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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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MAY 12, 2017

A DAY FOR ALL MOTHERS — MOTHER'S DAY 2017

May 12, 2017

A DAY FOR ALL MOTHERS — MOTHER'S DAY 2017

For all the traditional motherly love, there is a whole other side of motherhood that often goes ignored. We want to change that and show all mothers that they are appreciated. Today, we’re giving a shout-out to non-traditional moms. Maybe she’s raising a family member who is not her own. Maybe she expends her extra love and energy leading troubled youth down a better path. Maybe she’s a teacher, a stepmom, an adoptive parent, or a business maven who mentors and believes in her young employees as she would her own daughter. The grandma who steps in. The dad who...

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MAY 10, 2017

SIMPLY CLEAN BY BECKY RAPINCHUK

May 10, 2017

SIMPLY CLEAN BY BECKY RAPINCHUK

There’s nothing like welcoming spring with a good deep cleaning. This year consider cleaning out more than just your home. I’m dedicated to swapping out conventional products in favor of green and natural solutions, and my cleaning products were in definite need of a purge. Having followed Becky Rapinchuk’s blog for years, Clean Mama, I am very familiar with her methods and I appreciate her approach to keeping the time spent cleaning each day to a minimum while still achieving a freshly cleaned feeling. This spring she published her second book, Simply Clean. Paired with her original book, The Organically...

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MAY 03, 2017

POWERFUL FOODS & HERBS FOR HORMONE HEALTH

May 03, 2017

POWERFUL FOODS & HERBS FOR HORMONE HEALTH

Flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum) While research results are mixed around flaxseed and its ability to reduce menopausal symptoms, there are enough positive findings to support use of this nutrient-rich, high fiber seed. For many women it has made the difference between comfort and discomfort when it comes to reduction of hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings). Here are three nutrients unique to flaxseed, all of which play a role in supporting good health. 1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: beneficial for preventing or treating certain health conditions, including heart disease and depression. 2. Mucilage: refers to water-soluble, gel-forming fiber that can provide special support to...

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MAY 01, 2017

What Cameron Diaz taught me about aging, beauty and wellness: Colleen Wachob

May 01, 2017

What Cameron Diaz taught me about aging, beauty and wellness: Colleen Wachob

This article was shared with permission from Mind Body Green as part of an empowerment campaign, “Wear Yourself In,” led by eco-luxe skin care company Kari Gran. In response to the beauty industry pushing an impossible idea of flawless youth for years, the campaign encourages women to be kind to themselves, and their skin, as they reflect on beauty, aging, wisdom, and self-acceptance. ******************************* When I heard Cameron Diaz speak at an intimate gathering of meditators, I was blown away by her passion and knowledge of the science of aging. Since then, I've been waiting for her second book, The...

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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, 2017

SAY NO TO GMO WITH YOUR GROCERY DOLLAR

April 22, 2017

SAY NO TO GMO WITH YOUR GROCERY DOLLAR

From farmer's markets to grocery stores, here's how to shop with confidence and avoiding GMO foods: When in doubt, go organic. The USDA National Organic Standards prohibit the use of GMOs. Look for the Certified Organic Seal on labels for produce as well as meat, dairy, eggs, fish and all packaged foods. Look for the Non-GMO Project logo. This third-party verification means the food has been tested for GMOs. Look for the colorful butterfly and plant logo on the label. Check for a grocery chain's organic line. Some grocers, like Whole Foods have their own organic and non-GMO products. Look at the PLU Code...

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APRIL 20, 2017

REDUCE YOUR "FOODPRINT" AND SLASH YOUR GROCERY BUDGET

April 20, 2017

REDUCE YOUR "FOODPRINT" AND SLASH YOUR GROCERY BUDGET

Every day, Americans throw out enough food to fill the Rose Bowl stadium! As much as 40% of edible food in the United States goes uneaten. Holy Crap, right?! That's a drain on your wallet of between $28-$43 a month and all of that uneaten, but perfectly good food doesn't just lay waste to your budget, it rots in landfills and pollutes the planet. While your virtual self is looking for spare change in that mountain of food trash, we've got good news: With a little mindfulness, there are easy ways to reduce your "foodprint" and put money back in your pocket!...

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APRIL 13, 2017

The f-word you can call me: Gina Cohen

April 13, 2017

The f-word you can call me: Gina Cohen

This essay was written as part of an empowerment campaign, “Wear Yourself In,” led by eco-luxe skin care company Kari Gran. In response to the beauty industry pushing an impossible idea of flawless youth for years, the campaign encourages women to be kind to themselves, and their skin, as they reflect on beauty, aging, wisdom, and self-acceptance. Gina Cohen is a featured writer for The Washington Post, MSN, The Huffington Post, POPSUGAR, Scary Mommy, Good Housekeeping, and more. Come chat with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. ******************************* I'm fat. When I say that to friends, their knee-jerk reaction is...

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APRIL 07, 2017

JUST MAKES SCENTS — GREEN LAUNDRY TIPS FROM LOOHOO DRYER BALLS FOUNDER CYNDI PRINCE

April 07, 2017

JUST MAKES SCENTS — GREEN LAUNDRY TIPS FROM LOOHOO DRYER BALLS FOUNDER CYNDI PRINCE

Laundry extraordinaire Cyndi Prince from LooHoo Wool Dryer Balls has a few tips to help us green-clean our laundry routine. It’s no surprise that when it comes to cleaning around the house, my day starts in the laundry room. Some days, in fact, seem to begin and end there. But I have to admit, I love it. I enjoy the feel of warm towels just out of the dryer, the freshness of clean clothes and a tidy workspace where everything is in its place. I can happily admit I’ve created a space that is healthy for my family and the...

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