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Frankincense resin

December 14, 2012
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The ‘Father’ of Essential Oils…Frankincense

Frankincense resin

If you’re new to essential oils, we thought it might be fun and informative to talk about some of our favorite oils. The one that we consider the ‘Father Oil’ is Frankincense. Most of us recognize this from Biblical references to the Three Wise Men gifting Baby Jesus with frankincense and myrrh. In ancient times, essential oils were more highly valued than gold because of their powerful healing properties. Myrrh would be the ‘female’ or “Mother Oil’ that we will discuss in our next blog.

What is Frankincense? It is a gum resin produced by trees in Oman, India, Somalia, Yemen and other areas in South Africa. The Frankincense we chose to use has the highest amount of compounds for the most profound healing benefits and that oil comes from Oman. The healing properties of frankincense have been recognized and utilized for thousands of years. We only use Frankincense from Oman because it has the highest concentration of sesquiterpenes and that means the most potent healing benefits. Frankincense has antidepressant properties, as well as a wide range of topical and aromatic beneficial applications (see below).

Frankincense can help to reduce scarring, and is a mild oil that can be applied directly to the skin in most cases. Our Agape Beauty products contain organic, holistic skincare line is pure enough to eat because it is 100% free of any chemicals or fillers, contains only ingredients that are ingestible, and contain organic ( ) Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils that restore balance, tighten, calm, fade scars, reduce wrinkles, soothe rashes, improve elasticity, improves circulation and provide numerous other healing benefits for your mind, body and soul. How does it do this? To put it simply, Frankincense communicates information to the cells that are not working properly in your body (cysts, tumors, ulcers, multiple sclerosis, seizures, and many other improperly wired cells) to help them shed the misinformation and regenerate new, healthy cells. It works well for aging skin because a wrinkle is simply a cell that is no longer producing the healthy, elastic collagen that it should so the Frankincense corrects this misinformation and the cell begins to function properly again.

Frankincense is so beneficial to the body in so many ways that we decided to create some wonderful skincare products with this as one of the vital ingredients. Try our Frankincense Facelift, Sozo for Men & Frankincense Intensive Repair Serum to experience the many benefits of frankincense that is also hand-blended with several other equally powerful essential oils. Once you experience this amazing oil blend, stop by and tell us your results – we think you’ll fall in love with our products!

Please view these links for more detailed information for Frankincense Facelift,  Sozo for Men, & Frankincense Intensive Repair Serum.

Here’s a partial list of ailments that Frankincense can assist:

  • Anticancer
  • Analgesic
  • Antidepressant
  • Antifungal
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiseptic
  • Astringent
  • Diuretic
  • Sedative
  • Calm and Stress Relief
  • Penetrates the blood-brain barrier & increases oxygen to the brain by up to 28%
  • Cold and Flu Season
  • Emergency Salve
  • Immune Strengthener
  • Skin Care
  • Nerve Tonic
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Dermatitis
  • Indigestion
  • Skin Disorders
  • Sore Throat
  • Stomach Ache
If you’re like me, you appreciate scientific proof that something works. Here’s a link that discusses the clinical trials showing evidence that using frankincense on your skin does indeed decrease the visible signs of aging and much more! Since it can do this on the areas you can see, imagine what great things it’s doing inside! This is true beauty from the inside out. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20136919

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November 29, 2012
by Sheen
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What’s in Your Perfume or Cologne?

Are you in love with your perfume or cologne? Well, you might be interested to know that your perfume may actually only contain chemicals that are made to trick your senses into thinking you are smelling natural scents. Scary, right?

Because of the Federal Fair Packaging Act of 1973, a loophole was created where fragrance companies don’t have to list all of the ingredients in their products, unlike every other cosmetic industry where they are required to list all ingredients on product labels.

This loophole allows cosmetic industries to use chemicals that make you feel like you are smelling lavender, when it really is everything but. These chemicals can sometimes cause allergic reactions and sensitivities that can result in sneezing, rashes, runny noses, dry skin, and more.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) did a study that revealed 38 secret chemicals in 17 of some of the most popular name brand fragrance products. In this study, EWG also noted that a fragrance can be made from any number of the fragrance industry’s 3,100 stock chemical ingredients that can be mixed to mimic almost any smell. That’s 3,100 different chemicals!

