Monday, April 19, 2010

Earth Day vegetarian

Being a vegetarian is often associated with being ecologically correct. I am a fanatical recycler and believer in reusable products; sponges and rags instead of paper towels, Sigg water bottles instead of plastic. And I carry my own tote bags everywhere.

Where it can be difficult to be environmentally correct is in body and hair products. A couple of new lines make it easy. Ekoh cosmetics (such a great name!) just launched Pre-Party Prep a natural face scrub made with walnut shell powder, organic aloe, rosemary comfrey root, lemon, apple, green tea, pomegranate, and oil from olives, apricots, grape seed and orange peel. It sounds like a really interesting salad dressing, but the exfoliating facial scrub hydrates and nourishes the skin while removing impurities. Ekoh cosmetics are packaged in recyclable glass jars, with no wasteful outer packaging.

For hair, try the organic emmett cooper line, packaged in recyclable containers. Curl Define uses extracts of quince, flax seed, yucca, chamomile, cherry bark ad ginger to control curly hair and the Volumizer Lift is a non-aerosol hair spray that enhances flat or fine hair. The emmett cooper is also vegan.

For moms-to-be, the Edamame Spa at some Destination Maternity stores (including NYC, White Plains, NY, Livingston and Paramus NJ) uses gentle, natural ingredients for its spa services. The Absolute Pearl Facial uses crushed pearl powder, mulberry, licorice and lemon and aloe vera. At Destination Maternity, you can stock up on such natural body care lines as Burt’s Bees, Mustela and Basq.

Happy Earth Day!

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