Thursday, November 14, 2013

GIVEAWAY: Mystical House Organic, Vegan Skincare




~Organic, Chemical Free, Cruelty- Free, Vegan~



Our prize package includes a 2 oz. tin of Citrus Body Butter, a 2 oz. tin of Lavender Body Butter, a 2 oz. tin of Healing Lip and Body Balm, a Mint lip balm and a Citrus lip balm.  Retail value is $36.00.


To enter click LIKE at https://www.facebook.com/MysticalHouseProductions and write a 5 star review of the page (if you haven't tried the products).  Also Share this blog post to your Facebook and other outlets.  Each action counts as a separate entry.  Winner chosen at random and announced on 11-28-13.

All products are extremely nourishing to your skin. By way of example here are the Ingredients for Citrus Butter and properties for which they are chosen:

Shea Butter:
The fat of the nut of the African Shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa) is the source of Shea butter. The traditional use of the butter is to reduce the appearance of fine lines, scars and stretch marks, and to ease a variety of skin irritations, such as psoriasis, eczema and sunburn. Makers of cosmetics also mix this natural substance with other botanical ingredients. Shea butter is ideal for the topical application of cosmetic and medicinal formulas, because it melts on contact and is readily absorbed into the skin, without leaving a greasy residue.

Cocoa Butter:
Cocoa butter is a natural antioxidant that clears and smoothes the skin. It is frequently used for treating dry skin and stretch marks. Cocoa butter is a natural source of vitamin E as well as a beneficial treatment for chapped hands, feet, lips, pregnant skin and other skin irritations.

Coconut Oil:
Healing Wounds: Coconut oil has been used for wound healing since time immemorial. Three of the identified mechanisms behind these healing effects are its ability to accelerate re-epithelialization, improve antioxidant enzyme activity, and stimulate higher collagen cross-linking within the tissue being repaired. Coconut oil has even been shown to work synergistically with traditional treatments, such as silver sulphadizine, to speed burn wound recovery. Coconut oil has been demonstrated to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-Fungal properties.

Jojoba Oil
The structure of jojoba oil closely resembles that of your own skin sebum, and because of this it has a natural affinity to the skin, and is readily absorbed without making the skin feel greasy or tacky nor does it clog the pores and helps to balance the production of sebum - your skin's own lubricating medium. It contains myristic acid which also has an anti-inflammatory action. Jojoba oil has the ability to minimize fine lines and wrinkles, promoting skin suppleness while assisting with the rejuvenation of the skin and forms a non-greasy, non-tacky layer with exceptional trans-epidermal water control.
Jojoba oil is well tolerated by people with skin problems and helps to break down sebum in plugged-up pores.

Argan Oil:
Argan oil has incredible conditioning and anti-aging properties that keep hair and skin revitalized. It's great for dry skin, does not clog pores and helps minimize fine lines. It can also be used to prevent stretch marksand even improve certain skin conditions. Argan oil can help people with mild acne as the oleic acid found in the oil helps promote healthy levels of sebum production, and its linoleic acid helps prevent excess dead skin cells by promoting healthy skin turnover.

Essential Oils:

Lime Therapeutic properties: antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, bactericidal, disinfectant, restorative and tonic.

Grapefruit Therapeutic properties: antidepressant, antiseptic, disinfectant, lymphatic stimulant, tonic and anti-infectious.

Tangerine Therapeutic properties: antiseptic, antispasmodic, sedative, and tonic.


 Why is Organic skincare so much better?

Harmful Ingredients in Skincare Products

We want to protect your health.

The FDA requires that all skincare companies list their ingredients in order of highest concentration first. Learn to read your lotion labels. Do your own research as well. Does your skin care contain these harmful ingredients?

Paraben

This is also known as Methylparaben, Propylparaben, IIsoparaben, Butylparaben. Parabens are a group of chemicals widely used as preservatives in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. They have been linked to possible carcinogenicity, as well as an estrogenic effect from being exposed to the continued use of parabens as preservatives. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in their report "Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the Environment: Agents of Subtle Change?" reported that the parabens—methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl displayed estrogenic activity in several tests. It is a medical fact that estrogen stimulates breast cancer and anything absorbed through the skin may be as high as 10 times the concentration of an oral dose. There have been no successful studies to show that repeated and prolonged use of paraben is safe. It is a low-cost synthetic preservative for which many large cosmetic brands have tried to fund study to prove that prolonged usage is safe; all studies failed. Parabens are used in over the counter personal products as a preservative to extend the shelf life of the product. These chemicals can be found in face, body moisturizers, body wash, and cleansers.

Phthalates

A truly toxic skin care ingredient. Dibutylphthalate (DBP, DEP, also butyl ester) helps skin care absorb into skin. DEHP has been classified as a "probable human carcinogen" by the EPA. The Department of Health and Human Services has also classified DEHP as a potential carcinogen. L'Oreal is the only cosmetic company to discontinue the use of this chemical in Europe, only due to severe allergic reactions. L'Oreal in the United States, as well as many other companies continue to sell and use this harmful chemical. We prefer skin care that may take longer to absorb, rather than a product that absorbs rapidly, while injecting phthalates into our skin cells. Do not use it.

