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Benefits of Skin Toners

Balancing Facial Skin Toner

Why use a Skin Toner?

Is it really beneficial to use a skin toner after cleansing your skin? The benefits of using a toner can range from balancing to hydrating resulting with more radiant and glowing skin. There are several types of skin toners depending on the formulation. Skin toners add immediate hydration to the skin, freshening, vitamins, toning and cleansing.

Benefits of Skin Toners

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Skin Tools for Glowing Skin

Skin Tools, Skin Roller and Gum Sha
Rose Quartz Skin Roller & Gua Sha

Rose Quartz Skin Tools

These are tools I use for skin care. Rose Quartz Face Roller and Gua Sha. I use these to give myself a facial massage, increase circulation and to add an immediate glow to my skin. You can use these daily and add as a part of your skin care routine.

Rose quartz is a crystal that dates back to ancient history. In ancient Greece, rose quartz was the crystal of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Beauty. Aphrodite was an unmatched vision of beauty as are the healing properties of rose quartz.

Rose quartz represents and promotes feelings of unconditional love and self love. It is linked to bringing healing and peaceful energy to your self. When you use rose quartz on your face, it has many skin loving benefits:

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Formulate Eye Cream

How to Formulate Eye Cream

Formulate Eye Cream

How to Formulate Eye Cream

When formulating an eye cream, first, you need to know how to use an eye cream. You only need a small drop of eye cream. Pat the cream into the skin around the eye. It is best to apply the cream with your pinky finger because the skin by the eye is very delicate so you want to be very careful. You do not want to tug on it, instead try tapping lightly. Tapping tells our skin to wake up. 

Second, in formulating an eye cream, is to understand the purpose of an eye cream. The purpose is to lessen dark circles, reduce puffiness, reduce the appearance of fine lines, firm the skin and add a hydrated effect to the skin around the eye. There are ingredients to add to your formula to address these needs.

The skin by the eye is thin and delicate. An eye cream is developed to be light and smooth in texture and not tug on the skin when applying the eye cream. A facial cream may work as an eye cream depending on the lightness and the ingredients in the eye cream.

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Piñon Pine Salve

Piñon Pine Salve
Plant-based Piñon Pine Salve

I made a plant-based Piñon Pine salve after my recent trip to Sedona and the Grand Canyon. I was so inspired by the Piñon Pine Tree from my visit. I am fascinated and love traditional medicines by indigenous people. I learned about Native American medicinal herbs and how they have been and are still being used for healing.

Indigenous people and traditional medicine both have so much wisdom and healing and something we need to keep learning, practicing, teaching and passing down. To integrate this wisdom into current times and remember nature provides us everything.  

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Eco-Friendly Packaging

Eco-Friendly Packaging For Skin & Hair Care Products

Eco-Friendly Packaging

Eco-Friendly Packaging for Skin & Hair Care Products

Think about your most recent skin, body or hair care product you purchased. What made you buy THAT product? Have you purchased it before? Did you plan to buy it? What did you like about the packaging? What didn’t you like about the packaging? Once you took it home, was there anything else you noticed about the packaging that you may or may not have liked? What about Eco-Friendly packaging? Did that happen to cross your mind?

Eco-Friendly products and packaging are an important area that consumers are taking notice. Organic and/or natural skin, body and hair care product use has been on the rise for some time, but lately the packaging and containers the products are in are becoming important as well. Consumers are looking for more eco-friendly, recycled, and/or glass containers and less plastic.

What makes a package Eco-Friendly?

How do we know if the products we purchase are in eco-friendly packaging? Well, there is no actual strict definition or criteria on what makes something eco-friendly. There is a lot that goes into it that needs to be thought out.  The EPA identifies several important factors to what makes a product “more green” including toxic exposures, water pollution, natural resources used (including water and materials), etc. A container/package might be considered Eco-Friendly if it is made from renewable, recycled or biodegradable materials. Other factors to think about include the shape and weight of the container as this affects the shipping/transportation of the product. Also, the energy it takes to actually make the container/package including if toxic materials are used and the impact the manufacturing process has on the environment.

However, using eco-friendly containers and packaging is not that simple. It is really important that you test out your product in the container.  Many recycled and biodegradable materials may not hold up depending on what raw materials are used in the product. Cost is another aspect to think about. Most eco-friendly packaging is going to cost more, so thinking how that will affect your pricing is important.

It is very important to explore how you package your professional natural skin, body or hair care product prior to putting your product out on the market. Often times we pick out a package due to aesthetics- what packaging we like the best. Aesthetics is obviously important, as it’s usually what initially attracts us to the product. However, aesthetics alone is not enough to go by. It is important to look at the “whole package” so to speak. Check out our previous blog post on containers for skin and hair care products and what you should consider prior to picking out your container. Make sure to also think about the environmental impact your packaging has as consumers are taking notice!

Eco-Friendly Packaging Resources

In our Professional Product-Making courses we provide a lot of resources on eco-friendly containers and packaging. Here are a few eco-friendly containers for you to check out:

Paperboard Push Up Lip Balm Tubes

 Paperboard Jars

Natural Bamboo Jars with Lids

Natural Bamboo Jars with Lids

Phone Consultation and Courses

Do you have your own skin, body and/or hair care product business and need assistance on product containers and packaging? Joan Morais offers phone consultations on a variety of topics on the skin, body and hair care product business including formulating, manufacturing, containers/packaging, labeling, raw materials, troubleshooting etc.

For those that are just starting or thinking about starting your own product line, our Professional Natural Skin Care Making Course and Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course both cover containers/packaging including sourcing, testing formulations in the container and more.