First three to write us get free Zen Society skincare products

I don’t sell any skincare products—but virtually all the skincare products you can buy in a drugstore or even high-end makeup lines have dozens of toxins in them. Anything you put on your skin is used by the body the same way what you eat is. That is, it goes right into the bloodstream. Fragrances are particularly harmful, as a recent study showed that the average fragrance has 14 chemicals in it that weren’t disclosed on the ingredient list.

I love the Zen Society hydrating rosewater mist! I have it next to my desk, since I spend so much time here. It’s a beautiful pick-me-up, absorbs oils, hydrates against air conditioning, sun/wind, and travel; sets makeup (I don’t wear it but that’s a benefit, if you do) to look dewy; and balances skin pH. I also love their Elderberry Toner, alcohol-free, made from witch hazel, a natural astringent, as well as lavender water and elderberry, which are anti-aging, firming and toning.

The first three to write us, support123@greensmoothiegirl.com, with your address, get both products free. Their website is ZenSocietySkincare.com (and “like” them on facebook). http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zen-Society-Skincare/160716130710109?ref=ts

Zen Society is founded by GreenSmoothieGirl reader Kaitlyn, a master herbologist. Her line is 100% Natural, made in Connecticut with Certified Organic ingredients, plant botanicals, and fruit extracts.

The products are gluten free, Vegan, and 100% pure (Preservative-Free).

Kaitlyn locally sources many of her fresh ingredients and donates a percent of every sale to Friends of the Earth. Her products appeal to people with sensitive skin or for those who want a line that is safe for the whole family. To an Herbalist, 100% Natural means no fragrances, no preservatives, and no chemicals. The products smell like the oils and extracts that they are made of, not a synthetic fragrance.

Zen Society formulas are based on Ayurveda teachings that beauty comes from simplicity and one should not not put anything on our skin that we couldn’t eat. That is why all of their formulas are safe, simple and pure.

natural beauty tips

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl: Thanks for your blog entry today about what you eat in a day, and when.   I had been wondering about that.   You should also let us know your beauty routine.   Do you use special facial cleaners or just simple products?   I’m wondering if you use Basic H.   Also, do you use expensive natural makeup, or just the drugstore brands?   Thanks for whatever info you want to share.

 

Answer:    This will probably be a disappointment, since I’m not sure I have any genius ideas.   I’m all about what I can do with the least amount of time, with few chemicals, especially sodium laureth sulfate (SLS), propylene glycol (PG), and mineral oil, which are probably the worst three of the bad ingredients in cosmetics and soap.   My main beauty tip is to let your pores be unclogged with makeup as much as possible!   I use organic, unrefined coconut oil all over my face at night, and on my lips several times a day.   I wash my face with any unscented, simple facial bar.

 

I don’t wear foundation.   I wear drugstore eyeliner, mascara, blush, and lipstick if I go to work or out in the evening, and that’s it.   (I’m not recommending them–I just haven’t found natural products that do what drugstore mascara and lipsticks do.   In general, expensive brands have just as much junk in them as cheap brands do.)   On days I don’t have to dress up, I wear no makeup at all, letting my skin breathe.   I’ve read that the “natural” brands (Jason, KissMyFace, etc.) still are found to have toxic chemicals in them when they are tested.   Anyone have better ideas?   I don’t think “bare mineral makeup” is the answer.   I realize that’s all the rage, but they’re still metals or minerals, maybe better than the worst products, but still pore clogging and not really the nutrition skin needs.

 

I also like to go in the sun to run, garden, or play tennis, several days a week–just not long enough to burn.   And I use a crystal stick for deodorant (from the health food store or Azure Standard)–it’s just salt!   No aluminum products that build up, are very difficult to eliminate, and cause Alzheimer’s risk.   (To answer your question, I do use Basic H by Shaklee, not for a beauty product, but for a veg/fruit wash, highly diluted, in a water bottle.)