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/

JAVA is thrilled to part of Create.Play.Travel NATURAL SKIN CARE TIPS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

We would like to introduce you to Katie of Create.Play.Travel.


Katie Wallace is a Mom to 3 kiddos, wife and DIY enthusiast. She started Create. Play. Travel. as a creative outlet within busy family life.

Here is what Katie had to say about the JAVA Skin Care Wonderbar Coffee + Mint Soap.

If you’ve had any sort of skin irritation or sensitivity, you know the importance of using natural products. Anything that we put on our skin is quickly absorbed by our body. Each season has its own skin care challenges, such as winter dryness and summer sun exposure. These natural products and skin care tips can help your whole family live and feel healthier!

COFFEE INFUSED SKIN CARE

I absolutely love coffee, but I would have never thought to put it in my skin care! Coffee grounds are a natural exfoliate and the caffeine from coffee is a natural anti-inflammatory. I have tried several luxurious products from Java Skin Care. As expected, the deep coffee fragrance combined with the beneficial properties of Java provide rich benefits and smells amazing!

I had the chance to try the Java Skin Care Mint + Coffee Exfoliation Wonderbar made with organic ground coffee. I love this natural soap for a few reasons. First, the Wonderbar is made with ground roasted coffee which scrubs away dead skin cells. The potent mix of coffee serum and mint soothes and smooths the skin.

Also, the Wonderbar is generous in size and will last a long time if stored in a dry place.


Read the full blog

Thanks Katie for including JAVA Skin Care in your selection.

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Steph Says~ Pucker Up!

“You should be kissed often and by someone who knows how.”

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February is all about the KISS and our Bloom Lip Duo with Rose Petals wrapped in a sweet pink ribbon is the perfect gift..

Few things can comfort the soul quite like the smell of freshly bloomed coffee, except perhaps for the aroma freshly bloomed roses. Our sensuous Bloom Lip Duo marries these two exceptional scents to create a lip conditioning experience that will have you feeling like you are sipping your favorite coffee in a spring rose garden. This set smooths, plumps, and heals adding a light blush to your lips using only organic plant-based tint. As always this product uses only the highest quality ingredients, and our signature Smithsonian Certified Green Coffee. Gently exfoliate with our scrub to smooth, plump and prime your lips, then follow with our balm to heal, protect shine and tint.

The petals of the rose have been used in skincare for centuries because of their sweet smell and therapeutic benefits. This set includes a vial of crushed Organic Dried Rose Petals for you to add to a bath soak, face steam or other skincare DIY for a decadent skin-soothing experience.

feb gift.jpgThis Gift Set comes boxed with a beautiful pink ribbon, as shown. $16.00

XOXO

Special thanks to Shelby White: Makeup and Trisha Kelley: Photography

Please share with your family and friends!

Partnering for Sustainable Skin Care

We’ve partnered with our amazing friends at Evolve Apothecary and Spa in their quest to take sustainable skin care to a new level. You can now find JAVA Body Scrub, Double-Shot Serum and Body Wash in bulk at Evolve Apothecary. In Evolve’s efforts to practice zero-waste, they now carry beautiful, refillable containers for ample ease and enjoyment that you can fill with your favorite JAVA and re-use when its time for more product. You can hear owner Sue Benzuly talk about buying from their bulk products selection here on The Rhode Show!

The Rhode Show

Evolve Apothecary and Spa’s mission is to help you lead a healthier lifestyle by making mindful choices about beauty and home products. We provide you with a carefully curated selection of clean, natural and organic (whenever possible) beauty and wellness products and have a highly knowledgeable team who can help educate and inspire you to live more naturally

xoxo

Video By: Emily Gibbs  – The Rhode Show – Nexstar Broadcasting Inc
Posted: Jan 03, 2019 08:38 AM EST
Updated: Jan 03, 2019 10:57 AM EST

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

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

Travel Hacks: Tips to Beat Jet Lag, Lines, Theft, Hangovers- part 3

 

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.

Meals worth carrying on- You want more than pretzels going cross country? Bring your own meal fresh from home. Or keep your eyes open in the terminal for great quality take out like from Wolfgang Puck’s ubiquitous restaurants.

Need caffeine?- In coffee capitals Vienna and Sydney and several other big cities, the map-based Coffee (In)Touch app is a shortcut to third-wave heaven—and free Wi-Fi.

Pamper your pets- Soft-sided, lightweight carriers such as the TSA-approved Jet Sitter ($43) can help get your pet on board, even if the pooch is a few pounds over your airline’s limit. When it comes to restful flying, a chewable children’s Benadryl is as helpful for a pet as it is for a human. (But ask your vet about dosage first.) And always pull pet food out of your carry-on when going through security: Declaring it up front will help prevent confiscation.

Quiz someone else’s concierge- If you’re staying at an Airbnb and need good local advice, head for the nearest luxury hotel.

Rethink room service

Three ways to improve in-room dining:

Make it cheaper: look for menu items that are on both the kids’ and regular menus. Ordering the children’s version rarely results in a much smaller portion—but it halves the price.

Make it faster: insists your food not be placed in a hot box. That way, it gets sent to your room quickly, before it cools.

Make it healthier: Forget the menu: call downstairs and asks the kitchen for anything light and low-cal. It’s the easiest way to fight temptation after a long flight.

How do you travel? What are your hacks?

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!

 

Raindrops on Roses….

…these are a few of our Favorite Things 💖

Happy Valentine’s Day
from the JAVA Skin Care Team!
xoxo