New Lotion Recipe! More Hydrating, Great Absorption

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“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”

I took a product I’m really proud of and that has a following and tinkered with it. Why you ask?

“Why mess with a good thing?”

I thought it was a great recipe. But I thought it could be better.

“Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

Sometimes you just have to take a leap and trust your instincts. I’m glad I did….

Birdy Botanicals would like to introduce our new 3-in-1 Antioxidant Lotion!

Exciting changes to recipe:

  • New recipe qualifies for the Whole foods premium grade ingredients list.
  • Same great absorbtion. No greasy ickiness.
  • New light formula spreads faster and easier meaning you use less and spend less time applying to face and body.
  • Includes humectants (meaning retains more moisture to the skin) like glycerine and powerful glycosaminoglycans that maintain and support collagen and elastin.
  • Now contains phosopholipids that improve plumpness, hydration and smoothness of the skin.
  • Pomegranate Sterols that hold more then double their weight in water meaning more hydration. This amazing pomegranate ingredient has the same properties as lanolin and petrolatum but without using an highly allergenic animal product or a synthetic ingredient that can clog pores.

Still has amazing ingredients like:

  • Jojoba – best oil available for moisturizing without clogging pores.
  • Avocado– high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Great for all skin types including sun damaged and mature.
  • Sunflower oils– Contains high amount of Vitamin A that helps hyper- pigmentation and make skin less sensitive to the sun.)Not to be confused with Retin-A – a form of Vitamin A that can be drying and make you more sensitive to the sun.
  • Vitamin C ester– Oil based Vitamin C that penetrates better than water based Vitamin C’s that dissipate before absorbing into skin. Vitamin C is known to boost the immune system of the skin and is a major antioxidant helping reduce the effects of free radicals
  • Plant extracts like pomegranate and ginger– serious antioxidants extracts that help fight free radicals from environmental and sun exposure.
  • Licorice helps even appearance of skin tone and lighten skin helping with hyper pigmentation (dark spots) and is gentle on sensitive skin.

Still available in 3 amazing scents!

So,
“Out with the old in with the new!”

Think Face Toner’s a Skin Care Mystery? 7 Reasons Why You Should Use It

Think Face Toner is a Skin Care Mystery? 7 Reasons Why You Should Use ItTo many, a face toner is a bigger mystery than Stonehenge.

What is it? What’s it for? How do I use it?

People want to know, is it a necessary part of the Skin Care Routine?

For certain skin types it’s a must.

Let’s deMISTify face toner (pun intended) to see if you can benefit from it in your skin care regimen.

First, what is Face Toner?

  • They are liquid topicals generally made with gentle ingredients like aloe, distillates, extracts, essential oils and exfoliates.

Who needs it?

  • Toner is great for acenic, oily, combination, normal and mature skin types
  • Dry skin should opt for a gentle hydrating mist
  • Sensitive skin should always use a patch test first

What’s it for?

7 uses for face toner

 

  1. Shrinks your pores
  2. Removes any excess oil and cleanser residue
  3. Restores your face to proper ph
  4. A gentle toner can be a hydrator
  5. If you’re on the go and need a quick fix, use a gentle toner instead of your regular cleansing routine. Toner, serum, sunscreen, GO!
  6. Evens out your skin tone
  7. And my favorite….Improves penetration of other skin applications. Moist skin absorbs active topicals better than a dry ones, thus improving the performance of your other skin care products.

When do I use it?

Toner vs astringents. What’s the dif?

  • Toners should not be mistaken for astringents.
  • Astringents generally have harsher ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and oil stripping alcohols.
  • Even if you have a lot of oil production, astringents have super harsh ingredients that strip the natural oils from your face necessary for skin balance and force your pores to overproduce oil.

New Product! Introducing Enzyme Face Scrub With Milk and Papaya

Enzyme Face Scrub with milk and papaya
#1 question, “Do you have a scrub?”

Now I can say, “Yes, I do!”

Whoo Hoo!

Exfoliation is a major step in the anti-aging process. You’ve must remove dead skin cells to allow new ones to form in their place.

I created a product that was for most skin types with exfoliating ingredients at gentle but effective levels.

IntroducingBirdy’s new Enzyme Face Scrub with milk and papaya.

Ingredient highlights

  • Papaya and Pineapple enzymes– soften and smooth skin while dissolving dead skin cells.
  • Low levels of Anti-aging exfoliating fruit acids (AHAs- Alpha Hydroxy Acids)– with natural occurring malic, tartaric, glycolic, lactic and oxalic acids to gently strip away dead skin cells, minimize pores and even out your skin tone.
  • Exfoliating Jojoba beads– gently support the other exfoliating ingredients safely without scratching or wounding the sensitive skin on your face.
  • Milk, aloe, chammomile, lavender and green tea– soothe and calm your skin.

