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How to Fit 5 5-Minute Spa Treatments into a Busy Schedule

Be kind to yourself. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? While we’d all enjoy luxuriating in a warm bath or pampering our skin with our favorite spa treatments, most days are too hectic for this fantasy. We’re sharing 5 ways to incorporate self-care spa treatments into your busy, daily life - all you need is 5 minutes!

Foot Spa

A foot spa softens skin and relaxes tired, achy limbs.

While adjusting the shower temperature to your liking, close the drain to the bathtub and sprinkle a couple tablespoons of Foot Soak or Mineral Bath Soak into the water. Try Herbal Foot Soak or Spearmint Eucalyptus Mineral Bath Soak in the morning to start the day refreshed and inhale the calming aroma of lavender and vanilla with the Mineral Bath Soak in the evening. If you have a few extra minutes, sit on the edge of the tub and scrub away dry skin with Walnut Foot Scrub or your go-to body polish.

Another option is soaking your feet while little ones are bathing. Sprinkle Lavender Vanilla Mineral Bath Soak in their bath water, sit on the edge of the tub and wiggle your toes along with theirs in the warm water.

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Read My Lips: What Your Lipstick Color Says About You

For centuries, women have worn makeup to make themselves more noticeable, attractive and confident. It can also be worn as an extension of our individuality, enhancing, brightening and transforming our natural beauty. Lipstick, in particular, is one of the easiest and most powerful makeup items to enrich your look. Shades have expanded from classic Old Hollywood red to shades of nude, pink, burgundy, orange and purple, increasing the opportunity to be unique with our makeup choices. Lipstick draws attention to the lips; making them stand out and pulling your entire look together. Adding a pop of color to your lips can take your look from day to night, from casual to glam or from unseen to seen.

In honor of approaching Valentine’s Day, we’re breaking down our selection of Organic Crème Lipstick and what they convey about your style and personality!

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A light, beige, nude frost that compliments the natural shade of your lips. This neutral lip can signify a no-nonsense, practical personality. Bare Champagne babes are kind, and the hint of shimmer signifies joy and happiness.

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Year in Review 2017

2017 overflowed with exhilarating new products, a flurry of special events, the release of an inspiring book, thousands of new followers and more consultant award recipients than ever before. Take a road trip down memory lane as we celebrate our 2017 Year In Review!

Products

untitled shoot-003.jpgThe launch of the Detoxifying Charcoal Skincare line topped the charts as one of the most popular collections in the company’s fifteen-year history. Selfie photos featuring Facial Mask and exfoliating Facial Polish hit Facebook and Instagram feeds with glowing reviews. To serve our customers even more effectively we introduced Customizable Skincare Kits starting at just $46 to accommodate every budget.

The introduction of innovative new products was evident in our spring and summer lineup with the introduction of three new essential oils. The Energize Blend, Eucalyptus and Sweet Orange organic essential oils were greeted with enthusiasm by customers and consultants alike. For springtime cleaning these citrus and herbal oils have been popular choices with our loyal followers.

In the fall, a caffeine-infused lineup of coffee bar products got everyone charged up. The Espresso Body Scrub, Latte Hand & Body Bar Soap and Cappuccino Vegan Lip BBody Scrub, Latte Soap and Cappuccino lipbalm1.jpgalm featured organic oils and fair-trade coffee beans. In celebrating our 15th anniversary we offered a throwback from our early catalog: lip balm in slider tins. Dreamsicle, Root Beer Float and Cappuccino feature a hydrating, vegan formula.

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Party in the New Year Part 2

January is the perfect time to refocus and re-center and a spa party provides the opportunity to reconnect with friends, refresh your skin and earn free products! This month we’re celebrating fabulous party hosts with 50% more host rewards. Stock up on your favorite products, try something new or start your own Lemongrass Spa business. What will you do with your 50% more host rewards?

Last week I encouraged you to choose the party theme that meets your wellness interest. Click here if you missed it!  There are three ways to party with Lemongrass Spa, and talk to your consultant to determine which fits your lifestyle best.

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Host a party wherever you like to hang out, your home, neighborhood coffee shop or local boutique. This is great for local family and friends to celebrate with a " catch up after a busy holiday" theme. Gather the gang and start sharing stories from your holiday memories.

