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Happy Black Friday Deal from Pai Skin Care!

There’s probably no reason to remind you what today is. By some accounts, Black Friday began on Tuesday. We know the shopping opportunities are legion, but drop everything because we are bringing you the best deal ever from our long time favorite Pai Organic Skin Care. Pai is the holy grail skincare line for sensitive skin types, but there is something for everyone to love about this gentle and effective line. If you’ve participated in past Friday Deals with Pai, you know that they are always good to No More Dirty Looks readers. But this time, they’ve really outdone themselves. Behold…

When you purchase one of four Pai Starter Kits ($136), you’ll get a free deluxe gift that includes a the Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening ExfoliatorEchium & Argan Eye Cream, and either the Sea Aster & Wild Oat Instant Calm Redness Serum, the Copaiba & Zinc Perfect Balance Blemish Serum, or the Echium & Amaranth Age Confidence Facial Oil (depends on which starter kit you choose). These gifts are full size products worth as much as $179! The offer is available until midnight December 1.

Yes, you read that correctly — three full size Pai products are yours FREE when you purchase one of the Starter Kits. Skincare jackpot. No promotion code necessary. Your gift will be automatically added.

Here are the four Starter Kits you can choose from…

1.  Instant Calm Starter Kit: Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, Lotus & Orange Blossom BioAffinity Tonic, Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream $136

FREE: Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator, Sea Aster & Wild Oat Redness Serum, Echium & Argan Gentle Eye Cream ($167 value)

2.  Perfect Balance Starter Kit: Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, Rice Plant & Rosemary BioAffinity Tonic, Geranium & Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream $136

FREE: Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator, Copaiba & Zinc Blemish Serum, Echium & Argan Gentle Eye Cream ($167 value)

3.  Pure Hydration Starter Kit: Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, Lotus & Orange Blossom BioAffinity Tonic, Avocado & Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream $131

FREE: Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator, Sea Aster & Wild Oat Redness Serum, Echium & Argan Gentle Eye Cream ($167 value)

4.  Age Confidence Starter Kit: Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, Lotus & Orange Blossom BioAffinity Tonic, Echium & Macadamia Replenishing Day Cream $146

FREE: Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator, Echium & Amaranth Age Confidence Facial Oil, Echium & Argan Gentle Eye Cream ($179 value)

Are you shopping this incredible deal? Did you try the new serums during our last Friday Deal? Tell us what you love from Pai in the comments.

Natalie Wood
Amy’s routine is full of clean goodies, and she’s one of the biggest May Lindstrom enthusiasts we’ve run across in a while. (We’re all wild for May L., but Amy knows how to get the most out of her products.) You’re going to love this one.

Name: Amy
City: Washington, DC
Age: 36
Skin type: Every spring/summer, I think I have finally conquered my skin challenges and have normal skin. Then fall hits (like now), the forced heat comes on inside, and I am back to the dehydrated, sensitive, allergic and rosey complexion I know. It used to be year round so I have definitely learned to manage it, and also learned that I don’t think you ever really “change” it.
Hair type: Straight and long with good volume… easy. I brush when wet and let it air dry. It hasn’t been colored in almost 20 years and stays very healthy; it just gets a little oily about halfway through the day when I skip a shampoo.
Fave star from past: Natalie Wood

Depending on how many times I have hit snooze on my alarm in the morning, ideally I dry brush and massage in some coconut oil before my shower. Especially as we go into the colder months, the oil seems to help lock the moisture from the shower water in. I brush my teeth with Ascended Health Oralive Dental Elixir. It is definitely “earthy,” but I don’t think I could ever go back to anything else. While I believe that being almost 37 and cavity free is largely genetic, this stuff just makes my mouth feel so clean and fresh afterwards. The few times I have had to use a traditional toothpaste since trying Oralive, I felt like I was eating a sugary dessert.  After brushing with Oralive, I let it swish around in my mouth for the duration of my shower. At some point when I remember I am still swishing afterwards, I swallow it (it is a nutritional supplement also).

In my shower, I have a T3 Inline Shower Filter installed on my shower head. I only started experiencing breakouts and similar when I moved to DC from NYC in 2008 and believe that environmental changes — water hardness and chemical makeup included — are absolutely a factor. (Anecdotally, when experiencing a breakout, 1-2 showers in NYC is all it takes to clear it up!)