The EWG also found that the average fragrance product tested contained 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label. Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety in personal care products. Click here to view the study.

Want to avoid all the fragrance secrecy? Essential oils have been used as perfume and cologne around the world for centuries. Whether you are using a single oil, or are mixing and matching essential oils to find your perfect fragrance, you will always have one thing the peace of mind you are doing good to your body while smelling wonderful at the same time!

Our step-by-step guide will have you creating your own signature scent in no time! Celebrities do it all the time and now you can too, only better and safer.

Editor’s tip: Why not make it a girls’ night where everyone could make their own custom perfume blend? This could be a great opportunity to teach your friends the benefits of essential oils.

How to Make Your Own Signature Essential Oil Perfume Blend

If you are interested in making your own perfume blend, here are a few basics of perfumery to get you started:

There are top, middle, and base notes to perfumes. Below explains what each note is and essential oils that can be classified in each category.

Top Note: the first scent you will smell when applied. These are usually lighter scents that can fade quickly.

Essential oil top notes could include: basil, bergamot, cinnamon, clary sage, coriander, eucalyptus, grapefruit, lemon, lemongrass, lime, wild orange, peppermint, melaleuca, and thyme.

Middle Note: sometimes referred to as heart notes, make up the majority of the blend. You can usually smell the aroma when first applied, but usually takes 10-30 minutes to fully develop. The middle note is usually what classifies it to their fragrance family (floral, musky, oriental, fruity).

Essential oil middle notes could include: black pepper, cypress, fennel, geranium, lavender, marjoram, melissa, rosemary, and white fir.

Base Note: are the ones that last the longest and have the greatest molecular weight. These are the notes that make the fragrance last longer and help the evaporation rates of the top and middle notes slow down.

Essential oil base notes could include: cassia, cinnamon, clove, frankincense, ginger, patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, and ylang ylang.

Materials Needed:

  • Top, middle, and base note essential oils of your choice.
  • Glass bottle to hold perfume mixture. (You can find different bottle choices at online retailers. Some bottle options include a spray bottle, glass vial, or roll-on vial).
  • Carrier oil (dōTERRA fractionated coconut oil is recommended for best results but you could also use jojoba oil or a high proof alcohol).
  • Dropper for carrier oil. (Here is one option).
  • Pen and paper to record drop amounts.

Instructions:

  1. Starting with your base note essential oil, put a few drops in the glass bottle. Record number of drops on paper.
  2. Next use your middle note essential oil and put desired drops in the glass bottle. Smell as you go along and add more if you want the middle note to be stronger. Record number of drops on paper.
  3. Drop your top note essential oils into the glass bottle. Smell and adjust your perfume to your desired fragrance, add more base or middle notes if needed. Record number of drops on paper.
  4. Once you have the essential oil blend as you would like it, multiply the drops in the glass bottle by 4 to calculate the total amount of carrier oil drops (or alcohol) to add next. For example, if you did 10 base note drops, 10 middle note drops, and 10 high note drops then you have 30 drops of essential oil. Multiply the 30 drops by 4 to get the amount of drops of carrier oil you need to add. In this case it would be 120 drops (30 x 4 = 120). Use your dropper for the carrier oil and put the correct amount of drops into the glass bottle.
  5. Let the blend mature for 2-4 days before using. You can still adjust and add oils to your perfume after this perfume maturing stage to get your desired results.

Tips:

  • Start with a small sample of your fragrance first so you can use it as a sample. If you like it, take your recorded drop amounts and multiply them to produce a larger amount of the fragrance.
  • There are no exact recipes when it comes to perfumes because you can add more or less of whatever note to get your desired fragrance. This is where you can have fun and experiment with your own unique scent.
  • You can have more than one type of note in your mixture. For example, your mixture could include 3 different top notes, 2 different middle notes, and 2 different base notes. Do what smells right to you.
  • Apply perfume to skin rather than clothes. For best results, apply on wrists.
  • For a body mist, add 5-10 drops of essential oil to 4 ounces of water and shake well.
  • Have fun! Experiment and find the mixture that belongs to you.

Fragrance Ideas:

Mix #1: peppermint, lavender, sandalwood.

This scent is fresh, refreshing, clean, and has a hint of musk.

Mix #2: Citrus Bliss, fennel, vetiver.

This scent is woodsy, sweet, and citrusy.

