How do I know if my skin is dry or dehydrated?

Remember all skin types can also be dehydrated.

The terms “dry skin” and “dehydrated skin” can sometimes be confusing, and yet it is not the same problem!

Dehydrated skin is a transient condition, when dry skin is a type of skin

Dehydrated skin is caused by an alteration of the skin barrier. The hydrolipidic film is damaged, and the skin is more reactive to external aggressions.

 The Result: lack of flexibility, tightness in certain conditions (temperature and humidity of the place), and appearance of small fine lines or expression lines. In the case of dehydrated skin, these symptoms are not constant; they are temporary and appear periodically. For example, it is not uncommon to have dehydrated skin when winter arrives, because skin loses its natural hydration with the cold.

To know if you have dry skin, there are some typical clinical signs: You experience tightness, irritation, and even itching throughout the day.

It’s a persistent discomfort that has accompanied you since childhood; it’s your skin nature, not a passing state. In people with dry skin, it is not uncommon to see fine cracks on the skin, and sometimes even cracks.

 Although dry and dehydrated skins are two different things, certain “risk factors” are common: extreme temperatures, skin aging, genetic inheritance, taking drugs or contact with aggressive products. If the skin can be soothed with appropriate care, identifying the cause of dryness or dehydration is essential.

Dry or dehydrated skin: the difference between hydration and nutrition

To better understand the difference between dry and dehydrated skin, we must first understand the difference between hydration and nutrition of the skin. Our skin is naturally made up of an aqueous part, which is a mixture of water and sweat. This aqueous part is supplemented by a lipophilic part, that is to say lipids, essentially sebum. On normal skin, these two phases are perfectly balanced, which allows the skin to be supple and comfortable, with an adequate dose of water and lipids.

Water is the crucial element of our skin tissue; it travels from the dermis to the surface of the skin, hydrating all the intermediate layers in its path. This phenomenon is called Insensible Water Loss. When skin is dehydrated, the hydro lipid film, which protects the skin and regulates its loss of water, suffers from deterioration. It no longer stops the loss of water, creating a lack of hydration.

 

In dry skin, there is a natural lack of lipids in the skin. You can have dry skin without having dehydrated skin. In this case, the skin does not need moisturizing care, but a nourishing care, which will nourish the skin with lipids to restore comfort.

In order to have less skin, that is not so dry it is essential to nourish your skin, by providing it with lipids. This lipid intake will create a barrier, which will protect your skin from external aggressions. Thus, the skin cells remain well bonded to each other, maintaining the balance of the skin.

 

To soothe your dry skin, opt for a nourishing cream rich in lipids, or an oily serum adapted to your skin.

At Morganna’s Alchemy, we work a lot with Cold press Mango butter, an excellent hydrator with the many skin healing properties

What is the definition of Ecocert-Cosmos standard?

Morganna’s Alchemy has been following the Ecocert standard since inception almost 14 years ago.

We love Green Chemistry, and would like to let you know what the values of picking ingredients with the ecocert label, actually means.

Recently, there has been a movement within various organization to bring together there eco-friendly standards all together.  The new name of Ecocert, is therefore now “Cosmos”

The COSMOS-standard is a new cosmetic certification developed to harmonize various certifications and labels in order to create one standard that is internationally recognized for natural and organic cosmetics.

The “Cosmetic Organic Standard” was officially launched in February 2017, and is a result of Five European associations and certification bodies – ECOCERT (France), Cosmebio® (France), BDIH® (Germany), AIAB/ICEA (Italy) and Soil Association® (UK) – who were working together on the promotion of organic and natural products.

The main goal, is to uphold the inspection and certification of organic and ecological products, eco-friendly systems and respect for the environment throughout the production chain.

Today, over 1,600 companies, and more than 25,000 products sold into more than 45 countries are certified under COSMOS.

The guiding principles are to:

  • promoting the use of products from organic agriculture, and respecting biodiversity
  • using natural resources responsibly and respecting the environment
  • using processing and manufacturing that are clean and respectful of human health and environment
  • integrating and developing the concept of “Green Chemistry” instead of using petrochemicals
  • providing transparency for consumers

The COSMOS-standard surrounding the origin and processing of cosmetic ingredients are classified into five categories:

  • Physically processed agro-ingredients – organic agriculture that reflects pure or allows simple processing;
  • Chemically processed agro-ingredients – certifiable by using agricultural organic raw materials and manufacturing processes that are clean and authorised, all under the umbrella of “Green Chemistry”;
  • Water – non-certifiable and must comply with hygienic standards;
  • Minerals and ingredients of mineral origin – non-certifiable, requires clear environmental rules in their use, and in further processing;
  • Other ingredients – a very limited list of preservatives and some ingredients allowed as long as there are no effective natural alternatives available to ensure the safety of consumers or efficacy of the product.

COSMOS-standard certified products are labeled with the signature “COSMOS ORGANIC” or “COSMOS NATURAL”, depending on their certification level.

THE PACKAGING

The packaging must be ecological, recyclable and reduced to a minimum. An environmental waste management plan for the production site must be established.

 

 

What is the one product that can be used on every part of your body? (virtually)

It is the Dry oil of course.

 

910bedfdc5e04ca2882fa5690eddb0e5 (1)

 

Well, it is an oil that does not leave a greasy feeling on the skin while providing your skin with nourishment. Dry oil is fluid and penetrates quickly.  Its application is pleasant and leaves a satin finish that appeals to women.  It has the same benefits as the classic body oil without the disadvantages (not greasy, does not leave marks on clothes …)

This product is quick and easy to use every day. In addition, it is suitable for all skin types! It mostly contains organic vegetable oils that are bursting with benefits.

The oils contained in dry oils are particularly rich in unsaturated fatty acids (omega-6). They each, have specific properties for targeted actions.While vegetable oils have an oily texture, dry oils penetrate quickly because they have more affinity for the skin. A dry oil will therefore be easily absorbed by the epidermis, leaving a slightly satiny effect.To obtain a dry oil, a vegetable texture agent and an emollient agent derived from coconut are added to the vegetable oils, which will make it possible to reduce the fatty aspect of the oils and give a slippery effect.

 

 

For satiny looking skin

On the face or body, alone or mixed with your daily face cream, apply to the skin to moisturize, nourish it, protect it from drying out.Sometimes when you apply it on your face, it may be better to use it at night, mixed with your cream.

