If you are concerned about the safety of your deodorant you would be well advised
to know what it is made of. Deodorant and other personal care products including
lotions, soaps, body wash, toothpaste, makeup and other products that we use on a
daily basis can contain toxic chemicals.
Aluminum, an ingredient contained in antiperspirants has recently become a topic
of natural health discussions because aluminum and parabens (chemical preservatives)
have been found in cancerous breast tumors. This has led to questions about the safety
of aluminum applied daily via antiperspirants. Do chemicals become concentrated in
underarm breast breast tissue and contribute to breast health issues that are currently
Aluminum is a chemical compound added to antiperspirants to reduce perspiration
by blocking sweat ducts. Sweating is a natural and healthy cleansing and
detoxification process for the body. Blocking the pores may interfere with the
body’s natural cleanse/detox process with the affect on breast health and the
onset of disease unknown.
Parabens another group of chemicals used as a preservative in deodorants
and most commercial body care products has also been linked to a higher risk
of breast cancer.
On another note, aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly, an aluminum
based chemical ingredient in antiperspirants is the cause of “armpit stains”
as it reacts with armpit sweat and causes yellow staining.
Natural deodorant without aluminum, parabens or other chemicals is a healthy, safe
and effective solution for eliminating underarm odor without interfering with the
body’s natural processes of getting rid of toxins via perspiration. And, some
natural deodorants are even more effective for eliminating underarm odor than
chemical based deodorants.
As we look for more natural “green” products to use in our daily lives, now
may be a good time to check out healthy alternatives to our unhealthy products
and make the switch.
If you are concerned about the safety of your deodorant you would be well advised
Whipped Shea Butter is a wonderful multi-purpose moisturizing treatment. True whipped shea butter contains only pure shea butter blended with liquid plant oils like olive, soybean and jojoba and beaten into a light cream. No additional waxes (like beeswax), or other ingredients are added. The whipping process makes it easier to apply shea butter, (which is very firm and waxy in texture before being whipped) and creates a very luxurious body moisturizing cream.
What are the best ways to use Whipped Shea Butter?
- Use it as a rich night time moisturizer. It works wonders for smoothing skin and softening fine lines and wrinkles. A little goes a long ways so smooth a tiny amount on neck and cheeks and around eyes and wake up to softer smoother looking skin.
- Massage it into hands and feet before going to bed. Apply it to dry heels, knees and elbows. Daily use repairs rough dry skin in these areas.
- Use it as a total body moisturizer after exfoliating with a scrub or body polish. Your body looks and feels amazingly soft and smooth after applying whipped shea butter to freshly scrubbed skin!
These are just a few quick tips to put the word out about the wonders of this natural beauty treatment. This is one of the best new natural skin treatments simply because it works.
We are excited to introduce a couple of new lines of shea butter products. The 1st is a thirst quenching Shea Butter Body Lotion. This rich creamy lotion is a powerhouse moisturizer for dry skin! Made with 20% shea butter, luxurious extra virgin olive oil and organic calendula, this skin soothing treat sinks into skin to combat dryness and leaves skin feeling soft, smooth and nourished. Next, we replaced 100% Shea Butter with our new Whipped Shea Butter. These whipped butters are a lot softer, with a blend of over 95% shea butter and just enough olive oil to whip them into a light fluffy cream. I enjoy both products, but what I really love about the whipped shea butter is the way skin feels hours after applying it. Skin that has been dry and tight feels amazingly soft after using this product. And you don’t need much. Its super concentrated so a little goes a long way.
Try these new body pampering treats at our new shea butter site SheaButterbyEsan.com. Your skin will thank you!
Dealing with dry skin during the winter months can be a constant battle! Your skin feels itchy, dry and just miserable. But, dry skin can look and feel moisturized and beautiful all winter long with a few basic tips and soothing gentle treatment with natural skin care products. These beauty basics restore natural moisture balance and radiance, so you can enjoy the beautiful skin you have always wanted.
Try this simple program – featuring natural botanical skin care products, for 30 days and you will be amazed at how wonderful your skin will look and feel! These natural beauty tips help to restore the radiant glow of healthy skin, and get rid of dry skin for good.
To get started:
- Cleanse skin with natural vegetable oil soaps.
These soaps provide gentle effective cleansing without drying or irritating skin and are made with pure vegetable oils including olive oil, soybean oil, safflower oil, coconut oil, and shea butter. Vegetable based soaps help skin retain moisture and are excellent for dry skin care.
- Moisturize skin with natural olive oil and shea butter skin care products.
Effective moisturizing is essential for balancing and protecting dry skin. Moisturizers that contain an abundance of pure emollient vegetable oils and butters including olive oil, soybean oil, safflower oil, shea butter and cocoa butter are excellent choices for this purpose. With consistent daily use, these natural botanical based products can keep skin looking smooth, soft and radiant. For best results, apply moisturizer while skin is still damp after bath or shower, to seal in water hydration.