Mix #3: cassia, cypress, vetiver.

This is a very sweet and spicy scent.

Mix #4: basil, lavender, ylang ylang.

This is a fresh and floral scent.

We also conducted a poll on our Facebook page asking our users which dōTERRA essential oil or blend they use as their perfume/cologne? Here are the top 5 answers:

  1. Whisper
  2. Citrus Bliss
  3. Balance
  4. Serenity
  5. Lavender

References:

http://www.ewg.org/notsosexy

www.doterraeveryday.com

liquid gold

September 9, 2012
by Sheen
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Luscious Oils = Liquid Gold For Your Skin

The best ingredient for removing sunscreen and makeup and for clearing up greasy-acne-prone skin is oil. It sounds counter-intuitive, right? Jeannette Graf, assistant clinical professor of dermatology atMount Sinai Medical Center, in New York says “Oil fights oil, so an oil cleanser will sweep away pore-clogging oils.” Oils are produced from seeds, nuts and flowers and there is no more natural way to have beautiful skin than to use what our lovely planet has gifted us. That does include infusing our bodies with healthy food by choosing carefully what we eat and what we apply to our largest organ.

Cleansing oils, like Agape Beauty Crystalline Skin Tantalizing Cleanser, leave your skin feeling smooth and hydrated rather than with that “squeaky-clean” and tight feeling. “The wet-to-dry cycle itself can dehydrate the skin if a cleanser doesn’t have some oil in it”, says Noelle Sherber, a dermatologist in Washington, D.C. Our nurturing and nourishing cleanser actually allows people with oilier skin to skip an additional moisturizer. Our Tantalizing Toners are also created using these pH balancing oils.

Our almond oil and fractionated coconut oil moisturizing serums, created with powerfully healing Frankincense and Sandalwood essential oils, form a barrier that seals in hydration in slightly damp skin for hours. Frankincense and Sandalwood are highly anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and will also help your skin look smoother and take away redness. Our serums should be used by using 2-5 drops blended in your palm with 2-5 drops of water and then applied to the face, neck and décolletage once or twice a day. A one-ounce bottle can last for months!

We encourage our clients to use the serum, without blending it with water, and/or our Rapture Repair Fabulous Face Mousse at nighttime which is good because they lock in moisture while your heater blows hot, dry air on your skin all night. They won’t stain your pillows. Try them! You’ll be amazed at how quickly your skin absorbs the almond oil based moisturizers and coconut-based lotions, such as our face mousse and body creams, because your skin recognizes these oils as nutrition. Our oils are loaded with vitamins, Omega 3-s, anti-oxidants and, as an additional bonus, act as a natural sunscreen.

Serums are the new lotions! Use our Frankincense Serums and your skin will thank you! Not sure what to buy that special person on your gift list? They’ll know you love them and thank you profusely when you give them our 100% organic, all-natural, handmade nutritional skin care products that have a money-back guarantee. Shop Agape!

 

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July 14, 2012
by Sheen
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Lavandula Angustifolia…As Pleasant To Say As It Is To Experience

Because of its immense popularity, Lavender Essential Oil is one of the most adulterated and synthesized scents today. Even the most astute aromatherapists may have difficulty distinguishing between a Lavender essential oil that is truly alive and one that was created in a lab. The counterfeits have become that good! Many companies are turning to synthetic variations of this deeply healing essential oil to save money, and perhaps, because they do not understand that it is imperative that the user receive an oil that was grown in its indigenous region and harvested at the moment of peek perfection in order to receive maximum healing benefits. Perhaps, they simply don’t understand the importance of testing every vial of every batch of this precious oil to ensure that 100% of the proper, natural chemical compounds are present in the Lavender they are using in their products. And, perhaps, they don’t realize that providing a synthetic to their clients can actually cause adverse reactions to occur. Agape Beauty does understand the magnitude of using only medicinal grade essential oils that have been tested thoroughly to guarantee purity and potency and that’s what makes our products stand out among the rest. Our products do so much more than just smell good!

