Brigit True Organics Line Awarded Organic Certification

Organic Soaps And Balm LCC, the Charlottesville-based, woman-owned manufacturer of organic olive oil based skincare products, was recently awarded certification as a USDA National Organic Program (NOP) certified organic handler and producer.

Cleaning Tricks for a Chemical-Free Bathroom

Baking soda and vinegar, simple household ingredients, can be used to effectively clean your bathroom. Try them in these four applications to create a chemical-free space.

3 Must-Have Beauty Products for Fall and Winter

Perk up your beauty routine this season with these simple, must-have beauty products. Guest blogger Shar Veda shares her favorites—all of which would make excellent holiday gifts!

Choosing Healthy Beauty Products

Don’t sacrifice your health for beauty when you can have both! Learn which ingredients are best to avoid and why, plus find a short review for a tinted lip balm and organic foundation that will keep your beauty routine on point.

Menstrual Cup Comparison: Diva Cup vs Lunette

Our menstrual cup comparison looks at two leading reusable feminine hygiene brands: Diva Cup and Lunette. Make an informed decision about which is right for you and start your journey to zero-waste living and a life free from worry, even during "that time of the month."

3 Favorite Healthful Skin-Care Products

Some of my favorite, effective natural skin care products include a powerfully healing skin cream, a dark-circle-erasing eye cream and a luxurious facial oil.

5 Ways to Boost Indoor Air Quality

Two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, our indoor air quality is worsening. Embrace these five healthful practices for cleaner air.

A Favorite Kitchen Tool

If you use cast-iron cookware, try this indispensable tool—a stainless-steel mesh scrubber.

5 Quick-Fix Foods

Try these five editor-recommended picks for quick-fix foods.

5 Favorite Handmade Gift Shops

Eschew corporate goods and instead choose handmade gifts for everyone on your list this holiday, using these excellent Etsy shops as a jumping-off point.

Vegetarian Pot Pie Recipe

This holiday season, serve up a delicious, vegetarian pot pie made with nutrient-rich veggies.

5 Green Beauty Products from A Night of Green Beauty

This year marked the inaugural natural beauty pop-up event, A Night For Green Beauty. The event featured enthusiastic green beauty bloggers and fabulous green beauty brands. Here I've compiled a handful of green beauty products that caught my eye from companies La Bella Figura, One Love Organics, May Lindstrom, H. Gillerman Organics and Ilia.

Behold the Miracle of the Earth: 8 Healthy Living Tips

Peruse our articles about healthy living from the July/August 2013 issue. In this issue we teach you how to enjoy your bountiful garden harvest all year; give you product recommendations to create a healthier, simpler, more self-sufficient home; show you simple solutions for quick breakfasts; discuss the basics of simple and affordable DIY body-care products; and much more!

3 New Natural Products from Expo West 2013

This year at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California, three new natural products stood out from the rest in the event's annual "Best of the West." Discover a new way to soothe the skin with ozonated oil, a new dipable snack option for kids, and new product to help you fall asleep faster.

Numi Announces Indulgent Pu-erh Tea Collection

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Numi has created the Indulgent Pu-erh Tea Collection ($19.99 - $24.99). A handsome, sustainable bamboo box holds a premium sampling of Numi’s innovative, artisanal and delicious organic pu-erh teas — the perfect introduction to this innovative line.

Vermont Natural Coatings Gives Tips on Natural Finish Wood

Vermont Natural Coatings, manufacturer of high performance naturally derived whey-based wood finishes, recently introduced new Heirloom Wipe-On PolyWhey, a durable, safe furniture finish with the look and feel of traditional hand rubbed finishes.

EWG’s Online Guide to Healthy Cleaning

In an effort to help consumers find safer products, the Environmental Working Group has created an online guide that rates more than 2,000 household cleaners for safety of ingredients and disclosure of contents.

3 Great Pregnancy Skin Products

These three pregnancy skin care products will help prevent stretch marks and keep your baby belly soft and smooth.

Toxic Chemicals Found in Gardening Products

A new study from the Ecology Center found traces of lead, cadmium, BPA, phthalates and hazardous flame retardants in gardening products—and that chemicals in hoses leach into water.

Witch Hazel as a Natural Deodorant

Conventional deodorants contain aluminum and other chemicals linked to cancer, elevated estrogen levels and other health problems. Witch hazel provides an effective and economical natural deodorant alternative.

Natural and Homemade Deodorants

Try these natural deodorant alternatives to eliminate body odor without the potential toxins of many commercial products.

Can Toxins in Beauty Products Cause Obesity?

