- Bug Repellent Essential Oils - a DIY oil blend recipe and dilution rates for natural bug spray
- Natural Makeup Spotlight - Flattering Red Lipstick for Every Skintone
- Sunflowers and their Seeds - the Vitamin E producing blossoms perfect for sensitive skin
- Natural sunscreen success! Avoid sunburn using the best natural mineral sunscreens this summer
- Summer Green Beauty "must haves" for 2017 - Natural makeup and more for sunny days!
- Multitasking Beauty Products and Minimalist Beauty - 3 more ways to use Lavish Beta-glucan Mask
- How sugar affects skin health and may be causing skin problems
- Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil for Skin
- Cruelty Free Products Protect Animal Rights
- Super Foods in Skincare: Reishi Mushroom Hydrates Dry, Sensitive Skin
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The humble Sunflower is an example of a miraculous botanical that could use a little more appreciation, so we're shining a spotlight today. We consider Sunflower Seed oil to be one of the unsung heroes of natural skincare for some very good reasons.
Sunflower Seed oil is not an expensive or "precious" natural skincare oil largely because sunflowers are super easy to grow. They aren't finicky and they produce a huge head of seeds that are rich with oil. Sometimes the abundance of something can make it easy to overlook the true value, though.
Read on to discover more about this powerhouse plant and what its special seeds can do for sensitive skin.
Check out the list by clicking through to the full post. Some products can be purchased on our website in our "Beauty" section. Others will be available only through the Blissoma store in St. Louis.
Often for a product to do just one thing really well is enough. Trying to do too much often ends up with a product that slacks in some area. Beauty editors and minimalists (and people on a budget) are perpetually looking for multitasking beauty products, though. It seems like a great idea to be able to do several things with only one investment.
Our wonder cream Lavish Loving Recovery Beta-glucan Mask defies the odds by multitasking like a champ. We initially developed it as a recipe to deeply hydrate post-treatment or very irritated skin. It had to be super calming to be used on skin that was already inflamed. We've seen it promptly quench allergic reactions that were occurring from other products. Redness and burning? Gone after a good soak in its soothing powers. Lavish can combat environmental irritants and pollutants as well.
So, of course you know from it's name that it's a mask, but it can do SO much more. This multitasking beauty product is going to earn its spot on your shelf.
Click through to read three more things you can do with this hydrating, natural miracle cream.
While sugar is the centerpiece for most holidays and family traditions it has been found recently to be more addictive than cocaine. We might find it comforting to have around there is a price to be paid for consuming refined sugars. Is the emotional tie and physical addiction worth the consequences? Is regulating sugar our best solution?
You can apply all the best skincare products but eating the wrong foods can jeopardize your beauty results. Keep reading to find out more about how sugar is affecting your body and the quality of your skin health.
Cannabis’s medicinal benefits have been known to relieve chronic pain, ease anxiety, and offer an insomniac a decent night’s rest. No longer widely stigmatized, cannabis is reaching mainstream markets in the form of chocolates and sprays. One time-honored variety of cannabis is the hemp plant which lacks psychoactive compounds. Hemp seeds produce a valuable oil that is an ideal addition to natural skincare products.
Click through to read more about how hemp seed oil can benefit your skin.
Keep reading for more details about how you can end animal testing of cosmetics.
Known as the “Mushroom of Immortality”, reishi has been embraced for its potent medicinal qualities for the last 2,000 years.
Reishi contains a powerful supply of Beta-glucans, which can help to calm dry, itchy skin. Beta-glucans are special sugars from mushrooms that have the ability to modulate the immune system. They are also capable of penetrating deeply through multiple layers of skin which means healing results in places other ingredients may not reach.
Provide your dry, stressed and inflamed skin with penetrating hydration; add reishi mushrooms into your skincare routine. Click to keep reading about the benefits of Reishi mushrooms.
The Truth about Animal Testing
Estée Lauder, Mary Kay, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Aveeno, Kiehl’s and Covergirl are just a few of the popular, mainstream brands that still test their products on animals.
Household products & cosmetics are regularly tested for their efficacy and safety. Unfortunately, bunnies, guinea pigs, and rats are commonly abused in order to complete these tests. Testing on animals is not only cruel, but it is also ineffective and unnecessary. Alternative methods of testing, such as testing on cell cultures or digital models, are often cheaper, quicker, and more accurate.
The needless violence of animal testing can be avoided. Hundreds of companies produce safe and effective products without harming animals in the process. As consumers, we can eliminate animal testing by choosing to buy only cruelty free products.
