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Help! How can I advertise on campus?

Oh, hello. When you think of ways to promote your club or organization, the first thing you think of is probably business cards and pamphlets, fliers or posters. That’s perfectly fine—and also perfectly lame. How many times have you immediately trashed (excuse me, recycled) the brightly colored flier, thrust into your hands by an enthusiastic member of the Robotics Club? How often do you watch from afar as your own creatively designed event brochures are scattered and abandoned on the quad?

If you like, you can keep trashing the environment by printing thousands of promotional paper materials. It’s your life. But if you actually want people to remember your organization, you might want to consider custom beer koozies.

It’s true, beer koozies might cost more than flimsy pamphlets. After you buy your weekly ration of ramen noodles and Red Bull, money is tighter than your ex gf’s yoga pants after she’s gained the Freshman 15. 

But just as those XS Lululemons manage to stretch and cover her important assets, I bet you can manage to fit promotional koozies into your budget.

So, what are the benefits?

Here are our top 5:
5) Koozies are durable. No matter what you call them: beer coolies, cozys, coosies, can-coolers, coldy-holdys or beer sleeves, these handy dandy beer condoms will outlast any paper poster. Your organization or club’s message won’t be easily ripped or smudged when printed on what Aussies refer to as “stubby holders.”

4) Koozies are notable. Receiving a coozie, unlike being handed a piece of paper, is like getting a real gift. Everyone likes presents. When Alex is wavering between DG and Chi-O, don’t you think she’ll be more inclined to choose the sorority that stood out from the rest?

3) Koozies are shareable. Okay, not everyone is going to be interested in your organization. But it’s likely they know someone who is. And when do people pull out beer coolies? While having fun, and maybe (probably) drunk. Your organization or event will be advertised while people are having a good time—how could you say no to that?

2) Koozies are easy to customize. Here comes the shameless plug for Kooziez.com, where we will design your koozies…For. Free. Showcase your organization or event with a personal design unlike anyone else’s. Individuality is priceless.

1) Koozies can be delivered fast. We can rush coolers to you in 24 hours if that’s what you need.

Ok, you’ve convinced me. How do I order promotional koozies?

If you want the dirt on how koozies can take your collegiate club to the next level, just visit our website! Kooziez.com OR dial (518) 964-1018 to speak with one of our sales agents. If you’ve forgotten how to make a phonecall, you can email me: zoe@kooziez.com.

I only use my e-mail for boring stuff and Amazon Prime.

That’s fine. We know how to use The Social Media. We’re so lit, our company name has a Z at the end instead of an S. We’re so hip, we even have an intern who buys vinyl records from the Farmer’s Market. Check us out on Facebook: @beercoolies. We’re on Twitter and Insta, too: @lovemycoolies and @cancoolies. If you can guess why none of our handles are Kooziez.com, we’ll give you 20% off your koozie order. Visit our site and order koozies now! You’re procrastinating anyway.

Protect Yourself on Campus with Immediate Self-Defense

Experience with self-defense is a must-have for college students who are at risk of suffering physical and sexual assault, and this is especially true for women. You need to know that. When I teach self-defense seminars for sororities and ask how many of the women attending personally know someone who has been assaulted, something scary happens. Firstly, a lot of hands go up. Then the younger ladies who are new to school ask the people near them, “Really?” and often the answer is “Yes. I was. You know me, and now you know I was assaulted, so raise your hand.” Within seconds, almost every hand in the group is up and it doesn’t matter if the group is 10 students or 500. I ask them to keep their hands raised and look around so that they get the point. After this, groups are very ready to learn what I have to teach and so I wrote “Immediate Self-Defense”.

Experience with self-defense

Most people who teach self-defense get the whole thing wrong, unfortunately. Self-defense is largely taught by martial arts experts or law enforcement professionals who have hundreds or thousands of hours applying their skills. Their reflexes are developed and ready in a completely different way to the average person. The skills they use have no resemblance to what the average person is capable of in a real life or death confrontation. If they try to teach you self-defense techniques they would personally use and you don’t have their level of experience, it will almost certainly fail for you. While they might have good intentions, it is effective self-defense that matters in the end. For instance, if a self-defense class focuses on a lot of complicated memorization, or expects you to identify thumb positions when being grabbed so you know which direction to pull away, these things will not work for you without a high level of experience.