- Drink water, water and more water.
Water hydrates all skin cells and is essential for moisturizing and balancing skin. Drink a minimum of 8 glasses per day. An abundance of pure water is best. Your body has to work to obtain water from all other types of liquids, including juice and tea.
- Cut back on long hot baths and showers.
Hot baths and showers feel marvelous, but they also remove natural oils from your skin. Warm water is best, and try not to bathe or shower for more than 10 minutes.
- Gently pat “blot” your skin dry with a towel after bathing or showering instead of brisk rubbing. This allows the towel to absorb excess water while leaving a small amount of moisture on the skin that can be sealed in by applying a rich body cream for longer lasting hydration.
- Exfoliate once or twice each week.
Dry skin will look radiant after treatment with an exfoliating product or tool that removes dead skin to reveal new skin cells. Moisturizers are also more effective after exfoliation. New skin cells revealed after exfoliation absorb moisturizing products more effectively, and retain moisture better. Also, exfoliation helps skin maintain optimum moisture balance by increasing circulation, which brings essential nourishment to skin cells.
Start your exfoliation regimen with natural sugar scrubs, or use a loofah or mesh sponge with a moisturizing vegetable soap, and give skin a good polish. Be careful not to use too much pressure or excessive scrubbing the first time you exfoliate, as this can irritate skin. Instead, massage gently during the first few sessions, and gradually increase the amount of pressure and duration. Skin becomes less sensitive to exfoliation over time with regular, once or twice per week sessions. Commitment to exfoliating your skin at least once per week will reward you with super smooth, radiant skin.
- Don’t scratch itchy skin.
Try misting dry skin with floral water, (hydrosol) such as rose, lavender, or orange blossom. Immediately apply a rich shea butter cream or olive body butter to the misted area and massage into skin. You will be amazed at how fast the itching stops!
- Increase the humidity in your home.
Use a humidifier or bowls filled with water, especially in your bedroom. When using bowls of water, be sure to add more water to the bowls as it evaporates, and clean and refill bowls with fresh water daily to prevent mold and bacteria growth.
These natural beauty tips really work to eliminate dry skin. Try them for 30 days to enjoy smooth, glowing skin that looks its beautiful best!
An exotic and unique way to enjoy soft fragrance that lasts all day is to
perfume your hair. My favorite hair scenting technique uses perfume oil.
As a matter of fact, I have been scenting my own hair with perfume oil
for so long that the scent of the oils can no longer be completely washed
out! I believe what has happened is that over long periods of time, perfume
oils applied to hair are absorbed into the hair shaft which prevents shampoo
from completely washing away the scent. So…you have a hint of beautiful
fragrance all the time!
Scenting your hair with perfume oil is easy! Just roll a little of your favorite
perfume oil onto your palms and rub palms over your clean hair. Don’t worry
that the fragrance will be overpowering, because you will not be able to smell
it after a few moments. But, the scent of the oil will linger in your hair for subtle
fragrance that lasts and lasts.
Just introduced is a new and exciting line of Solid Perfumes in the Esan fragrance category. These petit perfumes introduce an element of fun to your fragrance collection. A small amount of Esan solid perfume applied to the wrists, inside elbows and behind ears provides soft, subtle fragrance that lasts and lasts! Our solid perfumes are available in all the classic Esan fragrances and several new scents are being added including: Chocolat -rich dark chocolate with notes of fresh citrus, warm vanilla and honey, and Raspberry Sorbet – luscious sweet rasperries with a hint of citrus.
Esan solid perfume is the perfect accessory when you are all dressed up with somewhere to go, or for a little fragrance pick me up to brighten your day. For a lot of luxury in a little jar, these perfumes are just the thing!
Esan Solid Perfume fragrances include:
Chocolat – A special blend of exotic dark chocolate, honey, fresh orange and a hint of vanilla.
Wild Jasmine - A soft floral, romantic, essential oil blend including jasmine, crisp citrus and exotic ylang ylang.
Honey – A unique floral fragrance with a hint of musk.
Raspberry Sorbet - A beautiful soft fragrance of luscious raspberry and fresh citrus.
Peaceful – Classic lavender with aromatic floral notes. Blended with geranium, calendula, ylang ylang and a hint of citrus, this clean fresh scent lasts for hours.
photo by Lilly
Lavender is one of my favorite essential oils. The fresh herbal scent of this
versatile and unique oil is one of the most well known and familiar in aromatherapy.
However, less well known is that lavender is also a powerful and effective herbal
remedy that is useful for many common health issues.
The properties of lavender include:
1. The analgesic and antiseptic properties of lavender oil makes
it an effective herbal remedy to ease the pain of minor burns.
Apply lavender oil undiluted to minor burns to relieve pain and
accelerate the healing process.
2. Lavender essential oil helps to relieve restlessness and promotes
restful sleep. Massage a few drops of undiluted lavender
essential oil into the soles of the feet immediately before going
to bed, or put a few drops on a tissue and place the tissue between
your pillow and pillowcase to help you “sleep like a baby”.
