We are excited to introduce our natural baby line to you! It has been carefully formulated with organic, whole-food ingredients to cleanse, nourish, hydrate and protect your baby. There’s also a rich belly butter for mom to prevent stretch marks and keep a growing belly happy.
Here are some key points to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about our products:
DO THE BABY PRODUCTS CONTAIN ESSENTIAL OILS?
We love essential oils! However, we don’t use them in our ultra-gentle baby line. The only product that has a touch of essential oils is the Belly Butter, formulated for Mom. The only scent in the baby products comes from steam- distilled hydrasols (that means the water that remains after the plant has been distilled). Hydrasols are gentler than essential oils, while also nourishing the skin and acting as mild anti-bacterials. We also use our own Jusu-infused lavender oil to impart a delicate aroma.
WHAT MAKES YOUR CLEANSER and SHAMPOO FOAM?
Jusu Body is very particular about foaming agents. There are so many harsh, toxic bubble baths, shampoos and body washes on the market. Many of them are thickened with petroleum-based or synthetic thickeners. We use a locally made, pure liquid soap combined with a coconut-based foaming agent that is gentle, environmentally safe, biodegradable and safe enough to eat.
IS YOUR BABY WASH/SHAMPOO DRYING?
We use organic castor oil to provide gentle moisture, along with aloe vera and local seaweed, so it doesn’t dry baby’s delicate skin.
WHAT MAKES YOUR DIAPER BALM SAFER THAN OTHERS?
We don’t use any synthetic fragrances or petroleum-based barriers (carbomer, mineral oil, petroleum jelly). We only use organic, rich healing butters and oils like organic shea butter, virgin coconut oil and camellia oil. We also use herbs as antibacterials. Calendula and Lavender come from our own Jusu garden. Other healing herbs are neem and marshmallow root.
WHY DO YOU PUT ZINC IN YOUR DIAPER CREAM?
Most commercial diaper creams use zinc as their main ingredient. We use a very small percentage of zinc oxide in our diaper cream for its healing and protective qualities. We rely on organic shea butter to do the work in the Jusu Diaper Cream. Zinc oxide is a naturally occurring mineral – its formed when zinc and oxygen get together. However, all zinc oxide is now made in a lab and is pharmaceutical grade. It is non-nano, which means it sits on the surface and does not penetrate.
MOST PRODUCTS HAVE NASTY PRESERVATIVES IN THEM. WHAT DO YOU USE TO PRESERVE YOUR BABY LOTION?
We know what you mean. We avoid any cumulative or “nasty” chemical-based preservatives. We use Elderberry extract, Leuconostat (a ferment filtrate from a radish), and a tiny amount of potassium sorbate (a salt). Our preservatives are food-grade and non-cumulative.
WHAT IS THE SHELF LIFE OF YOUR BABY PRODUCTS?
We believe that “Fresh is Best”. The shelf life of our baby products is anywhere from 10 months to 18 months. They are made with love in small batches. Treat them gently – keep them away from heat sources or out of direct sunlight. These products are safe enough to eat and in fact, they are made with food-grade ingredients.
WHAT IS BARRIER BALM FOR?
This is a herbal, organic butter and oil healing balm infused with the herbs Plantain and Chickweed. It is protective, hydrating and reduces itching and redness. Because of the natural beeswax, shea butter and cocoa butter, it provides a protective layer that can be used safely on sore nipples, chapped lips or the skin around the mouth and nose, or for the diaper area. The Barrier Balm is preserved with a natural Vitamin E.
WHY DO YOU USE SUNFLOWER LECITHIN IN YOUR PRODUCTS?
We use Sunflower Lecithin in our Baby line because we don’t use any silicone, acrylics or petroleum products, and sunflower lecithin helps the natural ingredients bind together, feel silky and nourish at the same time. It is organic and safer than soy lecithin (which is often GMO). It is also protective.
IS YOUR SHAMPOO SAFE FOR BABY’S EYES?
Yes, it is. It is very mild and contains no harsh irritants. Because anything foaming has a higher PH, it can be slightly uncomfortable. If it gets in baby’s eyes, just use a damp cloth to wipe the area. There is absolutely no risk to eyes. Some baby shampoos on the market actually use ingredients that anesthetize the eye to prevent stinging from their harsh ingredients. In our opinion these are not only dangerous, but they are unnecessary.
