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July 31 2014

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23 posts tagged "natural beauty"

The Two-Step, Skin-Cooling Facial You Can Make Yourself

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This column reveals the personal beauty recipes, homegrown remedies, and family concoctions that the industry’s trusted pros rely on for staying radiant.

From the Kitchen of: Jessa Blades, herbalist and founder of Blades Natural Beauty

“This two-step mini spa treatment is my favorite way to rejuvenate and revitalize my skin when I’m super-busy and have no time to get a facial. Even in my busiest moments I can find 30 minutes to sit still and let these natural ingredients work their magic. Afterward, I truly see a huge difference, in both my energy and skin.”

One for the Recipe Box: Natural Skin Revitalizer

1/2 tsp local, raw honey
2 drops of high-quality rose essential oil
1/2 tsp sesame oil (or coconut oil if my skin is really hot and overheated)
1 tbsp cold, whole milk
1 tbsp organic yogurt

Step 1: “Mix the first three ingredients in a small dish and massage onto clean skin with your fingers. I like using circular motions, focusing on my temples, cheeks, forehead, and chin—these are key energy points that increase blood flow. Relax for 15 minutes—meditate, breathe deeply, don’t look at a screen or technology. Rinse off with lukewarm water.”

Step 2: “While leaning over a sink, sweep the milk over your face, then spread on the yogurt, massaging it in for a couple of moments. Settle down to relax for another 15 minutes—again, meditate, breathe deeply, but don’t look at a screen or technology. When you’re done, rinse your face with lukewarm water, pat your face dry, add a moisturizer of some kind—I like using a face oil—and voilà! Your pores will be tightened and you will feel hydrated, supersoft, and totally refreshed.”

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde; Indigitalimages.com

A DIY Way to Brighten Highlights

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This column reveals the personal beauty recipes, homegrown remedies, and family concoctions that the industry’s trusted pros rely on for staying radiant.

From the Kitchen of: Julie Ebner, founder of Juju Organics

“We all know that the sun naturally bleaches the hair. You can amplify this effect by applying a honey mask with extra virgin olive oil and distilled water about 30 minutes before you head outside. The natural hydrogen peroxide found in honey subtly lightens hair while the olive oil seals in moisture and also contains polyphenols, which naturally form a protective barrier against the UV rays.”

One for the Recipe Box: Natural Hair Highlighter

1/4 cup honey
2 to 3 tbsp distilled water
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

“In a large bowl, combine the honey and water, and mix in the extra virgin olive oil—you can add more for extra slip and moisture. Apply this mask to dry hair before sun exposure, and wash out when you come inside. Once a week, I like to rinse my hair with apple cider vinegar, which also naturally lightens hair over time and keeps it super-shiny by removing any buildup or product residue.”

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde; Indigitalimages.com

A Dessert-Worthy, DIY Face Spritz

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We’re always game for some all-natural beauty—especially if we can make it ourselves—but it’s rare we come across a product we can actually eat. Laila Gohar, a NYC-based chef, founder of Sunday Supper catering, and quite possibly the most style savvy girl at the farmer’s market, shared her favorite edible beauty concoction with the Huffington Post: a water-and-orange-blossom-flower face spritz. It’s more than just a refreshing toner: “Traditionally, it’s used for Middle Eastern desserts like baklava,” she explained. Consider it your simple, two-ingredient solution for the hot and humid weekend ahead.

For 10 ready-made versions, check out our favorite cooling face sprays for summer.

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Photos: Instagram

A DIY Body Scrub for Bikini-Clad Days

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ohne-titel-bikiniThis column reveals the personal beauty recipes, homegrown remedies, and family concoctions that the industry’s trusted pros rely on for staying radiant.

From the Kitchen of: Blair Wagoner, cofounder of the newly opened Fig & Flower natural beauty boutique.

“I was inspired to make this on a day when I ran out of an all-natural coffee scrub we sell in our shop. I didn’t want to go without it, so I just decided to whip up my own. Now I use this version every morning—besides the skin-softening benefits, the scent of this recipe really wakes me up! I like to use organic, fair-trade ingredients free of pesticides, and usually prefer the aromatic qualities of medium- to dark-roasted beans. The caffeine in the coffee grounds tightens skin and increases circulation to temporarily decrease the appearance of cellulite, while the sugar and coconut oil exfoliate and moisturize any dry patches. The recipe is actually quite simple, but this combination really does promote healthy, glowing skin.”

One for the Recipe Box: Bikini-Ready Body Scrub

1/4 cup coarsely ground organic coffee beans
1/4 cup turbinado sugar (Note: “This variety is coarser than regular sugar, which I find makes for a better—and softer—exfoliator.”)
2 tablespoons warmed coconut oil (“You can adjust the amount for a more or less thick scrub.”)

Mix the coffee grounds and sugar in a small bowl. Slowly add in the coconut oil while combining with your fingers or a small spatula until well-blended.

Photo: Courtesy of Ohne Titel

Hannah Bronfman Helps You Travel Like a “Natural Nomad” This 4th of July Weekend

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Hannah Bronfman and business partner Annie Evans already developed an app (in conjunction with Peter Hananel) dubbed Beautified to help the time-pressed book same-day services (like a pedicure, massage, blow-out, or Brazilian) at “influencer- and editor-approved” salons and spas. In other words, it’s like Open Table for perpetual primping procrastinators like myself. Their latest project, however, is less digitally dependent and more down to earth. Partnering with Net-a-Porter, the cofounders created a TSA-friendly kit complete with their all-natural beauty favorites. Included in the custom canvas pouch: a Beautified VIP card (i.e., $25 off your next service booked through the app); Ilia Multistick in Sway (a bronzy hue); Rahua Volume Spray; Tata Harper Body Lotion and Body Oil; Joya Composition No. 1 roll-on perfume; LAFCO hand lotion; and RGB nail polish (in an exclusive mauve shade called Beautified), cuticle oil, and remover pad.

When asked why the duo went the natural route for their first tangible collaboration, Bronfman said, “Our friends are starting to have babies, and when you become pregnant, I think that’s when women really start to think about the products they’re putting on their bodies. So I think a lot of our friends have influenced us.” And for those who are less concerned about taking a holistic approach and just want to look radiant and frizz-free, Bronfman assured me that “everything is going to be especially great for the beach.” It’s a good thing, seeing as the NYC-based DJ and girl-about-town is escaping to Muskoka (a lake town in rural Canada) and possibly taking a side trip to Mykonos this summer. For those of us who are visiting far less glamorous locales this holiday weekend (like a wedding in Portland…I’m not bitter about missing prime BBQ time or anything), consider this your beauty retreat in a bag.

Launching July 2, Natural Nomad Essentials Kit, $50; net-a-porter.com