|Posted on December 5, 2018 at 5:55 AM||comments (1)|
Happy Wednesday everyone! We have moved into the final month of 2018 and what we typically call the holiday season. Depending on our faith and religious beliefs, this is a time of celebration and anticipation. It marks the end of one season and the begining of a new season. Fall transitions into winter and December transitions into January and a new calendar year as we reflect on where we have been on this journey of our lives and where we want to go on the next leg of our journey. Some experiences will be out of our control and some outcomes will be determined by what we say and do. But they all will depend on how we feel about what happens to us on the journey; our attitudes and our expectations. So let's look at this holiday season with attitudes of faith, hope, love and charity. Regardless of what our present condition or situation looks like, these are characteristics that we can all control because we can make a conscious decison and intentional effort to learn what they are and to practice the behaviors and to grow into our best life.
Have a good week and contact us for more information on our products and services.
Peace and blessings!
|Posted on November 14, 2018 at 5:10 AM||comments (0)|
A couple of weeks ago while shopping I saw a soap that looked interesting. The label read "Coconut OIl Moisturizing Soap Bar". But when I read the ingredient list both the first and second ingredients were Sodium Palmate and Sodium Palm Kernelate, palm oil. Shea Butter was listed but Coconut oil was not listed in the ingredients. Butylated Hydroxytolune (BHT),a synthetically produced preservative is listed, as is Tetra Sodium EDTA, another synthetically produced preservative made from formaldehyde. But no coconut oil.
So what is soap? As consumers, we see soap as a product we use with water to wash to clean or bodies. But the Consumer Product Safety Commission defines soap as a product in which the non-volatile portion consists principally of an alkali salt and a fatty acid, and the product's detergent properties are due to the alkali-fatty components, and the product is labeled, sold, and represented solely as soap. However, soap can also be defined as a drug or cosmetic by the Food and Drug Administiration, depending upon whether the manufacturer makes claim that the soap cures or treats a disease or if it does not consist primarily of an alkali salt of fatty acid.
What's in an EumeRose soap? Our soaps are handmade using an alkali salt, (sodium chloride, potassium chloride or both) and fats or oils (fatty acid). We prefer vegetable fats or oils such as olive oil, shea butter, or coconut oil. Also depending on the recipe, the soap may include coconut milk,herbs, oats, raw honey or other natural ingredients. We add clays for coloring if coloring is added, not only for the coloring but for the benefit of the particular clay used. Many of our soaps are not scented, but when scent is added we use essential oils instead of synthetically produced fragrances.
In conclusion, about 60% of the lotions and creams we apply to our skin gets absorbed into our bodies. Soap is a wash-off product, meaning it does not linger on the skin very long. However, it is possible that some of the product can get aborbed into the skin. This is why it is important to learn the ingredients that are in the soap and body wash products you use. Knowledge is power when we use it to make better decisions for our lives.
|Posted on November 14, 2018 at 4:50 AM||comments (0)|
Last Sunday at church Rev. John Gilmore spoke about gratitude. Quite appropriate as we approach Thanksgiving Day, right? And while this day is set aside to celebrate the principle of sharing how thankful we are for our live, I believe that we should express thanks everyday. But one thing that resonated with me from his message is that in some cultures it is not acceptable to say "thank you". Those people consider it their duty and privilege to do good for others and see expressions of gratitude as appealing to their ego. Gratitude has a spiritual conotation in that being grateful has the ability to change and transform. It is with this in mind that here at EumeRose we express our sincere gratitude to everyone who has supported us, encouraged us, and supported us throughout the year.
|Posted on February 21, 2018 at 9:35 AM||comments (0)|
Happy Wednesday everyone. Yesterday the temperature reached 77 degrees here in Memphis, TN, a preview of warmer weather to come after a record breaking cold winter season. I was going out to run some errands and wanted to wear some open toe shoes but I looked at my feet and said, "Nay, not today." I quickly realized that it was time for a pedicure. But I was reminded that soon we will be in sandals and wearing open toes shoes again and now is the time to get our feet in shape. Are you with me on this? Not only do I want my feet to look cute, I also want them to be healthy. So I want to give you three tips to get your feet ready for sandal weaher.
