The VEGAN BEAUTY AFFAIR and a few of my faves representing!

What are you doing tonight, May 20th, from 6:00- 9:00 pm? You’ll be joining me at the #Veganbeautyaffair in NYC of course! The event celebrates the best in natural & vegan beauty with mini-makeovers, tips on glowing summer skin, sniffing, sampling, hair braiding and bitters making. Beauty from the inside out!

Spreadhouse, 116 Suffolk St, NYC

 My Faves & Recs Representing

Some favorite products of mine to check out at the Vegan Beauty Affair include….

MEOW MEOW TWEET COCOA SKIN CREAM: Two words – SKIN SAVIOR.  I have incredibly itchy, dry, and eczema-ridden skin on my body.  When I unloaded my skin woes on Tara, MMT’s founder and formulator, she immediately put a jar of Cocoa Skin Cream in my hands and assured me all would be well.  Well indeed!  The formula has only 4 ingredients and Tara’s combination of organic cocoa butter, shea butter, hempseed oil, and sunflower oil works wonders.  Trust any skin prescription this woman gives you. I highly recommend this for dry, itchy, and/or compromised skin.

 Continuing on the dry skin trend…

KAHINA GIVING BEAUTY LIP AND FACE BALM: This loveliness is brought to us by one of the most altruistic green beauty brands out there. In a world where lip balms can be a dime a dozen in terms of composition, Kahina’s Lip and Face Balm is truly in a class of its own.  When was the last time you read Imortelle, Calendula, and Blue Tansy on your lip balm’s ingredient list?  A quick rundown of these ingredients’ benefits include increased cell turnover, anti-inflammatory properties, healing of bruises and broken capillaries, and the ability to calm the skin.  Add organic moisturizing oils and butters and the heavenly scent of geranium and neroli and you have perfection in a pot.  Kahina Giving Beauty Lip and Face Balm is the reason why my lips survived winter.  Bonus: it’s a multi-tasker!  This balm is perfect for your face when you have stubborn dry patches that look like sandpaper under makeup.  Prep your skin with this and your foundation will thank you. Added Bonus: you are doing both your lips/face and womankind good with Kahina’s Lip and Face Balm. 15% of all sales goes directly to the Berber women in Morocco. 

 CARU ROCK & ROSE ORGANIC TONER: First off, the name. How can you not love the stuff already? Semantics aside, Caru’s Rock & Rose Organic Toner contains organic rose, geranium, and rock rose.  I’ve not heard of a rock rose but I can’t wait to ask founder and formulator Dominique Caron about it.  A spritz Rock & Rose Organic Toner cools and softens the skin, providing soothing nourishment and a lovely bouquet of rose and geranium. The scent is not overly rosy or floral – it’s just right.  I love spraying Caru’s Rock & Rose Organic Toner to prep the skin for facial oil.  This is a repeat buy item for me, as are Caru’s soaps (which I highly recommend as well!).

OSMIA ORGANICS DETOX EXFOLIATING MASK: Make no mistake: this mask is black and totally badass.  Osmia Organics Detox Exfoliating mask flaunts some mighty powerful ingredients, including a trio of clays, Manuka honey, walnut powder, raw cacao, and activated bamboo charcoal. The mask allows you to play alchemist by adding the black mask powder to water in the included ceramic bowl (Love! No one should be mixing mask in a Tupperware. That’s sacrilege.).  Osmia Organics Detox Exfoliating Mask does what it says by thoroughly detoxing the skin. Once you are ready to rinse, gently use your fingers to exfoliate your face with a wee bit of water. The result is a face that glows and feels like a baby’s bum.  I’m not usually one for clay masks as I find them drying, but this mask draws out impurities while imparting moisture. It is one of my favorite masks.  I also recommend you check out Osmia’s soaps as well! 

My Wishlist for this Evening? I am on the hunt for some new body oils, a dry shampoo, and possibly a candle  (if I must…). Hope to see you at the Vegan Beauty Affair! 






Hello Again & Beauty Tea Blending Workshop with R.L. Linden & Co.

TeaBlending_Brooklyn_LG(1)Hello beautiful friends! Kindly forgive the blog’s hiatus. I’ve needed to take some time to focus upon healing, rebuilding my health, and taking care of me. The latter being something us women don’t do nearly enough of!  I am glad I’ve finally done so and I’m happy to be back.

