Saturday, March 23, 2013

Brighten Up

Phytoceane Brightening skincare
UNEVEN, DULL COMPLEXIONS AND DARK SPOTS

Brightening is the new skincare range from Phytoceane that is now available.

Lumiere Oceane has had some tweaks and is being rebranded. As the Lumiere stock depletes, the Brightening line will replace it.

Visibly brighten skin for more transparency
Fade the appearance of dark spots
Even-out the complexion
Illuminate and revive skin radiance

EXCLUSIVE INGREDIENTS
DICTYOPTERIS EXTRACT (brown algae): complete brightening effect, helps to limit the skin's natural pigmentation by:
- inhibiting the synthesis of melanin, a natural pigment responsible for skin tone
- controlling the amount of melanin exported into the epidermis
SEA LILY EXTRACT (seaside plant): helps prevent the appearance of dark spots by reducing melanin synthesis induced by cellular stress(e.g. UV), corrects spots by reducing their size and pigmentation
FRAGRANCE-FREE FORMULA for optimum tolerance

Radiance Cleansing Milk:

PROPERTIES:
Silky texture
Perfectly cleanses face and neck
Reveals pure,supple and soft skin
Helps to even-out the complexion
Improves natural skin brightness and complexion radiance

INGREDIENTS:
JANIA RUBENS EXTRACT: ultra-moisturizing, remineralizing
DICTYOPTERIS EXTRACT: overall brightening effect, helps to limit the skin's natural pigmentation and reveal the transparency of the complexion
SEALILY EXTRACT: helps prevent the appearance of dark spots and corrects their appearance by reducing their size and pigmentation
PHYLLOSPADIX EXTRACT (Seabed plant): inhibits the synthesis of melanin, protects against oxidative stress from UVA and UVB
GORSEWATER: known for its calming and relaxing effect by stimulating the synthesis of B-endorphin

DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Work up a lather on the face and neck with fingertips.Rinse with water.

REVEALING RADIANCE LOTION with AHA

PROPERTIES:
Removes last traces of makeup
Gently exfoliates the skin’s surface
Reveals a soft, comfortable, refined skin texture
Improves skin's natural clarity and the transparency of the complexion
Brightens and helps even-out skin tone

INGREDIENTS:

DICTYOPTERIS EXTRACT: participates in an overall brightening effect, helps to limit the skin's natural pigmentation and reveal the transparency of the complexion
SEA LILY EXTRACT: known for preventing the appearance of dark spots and reducing their appearance
LACTIC ACID: recognized for its exfoliating and smoothing action, helps refine skin texture
VITAMIN C DERIVATIVE: helps boost skin radiance, helps to limit the formation of dark spots

DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Apply with a cotton pad to your face and neck,avoiding the eye contour.
Sunburn Alert:: this product contains an AHA that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of a sunburn.Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.

BRIGHTENING RADIANCE SERUM

PROPERTIES:
Light, fluid texture with a matte finish
Brightens skin tone and helps even-out the complexion
Visibly lightens dark spots
Improves skin's natural clarity
Gives a radiance boost for a glowing complexion

INGREDIENTS:
DICTYOPTERIS EXTRACT: overall brightening effect, helps to limit the skin's natural pigmentation and reveal the transparency of the complexion
SEA LILY EXTRACT: known for preventing the appearance of dark spots and reducing their appearance
VITAMIN E: antioxidant helps to prevent skin aging
VITAMIN C DERIVATIVE: helps boost skin radiance, helps to limit the formation of dark spots
SEAWATER CONCENTRATE: rich in trace-elements and minerals for skin energy

DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Apply morning and evening before usual cream.Apply a small amount of serum to the face and neck,paying special attention to areas with uneven pigmentation or lacking in radiance.

HYDRA-BRIGHT RADIANCE CREAM

PROPERTIES:
Melt-away texture with a velvety finish
Intensely moisturizes and leaves skin feeling comfortable
Helps even-out and reveal the transparency of the complexion
Helps diminish the appearance of dark spots
Gives a radiance boost for a glowing complexion

INGREDIENTS:
DICTYOPTERIS EXTRACT: overall brightening effect, helps to limit the skin's natural pigmentation and reveal the transparency of the complexion
SEA LILY EXTRACT: known for preventing the appearance of dark spots and reducing their appearance
VITAMIN C DERIVATIVE: helps boost skin radiance, helps to limit the formation of dark spots
SUN FILTERS: UVA and UVB protection

DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Apply morning and evening to the face and neck after cleansing thoroughly.Use on its own or after the serum of your choice.

