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Top Pick for Natural Skincare: Jason’s C-Effects Super C Toner

Jason's C-Effects Super C Toner

I live in New York City and, as much as I love the place, it’s not always the best for my skin. Either too hot or too cold, let’s just say… you have to take extra care of your skin (and your mind) in these elements. The daily sun and environmental exposure is, in one word, tough. Even a few minutes in the sun or pollution can lead to free radical damage, or oxidation of the skin.  Day after day, your skin faces a free radical attack that damages the skin’s DNA structure and accelerates the aging process, resulting in unwanted fine lines, wrinkles and an uneven skin tone.

No, thank you.

Well, since we also love to take a natural approach to aging, we’ve always liked JASON products and this line right here is one of the best on the market. Plus, it smells delicious and feels like a refreshing mist of spring – like a mandarin orange freshly squeezed right on that pretty little mug of yours. The newly renovated JĀSÖN™ C-Effects™ line delivers an arsenal of formulas to fight free radical attack with its exclusive Multi-Antioxidant Complex, powered by Ester-C®, the most stable, naturally derived and deeply penetrating form of natural Vitamin C.

The complex also features a well-rounded, potent blend of free radical-fighting ingredients, including Vitamin E to naturally moisturize, naturally derived Green Tea to shield skin from environmental stressors and Thioctic Acid, an essential nutrient that helps to create a healthy, even skin tone.  I’ve been using the C-Effects skin toner and combo moisturizer/sunscreen and loving them both. With continued use, the C-Effects Crème is also clinically tested to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and improve skin clarity in 4 weeks for more radiant and younger-looking skin.

We’ve been using this line for about 4 weeks and can certainly concur.  Jason’s C-Effects™ line is a must.


Organix: Our Top Pick for Organic Hair

Organix Coconut Milk Collection

I’m all about living and breathing my vacation. What’s even better is when my hair and skin smells like vacation too. This is why I’m a huge fan of Organix’s line of products. From Moroccan Argan Oil (derived from women’s coops) to an extensive line of amazing smelling products like: Mocha Espresso, Vanilla Silk, Grapefruit Mango Butter, Lavender Soymilk, Pomegranate Green Tea, Acai Berry Avocado, Brazilian Keratin Therapy, to my personal favorite; their Coconut Milk line of products made with organic coconut milk and ultra whipped egg white proteins along with weightless coconut oil to hydrate and nourish your hair, I feel like an island princess in the city.  Their products are not only inexpensive, sulfate free and paraben free with organic active ingredients, but they just might also be some of the best smelling hair care products on the market and they work for all hair types – including my big ass curly mop.

We give them a big thumb’s up!

Natural Beauty

Aubrey Organics Blue Green Algae Cleansing Lotion

We’ll be honest. We get sent a lot of products to try out so that we can bring the very finest to our readers. We don’t cover everything we receive and we’re selective about what we choose to highlight. We’ve also tried just about every natural or organic product out there so when we recently sampled Aubrey Organics Blue Green Algae Facial Cleansing Lotion (8 oz. – $15.98), we encountered a deliciously soothing product that really did balance our complexion and gently exfoliate.  We’re also a fan of a mild castile soap base.

The lotion features organic blue green algae & grape seed extract – both powerful antioxidants said to protect – along with Canadian Willowherb & Organic Lavender to calm our stressed out travel-beat skin.

As you may know, Aubrey Organics  makes a variety of different hair and skincare products (according to skin type), along with Blue Green Algae Facial Toner (8 oz. – $9.92) to clear away excess oil and normalize the complexion, as well as Aubrey Organics Blue Green Algae Moisturizer (4 oz. – $16.92), a  light antioxidant formula to protect skin from sun exposure and pollution and restore moisture and elasticity without clogging pores. All in all, these are some of our favorite Aubrey Organic products so, squeeze them into some travel-ready 3 oz. or less containers, strap on a backpack, and climb those mountains… with a natural glow.

Offered at health food stores nationwide or visit

Agent Femme Meets Lush

The Best Beauty Blog:

We have a favorite beauty blog and it goes by the name Agent Femme. It’s by far one of the best new beauty blogs on the web. We’re also lucky enough to know some of the beautiful femme bots behind the blog and let’s just say this much… they wake up looking like Venus on the half shell and smile like the sun on a crisp Spring day. So, who else would we really listen to?

