WWB March Ideal Finds Features Inspiration from the Philadelphia Flower Show & Treats for Bird Chirping Weather

Mar 30, 2018 by

 

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Yes bring on the bird chirping weather! In my area of the country, we have had a very slow start to spring.  With snow still on the ground, it was delightful and uplifting to attend the Philadelphia Flower Show this month for Spring inspiration and color therapy. Having attended many beauty, health, and wellness shows for most of my career, it’s a thrill to add this show to my personal must go list! Presented by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society the beautiful and creative botanical exhibits are the main attraction, but there was also unique exhibitors from the world of beauty, health and wellness I was thrilled to find and discover.

I remember seeing a quote by Christian Dior that said “After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world.” We agree don’t we! There are so many parallels to draw about women and flowers, but the one I like especially, is each flower and woman is uniquely beautiful and comfortable in their own skin. Take a peak at the WWB branding images and you will see how I’ve always made this connection.

Following are a few Ideal Finds I discovered at the Philadelphia Flower show I thought you would appreciate. All of them make great gifts for loved ones and this includes yourself! As always, I have specific criteria for Ideal Finds, so feel free to review the conscious living values I look for when making the month’s Ideal Finds selections for you. Let’s look forward to bird chirping weather and colorful beautiful flowers blooming. Whether it be in your yard, your garden, or a public park or botanical garden, take time to enjoy the magnificent beauty of Spring…

Happy Easter weekend!

 

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WWB ‘FEEL GOOD’ CHECK LIST

  • Cruelty Free: No animal was harmed or tested on
  • Sustainable & Eco-Friendly: green, organic and sustainable
  • Beauty, Health & Wellness Without Compromise: Free of harmful chemicals known to harm you
  • Socially Responsible: Fairtrade and Social Mission Retail
  • Committed to Wellness Culture

 

 WWB  IDEAL CATEGORIES/MARCH

  • Self Care: Personal care products for calm, relaxation and empowerment
  • Conscious Beauty: Meets one or more of the ‘feel good’ criteria
  • Healthy Epicurean: Edible treats and food with healthy and organic ingredients
  • Artisan Hand Made: Beautifully Designed, Creatively Crafted, Useful & Enduring
  • Books & Inspirational Gifts: Celebrating Wellness Wisdom, Lifestyle & Culture

 

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HEALTHY EPICUREAN & SELF CARE

 

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The Tea Spot

WWB FEEL GOOD CHECK LIST:  Sustainable & Eco Friendly, Beauty, Health & Wellness Without Compromise

Morning Mojo: Morning Mojo’s boost will help you take charge of the day. This breakfast blend pairs pu-erh with the ideal black teas to create a perfectly rounded morning cuppa. Pu-erh, known for its effective caffeine punch, has been used traditionally for centuries as a slimming and beauty tea, as well as a hangover cure. With added vanilla to smooth out your morning routine, and citrus peels for a cleansing glow.

WWB Wellness Note: The Morning Mojo caught our eye at the show but do explore their caffeine free herbal blends as well here!

The Tea Spot Ideal Values: The Tea Spot is a leading producer of handcrafted whole leaf teas and the creator of Steepware®—innovative teawares that make healthy tea effortless and accessible. The company was founded in 2004 by Maria Uspenski, a cancer survivor drawn to the health benefits of whole leaf tea during her recovery. Her message is simple and powerful: tea in its freshest form renders premium flavor and unmatched health benefits. With a steadfast mission to foster health and wellness through tea, The Tea Spot donates ten percent of all sales in-kind to cancer and community wellness programs. To date, they have supported over 100 organizations and touched more than 10,000 lives. The Tea Spot is a Colorado-based Certified B Corp, woman-owned and operated philanthropic business.

 

ARTISAN HAND MADE

 

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Jonathan’s Spoons: This piece seems to be sold at specialty stores around the country. You can check out the makers main passion ( spoons) by visiting his website. To purchase the Sunflower tea steeper visit the Maker’s Market website.

WWB FEEL GOOD CHECK LIST: Sustainable & Eco-Friendly

 

 

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Jonathan’s Ideal Values: My spoons have developed over the years. Originally made of uncommon spoon woods such as lilac, plum, and honeysuckle, I have since chosen to make my spoons of cherry wood. This is a hardwood with handsome color and grain, durable, smooth, and strong. My utensils have a unique sense of balance and warmth because they are designed with the hand and purpose in mind. “Spoons” have become spatulas, tongs, spaghetti forks, spreaders, and more. Today I offer a natural cherry finish, a flame-blackened surface with a sanded edge to reveal an accent of warm cherry wood, as well as flame-blackened stripes and spots.

 

SELF CARE

 

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FORMULA 55  ‘Bath Tablets’

WWB FEEL GOOD CHECK LIST: Beauty, Health & Wellness Without Compromise

DETAILS: The sparkling bath fizzies are made of ground dead sea salts mixed with our signature fragrance blends. When placed in a full tub of water, the tablet fizzes and distributes the fragrance and skin soothing oils throughout the water. I recommend one tablet per bath, although you can break each one up.

INGREDIENTS: ground dead sea salts, epsom salts, baking soda, non gmo-cornstarch, citric acid, almond oil, essential oils

FORMULARY 55 IDEAL VALUES: “We started as a hand-made company and it’s important to us that we remain a hand-made company even as we grow. We’re just getting started, and yet you can already find Formulary 55 products in 800+ retail stores spanning 17 countries!”

