It’s All About K-Beauty/Skin Care

Since I leave for Seoul, South Korea on Tuesday, July 4th, I thought now would be the perfect time to do this video. South Korea is the place that a lot of the beauty and skin care trends start in Asia. Especially with the explosion of Korean pop known as K-pop and dramas. It’s called the Hallyu wave.

The best way for me to describe their philosophy when it comes to skin care, I will defer to Armata. This company is one of the most famous luxury beauty and skin care brands in South Korea.

The key to understanding Korean skin care philosophy is to understand the legacy behind it. Koreans have among the longest documented historical civilized legacies in the world, dating back to 8000 BC. Skin care interest is recorded in its earliest writings and the Donguibogam, an ancient medicinal text, has an entire section (the Tangaekpyeon) on preparation and use of herbal ingredients including many for skin concerns. As a result, Korean culture reflects a deep passion for prolonging skin’s health and beauty, and this legacy has positioned it at the forefront of skin care technology.

You can find many of these brands on Amazon and Glow Recipe.

Blossom Jeju: Now I know I said from the neck down I have it covered but this company has to be included. All their products are made from the face with Camellia seed oil. Pink Camellia Soombi Blooming Vitamin Sleeping Mask $52 and Camellia Soombi Enriched Cleansing Oil $19 are skin care heaven. The company is based in Jeju and island off the mainland of South Korea.

Nature’s Republic: is a natural brand that finds and shares the energy of life from the pristine nature around the world. Their Bamboo Charcoal Face Mask $8.90 and the entire line of aloe vera gel products from the body wash to the lotion is one of the best out their. It’ s a must try.

The Face Shop: Another company that runs neck and neck with Etude House as the cosmetic and skin care brand. (Etude House I like their face products but not a big fan of its bath and body collection. Go and ahead and check them out. Decide for yourself just for me it’s not my cup of tea). Face Shop has wonderful products for the face but their lotions and body oils don’t get enough attention until now. Calendula Essential Moisture Emulsion (body lotion) goes for $19.  The Baby Leaf Green Tea Waterful Emulsion $17 is a winner.

Honorable Mentions:

TonyMoly: I’ve only tried the face masks and I like them. One of my friends purchased 10 face masks for me to try. I have 2 left. She loves their products and gives nothing but high praise. I haven’t used anything but the face masks but when I go to Seoul I will be giving their skin care and bath and body products a try.

Glow Recipe: I went to KCON (Korea Conference) in 2015 here in Los Angeles, I met one of the founder’s Christen Chang. She was speaking at a beauty summit during the convention. She’s a very nice person and gave me the encouragement to seriously consider opening my business to make custom bath and body.  This online store features k-beauty natural skin care and bath and body products.

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Masterpieces of the Week

These will be the last masterpiece of the week for a few weeks since I leave for Asia from July 4 – Aug. 2, 2017.  I’m celebrating my mother’s 60th birthday which is July 26th and also an early 45th birthday present to myself. My birthday isn’t until Oct. 26 but why not we all deserve to treat ourselves.

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Here we have two masterpieces in the making. The right right side is body butter masterpiece made with shea and olive butter. The left is made with match green tea butter which I created using soy butter and matcha green tea. Each were requested unscented.

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Happy owner’s of the their prospective body butter. See their orders in the picture below.

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The names on the lids are the names of their individual masterpiece. When they need another masterpiece I can look it up by name. This allows for easier replenishment.

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I’ve been so busy making everyone else’s masterpiece, I ran a little low. This is a face cream I made for myself. Ingredients: Jojoba butter, Prickly Pear oil, Marula oil and Camellia seed oil. I kept it unscented.

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I was running low in rose and lavender oil. I’m just restocking now before I leave for my trip. When I get back they should be ready to go.

What In The World is Green Beauty?

Green Beauty has arrived. It’s here to stay. Consumers are more aware of the ingredients being used in the skin care and bath and body. What is green beauty? As my grandmother Sarah told me, “Green beauty is putting more of what nature makes and less of what is man made in our products.” Wise words from a great woman.

