Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Primer Perfection

Foundation primer can smooth out your skin so foundation can be applied with ease to create a perfect complexion. As we attend all these wonderful holiday festivities, who wouldn't want a perfect complexion?

Well here are some pros and cons when it comes to primer, not all skin types and primers are created equal!

  • Oily skin usually fairs better with a primer. The primer creates a barrier between the oil and the skin, so your makeup doesn't absorb into your skin. It will stay fresh a lot longer.
  • Dry skin also benefits from primer. The primer can cover those dry patches that your foundation can settle into.
  • Not all primers and foundations mix well together.
  • If you already have smooth and healthy skin (lucky you!!!) you do not need a primer
  • Some sensitive skin may actually be slightly irritated by a primer
  • When other makeup doesn't mix well with the primer, it can ball up or peel. If that happens, chances are you'll have to wash everything off and start again.
The best thing to do is try out your primer a couple of days before any special event so you can anticipate any problems.

Got a great holiday beauty tip? Let us know...............

Monday, December 21, 2009

Zen out at your holiday party

If you have not started already, chances are this week will be full of holiday parties, dinners and small get-togethers. If you're hosting a holiday party, here is a great cocktail, sure to bring at least a little relaxation to this hectic time of year.

Dreaming of Zen Cocktail

  • 1 oz Zen Green Tea Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Midori Melon Liqueur
  • 3 oz mango juice
  • white pepper
  • 2 oz cream
  • mint leaves for garnish
  • grated nutmeg for garnish
  • Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice
  • Shake well
  • Strain into a champagne flute
  • Garnish with a mint leaf and a sprinkle of nutmeg

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

My lipstick has what???

Recently, the FDA conducted a study on the levels of lead in lipsticks. In 2007, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) conducted one as well. The new FDA study found lead levels in all 20 lipsticks they tested and the lead levels were 4 times higher than the CSC test.

Lead in your lipstick is an extreme health concern, think about how many times a day you reapply your lipstick or lip gloss. Some reports state that we consume 4 to 9 pounds of lipstick in our lifetime.

Not all lipsticks are created equal. In the CSC test, 39 percent of lipsticks were lead-free, so there is no need for lead in lipsticks.

So check you labels and make sure you buy products with complete ingredient lists. Always know what you are putting in your body and on your skin.

Got any great lead-free lipsticks we need? Let us know...............

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Peppermint holiday helper

By now candy canes are appearing everywhere from grocery stores to shopping malls. This edible Christmas time staple contains a valuable ingredient when it comes to skincare and health: peppermint

Peppermint oil's health treatments include: indigestion relief, help with respiratory problems, and relief from headaches, nausea, fevers and more. And it is also a stress reliever, making it perfect for the holidays.

However, be careful with peppermint oil if you are pregnant. It can be too stimulating for expectant mothers.

To relieve those tension headaches all too common during this time of year, add one to two drops of peppermint essential oil to your conditioner. Shampoo, then massage the conditioner starting at the base of your hairline and work your way around in circular motions.

Got any great peppermint treatments? Let us know............

Monday, December 14, 2009

Prenatal Massage - not just for baby back pain anymore

Massage therapy is good for tired joints, fatigued or strained muscles and even just for relaxation purposes. A new study from the University of Miami found that pregnant women, between five and seven months, who received two massages a week had remarkable results.

The women had lower stress levels and less back pain than the women who did not receive the therapy. They also had fewer complications and signs of depression. The massage patients had 75 percent lower rate of premature birth and 80 percent lower incidence of low birth weight.

Now two massages a week can get a little pricey but you can always incorporate massage therapy you own way. Have the hubby, friend or family member give you a relaxing rub down (don't forget your Scandle).

What do you think about this new research?

Friday, December 11, 2009

Relieving the pain, the natural way to combat arthritis

The word 'arthritis' means 'inflammation of the joints'. The two most common forms of arthritis are osteo and rheumatoid.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) not only affects the joints of the fingers, hips, knees and feet, but also the muscles and other tissues of the body. RA affects 1.3 million Americans and the cause is unknown.

There are several new drugs approved by the FDA for the management of RA but there are also some natural remedies that can produce the same results:

Well-balanced diet:

  • People who have or are at risk for arthritis should consume foods that aid in the production of alkaline in the blood. Eat fruit and vegetables in the form of salads and at least two cooked vegetables a day.
  • In most cases a raw vegetable juice therapy three times a day for about a week, aids in pain and swelling reduction. The therapy should be conducted at intervals of every two months for maximum relief.
  • For every one pound of weight lost, there is a four pound reduction in the load exerted on
    the knee for each step taken during daily activities.

Raw Potato Juice Therapy:

  • Considered one of the most successful biological treatments
  • Cut a medium-sized potato (with skin) into thin slices and place into a large glass container filled with cold water, let it set overnight
  • Drink in the morning on an empty stomach
Bodywork and Massage:
  • There are various therapies and massage techniques aimed at aiding in the relief of joint pain and muscle aches
  • Some of the techniques do need a trained professional but some others you can learn to do on your own.
  • A simple massage to achy joints and muscles will aid in the overall pain reduction. For some tips, see this Scandle-ous review from Coupon Dad.
Got any natural treatments or therapies to help relieve the pain? Let us know........

