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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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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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APRIL 03, 2017

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY TURMERIC LATTE

April 03, 2017

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY TURMERIC LATTE

This is a delicious, soothing beverage and one of my favorites on a cold night when I want to sip something hot and rich without caffeine. It’s also great to drink when you aren’t feeling 100% or if you’re feeling stiff and achy. This traditional version of this drink (which uses black pepper and no vanilla) is called “Golden Milk” because of the golden yellow color of the main ingredient, turmeric. Turmeric is known for its strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and has traditionally been used to treat colds, flu, sore throats and even depression. Give it a try and let...

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MARCH 31, 2017

JUST THE ESSENTIALS BY ADINA GRIGORE

March 31, 2017

JUST THE ESSENTIALS BY ADINA GRIGORE

Author of the “Skin Cleanse,” Adina Grigore takes a down-to-earth, witty and humorous approach to essential oils in her latest, “Just the Essentials.” Adina cuts through the exaggerated marketing claims and confusion to bring science, history and practical uses of essential oils to light. With numerous oils available, it’s easy to be overwhelmed before even getting started. Adina makes it easy by offering her list of top ten must have oils and a few bonus extras to start with. Even better, she gives us easy and practical recipes to try. From skincare, perfume, personal care, home care and aromatherapy, there’s...

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MARCH 06, 2017

LIP SCRUB RITUAL

March 06, 2017

LIP SCRUB RITUAL

Who doesn’t love a bold lip? The trick to pulling off a bright color is in the application. As any lipstick lover will tell you, smooth hydrated lips are a must for even and precise lip color. While I’m particularly fond of Suji Red, I was over the moon when we decided to add Lip Scrub to the Kari Gran line. For exfoliation, Kari uses organic sugar paired with Chamomile powder that gives Lip Scrub a speckled color. The soothing balance of the two exfoliators is kinder and less abrasive than a typical sugar scrub. Our Lip Scrub is a great...

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FEBRUARY 10, 2017

3 QUICK READS TO LIFT YOUR SPIRITS

February 10, 2017

3 QUICK READS TO LIFT YOUR SPIRITS

Having a bad day, a bad week or maybe a mini-existential crisis?  Here are three books I’ve read and re-read when things seem overwhelming. Each one is charming in its own way, and each one can be read easily in about an hour.  Perfect to keep on your nightstand for those nights when your brain won’t shut off.  Each time I read one of them, I come away with much more hope and a calmer outlook.  Each conveys the message that while life can be messy, difficult or just plain painful, there is always something of beauty to see if we...

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DECEMBER 06, 2016

“I CAN RESIST ANYTHING EXCEPT TEMPTATION.” OSCAR WILDE

December 06, 2016

“I CAN RESIST ANYTHING EXCEPT TEMPTATION.” OSCAR WILDE

People often cringe when they strike up a conversation with me this time of year and I tell them what I do. Simply uttering the word “nutrition” triggers thoughts of hunger, deprivation and the certain ruin of all holiday fun. I laugh a little inside because I remember feeling like that too and thinking that eating healthy meant chewing on celery and carrots all day. No thanks! But the truth is, you DO NOT have to deprive yourself or miss out on the holiday fun to make good choices and feel your best! By practicing what I call “Strategic Indulgence”,...

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SEPTEMBER 15, 2016

VITAMINS: GIVE ME AN “A”!

September 15, 2016

VITAMINS: GIVE ME AN “A”!

Let’s stir up our bowl of alphabet soup of healthy foods and vitamins and see what pops up. Today it’s all about Vitamin A. Why is it important for your skin? Vitamin A protects against UV damage, which can help slow signs of aging. It encourages healthy skin by stimulating cell production and turnover to keep skin firm and healthy. This also aids in conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema).  Without enough Vitamin A, skin can become itchy and dull. Hmm, so exactly which foods are rich in Vitamin A. Glad you asked! Kale  Dark leafy greens: red &...

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MAY 20, 2016

10 Inspiring Female Celebs Who Own Their Age: The Kari Gran Team

May 20, 2016

10 Inspiring Female Celebs Who Own Their Age: The Kari Gran Team

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. ******************************* Hollywood, land of the “young and beautiful,” is arguably one of the toughest places for aging women. But there are women in the limelight who are both showing and telling us that older is not only beautiful, but better. That older is...

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