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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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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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5 Things To Know About Chlorophyll

Have you ever heard that parsley freshens breath? Better yet, have you ever experienced that? Parsley is rich in chlorophyll, the green pigment found in plants and algae, and chlorophyll is a natural deodorizer. (Anyone remember Clorets Gum? Chlorophyll was part of the proprietary breath freshening formula.) It’s abundant in leafy greens, but you can also find chlorophyll and its semi-synthetic derivative chlorophyllin available as a liquid supplement. I first bought liquid chlorophyll to help address my dogs’ terrible breath odor. It works, if you’re wondering. Then I started adding liquid chlorophyll drops to my water—not for breath freshening per […]

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Product Review: Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Sticks

  For many people, deodorant is the gateway to clean, nontoxic products. They hear the scary facts and go looking for an aluminum-free deodorant—something more “natural” perhaps—before even realizing that toxins and unsavory chemicals lurk in products as seemingly innocuous as shampoo or lipstick. Sigh. Deodorant is personal and for many of us, it’s imperative. It’s something we rely on day in and day out in order to remain part of polite society. No wonder there’s cause for concern when you find out what’s really in those conventional sticks you’ve been using since you hit puberty. Here’s the trouble, though—deodorant […]

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