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Lumeria Maui- A Symphony of Senses

1 Mar

Outer Beauty starts with Inner Beauty.

But you knew that already!

So consider this as just a gentle reminder that when you take care of the inner Beautiful You, your whole world will see it, take notice and might just be inspired to do the same.

We love Lumeria Maui’s Glow Cleanse program…

Lumeria Maui’s Hawaiian Signature Program

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Slow down an unplug…Immerse yourself in the magic and mystery of aloha.

In today’s fast-spinning world there is a need to unplug and recalibrate to the simple things in life. Reconnect with simplicity and joy by engaging in authentic island experiences.

Step back into Ancient Hawaii – Paddle an outrigger canoe, spend time with a Hawaiian Kahuna, visit a traditional taro farm and witness living history by visiting a sacred Hawaiian Heiau.

This Program Includes:

3 Nights at Lumeria Maui / Breakfast and morning Yoga / Traditional Outrigger Canoe Adventure / Visit to Honokowai Valley and Maui Cultural Lands (Saturdays only) OR Iao Valley – Sacred Valley Hike with educational component.

GreeningBeauty Lumeria Maui Glow Cleanse

GreeningBeauty Lumeria Maui Glow Cleanse

Glow Cleanse: Detox and breathe deeply.

Do you feel sluggish and tired all the time, like you are struggling to keep up? Could you use more energy and clarity of mind? Combine your love of yoga with our Lumeria Glow Cleanse! Lumeria Maui combines Chef Craig King’s state-of-the-art juice and broth cleanse with restorative yoga to strengthen and heal the connections between body, mind and spirit to restore a feeling of balance, joy and lightness of being.

This program includes:

5 nights at Lumeria Maui / Daily private consultation with our onsite Lumeria Glow Cleanse alchemist / 5 days of the Lumeria Glow Cleanse / Daily sunrise meditation/ Daily morning yoga class / Daily traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage / Day-trip to a sacred Heiau — site of sacred indigenous Hawaiian culture — with meditation and educational component.

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Have A Wild Dynamic Organic Christmas! Holiday Picks – Bubbles, Roses & Geraniums, Smoothment

11 Dec
by Paige Donner
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Dynamic Organic Bubbles
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The holidays just aren’t the holidays without a bottle of bubbly!…

Bio-dynamic Champagne is still something of a rarity. I’m talking Champagne Champagne – the real thing, not the fakes and wannabes from regions other than Champagne, France.

Champagne Fleury was the first House in Champagne to convert their vineyards to bio-dynamic viticulture. That was in 1989 and the visionary was Jean-Pierre Fleury.

Fleury Champagne produces about 200,000 bottles of Champagne per year – half is sold domestically and half goes to export. The family owned vineyards are located in the Côte des Bar area of Champagne, France – about 45 k. south of Troyes. 

The taste? Clean, fresh, authentic and dynamically organic!

Roses & Geraniums 

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Delicate and soothing – the newest fragrance combo from NYR (that’s Neal’s Yard Remedies, natch) is scented as gently as it is formulated. Made with shea and cocoa butters, enhanced with avocado oil, this shower gel and accompanying body lotion make perfect stocking stuffers for that sweet, delicate someone. Scent is from prescious rose otto and geranium flowers. 

Smoothment –  [To Start The Year Off Right!]
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Timed for launch before the holidays, the 3-Pack of organic smoothie blends is an ideal gift or stocking stuffer for anyone that enjoys delicious gourmet food, or whom may be looking for healthy superfoods to boost a health commitment in the New Year. 

3 Flavors – Antioxidants, Omega-3, Protein  
Our Fave: The rich, chocolaty Protein Smoothie Mixer features three of the most nutrient-dense superfoods in the world (hemp, cacao and maca) and a delicious low-glycemic natural sweetener from Peru (lucuma). This kosher blended powder is a nourishing source of protein and omegas, as well as antioxidants found in the feel-good cacao. Blend this gluten-free Smoothie Mixer with a banana, peanut butter, non-milk of your choice and honey.

