Thursday, June 30, 2016

Goddess Garden Organic Sunscreen Review

goddess garden sunscreen
I was excited to try Goddess Garden Natural Sunscreen. It's an organic sunscreen that gets high ratings from the Environmental Working Group and I love the name! I like to avoid chemicals on my skin and my daughter's skin (especially chemicals that penetrate through the skin into the blood stream) whenever possible so this organic sunscreen is right up my alley. Plus, my daughter's skin is very sensitive. She has gotten hives and rashes from many sunscreens. 

Goddess Garden uses non nano titanium dioxide and zinc oxide which means the particles of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide in the product are big and don't penetrate through the skin into the body. That's a good thing because small nanoparticles can penetrate the skin and cause damage to the cells in our bodies. Many sunscreens contain nanoparticles of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to prevent the white film that titanium dioxide and zinc oxide leave on the skin.

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I purchased the 6 oz. Everyday SPF 30, $17.99, and the 3.4 oz. Facial SPF 30,$16.99, to take to the beach from a Bed, Bath and Beyond store using a couple of those handy 20% off coupons.

First day, before we went beach, we broke out the Goddess Garden. 

The Facial Sunscreen
goddess garden facial sunscreen
The directions say to shake the tube before using. After shaking, I applied the facial sunscreen to my clean face. It was white and went on thick and was a little difficult to rub in. It left a thin white film that went away in about 5 minutes. The smell was nice but it felt a little sticky. I put thin layer of liquid foundation on top to make sure my face didn't look white. The foundation went on just fine over it and it no longer felt sticky. Did it work? Indeed it did! Not a speck of sunburn on my face. Here are the ingredients:

ACTIVE: Zinc Oxide (19%), INACTIVE: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*, Glycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Helichrysum Italicum (Immortelle) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Sorbitan Oleate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Xanthan Gum *CERTIFIED ORGANIC

The Everyday Sunscreen, Cream Formula
goddess garden everyday sunscreen
We shook the tube and were surprise when we squeezed out the sunscreen. It was an unexpected gray beige color. It matched the shower tile! The smell was nice, though. We found it very difficult to apply. It clumped up and didn't spread out easily. 
goddess garden everyday sunscreen application
It took some serious effort to get it to rub in. I found if I applied it then waited a few minutes it would rub it easier. My guess is that it warm up to body temperature and rubbed in better. It had a sticky feel on the skin that never really went away. My daughter absolutely hated the way it felt! Sand stuck easily to it. But did it work? It sure did! No sunburn and no irritation on her sensitive skin. Here are the ingredients:

ACTIVE: Titanium Dioxide (6.4%), Zinc Oxide (6.0%) INACTIVE: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Oil), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*, Glycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Sorbitan Oleate, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Xanthan Gum *CERTIFIED ORGANIC

So what do we think? 
I would use the facial formula again for sure. It was a little sticky but worked well and has no bad chemicals in it. The everyday formula, well, we really didn't like the application and the stickiness. I liked that it caused no skin irritation. I would use it again for it's safety and effectiveness but it wouldn't be my first choice of sunscreen. My daughter would not use it again. It was too sticky feeling for her. She did not try the facial formula. I think she would like it better. There other formulas, including a sport formula and a spray everyday formula, that we didn't try. I have read they feel less sticky.

If you try the Everyday formula, I recommend that you 
apply it, then wait a few minutes, then rub it in.

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Have a Beautiful, Sun Safe Day!
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Summer Home and Garden Decorating Ideas at Terrain

summer plants at terrain
On my quest to find more joy, I discovered a wonderful garden center called Terrain in Glen Mills, Pa. It's a magical place! I would live there if they would let me. There plants, statuary, pots, outdoor furniture etc. for your garden. The amazing gift shop filled with beautiful things for your home and there is fabulous garden café with a seasonal harvest menu.
cafe at terrain
We celebrated my dear friend's birthday with lovely brunch at the café and it was an absolutely perfect day.
Good friends, good food, good shopping and gorgeous weather. Joy!

organic omlet and home fries
Here are some summery decorating ideas for your home and garden. The prices are a bit high at Terrain but there are unique items I haven't seen other places.

mantle decorating idea
This mantle looked beautiful. The tiny lights were magical! I would like to try and create something like this for my mantle.
terrain table

vase chandelier
 Love this vase chandelier!
terrain garden center

pressed flower plates
 These pressed flower plates were just beautiful.
black pressed flower plates

garden pots

carved wood mushrooms
I am in love with these mushrooms! They are carved wood.
garden lantern

Here's a shopping link: Terrain

Have a Beautiful Day!
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Monday, June 20, 2016

The Longest Day: Could sunscreen give you cancer?