Research into the potential causes of obesity doesn't lead exclusively to a poor diet and lack of exercise: Environment and exposure to endocrine disruptors can also play a role in weight gain.

Natural Products Expo West 2011: Fresh Ideas for Change

My favorite experience at the Natural Products Expo West was the 6th Annual FIG Media Luncheon, hosted by the Fresh Ideas Group. This year, the panelists discussed how to pave the road for a healthier future.

Naturally Glowing Skin 101, Part 2: Skin Care Basics

Naturally healthy skin need not be a daunting, complex task. It can be a delightful ritual using natural ingredients found in your own home. The important first step is to simplify your beauty routine. Learn about the five necessities.

Facial Oil: Kaylala No. 7 Afterglow Rejuvenating Serum

Natural Home beauty blogger Kim Wallace reviews Kaylala’s No. 7 Afterglow Rejuvenating Serum, which is made from moisturizing ingredients such as emu oil, organinc evening primrose oil, vitamin E and jojoba oil.

Animal Testing: Alternatives and Cruelty-Free Cosmetics

At the Herb Companion we are passionate about the well being of humans and animals alike, and we think it is important that our readers are informed of the cruelties of animal testing in the cosmetics industry, the availiable alternatives, and ways to fight back.

Natural Skin Care Tips for Dry Facial Skin

It’s getting colder, and even those of us with oily skin are starting to notice dry patches and flakes on our face. Fight dry facial skin with these natural skin care tips. 

Product Review: Cook With These Gourmet Peppercorns

NOTE We never trade products for mentions in our blogs or our published magazine. We do receive free samples and will mention them only if we like the product or find it especially effective.  A few years ago a friend

NRDC Sues FDA Over Antibacterial Chemicals

The Natural Resources Defense Council has filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration to get the government agency to finalize a law banning triclosan and triclocarban, two chemicals commonly found in antibacterial products.

Natural Baby Products: Johnson's Launches Natural Line

Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace introduces a new line of  natural baby products from leading baby products powerhouse Johnson's. The Johnson's Natural line provides eco-conscious moms natural baby wash, baby shampoo, baby lotion and more.

Bringing the Herb Garden Indoors

Enjoy an herb garden no matter where you live or the time of the year by starting your own indoor garden system. With these starter tools it is simpler than ever.

After-Sun Summer Skin Care: Badger Bali Balm

Moisturize and soothe your sunburned skin with Badger’s Bali Balm. This USDA-certified organic balm contains shea butter, cocoa butter and jojoba oil to moisturize your sun-parched skin and lavender and blue tansy to soothe and heal any sunburns.

How Do You Know You’re Buying Organic Beauty Products?

Since 2005, the USDA has been certifying organic beauty products, but it has no control over the production and labeling of cosmetics and personal-care products—which is the exact problem the Organic Consumers Association wants to remedy with its “Coming Clean” campaign.

Natural Products Expo West 2010

This year I got the chance to attend the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California. Check out the highlights.

UniquEco: Recycling Flip Flops for a Cleaner World

This charitable foundation cleans up coasts, employs impoverished communities, turns discarded items into new products and uses the funds from sales to help alleviate environmental issues such as whaling and support social issues such as education, conservation and development initiatives in poor communities.

Green Summer: Organic Beer

Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren shares a variety of organic beers and tips on how to green your beer drinking.

Sustainable Sunglasses

  When choosing summer sunglasses, look for products that are both stylish and environmentally friendly. Eco-conscious companies iWood and Kayu both offer trendy lines of sunglasses made using sustainable materials and methods. These sunglasses also offer 100 percent protection from harmful ultraviolet rays that can damage eyes.

Campaign for Safer Beauty Products

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the organization that is supposed to evaluate what’s good for you and not good for you, does not evaluate ingredients in beauty products. If the FDA isn’t going to monitor beauty products, who will? Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews two organizations that campaign for safer beauty products.

Natural Products Expo West 2009

I’m finishing up the loose ends on my desk before I head off for Southern California (where I hear it’s raining) and the amazing world of the 2009 Natural Products ExpoWest.

When Cleaning Is Not a Chore

Cleaning can be calming, but nauseous-smelling products aren't as lovely as using herbs or "green" alternatives. Learn more about herbal cleaning.

Scrub-A-Dub-Dub, Herbs in a Tub

Sick of the winter cold already? So are we. So here is one way Herb Companion staffers are surviving this winter: herbal baths.

A New Home Getting Green

Jessica hunts for eco-friendly and secondhand items to make her new townhome greener. Greening an apartment or home you don't own can be a challenge, but searching for eco-friendly products is fun.