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What’s worse, is if you are instructed to carry some kind of weapon, but have little practice in using it. There’s simply no way that you will be able to bring it into a dangerous situation and use it—without a lot of practice—under stress. The problem lies with adrenaline and heart rate. When a person experience’s an adrenaline dump, there are various possible consequences that are discussed in-depth in my book, Immediate Self Defense.

Rather than restate them, read this segment from “Immediate Self-Defense” (chapter two, page 13) on Stress Responses & Adrenaline:

“The body has certain predictable responses to stressful situations. If you think about it, I know you are familiar with them already, even if you’ve never had to defend yourself. Have you ever had to speak publicly? That is a huge stressor for a lot of people. Ever experienced road rage? How about been in a car accident? Or had a heated argument with someone?
If you’ve experienced anything like these, you have felt at least some of the effects I’m about to describe firsthand, so I know you can relate. Common effects of an adrenaline dump include: heart-rate and respiratory changes, tunnel vision, loss of hearing, inability to take in and process new information, no fine motor skills, time dilation (moving fast, moving slow, inconsistent), increased speed and strength, loss of touch sensitivity including increased pain tolerance, unconscious movements or freezing, short term memory loss including non-formation of memory, no depth perception, and the list goes on.”

What would you do if your life or safety were threatened? How would you react? Are you confident that you would fight back and survive? Should you fight back? What’s the best response? If something happens, how do I report it? What is that process like? Should I report it? What if my report isn’t taken seriously? What is title IX? What is wrong with a person who would attack someone else? Can I really ever be safe? Am I really at risk? Why can’t I get a clear answer to any of my questions?

“Immediate Self-Defense” was written as if a companion to in-person seminars for myself and every other self-defense teacher. I explore and discuss all of the answers to all of these questions about self-defense and more.

Tony Johnson, Immediate Self-Defense
(707) 364-6478


Snow Boots for College Students at WinterBoots.com

As we enter December and temperatures begin to dip, choosing the optimal winter boots is a quandary at college campuses across the country. Or at least, it should be! Because we’re located a stone’s throw from the University of Vermont, we have a daily window into the winter boot habits of college students in their native territory. Much to our collective horror, we’re seeing college boys adapting their facial hair to the season without giving a thought to their footwear while the girls are squeezing the last bits of life out of their Uggs.

 In a recent heart to heart, a Middlebury College senior from San Francisco confessed that even with three seasons of New England-living under her belt, she still hadn’t grasped the essential elements of winter boots selection. She came to the Northeast armed with her Frye Campus boots—the name should be resume enough, right?—without realizing that a rubber tread on the heel, but not the sole, wasn’t going to keep her upright on icy streets or in slippery dining halls.
Game on. Life was about to change for this northern transplant. We put Sorel’s Addington Chelsea with its toothy heel-to-toe rubber base in her hands and eureka! —the fear of walking dangerously was a distant memory.

 How to Choose Winter Boots for Navigating Campus?

 At WinterBoots.com, we create a Campus Collection each fall to help college students narrow their options when buying winter boots. These aren’t your shovel-the-driveway snow boots, but rather boots built to wear all day long: to class, across the green, back to the dining hall, over to the library, inside to work out and up the never ending hill to your freshman dorm. We have goals for you. End the day with two dry socks and zero public falls.

 Guard against Wet Feet

Waterproof, or at least highly water resistant boots are key. When you spend as much time in transit as the average university undergrad, keeping moisture at bay is a top consideration. Today’s boots utilize treated leathers, breathable membranes and seam-sealed edges so that slushy snow and soggy walkways are held at bay.

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Stand Your Ground

You can’t choose whether you’ll encounter slick surfaces on your travels, but you can increase the odds of avoiding a fall by choosing footwear with a full rubber outsole. Relegate your sneakers to the back of the closet. Look for deeper treads that will provide needed traction.

