VINTNER’S DAUGHTER ACTIVE BOTANICAL SERUM

A great face serum that is truly active and fortifying is the key to great skin. Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum is one of the rare standout ones. With it’s dry oil texture that feels both nutritious and luxe, it delivers instant gratification to your skin and your senses!

There is a very good reason why for years, this has been a truly, madly, deeply beloved cult favorite. First off, it was a trailblazer in clean, non-toxic beauty with 22 highly active, meticulously extracted, organic, wild-crafted, or sustainably harvested ingredients. Their cold-pressed whole plant formula infuses grape seed oil with the purest most natural form of the flower, herb, etc. over the course of an eight week extraction process. Second, this nutrient dense serum-oil hybrid works on all skin types and penetrates the dermis so deeply and effectively with it’s smaller molecules, that it can truly be your one and only product. Granted, I still can’t manage to bench my vitamin C and peptides. I love playing mixologist and switching it up to keep my skin on its toes. But this Active Botanical Serum does cover all the key bases. It is highly anti-inflammatory, nourishing and regenerating. Chock full of ceramides, phytonutrients, fatty acids, antioxidants and minerals, it tackles skin aging, while hormonally balancing the skin.

I love using Vintner’s recommended push and press method. I warm up 5 drops by rubbing my palms together, sneak in some inhales and then push and press the golden hued oil into my skin. In fact, I push and press everything I put on my skin now. Heating up the product and working it in stimulates blood flow, while increasing penetration. And bonus, the intoxicating aromatherapy benefits alone feel like a rejuvenating spa getaway.

In terms of glow and vibrancy, this treatment is like skin resuscitation! Your skin will be smoother, brighter, stronger, decongested and completely balanced.

Ingredients:

Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Corylus Avellana (Hazelnut) Oil*, Citrus Aurantium var Bergamia(Bergamot) Peel Oil***, Persea Americana (Avocado) Oil**, Calendula officinalis (Marigold) Extract*, Rose Damascena (Rose) Absolute*, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Seed Oil**, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Rosa Rubignosa (Rosehip) Seed Oil*, Citrus x Limon (Lemon) Peel*, Lavandula x Intermedia (Lavender) Flower,* Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Leaf*, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf*, Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Leaf*, Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense) Oil***, Citrus Aurantium var Amara (Neroil) Flower Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Sea Buckthorn CO2*; Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract*, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Oil*, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Leaf Oil***, Jasmine CO2*, Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu) Oil*.

All ingredients are organic, wild-crafted, or sustainably harvested from the highest quality growers.

*Indicates Certified Organic.

**Indicates organic but non-certified (from family farms that have been producing the oils for generations).

***Indicates wildcrafted from hand-selected partners in Greece, Spain, and Italy.

From Vintner’s Daughter site:

22 Active Ingredients:

Active Botanical Serum includes 22 of the world’s most nutrient-dense, whole botanicals sourced from conscious growers around the globe. It is not enough to assemble the finest ingredients, you must also honor them throughout your process. To ensure that their full spectrum of nutrition is captured in our formula, we spend three weeks meticulously infusing these incredible plants into our already-powerful foundation oils. As a result of this commitment to the very finest quality sourcing and time-honored formulation methods, our potent formula contains 60+ skin-beautifying vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants, phytoceramides, aminos, and omega fatty acids for full-spectrum, skin-beautifying nutrition.

• Alfalfa – MEDICAGO SATIVA LEAF
A potent detoxifier with dense phytonutrient content, alfalfa is critical to those seeking profound cellular regeneration.

• Avocado – PERSEA GRATISSIMA OIL
A nutrient-rich oil that profoundly nourishes and moisturizes skin, avocado also contains skin-firming ceramides and free radical-fighting antioxidants.

• Bergamot – CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA PEEL OIL
Prized since ancient times for its antioxidant properties, this oil helps to brighten, calm, and balance sensitive and irritated skin.

• Calendula – CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER
Coveted for centuries for its potent healing and regenerating powers, the deeply hued marigold flower provides incredible antioxidant protection.

• Carrot Seed – DAUCUS CAROTA SATIVA SEED OIL
This supercharged oil is rich in antioxidant vitamin A (as beta-carotene) and is an exceptional at cell regeneration.

• Cypress – CUPRESSUS SEMPERVIRENS LEAF OIL
Cypress has been used since ancient times to reduce redness, calm irritation, and clarify compromised skin.

• Dandelion- TARAXACUM OFFICINALE LEAF
Nutrient-dense dandelion provides potent cellular detoxification and regeneration, critical to a tighter, brighter, more clear complexion.

