Thursday, January 22, 2015

Good Soy

excerpt from an article in American Spa Magazine by Nicole Altavilla.

Soy Beans
Find out why this bean should have you jumping for joy.

The first soybeans were brought to  the U.S. in 1765, and after World War I, soy became a valuable commodity in the U.S., used mainly to help regenerate soil in drought-stricken areas during the 1930s. Initially, soybeans were considered essential as food and for medicinal purposes, but in recent years, they’ve become a valuable element of a healthy lifestyle, as well. In addition to their nutritional benefits, soybeans are also good for the skin, as they provide moisturization and antioxidants to the skin. “While soy has long been a staple of our diets, we now have significant evidence of its benefits to the skin via topical application,” says Neal Kitchen, Ph.D., vice president of strategy and development at HydroPeptide. “Macronutrients—protein, fat, and carbohydrates—that make soy a rich dietary ingredient are also beneficial to the renewal and build up of healthy skin.”

Variety Show

Skincare products often rely on various forms of soy, which helps explain why there is such a range of benefits, such as helping to reduce free radical damage and inflammation, hydrating the skin by stimulating the production of hyaluronic acid, stimulating production of collagen and increasing skin thickness, and helping to brighten skin caused by hyperpigmentation, according to Beth Bialko, global curriculum developer and master instructor at Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute. Soybean oil, which is rich in fatty acids and vitamin E, works as an emollient and also moisturizes and soothes, says Katlin Stewart, marketing coordinator at CBI Laboratories, and lecithin, which is a by-product obtained while extracting soybean oil from soybeans, helps to repair and heal skin. “Lecithin helps to emulsify lotions giving them a silkier texture, and it also protects skin,” says Nadia Fathallah, category manager at American International Industries. “Because the molecular size of soybean oil is smaller than that of other emollients, it is able to penetrate the epidermis to stimulate collagen and elastin production.”

Other types of soy found in skincare include soy protein, which contains essential amino acids that help increase collagen, and hydrolyzed soy flour, which is used for skin conditioning. However, Kitchen believes that the greater skin benefit from soy comes from its micronutrients, including isoflavones, peptides, and many vitamins and minerals. “Soy isoflavones provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support, help maintain even skin tone and skin integrity, and shield melanocytes from UV-induced melanomas,” says Rhonda Allison, founder and CEO of Rhonda Allison Clinical Enterprises.

Beauty Bean

According to Bialko, because of the isoflavones found in soy, which help diminish wrinkles, tighten skin, and minimize pigmentation, soy-based products are ideal for anti-aging facial treatments that are geared toward stimulating elastin and collagen synthesis, and reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and UV-induced photodamage. “Soy isoflavones have also been used in treatment of hyperpigmentation disorders, as they prevent melanin from adhering to skin cells, therefore helping with blotchiness and discoloration,” she says. Kitchen adds that soy peptides have been shown to stimulate moisture retention, increase elasticity, and generate a lifting effect to the skin. Additionally, evidence shows soy peptides boost collagen synthesis, increase production of glycosaminoglycans, and help reduce inflammation.

Soy has the ability to moisturize dry skin while minimizing oil in other areas. It is also a gentle, well-tolerated, and calming ingredient, which is why it is often found in peels, masks, exfoliators, and moisturizers. “It has an anti-inflammatory effect, and the essential fatty acids create a protective barrier for skin that is reactive,” says Fathallah. “Treatments targeting sensitive, dry, or dehydrated skin will benefit from the use of soy-based products.”

Danger Zone

Though soy offers many benefits, there are some that believe it should be avoided. While most concerns or negative effects associated with soy are consumption-based, it is recommended that any client with a soy allergy avoid products and treatments that contain it. According to Kitchen, soy isoflavones are typically not found in soybean oil or lecithin extracts but can be part of soy protein extracts. Although isoflavones have shown several important benefits to the skin, they are also potent phytoestrogens, which have been a cause of concern for some. “Phytoestrogens have been a highly debated topic in skincare, because they can mimic human estrogen and therefore can affect hormonal levels,” he says. “For many, the impact of phytoestrogens can be very beneficial to one’s skin, however, for those wanting to avoid phytoestrogens at all costs in their skincare treatments, soy protein should be added to their avoid list.”

Yet, the International Journal of Toxicology indicates that there is no research showing soy extract or soy oil has estrogenic effects when applied to skin, as it can when taken orally, says Shannon McLinden, founder and CEO of FarmHouse Fresh, which utilizes glycine soja (soybean) oil in its products. “We use glycine soja oil in many of our products,” says McLinden. “It is derived from wild soybeans, is non-fragrant, and is a great emollient with a high natural moisturizing factor and strong antioxidant properties to help fight free-radical damage.” However, soy is often listed as an ingredient to avoid by doctors advising their pregnant patients, as it may accelerate dark splotches on facial skin that often develop during pregnancy.

