Tag Archives: Skin & Hair

Eucalyptus Bath Salts- Summer 2007 Catalog

by L. Robbins

EucalyptusBathSaltsWebsite1

Until a few months ago, I had never heard of bath salts. Then, I began using Beeyoutiful’s Eucalyptus Bath Salts. It was wonderful to soak for 20 to 30 minutes in my tub and come out with hydrated, silky soft skin! Plus, I was relaxed, and my body aches were gone so I could fall asleep quickly.

For years I had heard of people traveling long distances to go to a hot spring or paying large sums of money to go to a spa, and I couldn’t understand why. I knew that in Hot Springs, Arkansas, people came from all over the world and paid to get into the baths that contained the water from the hot springs. I thought if all they wanted was a hot bath, they could stay home and get into a hot bath. I just didn’t understand the therapeutic value of a mineral bath until I began researching it.

While immersed in a warm mineral salt bath, our bodies absorb the minerals and oils that are in the water. The minerals and nutrients go quickly into the blood stream where they can be used by the body. Sea salts and Epsom salts contain many minerals beneficial to the muscles, bones, and circulatory system. I was surprised to find that Dead Sea salts even help with skin conditions like psoriasis. These mineral salts heal and condition the skin, leaving it smooth and moisturized.

People from all over the world have traveled to the Dead Sea over the years to bathe in its mineral-rich waters for relief of arthritis, rheumatism, and other health problems. The waters of the Dead Sea are unique, containing 27% of various salts and minerals in comparison to 3% in normal sea water. Sodium comprises eighty percent of normal sea salt, but the highest concentrations of mineral salts in Dead Sea salts are magnesium, potassium, calcium and bromides. Magnesium is important for combating stress and fluid retention, slowing skin aging, and calming the nervous system. Calcium is effective in preventing water retention, increasing circulation, and strengthening bones and nails. Potassium energizes the body, helps balance skin moisture and is a crucial mineral to replenish following intense exercise. Bromides relax the muscles and ease muscle stiffness and tension. Sodium is important for lymphatic fluid balance (this in turn is important for immune system function).

I never knew exactly why we always used Epsom salts in hot water to soak our very sore or swollen feet, but it always made them feel so much better. The swelling would go down, and the pain would go away. When we had a very tired, achy body, we would put it in our bath water. It was just “the thing to do.”

Epsom salts are named for the mineral rich water of Epsom, England. The village of Epsom was 17th century England’s first spa town because of the marvelous magnesium-rich water in its wells. The village was well known and people came to use the water externally and internally, for its great health benefits.

Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) is one of the most effective means getting the magnesium our bodies need. Researchers and physicians report that raising your magnesium levels may improve heart and circulatory health-reducing irregular heartbeats, preventing hardening of the arteries, reducing blood clots and lowering blood pressure. Also, magnesium is necessary for the body to bind adequate amounts of serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of well being and relaxation. Epsom salts improve the body’s ability to use insulin, reducing the incidence or severity of diabetes. It also delivers sulfates, which are extremely difficult to get through food, but which are readily absorbed through the skin. Medical research indicates sulfates are needed for the formation of brain tissue, joint proteins and mucin proteins that line the walls of the digestive tract. Sulfates also stimulate the pancreas to generate digestive enzymes and help to detoxify the body’s residue of medicines, heavy metals, and environmental contaminants.

It’s no wonder that my skin feels so soft, silky and hydrated after a hot bath to which I have added 3 to 4 tablespoons of Beeyoutiful’s Eucalyptus Bath Salts. My research shows that the jojoba oil, grape seed oil, and olive oil, in combination with the Dead Sea salts, provide exceptional skin conditioning and moisturizing.