Avoid the Tropics

There is a place in your winter boot quiver for a highly insulated model, but your everyday footwear should have 200 grams or less to ensure you don’t overheat when you’re inside. For heartier souls, even a non-insulated boot can meet the cold weather challenge as long as it’s waterproof. College campuses are a bastion of winter boot avoidance. Our mission is to save you from a layover at Health Services when you careen across the quad grabbing that 8am coffee. Brands like Sorel and Timberland have completely changed the look of today’s winter boots.  We love the all-day styles of winter boots that are lightly insulated and waterproof with sturdy traction, perfect for sitting through class then making it safely home to your Netflix.

Shop our Campus Collection!

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Man Arrested for the Murder of Anthony Nazaire on Cornell University Campus

Nagee Green was arrested November 7 for the murder of Anthony Nazaire on a Cornell University campus

19-year-old Anthony Nazaire, a student at Ithaca College, was fatally stabbed at a Cornell University campus during the late evening of August 28 2016 after a party. Nagee Green, a 23-year-old man from Freeville, NY, was arrested November 7 in connection with the incident. Green has been charged with one count of second-degree murder and one count of second-degree assault in relation to the stabbing another student. Police my file further charges at a later date.

Green has pleaded not guilty to both counts. He is currently being held at Tompkins County Jail without bail and will appear before a grand jury at Ithaca Court on November 10.

Nazaire, a Brooklyn native, was a Business Administration student at Ithaca College. He was described by friends and faculty at the college as ambitious.
In a statement released on Monday night, Ithaca College president, Tom Rochon, said “We have felt both sorrow and anger as a result of this violent crime, and the loss it has brought to so many. While his family cannot be made whole again, we can all do Anthony justice by continuing to keeping his memory alive in our hearts.”

Cornell students reportedly say that even after the incident, they do not feel unsafe at Cornell University, believing it to be a one-time tragedy.

Read the statement released by Cornell’s interim President Hunter R. Rawlings, here.

Fear of Failure

“It is foolish to fear what you cannot avoid”—Publilius Syrus

Fear of failure stunts the personal and professional growth of many students across the country. Instead of trying that which pushes us out of our comfort zone, some of us are more inclined to push it to the side, procrastinate and forget about it. But why do we do that?

Programmed to Fear Failure

Many psychological barriers that halt action tend to stem from our early years and those first experiences we have—this can include the fear of failure.
Look into the past, way back to those early years at school, where one was praised for being exceptional academically and condemned with a big fat ‘F’ on the page if you did anything but. Consider how different you may feel, present day, if your efforts were praised and not just your achievements. Failure would seem a step in the process of trying, instead of that demon you’ve spent most of your life trying to avoid whose occasional grip sends you into the depths of despair. Fear of what others might think of you takes over.

The fear of failure can be quite crippling, actually, and I think anyone reading this might have a similar opinion. When I got the results of exams I took previous to going to college, I saw that I had failed one. I failed and thought that was the end of my life as I knew it—

“There’s no way I’m going to college!”

“Everyone I know would surely be talking about how dumb I am!”

“Oh, such a catastrophe!”

“My life is over!”

And so on, and so on.

Then this happened: I tried again and life moved on.

The truth is, failure is an integral part to being human and everyone you know has dealt with it and will continue to deal with it throughout their lives. What sets those who are successful apart from those who are not (but have the potential to be), is how one perceives “failure”.

J.K. Rowling

If you think of the success of Harry Potter, it’s hard to believe that J.K Rowling had ever failed at anything. Her manuscript was rejected by 12 publishers before being picked up by Bloomsbury publishing.

She says, “I am not going to stand here and tell you that failure is fun. That period of my life was a dark one, and I had no idea that there was going to be what the press has since represented as a kind of fairy tale resolution.”

Oprah Winfrey

Now America’s favorite, Oprah was once fired from her job as an anchor on television but bounced back, now being an estimated worth of $2.9billion.

“I don’t think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who, from an early age, knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good.”—Oprah Winfrey

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A small but effective tip for tackling fear of failure, is to consider:

• How this situation could be perceived as a lesson
• What positives derive from this situation?

