Hot Trend of Organic Beauty Products

Organic Beauty Products

SAN FRANCISCO, California — Organic is the hottest trend in the beauty industry and it is here to stay! Since many non-organic beauty products contain harsh elements and chemicals that are harmful to us and the environment, you may want to consider using kinder, all-natural and eco-friendly beauty products. But what products really contain natural ingredients claimed in its packaging and where do you find them? To save you time from searching every beauty aisle of department stores, we did the research and found some incredible all-organic, earth-conscious beauty products from independent brand Deep Roots, and Credo, an all-natural beauty store with over 70 major brands to choose from!

Deep Roots

A brand of handmade beauty products in which the name was acquired from an old family tradition rooted in using plants and herbs for healing the skin and body. Iris Stevens is the creator and maker of the Deep Roots brand. The product line includes all-purpose beauty salves, balms and body oils derived from calendula, lavender and white sage, among others. Organically home-grown in sunny San Rafael, California where the plants and herbs are picked at their finest, dried and then infused immediately to keep its freshness and potency. Additionally, the Deep Roots Tree of Life Salves are made of 100% pure olive oil from olive trees in Palestine, and beeswax from beehives kept at her home! It doesn’t get more natural than that! Iris takes great pride in making her products and explains why:

“Gardening was a huge part of my family upbringing, a tradition I continued. My Deep Roots products are home-grown and handmade by me for quality and pureness. I have also loved nature and the spiritual connection I get with the earth when my hands are nurturing, caring and picking the plants and herbs to make my products. It feeds my spirit and helps me appreciate the world. The whole process is a way for me to inspire others to take care of themselves, and the planet.”

If that isn’t a good enough reason to buy the Deep Roots products, then here’s another. The salves and moisture sticks miraculously soothe, protect and relieve irritated, dry skin from environmental stress while securing just the right amount of sheen for a natural, healthy glow. And the aromatic infused oils are amazing for moisturising, healing and relaxing once massaged into skin, hair or scalp.

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The Tree of Life Salves in reusable 6oz jars $42 plus shipping & handling. Photo by Iris Stevens
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Deep Roots Healing Salve 4 oz (Lavender or Calendula) $28 plus shipping & handling. Photo by Iris Stevens


Credo means “I believe” in Latin and is an online retailer, which recently opened a one-stop beauty shop located in San Francisco, it is Sephora with all-natural and sustainable beauty products. The boutique is situated in Pacific Heights Fillmore Street, where there is a great demand for organic products. The boutique is beautifully decorated and stocked with all-things organic. The many collection of products from beauty, skincare make-up and personal care with prices ranging from affordable to luxury offers something for everyone on any budget. Credo believes:

Everyone deserves products that are exquisite, effective, modern, and good—in every sense. We started Credo with the goal of providing you with the world’s most exceptional collection of those very products.

Shashi Batra, founder of Credo Beauty, whose resume also included being one of Sephora’s founding team and having worked with Victoria’s Secret Beauty, where he created an organic line from scratch called Pink Organics. Batra and his team of top industry leaders select only credible, non-toxic and high-quality brands, which have been tested for purity, authenticity, sustainability, ethical practices and no animal testing. A popular brand that’s sold at Credo is Juice Beauty (Gwyneth Paltrow is creative director of it’s makeup line), which is getting a major buzz right now. And with a solid buying power like that, how could it go wrong? Credo’s mission:

“From the artisan workshops in our hometown of San Francisco to the farms of New Zealand, we have searched near and far to curate an unparalleled lineup of artisan brands. This Credo community is living proof that we can have beautiful and results-driven products that are also safe and sustainable. Their thoughtful and proven combinations of natural and ethically sourced ingredients offer beauty-seeking and health-conscious beauties a truly elevated experience.”

Looking beautiful has never felt so natural and guilt-free.

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Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer $45. Photo by

Terre Dei Papi: Donkey’s Milk Cosmetics

Terre Dei Papi

Rome, Italy — The best way to help yourself get a healthier lifestyle is to pamper yourself. This month, we would like to focus your attention on Terre Dei Papi, a rare line based on the extraordinary power of 100% Italian organic Donkey Milk, one of the most exclusive of natural milks, introducing you to authentic, luxurious beauty treatments for the care of your face and body.

