Starbucks and other coffee shops are finally getting the memo, plastic straws are sea turtles’ number one enemy, and they are investing in safe lids. You can buy a reusable water bottle anywhere you go, and scooters and bikes are appearing in nearly every cosmopolitan city in hopes of making the area a little more environmentally friendly. It’s true, the green movement is in full swing, and the public is becoming more conscious about the negative role we play in hurting our planet. But here is a little secret; living a green lifestyle is not just about reducing the amount of waste we produce. Green and clean living also plays a role in our beauty and skin routine and clean beauty is finding its way into mainstream culture.
Cosmetic stores such as Ulta and Sephora are taking steps to line their shelves with little bunnies that indicate if a product is clean, green, vegan, or environmentally-friendly. Large-name brands such as Covergirl and Sally Hansen are launching vegan and plant-based products. But not all companies are as transparent; some may claim their products are “green” or “clean,” but the truth is, there isn’t a set industry standard when it comes to an understanding of what these labels mean, making clean beauty a bit of sticky situation.
When someone refers to their product or line as “clean beauty,” they are typically indicating that the product is non-toxic and is made without certain ingredients and chemicals that are often linked to health problems. Certain makeup, face washes and even deodorants are made with toxic ingredients like carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. However, if a company says their product is “clean”, it typically means they eliminated harmful chemicals like parabens, phthalates, sulfates, formaldehyde and fragrances. Research shows that some of these ingredients are linked to ADD, ADHD, and asthma within children.
Although in theory, it is great to see more products taking steps to become greener and adding that cute little bunny to their products, not all of those bunnies are entirely warranted. Here’s the problem; there is little regulation within the beauty industry when it comes to determining what clean or green really means. The last time the FDA updated the law concerning cosmetics was in 1938! That’s 82 years ago. Since beauty companies seem to lack that “Big Brother” presence, nothing is stopping them from “greenwashing” their products with words like natural, green or eco.
This means the responsibility falls on us, the consumers, to understand which ingredients we should be wary of.
Fragrances: although they may help a product smell better, fragrances often contain phthalates, which are a group of chemicals you’ll often find in plastic. They help fragrances last longer but can cause long-term health consequences. Some fragrances are even classified as hormone disruptors, allergens, and carcinogens. Of course, using essential oils is a great and safe substitute.
Endocrine Disruptors: an endocrine disruptor is typically a chemical that copies our body’s natural hormones. Certain packagings and plastics even contain parabens that conscious beauty consumers should avoid.
Formaldehyde: nope, it isn’t just a chemical used in the science lab; it is even present in some beauty products, specifically keratin and hair treatments. Formaldehyde is a carcinogen, which means it has been linked to cause or lead to cancer. Thankfully, many cosmetics have eliminated formaldehyde from their products, but it is still essential to be an educated consumer.
Aluminum: certain deodorants are often made with aluminum-based compounds that clog our sweat ducts to reduce sweat. Research from the National Cancer Institute found aluminum-based deodorants can be absorbed into the skin and mimic estrogen hormones. We recommend switching to a natural deodorant just for safe measure.
At Haute and Holistic, we want to educate our readers on what it means to live a clean and green life both for your health and the health of our planet. Education is the first step when it comes to switching to clean beauty.
I am so excited to share a review of the recently released Chameleon Color Adapting pH Lip Balm by Ryor Cosmetics. When I first tried this product, I was driving from Orlando to Naples (about a 4 hour drive) and my lips were feeling incredibly chapped. Knowing I wanted to try this product, I grabbed for it versus my everyday Chap-stick. Not only did I experience a relief from the pain I was experiencing, my lips were moist, protected and the color ended up lasting until I went to bed that evening. When I woke up the next morning, my lips were almost completely healed, but I continued to use it throughout the day because I loved how supple my lips felt.
The lip balm is made from all-natural ingredients, so if you are like me, that is a key feature making this product even more desirable. The ingredients include:
I do not recommend applying this balm on the highways since you really do have to squeeze the tube hard. However, within minutes, I noticed the balm nourishing my lips and taking on a natural color, a deep shade of pink. This is the perfect product to use, especially these upcoming winter months.
