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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 Essential 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 example of...

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APRIL 10, 2018

“The Woman I Wanted to Be”: by Diane von Furstenberg

April 10, 2018

“The Woman I Wanted to Be”:  by Diane von Furstenberg

In her irresistible memoir “The Woman I Wanted To Be”, Diane von Furstenberg recounts the story of her remarkable life. This what I knew about DVF (as her friends call her) before reading:  she married a European prince at a young age, created the famous “Wrap Dress” that became a fashion icon, and lived a glamorous life as part of the jet set, frequently seen at Studio 54.  She epitomized the 70’s.  What I learned from reading her book is that she is a woman of great strength,  empathy, and vision. Independence, freedom, and self-reliance were touchstones for Diane's life...

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MARCH 07, 2018

March 8th is International Women's Day

March 07, 2018

March 8th is International Women's Day

“I’ve been female for a long time now, I’d be stupid not to take my own side.”  Maya Angelou If there’s a woman in your life you’ve admired, been mentored by or been inspired by, Thursday, March 8th would be a great day to celebrate by acknowledging her with a big, fat, heartfelt Thank You. March 8th is International Women’s Day, when many IWD events will be held globally, celebrating contributions of women and goals for the future. This year’s theme, #PressforProgress, is a call to action to make progress in gender parity.  It’s a day to reaffirm we cannot be complacent about women’s rights...

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DECEMBER 12, 2017

KARI’S GO-TO-GIFT GUIDE

December 12, 2017

KARI’S GO-TO-GIFT GUIDE

Whether you are shopping for your friend who has everything, the green beauty lover in your life or even yourself, here are my favorite go-to-gifts.  Soft Surrounding Silk Pillowcases are great for your skin and your hair. I suggest getting two -- one for home and one for travel or to swap out to wash. They come in a zillion colors and they are machine washable. Having an extra for travel makes your hotel room feel a little bit special. Home for the holidays? Loohoo dryer balls are the gift that keeps on giving because I don’t have to buy...

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NOVEMBER 13, 2017

Ingredient Spotlight: SUNFLOWER OIL – MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY FACE

November 13, 2017

Ingredient Spotlight: SUNFLOWER OIL – MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY FACE

At Kari Gran, we pride ourselves on choosing nutrient-rich ingredients that benefit the skin in more ways than one. One of our favorites? Sunflower oil. Essential sunflower oil, found in a handful of our products such as our Cleansing Oil, Essential Serum, and signature Lip Whips, is essential to our bodies’ health as it is packed with vitamins and nutrients that strengthen our bodies, both internally and externally. Here are just a few wonders on how sunflower oil works: Sunflower oil has a higher source of Vitamin E than any other vegetable oil, and the vitamin acts as an antioxidant....

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

Ingredient Spotlight: Calendula Officinalis

September 25, 2017

Ingredient Spotlight: Calendula Officinalis

Calendula officinalis might sound like a character straight out of “Game of Thrones”, or a planet far, far away, but it’s actually a species of flowering plant in the daisy family, commonly known as pot marigold. Marigolds are more than just another cheerful flower; they’ve been used since ancient time for their skin healing properties, among other benefits. Here are a some of the best: Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial: Calendula is a gentle and a nourishing botanical that possesses powerful healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It inhibits bacterial, viral and fungal microorganisms, which helps to prevent infection. It contains high amounts of...

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AUGUST 22, 2017

Ingredient Spotlight: Macadamia Nut Oil + Garden Herb Couscous Recipe

August 22, 2017

Ingredient Spotlight: Macadamia Nut Oil + Garden Herb Couscous Recipe

Long before the days of Kari Gran the skin care company, I was known to purchase some of my favorite skin care items in the aisles of the local Co-op. I’ve always loved a good multitasker and organic coconut oil was my favorite thing (and still is) for cooking and using on my body after the shower. I was pulled aside in the TSA line and quizzed about the small $20 jar of coconut oil I had in my carry on (hey, I considered it a solid and a food). When asked what I did with it, I quickly responded:...

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