Originally from South Florida, I owned “Beauty Care by Lily” for 25 years. While providing services over this period of time, several aspects of my work intrigued me. Often many clients would come in the door stressed or anxious, but, by the time they left, they seemed relaxed and their mood was improved. I concluded that the attention and care I gave to them helped to reduce their stress. I also noticed that, for regular clients, they would reflect a greater positive self-image from these services over time. From those observations, I realized that, even though the beauty services I was providing focused on physical appearance, those effects were connected to physical and emotional health. As my appreciation for that body-mind connection grew, I also became aware that some products used in beauty care had ingredients that could adversely the affect my health as well as that of my clients.