Hustle Butter Deluxe Luxury Tattoo Care

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After seeing some petroleum filled, non-organic tattoo butters in the mall, I knew I had to find a healthier alternative. Although I myself do not have tattoos, my best friend does, and he was excited to hear that there was an option that not only would truly hydrate and protect, but also help the skin’s natural process of healing and being its best!

For those of you with tattoos, this “butter” can be used before, during and after your new masterpiece! Check out the impeccable ingredients below!

P.S. My best friend loves it!

  • Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Fruit Butter –  In it’s raw form it helps to boost collagen and repair skin. Rich in vitamin E and vitamin A. Shea Butter and the other ingredients made from the sheatree are used in many types of cosmetics and personal care products including bath products, cleansing products, eye makeup, lotions and creams, suntan products, lipstick and hair care products.
  • Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter – known for its cleansing properties and used in soaps and hair products.  It also contains oleic acid, palmitic acid, linoleum and stearic acid. Mango seed butter is a natural moisturizer because of its fatty acids. It contains Vitamins A and C. Also used as a surfactant because it contains sodium mangoseedate.
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract Butter – often used for treating skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and sunburn. It melts on contact with skin and works effectively to restore and rehydrate.
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil) – light and odorless, this coconut oil is quickly absorbed into the skin or hair and is wonderful for dry or troubled skin. Can be used as a carrier oil for essential oils, but it has wonderful antioxidant properties by itself.
  • Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) oil  – Taken from the seeds of the sunflower, has more vitamin E than any other vegetable oil. Used as a skin conditioning agent, surfactant and viscosity increasing agent.
  • Oryza Sativa (Rice) bran oil – incredibly hydrating and also used as an anti-aging ingredient. It is very high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that help cleanse, soften, moisturize, nourish, smooth and soothe the skin.
  • Rosmarinus Officials (Rosemary) leaf extract – full of antioxidants it helps relieve again environmental stresses on the skin. It is also anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and protects again free radical damage as well.  In India it is used to help lighten dark spots and blemishes on the skin.
  • Camellia Sinensis (Green tea) extract – due to the polyphenols in green tea, it possesses very powerful antioxidant (content vitamins C & E) and skin-soothing properties. It is also thought to have anti-aging properties through reducing age spots and overall complexion.
  • Tocopherol acetate (Vitamin E) – a natural conditioner and antioxidant. It helps promote skin healing and diminish signs of aging.
  • Mentha Arvensis (wild mint) Essential Oil – a milder form of mint, it is used for pain relief due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It is also antimicrobial, cooling and a disinfecting agent, giving it many uses.
  • Essence of Papaya – High in vitamin C and zinc. Used to promote a healthy complexion and getting rid of blemishes.

img_3724“BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER – Hustle Butter Deluxe is an original luxury tattoo care product for every stage in the tattoo process. It helps prepare the skin to make it more soft and supple, offers superior glide when being tattooed, and can help moisturize and heal skin afterward.

NUMEROUS BENEFITS – Unlike others, Hustle Butter Deluxe does NOT remove stencils and won’t lead to clogged tubes or petroleum buildup. Hustle Butter Deluxe keeps skin workable, drastically reduces redness, swelling, and bleeding, and promotes healing upon contact. Color has never gone in so easy. Yellows and whites go in the first time, and you don’t have to worry about over-worked highlights.

100% VEGAN INGREDIENTS – Certified cruelty-free and 100% vegan, our all-natural butter is also petroleum and paraben free. It is made from only the finest ingredients, including Shea, Mango, and Aloe butters, Coconut, Sunflower and Rice Bran oils, Rosemary Oleoresin, Green Tea, Vitamin E Complex and Mint Arvenis Essential Oil, as well as the essence of Papaya and Coconut.

EASY TO USE – Loved by tattoo artists worldwide (as well as their clients) Hustle Butter Deluxe can be applied to the skin as-needed before and during the tattoo process. It should be applied to the skin as aftercare to improve healing as well. Many of our clients continue to use this product long after their tattoo has healed, to keep their skin moisturized and healthy and their tattoo’s colors bright.”

Be purchased on hustlebutter.com and Amazon

As a cliff note, why should you NOT want to use petroleum?

Petroleum is a synthetic compound, which seems to be hydrating your skin, but actually is just putting a layer on top. This clogs your pores and inhibits your body’s ability to expel toxins. This can be quite dangerous when basically putting it on an open wound! So skip on the petroleum and induce in the amazing natural products instead!!