Petrochemicals

 Almost all skin care products contain synthetic substances - petroleum (chemical) based. Studies have found that oral and topical application of petrochemicals in rodents resulted in anemia, kidney degeneration, and nerve damage to the brain and spinal cord. Even more disturbing was that several animals died before the study ended! Are you shocked that people still use these chemicals on their body? Some synthetic colors, such as FD & C Blue No. 1, are suspected carcinogens. Behentrimonium Chloride, Guar Hydrosypropyltrimonium Chloride, Linoleamidepropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate are toxic ammonium compounds for which concentrations as low as 0.1%. In the past little, was known about the long term exposure to petrochemicals. However, today we know that many of the household cleaning products, home furnishings and our food supply is loaded with petrochemicals, and this is linked to the rise in cancer, along with other diseases. The FDA (Federal Drug Administration) has not been proactive in removing these products from households in the United States. Read more about petrochemicals at The Ecology Center.

 Cosmetic Fragrance
Artificial fragrances are made from petroleum or coal which degrade in the environment and cause skin irritations. Cosmetic fragrance is made with cheap synthetic chemicals which replicate the natural aroma of products which already exist in nature. Companies use them because it is cheaper than using the natural scent. Our products include no synthetic fragrances - so if you are smelling the lavender in our Lavender Calm Lotion, you are smelling the actual lavender flower. Never synthetic, never chemical.
 
Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate
 
Also known as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). This is the second most concentrated ingredient in shampoos. READ YOUR LABELS - the FDA requires that label ingredients are listed in the order of highest concentrations - meaning that the highest level of ingredients are listed first. Take a look at your cleanser or shampoo and you will find SLS is second or third. It is used in concrete floor cleaners, engine degreasers, car wash detergents, and just about every soap and shampoo on the market. In the same way as it dissolves the grease on car engines, sodium lauryl sulfate also dissolves the oils on your skin, which can cause a drying effect. According to the Journal of the American College of Toxicology, Vol. 2, No. 7, l983, SLS is a mutagen. In sufficient amounts, it is capable of changing the information in genetic material found in cells. It has been used in studies to induce mutations in bacteria. It denatures protein, impairs proper structural formation of young eyes, creating permanent damage. SLS can damage the immune system. It can cause separation of skin layers and cause inflammation to the skin. If it interacts with other nitrogen bearing ingredients. Do your own research - there have been many studies done on these chemicals.

Diazolidinyl Urea or Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate
 
It is chemically related to imidazolidinyl urea and is a formaldehyde releaser used as a preservative. It was International Agency for Research on Cancer to its highest toxic class, IARC 1 (known human carcinogen). Formaldehyde is classified as a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which provides sufficient evidence that formaldehyde causes nasopharyngeal cancer in humans by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The label on your skin care product may not list "formaldehyde". The following ingredients break down and release formaldehyde: diazolidinyl urea (or 3-diol diazolidinyl urea) 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1 (or bronopol) DMDM hydantoin. It has been banned in Europe, after studies concluded that effects can result in: carcinogen, causes allergic reactions and contact dermatitis; headaches; irritates mucous membranes; damaging to eyes; linked to joint and chest pain; depression; headaches; fatigue; dizziness and immune dysfunction.

(This article is reprinted from madefromearth.com).

 

1 comment:

  1. Sharing a great review from The Spooky Vegan.com: "I am always thrilled to find new vegan options for skin care. It is always great to see more companies who believe in offering cruelty-free and compassionate products, and while there are a lot of larger companies doing this, I still love supporting the smaller, independent companies who offer vegan products. Companies like Mystical House, who specializes in handmade, organic, and good-for-you skin care!

    The owner was gracious enough to send me three of her handmade vegan products to review, Mocha Facial Scrub, Citrus Body Butter and Healing Lip and Body Balm. I have been using the Mocha Facial Scrub for about a month now, and I am head over heels in love with it! First off, it smells absolutely amazing, and the aromas of chocolate and coffee instantly perk me up! Second, it works as a fabulous exfoliator, making my skin so smooth and glowy! Finally, it leaves my skin feeling so soft and moisturized. Plus, it is only made with natural ingredients (coffee, cacao, sweet almond oil and cocoa butter), each of which have tons of skin-boosting properties, like antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, collagen-boosting peptides and more! This was a wonderful facial scrub and I couldn't recommend it more! One tip, have a towel ready to wipe down your countertops when using the scrub as the coffee/cacao consistency tends to leave brown puddles if you are messy like me!

    The Citrus Body Butter is just as rich and luxurious as the Mocha Facial Scrub. It smells like tangerines, grapefruit and limes and uses a mix of moisturizing oils like jojoba, coconut and argan to pamper and nourish the skin. Those oils plus shea and coconut butters give this lotion extra oomph when it comes to moisturizing your body and will leave you feeling like a queen (or king)! I especially love smoothing it all over my body before going to sleep at night for feeling exceptionally silky in the morning.

    I've also been using the Healing Lip and Body Balm, which was especially helpful when I spent a few weekends traveling in hot 90 degree temperatures that left my skin parched! I used this primary as a lip balm, and it really saved my lips, which are already susceptible to chapping, but were made even drier in the hot temperatures and windy weather we have had. I also liked the "zing" this balm had, since it is made with eucalyptus, tea tree, lemon, cinnamon and clove essential oils (all of which have amazing healing properties, by the way!). My lips were ship-shape in no time after using this balm.

    Besides the three products I tried, Mystical House makes many other high-quality vegan skin care items, like serums, lotions, lip balms, etc., all at affordable prices (single products are usually $10 or less)! Also, they carry gift packs would make perfect presents during the holiday season!

    I really loved each of the Mystical House products I tried and look forward to trying new products in the future!

    Check out Mystical House on their Etsy store! "

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