Saturday, October 20, 2007

5 Fun Facts About Brown Sugar

Today has been a crazy day!! I had several teleconferences and product to package for shipping. As an entrepreneur it seems there are never enough hours in a day. As cliché as this may sound it’s true. So, it’s with great pleasure that I report the inspiration for todays post actually came from one of my very own products, Cocoa Commotion Sugar Rush. The fragrant aromas of 100% pure dark Darkchocolate infused with softer aromas of cocoa butter seemed to have awaken my senses as the grains of brown sugar gently exfoliates.

So I decided to post some fun facts about one of my favorite ingredients. Brown sugar.

• Brown sugar obtains its brown hue from molasses
•Light brown sugar usually contains 3.5% molasses and dark brown sugar usually contains 6.5%
• Turbinado, Demerara and muscovado are three types of brown sugar commonly found in the market today
• Due to the shape of sugar crystals it’s not as abrasive as salt making it an ideal exfoliant for use in beauty and body care products
• This sweet ingredient has also inspired several projects in the entertainment industry. It’s been featured in a controversial song by the Rolling Stones, an album by Dangelo as well as a movie titled Brown Sugar directed by Rick Famuyiwa

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Five Steps to Creating your Home Spa

These days it’s not hard to create a spa like atmosphere. So here are five basic items needed to create a spa like relaxing atmosphere.

Soft Light – Lighting is very important to set the mood for relaxation.

Product – Select your favorite product for your relaxation ritual

Aroma – Scented candles or plug in air fresheners will induce relaxation

Flowers – For some flowers or plants will add to the mood of relaxation. I like bamboo plants for bathrooms because they are low maintenance and require little water.

Music – Having a play list with your relaxing tunes on hand will transport you to your relaxing zone.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

My Sanctuary

Lately things have been a little crazy me. For the past week I’ve been busy preparing product and taking care of general Nidasii business. This time of the year things start to move nonstop until the end of the holiday season. What a great problem to have!!!! But in the midst of the current madness I made time to retreat to my favorite place. My bathroom.

Anyone who knows me knows that my bathroom is my sanctuary. It’s filled with all the things I love. Nidasii bath and body products, soy candles, music and luscious tropical aromas. Everything I need for a long relaxing bath. It’s the place where I can fill the tub with my new formulation of foaming bath milk, light my candles and just lay my head back and let my worries drift away in the ripples of the water.

Do you have an area in your home you consider your sanctuary? Stay tuned for my next post where I will give several tips that can be implemented to make your own bathroom sanctuary.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Coney Island......Columbus Day

Wow!!! What an incredible day. In NYC the temperature has been unusually high for the month of October. I think today may have broken the record high because we topped out at 87 degrees. Anyone who knows me knows that I am not complaining. I am actually one the few people who loves the heat and humidity. The weather was so nice today that I decided to stop by Coney Island on my way back from the grocery store.

You may be asking what’s so specical about Coney Island. Well, Coney Islands board walk is infamous in NYC . It’s home to the legendary Nathans Franks and one of the oldest roller coasters called the Cyclone. Well I had to stop by today because I discovered over the summer that the board walk and amusement park will be demolished to make way new luxury buildings. So I went to take in the sights as well as take pictures to keep as a piece of NYC history.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Are You Seeing Pink?

Where does the time go? I can’t believe it’s October already. In a few more weeks I will have to surrender my feet to the isolation of socks and boots. Yuck!!! I guess I should not complain too much because we have been experiencing beautiful warm weather here in the NYC area. Well, October definitely is a month for change. Fashion changes as we transition from summer to fall, the days become shorter and leaves loose their vibrant green hues only to reveal golden shades of yellow, red, orange and brown. But, leaves are not the only thing changing their color. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and things have become very pink.

Breast cancer awareness is a topic near and dear to me. In 1997 my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She lost her right breast and underwent six months of chemotherapy and radiation. Last year my grandmother (my mothers mother) was also diagnosed with breast cancer. As women we have been barraged with information about performing self examinations for the early detection of breast cancer. However, two weeks ago I read an article in the NY Times that featured a story about a 33 year old woman with a family history of breast cancer who decided to have a double mastectomy after receiving the results from her genetic testing. This story really hit home for me because this woman has a family history similar to my own and is only a year older than me. Like myself, she is also single and has not started a family. I’m considering taking the test myself.

What would you do?