Herbal Essences EWG VERIFIED shampoos

P&G Embraces EWG VERIFIED Label For Personal Care Products

Change Is Brewing: The EWG VERIFIED Label marks a huge leap forward in chemical ingredient disclosure. Now, industry giant Procter & Gamble is embracing the label.

A YouGov Ombibus survey about New Year’s Resolutions found that 29% of women wanted to focus more on self-care. Unfortunately, the personal care products we use to pamper ourselves aren’t always great for our body or the environment.

There are innumerable beauty and personal care products available to us. There’s a product for everything you could possibly need. Actually, there are multiple products for everything you could possibly need. Acne affects 50 million people in the United States every year and if you look at acne treatment products, you’d be hard pressed to make a decision on one of the multitude. Every branch of personal care is like this.

Pretty young woman with facial mask at beauty salon

Forever about consumable convenience, we’re swift to buy personal care products we don’t really know anything about. On average, people shed between 50 and 100 hairs every day. We’re often thinking about keeping that full head of hair over the chemical ingredients of the shampoo; all for the promise of thicker hair in just a few washes. You’d think that an essential part of personal care is paying attention to the things we’re using; but more often than not, consumers can’t be bothered.

This is where consumer product giant Procter and Gamble (P&G) is making a splash with the Environmental Working Group (EWG). For more than 10 years, EWG has been the face of chemical ingredient disclosure in personal care products. They established the EWG VERIFIED program, which puts personal care products through a rigorous battery of tests to ensure the safety of every ingredient. This test also helps to make these ingredients transparent to consumers. P&G has teamed up with EWG to release two new Herbal Essences shampoos that are both EWG VERIFIED. They are slated to hit shelves in January.

Herbal Essences EWG VERIFIED shampoos

This is important, because the last time Congress passed any legislation to regulate the cosmetics industry, was 80 years ago. Advances in chemical development have certainly surpassed the reach of legislation that’s nearly a century old; no one was doing anything to address that gap. Together, P & G and EWG are poised to lead that charge.

“Because of Procter and Gamble’s sheer size and market share, these new EWG VERIFIED shampoos could be the domino that triggers similar actions from other companies that have not yet embraced this level of transparency,” said EWG President Ken Cook.

Having a giant like P & G lead this charge stands to make great changes in an industry long stagnant. Similarly, with consumers becoming more aware of what they’re buying and more research-informed, they’re shaping the way for these corporations to start getting their acts together. Consumers want healthier, more transparent products and they’re willing to go out of their way to buy them. Corporations would be silly not to follow that lead. The proverbial writing’s on the wall.

“EWG VERIFIED will take awareness about chemicals in products to the next level by giving shoppers useful information from a team of scientists they have come to trust. Only products that include robust ingredient labels and meet our stringent criteria, as opposed to minimal government standards, will be awarded our mark,” said Nneka Leiba, the director of EWG’s healthy living science program.

As EWG VERIFIED products become more mainstream, hopefully, lawmakers will get the memo and take a long overdue look at regulations in the cosmetic industry.

Holiday stocking stuffers

Everyday Holiday Stocking Stuffers Every Woman Will Want and Need

While you are buying holiday gifts, don’t forget the ones that should be “hanging by the fireplace with care”. We’re talking about holiday stocking stuffers of course. The good thing about gifting everyday holiday stocking stuffers is that it can be anything. Whether you gift candy, beauty essentials, or fun little games, you can’t go wrong. Today we’re concentrating on great everyday products you can add to her holiday stocking.