On Your entire body

Use it on all dry areas using light massages. It can also be used on exposed parts for a touch of shine.

Enjoy some with your bath Pour a few drops and take full advantage of the moisturizing properties of dry oil. Close your eyes and enjoy its delicate fragrance… relaxation awaits you  

Dry oil is best applied on damp skin

To make your dry oil more easily absorbed, do not hesitate to apply it to lightly moistened skin, right after a shower 

 

Apply to your nails

Do proceed finger by finger and rub for a few minutes while lingering on the cuticles. You will be surprised how much they grow longer and stronger.

Apply to hair

Before shampooing, on dry hair, leave on for an hour , or overnight, for a reinforced hair fiber.

• Before blow drying, apply on the entire length and ends to protect from drying out and to repair damaged ends.•

As a finishing treatment, just after blow drying, to revive shine, provide softness and suppleness to the hair and facilitate styling.

 Always be careful on which dry oil you choose

Oils are sometimes, hydrogenated, esterified or refined. This means they are obtained through chemical processes with harmful environmental impact.Hydrogenation is a chemical reaction. This involves adding a molecule of dihydrogen by catalysis in order to modify the structure of fatty acids contained in vegetable oil. This industrial technique has the consequence of producing an instability of the molecule composing vegetable oil – transformed into saturated fatty acids -, deteriorating it and therefore altering its virtues.

 

Always look organic and non-refined oils.  They have not lost any of their original fatty acids and properties.Look at Morganna’s Majestueuse Dry oilhttps://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/majestueuse-oil/

What is the Scandinavian Happiness Recipe?

The inhabitants of the Scandinavian countries are said to be some of the happiest in the world.  Do you know why? Read more

How to keep your nerves from cracking this holiday season

Adaptogenic plants have become very known and popular for their many virtues of helping our system achieve homeostasis. This Means that our body becomes happy and, not stressed. They will help to reduce our cortisol levels, which is the hormone that puts us in a constant flight or fight mode.

The holidays are here and also the stress that goes with shopping, cooking, and still making ends meet.  We are happy to see our loved ones, however the reality is that it still adds stress to our lives.

The following tonic is a combination of various leaves and roots known for their relaxing and calming effects.

You can find most of them at your neighborhood organic stores and it tastes good too.  

You can also, prepare this and serve to the entire family!

Here is a great recipe to a special tonic that will help relax your nervous system.

 

Morning tonic for the nervous system

 Preparation time for infusion: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 500 ml of simmering (almost boiling) water

¼ cup of sacred basil leaves

¼ cup of nettle leaves

 ¼ cup of gotu kola

1 C. liquorice root powder

Preparation: Infuse the herbs in water for 5 to 7 minutes.

Filter and serve.

Did you know that orgasms are just as good as a skin cream?

Some Scottish researchers did a study that says “At least three sexual relationships a week help to slow aging” concluded by the researchers at the Royal Hospital in Edinburgh.   Regular sexual activity makes you appear 5 to 7 seven years younger, so keep at it…..

Dr. David Weeks says in the British Psychological society says the pleasure we get from sex is a definite way to reduce skin aging.  His team has even conducted a study by following over 3500 people aged between 20 to 104 years of age.  After 10 years of following those people, the team concluded that aside from people who exercise, only those who have regular sex have beautiful glowing skin.

Imagine having great pleasure and, getting firmer more plump skin.  When we orgasm, we produce more Oxytocin, a neuropeptide that is commonly called the hormone of love.  It helps to keep the uterine walls firm as well.

Sexual activity does increase the secretion of hormones.  The one that is of interest to us is Estrogen, the female sex hormone; it improves the production of natural collagen, the cement that makes our skin supple. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19138375

During an orgasm, the body temperature also rises and causes some sweat. As it  has a sauna like effect, by detoxifying and, cleansing skin and cleaning pores.

The blood flow goes to the surface of skin, making it brighter with fresh complexion.

Of note, another benefit of orgasms is that is also help in getting better sleep. Over 70% of women polled say that after an orgasm they sleep a lot better.

Even before or during menopause it is always recommended to try and maintain a very active sex life.  It will reduce your hot flashes, and any other aches and pains related to that time period.

Take a look at our Luvoil Venus for more information on how to get help with better orgasms.

Top foolproof ways to tighten a sagging neck

 

Exercising the muscles of your face and neck, can be very beneficial and you will see results rapidly with the following methods.

To firm flabby neck skin, it is possible to do many exercises that stretch and work the muscles of the neck and those of the lower part of the face. Repeat these exercises once or twice a day to strengthen and firm your neck

  • Place one hand on your forehead. Then push your head against your hand without moving your head forward. You should feel the muscles in your neck contract. Hold this position for about ten seconds. Then, squeeze your hands behind your head and push the head back to create pressure. Keep this position for about ten seconds.
  • To do this exercise, you will have to sit with your back straight. Close your mouth and flip your head to point your chin to the ceiling. Then, operate your mouth, mimicking a chewing movement. Thus, you will work the muscles of your neck and your face. Repeat the movement twenty times
  • Sit with your back straight, close your mouth, and lift your head so that your chin is pointing towards the ceiling. This time, the movement is to make your lips work as if you are going to kiss someone. Repeat this exercise twice. It is possible to feel the same sensation as in the previous exercise, but in fact you will work different muscles in the face and neck
  • Be careful doing this exercise so you do not strain your neck. Lie on your bed and let your head hang out of bed. Slowly and carefully lift your head towards your chest, using your neck. Lower your head gently. Repeat the movement about five times.

Always hydrate and treat the area with a specialized firming lotion for the neck.

Our Neck and Decollette Cream with Eldelweiss Stem Cells, is specially made to firm and tighten the jowl area.

Learn how Topical CBD can increase Women’ Sexual Wellness

Communication and emotional connection with your partner contributes to satisfying sex life. Today, there is an increased interest in the influence of CBD on sexual wellness, especially in women above that age of 45. Topical CBD is best as it gives you fast results of enhanced arousal and lubrication.

