April 20, 2009

Flower-Power Products by Talulah Skincare

Spring has finally sprung in Chicago. Since moving here five months ago—where it has since hovered around 28° degrees—I've been awaiting spring like a prisoner awaits his release day. So, in light of the sunshine and warmer weather, blooming daffodils and budding trees, I thought it timely to feature two beautiful products by Talulah Skincare, an ultra clean, nearly 100% organic line that I recently learned of.

Pretty factor:
Talulah's Verbena Calming Hydrosol is a perfect spritz to use after cleansing or throughout the day to purify and uplift. It has one of the loveliest ingredients lists I've come across: organic chamomile, immortelle flower, rose, cucumber, an infusion of several herbs, fermented grape sugars, rose petal extract, and vitamin C. I'd like to bathe in it.

At night, follow the hydrosol with Talulah's Vervain Flower Healing Complex, a cellular rejuvenator thanks to a density of bio-active botanicals like
echinacea, immortelle flower, calendula and pumpkin seed oil. It's ideal for wrinkled, weakened, tired-looking and scarred skin—in other words, everyone!

Eco factor
: Talulah is one of the purest of the pure lines. Their handcrafted products contain only 100% fresh, organic flower and plant extracts and come in elegant glass, not plastic, bottles.

To buy:
$28 for the Verbana Calming Hydrosol and $32 for the
Vervain Flower Healing Complex at talulahskincare.com


Catherine said...

Thanks for the introduction! Sounds like these may make a great mother's day gift.

Anonymous said...

in my never-ending quest for an oil-free moisturizer with an spf of at least 30, i've discovered neutrogena's new pure and free spf 60 sunscreen. it uses naturally-derived ingredients, physical (rather than chemical) sunscreens and is fragrance-free. has anyone tried it? thoughts?

Paige Green said...

Anonymous, be careful of naturally derived ingredients, it's a typical sign of Greenwash (when companies tout environmental credentials without backing them up.)

Remember, "all-natural" can include arsenic, uranium, mercury, and formaldehyde, which are all naturally occurring, and poisonous.

Here are some more thoughts on the some of the commons sins of greenwash


Lindsay B. said...

Thanks for the comments, gals. Yes, Anonymous, I looked up the ingredients list to Neutrogena's Pure & Free Lotion with SPF 60 and the only thing that makes it "pure" and "free" is that it contains physical sunscreen (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) as opposed to chemical sunscreen and it doesn't have parabens.

But, overall, its ingredients are terrible. Alumina—a known neurotoxin—is the first ingredient, meaning its present in the largest amount. It's followed by several alcohols and silicones (which are petroleum-derived and pore-clogging for oily skin). It also contains PEG-100 and PEG-8. PEG (PolyEthylene Glycol) is a suspected endocrine disruptor and skin and eye irritant.

Unfortunately, as Paige said, greenwashing has been ubiquitous in the cosmetics industry. Everyone is hopping on the green marketing bandwagon. We can avoid it by being ingredients-savvy.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for your analysis of its ingredients! Very helpful!