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Do you struggle to keep your makeup in place? Are you forever experiencing breakouts or enlarged pores? If so, chances are you have oily skin. Revamp your skin-care routine to suit your skin type to achieve beautiful, flawless results.
Enlist healing essential oils to relieve pain, improve respiration, repel insects and more.
If the greeting cards you received over the holidays are too pretty to toss, turn to these simple reuse solutions! From homemade photo albums to DIY gift tags, we’ve got you covered.
Don’t throw out that old makeup compact! Repurpose and reuse it. Here are the top ten upcycled projects you can do with cosmetic containers whether you’re an expert crafter or not.
Step up your holiday entertaining with this simple and elegant French Verrine recipe.
Be inspired by these eco-friendly Christmas gift wrapping ideas that are fun, easy, and decorative ways to wrap your holiday gifts this season.
Constantly buying pads and tampons can add up to a very large bill, inevitably costing women a lot of money. Cut down on expenses and save money by switching to reusable menstrual products.
One blogger revels in the many ways that reusable cloth pads have changed her life.
Eco Lips now offers [My] Eco Lips, a website that gives consumers the power to create a custom lip balm exactly the way they want it in just a few simple steps.
Seasonal changes can leave hair frizzy and unmanageable. The shifting levels of dryness and humidity make it a challenge to achieve sleek, silky locks. Effectively tame the frizz and have smooth strands with the neuSmooth Collection from Neuma.
Stay focused for work or school with therapeutic-grade essential oils crafted for concentration from 21 Drops.
Guest blogger Faith Moser shares four dangerous ingredients to avoid when choosing safe makeup as well as some of the products in her beauty bag.
Lemon Verbena Lady is anxious to get planting new herbs in her herb garden. She explores the wonderful world of herb plant catalogs both in print and online in three installments because there is just so much herbal information to pass along!
For a zero-waste kitchen, learn how to reduce food waste with these tips from guest blogger Letitia Star.
Gone Studio, a design company offering post-petroleum products for the home and office, launches Greensleeve, its 100-percent petroleum-free iPad case made with zero-energy manufacturing.
Give your skin care routine a boost with Eve Organics organic products.
Use a simple hobby kit to cut glass wine bottles and transform them into drinking glasses, candleholders or this stylish candelabra.
After coming down with a cold, this Herb Companion editor kicks her sinus congestion to the curb with an herbal steam, an effective natural remedy for runny noses.
Forget the time and money that goes into conventional giftwrap. Use these inspirational ideas to wrap lovely gifts with materials otherwise bound for the recycling bin.
Reuse burnt-out lightbulbs to make this adorable, unique DIY holiday wreath.
Ease the symptoms of the common cold with herbs and other natural treatments.
Jessica shares a vegetarian trend she's noticed everywhere lately: Pan-Fried Veggie Cakes!
Zephyr’s new range hoods are quieter, more powerful and more energy-efficient with DC Energy Technology, HD LED Bulbs and an Integrated PC Board.
Natural beauty is priceless. We can take in and appreciate a great view because we don’t have any hope of owning it, and we can’t manipulate it. With our egos out of the way, we can simply observe.
A typical Make-Your-Own Beeswax Candle Kit contains several sheets of honeycomb-printed Beeswax made in the United States, 100% cotton wicks and instructions; enough supplies to make at least 10-12 individual candles.
The stevia sweetener may be marketed across Europe as early as next year.
Mother has always known best, and these tips for reusing what would otherwise be garbage are as relevant today as they were in 1970.
Cleaning your reusable shopping bag regularly will help protect your family against illness.
Prometheus Springs’ capsaicin-spiced elixirs pack the spiciness—and health benefits—of capsaicin into six delicious flavors.
Reuse those baby food jars and create a beautiful chandelier! Make this rustic, elegant candleholder or stop before power tools are required to make pretty votives, perfect for patio dining.
Medication isn't your only option for allergy relief. Give these at-home remedies a try.
A new study has found that biodegradable plastic's rapid rate of decomposition could cause the release of methane, a greenhouse gas. The study's authors suggest that petroleum-based products might be preferable. We need better alternatives than that.
A good layer of environmentally friendly mulch such as eucalyptus, pine bark or cocoa hulls will discourage weeds, keep soil up to 10 degrees cooler and help prevent plant disease. What's your favorite green mulch?
As the use of supplements and vitamin increase in the U.S., they are under scrutiny in other parts of the world.
Green is Universal and Etsy's The Art of Reuse Contest is a gold mine for DIY home project ideas. My favorite pays homage to Audrey Hepburn's ahead-of-its-time sofa made from an old clawfoot bathtub in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Don't throw away the Peeps left at the bottom of your Easter basket. They're the building blocks of many good projects.
Replacing paper towels with rags is a super simple step toward sustainable living. Follow these simple tips to get disposable paper towels out of your house. You'll never miss them.
Use leftover corned beef and Serata basil to make these Reuben Sandwiches.
From a little-known sugar substitute to a conversation-starting book, this list of items for the green kitchen contains a few surprises.
As climate variability causes coffee yields to shrink and prices to soar, we may need to start looking at alternatives.
Give your hangers a little pizzazz-and protect your clothing-with this simple project that makes use of worn-out shirts.
An unpublished British study says that plastic bags are a greener option than paper or cloth--but only if you don't make the most of your reusable bags.
The plants in the Voynich Manuscript has puzzled researchers and historians for years.
