Keeping It Real…

Hey All,

In my quest to provide the very best, pure, organic and natural health and beauty products available today, I sit and perform hours and hours of intense research daily.

I study and research beneficial botanicals and their properties. All of the known carrier oils and essential oils and their related properties, benefits, origins, uses and so on… I keep a log about each one that I learn about and jot notes for uses in my product line.

Why am I telling you all of this? 

Well my reasons are two-fold.

ONE:  I would like to share my knowledge with you – if you have any questions about formulations, creating your own or questions about natural healing herbs, botanicals, plants, oils etc.. please feel free to shoot me an e-mail at theecochicboutique@yahoo.com  I’ll be more than happy to answer your questions and /or research the proper answers and point you in the right direction.

TWO:  My main goal is to formulate the very highest quality, multi-beneficial and multi-use health and beauty products. Products that will give you the most bang for your beauty buck so to speak.

For example, my Trinity Oil is currently my most flexible product. Here are just a few uses for my Trinity Oil:

  • Uses 2 Capfuls In Warm Bath As A Bath Oil
  • All Over After Shower Moisturizer
  • Anti-Aging / Anti-Wrinkle Skin Care 
  • A Capful in Warm Water As A Foot Soak
  • A Make-Up Remover
  • A Cuticle Oil
  • On Lips for Extra Dry Patches
  • Heat Up A Small Amount As A Hot Oil Treatment For Hair
  • Use On Hands To Soften and Heal Dry and Cracked Skin
  • Pre Make-Up Moisturizer In The Morning – Let It Soak In Before Applying Make Up for Smoother Look and Application

WOW! So many uses in one!

This is what I am all about! Formulating and offering top-quality and multi-beneficial / multi-use products that are so good for you!

If YOU have any suggestions for a product that you would like to see in my line of products, I’d LOVE to hear your suggestions! email me at theecochicboutique@yahoo.com

If I use your idea, I’ll name the product after you and give you credit as the co-creator in the listing!  🙂 I’ll look forward to heairng your ideas! x0x0x0

In the meantime, Have a GREEN Kinda Clean Day!

~ Patti (Yeshuazgirl) ~ THE Eco-Chic Boutique

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Aye Shiny….

Hey All,

My little beauty is sick on the couch today and watching the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. In Pirates 2, Jack Sparrow says, “Aye Shiny” that phrase got me thinking of hair.

Let me explain, I have a weird train of thought with winding tracks but, somehow ideas click and clack their way along the tracks. They travel along until they all make berth at a station at once. These ideas, thoughts and meanderings end up like a package all neatly bundled waiting for pick up on the platform.

Anyway, I am planning formulations for new products and focusing on hair care and repair. I am in the process of researching and creating a hair repair serum with coconut and other beneficial oils without being weighty or greasy.

What I would like from you, my readers is some input. Please submit your hair care needs and fragrance preferences to theecochicboutique@yahoo.com

Already on the horizon is hair repair serum with coconut lime, lavender and Caribbean vanilla as fragrance options.

Thanks so much for your input! I look forward to your suggestions!

Thanks and Have A Green Kinda Clean Day!

Patti (Yeshuazgirl) THE Eco-Chic Boutique

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Tried And Tried Again…

Hey All,

As many of you may already know, I and my field testers perform extensive product testing before launching any new product for THE Eco-Chic Boutique  line.

Recently, I have embarked on the natural “body butter” tests and trials. I am now finally satisfied enough to market it now.  I will be posting two new body butters in my Etsy shop today! Lovin’ Lime and In Love With Lavender! Yeah! x0x0x They are so smooth and silky and keep your skin smooth and supple all day!

I am always careful not to rush a product to market before it is tested thoroughly. I used to work in the corporate world and shake my head when a product was launched before it was thoroughly and completely tested.

When I left that world, I made a personal vow to not make that same mistake in my own business. I am happy so say that I have kept that vow faithfully and plan to never deviate from it. I also have a personal commitment to never test any product or use any element/ingredient that is tested on animals in any way. All of my products are happily Cruelty Free and Most are Vegan Friendly as well!  

