Organics, Naturals & Synthetics

Montauk and Vivesana? A very good match.

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Style Bomb knows what to wear to the beach, and not just when it comes to suits and flip flops. Don’t forget to check out Vivesana at White’s in East Hampton on your way out…

  
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No More Dirty Looks – A Review to Read Carefully

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

There are lots of “experts” There are a precious few skin care mavens out there who really know what they’re talking about when it comes to skin safety and beauty. No More Dirty Looks is undoubtedly one of them. We’re as proud of their review as any…

  
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A Little Love from Marie Claire

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Thanks to Marie Claire for recognizing you don’t always have to give up look and feel with a natural sunscreen. Live Healthy!

  
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LA Examiner: “Vivesana Sunscreens – Why They Just Might be the Best”

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

It’s always nice to find ourselves in the glossy pages of a major publication, like, say, this month’s Marie Claire (see above). Of course, all that takes is some good p.r. work. It can be more gratifying to get a more substantive review. Check out last night’s LA Examiner, which suggested Vivesana sunscreens are “if not the best, one of the best sunscreens” the beauty editor, April Aldana, has ever tried. Yes, we’re blushing.

  
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Keep ‘em Coming: another thumbs up from Daily Candy

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Here we are on another list. Next one to come…Check out the July Marie Claire. Live Healthy!

  
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An SPF Rockstar in Suncare? Fashion Magazine Makes us Blush

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Mineral sunscreens: The new SPF rockstars Suncare – fashionmagazine.com

Photography by Carlo Mendoza

  
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Well + Good, well, loves Vivesana!

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Well + Good

The smiling reviews keep coming.  We don’t know what to say…we’re just happy everyone’s happy!  By the way, sunscreen number three is on its way.  We’re very happy with it!  We’ll keep you posted…

  
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Vivesana on NBC

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Chatting about Vivesana

NBC Philadelphia: Green Your Beach

A nice little chat among friends at NBC 10 in Philly…just in time for the return of the Ultra!

  
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Form and Function – Vivesana’s Two Newest Partners

Friday, May 28th, 2010

What do the Studio and the Takoma Park Co-op have in common? They don’t share a style or a coast, but they do share an overarching, all-consuming drive to carry the best quality products they can find. As it happens, they also began carrying Vivesana yesterday afternoon. We’re thrilled to be working with both of them, and love what the variety of approach says about Vivesana – stores from across the spectrum meet when it comes to strong, safe, stylish and effective sun care. Hurray!

  
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Green + Style = Ecofabulous

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

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The lovely people at Ecofabulous just made us blush.  Read what they had to say about the Vivesana approach to sun care.  We think they’re doing great work, too!

And read on, to see what scores of other reviewers have had to say…

  
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The Company You Keep

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

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Vivesana announces its newest retail partner, the Hippocrates Health Institute of West Palm Beach.

Standing apart as one of the most prominent wellness centers in the country, the Institute embodies many of ideals Vivesana strives to meet. Live Healthy!

  
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Haiti Relief Effort

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

We encourage all to give what they can to help. For our part, Vivesana will donate at least 50% of online sales to Haiti relief via Doctors without Borders from January 14-20.

  
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The Reviews Are In!

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Basking in Sunny Praise: Where to Begin?

We’re blushing.  We’ve received scores – possibly hundreds – of reviews those with the most discerning eyes of all – the bloggers.

Here are just a few notable examples of the blogs and websites that have given their thoughts.



We’ll keep posting the reviews as we find ‘em.  Click on any of the links below to see what the experts have to say…

Ideal Bite, The Style Page, Livestrong, Beauty News NYC, The Greenists, Babble, Baby Gadget, Mamaista, Cool Mom Picks, Treehugger, Quiskaeya, Mogul Baby, Nonchalant Mom, TotsnobSmorgasbite, Beauty Snob, Re-Nest, DKmommyspot, Green Blog, Sustainability Digest, This Full House, Green Goddess Dressing, FindBuzz.com



  
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Let Them Eat Organic

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

We see it everywhere. Our friends going green. The local dry cleaner going green. Celebrities going green. Even some unlikely converts…oil companies going green? Really? What’s next, the coal industry goes green? Actually, there is the clean coal campaign…palmtree

It’s a great thing to see a trend toward something positive. It’s empowering that we can make dirty companies do their best to look clean and green. But it’s crucial that the movement doesn’t let up. And it’s important to be sure that clean and green is more than a tagline.

