Beginner’s Guide to Oil Cleansing

    You may or may not have heard about the benefits of cleansing your face with oil, but this natural cleansing method is becoming very popular amidst the chemical-ridden cleansers on the market today. It may seem counter-intuitive to add an oil cleanser to your skincare routine if you already have oily skin, but it goes back to the basic principle of “like dissolves like”. Using natural oils will help to balance the oil in your skin, dissolve oil trapped in pores, and maintain enough moisture that your skin isn’t overproducing oil. Now that we’ve established how oil cleansing works, let’s talk about how to actually do it and what oils are best for each skin type. Cleansing the skin with oil is a two part process. First, apply about a quarter sized amount of oil to a dry face and massage in a circular motion for two minutes. Then, place a washcloth under very hot running water, ring it out and place it over your face for one minute. Gently wipe the oil away when finished. It’s important to note that when starting an oil cleansing routine you may go through an adjustment period where your skin gets a little bit worse. This is completely normal, and will resolve itself within a few days (for some stubborn skin types it could take up to a week). So, what type of oil is right for you? Most oil cleansers start with a castor oil base. This is because castor oil is a natural astringent and will help in the cleansing process. What oil you choose to pair (or simply... read more

How to Blend Essential Oils

  Essential oils, when used properly, can do so many amazing things. From healing to happiness, cleaning to calming…essential oil blends are turned to for natural remedies all the time. What you may not know, though, is that there is some science behind creating essential oil blends. A science that is crucial to creating a blend that is not only effective, but pleasant and balanced as well. The four parts of an essential oil blend are the personifier, the enhancer, the equalizer, and the modifier. Together, these four characteristics will combine to create a well-balanced, enjoyable blend. Let’s break each part down and learn a little more about their importance: 1-5% = Personifier: The first oils added to your blend. These are the strongest, longest lasting oils and should be the dominant therapeutic benefit. 50-80% = Enhancer: The next element to add to your blend, making up the majority of the finished product. Not quite as strong as personifiers, these oils should still have a hearty scent but not overpower your personifiers. 10-15% = Equalizer: Next you will add even more subtle oils, ones that have a shorter duration so they won’t last as long as the previous two. The purpose here is to create balance and synergy between all the oils used. 5-8% = Modifier: The final addition should be very subtle and short lived. These oils are meant to create harmony throughout and leave your entire blend consistent and pleasant. When making your own blends, it’s important to follow the steps above so that you end up with a harmonious blend where all the oils work with one another - rather than against.... read more

Healthy Alternatives to Some Favorite Snacks

  We all love snacking - a little bit here, a little bit there… but none of it is usually all that healthy. Luckily, there are some better alternatives to let you snack without feeling guilty. Plus, lots of these are great options for tasty snacks for the kids, too! Instead of apple pie throw apple slices in the oven and bake them with some cinnamon. For an extra treat, eat them with a little bit of yogurt for some sweetness with the tart apples. Instead of potato chips dip some pieces of pita chips in hummus. Whole grain pita chips are much healthier than potato chips, and hummus is rich in protein and comes in a variety of flavors. Instead of milk chocolate reach for a small piece of dark chocolate instead. You’ll still be able to enjoy a sweet snack, and dark chocolate has the added bonus of antioxidants as well. Instead of candy put together a small fruit salad. It’s a great way to get some natural sugar and avoid the high fructose corn syrup and other ingredients in regular candy. Instead of cheesecake have some yogurt. Put some graham cracker crumbles and strawberries on top and you’ll have a tasty treat without all the calories and fat of a real cheesecake. Instead of french fries bake some sweet potato fries. They are delicious, you can add a tiny bit of salt, and being baked instead of fried makes them a WAY healthier option. Instead of cookies grab some rice cakes and add peanut butter. The peanut butter makes for a nice treat and the rice cakes will be... read more

