About the author

Rona Berg

Longtime journalist, author and current editor-in-chief of Organic Spa Media, Rona Berg is the former Editorial Director of ELLE and Deputy Style Editor for the New York Times Magazine, and she has contributed to and been quoted in dozens of publications. She co-chairs the Personal Care Committee of the non-profit Green Spa Network, is a Charter Advisory Board Member of the Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance, best-selling author of Beauty: The New Basics and Fast Beauty (Workman Publishing), and is a frequent speaker and guest on radio and television and at conferences around the globe.


This Year’s Top Cookbooks

By Rona Berg / November 30, 2015

I have friends who don’t even like to cook, but they love cookbooks. The experience can be inspiring and satisfying, similar to savoring a beautiful book about art. And if you do enjoy cooking, here are some of the year’s best, so treat yourself—or treat a friend!A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones (Ten […]


Packing Essentials for Holiday Travel

By Rona Berg / November 19, 2015

New ideas to help you pack more efficiently for holiday travel and beyondRecently, I checked my suitcase for the first time in years. It was a long-haul flight, I had a layover in Hong Kong and I was feeling lazy. I had a small bag and could have easily carried it on, but I wanted […]


Tired of Turkey: Festive Holiday Alternatives

By Rona Berg / November 9, 2015

Tired of turkey? We are, too. Here are delicious alternatives from farm-to-table pioneer and D’Artagnan CEO Ariane Daguin, and chef friends.Ariane Daguin knows her flock. The French-born CEO of D’Artagnan, top purveyor of all-natural and organic poultry, meat and charcuterie—and supplier to leading chefs and restaurants around the country—was born to gastronomie. Her father, André […]


Born-Again Bags

By Rona Berg / November 4, 2015

Handmade, upcycled, sustainable, vintage, repurposed bags with a purpose Fount Leather Natural leather, local- and handmade Phillip and Jackie Wachter met, married and started Fount Leather together in Cleveland, OH, even though neither has roots in the Rust Belt city. Jackie was a Brooklyn-based kindergarten teacher with a degree in fashion design and Phillip worked […]


View From A Spa At Half Moon Resort

By Rona Berg / October 29, 2015

The Perfect Getaway A short drive from the airport but a long way from the hustle and bustle, Half Moon, A Rock Resort is an easy getaway for friends, family or romance—if you can tear yourself away from the resort’s fabulous Fern Tree Spa. The 68,000-square-foot spa follows the open layout of a former plantation […]


Car-Free L.A.

By Rona Berg / October 22, 2015

A new subway? Walking tours? It’s a brave new world It sounds like an oxymoron: not driving in L.A.? But there seems to be a shift at the heart of the city, a move to lessen the carbon footprint—and traffic congestion—by encouraging residents and visitors to get around on foot, bike, public transportation and rideshares: […]


Best Workout Wear for Your Favorite Exercises

By Rona Berg / October 19, 2015

Expert tips on easy dressing for your favorite exercise ROWING “Rowing is like a cardio party. You burn 1,200 calories per hour and it’s a low impact, total body workout. You use 84 percent of your muscles in every stroke. It’s an idea I had for an interval-based workout with toning—what we need to do […]


Autumn Beauty News

By Rona Berg / October 9, 2015

What’s New?  Sweet Manuka Honey Manuka honey has held a sweet spot on the beauty (and food) menu lately. And it’s not surprising. The Maori people of New Zealand have enjoyed the powerful benefits of this honey from the beautiful flowers of the indigenous Manuka tree for centuries. And recent studies from New Zealand have […]


5 of the Best Organic Breakfast Cereals

By Rona Berg / October 5, 2015

Back to School Breakfast  There’s no time like now to bring us back to the value of a healthy breakfast. Erewhon Organic Corn Flakes Made with organic, non-GMO, gluten-free corn that is toasted with a bit of sea salt to balance out the naturally sweet corn flavor. erewhonorganic.com Uncle Sam This is a high-fiber non-GMO American […]


Joy Bauer’s New Nourish Snacks

By Rona Berg / October 2, 2015

The Today Show’s Joy Bauer satisfies our craving for healthy snacks “I’m a foodie and I love to cook,” says Joy Bauer, MS, RDN, which is no surprise to anyone who tunes in to the Today Show, where she has been the nutrition and health expert for over 10 years. When Bauer, a mother of […]


What’s New?

By Rona Berg / September 14, 2015

Trending! Cleansing Oils Now that women are getting used to moisturizing oils as part of a successful beauty regimen, it’s not surprising that cleansing oils are becoming popular as well. Water can be harsh and potentially drying to the skin, especially if skin is dry or sensitive. Cleansing oils are gently massaged into skin with […]


All Natural Soaps With Mind Body Benefits

By Rona Berg / September 10, 2015

What’s trending in the tub? When it comes to washing up, a tickle of soap and a quick rinse just won’t do it. The secret to real cleanliness depends on how much time we spend washing—public health officials recommend 20 to 30 seconds for hands—and how hard we scrub-a-dub-dub the dirt away. If you’re going […]


9 of the Best Botanical Body Oils

By Rona Berg / September 8, 2015

They are certainly popular now, but it’s been a long time coming I’ve been moisturizing my skin with botanical oils for over 20 years. When I was an editor at ELLE magazine, I often traveled to France, where I would pick up the iconic Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse and Clarins Huile Orchidée Bleue, and smuggle them […]


8 Extraordinary Under Eye Creams

By Rona Berg / September 4, 2015

Not only what under eye cream you use—but how you use it—is key The delicate skin under the eyes is one area of the body where we can all benefit from a bit of plumping. It has no fatty layer, few oil glands and no support structure, which is why it wrinkles so easily and […]

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