Join the Smoothment! Smoothies are an ideal tool to reach a higher level of nutrition and diversity in your diet. That’s why Navitas Naturals created the Smoothment – an interactive program that features easy, delicious smoothie recipes. The Smoothment inspires people to add a superfood smoothie into their daily routine in place of a meal or snack.
Exclusively: online at williamssonoma.com.

Greening Beauty Gift Giving In The Age of Organic

4 Nov

The challenge of holiday gift giving is a. to be unique and b. to be not so unique that your gifts go unappreciated.

For the ladies (and men!) on your list this holiday season 2012, organic beauty products are some of the best choices because they not only fulfill everyday needs and are useful products that most of us ritually use, they are also the healthier version of those personal care products we tend to use every day.

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Marie Veronique Organics falls squarely into this product category of Good For Your Skin and Good For The Planet, Too. Marie Nadeau is a former chemistry teacher based in Berkeley, California who decided to create a simple skin care product line-beauty regime with the help of her physicist daughter, Dr. Jay Nadeau. As a mature woman going into this business venture, Marie’s emphasis was on anti-aging through the use of intelligent sunscreens and skincare …”the most important being safe and effective sunscreens made with intelligent ingredients.”

Just what are “intelligent ingredients” you may be wondering? Well, for the MVOrganics Moisturizing Face Screen / Everyday Sheer Coverage which protects against UVA rays with its non-nano zinc oxide, think red raspberry for healing and moisturizing, sea buckthorn and emu oils for their anti-premature aging reinforcements all topped off with a rich dose of anti-oxidants.

The sheer tinted coverage comes in SPF30 and SPF20 (with green tea and coffee berry extract) and both are hits over at the EWG. Tip: only those with porcelain skin tones can get away with wearing the Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF30; the SPF20 is good for most other skin tones. In fact, the product offers such complete skin tone even-ing coverage that when it was first marketed as simply a sunscreen, ladies started wearing it out in the evening as a light foundation and loving the matte effect it gives to the facial skin.

Not to miss – and this goes for you guys, as well – are the MVOrganics Anti-Aging mist and Anti-Aging Oil+. The mist is slightly fragrant with hints of geranium essence while the Anti-aging Oil that you gently massage into your neck, chest and face while the skin is still moist contains over 20 different kinds of oils like kiwi seed oil, meadowfoam oil and tamanu oil which results in a soothing essence reminiscent of that last great Swedish massage you had.

Packaging for the products is recyclable and the ingredients are all bio-degradable. “We don’t use toxins, petroleum-based products, nanoparticles, or anything else that’s potentially harmful,” states the founder, Marie Veronique. Check their website for prices and more product information.
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L’Essence Des Notes Perfume – Paris

15 Oct

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by Paige Donner

Some of the freshest scents coming from Paris, France these days are from an artisan “parfumeur” dedicated not just to the clean purity of scents, but also to the clean purity of a perfume’s composition. The woman behind the brand is Huong Mangin, a French woman whose family originated from Vietnam. Her perfumes are created in Grasse, the historic “perfume capital” of France, and, arguably, the world.

During the recent Rives de la Beaute’ held in Paris this Autumn, much discussion surrounded the topic of “Scent as Art.” To elaborate, the discussion’s central point is about creating museums of scent, whereby a perfume can be held up, enshrined and admired as the piece of art, and historical reference point, that it is.

While she was designing her perfumes, Huong Mangin, General Manager of Fragrance et Beaute Francaises recalled her childhood scent-memories from Vietnam – the delicate florals, the fresh herbs and spices, the raw fragrances of her childhood and her ancestral home. When she began working with the iconic 5th generation family house of Mane, based in Grasse, in the south of France, these were some of the perfume essences she put forward in her design wishes.

