Organic Skin Care, Skin Care, Uncategorized

Vitamins for Your Skin

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When picking the right skin product it is a good idea to check the ingredients to see if it has the right skin nourishing combination. Good product should contain most if not all of following vitamins to keep skin supple and healthy:

a) Vitamin A

Vitamin A is in charge of maintenance and repair of vital skin tissue, and is the key to healthy skin. Lack of vitamin A can cause skin dryness and wrinkles.

b) Vitamin B Complex

Vitamin B complex contains the nutrient, biotin, which forms the basis of nails, skin, and hair cells. It is anti-inflammatory, it hydrates the skin cells and gives a healthy glow to skin.

c) Vitamin C

In skin, vitamin C can help collagen production. This in turn reduces wrinkles, improves skin texture, and reduces photo damage.

d) Vitamin E

The trick to getting soft touchable skin is vitamin E. It regenerates skin and can improve appearance of acne scars.

e) Vitamin K

Vitamin K is your secret weapon to fighting dark circles and bruises. This vitamin helps fade discolorations on the skin, reducing puffiness and dark circles that so many of us suffer from.

While off the shelf cosmetic product can come packed with artificially synthesized vitamin groups, you really want to go as organic as possible. Organically sourced vitamins absorb into skin better and are more potent bringing better overall skin benefits.  Whenever possible choose the facial products that source vitamins from organic ingredients.

When it comes down to your skin, healthier is better. Please check out our  great selection of organic products at Nina Bella Organic Collection.

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Organic Bath and Beauty

Nina Bella Collection His and His Gift Set

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Proud supporter of LGBT, Nina Bella Collection launches the bath and beauty market’s first His and His Gift Set.

Handcrafted from premium organic ingredients and high quality organic oils, Nina Bella’s low foaming organic soaps gently cleanse and moisturize the skin through balanced care suitable for all skin types. Our soaps and massage oils are 100% organic, hand crafted, with organic essential oils (sweet orange, lemon, lavender, peppermint). Our feet salts are hand-blended from Mediterranean salts, organic and premium organic essential oils for a double whammy. Naturally occurring minerals from Mediterranean sea salts re-balance mineral content, relax and soothe sore and tense muscles while organic essential oils moisturize skin and soothe senses. To top it off our organic body scrub is a hand-crafted hard bar which makes exfoliation an easy and convenient part of your daily shower routine. Hand ground organic exfoliants effectively and efficiently remove dead skin cells, promote healthy natural circulation and natural exchange of nutrients in upper layers of skin. Organic butter and essential oils soothe and moisturize skin to make it toned, refreshed and rejuvenated. Naturally occurring vitamins A, B, C, D and E give skin healthy glow and suppleness.

No parabens, no SLS, no SLES, no ALS, no ALES, no coloring, no fragrance oil, no fillers.

Comes with: Two hand crafted 5 oz organic Nina Bella Collection hand soaps (lavender and lemon), two hand crafted organic 5 oz Nina Bella Collection feet salts (sweet orange and peppermint), one hand crafted 5 oz Nina Bella Collection organic body scrub bar (lavender), one hand crafted 5 oz Nina Bella Collection organic massage oil (sweet orange), one small bag of dried organic star anise and one small bag of organic dried lavender, one His and His hand towel set (two towels), in hand decorated gift box. Packaging may vary – Made in Canada.

Organic Skin Care

Paraben and Cancer

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Paraben is a preserving agent commonly used in most cosmetics and personal hygiene products in order to prevent growth of harmful bacteria and fungi, to extend products’ shelf life and to decrease production cost.

While allowing affordable fast tracking in cosmetic manufacturing, Paraben is a harmful substance that can adversely affect your health. Studies report paraben found in high quantities in breast cancer patient’s tumor samples. Paraben is also reported to increase the hormonal reactions in human body especially affecting estrogen in a way that is found to cause breast cancer. Experts from oncology department in Edinburgh University found paraben in 20 different tumors in cancer research. And that is just the tip of the iceberg…

Paraben in yet another clear example of what is good for mainstream cosmetic industry is not necessarily good for your health.