Their Story

Inspired by the wonderful Italian land’s beauty and guided by its historical traditions and sources, Terre Dei Papi Line’s story begins in the enchanting backdrop of Castel Gandolfo, the place chosen by the Pontifices as their summer residence.

As Alfredo and Freddie – co-founders of this exclusive cosmetic line – explain: “Terre Dei Papi is a rare fusion of tradition and innovation, nature and science, past and present. This line offers a truly noble experience and is characterised by exclusively natural active ingredients, par excellence. The line includes unique treatments that promise miracles, if applied regularly.”

Terre Dei Papi Line is based on 100% purely Italian Donkey’s Milk; the milk’s virtues are found in its more than precious and natural 55 active ingredients, that once absorbed into the skin, delivers the best results.

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Fluo Hydrating Regeneration Spray, Terre Dei Papi Line

Their Precious Ingredient: Donkey Milk

Donkey’s milk has always been recognised by the scientific community as an excellent elixir, nutritionally and cosmetically used both for delicate skin problems’ and anti-free radicals treatments.

Donkey milk has been used for centuries to prepare advanced skin care treatments, stopping the first signs of aging. Donkey’s milk has also many highly nutritional properties compared to the other mother’s milk, containing a high quantity of lysozymes, an excellent natural antibiotic that protects the skin as well as supporting its elastic fibres. Moreover, it is particularly rich in vitamins, minerals and oleo-elements, preventing the aging process and, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, creating a natural and effective barrier against external free-radicals. Rich in fatty-acids such as Omega 3 and 6, Donkey milk also supports the repair of damaged cell membranes.

Donkey milk is a natural moisturiser, which prevents dermal irritation and aids in skin regeneration; in virtue of its decongestive and regenerative properties, it is ideal for all skin types of all ages, even the most sensitive ones, protecting skin from degeneration in a natural way. Furthermore, probiotics, present in it, preserve the hydro-lymphatic film of the skin, restoring it.

As Alfredo and Freddie comment, “All our products contain only Donkey milk collected respecting the female donkey’s natural milking cycle, supplied to us by The Italian Milk Co-op Association and certified by the European Union.”

Their Ethics

Terre dei Papi is an environmentally responsible company. Their products are hypoallergenic and Parabens, Nickel, Sles (sodium lauryl ether sulfate), mineral oil and colorant free. Alfredo and Freddie add:

We never test our products on animals; our products do not contain any genetically modified elements. We also want to be consistent in our environmental sustainability by using reusable and recyclable materials: our packaging is exclusively handmade with recycled paper from sustainable forests.

Terre dei Papi has been educating people on the precious properties of Donkey Milk for the past decade and, most importantly, how it is the best alternative to Mother’s Milk: “We are also responsible for the creation and maintenance of a programme that saves the various species of Donkeys throughout Italy, educating local towns and or businesses in ways to reintegrate the donkey in daily activities such as use in milking but also in local transportation and even ‘Onoterapia’ Donkey therapy, a wonderful process that employs the docile sweet Donkey in fun exercises that heal a potential patient.”

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Velum Maschera Viso, Terre Dei Papi Line

“We all should care about the environment. We inherit the world from our fathers and borrow it from our children and here at Terre dei Papi we could not agree more with this thought! We take great pride in knowing that our work not only respects, but also helps the environment,” Alfredo and Freddie conclude.

In the near future, Terre Dei Papi will continue to research the wondrous and infinitive properties of Donkey Milk, not only for their cosmetic treatments, but also for its uses in pediatric care and as an immunity booster: “We will be moving into our new location in Siena’s Tuscan countryside in order to work closely with the Tuscan Amiatina Donkey breed. At this new location we will offer an array of products and services, including the possibility to purchase fresh donkey milk, immunity-booster products and cosmetics, as well as give consumers the possibility to spend a day with our donkeys and try out some Donkey therapy.”

Well, there are many great reasons to prefer Terre Dei Papi… it is a great line, with an array of different treatments to meet all of your beauty needs presented in beautiful handmade packaging, a unique and powerfully effective active ingredient, environmentally friendly and once you have used it, you can proudly say that you and Cleopatra followed the same beauty rituals!

