How to choose the best products for your skin?

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I’d like to share a quandary I’ve been plagued with for a long time, and only recently feel I have the answer for.

When I started formulating my products, I was advised to make only a few to begin with. That was difficult to do. Too many formulas poured out of me, whether in response to people’s expressed skincare needs or in reaction to new and old ingredients that inspired new formulations. My line grew quickly. I’ve repeatedly been advised by marketing and merchendizing experts to pare down my line of products. I understand the logic—it’s easier for a small company like Rosemira to maintain a limited ingredient inventory. Manufacturing, packaging, marketing, website design and maintenance are all easier when done with fewer products. I’ve tried to narrow my line several times, and each time, be it in creams or serums, I experienced internal resistance, not so much because I was attached to the products (though I do have a relationship with each of the recipes I’ve nurtured), but because I felt I couldn’t recommend the Bella Rose Anti-Wrinkle Cream for two clients, knowing one would benefit more from the Rich Moisturizing Cleanser & Night Cream, which, had I discontinued, would be a recommendation I couldn’t offer. Would both creams offer good results? Yes, and for some companies that’s good enough, but not for me. Offering several choices is key to better skincare.

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As a holistic doctor, primarily within the realm of Traditional Chinese Medical diagnosis, I don’t treat the condition, I treat the person who comes with a set of symptoms that may be diagnosed one way, but when diagnosed in someone else, can require a different set of herbs or acupuncture treatment points. I may call both set of symptoms Arthritis, but one could be Damp-Heat Arthritis while another could be Arthritis due to Toxic Heat or Deficient Heat.

Let me offer an example:

55 year old Lisa has dry, maturing skin, mild Rosacea and age spots. My recommendation for her would be the Pineapples & Cream Cleansing Milk, Spring Flowers Calming Toner, Melodic Skin – Rosacea Recovery Serum to be alternated with Gorgeous Gold Stem Cell Serum for the age spots and maturing skin. Divine Honey Rose Replenishing Cream for the day and Bella Rose Anti-Wrinkle Cream at night. The Green Clay & Rose de Mai Gentle Masque used once a week will optimize the results.  We also have peels, exfoliating scrubs and other berry or fruit masks, most of which are not on my website but are provided to my consultation clients. I’d continue Lisa’s basic regimen for a few months and, as her skin improves and the seasons change, I’d alternate some of the products to fit the changing conditions until we reach a happy plateau.

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Joan, who’s 55 and has dry and “experienced” skin, has spent much time in the sun and has sustained sun damage with relatively deep wrinkles. She’ll benefit from any combination of Cleansers and Toners, the Rich Moisturizing Cleanser & Night Cream would be best and could double as her night Cream, while the Bella Rose Anti-Wrinkle Cream would be used in daytime. The Toner- Roses in Bloom Hydrating toner. The serum of choice Skin Sonata Argan Oil infusion for the dry skin and sun damage, alternating with Skin Lullaby Anti-Wrinkle Serum at night. I’d probably suggest a peel or Fruit Masque rather than a Clay Masque or a Scrub. As her skin improves adjustments will be made.

Most people don’t ask for my recommendations. They may look at the Serum page, which right now has 11 Serums, and I can see why they sometimes find it difficult to choose.

For that purpose, I’ve been offering my Skin Consultations. Those who’ve taken advantage of the offer have seen miraculous changes in their skin. Send me an e-mail about the skin challenges you face, previous products used, pictures if available, and the desired form of consultation, be it by phone or email. I’ll analyze the data, come up with a plan, and we then narrow down the best options. I then provide samples of the products I recommend, which you’ll try and then place your retail size order of products you now feel certain are the best choice for you. I offer the consultations for $75.00. The samples alone are worth the $75.00, let alone the 2 hours I spend in contemplation, analysis, conversations or emails. I’m keeping the cost at $75.00 for the rest of the year. I highly recommend to anyone with product/skincare routine questions to take advantage of this offer. Your skin will rejoice.

