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Get to Know: Mica Minerals
The ever growing world of mica minerals in natural beauty regimes are popular for good reasons. They are used to add color and luster to our cosmetics, as well as natural body care products like toothpaste.
Mica is a mineral name given to a group of minerals that are physically and chemically similar, often found in layers of rock. In fact, the term mica has become so well known, it is often considered a mineral of its own, when that isn’t quite the case. Mica minerals actually refers to a group of about 30 minerals in the class phyllosilicates. Micas are significant rock forming minerals found in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rock. Interesting note, the silicate sheets are composed of interconnected six membered rings. These rings are responsible for the micas typical six sided hexagonal symmetry, in which in ring shares three of their oxygens with three others. Actually, the mica minerals are similar to clay minerals, with the difference being clay includes other layers between silicate layers.
In cosmetics, we see why the word mica means “to glitter,” in their lovely and vibrant colors and the minerals ability to reflect light. But not all mica minerals are necessarily safe to use, so do your research. We find mica minerals are sometimes used in animal testing (not ours of course, we looked into it!). IN additional, although mica minerals are all natural, they are often synthetically created to be replicas of their natural occurring counterparts. Sometimes in the manufacturing product, you end up with the addition of heavy metal compound like bismuth oxychloride, which is used to create a white pigment . Although FDA approved, naturalists commonly recommended avoiding this compound as there still seems to be some questioning regarding its safety. It is at least, often found to be an irritant. In addition, just because it is mineral make up, doesn't mean it is all natural. Micas are often the carrier of artificial colors, so watch our for your dyes. Kainat Beauty carefully selects minerals that are safe for eyes and lips, and have no artificial colors added.
Here is a list of cosmetics from Forest for Women that contain bismuth oxychloride. Of course, as always, we recommend you do your own research and know how to read your ingredient labels so you can make your own choice about what is right for your body.
- Glo Minerals
- Bareminerals (Don't fall for the rumor that they removed bismuth from their formula)
- Clinique (including High Impact Mascara)
- Philosophy (found in Airbrushed Canvas)
- Sonia Kashuk
- Estee Lauder
- Sheer Cover
- Bobbi Brown
- L'Oreal (Most toxic)
- Makeup Forever
Art Cards United: A Inspiring Local Story
Part of an ongoing series, we have been bringing you stories of local artist and entrepreneurs that inspire us with their stories. This month, we would like to introduce you to Angela Taylor.
Angela is a survivor of both epilepsy and brain surgery. As a teen life was hard, but what kept her going were the arts. There were good things, and bad things about the arts like with anything. The good outweighed the bad though, and gave her reasons to get up each day.
After waking up from surgery her left side was temporarily paralyzed. Surprising everyone including herself she did what rehearsals taught her to do. She was repetitive and due to this relearned to walk, talk, eat, etc. This experience taught her how much of a blessing life is.
The artists that she worked with and met inspire her even today. Due to her health, she turned to visual arts in 2004.
She had her first show "TurnOfMind" with artist Mary Atkins in Savannah, GA.
There she sold her first painting and was published in an article written by Lynnette Spratley.
She also sold her first self-portrait in the “I Have Marks to Make show” held at the Telfair Museum in 2005. Angela was in the I Have Marks to Make show every year since that time.
Painting became very therapeutic for her. Painting and giving it away, helped her learn to let go. Helping others gives her so much satisfaction, that it helps her in return.
Over the years she has donated art to the United Way, Tybee Arts Association, Interfaith Hospitality Network, The American Legion Auxiliary, The Savannah Children’s Theatre, American Diabetes Association, Hospice, Young Survival Coalition and many more!
She became a contributing writer and editor for ACEO Magazine on July1st of 2007.
She had her first solo show held at the Jewish Educational Alliance in on Feb 4-29th of 2008.
Seeing how little this inspired others, she turned back to donating and created “Touch and See” (a feel for the arts) in 2010. She also owned ACEO Magazine by this time and decided to give others the opportunity to feel the reward found from giving as well.
Having been bothered by the feud between ATC artists and ACEO artists, Angela created Art Cards United in March of 2014. Giving each artist the opportunity to choose for themselves if they trade or sell and how much they sell for. While giving them the chance to donate and help others as she does.
ArtCardsUnited motivates Angela to get going each day and not dwell on negative things in her life. Seeing others motivated to create gives Angela a satisfaction that can’t be put into words. ArtCardsUnited is also a constant reminder not to give up, and that you can too. Due to that ArtCardsUnited is Angela's love, giving others the opportunity to create awareness and help as she does with AngelasArtArea™.
