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Bloom Mineral Beauty: Skincare from the Dead Sea

Bloom Mineral Beauty

Bloom Mineral Beauty

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.

Their Story

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)

Their Products

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

Bloom Mineral Beauty

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!

To enter our giveaway, watch the video below:

Love and Light,

H and H

What is Crisis Text Line with Jen James

Crisis Text Line

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and before the end of the month, I wanted to share Crisis Text Line. During the Summer, I had the honor to interview Jen James, the creator of the volunteer curriculum and trainer of the original supervision team of Crisis Text Line.

Crisis Text Line was developed as part of DoSomething.Org when one of the workers, Stephanie Shih received a text that read “He won’t stop raping me” “it’s my Dad.”  Shih showed the message correspondence to her boss Nancy Lublin. Over the next two years, these women would develop what is now known as Crisis Text Line, the only 24/7 crisis-intervention hotline conducted via text message. Lublin recognized the high volume of people who were using text messaging as their primary mode of communication.

Crisis Text Line
Image courtesy of Abbie Bernet

James’ role was to create a remote training program for volunteers all over the world. The requirements:

  1. A social security number for a background check
  2. 18 and over
  3. A good heart “We are not there to teach you to be kind, you should be kind. We don’t want dicks” -Jen James

Launched in March of 2014 with 20 people, today Crisis Text Line has over 4,000 volunteers and anyone can text “Hello” to 741741 if they are in crisis.

Crisis Text Line
Image courtesy of Marjan Grabowski

Jen’s Story

Jen has lived and personal experience dealing with crisis. Twenty-two years ago when Jen tried to take her life, there weren’t the resources available like there are today. Additionally, people did not talk about their problems, they were “swept under the rug.” Since then, Jen graduated as a film maker and continues to be both passionate and creative. She recognized her desire to help others who are faced with that moment of crisis. You can learn more about Jen here. 

Interested in becoming a volunteer?

You will learn the skills to help anyone with any issue they are facing. You do not need to be an expert in eating disorders, be Social Worker or Psychologist to volunteer. The conversation and the training which you go through will cover the issues which Crisis Text Line deals with.

The volunteers are not there to judge a crisis, because every crisis is different. They want to be there for anyone during their time of crisis.

Go to their website: click here which will bring you to their volunteer page. You complete a 34 hour training and once that is completed, dedicate 4 hours a week to helping others. In Jen’s words

“It’s such a wonderful way of giving back to the world, you don’t need a cape to save a life.”

Watch the video below to learn more

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbqYJxbkDWc

Love,

H and H

Women’s Equality Day: My Interview With Yasmeen Hassan

Today is Women’s Equality Day, and what better way to bring awareness than by sharing this interview with Equality Now’s Global Executive Director, Yasmeen Hassan.

Global Executive Director of Equality Now: Yasmeen Hassan

I had the honor to meet this inspirational woman at Blogher this past summer. It was there that she educated me on Equality Now, a human rights organization focused on the rights of women and girls worldwide. Founded 25 year ago, since the human rights community did not believe women’s rights qualify as human rights instead being labeled at “culture”.

Equality Now aimed to change that paradigm, starting to work with sexual assaults as a weapon of war. Initially seen as an unfortunate consequence of war, not as a strategy. They continued to work on female genital mutilation which was seen as a cultural practice, but now is a human right’s violation.

Women's Equality
Image courtesy of Ron Hansen

Today, they are work on sex trafficking and tourism, child marriage, honor crimes and everything that affects women around the world. Working with foreign governments, Equality Now creates law that not only protect women, but  provides them with rights.

Although it may seem that the United States is leading the charge for Women’s Equality, according to World Economic Forum, the United States is ranked 45 out of 144 countries. Startled by this fact, I asked Hassan what she suggests both men and women in this country do to raise our ranking. Her response, “We still have yet to have a women president, there is an under representation of women in congress, corporate boards and we are a very sexist society.” She points out that we are dealing with sexual assaults in both the military, college campuses, high school and the way that our legal system deals with it is something that women should not be proud of.

Image courtesy of Alexa Mazzarello

It is important for women, not only today, but everyday to continue to advocate for both women’s right and equality all over the world. We must use our voices for those who cannot.

Haute and Holistic is proud that our first Shero is Yasmeen Hassan, who advocates for women around the world. Thank you for this interview. Please watch below:

 

Women's Equality

If you would like to donate to Equality Now, please click here. 

 

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