Announcing The First Annual Ecosalon Beauty Awards (Meet Our Judges!)

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We are excited to announce the first annual Ecosalon Beauty Awards, coming November 18th—23rd! We’ll be asking you, our beloved readers, to vote when we go live, but to narrow down the bounty of natural beauty goodness out there, we had to turn to our friends, some seriously accomplished women. 

To get you as excited as we are, meet our truly knowledgeable and esteemed panel of judges, who are the cream of the crop when it comes to the the green beauty world. 

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Kristen Arnett, Makeup Artist, Editor, and Beauty Educator

Kristen Arnett is a rare hybrid within the beauty industry, navigating between her work as an international makeup artist, beauty educator, and brand consultant. As the founding editor-in-chief of Green Beauty Team and a stickler for health and sustainability, Kristen focuses her talents and personal ethics on educating people everywhere about choosing effective, natural beauty solutions.

Follow Kristen on Facebook and Twitter.
Jessa Blades, Natural Makeup Artist and Herbalist
Jessa Blades is a makeup artist, natural beauty expert, and herbalist. Dedicated to all things natural, Jessa founded her own company, Blades Natural Beauty, with roots in simple routines, pure products, and expert advice. She also hand blends her own tea, runs an online shop, does fashion and celebrity makeup, and spreads her ten years of natural knowledge by consulting, contributing, and teaching.
Follow Jessa on Twitter @jessablades and Facebook.
Summer Rayne Oakes, Model, Ecopreneur and Author
Summer Rayne Oakes has leveraged her modeling and media career as a force of good, working with brands – from Payless Shoe Source to Portico Home  – to develop more environmentally preferable products. She is the cofounder of Source4Style– a B2B sustainable materials marketplace; creator of the weekly video series SRO Conversations; and author of best-selling style guide, Style, NaturallyShe is currently working on a new book on sustainability in the apparel industry; assisting in the launch of Good Eggs NYC to connect customers to local food producers; and can often be seen dressing like a superhero in her spare time.
Follow Summer on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, aka Mommy Greenest

Better known as Mommy Greenest, Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff is the former founder of EcoStiletto, CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World and was editor of Children magazine—before she had three of her own. Want less judgmental, more sustainable parenting advice? Follow her: and Because you shouldn’t have to be a scientist to raise healthy kids!


Brandie Gilliam, Founder of Organic Beauty Talk

Passionate about healthy non-toxic products that really work and a beautiful lifestyle, Brandie Gilliam is the founder of Organic Beauty Talk and part of Lucky magazine’s exclusive Lucky Style Collective. Brandie’s work has also been published in Organic Spa, Coco Eco, Hope for Women, and Green Child magazines.
Follow Brandie on Twitter @OrganicBeautyTk and on Facebook.
Laura Klein, Editor-in-Chief, Ecosalon
Laura Klein is the co-founder of Organic Authority, LLC a new media company that publishes & Laura, a trained chef, and healthy living expert, is a passionate advocate in today’s food revolution movement. She’s been featured in Oprah magazine,, The Huffington Post, CNN, The Food Network, Women’s World, Malibu Times, and is featured in the book Hot, Rich, and Green. She was named by Huffington Post as one of the top 35 diet and nutrition experts to follow on Twitter.
Laura is passionate about using technology and digital media to help solve America’s health and obesity crisis. Her mission: To change the world one reader at a time by inspiring change through conscious living and empowering individuals to live that change.


Starre Vartan, Editor Fashion and Beauty, Travel & Shelter at Ecosalon
Starre Vartan is the editor of Fashion & Beauty, Travel, and Shelter at Ecosalon, and founder and editor-in-chief of Eco Chick and its sister site, Eco Chick Escapes, all about ethical travel and style. She’s the author of The Eco-Chick Guide to Life (St. Martin’s Press), and a problogger and oft-quoted green living expert who has been featured in the New York Times, Elle, Glamour and Self magazines. She has style-edited for magazines, styled (and reported on) eco fashion shows at New York Fashion Week, and currently contributes her writing on design to Metropolis magazine, lifestyle for, and ethical destinations to Starre has also consulted for American Express, Mavea, Neutrogena Naturals, and, currently, eBay Green.
Aysia Wright, Founder of Goodebox 
From non-profit work to retail; environmental law to public relations and marketing; Aysia’s eclectic career path has always been guided by a passion to  advocate for more sustainable living. While these endeavors were rewarding and served as a sort of “trial by fire” PhD in applied sustainability, she soon learned the efficacy of stepping off the soapbox and into the marketplace to get the message across and help effect change. Goodebox is her latest effort, helping conscious consumers find the best clean, responsible products that work for them. It’s a helping hand in navigating the confusing and overwhelming market of beauty products with the ultimate goal of helping consumers make the switch to better beauty and growing the market share of responsible brands.
Starre Vartan

Starre Vartan has been covering eco fashion, natural beauty, ethical travel, and sustainable design for over a decade. She's written for magazines (Whole Living, Metropolis) and online (Huffington Post, MNN,, Inhabitat) and she has been honored as a thought leader by Glamour and Self magazines, as well as quoted in the New York Times (thrice). She's the author of "The Eco Chick Guide to Life: How to Be Fabulously Green" (St. Martin's Press) which was based on her longrunning blog, Starre was born Down Under in Sydney, Australia and has dual citizenship with the United States, as she grew up and was educated in the Hudson Valley of New York. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Geology from Syracuse University and a Master of Fine Arts in Nonfiction writing from Columbia University. She splits her time between the Connecticut coast and Manhattan and loves to read, hike, snowboard, horseback ride, travel, and she will swim in almost anything (from lake to sea, cenote to mountain swimming hole).