quarta-feira, 30 de outubro de 2013

Don't leave my Purslane out there alone!!

Hi Catity Cat Cats.

Since long ago the Portuguese Cuisine has been praised from every corner of the world for its delicious dishes and desserts such as the Pastel de Nata. But also since long ago Portuguese cuisine has been losing some old nutritious ingredients that were free and lost in the meantime. One of them in particular is tarting to get really famous once again, nothing more than Purslane! Or in Portuguese "Beldroegas" such a beautiful name isn't it? (Sarcasm Implied) :)

Well, theres a lot of Purslane sprouting and growing outside on our backyards, mountains or even on the side of the road, but is it used for anythnig? Wel... No, no one cares about it, but why? Because everybody forgot how to use it or cook it, simple.

This habit is also making it's comeback trough Gourmet dishes such as salads, soups, pizzas and main dishes, because you can boil this vegetable, fry it or eat it clean, fresh and raw.

Did you know that?
- Purslane leaves are really healthy and nutritious, did you know that?

- Also Purslane is able to tolerate poor, compacted soils and drought.

- Purslane contains more omega-3 fatty acids than any other leafy vegetable plant.

- Purslane can also be used in medicine, it's leaves are used to treat insect or snake bites on the skin, boils, sores and pain from bee stings.

Nutritional value per 100 g
Energy 84 kJ (20 kcal)
Carbohydrates 3.39 g
Fat 0.36 g
Protein 2.03 g
Water 92.86 g
Vitamin A 1320 IU
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.047 mg (4%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.112 mg (9%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.48 mg (3%)
Vitamin B6 0.073 mg (6%)
Folate (vit. B9) 12 μg (3%)
Vitamin C 21 mg (25%)
Vitamin E 12.2 mg (81%)
Calcium 65 mg (7%)
Iron 1.99 mg (15%)
Magnesium 68 mg (19%)
Manganese 0.303 mg (14%)
Phosphorus 44 mg (6%)
Potassium 494 mg (11%)
Zinc 0.17 mg (2%)

The Cat Is Organic - Haul!

Check out our Anthony first The Cat is Organic video Haul!

He will show you some of our Teas,Hair Serum and Lip Scrubs!


Wish a Bean!

Those adorable beans sprouts in 15 days with a secret-inspirational message written on it! Mine come along with the message:SMILE!

 Just add water, sun, and love! 
I loved this experience so much because it reminded a childhood favourite of mine:
growing beans in jars!;)

Quite affordable, the standard bean-words costs 4,50 euros (plus delivery costs) while the personalized ones (maximum two words,10 characters each) costs 8 euros (plus delivery costs).The personalized wishing beans are just what you need to go green at any occasion: from weddings to anniversaries, birthday parties and social events, these magic beans make sentimental keepsake for just about every occasion and makes the perfect Gift ever!

You can buy them here: https://www.facebook.com/wishabean

sábado, 26 de outubro de 2013

i´m blushing!!!

Our NEW lovely pink loose powder blush is made of fine&natural things such as cocoa butter,pearl powder and other edible pigments!Looks sweet on skin and oooh...also smells DIVINE!

But where does Blush/Rouge comes from?
Here goes a a bit of history:

Since ancient times, women have been adding color to their faces by using a variety of different materials. Ancient Egyptians used ground clay to give their cheeks a healthy glow. Women from other cultures used the juice from beets and various berries to stain their cheeks a soft shade of pink. In Victorian times, ladies took great pride in having pale skin, and face paint was considered highly improper. Surreptitiously, young ladies would pinch their cheeks for added color before receiving suitors. It wasn’t until the 20th century that using blush became fashionable once more.

In modern times, rouge generally consists of a red-coloured talcum-based powder that is applied with a brush to the cheek. The colouring is usually either the substance of safflor, or a solution of carmine in ammonium hydroxide and rosewater perfumed with rode oil. A cream-based variant of rouge is schnouda, a colourless mixture of Alloxan with cold cream  which also colours the skin red.Rouge originated as a thick paste, and was made from a range of things: from strawberries, to red fruits and vegetable juices, to the powder of finely crushed ochre.

It became popular in ancient Greece, where women whitened their complexion with chalk or lead face powder, and then painted their cheeks with a paste made from crushed seeds and berries. This look was a sign of the wealthy elite, but the lead was also extremly deadly.The rise of Christianity resulted the decline of rouge as it  was seen as too flashy and promiscuous.

When the Middle Ages came around, however, women were more inclined to go back to blush. One tactic was to regularly bleed oneself (to obtain the coveted pale complexion), and then put a mixture of water and strawberries on cheeks for a soft rosy color. Others wore egg whites on their faces for paler skin, as being fair was a sign of high class but there was a fine line drawn where acceptable rouge was concerned. It was most common among upper class women and prostitutes, and was often seen as immoral but, as soon as Queen Elizabeth embraced makeup,it became more acceptable. Many women wore lead paints mixed with vinegar to create a past called cerise for whitened skin, and mercury sulfide for rouge. This combination is the reason why high foreheads were in fashion, because the chemicals caused hair to fall out! AKA: receding hairlines for women.

