Recently, I had a most interesting experience with chamomile hydrosol. I was visiting family Albany and came down with a small stye infection in my eye. I had chamomile hydrosol with me and as soon as I noticed it, I began applying the hydrosol directly on the eye. Within two days it cleared! This hydrosol has excellent anti inflammatory properties, and is anti bacterial and anti septic. Chamomile hydrosol can also be used for minor wound irrigation, and skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, as well as sunburn, rashes, minor burns and sunburn.
I love experimenting and anything that I think I can safely smear on my face, I do. I recently found coconut flour in the gluten free section of my supermarket and thought it would make a yummy masque / cleanser. If it didn’t work, I figured I’ll end up making cookies with it. Coconut flour is made from fresh coconut meat which is dried, defatted and finely ground, and is processed without any chemicals or preservatives (bonus!).
I added some kaolin clay and vanilla bean specks and boy oh boy was this a feast for the face and the senses! This combination of decadent ingredients will gently cleanse, exfoliate, stimulate circulation and help soften and smooth your skin. Easy to make, this powdered cleanser needs a liquid – you can use water, yogurt or cream – add about a teaspoon of powder and enough liquid to make a paste – you determine thick or thin. Gently massage onto face and neck. You can leave it to dry as a masque, or rinse off for a cleanser. Round out this delectable experience by using virgin coconut oil as your moisturizer. I feel like I am in the tropics now!
Here at Bella Avani, we would like to give thanks to you, our incredible customers. Until November 30th, take 20% off when you treat yourself to one of our fabulous moisturizers, Cocoa & Mango Butter Nourishing Cream or Botanical Moisturizing Salve. Our Cocoa and Mango Butter Cream is made with mango butter and prime pressed cocoa butter. Indulge yourself with the natural scent of cocoa butter while soothing and hydrating your skin. Our Botanical Moisturizing Salve, made with extra virgin olive oil, unrefined shea butter and sweet almond oil helps relieve dry, itchy skin (think stressed skin and season changes!). Beginning December 1st, we will have 10 days of DIY skin care recipes! Join us here or on Facebook. Let’s keep the conversation about natural skin care going!
I’ve been on the hunt for good, natural hair styling products. Formulating my own is on the bucket list, but in the meantime, I need to rely on others to keep my tresses styled, and healthy and happy. When we lived in Germany, I came across Lush, and loved their product line. I recently surfed on over to their website and was thrilled to see they offered hair styling products. I was ready to buy, buy, buy, until I came across their ingredients list and found out that not only do they use parabens as a preservative, but they consider parabens safe. “The parabens are still the safest and mildest we can find. We constantly review and investigate cosmetic preservatives, and we consider any sound scientific evidence. They are safe to handle during manufacture and guarantee the quality and safety of the products we want our customers to enjoy.” Perhaps they are not aware that parabens have been found in biopsy samples from breast tumors (Darbre, 2004) and in urine samples from a demographically diverse sample of U.S. adults (Ye, 2006a). Good thing I didn’t shop too fast!
One thing I love about my job is decoding the ingredient list of products my clients use. One of my clients is a massage therapist and my newest challenge is to make an all natural massage lotion. To do that I have to understand the product and what is in it. At first glance, the ingredients look pretty standard, and then I came to methyl parasept and propyl parasept. We are all familiar with methyl, ethyl and the family of parabens, so what is the parasept family? After a little research, I found that parasept is a synonym for paraben. Caveat emptor! Although the parabens are a broad spectrum preservative, they mimic estrogen and have been found urine samples in people who have been sampled (Ye, 2006a), as well as been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors (Darbre, 2004). Please, please read your ingredient labels avoid the paraben and their synonyms!