Beauty Chat: Heidi Craig, Founder of Philtre

I recently discovered Philtre, a new online shop based in San Francisco that specializes in eco-luxe, non-toxic products that are made in the USA. Philtre (pronounced “filter”) caught my eye for its unique organic and natural skincare, beauty, and haircare brands that range from affordable to luxurious. There is also a robust selection for men, kids, and even some products for “lovin”. (Wink, wink.) Philtre even has helpful resources like an ingredient glossary, easy & informative product symbols, and personal advice so that you can shop confidently and consciously.

I had the honor of meeting Philtre’s sweet, hilarious, and fearless founder, Heidi Craig. Raised by hippie parents in California, Heidi was always influenced by her crunchy granola upbringing. She eventually had a career in marketing and publishing, as well as working with the United Nations for several years, leading her to travel all over the world.
Here, Heidi shares about her unique background, her relationship with green beauty, and what sets Philtre apart from other online shops:

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Kick the Nasties to the Curb with Healthy Swaps at Credo Beauty

To be honest, switching out my conventional beauty and skincare products was a much more difficult and time-consuming task than I’d thought it could be. Sure, I enjoyed researching and learning more about ingredients, chemistry, and the body but sometimes I’d just ache for a website or someone to tell me everything I needed to know instantly. It can be stressful doing it all on your own.

With all the green beauty options out there now, it can be pleasantly overwhelming and confusing. Credo Beauty has an ingenious page on their website called “Healthy Swaps” which simply and expertly displays clean beauty product alternatives to swap out your dirty products with. 

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Green Beauty Bloggers ‘Happy 2015!’ Giveaway

Happy 2015! A group of 8 green beauty bloggers (including yours truly) have banded together to make sure your year continues to be a fruitful one. That’s why we’re giving away 3 popular green beauty products from 2014 to one lucky winner!

The prize bundle includes:
~1 Odacite Pa + G Serum Concentrate
~1 YULI Halcyon Cleanser
~1 Tata Harper Lip & Cheek Lip Tint (in the shade, Very Charming).
That’s a total value of $124 worth of products!

I know these lovely products will encourage your most beautiful self in 2015!

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Celebrate a Green Black Friday 2014!


As a fellow deal-hunter, last year I decided to compile the best Black Friday deals I found for some of my favorite green beauty products and brands. Some of the best deals can be had during this holiday weekend and actually, some great pre-Black Friday deals are happening right now! I purchased a lot of things off my wishlist and discovered great, new products at amazing prices last year. I had so much fun sharing and updating my massive list of Black Friday/Cyber Monday promos that I’m doing it again this year!

Happy Shopping! Check out this year’s deals below: 
(Come back to this post as I will continue to update with more deals and details as I find them throughout the holiday weekend! )

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What Natural Makeup Dreams Are Made Of: La Bella Figura Beauty’s More Than Makeup Line

LBF2LBF3Luxurious all-natural skincare powerhouse, La Bella Figura Beauty recently forayed into the makeup world with their More Than Makeup line, and it’s nothing less than amazing. Once I set eyes on the clean, simple formulas and sexy, luxurious mirrored-compact packaging, I knew I had to try these new products. Featuring highly-pigmented, cream blush, highlighter,  eyeshadow, lip tint, and now 2 limited edition products for the holidays: a blush and an eyeshadow duo, La Bella Figura makeup is enough for any beauty junkie to swoon. The pretty, universal colors tempted me but so did the fact that the product formulations focused on nourishing, skin-healing ingredients. It seemed revolutionary that these makeup products could still perform as makeup, but could heal your skin while beautifying it. I found that these beauty products are indeed what natural makeup dreams are made of.

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Beauty Chat: Margot White, Founder of The Choosy Chick + a Giveaway!


Get ready green beauty lovers, there’s a new chick in town: The Choosy Chick, that is! This new online store is yet another lovely addition to the internet’s finest purveyors of green beauty goods. The Choosy Chick features a carefully curated catalog of well-known organic and natural skincare, hair, and beauty brands many enthusiasts already trust like Josh Rosebrook, Badger, Acure, Honeybee Gardens, and MUN. What really caught my eye is that the store focuses on intriguing and perhaps lesser-known brands with a special emphasis on fun and healthy products for children. It’s great to see a store that selects great overall brands for everyone in the family!

