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Why Coffee Is Good For You!

Exfoliate Away Dimples using Coffee

The lovely dimples of cellulite; even models are not exempt from these love marks!  Let’s take a look at how a coffee scrub works to lessen the appearance of cellulite.

The coffee scrub has many benefits including anti-inflammatory and exfoliating properties, temporary reduction of cellulite, improved circulation, and smooth skin.

The number one enemy of cellulite is caffeine, which tightens and tones the skin when applied topically.  (Sorry, you can’t drink it away)!  When applied and used as an exfoliate daily and religiously, coffee has been shown to lessen the appearance of dimples and cellulite on the body.

Here we mix caffeinated ground coffee with naturally exfoliating sugar, skin-conditioning organic coconut oil, and skin nourishing avocado oil to create a gently abrasive blend that will stimulate blood flow to the troubled area.  The result is firmer, smoother skin.

Bonus!  We add natural organic chocolate to the mix for an amazing smell you will crave!

How to use:  in the shower, apply the scrub to areas with cellulite.  Massage the scrub onto the skin in a circular motion before rinsing.  Repeat daily for best results.  Pair up with our Coffee Soap for an added boost!

By |October 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

5 Ways to Incorporate Honey For Beauty

Honey.  The term of endearment often said between couples and families because of its sweetness has many benefits outside of the lovey-dovey feeling it can give to someone.  This natural amber-colored sweetener has a chemical makeup that provides numerous skin healing and soothing benefits.  Here are the top 5 ways you can easily incorporate honey into your skin care regimen.

  1.   Wash Your Face with Honey!

Honey naturally moisturizes the skin by taking moisture from the air and absorbing it into the skin.  It helps your skin stay smooth and soft for several hours.  Simply apply one teaspoon of raw honey after cleaning your dry skin.  Massage, then leave on the skin for 10 minutes.  Cleanse the honey off your face with warm water.

  1.  Exfoliate with Honey!

Naturally occurring enzymes and antioxidants that are found in raw honey.  To create a radiant and glowing appearance, mix two teaspoons of honey with one teaspoon of baking soda.  Apply the honey paste to your skin and rub onto your skin in circular motions.  Wash and enjoy!

  1.  Bath with Honey!

Adding 2 cups of raw honey to running bath water will create a spa inspired treatment for your skin.  Raw honey will help to balance the skin back to its soft and healthy appearance by soaking in the honey bath for 15 minutes.  For an added boost of luxury, add a bath fizzy after the 15-minute soak for a final 15-minute soak.

  1. Clear Acne with Honey!

Honey absorbs impurities from the pores of the skin.  It is also a natural antiseptic and will soothe and heal the skin.  Apply raw honey direct to the skin and leave it on for 30 minutes.  Wash off with lukewarm water and gently dry the face.

  1.  Healthy Hair with Honey!

Raw honey is great for dry, damaged, dull-looking hair.  It helps to retain moisture in the hair and will help rid dry flakes and itchiness on the scalp.  Create your own mask at home by following the recipe below:

Raw Honey Hair Mask

2 T. RAW HONEY

3 T. HONEY ALMOND BODY OIL  (Order at www.daisybluenaturals.com)

1 T. LEMON JUICE

1.  Heat together all of the above ingredients.  Mix well.

2.  Apply mixture to the scalp and hair while it is still warm.

3.  Leave on for 30 minutes.  Rinse and wash as usual.

By |September 6th, 2017|Holistic Health, natural, NATURAL SKIN CARE|0 Comments

Not All Aloe Vera is Good For You

Not all Aloe Vera is Good For You

Looking at the ingredient list in most store bought aloe vera gels, and you’ll find things like drying alcohols, numbing drugs like lidocaine, and synthetic preservatives that can wreak havoc on your body.

Aloe is not necessarily a ‘bad’ culprit. However, with so many options that market ‘pure aloe vera’ it is important to read the labels for accuracy.  See where aloe vera falls on the ingredient listing; if it is not the first or second ingredient, it is probably not that high in pure aloe vera.  Applying an aloe vera gel may feel good; it is the drying alcohol as a coolant (and harmful for our skin), and a drug to numb the pain.  This type of aloe vera gel does not heal the skin; it justs cover up the pain from the sunburn.

