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WAKE UP YOUR WINTER FEET

WAKE UP YOUR WINTER FEET

Time to turn the winter bark heels into smooth, soft and happy feet! Want to learn a quick & easy solution for a fraction of the cost. Keep reading for our steps for an at-home spa manicure & pedicure.

Let's not have Jack Frost nipping at dry, rough toes. Spring is only a few weeks away and its time to step up our foot care maintenance. We are here to share a few easy & practical steps that will keep your feet soft & moisturized all winter season.

1. DAILY CLEANSE. You will be surprised how many people do not wash their feet. Most of us simply allow water to run over our feet when taking a shower. Think about it... If you actually wash your feet using a brush or cloth you are going to remove dead skin during this process.

If you want the easiest way to clean your feet, try a system like Footmate, which easily suction cups onto your shower floor and allows for you to thoroughly cleanse your feet. A proper daily cleanse will remove dead skin and soften your feet.

2. INSTANT MOISTURIZING. Time is truly of the essence and we are here to tell you that in order to lock in maximum moisture and softness, be sure to moisturize your feet right after bathing.

 Glide on some nourishing foot butter before going on with the rest of your day or heading to bed. It will make all the difference in the long run!

3. KEEP COVERED. We all know the good ol' socks while we sleep trick to wake up to super soft feet. Well, we are here to cue you in on another secret. If you want super soft feet, wear socks or footies with all of your shoes. Most women, don't wear anything with our flats, heels, sandals. Combining sweat + "rubbage" = roughness.

There are footies for all shoes, especially if you like peeptoe shoes. By wearing footies, it will minimize the rubbing that causes leathery rough feet.

4. SOAK, SOAK, SOAK. Showers are great, but they don't provide the same softness like taking a bath or simply soaking your feet. By doing a warm foot soak at least once a week with a moisturizing foot soak or foot milk you will experience an intense exfoliation of dead skin.

Even though you skin will be super moisturized after soaking, we recommend lathering on some emollient cream.

5. IT'S NOT WHAT YOU DO, IT'S HOW YOU DO IT. We all know that we need to exfoliate our feet, but how many of us are doing it right? When it comes to doing anything in life you have to think to yourself, if its takes time to make it happen, it will take time to undo it. We highly recommend for everyone to embrace the gentle exfoliation process. The worse thing to do is shave your feet down or do treatments that remove excessive massive layers of skin. Why do you ask? Our skin is our biggest organ that is magnificent. It will respond to the sudden loss of layers by growing back thicker for "protection".

We have several ways you can exfoliate your feet, which gives great results with the first use and over time. Our favorite is Pink Power Moisturizing foot polish that really sloughs off deadskin and moisturizes at the same time!  But, if you are like us, you like to just sit down and let the magic happen, we love our foot milk & foot soaks. Yowsers, the dead skin will melt off.

There you have it! Hopefully, we have given you a few golden nuggets that will step up your feet game for this Spring. If you want to whip your feet into shape, this kit has all the things needed to leave your feet soft and a smile on your face! Please be sure to share any feedback in the comment section. Especially if you have any questions. 

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WANT PERFECT NEW YEAR'S EVE FEET

WANT PERFECT NEW YEAR'S EVE FEET

For those of us who don't have the time, desire or money to run to the nail salon, we wanted to share a quick & easy solution for a fraction of the cost. Here are a few easy steps for the perfect party-ready pedi. 


STEP 1
Gather all of your items and tools together before getting started....
Our suggestions: small hand towel, pumice (if desired), nail file, toe nail clippers, foot polish, foot butter and favorite non-toxic nail polish and remover, pedicure tools and toe separator.

STEP 2
Remove toe nail polish and trim toe nails. It is important to cut and file toenails before soaking or showering.

STEP 3
To save time take a shower and thoroughly cleanse and exfoliate your feet in the shower (However, if you have time, SOAK your feet). Use your foot pumice to focus on removing dead skin from your heels and rough spots. If you desire, you can use an exfoliating foot polish to target these areas as well.

