Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Fighting The FDA Globalization Act

The Washington, DC affiliate of CBS, WUSA Channel 9, featured a segment on the FDA Globalization Act. You can watch the video here:
It's important that we all realize the impact such legislation will not only have on natural product companies like, Scandle Body Candle LLC, but on our rights as consumers.
Show your support and contact your local congress today!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Scandle on The Radio

Scandle will be featured on Mix 100.7 in Tampa, FL tomorrow September 17th. Beauty School Wednesday airs between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. Eastern time. They stream live.
Jackie has made a link to her blog http://tinyurl.com/679l42

Friday, September 12, 2008

Come "Tweet" With Us

Do you remember the days when making friends was simple? On the first day of Kindergarten I saw a little girl sitting alone on the steps. I walked over and sat down beside her and said, "Do you want to be my friend?" She said, "Yes," and so she became my best friend.

Now that we are all grown up, it might seem odd to approach someone and ask them to be your friend or mentor. But in reality the Internet has created a social network that makes it even easier to make friends. As spa or business owners and people in general, it has created a place where we can gather and talk about our concerns, our struggles, our successes and share information. With Twitter, for example, you get to know like-minded people simply by "following" them. (It all seemed odd to me in the beginning too.)

Twitter provides an opportunity to follow a wide variety of potential mentors whom you might never have the opportunity to meet otherwise. So join Scandle Body Candle and many others who are sharing life and business experiences.

Let's pretend we are on the playground and I have come and asked you if you will be my Twitter friend. If your answer is "yes" then come follow me and my other fellow Tweeters. With Twitter, there is no excuse to feel alone in business or life. You simply can't say that you don't know what other people are doing to succeed once you join the conversation.

Twitter gives you the opportunity to ask your business and product questions in one forum and get answers.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

What Constitutes A Green Spa?

By now most people are somewhat familiar with green business operations and the reasons for operating a business with the environment in mind. As with many industries in the United States and abroad, the spa industry is beginning to realize the impact it has on the environment due to the high use of energy, water and waste. In addition, the fact that spas are places that consumers seek out for stress reduction, detoxification, and skin care, places them in an excellent position to educate clients about the environment’s impact on one’s health and wellness. It is fitting then that spa operators are concerned with educating consumers about taking care of the environment just as they would their physical bodies.

Based on information from The Green Spa Network, a green spa constitutes the following characteristics:

  • Strives to conserve energy and water resources.

  • Is committed to using materials that can be recycled, follows recycling practices, and is always looking for ways to minimize waste.

  • Utilizes natural and organic skin care products (like the Scandle Body Candle for instance)

  • Believes that it has a responsibility to guests and to the planet to reduce exposure to toxic substances and to minimize hazardous waste generation.

  • Is open to learning and adopting new environmentally friendly strategies and techniques.

  • Shares its concern for the Earth's well-being with guests.

Remember that your overall health and wellness extend beyond your physical body to the environment at large.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Aromatherapists Offer Aid to Relief Workers: You Can Help!

As you know, it's been a brutal hurricane season for people in pockets throughout the southern United States (luckily the hurricanes have had minimal impact here in northern Texas where Scandle is located). If you're an aromatherapist and/or aromatherapy products manufacturer, Scandle Body Candle LLC was told about a great way you can help. The United Aromatherapy Effort (UAE), a non-profit organization that was founded by aromatherapist Sylla Sheppard-Hanger in response to the 9/11 tragedy, put out a call to action this week. The UAE’s mission is to provide stress relief and aromatherapy to relief workers during emergency work and afterwards. They have teamed up with Emergency Response Massage International to bring aromatherapy treatments along with massage to the disaster field in service to the responding heroes.

According to the UAE, they have immediate critical needs in response to Hurricane Season: any ready to use products including: gallons of bug spray, empty sprayers, inhalers of all types (uplifting, allergies, sinus, stress, sleep, etc.), aromatherapy sprays or roll-ons, balms, lotions, shampoos and monetary gifts.

According to UAE, no amount of monetary support is too little or too much and every product will be put to good use.

PLEASE SEND ALL MONETARY DONATIONS TO:United Aromatherapy Effort c/o Sylla Hanger, Founder16018 Saddlestring DrTampa FL 33612(813) 265-2222sylla @ tampabay dot rr dot comPLEASE SHIP AROMATHERAPY PRODUCT DONATIONS TO:NOTE: For immediate details of what has been received and what is needed, please call Geraldine. (318) 518-1187geraldine dot zelinsky @ gmail dot com
Geraldine Zelinsky, UAE Assistant Director 6051 Roma Dr; #202 Shreveport LA 71105
Please pass this message on to anyone you think can be of assistance.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Is the Candle All Natural?

One of the questions we are often asked here is why we don't add coloring to our Body Massage Candles? Although there are many manufacuters of massage candles and candles in general that do use coloring, we like to let our consumers know that the product can not be considered "all natural" mainly because there are currently no natural candle dyes on the market, dyes are synthetic. Because of this fact, when purchasing a Lotion Candle, you should be leary of any company manufacturing them with candle dye and claiming they are "all natural." Although the dye may be skin safe, it's still not natural and if you suffer from skin sensitivity issues (like myself) you may have an adverse reaction.

Recently, we signed The Natural Ingredient Resource Center "Truth in Labeling" Pledge for our Scandle Essentials Line voluntarily pledging to follow the NIRC Criteria for labeling natural ingredients and products. NIRC guidelines are that in order for products to be labeled as "Natural," 95% of the ingredients must fit the NIRC criteria for natural ingredients. The remaining 5% may come from ingredients that do not meet the NIRC Criteria for natural, and which DO NOT artificial colors or ingredients from petrochemicals.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Beauty Within

We as women are complex. There are many components that come together to make us unique. Our ability to problem-solve, skill in multi-tasking, and simple enjoyment of the softer qualities of being a woman are but a few characteristics we nurture. Certainly, the maintenance of our outside package is also important. When we gaze into the mirror, we need to feel confident about our appearance. This does not mean perfect physical beauty, but keeping a neat, clean, and well-manicured image.

We have all heard the adage, "it’s what’s inside that counts." This statement is absolutely true. In a society that promotes youth, health, and surface beauty, it is easy to forget to recognize the value of the beauty within.

Possessing self-confidence is a wonderful gift. You can engage in conversation without feeling inadequate. You can be active within your community, your church, and your work environment with renewed fervor. When faced with situations that can be intimidating, you can step up to the challenge. Reservoirs of self-doubt can be emptied and replaced with confidence and excitement about what you are capable of accomplishing.

When you build a strong foundation for inner beauty, your attitude is always positive, and attitude can be everything! Those around you will see your inner beauty by virtue of how you interact with them. The reality is that most of us prefer spending time with individuals that are upbeat, caring, and knowledgeable.

Developing your inner beauty does not occur overnight. Adding layers to your inner beauty can be systematic or random, depending on your lifestyle at the moment. No matter your place in life, whether you are starting a career, just became a mother, or a woman in her mature years, you can begin to develop your inner beauty.