Innate Life – Problematic/Dry Scalp Treatment

My best friend and I have applied this as a hair mask on two different times (leaving it for four hours each treatment) and we can already tell a difference in our hair and scalp! My best friend has dandruff, and has seen great improvement with that, as well as less hair loss. I have noticed that my hair has been growing faster (and since I color it, I can see how quickly the roots reappear!)

Definitely recommend, but look over these fantastic ingredients and make that decision for yourself!

Check out their website here, and if you would like an extra 15% off of your first order, put in my personal code: MCKENNA+15 at checkout! Cheers!

INGREDIENTS:

  • Coconut Oil*- will keep scalp moisturized, discouraging dandruff growth and keeping hair looking shiny. If you have dry ends as well, rub some oil on them to provide deep conditioning.Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, coconut oil is on a rise in popularity for treating skin conditions
  • Castor Oil* – is high in Vitamin E, Omega 6 & 9 and ricinoleic acid. Ricinoleic acid helps balance the scalp’s pH level which provides the perfect conditions for hair growth. It’s also high in antioxidants that support keratin (hair protein) and increase the overall thickness of the hair.
  • Shea Butter* – is not stripped of its nutrient content and contains all of it’s natural goodness. It has been used for centuries to sooth dry itchy scalp and treat dandruff. It is an all natural conditioner for dry damaged hair and it’s excellent for locking in moisture. It also stimulates hair growth and protects against heat and environmental damage.
  • Sweet Almond Oil* – contains all kinds of healthy ingredients for hair like Omega-3 fatty acids, phospholipids, vitamin E, and magnesium. Using almond oil nourishes and strengthens your hair, and is optimal for treating hair loss and damaged hair. A few drops go a long way to add silkiness and shine & nourish the scalp
  • Olive Oil* – help bring moisture back to the hair, leaving it healthy-looking and shiny. Rich in vitamins A, E and antioxidants, olive oil helps protect the keratin in hair and seals in moisture
  • Macadamia Nut Oil* – contains a very high amount of Palmitoleic acid (an omega 7 fatty acid). This oil is non-greasy and lightweight, which makes it absorb easily into the hair. The highly concentrated mono-unsaturated fats in the oil help protect the hair and scalp from damage. It also has calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and copper. Because of all of these properties, it is highly nutritious, reconstructive and hydrating to hair. It also contains the antioxidant squalene which helps reduce oxidative stress. It fights hair loss, adds shine and strengthens the hair follicles.
  • Grapeseed Oil*- Grapeseed oil is a great choice for hair care because it contains a lot of vitamin E, which is necessary for hair growth, and health. The extensive proteins, minerals, and the linoleicacid it contains also offer lots of benefits for hair. Hot grapeseed treatment will help hair look shiny, but not feel greasy.
  • Mustard Seed Oil – contains a good amount of beta-carotene. The beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A, which is a key component in healthy hair growth. Mixed in with a scalp massage oil, it can help stimulate hair growth. contains high amount of omega 3 fatty and omega 6 acids which helps hair growth. This oil contains minerals like calcium, zinc, magnesium, manganese, proteins and niacin. This oil contains antioxidant that makes hair stronger and prevents the hair from falling out and serves as hair strengthener.
  • Argan Oil* – is popularly known as “liquid gold” for hair. It’s extremely high in Omega 6, 9 and Vitamin E that keeps hair soft, silky and shiny
  • Jojoba Oil* – The oil can also moisturize the scalp and may be a dandruff remedy. Jojoba is rich in vitamins and minerals that nourish hair, including vitamin C, B vitamins, vitamin E, copper, and zinc. Because it strengthens hair, it is also thought that jojoba oil can prevent hair loss and promote hair thickness.
  • Neem Oil* – has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that fight dandruff causing bacteria. It contains extraordinary high amounts of antioxidants that promote hair growth and deep conditions damaged hair.
  • Burdock Root Extract* –  stimulates hair growth by improving blood circulation on the scalp. Being rich in phytosterols and essential fatty acid, it helps you maintain a healthy scalp, promoting natural hair growth. It is also effective in treating dandruff and dry hair conditions. It also contains vitamin A and essential fatty acids (which include rare long-chain EFAs), burdock oil can help strengthen your hair by nourishing your scalp