STEP 4
Dry off feet and immediately moisturize, using a foot butter, foot mist or antioxidant foot serum.

STEP 5
Before moving to polishing your toes, this is a great time to push back your cuticles and ensure under your toe nails are clean. Our foot massage oil is perfect to double as a cuticle oil. We include essential oils such as myrrh and carrot seed that do amazing things for our nails.

STEP 6
Clean your nails with witch hazel or alcohol to prep toes for nail polish. Next, apply your favorite non-toxic nail polish, like Ella + Mila Gilded.

The whole process takes meer minutes! If you want to pamper yourself to the next level check out our Ultimate 15-minute Pedicure. Curious about some other fabulous non-toxic nail polish brands? Click here. Have fun at your holiday parties and be sure to tag us with your best footsies shots #LoveYourFeetToday.

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INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: CALENDULA

INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: CALENDULA

Calendula is a powerhouse in the medicinal plant family that we incorporate in our product line. Owning an all-natural beauty product company, we use ingredients such as this for their amazing benefits and qualities. You can find this amazing ingredient in several of our products. For those that may not know, here are some of the wonderful benefits from this magnificent plant.

BENEFITS OF CALENDULA

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant rich
  • Accelerates the healing process
  • Increase blood flow in skin cells
  • Smooths & soothes skin conditions
  • Anti-bacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic
  • Anti-spasmodic properties
Here are a few simple beauty hacks to reap all of the benefits Calendula has to offer!

CHAPPED LIPS MOISTURIZING OIL

This is super duper easy to do and make if you have the time and desire to do this beneficial DIY. All you need is a small mason jar, a vegetable oil (not cooking oil) and dried Calendula flowers. Wash out your mason jar and thoroughly let it dry. You do not want any water in the jar. Place the flowers into the jar about 3/4 full. Then pour the vegetable oil over completely covering the flower. Seal tight and allow to sit in sunlight for about 3 weeks. 

After three weeks, strain with a cheesecloth and store in a cute container. Keep this in you bathroom and apply in the morning and at night. Viola! You have made an Calendula infused oil. 

Vegetable oils
Olive Oil
Sweet Almond Oil
Sesame oil 
 
Benefit: Accelerates healing process, soothes chapped skin & reduces redness from inflamed skin.

ANTI-AGING FACIAL MIST

All you need to make this happen is an empty and cleaned 4oz glass spritz bottle, measuring cup, dried Calendula flowers, witch hazel and lavender essential oil. Steep flowers in hot water and safely drain and set liquid aside to cool. Grab a measuring cup and pour two ounces of witch has and a few drops of lavender oil into the measuring cup. Then add two ounces of the cooled Calendula tea. Pour all of the concoction into your glass spritzer.

Shake well and spritz. Great for gently waking up your skin in the morning or calming your skin at night. 
 
Benefit: Antioxidant rich, increases blood flow to cells and smooths & soothes skin

We hope you enjoy our beauty hacks. Just in time for some last-minute Christmas gift ideas. What unique and practical ways have you used Calendula?
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INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: ALOE VERA

INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: ALOE VERA
Aloe is a wonderful medicinal plant that we have grown to love for our products. Owning an all-natural beauty product company, we use ingredients such as this for their amazing benefits and qualities. You can find this amazing ingredient in several of our products. For those that may not know, here are some of the wonderful benefits from this lush plant.

