Beauty

  • What Makes Scents

    The cluster of perfume bottles fanning across my vanity table represents a whole wardrobe of moods and treasured memories. As any fragrance lover can attest, a spritz of just the right scent at just the right moment provides unparalleled pleasure—precisely why I found synthetic perfumes so tough to quit cold turkey. But I did it.

    Natural perfumes offer flawless fragrance without chemicals.
    By Jolene Hart
  • Beauty for Two

    Pregnancy is famously a time of lifestyle choices, such as skipping mouthwatering ceviche and glasses of pinot, that will ensure a healthy mom and baby. But moms-to-be should also scrutinize their personal care products—from soaps to stretch-mark creams—for ingredients, both synthetic and natural, that can harm a developing baby inside.

    Prenatal pampering for you and baby
    By Erinn Morgan
  • Brave New Period

    Your time of the month certainly isn’t the time of your life, but tampons and pads are easy, effective, and something you hardly even think about. So what’s the problem? All those period products add up, hurting the planet—and maybe your health.

    Safe, eco feminine care - it's not so scary.
    By O'Rya Hyde-Keller
  • Coming Clean

    If you’ve used natural shampoo or organic deodorant, you know that nontoxic personal care products don’t always work like their conventional counterparts. Sure, pure shampoos lack harsh detergents that strip your hair’s natural oils, but they can leave locks limp and lifeless.

    Why natural beauty doesn't always deliver - and how to make it work for you
    By Lindsey Galloway
  • From Kitchen to Bath

    Next time you crave that Calgon effect, skip spendy bath products and raid your pantry and fridge for fresh, nontoxic, tub-ready goods. We consulted Lina Hanson, natural beauty expert and author of Eco-Beautiful (Rodale Books, 2008), to round up some favorite ingredients.

    By Elizabeth Marglin
  • Kiss of Lead

    You’ve likely heard lipstick can contain lead, a neurotoxin linked to learning problems, miscarriages, and kidney damage, among other health issues. Now a recent FDA study of 20 lipsticks (brands not released) detected lead levels up to four times higher than those found by a 2007 Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) review of 33 tubes.

    By Melaina Juntti
  • Beauty for Tween Scene

    Many young girls today are swaddled in organic cotton, fed organic fruits and veggies, and bathed with pure products practically since birth. Even so, daughters of natural-minded parents soon skip home from playdates wearing drugstore nail polish and pleading for beauty products of their own.

    Preteen years are tough. Luckily, going natural is easy.
    By Jolene Hart
  • Beauty for Tween Scene

    Many young girls today are swaddled in organic cotton, fed organic fruits and veggies, and bathed with pure products practically since birth. Even so, daughters of natural-minded parents soon skip home from playdates wearing drugstore nail polish and pleading for beauty products of their own.

    Preteen years are tough. Luckily, going natural is easy.
    By Jolene Hart
  • Sleeping Beauty

    Before you tumble into bed at night too exhausted to wash your face, rub those tired feet, or give your locks some love, consider this: A small investment in your nighttime beauty regimen means a big payoff in the way you look and feel in the morning.

    With a little primping before bed, you'll wake up glowing.
    By Rona Berg
  • Calm Mind, Clear Skin

    At age 16, Dawn Montefusco developed a serious case of psoriasis that covered 85 percent of her body in itchy, red scales. Her doctor dashed her hopes of an easy cure, telling her she’d most likely have the autoimmune disease the rest of her life. “I was a sophomore in high school, so this was devastating,” recalls Montefusco, now 40.

    Don't let stress sabotage your complexion.
    by O'Rya Hyde-Keller