Natural Woman: Natural and Organic Makeup – See How It Looks

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Reasons that top the list for using natural and organic makeup are that they are better for your skin as well as being better for the environment. Nontoxic skin care products are a healthier choice for your skin and allow you to look and feel your best.

Using top-quality makeup is key to achieving a great look. Here, Lisa is modeling some of our products so that you can get an idea of what the cosmetics will look like on.

Natural and Organic Makeup

She starts by cleansing and moisturizing her face with Exactly Organics face cleanser and moisturizer. She then gives her skin a bit of a boost by applying Miessence Organic Balancing Skin Conditioner.

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For foundation, Lisa begins with applying Miessence Honey Translucent Foundation (liquid) which offers sheer coverage. For concealer around the eyes she uses Ecco Bella FlowerColor Cover Up in Beige. Next, she applies Ecco Bella FlowerColor Face Powder in the color Fair which offers a medium coverage and smoothes the look. To contour, she uses a little darker shade of Face Powder in Light. You can also use a bronzer to contour.

For the colors Lisa is wearing:

ecco_bella_eyeliner_refills_120Eyeliner:
Ecco Bella FlowerColor Powder Eyeliner in Ivy applied with a wet liner brush

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Eyes:
Ecco Bella FlowerColor Eye Shadow in Deep Taupe in the crease and blended

 +eccobella_shimmer_dust_120Ecco Bella FlowerColor Shimmer Dust in Star to highlight

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Eyebrows:
Ecco Bella FlowerColor Powder Eyeliner in brown to fill in the brows

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Blush:
Ecco Bella Burgundy Rose

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Lips:
Ecco Bella FlowerColor Lipstick in Peach Frost

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Mascara:
Finished off with Ecco Bella Botanicals Flower Color Natural Mascara in black

 Lisa commented that she likes the Ecco Bella blush, eye shadows, and powder liners better than other mineral/natural makeups. The color pigments are richer and take less to put on. They also hold their color throughout the day.

You can find these products at soapforgoodnesssake.com.

Be Inspired. Create a color pallet to fit your own unique style.

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Beach Colors – Makeup Inspired by Island Sands

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This collection produces a clean, fresh look. The Ecco Bella colors suggest blends inspired by the islands. Ecco Bella has taken the guess work out color blends for you with eyeshadow colors of Vanilla, Heather and Deep Taupe. Vanilla is perfect for under the brow and corners of your eyes. Heather is a warm shade that looks great all over the eyelid. Deep Taupe is a warm tan that looks superb in the outer V and crease.

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Create a sleek outline with Ecco Bella FlowerColor Brown Powder Eyeliner Refill. Brown liner powder is perfect for adding definition to your upper and lower lashes.

 

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Brighten up with color  with Ecco Bella FlowerColor Blush Coral Rose Refill

 


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Ecco Bella’s eco-friendly FlowerColor Paperback Duo Compact fits 4 eye shadows/powder eye liner refills or 2 eye shadows + blush color refill.

 

 

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Complete your natural look with Peach Frost lipstick and Peace gloss or smooth on Ecco Bella’s Spice Vitamin E Lip Smoother.

 

 

 

WATERMELON: The Ultimate “Sports Drink”

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By Ginny Chandoha

With the onset of summer and the heat rising, people often quench their thirst, especially during exercise, with sports drinks.

The intention of sports drinks is to hydrate and energize during a workout. Even when not exercising, during sweltering days we sweat, and through our sweat we lose not only toxins, but also electrolytes.

What are electrolytes?watermelon sports drink

You might say that our central nervous system is the main electrical system throughout our body, with our brain being the main circuit breaker. Our brain and body are a mass of electrical biochemical interactions (synapses). A synapse is an intricate network over which one neuron (nerve cell) passes an electrical or chemical signal to another cell.

Specific minerals are referred to as electrolytes because they are minerals that can conduct an electrical charge. Electrolytes are micronutrient minerals that are essential for nerve impulses, muscle contractions, and physiological functions. Without them we wouldn’t be able to blink, flex a muscle, or function at all. There are many micronutrients lost during sweating, but the major ones are sodium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Water cannot replace these lost elements.

