Friday, April 29, 2011

The Press

I am so blessed by the press.

Samples of shhh. are being shipped with all StormSister Spatique orders.
You may also pick one up at STYLEDLIFE.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

DIY Sugar Body Scrub

Via the most recent GOOP newsletter, here is the recipe for the Sprout Wellness Sugar Body Scrub that you can make at home:

  • 1 cup organic demerara sugar (or any other coarse sugar will work)
  • 1-2 tsp organic unrefined coconut oil
  • 2 tsp organic shredded coconut
Mix shredded coconut and sugar in a small bowl, stir until blended. Heat coconut oil in a small pot just until melted. Pour coconut oil over sugar and shredded coconut, you'll notice it liquefies some of the sugar. With a fork or spoon, stir oil into the sugar mixture. It will start to spread. Continue until the sugar is all one consistency.
To use: Apply a small amount to areas you want to exfoliate and moisturize.

Seriously. I want to eat this.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

shhh. @ STYLEDLIFE

Did you miss the private party on April Fool's Day? Pity.

Well, you won't want to miss this one, so mark your calendar!

STYLEDLIFE® is thrilled to host the much anticipated public launch party of:

shhh.
shampoo | shower | shave
by StormSister Spatique.

StormSister has reinvented grooming by creating a 3-in-one, head-to-toe product for both men and women. Simplicity coupled with a signature essential oil blend makes shhh. perfect for home, travel and gym. So join us on May 19th from 6-9pm for cocktails, SL's always groovy tunes and... shhh. a new twist on an old routine.

Isn’t beauty fun?

shhh.
shampoo | shower | shave
no shit.

one bar. three ways. brilliant.

Visit 3waybeauty.com for more information.

STYLEDLIFE® is the exclusive storefront retailer of shhh.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Fun, Fresh & Fab! A Spring Event.

Join us on May 5th from 5-9 PM at the The W7 Collective, located in the Historic Pilney Building
1032 West Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN

We'll be showcasing our new product:
shhh.
shampoo | shower | shave

Shop with these fabulous LOCAL vendors:

bc designs {Quality leather accessories & handbags} www.bcdesignsinc.com

Haute Flower Boutique {Luxury florals with posh details} www.hauteflowerboutique.com

realia by jen {Jewelry} www.realiabyjen.com

Ariel Simone {Clothing & swimwear} Ariel Simone Etsy page

Kristie Minke {Cards & invitations} SayLullowcreative Etsy page

Irely Intimates {Intimates with a secret side} www.irelyonline.com

Sue Vannelli {Award-winning art & more} www.TheDancingPaintbrush.com

Juju and Phie Phie {Art, clothing and decor for children} JuJuAnd PhiePhie Etsy shop

Intertwined {Clothing & decor} Intertwined Etsy shop

Flaunt This. {Accessories}www.FlauntThis.com

Cake Pop Ladies {cake treats on a stick} CakePopLadies facebook page

PLUS, treatments and massage from Burley’s Salon - www.BurleysHairSalon.com

Sip and nosh while perusing Spring steals for mom, prom and MORE!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Would you rather....

shampoo, shower and shave with ingredient deck #1 or ingredient deck #2?

#1
Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, PEG-3 Distearate, Fragrance, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, Polyquaternium-7, Citric Acid, PEG-90M, Silica, Benzophenone-4, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Salicylate, Blue 1, Red 33.

#2
Saponified (with sodium hydroxide) oils of olive, castor seed, coconut, palm, sweet almond, cocoa butter, kukui nut oil and jojoba oil.

Number one is Nivea 3 in 1


Number 2 is shhh. shampoo | shower | shave

What does your ingredient deck look like?

Monday, April 18, 2011

Shampoo | Shower | Shave

shhh.
shampoo | shower | shave

Wanna Try A Three-Way?