When your perception of failure is turned on its head by thinking about the positives as opposed to the negatives of such, wonderful things begin to happen. Failures are recognized as lessons and steps to success, instead. Go forward and think differently about what it means to “fail”, not only for your sanity throughout college, but for those years post education, too.

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Back to School Fashion

It’s time to head back to school. Whether it’s your freshman or senior year, you know you want fashion to impress but feel comfortable at the same time. From preppy to sportswear, we uncover the best trends for the back to school season.


Smarten Up—and we’re not just talking about your grades. Get the studious look not only through actually studying but also in your fashion. Funnel neck tops are a great way to smarten your look and keep you comfortable this season. Pair a neutral coloured (navy, black, white) top with a casual blazer and pointed shoes ready for job interviews or play down the preppy style with converse and fitted jeans for a smart-casual college look.

Sportify—Bomber jackets are replacing varsity jackets this season for both guys and girls. Get Grease vibes in your style by adding a black (satin sheen for the ladies) bomber jacket over a scruffy t-shirt. How about that for a whole new trendy take on wearing your pyjamas to college? Ditch those basketball shorts for well-fitted jeans to complete this comfortable yet stylish look. Alternatively, if you want to stand out, go for a bomber jacket with a funky print.

Keep Warm—As the temperatures drop for those on the east coast, duffle coats are a great addition to your fall wardrobe. The duffle coat is a big F/W 2016 trend in menswear with the camel duffle coat being seen on the catwalk. Pair it over your usual college outfits and hiker boots for a warm stylish take on this season’s trends.

Key trend colours—Copper, dark green, navy, grey, black and check print.

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It’s hat season—The only good thing about summer leaving and getting back to school is the excuse to wear hats—especially from summer to fall. Whether your outfit is a bit plain or you don’t have time to do your hair, a hat can disguise all of this whilst still looking fashionable. This season is all about black floppy hat and berets. Add to a monochrome outfit such as a button up flowy shirt and black jeans with a bold lip to ooze fall vibes with minimal effort.

Layering—Layering is the perfect hack in that awkward transition from summer to fall. Don’t buy a whole new wardrobe, just mix it up through layering. High neck tops and duster jackets are big in fashion this season, being great layering pieces to pop on and off during college. Transition your summer dresses with a long sleeve high-neck top, tights and ankle boots for a fall look. Pair your crop tops with a shirt or a chiffon vest underneath for a whole new look. Puffer jackets have been seen on Balenciaga’s AW16 catwalk in bright colours. They are light and warm making them great for fall.

Stand out—Whatever your personal style is, this season is all about standing out and expressing yourself through fashion—go bold. Rock those choker necklaces or mismatched earrings for a 90s back-to-school look. Adding in statement accessories is an easy way to upgrade your wardrobe and try different trends. For those going to job interviews, ditch the heels and wear pointed flats that give the illusion of wearing a fancy shoe but are also extremely comfortable.

Key trend designs and colours—Monochrome, maroon, mustard yellow, burnt orange, check print.

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Deck out your Dorm Room with cool products from Lava® lamp!

Your dorm room is the place where you will do so many things throughout the year such as studying, partying and of course hanging out with your friends!  You will need fun, versatile accessories that will allow you to keep up with the fast paced fun of college life.  The fun Lava® lighting and party products are a great way to decorate your room and make the most out of your limited space. 

We have all of your college bases covered – whether you are studying, partying or just relaxing with friends, we have a cool Lava® product for you!

STUDYING: Brighten up your desk with the innovative Lava® Plus Lamp! It is like getting three lamps in one! You can use it as a decorative desk lamp, an entertaining Lava Lamp OR both at the same time!  Easily flip the switch depending on which mood you are in.  Another great feature of this lamp is the size – It is compact but gives off a nice illumination. 

PARTYING: Whether you are hosting a beer pong party or a fun dance off, we’ve got you covered with our versatile party products!  From party classics like the strobe light to the brightly colored disco ball, we are constantly developing new and exciting party items.  We also have battery operated mini party products so you can take the party with you wherever you go!

