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Tips for Healthy Skin

Post-teen breakouts, dry patches and oil slicks … sometimes our skin plans it own agenda! Dermatologists and other skin care experts tell us the secret to glowing skin is eat right, stay hydrated and use the right products, but what does this mean for most of us?

Skin thrives on natural nutrients, but one of the largest threats to healthy skin is free radicals. Basically, free radicals are environmental factors negatively impacting the body’s molecular structure and function. On a molecular level, free radicals are atoms with an odd number of electrons, and they’re typically formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules, creating a “highly reactive” radical. Free radicals then cause damage and sometimes cell death. Antioxidants can help stop and repair damage before it occurs.

5 Essential Skin Nutrients

  • Vitamin CCollagen makes up approximately 70% of skin, and vitamin C helps to rebuild collagen. Excellent sources of Vitamin C are citrus fruits, broccoli, brussels sprouts, bell peppers and strawberries.
  • Beta-Carotene/Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E – one of the most widely used antioxidants, Vitamin E helps to reduce free radical damage. Foods high in vitamin E are olives, almonds, sunflower seeds and leafy greens
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids – can reduce the appearance of fine lines and help reduce inflammation, which can contribute to acne, psoriasis and other skin conditions. Try chia seeds, walnuts, flax seed and fatty fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna.
  • ZincStudies have shown increasing zinc intake can greatly reduce the appearance of acne. Organ meats such as kidney and liver are the most absorbable sources, while high sources of zinc include red meat and lamb, kidney beans, seafood (especially shellfish) and spinach.

5 Steps for a Skincare Routine

  1. Weekly exfoliation with organic jojoba beads to renew skin’s glow. We offer options for normal and oily skin types.
  2. Weekly facial mask to draw out impurities and hydrate. Try Tea Tree & Citrus Facial Mask formulated with green clay for oily skin or Pomegranate Facial Mask for normal to dry skin.
  3. Twice daily cleansing with your favorite gel or bar soap. Tea Tree Face Soap, Gentle Cleansing GelGentle Cleansing Gel, Lavender Goat’s Milk Soap or Cleansing Gel with Tea Tree & Citrus
  4. Daily dose of nutrients with the Green Tea Antioxidant Serum or Organic Anti Aging Oil Serum.
  5. Restore moisture with the natural botanical blend of one of our face crèmes for normal, sensitive or oily skin types.

5 Final Tips

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Do you envy hair care commercials featuring models with luscious, flowing locks? I do! Most of us don’t have professional stylists on speed dial, but there are steps we can take to make the most of our natural hair, even if ‘natural’ means color treated, blown straight or permanent waved.

Feed Your Mane

  • Iron and Zinc for hair follicle health. Try lean red meats or nonmeat sources like spinach, cashews and lentils.
  • Vitamin C not only helps the body absorb iron, but it also builds collagen, necessary for healthy hair follicles. Add bell peppers, kale and papaya to dishes for a dose of vitamin C.
  • Biotin (a B Vitamin) helps hair growth. The best source of biotin is eggs, but if you don’t like eggs, avocado, peanuts and salmon are good choices.
  • Protein to promote cell growth and repair. On average, it’s recommended women consume 46 grams and men 56 grams of protein each day.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids help provide hydration to hair. Salmon, flax seed oil and walnuts are a few excellent choices.

Primp Your Strands

  • Botanical Shampoo – free from sulfates, parabens and phthalates, this cleanser removes dirt without stripping hair of its natural oils and is great for all hair types.
  • Botanical Conditioner – blend of aloe vera gel, avocado oil, vitamins and essential oils for silky smooth strands.
  • Deep Conditioner with Shea Butter – shea’s not only “skin’s best friend” but your hair’s best friend too! This deeply moisturizing formula is a great daily choice for those with thick or dry hair, plus, you can use it as a weekly mask to restore moisture lost from swimming and other summer activities.
  • Rosemary Shampoo Bar – men and women both love this herbaceous scented soap. Another cleansing option that doesn’t strip hair of natural oils, and rosemary is said to help stimulate hair growth.
  • Prebiotic Body Wash – works like a clarifying shampoo to get rid of product building up but without the harsh, drying chemicals. Prebiotic Body Wash is an excellent choice for people battling a dry, itchy scalp.

