The Monthly Roundup: What's Trending in Industry News?
Today on the Seed blog: it's the Monthly Roundup. Our Roundup comes near the beginning of each month when I examine the most recently trending stories of interest on the subjects of beauty, skin care, health and wellness, aromatherapy, and more.
So what's trending right now?
- 6 Essential Oils to Help You Get a Better Night’s Sleep -- Dr. Marlynn Wei, a Harvard-trained Psychiatrist and Certified Yoga Teacher contributed an article to the Huffington Post about the benefits of aromatherapy and essential oils for a good night’s sleep. She mentions in the article that certain oils such as Lavender Essential Oil have been shown in studies to have an impact biochemically that is similar to anti-anxiety medication. Wei also mentions the scientific studies showing that Essential Oils can help relieve stress and promote sleep. These oils, Wei says, include Lavender, Lemon, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, and Jasmine.
- It’s All in the Application -- Dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe made an appearance on the Today Show to talk about the proper way to apply skin care products. She shared that your products will not work the way they are designed if not applied properly. For example, the proper way to apply a facial moisturizer is to use a quarter-sized amount and apply it in upward motions, which helps to plump and lift the skin, she says. Bowe also advises using less moisturizer toward the middle of the face where skin tends to be a bit oilier.
- Defining Natural in the Food Industry -- There is a new article out in Consumer Reports talking about consumer confusion while shopping for healthier foods. The article talks about how the term “Organic” is regulated when it comes to food, but the term “Natural” is not. One concern mentioned is that there are processed foods being labeled natural when they may contain very few natural ingredients. The magazine is calling for the FDA to either clearly define the term “Natural” as it applies to food or prohibit its use altogether.
- NDTV just published an article about Grape Seed Oil and whether it truly lives up to all of the health and beauty claims posted around the web. The article shows that, YES, Grape Seed is one fabulous oil. The experts weighed in on claims ranging from its antioxidant protection to its ability to make skin look radiant and glowing. We’ve been singing Grape Seed’s praises for years here at Seed -- and it’s great to see another article confirming what we’ve already known.
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Do you still use shaving cream from the drugstore?
Take a look at the back of the canister when you use it next time. Chances are, Triethanolamine and Propane are near the top of the ingredients listing.
- Triethanolamine is an emulsifier and pH adjuster; can be especially hazardous when combined with Diazolidinyl Urea. Studies have shown that a large number of cosmetics with TEA (short for Triethanolamine) are contaminated with Nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic. (source)
- Propane, a hydrocarbon, is a propellant. It helps give the product its mousse-like fluffy foam. It is extremely sensitizing to the lungs in moderate doses. It can be highly irritating to the skin, nasal passages and mucus membranes. More than 6,500 studies have been conducted on propane. It is a skin, lung, and eye irritant. (source)
We have shared many "hacks" using our products over the years. Before we had lip products, Rebecca would apply our body cream to her chapped lips. Before we came out with facial care, I used our fragrance free hand cream on dry patches. I use fragrance free body oil on my eye lashes to keep them shiny and as a cuticle oil, too.
Can Seed products be used on the hair? Yes, absolutely!
Our friend, Tori, uses our Soft Balm on her hair and Susan, one of our valued customers, shares this about our Body Oil:
"You should really include in your summary that this wonderful product is also amazingly healing for dry, brittle and frizzy hair! It has made a remarkable difference where no other product has. Thank you for commitment for excellence!"
Let's take a look at why people keep sharing their love of Seed for helping improve the look and condition of their hair.
Let's call this one Face Washing for Beginners - or maybe Face Washing 101. Sound silly? On the surface, it likely sounds ridiculous, but the fact is that most people are not washing their face the right way.
The way that you wash your face has a direct impact on the appearance of your skin. We're here to share 5 tips for better face washing.