Traveling Solo? This Post Expertly Breaks Down What To Pack

Posted by Maia on 8/22/2017 to Adventure

You're ready for your next travel adventure. You've chosen the location and the ideal time to get away. Now you just need to decide what to bring.

As a minimalist in the making, I'm always trying to stick to the essentials, especially when traveling. It's not easy, though. How do you know what to bring? Especially when exploring new places you've never been before.

Well, here's a handy guide to get you started.

Meet Kristin from Be My Travel Muse. She has expertly created an ultimate packing guide here to make your travel planning that much simpler.

Some Highlights:

  • Clothing recommendations are conveniently organized by climate. Talk about taking out the guess work!
  • Traveling somewhere that requires modesty? Cultural considerations are discussed.
  • Essential, travel friendly natural remedies that can work miracles.
  • Low maintenance hair care tips.
Traveling Solo? This Post Expertly Breaks Down What To Pack

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 and how to keep it in check.

You'll glow. Literally.

Wait this doesn't sound bad? Let me explain, it may not really be bad for everyone.

I'm talking about oil. During the summer months your sebaceous glands start to produce more oil than normal because of the heat and humidity.

5 Bad Things That Happen to your Skin in the Summer

Ingredient Spotlight: Cucumber Extract Skin Care Benefits

Posted by Maia on 4/25/2018 to Ingredient Knowledge

Cucumbers have a long history of natural skin care use. Think about a relaxing spa day or a cool class of water. Did you just picture cucumbers? You're not alone. Cucumbers are a go-to natural skin care remedy for pampering your delicate under eye skin and are well known for their hydrating and soothing benefits.

At Astrida Naturals, we use cucumber extract in a variety of our products due to the high content of vitamins, polyphenols, tannins, minerals and other nutrients. Read on to find out what makes this natural skin care ingredient a wise choice for your own skin care rituals.

Cucumbers are known for their astringent properties and are good for oily skin but also very hydrating and anti-inflammatory. We use cucumber extract in our White Tea & Cucumber Facial Toner and also in our Tea Tree & Clary Sage Facial Moisturizer.

Ingredient Spotlight: Cucumber Extract Skin Care Benefits

Ingredient Spotlight: Apple Extract Skin Care Benefits

Posted by Maia on 7/7/2015 to Ingredient Knowledge

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 Ingredient Knowledge

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 Ingredient Knowledge

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 Ingredient Knowledge

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

Ingredient Spotlight: Natural Skin Care Benefits of Meadowfoam Seed Oil

Posted by Maia on 6/24/2015 to Ingredient Knowledge

Meadowfoam seed oil is one of my personal favorites. I first discovered it when I was looking for a jojoba oil alternative to incorporate into new products. I wanted an oil that was stable, sustainable and light. Meadowfoam was the perfect option.

Meadowfoam seed oil is cold pressed from the seeds of Limnanthes alba. It has a medium to light skin feel that absorbs very, very quickly.

Ingredient Spotlight: Natural Skin Care Benefits of Meadowfoam Seed Oil

Ingredient Spotlight: Natural Skin Care Benefits of Geranium Essential Oil

Posted by Maia on 10/13/2017 to Ingredient Knowledge

Though you may not know it, you’re probably already familiar with geraniums. That’s because geraniums are popular flowers that are easily grown indoors and outdoors. Hanging flower baskets, anyone? You’ve probably seen geranium flowers growing there. The pretty flowers can range in color from white, purple, pink, red or orange and have African and European origins.

The leaves of this plant are steam distilled to create geranium essential oil and it has many skin care benefits and uses for a variety of skin types.

Try it: We use geranium oil in our Carrot Seed and Geranium Facial Moisturizer >>

Geranium Essential Oil Facts

  • Botanical Name: Pelargonium odorantissimum
  • Carrot seed oil is processed from the steam distillation of geranium flower leaves.
  • Scent notes are herbal, sweet and a hint of apple.
  • Blends well with oils of carrot seed, bergamot , basil, cedarwood, rosemary and lavender.
Ingredient Spotlight: Natural Skin Care Benefits of Geranium Essential Oil

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Minimal Summer Skin Care

Posted by Maia on 6/25/2018 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

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.

Figure out what you want.

In my early twenties, I was very lost on what I wanted to do post college. I was studying new media design (a catch-all term for everything graphic, web and motion design related) but I wasn’t thrilled about working in the industry. It just didn’t feel like my calling. I spoke to my father who told me I needed to figure out what I wanted my life to look like. Where did I want to live? What should my days be like? Did I want to work at a design agency or in house creative division in corporate America? Maybe what I wanted was something else entirely? What was it?

Lessons From My Father: My Inspiration in Entrepreneurship

Why I Love Natural Artisan Lotion

Posted by Maia on 6/20/2015 to General
Natural Artisan Lotion

I have a confession to make. I really love lotion.

In my house, natural artisan lotion is a must have. It’s in every bathroom, it’s on our bags and cars, we travel with it, we take it to work. My mother, a doctor (and frequent hand washer!) swears she can’t live without it. Lotion use is not a simple luxury, for us it’s a necessity. I love lotion because it’s versatile. Beyond just moisturizing, lotion can add hydration and nourishment to your body, face and hair.

Why I Love Natural Artisan Lotion

Weekly Recap: Changing Habits, Embracing Change & Forest Bathing

Posted by Maia on 6/19/2015 to General
Weekly Recap

This week has been all about starting new habits, mainly the habit of consistent writing.

Today officially marks the end of week 1 in the Indie Business Network 30 Day Blog Challenge. So far, so good! If you’ve been following along, you know that I accepted the challenge to blog everyday for the next 30 days. It’s been hard, but I’ve managed to write something everyday day this week. How many days of consistency does it take to officially form a habit? I’m not sure but I’m on my way.

Weekly Recap: Changing Habits, Embracing Change & Forest Bathing
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