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Updating Your Skin Care for Fall

Cooler temperatures, light breezes and changing foliage signify the end of summer for much of the country, and with these arrives skin’s foe: dry air. Drier air can bring red, flaky skin and breakouts; for many of us, making a few small changes to our skin care routine will help to combat these changes.

Exfoliate

Dull skin is an unwanted effect of fun summer activities. Reveal radiant skin by sloughing off dead cells with an exfoliating product.

Face: If you aren’t already exfoliating your face, add a weekly facial polish to your routine or try a deeper scrub to minimize the damage done to your

skin with the Microdermabrasion Crème*.

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Transitioning to a New Skin Care Regimen

Most people are hesitant when changing their skincare routine. Whether their current one is working or not, they fear that changing their products will have a negative impact on their skin. The truth is implementing different skincare products and ingredients into your routine are beneficial. Just like a personal trainer advises their clients to rotate their workouts so your muscles don’t become complacent, estheticians advise their clients to change their skincare routine. This allows the skin to receive different benefits from new products. Your skin is consistently changing and your skincare should be adjusting to reflect your skins current needs.

If you are making the decision to try natural products for the first time, or you are switching over your skincare products from summer to autumn, you might experience a transition phase known as skin detoxing. Detoxing can have some not so pleasant side effects and appear in several different ways depending on your skin type. The most common symptoms of skin detoxing are acne, redness, skin sensitivity, excessive oil production, or lack of oil production. This period could last from a couple of days to a couple of weeks depending on the type of change you are making. Keep in mind if you are changing over to natural products for the first time this period may last a little longer.

            Below are Lemongrass Products that can help each detox symptom your skin may experience. They may not cure them 100%; however they will act as an aid until your skin adjusts.

Acne

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ABCs of a Spa Day

Indulge in a fresh, clean and natural spa treatment and feel the day melt away.

Aromatherapy Mists for a cheerful mood or calmer demeanor.

Babies need gentle pampering and our delicate lavender vanilla baby products are popular among new moms.

Cocoa butter and coconut oil combine to make skin softening massage bars. Lavender Vanilla can be used on pregnant tummies and Spearmint Eucalyptus for sore muscles. 

Diffuse an essential oil to set the tone of your spa party. Try Lavender for a calming experience or Peppermint for a refreshing fragrance. 

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Ingredient Spotlight: Coconut Oil

The coconut fruit has provided meat, water, milk and oil to tropical communities for thousands of years and has been deemed “The Tree of Life” by Asian and Pacific islanders for its extensive dietary and medicinal applications. Mentions of the medicinal benefits of the coconut can be found in ancient Sanskrit text, and coconut oil is used in Ayurvedic medicine, an alternative healing process from India estimated to be 5000 years old. Traditional medicinal applications of coconut oil include fevers, nausea, rashes, toothaches, ulcers, colds, lice, bruises and more. 

At the end of World War II, coconut oil was found in the United States in the form of margarine, but it soon fell out of favor as a household staple due studies concluding all saturated fats increased cholesterol and risk for heart disease. It is now believed coconut’s unique combination of short and medium chained fatty acids, primarily lauric acid and myristic acid, precludes it from negatively impacting health.

Coconut oil isn’t just for cooking or alternative medicine; it’s one of the most widely used natural oils in personal care. Coconut oil is touted for its ability to do everything from repairing damaged hair to reducing wrinkles to blocking UV rays. Where there is little clinical evidence of coconut oil being a beauty miracle, there is plenty of antidotal evidence coconut oil is a master moisturizer and potent antioxidant.

Coconut oil is pressed from the seeds of the coconut palm tree and is comprised of fatty acids including lauric, linoleic, myristic, oleic, caprylic, capric, stearic and palmitric. Studies on the skin care benefits of these fatty acids lead skin care experts to believe coconut oil isn’t all hype. For example, lauric acid and caprylic acid could both be effective in fighting acne due to antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin E and vitamin D, potent antioxidants that protects skin from free radical damage, joins this fatty acid super group. Coconut oil penetrates the skin, making it the perfect vehicle to deliver the benefits of other natural oils and botanical extracts.

Nourish your body from head to toe with coconut oil by trying a few of these exfoliating, moisturizing and cleansing products:

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Posted by on in Sheer Minerals Makeup

Whether you are attending your first day of High School or going back to earn your degree in your 50’s, there are basic lessons to learn about makeup. Makeup styles and application techniques may change, but the fundamentals will always be the same. So read on to BRUSH up on some basics.

