What Now? Best Skincare Products For Your Fall Regimen.

Autumn has arrived and I’ve been enjoying the foliage and humid scents of wet earth. Fall brought rain and relief to fire ravaged Sonoma County. It’s time to nurture ourselves and each other, friends and strangers alike.

Rosemira skincare is year-round but also seasonal, and though we carry all our products at all times because many of you don’t like to alter your routine once you’ve found a good balance, I suggest alternating products with the seasons. Your skin will be nurtured and continue to regenerate if you do. Akin to a macrobiotic diet where the percentage of root vegetables vs leafy vegetables changes with the seasons, so can your skincare regimen. To help you get started, I’m sharing my favorite skincare selections for this time of year. They’re good for all skin types.


 


Cleansers

 

If you’re a lover of Foaming Cleansers, you may have heard me recommend alternating their use with non-drying cleansers. This is doubly important in fall and winter, especially for Dry or Mature Skin. Aloe & Pink Grapefruit Gel Cleanser will serve you well as a morning Cleanser. As a night time cleanser Pineapples & Cream Cleansing Milk is effective and also removes makeup. It’s gentle enough for sensitive skin and smells like an orchard in bloom. If you believe you can’t live without our Moroccan Red Rose Exfoliating/Foaming Cleanser, make sure to integrate your moisturizing tools: Toners, Serums and Moisturizing Creams.

 

 


 


Toners

Spring and Summer found us alternating between Spring Flowers Calming Toner and Citrus Melody Balancing Toner.  Now with the cooling weather, it’s time to switch to Roses in Bloom Hydrating Toner. Apply after cleansing and follow up with a Serum and Moisturizing Cream. Toners also function to drive ingredients in Serums and Moisturizing Creams deeper into your skin. Let’s pay extra heed to the adage: Tone, Tone, Tone and Moisturize, Moisturize… you get my drift.

 


 


Serums

Serums do more than moisturize. I consider them your treatment phase-the equivalent of Skin Supplements. This is also the reason I recommend
you keep alternating your Serum use. My extensive Serum Category affirms that I don’t believe one Serum is perfect for everyone
and at all times. Whatever Serum you’ve been using throughout the Summer, it’s time to consider a change.

I suggest trying one of our new
“Super-Serums” (à là Superfoods). Seaweed & Me Youth Serum – Fine Lines, Deep Wrinkles or Dragon’s Blood-Firm & Repair SerumBoth are rich in Anti-Oxidants, and Vitamins C & E. The former Serum is a bit heavier, with a high concentration of granular Red Seaweed extract and a deep Floral Scent. If you’re drawn to lightly scented products, Dragon’s Blood is a better fit. Rich in antioxidants, it’s effective in treating stubborn wrinkles and sagging skin. Keep in mind that when I speak of fragrance, I don’t mean any added synthetic fragrance. We never add those to our
products. Rosemira scents are always the result of the interaction
between the various base ingredients and the rich concentration of
essential oils.


 


Moisturizing Creams

Moisturizing Creams are an
important component of a basic year-round skincare regimen. In the drier months of fall and winter, using a rich Moisturizing
Cream at least twice a day is essential. I recommend Divine Honey Rose Replenishing Cream — light yet rich and easily absorbed, it’s a great day cream.  For night time use, our most popular and beloved Bella Rose Anti-Wrinkle Cream or the Rich Moisturizing Cleanser & Night Cream are great staples.

I also want to mention our new Blue Bliss Beauty Balm. It’s so new we don’t even have a photo, but it’s selling like hot cakes. I recommend using this balm at night during fall and winter. A face balm is a new concept for me. I was concerned it might be clogging or too oily, and
although it’s definitely rich, I don’t find these concerns to be an issue.
It’s a great Balm for all skin types.

Please note that as a result of several years of bad harvests, true Vanilla Absolute has become almost impossible to procure and is mostly unavailable from any reputable essential oil supplier, and when available, its cost has skyrocketed. Blue Bliss has a high concentration of Vanilla, thus it may be in short supply until a new and better Vanilla harvest comes in. If you’re already a lover of this product I suggest stocking up.


 


The purpose of my recommendations is to help you personalize your skincare routine. You can change and rotate products for a complete diet of nutrients and an experience that is always new.

New to Rosemira? Try our Sample Kits or larger Travel Kits, which allow you more time to witness results before you commit to longer-lasting retail products. Our line is extensive and offers options for nearly everyone.

Enjoy this beautiful fall!

With love,
Mira

 

 

Sonoma County Fires

Located only eight miles from Santa Rosa and where the devastating Northern California Fires erupted two weeks ago, Rosemira was spared destruction.

 

The Santa Ana’s started blowing on Friday. Hot and dry, they struck Sonoma County with gusts up to 60 mph. The winds picked up ferocity on Saturday, whipping the trees and showering the ground with autumn leaves. Sunday night found me driving on Hwy 12 between the towns of Sonoma & Glen Ellen toward Santa Rosa and home after dropping off my son at his boarding school. Driving on that road, one I travel every weekend, felt ominous. The fires hadn’t started yet but the wind was intense, blowing debris over the road, an eerie feeling about it. My car wasn’t moved by the winds, but my psyche was. I assumed it was because I was tired.

 

Moon rising over a fiery landscape

 

I arrived home. The high winds now carried the scent of smoke that grew thicker by the hour. The winds blew relentlessly. We stood on our porch in Sebastopol and weren’t sure what was going on. We couldn’t hear fire engines and no distress signals came through the neighborhood website.
Monday morning arrived to reveal the tragedy of Coffee Park—a residential 800-home community on the northern outskirts of the city of Santa Rosa—and only eight miles east of Sebastopol. The photos showed apocalyptic devastation, one reminiscent of war. All that was left were smoldering cinders. So close yet a universe away from us.

 

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Animals at Safari West were spared

 

The fires spread and with them came the evacuees—thousands of people with nothing left to their belongings but the shirt on their backs. The death toll rose as did the property damage while the best of firefighters equipped with the latest technologies stood helpless as the fires roared and scorched everything in their path. The town of Sebastopol, our home and workshop, was spared by the grace of western winds blowing east from the Pacific.

The time to take stock is upon us—the worst natural disaster in our county’s history. The task ahead is long and arduous and requires a strong and united community. Rosemira stands shoulder to shoulder with all Sonoma County citizens and is committed to donating 15% of our profits over the next 30 days. It’s not a whole lot, but it’s done with love. We hope you can contribute to our effort.

Let’s all take a moment to appreciate our lives, friends and family, and give thanks to what we sometimes take for granted

Kids unite with their rescued cat

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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The entrance to my workshop

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.

 

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