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Skin Care: It Doesn’t Have to be Hazardous

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Her goal is to make what she creates accessible.  She provides mini-size samples of the entire line, and pointed out that she had hair care and cosmetics geared to women of color.  Her packaging is recyclable; shipping is based on weight and zip code.

Constantly updating and changing her formulas in response to customer requests, the eye cream Stein sent me is currently being reformulated to be a vegan formula.

“The difference between our products and what you get in a store, is that ours are made upon order,” said Stein.  Her Restorative Facial Moisturizer comes in a glass bottle with a pump applicator.  The woodsy smell comes form the Tamanu Seed oil.  It’s a light yellow liquid that contains Chamomile, making it gentle and suitable for all skin types.  I particularly liked the scent, which made me feel like it was part of a spa treatment.  The Repair Elixir, a night serum, is geared to “reduce the signs of aging.”  Stein informed me that the watermelon seed oil helps with “skin elasticity,” while the Rose Hips seed oil “regenerates skin cells.”  Once the oil is applied, it is quickly absorbed into the skin.

“Anything synthetic is on my no list,” said Stein.  “Educating people on the importance of avoiding environmental toxins is part of my mission.”

The creator of Herbaliz, Liz McEwan, has a similar mindset.  Along with her first-time orders, she includes printed materials with information about the top ten ingredients to avoid.  Her tag line is, ”Reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals.

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EmpowHER Guest

I'm so pleased to see our voices become more and more to tell companies we don't want their toxins in our bodies any more! People tend to think that if millions of people use sth, it must be OK, or if you can't see any immediate terrible damage, it's fine.
I don't know in the states, but in Latin America it is quite an economic sacrifice to embrace organic and natural products. I know it's worth it, but I am afraid not everybody can afford it. I hope they will become a bit more affordable with time as more consumers start choosing them.
Thanks for enlightening more people on this topic!

April 7, 2011 - 1:29pm
EmpowHER Guest

Excellent piece - really practical and inspiring!

April 6, 2011 - 4:12pm
EmpowHER Guest

It is reassuring to find other like minded people attempting to remove synthetic chemicals from their skin care product choices. I choose certified organics and free reports at nochemicalcosmetics.com make it easier to recognise and avoid chemicals in cosmetics.

April 5, 2011 - 5:31am
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