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Thank you to everyone who sent in their questions on Instagram — I love hearing from all of you and I wish I could answer every question. Answering five of the most asked below :)
FYI I will be doing this at the end of every month so make sure you’re following my personal account on Instagram @jessegolden and subscribe to my email list HERE so you don't miss your question potentially being answered!
Q1: What's your favorite non-toxic underwear?
Anything cotton, preferably organic cotton, or natural materials are best. Cotton is one of the most chemically sprayed crops, so organic is preferred (always look at the material content because often it is not just cotton). A small percentage of spandex is common, but steer away if the material content says polyester or acrylic.
HERE are some on my Amazon storefront
Cou Cou Intimates has some great options too
Q2: Are your products pregnancy-safe?
Yes, most of them are suitable, especially in the broader context of skincare; my products are unequivocally 100% natural and non-toxic, ensuring safety. Due to the ethical issue of testing on expecting mothers, there are limited clinical studies with pretty much everything, but we can take into account the history of women using herbs, plant botanicals, and essential oils for beauty and health purposes for centuries. However, acknowledging the nuances of pregnancy and nursing, there are specific ingredients, even natural ones, that are best avoided during certain trimesters.
Saying that I have used almost all of my products throughout both pregnancies, except for the Goddess Shaping Body Oil, explicitly marked as unsuitable during pregnancy due to its potent detoxifying properties. As a small business owner, I prioritize an extra-safe approach, aligning with the guidelines of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) for essential oils. It's worth noting that none of the essential oils listed on the avoid list by NAHA (including Goddess) are present in any of my products. I just prefer to err on the extra safe side.
In a more detailed discussion outlined in a blog post, I wrote [linked HERE], I delve into the significance of formulation and specific usage contexts. Take, for instance, carrot seed oil, which is present in my Youth Beauty Face Oil. While it may appear on some avoid lists, the percentage used in my formulation for topical application is so small. The most concentrated formulas lie within my Signature and Personalized blends, where essential oil percentages decrease exponentially in face and body products.
Although not a complete list, here are my top picks during pregnancy, right now:
Q3: What essential oils do you recommend for an oil diffuser?
I prefer using common primary essential oils for diffusing, such as orange, peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus, and lavender. Occasionally, I'll incorporate uplifting scents like Bergamot or festive aromas. However, I advise against using strong oils like tea tree, clove, or cinnamon, especially if you have pets or young children who may be more sensitive.
Additionally, consider the type of diffuser you use. Many diffusers require water, which can potentially lead to mold and compromise air quality. I use an AromaTru [linked HERE], a waterless atomizing diffuser. With no need for counting drops or adding water, it provides pure diffusion wherever and whenever you desire. I use mine every day.
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Q4: If I were to start with your product line, which kit would be the one to start with?
This is why we created The Starter Glow Kit. Inside this kit, you will find everything you need to begin your new clean skincare ritual and unveil your most healthy, beautiful skin yet.
What it does:
- Provides complete skin nourishment.
- Breaks up melanin deposits (discoloration).
- Facilities the growth of newer skin.
- Gently yet effectively restores skin health.
Another option is our Discovery Mini Kit. This travel-friendly set includes our seven hero products in mini sizes! Perfect for The Golden Secret's first-timers or jet-setting regulars.
- All in refillable glass bottles
- Biodegradable skincare bag
- How-to booklet to help you discover the best ways to get the most out of your new skincare rituals.
Q5: What is the best thing for stubborn dark spots on my face?
There are things that you can do both externally and internally to minimize and heal dark spots. I wrote an entire blog post that you can find HERE where I get more in-depth on what to do.
Externally, I recommend minimizing or eliminating any skincare product that could make you more susceptible to UV light and hyperpigmentation. Here’s the catch, the exact products that conventional dermotologists recommend for dark spots can make you more susceptible and in a viscous cycle that makes it worse.
Here are some other things:
I do not recommend dermaplaning, especially for those prone to getting dark spots. Those vellus hairs (peach fuzz) are there for a reason: they help protect the barrier of your skin from environmental damage. Without them, you are more susceptible to damage, dark spots, and even bacteria.
Do microneedling once per month to help break up the enzyme involved in the production of melanin. See the at-home tool I love HERE
Do The Golden Secrets Instant Glow Facial Mask 2-3x per week to naturally fade discoloration without disrupting the microbiome of your skin. I love doing this after I microneedle, but it's not recommended if you have sensitive skin.
Practice gua sha with The Golden Secrets Sorceress Stone 2-3 times per week to naturally brighten and smooth the complexion as well as break up melanin production.
Use organic, natural oils that are formulated and work with your skin's natural innate wisdom, not against it. Our Heal All Oil during the day to protect and even the skin tone, and Youth Beauty Face Oil at night to regenerate and effectively fade the appearance of hyperpigmentation.