Friday, February 24, 2012

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

IN is InStyle

Pick up the March edition of InStyle magazine. It includes a 12 page spread on INtelligent Nutrients.

Plus, it's the biggest edition ever. A must read!

Monday, February 20, 2012

"Sh Word"

It's important for me to be transparent with all feedback I receive. I appreciate what Madonna has to say, but 3waybeauty is a little brash and sassy and clearly not for her:

Becky,

I was given a sample of your product and I read the little folder with the product information.  It seemed like your prodect was one I would try since it is free of artificial substances.  However, when I read the last line with the "sh word", I was offended.  In order to sell your product it stands to reason that your wording would be as clean and wholesome as your product.  I will not be trying any of your other products until such time as your labeling is as PURE as your product.  Some of us do pay attention to what we read on labels. Using the English language to advantage, surely your advertising/labeling crew can be more creative than the use of 4-letter words!

Madonna R.

For those of you who would like to try a three-way, and who want to use personal grooming products that don't have any shit (synthetics, preservatives, artificial fragrance and coloring) in them, enter at your own risk.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Plum District

3waybeauty has two fantastic deals running on Plum District until Tuesday. Check them out!


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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Not Only Lipstick But Perfume, Too

by Mikaela ConleyABC News
February 14th, 2012


(As stated many times in this blog before, we cannot stress how important it is to read your cosmetics/grooming product labels and KNOW what those ingredients are. Your health depends on it.)

Beware of lipstick-stained lips before puckering up. They could be covered in lead.

Reuters first reported that a new study conducted by the FDA found that 400 lipsticks on the market tested positive for lead, according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition that advocates for safer cosmetics and hygiene products.

Maybelline Color Sensation by L’Oreal USA was the worst-offending lipstick of the group tested, the Campaign said. It contained more than 275 times the amount of lead that was found in the least-contaminated product.

Children’s products in the U.S. cannot contain more than 100 parts per million of lead (I'm comforted by the fact that we have an "acceptable" number, aren't you?). The highest offending lipstick contained 7.19 parts per million, the group said.

Oddly, the least contaminated was also the least expensive: Wet & Wild Mega Mixers Lip Balm. This just shows that cost is not a factor in lead levels, said Stacy Malkan, co-founder of Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

“There is no safe level of lead exposure,” Malkan told ABCNews.com. “It builds up in the body over time. A little bit every day is adding up and staying with you.”

Malkan said women use an average of 12 cosmetic and hygiene products per day. (Men, you're not excluded from this fact.)

Lead is a poisonous metal, and it was banned from paint products in the U.S. in 1978. The element is particularly dangerous to young children because it can cause blood and brain disorders in developing bodies.

There are no FDA standards in regulating the amount of chemicals in products, said Malkan. Companies don’t even need to know the chemicals that they are putting in their products.

“When these companies are asked about these chemicals, they argue, ‘it’s legal, so it’s OK,’” said Malkan. “That’s why we’re calling for the FDA to set a standard and give guidance to these companies for the best manufacturing practices.”

There is no safe level of lead for children, according to the CDC. The government agency issued a report that implored companies to keep lead out of their products to prevent exposure to pregnant women and children.

But the FDA seems to disagree. The government agency told Reuters in a statement, “The FDA did not find high levels of lead in lipstick. We developed and tested a method for measuring lead in lipstick and did not find levels that would raise health concerns.”

Lipstick is only the latest cosmetic to raise red flags. Kim Anderson, executive director of Ava Anderson Non-Toxic, a cosmetic line of chemical-free products, said customers should shy away from any product that lists “fragrance” as an ingredient. (read, "fragrance". Not just in perfume but ANY product where that ingredient is listed. It's frightening when you start looking.)

“If they’re using the word fragrance, that company could be hiding up to 600 chemicals under that word,” said Anderson, who advocates for safer cosmetic regulations. “Seventy-five percent of the time, fragrances contain phthalates, a known-carcinogen that causes reproductive issues in the body.”

Even perfumes are coming under fire. A proposed bill in New Hampshire would prohibit state employees from spritzing on perfume or cologne before heading to work. The reason? For some people, these fragrances can cause severe allergic reactions. Interestingly, the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters enacted a policy in Spring, 2010, which banned employees from wearing fragrances, as well.

“We support such a ban,” said Malkan. “As we see more perfumes, we see more people who are sensitive to the fragrances, that can cause headaches, breathing difficulties and asthma. The fact that the CDC has a fragrance-free policy should be an indicator of something.”

