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Pick Your Ingredients

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Pick Your Ingredients

On Saturday 11th March, Essentially Lili attended the
Health & Safety information event at Volkhaus in Weidikon, Zurich.

For Essentially Lili, the Event was about being present, away from home and the comfort of helping others from my computer. I loved meeting people, engaging with them and hearing their personal stories whilst sharing my own in return.

There is comfort shared in having compassion and understanding for each other’s journey, the frustrations and resolutions whilst being able to give reassurance that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

At our table, we had a ‘Pick Your Ingredients’ exercise which allowed visitors to look at our jars filled with coloured beads and think about what is included in the everyday products bought.

Did you know that the Cosmetics Industry only has to include between 15 and 18% of Natural and Organic ingredients in order to state on the label that their product is ‘All Natural and Organic’?That means the rest of the 82-85% of ingredients can be whatever they want it to be.

Whilst there are many that claim to be making all Natural products, they can actually include alcohols, parfums, artificial fragrances, synthetic and petroleum based ingredients to complete the process of making their products.

So a product with pictures of Lavender, Olive Oil, Rosehip Seeds or Geranium flowers doesn’t necessarily mean it will be filled with those ingredients.It could merely be the parfum or fragrance of these ingredients, which is misleading to say the least.

Whilst I was studying for my Diploma in Holistic Skincare Products, one of the lessons was about the ingredients contained in mass produced products.These ingredients are in baby products,shampoos, conditioners, makeup, talc, sunscreens, hand and body lotions.

I felt quite ill after doing this subject and it only reinforced my promise not to make products that will compromise on the integrity of All Natural Ingredients contained in the Essentially Lili Range.

The Industry has been catering for people who can put all sorts of products on their skin without really worrying about what the ingredients do to their skin.But for those of us who have super sensitive skin, this is not the case.The reactions to these ingredients are often so sudden, causing redness, itching, burning sensations and nothing can seem to calm this down.

The Pick Your Ingredients Activity became an eye opener for those that came to check out and try the challenge.What did the Coloured Beads Represent?

Blue – Represents Water/ Aqua.This can cause your skin to dry out as moisture is drawn from your skin by the environment, heat, sun and cold weather.

Red – Represents Detergents called P-phenylenediamine, 4-MMPD Sulphate, Diaminobenzene, Ammoniated mercury and Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS/SLES) & foaming agents which should be avoided. The main source of absorption is via the mucous membranes of the mouth. Found in soaps, detergents, shampoos, mouthwash, hand cream, cleansers, hair dyes (Permanent & Semi Permanent) as well as toothpaste. It can be stored in the liver, heart, lungs and brain.It can damage the eyes, particularly of children. It can cause skin irritations, mutagenic effects, may cause hair loss, prolonged exposure can cause skin damage, moderately toxic by ingestion.

Pink – Represents Binding Agents like gum, waxes and fats.

Purple – Represents Nanoparticles are ultra-fine particles which possess certain properties due to their tiny size.This allows them to accumulated in the body, possibly by topical use. They may trigger potentially harmful chemical reactions. Nanoparticles include titanium dioxide & zinc oxide for sunscreen products.

Chemical blocks may be absorbed by the skin and work by absorbing the UV light. This causes a chemical reaction in the molecule of block, which may release free radicals. The skin damage can cause photosensitivity and blockers known to do this include: octocrylene, octyl-methoxycinnamate (octinoxate), benzophenone-3, (oxybenzone) and benzophenone-4 (sulisobenzone).If these penetrate the skin before it absorbs the UV photon, then these free radicals are released into the skin.It can increase the risk of cancer and contributes to skin ageing.

White – Represents Synthetics like fragrances & colours, Talc & Toluene.Phthalates listed as Perfumes/Fragrances preserves synthetic scents. There are Over 200 Synthetic Fragrances used in Cosmetics.The label only has to state ‘Fragrance’ so you have no way of knowing which of the 200 are in your product. The fragrance can mask the product going off, provide no benefits, so best avoided.These are often not listed on the ingredients but are contained in health & beauty products.These can be found in Nail polish, lacquers and soft plastics such as pet and infant chew toys.These can adversely affects male sperm, increases testosterone and oestrogen, has been found in Breast Cancer.

