Original artwork created by Alessandra Olanow (2014).

Lovelies, we have an exciting announcement (well, a few exciting announcements, actually): We (Susannah and Nicolle) are event ambassadors for this year’s A Night For Green Beauty!

So, you may be thinking, what does that mean? Well, it means you, our dear readers, are in luck! Because we’re event ambassadors, we get insider knowledge and access to the featured brands, the goodies and the deets. And then we’re going to give that insider info to you—our online friends, our green beauty community. That includes product reviews, morning routines, makeup bags and more, from some of the biggest brand founders in natural beauty. We kind of can’t wait.

The Event Details

What is A Night For Green Beauty (#ANFGB)? It’s an incredible evening of beauty, glamour and shopping from the best luxury natural brands on the market today, presented by La Bella Figura and sponsored by The Chalkboard, Pressed Juicery, Baby2Baby and Goodebox. Last year, the collaborative party debuted in New York City to more than 450 attendees and 17 luxury brands. This year, ANFGB moves to the ultra hip W Hotel Los Angeles-Westwood on Thursday, Aug. 7—and it’s bigger and better to highlight 22 very special niche brands. You will find the crème de la crème of green beauty at this intimate and delightful shopping experience you’re unlikely to forget.

The Next Surprise

Maybe you can’t make it to the event, but you can still be part of the action. This year A Night For Green Beauty partnered with Goodebox, purveyor of natural beauty monthly subscription boxes, to bring you the Limited Edition Deluxe Beauty Box. The box includes 5 full size products donated by the brands participating in A Night For Green Beauty. 100% of the proceeds from the box benefit the non-profit organization Baby2Baby, which supplies families in need with essential baby gear and clothing for children and reaches over 67,000 children per year.

There will be 4 versions of the Limited Edition Deluxe Beauty Box, and when we say limited edition, we’re not kidding! Only 200 boxes will be available for purchase, and with 5 full size products in each box and all proceeds going to a great charity, this is a win-win for everyone. We got a sneak peek at what’s going into the 4 Limited Edition Deluxe Beauty Boxes. Trust us, these will include some serious cult favorites in the green beauty world. It’s too good to pass up! Here are the details:

Cost: Each box will be $110 (shipping and handling included) for over $300 worth of gorgeous product.

When: The first box will be available for purchase on Monday, June 2nd, 2014.

So how can you score one of these boxes? We won’t let you forget that they are going on sale, but be sure to sign up to get FIRST DIBS on one of these boxes over at Goodebox. Just signing up enters you to win a free, 3 month subscription to Goodebox.

Green beauty has come a long way. There’s so much to celebrate! Will you attend A Night For Green Beauty? Please say yes!

This winter has had some bitter cold days, even in my beloved and typically mild Bay Area.  Sitting next to my portable heater while working/blogging on my laptop was really doing a number on my skin.  I started to incorporate some oils that are heavier than my usual argan, but still it wasn’t quite enough, even with plenty of hydrating on the inside.  Although I had previously rejected the oil cleansing method as not the right thing for me, I thought maybe it was time for a seasonal change in my regimen.  I took a short trip to the ultra-dry Lake Tahoe for my son’s hockey tournament, and between the outdoors and the cold/dry rink, the life was getting sucked right out of my face.  But I was prepared, and came home looking better than when I left.

So what’s making the difference?  Three things: coconut oil, a new balm, and a cream I’d forgotten about.

There’s been plenty of mention of the oil cleansing method (OCM) on this blog – where instead of using a regular cleanser, you rub in an oil and wipe it off using a warm washcloth*.  I started by trying coconut oil, and had some success.  It feels wonderfully soothing on my skin, and easily takes off the mineral makeup I wear on a typical day. But I still needed something more…

100% Pure Brightening Night Balm to the rescue.  It has some of the same brightening ingredients I use in my DIY (bearberry, licorice) plus kojic acid and vitamin C in a base of avocado and shea butters.  I use it as a cleansing balm (works great!) and also put on a little extra after cleansing.  Some days I put on a bit in the morning too, after a honey cleanse.  I’ve been able to skip my DIY brightener when I’m using it, with no noticeable return of my sun damaged brown patches.  It might even be making improvements – it’s hard to tell, I may need a few more weeks of use to know for sure.  It’s very thick as the balm designation suggests, and the scent is a light citrus, which is pleasant but does not stick around.

Zoe Organics Extreme Cream goes on over the balm when the weather is severely dry.  I’ve been able to ease up on this the past few days of warmer weather, but it makes a perfect extra layer of soothing protection for super dry times.  I tried it a while back, but kind of forgot about it with all my body butter experiments.  I remembered it recently when a reader was looking for an eczema solution – this is considered by some to be a skin miracle for the super dry and sensitive set.  It’s another shea-based product with jojoba, rosehip, and coconut oils, plus soothing calendula and marshmallow.  It has a light marshmallowy smell and a frosting consistency.

I know I’ll back off from these somewhat as the weather warms up, but they’ll still have their uses, and I’m ready for all the winters to come.  I highly recommend these products for hands too.  In spite of my devotion to hand care, my hands were like sandpaper as soon as I got to Tahoe.  Just one day of layering the products, plus wearing light wool liner gloves, got me back to smooth.  I haven’t had any pore clogging problems.  My standard monthly hormonal breakouts happen and heal, maybe a little faster than usual with the soothing ingredients.

Have you tried these products?  Are you an oil cleanser? What’s giving life back to your winter skin?

*I’ve actually been using mostly paper towels made from 100% recycled materials.  A washcloth is usually a little too rough on my sensitive skin, plus I’m using fewer laundry-related resources so I feel like it evens out.

Beautiful image via the University of Washington Library