Embrace the hottest months with our cool picks for fun in the sun and easy living.
It’s easier than ever to stay safe, comfortable, pretty, and refreshed during the summer season, no matter how sticky the weather gets. Natural repellents will keep pesky bugs at bay, and balms, lotions, and gels will soothe and heal should accidents happen.
Sunscreen in a Stick It looks like a supersize lip balm, but Eco Lips FaceStick is an SPF 30 sunscreen you can apply to your nose, ears, lips, and the rest of your face with one hand and no mess. With 82 percent organic ingredients, it blocks UV rays while moisturizing and nourishing with sunflower, jojoba, and coconut oils, aloe vera, and calendula.
Antioxidant Defense Natural sun protection is combined with antioxidant defense in Aubrey Organics Natural Sun SPF 25 Green Tea Protective Sunscreen. Titanium dioxide and PABA ester protect against UVA and UVB rays; organic green tea fights free radicals; and organic shea butter, aloe vera, and jojoba oil soften, soothe, and hydrate skin.
Sunblock for Sensitive Skin Free of fragrance and parabens, Jason Sunbrellas Mineral Based Physical Sunblock SPF 30 (formerly Chemical Free SPF 30) is designed for sensitive skin and is safe for babies. The sunblock is enriched with chamomile and marigold extracts to soothe skin.
Sunless Tanning A super-moisturizing indulgence, Alba Botanica VERY EMOLLIENT BODY Lotion LIGHT BRONZING FORMULA gives you a healthy glow with subtle self tanners. Safflower oil and shea butter keep skin silky smooth.
Gentle Exfoliation Beauty pros emphasize exfoliating before applying a sunless tanner to get an even, natural look. Gentle enough for daily use, Zia Skin Basics Bamboo Exfoliant removes dead surface cells and soothes skin with a blend of bamboo extract, soybean oil, rice bran oil, and yucca extract.
Luscious Lips To soothe, protect, and give lips a naturally luscious look, Desert Essence Organics Lip Tints add a hint of color to nourishing jojoba, shea butter, and a blend of essential oils. Choose your favorite flavor and color: Red Raspberry, Italian Red Grape, Coconut, or Vanilla Chai.
Natural Glow Dust your body gorgeous with Aubrey Organics Silken Earth Body Shimmer. Healthful, sustainable ingredients, such as silk powder, carnauba wax, organic tapioca starch, and lauroyl lysine, nourish skin while creating a silky feel and a glittery-yet-subtle appearance.
Soothing Shave Formulated for women and men, Alba Botanica Moisturizing Foam Shaves use aerosol-free technology to deliver lubricating foam for a smooth shave. Vitamin E and organic botanicals, including aloe and calendula, soothe skin. Available in Aloe Mint, Mango Vanilla, and Sea Mist, these foams are free of parabens and synthetic colors, and made with 100 percent vegetarian ingredients.
Africa’s Miracle Moisturizer On vacation or at home, Out of Africa Shea Butter Body Lotion is a luxurious way to moisturize and replenish skin with 100 percent organic, unrefined shea butter from Benin, West Africa. One of the continent’s natural treasures, shea butter contains antioxidants and beneficial fatty acids that nourish, refresh, and revitalize.
Purifying Mud Exfoliate, detoxify, and nourish your face and body with Auromère Herbomineral Rejuvenating Mud Bath and Mask. A fine powder with 12 Ayurvedic herbs and four types of clay from pristine areas of India, this mud can cleanse summer grit and give you a deep-conditioning home-spa treatment.
Hair 911 Summer can wreak havoc on hair, but Single Application Intensive Treatment from the Surya Brasil Color Fixation line comes to the rescue. A combination of Amazonian plant extracts, cupuacu butter, buriti oil, carotene, and rice protein close, restructure, and strengthen the hair cuticle, restore suppleness, flexibility, and shine, and protect locks and their color from UV rays.