For those of you who aren’t regular customers yet, or if you aren’t sure you’re ready for a skin consultation, I’m currently working on a form, either a questionnaire or a chart that will narrow the products by skin type as well as by skin challenge. I hope it’ll simplify the process of choosing the best products for you. If you have products you’re already using but feel you need an adjustment, write me an e-mail and I’ll respond at no extra charge. I want my products to be agents of positive change for your skin, offering you the optimal results and the healthiest, most radiant skin you can have. This is my commitment to you.

In conclusion of my initial quandary, I’ve chosen to have a variety of options/products available rather than fewer selections. The latter would be easier, but I prefer to control my own destiny when it comes to formulating and treating your skin. It’s hard work but my clients benefit, and isn’t that what good skincare is all about?

I’m a trained chiropractor, acupuncturist, herbalist and nutritionist, and use my extensive knowledge in formulating the perfect combination of products for individual and effective skincare. My knowledge base is available to you; please take advantage of it. I want my skincare to be used as medicine, as an exchange of energy and knowledge, as the sharing of love and values.

Browse our website. And please email us with any questions you have about the best products for you.

Take care,

Dr. Mira

   

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What happened to Rosemira’s Bella Rose Anti-Wrinkle Cream?

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I’m lately frustrated by a new anti-aging cream that was supposedly developed by Christie Brinkley. The company chose an identical name to one of my best creams- Bella Rose RX, while my cream is Bella Rose Anti-Wrinkle Cream, and I also have an Eye Cream: Bella Rose I-Renew Eye Cream

Many people mistakenly contacted me to purchase the cream. I researched and found out that Christie Brinkley indeed has a skincare line, but that she wasn’t associated in any way with the company advertising the Bella Rose RX scam, even though their advertising showed her name and picture pointing to a line of products.

The use of the name didn’t bother me much. What ticked me off was that my company’s name and product would be confused with that unsavory cream. I couldn’t find a list of ingredients, but one of their clients who called to complain about the Bella Rose RX shipment she received, was kind enough and tried to read the list of ingredients on the box. The print was too small even when she used her glasses.  The partial list of ingredients included Propylene Glycol – a drying and irritating alcohol to anyone with even slightly sensitive skin; Paraffinum liquidum- a form of Mineral oil, a Petroleum product, and one of the worst oils to use in skincare formulations; a synthetic version of a peptide, called Palmitoyl Oligopeptide; Palmitoyl Triceptide-7- a latex polymer; the Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-propyl Silanetriol- A silicone-derived synthetic ingredient.

Where are the natural ingredients advertised? I’m still waiting.

They also claim that:  “our natural skincare, having no side effects, is made using natural ingredients that are safe and familiar with the skin’s texture. The ingredients potency yet mild nature should work together to restore the skin’s beauty and texture.”

What does this even mean? Even the language is poor. Natural ingredients have nothing to do with the ones in the above list.

Here’s the list of Organic ingredients in my Bella Rose Anti-Wrinkle Cream: Jojoba Oil, Aloe Vera Gel, Lanolin, Yellow Beeswax, Distilled Water, Turkish Rose Otto Essential Oil, Italian Neroli Essential Oil, Indonesian Patchouli Essential Oil, French Rose de Mai Essential Oil. A list of ingredients you can spell and pronounce. How many ingredients do you need to put in your stew or your salad? if you don’t eat processed foods, your list of ingredients is short and simple. Sometimes we use more exotic ingredients, and some of the formulas are quite complex, but our ingredients are always plant based, natural and either organic or wild-crafted.

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So, that’s my rant for today. I cannot stress enough – do not purchase anything online unless the complete list of ingredients is disclosed. When they’re not, there’s no transparency- they don’t want you to see the list of ingredients.

Our skin is our body’s most important organ of absorption. Whatever we put on our skin is absorbed into our blood stream and cells. The results of using toxic products on our skin is dangerous and worsens with time. Feed your skin a good diet and it’ll reward you with healthy and attractive results.