What is the answer?  If you have an aloe vera plant, you are already on your way to skin healing benefits.  The gel in the leaf of the aloe plant is high in antioxidant benefits, thus helping to heal the skin from the free radicals affecting it from a sunburn.

What about cooling?  Aloe may not cool a sunburn, so look for a product like Daisy Blue After Sun Mist that contains skin cooling essential oils like peppermint and natural rose hydrosol to heal and cool the skin.

The best answer?  Sunscreen!  You may not feel or know you are sunburned until hours after sun exposure.  Be proactive, wear sunscreen, and reapply.

 

Sun Set: Sun Protection Lotion and After Sun Mist (#7307)  $39
All of the sun products offered as a set to start off the summer with healthier, natural skin care! The After Sun Mist is a MUST after being exposed to the sun and elements.   $49.95 value
By |July 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Sad Slippery Slope of Bar Soap – Treehugger (www.treehugger.com)

Majority of Americans between 18-24 now choosing liquid soap because they think bar soap is covered in germs. Many others just find it inconvenient.

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Who would have ever thought we’d be bemoaning the banishment of bar soap? But here we are. A new report from research group Mintel reveals that the sales of bar soap are down as sales of liquid soap are bubbling up. Here is a look at the numbers:

  • Between 2014-15, sales of bar soap fell 2.2 percent compared to an overall market growth of 2.7 percent.
  • The percentage of households using bar soap dropped from 89 percent to 84 percent between 2010-15.
  • 55 percent of all consumers believe bar soaps are less convenient than liquid varieties.
  • 60 percent of consumers between 18 and 24 believe that bar soaps are covered in germs after use; 31 percent of older consumers aged 65+ believe the same.

So let’s break this down a bit.

Are bar soaps more of a hassle than liquid soaps? For a culture that covets convenience, sure. Liquid soaps are not messy, they don’t slip out of our hands, they don’t require a soap dish. But to my eyes this is a myopic take on things. If we consider that $2.7 billion was spent on liquid body wash alone in 2015 – even if we randomly (and generously) assign a cost of $10 per bottle – that’s 270,000,000 plastic bottles with pump parts that end up in the waste cycle. And remember that’s just body wash. While some people refill their dispensers and create less waste, it’s still decidedly more plastic than the paper wrapper of a soap bar.

Moreover, Huffington Post reports that the carbon footprint in general is 25 percent more for liquid soap over bar soap:

In a cradle-to-grave life-cycle analysis of household cleaning agents, including personal body cleansers, Annette Koehler and Caroline Wildbolz of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich found that for a per application or per wash basis, the carbon footprint of liquids is about 25 percent larger than that of bar soaps.

Why? In large part because for a typical visit to the sink, we use almost 7 times more liquid soap (2.3 grams) than bar soap (0.35 grams). That extra soap means more chemical feedstocks and more processing, and thus more energy and carbon emissions.

Liquids also require more energy for packaging production and disposal.

Huffington Post adds that we use more heated water with bar soap than with liquid soap, but why is that? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) handwashing guidelines, the length of time for handwashing (20 seconds) is regardless of soap type. And don’t most people turn the water off when washing their hands anyway?

And then there’s the mess … but is mucky soap goop a problem? At my sinks and in the shower we have soap dishes that apparently allow the soap to dry enough to prevent this; someone educate me here, am I just using magically un-scummy soap?

Next, is bar soap really covered in germs? Why are we becoming so squeamish? The hygiene hypothesis argues that our obsession with cleanliness is actually leading to increased ill health, yet we persist.

The researchers in one study actually contaminated bar soap with bacteria, only to find that the bacteria wasn’t transferred during hand washing. While the CDC does say that a hands-free liquid soap dispenser is preferable for those working in dental care, for all other healthcare workers the agency notes: “Liquid, bar, leaflet or powdered forms of plain soap are acceptable when washing hands with a non-antimicrobial soap and water.”

