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Ever wonder what all those different types of tweezer tips are for? Here’s a quick breakdown of when and why you’d want to use each one:

Slant Tip: Preferred tip for eyebrow shaping and general tweezing. The flat edge of the slant quickly tweezes large surfaces; flip the tweezers to use the pointed edge for precision tweezing (see our 4860).

Rounded Tip: Great for sensitive skin and people new to tweezing. The rounded tip eliminates sharp edges that can pinch or cut the skin while still allowing for close contact and a clean tweeze (see our 4861).

Pointed Tip: Ideal for ingrown hair and splinters. The pointed tip allows the user to isolate single hair more easily for maximum precision. It can also slide gently under the skin’s surface to grasp and remove ingrowns or splinters (see our 4862).

Square Tip: Is most useful for tweezing large, flat surfaces like the chin. Can also be used after body waxing to remove any hair that was left behind (see our 4816).

Claw Tip: Like the square tip, it is used for large flat surfaces and after body waxing. The tip angle can help to improve visibility and make grasping hair easier. The tips also tend to “lock” together more tightly to help grasp the hair and minimize slipping (see our 4887).

Do you love foaming hand soap as much as I do? Well it’s really quite easy to make, and you can use the many scents of our Bath Therapy washes to create your own creative options at the sink! Plus, refilling a soap dispenser saves you money and helps to reduce waste in our crowded landfills.

OK, here’s how you make your own foaming soap. Just make sure you have a foaming dispenser, yes… they are different. Either reuse a foaming soap dispenser
you have, or get one that’s intended for reuse (like these). Take any liquid soap and dilute it with warm water 3:7. In other words, fill it 30% with liquid soap and the rest with water. This ratio may vary depending on the thickness of the soap you’re starting with. Warm water is going to mix with the soap better than cold water. Put the top back on and shake it. In the end it should look fluid and splash around as much as water would. If it’s still thick and flowing slowly, try adding more water. That’s all there is to it! So easy!

Bath Therapy body washes are great for making your own foaming hand soap because you have so many scent options, they’re not just for the bath. Just imagine
the possibilities! You could have a soothing Mint & Rosemary in the kitchen, or one of our new floral scents like Passion Flower in the bathroom! Halloween is coming, imagine having Pink Sugar foaming hand soap to go with all that candy! Use an extra dispenser just for the kids with something like our popular Groovy Grape to get them excited about washing their hands! Maybe you prefer something NPA
certified
like our Bath Therapy Naturals line. Imagine how excited your friends would be to see what you’ve done next if you change your hand soap everytime they come over! There are so many more possibilities than just what’s offered
on the supermarket shelf, allowing you to be creative and have some fun with everyday things in your house!

Bath Therapy Floral LineBelcam is pleased to announce an exciting new line of floral scented washes! These four popular floral scents from Bath Therapy are a rich formula that is efficacious for both body and hair. They are a healthy choice since they do NOT contain parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, petroleum, artificial color, or gluten. The biodegradable formula is friendly for the environment, and pH compatible for the skin.

These four floral scents will be available on our website, www.BelcamShop.com, in a 16.9 fl Oz. (500 mL) container for $5.50, starting next week.

Want to hear an advanced review of the floral scents? We sent some samples to Karen Francis of Associated Content to get her opinion and she just loved them!
Check out Karen’s video review: “Belcam Inc.’s New Floral Body Wash Line, Luxury from head to toe”

Lavender Naturals is a line of bath and body care products that we have formulated without parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, phthalates, artificial fragrance nor color to provide a healthy choice. Since the skin absorbs up to 60% of any substance applied, we have chosen to eliminate these unnecessary ingredients in order to decrease the toxic load on the body.

Lavender Naturals formulas are vegan and gluten-free. The natural products contain no animal byproducts. They are also gluten-free making them safe for those sensitive to gluten.

