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What's in your perfume? The Not So Sexy truth

June 03, 2010 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

 Categories: Health & Beauty    Tags: ,

Ever wonder what a "fragrance" is comprised of? As consumers, most of us trust that the products we buy contain safe ingredients. Why wouldn't they? But fragrance is considered a trade secret, which means your perfume could contain a blend of any number of 3,100 chemical ingredients used by the fragrance industry, AND the maker doesn't have to list any of them on their product label. So, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and Environmental Working Group joined forces to find out what secret ingredients are hiding in a variety of popular fragrances - and you don't want to miss these results.

Not So Sexy Fragrances

Independent Testing of Popular Fragrances

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics commissioned independent tests, and partnered with the Environmental Working Group to analyze the data and product labels, of 17 popular fragrance products. Among the tested fragrances were celebrity scents Jennifer Lopez J. Lo Glow, Britney Spears Curious, Halle by Halle Berry, and Hannah Montana Secret Celebrity.

What They Found

The analysis revealed that nearly half of the ingredients in the products tested were not listed individually on labels, due to the trade secrets loophole. These ingredients are allowed to hide under the vague ingredient "fragrance".

Among these are chemicals associated with hormone disruption, allergic reactions, and a propensity to accumulate in human tissues and even be passed on to newborn babies.

And, the analysis revealed that these products contained, on average:

  • 14 hidden chemicals not listed on labels due to a loophole in federal law that allows companies to claim fragrances as trade secrets.
  • 10 sensitizing chemicals associated with allergic reactions such as asthma, wheezing, headaches and contact dermatitis.
  • 4 hormone-disrupting chemicals linked to a range of health effects including sperm damage, thyroid disruption and cancer.

The Good News

There are companies out there that are committed to being open about their product ingredients and are dedicated to crafting safe, natural fragrances without all these harmful chemicals, including:

Pacifica - free of Parabens, Sulfates, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, GMOs, Triclosan and Petro-chemicals. All are cruelty-free and 100% vegan. Shop Pacifica

ACORELLE - free of Phthalates, Petro-chemicals, Musks and other contaminants such as pesticides, chemical fertilizers and synthetic molecules. Shop ACORELLE

Lavanila - free of Parabens, Sulfates, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, PEGs, Synthetic Fragrances and Petro-chemicals. Shop Lavanila

TSI-LA - free of Parabens, Sulfates, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, GMOs, Petrochemicals, Dioxins and Synthetic Fragrances. Shop Tsi-La

How You Can Help

You don't have to settle for not knowing what harmful chemicals might be hidden in your fragrances. To find out more about this study and what you can do to protect yourself, your loved ones and future generations from unnecessary exposure to toxic chemicals in personal care products, visit

Source: Campaign for Safe Cosmetics


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Handcrafted felt, resin & sterling silver jewelry

May 26, 2010 | posted by ecomodish | 2 Comments

 Categories: Fashion    Tags: ,

Etsy Favs: I've spent time browsing Etsy, the last few days, and I wanted to share one of my latest favs - close your eyes hold out your hand. I love the contrast of the fuzzy wool felt against the smooth silver in their one-of-a-kind, handcrafted necklaces and earrings...

Felt and Sterling Silver Jewelry

"close your eyes hold out your hand is about beautiful, wearable items combining the ideas and materials I love: simplicity, contrast, synergy, colour and texture." says Marsha Oza, designer & owner.

Felt and Sterling Silver Jewelry

Check out their clean, colorful collection of handcrafted jewelry on etsy or, if you are in the UK, Folksy.

Earth Day Deals

April 19, 2010 | posted by ecomodish | 3 Comments

 Categories: Green Deals, Green Weddings    Tags:

Speesees - Free Shipping

A mix of fun colors, animals and organic materials serve as the foundation for all Speesees products – from their fair trade and organic baby clothing and accessories to their cuddly animal friends made from organic sherpa cotton and stuffed with lavender + lentils.

Speesees Earth Day Deals

Free Shipping (domestic usps) thru 04/22 on orders over $75! Code: earthship

Nubius Organics - 10% Off

Want to minimize your impact on the planet? Nubius Organics is the perfect place to start – with hundreds of ideas from reusable bags, bottles, and lunch kits to green jewelry to eco baby toys.