Talcum powder – Is chemically similar to Asbestos. It is found in many baby products, including powders, feminine powders, condom lubricants and cosmetics. As a feminine powder or spray it can cause ovarian cancer.

Toluene – Found in most perfumes, nail polish and cosmetics. Acts as an endocrine disruptor, potential carcinogen, may cause birth defects.

Black – Represents Solvents derived from Petroleum found in brake & hydraulic fluid like anti-freeze. Includes Propylene, Butylene & Glycol, Mineral oils & petrolatum.These are without odour or colour, it’s cheap and works well at combining ingredients.The solvent derived from used in brake and hydraulic fluids like antifreeze.

It can penetrate the outer layers of the skin and used as a humectant.It leaves a film that traps the moisture along with toxins & waste that would normally be eliminated through the skin.It can be found in deodorant, shaving gel, conditioner, shampoo, toothpaste, face creams, baby wipes and cosmetic, baby lotions, foundation creams, mascara, deodorants, lipsticks & suntan lotion.

It may cause respiratory & throat irritations, central nervous system depression, blood & kidney disorders.It could cause nystagmus (involuntary movement of the eyes, usually side to side but ca be up and down or circular, lymphocytosis;it can irritate the skin and may cause dermatitis & conjunctivitis. Ingestion may cause pulmonary oedema, brain damage, hypoglycaemia, intravascular haemolysis.In extreme cases, it may cause death. Possible carcinogen.

Brown – Represents Preservatives, Q15, Antiseptic, includes Parabens Includes Parabens (methyl-, propyl-, butyl- ethyl-) Proyply-Alcohol.Parabens are added to stop microbial growth and extend the shelf life of the products.Many Skincare Products contain Parabens, those with citrus seed may have been sprayed with parabens. They can be harmful if inhaled or swallowed, they can cause irritation of the skin, eyes and respiratory tract. It can cause allergic reactions on the skin, of which symptoms include itching, redness and pain.And it can affect hormones and have been found in Breast tumours . These have also been found in carbonated drinks.

Proyply-Alcohol – is an antiseptic used in cosmetics, shampoos, shaving products, waterless hand cleansers, mouthwash (25-30%) and in the preparation of bottled water, carbonated drinks and decaffeinated coffee. In the mouthwash, it has been linked to mouth and throat cancers.

Q15 – This is a preservative found in many cosmetics. It is a water soluble anti-microbial agent that has proven active against bacteria, but less active against yeast.It was found to be responsible for over 12% of allergic reactions in an American study. Not known if Q-15 can be absorbed through the skin for the carcinogen producing action to occur. It can react in the body with other chemicals to produce nitrosamines (known carcinogens.) Known formaldehyde releaser, may be a major cause of dermatitis , people who may be allergic to formaldehyde can potentially have problems with this ingredient.

Orange – Add a little bit of body Acidity regulators like Ethanloamines used with preservatives like Diazolidinyl Urea. It prevents bacterial growth, though it’s not effective against fungi. These are acidity regulators and used normally with other Ingredients like DEA Cocamide. Amines react with nitrosating agents to form nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic. These are found in soaps, shampoos, bubble bath, lotions, cosmetics, laundry detergents.It can severely irritate body tissues, can cause dermatitis and may be corrosive to the eyes.

Green – Essential Oils like Lavender, Frankincense, Cypress, Sweet Orange, Myrrh, Rose, Palmarosa, Tea Tree, Sandalwood & Jasmine are just a few of the many wonderful natural fragrances available.

Yellow – Butters & Vegetable Oils, like Cocoa & Shea Butter, Avocado, Jojoba, Wheatgerm, Baobab, Tamanu, Neem Oils. Also included are Herbs, clay, mud, flowers, leaves, roots, nuts, seeds, beeswax, milk, honey, yoghurt & fats.

If the Green and Yellow ingredients have been organically sourced, free from pesticides and haven’t been doctored during the bottling stages, they can have some amazing effects on the mind, body and spirit.Their natural scents are liberating, refreshing, calming, soothing, relaxing and uplifting.