Tune in to more ways in how common cosmetic chemicals can harm your health on our blog.

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Organic Skin Care is Good for You

Establishing a good skin routine is all about choosing the right product. Your skin will absorb anything that is put onto it. This means that if your bath and beauty products contain harmful chemicals and toxins, your skin will absorb them. So you want to choose your bath and beauty product carefully.

Many common skin bath and beauty products use artificial colorants, fragrances and preservatives that strip the skin of natural oils leaving it dry and damaged. By a rule of thumb you should avoid buying any bath and beauty products that contain following ingredients:

a)      Parabens

  • Methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben

b)      Artificial fragrances

  • Fragrance oils

c)      Artificial detergents

  • SLS, SLES, ASL and ASEL

d)      Formaldehyde releasing preservatives

  • Quarternium 15,imidazolidinyl urea,2-bomo-2nitropropane-1,3-diol

e)      phthalates

  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), dimethyl phthalate (DMP), diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) and butylbenzyl phthalate (BBP)

Organic bath and beauty products are a safe alternative that gives great results without compromising your health. Organic bath and beauty products use natural plant derived mild foaming agents, organic essential and carrier oils to give scent and preserve the stability and organic waxes to ease application. Ingredients are purposely grown without use of pesticides, artificial fertilizers and additives and they do not contain carcinogens, trace pesticides and other harmful chemicals found in many common products. Organic ingredients also have higher levels of nutrients than non-organic ingredients so organic ingredients better nourish your skin. What this comes down to us that organic bath and beauty products are safe, do not have harmful chemicals, do not damage your skin and are give better results faster.

When it comes down to your skin, healthier is better. For great selection of organic products visit Nina Bella Organic Collection.

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Industrial vs. Organic Bath Products

Anyone who has used industrial bath products knows they often leave skin dry, flaky and itchy.  This is caused by combined action of heavy industrial foaming agents, fragrance oils, industrial preservatives and industrial surfactants. Harsh industrial foaming agents such as SLS, SLES, ASL and ASEL, make nice bubbles but they also overstrip the skin of natural oils necessary to maintain healthy skin’ balance. Heavy fragrance oils enhance product scent but cause skin irritation, chapping and leave heavy artificial fragrance on skin. Industrial preservatives such as parabens, prolong product shelf life but can interfere with organ and reproductive functions. Industrial surfactants that wetting agents that help products spread over skin, are known eye, skin, nose, and throat irritants.

In contrast, organic bath products use natural and organic foaming, scent, preservative and surfactant alternatives that are mild and skin and body friendly. Organic bath products use natural foaming agents sourced from plants. They are mild, low foaming, effectively clean skin and maintain skin’s balance and pH without risking your health. For scent organic bath products often use organic essential oils which are proven beneficial to skin care and which leave behind a natural, clean plant scent. In terms of preservatives, organic bath products rely on combination of essential and carrier oils that have natural anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties, such are rosemary and grapefruit. In terms of surfactants, organic bath products use natural and wild-crafted alternatives derived from organic certified carrier oils and butters that are mild and non-irritating.  The end result is safe, consumer ready product that will deliver peak care, minus the harmful side –effects.

For consumer the best advice is – research the product, check ingredients and ask your manufacturer for assurance that what they are using is indeed organic and natural. For manufacturer, when creating a high end product you will need to invest in quality ingredients and research – the pay off is – a great, consumer safe product that you can display on your shelf with pride and confidence and that your consumer will enjoy using.

Happy shopping from Nina Bella Collection, your local organic bath and beauty manufacturer.

Organic Bath and Beauty, Organic Skin Care

Aloe Vera in Organic Beauty Care

Aloe Vera is one of the oldest medicinal plants, going as far back as 3500 years ago in Egypt and Sumatra. It is curiously made of 96% water and 4% compounds that give it its renowned medical, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, healing and immune boosting properties.  Due to unique compositions and high water content Aloe Vera absorbs into skin four times faster than water, which make this little plant great natural bath and beauty product ingredient and carrier medium. Used alone of combined with other ingredients Aloe Vera is known to increase collagen production, rejuvenate skin, combat pimples, heal eczema and slow down skin ageing process.

