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This is the new home for Soleluna Cosmetics updates, news and events. Formerly this was the home of our blog with natural beauty DIYs - they're still up for you to browse and enjoy!

 

 

Kenna Whitnell

Soleluna Cosmetics

 

By Soleluna Cosmetics, Feb 7 2017 01:17AM

Hello Natural Beauties,


As the #100DaysofEOs campaign comes to a finish, we wanted to say thank you for following our journey on how to incorporate essential oils into your everyday life.




We combined top 13 essential oil do-it-yourself recipes into a FREE eBook. We invite you to explore the endless uses and benefits of essential oils for skincare, haircare, household use and more.


DOWNLOAD FREE eBOOK


You can find high quality and sustainable sourced essential oils in our shop by clicking here.


Treat yourself: spend over $30.00 and you qualify for our 14% off storewide sale! Simply use the promo code “FEB14” at checkout.


XO,

Kenna




By Soleluna Cosmetics, Jan 9 2017 02:06AM

Benefits of Face Oils and Serums


More and more brands are coming out with “face oils and serums” but what are these new products? Facial oils/serums are a great skincare/beauty staple for anyone whose skin could use a boost of nourishment and can make a remarkable difference for all skin types including dry, flaky, mature, acne prone, and oily skin types. When used daily, facial oil/serums will make your skin feel smoother, softer, and add a natural glow!



What are Face Serums?

Facial oils can include fragrant plant oils (essential oils) and non-fragrant, fatty plant oils (jojoba, avocado, grapeseed, rosehip, etc.)


How do I use Face Oils/Serums?

There are many ways to use a facial oil/serum including under your moisturizer, on its own, as a makeup primer, or blended into your foundation! Facial oils are helpful for keeping skin's vital hydration locked in and they have incredible, instantaneous skin-smoothing properties. It is important to remember that facial oils/serums are not a “one type fits all” and that you should choose a product based on your skincare needs and/or personal needs. Facial oils/serums do not replace other essential skincare products such as a cleanser, toner or moisturizer.


The ingredients that make up a facial oil/serum including the essential oils and non-fragrant plant oils are a rich source of antioxidants and replenishing emollients. The blend of essential oils chosen your for facial oil/serum can also have aromatherapy benefits such as relaxation, anti-stress, energizing effects, etc.


What Face Oils are the best?

Soleluna Cosmetics will be hosting a Facial Oil/Serum workshop on January 21st [Tickets here]. At this workshop you will learn about the uses and benefits of seven common essential oils, the best carrier oils for different skin types and how to create a customized blend that suites your skin needs.

Speaking in more general terms, certain oils work better for you than others. It is important to experiment and see which oils you prefer.


For all natural, handcrafted skincare and cosmetics #ShopSolelunaC !


XO

Kenna


By Soleluna Cosmetics, Oct 26 2016 12:18AM

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Did you know that one in nine Canadian women is expected to develop breast cancer during her lifetime?

In an effort to help the thousands of men and women that are diagnosed with breast cancer annually, Soleluna Cosmetics is offering a limited time THINK PINK skincare set where $2.00 from each set sold will be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF).



Myth or Fact?


This week we are highlighting some myths regarding breast cancer. Here are a few,


Myth: Abortion and miscarriage cause breast cancer

THE FACTS: Abortion does not increase the risk of breast cancer. Scientific evidence demonstrates that there is no link between breast cancer and spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) or induced abortion. These findings are supported by:

• Society of Gynecologic Oncologists of Canada

• Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada

• National Cancer Institute (USA)

• American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

• Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer

• World Health Organization


Myth: Men don’t get breast cancer

THE FACTS: Men have breasts and can develop breast cancer. Their risk, however, is very low, with less than 1% of all breast cancers in Canada occurring in men. Due to the small number of cases, breast cancer in men tends to be less understood than breast cancer in women, is often stigmatized, and may be misdiagnosed or diagnosed in a later stage. Men, like women, are encouraged to be breast aware and discuss any unusual changes in their breasts with a health care provider.


Myth: Eating soy foods causes breast cancer

THE FACTS: Studies in humans have not linked eating soy foods (e.g. tofu, tempeh, miso, etc.) to increased breast cancer risk. In fact, evidence suggests it may even lower the risk for developing breast cancer. Soy foods can be eaten as part of a healthy, balanced diet, both for the general population and people who have had a breast cancer diagnosis.

