GO VEGGIE – IN 2016

Hey Friends,

As an ongoing endeavour of team ‘Home Salon Service’, we strive to deliver thought provoking information which will hopefully help you make the right choice, when it comes to your health and well-being. That’s the NEW YOU in the NEW YEAR!

Please also do not get me wrong after reading the headline. I am not promoting vegetarianism and I have certainly not turned vegan all of a sudden.

It’s just that on the first day of this New Year, I have made a few personal resolutions. One of them, which I am sharing through this article, is to avoid the following;

  • Mineral Oil
  • White Oil
  • Aromatic Oils having Mineral or White Oil as their base oil.

To help explain, why I am so keen to share my personal resolution in public, you will have to allow me to take a step back and ask you a couple of direct questions.

  • Do you usually read the – Ingredients / Content column – that’s usually mentioned in very small font type on the reverse of a tube, bottle or container of your favourite ‘SHAMPOO, CONDITIONER, MOISTURISER, LOTION, CREAM and BALM?
  • If yes, then did you ever come across the words ‘MINERAL’ or ‘WHITE’ oil? And did you realise it is routinely used in many creams, balms, lotions and moisturisers that we regularly use; after seeing / reading their oh..so..soft, so caring, so cute and positive sounding public messages about them?
  • Did you try to find out – What on earth is mineral or white oil?
  • And why do I want to avoid it? (I do not expect you to know the answer to this but if you care to read through, you will know WHY. And you too can make an informed choice in future.

Primary Reason Being – The name Mineral or White oil is imprecise and wrong.

An exotic and great sounding name like ‘MINERAL OIL or WHITE OIL’ is used as part of a very clever marketing strategy to sell dirt cheap liquid by product (distillate) produced during petroleum refining!  The crude petroleum oil refining and marketing companies tell us the truth that they are using MINERAL / WHITE oil in our cosmetic and skin care products but it is our laziness and blind faith in their advertising messages, which stops us from finding out the truth about what are we actually using.

For generating an even higher profit, they add some colouring agent, aromatic essence, perfumes (again some chemicals produced in factories) and sell it to us as some magical and great nourishment oil for our skin, including that of our babies.

Well, it may be, for those mothers and places in the world with no plants, trees and availability of only animal fats like tallow or lard. But a traditionally, geographically, agriculturally and culturally rich and diverse country like India or large parts of the tropical countries like Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and the vast majority of its citizens would any day prefer rubbing vegetable oils like coconut, mustard, palm, olive, almond etc. or other veg oil based creams and moisturisers on our cheeks and skin against these misleading names like Mineral, White and Aromatic Oil.

Wouldn’t you do the same?  – If given a choice of rubbing PETROLEUM on one cheek and COCONUT Oil on the other. The answer is obvious.

But, if the oil marketing company and the cosmetic company cleverly says the choice is between MINERAL OIL OR WHITE OIL on ONE cheek and COCONUT OIL on the other?  I bet many who are unaware of this reality will be confused and might end up using the perfumed MINERAL OIL or AROMATIC WHITE oil (a cheap by-product of crude petroleum)!

Stay away from these clever euphemisms, as much as possible, even if you can afford to buy the most expensive cream in this world, which ironically is using the cheapest mineral / white oil as its key ingredient.

Stick to the traditional knowledge of your grand mom – guilt and stress free. And stay healthy.

Cheers

Maya Menon

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Which is the best oil for all skin types?

Hi again friends!

I am sure those of us living in the northern parts of the Indian subcontinent, especially those who enjoy flaunting our woollens and those of us who like being cosy inside our duck feather comforters or the heavy duty Korean blankets; are upset about the late arrival of winter this year. Weather bureau blames it on EL-NINO. Personally, I don’t care, whether; it’s EL-NINO or LA-NINA effect. All I can say that the winter is not at its best in 2016.

Best is a superlative and subjective term. We know that. But can it be applied to winter or the subject of my blog today? For e.g. Can we say which is the best oil, for massaging my cute new born bundle of joy or for cooking a spicy Indian curry. We will not discuss cooking here, as this is a beauty and well-being related section.

Ok, so let’s rephrase this question. Is there – the best, very good, most apt or the perfect oil for massaging different skin types? Or, the best oil for replenishing the lost skin moisture, in this timid or not so timid winter?