This product is truly lovely, and a great alternative to everyday lip balms which may not have the cleanest ingredients. Thank you so much to @ourhappybox for allowing me to try this product. I highly recommend it and encourage all readers to check it out for yourself here.
It is that time of year again, The Holidays. Time to bundle up and sit by a fire, take a break from work or school and see your family. We know shopping can be a bit hectic, so we create a Holiday Gift Guide full of some of our favorite green holiday goodies to share with you.This is our first holiday list so thanks for joining us and wishing you and your loved ones a happy, healthy and holistic holiday.
Today we are sitting down with Jené Rosetorf, the creator of Luxe Botanics, an organic, luxury, ethically-sourced skincare line. I met Jené several months ago at the Indie Beauty Expo in New York City. A mutual friend insisted I meet Jené and I immediately fell in love with her line of products. I was so impressed with her deep working knowledge of botanicals from a scientific perspective, and how she gives back to the communities where her botanicals are sourced. This lovely luxurious yet uncomplicated line consists of three core botanicals to treat various skin issues. Luxe Botanics is elegant, simplistic, certified organic and so much more.
Meet Jené Rosetorf
HH: Jené, can you tell Haute and Holistic what motivated you to create Luxe Botanics?
JR: Growing up in South Africa, I was lucky to be surrounded by the most stunning natural environment. It made me understand from an early age how powerful nature’s healing abilities could be. I also had an insight into the harm inequality and social injustice could do to society which is why after a decade as a biotechnologist exploring my fascination with science, I knew I had to find a way to combine all my loves in life. Luxe Botanics is a blend of my African roots, scientific knowledge and passion for socially conscious innovation.
HH; That’s fascinating. What past experience do you have in the beauty/medical field and how did this help with the creation of your line?
JR: While I’m a biotechnologist and have a masters in nano-technology, I am self-taught in the world of skincare ingredients and formulations. My background means I’m skeptical of anything that doesn’t have peer-reviewed scientific literature to back it up, so when researching botanicals for Luxe Botanics, I painstakingly looked for proof of the most potent, skin-transforming active botanicals out there. Reviewing scientific papers comes familiar to me and as a scientist, I never get tired of the pursuit of discovery. So, not only does Luxe Botanics use the finest, most nutrient rich core botanicals, we then carefully formulate these with pure botanical ingredients and high-tech plant powered compounds synthesized from natural and organic bases. Each and every element has to serve a beneficial purpose and is hand-crafted in the lab on our urban farm. By pushing the boundaries of science, it has allowed us to create high-tech natural beauty like never before; where perishable, delicate, botanical ingredients are not compromised, but enhanced.
HH: We could not agree more with your emphasis on evidence-based research. What improvements do you hope to see in the beauty industry?
JR: I hope to see regulation updated. It hasn’t been for 80 years in the US and it’s about time! But until then, we’d like to see more brands be honest and transparent with consumers about the ingredients they use. I also hope to see more equality in the supply chain, where everyone can benefit from a beautifully made product, from the sourcing of the finest quality ingredients in a way that allows the land to continually flourish, to the results the consumer sees and feels.
HH: We are part of a campaign to unite millennials and mid-lifers. How do you bridge the gap between millennials and other generations?
JR: Sustainability and having a socially conscious ethos is non-negotiable for us. Luxe Botanics looks after the earth by sourcing only wild harvested and certified organic core botanicals through fair-trade alliances that support local communities while safeguarding the environment. Millennials are a segment that all marketers are going after, but there was never a conscious decision on our part to target them. Our focus has always been on making something we know people will love and changing the way it makes them feel when they use our beautiful botanics because they know they are doing right by others. I think these are humanistic and intrinsic values that span across all generations.
HH: Every line has a “hero” product. Can you tell us about yours?
JR: Our Marula pre-cleanser. Honestly, it’s a game changer. Soft, silky textures of Marula enriched with jojoba and rosehip oil literally melt make-up, pollution and dirt off your face with the most energizing aromatherapeutic scent. It’s hard not to feel more positive and energized after using.
HH: Tell us a bit about Luxe Botanics and what makes it so special.
