Friday, January 30, 2009

Gold Digger

Who, you? No, your nails, silly!

A new DBP and dibutyl phthalate-free SpaRitual colour here @ StormSister Spatique - Gold Digger

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Ok! Ok!

I've always believed that the squeaky wheel gets the grease - And, I'm usually the squeaky wheel. Clearly, there are plenty other "squeaks" out there as well!

About a year ago, after a LOT of research, I started carrying a haircare line for highly textured hair called, Kinky-Curly.

I was quite impressed with the ingredient list AND that Essence magazine had named it Hottest Haircare Product for 2008. That meant a lot to me.

I have a bit of knowledge of black haircare and am very aware of the difficulties that come along with relaxers and weekly visits to the salon for blow-outs and ironing.

As I have written about in the past, the big trend in highly textured hair is to go natural.

During my rigorous product testing with Kinky Curly, I decided not to carry their Shampoo and Gloss Pomade. I had a hair clairifier and gloss pomade that I liked just as well, if not better.
Hey, if it aint broke, don't fix it. Right?

Periodically, someone would ask why, I'd explain and they would purchase my recommendations.

Well, this line has virtually exploded in the haircare market this past year. I now ship it all over the world! Since it is so highly sought after, I get a barrage of questions for those missing two products.

I'm tired of explaining and I am giving in. Many of you just want to use one product line I guess, and don't want to use a piece from one line and a piece from another.
It's not like I didn't LIKE the shampoo and pomade, jeesh!
'Ask and you shall receive', my father always told me.
You've "asked" and it is my privilege to give you what you want.
The shampoo and pomade arrive this week. :o)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Product Feedback

Just wanted to let you know - I LOVE the John Masters Organics citrus detangler! I have used it the past 2 days.
Kristen - Boston

StormSister Spatique's two-cents.......This detangler is a GREAT leave-in conditioner and will help alleviate static in the hair, especially this time of year!

You can rinse out or leave-in.

We also recommend using it with the Kinky-Curly Curling Custard.

Use it as a shaving balm for legs, underarms, etc. Doing so will also help with static cling as well.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Biz Buzz

We would like to reward you for referring us to your family and friends.

Have your family and friends put your email address in the "comments" field upon checkout, and we will send you a code that is good for 20% off on your next shopping experience.
Referrals are for new clients only.

It's a perfect time to shop with StormSister Spatique because in this job market, you've got to look - and feel – confident and relaxed.
Please email, call or stop in if you have any hair, skin or nail care inquiries or concerns.

Follow us on Twitter, add us to your Facebook or simply check back to this blog for all the latest and greatest Lotions, Potions and Serums as well as the latest specials and beauty biz buzz!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Intellimune Tablets

I just received word form INtelligent Nutrients that the Intellimune Tablets will finally ship tomorrow! Yippee!!! Man, I was beginning to wonder if this super-food was ever going to arrive.

So, that means that they will arrive in the Spatique next week and will immediately ship out to ALL of you who have been so patient and had preordered. I'll be sending a special treat along with your order, to thank you. Some of you have been waiting since October!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Electronics & Beauty

What does an entry on electronics have to do with a beauty blog? Plenty.

I had some electronics installed this past weekend and when the installer was finished, I was given a little bottle of LED screen cleaner.

I was told to not use any other household cleaners on the screen.

I'm not the type of person that gets told something, without questioning it. So I did.

"What is wrong with household cleaners?." I ask.

"The chemicals are too strong." I'm told.

Though that makes sense to me, I'm a curious girl and I simply must investigate. So, I read the label.

Free of alcohol - I understand that.

Free of ammonia - I understand that.

Free of sodium laurel and sulfates - Ah Ha! The reason for this blog post!

Anyone who reads this blog knows that sodium laurel/laureth sulfates have been written about, plenty.
They are surfactants that give soaps and shampoo their suds and they're controversial. Please, do the research.

My point?

LED screens are made of plastic/glass and I was told not to use sulfates to clean them? Ok, I get it.
But, it IS ok for sulfates to be a common ingredient in 99% of the shampoo and body cleansers we use on our body/skin every day?!

Well, it's not ok with me.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Aaaahhhhhh............Blissful Bath

Blissful Bath is another local (Woodbury, MN) luxe boutique brand that I have been researching as of late.

I am not an easy customer and I demand a lot of information about my products, even before I test them. Kudos to the folks at Blissful Bath for being so patient with me as I ask for ingredient list after ingredient list from them.

Some of their products pass my high standards for exceptional beauty products and are now part of the StormSister Spatique beauty collection.