DO YOU USE THE JUICE PULP IN THE BABY PRODUCTS?
We made a decision not to use our nutrient-dense organic pulp in the baby products. We would love to, but they are produced in the vicinity of other foods and we didn’t want to risk any allergies. So we kept it simple! All other Jusu products contain our fruit and vegetable pulp extract.
WHAT IS THE JUSU BODY BELLY BUTTER SCENTED WITH?
The scent in the Jusu Body Belly Butter is very subtle. It contains a blend of pure essential oils including lavender, rosewood, rose, and ylang ylang. It has a sweet vanilla scent that comes from our natural clove-extracted vanilla powder.
Written by JUSU Body Master Formulator, Karen Van Dyck
The skin around the eyes is fine and much more delicate than any other skin on the body. It’s thinner, in order to allow the eye to move easily and quickly. This is a good thing, but it also comes with its own set of considerations. Because the eye moves constantly – even in sleep – this skin gets a workout.Many people suffer from dark circles, dryness, wrinkling, puffiness or loose skin around the eye area. The eyes are the window to the soul, and also to the health of the body. Life – all of it - even breathing - produces toxins for the body to eliminate
These toxins occur from lack of sleep, a poor diet, environmental toxins and emotional stress. The effects are clearly seen in the face, and especially around the eyes.Have you ever seen that extra glass of wine, or that lost hour of sleep, or that night on the computer – show up under your eyes? So, what can be done?
The trick is to reduce your toxic load. Besides improving sleep patterns, avoiding alcohol, eating right and dealing with stress in a healthy fashion (like exercise), you can also help the body to gently detox by nourishing, toning and tapping. Stimulating the tiny muscles around the eyes will help tone and improve the appearance around the eye area. The lymphatic system and the sinus system in the face benefit from nourishing products containing detoxifying and supportive ingredients to help the body recover and renew. Gently tapping or applying light massage from the outside corner of the eye in towards the tear ducts will assist the body in detoxing and reducing puffiness. You can actually feel the drainage through the sinus system.
Dark circles can mean a lack of iron (anemia), be a symptom of allergies or can be inherited. People of Asian or African descent can sometimes have heavier pigmentation around the eye area. Skin brighteners, or natural ingredients that have an enzyme called Tyrosinase – will slow and block the formation of pigment in age spots or dark areas on the skin. Ingredients that brighten and lighten are fermented ingredients, acids such as Kojic acid (found in fermented rice), Citric acid (found in citrus fruits), or herbs like horseradish, licorice root and uva ursi.
Puffiness is an accumulation of water – the body sends in the troops to deal with distress. If you are tired or hungover, eating salty or fast foods, or simply dealing with a difficult situation – the water arrives. The cucumber rings and tea bags you often see in spa ads are wonderful soothing solutions. They are astringent and diuretic – they tone the skin and help remove excess water.Ironically, drinking water is also a solution. It helps to flush the toxic buildup and reduce puffiness. As we age, fat can accumulate around the eye to store toxins, so it becomes more important than ever to reduce your toxic load daily.
Last, but definitely not least, is the power of gravity. Gravity pulls things down towards the earth, and the cumulative effects of gravity on the body is a natural part of living and getting older. When it comes to the eyes and gravity - the fine skin around the eye can’t do the heavy lifting. The last thing we want to do to our eyes is to load them down with heavy, thick eye creams. It is easy to get drawn in with the latest chemical actives and rich oils and butters, but using these products can actually worsen the appearance of the eye area.
In fact, one of the easiest ways to diminish gravity’s effect on the skin is to get upside down - yoga, inversions and non-weight bearing activities might actually improve the tone of the skin around the eyes (plus it’s fun!).
To bring things into focus: look for an eye serum withnatural, food-grade ingredients in a light, absorbable formulation that tones and lightly firms. Seaweeds, aloe vera, astringent herbs like Spilanthes - all offer gentle toning and tightening qualities. Avoid chemicals or synthetic cosmeceutical actives; they add to your body’s overall toxic load. To assist the body to drain toxins around the eyes, a small amount of Moringa Oil or organic cold-pressed castor oil will stimulate your lymphatic system to do its job. Skin brighteners like sake kasu and licorice root will brighten and lighten.
