Friday, January 31, 2014

A Splash of Citrus

excerpt from American Spa Magazine by Maya Stanton

At home and abroad, on retail shelves and treatment menus alike, these mid-winter marvels shine.

As welcome as a shipment of tart, juicy grapefruit from the Sunshine State in the middle of a nor’easter, citrus fruits such as lemon, lime, orange, and tangerine contribute a shot of warmth and brightness to everything from purifying mists and toners to aromatherapy, massages, and facials. Loaded with antioxidants and nutrients such as potassium and vitamins A and C, the immune boosting fruits are star players in the beauty world.

Citrus oils are amazing mood li­fters,” says Amy Galper, executive director of the New York Institute of Aromatherapy. “In the winter, especially, this is something that can energize us and make us feel a little brighter and happier. Red mandarin, grapefruit, and sweet orange can be used to help li­ghten the mood, provide emotional balance, and give confidence.” In addition to their mind-altering properties, she says, they also have an invigorating effect on the epidermis. “In winter, the skin gets sluggish and dull-looking, and circulation may not be moving as quickly as we would hope because of the weather. These oils improve circulation and stimulate blood vessels and capillaries to bring color and vitality back to the skin.”

At Salamander Spa (Middleburg, VA), the Citrus Drench (starting at $150, 50 minutes) relies on oranges for their restorative benefits. “Oranges protect the skin from dryness and premature aging, providing antioxidants and rejuvenating and firming results,” says spa director Penny Kriel. In this body wrap, targeted to sun- or free-radical damaged skin, orange juice is spiked with ascorbic acid, crystallized honey, and shea butter to rehydrate and restore elasticity to the skin.

In Europe, oranges also feature heavily— the treatment menu at Villa Magna’s Club Wellness by Kiara Kare (Madrid, Spain) utilizes various incarnations of the fruit in its Citrus Experience ($225, 75 minutes) to moisturize, fight free radicals, stimulate collagen synthesis, protect against hyperpigmentation, and promote cellular regeneration. Highlighting antioxidant concentrates and products from Natura Bissé’s C+C Vitamin line, the full-body massage is accompanied by subtle aromatherapy and concludes with a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice. According to Josanna Gaither, director of education and aesthetics for Natura Bissé, the collection uses bitter-orange extract to hydrate, refresh, and revitalize the skin and orange and tangerine essential oils to provide a healthy dose of vitamins. “The lipid components of the essential citric oil in the bitter-orange extract provide the skin with energy and vitality,” says Gaither. Spa director Annelie Isabelle Denaro notes that it transports guests to a wonderful state of peacefulness and relaxation.

Back stateside at The Setai Spa Wall Street (New York City), the popular Honey & Citrus Renewal ($195, 60 minutes) uses tangerine and sweet-orange essential oils with Dead Sea salt to exfoliate the body, promoting cellular regeneration. The polished skin is then massaged with a lotion that melds extracts of bergamot and orange blossom with infusions of vitamins A and E, pro-vitamin B5, red-tea antioxidants, and sea-algae extracts.

In addition to helping skin regenerate, citrus extracts provide astringent and antiseptic properties, according to Lisa Polley, Jurlique’s education director. The line’s Lemon Body Oil uses naturally invigorating lemon-peel oil to tone and hydrate, while Citrus Purifying Mist features lemon-balm extract obtained from the leaf of the plant. “It’s slightly astringent without drying the complexion,” says Polley, “making it ideal for combination to oily skin types.” In the Bamboo and Wild Lime ($170, 80 minutes) treatment at Topnotch Spa (Stowe, VT), organic lime oil removes dead cells and improves the skin’s elasticity, courtesy of its innate powers of astringency and exfoliation. ­