  • Amla Fruit Extract* – is high in vitamin C which promotes the effective synthesis of collagen, the building block of skin, nails and hair. Because of its antioxidant content, amla also helps purify the blood and eliminates skin and scalp conditions such has irritated scalp and falling hair, while promoting a health scalp that ensures healthy hair growth. It nourishes and conditions hair, strengthens individual strands, makes your scalp healthy, promotes healthy follicles and restores the natural color of graying hair by stopping melanin loss. It’s anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties relieves inflammation, reduces scalp irritation and treats dandruff.
  • Bhringaraj Leaf Extract* – used for hair growth because of the following reasons: The oil helps boost blood circulation to the scalp, stimulating it and triggering hair growth. It also prevents scalp issues such as dandruff and irritation, ensuring that hair growth is unhindered
  • Brahmi Leaf Extract* – is known for multiple health and medicinal benefits. Some of its important benefits and uses for hair loss: Applying this oil on the scalp is good to strengthening the hair follicles. Brahmi is also used in treating of psoriasis, eczema, abscess and ulceration.
  • Tulsi (Holy Basil) Leaf Extract* – can be used for greying hair, dandruff and dry scalp. Has many amazing properties including soothing inflammation, being an antioxidant, works a s a antibiotic, has antibacterial properties and is used to purify and cleanse.
  • Shikakai Leaf Extract* – traditionally used for dandruff, helps prevent hair loss, and helps retain natural oil in the hair and scalp. Additionally it is anti fungal which aids in hair growth. It also helps the hair retain its natural shine and softness. Can be used as a cleanser
  • Neem Leaf Extract* – High in vitamin E, stimulates hair follicles to increase hair growth and prevent hair loss. It also addresses dandruff and scalp problems. It is also anti fungal, which also aids in scalp problems as well.
  • Dandelion Root Extract* – rich with vitamins A, C, B-complex and E. It also contains biotin, iron, sulfur, magnesium and calcium. These all enrich the hair by stimulating and strengthening the hair. Many naturals love biotin and sulfur in their hair growth aids. It is a wonderful aid to get rid of dandruff and itchy scalp. It also removes build up from the length of the hair like a very mild clarifying solution. The simplest way to incorporate this is by topical application. It can be used as a rinse prior to or after deep conditioning and as an infused oil.
  • Horsetail Herb Extract* – improves circulation, is anti-inflammatory and full of antioxidants. Silica content also is helpful when battling hair loss. This herb rejuvenates your hair and strengthens the hair shafts. it also contains selenium and cysteine which are known to prevent hair loss and promote regrowth.
  • Tea Tree Oil* – has antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties that treat dandruff and itchy scalp. It gets to the root of the problem and eliminates flakiness and dryness of the scalp.
  •  Rosemary Oil* – Rich in antioxidants, is anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. It increases circulation and promotes hair growth. Has also been used to treat baldness, graying and dandruff.
  • Peppermint Oil* – Used to stimulate the scalp. It is a powerful antiseptic, and has multiple purposes from helping with dandruff or fighting lice. It also used to naturally thicken and nourish hair, as well as stop hair loss.
  • Lavender Oil* – rich in antioxidants, and known for its stress relief, lavender oil is a highly sought after fragrance to add to personal care products. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties help soothe skin conditions and reverse signs of aging. It can also improve alopecia aerate and hair loss issues when massaged into the scalp.
  • Eucalyptus Lemon Oil* – this essential oil is often used for in natural, anti-dandruff blends. Eucalyptus is highly anti-bacterial and helps fight skin conditions, and helps promote scalp health. Ot also helps with itching, dry scalp, and hair breakage.
  • Orange Peel Oil* – filled with vitamin C and powerful antioxidants, this essential oil is often included in natural flaky scalp, dry scalp and dandruff solutions. It is also a great mood lifter, leaving you with shiny hair and a lighter spirit. It is also antibacterial, which can help fight scalp conditions as well.
  • Cera Alba (beeswax) – often used in small quantities, beeswax is used to improve the brilliance and strength of the hair