Rescue old windows and recycle them into beautiful light fixtures.
The sweet smell and healing properties of bay, eucalyptus and ginger will make your sweetheart's Valentine's Day massage memorable.
Protect yourself from illness and help your immune system stay in top form.
Seeking out social support, whether from friends and family, a support group or talk therapy, can help overcome depression as part of a natural treatment plan.
Treat seasonal depression with bright light therapy, one tenant of the Therpeutic Lifestyle Change's program.
Guest blogger Jaci Kennison explores creative storage solutions to declutter her small space.
Sleep deprivation and depression go hand-in-hand. Improve your overall health and find relief from depression by maintaining a consistent sleep schedule.
Stopping rumination, or dwelling on negative thoughts, can help relieve depression. Find alternative ways to fill your time—and stay happier!
Exercise can boost mental health and help relieve depression as part of the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change’s natural approach to treating depression.
Get into the holiday spirit by learning how to grow your own holly plants and discover the many uses of this seasonal treasure.
Omega-3 supplements, one component of the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change program's natural approach to treating depression, can help relieve symptoms of depression.
The Therapeutic Lifestyle Change program offers a natural treatment plan for depression based on basic biological needs.
If you’re looking for that perfect reusable bottle, check out ALEX. Not only is this water bottle BPA-free and made from premium grade 304 stainless steel, but it also twists apart in the middle, making clean-up a cinch.
Plantiva’s botanical-based immune supplement ImmuneDx combines the power of ginseng, Stephania and other herbs to protect the immune system.
Beside the fact that the blooming "Corpse Flower" smells like, well, a rotting corpse, it's still quite the event.
I don't know about you, but its absolutely impossible to keep my feet clean in sandals, my summer staple. So when I stumbled upon Wipe Your Feet by Jamar Labs, I was intrigued.
Protect yourself against mosquitoes, ticks and other insects with natural insect repellents.
To meet its goal of making all new buildings carbon-neutral by 2030, the American Institute of Architects introduces an online tool that help designers predict how much energy their buildings will use.
Besides composting, eggshells have many great uses both in the garden and in the home. Natural Home guest blogger KyLynn Hull details how to reuse eggshells.
Summertime in Texas means heat, humidity, and a thriving herb garden. The time is right to harvest basil and parsley.
Have a headache? Instead of reaching for that bottle of ibuprofen, try one of these natural remedies for headache relief: lavender, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, feverfew or willow bark.
I love discovering beauty products that use essential oils in lieu of artificial fragrances, which is what Pattern does with its body washes.
In Texas, it has warmed up considerably, it's had plenty of rain and, best of all, the gardens are flourishing. See what's going on in Cynthia's Texas garden this month.
Midwest Living designers give the Smart Home at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry a green makeover that features zero-VOC paint, furniture made from recycled steel and reclaimed wood, and other planet-friendly home decor.
Choosing natural, environmentally friendly flooring is an easy way to keep your home healthy. Choose natural linoleum, cork, sustainable wood, natural wool carpet or tile.
Mexican mint marigold, green pepper basil and lemon eucalyptus are just a few of the herbs in Cynthia's herb garden showing new signs of growth this spring.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews natural lip glaze and natural lip gloss from mineral makeup company, Monave.
Create kissable cheeks with hot chocolate. Is this a crazy idea or would you try it?
Christmas may have passed, but the remnants of the holiday festivities remain—piles of wrapping paper, boxes, and ribbons tangled strands of lights trees losing needles all over the living room floor. Fortunately, cleaning up after another holiday season is easier—and more
Artist Boris Bally’s edgy, street-smart furniture is made from recycled street signs.
DIY inspiration comes from the most unlikely places, even discarded materials we consider trash. These projects show you how versatile plastic bottles can be.
Stylish furniture typically doesn’t involve discarded trash—but the designs of Studio Jo Meesters do. Studio Jo Meesters introduces “Odds and Ends, Bits and Pieces,” a fun collection of furniture pieces made from recycled materials that contain just as much panache
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley examines the Sprouting Building of Montpellier and its living green facade.
Turn your idle household items into makeshift vases. Natural Home guest blogger Margie Monin Dombrowski shows you how.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace spots a great deal! Send in your old lipstick to Lavera, a natural cosmetics company, and Lavera will send you a $10 coupon to purchase a new, natural lipstick online!
Prevent jet lag, motion sickness, colds and the flu while traveling with these herbal remedies.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace explains how to recycle your empty cosmetics containers.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains how hemp, a renewable resource, can aid in building zero-carbon homes.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace confesses her eco-sins.
Get ready for spring! Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence shares her ideas for organizing her home by repurposing and reusing the stuff she already has, and she invites you to share your spring cleaning ideas with her.
Natural Home intern Dani Hurst explores practical plastic bag alternatives as well as ways to reuse the ones she already has.
My parents’ customers reused their containers to buy honey in bulk. Now I reuse jars to store all kinds of foods.
Jessica shows off her headboard, made of antique doors and a little paint.
Assistant editor Kim Wallace offers simple tips for greening your Black Friday.
Matt gets a reality check on his reusable bag habit and what needs to be done to really help the environment.
Kim takes on a new eco-challenge at her apartment: Is it possible to keep naturally beautiful and clean without paper towels?
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Emily Baby & Adult Skin Soother foot lotion.
Jessica found some great finds at an antique mall and estate auction.

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