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Do you love foaming hand soap as much as I do? Well it’s really quite easy to make, and you can use the many scents of our Bath Therapy washes to create your own creative options at the sink! Plus, refilling a soap dispenser saves you money and helps to reduce waste in our crowded landfills.

OK, here’s how you make your own foaming soap. Just make sure you have a foaming dispenser, yes… they are different. Either reuse a foaming soap dispenser
you have, or get one that’s intended for reuse (like these). Take any liquid soap and dilute it with warm water 3:7. In other words, fill it 30% with liquid soap and the rest with water. This ratio may vary depending on the thickness of the soap you’re starting with. Warm water is going to mix with the soap better than cold water. Put the top back on and shake it. In the end it should look fluid and splash around as much as water would. If it’s still thick and flowing slowly, try adding more water. That’s all there is to it! So easy!

Bath Therapy body washes are great for making your own foaming hand soap because you have so many scent options, they’re not just for the bath. Just imagine
the possibilities! You could have a soothing Mint & Rosemary in the kitchen, or one of our new floral scents like Passion Flower in the bathroom! Halloween is coming, imagine having Pink Sugar foaming hand soap to go with all that candy! Use an extra dispenser just for the kids with something like our popular Groovy Grape to get them excited about washing their hands! Maybe you prefer something NPA
certified
like our Bath Therapy Naturals line. Imagine how excited your friends would be to see what you’ve done next if you change your hand soap everytime they come over! There are so many more possibilities than just what’s offered
on the supermarket shelf, allowing you to be creative and have some fun with everyday things in your house!

Belcam is very proud to announce that our new Bath Therapy Naturals line is now certified by the Natural Products Association! Personal care products carrying the Natural Products Association’s Natural Seal have achieved a high benchmark, meeting and being certified under the association’s standard for personal care products, a strict set of guidelines that define what natural is and what it isn’t.

Without a federal regulation of the commonly used word natural, we wanted to find a way to communicate clearly what we mean by natural. So we set our sights on certification from the NPA, an independent organization that regulates the use of word natural in personal care products. Over the course of the last year we worked directly with the NPA to create body wash & shampoo formulas that were efficacious and without potentially harmful chemicals. The result was Bath Therapy Naturals. The line provides something for the whole family, including two washes specially formulated for children, and two specially formulated for babies. Now with the Natural Products Association’s Natural Seal you can rest assured these are quality products and that we at Belcam have the health of you and your family in our best interest.

Bath Therapy 96.8% Natural Body Wash & Shampoo:

Invigorating Mint & Rosemary
The scent of peppermint, orange, spearmint, and rosemary natural essential oils make this Body Wash & Shampoo fresh and invigorating. The formula is 96.8% Natural. It was created to cleanse and moisturize skin and hair without harsh chemical additives.

Relaxing Lavender Spa
The scent of lavender, bergamot, balsam and coriander natural essential oils make this Body Wash & Shampoo calming and relaxing. The formula is 96.8% Natural. It was created to cleanse and moisturize skin and hair without harsh chemical additives.

Calming Smooth Lavender
Specially formulated for children, this formula is 96.8% Natural and Tear Free. It was created to cleanse and moisturize skin and hair without harsh chemical additives. The soft scent is a blend of calming natural lavender and clary sage. It is perfect for the bedtime bath.

Refreshing Orange & Mint
Specially formulated for children, this formula is 96.8% Natural and Tear Free. It was created to cleanse and moisturize skin and hair without harsh chemical additives. The soft scent is a refreshing blend of citrus and mint essential oils. The scent of this Body Wash & Shampoo is perfect to help distract a cranky child.

Soothing Sweet Davana
For baby’s delicate skin, hair and eyes we have made this formula 96.8% Natural and Tear Free. It was created to cleanse and moisturize baby’s delicate skin and hair without harsh chemical additives. The soft scent is a blend of soothing natural essential oils. It is perfect for the bedtime bath.

Fragrance Free
For baby’s delicate skin, hair and eyes, this Body Wash & Shampoo contains no fragrance. The formula is 96.8% Natural, Tear Free and Hypoallergenic. It was created to cleanse and moisturize baby’s delicate skin and hair without harsh chemical additives.

As always all of Bath Therapy Naturals are available on our website www.belcamshop.com.

For more information on the Natural Products Association and the Natural Products Association’s Natural Seal visit the NPA’s website www.npainfo.org.

Lavender Naturals is a line of bath and body care products that we have formulated without parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, phthalates, artificial fragrance nor color to provide a healthy choice. Since the skin absorbs up to 60% of any substance applied, we have chosen to eliminate these unnecessary ingredients in order to decrease the toxic load on the body.

