Josette Bath and Body Oil Pulling

OIL PULLING –Will It Improve Your Health

Oil Pulling is becoming a new trend, but like many trends, it’s not really new.  It dates back 3,000 years to Ayurvedic medicine which originated in India and is one of the oldest holistic medicines.  In 1990, Dr. F. Karach brought it to our attention in the U.S. when he used it with great success (so he claims) on patients for many different diseases.  

SO, WHAT IS OIL PULLING

It is putting oil in your mouth and pulling it or sucking it through your teeth for about 20 minutes.  Suggested oils are coconut, sunflower or sesame. 

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PETROLEUM JELLY–SAFE OR CANCEROUS?

Are you comfortable using Petroleum Jelly?  Some people avoid it. Here’s the “how come” and “what for”.  But first of all …

WHAT IS PETROLEUM JELLY?

Petroleum jelly is made from petrolatum, a liquid mixture of different types of hydrocarbons found beneath the Earth’s surface.  It’s use tracks back to the caveman, but it became an industry around 1858 in Canada.   (There is much more history, but I’m not going there.)

Unfortunately, petroleum contains some hydrocarbons that are very cancerous. These bad boys are called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

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Addicted to Lip Balm? Josette Bath and Body

Are You Addicted to Lip Balms? Constantly Putting on Lipstick?

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.  

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Josette Bath & Body Do you really want natural products?

DO YOU REALLY WANT NATURAL PRODUCTS? AT WHAT COST?

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. 

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Josette Bath and Body - Hypoallergenic Products

HYPOALLERGENIC PRODUCTS–DON’T EXIST. THERE ARE NO LEGAL REQUIREMENTS.

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.

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DO CHEMICALS ENTER YOUR BLOODSTREAM? © Zaretskaya | Dreamstime.com - Beautiful Women Applying Cosmetic Cream Photo

TRUE OR FALSE — 27 SECONDS FOR CHEMICALS TO ENTER YOUR BLOODSTREAM

“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.

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Josette Bath & Body Patchouli Oil Benefits

WHAT IS PATCHOULI GOOD FOR ?

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”.

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Josette Bath & Body Lemongrass Essential Oil-Lots of Benefits

LEMONGRASS ESSENTIAL OIL HAS GREAT BENEFITS

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

CULINARY

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.

PESTICIDE

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

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.
  •  Antimicrobial
  •  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.

FRAGRANCE

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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Josette Bath & Body--Choose Your Fragrance

CHOOSE YOUR PERSONAL FRAGRANCE

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?

SIGNATURE FRAGRANCES

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”.

FRAGRANCE TRENDS

Ignore the trends.  They are set by manufacturers based on what they are selling.  They essentially MAKE the trend.

FRAGRANCES ARE SEASONAL

Spring

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.

Summer

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.

Fall

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

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.

FOR MEN

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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Josette Bath & Body Facebook Live Is Here and Here Is How

FACEBOOK LIVE IS HERE… AND HERE IS HOW

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!

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