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At juju, we adore Alicia Silverstone. Apart from being absolutely gorgeous, she’s really taken a stand for compassionate diet, animal rights and environmentalism. We, of course, couldn’t agree more: all the products in our shop are natural, organic, mostly vegan, and entirely cruelty free – NONE are tested on animals. Here are some words from Alicia about her lifestyle choices and realizations.

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I know what it feels like to be hurt, and I don’t want to cause that pain to any other person or creature. But somehow, in society, we numb ourselves in order to make money or to feel better about ourselves, such as with cosmetics or food. We say to ourselves, “I’m going to use this animal. I’m going to say it doesn’t have much worth so that I can allow myself to do these cruel things.” And that just isn’t fair.

We always had dogs, so I understood all the joy and the love animals are capable of giving. It’s crazy to me that some people have dogs in their homes, but they treat them more like furniture.

Not that I say, “Oh, I’m not going to associate with certain people,” but I have my world, and I only want to be around people who I feel stimulated by. I have to be honest, I do have a new quest: I want to meet more vegetarians, people who are more like-minded. There’s something real neat about that feeling. It makes you feel so settled to know there’s somebody else sitting right there, being so passionate about what I’m passionate about. I don’t want to be around selfish people. I try to keep myself surrounded by deep people who will move me.

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Nothing’s changed my life more. I feel better about myself as a person, being conscious and responsible for my actions, and I lost weight and my skin cleared up and I got bright eyes, and I just became stronger and healthier and happier. Can’t think of anything better in the world to be but be vegan.

I don’t have any understanding of a human being who doesn’t respect the beauty of life and that goes for all creatures that have thoughts, feelings and needs.

I love animals and I knew they died to make food, but I loved meat. I was in denial for a long time. At first, I decided not to eat animals as some grand sacrifice, but in the end, it was the best gift I ever gave myself. My body started shedding weight immediately, and I had so much more energy.

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Like most people, I wasn’t always a vegetarian, but I’ve always loved animals. If you ever have a chance to meet a cow, pig, turkey, or goat, you will see that they are just as cute and funny as your dogs and cats and that they, too, want to live and feel love. They don’t like pain. Now when I see a steak, it makes me feel sad and sick because right away, I see my dog or the amazing cows I met at a sanctuary.

It started with my love of animals – that was my entry point. Then I started to learn more and I found that the same things that were good for animals were also good for me – and the planet! That was so amazing to me.

Being vegan truly is the secret to my life’s joy and peace. I feel physically and spiritually better than I could have ever imagined knowing that I am doing everything I can to reduce animal suffering with simple lifestyle choices like being vegan, never wearing any products made from animals (like wool and leather), and buying only from companies that NEVER test their products or ingredients on animals. 

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I do feel that if environmentalists who are meat eaters were given the whole truth about how many of our resources are wasted on meat production, they’d be horrified. I can’t stress enough the connection between what goes on your plate and what’s going on in the planet. I know it scares people, but you can’t deny the facts.

People should flirt with a plant-based diet! The point here is that it’s not all or nothing. You can sort of play with the idea and see if you like it a little. Often, the more you flirt, the more you want to flirt. Flirters try on these foods and hopefully become so into them they stick with it.

I did it for political, moral reasons, thinking that I was making this great sacrifice, but it was absolutely necessary; I was not going to contribute to the violence in the world anymore.

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Having grown up in the arctic Finland where a sunny day is somewhat of a rare occasion and the winter lasts for the most part of the year, burning in the sun – instantly – is in my genes. So a few years ago when I started seeing articles and hearing of test results that linked sunscreen with toxic chemicals, and even cancer, I got worried. I stopped wearing conventional sunscreen. Soon afterwards I found out that organic sunscreens worked even better for me – they stay on for hours and offer surprisingly good protection from burning.

 

NATURAL SUNSCREEN IS THE WAY TO GO

Last fall I moved from Philadelphia to Las Vegas and went for a jog on my second day here in the desert. The noon sun was blazing, and I was hotter than ever in my life (ummm, obviously in the heat sense of the term). I felt grilled. I jogged for 3.5 miles with organic sunscreen on, and was surprised when I got home that I didn’t even get a slight redding on my skin afterwards. It was amazing. Also, eye-opening. I haven’t gone jogging in the daylight since.

