What’s In Your Soap?

I don’t ride bandwagons or hype-trains. I was never one to tout “all natural” or “organic” because it was trending. So, several years ago, when I started my research into making my own soap, it was out of the sincere need to help my husband’s struggle with psoriasis and eczema.

At that time, prior to moving in with my husband, I was using Dove soap. I never thought about it – well, actually, at the time, I thought I was using the best quality soap, so, when I say I never thought about it, it’s more like I wasn’t aware enough to start reading ingredients.  When I learned that detergents and certain surfactants might be irritating for my husband’s psoriasis and eczema, I started reading.

These are the ingredients of Dove soap from their website on 3/27/19:

Capture1.PNG

All ingredients on American packaging, according to the FDA, must be listed in order of percentage from highest to least, with colorants at the end.

Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate – This first ingredient is a detergent/surfactant.  As soon as I noticed this as the first ingredient, I realized this may be why my husband’s skin wasn’t improving – it’s possible he was still being irritated by this soap which claims to be for “sensitive skin.” (Source)

Stearic Acid – Common source of fatty acids that have already been saponified (made into soap). This is used in many cosmetic products and very unlikely to cause any irritation.

Sodium Tallowate – This threw me for a loop. This is the saponified version of tallow – which is traditionally beef or pork fat. I was completely grossed out.

OR Sodium Palmitate – OR saponified palm oil?   Palm oil is great in soap (if it’s responsibly sourced), but why is this an OR?

Lauric Acid – This is a common fat, usually found in coconut oil. Totally normal for soap.

Sodium Isethionate – This is a cleanser and skin conditioner. It’s a normal ingredient in cosmetic products and not a cause of concern.

Sodium Stearate – A naturally occuring fatty acid of stearic acid.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine – According to the EWG website: “[CB] has been associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis, reactions that could be due to the ingredient itself or to impurities present in it, such as 3-dimethylaminopropylamine.” This could have also been a source of irritation for my husband’s skin.

Sodium Cocoate – Saponified oils of cocoa butter. Common.

Sodium Palm Kernalate – Saponified oils of palm kernal oil. Also common for soap.

Fragrance – Perfectly safe and common.

Sodium Chloride – This is simply salt – could be used for hardening the bar?

Tetrasodium Edta (Same as tetrasodium etidronate) – This is a chelating agent. That means it reacts with metal ions to make the product water soluble. A safe, common cosmetic ingredient, also sometimes used to keep the fragrance and color of products stable.

Titanium Dioxide – This is a white colorant – super common (use it in lots of my soaps).


After I did my research and analysis of Dove soap, there were two possible irritants for my husband’s skin because of the detergents. To be clear, these detergents are incredibly safe and common for soap, he just happens to be incredibly sensitive.  What shocked me the most, personally, was the Sodium Tallowate. While I’ve come to learn that many soap-makers use tallow (beef/pork fat) in soap-making, it was something I was personally ethically against. This was the final determination for why I chose to make my own soap.

To compare ingredients, let’s take a look at the ingredients of our best-selling bar soap, the Balance Bar:

Ingredients: Olive Oil, Water, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Calendula Flowers, Lemongrass Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, French Green Clay, Sodium Lactate.

Olive Oil – This serves as a conditioning agent. I use mostly olive in this soap because it’s amazing for soft, healthy, moisturized skin. In soap, it protects the moisture.

Coconut Oil – Big, fluffy bubbles. According to WebMD, coconut oil may help psoriasis and eczema symptoms. I use it for the bubbles in soap, but glad to hear it has good buzz, anyway.

Palm Oil – Amazing hard oil for soap. Keeps skin moisturized, while making a strong, stable bar. I only use responsibly sourced palm oil, by the way.

Sodium Hydroxide – This is commonly known as lye. It’s what makes soap, soap. It creates the saponification process by chemically bonding to the oils.  (In the above example, they say “sodium palmitate” – it means those oils have already bonded with the sodium hydroxide.)

