5 Things To Love About Rose Geranium Oil

Rose geranium oil is one of the most pleasing and useful essential oils on record—according to moi—but I think you’ll agree when you experience it, too. It has a cooling and uplifting scent that typically evokes a rosy, slightly citrus vibe, often with a faint mint undertone. It’s sweet, floral and a little herbaceous. Rose geranium has a truly feminine scent—rumor has it that Marilyn Monroe was a fan—and it has properties that make it specifically helpful for women. There are many varieties of geranium oil, but rose geranium the most floral and feminine. Even though it does wonders for a perfume […]


Alessandra’s Morning Skin and Hair Routine… Exposed!

Want to nab some ideas for new products to try? Look no further. Alessandra has you covered. Check out this sweet routine for the details… Name: Alessandra (alessandramarie.com) Age: 27 City: New Haven, CT Skin: Combination; a little sensitive; pesky spots now and then Hair: Naturally blonde, fine but a whole lot of it. Shoulder length lob. Favorite Star From the Past: Olivia Newton-John My morning routine kind of begins with some prep at night so that I’m starting with a clean palette in the morning. I remove my makeup with a cleanser I was inspired to make from NMDL […]


Do You Deep Condition?

Among the strange and regrettable things that I did to my hair between the ages of, oh, 12 and 30, were semi-regular VO5 Hot Oil Treatments. Who among you remembers this deep-conditioning concoction? Just for laughs, I pulled up the ingredient list (which probably hasn’t changed in 30 years)—and Oof… Water (Aqua), Cocotrimonium Chloride, Acetamide MEA, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEI 1750, Oleth 20, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Polyquaternium 10, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Vegetable Amino Acids, Lysine Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Phytantriol, Polysorbate 20, Keratin Amino Acid, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, PG Propylsilanetriol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin […]


Introducing Vegan Beauty Affair

Are you vegan? Kudos if so, but you certainly don’t have to be to enjoy what we’re sharing today. A special event called Vegan Beauty Affair has been in the works, and we want to tell you about it because a) it involves some of our favorite clean brands, and b) it’s happening in NYC where many of you live/work. For those of you not in NYC, Vegan Beauty Affair will be occurring seasonally — so plan a trip! Now for the fun… Vegan Beauty Affair is a seasonal showcase of vegan and cruelty-free beauty brands and products made with natural, safe […]


Valerie’s Morning Skin and Hair Routine… Exposed!

This routine feels so refreshing. It highlights some products that aren’t mentioned often here, and the simple DIYs sprinkled throughout are out-of-control good. We love our skin savvy readers. Name: Valerie Age:  38 City:  Temporarily Qingdao, China. Permanently Acton, California. Current Weather:  Mild, Cool & Hazy here in China, “hazy” is code word for pollution. Warm & dry at home in California Skin:  Combination, large pores, occasional breakouts, past the point of starting to age Hair:  Short, wavy, graying in places but dyed dark blonde with my own henna mix Favorite Star From the Past:  Doris Day Wet, sloppy kisses and snuggles […]


DIY Beauty: Lindsay’s Remineralizing Tooth Powder

*This post is from our archives, but don’t let that stop you from trying this tried and true recipe! Last week I fretted over all the terrible, toxic things in my toothpaste. Lo and behold, Lindsay has sent us a wonderful—and beautifully photographed, I might add—recipe to make our own clean toothpaste at home. I’ve gone in and out of using baking soda on my teeth, and really enjoy it (and notice a difference in my teeth) when I do. Is this something you’ve given a whirl? —Name: Lindsay —Current hometown: Seattle, WA —Product name that I made up: Remineralizing […]


Happy Friday Deal from Lotus Wei!

Happy very exciting Friday, everyone! It’s Lotus Wei’s day, and they have some new goodies. Longtime readers of the site—and certainly anyone who knows me personally—knows I’m a flower essence junkie. I have mists on my desk at the office. I carry perfume and elixirs in my handbag at all times. Next to the bed there’s always a spray and an oil. I’ve often said that the world would be a better place if we all took Infinite Love every day, and I’m even concocting a scheme to sneak Joy Juice drops into people’s drinking water at my wedding in […]


Help! A Reader has Smelly Feet!

We received an email from a reader who has a familiar problem… smelly feet! It’s that time of year when we all start going sock-less, and as temps rise sweaty feet give way to some ripe smells. We’ve certainly thrown out a pair of our favorite flats in the past that just couldn’t be salvaged thanks to their funkadelic smell, but this seems to be a persistent issue for our reader. Here’s what she says… Dear NMDL, Truth be told, this email is difficult to write, as the topic is something I’m embarrassed to admit: I have smelly feet. Now, […]


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