Lavender is an essential oil that has been used for millennia and noted for its cleansing and healthful properties.  Through modern scientific testing, its time proven properties have been confirmed.  There are multiple types of lavender (from different plants) and it is important to have lavandula angustifolia in order to acquire the most chemically potent form of this plant for healing.  This specie is more refined and therefore more expensive but has much preferred qualities to use for personal health conditions. The preferred lavender is steam distilled from the flowering tops of plants with some of the finest quality fromEurope. The Lavender we chose to use in Agape Beauty’ products is steam distilled from the flowering tops of plants fromFrance(fine high altitude) andBulgaria(super high altitude).  These are joined together in equal ratios. Be wary of any “pure lavender essential oil” that has been blended with Lavindin as it can actually be a skin irritant, and of course, is no longer pure if it is blended with another species in the first place. We find it continually mind-boggling to read the warning labels and ingredients on many of the “pure” lavender oils we see on the market. Truly pure and thoroughly tested Lavender essential oil should be pure enough to use even on the most sensitive of skin without a carrier oil.

Typical Applications:

Because of the gentle properties of Lavender it can be applied topically on even some of the most sensitive of skin.  Topical application to burns, minor cuts, and bruises almost always produces successful results.  At the same time the aroma is very soothing as it works directly on the nervous system.  A benefit to applying the oil topically to a cut or burn on a child is to let them smell the aroma on the hands as it is applied and it will have a marvelous calming effect.  By using a diffuser this same soothing aroma can help with stress or other mental strain with adults and children.  Again, because of the versatility of lavender oil, it can be used equally well topically, diffused, or in baths.

Properties:

Analgesic
Antibiotic
Antidepressant
Anti-inflammatory
Antiseptic
Diuretic
Disinfectant
Sedative

Wellness Uses:

Calm and Stress Relief
Cold and Flu Season
Disinfect Living Area
Emergency Salve/Spray
Skin Care

Common Health Concerns:

Acne
Arthritic Pain
Asthma
Bronchitis
Burns
Colds and Flu
Cuts and Wounds
Depression
Dermatitis
Diarrhea
Earache
Headaches
Herpes
Hypertension
Indigestion
Insect Bites
Insomnia
Migraines
Muscle Pain
Nausea
Psoriasis
Skin Disorders
Sore Throat
Stomach Ache
Stress
Throat Infections

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coconut

July 7, 2012
by Sheen
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We Put the Love in the Coconut!

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Do you remember that great Harry Nilsson song, You Put the Lime in the Coconut? I’ve been singing it all day! Here are some of the lyrics to refresh your memory:

“…She put the lime in the coconut, she drank them both up,
She put the lime in the coconut, she called the doctor, woke him up,
Say “Doctor, ain’t there nothin’ I can take,
I say, Doctor, to relieve this belly ache?
I say, Doctor, ain’t there nothin’ I can take,
I say Doctor! let me get this straight”.
You put the lime in the coconut, drink them both up…”

Is that stuck in your head now too? :) It’s all about the curative powers of coconut (and lime)! Who knew?

Coconut oil has a small molecular structure that allows for fast absorption through the skin making it an ideal lubricant for dry, rough and wrinkled skin. It is very healing and helps to create a smooth and clear complexion. Pure, raw/virgin coconut oil is extremely high in anti-oxidants that penetrate deep into underlying tissues of the skin. It prevents and protects the skin against formation of free radicals that make it lose its elasticity. Apply it routinely to help protect the skin from developing dark spots and blemishes caused by aging and over exposure to sun light. Coconut oil is regarded as the best natural ingredient in lotions and is routinely used in soap because of its incredible ability to lather even in salt water.

According to Wikipedia, coconuts are an excellent source of energy and nutrition not only by themselves, but by also promoting the absorption of other foods, particularly fat soluble vitamins. Coconut oil contains 40% lauric acid, a medium chain triglyceride which is also present in mother’s milk. Coconut oil protects the body from viruses, bacteria, yeasts, fungi, protozoa and parasites. Coconut oil assists the body with metabolism, builds the body’s immune system and helps with chronic diseases like diabetes, asthma, arteriosclerosis, hypertension, arthritis, Alzheimer’s. Even auto-immune diseases like psoriasis become much easier to normalize with consistent use of coconut oil.

There is a long tradition in the islands of using coconut oil as a sunscreen. It has wonderful anti-oxidant properties that protect the skin from free radical damage and when consumed or used topically on our skin, it helps our bodies absorb other nutrients more effectively, such as Vitamin E, another powerful anti-oxidant nutrient that protects the skin.