Speaking of healing, some wellness practices can be an investment in time and/or money, super involved, or require fancy-schmancy equipment (hello, juicing). One of my favorite wellness practices is simple yet effective.  In fact, it’s downright relaxing and enjoyable. All you need is a mug, hot water, and the ideal blend. It’s time to talk tea, ladies. And I have just the place to do it….

THE EVENT: Beauty Tea Blending Workshop with Robin King and Lynn Till of R.L. Linden & Co.

HOSTED BY: Verdant Beauty

WHEN: Thursday June 26th, 6:00-9:00pm

WHERE: Brooklyn Winery, Bklyn NY

First off, this event combines my two favorite beverages: tea and wine. Brilliant. I couldn’t buy my ticket fast enough. Second, it provides the opportunity to meet the women behind the Colorado-based line R.L. Linden & Co. Robin and Lynn are the creators of superb natural skincare and healing teas. They also have a fantastic sense of humor (a very essential ingredient, in my opinion). You can read my review of one of their facial products here. The R.L. Linden & Co. Love Tea blend is the most exquisite blend of tea I’ve ever sipped. Given that I have an entire kitchen cabinet devoted to tea, that speaks volumes. The Beauty Tea Blending Workshop with R.L. Linden & Co. will include:

  • Cocktails and light refreshments
  • A healing tea blending session (from which you take home your blend and impress your family and friends with your fine skills)
  • A wealth of good info from Robin and Lynn
  • Access to limited edition products from R.L. Linden & Co.
  • 10% off all products (I love shopping with a buzz.)

This event is perfect for teetotalers and winos alike. Expect to learn from these incredible women, be in great company, have lots of laughs, and indulge in a bit of retail therapy if it pleases you so. It’s time to leave the Lipton and Tetleys behind and embrace a gorgeous cuppa healing tea. Hope to see you there!

Click HERE to purchase your ticket. Seating is limited so don’t dilly-dally.

 Will I see any of you at the tea blending table?


PRODUCT REVIEW: R.L. Linden & Co’s La Balmba Rosa Healing Rose Balm

Balm_7Years ago (okay, decades), I used to make a special trip over to Madison Ave in NYC to visit a small, old school apothecary.  I was by no means the Madison Ave type (still not), but a specific impossible-to-find product was well worth the detour.  This product was one of my obsessions.  I loved the vintage look of its red, white and blue tin and was lip-addicted to the blush pink, rose-scented ointment inside.  Fast forward a decade, this lip salve went mainstream with its debut at Sephora.  I’m sure you all know the product I’m talking about.  I believe it still enjoys status as a cult favorite.  Sadly, it is no longer a favorite product of mine.  Once I became ingredient savvy, I was devastated to learn it is comprised mainly of petroleum and cheap cottonseed oil.  Sigh.  Fist shake.

Well, I am crestfallen no more.  When Robin and Lynn of R.L. Linden & Co sent me a sample of their La Balmba Rosa Healing Rose Balm, I knew just what these keen women were up to.  More on them later.  Let’s talk La Balmba Rosa.

WHAT IT IS: La Balmba Rosa Healing Rose Balm is a multi-purpose balm for treating the lips, cuticles, dry spots, and even small nicks and cuts.

SENSORY: La Balmba Rosa is the prettiest pale pink concoction you’ll find in a pot.  Remove the cap, inhale, and you’ll swear you were in a rose garden.  This is not the musty rose scent of the grandma sitting in front of you in church (no offense to grandmas of course – I happen to foster a deep love and adoration for them).  Rather, this is a fresh and beautifully authentic rose.  While I’m not a floral gal, I do have to say I appreciate this product’s fragrance.  If you like rose, La Balmba Rosa will make you very happy.  Texture-wise, La Balmba Rosa is not a hard and waxy balm, nor is it an ointment.  It falls perfectly in between the two.  How does La Balmba Rosa compare to the cult-status salve of my past?  La Balmba Rosa’s rose scent is more intense and its consistency is not as ointment-like.  And it’s a thousand times better for your body*.

