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On-the-Go Green Beauty - healthy and sustainable summer travel essentials

Posted by on 6/28/2018 to Natural Beauty News and Trends
On-the-Go Green Beauty - healthy and sustainable summer travel essentials
'Tis the season to always have a bag packed with essentials in case of spontaneous getaways.  Fun can happen at a moment's notice whether it's a day trip to float a local river or a week or a jaunt to a big city to see the sights.  

The green beauty industry is growing by leaps and bounds, but it can still be tricky to just pick up something trustworthy and effective while you're out and about.  That means a little planning is apropos to make sure you have glowy, happy skin everywhere you go.  We've got a few green beauty faves you'll want to make sure to include in your "go" bag.

Click through to see our top independently-made, cruelty-free, and natural recommendations for your warm-weather fun.

Hands On - The power of touch in esthetics and why facial massage delivers major healing and beauty benefits

Posted by on 2/10/2018 to Natural Beauty News and Trends
Hands On - The power of touch in esthetics and why facial massage delivers major healing and beauty benefits

"Healing is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing nature." -W.H. Auden

Modern life has become increasingly mechanized as we add more and more technology to activities that once were human-driven.  In our quest for efficiency and advancement we often end up physically isolating ourselves.  A video conference with people across the country allows us to share ideas, but not something as simple as a touch.  A technology-mediated world is increasingly resulting in touch disappearing from our daily lives.  This disappearance is to our detriment.  

In addition to technology affecting our opportunities for physical contact, cultural norms may complicate the idea of touch. Some cultures are much more prickly than others about what constitutes an acceptable touch interaction. The relatively reserved roots of much of USA culture may be partially responsible for the reluctance Americans can have with touch. People immersed in a restrictive culture may not even realize how many opportunities for touch are lost. Religious restrictions can complicate habits around touch as well.  Another factor like local climate can set the tone for touch interactions, with cultures in warm, sunny environments tending to adopt a more touch-friendly culture.  This leaves individuals in Northern areas literally out in the cold touch-wise.

The loss of this important facet to human life should be of concern, and luckily the esthetics world is in a wonderful position to reintroduce therapeutic touch to many people's lives.

Read on to find out more about the impressive benefits of therapeutic touch in esthetics.

Healthy Growth - how estheticians can position, market, and communicate in the expanding green beauty industry

Posted by on 10/10/2017 to Natural Beauty News and Trends
Healthy Growth - how estheticians can position, market, and communicate in the expanding green beauty industry

The green beauty industry has come into its own. That means amazing business opportunities for everyone interested in working in this field. 

Blissoma was founded well before the green beauty trend really took off. Being at the leading edge of consumer education on natural products more than 10 years ago was important work but it was often exhausting trying to sell people something they were not quite mentally and emotionally ready for. We can personally testify to the value of a consumer that is ready to embrace a new idea and make changes.

In 2017 the market is fully prepared and customers are waking up to the value of naturally based products. How can your esthetics practice take advantage of this market trend and maximize your relationship with naturally focused customers? Click through to continue reading to get some valuable tips to communicate your position as a leader and get the most out of the enthusiasm for green beauty.

Ritual vs Routine - how a change of action and intention can change impact

Posted by on 9/16/2017 to Natural Beauty News and Trends
Ritual vs Routine - how a change of action and intention can change impact

Words have power, and sometimes we need to spend a moment thinking about how we use them in order to finely tune our lived experience.

Two of the words that pop up in the skincare world are "ritual" and "routine". Look up any Youtube beauty vlogger channel and you're likely to see a skincare routine video. But now some brands are starting to use the word ritual to describe the process of interacting with their products. Is this just a fancy marketing tactic designed to sprinkle special fairy dust on products and brands, or is there more to this? We've been thinking about that.

Keep reading to discover how these concepts could change the impact you get out of your beauty routine.

Natural Makeup Spotlight - Flattering Red Lipstick for Every Skintone

Posted by on 7/20/2017 to Natural Beauty News and Trends
Natural Makeup Spotlight - Flattering Red Lipstick for Every Skintone
Want an instant pick-me-up? A perfect red lipstick evokes passion, love, strength, and courage.  It's an easy way to flatter and brighten your face in mere seconds. While it can be daunting to choose the perfect red for your complexion, the key is knowing your skin tone and selecting the correct shade and intensity of red.

Read the entire article below

Natural sunscreen success! Avoid sunburn using the best natural mineral sunscreens this summer

Posted by on 7/8/2017 to Natural Beauty News and Trends
Natural sunscreen success! Avoid sunburn using the best natural mineral sunscreens this summer
Summer skin doesn't have to be sunburned skin.  Every year we are asked what sunscreens we prefer.  Here are a few of the naturals mineral sunscreen options we have in the store and that we endorse and use ourselves.  By taking a few precautions first you can avoid sunburn, sun damage and the drying effects of too much sunshine.  

For outdoor activities such as a beach trip, river float or camping, it's easy to include a few products by Blissoma and All Good in your sun care arsenal.  Click through to read more and increase your natural suncare IQ.

Summer Green Beauty "must haves" for 2017 - Natural makeup and more for sunny days!

Posted by on 6/3/2017 to Natural Beauty News and Trends
Summer Green Beauty
Summer means switching up your beauty routine to spicy, sizzling colors, warm natural makeup tones, and employing tricks to keep makeup in place and skin looking it's glowing best.  Blissoma's makeup artist Laurie has selected her favorite green beauty products for summer from our amazing indie beauty brands.  You absolutely need these products in your bag to make it through your summer in nontoxic style.

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.

Multitasking Beauty Products and Minimalist Beauty - 3 more ways to use Lavish Beta-glucan Mask

Posted by on 2/6/2017 to Natural Beauty News and Trends
Multitasking Beauty Products and Minimalist Beauty - 3 more ways to use Lavish Beta-glucan Mask

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 gentle to be used on skin that was already inflamed.  It quickly reduces the appearance of redness and diminishes the appearance of inflammation from environmental irritants and even allergic reactions to other skincare products.

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.

Cruelty Free Products Protect Animal Rights

Posted by on 1/2/2017 to Natural Beauty News and Trends
Cruelty Free Products Protect Animal Rights
With the recent adoption of our bunny, Blossom, we hope to educate others on the importance of shopping cruelty free. 

Rabbits just like Blossom are subject to the abuse of animal testing. Now when our customers walk in, they will be able to put a face to the name: the victims of animal cruelty. We create cruelty free products to protect the lives of bunnies, beagles, and all other animals tortured in the name of beauty. 

Keep reading for more details about how you can end animal testing of cosmetics.

The Truth About Animal Testing

Posted by on 10/14/2016 to Natural Beauty News and Trends
The Truth About Animal Testing

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. 


Natural Beauty comes to St. Louis - your one stop conscious beauty shop is Blissoma Botanical Beauty

Posted by on 12/1/2015 to Natural Beauty News and Trends
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.

Natural Beauty products carried at the Blissoma Botanical Beauty Store including natural mascara, mineral eyeshadow, natural foundations, natural lipstick, natural cream blush and more.

Click through to read more about the fantastic natural beauty brands we are stocking to help you make your whole routine green.