If you work at a computer, give your eyes a 30 second break for every hour of work. At night, ease into a restful slumber by turning off bright lights and using candles or low lighting to ramp up melatonin production. Sip some clean fresh water before turning in for the evening and read a book instead of looking at a screen. Your eyes and brain will thank you for it!
When the summer sun is beaming down, it becomes extra important to hydrate and protect our skin. As Fall slowly trickles in and the air becomes more crisp and cool, our skin responds to the changes in temperature and humidity. It's becomes more important than ever to adapt our skincare routines with the seasons to keep skin nourished and glowing no matter the weather.
JUSU Body Lotions and Face Creams are pure fresh food for the skin. We put a lot of nourishing ingredients into the bottle.
Our oils and butters are organic, unrefined, cold-pressed and full of rich fatty acids; including shea, mango and cocoa butters, along with cold-pressed tree and seed oils like Grapeseed, Camellia (Tea seed), Coconut and Borage.
Creams and lotions deliver needed moisture deep into the skin, protecting us from the elements. The water portion includes aloe vera juice, floral hydrosols (floral waters) and structured distilled water. We hold it together with a food-grade, naturally-sourced emulsifier blend and boost it with a shot of vitamin and mineral-rich juice extract. The delicious scents come from pure plant extracts and essential oils. Instead of creating an addictive need, we’re providing nourishment for the skin.
How do creams work? A cream is known in the industry as an “oil-in-water”, or “water-in-oil” emulsion. They can vary in richness (oil content). This water and oil combination is recognized by the body, easily absorbed and works to protect parched skin. Something known as an emulsifier holds it together (kind of like the egg in a Caesar Salad dressing!) and this emulsifier also contributes to a moisture-rich barrier to protect during the day.
Did you know, you can also heal and rejuvenate your skin at night as you sleep? To do so requires a different product; while face creams are perfect for the day, a high-quality face oil is the true champion at night.
Why? Your body’s wisdom kicks in – your temperature goes up slightly causing your pores to open and excrete toxins through your sweat.
Applying thick night creams actually slows and interferes with your body’s natural detox systems, hindering this valuable and necessary nightly renewal process. Since oil and water don’t mix (there’s that salad dressing reference again!), a Night Oil is the perfect way to experience supple, nourished skin as you detoxify naturally overnight. Toxins leave with water through your pores and the oil is absorbed easily through the fat layer in your skin. When you wake up in the morning your face is dewy, vibrant and toned.
Being judicious with what you put on your skin is a wise move. Sometimes we have the best intentions, but when you slather on those coconut or pineapple-fragranced, petroleum-based or synthetic, silicone-laden body creams and night creams, you are actually contributing to the aging of your skin and slapping your immune system with a negative hit.
To take it one step further, petroleum (carbomer, Vaseline, PEG’s, mineral oil) ingredients actually shut down your body’s natural oil-producing mechanisms, resulting in a nasty dry skin cycle. You know the one: cover yourself with lotion or cream, your body sucks it in, feels great, but the next day your skin is dryer than ever!
So get out there and enjoy the last of the long days. Choosing to use JUSU Body whole-food body lotions and night oils will heal dry patches and actually improve the moisture retention in your skin, so sleep well while your body rejuvenates with JUSU's plant-based and naturally nourishing moisturizers.
Microbeads are tiny plastic beads that are used in personal care products predominantly to impart exfoliation and cleansing properties to the skin. They are most commonly found in scrubs, masks, cleansers. They are also used as fillers in laundry products and even toothpastes.
Sounds like these tiny plastic beads are relatively benign and provide us with glowing, clean skin, right? Unfortunately not. These deleterious pieces of plastic 1 mm and smaller in size wreak havoc on waterways, animals, and humans.
Thankfully, Canada has joined other countries in enacting a ban (in effect as of July 1st) on the sale of microbeads in toiletries, body washes, toothpaste and personal care products. One tube of face cleanser can contain around 300000 microbeads, so this is step in the right direction of protecting the environment.
The Macro Impact of Microbeads
Microbeads travel down the drain and infiltrate our waterways: oceans, rivers, streams and lakes. Given their tiny size, microbeads are not filtered out by wastewater treatment plants. These plastic beads act as mini-sponges, soaking up toxic chemicals along their journey down the drain into waterways, and eventually they find their way into our drinking water.
