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Is Dirty Going Mainstream?

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Here’s a funny fact: The original title for No More Dirty Looks was actually Dirty Girls Come Clean. Can I just take a moment to give thanks that a legal conflict prevented us from writing a book that sounded like a porn flick? Bullet. Dodged.

But, just for fun, if we were to reimagine that porny title now with 20-20-hindsight, it would probably sound more like this: Clean Girls Get Dirty.

That’s because, promise as we did to each other that we would not devolve into dirty hippies as we rid our cosmetics’ bags of nasty chemicals, we did in fact end up embracing some slightly controversial cleansing (or more accurately, non-cleansing) habits.

Well, controversial no more! These days no matter where I turn, I see the mainstream media embracing dirtier beauty habits. Not shampooing has become an especially popular experiment among the beauty editor set, and when I recently wrote a post about not washing my face for MindBodyGreen, I was shocked by the response. It would appear that the people just might want to get dirty.

And speaking of MBG (are any of you as addicted as I am to this site?), I recently attended their groundbreaking revitalize event (think TED talks for the health and wellness crowd), and was pleased to learn that there’s increasing scientific muscle behind this less-washing-is-more movement.

Author Dr Robynne Chutkan, author of Gutbliss and one of my biggest brain crushes of the weekend, started her lecture by telling the 100-person audience (and millions online) that she had not showered for several days.

It turns out that exposing ourselves to a little dirt is not just good for our complexions and hair—because we’re no longer stripping those nourishing oils—but also for our guts. And of course what’s good for our guts, is also in turn great for our complexions and hair. You’ll have to read Chutkan’s book—I just ordered it—to better understand the science on this, but the woman is definitely a  genius. (And it doesn’t hurt her argument that she’s stunning too.)

For my part, years after our first experiments, I have held on dearly to some of my dirtier habits. These include skipping daily showers in favor of every second or third day (unless I’m in summer heat, in which case I’ll jump in there several times a day), almost never washing my face (making an exception only for a product that’s made from actual “dirt”) and washing my hair about 3 or 4 times a year. So far, no serious complaints from friends, family, or colleagues.

How about you? What dirty habits are in your clean routine?

 

 

 Who is joining us at A Night For Green Beauty in L.A. on August 7th? We hope to meet so many of you, and we want you to know all about the 23 brands participating in this event. Here are 5 picks from some of my favorite ANFGB brands. Whether your face, body, or mind needs a boost—these babies have you covered.

H. Gillerman Organics Stress Remedy — If you have never experienced an aromatherapy blend from this line, Stress Remedy is the place to start. Who doesn’t need a little stress relief? The scent gets its kick from lavender, vetiver, red mandarin, tangerine, sandalwood, blood orange, and clary sage. It’s pure essential oil—no carrier oil—so a little dab will do. The Stress Remedy functions as a reset button for me. I don’t know if essential oils can technically have an adaptogenic affect, but this blend behaves in that way, giving me just what I need when I need it—be it a little lift or a big chill. I read about it first from Alexandra, who was totally right about this affecting not only your energy, but the energy of those around you in the most good-witch way. My friends ask if I’m carrying it in my bag so they can snatch a swipe, and it makes perfect strangers on the train smile and talk about fresh gardens. All that and it brings me actual physical and mental peace.

 

MUN No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum — This is the kind of minimalism in natural skincare that I crave—a short and exquisite ingredient list composed of the highest quality organic oils available. No.1 Aknari is so simple, yet it makes such a difference in just a few days. The scent is both unusual and familiar, a spicy rose that lingers and warms on the skin. The Bulgarian rose oil lends its heady aroma while rejuvenating and brightening your skin tone. Coupled with prickly pear seed and argan oils, these nutrient dense oils calm inflammation, repair skin discoloration, and help inhibit those fine lines from taking shape. No.1 Aknari is the perfect viscosity—not too heavy, not too dry—and leaves a silky matte finish. It makes a gorgeous base for makeup and adds a nourishing touch to your evening routine. You will love the way your skin looks in the morning—brightened, calm, and plumped. There’s a reason No.1 Aknari has a cult following. Bye bye fine lines. Hello perfectly balanced skin.

 

Indie Lee Clearing Mask — What if I told you there’s an all-natural mask that’s a dead ringer for the Noxzema cleanser of your youth? I mean that in the most endearing way, because who didn’t have fun with all those classic products until we discovered how dirty they actually are? Indie Lee’s Clearing Mask is a thickly whipped, white cream with a camphorous scent that smells oh so clean and antiseptic. During application, it gives you that same hopeful surge of teenage excitement that screams this feels like it’s working so it must be working! Except in this case, the Clearing Mask actually does its job, making this the real deal no matter how nostalgic I feel about that dirty doppelgänger. Clogged pores are no match for ingredients like bentonite, salicylic acid, and glycolic acid. Chamomile extract, seaweed extracts, and hyaluronic acid protect and hydrate, so not only do my pores feel clean and refined, my skin also feels plumped after removal. Bonus—you can leave this mask on for ages and your face won’t crack. Application and removal are a dream.

