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More Earth Day Essentials For Green-Minded Gals

I’ll keep it brief, gals: during the past two weeks, we’ve been showing you the hottest in eco-friendly apparel, footwear, skincare, cosmetics, home fragrance, jewelry and much more. And since we know how much you value having options, we rounded up a few more A-list picks. Enjoy!

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Page Sargisson “Magenta Del Estado” Casino Chip, $265, and “Pink 20” Casino Chip, $265-$365. Available at PageSargisson.com

A few months ago, I went to a press preview where they were showcasing some pieces from San Francisco-bred, New York-based jewelry designer Page Sargisson. The folksy, antique-y vibe of the pieces in her “Casino Chic” collection instantly caught my eye, but my what was particularly memorable was the story behind the collection. Each of the pendants in the “Casino Chic” collection is made from an antique casino chip Sargisson collected during her many travels. If you thought all poker chips had round, wafer-like shapes, with striped details along their ridges, well. think again. Sargisson’s jewelry line features vibrant, showstopping gambling tokens — from the thin, rectangular shape and boisterous magenta color of the vintage “Magenta Del Estado” mother-of-pearl casino chip (pictured above) to the bold black numbering and soft carnation hue of the “Pink 20 Casino Chip” mother-of-pearl poker chip (pictured second from top). How’s that for recycling at it’s best?

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ONE Bath & Body Natural Body Butter in Cherry Blossom Trails, $9.99. Available at Target stores and Fred Meyer stores.

Just because a company insists on using all-natural ingredients, that doesn’t necessarily mean it abides by such strict standards when it comes to its products’ packaging. That’s where ONE Bath & Body to come in — in addition to manufacturing all-natural. cruelty-free skincare products, the brand ensures that its goods are packaged using recyclable tin cans and/or cardboard cartons and sleeves. I’d recommend checking out the Natural Body Butters — I tried the Cherry Blossom Trails one and loved how soft and smooth my skin felt thanks to the combination of mango seed butter, sweet almond oil, and glycerin. Plus, the body butter has a nice yogurt-like consistency, so that it’s not too thick and blubbery (as many other body creams tend to be), and your skin readily absorbs the nutrients in the formula for a non-greasy effect.

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Lavera Sun 15 Anti-Aging Facial Sunscreen SPF 15, $27, and Lavera Faces Calendula Cleansing Gel, $19. Available at Lavera.com

The changing winter-to-spring weather can wreak havoc on skin. As the temperatures rise, your skin’s sebacious glands increase the rate at which they produce oil, and these sudden changes can confuse even the best behaved of visages. One of the best cures for me has been the Lavera Faces Calendula Cleansing Gel for normal to combination skin (normally, I register in the dry to normal skin range but, around this time of year, I usually have to switch things up a bit to deal with the weather changes). This non-drying, all-natural cleanser has a fantastic aloe-like consistency, and it feels extremely gentle on the skin. Plus, the witch hazel and mallow in the formula help to keep excess oil at bay.

Another winner from the revered natural skincare and cosmetics line Lavera: the oxybenzone-free, 100% mineral-based Sun 15 Anti-Aging Facial Sunscreen, which features zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, as well as moisturizing shea butter, soothing hazel and licorice extract, skin firming caffeine extract, hydrating hyaluronic acid and aloe vera gel, and Vitamin E-rich
sunflower oil.

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Jane Iredale Empty Refillable Compact, $12. Available at JaneIredale.com

Want to feel proud of yourself when you buy your Jane Iredale PurePressed Base? Then make sure to first invest in a Jane Iredale Refillable Compact, so you can reduce excess waste. Not only is the compact eco-friendly by virtue of being refillable, but it’s made from anodized aluminum and can hence be easily recycled.

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Timberland Earthkeepers Bethel Mid Fold Down Boot, $140. Available at Timberland.com

Part of Timberland’s Earthkeepers range, a footwear and accessories collection made using recycled materials and techniques that minimize carbon emanations, the Bethel Fold Down Boot features burnished leather and 100% organic cotton canvas uppers, a footbed made from 50% recycled PET, and a 42% recycled green rubber outsole.

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The Remedy by Supa Nova Slom, $14.99. Available at Amazon.com

Miiddle-class white folks aren’t the only ones discussing holistic health philosophies, detox programs, and green diet options —  from video director Hype Williams to neo-soul artist Erykah Badu and pioneering rapper Chuck D, the hip-hop community has steadily embraced the notion that healthy living means tending to the mind, body and spirit and creating a harmony between these three parts of the self. In this book, hip-hop artist and health practitioner Supa Nova Slim shares a five-week plan to rid the body of existing toxins, nourish the body via a proper diet (mainly vegetarian and vegan foods), and increase your strength and energy level via simple exercises like crunches, stretches, and bicep curls. Throughout the book, Supa Nova Slom explains why we’ve all been guilty of accepting “Toxitarian” diets and how we can feel better by adopting dietary plans centered on vegetables, fruits and legumes with a high concentration of fiber, vitamins, minerals, protein, and amino acids. Even better, he includes meal plans and recipes to make the five-week plan a cinch.

PLUS, SOME EARTH DAY PROMOS!

1. GET A FREE THYMES CLEAN SLATE EXPERIENCE KIT

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Today only, when customers make an online purchase of $100 or more at, they’ll automatically receive a Clean Slate Experience Kit (valued at $61), which features both a face and body polish.

2. TAKE AN OLD PAIR OF JEANS TO A ROCK & REPUBLIC STORE AND GET 20% OFF

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From April 22nd through May 10th, customers who bring an old pair of jeans to a Rock & Republic store for donation will receive 20% off any R&R jeans they purchase. The donated jeans, meanwhile, will be sent to Cotton.From Blue to Green so that they can be recycled into UltraTouch insulation.

3. ENTER THE OLE HENRIKSEN ALTER-ECO ONLINE CHALLENGE

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Through May 23rd, eco-savvy fans of Ole Henriksen can enter the brand’s new recycling challenge for a chance to win a $150 gift certificate to OleHenriksen.com. To participate, customers are encouraged to take any empty Ole Henriksen product containers and find a new use for them — whether it’s transforming them into a sculptural work of art or giving them a new life as candle bins, jewelry sorters, sugar canisters, or any other creative transformation. Once you’ve repurposed the container, you simply have to log onto OleHenriksen.com and upload a photo of your handiwork, along with a brief description.

People can then visit the site and vote for their favorites. One lucky entrant will win a $150 gift certificate to OleHenriksen.com, plus a $100 git certificate to JustGive.org. Two runner-ups will also be selected and each will receive  $75 online gift card.

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