Archive for Natural Beauty

Before and After Brow’s by Adi
October 6, 2016

The one thing I won’t leave my house without, is my brows. I’m the girl with the super light eyebrows that get lost in the tiniest form of light hitting my face, and to me there is nothing more powerful than a woman with fierce brows. Therefore I am that lady at the grocery store with tired eyes but fabulous brows and the confidence you wouldn’t expect. My brow confidence comes from my go to brow enhancement Jennie Fresa’s Brush on Brow, a powder that helps creat a more symmetrical look. I choose to use the Brush on Brow for most of my clients too, especially if they are a little wary of enhancing their brows, most people feel they have a heavy hand when it comes to “filling” in their brows. The powder allows you a more natural look no matter your technique. Wether your a first time brow enhancer or a seasoned veteran I think this is a great product all of us should own.

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Summer Bridal Beauty
July 26, 2016

Caitlyn + Dave ~ 6/5/16

View More: http://michaeljcharles.pass.us/160605_caitlyn_david

Meet Caitlyn and Dave!

Now better known as Dr. + Dr. Hark! These two sweetHARKs met each other in college studying to be doctors and as luck would have it they found each other in the school library! We are so very happy for these two as they start their lives together and write their own love story complete with a happily ever after!

Thank you for sharing your story with us at Jennie Fresa Beauty!

xoxo,

Lorna

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Get the Look: { Click HERE to shop her wedding day look}

Caitlyn wanted her wedding day makeup to be “classic” and “not overly done up”. To recreate her look which was inspired by Princess Kate Middleton (Caitlyn’s celebrity icon) we recommend:

PRIMER: CV Skinlabs Calming Moisture for Face and Neck

SKIN:
Ilia Sheer Vivid tinted moisturizer in shade “Belle Mare”

BROWS:
Jennie Fresa “Soft Smoke” brow powder

EYES:
Kjaer Weis “Cloud Nine” Organic Eye Shadow all over the lid
Kjaer Weis “Transcend” Organic Eye Shadow blended in the outer third of the eye and also used on a damp angle brush for a coppery eyeliner. Lots of waterproof black mascara, sprinkled with plenty of temporary lash tabs.

CHEEKS:
Ilia Multi-stick in “Polka Dots & Moonbeams” to highlight the top of the cheekbones
Kjaer Weis “Happy” on apples of the cheek

FINISHING POWDER: RMS UN Powder in 0-1

LIPS: Ilia Lip Crayon in “Call Me” for that bright pop of color on the lips

View More: http://michaeljcharles.pass.us/160605_caitlyn_david

Vendor List: {click on the vendor to learn more}

Photography: Michael J. Charles

Venue: Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

Makeup: Lorna Pulver and Maddie Nehlen; Jennie Fresa Beauty

Hair: Amanda Gates; Posh Salon

Gown: Kelly Faetanini Gowns; Jenny Yoo

Flowers: Bakes and Baldwin

Caterer: Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

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How to Eat for Summer Skin
June 21, 2016

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Guest blogger Paige Morrissey fills us in on the in’s and out’s of how you can eat for healthy glowing skin this summer!

~Paige Morrissey is a certified holistic nutritionist, wellness expert and health coach. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and is certified through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Paige is passionate about the science of nutrition and the vital role preventative care plays on overall health. She is currently living in NYC with her husband and golden retriever Teddy~

Enjoy!

Our skin, as our body’s largest organ, is often the first indication of what’s happening on the inside.  Ailments such as rashes, blemishes, and rosacea are all indications of internal imbalance. Instead of focusing on expensive, often chemical-laden beauty products to achieve youthful skin, pay attention to your body’s natural ability to heal itself. If you’re looking for radiant skin and bright clear eyes, here are a few of my tips to get a head-start on your summer glow.

1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! It may sound obvious, however water is vitally important to just about every system in our body – and our skin is no exception.  I start every morning with a tall glass of room temperature water – yes, before coffee! This is one of the easiest and most beneficial things you can do for your body and overall health. Water gets your metabolism revved up, and sends signals to your organs that it’s time to wake up and get going. Drinking enough water keeps your cell membranes plump and smooth and your skin radiant. Aim to drink at least half your body weight in ounces per day.