Do you have a tip for gorgeous, healthy hair? Please share in the comments. Join me next week for Healthy Skin Tips.

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I remember a time, not that long ago, when the mere mention of “all-natural products” would make me think of patchouli, tie dye, no makeup and more patchouli! While there is nothing wrong with that, we’ve sure come a long way, baby!

When Lemongrass Spa first launched Sheer Minerals, it was met with mixed reactions. The question in our minds was would it be a successful niche for the company? We began with a very basic startup (foundation, blush, eye shadow and cover up) and slow sales. During this time I was able to work in Administration as the Facility Manager plus manage the Sheer Minerals department by toggling back and forth between the two. Fast-forward to today, I am happily managing the Sheer Minerals division full time with a part-time assistant. We supply both the Colorado and Florida warehouses with an expanding line of Sheer Minerals Makeup. We've come a long way, baby! We now have everything the department store makeup counters offer, only better. From primer to finishing veil, Sheer Minerals has your beauty needs covered!

Isn’t it amazing that we can now contour, line, highlight and anti-age just like every single glamour magazine on the shelves and feel good about it? We can create a smokey eye, a neutral or bold lip, a cat eye or whatever the trending look may be with no fear of what we are putting on our faces being harmful to us. The idea of going all-natural no longer carries the same “granola” connotation as it might have in the past. Thanks to our naturally glamorous owner, Heidi Leist and her dedication to keeping her finger on the pulse of what women want, as well as the best way to make it fresh, clean and natural. Lemongrass Spa and Sheer Minerals have redefined natural products to be synonymous with trend-setting glamour.

The beauty industry runs far and wide and Sheer Minerals Makeup is making its mark. We have been featured in numerous blogs, and write-ups.  Our amazing BB crème is in the spotlight of a respected skin care magazine and we even have national beauty pageant contestants wearing our products on stage! There’s no stopping us now! Lemongrass Spa and its Sheer Minerals line is standing out in a very saturated beauty industry because we are different. We care about what goes in every product. When we see a color or look that is marching down the runways, we research ingredients and options to bring a better, healthier version of it to you and your families and friends.

I’m so proud that Lemongrass Spa and Sheer Minerals are leading the way in proving that you don’t have to be spendy to be trendy, the makeup counter can be the comfort of your own home and whatever look makes YOU feel beautiful is achievable and healthy with Sheer Minerals Makeup.

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Let’s celebrate Dads! We asked the men of the Lemongrass Spa home office team what it means to them to be a father. Please enjoy these heartfelt words of wisdom from our coworkers, friends, husbands and sons.

