WWB March Ideal Finds Features Inspiration from the Philadelphia Flower Show & Treats for Bird Chirping Weather

Mar 30, 2018 by

 

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Yes bring on the bird chirping weather! In my area of the country, we have had a very slow start to spring.  With snow still on the ground, it was delightful and uplifting to attend the Philadelphia Flower Show this month for Spring inspiration and color therapy. Having attended many beauty, health, and wellness shows for most of my career, it’s a thrill to add this show to my personal must go list! Presented by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society the beautiful and creative botanical exhibits are the main attraction, but there was also unique exhibitors from the world of beauty, health and wellness I was thrilled to find and discover.

I remember seeing a quote by Christian Dior that said “After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world.” We agree don’t we! There are so many parallels to draw about women and flowers, but the one I like especially, is each flower and woman is uniquely beautiful and comfortable in their own skin. Take a peak at the WWB branding images and you will see how I’ve always made this connection.

Following are a few Ideal Finds I discovered at the Philadelphia Flower show I thought you would appreciate. All of them make great gifts for loved ones and this includes yourself! As always, I have specific criteria for Ideal Finds, so feel free to review the conscious living values I look for when making the month’s Ideal Finds selections for you. Let’s look forward to bird chirping weather and colorful beautiful flowers blooming. Whether it be in your yard, your garden, or a public park or botanical garden, take time to enjoy the magnificent beauty of Spring…

Happy Easter weekend!

 

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WWB ‘FEEL GOOD’ CHECK LIST

  • Cruelty Free: No animal was harmed or tested on
  • Sustainable & Eco-Friendly: green, organic and sustainable
  • Beauty, Health & Wellness Without Compromise: Free of harmful chemicals known to harm you
  • Socially Responsible: Fairtrade and Social Mission Retail
  • Committed to Wellness Culture

 

 WWB  IDEAL CATEGORIES/MARCH

  • Self Care: Personal care products for calm, relaxation and empowerment
  • Conscious Beauty: Meets one or more of the ‘feel good’ criteria
  • Healthy Epicurean: Edible treats and food with healthy and organic ingredients
  • Artisan Hand Made: Beautifully Designed, Creatively Crafted, Useful & Enduring
  • Books & Inspirational Gifts: Celebrating Wellness Wisdom, Lifestyle & Culture

 

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HEALTHY EPICUREAN & SELF CARE

 

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WWB FEEL GOOD CHECK LIST:  Sustainable & Eco Friendly, Beauty, Health & Wellness Without Compromise

Morning Mojo: Morning Mojo’s boost will help you take charge of the day. This breakfast blend pairs pu-erh with the ideal black teas to create a perfectly rounded morning cuppa. Pu-erh, known for its effective caffeine punch, has been used traditionally for centuries as a slimming and beauty tea, as well as a hangover cure. With added vanilla to smooth out your morning routine, and citrus peels for a cleansing glow.

WWB Wellness Note: The Morning Mojo caught our eye at the show but do explore their caffeine free herbal blends as well here!

The Tea Spot Ideal Values: The Tea Spot is a leading producer of handcrafted whole leaf teas and the creator of Steepware®—innovative teawares that make healthy tea effortless and accessible. The company was founded in 2004 by Maria Uspenski, a cancer survivor drawn to the health benefits of whole leaf tea during her recovery. Her message is simple and powerful: tea in its freshest form renders premium flavor and unmatched health benefits. With a steadfast mission to foster health and wellness through tea, The Tea Spot donates ten percent of all sales in-kind to cancer and community wellness programs. To date, they have supported over 100 organizations and touched more than 10,000 lives. The Tea Spot is a Colorado-based Certified B Corp, woman-owned and operated philanthropic business.

 

ARTISAN HAND MADE

 

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Jonathan’s Spoons: This piece seems to be sold at specialty stores around the country. You can check out the makers main passion ( spoons) by visiting his website. To purchase the Sunflower tea steeper visit the Maker’s Market website.

WWB FEEL GOOD CHECK LIST: Sustainable & Eco-Friendly

 

 

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Jonathan’s Ideal Values: My spoons have developed over the years. Originally made of uncommon spoon woods such as lilac, plum, and honeysuckle, I have since chosen to make my spoons of cherry wood. This is a hardwood with handsome color and grain, durable, smooth, and strong. My utensils have a unique sense of balance and warmth because they are designed with the hand and purpose in mind. “Spoons” have become spatulas, tongs, spaghetti forks, spreaders, and more. Today I offer a natural cherry finish, a flame-blackened surface with a sanded edge to reveal an accent of warm cherry wood, as well as flame-blackened stripes and spots.