7+ Natural Ingredients You’ll Love

It’s no secret that we LOVE natural ingredients - it’s all we use in our products! There are a lot of choices out there for natural ingredients, and all are great for one thing or another, but today we are sharing with you our favorites. From butters to flowers, here are the ones that top our list: 1. Coconut oil Why we love it: moisturizing, nourishing, anti-microbial With its earthy and soothing fragrance, this very versatile oil forms a barrier on the skin and absorbs quickly. Rich in Fatty acids, Capric acid, and Vitamin E it’s easily one of our go-to ingredients for skincare. 2. Shea butter Why we love it: improves elasticity, anti-inflammatory An essential ingredient in belly butters and stretch mark creams, shea butter is known to improve skin’s elasticity in both women and men. Rich in Vitamins A, E, and F it’s perfect for lotions and body butters. 3. Jojoba oil Why we love it: moisturizing, soothing, nourishing Considered a premium carrier oil due to its high stability and lightweight texture, jojoba oil absorbs easily into the skin and delivers instant hydration and moisturization. It has the ability to mimic and balance the skin’s natural oil content and to help remove excess oils. 4. Calendula Why we love it: antibacterial, healing, soothing Calendula has amazing healing properties. The petals can be used to make calendula oil infusions, which can then be put into almost any skincare product. Calendula is probably best used for chapped and otherwise irritated skin, and can also speed the healing of skin wounds and burns. 5. Rosewater Why we love it: fragrant, moisturizing, toning Clearly,... read more

5 Ways to Take Care of YOU During the Holidays

The holidays are such a beautiful time of the year. Yet for many of us, it is also a time of hustle and bustle which can leave us feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. This is the perfect time to introduce some self care habits into our daily routine. Our favorite thing about self care? It’s also a gift to everyone around us. When we’re feeling our best, we have that much more to give to those around us. Here’s five of our favorite self care tips that we hope make your holiday season filled with peace, love and joy :) Morning Routine: Start each day with a routine that fills your heart and sets you up for a great day. Pick a few things that you want to do every morning and watch how your day is transformed. It doesn’t have to take long, even five minutes will get the job done! Some ideas: Drink a glass of lemon water, journal three things you’re grateful for, read something that inspires you for 15 minutes (not email), review your goals for the day, enjoy a cup of tea, etc. Unplug: Take time each day to be completely unplugged and allow yourself to just be in the moment with yourself or the people around you. This is one of the most easiest ways to recharge and enjoy the beauty of the season. Gratitude: Each day write down three things you are grateful for. This is one of the most powerful ways to increase your joy each day! Give yourself Permission: Listen to your body and pay attention to the things that matter... read more

Breastfeeding Tips: How to read infant hunger cues

Breastfeeding Tips: Reading infant hunger cues   For many first-time breastfeeders, it may be difficult to know when it’s time to feed your baby. You’ll hear about schedules and hours, probably be given a chart to track when and how long your baby nursed. What will likely give you the most success, though, is to learn your baby’s hunger cues and feed according to them. What are hunger cues? It’s your baby’s way of non-verbally telling you that they are hungry. These cues may present themselves when the baby is asleep OR awake, so by learning how to identify them you’ll be able to know when it’s time to breastfeed WAY before the more obvious crying (which is a late cue, by the way!). There are three types of cues your baby will give to let you know they are hungry. They are early cues such as smacking lips or making sucking sounds, mid cues such as bringing their hands to their mouth, and late cues like crying - at which point you will need to calm baby down before feeding. Once you can pick up on the early and mid cues, you’ll have a sense of when it’s time to breastfeed. Okay, okay - we’ve blabbed enough already. Here are the three types of cues and what to look for from baby: So as you can see, the hunger cues are broken into three distinct phases - each of which making it more difficult to establish a good latch while breastfeeding because baby will be increasingly more frustrated. By learning the early cues you’ll be able to feed baby... read more

6 Uses for Coffee in your Beauty Routine

Coffee, for many of us, is a daily staple. We get up, we drink a cup. Research has even shown that drinking coffee regularly (even decaf) can lead to better health including a decreased risk in diabetes, better brain function, and even a longer lifespan. It’s time to put those magical little beans to work on our skin, too! Here are just some of the ways that you can incorporate coffee into your beauty routine (and why): 1. Reducing redness and puffiness. Coffee has an anti-inflammatory effect, making it great for using as an under eye treatment in the mornings. Brew yourself a cup, then take two cotton balls and dip them in your brewed coffee. Let them cool (throw ’em in the fridge if you’re in a hurry!) and place them under each eye for 3-5 minutes. 2. Brightening your face. Dark spots or uneven skintone is a common complaint when searching for a skincare product. You can make a brightening face mask by mixing ground coffee beans, sugar and some honey and massaging it into the face. Leave on for about 15 minutes and then rinse off. The result will be glowing, exfoliated skin! 3. Healing sunburn. Same as with under your eyes, if you soak a clean towel in coffee and let it cool it’s a great compress for sunburned shoulders, arms, legs, etc. It will provide temporary relief from the pain and help to speed up the healing process. 4. Adding volume to limp hair. Believe it or not, applying coffee to your scalp regularly may help hair growth and increase the strength of your hair.... read more

