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Natural Beauty Picks from the Pros

Nov 01, 2019 04:22AM ● By Marilee Burrell

Industry insiders share their favorite earth- and health-friendly products 

Nowadays, shopping for hair- and skincare products doesn’t just mean choosing between various shades, scents or formulations. It means choosing products that reflect your lifestyle, health needs and personal values—whether you prefer all-natural, organic and plant-based care; you avoid gluten and other allergens; or you’re dedicated to living vegan and cruelty free. The options are endless, so we got recommendations from friends who do “natural beauty” for a living.


Jill Kay, Executive Regional Vice President and Independent Consultant for Arbonne

Our products are clean, vegan and cruelty free—and they work! Arbonne is the number-one global brand for healthy living inside and out. It has something for everyone, from babies to baby boomers, including skin care; nutrition (plant-based, gluten-free, non-GMO, kosher, low glycemic, no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners); makeup; and personal-care products. It also has a very strict ingredient policy, with more than 2,000 banned ingredients. (The European Union bans about 1,400 ingredients, while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration bans only about 12.)

Where to buy it: All purchases come with a 45-day money-back guarantee.


Eminence Organic Skin Care

Daniela Hortencio, Licensed Esthetician at Sarah’s House of Health, in Mahopac

I’ve been a licensed esthetician for 13 years. I choose Eminence Organic Skin Care because it’s not only all natural but also extremely effective! Eminence products are handmade, extracted from plants, fruits and vegetables that are grown on a farm in Hungary. The farm uses biodynamic practices, so all the ingredients are void of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

Where to buy it: Sarah’s House of Health, 900 South Lake Blvd., Mahopac, NY. For more info, call Daniela Hortencio at 914.562.0618 or visit


OWAY: Herbs and Clay

Maureen Toohey, Founder of Fresh Organic Salon, in Bedford Hills

My favorite is Herbs and Clay—for hair and scalp health and peace of mind. The rebuilding serum has a photo-keratin protein base that repairs the damaged keratin chains of the hair fiber, making for better color, shine and manageability. It also restores and strengthens weak or damaged hair, helps eliminate toxins and impurities, and stimulates hair growth. It’s made with 100 percent biodynamic organic herbs and essential oils—all pure ingredients that have not been refined or processed. Herbs and Clay products are 100 percent natural, organic, vegan and cruelty free.

Where to buy it: Fresh Organic Salon, 190 Rte. 117 Bypass, Bedford Hills, NY. For more info, visit FRESH ORGANIC SALON SOLUTIONS - Bedford, NY.


Helen Thaler, Owner of Nature’s Organic Hair, in Shrub Oak

My favorite beauty line is Oway, which makes all-natural, high-performing, non-toxic products. Oway hair colors produce beautiful results without ammonia, paraphenylenediamine, resorcinol, mineral oil, alcohol or perfume. They’re safe because they don’t contain any cancer-causing chemicals. Oway products are gentle on the hair—they don’t dry it out and break the hair cuticle. Instead they condition the hair and give it a nice shine, and the color looks natural.

Where to buy it: Organic Hair by Helen, 1220 North Ridge Rd., Shrub Oak, Yorktown Heights, NY. For more info, call 914.309.7746.


Sensatia Botanicals

Theresa Naman, Owner and Aesthetician at Botanic Skincare face and body studio

I  love these products because they work. I’ve successfully treated many people with skin issues such as breakouts or dry rashes. These products gently rebalance the skin’s pH while providing beneficial nutrients to its protective barrier with active botanicals and proper hydration. Sensatia products are 100 percent pure, with no toxic chemicals (silicone, phthalate, paraben, palm oil, sulfate), fillers or nonchemical preservatives—just high-quality active botanicals handcrafted in Bali. Their enchanting aromas are all natural, and the products are safe for vegans, pregnant women, people recovering from illness, and our barrier reefs.

Sensatia Botanicals has GMP (good manufacturing practice) certification and was named Best Echo Beauty Brand of 2019.

Where to buy it: Botanic Skincare, 15 Neperan Rd., Tarrytown, NY. Complimentary delivery to surrounding towns for established clients. For more info, call 646.509.8754 or visit


Young Living Essential Oils

Lisa Pearl-Edwards, General Manager of Addison Street Spa and Sacred meditation studio in Larchmont

Young Living Oils are organic, high quality and therapeutic grade, and they smell amazing! I use them personally, topically and internally, as well as in my healing work and while I’m meditating. Whether I’m diffusing them in the spa or treatment room or adding some oils to the foot cream I use in a reflexology session, the oils are used daily in my spa and meditation studio. Young Living has a full line of essential oils and products that promote health and wellness, and it sets its standards very high. We sell the oils in the spa, and if we don’t have an oil the customer is looking for, we can special order it or sign the customer up to become a distributor with the ability to order the oils directly from Young Living.

Where to buy it: Addison Street Spa, 9 Addison St., Larchmont, NY. For more info, call 914.825.9535 or visit


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