The vegetable oils are rich in vitamins, often with natural UV protection, with antioxidants as they enrich your skin with goodness and benefits.

The butters are creamy and literally melt in your hands once in contact with your body’s temperature.
And making All Natural products that contain only these ingredients is definitely a more luxurious way to treat and rejuvenate your skin on a daily basis, without fear of what damage is happening to your body.

BLOG PARTICIPATION:

What were your reactions to the list of Ingredients?
Did you know what these were?
Can you send in pictures of your favourite product’s list of ingredients so we can have a look at what’s contained?
We look forward to hearing your feedback especially on this topic of Ingredients.

Should you wish to Contact us for more information about our All Natural Products, please send me an email info@essentiallylili.com

You can read more About Lili here, see the Products we offer and find other Essentially Lili’s Blogs on our webpage.

Kind Regards Lili @ Essentially Lili

Check out the Gallery of Pictures – includes Our Jars full of Coloured beads, Samples of All Natural Products, Talking to my Visitors, Our Table Products & more to try including Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter in its raw form.

Evolution & Experiments

Evolution & Experiments

Evolution & Experiments

With Jar sizes, Labels & Logo Designs / Development,
as we begin Re-branding & the Next Phase.

Evolution means development, progression, change and transformation.  They are a great way to describe the evolution of Essentially Lili.

When we started, everything was a process of making quick decisions. Our Jump in with Both Feet approach concerned the labels, our colour codes, information for the customer, designing the logo and building the brand.

There will always be someone who does not understand what we like;nor will they comprehend what’s within our heart and drives us forwards.Colour schemes for example, is a personal preference.We have had humorous and frustrating times making labels from Essentially Lili’s inception.

We tried all sorts of templates, fonts and had some printer malfunctions too. The worst was the classic ‘We have no ink left in the cartridges after printing a few sheets’!This is when we gave all Essentially Lili products their own colour code.

The labels process is still evolving and improving.We hope to change the design to incorporate all the things we loved about the Evolution process.They will be printed professionally so that we canup-grade Our Brand to the next level.

One thing we didn’t want to do was hastily run to the finish line.We felt so much was important to learn and know beforehand,as we aimed for a little perfection and ultimate customer satisfaction.

Regarding the Evolution of Products, there is always space for improvement after making the batch.  When we make the batch, we check to see how the product sets, then how the balm or serum feels on the skin and combine this with the Customer’s feedback.

Sometimes, the products made don’t even make it passed the blending phase or the setting stages when the feedback is ready!

One time, we were making the Mint Body Butter in a whipped cream formation.  The smell of Peppermint was so delish that we had to keep reminding ourselves it was not for internal consumption!   The door-bell rang when our child arrived home from school.We leaned the whisk to the side of the mixing bowl as we buzzed the door open, when we heard the massive CRASH!

The bowl of liquid balm mixed with peppermint fell and was all over the stove, leaving a fraction of the product for us to save!   Urgh the horror, the clean-up, the butter and oil that needed to be collected, and that delightful smell which we were unable to put on our bodies.  Lesson learned … take the whisk out or don’t answer the door!!

Another time, we were experimenting with making an oil and water based lotion for the first time. We put the blend into a container to set it in the fridge. A few days later, our son decided he wanted something from the fridge and climbed in reaching for the top shelf where the container was located.  It flew right over the top of him and crashed onto the floor!!!

The water content went one way whilst the oil base went the other!  What a crazy sticky watery mess… though he did provide the feedback about the product which hadn’t worked out!

Sometimes, the product concoction is great for those that use it, whilst the chronic suffers finds the blend not strong enough.Other times, the mix of Essential oils is so spot on that the intended results occur after a few weeks of usage and helps the customer gain their ‘life back’.  Refer to Testimonials.

Our main focus is being able to help people not suffer with aches and discomfort.We have to be open to receiving both the positive and negative feedback.This helps us toimprove, change, transform, develop and ultimately Evolve Essentially Lili’s products for Customer satisfaction.

BLOG PARTICIPATION:

We would love to hear from you.Tell us in the comments below about your Essentially Lili Product(s) that you have used and what you love the most about them?  