StormSister Spatique Simplifies and Reinvents Grooming for Both Men and Women

StormSister Spatique has teamed up with various independent small business entrepreneurs to design a truly green personal grooming creation that saves time and money for both men and women.

shhh. is a natural plant based skin and hair care product developed on the belief that the healthiest solutions for our skin and hair are those that are pure. shhh. is free of synthetics, preservatives, artificial fragrances and coloring. It doesn’t stop there, all packaging is 100% compostable and recyclable.

Consumers are becoming more conscious of those unpronounceable, synthetic ingredients listed on their beauty and personal care products. What are the longterm effects of those ingredients in our bodies and in our environment? They are left out of shhh. entirely.

“I feel very strongly that the beauty industry is not moving quickly enough to remove controversial ingredients from beauty and personal grooming products.
Also, considering what I have witnessed first-hand in regard to the plight of the small business community, it was important that from start to finish, only the small business community was utilized in the development, manufacturing and design of shhh.

I have set out to prove that the entire process (design, manufacturing, and packaging) could be achieved by the independent small business community, with a commitment to sustainability. It can be done. It should be done. And now with shhh. it is done!” – CEO and Founder, Becky Sturm.

shhh. contains saponified exotic plant oils and butters that cleanse and hydrate the hair and skin. shhh. uses several oils which hydrate hair without leaving it feeling heavy including:

● Kukui nut oil - often used as a stimulant or additive to hair treatment systems.
● Castor seed oil - used by the Greeks for body ointments as well as improving hair growth and texture.
● Olive oil – so good for the body and hair, it was used by ancient Egyptians for bathing.

This multi-use bar frees up more space in your home shower, as well as travel and gym bags – no need to worry about TSA size requirements, plastic shampoo bottles or aerosol shave cans.

shhh. is not only good for your skin and hair, it’s good for your environment and community because of its small carbon footprint.

shhh. shampoo, shower and shave. no shit

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Brazilian Blowup

Have you been keeping track of the "Brazilian Blowup"?

Last fall the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics helped break the story of the dangers of hair-straightening products like Brazilian Blowout. Product tests have revealed extremely high levels of formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical, in some Brazilian Blowout products (even those labeled "formaldehyde-free"), but the company insists its products are safe.

All the salon workers and clients who've reported acute reactions including nose bleeds, dizziness, rashes and hair loss might beg to differ.

Some federal and state agencies are listening to our concerns, though. This week the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a national hazard alert warning that popular hair straighteners may release formaldehyde (California, Oregon and Connecticut have all already issued warnings).

Canada pulled Brazilian Blowout off the market six months ago (followed by Ireland and France), but our federal agencies are just now getting around to warning people of the health risks. And there's still no action from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency in charge of regulating cosmetics.

Please join us in asking the FDA to protect salon workers and customers from this unnecessary toxic exposure by issuing a voluntary recall! (Unfortunately, FDA doesn’t have the power to order a mandatory recall due to our outdated cosmetics laws.)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

shhh...it's at STYLEDLIFE

shhh. it's available at STYLEDLIFE .

69th & France in Galleria in Edina, Minnesota.

"Like" us on Facebook and as soon as we have 33 "Likes", one of you will receive a complimentary bar.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Jojoba Oil vs. Cyclopentisiloxane

smooth and healthyExcerpt from the latest Greenbody Greenplanet newsletter.

You can pick up just about any hair, skin or body care product lately and

find the ingredient Cyclopentisiloxane lurking within. Sadly, this common ingredient is not only present in traditional (chemical laden) products, but it's also present in those that claim to be more "natural, organic and toxin free". It is extremely popular as a skin emollient used to smooth and fill in wrinkles and fine lines and now its allure has impressed the hair industry.

Cyclopentisiloxane smoothes the hair, just as it does the skin, and imparts the shine and silkiness that is so coveted today. You can find it in your shampoo, conditioner, gels, serums, straighteners, balms and even hairsprays. Cyclopentisiloxane, and it's derivatives, has been flagged for further attention by the Canadian Environmental Protection Agency (CEPA) and the European Union (EU) for it's suspected aquatic toxicity, persistence and bioaccumulation. (Canadian Government Proposes 11 Toxic Ingredients...read full article here.)

