff balls, and while they will destroy many a toy in seconds, Planet Dog balls have always been spared from the path of their destruction.  Our favorite here is the Orbee-Tuff Glow for Good ball.

    I have my eye on a Wood Chuck when Argo and Stella’s ugly plastic ball chucker finally bites the dust.

    But what if you don’t have a dog?  Well, then, you should head to your local rescue organization!  If you live in Rochester, NY, consider adopting one of the awesome dogs at Wooftown Rescue, like Raymond!

    Raymond is a 4 month old Border Collie/Chow mix who would love to play ball with you!  Check out his listing as well as listings for other Wooftown Adoptable Dogs here.

    A huge thanks to Ashley & Wooftown Doggie Daycare and Rescue!  While Planet Dog provided Ashley with a Wood Chucker and I’ve been given Planet Dog toys to review in the past, our opinion are our own.
  9. Our House is Literally Green, But That Doesn’t Count

    Posted on May 17, 2012 by Mickey

    We talk pretty big around here, even if we do tend to focus on the smaller things that each of us can do to minimize our impact on the planet, and I’ve always been bothered by an inability to actually do a lot of the things we encourage on these here electronic pages. You see, for basically all of our adult lives, the lady and I have been what you’d call renters, a species saddled with severe limitations on the influence they have over their immediate surroundings.

    That changed just this month, however, when we moved the detritus of our lives into a modest home in the suburbs. When the plumbing goes wrong, we get to fix it (a fact we’ve already confirmed.) But this also means we get to take a stab at turning our little slice of Georgia into an abode worthy of The Greenists. Read more…

  10. 7 Ways to Get your Kids Greener

    Posted on May 16, 2012 by Courtney

    Please welcome today’s guest poster, Christine Kane.

    Going green is a lifestyle you have adopted and made your own, but sometimes it may be hard to get your child on board. Children are less likely to go green on their own. Here are 7 ways you can help your child follow in your carbon footprint:   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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