Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Men Who Shave

man shaving
We want to know what shaving product you use; gel, foam, soap? Tell us, please.

No wrong answer. We're just curious.

Feel free to Tweet or Facebook us your answers.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Mediterranean Bath

Phytoceane Marine Beach Bag.
A new bath and body collection by Phytoceane: Mediterranean.

Purchase the duo and receive 15% off as well as this beach bag.

Mediterranean Shower Cream
JANIA RUBENS: ultra-moisturizing, remineralizing
OLIVE OIL EXTRACT: selected for its moisturizing and nourishing virtues and contributes to the suppleness and softness of the skin
LEMON EXTRACT: known for its toning effects
SEAWATER CONCENTRATE: rich in trace elements and minerals to restore skin’s energy

and Mediterranean Body Cream
JANIA RUBENS: ultra-moisturizing, remineralizing
OLIVE OIL EXTRACT: selected for its moisturizing and nourishing virtues and contributes to the suppleness and softness of the skin
FIG PLANT MILK: developed for its nourishing effect, helps to protect the skin from dryness
SWEET ALMOND OIL: known to sooth, soften and nourish the skin

Provides all the benefits of Mediterranean ingredients for a sensory journey. It cleanses, nourishes, promotes skin elasticity and revitalizes the skin.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Hot Tips for Summer Skin

INtelligent Nutrients skincare.
INtelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Mist

INtelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Serum

INtelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Moisture

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Summer's Rays Are Here

Erbaviva Sunscreen
Protect your loved ones organically with award winning Erbaviva Sunscreen. (forgive the look of our website at the moment, it's under construction. Don't worry though, everything works just fine!)

A completely natural SPF 30 sunscreen with no synthetics provides 80 minutes of water resistant protection. UVA and UVB protection make this full spectrum sunscreen suitable and safe for all ages.

Lightly scented with organic Lavender and Chamomile essential oils
No nano-sized particles
Will not leave the skin with an unsightly painted white layer
Zinc Oxide is a naturally occurring mineral
SPF 30 is the hightest level of protection achievable without adding chemicals

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Cut The Ties

INtelligent Nutrients Gifts for Dad

Bug Repellent Serum and Spray (we know one Dad that loves the smell of this so much he uses it as his cologne!)


Lip Delivery Nutrition - Probably the best lip balm EVER!

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Safe Sun

Excerpt from the June 2013 edition of American Spa magazine. By Maryann Hammers
Safe Sun. Use sunscreen
What you don’t know about sunscreen can kill you—literally—or at least etch your skin with wrinkles. Leading dermatologists answer the most commonly asked sunscreen questions.

Nothing ages skin faster than sun damage. More ominously, one American dies from melanoma every hour, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. So the choice to apply sunscreen is a no-brainer. But you may not know how to get the maximum protection. “Everyone reading this is probably using too little and applying too infrequently,” says Talia Emery, M.D., medical director of Remedy (Westlake Village, CA), a cosmetic dermatology center. “More is better. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself later.” Here are some questions you may have about sun protection, with answers by some top dermatologists.

When shopping for sunscreen, what ingredients should you look for?

Sunscreens come in two basic forms. The most common are chemical-based formulations, containing ingredients that absorb the sun’s rays. Mineral, or physical, sunscreens deflect ultraviolet rays away from the skin. Many dermatologists recommend mineral sunscreens containing zinc oxide. “Mineral sunscreens are the most trustworthy. They are the most stable (i.e., they don’t degrade as quickly on the skin or in the bottle) and provide the broadest protection,” says California dermatologist Cynthia Bailey, M.D. Another advantage: Mineral sunscreens are less likely than chemical varieties to sting the eyes, they are gentler to the skin, and they block both UVA and UVB rays.

Should you be concerned about sunscreens that contain the chemical oxybenzone?

Oxybenzone, a compound that absorbs UVA and UVB rays, is often used in chemical sunscreens. Some environmental groups claim it penetrates into the skin, causing cell damage and hormone disruption. But the FDA has approved it as being safe and effective, and The Skin Cancer Foundation points out that no evidence shows that it has caused any adverse health effects during the 20 years it has been used.

“There is no proof that oxybenzone is an endocrine disrupter, and the American Academy of Dermatology’s opinion of oxybenzone is that it is safe in sunscreen,” says New York City dermatologist Debra Jaliman, M.D., author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets From a Top New York Dermatologist (St. Mar- tin’s Press, 2012). Still, you can avoid it by sticking to mineral sunscreens. “I prefer physical [mineral] sunscreens to the chemical products,” Jaliman says.

(Though the FDA and the AAD do not believe there is proof that oxybenzone may have some adverse health risks, StormSister Spatique suggests you do the research.)

You may have heard that nanoparticles in sunscreens are potentially harmful. Is there cause for concern?

To enable mineral sunscreens to go on clear instead of chalky white, some manufacturers add nanoparticles to the ingredients. (One nanometer is up to 100,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair.) “Science supports nanoparticle zinc oxide’s safety as a sunscreen,” says Bailey. “Researchers in Australia have shown that nanoparticle zinc does not penetrate intact, healthy human skin.” The FDA also reports it “has not seen evidence that... any harm can come” from the use of sunscreens with nanoparticles. But when inhaled, nanoparticles can cause lung damage, so Bailey suggests avoiding it in loose makeup powder or spray sun- screens. And when nanoparticles get into the air, earth, or water, they can pollute the environment. “Nano-zinc oxide may not be benign for reefs and marine ecology, so I don’t recommend total-body application for snorkelers,” says Bailey.

