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Perilous Parabens

Monday, May 11, 2015 11:52:56 AM Asia/Singapore

PERILLOUS PARABENSBottles

In recent years, more and more consumers and retailers are turning to natural beauty products that are paraben free. Parabens, which are the most widely used preservatives in beauty and personal care products, have become a concern due to their possible link to cancer and other health issues.The most common parabens are methylparaben, ethylparaben, proplyparaben and butylparaben. Parabens are used in products to extend their shelf life and prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria in the products.

Parabens are absorbed through the skin and may adversely affect the function of the endocrine system (laymans terms…skin system). While the research on parabens remains inconclusive, parabens have been linked to breast cancer, early puberty and infertility because they mimic estrogen and therefore can interfere with the body’s normal hormones. Nonetheless, the FDA has officially stated that it “believes that at the present time there is no reason for consumers to be concerned about the use of cosmetics containing parabens.” Ahem! Thank you Mr. FDA. Oh yes, you are the same guys who say that Aspartime was ‘A-OK’.  Say bye bye to your credibility.

Parabens should not be applied to cracked or inflamed skin because they can increase irritation, especially in those suffering from various skin conditions.

While there may not be conclusive evidence that parabens can cause long-term health problems, it is best to avoid them whenever possible. Why take a risk if you don’t have to. Always check labels and ingredient lists before buying new products and look for brands that are specifically paraben free. You can also look for certain seals on labels that indicate that a product is paraben free.

Bottom line, read the lables. Shea carries product that are paraben free. 

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The Power of African Black Soap

Monday, May 11, 2015 11:50:20 AM Asia/Singapore

Black SoapPURE AFRICAN BLACK SOAP

First and foremost, African Black Soap is NOT BLACK. It is brown/black in colour. It is most used in Ghana and Nigeria and is soft with an organic shape. It has a delicate texture with a  natural earthy smell. It is not oily or scented. Black Soap has been used for hair care & skin care for centuries. Today people from all walks of life are benefiting from this amazing African soap. It is made of plantain skins, palm kernel oil, palm oil, cocoa pod, coconut oil, and natural sodium. It is a natural source of vitamin A and E and Iron.
 It is very mild and gentle and does not contain lye.

 

Uses of black soap:

  • Acne control
  • Reduce blemishes
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Shampoo

 

Is black soap worth all the hype? You bet. On our skin, it is absolutely magic. African Black Soap aka ABS  is worth all the hype.

While the recipe varies, ABS is handmade from the ashes of cocoa pods, shea tree bark and plaintain leaves and mixed with various soothing and healing oils such as shea butter, cocoa butter, palm oil and coconut oil, creating its deliciously distinct aroma and amazing properties.  And don’t let it’s appearance fool you — although dark brown and crumbly in texture, this African-born skin miracle will become a staple in your cleansing routine. And remember, African African Black Soap is NOT BLACK. It looks like fruit cake.

It’s benefits are awesome and severely underrated, so we’re shouting them from the rooftops.  Here’s why ABS is so amazing:

It’s suitable for all skin types.  Dry, oily or perfectly in between. If  you have oily skin, regular use will help remove additional oils from the skin thus preventing the formation of pimples. Absolutely brilliant for teens.

It’s a super cleanser.  Well of course, it’s soap (DUH!) . …I mean really really clean. Without dryness.  There’s more.  The charcoal in ABS can help absorb body odors and bacteria, while its formula is gentle enough for makeup removal.

It’s soothing & healing.  This double whammy is perhaps the most notable.  If you suffer with rashes or skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, the ashes in black soap helps reduce irritation and can even be used by people with sensitive skin.  While ABS cannot remove acne, since that is caused by the release of excessive oils within the skin rather than dirt buildup, it can reduce the appearance of acne scars.

It’s a fountain of youth. (Clap clap clap clap) Yes, ABS may help you turn back the hands of time.  This gentle exfoliant may help reduce the appearance of fine lines and skin discolorations that indicate the early signs of aging skin.

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Argan Oil - Really?

Monday, May 11, 2015 11:48:44 AM Asia/Singapore

ARGAN OIL - REALLY?

(by Joel of Saadia Organics)

Everywhere you turn in the beauty aisle you’re now seeing the words “Argan Oil”. Are all of these products created equal? Of course not.

A lot of people ask us what the difference is between Saadia Organics and the ones they see in their hair salon, for example. Well, for starters, our product is 100% pure, unadulterated Argan Oil. Anything you’ll see in a hair salon will most likely have at least a dozen other ingredients besides “Argania spinosa kernel oil” on the label.

Is that a bad thing? I don’t think so. We all need shampoo, for example, and it doesn’t hurt to use one with a bit of Argan Oil in it. (Just try to choose one that is sulfate free.) Like our Seaweed Bath Company products. 