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Greening your Zzz's

Millions of people have trouble getting a good night's rest. These problems can be traced back to all sorts of sleep-related disorders, but what if your bedroom just needed a little "greening" to capture those Zzz's.

All mattresses sold in the US are required to meet fire safety tests. You need to be careful what fire retardants your mattress contains. While they serve the very important purpose of reducing the risks of fire, some have actually been identified as carcinogens (boric acid and antimony).

We all know that the majority of "green" furniture can get pretty pricey, but a mattress made out of natural latex, wool, or melamine can reduce exposure to toxins. If you can't invest right now, grab a hypoallergenic cover to create a barrier between you and your bed. We all know a girl has gotta have her beauty sleep.

Got any great bedroom greening ideas? Let us know.......

Monday, December 7, 2009

Scandle®, LLC Announces Exclusive Distributorship of Scandle® Body Candle and Scandle® Spa Products in South Korea

Hi guys! Scandle Massage Candles and complimentary spa products are now distributed in South Korea. Read more about it!

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Cranberries - Texas Style

With the holidays upon us, I know we are all in need of a little stress relief. Today we take a break from our usual focus on spa and natural beauty to salute the cranberry cocktail. Drink and be merry!:D

Patti's Infamous Texas Cranberry Margaritas

* 1 1/4 cups cranberry juice cocktail
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1 1/2 cups of fresh cranberries ( frozen is ok too)
* 3/4 cup tequila
* 1/2 orange liqueur
* 3 cups crushed ice

Blend all of the ingredients together and serve with a SUGARED rim

The above recipe makes about one blender. So if you are having a holiday party you might want to make a couple blenders full of this crowd pleaser!!!

Got any must-know holiday cocktail recipes? Let us know, we all need one during this time of year :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Vanilla, worth its weight in gold

Vanilla extract is a commonly used cooking ingredient, but did you know it can also be used as an aphrodisiac and fever reducer?

The vanilla bean is the second most expensive bean in the world because of the difficult and time consuming growing and fermentation process. Sometimes over 6 months to produce the bean and as long as 2 years to age it.

Well somethings are really worth the wait! The scent of vanilla is found to physically reduce symptoms of stress and can be combined with other natural elements to create amazing spa treatments.

You can combine fresh vanilla, coconut and herbal extracts to soften skin. You can also add pure vanilla to a routine pedicure to hydrate and provide a simple, yet very effective, aromatherapy treatment.

Got any vanilla beauty treatments or products? Let us know.......

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Scandle-ous Holiday Gift Guides

If you can't brave the store crowds on Friday, check out these gifting ideas, most can be purchased online. There are a few that have special offers/coupon codes, even a Scandle-ous one.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

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Found some great holiday gift guides? Let us know....

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Get ready, get set, SHOP!

Okay T-minus 3 days to Black Friday!!! Do you have your shopping lists and coupons ready to go? While Friday's official start to the holiday shopping season can be an absolute nightmare to some, don't forget, there are some natural ways to curb that holiday stress.

Throw some licorice in your bag before you set out. Licorice protects against the damaging effects of stress, reduces inflammation and boost the immune system. Valerian relaxes the nervous system and supports restful sleep. Passion fruit contains anti-anxiety properties. Kava is another great, natural stress reliever, it is used for anxiety, insomnia and as a over-all relaxant.

If you are going to be out and about all day, mix these ingredients in a small, leak-proof container and keep on hand to combat holiday fatigue and stress:

  • 1 tsp. of valerian rhizome.
  • 1 tsp. of licorice root.
  • 1 tsp. of siberian ginseng root.
  • 1 tsp. of kava root.
Take one teaspoon every 3 or 4 hours.

Got any pre or post holiday shopping tips? Let us know.......

Monday, November 23, 2009

Herbal Dandruff Solutions

If there are flakes on your shoulders and it's not snowing out, you may be suffering from winter dandruff. I know that with the weather abuse and heaters on, I tend to suffer from the winter "flakes." There are shampoos on the market that are supposed to cure dandruff, but the only problem is that many of those shampoos contain chemicals that strip my hair of moisture, color (which I pay a ton for), and other goodies. So here are some natural solutions to get rid of dandruff, while preserving your tresses:

FENUGREEK is a common ingredient in Indian cuisine. But the seeds have also been used as an effective hair-health treatment throughout the subcontinent for thousands of years.

Crushed Fenugreek Scalp Treatment


•2 tablespoons fenugreek seeds
•2 cups water

Crush fenugreek seeds with a mortar and pestle and soak them in water overnight. The next day, apply the mixture to the scalp and massage well. Leave in for 10-15 minutes. Finish by washing hair with soap-nut (available at most natural food stores) or a mild shampoo. For maximum benefit, use this treatment twice a week.