JR: Our Guiding Philosophy at Luxe Botanics is Nature to Nature, where we’re inspired by nature’s most time-honored, visibly proven botanical ingredients. We harness the skin-transforming powers of active, exotic botanicals, which are selected based on scientific performance and sustainability that allow skin to thrive naturally. Our potent, regenerative beauty elixirs are conscientiously crafted with plant-powered innovation deeply nourishing and caring for skin.
HH: Many companies are demonstrating their philanthropic commitments. How does Luxe Botanics give back to its community?
JR: We believe conscious luxury has the potential to combat social inequality because of the rarity of ingredients, skilled artisanship, precision, and respect in production methods. At Luxe Botanics we believe in giving back to the communities that harvest and process our core botanicals and are proud to be a part of a global business community that’s creating inspiring, positive change in our world through a philosophy of Buy1Give1. This means that every time you purchase a product from Luxe Botanics, you help us support communities in Africa with a focus on supporting disadvantaged women and children. When you purchase one of our Marula range, a school child in Kenya will receive books, a school uniform, and shoes. Our Camu line supports nursery school children in Ethiopia with nutritious meals. When you choose an item from our Kigelia range, a woman in Malawi will receive 1 day of business training. And when you select a Discovery Kit a school child in Kenya will receive textbooks. To date our Luxe Botanics tribe has made a total of 300 positive impacts to others.
HH: What is your message that you want to spread with Luxe Botanics?
JR: That women do not have to choose between efficacy, helping the environment and being socially conscious. For those who want to allow their skin to thrive naturally, there are brands out there that truly align beauty with health from within.
HH: You write about the wellness conscious woman. Tell me a little more about this and mindful skincare?
JR: The wellness conscious woman nurtures both well-being for body and mind. She believes in small indulgences and takes the time to take care of herself, making meditative, mindful decisions to embrace life more fully. Luxe Botanics is the definitive Mindful Skincare Ritual for the wellness conscious woman, which means we deliver luxurious and effective skincare that enriches both skin health, nature and the community, instilling wellness as part of a holistic daily ritual.
Visit their Eco Luxe Brand
I can’t give this line enough praise. Even their FAQ page https://luxebotanics.com/pages/faqs is so comprehensive. Luxe Botanics provides instructions on how to recycle every component of its packaging. Once you enjoy how beautiful their website is, I highly suggest you check out the FAQ page to understand more about how to use each product, how it is sourced and any question or concern you could fathom including whether the line is vegan, what the shelf life of each product is and if it is cruelty free (it is of course!) I am so glad I am able to share this beautiful green beauty line with you. Luxe Botanics is currently available at Neiman Marcus within the Indie Beauty Expo Brand Exhibit. Right now if you spend $100 on Luxe Botanics products they are including a free Camu Mist exclusively to Neiman Marcus customers. http://bit.ly/2zkj4Dc or visit their website www.luxebotanics.com . Thank you, Jené, for taking the time to sit down with us and share your story. I really enjoyed learning more and I hope our readers take the opportunity to get to experience Nature to Nurture. Stay tuned for our giveaway with Luxe Botanics coming up next week. We can’t tell you what it is but you we know you will love it!
Please visit Luxe Botanics to learn more about their beautiful products. You can follow them on Instagram @luxebotanics, and on their Website. Remember to stay tuned to receive information about an incredible Giveaway to come.
Never was a truer sentiment spoken than this, which perfectly describes the relationship between my mother and me, the creators of Haute and Holistic, a women’s website determined to bridging the generational gap between women today. My mom, Elizabeth Trattner, has always been my role model. My admiration for her is endless. Not only does she have this charismatic and luminescent personality, but she was an international model and women’s rights advocate. Facing a life-threatening auto-immune condition thirty years ago, she was determined to regain and take control of her health. Not only did she accomplish this, she went on to become a doctor of Integrative and Chinese Medicine, forging a unique career path more than twenty years ago. She even appeared on Oprah with her mentor and our dear friend, Dr. Andrew Weil, to share her story. When I was born, she committed to raising me in a mindful way, in a holistic household. Like I said before, she is pretty great.