Saadia Organics is like freshly squeezed Orange Juice. Pure

Actually, i don’t know much about how the various types of orange juice are manufactured. But we do know a fair bit about how how Argan Oil is manufactured. Let’s start with our method. The ‘freshly squeezed’ method, if you will.

First you want the Argan fruit harvested in a gentle way from a goat-free farm. Goats find nothing tastier than Argan fruit and are willing to scale (and break!) the trees in order to do so.

Then, you want the oil to be produced by hand. Cold pressing using only a stone quern is the way that Berber women have been doing it for centuries. We are happy that Saadia and her team get to do this in privacy (which Moroccan women appreciate) and away from the tourist’s eyes and cameras in the co-ops.

Other methods use machinery. Some even use chemical solvents to pull the oil out of the kernels. Many brands of “100% Pure Argan Oil” put their oil through a deodorizing process. That process requires heating the oil to over 400 degrees farenheit for 30-60 minutes. I don’t want to even think about how many nutrients would be lost from the salad I had for dinner last night if I were to heat it to that temperature for an hour!

Argan Oil is no different. You want this precious oil in it’s purest, most natural state. Some of its best properties are lost in order to get rid of its natural, light, green, nutty, slightly olive-ish scent.

So we leave our oil alone. And we see the results. Just recently, Joel's daughter reacted very badly to a cleaning product. (She was determined to help with the dishes and some of the cleaning product was left over in a sponge in the sink.) The rash that developed made her cry. Immediately she asked for some of Grandma Saadia’s Argan Oil to put on it. It soothed her pain immediately. The next morning, angry, dry, scaly, red, eczema-like patches were on her hands. So Joel started putting Argan Oil on several times a day. A few days later, it was like the incident hadn’t even taken place. And we really don’t think too many products could do the magic that Grandma Saadia’s does!

So, if you really want pure Argan Oil, look no further. Saadia Organics Argan Oil is the REAL DEAL

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Essential Oils - Mandarin

Saturday, February 14, 2015 12:51:38 PM Asia/Singapore

MANDARIN ESSENTIAL OIL


Mandarin_EOThis tangy and zesty essential oil has some great properties to help relieve stress and digestive problems, but is mostly used to increase circulation to the skin, reducing fluid retention and to help prevent stretch marks.

A small evergreen tree that grows up to six metres in height, with glossy leaves, fragranct flowers and bearing fleshy fruit. The essential oil is extracted by cold expression of the outer peel. Mandarin blends well with other Citrus essential oils, as well as Neroli and other spicy oils such as Black Pepper. Origin : Italy

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7 Signs to look out for when buying Argan Oil

Thursday, February 12, 2015 12:46:06 PM Asia/Singapore

7 SIGNS TO LOOK OUT FOR WHEN BUING ARGAN OIL

Argan_OilWith Argan Oil gaining in popularity, there are a lot of products popping up on the internet and even in stores claiming to be "Pure Argan Oil". Unfortunately, there are a lot of brands that you want to avoid. Even getting your Argan Oil in Morocco doesn't guarantee it's authenticity. As it is so difficult and time-consuming to produce, a lot of Argan Oil is completely fake, diluted or over-processed.  So here are a few ways to decide if a particular brand is worth investing in or not.

1.  The Ingredients
The ingredients list should be very short.  It should just say 100% Argan Oil or 100% Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil.  If it has anything else listed you don't want it.

2. The bottle
We are wary of Argan Oil sold in clear or plastic bottles. Both can make the oil deteriorate, and most producers of quality Argan Oil wouldn’t put this liquid gold in anything other than a dark coloured glass bottle (amber or cobalt blue, for example).  Aluminum or stainless steel can work well, too.  Light breaks down the oil's best properties and keeping it inside something dark is the best way to store Argan Oil.

3. The price
Good handpressed Argan Oil is very difficult to make.  It takes hours of manual labour and that does not come free.  So there is no such thing as cheap Argan Oil.  $10 for 2 ounces/60 ml seems like a bargain, but if it's just vegetable oil in that bottle, It's no bargain at all.  You might as well just step into your kitchen and use whatever you've got in the cupboard.

This is not to say that the most expensive Argan Oil is the best either.  You might just be paying for elaborate packaging and extensive marketing.

Sometimes you can find authentic CULINARY Argan Oil at a more economical price. But know that even though this oil will taste amazing, it will not produce the best results on your skin, hair and nails.  Raw, cosmetic-grade oil is from unroasted Argan fruits, and it is much more difficult to extract oil from raw materials.

4. The scent
Strong-smelling Argan Oil that smells absolutely awful should obviously be avoided.  It most likely has gone rancid.  (To ensure freshness, keep the cap or dropper screwed on to your bottle well!)

