Do you remember when Siobhan introduced us to Skincando back in the early days? Skincando remains a player in our world of clean skincare companies we love, and we’re happy to put them back in the spotlight with a special Friday Deal. Here’s the deal:

Skincando is offering 20% off and free shipping through Wednesday, August 27th. No code necessary, just shop and go!

You know it’s time to do a Friday Deal when the moment you mention a company Alexandra starts gushing about how their balm is a daily staple. We asked her to share what makes Skincando the jam.

So, I’ve been meaning to write a review of the Combat Balm for several months. But because the deal is happening RIGHT NOW, I’m going to try to summarize my love for this product. I’m on my third jar and I use it diligently every single day. I am a balm fanatic, as some of you know: There was a time when I would have squandered all my savings on Tammy Fender’s balm, and I will happily use a quality lip balm right on my face. This though, has been my one and only, and my hands-down favorite. It goes on a little thick (which I like) and leaves skin looking dewy NOT greasy. I mix it with my foundation for the most glorious, photoshopped-face effects. Everything about this balm makes me happy, even the fact that it contains fish oil (sorry, to the strict vegan crew) because I’m pretty sure that’s why it nourishes my skin in a way I’ve never experienced. Don’t be confused by the tough-guy, swiss-army knife packaging! (I was—and had a sample that sat for some time in my cupboard before I tried it.) This is a sophisticated clean product at a super fair price—and a downright DEAL today. Happy balming! - Alexandra

Got it? Get it. Also, watch this lovely video about Skincando over on the American Made site. We love seeing artisans at their craft.

Have you tried Skincando? Tell us what you think!

 

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Nail polish has always been a hot topic of convo in the green beauty world: It’s pretty, and some of us have had a really hard time giving it up, especially when you consider the awesome pampering feeling you get from a mani-pedi after a stressful week or before a big event. Who wants to give that up?

But even some of the five- or seven-free brands we consider safer to use than conventional polish still contain chemicals that you don’t want near your skin if you’re, say, growing a baby inside of you (or if you’re a complete purist—more power to you!).

That’s why Conscious Beauty is teaming up with Scotch Naturals and Organic Bath Co. to give you an incredible Friday Deal. No longer do you have to worry about interacting with potentially dicey ingredients in the foot scrubs, base coats, colors and top coats when you want to get your nails done professionally. Instead, bring a clean, green Mani-Pedi Set with you and be sure you’re getting a toxin-free experience.

Scotch is one of the cleanest brands on the nail-polish market. The line is water-based, with absolutely no chemical solvents, so you can count on it being safer than three-, five- or seven-free brands in terms of purity. Says Merlyn Ellis, co-founder of Conscious Beauty, “I like to recommend this product for the purist, children or expecting mothers.”

If you’ve been around the green beauty world for a while, you know that just because you give up toxins doesn’t mean you have to give up quality products. Thankfully, Scotch Naturals falls into that category of knocking your socks off (in a good way!), sans harmful chemicals.

Pair that with Organic Bath Co.’s organic sugar scrub body and you have a winning team of products to tote to your next mani-pedi. The scrub is lovely and luxe and comes in a few lovely scents (my favorite is RefreshMINT, an invigorating essential oils blend that wakes you up, and gives you a bit of a do-over after a not-so-great day). Plus, they’ve got fair-trade ingredients like sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil and sunflower oil. Yum-my.

Convinced you need to add these products to your arsenal? Here’s the deal: From now until Sunday at midnight PT, get 20% off a BYOB Mani-Pedi Set from Conscious Beauty, Scotch Naturals and Organic Bath Co. The set, usually priced at $70, includes one Sticky Base Coat, your choice of one color and one On the Rocks top coat from Scotch Naturals, plus your choice of one sugar scrub (RefreshMINT, Stress Less or Zesty Morning scents) from Organic Bath Co. Oh, and there’s that cute little reusable bamboo spoon as a bonus. Just use code NMDL at the checkout.

ScotchNaturalsOnce you snag your very own BYOB kit and get ready to bring it to your next profesh mani or pedi appointment, prep yourself for a convo with your manicurist about how to use these cleaner products. Because Scotch is water-based, application of the line requires a few additional steps that you wouldn’t implement with traditional spa brands. To make sure you get a great experience, we’ve compiled a few tips + tricks for a long-lasting mani-pedi. Share these with your manicurist and you’ll be golden.