Fenugreek and Yogurt Scalp Treatment


•2 tablespoons fenugreek seeds
•1 cup plain yogurt

Soak fenugreek seeds in yogurt overnight. The next day, apply the mixture to the scalp and leave in for 30 minutes. Finish by washing hair thoroughly with a mild shampoo. Repeat 2-3 times a week.

Wash hair with witch hazel and lime juice to fight dandruff, naturally.

WITCH HAZEL is a natural astringent with a wide variety of topical uses, from treating dandruff to bruises and insect bites.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Sweet potato, patato!!

It is now less than a week till Thanksgiving and your fridge is starting to fill up. We have covered just about every fall favorite at-home beauty treatment but there are still a few foods in your fridge you haven't use.

A recent study named sweet potatoes as one of the most important food secrets for beautiful skin. The beta carotene in the sweet potato can aid in a smoother complexion and reduction of fine lines within 10 weeks.

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of potassium, riboflavin, folic acid and vitamins A, C, and B6. With all these antioxidants, sweet potatoes are effective skin protectors.

You can even use the water leftover from boiling your sweet potatoes as a soak to relieve joint pain and arthritis.

While you can eat your sweet potatoes on turkey day, you can also apply this amazing sweet potato mask before your guests arive:

  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 1 tablespoon beer (the hops in beer are known to have a relaxing, cleansing effect on the skin)
  • Peel and cube the sweet potato and boil it for 10 minutes (don't forget to save that water for a nice joint relaxing treatment later), drain
  • Smash the boiled potato then add the beer and mix well
  • Apply a thick layer to your face and neck for 20 minutes
  • Rinse with warm water and apply your moisturizer
Got any sweet potato beauty treatments? Let us know......

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

An apple a day keeps the dermatologist away

Pumpkin pie, pecan pie and don't forget the apple pie are all staples of the holiday season dinner table. But did you know you can use apples to tighten your skin? So don't throw those leftover apples away!!

Apples are natural skin tighteners. They are also a good conditioner and toner because they have vitamin C, which has been shown to protect and repair skin cells, without the drying effect of citrus fruits such as lemon and grapefruit.

For a tightening and blemish reducing treatment, try an apple facial:

  • Pulp from 1 ripened apple
  • 1/2 teaspoon of honey
  • Mash the pulp into a fine paste
  • Add honey and mix
  • Apply evenly to face, avoid your eye area
  • Let the mask sit for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water
Got any apple beauty treatments to share? Let us know.......

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pamper your skin with pecans

Thanksgiving is right around the corner!! We have covered pumpkin and cranberries but we cannot forget about pecans. So while you are preparing that classic pecan pie, set some aside for a Sugar Honey Scrub.

Pecans contain vitamin E, zinc and magnesium, which are important ingredients for healthy skin. They protect skin cells from oxidative damage, provide nourishment to the skin and help smooth your skin texture.

This homemade Sugar Honey Scrub is sure to get your skin in tip-top shape for the winter party season. It exfoliates, moisturizes, nourishes and helps fight fine lines and wrinkles.

Sugar Honey Pecan Scrub

2 oz. of Brown or Raw Sugar
2 oz. of Crushed Pecans
1 Tbsp. of almond oil
1 Tsp. of honey
2-3 drops of lavender, rosemary, or citrus oil for scent

In a lukewarm shower, scrub the mixture in circular motions, let set for about 5 minutes, rinse.

Got any favorite pecan treatments? Let us know.......

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Splendidly lemony

The scent of lemon can be found in products ranging from household cleaners to body fragrances and yes, beauty treatments. Just the scent of a lemon can awaken your senses, especially on a gloomy, cold winter's day but lemons are much more than a smell; they have been used in beauty regimes for centuries.

Lemons can be used in hair treatments, to restore shine and bounce, pedicures to revamp tired feet, skin care treatments to revive the skin, and they can even lighten age spots and discolorations.

For some great, at-home lemony treatments, follow the directions below, just don't use the bottled stuff. The real deal is much more effective as a treatment.

Lemon Hair Treatment:

Mix the juice of one lemon with one cup warm water and apply to hair.

Allow to remain for a few minutes, then rinse.

To exfoliate and treat age spots:

Gently rub a cut lemon and 1/2 teaspoon sugar granules over the skin for a few minutes.

Repeat at least once a week until the darkened areas fade.

Lemony Pedicure Treatment:

In a foot bath, combine:

1 cup lemon juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup milk

Enough water to fill the foot bath

Add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil

Soak feet for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

Tell us your favorite lemony treatment.......

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Skip the cookies, add it to your skin care!

Macadamia nuts are a staple in many sweet holiday baking goods but this delicious nut is much more than a baker's friend; it is a great beauty and waistline friend. Macadamias are teaming with fiber, monounsaturated fat and palmitoleic fatty acid, an omega-7 that helps fight weight gain.

Because of the nut's high oil content it is great for mature, dry and sun-damaged skin. Macadamia nut oil is soothing, nourishing and moisturizing; it is also easily absorbed into the skin. While the oil contains unique skin care properties not found in any other oil, the nuts also work in crushed form in scrubs.