  • “First and foremost being a father is a tremendous responsibility. Part of that responsibility is to teach my kids right from wrong, values, morals, ethics and personal responsibility. The duty of a father is to first be a father. Then when you’ve done a good job at raising them, hopefully a true friendship can ensue. It is a great responsibility but also rewarding. When you see your kids smile, value their presence and appreciate them willingly wanting to spend time as a family, those are the most satisfying moments.” Bryan, Florida
  • “Being a father, in general, is an important role. I have a son, and I think it is important to raise my son to become a future leader. I do so by spending quality time with him. Just enjoying the time we can spend together is so rewarding.” Carl, Florida
  • “Some things have surprised me more than others when it comes to being a first-time dad. I think the first thing for me that comes to mind is being able to sacrifice anything and everything for one little person, without a second thought or a moment’s hesitation. There's no thought to what effect a choice might have on me, because if the kid smiles it's all worth it. Also, my reaction to poopy diapers, deafening screams, public tantrums, and all other manner of toddler bi-products has been shocking in that I really don't mind much at all. If anything I am guaranteed to make it to my golden years a little deafer, a little more resilient and with a much stronger stomach.” Tyler, Colorado
  • “I have six children and I'm proud of all of them, proud of them in general and proud of the people they have become. My proudest moment is regarding my son who is in the military. He spent five years training and involved in the young marines. This helped him be able to go straight into the military as an airborne ranger, which takes most others five years to get to. It makes me proud to see all his hard work and dedication pay off. I was there by his side, by all of the kids’ side, coaching them and leading them into the amazing adults they have now become.” Mark, Florida 
  • What my family and children have given me, cannot be described in a blurb. Watching your children grow into young adulthood is amazing! To be a father to a noble young adult will make your heart melt. My children are a direct extension of myself, filled with the knowledge I have gained, and eager to learn more.” Ben, Colorado
  • “Being a father makes me grateful. I’m grateful to have someone to take care of, to raise and to provide for. My kids bring so much joy into my life, sometimes pain, but overall joy and happiness. I love that I can watch them achieve their goals and know that I helped them get there and helped them achieve them.” Richard, Florida 
  • “Being a father is the greatest responsibility a man is given. The role of a father is an honor of utmost importance. Becoming a father provides a man with a distinct purpose. The love of a father is unconditional, unbreakable and undying. Being a father is the greatest gift a man is given.” Jim, Colorado
  • “My proudest moment as a father is teaching my son how to catch a ball. We went to the park one day, and my son was feeling insecure that he didn’t know how to catch, like the rest of his friends. So I set aside some time to play ball with him and teach him the skills he needed. Later on he made the football team. And one day his football coach asked him ‘where did you learn to catch like that’ and my son replied with ‘from my father; he’s my hero. Nothing beats hearing that.” Gus, Florida 
  • “I feel proud to be a father. I love seeing my kids do well at things when they set their minds to. I enjoy spending time with them and riding motorcycles together as a family.” Chandler, Colorado

We would love to know what being a father means to you. Please let us know in the comments.

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21. Looking for gift ideas? Even the most rugged men fall in love with Lemongrass Spa Products! We suggest a Private Reserve or Men’s Essentials Gift Set.

 

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An unexpected member of the lily family, aloe vera has been called the “natural healer” and a “miracle plant”. The aloe vera plant has thick fleshy green leaves that secrete a clear gel used in medicinal preparations dating back to ancient cultures. The earliest confirmed record of aloe was found on a Sumarien tablet from 2100 BC, but it is believed a detailed description of aloe preparations was found on an Egyptian document dated at 1550 BC.

Two forms of aloe vera are traditionally used for healing and health: the gel and juice. Aloe vera gel is the jelly-like substance removed from the inner part of the leaf, while aloe juice is extracted by soaking and softening the entire leaf then filtering out unwanted materials. Aloe latex, a yellow-brown substance found under the plant’s skin, can be used for some applications, but there is little evidence aloe latex provides the health benefits of the gel or juice.

The aloe plant is approximately 99% water. Healing compounds found in aloe gel are polysaccharides and glycoproteins. Polysaccharides are said to stimulate skin growth and repair, and glycoproteins can speed the healing process by stopping pain and inflammation Aloe vera is said to reduce pain and inflammation as well as stimulate healing when applied topically. Antidotal and historical evidence suggests aloe to be favored for the following skin care concerns:

Sunburns*

Soothing sunburns is the most popular use for aloe products because people find aloe and aloe products to be cooling.

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Whether enjoying a sunny holiday like our Spa Destination Trip Earners or taking a short weekend break, we’ve got all your travel skin care covered!

Outdoor Adventures

Grab a tent, sleeping bag and these outdoor necessities for your next mountain or beach adventure (and don’t forget the marshmallows!):

Road Trips

Road trips can make it tough to decide what to leave behind and what to take, but these items can keep the whole family covered without taking up much space:

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Helpful "To Do’s" Before the "I Do’s"

It is countdown to wedding season and whether you are a guest, part of the wedding party or the bride to be, everyone wants to put their best pampered foot forward before walking down the aisle. Follow these head to toe tips before the "I do’s".

*3-6 months before the event, put your best face forward:

It is best to begin this early and continue the same routine until your event so that your skin has time to adapt to the products and wont react badly to something new being put into the routine. Use all of the same skin care products and makeup you will use on the day of the event.

