Saturday, December 1, 2007

Cosmetics and Beauty Products - Good For You Too

Cosmetics and Beauty Products - Good For You Too by A. Covington

First it was healthy food; then came a push for sustainable living. Now even clothes are organic. It only makes sense that the products you put on your body are good for you too.

From shampoo to lipstick and perfume to face creams, you can now live an entirely all-natural existence (won't you sleep better at night?)

Fragrance that does a body good
LAVANILA has introduced what they claim is "the World's Premier Healthy Fragrance." The concept is novel: instead of loading fragrances with harsh synthetic ingredients that dry and damage skin, they use healthy ingredients that nurture and condition the body with each spray. In a time when everyone's concerned about global warming (er, global climate change), and toxic chemicals, this product launch couldn't be any timelier.
LAVANILA's sensual vanilla blends are meant to "captivate the senses" but they also nurture the skin with a healthy dose of pure essential oils, 100 percent natural botanicals, and super antioxidant technology-so it's good for you and the environment (Al Gore would be proud).

Plant those smackers
When you think of corn you might picture neighborhood barbeques and roudy children with corn on the cob dribble running down their chins. You probably never thought about wearing it on your lips. CARGO invites you to change how you think about corn, an abundant renewable resource. PlantLove™ Botanical Lipstick is made entirely out of environmentally friendly corn.
The manufacturing process emits less greenhouse gases, which many scientists believe to be the major cause of "global warming". The outer carton is made of flower paper embedded with real flower seeds, so all you have to do is moisten, plant, and wait for a bouquet of wild flowers to grow! Now that's using the "whole animal" if you know what I mean. Even if you don't buy into the global warming theory, you'll love the smooth and silky texture, which is infused with Orchid Complex™ and meadowfoam seed oil, jojoba and shea butter. Plus, CARGO is donating $2 from the sale of every shade to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Five of the PlantLove lipsticks were designed by your favorite celebrities:
-Evangeline: Evangeline Lily
-Lindsay: Lindsay Lohan
-Maria: Maria Menounos
-Mariska: Mariska Hargitay
-Sarah: Sarah Chalke
Somebody CARES
Stella McCartney is well known for her stance on the environment and cruelty-free products (oh yeah, her dad's famous too), and now she's come out with her own line of certified organic skincare. CARE by Stella McCartney is a luxury line skincare treatments formulated with 100 percent organic active ingredients and zero percent petrochemicals or silicones. Examples of products include her Purifying Foaming Cleanser that not only washes away makeup and impurities, it's designed to leave your skin looking fresh, soft, and radiant through the organic extracts hawthorn and horsetail. Her Toning Floral Water the antioxidant green tea and linden blossom extracts to tone and soothe-and help enhance the action of the 5 Benefits Moisturizers. The Nourishing Elixir blends natural oils, and a mix of soybean, nigella sativa, and musk rose rich in omega 3 and essential fatty acids to help firm and revitalize the skin.

Lancôme turns eco-chic
L'oreal owned cosmetics giant Lancome has announced its eco-chic initiatives for 2007-initiatives that promise to help combat the damage done by the environment to humans and help prevent damage to the environment by humans.
One of the most exciting initiatives is the launch in June 2007 of Primordiale Cell Defense, which focuses on neutralizing 99 percent of the damaging free radicals caused by UV exposure, pollution, and temperature extremes. An integral part of the eco-chic program is a strategic partnership with Carbonfund.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about climate change. In the second half of 2007, the four Lancôme boutiques located in New York's Upper West Side; Short Hills, NJ; Dallas, TX; and Santa Clara, CA, will go Carbonfree.

The new herbal experience
Everybody remembers those annoying-slightly uncomfortable Herbal Essence commercials where the actor who uses the product enjoys it a little too much. When you use these new shampoos by Vogue International, you may be tempted to express your delight. Fortunately you'll be in the privacy of your shower, so feel free to let out a squeal of delight. The shampoos, appropriately called Organix, feature simply delicious scents like Soft & Silky Vanilla, which combines smoothing Tahitian vanilla bean oils with silk amino proteins to strengthen and seal the hair's cuticles. Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti-breaking Serum will keep fly-aways and split ends at bay, and make you smell good enough to eat (be warned, strangers may stand a little closer to you). All of the products in their five collections are sulfate free and contain active organic ingredients. See, you don't have to suffer in the name of saving the planet!

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