Calendula Flowers – I use them because they’re a pretty, natural decoration for soap, but calendula is said to have many medicinal properties.

Lemongrass Essential Oil – This smells like bright, lemony, green sunshine!

Lavender Essential Oil – Beautiful, floral, uplifting, lavender essential oil is known for its calming properties.

French Green Clay – A natural colorant which I add for its exfoliating properties.


The main differences are the minimized ingredients of the two soaps. Our approach is simple and VEGAN. At Scents the Moment, we aim to use science and nature to awaken your senses and love your skin.

Kristen Fusaro-PizzoPresident

April 2019 Contest & Sweepstakes!

 

APRIL FILL-YOUR-BAG SWEEPSTAKES!

  • Place an online order and ONE product gets placed in the purse and YOUR name gets entered into the sweepstakes!
  • Place as many orders as you would like throughout the month for multiple entries.
  • Only eligible for ONLINE orders.
  • The winner receives the purse PLUS all of the goodies inside!
  • Winner will be called April 30th in the evening. Stay tuned on our Facebook page for specific times! (And give us a “like” while you’re there!)
  • Fine print: Must be at least 18 years old to be eligible. Prize can only be shipped in the United States. Orders must be placed ONLINE. This contest is not open to any purchases made in person or at events.

 

Showing Your Hair Some Love

Have you ever woken up with just perfect hair? Us either! Especially as we color our hair, use products, get blow-outs, and just put our hair through environmental stress, we continuously damage the hair follicles, making it harder and harder for our hair to manage. What we need is MOISTURE. This is why we created the Good Hair Day Hair Mask. Use two-to-three times per week on your ends overnight and begin to see how you can create soft, supple, manageable hair. Restore the moisture balance to your hair by giving it the overnight treatment it deserves then wake up to many more Good Hair Days!

Directions: On clean wet or dry hair, take half-dollar size amount of Good Hair Day hair mask and work into ends of hair avoiding scalp. Leave treatment in hair overnight and rinse out in the morning. After the overnight treatment, feel free to wash and condition as usual, or just rinse out the mask. Use 2-3 times per week, as needed.

Holiday Shopping at the Hilton – the last show of 2018!

The last show of the year!

The old saying goes: Save the best for last, and that’s exactly what we did this year! Our last show of the season will be tomorrow at the Hilton. There will be door prizes, just for showing up, 51 tables of vendors, and a beautiful, elegant atmosphere.   Best of all, it’s the last chance to grab our goodies at show prices!

CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS

Copy of Copy of Copy of Holiday shopping at the hilton1.png

Shop Cyber Monday 2018

cyber monday 2018.png

CYBER MONDAY IS COMING!!
ON NOVEMBER 26TH, TAKE 25% OFF YOUR ORDER WITH CODE SOAPY2018.

  • CYBER MONDAY FINE PRINT: Code cannot be combined with any other code or discounts. Only valid from 12:00am-11:59pm EST on 11/26/18. Cannot be used on previous or future purchases. Only valid for online purchases.

Why Custom Candles Make Perfect Favors

Why Custom Candles Make Perfect Favors

I am always so excited when I get the opportunity to handcraft custom candles for party favors. It means that I get to be a part of someone’s wedding, shower, birthday party, bat mitzvah (to name a few we’ve done) in a little way. I have the privilege and honor of creating something uniquely beautiful for a person’s special celebration. I don’t take that responsibility lightly; I am distinctly aware of the necessity of perfect presentation for favors. While I make favors from a number of our products, I always feel that candles are extra special.

