Is Lip Balm Addictive?

Is Lip Balm Addictive?

We hear “I’m addicted to my lip balm” all the time. But is that “addiction” real, or is it all in our heads?


It turns out that some lip balms are “addictive” in the sense that they contain ingredients which actually dry your lips out. So, you apply the lip balm, your lips dry out because of the balm, and then you apply more.


In order to avoid addictive lip balms, examine the ingredient list for drying additives like:

  • Camphor
  • Fragrance
  • Glycerin
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Menthol
  • Salicylic acid
All of the above ingredients make your lip balm “addictive” by failing to moisturize your lips. That’s why we don’t include them in our shea butter enriched lip balm here at Sage Stone Botanicals.  Read more  
Soothe Your Dry Skin this Summer

Soothe Your Dry Skin this Summer

Dry skin can be frustrating and uncomfortable all year round, but between drying air conditioning and hot sun, summer can be particularly tough on skin. Even those who usually have oily skin can get suffer from dryness or calluses in the summertime.

Five Summertime Skincare Tips

It can be hard to combat dry skin in summer, because we are not only feeling dry, but we are sweating, using drying products like sunscreen, and spending time in chlorinated water.


Here are five ways you can soothe your dry skin during the summertime:


1. Hydrate throughout the day

Not only should you drink the recommended ½ gallon of water a day, you can hydrate with juicy fruits and veggies, and iced tea. Additionally, using hydrating soaps and lotions can help keep you feeling fresh all day long.


2. Use lotion even if you’re applying sunscreen

Sunscreen is a great protection, but it’s often really drying. Use your deep moisturizing lotion, let it dry, and then apply sunscreen to keep your skin both protected and moisturized.


3. Take advantage of soothing essential oils

There are many essential oils that can benefit your skin, providing additional nourishment. These include lavender, frankincense, myrrh, rose, and jasmine.  


4. Wash off chlorine as soon as possible

If you’ve been in the pool, it’s important to get that chlorinated water off of your skin as soon as possible. Chlorine is extremely drying and can ultimately damage your skin and hair.


5. Apply cream on your feet, hands, and any other dry spots before bed

One soothing and hydrating pre-bedtime routine is applying lotion to your dry spots before bed. This allows the cream to sink in and sooth those dry spots effectively overnight.


We hope you treat your skin right this summer! If you are looking for hydrating soaps and deep moisturizing lotions, you’ve come to the right place. Click here to try our organic, handmade skincare products. Read more  
Five Amazing Features of Aloe Vera

Five Amazing Features of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a commonly used remedy for sunburns, but did you know that you can use this medicinal plant for many other skin issues? The goopy interior of aloe vera has been used to combat acne, psoriasis, dermatitis, and many other skin conditions for hundreds of years. It’s also been used internally, as people drink the juice of aloe vera to combat dehydration and constipation while improving liver function.

What’s in aloe vera?

With aloe vera benefitting skin and organ health, you may wonder what is inside this succulent that is so beneficial?


Aloe is packed with all kinds of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes including:

  • Vitamins A, B12, C, E, and folic acid.
  • Enzymes like aliiase, alkaline phosphatase, amylase, bradykinase, carboxypeptidase, catalase, cellulase, lipase, and peroxidase.
  • The minerals calcium, chromium, copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, selenium, sodium, and zinc.
  • The nutrient choline
  • Essential fatty acids
  • The hormones auxins and gibberellins

These nutrients have several functions, including the reduction of inflammation, antibacterial and antiviral effects, neutralizing free radicals, and more.

Five ways you can use aloe vera

Aloe vera is commonly seen either as a gel, a juice, or as an ingredient in skincare products like those you’ll find here at Sage Stone Botanicals.


1. After-sun care. You have probably used aloe vera to help ease discomfort caused by sunburn, but you don’t have to wait for damage to set in to apply aloe. Just put some aloe cream or gel on your skin after you’ve been exposed to the sun.


2. Treating rashes. Aloe gel is naturally anti-inflammatory and antibiotic so it can be used to soothe rashes or skin discomforts caused by allergies, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis.


