Friday, July 30, 2010

GOOP

Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP (scroll down to the skincare questions) gives INtelligent Nutrients Skincare some face.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Other Side

I've been bombarded with emails and tweets in regard to my current support of the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010. (Please research their links. They all have very valid concerns and I highly respect their opinions.)

Being a small business owner, I do have some concern that this bill will be adulterated (aren't they all?) and be detrimental to small business.

That being said, at this time, I am more concerned that the hazardous chemicals that are in the beauty and personal care products of every man, woman and child in this country, be removed.

There is also concern, and rightly so, that there are chemical compounds in herbs and essential oils that may be harmful as well. Come on.
Yes, too much cinnamon may be detrimental to someone with a heart condition. But, I cannot imagine that when all is said and done it will be an issue under this bill. I believe those that are against this bill are overreacting here.
I could be wrong and I certainly will keep an eye on what is added to this bill, but let's not overreact.

Seventy years is 3 1/2 generations. That is how long that Big Beauty has gone unchecked in this country. How has this affected the genetics of these 3 1/2 generations?

Why is one in 8 women going to get breast cancer in her lifetime? Why is a man almost guaranteed to get prostrate cancer IF he lives to the age of 85? We read about these statistics every day. It is frightening!

Understand, I am NOT blaming Big Beauty for all of the health ills of the world. We are bombarded every day by chemicals in our environment and in our food, etc.

That being said, please consider that we each put an average of 11 products (some figures go as high as 23) on our bodies each day, (Think shampoo, shave cream, lotion, mascara, lipstick, body wash, soap, aftershave, moisturizer, toothpaste, mouthwash, hand sanitizer, conditioner, etc., etc.) this can put our bodies under a lot of stress when these products are laden with ingredients that are linked to cancer, birth defects, infertility, etc.

Until Big Beauty cleans itself up, or is forced to, do your research. Know what you are putting on your body. We can control that. And, we can choose to spend our dollars on personal care/beauty products that are not laden with controversial ingredients.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Support the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 (H.R.5786)

I just sent the following letter to Rep. Betty McCollum
District: FH-MN04
MN
Phone:(202) 225-6631
Fax:(202) 225-1968

Please send one (or craft your own) to your state representatives:

I am writing to ask that you support the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 (H.R.5786), which will strengthen FDA oversight and regulation of the $50 billion cosmetics industry. Doing so will ensure that cosmetics do not contain ingredients or contaminants linked to adverse health effects, and close loopholes that prevent consumers from knowing what's in their products.

At present, the cosmetics industry can use virtually any ingredient in personal care products, even chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects or other health impacts, or that have never been assessed for safety by any publicly accountable agency. Some of these ingredients don't even appear on product labels.

Rates of cancer, reproductive and developmental harm are on the rise, and toxic chemicals from consumer goods like cosmetics are ending up in our bodies, breast milk, the cord blood of newborn babies, waterways and wildlife. Exposure to toxic chemicals in products we use on our bodies is unnecessary – --it's time to clean up the cosmetics industry and make these products safer for everyone!

I urge you to support the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 so that baby shampoo is free of carcinogenic contaminants, fragrance ingredients are not kept secret, body lotion is not made with reproductive toxins, and salon workers are not exposed to toxic chemicals day in and day out.

Please sign on as a co-sponsor of the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 and work to keep the bill language strong and protective of babies, pregnant women, teenagers, workers and our ecosystem.

I should be able to trust that cosmetics ingredients are safe for long-term use before they show up in products at my local store. I encourage you to watch a new short film about this issue, "The Story of Cosmetics," which I just watched and shared with friends and family. It's available at www.storyofcosmetics.org.

For more information about safe cosmetics legislation, please visit www.safecosmetics.org/safecosmeticsact.

FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO COMMENT. DO NOT do it "anonymously", it will not be posted. -- Come out, come out, wherever you are!

Your opinion will be respected and published - With your name on it.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

July 21st was a big day for the beauty biz!

