By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
More than Beauty
The Swedish direct sales beauty and personal care brand Oriflame makes great innovative, nature-inspired products that can help rejuvenate skin, keep you hair looking great and make you smell like a million bucks.
But the company also has a strong commitment to environmental protection and sustainable products, and last week Oriflame México organized a hands-on interactive seminar to promote some of its best eco-friendly products and encourage customers to take a more proactive role in saving the planet.
During the seminar, guests were invited to participate in exercises that showed how we can all do our part to protect the earth through better product choices
Each attendee was also given a personalized report of their individual and family carbon imprint, along with guidelines as to how to lower that figure.
In true Swedish fashion, Oriflame has pioneered environmental corporate responsibility and fair trade business practices, formulating products that use ingredients that are in accordance with strong environmental policies.
It was one of the first global companies to use plant extracts in skin care products, harnessing the power of renewable plant sources.
Packed with hydrating coconut water, the Love Nature line — which includes a Refreshing Cleansing Cream, a Refreshing Mask and Scrub, a Refreshing Toner, a Hydrating Face Cream and a fantastic little scrub sponge — is 100 percent biodegradable.
Using only natural-origin scrub beads including silica, strawberry seed and almond shell, the new Love Nature will not harm the oceans or animal life.
Moreover, all of the packaging of the Oriflame Love Nature line are made from at least 40 percent recycled plastic.
There is also a Love Nature Soothing Micellar Water, with part of its sales profits going to help Aldeas Infantiles SOS centers for children, and a Love Nature Shampoo and Love Nature Hot Oil treatment with wheat and coconut extract for dry hair.
Colorful Sun Defense
By now, we all know that wearing sunscreen is a year-round activity, and if you are planning to catch some rays on the beach this summer, you need to double up on your UVA and UVB protection.
But just because you are playing it smart by avoiding ultraviolet rays exposure, doesn’t mean you have to look like a ghost when you come back from a week in Cancun.
The Spanish dermatological prescriptive Cantabria Labs’ sunscreen division Heliocare has just introduced an oil-free Dry Touch Heliocare 360° Color Gel Oil-Free SPF 50 with built-in color that acts like a foundation to even out skin tone and help cover up blemishes while staving off the sun’s negative effects on your complexion.
This unique gel has advanced filters and a patented bioshield system that provides broad spectrum protection against UVA, UVB, visible light and infrared rays.
Enriched with a special Fernblock formula (developed in cooperation with Harvard Medical School) for powerful antioxidant activity and molecular additives to repair sun damage (including both DNA damage and premature skin aging), Heliocare 360° Color Gel Oil-Free SPF 50 comes in three natural-looking shades — pearl, beige and bronze.
The gel also has anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and sebum-controlling properties, and is particularly recommended for sensitive and acne prone skin.
Its oil-free dry touch formulation makes it suitable for normal, combination and oily skin types.
And if you want to have a more complete makeup look, try adding Heliocare Oil-Free FPS 50 matte compact powder for a full-coverage effect, or a Heliocare Mineral Compact FPS 50, with no chemical filters, suitable for even the most sensitive skin.
Heliocare 360° also has a FSP 50 Airgel foam that provides whole-body protection without leaving a sticky feel or shiny glare on the skin.
The indigenous women of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in the state of Oaxaca have long been the inspiration and muses of painters, composers and writers, and their unbreakable spirit and determination, even in the face of racial and gender-based discrimination, won them the respect and admiration of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, who declared them a role model.
Their impeccably hand-embroidered huipils and stiffly starched lace petticoats are a reflection of not only their history and tradition, but a living testimony of their endurance and perseverance.
Each July, during the statewide festivities of the Guelaguetza — a colorful celebration of music, dance and culture that dates back to pre-Columbian times (this year it was held from July 20 through July 29) — the women of Tehuantepec showcase their latest designs and their intuitive gift for fashion as they parade through the streets of the state capital.
As a homage to these incredible women — and all the women of Oaxaca — Ileana Rojas, the head designer for the Mexican jewelry house Oro de Monte Albán (the only jeweler authorized by the National Institute of Anthropology and History to produce gold and silver reproductions of pre-Hispanic art), designed a Tehuana silver necklace and pendant embellished with tiny zircons (available in an array of colors) inspired by their enigmatic grace and beautiful costumes.
The limited edition Tehuana necklace is available at Oro de Monte Albán salespoints nationwide and through internet orders.