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My guest today is Ginny Cardenas, CEO and founder of Lila Natural Cosmetics, the makers of Scotch Naturals and Hopscotch Kids nail polishes. I met Ginny last month in Baltimore at the Natural Products Expo. We had a rousing discussion about nail polish and how I couldn’t find one I thought was nontoxic enough to recommend. She made some interesting points I want to share with you. Ginny has always valued the importance of safe, yet effective, cosmetics. In 2009, when she took a closer look at the chemical cocktail of ingredients in her daughters’ nail polish—including phthalates, acetates and other toxics—she was shocked. Determined to create a natural and safe alternative to conventional nail polish, she teamed up with a chemist to develop revolutionary water-based lacquers in fun, vibrant colors and a soy-based polish remover. And thus, Hopscotch Kids was born. In 2010, Ginny unveiled Scotch Naturals, the grown-up spin-off of Hopscotch Kids, which caters to an adult demographic with a sophisticated color palette and professional quality results. Passionate about using only the safest and natural ingredients in her products, Cardenas has been at the forefront of natural formulation with innovative technology and bold, fashion-forward colors since the company’s inception. Today, both brands are found in 225 boutiques across the US and internationally. www.scotchnaturals.com and www.hopscotchkids.com.
June 11, 2018
In this morning’s email I received two announcements. One showing progress on the toxics front and then other…what’s the correct word for “opposite of progress”? Bad news first. The New York Times reported that the federal government is scaling back the way health and safety risks associated with the most dangerous chemicals on the market […]
June 8, 2018
A classic menswear collection manufactured exclusively in the United States….We source the finest materials and demand the highest level of craftsmanship. Our inspiration comes from real American culture, its timeless style icons, and personal experiences growing up throughout the US of A. Every input of a Freenote garment is considered. We believe the hardware used […]
June 5, 2018
“Aquatic Botanical Grooming—an organic collection of handmade, seaweed infused products that will change the way you groom.” Bar soap, shaving soap, hair soap, alluvial clay, aftershave serum, and more. “Alluvian sources only certified organic and sustainably harvest ingredients throughout our entire product line. Our seaweed varieties are wild harvested off the pristine coast of Maine. […]
“Exclusive Handmade Organic Beard Oil crafted from the finest premium and organic ingredients. The HOBO Company Beard Oil is absolute top quality, Our Ingredients are Safe, natural, nothing hidden and with no nut oils. Our hand crafted Beard Oil consist of Premium Ingredient like Fractionated Coconut Oil (MCT), Golden Jojoba Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Tea […]
“Man sized organic lip balm…More than 3x the size of the average lip balm. Now instead of a bunch of little lip balms scattered everywhere, you can have one super effective, easy to keep track of jumbo sized lip balm.” Manly flavors too…orange, mint, and coffee. Made from certified organic ingredients.
Small batch organic grooming products for men. “Everything is made with tradition and certified organic ingredients.” Soaps, body wash, beard oil, body salve, and deodorant, all with manly scents from certified organic essential oils.
“Super cute, powerfully water-resistant, eco-friendly, wet swimsuit bags.” While these aren’t 100% natural, they are a lot less toxic than a vinyl bag. The owner wrote to me, “The waterproof lining is an eco-friendly polyurethane. It is laminated onto the poly knit fabric using thermo processing rather than using chemical solvents. This breathable and waterproof […]
Every year about this time everyone writes about sunscreen, so I I write a new post about sunscreen, too. And I received a question about it this week, so… First, please read Debra’s Guide to Choosing Natural Sun Protection. Though I wrote it some years ago, it still has the best advice I can give […]
June 4, 2018
Question from Romina Hi Debra, Do you know of any PVC-free kids pool besides the small hard side baby pools? My kids are 3 and 5 and looking at a small to medium inflatable pool, but cannot find any option that doesn’t have PVC. Thanks. Debra’s Answer I don’t have kids, but some moms […]
Aerotoxic Association Calls For International Investigation Into Health Effects Of Toxic Air In Planes
In July 2015 I interviewed a former flight attendant on Toxic Free Talk Radio regarding aerotoxic syndrome—a condition caused by toxic chemical exposure during airplane flights. TOXIC FREE TALK RADIO: Aerotoxic SyndromeL How Flying in Airplanes can Affect Your Health. Then in January 2017 I posted a link to the GreenMedInfo investigative report on […]
Our United States government has been quite clear that they don’t want false and misleading statements or impressions made about alleged health or environmental benefits of products. So I’ve been keeping an eye out for misleading communications about the safety of products so I can point out examples to you and we can all learn […]
Question from Alicia Hi Debra, I had my hair cut in a salon yesterday and the fragrance from the product they put in my hair will not come out. The scent is driving me crazy. I spent most of the day yesterday trying to wash it out. I showered, I soaked in the tub. I […]
Question from Anne Hi Debra, Sensodyne Original is being discontinued. I need a NON-MINT flavored toothpaste with the 5% potassium nitrate for sensitive teeth or another de-sensitizer that is just as effective. I live in constant sinus headaches and my teeth are super sensitive. Any specific help would be greatly appreciated!!! Debra’s Answer I don’t […]
Question from Janice Hi Debra, Does anyone have any information or experience with the Densshield tile backer board? My contractor wants to use this for our bath remodel around the shower walls. Can’t find any info online regarding odors or offgassing. Any other moisture resistant options for tile backer boards? Thanks. Debra’s Answer I’ve […]
Plastic-free sandwich and snack bags. There are two types. The recyclable and sealable paper sandwich bags are made from “all natural glassine (pure wood pulp) sourced from FSC-certified forests.” The reusable cloth bags (with zipper or Velcro closing) “are made from a quick drying fabric that is coated with a food-safe polyurethane liner. This unique […]
June 2, 2018
Cloth alternative to plastic wrap. “We take organic cotton-hemp blend fabric and infuse it with either beeswax or 100% plant-based waxes and oils, all with natural tree resin…And when you are done using a Khala Cloth wax wrap, they are washable, reusable, and biodegradable.”
May 29, 2018
One simple bag for produce shopping and storage. Made from organic cotton and sustainable dyes. French seams, Machine washable.
A variety of water test kits for both city and well water. Just choose your kit, send in a water sample, and get your results. NOTE: While it’s always a good idea to know what’s in your water, remember than water tests only show what’s in your water at the moment, and not over time. […]
Question from Adrian Hi Debra, I was just wondering how safe you think the new kids craze of squishies are? My children really love them! I worked with polyurethane for years and wore air fed respirators but still have sensitivity to it. I can smell the isocyanate in the toys and it gives me an […]
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