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Lover of life, Ayurveda Educator, Certified Massage Therapist, aromatherapist, herbalist, mother of two beautiful crystal children, Jasmine Skye and Mira Shanti, wife, organic gardener, spa junkie

Friday, July 23, 2010

Naturopathica Review

Naturopathica Starter Kit Normal/Dry Skin Review
By Radha Crawley, LMT, Ayurveda Educator

This kit contains: 
·       Chamomile Cleansing Milk (1 oz) EcoCert*
·       Oat Facial Polish (.5 oz)
·       Rose Geranium Soothing Mist (1 oz) EcoCert*
·       Beech Tree & Ginseng Daily Moisturizer (1 oz) EcoCert*
*ECOCERT (source: Organic Spa Magazine)
Certification Type: Natural and Natural/ Organic
EcoCert requires a minimum of 95 percent natural origin as a baseline entry and a minimum of 5 percent organic content for the “Natural” standard, and a minimum of 10 percent organic content for the “Natural / Organic” standard. Up to 5 percent of ingredients can be synthetic. Limited synthetic preservatives are allowed. Water can be included in its calculation of organic content. Country of Origin: France Business Type: Profit

This kit contains four products to cleanse, exfoliate, fortify and nourish. 
The Chamomile Cleansing Milk is soft and like the title suggests, milky.  The aroma is soft and slightly sweet, like chamomile and rose.  This cleanser is very gentle and leaves the skin soft and dewy.  I read the ingredients on the insert, which is a very long list, and wondered about the purity of some of them. As the EcoCert description states, the manufacturer can use up to 5% synthetic ingredients. The label from this product states that 98.99% of ingredients are from natural origin. 
 There are many beneficial botanicals in the products, which I can commend.  Naturopathica has a full ingredient glossary on their website, so you can read about each. I would also recommend doing your own research on any questionable additives, perhaps: Coco-Gluocoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Sucrose Cocoate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Gluoside, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Dehdroacetic Acid.

The Oat Facial Scrub is not EcoCert.  This is very similar in consistency to the Chamomile Cleansing Milk, but thicker.   There are beads of jojoba for a very mild exfoliation. Personally, my skin “builds up” faster and I prefer a stronger exfoliant 2-3 times per week.   The Oat and Facial Scrub you could use daily.

I quickly became fond of the scent of the Rose Geranium Soothing Mist.  The aromatherapy blend is delightful to the senses, calming and balancing.  It contains: Aloe, Rose Geranium Flower Water, Rose Geranium and Ylang Ylang essential oil, and then, in my opinion, some less desirable dispersants and stabilizers: Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Anisate, Sodium Levulinate. 100% of ingredients are from natural origin.

The Beech Tree and Ginseng Daily Moisturizer is light and fast absorbing.

You can find these products in spas around the country.

Saturday, July 17, 2010


Where does my inspiration come from?
I had the pleasure of attending a week long Ayurveda bodywork course taught by a Dr from South India, Dr Hari. He has a wealth of experience, kindness and stories to boot. My favorite stories are the ones describing in detail the wild things that happen daily in India. Monks hiking into the Himalayas searching for enlightened beings and when found, have seen their eyes, and third eyes glowing in the night.
 I received and gave many body treatments that week wearing a loin cloth, a new experience for me... it is good to feel the naturalness of the body, exposed and vulnerable, yes, but in a way it exposes a part of us that is too closed anyway... byt this could be a whole post in itself....

I left this workshop remembering my TRUE SELF. The reason I sought out natural health and healing and really why I moved to Sedona.... to practice and work with Ayurveda.
The feeling I feel when I am coated in medicinal smelling sesame oil and herbal pastes. The craving for spices, chai and lime on everything. This is what I want to share with you....
a vessel for you to find that which makes passion ooze from your every pore...
namaste' friend.