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NOVEMBER 08, 2018

The Seattle Guide - Holiday Edition

November 08, 2018

The Seattle Guide - Holiday Edition

Even when winter skies are cloudy or grey, Seattle sparkles with light during the holiday season. Here are some ideas for a very merry visit. Let’s start with the venerable Pike Place Market – a beloved Seattle institution since 1907. Fresh produce, home of the famous “flying fish” vendors, flowers, specialty products galore. It was the first location of Beecher's Handmade Cheese. Market parking available at garages located just below the market; elevators take you straight to market level. Nearby you'll be able to check out Smith Tower Observatory. Historical and stately, this landmark tower in Pioneer Square was built in 1914,...

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OCTOBER 14, 2018

What's Your Number?

October 14, 2018

What's Your Number?

Foundation obviously plays a key role in any makeup routine because, well, it’s the foundation all else is layered upon. However, one of the more difficult things to do is select the right shade for your skin tone, as women are often overwhelmed by walls of 50 shades and beyond. At Kari Gran, we simplify it. Not only do we have a short list of ingredients that comprise our Mineral Foundation, but we also offer just 8 shades. Our experience shows this small curated spectrum still ensures a perfect fit for most, while not overwhelming anyone. Our foundation shades are simply...

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OCTOBER 09, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: Sea Buckthorn

October 09, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: Sea Buckthorn

Ever heard of sea buckthorn?  Sounds a bit like a spooky plant that grows deep underwater, or a dark potion out of a Harry Potter book, doesn’t it?  Well, read on, because Sea Buckthorn is having a moment. I first discovered sea buckthorn at Expo West way back in 2011, just as I was developing my formula for our Essential Serum.  Its eye-popping orange berries lured me in and when I discovered it was grown in Nordic countries, I was even more captivated (being a good Scandinavian girl and all).  I learned that Sea buckthorn is actually a spiky, hard-to-harvest...

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AUGUST 21, 2018

Fall back into your (Good) routine!

August 21, 2018

Fall back into your (Good) routine!

Summer always seems to start with the same lovely idea: more lazy time for bbq’s, beaches, ice cream, trips, maybe reading a good book in a hammock.  Then we find ourselves scrambling because we’ve jam-packed so many fun things to do that we’re simply not maintaining our usual routines.  Because it’s summer! Then along comes fall and we feel the need to get more organized again.   In a recent search for advice on this subject, this article by Maureen (Mo) Hagan, Physiotherapist/Fitness Instructor popped up on HuffPost. She offers tips on how to get back to your daily routine,...

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JULY 10, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: Red Raspberry Seed Oil

July 10, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: Red Raspberry Seed Oil

Summertime is here and the raspberry season is upon us. Nothing compares to a fresh, seasonal raspberry – it just does not disappoint. So, when the idea presented itself to use local Red Raspberry Seed Oil in our line, I was all in. I love Red Raspberry Seed Oil as an ingredient in our sunscreen because it is a rich source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids. Plus, Red Raspberry Seed Oil has natural antioxidants, including Vitamin E, that combat damaging free radicals generated by sunlight and environmental stressors. Paired with other ingredients like Macadamia Nut Oil,...

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JULY 05, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: Peppermint

July 05, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: Peppermint

I can’t say that we were terribly original when decided to use organic peppermint essential oil in our Lip Whips, it seems to be the flavor of choice when it comes to a lip product. That said, it must be in most for a reason, it’s pretty pleasing to the nose (and the lips!) We looked at sourcing peppermint from a variety of regions and landed on an organic peppermint essential oil from France. The smell is cool, bright and fresh, leaving you feeling energized and ready for the day. It’s always a treat to open a new bottle as...

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JULY 05, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: Cinnamon

July 05, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a scent and flavor I’ve always loved. Although it has a prominence as the holidays approach, I cook with it all year round. In fact, it goes into my French press with coffee every morning. Clearly, I cannot get enough of it.Let’s go back to the way-back-machine when Lip Venom came on the scene. It was a cinnamon-spiked lip gloss meant to plump up the lips and it was all the rage. It also made my lips sting like crazy and yes, they did plump up a bit simply out of irritation. Despite my love for cinnamon, the...

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JULY 03, 2018

“Hate harms the soul.”

July 03, 2018

“Hate harms the soul.”

Such a powerful message, isn’t it?     (If you want to know where this photo was taken, check out the end of this post.) We’re living in a time of divisiveness, unrest, and turmoil.  Recent events have left many of us stunned, heartbroken and angry.  Things can seem hopeless.  But there are so many ways right now, today, that you can be an instrument for change.  “The future depends on what you do today.” Mahatma Gandhi We need more community and less exclusion.  This Independence Day is an excellent time to remember that our nation has always been one of...

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MAY 04, 2018

“Jane”: Pioneer Chimp Expert, Mother.

May 04, 2018

“Jane”:  Pioneer Chimp Expert, Mother.

Jane Goodall and chimpanzees: the story is so well known – what could possibly be fresh about this new documentary called “Jane”?  How about over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage of Jane living in the wild in Gombe in the early 60’s?  The footage, discovered in 2014, was shot by Hugo van Lawik, a renowned wildlife photographer. What I found surprising about this film is its intimate look into mothers and their relationships to their children, both chimp, and human, making it a timely treat to watch for Mother’s Day. The story begins when Dr. Louis Leakey, a Kenyan anthropologist,...

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APRIL 15, 2018

3 Ways to Use Cleansing Oil

April 15, 2018

3 Ways to Use Cleansing Oil

At Kari Gran Skin Care we pride ourselves on the simplicity of our skin care line. The line consists of a 4-part system (Essential Serum, Cleansing Oil, Hydrating Tonic, and Three Sixty Five SPF). You can add the Essential Balm for some extra hydration or use as an alternative for Essential Serum, but our goal is to keep things simple and easy. We want our skin care products to work hard! That means finding multiple uses for one product or combining with other products in our line - think Tinted SPF or Liquid Foundation. Our Cleansing oil is a great...

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