New Releases Radar // 2

New Releases Radar 2

There are so many interesting green beauty releases right now, it makes me squirm with excitement! (Is that when you know you have a problem?)

1. Acure Organics Argan Oil Bar Soaps- I really love Acure Organics skincare and bath products because they are effective, accessible, and very affordable. You can find Acure products at most Whole Foods stores as well as at many online retailers. I love that the brand seems to be branching out into more unique products beyond normal shampoo and skincare lines without compromising simple, effective formulas. They most recently launched a new argan oil liquid castille soap, liquid body wash, and tinted lip glosses as well. The brand’s latest release are their Certified Organic Argan Oil Bar Soaps. These gentle, moisturizing, cold processed, artisan soaps are vegan and cruelty free with certified organic essential oils and natural fruits, spices, and herbs for ingredients. An added bonus, the 5 different bar soap scents are also super delicious sounding: cinnamon chai latte, mint cookie + omega 7, oatmeal + apple pie, pumpkin + calendula, superfruit + citrus. Doesn’t that make you want to bite a chunk of soap? Or is that just me… At $5.99 a pop, why wouldn’t you give these a try? $5.99 at Acure Organics

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W3LL People Supernatural Sessions Recap

It was a gloomy, rainy Thursday and I was having another terrible day at work and all I wanted to do was go home, climb under my sheets and wake up to a sunny Saturday morning. Fortunately, I’d bought a ticket to a beauty event at Henri Bendel on Fifth Avenue that I knew I shouldn’t miss. W3LL People (read my review on their amazing foundation stick here) along with Refinery 29 and Well + Good NYC created the Supernatural Sessions, a beauty wellness series combining the very best in non-toxic skincare, beauty and hair brands while providing attendees with an exclusive chance to mingle with the brands’ founders, learn more about the benefits of natural products and to try out everything with mini makeovers.

As soon as I entered the event space, I left behind the drizzly, dismal night and was greeted with some champagne and a friendly welcome from James Walker, one of the founders of W3LL People. As more attendees arrived, I noted some other bloggers, journalists and green beauty enthusiasts in the room. We all found our seats and were introduced to the most important people in the room: James Walker and Shirley Pinkson 2 of W3LL People founders, One Love Organics founder Suzanne LeRoux and Beauty Bets blogger and OLO collaborator, Elizabeth Dehn and Mordechai Alvow, the founder of Yarok Organic Haircare. The evening’s hosts, Well + Good co-founder, Melisse Gelula and a girl from Refinery 29 launched a Q+A.

Shirley explained that the purpose of bringing these three amazing natural brands together for one event was to illustrate how skincare, makeup and haircare are complementary and that all these brands coupled together can give you great, natural results. She noted that although makeup is fun and is pretty, in the end we all need to stop heavily covering up our complexions and start at the root of the problem: our skin, in order to attain healthier, radiant faces.

Armed with a checklist of products offered by each brand, attendees visited three beauty stations to experience each brand’s specialty and the products for sale. One Love Organics featured a facial massage and cleansing using their Elizabeth Dehn collaboration skincare line (the products I’d specifically been lusting after), W3LL People had makeup artists giving mini-makeovers using all the makeup products from their line (including a sneak peek at their new mascara which will be launching soon) and Yarok Haircare styled everyone’s hair using their organic products.

I had a great time chatting beauty and skincare with Elizabeth Dehn, meeting blogger friends KatieSarita and Jackie and getting to know more organic beauty enthusiasts. It was truly a fun night of indulging in knowledge, shopping and playing with pretty products. For more recaps of the event visit Sarita’s blog here and Jackie’s blog here.

I was glad I went because I left 10 times happier than I’d been all day and on a beauty high all the way back home. Someone at the event even came up to me to tell me she recognized me and loved reading my blog! (Ah!) It’s events like these that remind me why I am passionate about educating and showing others that green beauty can be fun, luxurious and beautiful while also benefiting your health and well-being.

Some pics from the night:

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I ended up purchasing the Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin B Active Moisture Cleansing Oil, One Love Organics’ Skin Savior and Yarok’s Leave In-Conditioner. I didn’t purchase any W3LL People products this time because I’ve been going a bit cray cray on the makeup this month and I already have the Narcissist Foundation Stick which is probably the best product ever.