Are you in your menopause? Apply topical CBD to your genital organs, to derive the following benefits:

  1. Decreased Pain

Women aged 45 and above may experience pain during sex. This attributed to trauma from childbirth, hormonal imbalances, or injuries. Also, because the lining of their vagina is thin and produces less lubrication. These issues put a damper on their sex life, and you find that they do not want to engage. When you apply topical CBD to the inside of your vagina and outer, it is absorbed by the walls of your vagina. It helps in relieving the pain in the pelvis due to inflammation. It eases the tension in the pelvic muscles, which restricts penetration. And it also acts as a lubricant during sex. The use of lube leads to intense arousal, enjoyable, and pain-free sex life.

  1. Increased Sensitivity

The level of your arousal and lubrication influences penetration during sex. Women above 45 years often experience little or no sensation during sex. This is because they have low levels of estrogen. Which reduces lubrication and blood flow to the thin vaginal walls. The application of lube CBD will help increase blood flow through the vaginal walls. It also increases lubrication. This results in enhanced arousal and a well-lubricated vagina. Thus, easy penetration and mind-blowing orgasms.

  1. Increased Arousal

Estrogen ensures the thickness of blood vessels and blood flow in the genitals. It also enhances arousal, which makes sex feel amazing. Women in menopause have little or no estrogen. This means thin blood vessels, and no blood flow, hence no arousal. When topical CBD is applied to the vulva and vagina, it acts as a vasodilator. It increases the circulation of blood to the vessels. This enhances the chances of arousal and better penetration during sex. Also, the chances of having orgasms are enhanced.

Women who are in their menopause are not to shy away from wanting a better sexual life. If you are experiencing a snag in your sexual wellness, write to us and find the help you need info@morganna.northernagency.co.uk

Surprising reasons we get dark circles and how to get rid of them

The skin of the eye contour is extremely fragile, and much thinner than facial skin, so it shows the first signs of aging. This zone is the most likely to suffer damage as a result of different assaults (UV, pollution, stress, smoke, etc.) and is constantly in use, as we blink an average of 20,000 times a day. Under eye hyperpigmentation, known as dark circles, is classified based on its appearance

a- pigmentation (brown color)

b- vascular (blue/pink/purple color)

c- structural (skin colored)

d- mixture of these

The appearance of dark circles and puffy eyes may be caused by multiple factors, including:

– inflammatory reactions

– allergy

– fatigue

– pollution

– skin irritation

– aging

– accumulation of melanin

– deficient microcirculation of the skin due to a lack of elasticity in the capillaries

However the  main reason is

Microcirculation:

 Acupressure is a simple treatment you can do yourself which helps boost blood circulation flushing out accumulated toxins from the delicate skin under your eyes. This is also helpful for bags under the eyes.

Do this simple exercise daily.

Close your eyes

Using your ring finger, gently press/release, press/release, moving from the inside     corner to the outside corner.

Repeat 10 – 15 times.

Then the exercise below the other eye.

Take care of your dark circles and puffy eyes with http://www.morganna.northernagency.co.uk/product/blackgold-djondjon-eye-gel-dark-circles-and-puffyness/

Learn to love your legs again, with these amazing toning tricks.

Skin covers our entire body! We need to take care of all the parts!

 

Part 1 of 4

It is good to give your legs some attention morning and night. It doesn’t take very long, only some regularity.

  1. Shower: After you have properly rinsed, please do wipe yourself in a delicate manner. Do not rub your legs with a lot of energy. Always be gentle. Use a body wash that is pH neutral to your skin’s pH.  At the end of your shower, try switching to cold water (as much as possible). Cold water will stimulate your skin and help it to be firmer.

 

  1. Bath time: Do make it a pleasurable moment while taking care of your skin. Add some light oils such as Ylang Ylang.  Always rinse off with some cold water upon finishing.

 

  1. Cold water sit down: Twice a week, do sit down in your bathtub with your legs straight, Put a jet of cold water from your ankles all the way to your buttocks going up and down. Until your legs are completely covered.  Stay in a few extra minutes if possible.

 

  1. Exfoliate: Twice weekly, feel free to take your coffee grinds with you in the shower and rub all over your legs all the way to the ankles! It will not only give your immediately make your skin soft and supple, but it will help to prevent cellulite, as caffeine is a well-known blood circulation improvement ingredient.

 

  1. Hydrate: Do pick a very hydrating lotion that contains Aloe, Butters and other very hydrating components that will not leave a greasy feel. See the Mango Madness Body Lotionhttp://www.morganna.northernagency.co.uk/product/morgannas-mango-madness/

 

  1. Firm: It is indispensable to own and use a firming cream that will limit the amount of cellulite and skin elasticity damages. Many vegetable based active ingredients are able to reduce the destruction of Collagen and elastin, the two proteins that keep our skin firm. See the Freshly Ground Coffee cream http://www.morganna.northernagency.co.uk/product/freshly-ground-coffee-anti-celullite-cream/

6 Crucial Requirements to buying good CBD OIL

1.   The Source of Your CBD Matters

The hemp plant is a hyper accumulator. It takes in anything that is present in the ground that it was cultivated and farmed. If a hemp plant grew on rich soil, it will be of high quality that can produce CBD oil in the same high-quality as well.

The safest CBD oil will be grown in an area where the government requires farmers to be certified and have their fields frequently tested for toxic substances.

 

  1. Extracted using CO₂

The best CBD oils are extracted using safe solvents like supercritical CO₂. It ensures a safe extract is produced free of any additives or additional chemicals — which is often the case with other extraction methods.

Supercritical CO2 extraction requires expensive equipment, more complex refinement process and production expertise, but it ensures that CBD oil maintains its purity all through the process

 

  1.  If the price is too good to be true!!!

High-quality CBD oils aren’t cheap to make, so if the price is too low, that’s a good sign that it was made from inferior or contaminated raw materials, sub-standard solvents, or it doesn’t contain very much, if any, actual CBD.

  1. The product label includes the amount of CBD

Good CBD oil made by a reputable company will tell you how much CBD you’re getting right on the label. Look for either the concentration or the total number of milligrams in the bottle. Higher numbers mean a more potent product. To be considered effective, the bottle should contain 250–1000mg per 30ml bottle.

    5.  Careful of Vaping Products that contain Propylene Glycol

Vape pens produce little smoke and are easy to transport and use. They can they can easily go undetected. But the concentrated oils used in vape pens of CBD might contain a solvent called propylene glycol. When burned at high temperatures, propylene glycol can degrade into formaldehyde, a chemical that can irritate the nose and eyes and could increase the risk of asthma and cancer. To avoid this problem, consider CBD vape pens that advertise “solvent-free oils.”

