I have a new favorite green shampoo, and if you know me (and my eternal hunt for the perfect green shampoo), this is big news. The Vermont based minimal green skincare brand, Ursa Major, just added shampoo and condition to their tightly curated selection of products and after one use (I literally just got out of the shower and ran to my computer to log down this review) I am smitten. For the longest time, I used their all-in-one face/body wash as a scalp rinse but now don’t need to because this shampoo is everything I’ve dreamed the brand would create. Read…

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Using clean, nontoxic haircare is nonnegotiable for me. After rebounding from a receding hairline and major hair loss by turning to green shampoo and hair products, I now avoid harsh chemical surfactants and detergents at all costs to preserve the health of my hair. (Sulfates can be drying and sensitizing to skin over time, AND can weaken hair follicles causing premature breakage.) But when I transitioned to clean shampoos, I was disappointed to find I had to sacrifice texture and lather ability (I’m looking at you Rahua Shampoo). Yet, the trade offs were worth it. My hair started to grow back and…

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As the year comes to an end, I look back on all I’ve struggled with and overcome: a receding hairline and hair loss; intense perioral dermatitis flare ups; annoying acne; and dry/dehydrated and irritated skin. While there were many lows, there were also a lot of highs. And many of those highs were due to finding efficacious, nontoxic, green products to help ease me back towards healthy skin. Therefore, as we wrap up this year, I decided to outline down below in seven categories, including Dry Skin, Acne, Dermatitis, Brightening, Hair, Body, and Eye + Lip + Neck my favorite products from 2017…

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When my hairline started receding a year and a half ago, I thought it was one of two things: low iron (anemia) or my thyroid. That’s typically what comes to mind first. But it wasn’t either of those things. I had blood work done and my iron levels were surprisingly high, and my TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone – more on this later) was assessed by my primary care physician as normal at 2.5; the range 0.5 – 4.0 is deemed “normal” by labs. I found out through more testing that at that time my hair loss was due to a food sensitivity…

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It’s kind of crazy to think over a year ago my hair was limp, thinning, my hairline severely receding and my scalp was constantly itchy, irritated and oily. I was desperate for a solution. And when I turned to the internet for answers I realized I’m not the only one battling hair thinning struggles.  Hair thinning is as common in women as it is in men, but is less talked about due to social stigma. Hair thinning and hair loss will affect one third of the female population in America this year; roughly 50 million women (Harvard Medical School). Stressful life events…

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