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INHALE THE COLORS

Boy Smells announces the launch of the second installment of the Chromesthesia candle series, Chromesthesia II, introducing four new scents and color ways to their collection of r e imagined personal care products. Each new scent features a blend of coconut and beeswax hand-poured into deep purple, burgundy, nav y and dahlia pink color -coated jars. Dubbed Philia, Damasque, De Nîmes and Cameo, the assortment features wax specially dye d to match the containers creating a monochromatic sensor y experience perfect for transitioning into the fall season.

Continuing to draw inspiration from Chromesthesia, a behavior which produces a visual impression based on scent, sight, or sound, the collection combines essential oils matched with their molecular identical: merging nature and the instinct to replicate it. Philia, offered in a shade of rich purple, features notes of ambrette seed, lilac, cassis, nutmeg, orris, sandalwood, musk , and hazelnut. Damasque, in a shade of burgundy, contains notes of rose, cherry, apricot, labdanum, cardamom, oud, cistus, olibanum, guiac and tobacco. De Nîmes, in a shade of regal navy inspired by the candle’s name sake city Nîmes (where denim was first produced ) combines almond, eucalyptus, rhubarb, violet, ambergris, blueberry and juniper. In a dahlia pink jar, Cameo features notes of crystalized ginger, rose, tuberose, vanilla, pomelo, heliotrope, and skin musk.

Each new scent is offered in the signature Boy Smells 8.5-ounce glass container and retails for $34.00 USD. Always push ing the boundaries of how one interact s with the products used every day, Boy Smells continues to juxtapose uniquely unexpected element sin to a harmonized blend of scent-specific items that offer a nod to nature, personal experiences, and modern lifestyle.

Packaged in pink and conceived beyond the gender binary, Boy Smells candles and intimate apparel make loving yourself a daily ritual. Boy Smells candles are all developed and mixed in the Los Angeles studio with fine perfume and essential oils, all-natural coconut and beeswax. The candles hand-poured in a reusable glass vessel, and hand- labeled in Los Angeles, California . Al l Boy Smells’ products are paraben, paraffin, sulphate, and phthalate free.

In 2016, Boy Smells began as an experiment in candle-making in the Los Angeles home of co-founders and real-life partners Matthew Herman and David Kien and their three dogs. Herman and Kien– both fashion veterans who worked in design (Herman) and product development (Kien)– began by making the things they’d want to use on a daily basis, products that were fluid and essential.

Boy Smells is currently carried in over 250 retail locations worldwide , with 22 original scents, votives, and 4 Unmentionables styles.

7 Things To Give Up To Help You Get Pregnant This Year

by Mary Jane Minkin, MD, Clinical Professor of OB/GYN at Yale University

Unfortunately, a simple do-it-yourself plan doesn’t exist, but fertility specialists and women’s health experts agree that certain measures can create the best possible chances for fertilization to occur. So, without ironclad guarantees, here are 7 things to give up to help you get pregnant this year:Every couple mired in infertility, every woman who has ever spent hours scouring the Internet for new breakthroughs and conception tips has had the same wish: For a clear-cut, easy-to-follow program that would guarantee a healthy pregnancy. 

    • Alcohol. Studies focusing on alcohol’s effect on conception have produced mixed results, with some indicating that pregnancy is more likely if women give up drinking entirely and others suggesting that those who drink moderately might increase their chances of conception – perhaps because an occasional glass of wine makes them more relaxed. But experts agree that women who give up alcohol will increase their chances of a healthy baby once conception does happen, and that alone is reason enough for most women to quit.

 

    • Tobacco. Unlike alcohol, the data smoking’s correlation to pregnancy is undisputed. Both primary and secondhand smoke are detrimental to a woman’s chance of conceiving and to a developing fetus as well. Quitting is never easy, but resources and support to help you find a plan and stick to it.

 

    • Caffeine. As the daily substance of choice for most Americans, dependency on those morning cups of coffee is difficult to break. Try cutting back on your intake if you drink multiple cups a day- a recent study confirms ACOG guidelines that one standard 12 oz. cup of regular coffee (200 mg of caffeine) is safe for pregnancy. 

