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Holistic Facial Beauty Benefits – 10 reasons you need natural facial treatment and skin care from a professional holistic esthetician to keep skin beautiful right now

Posted by on 8/4/2019 to Natural Beauty News and Trends
Holistic Facial Beauty Benefits – 10 reasons you need natural facial treatment and skin care from a professional holistic esthetician to keep skin beautiful right now

There are thousands of skin care products available for shoppers to choose from, and having a “spa night” is a common treat for a relaxing evening at home. With all the masks, exfoliants, serums and peels that can be purchased for at-home use a facial service from a holistic esthetician might seem superfluous. But if you are serious about keeping skin beautiful nothing could be further from the truth.

Read on to discover why the beauty benefits you get from a professional holistic facial will blow your at-home facial treatments away.

Recovery from Skin Problems - The Best Reasons to Give Your Summer Skin a Vacation

Posted by on 7/10/2019 to Skin Specifics
Recovery from Skin Problems - The Best Reasons to Give Your Summer Skin a Vacation
Vacation reduces stress levels, gets you out of the office, and allows you to spend time doing the things you enjoy. Here’s a secret you may not know about. Taking a holiday also delivers big time benefits for beautiful summer skin recovery from common skin problems. 

Is Coconut Oil Good for Acne? Surprising Info on the Popular Skin Care Ingredient

Posted by on 12/21/2018 to Ingredient Profiles
Is Coconut Oil Good for Acne? Surprising Info on the Popular Skin Care Ingredient
While coconut oil has made a splash in the beauty and wellness world, one topic that commonly comes up when talking about the popular ingredient is coconut oil and acne. Yes, it’s light and non-greasy. Yes, it provides a cooling sensation that makes inflamed and irritated skin feel good initially. But you may be surprised to learn that coconut oil isn’t always the best choice for acne prone skin.

Is Coconut Oil Causing Dry Skin? What You Need to Know

Posted by on 12/4/2018 to Ingredient Profiles
Is Coconut Oil Causing Dry Skin? What You Need to Know
Coconut oil has gained a big following in natural beauty circles in recent years. This oil does have a significant list of benefits, including the fact that it is readily available at many natural food stores, affordable, shelf stable, natural, and not environmentally problematic. It’s one of the most popular natural oils, to be sure. But is coconut oil causing dry skin or allergic type reaction in certain skin types? Let’s take a closer look at both the pros and cons of using this cult beauty hit.

The Truth About Hormonal Skin Aging and Ways to Improve It

Posted by on 11/28/2018 to Skin Specifics
The Truth About Hormonal Skin Aging and Ways to Improve It
All women will deal with hormonal upheaval when perimenopause and menopause set in. For some the effects are minimal. For others they can be majorly disruptive. Not only can hormonal imbalance cause physical, mental, and emotional distress, but hormonal skin aging too. 

How to Treat Hormonal Acne Naturally - hormonal acne symptoms and herbs that can help

Posted by on 11/1/2018 to Skin Specifics
How to Treat Hormonal Acne Naturally - hormonal acne symptoms and herbs that can help
Skin not as happy as it used to be? If you’ve tried every product you can get your hands on to make your complexion look clearer and healthier to no avail, it’s time to look deeper. Your hormones may be wreaking havoc with your skin. Find out how to zero in on what’s causing your breakouts and how to treat hormonal acne naturally.

How to Brighten Skin Naturally and Improve The Look of Sun Damage on Your Face

Posted by on 10/5/2018 to Skin Specifics
How to Brighten Skin Naturally and Improve The Look of Sun Damage on Your Face
Complexion looking less than lovely post-summer? Find out how to brighten skin naturally and improve the look of sun damage on face with natural ingredients. 

A dry, sandpapery, sallow complexion may sound more like a winter situation than warmer weather skin issues, but these are all culprits of late summer, early fall skin. Mainly caused by sun damage, which is why it's important to wear effective sunscreen, high humidity, sand, wind, salt water, and chlorine all take a toll on the complexion, as well.

Surprising facts about why it's important to wear sunscreen year round, and the best sunscreen ingredients for your skin

Posted by on 8/31/2018 to Skin Specifics
Surprising facts about why it's important to wear sunscreen year round, and the best sunscreen ingredients for your skin
You may not be spending as many days at the pool or beach once fall arrives, but that doesn’t mean you should stop using sunscreen completely. Find out why it's important to wear sunscreen all year and which types of sunscreen ingredients make the best SPF.

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.

Cleansing is crucial! Learn how cleaning your face with the best face wash for you can solve your skin problems

Posted by on 4/14/2018 to Skin Specifics
Cleansing is crucial!  Learn how cleaning your face with the best face wash for you can solve your skin problems
Serums, masks, and moisturizers are often called upon to be the heavy hitters of a skincare routine.  They certainly receive the bulk of marketing attention, and the highest price tags.  People often assume that only products that you leave on your skin can have an affect enough to justify paying for a quality product.

Facial cleansers are often the underdog in a skincare routine.  Overlooked and underappreciated, people will often skimp on face wash products. They would never expect that by doing this they are subtly sabotaging their skin health.

Want to know how?  Read on to learn how you can streamline your routine and get the best benefits.

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.

DIY Whipped Shea Butter Recipe - An easy, natural, 5 ingredient extremely dry skin treatment for hands and body

Posted by on 1/15/2018 to Ingredient Profiles
DIY Whipped Shea Butter Recipe - An easy, natural, 5 ingredient extremely dry skin treatment for hands and body
Dry skin can be a problem no matter what season you're in.  In winter it's cold outside air and heated air inside buildings that sucks the hydration straight out of unprotected skin.  In arid, desert environments or high mountain altitudes even summer can be hard on skin with strong winds, bright sun, and low humidity.  Hand washing and hot showers can strip your natural skin oils, leaving your hands and body virtually unprotected.

