Native American Plants

Sochan A close relative to the sunflower, Sochan can grow up to 10 feet tall. It rivals with kale as a nutritional go to source of vitamins and minerals. Milder than spinach, Sochan has especially high levels of vitamin C and folic acid. Found in the south east,  Sochan flowers in a yellow-petaled green-headed coneflower.  Sochan is sustainable if picked correctly, removing lower leaves and not destroying the stalk Branch Lettuce Also...

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Bee Pollen
Aug11

Bee Pollen

Like most health food trends, this one is rooted in celebrity culture, with ex-Spice girl Victoria Beckham claiming it as the secret to her youthful glow. While we can’t corroborate that, what we do know is that it’s a rich source of anti-inflammatory antioxidants, and early animal studies have found it may be helpful in reducing cholesterol, healing wounds, and inhibiting tumor growth. Small human studies have also found it be...

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Buying Beauty Products
Aug11

Buying Beauty Products

Sometimes we still buy skin care products like we do our wine—because the labels are cool. But overall consumers are getting smarter about ingredients. We aren’t falling for things labeled “natural” or “green” without turning the bottle around and reading what’s in them. Arsenic and lead are also products of nature, after all! And while the U.S. government still hasn’t gotten around to regulating what we put on our skin, thanks...

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Hi-tech Beauty
Feb02

Hi-tech Beauty

Hi-tech beauty applications are seemingly everywhere from the salon to the spa to the department store counter.  What this boils down to is more personalized, effective skin care treatments, hair care applications and make-up strategies. Contextualized Reflection What’s not going away anytime soon? Smart mirrors. Using artificial intelligence and augmented reality, they allow consumers to virtually try on lipstick and eye shadow by...

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Ingredients banned from Cosmetics by the European Union
Jan16

Ingredients banned from Cosmetics by the European Union

Banned Cosmetic Ingredients The European Union has taken a stringent approach with regards to the regulation of cosmetic ingredients. Currently Europe has banned over 1300 substances from use in the cosmetics industry due to suspected risks to human health. The United States by comparison has only restricted the use of 11 ingredients. The majority of the European Union banned chemicals usually have complicated names with a number of...

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