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Read any good labels lately?

If you’re a compulsive label-reader like me, you know a good label is hard to find! Even natural brands succumb to the necessity of synthetic preservatives to protect their water-based products from contamination.

Most annoying though is when ingredients aren’t fully disclosed. (Hiding preservatives under the name ‘parfum’ is low, and hiding essential oils under the term ‘proprietary blend’ is not much better. I get that makers are worried their special essential oil blend will be copied. I just think it’s more important for the user of that product to know *everything* that’s in it in case of allergies or other sensitivities.)

And what about ingredients that weren’t grown organically, harvested ethically, or traded fairly?

These are the things I worry about, and I know you do to. It’s why I take extra care when sourcing ingredients for our farm-made skincare, working with a few select suppliers and growing many herbs myself.

You’ll always get the full monty here. When the skincare is natural, handmade, full of herbs, and 100% vegan, it’s a label that makes for good reading.

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Vegan Skincare relaunches March 22

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Bursting with fresh energy and new ideas, I’m ready to dig in and get busy. Hiatus was exactly what I needed. My vegan skincare line has been redesigned and refined, focusing on a few select herbs and oils that have proven themselves indispensable in helping skin be at its best.

So much of what I see used in the market is filler (added for the “feel” of the product, for label appeal, or worse to unnaturally prolong shelf-life) that doesn’t really have a benefit for your skin. Who needs fluff? Keeping real is where it’s at.

And I’m excited to announce I’ll be working from a new studio that has space for retail as well as for friends gathering over a cup of tea.

The seeds for the relaunch of Paradise Skin Co. have been planted- Can’t wait for Spring!

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How herban farmers kick off the off-season

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Final testing has started on the new no-preservative moisturizers… Specially formulated to regenerate city-stressed, aging, and environmentally-damaged skin; using only natural ingredients that are organic, cruelty-free, and actually pronounceable.

Because what’s in your skincare shouldn’t be on the list of things you have to worry about.

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Eco-Conscious? I’m Eco-Neurotic!

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Eco-Conscious? I’m Eco-Neurotic! I worry about each and every ingredient used in my skin and body care just like I worry about each and every ingredient that goes in my food.

(And to keep going with the food analogy…. ) I worry about these ingredients from soup to nuts: where they came from, how they were grown and harvested, how they were stored, etc.

So I spend alot of time researching. Unfortunately, it’s a moving target.

I stopped using rosewood essential oil and substituted ho wood essential oil when I learned of rosewood’s endangered status. But like so many trees and plants today, ho wood is suffering from over exploitation and habitat destruction, and is now also considered threatened.

Ditto for amyris essential oil, which I use to substitute for sandalwood.

(check out “Unethical Use of Rare and Threatened Plant and Animal Products in the Aroma Industry” by Tony Burfiel)

The plight of animals in the beauty industry is well known. Legislators consistently let us down when it comes to animal cruelty. The much-lauded “Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011” does little to live up to its name and will likely result in even more animal testing.

These things could, and do, drive me crazy. Sometimes I feel like I’ve hit the wall, but I can’t give up.

An overwhelming majority of people say they would choose natural, cruelty-free products if they were more available. I’m dedicated to helping create this reality 🙂