SAFFRON LATTE BY THE FULLEST

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I have never felt more decadently healthy then when I’m sipping this unique creamy latte.  The Fullest’s cozy warm saffron drink is actually a potent Middle Eastern heavy hitter.  It has been clinically proven to be anti-inflammatory and improve symptoms of Alzheimers, depression, postpartum, hormonal imbalance, menstrual cramps, PMS and infertility. There are even promising studies pointing towards anti-carcinogenic properties,  inhibiting malignant cells while protecting healthy cells from free radicals.  And with just 30mg a day, you even get a serotonin boost. Saffron is the epitome of a wellness mensa spice. 

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Now for the sticker shock. At $35 for the 3.5oz canister, you might rule this product out, but sadly, the price actually make sense.  Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice, due to the labor intensive harvesting process. 75,000 saffron blossoms need to be hand picked to produce a single pound of saffron, which can cost as much $5,000. Now you could just take the stigma/threads from Saffron and steep it yourself but this requires a ton of trial and error. Saffron is so intense that it’s tricky to find the palatable balance.  The Fullest takes the guess work out with exceptional quality saffron,  pre-mixed with coconut milk powder, coconut water powder and cardamon.  And for the skeptics,  the coconut powder is not filler. It is a deliberate choice since it can cross the blood-brain barrier and be an active fuel source for brain cells.  On top of that, The Fullest’s Saffron Latte is vegan, paleo, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, organic and most importantly, absolutely delicious!  And it’s a woman-owned business, founded by Nikki Bostwick.  What more could you ask for!

How to make the perfect Saffron Latte from The Fullest:

Ingredient:

1 tablespoon saffron latte powder (less if you are using sweetened milk)

8 ounces steamed milk of choice (we like almond)

Assembly:

1 | Pour the milk and saffron latte powder into a high speed blender.

2 | Whisk milk and powder together with an aerolatte.

3 | Blend and serve.

*Yields 1 serving.

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Suggested Dosage: As with all things, too much of a good thing could just be too much. High doses of 4 grams or more can have toxic effects. With The Fullest Saffron Latte, you are looking at 150mg a cup up to 3x a day, which will keep you healthy and side-effect free.

Available for $36/  3.5oz  & $67/ 7oz at:

The Fullest

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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:

Vintner’s Daughter

Ayla

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TWELVE BEAUTY INTELLIGENT FRONTIER FACIAL OIL

This lipid restoring oil may trick you into thinking this product isn’t potent. The deceptively light texture leans towards watery rather than oily, which deepens penetration, rather than coating your skin. After 7 days of consistent use, you’ll be left with glowing, fortified, revived and resilient skin from the inside, without the oil slick.
This thoughtful formulation utilizes processes and and ingredients we don’t normally find in most beauty products. For example, unsaponifiables.  Hadn’t come across this term until TWELVE Beauty’s Intelligent Frontier Facial Oil. It literally means cannot be made into soap, which is good news for skin. These healthy natural oils are extracted so purely and contain the most active ingredients of their respective plant oils. From there, they are bonded to alkalizing molecules which make this oil bioavailable, highly nutritious and safe for all skintypes.  The lipids in this formulation penetrate the skin deeply to maximize hydration, vitamin penetration and texture.
Why don’t we see this level of quality from all facial oils? The meticulous extraction and efficacy achieved in Twelve is an expensive process. Not to use car terms but this oil, created by cosmetoligist, botanist and pharmacist Dr Pedro Catala, is high performance.  Sadly, the price reflects that at $80 for 10ml, but the product is loaded with science not hype.
Now let’s talk about my love for revitalizing and skin softening pollen. This oil adds this superstar to the mix, along with deeply effective hyaluronic acid. Pollen reinvigorates and feeds the skin with amino acids, enzymes, magnesium, zinc and vitamins, while the workhorse hyauronic acid drives it into the dermis to plump and retain hydration.
Also loving the thoughtfulness of TWELVE’s Miron violet glass, to preserve and prevent the light sensitive deterioration of the product. And the smaller 10ml version made for Ayla is great for travel and ensures freshness.