I am now an officially registered business of the leapingbunny.org and can display the seal proudly on all of my product packaging.

I am passionate about several causes and will soon launch my own web site in order to afford the flexibility to carry a wide variety of goods not just handmade.

Soon I will offer Fair Trade products to raise money for causes such as helping victims of the sex slave industry and local charities as well.

Which reminds me, I had better get back to work! *SMILE* In the meantime, Here is a tried and tried and true recipe for you to try at home. Enjoy!

Adapted from Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbs for Natural Beauty, by Rosemary Gladstar
 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fine sea salt 
  • 3 cups grapeseed or sweet almond oil
  • 20 drops essential oil (Lavender or Ylang-Ylang Are My Faves)

The How-To Of It All:

  • Place salt in a wide-mouth ball canning jar. 
  • Pour oil over salt, stir until the oil is incorporated well into the salt. 
  • Add your essential oil.

What Now?

Wet your entire body in the shower, turn  shower spray off. Take a small scoop of the salt scrub and massage the salt and oil mixture into your skin – use a circular motion while your massage.  Be careful to avoid any cuts or wounds.  Rinse in the shower and pat dry.

NOTE: This salt scrub is best used after you have washed your body with your natural soap. Afterall, you don’t want to wash off all that great hydrating oil 🙂 

Store the remainder of your concoction in a cool dry place to enjoy a quick spa treatment another day 🙂 Recommended use – once of twice a month.

I hope you enjoy my recipe and stop by and try my body lovin’ butters too! x0x0x0

Have a Green Kinda Clean Day!

Patti (Yeshuazgirl) ~ THE Eco-Chic Boutique

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Inform, Empower, Engage

Hey All,

Sorry I have not blogged in a couple of weeks. I have been busy with life stuff and doing research on how to bring a great idea to the public. But what I want to share with you today is

A fresh perspective that is growing and spreading..

That fresh thinking is that natural and organic is better. I am so very glad that this attitude of organic and natural products are really best is being adopted by more and more folks.

My recent research shows that there is “an awakening” of sorts happening.

Many folks are scaling back spending and tightening their belts in some areas of their lives and investing in natural and organic foods, household products and bath and beauty products as well! What you put in and on your body does indeed matter. In fact it matters a great deal.

 Many cancers can now be traced to artificial sweeteners, additives and preservatives in foods and many skin cancers are being attributed to chemicals that are used in the home and on our skin! *shudder*

The age of ignorance about these issues is hopefully very near. Here are some facts about SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) A VERY common and toxic ingredient found in shampoos, bubble bath, soaps and other products even products for babies:

Inform, Empower, Engage

SLS is often found in products claiming to be “natural”, Please Read Labels and Be Informed! 

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a very harsh detergent found in almost all shampoos, body wash, conditioners, shaving cream, and toothpaste. 

Fast Facts: 

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate started as an industrial degreaser and garage floor cleaner. When applied to human skin it has the effect of stripping off the oil layer and then irritating and eroding the skin, leaving it rough and pitted.

Studies (Judi Vance, Beauty To Die For, Promotion Publishing, 1998) have shown that:

  • Shampoos with SLS could retard healing and keep children’s eyes from developing properly. Children under six years old are especially vulnerable to improper eye development. (Summary of Report of Research to Prevent Blindness, Inc. conference.”
  • “Sodium Lauryl Sulfate can cause cataracts in adults and delays the healing of wounds in the surface of the cornea.”
  • “Sodium Lauryl Sulfate has a low molecular weight and so is easily absorbed by the body. It builds up in the heart, liver and brain and can cause major problems in these areas.”
  • “Sodium Lauryl Sulfate causes the skin to flake and to separate and causes roughness on the skin.”
  • “Sodium Lauryl Sulfate causes dysfunction of the biological systems of the skin.”
  • “Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is such a caustic cleanser that it actually corrodes the hair follicle and impairs the ability to grow hair.”
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is routinely used in clinical studies deliberately to irritate the skin so that the effects of other substances can be tested.” (Study cited by the Wall St Journal, 1st November 1998)

 “Ethoxylation: Ethoxylation is the process that makes degreasing agents such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) less abrasive and gives them enhanced foaming properties.