For your at-home macadamia nut scrub, try this Grapefruit Spa Salt Glow.

You'll need:
  • 1/2 cup fine mineral salts
  • 1/2 cup dead sea salts (don't forget your Scandle's Dead Sea Salt Soak & Scrub)
  • 8 oz. macadamia nut oil
  • 40 drops ruby red grapefruit essential oil
  • 20 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops ylang ylang essential oil
  • Mix essential oils into the macadamia nut oil in a large bowel/container
  • Add your salts and mix well
  • Apply evenly over entire body with your hands, a loofah or a towel
  • Take a shower to rinse off your scrub
  • This treatment is great as a pre-shave routine, just avoid any cuts or scraps on your skin
Got any great at-home Macadamia nut remedies or treatments? Let us know.......

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Tea-rific Treatments

Tea has proven its staying power! Research shows the multiple health benefits you get from drinking a cup of green, black, chamomile, peppermint, etc.

Along with its inner beauty, teas can help with your outer beauty too!

For some outer uses, try out these at-home tea recipes:

For hair:

To add shine and bounce to a drab do, try a tea rinse. Blondies use chamomile, brunettes use black tea, and reds use an orange tea.

Boil around 2 cups of water and add 2 bags of your tea and let them sit for about 10 minutes.

Shampoo and condition your hair, then add your tea treatment.

Leave the tea in for 10 minutes then rinse with luck-warm water.

Towel dry, then style.

To keep hair looking holiday ready, use the rinse once a week.

For feet:

The holiday season is here. It comes earlier and earlier ever year. Get your feet in tip-top perfection so they won't betray you in the checkout line.

To rejuvenate tired feet and easy into shopping mode try a peppermint tea foot soak.

Brew a strong cup of peppermint tea and to a bowl of hot water. Add you favorite salt or soak (Scandle's Dead Sea Salt Soak and Scrub is perfect because it is odorless, no funny scent combinations) and relax.

Got a tea-rific beauty treatment we should know about? Let us know............

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Pass the cranberries, please

Cranberries are a staple of the holiday season. They are used in candles, potpourris and sprays to enhance the "holiday spirit." And let's not forget the important part they play on Thanksgiving.

Along with these holiday season elements, cranberries are a great source of antioxidants in the form of vitamins A and C. These festive fruits have become a staple in sugar scrubs used in spas during the winter season.

To create your own at-home cranberry body scrub, follow the directions below:

  • Combine 1/2 cup organic cranberries, 1/2 cup organic pomegranate airls (seeds separated from the pulp), 3 tablespoons almond oil and 1 teaspoon glycerin in a food processor or blender
  • Lightly blend until the mixture has a thick consistency, avoid blending it into a paste.
  • Pour the mixture in a bowl
  • Blend 1/4 cup dry oatmeal into a fine powder
  • Add 2 tablespoon to your cranberry mixture
  • For an added spice, add 2 drops of an essential oil (such as, orange, rosemary or lavender)
  • Massage the mixture into your skin and gently exfoliate, let it set for around 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Got any great cranberry skin treatments? Let us know...........

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

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Luxurious Lavender, more than just a sweet smell

Lavender is one of the most distinctive smells in nature. Spas utilize lavender in many of their treatments because it helps relax the mind and the body.

Not only does lavender smell oh-so-relaxing, it also has purposes beyond the spa realm. Lavender can be used as a natural antiseptic, to treat minor cuts and burns and to treat bee stings, allergies and acne; and also as an anti-inflammatory.

Some research shows if you apply lavender oil to your temples, it will soothe headaches. It is also used as an aid to sleep and three flower-heads, added to a cup of boiling water can be used as a relaxing and soothing bedtime drink.

For a do-it-yourself, luxurious lavender spa treatment, see below:

Lavender Bath treatment

  • 4 cups distilled water
  • 3 tbs. jojoba oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
Mix all of the ingredient and store in a sealed container until you are ready to use it. Pour the entire contents under hot running water and soak.

For the ultimate lavender experience, follow up your soak with Scandle Candle in Lavender or a Scandle Essentials in the Calming Blend, which contains pure french lavender essential oil.

Got any at-home lavender spa treatments? Let us know....

Friday, October 30, 2009

Scandle-ous Halloween Giveaway

Check out Romy Rave's More Halloween Treats: Some of My Favorite Pumpkin Beauty Products for a Scandle-ous review and see some other great pumpkin beauty products up for a Halloween giveaway!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Are You "Red in the Face"?

Rosacea is a chronic skin disease which has affected millions of people worldwide. It typically occurs in people between thirty and sixty-five and is more common among women then men and in people of Scandinavian descent.

Although there is not a cure for Rosacea, many have reported good results using natural treatments that work by strengthening blood vessels and promoting healthy circulation. Some of the remedies are preventative while others are taken orally or applied to the skin. Here are some of our favorites:

Pine Tar Soap:
One remedy that is said to reduce the redness in Rosacea is pine tar soap. This is not exactly a home made remedy but something that you can apply easily. You use this by whipping up a thick lather of the soap and smoothing it on your face. Leave the lather on through the night and wash it off the same in the next morning. After that Applying bag balm to your face could prove very effective but you have to apply it for at least 10 minutes.

