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I’m always going on and on about how important it is to use products that are free of synthetic ingredients-including preservatives. Of course this inevitably leads to the question about the shelf life of organic goods. All products-whether they’re organic or not-will eventually become contaminated with molds, fungi, bacteria and other nasty little things you don’t want swimming in your face cream. For almost 100 years conventional products have used parabens-the most common type of preservative-to protect cosmetics, medicine and even some food products. It was only recently that people began to question the safety of these unnatural ingredients. A number of studies were performed with alarming results. Parabens may effect estrogen levels and contribute to breast cancer. And even if these particular things weren’t an issue, years of soaking up those chemicals still can’t be good for you. Thus the need for natural methods of preserving became more important than ever. Organic companies use a safe and pure method of preservation utilizing antioxidants and plant based preservative systems. For example benzyl alcohol-a nature derivative of benzoin gum-is used in the Suzanne aux Bains Calming Body Wash to help battle bacteria and keep the organic formula fresh while it sits in your shower. While most conventional body and skincare products have a very long shelf life of three years or more, organic options can’t sit around as long. Most items will stay fresh after you open them between one and two years. A couple perfect examples are Dr. Alkaitis and Sophtyo Read More
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02 February

Concealed Weapons

Not all concealers are alike. In fact, even once you’ve weeded out the not-so-natural options you still have, well more options. You have to figure out what formula you want to use and even then you’re not done. There’s the task of choosing a shade. After all, not all concealers are alike. And obviously not every shade will work for everyone. To pick your shade, choose one that’s one or two shades lighter than your foundation. If your skin looks ashy when wearing the concealer, it’s too light. However, if it doesn’t brighten the area it’s too dark. It also may be smart to keep two shades in your beauty kit for working with extremely dark circles or on days your skin is more tanned than usual. It also may be necessary to blend two shades together to get the perfect color. When it comes to choosing a formula, it can all come down to simple preference. However, if you don’t have a preference (or a clue), here are a few simple guidelines. If under eye circles are your main complaint, try using a liquid concealer. Suki’s Liquid Formula Concealer is a great option. And Dr.Hauschka’s Concealer Pen is easy to apply. The formula is thinner than a cream or stick, so it won’t settle into the lines of your eyes as much. Also, since you’ll be covering a larger area, you want the end result to look as natural as possible. To use it, apply several small dots under your Read More
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31 January

Close Shave

I’m not one for short shorts. And short skirts and dresses aren’t my thing either. But all summer long I peeled off the layers to reveal a bit more skin. And even though cool weather is almost here, I’m not quite ready to relinquish bare legs just yet. So until my legs go in hibernation for the winter, and my shaving routine slows down (just a little), I make sure my bathroom is stocked with the most pure and delicate shaving products. Mainstream brands will lead you to believe you need to sizzle off the hair with a chemical cream or smooth on a synthetic-filled shaving cream, but there are alternatives. They’re gentle, they’re safe and they really work. You can get a close, easy, and nick-free shave without the harsh chemical ingredients with organic options like Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lemongrass Lime Shaving Gel. Certified organic by the USDA (currently the strictest body care standard around) and Fair Trade certified too, this effective non-foaming gel removes hair while hydrating with shikakai, hemp and jojoba. And the crisp invigorating scent made with lemon, lime and lemongrass essential oils is perfectly refreshing. In my shower you’ll find Weleda’s Shaving Cream. The lather gets really creamy and soft, which helps the blade glide over my skin. It’s extremely gentle and helps prevent any post-shave irritation (especially helpful in the bikini region). Plus it soothes and nourishes with goat’s milk, almond extract and pansy extract. Since organic shaving creams don’t foam up, you have to Read More
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29 January