Fish and other marine organisms feast on these plastic particles as they are unable to differentiate between microbeads and food. Larger fish eat smaller fish, and the problem compounds as it moves up the food chain. Oysters, clams and shellfish are particularly affected, and their ability to reproduce is being severely impacted by microbead infection. We wind up eating and in some cases even drinking (microbeads that enter water supply systems can pass through water treatment plants) the very plastic that has been used to exfoliate our bodies. Yes, the need for truly safe and ecofriendly personal care products is very, very real!
Tides of Change
Over the last decade, increasing amounts of research on the deleterious impact of microbeads alongside activism and education has led to some political action banning microbeads. The federal government of Canada has recently placed a ban on the manufacture and importation of personal care products containing plastic microbeads that are equal or below 5 mm in size.
Following suit with the FDA's Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 prohibiting the manufacturing, packaging, and distribution of rinse-off cosmetics containing plastic microbeads, the nationwide ban on the sale of personal care products containing microbeads will be enforced from July 1st, 2018 onward.
What you can do
Here is how you can ensure that you do not purchase or are not currently using products with plastic microbeads in them. Look out for the ingredients polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethlyl methacrylate (PMMA) or nylon on the product label. Instead seek ingredients with easily recognized and whole-food ingredients.
Unfortunately, if you do have products that contain microbeads, there is no perfect way to dispose of products containing them.
Remember when you throw things away they have to go somewhere. “Beat the Microbead”, an international campaign against microplastic ingredients in cosmetics, recommends either sending the product back to the manufacturer explaining that you will not purchase their products as long as they use plastics in them, or to dispose of the product in the trash ensuring that they do not end up in our waterways.
This story of microbeads demonstrates that what you or I wash our bodies with or more generally put down the drain on a daily basis can have massive ramifications on the environment, the planet’s health and our health.
Natural Exfoliation = Sexy Exfoliation
Does this mean that we have to kiss the luxurious joys of skin care exfoliation goodbye? Absolutely not. There are safe, non-toxic, eco-friendly exfoliant alternatives. In fact, nature is teeming with beautiful natural exfoliants. There is no time better than now to say hello to eco-friendly exfoliation.
These are a few of the Jusu Body Team’s favorite natural exfoliants that are amazing to incorporate into DIY skincare:
Himalayan Pink Salt
Coconut or almond meal
At JUSU Body we use natural jojoba beads in our body wash for soft, gentle exfoliation. These liquid wax beads are 100% biodegradable and an amazing pore cleanser and skin balancer. In our face exfoliants we use oats, dried organic juice pulp, fruit and vegetable extracts, pearls, bamboo, and seeds.
Let’s get educated and creative. Who doesn’t want sexy, supple, exfoliated and, above all, SAFE skin?
Written by: Abbey Eurchuk
JUSU Body Communications Expert
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We’d like to share some insight related to common ingredients found in most cosmetic and body care products (you will not find any of these ingredients in the JUSU Body products)! So put on your spy glasses and fedora, play a little classic detective jazz and let us get to the bottom of this.
The first thing to look out for is the use of the words, “Fragrance” or “Parfum”. These two “ingredients” often denote a complex cocktail of chemicals that include toxic preservatives.
The real issue with “fragrance” or “parfum” is that you can never fully know the chemicals that are used in a given product. A good rule of thumb is to NEVER use products with either of these ingredients. We all love luxurious aromas, but make sure your “lemon fresh” body product is scented from pure lemon essential oil and not “lemon fragrance".
Let's discuss phthalates. I realize that word looks like some type of hippie yoga, but phthalates are far from chill. Phthalates are an “ingredient” everyone would be wise to avoid in their personal care products, as they may contain carcinogenic ingredients. Phthalates can also be hidden under the word, “parfum”.
The plastic water bottle you use and reuse likely has phthalates. Phthalates are found in everyday things. The lotion you may have been slathering on contains potentially cancer-causing ingredients. As do dryer sheets, which go on our clothing and in turn our bloodstream.
Fortunately, JUSU body products contain no Phthalates. Scented with 100% pure, therapeutic grade and organic essential oils, they give you the scents you appreciate about body care products, without the compromise.
The next important thing to focus on is the synthetic preservatives. Some of these are called “Parabens” and they have been linked to hormone disruption, DNA damage, increased skin aging and even cancer. There are so many toxins we can control. We’re restricted by our environment, but completely in control of what we ingest into our body.
