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!

Review: Starbucks’s New Pumpkin Spice Latte

Starbucks recently revamped their beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte, or PSL, to include more real ingredients. Guest blogger Karyn Wofford shares her thoughts on the new and improved PSL, as well as Starbucks’s efforts to use “cleaner” ingredients.

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."

Natural Product Review: Scotch Naturals Nail Polish

Treat yourself to an at-home manicure with nontoxic nail polishes from Scotch Naturals, a company that creates more than 40 different nail polishes with their eco-friendly, water-based formula.

Natural Product Review: ORGO 7 Serums

This seven-serum set from ORGO Beauty is great for aging skin. Read on to learn why you should add this product to your beauty arsenal.

How Much Is Your Period Costing You?

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.

3 Facial Oils I Love

Moisturizing your face with botanical oils is a centuries-old practice from ancient Rome that is becoming popular once again. Check out three facial oils that I love using right now.

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.

Review: Health-Food Bars for Dancers, by Barre

These three health-food bars by Barre comprise of nutritious (and delicious) superfoods. Made with the dancer in mind, these bars are perfect for anyone needing an extra boost of energy while keeping the calorie-count down.

Charitable Gift Idea: Buy Cookies for Kids' Cancer

When you’re wrapping up your holiday shopping, consider shopping for a good cause. By giving all of your loved ones Cookies for Kids' Cancer this holiday season you may help bring kids with cancer that much closer to a cure.

5 Dangers of Conventional Sunscreens

Conventional sunscreens aren't as effective—or as safe—as you might think. From false claims to partial protection, here are 5 scary reason why conventional sunscreens aren't the best choice.

Beauty Giveaway: One Love Organics

The Herb Companion recently discovered One Love Organics—a company that focuses on making four sustainable beauty products. Comment to enter for a chance to win some of their products.

Place a Time Lapse Camera in your Garden

Perhaps the more fitting expression would be, a watched seed never sprouts. But with this clever time lapse camera from Brinno, a great product for this spring, you can see your garden grow from day one until the first snow!    

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

Beauty Review: Emmett Cooper Haircare

If you’re on the lookout for a vegan hair care product that garners the same results as high quality salon products, you’re in luck. Emmett Cooper Haircare is just that.

Beauty Review: Jamar Labs Wet Wipes

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.

Natural Sunscreen: Elemental Herbs Sunscreen

Natural Home editorial assistant Susan Melgren reviews Elemental Herbs sunscreen, which uses zinc oxide to block the sun’s rays and herbal ingredients to moisturize and heal skin.

Book Review: Tomatoes Garlic Basil

Patsy Bell Hobson reviews Doug Oster's book, Tomatoes Basil Garlic, which captures the simple pleasures of growing and cooking your garden's most versatile veggies.

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.

Beauty Review: Pattern Body Wash

I love discovering beauty products that use essential oils in lieu of artificial fragrances, which is what Pattern does with its body washes.

In the News: Angostura Bitters Substitute

Watch Rachel Maddow as she celebrates the return of Angostura bitters with two fabulous recipes and a fun story concerning its shortage this past winter.

Beauty Review: Thymes

Recently, I discovered Thymes, a very girly company that sells paraben-free body care and home fragrance products. It was love at first sight.

Herb Trend: Vertical Planters

If you're looking for an indoor garden that keeps animals away and requires little space, the Woolly Pocket is right for you!

Product Review: EasyBloom

For some, the cold winter months may bring many ‘a’ merry moment. But for the sympathetic gardener, the humbugs start as the plants begin die. Bring your garden indoors this fall with help from your own personal gardening expert – the EasyBloom.

Season Fish with Epicurean Organic Blends

Mountain Rose Herbs new line of Epicurean Organic seasoning blends are worth a try. The Herbs De Provence and the West Indies Rub are wonderful for seasoning prawns and most seafood.  

Save a Buck the Frugal Foodie Way

The Frugal Foodie Cookbook (Viva Edtions, 2009) offers excellent recipes and tips for the everyday cook. Here's a recipe for Roasted Garlic, Spinach, and Feta Pizza.

Product Review: SunFeather Natural Soap

Gardener’s All Natural Hand Balm with Shea Butter by SunFeather Natural Soap Company ($9) is a delectable combination of olive oil and shea butter scented with lavender, lemon and ginger essential oils.

Product Review: Pangea Organics

Pyreneese Lavender with Cardamom body lotion is one of Pangea Organics' body and hand lotion that moisturizes your skin without leaving an oily residue.