The most powerful of all coconut oils is raw/virgin coconut oil, which is extracted from fresh coconuts. Virgin coconut oil is a treasure trove of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, and is also a major source of lauric acid and vitamin E. It protects the skin from infections caused by bacteria, viruses and fungi. Virgin coconut oil is ideal for infants. It is also great for the scalp and is useful in preventing dandruff and hair loss.

The versatile coconut is accepted as a health and beauty aid in many tropical countries. It conditions hair, cleanses the body, and detoxifies the skin. Coconut is also a light moisturizer that decreases excessive oil on the skin. In fact, coconut in its various forms, such as, water, pulp, oil and cream is the best way to tone up your skin and makes you glow from great health!

One of my favorite people on the planet, Dasa Grozdanic, is a wonderfully loving and very talented woman and an expert freelance makeup artist in Europe. She is passionate about green makeup and has a blog that is always full of wonderful tips. Follow this link to learn more tips on how to use the beautiful, raw and organic ingredient and much, much more!

Coconut oil is just plain good for the soul!

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil can be found in the following Agape Beauty Products:

“Moisturize daily with non-clogging organic moisturizers such as coconut oil. These nourish your skin instead of clogging it, as many toxin-impaired moisturizers do.”

-Dr. Joseph Mercola

Try these great recipes for all natural sunscreen and deodorant using our beloved coconut! (Recipes courtesy of www.LiveStrong.com)

Sunscreen

  1. Spoon 3 tbsp. of shea butter into a medium bowl. Add 6 tbsp. of coconut oil to the shea butter. Whip the two ingredients together using a wire whisk
  2. Add 2 tbsp. of zinc oxide to the mixture and blend with the wire whisk. Zinc oxide is a natural “physical” sun-blocking agent (filters out UVA/UVB rays).
  3. Pour the mixture into a plastic container with lid. Apply the coconut oil sunscreen to your skin using your fingertips before you head outdoors. Store the unused portion in the refrigerator.

Deodorant

  1. Scoop a ¼-cup of baking soda and a ¼-cup of cornstarch into a medium bowl. Stir the two together with a metal whisk to combine.
  2. Add 5 tbsp. of coconut oil to the baking soda and cornstarch mixture. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the coconut oil deodorant to scent.
  3. Mix all of the ingredients together with the metal whisk, forming a thick paste. Scoop the mixture into a plastic container with lid.
  4. Apply a quarter-sized amount of the coconut oil deodorant to your underarms using your fingertips. Massage the deodorant into your skin until absorbed.
  5. Repeat the application as often as needed. Store the coconut oil deodorant in the refrigerator in between uses.

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almonds

June 30, 2012
by Sheen
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Sweet, Nutty Goodness That’s Healing For Your Skin!

Many oils leave a greasy feeling on the skin after application. Sweet almond oil is moisturizing and nourishing to your skin without leaving an oily residue behind. Sweet almond oil is safe to use on any skin type and deeply moisturizes skin without clogging pores.

Almond oil is acquired from the almond seed, which contains protein, vitamin E and B vitamins as well as essential minerals, healthy fats and protein. The nutritional content of almond oil has made it a dietary source of these ingredients, but the benefits of almond oil go beyond the inside of the body. While consuming almond oil will benefit the skin, topical application offers several benefits as well.

Sun Protector

The sun can be damaging to the skin, as its harmful UV rays cause sunburn, wrinkling and other signs of damage associated with aging, as well as skin cancer.  The March 2007 issue of the “Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology” reports a study that states that applying almond oil to the skin will not only protect it, but can also reverse damage that may have already occurred. The study, performed by researchers at Hamdard University in New Delhi, India, explains that mice were exposed to 12 weeks of sun exposure (a typical summer), and at the end of that 12 weeks there were noticeable skin changes. However, mice that were treated with almond oil during exposure had fewer signs of skin aging and damage. The researchers, led by Y. Sultana, concluded that applying almond oil to your skin not only protects you from the sun’s harmful rays, but it also slows down the skin’s aging process.

Skin Rejuvenator

Along with protecting the skin from sun damage and signs of aging, using almond oil as a skin moisturizer will soften and smooth the skin. According to the February 2010 issue of “Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice,” almond oil has emollient properties, which gives it the ability to rejuvenate and soften the skin, which will even out the skin tone and improve the complexion. The author, Z. Ahmad, from the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Salisbury General Hospital in the U.K., also states that almond oil has been shown to reduce scarring that occurs with surgery, and should be considered as a possible post-operative treatment.

