Mother’s Day Sale!

30 04 2012

In honor of Mother’s Day and in honor of my Mother who loved yellow by the way, I am offering a FREE Sugar Scrub with any purchase on-line of two 4 oz. Body Butters. The FREE Scrub will be complimentary to one of the Body butters purchased and you can select whichone by providing directions at checkout.

Doesn’t Mom deserve a little something that is just for her? A gift that gives over the next month at least? Flowers are nice but giving Mom a way to feel wonderful daily keeps giving over and over. For all that Moms do for us, reward her and honor her with a gift of luxury at home with Homemade Body and Bath products made especially for her.

www.MBABodyEssential.com

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Let’s Make a Clay Mask

29 03 2012

Enjoying Spa Quality Clay Facials at Home

This article is copyright © 2004-2007 by Natural Sourcing, LLC (www.fromnaturewithlove.com) and is reprinted with permission.

Clays have been used for centuries as a natural agent to help beautify the skin. Clays have the ability to absorb excess oils, dirt and harmful toxins from the skin. Powdered clay is used as the basis for the facial masks and body masks offered by spas. The benefits are enhanced when powdered herbs and nutritives are included in the facial mask recipe. Applying facial masks in a gentle circular motion exfoliates, cleans and invigorates the skin while improving blood circulation. Home facial products such as Burt’s Bees Healthy Treatment Pore Refining Mask, for instance, contain powdered clay and herbs. If you would like to enjoy the benefits of clay facials on a regular basis, products like these can become expensive. It, however, is easy and affordable to make clay facials at home by using a few simple ingredients.

Clays come from various regions of the world but some are preferred in skin care for their unique properties. The mineral content and physical structure of each clay determines the effect it has on the skin. Most clays have the ability to absorb toxins and excess oils from the skin but they differ in their level of absorption. Regular use of clay facials will remove dead skin cells, improve circulation to the skin, remove debris from the pores and bring about a smooth, healthy glow.

Clays that are suitable for dry, sensitive or normal skin are Pink Kaolin, White Kaolin, Yellow Kaolin, and Rose. Clays that are suitable for oily skin are Bentonite, French Green, Green Illite, Red Kaolin, Blue Montmorillonite, Red Montmorillonite, Moroccan Red, and Multani Mitti (Indian Fullers Earth). Clays that are suitable for all skin types are Dead Sea, Rhassoul and Sea clays.

When purchasing clays, be sure to purchase clays that are cosmetic or medicinal grade. Technical grade clays often have dangerously high content levels of lead and should be avoided. Cosmetic clays, herbs, nutritives and jars can be purchased through From Nature With Love: www.fromnaturewithlove.com.

Clays are frequently used in facials, but they can also be added to handmade body powders and soaps. Cosmetic clays come in beautiful hues including pink, deep red, light sage green, yellow, white, gray and blue. This array of colors also makes them a popular choice for use as a natural colorant in bath salts and other handcrafted beauty products.

The following facial mask recipe is easy to make and can be customized to suit specific skin types and personal preferences.

Clay Facial Mask Recipe

  • 2-3 oz. cosmetic clay
  • 1-2 oz. powdered herbs or nutritives
  • water or hydrosol
  • 1-2 drops essential oil added at the time of application (optional)

Choose cosmetic clays and herbs that are suitable for your skin type. Citrus peel powder adds astringency, rose petal powder adds fragrance, yellow sandalwood powder helps dry skin and neem powder helps acne. Other nourishing ingredients include milk powder, honey powder and oatmeal. Mix the powdered ingredients to make 4 oz. of dry clay facial and store in a 4 oz. jar. Clay facial masks should not be stored pre-mixed with water or any other wetting agent. To use, add approximately 1/2 oz. of the dry clay facial blend to a small bowl. Mix enough warm water, milk, yogurt or hydrosol to make a paste. If desired, add 1-2 drops of essential oil such as lavender, geranium or sandalwood. Apply to the skin in a gentle, circular motion, and allow the mask to dry for about 15-20 minutes. Wash off with warm water. If the skin feels tight, a light oil such as camelina can be applied. Experiment with other wetting agents. Strawberry puree will act like an alpha-hydroxy. Cucumber puree cools the skin, yogurt cools and softens the skin, and milk removes dead skin cells and softens the skin.

FromNatureWithLove.com offers the cosmetic clays, herbs, nutritives, and packaging supplies described within this article. For more information, please visit www.fromnaturewithlove.com.

During a Surfing Expedition this morning I ran across the article below from FNWL and it has insopried me to start looking at adding some facial masks to my various lines.  I am thinking maybe a facial mask for oily skin in a citrus, one for dry skin in a floral or nature, and finally a spicy or tropical one for normal skin.  I hope to get on this within the next 30 days or so and have a final product on the site.  Stay tuned for the latest endeavors.  Boy how I love the creation!





Announcement – Soon to come!

12 03 2012

I am within one week of announcing some new products for my loyal and new clients.  Here is a breakdown of what is to come.