5 Benefits of Rose Water

  Rose water is a wonderful skincare ingredient and has been noted as being very versatile - great for practically any skin type. If you’re not familiar with the process, rose water is made from actual rose petals. There are various methods of making rose water. The “at home” method is simple - petals are placed in water and steeped. The petals are then strained out and the resulting water is used. The other common method creates rose water as a by-product of creating rose perfumes, which steam-distills the rose petals and the resulting distillate is a pure rose water. Regardless, the benefits of rose water are vast and definitely warrant a look at how you can integrate rose water to your own skincare routine. Our top benefits include: It’s Nourishing. Rose water does an amazing job at hydrating and moisturizing the skin, helping to create a revitalized, refreshed look. It’s nourishment is also great for use on the hair as well, as a natural conditioner. It Smells Great. Naturally relaxing, the scent of roses is beneficial in relaxing after a long day and encouraging a good night’s sleep helping you wake up more refreshed. Not to mention it’s delightful in any product you’re putting on your skin! It Has Anti-Aging Properties. Rose water is known to carry anti-oxidant power, which helps to remove and combat free radicals generated by UV rays, pollution, harsh chemicals and even bad eating habits. By reducing free radicals, it helps to repair aging skin and provide a more youthful look. It Helps Fight Acne. Rose water often acts like an astringent, meaning it can... read more

7 Natural Remedies for Sunburn

We all love summer and the sun - and let’s face it, as diligent as we are with sunscreen and being careful sunburn is just one of those summer challenges many of us will face. Whether it’s ourselves, a partner, or a child - when that red, burning skin appears the only thing you want to do is provide relief. Unfortunately, many of the sunburn remedies on the shelves these days are filled with chemicals - and seriously, why do you want to put chemicals on top of your already fragile and injured skin?! Here are 7 natural remedies to help heal your burns, and get you back out enjoying the summer in no time: Stay HydratedSunburn dries out your skin - badly. Your dehydrated skin needs fluids, and a lot of it. By drinking lots of water, sports drinks and juice you can help to heal your burned skin from the inside through rehydration. Use a Gentle, Cold CompressWhile this won’t help as much to heal as it will to relieve your sunburn pain, a cold compress can provide immediate relief and allow you to relax a bit while recovering. Ice packs and hard compresses are not recommended, as they may irritate the skin or be uncomfortable. Compresses made of clay, flax seed, or even just a cool, soft towel are the best for providing relief and comfort. Oatmeal BathYup, just like for diaper rash, poison ivy, hives and other skin ailments oatmeal once again comes in as a great, natural remedy. Oatmeal helps to calm the skin, can protect it while it’s healing and will provide relief... read more

Clay Benefits for Skin

You’ve probably used, or at least heard of, clay masks and how beneficial they can be for the skin. But why, exactly? What are the clay benefits for skin? What types of clay are out there and which one is best for you? Let’s start with why you should consider adding clay to your beauty regimen. Clay has been used for thousands of years for its healing and detoxification properties. See, clays work by first drawing toxins (such as free radicals, heavy metals, even chemicals) toward it, then binding them through electrical charges. This pulls the toxins away from whatever surface they are on, and as they hang on to the clay they are washed away as the clay is washed away. It’s a natural way to rid a surface (hint: your skin!) of toxins. Some of the additional clay benefits for skin are: Cleansing and shrinking pores Tightening and toning the skin’s surface Exfoliation, when mixed with a mild exfoliant Helping with diaper rash and redness Soothing and healing boils and burns Hydrating and moisturizing So by now, it shouldn’t be a question if IF clay is good for your skin, but now a question of WHICH clay to use. First off, make sure that whatever clay you choose, it’s pure and from a reputable source. Impure clays can contain bacteria, chemicals and other ingredients that you don’t want on your porous skin (remember: most of what goes on our skin also goes in our bodies). There are four main types of clays most often used in face and body care: Kaolin Clay: This is going to be the most gentle... read more

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