Quotes like (do your best Pepe Le Pew accent for this) “If the consumer wants organic products, we will give them organic products…” leave one to wonder how deep the commitment lies.

Are these companies that are built on sustainable, green principles? Who knows. But we say keep up the pressure. Use your purchasing power. Eventually, sustainable, responsible corporate practices will be the normal course of business. Some day, it’ll be “we give them organic because it’s better for people and better for the planet.”

  
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Health and Environmental Importance of Organics

Thursday, January 1st, 2009


It’s easy to trumpet a couple of fancy naturals or organics, while packing a product with the same old chemicals. Sana is different. It wasn’t born on Madison Avenue or cooked up in a vat in New Jersey. Why? Because it’s important to us, and we figure it’s important to you, that products are safe and healthy, top to bottom. Between bio-accumulation, slippery labeling, and the lack of adequate research regarding certain technologies or synthetics, deciding to find a way to remove all synthetics was not a tough call.

But what about that extra step from natural to organic. Necessary, or just branding?

Let’s look at the four legs of the table (we love our food imagery!):

Safety: In order to be certified organic by the USDA, an ingredient must comply with a whole range of safety and sustainability standards far above conventional standards. Common pesticides with documented toxic or carcinogenic properties frequently make their way into our food and personal care products. A recent study showed the average baby has over 200 industrial synthetics in their system at birth. Even where present in trace amounts, many of these pesticides bio-accumulate , meaning they can add up to cause more serious problems. Organic ingredients are, by definition, produced without dangerous pesticides.

Quality: Greater care is taken in organic farming and it generally shows in the quality. There is not a separate certification process for skin care, so in order to be used in Sana’s products, ingredients must meet food grade organic quality. Which, frankly, is how it should be. Skin care and food both become part of you!

Environment: Organics are grown in a far more environmentally friendly manner. Agro-business is a major contributor to soil, water and air contamination, as well as to global warming. Studies have shown people growing up near agro-farms have far greater concentrations of toxic industrial synthetics. The energy used to produce pesticides and conduct large scale conventional farming consumes as much energy each year as all the cars in America. Organics are another way.

Philosophy: Supporting organic farming means supporting small family-based farms rather than huge conglomerates. It means healthier products and a healthier Earth. It promotes a culture of sustainability and respect for the land. It’s what Sana chooses.

  
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The Usual Suspects: Phthalates, Parabens, and BPA

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008


Ominous synthetics roaming the skin care landscape…mysterious chemicals with disputed toxicity or even carcinogenicity remaining unregulated on store shelves. How this could be? Maybe the risks are overblown. Maybe in such small amounts they’re not really harmful. Surely if it were that bad, the FDA or someone would step in.

Unfortunately, that’s not how it works. The US system puts most of the burden on consumers to inform themselves about risks. Of course, accessing relevant information is next to impossible, let alone practical. The system of regulation is lax, under-enforced, painfully slow, and ultimately insufficient. Is the Government forcing manufacturers to adhere to strict labeling guidelines so consumers can make informed decisions? Is it monitoring the packaging coming from China or analyzing products before they hit the shelves? Is it banning ingredients that have some evidence of toxicity or carcinogenicity, even where banned the world over? No, no, and in many cases, no.

There are independent sources out there that are helping. Visit the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database of cosmetics or go to the NRDC’s site for environmental and health issues. Sana has condensed relevant information about the most commonly found risk items: Phthalates, Parabens, Bisphenol A (BPA), Endocrine Disrupting Sunscreen agents, as well as related issues like bio-accumulation, infant susceptibility, and nanotechnology. Hope it helps.

  
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Parabens: A Bad Reputation, Richly Deserved

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008


Parabens are low molecular weight synthetic preservatives used in a wide range of personal care products. They are endocrine disrupters, which means they can interrupt and/or disrupt the flow of hormones in the body. Their primary impact appears to be as an estrogen-mimic with mild carcinogenic properties. Unfortunately, recent studies have shown that parabens can permeate the skin, enter the body and bio-accumulate. Parabens appear to be most troublesome in areas where absorption is most likely – e.g., in deodorants and shaving cream. Some studies have found a connection between parabens and breast cancer.

Sana does not use Parabens, or, for that matter, any other synthetic preservative.

  
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