Stick this Where?!

Last week we introduced you to STORY TELLER™ Sports Gel. This week we present to you a new member of our Sports Line, BODY STICK for Body Sweat and Chafing.

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Sweat builds in places you wouldn’t even think of. Especially if you’re a woman over 30, or a man of any age. This sweating is such a nuisance when you are hitting it hard at the gym, doing any physical activity or even sitting in that intense board meeting for an extended period of time. That is why we created the BODY STICK! SkinCatering’s new BODY STICK for areas that sweat and chaff is seriously so cool it doesn’t even need a name. We just call it like it is -BODY STICK – because you can use it ALL OVER your body.

First hand experience from the formulators

Our amazing Esthetician, Kim, uses the body stick as an all over deodorant.

“I have been using it every day. I used it in the 90 degree heat this past week on my vacation to South Carolina. I love that I can use it as an effective deodorant WITH OUT clogging my sweat glands like regular deodorants do!”

Dori, our Office Goddess, was starting to notice her husband complain of sweating and chafing while working at the lumber yard. She gave him the BODY STICK to help relieve the chafing and rash he experienced between his thighs from standing and walking in a hot warehouse all night. He was elated that the chafing lessened and the rash diminished after just one night using the BODY STICK. She herself uses the BODY STICK to help relieve under-boob sweat through out the day.

Thats right ladies! The BODY STICK can be used for that pesky under-boob sweat that we all hate!

These are just a few examples of the many areas you can use SkinCatering’s BODY STICK. It also comes in a convenient TRAVEL SIZE. Pop it in your purse or your backpack to have it with you whenever you need it.

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Made with only all-natural ingredients, BODY STICK warms to your skin and glides on for a lasting, SOFT finish. Because the BODY STICK isn’t a regular deodorant, it may need a few seconds to warm to your skin before gliding on like butter. With only 7 pronounceable ingredients that will help save your skin from the torture that is sweating and chafing in those odd places!

You can find SkinCatering’s Body Stick and the rest of our Sports Line here.

The *NEW* STORY TELLER™

You’ve already seen the big announcement naming STORY TELLER™ as the new ‘HERO’ due to trademark rights. (Need a refresher on what the amazing benefits of the former ‘HERO’ are? Click here)

Now we would like to introduce you to a NEW version- STORY TELLER™ GEL.

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STORY TELLER™ GEL is a Sports Gel for Sore Bodies. It differs from STORY TELLER™ cream in that it is a fast drying concentrated gel, it is easy to transport, and it doesn’t melt! Perfect for those who love to hike or work outdoors! This gel comes in a full 8oz bottle or a travel 2oz bottle, perfect for tossing in your bag.

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This concentrated sports gel uses an Aloe base that we make on site so there are NO PRESERVATIVES. When you use this gel you get all of the inflammation and soreness relieving benefits of STORY TELLER™ cream in a cooling, fast drying gel.

We all love STORY TELLER™ cream and massaging it into the skin for fast relief, so we are very excited for this easy to use gel that requires no massaging whatsoever!

Find STORY TELLER™ GEL and STORY TELLER™ Cream here

Need a refresher on the amazing benefits of the former ‘HERO’? Don’t worry! Click here

 

This Essential Oil Smells like BACON

 

The Essential Oil derived from this grass, smells like BACON.

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Vetiver Essential Oil has a smokey smell similar to that of BACON.

Derived from a perennial grass found in India with the botanical name Vetiveria Zizanoides, Vetiver Oil is obtained through steam distillation of it’s roots. The scent of this essential oil is very deep, smokey and earthy. Leanne of SkinCatering says it smells like BACON.

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Vetiver Oil has been used for many years especially in tropical climates such as India, where it used to relieve infections and sepsis. This oil is an excellent anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and sedative. It’s soothing and cooling anti-inflammatory properties help to relieve all kinds of inflammation but is especially effective with circulatory inflammation and inflammation of the nervous system. People with rheumatoid arthritis have used Vetiver to help relieve their symptoms. It is also recommended for those suffering from gout, muscle aches or dryness/cracking of the skin.

Vetiver’s sedative properties have been used for nervous irritations or emotional imbalances. Inhaling the aroma of Vetiver is said to help with emotional outbursts such as anger, anxiety, hysteria attacks and restlessness. However, the aroma of Vetiver alone is very strong and it is recommend to dilute Vetiver with other essential oil(s) before using it in or as Aromatherapy.

You can find Vetiver Essential Oil in many of the products in the upcoming SkinCatering Sports Line launching for this holiday season!

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Ingredient May Draw out Toxins

Heavy metals are found in the majority of personal care, cosmetic, and skin care products. To the average person, this is no big deal. However, to people whom experience Heavy Metal Toxicity (Heavy Metal Poisoning), this is a huge problem. Individuals with Metal Toxicity have already heighten levels of heavy metals with in their body. Any exposure to heavy metals through digestion or through their skin could have dangerous affects. This makes it extremely difficult for those individuals to use cosmetics or skincare as metals and alloys are often used as an ingredient and can cause severe reactions to the body and skin from a minor rash to neurological affects.

