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author of Eco-Beautiful. “I had been working in the industry for several years before I discovered the toxic ingredients in makeup; I was shocked,” she says. Equally unsettling, “I also learned that many of the ingredients allowed in the U.S. are banned in the European Union because of their toxicity.” That knowledge launched Han-


son’s quest to create safe, organic, beauty-enhancing products for women, celebrities and everyday people alike. “So many people these days pay close attention to what they put in their bod- ies, but not everyone is as careful about what they put on their bodies,” she says. “I want people to understand that you don’t have to sacrifice beauty in going green.” Hanson warns against so-called


“natural” cosmetics that abuse the term and may include harmful preservatives and synthetic ingredients. She assures, “Any product labeled ‘USDA certified organic’ contains 100 percent organic ingredients.” Her book mentions numerous brands she recommends.


Beauty Bonus Tip Healthy, moisturized skin is essential to natural beauty, many experts agree, noting that younger women need to unclog pores to prevent acne. They don’t need much moisturizing, but skin generally becomes drier with age, making good moisturizers impor- tant. Cox recommends jojoba oil to effect glowing skin. Hanson likes coconut oil, although she recom- mends rubbing it in, removing make- up and then taking it off with a hot, wet towel. The Campaign for Safe Cosmet-


ics (SafeCosmetics.org) has created a helpful app for iPhone and Android users at ThinkDirtyApp.com. Simply download it and scan a store item’s barcode to immediately access infor- mation on the product’s toxic ingredi- ents, along with recommendations for healthier alternatives.


Kathleen Barnes is the author of many natural health books, including Food Is Medicine. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.


DIY Island Lip Gloss


1 tsp grated beeswax 1 tsp grated cocoa butter 1 tsp coconut oil


1 tsp macadamia or other nut oil /8


1 tsp light sesame oil 1


tsp vitamin E oil


Choose organic ingredients when possible. Melt ingredients together in a double boiler or microwave. Add a pinch of beetroot power for color. Stir well until all are mixed. Store in a small, clean container.


Recipe courtesy of Janice Cox, EcoBeauty


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