Check Out Our Amazing Review From Maria Organica

We are always looking for accomplished beauty and eco-friendly professionals to try our products. While we know that we have one of the most comprehensive and effective lines on the market, it is important to hear what other experts have to say.

We recently sent some product to Maria Organica, a self-proclaimed “vegan/vegetarian, animal activist, environmentalist and healthy educated consumer who understands the importance of buying power in health and the impact of the world”. I think the title of her review speaks for itself and rather than try to rewrite what she has written, I will only offer a small excerpt.

After I used their “Cleanser” my curly hair felt deep clean, but once I tried their “moisturizer”, I knew what their product was all about. Those two need to be used together to have the full effect; and I felt it right the way after my very first use. I also saved this review for a few weeks later after I dyed my hair to see how it would react to these products and it still worked great! My biggest surprise was yet to come. My husband, who has very thick and straight hair, (completely different than mine), used this product one day without asking me, and I was shocked to hear his testimony about it. I honestly thought it was only for curly hair, but it turns out that it did work with his hair type as well! So I think regardless of what type of hair you have, this product will work for you. It will help balance the structure and find it’s right level of moisturizer.

I recommend reading the entire article to hear about Maria’s complete Use Me experience.

Check out Maria’s Use Me Review Here (http://www.mariaorganica.com/my-life-before-and-after-use-me-hair-product-the-best-hair-products-i-have-ever-used-in-my-life/)

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Use Me Welcomes Prelude of New Hampshire To The Family

Use Me Products is thrilled to welcome Prelude: Purveyors of Imported Soaps, Fine Jewelry, and Gifts to our growing family. We are proud to announce that our products can now be purchased at their amazing shop located on 65 Market Street in beautiful downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Prelude has been “a feast for the senses since 1983″ as a purveyor of some of the finest names in soaps, lotions, and bath and body care from around the world. They also specialize in the finest beautiful and unique international silver and gold jewelry. So, to all of our great fans in the New Hampshire area, make sure to stop by Prelude, where their amazing staff will be able to fulfill your every Use Me need.

For directions or more information, visit http://www.preludeportsmouth.com/ContactUs.htm

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Why Use ME?

Why Use Me?

We are a line of hair care products that is all about natural ingredients, eco-smart packaging and giving back to create a better, cleaner world. The product line was developed by salon entrepreneurs because they were tired of companies promising and selling one thing and, after experiencing a few years of success, changing the game by becoming part of a larger concern.

Additionally, the founders set out to create a line that was/is good enough to eat… these vegan products are sulfate free and are harmless on all fronts – body and earth. They work incredibly well and are the definition of sustainability because once the initial bottle is purchased, the packaging can be re-used at a specially and consciously constructed salon-based Filling Station (See Here).

The products:

  • contain organic ingredients.
  • are created for all types of hair.
  • are pleasantly scented and not overly perfumed.
  • were created by salon professionals.
  • work.
  • come in eco-friendly reusable packaging.

For the salon owner:

“Use Me is the coolest line I’ve seen in years… their natural products really work and I love the reaction my customers have when they find out that they don’t cost an arm and a leg to use (beauty in this case does not have its price) and that the shampoos, conditioners and styling products can be re-filled right here. Oh, and the fact that I can sell the re-fill bar as furniture to my clients is kinda cool, too.”

  • 100% natural & organic, vegan ingredients, not overly scented, eco-friendly great scented products that work.
  • Tested and used at a salon on humans, no animal testing ever.
  • 100% post-consumer waste packaging that is re-useable, re-filled at salon-based enviro-friendly re-fill bar.
  • Created by salon professionals who care as much about beauty as they do about mother earth.
  • Use Me products work, they are smart and mark the beginning of a revolution in hair care that considers, profits, the environment and your clients’ budgets.

Need I say more?

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What Your Shampoo Is Telling You: Why fragrance is causing such a stink

Fragrance –  the word definitely has a harmonious and natural ring to it. I guess that is why major, corporate beauty companies have abused it. Fragrance was once something pure, reserved only for the pristine aromas of nature. Now-a-days, most “fragrances” are manufactured synthetically in labs and are used to mask hundreds of unknown harmful chemical ingredients. It may not smell like it, but the ingredients for these scents can be very nasty. One example is Benzene-ethanol, “A sweet-smelling, floral, rose synthetic fragrance which is irritating to the eyes, skin, and upper respiratory tract. It affects bone marrow, causes CNS disruption, and is classed as carcinogenic. Overexposure can damage the immune system, cause excess bleeding and lead to aplastic anaemia, excessive bleeding”. No Thanks. Synthetic fragrances also wreak havoc in the environment, where they easily bio-accumulate and act as hormone disrupters and carcinogens, especially in aquatic ecosystems.

There are companies that use natural, organic fragrances. But, these companies are few and far between as these fragrances are more expensive, and difficult to discern when compared to their synthetic counterparts. Also, due to recent red flags, many people who care enough to read labels do not even like to see the word “fragrance”. So, we at Use Me use essential oils and botanical extracts. In reality, you could definitely classify these as fragrances, but since that word gets such a bad rap, we try not to use it. Our oils cost more to procure, but that is an expense we will accept any day of the week if it means making a safer product for us and the environment. So, since I know you are already buying all of our products for your hair, check the labels on all your other beauty products and make sure you are comfortable with what you are putting on your skin and into your local ecosystem.

See http://www.tigerflag.com/twenty-chemicals.htmlhttp://www.ehow.com/about_4674296_what-chemicals-perfume.html, or search google for what chemicals to watch out for.

Relevant Facts:

  • 95% of chemicals used in fragrances are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum. They include benzene derivatives, aldehydes and many other known toxics and sensitizers – capable of causing cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions. Neurotoxins: At Home and the Workplace, Report by the Committee on Science & Technology, U.S. House of Representatives, Sept. 16, 1986. (Report 99-827)
  • Central Nervous System disorders (brain and spine) include Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
  • Chloroform was found in tests of fabric softeners: EPA’s 1991 study.
  • A room containing an air freshener had high levels of p-dichlorobenzene (a carcinogen) and ethanol: EPA’s 1991 study.
  • An FDA analysis (1968-1972) of 138 compounds used in cosmetics that most frequently involved adverse reactions, identified five chemicals (alpha-terpineol, benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, limonene and linalool) that are among the 20 most commonly used in the 31 fragrance products tested by the EPA in 1991!
  • Thirty-three million Americans suffer from sinusitis (inflammation or infection of sinus passages).
  • Ten million Americans have asthma. Asthma and asthma deaths have increased over 30% in the past 10 years.
  • Headaches cost $50 billion in lost productivity and medical expenses and 157 million lost work days in 1991. “Focus on Fragrance and Health,” by Louise Kosta, The Human Ecologist, Fall 1992.

References:

http://www.geosalud.com/Ambiente/benzene.htm

http://www.pollutionissues.co.uk/synthetic-fragrances-environment.html

http://www.tigerflag.com/twenty-chemicals.html

http://www.ehow.com/about_4674296_what-chemicals-perfume.html