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The Ultimate All-Natural Skincare Routine: Guest Blogger

At first glance, you might think that Kathy Ong’s Beauty Palette blog is just your average beauty blogbut you’d be wrong. The underlying theme behind everything that she covers is this: what you put on your face is just as important as what you put into your body. In her own words, “a defining aspect of beauty is nutrition.” Hear hear! This week, she’s sharing her best beauty tips—for both inside and out—on the Birchbox blog.


Given the never ending cold weather, I thought it would be the perfect time to give you a quick update about what I’ve been reaching for day in and day out this season. Moisturizer is my best friend in the winter and if I am not diligent about using it, my normally dry flaky skin can veer into blotchy hypersensitive skin. 

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6 Questions for 100% Pure’s Founder Susie Wang


Susie Wang is making a serious splash in the cosmetics world. In addition to founding 100% Pure, a line of all-natural skincare essentials, this Berkeley grad rescues dogs, champions earth-friendly causes, and isn’t afraid to rock a bold lipstick. 

We asked the superchic entrepreneur about her makeup inspiration, the products she can’t live with out, and much more. 

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All-Natural Product Guru Tata Harper Shares Her Insider Tips

Natural beauty: Harper in her element. (Photo:


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4 DIY Beauty Treatments for Foodies

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

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Although there are a host of fantastic beauty products on the market today, sometimes it’s nice to go back to basics and utilize the foods that contain natural beauty benefits. After you’ve graduated from the good old cucumber slice as a natural eye de-puffer trick, there are tons of other earth-friendly recipes out there that can be executed using yummy products from your fridge. Who knew that playing with your food could be a good thing? Here are four fun treatments to whip up at home:

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5 Awesome Eco-Friendly Brands To Add Into Your Routine

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

Did you know that Earth Day is this Sunday, April 22? In addition to contributing to one of the many green organizations taking part in this vital eco-friendly holiday, I’ll also incorporate more organic products into my beauty routine. Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite ecologically-inclined brands to date.

1. Josie Maran Cosmetics: Actress and model Josie Maran is ridiculously gorgeous, wildly talented, and cares deeply about her environment. (In other words, she’s perfect.) Her sophisticated range of beauty products contain pure and gentle formulas that are free of parabens, toxins, and animal testing. To remedy split ends, I’m loving her 100% Pure Argan Oil ($48) that is organically grown in Morrocco.

2. Pangea Organics: I’m obsessed with all things Pangea Organics. Not only has the brand’s arsenal of skincare savers made a major impact on my complexion, but they stay true to their formula mantra: “Always beneficial, never artificial.” All of their products are free of harmful ingredients like petrochemicals, paraben, and GMOs and are sourced using fair trade practices whenever possible. Their Facial Cleanser for Oily to Combination Skin ($28) is sublime.

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Brighter Skin in Ten Minutes with Juice Beauty


I was at a Juice Beauty media lunch the other day, and in addition to gossiping about recent online scandals, I also got a real-time reminder that Juice’s products really, really work. It sounds like the tagline of an informercial but Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Peel Full Strength does give an instant boost to your skin, without any gimmicks. Unlike many so-called natural lines, Juice Beauty uses an organic juice solution as their base instead of water. This brings the organic content in their products up to a whopping 98 percent, unlike many brands which have organic content hovering around 5 percent.

Now back to that extra brightening peel. It uses an hydroxy acid complex of organic apple, lemon, grape juices, raw cane sugar and white willow bark to brighten and exfoliate so by the time you rinse off your mask (after 10-15 minutes) you’ll see a noticeable difference. Natural products tend to have a reputation for being less effective but you’ll feel these enzymes going to work as soon as you put the peel on your skin. It’s normal for your skin to feel a bit tingly and look a bit pink, but if it’s uncomfortable they also have a version for sensitive skin. Have you used this peel?


Find more of our favorite skin care products from Juice Beauty in the Birchbox Shop.

Birchbox and Jurlique Sweepstakes: Win $1000 Gift Card!

One of our new September brand partners is a company we’ve actually wanted to work with since Birchbox started: Jurlique! The Australian company is known for its all-natural skincare regimens and commitment to environmental sustainability in their products, packaging, and business practices. Our favorite fun fact? They have a 150+ acre farm in southern Australia where they grow all their natural ingredients. In fact, if you look at their website you’ll see that they’re actually harvesting chamomile this month!

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Five Questions For…Jasper van Brakel, CEO of Weleda North America

We’re always striving to integrate more natural brands and products into our skincare regimin and Weleda is one of our recent faves. The brand has been around since 1921 and takes an holistic approach to skincare and beauty. Not  is Weleda committed to using natural and organic ingredients, but their products are super effective and smell amazing. Today we’ve got green and good intel from CEO of Weleda North America, Jasper van Brakel. 

1. What’s one easy way to be green year round?

Well, Weleda’s Skin Food will literally keep you and your bathroom green year-round. Not only does it come in green packaging, but it’s made with organic plant, seed and nut oils. Buying organic ingredients—and personal care products made with them—is one good way green your life and our world. Organic farming keeps pesticides out of our waterways and ensures better health for farmers and their families.

2. What’s your must-have grooming product?

For the lack of a Weleda shampoo, John Masters shampoos are among my favorites. Weleda’s Men’s Shaving Cream is also one of my favorite grooming products, because it smells fresh, is silky and doesn’t irritate my skin.

3. What’s worth the splurge, beauty or otherwise?

For one thing, I indulge in great, fresh food and delicious wines. To me, anything that has superior quality and is produced in a sustainable or socially responsible way is worth the splurge.

4. If you weren’t running Weleda, what would you be doing?

I’d provide micro-credit and mentoring to entrepreneurs in developing countries.

5. What’s your favorite ritual?

It’s hard to narrow it down to just one, because I have a morning and an evening ritual that I always look forward to. Every morning when I get to the office, I make an organic cappuccino. And every night, I read my children a bedtime story. It doesn’t get any better than that.


Read more about Weleda and why we’re so excited about their products on our brand page.