To that end, they’ve been kind enough to allow us to share their latest eco-friendly (and travel friendly) find. So, from to Eco-Adventurer… straight to you:

During a recent visit to the local LUSH store, I came across a pretty unorthodox item. I’ve walked past it many times and never took the time to study its purpose, or come to grips with its “out of the box” nature: LUSH’s Shampoo Bar. Shampoo in a bar? What tha what? I consider myself  a beauty scientist of sorts, and in the name of all my fellow Femmes, I’m willing to try just about anything, but a bar on my head??? I’m willing to bet most of you will think it’s absolutely ludicrous to consider the idea of swapping your liquid shampoo for a bar, but I took one for the team.

Off the bat, I love the idea of the shampoo bar being sans package. Over our lifetime, we can toss thousands of bottles into landfills, and the LUSH shampoo bar leaves nothing behind. The science behind a shampoo bar is that it is simply shampoo without the water content, just the solid ingredients remaining and formed into a bar.

LUSH offers a variety of shampoo bars for different types of hair, I decided to pick up the Squeaky Green Shampoo Bar for oily hair, which has a pretty, soft rosemary scent. I hopped into the shower and wet my hair, smoothed the bar all over my hair and it started to get sudsy just like my favorite salon shampoo. So weird, yet… fab-u-lous! I set the bar down and scrubbed and rinsed just as I would with my regular shampoo. Squeak squeak, my hair felt residue-free and had a pretty subtle scent. I used a leave-in conditioner and styled my hair as usual and the results were, well, life altering.

Lush's Squeaky Green Shampoo Bar

Pros: no package, fabulous for travel, lasts up to 50 washes, smells yummy, and you can use it as a body soap as well. Cons: little bits of rosemary sprigs falling out of the bar. Well, Femmes, it’s official. I am a shampoo bar convert. Don’t know why my ignorance kept me away from such a savvy hair cleansing option for so many years. We want to hear from all the Femmes that are going to hit “the bar.”

Cheers! – Agent 003

100% Pure and Natural Beauty

100% Pure Honey Coconut Shampoo & Conditioner

If this isn’t the best smelling shampoo and conditioner on the market, we don’t know what is. Did we also mention the fact that this entire line is 100% Pure? That’s right: no synthetic chemicals, petro chemicals, toxins, or artificial fragrances. Cruelty free, the packaging is made from recycled plastic, glass, aluminum, and paper and printing is done with non-toxic soy and vegetable-based inks. It’s also 100% biodegradable. It can’t get much better… but wait… it can!

They also have a delicious natural and organic make-up and skincare line with the lightest, most absorbent mint white tea moisturizer and organic coffee bean caffeine eye cream we’ve ever tried. We first found out about 100% Pure when we received their chocolate lip palette for Christmas last year. They looked and smelled so amazing that we had to stop ourselves from eating them. Cosmetics are colored from patent-pending antioxidant vitamin-packed fruit and vegetable pigments and there are so many great lip, face, hair and body products that we don’t really know where to begin. We want them all. Keep in mind that these products are natural so, for example,  the Honey Coconut shampoo, is more watery than what you’d normally expect because they don’t contain those big foaming chemicals, but we promise that your hair will smell better than it’s ever smelled before. In fact, the make-up and skincare are so top notch that we’re trying to use ours quickly… just so that we can try more of them.

PS. These products make an excellent gift for yourself or for friends/family. And guys… if you’re looking for inexpensive gifts for your girlfriend, mom, or sister during the holidays, you (and the women in your life) will never be happier.

Organic Soap and Air Fresheners

Vermont Soaps

Scrub a dub dub, no toxins in the tub!

Here’s a nice little story about a soap company that could. Larry Plesent started Vermont Soap in 1992 after experiencing severe skin problems from the cleaning chemicals used by his window washing company.  He began researching healthy alternatives for people like him, sensitive to detergents and other synthetic ingredients.  Now, Vermont Soap has grown from a two-person operation in 1992 to become the largest manufacturer of handmade organic bar soap in North America.

Offering health-conscious and eco-friendly consumers all-natural soaps, shea nut butters, and air fresheners that are healthier for them and the environment, they’ve abandoned the chemically toxic over-the-counter sprays for sprays with natural essential oils. The brand new Aromatherapy Air Fresheners from Vermont Soap are safe, non-toxic, and can be sprayed directly into the air, on skin, fine linens, fabrics and all water safe surfaces to freshen and revitalize personal space at home, school, work, in cars, and any other environment that could use a pleasant and uplifting scent.