2. Eat your Carotenoids. Carotenoids are plant pigments that are rich in antioxidants. They can be found in leafy green or bright colored vegetables (think kale, spinach, red peppers). They are health-inducing and collagen boosting (que less wrinkles!) and can act as a shield to quench damaging free radicals that cause sun spots and signs of aging. Carotenoids are also particularly important for eye health and can protect against degenerative diseases that lead to blindness. Be sure to include these in your daily routine. Examples below:

  • Leafy greens (kale, spinach, arugula, broccoli)
  • Eggplant purple asparagus, blackberries, blueberries
  • Beets, red cabbage, red onions
  • Carrots, yellow onions, butternut squash

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3. Eat your fat. I’m not talking about bacon (although that’s fine once in a while), high quality fats rich in omega-3 fatty acids, hydrate and nourish dull skin and protect your cell membranes against damaging free radicals. When you cell membranes are strong, toxins are kept out and nutrients are allowed in, and waste products are eliminated from the cell. Some good choice options include: avocados, chia seeds, coconut oil, olive oil, walnuts and fatty fish like wild salmon.

4. Get your greens. Nutrient-dense, leafy greens are loaded with antioxidants and pro-inflammatory properties that help boost skin elasticity and shield against damaging free radicals that cause premature signs of aging. The easiest way to do this is to add a green smoothie into your routine. I’m currently addicted to my morning smoothie loaded with health plant based protein, fats, and fiber. Recipe below.

Berry Green Smoothie

1/4 cup blueberries or mixed berries

1 cup unsweetened almond milk (preference to homemade or califia farms)
1 large handful spinach
1/4 avocado
1 scoop vanilla vegan protein powder
water to taste

5. Steer clear of sugar. This is a topic that is particularly important to me and should be for you too. Sugar has a direct inflammatory effect and wreaks havoc on every system in your body – from blood sugar imbalances and digestive disorders to skin irritation and rashes. I could go on and on about the consequences of a high sugar diet but let’s leave it at this. Try to stay under 30 grams of sugar per day and avoid processed and packaged foods (protein bars and store bought smoothies are often some of the worst offenders).  Keep in mind that anything over 10 grams of sugar is concerned a high-sugar food.

The first area of focus in treating any imbalance should be lifestyle and dietary changes to nourish your bodily systems and promote a hospitable environment for your cells. Once you have that covered, aim to rid your shelves of the chemical and endocrine disrupting lotions and potions.  Start with nature first. I love Jennies store because she features some of the best organic, and sustainable beauty products on the market to complement your clean and green approach to healthy, gorgeous skin.

Email: wellnessbypaige@gmail.com

Instagram: WellnessbyPaige

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CHEMICAL VS. MINERAL
June 8, 2016

CHEMICAL VS. MINERAL

written by Lorna Pulver – Natural Beauty Expert & Master Facialist at Jennie Fresa

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As the temperatures begin to soar outdoors we are all ready to have our fun in the sun! Every year we learn a little bit more about sun care and sunscreens, so let’s go back to school for a moment and take a short course in sunscreen 101:

 

First, what is the difference between Chemical sunscreen and Mineral sunscreen?

 

Chemical sunscreens do not sit on the surface of the skin.  They must be absorbed into the skin to become effective. Therefore they must be applied at least 20 minutes before sun exposure in order to provide adequate protection. These chemicals then absorb the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays to protect us from sun damage. So… if you wait until you arrive at that glorious beach or that happening backyard barbeque before applying your chemical SPF, you run the risk of not being protected. Always apply these types of sunscreens well before going out in the sun.

