Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Apply Your Oatmeal Soap - 30 Days of Beauty

Thanks Quaker Oats! I love a good bowl of oatmeal in the morning. Top it with brown sugar and mixed berries and you're golden. But, did you know that oatmeal has additional uses other than giving you the energy you need to power through your morning?

Yes, oatmeal is not only a wonder food, it's a natural cure for dry skin. And during the cold winter months, don't we all need a good moisturizing skin treatment? The answer, of course Oatmeal with Shea Butter and Brazilian Hazel Nuts Soap

This soap contains ground and whole oatmeal which serves as a great exfoliant, The oatmeal naturally exfoliates your skin, with the addition of shea butter and brazilian hazel nut oil this soap is not only alluring on your nose , it will leave you feeling refreshed and silky soft
Furthermore, oatmeal is great for sensitive and acne prone skin; it can be used as a natural cleanser and exfoliant - leaving skin smoother, healthier and less irritated. Hooray!

Check out just a couple ways oatmeal can work for you outside its normal confines of a breakfast bowl.

Oatmeal Facial Cleanser: Pour about one tablespoon of ground oatmeal into your palm. (For best results, grind oatmeal in a food processor until fine and store in a tightly closed jar.) Next, add a little warm water to make a paste. Apply to face using finger tips to massage into skin. Rinse with warm water and apply your usual moisturizer.
Added Bonus: In larger amounts, this can also be used as an in-shower body wash.

Moisturizing Oatmeal Facial Mask: Pour about one tablespoon of ground oatmeal into a small bowl. Next, add two tablespoons of milk to the oatmeal. Combine to make a thick paste. Apply to face and let sit for five to ten minutes. Rinse with warm water and apply your usual moisturizer.
Added Bonus: If you have dark spots or skin blemishes (not pimples), add a tablespoon of lemon to the mixture to naturally dissolve dead skins cells for a more even skin tone.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Feeling Adventurous?Goat's Milk Soap

Feeling Adventurous?Look to the FarmThey may seem like unusual beauty picks, but goat's milk and ghee are skin-friendly and extremely emollient. Goat's milk has more calcium, vitamins, and triglycerides (fats) than cow's milk, and its short-strand protein structure means it's particularly suited to skin absorption. The milk's lactic acid makes it a spa favorite for buttery-soft skin.



This soap is made with goats milk and coconut milk , both are a natural, soothing skin cleanser and moisturizer. We add oatmeal which calms irritated skin and honey which adds moisturizes to the skin. Coconut-oil infused soap moistures the skin. It's delicate, non-oily, and sweet-smelling as a tropical breeze. We use fresh creamy goats milk made from farm fresh local milk. We never use powdered goats milk or water. Goat milk is rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals. Its gentle and nourishing properties bathe your skin in luxury. The oatmeal naturally exfoliates your skin, leaving you feeling refreshed and silky soft.


Ghee, or clarified butter, is an Ayurvedic staple used to moisturize and purify the body. It's also a great digestive and detox aid because it stimulates the liver to secrete bile. Rogers Badgett, owner of the Raj, an Ayurveda health retreat in Vedic City, Iowa, suggests ingesting a quarter teaspoon of ghee in the morning and night (this is not recommended for overweight people or those who have weak digestion). Some centers also use it in Netra Basti, a purification treatment said to balance the pitta dosha and bring luster to the eyes. It's not for the squeamish: In a reclining prone position, you slowly blink as a skilled technician gently applies warm ghee to your eyes. Afterward, your closed eyes are wiped gently and the residual oils moisturize skin and soften lines.
Our Goat's Milk Picks- Dr. Alkaitis Organic natural soap; Handmade Goat's Milk Soap- Steppin' Out Ayurvedic Foot Cream; lippmancollection.com- Canus Goat's Milk Moisturizing Lotion; walgreens.com
Try It At- Warm Goat Milk Manicure and Pedicure, the Carneros Inn, Napa, California; thecarnerosinn.com- Kate Somerville's Signature Facial, at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Hawaii; fourseasons.com- Virgin Gorda Goat Milk and Honey Wrap, Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands; rosewoodhotels.com
Our Ghee Pick- Pratima Ayurvedic Rejuvenating Oil; pratimaskincare.com
Try Ghee At- The Raj, Vedic City, Iowa; theraj.com- Life in Balance Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Center, Seattle; ayurvedaseattle.com
Learn how to do a facial massage and what oils to use.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Coffee and skin care?

