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Beauty Rituals as Resolutions: Dry Brushing

Happy New Year! You've no doubt been bombarded with messages of "new year, new you", fitness tips, food tips and other ways to maintain your New Year's Resolutions. I thought we'd focus on a few self-care tips this month, as we all recover from a busy holiday season and maybe need a little help hitting re-set (weekly, monthly, whenever!).

I wanted to share my love for dry brushing with you as part of of Beauty Rituals as Resolutions! It's something that I'll go weeks without doing - when I'm in a rush and down to the bare minimum self care routine. Recently though, I started adding this into my routine again and I sure am glad I did.

Why dry brushing? Dry body brushing is a star at shedding dead skin cells while encouraging cell renewal. That means smoother and brighter skin! It can also help your skin absorb whatever treatments you apply after your dry brushing sesh (like The Elixir). It's perfect for exfoliating dry, winter skin and can also also detox by increasing blood circulation and promoting lymph flow/drainage.

I don't have a specific brush recommendation (you can spend $20 or less), but the one you choose should have a long handle for hard to reach spots and natural bristles.

There are a couple of approaches that you can take and really it's a personal preference - 1) Shower first, then dry brush with a little oil on the brush or 2) Dry brush first, then shower and layer with other treatments. My choice is the latter!

Start from your feet and ankles and work your way upward in long, sweeping strokes on arms and legs. Use circular motions on torso and back. Go light on the pressure on sensitive areas.

Once you've brushed from toes to shoulders, hop in the shower. I like to layer treatments, so I use Salty Bum or Body By Joe in the shower - both will maximize the exfoliation process that was started with dry brushing. Both scrubs also feature a super-hydrating blend of seven plant-based oils to restore moisture. 

After the shower, apply a healthy dose of The Elixir from toes to shoulders. You can choose from the blends we have created (French Riviera or Sanremo Summer) or you can order a custom blend with your chosen essential and fragrance oils.

Never brush over skin that is broken, which includes cuts, scrapes, lesions, sores or burned skin, including sunburns. Don’t ever brush over areas of infection, redness or general irritation or inflammation. Stop using if skin becomes irritated or inflamed.

Want to customize your self-care in 2019? Drop us a line for a virtual workshop sesh!

Stay tuned for tips on healthy scalp and hair rituals! Happy dry brushing!



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Customize your wedding with fragrance!

Customize your wedding with fragrance!

Wedding season is upon us, and while I am now in the detox portion of my February 2016 wedding, I have to share a special part of my day that I think other brides and their entourages would enjoy! 

Many brides will choose a new fragrance for the wedding day as a way to mark the occasion with something unique. My kitchen chemist tendencies, however, led me to creating my own wedding fragrance. Not only did I wear the fragrance on the big day, but I also infused it into candles that I gifted to our hotel guests and I made a slightly sexier version to wear during our honeymoon in Italy. The magical mix of Tahitian Vanilla, Amber, Musk and Gardenia is (to me) the perfect boho romantic blend and complimented perfectly our vow exchange up in the Santa Monica Mountains.

I'm so excited that we are offering the Fragrance & Formula Workshops with customized menus just for brides and all of the celebrations surrounding the big day. I would love to work with a bride to help her create a signature scent for her wedding day or with her bridesmaids to orchestrate a fragrance bar for the bridal shower! 

Drop us a line to book a workshop - we're down to travel in the Greater LA and OC markets (but stay tuned for our midwest connections).



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