 

Dangers of toxic sunscreen

 

D FOR DANGER

The American Medical Association admitted that an increased use of (conventional) sunscreen is correlated with an increased incidence of skin cancer! Conventional sunscreen also acts as a barrier for the natural absorption of Vitamin D which has been shown to help prevent cancer. Vitamin D is also used to help diabetes, obesity, muscle weakness, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, PMS, and the list goes on. Conventional sunscreen can seriously block your vitamin D intake.

A 2012 article in the British Journal of Dermatology concludes “When the amount of sunscreen and SPF advised by the World Health Organization (WHO) is used, vitamin D production may be abolished.”

 

5 SUNSCREEN CHEMICALS THAT FEED CANCER

In a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sunscreen chemical oxybenzone (benzophenone-3) was detected in more than 97% of 2000 Americans that were tested. In a second study by CDC, mothers with high levels of oxybenzone in their bodies were more likely to give birth to underweight baby girls. Many UV filtering chemicals affect the body much like estrogen and therefore can cause more problems for women. A Swiss study published in Environmental Health Perspectives lists these 5 sunscreen chemicals that behave like estrogen and in laboratory testing, cause cancer cells to grow more rapidly.

  • Octocrylene
  • PABA
  • Octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC)
  • Benzophenone-3
  • 4-methyl-benzylidene camphor (4-MBC)
  • Homosalate

Please make sure your sunscreen doesn’t have any of these harmful chemicals!

 

4 NATURAL, ORGANIC, SAFE AND SWEET SUNSCREENS

 

SPF 30 Natural Mineral Sunscreen by John Masters Organics

Extracts of green tea, shea butter and jojoba oil hydrate, moisturize and replenish the skin with vitamins and minerals. Combines titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to provide all-over skin protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays. For all skin types.

 

Solar Rx SPF 30 by Keys

I remember reading in several interviews of super models or actresses about their skin care routines and how surprisingly many swear by wearing sun blocking moisturizer every day, even in the winter. Keys’ Solar Rx seems like the perfect solution for this since it’s an everyday moisturizing cosmetic sunblock specifically for the face, neck and hands. It’s not designed to be used for going to the beach, sun bathing or sports. It’s cosmetically clear so can be used daily, alone or as a foundation for make up.

 

Sea Flower SPF 15 Nutrient Intensive Moisturizer by Starflower Essentials

This is another great option for every day wear and protection from normal sun exposure (not for sun bathing). Contains borage (starflower) and jojoba oil, aloe vera gel, monatomic mineral water complex, herbal extracts and Vitamins C and E, as well as natural SPF from titanium dioxide and zinc oxide minerals. Good for all skin types.

 

SPF 30 Sunscreen Mist by Supergoop

This is a sprayable, antioxidant-infused sunscreen mist with vitamin C and 100% natural oils that provide a fresh and light citrus scent. Water-resistant. For all skin types.

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Bhakti - juju web fairyABOUT THE AUTHOR

Written by juju computer fairy Bhakti who’s in charge of our website, newsletters, postcards and such. In her free time she does yoga, hikes in the mountains of Red Rock Canyon, and obsesses over vintage clothing, vegan food, organic lifestyle, meditation, and, most recently, this vanillicious lotion. OMG. So good.

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Conventional nail polishes contain formaldehyde, toluene and dibutul phthalate (or DBP), known as the ‘toxic trio’. Formaldehyde is the stuff that’s used to preserve dead things, a known human carcinogen and can also cause eye, throat, nose and skin irritation. DBP is a known reproductive and developmental toxin. Toluene is a possible reproductive and developmental toxin and can also cause headaches, dizziness and fatigue. All these chemicals can be absorbed into the body through the nail bed.

The harmful chemicals in nail polishes put more than your health at risk. You wouldn’t throw house paint house paint in the trash – nail polishes can leech their toxicity into the soil and groundwater in the same way. In many cities’ waste facilities, nail polish is categorized as ‘hazardous waste’ along with car batteries and insecticides. Which is actually pretty scary!

At juju we use and sell Zoya nail polishes that are free of the toxic trio, and have been awarded as the longest wearing natural nail polish by Women’s Health Magazine. Our nail technicians, Tammi and Lisa, have a loyal following as their manis and pedis are known to stay perfect for a long time! Call the salon for appointment: 215-238-6080.

For the month of May we’re offering a free Zoya nail polish when you book any nail service! >> See nail services

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QiGong for Health & Wellness: What an Ancient Chinese Practice Can Do For You Today!