While Ada Polla, CEO of Alchimie Forever, does not deny that soy is beneficial for the skin because it is rich in phytoestrogens, molecules that naturally stimulate the skin’s collagen production to improve the firmness and plumpness of the skin, she does have an issue with the sourcing of the ingredient. Soy is generally a genetically modified organism (GMO) product, and it is challenging to find a soy supplier that provides the ingredient without GMO, she says. “The Food and Drug Administration has concluded there is no evidence that bioengineered food or plant ingredients are less safe than those produced through conventional methods,” says Polla. “All research and studies show no side effects to using genetically modified beauty products for the moment. However, we have to ask a few questions, such as how long does it take for the body to show damage from using genetically modified ingredients and does it impact our skin cells long-term.”

Because of this sourcing issue and the possible allergic reactions associated with soy, Alchimie Forever does not use the ingredient in any of its cosmetic products. (This is a concern for me too, so I use non-GMO soy in my Wicked massage candles.) Instead, the company uses red clover extract. “Like soy, this ingredient is rich in phytoestrogens, which stimulates collagen production and helps with fine lines and wrinkles,” says Polla. “However, the allergy profile is much lower.”

Soy Smart

It’s important to do research in order to choose the best GMO-free soy-based products. “As with any ingredient, be sure only the highest quality soy is used,” says Allison. “Also, look at the other ingredients the soy or soy derivative is paired with. Because soy assists with the absorption of other vital nutrients, the results will depend significantly on the other ingredients within the formula.” For example, Bialko suggests looking for products that also contain licorice, peptides, and white tea, as these age-fighting ingredients work synergistically with soy.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Warm Wedding Welcome

A Warm Wedding Welcome - 3waybeauty feature
Nothing says “Thanks for coming” like a bag filled with hometown goodies and helpful items for out-of-town guests.

Our sensually scented grooming bar was featured front and center in the latest edition of Minnesota Bride - page 52.

WHETHER YOUR WEDDING GUESTS CAME FROM 10 miles away or a few states, your guests often travel to make it to your big day. Between the wedding prep and festivities, it can be difficult to show them how much you appreciate their journey. What better way to thank them for going that “extra mile” than with a welcome bag full of wedding weekend necessities?

“Nearly all couples we work with are providing welcome bags for their hotel guests,” says Rachelle Mazumdar, director of weddings and events at Style-Architects. “It’s a wonderful way to welcome guests to the Twin Cities and to thank them for making the trip.”

Starting the Party Off Right
Welcome bags can serve as a considerate gift to jetlagged guests. A safe rule is to factor one bag per hotel room. Often there is a reservation deadline two weeks prior to the wedding date. At that point, the hotel will be able to provide you with an estimate of how many rooms your guests have booked.....

please pick up a copy of Minnesota Bride for much more information on the Minnesota products featured in this article. -- text by REBECCA HOGE photography by TATE CARLSON

Friday, January 16, 2015

Because of a Blog

I went to a great conference last night, Because of a Blog.
I was honored to be asked to be a vendor - it was rather fitting as two of my Stormsisters, Allison and Elizabeth, were featured speakers.

Well, we did a boo-boo and ran out of a couple of shades of lipstick! So, to make up for it we're giving you free shipping until Monday. Enter: SAIREY at checkout when you shop at

You're welcome.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Luxe Body Bubbles

Pre de Provence Luxe Body Wash
New from Pre de Provence - Luxe Body Wash.

Cleanse and hydrate skin in fragrant, bubbly luxury for shower or pour into bath. Contains moisturizing ingredients of Glycerin and Grapeseed Oil and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, known to soothe skin.

 ••• VA L E N S O L E ••• Sunlit lavender fields surround you in a full bloom bouquet with hints of neroli, osmanthus and cyclamen. Immerse yourself in juicy apricot and white currants blended with
decadent nuances of plum, vanilla, and amber.

••• P I E R R E V E R T ••• Verdant fields of green sparkle with glints of peppery notes enveloped by fruity mandarin and cassis. Romantic moments are captured in intoxicating roses and geranium lying in a soft bed of musk and vanilla.

Created from the finest of natural ingredients, Pré de Provence products are meticulously fashioned in Provence by French artisans following traditions established generations ago.
Extreme pride and care is the foundation for everything we create, upholding the quality, artistry and authenticity demanded of products “Made in France.”

Nature casts a magical spell on this haven in southern France, nestled between sky-reaching mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. The skies shine blue, endless mineral-rich waters sparkle, and verdant meadows abound with fragrant treasures of lavender, wildflowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables. Just breathing the wonderful scents in the air brings peace and tranquility.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Sophie Loves

We are so excited to share some great news from fellow beauty maven, Sophie Uliano! Sophie is releasing her newest book Gorgeous for Good: A Simple 30-Day Program for Lasting Beauty - Inside and Out this April! As a clean beauty guru and New York Times bestselling author, Sophie has dedicated her career to create and uncover truly healthy options that actually work - from food and nutrition to natural beauty to mindfulness and yoga. Gorgeous For Good combines Sophie’s passion for research with everywoman commonsense to present a revolutionary, body-and-soul regimen that helps you stay gorgeous - not just for six months or a year - but for good!

