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Zents: What Exactly is our Concreta?

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Trainings and events are my absolute favorite part of my job with ZENTS. I get to meet and learn from amazing people in the spa and skincare industry and share our rich history. ZENTS is a fusion of the words “Zen” and “Scent” and during our trainings I often ask the question: What does the word Zen mean to you?

I love hearing everyone’s answers and the way their whole body often becomes more relaxed as they think upon the question. You can almost see the words floating in their mind’s eye. Peaceful, calm, attuned, mindful… These words create a symphony of relaxation when we think them. The word that I like to call out the most is “mindful.” ZENTS is an incredibly mindful company, from our charitable giving arm, SEVA, to the way we source our ingredients. We procure our shea butter from women’s co-ops in Ghana, directing and positively affecting the lives of women and families.

One of the ZENTS products that embodies mindfulness the most to me is our Concreta. The Concreta is a rich reparative balm, made for dry, problem areas like cuticles, elbows, heels, feet. It is full of organic shea butter and touched lightly with a spa-grade aroma to create a feeling of delight and relaxation when applying it. Shea butter is incredibly hydrating, anti-inflammatory, and zents2helps to protect the skin’s barrier from dehydration. We source our shea butter from women’s co-ops in Ghana, voting with our dollars, and listening to all our customers who tell us how much they appreciate it. The organic shea butter in the Concreta is housed in a hand-carved stone box, and the story behind that box is symbolic of all that embodies ZENTS.Zents

Founder Cord Coen was in a car accident 19 years ago that left him with debilitating injuries, both to mind and body. After two years of rehabilitation in Boulder, Colorado, his Western doctors told him that they could do no more. He would get no better.

Cord and his family refused to believe this and broadened their search until they found a doctor in India who had helped others in the Boulder community. Cord spent a year and half in recovery in India, performing pranayama for his brain rehabilitation and yoga for his body. He took Tibetan medicine and worked every single day at recovery. Slowly, slowly, his mind and body began to heal. Upon his return to the United States, he knew he wanted to be a part of other people’s healing journeys, and ZENTS was born.

To this day, our Concreta boxes are hand-carved by the family that Cord lived with in India. Every time someone purchases a Concreta, they are helping to put food on a family’s table.

It’s when we take care of ourselves that we are best able to take care of others. Thank you for allowing ZENTS to be a part of your healing journey.

Hot Ingredient: Aloe Vera

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The use of aloe vera dates back to the ancient Egyptians.  They called the plant the “plant of immortality”.  It was presented to dead pharaohs as burial gifts. Stone carvings still exist depicting its uses. The ancient Egyptians utilized the Aloe plant to heal infections, burns, and to clear up the existence of parasites on the body.  Since those times, the use of aloe vera has expanded.  We know it’s a leading therapy for sunburns; however, the additional uses of this magnificent plant may astonish you.  Aloe vera is a cactus plant that belongs to the Liliaceae family. It grows in dry climates such as those found in parts of Africa and India and has been used medicinally for centuries. The plant can grow anywhere from several inches in height to several feet, depending on its growing environment.  Ancient Greeks, Spaniards, and Arabs applied aloe to the body to minimize the occurrence of perspiration and body odor. During the sixteenth century, aloe made its way to the West Indies and shortly thereafter arrived in the Caribbean and America. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, American herbalists relied heavily on Aloe Vera for many of their treatments.

Aloe leaves secrete, a clear gel that when broken off from the rest of the plant that can be applied topically to heal wounds and soothe skin.  The leaves of this plant contain a high percentage of water, essential oil, amino acids, minerals, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, essential fatty acids, and glycoproteins. Aloe Vera has been credited with the following capabilities: antibacterial (minimizing the presence of bacteria), antimicrobial (minimizing microbes), antifungal (minimizing the existence of fungus), anthelmintic (reduction in number of parasites and worms), anti-inflammatory (easing of swelling), antiviral (destruction of viruses), vulnerary (wound healing), purgative (performance as an aggressive laxative), and emollient (acts to moisturize and soothe).


