For Pro Harmony Ultrasonic Diffuser Delivers Pleasing Results

Back in the day, my first experience with aromatic diffusers was cones of incense. What an experience to walk into a “head shop” and there would be boxes of cone incense in as many as 100 fragrances. Along with the cones were the sticks but the cones were best since they burned longer. The problem with incense was that the end result was a mess and it was highly flammable while burning.

In the late 1990’s, the first decent aroma diffusers were introduced, these used a filter and a fan technique. The success of these were immediate but the issue was that the filter needed constant replacing and the fan burned out.

Natural diffusers were also introduced and still available. These are made of ceramic and use a tea light to heat essential oil. While good for supervised home use, they are not practical for commercial use.

The For Pro Harmony Ultrasonic Diffuser (#308342) is the latest innovation for diffusing essential oils. Ultrasonic technology cold diffuses  essential aromatherapy oils. The fine micro-particles go into the air as a mist without heat to protect the aroma solution. The great thing about this product is that it can be used without essential oils. It will purify air, generating negative ions to remove pollutants, bacteria, fine dust, smoke and viruses. It also helps to relieve depression, stress, fatigue and allow for better sleep.

ForPro Harmony Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser

Another great thing about the Harmony is its ease of use. It comes with a refill cup and UL approved AC adapter. To use, simply remove the oval cap and you will see the fill well with a defined line to fill with water. Filtered water is best such as distilled as this will prevent clogging over long periods of use. Use the refill cup to fill to the line. Next add a few drops of essential oil. The brand I prefer is NOW. All NOW oils are 100% pure, natural and paraben-free. And you can’t beat the price. Since the oils are concentrated, more is not better so experiment. After filling replace the oval dome.

Next attach the 12V adapter plug to the base and plug in. You can adjust the setting to low, medium or high output, I like the high output to get going and then switching to low output once the room has the perfect scent. There are seven LED light combinations available (blue, light blue, dark blue, green, dark green, purple, and red). You can set the Harmony to cycle through all colors or press the button to hold the color of your choice.

The unit holds 150ml or 5 oz. of water and depending on the output you select will run for up to four hours without a refill. It features an auto-shutoff once the water runs out so no worry about burning out the unit when you are not around.

The unit is 100% quiet so you can use it in virtually any room and in any setting. And depending on the time of day, you can change the essential oils to reflect the mood you are trying to achieve.

Overall, excellent machine and best value for any ultrasonic diffuser. For high capacity options with a more bells and whistles, check out the For Pro Serenity Ultrasonic Diffuser (#308341).

Out Of My Mind On A Monday Mornin’

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Cosmoprof Las Vegas 2013 has come and gone. More exhibitors (over 900) and less attendees. It was quite the interesting mix of both. In fact, I thought I was the Cosmoprof Hong Kong show that takes place in November. There were more Asian booths from China, Korea, Pakistan and European booths than USA booths. In fact, the biggest USA booths were for the most part rep groups who don’t sell a thing but take up space on the show floor. Attendees were about the same mix as well, a strong indication of what the beauty industry has evolved into.

We launched the For Pro brand at Cosmoprof and met with great enthusiasm. Our Asian customers loved the fact that they could buy one line encompassing all their needs at low prices. Our European customers enjoyed the variety and breadth of the line. Hot items included the For Pro Serenity and Harmony diffusers; Fleece & Terry shower wraps; Vinyl gloves; Makeup Palettes; Massage tables and sheets; and all the disposables.

One thing the PBA can do a better job is to keep salons out of the show. Many stopped by and were very confused why they were there. I am sure the exhibitors were just as confused.

Looking for hot products on the show floor was difficult at best. The nail category continues its domination and when it comes to gel nail polish, CND Shellac still reigns supreme. We are launching their new Forbidden collection and are already close to sold out condition. And before you know it, Shellac holiday will be shipping. Please don’t tell me holiday is around the corner.