2. ON THE GO

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Party in the New Year with 50% More Host Rewards

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has subsided and it’s time to rest, restore and rejuvenate your mind and body. New year, new you—isn’t that how the saying goes? Whether you’re a resolution-maker or just into going with the flow, January is all about you. Refocus, re-center and get your skin back to pre-holiday-insanity perfection. Wouldn’t your friends like an invite to join you? We've increased our host cash rewards in January by 50%. Pick a date, choose a theme and let’s party!

Here’s some spa party inspiration for you.

Winter skincare 101 

With so many parties, lots of drinking, eating and many carefree indulgences, combined with extreme weather conditions, the holiday season can easily be the worst time of year for your skin. Plus, keeping skin nice and hydrated throughout the winter can certainly be a challenge — especially if your skin is dry or sensitive. The most important thing you can do to is carve out time each morning and evening to do something to help you face the cold. During a “hands-on” facial class, you and your friends will find the right products to provide the moisture, vitamins and soothing properties your skin is begging for during winter months.

Short on time but still want to show your skin some TLC? Book a 30-minute Detoxifying Charcoal Facial party. Charcoal is the beauty ingredient of the moment thanks to its inherent purifying and deep cleansing abilities. It can now be found in everything from cleansers to face masks, plus it’s a hit with men, teens and tweens!

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The Team Behind the Brand

What makes you happy at your job? Employers seek the answer to this question to attract and retain productive employees who also care about the company’s mission and success. Challenging tasks, a sense of belonging and the feeling of accomplishment are three primary reasons people find joy in what they do; you’ll also find these the prominent themes among Lemongrass Spa employees. Lemongrass Spa has evolved well beyond Heidi and Bryan Leist’s basement in the small mountain town of Bailey, Colorado, producing not only safe, natural products for families but opportunities for employees to explore and grow their careers. Today employees share what brings them happiness and pleasure working for Lemongrass Spa.

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“Because of our amazing consultants I have watched this business grow tremendously in just the short time I’ve been here. Each day I come to work I wonder what’s next for Lemongrass. With record-breaking sales and increased volumes I can’t wait to see what the future holds. There is no other place I would want to be but here, so that means you’re stuck with me! I feel like I can speak on behalf of everyone here when I say our number 1 commitment is you!!” Sean, Labeling Manager, Florida

“It’s an exciting experience seeing the company grow in all of its stages” Karen, Production, Colorado

“My favorite product – hands down – is our business opportunity! Each day I have the chance to help this company with our important mission, but also help women (& men) and moms build confidence, gain focus, gain clarity, cast a vision, feel empowered, and as such, change the trajectory of their lives.” #fieldofdreamers #becauseoflemongrassspa Kathy, National Field Developer, South Carolina

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A Lemongrass Spa Christmas Story

T’WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS and I was HOME ALONE.  It was a SILENT NIGHT, so I filled a foot tub with my Herbal Foot Soak, applied the Detoxifying Charcoal Facial Mask to my face and lowered my mall-weary feet into the blissfully warm water.

Suddenly, my phone rang. “BAH-HUMBUG”, I said under my breath, “It’s probably another solicitor!” Regardless, I answered the phone, and a tiny little voice, like an ELF said, “You’ve been invited to a CHRISTMAS VACATION!! MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS at the HOLIDAY INN!!”

Not knowing what kind of HOLIDAY AFFAIR this would be, I stopped and pondered.. 

Would it be a Swanky Soirée?

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4 Steps to a Stress Free Holiday

It’s the time of year for celebration, gratitude and worship. Traveling, partying and shopping are the top three activities during the holiday season, and each of these affairs alone trigger some level of stress. Ease some of the seasonal pressure by following these four tips.

Plan & Prioritize

In all my attempts to plan ahead for our annual Thanksgiving gathering, there’s always a detail I missed. Has this happened to you too? Whether you’re hosting a formal affair or casual get-together, preparing ahead of time will reduce last minute stressors such as multiple trips to the store and frantic cleaning. Prioritize your tasks: must-be-done and would-love-to-do. Don’t pressure yourself to present a Martha Stewart-worthy soirée if this isn’t one of your strengths (it’s not mine); instead put the focus on where you excel so you can mingle and enjoy time with your guests.