I wash my hair with Acure Organics Mint Shampoo and condition with Tammy Fender Omega Rich Hair Moisturizer. This stuff is heaven — it controls frizz and flyaways, is lightweight and makes it so shiny. It came free with another Tammy Fender purchase that I bought in February, but retails for $55. I have hair down to the middle of my back, use it as regularly as my shampoo which I have refilled 3 times in the same period of time, and am still making my way through it 9 months later, so it has proven well worth it’s cost as far as I am concerned and I plan to replenish it when I use it up.

While the conditioner is in, I apply either May Lindstrom’s Honey Mud or Clean Dirt to my face and leave it for as long as the conditioner will stay in my hair. I wash with Dr Bronner’s Rose soap, exfoliate with K.Voss NYC’s Coconut Body Scrub, turn the water to cold … I mean, COLD … and rinse the conditioner and face wash off. I’ve read that the cold water along with dry brushing activates the lymphatic system, helps immunity against illness, tightens pores and helps with breakouts and also experienced that it helps with things like shiny hair. I also love how it feels and it helps wake me up (I’m pretty sure those Garfield the cat anti-morning comics were all actually written about me!)

After my shower, I apply either Plush Skin’s Body Oil Elixir or one of my favorite body lotions from K.Voss NYC’s line (which are all simple and effective perfection) while my skin is still damp. I air dry to keep all the hydration for myself, instead of giving it to a towel! For deodorant, I use Pit Putty’s Lavender Vanilla Stick — I find it much more effective than the cream, but it requires more time and management to get rubbed in before getting dressed, so it has to go on early. Yes, this paragraph means I spend a good part of my post-shower morning naked.

On my hydration-starved face, I customize depending on how it feels that day, always starting with May Lindstrom The Youth Dew, and then layering on The Blue Cocoon, also by May Lindstrom (I have seriously considered quitting my job just to stay home putting this on and smelling it all day. Is that unreasonable??). If after about 10 minutes I still feel dry and it’s time for the big guns, I spritz with Kahina Giving Beauty Toning Mist and apply Tammy Fender Intensive Repair Balm which I find goes furthest on damp skin. The balm is tacky so if used, makeup application needs to wait until it absorbs. Otherwise, I get right to it after putting on the Youth Dew and/or Blue Cocoon.

Makeup…

I blend Kjaer Weis Crème Foundation in Just Sheer and RMS Un-Cover Up 22 together with my fingers and apply sparingly to my rosy cheeks and any areas that need evening out. During summer, the Kjaer Weis alone is perfect, but when my skin gets drier, it starts to show fine lines more and the RMS balances that texture out. On the lower part of my cheeks, I use Kjaer Weis Crème Blush in Desired Glow or sometimes Joyful. (I actually use all of her colors interchangeably and these may also end up on my lips). I highlight my cheekbones with Kjaer Weis Radiance or W3LL People Universalist. I use a Laura Mercier liquid liner at my top and bottom and trace the line again with a Laura Mercier powder. At this point, I probably use a Christian Dior or other non-clean eye shadow or two. I have so many in so many colors… it will take years to replace this makeup arsenal, just as it took years to replace the haircare and skincare components. One in, one out for this product junkie! Finally, I use Josie Maran’s Argan Oil Mascara — it is the only mascara I have found that doesn’t irritate my eyes or give me raccoon circles by the end of the day. On my lips, I use Kjaer Weis Lip Tint in Passionate, Romance, or Goddess – or one of her crème blushes. I spray May Lindstrom’s Jasmine Garden Mist around my face, hair and general body space until I think maybe I will have the luxury of catching heavenly whiffs all day (I never do!), and am out the door.

At night, I wash my face again with The Honey Mud and apply The Blue Cocoon. At least once a week, I do a mask with May Lindstrom The Problem Solver, and I mix The Honey Mud into the compound for the epitome of luxury. I will also use The Problem Solver as a spot treatment, or The Honey Mud as a standalone mask or even overnight spot treatment when my skin is feeling super sensitive and just needs gentle but effective softening, hydration, or treatment. These products are the ultimate multi-taskers!

Raise your hand if Amy’s routine makes you happy. Raise your hand if you’re thinking about buying a shower filter now. Check and check.

 

One Love Organics Gets ECOCERT!

It’s been a big month for green beauty: Not only did S.W. Basics launch in Target, but we also just got word that another much loved clean beauty brand, One Love Organics, received its ECOCERT® licensing.

One Love Organics now owns the only ECOCERT® licensed manufacturing facility for natural and organic cosmetics in the state of Georgia and is one of only 10 manufacturing facilities licensed in the United States. How awesome is that?!

