Osmia Organics Natural Perfume + Giveaway

Goddess Huntress | Osmia Organics PerfumeCampfire dreaming and leather. Two of my favorite scents.

Osmia Organics has taken these scents to another level.  Osmia Organics Natural Perfume in Juniper Fire smells fresh of the mountains: juniper, cedar, sandalwood, and a touch of smoke. These notes may sound heavy, but they are really light and absolutely delicate. Juniper Fire is such a beautiful blend of notes, it can be worn year round.

I also love Osmia Organics Natural Perfume in Cuoro, which is a deeper woodsy scent with the essence of leather.  There is a gorgeous masculine essence to this perfume that I love. I at times dab a little Cuoro with a little dab of Juniper Fire, which lends a soft dimension to all the notes.

Seriously high-end fragrances, that can be worn by a man or a woman.

Whenever I am introduced to natural fragrances that smell as good or better than their toxic luxury fragrance counterparts, I fall madly, madly in love.  Osmia Organics has my heart.

Not only does Osmia Organics have a dreamy, chic selection of fragrances, they also have a full range of skincare, couture soaps, bath, lip care, and some of the most beautiful photos in Instagram! Dreamy.

Osmia Organics and I would like you to get dreamy as well! Osmia Organics is giving one lucky Goddess Huntress reader a choice of 5 perfume samples and your choice of one of three lip glosses!

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*Contest only open to those living in the continental United States (those strict chemical transport laws!)

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And in case you didn’t know, this is why you only want to use natural fragrances.

BREAKING: Mercury Poisoning From Face Cream

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This week, the Orange County Health Care Agency in California put out a press release on a mercury poisoning case from face cream.  

The face cream, which appears to be homemade or imported from Mexico, registered an exorbitant amount of  mercury.

The air samples of the cream were 50,000 times more than the safe limit.  I repeat 50,000 times.

Goddess Huntress | Mercury Poisoning Face Cream

The Orange County Health Care Agency Press Release dated April 8, 2014:

For Immediate Release: April 8, 2014Contact: Nicole Stanfield nstanfield@ochca.com
714-834-2178

Mercury Poisoning Linked to Use of Face Cream

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The Orange County Health Care Agency warns against the use of face creams that appear to be homemade or imported from Mexico due to potentially high levels of mercury. One case of mercury poisoning associated with use of these products has recently been identified in Orange County, and several others are under investigation.The face cream claims to lighten skin, fade freckles and age spots, and treat wrinkles and acne. Air samples taken from the cream had more than 50,000 times the safe limit. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not allow mercury in drugs or cosmetics, expect under very specific conditions which these products do not meet.“Anyone using homemade face creams should stop using it immediately,” said Dr. Eric Handler, Orange County Public Health Officer. “If you have used these products and have symptoms of mercury poisoning see a physician immediately and get tested for mercury poisoning.”The signs and symptoms of mercury poisoning may include muscle pain and cramps, nervousness and irritability, difficulty with concentration, headache, tremors, memory loss, depression, insomnia, weight loss, and fatigue. Other symptoms may include numbness or tingling in hands, feet, or around the lips.Creams that contain mercury can be dangerous for anyone living in the home where they are used. The mercury spreads from the hands of anyone using the cream to other things they touch. Mercury then gets into the air and anyone in the home can breathe it in. Unborn babies, infants, and children are especially sensitive to the effects of mercury.  It can damage the kidneys and the nervous system, and interfere with the development of the brain in unborn children and very young children.Any face cream product that is suspected to contain mercury must be disposed of as a household hazardous waste; people are urged to call Orange County Environmental Health at (714) 433-6000 for proper disposal of the product.The Health Care Agency is working with the California Department of Public Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to investigate the cases and availability in the community.Examples of products

  

How to Protect Yourself

  • Check the label of any skin lightening, anti-aging, acne or other skin product you use. If you see the words “mercurous chloride,” “calomel,” “mercuric,” “mercurio,” or “mercury,” stop using the product immediately.
  • If there is no label or no ingredients are listed, do not use the product. Federal law requires that ingredients be listed on the label of any cosmetic or drug.
  • Don’t use products labeled in languages other than English unless English labeling is also provided.
  • If you suspect you have been using a product with mercury, stop using it immediately. Thoroughly wash your hands and any other parts of your body that have come in contact with the product. Contact your health care professional or a medical care clinic for advice.
  • If you have questions, call your health care professional or the Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222; it is open 24 hours a day.
  • Do not throw the product in the trash; contact Orange County Environmental Health at (714) 433-6000 for proper disposal of the product.