BRIGHTENING RADIANCE MASK

PROPERTIES:
Creamy texture that reveals soft and supple skin
Revives skin radiance
Improves skin's natural clarity
Promotes an even complexion
Helps diminish the appearance of dark spots

INGREDIENTS:
DICTYOPTERIS EXTRACT: overall brightening effect, helps to limit the skin's natural pigmentation and reveal the transparency of the complexion
SEA LILY EXTRACT: known for preventing the appearance of dark spots and reducing their appearance
VITAMIN C DERIVATIVE: helps boost skin radiance, helps to limit the formation of dark spots
SEAWATER CONCENTRATE: rich in trace-elements and minerals for skin energy

DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Apply a medium layer to entire face and neck once or twice a week. Leave on for 10 minutes.
Remove excess product with a cotton pad moistened with water. Rinse thoroughly with running water. Dry, then tone.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Why Organic?

Soler Romero olive groves in Southern Spain.
via Badger Balm newsletter.

Badger uses 10,000 gallons of USDA Certified Organic Olive Oil each year from the Soler Romero olive groves in Southern Spain.

A Certified Organic product is made from ingredients grown and processed without chemical fertilizers, growth hormones, GMOs, or synthetic pesticides.

In their opinion, organic agriculture results in ingredients that are better for people and better for our planet.They believe that compassionate, sustainable organic agriculture is both the legacy of the past and  hope for the future.

The USDA certification is a food-grade standard so you will see it used most often on vegetables, fruits and other food products. However, if a body care product meets these stringent requirements it can also be certified by the USDA, and most of Badger's products bear this seal.

Their goal at Badger is to take the organic certification as a first step on a road toward cultivating a higher standard for ingredients; from the farm fields to your home. The next step is working towards sourcing even more Fair Trade™ and biodynamically grown ingredients. Their aim is to create products with the highest quality of ingredients that are processed with thoughtful intention.

The National Organic Program

Scope: Food, Cotton, Flowers, Cosmetics, and Personal care.

Introduction: The USDA Organic Seal, founded by the National Organic Program (NOP) is by far the most well-recognized and established organic certification in the United States. The NOP was created in 1990 after congress passed the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) to ensure that agricultural products marketed as Organic would meet consistent and uniform standards. The main focus of the NOP is to regulate and certify agricultural products for food. However, the NOP also covers a wider range of products including textiles and personal care.

Principles: According to the National Organic Standards Board, "The principal guidelines for organic production are to use materials and practices that enhance the ecological balance of natural systems and that integrate the parts of the farming system into an ecological whole." The word “organic”, in this context, is a labeling term used for products that are produced under the authority of the OFPA (Organic Foods Production Act)

Basics: The NOP’s organic standard regulates the production and handling of farm raised crops, wild harvested crops, and livestock management. Organically produced crops are grown without most conventional pesticides, petroleum-based fertilizers, or sewage sludge-based fertilizers. Organically raised animals cannot be given hormones or antibiotics, and they must be fed organic feed and be given access to the outdoors. A certified organic product composed of a percentage of organically grown and processed ingredients. All products that are certified by the NOP must comply with a minimum criterion for production, handling, processing, labeling, and certification standards. The NOP has four categories of certification.

100% Organic: A product must contain 100% organically produced ingredients (excluding water and salt) and may prominently display the USDA organic seal and the percentage.
Organic: A product must contain at least 95% organically produced ingredients (excluding water and salt), the remaining percent must be organically grown if commercially available or consist of a non-agricultural substance that is on the USDA Organic approved ingredient list. The product may prominently display the USDA organic seal.
Made with Organic Ingredients: A product must contain at least 70% organically produced ingredients (excluding water and salt), and the products may not display the USDA Organic seal but may highlight up to three organic ingredients.
Less than 70% Organic Ingredients: A product that contains organically grown ingredients but does not meet any of the first three standards may not use the term “Organic” unless specifically listing USDA certified organic ingredients on the back panel. The USDA organic seal may not be displayed.