Holiday stocking stuffers

    1. Lifetherapy’s Mini Collection Gift Set, $39.00 – Start your journey of scent and mood here with this best selling gift set which includes travel-ready mini hydrating lotions and mini body wash & bubbling bath in all 5 of Lifetherapy’s signature fragrances. The gift box includes 1 oz. hydrating body lotion and 1 oz. body wash & bubbling bath in five Lifetherapy signature fragrances: Grounded, Energized, Inspired, Loved, and Transformed.
    2. Nubian Heritage Abyssinian & Chia Bath Bombs, $14.99 –  Immerse yourself in a luxurious bath experience with these naturally effervescent bath bombs. Made with Amaranth and Ginseng, these luxurious bath bombs are infused with refined Chia Seeds. Relax as the rich, woody, floral fragrance envelops your senses while the transformed water cleanses and softens your skin. You’ll love how delicately scented your skin is left.
    3. Tweezerman Brow Basics Limited Edition Gift Set, $45.00 – All your favorite brow essentials are perfectly packaged together for complete brow grooming. Boasting award-winning and professional quality, this set is all you need to create the perfect brow. Includes the Classic Slant Tweezer, Brow Shaping Scissors & Spoolie, Precision Folding Brow Razor, and a Headband, all in a faux-leather cosmetic bag.
    4. ybf beauty Colour Intensity Lipstick, $34.00 for set/$12.00 each – This new collection of lipsticks are ultra-intense, rich colors that leave the lips moisturize and soft with a luminous finish! Its formula wears evenly throughout the day and includes Vitamin E and Jojoba seed oil, leaving lips conditioned. The collection includes four gorgeous colors – Striking (gorgeous red), Brilliant (brown nude), Strength (nude), and Vivacious (burgundy wine).
    5. 4ever Magic Cosmetics Double Shade Eyebrow Gels, $35.00 – Velvety smooth, long-lasting eyebrow gels that instantly adheres to hair and skin, transforming sparse brows into full-looking brows. Available in 4 double shades, the lighter-to-darker shade duos mimic the gradual look of natural brows. The angled brush tip/spoolie brush makes for an easy guided application. They are enriched with Castor Oil, water-resistant, smudge-proof, and boast high pigmentation.
    6. Dr.Plotka’s Mouthwatchers, $4.99 – This breakthrough toothbrush that boasts revolutionary, antimicrobial dual layer flossing bristles. These bristles reach deep into teeth grooves and the periodontal pockets (the area between tooth and gum) for superior cleaning. Your teeth and gums are left feeling just as clean as after a professional dental cleaning. It eliminates 99.9% of bacteria that builds up on bristles in 6 hours due to its proprietary silver bristle technology. Save 20% off your order when you use code GUESTLIST.

Wouldn’t you love to find these everyday holiday stocking stuffers in your Christmas stockings this year?

The Ginger People turmeric-based Ginger Drinks

GIVEAWAY: Cure Your Thanksgiving Upset Stomach with The Ginger People

It is just about the week of Thanksgiving. The time to spend time with family and friends, give thanks for all we have and eat too much. With all the various dishes an food combinations you’ll be eating, you’re sure to experience indigestions, upset stomach, nausea, etc. One superfood you should have on hand to cure your Thanksgiving upset stomach is ginger. Lucky for you, we, along with The Ginger People, will help you survive your Thanksgiving and post Thanksgiving leftovers binge with a giveaway of their delicious Turmeric Latte Mix to help improve gastric mobility; one of the products from the new turmeric-infused beverages they launched earlier this year. Three winners will each win one 9.7 oz tub of the Turmeric Latte Mix (continue below for more information on how).

You may remember we highlighted The Ginger People’s range of ginger products back in August. Combining the powerful spices of ginger and turmeric, The Ginger People Turmeric Latte Mix is the delicious and stomach soothing post-Thanksgiving drink you need. This delicious plant-based powdered mix is supercharged with ginger and Curcumin, the power behind turmeric. Turmeric owes its health-promoting properties to the chemical compound Curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

The Ginger People turmeric-based Ginger Drinks

Inspired by a traditional Indonesian remedy used in Jamu medicine, this nourishing warm drink is often synonymous with Golden Milk. It is caffeine-free, non-GMO, and can be used with regular or vegan milk.

“We’re all looking for something healthy yet tasty that is closer to the earth,” says The Ginger People co-founder Abbie Leeson, “and we believe turmeric is something people believe in. Like ginger, it’s another great example of a functional food that tastes good and ‘does good’.”

So have that 2nd or third plate of food, enjoy another helping of those pies because The Ginger People Turmeric Latte Mix is here to cure your Thanksgiving upset stomach. To enter this giveaway, please fill out the Rafflecopter entry form below:

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Ketel One Botanical Oasis at WeWork

Workplace Wellness: Ketel One Botanical Oasis at WeWork

Let’s face it, work has completely taken over our lives. We, as humans, have put our work life ahead of everything else, and our own wellbeing on the back burner. Thankfully there are companies that remind us that even at our busiest, workplace wellness is important. Take Ketel One Botanical, the vodka distilled with real botanicals and infused with natural fruit essences for example. Ketel One Botanical Vodka has partnered with interior design firm Homepolish to launch the Ketel One Botanical Oasis, a private space for WeWork Irving Place members that simply want to escape their stressful work life for a moment.

The purpose of the Ketel One Botanical Oasis at WeWork Irving Place is to integrate wellness in their workplace through the use of conscious design, focused activity, and technology. A zen escape is a much-needed escape in today’s very stressful work environment, not just for the coworking space, but as a general need for all.

We had the pleasure of attending a Ketel One Botanical panel at WeWork Irving Place. The topic of conversation was implementing wellness into your work life and workspace. The panel featured Emma Beryl, a designer from Homepolish, Personal Trainer and Nutritionist Jennifer Giamo of AAPTIV, Olessa Pindak, COO of Mind, Body, Green, Head of Wellness Avi Yehiel of Rise By We, and panel moderator Ellie Burrows, CEO of MNDFL.