Results are everything. Our customers adore this cream. In the words of a Bella Rose lover:

“After trying many samples of the Bella Rose Anti-Wrinkle Cream and then trying a variety of different organic brands, I came back to buy a full Jar as nothing comes close to it! It’s thick but not greasy, smells beautiful but not overpowering as some Rose creams do, and it leaves my face looking plumper and glowing. I don’t think I can live without this cream now.”  –  Naomi

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My deck decked in Roses

The words of Stella though different, convey a similar sentiment:

“The Bella Rose Anti-Wrinkle Cream is so wonderful! It is very rich and thick, but after it is applied (sparingly!) it has an incredibly light and airy feel on the face. It also has a beautiful Rose aroma, not overpowering at all. I definitely recommend it for older women, but also for younger women who want to get a head start in prolonging their beautiful, youthful skin.”  – Stella P.

I’m often asked, why aren’t you certified as organic?

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I’m not certified organic, even though I’ve considered and studied the requirements in my quest to make sure people who don’t know me and my company can trust that I’m not green washing.

I’d taken an in-depth look at certification and spoke with the companies I’d have to hire to oversee the auditing process.  I discovered that organic certification for food is different than the one required for personal care. The plant-based organic ingredients I use aren’t considered food nor regulated under the USDA program. Essential oils – one of the mainstays of my products, are a good example.

Many of the products I use are sourced from small farms that grow their crops organically, yet can’t afford the certification process. Were we certified, we wouldn’t be allowed to purchase our ingredients from those farmers, who we’re determined to support.

Other important deterrents for me are the amount of paperwork needed, the lengthy process, which can take anywhere from 1-3 years, and the certification cost involved – a heavy financial burden for small companies. Also once one is certified, there’s a considerable annual renewal fee.  The cost, without consideration of time investment, can reach tens of thousands of dollars. I prefer to spend that money on assuring the ingredients I purchase are of the highest quality, rather than fall into a bureaucratic abyss.

Lastly, I believe the USDA is corrupt. They take the money used to license organic ingredients and reward companies who proliferate the spread of GMO’s. The top four companies subsidized by the USDA are the largest producers of GMO corn, soy, and Canola oil.  Paying into this system to support something I’m wholeheartedly against, makes no sense to me.

I’ve probably lost clients over the years, ones who understandably feel the need for the safety of a certification process.  I understand that, but I also need to follow my own guidance. I believe that my clients can tell the quality and caring invested in my products. They trust in my knowledge and ethics. I’m Organic, certification or not.

Hope this helps answer some of your questions. Please do not hesitate to write with any questions you may have as you use Rosemira products.

Yours in health and Beauty,
Mira

Best natural eye creams of 2017

We’re all looking for the best product in any category. Eye creams are a particularly sore spot, since they treat the areas that show our age. Also, the skin around the eyes is thinner and sensitive, and often doesn’t tolerate poor ingredients as the rest of the face may. Products with less than stellar ingredients can cause reactions, be they redness, breakouts, swelling, irritation or tearing. The worst ingredients, when it comes to sensitivity around the eye area, are the same culprits in any product: synthetic fragrances, parabens, mineral oils and alcohols. These ingredients, though harmful, may be tolerated for a period of time on the cheeks and forehead, before leading to irritation, but on the skin around the eye area, negative reactions are immediately noticed.  Though Avocado Oil and Jojoba Oil are effective moisturizing oils, mineral oil clogs the pores. I often hear women hesitant to try yet another eye cream promising the moon and delivering…. Heartache. Eye creams also tend to cost more, adding insult to injury when the product falls short.

There are thousands of eye creams clamoring for our attention, but few fulfill the promise, and very few are among the best natural eye creams. As with any other product, ingredients are the key to efficacy or negative reactions.  When it comes to eye creams, the targeted issuers are wrinkles called crow’s feet, puffiness or bags under the eyes, and dark circles.