Now here’s something to keep in mind, those chemicals are being absorbed directly into the bloodstream. They scatter all over the body without being detoxified by the liver and can be detected in the blood, urine, and breast milk for up to two days after a single application. This would be fine if all chemical sunscreens were equally safe, but they are not. Studies have found chemicals such as Oxybenzone to be hormone disruptors mimicking estrogen and interfering with thyroid function, they can cause skin mutations, free radical damage and can also become a skin allergen. Some chemical sunscreens can go so far as to actually trigger hyperpigmentation! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has detected Oxybenzone in more than 96 percent of the American population.  Luckily there are some chemical sunscreen ingredients that are safer than Oxybenzone. The best ingredients to look for are Avobenzone, and Mexoryl SX and XL. They both rate#2 on the EWG safety scale.  

 

On the other hand mineral sunscreens, also known as physical sunscreens, do not get absorbed into your body. They sit on top of your skin and reflect the sun’s rays and they begin to work the moment you apply. Mineral sunscreens do well to protect against both UVA and UVB rays and provide a more stable protection from harmful UV radiation. Ingredients to look for include Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. Micronized particles are the newest technology in zinc formulations allowing better consistency and solving the dreaded white cast they were known for in the past.  On a side note, avoid nanotechnology as it is still very controversial and more studies need to be done.

 

Physical sunscreens are the perfect choice for those of us with very sensitive or reactive skin.  People who suffer from rosacea, have sensitive eyes, are pregnant or breast feeding should use mineral sunscreen since they are unlikely to cause any irritation to the skin and will not build up toxicity in the body.  Mineral sunscreens are my choice for everyday routine sun care and to lessen our toxic load to our bodies. My number one choice of products is by Suntegrity. I religiously use our 5 in 1 Suntegrity moisturizing face cream. It is a tinted moisturizer, sunscreen, primer, and anti-aging product all in one.

 

Chemical sunscreens have their place too and may be a better choice for those who exercise in the sun and/or are swimming at the beach. They hold up to water and sweat much better than many mineral sunscreens.  Chemical sunscreens can also be formulated in a much thinner consistency which may be easier for some of us to apply liberally and more evenly. It is recommended that we apply one ounce or one shot glass of sunscreen to our entire body every two hours when in direct sun. Chemical sunscreens can be very unstable in sunlight, so a well formulated product with anti-oxidant protection like Coola’s  Sport 50 Unscented Moisturizer for the body is a great choice for summer.  It is water resistant up to 80 minutes, is fortified with phyto-protection from plankton, soothes with arnica, vitamins and organic avocado and linseed oils. We have a wonderful selection of good for you products to choose from!

 

Some quick sunscreen tips and interesting findings!

  •         Throw away last year’s bottle of sunscreen! It has already expired and will not give you the protection you and your family are looking for.
  •         Avoid Oxybenzone! A hormone disruptor and skin sensitizer. Look for Avobenzone and Mexoryl SX instead.
  •         Avoid vitamin A also known as retinol, retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, or retinyl linoleate in your sunscreen. This ingredient may trigger development of cancerous skin lesions or tumors.
  •         Don’t be fooled by high SPF ratings! Higher than 50+ rating gives a false sense of protection and is not proven to provide extra safety against burns and exposure.  Instead reapply often.
  •         Don’t forget your lips! Try Suntegrity lip CPR SPF 30.
  •         Wear a hat and sunglasses for added protection! Harmful radiation can affect your delicate eyes and often tops of ears, tops of feet and scalps go unprotected.
  •         UVA rays are present during all hours of daylight, even on the cloudiest of days. In fact, these rays can penetrate glass windows making it necessary to incorporate SPF into your everyday routine.
  •         New study reveals SPF30 prevents melanoma by 80 percent.
  •         A continuous spray SPF needs 30 – 90 seconds of time, enough to create a glistening sheen to the skin.  Try our selection of Coola sunscreen spray with plant protection and organic ingredients.
  •         Boost your skins ability to ward off damage by eating a diet including lycopene found in many red fruits and vegetables. They contain phytochemicals to improve skin’s ability to recover from UV damage.

 

Shop the COOLA!

Shop the Suntegrity!

XO,

Team JF

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Product Review: Suntegrity 5 In 1 Natural Self Tanner
May 3, 2016

Why Risk Wrinkles: By Jennie Fresa Beauty Contributor: Ell Sherwood

Hey Beauties!  Today we’re sharing a Product Review of one the best Self-Tanners out there.  Check it out & Enjoy!

