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?

 

We’ve been having loads of fun sharing Makeup Bags and Morning Routines from the brand founders participating in A Night For Green Beauty. If you love to nerd out on natural ingredients and skincare, there’s no better behind-the-scenes foray. That’s because the people who create these products are real-life formulators, dreamers, and in many cases healers. Think about it! Haven’t you experienced a healing moment from something in your natural skincare arsenal? And when you do, isn’t it sweet relief? All that and glamorous to boot—we’ve come a long way, green beauty.

While we’re stoked to introduce you to these founders via our Makeup Bag and Morning Routine series, we are eager to share why, from our perspective, we love these brands. So here it goes, the first in a series of #ANFGB all-star product round-ups.

Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator — This gorgeous line is packed with active herbal extracts and botanical goodness. The Active Enzyme Exfoliator is a star example of Josh Rosebrook’s formulating prowess. It is fresh and herbaceous, smelling of fennel and honey. The organic honey base is blended with finely crushed walnut shells (no scratchy bits to speak of), a host of herbal extracts, and papaya enzymes. The fruit enzymes take the exfoliator to the next level by aiding in the gentle turnover of skin cells, leaving a clean slate, so to speak. I use this exfoliator like a mask and smear it on at least 15 minutes before I shower. I get the aromatherapy benefits of the lemon, cypress, and fennel essential oils while the enzymes and herbs work their magic. Then I gently massage it around my face and rinse.  It leaves my skin polished and hydrated, and my senses invigorated. For my Pitta skin type it’s gentle enough for daily use.

 

Odacité Wild Carrot Serum Concentrate — If I learned anything from my time in France, it’s that the French have a special reverence for carrots. Composed of wild carrot oil that has been hand-pressed in a small French village using the same traditional methods for over 200 years, you’ll be reeling from the glow Odacité’s Wild Carrot Serum gives, if not the soft earthy scent. This is one of the 18 concentrates in Odacité’s Pure Elements Collection. These skin boosters are designed to be mixed into your regular moisturizer for an added dose of whatever your skin needs. Skincare cocktail anyone?  Carrot oil is an incredible skin rejuvenator (thank you beta carotene and vitamin A), so it’s especially good for damaged or aging skin. The serum blends easily with other creams and oils, and it’s lovely all by itself, too. It really sinks into skin and is potent but gentle, a great example of the power of high quality botanical ingredients. This is simple and effective skincare at its finest, and I can’t wait to try more of Odacité’s Pure Elements Collection. I’m hoping they bring all 18 to ANFGB!

 

Province Apothecary No. 19 Charm Parfum Botanique — When I learned that Province Apothecary was participating in ANFGB, I began to look into the line and was thrilled to find that in addition to skincare, they create perfume and aromatherapy oils. As an introduction, I received samples of Province Apothecary’s 6 perfume oils. While I loved all of them, I was absolutely smitten with No. 19 and ordered a full-size in a hurry. I’ve been on a bit of a geranium kick, and this roll-on perfume contains two types — South African Rose Geranium and Egyptian Geranium — along with French Lavender. The essential oils are blended in a base of organic jojoba oil, which gives this an extra long shelf life. The aroma is true to its description — soft, efflorescent, and romantic. The scent stays close to your body and is long lasting but never cloying. A little sweet, rosy, and floral with a slight green note, No. 19 leaves me feeling relaxed, balanced, and oh so feminine. The true test? While sitting around a table with some lady friends, I passed around No. 19 (my friends are routinely subjected to whatever natural perfumes are in my purse) and every one of them swooned and sampled it on their own skin.

Tell us what you love from Josh Rosebrook, Odacité, and Province Apothecary! We love hearing your recommendations, too.

We love being introduced to new natural skincare lines, which is one reason A Night For Green Beauty is so much fun! Say hello to Josh Rosebrook, founder of the eponymous skin and hair care line. Believe us when we say there is so much to love about this line, from the herbal infused ingredients to the gentle scents. Items like the Hydrating Accelerator and the Active Enzyme Exfoliator are becoming fast favorites, and according to Josh’s routine we have more to look forward to!

Name: Josh Rosebrook

Age: 39

Current City: Los Angeles and Palm Springs

Current Weather: Sunny and warm

Skin: Medium Skin Tone

Hair: Light Brown Hair

Favorite Star: Madonna

The first thing I do every single morning when I realize I’m awake is start a stream of appreciative thoughts. I start appreciating everything from my soft beautiful bed and sheets to my health, abundance and family, my garden, the sun, the earth, the plants and the animals, whatever comes to my mind and heart. Focusing on appreciation and positive aspects truly sets the best feeling tone vibrationally for my day.

