Scotch Naturals on sale, and a guest post!

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Do you subscribe to Pure Citizen? If not, you should check them out–they often have sales on many of my favorite natural beauty brands. In fact, right now they’ve got a sale on lovely nail polish from Scotch Naturals, a line of water-based polishes without toluene, pthalates, formaldehyde, acetone or heavy metals that are also vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free…you get the idea.

Also, yesterday I wrote a guest post for my friend Rosie Molinary’s blog about how I discovered natural beauty. It was so fun to write–big thanks to Rosie for the opportunity!


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5 Comments on Scotch Naturals on sale, and a guest post!

  1. Kelly Love Johnson said on

    Love the organic polish colors – especially the berry red for fall (for which I am holding my breath as we’re hitting day number 57 of triple digit temps in Austin).

    Burt’s Bees just came out with a sugar scrub – how do they rate? I have their hand salve and coconut foot lotion, but some of the ingredients are hard to place. 100% organic or no?

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    • indigo+canary said on

      Kelly, thanks for the comment! (First one!) I will investigate the ingredients in those products and see what I find. 🙂


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    • indigo+canary said on

      Hi again! Burt’s Bees has a few sugar scrubs on their web site, so I looked at all of them. There’s one suspicious ingredient I see: “fragrance.” A generic “fragrance” reference on an ingredients list almost always means some kind of synthetic scent, which can irritate sensitive skin. Lactic acid (in the Honey & Shea Sugar Scrub) is somewhat questionable depending on who you ask…PETA hates it because it could potentially be animal-derived and its use has been restricted in Canadian cosmetics. The only others that are slightly concerning are the limonene and geraniol. Both are naturally-occurring citrusy scents (limonene is found in orange peels, for example), but can potentially be irritating if you were to get them in your eyes or into a cut on your body. All in all, I think the scrubs are much better than many of the synthetic products on the market–I would use them properly (meaning: don’t clean your contacts with them!), and avoid them if your skin is sensitive or you’re allergic to most fragrances.

      Burt’s Bees products are definitely not all 100% organic, but they don’t make that claim–they say their products are 100% natural. (They promise their products are free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates and petrochemicals, which are the common cosmetics ingredients you definitely want to stay away from!) I’d be interested to know what’s in the “parfum/fragrance” on their ingredients list, though — I’ll see if I can track down an answer to that.

      Hope this is helpful!


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  2. Kelly Love Johnson said on

    Thank you! One of the things I like about Burt’s Bees (especially the hand salve, which smells like lavender) is the fragrance, so I hope they’re using natural sources for it. It’s such a great line and easy to find – it’s even at my local grocery store now!

    And yay I was the first commenter! 🙂

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  3. Kelly Love Johnson said on

    Oh, also meant to mention that lactic acid is in a lot of my Philosophy skin care, which I am extremely reluctant to give up, so I imagine them getting it from the milk of happy cows who frolic in a meadow when they’re not being milked. Since lactic acid is in milk, I assume PETA’s objections are simply about cows being kept on dairy farms? You don’t have the kill the cow to get it.

    And I definitely don’t have sensitive skin – I’ve had microdermabrasion and have been using products with retinol since I was in my 20s, which is why I still look early 30s-ish. Or mid 30s-ish, depending on what time of day it is. *wink*

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