Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Marj's Naturals Skincare Gift Set Giveaway


Marj's Naturals Luxurious Skincare Gift Set Giveaway Worth US$105

Marj's Naturals is giving away a gift set loaded with luxurious, all natural, organic skincare products made of high quality botanicals, extracts, beauty oils and butters and essential oils. Free of junk including sulfates, parabens, phthalates, fragrance, petroleum, and DEA, Marj's Naturals is a brand you can absolutely trust that delivers desired results. Your one-stop shop for your skincare and bath and body essentials, Marj's Naturals has a wide selection of healthful products for men and women alike. Hosted by Bella Pummarola Blog, Marj's Naturals Giveaway starts Thursday, September 17th and ends Thursday October 8th. It is open to US and International residents 18 and older. 


1. Marj's Naturals Tropical Papaya Cleansing Bar with Shea Butter

Marj's Naturals Tropical Papaya Cleansing Bar contains antioxidant rich real Papaya Fruit Extract that is well known to have great benefits for the skin.

The Papain enzyme content of this papaya bar effectively exfoliates dead skin cells revealing a brighter, tighter, blemish free complexion. Infused with Orange essential oil which helps promote the production of collagen, increases blood flow to the skin and soothes dry, irritated skin, Marj's Tropical Papaya Cleansing Bar has a fresh soothing citrus scent that is not overpowering.  

2. Marj’s Naturals Gentle Face Cleanser with Organic Botanicals
Marj’s Naturals Gentle Face Cleanser is a purifying, mild, hypoallergenic liquid cleanser that does not only do an effective job of removing skin’s impurities but also protects, hydrates, moisturizes, and soothes dry irritated skin. Its naturally derived biodegradable organic ingredients including the healthiest botanicals like oats, algae, aloe leaf, and ginseng root extracts combined with deeply hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum and anti-aging Gatuline Age Defense work together to improve skin’s appearance and prevent acne formation. Very economical, one drop effectively washes away oil, dirt and makeup. Its sweet aromatic scent from essential oils makes your facial cleansing experience a very pleasant one.    

3. Marj's Naturals 100% Pure Virgin Organic Moroccan Argan Oil            
Pure Virgin Organic Moroccan Argan Oil lives up to the hype. It is the lightest beauty oil that works wonders on the body from head to toe. Got psoriasis or eczema? Dry scalp? Brittle nails? Premature signs of aging? Argan oil is a simple yet effective solution. Marj's Naturals Pure Virgin Organic Moroccan Argan Oil is directly imported from a Moroccan manufacturer.  

4. Marj's Naturals Antioxidant Face Cream with Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum and Gatuline Age Defense
Marj's Naturals Antioxidant Face Cream is a lightweight oil-free formula that is perfect for all skin types. Free from potentially harmful chemicals including Paraben, Sulfate, Fragrance, Phthalates, Petroleum and DEAs, your skin will absolutely appreciate the anti-aging benefits of Marj's Naturals Face Cream.
Marj's Naturals Antioxidant Face Cream contains Hyaluronic Acid, Gatuline Age Defense and antioxidant rich fruit and botanical extracts all of which protect and promote a youthful complexion, heal and regenerate damaged skin, prevent free radical damage, help even out skin tone, help promote formation of collagen thereby strengthening and firming skin's tissues and preventing formation of new wrinkles, and restore elasticity. A non-comedogenic and non-greasy formula, this moisturizer hydrates down to the deeper layers of your skin, leaving it soft and supple all day. 

5. Marj’s Naturals Lip Balm Trio
Marj's Naturals Lip Balm Trio is a set of 100% all natural, specially formulated, sweet-tasting, handmade lip balms that protect, hydrate, soften, and moisturize dry and chapped lips all day and all night. Each one contains pure refined Shea and Cocoa butters, Mango Butter, Organic Oils, Vitamin E and Essential Oils each of which provides healing properties. It's all the therapy you need to get moisture-drenched lips:   

- Marj’s Naturals Spearmint Lip Balm 
Marj's Naturals 100% all natural Spearmint Lip Balm is for those who want deliciously fresh, kissable, soft, supple lips and moisture that lasts for hours. Gentle and soft on the lips, it is made with Shea and Cocoa butters that contain highly protective and healing antioxidants.

