Helping to End Animal Testing in the United States #crueltyfree

August 15, 2016

We’ve spoken about it before. This is our passion, our mission – to end all cosmetic testing on animals. We care so much about this mission, we became certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA. We partnered with Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue to donate a portion of our sales every month to rescuing animals. Now … Continue reading Helping to End Animal Testing in the United States #crueltyfree

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Why Consumers Should Know the Laws of the FDA just as much as Manufacturers

August 11, 2016

There’s an F word out here in the cosmetics world, and that’s the FDA. Some makers and creatives cower at the rules and regulations set forth by the United States Food and Drug Administration. I don’t blame them. The website is confusing, intimidating, a bit muddy and unclear, and awful to navigate. The reality is, … Continue reading Why Consumers Should Know the Laws of the FDA just as much as Manufacturers

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Digging the Earth: Why We Use Natural Clay in our Soap

August 05, 2016 2 Comments

Everything you need to survive can be found on or within the Earth. Yup, everything. From food, water, energy, to skin care and beauty. It’s no wonder Indiana Jones was such a phenomenon, and why eco-companies are booming right now. The Earth, when unadulterated, is a perfect eco-system of supplies for survival and beyond. This … Continue reading Digging the Earth: Why We Use Natural Clay in our Soap

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The Ancient History of Perfume and Fragrance

August 04, 2016 3 Comments

If someone has never smelled frankincense and myrrh, how would you describe it to them?  It’s a difficult smell to describe: the slight burning of a light wood, smoky, but not rich, instead embodied by a sweetness.  Or, if someone is familiar, you could say the scent of a Roman Catholic Church. Through time and history, … Continue reading The Ancient History of Perfume and Fragrance

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Oatmeal: The Amazing Beauty Benefits of this Superfood

July 24, 2016 1 Comment

Oatmeal has long been revered for being a heart-healthy food – low in cholesterol, high in fiber, filled with amino acids, and a complex carbohydrate, it’s no wonder your grandparents have been telling you to eat your porridge for centuries! I personally love a good old fashioned plain bowl of oatmeal. I love the smell, … Continue reading Oatmeal: The Amazing Beauty Benefits of this Superfood

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Body Butter: The Luxury Moisturizer Your Skin Has Been Dreaming About

July 22, 2016

A question I often receive from new customers is: “What is a body butter?” The name certainly does sound strange, and believe it or not, I have had people at our vendor shows ask me if they could eat our body butter! Well, of course you can’t eat the body butter, but the high-quality ingredients … Continue reading Body Butter: The Luxury Moisturizer Your Skin Has Been Dreaming About

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Understanding the Science and Ingredients of Bath Bombs

July 19, 2016 1 Comment

Bath Bombs (also known as Bath Fizzies) are the craze in the bath and body world, and why wouldn’t they be? They are fun, colorful, and they embody all the moments of childhood bubble baths with an adult twist. If you’re new to the bath bomb world, we’ve created a short video on how it … Continue reading Understanding the Science and Ingredients of Bath Bombs

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Your Unique Skin Type and Suggestions to Make it Glow

July 16, 2016 2 Comments

Hey, your epidermis is showing! Remember that snarky joke from childhood? Well, as silly as it is, it’s absolutely true. Your epidermis is your outermost layer of skin, and it’s the largest organ of your body. There are three layers of skin: The epidermis, which makes new skin cells, gives skin its pigmentation, and protects … Continue reading Your Unique Skin Type and Suggestions to Make it Glow

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#HEREIAM The Revolution of Body Image

July 11, 2016 9 Comments

I recently watched a video (posted below) hosted by JCPenney empowering plus-sized women to feel proud of their bodies, no matter what size they are. As a woman who has spent her whole life struggling with her weight, I felt a gamut of emotions while watching the three minute video: I felt heard, I felt strong, … Continue reading #HEREIAM The Revolution of Body Image

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When Should You Exfoliate?

June 14, 2016

Skin exfoliation is the active process of removing dead skin cells from the body. Our body sheds almost one million skin cells everyday, making room for fresh skin. Our body does this for several reasons: To eliminate external pollutants from the skin (remember your epidermis, or top level of skin is your largest organ, and your first defense against your … Continue reading When Should You Exfoliate?