FUNCTION:  La Balmba Rosa spreads easily on the lips and has good slip.  It is very moisturizing due to the high content of quality oils.  Instead of petroleum, you’ll find coconut, meadowfoam, jojoba, avocado, and castor oils.  LaBalmba works great on its own or under any lip color you apply.  Indeed, it does multi-task well for the cuticles and dry patches.  I even use this on my lil’ daughter’s lips and dry knuckles.  It makes her feel very fancy and her little sniffer appreciates the rose scent.  Love her.


MORE ABOUT THE BIZ: R.L. Linden & Co was founded by Denver-based darlings Robin King and Lynn Till.  You can read more about the self-professed “nature lovers, product nerds and purveyors of pretty” here.  While their business only launched this past summer, they have 30 years combined experience in health, skincare, and tea blending.  Next on my list to try?  The Thousand Petal Beautifying Mist and Ms. Tilly Rosalie’s Beauty Tea (I’m a sucka for a cuppa).  I am excited for these women as they channel their expertise and passion into making a dream come to fruition with R.L. Linden & Co.  I foresee a very rosy future for them.

Have you made the switch from petroleum-based lip balms yet?  What are you waiting for?  Tried anything from R.L. Linden & Co yet?

* Not the most scientifically-based quantifier, but you get the point.

Image: R.L. Linden and Co

Putting More YOU in the New Year: An Interview with Dr. Pratima Raichur


The Doctor is IN.

Happy 2014, Beauties!  With the year officially under way, may of us have contemplated and formulated goals, resolutions, plans for evolving, and new mantras.  Whatever you choose to call it = whatever works for you.  Something I think we should all try to do this year is incorporate more self-care into our lives and routines.  This transcends beyond appearance and vanity.  Self-care is about devoting time to developing wellness in the mind, body, and spirit.  Wellness is synonymous with beauty.  You cannot have one without the other.

 I had the honor and pleasure of engaging Dr. Pratima Raichur in a bit of Q&A regarding Ayurvedic self-care. Dr. Raichur is a renowned doctor of Ayurvedic medicine and skincare.  As far as I’m concerned, she is both guru and goddess to womankind.  This is the second part of my series on how the ancient practice of Ayurveda can work for the modern woman.  Missed Part One?  You can catch up here.  Take a moment now to relax, open your mind, and ponder the following means for self-care and renewal. Continue reading

Happy Christmas & Contest Winners!

Drumroll please…..

Congrats to Candance on winning the Alima Pure Me Encanta collection and Meredith for winning the Soap and Paper Factory’s Roland Pine candle trio!  Thanks to all who entered.  I look forward to many more giveaways in 2014.

Ladies, email me at with your addresses.

Wishing everyone a happy and blessed Christmas filled with family, friends, laughter, and beauty!

Verde Versace’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

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Happy Holidays, beauties!

I am giddy with excitement to bring you Verde Versace’s first Holiday Gift Guide! I’ve had great fun (and temptation) perusing the world of green beauty and finalizing my top picks for you. Aside from being a joy to use, these products all share distinguishing commonalities which truly resonate with me. These brands are committed to using only natural ingredients, produce their products in the U.S.A., are socially responsible, AND were founded by women. How’s that for criteria? Enjoy these fabulous finds, deals, and giveways that will delight you and your loved ones (and earn you major street cred in the gifting department).

1) Farmaesthetics Hot Toddy for the Body Set: Give the gift of smooth and glowing skin with this charming oil and exfoliant duo. The ingredients of orange, cinnamon, and clove are warming to the body and a deliciously comforting to the senses. When I gift this set, I add a pretty glass mug, a wee bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey, a sachet of cloves, and a Meyer lemon. This way, my recipient can mix up both a Hot Toddy for their body and one for their spirits. It is one of my very infrequent Martha moments. $26

DEAL for VV readers! Farmaesthetics is offering a FREE retail-sized bottle of their “luscious and powerfully nourishing food for the skinNourishing Herbal Cream (a $38 value) with purchase of the Hot Toddy for the Body set. To take advantage of this fantastic offer, simply take the following steps:

  • Like Farmaesthetics on Facebook.
  • Like Verde Versace on Facebook or follow on Twitter.
  • When ordering, make a note in the gift message area that you are a Verde Versace reader.

