• Shouldn’t every day be Mother’s Day? Up to 50% Off, Nontoxic Skincare & Cosmetics

    Posted by Kathleen Blaney

    Shouldn’t every day be Mother’s Day?

    For all the effort to nurture and protect you; for all the patience and time to teach you; for those beautiful moments, dear to your heart. Now it’s the time to give some of that love back, show appreciation and treat her to something special.

    Because every mom needs some love and much deserved me time, we’ve extended a special sale to all of our products to celebrate Mother’s Day. Busy moms, loving daughters, now is the time to stock up your favourites and give YOURSELF the extensive care you deserve every single day. So shop while supplies last, because these will be sold out quickly. For a limited time, we have up to 50% off Simply Nontoxic Cosmetics products, all formulated with high-quality natural and organic ingredients, safe for your skin and never tested on animals.

    Vegan Brushes 50% off

    Non-toxic Skin care 40% off

    Organic Lip care 50% off

    Loose Mineral Foundation 50% off


    For the mom who’s always traveling

    Dual Action Non-toxic Brightening Mask includes anti-aging free radical scavengers derived from Pomegranate, cranberry, vitamins C and E that protects the skin from harsh environmental aggressors that leaves the skin healthy all the time! This mask comes in handy for the travel moms who needs to stay on top of the game at every single stop.


    For the new mom

    Clarity Balancing Gel can be used daily as a moisturizer or as a spot treatment targeting stubborn blemishes. This is perfect for the new mom who has been struggling the sleepless nights and to restore the tired face with the simple moisturizer.


    For the mom’s mom

    Antioxidant Rich Creme includes organic ingredients for face and décolletage such as raspberry fruit, spinach leaf and licorice root extracts that will give fatigued skin a welcome boost. Don’t we all love our grandma’s gentle face? Give her a little treat this year.


    For the mom-to-be

    The Natural Lip Liner is designed for easy-blending as well as defining your lips with the extra boost in various Vitamins and green tea extracts. The Natural lip liner comes in different tones and shades that will go with moms-to-be in all different styles and outfits.


    For the mom who wants an extra glow - or for every woman who wants that extra touch!

    Like all of our brushes, the small pointed face brush is 100% synthetic, cruelty free and vegan-friendly. The soft brush is gentle to the skin that will leave your face with the glow and contour that every mom desires.

     

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  • Aloe or Water? What Should You Look for in Your Cosmetics?

    Posted by Kathleen Blaney

    Aloe

    If your cosmetic bag has seen better days and you’re ready to shake things up a bit, you’re hopefully searching for products containing nontoxic ingredients that will be kind to your skin. Aloe and water might seem like “throwaway” additives and not at all what should be your main focus when hunting for nontoxic cosmetics, but it’s important to consider the benefits they can offer – and which ingredient is preferable.

    Is it really aloe vs. water?

    Aloe is the clear winner. It is a concentration derived from one of the oldest medicinal plants known and its healing properties can draw and hold oxygen to the skin. When it comes down to it, if you’re buying a cosmetic containing aloe, you’re getting plenty of H2O as aloe vera contains about 99.5% water. But that other five percent of aloe is comprised of very important ingredients like amino acids, quinones, glycosides, minerals, salicylic acid, and:

    • Polysaccharides: They have emollient properties, are hydrating and anti-inflammatory, and create a barrier of protection on the skin.
    • Anthraquinones: These anti-microbial agents contribute to aloe’s anti-reddening components and help prevent UV damage.
    • Beta-sitosterol: A major player in aloe, this compound offers also anti-inflammatory, anti-reddening, and anti-itching elements, as well as UV protection and moisturizing properties.

    The benefits of aloe vera in cosmetics

    So, beyond the scientific names, what else do all of these amazing, natural ingredients combine to offer in that “paltry” five percent of aloe vera? Plenty:

    • Aloe stimulates skin growth and repair while also decreasing rashes and inflammation and speeding up healing times.
    • Aloe vera serves as a natural protectant from the sun’s UV rays.
    • A natural antibacterial, aloe reduces inflammation and itching (think sun burn and wind chapping) while moisturizing the skin by reducing water loss.
    • Aloe protects against free radicals (through flavones) which are damaging to the skin and can increase the signs of aging.

    Some might call aloe a miracle product. We just consider it at staple. Many of our all-natural, nontoxic skincare and beauty products at Simply Nontoxic Cosmetics contain a high percentage of aloe vera because we believe that what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it. Learn about what else is in our ingredients (and, for that matter, what's out!).

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  • Kiss the Spring Breeze Without Harming Your Skin (+70% Off Last Chance)

    Posted by Kathleen Blaney

    Spring skincare


    As we continue to celebrate women this month, we enter the season of rebirth, growth and renewal. Three months into the year have gone so fast. But take a moment to breathe in and celebrate yourself, the wins you have achieved so far. You deserve it.

    And so does your skin.

    Women nowadays take up big and small responsibilities in life and a lot of times, we put ourselves on the back burner, somehow we forget the importance of taking care of ourselves.

