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Video: Hemp & Baking Soda as a Simple Skincare Routine

Hemp & baking soda: a simple 2-ingredient skincare routine for naturally clear skin. Read the full blog post here including substitutions and techinque.

Colorado Aromatics Skincare Review: April Edition

This is a review of the Colorado Aromatics lip conditioner and cleanser.

Colorado Aromatics

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Colorado Aromatics:

“Dr. Cindy Jones formulated Colorado Aromatics Skin Care Line for the outdoor lifestyle. Being a lover of hiking, gardening and now farming, she saw changes occurring in her skin due to sun, wind, and the arid Colorado climate. As a biochemist and herbalist she had a good handle on the physiology of skin and what it needed as well as what herbs could contribute to the needs of the skin. As she studied various cosmetic ingredients for actives that were sustainable and safe for the environment she began formulating products that are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to help repair skin damaged from the environment.

“Inflammation and oxidation of the skin cells are two key processes that accelerate the aging process” says Cindy. Herbs provide multiple and complex antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which help to combat signs of aging and skin damage caused by wind, sun and other environmental factors that we are exposed to on a daily basis, especially for those who love the outdoors. Many of the herbs found in the Colorado Aromatics skincare line are grown on the Certified Naturally Grown farm operated by her and her husband at 5,000 feet elevation not far from Long’s Peak which summits over 14,000 feet. Plants grown at high elevation have to work harder to survive, and ultimately, produce more active components.

Cindy extracts the herbs in a number of ways; distillation, infusions, tinctures and decoctions, to use in her cosmetics line. She believes that the natural beauty of the herbs and their surroundings shines through in the product and, ultimately, the end user. Cindy Jones also owns Sagescript Institute and is a highly sought after product formulator / research and development consultant in the natural cosmetics industry. She brings a scientific perspective to the field of herbalism and natural skincare and has created a niche for herself in formulating natural cosmetics. Dr. Jones is a biochemist and herb farmer with extensive experience in physiology, toxicology, microbiology, cancer research and cosmetic science.

Cindy has also worked as a research scientist, a college instructor and is a published author. Dr. Jones is a highly sought after product development consultant to the natural cosmetic and skin care industry. Her passion for science and her love of herbs is the catalyst behind Colorado Aromatics skin care line.

We farm in a beautiful place in Colorado with a view of Longs and Meeker Peaks. Our farm has recently become Certified Naturally Grown; a grass roots alternative to organic. You can read about it in my blog here; http://sagescript.blogspot.com/2012/01/we-are-certified.html. We grow a variety of herbs/vegetables including lavender, mint, cucumber, lemon balm, rose, raspberry leaf, and comfrey to distill for aromatic waters and to make various extracts that we use in our own Colorado Aromatics Cultivated Skin Care products as well as sell separately.”

Meadow Mist Face Cleanser

About:

“This gentle yet effective milky style face cleanser made of rose, cucumber and mallow extracts cleanses without stripping the skin of its own natural oils. Oat powder cleanses and soothes the skin while jojoba beads provide mild exfoliation to remove dirt and to help keep the skin looking vibrant. Mild cleansing agents, known as surfactants (Decyl Glucoside and Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate), are biodegradable and approved by European safety standards ECOCERT and provide a light creamy foaming experience. Inhale the beauty of rose, exhale the beauty of you! This 4 oz bottle comes with a convenient pump. Lightly scented with citrus essential oils. You can also find Meadow Mist Face Cleanser as part of our travel set.

Ingredients:

“Aqua (water), Cucumis sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Olive Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Salix Alba (Willow) Extract, Mallow Neglecta Extract, Rosa Extract, Honey and Maltodextrine, Hydrolyzed Oat Powder, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic acid, Tocopherols, Citrus Aurantium (Petitgrain) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil.”

Allure Anti-Aging Lip Conditioner

About:

“Keep your lips looking plumper and more memorable with Allure lip balm. It has antioxidant rich herbs and ingredients to support collagen to plump the lips. The emollient oils including Cupuacu Butter will soften and protect skin while improving skin elasticity. Some brands use toxins and irritants to plump lips. We just want to keep them healthy and wholesome by using vitamin C ester and proline. Both are required for collagen synthesis to help them stay plump.