2) Soap and Paper Factory Roland Pine Candle: For me, holiday season doesn’t officially start until I spark up this candle. With key notes of Siberian fir mingled with cilantro and citrus, you’ve never smelled pine quite like this. Once lit, this gloriously fresh, clean, and uplifting scent fills your room. Simply put, it’s Christmas in a jar. The Roland Pine candle makes for a fantastic hostess gift that will keep you at the top of everyone’s guest list. $28

GIVEAWAY for VV readers! The Soap and Paper Factory is GIVING their Three Pack Roland Pine Gift Set (retail value $24) to one lucky reader! To be eligible, be sure to do ALL of the following:

  • Like The Soap and Paper Factory on Facebook or follow on Instagram.
  • Like Verde Versace on Facebook or follow on Twitter.
  • After you’ve done the above, write in the comments area that you wish to enter the Roland Pine drawing. If you choose, feel free to share: real tree, fake tree, or no tree? (Keep in mind I am a Speech Pathologist by profession and it’s my job to make you talk.)

3) Kari Gran Lip Whip – Tinted: This blush-hued whipped wonderfulness for the lips comes in the holiday festive flavors of Peppermint or Cinnamon-Pimenta Berry. My search for the perfect lip treatment has happily led me to Kari Gran Skincare. This genius formula boasts nourishing ingredients, sublime texture, protection from chapping, a delectable flavor, and chic packaging. Lip Whip makes for a lovely stocking stuffer or the perfect lil’ something for a girlfriend or co-worker. $15

4) Pratima Sanctuary Bath and Body Oils Set: I don’t know about you, but the holidays can make me quite frazzled. This set of Pratima’s beautifully blended Ayurvedic oils offer relaxation, restoration, and a bit of well-deserved pampering for the busy, hard-working, and/or stressed woman. It should have a mandatory spot in one’s holiday survival kit. Or for life in general. $44

DEAL for VV readers! Pratima Skincare is offering 10% off your ENTIRE purchase now through January 31st! New Year, new skin. Here’s how you can take advantage of these savings:

5) Osmia Organics Evergreen Shea Soap: This is no ordinary bar of soap. Osmia Organics soaps are chock-full of hydrating oils such as shea, olive, and coconut. Brand founder and formulator Dr. Sarah Villafranco likened the Evergreen scent to “being naked in a forest – in a good way, of course.” Love it. She also recommends pairing it with her Forest Body Oil. Hey, why not heighten your romp in the woods? This soap will redefine the shower for any lucky man or woman in your life. $12

DEAL for VV readers! Osmia Organics is offering a 10% off their Evergreen Shea Soaps through Christmas. To take advantage of this offer, simply do the following:

  • Like Osmia Organics on Facebook.
  • Like Verde Versace on Facebook or follow on Twitter.
  • Use code OOVersace (O’s, not zeroes), which is good through Christmas.

6) Kahina Giving Beauty Fez Body Serum: Do as the brand’s name suggests and give some beauty this season with Fez. If you are looking to bestow the gift of luxury with a bit of the exotic, it’s right here in this gorgeous black bottle. Read my review here for the journey it will take your lucky recipient on. Hands down, Fez is the best body product to debut this season. Bonus: Kahina Giving Beauty gives back 25% of profits to women’s cooperatives in Morocco (and not just at Christmas time). $98

DEAL for VV readers! Kahina Giving Beauty is offering a 10% off their Fez Body Serum. To take advantage of this offer, simply do the following:

  • Like Kahina Giving Beauty on Facebook.
  • Like Verde Versace on Facebook or follow on Twitter.
  • Use code VERDE, which is good through 12/31.

7) Olie Biologique Huile Moderne 004 Hydrating Oil: This exquisite facial oil transformed my skin, which is not a claim I make loosely. The synergy of argan, rosehip, bergamot, neroli, and frankincense oils heals and hydrates the skin. Founder Linda Thompson refers to rosehip oil as “nature’s airbrusher“. Music to my ears, and trust me, to your giftee’s too. $68

DEAL for VV readers! Olie Biologique With purchase of the Huile Moderne 004 Oil, is offering a FREE travel-sized vial of their 006 Huile Clare Calming Oil, which is described as “The Soothsayer for those stressed out skin moments.” Shipping will be free too! To take advantage of this offer, simply do the following:

  • Like Olie Biologique on Facebook, follow on Twitter, or follow on Instagram.
  • Like Verde Versace on Facebook or follow on Twitter.
  • Use code VERDEOLIE (case sensitive), which is good through January 31st. One per customer. Orders must be placed by 12/18 for Christmas delivery.

