Month: December 2018

A Wish For You

The holidays are here once again, and the frenzy is upon us. Cooking, baking, wrapping…oh my! So as we run around, trying to create the perfect, memorable day I have just one wish for you.

I wish you peace.

The peace of being surrounded by love ones.

The peace of a quiet evening by the tree.

The peace of sitting on the couch and watching your favorite movie.

The peace found when you take a step back, let go a little, and breathe.

The wrapping doesn’t have to be magazine picture ready. One type of cookie is fine. And let all those people who offer to help with dinner actually help. Because what gets remembered isn’t the trappings. What gets remembered are the moments of quiet. The feeling of peace.

May you have a holiday surrounded by those you wish to spend time with and full of memorable moments of peace.

Merry Christmas!

Fabulous Fridays!

Every wonder what products and routine a woman who owns a personal care business uses? Is it crazy complex with multiple steps, or a 2 minute splash and go?

Let’s take a peek behind the curtain.

Now, first things first…there is the routine I WANT to follow, and then there is real life. We’ll start with the ideal routine – after all, we’ve all got goals!

     Saturday – Thursday

          Morning routine:

          Wet/Rinse hair and massage scalp

          Cleanse face with 2 part CEK system

          Cleanse body with a loofa and  handmade soap

          Pat dry

          Apply CEK bi-phase moisturizer

          Apply lip balm

          Apply body butter

          And, of course, apply Stink Stopper natural deodorant

This, including getting dressed, only takes me 20 minutes and leaves me feeling pampered and ready for the day. I don’t dry my hair or apply make up, but if I did it would probably add another 20 minutes to my morning routine.

     Evening wind down:

          Cleanse face with 2 part CEK system

          Apply CEK night serum

          Apply lip balm

          Thoroughly brush hair

          Once or twice a week, soak in a warm tub with foaming bath salts.

Again, this only takes a few minutes and leaves me feeling relaxed and pampered before bed.

And then, there’s Friday. Fabulous Friday. Make-me-feel-like-I’ve-been-to-the-spa-and-am-a-glorious-goddess Friday. I scrub. I mask. I (yes, tmi) shave. I am polished and glowing from head to toe.

     Morning routine:

          Wash hair, taking time to massage scalp.

          Condition hair, focusing on ends – leave in during next steps

          Cleanse face with 2 part CEK system

          Apply facial masque – leave on during next steps

          *whispers* here’s the tmi part…

          While my hair deep conditions and the facial masque does its work, I shave my legs.

          Rinse/wipe off masque

          Rinse conditioner out of hair

          Cleanse body with a 3-in-one body polish

          Pat dry

          Apply CEK bi-phase moisturizer

          Apply lip balm

          Apply Stink Stopper natural deodorant

If the weather is particularly dry, apply body butter (I usually don’t need to do this because the 3-in-1 polish is also a moisturizer)

This obviously takes me a bit longer…but not much (I don’t have that big of a hot water tank). Even with the added steps and including getting dressed, I still only spend about 30-40 minutes getting ready for the day. And I feel fabulous!

     Evening wind down:

          What wind down? It’s Friday and I feel like a queen! I’m out with my husband having a grand ol’ time.

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Now, let’s be real for a minute. Do I really do all that every day?

No.

We all have days where we are lucky to have the time to wash our face and brush our teeth, or days where you just don’t feel like doing some of the steps. As for a warm soak….well, at least I get to it every couple of months…

But, I’ve been able to streamline a routine that leaves me feeling pampered and refreshed with minimal time investment. That means that I am more likely to stick to it.

And Friday? That ALWAYS happens. Ok…sometimes it happens on Saturday…but it happens. I need Fabulous Friday – that time to myself, to pamper and refresh, to reset and let my stress wash away, to remember the good things and anticipate more.

And so do you.

So, what does your routine look like? What do you do to refresh and reset? Let me know in the comments!

All About: Tamanu Oil

Welcome to the first in our ‘All About’ series, where we take a look at some of the amazing natural ingredients available out there.

So many of the ‘new and exciting’ natural ingredients we hear about actually aren’t new…but they are exciting. As conventional science begins to study traditional remedies, they are finding a plethora of quantifiable benefits. This is particularly true of Tamanu Oil.

