AN INTERVIEW WITH MIMI KIM OF BIODARA

Mimi Kim is a powerhouse of the organic beauty industry, and the owner/ founder of the skin care line BIODARA. The name Biodara is derived from a melding of different languages meaning: "life, beauty and intelligence."

 
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BIODARA is an eco conscious luxury skin care line that perfectly blends modern science with natural, organic bioactive botanicals. These products not only enhance the outer beauty but nourish the skin and body.

Infused with a concentration of powerful anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, essential fatty acids and antioxidants that assist in fighting signs of aging, stimulate cellular turnover and protect against free radical damage. Our nutrient dense formulations deeply penetrate skin’s layers revitalizing your skin and leaving it radiant and refreshed.
— Biodara.com
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This  line stands out among the many organic products that I have tested over the years for its quality, effectiveness, and affordability. Not only do her products pamper your skin with the best ingredients, but the packaging, formulation, and processing of them are also carried out with the environment in mind... "

"Great care and thought is involved in using only the finest natural, organic and non- GMO ingredients that are free of parabens, chemicals and synthetic fragrance. Absolutely no fillers are added; each ingredient is specially chosen to synergistically work together. To ensure potency and purity, our products are hand blended in small batches and encased in eco-friendly violet glass jars/bottles which shields the active ingredients by blocking out damaging light yet allowing the penetration of stimulating violet and infra red light."

See my interview with Mimi below:

What is your name and how do you describe your company?  

My name is Mimi Kim. My company, BIODARA, is an eco-conscious luxury skincare line that blends modern science with natural, organic bioactive botanicals. These products not only enhance the outer beauty but nourish the skin and body. 

What makes your clay mask stand out from the rest?

Crème de Clay is a  deep pore cleansing clay mask that not only contains therapeutic bentonite clay but roasted bamboo salts that help extract impurities and detoxify the skin while organic sea kelp and ionic trace minerals help soothe and moisturize your face.  Most people who try it say their face feels so refreshed and luminous, like they just had a professional facial.

Do you think a more sustainable is possible affordably?.. Is it able to reach everyday consumers? Most people don't have the extra income to spend on the best ingredients, and seem to believe more sustainable options are too expensive or simply unavailable?  

Absolutely!  When you choose quality, sustainable ingredients, the benefits are long term, not just temporary.  Your body, especially your skin, responds much better to natural ingredients.  What you put on your face/skin affects your whole body, mind and health.  A happy, healthy body, you can’t put a price tag on that.  Also, a little goes a long way.  I would rather use a small amount of healing and beneficial product, than gallons of synthetic, harmful product.  

What does "green living" mean to you? How do you live green?

I view our beautiful earth as a lovely home that we should enjoy and cherish.  I try to treat it with respect and love, trying my best to make conscious choices.  There are so many little ways, but they all together can make a great difference.  Our products are all packaged in reusable violet and amber glass that help shield the active ingredients by blocking out damaging light; synthetic preservatives are avoided which can harm our body and environment.  In our home, we try to use glass, stone or clay instead of plastic.  We try to support our local communities, especially local artisans and farmers.  I love to make/ferment homemade yogurt, water kefir, red wine vinegar, etc.  What is amazing with these natural ingredients, they are designed to be shared.  It’s very economical, healthy and creates a giving spirit!

The Model4greenliving Takeaway:

I have personally tested all of her products, and stand by their quality, ingredients, and effectiveness.  The two products that I love the most include her Crème de Clay Mask and the Immortal Face Mist.

Check out my next post on the best beauty products for the new year, coming this week. And as always thank you for reading!

 


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Renee Peters

Renee Peters is a NYC-based model, blogger, and advocate of mindful, sustainable living. She strives to be a role model by using her platform for positive change. Through her blog, Model4GreenLiving, Peters seeks to reshape the way people think about environmental issues and provide practical tips and everyday actions for readers.  Peters uses social media to promote that same message, as well as one of self-love and body-positivity. She also volunteers, is an environmental activist, and is an avid learner of anything relating to the planet and its health. For booking inquires visit Muse Models NYC or Nomad Management Miami.

TRY A SEAWEED BATH TO RELAX AND SOOTHE YOUR SKIN

     After a long day shooting, I really wanted to take a nice, hot bath and relax. I usually don't indulge in baths, because they require a lot more water than a shower does, but every now and then I like to treat myself. 

    I have sensitive skin, and don't like to use common bath soaps or salts. I saw this Seaweed Bath Co. Detox Bath and decided to give it a try. 

 

     I already knew that seaweed has some amazing nutritional properties... Omega-3 fatty acids that help your heart and reduce inflammation; iodine, a mineral that is critical for healthy thyroid function; calcium (one serving of seaweed has more calcium than broccoli); it is almost as rich in proteins as legumes; and also includes vitamin B-12 and vitamin A.