Ingredients:

Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Theobroma grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Butter, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Esters, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides (and) Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Equisetum arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Viola Odorata Flower and Leaf extract and/or Viola Tricolor Extract.”

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My Thoughts:

I first discovered and tried Colorado Aromatics skin care products back in 2013, where I remember being initially so impressed by the farming behind these products. Cindy’s passion for creating pure skin & body care products in evident in her formulations, ingredients and expansive product range. I love and appreciate what she does and feel thrilled to help all of you get more well acquainted with a few new products.

A huge part of a healthy skin care routine is having a few things you do for your skin every day, regardless of how crazy your schedule is or what else you have going on. One of those things for me is applying some kind of organic lip balm or conditioner right before bed. Doing this right before bed allows it to thoroughly soak into my lips without transferring over to the drinks I’m consuming throughout the day. This lip conditioner has been really enjoyable to use–it’s free of the fillers and crud, very moisturizing, herbaceous and relaxing to the senses and boasts a clean ingredient list, top to bottom. It naturally keeps your lips soft and plump via organic ingredients (so cool!).

The way in which I have changed my facial routine over the last few years has been pretty drastic. Essentially, I leave my skin alone more and try to retain more of my skin’s natural moisture than I ever have. I tend to only use pure oils to cleanse my skin and exfoliate once or twice a week as I feel my skin needs. When I do cleanse, I am oh-so-picky about the cleanser I’m using. This one makes the cut. It uses natural astringents, cleansers and nourishing ingredients to help clarify skin without causing irritation. It’s a good formula and I like keeping it in my shower for the days when my skin needs a refresher!

 

 

 

Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics Review

This is a review of Garden of Life’s Dr. Formulated Probiotics.

Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ve likely noticed that I sing the praises of this brand as much as I breathe. Okay, okay……not that much. But, I am a believer in what this brand does. I use their products daily and have been a lucky beneficiary of the health benefits they provide.

I was lucky enough to tour & hang out in their headquarters earlier this year in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and was blown away by the people, the passionate minds behind these products, and their commitment to quality.

Garden of Life teamed up with renowned Dr. David Perlmutter to create this line of products health that hone in on the mothership of all absorption: your digestive system. These probiotic supplements are unparalleled in the world of probies. They even ship them cold so that they retain their longevity.

Blah, blah, blah, right? Maybe some of you just want to hear the answer to: “Why do I need to take these and what are they going to do for my body?”

The short answer:

Probiotics will help you become healthier, get leaner, have clearer skin, sustain more energy and absorb more of the good food you’re eating. Better absorption means more health. I’ve lived it.

The longer answer: (I’ll offer this up because it left a lasting impression on me (something I learned from one of many lectures at the Garden of Life headquarters):

“Probiotics” is not JUST a buzz word. Your body NEEDS them to function optimally.

-The standard American diet, pharmaceutical drugs, etc. have diminished our bodies’ good bacteria population in the gut. The effect on human health is profound.

-Supplementing the diet with probiotics is key is returning this good bacteria population back to a point where the digestive system can assimilate, absorb and process nutrients as it’s supposed to.

-“At Garden of Life, we are greens, we are probiotics. It’s who are are.” -Sherri Gunn, Garden of Life.

-“So much more can be done with health & prevention.” -Dawn Jarvis, Garden of Life.

-There are trillions of microbial organisms in your body. You help the good microbes thrive by eating a rich, whole food based diet that limits processed foods.

-A natural, whole food diet without pesticides, GMOs helps heal the gut.

-Good bacteria in the gut helps protect against the bad bacteria. So, we need the good bacteria.

-Digestive health is responsible for absorption of all of the food we eat, which contributes to our overall vitality. That’s why gut health is such a focus.

If you made it this far reading this post, I am here giving you a virtual hug. Thank you. I know it’s a lot.

