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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: It contains high amounts of flavonoids, plant-based antioxidants that protect the body against free radical cell damage.  And it’s soothing on sunburn. Antioxidant-rich: Calendula is also rich in antioxidants like carotenoids, vitamin A precursors that...

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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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MAY 15, 2017

Ingredient Spotlight: FRENCH PLUM KERNEL OIL

May 15, 2017

Ingredient Spotlight: FRENCH PLUM KERNEL OIL

I was delighted to cross paths with the lovely carrier oil, French Plum Kernel Oil, when researching new materials years ago. The plant oil world is vast and I feel really lucky to get to play with those who spark my curiosity when developing a new product.    When considering a new ingredient, one of the most important things first and foremost is the smell. I know myself well enough to understand that no matter how good something is for me to eat or put on my skin, if the smell is off-putting, there’s no way I’ll come back to it. But I...

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APRIL 24, 2017

A ROSE IS A ROSE IS A ROSE... EXCEPT WHEN IT'S ROSEHIP OIL

April 24, 2017

A ROSE IS A ROSE IS A ROSE... EXCEPT WHEN IT'S ROSEHIP OIL

Not to be confused with rose essential oil, rosehip come from the "hips," the small fruit seeds found behind the flowers, which are left once the roses have bloomed and lost their petals. Its botanical name is Rosa Canina Fruit, commonly known as rosehip seed oil. We source rosehip oil made from organic, cold pressed rosehip seeds. Rosehip oil has a subtle woody smell — it doesn't have a rosy fragrance like you might expect since it's not made from the flower. The color can range from a deep golden hue to a rich red-orange to a light-yellow color. It’s...

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APRIL 22, 2016

EARTH DAY EVERYDAY

April 22, 2016

EARTH DAY EVERYDAY

Our friend and green beauty muse, Sophie Uliano has some great insight on how the green industry sees Earth day and even better tips and tricks on how to turn Earth Day into everyday in your life. “Around here at Gorgeously Green, Earth Day is like our Christmas. Many years ago, Earth Day served as my inspiration to change my life, become more green, and get serious about living a healthy life. For me, Earth Day is about celebrating clean air, clean land and clean water. The resources we all need to be truly healthy. And although cleaning up pollutants...

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JANUARY 19, 2016

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL WITH INGREDIENTS

January 19, 2016

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL WITH INGREDIENTS

First and foremost, if you put something on your skin and it irritates it, please, please discontinue use. Even the best ingredients that are organically sourced or non-GMO can be irritating to some. I like to use the strawberry analogy: Strawberries are little powerhouses of goodness but some people are terribly allergic to them and get really sick. Secondly, please look at what you put ON your body in the same way you do when you put something IN your body. Ever look at a food label while grocery shopping? It pays to read your beauty labels as well. Thankfully most of us...

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APRIL 08, 2015

ROCK THE DETOX

April 08, 2015

ROCK THE DETOX

As you know by now we are in our fourth month of the Dozen Little Things challenge. For those of you who are just jumping on board this is our way of committing to twelve small, incremental changes throughout the year (one per month) that we can implement easily. The point is to focus on things that will over time, translate into twelve new healthy habits. Join us, it’s never too late to start. We are giving spring-cleaning a new meaning for April. Our theme this month is to Detox. Many people cringe when they hear the word, anticipating deprivation...

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OCTOBER 28, 2014

FROM LISTINGS TO LIP WHIP: 5 LESSONS FROM THE REAL ESTATE WORLD WE BROUGHT TO OUR BEAUTY BIZ

October 28, 2014

FROM LISTINGS TO LIP WHIP: 5 LESSONS FROM THE REAL ESTATE WORLD WE BROUGHT TO OUR BEAUTY BIZ

Before starting Kari Gran in 2011, we both had successful careers as real estate brokers in the Seattle area. We met “in the business” and quickly fell in to a friend/mentor/comrade type deal, and have been learning and growing together ever since. And while we now spend our days turning the beauty world on its head, there are a few lessons learned back from our real estate days that still reign supreme 1. Problem Solve Creatively. In real estate, it was often hard to predict the final income with so many factors going on, and no transaction ever following a...

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OCTOBER 21, 2014

BORN FROM A GIFT: THE NECKLACE THAT STARTED IT ALL

October 21, 2014

BORN FROM A GIFT: THE NECKLACE THAT STARTED IT ALL

We’ve shared our “How the Kari Gran Business Came to Be” story before. The short version: Kari and Lisa meet in real estate, where they are both kicking butt. Kari and Lisa start getting older and reflecting on life. Recession hits. Burn out looms. The two friends go to a holiday lunch to lament and drink prosecco. Lisa gives Kari a necklace. Kari gives Lisa some fabulous all natural skin care products she’s been formulating herself at home…and the rest is history. And while we’ve talked lots and lots about Kari Gran as a company, where we’ve been, how we...

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OCTOBER 16, 2014

ACTIVE VS. INACTIVE BEAUTY INGREDIENTS – PAYING MORE FOR LESS?

October 16, 2014

ACTIVE VS. INACTIVE BEAUTY INGREDIENTS – PAYING MORE FOR LESS?

Everywhere you look, new products are constantly popping up claiming to be the next age-defying miracle (Eliminate fine lines and wrinkles! Look 10 years younger! Bid your sun spots adieu!). How can they make such claims, and how do the products even work? Well, to tell you the truth, the claims are rubbish. Yep, this is me as the founder of a skin care product line telling you not to trust a word. The truth is no one product is going to turn your skin back to 1995. Skin care takes a holistic approach – eating right, getting sleep, managing...

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