A few tasks to consider completing a week or two leading up to your event:

  • Kitchen prep – are you cooking or catering? Can any portion of the food and drinks be prepared and frozen or made a few days ahead? If not, complete your slicing and dicing the day before.
  • Cleaning – it’s much easier to vacuum and wipe down counters the morning of your event than to try to clean your house from top to bottom.
  • Shopping – food, decorations or gifts, you won’t want to wait until and be stuck in long lines and crowded stores.

Quick, Healthy Recipes

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Household Hacks Using Essential Oils

Our home environment is full of toxins from commercial cleaners, air fresheners containing artificial fragrances and personal care products. Using essential oils safely in the home can lessen the toxic load, and at the same time, provide therapeutic benefit.

There are many ways essential oils can be used in the home. Before you begin using them, please be sure you know the safety of the essential oil(s) you wish to use before making your choice. Choose essential oils safe for children, if children are present, and consider the health issues and medication(s) your guests may be on before diffusing. When diffusing, run the diffuser in shorter increments 10-15 minutes on/off at a time for maximum benefits.

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Placing a bowl of dried flowers or unscented potpourri in a bowl near the entry and sprinkling a few drops of essential oils on top can provide a welcome aroma when one walks through the door. Sweet Orange Essential Oil is fresh and inviting, but the possibilities are endless.

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Soul-Soothing Stories

Soul-Soothing Stories of Cancer Survivors is a compelling book inspired by hundreds of people we’ve met over the years who have shared their inspirational stories of faith, bravery and love. The stories lovingly shared in this book are intended to be a source of light and hope for you or someone else you care about.

For years, I received personal testimonials from customers who used our natural skincare products. They raved about how much better their skin looked and felt after applying our crèmes, balms and body butters. Word spread quickly as consultants shared these powerful testimonials at their spa parties and on social media. One day I received an email from a clever sales consultant with the suggestion that we package three items together to be able to give to cancer patients. So, in 2013 we began offering our Cancer Care Set, which was eventually renamed the Loving Care Gift Set. Organic Skin & Nail Balm in a Tube, Healing Elements and Ultra Hydrating Body Crème became the magical trio in the pink or gray organza bag. Hundreds of them were ordered that year and story after story flooded our inboxes.

In 2014, in honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I decided that our corporate office would expand this program by sending Loving Care Gift Sets, free of charge, to anyone diagnosed with any type of cancer. The only prerequisite was that the recipient be nominated for the gift set by a loved one. Eloquently written nomination letters poured in and patients with tear-filled eyes gratefully accepted the gift that had arrived on their doorstep. Each package included a card to let them know that someone special had requested it on their behalf.

We continued the initiative each year and the numbers multiplied; hundreds of our customers took the time to nominate that special someone. Whether it was for a mother with breast cancer, a daughter with melanoma, a father with prostate cancer, a son with lymphoma or husband diagnosed with a brain tumor, these complimentary gifts helped thousands of deserving people. Our Facebook feed was filled with these heartfelt stories of gratitude and our home office team rejoiced in the success of the program. “We are truly a company with a heart” our sales leaders remarked.

The stories contained in this book are from customers and consultants who have walked a cancer journey. “Because of Lemongrass Spa, I am able to share my story and help educate others every single day,” said Heather P. Miller, a Senior Director with the company. Heather is breast cancer survivor, a military wife and mom of a teenage son.

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Your One-Stop Holiday Shopping Headquarters

Avoid mall crowds and generic big box buys this holiday season. Lemongrass Spa offers a fresh, clean & natural gift for everyone on your shopping list. Your gifts are lovingly handcrafted, expertly labeled and carefully shipped by our dedicated team right here in the United States.

Stocking Stuffers Under $20

The stockings were hung by the chimney above, filled with fresh, clean and natural products for all to love. These pocket-sized treats are perfect for kids, tweens and teens, plus don’t forget those special teachers, coaches, coworkers and hairstylists in your life.

Pick-A-Purse Choose four 2 oz. bottles of Hand & Body Lotion including holiday favorites Frosted Cranberry and Candy Cane.Artboard 4.png

Travel Herbal Foot Care Kit Give the gift of relaxation with trial sizes of the Herbal Foot Soak, Walnut Foot Scrub and Peppermint Foot Balm.

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Wake Up Skin with a Shot of Caffeine

Are you one of the 62% of Americans drinking coffee on a daily basis, according to the National Coffee Association? You’ve probably heard some of the touted health benefits of drinking coffee such as potential to lower risk of Type II Diabetes, protect from Alzheimer’s, protect liver, lower risk of some cancers and more. Did you know using caffeine infused skincare products protects and restores too? Here are three reasons to add a shot of coffee to your daily skincare routine.

