Organic makeup is becoming more and more mainstream these days. You can’t flip through an Elle, Vogue or InStyle magazine without seeing a mention of some our natural cosmetic lines in a photo-shoot, editor’s pick or celebrity recommendation. A few years ago, you’d catch the occasional article about green products or natural alternatives in there, but they were mostly presented as a fringe trend for tree hugging yoga aficionados.

Now it seems that interest and awareness has grown to the point that the botanical brands are well integrated into those glossy pages as authentic endorsements for everyone. It’s about time we reached this tipping point! Health and environmental benefits aside, our products work beautifully. The stars of stage, screen and catwalks wouldn’t use them if they didn’t.

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There’s nothing like a mani-pedi to spruce up your look, perk up your mood and carve out some well-deserved me-time. Something about that particular primping ritual seems to melt away stress as you lovingly tend to each nail, indulging your innate girliness with each careful brushstroke.

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The Deli is Open

August 29, 2012

Saffron Rouge is ready to start taking orders for The Body Deli, our delectable new line of fresh organic face, body and hair care that will make your mouth water, your nose tingle and your skin glow. The company founders are pioneers of combining potent raw superfoods into beauty products, grounded on the philosophy that you should feed your outsides like you feed your insides.

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Summer is the season for road trips, plane flights, train journeys and ocean voyages. It seems everyone is going somewhere for at least a few days' break or a fortnight's escape. Whether it's a week at the cottage, an exotic beach getaway, a weekend city break or an extended overseas adventure, packing for the summer holidays is always a challenge. While we can't help you on the clothes front, we can assist with some ideas of what to throw in the toiletry case, carry-on, purse or beach bag.

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What motivated you to start your own line?

Back in 2002, as my daughter was moving into her teens and just after I lost my mother to breast cancer, I began looking for a cosmetic line that was as pure as the natural skincare I had been using. Some of the ‘health food store’ makeup brands were pretty clean, but the colors lacked the sophistication and variety of more conventional cosmetics lines. I thought women should be able to have both clean products and great color selection. ‘Beauty without compromise’ was my ideal.

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Some people otherwise committed to natural skin care are reluctant to go green when it comes to sun protection. There’s a perception that the eco-friendly stuff either doesn’t work as well to shield skin from harmful rays or that you have to resort to a pasty white coating of goop to achieve protection. Not exactly a good look for the beach or pool, let alone daily wear.

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1. What motivated you to start your own line?

After many years in the fashion and make-up industry, I’ve learned a lot about the impact of daily exposure to chemicals in beauty care products. I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t live up to its promises. I see the results of taking a quick-fix approach to looking good. I know first-hand the price our health can pay in the pursuit of beauty.

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We recently had a chance to interview with Vikki Khan, founder of Lily Lolo Mineral Cosmetics to coincide with this week’s offer: A Lily Lolo Summer Eye Shadow Gift Pack (worth $36).

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Saffron Rouge is not just a natural makeup and skin care site for organically glamorous gals. We’ve got guys’ green grooming goods covered too. After all, taking care of your skin, looking your best and caring about the ingredients you use on your body has no gender bias. So encourage your husband, your brother, your boyfriend, your dad and all men in your life to put as much thought into their personal care products as you do by shopping Saffron Rouge. Or if discussing proper primping and preening products just doesn’t enthuse your menfolk, you can always just take the bull by the horn and purchase wisely on their behalf.

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Summer is upon us, and with all the positives that stem from this warm weather, carefree, outdoorsy, kick-off-your shoes season comes a few minor grooming concerns. We tend to show a little more skin, absorb extra rays, perspire more persistently and face a few hair challenges as the temperature and humidity rises.

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