To learn more about the health effects of mercury, visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

If these images of the creams look at all familiar to you, please notify the Health Agency as soon as possible.  It is key to determine the source of these products and your help is needed.

Secondly, we must wish this woman and the potential unknown others that purchased these creams, the best health outcome possible along with those around them.

Thirdly, homemade beauty products sold at farmer’s markets, festivals, flea markets, Etsy, neighbors, solicitors, etc. more than likely did not go through FDA’s strict review/approval to sell or manufacture in the industry, so you must stay the hell away because you’ll never know what you are getting and neither do the creators of the products.  Homemade proprietors may not know that their ingredients are contaminated or what the ingredient capacities are.

Protection, awareness, and regulated products are key.

Please share this with your friends, family, and community to prevent further sickness.

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Cucumber Kimchi

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Hawaii is a very unique place where there is an eclectic blend of Pacific Islander, Asian, Native Hawaiian, American, and Portuguese…which means a very diverse and interesting food culture.

One of my biggest food loves while visiting Hawaii was kimchi.  I’ve always loved kimchi and haven’t had it in my diet in a couple years.  While in Hawaii, we went hiking with a friend and after we pull into the gas station to fill up and grab some water…our friend Kai then comes out with a to-go portion of kimchi for our ride back.  Kimchi at the gas station!?! My mind was blown!  I then visited my newly anointed favorite Hawaiian market Foodland and raided their kimchi section.  I walked out with a couple tubs, one being cucumber kimchi.

We got back to the house. Andrew made me a passion fruit cocktail and I sat on our friend’s ocean front patio with cucumber kimchi in tow.  I had to hold myself back from devouring the whole tub, so I wouldn’t seem rude to Andrew, he did make me a delicious cocktail after all!

That night I was determined to make cucumber kimchi back on the mainland.

So I did.

Kimchi as a fermented food.  The fermentation process is like pickling.  As it ferments in the jar, beneficial bacteria starts to form.  Consuming beneficial bacteria is a great way to bring balance to your digestive system.  Friendly bacteria is very susceptible to deplete from antibiotics, food treated with antibiotics, and tap water, which has been detected to carry trace amounts of antibiotics.  Keeping friendly bacteria in balance improves skin health and improves skin’s defenses from free radicals. And then…there are the beauty benefits of cucumbers.

So here is my recipe, my first go at kimchi.  Just to be clear, this is a fusion of many of the recipes I read.   Feel free to add or delete per your taste and share your recipes in the comments below!

GH Beauty Bites Cucumber Kimchi

5 cucumbers chopped or sliced however you prefer

2 sprigs of green onion chopped

1/2 tsp of minced ginger

1 clove of garlic minced

1 tsp crushed pepper

1 tsp of kosher salt

1 tsp of honey

1 tsp of apple cider vinegar

2-3 sterilized canning jars

Put cut cucumber in large bowl and add kosher salt. Thoroughly mix.  Let cucumber sit in bowl with salt on the counter for four hours.  You will notice water being extracted from the cucumbers and collecting in the bowl as time passes.

Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Spoon cucumber mixture into sterilized jars, including liquid.  Pack into jar, leaving a couple inches free at the top to prevent spillage during fermentation.  Close lid tightly and leave on counter for 24 hours to ferment, mixture may bubble during this time.  After 24 hours, it is ready to eat. Store in refrigerator. Keeps for a couple weeks.

Delicious snack and is unbelievable warm with rice or quinoa!

 

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Hope you were left inspired with the island vibes, foundation oil, Tata’s florals, coconut moisturizer, and this Beauty Bite during GH Aloha Week.  This was so much fun, I do not want it to end (like any vacation)!

 

Shikai Coconut Hand & Body Lotion

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It is no secret.  I’m a HUGE coconut fan.

