Hello Beautiful! Natural Lipstick Line for Multicultural Skin Tones

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Today I am spotlighting a lipstick line that I has been two years in the making, Hello Beautiful! Made with certified organic, non-gmo, and fair trade ingredients, Hello Beautiful! is a line of 3 lipsticks that can worn individually or mixed together to create 4 additional colors for day + night looks.

Right now we doing a Indiegogo Campaign to raise $6,500 in 30 days to fund manufacturing and packaging. It ends Dec 22nd! You can support by giving at our campaign page. We have rewards for supporting too!

Breather Easier with DIY Chest Rub

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by Stephanie Gerber for Hello Natural Co.

My first cold of the season snuck up on me. Something about the change in seasons always disrupts my immune system, sending my allergies into overdrive. And there’s nothing worse than that stuffed-up, can’t-breathe, run-down feeling. Sometimes if I catch it early enough I can keep the sickness at bay (or at least prevent a sinus infection). The choice between decongestants that wire you or antihistamines that turn you into a zombie makes it easy to look for alternatives.

Ideally, I’d soak in a long, hot bath and enjoy a long, restful sleep. That never happens. Second best option: a shower that opens the sinuses and a simple chest rub that helps make the most of every minute of rest.

The Best Oil Mix For Natural Hair Growth And Shine

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Jensine from junglenaps.com writes for Curly Nikki:

One of my favorite discoveries along my natural hair journey has been finding my love for hair DIY recipes. Oils, butters, tea rinses... you name it! If any of you out there are self proclaimed, “mixtresses,” this one’s for you.

My most loved hair oil recipe is one that has helped me increase length retention and add a little shine without looking greasy. Not to mention, my thick and often wild type 4 hair is softer than it's ever been.

These days, almost every hair oil recipe has coconut oil or EVOO. While these two oils are tried and true favorites, I think it’s time to let some other oils share the spotlight. You can find any of the oils featured in this video at your local health food store and you can store it in an applicator bottle for easy use.

Watch now:

Coffee and Cacao Face Scrub Recipe

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As we all know caffeine is an antioxidant that works in tightening the skin and reducing inflammation and redness, but I bet you didn’t know that Cacao is also an antioxidant that plays a vital role along side caffeine in getting rid of free radicals to keep your skin young & fresh. These two work hand in hand !

Seasonal Lip Scrub Pumpkin Pie Spice and Brown Sugar

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As Fall rolls around again, I decided to repost one of my favorite lip scrub recipes made with delicious pumpkin pie spice. Try this seasonal treat— an all natural lip scrub made from a few ingredients in your kitchen like brown sugar, honey, and of course pumpkin pie spice!

Benefits of the Lip Scrub

Brown Sugar: gently exfoliates skin naturally
Honey: nourishes and softens skin, filled with antioxidants that fight aging

Study || Peppermint Essential Oil for Hair Growth

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The use of peppermint oil for hair growth is not new at all to the natural hair community. Search the archives of hair care forums and blogs, and you will find at least one thread or article devoted to it. Nonetheless, there has not been a concrete study on peppermint oil for hair growth … until now.

UCLA Student Pushes City of Inglewood to Address Health Risks of Beauty Products for Blacks

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UCLA Ph.D. student Teni Adewumi (left) talks to a hair stylist. 
Teni Adewumi, a Ph.D. candidate in environmental health sciences in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, is spreading the word about the hidden dangers in hair and nail salons. The Nigerian-American student began shining light on the issue last summer when she started working for the L.A. nonprofit, Black Women for Wellness’ Healthy Hair Initiative project as part of a partnership between the Occupational Health Internship Program and the UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health program.

To gauge how much of a health risk certain beauty products pose, Adewumi questioned salon workers in the South Los Angeles area about the types of chemicals they’re exposed to and questioned them about any health challenges they faced as a result. Some stylists had worked with toxic chemicals for so long that their fingerprints had eroded. Others reported adverse reproductive outcomes, such as miscarriages and uterine fibroids.

Lake Colorants Exposed: How Dangerous Chemicals Are Lurking in Body Care Colors

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Lake colorants are synthetic dyes used in body care like mouthwash and cosmetics, especially lipsticks to create colors like red, yellow, blue, and green in solid products and liquid solutions. These colorants are far from safe and contain dangerous metals that can be absorbed through your skin and harm your body. Let’s take a look at the harmful effects of lake colorants and how you can avoid them.