BENEFITS OF ALOE VERA

  • Antibacterial
  • Antioxidant rich
  • Accelerates the healing process
  • Reduces dental plaque
  • Detoxifies
  • Anti-aging properties
  • Abundant in natural vitamins
Now that you know the benefits, I want to share a funny childhood memory. When I was little my mother and nana were super big into holistic care. My sister and I thought they were witches. One of the many concoctions they made us drink for our “health” was aloe vera juice. Let me tell you, this was not an easy task because it tasted HORRIBLE! Whenever my mother or nana would bring home the big yellowish tan jug, we would scattered and hide for our lives. As an adult, I can appreciate what they were doing, but boy o boy…. it took some years. LOL!
Here are a few simple beauty hacks to reap all of the benefits Aloe has to offer!

ALL-NATURAL MOUTHWASH

Take pure aloe vera juice and add a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil and/or lemon essential oil.  Swish it around your mouth after brushing your teeth. Spit out to reveal your gorgeous smile!
Benefit: Aloe vera reduces plaque and bacteria causing stinky breath.

OVERNIGHT FACE MASQUE

Purchase an aloe vera leaf. Cut a piece off and then cut in half. Then apply the gelatin all over your face. Let dry and then go to sleep. In the morning rinse off your face to reveal smooth & lovely skin.
Benefit: Aloe vera is very hydrating and soothing to the skin. Plus, it has been proven to increase collagen production and skin elasticity.

OVERNIGHT HAIR MASQUE

Simply take an aloe vera leaf and split in half. Then take a spoon and scoop out all the delicious gelatin on the inside. Place this in a blender and then it will become like a liquid. After shampooing and conditioning your hair, add the aloe vera to your hair from root to tip. Then go to sleep. ***Place a towel over your pillow or sleep in a shower cap.*** In the morning, simply rinse your hair and style.
Benefit: Aloe vera is rich in antioxidants and natural vitamins, which nourish & promote healthy hair.

FRIZZ TAMER

If the masque sounds like too much work, simply use aloe vera gel on your damp or air dryed hair to tame the frizz. Start with a little bit and then add more versus initially using too much.
Benefit: If you check out most conditioners and defrizzers, aloe vera is an ingredient. You are simply cutting out the middle guys as well as parabens and other ingredients you can’t pronounce.

ENHANCE ALREADY-OWNED BEAUTY PRODUCTS

If you have a powder based facial masque, foot masque, exfoliator simply add some aloe vera gel to make it a hydrating, skin soother packed with antioxidants.
Benefit: Add additional qualities to your already amazing products. For example, One Love Organics’ Brand New Day is a perfect masque to enhance with a little aloe. Add some aloe vera gel to make a hydrating & soothing face masque.

SHAVING GEL

Simply dampen your legs or whatever body part you want to remove hair. Then apply your aloe vera gel and shave away.
Benefit: Aloe vera is a skin soother with anti-inflammatory properties, plus its super hyrdating!

MAKEUP PRIMER

After cleansing the skin and adding a light moisturizer, add a thin layer of aloe vera gel to your skin before applying your makeup.
Benefit: Aloe vera will not clog your pores and is a great light moisturizer for those with oily skin.
Be sure to get quality aloe vera gel and juice.  We recommend getting them from a health foods store such as Trader Joe’s, MOMs or Wholefoods. We can not take credit for all of these hacks. Below we have given credit, where credit is do. Otherwise, they are practices we have done over the years. There are many other applications, but wanted to give you all the opportunity to share too!
What unique and practical way have you used aloe vera gel or juice?
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INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: BEESWAX & HONEY

INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: BEESWAX & HONEY
Ok, let’s get started with some beauty buzz we are dying to share! We use beeswax in our moisturizing butters, and have plans to utilize honey in future products. The uses for honey in personal care are seemingly becoming more and more common, because of its amazing qualities and the eco-beauty movement.  Of all the tools in your beauty arsenal, it is quite literally nature’s best power player and these are my top three beauty hacks with raw honey.

ACNE ZAPPER

You can easily ditch your face wash and simply use honey, because of its antibacterial & antimicrobial properties will rid your face of acne.  Honey aids in the balance of sebum (oil) and clarifies the skin.  Here’s a handy DIY recipe: Cinnamon honey treatment can be made with cinnamon powder and raw natural honey. It depends on if you want to make as a spot treatment or a facial masque. The more honey you add the more it will become a masque.