HANGING OUT: Hosting a study session, video game marathon or just relaxing with your friends? We have a Lava® Lamp perfect for you.  Stressed out from studying? Watching the wax flow will calm you right done – perfect for finals week!  We offer many different Lava® Lamps to match any mood or décor.  All of our lamps feature hand spun bases, glass globes and mesmerizing wax or glitter.  

–       We offer several different sizes of lamps to fit any space! 11.5”, 14.5”, 16.3”, 17”, 18.5” and the biggest one we make called the Grande at 27”. 

–       Our ColorMax™ line offers brightly colored decals on the tops and bases with hand painted globes and white wax.  As the white lava passes through the multi-colored glass globe, the moving lava absorbs the different colors and changes.  We are introducing two new lamps this year.  One features a concert scene – because music and Lava Lamps go hand in hand and the other is Northern Lights which allows you to enjoy one of the Seven Wonders of the World right at home!

–       We also offer glitter lamps for those who love all things that sparkle.  2016 is brighter than ever with our new Glittermax™ lamp which features glitter paint on the base and cap combined with swirling glitter inside the glass globe give it an extreme glitter look.  We also have a new lamp that features a tri-color hand painted globe with silver glitter inside!

–       We are very excited about our new Lava® Lamp featuring chalkboard paint on the base and cap!  It allows for complete customization of the Lamp. Draw pictures, write notes, erase and repeat for endless hours of fun!

–       Ever wanted a mini fireplace in your own space? Our new Fireplace Lamp combines the look of a fireplace in the iconic Lava Lamp shape! Watch the “flames” blow around as color changing LEDs in red, orange, and purple simulate a real fireplace.  Add some ambience to your dorm room!

–       Add some cool to your room with our Metallic lamps! These lamps feature a shiny chrome look and are the perfect accent to any room!

–       Illuminate your dorm room with our new battery operated string lights! They color change through 7 fun colors = perfect for decorating bulletin boards or doorways!  

SOCIAL:  Come join the party! We are on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Snapchat.  We are constantly posting fun stuff, having cool contests and encouraging our fans to interact with us! Search for us under Lava Lamp. 

We have so many more fun items to help you make your dorm room your home away from home! Check out the rest of our cool products at fine retailers everywhere and also on our website www.lavalamp.com

Learn the anatomy of vaporizing with DaVinci Vaporizer

Indulge in the cultural revolution with DaVinci vaporizer

Whether you just started into what is dubbed as the hottest cultural trend of the 20th century, or you are the most advanced vaping connoisseur amongst your trendsetting crew, the real question is what kind of portable vaporizer is right for me? What kind of portable vaporizer is going to deliver a revolutionized vaporizer experience? What kind of portable vaporizer has precision temp control, direct glass path, and superior battery life? Which portable vaporizer is so discreet that it helps you redefine where you can vape?

DAVINCI VAPORIZER  –  Time and time again our vaporizers have performed exactly as they are supposed to  – advanced, superior and portable. They are lightweight, compact and discreet for vape enthusiasts of many facets. Whether on the go, backpacking through Europe or getting hyped up at the tailgate party with your friends, both the DaVinci™ and Ascent promise precision temperature control, state of the art heating methods and increased battery life. It was designed with the true premier taste in mind and you’ll truly love it.

We have the two most popular handheld vaporizers on our line up – DaVinci ™ Classic and the Ascent.

The rugged looking and durable DaVinci™ Classic is ideal for the outdoorsman in you and is a perfect adventure partner! We have put it to the test and battle tested for you from a drop height of 6 feet where the DaVinci ™ took it like a champ! Take your new found adventurer and tackle great heights with a compact design that takes a front row seat in that pack on your back.

Now, when it comes to the Ascent, we bring all of the greatness our DaVinci™ Classic offers mixed into a cocktail only the classiest connoisseurs can appreciate.

