Forager Botanicals Fragrances and Body Oils

Forager Botanicals’ line of all-natural beauty products and fragrances are all luxe with none of the nasties. When brand proprietor, Casey Coyle, found herself overwhelmed by the offensive scents of synthetic ingredients in mainstream perfume (while pregnant with her daughter) Forager Botanicals was thus born. Handcrafted in small batches in Brooklyn, NY, Forager Botanicals harnesses all the beauty and power of nature in their products. This divinely crafted line is a sure stand-out and a must know for the natural and non-toxic aficionado, or really any beauty lover. 

Many of todays mainstream fragrances and beauty products are scented with synthetic chemical compounds. There is little known about what effects these chemicals may have on your body. That’s why all of Forager Botanical perfumes are 100% natural. We use only natural, organic and wildcrafted essential oils in all of our products. Our beautifully crafted fragrances are designed to closely embody the scents that mother nature has bestowed on us. We use only the finest ingredients and oils to create fragrances that are completely natural yet truly luxurious.

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Nucifera’s The Balm

For all your beauty needs (well several) — meet Nucifera’s The Balm*. This amped up coconut oil based balm is a multitasking wonder. As author of The Coconut Kitchen, Nucifera brand creator, Meredith Baird knows a thing or two about the vast benefits of coconut oil. Meredith created The Balm, to simplify our beauty routine with a “distinctive blend of the most healing and effective plant-based butters and oils found on earth.” 

Use THE BALM to moisturize all over, remove dirt and makeup, condition hair, improve dry skin conditions, treat acne problems, minimize wrinkles, reduce inflammation and so much more.”

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A Summer Glow with One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum

You diligently slather your face with highly concentrated face oils and serums to promote a more youthful glow, great! So, why would you treat your body anything differently? You can find a wide range of antioxidant-rich body oils on the market, that work to hydrate, protect, and deliver more youthful and radiant skin. If you haven’t already incorporated a body oil into your daily routine, its time. A stand-out for certain, in the world of high performance body serums, is the One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum. This potent anti-aging serum, loaded with active naturals, hydrates exceptionally and provides an undeniable glow.

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Kahina Giving Beauty Soaps for Your Face Down to Your Toes

Kahina Giving Beauty unleashes two new soaps that are meant to cleanse from head-to-toe. With a slew of organic and natural ingredients, including Kahina’s own ‘liquid gold’ (argan oil), these beautifying soaps deliver nutrients as you scrub away, while never stripping your skin of moisture. These lush bars are deliciously rich, utterly decadent, and worth their weight in ‘gold’. 

But first the packaging…

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Each soap comes carefully wrapped in heavy paper with a Moroccan tile inspired design by designer Amira Marion of Archive New YorkI dare you to tear them open… I just dare you.

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Lemongrass and Nettle

The Lemongrass and Nettle Soap* has a vibrant citrus scent that awakens the senses. It contains antioxidant-rich argan oil, along with olive and shea oils to nurture and replenish the skin. Lemongrass contains anti-bacterial properties, as nettle soothes the skin as it gently exfoliates. Great for any skin type and additionally beneficial for acne-prone skin.

Goat Milk and Honey

The Goat Milk and Honey soap* is perfect for sensitive skin types. It contains the same base of argan, olive and shea oils, in combination with goat milk and honey. If you might have heard, I’m a bit gaga over honey. Honey soothes a multitude of skin disruptions with highly effective antiseptic, soothing, and clarifying properties. Goat milk softens and soothes the skin.

Each soap is $18

available at kahinagivingbeauty.com, thedetoxmarket.com

Also available is a trio of soaps, including Rosemary Lavender for $54. A perfect set to give a loved one this Holiday Season. (here)

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Summer Ready Skin

Summer is officially here! But, before you throw on that bikini, or don a shorter hemline, its time to get our skin into its best shape yet. Here is my personal recipe for your softest skin ever!

 

summer-ready-skinExfoliation is key to achieve to achieving softer, smoother skin. Take up dry-brushing to slough off dry skin and to promote blood circulation. I am also a fan on bath gloves for easy in-shower exfoliation. I like to thoroughly exfoliate with a heavy hand twice a week. Add in a good scrub with lots of oils in between. Once I have thoroughly scoured and scrubbed, I slather on a mixture of coconut oil and Waxelene. Afterwards, throw on a terry robe and allow yourself some downtime to let the mixture absorb into the skin. Follow up with a body oil, like One Love Organic for Elizabeth Dehn’s Active Moisture Body Serum, to add a healthy dewy glow. Or, try Prtty Peaushun Skin Tight Body Lotion to conceal minor imperfections and to add an enviable radiance. Repeat.

 What are your summer skin favorites?

Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics – Active Moisture Vitamin C Body Oil

Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics had us singing praise for our newly glowing complexions with their Active Moisture line. Now, with their latest release, the Active Moisture Vitamin C Body Oil, we’re glowing head-to-toe just in time for the warmer weather. Inspired by the cult-favorite Active Moisture Vitamin B Cleansing Oil, the new body oil amply  hydrates and refines the skin with the very much-loved tropical pineapple scent.

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The Vitamin C Body Oil is a multi-tasker, with a combination of concentrated pharmaceutical-grade ingredients to reveal your best skin. Vitamin C Ester helps to even-out your skins texture, while papaya enzymes exfoliate. Shea, sunflower and olive oils deeply hydrate the driest of skins. Best applied to damp skin, post-shower, this rich oil sinks into skin instantly without any greasy residue. What your left with is intensely soft, dewy and radiant skin. The new Active Moisture Body Oil is certain to be another cult-classic. It smells and feels like true love.

Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Active Moisture Body Oil $58 is now available.

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The Skinny on Dry Brushing

My pamper sesh includes a new favorite indulgence and it’s called dry brushing. While I’m sure many of you have heard of it, those of you who haven’t must get in the know. It includes a dry scratchy brush and a few minutes before showering to gain its numerous benefits. While that might not sound attractive initially, once you get the hang of it, the practice is surely addictive.

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Benefits:

  • Helps to remove metabolic waste in the body by increasing circulation. 
  • Assists in improving lymphatic drainage to remove toxins trapped in the skin. Removing these toxins help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
  • Helps to unclog pores and remove dead skin cells encouraging cell renewal.
  • Ultimately leaves the skin smoother, more radiant and better able to absorb nutrients.
  • Helps reduce razor bumps.
  • Strengthens the immune system by accelerating the clearing of toxins.

 How To:

  • Dry brushing is always performed with a dry brush, on dry skin, right before you shower. (your brush should be made of natural bristles)
  • Starting at your feet, always work your way up towards the heart.
  • Use quick circular motions then long, sweeping strokes.
  • From your legs, work your way to your hands and up your arms. Again, always towards the heart.
  • Perform gentle, circular motions on your stomach and up towards your chest (be extra gentle here).
  • Lastly, brush upward from your lower back to middle and from neck down (a brush with a handle helps here).

Thoughts:

Initially the sensation of the rough bristled brush against my skin felt all too harsh. I found that as I started off with a very light hand, I was soon able to apply more pressure in time. After about a week or so, as my skin got used to the practice and it became a very pleasurable experience. My body became warm and I felt incredibly energized and renewed. Followed up by a warm shower and a helping of my favorite body oil, the experience is utter bliss. After over a month or so, I have seen a definite improvement in my skins texture. The areas of cellulite have definitely diminished and appear more toned. I am certainly a believer.

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