For the rest of us, the CDC makes no distinction between bar and liquid soap, and in fact shows both in their hand-washing guideline illustrations. Mayo Clinic recommends either option as well.

So in the end, the demise of the soap bar is about misguided fear and convenience; and as we are continually proving our preference for things we can throw away instead of having to actually clean, we are, in the end, making a much bigger mess … even when it comes to a simple bar of soap.

 

https://www.treehugger.com/green-home/bar-soap-sales-slipping-away-millennials-think-its-gross.html

By |May 2nd, 2017|cleanse, Holistic, natural, NATURAL SKIN CARE, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Safe Or Clean? Now You Can Have Both!

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Safe and Clean

According to the National Capital Poison Center, some of the most common household poisons are cleaning products. Somehow it does not make sense… using poison to clean the things that you encounter daily. Yet, the average US home generates 20 pounds of hazardous waste each year. Surely, there is a better way to clean!

Walking down the aisle at your grocery store with the plethora of cleaning products is sure to give you some overwhelm.  What is safe?  If it says ‘free and clear’ or ‘natural’, is that better for you and the environment?  Or, if you are like me, you are instantly hit with a headache from the artificial scents. 

Cleaning ingredients vary in the type of health hazard they pose.  Some cause acute, or immediate, hazards such as skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns, while others are associated with chronic, or long-term, effects such as cancer.  The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found that one-third of the substances used in the fragrance industry are toxic.  But because the chemical formulas of fragrances are considered trade secrets, companies aren’t required to list their ingredients but merely label them as containing “fragrance”.  Although most cleaners don’t list ingredients (according to the FDA, cleaning products do NOT have to tell you their ingredients), you can learn something about a product’s hazards by reading its label.  Most labels bear a signal word, such as Danger, Warning or Caution, that provides some indication of a product’s toxicity.  Beside the signal word is usually a phrase that describes the nature of the hazard, such as “may cause skin irritation,” “flammable,” “vapors harmful,” or “may cause burns on contact.” [1]

And what happens when these hazardous cleaners disappear down our drains?  They contaminate our lakes and streams.  The chemicals used in cleaning products can break down into even more hazardous chemical compounds that do not readily absorb into the soil or water.  In fact, a special class of chemicals detected from detergents and surfactants, called APE’s (alkylphenol ethoxylates), have been shown to be a hormone disruptor, thus mimicking the hormone estrogen.

Are there ways to be SAFE and CLEAN?  Of course!

Jena’s favorite 7 natural ways to clean that are safe!

 

By |April 28th, 2017|cleanse, Holistic, Home|0 Comments

How to Truly Get Lucky this March

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In March, it’s not uncommon to hear about luck and, of course, the luck of the Irish. Here at Daisy Blue Naturals, we think there are better ways to get lucky than finding four-leaf clovers.

One way to truly get lucky “Daisy Blue Style” is to learn simple and painless ways to detox your body from harmful chemicals. Let’s face it, few things feel luckier than good health.

You can increase the probability of successfully detoxing your body when you make painless changes, changes that do not make you feel like you are suffering or missing out on something you enjoy. But is it even possible to detox your body without giving up some of your favorite things?detox

Fortunately, it is, and choosing a painless way to detox leads to easy implementation and commitment and therefore, success. Choosing a radical detox diet might produce radical results, but the road to success probably will not feel easy. Indeed, you may give in a day or two after getting started.

The secret to successfully detoxing your body is to set yourself up for success! Implement three to five truly painless ways to detox.

You Just Got Lucky!

Yes, you read that correctly. You just got lucky! You see, because we had such great feedback from our 5 Painless Ways to Detox Spa Experience in the month of January, we are now offering that presentation all year long.  Painless Ways to Detox Handout with Kits_5

If you like the idea of feeling healthier by detoxing and shedding a few pounds without suffering, you can schedule this engaging and informational presentation for yourself and a few friends. Many of the attendees let our Consultants know how much they appreciated the short format and the useful content.

You Just Got Luckier!

You can also order the Daisy Blue Detox Kit today, which includes our informational sheet about the 5 Painless Ways to Detox.