Carmine: Crushed Bug Shells in Lipstick

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You may have seen an ingredient called carmine listed as a component of your lipstick or another one of your beauty products. This means you are ingesting crush bug shells. That’s right: bug shells.
Carmine is a pigment that is obtained from the shells and dried bodies of a cochineal (pronounced koch-uh-neel), a female insect indigenous to Mexico, Central America, and other warm regions. (Source) These small insects feed off of cactuses drinking the plants’ juices. And these same small insects are used to add the color red to both cosmetics and even food/drinks.

Omega-3 Deficiency and What it Means for Your Hair and Body

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Omega-3 fatty acids are fats that your body does not produce on its own and therefore needs to intake regularly in its diet. Two types of Omega-3 fatty acids are EPA and DHA which can be found in fish like salmon and tuna, as well as nuts and seeds like walnuts and flaxseeds. An Omega-3 deficiency can cause adverse effects on your overall health including your hair and body. Here are the tell-tale signs that you may be Omega-3 deficient.

Hello Beautiful! Lipsticks Have Gotten A Makeover!

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You may have wondered why I have posted less to Love Natural Sunshine in the last three months. Well, the wait is over and I have a surprise to reveal! I have been working on a new look for my lipstick line, Hello Beautiful!, and I am finally ready to share it with everyone. Here is what you need to know: Love Natural Sunshine will continue to post articles about natural hair and skin care.

Sencha Green Tea Oil, A Natural Sun Protectant

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Sencha is a Japanese green tea from the region of Kyoto. Secha green tea leaves are delicate and a true jade color. The tea itself has a precise and subtle taste that is bittersweet.

Sencha green tea is anti-viral, anti-flammatory, and contains high levels of antioxidants. In fact, the levels of antioxidants in a green tea, like sencha, are a 100 times higher than vitamin C and 25 times higher than vitamin E (source).

Understanding Body Butters and How to Use Them in Skincare

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Ahhh, butter. Sweet butter. Creamy, delicious, and nutritious, it is perfect for spreading on… your body! Glorious raw pasture butter is not our topic of conversation today, but although I DO love that kind of butter, that will need to be a completely different post for some other time :).

Today we are delving into understanding body butters; Discussing the different kinds, what they do, how they feel, and how to best use them!

Using body butters are one of the best way to nourish your skin, from the inside out. For those looking for a really minimalist skincare routine, you can really use just a single body butter (depending on what kind you are using…some lend themselves to be used by themselves while some need to be combined with others butters, oils or other ingredients to be applied easily). Most will require more effort to rub in than a typical skin cream, but it’s totally worth it and since butters don’t contain water they do not dry out your skin, or require preservatives to stop spoilage.

It’s really a win/win situation. Plus they have a myriad of uses: hand, foot and face care, cuticle softening, dry skincare, massage, all over skincare and softening, and even makeup removal.

Open Letter to Ms. Fearless – Pep Talk Tuesday


Dear Ms. Fearless,

Today is the day you can stop being afraid. Why? Because your future does not just happen by chance. No, your talents have been especially crafted for a purpose. That future that you anticipate is even more glorious than you envisioned. How? Because God is at work in your life. He has a plan for you (Jeremiah 29:11). He planned it long ago (Ephesians 2:10). So don’t waste time feeling glum, wondering about temporary things (Matthew 6:25-34). Rejoice! When you walk with the Lord, your feet will not stumble and your path will be straight (Psalm 18:31-36). Today is your day to be fearless.

DIY Homemade Natural Sunscreen Recipe

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As summer heads this way, it is time to start thinking about sunscreen and beach vacations! Well, maybe you’re not leaving for your vacation yet, but you will still need sunscreen in the meantime. Try this all natural, DIY sunscreen recipe that is free of icky chemicals and ideal for sensitive skin. This recipe includes moisturizing coconut oil, shea butter, and red raspberry seed oil, all which protect your skin from the sun as well as zinc oxide— more on this ingredient later.

Female Pattern Baldness (Alopecia) – Hair Loss Series 3


For my final installment of the Hair Loss Series, I will be addressing female pattern baldness. Female pattern baldness, also known in the scientific world as Andogenetic Alopecia, is a type of hair loss caused by continual inflammation of the hair follicle and the conversion of testosterone to the molecule DHT (Source).