I chatted with The Choosy Chick’s founder and very cool Chick-in-charge, Margot White about her thoughts on green beauty, the story behind her business, and more. Read on to learn more about this inspiring entrepreneur, teacher and mother.
After the jump, enter the giveaway to win an amazing sampler bag from The Choosy Chick! 

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Belated Birthday & Blogiversary Giveaway with Gressa Skin!

August 2nd marked my birthday, I’m a year older (ack!) and now it’s nearing the end of August and summer (agh). And actually, did you know Plein Vanity reached it’s 1 year anniversary in late June? I’ve been so crazed with work, my personal life, and day-to-day things that the date somehow slipped by without much fanfare.

I am so grateful and humbled for being a part of the green beauty community and for growing an audience of like-minded individuals. Thank you so much for continuing to read Plein Vanity and inspiring me to keep doing what I love. I’ve grown so much in a year and this blog has developed into a medium of creativity, passion, and community that I’d never imagined. Thank you! 🙂

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Summer Ready Skin With One Love Organics’ Summer Skin Collection


Searching for the perfect skincare collection that will help you beat the summer heat and all its nasty effects on your skin? Look no further, The limited edition Summer Skin Collection from One Love Organics has something to please everyone this season. I purchased all of my products from Integrity Botanicals (I highly recommend this site!) but act quickly, this collection is only available until September 15th or until supplies last!


Apple A Day Brightening Facial Cleanser ($29, 5 fl oz)- I’ve never been interested in trying out foaming facial cleansers as I usually find they don’t do much for my skin and actually make my skin feel drier. I also always viewed foaming cleansers as a way for brands try to market products with the sole “fun” factor of making face-cleaning more exciting. Perhaps. However, the unique fruit ingredients in this new OLO cleanser intrigued me and I was fully convinced I needed to try it out.

The Apple A Day cleanser combines cold-pressed apple oil, apple fruit extracts and gentle, natural acids, which OLO claims formulates a perfectly balanced pH formula that will clarify, cleanse and tone the skin. Contrary to my initial thoughts, this cleanser was a joy to use. The light, nourishing formula and foaming texture is the ultimate skin refresher especially on hot, humid days when your skin needs an extra boost. Not only did my face feel refreshed after using the cleanser, it felt very clean and more balanced overall. I can definitely feel and see my skin clearing up since using this cleanser and my face never feels irritated or more dry after using it. This cleanser smells deliciously fruity (thanks to those apple ingredients!) and the foam formula lathers soft and gentle to the skin. I will say, I don’t think I’d grab for this cleanser over my cleansing oils (my favorite OLO cleanser HERE) or cream cleansers (sorry, just my dry skin’s preference), but perhaps for those who have oilier skin or are more prone to sweating in the facial area, you will definitely want to try this effective, clarifying cleanser for the summer.

Ingredients: organic aloe juice (and) water, sodium cocoyl apple amino acids, capryl/caprylyl glucoside, organic glycerin, pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, pyrus malus (apple) oil, gluconolactone (and) sodium benzoate, malic acid (and) glycolic acid (and) lactic acid (and) citric acid

Pretty Pores Complexion Toning Mist ($28, 2 fl oz)- Another product that will make your skin go “ahhh!”, the Pretty Pores Complexion Toning Mist is a wonderful complement to the Apple A Day cleanser. This mist is very refreshing to spray on cleansed skin and I often find myself addicted to spritzing my face multiple times during the day (and sniffing the pleasant, light grapefruit scent). This product also utilizes 100% pure fruit water extracted from pink grapefruits, which purifies and energizes skin, is a natural astringent, and includes powerful antioxidant Vitamin C to keep skin glowing. So resourceful, right? It is also impressive that this toning mist only has 3 ingredients, relying on the naturally purifying effects of grapefruit water.

