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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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Link Love: The Week of Love

Some love-ly links to share for the week of love!

6 Ways Kissing Makes You Stronger, from Reader’s Digest.

Hot Water + ACV = Metabolism booster? (I am already testing this one out: and it turns out hot water, even just on its own, is very soothing and energizing—helping me cut back on my mid-afternoon caffeine fix.)

Saffron Rouge has a great post about the benefits of natural mascaras. (Side note: I’m still loving my Living Nature Gentle Makeup Remover.)

The state of California is classifying BPA as a “reproductive hazard,” and I’m thrilled. But there’s more to the story…scan to the end of this page for a little nugget about why you might need to be skeptical of some “BPA-free” claims.

Jolene has a great recipe for “skin juice” a la the gorgeous Naomi Watts.

Finally, this op-ed in The New York Times is generating a lot of buzz. Here’s a snippet:

“Well, the ever-popular formaldehyde — used in nail polish, shampoo, soap and hair straighteners — frequently appears on ingredient lists (sometimes disguised as “formalin”); it’s a known carcinogen. So is dioxane, which rarely appears on labels because it’s not an intentionally added ingredient but a byproduct of manufacturing. (It’s found, for example, in bubble bath.) Some 400 hair dyes and lipsticks contain lead. (In small amounts, but you might not want to kiss your kids if you’re wearing lead-tainted lipstick.) The endocrine disrupters known as phthalates were found by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in pretty much everyone.”

Happy Friday, everyone! Hope you have plans for a fantastic weekend. —Aleigh


(Image via Planet of Success on Flickr)

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Link Love Friday: Ice Cold

Today is sleety and cold in normally-blue-skied Charlotte, but I’m happy to have settled in with a dog on my feet and some great links to share.

Ever wondered what those little seals on your natural and organic cosmetics actually mean?  This (long but good!) post does a great job of decoding/deciphering. (Scroll to the bottom if you want to get straight to the details.)

Hormone imbalances can have a big impact on your body (including your skin, weight, hair, and more)…and Wellness Mama put together a great list of easy ways to help your hormones get back to where they should be. (That pesky coffee conundrum pops up again…)

Stories like this one from the New York Times make me a little crazy: one woman’s experiences with a three-day BPA detox. (The crazy part isn’t that she tried to detox from BPA. The crazy part is just how much she had to change her daily routine in order to do it.)

If you’re in NYC, mark your calendar for Feb. 7: Jolene is hosting what sounds like an amazing Beauty Food Supper Club event.

Luckily everything around here isn’t frozen: these adorable blooms popped open on my Meyer lemon tree today and they smell amazing. Happy Friday, everyone!


Photo Credit: OakleyOriginals cc

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Link Love Friday

My tree is finally up (and decorated), there’s a wreath on my front door, and I’m planning my menu for Christmas dinner—which is definitely going to include these gorgeous, buttery roasted chestnuts—but I have to admit that I’m seriously behind in my gift shopping.

If you are, too, our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide might help.

In the meantime, I’ve rounded up some nuggets of natural beauty goodness from around the web to share with you. Here’s what I’ve been reading + enjoying this week.

Happy almost weekend, everyone! —Aleigh

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4 Tips for a Beautiful (and Healthy) Earth Day

It only comes around once a year, but there’s no reason you can’t celebrate Earth Day all year long—even when it comes to your cosmetics. Here are four things you can do today—and every day—to show some love to Mother Nature.

Choose organic when you can. Organic ingredients are grown by farmers who care about supporting the earth’s health through sustainable agriculture.

Choose your cosmetics carefully. Support companies that have policies that benefit the planet. Here’s a list of six sustainable beauty companies I put together for Breathe magazine.

Recycle. Many natural and organic cosmetics companies use recycled—and recyclable—packaging. Make sure you clean them out and drop them in your recycling bin when you’re finished with them.

Drink lots of water (it’s great for your skin!). But make sure you’re drinking from a re-usable water bottle. Those plastic water bottles are often made with BPA—but even if they’re BPA-free, they’re bad for the environment (and bottled H2O is no better for you than tap water).

Are you celebrating Earth Day? What do you have planned?

—Aleigh

 

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