New Filling Station in San Francisco!

Hey, San Franciscans, guess what? MaduSalon now has the only Use Me Filling Station in the SFB area! You can refill your cleansers and moisturizers right in the salon, located at 300 Divisadero Street. We are so excited that Madu is helping us save the world, one shampoo bottle at a time—stop by today to join us in our eco-chic mission!

For more information, visit their website (www.madusalon.com) and be sure to “like” MaduSalon on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Location: 300 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
Phone: 415-626-4782
Email: madusalon@sbcglobal.net
Website: www.madusalon.com

Leah Bonnema for Use Me!

Recently, Alanna York (Use Me’s founder and president) and Leah Bonnema (NYC-based stand-up comic), put their curly heads together and came up with something amazing! Leah has generously recorded a few videos featuring her original jokes, her real-life experiences, and her love for Use Me! Products.

We’ll be releasing these exclusive videos one-by-one, and here’s the very first! Leah talks about her hair gel abuse… and how Use Me’s Curl Up & Shine Creme turned her helmet hair habit into smooth, bouncy coils.

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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.

Introducing… MaduSalon

All of us on the Use Me team are so excited to welcome MaduSalon in San Francisco to our family of eco-conscious salons! We are absolutely thrilled to partner with a fabulous salon that specializes in curly hair, especially since Use Me was founded by a curly girl!

MaduSalon is a full service salon, offering haircuts, color, styling (including updos, extensions, and curl styling), waxing, skin detoxes, and cosmetic services. Check out the full services menu for more information.

We love that our products are now sold at MaduSalon, and soon, you’ll be able to refill your cleansers and moisturizers there too! For more information, visit their website (www.madusalon.com) and be sure to “like” MaduSalon on Facebook. Check out their Tumblr blog, too! If you live in the San Francisco area, call 415-626-4782 to schedule an appointment today!

Location: 300 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
Phone: 415-626-4782
Email: madusalon@sbcglobal.net
Website: www.madusalon.com

Refill. Reuse. Repeat.

Eco-Chic Tip of the Week: Reuse Empty Cosmetics Containers

Reuse (or recycle) your empty cosmetics containers and beauty bottles! Instead of contributing to the ever-growing Pacific Garbage Patch, recycle your empty bottles and use small jars and containers to hold various household or office items. Since most beauty and hair products are not packaged in BPA-free bottles (like Use Me! Products), be wary of reusing plastic containers for other beauty products. After time, Bisphenol-A (BPA) will leach into products, much like it does with food and beverages. If you’re going to reuse containers for homemade beauty products, stick to metal, glass, or BPA-free plastic. Be safe and smart when it comes to refilling, reusing, and repeating!

It’s worth noting that there are certain brands that offer bonuses for returned packaging. M·A·C Cosmetics accepts returns of its primary packaging through the Back to M·A·C Program. By returning six M·A·C primary packaging containers, you’ll receive a free lipstick of your choice. In their customer recycling incentive program, tarte. offers 15% off your next purchase for returning empty primer, cheek stain, or foundation containers.

And it goes without saying, Use Me! Products strongly encourages you to visit your local Use Me Certified Salon to refill your BPA-free cleanser and moisturizer bottles when they’re empty!

(image via Crunchy Betty)

Refill. Reuse. Repeat. 

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.

Refill, Reuse, Repeat

How To Wash Your Hair: using Use Me products to achieve sustainable beauty

An important step on the road to natural, sustainable beauty is how you use your products correctly. At Use Me we are not only concerned with providing the best, healthiest products, but also with education people and often changing their perception of cleanliness. I must say corporate marketing teams have done a great job convincing consumers what it means to be “clean”. If you watch any shampoo commercial online, you will undoubtedly see copious amounts of foam and suds, followed by a swish of the head and voila – beautiful shine from root to end. Little do you know, all that lather is really doing is stripping away your natural oils. These oils are a necessity and help nourish our hair while protecting our scalp. If you follow the ads, then once your hair is “clean”, you lather on moisturizer while your body rushes to produce extra oils because SOMEHOW they just got stripped away. What you are left with is an unnatural cycle that is slowly taking you down the road of premature aging hair. I would now like to outline the correct way to wash your hair to start you on the path towards natural hair.

First Rule: Cleanser is for the scalp, moisturizer is for the hair. 

When shampooing your hair, all you should be doing is cleansing your scalp. The cleanser (shampoo) is meant to remove excess oils and any dirt or grime that has accumulated on your scalp. Do not worry about lathering cleanser all throughout your hair. This will only lead you to use too much product and it will dry out your hair. If you are thinking “well my hair is dirty too so how do I get it clean”, do not worry. When you rinse, the cleanser will move down through your hair, removing any lingering dirt or grime. This process is more than enough to clean your scalp and hair, and it will leave your natural oils atop your head.

Now its time for moisturizer, to strengthen your hair and protect from the elements. Remember, you already have natural oils on your scalp that do the same thing. So, when applying moisturizer, focus on the hair and ends. This way, you will help repair your hair, reduce frizz, and enhance your natural shine without getting unnecessary buildup on your scalp that could clog pores and may even stress your body.

Second Rule: Wash once a day or every two days.

By washing your hair too many times, you run the risk of stripping away your natural oils. These oils make up a protective layer on your scalp called your sebum. Your sebum has many roles on your head and I recommend looking it up. Three important functions are protecting and moisturizing the skin, assisting your immune system, and nourishing your hair follicle. When the sebum is diminished or depleted, your skin is exposed and your body becomes stressed trying to replace it. Often times your body produce excess oils to repair the damage and prevent this from happening again. This will lead to an oily scalp, clogged pores, and cause you to wash more frequently, hence the unnatural, downwards spiral.

Final Rule: A little goes a long way. 

Everyone is different and it will take some experimentation to find the right amount of product, but trust me when I say “more is not better”. Not only are you running the risk of stripping away more good oils and drying out your hair, but you are wasting product, and product is money! All you really need is a teaspoon sized amount (usually even less) to get the job done. Remember, your hair is not a kitchen floor, it should not be “squeaky clean”. There are natural process that control your hair and you need to synchronize with and enhance them, not replace them, in order to achieve natural, sustainable beauty.

Refill, Reuse, Repeat