The USDA accredits numerous independent organic certifiers across the country. A product that is USDA certified organic may be certified by any USDA accredited organic certifying program. All USDA certified organic products must display the name and address of the certifying agency in addition to the USDA organic seal. For more information on specific USDA accredited certifying programs see: http://www.greenerchoices.org/eco-labels

For more information: www.ams.usda.gov/nop/

BADGER AND THE USDA ORGANIC STANDARD

Badger's Organic Background:

Since their humble beginnings in 1996, Badger has focused on making healing products from simple natural ingredients. At Badger, they believe that the most natural ingredients are those grown without pesticides, plant hormones, or chemical fertilizers. Following their beliefs, they have consistently found and used the most high quality organic ingredients available. Their products have always been 100% natural, mostly organic, and totally good, but now they have set out to prove their commitment to organic by certifying almost all of their products with the highest and most trusted standard available, the USDA Organic Certification.

Badger and the USDA Organic Certification:

Badger believes that the USDA organic certification is the gold standard for quality and purity in personal care. The USDA Organic certification was created for simple unprocessed agricultural ingredients; however, personal care products are eligible to be certified by the USDA Organic program if the product meets the same stringent food grade standards. As of August 1st 2008, over 90% of Badger's products became USDA Certified Organic. They believe that by adhering to the USDA organic standard they bring transparency and consistency to their customers. They are strongly in support of the USDA organic standard, but they are not stopping there. They believe that true organic agriculture goes beyond the elimination of synthetic chemicals to a harmonization and sustainability of farmers, producers, consumers, and the land that we all share. Their goal at Badger is to take the organic certification as a first step on a road toward cultivating a higher standard for ingredients form the farm to the factory. They are working towards sourcing ingredients that are grown biodynamically, traded fairly, processed with thoughtful intention and to create products for all those in need of organic healing body care that works.

For more information about the standard visit the National Organic Program's website: www.ams.usda.gov/nop

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Just Breathe

Erbaviva Breathe Body Wash
Erbaviva has a new body wash called, Breathe

A completely natural cleanser combined with a stimulating blend of eucalyptus, cedar, and spruce make this a perfect way to start the day. Ingredients include Chilean soap bark, organic spruce oil, organic hyssop flower oil, organic eucalyptus leaf oil, organic tea tree oil, organic thyme oil, and organic lemon peel oil.

Ingredients:
De-ionized water, olivoil glutinate, decyl glucoside, cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine, soyamide DEA, quilaja saponaria extract, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate (preservative at 0.3%) Essential oils: wild spruce, organic hyssop, organic eucalyptus, organic cedar, organic lemon, organic thyme and organic tea tree.

6 fl. oz

Friday, March 15, 2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Local Beauty

shhh. shampoo | shower | shave
Thanks to MPLSzine and Kara Nesvig for the love!

Click the link above for the full article. We're in great company!

I suppose you could make the argument that buying a CoverGirl foundation at Target is indeed “shopping local,” beauty-wise. However, you don’t always have to turn to the Minnesota-based big box retailer for your skincare, haircare and cosmetic needs, because Minnesota (and Minneapolis especially) is a hotbed of local beauty lines from soaps to serums. (Not to mention we’re packed with spas and salons, but that’s another story entirely.) If you’d like to spend a few dollars supporting our fair economy, here’s where to shop.

StormSister Spatique
After many years in the industry, Becky Sturm opened StormSister Spatique, part salon/spa and part retail boutique. Sturm carries several lines, some local, but was inspired to create her own 3waybeauty brand during the recession, when she noticed clients were looking for something multifunctional. (Each product she creates must have more than one use.) “Having spent so many years around beauty products, developing my own was the next logical step for me.” My favorite? Her shhh. bar, chock-full of good-for-you essential oils; you can use it as shampoo, soap AND for shaving. (Hello, perfect gift for your brother or boyfriend.)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A Toast

HAMMS Event
Some lovely press about our HAMMS Event via Allison Checco of Fast Horse.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Violent Lips

Violent Lips
Stop by and see us at the Mall of America this weekend!
We'll be in the rotunda, showcasing our HAMMS Event as part of Beadniks Bead Bash.

We'll be highlighting part of our StormSister Spatique Kissing Booth with Violent Lips - Sairey and I will have our St. Patty's Day versions on!

Stop by, purchase some Violent Lips and learn more about our upcoming HAMMS Event!

Saturday, March 16th 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, March 17th 11:00am-5:00pm

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Center Sage

via American Spa magazine.
Sage essential oil
Sage-inspired treatments and products provide herbal healing.