  1. Apply your foundation below the jawline and…
  2. Blend gently down your neck to avoid the “mask” effect.
  3. Clean your brushes once a month with Tea Tree Soap and let air dry with the brush end up.backtoschool-logo.jpg
  4. Define your eyes with a deep color in the crease, medium on the lid and light on the brow bone.
  5. Eye shadow can turn into eyeliner by dipping your eyeliner brush in water and then into the powder.
  6. Finishing your look with Mineral Setting Spray will hydrate your skin and set your makeup.
  7. Get plenty of rest and stay hydrated.  Your skin will love you for it.
  8. Highlight the areas of your face you want to bring out (i.e. brow bone, apples of cheeks, chin and nose)
  9. Illuminate dull looking skin with a quick dusting of bronzer.
  10. Just try it!! If you see a look you like, don't be afraid to try it. Makeup washes off.
  11. Kaolin clay in the mineral veils will help absorb oil all day.
  12. Lashes will appear thicker and longer if you dust a little matte veil on them before mascara application.
  13. Merlot and Marsala. Any questions?
  14. Neutralize red areas with green concealer. It is the opposite on the color wheel and will conceal the redness
  15. Open the eye with a touch of white diamond in the inside corner.
  16. Primer, serum, foundation and SPF all in one: BB Crème!
  17. Quench your lips. Use our Exfoliating Lip Polish and Nourishing Lip Butter Lip Butter before your lipstick or gloss for a smoother application.
  18. Recede an area of your face by contouring with a shade slightly darker than your skin. (i.e. hollows of cheeks, under chin, eyelid crease
  19. Save your empty eye shadow or blush jars for a couple of squirts of BB crème to throw in your purse for on-the-go beauty.
  20. Try dipping your foundation brush first in BB crème and then in Mineral foundation for a full coverage airbrushed look.
  21. Undecided?  Get all your basics in a Sheer Minerals Starter Kit.
  22. Veil before makeup creates a smooth canvas.  Veil after makeup sets and finishes the look.
  23. When in doubt…Perfect Pout. It looks great on everyone!
  24. X marks the spot!  Use a lip liner to make an X at your cupids bow to perfect your pout. Follow up with lipstick.
  25. You deserve Fresh. Clean & Natural with Sheer Minerals!
  26. Zip up all your favorites in our Black Fabric Cosmetic Bag with Lemongrass Spa logo.

Did I miss your favorite makeup basic? Let me know in the comments.

Enjoy!

Shelley

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The Art of Aromatherapy Part 2: Benefits of Essential Oils

Deeply connected to our emotions, scents have the ability to transport us to different times in our personal history and affect our mood. Scientist believe this connection is partly due to the part of the brain responsible for processing scents, located next to the hippocampus, which is crucially responsible for handling and storing memories. Aromatherapy plays off of this relationship to enhance or change a mood.

Inhalation vs. Application

Aromatherapy benefits of essential oils are achieved with two therapies: inhalation and application. Inhalation therapy is used for emotional and spiritual balance. For inhalation therapy, add a few drops of essential oil to a diffuser or combine with water in a spray bottle to mist throughout a room. Application therapy is for purification of the body. Add essential oil to organic fractioned coconut oil or try in your favorite unscented Lemongrass Spa product. Massage into skin, inhale and feel muscle tension release while your mind is eased. See Precautions below for application therapy dilution recommendations.

Organic Essential Oils

  • Lavender Oil (lavandula angustifolia). Steam distilled. Aroma: floral, fruity, herbal
    • Balancing, soothing, calming, relaxing and healing.
  • Lemon Oil (citrus limon). Cold pressed lemon peel. Aroma: clean, citrus, sugary
    • Uplifting and refreshing
  • Peppermint Oil (menthe piperita). Steam distilled. Aroma: minty, warm, herbal, with notes of greenery.
    • Refreshing and cooling
  • Tea Tree Oil (melaleuca alternifolia). Steam distilled. Aroma: warm, herbal, with notes of greenery
    • Uplifting, cleansing and purifying

Blends (combination of organic and wild crafted essential oils)

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The Art of Aromatherapy Part 1: Launch of the Essential Oil Collection

The whir of a sewing machine is the only sound in the room. I’m seated on the floor, legs crossed, among shiny, silky scraps of fabric. I smile as I inhale the earthy smell of mothballs, watching my grandmother create her latest masterpiece. I look around and realize I’m standing in the middle of a florescent-lit department store, not seated on the floor of my grandmother’s basement sewing room, smelling the designer “drawer fresheners” (or, in other words, mothballs). That is the power of smell. Deeply connected to our emotions, scents have the ability to transport us to different times in our personal history and affect our mood. Ancient cultures incorporated the burning of resins and incents into religious and medical practices, and archeological finds show evidence different scents were used for their perceived purifying and healing powers. Over time these practices gave way to aromatherapy, harnessing the benefits of flowers and herbs for physical and psychological benefits.

Since the beginning, Lemongrass Spa Products has used essential oils to complement its body care collection. Wash away the day’s stress with a sprinkling of Lavender Bath Crystals to a warm bath or awaken your senses in the middle of the day while replenishing skin’s moisture with Spearmint Eucalyptus Hand & Body Lotion. A natural progression for the company’s mission to provide fresh, clean skin and body care products was to enhance the spa experience through aromatherapy with fresh, clean essential oils. Founder & CEO, Heidi Leist worked closely with the essential oil supplier to ensure the oils met her high standard of excellence.

