Gaia & Pan

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Try not to let it sink in…..

I have talked a lot about the skin and how it is the largest organ of our body. It is subjected to a vast array of environmental substances all day and night- exposed to the elements, pollution, sunlight and drying effects of central heating in the Winter months as well as to toxic chemicals that hide in our skin care and beauty products. It is a staggering fact that it only takes 20 seconds for a substance to get absorbed into the skin and into the blood stream, so potentially this can have insurmountable beneficial effects to our health or devastatingly damaging ones. That is why I only use Organic Oils and High Grade Essential Oils in all my Eveksia Products- carefully researched and selected for their proven abilities to nurture, soothe, heal and protect as well as enhance our moods and emotional well-being.
So, what are these toxic chemicals present in everyday ‘beauty’ and skin care products? Why are they used? What can we look for as alternatives?
 
 
1. Formaldehyde
This is a common preservative, listed in many forms as seen in the image above. It is used to prevent bacterial growth, but it is a known carcinogenic- which means it has been linked to cancer, skin allergy reactions, and damage to the immune system.
Natural preservatives include Vitamin E which, as well as protecting skin cells from environmental damage such as UV and pollutants, also helps sustain the shelf life of skin and beauty products.
Eveksia creams contain Organic Coconut, Sunflower, Jojoba and Rosehip oils which are all great sources of Vitamin E. My Cleansers all contain Lemon Essential Oil which is known to be an very effective natural preservative.
2. SLSs and SLESs
These nasties are put into 80% of our personal care products, used primarily for their foaming properties. They are also known carcinogenics proven to be associated with issues such as kidney and respiratory damage. Far from being healing to the skin, they have been known to cause irritations and in some cases to even slow down the healing process of damaged skin cells.
It is not necessary to make a product foam up in order to be an effective cleanser.
 
3. Parabens
Again, these are used as preservatives which prevent the growth of bacteria. However, they contain oestrogen mimicking properties which has been thought to cause breast cancer. They have been identified in biopsy samples from women’s breast tumours. They are also thought to cause premature ageing and DNA damage.
 
4. Petroleum, Parafin and Mineral Oil
These are used to make products stay firm, such as nail polishes and conditioners. But when you consider they are able to dissolve paint, it brings it home how dangerous they are. They have been linked to respiratory issues, skin irritations and immune system damage as well as premature ageing.
 
5. Synthetic Fragrance
The ingredient listing of ‘fragrance’ can actually contain a myriad of unsavoury substances that by law, do not have to be listed. They are associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress, hormone disruption and skin irritations.
There is no need at all to be using these chemicals. Essential Oils, distilled from herbs and flowers, give us the best natural fragrances we could ask for!
So, here is my list of top 5, but of course there are so many others. Please keep visiting my Blogwhere I am posting recipe ideas for beauty and cosmetic products that you can make at home which do not contain any chemicals or nasties.
Here at Eveksia, it’s all 100% natural!
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Please visit my Eveksia Website to purchase 100% Chemical-free Skin Care products

Introducing my new Eveksia Skin Care brand

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~How it all began~

Have you ever really thought how important our skin is? It is the largest organ in the body and performs so many vital roles for our well-being both physically and emotionally. It wasn’t until I became a Vegan that I really started to think about what we absorb through our skin. It’s the same as eating food- we consume through our skin pores. What we apply, rub or massage in directly enters our bloodstream. When knowledge is gained into what the long ingredients lists on jars and bottles mean you realise it’s just a list of chemicals and more chemicals! Alarmingly, skin absorption allows ten times more chemicals to be consumed than in an oral dose, so our daily use of Cleansers, Body Washes, Shampoo and other products could potentially be very dangerous. 

I started by researching natural, organic oils that cleanse and moisturise the skin~ free of such chemicals as Parabens, Phythalates and synthetic fragrances that can cause cancer, irritations and even damage to the immune system. There are so many. Through my passion for Aromatherapy, I decided to then enhance the base carrier oils blend by adding special fusions of Essential Oils for specific skin issues such as eczema, wrinkles, irritations and very tired skin. As well as also smelling yummy, I have created synergies to feed emotions and mood~ those for energising, uplifting and relieving anxiety, as well as for relaxation, mental focus and clear thinking. So the Eveksia collection (‘wellness’ in Greek) is here; a holistic approach to healthy skin & mind. In the shop you will find Cleansers and Moisturisers for a range of skin issues which at the same time allow you to feel empowered and in control of your mood and emotions. 