HAIR MASQUE

Toss your store bought expensive deep conditioner filled with ingredients you probably can’t pronounce and invest in nature’s best humectant.  Honey has such amazing moisturizing properties and it helps normalize your hair’s pH balance. The best thing about it is that you can play around with your own recipe, but here is one I found that sounds divine.
Recipe:
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons raw, organic honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
For more recipes, check out Hello Natural.

LIP TREATMENT

Again, honey is a humectant and a wonderful natural exfoliator.  Add a 1 tsp of brown sugar to 1 tbsp natural raw honey and gently scrub your lips in a circular motion. Rinse and wipe clean.  Your lips will be smooth, soft and sweet.  I like to add a lip bit more honey afterwards as a lip balm. You’re lips will shout THANK YOU! While your at it, you can simply exfoliate your face.
Honey has a variety of price points ranges from $1.50 – $40.00, but keep in mind you want quality raw honey. And if you can get it from a cruelty-free manufacturer, even better! It is truly a great investment and a very versatile product. Keep a stash of it in a in you house, because it can be used in tons of different ways.  Be sweet!
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INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: SODIUM BICARBONATE

INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: SODIUM BICARBONATE

Guest Blogger: AE Trinh

The uses for baking soda in personal care are seemingly endless. We love the benefits your skin reap for the common household item. Today, we have a guest blogger, AE Trinh, who a guru of skincare. She is going to tell share some of her beauty secrets using baking soda.
Of all the tools in your beauty arsenal, it is quite literally “the sandblaster” and these are my top three beauty hacks with baking soda.

EXFOILIATOR

Regular exfoliation is the key to brighter and smoother skin because you are physically removing dead skin cells which can accumulate inside wrinkles and exaggerate fine lines. Sloughing away dead skin cells also allows for better absorption of moisturizers and treatments to keep your skin supple and clear.
Baking soda makes a great base for any facial exfoliator. It can be used by itself right out of the box or added to your current facial cleanser. If you’re feeling creative you can even try making your own by adding other ingredients such as lemon juice, coconut oil, brown sugar, raw honey, etc… There are a variety of DIY recipes available online which can be adapted to your personal skin care needs.
It took me some time and experimentation to find the right ingredients for my own exfoliation formula. For example, I found coconut oil too greasy and raw honey too gooey. Also, a dry formula is ideal for me because water or cleanser can be added to create the consistency I prefer.
About once a week, after washing my face in the shower, I will shake out a small amount of my exfoliating polish into the palm of my wet hand and use the resulting fine paste to scrub my face – massaging the surface of my skin in gentle circular motions. For best results, I suggest using a soft bristled facial brush instead of your hands (make sure to keep it clean and dry between use to prevent any fungal or bacteria growth. After exfoliation, I sweep my face with toner on a cotton ball and apply a good moisturizer.

TEETH WHITENER

Baking soda makes an excellent teeth whitening treatment. I love tea, red wine, berries, and exotic curries, but even a healthy diet and lifestyle can leave us with stained teeth. To help keep surface stains at bay, I brush my teeth once a month with the following whitening treatment:
  • 1 teaspoons (5 mL) of 3% hydrogen peroxide (this is safe for oral use)
  • 2 teaspoons (8 mL) of baking soda
  • Toothpaste as needed to thicken and add flavor
Mix ingredients together in a small cup or dish and brush the paste onto your teeth in small, gentle circular motions for two minutes. Rinse the solution off your teeth with water and brush again with toothpaste alone to remove any remaining whitening treatment residue. Effective and reasonably priced!