Lavender Naturals products are calming, refreshing, soothing and purifying. Their formulas contain a blend of 10 natural essential oils that provide aromatherapy and skin care benefits. The essential oil blend used includes lavender, lavandin, bergamot, benzoin, coriander, germanium, labdanum, patchouli, vetiver and frankincense.

Lavender Naturals Bath Salts

Lavender Naturals Bath Salts

Lavender Naturals Bath Salts contain salts from the Dead Sea to help purify the skin and relax tired muscles. The scent is a blend of 10 natural essential oils that provide aromatherapy and skin care benefits. The essential oil blend includes lavender, lavandin, bergamot, coriander , geranium, labdanum, patchouli, vetivert, benzoin and frankincense. For a relaxing bath add a handful of salts under the running water, soak and enjoy. Formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, Artificial Fragrance nor Color to provide a healthy choice.

Lavender Naturals Body Cream

Lavender Naturals Body Cream

Lavender Naturals Body Cream is a light and effective moisturiser for use after the shower or bath. After bathing, massage cream gently into damp skin for a healthy glow. The scent is a blend of 10 natural essential oils that provide aromatherapy and skin care benefits. The essential oil blend includes lavender, lavandin, bergamot, coriander , geranium, labdanum, patchouli, vetivert, benzoin and frankincense. Formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, Artificial Fragrance nor Color to provide a healthy choice.

Lavender Naturals Body Mist

Lavender Naturals Body Mist

Lavender Naturals Body Mist is a gentle mist that can be used anytime of the day to refresh. The scent is a blend of 10 natural essential oils that provide aromatherapy and skin care benefits. The essential oil blend includes lavender, lavandin, bergamot, coriander , geranium, labdanum, patchouli, vetivert, benzoin and frankincense. Spray all over your body after bathing or anytime of the day to refresh. Formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, Artificial Fragrance nor Color to provide a healthy choice.

Lavender Naturals Salt Body Scrub

Lavender Naturals Salt Body Scrub

Lavender Naturals Salt Body Scrub contains Dead Sea salts and canola oil to gently exfoliate and polish the skin. The scent is a blend of 10 natural essential oils that provide aromatherapy and skin care benefits. The essential oil blend includes lavender, lavandin, bergamot, coriander , geranium, labdanum, patchouli, vetivert, benzoin and frankincense. It contains no Parabens, Sulfates, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, Artificial Fragrance nor Color. It is also Vegan, Gluten free and biodegradable. In the shower or bath, massage a small amount of scrub all-over your body and rinse well. Excercise caution as the bottom of the tub or shower will become slippery.

Lavender Naturals Shower Gel

Lavender Naturals Shower Gel

Lavender Naturals Shower Gel is a gentle gel with a pH that is skin compatible. It is refreshing and soothing in the shower or bath. The scent is a blend of 10 natural essential oils that provide aromatherapy and skin care benefits. The essential oil blend includes lavender, lavandin, bergamot, coriander , geranium, labdanum, patchouli, vetivert, benzoin and frankincense. The formula contains no Parabens, Sulfates, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, Artificial Fragrance nor Color. It is also Vegan, Gluten free and biodegradable.

Right now, the any Lavender Naturals product for 25% off the regular price at BelcamShop.com (for a limited time only).

-RyanNY

Hi Everybody!  Ryan has agreed to let me post (a short post!) today because I’m in a shout-it-from-the-rooftops kind of mood about an exciting new product launch here at Belcam.  You guys might remember me as the Beauty Tools Brand Manager (or the gal who pesters Ryan until he lets me post).  🙂  ANYWAY…..

Here’s my exciting news!  We all know how hot tattoo art is and we can find it on just about any product these days.  But our 4 NEW Slant Tip Tweezers are the first metal grooming tools to feature this kind of art.