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Product Highlight: The Rest Easy Spray

June 08, 2016

On today’s blog we’re going to discuss our fabulous creation, the Rest Easy spray. There are so many different uses for this awesome spray, we would like to teach you how far this product can go to fit your natural lifestyle. It’s truly a hidden gem that you’re absolutely going to need to have once … Continue reading Product Highlight: The Rest Easy Spray

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Eight Tips for a Healthier Summer

May 30, 2016

The summer months are upon us, full of sunshine, swimming, barbecues, and hanging out in the backyard. While the days are longer, and our desire to be outside is difficult to resist, it’s important to remember to take care of our bodies and minds during these months. In this blog post, we would like to … Continue reading Eight Tips for a Healthier Summer

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How to Read Cosmetic Labels

May 13, 2016

It is the age of transparency and consumer knowledge. With the exponential boom of information available at our fingertips (quite literally with smartphones), anyone can essentially “Google” anything at any time. People want to know what goes into their cosmetics and people have a right to know. This is why in the United States the FDA (Food … Continue reading How to Read Cosmetic Labels

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Why You Need to Drink More Water

April 25, 2016

You’ve heard it before, you need to drink more water! Our bodies are comprised of 70% water, and our Earth is covered in about 71% water – water is the clearest link of humans being elemental beings of the Earth. To survive and to thrive, we need to consume more water. But besides from survival, what … Continue reading Why You Need to Drink More Water

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Understanding Beauty Buzz Words

April 12, 2016

As an English teacher by day and mad-beauty-chemist by night, nothing excites me more than the moments where my two passions converge. I was researching information on a new formulation that popped in my mind as I was preparing my zombie lesson plan — oh yes, I get to teach an amazing senior high school elective … Continue reading Understanding Beauty Buzz Words

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Eight Tips to Achieving Healthy Skin

March 20, 2016

Our skin is our body’s largest organ, our first presentation to the world. We all want beautiful skin, but to obtain beautiful skin, we must first achieve healthy skin. We spoke with Christopher Busapavanij, Dermatology Physician Assistant, and asked for his top eight tips in achieving healthy skin:   Use sunscreen when out in the sun … Continue reading Eight Tips to Achieving Healthy Skin

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What does Cruelty-Free really mean?

March 07, 2016

**WARNING – GRAPHIC IMAGES IN THIS POST** Today we received our official certificate from the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) stating we’re part of the Leaping Bunny cruelty-free program. **WARNING – GRAPHIC IMAGES IN THIS POST** What does it really mean to be cruelty-free? A company that is truly cruelty-free has verified that its own practices … Continue reading What does Cruelty-Free really mean?

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Fragrance Oils vs. Essential Oils

February 25, 2016

As a professional chandler, and producer of bath and body products, I am uniquely in between the great debate of Fragrance Oils versus Essential Oils.  While I personally believe in the use of essential oils in anything that will stay on my skin (such as body butter), I also feel that fragrance oils are perfectly excellent … Continue reading Fragrance Oils vs. Essential Oils

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Why I Switched to Handmade Soap

February 21, 2016

About 8 months ago, I found myself intrigued by ingredient labels on beauty products. Once I got involved with some local animal shelters, I decided I needed to make a switch to all cruelty-free products (I explain more about that story on this blog post). As I started reading ingredients, I realized the soap I … Continue reading Why I Switched to Handmade Soap

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Party Planning: Hosting Home Sale Parties

February 16, 2016

The age of home food-storage parties is out, but there are some new competitors in town! It’s much more chic to throw a home wine party, dessert party, or bath and body party. The focus of home parties is a way for people to engage with a product in a way that the internet has not yet … Continue reading Party Planning: Hosting Home Sale Parties

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The Quest to Quench Dry, Sensitive Skin

February 11, 2016

I have notoriously dry and sensitive skin. During the winter, my lips are always chapped, my skin itches, and when I finally give-in to scratch, I leave behind a white trail of cracked, peeling skin. When I do use lotion, I’m usually scratching some more from some allergic reaction to it. It’s a battle. I … Continue reading The Quest to Quench Dry, Sensitive Skin

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Ethical Responsibility

February 08, 2016

To the credit of the American Dream, hundreds of new businesses open up in our country every year. Each one has its niche, its target market, and its prized products, but sadly, not each one believes it has a responsibility to the community. At Bath, Body, and Candle Moments, we have a different vision for … Continue reading Ethical Responsibility

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Why Use Preservatives?

January 26, 2016

We are in a culture where the term “all natural” gets tossed around quite a bit, but what does that mean? It is supposed to mean that all of the elements used to create the product have been derived from nature. But what if you don’t want everything that nature has to offer?  Along with beautiful botanicals, … Continue reading Why Use Preservatives?

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Learning Cold-Process Soap

January 10, 2016

I had the distinct pleasure of working with Angela Carillo of Alegna Soap yesterday as she taught me how to create cold process soap-making. Cold-process soap is the art and science of saponification.  In short, saponification is the process of lye (or sodium hydroxide) reacting with triglycerides (fats) to create soap. The saponification process happens … Continue reading Learning Cold-Process Soap

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