  1. The customer has the choice in the jar, fragrance, and label, which makes the customization process distinctly unique for every customer. Even if your friend gave candles for her shower, your candles will look and smell completely different based on your specific tastes.
  2. Everyone likes candles! Candles are found in 70% of American homes, which means your guests are sure to be satisfied by receiving a candle.
  3. Candles have a quick turn-around time. You can give a meaningful, handcrafted favor and not have to wait weeks for it to cure. Candles can be poured and ready in days (depending on how many you need).
  4. “Dr. Alan Hirsch of Chicago’s Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation explains the draw of scented candles. ‘”When you collect candles,” he says, “you aren’t just collecting the smell of the candle, you are also collecting the emotion of the experience when you first created the memory associated with the candle’s scent”‘ (“America’s Burning Love for Candles,” The Week).
  5. “Candle purchasers say they view candles as an appropriate gift for the holidays (76%), as a housewarming gift (74%), a hostess/dinner party gift (66%), a thank you (61%) and as adult birthday gifts (58%)” (“Candle Facts & Figures,” National Candle Association).
  6. A typical 8oz candle will burn for 40-50 hours (when burned correctly). With the average person burning a candle for less than 4 hours at a time, your guests will enjoy their gift for weeks.
  7. Candles don’t expire. Your guests can keep the covers on their candles and keep the candle fresh for as long as they want without needing to worry about storage.
  8. Candles are timeless. People have been burning candles for thousands of years. Giving the favor of a candle is classic and will always be in style.

The next time you’re hosting a party, consider a customized candle as a favor for a sure-fire way to please your guests.

Kristen Fusaro-PizzoPresident

The Hardest Part is Getting Started

the hardest part is getting startedI recently started going to the gym.  I’m not a big fan of the gym, in fact, I would dare say that it is slightly above medieval torture on my scale of things I loathe.  I have tried so many different ways to make the moments at the gym joyful – from classes, to workout mixes, to Bluetooth headphones, to quality sneakers, but the feeling of dread is always the same.

I do 45 minutes of cardio and for whatever reason, the first 20 minutes are the worst. I even allow myself a 5-minute warm-up… to me, I’m “cheating” those extra 5 minutes. Time oppressively slows down whenever I do something I find loathsome.

This maligned battle of time seems to also work in reciprocal shifts. The longer I procrastinate on doing what I need to do, the faster time flies. For example, on days I tell myself I will go to the gym, but just at a later time, I’m up at 7am and five minutes later it’s 3pm.

I have to just show the hell up and hit the 25-minute mark.

That’s all it really takes for me to make it because, at that point, I talk myself through the next 20 minutes.  The elliptical conversation goes something like this:

  • Minutes 0-5 – Ok, I’m just warming up, let me just go at a normal pace and it won’t be so bad.
  • Minutes 6-18 – Dear God, let the shuffle in my iTunes pick the best songs ever so I can “dance.”
  • Minutes 18-25 – Feel that sweat? You did that. Let it drip. YOU LOVE IT!
  • Minutes 25-30 – Only 5 minutes left and you got 30 minutes of cardio in. You can do it! You can survive anything for 5 minutes!
  • Minutes 31-35 – Good momentum. The worst is over. Only 15 minutes to go!
  • Minutes 36-40 – Pick up the pace! Shuffle songs to the highest BPM!
  • Minutes 40-43 –  Almost freaking done! Push HARD – you’ve come this far!
  • Minutes 44-45 – I’m a damn champion.

I realized that in order to make it through the first 25 minutes, I first need to show up. Showing up is definitely the hardest part of any routine that we want to get into, but sometimes a little positive, accountable self-talk is necessary:

  1. Why am I doing this?
  2. Will it help me reach my goals?
  3. How do I feel when I have finished?

Our most precious commodity is our time, our moments, so how we spend each moment is crucial.  We need to look at our lives globally: How can I live the best life?  Use this guiding question to determine what activities are adding value to your life versus detracting from it.

Kristen Fusaro-PizzoPresident

Scents and Spirituality – Contacting the Dead with Candles?