 

 

    6.  Make sure it Contains under 0.03% THC

CBD oils made from hemp may contain trace amounts of THC—usually 0.03% or less—but it’s not nearly enough to get you high. However, sub-standard processing can boost the levels of THC to a percentage that can create a psychoactive effect that can be uncomfortable for some. Not only is this a sign of a low-quality product, it could even make the CBD oil illegal where you live.

Top 4 skin changes that come with menopause.

  1. Breasts: They begin to have small greasy clusters separated by fibrous bays, come to inhabit almost the entire breast. Paradoxically, the subcutaneous fatty tissue is reduced and the skin of the breasts becomes thinner. This development accentuates sagging

 

  1. Skin aging is accentuated and becomes more visible. It results in a thinning of the skin, a distension and a fragility at the origin of a digging by the wrinkles. Collagen and elastin fibers are fewer and less effective.

 

  1. Skin Dehydration is accentuated by a loss of hyaluronic acid and for certain skins, the disappearance of female hormones leaves the field free for male hormones and acne.
  2. The most common disorders include vasomotor erythema (redness), rosacea and pigment spots

 

 

The Miracle actions of Vitamin C

Vitamin C has a lightening and antioxidant action it is used to prevent aging, reduce wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles and spots. It promotes better healing of the epidermis and limits skin inflammation. As for the age spots, it reduces the oxidation linked to melanin. It is therefore acclaimed for its global action because it gives a boost to your skin for a good-looking effect in a few weeks.

Here is a great natural skin Brightening Mask DIY

In a small cup or bowl

1 Open and empty 10-12 capsules of 500 mg Vitamin C (powder capsules)

  1. Add spoonful of Collagen Powder
  2. Add 2 spoonful’s of Rose Water
  3. Add 3 -4 spoonful’s of lime juice

Mix together and apply under the eyes and all over face.

Leave on for fifteen minutes and rinse off.

Results are beautiful, fair looking skin

5 top Symptoms of stressed skin, and, how to alleviate them

The five symptoms of stressed skin are:

  1. Accelerated aging
  2. Adult acne
  3. Dullness
  4. Dehydration
  5. Irritation

Some incredible research has been done on the benefits of mushrooms and how they can help to alleviate the symptoms of stressed skin.

What exactly are the benefits of using mushrooms in your skincare?

Boasting a 7,000-year history of use, the mushroom helps to reduce visible redness, calm sensitivity and irritation, as well as containing powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients that leave your skin looking fresh and feeling strong and hydrated.

Anti‑inflammatory: Inflammation and excessive free radical activity contributes to a number of skin problems. Many mushrooms have been found to have anti-inflammatory properties; as a result, their use promotes healing and fights inflammation. Not only do some mushrooms hold anti-inflammatory potential, but mushrooms are high in Vitamin D, which can be healing when applied to acne. Mushroom extracts can be a great ingredient if you are struggling with skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, and acne.

Not only are mushrooms known to be a rich source of skin-friendly B vitamins, but they’re also known to be a topical anti-inflammatory, rich in dark-spot-lightening kojic acid, and researched for their powerful free-radical fighting properties.

Keep a look out for Morganna’s Black Gold DJondjon Mushroom cream and Djondjon Serum to heal your skin.

Top 10 tips to prevent and treat dry skin

  1. Use moisturizing products adapted to your skin, ideally based on urea.
  2. Apply your moisturizing product to your skin while still humid/ wet
  3. Regularly and generously apply a moisturizing product to the face, hands and the rest of the body.
  4. Use a neutral or slightly acidic cleanser
  1. Opt for showers to baths, lukewarm (or cool) water in hot water. Space them and limit their duration.
  2. Pat dry your skin after a shower rather than rub
  3. Wash your hands with cold water.
  4. Dress appropriately especially during extreme weather conditions: winter, sunny and dry weather, etc.
  5. Humidify the interior of your house and ventilate it regularly •
  6. Adopt a balanced diet and drink regularly.

What’s behind the Magic of Plant stem cells?

Think of stem cells as blank scrabble pieces, they can fill in where there are needed because they have the ability to turn into specialized cells

In plants, they are totipotent stem cells able of regenerating the entire plant Its maintenance depends on: Self Renewal Cell differentiate Make new cells

How do they work? Scientists push stem cells to overproduce bioactive compounds to further boost the efficacy of the plant stem cell-derived active ingredients.

KEY BENEFITS

-season-independent

-HTN allows the in vitro culture of plant stem cells in highly controlled conditions and enables to take advantage of the variety of natural substance Is used in cosmetics for being very environmental-friendly,.

-NO pesticides,

-Occupy very little space,

-Consuming very small amounts of water.

-No risk of pollution or contamination

 -Able to cultivate Rare and protected plants (Ex. Edelweiss and Orchid)

We have mastered the culture of cells from small parts of plants, like leaf, root and stem fragments.

Plants of cosmetic interest have been limited for use due to slow growth, seasonal harvest, variation of active concentration from plant to plant and harvest to harvest and existence of toxic metabolites.

Skincare advantages: All plant stem cells provide powerful antioxidant effects ,guard against inflammation, neutralize free radicals and reverse sun. They can boost collagen, protect against sun damage, brighten repair damaged cells.

Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum) is an herbaceous plant that grows on mountain ranges from the Pyrenees and Alps to the Himalayas. Over time it has developed many natural defenses in order to survive the extreme climates in which it grows. It has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties

The edelweiss plant grows in harsh climatic conditions and produces active substances that can protect against harmful components such as UV rays. The Institute for Biotechnological Research in Italy has studied edelweiss stem cells for its anti-aging benefits. The protective substances of the plant are used to guard the skin, as it is used in the plant itself. The edelweiss cells contain high concentrations of Leontopodic acids A and B, which exhibit strong antioxidant properties. The firm also reports that the anti-aging ingredient helps control the degradation of collagen and hyaluronic acid in the skin. The ingredient is prepared by cutting a small amount of plant biomass into tiny pieces and placing it in a culture medium. The plant stem cells surround the cut and form a wound healing tissue (the callus), which can be used in skincare products

5 great ways to use dark chocolate !