The event began with a 10-minute guided meditation by Ellie Burrow, closed with a Ketel One Botanical cocktail hour, and ended with a tour of the Ketel One Botanical Oasis (see the photos above).

Ketel One Botanical Oasis at WeWork Ketel One Botanical Oasis at WeWork

We love the idea of companies including wellness rooms for their employees and hope WeWork not only implements this in more locations but also inspires other companies to do the same. We can attest to not taking enough time for peaceful moments for ourselves and attending this event has inspired us to take a few “breather moments” throughout our day. We hope you do the same. The Ketel One Botanical Oasis at WeWork Irving Place is available for WeWork members until the end of November. We hope you take advantage if you are a member.

In Bed With Naturepedic: Lay Down Luxury Where it Counts

Women (and men) spend so much time and energy on beautifying products, beautifying spaces, restorative and enriching experiences…but often, we are too busy leading our fabulous lives that we forget the absolute best lifestyle-affirming inner-glow-giving routine starts and ends with a great night’s sleep! The Guestlist Girls were invited to experience the ultimate in sleep luxury at the Madison Park Tower! Naturepedic makes the most sustainably designed, beautifully crafted Certified Organic mattresses in the world, wants you to remember you need a good rest, and also, you should choose to sleep as luxuriously as you live…

Remember the story ‘The Princess and the Pea? Well, we are American women who have California King Dreams and Cashmere tastes. We spent a lot of time learning and loving the ELYSIUM, the finest and plushest model on offer. With a 16-inch height full of customizable layers that include a 3-inch pillow top layer made of organic latex (made from actual rubber trees!!), and two layers of encased coils. No Princessa, Doña, Vicereine or Head of State will EVER go without restful slumber on this bed! Especially one as sensitive as Saucy; who is allergic to oh so many things!

Health and well-being at Naturepedic begin with their Halcyon collection. The collection is made WITHOUT any man-made petroleum-based fibers. It boasts PLENTY of organic cotton, cashmere, and alpaca to carry you off into a Deep-REM cycle of new dreams to make come true.

The Naturepedic Halcyon organic mattresses are designed with traditional craftsmanship. Best known for their organic cotton-wrapped coils, each individually stitched in place. The three Halcyon by Naturepedic models, the ELYSIUM, ARCADIA, and AZURE offer fully customizable padding from plush to firm (our fave) to meet each side of the bed’s comfort needs. Organic cotton + alpaca/cashmere wool is used for optimal sleep temperature regulations; any organic latex used is created from actual rubber trees, not petroleum.

A big part of living your best life is the quality of rest and relaxation you permit yourself. Remember to pamper yourself with between the all the excitement that life has to offer!

The Halcyon by Naturepedic organic mattress collection has no foreign substances, no chemicals, and no toxins.

New Product Alert: Hair Revival System Hair Detox Supplements

You know the old saying, “beauty is only skin deep”? Well, today we’re highlighting one of the many beauty products we discovered at the Indie Beauty Expo that works from the inside out.  We’ve seen many hair, skin, and nail vitamins but never one that heals to heal you from the inside out as well. You know our love for the Angelo David Salon and his amazing products. He has announced one more reason to love him, the NEW Hair Revival System Hair Detox supplements.

The Hair Revival System Hair Detox is the first lifestyle supplement on the market. The all-natural supplements made its debut at the Indie Beauty Expo where we got the first look. What makes this supplement different from other hair, skin, and nails vitamins? It combats nutritional deficiencies, environmental aggressors, hormonal imbalances, and the negative effects of a stressful life. All of which can lead to fine, thinning hair and hair loss. Founder, creative director and hair loss expert Angelo David Pisacreta created the Hair Revival System Hair Detox for men and women seeking healthy hair, vibrant skin, and strong nails.

We recently noticed some indentations in our nails, our hair drier than usual, and we’re always open to trying anything to give our skin a boost. So we’re really excited to see the results of taking the Hair Revival System Hair Detox supplements for women. With Angelo David Pisacreta being a leading authority on fine and thinning hair for over 25 years, we expect great things from this groundbreaking lifestyle supplement. The distinct difference between Hair Revival System Hair Detox and other supplements on the market is that competing brands contain less than half of the nutrients, vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants. This lifestyle supplement detoxifies your hair from the inside out supporting the body’s natural ability to grow healthy hair, skin, and nails.

The two Hair Revival System Hair Detox supplements address the different supplemental needs of men and women.  The supplements contain Dihydrotestosterone (or DHT), a metabolite of the human body that plays a powerful role in male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia). The men’s formula (the blue pills) contains Saw Palmetto, which is a known DHT blocker. The women’s formula (purple pills) contains cranberry fruit extract which promotes L-cysteine, a protein building amino acid that also supports urinary tract health.

