Monday, May 4, 2009

Delicately Telling a Friend About Odor Problems

Found this great video on YouTube from SweetAddictionsTV. These girls are FUN and tell it like it is. Enjoy.

"Hot, Hairy Thighs Rubbing Together on a Summer Day." Exacccctly.


Monday, April 6, 2009

Looking like you've just gone 10 rounds?



Treatment for Dark Under Eye Circles

Grated potatoes can lighten under-eye circles. Potatoes contain an enzyme called catecholase, which is used in cosmetics as a human skin lightener.

Run one spud through your food processor and stuff the raw mash into a piece of cheesecloth.
Apply to the area directly beneath your eye, but don't let the potato juice come in contact with the eye itself. Leave for 15 to 20 minutes.

Wipe away the starchy residue...and now you are ready to head out on the town and do it all over again!

Friday, March 13, 2009

New Website & Magazine Making Sense of the Natural and Organic Personal Products Trend

From Cosmetics Design News: March 5, 2009

Established by Emelyn Rogdriguez, the online boutique www.bellafloria.com has been created by the former journalist and practicing attorney, who is also an expert in the field of natural and organic certification.

A plethora of standards for organic and natural personal care products combined with seemingly conflicting manufacturer claims has made it difficult to determine which products are genuinely natural or organic.

Several, competing industry and consumer groups exist and are forming almost daily to tackle this "hot" issue.

Wouldn't it be nice to have one place to go for a simple and honest guide to cosmetic and personal care ingredients?

Friday, February 27, 2009

Watch the Video. Which Way is the Woman Spinning?



OK....Is she spinning Clockwise or Counter-Clockwise?

While we are on the topic of male vs. female brains and how people perceive beauty differently.. let's add to the equation the matter of left brain vs. right brain!

Are you more left brain or right brain? If you see her spinning clockwise, then you use more of the right side of your brain and vice versa.

Most of us would see the dancer turning counter-clockwise, though one can try to focus and change the direction. See if you can do it.
...I found it impossible. Hopelessly right-brained here, and I think I am happy that way ;)

I thank my amazing aromatherapy teacher for turning me on to that cool brain test!

FYI, here are some typical traits:

Left Brain
Right Brain
Logical
Sequential

Rational

Analytical

Objective

Looks at parts

Random

Intuitive

Holistic
Synthesizing

Subjective

Looks at wholes

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Beauty and the brain, women use more than men . . .


From today's USA Today!
By Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Beauty is in the brain of the beholder. Go to any museum and there will be men and women admiring paintings and sculpture. But it turns out they are thinking about the sight differently. Men process beauty on the right side of their brains, while women use their whole brain to do the job, researchers report in Tuesday's electronic edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

The answer seems to be that when women consider a visual object they link it to language while men concentrate on the spatial aspects of the object.

The researchers tested 10 men and 10 women, showing them paintings and photos of urban scenes and landscapes, asking them to rate each scene as either "beautiful" or "not beautiful."

For both sexes the most active region was the parietal lobe that deals with visual perception, spatial orientation and information processing, but it was focused on the right side of the brain in men while both sides participated in women.

For complete article, click here!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Milkweed May Hold Natural Sunscreen Potential


The modified oil of the milkweed seed may help protect the skin against UV rays, according to scientists with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Investigations into the commercial applications of Asclepias syriaca, native to much of North America, have always focused on the potential of the plant’s silky floss as stuffing, but now Rogers E. Harry-O-Kuru believes it might find its place in the cosmetics industry.

Using a process that has been patented by the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, Harry-O-Kuru modified the seed oil to a form that protects against UV radiation.

Protect against UVA and UVB

Laboratory tests suggest that the modified oil can protect against a wide spectrum of UV rays.

Sure sounds better than slathering on all that nasty, synthetic stuff!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Fresh Breath is Important


Worried about bad breath? Recovering form a garlic overload?

No need to buy expensive, alcohol filled potions! The biggest cause of bad breath is bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria break down proteins and in the process produce bad smelling volatile sulfur compounds that are expelled in the breath.

A simple, economical and NATURAL solution comes in the form of Tea Tree Oil ( Melaleuca Alternifolia) which is derived form the Tea Tree plant common to Australia and New Zealand. Tea tree oil is known for its anti-bacterial qualities (among many other benefits).

For mouth cleansing and fresher breath simply add just a few drops of tea tree to a glass of warm water, stir and swish around your mouth or gargle. You don't want to swallow the tea tree oil, so be sure to spit out the rinse as with regular mouthwash. It won't kill you...but tea tree (like most essential oils) is not meant to be taken internally.

Another alternative is to add a few drops of the oil onto your toothbrush before brushing. If this still doesn't help, you may want to see a dentist or periodontist about possible gum disease or other causes of chronic bad breath.

For more information click HERE. Happy Breathing!