The average athlete can lose in excess of 4500 mg of salt per liter of sweat. Depending upon external conditions and athletic conditioning, one can lose 2.2 liters of fluid per hour.

Low electrolyte symptoms include:

  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle Cramping
  • Dizziness/Fainting
  • Confusion

What’s in sports drinks?

Many people turn to sports drinks to rehydrate and replenish electrolytes. Typically these have a high level of sugar, especially in the form of high fructose corn syrup or other artificial sweetener, caffeine, along with artificial flavors, colors, and synthetic mineral replacements. To make matters worse, since water is the largest sports drink ingredient, quite likely it contains fluoride.

Caffeine has been shown to leach out the minerals the body needs for proper hydration and electrolyte balance. In addition, many sports drinks leave out key micronutrients such as magnesium and potassium which are vital for sufficient blood flow, proper nerve conduction, muscle contraction, and cell division.

Why watermelon is the ultimate “sports drink”

Watermelon NutritionMy favorite all-natural electrolyte replacement, both during or after physical exertion, as well as simply for rehydration, is 8 cups of watermelon liquefied in a blender with a pinch of Himalayan pink salt added. Because watermelon is a whole food, not only does it contain essential electrolytes, but it also contains vitamins, phytosterols, and a host of other important micronutrients, as well as fiber.

The chart at right shows what watermelon naturally provides:

Another excellent hydrator with abundant electrolytes is coconut water (not to be confused with coconut milk). It is sold in bottles and can sometimes be found in refrigerated sections of health food stores or food co-ops. It’s also available from an immature green coconut. However, both bottled coconut water and immature green coconuts are not always easy to find.

Not just for humans
On a hot summer day, to give my chickens a boost, I finely chop watermelon, toss the small (1/4 inch) chips on the ground, and watch as they gobble it up and then drink the residual watermelon liquid left at the bottom of the emptied bowl.

About the Author
Ginny Chandoha is a published writer whose short stories have appeared in The Staying Sane book series by DeCapo Press. Having spent many years in the publishing industry, she has been a contributing editor of several travel trade publications and is the author of the forthcoming book, “Lichen Sclerosis: Beating the Disease.” She and her husband live in northern New England and organically raise chickens and grow their own organic vegetables.

 

Eggs: More Than Just An Empty Shell

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By Ginny Chandoha

Over the years various food groups have fallen in disfavor, with eggs being vilified for their cholesterol content.eggs_nest

But cholesterol is a complex molecule that is made in, and recycled by the liver. It is a fatty, waxy substance our body needs to line the membranes of every cell, and the sterol in cholesterol is a precursor for the manufacture of steroids.

We also derive cholesterol from our diet, but did you know that there are different size cholesterol molecules or why that makes a difference? It is the small cholesterol molecules found in processed, non-whole foods that clog our arteries, while cholesterol from whole foods such as eggs are large molecule and easily pass through the bloodstream to our liver.

Stress is another cause for an increase in cholesterol production, therefore it makes sense that eggs from happy, organically raised, free range chickens test lower in cholesterol content than those that are factory farmed.

Eggs have been an important whole food since humans first discovered they were edible. Here’s why:

Eggshell – The shell of an egg is 95% calcium bicarbonate which is the most bioavailable form of calcium the body needs and can utilize immediately.

Membrane – The eggshell membrane contains many bioavailable substances that our body needs including:

  • Collagen is a fibrous protein important for the strength and elasticity of cartilage and connective tissue
  • Elastin gives tissue elastic tension so skin resumes its shape after stretching, and is a protein that is integral for cardiovascular, cartilage and spinal health
  • Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are vital polysaccarides that are structural components of connective tissue, skeletal structure, and extracellular fluids. Glycosaminoglycans include glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid.
  • Transforming Growth Factor-b is a protein that is crucial for immune function and cellular differentiation
  • Desmosine and isodesmosine are amino acids that give elastin its elasticity

• Whole Egg – While the yolk is the most nutritious part, one whole egg contains:

  • Vitamin D – as much as 41IU
  • Calcium – a minimum of 24mg
  • Protein – a minimum of 6 grams
  • Biotin – a coenzyme known as Vitamin H and is integral in the support of healthy skin, nerves, digestive tract, metabolism, and cells
  • Choline – is an essential nutrient for fetal brain development and maintaining brain cell membrane structure in adults, and is a key neuro-transmitter component. It is also a vital element in preventing birth defects
  • Lutein from eggs is the most bioavailable source than from any other food group, and is an antioxidant important for eye health and prevention of macular degeneration
  • Zeaxanthin – is another eye health antioxidant that works in tandem with lutein
  • DHA and AA – Docosahexagenoic Acid (DHA) is an essential Omega-3 fatty acid that supports brain development and cell signaling. Arachidonic Acid (AA) is an Omega-6 fatty acid that supports brain health, and is a precursor to eicosanoids that are important components in immunity, blood clotting, and other vital functions
  • Carotenoids – are powerful antioxidants
  • Vitamins and Minerals – including Vitamins A, E, K, B12, B-complex, as well as trace minerals of Magnesium, Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Manganese, and Selenium

How to Eat an Entire Egg
I used to eat my store-bought eggs over easy, scrambled, hard boiled, and raw, and throw away the shell. Now I consume every part of an organic egg. Let’s start with the outside and work our way in.

The Shell – After emptying the contents, I thoroughly rinse the eggshell in hot water and use my finger to rub the interior until left over egg white is rinsed away (the interior no egg_shell_capsuleslonger feels slimey). This will help reduce excessive foaming when the eggshells are boiled. Do not use any type of soap or detergent as the shell is porous and can absorb unwanted ingredients (note that store-bought eggs are always chemically pre-washed), place in a pot of cold water, cover and bring to a boil, then turn off heat and allow to cool. When cool, thoroughly rinse the boiled eggshells and air dry for 24 hours. I store the dried eggshells in a stainless steel container that I keep on my counter, and to add to it I manually crush down the shells until my container is full. Next I put the semi-crushed eggshells in a grain mill (a coffee or herb grinder also work) and grind until the shells are reduced to a fine powdery grit that I store in a glass jar. While this powder consists of pure calcium bicarbonate and membrane nutrients and can be added to smoothies or other foods, it is too gritty for my taste. Instead, using a manual capsule making machine and empty vegetarian capsules, I make my own calcium supplements for pennies. How many pennies? I used to purchase organic raw calcium supplements at a cost of $40 per bottle of 150 capsules and would need 5 bottles per year for a total of $200. Now I buy vegetarian capsules at wholesale price, and 750 calcium capsules using my own eggshells costs a total of $8.60 per year.

I also coarse grind the eggshells and feed them to my chickens as part of their daily calcium supplement.

The Membrane – When making an organic fruit shake, I peel the raw membrane out of the shell and blend it in the shake. Otherwise, as part of boiled shells it is ground up and becomes part of my daily calcium supplement.

The Egg White – I used to think I was eating healthy by putting an entire raw egg in my fruit shake. That was until I learned about Avidin. Raw egg whites contain the antimicrobial scrambled_eggsprotein avidin that binds with biotin in the yolk, preventing biotin from being absorbed into the body. Cooking the egg white frees biotin by neutralizing avidin. Now when consuming raw egg, I separate the white from the yolk and use the raw white for other cooking uses.

The Egg Yolk – Raw egg yolk contains fragile essential Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, as well as healthy large molecule cholesterol. Cooking the yolk not only destroys the omega fatty acids, but it also oxidizes the cholesterol, turning it into an unhealthy, artery clogging small molecule. Now when I cook whole organic eggs, to get the maximum nutritional benefit I make sure the white is fully opaque, but the yolk is still runny.

The Egg Myth – Many people make the assumption that chickens and their eggs naturally contain salmonella, but that bacteria is not normally present in the natural environment. Salmonella has to be introduced into the environment either from contaminated garments, including shoes, tools or machinery used in processing eggs, or it can arise from filthy factory farming conditions under which most store-bought eggs are raised, and which have been involved in massive salmonella-tainted egg recalls. Chickens raised and pastured in a clean environment do not typically carry salmonella. Plus the egg shell is coated with “bloom,” a clear liquid that dries almost instantly when the egg is laid that protects bacteria from entering the porous shell and contaminating the egg contents. Water destroys the bloom and will allow bacteria to immediately penetrate the eggshell. We never wash our eggs and most of the time they are perfect. Occasionally we’ll get one with a tiny bit of soil on it that I rub off as much as possible immediately, but I still don’t wash them, not even before cracking them open, and we’ve never gotten sick from eating eggs from pastured chickens.