From a young age, I knew my mom was way cool and unlike other moms. As I got older, I realized just how versatile my mom truly was. So, when other adults would say “Wow, she is so much like you,” I wasn’t offended or put off like other teenagers might be. In fact, I prided myself on being similar to her. Imagine, a 13 year-old being compared to someone she viewed as Wonder Woman, it doesn’t get much better.
Fast forward to my senior year of high school, I started writing for an anti-bullying and women’s motivational blog, The Lady Code Blog. It was this experience where I developed a love for Journalism. Although I previously considered a career in medicine, I did not necessarily want to follow in my mother’s exact footsteps. Despite this decision, my mom continues to support me in all my endeavors, ranging from my state and national pageant titles, reporting for pageant blogs and every one of my speech and theater performances. Her never-ending support really shone when I applied for colleges all over the country, yet decided to accept a full scholarship to the University of Central Florida, where I am currently studying Broadcast Journalism and able to continue working as a model (sound familiar?).
Bridging the Gap
For years, my mom and I have bounced around the idea of working together to merge our love of our fellow sisterhood. We were encouraged by others who told us how great we are together as a team and that we possess a certain “marketing appeal.” This past Spring while attending the Indie Beauty Expo in Dallas, we realized the impact that working together could have. People expressed respect for my mom’s medical knowledge and loved that I am a millennial with extensive knowledge of health and wellness, the consequence of growing up in an holistic household immersed in Chinese and integrative medicine. We have always eaten organic food, we shun products with toxic chemicals and strive to minimize our carbon footprint because these things are all vital to the health of our bodies and the earth. It all came together earlier this year when we officially launched Haute and Holistic.
Haute and Holistic
Today, whether you are a woman in your fifties or a twenty-something young woman, you most likely are reading magazines, blogs and books about how to eat healthy, lose weight, take care of your skin or pick the right makeup for yourself. However, it is a challenge for experienced “mid-lifers” to appeal to someone from a younger demographic and vice versa. This is where the idea of Haute and Holistic came from, drawing from the perspectives of two generations – millennials and mid-lifers, who focus on green products. Uniting medical facts with the lifestyle experience of a millennial, we present balanced information for women of all ages to create broad appeal and education for everyone.
Having been in the Health and Wellness field for almost thirty years has given me great perspective regarding women’s bodies, their wellbeing and healthy aging. When I began, actively seeking a healthy lifestyle was deemed crunchy, bohemian and counter-culture. Now people will grab onto almost anything if they think it will make them young, healthy and strong. It is important to educate women of all ages regarding regimens that work and which is supported by medical evidence, whether it be a modality of health, nutrition or a beauty product. There is a tremendous amount of noise in the media right now because the beauty and wellness industry is growing exponentially. The truth offers the best medicine of all and my goal is to help educate women in leading healthy, happy and spiritual lives. I am considered an expert source in health, wellness and green beauty. I have been fortunate to be cited as a medical source in national magazines and publications. My advice has been featured in hundreds of magazines and online publications. I serve on the Beauty Meets Wellness Initiative within the Global Wellness Institute. This group connects beauty, wellness and medical leaders redefine standards in the beauty industry and create aesthetic responsibility worldwide. It is my honor to educate women of all ages truly bridging the gap. Women have the power to change the world and when our body, mind and spirit are aligned we can do anything!!!
Charlotte’s Life Experience
As mentioned earlier in this post, my mom almost died 30 years ago. She has an autoimmune disorder which put her in a medically induced come and on a ventilator. She spent over 180 days in the hospital right out of college. I, unfortunately, inhered similar health issues and must be very careful of the foods I eat and medications I take. I have had the good fortune of growing up in a household which values self-care and care for the environment. One of my mom’s many goals in life is to ensure I avoid the consequences of our toxic environment. As a devoted mother and doctor, she offers practical, methodical and medically-backed guidance for maintaining good health. Furthermore, I was diagnosed with a learning disability, apraxia at a young age which led me to create my service program, Just Like Me 2, sharing my story of perseverance with the public.
We now share our collective message with you. I would not change my situation for the world. My experience allows me to inspire other young women to live a healthy lifestyle in a manner that is more relatable than conventional women’s magazines, while my mom appeals to other mothers and an older generation of women seeking a deeper perspective. We truly are bridging that gap between mothers and daughters.
