Let's Talk Skincare 101
strewritten 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 fromdietary 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?
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
written by Raulla S. Mitchell
Do YOU still even think about New Year’s resolutions? Those things some of us promise we’ll revolutionize in an amazing way about life, love, work, and everything in our personal universe? I’ve noticed that it seems almost passe to host this New Years resolutions mindset in 2017. Talk of resolutions has gone into hiding.
In it’s place, there’s a lot of talk about commitment to new ways of looking at things. Or, thinking about how we want to feel? How we want to care for ourselves to help us to feel the way we want to feel?
Is this the same thing as resolutions with a new spin, or does it truly inspire something more innately successful at motivating, with the secret potential to motivate in a way that resolutions fail to do?
What do you think? Do you love writing down a to-do list of resolutions, or would you prefer to dream about how you’d love to feel in an ideal world of your making, and then take baby steps, or jumps if you like, into creating that world?
Whatever works for you – jump in, let’s shake things happen, make some dreams come true in 2017!
If resolutions work, super! If a new mindset (committing to wearing new glasses, so to speak), looking at your life from a fresh perspective or reflecting upon how you want to feel, and then taking actions to make you feel this way seems intriguing, why not try it on?
However we choose to think about our lives in 2017, why not toss our skincare routine into the mix?
How we look is more than skin deep. It’s indicative of our overall health, and expresses to the world how we feel about ourselves. Let’s make it absolutely F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S, dig in, and have fun!
THIS YEAR, before we chat about skincare mindsets or making a list of how we’d like to feel, and a list of ways in which we can help ourselves to feel this way (yes, I’m going with that), a few mindful words:Celebrate the beauty of who you are, inside and out. Be compassionate with yourself, how you look and feel, and all else will fall into place. → Read more
written by Raulla S. MitchellWhen August temperatures soar, break out the juicy citrus scents and celebrate with a citrus fest.
We asked, and you told us. Your favorite summer fragrances – CITRUS!
Instantly revive and uplift your mind, body and spirit! Three of our most succulent, refreshing CITRUS fragrances to help beat the summer heat. Tried them yet?
Earth Day is next week. How do YOU celebrate Earth Day?
I don’t mean how should you celebrate it, because you can celebrate it anyway you want (no normative framework around this) but I’m interested, because there seem to be infinite ways to celebrate a day all about the planet on which we live, and conversely, without which, we couldn’t live, at least not yet, and certainly not in the same manner.
I saw part of the film “The Martian” while my daughter was watching it on Netflix, and I have to say, Mars is not for me.
The verdant landscapes, trees with abundant leaves, and flowers in bloom this spring hold the potential to transform our spirits. In the midwest, we know this all too well, especially these last few years, in light of, dare I say it, global warming. I think I can dare. It’s pretty clear that it’s arrived, and now we’re in the rush to figure out what to do to prevent more drastic consequences of our collective actions over generations.
In Minnesota, we deal daily with temperature and climate pendulum swings. Is it spring, is it winter, is it spring, is it winter…? Mushy snow that melts nearly on contact with the pavement mid-April leaves us asking and waiting to change our closets and unveil our charming (let’s hope so) personalities to our neighbors.
We’re left with empirical knowledge and faith, knowing and believing that spring will come, as it always does. We can leap from freezing winter temps, wind chills that threaten to push down my heavy Volvo trunk on top of my head while reaching for my purse inside (yeah, that’s right it did just that, and it was as frightening and painful as you might imagine when it happened at Costco), and a slippery mess of a rain-snow mix to 70 degrees the next day.
It can also feel a little like “En attendant Godot”, waiting for Godot or Mother Nature to brighten our yards and our spirits. Come on Mother Nature, please hurry on over to Minnesota with your powerful feminine charms, we want to see our tulips and irises popping up! I’d even be immensely grateful for a hosta or two along the boulder wall and by the mailbox. I’ve been staring at colorful silk flowers in pots outside my front door all winter, because I can’t bear life without color. Still, I don’t for a sec believe they’re real, and I’m sooooo….ready for flowers that grow in the earth! → Read more
written by Raulla S. Mitchell
For your most nurtured, radiant, and touchable skin 365 days a year, follow your skincare for the bath 3 easy step routine: CLEANSE, EXFOLIATE and MOISTURIZE that we shared just a few blog posts earlier in January. Now, let’s focus on EXFOLIATION and FRAGRANCE, because it’s the month of romance after all. Yes, we decided one day simply couldn’t wrap itself around something as exquisite and powerful as romance, so we’re going with a month of romance, and hope that’s okay with you! → Read more
written by Raulla S. MitchellThe Ritual of the Bath…
is inextricably connected to love and romance, both for yourself and those with whom you share your life.
Keep your promise to take time out of your scheduled day to pause, slow down, unwind, relax and treat your mind, body and spirit to luxurious nutrient-rich ingredients to rejuvenate your skin and luscious fragrances to celebrate your spirit.
Your inner spa queen, dreamer and sensualist are calling YOU!
Did you know the bath solves nearly all problems, conundrums, worries, concerns, and offers amazing answers to your what should I do now moments?
Take a bath tonight, cherie. → Read more
written by Raulla S. MitchellVolupte and Splendor in the Lemongrass
In the mood for a little volupte sur l’herbe or splendor in the lemongrass this Valentine’s Day? Lusciously unique fragrances to fall in love with, and share with someone special.
We know you love these fragrances 365 days a year, but if you’ve been saving them for something special, hey, it’s Valentine’s Day, week, month…however long you want it to last – the choice is yours.
It’s time to dip into your luxurious lotions, cremes, body butters and apply your cubes de parfum to rejuvenate your skin, delight your spirit and why not make a little magic too!