One thing many consumers may not understand is the meaning of “alcohol” listed on the label. There are many different types of alcohols. You may think that all alcohols are in forms of consumable beverages. You know, like the kind your aunt used to put in her morning coffee or the kind of quality boxed wine consumed by a rogue teenager. Another common assumption is that all alcohol is extremely drying and that is also not the truth.
Did you know there are vitamins we need that are alcohols? Retinol or (vitamin A derivative) and tocopherol (Vitamin E) are very common alcohol nutrients we need. However, in most cosmetic ingredients you will find some very bad alcohols we should all avoid (rest assured we at JUSU Body do not have the disruptive forms of alcohol in our products).
Alcohols to avoid:
SD Alcohol 40, ethanol, isopropyl alcohol
Now if you want to preserve your youthful skin look no further than at your local morgue. That is right folks, come on down to the lower level where true beauty starts (said no one ever). Why then, do we find formaldehyde in the most common beauty care products? Whoever thought that using an ingredient in embalming fluid would be a great preservative to rub on your face? The EPA has classified formaldehyde as a “probable human carcinogen”. This should be is a no-brainer. I am pretty sure if you saw the words “embalming fluid” on the bottle you would probably put it down.
Be health-savvy by avoiding the following ingredients:
Becoming an educated consumer and learning how to read our body care and cleaning product labels can seem daunting. By looking out for these ingredients and avoiding them you are doing yourself and the planet some serious favours. At Jusu Body we put health first and will never use any of the above ingredients.
Additionally, there are amazing third party resources to help you make educated and safe consumer purchases. Visit sites like www.EWG.org and download apps like “Think Dirty”. These are online directories of products and ingredients that gives each product a toxicity hazard score. The higher the score, the worse it is for you. Visit our site at www.jusubody.com to get comprehensive information on our JUSU Body ingredients.
Imagine, you arrive at your favourite grocery store. You walk past the locally grown produce and the organic bulk bins of nuts and seeds. You make your way over to the beauty care aisle and you are stopped in your tracks. You look down at your organic non-GMO tomatoes and your favourite water kefir... then you realize something all too common. In your effort to make clean, clear choices with minimal ingredients, you realize that the shampoo you just purchased from the health food store has 38 ingredients and you can’t pronounce one.
You look down and read a few of the first ingredients; you stumble through words like Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Polyethylene Glycol (PEG), Propylene Glycol and you make a quick decision to purchase it based on the bottle’s advertising that boasts the words “green” and “clean.” What you don’t realize is that the marketing directive of unethical cosmetic companies is to get you to look away from the ingredients and focus instead on, the compelling advertisements.
They may say things like, “Restore your hair's healthy shine” or “Renew your dry skin.” Beautiful images and promises are plastered all over the front, back and sides of your new purchase. These companies rely on the fact that most people do NOT read the label and that even when consumers do, labels can be very difficult to read. This common practice is known as “greenwashing.” Without knowledge of the company and its true level of integrity and purpose, it’s difficult to know what to believe.
When seeking out truly clean, quality body-care products, look for fewer ingredients and more simplistic terms. Ingredients like Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera Juice and Grapeseed Oil are some of the ingredients in our synthetic chemical-free, holistic skincare at Jusu Body.
When you look at labels and see words like, “Alpha-tocopherol” and “Butyrospermum parkii”, you may become overwhelmed again. Jusu Body believes in complete transparency so that you know what every ingredient is, where it comes from and what it does. Check out our “JUSUpedia” located on our website jusubody.com, where you can look up all of the ingredients listed on the JUSU Body product label. For example, Alpha tocopherol is simply Vitamin E and Butyrospermum Parkii is actually Shea Butter.
We want you to BE INFORMED!
Download apps like “Think Dirty” and visit websites like www.EWG.org . These are online directories of products and ingredients that give products a rating to indicate just how clean (or dirty) they really are. Visit our site at www.jusubody.com to get comprehensive information on our JUSU Body ingredients. Stay tuned for Label Reading 102 coming soon!
It turns out that all those lovely coconut and fruit-scented, creamy, foamy brand-name shampoos you have been using all your life contain some of the harshest and most toxic chemicals on the planet.
Bottom line? They aren’t good for you. They strip your hair’s natural oils and they are destructive to our waterways and ocean. How did such chemical-laden shampoo ever make it to the marketplace ? Let me tell you the story of shampoo.