For more than 5000 years, QiGong was one of the best kept secrets in the world. This ancient Chinese practice of energy cultivation was handed down directly from master to student, and practiced behind monastery walls, deep in bamboo forests, and on top of solitary mountain retreats.

QiGong is composed of two basic practices; deep abdominal breathing, and slow, focused movements of the body. Both of these practices keeps the Qi moving through the body in a balanced way, promoting good health. Stress and tension are the two main factors that obstruct good Qi flow, and when that happens, the risk of illness and disease is increased.

Consistent practice of QiGong has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce stress, increase mobility and flexibility, strengthen the immune system, and improve the functioning of all internal organs.

This class will be an introduction to simple, yet powerful QiGong exercises. No prior experience is necessary, and is open to all ages. Hosted by juju spa’s wonderful and talented Kevin Starbard.

Class will be on Tuesday, May 28th, from 7:30 to 8:30pm
Class fee: $10

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This city is greener than you’d think:  Philadelphia was the first city in America to start offering a financial incentive for businesses to have sustainable, ecological practices! This is the first year that 25 eligible businesses will receive a tax credit up to $4,000.

“The City of Philadelphia is pleased to offer an innovative incentive that promotes the local clean economy and creates an attractive and supportive environment for sustainable business practices,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “We value the work of sustainable businesses and hope this credit encourages the expansion of sustainable practices in Philadelphia.”

And, you guessed it, we applied and more than qualified for the credit! Not only is juju the first wholly organic and non-toxic hair salon in Philadelphia, but we’ve kept expanding our sustainable ways and supporting companies that likewise embody, promote and facilitate a healthier planet and green living.

Some of our eco practices that impressed the city are:

  • our primary goal is to minimize environmental hazards common to the hair salon industry for both our workers and clients juju’s products and services do not contribute toxic chemicals to waste water
  • juju donates goods and services to agencies like The Red Cross, The Clean Air Council, Friends of Wiccacoe Park, PAWS, Angel Greyhound Rescue, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, Meredith Elementary School, and more
  • we recycle our trash strictly and are part of Philadelphia Recycling Rewards Program
  • we reuse: most of juju’s furniture, display items and furnishings were bought second hand, trash picked and/or are repurposed goods
  • facilites are PECO wind powered
  • all spa sheets, blankets and robes are made from 100% organic cotton and/or bamboo
  • and much more!!

 

Here’s our latest newsletter about the Recycling Rewards Program.

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What does a reading consist of? Do I need to prepare?
A birth chart is a snapshot of the planets the moment you were born. This picture is used as the basis for a personal astrology reading. To obtain a birth chart, you will need your the date, time and location of birth. Exact time of birth is ideal, though not essential.

How can astrology help and what are its benefits?
My goal as an astrologer is to empower the client by illuminating ideas and themes indicated by their chart. The chart gives insight into various facets of life from personality to family to career – wherever your interest lies. Astrology is a valuable tool to develop self-awareness. The reading usually confirms something the client may already know and hearing from a third party may help them take action.

How reliable can astrology be?
No matter how many times I see it, I am still surprised at how incredibly accurate astrology can be. Precise. At the same time, astrology is flexible – the messages are not set in stone. There are dozens of ways to  interpret each aspect of a birth chart – my goal is to elucidate the positive aspects and to take on difficult aspects from a proactive perspective.

What got you interested in astrology, personally?
I began studying astrology several years ago when I received Stephen Arroyo’s book Person-to-Person Astrology: Energy Factors in Love, Sex and Compatibility as a birthday gift from my friend and fellow astrologer. That friend later became my mentor, and the book sparked a central focus of my astrological interest: relationships.

 

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Once upon a time, there were two gals who loved to go thrifting and to make something new from something old. They also liked to make natural healthy candles to burn and enjoy in their homes with their families. This was the birth of Melo Studios, located here in Philadelphia.

 

 

Olivia Lotz and Jess Lee are the sustainability mavens behind Melo Studios who enjoy the challenge of applying their eco-friendly philosophy to their products. They buy domestic soy wax from a local distributor – soy wax is a renewable resource and burns clean without those gross chemicals found in paraffin wax.

 

 

In keeping with Melo’s all-natural spirit, they use essential oils and cotton wicks, and hand-pour all of their candles into reclaimed vintage containers and reusable Mason jars.

 

 

We hope you’ll try one of Melo candles as we just started carrying them and are in love with the scents, style and story. Shop Melo candles now!