*CERTIFIED ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

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DISCLAIMER: Always perform a patch test before applying our products. Natural & herbal products can still cause adverse reactions if you are allergic to a specific ingredient. Do not use if you have any nut allergies. Discontinue use right away if there is an adverse reaction.

There you are beautifuls! Now you know the amazing treasure this little container holds! For a list of ingredients to avoid, click here.

Cheers!

Will Getting A Tattoo Negatively Affect My Health?

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Hello all! Today I want to cover a topic that may be a bit touchy for some. Since I have spent so much time talking about how what we put on our skin affects our health, but I wanted also wanted to address things that are being put under the skin. Namely: Tattoos. I want to cover the risks, the healthier options, and the best way to care for them.

Are Tattoos toxic?

The short answer is yes. Most conventional tattoo ink has not been regulated in any way, and contain toxic heavy metals to achieve their color. The most toxic colors are black, white and red. Red ink can contain mercury, or other metals like cadmium or iron oxide. Other standard tattoo ink colors use lead, antimony, beryllium, chromium, cobalt nickel and arsenic. The more neon pigments can even contain plastics (who wants petroleum in their body?!)

How can these affect your health? 

Heavy metals can have many adverse affects. To give an overview, I’m attaching a list from an article that Dr. Axe put together which gives a much more in-depth look. But it is important to note that many off these affects have a high impact on mental health… including anxiety and depression!

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You probably heard in the media about the lady that had complications from a 15+ year old tattoo, and how the toxins had caused complications in her lymph nodes. You can read about it here.

So, what if you’ve already gotten one or more tattoos, and you don’t know if the ink had toxins in it? There is an extremely high chance that it did. So, I would recommend going through a heavy metal detox. There are different things that you can do to to help your body eliminate these toxins.

Detox Foods

  1. Green leafy vegetables are some of the most effective heavy metal detox foods. Not only do they help eliminate toxins, but they are also very high in antioxidants and very anti-inflammatory. These include kale, swiss chard, broccoli sprouts and dandelion greens.
  2. Herbs are also very effective. The rule of thumb is to concentrate on the ones that are high in antioxidants and are anti-inflammatory. Cilantro is one of the most powerful, but others include ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, basil, thyme, parsley, oregano, and rosemary.
  3. Foods that are very high in sulfur (like onion and garlic) are key in helping the liver detox from metals like lead and arsenic.
  4. Drink lots of water! You will want to keep hydrated while your body eliminates toxins.
  5. You will also want to eat foods that are high in omega-3 like flax seeds and chia seeds. These are high in fiber and help detox the colon and reduce inflammation. Bone broth also helps support the liver and other organs as they go through the detox process.

Other ways to detox

Additional  detox methods include chlorella, Vitamin C, shilajit, milk thistle, probiotics, activated charcoal, bentonite clay, triphala, and chelation therapy. You can read about these options in more depth in the Dr. Axe article here as he does a very thorough job.

Still want a Tattoo? Don’t despair! There are still options to incorporate tattoos into your healthy lifestyle. Healthy alternatives that are non toxic actually DO exist! There are even some vegan options for those who still desire the body art, but want to keep their health clean.

So now to the good part, what are some of the ink color alternatives?

  • Black – Carbon and logwood
  • White – titanium dioxide
  • Yellow – tumeric
  • Green – monoazo (a carbon-based pigment)
  • Blue – copper or sodium + aluminum (which is not really safe, so make sure you do your research!)
  • Red – Naphthol (spot test this, as it can still cause an allergic reaction)
  • Purple – dioxazine and carbazole

To get actual names of ink brands, I turned to Adria Decorte’s article here. She has put in quite a bit of research into finding different brands to look into. A great read, but to give you a breakdown, the top two brands for a non-toxic and vegan alternative inks were Eternal and Skin Candy. If any of you are in the DFW area, my best friend loves going to North Texas Tattoo, and they use Eternal, and do a phenomenal job. We have nothing but praise for their work. To look into Eternal, you can read this brand’s quality, non-toxic standards here.

Lastly, let’s address the topic of taking care of your tattoo naturally. Aside from the usual care precautions for keeping the tattoo clean and sterile, there are actually all-natural products that are petroleum and paraben free. In addition they contain wonderful moisturizing and healing oils such as shea, coconut, sunflower and essential oils. I hope to have a product review out soon.

There you are my dears! Hope this was helpful in giving alternative options for your tattoos. For those of you who already have tattoos, there are very practical ways to improve your physical and mental health by detoxing your body from those heavy metals!

Cheers!

The Innate Life – Rose Hair Elixir Ingredients

I have personally loved using this product. It instantly moisturizes my hair, but is extremely light and highly absorbent. I am able to put this on in the morning, style as usual, and go without worrying about by hair looking like it has oil on it. I highly recommend it, but of course the ingredients speak for themselves!

Check out their website here, and if you would like an extra 15% off of your first order, put in my personal code: MCKENNA+15 at checkout!

INGREDIENTS:

  • Rosa Mosqueta (Rosehip) Fruit Oil* – extremely rich in antioxidants, Vitamin A and E that protect the hair against sun damage. It repairs dry, brittle ends and seals moisture into the hair

 

  • Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil* – this nutrient rich oil is well known for its healing and regenerating properties. It is a sure way to decrease dryness and improve texture in hair

 

  • Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil* – full of nutrients and anti oxidative properties, almond oil is well known for its ability to keep your hair and skin looking amazing and helps protect against UV damage. Rich in vitamin E, monounsaturated fatty acids, proteins, potassium and zinc. Is light enough to be used as a leave-in conditioner.

