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NONTOXIQUE BEAUTY is a natural eco and consumer concerned skin-care company devoted to responsible beauty offering 100% chemical free, organic-grade and eco-friendly products only. Using the most highly bio-available, sustainable, and freshest ingredients in their products along with natural preservatives and 100% Pure Essential Oils. The products contain no synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, parabens, fillers or any other unnecessary or artificial chemicals and never uses nature-identical ingredients (created in the lab). They are never tested on animals and the only animal by-product used is beeswax, which isn’t a real animal bi-product to begin with.
NONTOXIQUE BEAUTY is concerned about our environment and even more so, consumer safety when it comes to their products, which is why they have made it their mission to get involved. Real change can’t happen unless Policy’s change that demands better consumer protection or set some kind of standard that actually works. Nontoxique is taking steps to become actively involved in getting old Policy’s updated, changed or helping to pass new legislation in the state of Minnesota. Because Responsible Beauty is their motto, they believe that includes being the voice of their consumers and putting that voice to work. Responsible Beauty also means setting standards and being an example for others to follow and they are proud to say they are doing their part in not adding an unnecessary burden to our environment or your body just to help make you feel more beautiful.
All NONTOXIQUE products are formulated, packaged and inspected for quality in an approved and certified manufacturing facility located in the USA. Much time and effort is spent to insure the sustained high quality of their products through high standards of ingredient sourcing, product performance testing and stability testing, thus keeping with their motto and philosophy: “Safe Beauty equals Responsible Beauty.”
At this time, Nontoxique is only available in my Spatique and not available for online purchase on our website. For online customers, please contact us at our toll-free number: 877.455.4668 or send an email request to: becky (at) stormsister (dot) biz
There are some amazing things happening in the beauty biz here in the Twin Towns and that truly excites me.
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It can be 98 degrees in the summer and 60 below in the winter. We are in the land of extremes here kids and have now entered the latter.
I'm pretty good at telling everyone what they should be using and thought it was about time I gave you my skincare routine.
Keep in mind I am 43. That's another thing, your skin changes throughout your lifetime, so what you used 10-20 years ago is not going to be what you use now. If it is, come in and see me. We'll talk.
My skincare regimen begins with Vie Cleansing Cream - I'm not sure if I'm ever going to be able to give this up as my late fall/winter/early spring cleanser. It is creamy goodness that I would compare in consistency to cold cream.
I have been using it for 8 years and if there is a better anti-age cleansing cream out there, I haven't found it.
Cleansing creams take some getting used to, but if you are patient and learn that that is how your skin is supposed to feel, you will be rewarded beautifully.
I'm a toner girl. I like my face wet with something other than water. I want each step of my routine to be beneficial. So, since it is imperative that skin be wet when applying moisturizer, I want that "wet" to be functional, thus, I use toner.
For years I have been using Vie Toner (looks and feels like milk), but I have recently given it up for a rosewater toner.
Why? Good question. I want to minimize my pores as much as possible. I've never felt like mine were large, but they certainly don't get smaller as we age and I felt like it may now be time to get on that.
And, any aesthetician will tell you, if you want to minimize pore size, you use rosewater toner. If your aesthetician doesn't know that, it's time to find a new skincare professional.
That's your next task. Ask your skincare professional what is the best toner to use to minimize pores.
If you are given the wrong answer, fire them.
I know, I know, I'm a beauty bitch.
Ok, back to rosewater toner.
I carry two kinds of rosewater toner. The one with the link above, is from Galen Labs. That one is actually a hydrosol.
Hydrosols are the distilled liquid that remains after making essential oils.
After I spritz my face and fingertips with rose hydrosol, I apply one pump of INtelligent Nutrients Anti-Aging Serum. As I have spoken about this on many occasions, there is something magical about this serum. That is all I can say. I can't really explain it. My skin just glows. The smell is divine. 'Nuf said.
Immediately after I apply the serum, I apply Phytoceane Anti-Oxidant Cream.
I am using this because it is new and because I cannot help myself and have to experiment with product. But, it doesn't seem to be enough with this crazy dry, cold weather we are having here in the frozen tundra of MN.
Because the above cream just is not enough, I am THEN applying organic shea butter on top of this.