Lavender Naturals formulas are vegan and gluten-free. The natural products contain no animal byproducts. They are also gluten-free making them safe for those sensitive to gluten.

Lavender Naturals products are calming, refreshing, soothing and purifying. Their formulas contain a blend of 10 natural essential oils that provide aromatherapy and skin care benefits. The essential oil blend used includes lavender, lavandin, bergamot, benzoin, coriander, germanium, labdanum, patchouli, vetiver and frankincense.

Lavender Naturals Bath Salts

Lavender Naturals Bath Salts

Lavender Naturals Bath Salts contain salts from the Dead Sea to help purify the skin and relax tired muscles. The scent is a blend of 10 natural essential oils that provide aromatherapy and skin care benefits. The essential oil blend includes lavender, lavandin, bergamot, coriander , geranium, labdanum, patchouli, vetivert, benzoin and frankincense. For a relaxing bath add a handful of salts under the running water, soak and enjoy. Formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, Artificial Fragrance nor Color to provide a healthy choice.

Lavender Naturals Body Cream

Lavender Naturals Body Cream

Lavender Naturals Body Cream is a light and effective moisturiser for use after the shower or bath. After bathing, massage cream gently into damp skin for a healthy glow. The scent is a blend of 10 natural essential oils that provide aromatherapy and skin care benefits. The essential oil blend includes lavender, lavandin, bergamot, coriander , geranium, labdanum, patchouli, vetivert, benzoin and frankincense. Formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, Artificial Fragrance nor Color to provide a healthy choice.

Lavender Naturals Body Mist

Lavender Naturals Body Mist

Lavender Naturals Body Mist is a gentle mist that can be used anytime of the day to refresh. The scent is a blend of 10 natural essential oils that provide aromatherapy and skin care benefits. The essential oil blend includes lavender, lavandin, bergamot, coriander , geranium, labdanum, patchouli, vetivert, benzoin and frankincense. Spray all over your body after bathing or anytime of the day to refresh. Formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, Artificial Fragrance nor Color to provide a healthy choice.

Lavender Naturals Salt Body Scrub

Lavender Naturals Salt Body Scrub

Lavender Naturals Salt Body Scrub contains Dead Sea salts and canola oil to gently exfoliate and polish the skin. The scent is a blend of 10 natural essential oils that provide aromatherapy and skin care benefits. The essential oil blend includes lavender, lavandin, bergamot, coriander , geranium, labdanum, patchouli, vetivert, benzoin and frankincense. It contains no Parabens, Sulfates, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, Artificial Fragrance nor Color. It is also Vegan, Gluten free and biodegradable. In the shower or bath, massage a small amount of scrub all-over your body and rinse well. Excercise caution as the bottom of the tub or shower will become slippery.

Lavender Naturals Shower Gel

Lavender Naturals Shower Gel

Lavender Naturals Shower Gel is a gentle gel with a pH that is skin compatible. It is refreshing and soothing in the shower or bath. The scent is a blend of 10 natural essential oils that provide aromatherapy and skin care benefits. The essential oil blend includes lavender, lavandin, bergamot, coriander , geranium, labdanum, patchouli, vetivert, benzoin and frankincense. The formula contains no Parabens, Sulfates, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, Artificial Fragrance nor Color. It is also Vegan, Gluten free and biodegradable.

Right now, the any Lavender Naturals product for 25% off the regular price at BelcamShop.com (for a limited time only).

-RyanNY

An article in the New York Times today says that more insurers are paying for alternative health remedies. However, the selection of services actually covered may be so minimal that customers may end up mistakingly thinking they’re covered when they’re not, and having to pay the bill. There’s even an editors note on the very beginning of the article stating that:

“Ten years and $2.5 billion in research have found no cures from alternative medicine.”

The companies say they’re offering a service that is in high demand though. More people are wanting services like acupuncture for pain, high blood pressure, and insomnia. Robin Downey, head of product development for Aetna, an insurer that let sellers advertise supplements to members, says:

”’We have members who come to us and ask us for these services. When we can get a discount for them, that’s something we are able to pass on,’ although Aetna also recommends that members talk with their primary doctors about anything they plan to try, she said.”

Most people I know that use alternative remedies, do so because it works for them. This article insists that alternative remedies are unproven. Sometimes they say the remedies need more studies. Perhaps they just haven’t been proven yet. Perhaps the business of medicine is preventing that. Or perhaps alternative remedies are just about personal preference, and insurers are responding to that. What do you think?

Read the article More Insurers Are Paying for Alternative Remedies here.