Nubius Organics Earth Day Deals

10% off your order thru 5/1! Coupon Code: EARTHDAY

Gaiam - 10% Off or .99 cent Shipping

Discover tools and products for health & wellness and green living at Gaiam. They have thousands of green products including organic fair trade apparel, beauty and fitness products as well as natural products for your entire home, including the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and garden.

Gaiam Earth Day Deals

10% off any order thru 4/22! Code: AFGREEN1.
.99 cent shipping any order over $75 thru 4/22! Code: AFEARTHD.

Dream Green Weddings - Save 10%

In celebration of Greener Weddings Awareness month and Earth day, all Dream Green Weddings' eco-friendly wedding favors, organic wedding decorations and earth friendly invitations are eligible for their 10% off promotion.

Dream Green Weddings Earth Day Deals

SAVE 10% on your order thru 4/23! Coupon Code: EarthDay10.
Enter to win 40 free seeded wedding favors. Entries will be accepted until midnight 4/22.

Numi Organic Tea - Save 20%

Numi partners with tea growers around the world to create high quality, premium organic and fair trade tea with no artificial oils or flavorings. Numi's assortment includes teabags, tea gift sets, iced tea, bottled tea, loose tea, and teaware.

Numi Organic Tea Earth Day Deals

Save 20% on your order 4/22! Coupon code: EDay40.

Environmentally and socially conscious jewelry

April 08, 2010 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

 Categories: Fashion    Tags: ,

The Andean Collection's core principles of social and environmental responsibility are a refreshing addition to the fashion industry which largely relies on inexpensive factory labor and synthetic materials. Each jewelry design is handcrafted by Andean Collection artisans using beautiful, natural beads made from seeds that have been sustainably harvested from rainforests and lowlands in South America. The Andean Collection jewelry not only helps support the indigenous communities but also the preservation of their forests.

Andean Collection Acai Necklace

The Andean Collection's jewelry is comprised of funky and bold designs inspired by the indigenous jewelery of Ecuador. With pieces designed for layering, the wearer can creatively fashion a unique style all their own. The rich colors and natural seeds and nuts, make striking one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art. Some of my favorite pieces from their new Spring 2010 collection are the Layered Chain Necklace and the Tagua Bibb Necklace, shown below.

Andean Collection Layered Chain Necklace Andean Collection Tagua Bibb Necklace

The Andean Collection was founded by Amanda Judge while she was in Ecuador researching her masters' thesis – with a topic of "rural women's survival strategies in the face of extreme poverty" and a focus on ideas for how outside agencies could help. Instead of just writing about it, she decided it would be more beneficial to become an outlet for helping the community improve their standard of living. Following fair trade principles is only part of The Andean Collection's dedication to providing their artisans a better life, they also share the profits as partial owners. The video below provides a moving and uplifting look into the lives of The Andean Collection's artisans and their community.

For inspiring stories and news about the artisans, the materials and the design process visit The Andean Collection blog.

UPDATE: The Andean Collection is now called Faire Collection.

D2E 2010: Sustainable Living Expo in Boston

April 08, 2010 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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Down:2:Earth Sustainable Living Expo in Boston

The Down:2:Earth (D2E) Sustainable Living Expo is this weekend in Boston...


Friday, April 9 - 5:00pm-9:00pm:
Local Bites Preview Party includes beer, wine and local food samples from top restaurants. You also get a free ticket for re-entry on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, April 10 - 11:00am-7:00pm:
Events include Exploring Careers For Sustainability, Fishermen, Chefs and the Food Community, Renewable Energy & Tax Credits, Rain Water Capture and more.

Sunday, April 11 - 11:00am-5:00pm:
Events include Lease, dorm or condo: greening your small abode, Composting, Edible Container Gardening, The Future of Energy and more.

Keynote Speakers include:

Dr. James Hansen - Noted Climate Scientist
Dr. James Hansen on Climate Change - Saturday at 3:00pm

Robyn Griggs Lawrence - Editor-in-Chief, Natural Home magazine
Great Green Homes Virtual Tour - Sunday at 12:00pm

Mayim Bialik - Hollywood Actress and Spokesperson for Holistic Moms Network
Mayim Bialik on Green Living - Sunday at 3:00pm


Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston St., Boston, MA

VivaTerra - Win a $1,000 eco shopping spree

March 30, 2010 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

 Categories: Fashion, Green Deals, Home Accessories    Tags:

VivaTerra Shopping Spree

VivaTerra offers unique and beautiful sustainable fashion and home decor made from sustainable resources. Many items are handcrafted by inspired designers and artisans that honor cultures from around the world.