-Felecia Scott

Where Can I Take Bath and Body Classes?

What is the basic ingredients in a body lotion or body cream? Oil, water and wax, since oil and water don’t mix. The wax is used to hold them together. It’s that simple. There are a lot of schools out there that will say they can teach how to make bath and body or natural skin care. Their classes are sub par. So I have a list of schools and website to help you navigate the over saturation on the internet.

  1. The Natural Body Workshop – Bath and Body 101.  The value of the website are the free Formulation Articles on different topics such as how to make a bath bomb, body lotion or body cream.
  2. Bath Alchemy Lab – It’s a great place to learn how to make soaps. Classes are $89. They have classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced. They have a section for bath and body but it shows – COMING SOON.  It’s been saying that for about a year.
  3. Formula Botanic – Located in the United Kingdom. I took a Chocolate Spa Products course. Exploring the Benefits of Chocolate. I really enjoyed it. The cost was $225.
  4. Aromatic Studies – I took the Botanical Body Care Products. The coast was $525. Worth every penny. You can take the class in sections so you won’t get overwhelmed by the price. The school offers aromatherapy certifications, French Aromatherapy, Aromas and the Mind and Aromatics and The Skin.

If you live in or near a city that has a class you can take in person then I highly encourage you to try it out. The great part is the instructor is right there to answer any questions you may have. You are surrounded by other people in the class so you are not alone.

-Felecia Scott

Bath and Body Masterpieces of the Week

Hello Everyone:

It’s been a busy week. Sorry I haven’t uploaded but I’m working on the videos right now. I leave for Asia July 4th for a month long vacation. I’ve been running around preparing for the trip. I have just over two weeks before I begin my adventure. Even though I’m getting ready for my trip, I’m still busy making bath and body masterpieces for people. .

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My neighbor has been following me on Instagram. She asked if I could make her a shealoe butter lotion masterpiece. She gave me a huge aloe leaf from her backyard to use for her recipe.  Looks like word is spreading. See the next picture for the finished masterpiece.  

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This is my neighbor Elizabeth lotion masterpiece. Ingredients: shea butter, aloe vera gel, mint tea, olive oil and scented with lemongrass essential oil, per her request. 

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Private Stock refill order. This was virgin avocado oil infused with Madagascar vanilla beans. You can smell the fragrant vanilla in the oil. This oil takes about six weeks to make. I use it in a shea butter lotion recipe. 

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Lavender Lemongrass solid perfume. This was a test batch. Next time I need to add just a little more essential oils of Lavender and Lemongrass.

What’s All The Drama With Phthalates?

Phthalates, you hear this word everywhere. Dove and Garnier have commercials stating their products are phthalate free. This chemical can be found in perfumes, soap, shampoo and conditioner. What is the controversy surrounding this ingredient?

Phthalates is a chemical solvent that is used in plastic to make it more flexible. Some examples are shower curtains, wallpaper and plastic wrap. So what’s it doing in our cosmetic and personal care products? It’s used to extend the scent of the fragrance. Phthalates come in a wide array of chemicals. A common one is DEP (Diethyl Phthalate). It’s a member of the group of phthalic acid esters.

Here’s a list of the most common phthalates

  • DBP (dibutyl phthalate)
  • DNOP (di-n-octyl phthalate)
  • DEP (diethyl phthalate)
  • BBzP (benzyl butyl phthalate)
  • DEHP (di 2-ethylhexl phthalate)
  • DiDP (diisodecyl phthalate)
  • DMP (dimethyl phthalate)
  • BPA (bisophenal A)

 

Fragrances – A Love Hate Relationship

It’s all about fragrances today.  Smell is one of the strongest out of our five senses and impacts our life on a daily basis.  On the scale from what I’ve seen there’s not much of a middle ground, either people love them or intensely dislike like them. So lets talk about it.

Felecia Scott

Bath and Body Aficionado