They also contain a unique Stress Relief Matrix Blend that includes mixed phytosterols, ashwagandha root extract, L-theanine, holy basil leaf powder, astragalus root powder, and Gotu Kola herb powder. All of which are specifically selected to help reverse the negative effects of stress on hair. The Stress Relief Matrix Blend boasts milk thistle seed extract, grape seed extract, green tea leaf extract, aloe vera leaf powder, dandelion root powder, cranberry fruit extract, resveratrol (derived from Japanese Knotweed Root Extract), fennel seed powder, citrus bioflavonoids complex and stinging nettle root extract.

The Hair Revival System Hair Detox supplements retail for $59.99. You can also subscribe to the membership program for an auto-shipped supply of supplements every 60 days for only $47.99.

Indie Beauty Expo

Indie Beauty Expo: Discovering Amazing New Beauty Brands and Trends

Usually, we would rely on Sephora to be introduced to new beauty brands and trends. But the makeup and beauty haven can only hold so many brands in their retail locations. So where does a beauty addict go to discover the hundreds of market-ready indie brands? The Indie Beauty Expo of course! We had the pleasure of attending the beauty event that introduces media, buyers, and consumers to the amazing new beauty brands and trends. In the competitive beauty, skincare, and wellness industry, it is essential for a brand to stand out and the Indie Beauty Expo is a great place to start.

We were introduced and reintroduced to so many amazing brands, many of which we will be highlighting individually. More than 240 exhibiting indie beauty brands were in attendance in several categories. The participating brands covered skin care, beauty tools, hair care, nail care, makeup, and health & wellness.

Since its debut in New York, the Indie Beauty Expo has launched in Los Angeles and Dallas, soon to be launching in London and Berlin. It has connected hundreds of indie beauty brands globally with buyers, press, and consumers while offering a full schedule of education and networking events. We were happy to reconnect with brands like BioMilk, Hair Detox by Angelo David Pisacreta, Kryolan, and Flickable.

But we are truly excited to try the products from some of the new brands we were introduced to at the Indie beauty Expo. Our absolute favorites are ikoo and their wonderful range of hair care products; When and their vast variety of sheet masks; Mighty Patch‘s hero blemish patches; LBK (Love by Kemeny)‘s innovative nail polish bottles; Undefined Beauty‘s amazing beauty oil; Kanai Organics‘ incredible healing skincare; Andmetics‘s brow wax strips; and the Nessa Brush Spa System.

We can’t wait to share our experiences with these indie beauty products with you. We’d love to hear if any of you have tried any of these indie beauty products yourself.

 

Sparkling Ice Limited Edition Mystery Flavor - Passion Fruit Punch

Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor Revealed! Did you Guess Correctly?

After months of speculation, Sparkling Ice has finally announced what we’ve been waiting in anticipation for – the Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor Revealed!

As part of the Mystery Fruit Flavor launch back in June, Sparkling Ice challenged fans to taste, debate and ultimately cast their flavor votes. Fans entered via social media using the hashtag #WhatTheFlavorSweeps for their chance to win over $45,000 worth of prizes. These prizes included a Bose Sound System, Sonos Wireless Speakers, iTunes gift cards, a year of FREE Spotify and more. Fans across the country cast their votes and winners were announced on a weekly basis from May 15th – August 7th.

We were not even close to guessing correctly. 

Sparkling Ice Limited Edition Mystery Flavor - Passion Fruit Punch

Sparkling Ice is excited to reveal the flavor of its limited-edition Mystery Flavor is Passion Fruit Punch! That’s right, the Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor Revealed is tropical. We knew it would be something tropical, but that’s about it. How did you guys do? Did any of you vote correctly?

“At Sparkling Ice, we’re excited to share that the Mystery Fruit Flavor our consumers have been drinking all summer long has been revealed as Passionfruit Punch,” said VP of Community and Customer Relations of Talking Rain Beverage Co., Nina Morrison.  “In fact, our fans and followers have been enjoying the flavor so much that they’ve made it one of our top selling Sparkling Ice products of the summer.”

Passion fruit, most popular in the Caribbean, Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina, is a semi-tart fruit that’s low in calories but very high in nutrients. We grew up drinking passion fruit juice and today it still remains a favorite. Which is why we can’t believe how far off we were with our flavor guess. It may be time to reset our palate. We can take solace in the fact that we were not the only ones that were wrong.

“As a company, we’ve been anticipating the big reveal for months,” added Nina Morrison. “Over 245K fans and followers participated in the social media contest, making it one of our most successful promotions to date. We had guesses ranging from Blueberry Lemonade to Watermelon, Fruit Punch and more. Even I guessed wrong!”

In addition to the weekly contest winners, Sparkling Ice also announced a grand prize winner on August 8th. This winner won an all-expense paid VIP trip to California to attend a major music festival in April 2019. 

So now that we have shared the Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor Revealed, what are your thoughts on the new flavor?