Google+

Bonjour Cherie!

Let's Talk Skincare 101

by

In:Holistic Skincare

Comments Off on Beauty Sleep

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

If you feel as if you’ve been hibernating most of the winter, the last thing you may want to think about is making sure to get enough sleep now that spring is here.  You’re ready to burst forth and enjoy, greet your neighbors, catch up with friends over outdoor lunches, and spend evenings out after bitter chills and early sunsets have kept you indoors for too long.

I dream of taking my beloved ’98 S70 lipstick red Volvo out for a spin, give her a turbo thrill anywhere but 30 mph Valley View Road (and I don’t mean 32 or 35 mph which is pushing a speeding ticket).

This I can no longer do.  She was forced into retirement last May when one of her cylinders unexpectedly went down.  I was in deNile, in part because everything else about her was perfect.  I don’t want to believe she’s gone.  Even now, I sometimes look for her in parking lots, wondering who might have brought her home, fixed her up, and now takes her out for a spin.

I wanted her back the moment I felt with little choice but to replace her with a computerized black Volvo S60 that has a bazillion features (of which I still have minimal comprehension), and lacks her colorful personality.  Without my Mimi magnets, I feel a little guilty saying this, but she’d be just another black car in a sea of black cars, undistinguished from all the others.

She’d been huffing and puffing (running rough they call it) for about a week before I took her in to Borton, thinking she might need new spark plugs. Don’t all of us older gals need new sparks from time to time?  Made sense.  Unfortunately, the problem lay deeper.  When we’re not on all cylinders, it’s a serious problem, one I wasn’t prepared to face.

Dan at Borton Volvo service told me to have a stiff drink and say goodbye.  She was no longer safe.  She could blow at any moment.  What does that even mean I remember wondering.  Would she just stop without warning on the freeway?  Would she blow up?  I didn’t feel she’d betray me in that way.  She’d give me a few signs.  Dan continued to impress upon me the severity of the safety risk.  It could be a day, a week, a month, maybe a year.  I didn’t want to let her go, but I couldn’t continue to hold on.  I drive my daughter around town.  Safety’s a big deal.

So, I took photos.  I stood next to her.  Wherever she went from the Borton Volvo lot, she remains ever in my heart.  I’ve not yet had the stiff drink, and don’t really think it would have worked anyway.  She was bigger than that.  She grows more special in her physical absence from my life.

I’ll never feel the same about another car.  She was my first Volvo, my signature red, a boxy handmade Swedish girl who developed a distinct personality with age, and carried on even after I blew out her ignition one winter, and someone pushed her gently in a parking lot, leaving a subtle barely remarkable dent in her otherwise perfect frame.  She proudly wore my kissing Mimi magnets till the end.

One never knows, but I can’t imagine ever feeling quite the same about my new (to me) Volvo S60 on whom Mimi blowing her kiss to passersby seemed sadly faded.  My new Volvo demanded new magnets. That’s the thing about changing one thing – other things seem suddenly old.  And who I am to judge.  I’m getting older too.  My parts will wear out.  Where will I go?  She deserved better.  I acted in haste.  I wished she were back.  It was too late.

I digress.  Besides, if I count out the years, I’ll have a few more Volvos enter my life.  Or I’ll leap into a hybrid.  Just must remind myself to get ready and prepare for it emotionally next time.

Back to our theme of beauty sleep.  Cherie, now is when you need your sleep more than ever, to handle the ups and downs of life, hopefully more ups…

→ Read more

by

In:Fragrance

Comments Off on L’Amour Fou de Printemps

 

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

May is the perfect time to play with new spring fragrances.  Everything around us seems more playful, delightful and full of intoxicating natural fragrances and joie de vivre, so welcome l’amour fou (crazy wild love) of springtime into your heart!  Fragrance is all about happy little sensual pleasures, feeling fab in your skin and making beautiful memories that remain forever.  Franz Kafka said “Anyone who retains the ability to see beauty never grows old.”  I couldn’t agree more.  Fist bumps Franz and Andre (Breton), l’amour fou man. And the best part?  Crazy wild love and this genuine fountain of youth are available to you, everyday of your life.  Just choose to invite them into your life today. → Read more

by

In:Cleansing, Fragrance, Holistic Skincare, natural skincare

Comments Off on Discover YOUR Springtime Bliss

written by Raulla S. Mitchell “All is a miracle. The stupendous order of nature, the revolution of a hundred million worlds around a million stars, the activity of light, the life of all animals, all are grand and perpetual miracles.”   Voltaire (1694-1778, France)

Bliss is a perpetual miracle. And what’s so fab about bliss is that we can discover it everyday within ourselves!

