#HolidayGiftGuide: Gifts That Will Make Your Best Friend Glow 0
Girlfriends are like sisters...sometimes your besties may even feel like your soulmate. These are the ladies that you can always count on no matter what. They are by your side when you laugh, when you need a good cry and most importantly when you need help looking your absolute best. Long story short, their advice and support is invaluable.
So during this time of holiday gift giving, how do you show your girlfriends just how much you love them? We put together a fool-proof guide of non-toxic, organic gifts that will make your favorite beauties glow from the inside out!
Clarifying Facial Exfoliant
Do your or your bestie struggle with acne-prone skin? Then meet your new secret weapon: noncomedogenic, non-irritating jojoba oil. Moisturize, clean, exfoliate, and help calm acne-prone skin without causing inflammation, thanks to jojoba beads and hard-working alpha acids.
Clarifying Facial Serum
“Strong but gentle” is alive and well in our Clarifying Facial Serum, and problem skin in particular will love the combination. It’s filled with concentrated vitamins and powerful antioxidants, and penetrates deep to deliver where your skin needs it most. So close your eyes, apply a thin layer, and let this highly capable serum do what it does best.
Age Defying Moisturizer
Of course mature skin needs moisture – dare we say that falls under the heading of “no-brainer”? But you’ve got smarts to spare, not to mention a great moisturizer in your corner. After cleansing and toning, apply moisturizer in a thin layer using circular, upward motions. Featuring aloe, witch hazel, carrot, coconut and more, your skin will certainly thank you.
Certified Organic Hair Oil
We all have bad hair days – and sometimes, they’re caused by bad hair products. Not so with Celadon Road’s Certified Organic Hair Oil, featuring near-miraculous combination of almond, jojoba, argan, citrus and other essential oils. It’s a blend designed to slow hair loss, thinning and even greying, thanks to powerful antioxidants that also encourage new cells and strengthen hair to reduce breakage as it grows. Use as a hot oil treatment, an overnight hair mask, or a smoothing serum.
Olive Oil Lip Tints
We all know licking our lips makes them more chapped, not less. But if you’ve ever stopped to consider what you’re ingesting when you sweep on those chemical-filled, waxy sticks…yuck. Our lip balms are made with organic oils, beeswax and herbs – and they’re even flavored with organic peppermint oil for that cool rush you’ve come to enjoy! Best of all, these six gorgeous hues are carmine free, gluten free, and made with Certified Organic ingredients to USDA/NOP standards. Treat your bestie to the entire set – six different shades for every mood.
Eau de Parfum
Today's perfumes are exposing you to any of 600+ industrial chemicals – labeled under the guise of “fragrance” – that can cause some pretty nasty symptoms and potentially dangerous medical conditions. At the same time, simply dabbing on one-note oils doesn’t feel or smell as sophisticated as it should. That’s why Celadon Road has developed a ground- breaking collection of botanical perfumes. They’re inspired by the world around us and designed with an expertly layered complexity – yet crafted only from the finest all-natural essential oils and organic ingredients.
Our pick for the holidays happens to be Lemon Spice, which boasts a refined citrus blend, with piquant, pepper middle notes and sultry base of patchouli and cedar wood. But be sure to check out our full collection for a scent that fits your BFF to-a-t.
Alongside some of our favorites listed above, Celadon Road also offers a host of additional organic skincare, beauty and even eco-concious jewelry options, making it easier than ever to find the perfect gift for each and every girlfriend on your list.
Happy shopping and happy holidays!
#CleanGreen: 'Growing' Fresh Air 0
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air in our home is 2 – 5 times dirtier than the air outside. What’s an eco-conscious gal/guy to do? Well, the solution is at your fingertips, so get your green thumb on and buy some houseplants!