Are your cosmetics messing with your hormones?
You can find hormone altering chemicals littered throughout your home. The most common endocrine disruptors found in your cosmetics and perfumes are phthalates, which can absorb into the skin and move into the bloodstream. Phthalate exposure has been linked to various health concerns including thyroid issues, hormone changes, obesity, diabetes and lower sperm count.
With the influx of research regarding endocrine disruptors, the need for conscious consumerism is crucial. By simply reading your cosmetic labels, you can help to limit your exposure to phthalates.
Protect your health and enhance your skin by investing in clean, phthalate free beauty products.
Natural Beauty comes to St. Louis - your one stop conscious beauty shop is Blissoma Botanical Beauty
Celebrate who you are in your deepest heart. Love yourself and the world will love you.Amy Leigh Mercree
We've worked for months on renovating our new space - the *only* space in St. Louis devoted to high performance, authentically natural, plant-strong, organic, and cruelty-free beauty products. Our talented staff has spent months testing the best brands in natural makeup, haircare, and nontoxic nail polish. We are NOW OPEN weekdays from 9 AM to 5 PM and Saturdays from 10 AM to 4 PM to serve you in an intimate, luxurious, bohemian loft style setting. We specialize in education and giving you a great service experience in learning about how to make your beauty routine more nontoxic, eco-friendly, and effective.
You may be an occasional wearer of lip gloss and nothing more, or a polished professional who likes her look "just so" or perhaps a funky fan of electric blue eyeshadow.... Whatever your aesthetics we've got options for you that meet or exceed performance of conventional cosmetics. The best news for you is that it's all healthy for your skin (so your foundation won't ruin all the good things you're doing with your facial care routine) and guilt free for your health and even sustainable for the planet.
Even better yet, you'll be supporting independent businesses that are largely woman-owned and who are doing the right thing for clients, the environment, and their staff. Ethics and sustainability are gorgeous! Supporting conscious businesses lets your inner beauty shine.
Click through to read more about the fantastic natural beauty brands we are stocking to help you make your whole routine green.
"I want to be my best, strongest, most authentic, conscious, and loving self."
We love getting up every day and working to make the world a better place. Sure, we make super pure, herbal products that outperform conventional brands but there is SO much more to love about what we do and how we do it. At least 64 more reasons to love us to be exact...
Blissoma products do not use:
- Hormone disrupting chemicals
- Ethoxylated surfactant chemicals like polysorbates
- Ingredients tainted by 1,4 dioxane
- Polyethylene glycol (PEG) ingredients
- Irradiated ingredients
- Synthetic preservatives
- Synthetic fragrances
- Strong acids
- Triclosan or Triclocarban
- Animal ingredients
- Animal testing
Click through to read all the other amazing reasons we are a vital force in the green beauty world.
"My skin has been so dry!"
Blissoma founder Julie Longyear appeared on Show Me St. Louis on Friday to discuss timely tips to help your skin survive the winter in happy, hydrated condition. The products you use in your morning skincare routine can make a big difference in your skin's hydration all day long. Use these 3 natural skincare tips and you'll be happy even when cold winds are howling.
1. Pay attention to Ph when cleansing.
Using a soap-based cleanser can throw off skin's Ph and leave it feeling dry and aggravated. Skin has a natural Ph of around 5.5 which is acidic. Soap is alkaline at a Ph of approximately 9 or 10 usually. Instead of soap use a natural, non-soap based cleanser like Free Rejuvenating Herbal Gel Cleanser or Fresh Mild Rice Cleanser which has an acidic Ph like skin. This leaves the skin's acid mantle intact. Disruption of the acid mantle can cause problems including dehydration and even acne for some people. You'll notice less tightness and discomfort to the skin when you use a natural, Ph correct cleanser.
Read the rest of our dry skin tips and see the video by clicking through to the full post.
Help us heal Ferguson - 15% of Blissoma retail sales for December will go to Earthdance Farms and St. Louis Area Foodbank
"A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal."Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
Dear clients and friends,
Blissoma has our headquarters and production studio in St. Louis City. Since August of this year civil unrest has rocked our community. Ferguson is located just 15 minutes down highway 70 from our production studio in North City. Friends and business associates have been closely affected by the struggle our community has faced. Some live and work in the Ferguson area, some have given up work time to protest or volunteer with repair efforts, and everyone in St. Louis has been emotionally riveted and strained by the history-making civil rights struggles and legal events.