  1. Chocolate as a way to relieve stress: Studies show that consuming 40 gr of dark chocolate every day for 14 days will help lower stress hormones in most individuals.
  2. After analyzing the results of 7 studies in which 114,000 people participated, scientists from the University of Cambridge have reached a conclusion: it is sufficient to consume high-dose chocolate to reduce by 37% the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The protective effects of dark chocolate on the cardiovascular system are mainly due to its flavonoids. They have the power: to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, to increase the good cholesterol, to prevent the oxidation of the bad and to reduce it, to prevent blood platelets from aggregating, to improve the elasticity of the wall of the blood vessels.
  3. Chocolate contains many vitamins (B3 and C, for example) and minerals, such as manganese, magnesium, potassium, selenium and copper. There are also flavonoids, very antioxidant substances that are found in anthocyanins, these molecules that give their purple-black color to plants (blackberries, eggplants, black currants, etc.). By various chemical reactions, all these elements act as powerful antioxidants
  4. Hair regrowth Mask: 1 bar of dark chocolate- 2 spoonsfuls of coconut oil – 1 spoonful of ground red pepper. In a bowl, melt chocolate and coconut oil, reduce heat and let cool down. Apply mask all over hair and scalp- let sit for 20 minutes. Wash as usual. Do this once weekly, for a full volume of hair. Chocolate contains Magnesium, which helps to regrow thick hair.
  5. mature skin requires more attention. To slow the aging of the skin, there are natural assets that, in the form of masks, can be very effective provided they are applied quickly to prevent them from oxidizing. Discover 3 natural skin care recipes and face mask for mature skin.

Here is a quick at home DIY with Chocolate

The antioxidant face mask with chocolate

Wrapping, exfoliation, care and facial mask, chocolate is the star product of natural cosmetics. It is suitable for mature skin because it protects free radicals responsible for aging skin. Ingredients : 50 g dark chocolate 1 drop of coconut oil 2 drops of geranium essential oil

Melt chocolate and coconut oil in a bain-marie or microwave. Once this mixture has cooled, add the essential oil. Then apply the mask on the face using a brush avoiding the eye area and lips. Leave for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse with clear water.

Secrets to fix Dark Circles!

  • Dark Circles are classified according to their appearance:

.1.pigmentation (brown color)

2.vascular (blue/pink/purple color) or a mixture of these.

  • Dark circles and puffy eyes may be caused by multiple factors:
  • inflammatory reactions
  • allergy
  • pollution
  • skin irritation
  • accumulation of melanin
  • deficient microcirculation of the skin due to a lack of elasticity in the capillaries

The most common thing leading to the appearance of dark circles are deficient blood microcirculation in the skin and accumulation of melanin.

The glycation of structural proteins in the skin also contributes to the development of dark circles, as these glycated proteins cause a certain yellow-brown color in the skin

  1. How to Reduce your Dark Circles and puffy eyes no matter what the causes !
  2. Make sure you can get plenty of sleep
  3. Treat your allergies if you have them
  4. Treat your nasal congestion
  5. Watch our video !
  6. Visit our website and try the Morganna Mesmer Eyes www.morganna.northernagency.co.uk

The Incredible virtues of the Mango Fruit

Mango is the second most consumed tropical fruit in the world

 

If you are dieting, do feel free to add one mango a day on your list. The caloric values of the mango are as follows: One full Mango contains about 105 calories, but that’s not all: It has Fibre, natural sugars, Protein, Vitamins A, B6, B9, C, Iron, Potassium and our favorite Polyphenols, which are super antioxydants that protect against swelling and inflammation, inside and out of your body. Here are a few additional reasons to eat this super fruit.

  1. Mangoes help slow the aging process with vitamins A and C, which help the body produce collagen. Collagen helps slow the aging of the skin, promotes the health of blood vessels and body tissues. Similarly, vitamins A and C are antioxidants, which fight against the deterioration caused by free radicals and protect the body against the harmful effects of oxidative stress
  2.  Mango is rich in iron, so it is an excellent natural solution for people with anemia. Pregnant and menopausal women can indulge in mangoes as this will increase their iron and calcium levels at the same time

 

3.     Rich in polyphenols One of the few studies specifically done on mango has shown that mango juice has an anti-cancer effect on cells. This could be       explained by the presence of polyphenols in the mango juice. In fact, this substance has a high antioxidant content that protects the body’s cells from damage caused by free radicals (substances in the body responsible for premature cell aging).

 

4.   Mango improves digestion On the one hand, the soluble fiber found in its composition helps to facilitate the digestion and elimination of food. On the other hand, it contains digestive enzymes that help digest proteins by participating in their decomposition. As a result, mango is a very good ally against constipation, indigestion, excess acidity and hemorrhoids.

 

 

5. Body scrub Make a paste with mango puree, honey and coconut milk and use it for a body scrub, you will feel that your skin is tender and smooth

 

6  .And let’s not forget Mango Butter for the skin and the hair.

 

We actually have to write about water

In the past few months, we’ve been noticing something pretty bizarre that has been going on with certain brands and people referring to water! It seems that in order to make their brand look better, they are not only promising the moon, but also make big, bold statements, about their products containing no water!!!

Is this implying that water ( the source of life) is no good? Unfortunately that is exactly what is going on. The first thing is that it usually is a bold face lie!! Just look down a bit more and see if they have added some preservatives? If so, the ingredients list is wrong, or purposely written that way. For this reason, we have listed four very important reasons why we should celebrate Water!!

Here are four reasons

  1. ELEMENT OF LIFE: Religions and myths have always attributed to water a power of fertility, of birth. Indeed, the three monotheistic religions were formed in contact with the scarcity of water perceived as a gift of God while in Greek mythologies, water gave birth to some gods like Poseidon, the god of the seas, or Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, born from the foam of waters
  2. Healing: Water is also recognized for its healing properties: it can prolong life, as evidenced by the benefits of vitalizing baths or other “miraculous” waters. Its freshness and clarity give it a renewing purifying power: an imagery materialized in the myth of the fountain of youth
  3. Source of beauty: Its purifying function makes it an excellent ally in slimming and beauty, and its benefits for the skin need no proof! Its positive action on the complexion is undeniable. The hydration it provides – making the skin more supple and smooth while protecting it from the premature appearance of wrinkles – makes it the first anti-aging care. It increases cosmetic effects by allowing the transfer of active ingredients to the heart of the skin !
  4. Source of Life: Our bodies are made of 70% water, we can go 30 days without eating, but only 3 days without water. So keep it close.

