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Do You Use Exfoliating Body Scrub?
June 17, 2008, 7:55 am
Filed under: green, health/beauty

This was super interesting. Apparently the ‘micro-beads’ that swirl down your drain as you rinse off are often microplastics (unless noted as ‘natural’). Sewage treatment systems aren’t designed to remove microplastics, and they end up washing downstream into the ocean, where they end up in the digestive systems of aquatic life.

Food for thought.



Khadi Available Outside of India!
May 21, 2008, 11:14 am
Filed under: green, health/beauty

I found Khadi brand toiletries for sale outside of India! Not that it’s any easier for me to buy them in Euros from another country, but at least it’s proof that the stuff is exported. I daydream sometimes of contacting the manufacturer and asking them to let me import some of the products to sell in the United States.

Meanwhile I still ask everyone I know going home for a little while to bring me back one of everything they find.

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Herbal Facial Steam
January 28, 2008, 3:34 am
Filed under: green, health/beauty, shopping

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I recently put together a huge order at Mountain Rose Herbs for a bath product workshop I’m doing with a friend. I took advantage of the order to get a few things for myself, naturally. First up is this blend of organic herbs and flowers for a spa-worthy facial steam bath. I’ve noticed, lately, that with a little smart shopping, “spa-worthy” can be had for pennies on the dollar. I’ve no doubt this facial would have cost at least $45 at the local day spa, yet if I’m willing to DIY on the towel and boiling water part, I can have it for $1.65. Heck yes!

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Medicinal House Plants
October 14, 2007, 9:30 pm
Filed under: green, health/beauty

This morning, as I sat in the bathroom slicing aloe for my latest sunburn, I started pondering what other medicinal house plants I could be growing.

A google search gave me lots of hits for mushrooms, but that wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. Other than basic mint for soothing tea, what kind of plants can I grow in my house for home remedies?

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Dr. Hauschka Sale @ Whole Foods
October 1, 2007, 10:26 pm
Filed under: green, health/beauty

In my social and economic circle, Whole Foods is referred to as Whole Paycheck, and I haven’t shopped there since I was an impressionable teen still tied to my parent’s purse-strings. But I took a spin through one Saturday morning because I was there and it was there and I couldn’t think of why not. Glad that I did, because now I can report that they had the Dr. Hauschka Trial Care Kits recommend earlier on sale for $17. Good stuff!



Dr. Hauschka Trial Care Kits
September 20, 2007, 12:20 am
Filed under: green, health/beauty

I am completely susceptible to a good sales pitch. As Sprig gave such a good one here, all I can say in response is, “Ooooohhh, I want one of those!” Read up on Dr. Hauschka, my friends, and you’ll want one too. Good clean ingredients, a holistic view towards the health of your biggest (and most visible) organ, and the donation of partial profits to a good cause. Who wouldn’t be a little seduced by that?

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khadi herbal nourishing cream
August 9, 2007, 4:58 am
Filed under: green, health/beauty

If you have any desi coworkers or friends who are going home for Christmas and are likely to bring you back a souvenir, be sure you ask for this. I picked up my jar at an admitted tourist-trap (The Bombay Store in Mumbai), but they’d probably buy your souvenir from a place like that anyway, so don’t let them give you any grief about having to go there for you.

I use this stuff to soothe my skin when the prescription acne medications I use have stressed it out. I feel like a queen every time I smooth it on. When the main ingredients are honey and saffron, how could you not?

Ingredients: honey, saffron extract, walnut oil, almond oil, pistachew oil, wheat germ oil, neroli extract.

Did you see any parabens, mineral oils, preservatives, or fillers in that list? No? Neither did I.

Isn’t life grand?