Call me skeptical, but when an eco item claims to be the one and only or first ever, I start to wonder...is it an exaggeration or flat out green washing? Journalism 101 taught me to fact-check. And for those of you not old enough to remember a time without the interwebs, fact-checking used to require … Continue reading A Case of Hot (Green) Air?
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
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
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
You do wash your pillow, don't you? We spend almost 1/3 of our lives sleeping. That's 262,974 hours eyes shut, horizontal and hopefully in a REM-like state of restfulness. That's a lot of time spent with our heads nuzzling the same old pillow. Pillows are one of the most overlooked and neglected of household items, … Continue reading The Proper Way to Wash a Pillow
Don't cancel your next appointment at the nail salon just yet. Your squeaky clean eco-conscience and your pretty, polished nails need not be mutually exclusive. I'll admit that my concern about the toxicity of nail polish and remover didn't arise until well into my green-conscious years. I don't have a good explanation for this, other … Continue reading Pretty, Polished and Green?