Houseplants are beautiful, yet powerful leafy superheroes that combat toxins in your home the all natural way; they purify and revitalize the air by removing chemical vapors and outputting clean air full of life-sustaining oxygen. Specifically, plants absorb airborne toxins through their leaves, and then deliver them down to the microbes living in the rhizosphere (the area of soil near plant roots which is filled with biological activity). Once the toxins are in the rhizosphere, the microbes that reside there are able to break down the toxin. The plants are not harmed or poisoned in the process.
In the book How to Grow Fresh Air, B.C. Wolverton lists the top 10 plants that have been shown to be most effective in reducing household toxins. They are:
- Areca Palm
- Lady Palm
- Bamboo Palm
- Rubber Plant
- Dracaena “Janet Craig”
- English Ivy
- Dwarf Date Palm
- Ficus Alii
- Boston Fern
- Peace Lily
Make it your goal today to beautify and purify your home with some plants. Then breathe a little easier. Looking for some more green, organic inspiration?
Be sure to follow Celadon Road on Pinterest for our latest ideas and musings!
#CleanGreen: Understanding the Toxins in Your Home 0Recently we talked about air quality and how to 'grow' fresh air. So by now, you’re probably wondering what brings these toxins into your home? Here are several toxins found in homes and the culprits that bring them in:
- Household cleaners: contribute to indoor air pollution and, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, harbor more than 150 carcinogenic chemicals that can lead to birth defects, cancer and psychological disorders. Consider replacing them with natural, organic, non-toxic products. The EPA reports that household cleaners increase the risk of cancer by 3 times.
- Formaldehyde: carpets, caulking, ceiling tiles, draperies, fabrics, facial tissues, grocery bags, floor coverings, gas stoves, grocery bags, paints, paper towels, permanent press clothing, upholstery.
- Xylene/toluene: adhesives, computer VDU screens, printers, photocopies, floor coverings, particleboard, stains and varnishes, wall coverings.
- Benzene: adhesives, ceiling tiles, printers, floor coverings, paints, particleboard, tobacco smoke, stains and varnishes, wall coverings.
- Chloroform: chlorinated tap water.
- Ammonia: cleaning products, printers, photocopiers.
- Alcohols: carpeting, cosmetics, floor coverings, paints, particleboard, stains and varnishes
- Acetone: cosmetics, nail polish remover, office correction fluid, pre-printed paper forms.
- Pesticides: are harmful to pets, humans and the environment. Use organic pest control measures for home and garden instead.
- Dust and dirt from outside: using a door mat cuts down the toxic lead dust levels in a home virtually in half and taking off your shoes before entering your home cuts the toxic dust down by 60%.
Organic Cleaning Products - A Better Choice for You and Your Family 0
Organic cleaning products allow us to clean our homes without the worry of long term health impacts. Organic cleaning products are free of dangerous toxins.
Organic Cleaning Products - A Better Choice for You and Your Family
Organic cleaning products have seen a drastic uptick in popularity over the past couple of years, and it's no wonder. The cleaners that we all grew up with are filled with harmful chemicals, and people have started moving away from them. It only makes sense. After all, we've all started to monitor the foods we put into our bodies and the grooming and beauty supplies we put onto our bodies. Shouldn't we also be cognizant of the things that we may inhale or get onto our skin when cleaning? That's why organic cleaning products are so important. They allow us to get our homes clean without the worry of long term health impacts.
- Phthalates - Phthalates are found in scented household products like air fresheners, dish soap, cleaners, and even toilet paper. Companies aren't required to disclose the presence of phthalates in their products, but if you see the word "scented", chances are they're in the product. Phthalates are known to be endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors interfere with the hormone systems of the body and can cause things like cancer, birth defects, developmental disorders, lowered sperm count in men, and more.
- Perchloroethylene - Also known as PERC, this chemical found in dry-cleaning solutions, spot removers, carpet and upholstery cleaners and the like has been identified as a neurotoxin by the chief scientist of environmental protection for the New York Attorney General's office. In addition, PERC has been classified as a "possible carcinogen" by the EPA. Exposure is commonly from inhalation, with symptoms such as dizziness and loss of coordination.