Also, if the Argan Oil you have is very fragrant and so delicious smelling enough that you want to eat it, it very well could be Argan Oil intended for culinary use.  The Argan kernels for this type of oil have been toasted first.  And this means great things for your salad, but it won't give the results you want on your skin and hair.

Argan Oil that smells like absolutely nothing might be suspicious, too.  It could be entirely fake, or at least diluted beyond olfactory recognition.  Or, it could be machine-made and possibly even put through a "deodorization" process.  However, with this said, some of the batches we get (particularly in the spring and summer) have a very, very light aroma.  Fall and winter seem to bring oil that has a deeper natural scent.

Genuine, raw, cosmetic-grade Argan Oil can smell unique to the uninitiated nose.  Most say it smells 'nutty'.  My daughter thinks it smells like popcorn.  I used to think it smelled a bit like a rubber band.  Now I just think it smells like pure luxury.  (But remember, some batches have a lighter scent than others.)

If you do get a bottle that is a bit more aromatic, after a couple of days you become used to the scent and know what results the use of this oil brings, so you savour that raw, green, nutty aroma.  Even if you never learn to love that smell, the scent always disappears after a few minutes on your skin, as true Argan Oil absorbs so quickly and beautifully.

However, many brands do put their precious Argan Oil through damaging heating and deodorization processes.  If a brand consistently smells like ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, then it is possible that their oil is consistently deodorized.  This process strips the oil not only of any smell it might have had, but also of some of its healing, restorative properties.

Sometimes chemical solvents are used to pull the oil from the Argan kernels.  And frequently during the refining process the oil is heated to a very high temperature (up to 375-400 degrees F for 30-60 minutes). But as mentioned, light and heat break down the oil's best properties, so we firmly believe it's best to leave this precious oil alone in its most natural state.

Again, we stress that the scent of raw, hand-pressed Argan Oil varies from batch to batch.  Sometimes the scent is lighter, sometimes it is a quite a bit more aromatic.  In our experience, the smell of the oil most definitely varies with the seasons.

5. The texture
Argan Oil should be smooth and silky.  Disappearing into your skin.  It should not feel slimy, sticky or watery.  It should not sting.  Even on uncomfortable skin conditions, Argan Oil should bring a soothing effect, not a painful one.

6.  The sediment
Authentic Argan Oil often has a tiny bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle and it appears a bit "cloudy".  The highly refined or fake oil will not have this sediment and will look very clear.  Saadia Organics Argan Oil does have a few traces of sediment in some of our bottles.  Don't be alarmed if you do spy a wee bit.  Just let it settle and enjoy knowing that you have the real thing.

Our oil is also cloudy and pale yellow in colour.  We do not heat the oil at all, and it is run through a simple strainer, rather than put through a rigourous filtration system.  In our opinion, the less the oil is messed with and manipulated, the better.  When you see clear, bright yellow Argan Oil you know that heat and machines have been involved in the manufacturing process.

7. The results
As they say, "the proof is in the pudding". Every single day we get people telling us how much they love our product.  Telling us they've tossed other things they were using for skin care, hair care and baby care.  Some even have stopped using prescription medications* as our pure, raw Argan Oil works better on their psoriasis or on their child's eczema.  (Without the cost, potentially questionable ingredients or side effects.)

 Credit : Saadia Organics

 

Note : This product may not be suitable for those with nut allergies

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Essential Oil - Lavender

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 12:59:17 PM Asia/Singapore

LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL

EO_LAVIt is with good reason why lavender oil is one of the most favorite essential oils, as it has wonderful qualities and also smells great. It is a calming, relaxing oil, which combats stress and crisis, while the antiseptic properties helps with cold, flu and other ailments. It is excellent for asthma and migraines. Apart from that it supports female health and on the skin it has a healing effect, while preventing scarring and balancing the skin.

Lavender is an evergreen woody shrub that grows up to one metre in height and has narrow leaves and small blue/purple flowers. Lavender essential oil is produced by steam distillation of the fresh flowering tops of the plant. Lavender blends well with most oils, including all citrus oils, florals such as Rose, Geranium and Jasmine, Clary Sage, Vetiver and Patchouli. Origin : France

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Argan Oil for Face and Skin

Sunday, February 8, 2015 12:42:51 PM Asia/Singapore

ARGAN OIL FOR FACE AND SKIN

Argan_FaceArgan Oil is known as nature's ultimate anti-aging product. It is extremely high in Vitamin E, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, sterols, polyphenols, and carotenoids. Argan Oil also contains squalene, which has been promoted as having anti-cancer properties.

Argan Oil is good for both dry and oily skin types. Because it helps to regulate the sebaceous glands (oil producing glands), oil on the skin will reduce and issues such as acne are greatly improved. 

For basic skin care, Argan Oil can be used as a daily moisturiser and as a makeup base. It is also useful for skin conditions such as: psoriasis, eczema, dry skin, contact dermatitis, inflammation, acne, wrinkles, scarring, minor burns and cracked heels.