Young Bamboo Fresh – a facial serum that will knock your socks off and get rid of a couple of other things you would like to forget you have.  LOL

Oceans 4 – no it is not a movie starring beautiful people, but it will leave your skin beautiful, your tootsies fabulous, and your senses charmed and calmed.

Where Did It Go (WDIG) – this body oil in different scents to match your mood and desires will keep you soft and silky, never oily, and leave you wondering “Where Did It Go”

I want to thank all my colleagues on Linked In who helped me name Young Bamboo Fresh.  I appreciate your inputs tremendously.





Krystle Skin – A New Specialty Line

2 03 2012

I am pleased to announce that we are almost ready with a new luxury line developed exclusively for Krystle Skin.  The products we are formulating for Krystle Kelly, a model and entrepreneur from California, will be based on three lines; a Lotus Lie, a Tiare Line, and a Rose Line.  The products have been in development and testing for about two months and we are now in the final phases of solidifying the signature scents.  All of the scents derived in all three lines are created using Essential Oils and other natural products, there are no synthetic fragrances allowed.

The Tiare line will be the deepest line with butters, and creams, foaming sugar scrub gentle enough for your face, bath salts, bath milks, body oils and bath oils just to name a few.  The signature scent for this line is based on Monoi de Tahiti.  This oil is truly fabulous.  It is made in Tahiti with pure coconut oil infused with the Tiare Flower which is a gardenia from French Polynesia.  It is sweet and subtle and imparts so many benefits.  Additions will be Jasmine, and Ylang Ylang, Bergamot and the slightest touch of citrus.  This is a sweet gentle and yet subtle flower scent that will invoke visions of the islands without that “suntan” smell.  This line will meet all the requirements for certification as Monoi de Tahiti.

The Lotus Line is the intensive treatment line.  Lotus is a very unique and exotic fragrance that can only be found in the true absolutes from the east.  There is an intensive facial serum with Argan, Camellia, Meadowfoam, and B-3 among other goodies to help prevent aging.  It is never too early to take great care of your skin.  If you are 20, 30, 40 and beyond this serum will do wonders for your skin’s elasticity, cell regeneration, moisture, and wrinkle reduction or prevention.  There will also be a companion facial cleanser made with Shea butter in a souffle style matrix so that you may easily use simply your fingers to cleanse the face and not have to pull and drag the skin with a pouf or wash cloth.

The Rose line will be based on Rose Otto which is the purest Rose scent available.  It is not overwhelmingly Rose like some of the products you see on the shelves made with fragrance.  We will have one very unique product in this line called Rose Petals.  These are real live Rose petals dipped in a clear moisturizing Rose soap and dried to be used one petal at a time.  You have never seen anything like this and will make a truly unique gift or guest bath addition.  A toner will be in this line with Rose and Carrot Seed and Chamomile and NO alcohol.

So as you can see we have been very busy lately in development of this new exclusive luxury line for Krystle Skin.  You will be able to find my products only at www.KrystleSkin.com.  I will have a link to this website permanently on my web page so you can easily find them.  These products have intrigued me and I will be developing some of the same type products such as bath salts, and body oils for my own lines in citrus, earthy notes, and different flowery notes for all of you who love these lines already.

I am very excited about this project and hope that all my followers will try some of them when we are all done and they are ready for sale.  Keep awake and watch the blog or my website www.MBABodyEssential.com for announcements and new products.

Have a great Weekend,

Ann





We are Expanding!

20 02 2012

Just a quick note to let everyone know we are expanding our product line.. Within the next few weeks we will have Bath Salts, Bath Milks, and a Total Facial Serum that will knock your socks off! Or more accurately your wrinkles and blemishes and discoloration out of the park. All Natural of course. There will be complete sets in some of the lines such as the Sweet Sunshine and Champagne Dreams. We will have Sea Salts and Goats Milk and a touch of Argan Oil. With winter hovering over us here in Colorado, it has been very productive for creating new formulations and new products. Look for more Flower based and Water based scent combinations. Stay in touch and watch the blog and website for all the new announcements. A final note, we have also added a new page to the website, still in progress unfortunately, that lists the attributes of the Essential Oils we currently use. Enjoy and talk to ya soon!





Tis the Season…

23 12 2011

Tis the season to give thanks, give back, and wish merry to all.  This has been a very exciting past 6 months for me and I wanted to say thank you to all my loyal readers, clients, friends and family for your support, encouragement, love and for finding something interesting here and on the web site.

Starting a new business is breathtaking, scary, fraught with possibilities.  Frustrations with computer things, and figuring out supply and demand, financing and the legal maneuvering needed to be on the right track.  I believe we have successfully navigated the first few months with grace and success.  The next few years will tell the tale.

I would like to give a shout out to those that tested and commented and tried and loved or hated all the new products and creations.  My sincerest thanks to Ruth G., Danielle P., and Rhonda D. for your patience and honest input for all the different concoctions I asked you to try.  I hope you will continue to be my “guinea pigs” in the coming years.

