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Taking a step towards Green Beauty

Years ago, green beauty products without synthetic chemicals were deemed less than glamorous and not highly sought after, other than by die-hard health fanatics. Aside from health food stores and specialty boutiques it was very hard to access organic beauty products with demonstrated efficacy and quality. Healthy and organic are now hip, becoming more mainstream everyday as traditional stores have hopped on the bandwagon. According to Transparency Market Research the Organic Beauty Industry will be a $13.2 billion industry by 2018. This figure has doubled since 2012 demonstrating that consumers want more from their cosmetics.

Conscientious women are taking a more discriminating look at their personal care products and cosmetics thanks to increased awareness of studies that clearly demonstrate what makes us beautiful may also cause long term collateral damage and disease in our bodies and hurt the environment. Personal care products contain many dangerous chemicals and environmental pollutants including phthalates, (cosmetics, perfume, nail polish, liquid soap, hairspray) parabens, heavy metals and endocrine disruptors that are linked to serious health problems, including breast cancer and other female based cancers. These chemicals are bio-accumulative which means they build up over time taking up residence in your body. This is a growing area of concern as research accumulates about the potential health effects for the ecosystem and for human health (Rahman, 2009). What we eat, put on our skin and breathe is metabolized via the liver and the 80,000 chemicals present in our environment, many of which are present in personal care products and cosmetics, can cause irreversible harm.

Green Beauty
The rise in demand is led by two key demographic segments according to NPD Group analyst, Karen Grant, environmentally aware millennials ages 18 to 25 and health-minded people age 40 and older. This is the essence why we created Haute and Holistic. Consumers are attracted to boutique brands represented be genuine people. Many green and organic beauty products are the brainchild of need, spawned be their creators who themselves or a close family member had persistent skin issues and other ailments that weren’t being remedied by traditional cosmetic companies.

Green Beauty
Image courtesy of Indie Beauty Expo

Enter Indie Beauty Expo. Indie Beauty was founded by celebrity esthetician, Jillian Wright, and entrepreneur, Nader Naeymi-Rad, the Indie Beauty Expo was established just two short years ago to fill a growing niche marketplace targeting unmet market needs. Unsatisfied with the options available, Jillian and Nader formed IBE to provide a solution specific to market-ready indie brands. IBE supports the fast-growing category of indie brands by connecting them with buyers, press and consumers. For years many consumers either had to go to health food stores, make their own cosmetics, or purchase products online without the benefit of in-store testing.

I have been a veteran of the green beauty movement for twenty years. As an integrative medicine contributing author to one of the first medical books discussing botanicals in skin care (Cosmetic Dermatology – Principles and Practice by Dr. Leslie Baumann, Director of Cosmetic Dermatology at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, “Alternative Medicine”) along with countless natural magazines, I was thrilled to learn about this beauty expo last year. This past spring, my daughter, Charlotte, and I had the opportunity to go to Dallas and meet many innovators in the green beauty movement along with IBE founders, Jillian and Nader. It was an incredible experience to see so many hard working and passionate individuals and entrepreneurs concerned with the environment, our body’s health and beauty, both inside and out.

Green beauty is no longer something associated with your old hippie aunt with hairy armpits. It is glamorous, fresh and innovative. Currently, indie brands are sought out in almost all market demographics. Stores from Target to Neiman Marcus have begun selling indie brands to fill growing consumer demand for more transparency in their cosmetics and wellness brands.

According to Bloomberg Business Week the latest acquisition targets are Indie Beauty brands. (March 30, 2017) Indie beauty brands have strong social media presence and their founders interact more personally with their followers than traditional market brands. Women these days want full disclosure of what they are buying and moreover putting on to their faces and bodies.

The following interview with founder Jillian Wright was conducted by Charlotte this past May, about Indie Beauty. It is our hope to educate our readers about the importance of clean beauty, why it is beneficial for you and the environment and how it supports small business owners.