    For once, put yourself first today. Be comfortable in your own skin. And we'll help you do it. We brush aside all the fancy technologies and popping new trends, sticking to one basic idea: making non-toxic and responsible products so you can let your natural beauty out. Take it like the first step toward your better self. 

    Now enjoy 70% off storewide for a limited time. These tree picks will make your choice much easier and your skin glowing!

    Mask it up! Dual Action Nontoxic Brightening Mask (From $58 Now $17)

    Gently buff away impurities and dead surface cells toning, smoothing and purifying facial skin revealing a healthier complexion with all natural beauty products. Infused with organic ingredients like squamosa, derived from the Sugar Apple Tree, is combined with powerful Nutripeptides to enhance collagen production and improve intercellular cohesion. Anti-aging free radical scavengers derived from Pomegranate, Cranberry, Vitamins C and E provide protection from harsh environmental aggressors leaving skin looking and feeling healthy all year round! 

    Skin Type: All Skin Types Except Sensitive.

     

    Balance it out! Clarity Balancing Gel (From $59 Now $17)

    When it comes to all natural skin products our organic lightweight gel is ideal for use by those with eruptive, oily or problem skin. Vital nontoxic oil balancing nutrients are delivered to the skin in a soothing gel that absorbs quickly. Excess sebum seems to disappear, minimizing shine and oily appearance. Retinyl Palmitate and Salicylic Acid gently slough off dead skin cells revealing a brighter complexion. Clarity Balancing Gel can be used daily as a moisturizer or as a spot treatment targeting stubborn blemishes.

    Skin Type: oily, combination

     

    Spring it up! Organic Loose Mineral Eye Color  (From $16 Now $5)

    Bring a touch of spring to your eyes! A multifunctional, finely milled, pigment rich, organic Loose Mineral Eye Color (pick from 19 colors).

    Can be easily blended dry for an everyday look or applied wet for a bold high-sheen effect. 

    Simply Nontoxic Cosmetics has formulated all of our all-natural mineral products from the highest quality, finely milled pharmaceutical-grade minerals. Free of talc, starch, perfumes, dyes, and non-natural ingredients, each formulation works with your skin, instead of against it.


    Turn a new leaf with SNT Cosmetics and enjoy 70% off all products with our promo code “WOMEN70STRONG” until 31 March! Love yourself and be gentle to your skin. Pamper yourself and all those you love.

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  • What Natural, Organic And Non-Toxic Really Mean

    Posted by Kathleen Blaney

    natural organic meaning

    "Natural,' 'organic,' 'non-toxic', 'hypoallergenic'. What's the real meaning of these well known terms? What's hidden 

    behind these buzzwords used to market beauty products? And what should you actually look for?

    Knowing the difference between these terms will empower you and get you started on how to read the labels of your beauty products. So let's tackle these buzzwords one by one.

     

    Natural

    Legally, this term means nothing. In fact, the word "natural" is completely unregulated in the beauty and food industry. It's often used as pure marketing, although it generally means that at least some natural ingredients have been used in the formula.

    However, let's keep in mind that a product can be labeled as natural and contain up to 30% synthetic ingredients. You should stay away from ingredients like ethyl acetate and nitrocellulose. 

     

    Organic

    On the other hand, the use of the word "organic" is highly regulated. Products labeled as organic have been legally certified by the USDA. In that case, you should look for the certification logo which confirms that almost 100% of the ingredients have been grown and processed under a very strict code of cleanliness, with no pesticides or fertilizers, and absolutely no genetically modified organisms. So, yes, you read right, the organic certification is a good tool to identify GMO-free products. Sometimes a product only contains a few organic ingredients and those should be highlighted as such (usually with a star or asterisk).

     

    Non-Toxic

    We particularly love this one. The "non-toxic" designation is relatively new. Non-toxic formulas specifically leave out ingredients that have been linked to toxic responses: hormone disruption, cancer, neuro-disruption, just to name a common few. A classic - and horrible - example of toxic ingredient is phthalates, usually found in household products, shampoo and conditioner, because they give products a smooth consistency and they make them easier to pour. Other ingredients you should always avoid because highly toxic are petroleum, formaldehyde, lead acetate, asbestos - usually labeled as talc or hydrous magnesium silicate - and coal tar.

     

    Hypoallergenic

    Hypoallergenic products normally cause fewer adverse reactions and are more gentle on the skin specifically on sensitive skin types. However, the term is not regulated, so you'll have to rely on additional factors to make your decision. An example? Our top of the line brushes are exceedingly soft and designed not to pull or tug at your delicate skin. Easy to clean, non-shedding, 100% synthetic, hypoallergenic, cruelty free and vegan! Gotta try them, especially with our special 70% off through March 31st, to celebrate Women's History Month. Just use code: WOMEN70STRONG at checkout.

     

    Overall, it's good practice to keep an eye on the labels. Regardless of any buzzword or marketing gimmick, the list of ingredients will tell you the truth. For instance, look at the order of the ingredients listed on the label: if the ones you recognize are buried at the bottom, the product you're considering is hardly natural. Also, if all the ingredients listed are just the INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) Latin names for things you recognize—for example, Butyrospermum Parkii for Shea Butter or Sodium Cocoate for saponified coconut oil - the product is all-natural.