OLO can now produce its own ECOCERT products, joining the ranks with Tata Harper, Aveda and Physician’s Formula. Obviously, this is a different path for a small beauty brand to take when we’re talking about scaling, so we wanted to sit down with Suzanne LeRoux, founder of OLO, to find out more about why she chose ECOCERT. Read on for all her insight (and a sneak peek at new products coming soon!).

Me: Let’s start from the beginning. Why does OLO own a manufacturing facility instead of having its products manufactured somewhere else?

Suzanne: I started One Love Organics because I have a true passion for creating beautiful products. It is exciting, therapeutic and fun. My husband and I were in a successful law practice so my desire to create was not motivated by profit but rather getting to do what I love as a career. So I started One Love Organics with a commitment to develop and grow the company with its primary role as research, development and manufacturing. I take great pride in the fact that we are craftsmen.

What has owning your own facility enabled you to do that you might not have been able to do otherwise?

I love having the time and resources to create new products that are wholly original and the freedom to use the best ingredients collected from around the world. I am passionate (some might say obsessed) about sourcing the highest quality ingredients available. Manufacturing in house, I get to see and test the raw materials with my own nose and eyes before they go into the production line for any OLO product. I personally ensure that our one-of-a-kind formulas are carefully (and beautifully) crafted from start to finish for quality that is second to none.

Talk to me about scaling. Since you own your own manufacturing facility, it must be easier for you to scale than brands that make everything by hand and would need to find a facility they can trust. 

Yes, it is a tremendous benefit that we can scale our production and make what we need, when we need it. For instance, when we launched the Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil, we had no idea the demand that this one product would create. We were able to meet the demand almost immediately by adding an extra shift—we did not have to put the item out of stock. Whew.

We love to try new things on a small scale and get customer feedback. This summer, we launched a really fun limited-edition collection. We ended up adding a new permanent sku, Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo, based on customer voting and positive press reviews. We are also able to fulfill large orders quickly. This fall, we created a limited edition size of our best-selling Skin Savior Balm for Anthropologie to launch in its stores in time for the holiday season. Our inventory is always fresh. We have the flexibility to scale production for our best-sellers and seasonal items, and we can offer limited editions for our retailers.

Tell me a bit about your decision to get the ECOCERT® license for your manufacturing facility. Why bother doing this at all? Why did you choose ECOCERT®?

We chose to undergo the rigorous ECOCERT® certification so that our customers can trust our commitment to the quality, integrity and pureness of each product that we produce. It takes the guesswork out of choosing which product is right for you. Our research also revealed that third-party certification is quickly becoming a top factor for buying decisions, both with the consumer and retailer.

We chose ECOCERT® because it was the very first certification body to develop standards for natural and organic cosmetics. It is important to me that the formulas are safe, environmentally friendly and effective. We wanted to work with an organization that has expertise and longevity specifically in natural and organic cosmetics. We also wanted certification with global presence and recognition. ECOCERT® is a leading international environmental organization that conducts inspections in more than 80 countries, making it one of the largest organic certification organizations in the world.

To bear the ECOCERT® seal, each One Love Organics product must meet the ECOCERT® standards as listed below:

  • For all products, 95 percent of ingredients must be of natural origin.
  • For products to be labeled “organic,” a minimum of 95 percent of plant-based materials must be of organic origin.
  • For products to be labeled “natural,” a minimum 50 percent of all plant-based materials must be of organic origin.

To achieve licensing, One Love Organics’ products and manufacturing facility are evaluated for the following criteria:

  1. Ingredient Approval: ECOCERT® considers the safety, sourcing, processing and manufacturing of each ingredient and any preservatives used in the raw material. ECOCERT® also confirms the absence of GMOs, parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicon, PEGs, synthetic perfumes and dyes and animal-derived ingredients (unless naturally produced by them: milk, honey, beeswax, etc.).
  2. Formula Approval: ECOCERT® re-confirms that all ingredients are approved, checks the process through which the formulation was manufactured, and determines if the required amount of natural and organic ingredients were used in the formulation according to the standard.
  3. Label Approval: ECOCERT® approves all labels before printing to ensure that all ingredients are listed and that the ECOCERT® statements are in accordance to their standards.
  4. Packaging Approval: All of the packaging we use at One Love Organics must be submitted to ECOCERT® to ensure environmental compliance and the use of recyclable packaging.
  5. Manufacturing Inspection: In addition to the requirements listed above, the facility must have an environmental plan in place that includes recycling, waste management, energy efficiency and transport management. An ECOCERT® Certification Officer physically inspects the facility biannually for renewal of the ECOCERT®.

