There was a time when “Natural” beauty products conveyed an anything but glamorous image of a Birkenstock wearing, crunchy, granola type, who doesn’t shave their legs. Boy, have times changed.
Today’s Friday Five is all about Guilt-Free Glamour… with an emphasis on the word FREE. These natural products are FREE of all the yucky stuff. Yeah- free really is good.
I’ve been a fan of the Greek line Korres Natural Products for years- filling my suitcase with Mint Tea, Basil Lemon and Fig lotions and the super rich body butter. (Rihanna, Scarlett Johansson and Goldie Hawn are all big fans of the popular body butter!) Even today these scents instantly take me back to the island of Santorini. I only recently started using the company’s Color Collection. I like how the makeup collection, which includes mascara, eye shadow, lipstick and foundation, keeps with the brand’s homeopathic tradition of using herbs and botanicals while remaining completely FREE of harmful ingredients like petroleum. I’m digging the 100% Cedar wood eyeliner pencils, which are made with macadamia nut oil and Vitamin E. Check out the company’s new “Naked Shades” color collection out this month. www.sephora.com
BREAK OUT THE AVOCADO!
No, we’re not making guacamole! Avocate SkinCare from Morris Organics uses avocado oil to boost collagen naturally. “Gossip Girl’s” Kelly Rutherford uses “Skin Glow,” 100% natural and organic oil that moisturizes skin. I actually used this all over my feet, which were abused from the dry summer heat, hot sun and wearing sandals and let me tell you, this stuff works! FREE of artificial fragrances and colors, Avocate products are also cruelty-FREE and never tested on animals. www.morrisorganics.com
You say you want a revolution… well, here it is! Maggie Grace loves Revolution Organics, which uses certified organic ingredients in its beauty products, including the luxurious Freedom Lip Glosses. My favorite color is “Innocent,” a soft baby pink that gives lips just a touch of color. Another plus- the products are FREE of synthetics and chemicals and the company also uses recyclable, biodegradable packaging. www.revolutionorganics.com
SMOOTH THINGS OVER
Almond Cookie Sea Salt Scrub by Carol’s Daughter smells as good as it sounds! Gentle enough for all skin types, this natural exfoliate is made with sea salts blended with jojoba, avocado and wheat germ oil. It is paraben, mineral oil, petroleum, and artificial color FREE. Jada Pinkett Smith and Mary J. Blige are such believers in the brand they became investors. www.carolsdaughter.com
SMELLS SO GOOD
Two of my favorite, favorite smells -Vanilla and Lavender- are combined together for a new scent from Lavanila Laboratories’ 100% Healthy Collection. Only safe natural ingredients, like pure essential oils are used. The products are FREE of petrochemicals, silicones and synthetic dyes. No wonder Tina Fey, Brittany Snow and Vanessa Williams are fans of the brand. www.lavanila.com
Check out the new issue of Life & Style with Kelly Ripa on the cover. I am a contributor to the figure fixers segment on page 58!