Giveaway: Win 24 Natural Beauty Products From Logona + SANTE [$490 Value]

Logona Sante Giveaway

One lucky EcoSalon reader will win $490 worth of amazing natural beauty products from Logona + SANTE. Want to get in on the action? Read on to find out how you can enter.

While Mother Nature has a cure for practically anything, finding natural cosmetics that are earth- and animal-friendly while remaining as effective as “the other guys” can be tough. Enter Logona and SANTE: Two ah-mazing lines of natural beauty products developed and manufactured by Logocos AG in Germany.

A pioneer in the industry, Logocos manufactures most extracts …

Sugar and Gluten-Free Apple Crisp Recipe

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If you are looking to clean up your holiday diet act, start with the following sugar and gluten-free apple crisp recipe, which will satisfy your taste buds and offer you the crave-worthy texture you seek without compromising your figure.

Homemade apple crisp is a lot like apple pie, only it is with a bit more crunch and a lot easier to put together. It has the ability to make the house smell like an apple orchard, full of warm comfort and holiday cheer. Each bite is a play of …

Get Motivated, Stat: How to Give Yourself the Grand Poobah of Pep Talks

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When you need to get motivated, give yourself a pep talk. It’s not weird. Science says so.

When you’re in a funk, there’s nothing better than turning to a family member or friend for a venting session: You come away from it feeling refreshed and ready to tackle your stress like a boss. But during uber-stressful moments when it’s not possible to get in touch with someone, it turns out giving yourself a pep talk can be just as rejuvenating. Like, for real.

The secret? Using the pronoun “you” instead of “I”, as …

Sex Work Isn’t All Sex: It’s Also Taxes

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Not all women and men who chose to make a life by doing sex work did so because they had no other options (or were forced into the work). Many people opt to work in the sex industry because they like the work and are exceptionally great business people.

I listened to Bitch’s “Sex Work is Work” Popaganda podcast while running on a treadmill at my gym last week. You may think, “hmm, that’s an odd choice to take one’s mind off running,” but you would be …

The Professional Cuddle Buddy: Would You Pay to Snuggle?

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A pro cuddling “shop” has opened in Portland, Oregon. Yes, it’s a place where you can have a cuddle buddy, professional cuddler Samantha Hess, for a fee.

We all love a good cuddle buddy, but a cuddling shop brings both quaint and creepy implications.

On the one hand, yes, we could all use a good cuddle. Hess says she’s getting 10,000 cuddle buddy email requests a week, an indicator of our overwhelming need for connection. For a $60 hour-long cuddle, customers get hair strokes, handholding and their choice of cuddle positions. It’s not sexual—at …

6 Chic and Simple Thanksgiving Centerpieces (That Won’t Break Your Budget)

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and with it the holiday season. It’s hard to believe how fast the year has gone by. While we spend at lot of time planning our holiday menus, simple Thanksgiving centerpieces are often an afterthought yet they add so much charm to the meal. And if your meal falls short, at least the table will be pretty.

1. Winter Lush Spread

This centerpiece is simple and can carry you through until Christmas. Simply place pine branches across the table and meticulously add pomegranates, apples, and clementines …

Nourish Your Body and Soul: Plan a Mediterranean Diet Vacation

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A Greek salad with fresh feta. Grilled lamb chops with bright sprigs of mint. Mussels sautéed with flavorful tomatoes and garlic, partnered with earthy olives and potatoes. Now, picture these Mediterranean diet dishes served against a setting as delicious as the meals themselves: a farm-to-table restaurant overlooking rolling vineyards, a cozy neighborhood trattoria, the dining room of a rustic B&B.

A Mediterranean diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, fish and seafood, olive oil and spices, and red wine, has long been credited …

Alan Watts Reminds Us What We Should Really Be Thankful For [Video]

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If you’ve not heard of Alan Watts yet, I’m happy to make the introduction here. It’s a wonderful reminder at this time of year about what we’re all doing here, really. Put to stunning imagery, it’s worth the dedication of 4 minutes.

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‘Tis the Season: Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup Recipe

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‘Tis the season for broccoli, and I couldn’t be more psyched. Broccoli is delicious however it is cooked and offers the much-needed density that a winter diet requires. You never walk away hungry from a broccoli-based dish, and the same goes for this vegan cream of broccoli soup recipe.

The broccoli’s flavor is able to stand out, as the soup only requires a few other ingredients. Normally, cream of broccoli soup requires butter and cream. However, this soup lets the broccoli do the talking and it only has good …