Steph Says: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is such a transition month.  We begin the month with summer-like days still lingering, with some 80 degree afternoons and beautiful beach days, but few beach-goers.

We end the month deep into Fall.  Leaves have turned and many have already fallen.  We celebrate Halloween (keep an eye open for our spooky sale later this month).

October is also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. At JAVA Skin Care, as a women-owned and run business,  women’s health issues are always of highest concern to us. We are acutely aware of the battles faced by so many women – as well as men- who are fighting for their lives every day with Breast Cancer. We would like to share some facts and links to breast cancer information as part of our support of this very important annual worldwide campaign:

WearItPInk tells us:

“The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the better the chance of successful treatment. So it’s important to check your breasts regularly and see your GP if you notice a change.

Common breast cancer signs and symptoms include:

  • a lump or swelling in the breast, upper chest or armpit – you might feel the lump but not see it
  • a change to the skin, such as puckering or dimpling
  • a change in the color of the breast – the breast may look red or inflamed
  • a change to the nipple, for example it has become pulled in (inverted)
  • rash or crusting around the nipple
  • any unusual liquid (discharge) from either nipple
  • changes in size or shape of the breast” 1

…and, from The American Cancer Society:

“How Common Is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. Currently, the average risk of a woman in the United States developing breast cancer sometime in her life is about 12%. This means there is a 1 in 8 chance she will develop breast cancer. This also means there is a 7 in 8 chance she will never have the disease. 

Current year estimates for breast cancer

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2019 are: 

  • About 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women. 
  • About 62,930 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer). 
  • About 41,760 women will die from breast cancer.” 2

“There are some things that might be risk factors for breast cancer, but the research is not yet clear about whether they really affect breast cancer risk.

A great deal of research has been reported and more is being done to understand possible environmental influences on breast cancer risk.

Chemicals in the environment that have estrogen-like properties are of special interest. For example, substances found in some plastics, certain cosmetics and personal care products, pesticides, and PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) seem to have such properties. In theory, these could affect breast cancer risk.” 3

Here are some links for more information:

American Cancer Society

Healthfinder.gov

WearItPink.org

GloriaGemma.org

JAVA Skin Care Ingredients

Breast Cancer Action warns of possible link between cancer and cosmetics:

“Many cosmetics contain chemicals known as parabens and phthalates, which recent studies indicate may be linked to cancer development…

… Many diseases like cancer, asthma, birth defects, and learning disabilities are on the rise, and growing evidence indicates that these health problems are linked to the chemicals we are exposed to in our air, water, food, and everyday products. It’s time we start acting to protect human health.” 4

At JAVA Skin Care, we believe that everything we put on our bodies can make a difference in our overall health . Our skin is our largest organ and it is responsible for keeping every other organ and other parts protected. It is also porous, and as such, absorbs many of the products that we lather on. For this reason, we only use non-toxic, all-natural ingredients in every one of our JAVA Skin Care products. If you have concerns about what you are putting on your body, then check us out.

This month, we are offering our Wonderbar Soaps at 20% off. Get yourself a healthy, moisturizing clean!

Breast Cancer touches all of us, whether it is through our family, friends, neighbors, co-workers or more directly, ourselves.  Together, through research, awareness, education, and early detection, we will make a difference and a cure will be found.


1 https://www.wearitpink.org/about/breast-cancer-awareness-month

2 https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/about/how-common-is-breast-cancer.html

3 https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/risk-and-prevention/factors-with-unclear-effects-on-breast-cancer-risk.html

4 https://bcaction.org/our-take-on-breast-cancer/environment/safe-cosmetics/

Steph Says ~ Enjoying the Dog Days of Summer

The dog days of summer have arrived, and I am committed to enjoying e-v-e-r-y last minute of it!

This is my dog Driftwood. He is the JAVA Mascot. He even has his own Insta Page – he loves to get follows @driftwoodyyyyyy. He is a Saint Bern-doodle, a combo of a Saint Bernard and a standard Poodle. I must admit, he is the coolest dog because doesn’t shed, doesn’t drool and has the temperament of a Saint. He is pretty big at 85 pounds, but as gentle as can be. He loves to swim and take baths.