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is launching the Kiss Lead Goodbye contest Tuesday, when women are encouraged to submit video submissions to hear what they have to say to cosmetic giants that put lead in their products. Learn more at www.SafeCosmetics.org/kissleadgoodbye

Monday, February 13, 2012

Want to Fake Your Age? Take Care of Your Hands


via AlwaysNewYou

I believe it is true that you can best judge the age of a woman by her hands.  Left as possibly the most susceptible skin to the elements, our hands are exposed to most everything in which we come into contact.  It is important for us to protect the skin on our hands to keep them looking healthy, smooth, and youthful.
Learn what causes aging on our hands and how to make a habit out of taking care of our most valuable tools.

Causes of Skin Aging on the Hands


UV exposure causes at least 90% of the wrinkles, lines and age/sun spots on hands. That’s why the sun-exposed areas, including the backs of the hands, are highly susceptible to damage. Generally, the hands and the face are the only body parts that are constantly exposed to UV rays and environmental damage. Hands are especially vulnerable to UV damage while driving in the car, but most women don’t apply  sunscreen  just to drive. Although UVB rays (which cause burning) do not penetrate the windshield, UVA rays (which cause skin aging) reach the dermis and subcutaneous tissue. When melanin-producing cells, called melanocytes, are damaged, age spots begin to form.
Additionally, unlike most of the body (unfortunately), hands have a very thin fat layer, which normally plumps the skin. In the absence of this fat, the veins become much more prominent. Now, do you need any more reason to show your hands a little TLC?
The following measures can be taken to treat and protect the delicate skin of the hands:
  • Use products with retinol to increase skin’s natural collagen production, increase cellular turnover, thicken the skin, and lighten age spots.
  • Use a broad-spectrum  sunscreen  with an SPF 20 or higher to protect against future sun damage.
  • Keep a tube of SPF hand lotion like Oraser Daily Hand Repair SPF 20 in the car, and apply it at the first opportunity to hands and wrists.
  • Use at-home exfoliation treatments to dissolve dead skin cells and polish the surface to reveal smoother skin. • Intense moisturization is critical for the hands, cuticles and nails. At nighttime, a barrier repair lotion will prevent moisture loss.

Finger Tips


Make applying your moisturizer convenient and a habit by placing products at your finger tips:
  • Apply hand cream and cuticle cream after showering and bathing, as it will help seal in moisture.
  • Keep a hand cream dispenser by your kitchen and bath sink so that you learn to apply immediately after hand-washing.
  • Apply hand and cuticle cream right before bed, when our bodies are rejuvenating.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Get The Lead Out!

via Campaign For Safe Cosmetics
We first broke the story about lead in lipstick back in 2007 with our report “A Poison Kiss.” Now, a new report by FDA indicates that the problem of poison kisses is worse than we thought.

FDA’s new study found lead in 400 lipsticks tested, with higher lead levels than ever reported in some of the most popular brands. The worst offender was L'Oreal USA, whose Maybelline Color Sensation and L’Oreal Color Riche lipsticks were #1 and #2 on the list. In fact, L'Oreal USA makes five of the 10 most contaminated brands in the FDA study.

Take action now: Tell L’Oreal the company owes women a huge apology and a commitment to make lipstick without lead.

It’s more important now than ever to call attention to this problem. A brand-new report for the US Centers for Disease Control states that there is no safe level of lead exposure for children. That means we must protect women from lead exposure, since lead builds up in the body over time and easily crosses the placenta, where it can interfere with normal development of a fetus and cause irreversible health effects.

How many millions of women have applied and reapplied lead-laden L’Oreal lipsticks since we first asked the company to take action in 2007? How many kids have played with their mom's lipstick? It is high time that L’Oreal—the worst offender four years ago and right now according to this most recent FDA testing.


Looking for a safe alternative? We have always been a huge fan of Fleur's lipsticks, but sadly, that brand has discontinued its US availability so we only have a few remaining. Our new favorite:  The Elixery

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sink The Pink

No matter what your views may be of the Susan G. Komen controversy this past week, personally, I was thrilled to see so many people learn of the many layers of this non-profit, money-making machine.

I have had issues with SGK for years now, but not for many of the reasons that have been spoken of as of late.  I am thankful for the public relations disaster that has thrust this giant under the microscope.

My views of SGK changed after walking into one of my favorite beauty supply stores several years ago and seeing a sea of pink beauty and grooming cans, tubes and bottles. - Products that I know contain ingredients that  many, besides myself, believe may actually contribute to the very cancer that this organization represents.
Susan G Komen has even had their own perfume come under scrutiny!

Wearing a pink ribbon (for breast cancer awareness) is one thing. Walking for a Cure is a wonderful concept, donating to organizations that help women with cancer, fantastic. But hold ON! The evidence is simply too damning in regard to pinkwashing in the beauty industry.

The SGK fiasco this past week brought much needed attention to this organization and I simply must continue my quest to help clean up the beauty industry that I am a part of.
So please, Think Before You Pink.