THE BEAUTY BOOK Fall 2013 is out and is splendid.  It is certainly the largest selection of professional beauty products for the spa, nail, mani, hair, and hospitality markets.

The next big thing in medical and health will be self-diagnostic devices. There is an estimated 62,000 shortage of doctors in the USA alone and that number will grow with the aging population. The next big thing will be these devices that pretty much do it all without a physician to do the test. One thing that IBM, Apple and the health care community is working on is taking the SIRI concept and applying it to these devices. Once the device configures the results, a virtual nurse will actually discuss the results with you much as a doctor does. The iPhone camera will be the next X-ray and then some. For a hint of the future, visit here.

Student debt now exceeds credit card debt. Over one trillion dollars. What does that mean for the 20’s generation? And since these loans are guaranteed by the taxpayers, it is only a matter of time that this issue explodes much like the housing crisis. I am shocked how many cosmetology students spend $20,000 for tuition only to abandon the industry after a short period of time.

Most employment gains are from part-time workers. Is a booth renter considered part-time? I wonder what percentage of the beauty industry is full-time vs. part-time?

If toilet paper rolls get any smaller, manufacturer’s will need to introduce dual paper holders. And why does anyone like 1-ply vs. 2-ply? Remember when toilet paper came in colors?

Happy Monday!

Out Of My Mind On A Monday Mornin’

Do you prefer 1-ply or 2-ply toilet paper?

View Results

Cosmoprof Las Vegas 2013 has come and gone. More exhibitors (over 900) and less attendees. It was quite the interesting mix of both. In fact, I thought I was the Cosmoprof Hong Kong show that takes place in November. There were more Asian booths from China, Korea, Pakistan and European booths than USA booths. In fact, the biggest USA booths were for the most part rep groups who don’t sell a thing but take up space on the show floor. Attendees were about the same mix as well, a strong indication of what the beauty industry has evolved into.

We launched the For Pro brand at Cosmoprof and met with great enthusiasm. Our Asian customers loved the fact that they could buy one line encompassing all their needs at low prices. Our European customers enjoyed the variety and breadth of the line. Hot items included the For Pro Serenity and Harmony diffusers; Fleece & Terry shower wraps; Vinyl gloves; Makeup Palettes; Massage tables and sheets; and all the disposables.

One thing the PBA can do a better job is to keep salons out of the show. Many stopped by and were very confused why they were there. I am sure the exhibitors were just as confused.

Looking for hot products on the show floor was difficult at best. The nail category continues its domination and when it comes to gel nail polish, CND Shellac still reigns supreme. We are launching their new Forbidden collection and are already close to sold out condition. And before you know it, Shellac holiday will be shipping. Please don’t tell me holiday is around the corner.

THE BEAUTY BOOK Fall 2013 is out and is splendid.  It is certainly the largest selection of professional beauty products for the spa, nail, mani, hair, and hospitality markets.

The next big thing in medical and health will be self-diagnostic devices. There is an estimated 62,000 shortage of doctors in the USA alone and that number will grow with the aging population. The next big thing will be these devices that pretty much do it all without a physician to do the test. One thing that IBM, Apple and the health care community is working on is taking the SIRI concept and applying it to these devices. Once the device configures the results, a virtual nurse will actually discuss the results with you much as a doctor does. The iPhone camera will be the next X-ray and then some. For a hint of the future, visit here.

Student debt now exceeds credit card debt. Over one trillion dollars. What does that mean for the 20’s generation? And since these loans are guaranteed by the taxpayers, it is only a matter of time that this issue explodes much like the housing crisis. I am shocked how many cosmetology students spend $20,000 for tuition only to abandon the industry after a short period of time.

Most employment gains are from part-time workers. Is a booth renter considered part-time? I wonder what percentage of the beauty industry is full-time vs. part-time?

If toilet paper rolls get any smaller, manufacturer’s will need to introduce dual paper holders. And why does anyone like 1-ply vs. 2-ply? Remember when toilet paper came in colors?

Happy Monday!