Paddle Boarding Anyone?

Paddle Boarding

My new obsession is paddle boarding. At the end of my street is a saltwater river that is perfect to paddle board on. We even do Full Moon Paddles. The next Full Moon is August 15th. These evening events are amazing. If you are into paddle-boarding, I highly recommend a this lunar experience. Friends have offered to teach me paddle board yoga, but I struggle with yoga on land…lol…so I’ll pass on that for now, anyway. Here is my recommended Kayak Rental Shop in Narragansett RI: Narrow River Kayaks

The Leo New Moon is Here

Speaking of the moon, we have a New Moon In Leo July 31st. This is going to be a game changer that will take us into August. During this new lunar cycle we’ll all feel profoundly confident putting our dreams and desires in the forefront of our minds and missions. Read more… 

August Product of the Month

As summer races to a close, our skin is feeling the effects of sun, wind and salt water… I have been exfoliating and it makes my worn skin GLOW with new life! 

Our BODY SCRUB blends our signature organic raw coffee argan oil infusion with roasted coffee to create an all-natural exfoliator that smooths, moisturizes and softens skin. Scrub in gentle circles all over the body to quickly remove the superficial layer of dead skin cells, instantly making skin look more youthful. Reduces the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks, and rough patches, and other skin conditions. Can be used on skin imperfections anywhere on the body from the neck down. Shop Now

Because it is the August Product of the Month you will receive 20% off the price on our website.

Steph Says: It’s June – Let Summer Fun Begin!!

We are fortunate to live in and work from Narragansett, RI… our beaches have won numerous awards for their beauty. It is a special place that I invite you all to visit.

Travel + Leisure has named Narragansett Beach one of the The Best Beaches in the U.S. for Celebrating July 4th

As I look forward to summer, some of my favorite things are:

Lobster Rolls – we go down to the docks of Point Judith, RI and buy lobsters right off the boats.

We also have amazing places to sit and enjoy the views with a glass of wine. My favorite place is the Coast Guard House… Stunning!

As you may know, I love to garden, and my Peonies are beginning to bloom. I always struggle with wanting to cut them for a table center piece but coming up the walkway to the front door and seeing them each day is such a wonderful experience. I tend to leave them alone; maybe I need to plant more of them so I can enjoy them both ways… note to self: plant more peonies.

This time of year, my skin needs some extra help.  The winter has been cold, the spring has been wet, so I use our JAVA Trio to show off my skin in all my fun summer clothes.

Our JAVA Trio products are used by our spa customers across the country to help reduce the feel and appearance of cellulite and other skin imperfections and maintain a healthier and glowing look.

Each JAVA Trio product contains JAVA’s signature raw coffee – argan oil infusion, packed with caffeine and antioxidants to help you get your skin refreshed and healthier.

The Collection Contains:

JAVA SKIN CARE Coffee Bean and Raw Sugar Scrub – 8 oz.

JAVA SKIN CARE Organic Raw Coffee Body Serum – 4 oz.

JAVA Wonderbar Coffee Exfoliating Soap – 6 oz.

The JAVA Trio is our Product of the Month. Try it for 10% off just by following this link: JAVA TRIO

I would love to hear what you think after you have used the Trio Routine.

Directions

Here is the at-home version of the Skin Smoothing Spa Protocol used in 5-star spas across the country:

Before showering, apply JAVA Body Scrub to dry skin in a circular motion, towards the heart, with even pressure to any “affected” areas (any dimply or less than firm spot on your body, legs, bottom, tummy, upper arms, scars and stretch marks). Scrub gently for three to five minutes. The circular massage will redistribute fat evenly, decrease fluid retention and increase circulation. 

Next, wrap the area with a towel, and let the mixture soak in for fifteen minutes. While you wait, relax; flip through your favorite magazine while the antioxidants and caffeine absorb deep into your skin to detoxify and strengthen.

