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Deodorant vs. Anti-Perspirant

Which is better?

This is an ongoing argument. So for the purpose of balance, I’m going to weigh both sides.

The difference between deodorant and anti-perspirant is… in a word… sweat. Deodorant simply ‘deodorizes’ — while anti-perspirant blocks pores to keep you from sweating.

The rant against anti-perspirant is that because it blocks your pores and prevents your skin from ‘breathing’ (through the use of pore clogging aluminum, mica, and silica), it can damage your body. This is partially true. But the reality is that said damage typically comes as a result of continued use. It’s one of those ‘too much of anything can likely be bad for you’ things. It is absolutely true that excessive use of anti-perspirant can potentially lead to rashes, boils, or other skin complaints.

The rant against deodorant is that it doesn’t prevent you from sweating. Excessive sweating can lead to a number of issues, the primary one being public embarrassment. Nothing worth than pit stains on a person. It just looks bad. And sweat can stain delicate fabrics, and sometimes do irreparable damage.

Our solution?

Sea Salt.

It’s not a guaranteed sweat deterrent, but it comes pretty darn close. We blend salt with astringent and disinfecting botanicals and essential oils, to try and keep pits as dry and ‘deodorized’ as possible… without actually blocking pores and preventing sweat.

Will it keep you from sweating? No. Will it help keep you from stinking? Yep. Now, in all fairness, I believe that every now and then, you’re going to need to actually employ the power of an anti-perspirant. But, like all things in life, moderation is key. Keep your pits ‘deodorized’ on the daily (the smelling public will thank you). But in the interest of preserving your favorite silk blouse… keep a little ‘anti perspirant’ handy, just in case.

FOTD: Shades of Gold

Despite the 80 degree temperatures here in Cali, I decided to go a little Autumn Golden with today’s look…

Illamasqua Skin Base (#14 and #15)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
Illamasqua Blush in Expose

Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom (brows)
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #18 (inner lid)
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #5 (outer lid)
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #15 (crease)
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #13 (lashline)
Armani Silk Eye Pencil in Black (waterline)
Armani Eyes To Kill Stretch Mascara


NARS Lip Pencil in Rosebud
Rouge d’Armani in Brown 203

New Addition: Certified Organic Argan Oil

We’ve been working on this for a while:

We didn’t want to jump on the Argan Oil Bandwagon when it first became all the rage. We currently use a custom blend of nut and plant oils that works beautifully in all of our moisturizer products. But, I personally wanted to see what all the fuss was about, so I did some research.

Here’s what I found:

Argan oil is produced from the kernels of the Argan tree, which grows in Morocco. It’s valued for its nutritive, cosmetic and numerous medicinal properties. Argan oil remains one of the rarest oils in the world – due to the small and very specific growing areas. Argan Oil is known for its high penetrative properties. Works well on skin and hair, absorbs quickly, and encourages natural lipid production in skin.

 Now, its rarity might explain the price point. Argan Oil is NOT cheap, not retail or wholesale. If you want it, you certainly have to pay for it. It took some doing, but I’ve finally been able to find Certified Organic Argan Oil, at a price that’s not cost-prohibitive in terms of retail.

So, starting in January 2012… the formulations for our Body Balms, Body Scrubs, and Body lotions will change. They will be improved, with the addition of Certified Organic Argan Oil, and replace several other oils that we’ve already decided we can do without.

We’ve already begun the reformulation process, and we assure you that the basic makeup of the formulas will  NOT change. We’ve tested the Argan replacement, and found that the products perform even better than before.


We thought it would be fun to share what some of our top customers have had to say… in particular about our bestselling Body Balm.

We’re pretty proud of ALL of our products. But the Body Balm is our Crown Jewel.

We can confidently say, there’s nothing quite like it. The reason is, Habibi Body Balm is derived from a family recipe. The ingredients, order of blending, and the final result are directly related to my mother’s ‘salve’ concoction. She used to make it to heal cuts and bruises, soothe dry/chapped skin, and heal our bodies over time. Our Body Balm has a ‘cumulative’ affect; the more you use it, the better condition your skin will be in.