We are so, so lucky to have a very talented artist on our staff and when I told her our idea for putting some original tattoo art on tweezers, she came through with the most amazing designs.  Of course, we decided that we’d use high quality stainless steel tweezers from Italy as a base for the art.  They feature extra fine tips – the kind that grab the hair every time, not cut it off at the base.  They’re great for shaping eyebrows and for general tweezing, but best of all, they’re just SO COOL to look at.  I pulled one out in front of my friends the other day and they totally freaked out – and these girls aren’t hard core tattoo fans or anything.  Well, one might be.  😉

I promised this would be short ,so I’ll stop myself and just say that we’re all REALLY excited here and hope you all like the tweezers too.  Check them out below and if you want to buy some, you can get them at our online shop BelcamShop.com.

PS  My boss is letting me give a dollar off these tweezers when you use promo code “KIMROCKS” at checkout.  No, just kidding, you don’t need a promo code – we’re automatically giving everyone $1.00 Off.  But if you really want to type Kim Rocks! you can leave a comment to that effect below!  🙂

-Kim

NEW Denco Tattoo Tweezers!

NEW Denco Tattoo Tweezers!

Bath Therapy dee-lish Gingerbread 3-in-1 Body Wash, Bubble Bath, and Shampoo

Bath Therapy dee-lish Gingerbread 3-in-1 Body Wash, Bubble Bath, and Shampoo

If you’re like me and LOVE foaming hand soap you’re sure to have a foaming soap pump dispenser around (yes, it’s different than other pumps). You can take any kind of body wash or liquid soap, water it down and put it in this dispenser and it will come out as foam (see Foaming Hand Soap). Just make sure you dilute it about 3 parts soap to 7 parts water, about 1/4 soap and the rest water. Mix it up well, warmer water works best for this. Each dispenser is different so you may have to try it out and add more water.

Recently I brought home some of our new Dee-Lish Holiday Scent 3-in-1 Body Wash, Bubble Bath and Shampoo to try out, and I just love the scent, Gingerbread! Suddenly I got the bright idea to mix up some for foaming hand soap in the house! I tried it and it’s so great. It really helps add a little holiday cheer! Every time somebody washes their hands the smell of fresh gingerbread radiates through the room. So much fun! The Bath Therapy Dee-Lish Holiday Scents are really great as a 3-in-1 Body Wash, Bubble Bath and Shampoo, and also come in Apple Pie scent, and Orange Truffle! You could have a different scent for each sink in the house! They’re also on sale on our new website right now for just $3.99 for a 500 mL bottle. Check it out, and happy holidays!

-RyanNY

Montgomery Street Pier, March 10, 2009, just across the street from Belcam. Photograph by Ryan Wilson

So I mention every now and then that I work for Belcam. We make bath and body care products, and beauty tools. All of our products are made in a small village in the most northeast corner of New York state, Rouses Point. Well, they all at least pass through here (ie. tweezers from Italyblades from Germany). If you look at us on a map you’ll see we’re just on the border of Vermont and Quebec. It’s a small, picturesque village nestled on the west coast of Lake Champlain. You can find out more about Rouses Point at www.rousespointny.com. The pictures you’ll see on this site are pretty much the view as we walk out the door! Kind of like this one I took last March as I was walking to work. Isn’t it nice to know that these products that keep you clean, beautiful and healthy come from a beautiful place, and not some ugly industrial wasteland somewhere?!

Denco Easy Grip® Heavy Duty Foot Smoother

Have you tried the “as seen on TV” Ped Egg? A lot of people have experienced problems with it, leaving mixed reviews. Just look at some of the customer reviews online and you’ll see tons of complaints: shavings fall on floor anyway, too small file area, hard to handle, and even drew blood! Well, what do you expect from one of those infomercial products?!