We cannot help but be reminded of the veracity of Voltaire’s eloquent expression, particularly after months of nature covered in snow and ice, green begins to expose itself once again, the initial sign of nature’s powers of miraculous rejuvenation and rebirth.  April’s wet grass, blossoms beginning to form in May, fruit growing on trees, and moisture in the air tells us that spring has returned. We are part of the cycle of nature, and follow her revitalization.

Even if Mother Nature decides to snow flower-sized snowflakes in Minnesota this April, we know from experience that they’ll quickly melt when the sun comes out.  Just a little reminder to be grateful for the spring when she comes to stay!

When I was a child, my grandmother used to call each April 1st with the same line “Look out the window, it’s snowing.”  I’d say “Grandma, it’s not snowing, don’t you know it’s April!”  She’d insist, so finally I’d put the phone down, go to the window, and when I’d return to the phone, she’s say the inevitable “April Fools.”  I miss her calls every April 1st.  I’ve always thought Mother Nature and my grandmother were conspiring to make me truly appreciate the beauty of spring.

What better place than a warm fragrant bath to discover your blissful rejuvenation this season? Your bath is a sanctuary for undisturbed reverie and meditation. Release all winter’s cares to be swept away by the uncontrolled beauty of your thoughts, feelings, emotions and sensations.  Give in to wherever they lead you…Your bath is your bath.  I’d say your bath, your rules, but it’s more your bath, no rules sort of thing, a rule-free zone.  Your isolation tank or a shared space, whatever you’re in the mood for.  → Read more

by

In:Uncategorized

Comments Off on Do not fear to make changes – Let’s go!

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

“Do not fear to make changes.  When it is making headway, a boat may rock.”  Chinese proverb

At today’s yoga class, my instructor’s words focused on breaking through our fears.  Yes, we fear that we may topple over in a pose (or in life), but break through this fear, just try it.  Fears created and sustained by our minds seek to disempower us, while yoga seeks to free our minds of fear, anxiety, worry, and breathe into the present moment of life free from self-imposed limitations.  Her heartfelt spoken word music coupled with her own words inspired me to let go just a little bit more, to trust in the moment.

Do you make changes with ease and joy?  Do you love change?  Or do you fear it?  Do you hear the word “change” and think “Hmmm… Now what?  Just when I was getting used to the status quo, looking forward to the ease of running on automatic pilot, I’m supposed to C-H-A-N-G-E?  Do you and David Schwimmer’s character on Friends, Ross Geller, share a similar “No one likes change” philosophy?

Let’s face it, everything is in a constant state of flux.  Life is all about change, expansion, growth and learning.  Stagnation and constriction aren’t very pretty.  So how do we leap forward with a rational mind, faith and a happy heart?

→ Read more

by

In:Fragrance, Ingredients

Comments Off on 4 Favorite Fragrances to Celebrate Spring’s Renewal

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

SEASONAL FRAGRANCE PHILOSOPHY, in a few words:

Your favorite fragrances become your signature, and there’s no need to change your fragrance wardrobe from season to season, unless of course you want to!

I will forever remember my mother’s perfume as she prepared for a night out with my father. It was part of her essence, a woman celebrating a romantic evening. As she hugged me before going out, the smell of her skin became one with my own.

Like the fragrances I wear today, my mother’s fragrance remained on the fabric of her clothes.  Trying on my mother’s clothes hanging over her chair was like wrapping myself up in her arms.

Today my teenage daughter wraps herself lovingly in my bathrobe, and tells me it smells like me.

Your fragrant self is a gift of love to you and to those whom you cherish, now and forever. It is the stuff of treasured memories, an expression of YOU.

That said, maybe you change how you feel from season to season? Do you feel a sense of renewal and joy when spring rolls into town?  Are you ready to change your fragrance up a bit to express how you feel now?

There are fragrances that seem to naturally herald the first gentle caress of spring, flowers and fruit growing from the fertile earth. The light floral and fruity fragrances of the following 4 fragrances celebrate a gentle transition to spring.