Herbs in Technology: Natural Cures iPhone Application

You don’t have to abandon your love for herbs to stay up-to-date with the latest technology. Keep herbal knowledge at your fingertips with the new iPhone and iPod Touch application “Natural Cures.”

The Compton Try: Naturally Soothe Aching Muscles

Getting back in shape to prepare for the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure requires exercise and healing salves for aching joints. Try these natural remedies when soothing your aching muscles.

Product Review: Prepara Power Plant Mini

Lucky are we, that now we have several soiless options for growing herbs indoors, and many of them are very effective. The Power Plant Mini, from Prepara, in my opinion, is not among them. Read my review of this hydroponic product ...

Photo-Blog: Dutch Gardens Flowers

I've had little opportunity to actually test live plants in my tenure with The Herb Companion. So, when DutchGardens.com sent me some of their beautiful tulip and hyacinth varieties, I was excited and impressed! See some results in this photo-blog!

Journey Toward Healthy Skin: John Master Organics

The Herbalista begins her search for pictue perfect skincare. Herbs can keep your skin healthy and glowing and John Masters Organics combines rose and aloe to create a useful toning mist that the Herbalista uses to get a head start to each and every morning.

NRG Ergonomic Digging Tools: Fun and Practical

Mixing ergonomic structure with a functional, innovative design makes the Radius NRG line my favorite gardening tool set on the market. And not to sound too much like a salesman (I don't work on commission) they are now available from The Herb Companion. 

Do Aqua Globes Really Work?

I'm sure you've seen these nifty little garden tools on TV - the Aqua Globe. Read my review to see what I really think about these As-Seen-On-TV "Wonders."

Journey Toward Healthy Hair: Organix

Read this Herbalista's review on the Pomegranate Green Tea shampoo and conditioner from Organix and learn just how green it really is.

Journey Toward Healthy Hair: Verikira Naturals

Verikira Naturals is a Vegan Cosmetics Organization certified-company that pledges never to use synthetic fragrances, animal byproducts and unnecessary chemicals. What more could you ask for in a beauty brand? Oh yea – it donates 10 percent of its Pink Grapefruit Collection proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation all year long.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

You've probably seen this product in the endless issues of SkyMall, but let me just tell you, the AeroGarden is every bit as cool as it looks!  Also read the history behind, "Mary, Mary quite contrary ..."

Citrus Soap Cures Winter Blahs

I don't know about you guys, but this time of year can be rough. As in your skin. It's cold outside, you are busy getting everything ready for the upcoming holidays, and maybe you haven't gotten in the habit of

Cure Those Sniffles

This Monday at Herb Companion HQ, we all showed up with sniffles. I can feel it coming on ... my nose is twitchy, my shoulders are achy, and my throat is scratchy. Learn how I treated this cold with herbs.

Emergency Acne Blaster

This herbal acne treatment became a favorite among this Herbalistas friends. Perfect size for travel!

Great Fresh Juice On the Go

Most days I just don't have time to make breakfast. It's the most important meal, though, so usally it's a Larabar and juice for me. I like  Larabars  because the ingredient list is short and they are delicious. My favorite bar, the Apple Pie , is just dates, walnuts, unsweetened apples, almonds, raisins, and cinnamo

Product Review: Bedfan

If night sweats are causing you to lose sleep and costing you more on your air-conditioning bill, consider a Bedfan.

Top 8 Gardening Products For Fall: Pt. 2

Finally, the Top Four Autumn Gardening Products are revealed! See my top picks of the best items for a fun fall of indoor gardening. Part II.  

Top 8 Gardening Products for Fall: Pt.1

It's time for fall gardening, indoor gardening and spring preparation. In preparation, do you know which products to choose and which to lose? Check out my picks for the best autumn gardening products! Part I.

Open a Can of Worms

Starting a worm composting system from your kitchen scraps is easy – and what better time to discover the disturbing art, than the Halloween season?  Read what you can do with 8,000 red wigglers …

BIODOME! (sans Pauly Shore)

If you're not tech-savvy, gifts kids’ll like are hard to come by. If you don’t want to waste your money on some electrical gadget that’ll likely be outdated the day after you buy it, check out these fun, garden terrariums. They even come in different themes! 

But It's the Pelvic (Stool) Thrust ...

If you find your back hurting while gardening, or if it’s just too hard on the knees to bend down for weeding, there’s a product you need to try out:  The Wearable Gardening Stool.

Product Review: HerbKits.com

HerbKits.com has an array of products for the newly-competitive indoor herb garden lifestyle.  Read my review of how these kits "stack up".