 

  • Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil* – Rich in nutrients such as calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and vitamins A,K, and E. Great for use against inflammation. It assists in slowing hair loss, and the menthol in the oil helps with dandruff control. It is also antibacterial which helps keep scalp microbial free, and it keeps hair soft and moist due to its emollient properties.

 

  • Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil* – Abundant in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and fatty acids. Vitamin E helps with circulation of blood to the scalp, which helps with hair growth and reducing hair loss. The extensive proteins, minerals and linoleum acid offer many benefits to the hair. Oleic acid helps with softening and absorption of other oils. The key properties are helping against moisture loss, hair strengthening, reducing dandruff and dermatitis, words as a wonderful sealant and moisturizer.

 

  • Linum Usitatissimum (Flax seed) Seed Oil* – high in omega 3, it is highly moisturizing and restorative.

 

  • Curcu- bita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil* – a powerful antioxidant due to the high concentrations of tocopherols, phenolics and sterols. Also high in linoleum, oleic, palmitic and stearic acid. All of these protects the hair follicles and increase shine.

 

  • Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia Nut) Seed Oil* – one of the highest resources of essential fatty acids, namely palmitic, stearic, palmitoleic, oleic, and lineleic acids. It also has calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and copper. Because of all of these properties, it is highly nutritious, reconstructive and hydrating to hair. It also contains the antioxidant squalene which helps reduce oxidative stress. It fights hair loss, adds shine and strengthens the hair follicles.

 

  • Camellia Oleifera (Camellia/Tea) Seed Oil* – High in Omega -6 Lineolic fatty acids and Omega – 9 oleic fatty acid, this oil is an amazing emollient for keeping hair (and skin) moist and supple. It absorbs very quickly, and promote cell growth, support and flexibility. It repairs breakage and split ends, treats dry scalp and itchiness, helps prevent dandruff, restores hair natural sheen, softens and treats damage from perms/coloring.

 

  • Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil* – an astounding source of vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, linoleum acid and omega- 6 it is ideal for damaged, porous hair. Vitamin E helps prevent hair and scalp aging, selenium, magnesium, and calcium helps with hair loss. Is a wonderful source to help with scalp health, helps with hair strength and regaining moisture and shine.

 

  • Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil* – most known for its ability to protect hair from shaft breakage. This is due to it being rich in essential fatty acids, Vitamin E, and other vital nutrients. It gives hair a wonderful shine and helps hair recover from coloring damage.

 

  • Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil* – One of the most nutrient rich (and pricy) botanical oils. It has high antibacterial properties that help soothe scalp issues. Monounsaturated fats and saturated fats actually penetrate the hair shaft to give strength to the inner core of the hair fiber. It adds shine, gives elasticity and softening properties. It helps stimulate hair growth and helps hair recover from heat and styling damage.

 

  • Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil* – contains important fatty acids (specifically omega-3) including linolenic acid and linoleic acid. It has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that help with scalp health issues. It is also very effective fore helping hair regain lost moisture and shine, as well as promoting hair growth.

 

  • Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Oil* –  extremely rich in vitamins such as Vitamin A, C, D, B, E & K that are necessary for promoting healthy hair

 

  • Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil – is possibly the most powerful oil in the world. It has been said that Cleopatra used it as a beauty treatment for her gorgeous skin and hair. Moreover, it’s high in nutrients such as antioxidants and essential fatty acids that protect your hair against environmental damage.

 

  • Tocopherol (Vitamin E) –  naturally occurring antioxidant. Derived from vegetable oil. Used in the formulation of lipstick, eye shadow, blushers, face powders and foundations, moisturizers, skin care products, bath soaps and detergents, hair conditioners, and many other products.

 

  • Blend of Essential Oils*

Rose Otto Essential Oil keeps hair moisturized and hydrates dry, damaged & brittle hair.

*CERTIFIED ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

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DISCLAIMER: Always perform a patch test before applying our products. Natural & herbal products can still cause adverse reactions if you are allergic to a specific ingredient. Do not use if you have any nut allergies. Discontinue use right away if there is an adverse reaction.

There you are beautifuls! Now you know exactly the “whallop” this little product packs. For a list of ingredients to avoid, click here
Cheers!

Red Apple Lipstick Ingredients (lipstick) “Brazilliant”

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All of us would like to know exactly what we are putting on our bodies, right? Well, here is a breakdown of all the ingredients for Red Apple Lipstick’s “Brazilliant” lipstick.

