When Paige Padgett makes up her mind, there’s no changing it. With more than a decade at the forefront of eco beauty, the makeup artist, author and entrepreneur has tirelessly worked to shift the conception of cruelty- and toxin-free beauty, personal care and skincare from granola to glamorous. Read on for the rest of our interview and a video!
After learning about the effects of petrochemicals on health by watching Ken Cook of EWG’s seminal “10 Americans” talk, Paige was among the first celebrity artists to green her cosmetics kit in 2006. She went on to develop an eco cosmetics kit for fashion designer Randolph Duke, and work with celebrities like Anna Kournikova and Jillian Michaels of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.”
With its smart tips and ample reference guides, Paige’s The Green Beauty Rules is required reading at LOVE GOODLY headquarters, so we were thrilled when she agreed to meet up with Rachel in Los Angeles for this exclusive interview. Paige’s straightforward view of toxic-free beauty is just what we need, especially given the plethora of pinkwashed ribbons we’re seeing this month.
It’s that time again! October brings with it the cooler weather, Halloween and the excitement of knowing the holidays are right around the corner (can we take a moment to talk about the holidays being right around the corner?!) – and also the NEW LOVE GOODLY box! Read on to take a look at all of the goodies in our October/November box!
Spoiler alert: we’ll be listing each item, as well as an unboxing video from us!
Another spoiler alert: You’re going to love it.
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Red linen bracelet with sterling silver heart charm. Dogeared is a B-corp dedicated to supported non-profits, sustainability and is made in the USA!
Fountain The Super Green Molecule, $28
The Super Green Molecule is a concentrated beauty and lifestyle supplement of alfalfa chlorophyll, kelp and a vegan Hyaluronic Acid matrix. Often referred to as the ‘blood of plants’, chlorophyll, is not only a plant’s green lifeblood, it also has an innate ability to provide astonishing benefits within the human body. Abundant with minerals and vitamins, chlorophyll enhances overall energy levels and general well-being. Each teaspoon serving provides 40mg of sodium copper chlorophyllin.
Go Raw Choco Crunch Cookies, $4.79
A TEAM FAVORITE! No one has to feel guilty about indulging in these chocolate treats!. With only four ingredients, it’s surprising how much flavor is packed into every bite. A healthy way to satisfy chocolate cravings without sacrificing taste: coconut, dates and cacao combine for a decadent and sweet little cookie that unbelievably has no added sugar or salt. Sprouted sesame seeds are heart healthy and high in fiber.
Crystal Essence Pomegranate Roll-on Deodorant, $4.75
We are obsessed! Enjoy the natural antioxidant powers of this proven “super fruit” to help protect and regenerate your skin. Crystal essence Pomegranate scent rolls on lightly, unlike most roll-ons sold today. Its smooth rolling ball feels great going on, while the power of natural mineral salts naturally eliminate odors all day long. Contains no harmful chemicals. The best part? It’s hypoallergenic, non-sticky, non-staining, leaves no white residue on skin.
An October/November Box EXCLUSIVE!
Fast absorbing and smells delicious! Carefully researched formula contains only certified organic oils of the highest integrity. Imported and locally grown botanicals yielding the purest oils deliver beautifying benefits to the skin and hair. Just a few drops in the palm of your hand on clean, dry skin or hair before bed. You’ll need nothing else! Twenty years of testing beauty products have culminated in one single thought: Zero is more. Zero additives. Zero preservatives, Zero cosmetic fillers. Zero animal testing or tested ingredients.
Total value: $80+!
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Got pumpkin? Enzymes in the pumpkin and granules of sugar work to exfoliate and refine, while coconut oil hydrates. Add delicious spices and vanilla to leave you seasonally scented! Our favorite eco beauty guru, Paige Padgett, shared her go-to recipe exclusively with us—it’s not even in her The Green Beauty Rules book but we got the scoop. Forget pie, this is the pumpkin recipe for fall!
Pumpkin Pie Full-Body Sugar Scrub
1/2 cup pureed fresh, Tetrapak’d or BPA-free canned organic pumpkin
1/2 cup organic brown sugar (use white if you want more exfoliation)
2 tbsp organic coconut oil
1 tbsp honey (optional)
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon*
1/2 tsp nutmeg*
1/4 tsp clove*
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. For a vegan version omit the honey and double the coconut oil. Use as a dry scrub before bathing; if you shower first, make sure you dry off well—you don’t want the sugar to melt, so you get the maximum exfoliating benefits. Let the sugar do the work so you don’t have to! Spend extra time on your heels, ankles, elbows and any dry areas. Rinse off afterwards. Can be stored, refrigerated in an airtight container, for up to a week.
*You can substitute two teaspoons of pumpkin spice for the cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.
If you have sensitive skin reduce the cinnamon and clove by half. If you have sensitive skin, you might want to perform a patch test with the spices as cinnamon and clove can be irritating; if that’s the case, just eliminate the spice mixture—it still smells great!
Every LOVE GOODLY box includes a recipe from Forks Over Knives’ chef, Darshana Thacker. Forks Over Knives, our healthy lifestyle partner, has helped ignite a food-as-medicine revolution, as a growing number of people are learning that a diet based in fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes makes all the difference when it comes to good health. A diet high in animal-based and highly processed foods makes people sick and overweight. But many of these sicknesses can be prevented, halted, and often reversed by eating a whole-food, plant-based diet.