Master perfumers Christian Vermorel, Céline Ripert and Frédérique Terranova took their cues from Madame Mangin and went to work creating the sublime perfumes that are L’Essence des Notes. The scents they worked with in their creations are from the Citrus/Fruity, Fougere, Chypree, Floral, Wood and Oriental/Amber families. Each perfume has a top note, a heart note and an end note. The top note and the end note are always different,  – the true mark of a quality perfume.

Some of the original perfumes you can find in the L’Essence des Notes perfume line: Orange & Litsee, Citron & Petitgrain, Lavande & Romarin, Cardamome & EmbrunsPamplemousse & Basilic, Myrte & Bergamote, Vetiver & Patchouli, and Coriandre & Bois de Cedre.

Their newest offerings are the premium range. These perfumes are: Rose de Kelaa, Oud de Kyara, and Oud d’Angkor. These are sensual perfumes that carry names to evoke journeys and the sense of escape.

Another remarkable thing about these perfumes are that they are ISO 9001 certified, which is a certification guaranteeing quality manufacturing procedures. Indeed, these perfumes are so clean, they are sold in Pharmacies in France. Mangin created her perfumes so that they would be as clean and natural as possible, and have sublime, enduring scents, the combinations of which are innovative and fresh.

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Neal’s Yard Remedies Makeup

9 Oct

by Paige Donner

Neal’s Yard Remedies, the UK-based natural remedies, skincare, bodycare and now makeup line, feels that the Tree is a perfect symbol of beauty: The roots represent our health/inner beauty, and the outer blossomings of gorgeous leaves, fruits and flowers are symbols of our outward beauty. That’s the logic behind their logo.

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So when they moved into developing their makeup line, after several years of careful thought and reflection, they knew that mineral makeup was the direction to go in.  However, based as they are on holistic and organic remedies masquerading as personal care products and skincare, they wanted nothing to do with the common additives found in many of the mineral-based makeups on store shelves today. One good example is talc and talcum powder. Believe it or not, many “mineral” makeup lines today use these as fillers to round out their color-based mineral makeup lines. But never NYR!

White Tea (Powder)

So what NYR did before ever launching their makeup line in any of their 42 U.K. stores (70 boutiques worldwide) was to do a fair bit of research focused around white tea and white tea powder.

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“Color That Cares”

Many of us know white tea as the super anti-oxidant we can sip, but what NYR lab researchers found was that white tea, ground up as a powder and used topically on the skin, also makes for a superb anti-oxidant ingredient and free-radical protector for the skin. So when you apply any of the Neal’s Yard Remedies mineral makeup, on face, eyes, cheeks and lips, you are actually doing your skin a favor by giving it a good dose coating of anti-oxidant and free-radical fighting White Tea.

Autumn’s new shades are gorgeous gem colors such as plum,  royal blue, blue bell and silver birch. When you add just a smidgen of water to your makeup brush, the mineral color makeup for your eyes, for example, goes on wet and stays on all day long. What’s more, these mineral makeups in rich and flattering pigments are the first makeup line to be Soil Association Certified.

On The Horizon: Soon to be launched – by end of 2012 in the U.K – is their new range of lipsticks in a range of luscious shades. And for 2013 they promise to have come out with a jaw-dropping, eye-popping fully-functioning, organic based mascara.  For U.S. customers, NYR lipsticks will be available by early 2013.

Never Tested on Animals, Fair Trade, Natural, Organic – Neal’s Yard Remedies

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We Love Lovea!

8 Sep
by Paige Donner

Pomegranate and rice oil? To bring out the shine and preserve the rich color in your color-treated hair? Yes and it’s brand new by the French beauty line, Lovea, who specially formulates a complete organic line for us Natural Beauties.

La Grenade – Leave-In Hair Shine Conditioner

Tannins, polyphenols and vitamin C, all nutrients found abundantly in a simple little red pomegranate, work to enhance the health and shine of your colored hair. Spray it on damp or dry, style, leave it in (Yes, don’t rinse!) and your hair will have healthy shiny bounce all day long. 