‘Activated Charcoal’ is ideal for those with Metal Toxicity because it’s purpose is to draw out toxins from the body and skin, such as heavy metals.

What is ‘Activated Charcoal’? ‘Activated Charcoal‘ is a medicinal grade charcoal unlike charcoal you would use on a grill or find in a filtration system. It is typically used in emergency medicine to treat poisonings because of its ability to bind to toxins. It is created when oxygen is added to regular charcoal and pressurized.

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‘Activated Charcoal’ does not metabolize or absorb into the body which makes it perfect for drawing out bacteria and toxins. Although there is no clinical evidence or data that supports ‘Activated Charcoal’ having benefits to the skin, it is used by many for such a purpose. ‘Activated Charcoal’ can be a deep cleanser, detoxifier, helps to clean and reduce appearance of pores, helps reduce oily skin, treats acne, is a gentle exfoliator, and soothes and heals bug bites or skin irritations.

“I had very high mercury and lead levels. After 10 months of chelation treatment I was able to eliminate most of the toxins that had affected my cognitive function, memory, speech, balance, hormones and many other symptoms. My main symptom, fatigue, had improved as well. This affected me so bad at times that friends asked if I had been drinking, due to the speech and balance problems.” -Karine H (New London, CT)

Individuals with Metal Toxicity cannot use most products that are meant for those uses. ‘Activated Charcoal’ is the perfect alternative.

Veruca Salt‘, SkinCatering’s all-natural Charcoal Body Scrub. It uses ‘Activated Charcoal’ as an active ingredient and is organic, vegan, AND cruelty free. ‘Veruca Salt’ helps to detoxify your skin and treat acne or minor irritation by drawing out excess oil and bacteria from the body.

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Teen with Severe Gluten Allergy uses THIS for Pain Relief

For 15 year old Mary-Kate, her Gluten allergy prevents her from being able to use pain relievers such as Ibuprofen when she experiences pain and cramps from Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). Looking for a Gluten free product safe for her to use to relieve her cramps and other symptoms, Mary-Kate turned to SkinCatering’s all-natural SkinCare product, ‘Iron Maiden‘.

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According to the Mayo Clinic, more than 3 Million people in the United States alone are told they have a Gluten allergy each year. This is an allergy that is not curable and can last a life-time. You really don’t realize how many things you consume or use each and every day that contain Gluten until you can no longer consume it. There are also substances that may make symptoms of Gluten intolerance worse, such as anti-inflammatories and pain relievers.

Gluten allergy or sensitivity is similar to Celiac disease with the main difference being that Gluten sensitivity does not permanently damage your intestines. However, Gluten sensitivity does enflame your intestines and cause irritation. When you take an anti-inflammatory or pain reliever it “increases intestinal permeability allowing for [food particles] to access the immune system…” If you already have intestinal irritation stemmed from a Gluten sensitivity, taking anti-inflammatories and pain relievers such as ibuprofen will only worsen your symptoms.

Mary-Kate talked about her Gluten allergy and Dairy allergy in her testimonial video.

      “… I can’t use Ibuprofen or anything like that… I’ve used Iron Maiden… and it actually does help with everything. It’s very calming and just helps with the cramps [from PMS] because I can’t use the alternative.”

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Have you found yourself in the same situation as Mary-Kate and are still searching for alternative relief? You can find ‘Iron Maiden’ here. SkinCatering SkinCare ships internationally so don’t fret if you aren’t in the United States! Everyone can have access to our amazing SkinCare alternatives!

 

 

Interview with Leanne Sedlak

Leanne is the fabulous owner of SkinCatering Spa & SkinCare. She has participated in many interviews over the years about her business and how much it has grown since its conception. Today, I wanted to interview Leanne and focus on her professional life as an entrepreneur in the highly competitive skincare industry. Here are my questions, and Leanne’s remarkable answers.

Every business started from an idea. Ideas come from inspiration. I asked Leanne who or what inspired her to jump into such a competitive industry such as Skincare.

“My business partner, Kim, and I met at a Melanoma Awareness Certification program in May 2012 and bonded instantly over our mutual love for all-natural skincare. Two weeks later when I hired her to be the esthetician for SkinCatering Spa, I asked her what product line she would prefer to use. Kim responded, ‘Why would you ever want to use someone else’s products when we can create everything we need right here, in spa?’  I blinked at her a few times and then inspiration struck! Just like that, I went from dreaming of having a cute little all-natural spa, to realizing we could build our company into something really special.”

There isn’t success with out struggle. What has been Leanne’s biggest struggle as an entrepreneur in this industry?