 

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Brace yourself! Avoid the temptation of a hot shower when the temperature drops. Long, hot showers and super-strong, sudsy soaps take away the skin’s natural thin layer of oil. Expose this to cold, dry winter air and the problem worsens, taking away even more moisture from the skin.

Solution: reach for a gentle lotion based cleanser, like Suki’s Moisture Rich Cleanser, and use deep hydrating body lotion or oil immediately afterwards. Best practice: brace yourself for a shorter and more tepid shower.

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Self-discovery and personal growth can be yours!  Come in and get your personalized astrological reading with Lauren McBride.

Lauren is a counseling astrologer based in Philadelphia, who uses her astrological insight to empower herself and others.

Reading Options:

You are more than just your Sun Sign! Astrology 101: Learn about your Sun, Moon and Rising signs, and what they say about you! A quick intro into the world of personalized astrological insight. Time: 15 min. Cost: $15

 

Taking it Personal – Venus, Mars and everything in between. The reading includes a breakdown of your “personal planets” for a look at how you love, communicate and much more. Time: 30 min. Cost: $25

 

Born This Way – The astrology of YOU. An IN DEPTH astrology reading. Learn about your Sun, Moon and Rising signs, and what they say about you! The reading includes a breakdown of your “personal planets” for a look at how you love, communicate and much more. Find out what the planets are doing right now and how they influence you and your potential! Time: 1 hour. Cost: $40

 

Be prepared! Here’s how:

A birth chart is a snapshot of the planets the moment you were born. This picture is used as the basis for your personal astrology reading. To obtain a birth chart, you will need your date, time and location of birth. Exact time of birth is ideal, though not essential.

 

Sundays at juju salon!

Walk-ins welcome, but reservations are recommended. 215-238-6080 Call now!

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Impaled bunnies have feelings too!  Says our dear juju client and artist, Elaine Erne. We just put up an exhibit with her prints, please come explore The Lives and Traumas of Stuffed Animals – a series of comically disturbing depictions of Mr. Bunny and his friends who are under siege but who always put forward a cheerful personae no matter what is happening.  The work uses dark humor to explore emotional survival in overwhelming situations.  The series is made up of very large graphite pencil drawings, lithographs and woodblocks.

 

Elaine Erne – the artist
Elaine received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and her MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.  She currently lives in Philadelphia and is on the faculty of the Moore College of Art and Design and the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial.  She is a member of Nexus, Foundation for Today’s Art; Women’s Caucus for Art;  and a former fellow of the Center for Emerging Visual Artists. Her work has been exhibited locally and nationally. And it is cute. And dark. And I know a few people who’d be excited to receive an impaled bunny print for holidays. Come see them!
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My beautiful client, Catherine, with natural brunette hair wanted some beachy sun-streaked blonde highlights. Check out her new color that I highlighted with many different streaks in order to maximize their appeal and luster. I used a “bronding” technique which combined some ombre highlights and some subtle balayage streaks.  Healthy, natural and head-turning!

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John masters at juju salonAs the beauty industry becomes inundated with organic and all natural products, what is the best way to financially navigate through all of the choices presented?  How do you know what the best value is out there?  There are $8 bottles and $28 bottles of shampoo on the proverbial shelf, what’s the difference?

Much of the price differential is Products Marketing 101: are the products recognizable because of an extensive and expensive marketing campaign?  Often, organic beauty product lines that grace the opening, full-page spots in Organic Spa magazine are probably the priciest.  I mean, what does your gut tell you about Origins’ Dr. Weil organic product line?  Origin stores are firmly planted on the priciest retail real estate available…could that influence the price of their products?

That’s not to say that smaller, less known brands, are necessarily less expensive. Confusing!

In other words, “who knows?!”  I know.  And here’s how you can know too.  Read the label.  It’s that easy.  If a company selling organic beauty products fails to list ALL of the ingredients on its label, don’t even consider buying it.  Here’s some tips for understanding the ingredients and consequently, what the true value of the product may be.

What’s the ordering of the ingredients?  Having “water” as the first ingredient listed may explain why it’s price tag isn’t too high. And if it is high, ask yourself why.  How much of the total product is derived from organically, bio-dynamically and/or wild harvested plants and herbs? If there’s a long list of “chemically” sounding ingredients following “water” and preceding rose hips, don’t bother tossing it in your shopping cart.  It needs to be clearly indicated that the plant/herbal ingredient is organic, bio-dynamically grown and/or wild harvested plants.