Most of the artists in ArtCardsUnited are female. Angela is proud to stand up for the right women have to create art!
ArtCardsUnited is a place where artists from around the globe have the freedom to sell, trade, and set their own prices on their 2.5” X 3.5”art cards. ArtCardsUnited is sponsored by AngelasArtArea™ and due to that creates awareness of many different issues. ArtCardsUnited does have some male members, but mainly helps women in the arts. Due to the owner being female, disabled, and bi-sexual these are some of the things ArtCardsUnited stands up for.
If you wish to have political conversations respectfully we ask you to find a political group that does so. ArtCardsUnited is mainly about art and wishes to bring joy to the world through art.
The ACU fan page is: https://www.facebook.com/Artcardsunited/
The ACU Instagram page is: https://www.instagram.com/artcardsunited/
The ACU Twitter page is: https://twitter.com/ArtCardsUnited
AngelasArtArea fan page is: https://www.facebook.com/AngelasArtArea/
AngelasArtArea Instagram page is: https://www.instagram.com/angelasartarea/
AngelasArtArea Twitter page is: https://twitter.com/AngelasArtArea
To learn more go to: www.angelasartarea.com
If you would like to volunteer your services, which would look good on any resume! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
All visual artists and musicians want an opportunity to be published? You got one! Want an opportunity for your music to be featured in a video you got one! Need details on how contact: email@example.com
Holiday shopping seems to come earlier and earlier each year. Although the spirit can be fun it can also be overwhelming. With advertisements aimed at you at every turn, and the newest and hottest items beckoning you patronage, we wanted to give you a few pointers in making responsible holiday purchases.
1. Packaging Adds Up
While many consumer products are released as holiday gift sets, pay attention to the amount of plastic and wrapping used for these items. If you plan to make your own gift baskets or wrap the gifts anyway, the pre-made sets often add unnecessary waste, not to mention are more expensive. Keep an eye out for sustainably packaged products (like cardboard or glass), or find creative ways to wrap items that re-use what would otherwise be waste.
Try using nature to decorate and wrap gifts instead of plastic
2. Buy from Local, Regional, National
The convenience of the box stores can make holiday shopping a breeze. Keep in mind that many of these stores may not offer affordable wages or decent benefits to their employees. Also, items in these shops may be cheaper, but the products they purchase are often made over seas, sometimes in unfair labor conditions. That extra dollar or two you might spend at a small business, local shop, or from and artisan can go a lot further in making holidays bright for your loved ones and your communities. In the spirit of giving, think about how what you are giving affects others. Make a friend’s day of shopping at small businesses instead of the mall, or try ordering from an online shop like Etsy.
3. Buy Natural, Organic or Sustainable
When you can, purchase natural and organic products. These products are beneficial for two reason. One, you can be confident you aren’t giving a gift with potentially harmful side effects. Equally as important, sustainably sourced ingredients tend to be better on the environment than chemicals, when managed properly. As advocated of honey bees, we use as many organic ingredients as we can, to discourage the use of pesticides on crops. There are a number of ways sustainable products and companies benefit the environment and communities alike. If you are concerned about cost, we like to offer the opportunity to purchase our products in bulk at wholesale prices (password is Motivation). This is perfect for small gifts for friends, professionals and family. It won’t break the bank, and you will be supporting a company that uses green packaging and 100% natural ingredients.
Essential oils have been around for centuries, but only in the past few years have we really seen them take off. We’re seeing tons of people implement them into their daily routines (shoutout to natural beauty bloggers and Instagram!) because they have truly amazing benefits on not only your skin, but your overall health. From balancing out your complexion to balancing out your immune system, whatever your problem area is there is an essential oil out there to mend it.
1. Calm split ends
Ends frizzy and fried from the summer? Instead of using a deep conditioner that will weigh down your locks, reach for some argan oil. The fatty acids plump up your ends and give your hair a natural shine.
Trying to grow out hair for the fall? Use our Healthy Hair Growth Blend to help stimulate the follicle and encourage hair growth. Made with a combination of lavender, rosemary and mint essential oils.
2. Even out skin
Over the counter face washes are packed with chemicals that can cause skin irritation. To even out skin and give you that amazing glow, add rose hip oil and jasmine oil to your daily routine.
3. Lighten lingering dark spots
Products that promise to lighten up pesky dark spots can get pretty pricey and are harsh on the skin. Sweet almond oil is an inexpensive alternative to even out skin tone and lighten up those tough dark spots. Works as the perfect natural exfoliant as well!