In females, this type of hair loss creates hair thinning along the crown or in the middle or back of the scalp (See figure 1).

(Figure 1) Stages of Female Pattern Baldness 

Female pattern baldness is a non-scarring type of alopecia, meaning there is less external damage to the scalp. There are two main treatments for female pattern baldness which I will cover. I will also offer some natural remedies that you can get started with right away.

The LCO Method (Liquid Cream Oil)


The LCO Method refers to the order in which you apply three products—liquid, cream, and oil in order to moisturize your natural hair. You can remember the sequence to use these products by the order of the letters. The “L” stands for liquid, the “C” for cream, and the “O” for oil. The LCO Method differs from the commonly known LOC Method because of the order in which the products are used. Both methods are used to moisturize natural hair so that it stays hydrated longer.

Hair Porosity Natural Hair

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Porosity refers to how well your hair is able to absorb and hold moisture. It is affected by the flexible outer hair layer called the cuticle, which determines how easily moisture and oils pass in and out of your hair. For most, porosity is genetic, but it can also be affected by external factors such as exposure, heat treatments and chemical processing. Knowing your hair's porosity can help you choose the right products to keep your hair well-moisturized, supple, strong and shiny.

Open Letter to Ms. Gorgeous – Pep Talk Tuesday


Dear Ms. Gorgeous,

You are gorgeous, but you don’t know it. You think everyone else has got “it” better. Better smile. Better eyes. Better curves. That’s so untrue. You are uniquely you. Have you ever stopped to wonder why bees make a honey so sweet for you to enjoy? The God who made the bees also made you. Just by being yourself your inner sweetness attracts other people to you. Just like the bees, God made you to produce and to bring glory to him by what you do (John 15:4) (Isaiah 43:7).

You have an inner sweetness that no one can steal. Even when you don’t feel like you are worth it, God knows you are. Like a bird singing a new melody the morning, God’s love is afresh each day. He never changes, never turns his back on you (Hebrews 13:8).

Stop chasing after the Ms. America and Ms. Universe titles and looks. Focus on the title you already have; the one your creator crowned you with: Ms. Gorgeous.


Natural Sunshine

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The LOC Method (Liquid Oil Cream)

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by Tamara of Natural Hair Rules!

The LOC (Liquid Oil Cream) Method moisturizes natural hair in 3 simple steps. Its scientifically one of the best ways to moisturize natural hair when done with the right products and in the right order. Let’s explore 3 Reasons the LOC method works to moisturize hair and how it works.

Smiling at your Reflection the Mirror - Pep Talk Tuesday

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When you look in the mirror what do you think? Does your mind instantly fill with positive adjectives… or is it just the opposite? Do you think negative thoughts about your appearance?
Start doing something different today. Instead of waiting for someone else to complement you, complement yourself. Next time you look in the mirror say a prayer of thanks to the One who made YOU.

Sweet Almond Oil to Reduce Hair Breakage & Increase Shine!

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by Yolanda Renee @etcblogmag via Curlynikki.com

Are you looking for a staple oil with a plethora of benefits? Then look no further, sweet almond oil is here to save the day. It's a carrier oil which is very similar to coconut oil; both are great sealants for deep moisture.

Guest Blogger: My Journey with CCCA Alopecia and My Recovery (Part 2)


Continuing the Hair Loss series, this post is by blogger Ronnie of Sankofa Power who wrote of her experience with CCCA Alopecia. This is Part 2 of her journey to recovery and she mentions a hair growth treatment she used from essential oils.

In my previous post, I spoke about how I came to discover that I had alopecia, specifically Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA)- a mouthful! I discovered my condition during a visit to my dermatologist at the Roosevelt Skin of Color Center.

This was after I tried unsuccessfully to tackle the issue with products from renowned European companies such as Rene Furterer, Klorane and Phystospecific lines. I was already primed from my childhood to run to these brands. Growing up in Haiti, my older sisters were avid users of Rene Furterer products and revered any hair product from European laboratories. Rene Furterer Ampoules were very popular in Haiti. My sisters used them to promote hair growth and scalp health. I bought some of those products online and also used the opportunities during my visits to Europe to stock up.  I am sure these products are of the highest quality, but they just weren’t the solution for my specific problem.

