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#ToxicTuesday – Nitrates and Nitrites

Nitrates, Nitrites – Potato, Potato. Nitrates and nitrites are often spoken about interchangeably.  They are in fact different, but both are common preservatives used to keep bacteria from growing on processed meats like bacon and lunch meat.  Both nitrates and nitrites are naturally occurring compounds found in soil, plants, vegetables, and the like.  The most common form […]

My Sunscreen Arsenal

It’s going to be a beautiful day and we’re headed off to the inner harbor to spend some time outside and maybe see some fish at the aquarium. Since you’ll probably need it today, I thought this would be a good day to show you my arsenal of sunscreens!  I will give my recommendations in […]

Dry, Chapped Lips? Exfoliate!

Most of us know the importance of exfoliating our skin, but did you know you should also exfoliate your lips?  Exfoliating your lips removes old cells so that new collagen can form.  An added bonus – when you routinely exfoliate your lips they rarely peel or get chapped. I want to share with you two […]

Sunscreen Face-Off: Chemical vs. Physical

I would hope that these days we are all fully on board with the fact that we need sunscreen – not just for a day at the beach or pool, but every single day.  Ultraviolet (UV) rays are going strong no matter what time of year and daily sun protection is key for keeping your […]

Function of… You: Customized Shampoo and Conditioner

What happened when a a computer scientist, an engineer, and a cosmetic chemist joined forces?  Function of Beauty was born! Function of Beauty is focused on creating shampoos and conditioners that are personalized and tailored to your unique hair profile and hair goals.  These shampoos and conditioners are Sulfate Free, Paraben Free, Phthalates Free, Cruelty […]

#ToxicTuesday – Carrageenan

#ToxicTuesday goes out to carrageenan! If you don’t know what that is, odds are it’s luring in your fridge right now. Carrageenan is an emulcifier, in other words a thickening agent, often found in your favorite yogurts, milk (especially almond or soy milk), ice cream, infant formula, and so many other foods. Sadly, even after […]

Micellar Water – The Ultimate Makeup Remover

Have you ever heard of Micellar water? I hadn’t either, but I’m now in the know and trust me, you need this too!  Micellar water is made up of micelles (tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules) floating around in soft water. The idea is that those little micelles gravitate to dirt and oil and are […]

#ToxicTuesday – Borax

#ToxicTuesday goes out to the latest craze in kids DIY – homemade slime made with Borax. I’ve seen blogs and videos all over the web advertising recipes for homemade slime and it got me thinking … how safe is this for kids to be playing with when a main ingredient is also used in many household […]