Organic Beauty Spotlight: John Masters Natural Mineral Sunscreen

Are you sick of hearing about sunscreen yet? We didn’t think so! (And if you answered yes, we’re really trying to drive the point home!)

Today’s organic beauty spotlight is John Masters Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen. This stuff is amazing. Not only is it SPF 30, but ingredients like shea butter and jojoba oil work to moisturize your skin while protecting it. It has only natural preservatives and all ingredients are certified by the FDA to be paraben free. It’s also biodegradable, so it’s not harmful for the environment like chemical sunscreens can be.

Psst.. we’re still having our sale on all organic sunscreens, so if you enter code “SUN” at checkout, you will save 25%!

Announcing Sunscreen Awareness Week

We’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback from our Mystery Ingredient Monday post yesterday about chemical sunscreens. So we’ve decided to declare this week Sunscreen Awareness Week. This week we will be focusing on ways to reduce sun damage. Since spring is just around the corner, it’s important to arm yourself with the best protection money can buy. Luckily, brands like John Masters Organics, Boscia, Juice Beauty, COOLA and Erbaviva have produced awesome organic sunscreens that will protect you from the sun without depositing gross chemicals in your body (like benzophenone)!

And just to show you that our money is where our mouth is, we’re offering you 25% off all organic sunscreens and Coolibar hats this week! Just enter the code SUN at checkout. You can stock up for spring and summer and SAVE. As always, when you spend $49, you also get free shipping!

This Coolibar sun hat is not only stylish and perfect with any outdoor outfit, it’s packable! Are you dreaming about the Hamptons? Florida? Or maybe just Folly Beach? This is the hat you need… and it’s also 25% off when you enter code SUN at checkout. So go for it!

Mystery Ingredient Monday: Benzophenone

This week we’re going to be focusing on SUNSCREEN. Spring is coming up and it’s time to prepare by buying sunscreens. Sunscreen protects you from damage caused by UV rays, which can lead to all kinds of skin cancers. And on a shallow level, sunscreen will also protect you from premature aging. Sun exposure can leave your skin dried out with sun spots, fine lines and wrinkles. If you use the right sunscreen, you can shave years off your appearance.

So what’s in non-organic sunscreens? Plenty of nasty things. Today we’ll be focusing on Benzophenone.

Benzophenone

Benzophenone is an organic compound that is usually found (or its alike substitute oxybenzone) in chemical sunscreens. It is used in plastics to protect the contents inside the bottle from UV rays. That’s right–it’s used in plastic and you’re there slathering it on as well. Yuck! Well, the news gets worse. According to several sources, benzophenone has been linked to an increase in malignant melanoma… the very thing it is used to prevent!

So, you may be wondering, “Where’s the good news?” The good news is that although tests are still being performed on chemical sunscreens, the FDA still says that they protect you against melanoma. We, of course, argue that you should protect yourself and your family naturally. With organic sunscreens from COOLA, Boscia, Juice Beauty and John Masters, you can frolic in the sunshine without worrying about your complexion.

Here are some of our favorite organic sunscreens:

Coola Total Body Organic Sunscreen  SPF 30 Mineral Moisturizer-Sand  Boscia B.B. Cream SPF 27

Stay Moisturized This Winter

Think your skin is the only thing that gets neglected in the winter? Think again. Your hair and nails also get brittle throughout these chilly months. To keep your complexion looking fresh, your hair shiny and your nails healthy, you need some serious moisture. Here are the best products to keep your moisturized from head to toe:

For your hair: John Masters Organic Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner, $22.

For your lips: Suki Lip Repair Butter, $9.95.

For your body: Deep Steep Body Lotions, $12.95.

For your nails: Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil, $39.95.

Pick of the Week: John Masters Lavender Hydrating Mist For Skin & Hair

Derived from the Latin word “lavare,” which means to wash, lavender’s use can be traced back to Ancient Egyptian culture. While wealthy Egyptian men used the plant’s oil as perfume, Ancient Romans recognized it for its healing powers. Discover the ancient therapeutic and soothing powers of lavender for yourself with John Masters Lavender Hydrating Mist for Skin and Hair ($16).

A perfect barrier from damage done by cold weather, this spray will moisturize your skin and hair while its calming scent relaxes and refreshes your body and mind. Spray this hydrating mist on your face, neck and hair throughout the day. The mist is USDA Certified Organic, as well as free from animal testing and safe to use over makeup and hair styling products.

Dedicated to creating products that combine caring for oneself and caring for the earth, John Masters Organics products are the simple result of harvesting organic and wild-crafted ingredients. Committed to partnering with local farmers who employ eco-sensitive practices, all products from the John Masters line are free of parabens,  petrochemicals and harsh chemicals.