CLARIFYING SHAMPOO

Even though we wash our hair on a regular basis, sometimes it’s not enough to strip away all the styling products. Over time silicones, waxes, and moisturizes can still build up leaving hair dull, limp and hard to style. Think of clarifying shampoo as exfoliation for your hair.
There are many clarifying shampoos on the market, but baking soda is an affordable and effective alternative. About once a month, I will add a tablespoon of baking soda to the amount of shampoo I normally use to wash my hair – making sure to massage my scalp to slough away impurities and product residue. Then I finish with conditioner and towel dry. Giving your hair a good scrub down with baking soda will also prep your hair to better absorb any deep conditioning mask or color treatment to follow. As a shampoo additive, use baking soda sparingly if your hair is dry or already color treated.
Baking soda is an extremely inexpensive and versatile product. Keep a stash of it in a waterproof container in your shower caddy for easy access and regular use. The more a diamond is polished, the brighter is shines!
About the author:
After personally searching — with limited success — for products to protect, nourish, and rejuvenate her adult skin, A.E. Trinh did what any budding entrepreneur would do, she decided to create them herself. Ms. Trinh’s affordable all-natural anti-aging and skin care products are based on ancient practice combined with modern knowledge using many of the same ingredients found in top selling luxury brands.
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INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: GREEN TEA

INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: GREEN TEA
Green tea is subtle and yet a very powerful ally in the wonderful world of beauty.  We all know that it is a great antioxidant and metabolism booster, which is why we use it in our Detoxifying foot masque. But did you know there are a few other ways you can use green tea to really maximize the beauty benefits.

SKIN BENEFITS OF GREEN TEA

  • Anti-aging/anti-wrinkle
  • Treats acne
  • Skin purifier & detoxifier
  • Rich in Vitamin B & E
  • Invigorates skin & hair

BEAUTY HACKS WITH GREEN TEA

  1. UNDER EYE PICK ME UP: Best for minimizing puffiness and brighten dark under eye circles. Recipe: 2 used green bags or 1/4 teaspoon Matcha, 1/2 lemon. Directions: Take used tea bags and soak in lemon juice place under eyes. If you chose Matcha, mix with lemon juice into a paste and apply under eyes. Let dry and then rinse with warm water. Do not get mixtures in your eyes.
  2. SOOTHING TONIC: Best for treating acne, sun damage and sunburns. Recipe: 2oz green tea, 1oz witch hazel, 1oz aloe vera, 1-2 drops of tea tree oil, 203 drops of lavender essential oil. Directions: Make a cup of green tea and let the tea cool to room temp. Add with hazel and aloe very and 1-2 drops of tea tree oil. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil. After cleansing your face, simply wipe it down with a cotton ball soaked in your tonic or mist tonic on face with spritz bottle. Anti-aging Toner Recipe: Boil rose water and add a green tea bag. Let cool. Our into a spritz and use on freshly washed face. Be sure to refrigerate both toners.
  3. HAIR CLARIFIER: Best for clarifying, conditioning and making hair shiny. Green tea prevents split ends and treats dandruff. Directions: Simply boil a few tea bags and allow the tea to cool. After washing your hair, pour the cooled tea over your hair as a conditioner.
  4. ACNE ZAPPER: Best for acne annihilation, getting clean & clear skin. For an easy hack, add cooled green tea to your facial wash to increase acne zapping benefits. Green Tea Mask Recipe: Mix 2 Tbsp of honey and green tea. Add drops of green tea until making a paste. Apply mask to face and leave on for 5-7 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
  5. SKIN EXFOLIATOR: Best for gentle removal of dead skin. Recipe: 1 tea bag, 3 teaspoons of plain yogurt. Directions: Use dry green tea leaves with 3 teaspoons of plain yogurt for an intense exfoliation and gently scrub in a circular motion.
Besides these amazing skin hacks, keep in mind the excellent internal bennies you reap simply by drinking a cup of hot green tea daily. This is definitely a beauty hack worth keeping in your kitchen. What’s your favorite Green Tea beauty uses?
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