A couple things about using AHA’s

  • Professionals often recommend using AHA products at levels of 3% or higher. At these levels, products are extremely active and not for everyone.
  • My Enzyme scrub uses AHA’s and enzymes together at a level of between 1%-2% and has the addition of gentle jojoba beads to support the exfoliating efforts. This creates a gentle but effective scrub that will get the job done effectively for all skin types.

Directions
For all skin types. Sensitive skin use patch test first.

  • Use 2-3 times per week instead of or in addition to cleanser (depending on your skin type).
  • Gently massage onto your face for 1-2 minutes. Don’t scrub too hard! Let the ingredients do their thing.
    Don’t ignore your neck and decolletage. And don’t forget them when you sunscreen too!
  • Always use sunscreen when using exfoliating products

*Sunburn Alert:
This product contains alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.

But since you’re already wearing sunscreen I didn’t need to tell you that, right? 🙂

7 Things You Can do With 3-in-1 Lotion- It’s a Skin Care Workhorse

7 things you can do with 3-in-1 Lotion- It's a workhorse!My 3-in-1 Antioxidant Lotion was my flagship product for a reason. In skin care, if you can’t make a decent lotion then you should “Get the heck outta Dodge.” Right?

The moisturizer I wanted to create:

  • A simple anti-aging moisturizer for the face.
  • To be light and moisturizing, NOT greasy or heavy.
  • To absorb quickly into my skin- To do it’s job and then let me get back to work.
  • Something simple, effective and organic without sacrificing texture, scent or user experience.

And I wanted to include a couple serious anti-aging ingredients that your basic lotion doesn’t include.

This is where our 3-in-1 Antioxidant Lotion makes the competition pale by comparison.

Ingredient highlights:

  • Jojoba, sunflower oil, shea butter and avocado oil penetrate and moisturize without being greasy.
  • Vitamin C ester– A powerful and stable oil-based antioxidant that allows your skin to absorb more than it’s water based counterparts. Vitamin C ester fights free radicals from sun and environmental exposure. It readies your skin to absorbs key nutrients from other ingredients. And, it promotes collagen production that evens your skin tone leaving it smooth and glowing.
  • White tea– The most effective antioxidant in the green tea family with the highest level of polyphenols. Polyphenols protect your skin from ultraviolet radiation and also enhances cell growth.
  • Pomegranate and ginger– Classified as “super” ingredients with major anti-inflammatory and antioxidants properties.

I soon discovered my moisturizer was as effective with my hands and body as it was with my face.

Voila! My 3-in-1 product was born.

But why stop at 3 uses? It’s works for face, body and hands so let’s take this puppy for a ride and see what else it can do.

It’s a workhorse.

7 things you can do with 3-in-1 lotion:

  • Face moisturizer– non greasy and absorbant.
  • Hands moisturizer– moisturizes but absorbs quickly so you can have your hands back to work in a jiffy.
  • Body lotion– Gives you anti-aging benefits from head to toe
  • Gentle shave cream for men and women– even for sensitive skin and areas.
  • Foot cream– Absorbs quickly but penetrates deeply.
  • Controls frizz in hair- start with a pea size amount and massage through your hair. Add more if desired.
  • Remove makeup– Massage on a generous amount for 1-2 minutes on a dry face like a cold cream and wipe off with soft washcloth.

The current trend in skin care is multi-functional products. Birdy’s been doing this for 6 years now and everyone’s finally catching on. Why buy three (or more) products when you can by one?

Let me rephrase that. You don’t want to buy more then 1 product but the skin care companies do.

That’s why Birdy’s got your back. And now it’s a nice, soft, well moisturized back.

3-in-1 Antioxidant Lotion comes in 4 scents:

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Wait…it’s a Room Spray AND a Zombie Repellant?

There I was in my kitchen, minding my own business…

trying to neutralize the smell of the fish tacos my husband cooked the night before. I grabbed my trusty bottle of Birdy Botanicals Nest Room Perfume with Orange, Clove and Cedar and exactly at that moment heard loud grunting and gnashing of teeth and the arhythmic, thumping cadence of someone (or some thing) climbing my back stairs, all announced by the acrid marriage of rotting meat, mildewed laundry and a hint of spearmint. What can I say—I develop beauty products.

Then it appeared.

A foul, malignant visage, trembling and screeching, with a face that looked like it had been removed, pulsed a few times in a Cuisinart and re-applied with a spatula.

Eeew. And it was at my back door and obviously was not a Jehovah’s Witness…

…at least any longer.

