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Ingredient To Know: Mangosteen

Ingredient To Know: Mangosteen

The first time that I encountered mangosteen was in my acupuncturist’s office. “I want to lose weight,” I announced to him. “But I don’t want to stop eating cheese or cut out wine. Basically, I want a miracle pill.” Of course, I had expected him to roll his eyes and continue his work of turning... Read More »

Geisha-Approved Natural Japanese Beauty

Geisha-Approved Natural Japanese Beauty

A few weeks ago, I told a pharmacist in Tokyo that I had a headache, assuming (hoping) he'd direct me to an off-brand box of extra strength Advil. But no, he handed me a bag of green tea and told me to take a nap. A few days later, I told my friend, a Japan... Read More »

Samantha Archibald in Natural Makeup

Samantha Archibald in Natural Makeup

For the past couple of weeks—since we met makeup artist Katey Denno—we’ve changed our tune on all-natural makeup. Namely, we’re making a concerted effort to call it “non-toxic' makeup instead. “The word ‘natural’ can be misleading,” she told us. “Some brands use synthetic pigments to get these amazing colors, but it’s tough because ‘non-toxic’ makes... Read More »

Ingredient To Know: Silver

Ingredient To Know: Silver

Without suffering too many unintentional, vampire-related puns (did anyone else watch the True Blood finale?), silver is pretty good at keeping things you don’t want or need away from you. Let me explain: A few weeks ago Gwyneth Paltrow Goop'd that every time she flies, she mists herself in a cloud of colloidal silver (tiny... Read More »

How To Stop Picking At Your Skin

How To Stop Picking At Your Skin

There are three types of skin-having people: those who actually heeded their mothers’ constant nagging, never squeezing at a bump, and let scabs survive full-term; those who maybe scratch at a mosquito bite one too many times before realizing the error of their ways and opt for some hydrocortisone, who only occasionally pop a zit—as... Read More »

Drinking Oil For A Happier You

Drinking Oil For A Happier You

Omega fatty acids! Everybody needs them to stay healthy—in fact, the hallmark symptoms of omega-3 deficiency are fatigue, forgetfulness, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings, and/or poor circulation—but a lot of people aren't getting enough of them (or, more accurately, getting the correct proportions of them). You see, once upon a time before expeller-pressed canola... Read More »

What Is Pharmacognosy?

What Is Pharmacognosy?

There’s something incredibly attractive about people who travel the world looking for cool, science-y stuff. A few weeks ago, Annie told me that she had a really hot university lecturer who was bitten by a Komodo dragon and named a spider species after his ex-wife. In spite of my being wracked with jealousy (the Women's... Read More »

Make Cannabis Part Of Your Routine

Make Cannabis Part Of Your Routine

In addition to the religious celebration (Easter), this Sunday is also the unofficial holiday for something that some people practice with religious vigor. The origins of “420' are something of high school folklore. The widely accepted theory is that a group of early-‘70s weed aficionados would meet after school at 4:20pm to enjoy the effects... Read More »

The Best Homemade Face Masks

The Best Homemade Face Masks

What if I told you that you could make great face masks in the privacy of your kitchenette? What if I told you it was really, really easy? What if I told you it could cost…$FREE.99?! If any of the above excites you, then you've come to the right article! I'm a big fan of... Read More »

The New Types Of Sunscreen You Didn't Know You Needed

The New Types Of Sunscreen You Didn't Know You Needed

Festival beauty, for me, is about prevention. At a Psych Fest many moons ago I tried to get into the spirit of things and drew black dots in the inner corners of my eyes before sprinkling glitter into my corneas (it's a little-known fact that the girl with kaleidoscope eyes just had a nasty case... Read More »