Natural & Organic
jpm219
Need help choosing new skincare line
Hi, I am looking for a new skincare line and so far am interested in either Nude, Boscia, REN, Ole Henriksen, Korres, or Caudalie. I am overwhelmed by reviews online and all the information. My main concerns are minimizing pores and getting rid of blackheads, moisturizing, and preventing wrinkles (I am 30 and mainly have wrinkes around my eyes). I also plan to get the Clarisonic Mia 2 to use with the cleanser. Any help is much appreciated! Thanks
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jpm219
jpm219 / NEWCOMER / replied
Thanks everyone for your responses!  Very helpful!  I am definitely open to mixing different brands. I am currently using Origins and am happy with the products but I ha... see post
beauty4ashes
Please Recommend Chem-Free Sunscreen for Hyper-Sensitive Skin
Please Recommend Chemical Free High SPF Sunscreen for Hyper-Sensitive Skin.   Face as well as Body. I'd want to try chem-free types. There are so many new brands/formulations. What do you suggest?   I've used SHISEIDO for years, I feel my skin has changed so I need something else. I also carry Colorescience powder with me in my car to top off my sunscreen as needed.    Thanks     
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beauty4ashes
HALL OF FAMER beauty4ashes / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
No, haven't tried Clarins. I only started having sensitivity issues with sunscreens this year. So many sunscreens to choose from now! see post
jasminee
Cruelty-free vegan brands/products?
Hey!   I have a ton of beauty and skincare products that I'll be purchasing soon and was wondering if you guys new of any cruelty-free vegan brands or products?   Thanks a ton!
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starsandbucks
BEAUTY MASTER starsandbucks / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
For skincare I use a brand called Nonie of Beverly Hills. It's sold at Whole Foods but they have a better selection (the whole line) available on their web site. They us... see post
juleseys
Is urban decay crulty free?
kalex
HALL OF FAMER kalex / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Remember the uproar when they wanted to start selling in China and thus would have to start testing on animals to do so?  I love a company who chooses their customers ov... see post
MonsterGirlHxC
I want to try a home made organic waxing paste. Any good recipes that really work?
I've looked at a recipe that mixes lemon juice, water, and sugar to create a sticky paste. I am going to try it and give feedback. Does anyone else have any other recipes that they have tried?
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JayReed
BEAUTY GURU JayReed / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
That's your best bet, you have to make it just the right temp for it to work, but when you do, it's pretty much painless and super smooth!  I attending a sugaring class... see post
AngieMarie23
Foundation
My makeup artist told me that I am a shade 5. What foundation products do you suggest that is for dry skin?
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snowshoe
HALL OF FAMER snowshoe / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
It would help immensely if we knew what brand foundation your artist was using.  That's because "5" isn't standardized across brands:  a shade 5 in one brand may be a di... see post
Pattinurse
Red dye #40 allergy
New to sephora. Just learned I am gluten-intolerant and allergic to red dye #40, nitrites, nitrates, benzoic acid....looking for a line of make-up. HELP!
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smoestoe
BEAUTY BUFF smoestoe / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
Pacific is a vegan line that should be a great fit for you, I would definitely check them out. They ship pretty much anywhere too! see post
pinkonyx
Does La Vanilla deodorant go bad?
I have had a la vanilla deodorant for a couple of years, and I don't see a use by date. Is there one? Anyone have and info on how long they last?
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kssweetheart
HALL OF FAMER kssweetheart / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Brilliant minds think alike. :) see post
veronika23
Your Favorite Cruelty-free Natural Beauty Brands
Hey ladies,   I'd like to know which is your favorite cruelty-free natural beauty brands and why.  So make-up, skin care even hair care. Also if some of you know any organic or gluten free brands I'd like your comments on that please =)  I know Bite Beauty is gluten-free! Thanks!! =)
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infinitise
HALL OF FAMER infinitise / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I recently bought 100% pure's acai berry eye cream at Vitamin shoppe  and really like it  its not like other organic/natural eye creams that doesn't readily absorb.  ... see post
deva555
skin whitening
is this remedy useful - some creame on boiling milk and with some almond oil mx it nd massage on ur feet for 10 minutes leave it nd wear socks whole night in morning rinse  off with water nd some gram powder after that apply some massage cream nd scrub u will find fair nd beautiful feet in 5 days
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infinitise
HALL OF FAMER infinitise / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
  I have never tried it, but milk does have lactic acids that exfoliates the skin and to an extent make them brighter.  unless you get some kind of a surgical operatio... see post
lgold25
Oil pulling...