I try to be surrounded by it on the daily. Being that I don’t trust hotel room offerings, I always bring my moisturizer in tow.

Prior to our Hawaii trip, I picked up Shikai Coconut Hand & Body Moisturizer. It smells delicious, absorbs quickly, and doesn’t ruin your clothes a few minutes later. The scent is not overpowering, nor lingers past your scent curfew (I, on the other hand do not have a coconut fragrance curfew). Fantastic to have at your office desk for some vacation time at work.

A simple moisturizer that goes along way with coconut, borage oil, shea, and aloe.  An easy island go-to.

Get yours HERE.

Goddess Huntress | Aloha Come back tomorrow for an Aloha Week Beauty Bite…cukes are on the way with a bit of kick!

Tata Harper Beauty Sets

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Hypnotic exotic florals with a simple pump of a bottle. 

A solid travel companion is definitely a Tata Harper Beauty Set.  No need to haul your big bottles, transfer formulas into (gasp) plastic travel bottles, or forgo your good stuff for the not-so-good stuff from the travel size section of the drugstore (double gasp).

Tata Harper’s products all exude the sensual and happy fragrances of flowers, as a large percentage of her floral ingredients are cultivated at her 1200+ acre farm in Vermont. In Hawaii, it echoed the floral scent from the plumeria in my hair, to all the island flowers surrounding me…Hello, heaven!

Every morning, I used the Regenerating Cleanser, Hydrating Floral Essence, and Repairative Moisturizer before starting my island day, leaving my skin plump with hydration and a smile on my face from how gorgeous each product smelled. It left a perfect canvas for my foundation oil.

Tata’s Travel Sets are a great way to be transported to an island from home.  They are also a wonderful way to try a few of her products at once before you purchase a full-sized bottle and there are a few sets to choose from. Plus, how can you resist that rich, gorgeous velvet bag it comes with?

I know I can’t.

Get yours HERE.

Goddess Huntress | Aloha Stay tuned tomorrow on GH Aloha Week, where I’ll share a delicious body moisturizer…hint: I’m coo coo for coconuts!

Foundation Oil

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So in 2014 I’ve decided to take on foundation and drop my attitude that it looks caked and fake.  So I’ve been playing around with foundations on some days to even skin tone.  I am a fan of a dewy, glowing face that isn’t overdone.

Being that I loved the tone of my moisturizing Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer, I dropped 2-3 drops of Meow Meow Tweet Facial Oil onto a small dab of concealer in my palm and mixed together with my finger, then applied all over on a freshly moisturized face.  Voila! Way better than a tinted moisturizer and just as easy to apply.

Tarte + Meow Meow Tweet are my dewy hula duo.

I get a youthful aloha glow with an even skin tone for day or evening with minimal to moderate coverage. (I reapplied in the evening)

I sported this combo every day in Hawaii last month; it is perfect for warm and humid climates.  No precious application needed, which is a perfect glow for an island vacation or day to day.  (I will be doing the same this weekend for the Coachella Music Festival).

After application, proceed with bronzer, blush, or powder if needed.

Do you have any foundation tricks? Enlighten us in the comments below.

*Meow Meow Tweet review is coming next week…oils that I LOVE!

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Join us tomorrow on GH Aloha Week for a facial travel set that hypnotizes you with the aura of florals.

Hawaii

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Last month Andrew and I were blessed with a trip to Hawaii for a little R&R.

I had my first surf lesson in Kona which wasn’t so successful (note to self: don’t take surf lessons that are offered by lava rocks and with an instructor who doesn’t know your name nor introduces himself).  Even though I gashed my arm, I’m ready to try again…elsewhere…(and Andrew is super proud of my scar!).  Whales breached 20 feet from us and were underneath our boat during our National Geographic-esque whale watching trip, which was phenomenal and filled with awe.   Then my mind was fully blown by Pomaika’i Brown, the Hukilau Cafe chef from 50 First Dates, who serenaded us at a couple luaus.  50 First Dates is one of my favorite movies of all-time…poor guy must think I’m a nut case taking 20 photos with him!