While discussion continues about details, positions, and legal processes what is crystal clear is that our community has a lot of healing to do. Bridging divides requires generosity and venues where citizens can work hand in hand to create understanding. People also have immediate and urgent needs due to loss of income from their businesses being destroyed, looted, or having sales impacted by the unfolding events.
7 years ago when searching for a studio location I purposefully chose a distressed urban neighborhood in North St. Louis City because I believe in personally working towards restoration of our city's economic fabric and commmunity strength. Since then I have done everything I can to bring prosperity and progress to our neighborhood. Every dollar spent at Blissoma helps us create more fair wage jobs in St. Louis City, improve our historic building, and solidify a brighter future for Hyde Park. We know we are doing what we can every day to make our community better. However, we would like to do more this month.
We were fortunate that our building has been safe and intact and our staff has been able to work consistently through the Ferguson unrest. Because we are still in a position of strength we want to use that strength to help two organizations that are in a prime position to help make real progress with short and long term solutions for the Ferguson community.
Read more about how you can help us help Ferguson by clicking through to the full post.
"I never once felt self-conscious about potential odor issues."
Want to know what others are saying about Blissoma's new toxin-free natural deodorants before you decide? Our aluminum-free sprays and Scentless Stick product all perform differently using unique ingredients, so each has its fans. Getting the scoop from bloggers may help you decide which product would be the best natural deodorant for you.
Check out the reviews that are stacking up from green beauty bloggers:
Chickweed and Blushsays the Juniper spray and Scentless Stick work for her.
Beautiful with Brainsgives our Scentless Stick a 4 out of 5 stars and our Citrus Spray a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
EcoCultgives our Lavender spray a big "Yes!".
EatDrinkShrink'sGabrielle says she was surprised she liked our Scentless Stick the most.
Blooming in Bedlamloved both our Juniper spray and our stick and they kept her fresh while on vacation.
Whole pomegranate extract with punicalagins proven best to prevent UVA and UVB damage to skin and collagen synthesis
"Estimates state that 80-99% of what we see on our skin as adults is the result of exposure to daylight, which is referred to as photoaging. Manifestations of photoaging include an increase in wrinkle formation, a loss of tension and elasticity, degeneration of the vascular supply and skin thickness, hyperpigmentation and other skin discoloration, dilated capillaries (telangiectasis) and a reduction in the water-binding properties of the skin."
International Dermal Institute, Dr. Diana Howard
Exposure to UVA and UVB rays prompts a host of results to skin including cell damage and death, increases in inflammatory response, increases in skin's free radical content, and increased activity of collagenases which are enzymes that degrade collagen structures. The typical recommendation from dermatologists is to wear sunscreen, but chemical sunscreens are especially fraught with complications including allergic reactions, hormonal disruption, and the fact that they can actually increase the free radical production in sun exposed skin!
A wholly different approach to prevention of skin aging is to use nutrients like antioxidants to boost the natural damage resistance of the skin.
Read more by clicking through to our complete article on how you can boost your natural sun damage resistance with pomegranate antioxidants.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch features Julie Longyear and Blissoma for reviving business in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood.
"Against this backdrop of empty and crumbling homes and factories, entrepreneurs, like Longyear, saw possibility."
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch covered the business revival of the historic Hyde Park neighborhood for the front page of the business section. Independent entrepreneurs Julie Longyear of Blissoma, the Ulmers of Cornerstone Cafe, the mission-based Sun Cafe team and Vanity Gee of the Rebuild Foundation were all interviewed, quoted, and featured for our work bringing life back to this challenged urban landscape.
"Vanity Gee, program manager for Rebuild Foundation and Art House, said Hyde Park has plenty of misconceptions. 'A lot of people who don’t live here have misinformed beliefs about what this neighborhood is like,' she said. 'That could deter some businesses from opening here.'"
Blissoma was honored to be included in this exceptional piece of writing that offers a kinder, more accurate depiction of our often maligned neighborhood. We're proud to be a change-maker, job creator, and active, positive resident of this misunderstood area. There is hope for Hyde Park and it is in every person who chooses to believe in something better and offer their time and effort to make it so.Read the full article on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website.
Blissoma joins the Humane Society in the Be Cruelty Free Campaign and legislative initiative with Representative Jim Moran to end animal testing in cosmetics and skincare
"Blissoma was founded to heal skin and create healthy beauty for our clients. We would never want to hurt animals as a part of that process. We use ingredients that are proven safe and effective by centuries of herbal use and test only on ourselves and friends when developing recipes. Many of our ingredients are Certified Organic food grade ingredients and their healing capacity is well documented. Our recipes are also Certified Vegan so every ingredient also comes strictly from botanicals. Blissoma will maintain our commitment to kindness and compassion to all creatures as a part of beauty and we commit to never using any ingredients that engage in animal testing. Beauty truly is as beauty does."