Application

  • Make sure nail bed is completely clean and free of cuticle oils or alcohol that are often applied in salons prior to application of the unique, sticky base coat. This will ensure a proper base.
  • Scotch calls it the “Sticky Base Coat” for a reason: It doesn’t dry or feel like most base coats. Trust us though—it works and it’s a key part of the system.
  • Wait about two minutes at minimum in between each coat. This allows the polish to set a little before each application.
  • You may need three coats to achieve a completely even look. Err on the side of more coats, as once you apply the base coat, the polish sets even more.
  • After your mani, avoid long stints of contact with water such as washing the dishes, or bathing. Says Merlyn, “I usually do my mani/pedi in the late afternoon or evening and it will stay for around six or seven days beautifully!”

Removal

  • Due to the awesomeness of the Sticky Base Coat, removal can be a challenge. But rest assured that your long-lasting mani or pedi will come off with the proper steps.
  • Soak your nails in water (or better yet, plan on removing the polish after a nice shower).
  • Directly spray the nail beds twice with the Scotch Naturals Soy Remover.
  • Let the remover sit on the nails for a couple of minutes—you’ll start to see the polish lift off the nail a bit.
  • Using a paper towel or something that has a little bit of traction, wipe the polish off your nails (it should come off in clumps and sheets, like it’s just peeling from the base).

Have you tried Scotch Naturals or Organic Bath Co.? Share your favorite color of scent—or which one you’ll snag with this awesome Friday Deal!

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Happy Friday Deal From Citrine Natural Beauty!

Look at that gorgeous store. Imagine walking into a brick and mortar shop to find all your favorite natural skincare and makeup lines. Imagine! (Ok some of you lucky birds don’t have to imagine, but until the rest of the country catches up, we can dream…) This is a snapshot of Citrine Natural Beauty Bar in Phoenix, Arizona. While some of you readers are probably lucky enough to have this real-life shop at your disposal, the founder of Citrine wants the rest of you to know you can shop at their online store, and she’s offering you a sweet Friday Deal as a little get-to-know-Citrine perk.

So here’s the deal: Citrine is offering 15% off your purchase through August 1st! Just use the code NMDL at checkout.

We’ve been getting to know a little bit about Citrine Natural Beauty, and we thought it would be great to have the founder, Melissa, tell you in her own words what her business stands for and why she loves green beauty:

Citrine Natural Beauty Bar is the premier destination for natural and organic products, it is home to the most luxe brands in the industry; such as Tata Harper, May Lindstrom, Kjaer Weis, RMS, jane iredale, and many more. Citrine Natural Beauty Bar is where natural and glamour collide in the ultimate supernova of green beauty shopping experiences.

There you have it—a fab Friday Deal with a fun new green beauty retailer. Let us know what catches your eye in the shop!

UPDATE: Extended Through Friday, May 30th! Enjoy this promotion all week!

We first bumped into CV Skinlabs at the last Night For Green Beauty and boy did this clean, ingredient conscious line intrigue us. This gentle and healing line was created for cancer and chemotherapy patients whose skin is at its most sensitive and vulnerable. With anti-inflammatory and soothing ingredients like turmeric, reishi mushroom, aloe, beta-glucan, and St. John’s wort, CV Skinlabs line is ideal for skin conditions that need calming.

Check out the deets on the Tri-Rescue Complex, a unique blend of healing ingredients featured in every CV Skinlabs product. Got eczema? Been shaving, waxing, and laser-ing in anticipation of summer? Your irritated skin is going to love CV Skinlabs. Just ask Nicolle, who fell for their Body Repair Lotion and Rescue + Relief Spray.

CV Skinlabs is giving you 15% off your order! Just enter the code fridaydeal at checkout. Offer expires May 26, so shop before the weekend is over! Shipping is restricted to the U.S.

Word to the wise: the Restorative Skin Balm fits nicely into a clutch. The Calming Moisture for Face, Neck, and Scalp is another winner—super hydrating yet lightweight and silky.

Have you tried CV Skinlabs? What do you love? Tell us your thoughts!

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Happy Friday Deal From Kahina Giving Beauty!

KG017 Night Cream Argan Nuts and Grapes

We have so much love for Kahina, and we want to share it with you! This new Night Cream will treat your skin right, and we hope you’ll give it a shot with this once-in-a-blue-moon special discount. Here’s the deal:

Kahina is offering you 15% off the Night Cream + free shipping + a free Kahina cosmetic case! Just use the code NC15 at checkout. The Deal ends Monday night (at midnight!).

There’s much to love about the Night Cream, like how pampering yet practical it is. If you want to know more about the Night Cream, check out Susannah’s review. The Kahina zippered cosmetic case is hand woven in Morocco from aloe vera cactus fiber. Isn’t it gorgeous?

Are you planning to try out Kahina’s Night Cream? What else do you love from the line?