Gold Facial Treatment

LONDON, United Kingdom — These days, getting a facial is as common as getting a manicure, and women go to the dermatologist or spa as often as they go to the nail salon. Having a well-maintained skin is just as much of a status symbol as owning a Birkin. Looking great without wearing much make-up is just as powerful as wearing diamonds. Your skin reflects your lifestyle and your status.

In Asia, women’s basic skincare routine includes a minimum of four steps: toner, essence, eye cream and lotion (maybe some cream). Additionally, in order to maintain their skins condition, women tend to see the dermatologist on a regular basis. They rigorously keep their skin renewed and as clear as a baby’s, and the new trend to help achieve this is: GOLD.

Gold Facial Treatment: New Trend?

Gold has historically been the preferred material for jewellery and accessories due to its beautiful colour, durability and rarity. However, these days people use gold for more than just jewellery. It is possible to see thin films of edible gold beautifully decorating the top of cakes and even sushi.

Throughout history, gold has also been used for beauty and skin care. Cleopatra reportedly used to sleep in a gold mask every night. The ancient Romans used gold salves like ointments to treat a variety of skin problems. In the East, the Queen of the Ching dynasty used a gold massage roller on her face every day to maintain her beauty. Also, gold facials were seen in the ancient Indian healing art of Ayurveda and were said to firm the skin, give it a glow and reduce wrinkles.

Gold Facial Treatment

Gold Benefits for Skin

Below we present you some of the benefits of gold and how it enhances the beauty of our skin:

  • Gold stimulates cellular growth of the basal (deepest) layer of skin to regenerate healthy, firm skin cells and provide a tightening effect by discharging waste from the skin.
  • Gold slows down collagen depletion and the breakdown of elastin to prevent sagging skin. It also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Gold reduces the appearance of sun damage and age spots. Since 1929, gold has been successfully used to treat rheumatoid arthritis by reducing inflammation. Gold’s anti-inflammatory properties also decrease skin inflammation, thereby slowing down melanin secretion and reducing age spots.
  • Gold fights off damaging free radicals to help prevent the premature ageing of the skin.

Gold Facial Treatment in London

Due to these characteristics, gold facial treatments are becoming more popular at salons and spas. For those who want a gold facial in London, check out Zen Health Spa, which offers many great facial treatments and you can add a gold mask to any of their facials. According to the beauty technician at Zen Health Spa, a gold mask has good anti-aging effects and helps with skin cell renewal. Also their gold mask is specially designed for hydrating and soothing the skin. Their gold masks contain serums with ingredients including nano-particle gold, collagen, hydrochloric acid and aloe extract.

Another popular gold facial treatment is gold thread lifting. You might think that lifting is for women over the age of 40, however that does not the case in Asia. Lifting is also getting popular with younger ladies as a way of ‘preventing’ aging. Unlike a regular thread lift, a gold thread lift uses thread made of gold, which will lift just as well as regular thread, but will also provide the positive characteristics of gold working under the deepest layers of skin.

Gold lasts forever. Women throughout history have turned to gold for eternal beauty. It looks like modern women are finally catching up.

Primitive Makeup: Eco-friendly and Organic Lipsticks

Primitive Makeup

NEW YORK, United StatesPrimitive Makeup cosmetics is a boutique collection of eco-friendly and organic lipsticks and glosses. Made from pure ingredients, without additives, lead, preservatives (paraben-free) or artificial colours, these emollient and naturally conditioning lipsticks come in eight exclusive and wearable shades. Susanna Ronner and Nancy Caigan created Primitive over 10 years ago fuelled by their need for natural lipsticks and the creative challenge of selecting a colour palate. I got a chance to talk with Susanna about what has inspired their successful but limited collection. Read on to find out what shade of lipstick is right for you and the planet.

Interview Primitive Makeup Cosmetics

When you and Nancy Caigan started Primitive what were you looking to create?

Nancy and I wanted to wear a natural/clean lipstick, but we could not find a brand among the “naturals” that had great wearable colours, a good taste and texture and performed as well as the “non-natural” or traditional lipsticks — so we set about to create what we would love, and knew others would as well.

I imagine that when Primitive launched there were not many eco-friendly cosmetics on the market, who was your competition then and how has that changed?