Based on my several different interactions with medical doctors, oil technologists, PhD holding nutritionists, dermatologists from Malaysia, Germany, Australia, India, Egypt and China, personally I have come to this firm and scientific conclusion that there is NO ‘ONE’ or ‘THE BEST’ oil for any skin type or occasion! And as a person with scientific, rational or logical bent of mind, I will not be intolerant against any new academic research or unbiased finding that you may forward, to contradict my claims. (And hopefully you will not be representing the vested interest of the marketing and promotion or paid research department of a particular type of oil selling company)

The various vegetable oils, creams or fats (including dairy fat) traditionally preferred in different parts of India for various topical (external) application is usually based on historical knowledge; that has been handed over to us by our ancestors over many centuries. In other words, an individual’s preference for a particular oil /fat was and to large extent is; determined by various geographical and agro-climatic factors they lived in. To put it simply, whatever plant / tree / crop grows in that soil type, clime resulting in easier access, availability and affordability, got preference over other oils and fats. Hence we find that in India, coconut oil is the most preferred one in tropical Kerala, whereas mustard in the Gangetic plains of Bihar, West Bengal and UP. Most of the dairy fats like ghee and clarified butter in consumed / preferred in states with higher bovine population (pun intended) and milk production; like Haryana, Punjab etc.

The same logic applies for people inhabiting different countries, regions etc. of our planet. For e.g.; in a tropical country like Philippines, with year round availability of coconut, they would have used coconut oil and coconut oil based creams for generations. Today, a country that grows maximum amount of soya (USA / Brazil), sunflower (Russia / France) or olive (Italy / Greece) or cocoa (Columbia) will give priority to oils and fats derived from those sources as it’s easily available at a lower cost.

So, from now on, do not lose your sleep over which brand and type of oil to apply on your beautiful skin. Be guilt and stress free when you opt for one brand / type of oil over the other for you or your near and dear one. Oils and fats in their external application, are supposed to lend softness to our skin by moisturising them. An oil should make your skin feel supple, lend lustre, look refreshed and recharged. That’s why we at ‘Home Salon Service’ India believe that it is the quality and experience of our therapists that makes the ultimate difference and not just the oil.

Even the most advertised baby oil of a famous multi-national company was recently found to have no extra special qualities like higher quantity of Vitamin E or any other magical nutrients that make them charge a premium over other vegetable oils. Hence any of 18-19 vegetable oils, available on this planet earth; be it sesame, almond, apricot, mustard, coconut or olive is as good as the other.

Moreover, the much advertised rare and exotic Vitamins that the branded expensive baby oils claim to possess are either entirely or near totally destroyed during the solvent extraction, heating generated in refining and packaging process! All refined oils have no special qualities in them. If they have any, it is for a limited shelf life period and created with the help of extra supplements mixed in it during the packing process!

Make merry, pass on this information to many in your friends and family.

Maya Menon

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016 and A NEW YOU!

Hey Friends!
New is the year and new is the warmth,
New is the hope and new is the mirth;
New is the resolve and new is the flavour,
New are our wishes and new is everywhere.

In this crowd of newness, the team ‘Home Salon Service’ can help you rediscover – THE NEW YOU in 2016!

If you are curious to know more, then do remember to stay in touch with this space.

Together we will rediscover, realise and reconnect with newer dimensions of this journey called ‘Life’.

Cheers
Maya

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Home Salon Service- Professional doorstep salon service for ladies only !

Home Salon Service is definitely a revolution in the salon industry which is close to 10000 crores. The organization provides Salon services at doorstep to ladies only in more than 15 cities of India.  This concept is no doubt exciting for those who do not get time to visit parlors on regular intervals because of their tight work schedules.

Customers can now avail all sorts of relaxing high quality beauty treatments like Facials, waxing, massages, pedicures, manicures etc at the comfort of their home and as per their convenient timings and days. There is no need to struggle in traffic jams, inconvenience of taking prior salon appointments and doing lot of planning in order to visit a salon.

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Its not just the service that you enjoy but the entire experience of availing the service is enjoyable. Home Salon Service has a team of skilled and experienced beauty therapist, make up artist, hair stylist etc who go to the client’s place to deliver quality service. It offers quite a few very interesting packages and the discount range on these packages is up to 30 % which makes it the most affordable Home Salon Service provider. The packages and the special offers keep changing every month.

Special discounts are usually offered on bridal and pre-bridal packages and packages are also customized as per the need of the client.Home Salon Service uses only branded products for the services and the portfolio of service is the same on a pan india basis.

So its the flexibility, convenience and the quality service that you get at your own time and your own place. Moreover, with Home Salon Service, you are able to book the appointments just by informing 2-4 hours in advance so the turn around time is 2-4 hours which is just unmatchable.

Home Salon Service is currently present in the following cities : Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Delhi, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Noida etc.

Booking an online service with Home Salon Service is very simple as the website is very much user friendly and it automatically guides you through the entire process and you get the confirmation of the bookings done with ease.

Home Salon Service offers a new electronic membership, or e-Membership, option , wherein the customer can save up to 50 % of the total value of their monthly salon expenditure. Also, you can gift Home Salon Service gift vouchers on special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries or simple incentive gifts.

Lot of repeat customers and word of mouth references itself speaks about the good quality work of Home Salon Service.

Contact us for more details and book your online appointment and see the difference yourself.

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