I've been hearing a lot about the whole oil pulling movement as a way to whiten teeth, freshen breath and probably do a heck of a lot of other things, but something is keeping me from trying it.  I've heard a couple testimonials from people who have tried, unsuccessfully, to complete the 15-20 minutes of swishing oil around their mouths.  Although I'm big fan of natural teeth-whitening, I just can't bring myself to try it.     I hear you can use a lot of different oils, like coconut, sesame, or olive oil, but each of those sounds equally disgusting to me.  Has anyone out there tried this before?  I'd love to be able to get past my disgust at the idea of oil pulling, so if anyone has any success stories (or warnings before I get up the courage to try it) I'd love to hear them!! 
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itscarin
HALL OF FAMER itscarin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I read about this the other day.  If you have 20 minutes to kill and like swishing, go for it!  Let me know if it works for you.  Bahahah!  Read: there's no way I'm swis... see post
lgold25
All-Natural Teeth-Whiteners
Hey girls!!  I've done a lot of research when it comes to finding all-natural ways of whitening teeth, because in all honesty I don't want to start using Crest whitestrips and end up losing some of the enamel on my teeth because of them.   Does anyone do anything to whiten their teeth naturally that they would recommend?? Also if anyone out there has tried using charcoal to whiten teeth, I'd love to hear about how that went for you.  It's been recommended to me before but I've never really found out whether it not it actually worked. Thanks everyone!!
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kbmatthews
HALL OF FAMER kbmatthews / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Exactly this.   While homemade/natural options may work, they can also cause major issues.    Please keep this in mind when you consider your options.      see post
DTalksAll
Dangers of Josie Maran Argan Oil on Face
*EDIT*  This is a really old post, almost a year old, but I'm happy it was revived because it means people are using the search bar. Yay! HIGH FIVE! I'm not going to edit my previous post, because that would be wrong. I may have written it quickly & jumped the gun. Not all oils are bad, and not everyone will have the same results as me. Everyone's skin is different. Sephora & their employees like to overly promote the "flavor of the week". When this post was written, they were pushing Argan Oil non stop & I got a little frustrated with all the pushing of something Dermatologists weren't keen on.  I would like to add that, I am not using PTR oil-less oil, it's 100% squalane that is sugar derived (not sharks) and it works really well for me.    What I've recently found out though is that a lot of people are applying oils the wrong way . We were always taught to apply face products in order of thickness: toner/softener-> serum-> treatment-> moisturizer. The thing is oils are heavy, a lot heavier than most moisturizers even though they feel "light". Oils form a barrier and block Hyaluronic Acid and other benefit ingredients from penetrating into the skin . So really, you should be applying your oil last, to lock in all the moisture and benefits from your serums & moisturizer.      *ORIGINAL POST*  I've been using Argan Oil on my hair for years & never had a problem Recently I got the 500 pt perk that included her Argan Oil. Everyone raves about it's benefits on the face, so I figured I'd give it a shot since this cold weather has been brutal on my skin. I have not changed anything else in my skincare, or makeup routine. After about 5 days of nighttime use, I started noticing a rash developing on my face near my nose (my dry spot areas). So I did a little Google search and was shocked to see all the negatives about Argan Oil on the face. Argan oil has many benefits in food and on hair, but the FDA has not cleared it for use on the face. Dermatologists freak out when they hear patients use it because it can bring on rosacea and is highly comedogenic. Any oil (natural or not) will clog pores. I'm surprised Sephora promotes something when it is highly advised by Doctors not to be used on the face. 