Together we want to work on bridging the generational gap in a life well-lived for everyone and provide good evidence-based straight-forward advice and encouragement for women of all ages to be the best they possibly can be, a concept that defies age stereotyping. We are honored to be part of this wonderful campaign of Bridging the Gap.
To learn more about this campaign, please click here.
Once in a while, you stumble across a product which is everything you could ask for and more. That is the case with Bloom Mineral Beauty, a skincare and beauty line utilizing minerals from the Dead Sea, an area that has been providing skin and health benefits for thousands of years.
Not only do their products use the highest quality ingredients available, but they have been clinically testing to work for all types of skin, whether that be sensitive skin, oily, combination or dry skin. Something special about Bloom is that their products to do not disrupt you skin’s PH, but balances it instead.
Bloom Mineral Beauty was created by scientist, Ms. Elham Ziadat, a Jordanian women. Despite the social and political obstacles she faced as a women in a Muslim run country, Zaidat founded Bloom in 1993. Her mission was to create a skincare line that would help minimize skin inflammation, wrinkles and roughness that was paraben free, non-GMO and without petroleum-based ingredients. Furthermore, 90% of the indivduals working for Zeadat are women as her goal is to empower women in the Jordanian country. She is a board member of the Jordanian Business and Professional Women’s Forum and a member of the Business Professional Women and the Arab International Women’s Forum while being an avid supporter of charitable organizations which support women. (Click here for more Women’s Empowerment)
Bloom was kind enough to send some products to Haute and Holistic and we have to say the we love them. They sent the Shielding Body Lotion, Deep Moisture Shield, Shielding Eye Cream and our favorite, what we are calling the hero product, the Purifying Mud Mask. Click here to shop
The Medical Side: written by Dr. Trattner
A 2005 study (Int J Dermatol.) showed that bathing in magnesium rich dead sea salt improves skin barrier function, hydration and helps reduces inflammation in dry sky. Dead sea salt also reduced roughness and red skin. Magnesium salts are known to bind water and help keep the epidermis barrier stronger. Magnesium rich lotion and oil are an excellent way to relax the body.Topical preparations of magnesium lotion and oil help with sore and aching muscles. Using dead sea salt has also helped with psoriasis and atopic dermatitis when in some cases traditional western medication has failed a patient. (Dermatol Ther.) Dead seas salt is also very high in trace minerals. Magnesium and Lithium specifically have been shown to help patients with psoriasis as well.( Isr Med Assoc J.)
In cosmetic formulations honey used as a moisturizer, it is soothing, it keeps skin youthful and helps in the prevention and reduction of wrinkles. It like dead sea salt too helps regulate pH. Honey also helps to reduce pathogenic infections. (J Cosmet Dermatol.) Honey has hundreds of studies showing positive effects with wound healing and antimicrobial effects.
Aloe Vera has been used for thousands of years in skin care. Recent studies just this year have shown some promising data with helping improve burns from radiation and wound regeneration. (Medicines (Basel).( J Biomater Appl.)
All in all
Bloom Mineral Beauty uses some of Mother Nature’s favorites as a base for all of their skincare products that we tried. Both of us at H and H tried these products and neither one of us had any negative reaction (e.g. itching, redness) and that is close to a miracle. Keep your eyes posted for a Giveaway to come in the future. We hope some of your take the opportunity to try their products. We recommend the Mud Mask!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Little Moon Essentials is helping us raise Awareness
As we continue to create awareness about this disease that affects 1 out of 8 women (click here for more information.) One way to help cope with stress hormones is to have a nightly ritual. Rituals help the body ground down and produce oxytocin, the feel good hormone. Taking a bath or using lotion or aromatherapy before bedtime is the perfect prescription. Little Moon Essentials is an organic bath and body company from Colorado. They produce beautiful aromatherapy sprays, lotions, sugar scrubs and bath salts. We have teamed up with Little Moon Essentials to give away one full size gift box a week to raise awareness for breast cancer awareness month. We love them because their products contain essential oils that are nature’s perfect prescription for making you feel better.