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We're gonna need lots of sunscreen today! It's the Summer Solstice. The day with the longest amount of sunlight. We know too much sun exposure is not safe, but is sunscreen actually safe?

beach bag
Now is the time to step up on our sunscreen usage to protect our skin from skin cancer and premature aging, right? Well, I have heard and am hearing again that chemicals in your sunscreen undergo changes when they are exposed to UV rays. You may have seen an article about it recently. Some ingredients oxidize and release those dreaded free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules with unpaired electrons that attack normal molecules to steal electrons they need. They turn a healthy molecule into an unstable free radical starting a chain reaction damaging cells increasing the risk of cancer.

The link below is an article about research done on zinc oxide and how it changes when exposed to sunlight. It was done on lung cells however, not skin cells.
Could sunscreen be giving you skin cancer?

Don't Panic! I started to panic myself! But I remembered, we have a weapon to fight free radicals, anti-oxidants! Anti-oxidants repair and prevent cell damage by donating one or more molecules to an unstable free radical stopping the chain reaction. The anti-oxidant remains stable even though it gave up one electron or more. According to Coppertone Solar Research Center, the use of anti-oxidants in sunscreens reduces free radical formation by 74% when skin is exposed to UV light. Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant frequently used in sunscreen. It will help protect skin cells from free radicals.

Many sunscreens now contain anti-oxidants including my favorites Ocean Potion, Hawaiian Tropic and the organic Badger Sunscreens and Goddess Garden sunscreens. Read your labels. Look for the anti-oxidants. Here are some that are frequently found in sunscreens.

Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)
Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A)
Ascorbic Acid ( Vitamin C)
Cholescalcifferol Acid (Vitamin D3)
Olive Oil

Eating foods rich in anti-oxidants will provide extra protection, too. It is easy to do especially in the summer. Fruits, veggies and beans are full of antioxidant compounds. Some of the top anti-oxidant foods include kidney, black and pinto beans, berries, artichoke hearts, apples, pecans, cherries, plums and russet potatoes.

Have a healthy, happy skin day!
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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Underarm Waxing

sexy strapless bra
It's waxing time at the salon. Lots of people are flocking in for a variety of waxings before the leave for their summer vacations. Lips and brows, half legs, full legs, bikini waxing (of course!) and underarms. In fact, I'm doing more underarm waxing than I ever have before. I don't know if it's the new in thing to do or if it's just that people have started to realize how great it is!

It's great because the skin is soft and smooth with no rough stubble. The skin stays hair free for about 2 weeks. There is no shadow of dark hair beneath the skin because the hair is pulled out from the root. Plus, there are no shaving injuries, you know, those nasty razor burns, scrapes and nicks.

I have clients who have been waxing their underarms for years. They love it. Their hair has become finer and more sparse. This is a benefit of long term waxing. Does it hurt? That's a question I hear  lot! Hair is being pulled out from the root. It's going to hurt a bit, but the more you wax, the less it hurts due to that fabulous benefit of the hair becoming finer and more sparse.

I do my best to make the waxing experience a pleasant as possible. I use waxing techniques to do an almost painless underarm wax. I put together a little video to show you how I do it.

Click here to watch my underarm waxing video

An underarm waxing takes about 20 minutes to do when you first start waxing. It gets much quicker as the hair get thinner. You will see how fast it goes in the video. There is one downside to waxing, you have to let the hair grow to about 1/4 inch long to get a good waxing. 

It's tough to let hair grow in from shaving. The hair must be long enough to become embedded in the wax and be pulled out. For people with fast growing hair, it could be just one week. For others, it could be 2 weeks of growing time. It gets easier. The hair grows in finer and less noticeable once it has been waxed a few times.

It's worth a try. Be sure to go to a salon or spa that does a lot of body waxing and has experienced technicians. You want to go to someone who knows what they're doing! 

Come see me if you live near Media, Pa. I am at Styling Point. Have no fear! I've been waxing for more than 30 years.  I've done underarm waxing on young teens, women and even men. I'll help you get rid of that unwanted hair.

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Have a silky smooth skin day!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Finding Joy

cat smelling flowers
Hello my beautiful friends! 

I have been slacking a bit on my blog posts lately. Life has been quite busy. Stressful. There is the usual working, that we all have to do to pay for everything we need in life, taking up my time. Then there is the housework, the bill paying, the grocery shopping and the cooking. Orlando is heavy on my heart today. Life can be cut short just like that. It is so unfathomable to me that an unstable, radical individual can destroy so many lives in an instant. What can be done about it? I don't think there is a clear answer. What can fix a misguided mind and an evil heart? It makes me realize that we must live our lives to the fullest and that means to have more joy in our lives because you never know what might happen.

But how do we find joy? Especially, how do we find joy when there is so much heartache in the world. Heartache, unfortunately, is part of life. In order to find joy, I think we must focus on and take time to enjoy the little things in life that make us smile and feel the warm fuzzies. It is hard to do on days of sadness. The sadness can easily linger and drag us down. We must take time to mourn then move along. We have to find the joy. We must stop and smell the roses, as the saying goes, to experience more joy.  So that means, I need to think about what makes me smile and feel happy. A list is in order to remind me of joyful things today.