*2 months before the event, say yes to the tresses:

If you haven’t already, begin using Lemongrass Spa’s Botanical Shampoo and Conditioner; there may be a detox period from the chemical laden shampoos and conditioners you’ve been using, but, I assure you, a couple of weeks with SLS (sodium laureth sulfate) free shampoo and botanical conditioner, your hair will feel lush and luxurious, ready for your up-do, down do or veil.

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Freedom Feet: Pampering Service Members Around the Globe

Freedom Feet started on a sleepless night in 2008! My husband is in the Army and had been back from Iraq for a few months. I had been hearing stories about the living and working conditions. If the Soldiers were outside of their “tin cans” (sleeping quarters) they either had to be in full uniform or in their PT uniforms. Many times a workday consisted of 18 hours, and then 6 hours to clean up, talk with family (if the connections were up and running that day), write letters, unwind, and of course sleep! Then they were up and at it again the next day. That was their day if they were “inside the wire.” If they were “outside the wire” (outside of the semi-safe confines of their base) they were on duty 24 hours and would take turns cat napping, to get their required 4 nonconsecutive hours of sleep. It’s hard to hear about these situations as a wife. It’s hard to picture my husband constantly dirty, never without his weapon, rugged, tired, worn out, and away from any comforts of home.

About that time a very good friend of mine was deploying. Her unit was going to a similar area that my husband had been in. Now her job was vastly different (my husband is in the Infantry) but the conditions were not. So as hard as it was imagining my husband in that situation, it struck a different chord imagining my friend in a similar situation. Because she was a woman, with emotions, needs, and thought processes that I could relate to. It was so hard to picture her going through the same things my husband had gone through just a few months earlier.

As I said in the beginning, I was processing all of this in the middle of the night one night, and I just couldn’t sleep. Knowing the heart of Lemongrass, and knowing the heart of my good friend who was deploying, I knew there was a connection there! And I knew there was something I could do! The thought started off as making a mental note to send her a foot kit and a few other goodies in a personal care package once she was settled. Then that thought grew…”I know I have friends and family who would help share the cost of sending care packages to the women in that unit!” That’s all it took! The next day I was talking to my friend who was deploying! She LOVED the idea, stating that so often the care packages they receive are geared towards men…car magazines, shaving cream, Irish Spring soap, etc! She told me how they are supposed to blend in with the men, and not really look like girls all that much, so a girly package would give them a chance to break away from that and be girls!

I had plenty of friends and family that wanted to send packages, and as I was pulling all of this together, I realized I should probably call Heidi [Leist, Founder & CEO] and make sure that what I was doing was ok! Of course she gave me full permission to keep going, and not only gave me her blessing, but asked if her and other consultants could join with! That was it! Freedom Feet was born! Since then we have sent thousands of foot kits to deployed service members around the world! There have been many brains, much more creative than my own, who have developed Freedom Feet into what it is today, and we would be lost without those women! But most importantly, we have received hundreds of thank you cards/pictures/notes/emails from grateful service members around the world telling us how this gift allowed them to escape from the realities of war and deployment, even if just for a few moments. That right there makes every effort 100% worth it! God Bless the men and women protecting and fighting for our freedoms!

Please join the Freedom Feet Facebook Group to show support for and hear stories from service members. 

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6 Eco Friendly Ways to Pamper Mom

God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers. ~ Jewish Proverb

Moms gift us life and awaken a lifetime of experiences. They are showered cards for Mother’s Day, but these often find their way to the recycle bin once festivities have ended. Create memories and priceless moments with one of these personal and unique gift ideas to celebrate all the special moms in our lives.

  • Offer a living gift in the form of Mom’s favorite potted flowers, trees or herbs. Growing a plant is also a beautiful way to honor a mom or grandmother who has passed.
  • Offer a day of services like housecleaning, cooking and grocery shopping. Younger kids can have fun showing Mom how responsible they can be and how much she has taught them.
  • Make a small donation to an organization important to Mom. If you live near each other, instead of a monetary donation, plan a day of volunteer work for the organization. Not sure where to start? Try an online volunteer matching service such as VolunteerMatch.org.
  • Present Mom with a personalized gift made from old pictures, kids' art and other paper keepsakes. Create one-of-a-kind handmade cards, scrapbook pages or framed collages. 
  • Enjoy what nature offers. Take mom on a stroll through the park, hike on a mountain trail or dip in the ocean. Plan a fuss-free picnic in the garden. If Mom is limited by mobility, offer a mini escape to far away lands through a documentary or television program about a place she’s dreamt of visiting.
  • #LemongrassLovesMoms! One of my favorite means to show mom appreciation is by offering a rejuvenating home spa experience by hosting a Lemongrass Spa party for Mom and her friends. Help them unravel stress with a relaxing foot soak, soften hands with an exfoliating hand spa and restore radiance with a natural facial.