This pure fruit water is extracted from fresh organic grapefruit using an advanced flash distillation technique. It infuses the skin with valuable plant nutrients such as bioavailable vitamins, antioxidants, trace elements and mineral salts found naturally in the fruit. With a natural pH of 4.9, Pretty Pores Complexion Toning Mist is perfect for spritzing the skin post-cleansing to help skin return to its natural acidic state and to infuse the skin with nutrients before moisture application. 

I loved the cooling sensation on my face and could noticeably see my skin become less red and irritated. The combination of using this collection’s foaming cleanser and toning mist has improved my overall complexion, keeping my face looking healthy and glowing. The Pretty Pores mist is definitely a summertime staple to maintain a fresh face and keep skin hydrated. For ultimate refreshment, pop this mist in the fridge and feel the ultra-cooling effects of the spray. If you are set on getting the Apple A Day cleanser, be sure to purchase this mist along with it, your skin will thank you.  For me, OLO can do no wrong with their nourishing, cleansing toning mists and the Pretty Pores Toning Mist is no exception. My favorite year-round mist will always be the Elizabeth Dehn for OLO Vitamin D Active Moisture Time Release Mist; it’s perfect for all skin types and keeps my sensitive, dry and irritated skin in line!

Ingredients: organc citrus grandis (grapefruit) fruit water, gluconolactone (and) sodium benzoate

Gardenia Daily Body Serum ($39, 3.8 oz)- My favorite product of the collection, this body serum is an absolute necessity! I love using body oils for the summer because when it’s hot and humid out, they’re lighter to apply on my dry skin but provide enough hydration as the heavier creams I tend to use in the winter. The Gardenia Daily Body Serum pleasantly sinks into the skin and gently nourishes all over. Using this serum keeps me moisturized all day and night without making me feel greasy or irritated.

The scent of gardenia blossoms is one of my weaknesses. To me, this serum’s beautiful floral fragrance evokes summer sunshine and happiness. I cannot get enough of it! The spray bottle top makes it very easy and convenient to spritz this light, nourishing serum all over. I wish there were more product in the bottle but until then, I’m savoring this serum throughout summer! (I snagged a pre-release serum sample thanks to a No More Dirty Looks/OLO promo but bought a full-size immediately when it was released. Read my initial ravings HERE.)

Ingredients: capric/caprylic triglyceride, organic helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, organic camellia sinensis (green tea) seed oil, organic supercritical hippophae rhamnoides (seabuckthorn) oil, calendula officinalis (calendula flower) extract, aspalathus linearis (red rooibos tea) extract, proprietary natural and organic fragrance compounds

Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo ($12, 0.8 oz)- (Sample size, not pictured) Summer humidity can do crazy things to our hair. Having a regular hair cleansing routine in the summer is just as important for the longevity of your locks as it is for its health. A dry shampoo can be a helpful quick-fix for misbehaving hair during the humid months. I haven’t had much luck with dry shampoos, probably because my hair is so fine, oily-prone, and all-around finicky. I erred on the cautious side when deciding to try this new dry shampoo and luckily, was able to receive a generous sample thanks to Integrity Botanicals’ free sample program. (You need to shop here! Besides from great promotions and products, with every order you get to choose 3 free samples from anything on the site. Lots of great green beauty and skincare brands. I highly recommend!)

I took this dry shampoo with me while traveling and was really pleased with how well my fussy hair responded. Normally, dry shampoo causes my hair to feel brittle, rough, and left with a gummy texture. From the first use, OLO’s Healthy Locks didn’t suck out the moisture or texture of my hair, in fact it amazingly gave me more volume and soft, healthy texture. This is the only dry shampoo that honestly made me feel happy with my non-shampooed hair! I credit the gentle, beneficial, natural ingredients featured in this dry shampoo such as Georgia kaolin clay, hyularonic acid, and silica rich bamboo extract which naturally absorb oils and strengthen hair follicles. I feel these ingredients were effective in nourishing my locks rather than just controlling oil. This product helped maintain the cleanliness of my hair and made my hair feel out-of-the-shower-fresh! If you were captivated by the scent of the Gardenia Body Serum, you will also love the lush floral fragrance of Healthy Locks, which keeps hair fresh and relaxes the senses.