When SLS is ethoxylated, it forms Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), a compound used in many shampoos, toothpaste, bath gels, bubble baths, and industrial degreasants. The problem is, the extremely harmful compound 1,4-dioxane may be created during the ethoxylation process, contaminating the product. 1,4-dioxane was one of the principal components of the chemical defoliant Agent Orange used to great effect by the Americans during the Vietnam War to strip off the jungle canopy to reveal their enemy. 1,4-dioxane is a hormonal disrupter believed to be the chief agent implicated in the host of cancers suffered by Vietnam military personnel after the war. It is also an oestrogen mimic thought to increase the chances of breast cancer and endometrial cancer, stress related illnesses and lower sperm counts.

Dr Samuel Epstein (Author and research Scientist) reports: “The best way to protect yourself is to recognise ingredients most likely to be contaminated with the1,4-dioxane. These include ingredients with the prefix word, or syllable PEG, Polyethylene, Polyethylene Glycol, Polyoxyethylene, eth (as in sodium laureth sulfate) or oxynol.

Notice the date of the study quoted above? 1998?! It’s now 2011! Why is it taking so very long for many to realise what SLS is and what affects it can have on our overall health and well-being? Ads. Marketing. And lack of consumer knowledge and education regarding the products we use daily.

In truth, many products on the market today are there because people do not read labels. They like the packaging, smell, price etc…

Chemicals can be manufactured fairly cheaply thus the products are cheap to come by. So OK YIKES!!! Why on Earth would I want to use ANYTHING with SLS or SLES in it?!

Like I said above, most folks just don’t know any better but hopefully the age of ignorance is at its end.  So now you know!

Organic products are more costly due to supply and demand however; you are worth the investment! a few extra cents or dollars are well worth the health and well-being of you and your family.

I feel better having shared this information with you. Just my small part in helping to end the age of ignorance regarding the harsh chemicals that we subject ourselves and loved ones to daily. So go forth and purge your SLS laden products and go Green for your clean 🙂

Have a Green Kinda Clean Day!

Patti (Yeshuazgirl) THE Eco-Chic Boutique

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Inner Beauty Series Article 4

Hey All,

I hope that you are enjoying this week’s series featuring women who I personally admire and think that their inner beauty is simply stunning.

My next beauty is from my own area. A young lady named Alexandra Scott.

She is my featured modern-day beauty. Alexandra made lemonade and sold cups of the stuff in her front yard at her own homemade stand. What’s so special about that? sound pretty ordinary? Lots of kids do that to raise money for stuff they want right?

The extraordinary factor is not about the stand but about the girl herself, her inspiring story and personal mission.

There is a well-known saying, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade”. Most times that is easier said than done. I don’t know if Alexandra had this quote in mind when she decided to make her stand and sell lemonade to help kids. Kids like her. Kids who suffer from childhood Cancers.

Know her now? Ah… I see the lightbulbs turning on. I don’t know of anyone (at least here in the U.S.) who has not heard of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Alex’s story is extraordinary. For such a young person to “get it” early on and realize that she wanted to help. Help kids, doctors, researchers and anyone else involved to help find a cure for childhood Cancers. In her short life, she touched so many and raised about one million dollars toward research!  

Her legacy lives on thanks to her family. Now many people all across the country host their own lemonade stands to continue her effort to help raise funding and awareness about childhood Cancers. To find out how you can get involved and be part of her legacy and mission, visit the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

So that is why Alexandra Scott is today’s inner beauty feature. Her qualities are: selflessness, charity, courage, innocence, kindness and love.

Please also take a minute to view this informational video about Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Thanks so very much for reading and have a beautiful day and be the change you want to see in the world X0X0X0X0X0

~ Patti (Yeshuazgirl)

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Inner Beauty Series Article 3

Hello All,

I hope you are enjoying this series and finding some personal inspiration from the women featured in this series thus far.