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10, but you don’t need to wait until then to spoil Mom. Remind Mom she’s exceptional by surprising her throughout the year with one of these personal experiences.

In the comments let us know other fun, environmentally friendly and unique ways to celebrate Mom.

 

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Let's Mix It Up A Little!!!

Hello Natural Beauties!

Have you ever been reading a magazine and spotted a color of eye shadow you wish we carried? Me too! So here’s what I did…I mixed it up!

Loose minerals are so versatile!  Unlike pressed eye shadows and blushes, with loose Sheer Minerals makeup you can add a little of this to a little of that and create your own custom palette. A bronzer with foundation, an eye shadow mixed with a blush, whatever you want. One of my favorite springtime combinations is the Ballerina Pink and Gold Rush mixed together. It creates an ethereal iridescent peach. Don’t be shy about mixing minerals from different categories: veils, foundations, blushes, bronzers and eye shadows.  Sheer Minerals are all made of essentially the same ingredients.  You can even create a custom lip color by combining your Lemongrass Spa Lip Butter with any color of the Sheer Minerals Rainbow.

Don’t worry about the mess. Purchase a Minerals Mates Mixing & Application Tray and create to your heart’s content. Mineral powders blend together best when shaken, so tap or scoop a small amount into one of the reservoirs of your Minerals Mates palette, put the lid on and shake back and forth gently.  As Sheer Mineral users know, a little goes a long way, so if you are mixing up a new fabulous shade of eye shadow, a little dab will do.

Some of my favorite combinations are:

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Ingredient Spotlight: Calendula, Antibacterial of Choice Since Ancient Times

Marigolds are of significant cultural and religious importance. These brilliant yellow and orange flowers represent passion and creativity. Ancient Egyptians considered marigolds to have rejuvenating properties. In Catholic ceremonies, marigolds honor the Virgin Mary, and Hindis adorn statues of gods in temples. Although native to Mediterranean countries, marigold varieties can be found growing in Europe, Asia and the United States and are of the same family as daisies, chrysanthemums and ragweed.

Calendula [kuh-len-juh-luh] extract is steam distilled from marigold flowers resulting in a brown liquid commonly used in cosmetic and pharmaceutical skin care. Medicinally, calendula is rarely ingested but used topically* for wound care, rashes, bug bites, eczema, acne and other minor skin irritations. This is due to purported anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. These therapeutic properties are attributed to the diverse range of biologically active substances they contain.

Unlike many of its contemporaries in ancient herbal medicine, calendula has a history of scientific review and study to determine its use in modern medicine. Of the many studies on medicinal use of calendula, one aimed to identify why calendula is effective in wound care while another developed a gel using calendula to specifically study stability and performance in a wound. Calendula was also found to combat “radiation-induced dermatitis” in breast cancer patients. Parents of infants are surprised by a study that found calendula more effective than aloe vera in treating diaper rash. It is believed calendula may increase blood flow to a wounded area, which could be why it is considered to help wounds heal faster; however, this has yet to be proven.

We love calendula extract at Lemongrass Spa! It’s a powerful moisturizer that can combat dry, chapped skin. Calendula is part of our botanical complex in the Face Crème with Botanicals and Face Crème with Tea Tree and Citrus and can be found in the Organic Anti Aging Serum and Pomegranate Facial Polish, our two most popular face products. The Healing Elements Balm, the top seller two years in a row, boasts calendula as its top ingredient, next to zinc oxide. These are just a few products featuring this ancient healer.

Which Lemongrass product containing calendula do you love the most, and what do you use it for?