Natural jojoba oil is an excellent moisturizing agent, which leaves a rich, velvety, non-oily feel to the skin while retarding water loss and enhancing the flexibility and suppleness of the skin. Because it is rapidly absorbed, the pores and hair follicles remain open and thus maintain their proper functioning. In addition to relieving dry, itchy, flaky skin, jojoba oil effectively treats rashes, sores, cuts, bruises, burns, sunburns, acne, psoriasis, and eczema. It may also reduce wrinkles and stretch marks and lighten and help heal scars. It even has some anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities.

Grape seed oil has emollient properties that impart a rich, silky luster to the skin while soothing skin irritation. This oil has mild astringent properties and possesses regenerative and restructuring qualities for better control of skin moisturization. Grape seed oil is also noted to be e?ective for reducing stretch marks.

The moisturizing and skin softening benefits of pure virgin olive oil have long been known. For centuries Mediterranean beauties have relied on it to help maintain fresh, dewy complexions and lustrous hair.eucnewlabelwebsized

The final benefit of Beeyoutiful’s Eucalyptus Bath Salts is the eucalyptus oil. It is great for helping to open study heads and noses due to allergies or colds. When I take a hot bath with these salts added, it’s like using a vaporizer. My nose opens up, and if I have a sinus headache, it goes away.

I usually take my hot “salt bath” just before bed and sleep very well. Plus, I don’t have to use body lotions very often anymore. Now that I know how beneficial hot mineral baths really are, I am even more pleased that I can have them in my own home at a fraction of the cost of going to a spa

 

 

Beeyoutiful Products Mentioned in this Article:

Taking a Shine to Your Hair- Summer 2007 Catalog

by Nancy Websternancy_small

I always assumed I’d have a baby girl first. It seemed the natural thing because I didn’t have much background in boys. My only sibling was a sister. I went to an all-girls’ high school, and all of my dolls were female (never had a Ken). But as standard baby-having procedure dictates, I didn’t get to choose. My first two were boys-all boys, I might add. From their early books, I learned what to call any piece of construction equipment ever invented and the names of every dinosaur yet discovered. I controlled my inclination to heart failure when the boys climbed too high in a tree or picked up a snake. And it was actually fun. Still, I hoped for a girl to dress in ribbons and bows, someone to be a cooking soul mate and a baby lover. So when our third bundle of joy came along and the doctor proclaimed, “It’s a girl!” I literally did not believe him at first.

Precious Anna wore the mandated pink ruffles but ripped out every hair barrette or bow until she was four years old. I became well-practiced in daughter maintenance, though, since she was the first of five girls in a row! The bathroom drawers bulged with brushes and ribbons, and dollies joined the army men on our toy shelves.

Letting (Hair) Go

What I’m going to tell you next is a True Confession of a tired mommy. Because our babies came close together and some had special needs, many nights-no, as long as we’re confessing I should honestly say: most nights-I bedded them down after a quick toothbrushing and a wishful promise to brush their hair the next morning. If hair happened to be in braids, the promise might be made several nights in a row while wispy hairs wrapped more and more intricately around their rubber bands.

When beauty parlor time finally came, my only hope of getting out their tangles was to spray my girls’ hair with a mélange of water, behentrimonium methosulfate, sodium benzoate, dimethicone, hydroxyethyl behenamidopropyl dimonium chloride, polysorbate 20, cetearyl alcohol, trisiloxane, citric acid, fragrance, ceteth-10, and laureth-4. And because tired mommy moments still happen, this threatening sounding broth (a name brand hair detangler and conditioner) has been my only resource-until now.

Taking a Shine to Your Hair

hairshinewebThese days, when Grace, our eleven-year-old daughter with Down syndrome, comes to me with a rubber band stuck in her self-styled pigtails, I grab Hair Shine by Beeyoutiful. This organic blend of aloe and the essential oils of lavender, rosemary, and citrus is all I need! I can pronounce the names of each ingredient and could even eat them safely if I wanted to. And the detangling ability of Hair Shine is just as good as the name brand alternative but with the added bonus that it doesn’t make the girls’ hair greasy. There’s also a value-added olfactory benefit. We smell fresh, clean and pretty thanks to the softly aromatic essential oils.