The Five Qualities of Lemongrass Spa’s Essential Oil Collection

  1. 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils
    1. Oils are tested with a Gas Chromatographic Spectrometer which maps the individual constitutes of the essential oil to ensure the oils contain the correct balance that qualify the oil as pure and unadulterated. Click here to read more about GC testing.
  2. USDA Certified Organic or Wildcrafted crops
    1. Wildcrafted plants are not farmed but ethically and sustainably cultivated from their natural growth areas.
    2. Click here for USDA certification standards.
  3. Crops are harvested and distilled by artisans (essential oil “artists”) who ensure the plants are harvested and distilled at the right time to guarantee the resulting oil is of the highest quality for therapeutic benefits.
    1. An example of why harvesting and distilling times are important: A certified organic rosemary essential where the plant was picked at the end of the season would be high in camphor, making it a low grade essential oil.
  4. Ecological and sustainable business practices from farms and distilleries, meaning no damage to the earth or surrounding community is done during the farming or distilling process
  5. As with all of Lemongrass Spa’s raw ingredients and finished products, essential oils are never tested on animals.

We encourage our customers to consider the importance of the USDA Certified Organic or Wildcrafted Essential Oils versus using those that may be diluted or grown in areas with a high prevalence of pesticide use. There is such a wide array of quality of essential oils – from very high quality to very poor quality - available in the marketplace. It’s important you know what you are diffusing, putting on your skin or inhaling.

Please join me next week for The Art of Aromatherapy Part 2: Benefits of Essential Oils and learn about the aromatherapy benefits of our essential oil collection as well as a few blending ideas.

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Something to WINE About: Merlot and Marsala

Well, Fall Launch was an enormous success and the response to our fabulous new products has been amazing. We knew you’d love them!

For those of you that were not able to attend convention and our fall launch, allow me to recap:

It was our BEST LAUNCH EVER!!

I’ve been with Lemongrass Spa over 8 years, and we have never been so cutting edge, fashion forward and lifestyle-oriented as we were this year!

Speaking of fashion forward and fall, let’s wine a bit, shall we?

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The Live, Love Lemongrass Lifestyle

For the past 13 years, our goal at Lemongrass Spa has been to offer the most natural skincare and cosmetics on the market that are free from potentially dangerous chemicals. This past Saturday, July 18, saw the unveiling of our biggest product launch ever! Whether you are looking to enhance your at-home spa experience, seeking relief from dry skin or reduce the signs of aging, you’ll find it at Lemongrass Spa.

Sheer Minerals Makeup

Introducing Sheer Minerals Marsala Blush and Merlot Organic Crème Lipstick, inspired by Pantone 2015 Color of the Year. With warm undertones and a matte finish, the rich reddish brown blush is perfect for tan, dark and deep skin tones. Enhance your lips’ natural shade with Merlot Organic Crème Lipstick. This warm lipstick compliments all skin tones and received rave reviews with consultants at our annual Lemongrass Spa Convention. Try layering Merlot Organic Crème Lipstick with Neutral Garnett Lip Liner and Stardust Organic Lip Gloss. Marsala Blush pairs well with Seaside,Matte Mocha,Gold Rush and Suede Eye Shadow combinations.

Prebiotics

Last summer, we introduced the revolutionary new Prebiotic Body Wash. Due to the powerful impact this innovative product has had with improving our customer’s skin, we’ve expanded the prebiotic line to include a new Facial Cleanser, Facial Mist and Foaming Liquid Soap.

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Face to Face: Sheer Minerals v. Leading Brands

Hello Natural Beauties,

Mineral makeup is everywhere!  Almost every leading makeup brand has a version of it. The name in and of itself makes you feel like you are doing something good and healthy for your skin. Minerals are naturally occurring, so therefore…but wait, don’t be too hasty in plucking one of those pretty packages with the wholesome looking goddess off of the shelf. If what you put on your face is important to you, and I’m guessing it is or you wouldn’t be here, then lets take a look at some of the common ingredients of some leading brands of “mineral” makeup and why you WON’T find any of these in the Sheer Minerals Makeup Collection.

Talc:  Yes, it is a mineral.  While there is concern about talc in its natural form containing asbestos, the www.cancer.org site suggests that a purified form used in consumer products does not. However, talc, used as a filler in mineral makeup, can clog pores.

Bismuth Oxychloride: Yes, pure Bismuth is a mineral and is used as a thickener and absorbing agent in some products. However, Bismuth Oxychloride is not.  Bismuth oxychloride is manufactured by combining bismuth, a by-product of lead and copper metal refining, with chloride and water. It's used in cosmetics because it has an iridescent, pearly appearance. It is desirable in cosmetics for its ability to adhere to the skin.  Bismuth oxychloride was permanently listed by the FDA as a coloring agent in 1977 and as a synthetic ingredient. Many people react to this ingredient in makeup in the way of redness, hot or itchy skin and cystic breakouts.

Carmine: NOT a mineral. To prepare carmine, insect bodies are boiled in ammonia or a sodium carbonate solution,  then filtered, and alum is added to the clear salt solution of carminic acid to create the red aluminum salt, called "carmine lake" or "crimson lake." Bugs!

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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 2007! 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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