My Controversial Views On SPF Spray

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I’ve been asked many times about my take on SPF sprays from reputable, clean SPF brands (meaning those brands that excel in EWG’s annual Sunscreen Report).  While I use EWG’s report as my end-all guide, I do veer off when it comes to sprays.

Sprays are a complete no-no in EWG’s book and with good reason: sprays are easily inhaled and can get into eyes.  Sprays are solely formulated to sit on skin, you do not want any of those particles to have access to your lungs.

That said, I use EXTRA precaution when using SPF sprays. I close my eyes, hold my breath, spray a portion of my body, and quickly walk away. Then I repeat in a different location, since those fumes do hover and linger in the airspace.

Here is what I find sprays very helpful for:

  • scalp protection…(to protect my hair part from getting sunburned)
  • face (when I forget to put my lotion on before makeup, I spray my mug after makeup)
  • feet (I don’t want my sandals getting white residue from lotion)
  • to avoid white residue marks on clothing

Hold your breath. Close your eyes. Spray. Walk away fast. Repeat.

Be mindful of full coverage on skin.

As for recommended sprays, I stock up on COOLA, especially the 50 SPF spray.  I’ve heard great things about The Honest Company SPF spray from many people.  Honest only offers it in 30 SPF, which I hope they add higher SPFs to the collection.

No matter your preference, make sure you are properly protected with high-performing, healthy sunscreens.  The United States Surgeon General just called for action to reduce skin cancer rates this past Tuesday. Skin cancer rates have ballooned 200% in the past three decades, higher than all other cancers combined. Scary stuff.

It just isn’t worth it. Get protected…every day.

Check out the best lotion sunscreens for 2014 HERE and best SPF moisturizers HERE.

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Summer Summer Summer Time

Goddess Huntress | Summertime

Well, Memorial Day Weekend is officially upon us in the States, and it is the very unofficial opener to summer.  Hallelujah!

We like to have fun here on Goddess Huntress in May for Melanoma Awareness Month, so I created your SPF Must-Fun List to celebrate the sizzle to be had…so here we go!

The Goddess Huntress SPF Must-Fun List

Be spontaneous

Rub on that sunscreen like the Karate Kid would.

Throw on some dope shades like these.

Play Smashball.

Make out.

Win this SPF giveaway.

Do a cartwheel.

Do many cartwheels.

Rock these summer accessories.

Dig into watermelon.

Get it grillin’.

Get jiggy with my Memorial Day Weekend playlist…pshhht, a no brainer…

Goddess Huntress | SPF Stylin' Music Mix

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! xx

Happy Earth Day

Photo Credit: Clyde Reavis

“The world, we are told, was made especially for man — a presumption not supported by all the facts.” -John Muir

Photo credit: Clyde Reavis

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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Work With Goddess Huntress + Free Fresh Start Set

Goddess Huntress | Marie Forleo's B-School

Are you looking to create your own brand and business? Already have a business and want to take it to a pro level that reflects every facet of your being? Wish that your website and social media could be more streamlined and bring in the cash while you sleep, play, and vacay?

Then, Marie Forleo’s B-School may be just for you.

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I started working with Marie Forleo three to four years ago.

Homegirl knows her sh*t and homegirl commands results with all of her business students. I started Goddess Huntress almost 5 years ago (GH’s 5th birthday is March 15th!) with a thriving fashion career.  I knew I needed the tools to take Goddess Huntress from hobby blog to a professional website and business, but had no clue about what, where, how.  At that time, I saw Marie Forleo at a casual event and loved her magnetism (she is a refreshing firecracker of a woman). I subscribed to her newsletter and emphatically decided I must work with her…and as they say, the rest is history.

Goddess Huntress | I Was Featured On Oprah

 

 

Working with Marie expanded my life and my business. I still count the blessings every day.  I left my first dream job: designing for Calvin Klein, for my second dream job: cleaning up the toxic cosmetic industry with Goddess Huntress.  I left the dreamy island of Manhattan to return to the soothing palm trees of California.  Soon after my return to California, I was featured on Oprah’s Lifeclass…yes, Oprah…thanks to Marie. Now here I am designing my newest issue of GH Mag (you are going to LOVE this healthy nail polish issue), working on my own cosmetic line, and having fun doing graphic design for some private clients…crazy, right?