{Click here} to grab the Suntegrity Self Tanner we love so on our online boutique!

About our Contributor: El is a fitness, health and green beauty enthusiast residing in New Haven, CT with her veggie-loving orange cat, Razz, and her football-coaching fiancé, Jordan. She is a lifestyle and documentary photographer and co-owns a creative company, E&H Creates, with her sister Hannah. Together, the dynamic duo makes the world a little more beautiful.

Etsy Website: eandhcreates.etsy.com

Insta : @eandhcreates

I made a New Years Resolution to never use a tanning bed for the rest of my life. In my college years, I did enough fake-and-baking for my entire Freshmen English 101 class — and then some. As I became older and entered my early, mid and now late (AHHH) twenties I started shifting towards a healthy lifestyle.

I have always loved working out and eating well. I know, annoying, right? In college, I attempted to stay on track, but lets be real – it was impossible! I felt physically awful and exhausted almost all of the time, but I did have a ton of fun.. and a lot of pizza! After college, my lifestyle changed little by little and I began working towards the healthy lifestyle I embrace today.

Now, I am a yoga-hiking-running-biking-kale-beet-loving fanatic. Working out and eating well is what I do best. If you ask any of my gal pals, “Who is your healthiest friend?” I think they would roll their eyes and say, “El. She loves kale.”

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Yet, even with all of these healthy changes, up until recently, I was still tanning! I would knock out a solid spin class, drink my green juice, practice some yoga, eat my organic free-ranged chicken and then hit the tanning bed? Like, what? One of these things is not like the other. Hmmm. 😕

I was not tanning often and would typically only try and catch a nice bronze in preparation for an upcoming event. Similar to any lady in her 20’s I have roughly 250 weddings, bachelorette parties and bridal showers to look good for. So, not tanning as often and for events only, is acceptable right? NICE TRY El – WRONG! WRONG WRONG!

We are all well aware of the risks associated with tanning. We all also know that our skin is our largest organ. Yet, I feel like a lot of us (myself included) choose to ignore the truth because having a bronze glow makes us feel more beautiful. We need to stop putting our skin on the back burner and start incorporating skincare into healthy living.

I had to think about why giving up tanning was hard for me. Similar to many people, I have always enjoyed being a bit tan because I feel more confident showing my legs and wearing less makeup. I also was often hesitant to use self-tanners because of the harsh and dangerous chemicals. If a pregnant woman cannot use it – why would I want to?

During one of my trips to the JF Brow & Beauty Bar, Jennie introduced me to Suntegrity 5 in 1 Natural Self Tanner. It was love at first…tan — wow so corny! This product is an organic natural self tanner ideal for sensitive skin, non toxic and vegan. IT IS AMAZING. The product description says “healthier and better than a real tan” and I couldn’t agree more. This product is part of the Suntegrity line which was developed after the owner lost her mother to melanoma. The owner is a big advocate for wearing sunscreen and taking care of your skin, but found that most of the products on the market actually contain chemical UV blockers and toxic ingredients. Therefore, she developed her own skincare line which includes the fabulous Suntegrity 5 in 1 Natural Self Tanner. I cannot recommend the product enough and I also cannot recommend the Jennie Fresa Beauty Bar in Madsion enough, either! What I can recommend though is making a trip to the Beauty Bar, getting your eyebrows done by Jennie (I like to call her the eyebrow wizard) and picking up some Suntegrity. :o)

Here’s my Suntegrity How-To:

Step 1

Exfoliate

Gently exfoliate your entire body.

Step 2

COFFEE!

Have a cup of coffee..or 3. Check out my CT Vibes mug. So cute, right?

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Step 3

Apply 5 in 1 Suntegrity

Evenly apply Suntegrity all over body and wait a few mixtures before dressing. I decided to apply right before bed since you need to avoid showering, sweating and shaving for 8 hours. Make sure to was your hands immediately after. I applied the 5 in 1 Natural Self Tanner right to my face and loved how it came out! If you are too nervous to do this, make sure to try the 5 in 1 Tinted Face Sunscreen.