Reduces Skin Irritation

Skin irritation, such as itching and swelling, can also be reduced with almond oil. There are many skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema, that cause inflammation of the skin, as well as redness and an itchy rash. Topical application of almond oil can temporarily relieve the inflammation and the irritation associated with such conditions. For some people with nut allergies, however, almond oil can be a skin irritant, so before applying it to the skin, a small patch test should be done to determine if you have an allergy, or sensitivity, to almond oil.

Let’s recap the multitdue of benefits attained by using this luxrious gift from our planet:

  • High in minerals, protein, naturally occurring vitamins (A, B1, B2, B6 and E), and mono- and poly-unsaturated fatty acids
  • Reduces acidity/inflammation in your body
  • Protects skin from harmful UV rays
  • Easily absorbed
  • Moisturizes deeply
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Improves complexion and skin glow
  • Slows down skin’s aging process
  • Can reverse skin damage
  • Moisturizes, softens, rejuvenates skin & evens out skin tone and improves
  • Reduces scarring that occurs with surgery
  • Relieves inflammation and the irritation associated with severe skin conditions
  • Reduces the appearance of signs of aging
  • Helps dark circles appear lighter
  • Soothes your skin and helps reduce the appearance of puffiness
  • Nourishes, smoothes, and softens your skin
  • Helps you achieve your dream of beautiful skin

According to the following information from Wikipedia, ingesting almond oil provides many additional benefits. Please keep in mind that you DO ingest what you place on your skin and that is why it is imperative that you consider what your largest organ, your skin, is coming in to contact with daily.

The sweet almond contains about 26% carbohydrates (12% dietary fiber, 6.3% sugars, 0.7% starch and the rest miscellaneous carbohydrates), and may therefore be made into flour for cakes and cookies (biscuits) for low-carbohydrate diets or for patients suffering from diabetes mellitus or any other form of glycosuria.

Almonds are a rich source of vitamin E, containing 24 mg per 100 g. They are also rich in monounsaturated fat, one of the two “good” fats responsible for lowering LDL cholesterol.

Claimed health benefits of almonds include improved complexion, improved movement of food through the colon (feces) and the prevention of cancer. Recent research associates the inclusion of almonds in the diet with elevating the blood levels of high density lipoproteins and of lowering the levels of low density lipoproteins.

A controlled trial showed that, in spite of the high fat content of almonds, using them in the daily diet reduced a number of risk factors for heart disease, including cholesterol and blood lipids.

In Ayurveda, an ancient system of health care that is native to the Indian subcontinent, almond is considered a nutrient for the brain and nervous system. It is said to induce high intellectual level and longevity. Almond oil is called Roghan Badam in Tibb Yunani طب يوناني (the Greco-Persian system of medicine). It is extracted by cold process, and is considered a nutritive aphrodisiac both for massage and internal consumption. Recent studies have shown that the constituents of almond have anti-inflammatory, immunity boosting, and anti-hepatotoxicity effects.

In a study printed in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, experts discovered that almonds contain phenolics and flavonoids (a combination of flavonols, flavan-3-ols, hydroxybenzoic acids and flavanones) in their skins analogous to those of certain fruits and vegetables. For instance, a one-ounce helping of almonds holds a similar quantity of total polyphenol as ½ cup of cooked broccoli.

Now you know why Agape Beauty uses this very powerful ingredient in almost every product we create!

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June 24, 2012
by Sheen
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Raw, Organic Cocoa Butter…Deliciously Soothing!

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Raw, organic cocoa butter (also known as Cacao butter) is an ideal skin care product because it contains a large number of antioxidants that act synergistically to present a massive offensive against the free radicals that destroy your skin cells and lead to premature aging.

According to Wikipedia, free radicals are closely associated with oxidative damage. Antioxidants are reducing agents, and limit oxidative damage to biological structures by passivating free radicals. Think of what happens to an apple that has been sliced open and remains exposed to the air for only a short bit of time. This is oxidative damage. Free radicals are also formed by exposure to pollutants such as pesticides, and particularly the various toxic components of tobacco smoke.