Black Gal’s skin care Do’s and Dont’s

It is not secret that managing the problems of black skin is sometimes quite difficult!. It can be oily but dehydrated, sensitive but less likely to get wrinkles, it is rich in melanin but riddled with hyperpigmentation… It’s got us believing that it can withstand a lot, but we need to keep in mind that it is extra sensitive at times. Physiologically and histologically, there is no difference between black, white and Asian skin. But in black skin, seborrhea and melanin are very active, which results in this shiny effect that displeases us, and let us not forget how much it suffers from hyperpigmentation.

Please read through our list of do’s and dont’s to keep it gorgeous!

1.    It’s oily so you over clean it and exfoliate!

You tend to scrub your skin and use aggressive cleaning products. Sometimes even use dry sponges. Because of these bad habits, many black and half-blooded women think that the more you wash the skin, the less fatty it will be. But it’s the opposite. This kind of cleaning attacks the skin, scours it and therefore causes a natural reaction of the epidermis that will start to produce sebum to repair the damage. As a result, the vicious circle sets in: the more you clean, the more oily your skin becomes

2.    Your skin is dark so you think you don’t need SPF.

 For some women, using a sun care is not yet obvious. Without sunscreen, we may see signs of melasma. . If the SPF 15 index is sufficient for very dark epidermis, one goes to the level SPF 50 for clear mixed skin. Always try to avoid exposing yourself and / or not to protect yourself if you have acne and if you follow a treatment to cure it. Be wary of the pill and sun combination as it increases the appearance of spots. Starting in the spring, it is customary to mix a little moisturizer with a solar product. Another option is to first apply the moisturizer and then the sunscreen

3.    Black skin must be treated as a sensitive skin !

Do use only products that are not harsh to your skin. Here, if you do go to a clinic, Do not let them use harsh chemical peels or products that tend to heat up your skin. You will only be facing hyperpigmentation galore in the next few months.

4.    Black skin is more fragile skin than other skin types.

At times this is very true! Black skin is paradoxical: on the one hand it ages less quickly than other skin but on the other it is more fragile. It scars very easily (dark spots) and over heals (Keloids) as unpleasing as keloids tend to be, this is due to the skin forgetting to stop working. Black skin is not adapted to the western climate and needs a lot of moisture to compensate. Do not forget the gentle, non-aggressive cleaning types of products

5.    Never, Never, Ever use Hydroquinone based products.

 It was originally used to bleach blue jeans! It was not intended for skin care. Do opt for high antioxidant based products, which target to stop swelling under the skin, and reduce the hyperpigmentation.

For more tips and tricks visit our website at www.morganna.northernagency.co.uk

Healing with Nature:

: Alchemy is the forerunner of chemistry, based on the supposed transformation of matter. It was concerned particularly with attempts to convert base metals into gold or to find a universal elixir.

Stopping Dry,Rough, cracked skin: How to deal with zone specific extremely dry skin!

Elbows, knees, heels … what are the common points behind these ultra-specific areas? In the first place, these are areas of intense mechanical activity: folding, pressure, friction are multiplying on the same day, causing a thickening of the skin.

These areas suffer from increased hydration deficit which weakens the skin. On the heels for example, dehydration generates a loss of flexibility which, under the weight of the body and repeated shocks (especially in summer with the wearing of open shoes) promotes the appearance of cracks and crevices. The elbows can also show painful micro-cracks.

Rough skin is visually, dry, slightly whitened looks like dandruff when it peels off “packets” of cell layers that remain adherent. This unsightly appearance can even be accompanied by redness, irritation, itching, burning

The answer? Intense Hydration therapy

MANGO BUTTER HAS A WOUND HEALING QUALITY. HENCE IT IS USED AS AN APPLICATION FOR ULCERATIONS, FISSURES OF THE LIPS, HANDS AND CHAPPED SKIN ETC; AND IN WOUNDS AND SORES WHICH ARE INFLAMED. CHEMICALLY IT IS MAINLY COMPOSED OF GLYCERIDES OF OLEIC AND STEARIC ACIDS.

(Sunflower) Seed Wax HEALTHY BALANCED SKIN This oil is rich in Beta-Carotene which the body converts to Vitamin A. The reason this is a big deal is because Vitamin A: -Exfoliates, thus producing even, smooth skin -Reduces brown spots and pigmentation -Improves skin hydration -Decreases sebum production when needed -Repairs the cell structure of the epidermis which helps with UV protection -Helps with wound healing -Balances blood flow which aids in a natural, healthy skin appearance PROTECTIVE BARRIER

Used topically, Jojoba Oil acts as a non-comedogenic, fast-absorbing yet long-lasting emollient that gently moisturizes, soothes, nourishes, and softens skin without leaving a greasy residue. It cleanses skin to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and to promote the growth of new skin that is clear, cleansed, healthy, and supple. Due to a chemical composition that closely resembles the sebum found in human skin, Jojoba Oil is readily accepted and endured by skin

Mimosa in skincare properties, and delving into Mimosa oil’s phytochemistry a bit more we find that one of the oil’s key constituents Lupeol has been shown to have anti-inflammatory action. Mimosa flower oil is also an emollient ,repairing, protecting, and moisturizing dry, damaged skin

 

The above mentioned natural ingredients alone can all hea extremely dry skin.

WE HAVE ADDED THEM ALL TOGETHER IN OUR MANGO MADNESS CREAM: Our Mango Madness cream is specifically made to treat all of the problem areas, elbows, knees, between your toes.

It helps to heal and is organically Safe; non-allergenic, no parabens, fragrance or harsh chemicals that could harm your skin. -It’s unscented and non-greasy.-Perfect for a baby’s sensitive skin. Very gentle yet effective for addressing skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis. pH balanced to match your skin exactly. Works with the skin without stressing it out

TRY SOME TODAY YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT : http://www.morganna.northernagency.co.uk/product/morgannas-mango-madness/

The Alchemy of the exquisite Djon Djon

What is Djon Djon?

Djon Djon is the name for a type of edible black mushroom, found in northern Haiti. It is considered a delicacy, because it supposedly gives the dish they are used in an „excuisite color, taste and aroma“. But in fact, the mushroom itself is not eaten, rather an extract is made with warm water, then blended and strained.