Various studies have been conducted to examine the benefits of the aloe vera plant and it was found that aloe vera does in fact have several properties that are effective in treating a variety of skin conditions, from flaky or dry skin, cosmetic ailments, and hair and scalp problems.   Aloe vera has been credited with the ability to promote cell renewal as it soothes the skin. Taken orally, it is used to cleanse and support the digestive system, infuse energy, and support the immune system. Aloe vera juice is taken internally to provide relief from common digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome and heartburn. It is also taken orally to treat conditions such as osteoarthritis, epilepsy, asthma, and diabetes. Topical applications revolve primarily around the treatment of sunburn, burns obtained from sources other than the sun, and psoriasis.

As an antibacterial substance, it offers relief from the redness associated with acne while helping to heal breakouts. Enhancing the skin’s natural levels of moisture, aloe vera is particularly helpful to use on sensitive or dry skin. Its moisturizing capabilities have led to its use in anti-dandruff shampoos. A rich source of many vitamins including A, B, and C, it is used to brighten skin tone and minimize minor pigmentation issues.  We hope you add aloe vera to your list of “must try” ingredients!


Physical vs. Chemical Sunscreens

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There is a lot of confusion when it comes to sunscreen. One of the most common questions is, “what are the differences between a physical sunscreen and a chemical sunscreen?” Here is a quick and easy guide in the major differences in these types of sunscreens.

Physical sunscreen: Deflects the sun rays off the skin to protect it from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.

-A physical sunscreen contains a zinc oxide or/and titanium dioxide.

-One of the best perks of a physical sunscreen is that is works instantly. There is no wait time between applying the sunscreen and going outdoors.

-Physical sunscreens also are more stable than a chemical sunscreen and generally safe to use.

Chemical Sunscreen: Absorbs sun rays and acts as a filter.

-A Chemical Sunscreen contains any of the following: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate.

-Not as stable and may cause irritation.

-Must wait 20 minutes after applying before going outdoors.

-Chemical sunscreens are very controversial right now and how your body absorbs these chemicals and how these chemicals are affecting our bodies in the long run.

Estie Review: Coola Face SPF 30 Mineral Matte Tint Unscented

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CO037-coola-face-spf-30-mineral-matte-tint-unscentedI’ve been experimenting with different SPF products for a while now. There are literally hundreds to choose from and they all promise to be the best. My biggest complaints with SPF have been texture and smell. The higher the SPF the thicker consistency; the thicker the consistency the greasier my skin felt and continued to get throughout the day. The smell was also a difficult challenge. As an esthetician, I know the crucial importance SPF plays on skin health. However, I’m being honest; I just stopped wearing it because it became confusing and tiresome. What is the right number for me to wear? How much should I put on? I keep wiping my face all day long, is this stuff still on my skin? Finally, I relied on the SPF provided by my makeup. If this sounds like you, then I have great news!

Coola Face SPF 30 Mineral Matte Tint Unscented has been amazing for me. You can defend your skin from both the sun and environmental pollution with a chemical free, mineral matte shield. The matte really helps control oily shine for most of the day. This product glides on silky smooth and sticks to the skin, which makes it easy to wear foundation without any problems. This unscented, lightly tinted formula delivers broad spectrum SPF 30 protection, as it fights the damaging effects of free radicals. Please don’t let the tint fool you or deter you from this product. The tint is almost sheer and provides almost no coverage. Both men and women can use it without problems. This product is suitable for all skin tones.   Antioxidant-infused Borage Seed Oil and Evening Primrose Extract will rejuvenate skin, targeting early signs of aging. Shea Butter hydrates and softens sun-exposed skin while restoring elasticity. Plankton, a naturally water-resistant phyto-protector boosts SPF protection, making this the perfect everyday companion. It works like a treatment for your skin as well as protection. This really nice product comes at a mid-range price and will provide more than sun protection benefits. I highly recommend giving it a try.


-Ideal for normal or oily skin

-Lightly tinted

-Preservative free formula

-Infused with Certified Organic Ingredients

-Water Resistant (40 minutes)

Extreme Sunscreen

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iS Clinical Extreme Protect SPF 30Are you looking for a sunscreen that is broad spectrum that will help with fine lines and wrinkles, as well as smooth the texture of the skin? iS Clinical Extreme Protect SPF 30 helps to rebuild and protect the collagen in the skin. This formula contains powerful DNA protectants that combat the tendency towards skin cancer caused by sun damage. This sunscreen maintains and preserves healthy skin even during environmental exposure and aging. This is the ideal sunscreen to beautify your skin, as well as preserve and reverse the effects the sun can have. The great thing about this sunscreen is that it is great for all skin types and can be worn alone or seamlessly under makeup. So if you are looking for a great sunscreen that loves your skin, check this out!