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This Just "In"….Spring!

What is “in” for Spring 2015? Well, if you are walking the runways of New York or LA, it appears that bleaching your eyebrows and applying foil to your earlobes is all the rage! No, really, it is! But, for the sake of appealing to all of you natural beauties, let’s go a little more mainstream, shall we?

The fashion trends seem to be leaning towards clean, classic and feminine. Right up Lemongrass Lane! If you are spring cleaning your closet, don’t give away those 80’s and even some of those 70’s treasures. Break out those “one in every color” polo shirts, one-shouldered blouses, dresses and tank tops, khaki and olive drab pants, and even culottes, which are all cutting edge for springtime.

The shoes of the season are flat mules and gladiator sandals. Accessorize with tassel earrings, backpack purses, obi (kimono style) belts, and round, John Lennon style sunglasses. Farm-fresh Ginghams and plaids, as well as crisp whites paired with navy or black for a nautical feel, are favorites for spring. The color palette is straight from the garden: sunny yellows, mint greens and sky blues. Again, like Lemongrass, fresh, clean and natural.

Loose curls, braids, beachy waves, center parts and, once again, straight from the 80’s, crimping are the trendsetters for hair. For beachy waves, use Lemongrass Spa’s Botanical Shampoo and Conditioner, spray lightly with your favorite scent of Hydrating Spritz and scrunch with your fingers until dry. Finish with all-natural hairspray.

And finally, most importantly, makeup! The anti aging BB Crème hits the bulls-eye for what is trending for 2015. Clean and sheen is what it’s all about: sheer coverage with a little glow. Let the freckles shine through! In keeping with this fresh sun-kissed look, skip the blush and apply your illuminating Sheer Mineral’s Bronzer to the prominent portions of your face: forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. For the eyes, pastel purples are in bloom. Lightly sweep Orchid Frost or Plum eye shadow across your lid for a fresh, romantic, springtime look.

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Trees are budding, flowers are blossoming and the smell of fresh fruit fills the air! Savor the crisp scent of plump, sun-ripened juicy pearsplucked fresh from the tree.  Easter, Mother’s Day, baby showers and weddings. Our Limited Edition Juicy Pear* returned for the season! 

Get skin ready for warmer weather by diving into a jar of mouthwatering Body Polish. This oil-rich formula is perfect for exfoliating dry areas such as feet and elbows and excellent for shaving your legs. Special blend of sugar, almond oil, mango butter and juicy pear fragrance!

For silky smooth skin, bathe with the infusion of jojoba oil, palm oil and coconut oil in the Juicy Pear Bar Soap. Lather up with this handcrafted, beautifully textured soap for a luxurious shower experience. 

Quench skin’s thirst with the newly introduced Juicy Pear Lotion Duo. This versatile lotion formula can be used every day all over your body and features therapeutic aloe vera, jojoba oil and shea butter for moisturizing dry skin. For one month only, pick up a travel-sized Juicy Pear lotion for $1 with a qualified $59 order**. Try the matching Body Spritz and be transported to a stroll through the orchard each time you spray this luscious scent. Enhanced with aloe, our ‘lotion in a bottle’ makes a terrific warm-weather treat. Pop in your gym bag to freshen up after a workout or in your purse for a refreshing spritz before your next spa party.

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5 Languages of Appreciation

Everyone wants to feel appreciated. We want to know that we matter. What are you doing to show appreciation to your employees at work or to your direct sales team? You may be surprised to find that your efforts might not be making the impact you were aiming for.

First, don’t confuse appreciation with recognition. Recognition acknowledges good performance or a milestone. Appreciation acknowledges a person’s full value. Want to make someone feel really special? Acknowledge them for who they are, not just for what they do.

In their book, The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, Gary Chapman and Paul White explain that what makes one person feel appreciated does not make another person feel appreciated. By determining his or her individual “language” you can express your appreciation in a way that is the most meaningful and deeply felt.