AND, they are currently offering a shopping spree giveaway – enter for a chance to win a $1,000 gift certificate to VivaTerra! Deadline to enter is April 22, 2010. Open to U.S. residents 21 years or older.

Don't miss out, visit VivaTerra for details and to enter!

Eco Dining: reclaimed wood dining table & eco accessories

I usually lean towards modern, contemporary furniture and design, but lately I've been drawn to the rustic meets industrial design I thought I would share this eco dining room's earthy tablescape. I've been admiring the reclaimed wood dining table for a while, imagining it as the centerpiece to my dining room. And the mix of industrial and natural dining accessories, used in this dining room design, complement it perfectly.

CB2 Eco Dining Room

The darjeeling dining table is constructed from reclaimed Indian railroad ties that have been pieced into a mosaic plank dining top and supported by industrial metal legs. The dining table and all accessories are available at

CB2 Eco Dining Accessories

{a} Reed chair - Antiqued iron wires are handwoven and welded to create this seat. Sits on sleigh legs.
{b} Carson wine glass - This handblown wine glass is designed to enhance color and aroma.
{c} Gear candleholder - Reclaimed iron gears make up each industrial tealight candle holder.
{d} Duo linen placemat for two - 100% linen placemat that spans opposite sides of the table.
{e} FLOR™ High Tide™ rug tiles - FLOR, build-your-own rug tile system, made from recyclable materials.

What's your favorite design style?

Modern, reclaimed wooden gem jewelry

March 24, 2010 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

 Categories: Fashion, Green Gift Ideas    Tags: ,

Wooden Gem Rings

Etsy Favs: "simple gestures of affection inspire us. from a small trinket to an ad in a magazine...our love for simple techniques like woodworking and printmaking combined with our obsession for mid century design creates our general aesthetic." - say Shauna and Stephen, creators of something's hiding in here in their featured Etsy seller interview.

Wooden Gem Necklaces

Whatever the inspiration, I'm loving the chunky design and organic texture of these handcrafted, reclaimed wood rings and necklaces.

You can find them on Etsy - and - they're now even available at christophe lemaire in Paris!

Eco Wedding Invitations: Beautiful Designs, Colors & Paper

March 19, 2010 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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It's exciting to see so many eco friendly wedding invitations available in beautiful designs and colors. With the choice of paper going beyond seed-embedded handcrafted sheets to reclaimed cotton, bamboo and 100% post consumer recycled premium stock. Choosing eco wedding invitations is an easy decision for all brides. Below are some of my favorites from Jayda Wedding, Minted and Bella Figura:

Jayda Wedding Eco-friendly Wedding Invitations

All wedding invitations are digitally printed on 100% post consumer recycled stock:
1} Corner Blooms, 2} Star Fish, 3} Damask, and 4} Deco from Jayda Wedding Eco-friendly Wedding Invitations

All wedding invitations are digitally printed on 100% recycled stock:
1} Fling, 2} Destination, 3} Pocket Full Of Posies, and 4} Winter Birch from

Bella Figura Letterpress Wedding Invitations

All wedding invitations are letterpress printed on reclaimed fiber cotton paper:
1} Mimosa, 2} Joy, and 3} Barcelona from Bella Figura

Green Event: Green Mixer at Cafeteria in Boston on March 18, 2010

March 07, 2010 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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Green Mixer Boston

If you live in the Boston area, like me, then you should schedule the first-ever Green Mixer into your calendars...I am always excited to see Green Events close to home.

The Green Mixer will bring Boston’s local sustainability-oriented companies and an eco-conscious crowd together to raise awareness of environmentally responsible consumer choices, provide an informal shopping experience, and socialize, have fun and make new friends. Cafeteria Restaurant will serve complimentary appetizers, and, at two cash bars, organic cocktails.

Date: Thursday, March 18, 2010

Time: 5-11pm

Place: Cafeteria, 279 Newbury Street, Boston

Price: FREE

Check out full details at Boston GreenScene