H.R. 4148 prohibits animal testing for cosmetics manufactured or sold in the U.S., ending painful tests that rabbits, mice, rats, and guinea pigs endure to assess the safety of cosmetics. The Humane Society of the USA is working with 133 companies and Representative Jim Moran from Northern Virginia to pass a bill that would make animal testing for cosmetics in the United States illegal. It is unnecessary as a wealth of ingredients have already been established as safe. Animals do not need to suffer for the sake of "beauty".
Blissoma is joining the other business supporters of Be Cruelty Free to champion a cause that we have always believed in.
Read more about what you can do to help end animal suffering by clicking through to the full post.
Organic Spa Magazine says mushrooms are a breakthrough in anti-aging skincare and recommends Lavish Loving Recovery Beta-glucan Mask
"Breakthrough ingredients and new formulations are the secret to ageless - and beautiful - skin."
Organic Spa Magazine covers the best natural, spa quality skincare and in April 2014 Blissoma received a feature for our use of medicinal mushrooms in Lavish Loving Recovery Beta-glucan mask. Writer Celia Shatzman says, "Now, thanks to the meteoric rise of green cosmeceuticals, there are plenty of options that incorporate potent natural ingredients to deliver powerful results."
"Packed with vitamin D, selenium, and antioxidants, mushrooms safeguard skin from discoloration and their anti-inflammatory properties help with rosacea, acne and eczema."
Blissoma's herbal chemist Julie Longyear was quoted on the benefits of Beta-glucans, which are complex, immune stimulating polysaccharides found in mushrooms.Try Lavish Loving Recovery Beta-glucan Mask with Reishi and Maitake mushrooms
Vegan Cuts Beauty Box - Blissoma included in the Be Cruelty Free Beauty Box benefitting the Humane Society of the US
"Transitioning to a vegan lifestyle isn't just about the food on your plate. It's about making compassionate choices in all aspects of life, including the products we put on our bodies. That's why we curated the special edition Be Cruelty-Free Box. It's packed with some of our favorite body care products–shampoos, moisturizers, lip balms, and more—that we know you'll love as much as we do."
Vegan Cuts has curated Blissoma's Awake Morning Firming Moisture into this special box that contains over $100 worth of natural, cruelty-free beauty for just $39. It includes products from leading, kind companies like Crazy Rumors, Dr. Bronner's, Beauty Without Cruelty, Aubrey Organics, Schmidt's and more. The box makes a perfect gift for a family member or friend that you'd like to introduce to kind beauty practices and the proceeds from the box benefit the Humane Society of the US. Support a policy of no animal testing for skincare and beauty products and go cruelty-free!purchase your box
Is touching your face really a bad thing like so many beauty sites say? Learn why touching your face is fantastic in this tutorial video featuring our new Blissoma staff esthetician, Lauren.
Learn the technique to give yourself a facial massage from a trained esthetician. Massage is a natural way to improve blood flow, relax muscles, and prevent acne, blackheads, and dull skin tone by helping relieve skin congestion. How to make your skin look younger, more bouncy and bright in just minutes each day and it doesn't cost anything but time. Results can be like a natural face lift when this is done regularly. Use skincare products you have on hand already like your favorite natural facial cleanser or facial oil. We demonstrate the facial massage technique using Blissoma's Restore Deep Healing Oil serum.
Featuring: Julie Longyear, Herbal Chemist for Blissoma Holistic Skincare and Lauren Staebell, Blissoma Staff Esthetician
Natural Solutions Beauty with a Conscience Awards 2013 - Blissoma Tone Adaptive Energy Tonique wins Best Natural Facial Toner!
"Blissoma’s toner uses 10 natural active ingredients and a recipe with antioxidants, adaptogens, and vitamins to help hydrate your skin. The organic herbs help skin respond to internal and external stressors and also soothe irritations."
Blissoma's Tone Adaptive Energy Tonique has won Best Facial Toner in the 5th Annual Beauty with a Conscience Awards from Natural Solutions Magazine.
