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As Pure As Oils Get: Kenza Pure Moroccan Beauty Oils

We are all “oil” fanatics here at Ecopique. We’ve written posts about the benefits of oil cleansing, moisturizing and even how to

HAUT Cosmetics: Vegan, locally-sourced BB Cream that works.

I remember the good ol’ days when I would wake up in the morning and not worry about blemishes, uneven skin and

Beating the Stress with Totlogic’s Body Lotion

With winter in full gear it can only mean one thing: dry skin season is upon us.  As I went back to

Shampoo organically with Greenbody Greenplanet

The wonderful world of Twitter not only gives us hours of non-stop entertainment and breaking news, but it’s also a meeting place

Zap Away Oil & Blemishes – Naturally!

As much as I love bundling up in the winter and making hot coco, I don’t love winter skin. Especially because the

North Coast Organics: The Elite Assasin Strikes!

What I’m finding on this organic product journey is that makers more often than not are not trying to scale as fast

Bringing It Back: Back Bum Soap

Another GreenFest gem, this time from Los Angeles. We had the pleasure of meeting Fred from Back Bum Soap on our organic beauty

The Power of the Primal: Primal Pit Paste All-Natural Deodorants

I’m not one to easily admit that I can have pretty smelly underarms. Over the years playing on high school teams to

Jojoba Oil: The Natural Alternative To Synthetic Lotions

What is the first thought that comes to your mind when you think “oil”? Isn’t it something you cook with? Wait, isn’t

Say YES to Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps and Prop 522

Typically when I go shopping for beauty and personal care products, I try my best to focus on purchasing products that are

My Foray Into Oil Cleansing

After reading Patty’s post on oil cleansers and doing some additional research on the oil cleansing method, I decided I wanted to

Pure & Essential Minerals’ Dead Sea Mud Mask

Like most people, I want to do right by my skin.  Especially my face.  With air pollution, sun exposure, aging, and the

[Quyen] Day 30: We’ve ended, and so we’ve just begun.

  Our 30 Day Organic Challenge has come to an end. Do I feel I have a better handle on what organic

[Patricia] Day 30: My Bitter Sweet #Organic30Day

Today is a bitter-sweet day. Why you ask? I’m sad that it’s the end of our #Organic30day challenge. Day 30 is already

[Quyen] Day 29: Finding Local Organic Beauty Products

Patty and I started to wonder if there were local organic makers by city. What we’ve seemed to find so far is

[Quyen] Day 28: One of My Fave Products, is Organic Too?!

I’m not sure how I missed this before – one of my favorite beauty products that I’ve been using for almost a

[Patricia] Day 29: The Next Wave Of All Natural Products Are Here

Life seems to always come around full circle. The same concept seems to the apply to the evolution of beauty products. For

[Patricia] Day 28: The War Of The Body Washes

We’ve covered some body washes over the last month and wanted to give you a side by side comparison. We also want

[Quyen] Day 27: The A, BB, and CC’s of Creams

As the 30 Day Challenge has been winding down I still find myself making insightful discoveries. Patty introduced me to BB cream

[Patricia] Day 27: Mrs. Meyers – Best Fragranced Natural Hand Soap

As we already know, harmful chemicals in major cleaning products are things we hope everyone strives to avoid. Above and beyond the

[Patricia] Day 26: Products That Made The #Organic30day Cut

It’s been a great journey testing the organic beauty and household product waters. Some products where amazing, some okay, and some I

[Quyen] Day 26: Bringing Back the Beginning

I suppose part of my English minor is resurfacing. I found myself curious today as to the origins behind these words that

[Patricia] Day 25 – Holistic Organic Living: Mind.Body.Soul

I was laying on my yoga mat today during shavasna and had an epiphany. I realized that the #Organic30day challenge was more

[Quyen] Day 25: Organic Product Showcases

I was wondering if there are conferences/trade shows featuring organic products and so did a search a la trusty Google. Here’s what

[Patricia] Day 24 – Benedetta: Favorite #Organic30day products

My Benedetta Farm Sourced experiment spree has continued. I’m honestly loving the natural (legit natural) fragrance of all their products and the

[Quyen] Day 24: Wax On, Wax Off, a la Coconut

I recently came across coconut wax candles from Stone Candles based out of Santa Monica, CA. My first thought was, “Can I

