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Check out the latest video on my youtube channel: TheRawsomeVeganGal

The newest video is the beginning of a series on Beauty Tools & Implements from the company Belcam Inc and their brands Denco & Sow Good. The have a Guarantee for Life on some of their products and it is indicated on the packaging. I split them up into categories and there are 2 videos for each category; 1st video is an intro to the products and the 2nd video is a review after I use the products for a couple of weeks or so to give my feedback and results.

Check out the 1st introduction video on the category of Skin, Hair and Face Products

High Quality Beauty Tools & Implements – Skin, Hair & Face Products –
Part 1: Introduction

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Review of Hesta Organic: Organic Cotton is the best on your skin and for the health of the environment & planet

Hesta Women’s Organic Cotton Basic Panties/Briefs Underwear 3 Pack (Apparel)
This review is posted on Amazon.

Why would I choose to spend more money on my undergarments, when I could buy ones that are much cheaper?

There are many reasons – here are a few:
1- NO chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, GMO’s are used to grow the cotton and cotton is one of the highest laden pesticide crops on the planet
2- For the health of my own body – as what is on my skin (clothes I wear, soaps,lotions and creams I use) leach out through the pores into the body, especially when I sweat, so if it is conventional cotton, then the chemicals are going from the skin into my body and directly into the bloodstream. Most important are the garments that are closest to the skin, especially when it comes to more sensitive and private areas, that goes for bras or tank tops, as well.
3- For the health of the environment & planet – what is planted in the the ground and grown in the soil, affects the health of all of nature, including people, plants, animals, bees, air, etc. If we can all do one more thing to help change the status of the earth, it would he to use more organic products, whether textiles, food, skin care, etc. We can turn the tide by demanding more organic because are using it more and will create more need for organic farms and farms. This all leads to a more sustainable environment that benefit all creations.

This is a great product and the company does everything right! They understand the importance of organic and are GOTS certified, which is the highest standard for textiles. They do not use any dyes, bleaches and toxic sustances to make their products. They are environmentally friendly and cause no harm to your body.

I like that it comes in a 3 pack, so can use and then wash and have another to wear. I also very highly recommend that you use a mild soap like Dr. Bronner’s that has no sodium lauryl sulfate or other sulfates that are not good for you and hand wash and let it air dry. You may not have thought of this, but it makes sense, as why would you buy something organic, whether clothes or food and then use chemical detergent or tap water to clean it and then you are defeating the purpose!

The material is super soft, fits comfortably and is breathable and I am happy to support organic products (for my health and the planet) and this company.

Please do check out my youtube channel: TheRawsomeVeganGal, as I will have a video review of this product on there, as well.

For more information, go to: http://www.hestaorganic.com

Products are available on http://www.Amazon.com

Pink box from Hesta Organic

Bottom of box from Hesta Organic

3 Pack of Black Organic Undergarments – Size Small from Hesta Organic

Organic Black Undergarment – Size Small from Hesta Organic

Tag attached to the product from Hesta Organic

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this review, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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4 Ways to Use Papaya For Beauty – by Herbal Papaya

4 Ways to Use Papaya for Beauty by Herbal Papaya
http://www.herbalpapaya.com

Papaya, the new age of natural beauty! The fruit’s benefits don’t just stop at good health.

Papaya is one of the most versatile fruits out there, as I’m sure you already know if you’ve been reading our blog for awhile.

Did you know that papaya is also used around the world as a beauty product? It could be hard to resist the fresh smell of these papaya beauty products, and if you take the time to try them out, you may be surprised at how much they can improve your beauty routine and overall life goals for glowing skin.

Papaya Leaf Tea Bags

This beauty trick can actually work with any teabag, but why not use our Herbal Papaya Leaf Tea? According to Real Simple, tea bags can help soothe bug bites, stings, and even sunburns. After you drink your tea, make sure the tea bag is cooled and let it sit for five minutes either on the bug bite or sting, and watch as the tea naturally helps ease the itchiness and irritated skin patch.

