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What's in your products?: Fragrance

Fragrance - Synthetic fragrance is the most common ingredient found on the label of personal care products. The generic terms, “fragrance” or “parfum”, can indicate the presence of up to 3,000 separate ingredients. Most or all of them are synthetic. Fragrance is a sensitizer and a known trigger of asthma. Symptoms reported to the FDA have included headaches, dizziness, rashes, skin discoloration, violent coughing and vomiting, and allergic skin irritation.A test of fragrance products by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, “Not So Sexy”, found that perfumes contained an average of 10 known sensitizing chemicals, which can trigger allergic reactions such as asthma, wheezing, headaches, and contact dermatitis. In addition, clinical observations by medical doctors have shown that exposure to fragrances...

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Essential Oil of the Day: Bergamot

Family: RutaceaeExtraction Method: Cold expressionPart of Plant Used: Ripened fruitAroma: Light, delicate, refreshingCharacteristics: green to olive green, mobile liquidNote: TopEffect: Sedative & upliftingPrecautions & Contraindications-May cause skin sensitivity-Do not go into sun directly after use (including in body lotions or massage oils). Causes photo-sensitivity because of the bergaptene content. It is the most photo-sensitive of all the oils. You can purchase bergaptene free Bergamot if using for skincareChemical Properties:High in Esters (calming), Terpenes & Alcohols.Therapeutic Functions:Digestive System: eases painful digestion, dyspepsia, flatulence, colic, indigestion, loss of appetite due to emotional stress, great intestinal antiseptic, gall stones, nervous indigestionNervous System: Anxiety, depression, nervous tension, cooling ans refreshing can ease anger, sedative to the sympathetic nervous system.Blends:Lavender, neroli, jasmine, cypress, geranium, lemon,...

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What is in your products? Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate - Sodium lauryl sulfate is a known skin and eye irritant and enhances allergic response to other toxins and allergens. It is used as a lathering agent and detergent, and is present in hundreds of commercial shampoos, body washes, and bubble baths, as well as skin creams and some brands of toothpaste.When sodium laurel sulfate is combined with ethylene oxide (ethoxylized) to create the milder sodium laureth sulfate, it may become contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a probable carcinogen. 1,4-dioxane readily penetrates the skin. While 1,4-dioxane can be removed from products easily and economically by vacuum stripping during the manufacturing process, there is no way to determine which products have undergone this process. Labels are not...

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LOVE IS IN THE AIR!

Figuratively speaking that is. But in the literal sense, Here&Now's mists really are! Plus, they are on sale! Just in time for Valentines too! The array of fresh scents are sure to entice the loveliest ladies, lads, and lovers. Uplifting Fire Spinner for that fiery guy or gal ( a great Galentines gift for your girl friends!) Or a dreamy mix of Lavender and Jasmine for fave. Raver Babe! Festival Fresh makes a fabulous find for the fun, fearless person in mind! And of course, Sweet Sassafras! The perfect scent to add a hint of spice to a night in with your sweetheart. Whether you spend your Valentines in relaxing (a mist of Raver Babe before a bubble bath), out...

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The Chemistry of Aromatherapy

YIKES! It is this part of Aromatherapy that is the most difficult to understand (well at least, I think it is). So I thought I would break it down so it much much more easily comprehended.The following information has been grabbed from the Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Battaglia - Almost all of the molecules found in essential oils are composed of carbon, hydrogen & oxygen. The chemistry of the essential oil is based on two dominant factors: the extraction process & the biosynthesis of the constituent molecules of the plant itself.Battaglia explains that the steam distillation process extracts only volatile and water-insoluble constituents of the plant such as terpenes and terpenoid compounds and phenyl propane-derived compounds (confused yet?).Below are...

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