brown paper covered gift box with black and gold ribbon

2018 minimalist gift guide

Overwhelmed by the frenzied buying bonanza that marks the holiday season? Me too. And while the term "minimalism" has gotten a bit of a bad rap lately, living minimally doesn't mean you have to go without; to me, it means living and consuming sensibly. I disagree with shopping for shopping's sake, but I recognize that…

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Four bottles of products from Ranavat Botanics in front of roses

review: ranavat botanics

It’s been a while since I’ve been floored by a brand, and I have to say, Ranavat Botanics might be one of my 2018 favorites! Borne out of a love for sharing ancient family traditions, Ranavat Botanics founder, Michelle Ranavat, does an inspiring job of incorporating traditional Ayurvedic ingredients into her refreshingly modern formulations. Michelle takes…

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review: dry brushing with the yerba prima tampico body brush

I had SUCH a case of the Mondays today. What I have planned for tomorrow is a hot shower and a good dry brushing. I’ve been dry brushing for about a couple of years now, and I can say, it’s a better wake up call than coffee. I’m pleasantly surprised at how it gets my…

dripping spoon of raw honey

raw honey mask

I always love to revisit kitchen ingredients for my skincare. Enter raw honey from a local apiary — honey that’s unprocessed and straight from the hive. Rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients, raw honey exhibits antibacterial and antifungal properties, helps heal acne, and can even help with hyperpigmentation. When I first started using honey on my…

moringa

Moringa oil is all the rage in green beauty lately, and that brings a smile to my face. Why? Because it reminds me of the beautiful Moringa tree that grew in my grandmother’s backyard in India. Rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants, Moringa is fantastic for healthy skin and hair. It’s also a nutritional powerhouse, containing…

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why green beauty

I imagine you've stumbled upon this blog post because you, too, are interested in green beauty. Perhaps you're new to green beauty or perhaps you're a long-time consumer in this vertical! Deciding to venture into green beauty/green skincare is a personal decision, and I think education — as opposed to fear mongering — is the…

several bars of soap in different colors

review: good soap by alaffia

Truth be told, I spend more time in the beauty section of Whole Foods than any other section in the supermarket. I've been on a bar soap kick lately, and the Good Soap display was staring me in the face. You know how this ends. And as it turns out, this is an affordable and…