-RyanNY

There’s been a lot of press this year on new concerns about what is in baby shampoo. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has taken an aggressive role in patrolling product manufacturers and pressuring them to eliminate potentially harmful chemicals from their products. Naturally, baby products are something we want to be very cautious about. You would think that the FDA would assess and regulate baby products for safety. However, the FDA does not have authority to require assessment of safety for pre-market products like it with drugs. As a result, cosmetics products are some of the least-regulated on the market.

In March 2009, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested 48 products and 61% contained both formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane. One of these was Johnson’s Baby Shampoo! The report says:

“Formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane are known carcinogens; formaldehyde can also trigger skin rashes in some children. Unlike many other countries, the U.S. government does not limit formaldehyde, 1,4-dioxane, or most other hazardous substances in personal care products.”

There are labeling laws that require ingredients to be listed, but these chemicals are not ingredients, they are byproducts of preservatives in the products & of processes in making the products. The preservatives (eg. quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea and diazolidinyl urea) are added to eliminate bacteria from forming in the product while it sits in storage or on shelves. However, over time these preservatives can release formaldehyde in the container. 1,4 dioxane is a little different though. The report says that “1,4-dioxane is a byproduct of a chemical processing technique called ethoxylation, in which cosmetic ingredients are processed with ethylene oxide” to make them more soluble in water and foamy. Unless this is done under a low pressure environment, small amounts of potentially carcinogenic 1,4-Dioxane can be produced.

Things don’t have to be this way, there are alternatives that are available to everyone. I previously wrote about Skin Deep, a cosmetic safety database that consumers can use to find safe products. There are products out there that don’t use these preservatives and processes, eliminating the need for concern. And they’re not necessarily expensive products either. The company I work for makes a great line of affordable products for children. The Bath Therapy Baby & Kids line was created to provide parents with a healthy choice for washing their little ones. The line is gentle, tear free, hypoallergenic, and has a light fragrance. Most importantly though, it is regularly lab tested and DOES NOT contain: sulfates, parabens, propylene glycol, phthalates, or artificial colors. I have actually tried Baby & Kids myself, and they are a great body wash for adults too. The Lullabye Lavender is my favorite. The texture of the wash is soft, not too thick, and the scent is very mild, not overpowering. You can read more about Bath Therapy Kids & Baby by clicking here. The line is available on our new website, BelcamShop.com.

-RyanNY

Update 12/21: Don’t just take my word for it! Check out this review of Bath Therapy Kids & Baby at MyFamilyLovesIt.com.

originsBeauty brand Origins is taking initiative and creating a recycling program for cosmetic packaging, Return to Origins. The EPA claims that consumer goods packaging represent approximately one third of landfill waste. Since “being green” is a vital part of Origins’ objective, they’ve decided to receive used cosmetic packaging from consumers and make sure it gets recycled. This is not exclusive to Origins products though, they will take any brand’s packaging and recycle it. Of course there are some materials that are not recyclable. These materials will be transformed in to energy at “waste-to-energy” power plants. These power plants claim to use the most modern technology to combust solid waste instead of coal, oil or natural gas. Pollution control ensures clean emissions, and the energy produces steam which is then converted into electricity. 

I had to write a post on this because it’s such a noble, and selfless effort to enable everyone to help clean up our environment. It really enables people to green up, and keeps them involved in the process. Return to Origins is a permanent program with receptacles in all of the brand’s 450 doors, meaning freestanding stores and department stores. Origins is an Estée Lauder brand, and other Estée Lauder brands will be showing signs of green as well. Aveda has plans to use wind power, and MAC cosmetics will also have a recycling program called Back to MAC. 

To learn more about the Return to Origins program click here.

 

Photograph by Brettf on Flickr

Photograph by Brettf on Flickr

You may have noticed the quirky new brand called Yes To Carrots in a personal care section of your pharmacy. Yes To Carrots, of Yes To Inc., is one of the fastest growing body care brands on the market. Yes To started out in 2007, headquartered in San Francisco, with six products in sixteen stores, and now has moved on to more than forty products in twenty thousand stores! They launched in May 2007 at Walgreens, and are now joining forces with Sephora Europe!

 

So what’s all the fuss about? How about a complete line of products without those nasty parabens that we still are uncertain about. Parabens are found in many common body care products, and may cause cancer. So it’s a pretty good idea to just steer clear of parabens. In addition, Yes To products have twenty six purifying and moisturizing minerals harvested from the Dead Sea! Combine this with fresh fruits and veggies and you get a complete family of anti-oxidant rich products. And it doesn’t stop at carrots. Now they offer Yes To Tomatoes, and Yes To Cucumbers as well.


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