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SEPTEMBER 04, 2017

The Mind-Body Connection: Food for a Healthy Brain and Happy Mood

September 04, 2017

The Mind-Body Connection: Food for a Healthy Brain and Happy Mood

There's no doubt about it: what we eat, and how much we eat, has a direct impact on our physical health. But did you know that those same choices also influence mood, mental alertness, memory, and emotional well being? Food can act as medicine, have a neutral effect, or it can be a poison to the body and mind. When food acts as a poison, it creates inflammation, which alters the body's balance of nutrients, hormones, and neurotransmitters. This directly affects your body's ability to manage and heal from stress or illness. Below are four common culprits that can be...

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AUGUST 31, 2017

Help Us Help Houston Sale: ALL PROCEEDS will be donated to the Houston Food Bank

August 31, 2017

Help Us Help Houston Sale: ALL PROCEEDS will be donated to the Houston Food Bank

In times such as these, we need to come together bridging the political divide to help and heal those impacted by the Harvey disaster. Our heart aches for Houston, our clients, and friends. When it rains, it pours and people need our help! So this Labor Day weekend we are having a 10% off sale and ALL PROCEEDS will be donated to the Houston Food Bank. The Houston Food Bank has a history of providing disaster relief, but they've never seen devastation on this scale. The Food Bank will provide food and supplies in the short term and for many months to...

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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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AUGUST 08, 2017

3 SIMPLE STEPS TO TRANSFORM YOUR KITCHEN AND YOUR HEALTH

August 08, 2017

3 SIMPLE STEPS TO TRANSFORM YOUR KITCHEN AND YOUR HEALTH

The Tough Part -- Step 1: Pitch and Toss  If you were going to eat those last few pretzels, you would have by now. Or that last scoop of freezer-burned ice cream. Or that pumpkin pie filling from two Thanksgivings ago. Your pantry, fridge, and freezer are not repositories for forgotten foods. Start cleaning by tossing anything that’s beyond its expiration date. Next, throw away anything that’s been in a storage container all winter. And if you’re taking this time to clean up your daily diet, toss out the temptation. Remember my favorite healthy eating tip: you can’t eat it if it’s not...

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JULY 31, 2017

To All the Books I’ve Loved Before

July 31, 2017

To All the Books I’ve Loved Before

Recently, a couple of friends asked for good books to take with them on their summer trips. Where to begin? I ruled out any books with heavy themes – no mental illness, characters filled with angst, violence or murder.  So here’s a list. 9 of some of my favorite reads, in no particular order. I found each of them to be great page-turners. Brightness Falls, The Good Life, and Bright Precious Days - Jay McInerney A trilogy about a young couple, Russell and Corrine Calloway, pursuing their dreams and the good life in NYC. The books follow them from the early 80’s to present...

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JULY 26, 2017

MINERAL & CHEMICAL UV FILTERS

July 26, 2017

MINERAL & CHEMICAL UV FILTERS

Did you know that are two kinds of UV filters used in sunscreen? And that there’s an important difference between the two? Here’s what you need to know. Mineral UV filters sit on top of the skin and use active ingredients like Zinc Oxide and/or Titanium Dioxide. We love Zinc Oxide as it protects against UVA and UVB rays. Chemical UV filters rely on active ingredients – such as Avobenzone, Octisalate, Octocrylene, Homosalate, Octinoxate, and Oxybenzone (which has been linked to hormone disruption). Chemical UV filters take some 20 minutes to absorb into your skin before becoming active. UV (ultra...

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JULY 19, 2017

What Exactly Do SPF Numbers Mean?

July 19, 2017

What Exactly Do SPF Numbers Mean?

Growing up in the ‘60s and ‘70s, summer was all about the California beach look – tanned and golden. Ads abounded with bikini-clad models sporting bronzed skin touting a multitude of tanning lotions. I fell hard for Hawaiian Tropic Oil with its intense coconut fragrance (at the time I thought it smelled exotic) and Bain de Soleil for “that St. Tropez tan”– so chic! I began to use the SPF 4 version, thinking it was a good protection (ha!) but both of those products were just about as effective as slathering on baby oil. Inadequate protection and my goal every...

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JUNE 19, 2017

Ingredient Spotlight: Cleopatra's Castor Oil

June 19, 2017

Ingredient Spotlight: Cleopatra's Castor Oil

I recently happened upon my original notebook used when Lisa and I brought our skin care line to life. One thing that still resonates with me today I wrote down is, “There is always something new, high-tech and trendy in skin care. Some of the most effective ingredients have been around for ages and remain refreshingly low-tech,” which leads me to share with you, my fondness for organic castor oil. Castor oil is produced from the castor bean. It’s really thick and viscous, far more so than the other plant oils I source. On its own, it doesn’t smell all...

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JUNE 16, 2017

Hey Man! Top Tips for Men's Health

June 16, 2017

Hey Man! Top Tips for Men's Health

Most of you guys know the basics of a healthy lifestyle: eat more fresh organic foods, don't smoke, exercise, and get an annual health exam. But there's more to being a healthy, desirable dude than choosing organic beef and hitting the gym a few days a week. Below are some great tips for boosting your vitality, longevity and sex appeal. Chill Out and breathe. Breathing deeply reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, increases energy, and improves memory and immunity. A relaxed man also has better sex. Slow down for just 10-20 minutes a few days a week: try deep, belly breathing, get outside for a walk, take a yoga class, or...

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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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