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DIY Winter Skin Spa

31 Jan

DIY Beauty by Suki Kramer

By: Suki Kramer

Winter’s stale indoor heat, low humidity, cold temperatures and windy
conditions all take a toll on your skin. Dry, dead skin cells build up, oil
imbalances cause an increase of clogged pores and wrinkles seem all the more

Beat the winter beauty blues with these easy skin care recipes that use
common kitchen ingredients. Of course, try to buy organic and local whenever
Soup to Nuts Facial Scrub
* 1Ž2 cup chopped cucumber (do not peel)–soothing, natural exfoliant
* 1 teaspoon pineapple juice–toning, exfoliating
* 1 tablespoon baking soda–ph balancer, gentle cleanser
* 2 whole eggs–clears blemishes, tightens skin, helps with wrinkles
* 2 tablespoons yogurt–hydrating, probiotic treatment
* 2/3 cup ground almonds–natural exfoliant

Puree the cucumber until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend on
medium-low speed for 1 minute. Apply to moistened face in a gentle, circular
motion. Rinse thoroughly.

Nourishing Hydration Masque
* 1Ž2 avocado (peeled & pitted)–moisturizing. vitamin-rich
* 3 seedless grapes–tightening, toning, antioxidant
* 1 egg–tightening, hydrating and adds protein value
* 1 teaspoon mayonnaise–nourishing
* 1 teaspoon honey–anti-blemishes & anti-wrinkle
* 1 tablespoon baking soda–ph balancer, gentle cleanser
* 2 teaspoons apple juice–exfoliating

Puree the avocado and grapes until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and
blend on medium speed for 45 seconds. Apply evenly to face & leave on for
10-15 minutes.

Intense Hydrating Face/Body Lotion
* 1 teaspoon olive oil–great natural hydrator
* 1/3 teaspoon shea butter (found in natural food stores)–moisturizer
* 1 teaspoon apple juice–exfoliating
* 1 teaspoon lemon juice–tonic
* 1/3 teaspoon coconut oil–source of vitamins and rich nourishers

In a small saucepan, slowly heat ingredients together until warm. Remove
from heat and let cool. Note: oils and juices will separate. Pour into small
bottle and shake prior to use. Apply to face in circular massaging motion
until thoroughly absorbed.

Greening Beauty



Meryl Streep: a True Inspiration

19 May
By: Suki Kramer

I recently read an interview with Meryl Streep in Vanity Fair…OMG she is always such an incredible inspiration to me. When I see her give a speech, with that super comfortable, witty, vulnerable, wise presence & the remarkably intelligent, evolved things she always manages to say, she is who I hope to become…& I better get going!

Streep has never gone under the knife & in fact refuses. Someone in the article said what I’ve been saying too, that as you grow older, if you hang on to certain parts of yourself to look younger, you miss out on other stages of life, trying to stop time is detrimental to your emotional growth & a futile way to look at life in general.

Streep says of plastic surgery, “it’s like an interruption in communication with them, like a flag in front of the view & that for an actor, it’s like wearing a veil, it’s not a good thing.”

On the same day I came across an interview with Julia Roberts & hope I don’t someday have to eat my words if I find out she’s ever had plastic surgery or was addicted to the needle…but they asked her some questions I’d like to repeat cause her answer was cool:

they asked, how do you define beauty?

“…to see a person who is present in their joy is the most beautiful thing. I think that’s why our children are all so luminescent – they just exist in the moment of joy.”

Unfortunately, Julia is representing Lancome…so guys, we need to educate her a bit  !

anyway, back to Meryl…

As it said in the article, Streep knows all too well the pressure females feel to dim their light, & it makes me so sad. Seeing young girls play, confident & strong…something happens as they hit puberty, suddenly self-conscious or conscious of what guys think of them. They seem to start to want to do exactly that, dim their light, acquiesce, & reduce themselves (opinions, weight, talent, etc.) & their accomplishments. I think all of us are trying to get “it back” from then on…chasing the light to “find ourselves” again.