Well, actually, some of the brands available then are still available today, and there continues to be more eco-friendly options, which is great! We are really happy that women continue to take the time to let us know, that after trying so many natural lipstick brands, Primitive remains their favourite. Women have to be really vigilant about reading ingredients as there are brands that jump on the “natural” bandwagon, but their ingredients tell a different story.

What are your thoughts on the future of eco-fashion/beauty?

Women are increasingly becoming aware of the need for clean cosmetics and women need to demand it from large cosmetics companies, so that eventually the marketplace will follow. I would also love to see eco-fashion embracing ‘clean’ cosmetics on the runway!

How do you come up with the lipstick colours that Primitive Mackup offers?

We had colour progressions in mind, both in the warm and cool family — exploring shades that would be wearable by all women (of which we are so beautifully varied) — and then worked with our chemist to achieve these shades using natural colourants. It took us one year just to develop and refine the colour palate.

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Primitive Makeup

Tell us about your favourite Primitive colour?

, a raspberry red, is a gorgeous shade for those looking for a pop of colour. To add some natural sparkle, whether you prefer a bright colour or a more nude lip, try layering Taj Mahal lipstick (a gold shimmer) over any lipstick or lip pencil, or on it’s own. Taj Mahal is also great used on the brow line, and even a touch on the cheek bone to catch the light.

Please describe the Primitive woman?

We love that the Primitive woman can be your young daughter that wants to play with Mummy’s lipstick (and thank goodness it is chemical free); to the teen discovering and wearing lipstick or gloss for the first time (either learning from mum, or turning mum onto ‘eco’ cosmetics); to a woman of all ages — our range is wide (judging from the emails and phone calls we receive daily). We created wearable, beautiful and natural shades, that are complementary for all women, all ages.

I am wondering what your best kept makeup secret is?

Nancy and I are both dancers. We believe that moving around and getting your heart beat going, is an amazing beauty secret, as it gives one radiance and an experience of living within a body that is strong and fluid.

If you want to know how to best apply eco-friendly cosmetics, follow Green Beauty Tips from Kristen Arnett and discover the best techniques from this eco make-up artist!

Cult Perfumes

Tessa Williams

LONDON, United Kingdom  “Imagine a world without perfume; how sterile, lifeless and devoid of emotion it would be,” is the opening remark from Tessa Williams’ book, Cult Perfumes: The World’s Most Exclusive Perfumeries. In this book, the author marvellously walks the reader through the history of perfumes to then present a unique collection of more than twenty-five perfumeries and brands from around the world that are producing the most captivating scents.

Cult Perfumes, fully curated by Scottish journalist and writer, Tessa Williams, edited by Claire Chandler and published by Merrell, is an essential read not just for perfumers but also for lovers and collectors of perfume. The content of this book ingeniously captivates the curiosity of even a non-expert audience, uplifting and transporting them to specific moments in history and making the connection with scents and perfumes.

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Tessa Williams. ‘Cult Perfumes’ (Merrell Publishers).

The History of Perfume Making

“Two of the gifts brought to Jesus Christ as a baby – myrrh and frankincense – were perfumes,” Tessa recalls. Perfumes were used in ancient Egypt, “Cleopatra was known to dab civet on her eyebrows before meeting Mark Antony, to increase his passion.” Perfumes continued to be used by the Romans and were also found widely in the Islamic culture.

The West re-embraced scents and perfumes during the Middle-Ages and a great lover of perfume, Catherine de’ Medici “put Paris firmly on the perfume map”. She even inspired the monks of Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella in Florence to compose “Acqua della Regina” for her, a perfume that is still sold today.

Another famous French queen that Tessa mentions in her book is Marie Antoinette who happened to be a fanatical about perfume and who continues to be an inspiration for perfume houses and signature scents such as “M.A. Sillage de la Reine”.

Tessa Williams
‘Cult Perfumes’ (Merrell Publishers).

Tessa continues her historical recount by stopping at the world’s leading centre for the manufacture of perfume, Grasse, where leading perfumers have studied and established some of the most renowned perfume houses. Towards the end of the eighteen century the perfume industry started to expand and take a major role in society.

