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Eco-Friendly Bag Find!

I was lucky enough to meet this cool chick in college named Jennifer Silbert. She went on to become an architect and, one day on Facebook, I noticed she was making some of the coolest recycled bags I’d ever seen.

Here’s her story.

And get that bag of hers!

“We started Rewilder 4 years ago after strong careers in fashion (Lisa) and architecture (me), where we were distressed with the waste we were creating. I was teaching a Materials Innovation class at Art Center in Pasadena when I started doing research on post-industrial waste and came across some incredible materials being thrown away on a massive scale. It’s truly overwhelming. 

So now we use these amazing materials to make the best bags for the planet. A few other bags out there claim to be sustainable but we are 100% – zero waste, high quality, made in LA. Nothing excites us more than making something amazing from unconventional, industrial materials that would have ended up in a landfill.”

Need we say more?

She’s a gem, her cause noble, and so are bags.

Nally & Millie Forever


We love NALLY & MILLIE! We’ll be honest, when we were  first sent their linesheets we couldn’t get a handle on the quality of their line. Sometimes, it’s just too hard to tell how an article of clothing is made from looking at linesheets.

Then, when we were sent their goods… Mama Mia… soft as butter, so well made, and excellent fit. Want to know why?

Made in the USA, baby!

Knits for just about any occasion – think cozy-at-home, office, plane ride, or a night out (yes, they’re that versatile),  the all-new Fall 2011 collection delivers deep colors and prints for a season dominated by its knits and easy-to-wear fits-everyone manteaux. These pieces make a great start off point to your look and offer a wide variety of ways to go from casual to chic with a bit of accessorizing. The excellent draping creates a relaxed yet fashionable effect with the flexibility to remain loose or be cinched with a wide belt. That’s what I love most, particularly when this Eco-Adventurer is flying around Europe or Asia and needs to get fancy in a jiffy. Plus, they have looks for every age demo. I prefer the neutral colors or the bold single colors, but they also have more flashy prints for those who still want a little Miami or Boca in their diet. Showcasing sweater and layered pieces, burnouts, lace, jacquards and novelty fabrics for slimming tops, tunics, cardigans, dresses and skirts, the cross-over contemporary brand provides flattering options in deep shades of heather grey, biscotti, French roast, redwood, corn flower, primrose and basil.  Original hand rendered and digital prints focus on bold graphics as well as animal patterns for versatile day-to-evening styles that work well with denim and leggings or dressier jackets and heels.

Perfect for the Plane Ride or Another Office to Evening Look

Conceived by award-winning designer Nally Park and James Park, NALLY & MILLIE is manufactured entirely in the United States using the softest natural fabrics and most technically advanced synthetics and blends for consistent quality, durability, memory and a flawlessly supple hand.  So, although not every piece is organic, they are sustainable when it comes to keeping jobs in the USA and they make a very strong effort to source responsibly. For over a decade, the brand has been delivering high quality pieces with accessible price points at retail from $44.00 to $96.00 for tops and skirts, from $96.00 to $129.00 for dresses in over a thousand specialty boutiques and department stores nationwide including Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and Von Maur.

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.

Philips | O’Neill Durable Headphones


'The Snug' - Philips | O'Neill Super Durable Headphones


Sometimes, the disposable culture we live in can really be a downer. Don’t get us started on the 60 Minutes special that showed viewers what really happens to all of our old (or not so old) electronics.

Well, have no fear… if you’re as tired as we are of buying new headphones every two months, worry no ‘mo.

Two pioneers of lifestyle innovation, Philips and O’Neill, have joined forces to launch a line of headphones designed to withstand all the rigors of a truly active eco adventuring lifestyle: the new premium line of Philips | O’Neill Headphones gives you long-lasting durability and complete comfort so you can enjoy the music that fuels you every day, for as long as you want, no matter what mountain you climb, swell you ride, or ramp you skate.

The high performance headphones were tested on the toughest O’Neill team riders and specifically designed around the demands of those who live life to the fullest and take no prisoners. The collection features four different styles, each completely unique and simple in design. Inspired by the heavy-duty materials and styling of wetsuit materials, The Stretch headphones – the toughest in the new line-up – delivers high performance. Both impact and high stress-crack resistant, it retains flexibility and strength for a whole new level in headphone resilience.


'The Stretch' - Philips | O'Neill Earphones


The Snug model does it all in style: a set of imposing flat-folding, headphones that deliver flawless fit and sound with bold graphics (these might be our personal fave). The in-ear selection includes The Covert, a discreet bud with deceptively powerful sound impact and iPhone control, while The Specked includes a range of three striking colored in-ear buds, with tough yet stylish tangle-free cords for longer listening experiences.

These new headphones are totally uncompromising in their durability because they’ve been tested on their own test animals: the toughest O’Neill riders, the most uncompromising and daring boarders around.

The Philips | O’Neill campaign will be spearheaded by selected O’Neill team riders, including 9-time Big Mountain Rider of the Year Jeremy Jonesfearless big wave surfer Mark Mathews, and two-time Freeride World Tour Champion Ane Enderud. As three of their sports’ toughest and most enduring champions, these riders have put the headphones to the ultimate test in the context of their own demanding lifestyles.

Available at stores throughout Europe and the US from Sept. 2010 so get ’em while they last!

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.

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