If you’re trying to soothe a sunburn, brew a pot of tea and pour it into a bath of mildly warm water. Once you jump in, you’ll start to feel relief from the sun damage of the day.

Papaya Soap

If you use papaya soap, you could be rewarded with a variety of positive skin results. We loved reading through this article on Livestrong’s website about all of the fantastic benefits that papaya soap can give to your skin.

Most notably, exfoliation. Because papaya contains the enzyme papain, it is able to facilitate protein breakdowns with water. This is perfect for removing dead skin cells and getting rid of dry and flaky skin. Papaya soap therefore can also help with acne, since acne is simply an abundance of dead skin cells that are clogging up pores instead of shedding.

Papaya Facemask

Similar to the effects of body soap, a papaya face mask can help you thoroughly exfoliate the skin cells on your face. Papayas are rich in vitamins E and C, as well as that powerhouse enzyme papain, which all help to get rid of dead skin cells and reveal brightened skin underneath. Because of these attributes, papaya easily becomes a natural exfoliator and great fruit with which to create a DIY face mask.

All for staying frugal, we loved this post by Minimalist Beauty – go to their website, on how to make a papaya face mask at home using all natural ingredients to help keep your skin smooth and soft.

Papaya Shampoo

You’re probably thinking by this point that papaya can very well become your one-stop beauty product and you may just be right – you can also use papaya for hair health! Papaya shampoo have been known to help with hair loss, reduce dandruff (those pesky dead skin cells again!), and soften hair while restoring its natural shine and adding volume.

If you want to try out your own papaya hair treatment at home and witness the benefits yourself, check out the DIY papaya honey hair mask by Daily Curlz – look on their website.

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Top 10 Ingredients You Should Avoid Putting on Your Skin at All Costs – by Annemarie Gianni

Important information I wanted to share with you.

Top 10 Ingredients You Should Avoid Putting on Your Skin at All Costs – by Annemarie Gianni

You’ve probably heard about all the hidden chemicals and health risks surrounding so many of the beauty and skin care products on the market, but what exactly are they and will you ever be able to put on your lotion or eye cream again in peace — without wondering if you’re poisoning your body?

The answer is yes!

The key to healthy beauty care is to understand what’s really underneath the lid. While that may seem like a lot of work, you just have to know what to keep your eyes open for. And once you know what to look for, you can add yourself among the rapidly growing group of empowered consumers who are asking questions and being justifiably snobby about their product choices.

To help you in this mission to makeover your personal stock of cosmetics, we’ve put together a list of 10 ingredients you should avoid in anything you buy. By steering clear of these nasties, you can rest assured that whatever you’re putting on your skin isn’t harming it.

1. Parabens

Parabens are unquestionably the most commonly used preservatives in the cosmetics industry. They’re in just about any cream you might use, as they prevent mold, fungus and parasites from sprouting and growing in your products. The problem is that they can be absorbed through the skin, and have often been found in breast cancer tumors! All signs point to skin care products being the cause.

Because of this, there is a growing concern that excessive use of parabens may give rise to breast cancer in women and testicular cancer in men. Although there haven’t been any conclusive studies proving this, it should be enough to make you concerned. In fact, it’s why there are so many “paraben-free” items popping up in the supermarket and pharmacies around the country.

Parabens can appear in different forms, so here’s what you want to look out for:

benzylparaben
butyiparaben
propylparaben
methylparaben
ethylparaben
isobutylparaben

2. Phthalates

This hard to pronounce class of substances is found in just about everything, even you. A study done by the US Centers for Disease Control found a trace of it in every single person they analyzed. This is problematic because phthalates – which are used in cosmetics and also in many plastic objects – have been found to act as a hormone disruptor linked to reproductive defects, insulin resistance and developmental problems in children.

Here’s the tricky part: phthalates usually aren’t listed on the label of your favored products, so you have to do a bit of sleuthing to determine their presence. Want a hint? They’re often found in anything that misleadingly lists “fragrance” as an ingredient. Stick to products that are scented with essential oils instead.