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Cattknap
Cattknap / FRESH FACE / replied
I love argan oil for my face and I have very, very sensitive skin - love the stuff! see post
kms0729
Nude Skincare v. Skyn Iceland
I have really sensitive skin and need to avoid a lot of things.  I'm also 45 and have some fine lines and occasional acne.  I really want to try both Skyn Iceland and Nude Skincare---does anyone have experience with these lines?  Any advise?
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firefly02
BEAUTY PRO firefly02 / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Tried emailing them, but they referred me to my closest Sephora :\ see post
Natalian
Face Daily Moisturizer Use
Do you have any recommend  organic moisturizer that I can use everyday? Can either use morning or night is good? But I will stick with the morning, since I want to give my skin a break at night I want to try this SHISEIDO IBUKI Refining Moisturizer Enriched PHILOSOPHY Take A Deep Breath Oil-Free Energizing Oxygen Gel Cream Moisturizer Have anyone tried these?
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Natalian
BEAUTY MASTER Natalian / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
I have TZOne oily  and the rest i would said normal.   see post
harpgrrl
no animal testing
Hi! How do I search your site for products for products that don't have animal testing?   Also it would be great if all Sephora brands had no animal testing because I love the body products.   mia 
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annec322
BEAUTY MASTER annec322 / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
Oh, and I forgot to add that there's this website called A Polished Life that does a good job of listing nail polish brands that are cruelty-free.  Just in case you're i... see post
Debra12
Prostate and Hair Loss Connection
I never set out to learn a single thing about my prostate, but kept running into information about it everytime I tried to learn more about hair loss. That made me wonder what the connection was between the two.   I was reading about saw palmetto and stinging nettle for hair loss prevention when I started finding more information on prostate problems than hair loss. It seemed every natural ingredient I check on for hair loss control also was listed as an ingredient for prostate health, with more information on prostate treatment.   I finally found the connection when I read about the prostate function on Wikipedia. It mentions briefly the prostate function is controlled by dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, which is also listed as the major culprit in causing male baldness.  I started trying to figure out if the ingredients in this product,were effective for hair loss or not. The more I dug the more intrigued I got by the odd connection.   I cannot find conclusive proof that all the ingredients work to reverse hair loss, but the idea that it can both help my hair loss and improve prostate health is very interesting. It was interesting to note that Propecia is a prostate drug that helps grow hair, which seems to verify the connecton, again. I do not think there is any similar connection for Rogaine, unless blood pressure affects prostate health, too.   I prefer natural over prescription, so am going to try the natural solution. Have any of you ran into that same connection in your studies?
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gingerblack
HALL OF FAMER gingerblack / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
You could try and find a natural 5 alpha reductase inhibitor. I would talk to a doctor to learn all the effects of inhibiting DHT. You don't want any surprises hah.  see post
thesupergirl
clorox bought burts bees!
I feel so out of the loop! How did I miss this! I feel like I need to  go research everything burts bees to make sure it still the same thing. Granted I saw this happened in 2007 but still what do you all think?
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reb2guitar
reb2guitar / RISING STAR / replied
klkk;l;lkl;kl;kl;kl;lk; see post
Connita
Can you recommend a tinted moisturizer that does NOT contain lanolin?
jozkid
HALL OF FAMER jozkid / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I use Nars tinted moisturizer and really like it. I just took a browse through the ingredients and it doesn't appear to have lanolin in it. see post
penelopepuffman
Most natural make up brands at sephora
So I know all about the most natural skin care brands from sephora, but what about make up? I know hourglass, josie maran, bare minerals...But any other brands anyone can tell me about?
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H216
BEAUTY GURU H216 / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
I don't think hourglass is natural. It's a luxury brand but I don't think it's natural. see post
Jandi
I pulled a foot long, living plant out of my bathroom drain tonight! What did this?
My top suspect is the Glamglow but in also wondering about the Origins black clay mask. I'm thankful that this particular incident was so easily solved but would like to prevent future issues.