I love these products! The lipstick is so moisturizing that my lips instantly feel better. On myself, I love the color brazilliant. In the description they say: “Each Red Apple Lipstick Product is hand crafted in the USA from the finest, highest quality materials available. Each lineup has a slightly different set of ingredients and all cosmetics are lab tested 100% gluten free.” I have been going gluten free myself in order to live a healthier lifestyle (because gluten causes sugar spikes and inflammation), so this was a perfect choice! Each of their lipsticks have a slightly different ingredient list to get the color and effect desired.

Check them out here
https://www.redapplelipstick.com/product-category/lips/gluten-free-vegan-lipstick/

You can buy this product on the Red Apple Lipstick website, or through Amazon

Contains (As listed on the packaging):

* Helianthus Annuus – 100% pure organic cold pressed – Sunflower seed oil. Taken from the seeds of the sunflower, has more vitamin E than any other vegetable oil. Used as a skin conditioning agent, surfactant and viscosity increasing agent.

* Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax – wax obtained from the plant Euphorbia cerifera, which is a plant that grows in North Central Mexico and the Texas Big Bend area. Helps personal care products keep their creamy consistency and gives them structure by also allows a smooth application. Found in: cosmetics and personal care products, Beeswax and the plant waxes are used in the formulation a wide range of products including baby products, bath products, lipstick, makeup, fragrances, coloring and noncoloring hair products, nail and skin care products, personal cleanliness products, shaving products as well as suncreen and suntan products. Nontoxic

* Butyrospermum Parkii – Shea Butter. In it’s raw form it helps to boost collagen and repair skin. Rich in vitamin E and vitamin A. Shea Butter and the other ingredients made from the sheatree are used in many types of cosmetics and personal care products including bath products, cleansing products, eye makeup, lotions and creams, suntan products, lipstick and hair care products. Non toxic

* Synthetic Beeswax – nonspecified, mineral “synthetic” wax is derived from coal and shale. Paraffin and Microcrystalline wax are from petroleum. Used in cosmetics and personal care products. Deemed safe by the FDA.

May Contain:

* Titanium Dioxide – Naturally occurring mineral mined from the earth then purified to use in consumer products. Titanium Dioxide is used as an opacifying agent and a colorant. In OTC drug products, it is used as a sunscreen agent. Also FDA approved as a food additive.

* Manganese Violet – derived from manganese oxide taken from the earth. Sometimes can have trace amounts of heavy metals but the FDA has approved small amounts as they do not pose a risk to human health. Found in: makeup, hair coloring products, bath products, nail polish and skin care products

* Mica – naturally occurring group of silicate minerals. Used in cosmetics and personal care products for centuries. Tested for heavy metals, the FDA has approved small amounts, and is considered not to pose a risk to human health in these regulated quantities.

* Iron Oxide – naturally occurring mineral deposits. However, iron oxides used as pigments in many cosmetics and personal products are often synthetic because natural minerals can carry trace amounts of heavy metals.

All Natural Gluten Free – Soy Free – Corn Free Vitamin E Tocopheryl Acetate,

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For a list of ingredients to avoid, click here.

W3LL People Expressionist Mascara Pro (Black) Ingredient List breakout

All of us would like to know exactly what we are putting on our bodies, right? Well, here is a breakdown of all the ingredients for W3ll People’s expressionist mascara pro black. They have thoughtfully put not only the ingredients that they do have in their product, but also what they don’t include. You can check out the product here. Enjoy!

As a personal review, I love how this mascara makes my lashes feel! It’s not heavy, but it definitely defines each lash to its full extent. Also! Ever feel like your lashes are itchy or irritated at the base after wearing mascara for hours? I do! And fortunately I don’t have any of that after wearing this one… such a relief!

You can purchase this product through the W3ll people website, through Target, thedetoxmarket.com, or pharmaca.com

Contains (As listed on the packaging):

* Aqua (water)

* Cera Alba* (Beeswax)

* C10-18 Triglycerides: C10-18 Triglycerides is a triester of glycerin and a mixture of normal and branched chainC10-18 fatty acids. Function(s): Skin-Conditioning Agent – Occlusive; Solvent; EMOLLIENT; SKIN CONDITIONING

* Stearic Acid – Fatty acids that occur naturally in some foods. Non carcinogenic, with no adverse effects observed in studies. Used in cosmetic creams, cakes, soaps and pastes.