Guest Blogger: My Journey with CCCA Alopecia and My Recovery (Part 1)

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As I continue my Hair Loss series, I wanted to share with you all a personal blog post by blogger Ronnie of Sankofa Power who wrote of her experience with CCCA Alopecia. This is Part 1 of her hair journey.

This post has taken me 2 years to write. This post is not just about me, I have felt that I am writing this post for so many of my sisters, therefore I felt a sense of reservation, and responsibility. Overtime, I also realized that only a few women are bold and open enough to bare it all and write this post, and because of this, they should. This blog is about health, and presence of mind and as a result, I could not think  of a better topic than the forbidden and hush reality of alopecia in women.

Throwing Out the Magazines - Pep Talk Tuesday

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It’s easy to become obsessed with the celebrity world. With the magazines, the glamour, and the flashiness of it all. In fact, just today I found myself taking a break from doing some much needed work in order to read an online editorial about an actress, view the photos, and gawk at the outrageous prices for the clothes mentioned in the captions.

As women, we all have found ourselves being drawn to the glamour of another person’s beauty or seemingly perfect life. What was meant to be a quick break can easily become an hour pouring over picture spreads and pining after the latest clothing, accessories, looks or even “lifestyles.”

But when is enough, enough?

4 Differences Between Castor Oil and Jamaican Black Castor Oil

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by Natural Hair Rules via Latoya Watson

Castor oil has long been revered for its properties that encourage healthy hair growth.  The two types of castor oil are: (yellow) castor oil and Jamaican black castor oil (JBCO). But what is the difference between the two?  It is a common question among naturals everywhere.  Although they are close cousins, castor oil and JBCO, have some key differences. You’ll want to keep them in mind the next time you are shopping for hair products.

No Lead in This Lipstick, But...

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There's a company out there you may be familiar with (once again, I'll keep their name to myself). Their main focus is creating products with ingredients that score low in the EWG Cosmetics Database. They make a lot of color cosmetics and have gone to admirable lengths to ensure that the levels of naturally-occurring lead in their products is at the lowest level possible. (Lead, a naturally-occurring heavy metal in the earth's crust, can be found in trace amounts in mineral ingredients used to create colors in makeups because it's inherently found in the ground.)

However, while they're concerned about lead, they intentionally add other concerning metals to their products, with one lipstick containing: tin oxide, Yellow 5 Lake, Red 5 Lake, Red 7 Lake, Red 27 Lake, and Blue 1 Lake. (Of course, there are lots of other companies that use these colorants, but this company's main marketing point is safety, so I'm bringing it to the table today.)

Finding Your Self Worth - Pep Talk Tuesday


Do you feel beautiful? It’s a simple question… or is it? A lot of how we feel about ourselves has to do with the perceptions of those around us. We convince ourselves that if they think I am worthwhile, gorgeous, and spectacular… than I am. But what about when people don’t give you the satisfaction of proclaiming you as beautiful? What then?

The Toxic Truth: Lead and Other Trace Metals in Lipstick Are Carcinogenic

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Yes, it’s true. There may be lead in your lipstick that you put on every morning. Actually, there is a high possibly that your lipstick is one of the 400 lipsticks that the FDA revealed as containing lead, a known neurotoxin and hormone disruptor. Need I say more?

6 Body Butters and Sugar Scrubs to Remind You of Spring & Summer

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With the weather going haywire, the cold grip of winter has yet to let up. What a perfect time for homemade body butters and scrubs! These recipes will keep your skin nourished and moisturized as you brave the lingering cold days, while reminding you of the warmer ones to come.

Herb of the week: Ginger

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Native of Southeast Asia, particularly China, ginger has natural antioxidant and healing properties. Not only is it helpful in cleansing skin, but combined with Calendula, it can be used as a spray to soothe an inflamed scalp.

Study, Skin Care Turmeric for Hyperpigmentation and Wrinkles?

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Today's Monday skin tip comes from Heathly Hair and Body. Turmeric and curcumin are usually associated with Indian cruisine and golden curry sauces, but both spices also have extraordinary benefits as anti-aging and inflammation reducing treatments.

I am subscribed to tons of YouTubers, and one of them is Farah.  She has several videos discussing the effectiveness of turmeric against hyperpigmentation.  While I have not tried her homemade mixtures (nor intend to anytime soon), I did view this is an opportunity to find any research on turmeric and hyperpigmentation. What did I find?

