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Flower Power: Mother Nature’s Bounty in Beauty Products

Welcome to May! A month when Northern Hemisphere gardeners eagerly plant their gardens – a month when earth truly laughs in flowers. From nettle, to rosemary – here are the botanical beauty and wellness products inspiring us in May. CALENDULA When it comes to natural and organic beauty, The Organic Skin Co. doesn’t mind taking the time to explain it all. They are as transparent as a skincare brand can get, and this results in truly beautiful and wholesome products. I love their impressive and environmentally-friendly line of makeup products, but beauty starts with skincare – and they provide it just as well. Whether you suffer from dry skin or have problems with acne, the moisturizing, yet antiseptic properties of the Task Force Nine Cream solve it all. It even works on my eczema. Calendula is hydrating, has antibacterial, antiseptic and antioxidant properties. Your skin will just drink it up. NETTLE Stinging nettle is a wild herb that’s near and dear to my heart. My grandmother picked it with her bare hands and swore by …

The Giving and Natural Creations

This article was originally published in 2009, on the Organic Spa Magazine blog. The Andean Collection is now Faire Collection. There is no better way to spread happiness than providing the opportunity for others to enrich their lives. The Andean jewelry collection, founded by the multi-talented Amanda Judge, is not only eco-conscious but is also a humanitarian effort. Amanda’s story and her collection started in Ecuador. Amanda holds a degree in International Law and Diplomacy, which she has decided to put to use by studying the survival strategies of women in extreme poverty. The study ended up being a path to a new life for both Amanda and the women of Northern Ecuador. The Andean Collection was born. How did you meet the women that you work with? AJ: I met the women of The Andean Collection when I was in Ecuador doing research for my Masters thesis, which was going to be on the survival strategies of rural indigenous women in the face of extreme poverty. To set up the project, I had to go …