Personally, I have filed this under the category of "There is a God".

Just Introduced: The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 - It has taken 70 years, but here we go.

Please, don't believe that you can run out now and not worry about beauty/personal grooming labels. Sadly, the beauty industry refuses to clean itself up, and our government has to get involved to force them. Big Beauty has refused to budge when study after study has linked their ingredients to so many health concerns.
This is simply legislation that is being introduced. We now have to get our U.S Representatives to PASS this.

For so many of us who bitch about "big government", Big Beauty certainly doesn't make it easy for government NOT to get involved, does it?
We all keep hearing, from Democrats and Republicans alike, that our government is getting too big. I completely agree.
But, these Beauty Giants have been poisoning the American people for 70 years and they still refuse to do everything in their power to make their products safe. This is simply disgusting. Disgusting. There is no other word for it.

Why does there have to be lead in lipstick!?
This is just the tip of the iceberg, kids.

Many of us in the beauty industry have been complaining about this for years and we've been told we are "overreacting".
Why are protesters in this country always labeled as "overreacting", at best?

Why is it that Big Beauty in this country doesn't clean itself up when there are warnings about their products? Why?!
Because it is less expensive for them to make their products with cheap petrochemicals, that's why.

70 years it has taken to finally, legitimately, expose their fraud. 70!
Their greed forces government to have to get involved. It is that simple.

So, if you are an American bitching about "big government", why don't you "walk the walk" and decide not to do business with the corporate beauty giants. Clearly, money talks.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Story of Cosmetics

If you bathe, shampoo your hair, put on lotion, makeup, aftershave, nail polish, apply deodorant or brush your teeth, do yourself a favor and watch this and listen very carefully.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Finding Bamboo Hair Towels Was Hard

I have been looking for unbleached, 100% bamboo hair towels for over a year.

I either couldn't find the right size or I couldn't find a manufacturer that was making them well.
That has all been remedied and these towels work as well as any micro-fiber towel, without the synthetic element. Very sustainable.

Bamboo is a renewable resource that grows about 24 inches per day!

I originally purchased the microfiber towels for all of my curly-girls whose hair holds so much moisture. These towels literally cut their dry time in half.
The word soon spread and then everyone wanted hair that dried more quickly....then they were being purchased for yoga and the gym, etc.

Bamboo towels, though more expensive, work just as well. No matter how you use it.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

75% OFF SALE

Beginning today, through Sunday, July 25th, take an additional 25% off all clearance merchandise in the StormSister Spatique storefront. Clearance items are already marked 50% off.

This includes in stock items only. No backorders or special orders.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sisal Bath Mitt

I always thought the Sisal Body Brushes would be enough. But, there certainly has been a demand for a Sisal Bath Mitt.

Now, what soap to choose?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Netherlands

A note from a client:

I received my order today.

Thanks for the great and fast service! (and samples :))

It's a pleasure to do business with you!

Cheers!
---------------------
Graziana - Netherlands

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Good For Your Tresses

Scalp Massage: Good For Your Stresses, and Your Tresses by Deborah Dunham

If you -- or your tresses -- feel worn out by the end of the day, why not try giving yourself a scalp massage?

It won't hurt.

Rather, in a matter of minutes, your fingertips can help melt away fatigue, tension and even headaches. Not only does it feel great, but a regular scalp massage can also increase blood circulation to the hair follicles which will nourish and strengthen your locks. And, because stress can be a contributing factor for hair loss, massage is a natural way to help hang on to those strands.

For the best tips on how to treat yourself to a relaxing and stimulating scalp massage, we consulted with Janice Cox, author of "Natural Beauty at Home" and co-author of "EcoBeauty" with her daughter, Lauren Cox.

Cox suggests the following moves for immediate relaxation:

1. Stroke your head lightly all over from the forehead to the back of the neck and from the temples, over the ears to the neck.

2. Make small firm circles all over your scalp, working from front to back with your thumb and fingertips. Pay particular attention to the area around your ears and at the base of your skull where tension can build up. Manipulate the scalp muscle and help loosen it.