Herb of the week: Sweet Basil

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Sweet basil is commonly known as a culinary spice used to season Italian dishes like spaghetti; it is also a main ingredient in pesto. Did you know, however, that sweet basil can heal insect bites or stings? This common kitchen spice packs a powerful punch when it comes to healing skin and nourishing hair.

Herb of the Week: Rosehip

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Rosehips are the seedpods that remain once a rose has shed its petals. A highly nutrient oil can be extracted from rosehip seeds called rosehip seed oil. This red orange oil has a high concentration of vitamin C and A and is a light-weight oil that absorbs easily, making it ideal for moisturizing and nourishing hair and skin. Rosehip seed oil can also be helpful in regulating oil secretion in facial skin.

Female black hair entrepreneur: Annie Turnbo Malone

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Continuing our African American Hair Then & Now series for Black History Month, I will be talking about Annie Turnbo Malone, a major mover and shaker in the Black hair industry during the 20th century. “By 1900, Annie Turnbo Malone, had developed successful straighteners, hair growers, special oils, and pomades. Malone also manufactured and sold Wonderful Hair Grower and, with her assistants, sold products door-to-door. She opened Poro College in St. Louis in 1902, where she trained women as agents for the Poro system.”

Herbs, Oils, Spices Series: Rose Oil

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Roses are more than just beautiful flowers, their petals contain skin-toning properties that can be helpful for those with mature, dry, sensitive, or inflamed skin. Rose oil is often viewed as a luxurious oil that can improve the health of skin all over the body, especially on the face. Although it can be very costly to purchase commercially prepared rose oil or rose essential oil, you can prepare your own rose oil in three simple steps.

Herb of the week: Red Clover


Red clover is a flower that blossoms into a pink bloom and can be used dried or fresh for medicinal treatments. Due to its high nutrient contents, Red clover can be taken internally as a tea or used for skin aliments like eczema.

Inventor of Black Hair Straightening Comb: Marjorie Stewart Joyner


Many of us have heard of Madame C.J. Walker’s contribution to the African American hair industry, but have you heard of Marjorie Stewart Joyner? Read on to find out how this woman was behind the invention of Walker’s famous “hot comb.”

Traction Alopecia - Hair Loss Series Part 2

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Traction Alopecia is a type of hair loss caused by pulling the hair too tight. Traction Alopecia is common among African American females who have their hair repeatedly styled in tight braids and extensions. This type of hair loss can also occur in gymnast and athletes who keep their hair pulled back tightly for sports. In Part 2 of this hair loss series, I will be talking about natural remedies for those with Traction Alopecia.

Herbs for Skin and Hair Care Workshop

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I will be leading a workshop this February on eight herbs that are useful for skin and hair care. The workshop will also cover the basics of natural beauty care and common harmful chemicals that are in beauty products. This workshop is free and open to the public. You can RSVP at the official event page. See you there!

Herbs for Skin and Hair Care Workshop
Sunday February 1, 2015, at 1:30 PM
Nora Branch Library
8625 Guilford Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46240

Eventbrite - Herbs for Skin and Hair Care Workshop

Ginger and Calendula Scalp Spray Recipe

Maintaining a healthy scalp is crucial for hair growth. If you are suffering from hair loss due to an inflamed or irritated scalp, preventing inflammation should be your number one goal. This Ginger and Calendula Spray recipe is packed with ingredients to help reduce scalp inflammation, soothe irritations, and prevent tissue scarring. The Ginger and Calendula spray is especially helpful for those with CCCA Alopecia.

Herb of the week: Calendula

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You may have seen calendula listed as an ingredient in your skin products. I include a large amount of it in my Hello Beautiful Calendula Lip balm. Not only is this flower a beautiful golden color, it is also known for its skin healing properties and ability to mend wounds by helping with cell repair and growth.

CCCA Alopecia - Hair Loss Series Part 1


Hair loss is a topic rarely discussed in the natural hair and beauty community. Often times hair loss can cause emotions of fear and anxiety; it can feel isolating. But it should be discussed so that others can find the help they need. One common form of hair loss among African American women is alopecia. There are several forms of alopecia, but for Part 1 of this series I will be focusing on what I believe to be the lesser known form of hair loss in African American women, CCCA Alopecia.