How much did it cost them to get the entire facility licensed by EcoCert? How much would it have cost just to do the line?  

Only an ECOCERT® licensed manufacturer has the ability to produce natural and organic cosmetics that bear the ECOCERT® seal. You cannot certify a brand’s product unless they are produced in an ECOCERT® licensed facility. Because we choose to keep manufacturing in house, we had to first earn our ECOCERT® license as a manufacturer.

I really don’t know how to accurately quantify the cost. It took an enormous amount of resources, not just in terms of fees but rather the sheer volume of work, labor and organization that it took to achieve this milestone. If it was just a matter of writing a check, I think there would be many more manufacturers who are certified. It is a huge commitment and we have grown stronger and smarter as a team for having gone through it for the past 12 months. Our team is absolutely first rate and I am proud to join the men and women who work at One Love Organics every day.

Do you have any future goals for the line now that yo have the ECOCERT® license?

My contemplation at the moment doesn’t go past nurturing One Love Organics and making it the very best that it can be, which is why we chose to get ECOCERT certified. We remain super excited about the future and possibilities but as of right now, One Love Organics demands an amazing amount of time and attention. 

Tell me about the product reformulations you’re working on. What are they and when will they launch?

I am super excited to share with you a sneak peek of our brand refresh and new products. We plan to launch the new look and ECOCERT® certified formulas in March of 2015. We will introduce our new Coconut + Salt Body Lotion (pictured above). It is a tribute to our island life on St. Simons and we include ingredients reminiscent of the beach: fresh organic coconut oil, real Atlantic sea salt (!) and organic aloe. Coconut + Salt will be ECOCERT® certified organic and 83.9 percent of the total ingredients are from organic farming.

Morning Glory is totally new and I am very excited about the new formula. It features an incredibly potent caffeinated energy blend and gardenia plant stem cells in an ultra-light-weight gel. It leaves your skin feeling tightened, toned and refreshed. It is perfect for layering and for those who need to balance and/or boost dull skin. Morning Glory Caffeinated Firming Serum will be ECOCERT® certified organic and 92.95 percent of the total ingredients are from organic farming.

Finally, we will introduce the new Elizabeth Dehn Vitamin C Body Polish. This is a whipped, scoop-able and fully blended dream of organic shea, raw sugar, vitamin C ester and of course, pineapple! It is perfect for spring to use before sunless tanning, shaving, on your elbows, knees and to facilitate the perfect mani-pedi. The Vitamin C Body Polish will be ECOCERT® certified organic and 91.05 percent of the total ingredients are from organic farming.

Well, congrats! This is a big milestone for your line and we’re so excited for you.

We are super grateful for the trust and support given to us over the past four years. Thank you so much for enabling us to grow and feel the love! We’re excited for 2015 and hope OLO fans are too!

 How do you feel about such great news? I’ve got a little sample of each of the new products, and let me tell you, I can’t wait for others to try!

 

image via Martha Stewart

We are just a few days away from Thanksgiving here in the U.S. For many of us, that means sharing a meal with those we love the most, or at least with good company. Thanksgiving can also mean cooking, lots and lots of cooking. In the lead up to all that cooking and feasting, you still have to eat. So while the Internet is in full-on Thanksgiving inspiration mode, I’d like to share a no-fuss recipe for roasted cabbage. You can prepare this quickly and have it on hand for easy eating and snacking while you’re rushing around prepping for the holiday. After you taste it, you might even want to add it to your Thanksgiving table. Roasted cabbage is so simple, so humble, yet so satisfying. If it has never occurred to you to roast it, or if you typically think cabbage is boring, just try this.

Food can get complicated, a little tedious, and way indulgent around the holidays. Roasted cabbage is my antidote.

Roasted with a bit of ghee or olive oil and plenty of sea salt, cabbage transforms into something deeply comforting and savory. When roasted, bits of the cabbage caramelize and some get a little crunchy, adding great texture and flavor. Roasted cabbage tastes a little bit like roasted Brussels sprouts, but more mild. I like to roast it all at once and store it in the fridge for a ready to go addition to almost any meal. I also love having a bowl of roasted cabbage as a snack. No joke — it’s so good, I’ll eat it straight out of the fridge cold. I acknowledge that it might seem odd to just nosh on roasted cabbage, but that’s kind of my style. There are so many ways to spice it up, though. Toss it with feta, cranberries and walnuts. Serve it atop brown rice with some shredded chicken and a bit of ponzu sauce or tzatziki. Make some roasted cabbage and black bean tacos. Add it as a simple side to any main dish.