We are here to help you make intelligent decisions and educate you how to stay healthy from the inside out. Stay tuned for more green beauty interviews, product reviews and all things wellness. Please support Indie Beauty, Jillian Wright and indie beauty brands by following them on their social media channels and Haute and Holistic on You Tube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

For ways to check if your cosmetics are potentially harming you visit EWG skin deep.




Happy National Relaxation Day

It’s National Relaxation day!  There are many ways to relax and quickly recharge your body, mind and spirit.

The easiest way to relax is for readers to plan a day trip somewhere outdoors with bad cell phone reception or taking all apps off their phone and restoring them after their trip. This effect has begun picking up speed in 2010 after Dr. Todd Braver, a neuroscientist and neuropsychologist at Washington University went into nature with four other colleagues to understand how the brain is over taxed my heavy use of technology.  These scientists found that being outside in nature can refresh the brain and also increase attention and focus. Read more here

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Another way to reset your body is with soaking in salt. I have traveled extensively to some of the saltiest places in this part of the world in both southern Bolivia and Northern Chile into the Salt Flats. These incredible places have salt and other minerals in the ground and your body literally feels different after being in nature and in the salt which has a very grounding effect. The beach is an incredible place to relax as well. The combination of being in nature and the salt water has a positive effect on the mind and body. If you can’t make it to the beach, I highly recommend soaking in salt baths. One of my favorite product lines is Little Moon Essentials that makes organic bath soaks for almost anything that is bothering you. It is a way to bring nature into your bathtub.

National Relaxation Day
Image Courtesy of Indie Beauty Expo

Another way to relax is to turn off your television. I only have one in my home and only watch it for movies for the most part. It is rarely on and never in any of the bedrooms of my home. Unfortunately, almost everything is toxic on television, especially the news and reality television.  By taking a day a week to unplug and relax it will have a cumulative effect on the body.


I am off to the beach today! Have a great day today and don’t forget to take time for yourself!

Happy National Relaxation Day! Much love, Dr. Trattner and the H and H team

7 Weird, But Effective Ways To Treat Your Acne, According To Chinese Medicine

We are so proud of our Haute and Holistic contributor, Dr. Elizabeth Trattner for being featured in Bustle on 7 Weird, But Effective Ways To Treat Your Acne, According To Chinese Medicine. 


We are so proud of our Haute and Holistic contributor, Dr. Elizabeth Trattner for being featured in Bustle on 7 Weird, But Effective Ways To Treat Your Acne, According To Chinese Medicine. 

“There are a number of ways you can approach treating acne, whether you opt for topical creams, a diet change, or some new skin care products. You may not have thought to turn to Eastern medicine for some advice, but there are some interesting ways to treat your acne according to Chinese medicine. If you’ve tried different tricks and tips and still find you suffer from breakouts, you might want to give your hand at a new unique approach.

‘The beauty of Chinese medicine is that it looks at the root to see what is happening with the patient,’ says Dr. Elizabeth Trattner, A.P., D.O.M. is a Florida and National Board Certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture over email. ‘There are several different ways we treat, including herbs, acupuncture, and dietary therapy. All of those facets will have a treatment woven together to help balance and fix the patient’s acne.’

In Chinese medicine, acne is most often seen as “heat” in the lung and stomach meridians, according to the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences. Excess heat in the body rises up to the face. Another cause of acne in Chinese medicine is dampness. ‘Dampness is caused by too much cold food, oily food, dairy, and processed foods that allow the body’s energy to not transform and transport nutrients,’ says Trattner.

With all that in mind, you might want to try some different remedies to help balance your body out.”

To learn about other acne treating tips, make sure to check out the whole article here.

Love and light!

H and H

Taking Care of your Whole Self

Body And Soul

Hello to our lovely H and H followers,

Our very own, Dr Trattner was featured in Life and Beauty Weekly for Body and Soul about ways to take care of both your body and soul.
Read more: 6 Ways to Take Care of Your Whole Self | Health | Life & Beauty Weekly

If you think of health as simply swapping apples for cookies or getting a flu shot, you’re only seeing part of the picture.?? Complete wellness means maintaining balance in body, mind and spirit -which is not always easy to do if you’re the kind of person who puts themselves last in line for TLC. “As women, we tend to take on more than we can chew,” says Elizabeth Trattner, an integrative health expert in Miami, Florida. “No one wrote the handbook on how much should women juggle.” Take control of your well-being and care for yourself with these wellness tips.