3. Soothing insect bites. Insect bites or bee stings can be helped with a little aloe vera. One great way to give extra relief to a painful area is to make aloe gel ice cubes and apply them to the affected area.


4. Moisturizer. Aloe vera is a fantastic moisturizer. If you have dry or cracked skin or calluses, try applying aloe vera or a product containing aloe to the area.


5. Shaping your brow. Aloe is a pretty strong gel, so you can use it as a natural brow gel - highlighting your eyes and soothing your skin in one product.


Are you ready to soothe your skin with aloe vera? Try our handmade products right here at Sage Stone Botanicals! Read more  
Five Ways Shea Butter Smooths Your Skin

Five Ways Shea Butter Smooths Your Skin

Natural ingredients are often better for your skin, nails, and hair - just as whole foods are better for fueling your body. However, there are many unique ingredients that are often found in skincare products which "everyone knows" are good for your skin - but most people don't understand why. Commonly used botanicals like shea butter, cocoa butter, or jojoba are among these mystery ingredients.  Read more  

How to Keep Your New Year’s Health Resolutions

How to Keep Your New Year’s Health Resolutions


As we look forward to 2018, we consider new year’s resolutions! The most common resolution every single year is to get healthy/fit. Unfortunately, many of those making this resolution have made it year after year. So, as 2017 comes to a close, we wanted to give you a few ideas of how to keep this resolution in the new year.


How to Keep Your Health Resolution

Getting healthy in the new year can mean a lot more than just losing some weight. Here are some ideas for keeping your health resolutions:


Define your resolution. Make sure your resolution is closely defined. A general “get fit” resolution can be difficult to keep.


Think about all the things that make you healthy. Getting healthy for the new year can mean different things to different people. It may involve going to the gym more often, eating more salads, or buying organic.


Make small, attainable goals. Many people become over ambitious when they write their resolutions. They say things like “I will go to the gym every day this year.” And then, when they have to miss the gym one day, their entire resolution is a failure. Instead, set a goal like “I will do 30 minutes of exercise three times a week.” So, if you miss a day at the gym or you have to exercise at home, you haven’t failed your goal.


Consider your health from the outside in. Your skin is your largest organ and you absorb chemicals, vitamins, minerals, and more through it. So, consider what you put on your skin along with what you put inside your body.


Have you made health resolutions this year? Let us help! Try organic Sagestone Botanicals products for your skin’s health. Read more  
Are You Traveling This Season? Bring All-Purpose Soap

Are You Traveling This Season? Bring All-Purpose Soap


Travel can be both delightful and difficult. On the one hand, you are heading to a wonderful destination, on the other, you have to spend lots of time on the road or in a plane. Travel can be uncomfortable and may expose you to germs - which are particularly abundant now in the cold and flu season.


That’s why we recommend traveling with some of your favorite organic, all-purpose soap. Often, people travel with hand sanitizers, drying out their skin. Additionally, many hand sanitizers have triclosan which is under investigation as it may be bad for human health. Finally, the Food and Drug Administration has found that hand sanitizers are not better than plain soap and water.


With the Sagestone Botanicals organic hand and body wash, you are traveling with soaps that won’t dry out your hands and which are effective in helping to prevent illness. Additionally, because our soaps are all-purpose, you can use them to wash your clothes, clean dishes, and even be used as shampoo in a pinch.


Try our all-purpose soap for yourself! It’s safe for people with dry and sensitive skin. Read more  
How to Prepare Your Feet for a Summer Pedicure

How to Prepare Your Feet for a Summer Pedicure

Whether you do your pedicures at home or you head to the salon to get your toes in shape, your feet have been stuck in winter boots and shoes for months. It’s time for a little self-care! That’s why we’ve written this short “how to” on getting your feet ready for the spring and summer weather - meaning ready for open-toe shoes and a little more exposure to the elements. Not only do you want you toes looking pretty, but you also want your feet protected and comfortable in all types of shoes.

