Ingredient Spotlight: Grapeseed Oil



If you’ve been to a farmers market recently, you may have noticed that grape season is in full force.  Turns out that grapes aren’t just good for eating (and drinking!) - they also make an amazing skin care ingredient, which is why we’re featuring Grapeseed oil in our new Fall Harvest Body Salve blend.

Grapeseed has a number of properties that are beneficial for your skin. It’s an emollient, which means that it locks in moisture, keeping your skin soft and smooth, but it’s also extremely light, making it a great choice for dry or oily skin. Grapeseed is extremely high in antioxidants and is also rich in the fatty acids that are essential for your promoting good skin health, including linoleic and oleic acids.

As always, we’ve chosen a Grapeseed oil that’s organic and cold-pressed, so that it contains the maximum concentration of nutrients. You can find our limited edition Fall Harvest blend here until the end of grape season! 

Oct 18 14:51 with 7 notes
Pumpkin Panna Cotta

Speaking of Pumpkins and getting into the Fall spirit, we came across this super easy Pumpkin Panna Cotta recipe by Mark Bittman. We hope you enjoy! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup pureed pumpkin, squash or sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

PREPARATION

1.  Put 1/2 cup of the milk in a 6- or 8-cup saucepan, and sprinkle the gelatin over it. Let sit for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, blend together the remaining milk, cream, pumpkin, sugar and cinnamon. The mixture should be perfectly smooth, so it is best to use a blender.

2. Turn the heat under the saucepan to low, and cook the milk, stirring occasionally, until the gelatin dissolves. Pour in the cream mixture, and turn the heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until steam rises. Turn off the heat, and ladle or pour the mixture into 8 4-ounce ramekins or other containers.

3.Chill the panna cotta until firm, and serve, with creme fraiche or whipped cream if you like.

Yield: 8 servings
Oct 03 13:39 with 5 notes
Face Oils and Oily Skin



We sometimes get asked whether people with oily skin can use face oil. The answer? Absolutely! When you strip your skin dry, it can actually overcompensate by producing even more oil.  The best way to control oily skin is to keep it healthy and balanced.  That means you shouldn’t skimp on the moisturizing.  Argan oil is a great choice for oily skin because it is super light and actually helps regulate the sebum production in your skin.  

Your skin also changes based on the weather, season, time of month, etc.  Here’s how Jennifer, our marketing guru who has extremely oily skin, uses her face oil:

"During the summer I really don’t use anything during the day.  Just sunscreen.  At night, I still want the benefits of a nutrient rich serum, so I use Argan oil before going to bed.  Now that it’s fall, I’ve switched it up a bit.  During the day, I apply a few drops of Argan oil after cleansing.  I really do think it helps balance my skin and I also like the way it makes my makeup go on more evenly.  At night, I use a blend with the Argan base and the Texture and Refining Boost, which has Pumpkin and Tamanu.  It’s still a light blend and I really don’t need more than a few drops.  

Ever since I’ve been using face oils, I’ve noticed an improvement in my skin.  Before I discovered face oils, I used harsh toners and cleansers and my skin would still break out.  But now my skin feels so much healthier and I don’t breakout as much. I am a total face oil convert!”

Sep 21 11:17
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