Green Round Up – von Natur, Lulu Organics and Further Soap

vonnatur2 133x300 Green Round Up   von Natur, Lulu Organics and Further Soap It’s no secret we’re obsessed with beauty products at we heart this. We also happen to have, let’s call it a sub-obsession, with beauty products that are organic or natural. It’s a branch of beauty that has been growing by leaps and bounds for years. Today, we’re taking a look at the latest offerings from three of the hottest names in green products.

First is one of the most trusted brands for green beauty, von Natur. This line covering face, bath and more is the gold standard of eco conscious brands. Every product from this vegan certified line uses “choice botanicals and pure, naturally derived ingredients…to bring to you a fresh and clean approach that is truly therapy for your skin. von Natur contains pure essential oils, not only for their aroma but also for their therapeutic values. (They) never use synthetic fragrances, unnecessary chemicals or animal byproducts.”

The Absolute Facial line caters to maturing and dry skin (other lines tackle Combinations, Sensitive and Oily and Acne prone skin types) and the Absolute Facial Moisturizer contains “Rose, DMAE, MSM, and Hyaluronic Acid that work together to provide your skin with the ultimate moisture, minimizing fine lines and rejuvenating your skin.” This face cream left my skin super soft and hydrated. It works well when mixing with an spf-fortified tint and helps apply a smooth, even layer. I love that each item in the von Natur catalog lists the amount of certified organic ingredients in it (a truth in marketing we love). This moisturizer contains 79% organic materials and like all Von Natur products, is never tested on animals.

lulub 203x300 Green Round Up   von Natur, Lulu Organics and Further Soap Next up, is the holistic beauty company, Lulu Organics. They may have already caught your eye with their beautiful packaging and distinctive labels, which are hand screened in Vermont. The attention to detail from the simple and elegant brown (yet green) cardboard packaging to the lovely, vintage inspired graphics makes Lulu Organics deserve a place of honor on your vanity or dresser.

After mulling over the safety issues of using powders that contained talc, the first product launched by Lulu Organics was their incredible talc-free Hair Powder, now available in four fresh scents (Lavender & Clary Sage, Patchouli & Amber, Jasmine and Tuberose). Save water and time, as well as shampoo and deodorant, by skipping a day (or three) of hair washing. Just sprinkle a dime size amount of powder into your hands and rub through the roots of your hair. Voila! Grease is banished from the roots out, your hair looks and smells fresh and clean, and you get to sleep in an extra 20 minutes.

Keep a look out for Lulu’s latest as well. These self-professed lip balm fanatics have just released the very intriguing Ruby Mint Lip Balm!

furthersoap2 142x300 Green Round Up   von Natur, Lulu Organics and Further Soap Finally, Further Soap is an innovative and inspiring product from the minds of Megan and Marshall Dostal. This California couple has perfected a light and luxurious hand soap whose glycerin is derived from the process of making biofuel. The couple collects “used vegetable oil from some of the finest restaurants in LA, then processes it in (their) garage.” Bringing sustainable living to a whole new level the couple put “the biofuel into (their) cars and the glycerin goes into Further soap.”

Wow! The Dostals have been returning the soap to the L.A. restaurants they work with (look at that – the circle of life!) and now they are introducing Further Soap to the public. For the last few weeks, I’ve been testing the delicately scented soap made from essential oils of bergamot, olive, and exotic grasses and love it. I’m a compulsive hand washer and even after wash after wash, during the dry winter, the soap did not dry out my skin. I especially appreciated the light scent. Many soaps, while smelling yummy are just too strong. I don’t need to be sniffing orchids when I’m trying to eat dinner. Full marks to Further Soap for this delightful soap and their pioneering spirit.

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Written by Tyna Werner

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    Stef Andrews

    I LOVE hair powder! And Lulu Organics’ is delightful. I love the fresh scent, the retro packaging and the huge size. For girls with oily hair, it’s a godsent.

    von Natur makes wonderful products too. This moisturizer smells amazing with all the essential oils in it. I’m a bit too oily (again, I am Italian!) for it. But dry girls will flip for this. Your skin just drinks it in.

    And finally, big shout out to the genius folks at Further Soap! So clever, such do-gooders. T’s right, this is a really lightly scented soap, good if you share the house with males. My husband said just the other day “can you get some hand soap that doesn’t make me smell like I have girl hands?” Their packaging was great too, shredded magazines. They walk the walk, I’ll tell ya.

    3 really great companies you green lovers should check out!

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    suzan

    I heart hair powder too! I have oily hair and at most I can only get away with 24hrs between washes or it shows. I know some gals that can go 4-5 days between washes and it still looks fresh and shiny. If I did that all you would see is shine and not pretty soft shine. I read about LuLu Organics and was so excited when I got it to test. I received the Lavender Clary Sage scent. I love the container!! I like the scent. I don’t know how to describe the texture of this powder other than to say it has a grit to it. It’s odd at first because it’s not what one is used to in a powder but once you get used to it all is well. The powder does it’s job and you can buy the line at……come on you know what I’m going to say…….TARGET!!!!

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    christy

    Oh my Gosh they have it at Target!! I’m going, I love hair powder!

    I’ve tried one of Von Natur’s Masks, but I haven’t tried their Facial Moisturizer. The Absolute Facial line, sounds right up my dry alley! I loved the mask I tried about a year ago, I really need to try more of their stuff, especially the moisturizer!

    I’m so excited to go to Target and get Hair Powder. I had no idea about the dangers of Talc… yikes!!

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    corinneburns

    Never tried Further Soap but the story is awesome. Bookmarked for my next internet shopping spree. I’m already a fan of the Lulu hair powder – and I’m Jonesing for the Ruby Mint lip balm. My older sister is a fan of von natur, I may have to sample some of her loot next time I see her to get a better look at them. Thanks for the green products!

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    happydancer

    Hi everybody!! So, I am allll about Organic products and was really excited to try out the Lulu Organics hair powder and went to Target. WELL, I had to go to two Target locations and I still did not find it!!! Is this one of those “Only in select location” kind of deals? My feet hurtould just avoid Target and get it online, but would really like to know I am not crazy here! LOL

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    Tyna Werner

    On no Sarah, sorry about your fruitless trips! I just checked the target site and it says “Availability:
    Item arriving in 2 to 6 weeks. Order now.
    This item is available online, but is not available in stores.
    Prices, promotions, styles and availability may vary by store and online.”

    So it looks like your best bet is use the link above and buy from the Lulu site (they also have a map where you can look for stores in your area).

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    Sheena Bath

    i think this is so great, I’ve been aiming towards switching to an all-around organic lifestyle, including all beauty products. Many of the brands at high-end beauty halls (Dior, Guerlain) actually have rated high toxicity for a lot of their products, & all of these harmful chemicals we put on our skin, hair & body get absorbed into our bloodstream. If we do good & get organic products, not only are doing good to the environment, it does us good as well! So far, I’ve been liking Juice Beauty & Bare Escentuals for their organic and safe products!

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