Next, I prop myself up in bed with my pillows and begin my morning meditation. I usually meditate for about 30 minutes, clearing, balancing my energy, aligning with the highest vibration for the day and set my intentions for everything I am creating.

Next I drink a big glass of water and take an herbal tincture of chickweed, burdock, reishi mushroom, calendula, dandelion, ginko leaf and a few others that I rotate in and out according to what I need. I do yoga almost every morning. Udaya.com. Rudy Mettia is my favorite instructor. He’s absolutely incredible. I also take classes from him weekly at Santa Monica Power Yoga.

After yoga practice, I shower or bathe, depending on my mood. I always add epson salt and rosemary essential oil to my bath. When I shampoo, I leave it in for 2-4 minutes while I body cleanse with a coconut-rosemary moisturizing bar I make. Leaving my shampoo on the scalp for a few minutes allows the herbs to stimulate circulation in the cells of the follicle, where truly healthy hair begins. I oil cleanse my face with different balms I am experimenting with or working on or I use an oil and herbal extract combo I’ve created. Sometimes I need water cleansing and I delight in using my Moisturizing Cleanser for that. I always moisturize my whole body immediately after bathing with a body oil-cream I developed and I’m continuing to perfect or a balm or oil I am working on.

I put a few drops of my scalp and follicle hair growth treatment on my scalp and massage it in. This product will be available soon hopefully; it is truly a miracle and is incredible for healthy hair growth. While all of this is happening, I take a tablespoon of coconut oil and oil cleanse orally, swishing to detoxify and nourish. I love oral care. I use my own toothpaste made with fennel, peppermint, neem and a host of other herbal extracts and minerals that promote gum and teeth health.

Twice a week I exfoliate using my Active Enzyme Exfoliator, and while it masks on my face I prep the vegetables for my green smoothie and begin preparing it. I make a green smoothie everyday. My usual consists of organic spinach, kale, cucumber, celery, cilantro, parsely, ginger, lemon, apple and a bit of spirulina and chia seeds.

After exfoliating, I spritz my face with the Hydrating Accelerator. The infused herbal antioxidant and anti inflammatory aloe water delivers water and vitamins into my skin. Next, I trap the hydration and nutrients in my skin with my Deep Hydrating Serum. The Deep Hydrating serum is a synergizing herbal extract and oil formula that travels deep on the “transporter” Hydrating Accelerator, hydrating and moisturizing fully.

I use my Eye Area Formula, which is a fast absorbing, active eye oil with herbal synergy. I live for this stuff, it took a long time to perfect and it will be available in the fall. Next I apply my Nutrient Day Cream with SPF, it instantly firms and brightens while moisturizing and protecting. If it’s winter, I wear a layer of balm over everything to lock in hydration and protect even further.

I use just a bit of RMS “un” cover-up under my eyes. I am genetically predisposed to having deep-set eyes that can look a little dark purple in the corners and this stuff is a miracle. I love Rose-Marie, her philosophy and her deep commitment to purity. RMS products are truly sensational.

That is pretty much my usual routine. It sounds like so much written out, but I have always been a skin and hair care addict and that is never going to change! Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to share my routine and thanks to everyone for taking the time to read this.

What have you tried from Josh Rosebrook? What do you love?

ANFGB VIP Ticket Contest

Friends, green beauty bloggers, green beauty lovers, et al., we have incredibly exciting news:  A Night For Green Beauty just announced they’re giving away TWO tickets to the pre-event VIP Cocktail Party!

Until now, the VIP event has been kept hush-hush. It’s invite-only and features an exclusive chance to chat it up with brand founders (amazing!). What else does the VIP hour entail?

Do we have you excited yet? Not quite? Well, how about we tell you what you win, besides the two tickets to this swanky pre-party?

  • 2 tickets (one for the winner and one for a buddy) to the VIP private reception at the W from 5-6 p.m., which includes founders from all 23 #ANFGB brands, beauty editors and special (!) guests.

  • A special tote bag full of green beauty products

  • A $50 Pressed Juicery gift card

  • La Bella Figura’s new Golden Corrective Highlighter in Brazilian Denise

  • A complementary one-on-one makeover with celebrity makeup artist Meghan Porchen

Now you’re excited; I can tell.

How do you enter to win this amazing prize? Answer this question with a photo posted to your Instagram, Facebook or Twitter: How do you prepare for a special night out with green beauty products?

Other, extremely important deets:

  • You must tag #ANFGB in the post in order to be entered (winner will be randomly selected through a hashtag search).
  • You can enter more than once.
  • Feel free to tag the brands you use in your posts to extra oomph.
  • Contest ends Thursday, July 31 and a winner will be selected that evening.