More research is needed on how soy supplements affect breast cancer risk because they contain much higher isoflavone concentrations than found in food. Until research gives us more information, it is recommended that soy supplements be avoided.


Read more Myth or Factshere


Be Breast Aware


It is extremely important to be breast aware. Just like our bodies, our breasts differ in shape, size, and feel while you age or during different hormonal cycles throughout your life. Being breast aware will make you alert in any changes that seem abnormal so that you can discuss these changes with your doctor.


Try out this breast self-exam once a month and if anything seems out of the ordinary, please consult your doctor.




It is encouraged to perform a breast self-exam once a month
It is encouraged to perform a breast self-exam once a month

THINK PINK Skincare Set


$2.00 from every sale of our Limited Edition: THINK PINK Skincare Set will be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. The skincare set includes a tinted lip balm, rose and aloe toner and goddess serum made 100% natural, vegan and cruelty free


Shop the THINK PINK Skincare set here




For more information on breast cancer, please visit www.cbcf.org.








By Soleluna Cosmetics, Oct 17 2016 12:53PM

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


In 2015, it was estimated that 25,000 women and 220 men in Canada will be diagnosed with breast cancer and that 5,000 women and 60 men will die from the disease (CBCF).


In an effort to help the thousands of men and women that are diagnosed with breast cancer annually, Soleluna Cosmetics is offering a limited time THINK PINK skincare set where $2.00 from each set sold will be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF).




What is Breast Cancer?


Cancer is the result of abnormal cells within our body that lump together to form a mass of tissue called a tumour. When this tumour or cancer growth is located on the breast area, it is called Breast Cancer.There are many factors that play a role in the development of breast cancer, some factors we can control such as diet, exposure to chemicals while others we are unable to control such as genetic mutations.


Over the years, research has played a vital role in improving our knowledge and understanding, of breast cancer while continuing to find ways to reduce of risk of breast cancer. Modern technology, science, earlier detection and better treatments have decreased breast cancer mortality rate by 44% since 1986, breast cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canadian women and is the second leading cause of cancer-related death. More research is needed to better understand how risk factors work together to result in cell changes that lead to breast cancer.


Reduce your Risk


Everyday we are exposed to various elements and chemicals that can put our health at risk. Understanding which products to avoid and which products to use can help reduce your risk of disease and cancer.

(A) Personal Care Products and Cosmetics


Synthetic chemicals are commonly found in everyday personal care products such as shampoo, lotions and makeup exposing your pores and hair follicles to potentially dangerous carcinogens. Examples of hormone disrupting synthetic chemicals include phthalates, parabens, triclosan, alkylphenols, “fragrance” or “parfum” and placental extracts.


Limit you chemical exposure by incorporating simple changes to your daily routine:


- Use products with natural ingredients or fewer synthetic chemical ingredients

- Consider making your own cosmetic and personal care products using plant based ingredients. Check out our Workshops page.

- Read the label and avoid products with synthetic chemicals (above)

- Beware of claims that a product is organic or natural: read the label to find out what’s really in it.


(B) Household Products


Some of the products we use to clean and decorate our homes and take care of our yards and gardens include ingredients that are carcinogens and hormone disruptors.


Here’s how changes in your household habits can help to limit your chemical exposure:


- Switch to non-toxic household products: look for products with the EcoLogo or other credible certification of “green” products and services or ask the store about safer products.

- Make your own cleaning products using safer ingredients. This can be an inexpensive and effective alternative to store-bought non-toxic household products. Check out our resources section for links to DIY (do-it-yourself) recipes or folllow up on Facebook to see how to incorporate using essential oils. #100DaysoEOs

- Avoid chlorine bleach and bleach products: look for “processed chlorine free” on the label.





Shop the THINK PINK skincare set,



For more information on breast cancer, please visit www.cbcf.org.



All information was gathered from www.cbcf.org



By Soleluna Cosmetics, Sep 7 2016 08:28PM

Essential oils are light, small, volatile compounds that evaporate readily at room temperature. They are inhaled and recognized by odour receptors on cilia in our olfactory epithelium. These odour receptors create a signal, carried by olfactory nerves, that reaches the limbic system in our brain. The limbic system is associated with regulating emotions and emotional behaviour, circadian rhythm, fight or flight response and GI functions. It is involved in odour memory and the experiences associated with our specific scents. I encourage you to learn more about the hypothalamus, a component of the limbic system and its regulation of the autonomic nervous system and emotional reactions.


I will now introduce oils that affect our mood in different ways, followed by how to use them safely.


