Let’s talk about clean food, shall we? Specifically, let’s talk about selecting the cleanest of clean foods. The Environmental Working Group is a research and advocacy organization whose mission is dear to our hearts. The EWG provides public information on the health issues associated with toxic chemicals in consumer products. You may know them best for their invaluable cosmetics database, Skin Deep, which indexes and scores products based on their ingredients. (If we had a dime for every time one of us looked up a product or ingredient using Skin Deep…) But did you know that the EWG has been instrumental in bringing awareness to food safety issues as well?
While the EWG believes that the health benefits of eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risk of pesticide exposure, they are doing what they can to help consumers make the best, most informed choices. Maybe you’ve heard of the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list, which highlights the foods with the highest pesticide residue. Did you know that they also publish a Clean Fifteen list? Yep, this is the list of produce with the least pesticide residue.
You know we’re obsessed with clean beauty products, but the real secret to radiant skin is what goes into your belly. Try drinking green smoothies for a week and tell us you don’t see a difference when you look in the mirror. To that end, we are happy to have resources we trust to guide us. Life is busy, and simple tools like the EWG’s Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen help us make smart decisions quickly. So if you’re not already familiar with the EWG, take a look around, bookmark their site, and print out their lists for your shopping trips. Oh and by the way, we heard that a Skin Deep mobile app will be released this fall. Amazing!
Are you familiar with the Dirty Dozen or Clean Fifteen? What resources or tools do you love that we might not know about?
Osmia Organics is giving you 20% off your purchase through Sunday. Minimum order is $25. Just use the exclusive promotion code NMDL20 and you’re on your way to treatsville.
If you are new to Osmia Organics, there’s a lot to love. Everything we’ve tried hits the mark. The line is luxurious and practical. That’s because the founder of Osmia Organics, Sarah Villafranco, isn’t just throwing together trendy natural ingredients. As an MD and a soap maker, she gets the chemistry. In fact, one of our favorite things is when Sarah geeks out about the science behind natural skin care. Pretty please read her article “Why Organic Soap” and tell us you don’t want to experience Osmia Organics for yourself.
Osmia Organics specializes in skin improving, problem solving products—the Detox Exfoliating mask, the Black Clay Facial Soap, the Spot treatment, and the Facial Calibration Serum—but don’t just take our word for it. Check out what you all had to say in the comments last week.
While you can’t go wrong with those products, the things that just slay us are the body oils, soaps, and perfumes—pretty much anything with an essential oil blend. Osmia Organics has nailed natural fragrance. The fragrances are fresh, heady, and addictive. The scent of the body oils has surprising staying power, and trust us, you don’t want it to ever fade away. At least one of us at NMDL likes to dab it on pulse points like a perfume oil.
Tell us what you love from Osmia Organics. What’s going in your shopping cart?
Gluten allergies are scary, but it’s also just plain inconvenient for those poor souls who can’t handle gluten. Just last night I had the pleasure of having dinner with Siobhan. Don’t be jelly, but it wasn’t just any dinner. It was a special treat courtesy of the lovely Tata Harper. We were invited to a farm-to-table dinner by the farm-to-bottle skincare line we love so much to celebrate the launch of the Tata Harper Limited Edition Wild Plum Resurfacing Mask… more on that mask later; for now let’s talk gluten.
While we were chatting away about the makeup I splurged on at ABC Home minutes before dinner (while in New York, gotta get my fix) this gorgeous salad appears before us featuring napa cabbage, baby beets, thumbelina carrots and crispy croutons. Shoot. Siobhan can’t take gluten! Oh but wait… this isn’t bread… it’s crispy tofu croutons! Hooray! But seriously, despite our deepest wishes, we can’t be treated to conscientious dinners by Chef Daphne Cheng everyday, and we certainly can’t count on our skincare products to be gluten free.
One of our readers recently wrote in seeking advice about gluten free products. Our very own Rebecca won’t touch anything with gluten, but you might not even know it considering the wide variety of products she’s reviewed for No More Dirty Looks. While it might take a little research, there are some pretty fabulous non-toxic beauty products for those who must also forgo gluten. We know you all will have some thoughts on this, and so did our reader Meghan. She specifically asked us to pitch her question to you! Here’s Meghan:
I have recently realized that my Celiac Disease stretches out to my skin (duh!). Whenever I use products with gluten, I get flaky and dry. It’s really difficult to find the best gluten free and healthy products out there. I have just received a sample of Intelligent Nutrients shampoo, which is exciting, but I wonder what else you or your readers recommend for the best gluten free products?
Ok, friends—go! Tell us what gluten-free products you love and we promise to tell you what we think of the new Plum Resurfacing Mask, ASAP.
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Let’s talk about smoking for a minute.
Why, pray tell, discuss such a dirty little habit on a site devoted to health? Because I happen to know that there are smokers even among the greenest, cleanest girls.
The other night I was at a party with these types of ladies. They eat macrobiotic food. They drink kale juices. They make their own granola. They avoid pthalates like the plague. But get a few organic tequilas in them, and out come the American Spirits.
Until a few months ago, I was firmly among this set. Not every day. Sometimes not even every week. But if you got me in a social setting with a cocktail in one hand, chances are there was a cig in the other.
Egad! Right? How could I preach about chemicals out of one side of my mouth while sucking in toxin-filled smoke through the other?
Well, it’s a funny thing about smoking, but it’s an incredibly tough habit to kick for anyone who has ever been hooked. And most people who start do get hooked. And once that happens it’s really hard to stop.
Obvious, sure. But it’s not something you think about when you first try it: That you will likely be stuck with the habit for the rest of your life, unless you make a really concerted effort (or several, as is the case with me) to quit. Your whole life!
Even those who do manage to stop will often admit to thinking about it often. So they’re still in a dark mental dance with the tobacco weed.
Anyways, I’m not here to tell you what you know (or maybe don’t care about if you’ve never smoked—g-bless). I’m here to tell you how a book finally helped me, not just to let it go—but to love letting it go! This book is pretty famous and I’m sure some of you have even read it. It’s called The Easy Way To Stop Smoking by Allen Carr. I won’t get into more details about Carr or the book or how it works.
What I will say is this: Even though I didn’t smoke much, I thought stopping would be hard. I thought socializing would never be the same. But as the book promised, stopping was fun and socializing is even better. I feel like I’ve been set free and ever the evangelist I wanted to spread the gospel to anyone struggling—whether you smoke a pack a day or a cigarette once a week (I’m looking at you Gwyneth).
The best part is that I don’t have those stupid voices in my head anymore. The ones that woke me up in the morning to tell me I was bad, and then later (often the same day) were all like: “Yolo! Just have a cigarette! It’s no thing.”
I feel so relieved not to hear them anymore.
We’re you ever a smoker? Or still are? Heard of Easy Way?