/> The Juicy Beauty Word: June 2016

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.

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.

shop for Goddess Garden Sunscreen

        Have a Beautiful Day! 
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Summer Home and Garden Decorating Ideas at Terrain

summer plants at terrain
On my continuing quest to find more joy, I discovered a wonderful garden center called Terrain in Glen Mills, Pa. It's a truly magical place! I would live there if they would let me. There are plants, statuary, pots, outdoor furniture etc. for your garden. The amazing gift shop is filled with beautiful things for your home and aromatherapy personal care items. There is also a fabulous garden café with a seasonal harvest menu.
cafe at terrain
My friends and I got together to celebrate our dear friend's birthday with a 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 that aren't commonly seen other in places.

mantle decorating idea
This mantle is creative art piece beautiful. The tiny fairy lights are mystical! I would love to try and create something like this for my mantle.
terrain table

vase chandelier
 Just look at this vase chandelier! Very creative.
terrain garden center

pressed flower plates
 These pressed flower plates are impressive works of art. What a lovely gift idea!
black pressed flower plates

garden pots

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

I hope you feel as inspired as I do after seeing these amazing garden decor ideas!

Here's a shopping link to find your joy: Terrain

Have a Beautiful Day!
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Monday, June 20, 2016

The Longest Day: Could sunscreen give you cancer?

beach sea isle city NJ
The Summer Solstice. It's the day with the longest amount of sunlight. It has to be one of my favorite days of the year!

We will need to apply a lot of sunscreen with all those hours of sunlight.

We know too much sun exposure is not safe, but is sunscreen actually safe?

Summertime is when we really need to step up on our sunscreen usage to protect our skin from skin cancer and premature aging.

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, too. 

Some ingredients oxidize and release damaging 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.

Read: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
You can get beneficial antioxidant from the foods you eat too.
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.

It is important to use sunscreen daily to help prevent skin cancer and pre mature aging of the skin. The benefits of wearing sunscreen far outweigh the risk! So don't worry. Keep wearing sunscreen.

       Have a Happy Healthy Skin Day! 
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