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Indigo+Canary’s 12 Most Popular Posts Of 2012

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The end of 2012 is approaching, and once again, I’m looking forward to a new year that’s fresh with promise. I’m not one who believes the world is going to end this Friday, obviously! But I wanted to take a moment to look back at your favorite posts* of the year. Here they are, in all of their glory. Enjoy!

Dry Brushing to Detox Your Skin. I am still doing this most days, and I still adore how invigorating—and exfoliating—this daily treatment is.

Get Shiny, Glossy Hair—Naturally. I wrote this story for Breathe magazine; Julie Ebner offered some great, natural tips!

Natural Beauty Q&A with Michelle Witherby. She’s the founder of O&N Collective, and has great advice. She shares her comprehensive approach to natural beauty (and health), and a few of her must-have products.

Your Questions Answered: Laser Hair Removal. I had laser hair removal every six weeks for nearly a year…and answered your questions based on what I learned (and from asking my technician).

Natural Beauty Q&A with Sally Biondo. She’s a fantastic, all-natural makeup artist, and shared her beauty philosophy, her must-have products, and the one bad beauty habit she encourages everyone to break!

Natural Beauty Q&A with Karen Behnke. The founder of Juice Beauty told us about her path to natural beauty and offered some juicy inspiration.

Reader Question: Battling Hormonal Acne. Unfortunately, hormonal acne is something I continue to battle—and I offered up some techniques that can work on just about any type of skin that’s battling a hormonal acne invasion.

Sustainable (and natural) beauty. This story I wrote for Breathe features six natural beauty companies that take a commitment to Mother Nature very seriously.

Let’s talk about: Eyebrow threading. Threading is my preferred method of brow shaping and one of my favorite beauty treatments for a few reasons: it’s affordable, it’s quick, it’s (almost) painless, and it’s natural.

8 Leaps to Take in Your Beauty Routine. For Leap Day, I put together a special list of beauty “leaps” to try in its honor.

Roundup: Green Tea for Beautiful Skin. As an ingredient packed with antioxidants, green tea has taken the natural beauty scene by storm. And since the polyphenol in green tea, ECGC, has been proven to help rejuvenate and heal skin, fight inflammation, and heal acne, I put together a long list of products that include it.

How do you clean your yoga mat? I sought your advice for this post—and I’m so glad I did! There are some really great suggestions in the comments.

Did you have a favorite Indigo+Canary post this year? Any requests for 2013? —Aleigh

*This list doesn’t include any product reviews—I’ll tackle those in another post.

(Image via Leah Tihia™)

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Natural Beauty Q&A: Karen Behnke of Juice Beauty

Juice Beauty Founder Karen Behnke

When I started dabbling in natural cosmetics, this tinted moisturizer was one of the first products I tried—and it helped solidify my decision to go all-natural. Karen Behnke, the founder of Juice Beauty, is a long-time wellness entrepreneur. She had a brilliant idea: to create a line of products with organic juices as the base.

We chatted with Karen about her beauty philosophy and her path to natural beauty—read on for some juicy inspiration. —Aleigh

What drew you to organic cosmetics?
Health, wellness and fitness have always been my passion but once I was pregnant with my first child I really starting reading ingredient labels for the first time. I was shocked that everything that had been banned from our food was still in our beauty products. Given that the skin is the largest organ of your body and it absorbs almost 65 percent of what you put on it, realizing the benefits of organic beauty ingredients was a no brainer!

Your beauty philosophy: Organic, healthy, and fit living! When you’re treating your whole body right (eating properly, using Juice Beauty products, and staying active) it shows!

What’s the one product you’d recommend to someone who is trying Juice Beauty products for the first time? That’s tough—there are so many that are my favorites! Our Green Apple Peel is our patented bestseller and has won every beauty award under the sun (and rightly so, as it brightens, lightens, tightens)! Second to that would be the Stem Cellular Repair Eye Treatment because the proof is in the pudding (well, the clinical tests) and what woman doesn’t want to get rid of wrinkles around the eyes?! Okay, and then I can’t live without our Tinted SPF 30 Sand Moisturizer every morning as it is a multi-tasking wonder product…spf + rich moisturizer + mineral tint coverage + pomegranate antioxidants.

What has been the most challenging aspect of creating Juice Beauty’s innovative products? Initially the largest hurdle was finding scientists who were willing to go out on a limb and test formulas utilizing organic juices as the base instead of petroleum (yuk) or water (why pay for this?)! They all thought I was crazy when I approached them with the idea.

What’s on the horizon for Juice Beauty? Stay tuned for a VERY exciting celebrity collaboration that will launch on Earth Day…

Want more Q&As with natural beauties? Find them here.

(Image via Juice Beauty)

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