Express your new spring self, and always feel free to call for a personalized consultation if you’d like to play and explore a fragrance that beautifully expresses who you are right now! → Read more

by

In:Cleansing, Fragrance, Holistic Skincare, Ingredients, Moisturizing

Comments Off on Jump into Spring Colors

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

Winter drab be-gone. Perk up your thoughts, dreams and creative imagination with beautiful spring floral colors from palest pinks, roses, lilacs, mints, sea foams, melons, butters, and cocoas to the brightest fuchsias, limes, cherries, sunshine yellows and tangerines. Your favorite fresh spring colors are all here!   → Read more

by

In:Exfoliating

Comments Off on Topical Detox

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

You’ve heard lots about detox during this transitional time of year, from winter to spring, for those of us who live in four season climates.  Whenever we transition from one season to another, it’s a great time to detox.  Out with the old, in with the new.

Why not combine an internal detox (like our easy Dandelion Detox) with a topical detox (with one of our Gentle Exfoliating Sugar Scrubs)Red Note has the perfect gentle exfoliating sugar scrub YOU and YOUR SKIN will love!

First of all, why is topical exfoliation with a gentle sugar scrub so important to your detox ritual from the outside in? → Read more

by

In:Cleansing, Holistic Skincare, Ingredients

Comments Off on DIY Skincare Fun: Neroli Geranium Fresh Skin Toner

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

Super easy to make Neroli Geranium Toner.  Essential oils of neroli (citrus) and geranium (floral) bring you dreams of spring and summer whatever the season!  Refreshes and keeps your skin moist and hydrated like the beautiful floral essences from which it’s made!  After you cleanse your face, spritz 10 times over forehead, cheeks, nose and chin.  Watch your skin glow and look completely refreshed and youthful.  Apply moisturizer to still damp skin to lock in water and your skin’s natural moisture. → Read more

by

In:Fragrance

Comments Off on Fragrance Fun On-the-go with LE CUBE DE PARFUM and Solid Perfume Twist Tubes

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

The busier you are, the more you’ll love your new BFFs – our super fun and innovative LE CUBE DE PARFUM, solid perfume cube and our Solid Perfume twist tubes. → Read more

by

In:Cleansing, Holistic Skincare

Comments Off on Time for a Detox? Try a Gentle Dandelion Detox

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

Have you ever thought of trying a “detox”?  It’s a pretty loaded word – there are lots of different kinds of detoxes or cleansing programs.  Natural, holistic, or integrative healthcare practitioners may custom design a detox program for you based on the state of your current health.  There are endless books on the topic.  Detox packages may be purchased OTC at health food co-ops, spas offer “detox” on their menus, and you’ll find DIY detox tips on Pinterest boards.

Some are gentle though deliver effective long lasting results while others fall into the overhaul category, and may not be as safe, particularly if changes are abrupt and extreme.  It comes down to the question of how you look at your well being and lifestyle long term.

I fall into the kinder, gentler camp when it comes to integrating dietary and lifestyle modifications. I think incorporating elements of a gentle detox regime into your daily life is an excellent opportunity to shift into healthier living without disrupting your body chemistry or bringing about short term results only, and at risk that I regard as undesirable.  For example, results such as immediate weight loss related to detox may be initially thrilling, but cannot be maintained long term, and in fact, may be in part responsible for the weight gain subsequent to coming off a detox regime.  Then you’re back somewhere behind square one!  No one wants that.

So, let’s assume we don’t suffer from any major chronic illnesses that require supervision by a medical professional, and we’re going for a gentle detox, one that we can begin now, and continue on a regular basis if we choose to.  Nature’s seasonal transitions (spring and fall) are ideal times for detoxification to cleanse mind, body and spirit from

dietary toxins: refined foods and carbohydrates, hydrogenated fats, alcohol, caffeine, processed sugar, high fat meat and dairy, etc. environmental toxins: in our air, soil, water, cleaning and personal care products, clothes, etc. emotional and psychological toxins: chronic stress, anxiety, worry, juggling too many balls in the air, lack of relaxed “down time” and regenerative sleep

Detoxification is best supported synergistically from the inside out and the outside in. Gentle modifications to our diet and lifestyle have the potential to create the canvas for a healthier you.  When we cleanse our liver, kidneys and skin, we cleanse the body’s primary organs responsible for the elimination of toxins.

What is one very simple dietary treat we can add to facilitate our body’s own capacity to detoxify? 

→ Read more