 

SELF CARE

 

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FORMULA 55  ‘Bath Tablets’

WWB FEEL GOOD CHECK LIST: Beauty, Health & Wellness Without Compromise

DETAILS: The sparkling bath fizzies are made of ground dead sea salts mixed with our signature fragrance blends. When placed in a full tub of water, the tablet fizzes and distributes the fragrance and skin soothing oils throughout the water. I recommend one tablet per bath, although you can break each one up.

INGREDIENTS: ground dead sea salts, epsom salts, baking soda, non gmo-cornstarch, citric acid, almond oil, essential oils

FORMULARY 55 IDEAL VALUES: “We started as a hand-made company and it’s important to us that we remain a hand-made company even as we grow. We’re just getting started, and yet you can already find Formulary 55 products in 800+ retail stores spanning 17 countries!”

 

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BAMBOO TRADITIONS 

WWB FEEL GOOD CHECK LIST:  Sustainable & Eco-Friendly, Committed to Wellness Culture

PILLOW DETAILS: 

The ultimate pillow for your comfort and relaxation. Shredded memory foam on the inside to keep you properly supported and paired with a hypoallergenic bamboo liner to keep you cool as you rest. Your best night’s rest is only a pillow away.

  • Cover is 40% bamboo (viscose rayon), 60% polyester
  • Removable bamboo outer shell
  • Shredded memory foam inside
  • Perfect for any sleeping position
  • Naturally hypoallergenic, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal
  • Keeps sleeper cool at night

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BAMBOO TRADITIONS IDEAL VALUES: “Our products are all designed to improve sleep and, ultimately, improve quality of life. The textiles and materials we use are from some of the most sustainable plant sources available. We believe in our products and our customers satisfaction!”

 

BOOKS & INSPIRATIONAL GIFTS

 

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GROW WHAT YOU LOVE by Emily Murphy /NEW Spring 2018

WWB FEEL GOOD CHECK LIST: Committed to Wellness Culture

Grow What You Love, 12 Food Plant Families to Change Your Life, featuring 12 sets of seasonal ingredients, garden-to-table recipes, and easy to follow methods for growing your garden, no matter the size. The colorful book will begin with an exploration of Emily’s approach to gardening and how it can fit into modern life with little time and effort. She will go on to give advice on how best to choose food plants that readers love, or can discover, and follows with simple methods for garden-to-table growing, including a selection of her favorite seasonal recipes. The result for readers will be a garden-fresh bounty for any time of the year.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Emily Murphy is an organic gardener with a BS in Ethnobotanical Resources from Humboldt State University under which she studied botany, environmental science, and ecology as well as religious and cultural studies, and herbal medicine. She later studied pedagogy at Sierra Nevada College and garden design with the California School of Garden Design, and worked as a classroom teacher and school garden educator. She teaches and speaks regularly about gardening and living, and her writing appears in numerous publications such as Better Homes & Gardens. Visit her blog here.

AUTHOR’S IDEAL VALUES: “In gardening, as in life, I say, GROW WHAT YOU LOVE. Find the things that make you happy and grow them. Lots of them!”

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WWB WATCH: Fact or Fable? What to Eat When Researchers & Experts Can’t Agree…

Sep 3, 2015 by

 

Have you seen the news this week about eating organic? It was an article from Quartz Media which is a digital business publication from ‘The Atlantic’. The headline reads ‘Buying Organic Veggies at the Supermarket is a Waste of Money’. When you dig in you’ll find it’s a pretty harsh piece as well. This has been an ongoing debate for the last two years. Last summer the LA Times published a piece entitled ‘Organic Foods Are More Nutritious According to a Review of 343 Studies.’ They were not the only ones to share these findings and these studies set off another media storm of articles completely debunking the findings. See links below to read full articles.

 

Buying Organic Veggies at the Supermarket is a Waste of Money’. August 29, 2015

 ‘Organic Foods Are More Nutritious According to a Review of 343 Studies.’ July 14, 2014

 

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Confused enough? I don’t blame you. Don’t despair, since I read a lot about wellness culture, I can tell you that the argument has been pretty much settled amongst the scientific and medical communities. The conclusion is, there appears to be no consistent differences in the level of vitamins and minerals in organic versus conventionally grown produce. So, when you read the article from Quartz this week, you may come away with a pretty cynical view of the organic industry in general. And I remind you of the word ‘industry’. Big business is big business and ALL of them, both conventional and organic have their interests to protect. So when you live in a capitalistic, consumer market driven society like we do in America, you pretty much have to question everything and always weigh all your options. Why read a lot? Because industry isn’t so much worried about your annual physical, as they are about their quarterly reports! Does this mean you shouldn’t buy organic as the Quartz article concludes? Not so fast–let’s discuss this with some real context…

Right about the same time as these studies and arguments flared up, Marion Nestle PhD and Nutritionist added her expert opinion about this and the headline was…

  Are organic foods more nutritious? And is this the right question?