Natural Scented Deodorants There’s no need to use toxic deodorants. TCCD International Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal Roll-on is available in four scents: HoneyDew Melon, Ocean Breeze, Lavender, and Papaya Fusion. A blend of all-natural ingredients, this nontoxic alternative contains no parabens, phthalates, or allergens.
Natural Insect Repellents
Botanical Bug Shield Neem oil has been used for thousands of years as an insect repellent and is a botanical alternative to DEET, the toxic chemical repellent. Safe for the whole family, TheraNeem Leaf & Oil Herbal Outdoor Spray protects and soothes with organic neem, essential oils and aloe, and is paraben- and cruelty-free.
DEET-free Options For outdoor enthusiasts, Quantum Buzz Away Extreme is a DEET-free formula in a spray bottle or towelette wipe. A blend of essential oils—wintergreen, citronella, cedarwood, peppermint, and lemongrass—with soybean and geranium oils provides lasting protection from mosquitoes, ticks, and other bugs.
Relief from Summer Mishaps
Itch Begone! Soothe itchy, irritated, flaky skin and rashes, including poison ivy and oak, with All Terrain Ditch The Itch Bar. Made with all-natural ingredients, including tea tree oil, neem oil, and oat extract, the bar comes in biodegradable packaging.
Care for Bites and Stings As a topical treatment for bites and stings from insects and jellyfish, Boiron Bitecare Gel combines three homeopathic remedies: Calendula officinalis heals, Echinacea angustifolia reduces inflammation and Ledum palustre relieves pain and itching.
Neem Balm for Skin and Nails Designed to relieve hard-to-solve skin conditions, Auromère Ayurvedic Neem Balm contains neem oil and other active ingredients used in Ayurvedic medicine. It soothes insect bites, burns, rashes, athlete’s foot, cuts, bruises, hives, warts, sores, and cracked skin on elbows and feet.
Healing Bruises and Sprains Popular today for sprains, strains, bruises, and swelling after injuries or surgery, arnica has been used medicinally by Native Americans and Europeans for centuries. A. Vogel Arnica Rub, a soothing gel made from fresh, organically grown arnica, can be applied to any sore or achy area.
Avoiding Motion Sickness Gaia Herbs Ginger Supreme combines alcohol-free extracts of ginger, a long-standing remedy for motion sickness, and turmeric, an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that supports healthy digestion. Both herbs are certified-organic, and the liquid-filled capsules are 100 percent vegetarian.
Hydration Plus Affinity’s Real Water is alkalinized to balance excess acidity in our bodies. A proprietary filtration technology also gives it antioxidant properties and makes it exceptionally hydrating.
Puerh Iced Tea A new antioxidant-rich iced tea—Puerh (“poo-air”)—has been introduced by Numi Organic Tea. Harvested from 500-year-old organic tea trees in the Yunnan region of China, flavors include Mango Passion Puerh Black Tea, Peach Nectar Puerh Green Tea, and Moroccan Mint Puerh Green Tea.
Iced Coffee Indulgence Brewed in small batches with organic, fair-trade-certified Arabica beans, Simply Coffee from Pacific Natural Foods is blended with low-fat milk and lightly sweetened.
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Flavor without Calories All-natural HINT water pleases your taste buds without calories, sugar, or artificial additives. Hibiscus Vanilla, Watermelon, Honeydew Hibiscus, and Blackberry are the newest flavors.
Rejuvenating on the Go Enzymes, electrolytes, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals in little packets of Oxylent are easy to take anywhere, any time. Mixes with water or juice to hydrate, boost immunity, and increase bone and heart health.
Baked-in Goodness Natural flavors are baked into FoodShouldTasteGood chips rather than being added artificially. Four new varieties, Yellow Corn, Cinnamon, Potato & Chive, and Lime carry on a tradition of all-natural ingredients without gluten, cholesterol, trans fats, genetically modified ingredients.
Bounty in a Bag In the backwoods or in town, low calorie, single-serve bags of Crispy Green freeze-dried fruit contain no added sugar, preservatives, colors, flavors, fat, or cholesterol, and are dairy- and gluten-free.