How the spray in color-enhancing conditioner works: the tannins from the pomegranate afix to the keratin of the hair shaft, thus preserving color. The organic rice oil intensely nourishes the hair follicles resulting in healthy, shiny, lustrous hair. And the two combined together make a formidable foe against UV rays which also helps to preserve the soft silky shine of your hair color. It’s light enough, too, to use every day. Couple it with the Pomegranate Shampoo, fortified with aloe vera, to boost your beautiful results.

Dead Sea Salt Scrub

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Also new from Lovea Bio is their Dead Sea sourced salt scrub. Crystals of rock salt from this mythic source known throughout the ages by Mediterranean beauties as a source for health and beauty rituals, are embedded in a generous mountain of almond, jojoba, sesame and argan oils which leave your skin nourished more than skin deep. The scrub works to purify and invigorate the skin grace a’ its rich Dead Sea Salt calcium deposits; Its potassium re-balances and hydrates.

Truly a luxurious spa treatment in a jar, the Dead Sea Salt Scrub, 98% natural and sourced from this Biblical beauty oasis perched between Israel and Jordan, will leave your skin feeling soft, hydrated, pampered after regular use. The almond oil softens the skin, especially the delicate areas, sesame oil is rich in Vitamin E, jojoba helps to restructure the skin and argan oil protects and nourishes. 

We love these two new products from Lovea Bio for skin and hair, to help repair and replenish, especially after a summer of sun, surf and sand! 

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Your Good(-smelling) Deed For Earth Day

14 Mar

Want to get a jump on Earth Day this year? Here’s your chance to do something good for the children of Bolivia and Ghana – and smell good doing so!

For the second year in a row, Armani’s Acqua di Gio will give 100 liters of potable water to needy children in Bolivia and Ghana for any perfume sold between March 19 and 25th in the Acqua di Gio line by Alberto Morillas. Here’s your chance to try the line’s newest fragrance: Essenza.

All set for perfume at present? Not to worry. Simply by going to the line’s FB page, and clicking on “Like,” they will sponsor 50liters of potable water for the designated needy children. Now wasn’t that easy?

Dying To Be Beautiful

27 Oct

Peter Lamas shed light on the dangers of harsh chemicals hidden in common beauty products on October 22nd and 23rd, 2011 in Vancouver, B.C. At The West Coast Women’s Show

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As one of the leading international make-up artists and beauty experts in the world, Mr. Lamas began his career at Vidal Sassoon in NYC 30 years ago and quickly became a go-to for such classic beauties such as Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Gloria Vanderbilt. Today the Peter Lamas brand is known worldwide for its line of 100% percent vegan, natural products with a cult following which boasts a number of beauty editors and celebrities.  Continue reading

Introducing…The Spermacycle!

28 Aug

For all Eco-Moms and Eco-Mom Wannabes Everywhere…

Nordisk Cryobank (European Sperm Bank)is one of Europe’s leading sperm banks and the company was looking at environmentally-friendly alternatives to how they could transport their sperm samples to the fertility clinics around Greater Copenhagen.

The company’s CEO, Peter Bower, says, “The first idea was how we could deliver to the fertility clinics in a C02-friendly way. Shortly afterwards followed the idea of a custom-designed bike with a cooling system. Now, six months later, we can cycle around the city on our sperm cell bike.

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[Courtesy http://www.copenhagenize.com/2011/04/sperm-bike-in-copenhagen.html]

[Courtesy http://www.copenhagenize.com/2011/04/sperm-bike-in-copenhagen.html]

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Odacité and Absolution – Bespoke Skincare

19 Jul

Greening BeautyBy Paige Donner 

Bespoke is the new black.  Or, rather, bespoke skincare is the newest wisdom in product formulation for skincare products, especially in natural and organic based lines. We’ve come across two stellar lines this past year who are both formulating skincare product lines specific to personal and individual needs.

