Strange as it sounds, our lip balms can become an addiction. Have you ever felt the need to constantly apply something…lipstick or lip balm to your lips. They feel very dry and tight without something on them. They may not be cracking like the concrete, but they just feel uncomfortable. You find you are interrupted frequently by the need to put something on your lips. Eventually, you realize that you have a problem.
Do you really want natural products?
As a manufacturer of skin care products, I really want to know just how much you will sacrifice to use products with all natural ingredients? Yes, I said sacrifice. Unfortunately, the more natural a product is, the less desirable characteristics it often has.
Are hypoallergenic products better than others? Can I rely on these products? Or is this claim a marketing ploy?
The Webster definition of hypoallergenic is “having little likelihood of causing an allergic response”. The word in itself translates to “less allergic”.
IT DOES NOT MEAN…
“allergy free”. No product can guarantee you will not have adverse reactions. Allergies are very individualized. I have met people who are allergic to coconut oil and I regularly meet people who are allergic to shea butter.
“27 SECONDS FOR CHEMICALS TO ENTER YOUR BLOODSTREAM” Really?
Have you seen this image or one similar? I see it often and it bugs me. Who started this? And why?
Was this started by a bath and body product manufacturer who wants to promote their natural and organic ingredients by way of scare tactics. So called, “scaremongerers”.
If you do your research, you will find evidence and logic that supports this statement, but to what extent? Read on…for the truth as I know it.
Remember the 60s and 70s when hippies and flower children sat around feeling the serenity from a smoldering stick in a decorative holder. Okay, so maybe you weren’t around then. But for those of us that were, we were inhaling patchouli. It’s earthy, woodsy, smokey, musky, sweet aroma helped us get in touch with our inner selves. We found peace and joy and we checked out from the stresses of life, saying “Peace Out”.
Lemongrass is a tall perennial plant that is part of the grass family. It is native to Asian, Africa and Australia. As most grasses, it spreads fast and it will grow almost anywhere. It’s growth must be managed to prevent it from taking over other crops.
It has a pungent herbaceous aroma that is said to promote a positive outlook.
BENEFITS OF LEMONGRASS
Lemongrass is used as seasoning in Asian cuisine, especially Thai and Malaysian dishes. It can be used fresh or in powder form. Its citrus flavor heightens the taste of teas, soups and sauces. It blends well with fish, seafood, beef and chicken. In African, the leaves are boiled to make tea.
It is a natural pesticide, repelling mosquitoes. One type of lemongrass, citronella is often planted to ward off whiteflies from vegetable plants.
But it actually attracts honeybees and is therefore, used to trap swarms or to lure bees away from areas.
Health benefits are so numerous, it’s like a miracle drug. It has the following properties:
- Analgesic (reduces pain from headache, toothache colds & flu)
- Antidepressant, can relieve anxiety.
- Antipyretic (reduces very high fevers)
- Antiseptic (good for infections)
- Astringent (good for acne, skin toner)
- Bactericidal (deodorant)
- Carminative (relieves and prevents flatulence)
- Diuretic (promotes the production of urine)
- Febrifuge (reduces fever)
- Fungicidal (good for foot fungus)
- Galactogogue (increases the flow of mother’s milk, thus good for breastfeeding mother’s)
- Insecticidal (deters mosquitoes)
- Nervine (calming, good for anxiety and insomnia)
- Tonic substance (tasty beverage or additive)
Although it is good for the above ailments, it should not be the sole remedy. It may be your first stop, but it is always good to check with a physician.
Lemongrass is used in many household products, usually blended with other fragrances. It’s used in cleaning products for floors, bathrooms and laundry.
All essential oils should be diluted before application to the skin. Test a small area first to be sure you are not allergic. Lemongrass can be used alone. But it blends well with many other essential oils such as lavender, peppermint, bergamont, vetiver and other citrus oils.
Josette Bath & Body carries lemongrass goats milk soap and lavender and lemongrass goats milk soap. Your shower or bath with a bar of lemongrass will leave you feeling fresh, clean, and positively energized.
