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Ecco Bella Face Mask

 

chocolatemaskThere was a time, not that long ago, when the pickings were slim for natural makeup. Now there are more options than any one eco-gal can try, and we can thank companies like Ecco Bella, which started in 1992, for pioneering that market. Ecco Bella products are still among my favorite, despite the growing competition: their Flowercolor Natural Mascara is one of the better natural mascaras I’ve used, and I’m hooked on their Age Antidote Day Cream with UVA & UVB SPF 15 for my daily moisturizer. It’s light, creamy, slightly floral-scented and packed with vitamins and other organic goodness that keeps my skin smooth and protected. I don’t often wear foundation, but when I do it’s the company’s FlowerColor Natural Liquid Foundation (it’s affordable at $22.95 a pop, and doesn’t look cakey or greasy).


 

But it’s a new (to me, at least) item that really has me swooning lately: the Organic Dark Chocolate Face Mask. This stuff is good. It’s designed for sensitive skin, and isn’t too harsh, drying or heavy like some face masks can be. It looks, smells and feels like a decadent, thick chocolate mousse, which has led me to wonder if it was edible more than once during use. Apparently dark chocolate is as good for skin as it is for the soul—the mask is naturally rich in magnesium, iron, antioxidants and a number of vitamins. It’s best used after steaming the face (to open up pores and release toxins) and can be used on the neck, shoulders and chest in addition to the face for an all-over glow and firmer skin.

Like all Ecco Bella creations, it’s vegan, cruelty-free, all natural and organic (70 percent). At $24.95 a jar, this heavenly mask would make a perfect pampering gift for chocolate-loving sisters, friends and moms this holiday season. Or go ahead and treat yourself to a jar—one try and you’ll find your skin more a bit more luminous, and that you’re suddenly craving a scrumptious chocolate dessert.

 


Pick up Ecco Bella products at most health food stores, or by visiting eccobella.com.

 

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In defense of Valentine’s Day

 

“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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