Ingredients for Many Uses

The aloe in Hair Shine comes from a plant much like the one I manage to keep alive to apply in case someone gets burned on our wood stove. It soothes and conditions your skin (and hair) while it adds shine.

The lavender is an especially hard worker in the mixture. It enhances body in your hair and is a major contributor to Hair Shine’s detangling and softening qualities. Like aloe, lavender is known for its use on burns, so putting the two together makes Hair Shine a cooling, healthy alternative to standard sunburn sprays. (Just make sure you don’t use it before you hit the sun-the sweet orange essential oil may actually increase photosensitivity in some people.)

Another use for Hair Shine is as a refreshing body spray, even on your face (close your eyes, of course). Here, the rosemary oil acts as an astringent and skin rejuvenator. And because Hair Shine can be sprayed on either wet or dry hair, you can get trigger happy from head to toe right out of the shower. There’s enough in the four-fluid-ounce bottle to give you hundreds of spritzes, so indulge yourself!

While I’m at it: there’s one other unsung benefit of Hair Shine I discovered once warm weather set in. Ticks-those disgusting arachnids only good for guinea hen food-and other biting bugs leave irritating itchy spots that Hair Shine soothes wonderfully.

But back to hair basics. My five girls and I represent examples of all hair types-fine, straight, curly, course, thick, and thin. Hair Shine helps keep straight hair from looking stringy (plus, the nice smell inspires you to spritz and brush more frequently), and it tones down the frizz of curly hair without the stiffness sometimes caused by other sculpting, frizz-control products. Not only that, Hair Shine costs much less than most alternatives sold through salons.

By the way, girls aren’t the only benefactors of Hair Shine. My 17-year-old son has fine, blond, curly hair. Even though he keeps it very short, the curls on the front can get a little out of hand, and while my mother’s heart loves those curls-remnants of his cherished toddlerhood- David’s not so thrilled with them. He’s accustomed to using water or even a little mousse to tame the twirls, but after allowing me to experiment on him with Hair Shine, he’s sold on the softness and taming for his hair, too. So, Hair Shine is right for pretty much everybody in your family. I wonder about the dog…

Beeyoutiful’s Products Mentioned in this Article:

Hair Shine Spray-In Conditioner

The Oil Crisis and Your – Summer 2008 Catalog

By Summer Moeller

With the prices of gas continuing to rise, oil is a frequent topic in the news. It turns out it’s also a part of most Americans’ beauty routine.

 

What? You don’t think it’s part of yours?

A 42-gallon barrel of oil makes about 19.4 gallons of gas; the rest is used to manufacture over 6,000 household products. You probably wouldn’t be surprised to know it’s used to produce paint, ammonia, antifreeze, linoleum, trash bags, bicycle tires, etc. But you might be surprised to know it’s also used for food preservatives, deodorant, cosmetics, aspirin, dentures, toiletries, and food packaging. (See more products made at http://www.ranken-energy.com/Products%20from%20Petroleum.htm .)

I don’t like the thought of using products on my face and skin that also have ingredients in them that are used in rubber cement and fishing boots. It seems like a no-brainer to look for all-natural products, but this is, in fact, a subject of great debate.

It’s estimated that the average American woman uses 9 products a day with 126 different chemicals in them. Have you ever tried deciphering the back of your lotion bottle, shampoo or lipstick tube? Would you know what methylparaben is? Do you know the effects it might have on your skin? Or Opium Graveolens? (Celery. Just having fun. :))

 

Cancer in Your Cosmetics?

I was amazed to find out that the FDA does not require cosmetics companies to perform any kind of testing to make sure their products are safe before they market them. They are also allowed to make all kinds of assertions, such as “hypoallergenic,” “good for sensitive skin,” and/or “allergy-tested,” that may have no validity to them. In fact, these products may contain ingredients that are irritating, bad for sensitive skin, and allergenic. It would be like me labeling my children “always behaves” or “lets me sleep in” or “never fights.” It looks good, but unfortunately just isn’t true.