3. Lavender essential oil is very calming and helps to relieve stress.
When feeling anxious and stressed, inhaling lavender essential oil is
instantly relaxing. Place 1 drop on a tissue and inhale the calming
fragrance for soothing stress relief.
4. Lavender essential oil can help to ease the pain of stress and migraine
headaches. Massage a drop of lavender essential oil into temples and
put a few drops on a tissue and inhale, while placing the tissue over your nose and
mouth. Sit or lay down and continue to inhale the lavender oil for a few moments,
as headache pain and tension subsides. My migraine and stress headaches begin to
fade instantly during this relaxing treatment.
5. Lavender essential oil is analgesic (reduces pain). Massage with a lavender
massage oil made by adding a few drops lavender essential oil to a carrier oil
(examples include: soybean oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil), can help to relieve
muscle pain associated with overexertion.
6. Use lavender in a vaporizer to help relieve cough and congestion
due to colds. The antibacterial properties of lavender works to fight
cold symptoms while promoting restful and restorative sleep.
7. For relief of motion sickness and jet lag, massage 3 or 4 drops of
lavender into inside of ankles.
8. Ease muscle and joint pain, with a relaxing lavender bath. Blend
8 to 10 drops lavender essential oil into in 1 cup of epsom salt. Pour salt into tub
as it fills with warm water and soak for several minutes for soothing relaxation and
9. To help keep insects away when outdoors, lavender essential oil works
as an effective insect repellent. It can be used as a natural alternative
to toxic, chemical based products. Apply a few drops to the neckline,
wrists, and ankles, and rub a few drops into palms and hair, to repel mosquitos
and other flying insects. For maximum insect repelling effectiveness, lavender
essential oil should be reapplied every hour as needed.
10. For a natural air freshener, add a few drops of lavender essential oil
to an air purifier or furnace filter to freshen the air of the whole house.
Lavender essential oil should not be applied undiluted to babies and
children. Apply only after dilution with a carrier oil including soybean,
sunflower, and olive oils, at 4 drops lavender essential oil to 1 oz. carrier
This amazing aromatherapy oil offers wonderful health and wellness benefits,
making lavender essential oil a powerful herbal remedy and an essential for
natural home health care.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended
to substitute for medical care, or to prescribe treatment for any medical
condition, ailment or illness.
Photo by muha…
I was working on a large order a few days ago and after running around with all the tasks that had to be done I came to the conclusion that after a 12 hour day, there were still some tasks left that I had to get done. I was exhausted, my back ached, I needed a mini spa break in a big way! But after using this easy and quick fatigue beater, I felt energized and ready to finish my work. And just as important, after getting only about 4 hours of sleep I woke up feeling rested and refreshed. How was that possible? With a special bath. Yes, by adding bath salts made with epsom salts and aromatherapy essential oils to a warm bath, I was able to both recharge and relax allowing me to have that extra burst of energy when I needed it most. We all have times when we have a lot to do and not enough time to get it done without rushing and a lot of stress. If you can spare about 15 minutes for a bath, you can reclaim some of that lost energy to save the day.
The key ingredients of these stress relieving bath salts include epsom salt, lavender and sweet orange essential oils. Epsom salt helps to soothe muscle aches and promotes relaxation and stress relief. Lavender essential oil helps to relieve restlessness, calm nervousness, and promote feelings of relaxation and peace. The delicious fragrance of sweet orange essential oil uplifts the spirits.
The next time you feel stretched to the limit try an epsom salt bath to help you feel more energized, rest better and end your day on a peaceful note.
Disclaimer Note: This information is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any health issue, ailment or illness. Please consult your doctor or health care professional for any health concerns you may have.
Photo by: beamillion
Olive oil is one of nature’s best kept beauty secrets. Olive oil skin care products have been used for centuries to moisturize, condition and protect dry skin. Pure olive oil, used to make luxurious body butters, and moisture rich bath soaps is an abundant source of antioxidant nutrients that condition and repair skin for smooth youthful texture and softness. Olive oil is non-comedogenic and absorbs into skin without clogging pores.
The moisturizing benefits of olive oil improves skin suppleness and elasticity to make skin feel softer while smoothing dry skin lines and wrinkles. The benefit of helping to improve skin suppleness also makes olive oil body butters an effective skin conditioning treatment to help prevent stretch marks during pregnancy. Olive oil body scrubs exfoliate skin while providing rich moisture that leaves skin smooth, soft and glowing. Pure, natural olive oil soap cleanses without drying to maintan the natural moisture balance of healthy skin.
Natural olive oil body butters, and olive oil soaps produce the best results when these products contain high concentrations of pure olive oil. Skin care products containing an abundance of this nutrient rich oil are a superb choice for cleansing, moisturizing and protecting dry and sensitive skin.
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