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  • New Skin Care Products at Village Green Apothecary

    by Paula Gallagher | July 27, 2015

    hugo-naturals_valley-greenIt is always exciting to get new lines into the store. Recently we have brought in some lovely skin care products from Hugo Naturals and Valley Green Naturals.

    Hugo Naturals started out from handcrafted soaps that were made with all-natural ingredients and sold at local farmers' markets. They feel that what you put on your body is equally as important as what you put in your body. Made in the USA, their products are free of petrochemicals, animal fats, parabens, silicones, formaldehyde, hydroquinone, phthalates, propylene glycol, and synthetic surfactants. And they are never tested on animals, are gluten free, and made from sustainable sources that are pure and natural.

    Village Green has brought in bar soaps, liquid soaps and lotions, scented with pure essential oils and plant essences that delight the senses, moisturize, and add protection from the environment while feeling as rich and indulgent as spa treatments.

    Valley Green Naturals is a small company out of Northern Virginia that started in a farmhouse kitchen with natural soap recipes using garden- and locally-sourced botanicals and honey. They were a huge hit at local farmers' markets. Read more

  • New Product: SophytoPRO® Skin Care Line

    by Paula Gallagher | June 23, 2015

    sophytopro_logo1Ortho Molecular Products is a company that focuses on supplements that work. Their commitment to efficacy produces highest levels of patient wellness. They combine evidence-based formulations and superior raw ingredients to develop supplements that noticeably enhance patient health.

    Now they have formed a partnership with skin care pioneer SophytoPRO®, a skincare system available exclusively through Ortho Molecular Products. This new partnership brings together the best of nutritional supplementation with all natural, organic skin care products to help patients achieve health and beauty inside and out.

    SophytoPRO® is gluten free, whole-food based and has an average of 90% organic ingredients. It is designed to support the skin's natural environment and encourage its innate restoration and renewal mechanisms. We carry cleansers, moisturizers and serums. Read more

  • EWG's Sunscreen Guide for 2015

    by Paula Gallagher | May 20, 2015

    DSC01707Every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) puts out a sunscreen guide, rating many brands of sunscreens from 0 to 10. This is known as the ingredient hazard score, and reflects known and suspected hazards of ingredients. The safest, most effective products are rated 0 to 2. Products that are rated 3 to 6 have moderate hazardous to health, and from 7 to 10 are considered high hazards to health.

    When it comes to my children, I am particularly careful about sunscreen. I need it to be safe, effective and easy to put on. And although spray sunscreens seem very convenient, they should be avoided, especially for children as they may pose serious inhalation risks, and they make it too easy to apply too little or miss a spot. It is no secret that I am a fan of the Badger brand for my children. I can clearly see where I have missed a spot, and it keeps the fairest of my children from burning.

    So check out where your sunscreen rates, and visit Village Green Apothecary for more safe sunscreens.

    Also check out this link for more tips on summer safety.

    Enjoy the summer!

  • 3 Steps for Spring Skin Care

    by Paula Gallagher | May 12, 2015

    skin-scrubEveryone wants soft, smooth skin, but unfortunately, our biggest organ usually gets neglected over the winter. Spring is the perfect time to refresh our skin.

    Here are some spring skin care steps to help you get ready for flip-flop and T-shirt season.

    1. Cleanse: No matter how exhausted you are at the end of the day, make sure that you wash your face and remove any dirt or make-up. Pick a cleanser that is gentle and effective, but most importantly, works with your skin type. For dry, sensitive skin, acne-prone skin, or aging skin, there are face and body washes that will fit your needs.

    2. Exfoliate: Removing the dead skin cells sitting on the top layer of skin by dry brushing, or even just using a washcloth, is an important step in achieving glowing skin. It is important to be very gentle to avoid damaging your skin. For your face, look for gentle scrubs like MyChelle Fruit Enzyme Scrub. It gently polishes the skin using jojoba beads and refined bamboo stem. Fruit enzymes further dissolve away dulling residue for ultra-smooth, ultra-soft skin. And don't forget your lips. My daughter made me a homemade lip exfoliator with coconut oil and cane sugar – simple and effective! Read more

  • Weleda Skin Food

    by Paula Gallagher | April 29, 2015

    skinfoodThe end of Village Green Apothecary's Earth Day sale on personal care products is fast approaching – tomorrow to be exact. So if you haven't taken advantage of the 25% off regular price, you still have time to do it now!

    A personal favorite is Weleda Skin Food. This cream enjoys a cult following. It is written up as a constant favorite beauty product for one simple reason – it works. It is a rich, intensely hydrating cream that cares for the skin. It is made with pure lanolin and organic pansy, which nourishes and soothes dry and damaged skin. A precious essential oil blend of lavender, rosemary and sweet orange oil refresh the skin and the senses. Apply this whole body cream to your skin anytime, with special attention to extra dry areas such as hands, feet and elbows. I have very dry skin, and I even apply it to my face.

    And although what makes Skin Food popular is that it really works, it is also a clean product. All of Weleda's natural skin care and baby products are natural, made with Biodynamic and organic ingredients for your health and well being. Their products are made without pesticides or chemicals. They have been at this for over 90 years, so they know a thing or two about natural beauty and taking care of the world we live in.

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