As Tessa highlights in her introduction: “…Between 1850 and 1921 the production of perfume changed more that it had done in the previous 4000 years,” giving birth to very exciting fragrances such as Chanel No. 5, created in Cannes in 1921 by Ernest Beaux to encapsulate Coco Chanel’s unique characteristics. This was the beginning of a trend that persists today as fashion designers attempt to capture the essence of their fashion houses in a distinguishing fragrance created only for them.

Tessa provides the readers with great insights into perfumers who made history for their unique compositions such as Francois Coty, the founder of the Coty Empire and the father of modern perfumery, who paved the way for a successful combination of marketing and scientific development in a lucrative industry.

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‘Cult Perfumes’ (Merrell Publishers).

The book highlights specific decades such as 60s and the 70s, as during this time, new spicy and oriental perfumes were very popular, while in the 80s, stronger and potent scents became the norm, so smaller artisan perfumes started to present unique scents and niche fragrances as an alternative to the mass-market companies. Tessa comments on this trend:

“There is a massive movement for niche perfumes now. People do not want to smell all the same. Now is the time of the artisan perfumer. What it is more, now many perfumes are taking history as their source of inspiration. A new luxury perfume company, Electimuss is based on Roman times, they have even introduced a perfume that smells like a horse, called ‘Incitatus’ that was the Roman Emperor Caligula’s stallion, also historical brands like Grossmith have been revived from Victorian times.”

Tessa Williams
‘Cult Perfumes’ (Merrell Publishers).

The Art of Perfume

Tessa’s documentation of more than twenty-five perfume houses and brands successfully provides the reader with an intimate look and “appreciation of something higher than mere scent in a bottle.”

Through the pages, the reader walks on a journey that starts in the Middle East with Amouage to then visit renowned perfumeries such as Annick Goutal and its classic “Eau d’Hadrien” in Paris, Carthusia from one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean, Capri with a history in perfumes that dates back to 1380 and Clive Christian, the “World’s Most Expensive” Perfume encapsulated in beautiful Baccarat crystal bottles and adorned with white diamonds paving the way for “classic British quality and luxury.”

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‘Cult Perfumes’ (Merrell Publishers). Copyright Nicola Bailey.

The journey continues through Creed, the once favourite fragrance of Queen Victoria and Napoleon Bonaparte, to then enter into London’s oldest perfume house, Floris, established in 1730 and run by the ninth-generation Floris-family man. Not to mention, Jo Malone London, known for its unusual scents such as Nutmeg & Ginger, which have now become the company’s best selling products. To finally arrive at Santa Maria Novella, which in 1549 created the first alcohol-based perfume, L’Eau de la Reine, and concluded with a dedicated section to avant-garde and unusual cult perfumes.

It seems that all these scents and unique perfumes have been shaped by the personality of their creators. Tessa believes that there are some great personalities in the perfume world:

Serge Lutens, who I met and interviewed in Paris was very theatrical, a wonderful man in his 70s who has created some of the most successful, unique and special perfumes like Ambre Sultan and Tubereuse Criminelle. Frederic Malle is an equally fascinating personality, whose eclectic perfume range, Editions de Parfums are some of the finest in the world.”

Tessa continues: “There are also the more niche, edgier perfumers of recent years like Francis Kurdjian of Maison Francis Kurdjian whose creation, Oud, is one of the finest perfumes of the last 10 years (he also created Jean Paul Gaultier‘s Le Male). Also Nasomatto, and the intriguing personality of perfumer Angela Flanders, and her classically English Earl Grey Tea perfume and some of the classics too like Santa Maria Novella‘s Sicily Waters and Melograno continue to inspire me.”

Cult Perfumes successfully explores the stories, ethos and signature scents of the most iconic perfumes, providing not only the possibility to discover new elements in the history of making perfumes and its relevance in human history, but also to learn how fragrances are created and shaped for future compositions. If you have ever asked yourself what lies behind the intricate world of perfume, then this collection of interviews and unique illustrations will take you to the next level of perfume-making.

As any good connoisseur of perfumes, Tessa, long passionate about perfume and scent, has focused her senses, with the assistance of expert perfumer/creator, Alice Papiransky of Scent Perfique, on defining Perfumed Candles that evoke four elements: Earth, Water, Air and Fire.