From the Expert

Tanja and Max Take Us Higher

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. I’ve dreamt of bringing Max and Me’s Sweet Serenity Mask & Wash to our Beauty Heroes members for over two years; this product is truly scintillating. Easier said than done, though. The complex yet exquisite product blend is made with carefully-sourced, quality ingredients from small producers, and is hand-crafted by Tanja in the Max and Me ‘manufactory’ in Vienna, Austria. So much intention and time goes into making it. Specially-made for Beauty Heroes, this month’s Beauty Discovery has been a collaboration over a year in the making. read more

Discovering DINO

DINO Apparel brings comfort, softness, and substance. Read as Suzanne and Jeannie share the inspiration behind us bringing DINO Apparel to our Beauty Store, and how it works together with us to use less, live softly and, definitely, love more.read more

Ingredient Intel:
Bio-lipophilic Matrix

With the understanding that different oils benefit the skin in various ways, Dr. Spiezia decided to formulate a base oil blend that had the absolute selection and ratio of oils that mirror the properties of our own skin. Enter: Bio-lipophlic Matrix®. read more

Achieve Your Best Beauty Sleep with
de Mamiel Sleep Series

About a year ago, I spoke with Annee de Mamiel about the launch of her new de Mamiel Sleep Series Collection, and as she described the sensory experience and benefits of this trio, I quickly realized it was no ordinary product launch. Annee, known for her skincare formulations, had developed a series of five products, none of which are skincare. The formulas she described were not just simple aromatherapy blends; they sounded seriously complex! To be honest, it wasn’t until after using the products that I understood Annee’s intentions—to deliver formulas that work with the subtle energy within the human body to calm the mind and soothe the senses before bedtime. Sleep evades us for different reasons at different times and rather than making one general cure-all sleep product, Annee took the time to study how stress, anxiety and restlessness can all be addressed with phytochemicals, aromatherapy and ritual. Achieve your best beauty sleep with de Mamiel Sleep Series.read more

Josh Rosebrook: More Than Skin Deep

A household name in green beauty, Josh Rosebrook takes the conversation deeper. I met Josh Rosebrook through my friend Laurel Shaffer, founder of Laurel Whole Plant Organics. She introduced us during the opening of her new studio space right here … Continuedread more

Bacteria Hack:
Pre- and Probiotics in Skincare

As I was prepping for this August’s Ayuna Beauty Discovery a few months ago, I settled in for what I knew would be an enlightening meeting with Isabel Ramos and Begona San Juan, the two dynamic women behind Ayuna. As this is our second Discovery featuring Ayuna, I was excited for what was to come out of this conversation; from my previous experience, I knew that I would leave the meeting better off than when I came. How can you not when meeting with two women as empowering and intelligent as Isabel and Begona?An esthetician and a cosmetic chemist turned beauty brand founders, both women are explorers and teachers who thrive on the adventure of creating something beautiful that works. Ayuna, the minimalist beauty brand with an essentialist approach, crafts formulas backed by research and green chemistry, the principle of understanding science and technology to offer safer and more ecological alternatives to hazardous chemicals.In our hour and a half meeting, we talked about the use and benefits of our skin’s microbiome and how probiotics work to provide health benefits through living micro-organisms, while prebiotics are used by micro-organisms to and confer (or distribute) the good bacteria throughout our skin and, in Ayuna’s case, ‘hack the conversation’. When our bodies have the right balance of microbiota, our skin is healthy, but when there is an imbalance (dysbiosis), the micro-organisms become aggressive and could result in unhealthy skin conditions (like inflammation, acne and rocasea). Cool, right? I asked Isabel to share about it more in detail because if you’re like me, and you like to geek out on skincare, you want more directly from the source. Read Isabel’s answers to some common FAQs about the effects of pre- and probiotics on our skin. read more

Jeannie Jarnot speaks
at Indie Beauty Expo

Indie Beauty Expo, known in the industry as simply iBE, has quickly evolved into one of the most exciting and engaging consumer beauty events in our industry.  Co-founded by Jillian Wright and Nader Nayemi-Rad, the event puts a spotlight on … Continuedread more

Spa DIY – How to Make Natural Self Care a Priority

I find myself saying the following expression a lot lately, “There is a reason why on airplanes they tell you to put the mask on yourself before you assist someone else.” I am usually in a discussion with a woman in my life – a sister, niece, friend, colleague, etc. – someone who is worn out from giving too much away and not keeping enough in reserve for herself. read more

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