To learn more about Daisy Blue Naturals, contact Tammy Stanley, VP of Sales, at tstanley@daisybluenaturals.com

By |March 1st, 2017|cleanse, detox, Holistic, Holistic Health, natural|0 Comments

Read our Top 3 Chocolate Truths

Want to feel Amorous?  Try Chocolate!  

Love is in the air and chocolate is being enjoyed!  Why the infatuation with chocolate on Valentine’s Day?  Let’s take a look at the history of chocolate.

The history of chocolate is quite interesting and started over 2,000 years ago with the Aztec and Mayan people. The ‘wealthier’ people would drink water infused with cacao beans to create frothy chocolate drinks. (The first mocha)! They believed chocolate was an aphrodisiac, thus increasing the popularity of chocolate’s association with love and romance! Chocolate grew worldwide thanks to Christopher Columbus, who brought chocolate back to the Queen of Spain. At one point, chocolate was believed to be so potent in love that nuns were forbidden to eat it, and doctors used it to treat ‘broken hearts.’

At Daisy Blue, we use the same cocoa butter from the cocao tree in our products that is used for chocolate! You may be able to pick up the sweet scent of chocolate from time to time in the products containing cocoa butter!

Here are our top 3 ‘CHOCOLATE TRUTHS.’

  1. Chocolate is good for the heart! Not just the ‘broken’ heart, but it is seriously good for you! Chocolate is loaded with the antioxidant polyphenol, which inhibits bad cholesterol, thus keeping the heart arteries clean! (Polyphenols are also in green tea and red wine).
  2. Chocolate has mood-enhancing phytochemicals! Ever had a piece of good chocolate, and you found yourself smiling? Yep, it’s the chocolate! The Aztec and Mayans may have been onto something when they used chocolate as an aphrodisiac!
  3. Chocolate must be dark to be beneficial. Yes, we know that the Hershey’s bar tastes great, but what makes it taste that way is refined sugar and butterfat added to it. Natural fat (cocoa butter) in dark chocolate is good for you. It is comprised primarily of Stearic acid, which has been shown to act more like olive oil.  So how much dark chocolate do you need to consume to reap the benefits? Not very much. An average diet would only need about ½ oz. of dark chocolate per day.

Daisy Blue Love Massage Oil is a 100% natural aphrodisiac, edible, oil, that provides a natural lubrication and stimulates the senses to increase pleasure.  #9800, $27.00

What’s an aphrodisiac?  An aphrodisiac is defined as a substance that enhances or stimulates passion and sexual arousal.  There is no essential oil, herb, food, chemical or other substance that will magically or immediately arouse someone who does not want to become aroused.  Individuals that are physically or emotionally exhausted, under stress, lacking proper nutrition, depressed, anxious or physically ill have a significantly more difficult time enjoying intimacy.  Substances, including essential oils that are considered aphrodisiacs are substances that can help dissipate the physical, psychological or emotional ailments that may interfere with sexual desire or arousal.

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Daisy Blue Love Massage Oil doubles as a body ‘feel good’ oil.  The natural chocolate, cinnamon and mint essential oils have been said to help calm anxiety, boost the mood, and warm the body.  #9800, $27.00

Visit my website to learn more, and to purchase yours today!

By |February 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Kick That Cold, Naturally!

 

Kick that Cold, naturally!

‘Tis the season for colds and flu & we’ve got you covered at Daisy Blue.  (No worries, I won’t be switching from chemistry to poetry anytime soon)!

According to Mayo Clinic, symptoms of a common cold usually appear one to three days after exposure to the cold-causing virus.  Unless symptoms worsen, it is recommended to let the virus run its course.

Although you need to let the cold and flu viruses run their course you can help speed up your healing time by doing these simple steps:

  1.  Stay hydrated.  Double your water intake during this time.
  2. Drink warm fluids.  (Find a healing paleo chicken soup recipe that will help boost your immune system shared below).
  3. Get 8 hours, minimum, of sleep every night.  This is the time to take it easy.
  4. Cut dairy & processed foods.
  5. Use Daisy Blue Comfort Oil and Comfort Crystals to ease discomfort & allow for natural healing.