We chose 5 creams we believe are the best natural eye creams.

1. Weleda Evening Primrose Age Revitalizing Eye & Lip Cream

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Weleda is a company that’s been around for a long time. Its formulas are time tested, and their ingredients, sound. This eye cream targets mature skin and works to eliminate wrinkles and crow’s feet with the help of plant-based ingredients.  One of the main ingredients responsible for the efficacy of this cream is Evening Primrose Oil, due to its high concentration of linoleic acid- an omega 6 fatty acid essential for skin regeneration. The herb Gotu-Kola is known to increase collagen production to firm the skin, and Inca Nut Oil is rich in antioxidants that protect skin and promote renewal.  While there were no client reviews for this cream the combination of ingredients looks promising.

   2. Rosemira’s Bella Rose I-Renew Eye Cream

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The second in our list of best natural eye creams is Rosemira’s  Bella Rose I-Renew Eye Cream for just $40. Though a newer and smaller company, these formulas are stellar for the choice of ingredients and absence of any toxic or damaging ingredients. Jojoba Oil is highly revered for its moisturizing properties and long shelf life (hence the lack of need to add synthetic preservatives). Aloe Vera Gel is another effective ingredient for eye tissues. In addition, what is missing in other natural eye creams is a proprietary blend of high quality Rose essential oils, known as moisturizers, renewing cellular membranes and regenerative to skin cells. Patchouli, another essential oil in this formula, regenerates, tightens, tones and calms sensitive skin. Another ingredient missing from other eye cream formulations is Salt Water Pearl Powder- an ingredient used throughout Asia to keep skin youthful and brighten dark circles. Rosemira’s Bella Rose I-Renew Eye Cream is a comprehensive formula that delivers on its promise as is evident in clients raving reviews.

3. Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Age Defying Eye Cream

The third of our best natural eye creams, also free of parabens and synthetic fragrances, is the one by Sibu Beauty. The main ingredient in this cream is the one the company bases all its products on – Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil, as well as Pumpkin Seed Oil, which protects and firm the skins’ fine lines.  This isn’t an all-natural eye cream formulation since it contains a relatively high concentration of several alcohols, which, besides being drying, can be challenging to delicate eye tissues. We advise performing a skin test prior to use on a less sensitive area.

4. Murad Renewing Eye Cream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The fourth among the best natural eye creams and advertised as a natural eye cream, Murad Renewing Eye Cream is said to firm, hydrate and brighten the delicate eye area, and to reduce fine lines. While this cream contains many inactive ingredients, alcohols, Urea & EDTA, synthetic additives and fillers, its main active ingredient is Wild Yam Extract—a naturally rich source of phytoestrogens, which support the skin’s youthful appearance. Other beneficial natural ingredients are Evening Primrose Oil, Borage Seed Oil and Mango Butter – all to help hydrate and soften the area. Client reviews indicate satisfaction with the results of reduced puffiness and dark circles.

5. Whish Repairing Eye Serum

While Whish does not make an Eye cream, their Eye Serum can serve as the 5th in our line of the best natural eye creams, since it targets the eye area.  The Serum’s main oils are Rosehip Seed and Argan, intended to brighten dark circles and reduce fine lines. Aloe Vera Gel is soothing and reduces inflammation, and SOD improves elasticity. There are other natural herbs in this formula, and the combination of ingredients results in rejuvenated skin, brighter and less puffy. This Serum contains synthetic preservatives and fillers, but no Parabens or Petrochemicals. We were unable to find any customer reviews for this product.

 

Ingredients are not final products Rosehip Seed Oil

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The latest trend in luxury skincare hails newly discovered oils or time-tested ones. It’s sometimes over-hype but also holds true for oils of Rosehip Seed, Argan, Coconut, Marula, Prickly Pear, Sacha Inchi, and other fine oils.  The more exotic the oil, the higher the allure.  There’s magic in the story of an oil hailing from deep in the rainforest, used for thousands of years and benefiting health & beauty. And there are are also oils closer to home that are just as rich and nutritious.

