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October 25, 2013 at 6:24 PM

With organic beauty products, you can put your skin on a health-food diet


By Carolyn Brundage / Tampa Bay Times

You may already be vested in achieving beauty from the inside out by feeding your body organic food. But what are you feeding your body’s largest organ: your skin?

Skin absorbs ingredients in the products we use (although experts disagree on exactly how much). Think of transdermal medications, such as birth-control patches, and then consider how the ingredients in a lip gloss, facial cleanser or moisturizer may be absorbed into your body, and what that might do to your health.

Not to worry, ladies — this week I’ve rounded up some beauty products so pure you can eat them. Just imagine how good they’ll make you look.

Intelligent Nutrients Lip Delivery Antioxidant Gloss ($24 at Pharmaca or This gluten-free gloss does more than just pay lip service to being natural.

It is certified organic by the USDA, is made of food-grade ingredients and is free of synthetic colorants, toxic pigments and heavy metals. And it tastes good, too, thanks to certified organic agave, caramel, coconut, raspberry and vanilla.

It comes in five shades, including Glazed Peony, Purple Maize and Cranberry Glow.

NOE Cosmetics Lemon Peel Exfoliating Cleanser ($26 at NOE stands for Natural Organic Edible, and every ingredient in every NOE Cosmetics product can be eaten raw. This entire beauty collection is crafted from food ingredients, none of which is animal-based. The NOE collection is also free of synthetic detergents, artificial preservatives, colors and fragrances, petroleum byproducts, tar derivatives and genetically modified ingredients.

I love the lemon peel exfoliating cleanser with certified organic jojoba oil and soy milk, plus anti-bacterial lemon citrus. The cleanser effectively removes dirt, grime and makeup while bringing balance to oily skin.

Dr. Alkaitis Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil ($80 at Pibu Soma, Capitol Hill, or This certified organic skin-care line was formulated as a raw health food for the skin, meaning that every product is edible, with nary a harmful chemical in sight.

The multitasking Treatment Oil can be used as a hair and scalp treatment, an intensive facial moisturizer, a stretch-mark preventer or a post-shower body hydrator. Thanks to a bevy of organic oils — all cold-pressed, of course — and ingredients including white sandalwood, cuscus grass, and olive and nut grass, this product nourishes the skin from head to toe.

Other organic products to check out:

Nourish Organic Deeply Nourishing Body Lotion ($10 at Target). This USDA-certified 100-percent-organic lotion uses coconut milk and argan oil for hydration and a tropical scent.  A coordinating body wash is also available.

Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil ($36–$82 at This 100 percent organic oil minimizes fine lines and improves skin tone. A percentage of the company’s profits are returned to the Moroccan women’s cooperative that extracts the oil.

Vapour Beauty Mesmerize Eyeliner ($18 at Vapour is a complete makeup line that’s organic and not tested on animals. The gluten-free Mesmerize Eyeliner has a new formula that moisturizes the delicate eye area while delivering a smooth, blendable line.

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