Why Comfort?

Let’s take a look at what makes our Comfort Oil & our Comfort Crystals work and how you can best use these two products in your healing.

The essential oil blend in Comfort, developed by Daisy Blue Naturals, plays a role in its effectiveness.  By using the following essential oils at just the right concentration for each created a holistic healing powerhouse.   What makes each of these essential oils right for Comfort?

EUCALYPTUS:  Eucalyptol is what gives this oil its therapeutic benefits.  It is the ingredient found in most cough drops and mouthwashes.  It controls mucous production in the body and is an effective treatment for the common cold.

SWEET ORANGE:  Anti-inflammatory and aids in respiratory infections, indigestion, muscle soreness, and is calming.

PEPPERMINT:  Soothes digestion & aids in reducing nausea, headaches, muscle aches, infections, and reduces fever.

LAVENDER:  Helps with respiratory, circulatory, and muscular conditions.  Lavender is very relaxing as well, and will help with insomnia, nausea, and headaches.

All four of these essential oils have high infection-fighting attributes as well.  The natural constituent, Camphor, is also present in our Comfort Oil.

Let’s take a comparative ingredient view of our Comfort Oil vs. Vicks Vapor Rub

VICKS VAPOR RUB contains 3 ingredients we say ‘stay away’ from.

  • Man-made Camphor from turpentine oil.
  • Petrolatum – from gasoline.
  • Fragrance – synthetic perfume.

As a comparison, our Comfort Oil contains the following 100% natural ingredients:

Organic Soya Oil, Avocado Oil, Castor Oil, Eucalyptus, Camphor, Peppermint, Lavender, & Sweet Orange Essential Oils, Vitamin E, and Rosemary Oil Extract. Cruelty Free, *Gluten-Free* 100% Natural *Phosphate & Sulfate Free *Synthetic Fragrance Free.

Education is the key to making an informed decision and Daisy Blue is here to help you along the way!

References

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/common-cold/symptoms-causes/dxc-20199808

Tortora, Funk & Case, (1992) Microbiology, Redwood City, CA: The Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Company, Inc.

Essential Science Publishing, (2002) Essential Oils Desk Reference, USA: ESP.

http://www.webmd.com

Keville, Kathi & Green, Mindy, (1995) Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, USA: Keville & Green.

 

What You Didn’t Know About Mascara

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WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT MASCARA

Prolonged chemically-laden makeup use causes cellular deficiency.  In other words, the longer you wear a chemically-laden mascara, the worse the damage will be to your eye and surrounding tissue.
Do you know what else happens?

The follicles of the eyelashes are associated with a number of glands.  When the follicle and sebaceous glands clog, your body goes into overload to try and ‘fix’ the clog.  If your body cannot clear it, a stye can form.  This is certainly a BIG HINT that whatever has been on your eyelashes is not good!  Your mucous membranes are trying to keep the chemicals from most mascaras OUT of your body & bloodstream by keeping the follicles clear and healthy.

And this occurs too. 

Damaged follicles will make your lashes grow stubby and in weird directions.  Many typical allergens and irritants are hidden in the ingredients in most mascaras, which can cause this damage.  Even mascaras labeled ‘natural’, ‘hypo-allergenic’, and ‘organic’ will more than likely have these ingredients.

Here are the MAIN OFFENDERS to avoid in mascara:

Acrylate Copolymer, and Polyvinylalcohol (PVA):   MAN-MADE CHEMICAL PLASTIC.  Typically created using acrylic acid (Dow chemical) and a pre-polymer.

Tromethamine:  This is an anti-inflammatory, used in the drug Toradol.

Ehtylhexylglycerin, Parabens, and Phenoxyethanol:  ARTIFICIAL PRESERVATIVE.  Irritant.  Synthetic preservative.

Dimethicone, Petrolatum, Propylene glycol, and Polybutene:  petroleum by-products that clog the eyelash and skin pores.  Irritant.applying-mascara

CHOOSE NATURAL!