Marion runs the Food Politics website and is one of my wise gurus at WWB. I trust her assessments because she asks the right questions, always offers context and seems to be an advocate for Public Health. Here are a few of her comments regarding the studies claiming organic food is more nutritious circa 2014.

1. The study is not independently funded.   One of the funders is identified as the Sheepdrove Trust, which funds research in support of organic and sustainable farming.

This study is another example of how the outcome of sponsored research invariably favors the sponsor’s interests.  The paper says “the  Trust  had  no  influence  on  the  design  and management of the  research  project  and  the  preparation  of publications  from the project,” but that’s exactly studies funded by Coca-Cola say.  It’s an amazing coincidence how the results of sponsored studies almost invariably favor the sponsor’s interests.  And that’s true of results I like just as it is of results that I don’t like.

2.  The purpose of the study is questionable.  The rationale for the study is “Demand for organic foods is partially driven by consumers’ perceptions that they are more nutritious.”  The implication here is that research must prove organics more nutritious in order to market them.  But most people who buy organics do so because they understand that organics are about production values.  As I said, if they are more nutritious, it’s a bonus, but there are plenty of other good reasons to prefer them.

 

 

Dr. Nestle said she buys organic foods, because she believes they are better for the environment and wants to avoid pesticides. “If they are also more nutritious, that’s a bonus,” she said. “How significant a bonus? Hard to say.”

I have always found Marion Nestle grounded, unbiased, and wise. Great reasons to follow her website Food Politics.  Almost every article I researched on the subject concluded it is better to eat more fruits and vegetables regardless of the source ( organic or conventional). But I found the following two statements disturbing. In the recent Quartz article, there was a pull out statement that read,“Organic” has essentially become another way of saying “luxury.” In a recent article from the LA Times (May 2015), now with a different headline (one year later) Is Organic Food Worth the Higher Price? Many Experts Say No, the journalist ended the article with a statement from Liz Applegate, director of sports nutrition at UC Davis.

As for organic foods, she said, consumers shouldn’t stress about buying the priciest shade-grown, free-range, no-chemicals-added products.

“My advice is to buy organic when affordable,” Applegate said. “But for a consumer trying to feed a family in as healthy a way as possible, the cost probably isn’t worth it. What’s more important is simply eating fruits and vegetables, no matter how they were grown.”

If the ‘luxury statement’ is true and it turns out organic is really healthier and less harmful, then where does that leave the majority of consumers who can’t afford it? The haves and the have-nots should never be divided when it comes to food or education and yet that seems to be where we are headed in this country. I am sure there are many who will defend organic or agree with the Quartz article. I would love to hear from all of you. But please remember my only goal here is to ask questions and find context when there are so many confusing and conflicting reports out there in mainstream media. I am always going to tell you, “Be Your Own Guru”!

Another sound article on the subject is from the Mayo Clinic. Follow this link for their easy to digest report on the Organic debate. I pulled the following safety tips for you from the article, so we can try to be safe no matter where we get our produce from! Speaking of safe, all certified organic foods are free of GMO’s and this is a whole other highly charged debate and topic. But something you should know when considering the organic debate…

Food safety tips

 Whether you go totally organic or opt to mix conventional and organic foods, be sure to keep these tips in mind:
  • Select a variety of foods from a variety of sources. This will give you a better mix of nutrients and reduce your likelihood of exposure to a single pesticide.
  • Buy fruits and vegetables in season when possible. To get the freshest produce, ask your grocer what day new produce arrives. Or buy food from your local farmers market.
  • Read food labels carefully. Just because a product says it’s organic or contains organic ingredients doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a healthier alternative. Some organic products may still be high in sugar, salt, fat or calories.
  • Wash and scrub fresh fruits and vegetables thoroughly under running water. Washing helps remove dirt, bacteria and traces of chemicals from the surface of fruits and vegetables. Not all pesticide residues can be removed by washing, though. You can also peel fruits and vegetables, but peeling can mean losing some fiber and nutrients.

 

In the end I agree with Marion Nestle. When it comes selecting my produce I would opt for less chemicals and pesticides. I don’t want to read 10 years from now that certain cancers could have been avoided if we only used less of them! I do look at EWG’s dirty dozen list and the clean fifteen. If organic farming is the ideal and healthiest production method, then why don’t we make sure all our food sources are produced safely for ALL of us.  Safe produce shouldn’t be a ‘luxury’. On the bright side, I did find the closing statement of the tough Quartz article pretty wise….