Shower off to rinse your skin. Partially pat dry – you want your skin to be slightly damp.

Now, massage JAVA Serum into affected areas (and while you’re at it, go ahead and smooth that serum all over your body). Not only will the serum deliver antioxidants and caffeine deep into your skin’s upper layer, it will create a moisture barrier to continue to keep your skin soft and supple all day.

Use the scrub and wrap protocol three days a week until desired effect is achieved. After that, continue scrubbing once a week and use the wrap protocol as needed.

On days that you’re not using the scrub, use Wonderbar Coffee Natural Exfoliating Soap in the shower in a circular massage on effected areas to maintain the fat distribution and deliver caffeine and antioxidants to your skin.

As always, finish your shower with JAVA Serum.

We recommend you use this as a part of your body-bettering routine. Use in conjunction with regular exercise and a healthy diet for best results.

This is not a weight or fat loss product or program. Results may vary.

Happy Summer,

Stephanie

Xoxo

Benefit #892 Dog Lovers Unite!

Ok – this is not a scientific report. But we have heard the same thing now from completely different JAVA tribe members.

dog and girl

Tribe members with dogs are telling us they are getting a ton of kisses from their dog after using JAVA serum. Maybe it’s the fragrance. Maybe it’s the post use glow.

But whatever the reason, it’s always good when women’s best friend wants to tell you how great you look and how great you are!

Stephanie

xoxo

JAVA~tinis anyone?

espresso martini

Just When We Need It More Than Ever… The Espresso Martini Is Back!

There was a time when an espresso martini was the ultimate chic cocktail. That time was the mid-’90s, the heyday of Sex & the City and the Cosmo. That’s when every flavored martini drink was chic, poured into glasses the exact size and shape of a dog’s surgical cone.

With the advent of speakeasies, those drinks fell out of favor as fast as a designer fanny pack.

But the current freewheeling cocktail culture, in which everything from classic gin drinks to neon-colored concoctions is fair game, it’s time for an espresso martini renaissance.

It’s the perfect holiday season drink and we call them JAVA~tinis: The combination of caffeine and alcohol can power people through intensive party schedules. Espresso martinis also make sense because it’s hard not to find the namesake ingredient—good quality coffee—these days.

Here is a great recipe from Ina Garten:

2 cups freshly brewed espresso, chilled

2 cups orange-flavored vodka

1 cup coffee liqueur

8 slices orange peel, twisted

Directions
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the espresso, vodka, and coffee liqueur. Shake for 30 seconds, or until foamy. Strain into a chilled martini glass and decorate with the orange peel. Serve at once.

What is your favorite martini concoction?

xoxo

Stephanie

Travel Hacks: Tips to Beat Jet Lag, Lines, Theft, Hangovers- part 4

So many of us are on the road between Thanksgiving and Christmas through New Years. We have organized email and posts from JAVA Members with clever tips to ease your mind and to make your trips easy.

Visit a local supermarket- It’s one way to boost your vocabulary and feel more comfortable parsing menus in a foreign language. Plus, you’ll walk away with affordable souvenirs that provide more insights into a country’s culture than the airport duty free. Want to take this hack to the next level? Keep the plastic shopping bag. Walking around with groceries (or what looks like them) is one of the easiest ways to blend in with the hometown crowd, wherever you go.

Watch for a flight delay domino effect- Check the FlightRadar24 app to make sure my plane has left its originating city before you head to the airport, It decreases the pain and agony by 50 percent.

X out your hangover- Leave it to the Brazilians to have the most effective hangover cure ever. One JAVA Tribe member recommends Engov, an all-in-one caffeine and painkiller pill you take before and after drinking, stored in a gold, condom like package. It’s so popular, you can buy it on Amazon.

Your hotel room’s most overlooked amenity is the ironing board- Use it as a standing desk, a place to eat, or an activity table for kids. (And let housekeeping worry about your ironing.)