- Marj's Naturals Mango Orange Lip Balm                                      

Marj's Naturals 100% all natural lip balm is made of antioxidant rich, nourishing, softening, hydrating, protective and moisturizing Mango butter, Pure Beeswax and Sweet Orange Essential Oil that hydrate your thirsty lips for hours. It has a soothing refreshing sweet juicy citrusy flavor that lasts and is so delicious you'd want to eat it. The consistency is perfect that will make the product last a long time.  

- Marj’s Naturals Honey Lemon Lip Balm

For lips that crave the freshness of citrus lemon and the softness of butter, Marj’s Naturals Honey Lemon Lip Balm is another delicious handmade treat with all those extra benefits to keep your lips looking, feeling, and tasting amazing!  

Loaded with the smoothest refined Shea butter and pure beeswax that smells like sweet honey and combined with just the right amount of Lemon essential oil, Marj’s Naturals Honey Lemon Lip Balm provides maximum hydration and moisture that last throughout the day. Highly economical, it has a perfect consistency that stays solid so a tube can last for months. 

6. Marj's Naturals Vitamin C Serum with Ferulic Acid and Vitamin E
Marj's Naturals Vitamin C Serum contains 18% organic Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C). A potent antioxidant, Vitamin C applied regularly to the skin can protect and prevent it from premature aging caused by free radicals. Skin discolorations like sun spots lighten or fade, complexion brightens and fine lines and wrinkles diminish giving the skin a more youthful glow. Ferulic acid, a superb antioxidant, does not only provide protective benefits to the skin but it also stabilizes Vitamin C preventing oxidation. Vitamin E, another powerful antioxidant, acts as a protectant against sun damage. Marj’s Naturals Vitamin C Serum contains a base of Hyaluronic Acid Serum to deeply hydrate and plump skin.

Vitamin C + Ferulic Acid + Vitamin E + Hyaluronic Acid = excellent photo protective and anti-aging benefits.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Marj’s Naturals Responds to Men’s

Marj’s Naturals Responds to Men’s Basic Skincare Needs
June 30, 2014, Orange County, California


Feeling the pressure from men whose skin also needs some TLC, Marj’s Naturals has launched a basic skincare set that includes all natural, vegan, sulfate free, paraben free, cruelty free and fragrance free products that are made of antioxidant rich organic botanicals to help guys maintain a healthy and youthful-looking complexion. 

Marj's Naturals Men's Skincare Trio includes the following:

Men's Tropical Papaya Cleansing Bar 5.6oz - Generously sized and long lasting, Marj's Men's Tropical Papaya Cleansing Bar contains Tropical Papaya Fruit Extract that is abundant in papain, an enzyme highly effective for exfoliation, cleansing, moisturization, skin cell renewal and turnover, anti-aging, acne defense, and antioxidant activity.

Non greasy and lightweight Macadamia Nut and Kukui Nut Oils’ fatty acids that include palmitoleic, oleic and linoleic acids and phytosterols offer regenerating, moisturizing, healing, hydrating and anti-aging properties.  

Refined Grapeseed Butter works for all skin types and provides antioxidant, anti-aging, regenerating and moisturizing benefits. It also promotes collagen flexibility and strength. Men's Papaya Cleansing Bar has a clean, fresh, invigorating, and woodsy/citrusy scent from a combination of Cedarwood, Lime and Bergamot essential oils. It just doesn't get any manlier than that! Creamy and foamy, Men’s Tropical Papaya Cleansing Bar is perfect for all over cleansing and for shaving.

Men's Antioxidant Face Cream 1oz - Now available in a men's special formula, Marj's Naturals Men's Antioxidant Face Cream is a lightweight oil-free moisturizer that is ideal for all skin types. Free from potentially harmful chemicals including Paraben, Sulfate, Fragrance, Phthalates and DEAs, Marj's Naturals Face Cream is the simplest yet healthiest and most effective solution to guys’ skincare demands.

Marj's Naturals Men's Antioxidant Face Cream contains Hyaluronic Acid, Gatuline Age Defense and loads of antioxidant rich fruit and botanical extracts all of which protect and promote a youthful complexion, heal and regenerate damaged skin, prevent free radical damage, help even out skin tone, restore elasticity, and promote formation of collagen thereby strengthening and firming skin's tissues and preventing formation of new wrinkles. Non comedogenic and non greasy, this moisturizer hydrates down to the deeper layers of the skin without clogging the pores.