 

    • Your Spot on the Couch. In other words, get up and move around! Couch potatoes aren’t helping any aspect of their health, but women who are trying to conceive have an extra-compelling reason to kick it into high gear. Experts agree that women who stay within their ideal weight have a better chance of becoming pregnant, and a study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology reported that women who exercise 30 minutes or more a day had a reduced risk of ovulation disorders, which often lead to infertility.

 

    • Junk food. Generally speaking, any change that moves you toward a healthier lifestyle will promote fertility. But when it comes to diet, advice seems to fall all over the map. Specific fertility diets advocate for eating foods like oysters, garlic and yams, but an extensive 2009 study advised women to follow simpler guidelines – healthy fats, selective proteins, whole grains and plenty of iron and other vitamins. It’s important to start taking supplemental folic acid to help prevent birth defects. The sooner you can start taking a prenatal vitamin with sufficient folic acid like vitafusion, the better! You should begin taking prenatals even before you begin trying to conceive. And, obviously, putting down the potato chips and the candy bars is an excellent first step to take to help you get pregnant this year. 

 

    • Excessive Stress. Granted, this step is easier said than done, especially when the chief cause of the stress is the infertility itself. But if external factors are causing undue anxiety, a woman’s chance at conception can decrease, and the stress of waiting for that positive pregnancy test month after month could be the last straw for her emotional health. Give up extra responsibilities whenever possible, talk to your boss about reducing your job stress and work in regular “mental health” days to be refreshed by activities and people you enjoy.

 

  • Lubricants Containing Glycerin. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) “Guidelines for Optimizing Natural Fertility”, several leading vaginal lubricants (e.g. K-Y) may decrease fertility based on their observed effects on sperm survival. Another study showed that lubricants containing glycerin had an adverse effect on sperm motility. Fertility experts recommend using a fertility friendly lubricant like Pre-Seed that is specially formulated without glycerin that will not harm sperm and allows sperm to swim freely. 

Like we said, there is no checklist you can complete that guarantees a healthy pregnancy, but giving up these 7 things can help you get pregnant. It’s all about creating the ideal environment for the pregnancy to happen; a healthy, happy and active lifestyle is a solid base and giving up the aforementioned things will get you there.

FDA Accelerates E-Cigarette Review For New Rules

By Eric Van Buskirk

Suorin Air Starter Kit

In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration was expanded to regulate tobacco as well as nicotine products, including cigars and e-cigarettes. A year later, the FDA issued an ultimatum to manufacturers: provide sufficient information to justify the continued circulation of your tobacco and nicotine products on the market, and do so by May 2022.

The deadline was initially set in order to provide manufacturers ample time to produce studies and research against the charge that their products were both aimed at and increasingly consumed by American teenagers. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and their partners — responsible in large part for pressuring the FDA into action — immediately challenged the timeline, positing that such a long waiting period was unacceptable.

AAP President and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics Kyle E. Yasuda, M.D. was quoted as saying, “the FDA oversight over the sales and marketing of these harmful products has languished for too long. With the epidemic of e-cigarette use by teens, it is incumbent on the FDA to act expeditiously to hold manufacturers accountable for products that contain nicotine and harmful chemicals.”

In March 2018, the AAP as well as the American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Truth Initiative and five pediatricians sued the FDA, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the heads of both agencies. According to the suit, the coalition intended to take action against the FDA and HHS not only for their decision to provide manufacturers with such a generous grace period, but for allowing them to continue selling their products until the scheduled date of review.

Finally, in May this year, U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm of Maryland ruled in favor of the AAP and its partners, aiming pointed statements at the FDA in the process. “Arguably, the five-year compliance safe-harbor has allowed the manufacturers enough time to attract new, young users and get them addicted to nicotine before any of their products, labels, or flavors are pulled from the market, at which time the youth are likely to switch to one of the other thousands of tobacco products that are approved — results entirely contrary to the express purpose of the Tobacco Control Act,” he wrote.

Companies and manufacturers now have ten months before the FDA is set to begin their review in May 2020. Grimm’s remarks are worth exploring in detail, as there is recent data that bears out his point. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that vaping rates among high schoolers and middle schoolers increased by 78% and 48% respectively over 2017 — just one year of the six-year grace period originally afforded to cigar and e-cigarette manufacturers by the FDA.

