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Açai Harvest in Brazil

4 Jul

by Paige Donner

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Each and every year in Brazil the population awaits its annual açai berry harvest with bated breath. It’s akin to the yearly Beaujolais harvest in France. A time of year filled with celebration and abundance.

The açai berry has been inching its way into the North American mainstream for at least a decade now. Hailed as a little berry packing a powerfully healthy punch, we first welcomed it in smoothies and nutrition bars.

 

Indeed some of the properties of the mythical açai berry are :

 

  • Health tonic elixir
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Sweet, Fruit and Fragrant

 

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Açai berries transported by riverboat

 

Health Properties Of The Açai Berry

For centuries this berry has been used for its health properties by the local Abaetetuba community in the northern Brazilian state of Pará.

 

The whole of Brazil has embraced the açai berry since many decades for more than its medicinal uses, however. Indeed the culture celebrates the annual harvest by making candies, sweets, and other delicacies out of the dark purple, pulpy and fruity berry.

 

Its deep purple color are indicative of the berry’s rich anti-oxidant properties. And if you’ve never tasted açai before, the flavor pyramid to expect is : red fruits such as raspberry and wild strawberry giving way to wood berries like blackberries and blueberries ending on a final note of sandal wood and light, aromatic woods.

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Natura Brasil’s EKOS Açai Body Care Line

 

For its EKOS Açai line of body care products, Natura Brasil works with the Cofruta Community, a co-op based in the Pará state of Brazil, who does the bulk of the annual berry harvest.

 

COFRUTA = Fruit Growers Co-operative of Abaetetuba

 

This is the co-operative, who in their native Amazonian forest, produces and harvests 95% of the total Brazilian açai berry crop each year.  The co-op is made up of several hundred families. The açai berries they harvest are certified organic and along with Natura Brasil, working with them for several decades now, they have developed a sustainable harvesting method. The co-op even produces their own açai berry syrups and jams now in a factory they built in their native Amazonian forest in 2002.

 

Products from Natura Brasil made from the açai berry harvest are released in limited edition quantities each year. They include :

 

Triphasée Shower Oil – this fruity and light oil goes on fresh all over your body on still moist, just showered skin. It contains oil pressed directly from the organic açai berry, thus containing concentrated amounts of pure anti-oxidant properties. A fresh, fruity, fragrant scent.

 

Frescor – the eau de toilette made from organic alcohol and essential oil extracts from the fresh açai berry harvest.

 

Hand Cream and Body Lotion –  These products each give 24hours and 30 hours respectively of skin hydration as well as offering anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant protection.

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For more information about these products and the sustainable harvest program that Natura Brasil has institituted with the native Amazonian COFRUTA community in Brazil, go to NaturaBrasil.fr.

 

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Earth Day is right around the corner! Celebrate this special day with a beautiful, eco-luxe piece of jewelry for yourself or for someone special from Brilliance. Although the terms eco-friendly and luxury may seem to be on opposite ends of the spectrum, they no longer are with Brilliance. We’ve included several selections that we think you’ll love and will make you look at jewelry in a new way!

Brilliance also offers Canadian diamonds and strictly adheres to the Canadian Diamond Code of Conduct, which guarantees every diamond in their inventory is mined and processed in an environmentally and socially-conscious manner. Their diamonds are hand-picked by gemologists and each can be traced back to the region of their origin.They are also manufactured in the United States by master jewelers.

By using recycled metals and conflict-free diamonds, combined with their specialized processes for creating luxury keepsakes, Brilliance produces the highest-quality jewelry, which is their hallmark.

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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.

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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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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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Suki Tinted Active Moisturizer

16 Jun
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by Paige Donner

White Willow Salicins and Natural Retinol Liposomes are just a couple of the ingredients in this latest evolution of Suki Tinted Active Moisturizer. If there’s one thing that Suki does, it’s that she listens… she listens to her skin’s needs, she listens to her clients’ skin needs and then she develops and formulates her synthetic-free advanced technology pure makeup accordingly.

I’ve never had the luxury of applying a foundation that actually feels like it’s soothing as it makes contact with my sensitive facial skin. In this much-improved product, the Suki Tinted Active Moisturizer, my skin benefits from the comfrey-sourced allantoin to make the application feel like a treatment for my skin that I’m applying underneath the rest of my makeup.
I’ve also learned to regulate the thickness of coverage by taking Suki’s advice and mixing a pump of the foundation with a dab of my favorite Suki Balancing Day Lotion to achieve a lighter coverage for day. For evening, I often use the tinted moisturizer, that goes on like a foundation alone for deeper coverage.
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I love that when I wear this makeup, I can trust that it’s boosting my natural cell turnover and collagen synthesis. That it fights free radicals with its vitamin packed antioxidant, a proprietary Suki blend of high potency botanic concentrate, is a big bonus, especially amidst big city living. And don’t get me wrong, I truly appreciate the anti-wrinkle properties she’s formulated with vegetable-sourced retinol polypeptide liposomes, but it’s the soothing feel my skin adores from the product’s standardized white willow bark based ingredient when I smooth on a swath of it across my cheeks, chin, forehead and nose in the mornings. That’s when I feel ready and good to greet the day.

Birch Tree Trio Slimming Therapy

15 Apr

 

by Paige Donner

To celebrate the imminent arrival of beach season (in the Northern Hemisphere anyway), Weleda, the beauty company that has always been organic – since 1921! – has launched three new products on the market that, when used together as recommended, work to aid the slimming process.

These Birch Tree based products are to be used in tandem with a healthy exercise regime. Celebrity personal fitness coach Julie Ferrez (clients include French First Lady Carla Bruni and French President Nicolas Sarkozy) recommends a super-effective and not-very-time-consuming training circuit that you can do at home with a balance ball on your floor.

Ferrez, recently dressed all in Victoria Secret’s Pink workout wear (“I only wear U.S. clothes,” confessed this adorable and Top French fitness trainer) led a group of assembled journalists interested in getting back in shape before bikini beachwear season strikes again.

Fifteen-Minute Exercise Regime

First exercise: Start by sitting on the balance ball. (Easy enough, eh?!) Then as you walk your legs forward, the ball will sit on your lower back to mid-back. Your legs are now supporting your lower body. From this position, do as many crunches as you can (watch to not lift your chin too high!). Do at least ten. If you can do 30 or more until your muscles fatigue, that’s going to give you the best results the fastest. Do several reps of this.

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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?

NU Green – Organic, Co-ed And Just Right For Spring

11 Mar

Green mint leaves; tarragon; white cedar; East Indian white musk… These are the fresh scents in Honore’ des Pres newest scent and it’s just perfect for Spring.

Designed to be worn by both men and women who each adore organic scents, the Verrine NU Green is shaped like a globe and made out of glass to better preserve the perfume’s scents and its aromatic powers of seduction.

A great little treat to celebrate Springing the clocks Forward this weekend! (In the U.S. anyway… Europe will have to wait just a couple more weeks for its Spring time!)

Available at EcoCentric, 50 ml. 56Euros. Musky, Woody, Fresh Herbal, Green, Spicy.