Budget Beauty Buys

There are times when I don’t mind splurging on a great organic product. But let’s face it; I’d rather score something at a great price. Many people are surprised to learn that there are plenty of organic options that won’t empty your wallet. In fact, you can get almost everything you need from face and body to hair products for $25 and under. Here are my absolute favorite organic beauty steals, so you can save your hard-earned money for a rainy day… or a swoon-worthy fragrance. Weleda Wild Rose Cleansing Lotion Currently my favorite cleanser, this option, filled with Rosehip oil and organic Mallow extract, is mild, creamy and effective. Plus it doesn’t dry out or irritate my skin. And I love the soft, pleasant fragrance. Balm Balm Face Balm (Rose Geranium) I can’t stop finding new uses for this rose scented certified organic balm. It’s perfect to hydrate the usual suspects like my hands, feet and lips. But I also massage it into my cuticles, elbows and ankles. It helps prevent chapped cheeks when I’m out in the cold. And in a pinch, it helps smooth flyaways. Weleda Almond Facial Oil Not all oils have to be super pricy. This one is effective at quickly nourishing the skin. After I smooth it on, my face simply glows. It also doubles as a soothing eye makeup remover too. Dr.Hauschka Lip Care Stick I don’t know what I’d do without this affordable, moisturizing little stick. I stash one in my bag, in Read More
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27 January