 

If you want to know more about your fruits and vegetables, buy them at the local farmers market, organic or not. The prices are often competitive with supermarkets, the in-season goods will be fresher than those shipped long distances, and any questions you have on production practices can be asked and answered on the spot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WWB WATCH: The FDA Has Banned ‘Trans Fats’ in Processed Foods. Is This Finally a Case for Eating Real Food?

Jun 24, 2015 by

 

Better late than never I suppose. Now that the country is faced with sky-high obesity rates and an increasing rate of illnesses like diabetes and heart-disease, the FDA has stepped up to the plate, and has officially banned ‘Trans-Fats’ from all processed foods. Is this a sign of wellness culture building momentum? Well, yes and no in my opinion. Yes because it semi-acknowledges the health of our country’s people, but no because it is addressing a societal crisis’ from a ‘monetary’ perspective. See the financial incentives I have excerpted from the LA Times

In an economic analysis published Tuesday, the FDA estimated that the new PHO regulations could cost the food industry at least $6 billion over the next 20 years, but that the savings from reduced medical care and other benefits during the same period could exceed $130 billion. ~Samantha Bonar

 

 

So now that our medical care costs have gone through the roof, we can now ‘ban’ the cheap trans fats the food ‘industry’  has been infusing processed food with. Yes better late than never.  We seem to only value ‘people and their health’ when we can attach a monetary cost to them. Why does this upset me so much? Because many people have died early unnecessary deaths because of it. Take a look below at this informative Excerpt from Forbes ( ironically!)

On a calorie by calorie basis, trans fats seem to increase heart disease risk more than any other nutrient, and unlike other fats, sugars, or carbohydrates, they have no nutritional benefit. For every 2% increase in the amount of energy people get from trans fats, their risk of heart disease increased 23%, according to one pooled analysis of four prospective studies involving a total of 140,000 patients. Studies that looked at the relationship between the amount of trans fats in people’s body fat showed an even higher risk.

What’s really terrifying about this is until the FDA mandated that food labels tell consumers how much trans fat was in their snacks in 2006, there was almost no way for someone who was concerned to avoid them. In 2007, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg banned restaurants from using trans fats in cooking. ~Matthew Harper

I can hear all the libertarians and pro capitalism ‘folks’ screaming,’Well nobody made them eat processed foods.”. In some literal sense this may be true, but the fast food/processed food industry had pretty much hijacked our ‘culture’ here in America for the last 30 years. But here is where ‘we the people’ come in. We not only said yes and bought into to processed foods, but we also said yes to a ‘lifestyle’ that prizes making more money, acquiring ‘more stuff’, working more hours and having ‘no time’ to eat home cooked meals.  All of this was allowed to happen when we embraced certain values over others and agreed to be defined as ‘consumers’. Think  circa 1982, when ‘Wall Street’ and ‘Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous’ in popular media was glamorized and you can understand my point. I saw it all happening around me and it wasn’t a pretty picture. This is only my opinion, and what I really hope to emphasize is ‘culture’ really matters. For better for worse it shapes our lives…

Well, fortunately, I am encouraged and believe we as a culture are becoming more enlightened. Sadly, it’s still the poorest of the poor who clock 80 hour work weeks and are consuming some of the most unhealthiest foods manufactured. We have to make healthy food more available to everyone, and at the very least removing trans-fats is a step in the right direction. But what will they replace the trans-fats with? What other unhealthy ingredients do we have to look out for? There is one good rule and that is to avoid them all together. Don’t eat processed foods! After that, I would recommend if the list of ingredients is longer than two lines filled with words you don’t recognize, to not eat it! Eat simple real foods. Below is an important excerpt from the FDA on what consumers should do if they continue to eat processed foods.

In the meantime, what should the average consumer do if he or she picks up a favorite food and sees that it has trans fat on the Nutrition Facts label? The best thing to do is to consider the amounts of saturated fat and trans fat. Choose the product that has the lowest amounts of these nutrients, Mayne says. Even if a food claims on its packaging to have “0 grams trans fat,” it’s a good idea to look at the ingredients list on the label, says Honigfort. Under current regulations, companies can make that claim if the food contains less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving. But if there is partially hydrogenated oil listed among the ingredients, the product will contain a small amount of trans fat. Selecting foods with even small amounts of trans fat can add up to a significant intake. ~FDA

 

So for all of you World Wise Beauties who are embracing wellness culture and eating fresh whole foods, I have great share for you! Check out the Eat Well Guide  a free online directory created by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP).where you can search over 25,000 hand-picked restaurants, farms, markets and other sources of local sustainable food. There is also a mapping tool with city guides that allows users to eat well on the go . The guide’s standards for inclusion require businesses to provide food that is fair to workers, safeguards the environment, protects animal welfare, and is healthier for consumers. Now that is wellness culture on a mission! Love their simple but effective tagline and will leave you with it!