Fenugreek Tea:
Fenugreek tea has proven its effectiveness in reducing the damage caused by Rosacea. This tea which has shown its effectiveness in countering most skin disorders specially in the case of acne. If fenugreek tea isn’t easily available, you can buy some fenugreek and pour boiling water over it keep it for 10 minutes, drink the tea it does wonders to your skin.

Studies suggest that Oatmeal is reported to relieve itching. Also it contains antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties which may prove as a usefull tool in treating rosacea. There are many commercial sources of oatmeal formulated into skin cleansers but simply applying wet oatmeal to your skin can do the trick for you.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Keep Jack Frost from nipping at your hair

With the onset of every season, our skin and hair must adapt to the changes in weather. Now that the fall is here and winter is slowly approaching, it is time to tweak your hair care routine to keep Jack Frost from ruining your winter do.

In Dry Skin - Ten Best Quick Fixes, we got the skin covered, now here are some tips to keep your hair moisturized:

  • Use a thick, moisturizing conditioner that is made specifically for your hair type (thick, thin, curly, straight, etc). They are made that way for a reason. Some ultra-moisturizing conditioners may be too heavy for thin hair.
  • Go easy on the blow dryer. Towel drying hair is always the best way to keep heat-damage at bay. You can still use it in the final styling process but don't start with completely wet hair.
  • Use hair-specific masks, serums and oils to lock moisture in at least once a week. Try to use all-natural but if you can't, make sure it is alcohol-free.
  • Always use alcohol-free products when styling your hair. They will make your hair feel drier.
  • And, just like with your skin, avoid those hot showers. When your hair is hit with hot water, the follicles open and the moisture escapes quicker.

Let us know of any great hair treatments you know?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sensitivity, It's in your air

More than half of Americans say they have some type of skin sensitivity but a recent study says only 2 percent are actually born with it.

Skin sensitivity can result from certain products or ingredients coming in contact with your skin and causing excessive dryness, burning, redness and tightness. Sensitivity can be genetic and inherent but the majority of people that have negative reactions from products are affected so because of environmental or lifestyle factors.

Environmental factors and exposure to irritating ingredients and chemicals are known to bring on skin sensitivity. But, if the irritations are eliminated within a reasonable amount of time, your skin may return to its original state.

When caring for sensitive skin, use calming ingredients. Seaweed, olive oil, olive leaf extracts, green and white tea are natural antioxidants that help with free radical damage, and should be ingredients in your skin care and cosmetics.

Tips for sensitive skin:
  1. Your cosmetics should be rich in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants in order to protect, hydrate and defend against any environmental factors attributed to skin sensitivity
  2. Throw away any beauty products that may be contaminated with bacteria
  3. Avoid highly fragranced products, essential oils (like The Scandle Essential Lotion Candles) are okay because they are all-natural
  4. Do not over-exfoliate; avoid scrubbing or scratching
  5. Always try to use products made especially for sensitive skin types
Do you have any great beauty products perfect for sensitive skin? Let us know!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

An essential head start

Scalp massages are a great way to stimulate a region of your body that, for the most part, is extremely overlooked. An invigorating scalp massage, using essential oils, can help the growth of hair by increasing the flow of blood and nutrients to this region.

Many spas are now offering this relaxing treatment to clients. Most spa scalp treatments focus on pressure points throughout the scalp, neck and head to balance out your mind and body. It is important to incorporate an oil into the massage process, the best is an essential.

Essential oils are a great, natural way to add oils and scents to any beauty routine. Also, some of these oils (peppermint, rosemary and thyme) have a lot of scalp stimulating properties. You can also add them to your already established hair routine. A few drops of an essential oil can enhance any shampoo or conditioner.

If you do use essential oils in your hair regimen, be sure to add them to a shampoo or conditioner that has a moisturizing element. Because essential oils evaporate easily and penetrate the scalp differently than other products, making them not very efficient at trapping in moisture.

But, that makes them a great addition to any massage therapy. They evaporate quickly and deeply penetrate the skin, which is why The Scandle Essentials Massage Candles have been a fave by spas and massage practices.:)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Women's small business interview series - Christine White of Scandle LLC

Women's small business interview series - Christine White of Scandle LLC

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Indonesia, just a bathtub away

Indonesia is full of ancient beauty secrets just now making their way over to us. One ancient hour-long ritual, boreh, is quite easy to achieve in your own home.

Not only is the boreh an amazing, moisturizing skin treatment, it is relatively inexpensive. Although, you might have to go to a specialty grocery store to find some of the ingredients, it is well worth the trip.