Extract from the mushroom gives any dish a black color, which definitely makes any food it is used in special. The mushroom is used in dishes that are served on special occasions such as birthdays, weddings or on Christmas in Haiti.

Haitian mushrooms foragers and gourmet chefs all over the world covet the Djon Djon, as it is rather rare and only found in specific parts of Haiti. It is hand-picked from the crannies and crevices of dead wood and it only grows on Haiti during the rainy season, which lasts from August to October. Throughout the rest of the year and for the rest of the world, this wonderful mushroom is available in a dried or powdered form.

 

Other benefits of Djon Djon

Many times people will drink the Djon-djon water as an energy booster and it is believed to help with many ailments. In fact, the water that is released from this one of a kind mushroom is a potent blend of mushroom ash, Vitamin B2, B6, Vitamin A, Proteins, Calcium and minerals.

By the way, the mushroom, when soaked, turns the water black and gives it an earthy smell.

 

Why are we talking about Djon Djon in a cosmetics brand blog?

It’s actually quite simple – we have discovered many benefits of the Djon Djon on our skin. This is why we have developed powerful products with Djon Djon that will help your skin get back the healthy young glow by hydrating, protecting and rejuvenating it.

Here are some more potential benefits of the Djon Djon mushroom:

  • Hydrating: some mushrooms contain a polysaccharide that is great at hydrating the skin by drawing moisture to the skin, just like hyaluronic acid.
  • Collagen stimulating: stimulate collagen synthesis by dermal fibroblasts
  • Improves the elasticity of the skin
  • Antioxidant: Some mushrooms hold high antioxidant potential and can help fight free radicals which helps to strengthen the skin’s barrier.
  • Antimicrobial
  • Anti inflammatory: Inflammation and excessive free radical activity contributes to a number of skin problems. Many mushrooms have been found to have anti-inflammatory properties; as a result, their use promotes healing and fights inflammation. Not only do some mushrooms hold anti-inflammatory potential, but mushrooms are high in Vitamin D, which can be beneficial when applied to acne. Mushroom extracts can be a great ingredient if you are struggling with skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, and acne.
  • Anti-aging: Mushrooms enhance the natural defenses of the skin. Mushrooms can help restore the skin elasticity, increase its moisture content, stimulate collagen synthesis and have a skin lightening effect. Due to all of this, with regular use, it would help Your skin look healthy and younger.

 

Sometimes we just need to turn back to the roots (in this case literally) to benefit from hundreds of years of knowledge and find products from the nature to provide us potent anti-aging results. This rare mushroom, found only in specific regions of Haiti, has quickly gained the trust of many customers, who have included our Djon Djon products to their daily skin care routine.

How to treat dry skin in the winter?

8 tips from Grandma’s secrets!

During the winter months our skin tends to feel very dry due to the drier air because it lets out more water. Skin becomes rough, it is uncomfortable, it pulls, it itches. The parts that are the most exposed are the most prone to drying out: hands, feet, legs, face … And with age, the sebaceous glands that produce a large part of the fats of the skin, become scarce and are less active. For them, the barrier function of the skin is impaired and water losses are even worse

1.The benefits of vinegar

If you really want to take a hot bath, you can add vinegar. This is actually cider vinegar, in which we have macerated flowers during a fifteen day period. This used to be a very prominent during the mid-nineteenth century, and was very popular. Then completely fell into disuse. Still, it is very interesting for dry skin. Mainly because it neutralizes the limestone (we will find it solid in the bottom of the bathtub) and it makes the water less hard.

To prepare it You have to heat 1 liter of vinegar until the first signs of boiling. Then add a good handful of softening flowers (burdock, mauve, verbena, lavender …). Once the vinegar is cool, pour it into a large jar and let it sit for two weeks. Then filter and pour scented vinegar into a glass bottle. A cup in the bath is enough.

2. Use moisturizing products adapted to your skin, ideally based on urea.Apply your moisturizing product to skin that is still we regularly and generously apply a moisturizing product to the face, hands and the rest of the body.

3. Apply your moisturizing product to skin that is still wet

4. Regularly and generously apply a moisturizing product to the face, hands and the rest of the body.

5. Use a neutral or slightly acidic cleanser

6. Take showers rather than baths, lukewarm (or cool) water in hot water. Space them and limit their duration.

7. Pat dry rather than rub

8. Wash your hands in cold water

Visit our website for more information and subscribe to our blog

www.morganna.northernagency.co.uk

Organic Mango butter face moisturizing cream

www.morganna.northernagency.co.uk follow us on Instangram @morgannasalchemy

5 Fixes for Hooded Droopy Eyelids

5 fixes for Hooded Droopy eyelids:

  1. Proper brow shaping
  2. Halo Technique (One Eyeshadow look )
  3. Find your crease ( matte eyeshadow only)
  4. Cover the hood with fake eyelashes
  5. Twice daily use Morganna’s Korean Orchid SC lotion

Applied twice daily our Korean Orchid will act as a bolt of electrical charge on the eyelids – Simply put a small amount onto fingertip and with upward motions apply all over to top of the eyelid. It can also be applied all over the face.

Orchid Stem cells are supercharged with Minerals: zinc, magnesium, iron, calcium, copper, Sodium and Potassium that give a bolt of energy to the cells. It also contains:

  • Carbohydrates, which swell on contact with water and thus moisturize the skin.
  • Flavonoids and polyphenols, which protect the skin from free radicals by their antioxidant action.

 

Known Beauty Virtues

The flowers and tubers of the orchid, rich in carbohydrates, antioxidant polyphenols and various minerals (calcium, leather, iron, zinc and magnesium) have protective and moisturizing properties that slow down skin aging. Moreover, as it easily captures the water around it thanks to its aerial roots, the orchid has powerful thirst-quenching properties.

Indeed, the orchid is one of the rare flowers to contain both mucilages (molecule consisting of carbohydrates that swell in contact with water and soften the surface of the skin), but also polyphenols and flavonoids that are known to protect against free radicals. This unique flower is also very rich in minerals: it contains zinc, magnesium, calcium, iron and copper, all as essential to the health of the skin, which earned him exceptional anti-aging qualities. From a hair point of view, the orchid smooths the hair by restoring the hair fiber.

 

 

How to take care of the delicate eye area

As we age, it seems impossible not to notice how our happiness, our trials, our various tensions and climate start to leave furrows around the eyes. I mean both in hollow part called the valley of tears and on the upper eyelids.

