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GOOP

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

What Are You Wearing?

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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 b…

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

I just sent the following letter to Rep. Betty McCollumDistrict: 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 …

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 pow…

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.

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.

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.

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?

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!
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Graziana - Netherlands

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 t…

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 direc…

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.

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

EndlessBeauty.com Press Art

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

Isn't Beauty fun?

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 alo…

Zest for Beauty

An excerpt from the July edition of American Spa Magazine byCristina 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 enjo…

Shipping

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

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!

Minimalist Makeover

How to Travel with Just the Beauty Basics

Galen Labs Shea Oil and L'Amande Facial wipes make it into this great post about what you shouldn't travel without.

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.