3. Benzoyl Peroxide

Over the last decade, the popularity of pimple-zapping products has skyrocketed. benzoyl peroxide is responsible for this, but you should be wary about using it. That’s because it’s been linked with the promotion of tumor growth. Horrifying, don’t you think?

Beyond that, it produces toxic effects in the body simply through inhalation, and is a known skin, eye and respiratory irritant. As if that isn’t bad enough, it’s extremely toxic if you swallow it. Awful!

4. Triclosan

Technically a pesticide – at least according to the Environmental Protection Agency – triclosan is a popular ingredient in just about any product claiming antibacterial properties. It works very well at killing bacteria, and that’s actually the problem: not all bacteria are bad for you, and furthermore, some experts speculate widespread of this chemical could give rise to “superbugs” – harmful bacteria resistant to antibiotics.

That’s not all; triclosan has been shown to work as both a hormone and thyroid disruptor. On top of that, it’s terrible for the environment. So put your inner germaphobe at ease and know that water and natural hand soap will more than handle your daily hand-washing needs.

5. Resorcinol

Why is it that resorcinol – a popular ingredient in bleaches – is restricted in federal government buildings, but is used freely in so many hair color products? That probably doesn’t sound right to you, and that’s because it isn’t. Not at all!
Resorcinol is a known skin irritant that has been shown in studies to disrupt healthy thyroid function in animals. It’s also a common cause of dye allergy that so many women find themselves bothered by. You don’t want this in your hair, or anywhere for that matter!

6. Hydroquinone

As a skin lightener that reduces dark blemishes caused by everything from medical reactions to bruising, hydroquinone sounds too good to be true. You guessed it… that’s because it is.

Hydroquinone reduces the melanin in your skin to get rid of those unsightly marks, but in doing so, it hurts your skin in many ways. First of all, it’s permanently altering your pigment while also weakening the elastin and collagen in your problem area – the very things that are key to keeping your skin firm and youthful! Some people get unsightly blotches after using hydroquinone, and far more get contact dermatitis or have allergic reactions after regular use. Considering how easily it irritates your skin, it’s a wonder that it’s used at all. Finally, like so many ingredients on this list, there is some suspicion that it’s a carcinogen. The results aren’t worth the harm it causes.

7. Petroleum

Here’s a sneaky one. Petroleum pops up in so many cosmetics products, it’s ridiculous. And in case you’re wondering, yes, it’s the very same substance from which your motor oil is made.

It hides behind many names that you should familiarize yourself with. They are:

Petrolatum
Xylene
Toluene
Mineral oil
Liquid paraffin

As an industry standard, there’s a lot of information out there touting the safety of petroleum by-products, so you might be wondering why you should avoid it. It’s because it contains 1,4-Dioxane, which has been listed by the World Health Organization and the Environmental Protection Agency as a probable carcinogen. Cancer from your moisturizer? No thank you.

8. Methylisothiazolinone

Just the name alone is intimidating. Thankfully known as MIT for short, methylisothiazolinone is an increasingly common antibacterial preservative in everything from baby shampoo to moisturizer. Unfortunately, studies have shown that it contains neurotoxic properties that should be of great concern to all consumers.

In studies with rats, a mere 10 minutes of exposure to MIT was enough to cause brain cell damage. Further studies concluded that low concentrations of MIT during neural development increased the risk of seizures and visual abnormalities. Furthermore, the Environmental Working Group has classified it as a skin sensitizer and irritant.

The argument often made by skin care companies is that MIT is used in very small concentrations, usually in products that are meant to be rinsed off, thus reducing your exposure to the chemical. Considering the seriousness of its side effects, it’s probably best that you limit your exposure to it completely, wouldn’t you agree?

9. Oxybenzone

Oxybenzone is an active ingredient in quite a few of the sunscreen products on the shelves of your favorite store. Unfortunately, this chemical has been linked to skin irritation and allergies, hormone disruption and low birth weights in baby girls.