Psst…While on the site, check out their new Natural Whisker Organic Shave Oil which deserves an honorable mention here. Not only are its ingredients extremely nourishing, I’ll bet the oils of bergamot, lemongrass and sandalwood would make your man smell amaaazing. If only I could get Mr. Versace to relinquish his Barbasol…sigh.

8) Alima Pure’s Me Encanta Collection: Inspired by the strength and beauty of the Spanish flamenco dancer, limited in edition, and curated by green makeup artist Kristen Arnett, this set is arguably the most striking makeup collection of the season. The shades are universally flattering and versatile, allowing you to take your look from subtle to the dramatic with ease. Insider beauty secret: navy blue has an instant brightening effect on the eyes. Who doesn’t want to look merry and bright this season? Embrace this departure from your typical black or brown liner. Bonus: the Alima site has video tutorials on how to create both a chic look and a sultry look. This is brilliant, as I for one hate buying makeup and then not knowing what to do with it. $50

GIVEAWAY for VV readers! Alima Pure is GIVING away the Me Encanta Makeup Collection to one chica con suerte! To be eligible, be sure complete all of the following steps:

  • Like Alima Pure on Facebook or follow on Instagram.
  • Subscribe to Alima Pure’s Blog.
  • Like Verde Versace on Facebook or follow on Twitter.
  • After you’ve done the above, write in the comments area that you wish to enter the Alima Me Encanta drawing. If you’d like, feel free to share: how do you jazz up your face for the holidays?

ABOUT THE GIVEAWAYS: Readers are welcome to submit entries for both drawings. To do so, you must:

  1. Follow the social media requirements listed above (If you go by a different name on social media do let me know)

  2. WRITE IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THE BLOG which item(s) you would like to win. Winners will be randomly chosen from comment entries.

Winners will be randomly drawn and announced here on Sunday, 12/22. I’m so excited that Santa will be making an early stop on the blog.

Which items on the guide make for the perfect gift for a loved one? Or for a To: Me Love: Me? Happy gifting!

Special thanks to the brands who extended their generosity to the lovely Verde Versace readers!

Photo credits: Farmaesthetics, The Soap and Paper Factory, Kari Gran, Kahina Giving Beauty, Pratima Skincare, Olie Biologique, Osmia Organics, Alima Pure.

Special credit goes to Mr. Versace for his extraordinary patience in helping me with doing all the Photoshop.

RETAIL THERAPY: Green Deals on a Black Friday

Happy Thanksgiving, beauties!  There are green beauty deals galore out there to help ease your turkey hangover.  Get your shop and savings on.  Happy shopping for those on your holiday list (and hopefully a little something for yourself too).  I will update if I find any more sales.  Now, off you go to help boost our economy!

BLISSOMA: Specials starting 12/2 and running through 12/8

  • Offer 1 – Buy any 2 Travel Skincare Sets and get a free $20 gift certificate.
  • Offer 2 – Orders of $80 or more can receive the free tote AND a free bar of our Clean Smooth and Sensitive Cleansing Bar (free tote + free bar cleanser = $22.85 in freebies plus free shipping if you are an existing customer (or register for the newsletter for the free shipping code)
  • Offer 3 – Orders of $150 or more can receive the free tote AND a free Lavish Loving Recovery Mask, their new hydrating mask. (free tote + free mask = $43.99 in freebies plus free shipping as well, same scenario)

ORGANIC BEAUTY TALK’s Curated Shop: 25% off and free shipping – today only!

FARMAESTHETICS: 20% off your order of $75+.  Code: OFF20.  Only good today!

PRATIMA: 3 days of free shipping on orders over $50.