Lead and cerise are later discovered to cause major health issues for women, including facial tremors, paralysis, and even death. When toxic chemicals were in a rouge that was used on lips as well, it could poison not only the woman, but her unborn children: causing miscarriages.

One product that was eaten to produce white skin was called Arsenic Complexion Wafers. They poisoned the blood so that less red blood cells, and thus less oxygen, would reach organs. Rouges were also created with mulberry (a harmless vegetable) and cinnabar: which was indeed a poisonous red shade of mercury.

After the French Revolution, makeup was again seen as extravagant and improper, and women who wore it were seen as fake: trying to capture lost youth.

 Know more 

sexta-feira, 18 de outubro de 2013

For all the Honey Bunnies

We present you our newest love:

Honey&Rose Nourishing Face/Body Cream(for dry skin)

Inspired by the oldest face/body cream recipe in the world (invented  in the 9th century, nearly 2,000 years ago!!) by a Greek physician*, our version added the ancient recipe some extra nourishing ingredients such as Honey, leaving dry skin super moisturized and smelling lovely Honey&Roses!It is also amazing  to remove Make Up! and for Body Massages!

In 1814 a poem credited "Dr. Russell" talks about a pot of this cream offered to a lady named Eliza.In this poem it gives account of the benefits attributed to the cream in question.

Honey Bunny it here:https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=758508267499200&set=pb.554485917901437.-2207520000.1382120053.&type=3&theater

*Aelius Galenus or Claudius Galenus (AD 129–c. 200/c. 216), better known as Galen of Pergamon (modern-day BergamaTurkey), was a prominent Roman (of Greek ethnicity) physiciansurgeon and philosopher. Arguably the most accomplished of all medical researchers of antiquity, Galen contributed greatly to the understanding of numerous scientific disciplines, including anatomy,physiologypathology,pharmacology,and neurology, as well as philosophy and logic.

Galen´s mixtures

quinta-feira, 17 de outubro de 2013

Today, the Sweetest thing just arrived at The Cat Organic mailbox!!
♥ Hummm can you guess what this might be?

domingo, 13 de outubro de 2013

Did you know that many popular fragrances contain 14 secret hazardous chemicals on average?Many chemicals were found in lab tests but not listed on product labels!One is famous Coco Mademoiselle Chanel containing 18 chemicals not listed on the label!And so is Acqua Di Gio ,Calvin Klein Eternity, Clinique Happy Perfume,Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue and so on and on!*
NOT sexy!

* Environmental Working Group analysis of product labels and tests commissioned by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. 
Download the report here:http://safecosmetics.org/downloads/NotSoSexy_report_May2010.pdf#page=1


Supermaket Skin Care Poisons!

Today we went for a casual Stroll to the Supermarket. And,checking their Skin Care Products, Cosmetics&Make Up just gave me the YIKES !!!

From "Rose Water" without Rose...

To "Goji Berries" Body Lotions...

without Goji...

...to nasty chemical, hazardous&carcinogenic ingredients like Diethanolamine,Monoethanolamine, Triethanolamine,Dioxin,Hydantoin & Urea!It´s like shopping for...Poison!

Cosmetics aren't subject to the same oversight as food and pharmaceuticals, according to the Food & Drug Administration. The FDA doesn't have the responsibility to approve new ingredients or issue safety recalls,so it's up to the manufacturer to decide whether a product is safe!And apparently most of them just dont care!Cosmetics aren't subject to the same oversight as food and pharmaceuticals, according to the Food & Drug Administration. The FDA doesn't have the responsibility to approve new ingredients or issue safety recalls,so it's up to the manufacturer to decide whether a product is safe!
And apparently most of them just dont care!

So, next time popping in the supermarket (the same aplly to big Makeup,Fragrance and Skincare Shops),take a closer look to their Skincare products,read their labels C-A-R-E-F-U-L-L-Y (unfortunately we cant even relly 100% on this labels, but...*sigh) and you will surelly find precious "things" like this:

proclaiming a "Stroll in the nature"...

terça-feira, 8 de outubro de 2013

The Cat is Organic Edible Cosmetics/Make Up

The “dirty” truth of cosmetic&Skin Care industry is that many products include plasticizers (chemicals that keep concrete soft), degreasers (used to get grime off auto parts), and surfactants (they reduce surface tension in water, like in paint and inks), imagine what that does to your skin, and to the environment!

They can cause skin allergies, Cancer, Infertility, Birth defects, Reproductive problems, learning disabilities, but above all…they are nasty!!!!!!! 

Our Skin is our biggest organ and it absorb up to 60 percent of what we put on our skin, while children´s bodies absorb 40-50% more than adults!So,if you worry about buying only organic vegetables why wouldn't you do the same for your skin??