Natural Living

By Irene Fogarty

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It’s April already, but for some reason I still don’t have that “spring in the air” feeling yet. I have no desire to get a new haircut, new clothes or start spring-cleaning. Maybe it’s the rotten dull weather and the still-chilly days.

So to help me, and you, I have picked a few all-natural products that should prepare me for this upcoming surge of energy, which I’m sure I will be feeling any day now. Right?

From hair to lips to skin, here are three great revitalizing products that are wonderfully effective (and natural). So next time you hear from me, I will be more rejuvenated and revitalized. And it will be May!!

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Deep-rooted hydration. Is it just me or does everyone experience severe scalp dryness in New York? If you do, here’s a great solution. Unlike those pungent smelling scalp relievers that are full of chemicals that literally strip your scalp, this will actually nourish it.

It’s called Max Green Alchemy Scalp Rescue Shampoo and Conditioner. Specially developed to clean your hair while alleviating an array of common hair and scalp problems, this combo is the best hair care I’ve discovered. What I love about these formulas is that they are not only natural, but you only need to use a tiny amount. Literally a pea size is enough. They tell you that on the bottle. So don’t over do it–or you’re just wasting it.

Made from modern plant derived ingredients, botanical extracts, vitamins, and essential oils, I highly recommend this for damaged and lackluster hair that thirsts for nutrients to clean and condition your scalp. Here’s why:

– Naturally supports the treatment of dandruff, psoriasis of the scalp, seborrheic dermatitis and dry, flaky, itchy scalps.
– 100% plant derived and natural origin
– Petrochemical-free
– GMO-free, lanolin-free, paraben-free
– SLS-free, that’s Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, the volume synthetic chemical used in consumer products and regulated as a pesticide. SLA can be drying and harsh for the hair and cause eye irritation, allergic reactions, and hair loss!
– Cruelty-free and vegan.org approved
– Luxurious and abundant lather
– Active botanics for an exhilarating aromatherapy experience to invigorate the day, while safely cleaning and conditioning
– Gentle enough for everyday use with all hair types and by all ages.

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Burt’s Beeswax Lip Balm
You may know this one but here’s one of the best lip balms out there. Burt’s most popular product, this balm is chockfull of pain relieving protective ingredients to help soothe cracked, chapped or burning lips. Ingredients include coconut oil, beeswax, sweet almond oil, peppermint oil, tocopheryl acetate & tocopherol (vitamin E), lanolin, comfrey root extract, rosemary extract.

Available in the cool, old-fashioned yellow tin or the newfangled and plastic tube with 50% post-industrial recycled plastic. So now you really have something to smile about!

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How about a spritzer at work?
Since my “Vino In Veritas Caudalie” article, I’ve raved about CAUDALIE Beauty Elixir. It’s probably the best boost you can give your skin any time of the day. Full of essential oils and rare plants, this delicious mist is a highly concentrated lotion, part tonic and part serum. What I love is the smell. You can almost grasp all the scents of refreshing grape extracts, soothing rosemary, mint and peppermint oils. You’ll see how it smoothes your complexion, closes the pores as soon as it is applied, and helps your moisturizer perform better.

Spray on before applying your cream, or at any time of the day for an immediate energizing sensation. Spray onto the decollete for its tonic and firming effect. You can even spray it over your foundation and powder for a perfect matte look.

Plus it’s animal friendly, without colorant, dermatologically tested, non comedogenic, hypo-allergenic. 100% natural perfume, with no preservatives. Pure refreshment.

Originally published April 2005
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