Ancient Romans made a drink from sage, which they considered a sacred plant, and drank it as a tonic for their minds and bodies. Native Americans prized the plant for its cleansing and spiritual benefits, and even today it’s used to protect against evil and negativity. The Spa at Sundance at Sundance Resort (Utah), for example, uses the sweet-smelling smoke to purify and ward off malevolent energies in its Sage and Sweet Grass Ritual ($170, 80 minutes), a body wrap and smudging of white sage and sweet grass.

The University of Maryland Medical Center says sage essential oil may be used during massage to treat depression, and its antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties make it a common homeopathic remedy for treating colds and sore throats. In fact, its botanical name, salvia, comes from the Latin word salvere, which means to feel well and healthy, a nod to the herb’s healing properties.

Sage’s power against colds and other illnesses may be the reason behind its energy-clearing reputation, says Marianne Griffeth, president of Prima Fleur. “When used for inhalation, sage is an antidepressant and is uplifting and cleansing for a stressed brain and tense body,” she says. “It stimulates mental clarity and stability, encouraging the mind to be focused and vigilant.”

The spa experience should soothe the mind as well as the body, which makes sage essential oil an excellent addition to massage oils and creams. As a post-treatment shampoo or shower gel, sage is refreshing and cleansing. Or, suggests Griffeth, use it in rooms as a diffuser between treatments for short durations to disinfect the air and eliminate stale energy. “In our busy world, we can all benefit from a little added mental clarity,” she says. “Treatments with sage can return you to a place that’s grounded and still but with the potential to move.”

Not only does the plant clear negative energy, but sage also works wonders when it comes to clearing skin ailments including acne, eczema, and signs of aging. While pregnant women should steer clear of sage in its pure essential oil form—sage contains the chemical thujone, which can be toxic during pregnancy—it’s a safe ingredient to use on sensitive skin and promotes skin strength and healing. “Sage is a very versatile ingredient for skincare,” says Stephanie Baresh, marketing director for Éminence Organic Skin Care. “It can be used to treat oily skin and hyperpigmentation and has great anti-aging benefits, as well.” Additionally, sage helps stimulate blood flow, is an antioxidant, restores elasticity, and tightens pores.

The powerful herb gets its skin-healing powers from two key acids. “Ursolic acid gives sage its wound-healing abilities, which is ideal for treating acne and eczema,” says Baresh. “Carnosic acid gives sage its antioxidant benefits to treat UVA and UVB damage and protect against future damage.”

And, adds Melissa Morris, corporate educator for Pevonia International, sage’s potent combination of phenolic acids, flavonoids, and superoxide dismutase (also known as SOD) combine to offer powerful antioxidant properties—magic words if you're seeking anti-aging solutions. Morris suggests utilizing sage’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to calm and soothe sensitive skin. “Sage extract carries the power to heal the skin, making it an ideal extract to soothe skin lesions, inflammations, and redness associated with sensitive and acneic skins,” she says.

Sage can also help close the pores and inhibit the action of sweat glands, says Alice Pichery, national trainer at Sothys Paris.

Sage’s sweet, herbaceous scent also lends itself well to many other aromatherapy oils, including geranium, lemon, orange, and rosemary. Pair it with basil for a treatment that evokes summer gardens. Lavender’s earthy, floral notes complement sage, too. Spa Solage at Solage Calistoga, an Auberge Resort (CA), blends the two herbs in its Sage and Lavender Body Polish and Massage ($198, 80 minutes), which uses Prima Fleur essential oil. And Sage Springs Spa at Sunriver Resort (OR) incorporates its signature Oregon lavender and sage into many of its treatments, including the Lavender and Sage Sugar Scrub ($115, 45 minutes) and Sage Springs Manicure and Pedicure ($140, 1 hour 40 minutes).

“Our sage-inspired services are so appealing to our Sunriver Resort guests, because they are inspired by the central Oregon high desert experience,” says spa operations manager Tifany LeGuyonne. “Our resort sits in the middle of a gorgeous natural environment, surrounded by juniper trees, wild sage, rushing rivers, and picturesque mountains. Our services offer our guests the opportunity to sample the natural environment around them at a world-class spa.” So, as the days become longer and warmer, bring the outdoors in and clear the air with the energizing, healing power of sage.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Floral Softness

Two new skincare products from Fleur's of France:

Floral Softness Gentle Mask and Floral Softness Gentle Cream.

A new line dedicated to sensitive, reactive and blotchy skin.
It has floral soothing and calming ingredients and proven
anti-imflammatory properties.