 

Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Chai — If you were to inspect my makeup collection, you’d quickly discover I have a thing for Alima Pure eyeshadow. They have the best color selection around. The eyeshadows can be soft or super pigmented, they come in three different finishes, and they are refreshingly affordable items to splurge on. This summer I’ve found my all-time favorite color to date—Chai Luminous Shimmer. This is a rose gold that I suspect would work well on just about anyone. Other gold tones, like yellow or peachy varieties, make me feel more “made up”, whereas this rose gold highlights the eyes in a softer way. It’s fresh paired with bare, curled eyelashes and a pale peach lip-gloss for a light summer look. True to its name, Chai does shimmer, but not in that sparkle-wars way. It can be subdued or played up, depending on your mood. I’ll be rocking this at A Night For Green Beauty and well into the fall season.

 

Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin C Body Oil — Trust me when I say this is heaven in a bottle. It shares the same fruity and sweet scent as the Vitamin B Cleansing Oil, a scent that truly deserves the chance to shine in a less fleeting manner. The Vitamin C Body Oil is pure happiness and sunshine and I crave it. This is another unique, winning product from OLO. In fact, I’ve never tried anything like it! The consistency is quite thick, almost milky, and intensely moisturizing. Don’t be afraid to use this during the summer, though. It spreads and absorbs easily, especially when applied to wet or damp skin fresh out of the shower (I highly recommend this method as you barely need any product to get good coverage). What makes this body oil truly stand out is the active combination of vitamin C ester and papaya enzymes, which gently exfoliate to reveal smooth, even-toned skin. Genius! So much care goes into formulating products for our face, but our bodies need attention, too! Consistent use gives great results, so check this out if your skin is feeling dull and needs brightening.

Spill it! Have you tried these all-star products? What do you love?

 

One Love Organics is hands-down one of the best natural beauty lines out there. They manage to produce hit after hit in terms of products that give excellent results and are gorgeous to use. Plus, they are a great value! The founder, Suzanne, is a master formulator. She not only does the simple things well (have you tried the new dry shampoo?!), she creates sophisticated, problem solving skin treats that smell heavenly. One Love Organics returns to A Night For Green Beauty, so come out and meet Suzanne in L.A. on August 7th!

Name: Suzanne LeRoux

Age: 40

City: St. Simons Island, Georgia

Current Weather: Sunny, Humid

Skin: Combination, sensitive, light complexion

Hair: Straight, shoulder length, low maintenance

Favorite Star From the Past: Lauren Hutton — She is a risk-taking southern-bred natural beauty.

First Thing…

I wake up and drink a large glass of water and take my supplements. I take Thyroid Support from Gaia Herbs and Magnesium Glycinate from Metabolic Maintenance. After the birth of my children, I began to experience dry skin, fatigue, hair loss (including my eyebrows) and difficulty sleeping that was eventually attributed to a sluggish thyroid. Taking supplements has helped tremendously and I can really feel it if I miss a day. I take magnesium coupled with Hope Gillerman’s Clear Mind or True Relaxation remedies to help me stay calm yet focused throughout the day because as an entrepreneur, you never know what the day will bring.

In the Shower…

I take a really quick shower in the morning. Once I am up, I am ready to get to our manufacturing facility and begin my day. I love my job and while I enjoy performing my beauty ritual at night, my a.m. routine is as brief as possible. I wash my face and body using Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser and my pink konjac sponge.

I wash my hair only a few times per week and cutting down on washing and drying has made my hair significantly healthier. For this reason, I absolutely love hair powder and consider it a staple in my routine. I pour a little Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo Powder into my hands and rub it in my scalp. After a few minutes, I brush the powder through and then texturize with a few sprays of Yarok Feed Your Hold Hairspray.

While my skin is damp, I spray on one of our aromatic body serums (right now I am cherishing Gardenia) for moisture and I spray on a deodorant that I make for myself. I love products that spray in the a.m. because they are fast and convenient.