[Quyen] Day 23: Inspiration for the Home Stretch

This is the last week of the Ecopique 30 Day Organic Challenge! Inspiration is always something that encourages me to not only

[Patricia] Day 23: Farm – Sourced Skin Care

Have you ever heard of the phrase “farm-sourced” ? I didn’t until yesterday. Previously I wrote about my “aluminum”  toxic revelation through

[Patricia] Day 22 – Antiperspirant Causing Breast Cancer Claims

Today I took a stroll in a fun, organic friendly shopping plaza called “The Market”. There was one  kiosk that caught my

[Quyen] Day 22: Presents of Nature Organic Products

This post goes as a little shout out to Andrea Hall, whom I had the honor of interviewing recently about her perspective

[Patricia] Day 21: Ecopiquer Testimonial About Oil Cleansing

Yesterday on my post Oil Dissolves Oil and is Great for your Skin,  we received an exciting comment from a fellow Ecopiquer.  She

[Quyen] Day 21: Top Organic Beauty Products

They say it’s not easy being green. Much less organic! It seems some products are making the cut though. Let’s see what

[Quyen] Day 20: Discovering Natural Beauty Remedies

In the midst of the “organic vs. natural” terminology battle I found myself just wanting to know what the best truly natural

[Patricia] Day 20 – Oil Dissolves Oil And Is Great For Your Skin. Really?!

Yesterday I wrote about how I stumbled upon the wonderful world of oil cleaners. Now that it’s been a few washes with

[Patricia] Day 19: Discovering Oil Cleansers

Today I purchased a new facial cleanser called Burt’s Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser. Typically I research a product online first, then

[Quyen] Day 19: Calling All Organic Travel Size Products!

As I continue looking for organic beauty products, I find it a hard sell to purchase a completely new regular size item,

[Patricia] Day 18: Phase out PERC in your Dry Cleaning methods

It’s a beautiful day in Los Angeles, so I decided to visit  Redondo Beach. Leave it to the beach towns to have

[Quyen] Day 18: Interview, Part 2 – Misperceptions and Tips

The second part of the interview with Andrea Hall includes common misperceptions around organic and natural products, as well as tips for

[Patricia] Day 17: Conscious Box Groupon! Get it while it’s hot!

Previously I wrote about my favorite organic products subscription service – Conscious Box. I’m still a loyal subscriber and a lot of

[Quyen] Day 17: Interview, Part 1 – Healing the Organic Way

I recently had the opportunity to interview Andrea Hall, a maker of organic products that are specifically developed to aid in healing.

[Patricia] Day 16: Coconuts All The Way With Desert Essence

I’ve been a big fan of coconut water for about 2 years now.  It’s a great way to hydrate and get the potassium you

[Quyen] Day 16: Summer is for Sunscreen, Cucumber Style

Soothing natural sunscreen. Not so bad? Yes to Cucumbers has a natural sunscreen touted at SPF 30. $11.99 for 3 ounces. I’ve got the

[Patricia] Day 15: Empowered and Green

Hip hip hooray! Day 15 of my #Organic30day challenge has arrived. I’m excited that I’ve come this far, but sad that in

[Quyen] Day 15: 30 Day Organic Challenge – The Halfway Mark!

We are now halfway through our 30 Day Organic Challenge. It’s been such an unexpected, twisty journey. Going in, I knew nothing

[Quyen] Day 14: Getting Dished by Ecover

“For sparking results” try Ecover: Powered by Nature, says the sample. 2 free automatic dishwasher tablets, here we go. This is phosphate and

[Quyen] Day 13: Clay for Your Mouth? Here’s to Earthpaste

I’m still having a hard time getting over the ingredients to these products. The latest: Earthpaste. They say it’s amazingly natural toothpaste. Apparently

[Patricia] Day 14: Allergy Epidemic from Personal Care Products. Oh Boy.

Previously, I wrote about the importance of using natural bath wash to avoid parabens and polyethylene. It looks like there’s even more

[Patricia] Day 13: To gel, or not to gel. That is the question.