Virgin Organic Moroccan Argan Oil 2oz - Argan Oil truly works magic on the skin! One of the rarest and most expensive oils in the world, Virgin Organic Moroccan Argan Oil in its purest form is beneficial for the skin due to its anti-aging, anti inflammatory, sun protective and antioxidant properties. It helps prevent and treat common skin conditions including fine lines and wrinkles, acne, new scars from acne, rough spots and rashes, itching, dry skin, and minor burns. 

Marj's Naturals Argan Oil is so light it gets readily absorbed into the skin and does not leave a greasy feel. It is extremely rich in antioxidants including Vitamins C & E that are necessary in combating free radical damage. Argan Oil is also abundant in Omega 6 fatty acids and Vitamin F that are essential for healing. Highly economical, a pea sized drop goes a long way in providing the skin its maximum benefits.

Marj's Naturals Argan Oil is certified organic by Ecocert and the USDA.

Men's Skincare Trio comes in recyclable, reusable, high quality silver box perfect for gifting or traveling. Highly affordable, Men’s Skincare Trio is now available at for only US$60.00. For more information about the products, please contact Marj’s Naturals at  

* Marj’s Naturals cares about the environment. Please recycle packaging components.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Combating The Most Common

Combating The Most Common Skin Conditions

Not everyone is blessed with perfectly beautiful skin. As we age, the skin goes through changes that may be related to different factors - internal or external - including hormones; nutritional status; loss of fat, collagen or melanin; genetics; stress; slowing cell turnover rate; disease process that involves inflammation; smoking or drinking alcohol; exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) and other environmental pollutants like chemicals and toxins; weather or climate conditions; and improper or lack of skin care. As a result, a large number of people are experiencing one or more skin conditions - blemishes; excessive dryness or oiliness; dark spots or hyperpigmentation; and early signs of aging or fine lines and wrinkles.

Incorporating regular healthy skin care routine, taking care of your health from an early age, and avoiding overexposure to the sun help prevent or delay the occurrence of these skin conditions. If you neglect your skin or your health and live an unhealthy lifestyle, it will be difficult to counteract these conditions no matter what or how much product you use on your skin.   


Blemishes are areas of discoloration or noticeable imperfection on the skin like acne, acne scars, sun spots or uneven skin tone. They may be irregularly shaped, flat or raised. Treatment varies depending on the type of blemish.

Acne may be the most common blemish or skin condition that affects millions of people around the world. Please read my other blog titled Acne - Myths Debunked, for a detailed discussion of this condition. Acne is an inflammatory condition that happens when a hair follicle or a pore on the surface of the skin gets clogged with sebum or keratin. Acne most commonly develops during puberty, when hormonal changes cause the body to produce too much sebum, but can occur at any age, possibly due to oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Treatment varies depending on its severity and other factors. Over the counter medications like Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid may be effective in treating mild acne but usually offer temporary symptom relief. Prescription medications including topical or oral antibiotics and retinoids may be necessary in treating moderate to severe acne but could potentially cause untoward side effects or adverse effects. Products containing antioxidants like Vitamins A, C and E have been showing promise in the treatment of acne because of the idea that oxidative stress due to free radical damage may be involved in the occurrence of this condition. Studies have strongly shown that antioxidants, whether ingested or applied topically, protect against and treat free radical damage. The best way to protect your skin against free radical damage is avoiding excessive exposure to the sun between the hours of 10am and 4pm but this is almost impossible for a lot of people. Generously apply and reapply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher that contains minerals Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide throughout the day, and wear sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats and proper clothing. Sulfate-free facial cleansers gently and effectively remove dirt that may get trapped in the pores. Most cleansers contain foaming agent sulfate (SLS or SLES) which is known to irritate the mucous membranes and may potentially be absorbed into the bloodstream and cause toxicity to the major body organs leading to long-term health effects. There have been discussions about the benefits of taking the B vitamin Biotin, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin C and Omega-3 Fatty Acid supplements in maintaining or promoting skin health. As always advised, if taking any supplements, follow directions on the product package. If unsure about their safety, have a discussion with your physician before starting any supplementation.      