Makeup

I apply a few drops of Morning Glory Complexion Brightening Booster to wake up my skin and then dot W3LL People Narcissist #2 Stick Foundation wherever I need a bit of cover. I brush over just a bit of W3ll People 51 Luminous Mineral Bronzer for a bit of color and glow. I use Tarte’s eye brow pencil in taupe to help fill in my eyebrows that never fully recovered from my thyroid imbalance. For lip color, I love Corsica lip pencil and Taj Mahal shimmery gold lipstick from Primitive Makeup. I will spray our Vitamin D Time Release Moisture Mist to set my makeup and dot Skin Savior Balm around my eyes and on any rough patches to insure that my skin looks dewy and soft for the day.

From beginning to end, my makeup routine takes less than 5 minutes. I end my morning routine with a couple of drops of Lurk Perfume — I love all of the scents but right now I am using PRJ VI — the fresh petitgrain aroma fits summer perfectly!

Product Review: Laurel Whole Plant Organics

One of my favorite things about the green beauty world as I’ve experienced it is the camaraderie that you feel when you hear the story of how a brand was founded and it aligns closely with your own story of switching to natural products. This is what initially drew me to Laurel Whole Plant Organics (formerly Sequoia Beauty): Laurel, the line’s crafter, started her clean journey when a series of health issues arose. Nothing except natural medicine helped, which inspired her to go back to school to study herbs—and Laurel Whole Plant Organics was born, touting the belief that flower and herb-based skincare from biodynamic, raw, unrefined whole plant ingredients is the secret to glowing, healthy skin.

My story starts similarly, with digestive and lymphatic systems issues that no doctors could solve. So, I took matters into my own hands with lots of research, lots of label reading and lots of annoying soliloquies to friends, family, strangers and anyone within earshot.

Because our paths feel parallel, I had an affinity for Laurel and her line before I got a chance to try it. Then I got my hands on it and it was love at first sight and sniff. That’s why I’m so happy to help welcome Laurel WPO to the A Night For Green Beauty brand lineup! Now, onto the review…

I got to try a number of things from the line, but I want to regale you with my top three favorites, the ones I’ve been using religiously and the ones I’m already scared to run out of:

  1. Facial Elixir for Normal/Mature Skin—This hydrosol contains amazing, hydrating, soothing ingredients that my skin can’t get enough of. My favorite part of the blend is the helichrysum hydrosol, which my skin has been craving lately (it’s in my current face wash too, but more on that later). Helichrysum is a known anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, antiseptic and more. It’s great for healing scars, open wounds and sensitivities. Pair that with powerhouses like rose, calendula, frankincense and licorice and you’ve got a must-have elixir.
  2. Facial Mask: Brighten—I’m having a really hard time not just raving about all these products. This mask is incredible. It’s really gentle on my sensitive skin and I can see it working to repair my scars and dark spots. It has a distinct carrot smell that I find really invigorating in the morning, and it doesn’t contain any clays, which can be drying and stressful to my skin when overused. Comfrey, calendula and gotu kola boost aging skin and provide a glow.
  3. Healing Balm for Face and Body—If every skincare line has a holy-grail product, this is Laurel WPO’s. This balm is magic in a jar. It heals cuts, scrapes, blemishes, bug bites, eczema, dermatitis and more. I recently got a severe underarm rash from who-knows-what and this balm fixed it nearly overnight. Lavender, yarrow and marshmallow combine with, you guessed it, calendula,  comfrey and helichrysum for anti-inflammatory and super healing powers that are unrivaled for me in other healing balms I’ve tried. And, no beeswax!! My skin is healthier and happier.

If you’re looking for a new line to try, this should go to the top of your list. I can’t say enough about the loveliness of its blends, its scents and its performance. Get thyself to their website!

Oh, and did I mention that the first 20 people to the A Night For Green Beauty event on August 7 in LA will snag a treat from Laurel WPO? No? Well, now you know to get there on time! Have you tried Laurel’s line? What do you think of it?

 

Just one thought of H. Gillerman Organics aromatherapy blends sends us half way to bliss. The potent and powerful essential oil blends are the culmination of Hope Gillerman’s 25 years of experience helping people resolve stress related mind & body issues. H. Gillerman Organics essential oil blends are the perfect way to incorporate aromatherapy into your life. Trust us, you’ll never look back. She’s even added some essential oil infused skincare products to the mix. We are thrilled to share Hope’s makeup bag with you. You must join us at A Night For Green Beauty to meet Hope and try out her line for yourself!

Name: Hope Gillerman, founder H. Gillerman Organics, the Hope Gillerman Method

Age: 59

Resides: NYC/LA

My relationship with makeup: Life is a performance!