An Accelerated Review & Its Impact on E-Cigarette Manufacturers

For e-cigarette giant Juul and tobacco juggernauts Philip Morris International, Imperial Brands and Altria, the next ten months will be a battle to continue selling their Juul e-cig and iQOS systems — but it’s a battle they’re confident they can win. Other manufacturers like Sourin Air, who really more on online sales, are a bit less concerned about sales since online purchases have getter systems in place to prevent under-age buying.

“We are secure in the content and quality of our application for May,” stated Juul spokesperson Ted Kwong in an interview with Forbes. “Our growing body of evidence as well as our industry-leading actions to combat underage access and use will ensure adult smokers continue to have a true alternative to cigarettes, the leading cause of preventable death worldwide.”

Representatives from the so-called “tobacco Big Five” expressed similar convictions.

For smaller companies and e-cigarette manufacturers, the FDA’s accelerated review represents an entirely different struggle. Until 2016, the vaping industry as a whole had gone largely unregulated, and products were able to enter the market without needing FDA approval. The processes of preparing applications, litigating their cases and abiding the coming surge of new regulations is very likely to decimate the profitability of smaller e-cigarette operations. For them, the next ten months will be a struggle for their continued existence.

Ironically, it may very well be the case that Juul — which is estimated to control three fourths of the e-cigarette market — and the tobacco Big Five will come away the biggest winners by the end the FDA’s accelerated review.

NINE INCH NAILS

Nine Inch Nails God Break Down the Door heard on Beats 1 this morning is now available everywhere. Download / stream the track HERE or view the visualizer HERE. Listen to Trent Reznor’s conversation with Zane Lowe HERE.

The song is from Bad Witch, the final volume in the trilogy that began with 2016 Not The Actual Events and2017 ADD VIOLENCE. Set for release on June 22, Bad Witch is now available for preorder HERE. Fans who pre-order the record in digital format, or from NIN.COM, will instantly receive God Break Down the Door.

Nine Inch Nails will bring their “musical, visual, emotional sensory onslaught as hailed by The New York Times, to some of the most iconic venues in the USA this fall. As previously announced, The Jesus and Mary Chain will provide direct support. Today, Nine Inch Nails revealed the openers for COLD AND BLACK AND INFINITE NORTH AMERICA 2018. Opening acts will vary as the tour moves across the country, and include TOBACCO, Kite Base, Daniel Avery, Gabe Gurnsey (Factory Floor), Death in Vegas and HMLTD. See below for details.

To encourage fans to explore the music of each opening act, Reznor has curated a playlist of their songs. Listen HERE.

In what Reznor describes as part of the experience tickets for the fall run go on sale this weekend, in person only. All seats (including the best seats) to COLD AND BLACK AND INFINTE NORTH AMERCA 2018 will be available at The Physical World presale events, taking place May 19th at each venue’s box office, with the exception of Red Rocks for which the presale will take place on May 20th at the Denver Coliseum Box Office.

Fans can purchase up to four tickets per show. Visit nin.com/tickets2018 for a complete list of box office locations and further information. Limited quantities of tickets may be released via additional ticketing channels, subject to availability, at a later date to be announced. Ticket inventory available via phone and online channels will include ADA tickets.

Heartland Institute Experts React to FDA

The advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration voted 5-to-4 to reject a claim from Philip Morris International Inc. that “Switching completely to IQOS presents less risk of harm than continuing to smoke cigarettes.” Phillip Morris claims that using their IQOS device, which heats tobacco rather than burn it, could reduce the risk of tobacco related health issues compared to cigarettes.

“How many more smokers will have to die on the FDA’s watch until they catch up to the rest of the world when it comes to supporting harm reduction technologies?” Director of Government Relations John Nothdurft said. “The rest of  the world is far ahead of the United States in terms of supporting policies that help smokers quit or at a minimum move to less harmful alternatives such as heat-not-burn products, e-cigarettes, and snus.”

Cuba Cars

Check out from publishers . Cuba is worth a visit. Or, as the authors of this book discovered, several. Cuba is still associated with Tobacco and Cohiba, Rum and Mojito – and above all the old classic, American cars of the Fifties, still running.
 
This coffee-table book is a presentation of the unbelievable variety of classic car models against the backdrop what Columbus described as “the most beautiful land ever seen by human eyes.”


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