Skin Emergency: How To Deal With Inflammation

I have a couple of go-to products when my skin needs something super soothing. I used them individually for some time, until one day I had a skin emergency that compelled me to try them together. I was sitting at my computer, sipping tea and probably reading something on NMDL, when I felt a little itch and scratched my neck. A moment later the urge to scratch came back stronger, and quite suddenly all over my neck and face. I felt raised areas too. As a sensitive sort anyway, I knew this was big trouble. I looked in the mirror […]


A Night For Green Beauty, Chicago Style

   A Night For Green Beauty takes place this Thursday night from 6-10 pm in Chicago. This is the last event of its kind, so please join us if you can! Nicolle and I will be there, though this year we’ve passed our ambassador flower crowns on to the fine ladies behind several excellent green beauty blogs. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature 34 clean beauty brands, including some of our long-time favorites like Kahina and May Lindstrom as well as many newcomers like Bottega Organica and Axiology Beauty Speaking of newcomers, Florescent — my […]


Anna’s Morning Skin & Hair Routine… Exposed!

This fresh Morning Routine comes to us from a new mom in California. We love how child birth has inspired so many women to investigate what’s in their products and make a change for the better. Name: Anna Age: 29 City: Redwood City, Northern California Skin: Oily, but since having my son 16 months ago I am prone to more dry patches. Hair: Thick, long, and often oily at the roots. Favorite Star From the Past: She’s not from the distant past, but I think Juliette Binoche is just lovely. A makeup lover since my teenage years, I went green […]


Tata Harper’s New Honey Blossom Mask + Birthday Bash

  The Resurfacing Mask is one of my favorite Tata Harper products, so I always look forward to the limited edition versions. They often feature delicious, local and seasonal ingredients like apricot or plum that bring even more juicy goodness to the original formula. The new Limited Edition Honey Blossom Resurfacing Mask has just been released, and this is my favorite one to date. To say we love honey around NMDL would be an understatement. We worship honey for its humectant, antibacterial and healing properties. A little background on the Resurfacing Mask for the uninitiated… this is a gentle beta-hydroxy mask […]


Giveaway + Stark Skincare Sneak Peek!

Do you remember when we told you about Stark Foundry, the collaborative skincare lab that Stark Skincare launched to involve customers like me and you in product formulation? (So rad, right?) Stark is releasing the very first product from the Stark Foundry and it is a GEM. Dubbed the Everlasting Calm + Smooth Infusion for the triple dose of helichrysum (aka everlasting), Jess from Stark worked with six foundry collaborators (YOU) to refine this silky, soothing serum. The process for developing EV involved questionnaires, trials, skin journaling and workshopping until Stark hit the sweet spot. What they came up with […]


Could You Go Plastic-Free?

I learned about PlasticFreeJuly.org a little late in the game, but this is something one can do any time, so I’m sharing it anyway. I’m pretty well equipped to avoid single-use plastics, or so I thought, but after checking out the PFJ website and press release, I started paying closer attention – which was their point, after all. The grocery store is probably the hardest spot for me to avoid single-use plastics. Though I bring my own reusable bags, or use paper bags provided by the store for produce, there are certain packaged food and cleaning items I need/want that […]


Elizabeth’s Morning Skin and Hair Routine… Exposed!

This bare-bones DIY-centric morning routine is refreshing. Supplements play a bigger role for Elizabeth’s routine than makeup, and there are plenty of essential oils to drool over. We love it! Name: Elizabeth Age: 21 City: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Skin: Acne prone, super sensitive and picky- but fairly happy now (see below) Hair: Medium brown, mid-chest length, a bit wavy Fave star from the past: Gloria Steinem In the morning… I am not good at jumping out of bed so I usually take my time at night, instead of in the morning. I use a tongue cleaner first-thing (Dr. Tung’s is […]


Can’t Get Enough of Josh Rosebrook

A year ago, when Josh wrote his morning routine for NMDL, I was not at all familiar with his products. I started hearing how awesome his products smell, and you know I’m a tough nut to crack in the scent department, so I wasn’t about to rush into anything. Oh, those wasted months! This spring, I was lucky enough to meet Josh at the opening of Laurel Whole Plant Organics Studio in Sausalito (where you can buy many of his products). I had a lovely chat with him about his business and thoughtful use of scent, and was impressed with his dedication […]


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