Archive for May, 2014

Here is a link to my article on safer sunscreens from the current issue of EcoParent Magazine.

Page 1: safer sunscreen pdf

Page 2; safer sunscreen2 pdf

Let me know what you think or if you have any questions.

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Bring Back the Parasol!

Bring Back the Parasol!

This is the time of year everyone is looking for sunscreen and I am sadly still behind on this. It’s not as easy to get an SPF rating but I am really hoping to launch something in 2015 *fingers crossed*.

In the meantime, I want to provide a few skin sun safety  tips to help you buy your sunscreen and keep protected this summer.

1. The best coverage is staying out of the sun or limiting your time in direct sunlight. Look for shade structures, bring umbrellas to the beach, use a parasol (we need to bring this accessory back into fashion) or find a tree.

2. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face, neck and chest. It provides amazing coverage and doesn’t stop working after a few hours.

3. Find a good zinc or titanium sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. This is a non-toxic, full-spectrum (meaning it protects you from UVA and UVB rays) sunscreen that blocks the sunlight by deflecting it from your skin. Petrochemical sunscreens can be toxic, persistent and can cause inflammation on the skin. Avoid nano particle zinc or titanium though because it can penetrate compromised skin and there isn’t enough research about the effect of particles this size entering the blood stream.

4. I want you to be really careful about SPF ratings when you are using natural formulas. Often the addition of anti-inflammatory ingredients (e.g. aloe vera) are added to reverse redness and therefore it exaggerates how much coverage you are getting. SPF ratings are attained by testing the amount of time skin can be exposed to UVB rays before getting red. If you have ingredients that reverse this effect, it’s going to extend the time superficially. You will still be getting UVA rays that don’t have any indicator of overexposure until you have developed sagging skin from break down of elasticity. Just be cautious about these products and treat them like they’re SPF 15 rather than 30.

To read my full article on this subject, pick up a copy of EcoParent on Canadian newsstands now. Or visit www.ecoparent.ca for a subscription.

Feel free to share any of your favourite sunscreens below.

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I hear so many customers tell me that they can’t wait to put our products on everyday because they love the experience. I know this has something to do with how great it feels on the skin but mostly, I credit the essential oils contained in our skin care for the good vibes. They are emotional tonics that can make you feel happy, relaxed and grounded. The way this works is that your sense of smell creates neurons that move along the olfactory nerve and end in your central nervous system. From there, it is processed in different areas responsible for memory, decision-making, sleep, anxiety and emotional reactions. When you smell essential oils, which are the essences of plants, you are taking in the psychologically therapeutic properties. The difference between smelling essential oils and smelling a synthetic fragrance with similar notes is that you are inhaling something medicinal rather than inert/toxic.

Being in nature creates feelings of well-being that are associated with many sensory experiences, with smell being a huge part of it. Aromatherapy is a way of connecting to the plant realm without even leaving the house. So slather and lather on those Cocoon Apothecary products and remember to take deep inhales while you’re doing it.


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I’m a big believer that your emotions are connected to your health. I’ve witnessed it my own life and the life of others and have read many books on the subject because I find it so very fascinating.

Since I do skin care, I thought it would be interesting to post what emotions are connected to certain skin conditions according to Louise Hay, author and renowned expert on the subject. We all know that stress is one of the biggest skin agers so it makes sense that emotions can be connected to other skin issues. This doesn’t mean that if you have one of these issues, you’re guilty of having a negative emotion. There are many things that contribute to skin disorders such as diet, bad products, genetics and environmental toxins. This is just something to consider.

In general the skin is connected to protecting our individuality. Skin problems can occur from anxiety, fear and feeling threatened. Here are the more specific conditions and their emotional connection:

Acne – Not accepting self.

Blackheads – Small outbursts of anger.

Boils – Anger. Boiling over.

Eczema – Breathtaking antagonism. Mental eruptions.

Pimples – Small outbursts of anger.

Psoriasis – Fear of being hurt.

Sagging lines – Sagging thoughts. Resentment of life.

Whiteheads – Hiding perceived ugliness.


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