I also use that same shea butter on elbows, feet and hands. Though, I do have a jar of Galen Labs Shea Cream that I use on my body as well. I've tried to use this shea cream on my face but the various essential oils in it don't play well on my face. I'm too sensitive. But, if you have some and want to try it, give it a whirl. If you react at all, discontinue use on face. By all means though, keep slathering it on your bod. It is luscious!
I hope I haven't lost you. I'm a freak and love the feel of supple, plump, glowing skin.
Great skincare helps you retain collagen as you age, thus keeping skin firm with minimal wrinkles.
This routine is done morning and evening. Seriously, it takes about 5 minutes to do these steps.
Once a week I exfoliate. If you are exfoliating more than once or twice a week, you are doing it too much, so stop.
I have used the Vie Exfoliant for 8 years as well. Truly, the next best thing is a microdermabrasion. BUT, I have to admit that as soon as this tube is gone, I may be moving to its sister exfoliant, Equavie Organic Exfoliating Cream. This is another magical product that I have been experimenting with. Not only does it have physical exfoliating properties, it also has an enzyme exfoliant and I was quite intrigued with the results the few times I used it. AND, it's cheaper.
After I exfoliate, I like to do a mask. Your skin is very clean and open to accept all of those anti-aging lotions and potions and a fantastic mask is the perfect starter to a wonderful skincare week.
The Vie Hydra-Renewing Mask is the best out there, hands down, if you are looking for maximum anti-aging properties and hydration.
So, that's it kids. That's my winter routine.
Once April arrives there will be a couple changes and I will let you know about my spring routine.....then summer.
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The StormSister Spatique website is under construction.
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That Bombshell Beauty is lovin' me, er, my stuff. Thanks for the love, Sara!
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By Lisa Sykes, Universal Companies Sustainability Specialist
Over the years, technology and the yearning for higher profit margins have encouraged the inclusion of cheap petroleum-based chemicals into our skin and body care products. The Energy Information Administration defines the ubiquitous term "petrochemicals" as "organic and inorganic compounds and mixtures that include but are not limited to organic chemicals, cyclic intermediates, detergents, and surface active agents." Most often used as inactives in skin and body care formulas, these inexpensive multisyllabic chemical compounds frequent ingredient decks as alternatives to safer, more natural components.
Environmental concerns over the production and transportation of non-renewable resources aside, industrial petrochemical production is a complex, energy-intensive process. It involves altering raw materials (crude oil and natural gas) by the employment of high heat and metal catalysts. These raw materials must go through a series of transformations to become an end use product.
Accordingly, in order to explore the 1,4- dioxane issue, we must briefly examine the transformation of the feedstock ethane gas into its intended end use chemical.
Ethane gas is derived from natural gas, similar to propane and butane. When ethane gas is steam cracked, it changes into man-made, nature-identical ethylene gas, a primary petrochemical. Next, ethylene is altered using oxygen and a metal catalyst (such as silver), then ethylene oxide, an intermediate, is produced. When ethylene oxide is combined with a fatty acid(s) to form an end use substance, ethoxylation occurs and generates dioxane (a.k.a. 1,4-dioxane), an accidental byproduct. To illustrate this point, if one combines twenty molecules of ethylene oxide with cetyl and stearyl alcohol, the end result is ceteareth-20, an ingredient that harbors the 1,4-dioxane contaminate.
The EPA classifies dioxane as a probable human carcinogen. While dioxane is purposely used in the industrial manufacture of fumigants and coolants, it unintentionally appears in our skin and body care products. One will never see "1,4-dioxane" in an ingredient deck because it is a possible contaminate of an ingredient, not an ingredient itself. Furthermore, because the FDA barely regulates the cosmetics industry, you are responsible for steering clear of the approximately fifty-six ingredients that may contain dioxane. However, an easy way to elude this unintentional contaminate is to remember to avoid the following four groups of chemicals: PEGs (polyethylene glycols), polyethylenes, "xynols" (e.g., octoxynol), and "eths" (e.g., sodium laureth sulfate). Although it is distressing that consumers must police ingredient decks in order to avoid harmful substances, at least this task isn’t as daunting when broken down into four categories.