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GUIDE ON HOW TO READ YOUR SKINCARE INGREDIENTS:  PART 2 (MOISTURIZERS)

GUIDE ON HOW TO READ YOUR SKINCARE INGREDIENTS:  PART 2 (MOISTURIZERS)

Hello and welcome back to our Skincare Ingredient series!  If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, you can do that here.

QUICK RECAP

  • The cosmetic industry is not regulated. Just because it is on the shelf doesn’t mean it is safe.  There is no required testing on skincare in the US and there are many ingredients used in skincare formulas in the US and those same ingredients are banned in Europe due to the toxins that cause health related issues.
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GUIDE ON HOW TO READ YOUR SKINCARE INGREDIENTS:  PART 1 (CLEANSERS)

GUIDE ON HOW TO READ YOUR SKINCARE INGREDIENTS:  PART 1 (CLEANSERS)

Your skin is the largest organ of your body and it absorbs about 60% of what you put on it.  It literally takes SECONDS for what you are putting on your skin to enter the bloodstream. The FDA does NOT regulate the cosmetic industry and there is no required testing on skincare products that are released to the market in the US.  Actually, there are only 11 chemicals that have been banned for use in US cosmetics and over 1300 in the EU.  Woah…..right???Read More

5 PRODUCTS TO FIGHT WINTER SKIN

Hello Midwest DRY Winters!  I think living somewhere with all four seasons is the BEST, but as seasons change you also may have to switch up your skincare routines.  The dry temps outside and the indoor heating takes moisture out of the air – which leaves you with dry skin in the winter months. To help, I have rounded up some of our Vilia Soap best sellers that can help you combat your winter skin.Read More

WHY YOU SHOULD AVOID PHTHALATES, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE PREGNANT OR TRYING TO CONCEIVE

This is a very informative article written by a gynocologist on the dangers of phthalates. Heard the buzz around phthalates, but not sure what they are? Phthalates are plasticizing chemicals that are toxic. Some have been banned in the EU but not in the US. They are hard to detect on the label ingredients because they are often the ‘hidden’ ingredient in the fragrance (according to the FDA). To avoid these toxins make sure that the products clearly state the fragrance used is phthalate-free to protect you and your family. In our products we use essential oils and always phthalate-free fragrances.Read More

20 USES OF OUR LAVENDER SOOTHE & REPAIR BALM

Our multi-tasking Lavender Soothe & Repair balm uses a traditional Greek apothecary recipe (known as kerilifi) to help with skin issues, aging skin, and scars and is even gentle to use for the entire family. It is a waterless, highly concentrated formula loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and omega fatty acids. A little goes a long way. It is beneficial for all skin types.

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5 BENEFITS OF BODY OIL

5 BENEFITS OF BODY OIL

In the US, body oils are not as common as they are in Europe.  I discovered the benefits of body oil while living in Greece and it was actually my Australian friend that got me to start using body oil – she swore by it!  Previously, I used lotion, and although some lotions are great, I wanted to share why I absolutely love body oil and wouldn’t go back to a lotion.Read More

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BODY BALM?

When living in Greece, I came across different types of balms (there they are known as kerilifi) at the farmer’s market.  The traditional keralifi is made with local olive oil, beeswax, and st. john’s wort oil.  Keralifi (balm) is a staple in the Greek homes and seriously magic in a jar. There is a reason it works!Read More

5 BENEFITS OF SOY CANDLES

I have always loved candles – the cozy feeling they give a room, how they just put you in a relaxing mood, but it wasn’t until recent that I learned that all candles are not created equal!Read More

HOW I GOT RID OF CYSTIC ACNE

I never really had acne throughout my teenage years but when I got in my late 20’s and early 30’s, it hit me.  The dermatologist put me on topical steroid treatments which caused dry skin, were expensive, and frankly I didn’t like putting all those chemicals on my face – it just didn’t seem right!  I decided to take the natural approach and guess what, it worked!   I want to share what helped me and if you are struggling with cystic acne or any type of acne really, I hope this helps you too!Read More

OUR STORY STARTED IN CHICAGO

I was very excited when I found out I was going to be interviewed by Windy City Greek.  Why?  Because that is where our story started!  I was a small town American girl living in the big city of Chicago when I met my now Greek husband (who was only visiting the city).  After whisking me away to live in Europe, he planned a trip back to Chicago to propose at the famous Bean where we had our first date.  So, yes, Chicago has a very special place place in our heart! Thanks to Alexia Amvrazi and Windy City Greek for capturing our story!Read More