Vermont Soap's Organic Air Fresheners

Like all of the products from Vermont Soap, the new Aromatherapy Air Fresheners are free of artificial colors and fragrances, chemical preservatives, and animal by-products. We all know (and it’s proven) that artificial fragrances in some deodorizing products can cause nausea, headaches, irritated skin, respiratory reactions and other allergic conditions. The natural air fresheners from Vermont Soap contain only pure essential oil aromas that provide aromatherapy benefits for the mind, but don’t irritate the skin or nose.

In fact, an investigation of common air fresheners by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in 2007 found hormone-disrupting chemicals known as phthalates in numerous air freshener products.  The vast majority of the air fresheners tested contained at least trace levels of phthalates, and a Walgreen’s product tested the highest with a whopping 7,300 parts per million of the phthalate DEP.  None of the air fresheners tested listed the chemicals on the label. The State of California notes that five types of phthalates, including one detected in air fresheners, are “known to cause birth defects or reproductive harm.”  “The NRDC report prompted acknowledgement of the problem and corrective action by some of the manufacturers, but what about the others, are they really safe?” asks Plesent.  After the study, the NRDC and a coalition filed a petition requesting that federal agencies start testing all air fresheners for safety.

The Aromatherapy Air Fresheners are offered in: Country Lavender, Lemongrass Zen and Peppermint Magic and sold in an 8-ounce re-usable spray bottle for a suggested retail price of $8.75.  For a limited time, Vermont Soap is also offering a special introductory price of just $7.00, a 20% discount through their online store. A 16-ounce refill size is also sold for a suggested retail price of $9.89.

We think Plesent is on the right track and should probably change his last name’s spelling to go along with his pleasant message of purity. Vermont Soap also operates a Discount Factory Outlet Store and Antique Soap Museum that offers factory tours and demonstrations for those with kiddies. Products can be purchased at thousands of health food, gourmet and specialty stores.

Cacao Lips

Navitas Naturals Organic Cacao Lip Balm

We’re suckers for anything sweet, so when superfoods company, Navitas Naturals, best known for their line of premium organic cacao culinary treats, introduced it’s new Cacao Lip Balm we were licking our lips and ready to take a bite. Skin loves dark chocolate just as much as taste buds.

Here’s the skinny. Navitas Naturals Cacao Lip Balm is a buttery antioxidant-rich lip moisturizer made from the pure, cold-pressed oil of the cacao bean.  All of the ingredients are organic, and include: sunflower oil, beeswax, raw cacao butter, jojoba oil, rosemary extract, calendula and vitamin E.  The rich dark chocolate aroma and mild flavor… those are just a delicious plus.

Cacao butter has long been used as a traditional healing medicine for the skin by indigenous cultures in South America and Africa for centuries.  In fact, according to a feature health report on dark chocolate by news leader CNN, research has shown that cacao is good for the skin.  The report states that “German researchers gave 24 women a half-cup of special extra-flavonoid-enriched cocoa every day. After three months, the women’s skin was moister, smoother, and less scaly and red when exposed to ultraviolet light.”  The researchers think the flavonoids reduce skin’s sensitivity to UV radiation, increase blood flow to skin, and improve skin texture by increasing its density, thickness, and hydration.

Since 2003, Navitas Naturals’ mission has been to provide premium organic superfoods that increase energy and enhance health.  Through direct purchasing agreements, Navitas Naturals provides and expands fair trade economic opportunities in developing regions around the world. The cacao beans used in the Organic Cacao Lip Balm are sustainably sourced from small family farms in Peru. “Our products come from the wisdom of ancient cultures and their traditional use of plants for both culinary and medicinal purposes,” says Zach Adelman, President and founder. In addition to cacao, Navitas Naturals also offers a wide variety of organic superfoods including stevia, raw cacao, virgin coconut oil, mesquite, nori seaweed, wakame seaweed, lucuma, acai, yacon, mulberries, maca, camu, goldenberries, pomegranate, chia, flax, goji berries, hemp seeds and raw cashews.

Retails for a mere $3.99.  Navitas Naturals cacao products are widely available at stores such as Whole Foods and on the web at, – the ‘online superfoods superstore.’

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