And don’t forget to follow A Night For Green Beauty on Instagram for all the behind-the-scenes fun. We wish you luck and we hope to see you at #ANFGB (feel free to tag Susannah and myself in your pics so we can share in the loveliness)!

Want to know something on our bucket list? Spending an afternoon blending essential oils with the perfumer behind LURK, Anne Nelson Sanford. LURK is one of those little luxuries that you never regret. Ultimately chic and collectable, we want everyone of these luscious, hand-crafted scents.

You can try LURK fragrance for yourself if you nab the last Deluxe Beauty Box from Goodebox + A Night For Green Beauty. Box #4 goes on sale today, and all proceeds benefit Baby2Baby.

Name: Anne Nelson Sanford… Perfumer, Natural Product Developer, Mama ;)

Age: 41

City: Sag Harbor, NY

Current Weather: 72 degrees, sunny, breezy, beautiful ;)

Skin: combination, break out prone, sometimes a bit frustrating

Hair: Shoulder length, curly (getting curlier as I get older), ashy dark blond and getting grey

Favorite Star from the Past: Kim Novak

How my day starts…

I wake up between 6:00 & 7:00 every morning and like a bit of quiet time before I get into full gear.  I would consider myself a morning person as I love the beginning of the day and I also really love to be able to grab just a few minutes to myself to get centered and start my day before my son wakes up. I shower at night before bed as I like to air dry my hair to prevent damage and it’s easier for me to get through my morning with a 4 year old without the added shower time. My go to shampoo is Josh Rosebrook Deep Nourishing Shampoo and I can’t live without John Masters Organics Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner.

Popping into my son’s room to quietly check on him and making coffee are the first 2 things that I do every day. I also drink warm lemon water while my coffee brews to get my system going and to start hydrating. I love coffee and have “given up” trying to give it up so I take extra care to get a lot of water into my system.

Next I wash my face. It wakes me up and makes me feel refreshed. I literally don’t feel awake until I get cleanser on my face. I have a bit of a skincare addiction so I have several cleansing products that I rotate and that I love. To name a few: Meow Meow Tweet Facial Cleanser, Josh Rosebrook Moisturizing Cleanser and Dr. Alkaitis Organic Purifying Facial Cleanser. I also always use a Clarisonic as I love the results and it helps with my breakout prone skin. Next I use either a toner or a floral water and my faves are Herbivore Botanicals Balance Facial Toning Elixir or Marie Veronique Pacific Mist. I then apply a quick thin layer of treatment body oil as from the neck down I am super dry, I love May Lindstrom The Good Stuff Radiance Oil. It absorbs quickly and I have noticed a huge difference in my skin since I started using it.

I’m in the habit of leaving my face bare for a bit before I finish my product routine. I start breakfast for my son and I then I wake him up and the fun begins. We eat breakfast together and then we get dressed side by side which can be pretty hilarious as he seems to have a budding interest in fashion and likes to play with accessories. I finish my skin/hair routine while he plays or watches a bit of TV.

My dry hair requires a ton of extra love and I swear by John Masters Dry Hair Nourishment & Defrizzer as well as Aster + Bay Hair Oil. Both are light, incredibly effective and never weigh my hair down. They also do a killer job of keeping frizz at bay. I only wash my hair twice a week so a lightweight oil is key.

I prefer serums and oils (especially in the summer) so I wrap up my skincare routine with an antioxidant serum. I can’t live without La Bella Figura’s Modern Radiance Concentrate and I follow that up with an oil geared toward my skin type. I use Odacité Black Cumin/Cajeput if I’m breaking out or One Love Organics Morning Glory if I’m clear and in need of some brightening (in the winter months I need a bit more moisture and my go to crème to layer on top of the oil is Hana Organics Renew Creme) and I follow that up with Suntegrity 5 in 1 Sunscreen on my face, neck, decollete and arms.

My makeup routine is super quick for every day. Once the sunscreen has settled into my skin I apply Vapour Organics Stratus Soft Focus Instant Perfecter and then either Vapor Organics Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation or Kjaer Weiss Foundation. I wrap it up with Meow Meow Tweet lip balm (this stuff is the best I’ve ever used) and Vapour Organics Aura Multi-Use Stain in Lure on both cheeks and lips. Its an amazing wash of color that helps me looks alive.

And that’s it, I feel really lucky to have found so many amazing products that help me manage my skin and help look and feel as good as I can. I also love getting the opportunity to share what works for me and to give a much-deserved shout out to all of these amazing brands and products… xxoo

Who has tried LURK natural perfumes? What’s your favorite?