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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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Have You Tried Crystal Healing?

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Crystal healing is one of those things I’ve read about and have been curious about for ages, but I’ve never tried it for myself. (After all, I have a well-documented obsession with gemstones that just barely takes second place to my natural beauty habit…)

But after writing about crystal healing for the newly-revamped StyleSeat blog, I think I might need to try it. After all, it gives me an excuse to buy more crystals! Look out, labradorite, I’m coming for you.

Have you tried crystal healing? Why do you love it? Please share!

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Natural Beauty Q&A: Jovie of The Rex Apothecary


Meet Jovie Belisle. Here’s why she’s exactly as awesome as she looks: In addition to being the founder and crafter behind the herbal concoctions at Rex Apothecary, she’s also about to complete a two-year Holistic Health Practice program. To celebrate, she wants to do something even more awesome—she wants to travel the country in a 1978 Winnebago to prove to bring her natural products to the people! (While also offering a healthy dose of nutritional and herbal consulting alongside, natch.) I’m all about supporting my fellow natural believers, and I’m hoping she’ll make it from Portland (where she is) to Charlotte (where we are). But a little help would go a long way. She’s working to raise $2,200 by September 1 to take her show on the road. Check out her Indiegogo page or leave a comment on this post to cheer her on!

Read on for some insight into her natural beauty journey and why she thinks it would be a great idea to trek across the country with her dog and two cats in an elderly Winnebago. I love her beauty philosophy! So inspiring. —Aleigh

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Natural Beauty Q&A: Sara Davoodi of Athar’a

I’m thrilled to share a Natural Beauty Q&A with Sara Davoodi today. Not only is Sara lovely (she is not wearing any makeup in that photo on the left, by the way), she’s also a lovely person, and her products were my first introduction to Ayurvedic skincare. Her company, Athar’a, makes products that are natural, organic, vegan, and cruelty-free.

Read on for Sara’s beauty philosophy, how Ayurveda influences her approach to skincare, and the two Athar’a products she recommends for newbies to Ayurveda and Athar’a products.

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Natural Beauty Q&A: Makeup Artist Sally Biondo

I’m so inspired by eco makeup artist and organic beauty expert Sally Biondo. The New York-based makeup pro is a leader in the natural beauty movement (just look at her gorgeous work!) and is committed to empowering others with honest information about the products they use. She’s enhanced the natural beauty of stars including Jessica Simpson, Hilary Duff, Naomi Judd, and Lindsay Lohan.

Read on for Sally’s beauty philosophy, her must-have products, and the one bad beauty habit she encourages everyone to break!

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