The Oils:


UPLIFTING - citrus oils, top notes, monoterpenes


Bergamot (available in the shop)

Cajeput

Geranium

Grapefruit

Jasmine



Lemon (available in the shop)

Lime

Myrtle

Orange, Sweet

Petitgrain

Rosemary (available in the shop)

Rosewood (available in the shop)



CALMING - lavender is truly the winner here


Carrot Seed

Chamomile, Roman

Clary Sage

Lavandin



Lavender (available in the shop)

Marjoram

Melissa



STIMULATING - warming, digestive stimulant


Bay (West)

Cardamom

Clove Bud

Coriander

Ginger

Myrrh

Nutmeg


Peppermint (available in the shop)


EMOTIONAL TENSION - tension, grief, shock


Clary Sage

Hyssop

Jasmine (Aromatherapy Jasmine body butter available soon)



Mandarin/ Tangerine (Tangerine oil is available in the shop)

Melissa

Rose, Otto



DEPRESSION - citrus and floral




Bergamot (available in the shop)

Clary Sage

Neroli

Orange, Bitter

Orange, Sweet

Rose, Otto

Rosewood (available in the shop)

Tea Tree



ANGER


Chamomile, German



Patchouli (available in the shop)


GROUNDING - roots, woods and earth oils



Cedarwood, Atlas (available in the shop)

Frankincense (available in the shop)

Helichrysum

Sandalwood (available in the shop)

Spikenard

Vetiver

Yarrow




How to use:


AROMATIC


Smell the oil straight from the bottle as needed.

Diffuse the oil in the room with an essential oil steam diffuser.

Add 10 drops to 100 ml water and spray around the room.

Blend several oils together and use smell straight from the bottle or diffuse.

Make a reed diffuser: Add 50 drops essential oil to 50 ml perfumer’s alcohol, add a bunch of bamboo sticks.



TOPICAL


Add 2-5 drops to 10 ml roller bottle (one drop is enough for children under the age of 12, never use essential oils on children under the age of 5). Add carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil) to the bottle. Invert 50 times to mix. Apply to the wrists, top of spine or just smell it straight from the bottle.



INTERNAL


I do not recommend ever taking essential oils internally. It can be very dangerous and should not be done without direct instruction from a licensed physician. The response to essential oils aromatically and topically is much more immediate and effective, there is no reason to take them internally. Essential oils should be considered like a DRUG and children should NOT handle pure essential oil bottles - EVER.









By Soleluna Cosmetics, Aug 30 2016 03:16PM

Chakras and Essential Oils


Have you ever felt unbalanced in some aspect of your life? Of course you have, we all have. Our chakras, or energy centres of the body, can help us identify where that imbalance is. There are many tools to get each chakra back in balance and flowing. Essential oils are a great way to rebalance our chakras and get stagnant energy moving. Keep reading for an Essential Oil Guide to Chakras.


Balance your Chakras with Essential Oils #100daysofEOs
Balance your Chakras with Essential Oils #100daysofEOs

The Root Chakra - base of spine - the physical world


Colour: Red Element: Earth

Concerns with: grounding, survival, security, livelihood.

Balanced: grounded, secure, safe, content

Unbalanced: ungrounded, unclear of purpose, fearful, insecure, confused

Essential Oils: Angelica Root, Benzoin, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Myrrh, Patchouli, Rosewood, Spikenard, Vetiver

A blend for balancing the Root Chakra:

10 drops Frankincense

20 drops Myrrh

20 drops Rosewood

5 drops Vetiver

10 drops Patchouli


The Sacral Chakra - slightly below navel - the physical world


Colour: Orange Element: Water

Concerns with: sexual and creative energy, flow of creation

Balanced: smooth creative flow, healthy sexual desire, positive outlook

Unbalanced: sexual problems, fear of sexual or emotional intimacy, withdrawn, needy

Essential Oils: Bergamot, Cardamom, Clary Sage, Jasmine, Neroli, Orange (Sweet), Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang

A blend for balancing the Sacral Chakra:

5 drops Rose

20 drops Lemon

20 drops Rosewood

2 drops Jasmine

10 drops Sandalwood


The Solar Plexus Chakra - slightly above navel - the physical world


Colour: Yellow Element: Fire

Concerns with: relating to the outer world, identity, self worth, divine will

Balanced: comfortable in own skin, inner peace, patient, flexible, calm demeanor

Unbalanced: low self-esteem, egotistical behaviour, feeling rejected, feeling like the world revolves around you, nervousness, difficulty with emotions, nervous or stressed out, addictive behaviours