Greenbody Greenplanet products use Organic Jojoba Oil to accomplish the same results, finding no need to include this questionable chemical in their line-up. Jojoba Oil is the extract of the seeds of the Jojoba plant and is beneficial for all types of hair due to it's natural sebum balancing capabilities. Their gentle blend uses just the right amount of Organic Jojoba Oil to give your hair that silky, shiny, healthy look we're all after.

If you haven't tried Greenbody Greenplanet and seen the results we're describing, you're missing out! If you are a current user of their products, you can feel better knowing their products biodegrade within 24 hours and leave no impact on our precious aquatic life.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Mint Condition

Excerpt from American Spa magazine, April edition. By: Lisa Bruckenstein and Jessica Lyons


Discover the magic of mint.


Mint is a talented little herb that walks the line between practical (it gets rid of coffee breath) and decadent (think mint chocolate mousse). It serves as an ideal ingredient in many recipes because its aroma activates the salivary glands in the mouth, as well as the glands that secrete digestive enzymes. Naturopathic doctors praise its ability to soothe stomachs and sore throats, provide headache relief, and open up congested noses and lungs. And most of us need look no further than our medicine cabinet to confirm mint’s oral care benefits. It’s a germicidal and breath freshener that works by preventing bacteria growth in the mouth while also cleaning the tongue and teeth without smelling or tasting medicinal. “Mint is such a familiar aroma, and people love familiarity,” says Marc Zollicoffer, global educator of massage and spa for Aveda. “It makes them feel comforted, refreshed, and awakened. It also imparts a cool, refreshing sensation and is very effective at soothing sore muscles. Mint calms mild sunburn and redness and offers relief from heat, while energizing the mind.” These benefits make mint an ideal ingredient for soothing body wraps and massages, and its cooling nature can be particularly appealing during the spring and summer.

Still, Zollicoffer suggests mint services year-round, as it can be marketed as a relaxing antidote to everyday stress and muscle tension. “Mint is an especially wonderful service for moms, busy professionals, and athletes,” he says. The herb mixes well with rosemary, which also has an invigorating effect on both the body and mind, says Zollicoffer.

Guests at Mind & Body Spa (Whitestone and Rego Park, NY) can opt for the Green Tea Algae Mint Body Treatment ($95, 60 minutes), which is designed to stimulate circulation. During the treatment, Dead Sea salts and mint exfoliate the skin, preparing it for an algae mask, which also includes mint. The combination of potent herbs and deep-sea therapy help the body detoxify and heal.

Increasingly, spas are recognizing the myriad benefits of this healing herb. “As part of a spa treatment, the benefits of mint are two-fold,” says Stephanie Baresh, director of marketing for Éminence Organic Skin Care. “Clients enjoy its aromatic, refreshing scent, and it’s often used in teas for its soothing and cooling properties. For treatments, mint gently disinfects the skin, stimulates the epidermis, facilitates restoration, and can even help cure infections. It is a natural cleansing agent and astringent that is great for helping to treat inflammation. Plus, it contains vitamin A to strengthen the skin and reduce excess oil and a high content of salicylic acid to treat acne, tone the skin, and tighten pores.”

According to Teresa Stenzel, Bioelements education materials and communication manager, various types and forms of mint produce different health benefits. “Spearmint oil, not only has a cooling effect but it’s also prized for its decongesting and therapeutic properties,” she says. “Its aromatic and soothing ability make it a perfect ingredient to comfort stressed skin.”

Another selling point for this soothing, cooling herb is that it stimulates the skin to absorb other ingredients better, which makes it ideally suited for hydrating, anti-aging facials. “Mint increases the ability of active ingredients to revitalize the skin, combat lines and wrinkles, deeply nourish the skin, and act as a powerhouse for fighting free radicals that ultimately dull and damage all skin types,” says Ebony Pomerleau, national and international corporate educator for Pevonia Botanica.