Free radicals destroy cells; including skin cells. As they begin to do their damage on your skin, your skin cells quickly begin to age.  Your skin wrinkles and dries up, and you begin to appear years older than you are. This is where the benefits of antioxidants help protect your cells. Cocoa butter contains a large number of antioxidants, much larger than blueberries and many other super foods, which neutralize a wide range of free radicals and superoxides. Cocoa butter is loaded with Vitamin E; a strong antioxidant – the strongest of all the antioxidant vitamins in fact, and can easily neutralize oxidizing agents. Cocoa butter also contains high does of vitamins A and C.

It has been scientifically proven that cocoa butter will prevent skin degradation due to the harmful effects of the UV light in the rays of the sun – UV radiation generates free radicals that are very effective at destroying skin.  Just look at the effect of sunburn! Cocoa butter is an excellent shield against these harmful UV rays.

Cocoa butter also contains a large number of highly bioavailable minerals that are more effective in their natural plant form than from a vitamin; calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, copper and iron. It also contains tryptophan, an essential amino acid that is involved in the formation of serotonin, the ‘feel good’ neurotransmitter, and also dopamine and phenylethylamine, that are all great components to helping you feel great. Cocoa butter works to help you feel better from the inside out.

Without a doubt, there are few better skin care products than cocoa butter.

Here’s the recap of this beautiful ingredient:

  • Highly effective against fight free radicals
  • Loaded with bioavailable vitamins and minerals
  • Helps increase hydration
  • Decreases skin roughness and scaling
  • Supports UV damage control from overexposure to the sun
  • Improves blood flow and vessel function
  • Forms a micro-thin barrier that seals in moisture while still allowing your skin to easily breathe.

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chemist

June 17, 2012
by Sheen
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The Quality Behind Each of Agape Beauty Products

Extensive scientific testing goes into every single essential oil that we use in our Agape Beauty Skin Care Products; they are so pure and finely processed that it takes just a tiny amount to give you the best benefits of that particular oil. This means that your money investment goes further, and your body is receiving optimum health and holistic benefits. Essential oils can often be overlooked as “just something that smells pretty”, but we assure you that incorporating them into your daily skin care routine will reap clear benefits in a surprisingly short amount of time. Our cornerstone products are our Moisturizing Serums that contain Frankincense. We encourage you to give these amazing serums a try and observe the results your skin experiences in the first month!

Testimonials:

“I came across your products at a festival and I simply have to try more! I bought a sample bottle of your face serum, and I applied it to the sunburn acquired later that weekend. My skin healed quickly and with no peeling. I honestly cannot begin to tell you how impressed I am with your products, and you have found a dedicated repeat customer in me! I hope to try everything you sell at some point! My favorite product is the frankincense facelift serum. The oil feels heavenly on my skin, and the aromas have a remarkable effect on my mood and sense of well being. I am a professional makeup artist, and I will be recommending your products to my clients!?”

-Adrienne, Professional Makeup Artist, Indiana

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-Dasha, Professional Makeup Artist, Milan & Paris

“I’ve been using the frankincense serum for just over a week and I have noticed a difference! I’ve done what you recommended – mixing equal drops of the serum with water and applying to my face – my skin looks great!”

-Elaine, North Carolina

“As a woman in my 60’s, I’ve tried everything on the market to improve the look and feel of my skin. I refuse to resort to plastic surgery. :) Your moisturizing serum has made a world of difference in my skin’s appearance and in how I feel. I look 10 years younger! This is the first product that has brought me quick and noticeable results. I’m a firm believer and will always have this product on my skin. I’m telling everyone!”

-Lauren, Texas

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body wrap

June 11, 2012
by Sheen
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Detoxing Fat = Losing Inches? It’s a Wrap!

Unless you were raised in a monastery high atop the Himalayas, it is highly probable that you have toxic stress within your body that you want to remove. Toxins come from various sources; vaccines, medications, chemicals we breathe in, eat and use, processed foods, cosmetics, body care products, water, car fumes, stress, etc. You get the picture, right? In this day and age it is nearly impossible not to be exposed on some level to something that isn’t naturally healthy for your body.

