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How to Get Healthy, Hydrated Hair with Number 4: Birchbloggers

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Birchblogger ChanelWears shows us how she put Number 4 Hair Care to the test. 

Scoring celeb-worthy curls sometimes requires using products and tools which can sap strands natural moisture and leave them looking dull and brittle. It’s easy to forget that while we’re in the process of making our hair look good, that can sometimes prevent it from looking naturally healthy and shiny.

Number 4 Hair Care is one brand that we can’t get enough of because their products tackle damaged hair and restore its natural sheen. Besides the chic, minimalist packaging that makes our shower feel über sophisticated, we love that their formulas are sulfate-, paraben-, and gluten-free, and 100 percent vegan. Not to mention that they’re gentle on our locks while still being totally effective. The natural blend of ingredients helps reverse color fading, brittleness, and dullness.

Last month, we invited our Birchblogger community to try the Number 4 Hydrate and Style Kit containing their L’eau de Mer Hydrating Shampoo, L’eau de Mer Hydrating Condition, and Blow Dry Lotion. Read more to find out what our bloggers noticed after trying these products:

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5 Questions For…Negin Niknejad, Holistic Facialist

As soon as I met Negin Niknejad, I understood why an increasing number of New York women are asking her to save their stressed-out skin. The Iranian-born aesthetician has an amazingly calm demeanor—it’s no surprise that she is a yogi and has studied Ayurvedic healing in India. A graduate of the Aveda Institute, Niknejad opened her own Chelsea skincare studio where she solves even the most stubborn complexion issues. She kicked off our recent session by offering me a cup of rose and nettle tea and washing my hands with a homemade chai-scented scrub.

What truly sets Niknejad apart from other facialists is her strictly DIY philosophy: she makes all her treatments by hand with natural and organic ingredients—from local fruits and veggies sourced from the Union Square Farmer’s Market to exotic ingredients like rose water (which features prominently in all her facials). She takes the same amount of care with her JustBe Skin line of products. 

Niknejad treated me to an hour of bliss that included a raw honey mask to moisturize my dehydrated skin, a clay mask to cleanse and decongest my pores, and the least tear-inducing extractions I’ve ever experienced. I also got the chance to chat about her favorite ingredients and her SPF regimen—read on to get Niknejad’s best skincare tips!

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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.


Photo: Stylo Girl

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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Sneak Peek Inside April’s Box!

We gave you a look at parts of the April Birchboxes in production yesterday and today we have more to share. Boxes are right on schedule—they will start shipping this Friday! While you wait, you can get excited about this month’s theme: Natural Wonders.

This collection is a bit different than our usual samples. Get ready to try healthy products that will prettify you inside and out and to meet innovative niche brands like Revolution Organics and Dirt that load up their products with natural ingredients. We’re adding tons of new brands to the Birchbox Shop so you’ll have plenty to discover!

In the meantime, how about an eco-refresher? Read our Beauty Label Breakdown to learn what all those symbols mean. Get ideas for small changes that have a big impact in our roundup of Easy Ways to Green Your Lifestyle.

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April Pick: Healthy Makeup That Helps Me Get Ready in a Flash

For years, I’ve been a dedicated early AM gym buff. I love my morning endorphin boosts, but I hate schlepping all my stuff to the gym and getting ready in the locker room. As a result, I’ve pared my post-workout beauty routine down to a minimum. 

Beyond the fact that I don’t dry my hair (cheating, I know), my trick is to bring multi-use products that save space and time. My latest love is Revolution Organics Freedom Glow, an all-in-one color that works on cheeks, lips, and eyes. (Spoiler! some lucky members will be receiving a Freedom Glow in this month’s Birchbox). Like all Revolution Organics products, the Freedom Glow is totally natural and loaded with healthy ingredients like jojoba, olive oil, and shea butter. Thanks to all those hydrators, it has a super-creamy consistency and gives skin a velvety finish.

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Pretty and Pure: Guest Blogger

Dedicated to “what’s in your closet and on your vanity,” Samantha Fodrowski’s blog, Closet Vanity, couldn’t be more perfectly suited to our interests. This week, the busy blogger is lending us her talents and musing on some of our favorite topics like the fashion-forward red lip and au naturel makeup.


1. Josie Maran argan oil
2. Tarte blush
3. Korres lip butter
4. Kiehl’s mascara
5. Bare Escentuals eye shadow
6. Kiehl’s makeup remover
7. Tarte tinted moisturizer
8. Josie Maran blush stick

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June Jacobs Answers: Why Natural Ingredients?

At Birchbox, we’re lucky to have access to the best minds in the beauty business. One of our most trusted gurus is June Jacobs, who created her eponymous skincare line over 30 years ago. It now consists of more than 100 professional and retail products, all designed to be efficacious and all-natural. Jacobs is so discerning about her formulas that she even opened her own independent laboratory, June Jacobs Labs, to whip up her special concoctions. Over the next week, the epidermis expert is giving us her best advice on everything from fall must-haves to getting the most out of her best-selling Papaya Purifying Enzyme Masque.


"In order to deliver serious results that don’t irritate the skin, my products use the highest quality botanical extracts derived from hydrosol technology, which distills active ingredients down to their purest form.

I also feel that it is important for us to connect with our consumer on a different level by sharing their values to protect the environment. All of my products are now ‘green,’ meaning that we use a preservative-free system and all parabens, dyes, sulfates, petrochemicals, and synthetic fragrance have been removed from my formulas. Also, I only use natural aromatics in my products instead of synthetic fragrance and my packaging is eco-friendly.”

Check out more great products from the June Jacobs line in our Shop!

