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

The Scandle is a candle that burns at 2 degrees above body temperature to produce a soothing oil for massage, manicures, pedicures or as a daily moisturizer. Made from 100% natural and vegan ingredients (including soy), The Scandle is the first candle that is healthy for your skin and environment by emitting less soot and toxins into the environment than parrafin candles. The Scandle features refillable/reusable packaging and travel tins made of recycled materials. The Scandle refills have a plantable hang tag that grows wildflowers when planted. Vote for a product that is a truely eco-friendly product both inside and out!:-) Your skin and the environment will thank you.

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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!