From the site:

TWELVE Beauty has been formulated specifically for:

  • Sensitive, or delicate, fine textured skin that tends to become dry
  • Skin prone to flushing from temperature changes (both extreme cold and heat)
  • Skin exposed to harsh atmospheric elements (wind, sun, cold, pollution) and chemicals (soap, medication)
  • Skin suffering from stress or hormonal changes including acne
  • Skin pre-disposed to allergic reactions

Every TWELVE product contains a special blend of four powerful antioxidants and nutrients:

  • White Genepi extract – protects the skin with anti-oxidant and radical scavenging properties.
  • Imperatoria leaf extract – has an astrigent action along side strong anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Mallow Flower extract – a soothing, anti-irritant with gentle moisturising properties.
  • Butterfly Bush leaf extract – offers anti-oxidant protection against UV.

TWELVE is produced in Spain using state-of-the-art development techniques, a deep knowledge on the use of plants and the finest artisan traditions to result in this luxurious  skin care collection.

Ingredients:

IMNANTHES ALBA (MEADOWFOAM) SEED OIL, PLUKENETIA VOLUBILIS SEED OIL*, SQUALANE, POLLEN EXTRACT, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) OIL UNSAPONIFIABLES, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL UNSAPONIFIABLES*, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) OIL UNSAPONIFIABLES, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL*, ARGANIA SPINOSA KERNEL OIL*, TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) GERM OIL UNSAPONIFIABLES, DICAPRYLYL ETHER, THEOBROMA GRANDIFLORUM SEED BUTTER*, SODIUM HYALURONATE, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL*, AMORPHOPHALLUS KONJAC ROOT POWDER, TOCOPHEROL*, TRIHYDROXYSTEARIN, MENTHA SPICATA LEAF OIL*, CITRUS SINENSIS PEEL OIL , SALVIA SCLAREA LEAF OIL*, CANANGA ODORATA FLOWER OIL*, CORIANDRUM SATIVUM SEED OIL*, ANTHEMIS NOBILIS LEAF OIL*, ELETARIA CARDAMOMUM FRUIT OIL*, GERANIOL*, NEROL*, ANIBA ROSAEDORA STEM OIL*, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA BARK OIL*, CITRUS LIMON PEEL OIL*, LINALOL*

* Organic ingredients

Available for $80/ 10ml or $215/ 30ml:

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BIBA LOS ANGELES ONERTA PLANT STEM CELL PEPTIDE SERUM

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I can’t talk about the Onerta Plant Stem Cell Peptide Serum without talking about the creator first.  Biba is hands down the best esthetician I’ve had!  I have followed her from location to location for years and years, until she created her permanent home at BIBA Los Angeles.  Her profound love for her craft and deep understanding of skincare has made her a one-of-a-kind. There is no one-size-fits-all approach here.  Everything is customized for your skin and what it needs. And with celebrity clients like Emily Blunt, Miley Cyrus, Emma Roberts and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, the secret is out!

Biba’s passion and knowledge are also embedded in her product line!  My favorite is the firming and nourishing Onerta Plant Stem Cell Peptide Serum.  This sophisticated cocktail is rich with cell-communicating Palmitoyl Tripeptides-5, 38 and cell-protecting Echinacea Plant Stem Cells that help stimulate collagen. And when you add hydration-boosting Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol and skin rejuvenating CoQ10 to the mix, you have perfect skin nutrition.  Such a highly effective, multi-tasking warrior product!  Skin feels and looks smoother, strengthened and revitalized.

Most Stem Cell and Peptide loaded products tend to be very expensive. Comparatively, Biba’s Serum is reasonable at $80. And like all her products,  it’s organic, vegan, cruelty free, non comedogenic, phthalates and sulfate free. This is a winner for all skin types.

Available for $80/ 1oz at:

BIBA Los Angeles

 

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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

Available at: the detox market