    We understand this is a difficult ocean to navigate, and that's why we always want to guide you through it, with your skin's best interest in mind. We have compiled a clear guide for you here, so you know exactly what ingredients to avoid.

    Now that you know what to put on your skin - and what not to - you can start shopping safely. The best part? To celebrate Women's History Month, all our products are currently on sale: enjoy 70% off storewide until March 31st! Just use code WOMEN70STRONG at checkout. Empower yourself - and your skin - with organic, non-toxic, 100% cruelty-free skincare; the real meaning of natural beauty.

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  • What To Know About Hormonal Acne (At Any Age)

    Posted by Kathleen Blaney

    hormonal acne

    It has been said - oh, so often - acne is a teenage problem that will eventually go away.

    Unfortunately, acne isn’t just a teenage phenomenon. In fact, many women get pimples and acne outbreaks well into adulthood. 22% of adult women suffer from acne, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. Even some women that make it through their teenage years with perfectly clear skin, see first signs of acne outburst in their mid-twenties.

    Although there are several factors that can cause skin inflammation, blemishes and uneven skin, like environmental agents, chemicals in some skincare products, diet or alcohol, sometimes you just have to blame it on your hormones.

    So what is hormonal acne, really? In a way, all acne is hormonal.

    When hormones kick in, let's say during our teenage years, they stimulate the oil glands to produce more sebum.

    However, hormonal acne in adults is a tougher, resilient enemy. It tends to stick to the area around the neck, chin and lower cheeks, often before or during your period, mostly caused by elevated levels of androgens, or by an increased sensitivity to these hormones, or by common conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Let's also keep in mind that the chemistry of a woman's body is a complex yet delicate system. Think about how menopause, pregnancy, menstruation cycles, the pill and sleep patterns can affect your hormones and, therefore, your balance.

    All these "events", more often than not, trigger your body to produce more oil, which can lead to breakouts. Such events are clearly exclusive to women, so hormonal fluctuations can cause acne in more women than men.

    Then, what can we do to help with these breakouts and visible results of hormonal fluctuations? Although, there’s no definitive cure for acne, there are some tips and healthy habits you can incorporate in your routine to improve the look of your acneic skin (and your self-esteem!).

    Be Careful With Antibiotics!

    Though, in some aggressive acne cases, they provide temporary relief and may help with bacterial acne, many women with hormonal acne find it comes back with a vengeance after they discontinue taking antibiotics. 

    Food: Avoid High-Glycemic Diet and Cut Out Dairy, Gluten & More

    Studies suggest you should avoid a high-glycemic diet, which can help all acne, not just hormonal. Also, cutting out all dairy and gluten on one hand, while consuming Vitamin D and only organic, grass-fed meat - if you do eat meat - may help. That's because you definitely don't want to be consuming hormones through those foods. Other face-friendly foods that tame inflammation and curb breakouts include cold-water fish such as salmon, leafy green vegetables and healthy fats like avocados.

    Watch Out Your Overall Lifestyle

    Beyond switching up your diet, it’s also important to make sure you’re getting enough sleep and exercise, both of which can help to regulate your hormones naturally. And stressing less (easier said than done, we know) will also help.

     

    Skincare, Makeup Tools and Topical Treatments

    Although topical treatments don’t get to the root of the problem, the products we use on our skin can really improve the look and feel or actually worsen the condition. Toxic and pore clogging ingredients are in almost every skincare and cosmetic product in the general marketplace. Simply Nontoxic Cosmetics has a full range of luxury, nontoxic skincare and cosmetics formulated with natural and organic ingredients that help reduce the incidence of pimples, whiteheads, blackheads and other forms of acne. Our satisfied customers told us that choosing our products helped them clear breakouts and maintain a healthy complexion.

    Here are a few highlights for acneic skin:

    Our Clarity Clay Mask detoxes impurities and excess oil, and it also works as a good spot treatment!

    Try our Clarity Balancing Gel, a lightweight formula, ideal for eruptive, oily or problem skin. Excess sebum seems to disappear, minimizing shine and oily appearance. Use it daily as a moisturizer or as a spot treatment targeting stubborn blemishes!

    This Clarity Toner effectively cleans skin without stripping or excessive drying. As an ultra pure anti-microbial, this is packed with extracts and purifying oils that diminish sebum production with a fresh, natural citrus scent.

    Our Clarity Vitamin A Crème, helps with imperfections, blackheads, discoloration, fine lines and blemishes thanks to organic ingredients like Echinacea Extract, Vitamin A and Tea Tree Oil. It will calm and soothe eruptive skin with powerful Chamomile, Yucca and Arnica Extracts. 

    Other items that gather oily residue and clog pores are your makeup applicators, brushes and sponges. Use a gentle non-toxic applicator cleanser and warm water to clean sponges and brushes at least once a month. Replace application sponges every three months.

    For some women, simply making a few lifestyle changes will help; for others, birth control is a powerful alternative - although with some health risks - and for other women, nothing really cuts it. One thing’s for sure: if you suffer from hormonal acne, you’re definitely not alone.

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