We were SO touched when we received the deal details this week from NuboNau. Those sneaky ladies had this one planned for a while but they kept it under wraps until yesterday. As you probably got, they’re offering you a free copy of the book—with a ridiculously low minimum order—because, in their words: “We love your book and think everyone should have it, read it and read it again and if people already have it, then they can offer it to their friends and families!”

Be still our hearts. Writing and trying to sell books is no easy business, and we are deeply grateful for the support.

So, the too-good-to-be-true deal is this: Buy anything you want on the NuboNau site, and as long as you spend a big $17.76 you get a free copy of No More Dirty Looks (valued at $14.95). We don’t need to explain the math here: It won’t make a whole lot of sense! Just enter the promo code NMDL (all upper case) once you’ve exceeded the minimum. That’s all folks!

Important deal details: The deal is valid for one week, or as long as stocks last. It’s so good that NuboNau is only offering one deal per person and you can’t combine offers. If you prefer the phone, want advice, or are ordering from Canada, just call: 1 877NuboNau.

To enjoy the offer:

-       Add items to the basket: the book + other items readers want to discover

-       In the basket, (right – Above the subtotal) enter the promo code: NMDL and it will automatically change the Total price.

***** NOTE: Please note that to enjoy the offer, you have to add the Book in the basket!

(To find the Book easily on NuboNau website – just enter ‘book’ in the search box on the top right of the website)

Also, new customers will receive 2000 Welcome Points with their first order if your order is over $25 (worth $20) and returning customers can of course redeem previous points. If you spend over $95 you automatically get free shipping.

Have an absolutely wonderful, sparkly long weekend! Happy 4th of July! And happy Canada Day today too!! Be safe and we’ll see you on the flip side.

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It’s a Happy Friday Deal from NuboNau!

Hello June, and happy Friday! Today we have a deal from the always-amazing team at NuboNau. If you still haven’t checked these guys out, or are new to our site (welcome!), now’s your chance. (Of course, if you’re already hooked then this may be your excuse…) Not only do they have a brain-meltingly good selection of products we love, but you the readers keep telling us how incredible their customer service is. We totally agree and today’s deal is predictably awesome…

So here it is: Spend $50 or more on anything your little heart desires from NuboNau, and get this Anti-Aging Mist from beloved brand Intelligent Nutrients for $15 (valued at $35). Just enter the promo code NMDL at checkout. Translation: Spend $50, save $20, get awesome stuff. The mist is USDA Certified Organic and packed with skin-healthy oils and antioxidants.

For the record we love Intelligent Nutrients, and if you read the book you know all about the company’s wonderfully eccentric founder Horst Rechelbacher—the same man who also brought the world Aveda back in the day (which has since been sold and is no longer clean—IN is its second coming). When we interviewed him, Horst taught us how to wash our hair backwards, made us taste his hairspray (one of our favorite products ever), and mused about soil standards. It was enlightening, to say the least, and we’ve championed the brand from the very beginning. Get with the program, people! (Note: We’re not endorsing the new Harmonic line at this point.)

Important deal details: The deal is valid for one week, or as long as stocks last. It’s so good that NuboNau is only offering one deal per person and you can’t combine offers. If you prefer the phone, want advice, or are ordering from Canada, just call: 1 877NuboNau

Also, new customers will receive 2000 Welcome Points with their first order (worth $20) and returning customers can of course redeem previous points. If you spend over $95 you automatically get free shipping. Booyakasha!

Have a wonderful weekend—and remember to make the most of your down time!

A couple of days ago we got a note from our friends at Well + Good NYC, one of my favorite sites (which you should bookmark, if you have not already). They said they were doing a piece on hair dye, and wanted our take.

I was delighted to weigh in. From the article, which you should read in full:

Henna-based and vegetable hair dyes are a growing market. “But the problem is that they suck—which might not be their fault,” says Siobhan O’Connor, co-author of No More Dirty Looks, a book and website dedicated to non-toxic beauty. “The real issue is that, for a dye to actually work, some heavy-duty chemistry is in order. We’re asking the product to be foolproof, consistent, stable, and effective. Nature hasn’t—and I suspect won’t—find a way to replicate those factors in a dye.”

(Why do I say things like “they suck” in interviews?)

Anyway, those of you who have read the book (and it seems like a lot of you have!) probably already know about the time I tried low-tox highlights and ended up looking like a skunk. So what do I do now?

I wrote that I intended to continue highlighting my hair on occasion—that it would be the last bastion of my formerly dirty life. But then life got in the way, and at a certain point I realized it had been nine months since I’d touched it—and I was loving the look. I’m fond of the faded-out, lighter-at-the-bottom, rooty thing anyway. But then life got in the way again, and at some point before Christmas, I felt like I needed a little…something. So off I went to the salon for a pick-me-up in the form of “no more than 10! promise?” highlights.

The most important thing about any beauty risk is knowing the facts, which W + G did a great job explaining. So my advice, for those who still want to color is this: “Space it out and know that you’re taking a calculated risk. There are no 100 percent safe dyes that I would recommend using. So be real about that if you’re going to do it anyway.”

What about you? Knowing what you do about hair dye, do you still color your hair?

Vintage hair dye ad via

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Have You Read Our Book?

It’s market research time over here at No More Dirty Looks. We love this blog, and it makes us really happy to see that our readership here keeps growing (oh, and P.S., we are getting GREAT no soap stories). But here’s what we’re wondering: How did you get here? Have you read the book or did you stumble on the site through other channels?

And if you haven’t read the book (or didn’t realize it existed), you should know that it features all of our favorite products and DIY recommendations. We get a lot of emails, Facebook messages and tweets asking us what products we love… it’s all in there! Of course, any exciting discoveries we’ve made since eventually get posted about here.

One last thing: If you have read the book, we’d love to get more reviews going on Amazon. If you have a little time today to share your comments there, we’d be ohhhhhh-so-grateful.

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Product Review: Amal Organic Argan Oil

Here’s the thing: When we were writing the book, a certain amount of divide-and-conquer was required in order to properly test out products.

I quickly fell in love with coconut oil; Siobhan not so much. Instead she became the resident evangelist for argan oil, and once she discovered Kahina Giving Beauty, she was in love.

I am not a seasoned argan user (though when I visit Siobhan you can’t keep my mitts off her Kahina!), so I was pretty excited to receive a bottle of Amal Organic Argan Oil and put this Moroccan elixir to the test.

After a few months of use now, I can see what all the fuss is about. The Amal has a pleasant nutty smell, feels great, absorbs quickly, and seems to be keeping my skin nicely balanced and hydrated.

Another bonus? At $35 for a decent-sized bottle ($28 if you help do a little social networking for them) it’s the most affordable argan we’ve come across so far. When I asked the owner, Jalila Bouchareb (pictured above), how she was able to keep the price down she chalked it up to an efficient production system, and to the network she’s been able to establish in Morocco as a native herself. She also emphasized the philanthropic part of the business.

“The main goal of Amal Oils is to donate a portion of profits back to the women cooperatives to give them the income, healthcare and education that they need for themselves and their families and to help preserve the argan forest,” said Bouchareb.

So if you’ve been wanting to try argan but have been deterred by price, Amal is a great option. And in the winter, everyone needs the extra hydration, am I right?

Have you tried argan oil? What’s your experience been?

Images via Amal’s site