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Archive for May, 2010

the beauty industry? meh.

Out of all the careers I’ve been interested over the years, I didn’t expect to land in the beauty industry. I mean, I’ve always been really into my skin and skin products but I would not call myself a cosmetic junkie. I usually have one small make up bag with a few items and that’s it.

When I started out with Cocoon Apothecary, I was more interested in aromatherapy because I had studied it and was fascinated with the medicinal and therapeutic properties, not to mention the pure heavenly aromas.  I have gone through different stages of creativity but it wasn’t until I learned the craft of making lotions, that I really started to blossom. This, of course, led to skin care and here I am, smack dab in the beauty industry.

To be honest with you, I am overwhelmed by it all. It is a gazillion dollar industry with so many players it makes my head spin. Everyone seems to be biting and scratching their way into to it to get a piece of this humongous pie. This is so not me. I love making people’s skin look beautiful and creating the highest quality products possible. Anything beyond that is ????? 

I am up against companies with HUGE marketing budgets that can pay their way into magazines, hire celebrities as spokespeople and purchase millions of dollars worth of advertising. David, meet Goliath. I cannot count he number of times that I’ve wanted to get out of it but something always sucks me back in. I received this email a couple of days ago:

“(Cocoon Apothecary) products are exceptional. I’ve gone through product after product, looking for something for my sensitive skin. I never found an appropriate skin product, and felt guilty using things I suspected tested on animals. I found this amazing set of exfoliant, cleanser, toner and cream that does wonders for both my face and conscience. Truly the best product out there that I’ve tried (and I’ve tried a multitude of average to very high-end products). I LOVE COCOON APOTHECARY!” – Deb

THIS is what propels me forward. People need my products. I can’t let them down. I know, I’m the Mother Theresa of skin care:) Thanks to everyone who continues to support me and care enough about their skin to forfeit the glitz and glamour for a little brand that could.

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Last week, on my way to Toronto, I spotted an animal transport truck on the highway, you know the ones that are usually carrying cows and pigs on their way to be slaughtered. Instead of the usual sad sight, I saw something that shocked me – horses. Beautiful, majestic horses on their way to slaughter.  What the hell is going on?

Well, it turns out that a lot is going on.  Canada is home to one of the world’s largest horse slaughter industries with 93,000 killed in 2009 alone. The large number is partially due to the fact that it has been banned in the U.S. so they are all getting sent here. The majority of the meat gets exported to Europe.

If you have ever spent any time with a horse then you would know how sensitive and easily startled they are. You can well imagine how humane the slaughter is when the horse is completely freaked out.  

Many of these unwanted creatures come from the production of the drug Premarin, another proud Canadian industry. It is a VERY common hormone replacement therapy (HRT) given to women with post-menopausal symptoms. The name of this drug says it all, PREgnant MARes’ urINe. It is made from the urine of pregnant horses. Yup. The horses are impregnated and then restrained in a factory farm for 6 straight months while their urine is collected in bags. Unable to lie down, exercise, get sunshine, or breathe fresh air. Many horses in these conditions develop sores and infections. When they become useless, they are sent to slaughter. Their foals are considered a mere byproduct and are also sent to slaugher.

Wow, so between this and the seal hunt, Canada’s really sucking when it comes to using animals for profit.

If you’re Canadian, you can contact your MP and let them know how you feel about the treatment of horses in our country.

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Facial Scrub

A good anti-aging or pimple-fighting skin care routine is not complete without exfoliating – a term that refers to the removal of the dead skin cells that accumulate in the outer layer of the skin. There are different methods of exfoliating – mechanical scrubbing with a textured ingredient such as jojoba beads or by using a skin brush; chemical removal with alpha-hydroxy acids; or peeling off with face masks. Some gentle scrubs can be used daily but the more agressive methods, such as masks, should only be used once every 3 days to prevent inflammation.

There are several functions of exfoliation:

  • It keeps pores from getting clogged (i.e. pimples) by removing  dead skin cells from the surface of the skin.
  • It makes skin smooth to create a healthy, youthful appearance.
  • It encourages faster cell turnover rate – a process that slows down with aging.
  • It helps other products penetrate skin more fully.
  • It stimulates blood flow.

Cocoon Apothecary has just introduced a gentle exfoliating facial cleanser that can be used daily. It is a cream cleanser with biodegradable jojoba bead granules. For more information or to purchase this product, visit our website.

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