Horst Rechelbacher: Natural Beauty Pioneer

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This week the pioneering founder of Aveda and Intelligent Nutrients, Horst Rechelbacher, passed away from cancer. He advocated for the safety, purity and efficacy of our personal care products for years— a crusade that started long before most of us knew the word 'organic.' The above quote comes from the last time I interviewed him, in the summer of 2013, for an Organic Spa article about the purity of our products. It reminds me of our continued quest— to seek out the safest, purest, and most effective products on earth.

The First Mass Market Facial Oils: Natural Vs. Conventional...Plus Your Chance to Win One!

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Flipping through a fashion mag last week, I saw an ad for new L'Oreal Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil, billed as The first facial oil*.

The claim seemed a little outrageous, until my eyes found the asterisk on the facing page that further explained *In the current Mass Market (non-Department Stores).

From there I glanced up to my desk, where I'd just set two samples of Seventh Generation's own new mass market facial oils (available in Walgreens). I thought it would be interesting to compare the two L'Oreal and the Seventh Generation products. I found that Seventh Gen's oils give L'Oreal's new oil a run for its money— in more ways than one.

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On My Hair in May...Luxury Haircare from Olja

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I've tried a lot of luxury hair lines over the years, but their ingredients disappoint me, from the $33 a bottle Kerastase (full of parabens) to the $37 Oribe and the cult-fave Living Proof (brimming with endocrine disruptors like synthetic fragrance and butylphenyl methylpropional). They're just not products I feel good about massaging into my head, and I'm certainly not going to pay top dollar to do so, you know?

But if you look hard, you'll find that there are haircare splurges that are both healthy AND luxurious. Meet Olja. This brand new handmade line (it just became available in the fall of 2012) is packed with some of the finest natural beauty ingredients, and bottled in elegant violet glass to preserve the integrity of its natural oils. These products are expensive, but in most cases you only need a small amount at a time. The founder of Olja, Amy Lindwall, is a seasoned stylist who believes that our hair is an extension and an expression of our well-being and our physical selves. She hand cultivates and picks the herbs used in Olja products on her farm in Upstate New York, and uses principles of medical herbalism to formulate them. The love and quality in these products shows!

Here are the 4 Olja products that I'm obsessed with (they rival products from any prestige hair care line—and they're natural!):

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How I Healed the Burn- Naturally

I really put CV Skinlabs Restorative Skin Balm to the test— and it healed a nasty burn. Now I'm giving away two of these first aid essential balms to Beauty Is Wellness readers!

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Spring Detox Your Beauty

Spring is the ideal season for detox, and over the next three weeks I'll be bringing you tips on detoxing your beauty, your body, and your home, along with detox-friendly product giveaways from fabulous online natural beauty boutique O & N Collective.

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Padma Lakshmi's Slimming Body Oil Recipe

Padma Lakshmi, the gorgeous host of Top Chef who is also a former model, recently shared her personal recipe for slimming body oil made with natural oils. She says, "If I knew I had a big event or shoot (especially lingerie) I would make an all-natural topical diuretic that works wonders." Check out the recipe...

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Make Room for the Un-Petroleum Jelly

I can honestly say that I've never been a fan of petroleum jelly. But I was really intrigued by Waxelene, "The Petroleum Jelly Alternative." It's made with natural ingredients that are actually good for your skin: organic soy oil, beeswax, natural vitamin E oil and organic rosemary oil. Refreshing, right?

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Silktage: Styling Serum? Or Overnight Hair Treatment?

How did your hair fare this winter? After being whipped around into knots by freezing wind, caught in the zipper of my winter coat and dehydrated by dry indoor heat, mine's a little worse for wear. Which is why I'm so thrilled about the arrival of Silktage Rejuvenating Styling Serum.

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NYers, Have You Seen the Natural, RAW Beauty at Your Local Drugstore?

That's right...natural beauty is taking over a growing chunk of real estate at your local drugstore! New Yorkers can now find a major natural brand in their ubiquitous Duane Reade drugstores, which just started carrying the Raw Essentials line by model Carol Alt...

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