Great Organic Hair Care Products for Men

Young Man with Short Haircut

Long gone are the days of rubbing in the Brylcreem and splashing on the Old Spice for those special occasions.  Modern times have shaped the modern man to pay close attention to their health and well-being.  There always has been great allure with a well-groomed man and there is an assortment of fantastic organic hair products on the market at your disposal to look your very best.

“Just the usual” at the local barber shop is rare to hear nowadays, with unusual and funky hairstyles fast becoming the center of attention for a lot of men.  It’s all about individuality and feeling good in your own skin. Maintaining that great haircut is easy with the right organic hair products.  Apply it and let all the natural nutrients in the product sink into your hair and scalp to care for it deep within.

For men with medium to short hair, there are many products designed just for you.  John Masters Organics has a great range of organic hair products to suit all hair types.  The Bourbon Vanilla and Tangerine Texturizer is perfect for that special spiky look and will not leave any sticky residue behind; or the John Masters Hair Pomade is also very effective in taming unruly curls or smoothing the hair.   If you suffer from a flaky or itchy scalp John Masters has a Zinc and Sage Shampoo with Conditioner to minimize the symptoms.

Intelligent Nutrients is another amazing brand whose sole aim is to bring you effective organic hair products full of nature’s goodness.  Intelligent Nutrients’ hair care range includes completely natural Perfect Hold or Volumizing hairsprays, a Hair Balm for medium hold and a healthy shine, or if you seek a slick, smooth finish, the Finishing Gloss is exactly what you need.  Intelligent Nutrients does exactly as the name suggests and that is to deliver smart nourishment to your hair and scalp for long-lasting, healthy hair.

Aubrey Organics has an impressive variety of organic grooming products just for men.  Similarly to John Masters and Intelligent Nutrients, Aubrey Organics is also free of synthetic chemicals which often cause a Ph imbalance in our skin.  All of the products are formulated to nurture our bodies instead of polluting our system with harmful substances. Aubrey Organics Hair Tonic with Ginseng and the Hair Repair with Ginseng are designed to strengthen and revitalize deep inside the hair follicles and is particularly good for thin or thinning hair, whilst providing volume on the outside.  Aubrey Organics Hair Gel is a popular item, producing a firm hold for styling your hair however you want.

Hair of course is unisex and universal, there has even been a musical written about it.  As humans we simply adore our hair, we cherish it and are forever trying to make it look as attractive as possible.  Healthy hair which has life, bounce and shine is now very achievable with the wonderful array of totally natural and organic hair products available.  For naturally beautiful hair, only organic hair products will do, for they truly care for your hair.

Facts About John Masters Organics

John Masters was a natural at cutting and coloring hair. From his humble Niagra Falls beginnings, Masters catapulted into first-rate jobs in Miami and Manhattan. He quickly became the go-to stylist for the stars.

However, his interests quickly turned to organics, in part because of his experience in hair salons. Surrounded by harsh chemicals and toxins all day, Masters easily saw the benefits of natural products. He wanted to create organic hair products. His quest for a toxin-free salon led him to begin styling his clients in his apartment and utilizing European products. He continued to experiment with toxic-free materials.

By 1991, Masters developed his initial organic hair product, which he called Dry Hair Nourishment and Defrizzer.

He proceeded with his study and experimentation with natural products. He branched out into essential oils. Perusing the aisles of health-food stores led him to other plant extracts and healthy living staples. He used these to continue developing organic hair products.

Not long after, he inaugurated his organic line of products, which he called John Masters Organics. His clients were as diverse as the Soho neighborhood in which he lived. He opened his neighborhood salon in 1994.

His salon was touted as a “clean air salon.” No perms were available in his salon due to the necessity of harsh chemicals. No manicures were given in his salon. The only color jobs performed in Masters Salon were the type that uses non-toxic chemicals. The products used by all stylists in his salon were all organic hair products.

By 2001, the salon expanded to the point that a new facility was in order. Masters relocated his Soho neighborhood salon to Sullivan Street. Masters also branched out into organic skin and face care. His paraben-free line was honored in 2004 with the Soil Association Award for Best Organic Product Line in Europe.

Masters’ clean air salon is a concept hair stylists may want to sit up and notice. A USC study revealed that stylists with only a year of experience are 50% more likely to have bladder cancer. Once a stylist has been in the business for 10 years, their increase raises five times to 500%. Stylists who have been working for three years have a three times higher incidence of breast cancer. Other studies show that stylists are at a much higher risk for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and leukemia.

Aside from a cancer risk, exposure to chemicals as a hair stylist can cause other health risks. The incidence of hay fever, asthma and eczema are quite pronounced in the hair stylist community.

The best way to reduce your risk as a stylist is to switch to a clean air salon. Using organic hair products will be so much kinder to your body, your skin, and your system. John Masters line of organic hair products is an excellent choice.