Luckily while nature is creating our problems it also supplies solutions.  The people of Western and Central Africa have faced harsh, dry conditions for decades, and shea butter is one of their favorite remedies from the earth.  This rich plant butter soothes and coats skin with lipids and other therapeutic substances to restore elasticity and comfort.

Shea butter themed products have become popular in recent years, but often manufactured products contain only a small percentage of this valuable butter.  If you want the real deal with pure, natural shea you can make your own whipped shea butter at home with just 5 ingredients.  We're putting you in control of your dry skin destiny, so click "read more" to continue to our recipe.

A surprisingly affordable substitute for rose otto essential oil - Palmarosa essential oil benefits, uses, and recipes

Posted by on 1/8/2018 to Ingredient Profiles
A surprisingly affordable substitute for rose otto essential oil - Palmarosa essential oil benefits, uses, and recipes
Palmarosa essential oil is a lovely oil extracted from the tropical Palmarosa or Indian Geranium plant.   It is called Palmarosa due to the similarity between its sweet floral fragrance and rose oil.  The scent may surprise you, though, since the sweet aroma comes simply from blades of the grass rather than from a blossom.

Read our full article to find out more about how this wonderful oil can save you money and let you luxuriate in the aroma of rose more often.

The Holistic Guide to Natural Dark Circles Treatment - Home beauty remedies, herbs, and nutrition to reduce dark circles under eyes

Posted by on 12/28/2017 to Skin Specifics
The Holistic Guide to Natural Dark Circles Treatment - Home beauty remedies, herbs, and nutrition to reduce dark circles under eyes
If you have dark circles under your eyes chances are you would like them gone as quickly as possible. Luckily there are quite a few things you can do naturally at home as beauty remedies to support your skin health in the eye area and encourage brighter, lighter tone. Herbs, natural oils, and simply time spent on your skin will be a big help. It's empowering to know you can stimulate repair on your own without spending thousands of dollars on invasive and risky procedures.

Click to read our full article for all the home remedies for dark under eye circles that we recommend.

9 Causes of Dark Eye Circles - Take action to reduce dark circles under eyes with natural, noninvasive methods

Posted by on 11/8/2017 to Skin Specifics
9 Causes of Dark Eye Circles - Take action to reduce dark circles under eyes with natural, noninvasive methods
WHAT CAUSES DARK UNDER EYE CIRCLES?

The under-eye skin is one of the thinnest and most delicate areas of skin in the human body.  The finely textured dermis/epidermis has no oil glands, and is ultra susceptible to dark circles, rings or shadows.  The dark circles are formed due to assorted causes such as heredity, aging, mental or physical stress, hormonal changes, nutritional deficiencies and lack of sleep.  Too much sun exposure, which prompts your body to produce more melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color, is also a cause of dark circles.  As we age, thinning skin and loss of fat and collagen can make the reddish-blue blood vessels under your eyes more obvious.  Dermatologists agree that dehydration and anemia can negatively influence the under eye skin and produce dark circles.  


Continue reading our full article by clicking through to read more.

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.

How to use Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil - your new favorite natural citrus scent

Posted by on 8/18/2017 to Ingredient Profiles
How to use Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil - your new favorite natural citrus scent
Meet Litsea Cubeba! The sweeter little sister of the Lemongrass fragrance, Litsea Cubeba is a citrusy-scented plant that is also known as the Mountain Pepper or May Chang.  It is a member of the Lauraceae family, native to regions of Southeast Asia.  Although grown extensively in Japan and Taiwan,  China is the largest producer and exporter.  The tree bears petite white and yellow flowers, which bloom from March to April each growing season.  The fruit, flowers and leaves are processed for essential oil, and the timber can be used for furniture or construction. 

Click through to read more Litsea Cubeba essential oil information plus how to use this essential oil in our full post.

Essential Oil Bug Repellent - a DIY oil blend recipe and dilution rates for natural bug spray

Posted by on 7/26/2017 to Ingredient Profiles
Essential Oil Bug Repellent - a DIY oil blend recipe and dilution rates for natural bug spray
If you're tired of the same old Citronella smell for bug repellent we have good news!  Many essential oils uses include properties that creepy crawlies don't like.  While the EPA limits ingredients that manufacturers can use in products labeled as "bug repellents" there's nothing stopping you from experimenting with your essential oil collection from home.

Keep reading for a recipe you can try and dilution rates we recommend.

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

Sunflowers and their Seeds - the Vitamin E producing blossoms perfect for sensitive skin

Posted by on 7/19/2017 to Ingredient Profiles
Sunflowers and their Seeds - the Vitamin E producing blossoms perfect for sensitive skin

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.

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.

How sugar affects skin health and may be causing skin problems

Posted by on 1/28/2017 to Skin Specifics
How sugar affects skin health and may be causing skin problems

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 but there is a price to be paid for consuming refined sugars.  Is the emotional tie and physical addiction worth the consequences? 

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.

Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil for Skin

Posted by on 1/20/2017 to Ingredient Profiles
Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil for Skin

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.

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.

Super Foods in Skincare: Reishi Mushroom Hydrates Dry, Sensitive Skin

Posted by on 10/18/2016 to Ingredient Profiles
Super Foods in Skincare: Reishi Mushroom Hydrates Dry, Sensitive Skin

Reishi Mushrooms

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

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. 


How to Avoid Phthalates in Beauty Products

Posted by on 10/10/2016 to Ingredient Profiles

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.