It’s been about 1 year since I first discovered gel manicures. I’m notorious for ruining manicures in one day, sometimes the moment

[Quyen] Day 12: Meeting Organic Makers – Small Beginnings, Big Open Hearts

Patty and I had the opportunity this weekend to attend the California Gift Show, a bi-annual convention exhibiting all kinds of manufacturers

[Patricia] Day 12: Parrifin vs. Soy vs. Beeswax Candles

I’ve always thought the scent of a home changes its overall dynamic and energy. Lavender makes a home smell fresh and clean,

[Quyen] Day 11: Organic Lip Balm that Works!

I had historically been using Chapstick branded lip balm for my daily use. Looking up the ingredients list, I find that the

[Patricia] Day 11: Most natural brand at Sephora: Tarte

I’ve been on a BB kick since the implosion of BB creams hit the US market. It’s a great all in one

[Patricia] Day 10: Organic laundry detergent. Yes it works!

In my recent subscription box from Conscious Box, I received a sample of Ecos All Natural Laundry Detergent One of the biggest

[Quyen] Day 10: Zinc Oxide – Skin Shield Extraordinaire

My daily sunscreen moisturizer has run out so I stopped by Ulta Beauty to see what they might have to offer in

[Patricia] Day 9: What’s so essential about essential oils?

I’m not sure if it’s the people I hang out with or the stores I shop at, but I hear the words

[Quyen] Day 9: Six Non-Organic Ingredients to Avoid

I’ve thus far learned that anything that I can’t pronounce in the ingredient labeling of a product means that the product itself

[Patricia] Day 8: Magic skin potion isn’t so Magic

I love the sun. Maybe a little too much. Within the past year, I started to see sun spots show up on

[Quyen] Day 8: Triple Product Showdown

I was at Target over the weekend and while there browsed through the beauty products section just to see what I would

[Patricia] Day 7: Watch out for VOC ingredients in cleaning products. Seriously.

Hold your breath! Literally. Here’s why: Beauty products are everywhere and always fun to discover and sample, but household products play into

[Quyen] Day 7: A Case of Mongogos… for Your Lips

Rounding out week 1 of the 30 Day Organic Challenge with my second product review. Here we are with Mongo Kiss: “Lip

[Patricia] Day 6: Splish Splash I Was Taken a Bath

Day 6 of my #Organic30day challenge has arrived and I’m excited to tell you about my newest organic friendly find from Trader

[Quyen] Day 6: Meet Karen – An Organic Product Maker Inspired Since Childhood

I had the special opportunity to interview Karen, a maker of organic lotions, face washes, and even remedies for psoriasis. I wanted

[Quyen] Day 5: My first organic product review!

As part of this challenge I am attempting to try replacing my non-organic products as they run out, if they fall within

[Patricia] Day 5: Organic and Eco Friendly Samples to Your Door

Subscription boxes galore! Seems like the new craze these days is around subscription services that send sample surprise goodies to your door.

[Quyen] Day 4: Inventory Beware?

Patty came across a great database yesterday that helps you see just how hazardous the beauty products you’re currently using are. They

[Patricia] Day 4: Say Goodbye to Polyethylene. Say Hello To Chamomile.

I usually scream and run away from anything related to bee’s, but I found an exception. Burt’s Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep

[Quyen] Day 3: Organic? Natural? Green? What do they really mean?

These questions are some of the bigger ones that I have around this whole adventure. You see, I’m not an organics girl

[Patricia] Day 3: Confused about what’s in your products?

I have to admit, the journey towards living an organic lifestyle isn’t easy. Deciding to take the #Organic30day challenge is half the

[Patricia] Day 2: Mascara irritate your eyes?

Day 2 of my #Organic30day challenge is here!  I’m pretty excited about this new natural mascara I discover from the subscription box

The 30 Day Challenge

Since we were young, we always have been taught that chemicals are bad. Cover your nose when a smog-filled bus passes by.

[Quyen] Day 2: A Past Challenger’s Tale

Whenever I get into something new, I like to talk to people that are already  involved in the something new in some

[Quyen] Day 1: Organic or Bust

Here we are: Day 1. My friend and I have been talking about how we can more practically make a difference in this

[Patricia] Day 1: Your Skin Is Your Organ. Feed It Well.

Ready set go! Time to roll up my sleeves and get organified (is that a word? if not – now it is!).