      “Self-doubt. Some days I’m overwhelmed when I see so many companies with organic skincare that have amazing packaging and professional marketing (not to mention thousands of followers on social media) and I start heading down that dark path of self-doubt. ‘Who do you think you are? What can you possibly know about formulating skincare? Why would anyone every want to buy your product?’ …I’m sure many people can relate to the negative self talk. You’d think money would be my biggest struggle having started with less than nothing but, I’ve learned that I could have all the financial backing in the world and I would still be asking myself these questions. I think it’s natural to feel vulnerable when you put yourself out there in a big way. Putting blinders on, reminding myself that other companies have started where I did and are now where I want to be (and will be), and every customer testimonial that comes in pushes me to keep going. There are days when I am dying inside and crying on the outside but people are depending on me so I put one foot in front of the other, and you know what? I survive that day and 24 hours later it’s a polar opposite feeling – like I can take on the world and nothing is going to stop me.”

As a successful entrepreneur, Leanne is invited to speak at multiple events and seminars each year. I wanted to know what her main focus is when she gives these lectures and what she hopes the young professionals attending them take away from it.

  “I talk a lot about following your path, whether it’s entrepreneurship or intrapreneurship (helping grow a company as an employee, rather than as a business owner.) I hope my store inspires people to go after what they want in life, and have perseverance.”

With all of her success, Leanne has many accomplishments under her belt, but I asked her what has been her greatest accomplishment as an entrepreneur (so far).

“Seeing our skincare products in a major grocery store chain, in the same aisle as the big skincare industry brands has been the greatest accomplishment so far. To be recognized as a real skincare brand by the buyer of a corporation = super badass!”

I have to say I agree that having SkinCatering SkinCare products on the shelves of Big Y is definitely a badass accomplishment! All accomplishments aside, business owners always have moments that hit home and make them proud of their business and what they do. Leanne’s proudest moment as the owner of SkinCatering Spa is definitely memorable.

“When I was named to the ’40 Under 40 Class of 2016′ by Business West Magazine, I was elated! This award isn’t a popularity contest. I earned this one. It was an honor to have a respected panel of judges find me worthy in a sea of nominations. I don’t think I stopped smiling for 5 days after the ceremony!”

To be recognized by Business West Magazine is definitely yet another huge accomplishment for Leanne. Her skincare line definitely deserves the recognition. I was curious as to which specific product in her line she is the most proud of.

“Hands down, ‘HERO’. This body cream designed for relieving sore muscles & joints has taken on a life of it’s own! I originally created it with the new local team of roller derby girls in mind, but since then we’ve been flooded with stories of people with real, painful & debilitating problems from motorcycle accidents & falls, to bone cancer & cancer medication side affects, to fibromyalgia & arthritis sufferers. We’ve come to realize this product is making an impact on people’s lives that we couldn’t have predicted.”

From personal experience, I can definitely testify to the absolute amazingness that is “HERO”. You won’t understand the hype until you try it yourself!

All of Leanne’s products started as ideas, then she is tasked with the challenge of formulating each product from scratch using all-natural ingredients and essential oils. This is not the easiest task. I asked Leanne if there has ever been a product that was a true challenge to formulate.

  “UGH, yes! We were trying to create a private label product for a client. They had a specific scent in mind that we were trying to create but just couldn’t get close enough to what they were looking for. It’s very difficult to mimic synthetic fragrances with essential oils. We had to put an end to the project and not move forward because it just wasn’t working out. It broke my heart!”

I know what you are all thinking. Yet another all-natural skincare brand. I wanted to know what sets SkinCatering apart from all of the other indie brands out there.

      “We are going for an affordable, all-natural product with out the typical look that is associated with ‘organic’. We make it comfortable for people new to skincare to try products; Each creation has been formulated to stand on it’s own, or it can be combined with other SkinCatering items to complete a healthy skincare routine that works for the individual.”

SkinCatering SkinCare products definitely don’t look like the average organic product. The sleek black packaging and brightly colored labels definitely catch the eye! Look for Leanne at SkinCatering Spa located at Tower Square in downtown Springfield where you will find SkinCatering SkinCare products and amazing spa services. You can also find SkinCatering SkinCare at select local Big Y stores, local salons and Shop Rite of Enfield CT! Thank you to Leanne for taking the time to answer my questions!

~ Dori, SkinCatering Office Goddess

SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS

On Tuesday, September 16th at SkinCatering Spa in Tower Square, We had our ‘Scotch on the Rocks‘ themed party  to launch our Men’s line of skincare. This party is the sequel to our “Cater To Your Entrepreneurial Spirit” party we held earlier this year to help raise funds to build our line of products. 
We honored the intention we set in February and it feels wonderful to show successful results just 7 months after the crowd-funding event!
  • Catering by Backstreet Bistro (opening soon in Market Square, downtown Springfield).
@2014 Beau Bernatchez

@2014 Beau Bernatchez

We are proud to use as many local businesses for our products as possible!

  • All of our products were formulated, manufactured, bottled, and labeled by SkinCatering.
Here is the link where all of our pictures can be found on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1006660032692869.1073741832.959054297453443&type=1