Even the phrases “dermatologist tested” or “fragrance-free” do not necessarily mean anything. It simply could mean that a dermatologist tried out some cosmetics and liked them (or was paid to like them!). And “fragrance-free” products may actually contain fragrances; this label may just mean they have no noticeable fragrance.

Furthermore, some chemicals and ingredients used in cosmetics today in the US are banned in other countries because they are suspected carcinogens (cancer-causing agents)!

Petroleum (petrolatum, petroleum jelly) is one cosmetic ingredient that is causing a lot of heated argument. In the EU, it is banned for use in cosmetics unless it can be proven that it has been adequately refined; otherwise, it is suspected of causing cancer. In the US, there are no such regulations. Baby soaps, lotions, cosmetics, and toiletries often contain petroleum bases.

 

All Chemicals are Not Evil

While reading this article, keep in mind that even though the word “chemical” brings to mind things that are toxic, remember that everything in life is made up of chemicals. For example, water is made up of hydrogen and oxygen. Dihydrogen monoxide might seem a little scary sounding, but it’s just a scientific name for water. Similarly, some of the lists of ingredients in cosmetics and toiletries (and food for that matter!) just need a little research to find out their background. (One helpful book is A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients: Complete Information About the Harmful and Desirable Ingredients Found in Cosmetics and Cosmeceuticals by Ruth Winter, M.S.)

Some manufacturers assert that there is nothing to a worry about; petroleum and other questionable chemicals have been around for decades. Others explain that there are only minute amounts of these chemicals, and that they are so diluted that they are not dangerous.

I, for a change, am skeptical of the popular cosmetic industry and more inclined to believe the claims of organic, natural-based cosmetics companies. Sixty percent of the chemicals we put on our skin are absorbed directly into our bloodstream. (That’s why some medications come in the form of patches.) It makes sense to me to scrutinize what we put on our skin.

 

Becoming the “Sherlock Holmes” of Skin Products

Finding out which companies distribute healthful, skin-friendly cosmetics and toiletries takes homework. Some companies, like Beeyoutiful, are full-disclosure companies-meaning that they will tell you everything that is put into the products they sell. Most companies are not. They will do as little as they can to inform you, and as much as they can to sell their product. High pricing does not necessarily mean it is a better or purer product.

 

vanilladreambodybutter1webI was anxious to try some of the all-natural products that Beeyoutiful sells, but I was dubious about their effectiveness. Vanilla is not my favorite scent, but when I opened up the Vanilla Dream Body Butter, I was pleasantly surprised that it was not a sickly sweet smell. It was a light and relaxing scent.

I was even more pleased at how it made my hands feel. I always wash my hands after putting on typical hand lotion. I hate how my hands feel greasy and slimy. With the Vanilla Dream Body Butter, I could feel the difference that the beeswax makes (vs. the petroleum base). There was no greasy feeling, but my hands felt softer and pampered.

 

hairshineweb

 

 

I was also pleased with the Hair Shine Conditioner. My daughter has curly hair, and I sampled it on her. I was surprised that the mixture of natural oils didn’t leave her hair looking oily. (At least her hair looked manageable; now could you please make an all-natural spray that repels dirt and peanut butter?)

 

 

 

My absolute favorite product was the Nature’s Touch Body Bar in Lemongrassnatures touch. I had been using bar soaps lately, but they always left my skin feeling tight and dry. I felt so luxurious using the lemongrass soap, and I loved the scent. It didn’t strip my skin of its natural moisturizers and left it feeling clean but smooth and soft.

After trying these and other products (did I mention that I’m hooked on Miracle Salve as a lip balm?), I was excited to find that buying all-natural products doesn’t mean sacrificing beauty or comfort for health. I’m finding that the right products actually cause your God-created natural beauty to shine by promoting health.