We’re kidding, this is the perfect sleek design you’ve been looking for that slips right into your back pocket and have a quick vape session on the way to that history of rock n’ roll class. See it all starts somewhere, and we know that. So we bring you a tool along the way that you can depend on.  Think about all of those great benefits mentioned before and then throw in an all glass pathway and discreet design, presenting the ability to vape virtually anywhere with style!

Also, the Ascent gives you the flexibility of enjoying your favorite dry herb blends and oils comfortably and discreetly. What this offers is a liberating feeling to vape in your favorite restaurant, outdoor settings, and events. It harbors a superior three-hour battery life that will allow you to freely enjoy your vaporizer through multiple sessions before having to recharge.

Oh, and I will tell you a secret… you can personalize your own vaporizer design. Why? Because everyone has a personality and we appreciate diversity. So show a side of you through your vaporizer by using our vaporizer designer.

“You’re Smart, Vape Smart”


If you’re thinking when to buy, the perfect time is now! A lot of people get the Ascent and  DaVinci™ not only because of its state-of-the-art features but because of its affordable price as well. The well-designed portable vaporizer is for any vape enthusiast who appreciates purity but as well the health benefits related to vaporizing loose leaf and oils. You will never regret the day you decided to own a portable vaporizer made by DaVinci™. Come join the cultural revolution and buy your own DaVinci Vaporizer today!. 

Students Are Refusing To Be Hunting Ground Victims

Many Are Carrying A “Secret Weapon” To Protect Themselves On And Off Campus

According to the Association of American Universities, around one in four female college students will be sexually assaulted while in college.*

Yes, the situation is that horrific. And it’s been that way for years. But something recently changed.

Without a doubt, the award-winning documentary, The Hunting Ground, got students, parents, educators, and countless others talking about the appalling reality of college sexual assault.

Many students are taking proactive steps to keep from becoming “hunting ground” victims. For starters, they’re paying attention to the basics, including:


  •  Declining offers to have personal information distributed across campus, to avoid becoming targets of predators


  • Learning campus routes and locations of emergency phones


  • Sharing class and activity schedules with close friends and family


  • Walking in groups whenever possible, never walking alone at night, and avoiding shortcuts that could put them at greater risk


  • Getting their own drinks, to keep from being unknowingly drugged


These steps are a good start. But unfortunately, they don’t eliminate the risk of sexual assault on and off campus. That’s why students are doing more. You could say they’re literally taking matters into their own hands.

Are they holding pepper spray? Some are. But pepper spray rarely thwarts attackers and often escalates a dangerous situation. And if you’re wondering about guns, well, the overwhelming majority of America’s 4,400 colleges and universities prohibit guns on campus. Plus, those things are very dangerous.

Students are increasingly relying on an ingenious “secret weapon” – a stun gun called MyPhaser. Here’s why:

1.           MyPhaser is disguised as a smartphone.

As you can see, MyPhaser looks like a contemporary smartphone. This means you can hold it in your hand and have it available whenever you need it – without revealing that you’re carrying a stun gun. So you maintain the all-important element of surprise that gives you an essential advantage over any attacker.

2.           It’s incredibly powerful.

With MyPhaser, a 98-lb. college student instantly acquires the knockout power of a 248-lb. boxing champion. One touch delivers up to 10 million volts of electricity, to temporarily disable any attacker. Our Pulse-wave technology keeps the attacker incapacitated for up to 30 minutes. You get plenty of time to leave the scene and call 911. By the way: The attacker recovers without any lasting effects.

3.           It’s super easy to use.

MyPhaser is even easier to use than a smartphone. Press one “magic” button to stun the attacker into submission. In most cases, several seconds of firing will keep him incapacitated for up to 30 minutes and docile for hours.

4.           It’s extremely well made.

A device used for personal protection must work properly when you need it. MyPhaser is a professional-grade stun gun manufactured by an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer that supplies police departments and military customers across the globe. It comes with high-quality batteries that last up to 20 years – and a lifetime warranty.

5.           It’s the device that gives you peace of mind.

The academic, social, and financial aspects of college provide more than enough stress for many students. Personal safety shouldn’t be another source of anxiety. Whether you’re male or female, if you feel unsafe walking within one mile of your dorm or apartment, or fear moments when you’re walking alone, you should strongly consider MyPhaser to get the peace of mind you need to enjoy college to the fullest.