• Evening Primrose – OENOTHERA BIENNISSEED OIL
A powerful healer and anti-inflammatory, this oil also acts as a serious skin balancer, and is especially beneficial for hormonal skin.

• Frankincense – BOSWELLIA CARTERII OIL
Highly sought-after due to its rare and costly-to-produce status, frankincense increases circulation and is a savior for stressed and troubled skin

• Grape Seed – VITIS VINIFERA SEED OIL
A powerful foundation oil cherished for its multi-correctional activity, our organic grape seed is rich in phytoceramides, vitamins, and antioxidants, which help strengthen and protect skin against free-radical damage.

• Hazelnut – CORYLUS AVELLANA OIL
Another potent foundation oil, hazelnut is rich in linoleic acids which visibly clean and shrink pores. Its small particle size allows our serum to penetrate easily and deliver nutrition deep into dermal layers.

• Jasmine – JASMINUM GRANDIFLORUM FLOWER
As a rare and highly sought-after medicinal oil, jasmine uniquely restores the look of compromised and damaged skin while also strengthening the skin’s protective moisture barrier.

• Lavender – LAVANDULA INTERMEDIA FLOWER
This deeply healing and highly anti-inflammatory flower is particularly helpful for acne-prone skin, thanks to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties.

• Lemon – CITRUS LIMON PEEL
This botanical has been used for ages to diminish discoloration for visibly brighter and more even, clear-looking skin.

• Neroli – CITRUS AURANTIUM AMARA FLOWER OIL
A cherished aromatic oil, neroli has been prescribed since ancient times for skin as well as spiritual health.

• Nettle – URTICA DIOICA LEAF
This botanical is packed with essential phytonutrients to combat oxidative and environmental stress. It also has more of the elasticity-promoting mineral silica than any other plant—meaning bold strides towards firmer, more resilient skin.

• Rose – ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER OIL
This powerful skin healer and balancer dates back to ancient times – even Cleopatra used it on her skin.

• Rosehip – ROSA CANINASEED OIL
High in antioxidants, linolenic acid, and vitamin A (as beta-carotene), rosehip oil uniquely targets oxidative damage, powerfully repairing, restoring, and brightening skin.

• Rosemary – ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS LEAF
An antimicrobial botanical, rosemary offers powerful assistance in reducing acne, redness, and inflammation.

• Sea Buckthorn – HIPPOPHAE RHAMNOIDES OIL
A deeply nourishing and skin-renewing oil that contains the entire family of omegas: 3, 6, 9, and the rare omega 7.

• Tamanu Tamanu – CALOPHYLLUM TACAMAHACA OIL
Also known as the 30-cure oil, multi-correctional tamanu is prized for its rich fatty acid content, which absorbs easily into the skin and delivers dramatic healing.

• Turmeric – CURCUMA LONGA ROOT OIL
A turbocharged anti-inflammatory, brightener and free radical scavenger, turmeric is a serious skin hero.

Available for $65/ 5ml or $185/ 30ml at:

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Celeb Fav Bio-Oil: Just Hype or Heavenly?

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Bio-Oil is coined as specialist skincare for scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, ageing, and dehydrated skin. And, more recently Kim Kardashian revealed it as her secret weapon that she’ll be using throughout her pregnancy to keep stretch marks (and wrinkles) at bay. It is also reported to be  favored by celebs such as Natalie Portman and Rochelle Humes. So, why all the hype about this “miracle” oil?

The key ingredient is PurCellin Oil. PurCellin is not a single ingredient, it is a delivery system which reduces the overall thickness of the substance and helps Bio-Oil absorb easily into the skin, which in my opinion, it does well. The product may be called an oil and look greasy but it does in fact absorb super well, leaving a light sheen but not a greasy, slimy feel (unless of course, you over apply), But, just to be clear, PurCellin Oil™ is a laboratory recreation (man made) of the preen gland oil of ducks, and acts as the delivery system for Bio Oils other ingredients.

It is also a non-acnegenic product, can be used on sensitive skin and is hypo allergenic. Made up of a mix of plant oil and vitamins, Bio-Oil helps moisturize and enhance the skin to its fullest. It relieves dry skin, helps soothe after sun exposure, and can be used in the bath. In fact, one of my favorite ways to use it is in the bath for general hydration. For healing it is recommended to be used twice daily for a min. of 3 months.