In the 19th and early 20th century, people washed their hair on average once a week. Their hair was thicker, healthier, shinier and their scalps were healthier. Mild soap bars (low alkalinity) and warm water was used to wash hair, while herbs and teas were used to impart shine and softness to the hair.
This system worked well – particularly because the water was “soft” water from streams and rain-barrels (collected rainwater). Soft water is “surface water” and it is low in minerals like calcium. It makes a soft, cleansing lather. However, as city infrastructures grew and water was sourced through underground pipes, the water was no longer soft and soap reacted with it, often leaving an undesirable residue or scum on hair and clothes.
In the 1920’s the first chemical detergents were invented. They were strong, harsh and most importantly, they could make mountains of creamy foam in any kind of water. The market opened up, and creative chemists formulated the first commercial shampoos. What they didn’t tell you is that there is a trade-off: in order to get the big lather, you are sacrificing your health and the health of the environment. These harsh detergents strip natural oils from hair and scalp. Other nasty chemicals and coating agents (silicones, acrylics and cationics) give hair a silky feel. Synthetic perfumes were added and the illusion of perfect hair care was complete. By the 1950’s, we had started to associate lather with clean hair; we were in love with chemicals, and we have not looked back since – until now.
Why are most modern shampoos bad for you? There are many reasons. This cocktail of chemicals enters your body through your skin and lungs and gets into your blood where it wreaks havoc over time. This can contribute to toxic overload, neurological malfunction, hormone imbalance and other nasty things. Constant use causes skin and hair to become “distressed” and more vulnerable to breakouts, acne, eczema, psoriasis, wrinkles, rosacea, oil-imbalance, chronic dryness and hair loss.
On top of that, detergents are an environmental catastrophe! They are harsh and do not biodegrade. Most are made from petroleum derivatives and they end up down our drains, entering streams and rivers, where they dissolve the protective lipid layer of tiny plants, fish and aquatic life. The animals that drink from these water sources ingest these toxins.
Fortunately, green chemists are now coming up with gentle, healthy, plant-derived detergents; the gentlest are called glucosides. They have a “soapyness,” but not the rich unhealthy lather. They don’t strip your skin or hair, are biodegradable, non-toxic and baby safe. Jusu Body shampoo is a combination of food-grade emollients (softeners), organic oils and a mild natural foaming agent called “cocoglucoside” (biodegradable, plant-based, and extremely gentle).
Do healthy shampoos that work exist? The plant world offers natural foaming plants like Soapberries and Acacia (Shikaki). If you’ve tried them, you’ll find that, although healthier, they are not nearly as luxurious as the fantasy foamers we’ve come to know and love (and a lot messier). Then there are “no-poo” shampoos that have no foam at all. These are closer to the teas and vinegars that our ancestors used.
What do you need to know when making the switch from a commercial shampoo to a mild gentle “green” shampoo? After years of stripping oils from your hair and scalp your body becomes accustomed to over-producing oils in response. You will therefore need patience while your body takes the time it needs to “rebalance”. Use lots of water with your green shampoo, and gradually extend the time between shampoos from one or two days to three or four days. Your hair may not feel ideal at first, but eventually will feel amazing.
It is time to reach for higher health and abandon the notion that big lather equates to cleanliness for it is the very squeaky clean lather feeling that indicates the presence of harmful, toxic ingredients. Whether you choose to go with good old-fashioned soap, plants or with the new milder detergents, it is time to adopt a new shampoo paradigm: say YES to ditching the fantasy foam and “let go of lather.”
*Curious to know what ingredients you should say NO to, stay tuned for our upcoming blog post: Ingredient Label Reading 101.
Art + Nature = Beauty. Karen Van Dyck firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
In honour of Valentine’s Day – and its tradition as “the day” to express our deeper romantic feelings – we at Jusu Body asked ourselves a couple big questions: What is love and what is intimacy?
Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love of all kinds: romantic love, but also love of our friends, our pets, our planet and ourselves. This opened up a conversation about the nature of love.
Here’s what we want to share: Love is the highest vibrational energy. It is the force that connects everything and is unlimited inside each and every one of us; like an eternal flowing stream or circles through the heart - giving and receiving without grasping, holding or withholding. Love is the unquestioning sharing of self. It has a power beyond all human strength. It has no price tag or conditions, is never forced or contained. Love just is. It makes you cry and it makes you laugh. Love opens things – doors, eyes, hearts and breath. Love makes things happen and inspires all creation. Love is a present when we are present.