 

How to Prepare Your Feet for the Summer

 

You will need:

A bowl or tub

Epsom salts

Pumice stone

Soap (we recommend Sage Stone Botanicals Peppermint Hand & Body Wash)

Your favorite Hand and Heel Creme

 

Optional:

Sugar

Coconut oil

Your favorite essential oil (we recommend peppermint)

Orangewood sticks

 

1. Soak your feet. Whether you have a fancy foot tub, you have a bathtub, or you just have a few deep bowls, it’s time to give your feet a bit of TLC. Fill your tub or bowl with warm - almost hot water and pour in some Epsom salts. You can make a homemade sugar scrub with 2 parts coconut oil and 1 part brown sugar along with a drop or two of essential oils, too!

 

2. Scrub your feet. Use a pumice stone to scrub your heels along with any calluses. Then use your favorite scrub or soap to get the rest of your feet sudsy and clean

 

3. Dry your feet and give them a deep moisturizing treatment. Massage in the Hand and Heel Creme of your choice, giving your cuticles particular attention. If your cuticles are creeping up onto your nail, you may want to push it back with an orangewood stick.

 

You will likely want to repeat this process a few times, as it will take more than one scrub to make your feet smooth and soft.

 

4. Moisturize in between soaks as well. While you’re giving your feet the royal treatment, be sure to moisturize after your daily shower or bath as well. This will give any cracks or extreme dryness time to heel.

 

5. If you’re planning an at-home pedi, cut your toenails straight across instead of rounding them. Nails cut at an angle can create an ingrown toenail. Then, pick out your favorite nail polish and enjoy!

 

We hope you enjoy the upcoming sunshiny season!


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Ten Commonly Used Skincare Chemicals that You Should Avoid

Ten Commonly Used Skincare Chemicals that You Should Avoid

Here at Sage Stone Botanicals, we use organic and natural ingredients in every product. We do this by making each product by hand in small batches. That’s also how we are able to avoid adding unnecessary and toxic chemicals to our products.

 

Unfortunately, not every skin care company keeps things as natural as we do. Here are ten toxic chemicals that you will find in everyday skincare and body care products:

 

1. Coal Tar

This ingredient is banned in Europe but is still used here in North America.

 

2. Formaldehyde

Often used as a preservative in hair dye, shampoos, and eyelash adhesives, this ingredient is an irritant and a possible carcinogen.

 

3. Fragrance/Parfum

Many people have an allergic reaction to Fragrance in products. If you have gotten a rash from Fragrance in one product, but not in another, it’s because this term is a catchall for a number of chemicals.

 

4. Mercury

Used in some makeup products, mercury is a toxic chemical and an allergen.

 

5. Parabens  

Many of us are on the lookout for parabens these days. They have been linked to breast cancer and tumors.

 

6. Phthalates

This group of chemicals is often found both in makeup and in personal care products like perfume or lotions. This is another chemical that has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer - as well as reproductive birth defects.

 

7. Propylene glycol

Unfortunately, this alcohol has been connected with skin conditions like dermatitis and allergic reactions like hives. It’s found in a variety of products, from sunscreen to shampoo.

 

8. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or (SLES)

While SLS’s are an irritant on their own, they react poorly to being combined with other chemicals. Different combinations of SLS and additional chemicals can form a carcinogen and can cause kidney or respiratory damage.

 

9. Toluene

This ingredient is derived from petroleum or coal tar and is a potent solvent. It can affect your respiratory system and may even cause developmental damage when used by expectant moms.

 

10. Triclosan

This is an antimicrobial chemical that not only inhibits microbial growth but also disrupts the endocrine system. Studies have also indicated that it may contribute to the formation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

 

Be sure to check out the ingredients list of any skincare, haircare, or body care products you are planning to buy before making your purchase. Avoiding these chemicals can not only keep you and your family healthy - it can benefit your local lakes, rivers, and streams!

 

Are you looking for all-natural skincare options? Look no further! We have you covered with our body lotions, all-purpose soaps, lip balms, and organic bug repellent!

 


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What Does Vitamin E Do for Your Skin?

What Does Vitamin E Do for Your Skin?