* Copemicia – brazilian palm wax

* Ceriferacera/copemicia cerifera (Carnauba) Wax* – brazilian palm wax

* Castor Isostearate Beeswax Succinate – A castor oil and beeswax derived natural polymer that is created solely with heat and vacuum. No chemicals are used in the process. It increases wear time and enhances texture

* Glyceryl Stearate – made from reacting glycerin with stearic acid, which are obtained from animal and vegetable fats and oils

* Glyceryl caprylate – monoglycerides that are usually made from fatty acids. Some of these fatty acids come from vegetable oils, such as sunflower oil. Primarily used in the formulation of creams and lotions, moisturizers, and other skin care products. Found in permanent waves, deodorants, bath soaps, eye makeup and foundations. Can cause some redness of the skin from concentrated amounts, but not deemed harmful.

* Glycerine

* Potassium Sorbate – Sorbic Acid is a white, free-flowing crystalline powered. Used in personal products to kill microorganisms, and to prevent spoilage in personal care products.

* Sodium Hydroxide – Known as Sodium Hydroxide, Calcium Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide or Potassium Hydroxide. Historically used to hydrolyze fats and form soaps. Also known as caustic soda, soda lye or sodium hydrate. Deemed safe in limited quantities by the FDA, but is a strong irritant to the eyes, skin and respiratory tract in concentrated quantities. Also is not meant to be ingested. The FDA has specific quantity specifications for each kind of product. Used to control the ph of cosmetic and personal care products. Used in the formulation of bath products, cleansing products, fragrances, foot powders, hair dyes and colors, makeup, nail products, personal cleanliness products, shampoos, shaving products, depilatories, skin care products, and suntan products, also used in hair straighteners and hair wave sets.

* Sodium Benzoate – Benzoic acid and Benzyl alcohol is found naturally in many foods such as apricots, cranberries, mushrooms and honey, as well as the essential oil of jasmine, hyacinth and ylang-ylang. Used as: a corrosion inhibitor, fragrance ingredient, ph adjuster, preservative and solvent.

* Xanthan Gum – made from the fermentation of carbohydrates such as glucose or corn syrup. Used for: binding, emulsion stabilization, skin-conditioning agent, surfactant emulsifying agent, viscosity increasing agent. Deemed safe by the FDA

* Cellulose – naturally occurring found in the cell walls of plants. Deemed safe by the FDA, and is on the list of additives allowed to be directly added to food. Shown to be non toxic to humans. Used in cosmetics and personal care products including bath products, hair products, eye and facial makeup, skin care products and shaving products.

* Tocopherol – Vitamin E, naturally occurring antioxidant. Derived from vegetable oil. Used in the formulation of lipstick, eye shadow, blushers, face powders and foundations, moisturizers, skin care products, bath soaps and detergents, hair conditioners, and many other products. No adverse effects detected.

* Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed oil – Taken from the seeds of the sunflower, has more vitamin E than any other vegetable oil. Used as a skin conditioning agent, surfactant and viscosity increasing agent.

* +/- C177891/Titanium Dioxide, – Naturally occurring mineral mined from the earth then purified to use in consumer products. Titanium Dioxide is used as an opacifying agent and a colorant. In OTC drug products, it is used as a sunscreen agent. Also FDA approved as a food additive.

* +/- C177491,C177499/Iron Oxides – naturally occurring mineral deposits. However, iron oxides used as pigments in many cosmetics and personal products are often synthetic because natural minerals can carry trace amounts of heavy metals.

*Ingredient from organic farming

Read here for more info on ingredients, their safety and resources. http://www.cosmeticsinfo.org/
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/top-tips-for-safer-products/#.Wq8jaraZO9Y

Does NOT contain:

* BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene): synthetic antioxidants used to extend shelf life. They are likely carcinogens and can be hormone disruptors due to their ability to mimic estrogen, and may cause liver damage. Found in: eye liners, lipsticks, moisturizers, diaper creams, and other cosmetics. (https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/roc/content/profiles/butylatedhydroxyanisole.pdf)

* Coal tar: a byproduct of coal processing that is a known carcinogen. It is used as a colorant and an anti-dandruff agent. Found in: hair dye, shampoo. a byproduct of coal processing that is a known carcinogen. Potential to cause cancer and can be contaminated with heavy metals toxic to the brain.

* Dimethicone: A silicone oil that is very popular in today’s personal care properties.the covering and trapping property of dimethicone means that it’s not just trapping moisture, but bacteria, skin oils, sebum, and other impurities. That means those prone to acne or with oily skin are more likely to see increased blackheads and breakouts when using products containing this ingredient. It is also bad for the environment since Dimethicone is non-biodegradable.

