The weather in NYC lately has got me in a fabulous mood, reminding me that Spring is imminent. Paired with the recent Indian celebration Holi, or the “festival of colors” (where in a playful tradition people throw colored powder and water at each other to signify taking all the sorrow away and making life a little brighter), I’ve been inspired to pay homage to both by doing a short round up on just how you can add a little color to your life:

EYES – Physician’s Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Eye Shadow Duo

Marta loved the idea organic mascara from the same Physician’s Formula line for not only being free of parabens and synthetics, but laying claim to a clump-free formula. Now you can pair it with their Organic Wear 100% origin eye shadow duo ($7.95) which follows the same ingredient philosophy. It’s formulated to be gentle enough for sensitive skin too. It contains soothing kaolin and jojoba seed oil as well as light reflecting mica. I also love that it suggests colors based on your eye color for the natural looking touch up. It says it’s (only) 15.9% organic, and may contain traces of titanium dioxide which we know can increase aging effects – however, it is under the “may contain” part of the ingredients which leaves me less worried about it being a heavy duty part of the whole list.


CHEEKS – Dr. Hauschka Rouge Powder

Dr. Hauschka, a holistic skin care company focused on alcohol- and preservative-free plant-based remedies, offer a their Rouge Powder ($29.95) in two pretty sun-kissed colors. It has a kaolin clay base with rose extract and pure silk. In our post on the Teava mask we told you how kaolin’s unique mineral content (46% silicon oxide, 37% aluminum oxide) rejuvenates without sapping the skin’s natural oils, and is shown to heal blemishes and bring about a healthy glow – not a bad ingredient to base a cheek color. We’re not crazy about it containing talc, an ingredient which has been petitioned by cancer organizations to be limited in products based on a suspicious link with ovarian cancer. And Marta hasn’t been a huge fan of their “rhythmic” philosophies on skincare, but I thought that since their color offerings are not substantial they may be limiting their color additives. As another plus, their rouge powder also contains natural-occurring diatomaceous earth and jojoba, both known to remove face of impurities.

LIPS – Cargo PlantLove Botanical Lipstick

I adore the whole PlantLove Botanical Lipstick ($20) approach since it came out — natural-based lipstick with a recyclable tube. So green-friendly! Marta has also raved about its evening primrose, rich in (omega-6) fatty acids, and cacao (cocoa) seeds which have been shown by researchers to improve circulation and diminish wrinkles. I also love the complimenting colors from pinks (like “Sarah”) to deep berries (like “Cece”).


NAILS – Priti Polish

And finally, non-toxic nail polish line Priti ($12.50) offers a rainbow of glossy colors with a soy-based formula free from toluene, dbp and fomaldehyde. We also reviewed their Dazzle Dry which was not only long-wearing, it kept Marta’s nails from stripping and flaking. It comes in over 130 shades so you can pick which color will get you in the spring ready mood too. Me? I think I’m feelin’ their magenta “Bovey Belle Carnation.”

Ingredients in Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Eye Shadow

Mica, zea mays (corn starch)*, kaolin, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil*, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate, glyceryl caprylate, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil*, glycine soja (soybean) oil*, oryza sativa (rice) hull powder, bambusa arundinacea stem powder, cinnamic acid, tocopheryl acetate, MAY CONTAIN: iron oxides, titanium dioxide, ferric ferrocyanide, manganese violet, ultramarines.* produced from organic farming.

Ingredients in Dr. Hauschka Rouge Powder

Talc, Kaolin, Diatomaceous Earth/Solum Diatomeae,Magnesium Stearate, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Rosa Gallica (Rose) Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract,Silk/Serica Powder, Mica, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Black Tea) Leaf Extract,Fragrance/Parfum (Essential Oil), Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool,Citral, Eugenol, Silica, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Dipalmitate, Carmine/CI 75470, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide/CI 77891, Ultramarines/CI 77007

Ingredients in Cargo Botanical Lipstick

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil*, Helianthuus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Copernica Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Mica, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Prunus Armenica (Apricot) Kernel Oil Unsaponifiables, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Beta Vulgaris, Hydrogenated Stearyl Olive Esters, Tocopherol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil*, May Contain: Ci 77891, Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil*, Helianthuus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Copernica Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Mica, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Prunus Armenica (Apricot) Kernel Oil Unsaponifiables, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Hydrogenated Stearyl Olive Esters, Tocopherol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primerose) Oil*, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil*, Beta Vulgaris May Contain: Ci 77891 Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil*, Helianthuus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Copernica Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Prunus Armenica (Apricot) Kernel Oil Unsaponifiables, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Hydrogenated Stearyl Olive Esters, Tocopherol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Oenothera Biennis

Ingredients in Priti Polish

Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Phthalic Anhydride/Trimellitic Anhydride/Glycols Copolymer, Isopropyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Adipic Acid/Fumaric Acid/Phthalic Acid/Tricyclodecane Dimethanol Copolymer, Citric Acid; May also contain: D&C Red #6 Barium Lake, D&C Red #7 Calcium Lake, D&C Red #34 Calcium Lake, FD&C Yellow #5 Aluminum Lake, D&C Yellow #10 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Blue #1 Aluminum Lake, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, Red Iron Oxide, Black Iron Oxide, Guanine, Bismuth Oxychloride, Mica, D&C Violet #2, D&C Red #17, D&C Red #33, D&C Yellow #11, FD&C Blue #1, FD&C Green #3, D&C Green #6, D&C Yellow #10, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate (and) Tin Oxides, Silica (and) Aluminum Powder (and) Iron Oxides, Aluminum Powder