Enjoy.

Now, if they would just make some bath bombs without sulfates and fragrance oils......

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

Natural Sea Sponges

Natural Sea Sponges are the perfect bathing tool in between body brushing.

All those holes maximize the creaminess of your soap bar or shower gel.

Simply luxurious!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

I'm not the only one.....

MakeupAlley loves the Phytoceane Calmocea range as well.

It is perfect for skin that is prone to redness and agitation.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Yelp

It's been a great morning here at StormSister Spatique; A nice Yelp and more kind words in our email box:
Hi Becky,
my order arrived today, very quick delivery I'll say :-) and it went through customs smoothly. and thank you so much for the chocolate, and the Pez too of course. the chocolate is delicious. sometimes when you get one with a high percentage of cocoa then they tend to be very hard and almost too rich and dark, but this one is just right, and i love the berries in there. so thank you very much :-)it's a pleasure shopping at your site. have a wonderful day :-)
all the best,
Pia - Denmark

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Extra Strength

The Badger Balm Sore Muscle Rub is now available in extra strength. This stuff rocks, so bye-bye regular formula. We love this formula best!

Badger Balm now carries the USDA certified organic label.

Ingredients: *Extra Virgin Olive Oil, *Cayanne Extract, *Golden Yellow Beeswax, *Castor Oil, CO2 Extracts of *Chili, *Ginger, and *Calendula and Essential Oils of *Cardamom, *Lemongrass, *Rosemary, Thyme, & *Cinnamon.

* = Certified Organic

More new product by yet another local beauty company, coming very soon. Keep your eyes on this blog for more info.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Saponified?

"Saponified vegetable oil" is a new phrase you will be seeing more and more of as you start reading the labels of your body/hair washes. Especially on the labels of quality body washes and soaps.

A company that cares about its brand, is using saponified plant oils as the cleanser in its bath products, because it is a traditional way to make soap that doesn't strip the skin of all of its goodness. Plain and simple.

Where did things go wrong? When cosmetics companies realized they could use cheaper surfactants (sodium laurel/laureth sulfate, etc.) that make lots and lots of lather and more lather is good right? It's the way we do things here.

Oy! The jig is up!

Now, it IS possible that sodium laureth sulfate can be listed as an ingredient with (coconut derivative) behind it. Methinks that is ok.

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The Humble Soap Bar:
Alchemy or Pure Chemistry: A layman’s guide to unraveling the mysteries of soap

The legend has it that woman washing their clothes downstream from sites of sacrifice first discovered the usefulness of soap. The ancient roman myth states that this originally happened in Rome 1000 B.C, at the foot of Sapo Hill above which regular animal sacrifices were made to the pagan Gods. Tyler Durden cites a more contemporary version in the recent cinema classic Fight Club, that it was in India on the Ganges down from the ceremonial cremation sites that this phenomenon was first appreciated. The fact remains that the combination of rendered fats seeping through the ash of wood fires and into the water created a soapy clay downstream, which was found to assist immensely in these daily chores.

Notwithstanding its long and detailed history from ancient civilisations until today, soap making or the art of saponification has retained a certain mystic element. Disbelief is often the response when a traditional soap-maker explains that a bar of soap is made from the combination oils and lye. Some are shocked and intimidated at the use of lye, which is such a powerful and reactive substance, but mostly there is surprise that oil may be presented as a solid bar of soap through a relatively simple chemical reaction. However, like most artisan traditions processed soapmaking can be preformed by anyone with a little inspiration, patience. and dedication. Cooking is a great comparison, in which the combination of the good and carefully selected ingredients, mixed and stirred at the right temperature and time, can, with experience, produce a beautiful result. This is alchemy!

Unfortunately, 99 percent of all soaps and related products available today are made in huge automated mills, using pre fabricated and processed soap chips from refined, bleached and mostly hydrogenated oils. Using synthetic lathering agents and chelating agents, fillers and animal fats has allowed large soap factories to deliver soaps at a rate of 220 bars per minute, 6 days a week 24 hours a day to supply much of the demand of our modern living.

Notwithstanding this, the growing demands for certified organic products have given a new impetus to traditional soap making. The traditional method of making soap is generally known as a processed method allowing the soap-maker to use a number of different oils, flowers, clays and raw honey to create a desired product. All oils have different characteristics relevant to soap making and most oils and fats can be saponified if their properties are understood. It is this very principle that has allowed the traditional method to make a resurgence in this time when not only certified organic ingredients, but, and maybe even more importantly certified organic processing is appreciated and demanded by a more aware and conscious public.