The Five Languages are:

  • Words of Affirmation – Focus on the person’s character and not just his or her performance. Go out of your way to thank and praise them verbally or perhaps give them a handwritten note.
  • Quality Time – People who prefer this language want your focused attention. If it is impossible to spend time face-to-face because of distance, try a phone call or Skype session, as long as there are no interruptions.
  • Acts of Service – If you enjoy being shown appreciation through acts of service, you know how good it makes you feel when someone offers to help you with chores or work tasks. Be cheerful when you offer to help and be sure to do things their way!
  • Tangible Gifts – The important thing here is the thought behind the gift, not the monetary value. Present them with a homemade gift or a gift card to their favorite coffee shop. Of course, Lemongrass Spa Products are always the perfect choice!
  • Physical Touch – While physical touch is not appropriate in most work settings, the consultants at Lemongrass Spa love to hug and high-five when we are together! Just make sure the recipient is comfortable with any type of physical gesture before assuming it’s okay.

The most important ingredient in showing appreciation is sincerity. Be genuine in your praise. By doing so, you can make a difference in the life of someone else. By making someone feel truly appreciated you can encourage him or her to climb higher and reach his or her true potential!

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Hello Natural Beauties!

I hope you are as excited about our new Sheer Minerals product as I am! I couldn’t ‘BB’ happier to expand our already amazing line with the cleanest BB crème I have seen on the market today. If you are looking for a way to simplify your routine in the morning, our BB crème is for you. It is a one-step smoothing primer, sun protectant, anti-aging serum and tinted moisturizer in one easy pump. It is your skin care regime and make-up in a 1 oz. container. Brilliant!

The first thing you will notice immediately after your first application is how dewy your skin looks. If you have struggled with the mineral makeup settling in fine lines, you will LOVE this product. I have sampled natural and not so natural BB crèmes in the past and found many of them to be sticky or watery and I am so happy to report that ours is truly the best-feeling product I have ever tried.

If you are new to BB Crème, you may have a few questions. Such as:

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Ingredient Spotlight: Cupuacu Butter, the "Pharmacy In A Fruit"

Looking to the future of skin care often means unlocking ancient beauty secrets. Tropical rain forests, mysterious to most Americans, offer a rich bounty of treatments. Cupuacu (pronounced “koo-poo-ah-soo”) butter, one of these ancient beauty therapies, is making its mark on the natural skin care industry. Called “the pharmacy in a fruit” and a mainstay in Amazonian diets and skin care, cupuacu trees produce large brown fruits weighing two to four pounds. Expeller pressed from the seeds of the fruit, cupuacu butter, often compared to cocoa butter, possesses a soft, creamy consistency with a mild, sweet aroma. This sustainable fruit butter is used in skin care as a plant alternative to animal-derived lanolin and synthetic oils.

Cupuacu butter is a triglyceride of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, and two properties credited with cupuacu’s rise in skincare: sterols and essential fatty acids. Sterols, referred to as steroid alcohols, are antioxidants that are essentially vegetable fats. Essential fatty acids are necessary for structural components of cells. What do all these fabulous fats in cupuacu butter mean for your skin?

  • It acts as a natural skin plumper because it penetrates skin quickly and retains moisture.
  • Antioxidants protect from free radical damage and help to repair skin.
  • It attracts up to 440%.
  • The anti-inflammatory properties calm skin. Cupuacu_butter.JPG
  • Cupuacu restores elasticity to skin.

Interestingly, promising research* suggests cupuacu butter absorbs UVA and UVB rays, providing broad-spectrum protection. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not recognize cupuacu butter as an SPF; however, it is exciting to think one day this could be a natural sunscreen option.

Pictured Right: Cupuacu fruit and seeds

By P. S. Sena (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Lemongrass Spa Products held its first customer choice awards February 2015. Participants chose their favorite products in five categories: Face, Men’s, Sheer Minerals Makeup, Newcomer and Overall. Over 400 weighed in on their most loved products!

Here’s why we believe these products received the honor of being this year’s Lime Light Awards winners:

  • 100% natural blend is suitable for most skin types
  • Organic avocado fruit oil, packed with vitamins A, B1, B2 and E, Pantothenic acid and lecithin, has been shown to boost collagen production
  • High concentration of antioxidants to protect and repair skin, reducing the signs of aging
  • Anti aging combination of organic argan oil, evening primrose oil, vitamin E oil, Neroli essential oil and Palmarosa essential oil

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Revolutionary Prebiotic Body Wash

The skin is far and away the largest organ of the human body. What you might not realize about your skin is that it is literally a microbiologic zoo, housing hundreds of different bacteria, many very beneficial and a few which can ruin your appearance or have destructive health consequences.

