Saturday, May 23, 2009

Coffee Espresso Soap and Coffee Culture

The caffeine culture

The aroma of freshly brewed coffee, mixed in with a rich scent of pure Hawaiian Kona coffee and a blend of wonderful oils

Caffeine has been used by humans in various forms for thousands of years to promote wakefulness, mental clarity, and social interaction. It is a compound (xanthine alkaloid) found naturally in many plants, primarily coffee beans and leaves, tea leaves, yerba maté, guaraná berries, Yaupon holly, and the kola nut.

Ninety percent of Americans (including children) consume caffeine every day. It is everywhere. Coffee, teas, chocolate, blended smoothies, power and energy drinks — even enhanced waters! Starbuck’s has revolutionized caffeine use by ensuring that wherever its customers go in the world a consistently good cup of coffee and pleasant atmosphere await them. And Dunkin’ Donuts’ new campaign tells us that “America runs on Dunkin’” — and its high-sugar, high-fat Coffee Coolattas. (A small Coolatta contains 22 grams of fat, 14 of them saturated. A large has 28 grams of saturated fat, 700 calories, and 25 teaspoons of sugar.)

If you are having trouble with the idea of giving up your daily caffeine, you have good reason. Caffeine is addictive on many levels, not the least being its role in social, historical, commercial and private ritual. If you’re not sure whether or not you are addicted, take our quiz and find out.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

The best things you can do for your skin

By Dr. Victor Ventura, For The Brazilian O Globo newspaper.

Brazil is one of the world's harshest places when it comes to skin. But because we love to live here, we need to learn the skills to live comfortably and safely in our own skin.
The basics for skin care are the easiest way to start. Naturally, a good diet, exercise and adequate sleep

But beyond those key factors, the best thing you can do for your skin is to protect it, which means combating the effects of your environment with a proper natural handcrafted soap made like old fashioned times

When you're young, your skin can recuperate from almost any insult you throw at it. As you age, however, your skin loses its elasticity and ability to recover from damage. The earlier you take action to care for your skin, the more damage you will be able to prevent. You may even be able to reverse what has already occurred.

That's why it's important to understand the state your skin is in now, anticipate where it is going and have a five-year goal.

Your skin is your interface with the world, and your barrier to outside influences. It acts as a protective film that keeps the outside out, and the inside in. Because you are exposed to so many factors in your environment, a cleanser is an important and very simple part of daily care.

Start your day washing your face with a nice Greek oil soap

For everyone who wants to look great, the only route is consistency and attention to skin management. "Wash-and-wear" eventually looks worn. You can ignore your skin, but time won't.

Rain Forest Copaiba with Cocoa Butter and Tree Leaves is a choice for antiaging skin

It has been used for years by Brazilian women to enhance their exotic, tropical beauty, and in recent years American woman are discovering these secrets can help them look young and fresh. It cleans and moisturizes.

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Natural News

-->(NaturalNews) The next time you walk down the soap aisle at your favorite store enjoying the fresh, clean scents and the bright colorful packaging, pay attention. Look at the labels. The vast majority of the products on the shelf don't say 'soap' on their labels. They might be called beauty bars, moisturizing bars, or body bars, but not soap. That's because these bars aren't actually soap and can't legally claim to be; they're detergents. CHECK THOSE SOAPS THE REAL 100% PURE NATURAL HANDMADE

The manufacturers have removed most of the 'good' stuff that occurs in the soap making process, and replaced it with synthetic lathering agents and harsh chemicals. These cheap, plentiful detergent bars are not only bad for your skin, but they're also bad for the planet, too.What's so bad about it?Commercial soap manufacturers make it a practice to remove the glycerine that is produced during the saponification (soap-making) process. The glycerine is a highly profitable substance, often sold to other companies who use it to make lotions and moisturizers, which your skin, now dried out from the harsh detergent 'soap,' desperately needs.Most commercially produced bars contain synthetic lathering agents, artificial colors, and a slew of chemicals we can't even pronounce. Antibacterial and antimicrobial soaps often contain triclosan. Triclosan is a toxic chemical that is known to cause cancer. According to the National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides (NCAMP), manufacturers of a number of triclosan-containing products claim that the active ingredient continues to work for as long as 12 hours after use. Consumers are, therefore, exposed to triclosan for much longer than the 20 seconds it takes to wash their hands or face.Always remember that your skin is porous and absorbent. It absorbs whatever it comes in contact with, much the same as sticking something in your mouth. Chronic use of chemical laden products will cause the body to store the chemicals in the body fat or even in the brain. With enough accumulations of toxins in the body, illness can occur.These nasty chemicals and toxins are now finding their way into our eco-system. Every time that lather goes down the drain, those pollutants are going with it. A recent report by the UK's Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) revealed that synthetic chemicals from soap, body washes, shampoos and other healthcare products were sneaking through the filters at water purification plants. The list of offenders included phthalates, which are linked to reproductive disorders in both humans and animals, and parabens, a preservative, which links to cancer.

What's the alternative?All natural, organic, handmade soap. There are several small businesses selling extremely high quality, all natural, organic soap - yes real soap. Sure, these soap bars generally cost more than the detergent bars you'll find at Wal-Mart. But the difference is these soap bars are actually good for your skin, and are good for the planet.Choosing the right soapJust because it's handmade doesn't mean it's good for you, however. You need to understand a few things about the soapmaking process to know what to look for.There are basically three ways to make soap. One common way is called "melt and pour" soap. There are even melt and pour kits you can buy to make cute soap shapes with your kids. These are generally glycerine based transparent soaps. They're not as harmful (usually) as the commercial bars, but they're not what we're looking for here.The other two methods are "hot process" and "cold process." The hot process method utilizes heat after the saponification process has taken place, while the cold process method does not. The cold process method takes the most time, but is undoubtedly the best method for producing the highest quality soaps.Now, we need to discuss the ingredients. Cold process soap bars are made using a combination of oils or fats and lye. Lye sounds a little scary, but all the caustic qualities of the lye are removed during the saponification process. When the lye interacts with the oils or fats, it creates glycerine. The type of oils and fats used make a difference in how hard or soft the soap bar ends up being, and how well it lathers.With handmade soaps, just like with commercially manufactured bars, you need to read the labels. You want to find soaps that use only pure, organic oils or fats. If plants are used in the bars (many bars incorporate seeds and petals from various plants) they should be certified organic. Avoid any bars that use artificial colors or fragrances. These are synthetic chemicals and you don't want them on your skin or going down your drain. If you want a colored or scented soap bar, look for one that uses organic essential oils and natural, organic colorants.Another nice ingredient to find in your soaps is Bentonite clay. Bentonite clay is often used to increase lather in soap bars. It has the added benefit of being a natural detoxifier. Bentonite clay binds with and removes toxins from your body, and it's extremely eco-friendly.To sum it up, the best soap for your skin and our planet is a handmade, organic, all natural cold process soap bar. Once you've tried one of these lathery treasures, you'll never again be satisfied with 'store-bought' bars. So do yourself and your world a big favor and start using REAL soap.