Wednesday, April 29, 2009
For naturally beautiful, healthy and glowing skin try doing the macrobiotic body scrub. Scrubbing your body is a great way to relieve stress and tension, energize yourself, promote circulation, soften hard fat deposits below the skin and open your pores.
Start with a clean wash cloth, some hot water and a sink or bowl. Fill the sink or bowl with hot water and dip the entire washcloth in the water. Wring out the washcloth, and while it is still hot and filled with steam, fold the cloth into quarters and begin to scrub your body. Scrub one section of the body at a time.
Start with the face, ears and neck. Then move to the fingers, hands, arms and shoulders. Then go down the chest (avoiding the breast area), to the abdomen (avoiding the private area), armpits and sides. Then to the back, lower back and buttocks. Last do the legs, feet and toes. Scrub each section of the skin until it becomes slightly red. As the wash cloth cools off, reheat it by dipping it into the hot water and wringing it out.
Rinse off the body to eliminate dead skin cells and towel off. The body scrub can be done once in the morning and/or once in the evening.
The skin might begin to detoxify once the scrub has been done. It is completely natural for skin to initially become dry, flaky, bumpy, etc. Keep up the scrub and the skin will start to be naturally soft, smooth and glowing.
This scrub is better than any scrub you might apply to your skin or any moisturizer you could use because it actually supports your health from the outside in.
These beautiful and soft towels from Gaiam are are 100% organic cotton and the colors are created from low impact dyes. Chlorine and softener-free finishing keeps the cotton soft, perfect for for your eco-home! These towels come in a set with a bath towel, hand towel and wash cloth, or can be purchased individually. I have a few sets in my bathroom and use the washcloths for my body scrub.
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Saturday, April 25, 2009
Wanna meet interesting people who are passionate about eco-ness, find a green job, or tell people about your green business? If so, then check out Green Drinks! Green Drinks is a fun way to network and connect with others who work or would like to work in environmentally respectful jobs. See their websites to get more info, attend an event, or set up a Green Drinks in your area.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Finding all natural body care that works well and is fun to use can be a bit of a challenge. Over the past 8 years I have been compiling information of products that I have tried and what works really well, so that I can keep track of what I love and give other people recommendations. Here are a short list of some really fantastic products and companies. All products listed are all natural, have no synthetic chemicals or preservatives, work really well and smell great. Enjoy this list!
GPB Conditioner- This hair conditioner is a thick and heavy conditioner that is good for deep moisturizing conditioning. It is lightly and pleasantly fragranced. It conditions and detangles my hair and leaves it soft and smooth.
Lip Balm- This lip balm smells and feels pepperminty when applied to my lips. It moisturizes and has a moderate consistency- not too hard and not too soft. I think it is perfect!
Thoroughly Clean Face Wash- This face wash is a gentle foaming liquid face wash that easily removes dirt, oil, and makeup from the skin. It has the consistency of water and only one pump is needed to wash the entire face and neck. It contains some organic ingredients and antiseptic essential oils like tea tree. The best thing about this cleanser is that it removes makeup gently. Note: In dry weather, it can be drying for the skin because of the tea tree oil. In humid weather, it works very well and is not too drying for the skin.
Pure Castile Liquid Soap- This liquid soap is similar to the bar soap. The scents are the same, all great. I have tried Peppermint, Lavender, Tea Tree, and Baby Mild. I like them all, but my personal favorite is Lavender. This liquid soap is multi-purpose and can be used to clean just about anything. It is my favorite liquid hand soap. I think that the ph of this soap is a little on the dry side (in dry weather), but I also think that makes it better for cutting through grease, oil, and dirt on the hands. When I wash my hands, I like them to be squeaky clean, and this liquid soap does just that. This soap can also be diluted and will last a lot longer but still give you the cleaning power you want.
Facial Cleanser- This is a cleansing milk that has a nice, sweet smell and leaves my skin feeling very soft. It lightly cleans without stripping my skin of its natural oils. I like this product, ingredients wise and performance wise. It is a cleansing lotion, so it does not foam. It moisturizes and does not contain soap. It is not meant to remove makeup.
Herbal Magic Roll-On Deodorant- This deodorant is a roll-on that smells clean and has a light herbal scent. It works well and keeps my underarms fresh.
Bar Soaps- These bar soaps contain organic ingredients and hemp seed oil, have great packaging in terms of design and are eco-friendly, are cruelty-free, and smell and work wonderfully. The soaps lather generously and moisturize while they clean the skin. This is one of my favorites, if not my favorite bar soap. All of the scents smell great. The bars have a fragrant scent that fills my shower. I have tried many of the different scents and enjoyed them.