Scents and Spirituality - Contacting the Dead with Candles

I received a really interesting direct message on the Scents the Moment Instagram the other night:

38033524_10103101714396362_4727534914331738112_n.jpg

Initially, as you can tell from my response, I was a little taken aback. I mean, if you look at my Instagram, I have photos of products and my dog, Lucy – I never thought my branding would direct me to be that kind of shop.

But, I questioned my own thinking… what, exactly, did I mean by that kind of shop?

A spiritual shop? A Wiccan shop? A head shop?… I realized the error wasn’t with the question, but in my own thinking.

Candles have existed for millennia and their brightness have served as metaphors for just as long. I realized the question I received was deep-rooted in far more history of candles that I was never aware of.  After a little guidance from my friend Deb Jasien, owner of Fields of Ambrosia, she directed me to Wicca Lore and I started to do my research and revised my response:

IMG_0480.jpg

Candles are inherently magical because they represent the four elements of nature. The wax is equivalent to the Earth (think of the soybeans used to create our wax base). The melted wax is like water – liquefied parts of the Earth.  The flame is obviously fire and the smoke produced by the candle is the air. According to Witches Lore, this deep-rooted connected between candles and Earth is strengthened based on the scent.

There exists a whole realm and encyclopedia of fragrances and what they spiritually mean.

  1. http://sacredwicca.com/herbs-correspondences – This website has a full and thorough list of so many fragrances and their power.
  2. https://wicca.com/celtic/herbal/magickall.htm – An herb list with all of their magical properties.

A few magical attributes examples associated with our candles:

Magical attributes of Chamomile: Good as a meditation incense, for centering, peace, sprinkle in your home for protection, healing, money.
Unstressed

Magical attributes of Jasmine: Used in love spells, charm, and sachets.
Summer Break

Magical attributes of Lavender: Sleep, long life, peace, wishes, protection, love, purification, visions, attracting men, clarity of thought.
Unstressed
Weekend Getaway

Magical attributes of Rose: Love, friendship, luck, protection, psychic power, and divination
Serenity Prayer Candle

Magical attributes of Sandalwood: Purification, protection, and healing.
Weekend Getaway


So, can you contact the dead with our candles?

Our candles were not created with the intent to draw any connection with the dead. We create our candles for beauty, aesthetic, fragrance, home decor, and to use your olfactory sense to connect you with a blissful moment in life.  That being said, we do use scents that are inherently “magical” (as demonstrated above) and would love to hear about how you use our candles to feel more connected with yourself, spirit, or more.

Serenity Prayer Candle Scents the Moment

Kristen Fusaro-PizzoPresident

Scents the Sounds: Perfect Musical Pairing with Soy Candles

Scents the Sounds Perfect Musical Pairing with Soy Candles

I absolutely love all kinds of music.  My iTunes is home to thousands of songs of countless genres. From “Pure Moods” to Pitbull, Gregorian Monk Chants (yes, really) to Lady Gaga, Broadway, Big Band, Beatles, Billy Joel, Billie Holiday, Billy Idol, Billy Ray Cyrus – you get the big picture. I was raised with music as a form of catharsis, stress relief, joy, and celebration. My father is a musician, and both of my parents loved music so much that it was just normal in my childhood to have some form of music playing 24 hours a day. To this day, there are evenings when I cannot sleep without my headphones.

As important as music is to setting a mood and creating ambiance, I look at it like a fine wine in need of a cheese pairing. We have our musical playlists to rev us up while we work out, or the perfect driving station, pairing your soy candle with the right playlist can also add an additional layer of relaxation and home decor, especially while entertaining.

For each candle, I am going to offer a few songs that I believe perfectly suits the scent and creates an ideal moment. I am using my Amazon affiliate links so you can go directly to the song or album and check it out for yourself.