4. Brighten your smile
Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to make homemade or store bought natural toothpastes taste a little bit more bearable!
5. Energize your spirit
When the week seems to be dragging on, try our Energizing Essential Oil Blend to give you that extra boost you need to get you through the week. If you really can’t shake that awful Monday feeling, stimulate and boost your immune system with our Immune System Boost Essential Oil Blend.
Are you concerned about the hidden chemicals in typical drugstore beauty products? Do you have sensitive skin? Prone to breakouts? Passionate about the environment and sustainability? Yes to any or all of these might mean you’re ready to start implementing natural or “green” products into your daily beauty routine.
How To Go Green With Your Beauty Routine
In terms of beauty products, we’d like to consider green products those that utilize organic formulas and are chemical free. Typically with these products, you get what you pay for in the actual product and not in the packaging. And the cleaner manufacturing of these products makes for a cleaner Earth and a healthier you!
3 Easy Steps To A Green Routine
Know Your Products
Going green in your beauty routine may seem like a daunting task. But the truth is, becoming aware of the products you’re buying regularly and the impact they have on the environment and your skin is more than half of it! You don’t have to completely trash the routine you have now, but a great first step is checking out the labels on the products you use most frequently.
There’s tons of sources out there that will tell you which ingredients to stay away from and which ones to live by. But everyone reacts differently to different ingredients. An ingredient that causes an issue for one person might not necessarily cause an issue for you.
However, there are 5 known chemicals, commonly found in some drugstore brands, that are proven to be harmful. These ingredients are: DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), TEA (triethanolamine), SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate). Make sure to eliminate products containing any of these ingredients from your beauty routine.
When beginning to implement green products into your routine, start with the products that cover big portions of your body like soaps, body washes, lotions, sunscreens etc. Finding green alternatives to these staples will account for a large part of your routine and reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals.
Also, as a rule of thumb—buy less and use less. Today, in our consumer-driven society it’s almost impossible for us to feel content with what we have at this very moment. But, I challenge you see the products you invest in all the way through, use them as directed (dime size amount...cough, cough!!), and only buy when it’s a necessity.
Recycle The Evidence
When you finish that jug of milk in your fridge, what’s the first thing you do? Rinse it out and recycle it! It baffles me that so many people have not developed the same recycling habits with beauty product containers. Whether the products—and the containers they come in—are green or not, the least you can do is rinse them out and throw them in the recycling with all of your takeout containers.
Whether you’re washing your hair once a day, or once a month, it seems like everyone has their opinions on what’s ‘right’ and what’s ‘wrong’. The truth is, it’s completely up to you to decide how often you wash your hair, and it greatly depends on the type of hair you have. There’s no magic number—in fact, you should always listen to your gut and wash when you start to feel uncomfortable with it.
The No ‘Poo Method
Some studies have suggested that over-shampooing your hair could strip your scalp of its natural oils, leaving it dry and damaged. The popularity of these findings has taken the internet by storm and prompted many men and women to take up the “No ‘Poo Method”. Though many have raved about the results and benefits, it may not be the best option for all hair types. Recently, another study surfaced claiming that the build up of natural oils between long periods of not washing can also lead to a dry, scaly scalp. With these conflicting arguments floating around it’s in your—and your scalps—best interest to stick to a routine that feels right to you.
You know your hair and scalp better than anyone else, that’s why the way it looks and feels to you is what matters the most. If you’re not happy with your current routine, freshen up your look by trying out an alternative. Always give yourself a couple of washes to notice the benefits of a new routine.
Kainat Beauty All Natural Shampoo Bar - $7
This long-lasting bar is an easy transition into natural shampooing as it cleanses and moisturizes, without all the harsh chemicals and additives. It’ll leave your hair shiny and your scalp happy!
Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo - $22
Whether you’re transitioning into the No ‘Poo Method or just need a little pick-me-up in between washes, dry shampoo can be your perfect sidekick. Simply spray where you see unwanted grime, let sit and brush through. This one smells amazing!
Soda & Vinegar Shampoo - DIY
To fight grease and grime without all of the harsh chemicals, create your own shampoo at home by mixing 1tbs baking soda and 1.5c water. Finish by rinsing with a mixture of 2tbs apple cider vinegar and 1.5c water.
Coconut Milk Shampoo - DIY
Coconut is naturally hydrating and fills your hair and scalp up with healthy proteins. You can find tons of coconut milk shampoo recipes online like this one, here. Incorporated once or twice a week into your routine can really give dry hair the extra hydration it needs!