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The Three Essential Oil Blends That Will Get You Through Cold & Flu Season

By: bodytime1970      Date posted: November 12, 2014

Cold temps are coming! Prepare yourself with an immune boosting essential oil kit:

  1. Chest Relief: Eucalyptus + Lavender + Lemon13647264235_a609c2d20d_o

There is a reason why Eucalyptus is a common ingredient in homeopathic throat lozenges and therapeutic teas: it is a natural expectorant and decongestant. Eucalyptus is effective in loosening the mucus in the chest, and is a great friend to the upper-respiratory system.

Adding Lavender to the mix will help to calm your nervous system. As a natural antiseptic, it helps to cleanse and reset the body.

Lemon tops off this immune-boosting blend with powerful antibacterial properties that stimulate the immune system.

Suggestion: Mix a chest rub by dropping 1 drop of each oil per oz. into a thick, unscented cream or body oil.  Alternatively, create your own detox spa experience by adding a few drops of healing oils to your bath.

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The Magic of Vitamin E Oil

By: bodytime1970      Date posted: November 3, 2014

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Vitamin E oil is an extremely concentrated topical treatment with a syrupy consistency. If you scan the list of ingredients on your moisturizer, you’ll likely find Vitamin E oil among other butters and concentrates – but it is also a powerful moisturizing agent on its own. Here are some of our favorite uses for Vitamin E oil:

 

Cuticles

Vitamin E oil is the secret ingredient to perfect cuticles (even Oprah agrees!). Natural antioxidants found in Vitamin E oil nourish the skin and prevent signs of aging, and its moisturizing qualities form a protective barrier that keep sensitive skin healthy. A roller ball applicator is an effective and no-mess way to apply this nail treatment.

 

Scrapes, burns, and scars

When you get scraped or burned, scar tissue is the thick layer of skin that develops around the affected area. A regular application of Vitamin E oil jumpstarts the healing process and softens the tough outer layer of skin by facilitating collagen production. It lightens marks and heals scars by speeding up the regeneration process.

 

Stretch marks

Vitamin E oil promotes skin elasticity, which we associate with young, healthy-looking skin. Skin elasticity also plays a role in the development of stretch marks: stretch marks occur when the skin is stretched at quick speed, and improving skin elasticity encourages the skin to spread more easily. When used preventatively, Vitamin E oil can help prevent stretch marks.

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your Signature Scent? (Video)

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Five Ingredient Detox: DIY Lemon & Lavender Facial

By: bodytime1970      Date posted: October 6, 2014

photo 2In most cities around the US, October means cooler temps and crisper air. In the Bay Area, we celebrate gourd season amidst an Indian summer – and this year has been as hot as ever! For skin care, that means not just lapping on sunscreen, but also fighting off oil that develops when heat is high.

Pores open up as a natural thermoregulatory response to heat: sweat leaves the body, which cools you off. But as this happens, toxins leave behind dirt and oil that can cause unwelcome breakouts. We’ve come up with a plant-based, DIY facial to combat the Indian Summer breakout:

What You’ll Need:

  1. Hot Water
  2. Pure Lavender Extra Essential Oil
  3. A detoxifying clay mask, such as our Montana Clay Cleansing Mask
  4. Pure Lemon Essential Oil
  5. A soft, organic, cotton washcloth

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365 Days of SPF

By: bodytime1970      Date posted: September 24, 2014

It may not be sunny, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need sunscreen.

For years, we just worried about sunburn, and that made sunscreen a “summer thing”. But thanks to recent research, we have wised up to the damaging, long wavelength UVA rays that cause premature aging of the skin. (Check out this post on UVA and UVB rays for a refresher course on your sunscreen label.) Contrary to how it feels, your skin is exposed to ultraviolet radiation even during colder weather. Even if it doesn’t feel “bright” outside, it’s important to remember that wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen is necessary 365 days per year. Here’s why:

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De-Coding Your SPF

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UVA, UVB, SPF: there are so many abbreviations on sunscreen labels that it can be difficult to tell which products effectively help prevent sunburn and shield from ultraviolet rays. Let us help you de-code your sun care product so that you can tell what you are really getting out of your sunscreen.

Preventing Sunburn

Let’s start with the first thing that you look at when you pick up a new sunscreen product: the SPF.

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Why Can’t You Smell Your Own Perfume?

By: bodytime1970      Date posted: September 10, 2014

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New York Magazine recently posted an article about why you can’t smell your own home. When you walk into the office on Monday morning it smells familiar, and if you get a whiff of something particular, it takes you back to your childhood friend’s house. But when you walk into your own home, or smell your own clothes, and they smell like… nothing.

Scientist Pamela Dalton has spent years studying the phenomenon of getting used to smells, and recent science suggests that our inability to smell what’s habitual is actually an evolutionary advantage: becoming desensitized to everyday smells allows us to detect even the slightest change in our environment.

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Eye Cream Guide

By: bodytime1970      Date posted: September 5, 2014

When it comes to eye treatments, finding your perfect match can be difficult.

At Body Time, we carry two products that, while they work best when paired together, target very different eye area issues. Generally, we’ll recommend the anti-inflammatory Gotu Kola Eye and Face Gel to those who suffer from morning puffiness. For those who wish to eliminate or prevent fine lines and wrinkles, we’ll recommend our refining Samphire Anti-Puff Eye Cream.

But we also know that when it comes to eye creams, everything doesn’t work for everybody, and you know your skin better than anyone else. Read More…

China Rain: Our Favorite Mistake

By: bodytime1970      Date posted: July 27, 2014

In the early days of Body Time, when we were called The Body Shop, drums of A, D & E and gallons of perfume oils were kept in the back of each store, and staff members tapped kegs of body products, filling customers’ bottles on demand. Precise recipes and instructions for blending were etched into notebooks so that perfumers could mix large batches of oils on site before pouring them into the pipettes that are a staple of the store even today.

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Perfume Lab: Citrus and Top Notes  

By: bodytime1970      Date posted: July 13, 2014

241874500_d85749335b_oA first impression is an attraction that taps into your instincts. It helps you decide if you want to dig deeper and find out more. In perfumery, the fleck of spice, floral, or citrus that hits your nose on your first inhale is critical. If what you sense is enticing, you’re hooked; but if it’s too strong, you’re immediately turned off.  For a perfume maker, the stakes are high.

Balance

A complex perfume is a variety of competing scents. The first impression comes from the top note: that is the scent that reveals itself first. But the top note is also the first to fade, making way to the middle and base notes that define the perfume. When designing a fragrance, the citrus family of oils is a great place to turn for a top note. A few drops of tart, zesty citrus can pull together families of green, floral, woody, and spicy cents, and can lighten up an otherwise overwhelming complexity of deeper and lower notes.

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