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jozkid
HALL OF FAMER jozkid / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Our kids use the "sick bucket." Lots easier to dump that into the toilet. Bathtub huh? Oh man..... :D see post
gogreyhound
Healthier Beauty Products!
I got a free issue of a brand-new magazine by Dr. Oz called "The Good Life" It has an interesting article on p.42 about Target and Walmart's coming changes to their health and beauty areas, and I KNEW I had to share it with BT! Apparently, both retailers are going to look at chemicals in their personal-care items. Wal-mart is going to require suppliers to phase out 10 potentially toxic ingredients. Target is going to have a ratings system of 0 to 100. Items that are more animal and earth friendly and less irritating will have higher scores.  The article said this will likely take over a year, but it is nice to know that they are going to make the effort! Every little bit helps. 
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gogreyhound
BEAUTY MASTER gogreyhound / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
I didn't think of that part...ha ha!  I don't really watch his show...I think he is better than Oprah! People act like whatever she says should bee carved in stone and m... see post
babybear04
Alternatives to Josie Maran's Argan Oil??
Hi there!   So I'm a HUGE fan of Josie Maran's Argan Oil. It's the only moisturizer I can use on my face that doesn't break me out or make me oily.  It's a holy grail product for me that I absolutely cannot live without.   However, I've noticed my bottle of argan oil getting lower and lower, and I'm going to have to replace it asap.  I normally wouldn't have a problem shelling out the big bucks for a product that does wonders for my skin, but money has been a little tight and I'm trying to cut back on my spending, especially on makeup/skincare because I tend to get a little  too  excited when I shop at sephora.     That being said, can anyone recommend an alternative/substitute argan oil that is identical to Josie Maran's but a little less expensive?  I have no problem ordering online if I have to.  I just want to make sure I find something that is truly 100% organic cold-pressed argan oil just like Josie Maran's.   Please and thank you!
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snowshoe
HALL OF FAMER snowshoe / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Saadia Organics Argan Oil.  Been a fan for more than a year now:  organic, cold pressed, minimally refined, and fantastic.  I used it on my son's dermatitis when he was ... see post
CmmC
Conflicted about chemical sunscreens
Guys, I need help - I'm a victim of information overload. When coming up with my skin care routine, I did a *lot* of research. That research led me to several sources on the internet that spoke about chemical sunscreens. Several of them (the Environmental Working Group comes to mind, but a google search will show many others) talk about how Oxybenzone, Octocrylene, Oct-etc., can cause free radical damage in the skin when exposed to the sun (apparently in Europe, products containing oxybenzone have to be very conspicuously labeled). Avobenzone alone it seems is useless because it is unstable, and needs the addition of one of the above.    So I decided that I would only use physical barrier sunscreen - titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. The problem is that the VAST majority of moisturizers and makeup containing sunscreen contain chemical sunscreens. I want to be careful about what I put on my face without being an alarmist. What do all of you use?
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CmmC
BEAUTY BOSS CmmC / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I'm currently using Clinique's City Block SPF 25, which I like a lot but is a little thicker than I would prefer (though still very workable), I also use the MD solar sc... see post
SaturnKisses
What is a good face powder can be translucent or medium coverage that is organic?
powder that is free of toxic harmful chemicals, parabens, synthetics, petroleum, mineral oil, etc. Or make up lines. Thanks.