How to Roast Cabbage

  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cut one head of green cabbage in half. Cut out the core. Shred each half in thin strips. You can store half in the fridge if you don’t want to prepare it all at once. It will keep crisp for a while if sealed in a ziplock bag. (Note: the cabbage in the photo is not shredded — it’s not easy to find a pretty picture of shredded cabbage. I prefer shredded, but slicing the whole cabbage into thicker rounds will do fine. You’ll need to increase cooking time, though, and flip midway through cooking.)
  • Toss shredded cabbage in olive oil or melted ghee. Use just enough to coat the cabbage.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the cabbage in a single layer on the pan. You may need two baking sheets depending on the amount of cabbage.
  • Sprinkle liberally with sea salt.
  • Roast in the oven at 400 degrees. Cabbage should be fully roasted in 20-30 minutes, but you can let it go longer if you want a more caramelized finish. I pull mine from the oven when it looks blistered with some browned edges.

Cabbage, it turns out, is not a bad thing to crave. It is seriously nutrient dense. Offering a wide range of essential vitamins and minerals, why not ditch your multi-vitamin from the bottle and eat cabbage instead? Cabbage provides you with most of your daily vitamin K requirement, and it has more vitamin C than oranges — giving you at least 50 percent of what you need in a day. It’s a great source of fiber, vitamin B6, folic acid, manganese, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and potassium. It’s also relatively cheap. A sizable head of cabbage costs a few dollars and can be stretched into several meals depending on how many you’re feeding. #winning

 

Image via Martha Stewart

Aaannnd just like that two weeks has flown by and it’s time to bring our Meditation Challenge to a close. Maybe you tried something new, and perhaps (fingers crossed!) you even picked up a new tool. We’ve heard from many of you over the last two weeks, and we hope to hear more about your experience. But first, we have some Meditation Challenge prizes to give away from H. Gillerman Organics!

Enter to Win Your Meditation Oil

If you participated in our meditation challenge over the last two weeks, you are eligible to enter for a special Meditation blend from H. Gillerman Organics. We are giving away 2! We know you will be honest, but as a reminder you must have sat quietly for a minimum of five minutes for 14 days in a row with the intention to meditate.

To enter to win, write us an email with SITSTILL in the subject line, and include your first name and location, written thusly “Siobhan, Brooklyn, NY” and a brief description of how you felt at the end of your 14 days. Send this to us at nomoredirtylooks@gmail.com by the end of the day Friday, November 28. (If you started late you have some time to catch up.)

Hope Gillerman made the Meditation Remedy oil especially for No More Dirty Looks readers! This blend is not available for purchase. However, if you didn’t participate in our meditation challenge, or you are entering the contest but don’t want to leave it to chance, you can get your very own Meditation Remedy oil with today’s Friday Deal. Here’s the deal…

H. Gillerman Organics is offering NMDL readers a FREE Meditation Remedy oil when you purchase the GET FOCUSED gift set by December 1.

You’ll also be gifted one of the best tools for using essential oils: The Essential Oils Deck — Simple Blends for Health and Beauty. The Meditation Remedy oil is featured in The Essential Oils Deck, so when you run out you can make more of your own! The GET FOCUSED gift set plus your free gifts is $93 (total value $175.00) and includes free shipping and gift-wrapping upon request. No code necessary. Order by December 1st.

If you’re looking to find more mental clarity, focus, stamina and especially peace of mind, the GET FOCUSED gift set will get your head back in the game! The set includes the full-size pure breathing SINUS REMEDY and clear mind TENSION REMEDY both packed in an H. Gillerman Brooklyn-made, 5″ x 5″ Baggu zip-bag.

Chic! Practical! And these remedies are no joke. At least one is always within reach for us. The Tension Remedy melts headaches and works wonders for nausea, too.

What’s In the Meditation Remedy Oil?

Hope says this blend can be used during meditation – either by anointing the third eye and heart center, or by diffusing. It is also an excellent preparation for sleep and an anytime anti-anxiety oil.

Myrrh for the root chakra — The oil for helping you relax and settle into the sitting posture to begin your practice.

Frankincense for the crown chakra — The pinnacle of mindfulness/mediation oils. Used for many millennium, it also deepens the breath, relieves restlessness, promotes sleep and eases depression/anxiety.

Basil — Relaxes the nervous system. It’s a great brain oil that strengthens memory and will-power (good for starting a mediation program). Studies show it’s useful for sinus headaches, too.

Did you meditate with us? Was it worth your time? Are you excited about the H. Gillerman Friday Deal? Share with us in the comments!