For your own Indonesian beauty ritual, try out the following boreh:

What you need:
  • Soft music (try some traditional Indonesian to set the mood)
  • Incense
  • Flower Petals
  • Borah spice past (recipe bellow)
  • Ginger or coconut massage oil
  • Fresh grated ginger root, steeped in hot water
  • 4 tsp. sandalwood powder
  • 2 tsp. whole cloves
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 1-2 tsp. rice powder
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. ginger spice oil
  • 1 tsp. galangal water (place shredded galangal root and water and let soak over night, then strain the water)
  • Grind together the first 7 using a motor and pestle. Add the ginger spice and water to make a thick paste. Add more rice powder if the paste is to hot on your skin.
For your beauty ritual:
  1. Draw a warm bath with the flower petals.
  2. Apply the boreh paste with your hands, using a thin layer across your body.
  3. Wrap up in a towel and relax for 20 minutes.
  4. Slip into the warm bath and stay as long you like and sip on your ginger root tea. (make sure the water stays warm)
  5. After the bath, massage oil into your body starting at the feet and moving up.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Add some spice to your routine

Cinnamon's essential oil is an antimicrobial food, which gives it the ability to stop the growth of bacteria and fungi. Cinnamon also contains slight astringent properties, making it beneficial for skin care.

However, it might be a little overwhelming for extremely sensitive skin types. Try to always combine cinnamon with other ingredients so it does not cause irritation. Cinnamon oil also has a stimulating, warming effect, making it a popular choice for massage therapy.

In traditional Chinese medicine, cinnamon is used for its warming qualities and to provide relief when the onset symptoms of a cold begin.

To brighten up oily skin try out the facial below:

Cinnamon and Oatmeal Facial
  • Combine 3 tsp. oatmeal, 3 tsp. powdered milk and 2 tsp. ground cinnamon in a bowl.
  • Add just enough water to make a thick paste
  • Stir in 1 tsp. vitamin E oil
  • Apply the mask to your face, massaging in small circles
  • Leave on for 2-3 minutes
  • Rinse with warm water and apply a light moisturizer

Got any cinnamony treatments? Let us know about them!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Dry Skin - 10 Best Quick Fixes

Seems like it's getting colder earlier this year and along with that comes dry itchy skin. Here are 10 Quick Fixes to get rid of the "Fall/Winter" itch:

1.)Keep Water Lukewarm, Not Hot - Hot water robs skin of moisture causing dry skin, so it's best to shower in lukewarm water.

2.) Moisturize After Showers or Handwashing - Moisturizer is the key to soft supple skin. I light my Scandle lotion Candle and hop in the shower, when I get out I have just enough oil to moisturize my skin!

3.) Exfoliate on a Weekly or Semi-weekly Basis - Moisturizer is much more effective on properly exfoliated skin.

4.) Invest in a Humidifier - If you live in a low-humidity climate or you are around furnaces in the winter, invest in a humidifier.

5.) Skip the Drying Soaps - Soaps can be drying. Stick with a creamy moisturizing cleanser that contains glycerin or petrolatum.

6.) Baby Your Hands & Feet - Consider lathering up your feet in thick moisturizer and sleeping in cotton socks at night (Try our Scandle Helping Hand or Sole Survivor Treatment kits)

7.) Stay Hydrated But Don't Go Overboard Many people believe if they drink more water, they'll hydrate skin. This is a myth and you simply cannot moisturize skin from the inside out.

8.) Don't Forget Your Lips - Licking your lips will not moisturize them and instead will help dry them out.

9.) Protect Your Face, Too - Consider avoiding rinsing your face with tap water, which can contain harsh minerals that are especially drying to the skin

10.) Consider Fish Oil Pills New studies show omega-3 fish oil pills may soothe super dry skin.

Let us know of any dry skin solutions you have?

Friday, October 16, 2009

Winter wrap up

As the chilly weather begins to set in, it is important to remember to moisturize your skin. In colder weather skin needs extra moisture. Body wraps can get a little costly at treatment facilities but are a great way to keep skin nurtured. Here is a cost-effective, at-home remedy sure to keep the frost away, from your skin at least.

Depending on how much of your body you want to cover, your amount of each ingredient will change:

2-6 cups plain yogurt
1-3 cups honey
1-3 cups aloe vera liquid
Wrap material (plastic wrap, a small plastic garbage bag cut open, or a small damp, heated towel)
Blanket or large towel

  • Using an extra-large bowl, mix yogurt, honey and aloe vera in a ratio of 2-to-1-to-1
  • Apply the mixture to your body, you do not have to cover your whole body
  • Lightly wrap those areas
  • Wrap up in the blanket or towel for 20-30 minutes
  • Rinse with warm water or enjoy a soak in the bathtub
Tip: For best results, use the mask once a week until you notice results. Also, if you can, slightly exfoliate before applying the wrap. That way the treatment soaks directly into healthy, new skin.

If you have got a great body wrap mixture, please share with us...................

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Vote Daily for Eco-Friendly Scandle Lotion Candle

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Milk, does a skin care routine good!

Milk is great for building strong bones but what about for great skin? When applied topically, milk actually calms skin irritation and gently exfoliates.

That's because milk is a natural anti-inflammatory and it contains lactic acid, which is great for exfoliating sensitive skin. The fat content also increases water retention, thus creating newly moisturized skin.

