Product Review: Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum

Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum

Have you ever noticed that sometimes the universe is really good at reminding you to take your own advice? Here’s my recent proof: I just got a big dose of “told you so” from myself, via this post on the common ways we sabotage our skin. Guess what? I was guilty. I knew all those rules, and yet somehow I still thought I could overexfoliate and use acne products too harsh from my skin to beat it into submission — even though my complexion was giving me so many signs that it was overly dry and irritated. (See numbers 3, 4, and 8 on my list. Nice going, Aleigh.)

Happily, I was offered a chance to try a new facial serum*, and it came at the perfect time — just as I was remembering all over again why I fell in love with facial oils and serums in the first place. They are so healing, and literally all skin types can benefit from the right one.

Read on for my review of Active Botanical Serum from Vintner’s Daughter!

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Natural Beauty Q&A: Jennifer Eden, Co-Founder of Tampon Tribe

Tampon Tribe Indigo + CanaryI’ve been noticing more and more that one of my go-to products — one that which, frankly, I have given very minimal thought — is deserving a closer look. Hide your eyes if you’re squeamish, because I’m about to broach a subject that makes most people want to end a conversation mid-sentence.

In a word: tampons. Oh yes, I went there.

So here’s the thing: A while back I read about how some women had discovered their tampons were kind of moldy. (Thank you, Jezebel, for giving me more fodder for my already-vivid nightmares.) Then I started thinking about all that blindingly white cotton, and how it was probably bleached with some pretty harsh chemicals, and then — LALALA — I promptly plugged my fingers in my ears and tried to drown out the sounds of my own thoughts.

Because sometimes it all just feels like way too much, you know? I worry enough about BPA and nanoparticles and microbeads and pthalates and parabens and now I also have to worry about the chemicals that go into manufacturing tampons, too?

Well, the answer is obviously yes. Don’t believe me? Pop over and read “The Truth About Tampons” over at Time and then come back here so we can talk. No, really, I’ll wait.

Are we good now? Great. Let me introduce you to Jennifer Eden, co-founder of Tampon Tribe. It’s a natural tampon subscription service that’s officially launching with an IndieGogo campaign on September 12. The product? 100% organic, nontoxic tampons with compostable applicators. For real.

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4 Reasons to Try a Deodorant Detox This Fall

4 Reasons Fall Is the Best Season for a Deodorant Detox

When you’re making the switch from conventional products to natural beauty, body, and skincare, one of the most important transitions is the one from antiperspirant to a natural deodorant. (Sticking it out with natural shampoo is at the top of the list, too.) Changing these beauty habits — especially when your body has worked hard to “adapt” to all those chemicals — can be a challenging, sweaty, and even smelly process. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth the work. And guess what? Fall is the best season to do it. Here’s why.

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Natural Beauty + Labor Day Sales = Everybody Wins


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If you need to stock up or you’ve been looking for an excuse to test out some new products, this weekend just might be the perfect excuse. Reason: Labor Day sales! You work hard, so treat yo self.

30% off all Pomme D’Or Swiss Apple Stem Cell Cleansing Lotions, Serums and Creams at Be Natural Organics with code APPLE

20% off all orders $125+ at Naturopathica with code LABORDAY2016

Friends & Family Sale: 25% off everything at 100% Pure

Relaunch Sale! 30% Off at Spirit Beauty Lounge

Free shipping on everything at W3ll People

25% off at Au Naturale Cosmetics with code WORKIT 

20% off Little Barn Apothecary with code COOLERNIGHTS

BOGO at Acure Organics (through the end of the month!)

20% off at Joy Provisions with code LABORDAY20

Have you discovered a great natural beauty Labor Day sale? Share in the comments and I’ll add it to the list! 

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Out, Out Damn Spot! 6 Natural Brightening Treatments

Natural Brightening TreatmentsI have two friends who recently requested natural product recommendations to help combat melasma spots. One developed the dark spots on her face during pregnancy (totally worth the trouble). The other received them as a fun surprise side effect from a new, insurance-prompted birth control switch (not awesome).

There’s no one-treatment-fits all approach to any skin condition, especially one like melasma that has several potential causes, so it’s important to pay attention to what ingredients generate the best results for your skin — and which ingredients are irritating or ineffective on you. I’ve done the research in the hopes of helping out some friends, but I’m happy to share the results with you as well!

Here are six natural, organic, and nontoxic brightening treatments to help fade dark spots and even out skin tone. (Please note: This post contains an affiliate link, which means I could earn some money — at no cost to you — if you click on it. View my full disclosure here.)

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