5 Bad Things That Happen to your Skin in the Summer

Posted by Maia on 6/21/2017 to General

I hate to be a negative nancy, but let's be real. Although summer is awesome, it can wreak havoc on your skin if you're not careful.

So while I'm a huge advocate for minimal skincare rituals, I'd be doing you a disservice not to point out the unique ways that summer's sun and heat can make bad things happen to your skin and what to do to keep everything under control.

5 Bad Things That Happen to your Skin in the Summer

Lessons From My Father: My Inspiration in Entrepreneurship

Posted by Maia on 6/18/2017 to General

Today is Father's Day. Since there is no one person that has had more influence on my business and my career than my father, I felt today would be a great day to write a bit about some of the things that I’ve learned from him over the years. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list. There is no way I could summarize all the lessons I've learned in a single blog post. But I can talk about how he's helped shaped my interest in entrepreneurship in the last 10 years. Here it goes.

Lessons From My Father: My Inspiration in Entrepreneurship

French Green Clay Skin Care Benefits

Posted by Maia on 5/22/2017 to Ingredients

Our latest spotlight ingredient is French Green Clay. This clay is the main ingredient in our Chamomile & Willow Bark Clarifying Face Mask. Read on to find out what makes this natural skin care ingredient a wise choice for your own skin care rituals.

But first, the basics.

French Green Clay or Illite Clay is a very fine, light green powder collected from sources in Montana, Wyoming, China, and yes, of course Europe. Also known as sea clay, French Green Clay has long been known for its detoxifying skin care benefits that can be attributed to its unique blend of minerals. Its composition includes dolomite, manganese, silica, copper, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc and calcium. The green color is due to the clay's iron oxide and decomposed plant matter content. Interesting!

French Green Clay Skin Care Benefits

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Minimal Summer Skin Care

Posted by Maia on 6/18/2016 to General

Summer is by far my favorite time of the year. I love the sun, the longer days, the time outdoors, even the humidity.

With summer comes longer days, more time outdoors and if you’re like me, you want to spend less time fussing around with your face. Every change of the seasons is a chance to reevaluate and tweak your skin care routine.

The great thing about summer is that you can be a bit more relaxed with your routine. It's a great time to embrace minimal routines.

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Minimal Summer Skin Care

Natural Skin Care Tips For Winter

Posted by Maia on 1/12/2016 to General
Winter is here. Is your skin ready for it?

Much like Fall, Winter can be a particularly troubling time for your skin. Plummeting temperatures and moisture levels in the air can aggravate dry skin conditions and rob you of the, oh so important, hydration levels that keep your skin balanced.
Natural Skin Care Tips For Winter

Fall Skin Care Tips For Healthy Balanced Skin

Posted by Maia on 9/24/2015 to General
It's that time of year again. Summer is gone, the air is cooling, the leaves are turning... and you may notice that your skin is acting up. You may notice more discoloration from the extra sun exposure or even more breakouts. Sound familiar? It's probably due to the changing seasons. Fall is here. Follow some of my fall skin care tips for healthy, balanced skin.
Fall Skin Care Tips For Healthy Balanced Skin

Ingredient Spotlight: Cucumber Extract Skin Care Benefits

Posted by Maia on 7/9/2015 to Ingredients

Easy to grow cucumbers are another fruit with a long history of skin care use. Like bananas, cucumbers are well known for their hydrating and soothing skin care benefits. Cucumbers are rich in vitamins, polyphenols, polysaccharides, minerals and other nutrients. Cucumber extract has skin care benefits for all skin types.

Ingredient Spotlight: Cucumber Extract Skin Care Benefits

Ingredient Spotlight: Apple Extract Skin Care Benefits

Posted by Maia on 7/7/2015 to Ingredients

Apples are an extremely healthy fruit that is as good for your face as it is for your body. Apple extracts and essences are used in skin care for their rich nutritional profiles. Like papaya, apple extract is rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and natural acids. It’s also high in polyphenols and catechins like those found in green tea.

Ingredient Spotlight: Apple Extract Skin Care Benefits

Ingredient Spotlight: Papaya Skin Care Benefits

Posted by Maia on 7/6/2015 to Ingredients

I love using fruits in our natural skin care products and papayas are one of my favs. Papaya or pawpaw is a bright, tropical fruit from the Carica Papaya tree native to Mexico and Central America. Papaya fruit has a rich, sweet flavor and is best known for its high Vitamin C content. It is also high in B vitamins, vitamin A, amino acids and enzymes like papain.

Ingredient Spotlight: Papaya Skin Care Benefits

How We Define Natural Skin Care

Posted by Maia on 7/5/2015 to General

Are you a natural skin care newbie wondering what all of it really means? Does it work, is it worth it and is it even legit?

First I want to start off by saying, I’m not one to condemn synthetics. As natural skin care has become more and more popular it has spawned an epidemic of companies marketing ‘natural’ skin care product as the safe alternative, implying or blatantly accusing everything else as being downright unsafe.

How We Define Natural Skin Care

Eating Clean for Naturally Healthy Skin

Posted by Maia on 7/2/2015 to General

Having healthy skin is a holistic pursuit. In addition to knowing your ingredients and being all about what you put on your skin, it’s also about what you put into it. Did you know what you eat can affect how your skin looks and feels? You are what you eat. While there isn’t a scientifically proven link between good nutrition and healthy skin, most dermatologist agree, what you eat matters.

Eating Clean for Naturally Healthy Skin

Ingredient Spotlight: Jojoba Oil Benefits and Uses

Posted by Maia on 7/1/2015 to Ingredients

Jojoba (pronounced ho-ho-ba) oil is cold pressed from the seeds of Simmondsia chinensis, a shrub plant native to the dry, desert regions of Arizona, California and Mexico. Jojoba oil is interesting because it’s not technically oil, but rather a liquid wax ester. It has a naturally golden color and is rich in A & B vitamins, polyphenols and phytosterols. Like meadowfoam seed oil, jojoba oil absorbs very quickly and can be considered a dry oil due to its fast absorption rate.

Ingredient Spotlight: Jojoba Oil Benefits and Uses

Weekly Recap: Challenges, wins and pushing through the blocks.

Posted by Maia on 6/26/2015 to General

Tomorrow will mark the end of week 2 in the daily blog challenge where I’ve committed to writing every day for 30 days. I’m about halfway through.

This week’s content was less editorial and more informational. I finally got around to profiling more of our skin care ingredients like geranium, meadowfoam seed oil and hazelnut oil; something I desperately needed to do. There are so many ingredients to write about and it’s helped me to push through the writing blocks I’m experiencing, but I wasn’t able to push through enough to write more personally.

Weekly Recap: Challenges, wins and pushing through the blocks.

Ingredient Spotlight: Hazelnut Oil Skin Care Benefits

Posted by Maia on 6/25/2015 to Ingredients

We are continuing our ingredient spotlight with hazelnut oil, another great carrier oil that's light, fast absorbing and great for your face.

Hazelnut oil is made from roasted, pressed hazelnuts native to various regions in the northern hemisphere. Botanical name, Corylus avellana.

Hazelnut is one of the lighter feeling carrier oils with good absorbency. It’s high in phytosterols, tannis, polyphenols, oleic acid and vitamin E. Hazelnut oil is used in skin care and culinary applications and has a pleasant slight nutty aroma and flavor.

Ingredient Spotlight: Hazelnut Oil Skin Care Benefits