3. Stroke all over your hair gently, and then grab a handful of hair at the roots and pull firmly, but gently.

4. Release the hair and then run your fingers through it. Pulling out tension.

5. Position your hand on either side of your head. Press your hands in gently for a few seconds and then release.

6. Repeat all over your head, neck and temples.

Coconut oil is the perfect accoutrement to a scalp massage. It leaves a protective coating on the hair after washing, which holds in moisture and provides a barrier against the sun and heated hair appliances. Olive oil and almond oil also work well. Use a small amount to avoid an oily scalp.

Here are a few of Cox's at-home, eco-friendly hair recipes that you can use to enhance your scalp massage experience:

Rosemary Hair Oil
Rosemary is believed to stimulate hair growth. Mixed with olive oil it makes a relaxing hair treatment.

Ingredients:
4 drops rosemary essential oil
1 /2 cup olive oil

Directions:
Mix together the olive oil and rosemary. Pour into a clean bottle with a tight fitting lid. To use: Massage a small amount into your scalp after shampooing and before going to bed.

Refreshing Summer Massage
During the summer months, some people prefer to use a lighter massage solution. This recipe is tingling, cooling and perfect for use at the end of a hot, humid day to refresh both your scalp and your spirit.

Ingredients:
1 /2 cup witch hazel
1/ 2 teaspoon vegetable glycerin (available at most drug stores)
1 /4 teaspoon castor oil
1 -2 drops essential oil of lavender (optional)

Directions:
Mix together all ingredients and pour into a clean container with a tight fitting lid. To use: Shake gently then pour a small amount into your hands and massage into the scalp.

Dandruff Cure
A clean scalp is also a healthy scalp. Use this simple recipe to cleanse and refresh your head and rid it of any dandruff. Fresh onions have the ability to draw impurities from the skin and destroy bacteria. Use this recipe before shampooing.

Ingredients:
1 medium onion, chopped
1 /2 cup water
1 cup rum or witch hazel

Directions:
Mix together the onion and water and heat them both until the onion is soft and steamed. Let the mixture cool completely, then add the rum or witch hazel. Cover the mixture and let sit overnight. Strain off all solids and pour the liquid into a clean container. To use: Massage a small amount into your scalp before shampooing daily and continue until the scalp is clear and your dry skin condition or dandruff is gone.

Give one -- or all -- of the recipes a try and tell us what you think!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Evaluation

The first product evaluation from my blind study is in!!! If you're new to this blog, I'm developing my own product.

At this juncture, I'm looking for funding, but in the meantime, I'm doing the work and have recently stepped out of the comfort zone of having clients, friends and family test the product.
It has been in the hands of people I don't know since last Saturday. The last sample was handed out on Wednesday.

10 women, 6 men that I have never met. Yikes. This means they don't have to be nice and tell me they love my product because they know me or love me.
If I'm going to do this, I am going to do it right. Complete strangers have to use my product and give me their honest feedback.

When I got home from work today, there on the table was the first evaluation.
Wow, they had until July 23rd. It's only July 16th. That's a good sign, right?

I kind of felt like it was a note from an admirer and I snatched it up and jumped on my bed to read it in private.
We entrepreneurs, we're funny. Our product/brand is like our lover or child and we are very protective of it. I opened it up and skimmed through the survey's five pages.

4 out of 5 rating. Above average performance (!)
Product texture: Just right (!)
Product appearance: Good visual appeal (!)
Product usage experience: Great experience. Client added they were "surprised" by product usage experience (!)
Client checked: Product performed as promised (!)

There was one glitch.
Client said the "texture was odd" on a certain area of the bod that this product is used on. But, when they were done with the last of their grooming regimen they said it "felt great".
(Sorry about being so vague, but I am keeping this product very secret.)

One down, fifteen more to go....

Friday, July 16, 2010

IN Harmony

INtelligent Nutrients has launched a new shampoo and conditioner - Harmonic.