While skim milk is preferred for the waistline, whole milk is preferred for skin care treatments. It contains more hydrating fat proteins. For some great skin-specific milk treatments, try these out below:
  • Irritation and Redness:
Fill a bowl with milk (preferably whole) and ice. Soak a washcloth in the mixture then apply to the skin until your towel is no longer cold. Repeat three times then let your skin naturally dry.

  • Dry or Sun-damaged skin:
Freeze buttermilk in an ice cube tray, then rub them gently on your face. Be careful not to set them for a long period of time on one specific spot. One cube rubbed gently in circular motion should do for each treatment.

  • Full Body Soak
Grab a box of powdered milk from any grocery store and add to warm water until the water is off-white. Enjoy a nice full-body, milky bath.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pamper your post-summer paws

Summer affords us the opportunity to bare it all, well at least our feet. Now, as the temperatures dip back down, it is time to fix the damage summer has caused on our feet. Walking around barefoot at the beach, poolside or just inside your house can cause dryness, scaling and calluses on our feet.

To pamper your paws, use products that contain peppermint or menthol, they cool and refresh.

For an at-home pedicure, use an exfoliate first that contains sugar or salt and scrub lightly, making sure to focus on rough spots. Try Scandle's Dead Sea Salt Soak & Scrub.

Next, remove the scrub with a towel soaked in warm water.

Massage in your favorite moisture packed lotion or oil.

Cover with thick socks.

Be sure to check out Scandle's hands or feet treatment packs with new sinimay packaging and give your soles some much need love.

Friday, October 9, 2009

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!

It's a cold day here in Northern Texas, which has me feelin' really fall-ish. Here's another receipe to help your skin during the seasonal transition:

Pumpkin & Papaya Facial Mask

2/3 c fresh papaya, mashed

15 oz can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling, even though it sounds yummy!)

1 egg, beaten

Cut papaya in half and scoop out the seeds. Scoop out the fruit and mash it well. Beat the egg until it is frothy. Add egg to papaya. Add pumpkin and whip. (This can be done by hand, in a blender or in a food processor.) Apply mask to face. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with tepid water.

Got any other home beauty remedies using the great pumpkin? Let me know.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Body butter in the pumpkin patch

We have covered the cleansing treatments utilizing pumpkins, now add some heavy moisture before the chilly season sets in.

Body butters are a great way to revamp dry skin because they have sinfully rich ingredients working overtime to soothe your skin.

Pumpkin Body Butter

1/2 c pumpkin puree (cooked)

1/2 c solids from a can of coconut milk (coconut crème at the top of the can)

1/2 t cinnamon

Mix ingredients. Apply to skin, massaging gently. After 15 minutes, rinse with warm water.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Pumpkin Perfect

Pumpkins are high in vitamin C for all-around tissue building and healing.

This month Scandle is highlighting the many beautifying treatments utilizing this fall friend.

Pumpkin Pie Scrub

  • 1/2 c cooked or canned pumpkin, pureed
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/4 t cinnamon

Combine ingredients in a plastic bowl. Apply to body and scrub gently using circular motions. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Don't forget to stock up on your limited-edition 10oz. Scandle Pumpkin Pie Spice, now 35% off online.

Tell us your favorite pumpkin recipe......

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Pumpkin Isn't Just for Halloween Anymore

When you think of pumpkins you have visions of falling leaves, holiday decorating, pie and scary Jack-o'-lanterns but you should also think of them as healthy food and beauty treatments. Here's one of our favorite at-home pumpkin facial recipes. Let us know about any pumpkin related beauty recipies you wanna share.

What you need:

2 teaspoons canned pumpkin

½ teaspoon honey

½ teaspoon milk

¼ teaspoon cinnamon spice

How to make your own pumpkin masque:

Mix together ingredients into a paste, and brush onto freshly cleansed skin. Let it dry for 15-20 minutes, and then rinse off with warm spring water. Use a pumpkin-infused moisturizer for an immediate glow.

While we're on the topic of Pumpkins, make sure to try out Scandle's Limited Edition Fall Fragrance - Pumpkin Pie Spice!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

In a walnutty world........

Walnuts are one of ten "super foods." Super foods provide multiple disease-fighting nutrients and fill you up so you can enjoy plenty of food without excess calories. Walnuts are great because you can enjoy them in everyday meals.

Not only are walnuts a good addition to any healthy eating plan, the omega-3 essential fatty acids make them a good method for fighting inflammatory skin issues, such as eczema and psoriasis.

Eating walnuts also helps improve skin smoothness because the oil contains lincolic acid, which maintains skin structure. Walnut shells can be ground up for a natural exfoliate ingredient. The leaf extract can also be used in skin care products for its astringent and conditioning properties.

Got any fave recipes or beauty products using this nutty classic?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Beauty in your fridge

Here are the last recipes from your kitchen and today's are good for all skin types.

  • Green Tea
The antioxidants in green tea help fight free radical damage. Green tea can be applied directly to the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Some research has linked green tea treatments to the prevention of skin cancer and signs of aging resulting from sun exposure.