Argan Oil also produces excellent results on new tattoos by soothing the area, decreasing itchiness and helping the skin to heal quickly.  In addition, it is ideal to use after waxing, laser treatments and even chemical peels. 

Argan oil absorbs quickly into the skin, thus, it does not leave a sticky afterfeel. Very importantly, argan oil does not block pores, allowing the skin to breathe freely, and, allowing the skin to naturally discharge waste by sweating.

Usage: Apply in a circular motion to clean skin morning and night until absorbed. Be sure to include the area around your eyes. You will be able to see a difference within a few days of consistent use. Those with dry skin like to use it morning and night, while some with oilier skin like to just use once per day. It it recommended to allow the argan oil to absorb fully into the skin before going into the sun as argan oil is light sensitive. Let it absorb, and do it's magic.

 

side note : always use a sunblock to protect your skin from UVa, UVb & UVc when going out into the sun.

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Argan Oil for Hair

Friday, February 6, 2015 12:39:49 PM Asia/Singapore

ARGAN OIL FOR HAIR

Argan_HairNon-greasy Argan Oil restores the luster in hair. The high level of Vitamin E helps to lock in moisture and repair environmental, chemical, or styling damage. Rich contents of unsaturated fatty acids help to strengthen protein bonds in the hair shaft. Argan Oil also regulates oil production in the sebaceous glands, aiding with issues of dry or oily scalp. You will be amazed what it can do.

To compliment argan oil treatment, also use Argan Oil based shampoos and conditioners. Seaweed Bath Co make absolutely brilliant products. 

Usage: Run a very small amount through your hair after washing and then style as usual. You can also choose to indulge once or twice a week and apply a generous amount to freshly washed hair at night, massage it in the scalp for a few minutes starting at the back of the head and then working your way up.  Finally, cover your head with a shower cap, (or cover your pillow with a towel!), sleep on it, then re-wash again in the morning. 

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Argan Oil for Nails

Thursday, February 5, 2015 12:35:44 PM Asia/Singapore

ARGAN OIL FOR NAILS

Argan NailsNails become brittle for a number of reasons, among them, over drying. This can occue due to repeated use of nail polish remover or working is dry environments. Ever notice your nails becoming fizzu after filing?  This occurs when nails absorb too much water. Usually, happens to those who have their hands in water, like washing the dishes etc. 

Argan oil is easily absorbed by nails. When nails are over dry, argain oil help to gve them more flexibility thus preventing them from chipping and breaking easily. For fuzzy nails, Argan Oil acts as a water repellant, preventing nails from absorbibg too much water. Argan Oil’s richness in Vitamin E, F, and essential fatty acids thus promote strength in easily broken nails and will ensure cuticles are smooth and in great condition.

As a bonus, applying a teensy weensy bit of argan oil on your nails after applying nail polish (after they are properly dry of course) will make the coating more flexible and less prone to chipping, making the nail polish look nicer for a longer time. 

But don’t forget your toes! Your toenails and feet will benefit greatly from regular use of Argan Oil.  If you suffer from very dry, cracked heels this is the product for you.

Use:  Massage a drop or two of Saadia Organics Argan Oil on your cuticles, nails and hands as needed. For a more intensive treatment, mix equal parts of Argan Oil and lemon juice and soak your nails in it for ten minutes.

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Power of Fragrances

Thursday, February 5, 2015 12:29:30 PM Asia/Singapore

POWER OF FRAGRANCES

There is a good reason why we focus so much on fragrances; scents enrich our lives, and create an atmosphere that can either help calm us or put us into a focused mindset. 

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Fragrances have associations the world over:
Lavender is a good sleep aid and has calming effects
Peppermint help alleviate stress
Cinnamon takes away fatigue
Citrus tones are associated with cleansing, as well as improving mood and concentration.

We would like to help you harness the power of scents to your advantage, you could feel more comfortable in a variety of situations, starting from the home. 

Our sense of smell is about 10,000 times more sensitive than any of our other senses, and as such play a big part in how we think and feel. But why is that, exactly? 

The Smell Report has found that, "our olfactory receptors are directly connected to the limbic system, the most ancient and primitive part of the brain, which is thought to be the seat of emotion. Smell sensations are relayed to the cortex, where ‘cognitive’ recognition occurs, only after the deepest parts of our brains have been stimulated. Thus, by the time we correctly name a particular scent as, for example, ‘vanilla’, the scent has already activated the limbic system, triggering more deep-seated emotional responses.” Essentially, scents trigger reactions in our head, which then lead to an emotional response.

Having the best air freshener to alter home fragrance is one of a number of ways to boost performance, but do note that experience of scents are a very individual experience; smell is the most powerful conjuror of memories, and could create a pleasant or unpleasant feeling, depending on the person who picks up the scent.

 

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