Here are some of my favorite essential oils for relaxation that are in Little Moon Essentials products:
Lavender is the superstar in the essential oil world. It too has anti-microbial, fungal and viral activity to it. It also in an analgesic, sedative, antiaxiolitic, it helps with headaches, lice, cysts, muscle pain, digestive issues, depression, nervousness and many other mood disorders. It can also help with PMS as wellbeing. Lavender is a wonderful first aid remedy, especially for burns; it is among the safest and most widely used essential oils. Lavender was used during the Victorian times for fainting. There are over 350 studies on lavender demonstrating everything from mood enhancement and balance to pain relief. It brings balance both physically and emotionally. I like many uses for lavender. For relaxation my favorite aromatherapy scent is Clear skies Ahead by Little Moon Essentials.
Rosemary was burned in French hospitals to purify the air up until the 20th century. This essential oil is also an excellent anti-bacterial, antifungal and antiviral. It is an excellent antiseptic as well and why is was used in hospitals a long time ago. It is an excellent tonic and is very similar to lavender as far as uses but rosemary is more of a stimulant and lavender is more of a sedative or has a calming nature to it. Research has demonstrated that it helps with memory and cognition. Rosemary can be used in cooking. I have used the essential oil diffused to help in memory and recall for test taking. A great mixture to help with cognition is to use a few drops of rosemary, lemon, orange and lavender in a spray bottle with distilled water to lift mood.
Rose Rose is a beauty favorite, It is used in many perfumes body oils and face creams. Egyptian rose, Rose helps ground and center you before bedtime. A recent study demonstrated aromatherapy with rose oil can reduce anxiety
Euclayptus: when we think of cough drops we think of eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is used for treating the common cold and all its side effects like coughing, mucous, sinus infections sore throat. Other uses are for insect bites and itching. Eucalyptus oil also has anti viral, fugal and bacterial effects. My favorite use for eucalyptus is during a cold. I like to take a bowl of hot water and create a tent with a towel over my head draped around the bowl. I will put a few drops of eucalyptus oil in inhale the steam. It works wonders for any cold, or virus and opens my repository passages.
For our Breast Cancer Awareness Giveaway please follow both Haute and Holistic and Little Moon Essentials on Instagram. Please tag three friends and comment with your favorite essential oil. We double check to ensure honesty.
If you would like to shop and receive a special discount for beautiful products please use the code; Elizabeth10 for 10 percent off your order. https://littlemoonessentials.com/
Quinoa has been around for thousands of years and consumed by the native people of Peru, Chile and Bolivia. In recent decades quinoa has made it into health food stores as a new superfood because of its high protein content for a grain. Quinoa consumed is high in amino acids, vitamin E and Lysine. These all help make collagen, elastin and contain anti-oxidants, all of which help to rebuild and repair the skin.
Recently, quinoa is being used in cosmetics. Like with anything new in the cosmetics world, a plant must undergo studies to support any claims. There are two Quinoa studies cited in this article that show its promise for hair and particularly skin. This superfood is promising for diminishing fine lines, brightening the skin, and helping heal acne scars.
A study in the Int J Cosmet Sci. in 2015 demonstrated that quinoa contains tyrosinase inhibitors, an enzyme that decreases pigmentation and therefore brightens the skin and has been shown to be effective in reducing brown spots and hyperpigmentation keeping skin bright. Being rich in Riboflavin, a B vitamin, Quinoa helps with the production and regulation of melanin. The physical symptoms of aging skin are lessened through the reduction of intracellular oxidative stress and MMP (matrix metalloproteinases) enzymatic activity, and tyrosinase enzymatic activity.
Quinoa has the ability to help recover damaged skin and reduce aging of the skin and skin damage. Ecdysteroid is another compound in quinoa (J Biochem Mol Toxicol) that helps reduce damage and oxidative stress, helping to recycle skin matrix, particularly the structural proteins, collagen and elastin in the skin and aids acne scarring. Its antioxidant properties help reduce the aging process by rebuilding skin from matrix metalloproteinase) enzymatic activity.