Forks Over Knives chef Darshana Thacker made this salad for me when I visited her home in Venice, CA for our Talk the Walk interview. She officially developed it for a Hollywood Bowl potluck, which is how it got its glamorous name—but Darshana told me that a version of this salad had been her go-to lunch or dinner for years. There are so many flavors in this dish, you truly don’t miss the oil. Darshana recommends making it in advance but for our lunch we ate it immediately after preparation and it was delicious! I can see this salad as a main or side course—if you’re in planning mode, it would also be a perfect addition to a cruelty-free Thanksgiving table.
Makes 8 cups
1 cup cooked brown rice (ideally, still warm but not steaming)
1 zucchini, finely chopped (about one cup)
1 cucumber, finely chopped (about one cup)
½ cup finely chopped green onions, white and light green parts
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
3 to 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from about two lemons)
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Add the ingredients, plus three tablespoons lemon juice (reserve one tablespoon) and salt to taste. Mix well. Taste and add the remaining lemon juice if desired. Cover and refrigerate or let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes to allow flavors to meld. Serve cold or at room temperature; can be refrigerated for up to three days.
Every LOVE GOODLY box includes a recipe from Forks Over Knives’ chef, Darshana Thacker. Forks Over Knives, our healthy lifestyle partner, is focused on empowering people to live healthier lives by changing the way the world understands nutrition.
There’s nothing restrictive about Darshana Thacker’s concept of vegan food. A chef who helped develop recipes for Forks Over Knives books and apps, as well as those used in the company’s new online meal planning and cooking school, Darshana’s expansive view of flavors and textures has made cruelty-free converts across the nation. Darshana is a Natural Gourmet Institute trained chef who also teaches vegan Indian cooking in Los Angeles and hosts popular pop-up dinners in her Venice home. She’s is currently hard at work creating more than a hundred brand-new recipes for an upcoming Forks Over Knives book for busy parents, but she took time out to share her vision with LOVE GOODLY.
How did you get involved with Forks Over Knives?
When I moved to the U.S. from India, I was vegetarian and ate only dairy and eggs. But after I met a producer of the “Forks Over Knives” film and began to understand how the meat and dairy industry worked, I realized that was not something I wanted. It was an instant understanding and I just stopped [eating those things]. Then I started teaching vegan Indian cooking and developing recipes for Forks Over Knives.
Over the years, I was evolving as a vegan. It’s a process. You learn so much about your own preferences, what’s out there, your best ingredients. I began to understood the importance of eliminating oils from your diet. Because oils are pure fat, and it’s empty calories. You can use those calories by adding more fruits and vegetables, grains, beans and nuts into your diet. Then you’re getting more than just fat. You’re getting micronutrients.
So rather than having somebody else distill the fat out of something like a nut, you actually eat the nut and get the full nutritional benefit.
Yes. Exactly. It’s not a fat free diet, it’s a low fat diet. And it’s fat from its original source, like nuts.
So in terms of the transition, many of us have experimented with veganism and vegetarianism or gone back and forth, but it doesn’t necessarily stick. What do you think the turning point is for people who make veganism a lifestyle choice? What was it for you?
For me, it wasn’t a big struggle because the foundation of a healthy, plant-based diet is grains, starches and carbohydrates. We have been taught the opposite—that carbs are bad. But when you bring those back as a foundation of your meals you will find that you have enough energy, food sustains you longer, makes you feel full and satisfies you. People have this impression that vegan means just salads, vegetables, kale and spinach. You cannot sustain yourself on vegetables! That’s just not possible. And that’s one of the misunderstandings. When people try to eat that way that’s why they fail.
Because they’re not satisfied.
Because they’re not satisfied. Exactly. I call it a diet of abundance. If you see my pantry, it’s got so many ingredients. There’s so much that you can play with. This food is what you share with your family—this experience, there’s so much to enjoy.
Where do you shop for those ingredients? Do have to go to farmer’s markets?
I shop at all different kinds of places. Because I teach how to transition to this lifestyle, so the ingredients in my recipes have to be accessible to everyone. There are people who are on a budget, who live in an area where they don’t have access to farmer’s markets. I need to think about how they can be successful. That’s why I go to mom and pop shops, local markets, farmer’s markets, and health food stores.
Are you concerned about the accusation that healthy, fresh food is part of an elitist lifestyle, that you can only choose those foods if you’re at a certain socioeconomic level?
Yes! Actually I took two challenges. One was $1.50 per day for five days, and the other was $5 a day for 10 days. And just living on that budget, and I had so much food that I was sharing it.
That’s amazing! Okay so if I’m going to transition to the abundant diet that we’re talking about, what are the five things that I need to have in my house at all times?
Beans or lentils, and rice—grains—as well as starchy vegetables because they stay fresh and you can store them for a long time. Fresh vegetables and fruits, and a few spices. That’s a good way to start.
Perfect! Thank you so much for sharing with us. I hope this conversation can inspire more discussion of the abundant lifestyle.
Yes! This is a journey, you know? There’s so much to learn.
It’s the secret weapon of natural beauties. A little tube of perfection, stashed in a tiny back pocket or at the bottom of a giant bag full of god knows what else. Vegan, of course. Organic, bien sur. Fair trade? Yes, indeed. And raw, to retain optimal skin-soothing benefits.
Smooth a little on your lips for hours of softness from wildcrafted, cold-pressed coconut, sweet almond and jojoba seed oils, blended with natural seed butters into a base of candelilla wax.
Infused with the juice of sweet cherries hand-picked in Montana, the balm is perfectly tinted to give you just a hint of sheer red color on lips or—in a pinch—the apples of your cheeks.
It’s the kind of color you get when you walk out of hot yoga or a hot date. Flushed. Sexy. Naturally beautiful. And with Hurraw! Black Cherry, you can apply it anywhere—with or without a mirror.
Did we mention it tastes like cherries, too? Because with a lip balm this perfect, you’ll probably want to share.