The more we talked about love, the same words kept coming up - openness, integrity, caring and gratitude. These are values that we breathe into Jusu Body every single day. When we say that our products are made with love we are not kidding! Love can and does show up everywhere. We love what we do and we want everyone to experience the love and connection we put into our products and our company. From the sensual smells and textures of nature that are in every bottle, to the transparency and best intentions we bring to work every day.
But back to Valentine’s Day… and romance. The second question, “What is intimacy?” prompted a lively conversation, along with our recipe for a sensuous massage oil (see below).
The intimate connection between two people is a given moment where frequencies align and energy flows openly so that raw vulnerability can be revealed. Intimacy is ‘seeing’ and ‘feeling’ another person while being completely present. It is an unbridled joy in another’s existence. Intimacy is created when there are no expectations, no preconceived ideas, and you put yourself in a familiar situation yet BE like you have never been there before.
Intimacy can be experienced by yourself in any way that involves the enjoyment of a sensory experience – from putting on a beautiful face cream or lipstick, to enjoying a delicious meal, to smelling a flower or listening to beautiful music. Anytime we luxuriate in our senses, we are having an intimate moment. So even though you may not write yourself a love sonnet (hey, that’s a good idea!), you can still have an intimate experience on Valentine’s Day. Hopefully it will involve chocolate!
Au Natural DIY Massage
Here are some all-natural massage ideas from our resident herbalists:
The Chocolate Massage:
Melt some dark chocolate in a bowl over a pot of water. Add coconut oil or olive oil to make a runnier, easier application. A few drops of vanilla extract can be added before using. You might need a shower after this one!
Floral Spice Massage:
-30 ml carrier oil (coconut, sunflower or grapeseed)
-12 drops of a floral aphrodisiac: rose, jasmine, ylang ylang
-3 drops of spice: cardamom, clove, nutmeg or cinnamon
-6 drops of resin or woodsy essential oils: sandalwood, frankincense, myrrh, patchouli (just a touch!), vetiver
Wherever you are on February 14th, we wish you a beautiful, sensuous and loving Valentine’s Day.
Art + Nature = Beauty. Karen Van Dyck | Lisa Sliwowska firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy New Year...and lets just think about that for a minute! Feeling happy is the most elevated state of being, yet we all know that it can be elusive and can be like catching air. In reality, if we change or shift ourselves just slightly, we would see that happiness is a bi-product of not what is happening ‘to’ us, but rather what is happening ‘in’ us.
While operating a Healing Arts Centre for almost ten years on Salt Spring Island, I learned a lot about happiness and the pursuit of it…it’s true that the most healing happened within me!
With my clients I used a holistic approach to maintaining healthy skin. I used a combination of energy healing (Reiki), recommended diet and lifestyle changes and offered healthy natural skincare products made by Karen (our Jusu Body formulator). My clients had amazing success using this approach. Along the way I also learned so much about human behaviour and the misery we can create for ourselves.
Quite simply I have learned this: despite our religions or upbringing or cultural beliefs, ultimately we all seek love and acceptance. We all carry and project energy and frequencies every day. Depending on our individual skill set and awareness, we experience this in different ways. The truth is that it is very, very simple to achieve joy and peace in our lives: WE CHOOSE! In every moment, we can choose how we want to experience our lives.
We can choose to remain victims, and build intricate stories to justify this. We can also choose to avoid, at all costs, taking personal responsibility for our choices and our lives. It can be far easier to blame all that is happening around us on life or on others; as if we are caught like puppets in this ‘thing’ called life. Or… we can choose to ‘let go’, to make healthy, life-affirming responses and adopt an attitude that supports joy and peace.
We can only take full responsibility for one person, and that is ourselves. Our choices happen in every moment and the energy of them can change the course of our lives. Think good thoughts and your energy lifts. Think of a sad thought and watch your energy weigh you down.
This “Happy New Year”, I invite you to take charge of your thoughts and take personal responsibility for your decisions moment to moment. This IS where the root of all happiness starts. Simply put, your thoughts create your reality and the energy you project comes back to you in return. Put out anger and everyone around you will feel it; radiate love and joy and that will also be felt. Try this out for an hour, or a day or a week. Catch your thoughts, train your mind to believe that you are in charge, and choose what you believe. Honour yourself, forgive yourself and let go of the past. Be here – now! Don't look ahead, and don't allow the anxiety to sneak in.