If you are interested in healthy skin, you must understand that the friendly bacteria living on your skin are not disease causing. They are actually an integral part of you. The truth is that we are a mix of human cells and microorganisms, i.e. friendly bacteria that lives on our skin and provides important health promoting functions.

Unfortunately, living among the large populations of friendly bacteria, there can also be quite diverse and vibrant colonies of unhealthy bacteria. These unhealthy bacteria are different genetically from the friendly bacteria, and the relative strength of the various friendly versus unfriendly bacteria colonies determines the health and appearance of our skin.

Enter Lemongrass Spa Products’ Prebiotic Body Wash, which is an alkaloid-based biostimulant that feeds a wide variety of friendly microorganisms on the skin. Mark Hesseling, Product Development Manager at Lemongrass Spa Products, created a similar product years ago when he was in the environmental sciences industry. He learned how to manipulate bacteria to make it resilient to chemicals. Some of his coworkers used his concoction on their skin and started noticing incredible healing from dryness and skin issues.

Mark said, “This 100% natural, organic, ‘friendly bacteria’ food source causes healthy bacteria to go into a feeding frenzy, resulting in much higher activity levels of normal, friendly bacteria. Over a very short period of time, the healthy bacteria will completely overwhelm any harmful bacteria, virtually eliminating skin disorders of many types.”

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THE COLOR OF THE YEAR IS......

MMMMMM- Marsala; A rich, warm, terra-cotta wine hue that is both bold and neutral at the same time. It is the Pantone Color of 2015 and I am in LOVE with how striking and versatile it is. It’s outdoor/fall leaves/apple cider and boudoir/evening gown/boardroom all wrapped up in one. Watch for this beautiful color to be splashed all over the pages of your favorite beauty and fashion magazines from eye shadow to footwear.

So many of our Sheer Minerals colors fall in the Marsala family or play so very nicely with it. Lemongrass Sheer Minerals Products in the Marsala family to add to your 2015 beauty routine include:

Compliment this deep, rich hue with one of these lovely Lemongrass Sheer Minerals eye shadow colors:

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It is awards season again. There are the Oscars, Grammy Awards and now (drum roll, please) Lemongrass Spa’s Lime Light Awards! Why not take this opportunity to have an award winning party? Invite your who’s who list of friends and former hostesses, and make a night of it!


RedCarpetAwardsShoe.jpgHold your party on the night of the Oscars, and along with Best Picture predictions, allow your friends to vote on their favorite Lemongrass Spa products. Lay out a red (or lime green) table runner and place the nominated products out on the table all dressed up for the big night. Dress your Grapefruit Body Polish with a silk scarf, adorn your Body Crème in a puddle of pearls and arrange the eight Organic Lip Glosses peeking seductively out of a black stiletto. Print your ballots and allow your guests to put the nominees to the test. Award the winner of a randomly chosen category to a guest at the end of the night.

If you are a Lemongrass Consultant and are having a party with former hostesses, honor them as well. Present a “Lifetime Achievement” award to the guest who has hosted the most parties and a “Leading Lady” award to the one who had the most attendees. Give out an “Up and Coming” prize to a guest that commits to hosting a party in the near future.

It is so much fun to dress up for an event. Our busy lives do not often present many opportunities to dig our dresses and heels out of the back of the closet. In previous posts, I’ve given hints on how to glam it up on a dime, or should I say, a LIME. Have fun with it! You could even go the complete opposite and make a sweats and pony tail night of it. Pop some popcorn, soak some feet and watch (and critique) the fashion disasters in Hollywood.iStock_000033136146_Mediumlogo.jpg

Don’t forget to cast your ballot for your favorite Lemongrass Spa products in our first “Lime Light Awards.” Five winners will be chosen randomly to receive a prize package containing the winning product from each of the 5 categories.

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