Just for comparison

A friend of a friend mentioned a product she was using, and I looked it up. It’s the internet age, these things are two clicks away…. Right away I took a look at the ingredients list. I actually had to expand it, and then zoom out to fit it all on the screen for the shot.

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Personally, this freaks me out. And they were charging $40 for less than 2oz of product. Here’s another example:

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This is the back of a bottle of product I used to use on my face! Yikes! I checked some of the ingredients on this one. Here’s the verdict. Mineral Oil and Petrolatum are both petroleum byproducts that cannot be absorbed by the skin, they just sit on top of the surface. Practically useless. Cetyl palmitate is the ester derived from palmitic acid and cetyl alcohol. Cetyl Alcohol is an emulsifier, used to get the oil and the water to mix. Glycerin is essentially a byproduct of soap, and Glyceryl Hydroxytearate and Stearic Acid (which used to be harvested from the stomachs of farm animals and from the bodies of euthanized cats and dogs, but I think they’ve turned to more synthetic production methods) is also an emulsifier, used to make oil and water mix. I skipped down at this point because I was curious about that DMDM Hydantoin, and sure enough, it can potentially cause cancer and is rated a 7 out of 10 in toxicity (highly hazardous to health) by an environmental working group called Skin Deep. Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate is rated moderately hazardous because it can cause organ and tissue damage. The polymers haven’t been studied too much in America, but some production companies warn that repeated use can cause dermatitis. They are manufactured with Benzene, and some of that is proven to linger and be absorbed by the skin and into the blood, particularly in this specific polymer. Benzene is a known carcinogenic chemical, also found in our food. And our skin is the largest organ in our bodies.

Feel free to browse my ingredient list. Do some research. Make a decision that’s right for you. I’ve linked them all to websites that will assist you in getting more information, and some of them might even offer to sell you the ingredient or some other product. I don’t care! Buy it if you want it. My stuff is better for me. It uses all of these ingredients in combinations that heal, cleanse, moisturize and protect my skin in amazing ways. And they all come directly from the plants that have been healing us for eons. Ancient civilizations, indigenous cultures…

The root of all people grows in the earth where it was planted. Intuitively, people know what to do with these plants.

And I’m committed to learning. Every time you purchase one of my products, you are testing my intuitive sense of chemistry. It’s why I love feedback.

And I love these ingredients.

Unrefined, Raw Shea Butter. My primary ingredient. The foundation of my products. It has my name. It’s spectacular. Rich in vitamins A, E, D, F, and K. If you only read about one product, read about this one!

Raw Mango Butter. Found in two products, the Mango My Morning Cream and the Summer Day Skin Drink. Shea butter has more minerals and vitamins, but the absorption rate is faster with Mango, and it leaves a satin finish. There is no oily feeling, and it smells sweeter than Shea. They work fabulously together. Read More.

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Aloe Vera Juice. Found in the Lavender Recovery Cream, the Summer Day Skin Drink, and the Royal Jelly & Aloe Eye Cream. From a plant that grows plentifully in our farm store, and is propagating at fantastic rates. You can find it for sale at most garden stores, and it’s a great plant to have at the house for a summer sunburn. Read More.

Coconut Oil. Avocado Oil. Sweet Almond Oil. Jojoba Oil. Apricot Kernel Seed Oil. Grapeseed Oil. Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Safflower Oil. Castor Oil. Sesame Seed Oil. Camellia Seed Oil. Evening Primrose Oil. Calendula Oil. Argan Oil. Emu Oil. Meadowfoam Oil. Raw Honey. Beeswax. Royal Jelly. Organic Comfrey Leaf. Vitamin E. Essential Oils & Absolutes

All of theses oils are cold-pressed and organic. If you have any other questions, feel free to email me.

SheaByShay@gmail.com

Thank You Comfrey

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About a year ago, on a patch of land in the southern mountains of Colorado, I was introduced to a plant named Comfrey.

I’d never seen it before, but something told me to reach out and touch it’s leaves. They are fuzzy, covered in little white hairs, and feel almost prickly to the touch. It’s an unforgettable texture, and I’m a ‘texture person’ so it was easy to remember despite my typically frustrating inability to keep track of plant names and details. That same summer, I was introduced to another fuzzy plant called Mullein, which is the softest plant in the world as far as I’m concerned, and every camper’s best friend when nature calls.

So after that first hand-shake with those fuzzy leaves, I forgot all about Comfrey, honestly…. Until the one day that my friend Steve badly bruised his ribs.