It has been out for a few weeks now, but because I put products through some serious testing, it has taken a while to get it in here. Add the fact that it is selling like hot cakes so I have had to wait for it to get back in stock.

The shampoo reminds me of the old Aveda Rosemary Mint Equilizer. Yum. That was a happy place for me. The power of an aroma!

I love the multi-purpose angle to the products as well.
The shampoo can be used as a face/total body wash and an anti-aging foaming shave for face and total body.
The conditioner is recommended to be used as an anti-aging, moisturizer, total body cleanser. Yes, cleanser. Remember, things don't have to foam to make us clean.
It also can be used as a "cowash" - conditioner wash for hair or as a shave cream.

It is also the first product of IN's to come out with both regular and travel sizes. Bravo!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Phytoceane Anti-Aging

Phytoceane is going through some changes with their Sea Optimum and OceaRepair ranges.

Both of these skincare ranges address the anti-aging issue and are under the Anti-Aging umbrella of Phytoceane skincare.

The first change is the OceaRepair Lift Intensive Wrinkle Cream. It is has been renamed, Age Defense First Wrinkle Cream.

Some products are new and some are just being renamed.

More changes to come. I'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Toxic Cosmetics: Hair

An article in TIME, by Bryan Walsh, names John Masters products as a safe alternative to the many toxic shampoo brands that are out there.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Dyeing at Home

I'm not a fan of at home dye jobs and I gave my two cents in this article - unless you're going to stay within a color level that is close to your natural shade.
Even then, it is so important to get the color on the roots only, in the beginning of the application, and then bring it out to the ends at a certain point and truly, a hairdresser is the only one who knows how/when to do that properly.
Let's be real. We can usually tell when someone is coloring their own hair. We've all seen it. It's not usually very pretty.

But, if you simply must and cannot help yourself, there are some great tips in this article.

If you need a little touch-up before you can get to the salon, I love this little gizmo. The color stays put until your next shampoo.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

NATURE'S BEAUTY SECRET

Thanks, Lorri Weisen, for this great blog post.

Considering the controversy in the sunscreen industry right now, this is a wonderful, healthy sunscreen recipe. The healing and anti-aging properties of these oils will benefit your skin as well.

Heck, do yourself a favor. When you mix up a batch of this natural sun protection, dampen your hair and comb some throughout for a fantastic "hot oil" treatment for your tresses. Shampoo out when you're finished sunning.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Whispers and Bronzer

I've been contemplating this post for a while. I knew that IF the video ever came out, I knew exactly what I was going to title it.

On April 30th, American Express flew me out to NYC to film a video for them.

I was quite nervous during the shoot (they wouldn't allow me to bring my cheerleaders. Who do they think they are, not allowing my moral support to accompany me? That is NOT how we do it here in MN.) and when Becky gets nervous, her chest gets blotchy. That led to many visits by the lovely makeup artist to apply bronzer - to even out my skin.
I felt like so much makeup was being applied that I would soon look like Snooki.
This caused me a lot of anxiety each time she came over. Ugh. I was certain I was going to look like an Oompa Loompa.

Then the whispering! What was with the whispering?
There were two women in the office we were filming in, that sat at a table, watching a small video screen that showed exactly what was on camera. They kept whispering to one another, the director, makeup artist, etc. Everyone but me.
That just added to my anxiety. Was the makeup artist applying too much bronzer? What!?! Someone say something. To me!

After the shoot I walked to Battery Park and met up with some friends for cocktails and to recap what the hell had just transpired. - Amex flew me out to NYC that morning and if I didn't have friends to visit, they were going to ship me back home, the same day. My head was spinning.

It was 85 degrees in NYC that day. I was dressed in black, the sun was out and I had 9 lbs of makeup on. Everyone was staring (ok, I thought they were staring) and I simply wanted to be enveloped in my friends' loving and supportive arms and I couldn't get there fast enough.

Have I said how much I like vodka? I do. And, it was especially delicious that afternoon.