USDA Certified Organic, Oregon Tilth – Certified Organic, Campaign for Safe Cosmetics are all important monikers for your product to wear. But know that getting a product “Certified Organic” is an expensive and lengthy process.  Some smaller companies haven’t secured the seal and can’t place it on their labels, even though the ingredients are as organically white as the driven snow.  Again, look to the label and make your decision from there.

Making a change in your beauty regime is as important to making a change from synthetic to organic beauty products.  Read labels, use less, use wisely and if on a budget, buy only what you truly need to use on a daily basis.

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JKfT25CWm7H1oVYv8szcl-qFaSOw_cjbkfVczV6i8DA9F5YXbalus7rCyVrWykTH3AhDuGN8gnaHcP842gagVP1EB5lPgW5kt9NLsqg7hMLYSNFxBz5mDUYDoR7Jl1zT5irKwLa14CiwQrecrq0tk8bGmGQOM_w0ge2iT4ksww=s0-d-e1-ftI cannot tell you how often I’m asked by a client who is mentally toying with the idea of going gray, “Is there an easy way to go gray…?” “How can I go gray gracefully? I’m sick of coloring my hair every 3 weeks”. I totally get it. Personally, I worry about when I should let it go au natural or when will my bold, sassy blonded highlights become age inappropriate?  And yes, it’s tough on many of our schedules and wallets to get into our stylists chair every 4-6 weeks.

My best advice? Talk to your stylist. I know this seems obvious, but we have heard boat loads of women before you bring up this “uncomfortable” topic.  We know your concerns and what your well-intentioned family and friends might think or say.  We understand the time and commitment of “growing out” your hair.  And let’s face it, coloring your hair is its own form of addiction, fueled by a healthy dose of vanity and for me, looking the age that I feel inside.  27! Sadly, there is no 12 Step Program for going gray…or is there?

You and your stylist can hash out the options for going gray, how to reach the targeted goal and most importantly, what is it going to look like in the end.  It’s really frustrating to note that there is a noticeable lack of hair photos of hot women with gray hair: Helen Mirren!  Jamie Lee Curtis! Jane Goodall!  And yes, Kate Moss dabbled…there’s just not that many photos of graying women that don’t whisper, “granny…..”  There’s those Thomas Gainsborough portraits, but let’s be real, if you don’t have the corset and hoop skirt, that look just won’t work.

I have a handful of clients who rock their silver hair and are true “Silver Foxes!” Bold pepper streaks, whiter than snow highlighting and a good silver glaze can make or break your Gray Statement. Talk to your stylist about how bold or sheepish you need to be in this process. I promise you, you can go gray gracefully, as long as you are willing to be open to change, can communicate honestly with your stylist and are able to keep your eye on the prize.  It may be just the change you need!

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Whether it’s “functional food” or “natural beauty products,” we consumers are asked to navigate through hundreds of products that claim to promote health and wellness. These claims live on the front of the product, in big eye-catching fonts, reminding us that we’re not getting enough: oat bran, hemp seed, goji berries, Omega 3’s…AND that our skin is blemished and our hair is dry because we slather on paraben-laced chemical sludge. Ever leave the Whole Foods with a bunch of new supplements, protein powders, probiotics and the like, in desperate hopes of warding off the big “C”?

In the beauty biz, it seems that all of the new professional hair lines are touting new products that are Ammonia-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, and full of unadulterated god-given argan oil.  Here’s what their not telling us, as loudly that is.  If you simply turn the product around, put on your readers and give yourself a minute or two, you yourself can determine if said new product is really healthy and really worth your money.  So what if the shampoo is sulfate free and contains organic burdock root? If there’s ‘fragrance’ listed, you’re exposing yourself to pthalates…endocrine disrupting chemicals.  Or if a Nonylphenol compound is present (a chemical which helps dissolve oily grime into water in cleaning products) you should be equally horrified.

In today’s Health section of the New York Times, an article about the “slick marketing” of healthy foods, inspired this post. “[s]hoppers are being bamboozled by slick marketing. Many people grab products with healthy claims on the front of the package and overlook crucial nutritional information, like calorie counts, in the small print on the back.”  Bravo.  But, What The Cuss?

