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Sunscreen Ban in Hawaii

By Kim Robson: I’m one of those weirdos who hate to wear sunscreen. It’s expensive, smelly, greasy, sticky and full of toxic chemicals; and the SPF ratings are not to be trusted. I feel disgusting with it on. You have to reapply it every two hours (more often if you …

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Natural Cosmetics

By Kim Robson: Recently we’ve discussed natural fabric dyesand natural perfumes. But what about the makeup we apply to our faces? You may be surprised to hear that makeup — especially lipstick — can contain dangerous chemicals, toxic heavy metals and animal byproducts. Studies conducted by the Campaign for Safe …

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Chemical Free Beauty– Say Hello to Natural Perfumes

By Kim Robson: Recently, a friend gave me a delightful and unexpected gift: a bottle of aromatherapy body spray  called “Hippie Bitch”from herbalist Raven Bella Zingaro.I love the refreshing scent comprised of lavender, lemongrass, geranium, sandalwood and a touch of patchouli. It lasts for only a short while before dispersing, …

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My Zero Waste Hair Care

By Fredrica Syren:  Ok, just because I am a natural mom does not mean I do not care about what I look like. I think there’s a misconception that we “granola moms” live a natural life and do not care about our appearance. Since going zero waste, I have tried …

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Zero Waste Fashion

By Kim Robson: I’ll freely admit it: I’m a big fan of Goodwill Industries. They take discarded clothing, accessories, furniture, books and housewares; and they use the funds from their thrift stores to provide job training, employment placement services, and other community-based programs for people who are difficult to employ. …

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Benefits of Active Charcoal

By Fredrica Syren: Active charcoal might not sound very appetizing. These days, though, it seems to be featured a lot in beauty magazines and DIY websites as a must have for all its home, beauty and health benefits. Active charcoal is not new. As a matter a fact, this odorless, …

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Fatal Beauty-Lead In Lipstick

By Amanda Wilkes: As I  look at that perfect shade of lipstick and feel it smooth along my lips, I only wish that it was poisoning me. We have removed lead from our paints, our homes and our gasoline, how on earth is it still allowed in our lipstick? It’s …

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DIY Natural and Vegan Skin Care

By Fredrica Syren: Are you, like me, tired of skin and beauty products containing harmful chemicals? I am fed up with that as well as how pricey natural and chemical free products are. So I have started making my own. Besides using safe products that also save me lots of …

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The Benefits of Calendula

By Kim Robson: Recently we’ve been getting these lovely hand soaps from Earth Dance Botanical Body Care, and one of the many delightful scents to choose from is Lemon Calendula. I’d heard of calendula before but didn’t really know much about it. As it turns out, calendula is a powerful …

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DIY Lotion Bars

By Larraine Roulston: With Christmas fast approaching, assembling Do It Yourself lotion bars might be the perfect fit for you to offer family and friends. In fact, they make natural personal gifts for all occasions. Lotion bars can be created with either a masculine or feminine touch. Scented with lavender, they can be added …

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