Parabens were once the go to ingredient in beauty products and toothpaste to act as a preservative. Even “all natural” products included parabens in the ingredients list. What was once a commonplace thing to see in a product, is now very controversial. Although nothing has been proven, parabens have been linked to cancer. There is no direct evidence, but this once popular preservative has been found in a small sample of breast tumors. Parabens also were found to mimic estrogen, and has been linked to early puberty in girls. With this information out in the open, many companies dropped this chemical from their ingredient list. The skin care company Pevonia dropped parabens as soon as the controversy broke out some years ago. Other products, such as Yonka, only very recently dropped parabens as the preservative in their products. There is now new evidence that methylparabens may react with UVB rays may actually INCREASE skin aging and DNA damage! The exact opposite of what we hope our beauty products will do for us.
Other companies, such as Kari Gran Skin Care, has never used parabens, or any other preservative for that matter. This new idea, that products are not mass made, but rather hand poured in small batches for freshness has taken on a new popularity with people who would rather not take chances. If there is a link to cancer, many have decided, why gamble?
Here is a great blog about our opening! http://www.nestseattle.com/?cat=1 by Nest, created by interior design goddess Sarah Eizen.
Our new studio on Queen Anne is also a fine art photography gallery. Starting on November 19th, 2012, we will be featuring the photographic works of Jay Defehr and Thomas Schworer. Here is Jay’s website http://www.jaydefehrportraits.com/
Find us at 614 West McGraw Street on Queen Anne Hill inside Stacya Silverman Art & Beauty.
Who knew your hair could start out straight, and get curlier? I have decided to embrace my new curly hair instead of fighting it. Just got some “Free Your Mane” products, founded by a hairdresser in New York who was frustrated with the lack of products for curly hair. Love the name, FREE YOUR MANE! It sounds radical.
You can get the product at Beatrice Basnight Salon on Queen Anne (222 Florentia). Beatrice specializes in cuts for curly hair, she knows her stuff and has been in Allure Magazine.
I just got my visa bill from my trip to Paris. Ouch! It hurts me. I did buy one pair of shoes that ended up being pretty spendy. But I must remember we had our turn, back in the day, when the dollar was stronger.
I loved going to Paris for my vacation! I did something a little silly, I got a Chanel lipstick (#68) because I wanted to go into the Chanel store, and I realize I could have purchased that here. Probably would have been a lot less with the Euro what it is, and tax there. Well, there is something to be said for paying a tad extra for an experience!
I think everyone should have a fab photo of their mother, and this is the one I adore. Happy Mother’s Day!
One of the things most people don’t think about when getting a haircut is the scissors the hairdresser uses. Beatrice Basnight, Seattle based beautician, says it is very important to keep your scissors super sharp.
Love this gorgeous photo taken by Gnaomi Siemes of a pair in New York.
There are so many flowers blooming here in Seattle! It is so beautiful. We also updated our website www.beautyalert.biz
When I travel, I get empty jars to transfer my full size beauty products. These little jars are perfect for the zip lock baggie/3 ounce rule, and I use a Beauty Alert! label to write what I just put into the jar. Otherwise, I have to say, my face cream and hair conditioner look a lot alike. These little jars can be found at beauty supply shops.