He’s an older man, somewhat disabled, and he had fallen down the stairs. His bruised ribs were making it difficult to get up and go about his day, and the pain was making him miserable. Worried about him, I told a friend about his ribs  and asked if I should give him an herb called Arnica, that I’ve used with great success on a bruised shoulder. This wise friend recommended that I go to the herb shop in town instead, and ask about a Comfrey Salve. I remembered the prickly plant from Colorado, but had never heard of a salve.  After an hour long discussion with my local herbalist ( a brilliant woman named Ember that I hope to introduce you to via the internet at some point along this journey ) I had been informally educated about the bone-knitting, muscle healing and cell-regenerating qualities of this particular plant. I was also armed with 2 small jars of an amazing (albeit quite expensive) Comfrey Salve. It was green, smelled lovely, and was made right here in New Mexico. I took one to my friend Steve’s house right away. He agreed to apply it to his ribs every day when he got out of the shower, and he told me that he could “tell by the way it smells” that it was good medicine.

I went home and studied the ingredients list on the Comfrey Salve with my computer open to the google homepage. I started doing some research, with the thought in mind that I knew where to find at least 7 organic Comfrey plants the next time I took a trip up to that remote canyon in southern Colorado….

A week later I went to visit my friend Steve. He was standing up straight when he opened the door. Sitting at his kitchen table petting his roommate’s little dog, Blanca, he told me with excitement about applying the salve every day after he last saw me.

“I woke up on the 4th day,” he said, “and the pain was gone.”

Completely? “Totally. Now every time something hurts, I just go get me a little bit of that miracle (stuff),” he says, “and I put that on there, and it goes away.”

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So when I took a trip up to that canyon in Colorado a few weeks later, it was a no-brainer. The plants were huge, bright green, lush and propagating. There were three more of them growing up around the others. I harvested enough large, fuzzy leaves to infuse a quart of oil. And that oil became the base of my first Comfrey Salve.

I sent out 10 jars to friends and family who had sore feet and muscles. Everyone in my house was using it on all of their sore muscles and bruises with wonderful results. And a couple months later I was back up in that same canyon. The Comfrey was starting to flower. I decided on one more harvest before I leave them alone for the summer. I waited for the right time, and infused again. I did it a little differently, with a different oil base, for a different amount of time at a different elevation. The infusion is amazing.

The sunshine in the mountains is incredibly intense, and the weather is so lovely that the hills and forests are irresistible. I blistered my forehead with a severe sunburn that weekend, climbing up the rocks to get the gorgeous views of the valley. As soon as I realized what I had done and how bad the burn was, I opened the jar of my infusion and applied the oil directly to the burn.

The skin literally grew up around the blisters within 3 hours and the burn that covered my entire face had turned to a tan in 12 hours flat. It was incredible.

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I used this oil, a tincture, another amazing plant called Calendula, and a combination of sage oils to create my Sacred Sage & Comfrey Salve. I’ve sent out more of these in the mail to friends and family who have suddenly been injured, broken a bone, or have persistent muscle pain and bruising. I have two more jars of oil infusing right now… and there will be another harvest this fall.

But it’s not an infinite resource in my world, because I want to be gentle with the plants and ensure their continued growth.

I will not over-harvest. I’m grateful to have the privilege of utilizing such an amazing medicinal herb; for me it is an awesome manifestation of divine love & healing that grows right out of the ground we stand on. Entirely complex; amazingly simple.

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If you want to read more about Comfrey, try a quick google search. And if you stumble across any good articles, send me an email or post them on my facebook page. If you have an experience you’d like to share, I’d love to hear about it. And if you have an ailment or a severe condition that would benefit from one of my products, send me an email at SheabyShay@gmail.com and I will see if I have a jar for you. Much Love and Gratitude,

Shay

To Grow Together

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Both of these unique Comfrey Salves have ingredients that are specifically and intuitively combined for their benefits to the skin. The next batch will probably be a clever mix of both.

I’ve linked the ingredients list to internet articles regarding their health benefits, so it doesn’t require that you spend a lot of time searching. There is more thorough information available to people who have the time to look for it, but these articles give a great overview. It saves me a little time because I don’t have to paraphrase everything, and still gets you the info that you need. I deeply believe in checking ingredients. I want to feel confident & comfortable with the nutrients that I give my body through my food. Even Skin Food.

If you would like to read about my personal discovery with comfrey, just check the post titled “Thank You Comfrey.”