Although the word soap has been a victim of marketing abuse over the years, the term saponification essentially defines the process of creating an alkaline salt crystal and glycerin from the combination of an acid and a base. In practical terms this process describes the chemical reaction of an oil, or more precisely the fatty acids that make up the oil, combined with lye, or sodium hydroxide (NaOH) dissolved in water as the base or alkaline. The water, although it does not itself react chemically, is the medium allowing all elements to dissolve, mix and react. It encourages an ionization process or in more understandable terms it encourages the sodium hydroxide to separate into Na and OH and the oils to break down from a triglyceride and three fatty acids (remember this from biology 19??) into the different fatty acids and glycerol.

Erring on the side of oversimplifying the chemistry, soap is created when the dissolved sodium (Na) bonds with the fatty acids by replacing some of the hydrogen atoms of the different fatty acids, thereby changing its chemical structure and thus rendering it solid over time. Simultaneously, a secondary reaction is taking place in which the glycerol and the hydroxide ion (OH) combine to from glycerin.

The reason soap crystals are able to their magical work is due to the unique chemical structure. Comprising a head and a tail, the former is attracted to water, the latter repels water but is attracted to dirt and stains. The first action of soap is to break up the surface tension of the water allowing all items to be wetted thoroughly, the second is to attach itself to dirt and suspend it in lather until it is rinsed away.

But why all the chemistry? Because the natural soap crystal as described above is hardly still found in any product you purchase. A traditional soap maker working with organic ingredients may saponify predominantly coconut oil or palm oil to achieve lather in his product. He or she will achieve this by creating the natural salt of sodium laureth (sodium plus Lauric acid, the predominant fatty acid in coconut oil). Using this as his base he or she may know use a variety of additional vegetable or nut oils and essential oil to achieve additional characteristics such as hardness of the bar, therapeutic or moisturising properties. Anyone who has ever tried to make homemade cheese or tofu will appreciate the intricacies of the getting the combination right so that nature may perform its work.

However, most commercial soap products, but especially shampoos, liquid soap and gels contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or one of its 24 derivatives, which are synthetically manufactured and defined as detergents. These will create lather, but the added sulphate is an extremely harsh additive and is “designed for brief use followed by thorough rinsing from the surface of the skin”.

Another chemical option for those mass producing soap which contain filling or boosting agents, is to use chelating or sequestering agents such as EDTA and its cronies which are ammonium based and are used to bind and remove trace metals from the water. This means that the soap you are using may “filled” with titanium dioxide or sodium chloride (chemically derived table salt) and to attain the same lather, these chemical water softeners are often used. A careful inspection of your shampoo, liquid soap and showergels will allow you to recognise these names very quickly, but you will also find them in your washing powders, detergents and clothes softeners.

Challenge yourself to read the ingredients list of the products you purchase. Move beyond the list of herbal extracts and essential oils that it may contain and have a good look what the base ingredients are. If you want to do a simple test, purchase an organic soap and one containing EDTA and try and dissolve about 20g of each in 100ml of water, let it stand overnight and see the difference.

There is no doubt that in many skin care products the word “care’ is often the ingredient most lacking. The fact is that more aware consumer do have a choice as more certified organic skin care products are found in the market. Yes, they may be a little more expensive, have a shorter shelf life and need to be handled with a little more care, but is this not what we would expect from our own definition of Organic.

1. Ruth Winter, M.S., 1999,A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, Three Rivers Press 2. Ethylenediamine tetra-acetic acid (EDTA)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Press





All the latest and greatest press.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Friday, January 2, 2009

Oligomer/Phytomarin

Phytoceane Phytomarin Dried Seawater Bath has taken the place of Phytomer Oligomer, here at StormSister Spatique.

Exact same product - Phytomer and Phytoceane are sister companies - same size packaging, less expensive.

If you have been ill or have been working out a lot, replenish your body with this nutrient-rich bath.
Soak for at least 20 minutes.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Overheard

I do hope you overindulged last evening. I did.

Two 12 year old girls were in shopping recently. They were trying on make-up. Some of their comments during their shopping experience made me smile.

"My eyes feel pretty." says girl, as she is applying mascara from the tester.

Note to self - Keep putting it on til it feels pretty. Don't look pretty, feel pretty!

"Do I have too much makeup on?" "My dad doesn't like it when I have makeup on." says girl.

"What he doesn't know, won't hurt him", says same girl very matter-of-factly.

It pleases me that so many women, men and girls feel so very comfortable to share all of those little secrets that spill out in my presence.

Just one of the many things I am thankful for.

Happy New Year.