Over in Oahu, I got to meet Andrew’s extremely accommodating college friends and stayed in a beachfront house made entirely of coral (yes, all coral), which was absolutely divine.   Across the street from the coral house was Kualoa Ranch, where parts of 50 First Dates was filmed…which meant more geeking out on my part! We ate like locals and cooked like locals.  Hey kimchi, poke, Aloha Maid juices, and Foodland, I’m coming back for you!

Being that I fell head over heels in love with the islands, I had to make another week of it.  This time it is with you. Let’s all go on an island vacay together on Goddess Huntress!  No flights to board, just check in here every day this week for some aloha beauty and a bonus aloha Beauty Bite recipe on Friday!

Enjoy our pics!

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Aloha Week

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It is Aloha Week here on Goddess Huntress.

Get transported to the islands without even boarding a plane.  Aloha beauty is coming your way this week, along with a delicious Beauty Bite recipe.

Dust off that coconut bra and join the beauty luau!

Heather’s Story

 

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Mesothelioma. You are familiar with the word, but are you familiar with what mesothelioma is, does, and what causes it?  April 1st-7th is Mesothelioma Awareness Week and I’d like to bring it to the forefront.

As of two weeks ago, I only knew that mesothelioma was linked to asbestos.  The only way I knew that much was from all the years of lawsuit ads that play regularly on television.  Nor did I know about the common products that may contain asbestos.

I recently was introduced to the Von St. James family, a family that are experts on the disease.  Heather Von St. James, was diagnosed with mesothelioma right after giving birth to her daughter.  She also was given a grim prognosis.  Those that are diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma rarely beat the disease and it is common to not pinpoint the signs of the disease during the early stages. On average, mesothelioma takes 35-50 years to appear after exposure to asbestos.  Heather was diagnosed at 36 years old, which is extremely young for mesothelioma.

Watch her story below, it has a happy ending. (hint: she is a survivor and is thriving)

Now being introduced to mesothelioma through Heather, I wanted to share her insight directly on Goddess Huntress.

GH/ Your story and outcome are so moving, Heather. It must be so surreal and blissful to have the life you have now.  Positivity is your greatest gift.  How did you maintain your positivity daily as you were going through treatment?

HVStJ/ It wasn’t easy but when it got tough, I would pray and pray some more, I would beg God to give me the strength to get through. Sometimes it was to get through the day, sometimes it was to get through the next minute. I would look at my daughter, this innocent little girl who didn’t ask for a sick mom. I looked forward to the future with her. I saw what she could become, and my attitude would play a big part in who she would develop into.. that right there was reason enough to stay positive.

GH/ Your exposure from asbestos was from your father’s work in construction.  If someone thinks they may have been exposed to asbestos, can they be tested for it?

HVStJ/ Unfortunately there is no test. I wish there was, as it would alleviate a lot of worry. There is such a long latency period between exposure and onset of symptoms that most people aren’t even aware they were exposed until it is too late. It is one of the many horrible things about mesothelioma.

GH/ What are some other common products that may contain that we may not know about?  How has your living environment changed?

HVStJ/ Duct tape, brake pads, joint compound and certain speckling pastes and caulking. It is also in some cement products and roofing products as well.  The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization’s web page has a good list of products.. www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org

My living environment has changed a lot. We moved into an old house, and have done a lot of work to either encapsulate old asbestos or have it abated. We have done something to pretty much every part of the house from siding, and roof, to remodeling the kitchen and bathrooms. I know now that no asbestos containing products used on the new parts of my home.

GH/ You are so beautiful, I bet positivity is your biggest beauty secret.  Any way you can bottle that up and put it on store shelves? Ha!  Willing to share a clean beauty secret of yours?

HVStJ/ Aww!!! Thank you!!! My secret? Good genes and a GREAT photographer!! In all seriousness, I was a salon professional before I got sick, so I’ve always been interested in the beauty aspect of things. I’m a total make up and skin care junkie and love products!! I believe looking good; in turn it makes me feel good. I used to go to chemo dressed to the nines and in full make up. I might have been sick, but I was darned if I was going to LOOK sick!  It’s all in the attitude. :)

Sage advice…Positive attitude.

Learn more about mesothelioma and treatment at mesothelioma.com