Dry Skin

Some people have chronic dry, itchy, flaky, scaly, rough or irritated skin that may be uncomfortable. Over time, dry skin may result in the early or premature formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Dry skin is noted when its moisture content is less than 10%. Poor hydration or nutritional status, genetics, inflammatory skin diseases, hot or cold weather conditions, low humidity, use of harsh cleansers or other products with sulfate, and long hot showers all contribute to the depletion of the skin’s lipid layer which covers the surface of the skin. Replenishing the skin’s moisture is imperative if you want to keep it soft, smooth and supple. Proper moisturization of the skin helps repair the skin barrier, reduces water loss and increases its water content, and restores the lipid’s water barrier function. A balanced diet that includes foods rich in essential fatty acids helps in the production of the skin's natural oil barrier which is important in keeping it younger looking. Avoiding too much caffeine, alcohol and smoking also contributes to healthy looking skin. Taking shorter, lukewarm showers and bathing no more than 20 minutes at a time using sulfate free products are the simplest steps you can take to prevent dry skin. If you love bathing or can’t avoid it, adding natural bath oil into your bathwater may help keep your skin moist. Exfoliating with a gentle sugar or salt scrub regularly sloughs off dry, rough skin. Applying a generous amount of natural oil or cream, moisturizer or lotion made of natural ingredients that include oils and butters to damp skin right after shower or bathing helps the skin retain moisture and stay hydrated all day. This is also true for the face, the hands and the feet. After cleansing your face (twice daily is recommended) or washing your hands or feet, it is crucial to moisturize them as commercial soaps and facial cleansers are usually harsh on the skin’s surface due to sulfate. Find gentle, sulfate free, noncomedogenic products with humectants such as glycerin; emollients such as squalene, mineral oil, lanolin, and fatty acids; and proteins such as collagen, elastin and keratin. If you live in an area with low humidity, consider using a humidifier in your bedroom. Moisturize your lips with a lip balm frequently including before bedtime.

Oily Skin

Excessive production of the skin’s natural oil called sebum can make your skin look shiny or greasy. This process can also result in acne. Look for oil-free noncomedogenic cleansers and moisturizers and wash your face no more than twice a day with lukewarm water. Washing the face too frequently can lead to the production of even more oil that can block pores. Using a toner or astringent after cleansing and before moisturizing can help remove residual oil on the skin and control shine. When buying cosmetics, choose powder products instead of liquid. Gently apply blotting paper on your skin to remove excessive oil throughout the day especially if wearing makeup. A regular facial every 3 or 4 months may also help control the problem.       

Dark Spots, Discolorations, or Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation, also known as dark spots, sunspots or uneven skin tone, is another form of blemish that is caused by overproduction of melanin, the skin’s natural pigment whose production is influenced by exposure to ultraviolet rays (UVR), hormones, and skin injury. Dark spots are generally flat and most commonly found on the face and hands. There are several treatment options for dark spots that include exfoliation with Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), topical medications, and other more advanced procedures like chemical peels and laser treatments at your dermatologist's office. Hydroquinone is a topical bleaching agent that effectively treats hyperpigmentation. Stopping it would cause the return or worsening of discoloration because the skin becomes even more sensitive to UVR so regular application of sunscreen is highly recommended when using this product. Its use is controversial and even banned in some countries because it is thought to have carcinogenic effects. Retinoids and antioxidants are safer alternatives. A regular facial at least once every 3 or 4 months with antioxidants or AHAs can help control hyperpigmentation.     

Fine Lines and Wrinkles

As we age, the skin’s cells divide slowly and the dermis begins to thin. This process results in loss of elasticity or stretchiness of the skin. Our skin has also had sufficient UV exposure by the time we reach old age. It also starts to lose its ability to retain moisture, make oil or sebum, and to heal. All of these factors contribute to the wrinkling process. Some people may prematurely develop fine lines or wrinkles, either due to internal or external factors. While we can’t control genetics and hormonal factors, other than taking care of our health and practicing a healthy lifestyle, there are ways to prevent them. A healthy diet that consists of healthy fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals; exercising; avoiding too much stress; and avoiding smoking and drinking alcohol and excessive caffeine contribute to well nourished, plump and youthful looking skin that lasts through old age. Avoiding excessive sun exposure and wearing sunscreen is, again, highly important. Free radical damage is the number one cause of premature signs of aging and could even lead to other more serious problems that include skin cancer or melanoma. Retinoids, topical Vitamin A agents, can help stimulate collagen production in the skin, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Creams or moisturizers that contain humectants, emollients, AHAs, and antioxidants applied twice a day help the skin retain moisture, stimulate collagen production and prevent oxidative damage. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Simple DIY Nourishing Face Mask