After the Rain – Scented in Ozone, Mint, and Citrus

Beach Bumming – Scented in Sun, Sand, and Sea

It’s 5:00 Somewhere – Scented in Pina Colada

Summer Break – Scented in Ocean Mist

Unstressed – Scented in Lavender & Chamomile

Weekend Getaway – Scented in Lavender & Sandalwood

 

Kristen Fusaro-PizzoPresident

Simple Steps to Show Your Skin Summer Love

Simple Steps to Show Your Skin Summer Love

Winter gets a bad rap. Everybody fears dry skin in the winter time, and that’s true, but your skin is actually at risk for far more elemental damage during the summer months. Let’s look at all the risk factors in the summer:

  • Sun damage (UVA & UVB rays)
  • Chlorine damage
  • Excessive sweating
  • Clogged pores from sunscreen

Every season comes with its skin trials and tribulations, but summer skin really takes a beating. The bad news is that year after year of these beatings will eventually lead to permanent damage, the possibilities of melanoma, and sagging, dry, cracked skin. The good news is that the minute you decide to make a change, your skin is a living organ, so it will constantly regenerate and work with you to reverse the aging effects of the summer.

  1. WEAR YOUR SUNSCREEN! I can never repeat this enough. Even if it seems like a cloudy day, if you’re spending time outdoors, you need to have sunscreen on. If you’re sweating or swimming, you need to reapply every 80 minutes. Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. My personal favorite for the face is Clinique. It protects without that greasy feel.  For the body, I prefer a spray sunscreen, like Coppertone Sport. I always choose an SPF of at least 30, but I prefer 50 if I can obtain it.
    1. *A common misconception is that if your natural skin is darker in tone, you don’t need sunscreen, or you don’t need a high SPF – this simply isn’t true. Sun damage can affect anyone of any skin tone.
  2. PRE-WASH WITH RESTING BEACH FACE!  If you’ve been outside all day, or you’re coming in from a sweaty workout, or you’ve spent the evening with a full face of makeup, you need to give your skin a chance to breathe by washing away all of that dirt. Resting Beach Face is a perfect solution because of the combined Dead Sea Mud and activated coconut charcoal work as a debriding agent and gentle exfoliator to scrub off that top layer of dead skin cells. This helps to unclog your pores and free up your skin to feel clean and absorb the nutrients from the clay facial.
  3. CLAY, CLAY, CLAY to SAVE THE DAY!  A great way to reintroduce natural moisture and minerals back into the skin is with clay masks. Saving Face uses numerous clays, as well as colloidal oatmeal, to cleanse and nourish even the most sensitive skin. During the summer, I give myself clay facials two or three times per week. Make sure to give yourself the clay facial AFTER pre-washing your face!
  4. POST WASH with YOU GOT THIS! Make sure to rinse off all of the clay from your mask after 5-7 minutes and follow-up with a gentle, sensitive cleanser like You Got This!. This final cleansing helps to wash off any leftover clay as well as soothe and prepare the skin for moisture.
  5. FINAL STEP is to MOISTURIZE. After all that washing, it’s important to replenish the softness of your skin. Use Butter Me Up – only a teeny, tiny bit will do the trick. Rub in circular motions until fully absorbed. An important note here – don’t add more until your skin has absorbed what you already placed on it, or you can get greasy.

**ALTERNATIVE DAYS

  1. OR FACE THE DAY (FOR STEP #3,4,5)!  On days when you’re not giving yourself a mask, exfoliate with Face the Day. Face the Day serves as both an exfoliator and moisturizer in one so you won’t need any extra moisture after rinsing off the sugar. Remember to just leave the natural oils from the scrub on your face to penetrate the skin and deeply nourish.

 

36261902_10103065200540422_8231974305106231296_n.jpg

Face Day Monday, Thursday, Sunday
Step 1 – Pre-wash Face with Resting Beach Face
Step 2 – Saving Face Clay Mask
Step 3 – Wash face with You Got This!
Step 4 – Moisturize with A LITTLE bit of Butter Me Up

Face Day Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Step 1 – Pre-wash Face with Resting Beach Face or You Got This!
Step 2 – Face the Day Scrub 

Kristen Fusaro-PizzoPresident