Step 4

Enjoy your glow!

I woke up the next morning and immediately jumped out of bed to check out my glow. I loved what I saw! I did see a couple of spots that seemed darker and once I showered everything evened out. I am so impressed with how long the tan has lasted! I applied the self tanner Thursday evening took a shower Friday morning, went for a run Friday afternoon, showered again, did a spin class Saturday morning, showered, went out for Bachelorette party Saturday evening in Boston, danced the night away, woke up Sunday (with a minor headache) went for a walk with my girlfriends, showered, went out for brunch and my tan is STILL glowing!

XO,

Team JF

If you want to shop the Suntegrity Self Tanner, check it out {here}!

El glowing from head to toe!

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or view all Suntegrity products here.

The Benefits of Coconut Oil
February 19, 2016

Coconut Oil has many incredible health and beauty benefits. The nutritional content in coconut oil is what truly makes this the ultimate must have! Coconut oil is packed with anti-oxidants, medium-chain triglycerides, lauric acid and caprylic acid that make so many great changes to your overall health. When buying Coconut Oil make sure to look for Virgin, Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil.

Here are some of the truly amazing benefits of coconut oil:

Beauty Benefits:

  • Fights Acne
  • Natural Skin Moisturizer
  • Wrinkle Reducer
  • Natural Makeup Remover
  • Homemade Toothpaste
  • Natural Chapstick or Lipgloss
  • Personal Lubricant
  • Natural Deodorant
  • Gentle Face Wash
  • Soothing Shaving Cream
  • Hair Deep Conditioner
  • Nail Cuticle Oil
  • In-Grown Hair Treatment
  • Stretch Mark Reducer

Health Benefits:

  • Reduces Inflammation and Arthritis
  • Can Cure UTI and Kidney Infections
  • Boosts Immune System
  • Improves Brain and Memory Function
  • Improves Memory and Endurance
  • Improves Digestion, Reduces Ulcers and Colitis
  • Helps Gallbladder Disease and Pancreatitis
  • Prevents Gum Disease and Tooth Decay
  • Improves Type II Diabetes
  • Benefits Hair Health
  • Prevents Osteoporosis
  • Helps Weight Loss
  • Anti-Aging
  • Balances Hormones

 

Looking to pick up your very own coconut oil? Stop by our boutique and experience the luxury of our RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream. 

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The Lace Factory
February 18, 2016

Looking to shop for this absolutely gorgeous, natural beauty makeup done by Lorna?!

 Head on over to: http://shop.jenniefresa.com/search?q=IliaFoundation –

Here’s the look:

Foundation – Airbrush

Concealer – Ilia: Cassava #1

Smokey Eye – Ilia: You Spin Me Round

Brows – JF Brow Balm: Brunette

Eye Liner – Ilia: Sweet Jane

Mascara  – Ilia: Nightfall

Blush – Ilia: A Fine Romance

Highlight – Ilia: Polka Dots and Moonbeams

Xo,

Lorna

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Makeup – Lorna Pulver | lorna@jenniefresa.com
Hair – Amanda | Posh Salon | http://www.ctposh.com
Dress – Everthine Bridal | http://www.shopeverthine.com
Photography – Salwa Photography | http://www.salwaphotography.com
Venue – The Lace Factory | http://thelacefactory.com
Event Planner – Sarah | http://apolishedplan.com
Florist – Blush Floral Design | http://www.blushflorals.com

Lorna’s DIY Facial Mist
January 14, 2016

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Hi beauties! We all know how taxing the dry winter months can be on our skin, so why not come up with the perfect DIY Facial Mist that will help remoisturize your skin to fight back against the winter blahs?

Our lead Esthetician and Make Up Artist, Lorna has come up with quite the beauty must have of the season! The best part is you can make this right at home!

This all natural, chemical free facial mist can be used day or night on even the most sensitive and mature skin. Lorna’s recipe helps rebalance and moisturize dry skin, calm redness and irritation, reduce under eye puffiness, and the essential oils help promote relaxation.