But, I say all of this to say: probiotics can REALLY help you in myriad of ways. I am a huge proponent of them. I use them and I feel a difference when I do.

Thanks for supporting ROO! Here’s to our health–cheers!

Annmarie Gianni Earth Mineral Makeup Review

Annmarie Gianni Organic Skin Care: Mineral Makeup

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Anne Marie Gianni Mineral Makeup:

“Introducing: Earth Minerals Multi-Purpose Foundation by Annmarie Skin Care and it’s made from mineral powders that provide beautiful, flawless coverage, and don’t harm your skin or health. It’s easily customizable to a variety skin tones, made with just four natural ingredients, and totally free of hormone disruptors, neurotoxins, or carcinogens.”

I have been lucky enough to try some Annmarie Gianni Organic Skin Care product samples in the past and absolutely loved them! I was amazed at the purity of the products & how much my skin loved them. You can check out that review here.

My Thoughts:

This little set-up that they sent me is SO neat. Not only do you feel like you’re creating your own makeup, but the oil provided is pure, moisturizing and soothing to skin.

I’m not a huge make-up wearer, but I do value having an organic foundation that I can apply to my skin to even out my sunspots and redness on the days I work out of the house. The best part about makeup with no crappy ingredients is that I can fall asleep in this makeup and I don’t have a breakout the next day. I do, however, always make a habit of cleaning my face before bed (With a pure, organic oil) so that I’m fresh faced and my skin can breathe overnight.

The tone that these minerals provide (when mixed with the oil) is perfect for my skin. They have just the right amount of a natural glowy look that they do not make your skin look completely matte.

I will say this, my facial skin tends to get very dark during the warm summer months when I am in the sun. For those months, I use the Olive & Honey minerals more, whereas in the winter, the Pearl & Sand minerals are a better fit. I recommend keeping a “batch” of the darker and the lighter foundation mix on hand so that on any given day, you can match your complexion. Generally speaking, if the foundation matches your neck color, it will blend the best and look the most natural (or at least that’s the case with me).

I have had NO issues with skin irritation. I can’t think of a bad thing to about this mineral makeup. Annmarie has a truly beautiful line of skin care products and now clean cosmetics! If you’ve been looking to clean up your skincare and beauty routine, start here.

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Organity Skin Care Moisturizer Giveaway!

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Organity Skin Care Giveaway!

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Organity:

  • “BEAUTIFUL RESULTS WITHOUT EXPOSING YOUR SKIN TO HARMFUL CHEMICALS – Our USDA certification guarantees you absolutely no GMO ingredients, no SLS, no SLES, no Petroleum or Petrolatum, No Mineral Oil, No Phenoxyethanol and it’s Paraben free! Instead, we use organic and natural ingredients, (including Orange Peel Essence – a superb natural toner) giving it a light, citrus scent, which fades quickly
  • FANTASTIC VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY – We don’t use any inexpensive additives or fillers (like water) so every single trace of our natural skin moisturizer nourishes, revitalizes and improves your skin. And because we don’t use fillers, you only need to apply a VERY SMALL AMOUNT to your face – A LITTLE REALLY DOES GO A LONG WAY! Many of our customers use it as both a day and a night cream, so you don’t even need to buy different types!
  • HAVE BEAUTIFUL, RADIANT SKIN, WHILE REDUCING FINE LINES AND WRINKLES – Our luxurious, organic face moisturizer absorbs deep in to your skin improving elasticity, minimizing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. Our organic face cream is proven to hydrate your skin, leaving your face with a REFRESHED, BEAUTIFUL and GLOWING RADIANCE! We’ve hand-selected the finest premium organic, super hydrating and anti-aging ingredients to rejuvenate your skin. Our moisturizing cream includes Aloe Vera (used for thousands of year, helps maintain and return your skins elasticity), Coconut (improves moisture in your skin), Shea Butter (helps prevent premature wrinkles and fine lines), Grape Seed Oil (antioxidant, which helps skin repair and fights off free radicals), Jojoba Seed Oil (reduces skin aging and helps keep moisture in your skin), Lavender Oil (helps renew skin cells), Safflower Seed Oil (powerful skin cleanser and softens your skin), Citrus Aurantium (helps grow new skin cells and tissue), Cocoa Butter (contains minerals helping skin cell renewal and slowing aging) and Chamomilla Recutita (antioxidant and softens your skin)
  • PERFECT FOR ALL SKIN TYPES AND ALL AGES – Apply just a small amount of our natural facial moisturizer after cleansing and it absorbs quickly, leaving you with SOFT, SMOOTH, YOUTHFUL SKIN and no oily residue. Our certified organic ingredients make it a perfect choice for men, women and children. Because our all natural moisturizer does not contain chemicals, it is suitable for dry, normal, oily and sensitive skin types and even if you have acne prone skin or other complaints.
  • MADE IN THE USA AND CRUELTY-FREE, GUARANTEEING YOU QUALITY AND PEACE-OF-MIND – Organity natural skin care moisturizer is completely cruelty-free, CERTIFIED USDA ORGANIC and is manufactured to strict-standards in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). We are committed to supporting American Industry and insist on excellent quality, which is why ALL of our beauty products are made here in the USA. We NEVER import inferior products. Indulge your skin with the moisturizer it deserves!

