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In:Exfoliating

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written by Raulla S. Mitchell

You’ve heard lots about detox during this transitional time of year, from winter to spring, spring to summer, summer to fall, and fall to winter 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

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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? 

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In:Holistic Skincare

Comments Off on Your Lifestyle and Your Skin

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

August-September is a transitional time.

Languid days of summer quickly fade into the hustle and bustle of back-to-school prep in the air.

Some of us love to get wrapped up in the excitement of new adventures in learning.

This is a time when many of us have too many items on a to-do-list, particularly if we or someone we love are moving away from home for the first time to go to college.

Any situation that we find emotionally stressful, will likely stress our skin, resulting in unanticipated skin sensitivities, irritations and eruptions.

Even the good stuff, and we hope it’s all good stuff, can stress our skin when we have too many changes and too much excitement.

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In:Cleansing, Exfoliating, Moisturizing, natural skincare

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written by Raulla S. Mitchell

Of course fashion mags and department stores are already into fall wardrobe, but really who wants to stash away their summer sandals in August?  Not me.

I love to max out every moment of summer!  In Minnesota, it’s too short a season to contemplate anything else.

It’s still summer so let’s face it, we’re not ready for boots, socks and tights yet. During this barefoot, sandals and flip flops season that we want so badly to last and last, let’s keep up the care of our hands and feet with daily cleansing, exfoliating, and body butter to nourish and soothe. → Read more

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In:Fragrance, Holistic Skincare

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written by Raulla S. Mitchell

Long hot midsummer days cooled by end of the driveway neighborhood lemonade stands and swimming pools. Wet children and dogs. Packing for summer camps and long holiday weekends. Sunburns, insect bites, picnic lunches at the beach, patio dinners on the grill, conversations into the night under the stars. Thoughts of work and school routines fade. Schedules seem more elastic. Release yourself to the easy flow of summer.

At the end of your day, whatever the temperature outside, a warm bath remains an inviting treatment for summer skin. Unwind in a realm of tranquility or energize your spirit for a night out, perfect for whatever the evening holds in store for you. Luxuriate in two of our yummiest bestseller summer fragrances… DREAMSICLE SMILES and MIMI A TAHITI! → Read more

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In:Fragrance

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written by Raulla S. Mitchell

Indulge in summer’s freedom to play with everything, including fresh natural skincare for the bath products and fragrances.

EXPLORE NEW FRAGRANCES → Read more

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In:Holistic Skincare

Comments Off on Midsummer Sun, Vitamin D and Sunblock

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

SOME SUN FEELS GOOD AND IS GOOD FOR US Feeling the sun on our bare skin makes us feel happy and light. Vitamin D is sometimes referred to as “the happy vitamin”. During the dark cold winter months without sunshine, many people suffer from a variety of sad or depressive emotional states which may be traced to insufficient vitamin D, and certainly less than optimal amounts of sunshine. → Read more

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In:Fragrance

Comments Off on Four Fragrant Citrus Dreams for Your Bath or Shower

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

The start of summer is the perfect time to play with our lusciously juicy citrus fragrance collections with essential oils of orange, lemon, lime, tangerine, lemongrass and grapefruit!  Summer relaxes the go-go girl in all of us, and is there anything more soulfully refreshing than citrus energy?  We don’t think so!  Citrus beauty just makes me want to jump in!  How about you, cherie?  Carpe diem, in a sensually indulgent way unique to gorgeous YOU! → Read more

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

Some of you prefer 100% pure aromatherapy essential oils to fragrance skincare for the bath products whenever possible.  We understand, especially if you’ve experienced a sensitivity to some synthetic fragrances.

Our essential oils are ALWAYS 100% pure, authentic and genuine.  They are NEVER diluted with carrier oils that can negatively effect the quality and shelf-life of your essential oils.

Sometimes to give you a more beautifully unique and complex fragrance blend that’s not available with only fragrant essential oils, we blend our 100% pure essential oils with high quality synthetic (phthalate-free) fragrances to create the most elegant, refreshing, and playful fragrances we all adore.

Just one sec here:  Before we jump into talking about an important issue inherent with the use of essential oils in skincare products, an issue which most people don’t think about when touting the benefits of essential oils and citing the potential negatives associated with synthetic anything, including fragrances (e.g. sensitivities, allergies, irritation, etc.), let me tell you that very often, the primary culprit associated with synthetic fragrances is PHTHALATES.  Phthalates are the chemical compounds which can, in some individuals, cause headaches, respiratory irritation, and other temporary sensitivities.  Our highest quality synthetic fragrances are phthalate-free, for just that very good reason.

Want to know more about phthalates?  Several of you have asked me about this, so I’ll include a new post on the topic.  If you can’t wait to know more, shoot me an email, and I’ll share with you the scoop on phthalates, and why you can expect to see more and more quality beauty products listed as phthalate-free.

But, for right now, here’s a very important reason for using phthalate-free fragrances (rather than essential oils) when you’re out in the summer sun: PHOTOSENSITIVITY.

It’s important for you to know that just because we use 100% pure essential oils (not adulterated or blended with carrier oils which risk reducing their fragrant potency, therapeutic effectiveness and natural shelf-life), this does not mean that these essential oils are free of potential cosmetic issues when we expose our skin to the sun. → Read more

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In:Exfoliating, Fragrance, Holistic Skincare, Moisturizing

Comments Off on Summer’s Smoothest Skin – EXFOLIATE

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

One word with enormous power to make the difference between healthy radiant skin that you dare to bare, and skin you’d rather keep under wraps this summer: EXFOLIATE.   Yes, it’s a really big deal. You only have to try it once to notice immediate benefits.  When you make it part of your weekly skincare routine, you’ll continue to notice your best skin ever – healthy, soft, smooth skin that returns the love you give it!   → Read more