Coffee and skin care? It might surprise you to learn that in 2006 in the United States over 140 skin care products containing caffeine were launched compared to just 21 in 2003



Coffee had a hard time of it in the 20th century while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration waffled over whether it was good or bad for you. As we move solidly into the 21st century, more indications of coffee's beneficial properties are surfacing, and nowhere is that more evident than in the lucrative skin care market.Primarily, coffee and caffeine are finding their way into skin lotions and creams because of antioxidant properties and tightening and firming qualities. Caffeine applied to the skin operates in three ways - as an antioxidant, a diuretic and a vasoconstrictor. Among others, Avon, natural handcrafted soap,Neuturogena and L'Oreal have included caffeine in some of their products.For years, caffeine has been used in products sold to reduce cellulite. It's clear that caffeine dehydrates fat cells by somehow energizing them which in turn causes the sodium/potassium component of the cells to vacate. Consequently, water disappears as well. Bottom line - skin on buttocks and thighs becomes smoother.Caffeine's vaso-constricting characteristic also makes it a favorite ingredient in eye gels for reducing puffiness and dark circles as well as tightening skin around the eyes. Of course, nothing eliminates cellulite or troubled skin around the eyes completely. The best you can hope for is noticeable improvement, perhaps only for a few hours.With the explosion in coffee based skin products, it now is seen in body scrubs, face creams and fragrances. A number of products even smell like coffee and contain ground coffee intended as an exfoliate. Some purveyors have even gone so far as to suggest that the absorption of caffeine through the skin will yield the sort of alertness you can expect from drinking coffee.It's claimed that you can receive the same benefits by concocting your own home brewed coffee soaps and body scrubs from used coffee grounds. Formulas are even offered.Hey, now you can shower with your espresso!

Brazilian Espresso Scrub Soap with Cocoa Butter and Hazelnut Citrus Essential Oils 7 Oz

Brazilian Espresso Luxury Soap Bar with Cocoa Butter and Essential Oils 6 OzBrazilian Espresso

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Hotel Soap ,What to Do With Hotel Soap?


Here is the collection of hotel and motel tiny guest soap bars:
They are all from the 1940's and 50's era.
The following letters are taken from an actual incident between a London hotel and one of its guests. The Hotel ended up submitting the letters to the London Sunday Times!


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Dear Maid,

Please do not leave any more of those little bars of soap in my bathroom since I have brought my own Natural handcrafted Soap. Please remove the six unopened little bars from the shelf under the medicine chest and another three in the shower soap dish. They are in my way.

Thank you,
S. Berman


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Dear Room 635,

I am not your regular maid. She will be back tomorrow, Thursday, from her day off. I took the 3 hotel soaps out of the shower soap dish as you requested. The 6 bars on your shelf I took out of your way and put on top of your Kleenex dispenser in case you should change your mind. This leaves only the 3 bars I left today which my instructions from the management is to leave 3 soaps daily. I hope this is satisfactory.

Kathy,
Relief Maid


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Dear Maid - I hope you are my regular maid.

Apparently Kathy did not tell you about my note to her concerning the little bars of soap. When I got back to my room this evening I found you had added 3 little Camays to the shelf under my medicine cabinet. I am going to be here in the hotel for two weeks and have brought my own natural handcrafted soap so I won't need those 6 little Camays which are on the shelf. They are in my way when shaving, brushing teeth, etc. Please remove them.

S. Berman


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Dear Mr. Berman,

My day off was last Wed. so the relief maid left 3 hotel soaps which we are instructed by the management. I took the 6 soaps which were in your way on the shelf and put them in the soap dish where your Dial was. I put the Dial in the medicine cabinet for your convenience. I didn't remove the 3 complimentary soaps which are always placed inside the medicine cabinet for all new check-ins and which you did not object to when you checked in last Monday. Please let me know if I can of further assistance.