And for those that are brave, we would love to hear about when you tried to do something for the first time, but it had an EPIC fail like we did in our blending experiments!!   It’s not for criticising anyone, but to look back and laugh about what happened instead!We would love to give some products away to those that participate in this!!You have to let us know what you like!

Should you wish to Contact us for more information, email info@essentiallylili.com

You can read more About Lili here, see the Products we offer and find other Essentially Lili’s Blogs on our webpage.

Kind Regards Lili @ Essentially Lili

Jump In With Both Feet

Jump in With Both Feet - Ramont, CH

Jump in with both feet

Starting a business from scratch often means just taking the plunge.

When Essentially Lili was founded, it was pretty much a ‘Jump In With Both Feet’  kind of experience.

We were unsure of going ahead with this venture.We were afraid of failing, scared and worried that it would become such an overwhelming experience, that we would not cope as a result. 

I contemplated becoming a consultant for a well-known established Brand as the safer option.But I knew I would be unable to promote products that I was unwilling to use on my own face due to what I suffered in my youth.

I remember feeling somewhat overwhelmed as my brain processed the negative thought process of, ‘What if I can’t?What if I fail? What if no one likes what I do?’It is so easy to remain in a negative mind-set and so much harder to pull yourself out with your head held high as you plan to ‘Jump in with Both Feet’!

To help overcome my uncertainty, I went to see what other women and mums were doing in Zurich. These Mums are inspirational to say the least, as they juggle their often very young families, commitments and businesses to be a success!   They make, create, sell, inspire, share, help, promote, build each-other up and encourage other Women to do the same.

I said to myself … ‘Well why not?  If I don’t try, I will never know and might regret this for the rest of my life. 

What if they LOVE the Brand, our All Natural, Homemade Cosmetics, No Chemicals or Unnatural Preservatives Products?  Wouldn’t it be better for people to use the Essentially Lili Products and share via Word of Mouth their love for it to others?

Excited about the prospect of helping others, the name Essentially Lili came to life by bringing together the use of Essential Oils and my name Lili.

Two days later, with a bag of sample containers obtained from our local Chemist / Drogerie, we cleared the kitchen and began making a batch of Nourishing Face Balm to give out to people.We went to Zurich and handed out Essentially Lili samples with a note about the ingredients contained, details about Essentially Lili and how to contact us for more information.

We waited… and waited… and waited for Feedback.   This was the hardest part, waiting and then collating feedback.

Our first client’s face to face feedback (which can be found in Testimonials had me in tears of joy, as I listened to her story and how the Essentially Lili product had helped her in such a short space of time.

Since then, we have been asked to make so many other products that are now in the Essentially Lili Range.  There is feedback about the various products in the Testimonials part of the website which we hope you will enjoy reading.

It has been a roller-coaster journey so far, with mixed emotions of joy and frustration. We have had to juggle the time around our young family and studies.We have been building the brand and reputation, whilst creating and blending products.  The amazing stories shared by people makes this journey all worth it.

Blog Participation:

Do you remember a time when you just ‘Jumped Into’ an adventure, a relationship, a new job, a travel destination or even moved to a new Country?How did this make you feel – scared, excited, anxious, nervous or thrilled to the core? 

We would love to hear in the comments below what you did, as sometimes we forget just how brave we really are.

Should you wish to Contact us for more information, email info@essentiallylili.com

You can read more About Lili here, see the Products we offer and find other Essentially Lili’s Blogs on our webpage.

The photo of the kids was taken at Romont in Switzerland expressing how we feel!!

Kind Regards Lili @ Essentially Lili

Hello World

Hello World, Kussnacht am Rigi

Hello World

We say hello for the first time to Switzerland and the International visitors
attending the market of Kussnacht am Rigi.

Our website www.essentiallylili.com is almost ready for the launching to the world!I am writing this blog whilst trying to figure out how WordPress and Woocommerce works!

Sharing the journey of Essentially Lili first began on Facebook . We opened the Facebook business section, though we used it as a diary to share the journey and add Testimonials from customers when we received them. We wanted to build up credibility and Our Brand. We launched it for public viewing almost a year later which we were really nervous about.

Seeing Essentially Lili Products being talked about on Instagram by our first customer was an amazing feeling!