Care for Your Spiritual Side

Get out in nature: To best feel spiritually fulfilled, step outside at least once a day to see the beauty in the natural world. “What happens is that you’ve disconnected from things around you,” says Trattner. “Whether it’s the woods, the ocean, a lake or even a flower shop, by being in nature you’ll feel the powerful effects of harmonizing with nature.”

Make it work by: leaving your electronic devices at your desk — or at least turned off — during your outdoor time. You can’t truly immerse yourself in nature if you’re distracted by a screen.
Learn how to meditate: No matter what your religion or belief system, daily meditation can help you connect with your spiritual self. It can also help you find deeper purpose and meaning in your life.

For more information please visit or email [email protected] To learn more about the creators behind Haute and Holistic check out the About Page.

Love and light,

H and H

Our First Giveaway: We love Source Vital!

Source Vital Giveaway

Happy Wellness Wednesday everyone,

To launch Haute and Holistic , we are doing our first giveaway of the natural skin care line, Source Vital Apothecary! They are an all-natural skin line who have been promoting organic and natural for the past 30 years, way before natural and organic products were popular in the skin care world. This company uses only plant based ingredients, Today, many skin and beauty companies contain parabens and toxic chemicals which have been known to cause large range of health concerns like cancer, neurological disorders and even learning disabilities.

  Deozein Zest Spray  Night Repair Cream 2oz  first giveaway

I’m not the only one in love with this line! Source Vital was one of the exhibitors at the Dallas Indie Beauty Expo and was ranked as a “Buyers Favorite” I am so excited to share this wonderful line with you! By entering this Giveaway you have the chance to win:

  • Deozein Natural Deodorant (Original) = $16.95 (retail)
  • Deozein Zest Natural Deodorant = $16.95 (retail)
  • Night Repair Cream = $49.95 (retail)
  • Algae Deep Scrub = $32.95 (retail)

The wonderful thing about Source Vital’s Deodorants is that it protects your body from odor causing bacteria, but unlike other “natural” deodorants, it does not inhibit your body’s natural functions. Additionally, they are not tested on animals, but on Source Vital employees so you know it works. It isn’t so hard to switch to a natural deodorant. In fact, it was quite easy for us. We love the roll on and the smell is incredible, even when you sweat. A thing to consider, especially in the summer is to drink more water and eat more vegetables during this time to help flush out all the toxic by products in conventional deodorant. These are two full size products which will keep you smelling gorgeous for a long time. Many women today are switching to healthier options to help protect our bodies in reducing our toxic load, especially with deodorant.

The Night Repair Cream is great for moisturizing and hydrating your skin. It is made with seaweed, plant extracts and essential oils which both nourish and restore young looking skin to provide your skin with a more youthful glow. Safflower oil is a great choice for sensitive skin. Green tea extract is a proven anti oxidant which helps protect skin against free radicals and sun damage.

The Algae Deep Scrub is great and is one of Source Vital’s best sellers. This product contains seaweed and peppermint, along with natural corundum crystals which help cleanse the skin free of dead skin and dirt. It will leave your face feeling both refreshed and nourished. Because this product uses corundum  crystals it won’t hurt the environment like most conventional scrubs do.

You can watch the video at 

The First Giveaway Rules

This contest is open to Haute and Holistic subscribers and @source_vital followers only! You will receive an additional entry if you are following Lady Code since we are a sister channel to The Lady Code. I look forward to sharing other health, wellness, beauty and empowering tips with everyone of all generations.

The winner will be chosen at random from all entries on July 26th.

Instagram: @charvontratt, @hauteandholistic @dreliztratts
Twitter: @charvontratt

Instagram: @source_vital
Twitter: @SourceVital

I will be using Gleam.I.O to select the winner at random:

I wish everyone the best of luck!

Happy Wellness Wednesday everyone.

Love and light,

H and H <3

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