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,

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.


Nurture Mother Earth


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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,


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,


The Ultimate Skin Care For Cold Weather!

By Dana


Making the cold more beautiful makes the cold more sunshining. I’m so excited that Mira from Rosemira (oh I love this line!) is making the most of winter skin.

1. I’ve had a hard time keeping a “serious” regime for skin… what’s actually necessary?

There is a long answer and a short answer to this question: first is the long version:

This is a great question which all of us grapple with at one time or another. As with any routine or regimen, it has to fit our personality. Some people like to exercise 90 minutes every day, others prefer a longer workout 3 times a week. Some have an affinity to running, while others prefer Tai Qi or Yoga. And while the optimal is to participate is some form of exercise on a daily basis, the type of exercise is not as important as one’s affinity with it and expecting ourselves to participate in a form of exercise we do not resonate with will most likely result in a failure to remain consistent and get the results we want. Sometimes it is just a matter of starting gently with something you have an affinity with. As you build momentum and the results become noticeable, it becomes easier to maintain and the once forced regimen becomes a simple habit. The same goes to diet and to skin “diet”.

First and foremost regardless on how simple or complex you’d like to be in your routine, I would start by by removing from your regimen anything that is harmful for your skin. Products with synthetic ingredients, toxic preservatives, additives, fillers and dies, alcohol and added fragrances. (You would not want to eat foods laced with herbicides, fruit which is picked before it is ripened and shot with chemicals to speed up the process during transport). Similarly you want to provide your skin with a healthy diet, how healthy and how extreme you will be depends entirely on you. This also does not depend on age, it is important to eat healthy and exercise at any age. We do not start brushing our teeth when they start falling out. Similarly a consistent skin care regimen should be started early on and maintained as a habit throughout one’s life.

For a simple regimen while still expecting results, the basic products required at the least are: A gentle non-stripping Cleanser like a Cleansing Milk or Gel Cleanser, Toner (only Hydrosol based), Serum and Moisturizing Cream (day, night or either) and an Eye Cream.  If that is all you can do initially it will definitely keep your skin happy and healthy. For more stellar results I believe it is essential to exfoliate, detoxify and stimulate circulation every month. A Clay Masque once a week is an important addition to a basic regimen. And if you are using foundation remove it immediately upon getting home allowing your skin to breathe.

For those who are willing and inclined to spent a little bit more time and effort for more stellar and long term results, I would suggest 2 different Cleansers- an Exfoliating Cleanser, or a Gel Cleanser and a Moisturizing Cleanser, a Hydrosol Toner, two different Serums for day and night (which should be changed with the seasons and concerns that might arise), a Day Moisturizing Cream, Night Cream and an Eye Cream. A Clay Masque several times a week, alternating with a ‘gentle’ Exfoliating Facial Scrub and a peel (soon to be released) once a week. (I am also working on a DIY face lift which I would recommend to add to one’s routine from the age of 30 onwards, initially once or twice a month and as we grow older on a weekly basis).

Of course then we have to modify our regimen to fit our skin types or challenges, but I do believe most skin challenges are really skin out of balance and as our regimens become more balanced across our habits, eating, drinking water, exercising, meditating, having fun, the skin will be brought into balance as well.


The shorter version to this same answer:

First and foremost, regardless of how simple or complex you’d like to be in your routine, I’d start by removing from your regimen anything that is harmful for your skin. Products with synthetic ingredients, toxic preservatives, additives, fillers and dies, alcohol and added fragrances. You want to nourish your skin with a healthy diet, For a simple regimen while still expecting results, the basic products required are: A Cleanser, Toner (only Hydrosol based), Serum and Moisturizing Cream (day, night or either) and an Eye Cream. If that is all you can do initially, it will definitely keep your skin happy and healthy. For more stellar results it is essential to exfoliate, detoxify and stimulate circulation every month. A Clay Masque once a week is an important addition to a basic regimen. And if you are using foundation, remove it immediately upon getting home, allowing your skin to breathe.

For those inclined to spend a bit more time and effort for more stellar and long term results, I suggest 2 Cleansers- an Exfoliating Cleanser and a Moisturizing Cleanser, a Hydrosol Toner, two different Serums for day and night, a Day Moisturizing Cream, Night Cream and an Eye Cream. A Clay Masque several times a week, alternating with a ‘gentle’ Exfoliating Facial Scrub and a peel once a week. Most skin challenges are skin out of balance and, as our regimens become more balanced across our habits, eating, drinking water, exercising, meditating, the skin will be brought into balance as well.

