Green and Organic Savings Friday: CVS “Organic” Make-up, Late Night Specials at Whole Foods, Organic Baby Food and More!

May 16th, 2008

Last night OrganicMania discovered an advantage to waiting until the absolute last minute to pick up groceries. Never before had I heard the voice booming across Whole Foods announcing, “Two-for-one Special! Buy One, Get One Free!” Buy what? Where the heck was I? For a second, I thought I was back in Germany, where at Kaufhalle a flashing blue siren goes off before a voice announces “Sonderangebot!”

But no, it was the gorgeous sandwiches in the prepared food section that were on sale. Every night at about 9:55 p.m. you can pick up two sandwiches for the price of one. OrganicMania nabbed two gorgeous eggplant sandwiches for $3.15 each! Can’t beat that…

Well, maybe….we just tried the eggplant sandwich and sad to say, it is a bit past its prime, despite the prepared food manager’s assurances that it would taste just fine. My DH deemed it better suited to a midnight snack, and suggested we keep experimenting “in the name of research” to see if any of their sale sandwiches hold up better than the eggplant. More on that subject another week!


Isn’t it great to see all these sale signs on organic make-up? Now’s the time to try Physician’s Formula Organic Make-up with the 2 for one sale at CVS. Not only is the make-up 2 for the price of 1, but CVS offers incredible coupon savings through their CVS card program. So savvy CVS shoppers may be able to get their make-up for nothing or next to nothing!

I haven’t tried this make-up yet, but one thing I love about it is the sustainable packaging. The powder is packaged in recyclable paper instead of petroleum-based plastic. That’s one trend we should all hope that the other cosmetics makers adopt.

On the flip side, this make-up is marketed as “organic” when it has many chemical ingredients and is not certified USDA organic. The marketing of this “organic make-up” falls into that “gray area” OrganicMania discussed here with Diane MacEachern, noted environmentalist and author of the eco best seller “Big Green Purse.”

But as with so many other cosmetics lines, you need to be careful about the specific products you purchase. Check out this overview of Physicians Formula ingredients by the Environmental Working Group, and you’ll see that the safety rankings are all over the map. Best bets?

The powder and foundation are both ranked 3, or “moderate hazard” by the EWG, which is actually very good compared to most cosmetics.

OrganicMania considers the eye make-up remover pads and sunscreen “best buys” with EWG rankings of 2, or low hazard. It’s unlikely you’ll find a better choice for your money .

Now that you’re all beautified, what does that lead to? Romance! Love! Babies! Baby food! How’s that for a segue?


Safeway once again has its housebrand O Organics Baby Food 4.5 ounce baby food jars on sale, 10 jars for $7.00 or 17.5 cents per ounce, saving you 90 cents on ten. Unfortunately, that’s a whole dollar more per ten than this organic baby food sale Safeway ran about six months ago, when organic baby food was priced at a just a penny more than conventional baby food! But 10 jars for $7.00 is still a good deal with today’s rising food prices. Are you planning to keep buying organic for your baby? Leave a comment and share!

Did you find any good deals this week? Please share your tips! And check out these other savings tips here. (Warning: some green, some not so green!)

Happy shopping!


Copyright 2008 OrganicMania

11 Responses to “Green and Organic Savings Friday: CVS “Organic” Make-up, Late Night Specials at Whole Foods, Organic Baby Food and More!”

  1. Tara on May 16, 2008 10:45 pm

    My word, I never find these kind of deals, nor do I ever think I will master the art of coupons.. grrr… How neat that you are able to do this (lol that sounded bitter.. ) I need to figure out how to use coupons.. lol

    Hey, none of these require coupons. You just show up! I see why your blog is called “weighting for perfection!” Don’t worry…you don’t have to be perfect. — Lynn

  2. N. & J. on May 17, 2008 5:22 pm

    Thanks for the tip about the sandwiches! People tend to think Whole Foods and organics in general are more expensive and lack coupons or go on sale but the truth is they do it’s just takes more effort to catch the sales and find the coupons.