1. Anti-Aging

Antioxidants counter the effects of premature aging by defending from oxidation. Green coffee beans provide a significant amount of polyphenols including caffeic, ferulic and chlorogenic acids and are considered one of the richest sources of antioxidants in the west. Applying coffee to your skin protects skin from sun damage and may assist in repairing UV damage.

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Caffeine increases microcirculation, the circulation in the smallest blood vessels, which aids in transporting nutrients to cells. It is believed the combination of antioxidants and increased circulation contributes to the temporary reduction of cellulite, tighter pores and reduced puffiness. Increased circulation also effectively reduces inflammation and the appearance of fine lines and redness. To maximize the benefits of increased circulation, massage Latte Bar Soap or Espresso Body Scrub in a circular motion to legs, torso and arms.

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It’s Creeping Up On Halloween!

Have you seen what is lurking around in the Halloween costume aisle? Beware! The makeup can be FRIGHTENING!! So many are under the impression that simply because a novelty Halloween makeup has made it to the kids costume aisle, it is safe. This is not the case. Many of the commercial face-painting products on the market today contain petroleum-based ingredients (derivatives of what you put in your CAR!) EEEEEK! The bright and heavily pigmented colors contain artificial dyes, lakes and fragrances. Some are labeled “safe”, “non-toxic” or “hypo-allergenic”, yet are loaded with skin allergens such as cobalt, chromium and nickel and even LEAD! It can be very misleading to simply read the front of the package, because when you read the ingredients…BOO!!! HalloweenMakeup.JPG

Fortunately, with Lemongrass Spa, there is a safe alternative. Almost any ghoul or princess is achievable with the versatile Sheer Minerals Makeup! Any of the Sheer Minerals powders can be mixed with water or Healing Elements Balm to glide on effortlessly. Our Black and Brown Natural Eyeliners can be used for outlines, cat eyes, black noses and freckles. The Organic Crème Lipstick in Siren is a perfect blood-red! Add a little sparkle to your favorite mermaid with Azul or Gold Rush Eye Shadow Gold Rush Eye Shadow. The possibilities are as big as your imagination!

In the pictures and instructions below, Mandy and Megan, stars from our very popular, recently released makeup demo video series, demonstrate the versatility and ease of application of Sheer Minerals as Halloween makeup and their results are ADORABLE!

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Brought together by a passion for natural living, Lemongrass Spa consultants and customers have joined the home office to build an inspiring support network. Spread throughout the country, US territories and US military bases around the globe, most of this community may never meet in person, but service to others is at the heart of this group; we are here to provide encouragement and relief during times of need. Today I share a few recent initiatives from Lemongrass Spa and the Lemongrass Spa community.

Operation Freedom Feet

Lemongrass Spa’s longest running giving back campaign is Operation Freedom Feet; the mission of which is to pamper US service members stationed on foreign soil with a smaller version of our popular Cucumber Foot Kit. In 2016, over 1400 Freedom Feet Foot Kits were sent to US military personnel, and in 2017 over 1500 kits have been sent already. Click here to learn more about Stephanie VanNess’ inspiration behind Operation Freedom Feet.

Honor a Hero

Wendy Gerlach, Executive Director

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Why You Can’t Miss Host a Spa Party Day 2017

Lemongrass Spa’s mission began simply: pamper women and men in the comfort of their own homes with luxurious natural products at affordable prices. Fulfilling this mission originated with a humble foot spa. What better way to relax and connect with friends than with a refreshing beverage and toes dancing in a warm tub of water sprinkled with the energizing scent of peppermint or cucumber! Our home spa parties have evolved in the last fifteen years to include facials, makeovers, hand spas and so much more. As we maneuver through our hectic lives, connected yet disconnected through technology, nothing replaces the joy of hugging your sisters and seeing their bright smiles.