For similar results via less traditional means, aromatherapy company Essio offers a universal shower attachment that works in conjunction with a disposable pod to slowly release a blend of pure, organic essential oils into the stream of water. ­ The effect is highly aromatic and, according to founder Peter Friis, a clarifying and energizing experience. “Just as the acidic juice and zest of lemons and limes give a sharp snap to cooking and cocktails, the essential oils of citrus cut through mental, emotional, and energetic clutter and congestion for a clearer, sharper state of being,” he says. Friis points to recent Brazilian and Japanese studies suggesting that citrus essential oils, when inhaled, have an “anxiolytic-like effect,” reducing anxiety and depression. “Current clinical studies on the aromatherapeutic effects of the essential oils of mandarin orange, sweet orange, and other citrus varieties are building scientific support for the long anecdotal histories of these oils as effective agents in reducing anxiety,” says Friis.

Whether they are bestowing upon the skin its daily allotment of vitamins, stimulating cellular regeneration, or simply providing a cheerful antidote to seasonal affective disorder, citrus treatments and products are a much needed ray of light. No sunscreen—or pricey Florida produce—required.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Wicked Sexy

Wicked Sexy by 3waybeauty
Arrives February 1st, just in time for Valentine's Day!

Preorder Wicked Sexy and receive complimentary shipping through Sunday February 2nd at 5:27 pm Central time.

Wicked Sexy is infused with an aphrodisiacal essential oil blend of organic orange, patchouli, jasmine and ylang ylang, among others.

Wicked is:

1. Candle 2. Body/Massage Oil 3. Stemless wine glass

Light candle. Massage the warmed oil onto you or your partner's skin or rub on dry elbows, feet, etc. (soy burns cooler than paraffin so melted 'wax' is very comfortable to the touch.)

Wicked candles by 3waybeautyWhen candle has burned down completely, clean glass with soap and warm water and use as a wine glass.

100% soy with proprietary essential oil blends. 100% cotton wick.

Wine glass manufactured in the USA.

Hand poured in Minnesota by Kuhl Studioexclusively for 3waybeauty.

85+ hour burn time.

16.5 oz.

Wicked is free of parabens, gluten, phthalates, mineral oils, petrolatum, synthetic dyes, preservatives, artificial fragrance and coloring. All packaging is 100% compostable and recyclable.

WARNING!  Failure to follow instructions can result in burn, fire injury and/or property damage. Keep wick trimmed to 1/4 inch. Discontinue use when 1/2 inch of wax remains. Avoid drafts. Keep away from children, pets and flammable objects. Burn on fireproof holder and for no more than 3 hours at a time. NEVER leave a burning candle unattended.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Beauty Building Blocks

Stem Cells
excerpt from American Spa Magazine.

Experience a youthful resurgence with plant stem cell products that leave skin looking and feeling younger and healthier.

From caviar and diamonds to gold  and snake venom, spa-goers today are willing to go to extremes in search of the fountain of youth. Now, stem cells have become all the rage because of their super age-defying powers. “The growth factors found in stem cells provide the messaging molecules necessary to trigger collagen and elastin production, therefore providing the basis for healthier and younger looking skin,” says Crystal McElroy, national educator and sales and account executive for Dermatude North America. “They also have antioxidant properties that protect the human skin from damage and deterioration.”

Multicellular organisms—like animals, humans, and plants—contain stem cells, but plant stem cells are most commonly used in skincare. These are undifferentiated cells located in the meristems of plants, where growth takes place. They serve as the origin of plant vitality because they never undergo an aging process, and they supply cells to different tissues and organs in the plants. According to Szilvia Hickman, senior vice president at Szép Élet, exclusive distributor of Ilike Organic Skin Care, they also replenish dying cells and fix damaged tissue while continuously renewing  themselves. Plants rely on their stem cells to withstand harsh external influences and preserve life. When used in skincare, plant stem cells promote healing, fight against free-radical damage, delay biological aging of essential cells, and promote the skin’s ability to regenerate collagen.