First, inspect your feet for open areas and discolorations. You may need to speak with you health care provider if you notice problems, have Diabetes or are coping with some other health issue. Soak your feet in warm water for 10-15 minutes. Add a liquid soap and use a natural Body Polish to scurb and exfoliate dead skin from your toes and the top of your feet. (Peppermint is my favorite Body Polish.)
Next, The skin under the bottom of your feet is different from the skin on the top of your feet. Use a pumice device to scrub your heels and the bottom of your feet to remove dead skin. Rinse well.
Finally, dry your feet thoroughly, especially between the toes, using a clean towel. Apply your favorite Body Butter over your entire feet to replace oils and add moisture. Allow your feet to absorb the nourishing oils, then put on a pair of white socks to warm your feet and enhance the effectiveness of the ingredients in the Body Butter.
Guys, this routine will work for men and women. In fact, you can have fun treating each other's feet to a natural foot treatment. Until next time, be encouraged.
|Posted on January 24, 2018 at 4:25 PM||comments (0)|
Our lips need special care during the cold weather. Here are six tips to help you with that.
1. Don’t lick your lips. When your lips are dry, it’s natural to want to lick them to make them moist. But licking your lips actually has the opposite effect. Saliva contain enzymes that while are great for digesting food, they can dry out the lips.
2. Use a lip balm that is ointment-based. This will lock in the moisture and help to heal cracks and splits in the skin. Look for a healing ointment that contains essential oils or glycerin.
3. Avoid lip balms that contain camphor, eucalyptus and menthol. These substances dry out the lips as well, prompting you to apply more often.
4. Avoid brushing or rubbing your lips when they are flaky or peeling. Do not to scrub your lips or pick the peeling skin off with your teeth or your fingers. Use moisturizing lip scrub that contains olive or some other moisturizing oil to gently remove dead skin. Then apply lip balm.
5. Treat cracked lips right away. A homemade sugar scrub that contains honey, coconut oil or coconut oil may be helpful.
6. Apply lip balm before you go to bed. Many people sleep with their mouths open. which can dry your mouth and lips. Consider using a humidifier at night to moisten the air.
Cracked and peeling lips may lead to infections and cold sores. If the problem persists, visit your primary care physician or a dermatologist for more specific care. Feel free to leave comments below. Until next time,
|Posted on January 4, 2018 at 11:15 AM||comments (0)|
Well, 2018 has come in with record cold weather, over a prolonged period of time. In fact, here in Memphis, TN, day time temperatures has been in the 20's for over two weeks. However, life goes on, right? I decided to give you a few tips to help you maintain the integrity of your skin during this challenging time.
- Drink water, too. We tend to drink more hot beverages that contain caffeine during cold weather. But be aware that caffeine and alcohol have a diuretic effect which can cause dehydration.
- Apply a creamy moisturizer to your skin instead of a lotion. Lotions tend to have more water which evaporates, leaving the skin surface dry. Body Creams that contain shea butter, cocoa butter, or mango butter absorb into the skin, sealing in moisture and providing a protective layer to the skin surface.
- Take care of your lips. Use a lip scrub to remove dead skin. Then apply a lip balm or lip moisturizer frequently to keep them subtle and moist.
- Take care of your feet as well. Cracked feet can be uncomfortable and put your at risk for infection. Before you go to bed, rub your feet with a moisturizing cream and put on clean socks. This will generate warmth and seal in moisture, leaving your feet soft and less vulnerable.
- Wear gloves to protect your hands when you are outdoors. Apply a moisturizing cream to your hands before putting on your gloves.
|Posted on December 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM||comments (0)|
As I reflect on 2017, I am grateful to be in the space I am in mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Many things have happened locally and globally to to influence my peace and joy and I have worked diligently over the year to stay balanced. I have chosen to keep things in perspective, to give grace and demonstrate mercy in my relationships, and to develop agape love for mankind. I pray you find the hope, faith and love you need to live your best life each day. Thank you for being a part of our lives here at EumeRose Natural Body Care Products. Thank you for allowing us to serve your skin care needs. What a gift! We'd like to take this time to wish you the best holiday season possible.
|Posted on October 4, 2017 at 11:00 AM||comments (0)|
Until a few months ago I had not heard of a salt soap bar so being the curious person I am, I was intrigued and anxious to make one. My research showed that sea salt contains minerals such as magnesium, zinc, calcium and potassium, all good for the skin. Salt also draws toxins from the body. So after a couple of tries, I made a batch of sea salt that was good. However, I was reluctant to use the soap once it cured and just left it sitting in my soap closet for months. On Friday, my personal spa day, I remembered the salt bar and decided to try it. The question was though, how to use the soap.
