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Organics Review: BeeAllNatural Organic Lip Balm

Product Name:

Bee All Natural Organic Lip Balm By Bee All Natural.

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About the brand:

Bee All Natural is a one woman show ran by Rachel Nonis. Based out of Shelby Township, Michigan, Rachel started her company because she was tired of buying products that claimed to be “natural” but “still have garbage” in them. No she makes all the products from scratch, packages it, designs and prints the label . In her own words “I want to create products that I can be proud of. Proud of selling, using and standing behind 100%”.

Certifications:

USDA certified organic, food grade quality.

Flavour:

Rachel sent me three flavours to try:

Peppermint, Natural and Grapefruit
I absolutely make these flavours. They make me hungry. Probably best tasting balms I’ve had in ages. Good thing they are organic in case I eat too much! I can’t even pick a favourite, but pushed against the wall I’d probably spill “grapefruit”.

Scent:

To die for. This scent reminds you what food is supposed to smell like… I keep forgetting that these balms aren’t for eating! Thank god they are food-grade…

Packaging:

Really pretty little tubes. These balms look playful and simple. Fits in my little wallet, which is perfect.

Ingredients:

Nothing to complain about. All ingredients are natural and almost all are organic. These products are food-grade quality. Personally I love the coconut oil — i think its responsible for the awesome taste/scent.

Also, I love that all the products are created from scratch, never a prebought base. (Did you know that a lot of manufacturers just buy a standard base, add a couple of useless ingredients and branding, and sell the “new miracle product”? This industry really needs a shake up. Luckily you don’t have to worry about that with these balms!)

Performance:

I’m so destructed by taste and smell that I wasn’t even paying attention to performance at first. But the performance is perfect. It does what a lip balm is supposed to do.

Price:

$3.50 per tube. The products can be purchased from the website as well as various stores.

Verdict:

Absolutely awesome. Highly recommended. Probably my new favourite lip balm!

PS: There is also a facebook page where you can find information about contests and giveaways. I urge you to try it.

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September 19, 2010   20 Comments

Review of NO MORE DIRTY LOOKS – The Truth About Your Beauty Products

Now that the truth about what’s lurking on your beauty counter is spreading like wildfire, the publishing houses are jumping on the green wagon and putting more and more information out there. Which is really nice of them. Because as exciting as all this search for safe makeup and natural skincare can be, not all of us have the time/money/patience to do it.

And so I’m very happy to introduce you to a new essential read on the subject that recently arrived on the market.

NO MORE DIRTY LOOKS – The Truth About Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics, by Siobhan O’Connor & Alexandra Spunt

No More Dirty Looks - The Truth About Your Beauty Products

So what is special about this book?

It’s practical. It’s fun. Its focus is beauty products and healthy choices, and not a political agenda (though, it’s hard to avoid some politicizing on the subject…) It presents good research with practical applications.

Personally, I love the book’s writing style. As I already mentioned – it’s fun. It uses simple language and simple explanations of convoluted terms and practices. Though I must add a warning for the extra sensitive types – sometimes the language gets a bit PG using s**t type words…. But those are always in context and, in my opinion, used totally deservedly…

The structure of the book is simple and intuitive. In an entertaining (though scary in retrospect) string of personal anecdotes the authors describe how they stumbled into questioning the beauty industry (suffering through the stench of toxic fumes just to get the hair straight should eventually ring a bell for most thinking people… ) and the shock they experienced while uncovering mountains of evidence that this stuff isn’t safe, but no one in power is doing anything about it.

And you know what — I get it. That realization can be nerve-wracking. For those of you still doubting the shadiness of the beauty industry, what do you think of this:

“They’ve read the same reports we have, and then some. So why are they selling us these things? In the words of one industry scientist whose employer charges $250 for a 2-ounce pot of face cream, “Because we can” (p.4).

However, let me assure you. This isn’t just a book about how bad things are and that you should just write to the congress (though you should). It gets practical right away.

There is a very good section on the “dirty” ingredients you should be on the lookout for in your products. (Note: I listed some of the major ingredients to avoid some time ago, but the book’s list is more detailed, plus it includes an ingredient blacklist in an appendix that is really long and scary.) The book has great description of these offenders, including how to spot them, risk associated and studies that indicate that.

No More Dirty Looks covers every major product category relevant to human appearance, gives its background, potential hazards, things to look out for, a list of products you CAN buy in that category and even tips on how to make your own. It even has a recipe for making your own mascara! (! (Disclaimer – I haven’t tried it yet, but the thought is intriguing).

I particularly loved (and was disturbed by) the background story of shampoo. Did you know that it didn’t even exist as a product we know now until 1930s? Me neither…

There is also a very basic diet/lifestyle guide at the end. Some statistics, while true, read like pure entertainment. For example, statistically, all married men are healthier, but only happily married women are (now how is that fair?). And did you know that hugging and other physical bonding has a rejuvenating effect on the skin?

In short, this book is a great overall guide for those who don’t have time to do all the research. Probably one of the most practical and realistic guides I’ve seen. And it’s an easy read – took me only a few hours to get through it.

My only criticism is that the list of recommended products seems to focus too heavily on a limited set of already well known (in the green world) manufacturers. The brand research for things we can use could’ve been wider. I think this is a missed opportunity to introduce the lesser known makers of quality organic/natural products to consumers.

But overall, I recommend this book to any woman who wants to take charge of her appearance in a healthy way. And it should probably be “the guide” given by parents to their daughters when they discover themselves in the mirror.

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August 24, 2010   19 Comments