Goddess Huntress | Shatter Your Ceiling

 

If you are ready to start your own business, take your business to new heights, increase your profits, here is what Marie’s B-School brings you:

B-School is an 8 week online training program that shows you step-by-step how to build a unique and profitable brand, market more effectively, and turn your online presence into a money-making, world-changing machine.

Not to mention being a part of the thriving B-School alumni, which is the most priceless, engaging, and supportive group of entrepreneurs. There is plenty of business to be had in this network.

Plus, don’t miss out on Marie Forleo’s training videos as you enroll:

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B-School enrollment closes March 5th and is only offered once a year.

And…

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If you enroll in B-School through my link, I have a couple VIP bonuses for you:

1) You will receive the coveted GH Fresh Start Set.*  The Fresh Start Set is a curation of six full size beauty products that send you on your merry way to a cleaner regimen. I include these GH favs:

  • Alima Pure Eyeliner
  • RGB Cosmetics Nail Polish,
  • COOLA Suncare,
  • Zoe Organics Foaming Bath Wash
  • Kensington Apothecary  Rose Balm
  • Valentina’s Home-Brewed Prosperity Massage Oil
  • Goddess Huntress cotton tote.

Goddess Huntress | GH Fresh Start Set

The Fresh Start Set is only reserved for media and celebs. Not for sale.

2) You will get access to a private brand image consulting with me.* As you are becoming a marketing, sales, and copywriting pro with Marie Forleo, you’ll want to present your message visually like a pro too.  I will teach you how to create your own professional images for blog posts, Instagram, and Facebook that your readers will clamor to pin onto Pinterest. Without Photoshop…yes, without pricey Photoshop.  Giving you independence and saving you money to use your graphic designer and programmer just for the big stuff.  All in a matter of a couple hours!

Here is what your consulting will consist of:

  • learn how to quickly create graphics using creative fonts, photos, and color.
  • learn how to create a successful image composition and layout that is impactful and reflects your unique brand.
  • learn how to make text pop and not disappear amongst the background image.
  • receive a visual assessment of your website, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages.

Total value: $625

Explore + enroll HERE

*Bonuses are only available if you sign up through my affiliate link

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Opinions are all my own…as always.

 

My 5 Fit Essentials For 2014

Goddess Huntress | My 2014 Fit Essentials

I must admit, I had not only a gluttonous holiday season, but a gluttonous 2013.

The irony is that ever since I moved to back to California during summer 2012, I have gained weight.  What is considered the land of the fit is really the land of my fat for me.

When I lived in New York, I was in the best shape of my life.  I lived in a walk-up building on the fifth floor, scurried and ran for the bus everyday, bolted up and down stairs to the subway daily, I walked an average of 20 miles per week (albeit not at a strolling pace), was very mindful of my diet, and to top the calorie burn off…I went to the gym 3-6 times a week.  Just living in NY is a huge calorie burn! In California, I have to seek out a crazy burn of calories…my zip code doesn’t guarantee it, unfortunately.

So, I’m determined to get that body back in 2014 and these are my beauty sweat essentials:

Goddess Huntress | Fit Essentials for 2014

1/ Fitbit Force 2/ Nike Flyknit Air Max 3/ Marika Tek Galaxy Print Legging 4/ RunKeeper iPhone app 5/ Bobble BPA free filtered water bottle

In addition to these essentials, I have resumed a vegan diet (organic as possible) with a protein spike of organic eggs, when protein calls, and lots of water (the only minus is the middle of the night bathroom break). I bike pretty much every morning 11 miles along the beach.  In the afternoon, I run a mile with my two labradors (they lost their waistline too, last year). Then I run another mile or more solo around sunset. On off days I do BUTI Yoga or just swap runs for BUTI.

That’s my plan, Stan.

What are your fitness essentials for 2014? Share with us in the comments below.

Happy Holidays

Goddess Huntress | Happy Holidays

There is something magical about December.  In 31 days you get cozy with friends and family, indulge in delicious goodies, get holiday boozy, have a euphoric slow down at the office (for some), have lots of sugar at work (for most), bundle up giddily up with a blanket, get a little lazy, and look longingly for a healthy clean up pretty much immediately after the 25th, and finally pulling that healthy trigger January 1st or 2nd.

No month can party like December. No month can cleanup like January.