For a powerful, antioxidant punch brew one to two tea bags for each cup of water, let it cool then apply to your face after cleansing.

  • Salt and Sugar
Maybe not the best for your insides, but applied as a scrub, these two are great natural exfoliates. They help loosen lifeless skin cells that need to be physically removed. The glycolic acid in sugar, paired with its rough texture makes it ideal for exfoliation treatments.

Mix a teaspoon of sugar or salt with any cleanser and apply in small, circular motions. Rinse with warm water.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Beauty in your fridge

We have covered some great all-natural treatments for acne, combination and normal skin. Here are some great finds for the dry skin girls:
  • Avocados
They are great for moisturizing and rejuvenating because they are packed with monounsaturated fats and vitamins B and E. Also rich in vitamin C, avocados stimulate collagen and reduce some signs of aging.

For a surge of moisture, mix one tablespoon of ripe avocado, add half a teaspoon of honey and mix. Stir in a small amount of almond meal until creamy. Be sure to apply to a clean, make-up free face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water and finish with a rinse of vinegar pH balancer.

  • Bananas
This high in potassium fruit has the same benefits of an avocado. But the banana gives the skin a long lasting healthy glow.

Mash a banana and add two teaspoons of yogurt. Mix until creamy and apply immediately to the skin. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes, then remove it with a spatula and rinse.

Do you have any favorite natural remedies I missed?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Beauty in your fridge

Today's cures come from your pantry:

  • Honey
Considered to be one of the best natural acne fighters, honey is known for its antibacterial properties. It can actually kill the bacteria associated with the cause of acne. To reap the benefits of this great household product, massage a small amount of lightly heated honey onto your skin; or dab it on individual blemishes to speed up the repair time.
  • Olive oil
Extra virgin olive oil is the least processed out of the several grades, and the best option for skin care treatments. You can apply EVOO to your face as part of a daily skin care routine. With continued use, it can reduce hyperpigmentation.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Beauty in your fridge

In today's fluctuating market, people are cutting back on some of the things we use to feel were a mandatory accessory in life. Throughout the week, Scandle will be letting you in on some kitchen cures for your skin that are easy on the wallet and easy on time. So before you clean out the refrigerator, take a second look at these great skin cures:

  • Strawberries
Strawberries can be used to condition and tone any skin type. One way to help lighten pigmentation problems and keep you skin smooth is to mash up some strawberries and use them as an astringent or cleansing mask.

  • Carrots
If you have oily or acne prone skin, this vitamin A packed vege is you new best friend. Carrots have proven to be as effective at dealing with acne as retinoids.

To make a cooked carrot mask, boil three large carrots and mash or blend them. Add five tablespoons of honey. Apply lightly in an upward motion and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Got any Scandle-ous do-it-yourself beauty tips and products, tell us.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Beauty from the outside in

More and more studies are being published about the effects of what we ingest through food, beverages and air. Here are five simple steps to insure what your getting from the outside benefits your inside the most.

  1. Always include a skin healthy diet in your routine. Be sure to included foods that contain fatty acids, antioxidants and proteins. Fatty acids improve the skin layer where moisture is absorbed to keep irritations out.
  2. Always, always, always monitor your sun exposure. Do not underestimate the importance of sunscreen.
  3. Hydrate. Remember you do not have to drink 8 glasses of water a day to get you minimum requirements. Yes it is important to drink water but ingesting raw fruits and veges that are loaded with nutrients and structured water cut down on the number of glasses needed.
  4. Exercise. If you cannot make it to the gym, take a brisk walk around the block. A daily dose of any physical activity can oxygenate and rejuvenate the skin while providing good circulation and blood flow.
  5. Meditate or fine some personal time. Stress is one of the major causes of weight gain and skin irritations. Always remember to take some time for you.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Green retailers get a D-minus from consumers

A recently published study found that when it comes to giving their consumers information about green purchases, retailers get a D-minus. Around 40 percent of consumers in all markets say the information provided to them on green products is insufficient.

Shoppers want to be assured that when they pay that extra cash for a "green" or "organic" product, they are spending their cash on a truly green purchase. The study findings suggest that most green claims are used too loosely, leaving consumers in the dark about the actual environmental advantages of choosing that "green" product over the other ones.

It is important to remember that if you are in the business of green products, make sure you have a detailed ingredient list on your product. Also, display detailed signage or literature on the benefits of a consumer choosing your product over a not-so-green alternative.

Let's raise that D-minus to an A-plus!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tap back into your water!

Many of us think that bottled water is a much safer option than who knows what coming out of our kitchen sinks. But, a recent report published last month says bottled water is actually less-regulated by the FDA than tap water.

The report finds that the FDA has very little authority over bottled water and several companies do not disclose their sources of purification.

If you cannot find your favorite bottled water company's source of purification or want to add a new step in your greening efforts at home, try switching to tap water and using an eco-friendly portable water bottle.

If you are still a little weary about tap water, you can purchase a water purification device that attaches directly to your sink. In the long run that devices saves money you would have spent on all those plastic bottles.