So, I have been worried these last 3 months about my makeup and how it was going to look. I know, I shouldn't have. Everyone involved had done this before. They were all trained professionals. I just couldn't help it.
How many times in an hour was that woman going to come over and blast me with golden powder!?

The videos have finally launched and now I wish that bronzer could have covered that second chin I'm sporting in the photo. Kripes! I didn't even think about that....but there it is. Oy!
Clearly, those two "whisperers" should have been more concerned with finding a more flattering photo of me.

O' well, whatta ya do.

Thanks for the wonderful opportunity AMEX and BoomBox Inc. I truly am grateful.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Travel Size

We just received the new travel sizes of Galen Labs Hydrosols. Perfect for my/your hand bag, car, etc.

As well as my toner of choice (rose minimizes pore size), on hot summer days, like the ones we have been having, I love giving my face a few spritzes to cool down. So refreshing!

Galen has recently added the addition of a tea tree hydrosol.
Let me tell you, if you have young, problematic skin, this should be your toner of choice - used daily after your morning and evening cleanse.
There is nothing like tea tree to kill bacteria and help facilitate the healing of blemishes.

Using a drop of tea tree essential oil on a Q-tip is another great way to zap zits. Tea tree can be a little aggressive on sensitive skin, so I would suggest a patch-test or use the more gentle hydrosol.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

It's Not Just For Your Pits

Other uses for your Erbaviva Lemon Sage or Jasmine Grapefruit deodorants.

I never even thought of using them for anything other than as a deodorant. I love it when someone thinks outside the box!

Use your Erbaviva organic deodorant to:

Spray down your yoga mat

Rid germs on phone, keyboard, doorknobs, and steering wheel

Spray on stinky feet and in smelly shoes

Use as an organic perfume! Smells great

Spray on linens, towels, and beach blankets

Use as a room and bathroom freshener

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

EndlessBeauty.com Press Art


I have the best designer ever! She turns my press into little works of art.

Isn't Beauty fun?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Groucho Marx

You too, can color your own eyebrows.

I know this looks a bit scary, but I promise, it will all work out.

See, much better.

All you need is a drop of color, a drop of 20 volume developer and a Q-tip.
When I say drop, I mean literally, a drop. If your color comes in a tube or a bottle one drop is plenty for coloring both brows.
I mix mine in a little bowl with the Q-tip, apply and leave on about 15 minutes.
Try to keep on hair only, but that can be a little tough. If you get it on your skin, just use your facial cleanser to remove. Make sure brows look even as the color develops. Don't freak out when you start looking like Groucho Marx. It will come off.
I removed the color with a damp paper towel.

This color was a level 4G (gold). I use professional color, but as long as you stay just a bit darker than your natural shade, you can't go wrong.
A bit darker brow also makes your eyes "pop".

My hair is naturally blondish, so my eyebrows are blonde and I have earned a few grays along the way so I color my brows every time I have my hair done. Sometimes in the summer, more often as the sun lightens brows very quickly.

I usually color my brows in the evening. My skin is a bit sensitive and I am prone to redness so my skin often needs some time to calm down. I usually get color on my skin too, so there is some staining as well.
When I do it at night, whatever doesn't come off with my cleanser, right afterward, will come off in the shower in the morning.

Many folks are purchasing Betty Color in brown, to color their brows.
Betty Color was designed for a very sensitive part of our anatomy, so it is perfectly safe for brows.
Guys also use it for beard and mustache hair, as well as covering gray in their chest hair. FYI.

I also find that brow coloring is good for anyone who tweezed a bit too much at some point and no longer has much brow remaining. You will be surprised how many fine little hairs you really do have once you color them.

When I introduced eyebrow coloring as an option to my clients in the salon, they were shocked to realize how much hair they truly did have.
It is also a great time to shape your brows after coloring, as well.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Zest for Beauty

An excerpt from the July edition of American Spa Magazine by Cristina De Oliveira

It’s hard to think of something that doesn’t look better thanks to lemons—a tall glass of water, a decadent dessert, and even your skin. This blazingly bright yellow fruit isn’t only easy on the eyes but it is also a powerful antioxidant that offers countless beauty benefits, making it a popular ingredient in beauty products.