Fairly easy to handle Aloe Vera can be used in variety of organic bath and beauty applications such as creams, shower gels, lip balms and yes even anti ageing products.

Try this simple Aloe Vera balm receipt to soothe chapped, irritated lips:

2 tablespoons organic or natural Aloe Vera gel

3 drops organic lavender essential oil

½ teaspoon organic almond oil

½ teaspoon organic glycerin

Heat almond oil, lavender essential oil and glycerin until warm and mix well. Add Aloe Vera and mix well until fully blended. Let cool off then transfer into clean glass container. Use ready lip balm on chapped lips as needed. Store remaining mix into fridge for up to four weeks.

For more great recipes, visit Nina Bella Collection weekly.

Organic Skin Care

Nina Bella Collection Organic Body Butter

Looking for a healthy 100% organic way to keep your skin glowing and moisturized? Nina Bella Collection Organic Body Butter is 100% organic, made from 100% certified organic ingredients, paraben, phthalate-free and petrolatum free. Made from organic certified cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut butter, palm oil and coconut oil, Nina Bella Collection Organic Body Butter addresses all your skin care needs.

Ingredients: *Organic Cocoa Butter, *Organic Shea Butter, *Organic Coconut Butter, *Organic Palm Oil,*Organic Jojoba Oil,*Organic Rosemary Oil,*Organic Essential Oils,  *Organic Glycerine.

*= Certified Organic Ingredients

Unique combination of antioxidant-rich, vitamin rich, organic certified ingredients, nourish, protect and moisturize skin, preventing and minimizing environmental damage. A single use will leave your skin supple, smooth, toned, moisturized and touchable.

Cocoa butter moisturizers and deodorizes skin with natural chocolate scent, organic coconut butter and palm oil create protective barrier over skin to prevent moisture loss, organic jojoba oil nourishes and prevents dryness, while organic essential oils deliver targeted care when and where needed. Preserved organically by anti-oxidizing and anti-bacterial properties of organic rosemary and grapefruit oils, Nina Bella Organic Body Butter is long lasting and 100% free of common industrial preservatives.

You can choose from two delectable flavors: chocolate and chocolate orange. For us chocolate lovers, Chocolate Body Butter is the obvious choice. It does not have organic essential oils and feels decadent and chocolaty when rubbed into skin. Chocolate Orange Body Butter has organic essential sweet orange oil to smooth wrinkles and stimulate collagen production keeping your skin toned and fresh. Combination of chocolate and freshly squeeze orange, will make you ready to take your day energize and head on.

Nina Bella Collection Organic Body Butters – 100% organic, 100% real and 100% the best care for your skin. Try them today!!

Natural Bath and Beauty, Organic Bath and Beauty, SLS Free Bath and Beauty

How Do SLS Free, Natural and Organic Bath and Beauty Products Differ?

In quest for healthier bath and beauty products more and more of us are tuning toward organic/natural alternatives. Question that consistently comes up in organic/natural bath and beauty market is what is difference between SLS free, natural and organic bath and beauty products?  It is really simple really…

SLS Free Bath and Beauty Products

As the name implies SLS Free products do not contain SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate), SLS Free products use mild saponifying agents, such as Decyl Glucoside and raw Coco Glucoside, derived from natural ingredients. Mild saponifying agents clean equally well, but foam less and are not damaging to skin, hair and body. Mild saponifying agents closely match skin’s pH, and thus do not overstrip skin from natural oils while cleaning. This means they will not cause skin irritation, allergies and skin dryness and leave skin soft, moisturized and balanced skin and hair soft, manageable and touchable.

Natural Bath and Beauty Products

Natural products are made from natural, wild crafted and organic ingredients in different proportions. When a product is labeled as “natural”, this means that the entire product is made from greater than 70% and up to 95% of natural, wild-crafted, organic and/or organic certified ingredients. Natural standards vary from country to country but there are rules that determine what can and what cannot be labeled as natural in Canada and USA. When a product is labeled as “natural”, this means that the entire product is made from greater than 70% and up to 95% natural, wild-crafted, organic and/or organic certified ingredients whichever the case may be.

