Well & Aware

8 Smarter Summer Beach Reads

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Wondering what books to pack for your upcoming vacation or next poolside outing? We’ve rounded up eight page-turners perfect for conscious consumers who may be concerned with making safer choices. These titles will guide you to make more-informed shopping decisions, offering compelling reading for downtime during these long summer days.

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Beauty

5 Lipstick Myths Busted

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Today is National Lipstick Day, making it the perfect occasion to celebrate one of our beloved makeup products. Our first order of business? Busting several outdated myths about wearing lipstick. If you’ve ever shied away from the color red or followed any of these other ancient commandments, read on for five so-called rules you need to break—starting now.

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Home + Entertaining, Well & Aware

Simple Ways to Make
Back-to-School Season Safer

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Stocking up on brand-new back-to-school supplies is one of the season’s most treasured traditions. But even time-tested rituals deserve an update, especially when your children’s welfare is involved. This year, make sure your little ones start the school year on the right foot with safer gear, much of which is also better for the environment. To help you, we’ve rounded up 13 items, including organic paint, all-natural glue, and stainless steel containers, to shop just in time for their first day of school.

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Beauty

Help Beat the Heat With Your
Beauty Routine

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Looking your best when it’s hot and humid outside isn’t easy—just ask anyone who’s ever had to deal with melting makeup and shiny skin in the summertime. Thankfully, there are several ways you can update your beauty routine for a fresh-faced look all season. Whether it’s taking a less-is-more approach to skin care or temporarily swapping out your heavier makeup, check out our roundup of seven tricks to help you beat the heat.

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Beauty

The Chicest Wedding Makeup Looks

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Every bride deserves to look flawless on her big day—and we happen to think her guests do too. But since you won’t have a professional makeup artist and frequent touch-ups throughout the evening to help you, we’ve rounded up five chic, easy-to-copy looks. No matter what kind of wedding you’ve been invited to this summer, you’ll find one that suits the occasion, so click through to shop everything you need.

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Style + Design, Well & Aware

How to Avoid the Fast-Fashion Trap

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Leading a conscious lifestyle is important to us, and thanks to the recent popularity of resale fashion sites, we have more opportunities than ever to be environmentally responsible about the clothes we buy and wear. These sites take all the guesswork out of consignment selling and shopping: If you want to purge your closet, you can get rid of unwanted, gently used items in exchange for cash or credit, and if you’re after “new” clothes, you’ll save money buying other people’s secondhand options. Get started by checking out five of these top resale sites and how each one works.

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Well & Aware

How Long Does Non-Stick Stick Around?

Stain-resistant rugs and non-stick frying pans are supposed to make your life easier, but according to the Green Science Policy Institute, they may come at a very steep cost. Many non-stick, waterproof, or grease- and stain-resistant products—including cookware, clothing, and food packaging—are made with highly fluorinated chemicals, which have been linked to health problems like high cholesterol, kidney cancer, and hormonal changes.

Check out this infographic, courtesy of the Green Science Policy Institute, to learn more.

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Well & Aware

How We Helped Oregon Pass a Major Bill Protecting Public Health

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This week we are celebrating a major public policy victory that shows how reforming the cosmetic industry is possible. The Oregon state legislature just passed a law, the Toxic Free Kids Act, that would require manufacturers to disclose and eventually remove 66 harmful chemicals from children’s toys, clothes, and personal care products. Many of these toxic chemicals are found in the skin care industry as well, including certain hormone-disrupting phthalates, parabens, and harmful contaminants like 1,4-dioxane. It’s no surprise that these are all on Beautycounter’s Never List.

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Well & Aware

Meet a Revolutionary Company Focused on Protecting Women’s Sexual Health

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Non-toxic condoms and organic lubricants? One forward-thinking company, Sustain, is giving the phrase “safe sex” a whole new meaning. The brand’s known for its line of safer sexual health products, including sustainable, fair-trade-certified condoms and its newly launched organic personal lubricants. Like us, Sustain is a Certified Benefit Corporation and is working hard to get safer products into the marketplace.

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Home + Entertaining

Better-for-You Treats for July Fourth

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Celebrating Independence Day usually means backyard barbecues, outdoor picnics, and pool parties—where it’s all too easy to overindulge in greasy finger foods and brightly dyed desserts. That’s why we asked a few of our favorite food bloggers for perfectly patriotic treats with a healthier twist. From a flag-inspired popsicle to a festive, flavorful pie, check out these four guilt-free recipes that you and your family can enjoy over the holiday weekend.

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