Get A Better Nights Sleep

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Kneipp Valerian and Hops Deep Sleep Mineral Bath SaltsHaving trouble sleeping? Are you afraid of taking something over the counter? Let’s take things back to the days when medication wasn’t always something you found at the drugstore!

Kneipp offers a wonderful array of bath salts that can heal, relax, detoxify or relieve you. For a relaxing night time experience, draw a bath and add a sachet of the Kneipp Valerian and Hops Deep Sleep Mineral Bath Salts. Valerian Extract and Hops are known to help calm an overstimulated mind and can help with sleep disorders or nervous conditions.

So, take a bath with one of these tonight and thank us in the morning. You can find the product on

Sunscreen for the Scalp

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We have all been there. You spent the entire day out in the sun and are diligent in applying SPF only to discover that Quintessence Q-Sunshade Leave In Hair Conditioner and Scalp Protectant SPF 30you have a burnt scalp. I usually have a sunburn right down the part in my hair. Your scalp is fried to the point that showering and combing your hair has become a form of torture. A few days later your sunburned scalp starts peeling and you have little flakes of skin in your hair. Luckily, there has been an answer to our prayers. It is Quintessence Q-Sunshade Leave in Hair Conditioner and Scalp Protectant SPF 30. It is a broad spectrum SPF 30 that you just apply and leave in, so easy! Plus it helps protect color treated hair and condition, moisturize and nourish. I even use this on my little one; his hair is still baby fine and sparse. I tried using the spray sunscreen to protect his scalp, but it just sprayed onto his hair and not his scalp. With this leave in conditioner, I can rub it onto his scalp without him looking like a grease pit. It is a definite summer essential.

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Tanning Beds: EXPOSED

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Indoor tanning salons are just as popular as fast food restaurants in some cities. They promise the bronzed beauty that comes with a great tan. I am guilty of baking myself in tanning beds for years. I would listen to the teenage girl that worked at the tanning salon tell me how the UVA rays from the beds were safe and it was even smart to get a base tan in the summer to help protect my skin from the Sun. I knew better than to believe all this nonsense, but I just wanted to look tan. Now, I am older and wiser, but I have awful sun damage as a result of my poor tanning decisions. I no longer tan and am diligent about wearing proper SPF. I wish I knew all the harmful effects that I know now.

Here is some real and true information about tanning beds. UVA rays are not safe. In fact UVA rays penetrate deeper into your skin, cause melanoma and premature aging. A typical tanning bed emits about 95% UVA rays and about 5% UVB rays. The UVA rays from a tanning bed are 12 times stronger than what we are exposed to from the Sun. The reason for this is because UVA rays make the skin darker faster. They also cause sagging skin, skin cancer and eye damage, including ocular melanoma (eye cancer). This information was never mentioned while I was shelling out money for my tanning service. I wish I knew that just one tanning session increased my chances of getting melanoma by 20%. And each additional session within that year tacked on another 2% risk. Tanning beds have been moved to “carcinogenic to humans” category which is the highest risk category for cancer. Shockingly, there are more cases of cancer due to indoor tanning than cases of lung cancer due to smoking (study by JAMA dermatology). No, tan is worth the risk. There are plenty of great self-tanners available now that are a safe alternative to tanning. Your future, older self will thank you! A couple of our staff favorites are Kate Somerville360 Body Self Tanning Towelettes and Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Blow Pads.

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Skincare for Baby

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The delicate, soft skin of a baby is so beautiful. Yet, a cranky baby with irritated skin by diaper rash, cradle cap, or another skin condition can be a nightmare for baby and parent alike. Many babies are prone to skin irritations and conditions in the first few months after birth. What is a parent to do?

The good news is that many of these conditions cause no harm and go away on their own. All a parent needs to know is which condition can be treated at home, which needs medical treatment, and how can you prevent any skin condition. Here are a few tips:

If a baby has red skin around the diaper area, it is probably a diaper rash. Diapers that are too tight, wet, or left on for too long cause diaper rash. But brand of detergent, diapers, or baby wipes can cause diaper rash as well. Ways to avoid diaper rash include keeper the diaper area open to the air, changing the diaper more often, and applying a cream. Jurlique Baby’s Soothing Barrier Cream is a great choice because it is infused with calendula and aloe vera. These ingredients will soothe and protect baby’s most delicate areas.