Onto the testimonials:

“Habibody has replaced all of my other bath products.  I love that the products are all natural, and make my skin look, feel and smell so good!  The Body Balm is my favorite product.  I am a customer for life!”
-Robyn G.
Dallas, TX

“Love love LOVE Habibi body butter! Thanks for keeping me soft and smooth!”
M. Leavy
Rock Hill, SC

“My skin will never be the same.”
A. Johnson
Los Angeles, CA

“Habibi has spoiled me for other products. I’ve never been this soft.”
K. Carey
Cincinatti, OH

“The oatmeal & peppermint scrub is the first kind I’ve ever used that keeps my skin clear. Habibi, you’ve got a fan for life!”
A. Rasheed
Charlotte, NC

“I had eczema…bad.  All over my chest and back.  After less than a month’s treatment with Habibi’s body butter, the eczema, disappeared. ” 
S. Fitzgerald
Hollywood, CA

“My customers say that no other skin care system…except Habibi has helped with pores reduction around the nose and chin area… My Customers Love Habibi!”
Nashville, TN

And that’s just a few.
We’re extremely loyal to our customer base, and we deeply appreciate their loyalty as well. It’s our goal to make good products that consistently perform… and make our clients feel good about using them. We believe that if you feel good… you look good.
And really, what’s better than that?

Habibi Bath & Body

So… I finally started my company blog. And I’ve got one follower… ME! lol

I’d like to start building a base there, and running that blog much like I run this one, with info and pictures, and of course.. giveaways.

The giveaways would be limited to Habibi Bath & Body product though.

Here’s what I’d like to do:

If you guys want… start following over at http://habibibody.blogspot.com/ When the site reaches 100 followers, I’ll put up the first giveway. Sound fair?

FOTD: For Effect

I used the MAC Paint Pot in ‘For Effect’ from the Holiday Collection to set the base for this look:

Chanel Perfection Lumiere (Beige-Ambre 64)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
Illamasqua Blush in Nymph
MAC Paint Pot in For Effect (lashline to above crease)
Chanel Single Eyeshadow in Magic Night (lids)
Armani Silk Eye Pencil in Black (lashline and waterline)
Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara
Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Stunt

Getting Ready for 2012

Habibi was formed in 2003, after a dear friend of mine insisted that I start making good use of my mother’s formulations. I’d been blending balms and scrubs for years, and giving them away as gifts. But after a little prodding, a lot of research, and a lot more start-up $$$, Habibi Bath & Body was formed.

Since then, the company has slowly gathered a cult following… we enjoy an extremely loyal, repeat customer base. Most of our clients are on a first name basis, and we’ve begun to anticipate their needs in terms of fragrance and formulation.

Now, we’re looking ahead to 2012, and that means lots of changes, updates, and possible discontinued items. We’ve got a pretty good gauge on what our customers want, so we’d like to focus on that.

Here are some of the new pictures, set to hit the site in 2012…

 Our Body Scrub
Our Body Balm

 Our Men’s Body Lotion

My Sustainable Journey: Vapour Organics Eye Color

My latest batch of goodies arrived from Spirit Beauty Lounge (love that place!): Vapour Organics Mesmerize Eye Shadows…

 I have to say, I like these better than the RMS Beauty variety. They come in a convenient twist tube, and the colors are ‘drier’ on application, and less oil-based. I found that they blend out very well with fingers or a brush.

Smitten (clay)
Stealth (dark shimmer green)
Night (dark shimmer blue)
Charm (matte coral)
Cinder (shimmer pink-beige)
Lyric (shimmer medium purple)
Flash (matte light brown)
Dream (shimmer light green)
Smolder (shimmer dark brown)
Storm (shimmer dark grey)
Sugar (shimmer golden pink)
Swatches to come.. as soon as I figure out how to photograph them. My camera is NOT cooperating… boo! I seriously need a new one. I’m working on it. In the meantime, if you’re interested, you can find these babies at http://www.spiritbeautylounge.com . Ciao for now!

FOTD: Back To Basics

I was in a neutral kind of mood, so I broke out some old favorites for today’s FOTD:

Shu Uemura Nobara Stick Foundation (524)
Shiseido Translucent Powder
Illamasqua Blush in Expose
MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre (base)
Kevyn Aucoin Eyehshadow in Tusk (lashline to brow)
MAC Eyeshadow in Saddle (crease & under waterline)
YSL Shocking Gel Line in Deep Black (lashline)
Chanel Eye Kohl in Clair (waterline)
Armani Eyes To Kill Stretch Mascara
Tom Ford Lipstick in Coco Ravish