At BJ Grand Salon and Spa (Champaign and Springfield, IL), clients can indulge in total mint wellness, experiencing relief from acne, dermatitis, headaches, and muscle pain while improving concentration and memory. During the services, clients are inhaling the soothing scents from the lemon mint or coconut mint massage oil, which adds to the calming environment. “The circulatory system is the body’s main system of transport,” says Alma Bocanegra, Pino’s national technical manager. “Essential oils are generally absorbed into the circulatory system through the skin or mucous membranes. Once the oil molecules have entered the bloodstream, they travel throughout the body and affect it according to their properties.”

Monday, April 4, 2011

Saturday, April 2, 2011

How To Get Your Beauty Sleep

Some great tips AND a little StormSister love.

After putting in yet another busy day, there’s the temptation to just fall into bed, as is. Push yourself to resist that temptation -- for beauty’s sake. Experts and real women weigh in on nighttime beauty secrets to keep your skin looking fresh, clean and young.

1Cleanse skin

It's so important to cleanse your face in the evening before bed, even if you aren't wearing make-up. "A lot of bacteria and dirt has collected on your face during the day," says Becky Sturm, founder of StormSister Spatique. "That's 12+ hours of stuff sitting on your skin that's then collected in your pillowcase for six to eight hours of sleep over how many days until your pillowcase is replaced. Think about it."

Cecilia Wong, founder of Soie Aroma Skin Care Salon in NYC, believes simplicity is the key:

  • Use a cleanser and lukewarm water to wash off the make-up, oil and dirt accumulated on the skin.
  • Exfoliate using a warm wet washcloth in circular motions. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and gives your skin a healthier, glowing appearance.
  • Mist toner to close pores and refresh skin.

Busy working mom Heidi N. makes a habit of removing her makeup as soon as she gets home from work and admits, "I cook dinner with a clean face and wearing comfy jammies!"

Skin care tips: What to do every morning and night >>

2Apply night cream

Your skin is drier and more vulnerable to irritation at night than it is during the day, says dermatologist Amy Derick. "Be sure to take care of your skin at night by applying a moisturizer before bed." Some of the products -- retinol, alpha hydroxy acid -- that help rejuvenate the skin are made ineffective by (or can be dangerous in) sunlight. Applying these helpful products at night gives you the full benefits of their ingredients.

Is beauty really skin deep? >>

3Hit the dry spots

Use a rich moisturizer on dry areas such as legs, knees, elbows, heels and décolleté. For particularly dry areas, especially hands and feet, apply Vaseline and cover with cotton gloves or socks. Stefani B. likes the natural approach: "I have aloe plants all over the bedroom and squeeze on some of its healing power every night before bed."

Get your skin ready for sandal season >>

4Slip into something more comfortable

Research suggests that choosing cotton pajama fabric instead of polyester decreases the perception of coldness at night and increases the measurable hydration at the top layer of the skin, says Derick. Comfy pjs will help your skin stay softer! "The most comfortable things to wear to bed," says mom-to-be Courtney L., "are my husband's white cotton t-shirts and boxers."

What do your pajamas say about you? >>

5Lose the ponytail

Wearing your hair in a ponytail to bed increases the risk of hair breakage, says Derick. To avoid messy bedhead, try using satin pillowcases. Or do what Irene R. likes to do. "Before bed each night, I put a whole bunch of braids in my hair," says Irene. "Make them small and tight so you don't need rubber bands." You'll wake up with a trendy, toussled coif!

12 Ways to wake up gorgeous >>

6Fluff up your pillow and sleep on your back

To avoid developing deep facial lines from pillow pressure, sleep flat on your back, says Derick, but keep your head elevated with at least one pillow so fluids don't settle in and cause puffy morning eyes.

How to reduce under-eye puffiness >>

7Get some zzz's…

"I'm very interested in knowing how much sleep my patients get since this factors into the skin's health and appearance," says Derick. Lack of adequate rest stresses the skin and interrupts the restoration process that occurs throughout the night. Think of nighttime as an opportunity for your skin to heal and rejuvenate. Take advantage of those sleeping hours and let your skincare products do their work while you get your rest.

Friday, April 1, 2011