This part of the body is delicate, very thin. Imagine the eye contour is 0.05 mm compared to 1 mm to the rest of the face.

It is located on a frame that is very low in collagen and elastin fibers.

All of this contributes to the eye area being the first place where we notice the damage of time.

Here is our top 3 methods to keeping the eye looking sexy and illuminated

  1. Vitamin K:  Inside and out.  It can be found in many vegetables such as Brocoli, Spinish and Asparagus and fish oils.
  2. Recycle your chamomile tea bags. They are very helpful in reducing the puffiness around the eyes.
  3. A metal spoon! Put this spoon in the freezer for a few minutes, remove and apply it under the eye area.  Amazing and rapid results can be achieved.
  4. Use your eye cream ( Morganna’s Mesmer Eyes!) It has Vitamin K, B3.

 

 

 

 

5 Natural Recipes to brighten your skin at home

 

  1. White clay and lemon: Apply for 20 minutes a mixture of white clay and lemon 
  2. Aspirin: In a very clean cloth crush an aspirin tablet. Then put in a bowl adding a little water to make a paste. Apply on each spot for 15 minutes, then rinse  
  3. Lemon / salt / water:With a piece of cotton swab that has been moistened with a solution consisting the juice from  half a lemon supplemented with a pinch of salt and 3 drops of warm water. Dab all over spots. Then leave for 5 minutes. Rinse. Dry. If your skin tolerates this mixture, increase the exposure time, and repeat this method. 
  4. Celery essential oil: Celery essential oil is ideal for clearing colored spots on the skin.Add 2 drops of this oil to your Morganna’sExpress spot remover to make it more potent and apply with acotton swab.
  5. Nigel(black seed oil)+ olive oil: Apply a mixture of black seed oil + olive oil (half / half) on the spots for 20 minutes Then rinse thoroughly with warm water and then gently dry your skin with a clean towel to dry. 

Men’s amazingly different skin type

It is 1/3 richer in collagen, about 20% thicker, generally denser, more resistant, and seems to benefit from greater flexibility until the forties. Yes, Men and women are not equal in terms of beauty and do not have the same skin!

Men’s skin neglected, is much more sensitive than we think. In honor of No Shave November, we should dive into specific details.


The benefits of testosterone

Men have 10 times more testosterone than women. With age, this exacerbated secretion becomes an advantage. A thicker hydrolipidic film in men than in women helps protect the skin from drying out and at the same time, from aging. According to a 2016 study, oily skin wrinkles less easily than dry skin.

It ages less quickly  

The aging of the male skin is later than ours … but it occurs suddenly. The epidermis of the men is indeed more elastic but, when this characteristic is attenuated, the features are marked strongly, especially at the level of the eye contour. Side products, we can use their anti-wrinkle care, but only if their texture is light – these being designed for male skin, their dosage is adapted to a skin more fat and thicker. 

Men skin is hairier  

It is no surprise to anyone, the hair system of men is more developed than that of women. These are the androgens – or male hormones – that are the source of hair growth … but also, in some cases, hair loss. Attention, therefore, to choose shaving products adapted to its problematic in which the beauty industry is expanding its offer every year.

Skin’s acidity 

Another fundamental difference between the two types is the acidity of the skin, superior to that of the man having a pH value of 4.5 compared to 5.8 of the woman. The higher values ​​of acidity, characteristics of human skin and because of the greater presence of lactic acid, they better preserve against bacterial infections, but make it more irritable.

The ideal man, can he still be defined as Don Draper from the Mad Men series?

Metrosexual, Hipster, Spornosexual, Lumbersexual…….

Today, the traditional roles of the man are completely upset: More and more the idea of the man being the main worker, bread winner and just “head of the family’ is topsy turvy

The men of Y generation want more flexibility and balance between private and professional life.

They are more sensitive to the question of gender parity.

80% of men say they are ready to stay at home to take care of children, while their wife is working *.

In his daily life, the man no longer hesitates to assert his desires for beauty.  With the expansion of the male blogosphere and the boom of a specialized press for men with very expert lifestyle speech (GQ ) men have become their own prescribers and seek to create a cloakroom that suits them.

Now freed from traditional representations of the masculine, our men explore new fields of expression. In the territory of beauty, a true culture of well-being develops, A sign of distinction from the Hipster community, the beard has become democratized (Over 30% of men wear one!), it has become a true fashion accessory. Barber shops offer rituals that are expanding; a visit to the barber has become a moment of relaxation and pleasure. 42% of adults think it’s chic for a man to wear a beard.

At the center of the  digital environment (central role of social networks trivialized the love meeting on the internet  men have now come to rely on their virtual image, and go through the theatrical box.Thus, puts his body on stage to make it an object of desire for the others but also for oneself. The spornosexual, the addict to sports halls is the perfect illustration: he sculpts his body to better share it with a virtual audience. Symptom of this phenomenon, we see on Instagram a wave of “fitspo”, selfies supposed to show on canvas his body sculpted by the fitness.In a more playful register, the apprentice wizards of the Y generation now compete with women in the field of experimentation and enthusiastically follow the trends launched on the net. Just recently, the trend Merman (which means triton, mean a “male siren”) has made fury on Instagram: it consists of coloring beard, hair and eyebrows in pastel or bright colors (green, blue, purple …), in the right line of the trend Rainbow hair.In a nutshell men have become  more demanding, men also want to talk to them about their problems, and no longer want a simple conversion of feminine beauty products

Our Eco Ocean cleansers with sea weed extracts serve as a first step to a man daily routine.

7 Tips To Help You Age Gracefully

1- Exercise regularly

2- Eat balanced meals

3- Don’t smoke

4- Sleep well at least 7-8 hours

5- Keep friends close

6- Learn something new every day

7- Maintain a positive attitude

 

PS:   Morganna’s Alchemy is dedicated to always using quality active ingredients.  We search all over the world for the best plants and learn about their healing and regenerative properties.  However, we do not stop at that one attribute.  The following is a list of what it takes to be part of our list of ingredients.

  1. promote the use of products from organic agriculture, and respect biodiversity;
  2. use natural resources responsibly, and respect the environment;
  3. use processing and manufacturing that are clean and respectful of human health and the environment;
  4. integrate and develop the concept of “Green Chemistry”