The essential oils repelled the rotting corpse, leaving freshness behind

The only weapon I had at my disposal was a Bialetti 2-cup espresso maker at arm’s length on the stove and the Nest Room Perfume spray bottle I still clutched in my right hand. Knowing I still might want a second Americano before beginning my day in earnest, I opted to use the Nest spray. I threw the door open and in one seamless action reflexively spritzed a generous cloud of Nest in what was formerly his face. Fully expecting to be devoured in the next moments, I prepared for my impending doom by closing my eyes and assuming a fetal position on my kitchen floor. The eery silence was accompanied by the lingering aroma of Clove, Orange and Cedar. Reminiscent of a fall morning in Vermont after a gentle rain—with zombies.

When I opened my eyes a few seconds later, the unwelcome pestilent visitor had vanished. I peered out the window in time to catch a glimpse of it heading into an alley rubbing it’s one, working eye and screaming like a 3rd grade girl.

Who knew we’d be using natural products to solve supernatural problems

That’s when I realized—this product I created to inject a little autumn ambience into the rooms of slightly hip, 20-55 year-old females  in the mid-to-upper demographic, could do double duty as a zombie repellant—and Zom-B-Gone was born.

A Birdy post-apocalyptic original, the spicy aromas of Birdy’s Zom-B-Gone are reminiscent of cool, crisp October mornings before the global plague or your Mom’s kitchen before she became one of the legions of walking dead. Zom-B-Gone will clear the air, might save your ass but will definitely leave you humming a happy tune. Because you’re alive.

Now it can be yours for only $12 a bottle. We calculate that one bottle will successfully repel anywhere from 1,500-2,000 walking dead, depending on size, degree of putrification, prevailing winds and aim.

WARNINGS!!

As I was describing to my husband how I thwarted the zombie in my kitchen, I got caught up in the moment and accidentally squirted the poor man in the face with Zom-B-Gone. The good news is now I can say it’s been tested on humans, the bad news is…well just don’t use it on humans. Trust me on this one. The ingredients are all natural but the reaction you get will sound anything but. Also, keep out of reach of children, living or undead.

Birdy’s new Anti-aging Eye Cream: It’s Anti-aging 2.0!


The day I was imagining my new fierce Anti-aging Eye Cream I was channeling Emeril. I was daydreaming about a product that was like my Anti-aging serum but “BAM!” turned up a notch…like anti-aging 2.0!

It has all the benefits of the Anti-aging Serum plus a couple extra bonuses:

  • DMAE for instance gratification and reduction of fine lines and sagging. With repeated use you keep fine lines from setting in.
  • Blue Green Algae to strengthen skin fibers and help regeneration of skin cells.
  • Hyalouronic acid for a major boost of elasticity and hydration.
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid is a very powerful antioxidant repairing damage from the environment.
  • Carrot, blue chamomile and fennel brighten skin tone and reduce swelling.

*For skin types: dry, mature, normal, oily and combination.

It can be used as an eye cream and around the upper and lower lips or as an all-over face serum. It’s gigantic 1 oz unit is an excellent value and full of effective ingredients for your skin! A little bit goes a long way.

*Birdy Disclaimer:
– Our Anti-aging Eye Cream contains a small amount of an exfoliant called “Malic Acid.” If you’ve got sensitive skin ask for a sample with your next order.
– Birdy’s not a huge Emeril fan so if you’re annoyed we don’t blame you.

Our organic Anti-Aging Face Serum is better than ever!

Face Serum IlloBirdy Botanicals Anti-aging Face Serum just got some new additions to it’s scent. I added jasmine, yarrow and fennel to give even more anti-aging benefits like a brighter skin tone.

People often ask me “What’s Birdy’s Anti-aging Face Serum got that the other don’t?” Well, come a little closer.

  • It’s got instant gratification: DMAE reduces fine lines and swelling for the day giving you instant results!
  • Ascorbyl palmitate (Vit. C ester) is a fat soluble forms of Vitamin C. It fights free radicals from the environment that kill and damage skin cells. (Free radicals have nothing to do with the 60’s so leave the hippies alone.)
  • The major power of essential oils. Eleven anti-aging essential oils give you reduction of fine lines, better skin tone and elasticity with in 30 days.

“What else” you ask? Want your cake and to eat it too?

  • Birdy Botanicals is always 100% guaranteed.
  • For all skin types including sensitive and mature.
  • Birdy Botancals Anti-aging Serum is under $30 at full retail price.

Finally, check out a Blog review from Mary Winkenwerder, with BRINK magazine. She calls the Anti-aging Face Serum a “Must have!”
Apply Serum after cleansing your face and before you moisturize. Didn’t you hear? The 40’s are the new 20’s?