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Green Goods: Desert Essence Organics debuts new hand washes

January 12th, 2010

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

The last time I picked up some “natural” hand soap, I got burned. It turned out to be natural in only the most nominal way. It had a couple herbal ingredients, but these were far outnumbered by a fleet of synthetic preservatives and unpronounceable components that included parabens.

Desert Essence Organics Vanilla Chai Hand WashSolutions have been coming. Many health conscious cosmetic companies are offering new, non-toxic hand soaps (see this list at Skin Deep) for those of us getting away from discredited antibacterial formulas and other unnecessary additives.

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Clean Body: The Humble Art of Zen-Cleansing Yourself

May 6th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

You’d expect a book with “Zen Cleansing” in the title to emphasize pure and simple ingredients that clean and soothe.

What you might not realize is just how affordable, and effective, these ingredients can be. In Clean Body: The Humble Art of Zen-Cleansing Yourself, author Michael DeJong asks us to use just five common household products for our zen cleansing: Salt, vinegar, olive oil, baking soda and lemon juice. He mixes and matches and mashes these ingredients into formulas (or gives directions on how to use them individually) to wash our face, tamp down blemishes, shampoo and condition hair, smooth rough skin spots fight dandruff and even defeat head lice.

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