What’s scary is that a study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control found that oxybenzone is present in the urine of 97% of Americans. How much of it have we been exposed to, and how is it affecting us in ways that we don’t quite understand yet? With figures like these, chances are it’s already in your system, so you want to limit your future exposure to it as much as possible.

10. Artificial Dyes and Synthetic Colors

Whether you’re donning a shocking hot pink lipstick, a classic rouge to make those cheekbones pop, or rebellious black nail polish, if your favorite cosmetics are conventional, chances are they are just as dangerous as they are fabulous.
Many of the products you have are likely made with synthetic colors that are made from coal tar. Though pretty, these harsh artificial colors have been shown in studies to be carcinogenic and are likely to cause skin sensitivity and irritation due to the heavy metals they deposit on your skin when you use them. You don’t want that, so if you have any products that were made with synthetic colors, toss them in the bin don’t buy any more! Thankfully, it’s pretty simple to determine if that color in your favorite lipstick is real or not: just check the ingredients, and if you see anything listed beginning with FD&C or D&C, you know it isn’t what you really want.

So the next time one of those perfumed lab-coats at the mall pulls you aside to offer you a sample of Company X’s new Luxuriously Lovely Lip Enhancer, tell her thanks but no thanks, and proceed either online or to your nearest organic grocery for superior alternatives. You’ll be amazed at how much is out there!

Annmarie Gianni is Co-Founder of Annmarie Gianni Skin Care — an award-winning natural skin care line.

Organic Skin Care Products | Annmarie Gianni Skin Care
http://www.annmariegianni.com

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Q and A Series: People, Products and the Health of Our Planet – Interview with Ellery West, CEO of Organic Essence: USDA Certified Organic Body Care Products

For the eleventh interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Ellery West CEO of Organic Essence: USDA Certified Organic Body Care Products.

My comment: I met Ellery at the Natural Product Expo in Anaheim, CA when the company was in its infancy and their were still packaging in plastic. The products were always certified organic and of the highest quality. Now they have “stepped it up” in their environmental stewardship and have created the zero waste packaging, made of home compostable packaging that is non-toxic and no plastic leaching from the plastic package into the products and then onto your skin.

Here is what Ellery told me about the new paper packaging: Gail West (VP Creative) and I invented the paper jar in 2008, the lip balm tube followed a few months later.

Here is some info from the home page of Organic Essence that gives you a summary of their mission and what they do: Organic Essence products are USDA certified organic with eco green, biodegradable, home compostable packaging. We use organic oils, botanicals and essential oils which are 3rd party certified to ensure that it’s not just an empty marketing claim. Many of our products are vegan with zero animal testing. Our standards are high and quality is supreme with home compostable packaging as the ultimate goal. We are industry leaders by combining a truly sustainable package with organic, sustainable ingredients.

We think organic body care is…

Better for you
Reduce chemical exposure.
Better for the planet
Reduce chemical exposure.
Better for farmers
Reduce chemical exposure.

Question #1: Tell me briefly about yourself and why you decided to get involved in the “health” industry?

I like cooking and making body care products, is a similar process. Until the beginning of the 20th century, the skin was thought to be completely inert and impermeable to chemicals that might otherwise enter the body, however we now know many chemicals can get through the skin.

Question #2: If you were stranded on a desert island and were allowed to take only 5 items with you (they can be food, books or specific products that are all health-related), what would they be and why?

Water purifier, bar soap, knife, functioning satellite phone and a desert island food finding handbook since starving before rescue would bad for your health.

Question #3: What one message do you want to share with the people of this world that is crucial for their ultimate well-being and longevity?

Overpopulation; fewer feet make for a lighter footprint. Immediately we need to become more conscious of our heedless spread of synthetic chemicals, into, onto our bodies and throughout the environment.

Questions #4: If someone could afford to purchase only one product at this moment to start their journey towards better health (food or health-related), what would you recommend and why?

