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Help! A Reader Wants A Long-Lasting Nontoxic Manicure!

Have you found a clean nail polish that really lasts? And how clean is clean enough for you? We know that at a minimum, nail polishes that are 3-free—meaning no formaldehyde, toluene or dibutyl phthalate—offer a higher level of protection from toxins, but now there are polishes that are 5 free and even 9 free. We love seeing cleaner options, but let’s be real—the polishes we’ve tried do not have the staying power of something like conventional gel or shellac manicures. One of our readers wants to know if a long-lasting nontoxic manicure actually exists (us, too). Here’s what Tracy says… […]

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Ingredient Love: Mango Butter

As a dry-skinned gal by nature, I love body butters.  Sometimes DIY is the way to go since I’m sensitive and picky about scent.  I usually work with shea, which I still love, but picked up some mango butter a while ago on a whim.  And that turned out to be a fabulous idea. Don’t dismay if you aren’t into DIY.  You can use mango butter straight, and it’s pretty easy to find a jar online or in your local spot for healthy skin products.  The butter comes from the seed of the mango, and seems to vary in consistency, […]

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Help! A Reader Needs Gentle Skincare Options for Her Pre-teen!

It delights us to hear from our readers, and even more so that many of you write in with requests to crowd-source your skincare dilemmas, because as we all know—the NMDL comment section is where it’s at! We love this question from Carla. The idea of passing on green beauty habits and knowledge to younger generations makes our hearts explode with excitement. This is how we make change in the beauty industry. Here’s what Carla says… “I have an almost 9-year-old daughter and recently she has started getting the occasional pimple. I’m realizing it’s time to introduce her to a […]

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Masks That Add Moisture? Try Blissoma Lavish Loving Recovery!

  We got the following question from a reader named Carly and just had to weigh in… I’m wondering if you have some recommendations for face masks that emphasize adding moisture to the skin. I find that most of the lovely green masks on the market focus on detoxing (which I love), but I’m hoping to beat the dryness associated with the upcoming change in seasons. I would so appreciate any of your suggestions. Why yes, Carly, we do! Masks are often pegged as the kind of treatment you turn to when blemishes erupt or skin gets congested—and oh boy do […]

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Help! A Reader Needs Products for Her Fine Curls

We have written about managing curls over the years, but let’s face it—curls come in many shapes and textures, and what works well for someone like Alexandra (dense curls, tons of hair) may not work well for someone with fine curls. We’re pitching this reader question to you. Help us out? “I’ve been combing through the archives trying find some recommendations for shampoo/conditioner/product for fine/medium textured curly hair. I have a decent amount of hair that is prone to dryness and frizz. Volume formulas leave my hair dry and frizzy even with tons of argan oil afterwards and moisturizing shampoos/conditioners […]

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