Zap jet lag- Vitamin D is better than melatonin for fighting inflammation, strengthening your immune system, and regulating your internal clock. A JAVA Tribe member who is a flight attendant says you should do as the crew does and skip all your in-flight meals. “At super high altitudes, your digestive system shuts down completely,” she explains, adding that when you deplane, “your body can’t keep up with the culinary backlog.” A travel agent always hits the ground running when she arrives – she goes for a jog.

What is your favorite travel hack?

Safe Travels

xoxo

Stephanie

Raise your mug to Oktoberfest

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We admit we are soooo jealous hearing that several JAVA Tribe members (you!) and friends of JAVA made the pilgrimage to Oktoberfest this year.

Your JAVA team has attended from time to time and we are not exaggerating in ranking it among the top 3 parties in the world!

That being said, a couple days in the Lowenbrau, Paulaner or Augstiner tents will take its toll. Not just internally – you’ll never appreciate your morning coffee more than in Munich during Oktoberfest – but your skin too. Here are just a couple effects to expect with, ahem, a few more liters of beer than you’d normally drink:

1. Bags under the eyes

2. Dehydrated skin

3. Lowered antioxidant levels

4. Susceptibility to free radicals and sun damage (it’s only September and lots to do outside the tents too!)

These effects (and others) play right into the strengths of our signature Raw Coffee and Argan Oil infusion. Like literally – we tackle these problems daily.

So to stay looking splendid (fabelhaft) in Munich, use JAVA Eye Serum to restore the luster of the skin around the eyes. Serum is much more hydrating than any lotion you have in your bag, and up to 20 X more potent as an anti-oxidant than our cousins in the tea oil market. As a result, we (coffee oils…) go to town on free radicals and heal damaged skin quickly.

We hope to be there in 2019 with our healthy skin!

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018 from JAVA SKIN CARE

At JAVA Skin Care, we are passionate about healthy, clean, non-toxic skin care.  Our JAVA team is made up of women who share concerns about products that we all use to keep us clean and comfortable in our own skin.

Follow our blog, “The Perks of JAVA,” in the new year. We will take you on our journey into the world of beauty: how JAVA came about; what we have learned about the beauty industry; who we have partnered with along the way.

We want to introduce you to the ingredients that we use in JAVA Skin Care, share the latest research and provide a history of all-natural skin care. We will also address some of the ingredients we stay away from.

Here at JAVA, we are thrilled to offer all-natural products that are good for all ages – gentle enough for children yet beneficial for older skin.

If you haven’t tried JAVA Skin Care yet, make 2018 the year you do something great for your skin!

WHAT’S IN YOUR SHOWER?

xoxo

 

Bird Friendly Coffee… Wait – What???

Here at JAVA Skin Care, we are not only concerned with healthy skin care. We have also made a commitment to help support a healthy environment. That’s why we source Smithsonian Bird Friendly Certified Coffee for use in our skin care products.

But what does that mean? It means that our coffee has been grown using organic methods that help protect both the bird community and the environment. The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center has developed the only 100% organic and shade-grown coffee certification available: Bird Friendly.

When you use JAVA Skin Care, not only are you using non-toxic, all-natural high efficacy products, you are supporting environmentally friendly farms. Read more about this awesome program….

Shop JAVA Skin Care – True Beauty Without Toxins

xoxo

 

Need Help With That “Chicken Skin” Look On Your Arms?

This skin condition called Keratosis pilaris, is characterized by numerous small, rough, red, or tan bumps primarily around hair follicles on the upper arms, legs, and buttocks. Keratosis pilaris creates a “goose bumps,” “gooseflesh,” or “chicken skin” appearance.

JAVA Body Scrub in a Bowlemily with scrub on arms and shoulder

Our friends and family tell us daily that our JAVA Coffee Bean and Raw Sugar Scrub exfoliates, smooths and  makes the goose bumps dissappear. Why you ask?…because of our signature infusion of green coffee and argan oil loaded with antioxidants that take our scrub to the next level.

Visit: www.javaskincare.comJar of JAVA Skin Care Coffee Bean and Sugar Scrub