Quinoa grounded like other scrubs made from grains, has a gentle husk or outside covering. Many women from Andean countries like Peru, Bolivia and Northern Chile have been using Quinoa to gently exfoliate their face for centuries. Make sure to use quinoa that is gently ground. Mix with an organic skin oil or water and gently rub into the face. Rinse with a damp cloth and make sure the quinoa doesn’t block the drain. If you don’t want to make your own there are several new products on the market using quinoa as a main ingredient.
When consumed as food, Quinoa is extremely high in antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals, and can help fight aging and several diseases. In a 2009 study, researchers found that among five grains, three grasses, and two legumes, quinoa had the highest antioxidant content of all. Compared to other foods, quinoa demonstrated superiority in disease reduction.
Quinoa protects against oxidative stress, which can damage and age skin and hair. It is important for readers to realize using quinoa alone will not cure their skin and hair issues. It is, however, another wonderful botanical that has demonstrated efficacy in treating hyperpigmentation and reducing oxidative stress.
A year ago, if someone would have asked me what first comes to mind when I hear the word charcoal, I would have said something along the lines of “a grill” or “ a cookout”, but today, the first thing that I think of is toothpaste, specifically My Magic Mud ®; an activated charcoal, fluoride free toothpaste.
Created by Jessica and Justin Arman, My Magic Mud was first developed in Jessica’s kitchen as a solution for her daughter who had incredibly sensitive teeth susceptible to cavities.
Coconut shell charcoal
Calcium bentonite clay
Organic mint extract
Organic orange peel extract.
Although they seem simple, these ingredients all play a significant role in the toothpastes performance. The coconut shell charcoal is activated though a scientific process and then used to draw out bacteria and toxins from your teeth’s pores. The calcium bentonite clay strengthens enamel and boosts your mouth’s immune system. The organic mint extract acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and the organic orange peel extract is a natural tooth whitener. When all these ingredients are combined you have a messy, but wonderful toothpaste.
Justine states “We believe in natural alternatives to toxic chemicals. Fluoride isn’t needed for strong, healthy teeth, especially not in our drinking water.” Since we tend to swallow toothpaste, fluoride goes through your intestines. Even worse, according to the Global Healing center, Fluoride is one of the most dangerous chemicals known to man.
My Magic Mud is also vegan, cruelty free, gluten free, non-GMO. If there was ever a charcoal toothpaste to try, this is it, especially since it is dentist recommended.
So why is Charcoal good for you?
It has detoxifying strengths like being able to grab onto everything ranging from dangerous chemicals to dirt and oil. Though limited medical research has been conducted, activated charcoal is a form of carbon which is a rebirth of ancient medicine techniques along with being used in African tribes as a form of teeth cleaning. Charcoal attaches to everything it crosses paths with, like stains, tartar, bacteria and even viruses.
Right now with the hurricane ready to barrel down on all of Florida I thought I would share this post in hopes that people would read it before their power went out. If you are reading this some other time or place, the practice of journaling can help you in times of stress and help you connect with you mind and soul and relive free flowing anxiety.
There are many ways to connect with your mind, heart and spirit, especially in times of hard ship. Journaling is a way to engage the creative spirit within you and get out what is called “free flowing anxiety”. I myself have used this during times throughout the last 20 years and I encourage my patients to use this exercise as well. You do not need to be a world class writer to journal. In fact, I keep a picture journal instead. Next to my bed is a lovely Italian paper journal. In a bedside drawer I keep a pair of scissors, glue stick, and pages of magazines, newspaper or even greeting cards with images that I love or resonate with an emotion that I might be feeling at the time. These images sometimes have relevant text written on it and sometimes no text at all. It only takes a few minutes to cut out images and glue them into the journal. I will write a few words that expresses what I am feeling or just leave the montage of photos without any words. This exercise has become so popular that my daughter, who was young when I began this process, regularly requested to make a journal page with me, especially if she was home sick or if something emotional in her life has happened. It is amazing to look back through the pages of the journal and reflect upon life’s passages.
Keeping a journal helps free your mind. You can write, use imagery and if you’re really talented keep many thoughts in your journal. With the hurricane on the way, I will be using this opportunity to write without distraction and hope channel what is deep in my subconscious mind. I encourage all of you who are down here in Florida to do the same in the hours we won’t have power or those who may just feel lost in this difficult time.