More notes from the night:

  • Suzanne noted that One Love Organics products do not contain emulsifiers but rather contain more natural oils and ingredients that do not strip the skin but easily blend into, moisturize and heal the skin.
  • Elizabeth commented that she began gravitating towards more natural products as she noticed they worked better and gave more beneficial results than less natural products. This led to her amazing collaboration with Suzanne and One Love Organics which features powerful vitamins, fruit enzymes and antioxidants.
  • Mordechai asserted he noticed the biggest problem consumers have with haircare is that they don’t actually know how to apply products. Consumers apply too much and are using products with harmful ingredients. This is what led Yarok products to have obvious names so consumers will know how to apply and for what function each product is for. His one piece of essential advice for the night: don’t forget to shake your hair upside down a few minutes during the day to give hair more volume.

Can’t wait to go to my next beauty event!

Au Natural Factual Friday: Grapeseed Extract

Sorry, lots of time/blog posts to make up for but I have a few exciting things planned that have been keeping me busy! (Blog related too!)

For today’s Au Natural Factual Friday we’ll be looking at Grapeseed Extract.

It’s pretty simple, this is exactly what it sounds like: grapeseed extract is derived from the seeds of grapes (Vitis vinifera) and is produced by pressing the grapes, therefore an abundant byproduct of wine-making. Yum! For thousands of years, grapes have been acclaimed for their nutritional and medicinal value. It’s been documented that the Egyptians snacked on grapes, that the Greeks believed in the healing power of grapes in the form of wine, while Europeans folk healers used grapevine sap as an ointment to treat skin and eye diseases. Ahem, was this a precursor to that grape-lovin’, French craze we now know as Caudalie?

Grapeseed extract is considered to be a powerful, natural antioxidant for the many beneficial compounds it contains such as flavonoids, (specifically, oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes or OPCs), Omega-6 fatty acids, Vitamin E and linoleic acid. Grapeseed extract can be found in a liquid/oil form and also in tablet or capsule form used as dietary supplements. Not to be confused with grapefruit seed oil or other similar sounding ingredients.

Though there is a lack of “high quality” scientific evidence, there are many claims that grapeseed extract can help treat or prevent numerous diseases and ailments such as cancer, heart conditions and aging skin. Grapeseed extract is an excellent moisturizer, can heal skin wounds and reduce swelling. We do know that using grapeseed extract increases the amount of antioxidants in the bloodstream and more antioxidants in our body is always a great thing! Antioxidants protect against and destroy free radicals in the body which may cause cellular and genetic damage. Free radicals are also known to result in not so pretty things like, premature aging, cancer and heart disease.

In addition to being a great source of antioxidants for the skin, grapeseed extract is now commonly used in hair, beauty and skincare products due to it’s moisturizing properties and the soft, non-greasy, satin finish the extract commonly gives off as an oil. As always when using products with certain natural ingredients, do your research on the company, how they process the grapeseed extract and if there are any other additives or chemicals mixed in with the product you are using.

Have you used any products contain grapeseed extract? 

Popular organic or natural products using grapeseed extract:

Yes To Cucumbers Calming Night Cream

“…perfect for those looking for a dermatologist-tested formula to wear overnight that delivers a gentle, hypoallergenic moisture…. Grapeseed Oil is an anti-oxidant rich emollient to help repair and moisturize skin while you sleep. ”

Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave-In Conditioner 

“Protect your ends with this nutritious, leave-in conditioner spray, packed with vitamins, minerals and essential oils that nourish hair prior to blow drying or heat styling.”

Heritage Products Grapeseed Oil

“Known as one of nature’s lightest oils, this mild and odorless emollient is perfect for massage. Grapeseed oil is also one of the healthiest ways to help your heart! This mild-tasting, odorless oil is perfect for baking. It’s great for sauteing as it has a high smoke point. Studies show that one ounce of grapeseed oil a day in place of other fats can help lower cholesterol…”

LA Fresh Eco-Beauty Instant Body Soother Wipes

“All-over body wipes that sooth away stress and fatigue….Massage them over stressed-out temples, shoulders, neck and legs for mood-lifting, body-calming goodness, courtesy of a natural blend that also includes olive, jojoba, sesame, grapeseed and vitamin E oil”

 

 

Yarok Feed Your Do Styling Whip

“A sculpting paste that adds texture and shape to any hairstyle…This creamy styling balm is made with pure and organic botanicals that improve the health of your hair: shea butter hydrates, rosemary tones the scalp and Vitamin C-packed bilberry wards off sun damage.  The vegan formula employs plant-sourced emulsifying wax and organic rice syrup to sculpt and smooth”

Sources: 

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/grape-seed

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-472-Grape%20Seed%20Extract%20(GRAPE).aspx?activeIngredientId=472&activeIngredientName=Grape%20Seed%20Extract%20(GRAPE)

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/263332.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grape_seed_oil