My recipe for this particular bar includes pink clay and the surface of the soap looks grainy. But it doesn't feel grainy and the lather is creamy and bubbly. I decided to rub the bar directly on my skin, especially the rough spots; my elbows, knees and feet.The texture of the soap is gently grainy so I could feel the exfoliation process at work. I felt no stinging or burning and my skin felt stimulated and tingled for a short while. Wow!
Later I decided to research if there is a proper way to use a sea salt bar and I didn't find much information. This is what I found by a maker of a Himalayan Salt Bar on the internet: If you are taking a bath, actually sitting in a tub of water, allow the soap to sit in the water for about 5 minutes to dissovle and release the salt. Then remove the bar from the water. Rub soap on your washcloth and wash as usual. Most people shower, these days so simply wet the wash cloth, rub soap on it, and wash as usual. My conclusion is that you determine the size of the salt grains on the soap. If the soap grains are coarse, be careful not to damage your skin. Until next time..
|Posted on August 2, 2017 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
So, a lot has happened since my last blog. I ended up in the hospital and had to do battle for a while to regain my energy and strength. But now I'm back and ready to go. I'm working on a couple of soap projects right now and I am sooo excited. As you know I only use vegan oils and butters in my products, such as olive oil, coconut oil, and shea butter. Recently I had a customer who wanted a charcoal soap which was not comfortable for me. But this week, through one of the Facebook Soapmaking Groups, I learned about Coconut Hull charcoal. Wow! I've done my research and I'm working on making a charcoal soap. Charcoal is reported to be great for oily skin and removes toxins. In fact, it is used in some facial masks. With Fall on the way I'm also excited about making a Pumpkin Soap. Pumpkin is full of vitamins and is reported to be good for dry skin.I've found some cute molds online so we're going to give it a try.
And finally, believe it or not, we'll be into the holiday season soon enough. I have loved making crafts from a little girl so I've found some really cute bags and boxes that will be perfect for gifting our products to your friends and loved ones So I'm working on designing holiday packaging and brochures in my 'spare' time.
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Have a wonderful week! And let us hear from you. What are you excited about right now.
|Posted on March 22, 2017 at 9:50 AM||comments (0)|
This week we continue our discussion of essential oils and their role in skin and body care products with a brief descritpion of Ylang-Ylang. Ylang-Ylang is fairly new to aromatherapy. It is extracted from the flowers of the Cananga Odorata tree (Ylang-Ylang tree), which is native to the South Pacific Islands of the Phillipines, Indonensia and Polynesia. Ylang-Ylang has a delicate, floral fragrance and is widely used in perfume making. Benefits to the skin include antiseptic and is effective in maintaining moisture and oil balance of the skin, which helps the skin look hydrated and youthful. In aromathreapy, ylang-ylang is also known to be a hypotensive (lower blood pressure), and as an antidepressant.
Popular Uses of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Put Ylang Ylang into an Epsom Salt bath for relaxation.
Refresh your skin with an aromatherapy steam facial using Ylang Ylang essential oil.
Put on your wrists for a sweet and floral perfume.
Add Ylang Ylang to fractionated coconut oil for a deep hair conditioner
Massage into the shoulders or back, apply to the feet, or use aromatically to promote peace. (I've even tried tossing it at the heads of cranky people, but that didn't go over well.)
For emotional balance, I find that ylang ylang oil is best used either over the heart or aromatically (even inhaled directly from the bottle).(http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/ylang-ylang-essential-oil.html)
We'd love to hear your experiences with Ylang ylang.