Simple DIY Nourishing Face Mask with Ripe Papaya, Yogurt and Honey


As a healthcare professional, I try to avoid using products with chemicals whose effects on humans are unknown and may potentially cause damage to our skin rather than protect it. This past year, I have been experimenting with different DIY skin care recipes using ingredients in my kitchen. Not only are the results satisfactory but the savings I make by not going to expensive spas and salons as much as I used to are significant. Taking care of our health and physical appearance is a must and shouldn't cost a fortune. If budget is an issue, there are practical ways to achieve a beautiful and healthy complexion that you can do yourself in the comforts of your home. 

I always keep Manuka honey in my pantry which I regularly put in my green tea beverage and even spoon out as a delicious dessert. While all honeys offer antibacterial properties, as discussed in a previous blog, New Zealand's Manuka honey with a UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) rating of at least 10 is found to have greater healing powers because of its Methyglyoxal and Hydrogen Peroxide components. Manuka honey may also offer antioxidant protection from free radical damage. These antibacterial and antioxidant components make Manuka honey a powerful aid in treating simple or complex and acute or chronic wounds and burns and in skin care in general. When applied topically, Manuka honey draws fluid and other nutrients into the skin which aid in faster wound healing and the growth of new tissue.   

Another item that I normally have in my refrigerator is plain yogurt. Yogurt is not only tasty but it also has great health benefits. Yogurts with "live and active cultures" are an excellent source of probiotics, the good bacteria that can aid gastrointestinal health when eaten in adequate amounts. They are also a good source of other important nutrients that include Calcium, Protein, Potassium, Magnesium and the B-Vitamins. Yogurt may help prevent osteoporosis, decrease risk for yeast infections, and even lower cholesterol. Their health benefits are abundant which make them a perfect anytime snack. Because yogurt comes from milk, it contains lactic acid, a form of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that can help improve skin's texture and hydration level, slough away dead skin cells, moisturize dry skin and prevent formation of lines and wrinkles. 

As a child, I had always enjoyed ripe Papaya fruit as a snack. This deliciously sweet, low-calorie tropical fruit is packed with powerful nutritional and medicinal properties. It is one of the fruits with the highest Vitamin C content, an antioxidant with free radical scavenging, protective, immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties. It is an excellent source of other nutrients that include Vitamin A, another powerful antioxidant that contributes to healthy skin and eye sight; B-Vitamins that play a major role in our body's metabolism; and Potassium and Calcium, minerals that help maintain a healthy blood pressure and are essential for proper smooth skeletal and cardiac muscle functioning. It is also rich in dietary fiber making it beneficial for digestive health. Papaya fruit's papain enzyme content has been used as an ingredient in enzymatic debriding preparations for the treatment of chronic wounds, sores or ulcers with overlying dead tissue. All these components make ripe Papaya fruit a wonderful skin care ingredient that exfoliates and removes dead skin cells to reveal a smoother, healthy-looking and radiant complexion free from blemishes and unwanted discolorations.    

Having discussed the numerous benefits of these three food items, they make wonderful natural skin care ingredients. Here's a simple Do-It-Yourself recipe for a face mask that you can apply to your skin about once a month. Ripe papaya skin has somewhat of an orange color and has soft spots when pressed. You may buy green papaya, put it in a brown paper bag and wait until it ripens which is a fairly quick process, about 3-4 days. Once it fully ripens, peel the skin, cut it up and remove the seeds. Set aside a small piece and store the rest (if you're not cooking or eating it) in the refrigerator for about a week or in the freezer for about a month. Make it a habit to use sunscreen and avoid over exposure to the sun especially after using any product that contains Alpha Hydroxy Acids to prevent sun sensitivity and ultraviolet damage. 

1. Mash the papaya fruit with a fork and place a spoonful in a small bowl.
2. Mix mashed papaya with 4 spoonfuls of plain yogurt.  
3. Add half a teaspoon of (Manuka) honey to the mixture and blend well. 
4. Wash your face with lukewarm water and a sulfate-free cleanser. Pat dry. 
5. Apply the mixture evenly on your face. If you have easily irritated skin, leave it on for about 15 minutes. Otherwise, leave it on for 20-25 minutes. Rinse well with lukewarm water.
6. Apply moisturizer or cream.