Your regular maid,
Dotty


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Dear Mr. Berman,

The assistant manager, Mr. Kensedder, informed me this morning that you called him last evening and said you were unhappy with your maid service. I have assigned a new girl to your room. I hope you will accept my apologies for any past inconvenience. If you have any future complaints please contact me so I can give it my personal attention. Call extension 1108 between 8AM and 5PM. Thank you.

Elaine Carmen
Housekeeper


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Dear Miss Carmen,

It is impossible to contact you by phone since I leave the hotel for business at 7:45 AM and don't get back before 5:30 or 6PM. That's the reason I called Mr. Kensedder last night. You were already off duty. I only asked Mr. Kensedder if he could do anything about those little bars of soap. The new maid you assigned me must have thought I was a new check-in today, since she left another 3 bars of hotel soap in my medicine cabinet along with her regular delivery of 3 bars on the bath-room shelf. In just 5 days here I have accumulated 24 little bars of soap. Why are you doing this to me?

S. Berman


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Dear Mr. Berman,

Your maid, Kathy, has been instructed to stop delivering soap to your room and remove the extra soaps. If I can be of further assistance, please call extension 1108 between 8AM and 5PM.Thank you,

Elaine Carmen,
Housekeeper


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Dear Mr. Kensedder,

My Natural handcrafted Soap. soap is missing. Every bar of soap was taken from my room including my own natural handcrafted soap. I came in late last night and had to call the bellhop to bring me 4 little Cashmere Bouquets.

S. Berman


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Dear Mr. Berman,

I have informed our housekeeper, Elaine Carmen, of your soap problem. I cannot understand why there was no soap in your room since our maids are instructed to leave 3 bars of soap each time they service a room. The situation will be rectified immediately. Please accept my apologies for the inconvenience.

Martin L. Kensedder
Assistant Manager


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Dear Mrs. Carmen,

Who the hell left 54 little bars of Camay in my room? I came in last night and found 54 little bars of soap. I don't want 54 little bars of Camay. I want my one damn bar of natural handcrafted soap. Do you realize I have 54 bars of soap in here. All I want is my natural handcrafted soap. Please give me back my natural handcrafted soap.

S. Berman


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Dear Mr. Berman,

You complained of too much soap in your room so I had them removed. Then you complained to Mr. Kensedder that all your soap was missing so I personally returned them. The 24 Camays which had been taken and the 3 Camays you are supposed to receive daily. I don't know anything about the 4 Cashmere Bouquets. Obviously your maid, Kathy, did not know I had returned your soaps so she also brought 24 Camays plus the 3 daily Camays. I don't know where you got the idea this hotel issues bath-size Dial. I was able to locate some bath-size Ivory which I left in your room.

Elaine Carmen
Housekeeper


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Dear Mrs. Carmen,

Just a short note to bring you up-to-date on my latest soap inventory. As of today I possess:

On the shelf under medicine cabinet - 18 Camay in 4 stacks of 4 and 1 stack of 2.
On the Kleenex dispenser - 11 Camay in 2 stacks of 4 and 1 stack of 3.
On the bedroom dresser - 1 stack of 3 Cashmere Bouquet, - 1 stack of 4 hotel-size Ivory, and 8 Camay in 2 stacks of 4.
Inside the medicine cabinet - 14 Camay in 3 stacks of 4 and 1 stack of 2.
In the shower soap dish - 6 Camay, very moist.
On the northeast corner of tub - 1 Cashmere Bouquet, slightly used.
On the northwest corner of tub - 6 Camays in 2 stacks of 3.
Please ask Kathy when she services my room to make sure the stacks are neatly piled and dusted. Also, please advise her that stacks of more than 4 have a tendency to tip. May I suggest that my bedroom window sill is not in use and will make an excellent spot for future soap deliveries. One more item, I have purchased another bar of natural handcrafted soap which I am keeping in the hotel vault in order to avoid further misunderstandings.

S. Berman

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