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For many, fragrance is the finishing touch to grooming. It’s a spritz of perfume or cologne before we walk out the door. But how do you choose your aroma?
Fragrance allows you to express yourself. It identifies you. You may decide on one perfume that will be your signature scent. Great for embedding yourself in the heart of someone.
Some designers say your signature fragrance should match your clothing style. If you favor feminine designs, your perfume should be floral. If your style is simple and classic, go with citrus. If you are edgy, look for oriental.
Even businesses are getting in on the signature fragrance. I was in a hotel recently that all the public areas had a most delicious scent. I loved the lobby and I think it made me appreciate the rest of the decorations there. This is referred to as “scent branding”.
Ignore the trends. They are set by manufacturers based on what they are selling. They essentially MAKE the trend.
FRAGRANCES ARE SEASONAL
In the spring, we see the beginning of flower blossoms and budding trees. April showers wash our earth, cleaning off dust and grime. This brings us feelings of freshness and a light spirit. Likewise, we favor a bouquet of mint, lilac, peonies, and violets.
In the summer, we find ourselves at the beach or the lake. We savor cold, fresh fruits of melons, berries and citrus. We find joy in the aroma of sweet orange blossoms, mandarin, tangerine, raspberry and peach. Fruit dominates, but blends well with bergamot, rose and jasmine.
By the time fall arrives, we are ready to rest and return to routines. We seek serenity. Our world has turned to colors of orange, dark green, brown and gold. We cuddle up with deep, warm fragrances of sandalwood, amber, oakmoss and vetiver.
Winter is the best season of all for wearing perfumes. The cold temperatures allows our fragrances to marinate and they are least effected by environmental odors and body odors. Vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, sage, and clove surface. Frankincense and myrrh are used in remembrance of the birth of Jesus Christ.
All I can say is —YES, YES, YES
Oh, the essence of a great smelling man (my hubby, of course) is such a turn on! When I get a whiff of my man, I feel like I could just sink right into his body. I can’t get enough of him!
Josette Bath & Body uses certified essential oils and phthalate free fragrances. We also carry most items in unscented. Our signature line of soaps are the best selling soaps year-round. Each season, we bring on new fragrances for the season.
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Have you been hearing about Facebook Live lately? Are you wondering what it is, where it is, how to get it and what to do with it? I’m not an expert, but I’ll tell you what I know.
I wanted to watch a Facebook Live presentation this week so I had to figure it out. Then I decided I wanted to try a live broadcast. If you want to see me and all my bloopers go to Josette Bath & Body on Facebook (please like my page while you are there).
First off, I’ll tell you what NOT to do. Don’t go to your App Store looking for a new app. It’s not there. Don’t go to Settings on your Facebook Page. It’s not there. Don’t bother looking all over your Home page for a link. Ain’t there!
It’s hard to announce to the world that you love your hair, but I do. I was taught to never brag on yourself. But I’m absolutely positively thrilled with my hair. I’m not thrilled with the funky cow lick I have at the crown that is identical to my mother’s. But I have got to admit, my locks have NEVER looked this good. Read on to learn what I did.
My drivers’ license expired this month. Yeah for me! Time to get rid of that ghastly photo of me that I have lived with for the past 4 years. It was the worst photo I’ve ever taken. I look like my mother just died. Whenever I had to show my I.D. I would hesitate, wondering, if the recipient would notice how bad I looked. Hoping they would question whether it was really me. Bummer! They never did.
I was optimistic that I would and could do better. I could never do worse.
Before heading down to our local tag agency, I poured on the make-up and fussed with my hair. Even took a shower. I added an extra coat of mascara, wondering if it would matter in the least. I tried to get the big hair thing going with extra Monat hair spray and root lift. Who cares if I had no hair in the back because it was all pulled to the front. I looked at myself in the mirror, with and without my glasses. I decided I’d rather people see my eyeglasses than the bags under my eyes.