Our bodies are so beautiful. They are innately intelligent and know exactly how to deal with everything we do to it or expose it to. When it absorbs toxins it knows to keep those poisons away from our vital organs so it tucks them away in our adipose tissue (fat cells) until we provide the extra support it needs to flush them out. Providing certain natural compounds to our body is like giving it a cellular signal that it is time to release its toxic load. Detoxification, however, must be done properly in order to a Herxheimer reaction (the dying off of bacteria faster than the body can remove it thus causing flu-like symptoms) and therefore should be done daily. According to Dr. Hill, “We are much better off taking a daily approach, and being supportive, to the cleansing organs that are designed to detoxify our bodies.” (To learn more, please read my post:  What Science & Research are Saying: Cleansing the Body by Dr. David Hill.)

As a holistic nutrition expert with Nutritional Rhythm, and the developer of organic, nutritional skin care that is pure enough to eat, my focus is always on the importance of what we put in and on our bodies. Your body truly is your temple and you’ve only been blessed with one in this lifetime so worship it. Why make it work so hard to rid itself of junk in the first place? For those toxins that are unavoidable in the modern world though, additional steps should be taken. I’ve created the Fat Blaster Body Wrap Cream that really works. Since you now understand the function of those beautiful fat cells, you know that not only will you be reducing inches by helping the body to release toxins, you’re also going to start feeling better! The Fat Blaster Body Wrap Cream is very potent for its detoxifying benefits yet it gentle enough to be used as daily support. As always, all of Agape Beauty products are made of ingredients that are pure enough to eat, organic and created to provide the most purely potent product on the market. Not only will you be losing inches (I lost 9.5 inches overall in my first three sessions!), but you actually are introducing very powerful detoxifying agents into the body in the form of  Certified Pure Therapuetic Grade® essential oils.

Using the wrap is simple and one of the best parts is that you can do this at home and save a fortune! The average spa price for one body wrap treatment is $100. PLUS, if you have a little extra fat around your face and neck, our product is safe for those areas too!

To prepare for your body wrap you should exfoliate your skin using a dry brushing technique or in a warm shower using Agape Beauty salt scrub or sugar scrub to remove the dead skin and open your pores.

For complete and easy instructions on wrapping your luscious body and saying goodbye to old toxins, please select this link.

Testimonials:

  • “I’ve been using the Fat Blaster body wrap on my clients at Namaste Spa with excellent results and what a wonderful, aromatic spa experience!”

-Dr. Karen Harum

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mother's-day

May 3, 2012
by Sheen
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Exciting News!!! Rose Essential Oil is Now in Our Intensive Repair Serum

Be still for a moment and focus on your heart. Can you feel the Divine Feminine? She is there wanting to nourish and nurture you and to let you know that there is no greater form of love than to express it for yourself. With your well of love full, it will easily pour over into the lives of everyone around you. Love is your natural state-of-being and it is your duty to yourself to provide that to you.

For millennia, the simple and profoundly beautiful rose has been a symbol of love. Did you know that the aromatic compound of the rose is also one of the most powerful essential oils on the planet? Its energetic vibration outmatches anything else that has been tested to date. One drop of this transformational essential oil can easily affect a room full of people by uplifting their spirits and increasing their sense of well-being. Think of how wonderful it would be to know that you helped create that much love and peace with so many people just by being present.

According to Dr. Susan Lawton, “CPTG Rose Essential Oil supports and soothes the emotions. It lifts depression, eases anxiety and panic, elevates spirits, and reduces stress and tension. It stabilizes mood swings, particularly if they are related to postnatal depression. It calms the nerves and helps to overcome hyperactivity and insomnia. Rose is very helpful with many aspects of grief and prolonged sadness. It helps to eliminate feelings of disappointment, jealous, resentment and anger and can help dissolve emotional blocks standing in the way of happiness. It inspires creativity and intuition. CPTG Rose Essential Oil benefits all skin types, especially mature, sensitive, dry, or damaged skin. It helps restores the moisture balance and smoothes wrinkles. It soothes and comforts psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, and other skin disorders by reducing inflammation. It also works well in healing wounds.”

Now, and possibly for a limited time, we have added CPTG Rose Essential Oil to our Intensive Repair Serum with an introductory price of only $35! CPTG Rose Essential Oil if very difficult to obtain and we can’t promise we’ll have this in stock for long so get yours now! It takes 2 1/2 dozen roses to create one loving drop of this beautiful essential oils and our vendor is very picky about the quality and potency of the roses they use so this oil is rarely available for purchase.

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