Observe what happens. Choose to trust life and trust yourself to make the best decisions for you. See, feel and believe that all is possible for you. Choose carefully who and what you spend your time with, choose to keep yourself in a place of happiness. Do tasks with joy in your heart, (even tasks you don't usually enjoy) by simply changing your mind set.
Use your senses to bring yourself into the present moment: listen to music, look at beautiful art, be in nature, enjoy delicious food, inhale lovely aromas. Our senses always bring us back. Nature has very high vibrations and always re-sets us. We come from the Earth and go back to it. Walk in the trees, take your shoes off and walk on the earth, sit by the ocean. Whenever possible, fill yourself up with love, and if you don't have love around you, reach out to a pet or a friend’s pet to open your heart. Indulge yourself in loving and happy experiences and realize that you only live this life….as you….once. Make it count.
You choose! Change that job if you hate it, move house if you dislike your home, lose the extra pounds if they are hindering your life experience. Take charge, take action and empower yourself. Nothing is more intoxicating that being fully in charge of your thoughts, your life and your choices and stepping into it.
Life is not what happens TO you, life is what happens in your mind and in your heart; and it can be filled with happiness every second. Happiness does NOT have to be elusive, it can be who you are every second.
Happy, Happy New Year!!!!
Lisa Sliwowska Lead Educator for Jusu Body email@example.com
Four beautiful, powerful, natural, organic juice-infused night oils are making their debut...just in time to make it on your holiday wish list!
Night Oils Demystified
Night oils are cold-pressed, organic oils that possess potent vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They nourish through the fat layer of the skin.
Night oils are superior to face cream in the evening because they allow your skin to fully detox. Think about it, during the day you’re putting things into your body like food, water and juice. Your body is geared up to be nourished; your skin is hungry for nourishment during your waking hours too! A serum and face cream are both perfect for the day because they feed the skin what it needs, they prevent moisture loss and they protect your skin from all the dirt and toxins that you come into contact with throughout the day...
In the evening when you are asleep, your body’s chief task is to detox and repair. It’s a time to cleanse. Most of the toxins that your body expels come out through your skin. Your body’s temperature goes up, and your body starts to lightly sweat. A night oil is perfect because it allows the natural process of the body to carry on unhindered. A rich, truly natural night oil does not block the pores; instead it beautifully nourishes your complexion through the lipid (fat) layer of your skin while you sleep. When you wake up in the morning, your skin is soft and glowing. Using face cream for the day and night oil in the evening is a skincare-routine must as doing so supports what is naturally occuring in your body.
The Colours of Christmas...In Night Oils
RED (Green Tea Rose) - This Night Oil is packed full of gorgeous red oils such as raspberry, rosehip, pomegranate and sea buckthorn – all brimming with natural Vitamin A. Rose damascena from Bulgaria makes this a powerful regenerative elixir. This night oil is most suited for sensitive and normal skin types.
GREEN (Coconut Lime) - This Night Oil features organic oils - Tamanu, Neem and Blue Tansy to name a few - that balance your skin’s natural oil balance and heal your skin for a healthy, clear complexion. A perfect night oil for acne-prone/oily skin types.
AMBER (Neroli Primrose) - This Night Oil is rich and warm colour and brings a glow to dry or aging skin. It contains carrot seed and exotic Neroli (named after an Italian princess). This luxurious evening princess is packed with moisture-rich GLA omega oils like Evening Primrose and Borage, along with exotic Moroccan Argan oil to regenerate and renew your skin while you sleep. Formulated specifically to promote maximum skin regeneration, this elegant night oil is ideal for mature and dry skin.
GOLD (Vanilla Jasmine) - The queen of flowers, Jasmine from India combines its aphrodisiac nature with vanilla-bean-infused coconut oil. Oils like Marula and Rice Bran soften, renew and heal. This exotic night oil is extremely high in Vitamin E. Turmeric and carrot from our organic Jusu Bar Hawkeye juice pulp infusion bring a glow to your skin. And your dreams? Well, that’s up to you! This one is ideal for normal and combination skin types.
Wishing you AND your skin a radiant holiday season full of love, joy and gratitude.