Ingredient Spotlight: Sesame Seed Oil

Ingredient Spotlight: Sesame Seed Oil

Sesame seed oil is one of my all time favorite oils. It is light, non-greasy, and penetrates skin quickly and easily. This may be the reason sesame seed oil is often referred to as the Queen of Oils. Or maybe it’s because this oil has been used as a healing oil in Ayurvedic practice for thousands of years, including as part of two of my favorite rituals—abhyanga and shirodhara. Abhyanga is Ayurvedic self-massage, which involves massaging sesame oil (or any oil you prefer) in small circular motions all over your body for 15 minutes prior to... Read The Rest →

Spiced Lemonade Beauty Smoothie

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Smoothie Recipe Key Beauty Ingredient: Lemon Benefits of Lemons:  From weight loss to wrinkle fighting, the lemon has serious and beautiful health benefits. This seemingly acidic fruit is actually alkalizing in the body, which is great for detoxification and maintaining a slightly alkaline pH balance- better for beauty. The vitamin C content gives the immune system a boost and neutralizes free radicals (hello wrinkle-prevention!). Lemons also purge toxins from the blood and support the liver, which in turn supports the skin externally. This super fruit can also aid in weight... Read The Rest →

Eco Fashion Friday: 31 Bits Spring 2014 Collection

31 Bits Spring 2014 Collection

Immediately you notice the beauty and elegance of 31 Bits the first time you lay eyes on their stunning handcrafted jewelry. But what you don’t know at first glance is that this eco jewelry and accessories line is made of recycled paper (yes, you read that correctly…I know you think you’re eyes are playing tricks on you but they’re not, I had to take a double take too) and that headquartered in Costa Mesa, 31 Bits is a socially conscious company that uses fashion and design to empower women to... Read The Rest →

Spring Superfood Smoothie

Organic Spring Superfood Smoothie

Smoothie Recipe Key Beauty Ingredient: Superfoods! Benefits of Superfoods: Superfoods are nutrient-dense foods that pack large doses of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and polyphenols. I’ve included some of my favorites, all blended into this tasty smoothie that will help reveal fresh and dewy skin just in time for spring. Pumpkin Seeds – Filled with amino acids and unsaturated fats including skin-loving omega-3’s. Lucuma – This low-glycemic sweetener contains many nutrients including beta-carotene, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, calcium and protein. Has a lovely maple flavor. Maca – Amazing adaptogenic-like qualities nurture and balance the body’s... Read The Rest →

Eco Fashion Friday: Saying Goodbye to Our Winter Favorites

With spring officially here, it’s time to start saying goodbye to some of our eco winter fashion favorites that kept us warm and cozy throughout the cold weather season. Although the change in weather will cause us to bid farewell, we will say hello again soon. Oak Street Bootmakers Brown Hunt Boot, $376 – Got these for my husband back in October and he can’t get enough of them. The quality and craftsmanship are remarkable and worth every penny. He’ll wear these for years to come. Plus, they’re handcrafted right... Read The Rest →

Juice Beauty Organic Treatment Oil Review + GIVEAWAY

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Juice Beauty Organic Treatment Oil is a staple in my organic beauty arsenal. It leaves my skin visibly softer, smoother and healthier looking after use and doesn’t cause my easily agitated skin any breakouts. Clear, organic and beautiful always works for me…especially at a great price! Pros: for all skin types, moisturizes, USDA certified organic ingredients, softens, smooths, antioxidant rich, doesn’t cause breakouts, not greasy, no residue, absorbs easily, easy to use pump, light lovely scent Cons: None. I really can’t find any qualms with this product. Performance: Juice Beauty Organic Treatment Oil... Read The Rest →

3 Natural Body Lotions We Love

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Finding the right natural body lotion is no easy task, even with all of the many options available. I’ve found that four things make for a really great body lotion—First, it absorbs quickly and easily (I shouldn’t feel like my arms got a workout after applying lotion); second, it properly moisturizes the skin (I should only need to apply lotion once to my body after a shower or bath unless, it’s my hands because they get washed frequently throughout the day); third, it should leave skin soft and smooth (yes,... Read The Rest →

Jane Iredale Starter Kit Giveaway

Jane Iredale Non-Toxic Makeup Starter Kit

Have you tried Jane Iredale’s mineral foundation? Well, here’s your chance if you haven’t. Jane Iredale just launched a NEW foundation Starter Kit and we’re giving one away! The Starter Kit comes bundled in a chic travel-size cosmetic case with an extra-large mirror and is available in five shades (Light - Warm Silk, Medium Light – Warm Sienna, Medium – Golden Glow, Medium Dark – Latte, Dark – Butternut). The photo shown above is of the Dark (Butternut) foundation which is what I have at home and a pretty close match. With... Read The Rest →

Ingredient Spotlight: Turmeric

Turmeric for Beauty

Turmeric is truly magical. It is one of the most impressive spices in terms of medicinal benefits both when ingested and when applied topically. When taken internally (either in capsule form or sprinkled on food), turmeric has powerful anticancer properties. In fact, studies have shown that curcumin, a compound found in turmeric responsible for the spice’s dark yellow color, may block cancer growth and decrease tumor size. (I said it was magical!) In addition, turmeric naturally detoxifies the liver. (When your liver is hampered with toxins, your skin appears puffy and congested.) My advice... Read The Rest →

Blood Orange Smoothie

Blood Orange Smoothie

Smoothie Recipe Key Beauty Ingredient: Blood Oranges Benefits of Blood Oranges: On a recent trip to a farmer’s market in California, the booths were overflowing with oranges, grapefruits, tangerines and blood oranges…citrus galore! I love the juicy red flesh of blood oranges and especially the beauty benefits that come along with this Mediterranean variant. Unlike other citrus fruits, they include the combined superfood power of vitamin C which stimulates collagen production plus anthocyanins, the potent antioxidants found in berries. Both prevent free radicals that cause premature aging and ward off... Read The Rest →

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