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The Original Skin-Healing Comfrey Salve Ingredients:

comfrey leaf in avocado oil, raw shea butter, raw beeswax, safflower oil, vitamin E, essential oils of sage, tea tree, birch & patchouli

2.5 oz in a glass jar

$20 + $5 shipping and handling anywhere in the country. Allow 1 week for processing and 7-10 days for shipping. I’ll mix up a batch just for you!  And remember, I will immediately contribute 10 dollars of this purchase to charitable projects in my community. This is Skin Care that Gives.

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If you cannot afford the retail price, I offer one-time wholesale discounts to friends and family and people who are having a hard time. Just shoot me an email at SheaByShay@gmail.com and I will cut the price in half for you! Much Love!

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Sacred Sage & Comfrey Salve Ingredients:

comfrey leaf in extra virgin olive oil, raw shea butter, raw beeswax, calendula oil, comfrey tincture, essential oils of sage & clary sage

2.5 oz in a glass jar

$20 + $5 shipping and handling anywhere in the country. Allow 1 week for processing and 7-10 days for shipping. I’ll mix up a batch just for you!  And remember, I will immediately contribute 10 dollars of this purchase to charitable projects in my community. This is Skin Care that Gives.

BUY NOW

If you cannot afford the retail price, I offer one-time wholesale discounts to friends and family and people who are having a hard time. Just shoot me an email at SheaByShay@gmail.com and I will cut the price in half for you! Much Love!

And don’t forget, you can always donate to our charitable projects without buying a product. Just click on the Donate Now Button in the top menu bar. Thanks for your help! Tax receipts are available for any donation over $50 and any product purchase over $100.

Thanks again for your purchase!

Giving Jars

Remember I said that for every jar you buy, I’ll give one away?

So when you make a purchase, you help me help other people in all sorts of ways!

Since the beginning of May, (thanks to you all) we’ve given away 95 jars of these skin-healing products to 61 people in 23 different states!

Several people needed more than 1 product for specific health concerns relating to their skin. These issues have ranged from dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis to skin cancers and burns; even radiation damage caused by exposure to depleted uranium in Iraq. The recipients of these jars have reported that each of these skin conditions dramatically improved or completely healed with the use of these products.

I’m not a doctor, but that sounds like a great track record to me! And it motivates me to keep on spreading the Love out there to people who need relief. I’m hoping that eventually Shea By Shay will make it to all 50 states! If you know me and my history, then you know why that matters. And if you want to learn more about me, (your personal skin food creator) you can read about my 50 state, 50 week journey(s) on Project-5050.com

If you need high quality skin care, especially for a medical issue, and don’t have enough money for it, send me an email at SheabyShay@gmail.com and I will see if I have a jar for you!

If you know someone with a skin condition who doesn’t have a budget to work with, and you would like me to send your Giving Jar to someone specific, include a note with the additional address when you place your order through paypal. With gratitude for your purchase, I’ll cover the shipping and handling to your friend myself.

Spread the Love!

Tangerine Cream

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This cream was initially just an experiment to see what I thought of Mango Butter, and I fell in love.

Mango Butter is unique to Shea Butter in consistency and absorbtion. So mixing the two together has a multiplicity of benefits. I’ve noticed that the super fast absorption of Mango makes it ideal for morning application, especially as a primer for mineral makeup.

Tangerine and sweet orange add a light tropical aroma, and for people looking for something mild and refreshing, this is going to brighten your mood. If you’ve ever noticed that someone in the room is peeling a citrus while you’re tasting something sweet, then you have an idea what this smells like.

Mango My Morning Ingredients:

raw and unfiltered shea butter, raw mango butter, organic cold pressed jojoba oil, apricot kernel seed oil, raw unfiltered honey, and the essential oils of tangerine and sweet orange.

2.5oz in glass jar

$20 + $5 shipping and handling anywhere in the country. Allow 1 week for processing and 7-10 days for shipping. I’ll mix up a batch just for you!  And remember, this is Skin Care that Gives.

BUY NOW

If you cannot afford the retail price, I offer one-time wholesale discounts to friends and family and people who are having a hard time. Just shoot me an email at SheaByShay@gmail.com and I will cut the price in half for you! Much Love!

And don’t forget, you can always donate to our charitable projects without buying a product. Just click on the Donate Now Button in the top menu bar. Thanks for your help! Tax receipts are available for any donation over $50 and any product purchase over $100.

Skin Care that Gives

These products are raising funds to Spread the Love in our surrounding community & throughout the country. All of all proceeds go to projects that provide assistance and encouragement. Sometimes that means purchasing a pair of glasses and a clean pair of socks, sometimes that means a ride to the doctor, sometimes that means throwing a birthday party. But these products hope to contribute to something beautiful, simple and profound.