As Streep said, “as girls grow up, as soon as boys come into the picture, you figure out that you have to modify that assertiveness thing in order to even be acceptable, let alone appealing, within the cohort of girls as well as boys.” she found enormous relief outgrowing those constraints. The sad realization for me, is that most of us don’t or struggle SO hard day after day. & something she said struck me as something I do personally all the time, accommodate, accommodate, accommodate. I don’t know about you gals.

“I remember Albert Brooks saying to me in Defending Your Life, ‘could you just make it a little sweeter?’ Streep said, “& that’s been repeated by other people in the years since then…but I don’t listen to it.” hmmm at 43, I’m still listening & reacting…

How did Streep free herself? “I think you have to get sick of hearing the accommodation in your approach to things…the way people have to get sick of drinking or drugs before they stop. As there begins to be less time ahead of you, you want to be exactly who you are, without making it easier for everyone else. I’m not sure I ever was really comfortable waning around as a girl, anyway.”

I recently pinned up a picture of Streep at my desk for inspiration.





Pangea And Sephora New BFF’s

19 May

Sephora Has a Crush on Pangea…
(Ok, Well, Maybe Just on Joshua But We Still Feel the Love!)

by Cheryl Locke

Dreamy do-gooder and Pangea Organics founder Joshua Onysko built his company on social responsibility. It makes us rest easier at night to think that the our fave Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai & Goji Berry Facial Mask was made by content employees receiving living wages.

We called this boy wonder, age 32, out of his garden to discuss everything from his veggie burger of choice (the one at San Francisco’s Plant Café) to his company’s commitment to women in developing countries.

Pangea Gets Its Good Sense From Nature Picture courtesy USA Today 
Beauty and the Blog: Why don’t you start by telling us what consumers should know about skincare?

Joshua Onysko: Skin is your largest organ. What you apply to it is an accoutrement to your diet. It’s important to feed your skin.bSkincare is no longer about concealing and hiding. It’s about establishing a long-term ritual. You can prevent and prolong wrinkles for an extreme amount of time with nourishing ingredients. At Pangea, we take nature and reconstruct it for the skin so that the nutrients are bio-available on a cellular level. We call it alchemy.

BATB: Like witchcraft?
JO: Not quite. Our modern day alchemy takes botanicals, oils, and lipids and reconstructs them for really strong benefits for your skin and results you can see and feel. Take Vitamin C as an example. What a lot of people don’t know is that the molecule is too big to penetrate pores. It’s not really absorbed into you. Some brands use another version called ascorbic acid, which is chocolate brown, yet they produce creams that are white. That’s a dead giveaway. The Pangea solution: Eat an orange.

BATB: Many of us already know your products are non-synthetic but what we don’t know is Pangea’s philanthropic work.
JO: For the last year, we’ve been collaborating with Women for Women International, a non-profit organization that helps women survivors of war. We got involved after learning some startling facts. 87% of food is grown by women, which would be fine except for the fact that only 1% of land is owned by women. It’s extremely difficult to build the infrastructure. Pangea wanted to help Women for Women [International] rebuild lives through education and job skills training.

BATB: Do you support other organizations?
JO: We pick and choose as we see fit. Fourteen years ago, I was at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where I met Jane Goodall and was blown away by her passion and over 50 years of working with local communities. Her work is not only with primates. We support her Roots & Shoots program, which educates youth on their local ecosystems.

BATB: Your company is just as locally conscious. What’s an average day like?
JO: Just yesterday, the seeds for our garden came in the mail. We call them seeds of change and we’re going to grow them in our 3000 square feet garden outside the office.

BATB: What’s in your garden?
JO: What’s not in our garden! Arugula, fennel, chilies, kale, sweet corn. I’ve decided that we’re going to run a sustainable company from the inside out.

BATB: And, what does the man who is set out to make the world a better place – one bar of soap at a time – do for his morning grooming routine?
JO: I wake up and shave; I mix dime-sized amounts of shower gel and body lotion. When I’m done, there’s toner and depending on the season Himalayan Geranium & Pomegranate Balancing Oil for an extra protective barrier. And three times a week, I use a scrub.

Learn more about Women for Women International at http://www.womenforwomen.org/ and Roots & Shoots at http://www.rootsandshoots.org/.

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