by Jenny Buttaccio
Fall is the perfect time to switch up your beauty routine. With less moisture in the air, your skin’s hydration needs change with the weather. We’re here to help! We’ve picked a few of our favorite products to keep your skin in tip-top shape through this season and into the next.
With a powerhouse blend of plant oils and potent antioxidants, you can ditch your regular lotion and cream for this super moisturizing body serum that softens and refreshes your skin.
Pumpkin seed oil, rich in zinc and Omega fatty acids 3 and 6, helps to improve skin elasticity. It also contains natural salicylic acid to delicately exfoliate and rejuvenate. With rare Omega-7, Sea Buckthorn oil nourishes and conditions your skin. The pleasant, uplifting fragrance of neroli promotes energy, playfulness, and joy.
Pro tip: Mist serum on your body when skin is damp to lock in moisture. We love this serum because it absorbs quickly and won’t leave behind an oily residue.
The Everything Balm truly lives up to its name. The restorative properties of shea butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil naturally moisturize dry, chapped, and sensitive skin. It works well on faces and for scrapes, burns, rashes, insect bites and as a barrier from wind and moisture. You can apply this versatile product as needed.
With 100% organic ingredients, you can rest assured this product is safe for adults and children. In fact, the Everything Balm receives a perfect score of "zero" in the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (www.cosmeticsdatabase.com), a safety guide to cosmetics and personal care products brought to you by researchers at the Environmental Working Group.
Pro tip: Toss one in your purse, tote or diaper bag. It’s conveniently packaged for all of your on-the-go, dry or irritated skin needs.
With an all-star cast of antioxidants, Mad Hippie's Antioxidant Facial Oil is a necessity for anyone trying to combat dry skin and protect against free radical damage. Don't be frightened by the word "oil." This luxe mixture is lightweight and quickly absorbed, leaving skin with a luminous glow.
The impressive list of ingredient highlights include argan oil, sea buckthorn berry, blueberry extract, pomegranate oil, camu camu berry, broccoli extract, raspberry seed extract, goji berry, hemp seed extract, grape seed extract and sunflower oil.
And at just $25 a bottle, it's an absolute must-have to usher in the new season!
Pro tip: Oils help seal in moisture. Use this preservative-free, antioxidant oil over your moisturizer to boost hydration.
Cooler temps may be problematic for some skin types causing breakouts or blemishes. Harsh anti-blemish creams that leave your skin red and irritated are a thing of the past thanks to No Bull's non-drying Blemish Blaster. With a slogan like, "No bogus ingredients. No chemical crap. No Bull," this company and its products mean business!
Blemish Blaster's amazing ingredients include aloe vera gel, neem extract, licorice root, witch hazel, willow bark, Leuconstoc, tea tree oil, and grapefruit essential oil.
This powerful combination is gentle enough to use twice a day. It can also be applied to blemish-prone areas to prevent breakouts from occurring. Plus, it absorbs quickly so it works great under makeup.
Pro tip: This product can also be used after shaving to reduce redness, rosacea, and discoloration. How great is that!
We love hearing from you! Have a tip for Fall beauty or a product you love that's not on our list? Leave us a comment below or tag us @noktivo in your posts to share your green beauty favorites. <3
It's slightly embarrassing, but I can't remember the last time I read a book. I can't blame it all on being a new mom. Although in the off chance an extra hour to myself pops up, showering or eating usually win. Amiright mamas? But when I had heard a green beauty expert and formulator, Adina Grigore founder of the organic skincare line S.W. Basics, was releasing a new book, I knew I had to get my hands on it. We have so many conversations in our spa about the ingredients we put on our skin and the food choices we make to take care of our bodies. But think about if that conversation was one? We'd be talking about consuming foods that were good for our skin, and beauty ingredients that were healthy for our bodies. Yes! Exactly! This is what Skin Cleanse is all about. The inner outer beauty connection. Beauty from the inside out. However you want to call it, we no longer can ignore that what we put on and in our body affects our total health, which includes the inside AND outside systems. If you're experiencing acne, do you know to stay away from dairy? What about when hormonal shifts, pregnancy or stress wreak havoc on our adrenal system. It shows up where... our skin! But HOW do we do it? What do we eat? I wanted to learn more about this which is why I was so excited to get my very own hard copy. I called up my local bookstore, Roscoe Books, and picked up this beauty. When I flipped to the contents page it immediately affirmed what I knew, this is going to be an awesome read. Chapters like: Your Body Needs You, Eat Like Your Skin Depends On It, The Beauty Industry is Ugly and Be Your Own Apothecary. I am looking forward to a weekend dedicated to r & r, rest and reading.
Jenny, Owner, Noktivo Spa
---------- If anyone would like to join me on the Skin Cleanse journey, fill out the contact form below and I will send an invite to join our book club and where/ how to purchase your copy. We will be meeting up twice in August to share our thoughts, tidbits, and takeaways. -------------
If you have been on the internet in the past four days, it's pretty safe to say you came across a post about nail salons. A recent New York Times expose on the nail salon industry has generated shock waves throughout the country, and even inspired the Governor of New York to declare emergency measures to protect nail salon workers. I mean, holy wow! As a long-time green beauty advocate and natural nail technician since 2009, I am beyond excited and happy to see these issues getting overdue media attention and in-turn, the regulatory agencies taking the steps needed to create reform. It is with a lot of courage from activists, legislators and advocates such as myself, that the beauty industry will finally receive a long overdue makeover.