Old fashioned, natural bar soap that has been made without synthetic fragrances and colorants would make a good start because the amount of exposure we get from washing our hands with detergent ‘soaps’. Don’t use hair dyes, fingernail polish and nano-particle titanium and zinc oxide sun blocks.

Question #5: Tell me more about your business/company and/or products you offer to the public to help them achieve optimal health and well-being?

Using leave-on-the-skin products that contain synthetic chemicals isn’t acceptable for people who have taken responsibility of their own, and their family’s health. Our mission is to produce organically certified body care products that lack synthetic chemicals and to make them available in packages that don’t contaminate the product with synthetic chemicals that leach from their plastic packaging.

Question #6:What are your hopes/aspirations/dreams for the future health of the people and the planet?

I hope that as a species we can properly account for the indirect, environmental costs for our way of life. We don’t want to steal from other people via the environment and through time. I also dream that we as a people become fully conscious of the potential harm we pass on to our progeny via our own synthetic chemical exposure.

Question #7: Who is your greatest hero and why?

Rachael Carson, since waking people up to the environment is hero-worthy.

To read more about this company and all their great products, go to: http://www.organic-essence.com

To check out my video review of their products, go to: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

Organic Essence - in plastic packaging - Lotion to Go (no longer available) and Lemongrass Mint Organic Shea Cream

Organic Essence – in plastic packaging – Lotion to Go (no longer available) and Lemongrass Mint Organic Shea Cream

Raspberry, Mint, Vanilla and Almond Organic Lip Balms in Eco Tube/Zero Waste Packaging

Raspberry, Mint, Vanilla and Almond Organic Lip Balms in Eco Tube/Zero Waste Packaging

Organic Shea Cream in Grapefruit Scent and Organic Essence Organic Confidence™ Relentless All-Day Deodorant in Coconut Scent with Zero Waste Packaging

Organic Shea Cream in Grapefruit Scent and Organic Essence Organic Confidence™ Relentless All-Day Deodorant in Coconut Scent with Zero Waste Packaging

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Company Review: Rainbow Research Corporation – French Green Clay

Rainbow Research Corporation founded in 1976

Here is the info from their homepage:

Our philosophy is simple – use the best natural ingredients available, avoid unnecessary chemicals, and tell the truth. Since the beginning, we have chosen not to test our products on animals. Rainbow products are made in small batches to keep quality high. We guarantee our products 100%.

Our following has grown through the years and we now sell our products to health food stores, massage therapists, chiropractors, medical doctors, salons, and consumers throughout the world.

We urge you to support those groups who are promoting both animal and human rights throughout the world.

My Review:

I do not remember when exactly I discovered this company. I was looking for a natural way to color my hair. I bought a product and it was of high quality and did work well. So happens, the product was discontinued by the company. Now, what do I do? It took a while to find the right hair color product and I found Rainbow Research Henna at my local health food store. Check out this link for a review of the Henna: https://rawsomegal.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/company-review-rainbow-research-henna-natural-hair-color/#comment-3939

Now, on to the review of the French Green Clay. This is a great product that is cleansing to the skin. I use it as a mask on my face and have not tried it on other parts of the body. I do not recommend anything I have not tried, so if you choose to use it other then it is directed for, then My Disclaimer: myself and Rainbow Research Corporation and their affiliates are not liable if you have any reactions when using this product. The only thing that happens for me, is that my skin is pinkish-red once I rinse the mask off of my skin. It only lasts for a short time and is nothing to be concerned about.

Their brochure has more information and recipes for different formulas to use depending on your skin type: normal, dry, oily, etc. The clay is 100% natural and helps to tighten your pores and revitalizes your complexion. The mask tightens and pulls out toxins from the skin. I, personally use this product once a week in the morning and I love how it feels when I first put it on the skin and then the great results when I rinse it off. I also use some other tools to stimulate the skin before I do the mask. Check out my youtube channel for a video review of this product with more details.

YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

Check out the company website to view all their products (for babies, children and adults) and purchase: http://www.rainbowresearch.com

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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