I’m not saying we should not embrace those remarkable oils from all over the world, we definitely should, and for good reason—all of these oils are indeed rich in nutrients highly beneficial for healthy skin and hair. What’s also true is that these oils are also often times ingredients used as part of a formula, where the whole is bigger than the sum of its parts.

Aromatherapy defines these oils as carrier oils—a good base for mixing in other ingredients. Marula or Argan oils are excellent oils, and applying them alone is beneficial, but not as much as when they’re part of a formula—like when Marula oil, an anti-oxidant is combined with Pomegranate Seed Oil – another highly anti-oxidant oil, and then infused with herbal botanical extracts or essential oils. You now have a highly nourishing formula – See Me C Repair Serum, where Marula Oil is only one of the players.

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A legitimate herbal formula needs to have at least three ingredients. Peppermint is a good herb on its own, but when combined with Ginger or another herb, depending on the desired synergistic results, the combination of herbs is what makes the formula effective, while combining Peppermint with another set of herbs will have a different effect.

Another oil lately touted as the new miracle oil is Rosehip Seed Oil. Rosemira has been using this oil for ten years. Rather than purchase Rosehip Seed Oil in bulk, then pouring it into 1 oz. bottles and advertising the oil as the next best moisturizer, we take our time, research the interactions between Rosehip Seed Oil and other beneficial oils, and then choose the right oils and the rest of the ingredients to partner it with. What oils you use, and in what manner, is the key to effective formulas.

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Our popular Divine Honey Rose Replenishing Cream reaps the full benefits Rosehip Seed Oil and Pulp can deliver when combined with oils of Borage Seed, Olive, Jojoba, Neroli and Rose Hydrosol. These ingredients mix to enhance Rosehip Seed Oil within a final product.

Skin Lullaby Anti-Wrinkle Serum has high concentrations of Rose Hip Seed Oil and Pulp, but here we chose to partner it with a potent Carrot Seed CO2 Essential Oil, Jojoba Oil, Green Tea Extract, Immortelle  Flowers, Blue Malva Flowers and other herbal infusions, then adding the Anti-Aging essential oils of Myrrh and Frankincense to formulate a superb night serum which treats wrinkles and scars.

Gorgeous Gold Stem Cell Serum has a high concentration of Rose Hip Seed Oil and Pulp as well, however here it is joined with Pomegranate Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil and Grapeseed Oil,  then we’ve added Stem Cell Botanical Extract of Alpine Flower and many anti-aging essentials oils like: Calendula Select C02, Roman Chamomile, Rosewood, Frankincense and more.

We hear about the next best oil and wonder: will Tamanu Oil be the next panacea for youthful skin, or could it perhaps be Dragon’s blood?

As a formulator, my mission is to research, share, inform and educate, and then formulate and manufacture products using the best ingredients that will deliver the results you expect. I want to relieve you of the burden of wondering whether you’re up on all the best ingredients for youthful, healthy skin.  This is my job, so you can relax and know that your skin needs are covered.

I’m always available to answer your questions and concerns. If there’s an ingredient you’re concerned or curious about, if there’s something you think you may need in your skin care products, write me an e-mail and I’ll respond.

To your health, with love,

Mira

Nurture Mother Earth

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A Lavender Field

With earth day come and gone, the drought we’d experienced in California finally alleviated, global climate is nonetheless pertinent as ever, as recent satellite photos reveal the quickly melting ice-caps.    Our lifestyle choices are paramount—growing food from the proper seeds, using non-toxic fertilizers, and protecting the crops from undue water loss. My duty to the planet and its inhabitants is to make environmentally sound skincare products using  organic ingredients. Sadly, the industrial skincare companies are still hiding behind their labels. Consumers want organic? Let’s give them labels with botanical drawings, slogans of ‘pure’ and ‘natural’, and conceal harmful ingredients under a pile of flimsy legalese. But I’m sensing a change—the public is becoming more aware and educated regarding false advertisement. I suspect that trend will continue and eventually force the skincare industry to mend its ways. I don’t mean to be the Queen of Gloom, only to acknowledge our option of moving in the right direction until we reach critical mass as more of us consider our planet and its welfare, which is tightly bound to our own survival.