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manniface
HALL OF FAMER manniface / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I would just like to thank you for specifying "toxic harmful chemicals" not just saying chemicals as many are prone to do.:) That is all see post
natirmn
seriously confused about L'occtaine
ok, so after posting a thread about the "L'OCCITANE Cleansing And Softening Shower Oil With Almond Oil" and hearing SO many good things about it, i decided to go to Sephora and purchase it.  (previous thread) http://community.sephora.com/t5/Dry/Body-wash-Sulf ate-free-and-moisturizing/m-p/978841   However once i bought it and was looking over the ingredients, i noticed it was NOT sulfate free. Sulfates was about the 3rd ingredient. I specially did not want anything with sulfates and when i had previously looked at the ingredients online, i did not see sulfates anywhere!!! Really annoyed and confused. here is the list of ingredients on the sephora website. there is alot more ingredients listed here than is actually listed on the bottle. Does anyone have any insights on this??    Water**, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter**, Glycerin**, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride**, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil**, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Dimethicone, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil**, Cetearyl Alcohol**, Glyceryl Stearate**, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil**, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract**, Mel Extract/Honey Extract**, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Tocopherol**, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol, Sorbitan Isostearate**, Polysorbate 60**, Chlorphenesin, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Ceteareth-33, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3, Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Linalool, Citronellol**, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene**, Geraniol. **Natural Origin Ingredients
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sirrush
BEAUTY MAVEN sirrush / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Some sulfates are actually plant derivatives... same or similar molecule, but it comes from coconut oil or something similar so it can be classified as natural or even o... see post
monkeytoes79
What are some of the best natural and/or organic beauty products?
So my New Year's resolution is to start using more natural and sustainable beauty and hygeine products but so far it has been very hit or miss. I did find two great shampoos, one from Ojon (Rare Blend) and Intelligent Nutrients (Pureluxe) so now I am looking for some great body washes or shower oils and skincare. Does anyone have any recommendations? My skin is pretty dry and somewhat sensitive.
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nikki
HALL OF FAMER nikki / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Seconding Josie Maran, I love the argan oil.  see post
GretchenMaj
What brands/products of makeup don't have corn in them?
I have a corn allergy/ sensitivity and recently found out that makeup has corn in it. I went to my local Sephora and asked a worker about corn - free foundation, bronzer, and blush and she lead me to Nars bronzer(Laguna), Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation(Ivory), and Tarte Amazonian Clay blush(Glisten). So I am already aware of those. What I was wondering was if there were any mascaras, eye shadows, and eyeliners with no corn products in them.
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GretchenMaj
GretchenMaj / RISING STAR / replied
Yeah, it kinda sucks haha but thank you! see post
lgold25
Something to Share
I happened across this quotation the other day, and it really spoke to me in the sense that I think it encompasses a lot of what makes women so special.   "There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection.  To me, that is the true essence of beauty."   -Steve Maraboli   So many women use makeup to cover up the things they are ashamed of, when I think makeup is put to much better use when it is used to express individual style and highlight the parts of your face that make you so unique.  I guess what I saw in this quotation was that people can recognize the difference between insecurely and confidently-worn  makeup.  If trying out a new eyeliner design every day is what best shows off your personality, then you should do just that and do it with confidence, because I guess that's what people will notice more than any makeup you wear.  
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HelloCoffee
HALL OF FAMER HelloCoffee / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Awesome quote! Welcome! see post
veronika23
DIY face scrub
Inspired by arielaaaaaaaa's post on DIY lip scrubs I though I'd share a face scrub recipe that I tried and liked =)  All credits of this scrub goes to Kandee Johnson.  She's absolutely wonderful!  She calls it Skin Doctor: Lemon trick.  You can google her youtube video.  Thanks arielaaaaaaaa for your inspiration. =)  Check out her DIY lip scrub: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Lips/DIY-Lip-Scrub s-anyone/td-p/720301     I must warn you that for me it tingled and stung just a little but boy is my face soft after that!   You need: Lemon juice (organic if you can) (You can dilute it if you feel the need) Sugar (I use raw organic sugar, it's a bit bigger than white sugar) Cotton ball or pad (pad is better)   Wet face with warm water Soak cotton pad or cotton ball in lemon juice Take a teaspoon of sugar and add to the cotton ball/pad Scrub and buff with the pad.  Make sure you are over the sink.  It can get pretty messy. Make sure you scrub and buff everywhere Rinse Voila! Soft skin.
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FitFan
BEAUTY PRO FitFan / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Love DIY skincare.   I use brown sugar mixed with honey and lemon or. Brown sugar mixed with an oil like olive oil or coconut oil.   I like to use lemon/water as a t... see post