Also, please keep an open mind and see this movie when it is released: Pink Ribbons.

We all have some experience with this cancer. We know or know of someone who has battled it.
Personally, I have experienced the fear of finding a lump and waiting far too long to have a doctor examine me because I was just too afraid to make that appointment.
I have sat in a waiting room with other women who were waiting to be examined because they had all found a lump too. I remember seeing a woman who was much younger than myself - one who was very pregnant and there with her partner and the fear on her face......It made me sick. I remember sitting there and thinking how unfair it was because she was pregnant and I had already had two healthy babies and how can she possibly go through all of this at this time in her life!
I have had my breasts squished between the plates of a mammogram machine and wondered how on earth they could actually recover from that process! (I don't know how breasts can possibly be "flattened" in that fashion and ever return to their normal state!) If it wasn't such a horrible experience to go through at the time, it would actually be funny.
I have experienced a lumpectomy and then at the end of my ordeal, finally burst into tears when told it was benign.

I have shaved the head of a brave woman going through chemotherapy and then cried silently as she described to me about how she woke up that morning with clumps of hair in her bed - (she spoke of it so matter-of-factly.) During that same visit, we also shared other banter we hairdressers have with our clients - (how odd that seemed to me).  How can she behave so normally I wondered?  I hugged her once she was aware of my tears because I felt ashamed for crying and for not being as strong as she was.

So many of us have such strong opinions of the events of this past week. That's important. Keep it up. Passion drives change.

I am blessed that all of the women  that I have known with breast cancer (4 of them), are alive and well.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Principessa featured in Elle Canada

Principessa Beauty Notte Breeze is featured on the Lust List in the February edition of Elle Canada.

A lovely dry hair shampoo that also does double-duty as a body powder. 

Friday, February 3, 2012

The Latest on Brazilian Blowout

via The Campaign For Safe Cosmetics.


Big news this week on Brazilian Blowout -- you know, those formaldehyde-releasing hair straighteners that have been marketed as “formaldehyde-free.” The manufacturers must stop deceiving salons about the danger of their products, thanks to a settlement with the California Attorney. The lawsuit was filed under the authority of the law we helped pass in 2005, the California Safe Cosmetics Act – so this is a true victory for safe cosmetics advocacy!

Now, Brazilian Blowout products will carry warning stickers, and salons will finally get accurate information about the health risks of using them. But, these dangerous products are still on the shelves, and salon workers and their customers are still being exposed every day to a known human carcinogen. We need your help today to protect salon workers and women who get their hair straightened from these harmful toxic exposures!


Please join us in asking the FDA to follow through on its August 2011 warning to Brazilian Blowout, which stated that the products are “adulterated” and "misbranded" and therefore subject to seizure. Current law doesn’t give the FDA much power, but it does give them the authority to seize cosmetic products that are unsafe or injurious to users.

Brazilian Blowout products have been banned in many countries, and now it’s time for FDA to get these dangerous products off American shelves, too. Just personalize this letter and we'll deliver it to Michael W. Roosevelt, Acting Director for the FDA's Office of Compliance.

The FDA also needs to hear from stylists who’ve experienced health problems as a result of working with Brazilian Blowout – please share this link with your stylist so he or she can tell his or her story to the FDA!

Thank you.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Healing Powers

by Lisa Bruckenstein of American Spa Magazine.

Help solve your common skincare concerns with the medicinal properties of tea tree oil.

A common thread in the history of many healing plants is that they are often discovered by ancient tribes of people who used them to treat and prevent illness for thousands of years. So, too, begins the story of tea tree oil, an essential oil drawn from a shrub native to Australian coastal areas. In the 1770s, Captain James Cook observed aboriginal tribes on the northeast coast of New South Wales brewing a healing tea with the leaves of the melaleuca alternifolia plant. He coined the term “tea tree” after trying some himself and serving the concoction to his crew in hopes of preventing scurvy. The use of the pale yellow oil distilled from the leaves of the tea tree did not become common, however, until the 1920s, when a researcher named Arthur Penfold published papers on the oil’s antimicrobial activity. Penfold praised the oil’s medicinal properties, and in the years following, tea tree oil was used by Australian physicians to clean wounds and prevent infections. It was even given to Australian soldiers and sailors during World War II to treat infected wounds.
  