REN: 20% off orders, today only with code:XMAS20

BUTTER LONDON: 20% off order, plus 50% off select items. Code: CYBER13

BEAUTY SAGE: 20% off orders and free shipping with code GOBBLE.

TRUTH IN AGING: Spend over $75 and save 20%.  Savings increase with $250 and $500 purchases.

100% PURE: Free shipping and gifts with purchase (kind of like the old days at the Clinique counter!)

CHARLESTON NATURALLY: 20% off and a free Dr. H gift with orders over $25.  Code: TURKEY.

HOPE GILLERMAN ORGANICS: Buy two remedies, get one free.  Free shipping over $60.  Code: BLACKFRIDAY.

VAPOUR ORGANIC BEAUTY: 30% off orders through Monday with code BLACKFRIDAY13.

JOHN MASTERS ORGANICS: 25% off orders with code HOLIDAY13 through Monday.

W3LL PEOPLE: 20% off on Cyber Monday with code CYBER13.

LA BELLA FIGURA: Today only, buy one Découverte Under Eye Repair Serum and get one free!

TATA HARPER via NO MORE DIRTY LOOKS: 15% off any order with code ADORED. Plus…

  • Free Deluxe Repairative Moisturizer with any purchase over $100, code BFM
  • Free Deluxe Rejuvenating Serum with any purchase over $250, code BFS
  • Free Deluxe Boosted Contouring Serum with any purchase over $500, code BFB

STARK SKINCARE: 15% off with code FLYAWAY.

THE DETOX MARKET: 15% off orders over $100 with code THANKS2013.

ODACITE: 15% off with code THANKS.

CV SKINLABS: 15% off today only with code BLACKFRIDAY.

21 DROPS: Buy one, get one free plus free shipping with code THANKFUL.

MAY LINDSTROM SKIN: Offering The Jasmine Garden Mist free with any order of The Blue Cocoon or The Honey Mud.

LINK LOVE: W3LL People Supernaturals Session Event Recap & Good n’ Green Blog Reads for You

photo(75)As I mentioned in my last post, I attended the W3LL People Supernaturals Session at Henri Bendel.  The event was hosted by Well and Good NYC and included One Love Organics and Yarok Hair.  It was such a treat meeting  brand founders James Walker and Shirley Pinkson (whose million watt smile I’ve gotten to experience before) of W3LL People, Suzanne Leroux from One Love Organics, and Mordechai Alvow of Yarok.  Hearing about their journeys into the world of green and natural beauty was incredibly interesting and inspiring.  For instance, Suzanne dropped her successful law career to found and formulate her own skincare brand!  Major, major kudos, girl.  Following a Q&A session, there were mini-facials, makeovers, and hair coiffuring galore.  The champagne flowed and shopping bags overflowed.  Attendees were both gorgeous and in their glory.

One of the best parts of the evening was meeting others of my kind – fellow green beauty bloggers!  It was great chatting with Elizabeth Dehn from Beauty Bets (a blogger who collaborates on product development with One Love Organics – I could only dream!), Jordan and Emily of Product Junkies Rehab, Kasey of Plein Vanity, Katie from The Green Product Junkie, and Sarita Cohen from Edible Facial.  Sarita wrote a recap of the evening that is wonderfully comprehensive (and name drops moi!).  It’s the perfect post for me to share in my first ever Link Love post.  Check it out here.  Speaking of link love, check out the links to these other blogs – good reads, my friends!

Happy Veteran’s Day – take a moment to reflect upon the great bravery and sacrifices of our nation’s heroes.  And, if the opportunity arises, thank a veteran.

FIELD TRIP: The W3LL People Beauty Counter at Henri Bendel


Let the games begin.

While I love green makeup and the fact that it is widely available online, purchased with a few pecks at my keyboard, and delivered to my doorstep, at times something is missing.  Online, one doesn’t get a true sense of shades and hues, can’t feel the texture, is unable to smell it (yes, I smell my makeup), and of course, the inability to try before the buy.  By no means has this deterred me in any way (my face currently awash with cyber shopping guilt), but purchasing makeup can be a bit of a guessing game and moreover, I’ve missed that department store experience…up until now.  Allow me to take you to Henri Bendel in NYC where you can saunter up to the counter and become a natural beauty at W3LL People. Continue reading