As I’m not pregnant, nor am I using it for stretch marks, I cannot speak directly to those claims. But, I can give my personal opinion to claims of hydration and skin tone. After using it only for a few days a dear friend touched my arm and immediately remarked how soft my skin felt, loved it!

I also noticed the skin on my legs was looking more even, not as red. I’ve started to dab a little bit around my eyes for moisture and fine lines and so far, no breakouts, and good results. I’m hesitant to apply it all over my face because of break outs but I’ll let you know if I dare go there. Until then, I have to say for my purposes, Bio-Oil is pretty heavenly!

My only warning for those who are super conscious about ingredients is that Bio-Oil does contain paraffin or mineral oil in it. Paraffin is a solid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum which does raise a flag for some people however, it is considered a low overall hazard and permitted by the FDA for use as as an ophthalmic emollient. For more information please click here.

Available at: Ulta.com 4.2oz $19.99

Key Ingredients:

Botanicals
Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Calendula Oil)
Lavandula Angustifolia Oil (Lavender Oil)
Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil (Rosemary Oil)
Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil (Chamomile Oil)
Vitamins
Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A)
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)

Oil base
Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum)
Triisononanoin
Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate
Isopropyl Myristate
Glycine Soja Oil
Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil
BHT
Bisabolol

For more information: http://bio-oilusa.com/en-us

Osmosis Skin Care Immerse Intense Moisture Boost

As the winter months roll in, skin can start feeling more and more parched, especially as we starting turning up the heat, or moving from the hydration-leaching cold outdoors to the equally hydration-leeching heated indoors. In comes Immerse to save the day. This super hydrating moisture boost smells like a lemon drop, feels like decadent icing, and rescues thirsty skin!

Most serums and moisturizers feel like they either sit on top of my skin or evaporate in seconds. Not so with Immerse.  This feels like it seeps into my skin for a velvety application that provides powerhouse hydration! It’s one of those rare products that I feel like my skin craves and adores. Perhaps it’s because Osmosis is a medical skincare line that penetrates past the top layer of the skin, unlike the plethora of lines that just work topically. It’s no wonder, it’s a favorite of skincare professionals and dermatologists.

Created by Dr Ben Johnson with the goal of moving skincare away from aggressive over-exfoliation, Osmosis is made with natural and organic ingredients that are compatible even with the most sensitive of skins. And the anti-inflammatory ingredients in Immerse specifically, makes this product highly effective for post-treatment wound healing.

Loaded with Essential Fatty Acid Omega 6s like Linoleic and Oleic Acid, Antioxidants like Blueberry Seed and Raspberry Seed Oil, and anti-inflammatory Calendula Oil, Osmosis Immerse is feeding your skin with hydrating and  healing nutrition!

Ingredients:
Linoleic Acid – Important component in our epidermal barrier as they are part of the glycerophospholipids that help maintain the barrier.
Oleic Acid – Important component in our epidermal barrier as they are part of the glycerolphospholipids that help maintain the barrier.
Blueberry Seed Oil- Potent oil very high in antioxidants to support the barrier and squelch free radicals.
Raspberry Seed Oil- Wonderful source of antioxidants combined with barrier supporting lipids.
Calendula Oil – More lipid support combined with the anti-inflamatory benefits of calendula.
D-alpha Tocopherol -Protective antioxidant designed to complement the variety of protectants in the rest of the formula.
Potassium Sorbate – Oil stabilizer.
Essential Oil Blend- Delicious combination of non-sensitizing oils, fragrance free of course.

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Delight Your Senses and Set the Mood!

One thing you can always count on that can alter a room is a beautiful candle with a lovely wafting scent. Not only are candles the most impactful way of effecting the look of a room, they add charm and can effect your mood via sense of smell and a glowing warmth. I have always had a huge affinity for candles and even remember back to my college days at Parsons School of Design when I would save up to buy a candle I’d been coveting. I say ‘save’ up because even early on I could see the difference between a good candle and a bad candle, from the wick, to type of wax, container, and to the way it burns.

A good candle starts with a clean wax, this could be wax of any kind but I prefer a soy, beeswax, or a vegetable wax, a good wick (no lead), and a heat proof container. Add a high quality essential oil fragrance that is pure and undiluted. However, if the parts are not of equal quality you will still get a sub par result.  If you take the best wick, and the best oils, and then blend them in a cheap, dirty wax, your candle will still smoke and not honor the integrity of the fragrance in the oils.  But, if you blend a pure essential oil, a clean wax, and a lead-free wick that is sized for the oil, wax, and container, you will have a beautiful candle that burns slow, completely, evenly, and throws a soft fragrance throughout the room while you bask in the flattering glow!

