The news lately about COVID-19 has been disturbing. However, I want to take a “mindful time-out“ to put visual concepts of beauty in this post to remind us that our planet is still filled with beauty. And, once again to remind us that we must try to see more than our current troubles.
As some of you know from following HairBlues, I am a certified aromatherapist, grounded in the wellness remedies of plant therapy and essential oils. So, in this post I want to introduce you to the essential oil, ‘May Chang‘. In my own experience, one whiff of ‘May Chang‘ essential oil quickly reminds me of peace and calmness. I am aware that because I live on this planet, there are those who distill the plants and flowers. Their work and process bring this fine oil to me. I am further comforted by the accumulated knowledge of those who work with essential oils at a level that I have a newfound respect for. In the meantime I benefit from that knowledge source: one can find solace even when there is much at stake by taking a “mindful time-out“ to breathe. Continue reading Time Out for May Chang
It’s a brand new year, and brand new times for cosmetics in California. That’s right!
Some of you may remember my post in September 2018, when I reported that a bill was introduced by Former Governor of California, Jerry Brown to BAN animal testing for cosmetics. https://hairblues.me/2018/09/30/animals-will-be-freed-from-testing-cosmetics/
It turns out that animal testing cosmetics is not a requirement to prove that cosmetics are safe. The new law has come into effect as of January 1, 2020. This new law bans the sale or import of animal tested cosmetics. In addition, the states of Nevada, and Illinois have joined in the push to BAN animal testing on cosmetics. This is the first such law in the United States. https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/02/01/business/ap-us-animal-tested-cosmetics-bans.html
Continue reading Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Bill for 2020
Happy New Year!
I am remembering the holidays: all of my friends, family members who were looking their very beautiful best for the parties, and the holiday festivities. Some of the women had VERY LONG EYELASHES, which they had put on cosmetically with a technician’s help, who had glued them on individually.
I decided to research what safeguards we should take when enhancing our eye beauty. After all, our ability to grow eyelashes has to last us the rest of our lives. Eyelashes actually perform various functions: for example, protecting us from foreign particles, and infections. And, do you know that our eyebrows protect our vision from sweat and moisture?
Continue reading Eyelash, Eyebrow Beauty & Safety
Best lipstick deals — donate and beautify. I don’t know about you but I“LOVE” lipstick. And, if I can have new lipstick and donate to a cause, and be respectful to animals and the planet, well that’s a win-win deal for me. Click on the links below for an exciting way to buy your next tube (or tubes) of lipstick. I guarantee you will find a color(s), which make you want to pucker up and “do good” at the same time.
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Everywhere I turn lately, it appears Essential Oils are all the rage, and they are a huge money maker. In addition, whenever I sign-up for an aromatherapy webinar people from all over the world are in attendance, looking for solutions and remedies to support their mind, body and spirit well-being.
As a certified aromatherapist and trainer, this topic comes to me voiced as concerns from those who are purchasing ‘essential oils’ without having any knowledge of how to ascertain when a product is ‘authentic’.
The task of ascertaining “authenticity” in this product is formidable because, given the circumstances in today’s USA market, these oils are not regulated by the USDA unless they are ‘certified organic’. (https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/organic/labeling)
As starter conclusions in this formidable task about “authenticity” in essential oils is that these oils are not synthetically produced.
So what is the difference? Essential Oils are acquired from plants, by various distilling methods. In addition, essentials oils are known to have the added impact of therapeutic benefits, which can be useful in enhancing your mind, body, and spirit when used properly and safely. When you are purchasing essential oils look for the ‘botanical‘ name along with the common name. For example: Lavender (common name), has the botanical name Lavandula angustifolia
Continue reading Is Your Essential Oil Authentic?
As we transition from Summer to Fall it may be that you should consider tweaking your skincare routine. That’s what some of the dermatologist and other beauty consultants suggest. Here is a link to some guidelines for you.
And, when you’re done viewing the tips for how to moisturize, exfoliate, and lotion-up, take a look at the suggestions from Cruelty-Free Kitty. You will be glad you did.
The holiday season will be upon us in a relatively short time. Manicures, and makeup will be in full force for those of us attending parties and trying to look our ‘best‘. For some people, that also means getting their nails done at a nail salon.
In a recent inquiry from a family friend, I was asked about my Gel Manicure, and why I would take the ‘health risk’ of having them done. This re-ignited a conversation and a revisit to learning more about this ‘beauty’ subject. The last time I researched and wrote about this topic on Hairblues was in 2012, https://hairblues.me/2012/12/10/gel-manicured-nails-dos-donts/
Continue reading Skin Deep Beauty & Gel Nail Manicures
It was a very hot and sunny day when I went for a walking exercise and ‘mindfulness‘ escape. I was about to cross a street when two women who were driving a convertible car stopped to let me cross. They were brown-skin , and neither person had on a hat. I suspect they probably did not have on sunscreen because they were dressed very nicely. As beautiful as they looked, I was concerned to think that they had not ‘protected’ themselves from the sun while in the car. Consequently, I walked back to tell one of the women that she should protect her head and put on a hat. Continue reading Is Sunscreen for Darker Skin People Necessary?
Summertime is probably the season when we wash our hair most frequently. ♥ In keeping with our search for cruelty-free beauty products, I found some appealing hair care suggestions from Cruelty Free Kitty and Clean Green Simple, which I am sure will satisfy your personal requirements for using cruelty-free products. Click on the links below for more information .
♣ Cruelty Free Kitty.com
¿ Not sure what to do about your shampoo? Check out the My Beauty Bunny website at this link :
The safe sunscreen conversation continues to be more complicated, which I learned in a recent New York Times article. It turns out that Oxbenzone and octinoxate have been found to affect ‘disrupt’ our hormones. Yes! Of course, it does makes sense that this could happen since it’s damaging the coral layer of the ocean.
In the article, it mentions that chemicals may affect : endocrine disruption, high rate of allergic reaction, cancer. We can agree that this is serious enough to be concerned, and that we should pay attention and focus on using products, which are FDA GRASE (generally recognized as safe and effective).
For starters, listed below are some ingredients and products, which are GRASE:
◊ zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
◊ New products: REN Clean Skincare Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 Face Sunscreen. ($36)
◊ Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 ($34)
Continue reading Sunscreen That’s FDA Grase