My daughters certainly bring me a huge amount of joy as well as my cats, even though none of them have not chosen me as their person! Time with friends is joyful. True friends. I need to spend more time with friends and less time worrying about cleaning the house. Doing artsy and crafty things around the house is joyful but not cleaning, for me. House cleaning may bring you joy, though. If cleaning brings you joy, then clean away! An evening out with my husband at our favorite restaurant is joyful for me as well. 

A kind gentle spirit. A good sense of humor. Color is joyful. Babies. Children. A sunny warm day. A warm gentle rain. The smell of flowers in the air. The beach. The smell of the sea. Singing. Music. A warm inviting home. A glass of wine after a stressful day. Good healthy food. The elusive good night's sleep! A sexy pair of shoes. A new lipstick in just the right color. Watching someone helping some old folks exit a restaurant. Someone giving a homeless man a sandwich. The comforting of a distressed child. Being accepted just as I am and accepting you just as you are with no conditions is joy.

I'm on a roll now! I could go on and on! Now that I have taken some time to think about it, it's not really that difficult to find joy. It's a matter of taking time to experience the joy and also allowing ourselves to experience it. Many times, I think people feel that they are not allowed to be happy and joyful or that they don't deserve to be happy and joyful especially after a tragic event. This is wrong. We mourn, then move on. Don't let the sadness take over. We all deserve happiness and joy in our lives. Joy is an emotion of life to be experienced as well as sadness.

Make a list for yourself, a list of things that give you the warm fuzzies. Put it on your fridge or by your bed to look at it and remind yourself to experience more joy in your life. I know I am going to work on it. In fact, I will blog about it insure that I am doing it! Check back again soon to see what joyful and beautiful things I am up to. 

May God bless you and keep you safe.


Monday, June 6, 2016

Sunburn Remedies

For my friends who got a little sunburn over the weekend!
Maybe you forgot to put on sunscreen or maybe you thought you wouldn't be out in the sun very long and wouldn't need it. Maybe you forgot to reapply sunscreen while having fun at the beach or pool. Or maybe your sunscreen was expired or didn't have a high enough SPF for your skin. Whatever happened, you ended up with sunburned skin. It hurts and you need to cool it down and help it heal. Here are some easy remedies to cool and heal the burn.

Sunburn Remedies


Take a long cool shower to cool down the skin. No soap on burned areas!  Apply a light moisturizer after showering. Avoid creams containing petroleum and petroleum jelly. The petroleum will be too occlusive and trap heat in. Look for hydrating lotions containing glycerin, aloe, soy, vitamin E and oatmeal. Burt's Bees Cucumber & Aloe Sheer Body Lotion is a good one.

Soak yourself in the tub for 15-20 minutes
-Add 1 cup of oatmeal to a lukewarm bath
-Add 1/2 cup baking soda to a lukewarm bath
-Add a few drops of lavender and/or peppermint essential oil to a lukewarm bath. Lavender is amazing for healing burns.

Air dry or pat dry gently with a towel. Apply a light hydrating moisturizer after bathing. 

Drink plenty of water to cool and hydrate your body. Try coconut water.  It helps dehydrate the body fast.


Your skin has been damaged by the sun. Eat foods high in anti oxidants to help the skin fight skin damaging free radicals and heal quicker. Brightly colored fruits and veggies are high anti oxidant foods.


Take aspirin or ibuprofen to reduce pain and inflammation. It is beneficial when taken within 48 hours of sun exposure.

Topical Remedies:

Apply Aloe Vera gel to relieve pain and inflammation. Keep it in the refrigerator for extra cooling.

Try a sunburn treatment product containing lidocaine for numbing relief.

Cold cucumber slices are great for healing and cooling small areas.

Use apple cider vinegar to balance pH, relieve pain and heal the skin. Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 2 cups of water. Put in a spray bottle and spray on frequently or pour it on a soft cloth to make a compress.

YonKa Lotion
Spray on YonKa Lotion. It is called lotion but it is a healing toning mist. It is an amazing healer for burned skin. It contains a blend of healing essential oils: cypress, geranium, thyme, lavender and rosemary.

Use tea, especially mint tea. Brew it fresh. No sugar. Chill it. Put in a spray bottle or on a soft cloth as a compress. The tannins in the tea speed the healing process.

This is a messy remedy but effective due to honey's antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties. The best honey to use is Manuka honey. Apply it straight to the burned area and lightly cover with plastic wrap or make a thin paste of 1 cup milk and 1/2 cup honey to apply to the burned area. Keep it on as long as possible. Take a cool shower to rinse large areas.

The Doctor:
See a doctor if you have symptoms of sun poisoning which is a severe sunburn. Large blisters, facial swelling, fever, chills, rapid pulse, upset stomach, headache, confusion, fainting and dehydration. These sunburn remedies will help you, but you need medical attention too.

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Do your best not to pop blisters from sunburn. I know it is so tempting to pop them, but popping them can cause scarring and the popping opens the skin up making the already damaged skin susceptible to infection.

I hope these remedies help!

Have a healthy, happy skin day!

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