Can’t wait ’til April to read Gorgeous For Good? Well, you’re in luck! Sophie has just published her brand new eBook SOPHIE LOVES - featuring all of Sophie’s favorite brands and products (including our Stormsisters lipsticks!). You can get SOPHIE LOVES for free, and learn more about Gorgeous For Good here

Don’t miss out on this awesome eBook!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

New Bath and Beauty from Phytoceane

Phytoceane Bora Bora Bath
New skincare and bath products from Phytoceane.

PHYTOCÉANE'S new Bora-Bora Bath takes you on sensory journey to paradise. Give your body a true treatment as you relax and remineralize in your own sea of serenity.

Perfect for enhancing the youth and radiance of your skin. The Pistacia Resin Oil, star cross-range ingredient of their new youth line, allows the epidermis to regain firmness and density. Thanks to "radiance" pigments, the skin is more beautiful and luminous from the very 1st application.

Enjoy its lightweight and silky texture, perfect for everyday use. Exceptional for summer use when a lighter lotion is desired.


Phytoceane YOUTH SMOOTHING CREAMThe Pistacia oil, the star ingredient of Phytocéane's new anti-aging range, has the exceptional capacity to restore your skin. A very effective cocktail combining the Pistacia oil and powerful marine ingredients, this Youth Smoothing Cream works to smooth lines, enhance skin elasticity and firmness. Day after day, the skin is toned and visibly more beautiful.


Phytoceane NIGHT RENEWAL CREAMThis revolutionary formula is enriched with an unprecedented ingredient: Pistacia Resin Oil, from the Chios Island in Greece. Approved by 100% of volunteers*, this concentrate of powerful marine ingredients is effective against all signs of aging. Your skin is regenerated, your facial features are visibly tightened and your complexion is fresh and luminous.
Melting and delicately perfumed, Night Renewal Cream brings comfort and nutrition throughout the night.

*Satisfaction evaluated on 24 women of 45 to 65 years-old, after twice-daily application during 28 days.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Lipstick Ingredients

Stormsisters - Lips AccessorizedWe get asked all of the time about our Stormsisters lipstick ingredients. So, we've broken it down for you (deciphered the technical terms):

Ricinus communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia chenesis (Jojoba) Esters**, Castor Isostearate Succinate**(from Castor Seed Oil), Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides(from coconut oil), Euphorbia cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Sorbitan Olivate**(from Olive Oil), Simmondsia chenesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Persea gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Oil, Synthetic Beeswax, Ozokerite(naturally occurring wax) , Limnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2(from vegetable oil), Microcrystalline(wood pulp), Copernicia cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Caprylyl Glycol(from coconut oil), Sorbitan Palmitate(olive oil)**, Ethylhexylglycerin (from glycerin), Cetyl Palmitate**(olive oil), Ascorbyl Palmitate(Vitamin C), Tocopherol(Vitamin E), Flavor(Jasmine,Cassis,Raspberry,Violet,Orange Blossom) , Vanillin**.

May contain (+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 40 (CI 16035), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Red 28 (CI 145410), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Silica, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica (CI 77019).

*Certified Organic Ingredient (QAI)
**Ecocert Certified Ingredient

We do not use any volatile silicones and no Isododecane (which can de-fat the lips)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Kelly Goes Coconuts

This is a great DIY haircare tip from my friend Kelly. Just look at those pretty locks!

Coconut oil is great on skin and is a lovely make-up remover.

Friday, January 2, 2015 Loves a Three-way

shhh. shampoo, shower, shave.
Thanks to Lauren Juliff at for including our 3waybeauty shampoo, shower and shave bar in her, What to Buy the Traveler in Your Life article.

Travel was the reason this bar was developed!

"I'm always looking for ways to condense what I carry on the road. For many years, I've been using solid shampoo bars but now I've discovered Shhh....". Read more here.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Cheers to 2015!

Cheers to 2015!New Year StormSister Spatique
I am so thankful for 2014 and SO excited for 2015!

We had such a successful year - We launched a lipstick collection, added some great new products to StormSister Spatique and finished out 2014 with an invitation to Uptown Minnesota's G Concourse MSP airport location! Uptown Minnesota will be featuring our 3waybeauty Wicked candles beginning January 5th. Wicked was so popular at Uptown MN's holiday pop-up shops in the Mall of America and Ridgedale Center locations, that they asked me to carry them in their popular MSP airport location. What a great store to purchase products from Minnesota makers!

Sairey and I are busy planning the 2015 HAMMS Event.  Big news about that too! Hold tight.

I'm busting at the seams about some things that I cannot divulge quite yet, so please send me all of your good energy and support. I cannot do any of this without your support, hugs, patronage and good juju. Keep it comin'!

BIG things happening in 2015. BIG things.

Please keep in touch with me at any of these channels:

StormSister Spatique®  |  3waybeauty
Beauty Shop, online.

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