Essential Oils: Black Pepper, Cedarwood (Atlas), Cinnamon Leaf, Clove Bud, Coriander, Cypress, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lemongrass, Mandarin, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang

A blend for balancing the Solar Plexus Chakra:

5 drops Vetiver

30 drops Juniper


The Heart Chakra - level with the physical heart


Colour: Green Element: Air

Concerns with: point of connection between body and spirit, physical world and mental and physical experiences, ability to give and receive love in a positive way, ability to cope with sadness, loss, death, grief, abandonment

Balanced: giving, compassionate, joyful, content

Unbalanced: unable to give or receive unconditional love, selfish, jealous, hateful, grief stricken, loneliness, depression

Essential Oils: Bergamot, Cypress, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Melissa, Neroli, Orange (Sweet), Rose, Sandalwood, Tangerine, Ylang Ylang

A blend for the Heart Chakra:

10 drops Bergamot

5 drops Rose

20 drops Palmarosa

1 drop Jasmine


The Throat Chakra - base of throat - mental and physical experiences


Colour: Blue Element: Ether / Sound

Concerns with: communicating thoughts, ideas, opinions, desires and feelings, expression, spiritual teaching, oral, body and written communication

Balanced: effective communication, expressive, good listener, honest, open to criticism, patient

Unbalanced: poor communication, afraid to express thoughts, uncontrollable outbursts, shy, excessive talking, unable to listen

Essential Oils: Basil, Bergamot, Chamomile (German), Cypress, Peppermint, Myrrh

A blend for the Throat Chakra:

10 drops Chamomile (5 german 5 roman)

20 drops Myrrh

10 drops Amyris


The Brow “Third Eye” Chakra - centre of the forehead - mental and physical experiences


Colour: Indigo Element: Light

Concerns with: intellect, understanding, common sense, wisdom, memory, spirituality, intuition

Balanced: intelligent, intuitive, common sense, spiritual, quick to learn new things

Unbalanced: judgemental, overthinking, lacking intuition, non-sympathetic, forgetful, lacking common sense, insomnia, nightmares

Essential Oils: Angelica Root, Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Juniper, Marjoram, Patchouli, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Vetiver

A blend for the Brow Chakra:

20 drops Rosemary

15 drops Juniper


The Crown Chakra - whole crown of head “thousand-petalled lotus” - mental experiences


Colour: Violet Element: Thought

Concerns with: spirituality, deeper understanding of ourselves beyond our physical and materialistic world

Balanced: feeling as though life has a purpose, feeling a deep connection to others, wise, insightful

Unbalanced: unspiritual or unbalanced spirituality, fear of death, unclear of life purpose, feeling alone in the universe

Essential Oils: Cedarwood, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lavender, Myrrh, Neroli, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Spikenard, Vetiver

A blend for the Crown Chakra:

1 drop Jasmine

2 drops Rose

10 drops Sandalwood

20 drops Lavender

20 drops Rosewood

20 drops Frankincense



How to use:


AROMATIC

Smell the oil straight from the bottle as needed.

Diffuse the oil in the room with an essential oil steam diffuser.

Add 10 drops to 100 ml water and spray around the room.

Blend several oils together and use smell straight from the bottle or diffuse.

Make a reed diffuser: Add 50 drops essential oil to 50 ml perfumer’s alcohol, add a bunch of bamboo sticks.


TOPICAL

Add 2-5 drops to 10 ml roller bottle (one drop is enough for children under the age of 12, never use essential oils on children under the age of 5). Add carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil) to the bottle. Invert 50 times to mix. Apply to the wrists, top of spine or just smell it straight from the bottle.


INTERNAL

I do not recommend ever taking essential oils internally. It can be very dangerous and should not be done without direct instruction from a licensed physician. The response to essential oils aromatically and topically is much more immediate and effective, there is no reason to take them internally. Essential oils should be considered like a DRUG and children should NOT handle pure essential oil bottles - EVER.




Where to buy essential oils?


Soleluna Cosmetics now carries 12 Colour Energy essential oils. These oils are uniquely labelled with the colour of the chakra that they correspond to. This can make it easy to use essential oils for chakra balancing on your own - without a guide! CLICK HERE to purchase oils of Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Cedarwood (Atlas), Sandalwood (10% in jojoba), Frankincense, Tangerine, Patchouli, Palmarosa, Juniper Berry, Lemon and Bergamot.



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