We make it easy for you to find and use a mascara you can not only feel good about, but one that will actually make your eyelashes fuller, and healthier!  Our Natural Mascara contains NO HARSH CHEMICALS.  Check out our ingredient listing below.

Check out our FULL ingredients:  Water (aqua), *Chamomile hydrosol, Carnauba Wax, Mica, * Coffee Powder, *Rice Powder, *Sunflower Oil, *Corn Starch, Lecithin, Vitamin E, Oregano, Thyme, Cinnamon Bark, Rosemary, Goldenseal, *Lemon Peel Extract, * Grapefruit Seed Extract, Vanilla Plantifolia (Orchid) Extract, Iron Oxide, and Titanium Dioxide.

By |December 14th, 2016|Essential Oils, Makeup, NATURAL SKIN CARE|0 Comments

DOES SULFATE-FREE MEAN BETTER?

What’s the fuss over Sulfate-Free, and does it mean anything? 

I’m often asked to decipher cosmetic ingredient labels to see what is the good, the bad, and the ugly, that may be in a particular product.

Honestly, I am amazed at the amount of greenwashing that happens in skin care, hair care, and cosmetics.  I could write a book on the chemicals in our cosmetics and the detrimental effects those ingredients have on our bodies and our environment.

Recently, a friend of mine wanted to learn more about ‘sulfate-free’ shampoos, and if it makes them a better, more natural, choice.  First, let’s take a look at what a ‘sulfate’ is.  Chemically speaking, a sulfate is the salt or ester of sulfuric acid.  There are many chemical compounds created with sulfate, including metal sulfates, magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt), and detergent sulfates.

The ingredient, sodium lauryl sulfate (also known as sodium lauryl ether sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, and sodium laureth ether sulfate) is present in the majority of retail store and salon shampoos (about 90% that are on the market today) as a degreasing detergent.  This cheap ingredient is a known irritant and it has the potential to create the by-product, 1,4-dioxane, which is a registered and known carcinogen.

Dry-And-Damaged-Hair-Care-At-HomeBecause regular shampoo contains harmful and synthetic ingredients that are absorbed through our skin pores, we are putting ourselves at risk when we use a potential, carcinogenic product.  By using a regular shampoo, you are saying, ‘Hey, dangerous chemicals, come on in and put me and my body at risk for irritation and potentially cancer.’  Environmentally, sulfate production supports output and use of petroleum.  Another reason to discontinue sulfate-based shampoos is about sustainability.

Sulfate-free shampoos claim to remove any sulfate-based ingredient in their shampoos, but does that make them any better?  It still boils down to understanding the ingredients.  Let’s cut through the misconceptions of sulfate-free shampoos:

 

  1. Sulfate-free does NOT mean natural.
  2. Sulfate-free does NOT mean that another (or many) cheap, chemical surfactant wasn’t used.
  3. Sulfate-free does NOT mean non-irritating (in fact, most alternative ingredients used are just as irritating to the skin).
  4. Sulfate-free means that the salt or ester of sulfuric acid (sulfate) is NOT present. That’s it.

Another common misconception is the belief that shampoo needs to foam to be effective.  This belief is far from the tr

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  Daisy Blue Natural Shampoo & Conditioner

uth.  In fact, think of it this way.  If your shampoo produces a lot of suds, it is probably full of chemical detergents which can fade hair color, can cause hair to become brittle by stripping your hair of vital oils, and can increase hair breakage, leaving your locks limp and unhealthy.  Synthetic shampoos reduce the size of hair follicles, irritate and disrupt oil glands, and dry out the scalp.

A truly natural shampoo will produce some, or limited, suds, and will not strip your hair of its natural oils.  Your hair will feel squeaky clean, with added shine and bounce. A natural shampoo works great for oily hair too.  When oily hair is exposed to a detergent shampoo, natural hair oils are stripped, which tells your body to produce more oils to the scalp.  Over time, you may see new growth and strength, which are common side effects when switching from a synthetic, commercial shampoo to a truly natural one.

 

By |August 9th, 2016|NATURAL SKIN CARE, What is natural|0 Comments