6.           It’s surprisingly affordable.

MyPhaser fits right into student lifestyles – including budgets. To make this potentially life-saving device even more affordable, at checkout, use the coupon code “College News” to save 25% off your entire order. Your satisfaction with MyPhaser is 100% guaranteed. In fact, we even offer a 90-day risk-free trial. See if MyPhaser is legal where you go to school – then order MyPhaser here.


P.S. On the fence about getting MyPhaser? We suggest you view The Hunting Ground here.

* In a 2015 survey by the Association of American Universities, 23% of female undergraduate students reported experiencing sexual assault while in college.

5 Ways to clean up your skin care act

Advice on how to keep your skin as healthy as possible

Have you ever really looked at the ingredient list on the back of your go-to face wash? If it reads like an organic chem study guide, it probably contains hidden toxic ingredients, meaning that your cleanser—and possibly many of the other skin care products on your counter—could be doing more harm than its citrus-mint scent suggests.

Unlike with food and drugs, the FDA doesn’t require manufacturers to fully disclose all the ingredients, including preservatives, petroleum derivatives, or artificial fragrances, used in skin care and cosmetic products. This is troubling because many of the most commonly used ingredients often cause irritation, or other unintended side effects.

Even more concerning is the indisputable scientific evidence linking long-term exposure to known endocrine disruptors— including phthalates, parabens, and triclosan—found in personal care products that may cause neurological, developmental, and reproductive problems as well as obesity and cancer cell growth.

But, there’s no need to panic! The HERMOSA study, conducted by researchers at UC Berkeley and Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas revealed that even a brief discontinuation from certain cosmetics, lotions, and hair care products can significantly decrease levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals in teen girls*.

Ready to ditch the toxins from your skin care, and switch to clean and safe products that are just as effective?

MyChelle Dermaceuticals, a leading natural skin care brand, believes it is the responsibility of the companies creating and distributing skin care, cosmetics, and sunscreens to completely list their products’ ingredients. The Colorado-based company is 100% committed to transparency when it comes to the botanicals and plant-based ingredients they put in their formulas.

Earlier this year, MyChelle partnered with the influential, non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) as a Founding Member of EWG VERIFIED™.  This verification program is designed to help consumers quickly identify personal care products—including cosmetics—that meet the EWG’s strictest standards for ingredients, transparency in product labeling, and good manufacturing practices.

Making the transition to a natural routine can be overwhelming, so MyChelle has 5 simple tips to help you clean up your skin care act for good:

1. Knowledge is Power. The EWG Skin Deep® Database website and its Healthy Living App offers easy-to-navigate ratings for a wide range of products and ingredients on the market.

2. Dump Them All or Start Small. If you’re ready to go all-in with a natural approach to skin care, make a clean break with the bad and start from scratch. However, if you’ve invested a small fortune in a skin care system, prioritize by replacing the products that sit longest on your skin like moisturizers and serums.

3. Avoid These Troublemakers At All Cost. Skin care products containing the following ingredients should be banned from your cart and counter: Phthalates, Parabens, Benzoyl Peroxide, Emulsifiers (DEA, TEA, MEA), Propylene Glycol (PG), Sulfates (SLS/SLES) , Ureas, and Artificial Colors.

4. Use Fewer, More Effective Products – According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, American women use an average of 12 personal care products each day. Scale back your routine to include the basics: cleanser, exfoliator, and moisturizer. Then add targeted serums and a broad-spectrum sunscreen. The MyChelle Beauty Key 3 can be used daily to perfect, correct, and protect all skin types.

5. Choose a Safe Sunscreen and Use it Daily – Toss any sunscreens that use synthetic chemicals for protection and swap them for 100% mineral-based options that provide optimal defense against harmful UVA and UVB rays. MyChelle sunscreens are certified non-nano, offer broad-spectrum protection, and antioxidant-rich formulations that are biodegradable, reef safe, and responsibly packaged.



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