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FEBRUARY 01, 2015

FEBRUARY LITTLE THING: KINDNESS

February 01, 2015

FEBRUARY LITTLE THING: KINDNESS

February begins tomorrow; one month in to 2015 and one month into our Dozen Little Things New Year Commitments. For those of you who may have missed it we are embracing the New Year with 12 little incremental changes and actions (one per month) that are easy to achieve rather than one big New Year’s resolution that’s hard to stick with. February’s commitment is kindness.  It’s as simple as that. I encourage you to make kindness a standard. Be kind – to yourself, your neighbors, and your world. Sounds easy but it is going to take some mindfulness. On my...

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DECEMBER 30, 2014

HOMAGE TO THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS

December 30, 2014

HOMAGE TO THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS

Oh, the little black dress – classic, timeless, versatile; a closet staple. This iconic piece of fashion has more than color in common with our all natural skin care line, which is why we have embraced the tagline “the little black dress of eco-skin care.” First, a few parallels: The LBD was born to be customized; so too was Kari Gran.  The Hydrating Tonic and Essential Serum are used together with a flexible ratio allowing you to customize how much hydration you give your skin every day. Skin feeling parched? Add an extra pump of serum – that’s the beauty...

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DECEMBER 24, 2014

A WINTER WONDERLAND: OUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY MEMORIES

December 24, 2014

A WINTER WONDERLAND: OUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY MEMORIES

We frequently think about our family and friends and how grateful we are to have them in our lives, but it seems like when the holidays roll around we’re a bit more sentimental than usual. As we’re just days away from Christmas, we thought we’d take a quick stroll down memory lane: First up, Kari:My favorite memory was making lefse – a Norwegian flatbread (read: flour tortilla) made with potatoes and cream – with my mom every year. With some laborious steps like peeling and mashing potatoes, rolling out dough and frying, it’s kind of a pain to make. My...

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DECEMBER 04, 2014

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: KARI GRAN HYDRATING TONIC

December 04, 2014

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: KARI GRAN HYDRATING TONIC

Most beauty fanatics are familiar with a toner, but what exactly is a tonic? Our Kari Gran Hydrating Tonic – available in both a rose and lavender scent – is a refreshingly simple blend of soothing ingredients that helps keep skin hydrated. It is made from all natural, wild-harvested, non-GMO ingredients including 100% fractionally distilled aloe vera leaf distillate, organic vegetable glycerin and rose absolute oil or organic lavender oil (pending the scent profile). Most importantly, unlike traditional toners, the tonic contains no alcohol, which only serves to strip and dry out skin. Instead, our beautiful ingredients work together to...

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NOVEMBER 25, 2014

ESSENTIAL SERUM: THE LOVELIEST MULTITASKER OF ALL

November 25, 2014

ESSENTIAL SERUM: THE LOVELIEST MULTITASKER OF ALL

Whether it’s in beauty, work or life, everyone loves a multitasker. They can just do so much. And while we don’t have fancy mega-long names for our products to tout what all they can accomplish, they are certainly multitaskers galore. In particular, our “all purpose” Essential Serum. It was named that way not only because it’s made from essential oils, but because it’s, well…an essential part of the skin care routine. The divine-smelling serum is a potent blend of 15 plant and essential oils known for their nourishing properties. Ingredients like Organic Rosehip Seed Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil and Organic...

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NOVEMBER 19, 2014

SOME BUZZ: NEW BEESWAX, SAME LOVELY LIP WHIP

November 19, 2014

SOME BUZZ: NEW BEESWAX, SAME LOVELY LIP WHIP

Lip Whip fans – a subtle change is taking place. Fear not, it will remain the little Lip Whip you know and love, but with a teeny tiny ingredient tweak that makes for an even more premium product. And it’s all about minding our beeswax. Because all of our products are handmade (and hand poured) using the finest natural, organic, wild-harvested and non-GMO ingredients available, there can be small natural variations from batch to batch based on the fresh ingredient run. A few weeks ago we received our latest crop of beeswax. And while natural variants are expected, it was...

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NOVEMBER 04, 2014

GRATITUDE IS BEAUTIFUL

November 04, 2014

As November is officially the month of thanks, we’re showing our gratitude with a quick homage to everyday things we’re thankful for. We always say skin care is a holistic approach, and even what you feel inside – be it stress or running on fumes – will play a role in the health of your skin. On that note, it’s important to cultivate positive thoughts, and many wellness experts recommend keeping a daily gratitude journal. While we personally haven’t taken that leap, we certainly try to pause and smile when the little things that make us happy come our way....

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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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