There are NO Preservatives, Parabens, Animal Ingredients or Synthetic Chemicals in any of my products. I use Organic ingredients and High Grade Essential Oils. It is truly an Alchemy of Love for Humans, Animals and our Planet.

None of the ingredients (or end products) are tested on animals

All ingredients are Vegan 

It is truly an alchemy of love for Humans, Animals and our Planet.

Please visit my Eveksia website to browse and order your skin care and mood food product.

*If you order a sample jar (15ml) you will receive 20% off your order of the full size jar (120ml)

*I will be introducing a recycling scheme whereby sending empties back to me will give you 20% off your next order. We have to respect the environment!

Blessings!

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My Life in Greece. Part 1~Beginnings (1996)

I was bored of life. I had just spent seven years (since leaving Secondary school) being a student and in education, only to be trundling along again in education, running after day-to-day work as a Supply Teacher in Birmingham, UK. All my friends and my boyfriend had graduated and gone so I was spending my time alone in a city where I had lived for four years having the time of my life as a Degree Student (3D Design; Jewellery & silversmithing) and then as a Training Teacher (Art & Design). It was dire.

My Mum’s boyfriend found an ad in the local paper from a girl who had just come back from Greece and was looking for a Teacher to go and replace her. I called up immediately and she told me about the place and the school. It sounded amazing as I had always wanted to live abroad. I was hankering for some adventure.

I called up the Headteacher of the school and we spoke. He told me it was a private school, starting at 3pm and ending at about 8 each evening and on Saturday mornings. He sounded nice and said that I had a very clear and calm voice and when could I start?

I arranged my flight and got my money sorted out. I spoke to Mr Kouros again and he booked me into a hotel in Athens, giving me only a few directions as to where to go after I arrived. My boyfriend was upset, but I couldn’t contain myself, I couldn’t wait to go. It was early October when I landed at Athens Airport, a suitcase of clothes, some basic items such as shampoo and shower gel and a few sets of smart clothes. And my smile.

The hotel was in Omonia Square, which I didn’t know then, was as rough as a badger’s ass. I checked in and all I could hear was beeping off horns, screeching tires and shouting. My room didn’t have a view, well it did, but it was mostly of a brick wall. The whole place was a throwback from the 70s; marble everywhere, dark wood furniture and paneling. The Reception guy was nice to me when I arrived but I never saw him again. The others were stand-offish and clearly bored. I was homesick.

I ventured out that evening as I was starving. I was a strict vegetarian but managed to find a fast food place on a corner of a busy street that sold margarita pizzas. It tasted weird, but I didn’t care. I daren’t venture out too far, being paranoid I’d get lost and not be able to find my way back to the hotel. It probably had a name I couldn’t pronounce so that would have been why. I was petrified to talk to people back then when I was 23.

I had taken three books to read and hid away in my (tiny) room until bed. I showered and couldn’t stop crying. It dawned on me that I was in the biggest city in Greece, didn’t know a soul and didn’t even know where I was going. I had a name: Agrinio. That was it. We didn’t have mobile phones back then in 1996, so I didn’t have a lot of contact with my Mum or boyfriend. They must have been having hernias worrying about me. I did get to call my Mum from the phone in the hotel lobby, but briefly as I didn’t know how much it was going to cost.

A message was waiting for me the next morning at reception. I was on the way out to find some breakfast as I didn’t even realise that it was included in the cost of the room. Mr Kouros had left a message to say I was to remain there another two nights as he was trying to organise somewhere for me to stay in Agrinio. Oh the joy. I spent the next few days doing exactly the same as I had been doing. Sneaking out for food, hiding away in the room and reading, with a lot of tears in between.

My first memories of Greece are not so great. Little did I know that things were about to get a whole lot more bizarre…

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Ethical Silver – It’s not rocket science.

Greg Valerio

Silver jewellery was the product I fell in love with when I first got into the jewellery trade. Practically it was cheaper than gold, but I found that it was also a lot more versatile. I could afford to be more creative and diverse in my product approach. From the fashion perspective it made total sense and its affordable diversity allowed me to give my customers a continually changing selection of new ranges that didn’t break their bank accounts or mine.

On an ethical front it was the search for a fair trade silver source that got me into the ethical issues in the jewellery trade. I was intentional about wanting to be a fair trade jeweller. I was equally clear I did not want to go down the ‘hippy chic- hemp underwear’ design cliche that was rightfully associated with the idea of fair trade jewellery at the time.

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