Five Questions For: Nuxe Founder Aliza Jabès

We are sworn Francophiles for more reasons that just our love for the language (English sure as heck doesn’t sound as pretty) and the food (baguettes, steak frittes, crème brûlée — we love it all) and Paris (the city is just so ooh la la). In fact, we are even obsessed with French beauty products, especially NUXE, a natural line found in many luxury pharmacies. In the early ’90s, Aliza Jabès founded the brand by turning a private lab that specialized in aromatherapy and phytotherapy into a super-successful beauty company. We caught up with the busy CEO to chat with her about the NUXE philosophy, the best beauty advice she’s ever received, and her absolute favorite product.

1. How does being a French company affect your philosophy and approach?

The fact that NUXE is the leading brand of natural cosmetic products in French pharmacies is very demonstrative of the French cosmetic market as a whole. Women here look for products that are both beautiful and good for their health. Using our products is an enjoyable experience beyond their efficacy because everything we create is sensual and elegant, from the textures of our formulas to their fragrances.

2. If you had to choose only one Nuxe product, what is your favorite?

I love them all, but I have a special connection with Huile Prodigieuse®, my first NUXE baby. Twenty years after its creation, it’s still our number one product. This multi-purpose dry oil nourishes, repairs, and protects skin and hair thanks to its unique concentration of six precious oils and vitamin E in a silicon-free formula.  Fun fact: we sell one Huile Prodigieuse® every seven seconds in the world!

3. What are some of the benefits to using a dry oil?

A dry oil created from plant oils, like ours, will really nourish skin because it contains special fatty acids that are natural components of skin cells and it has lots of vitamins and antioxidants. One major benefit to using a dry oil is that it’s lighter and easier to spread than a lotion.

4. What’s the best beauty advice you’ve ever received?

My grandmother and mother taught me that it is important for a woman to look after her skin and to never skip cleansing, moisturizing, and SPF. A beautiful woman is a woman with a radiant complexion. Even if you have the best makeup or most expensive clothing, if your skin (or hair) doesn’t look nice, nothing else matters.

5. Where would you like to see NUXE in five years?

I’d like to see NUXE as the worldwide leader in natural cosmetology in pharmacies.

—Meredith

For more NUXE products, take a look at our Birchbox Shop.

Happy Earth Day! Small Changes for Big Impact

We love Earth Day because it inspires us to make green resolutions that we can keep year-round. This year, we’re taking a look at our daily routines and making small changes that we can stick to. 

What’s one small change you are making in order to be more green? What new organic or natural product you’ve added to your routine?

Hayley: “Lavanila Vanilla Grapefruit Body Wash and using my Baggu! I know i’m boring, but it’s the truth!”

Mollie: “I’ve overhauled all my cleaning supplies. I’m in love with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day geranium dish washing soap — I actually *want* to do the dishes, which is a miracle. I also copied Hayley and bough the Lavanila Vanilla Grapefruit Body Wash - adore the smell.”

Molly: “Using my Birchbox Baggu when I go grocery shopping — no more plastic bags! I also carry my Sigg water canteen with me everywhere I go, I’ll never buy another plastic water bottle!”

Elizabeth: “No more water bottles for me, either. love Ginseng Eye Cream from Origins.”

Loren: “Does using a lot of Zoya nail polish count?”

Eric: “I’m greenifying my apartment move as much as possible by using recycled boxes from Birchbox office and using biodegradable bubble wrap.”

Meredith: After chatting with Juice Beauty founder Karen Behnke for a recent article, I am officially obsessed with their Stem Cellular Repair line. Not only is everything they produce USDA certified organic (a.k.a. uber green and healthy), but their clinical results for these particular products is really impressive.

Read about more easy ways to go green here.

Ditch the plastic bags and use a Birchbox Baggu instead — get one with every $50 full-size order in the Birchbox Shop. Use code “Baggu4me”!


Guest Blogger: Ecofabulous on Va-Va-(La)Vanila

For April’s Birchbox, we teamed up with the well-respected green chic site,Ecofabulous. Their experts helped us pick several of the environmentally-friendly goodies featured in this month’s box and founder Zem Joaquin even generously served as our latest Birchbox Crush. This week we have Caitlin Bristol, the site’s creative director, blogging about all things green and fantastic. Today she’s going la la for Lavanila.

So it’s Earth Week, and maybe you’ve already made the switch to organic food? You likely mastered carrying your reusable bottle and to-go ware with you at all times ages ago. And you may even have ventured into a few conscious fashion purchases. But when it come to a lady’s, er… scent, it can be hard to make the switch to natural deodorant. Truth is, while they come bundled with a package of unintended consequences and side effects, those harsh chemicals do keep the smell at bay. But why sacrifice safety when you can have something that’s just as effective and smells just as nice (if not better, we’d argue)?

Welcome to LAVANILA – the reason underarms all over the world are raised in olfactory confidence. Using non-toxic, natural, and organic ingredients, LAVANILA deodorants are free of petrochemicals, phthalates, sulfates, parabens, aluminum, synthetic dyes, and other nasties commonly found in products aimed at preventing underarm odor. They’re also packaged in an adorable recyclable case. Really, the toughest choice you’ll have to make now is between the purist scent, Vanilla, and all the latest pairings.

If you’re hesitant to make the deodorant switch, try out LAVANILA’s Body Butter or Healthy Body Wash (plus 20% of the purchase this month goes to Global Green USA) — luxe products with a conscience.

Browse some of our favorite Lavanila products in the Birchbox Shop.

Get more ideas on how to go green with our lazy girls’ guide.