Swiss-apple stem cells are widely known as one of the first and most effective plant stem cells to be used in skincare, thanks to their ability to heal themselves quickly and thoroughly. However, many others have also proven to be beneficial in both products and treatments. Such plant stem cells include butterfly bush, which helps to preserve collagen; echinacea, which balances and firms the skin; edelweiss (found in IN skincare), which helps rejuvenate damaged cells and visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles; gardenia, which helps increase collagen production and prevents collagen degradation; gotu kola, which helps hydrate skin and improves elasticity; grape, which offers regenerative and wound-healing  properties; lilac, for its anti-inflammatory and oil-controlling benefits; and pennywort, which helps even skintone. Kristina Valiani, sales and education manager at B. Kamins Skincare, also recommends heart-leaf globe-daisy plant stem cells because they help induce low levels of stimulation into the skin, to improve its defenses against external free radicals and sun damage. The Spa at One Steamboat Place (Steamboat Springs, CO) offers the Nia-Stem Anti-Aging Facial ($160, 50 minutes; $225, 80 minutes), utilizing B. Kamins Nia-Stem products, which rely on heart-leaf globe-daisy plant stem cells to minimize signs of aging.

But Barbara Close, founder and CEO of Naturopathica, warns that not all stem cells are created equal, and therefore, not all skincare products with plant stem cells are equally effective. “The efficacy of the plant stem cells are determined by the type of plant stem cell, the concentration of the extract used, and the formulation that the stem cell extract is found in,” she says. Other ingredients, such as peptides, vitamins, and hyaluronic acid, can also increase a product’s effectiveness.

In addition to offering anti-aging benefits for the skin, plant stem cells also provide a useful way of obtaining sustainable extracts, says Andrea Weber, head of research and development at the Babor Research and Innovation Centre . “Once a plant cell culture is established in the lab, there is no need to harvest more plant material,” she says. “Thus, we can get extracts from very rare or even highly protected plants without destroying our natural resources.” And because all surrounding factors, nutrients, light, and agitation are controlled, the quality of the extracts is consistent. What’s more, green biotechnology has advanced and companies can now extract stem cells in an eco-friendly way while ensuring the purity and potency of the plant extract. “The highest, most active molecules can be isolated in a larger quantity with fewer plants to deliver more efficacious, highly potent ingredients—up to a thousand times higher in potency than in plants in nature,” says Nicole Rechelbacher, president of Intelligent Nutrients. “Plant stem cells are 100 percent free from herbicides and pesticides. Also, farming is not required, so no significant contribution to greenhouse gases is produced from this process, and there is a drastic reduction of water and solvent use because preservatives are not used in the extraction process.”

The topic of stem cells cannot be discussed without mentioning the controversy surrounding the moral and ethical use of human stem cells derived from embryos. “Human-derived stem cells are heavily regulated and are not available in skincare preparations,” says Marc A. Ronert, M.D., Ph.D., president and medical director of Image Skincare. “Overall, human-derived tissue contains the slight risk of allergic reactions and infections. Even if the risk is minimal, nobody to date can guarantee that this won’t happen. On the other hand, there is no danger with plant-derived stem cells.” Plus, says Liz Beresford, CEO of Vitelle Labs, plant-derived stem cells perform as well or better than human and animal stem cells. “If consuming plants like vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices, produce better health in people, why wouldn’t a plant-derived ingredient or product also produce benefits to the skin?” she says.

According to Ben Johnson, M.D., CEO of Osmosis Pür Medical Skincare, because actual human stem cells are not commonly used in skincare products and only used to grow growth factors and cytokines that can be used in skincare products, there is no controversy. “They are adult-derived in most cases, and we are not actually using human tissue in the bottles,” says Johnson. “I believe that growth factors are safe for the skin when derived from fibroblast and stem cells because we are only replacing what has been lost.”

Still, many companies have chosen to use only plant stem cells because they are effective but not controversial.

While plant stem cell treatments can be beneficial to most skin types and conditions, they are primarily targeted toward aging skin. “Because stem cell treatments minimize the appearance of wrinkles and maintain the function of the skin’s stem cells to delay the signs of aging, and anti-aging treatments are the most in-demand services in spas for baby boomers, these are the clients that should be targeted,” says Asquith.