Many of us not only take Vitamin E as a supplement, but we make sure to use this effective ingredient on our skin. This makes a lot of sense - since your skin is your largest organ in your body. Besides feeding your skin the nutrients it needs to feel healthy, there are many reasons we care for our skin. You may be hoping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, to ease symptoms of skin conditions like eczema, or to get comfortable. Whatever reasons for taking special care of your skin, Vitamin E is likely to benefit your mission.

 

Why Does Vitamin E Benefit Skin Health?

Vitamin E is an antioxidant. This means that this vitamin works to prevent or halt cell damage. Though we consume antioxidants every day in our morning cup of Joe, in fruits and veggies, and even in our favorite chocolates, applying an antioxidant directly to a damaged area can focus its benefits and provide specific regions of your skin with a needed boost.

 

While working to halt cell damage, Vitamin E is also considered an anti-inflammatory. This means that it can help soothe flare-ups of common skin ailments like rashes and eczema.

 

What Skin Issues Can Vitamin E Help With?

 

There are many skin complaints and difficulties that a diet and skincare regimen rich in Vitamin E can help with. These include:

 

Rough skin

Vitamin E is a great moisturizer and can soften rough, dry skin. It’s ideal for areas that are primarily damaged like calloused heels or wind/sunburned skin.

 

Chapped lips

Your chapped lips can get extra moisture from Vitamin E.

 

Dry, cracked cuticles

Cracked, dry, or peeling cuticles are uncomfortable, to say the least. And, it’s unsanitary to clip them off! Instead of heading out to get a mani/pedi and ridding yourself of your cuticles, try rubbing some Vitamin E lotion on them.

 

Aging spots

Vitamin E’s function is to halt or prevent cell damage, so it’s an excellent support for products that work to reduce the appearance of brown aging spots.

 

Wrinkles

Wrinkles can be caused by many things including damaged or dry skin as well as skin damage. While we can’t guarantee that Vitamin E will make anyone wrinkle free, it’s certainly an excellent moisturizer and can help your skin look and feel more elastic.

 

Are you looking for vitamin rich skincare solutions? Find out more about our body lotion and hand and heel creams! Just click here.


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Five Health Benefits of Jasmine

Five Health Benefits of Jasmine

The incredible scent of jasmine is something that we don’t all get to experience in nature. These delicate white flowers bloom in spring, summer, and fall in warm, sunshiny areas. It can be tough to grow these lovely plants here in the Pacific Northwest or other northerly areas - unless you happen to have a greenhouse.

 

Fortunately, jasmine’s delightful scent has been captured in essential oils and bath and body products so that it can be enjoyed all year round.

 

Health Benefits of Jasmine Essential Oil

 

The scent of jasmine does more just delight the senses. It can provide several unexpected health benefits! Here are five ways using our jasmine products can help you, all day long:

 

1. Jasmine can work as a mood lifter, stimulating the release of mood brightening hormones like serotonin. A whiff of jasmine can bring you a burst of energy, reduce stress, and elevate your mood, making you happier and more productive throughout your day!

2. This flower has naturally antiseptic properties. Not only can jasmine essential oils be used as a topical antiseptic, it can even reduce respiratory infections and help to relieve cough symptoms when inhaled. So, just sniffing jasmine can make you feel more healthy!

 

3. It helps to improve dry, brittle, cracked, and even scarred skin. Jasmine naturally provides moisture to your skin, helping it feel smoother and more comfortable. It may also be used to reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks.

Jasmine is also often used to help soothe and ease symptoms of eczema and other uncomfortable skin conditions.


4. Because jasmine can help to relieve stress, it is often used as a sleep aid. This scent can help keep your sleep calm and restful.

 

5. Jasmine is a great option for those who suffer from spasms or cramps. If you have a cough or cold, this scent can help prevent non-productive coughing and can alleviate other spasms caused by a tough workout, menstrual cramps, and more.

 

We bet you didn’t know all of the above about jasmine! If you are hoping to benefit from this fantastic oil, naturally, don’t hesitate to enjoy our organic, handmade jasmine lotion. It’s available both as a body lotion and as our ultra moisturizing hand and heel cream.


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