Baby acne is not really acne, not like the type teenagers get. Recent studies relate it to yeast not oil production. Do not pick on baby’s skin if you notice this condition. It will go away on its own. No treatment is necessary.

Eczema and Atopic Dermatitis is another skin condition that babies are afflicted with often. Eczema is an itchy, red rash. Over time it becomes thick, dry, and scaly. It may be seen on elbows, chest, arms, or behind the knees. To treat these conditions, you must identify and avoid any triggers. Use gentle soaps and detergents and apply moderate amounts of moisturizers. Stiefel Sarna Sensitive Anti-Itch Lotion will help alleviate the itch-scratch cycle that often makes eczema and atopic dermatitis worse. In addition, a product like La Roche Posay Lipikar Lipid Replenishing Body Milk will help to restore moisture, provide relief, and help with itch.

You probably shouldn’t worry if your newborn has peeling, dry skin — it often happens if your baby is born a little late. The underlying skin is perfectly healthy, soft, and moist. If your infant’s dry skin persists, talk to your baby’s pediatrician.

Cradle cap can show up during baby’s first or second month, and usually clears up within the first year. Also called seborrheic dermatitis, cradle cap is caused in part by excess oil and shows up as a scaly, waxy, red rash on the scalp, eyebrows, eyelids, the sides of the nose, or behind the ears. Your pediatrician will recommend the best treatment for cradle cap.

Prickly heat is another common skin irritation. Prickly heat appears on the parts of a baby’s body that is prone to sweat. Plenty of parents, including yours truly, over dress and over heat baby’s thinking we are helping them. In fact, we are over heating their little bodies. Dress baby in layers that can be removed when things heat up.

The sun may feel great, but it could be exposing your baby’s skin to the risk of damaging sunburn. Baby sunscreen is imperative. Coola Mineral Baby Organic SPF 50 is a great choice. It is 100% natural environmental shield that is full spectrum and it is 70%+ certified organic with zero chemicals or preservatives. Paraben free and preservative free this lotion is also water resistant for up to 80 minutes.

You can avoid baby skin problems at bath time. Due to baby’s skin being soft and sensitive, bath time should only be for 3-5 minutes. Avoid letting your baby sit or play or soak for long in soapy water.  Follow bath with a baby lotion or moisturizer like Jurlique Baby’s Soothing Moisturizing Cream. Naturally formulated with no harsh chemicals or preservatives, this lotion will help retain moisture in baby’s delicate skin. Mustela Bebe Bathtime Bubbles Set has all you need to make baby bath time fun, efficient, easy, and convenient. Their products are also free of parabens, phthalates, phenoxyethanol.

Most baby skin rashes and problems aren’t serious but, for parents, it could be worrisome. It is important to keep close attention and to watch for any signs of infection such as small, re-purplish dots, yellow fluid-filled bumps, or if baby has a fever or lethargy. Any of these signs, take baby to the pediatrician. Also, when in doubt, contact your pediatrician.

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(Source WebMD, by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD)

Feel Fresh with the Zents Natural Fragrance Kit

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Zents Fragrance KitIf you are extremely sensitive to scents and suffer from migraines at one whiff of a potent fragrance, you can rest assured that Zents will not cause pain or overwhelm your senses.

Born out of a true story of healing, the founder of Zents was in a tragic car accident leaving him without the sense of smell. After doctors told him they couldn’t do anything more for him he went on a holistic journey to wellness and regained his ability to smell. Highly concentrated, synthetic fragrances that once were a mere annoyance, now triggered migraines. Thus, Zents was born. Combining the words Zen and Scents, the founder created a line of fragrances with no synthetics, parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, petroleum and dyes. In the Zents Eau de Toilette Sample Set, you can layer or mix and match with no fear.   There is something for everyone in this kit. From earthy to fresh and fruity to floral you will be sure to find a few that you love within the ten clean scents. Once you find your favorite, you will be happy to know that these aromas also come in lotions, concretas (solid fragrance) and oil concentrates in rollerball bottles. Ooh la la!

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