We set up an Instagram account so we could share more photos and share it with others. Months later, we set up a Twitter account so that we could begin cross-linking the social media avenues to each other. Essentially Lili is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter  and Pinterest.

Today it is necessary to be part of various Social Media avenues in order to build up your reputation and rapport. Though it does take a little getting used to.

In the meantime, the Essentially Lili website was being developed as I continued my studies.  The website has had some highs and lows on the journey, a combination of great feedback and suggestions for change.  We wanted to take on board the comments made by those that took the time to test and check it out.

We are working together in making the website the way Essentially Lili visualises it to be.  The key is being an effective team, listening to each other, bouncing ideas, sharing suggestions and ultimately achieving the goal in sight. Sometimes this part is the hardest.

We believe that sometimes baby steps are better in the long run, as it gives us a chance to reflect, improve, evolve, experiment, change things around before jumping in with both feet and taking the plunge! Whilst we strive for perfection, we realise that perhaps we can never achieve it – but we would like to think we tried hard in getting it right from the beginning.

We will launch sooner than later!  Please let us know what you like about the website and suggested improvements in case we missed something important. 

BLOG PARTICIPATION:

Have you had a chance to follow Essentially Lili on either of the Social Media Pages?    Which are your favourites – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest?  Do you think Essentially Lili should join any other means of Social Media?   I would love to hear what you think in the comments below and your suggestions too!

Should you wish to Contact us for more information, email info@essentiallylili.com

You can read more About Lili here, see the Products we offer and find other Essentially Lili’s Blogs on our webpage.

Kind Regards Lili @ Essentially Lili

Using WordPress

Using Wordpress

Using WordPress

We had so many choices
From building our webpage from scratch,
Self-build sites like Etsy, Shopify, Weebly & Wix
before finally deciding to build it ourselves with WordPress & Woo Commerce.

The process for building our Essentially Lili Webpage has been ongoing since December 2015.

In life, make sure you are happy with what you’re doing and pursue it with everything you’ve got!

What started as a simple idea of ‘Let’s just get an Etsy Shop’, became a conversation of ‘No, let me build your website from scratch!’

We were excited about the idea of having a custom made webpage. I could concentrate on my Diplomas whilst it was being built.

Whilst I studied Holistic Skincare Products & Aromatherapy, we were still making Essentially Lili products for our customers.  

The studies are a major aspect of Essentially Lili,our Journey, Brand and ultimately About Lili.

The Diplomas achieved provide Essentially Lili with credibility when helping my customers.  The Diploma Certifications allowed me to obtain other important documentation which are necessary for continuing the business, and gave me the opportunity to join the International College of Holistic Medicine.

For personal reasons, the custom made Essentially Lili website remained incomplete despite having received quite a lot of positive feedback about it.  It was a heart-breaking decision for us to decide to stop all work on it and start all over again.

We looked at other web designer options: we liked the idea of Shopify but the idea of learning so much code was exhausting. We liked Weebly though for Essentially Lili, we needed more layout options. Wix was great at the beginning as it allowed us to be creative in expressing what we wanted the webpage to look like.  We loved the flexibility of drop and drag onto the site, add and change the text as well as mess about with fonts.But we had to stop here too, as Wix didn’t provide security on emails when orders and payments were being processed.  We then discovered WordPress with WooCommerce – where we are today!

We are in the early stages of seeing what can and can’t be done, though we estimate being finished in 2 months.So far, we are happy with the outcome. We still need to figure out a few things, but we decided there’s no rush now!  We have waited so long for a functional website. Now we can do it ourselves and have exactly ‘What Essentially Lili wants!

BLOG PARTICIPATION:

We would love to read in the comments below how Essentially Lili has been able to help, advise and provide you with products irrespective of the website not being functional. How did you contact us?

We want to give away Products to 3 participants who give the best response on their personal experience, and what product they used and what they love about it.   Offer ends Jan 5th 2017.

Should you wish to Contact us for more information, email info@essentiallylili.com

You can read more About Lili here, see the Products we offer and find other Essentially Lili’s Blogs on our webpage.

Kind Regards Lili @ Essentially Lili