Today my inner beauty feature will be about Eleanor Roosevelt.

circa 1935: Headshot of Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962), known as ‘First Lady to the World’, 1930s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

 Early in her childhood, Eleanor was made to feel like an “ugly duckling”. She lost both of her parents early on and was raised by her very stern and strict grandmother. She later married her cousin Franklin Roosevelt.

Her mother in law was very overbearing and domineering which did little for her self-esteem and hindered her in her marriage. She raised six children while overcoming various difficulties and obstacles. Her husband was elected to several political offices and finally won a landslide victory to become President of the United States.

Eleanor gradually found the determination to abandon traditional roles in favor of political and reform work. In the dark days of the Depression she made Americans feel that someone cared and would try to help. Even though Franklin Roosevelt did not always follow her advice, she pressed the causes of Black people, youth, the poor, and the unemployed.

She always had an inner strength and quality such that she cared a great deal for others and their quality of life. After her husband’s death in 1945, President Truman named her U.S. Delegate to the United Nations.  

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948, was largely her work, and the delegates rose in a standing ovation for her. Eleanor Roosevelt continued to be active in politics and in work for international cooperation.  She was affectionately known as First Lady to the World. Her memorable quotes are still referenced often to this day.  Two of my favorite Eleanor Roosevelt quotes are: 

  • “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” 
  • “Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.”

After her death, Adlai Stevenson said of Eleanor Roosevelt at a memorial service, “She would rather light candles than curse the darkness, and her glow warmed the world.”

Her qualities were wit, wisdom, strength, determination, charity and compassion for all of humanity.

As always, thanks so much for reading!  

Have a Beautiful Day Everyone! May your inner beauty cast a bright glow and warm your world today! x0x0x

~ Patti (Yeshuazgirl)

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Inner Beauty Series Article 2

Hey All,

I hope that you found yesterday’s inner beauty inspiration to be interesting and thought-provoking. Today my inner beauty article will be about another great woman who just about everyone on the planet has heard of.

Annelies MarieAnneFrank. For such a young lady to have such a beautiful inner spirit and insight is truly an inspiration. She truly did bloom where she was planted.

She received her now famous diary on her 13th birthday. How could she have known what a tremendous impact her private thoughts and dreams would have on the world!

Her personal diary entries have been transcribed from their native Dutch to just about every language on Earth and have inspired generations.

[Otto Frank, her father, was the only survivor of the family.  He returned to Amsterdam after the war to find that Anne’s diary had been saved, and his efforts led to its publication in 1947. It was translated from its original Dutch and first published in English in 1952 as The Diary of a Young Girl.] < excerpt from Wikipedia.

Did you know that after it’s publication, there were many many accusations made against it? and many did not believe that these could be the writings of a teenager?

All the way up until 1993 there were allegations and various lawsuits over it’s very existence. More from Wikipedia below:

[In 1991, Holocaust deniers Robert Faurisson and Siegfried Verbeke produced a booklet titled The Diary of Anne Frank: A Critical Approach. They claimed that Otto Frank wrote the diary, based on assertions that the diary contained several contradictions, that hiding in the Achterhuis would have been impossible, and that the prose style and handwriting of Anne Frank were not those of a teenager.[71] 

The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and the Anne Frank Funds in Basel instigated a civil law suit in December 1993, to prohibit the further distribution of The Diary of Anne Frank: A Critical Approach in the Netherlands. On 9 December 1998, the Amsterdam District Court ruled in favour of the claimants, forbade any further denial of the authenticity of the diary and unsolicited distribution of publications to that effect, and imposed a penalty of 25,000 guilders per infringement]

If you have not read The Diary of Anne Frank, I highly recommend it. Such fresh innocent and sometimes raw emotions laid bare. A truly beautiful heart, inspiration and depth of emotions can be found on every page. Truly a beautiful and sweet spirit who bloomed in adversity. Thanks so very much to the tireless efforts of her father, to get her diary published and fight for its integrity proving its pages true. Anne’s voice is not silenced but speaks volumes to the world to this very day and beyond.

Her beautiful qualities were, innocence, strength, love, limitless imagination and boundless dreams.

Have a Beautiful Day! and All The Best To You!!!

~ Patti (Yeshuazgirl)

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