I would like to further thank a few others who encouraged me and supported me in my quest to discover this new business and do it right.  Bryce M. for pushing me to be “legal”, Ronnie L. for his support and encouragement and ideas, and Richard G. the first person I told about my idea who took me to task over the web site.

These people are not the only supporters I have had in the least but those that had the biggest impact on my decisions and motivation.  My thanks and love go out to each of you and to everyone else who has been a part of these first few months.

2012 promises to be an even more exciting and creative year.  We hope to branch out more into ParOils (oil based perfumes) and Lip Gloss.  I even have some hope of maybe trying a hair conditioner or mask or maybe some bath soaks.  One never knows what will come into my mind.  LOL.  We hope to branch out onto Etsy, EBay, MomAudience, and maybe even dare I say it “retail” and “wholesale”.  But, I don’t want to get ahead of myself here.  Slow and steady wins the race and afterall this is mostly a hobby.

So stay in touch, keep reading, check the site frequently, give me input and feedback, comment and criticism.  I welcome it all.  Wish us luck and BUY, BUY, BUY.  OK …that was not to subtle was it?  But, hey if I don’t ask for the sale no one will, right?

Thank you to all and wishing everyone love, peace, happiness, a full belly.

Ann





A Departure….

19 12 2011

The below article is a deprarture from what this blog is normally about, but I found this so compelling I thought I should share with others.  As the mother of a 7 year old little girl who is very “adult friendly” i.e. not shy around new people, I worry about her interactions with new adults if I am not around. 

I hope you find this as intersting as I did.  It is located on the website www.PediatricSafety.net .

Erin’s Law: Teaching Children to Recognize & Avoid Sexual Abuse

Posted by Jill Starishevsky on December 16, 2011 · 3 Comments

In October, New York State announced it would join the ranks of those states to introduce a bill entitled Erin Merryn’s Law. The measure would require schools to make a change to their existing curriculum for child abduction to include child sexual abuse prevention. This alteration would give critically important information to victims – many of whom do not know there is a way out of their horrific situation. As a child, Merryn was abused by both a neighbor and a family member. She says she stayed silent due to a combination of threats from her abusers, and the lack of knowledge about available help. If passed, New York would become the third state to enact Erin Merryn’s law, following Missouri and Merryn’s home state of Illinois.

In light of recent events at our nation’s universities, parents should continue to be vigilant about teaching child sexual abuse prevention in the home. By age three, children should be taught that their bodies have private parts and no one is to touch those parts (with the necessary medical and hygiene exceptions). Of course children should be taught the correct terminology for their body as nicknames can be confusing and delay a disclosure. The following are some tips that are often overlooked:

  1. When someone tickles a child, if the child says No, all tickling should cease. Children need to know that their words have power and No means No.
  2. Teach children that it is OK to say No to an adult. Without permission from you, many children may be reluctant to do so even if the adult is doing something that makes them feel uncomfortable.
  3. Teach children that all of these lessons apply to other children as well. If another child is touching your child in a way that makes him or her uncomfortable, teach your child to say No, get away and tell someone.
  4. Be careful with the language you use when speaking with children. Avoid saying things such as “Have a good day and do everything your teacher tells you to do.” Children are very literal and need to be told that they should not listen to someone who is telling them to do something that might be harmful to them or to someone else.
  5. Let your child decide how they want to express affection. If they do not want to hug or kiss Grandpa goodbye or sit on Santa’s lap, do not force them. You take away their power over their own body if you force them to be demonstrative in their affection. Children need to be taught their body belongs to them.
  6. Teach children to respect the privacy of others. They should learn to knock on doors that are shut before opening them and close the door to the bathroom when they are using it. If they learn to respect the privacy of others, they may be more likely to recognize that an invasion of their privacy could be a red flag meaning danger.
  7. Use your poker face. Encourage your child to come you if they have questions about anything. Avoid looking shocked or embarrassed by the question. Children who sense their parents’ discomfort will be less inclined to approach the parent next time he or she has a question.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys is sexually abused by age 18 in the United States. 93% of the abuse happens at the hands of those entrusted with the care and protection of the child. With the passage of Erin Merryn’s Law, critical information will reach every child in New York State.

Is your state advocating for the welfare of children?

 

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About the Author

Jill Starishevsky

Jill Starishevsky is an Assistant District Attorney in New York City where she has prosecuted hundreds of sex offenders and dedicated her career to seeking justice for victims of child abuse and sex crimes. Outside the courtroom, Jill’s fondness for writing led her to create thepoemlady.com, where she pens personalized pieces for all occasions. Her mission to protect children, along with her penchant for poetry, inspired My Body Belongs to Me, a children’s book intended to prevent child sexual abuse by teaching 3-8 year olds their bodies are private. Jill also manages a discussion group on LinkedIn called Child Safety Network. In October 2006, Jill launched HowsMyNanny.com, an online nanny reporting service that works to keep children safe by enabling parents to receive positive and negative feedback on their child’s caregiver.