Goddess Huntress | Bake BUTI Beauty Bubbly Break

With the intensity of my last few months, I’m going to bask in the holiday lovin’ the next two weeks and unplug.  Andrew will have 2 weeks off, and I’m going to savor every moment of it, we never get this freedom nor have we had a chance to fully enjoy our new home and neighborhood. I’m looking forward to my holiday daily regimen of bike rides, BUTI Yoga, baking, cooking, impromptu singing, boat rides, hugging my family and friends, getting beauty inspiration from magazine editorials, and playing with new beauty.  Life is too wonderful to not slow down and take notice with our loved ones.

No emails. No new posts….just Instagram, of course!

I am so grateful for your loyalty and enthusiasm and I cannot wait to rock 2014 with you all. Grateful.

Have a WONDERFUL Holiday season, my beauties!

I’ll return Monday, January 6th.

(and guess what, in January I will be conquering my two biggest fears…YouTube and foundation. Holla!)

Triclosan, We Are Happy To See You Go

Goddess Huntress | Triclosan

It is all over the news today and yesterday.  The FDA is re-evaluating the use of triclosan in anti-bacterial soaps over concerns and evidence that triclosan can create resistant bacteria and cause harm to our hormonal systems.  They are now requiring manufacturers to provide proof that triclosan indeed is an anti-bacterial, if the evidence is not substantial all products containing triclosan must be removed from the marketplace by 2016.  The FDA has not received sufficient proof that triclosan is beneficial in anti-bacterial soaps and has been alarmed by some findings in scientific studies.

Here are some triclosan tidbits from my post in 2010:

Triclosan is so prominent, the CDC states that it is found in 75% of the population’s urine.  The American Medical Association advises against the use of antibacterial soap at home to prevent the creation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  Antibacterial soap has been found no more effective than regular soap.

Triclosan is in drinking water and a large percentage of rivers.  The EPA does not regulate levels of triclosan in drinking water.

The European Union has a ban on triclosan for products that come in contact with food.

Some major companies are one step ahead on the triclosan clean up.  Johnson & Johnson announced earlier this year that they will completely phase out the ingredient by the end of 2015 and Crest’s toothpastes are already free of triclosan.

The irony of triclosan is that it is causing resistant bacteria.  If triclosan is not indeed anti-bacterial and producing resistant bacteria in the long run, it is false advertising.

The really juicy part to this story is that this action is truly coming from a lawsuit settlement.  The FDA initially proposed the removal of triclosan in 1978 (yes, almost 36 years ago) and never finalized the rule. So, of course, triclosan continued its course into many familiar products.  The NRDC, National Resource Defense Council, sued the FDA in 2010 to finalize a rule…hence, the new rule we are reading about this week, all due to a lawsuit.

The FDA is taking action because of a lawsuit settlement…

Further proof our voices, actions, and wallets create the change.

Now we just need the same regulations with triclosan in toothpaste, cutting boards, socks, etc.

What are your thoughts on this new triclosan ruling? What else should be done?

Radio Silent

Goddess Huntress | Radio Silent

I’ve been radio silent.

I walked away from the internet, email, and all things social media in November. It wasn’t an electronic cleanse.

My mom was in the ICU and it rocked my world.  I retreated and focused all of my energy on her healing and her walking out of those hospital doors fairly unscathed.

She did just that.

Then I needed to recuperate myself.

Prior to my mom’s big scare, I was already pretty worn out.  In September we found out our apartment was the perfect breeding space for black toxic mold…lots of it. (Oh, the irony that I would be living in a toxic environment!) The landlord refused to take care of it and filed for bankruptcy. We bolted out of that toxic environment and moved into a stunning home by the ocean in October.  Our third day there, our home flooded and we’ve been living with contractors since.  Luckily our refrigerator did not go kaput on us prior to Thanksgiving, but after.

So that is where I have been emotionally and physically.  I’m not sharing this for pity, just wanted to let you know why I have been radio silent.

My mom is doing excellent and I’m so happy to have her back.  Our last night in the ICU was quite the slumber party of sorts and it will remain as my absolute favorite day with her. She couldn’t stop singing after the respirator was removed!  She has a new lease on life and is savoring every moment.  She has abandoned her workhorse ways to enjoy life to the maximum, which is the biggest gift she can give herself (and me). She has been my rock and I will always be hers.

Love you all and thanks for being so patient with my unanswered emails and such.

I’m back and ready to rock!

xx

Monique