What’s the best option for those who want safe and natural sun protection?

Look for mineral sunscreens containing non-nano particle zinc oxide. “Now formulators are creating elegant, easy-to-use non-nano particle products that are easy to use—not thick and goopy,” says Bailey. “It’s a totally green choice for people wanting natural skincare options.” An added bonus is the fact that non-nano particle zinc oxide is the most stable of all sunscreen formulations, so you can have protection from the sun and your non-nanos, too.

What’s the difference between UVA and UVB?

Think A for aging and B for burning. “UVA rays are responsible for sun spots, sagging, and wrinkles,” says Emery. UVA rays damage the skin’s connective tissues and penetrate deeply into the skin, regardless of weather, altitude, or time of day. UVB rays cause sunburn and can lead to cataracts. Unfortunately, both types of rays cause skin cancer. “For protection from both UVA and UVB rays, look for the words ‘broad spectrum’ on the label,” says Emery.

Some still want to tan. Here are the facts. Ultraviolet light from sun lamps and tanning beds causes DNA damage, according to recent research. Researchers from the National Cancer Institute blame artificial UV sources (i.e., tanning beds) for the rapid rise in malignant melanoma among young women.

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Sunday, June 2, 2013


Excerpt from the June edition of American Spa Magazine. By Katarina Kovacevic.
It may not seem as appealing as its sweet-smelling counterparts, but algae is a powerful addition to many beauty/grooming products.

Slime. Slop. Sludge. Algae doesn’t always bring to mind the most appealing thoughts. But don’t let its looks—or smell—fool you. Algae is the Renaissance ingredient of the spa world, providing an answer to everything from dry skin to cell regeneration and even anemia, says Szilvia Hickman, senior vice president of Szép Élet, distributor of Ilike Organic Skin Care. “Algae is essential for the environment, because it absorbs carbon dioxide and produces oxygen during photosynthesis.”

Believed to be the oldest type of plant life on earth, algae in its most complex form—seaweed—has been an important food source in Asian cultures for centuries. Even the Irish have a taste for seaweed, using the carrageen varietal in everything from drinks to desserts. “Seaweed is a very powerful plant rich in 18 amino acids, 42 trace element and minerals, and 12 vitamins,” says Lydia Safarti, founder and CEO of Repêchage. “It improves circulation and purifies and oxygenates skin.”

Algae is often used in thalassotherapy, whose origins date back to Egypt 4,000 years ago and which was later made popular by the British and in France circa the 1900s. Today, Europe has the largest concentration of thalassotherapy centers, but North American facilities like The Spa Coeur d’Alene at the Coeur d’Alene Resort also manage to make good use of the therapeutic powers of algae and water. “Algae is one of nature’s most perfect foods,” says spa director Berni Campbell. “Our bodies readily absorb it, because it is almost identical to our interstitial fluid.” The spa’s Alpine Lake Spirulina Kur ($240, 1 hour 50 minutes) involves applying spirulina algae to the entire body with a warm steam-towel wrap and concludes with a re-mineralizing face cream and lavender oil massage.

Algae’s ability to stimulate the metabolism— it’s a draining agent that improves peripheral and lymphatic circulation—is what makes it effective in weight loss, says Mafalda Sirolla, spa and fitness center coordinator of Club 10 Fitness and Beauty Centre at the Hotel Principe di Savoia (Milan).

With approximately 13,000 known species, algae is a highly versatile ingredient and can be used in spa treatments for the entire body. Ilike’s product line features three different types—red, brown, and green—in a number of anti-aging products. “Algae is a good source of antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, which neutralizes free radicals, and omega-3 fatty acids for combating wrinkles,” says Hickman.

“In general, algae feeds our skin with minerals like calcium and zinc, which are essential to skin metabolism,” says Fabienne Lindholm, executive director of education for BABOR North America. “Skin needs nine essential minerals to function properly, and algae can provide all of them.”

And if that weren’t enough, the scope of algae’s potential is even more remarkable when you consider that there are more than 40,000 varieties of sea- weed—that’s just one kind of algae—on the planet. Repêchage has developed a proprietary extraction process for more than 12 of those species. “We use specific seaweed to achieve specific results,” says Safarti. “For antibacterial properties, we use laminaria saccharina. Pelvetia canaliculata helps address hyperpigmentation, and laminaria digitata provides essential fatty acids to maintain the skin barrier.”

Laminaria digitata is also a key ingredient in Phytomer’s (a favorite marine-based skincare brand here at StormSister Spatique) Self-Heating Marine Mud, which The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas uses in its Detoxify treatment ($175, 50 minutes). The frothy, effervescent seaweed mud stimulates the release of unhealthy accumulations in the digestive, circulatory, and lymphatic systems. In honor of the company’s 40th anniversary, Phytomer is also launching the XMF Youth Revealing Facial ($260, 80 minutes) at the Las Vegas spa and others. The treatment is the first of its kind in that it relies on two high-tech marine sugars, produced by single-cell algae, as potent anti-agers. The facial features advanced biotechnology, exclusive manual massage techniques, and several new products to help turn back the hands of time.

Because algae helps the body absorb other ingredients, it pairs well with other active ingredients. Ilike combines algae with vitamin C and other antioxidant-rich elements. The staff at the Hotel Principe blends it with essential oils like juniper and birch, as they both also aid in detoxification. Of note is the fact that algae increases cellular metabolism, so those with hyperthyroidism should steer clear. Due to possible high levels of iodine, so should spa- goers with related allergies.