Federal Regulators are only now investigating outlandish health claims.  Do I trust that they’ll mind the  hen house? Emphatically ‘No.’  Both the cosmetic and the food industries are sorely lacking in marketing claims’ oversight.  Bottom line:  read the labels. Google an ingredient a week to discover what really is in your Tinted Aveeno Moisturizer with SPF.

Best source ever?  The Environmental Working Group’s Cosmetic Database.

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Summer’s Here. These are Must Haves from juju!

1.    Naturally Bug-Free Patios
And roof decks and city yards and decks…

The Garden Candle by Amazon Lights rocks 100% renewable Palm Wax with amazonian andiroba oil with rosemary and thyme…check out these numbers: a steal at $13 and burns for 28 hours…that’s at least 4 deck parties!

2. Bronze Goddesses
Be one now: safely and organically

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Lavera’s Glow & Go at juju spa & organics.  Vegan, organic and guaranteed lovely.

3. Beach Hair
What’s sexier that Bardot-ish tousled beach hair?

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Get it at juju salon & organics.  Hurry, it get’s bought up in bunches.

4. Smooth, Supply Tanned Limbs…
…seal your tanned limbs with 100% organic oils from Skin & Bones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drink (up the sun) Responsibly!

Love, juju

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organic manis pedis philadelphia juju salonThe Swim Club, the beach, Havianas, yoga class, my new cork wedges…top reasons I want my toes to look glam right now!  There are tons of choices for us green-leaning girls.  At juju, our 3rd top selling product is our Zoya Nail Polishes!  Awesome right?  Our clients are no fools, they want their non-toxic nail polishes in fashion forward colors and they want them now!

Eco-fashionistas are buying non-toxic nail polishes by the dozens. Demand is up! Which is great, because demand creates competition and new and lovely 3 Free polishes are cropping up everywhere!  What is 3 Free you ask?  Lacquers that sport NO Formaldehyde, NO Toluene, NO DBP.  Most are also camphor free and vegan.

My top picks, aside from the hundreds of shades available from my beloved Zoya?  Butter London.  This cheeky line offers THE BEST COLOURS this side of the pond.  Check out their newest limited edition selection “No More Waity, Katie” a soft, elegant grey shade with a splash of lilac glitter for the perfect marriage to combine fashion and fun.

Top kudos goes to Spa Ritual.  Dedicated to the spa tradition, sparitual is committed to creating eco-friendly products and packaging perfectly crafted for the enlightened consumer. Spa Ritual uses Vegan ingredients from around the world, including many specially sourced and selected plant essences that are wildcrafted OR organic. The formulations are naturally colored and free of synthetic dyes.

So, next time you pop into a nail shop for a quick mani/pedi, peek around.  If the practitioners are wearing masks, the bottles look old and gloopy and color palettes are well, the worst, then set your GPS for the nearest natural nail salon and try the latest offerings!

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Ok. So I’m not talking about the cheap shampoo and conditioner product that men think they need.  I won’t even go into what the ingredients may be in such a product…..

Here’s a helpful list of tips and suggested uses for double duty products.  The list that can help you simplify your organic product retinue and keep your whole body healthy and fabulous! Beauty Product Streamlining (“BPS”) is fun and easy.  And here’s why:

1. An all-in-one BPS is great for travel, choose a smaller container and receive a bonus: TSA approved.

2. Look to an oil.  An oil that combines a hardy carrier oil with beneficial essential oils can triple duty for hair, body and face; My newest favorite, hands down is Skin and Bones Hair, Face and Body Oil.

3. Don’t think “Shampoo and Conditioner.”  Try thinking only Conditioner.  Back burner your shampoo for a few days and rely only on your conditioner.  Many good quality organic conditioners actually contain ingredients that will remove excess oils, build-up and dirt.  Your shiny new hair will thank you!

4. Soap bars that cleanse and exfoliate.  Genius!  Great for cleansing, cellular turnover, ingrowns and tired sallow skin.  Try John Master’s Ginseng and Citrus exfoliating and cleansing bar.

5. Sometimes, a fabulous pomade can double as an even better dry elbow or rough heel salve.  I swear that I always rub the leftover pomade from styling my hair onto my upper arms and elbows.  Try Sevi’s Blue Yarrow Hair Pomade made with pure organic castor oil and comfrey.

6. And the opposite is true.  Try a emollient body butter on your fly-aways or to provide lift and texture to your ‘do.  Woodsprite’s Get Whipped Shea Butter in Grapefruit Mint does the trick!

