Anna’s Morning Skin & Hair Routine… Exposed!

This fresh Morning Routine comes to us from a new mom in California. We love how child birth has inspired so many women to investigate what’s in their products and make a change for the better. Name: Anna Age: 29 City: Redwood City, Northern California Skin: Oily, but since having my son 16 months ago I am prone to more dry patches. Hair: Thick, long, and often oily at the roots. Favorite Star From the Past: She’s not from the distant past, but I think Juliette Binoche is just lovely. A makeup lover since my teenage years, I went green […]


Tata Harper’s New Honey Blossom Mask + Birthday Bash

  The Resurfacing Mask is one of my favorite Tata Harper products, so I always look forward to the limited edition versions. They often feature delicious, local and seasonal ingredients like apricot or plum that bring even more juicy goodness to the original formula. The new Limited Edition Honey Blossom Resurfacing Mask has just been released, and this is my favorite one to date. To say we love honey around NMDL would be an understatement. We worship honey for its humectant, antibacterial and healing properties. A little background on the Resurfacing Mask for the uninitiated… this is a gentle beta-hydroxy mask […]


Giveaway + Stark Skincare Sneak Peek!

Do you remember when we told you about Stark Foundry, the collaborative skincare lab that Stark Skincare launched to involve customers like me and you in product formulation? (So rad, right?) Stark is releasing the very first product from the Stark Foundry and it is a GEM. Dubbed the Everlasting Calm + Smooth Infusion for the triple dose of helichrysum (aka everlasting), Jess from Stark worked with six foundry collaborators (YOU) to refine this silky, soothing serum. The process for developing EV involved questionnaires, trials, skin journaling and workshopping until Stark hit the sweet spot. What they came up with […]


Could You Go Plastic-Free?

I learned about PlasticFreeJuly.org a little late in the game, but this is something one can do any time, so I’m sharing it anyway. I’m pretty well equipped to avoid single-use plastics, or so I thought, but after checking out the PFJ website and press release, I started paying closer attention – which was their point, after all. The grocery store is probably the hardest spot for me to avoid single-use plastics. Though I bring my own reusable bags, or use paper bags provided by the store for produce, there are certain packaged food and cleaning items I need/want that […]


Elizabeth’s Morning Skin and Hair Routine… Exposed!

This bare-bones DIY-centric morning routine is refreshing. Supplements play a bigger role for Elizabeth’s routine than makeup, and there are plenty of essential oils to drool over. We love it! Name: Elizabeth Age: 21 City: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Skin: Acne prone, super sensitive and picky- but fairly happy now (see below) Hair: Medium brown, mid-chest length, a bit wavy Fave star from the past: Gloria Steinem In the morning… I am not good at jumping out of bed so I usually take my time at night, instead of in the morning. I use a tongue cleaner first-thing (Dr. Tung’s is […]


Can’t Get Enough of Josh Rosebrook

A year ago, when Josh wrote his morning routine for NMDL, I was not at all familiar with his products. I started hearing how awesome his products smell, and you know I’m a tough nut to crack in the scent department, so I wasn’t about to rush into anything. Oh, those wasted months! This spring, I was lucky enough to meet Josh at the opening of Laurel Whole Plant Organics Studio in Sausalito (where you can buy many of his products). I had a lovely chat with him about his business and thoughtful use of scent, and was impressed with his dedication […]


Michelle’s Morning Skin and Hair Routine…Exposed!

Product junkies, rejoice—this reader’s routine is FULL of recommendations and thoughts on a range of healthy, non-toxic goodies. We love Michelle’s candor and enthusiasm for green beauty! Name: Michelle Age: 30…but I usually get mistaken for a college student and I sort of have a complex about that even though I’m told I’ll “appreciate it when I’m older” City: Los Angeles Weather: mid-70s, sunny, pretty perfect, I love summer! Skin: Light with a lot of pink, dry, and can become sensitive/reactive Hair: red, thick, curly underneath, straighter on top, wavy in the middle. (I can’t break my habit of heat […]


Would You Bring Your Own Products to the Salon?

I have a haircut appointment on my calendar. I go to a trendy salon that uses Oribe products. I love my salon, and I love my stylist, but every time I have my hair shampooed and styled, I smell the Oribe products in my hair through two wash cycles. It’s not actually a bad smell; it’s just strong and my palette is out of sync with synthetic fragrance. It takes my hair a minute to bounce back from the temporary high that comes from really good conventional hair products like Oribe, too—that silicone-soft, no-tangle, well-behaved hair. If it weren’t for […]


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