The Boom Boom Room 2012: Event Photos

September 21 & 22 marked our debut at the Boom Boom Room, a celebrity gifting suite on Emmy Eve! We are so glad to have met all of the attendees—celebrity moms, dads, parents-to-be, and even a few kids! Everyone was incredibly nice and we were able to spread the word about our eco-friendly, refillable, sulfate- and paraben-free products.

Check out photos from the two-day event below, and a bonus video of Constance Marie!

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All images via Twitter (@UseMeProducts and @jayneonimoore).

The Boom Boom Room 2012: Celebrity Tweets

We were absolutely thrilled to be invited to this year’s Boom Boom Room, a pre-Emmy Awards gifting suite for celebrity parents. Our eco-friendly products were very well-received, and everyone we met was so gracious and truly interested in our refill, reuse, repeat philosophy. A big thanks to everyone who stopped by The Boom Boom Room—it was great to meet you! And check out some of the celebrity tweets from our weekend!

All images are screenshots from our Twitter feed. Source: @UseMeProducts.

Eco-Chic Tip of the Week: Natural Makeup Brush Cleaners

Since unwashed makeup brushes can harbor breakout-causing bacteria, it’s a good idea to lather them up on a regular basis. Unfortunately, many commercial brush cleaners can contain harsh chemicals, so stick to gentle, non-toxic cleansers. Many beaut-istas swear by pure castile soap, such as Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps (which are USDA certified organic and certified Fair Trade!).

You could also try these recipes that will extend the life of your brushes and your skin:

  • Witch hazel, lavender oil, and tea tree oil, as seen in this video.
  • Olive oil, liquid castile soap, and vinegar, as seen on Crunchy Betty.

Or this concoction courtesy of EcoBeautySecrets.com:

You may also be interested in reading Organic Authority’s A Thing of Beauty: 5 Reasons to Use Synthetic Makeup Brushes, which explains that many makeup brushes are not vegan or even cruelty free!

(image via Clumps of Mascara and Eco Beauty Secrets)

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How We Reduce Our Carbon Footprint: Smart Packaging

Being a comprehensive eco-conscious product line means exploring all aspects of your business when reducing your negative impact on the natural environment. One area that is often overlooked—by companies and consumers alike—is packaging.

At Use Me, our first step was to create consumer-friendly product bottles. Glass or ceramic are the safest from a health standpoint, but production can be very energy intensive and glass or ceramic can be dangerous in the shower. Unfortunately, plastic was the most logical material, but there were a couple different varieties:

  • Plant-based biodegradable plastics seemed like the best option,but they tend to break down overtime—especially in the shower. 
    This would not have been realistic for the product and would not allow customers to reuse the bottles.
  • Recycled plastic was also a great option, but it can contain Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical that leaches into products (whether it’s baby formula, microwave dinners, or beauty products!). BPA can be absorbed into the body and has been linked to a number of problems including cancer, heart disease, liver disease, obesity, and is especially problematic for pregnant women.

So, we settled on recyclable BPA-free plastic with specific pumps that emit controlled amounts of product. This way, our customers can feel safe about leaving their bottles in the shower and reusing them, and conserve product by using only the recommended amount.

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Amazing Before and After’s From America’s Beauty Show

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A select few at Americas Beauty Show in Chicago were fortunate enough to feel the full effects of Use Me’s eco-chic luxury products. Our 100% recylced and recylcable booth was constructed to support two mini hair stations. It was amazing to watch as our expert stylists completely transformed these women in less than 45 minutes. All of us at the show were moved by the fact that some were even brought to tears by their new hair, achieving looks they never thought possible. Needless to say, every model bought product.

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What Your Shampoo Is Telling You: switching to a sulfate-free product

You need to understand that if you have been using a product containing sulfates all your life, you have become accustomed to the feeling of unnatural cleanliness on top of your head. Not only that, but you have created a vicious cycle in which your body is over compensating for the natural oils that have been striped away every time you wash your hair (see What Your Shampoo Is Telling You: what are sulfates and why are they bad for you?) and thus produces an increased amount of oil every time.  So, the when you being using our sulfate-free products, you may feel a little more substance in your hair then you are used to and your hair will probably be much more oily. This is normal. You will have begun a natural, regenerative process that will get better with time. If you stick with our products your scalp will be able to return to normal and you will be amazed at how much better your hair looks and feels.

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