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Five Steps to Natural Beauty

Do you know the difference between a paraben and a phthalate? Can you spot the endocrine disruptor on your deodorant label? Fear not, we’ve got you covered. Take our Five Steps to Natural Beauty and you’re there!

FIVE STEPS TO NATURAL BEAUTY

Do you know the difference between a paraben and a phthalate? Can you spot the endocrine disruptor on your deodorant label? Fear not, we’ve got you covered. Take our Five Steps to Natural Beauty and you’re there!

  1. Read your labels. This is the most important thing you can do for your health. If you can’t understand a complicated ingredients list, chances are it includes toxic chemical ingredients that you don’t want anywhere near your body.
  2. Know the red flags. Avoid products that list the word “paraben” on the label—those are the aforementioned endocrine disruptors. As are phthalates, which usually appear under the friendlier names of “perfume” and “fragrance.” (If the “fragrance is naturally derived from essential oils,” you’re usually okay.) Where these ingredients live, more toxic chemicals usually follow.
  3. Do your research. This is the caveat to step one—because the dirty little secret of the beauty industry is that they can put toxic chemical ingredients in their products and not list them on labels. Check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database—you can even get it as an app on your phone. You can search product names as well as ingredients, and even scan a bar code to find out just what’s inside!
  4. When in doubt, choose organic. USDA Certified Organic beauty products contain no pesticides, insecticides, antibiotics, chemical fertilizers, bio-engineered or irradiated ingredients, synthetic growth hormones or GMOs. Never. Ever.
  5. Vegan doesn’t always mean natural. Many of us confuse the terms “vegan” and “natural” but they’re definitely not interchangeable. Vegan simply means a product is made without animal ingredients—but it says nothing about toxic chemicals. You may still have to do a little research to avoid those.

Hurraw! Black Cherry Lip Balm

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.

To be honest, Black Cherry is just one of six Hurraw! balms that we’re obsessed with. But this one has super powers.

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.

Argan, Take Me Away!

Summer’s over—so why are you still using that lightweight moisturizer? As the weather changes from warm and humid to brisk and dry, your skincare should transition, too. And for that, my friends, you need argan oil.

But not just any Argan oil! Fair trade, organic, made in Morocco, Amal Argan Oil is extracted by hand from argan seeds in a time- and labor-intensive process that takes about 20 hours to produce one liter of oil. It’s fragrance and preservative free—as perfect as nature intended.

Rich in vitamin E and boasting one of the highest absorption rates of any natural oil, argan is super hydrating but won’t clog your pores. Argan is a miracle worker to remedy the effects of too much sun (and too little sunscreen). It can soothe eczema and psoriasis—and if you’re pregnant, it makes a perfect stretch mark cream. You can also massage Amal Argan Oil into the ends of dry hair as a treatment, onto your nails to prevent cracked cuticles, and on lips to keep them soft and smackable. Gorgeous!

What do you use argan for? Leave us a comment, thanks