7. Back to oils, my favorite.  Ditch the Pthalate laced, allergy inducing, eye-watering department store perfumes.  Instead, slather on a rich, healing and aromatic oil.  Dr. Alkaitis’s Organic Nourishing Oil leaves your skin glowing and deliciously scented.  A great unisex “parfum” that is green and totally modern!

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Recently, a friend shared quite a story.  Beth, a mom, a friend, a beauty and an inventor with safety on her mind, developed “Noblo.”  Noblo is a simple tethering device that keeps beach umbrellas “put.” No more impaling umbrellas sailing through the air on an otherwise peaceful, yet windy, day at the beach.

In her quest to seek a manufacturer who could make her Noblo with sustainable fabric, she discovered an ugly truth.  A contact at a manufacturing plant informed her that some supposedly eco-fabrics made out of recycled plastic bottles, were in fact, made from unused plastic bottles – fresh from the bottle-making plant. What?!  Was this an ugly truth, an ugly un-truth or just downright fabricated?

Ok, I thought, why haven’t we heard of this before?  This is the ultimate in green washing.  Is this a sickening hoax?  Surely some simple google-sleuthing would shed some light…nothing yet.  I’ll keep looking.

In the meantime, google-sleuthing did give me some invaluable insight into innovative recycled-product fabrics.  Coffee grinds, marble, corn – you name it…textile companies around the globe are combining used or grown goods for fabrics.

Super Textile, a Taiwan fabric developer and manufacturer, believes “garments made from recycled materials will eventually gain popularity as petroleum resources become scarcer and the cost of production comes down.”  This statement alone, relieves my stress of knowing that creating fabric from unused plastic bottles is possible or even happening.  If it is, it can’t last forever, such is the fate of something made from a non-renewable resource.

Interesting.

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Last week, after walking the dogs, I noticed only 2 garbage bags out in front of our house ready for pickup.  In the recent past, my blood would have started a slow boil as I imagined my husband, the garbage-taker-outer, overlooking or disregarding overflowing garbage bins full of garbage bags that needed to be taken out today.

But wait. What?! Only 2 bags?  Yep. What changed?  We enrolled in Bennett Compost’s Residential compost pickup program.  $15 a month for weekly pickup.  We even signed up at the salon and spa.

According to Bennett Compost’s website, the average person throws away 1600 pounds of garbage each year.  Whereas the average Bennett Compost customer throws away less than half that. “Our weekly pick-up of food scraps and other compostable material helps you to reduce your impact.”  This explains the 2 bags of trash, not bad for a family of 4.  My goal?  Half the trash this year either by recycling or by composting.

And you better get on this composting bandwagon fast. San Francisco already converts over 400 tons of food scraps and other compostable discards into high-grade organic compost every day. The compost then becomes a valuable commodity in sustainable agriculture in that region.  Regs may go into effect that would levy mandatory composting, just like recycling in other cities.  Failure to compost could lead to fines.

“But,” you say “we have a garbage disposal so….” Here’s what you put in your Bennett bucket that you can’t put down the drain: citrus peels, coffee grounds and unbleached filters (this alone used to make a full bag of garbage in our house), corncobs, flowers, dead houseplants, nut shells!  and more….

Do it now! Get into the habit before you are forced to do so.

Inspire your neighbors, teach your kids and co-workers that this is the next very important step.  Get into the habit before you are forced to do so.

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Missed our latest workshop? What a shame!  On October 4th, national health and beauty expert Jolene Hart, graced juju organics with a bounty of natural beauty tips.  Of course we all know to avoid SLSs and parabens, but Ms. Hart drew deeper and provided us with the why’s what’s and how’s of combining good diet and de-stressors to really bring out the best in our own Natural Beauty!

Check out her beauty blog, Beauty is Wellness, and see for yourself what a difference a natural approach to beauty makes!  Here’s an easy recipe from Jolene for at home beauty…great for facial re-hydration and a luminescent glow!

Oatmeal & Raw Honey Mask

1 cup organic oatmeal
1 cup filtered warm water
1/2 cup raw honey (go raw or miss out on natural enzymes that hydrate and gently exfoliate)

Combine the oatmeal and warm water in a small bowl and allow the oatmeal to absorb the water. Add the honey and mix well. Apply the mask to a clean face, leave on for 30 minutes and rinse with warm water. This mask is moisturizing, soothing and exfoliating-and great for dry skin!

Enjoy!

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