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vegchililover78
Question for users of coconut oil as a hair treatment...
So I've looked through threads that give great tips on how to use coconut oil for different needs. I feel pretty comfortable with the application, but I'm wondering what the clean up is like specifically for those that use coconut oil as a hair treatment? What's tub clean up like and how often do drains get clogged? Any comments, tips and/or best practices are appreciated. Thanks
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redwagon44
HALL OF FAMER redwagon44 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
You've already cot some great answers, but I'll add in my two cents. I slather my hair in it and comb it through with a wide-toothed comb. Then I wrap my hair up in sara... see post
newhope
Homemade Toners?
I've been reading up a lot about toners and DIY cucumber / green tea toners.   I just wanted to hear some personal reviews if anyone's tried it/what they think/ effectiveness.   They sound really nice to be. It's all natural/cheap. It does go bad after a few days so I read that refrigerating it would not only feel refreshing on the face but last a little bit longer. But even tossing it isn't a big deal since all the ingredients are really cheap to come by.    Also if substituting a lemon for a lime would be okay? 
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newhope
BEAUTY MAVEN newhope / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
On second thought...I might just stick with purchasing toners...haha   see post
mlob
Daily facial moisturizer with sunscreen
I'm looking for a good daily facial moisturizer with sunscreen.  I have sensitive, combination skin.  I prefer products that are more natural without paragons, phthalates, etc.  Thanks!
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genieinthesea
IT GIRL genieinthesea / IT GIRL IT GIRL / replied
Broad spectrum describes what type of ultraviolet radiation the sunscreen protects you from. When sunscreen says broad spectrum UVA and UVB it means that it protects aga... see post
nlsc
Which brands do you carry which are paraben and phalate-free?
lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Sephora offers many brands that are paraben and phalate free; however, there is no composite list created. Are you searching for skin care, beauty care, hair care, or bo... see post
krazykurls
Natural Products
Hi guys! My mom loves natural/organic products wether it be face cleanser, face cream. She doesn't wear makeup. Do you guys have any recommendations??  While searching online she found three products that she wanted me to get her for her birthday. I'll only get one right now though. Her picks are: 1. Ole Henriksen African red tea foaming cleanser 2. Ole Henriksen truth serum vitamin C collagen booster  3. Orgins A perfect world    Which one is the best to get her? Also if you have any suggestions lemme know!  Thanks!!
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BrideSona
BEAUTY BOSS BrideSona / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I second the Caudalie recommendation. I adore the whole line. I fell in love when I first got some from a french pharmacy. Oh how I wish our pharmacies were half as good... see post
Brirn
Looking for a more natural daily moisturizer
I use Clinique dramatically different moisturizer. I also use the gel on days my skin isn't needing something more moisturizing. I am currently working my way towards more natural products with less chemicals. I recently moved towards using tart makeup and eye shadows. Now I'm looking for a moisturizer. Any suggestions? 
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TheSocialQuota
BEAUTY SAVANT TheSocialQuota / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
I tried the Vinosource and I used it post shower face moisturizer. Ended up with a breakout that morning and two weeks later has only just started to fade. From the brea... see post
sierranevadas
BB/CC/tinted moisturizer recommendations?
I'm looking for a BB/CC/tinted moisturizer that won't make my acne prone skin worse (maybe even make it better?) but will color match super well? I'm not a fan of wearing much makeup (I like my skin looking more like a better version of my skin) but I do want a little color correction! any recommendations? any primers that I should try as well? I like natural&organic ingredients and preferably things without silicone! is all this impossible to find or is there hope for me? thanks!
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astral
BEAUTY MAVEN astral / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
My skin is extremely sensitive to some silicones but not others. I avoid all products containing cyclopentasiloxane like the plague. My skin tolerates dimethicone, thoug... see post
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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Zpsid91
HALL OF FAMER Zpsid91 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I mix and match amongst most of those lines! Right now I use OH's Truth Serum at night, with a specific eye moisturizer (I have a ton of samples i am trying to use, so n... 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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vchotia
BEAUTY BOSS vchotia / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Be careful with the Devita one if you have crazy sensitive skin. I do too, and this caused me to break out like crazy. I think it must have been the natural oils. 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
HALL OF FAMER starsandbucks / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / 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
HALL OF FAMER JayReed / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
HALL OF FAMER annec322 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / 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
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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
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
HALL OF FAMER gogreyhound / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / 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
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
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
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