Sunday, September 30, 2012

Prends Moi - the perfume that makes you thin

Veld's of Paris has come out with an intriguing new perfume. They call it "Prends Moi" which translates to "Take me".  The suggestive name though, is not what makes this perfume so interesting.  It's what the manufacturer says it will do.  They say it will help you lose weight.

According to their website, you should apply the perfume whenever you feel the need to snack.  They claim the product causes Beta-endorphins to be released, which will create a feeling of well-being and help to curb your appetite.

I will admit it sounds delicious, with top notes of bergamot, mandarin and grapefruit, middle floral notes like jasmine and lilac, and lusciously rich base notes of musk, vanilla and patchoulie.  I haven't scent-tested it myself, but I love those fragrances and I am sure the blend is exotically enchanting.  It might very well be that these fragrances do overwhelm any urgings from your taste buds.  But the claims for this perfume go even farther.

They also say that the perfume will interact with enzymes that are key to the breakdown of fat in the skin, and that Prends Moi will slim you locally, wherever you spray it on.

I don't doubt that the psychological factor in all this could be quite compelling, but I am still a bit skeptical as  to the claims of slimming and appetite suppression.  Consider this report, published in the NY Daily News:

Following a trial study by the Centre of Biological Research and Cutaneous Experimentation on women aged between 18 and 70, it is claimed that 75% considered the scent had a pleasant fragrance and they would wear it every day, while 70% felt it acting on their eating behavior
I think the most important thing to note is that a majority of women liked the scent and would wear it daily. But as you see, a large percentage also felt it helped with appetite control.

Prends Moi is available in the UK for £29.99.  It will soon be available worldwide. It isn't more expensive than most fragrances, but if it works to reduce and slim, it might be worth every penny.


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Coffee and your skin - benefits of coffee

I am always excited to find medical research that supports and encourages my coffee habit.  We've all seen the reports about the health benefits of coffee - lower risk of Parkinson's, dementia, diabetes, etc.  But researchers are finding even more ways that coffee is good for you as a beauty treatment.

Coffee does everything from preventing baldness to preventing cavities.  It tones the skin, closes the pores, repairs sun damage and lowers the risk of skin cancer from UVB rays.

Coffee is good to drink, but it's even better to apply topically.  Take a bath in coffee for smoother skin with a reduction in cellulite.  Use coffee grounds as a facial scrub to slough off dead cells and close pores.  Apply coffee to a sunburn (cold coffee, not hot, ouch!). 

Here's a great slideshow that touts all the benefits of coffee for your skin and body.

As today is National Coffee Day, it's a great day to celebrate all the wonders of coffee.  So, go ahead, have a cup.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Saving Money on School Supplies

Did you get the letter? The one from the school that arrives in August, the one with the long list of essential supplies that your child will have to bring to school in order to take full advantage of his education. We received one for the middle school student and my budget started whimpering in pain before I'd even started planning the shopping trip.

Back-to-school supplies don't have to break the bank, if you shop wisely and don't allow too many trendy-but-useless items to slip into the mix. Here are some of the ways I found to save money:

• Dollar Stores

You won't find everything on your list at the Dollar store, but you can pick up those everyday items without specific requirements and which definitely don't have a fashion factor no matter where you buy them. Pencils, pens, erasers, pencil sharpeners, lined paper, rulers, etc., are all available and often of the same quality as you might pay in the office supply store.

• Shop Online

For more trendy needs like backpacks, shopping online can be the easiest way to find a signature backpack style for a picky teen while shopping around for the best price. Online is also a great place to find the books they need for their summer reading assignments at a bargain price. When it comes to school clothes, dragging around a crowded store looking for bargains and style can be exhausting. Browsing online allows you the freedom to do the shopping in leisure hours with no hassle.

• Discount Department Stores

The three-ring binder you buy at Walmart is likely to be fairly equal in quality to the one you buy at the high-end office supply or stationery store. The only difference you'll notice is the price. The discount store

is another good spot to find the spiral notebooks with the colorful designs, book covers, and other small items for a good price. This includes the scientific calculators that begin to be required for math classes once they move up from elementary school.

The important thing is to make sure that the kids get the necessary items without spending a fortune or exposing them to the unbearable embarrassment of having last year's popular gear. Shop wisely and you can preserve your sanity, save money and keep them happy all at the same time.

Friday, August 24, 2012

I'll take menopause

I was scanning some scientific articles today when I came across a sentence that perfectly sums up the feelings of middle-aged women everywhere:

"We are so used to the fact that all women will experience menopause, that we forget it is seriously bizarre ".

Well, research scientists may forget it is bizarre, but women never do.  Of course, the researcher being quoted is discussing the fact that other species reproduce until much later in life and it is only humans that have such a short reproductive period.  The theory they propose is that women experience menopause to avoid having children at the same time as their daughters-in-law.  I wonder if they realize that women having children after age 50 have a lot more to worry about than just competing with their DILs.

Empty nest syndrome can easily be filled with grandchildren.  And women have the energy and patience to care for grandchildren for one very good reason - they go home at the end of the day.  Let's face it, women in their fifties today are active and vital members of society.  They work, volunteer, date, go dancing, and lead active and fulfilling lives.  But this is only because they don't have toddlers at home.

Babies are beautiful.  They smell wonderful and their skin is so soft that you could spend the whole day with a baby's cheek nestled upon your chest and never, ever get tired of it.  But that's no good reason to fill the house with a second or third brood once your grown children are off to college.

Yes menopause is bizarre.  But starting motherhood all over again would be even more bizarre.  I think I will take the menopause option, thanks.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

When you have questions about cosmetic surgery - MySurgeryMD

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Have you been considering cosmetic surgery?  If so, you are not alone. In 2011, nearly 9.2 million cosmetic surgeries were performed in the United States. You probably have a lot of questions about cosmetic surgery such as:  How can I know if I am an appropriate candidate for surgery?  What does bariatric weight loss surgery cost? How do I find a reputable surgeon?  How long is the recovery for a particular procedure? How is lap band procedure done?

The truth is that you need to do a bit of research before you can decide if a surgical procedure is right for you.

MySurgeryMD is a website that provides answers to all of your questions. Here you will find details about each type of surgery, what makes a good candidate for surgery and what kind of costs you can expect. MySurgeryMD has information on rhinoplasty, weight loss surgery, hair transplants, breast reduction and more.  They aren’t selling surgery, they are simply providing the information that every patient ought to have before seeking out any kind of cosmetic procedure. 

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Study: Eating chocolate lowers BMI

Here's a health study on weight that will give chocolate lovers a boost.  A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine finds that people who frequently eat chocolate have a lower BMI than people who don't.

Finally, medical proof that chocolate isn't the great diet-killer, but instead is a key part to staying slim and trim.  Oh, I know we've been told about the anti-oxidants and their cancer preventative properties, but those things are health-related. Now we find out that these same anti-oxidants aid in weight loss. This study does more than any other medical news ever reported to make chocolate a health food.  This study frees every woman who ever craved a taste of chocolate to indulge.

Of course, the participants in the study were also regularly active and exercised an average of 3.5 times per week.  So, it is still not okay to just lie on the couch day after day, watching television and popping bon-bons.  However, if you get a healthy amount of exercise, you can have your chocolate and eat it too as well as lower your BMI.