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Product Review: NEW Kahina Giving Beauty Eye Serum With Prickly Pear Seed Oil

Prickly pear seed oil—it’s the newest hot ingredient, popping up in everything from your skincare to your acai bowl (yep, you can drink prickly pear juice). And while a few of our favorite brands have already been using it for years (other common names for this oil include Barbary fig seed oil, Indian fig seed oil and prickly cactus seed oil), I have to say that it’s such a powerhouse ingredient that I’m excited and fascinated to see it appearing in more and more products. The oil comes from the desert, from the prickly pear cactus. It used to be only […]

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What to Look For In A Natural Bug Repellant + Zoe Organics Insect Repellent Review

While sunscreen might be the most sought-after summer skincare, those of us with sensitive skin (or with kiddos whose sensitive skin we’re taking care of!) can’t forget about bug repellant. Most bug sprays sold have all sorts of petroluem-based ingredients and irritants that we should definitely avoid, because those potentially hazardous ingredients have a way of making themselves at home by getting absorbed into our bloodstream. Deet (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide, which you’ve probably heard of, is a good example of this: It’s very harmful, especially for small children—neurological damage, and severe seizures have been reported as side effects of using the blend improperly, […]

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4 Natural Deodorants To Keep You Stink-Free This Summer

I’ve talked about this before on NMDL and from countless conversations I’ve had and other blogs I’ve read, I’ve deduced that natural deodorant is one of the trickiest things to switch over when you’re going clean. The catch is that it’s one of the most important, right? Aluminum in our anti-perspirants has been linked to cancer, especially breast cancer, for the fact that it’s been classified as an endocrine disrupter and can live in your skin’s tissue for far longer than that last swipe of Dove or Secret 48-Hour Protection. But in a sea of natural deodorants, which ones actually stand […]

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Product Review: Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28

  Last summer I had little patience for sunscreen. I barely wore it, opting for sunhats most of the time. After a number of years searching for “the one”, I still hadn’t found it. Vive Sana was the first mineral sunscreen I bought years ago (remember that NMDL fav?), and it was far too rich and never absorbed properly—a trend I would come to recognize as all too common among natural sunscreens. Eventually I found a few that worked well only to see them reformulated for the worse not long after discovering them. Back to square one. I had a […]

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Product Review: The Pele Mask by Mahalo

All too often detoxifying masks do little but absorb too much moisture from your skin. Clay based formulas in particular can lack imagination and sophistication, but that’s hardly the story with The Pele Mask from Mahalo. Bioactive and concentrated yet gentle and non-irritating, The Pele Mask really does what it claims—gives you a revitalized glow. Named for the Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele, the mask features volcanic ash clay to draw toxins from the skin and clear the pores. When volcanic ash clay is mixed with water, it swells and acts like a porous sponge and absorbs toxins through electrical attraction, bringing fresh […]

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