 

Making Your Skin Smile

Skin has a natural process of renewing that shouldn’t be inhibited. Every minute, we lose 30-40 thousand skin cells! We also sweat (cleansing our bodies of toxins and helping keep our bodies’ temperatures regulated) through our skin. It is a barrier from pathogens that would harm our body.

Not everyone will benefit from the same products. Some may have allergies that others do not. We all have different types of skin and are different ages and stages in life. In general, natural oils such as olive oil and coconut oil tend to lightly moisturize the skin while also allowing it to breathe. Heavy cleansers strip the skin of needed lipids, which keep the skin protected and moisturized.

I like being able to read a package and understand what is in it. I don’t like guessing when it comes to my health or my family’s health. For me, that will mean a lot more research and more time spent in the store scrutinizing labels.

Do your homework! Your skin will thank you for it, and so will your health!

 

Summer Burdett is a happy wife, mommy to two sweet girls, and enjoys dabbling in writing, photography and gardening-when she is not rescuing the girls from various disasters or trying to repair the house afterwards.

Beeyoutiful Products Mentioned in this Article:

–          Vanilla Dream Body Butter

–          Hair Shine Spray-In Conditioner

–          Nature’s Touch Body Bar

–          Miracle Skin Salve

Vanilla Dream Lotion Bar- Summer 2008 Catalog

By Kelsey Hoppman Dry skin is a common problem all over the United States throughout the year, especially in the winter months. Where I live, there is little to no humidity and dry skin is prevalent. That is why it is very important that I have something that will soothe and heal my dry skin. I began my quest for a product that would do just that.vanilladreamlotionbar2web The “lotions” that you buy in stores, are made up of chemicals such as: Methylparaben, Blue1, Yellow5, Propylparaben… I could go on, but you get the picture. Somehow, putting chemicals on my skin did not sound indulging. Also, I know that though, at the moment, it might feel good, it was harmful to my health. Sometimes people think that using products topically will not be hazardous to their health, or skin. In fact our skin is the largest organ of our body, so, whatever is applied will be absorbed into our system. That is why I decided to create a lotion bar made from natural ingredients. The result was the Vanilla Dream Lotion Bar.EveningPrimroseOilWebProPillS Each ingredient in this bar has a specific purpose and benefit. The grape seed oil inside the bar is a preferred cosmetic ingredient for damaged and stressed tissues. The Beeswax is non comedogenic as well as the fact that it provides a moisture barrier against harsh elements. Beeswax is also smoothing and moisturizing and among other things, it can be used as an antibiotic or antiseptic.Evening primrose oil comes from a wild flower that grows throughout North America, Europe and Asia. The flowers contain a certain fatty acid which has remarkable healing properties and has also been shown to ease inflammation. Evening Primrose Oil has been used to treat common skin conditions such as: acne, rosacea, and eczema. The benefits are not just for skin, but for women’s health as well. Vitamin E has many known benefits and works as a natural preservative. Cocoa Butter, or sometimes called Cacao Butter, has been called the “ultimate moisturizer” and used to keep skin soft and supple for centuries. It is recommended for eczema and dermatitis. Cocoa Butter also creates a barrier between sensitive skin and the environment and it helps retain moisture, just as beeswax does. By-the-way, it is also very helpful in preventing stretch marks in pregnancy. Finally, the Vanilla Essential Oil, or Vanilla Plantifolia has a soothing effect and stabilizes emotions. The really great thing about the lotion bar though, is that it is not just for dry skin. It can be used at any time and in any way. It also is very portable. Try the Vanilla Dream Lotion Bar out for yourself! You’ll be surprised at the smooth feel and your body will thank you over and over. Kelsey Hoppman is a home schooled fourteen year old and eldest of eight. At the age of eleven she began her venture in developing bath products, beginning with soap and later on: to sugar scrubs, lotion bars, chap sticks, and so forth. She is currently living in New Mexico and hopes to broaden her bath and spa line as soon as she finishes her schooling.

Recent Entries »