9 More Things You Don’t Need to Be Happy

After days spent racking my brain to choose nine things you don't need to be happy, now I can't keep more from surfacing. If this list keeps growing, it might mean that happiness is attainable without anything at all. What a concept! But just for fun, let's continue counting. Here are 9 more things you … Continue reading 9 More Things You Don’t Need to Be Happy

Women’s Roundup, Hear Us Roar

Rather than raise our voices, we girls at EcoSalon prefer to write about it, because if you need to scream, my guess is you aren't so certain what you have to say is worth hearing. And really, who wants to hear a grown woman roar? In the past few months at EcoSalon, women have taken … Continue reading Women’s Roundup, Hear Us Roar

9 Things You Don’t Need to be Happy

Being a woman in the 21st century is not a piece of cake. It wasn't easy in 1950 or at any other time in history, either. But in 2011, in today's universe that keeps getting bigger and faster and richer, it takes serious cojones to be a girl. Today more than ever, women are bombarded … Continue reading 9 Things You Don’t Need to be Happy

The Recession-Friendly Guide to Going Out: Twenty-Three Fun and Free Date Ideas

The dating scene is not an easy one. There are the usual quandaries - dinner or just drinks; sleep over or the token kiss on the cheek? Add to those basic issues the meltdown of all things economy-related, and the idea of going on a date might send even the most romantic Romeo & Juliet … Continue reading The Recession-Friendly Guide to Going Out: Twenty-Three Fun and Free Date Ideas

The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Simplifying, Saying No and Saving Money

Forget New Year's Resolutions that make everything harder and more complex. Why is it always about doing more? Can we all do less for a change? It's time for a serious paring down; a hard core detox. It's time for simplifying. There's nothing super about being a superwoman. So, with the beloved holidays behind us … Continue reading The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Simplifying, Saying No and Saving Money

Make the Green Grade: Eco School Supplies Checklist

As a young girl my favorite time of year was the week before school started every September. Not because I went shopping for new clothes - a plaid skirt and white blouse were the extent of my "uniform". I equated back-to-school with school supplies. A new binder with a plastic zip-lock envelope packed full of … Continue reading Make the Green Grade: Eco School Supplies Checklist

Tame Those Tresses: Best Eco Friendly Shampoo, Conditioner, and Hair Care

Just as we can't judge a book by its cover, we shouldn't choose a shampoo simply for its smell. It may smell terrific, but is it filled with chemicals and artificial fragrances that will weigh down your wavy mane? Or maybe it boasts "fragrance-free" but lists unpronounceable ingredients that are sure to damage your 'do. … Continue reading Tame Those Tresses: Best Eco Friendly Shampoo, Conditioner, and Hair Care

How to Win the Battle of the Junk Drawer

Everyone has one; it doesn't matter where you live or how organized you are or which candidate you vote for. The junk drawer does not discriminate. And unless you're a Zen monk, the idea of emptying and sorting said drawer sends you running for cover. Yes, I'm fairly certain most of us have done battle … Continue reading How to Win the Battle of the Junk Drawer

Looking for the Best Green Sex Toys? You’ve Hit the Spot!

Once upon a time, sex was a word whispered rather than the topic of college courses and front page news. I'm comfortable with it, as you could surmise from my passionate case for saving the planet by having more sex. We could discuss the pros and cons of the sexing of our culture, ad infinitum. … Continue reading Looking for the Best Green Sex Toys? You’ve Hit the Spot!

It’s My Party and I’ll Pingg if I Want to!

Who could have imagined a time when sending your wedding invitation via email would not only be acceptable but encouraged? Certainly your grandmother wouldn't allow it, and most likely your mother would throw up her hands in protest. Not if she took a look at pingg, the stylish, personalized, ad free, totally comprehensive online invitation … Continue reading It’s My Party and I’ll Pingg if I Want to!

PATYKA: Organic Self-Care in a Bottle

When it comes to treating myself well, let's just say it's taken time, but I now consider myself an expert in the art of self-care. My focus covers the insides and outsides; spirit and body; brain and brawn. I take time to read, practice yoga, run, laugh, love, take naps, get manicures, share with friends, … Continue reading PATYKA: Organic Self-Care in a Bottle

Environmentally Friendly Sunscreen Review: SmartShield

I spent most of my youth outdoors, either running around the neighborhood with friends or on the tennis court or playing after school sports. Needless to say, the harsh southern California sun had its way with my skin. Terms like SPF or UV weren't on the tips of everyone's tongues just yet. We preferred Baby … Continue reading Environmentally Friendly Sunscreen Review: SmartShield

We Gotta Fight, for the Right, to Paaa” Hang Our Laundry?

I thought it was god-given or at least somewhere in the First Amendment, but it seems that the right to use a clothesline might soon be stripped away. Yes, you heard me. Your eco-friendly clothesline (the one you just ordered this weekend!) is in jeopardy. Your laundry is literally on the line. Has a neighbor … Continue reading We Gotta Fight, for the Right, to Paaa” Hang Our Laundry?

Throw an Eco-Party Without Planning

It's not surprising that the green movement has found its way into the world of event planning - from weddings to product launches to graduation celebrations. Parties are fun, and trust me, I'm definitely in favor of fun. But most parties will create more waste and use more energy in one night than a family … Continue reading Throw an Eco-Party Without Planning

More Sex, Ladies: the Planet Is Counting on You!

I, Kim Derby, would really like you to get busy. Why? Because sex, my friends, is good for the planet. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, tell your...well, if you're doing this properly, you probably won't need to tell them. I know all of you smart, sophisticated eco-vixens have it in you. Here's why going … Continue reading More Sex, Ladies: the Planet Is Counting on You!

Of Sea Pearls and Diva Cups: an Honest Review of Eco Feminine Hygiene Products

The curse, Aunt Flo, crimson wave, the rag, that time of the month - sound vaguely familiar? For centuries women have been shushed and shamed and told it was inappropriate to discuss - but if you ask me our ability to create a life is amazing. So here at EcoSalon, let's just use the word … Continue reading Of Sea Pearls and Diva Cups: an Honest Review of Eco Feminine Hygiene Products

For the Guys: 10 Things to Avoid if You Want to Date a Green Goddess

Poor thing, he'll be out there all night. Let's just say I've dated a lot. I have dozens of horrible yet hilarious dating tales, but I continue to pick myself up, dust off the disappointment and carry on - hey, the good outweighs the bad and there's always the chance for love. However, I have … Continue reading For the Guys: 10 Things to Avoid if You Want to Date a Green Goddess

An Easy Green Dry Cleaning Trick

Next time you drop off clothes at the local dry cleaners (an environmentally friendly one, I hope), bring a garment bag along and ask them to hold the plastic and paper. I started doing this about six months ago when my dry cleaner began providing simple, black garment bags for purchase. I spent the $5 … Continue reading An Easy Green Dry Cleaning Trick