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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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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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*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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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powder that is free of toxic harmful chemicals, parabens, synthetics, petroleum, mineral oil, etc. Or make up lines. Thanks.
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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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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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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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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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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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I am considering purchasing a few products from this line because I'm trying to start using vegan/organic/natural beauty products and cosmetics. So what do you all think of this brand? Thanks!
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I recently came across the Brand Michael Todd True Organics, And i'm insanely interested in it! I've been looking up reviews on the products and i think when my skincare stash gets low i'm gonna take the plunge and order a few of the discovery sets.  But i'm curious if anyone here has tried them, and if so please tell all about it!
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Anyone else use essential oils topically?   I know there are a lot of other coconut oil users on here. And probably every other post I make is me raving about rosehip seed oil for dry skin. I also use lavender oil to ward of mosquitoes. I love them because they are so cheap at the health food store.   What do you use?
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this looks really intriguing.   http://www.sephora.com/pure-argan-milk-tm-intensiv e-hydrating-treatment-P384780?icid2=carousel_HP_12 ...
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Does anyone has any experience with the Lea Journo plum oil?  It looks interesting, and the reviewers uniformly LOVE it.  I've always liked using oils on my skin, and just bought the NUDE oil after trying it in samples.  Is plum good for the skin or just the hair?  Thanks for any answers!
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I would like to try one of the "natural" skincare lines. I use Philosophy. Has anyone used Caudalie and/or Origins? Thoughts? I have dry, sensitive skin, and quite a bit of sun damage.
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Any suggestion for non testing on animal cosmetics and skin care brands?
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    I'm just wondering if people had tried Michael Todd organics products  I've been into organic/natural brands/products but recently came across Michael Todd. Someone on youtube mentioned that they sponsor alot of videos on youtube, so I wasn't 100% if they do actually work.  I read some reviews on makeup alley, but alot of the reviews on there are sometimes just negative..  so I wanted to ask people who are more objective 
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Hey everyone! just wanted to see who has tried this new craze of Oil Pulling with Coconut oil and swishing it in your mouth for 20 mins every morning!     Well today i did! I jumped on this band wagon and threw a tablespoon of coconut oil in my mouth and swished it around for 20 mins….   First thoughts: I had to chew the oil to liquify it. gross. but once you get used to it its not bad at all. After the 20 mins were up i spit it out in the trash can and RAN to the bathroom to see how my teeth looked! Honestly no difference they just looked clean and shiny. But my breath! oh my no morning breath a fresh clean scent and this is al before brushing my teeth with toothpaste!   So excited to see the results in a month!   What is your experience?!   Edit: Its also said to have benefits with acne and improving it!