Bronzed Beauties

Although a pale face can be found here and there, it seems being tan—whether real or faux—is de rigueur when it comes to the celebrity set. From dark haired beauties like Jennifer Lopez to the blonde goddesses of Heroes, Ali Larter and Hayden Panettiere, stars know how to glow. And why not… tanned skin makes your eyes pop, your smile whiter and your complexion radiant. You feel thinner, happier and healthier. Of course being tanned from the sun is anything but healthy. So you can fake it with a few of my favorite products. You have a couple options when it comes to formulas. Powder is really easy because you can start light and layer it on for more depth. My favorite bronzer is the Dr.Hauschka Bronzing Powder because the color looks sunny and natural. Before you apply it use your foundation and concealer as usual (if you wear them). If you’re wearing the bronzer right after you moisturize, make sure to let the moisturizer completely soak in first. Otherwise the powder will stick to damp areas depositing too much color in patches around your face. Grab a big, fluffy powder brush and swirl it into the powder. Lightly dust it around your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin (where the sun naturally colors your face the most). If needed, add another layer. For a more dewy bronze look try Suki’s Tinted Active Moisturizer in Bronze in place of your usual foundation. And since it’s a moisturizer too, you get to skip Read More
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Saffron Rouge is thrilled to welcome Studio 78 Paris to our family, an exciting line of luxury organic beauty products from France. It combines quality botanical ingredients with a modern color palette, offering perfectly pigmented products for face, eyes and lips that are gentle enough for sensitive skin. We recently spoke with founder Margareth Halfon about her cosmetic collection. 1. What motivated you to start your own line? This was not just a marketing approach. Studio 78 Paris is a brand that has been made with our hearts. We noticed that a real change was happening in the organic skincare market, but we just couldn’t find any makeup brands that seduced us. There was no alternative line that was also fun, with cool colors, that made us dream. After working in the luxury, fashion and beauty industries, my partner Laurence and I decided to combine our skills to create our own brand. Studio 78 Paris was created with a simple concept: to go back to the basics of any traditional makeup brand, which is to be feminine and glamorous, with innovative textures and strong, long lasting pigments. At Studio 78 Paris, making beautiful cosmetics comes first, and then the consumer is pleased to see that it is also an organic brand. 2. How long did it take? When was your product line ready for the general public? We started in 2010 and it took us 10 months to develop the textures and the color range. Then we introduced Studio 78 Paris Read More
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It’s no secret that baths provide an opportunity to unwind after a hectic day. However, what you add to your bath water can help to beautify your skin, calm both body and mind, cure a common cold and even energize your senses. No matter what your mood, it’s always a great time for a bath. Check out some popular baths below, and discover exactly what you need to create your ultimate bath experience. Milk Bath Some people will tell you that bathing in camel’s milk was the secret to Cleopatra’s gorgeous skin. While we can’t say for sure whether the infamous Egyptian pharaoh did in fact frequently bathe in milk, it is true that milk baths positively affect your skin’s appearance. Milk baths have a beautifying effect on your skin because milk contains nutrients that rejuvenate the skin, making it appear younger and softer. Relax your mind and body with Weleda’s Pine Bath Milk, or get a burst of energy with their citrus scented milk bath mixture, ideal for use prior to any physical activity. Moms-to-be can also can enjoy an invigorating milk bath. Erbaviva’s USDA certified formula is safe for both mom and baby, and has a lovely lavender and herb scent. Aromatherapy Bath The essential oils of an aromatherapy bath penetrate the skin and enter the nasal passages as a vapor, calming your mind and instantly relaxing tense muscles. Aromatherapy baths also improve blood circulation and moisturize dry skin. Adding a few drops of lavender oil to your bath Read More
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So you want to relax, but splurging for a high-priced bath product leaves you tenser than ever? And a pampering getaway to a five-star spa is something that will only happen in your dreams? No problem, simply grab some inexpensive essential oils along with other ingredients that are probably already lurking in your cabinets. Before you know it you’ll be soaking in a luxurious, stress-relieving bath. 3 cups sea salt or Epson salt 5-7 drops each of Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and Neroli Moroccan essential oils 1 tbsp carrier oil such as Apricot Kernel or Jojoba Mix oil and salt in a large bowl until blended. Add drops of essential oils. Start with no more than 5 drops of each oil and add more as you stir the salts together. Try experimenting with different types of sea salts or blend different salts together. Store in an airtight glass jar. To use pour 3/4 to 1 cup of salts into warm, running water. Swish the water around before getting in to ensure the salt has dissolved. Other fragrance ideas: Combine equal parts Lemon and Grapefruit essential oils for a refreshing bath or combine Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Bergamot to relieve stress 3 cups powdered buttermilk (can substitute regular powdered milk) 10-15 drops of Lavender essential oil or an oil of your choice (optional) Using a wire wisk thoroughly blend the dry ingredients together before adding in the essential oil(s). Store in an airtight glass jar. To use pour 3/4 to 1 cup of Read More
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Spring has sprung, and that means it’s spring cleaning time. While you’re busy tidying your closets, clearing your clutter and sprucing up your home, give a little thought to how you wash your face. Sounds pretty basic, but there’s more to it than a mindless splash, lather and rinse. Cleansing is the most important step in a facial skin care routine. It gets rid of dirt, sweat, oil, make-up, bacteria, dead skin cells and other pollutants so you can get down to a pure, fresh canvas. Washing too much or too harshly can be drying or irritating, and using the wrong products for your needs is a no-no. It’s time to take this grooming ritual off autopilot and go through the process step-by-step. The first rule in washing your face is, actually, washing your hands. You don’t want to transfer grunge, grime and germs from all that you touch throughout the day onto your delicate facial skin. Your fingers are the perfect tools to gently work and massage cleansers around your face, so you want to start with squeaky clean digits. Some people prefer to use wash cloths, but these can be a bit abrasive so use a soft touch, especially if you have sensitive skin. Cotton pads (preferably organic!) are another option for eye makeup removal or for wiping off cream cleansers. Now give some thought to the water temperature you use. Not too hot (too drying), not too cold (not effective), aim for comfortable, in-between, just right warmth. Most Read More
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It’s official. The groundhog just declared that we’re in for six more weeks of winter and for many of us that means dry, sensitive, irritated skin. While our bodies are wrapped in coats throughout the season, our faces are exposed to the elements, and that constant combo of wind and cold certainly takes its toll. So how do you help turn that tight, flaky, dull winter skin into the rosy cheeks of summer? Actually, roses. Be it rose water, rose hip or rose oil, the complexion benefits of this wonder-flower have been harnessed by apothecaries, herbalists and alchemists since ancient times. Modern science is now catching up to these folk traditions. Rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and fatty acids, rose extracts can help increase collagen production, reduce inflammation and keep moisture locked in the epidermis. One of our top recommendations for a winter facial moisturizer is the Rose Day Cream from Dr. Hauschka. It’s a little thicker and richer than the popular Rose Day Cream Light, but that’s just what the doctor orders for this time of year. Give it a minute to sink in and this non-greasy emollient soothes and protects weather ravaged skin, combating redness, calming itchiness and replenishing hydration so you can face the chill of another day. And who couldn’t use the pick-me-up of a bouquet of roses in the dead of winter? Over 30 biodynamic organic roses go into every tube of Rose Day Cream, which not only contributes to the therapeutic properties of this luxurious Read More
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