2013 was a great year for Blissoma in natural skincare. We became an editor favorite with many top blogs and publications including Natural Solutions. They rated our cold brewed, raw nutrient based toner recipe as Best Facial Toner of 2013. The recipe includes adaptogenic and collagen building herbs like organic Holy Basil, Calendula, and Rhodiola to calm skin and simultaneously stimulate repair. You can read all the details about this healing herbal skincare recipe with a full ingredients list on the page for Tone Adaptive Energy Tonique.See more of the Natural Solutions 5th Annual Beauty with a Conscience Winners.
Blissoma's Bright Eye Vitalizing Nutrient Complex won runner up placement in the 5th Annual Beauty with a Conscience Awards from Natural Solutions Magazine.
We are so proud that this amazing recipe got a mention next to many much bigger brands. Our clients agree too, as it continues to improve fine lines and help under eye darkness for many people. The time-release, stabilized Vitamin C is a proven effective anti-aging skincare ingredient, and the organic herb base and nutritious oils make the total recipe certainly worthy of mention. You can read all the details about this healing herbal skincare recipe with a full ingredients list on the page for Bright Eye Vitalizing Nutrient Serum.
See the full listing of winning products in the Natural Solutions Beauty with a Conscience Awards.
"As someone who’s done some damage to my skin from too much sun as a very stupid teenager, I’m always on the lookout for something to help repair and prevent further assault. This super rich, thoughtfully blended serum features pomegranate extract, shown to help repair UV damaged cells, paired with a host of other actives in a quick-absorbing, low-scent serum that I wish I could submerge myself in from head to toe daily."
Read more of the review of Amend Facial Solar Repair Serum on The Chalkboard
"This rich, deep moisturizing oil is beautiful for mature and dry skin types – especially those who are looking for anti-aging effects. Don’t be turned off by the green colour, it comes from organic hemp oil which is packed with phytonutrients,. The addition of Calendula CO2 (supercritical extract) is a uniquely helpful ingredient for cell regeneration."
Read Kate's full post on the best natural facial oils on Living Pretty Naturally.
Well Beauty Blog reviewed Blissoma's Smooth A+ Perfecting Serum and Amend Facial Solar Repair Serum this summer. She loved them both and had plenty to say about the formulations and how they worked for her.
About Smooth A+ Perfecting Serum she says this...
"Within a few days, red bumps and irritation were gone! This was a month ago and my skin continues to look better every day. My major skin concerns are uneven skin tone, redness on my nose, cheeks and chin, and breakouts around that time-of-the-month. This has helped all 3. My skin looks much more even-toned with less redness (more into why in the ingredients below) and my breakouts are even fewer."
And about our Amend Facial Solar Repair Anti-Aging Serum she is equally happy...
"After applying this right after and then again before bed, I found my skin was less red and irritated than it usually is after getting too much sun. Most of my sunburn was completely gone by morning. One more day of applying the serum and my sunburn was completely gone! Now for you tan ladies, you probably have no idea why this would be impressive. But my fair ladies know – a sunburn gone in 24 hours? That’s pretty amazing."- Cori
read more of the Smooth A+ Serum review
read more of the Amend Serum review
"As a serum, [Smooth A+ Perfecting Serum] works effectively and efficiently in calming down my blemishes and moisturizing my skin. It leaves my skin feeling less irritated and well hydrate after washing and toning. I tested this product out on a big red pimple which I had on my forehead and the very next day, it was reduced to a tiny bump and another day later, it resulted in a flatted brown spot! Being no stranger with blemishes, I wish I found this sooner and I would recommend this to all who has problem skin!"
And about our Refine Clay Renewal Treatment...
...after washing it off, it leaves my face feeling soft, clean and naturally scented! As for the sensitivity side of my skin, no irritation or any new breakout after usage, in fact, it does help improve my overall skin condition with the use of Smooth A+ Serum!"
Beauty pageant winner and natural skincare lover Jody Liu won both the title of Miss Singapore Global and Miss Global International in summer 2013. With all the time spent with heavy makeup on her skin sometimes suffers breakouts. She uses Blissoma's Smooth A+ Serum and Refine Clay Renewal Treatment to tame her acne and get her skin back to happy.Read more of Jody Liu's review on her blog.
"The first product I fell in love with was the Refine Clay Renewal Treatment Mask. If you have acne-prone skin, this mask will be your new best friend. (I can't stress the importance of utilizing clay masks at least once a week as the weather gets warmer. Clogged pores lead to breakouts. No one wants that.) The Refine mask combines Rhassoul clay, willow bark, and zinc oxide to decongest and detoxify and licorice to brighten. Talk about the perfect combination!"Megan
Read the rest of Seed to Serum's review on her blog.