* Fiber: NYLON-66 FIBER 20D is an odorless white to yellow fibrous powder of uniform length, free of foreign matter. This product is composed of Nylon-66 and Titanium Dioxide (the latter has been shown to weaken the intestinal barrier, show down metabolism, trigger inflammation, blocks nutrient absorption of key nutrients such a s iron, zinc and fatty acids). Found in: mascara and eyebrow products for lengthening and volumizing effects (https://www.ulprospector.com/en/na/PersonalCare/Detail/4671/208189/NYLON-66-FIBER-20D)

* Formaldehyde: used as a preservative in cosmetics given its ability to preserve a corpse. A known carcinogen that is also linked to asthma, neurotoxicity, and developmental toxicity. Present where quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3 diol (Bronopol), and several other preservatives are listed. Found in: shampoo, body wash, bubble bath.

* Lead Compounds: surprisingly heavy metals such as lead is still allowed in cosmetics, although regulated. However, there is no “safe” level of lead. It increases damage to the brain and nervous system, slowed growth and development, learning and behavior problems, speech and hearing problems. Has also been linked to a reduced IQ, ADHD symptoms, juvenile delinquency and criminal behavior, making it especially dangerous for children and teens. The darker pigmented the cosmetic, the more likely it is to contain lead. Found in: all types of cosmetics (https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/guidanceregulation/guidancedocuments/ucm452623.htm)

* Nanoparticles: most often referring to Titanium Dioxide in nanoparticle form, this ingredient is used to create a bright white pigmentation. Has been shown to weaken the intestinal barrier, show down metabolism, trigger inflammation, blocks nutrient absorption of key nutrients such a s iron, zinc and fatty acids. Found in: in paints, plastics, chewing gum, toothpaste, candies, powdered white sugar and bread

* Parabens (methyl-, isobutyl-, propyl- and others): a class of preservatives commonly used to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Parabens are endocrine (or hormone) disruptors, which may alter important hormone mechanisms in our bodies (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3855500/ – study done by Harvard School of Public Health). Found in: shampoo, face cleanser, body wash, body lotion, foundation.

* Petrolatum – Petrochemicals: You will rarely see “petrolatum” listed anymore. However its by-products are often listed. We’ve included a list of a few glaringly concerning petroleum derivatives below. But sometimes, petroleum is actually listed, but clever marketers will disguise the name, we’ve tried to include all of the synonyms below. Contaminants from hydrocarbons, and the processing of crude oil: Toluene, Hexane, Mineral Oil, Paraffin Wax, Benzene, Mineral oil, Liquid paraffin.

* Phenoxyethanol: It is commonly used in skincare and makeup products with side effects like skin irritations, reproductive and developmental complications, and damages to the brain and nervous system. Japan has banned the use of phenoxyethanol in all cosmetics, while most other countries have limited the use of it to 1% concentration. Can cause allergy like Eczema and may have nervous systems effects on infants. Found in: perfumes and soaps.

* Phthalates (DBP, DEHP, DEP and others): a class of plasticizing chemicals used to make products more pliable or to make fragrances stick to skin. Phthalates disrupt the endocrine system and has been found to cause birth defects and impact reproductive systems. Found in: synthetic fragrance, nail polish, hairspray, and plastic materials.

* Polyethylene glycol (PEG compounds): PEGs are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. Depending on manufacturing processes, PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, which are both carcinogens. Found in: creams, sunscreen, shampoo.

* Synthetic flavor or fragrance: an engineered scent or flavoring agent that may contain any combination of 3,000-plus stock chemical ingredients, including hormone disruptors and allergens. Has been found to cause allergies, dermatitis, respiratory difficulties, and can impact the reproductive system. Fragrance formulas are protected under federal law’s classification of trade secrets and therefore can remain undisclosed. Found in: all types of cosmetics.

There you are beautifuls! Now you know exactly what this little product contains, and what to avoid in future personal-product purchases! For a more complete list of ingredients to avoid, click here
Cheers!

Henna Hair Dyeing Part 2 – Applying Henna to Your Hair

Welcome beautifuls! Are you ready to eliminate all those chemicals from your life? How much do you think your body will thank you for not constantly making it fight every time you get a touch-up?! Maybe like me, you have not been able to have fun with your hair because you didn’t want to damage it or have all those chemicals on it. If so, this is for you! Who says you can’t have fun naturally?

Quick overview about Henna… it has so many health benefits!

Henna improves overall hair health and strength, reduces hair loss, has anti-aging properties, helps improve nail health, protects skin against infection and inflammation, helps relieve headaches, and improves spleen and liver detoxification to name a few!

Caution! This does not apply to “black henna” which actually is not real henna and is full of chemicals.

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