While there is still a lot of research that needs to be conducted on the side effects of using animal and human stem cells in skincare treatments and products, there is no doubt that plant stem cells have a positive impact on aging skin, which is music to the ears of the many people who want to prevent and treat fine lines and wrinkles. “As we know, preventive measures are always better than corrective measures, and sometimes due to lifestyles and time management, caring for our skin gets put on a back burner,” says Moon. “Before we realize, skin begins to age, collagen is lost, and pores get larger. Stem cells keep skin young and healthy.”

Monday, January 13, 2014

Babe Lash

Babe Lash Volumizing Mascara I finally found a mascara that I absolutely adore! - Babe Lash Volumizing Mascara. It comes in one color - Jet Black.

Babe's Jet Black Volumizing Mascara is powered by peptides, herbal extracts and other nutrient-rich vitamins (like Panthenol and Vitamin E) which help nourish and build up your long lashes.

Achieve instant high definition with the dynamic, thick bristle brush which loads and separates each lash with jet black volume and drama in an ultra-smooth application that won't clump or run. Ophthalmologist-tested and hypoallergenic, this formula is perfect for creating finishing touches for your lashes whether it be for dazzling daytime effects or a night on the town. 

Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. Easy to remove.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The most important beauty product comes in a spoon.

INtelligent Nutrients INtellimune Oil

Did you know: Exposure to UV rays, pollution and other environmental toxins (like stressful people and traffic) create free radicals that attack our cells.

In response, our immune system kicks in. That creates inflammation, which has been linked to everything from wrinkles, lines and sagging skin to diseases such as cancer. Antioxidants are the best defense, and we believe the Intellimune antioxidant is the best of the best.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

What's your 50?

We are so thrilled and honored to be featured in the inaugural issue of e-zine, Promise50 - page 3 - Want to clean up our environment? Try a 3-way.

I truly believe that I do a lot to tread nicely on Mommy Nature. Then I read this article and was so inspired and enlightened to do more - SO MANY suggestions I hadn't even thought of. Wow!

Get your copy.

Our friend Sasha Westin, of Fabuliss, is also featured with tips on buying clothes that last. Great stuff.

Make a Promise. Promise 50.
It's easier than you think and a fun "challenge" for the new year.

I will consume 50% less: Of disposable goods and products designed with built-in obsolescence. Of carbon-burning activities, except when absolutely necessary. Of wants instead of needs. Of clutter that clouds my psyche as it pollutes our world.

I will waste 50% less: Of unnecessary packaging and other “instant garbage” –items designed to be used once and then tossed. Of non-compostable materials and even of recycling—which is often not recycled at all.

I will seek 50% more joy: More money and time to spend on my family and friends, on worthy work and play, on helping others and on enjoying the world around me. More satisfaction that I’m making a difference, living with integrity and leading for others who either cannot or will not.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy 2014!

Happy New Year 2014!
< -------  We had a WONDERFUL night and woke up with a little of this, this morning.  Doh!

We are super excited for what 2014 has in store for StormSister Spatique and 3waybeauty

3waybeauty in Fashion Affair MagazineWe're only a few hours into the new year and look what we found in our email box:

A two-page spread in the January 2014 edition of Fashion Affair Magazine!!! TWO PAGES.

Fueling that good attitude could be our latest discovery, 3WayBeauty Bar. A unique 3 month blending process from this Made In The USA wonder, has just insured you more time with that snooze button. Shampoo, Shower & Shave--then out the door. All with the same bar of soap.

Fashion Affair Magazine January 2014The smell should be familiar: Coconut, sweet almond, jojoba oil, cocoa butter, palm and kukui nut will seduce you into submission.

Think of it as the “fast lane” when you are running behind. This new beauty regime should have you putting the keys in the ignition on time for once. Or if you love it too much, it could have you running even later. The choice is clearly yours.