Ingredients:

* Sterile Spray Bottle
* Natural Witch Hazel (2 ounces)
* Heritage Rose Water (4 ounces)
* Essential Oils: Lavender, Bergamot, and Rose Geranium (6 drops each)
* Vegetable Glycerin (1/2 teaspoon)
* Distilled Water (1 ounce)

How-To:

Pour each of these ingredients into a Sterile Spray bottle, shake it up, and voila!

Make the Switch to Clean Beauty
October 2, 2015

Facts:

1938: The last time the U.S. passed a cosmetics law

1,300 +: Number of ingredients in cosmetics banned or restricted in Europe.

11: Number of ingredients prohibited or restricted by the FDA.

We would like to change the way people think about the ingredients they use on their face and body.  So many of us put great effort into living a healthy lifestyle- we eat our veggies from the farm, we practice yoga, we drink our smoothies…..why stop there?!  Our skin is our largest organ and we feel it deserves the same attention.

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My personal journey began several months ago when I realized that after years of slathering chemical-laden products on my face and body, there IS a healthier way to achieve that same pretty, polished and youthful look we all desire.  I started researching and was pleasantly surprised by the power of the green beauty movement and also horrified at the lack of regulations here in the US.  My quest, however, has led me to discover quite a few truly amazing, high-performing beauty brands along the way.  I’m thrilled to share them with you at our store in Madison CT and in our on-line shop.

Now it has become my mission to bring other beauty-seeking and health-conscious beauties like you a welcoming beauty destination filled with only the finest in clean beauty.

Here are my 5 steps for making the switch to Clean Beauty:

  1. Simplify your beauty products and learn which ingredients to avoid. (see my top 10 list below).
  2. Get informed. Download 2 helpful resources that will help you determine the safety of your products before you buy them: ThinkDirty and SkinDeep
  3. DIY: There are many products that can be made right at home.  If you’re on a budget or if you like to get crafty, check out Mountain Rose Herbs on-line.
  4. Prioritize. It can be very overwhelming to switch all of your personal care products all at once so don’t try it!  Start with your skincare (cleanser and moisturizer).  Then, your makeup (foundation and lipstick).  Next, body care: change your soap and deodorant. Hair care and other household items can come later.
  5. Stay in the know.  Follow us on Instagram where I will launching my 7 Day Beauty Detox twice a year (January & July) to help you make the switch to healthier living.  

 

10 Chemicals of Concern:  Learn more at The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

1,4 Dioxane
Not listed on ingredient labels, 1,4-dioxane is a contaminant linked to cancer found in products that create suds, such as shampoo and liquid soap.

Benzophene
A chemical linked to cancer, benzophenone is used in cosmetics such as lip balm and nail polish to protect the products from UV light.

Butylated Compounds (BHA)
Concerns about organ-system toxicity and endocrine disruption led the European Union to prohibit the preservative butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) from cosmetics

Ethanolamine Compounds (MEA, DEA & TEA)
Diethanolamine (DEA) is a type of ethanolamines, chemicals widely used in cosmetics. The European Union prohibits DEA in cosmetics due to concerns about formation of carcinogenic nitrosamines.

Formaldehyde
Cancer-causing formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are often found in shampoos and liquid baby soaps.

Parabens
Parabens are preservatives used in a wide variety of personal care products. These endocrine-disrupting chemicals can be absorbed through skin, blood and the digestive system.

Triclosan
Triclosan, which has been linked to hormone disruption and antibiotic resistance, can be found in soaps, detergents, toothpastes, deodorants, and more.

Toluene
Found in nail polish and hair dyes, toluene is restricted for use in the European Union, but not in the United States.

Phthalates
Banned from cosmetics in the European Union, phthalates are widely used in color cosmetics, fragranced lotions, body washes and other products sold in the United States.

Octinoxate
An endocrine disruptor that mimics estrogen, octinoxate is found in hair color products and shampoos, sunscreen, lipstick, nail polish, skin creams

Hope you found this post to be helpful.  Feel free to leave your comments and questions below.

Xo,

Jennie