Forget how acerbic lemons are to taste—people are certainly sweet on the the crisp and citrusy notes of this fresh fruit.

According to Mette Gustavsen of Joia Beauty (Northampton, MA), lemon scent and action grabs your attention. “It is just love at first sight, or whiff in this case,” says Gustavsen. “After you smell the products, I usually remind them of the potent invigorating, cooling, and refreshing properties that lemons hold.” According to her, lemon-infused products are best suited for hot-natured people who need a little help cooling down or for those who just enjoy the revitalizing scent.

Danica Siegel, uses lemons in her products to help her customers beat the heat, as well as their stress level. “Lemon has the ability to create a positive mindframe and remove negative emotions,” she says. “It’s calming in nature and helps remove mental fatigue, exhaustion, anxiety, and nervous tension.”

As far as skincare goes, the potent power of lemon cannot be ignored, and it helps lead to sunny dispositions. “Lemon juice has bleaching, regenerating, moisturizing, and toning effects, and it refreshes and rejuvenates the skin and increases its resiliency,” says Szilvia Hickman. “The pulp and the peel of the lemon contain fruit acids that lighten pigmentation and eliminate excess oil. Its essential oil is mostly used by the beauty industry for its pleasant, fresh fragrance.” According to Hickman, lemon oil is used in products because of its lightly hydrating, stimulating, astringent, detoxifying, antiseptic, and antifungal properties.

The concentration of vitamin C in lemons is also a reason why it’s a skin-friendly resource and a useful weapon to fight aging. One regular-sized lemon has more than 50 mg of vitamin C, which amounts to a high number of antioxidants, especially for one small fruit. “We use lemon essential oil in our products to provide better benefits in preventing skin aging,” says Ken Simpson.

Not only is lemon good for the face but it also perfects the pout. Lemon helps maintain healthy capillary walls, resulting in better blood circulation to the lip area.

While tantalizing the senses and saving the skin are definite beauty boosts provided by lemons, the juicy fruit can also be used to treat and tone the body. La Bella Salon &
Spa (Albuquerque, NM) incorporates PINO Natural Spa Therapy’s Lemon Mint Massage Oil into its treatments to provide a refreshing and stimulating massage. “This vitamin C-rich product increases collagen synthesis, which helps thicken the skin and prevent moisture loss,” says Alma Bocanegra, PINO’s national technical manager. “It also provides an improved appearance in sun damaged skin and reduces skin damage caused by free radicals that are generated by pollution.”

Although this citrus fruit is perfect for reviving summer-worn skin, its crisp scent should not be ignored during the rest of the year. “I incorporate Lemon Bath compresses year-round in my facial treatments,” says Jaime Olander, on-staff esthetician at Dr. Hauschka Skin Care. “I recommend clients use lemon in water while cleaning their faces throughout the year, as it is both warming and uplifting to the mood in the colder months and refreshing in the warmer months.” Whether clients are interested in true results-oriented skincare, a relaxing massage, or just a little lift of the spirits, offering them lemon-laden services will give them just the twist they need to feel better from the inside out.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Shipping

We have made some adjustments in regard to shipping and have reduced fees for our clients in the U.S.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Real Beauty: The Rad Housewife

My girl, Kate Smith, certainly is a REAL beauty! So happy that BeautyBets thinks so too.

Kate loves her Phytoceane Hydracea moisturizer and LiLash and they top her list!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

4 day 4th of July Sale!

Beginning today, July 1st through Sunday, July 4th, receive 25% off your purchases storewide.

Sale is not available online, but you may phone in your order to 612 716 5480.
Phone orders will ship the following day (Shipping fees have recently been reduced!)
In stock items only. No special orders or merchandise that is currently on backorder.

Store hours are Monday - Friday 10-5 and Saturday and Sunday 10-2.