I use our Denco Easy Grip® Heavy Duty Foot Smoother regularly to keep my feet soft and smooth. It can be used wet or dry, so I just keep it in the shower as a reminder to use it regularly. Plus, if I use it in the shower the filings just go right down the drain. It’s got an ergonomic, rubber grip that’s easy to hold, and the angle allows you to easily reach all sides of your feet, kind of like a tooth brush. Best of all, there are no blades, so it can’t cut you. The abrasive surface has a coarse grit that never wears, rinses easily, and works in any direction. It quickly smoothes tough calluses and deep cracks, but it’s safe and gentle on non-callused skin too. Keeping the smoother in my shower and using it once a week is a great way to keep my feet nice and healthy, and convenient! A little foot balm afterwards is a good idea too. Even though I like to use mine in the shower, I know several people who like using it on their dry feet, without any water. They say it works great that way, so whether you prefer smoothing your feet while wet or dry, you should really give this foot smoother a try.

Denco Easy Grip® Heavy Duty Foot Smoother is also the number one customer rated foot smoother on Amazon.com, with an average five star rating! You can get it directly from BelcamShop.com.

-RyanNY

There’s been a lot of press this year on new concerns about what is in baby shampoo. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has taken an aggressive role in patrolling product manufacturers and pressuring them to eliminate potentially harmful chemicals from their products. Naturally, baby products are something we want to be very cautious about. You would think that the FDA would assess and regulate baby products for safety. However, the FDA does not have authority to require assessment of safety for pre-market products like it with drugs. As a result, cosmetics products are some of the least-regulated on the market.

In March 2009, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested 48 products and 61% contained both formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane. One of these was Johnson’s Baby Shampoo! The report says:

“Formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane are known carcinogens; formaldehyde can also trigger skin rashes in some children. Unlike many other countries, the U.S. government does not limit formaldehyde, 1,4-dioxane, or most other hazardous substances in personal care products.”

There are labeling laws that require ingredients to be listed, but these chemicals are not ingredients, they are byproducts of preservatives in the products & of processes in making the products. The preservatives (eg. quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea and diazolidinyl urea) are added to eliminate bacteria from forming in the product while it sits in storage or on shelves. However, over time these preservatives can release formaldehyde in the container. 1,4 dioxane is a little different though. The report says that “1,4-dioxane is a byproduct of a chemical processing technique called ethoxylation, in which cosmetic ingredients are processed with ethylene oxide” to make them more soluble in water and foamy. Unless this is done under a low pressure environment, small amounts of potentially carcinogenic 1,4-Dioxane can be produced.

Things don’t have to be this way, there are alternatives that are available to everyone. I previously wrote about Skin Deep, a cosmetic safety database that consumers can use to find safe products. There are products out there that don’t use these preservatives and processes, eliminating the need for concern. And they’re not necessarily expensive products either. The company I work for makes a great line of affordable products for children. The Bath Therapy Baby & Kids line was created to provide parents with a healthy choice for washing their little ones. The line is gentle, tear free, hypoallergenic, and has a light fragrance. Most importantly though, it is regularly lab tested and DOES NOT contain: sulfates, parabens, propylene glycol, phthalates, or artificial colors. I have actually tried Baby & Kids myself, and they are a great body wash for adults too. The Lullabye Lavender is my favorite. The texture of the wash is soft, not too thick, and the scent is very mild, not overpowering. You can read more about Bath Therapy Kids & Baby by clicking here. The line is available on our new website, BelcamShop.com.

-RyanNY

Update 12/21: Don’t just take my word for it! Check out this review of Bath Therapy Kids & Baby at MyFamilyLovesIt.com.

Illustration from "Create Perfect Eyebrows"

Illustration from "Create Perfect Eyebrows"

The company I work for, Belcam Inc., has a great new shopping site. It’s more than an e-commerce site though, it’s also informational. In the Beauty Tools section of the site, you’ll find helpful beauty tips. For example, Create Perfect Eyebrows, a guide on shaping eyebrows. This is a step by step, illustrated guide that tells you how to safely and accurately shape your eyebrows like a pro. It also connects you directly to some product suggestions, and explains why these products, such as high quality tweezers, really make a difference. The guides are printable so you can keep them handy. Check it out at the new BelcamShop.com.

Here’s a complete list of the guides:


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