     According to the Seaweed Bath Co website:  

 
For generations, cultures around the world have used the power of seaweed to help soothe irritated, flaking and scaling skin. Today, seaweed-based bath products are an integral part of both Thalassotherapy and Balneotherapy—holistic water-based therapies that help manage the skin conditions associated with psoriasis and eczema.

Today, The Seaweed Bath Co. sustainably harvests fresh bladderwrack seaweed off the coast of Maine to create the highest quality, all-natural products. Bladderwrack seaweed is rich in essential and non-essential amino acids found in your skin. Amino acids can help to hydrate dry skin and alleviate flaking, scaling and red skin often associated with certain skin conditions. Bladderwrack seaweed also contains fucoidan, a potent natural anti-inflammatory, and potassium and iodine, which stimulate the thyroid and help to detoxify the body. The nutrients in bladderwrack seaweed also increase pH alkaline levels in the bloodstream while simultaneously reducing acidity levels in the body and the skin.

Soaking in a seaweed bath allows your body to easily absorb a large amount of valuable nutrients, amino acids and oils that nourish the skin.
— http://seaweedbathco.com/products/detox-bath
 

     I have to say, that after trying the Whole Seaweed Detox Bath, my skin feels amazingly soft. I didn't have any adverse reactions to the product either. As far as the anti-inflammatory and detoxifying claims, I can't give an accurate testimony... Further scientific tests would have to be conducted. I can say, however, that I absolutely loved my bath and felt like I was on a mini vacation to the beach in my tub.

     For more information, please visit The Seaweed Bath Co and as always,

Thanks for visiting!

 
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Renee Peters

Renee Peters is a NYC-based model, blogger, and advocate of mindful, sustainable living. She strives to be a role model by using her platform for positive change. Through her blog, Model4GreenLiving, Peters seeks to reshape the way people think about environmental issues and provide practical tips and everyday actions for readers.  Peters uses social media to promote that same message, as well as one of self-love and body-positivity. She also volunteers, is an environmental activist, and is an avid learner of anything relating to the planet and its health. For booking inquires visit Muse Models NYC or Nomad Management Miami.

DRY BRUSHING FOR AMAZING SKIN

     It's finally almost Summer here in New York, and people everywhere are slowly starting to shed their winter layers. I am seeing so many beautiful women (and men!) all over the city in amazing outfits for Spring! Shirts, shorts, dresses, tanks, and swimsuits all reveal so much beautiful skin... why not feel your most confident while showing it?

"Dry Brushing promotes detoxing, improves lymph flow, makes skin softer, corrects uneven fat distribution and helps fight cellulite." -Christina Pasternak 

  If you want to learn about a pampering, all natural way to improve the look of your skin on your body, check out my post on dry brushing HEREEnjoy the sunshine and don't be afraid to show some skin!

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Renee Peters

Renee Peters is a NYC-based model, blogger, and advocate of mindful, sustainable living. She strives to be a role model by using her platform for positive change. Through her blog, Model4GreenLiving, Peters seeks to reshape the way people think about environmental issues and provide practical tips and everyday actions for readers.  Peters uses social media to promote that same message, as well as one of self-love and body-positivity. She also volunteers, is an environmental activist, and is an avid learner of anything relating to the planet and its health. For booking inquires visit Muse Models NYC or Nomad Management Miami.

HAPPY EARTHDAY FROM ME AND #XOWILHELMINA

 
 

MAKING THE MAKEUP SWITCH FROM TOXIC TO VEGAN, ORGANIC

     As you all know, I try to be an advocate for green living in every aspect of my life. I am vegan, organic, and sustainable in almost every purchase I make. Up until now however, that has not been true when it comes to my make up. 

 Today I am excited to share with you the first purchase I have made in vegan organic cosmetics. 

RMS BEAUTY 

I was first introduced to RMS by a makeup artist and fellow vegan on a photoshoot here in NY. She has so much experience in the industry and knows that their products really work. 

My question was are they practical and long lasting in every day life? I know they look great on camera, but will they do the  job for me throughout the day? I have become so accustomed to my more Toxic but but long-lasting eye liners and mascaras that I am a bit skeptical when it comes to organics' staying power.

I purchased the RMS living luminizer, mascara, and karma eye liner/ cream shadow.

I really want to make the switch to an organic and vegan, non-toxic makeup. I have high hopes for my RMS makeup and will keep you all posted after testing out their wearability and staying power on myself. 

Check out my PRODUCT REVIEW SECTION to see my review of the RMS beauty products mentioned above!

 


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Renee Peters

Renee Peters is a NYC-based model, blogger, and advocate of mindful, sustainable living. She strives to be a role model by using her platform for positive change. Through her blog, Model4GreenLiving, Peters seeks to reshape the way people think about environmental issues and provide practical tips and everyday actions for readers.  Peters uses social media to promote that same message, as well as one of self-love and body-positivity. She also volunteers, is an environmental activist, and is an avid learner of anything relating to the planet and its health. For booking inquires visit Muse Models NYC or Nomad Management Miami.