- Triclosan - You've probably heard of this one. At first blush, an antibacterial agent sounds great, but in reality, it's incredibly bad. This aggressive antibacterial agent is found in most liquid dishwashing detergents and hand soaps with the "antibacterial" label. In addition to there being no evidence that triclosan makes people healthier or safer, it has the concerning property of promoting drug-resistant bacteria.
- Quartenry Ammonium Compounds - QUATS, the shortened name for this antimicrobial, is found in liquid fabric softener, dryer sheets, and most household cleaners with the "antibacterial" label. Like tricolosan, QUATS promotes the breeding of antibiotic resistant bacteria. However, they have the added bonus of being a skin irritant. They are also suspected of contributing to asthma.
- 2-Butoxyethanol - This key ingredient in many window, kitchen, and multi-purpose cleaners gives them that classic sweet smell. It's a glycol ether, a powerful solvent. According to the EPA, it can cause sore throats when inhaled and, at high levels, contributes to narcosis, pulmonary edema, and severe liver and kidney damage. The EPA sets a standard of air concentration for this substance in the workplace. If you clean a confined space like a bathroom without adequate ventilation you can end up breathing air levels that are far higher than established safety standards.
- Ammonia - This powerful irritant is found in polishing cleaners for bathroom fixtures, sinks, and jewelry, as well as glass cleaners. Commonly used because it dries quickly and with no streaks, the trade off for this addition to cleaners is exposure to a highly powerful irritant. Exposure is via inhalation, and it strongly affects people with asthma, the elderly, and those with lung issues.
- Chlorine - Found in scouring powders, toilet cleaners, mildew removers, laundry whiteners, and even household tap water, chlorine is known to be an acute respiratory irritant, and research is now suggesting that it may be a thyroid disruptor, as well.
- Sodium Hydroxide - More commonly known as lye, this substance is most often found in oven cleaners and drain openers. It is extremely corrosive and can cause severe burns if it touches the skin or gets in the eyes. When inhaled, it can cause a sore throat that can last for several days.
- Kimberly Cornwell
3 Reasons To Use a Face Mask, Right Now 0Incorporating a face mask 1 to 2 times weekly can have some surprising results, and not just for women.
Oil...For Your Face? 0
Remember the first time that you heard of face oils? You probably gasped in shock, wondering why anyone would want a skin treatment made from the very stuff you're trying to prevent. But believe it or not, adding the right oil to your skincare regime can actually help prevent a slick situation. The proper product can soothe skin, reduce fine lines and prevent breakouts -- and that's just what Celadon Road's Certified Organic Face Oil is created to do. Your skin will glow from circulation-stimulating, cell-growth encouraging jojoba and almond oils that owe their beneficial properties to powerful antioxidants, along with fresh, calming essentials like rosehip and clary sage.
To help you get started we're sharing out favorite ways to leverage face oil and nourish gorgeous skin:
- As a night cap. After cleansing, warm a few drops of Celadon Road's Certified Organic Face Oil in your palm and massage gently into your face and neck. We also love to add a bit of moisturizer on top; try our Clearly Lemon or Age Defying Moisturizer for a special, green treat!
- Smooth sailing. Your face holds tension, and it shows! Use your facial oil to give yourself the ultimate facial massage -- even just five minutes can make a world of a difference. Start by adding a few drops to your palms and inhale deeply, extending the your breath as you let tension drain away. Next, using your finger tips, circle around your eyes, across your forehead and along your jaw-line. Work around tense areas with soft, sweeping movements as you literally smooth away the stress.
- Before you lather up. Protect, soften skin and enjoy the aroma of your facial oil by smoothing it over your face, and neck before hopping in the shower. Allow the oil to sink in while you run warm water, then enjoy a silky aromatic shower.