Here are few of my favorite all-time luxury candle picks. Soon to come my more budget friendly top picks!

The classic Dyptique Baies scent in a black colored glass container with a scent that recalls a bouquet of roses and deep blackcurrant leaves, one of my all time go to candles for home or as a special gift for those that appreciate true luxury.
Size: 300g (10.2 oz) Price: $90.00 Or available as a Standard candle $60.00Mini $28.00

Delirium Suede & Smoke candle is a slightly cheaper candle that always gets comments when people walk in the room. The smell is super sexy without being cheesy. Per the Delirium site it is a “smoldering vaporous mingling of tobacco leaves, moss, papaya, lapsangsouchong dark tea and green manda. Reminiscent of sitting in a worn leather chair next to a burning fireplace. Encased in a midnight blue vessel w/ silver embossed snuff lid.” I don’t like flowery candles so both this candle and the Dyptique candle have a rich musky smell.  Size: 7.9 oz Price: $38.00

Marianne Guedin Figue Fraiche (Fresh Fig) candles are manufactured in France with perfumes from Grasse. The fresh fig scent is “like an open oven that lets the roasted odor of warm fig escape into the air”. Each candle comes in a beautiful recycled glass container but most importantly are made from almost 100% of the SAFEST wax you can buy, BEESWAX.  Size: 6.7 oz Price: $64.00

How to get Zen while Working: Florame USB Oil Diffuser

Somewhere in the spectrum of the stress or joys of work there is always room for a little aromatherapy relief. I’m a believer that scent and aromatherapy stimulates positive and calming energy. Although essential oils used in aromatherapy are not regulated by the FDA there are studies which show benefits such as relief for anxiety and depression as well as an improvement in quality of life, particularly those with chronic health conditions.

Which brings us to the uber-benefits of sitting at your computer, a tech savvy working gal, and plugging in a USB scent diffuser into your computer drive to align with your actual ambitious work drive. I was totally intrigued when I found the Florame USB Oil Diffuser at detoxmarket and set it straight to work.  How it works: Pick from fragrances like bergamot, verbena, peppermint, or lavender, fill the miniature bottle included in the package with your oil of choice, insert it into the specially designed USB portal, plug it into your computer, and let the air purification begin. If the scent feels too strong there are three different settings to regulate dispersal. I selected the yogi scent which is a blend of organic essential oils that induce harmony and peace. I found it initially a bit strong but I adjusted the dispersal and was fine. Now just because it plugs into your USB it doesn’t mean the device stores data like an actual flash drive, at least not yet! Florame oils are made in Provence, France and are also 100% organic.

Essential oils used in aromatherapy are typically extracted from various parts of plants and then distilled. These highly concentrated oils can then be inhaled directly, or diffused or applied to the skin through massage, lotions or bath salts. The way aromatherapy is thought to work is by stimulating smell receptors in the nose, which then send messages through the nervous system to the limbic system — the part of the brain that controls emotions. This limbic system when stimulated releases endorphins, neurotransmitters and other ‘feel-good’ chemicals.

Here are some of the top essential oils used and their purposes:

  1. Chamomile – Known for the popular herbal drink, chamomile is said to be useful for tension and anxiety, as well as improving sleep problems. It can also be used to soothe stress-related skin conditions.
  2. Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus is sometimes known as the natural antiseptic – useful for coughs, colds, aches and pains. It has a woody, camphorous scent.
  3. Geranium – The floral, earthy scent of geranium is said to be helpful for stimulating the nervous system as well as various skin conditions.
  4. Lavender – A well-known scent, the soothing qualities of Lavender can be used to combat anxiety and stress. It’s also said to be useful for burns or skin conditions.
  5. Peppermint – Peppermint tea has been oft recommended for digestive problems, and the refreshing scent can also be used to combat nasal congestion which arises from colds.
  6. Lemon – The sharp, tangy scent of lemon can help stimulate the nervous system and it is also said to be useful for the circulatory system.
  7. Tea tree – Another natural antiseptic, the fresh scent of tea tree oil can help with lung congestion as well as warding off bugs and insects.
  8. Rosemary – The well-known herb can produce an essential oil which can help with muscle aches and fatigue.
  9. Ylang Ylang – This oil has been known as a natural antidepressant, soothing anxieties and reducing muscle tension.
  10. Sandalwood – The rich, sweet fragrance of Sandalwood is used mainly for skin complaints.

USB Diffuser $24.00

Essential Oils Starting at $8.50

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