2. How can you safeguard your skin in the cold?

Hydrate inside and out- i.e. drink lots of water and use a Hydrosol Toner several times a day. While it feels like a Toner would be used more frequently during the summer months to refresh, cool and hydrate, it is particularly important during cold and dry months. Follow the Toner with a Moisturizing element— a Serum and /or Moisturizing Cream. The most important Moisturizing product I’d recommend is a truly moisturizing cream. By ‘truly’ I mean a cream which isn’t filled with damaging-drying ingredients like alcohol, but rather with truly healthy ingredients to support your skin’s inherent moisture. Hydrate with a Toner and apply the Moisturizing Cream while your skin is still slightly moist

Remember we have skin over our entire body. In the winter it is particularly important to use a Body butter or a rich body lotion (not a water based, thin and fast absorbing lotion) on a daily basis, preferably after a shower while your skin is still slightly damp. The results of that healthy habit are truly amazing.

3. My hands are looking wintery right now… that’s the best I can explain it. How can I put the sparkle back in my weatherized skin?

This goes back to my previous answer. We have to put attention to our hands, feet and everything inbetween. I guarantee that if you use one of our body butters: Sweet Coconut Body Butter, Alluring Jasmine Body Butter, or our rich body lotion My Present- Crème de Corps Body Lotion on a regular basis you will be amazed at the results. Whether it is just the winter dryness, or if you suffer from a medical condition such as aff functioning thyroid (hypothyroid) your skin will feel smooth and soft and will look alive with this simple addition to your routine. And for those of us who are willing to put in a little bit more effort, using a salt, sugar or other exfoliating body scrub will rejuvenate your skin and stimulate lymph and blood circulation, to promote the inner youth and thus outer youthful appearance and feel of your skin. No more weatherized, leatherized skin…

4. Are there any super foods you suggest for skin?

The health of our gut is one of the most important aspects to a healthy body and skin. Probiotics in particular are arguably more crucial than any other nutritional supplement, because by supporting digestion our body is able to absorb the nutrients from the rest of our foods more efficiently and thoroughly.

Nuts and Seeds are essential to health. Almonds in particular are more alkaline forming than other nuts and are rich in Vitamin E, Amino Acids, and Calcium. Walnuts are wonderful too. Pumpkin Seeds are the most alkaline forming among seeds, and are a rich source of Protein, Iron , Magnesium, Potassium, Biotin and Omega 3 Fatty Acids.

Greens: Green leafy foods such as spinach, broccoli, kale, watercress and collards are rich in vitamins A, C, E, K and B as well as Iron. In green foods these nutrients are more readily available and easily absorbed. Spirulina- a dark green seaweed is great source of Biotin, Protein, Iron and Vitamin B12.

Orange root vegetables such as Sweet potatoes, carrots, Pumpkins and Winter squash are rich in Vitamins A & C- important specifically for the health of nails, skin and hair.

Oats: (non-GMO, Old fashioned rolled oats or steel cut oats) are a very inexpensive superfood. They provide Protein, Biotin and other B Vitamins, the minerals Magnesium and Potassium, fiber and antioxidants. A lot to get from one food.

Berries are also wonderful antioxidant foods and rich in vitamins. Among them- Acai berries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Kiwis and Noni Berries are rich sources of Vitamins A, C, and E.

Dark chocolate, not just any chocolate. Chocolate with high flavanol content and 60% cacao helps skin stay hydrated and protects it from sun damage.

There are many other foods which are important for our general health and the health of our skin in particular. Remember most importantly to eat healthy non processed foods and don’t stick to one food. When eating berries don’t stick to one only, eat a variety., Same goes to nuts, seeds, greens etc.

Here are Mira’s picks from her own life for winter: 

Rich Moisturizing Cleanser (unscented) or with essential oils as in Tangerine Frosting Rich Cleansing Cream

Hydrosol Toner: Any will do depending on your scent preference and skin type.  For winter I prefer the Roses In Bloom Hydrating Toner

Serum: I love Serum, so there are many to choose from. I would suggest Skin Sonata Argan Oil Infusion for day time use, and    Skin Lullaby Anti-Wrinkle Serum as your night time serum. If you do not like Floral scents instead of Skin Sonata use See Me C Repair Serum or Gorgeous Gold Stem Cell Serum

Moisturizing Cream: either Citrus or Rose depending on your preference and skin type, and an Eye Cream

And for your Body, hands & feet: Sweet Coconut Body Butter or rich Body Lotion: My Present- Crème de Corps Body Lotion.

For your lips: A nutrient rich healing Lip Balm like our Banana Balm Lip Balm, but any of our Lip Balms will work splendidly.

Take great care of your skin and your skin will reflect it magnificently!

xoxo Dana


Start The Year Off With The Intention of Having Healthy Skin

by Mira Herman

With the new year upon us, many have made resolutions to improve their health, usually through exercise. I would like to point out that having healthy skin is equally important, though I do not wish to add to the list of what people feel they “should” do. So rather than talk about resolutions, let’s talk about intentions—more specifically, the intention to have healthy, balanced, glowing skin this year.

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