Host a Spa Party Day reconnects us with Lemongrass Spa’s roots and rewards the incredible ‘family’ that has supported this mission throughout the years. Our next national event is Saturday, October 14, and consultants from all over the country are gathering guests for a celebration of the fresh, clean & natural lifestyle. Host an in-home spa party Saturday, October 14 and receive a special gift package with your order plus be entered into a drawing for the grand prize: 1 of 10 personal telephone calls from Heidi Leist, CEO during their spa party and a “Heidi's Fall Favorites" prize package, which includes:

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  • Espresso Body Scrub Our exclusive antioxidant body scrub exfoliates the skin, helps reduce the appearance of cellulite and moisturizes with organic shea butter. Handcrafted with 100% organic ingredients, it features fair trade coffee grounds, organic sugar and tumeric to help break down inflammation and remove toxins.
  • October Exclusive Body Brush Exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin with our limited-edition Body Brush. The beech wood handled brush features natural bristles that can be used wet or dry. Use some Espresso Body Scrub on it for additional benefits for eliminating toxins, improving circulation and reducing cellulite. Brush is 7.5 inches long and the round brush head is 3” wide.
  • Almond Biscotti Bar Soap Organic, all natural scent of sliced almonds, toasted cookies and vanilla bean, swirled into our handcrafted, moisturizing bar soap.
  • Immune Boost Essential Oil Spicy and herbal oil blend of eucalyptus, clove bud, cinnamon bark, rosemary and lemon essential oils that is uplifting, warming, comforting, purifying and invigorating.
  • Wall Diffuser Fill your home with your favorite energizing or relaxing essential oil blends.
  • Glamour Eye Set with Organic Mascara in Matte Black, Graphite Eye Shadow trial and Ballerina Pink Eye Shadow trial.

Guests of a Host a Spa Party Day soiree not only benefit from an entertaining and relaxing afternoon but will also receive a complimentary trial product in their $25 or more order.

Not available for a spa-tacular party October 14? Let me introduce you to the two of the fantastic specials you can take advantage of Saturday, October 14 at 9 am MT/ 11 am ET through Wednesday, October 18 at 9am MT/ 11 am MT.

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Pantone Fall 2017 Color Report: Welcome to Fall 2017!

Every season, Pantone puts out a list of the 10 most popular colors seen on the runway at New York Fashion Week. You can expect to see these hues prevalent in 2017 fall fashion. Below is a guide to coordinating your Sheer Minerals shades to these gorgeous trending fall colors.

Red/Plum/Pink

fall2017-grenadine.jpg “Power Red” is the biggest trend on track for fall. Get ready to brighten your wardrobe and makeup palette with a true, powerful red. Siren Organic Crème Lipstick and Red Hot Organic Lip Gloss will be your go to lip colors for sipping on your favorite pumpkin spice beverage. For a color comparison see Pantone color Grenadine.

Also topping the trends is a color Pantone calls fall2017-tawnyport.jpgTawny Port, a deep brownish berry tone. For lips, Plum Spice and Sugar Plum Organic Lip Gloss would coordinate well with this warm, mulled wine color. If you wear a blouse in this color, a good combination for the eyes would be a contrasting Ballerina Pink Eye Shadow on the lid with a neutral warm Suede Eye Shadow on the crease.

 fall2017-balletslipper.jpg Ballet Slipper is Pantones lone pastel for the season. This delicate blush pink is identical to Sheer Minerals Ballerina Pink Eye Shadow. For a refreshing bit of spring romance in the fall, sweep your eyelids in Ballerina Pink, add a little Sweet Cheeks Blush to the apples of your cheeks and a kiss of Pink Satin Organic Lip Gloss or Princess Pearl Organic Lip Gloss on your lips. If you are wearing a pink sweater or blouse, browns and earth tones coordinate beautifully. Graphite Eye Shadow and Merlot Organic Crème Lipstick would pair nicely with this fall pastel.

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When Lemongrass Spa Products opened it’s doors no one would have predicted it would become the successful community of thousands of health minded people it is today. There was no ribbon cutting, no confetti falling from the sky or even any helium balloons when I founded the company on that July day in 2002. On a shoestring budget I made bath crystals, room spray, body polish and a handful of other products in my home and through word of mouth, sold them to neighbors at little gatherings. The Lemongrass Spa Lady became my nickname and with two babies in tow my hectic work-at-home life quickly became even busier! My goal was to book at least two events a week in order to make the car payment, cover the insurance and buy groceries while my husband, Bryan, commuted down to the city of Denver. Little did we know that this little cottage business in Bailey, Colorado would become our livelihood and our family’s venturesome future. As we reflect upon fifteen incredible years, here are some of the company’s milestones.