Indications

Suitable for dry, normal, oily or sensitive skin types as it contains only natural, USDA certified organic ingredients. Can be used by those with acne prone skin or other troublesome skin complaints to ease symptoms. Helps rejuvenate dehydrated and dry skin, promotes elasticity, can reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.
Ingredients
*CO=CERTIFIED ORGANIC *CO Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, *CO Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, *CO Beeswax, *CO Lecithin, *CO Carnauba Wax, *CO Coconut Acid, *CO Shea Butter, *CO Palm Butter, *CO Cocoa Seed Butter, *CO Soybean Oil, *CO Grape Seed Oil, *CO Jojoba Seed Oil, *CO Glycerin, *CO Lavender Oil, *CO Safflower Seed Oil, *CO Citrus Aurantium, *CO Olive Fruit Oil, *CO Guar Gum, *CO Sunflower Seed Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, *CO Alcohol, *CO Willow Bark Extract, *CO Oat Kernel Extract, *CO Witch Hazel Bark/Leaf/Twig Extract, *CO Pogostemon Cablin Oil, *CO Tea Tree Leaf Oil, *CO Wintergreen Leaf Oil, *CO Olive Fruit Extract, Citric Acid.

Tips for use:

  • Always ensure you cleanse your face thoroughly before using Organity Moisturizer – if you apply moisturizer without cleansing, it will not absorb properly and just sit on the surface
  • Exfoliate about 3 times per week – as we age, we don’t shed skin as effectively and the buildup of dead skin cells can lead to a dull, lackluster appearance. Exfoliating not only removes dead skin, it also helps your Organity Moisturizer to absorb much better and gives it a chance to be far more effective
  • Always remove makeup and moisturize before going to bed – if makeup is left on overnight, it not only clogs your pores, but also causes unnecessary exposure to oxidative stress and free radicals, all of which leads to premature aging and fine lines. Take an extra few minutes to clean your face and apply Organity Moisturizer – you’ll definitely feel the difference in the morning!”

My Thoughts:

This rich concoction is dense! No more watery facial creams that feel like they only temporarily quench the skin. Every ingredient is intensely moisturizing–and you can feel that as soon as you apply it. Only a small amount was needed to completely cover and moisturize my entire face & neck.

I love that there are no-nonsense ingredients (of course!) and I love that it acts as a pre-makeup skin primer: it serves as both a barrier to the environment and a quenching layer for the makeup to be applied to. I’m very happy with the quality of this Organity moisturizer, its staying power and how it leaves my skin feeling: moisturized, dewy, glowing and healthy!

Giveaway!

Organity wants to get this moisturizer into your hands!

To enter this giveaway:

-“Like” Run On Organic on Facebook

-Comment and share your motivation to use organic skin care!