Odacité

The first, Odacité, is created by founder Romain Gaillard, a French native who makes his home currently in Southern California. For a novel approach and because it’s important to remember that our menfolk need TLC too, we tried out his line of products that were formulated specifically for an adult male whose lifestyle includes some sun exposure and late nights.

Before the products were formulated, senior Skincoach Nairi Khatchadourian sent along a detailed questionnaire to find out what sorts of skincare concerns our tester had. This is the response, along with the product types and explanations, that were received:

Dark Circles Under Eyes: The Odacité skincare includes a “great concentration of Tocopherols (natural Vitamin E) that is known to help with dark circles. It also includes bioavailable Vitamin C of rosehip oil that helps strengthen blood vessel walls, and tea extracts that work wonders at reducing dark circles.”

Dark circles can appear as a result of several factors: lifestyle, genetic, lack of sleep, aging.

Suntegrity sunscreen is their product to deflect the harmful effects of overexposure to the sun.  It’s an effective product which is saying a lot for something that is so respectful of natural ingredients use. Sunscreens still are something of the Holy Grail for natural-based skincare products.

Cleanser. The cleanser includes Tamanu oil from the rain-forest of Madagascar which is a super healing oil. They get the wild-crafted oil from Madagascar 
because wild plants retain the highest potency. Tamanu oil is proven to aid in the elimination of waste material and toxins from the capillaries. The cleanser also comes with two sponges that encourage lymph circulation when used on the face.

Immortelle Toner.Toning  helps shrink pores and restores healthy skin Ph balance. They suggest using the Toner as an after shave. Its base is Aloe Vera so it hydrates the skin and reduces puffiness.

The moisturizer is formulated with pure virgin coconut oil and organic aloe. These boost 
skin hydration by locking in moisture. The fresh organic aloe also heals. It is also, “Formulated with DMAE a natural skin firming agent. Long term use of DMAE  has been clinically proven to greatly decrease the appearance of loose and sagging skin. DMAE also helps prevent and reduce age spots.”

Our Greening Beauty test subject felt a significant improvement in his skincare quality after using only these products for three weeks. Not any kind of a Metrosexual, it was difficult to convince him to use any kind of skincare. But after using Odacité Bespoke Skincare, we now have a firm believer in natural, crafted to order, skincare.

Absolution

The founder of this organic skincare line from France, Isabelle Carron, describes it as “the first unisex bespoke certified organic cosmetics brand.” She has created it from minerals, vitamins and wild plant extracts. The line is formulated with simplicity in mind. It is the founder’s goal to offer a few products that can answer a variety of your skin’s needs.

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This she does with a truly original approach to “bespoke.”  Basics of the line such as La Crème du Jour and La Solution + Energie are packaged by themselves but formulated to be sold together so that the client, themselves, can mix the ingredients according to their skin’s needs at that moment.

This approach earned Carron a Beyond Beauty Jury Award and a Wallpaper Magazine Design Award in 2010. The product line is also Eco Cert-ified.  The Day Cream (recyclable)-plastic jar/pump is beveled inward at the top so that when you pump a bit of the cream out onto the little “bowl” it allows you to spritz a drop of the Energy Solution onto it so that you can mix it all up right there with your fingertips, just before applying. Other “La Solution” varieties are: Eclat (Clarifying/brightening), Anti-Age, and Controle.

The product philosophy emphasizes Listening. “Listen to Yourself…” it says, “Listen to your skin! Intimate connection, echo of your soul and body, your skin’s needs are like yours: constantly changing.

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The ingredients are potent: Olive tree flavonoids, Aloe Vera, Borage oil whose anti-aging actions is combined with a mineral sunscreen (Mica) – all of this in the day cream. And in the booster you have Echinacea, Edelweiss and Extract of Thermus Thermophillus to name a few. [That last-named ingredient is particularly effective in protecting your skin from air pollution, UV ad electromagnetic radiations.

Read more on the new Absolution.me Blog.

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