Aura Cacia Massage Products

January 8, 2009 by Kitchen Table Medicine  
Filed under Beauty, Dry Skin, Kat Lee, Kitchen Sink

by Kat Lee

PhotobucketAura Cacia makes so many different “flavors”, I’m going to have to focus on just one, or this review would be twenty pages! While picking a favorite is difficult, I have to say that my favorite massage product is the Lavender massage cream.

The scent is sufficiently strong, but not cloying; the cream is thick enough not to run everywhere, but not so thick that it is sticky. In a word: perfect.

It is great for massage, but also perfect for moisturizing your whole body after a shower. Just apply everywhere while your skin is still wet. Lightly pat yourself dry, and your skin will be baby smooth. It’s so gentle that I can use it on my kids as well. My older son has issues with dry, sensitive skin, and generally develops a rash if I try to use any kind of scented product.

When I used the lavender cream, it moisturized his skin very well. Not only did he NOT develop a rash – it has begun helping to eliminate the perpetual “dry-skin” rash he has on his stomach during the winter.

PhotobucketHowever, to those who have a soy allergy, I must post a warning. This product does contain soy in the form of GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) WAX. Dr. Sundene stresses the importance of knowing all of the different names for the item to which you are allergic, and this only underscores that fact.

Luckily, having also used the Lavender Harvest massage oil, I can say that it is a perfectly acceptable substitution. The only real difference that I noticed was that the oil is, of course, a bit runny and more difficult to apply to wiggly children. However, if you’re applying it to yourself or another adult, you should be just fine.

I’ve included ingredient lists below for both products, linking many of the ingredients to their respective pages at the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database. As you can see, the ingredients all rate very low on the toxicity meter — which is good!

Lavender Massage Cream Ingredients:

VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED OIL, PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) OIL, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) WAX, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX, COPERNICIA CERIFERA(CARNAUBA) WAX, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (VITAMIN E), LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) OIL, LAVANDULA X INTERMEDIA (LAVANDIN) OIL, LAVANDULA LATIFOLIA (SPIKE LAVENDER) OIL.

PhotobucketLavender Harvest Massage Oil Ingredients:

VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED OIL, PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL, LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) OIL, LAVANDULA X INTERMEDIA (LAVANDIN) OIL, LAVANDULA LATIFOLIA (SPIKE LAVENDER) OIL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (VITAMIN E).

Photobucket Dr. Nicole Sundene, NMD is a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor at Fountain Hills Naturopathic Medicine 16719 E Palisades Blvd, Suite 205, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.

She believes we should utilize natural medicines to treat the root cause of disease rather than just treating symptoms, as symptoms are a message of imbalance sent from the body and will persist until they are properly addressed.

For appointments please visit http://FHnaturopathic.com for more information about Naturopathic Medicine services.
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Terra Tints by Alba Botanica: Product Review

November 5, 2008 by Dr. Nicole Sundene  
Filed under Beauty, Kat Lee, Kitchen Sink, Lifestyle Tips

By Kat Lee

There’s nothing that makes me feel prettier than wearing lipstick.

I’m not sure why… it must just be a girl thing. At any rate, I’ve known for quite some time that the ingredients used in lipstick were less than stellar.

However, it was when it was discovered that several mainstream companies had lead in their lipstick products that I decided enough was enough. Then I began my search for quality lipstick that I wouldn’t have to take out a second mortgage to purchase!

It wasn’t easy; let me tell you. First I went to some trendy, all natural shops – and found nothing that cost less than the pair of shoes I was wearing. After that, I asked around and was told that any organic lipstick would cost at least one pair of shoes. In one last desperate attempt, I went to my local farmer’s market, Sprouts (my usual go-to for all natural products) and found several tubes of organic lipstick for almost $20 per tube. To be honest, I didn’t want to shell out that much dough for something that I wasn’t sure I would even like.

Then I saw Terra Tints for only $3.50 per tube. Granted, it’s actually tinted lip balm, not “real” lipstick, but for that price, I was willing to chance it. I picked “Blaze” because it sounded nice and bright, and I was just in that kind of mood that day. When I put it on, it was pretty, red and very lipstick-like. But even better than that, it was menthol tingly. When I put it on my lips, it’s like I’m giving them a hot rock massage, and who doesn’t want that on a dry winter day?

I know, I know, you’re wondering if they’re paying me for this… and the answer is no (although I wouldn’t be opposed). I just really like this product because it meets all my requirements. It’s organic, all natural, pretty, stays on, and doesn’t dry out my lips. I have to say that I’m hooked!

For more of Kat’s fun and fabulous natural beauty reviews stop by http://katzhealthyliving.blogspot.com

Photobucket Dr. Nicole Sundene, NMD is a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor at Fountain Hills Naturopathic Medicine 16719 E Palisades Blvd, Suite 205, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.

She believes we should utilize natural medicines to treat the root cause of disease rather than just treating symptoms, as symptoms are a message of imbalance sent from the body and will persist until they are properly addressed.

For appointments please visit http://FHnaturopathic.com for more information about Naturopathic Medicine services.
©KitchenTableMedicine.com, LLC ™