To give you a little history, Noktivo began with one mission in mind: to offer beauty lovers in Chicago a cleaner, and healthier alternative to their routine pampering and cosmetic purchases. The United States has not passed a law regulating the ingredients in personal care products since 1938. Yes, you read that right. 1938. To top that, the European Union has spent the past two decades banning or restricting more than 1,300 of the over 80,000 chemicals on the market today. The United States has only banned 11 to date. Currently the FDA is the agency in charge of regulating cosmetics, but due to restraints on resources, loose regulation and simply, lobbying power of larger corporations, the FDA has not been successful in making sure that even chemicals that are known carcinogens (like lead and formaldehyde) are still in commerce. And more than likely, you’ll find these ingredients in your lipstick and nail polish.
So what does this mean for the future of nail salons? Quite simply, it means reform. The phasing out of artificial nail services unless proper ventilation and safety wear is provided, banning ingredients from products that are known to be harmful and taking better care of the workers who take care of our hands and feet. Most of the changes you probably won't even notice. That wonderful scrub will still feel the same, but instead of being made of ingredients you can't pronounce, it will be made with things like sugar, salt, honey and oils like we use here. Nail polish manufacturers will soon be required to remove formaldehyde from their formulas which some already do.
We have been at this natural nail salon thing a long time, but if you can't make it into Noktivo, here are a few tips to go green during your next manicure:
While we understand the concerns these articles raise on the consumer side, the last thing us industry professionals want is for our beauties to feel scared to get pampered. Don't be. These articles highlighted salons that were doing things way wrong, and that is NOT the norm. Plenty of nail salons in your neighborhood are doing things right and will continue to do so. This is just the beginning and rise of something new, welcome to a new era of beauty.
Written by: Jenny Duranski, Owner/ Founder and Green Nail Technician of Noktivo Natural Nail Spa
little gifts that bring big smiles
There is no reason anyone should get coal this season with these amazing green beauty treats all for under $15. Give green and save green this holiday!
1. Lulu Blossom White Icing Sugar Scrub Melt - A decadent bath & shower bar that exfoliates and moisturizes. Bonus? You and your bathroom will smell like a frosted vanilla cupcake! $10
2. Astrida Naturals Bay Rum Shea Butter Stick (For Him or Her)- This push pop style moisturizer stick is exactly what your skin is craving. It's travel friendly size makes it easy to take anywhere and the essential oil fragrance will have you transported to a sunny beach sipping on a Mai Tai. $9
3. CALM Skincare Buttery Bath Melts - Who doesn't love a nice warm bath? Especially when it involves anything lavender. These bath melts blend rose flowers and cocoa butter that are especially good for Winter months when our skin needs some extra hydration. $14
4. Noktivo Rosemary Mint Soaps - Two mini soaps for double the fun. A scent we know and love for clarifying, relaxing and treating the whole body. $5
5. One Love Organics LOVE Beauty Bag - Gorgeous canvas tote bag with zipper for all your green beauty essentials. Show the LOVE. $15
6. SPAritual Vegan Nail Polish - We want to kiss these colors under the Mistletoe! Sparkling, Shiny and all that Glitters for the holiday fashionistas. SPAritual polishes are free of DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde Resin. $12 each
7. CALM Skincare LashLuxe Mascara - Eureka! An all-natural alternative to the perfect mascara. Anti-oxidant and anti-microbial extracts of Oregano and Thyme nourish the lashes without weighing them down or clumping. $14
8. One Love Organics Brand New Day Exfoliant & Masque - Brand new year, brand new beauty. This gentle exfoliant that doubles as a mask, (can we just say how much we love multitasking products?) will refresh skin while keeping moisture locked in. An absolute miracle potion. $12
9. Lulu Blossom More Ginger Please Solid Perfume - Purse friendly fragrance that hydrates as it releases the clean fragrance of lemon, nutmeg, black currant, amber and of course ginger. Loved by many noses. $9
To see our full selection of gifts, stocking stuffers and green beauty treats for the holidays, please visit our Green Spa and Beauty Boutique, Noktivo, 4831 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625. Complimentary gift wrapping available. To shop online or to purchase a gift card please visit our Green Beauty E-Boutique: www.noktivo.com/shop
Did you know? The European Union has banned 1,300 chemicals from consumer products while the U.S.A has only banned 11. I'm sure your first question was the same as ours seven years ago, why? I wish we had the answer. The amount of choices from lotion to shampoo to face creams to nail polish, is truly overwhelming. And they come with a slew of ingredients that are impossible to pronounce. What researchers are learning, is that some of these chemicals are toxic to our bodies and our environment. So if they know that, why are they still allowed in our products? Well it's complicated. So much research goes into making a product and scientists, like many of us, like things in yes or no answers. Does it cause cancer? No. Does it damage the environment? Yes. But not all chemicals give immediate answers like that. Nor do we have the research budget to test every single one, that is also due to NO regulation, but that's another conversation. Right now it's an experiment, that is slowly starting to reveal it's side effects. And since we don't have data heavily leaning to one side to make the decision for us, these toxic ingredients are legally allowed to stay. For now.
Our combined industry experience, years of research and personal testimonies, have led us to the conclusion that it's better to just not use these chemicals in the first place. At Noktivo we prefer to air on the side of caution. For three main reasons:
We feel very confident that it is only a matter of time before the entire beauty industry gets a makeover. And we'll be ready to celebrate wearing our little black dress and lead-free lipstick!
the Noktivo team
The team from Noktivo shares tips, tricks and tidbits for greening your beauty routine. <3