Emily’s Morning Skin and Hair Routine… Exposed!

First of all, this reader gives her big sister credit for turning her on to NMDL and the clean cosmetics lifestyle, which totally warms our hearts. Second, Emily has a great mix of simple single-ingredient solutions (coconut oil!) and lovely, affordable products. Enjoy and look for a few questions from this green beauty.  Name: Emily Age: 20 City: Washington, D.C. Current Weather: Springy, which in this area means unpredictability in terms of temperature but consistent dampness. Skin: Fair. Right now it’s very dry, but it will be oily in the summer. I get sun burn and wind burn very easily. […]


How Do Our Favorite Foundations Compare?

Over the years since No More Dirty Looks began, our options for clean and effective skincare and makeup have gotten better and better. The makeup category has traditionally been a tough area for people making the transition from conventional, toxin-laden products to those with pure and safe ingredients. However, in our view, non-toxic makeup is banging these days, and there is just no need for that old conventional stuff. It has become standard practice for clean makeup to include ingredients that actually nourish your skin and help repair damage—just like the powerful serums and treatments we love—all while helping us look […]


Throw Some Shade, Literally, With a Sunhat

Priorities, priorities. I shake my head a little in half laughter and half disbelief when I think about how much sun I was exposed to on purpose while chasing that golden tan in my teens and 20s. It wasn’t all vanity, though. Poolside culture reigned in the part of the country where I grew up. At least one friend always had a pool, so summers were all about spreading out on a towel and talking with girlfriends for hours under the sun with the radio blasting. The damage isn’t all that bad, but what I notice now that I’m in my […]


Teresa’s Morning Skin and Hair Routine… Exposed!

We just love the verve and practicality that this reader brings to her morning routine. We can’t all be early risers, and Teresa has figured out a system that accounts for that without sacrificing the important stuff. We know you’ll appreciate the rich detail. Name: Teresa Age: 31 City: Washington, DC Skin: Pale, freckly, combination Hair: Red, wavy-ish Favorite Star From the Past: Katharine Hepburn—a woman who would’ve been ahead of her time today… the fact that she was as independent and sassy as she was in the mid 20th century is stunning. It’s important to say up front that I am […]


New Products From One Love Organics!

Remember when we told you that One Love Organics was in the process of getting their organic certification from ECOCERT and launching new products? It seemed like we’d have to wait forever for their new goodies when we brought that story to you back in November, but here were are—finally—with some gorgeous new One Love Organics products, just in time for summer. The new babes on the block include the Vitamin C Body Polish, the Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum and the Coconut + Salt Mineral Body Lotion. I’m calling this new lineup the ultimate summer skin trio. It’s […]


5 Things To Love About Rose Geranium Oil

Rose geranium oil is one of the most pleasing and useful essential oils on record—according to moi—but I think you’ll agree when you experience it, too. It has a cooling and uplifting scent that typically evokes a rosy, slightly citrus vibe, often with a faint mint undertone. It’s sweet, floral and a little herbaceous. Rose geranium has a truly feminine scent—rumor has it that Marilyn Monroe was a fan—and it has properties that make it specifically helpful for women. There are many varieties of geranium oil, but rose geranium the most floral and feminine. Even though it does wonders for a perfume […]


Alessandra’s Morning Skin and Hair Routine… Exposed!

Want to nab some ideas for new products to try? Look no further. Alessandra has you covered. Check out this sweet routine for the details… Name: Alessandra (alessandramarie.com) Age: 27 City: New Haven, CT Skin: Combination; a little sensitive; pesky spots now and then Hair: Naturally blonde, fine but a whole lot of it. Shoulder length lob. Favorite Star From the Past: Olivia Newton-John My morning routine kind of begins with some prep at night so that I’m starting with a clean palette in the morning. I remove my makeup with a cleanser I was inspired to make from NMDL […]


Do You Deep Condition?

Among the strange and regrettable things that I did to my hair between the ages of, oh, 12 and 30, were semi-regular VO5 Hot Oil Treatments. Who among you remembers this deep-conditioning concoction? Just for laughs, I pulled up the ingredient list (which probably hasn’t changed in 30 years)—and Oof… Water (Aqua), Cocotrimonium Chloride, Acetamide MEA, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEI 1750, Oleth 20, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Polyquaternium 10, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Vegetable Amino Acids, Lysine Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Phytantriol, Polysorbate 20, Keratin Amino Acid, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, PG Propylsilanetriol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin […]


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