The evergreen tree with fragrant white flowers that produces the oil is native to the tropics, although it can be found in Africa and North America as well today. Known as Alexandrian Laurel, Borneo Mahogany, Beautyleaf, Doomba, Tamanu, Kamanu, and Faraha among other names, it produces oblong fruits approximately 2 inches long. The kernel of this fruit is dried on a rack and then mechanically pressed to produce a thick, rich, deep green oil with a pleasantly nutty smell. This is a fixed, or carrier oil and absorbs into the skin completely and leaves no residue.

While the oil has traditionally been used topically to treat burns, scars, and infected wounds, until 2015 there had not been many studies done to verify these claims. The 2015 study verified that Tamanu Oil did in fact cause wounds to heal 1.3 to 2.1 times faster, and was also effective against both gram positive and gram negative bacteria. Not only that, but it was effective at dilutions below 1%.

So what does that mean for us? Well, it means that products containing Tamanu Oil are ideal for wounded or problematic skin. Chapping, minor cuts and burns, acne, and irritated or inflamed skin can all benefit. In addition, its natural anti-bacterial properties make it an excellent addition to deodorants.

Have you ever used Tamanu Oil? Share your thoughts and questions in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!

Sources:  The Wound Healing and Antibacterial Activity of Five Ethnomedical Calophyllum inophyllum Oils: An Alternative Therapeutic Strategy to Treat Infected Wounds https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4583440/ 

Oil of Tamanu:  http://www.medicinehunter.com/tamanu

Power of the Seed by Susan M. Parker                                                                                            

Modern Cosmetics Ingredients of Natural Origin A Scientific View Volume 1                                

This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


A Tutorial Experiment: Body Butter

I often get asked how to use body butter, as well as how much to use, so I put together a quick tutorial experiment to answer both questions (plus a couple more) in one shot – multitasking, baby!

I started with the theory that a tablespoon of body butter would be enough to moisturize a person from head to toe, then measured it out and weighed it to get my starting point.

One tablespoon of New Leaf Naturals Radiant Body Butter - Quiet (lavender + green tea) scent
My starting point: 1 tablespoon of body butter
Looks like it weighs .385 oz.

 I already knew that the quickest and easiest way to apply it was by melting a bit between my palms and gliding them over my skin to leave a light layer that quickly absorbs, so all I needed to do now was figure out exactly how much to use. I started with my hands, face, and neck:

Use about half a pea sized amount of body butter to moisturize your hands, face, and neck
New Leaf Naturals Radiant Body Butter, Quiet (lavender + green tea) scent.
This is how much I used to moisturize my hands, face, and neck. 

First, use it on your hands – about up to where your watch band would be – then glide them over your face and neck. There’s no need to rub or pull – your hands will leave a nice light layer of body butter on your face that will moisturize and keep your skin soft all day without being greasy.

Moving on to feet/legs, arms, and trunk, you use a similar technique. Melt the butter between your palms and glide over your skin.

I used this much for each foot/leg.
Melted by rubbing it between my palms before applying.
This much covered both arms/shoulders.
And this was the last bit I needed to cover my trunk.

As you can see, I needed much less than I had estimated. A little bit truly does go a long way! I reweighed the body butter:

I had .280 oz left over.

Doing the math, I learned that just a smidge less than a teaspoon was all I used. So that one ounce container will last me 8-10 days, and the larger 4 oz container I have waiting in my drawer will last me 38-40 days (assuming daily use).

Some other common concerns I hear about using body butter are the time factor and greasy feeling. To that end I can say that, including time spent taking pictures, it only took 3 minutes to moisturize from head to toe. Because I used so little, it absorbed very quickly and I didn’t feel greasy or like there was a heavy film left on my skin – but my skin was super soft and not itchy for the entire day. I’d say that’s a win.

Do you use body butter? What other questions do you have? Leave a comment and let me know!

For all you data geeks out there who may want to verify my math:

One tablespoon is equal to 3 teaspoons. One tablespoon of body butter weighed .385 oz, and I used .105 oz (.385-.280). Percentage equals used divided by whole multiplied by 100, so (.105/.385) x 100 = 27.27%, or just less than one third of a tablespoon.