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A Beach along the Sonoma Coast

While I’ve been formulating organic skincare products for thirty years, I hadn’t always had full awareness of the plight of the earth. Cooking and eating healthy just made common sense, and formulating skincare products fell under the same category of self-nourishment. My manufacturing process hasn’t changed much, but I do apply a more vigilant approach to the source of my ingredients and the people and companies I choose to support.

What is good for our Earth is good for us. We are one organism. Skincare manufacturing and consumer choices need to take a stand and do what’s right, as we do while resisting indiscriminate commercial logging, industrial fishing, and the slaughter of endangered species. Doing the right thing will benefit our environment and improve our skincare choices, and thus, our radiance and personal beauty.

Love to you all,

Mira

An Ode to My Mother and Motherhood

An Ode to My Mother and Motherhood

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As my 60th birthday looms, my mother passing at 72 seems like a young age. I have friends whose parents are in their 90’s- what a treat. I was in my mid-thirties when my mother passed, and it took me that long to truly appreciate her. She was the most supportive mother one can have, always excited about what I was doing at the time, whether being a cook or a waitress, studying Chiropractic or Acupuncture, which were both quite obscure and fringe at the time. She struggled with my herbal concoctions, which would sit in alcohol or oil, brewing for months as I stirred them daily. She called me a witch (in loving ways), and refused to try my concoctions until she heard I had one for boosting memory—her biggest fear was losing the faculties of her sharp mind. She was willing to drink the “witchy” brew but kept forgetting to take it. The Ginseng energy tonic I gave her, had her climbing ladders at odd hours to do some deep cleaning in the attic. She loved my face/body cream from the first time she tried it. I was forewarned that whenever I came to visit, I was required to bring several quart-size jars for her and her friends. Her family from South Africa was instructed to bring Snook- a smoked fish much beloved in South Africa, apparently unavailable anywhere else. A visitor from SA meant gifting them with my cream—the same cream I still make today (with a few upgrades in the base ingredients), and which often reminds me of my mother, knowing she’d be proud of how this cream became the base for an entire skincare line.

I initially called my line Mirabella (both of our names- My mother’s name was Isabella), unfortunately I didn’t trade-mark the name and, years later, was sued by Mirabella Beauty. They kept the name and we became Rosemira Organics.

So, here’s to motherhood. To our mothers, sisters, friends and to ourselves.


      


Related to loving and appreciating our mothers, there’s one mother we all should love and appreciate beyond all—Mother Earth—whose divine will and duty is to encourage us to respect the planet—the gift that keeps on giving. We can’t willy-nilly go about our lives while forests are wiped out, while the oceans choke with plastic, while the ice cores melt away, while rare species go extinct. We need a collaborative effort like never before to restore and manage our resources, if not for ourselves, then for generations to follow. We must love Mother Earth as much as we love our own mothers, our children, our families and friends. Let us all meditate on doing so, while we still can.!

First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is now honored in 192 countries. This year’s theme is Environmental and Climate Literacy. Earth Day  is a great source of information about environmental issues and the impact each one of us has on our planet. Check out  CarbonFund and measure your individual carbon footprint. Let’s all vow to promote positive climate change.

                         I took these photographs at Shollenberger Park, in Petaluma. It is a 165 acre wetlands and wildlife sanctuary, and where my son spent many a Saturday while growing up. Aidan’s favorite pastime was finding lizards and snakes, which were plentiful, so we named it Gecko park.  It’s my hope that when my son has a child of his own, they too can spend time in parks and wildlife sanctuaries like this one.
With love,

Mira