Ingredients: oryza sativa (rice) starch, organic zea mays (corn) starch, kaolin, sodium bicarbonate, tapioca starch, bambusa (bamboo) arundinacea stem extract, silica (and) sodium hyaluronate, proprietary natural and organic fragrance compounds

Have you tried any of the Summer Skin Collection products from One Love Organics? What are you most excited about this summer?


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Banishing Acne for a Bargain: Desert Essence Blemish Touch Stick

DesertEssence1 It’s hard to top my favorite acne diminishing product, Osmia Organics’ Spot Treatment (see my full review HERE) and yet, I’ve found a worthy, bargain-priced contender: Desert Essence’s Blemish Touch Stick ($5.99). I couldn’t believe my eyes when I stumbled upon this natural, botanically-formulated skincare gem at Vitacost and was even more perplexed as to why other bloggers have not talked about it more. The Blemish Touch Stick swiftly treats acne spots and blemishes AND dries completely matte on skin after application. What?! Yep, you read that right. So you can treat your acne during the day, under makeup, moisturizer or serums without looking like a overly greasy, oily-spotted loony. DesertEssence2 Like most Desert Essence formulas, the Blemish Touch Stick combines a powerful proprietary blend of  sustainably-harvested, natural Tea Tree Oil with botanical essential oil extracts (Chamomile, Lavender, Palmarosa, Wintergreen and Calendula) to effectively diminish acne spots and skin imperfections while soothing and nourishing the skin. This product never leaves my face feeling dried out or flakey. I will note, this product feels and smells very potent on my sensitive skin. My skin did start to tingle and burn if I applied too much product to my face. Be especially careful if you apply to any areas near the eyes, it can easily cause irritation. Go easy with applying this product, there’s a ton to go around with the generous size of 0.31 fl oz.

“A combination of nine natural extracts and essential oils specially blended together in order to leave skin looking clear and radiant. The known antiseptic properties of Tea Tree Oil work to diminish skin imperfections while Chamomille, Lavender, Palmrose, Wintergreen and Calendula soothe and nourish the skin.”

The EWG Skin Deep Database rates this product at a low score of “2” for overall safety, see the details HERE. There’s no question I’ll always be true to the amazing Spot Treatment from Osmia Organics (the gentle formula and captivating scent alone has me shelling out dollars,) but when I need a quick, more affordable fix for my acne woes, Desert Essence’s Blemish Touch Stick will definitely be up there at the top of my repurchase list.

“Inspired by the healing spirit of the desert, our sustainable, natural products draw from nutrient rich desert botanicals like Jojoba, Aloe and Tee Tree, all revered in native culture for their deep healing properties. Naturally effective without harsh chemicals, our products work in harmony with your body to nurture, soothe and restore.”

Where to buy: Desert Essence always has great promotions on their site too, check this page for updated promos and deals. Until June 30th, get 25% off all orders using code: DESUN14 Visit Vitacost using my personal invite link and get $10 off a purchase of $30 or more HERE!

Have you tried the Blemish Touch Stick from Desert Essence? What are your favorite natural products for treating acne and blemishes?

Desert Essence products are produced and formulated: vegetarian/vegan, gluten free, cruelty free, from recyclable, biodegradable, renawable sources. Never formulated using animal derived ingredients or animal testing, no parabens, artificial fragrances/dyes, petroleum compounds (mineral oil, petrolatum and paraffin), SLS, PEGS, PPG, MEA, DEA or TEA, and no glycols or phtalates.  Ingredients: Natural grain alcohol denat., hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel), water, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil, aniba rosaneodora (rosewood) wood oil, calendula officinalis flower oil, cedrus deodara wood oil, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower oil, citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) peel oil, cymbopogon martini oil (procumbens (wintergreen) leaf oil, lauvrus nobilis oil, lavandula spica (lavender) flower oil, lavandula augustifolia (lavender) oil, melaleuca viridiflora leaf oil (tea tree) myrtus communis oil (myrtle).

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