With the advent of antibiotics, though, the use of tea tree oil was largely discontinued. That is until the 1970s when there was a renewed interest in all things natural, especially plant-based remedies. In the last few decades, the scientific community has begun researching tea tree’s benefits and has published several articles that support the oil’s antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties. Of course, there are antiseptics and disinfectants with greater antimicrobial activity than tea tree oil, but few are as natural.
It is the oil’s natural origins combined with its healing properties that make it such a perfect fit in spa services. Because of its antibacterial properties, tea tree oil can help destroy bacteria that are often the cause of breakouts and blemishes. “Tea tree oil is a great, naturally derived alternative to help with acne concerns in an effective yet non-aggressive way,” says Jamie Yee, director of education for Kate Somerville. In a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia in 1990, tea tree oil was found to be as effective as benzoyl peroxide at treating acne. While it may take longer for the anti-acne benefits to kick in, tea tree oil is also gentler and causes less itching, scaling, peeling, and irritation than benzoyl peroxide.

This milder action is perfect for treating adult acne. Because adult acne is often caused by stress instead of an abundance of oil, drying ingredients found in teen-focused products can be too dehydrating. “In adults, breakouts can be very painful,” says Sarah Woodget-Athey, spa director at Facehaven Spa (Orlando, FL). “With the power of tea tree oil, we are able to reduce the inflammation and heal blemishes,” she says, which treats adult acne sufferers with tea tree oil-containing products. Often, tea tree oil is applied during the mask portion of a facial or in spot treatment products, as it is during the Professional Correcting Treatment ($140, 75 minutes) at L’Institut Sothys in New York City. At Lavish Salon and Day Spa (Riverside, CA), though, the benefits of tea tree oil are steamed into the skin using tea tree-infused towels during the Clear Skin Facial ($150, 60 minutes). Spa director Samantha Muruguia says the spa’s clients appreciate the acne-fighting abilities of tea tree oil, but says it’s the scent of the products used in the treatment that is most appealing. “Tea tree has a scent that soothes and relaxes the senses while benefitting the skin in so many ways,” says Muruguia.

That pleasing aroma—clean, fresh, and herbal—may partially explain why the ingredient is so popular in products used in men’s skincare services. The far-from-floral scent is appealing to men, while tea tree’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agents are perfect for treating skin pre- and post-shaving. According to dermatologist Howard Murad, M.D., tea tree oil can help ease the irritation and redness associated with razor bumps and prevent infections associated with ingrown hairs.

And it’s not just men who can benefit from tea tree oil in hair removal services. At Skin Deep Spatique (St. Petersburg, FL), the Brazilian Waxing Service ($40, 40 minutes; $60, 60 minutes) includes a cleanse with a pre-wax spray that includes tea tree oil as well as a post-wax application of a quenching tea tree spritz. “Tea tree fights bacteria, calms and soothes skin, and has a mild desensitizing action to reduce discomfort,” says owner Michelle Sheehan Foster, R.N.

While the antibacterial and antiseptic agents in tea tree oil make it perfect for use in facials, it’s the antifungal properties that are a benefit in hand and foot services. Studies have shown that tea tree oil administered topically is an effective treatment for nail disease. Additionally, the refreshing aroma and the oil’s deodorizing characteristics also mean it functions well for the feet. At Island House Spa at Longboat Key Club & Resort (Sarasota, FL), the Reflexology Foot Massage ($30, 25 minutes) incorporates tea tree oil because of its antifungal qualities, which aid in the health of skin and nails. “Those who request this treatment are often very athletic and participate in sports such as tennis, golf, running, and bicycling, all of which can be very hard on the feet,” says Kristi Bonsack, director of wellness. The antifungal properties of tea tree oil can also help treat dandruff, making the oil a great addition in scalp services and head massages aimed at treating flaky scalps.

Many herbalists claim tea tree oil possesses detoxifying properties. Some proponents even claim it can boost the immune system, as well as a sluggish lymph system. While there is currently little scientific evidence to support these claims, many spas put tea tree oil to the test themselves each day in their detoxifying treatments. For example, Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa (Los Angeles) uses tea tree oil during the soaking step of the Four Step Body Indulgence ($130, 55 minutes). “For many years, we have done a detox soak where we add sea salt, rosemary, and tea tree oil extracts to the water,” says founder Ole Henriksen.

Tea tree essential oil can be used on almost all skin types. It’s even one of the few essential oils that can be applied topically at its full, undiluted strength. Yet a small number of people—especially those with extremely sensitive skin—may experience some irritation. Tea tree oil is considered toxic if ingested, so it must never be taken internally. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should also avoid tea tree oil, as there have been no studies confirming its safety. To boost your awareness of the power of tea tree oil, try services for the feet or those aimed at detoxifying at local gyms.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Pure Neroli Essence

Certified Organic Pure Neroli Essence.

Available just in time for the Valentine¹s Day holiday. Pure Neroli from the small white fragrant blossoms of the bitter orange tree. Neroli supports the body when under stress and its sweet citrus note and functional properties help to calm and soothe. This highly potent pure Neroli delivers targeted relief in a glass acupressure bottle. Perfect to purify, deodorize and refresh. Neroli blends well with most other citrus oils along with jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang and many others.