Urban Hippie / non-toxic skin care

  • Oatmeal isn't just for eating. Take a bath in it!

    One of the reasons I started Root Beauty was because I have VERY SENSITIVE skin! And what that really means is that I react very quickly and sometimes quite violently to chemicals. Being a redhead with fair skin, I also tend to have dryer skin. I grew up just outside of Detroit and the winters could be brutal. My skin would crack and bleed, which is why I live in Souther California now -- I wasn't meant for the cold.    Now back to the oatmeal bath! You can buy oatmeal bath products in the store, but for what you...

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  • Top 10 chemicals to avoid in skin care products

      Here is my top 10 list of chemicals to avoid in skin care products. The list could be longer, but you'll be lucky if you can remember the top three. I know it's complicated and overwhelming when you first realize that the majority of the products you use for personal care, skin care, make-up, deodorant, soap, etc. contain many of these chemicals. I have also listed the EWG score. EWG stands for Environmental Working Group. It's a comprehensive data base that rates many skin care products and chemicals for their toxicity level. The scale is 0-10, 0 being the...

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  • How to apply Root Beauty's natural, organic moisturizer

      Here are some simple steps to making our organic moisturizer last longer  (and supply the best nourishment for your skin).  1. Wash your face with cleanser and then rinse with warm water.  2. Leave face wet. Literally dripping wet. 3. Put several drops (around 3 to 5) in your hand. 4. Rub your hands together to spread the oil throughout your hands. 5. Pat your face with your hand to apply the oil evenly all over your wet face. 6. Blot any excess water from your face with a towel. DO NOT rub your  face. Blot gently.  Now you...

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  • How to apply Root Beauty's natural, organic deodorant

       Here are some basics steps for applying our deodorant. 1. Put a small amount on your fingers.  (Remember if the room is cold the deodorant might be a little hard, just scrape a little out and it will melt right in your hands or fingers.) 2. Apply to underarm. Rub in well, the coconut oil will melt right into your underarm.  3. If you get any clumping, as seen below, you might have either put too  much on or not rubbed it in enough. Remove excess and enjoy a day free from odor! 

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  • #1 chemical to avoid in all products!

    There are more and more studies being done about the various chemicals found in our personal care products (and cleaning products) and the findings are disheartening. EWG (Environmental Working Group) has started a data base to list and rate these chemicals based on their toxicity levels. I must admit, it can be totally overwhelming. There are so many ingredients in skin care products, even organic skin care products, that it can be difficult to figure out if the product you use is toxic or not.   The one easy way-to-remember, easy-to-find, number #1 chemical to avoid is FRAGRANCE! Why is...

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