Waxing nostalgic and finding my way back to the future

I was a dancer/choreographer in New York City when it was the epicenter of the avant guarde dance world. All things day-glo, glitter and glam were the norm with makeup and hair composing 90% of the look. We all got our locks Manic Panic colored at Cinandre, the Fekkai of the 80’s. Movies like Liquid Sky (1982) distilled this look born on St. Marks Place:

Switching to simple

Fast forward to working with chronic pain sufferers (many were performers like myself but all sorts of people have chronic pain) in my studio in Union Square, while trying to resolve my own health issues. Physician, heal thyself! What better way to understand how to heal others. Disturbed by my skin problems, hormonal flux, and digestive issues I got results from Acupuncture, herbs, diet, and yoga. My aha! moment happened when I wised up to the true contents of toxic beauty: “it’s the stuff you do everyday that matters!” So I turned away from hopeless sampling of OTC beauty products and faced up to the true healing power of essential oils to get my stress patterns back in balance. Over-working a beauty regime with “too much is never enough” is where many of us get stuck. So I created a skin care collection for myself and for anyone whose epidermis is starved for organic, pure, simple attention. (See Neroli Face Oil, Flowers Face Balm and Flowers Lip Balm, in the photo).

On my way back

Pairing down my personal care to the basics definitely pulled me away from the performance of it all. Luckily, the inspiring and truly dedicated, beautifully honest, green stylists/beauty healers shared my purpose. Thanks to the nudges and winks from Jenna Hipp, Pati Dubroff, Katey Denno, and Jessa Blades, I found my way back to makeup, color, even nails!

Nails

A pioneer for greening up nails, Jenna inspired me to rethink. As a bodyworker, I avoid the heavy feel of polish in my touch, but Jenna’s sits light on my nails. With 5-free, it goes on easy and comes off the same. This summer’s dream collection of colors love my skin tone and her hand and cuticle cream is my go-to for prepping nails – such a fun tube to boot!

Color

Katey turned me on to color-can-be-simple: start with your lips!  Suggesting Burt’s Bees Hibiscus Tinted Lip Balm in Evening Glow for a healthy shine , and Sasha Plavsic’s Ilia Lip Crayon in “Dress You Up” which matches my lips exactly. What a wonderous, silky mat never pulling on skin or calling out for a protective balm. I can even put it on in the dark! Katey encouraged Ilia’s power-packed colors as well—taking me back to the richness of the 80’s Chanel lip colors.

Eyelashes

Pati’s #anyonecandothis #diy video on how to use the beloved Kevin Aucoin’s eyelash curler finally put it all together and I am curling again! The silicone pad doesn’t get a groove in it so it never crimps, just makes a nice curve. You can even curl post mascara.

Deodorant counts

Jessa reminds me to keep spreading the word: START WITH TOXIN FREE DEODORANT IF NOTHING ELSE. I use the ever popular Soapwalla. Next up I make my own from Themamacircle ‘s Erica Chidi (link) #DIY recipe with my essential oils of choice. I got a lot of ideas there!

Fruits for face

With my skin history, I avoid trying new things as they can bring out the red. Living my new bold, I have taken the plunge – One Love Organics summer Ltd line. A light fruit cleanser for getting the fresh back on my skin– an Apple a Day works for me. I love the rose sponge – the gentle heart shape to make sure I get the makeup and sunscreen out of my pours. Then I spritz the cooling, astringing, grapefruit Pretty Pores mist for my daily dose of C, and follow with blush, highlighter and eye color from Rose-Marie Swift’s quality line of balms – RMS Beauty. Done!

RE: Bags

Liberty of London has the battleship of makeup bags; and waterproof.  My Alison Oliver-illustrated H. Gillerman Organics Gold leather pouch is my preferred way to tote remedies for the day.

List of products:

  1. H. Gillerman Organics Flowers Face Balm
  2. H. Gillerman Organics Neroli Face Oil
  3. H. Gillerman Organics Flowers Lip Balm
  4. Jenna Hipp Essential Nail + hand cream
  5. Jenna Hipp Nail Polish.
  6. Burt’s Bees: HIBISCUS tinted Lip Gloss, shade: Evening Glow
  7. Ilia Lip Crayon , shade: Dress You UP
  8. Kevin Aucoin, Eyelash curler
  9. One Love Organics: Apple a Day Brightening Facial Cleanser,
  10. One Love Organics: Pretty Pores Complexion Toning Mist,
  11. One Love Organics: Rose clay Cleansing Sponge.
  12. RMS Beauty- Cream Eye Shadow, shades: Magnetic, Lunar, Solar and Demure Lip2Cheek ­­­­.
  13. Liberty of London Makeup Bag
  14. H Gillerman Organics Remedy pack.

What have you tried from H. Gillerman Organics? Is aromatherapy an important part of your life?