    Glad you found it helpful! Well, they are *more* expensive…that’s why i go crazy looking for deals! Hence, OrganicMania! — Lynn

  3. Gift of Green on May 17, 2008 5:41 pm

    Dang! More posts like this one, please and thank you. :)

    Glad you liked it! Hey, there are more in the archives…just check under “Savings Tips” under categories on the right sidebar. Hey folks, if you want to save on electricity, think about Gift of Green’s ClothesLine Challenge you can check out at! — Lynn

  4. Tara on May 17, 2008 11:09 pm

    lol I never thought of it that way weighting for perfection.. lol I always looked at it in the physical sense but you are right LOL

    Bread is my downfall toooooooooo I love it! Specially dipping it in olive oil and garlic or cinnamon butter YUMMMMMMMMMMMM oh my word I need to stop lol Well, since starting my eating regiment 5 weeks ago I guess it is now, I haven’t cheated but this program does allow me to have bread or treats during my dinner hour so i am definitely not deprived.

    Thanks for stopping by my site. Not sure if its that encouraging now that I realize what the flip side of my blog title means LOL :)

  5. Sharon Greenspan on May 18, 2008 8:44 pm

    Once again, the confusion of marketing versus regulation rears its ugly head. From what I understand, the term “organic” isn’t regulated for non-food. That’s marketing. It’s only THIS MONTH that a seal which applies to non-food items has been created: The Natural Products Association Natural Standard for Personal Care Products

    This sets the standard for the term Natural and stipulates:
    Product must be made up of at least 95 percent truly natural ingredients or ingredients that are derived from natural sources
    No ingredients with any potential suspected human health risks
    No processes that significantly or adversely alter the purity/effect of the natural ingredients
    Ingredients that come from a purposeful, renewable/plentiful source found in nature (flora, fauna, mineral)
    Processes that are minimal and don’t use synthetic/harsh chemicals or otherwise dilute purity
    Non-natural ingredients only when viable natural alternative ingredient are unavailable and only when there are absolutely no suspected potential human health risks

    Check out:

    and for more information on what organic means and how to shop safely, check out the last two links on:

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  7. lindsey on June 16, 2008 5:17 pm

    My daughter is almost 3 years old, and I am proud to say that jarred baby food made up about 5% of her early diet.

    I made her baby food from scratch and added little flourishes- like pureed spinach with goats milk yogourt, and pureed eggplant with onion and garlic.

    But I look at the portions and how 10 for 7 dollars is a “good deal” but 7 dollars was enough for me to make over 20 portions. I always froze them and made enough for the week. The times I did get jarred was from the co-op to check if Maerin had food allergies. I saved the jars but when I went places, I took a cube of the frozen food and popped it in the jar. It would usually defrost less than an hour.

    The thing about organic and going green is that it’s not just about buying these things, it’s about leaving less of an imprint and less waste.

    It would take me an hour or less to make her food for the entire week.

    Thanks for stopping by, Lindsey! Wow! Your baby food recipes sound delicious. I agree that making food is the best way to go, but for some Moms (yours truly included), just can’t get it together to do that. There’s enough to do with a baby that just one more thing can seem like too much. I bought the baby food cubes and the “Super Baby Food” book and planned to make the cubes, but rarely did it. The good news is that for Moms like me there is another option now that is the next best thing to home made – frozen organic baby food. I met a woman through this blog who started her own company – Mom Made Foods – making frozen organic baby food. See the interview with her under “most popular posts.” And the amazing thing about the blogosphere? Now I’m working for her as a marketing consultant! :) — Lynn

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  9. the mommy on January 17, 2009 4:14 pm

    I just wrote a post about healthy eating for baby. I am a big fan of organic food and fresh food. Fresh foods are always the best, no matter vegetables, fruits, or meat. Fresh foods also provide plenty of fiber, vitamins and minerals needed by both mothers and babies. While processed foods often contain added saturated fat, sodium, sugars, artificial colors or other chemical additives.

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  11. Linda on September 4, 2009 6:11 am

    Mass marketed cosmetics can never truly be green because of all the energy it takes to manufacture, store and distribute them. Right here in your backyard, Lynn, we have a green mineral makeup and natural skincare company. The entire line is made with Certified Organic and natural ingredients, ranked 0-2 in the EWG Skin Deep database. Zosimos Botanicals. Certified by Green America and GenGreen. Very low carbon emissions to deliver, 100% wind powered workshop. Not a reseller, these are our own recipes, I’m the owner, a mom of two. Al the other Staffers are also moms. It’s a home based business and we ranked in the Top 10 Greenest by Startup Nation last year. We’re competing again. At the DC Green Festival, you can find me giving a demo on making Organic lip balm Oct. 10th. We will also be giving green makeovers with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics on Oct. 11th in the Teen Pavilion. Would love to meet you!

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