Wherever you are, Eat Well.

 

 

 

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WWB Ideal Find: Pangea Organics “BEAUTY UNPOLLUTED”

Oct 9, 2013 by

WWB Ideal Find: Pangea Organics ( Beauty & Personal Care Products)

Founder & CEO: Joshua Onysko

Authentic Dedication: Pangea Organics is dedicated to creating a more, new sustainable future one bottle, jar and bar at a time. “What’s good for you is good for everybody.” Conscious business practice includes everything from fair trade sourcing and organic farming to living wages and the use of renewable, recycled and recyclable resources.

 

Lauroly Q- Welcome Joshua! I am thrilled and honored you have joined me for this Q&A. When we think of an “ideal find” at World Wise Beauty, your company is the perfect example. The very simple ideology of your business mission “good for you, good for everybody” is a wonderful value to have when creating a company. Some would even say perhaps “too idealistic”.  Let’s start with learning more how you got started thirteen years ago creating Pangea Organics and how you have injected this basic value into every area of your business. I personally believe you can never be too idealistic! 

Joshua Onysko: I am that guy who dropped out of school at the age of 16, worked and traveled my way around the world for 7 years and had a vision to be a part of the solution…I was in Cambodia in 2000 when I decided to use my alchemical skills to create food for people’s skin, to change how the world thinks about packaging design, formulation, health, well-being, the future, the present, ingredients, ourselves and each other. When we know that the end consumer is always the earth and we were gifted the most perfect of all earths, we will choose to make better decisions, every minute of every day to protect what we have and to stop worrying about what we have not.

Lauroly Q: At World Wise Beauty we are dedicated to “being comfortable in our own skin” inside and out. I love that Pangea starts out with this core belief “we are already beautiful”. You don’t promise to make us more beautiful but just to cleanse, tone and moisturize our skin with natural plant-based ingredients. This is such a relaxed approach to marketing beauty and personal care products. Share with us why plant-based ingredients are so important for women to look for when purchasing beauty and personal care products. 

 

Joshua Onysko: Not just women, all of us. The average person in America puts 500 chemicals a day on our bodies–yes 500!  The beauty industry is an unregulated toxic catastrophe based on fear and steeped in mistruths. It doesn’t need to be this way, the world has so many powerful plants that can give our bodies all that we need, we just have to know which ones they are, how to extract them and how to combine them. Fortunately that is what I have dedicated 14 years of my life to studying and we have perfected the art of this craft and have created a brand that will outperform anything you have ever used. It smells nice and looks pretty and its like your new friend, smart, pretty and smells nice. What more could you ask for?

 

 

 

LaurolyQ- Coming back to the “everybody” feeling good. Pangea is a true LOHAS marketer and appeals to so many conscious lifestyle consumers on a number of levels. LOHAS consumers are diverse in their values and care about many different issues when it comes to their buying practices. For example I care about animals and will not buy beauty products tested on animals. But now I also consider whether a product might also do me harm! What makes Pangea an exceptional “Ideal Find” to me is you are always thinking about how the manufacturing of your products impact the earth, future generations and our bodies. How do you maintain these business virtues as your company continues to grow worldwide? 

Joshua Onysko: Because my values were not created by a marketing team, they are in fact actually who I am and what I care about, so that makes it easy. Truth + Love + Transparency

Lauroly Q-  Great answer Joshua.  At WWB we call you a “passioneer”! Two years ago you developed a new selling platform for Pangea.  I just discovered this from a friend who has a company called “Better World Beauty” and it turns out she sells Pangea products exclusively. How can people discover your products both in the retail world and on-line?

 

Joshua Onysko: We are in the process of changing our model to a social selling model where you can become a Beauty Ecologist for Pangea and have your very own at home business selling Pangea, we launched in April and we already have 900 Beauty Ecologists in 48 states and it is the largest division on Pangea. It is proof that we all have the ability to change the world and to create change, we just have to make that choice. Visit us at pangeaorganics.com for more info on purchasing on our products.


Lauroly Closing: Thanks so much for stopping by Joshua. I feel “good” knowing you are out there creating new products and experiences that help “everybody” to positively impact the future.  Power to the idealist of the world and power to Pangea!

Joshua Onysko My pleasure!

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