Organic Bath and Beauty Products

Organic products are made from organic certified ingredients only. Organic certified means that a plant or other natural material is certified produced as pesticide free. Organic standards and certification vary from country to country but there are rules that determine what can and what cannot be labeled as organic in Canada and USA. When a product is labeled as “organic”, this means that the entire product is made from greater than 95% organic certified ingredients.

The proof is as they say in the pudding. And in the natural/organic bath and beauty market it all comes down to what kind of pudding you like… And remember – when in doubt – ask – Nina Bella Collection is always here to answer.

Organic Bath and Beauty, Organic Skin Care

Nina Bella Collection Softkiss Organic Lip Balm

If you’re looking for a healthy organic way to keep your lips healthy and smooth look no further than the Nina Bella Collection Organic Lip Balm! Nina Bella Collection Organic Lip Balm is 100% organic, made from 100% certified organic ingredients, paraben, phthalate-free and petrolatum free. Packed with antioxidant-rich, vitamin rich, soothing cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut butter and jojoba oil, Nina Bella Collection Organic Lip Balm keeps your lips moist, soft, and kissably smooth.

Ingredients: *Organic Cocoa Butter, *Organic Shea Butter, *Organic Coconut Butter, *Organic Palm Oil,*Organic Jojoba Oil,*Organic Rosemary Oil,*Organic Essential Oils.

*= Certified Organic Ingredients

Organic cocoa butter moisturizers and deodorizes with natural chocolate scent, organic coconut butter adds shine, organic jojoba oil nourishes your lips, organic palm oil prevents chapping,  while organic essential oils refresh and soothe. Preserved naturally by anti-oxidizing and anti-bacterial properties of organic rosemary oil, Nina Bella Organic Lip Balm is durable, long lasting, stable and 100% free of common industrial preservatives.

Nina Bella Collection Organic Lip Balm comes in two delectable flavors: chocolate and chocolate orange. Created for our most sensitive customers, Chocolate Lip Balm does not have organic essential oils and moisturizers your lips by gentle action 100% organic butters and oils. Rich in natural scent of organic cocoa butter it feels like nibbling on a succulent piece of chocolate every time you use it. Chocolate Orange Lip Balm has organic essential sweet orange oils added to stimulate collage production that naturally plumps your lips. Deliciously decadent with natural scents of chocolate and freshly squeeze orange, it will make you feel like you are eating desert while taking care of your lips.

Nina Bella Collection Organic Lip Balms – 100% organic, 100% real and 100% the best care for your lips. Try it today!!

Natural Bath and Beauty, Organic Bath and Beauty, SLS Free Bath and Beauty

Aroma Mist – Healthy Home and Body Scent

You do not have to use industrial air fresheners to keep your home smelling nice. Organic aroma misters are healthy and affordable alternative. Instead of heavy chemicals, aroma misters contain only organic alcohol, water and organic essential oils balanced in a way that is not harmful to your health. Water is a perfect way to make your aroma mist light and pure. What you want to be using is distilled water that does not have heavy minerals. Organic alcohol is necessary to eliminate odor causing germs. Any clear organic alcohol will do. Organic essential oils will add a nice crisp scent that will not irritate respiratory system. Any organic essential oils such as lavender, peppermint, spearmint, rose, tangerine, sweet orange, chamomile will work. You can use them alone or create your own blend to spice things up.

Ingredients:

½ cup distilled water

½ cup clear organic alcohol

20 drops organic essential oil

Mix water and organic alcohol well. Add organic essential oil and mix well. Pour into amber or cobalt blue misting bottle and cap well. Shake well before using. To use spray on the bathroom, in the linen close, in the car, in the living room and wherever you want a nice natural scent. Avoid direct contact with sensitive and colored fabrics as alcohol may fade the colors. Avoid getting any spray in your eyes and this goes without saying – do not spray directly on skin, children or pets. Keep aroma mist in cool dark place between uses.

For more great ideas, check out new Nina Bella Collection organic aroma mists and body sprays upcoming in May 2012.