About the Author
Ginny Chandoha is a published writer whose short stories have appeared in The Staying Sane book series by DeCapo Press. Having spent many years in the publishing industry, she has been a contributing editor of several travel trade publications and is the author of the forthcoming book, “Lichen Sclerosis: Beating the Disease.” She and her husband live in northern New England and organically raise chickens and grow their own vegetables.

Handcrafted Luxury Soap Gift Box Giveaway!

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Handcrafted Luxury Soap Gift Box Giveaway!

Just because it’s spring and we love you we are giving away a Handcrafted Luxury Soap Gift Box!

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We think you’ll love the gift box which includes four 4-oz. handcrafted soaps in a re-useable gift box.

TO ENTER:
All you need to do to enter is answer this question in the comments section of this post below:
What do you love about spring?

Scroll to the bottom of the page and type your comment in the “Leave a Reply” box.

While you’re at it, check the “Notify me of new posts via email” box so you don’t miss out on future offers and updates.

Be sure to post before May 15, 2014! We’ll announce the winner on May 16.

It may take a little while for your post to show up so please check back later if you want to see your comment.
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If you know someone in need….

If you know someone in need….

We’re giving away four (4) $25 Soap for Goodness Sake gift cards!

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Do you know an awesome person in need who deserves a little pampering?  We are giving away four $25 Soap for Goodness Sake gift cards one each to four deserving people.

All you need to do to enter is to leave a short comment about why they deserve it in the comments section of this post below:  You don’t need to leave a name.  We will contact you for their name and address privately so be sure to use your email address so we can contact you.

Winners will be selected randomly.  Post before December 18, 2013!  Winners will be announced December 19.

Nominees do have to be 18 years of age and have a US mailing address to enter. One entry per person please.

December 19, 2013 Update:

We have decided that all of the entries were so touching that every one of the entrants will receive a $25 gift card for their amazing person.

Our heartfelt thanks for taking the time to submit the awesome person you know into the drawing.  Your effort demonstrates how much compassion you have for others.  Your entrant deserves pampering and hopefully this will bring a little bit their way.  It is in our hope and prayers that 2014 bring good things to these families.

Our Favorite Organic Sweet Cornbread Recipe

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Fall is in the air and if your house is anything like ours, so is the aroma of a pot of soup simmering in the kitchen.  What goes better with a bowl of heartwarming soup than a good wholesome slice of organic cornbread?  We thought we would share our recipe which we have fine-tuned over the years until we think it’s just perfect.

We use our old Griswold iron skillet for this one so that the bottom crust browns nicely.  The trick for this is to heat the oil in the skillet on the range top before pouring in the batter.

Our Favorite Organic Sweet Cornbread Recipe:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Ingredients:
1 Cup Organic Corn Meal
1 Cup Organic Flour
1/3 Cup Organic Sugar
1 Tablespoon Aluminum Free Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Real Salt
2 Eggs (cage free or free range, whatever you prefer)
1 Cup Organic Milk
1/3 Cup Oil (we use organic olive oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil or whatever we have)
+ Additional 1/3 Cup oil for pan (see below)

Pour the 1/3 Cup oil for the pan into an iron skillet.  You’ll want your skillet to be medium hot when you pour the batter in so place the skillet on a burner on medium heat while preparing the batter.  Keep an eye on the skillet while you are mixing and remove from heat when it is medium hot so that it doesn’t become too hot.

In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients. Make a well in the middle and add eggs, milk and oil.  Beat the eggs into the liquid and then mix all ingredients together. Batter will be a little lumpy.

Pour batter in the skillet and transfer to the oven.  The skillet will be hot so use a pot holder.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Server with butter and honey, if desired.

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