 

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BAMBOO TRADITIONS 

WWB FEEL GOOD CHECK LIST:  Sustainable & Eco-Friendly, Committed to Wellness Culture

PILLOW DETAILS: 

The ultimate pillow for your comfort and relaxation. Shredded memory foam on the inside to keep you properly supported and paired with a hypoallergenic bamboo liner to keep you cool as you rest. Your best night’s rest is only a pillow away.

  • Cover is 40% bamboo (viscose rayon), 60% polyester
  • Removable bamboo outer shell
  • Shredded memory foam inside
  • Perfect for any sleeping position
  • Naturally hypoallergenic, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal
  • Keeps sleeper cool at night

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BAMBOO TRADITIONS IDEAL VALUES: “Our products are all designed to improve sleep and, ultimately, improve quality of life. The textiles and materials we use are from some of the most sustainable plant sources available. We believe in our products and our customers satisfaction!”

 

BOOKS & INSPIRATIONAL GIFTS

 

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GROW WHAT YOU LOVE by Emily Murphy /NEW Spring 2018

WWB FEEL GOOD CHECK LIST: Committed to Wellness Culture

Grow What You Love, 12 Food Plant Families to Change Your Life, featuring 12 sets of seasonal ingredients, garden-to-table recipes, and easy to follow methods for growing your garden, no matter the size. The colorful book will begin with an exploration of Emily’s approach to gardening and how it can fit into modern life with little time and effort. She will go on to give advice on how best to choose food plants that readers love, or can discover, and follows with simple methods for garden-to-table growing, including a selection of her favorite seasonal recipes. The result for readers will be a garden-fresh bounty for any time of the year.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Emily Murphy is an organic gardener with a BS in Ethnobotanical Resources from Humboldt State University under which she studied botany, environmental science, and ecology as well as religious and cultural studies, and herbal medicine. She later studied pedagogy at Sierra Nevada College and garden design with the California School of Garden Design, and worked as a classroom teacher and school garden educator. She teaches and speaks regularly about gardening and living, and her writing appears in numerous publications such as Better Homes & Gardens. Visit her blog here.

AUTHOR’S IDEAL VALUES: “In gardening, as in life, I say, GROW WHAT YOU LOVE. Find the things that make you happy and grow them. Lots of them!”

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Never Underestimate the Super-Power of WWB’s ‘Beauty Food’ of the Week

May 27, 2015 by

Beauty Food of the Week: Chia Seed
WWB’s Ideal Find: Annamarie Gianni Skincare

 

WWB’s Beauty Food of the Week is the Chia Seed. Some of you who are foodies may have heard a lot about this newly ordained ‘superfood’, while others may remember the ‘Pet Chia Plant’ craze of the early 80’s! Let’s skip over the chia plant story and get right to the ‘super’ facts about the Chia Seed. They actually go much further back than the 80’s and have been around for hundreds of years. Thanks to the Aztecs, Incas and Mayans rich cultural history (found in Mexico and South America), we know chia seeds were used as staple foods, but were also revered as a potent nutrient. The ancient Mayan culture called the powerful little seed ‘Chia’, which also meant ‘strength’. The seed became known by the Indians as ‘Running Food’ because of the sustained energy it gave runners and warriors of the time. So we can confidently say…never underestimate the super-power of chia seeds!

 

 

Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, protein and fiber, these now ‘trendy seeds’ are loaded with nutritional power. Wouldn’t it make sense then that they’d do just as much good for the outside of your body as the inside? Chia seeds are so rich in hormone balancing fatty acids, it only makes sense that they would be great for skin. The presence of ample fiber also helps in elimination and reduction of environmental toxins, which can lead to skin problems. Add in their incredible antioxidant power and you’ve got yourself a skin healing superfood.

The naturals and organic folks who are creating beauty and natural products for you are really in love with the Chia Seed right now, because these little seeds when cold pressed into an oil, work ‘miracles’ on the skin. Chia seed oil is super moisturizing. In the Mexican culture today Chia means ‘oily’ so this totally makes sense! It hydrates, rebuilds, protects, and calms the skin. The powerful antioxidants in the oil work to protect skin against damage from free radicals associated with aging and UV damage. You can reap the beneficial beauty benefits of chia in a bottle by checking out my Ideal Find or you can try your own DIY mask below.

 

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Avocados are high in Vitamin E which helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and Chia Seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids which help reduce inflammation. Paired together you have a ‘mighty’ spa treatment for your skin! As summer fun in the sun begins, you will want to take extra care good care of your skin…

  • Mash 1/2 of an avocado in a bowl

  • Add 3 tablespoons of ground chia seeds to avocado, mix well.

  • Apply mixture to face and neck, leave for 15-20 minutes.

  • Gently wash off with water.

 

Just as a wise reminder, when it comes to beauty products and ‘miracle ingredients’, I believe a good balanced diet filled with a plethora of all the beauty foods I feature at WWB contribute to healthy skin. So try to eat across the color spectrum of nature’s bounty as they all work together synergistically to beautify your skin. When seeking ‘enhancement’ from a bottle try to look for some of the super beauty foods featured here, that naturally nourish your body from the inside out. We all  love a good ‘miracle’ but we also love wisdom. 😉

 

 

 

 

 

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WWB’s ‘Beauty Food’ of the Week is in Every Queen’s Beauty Regime…

Apr 8, 2015 by

WWB’s ‘BEAUTY FOOD’ OF THE WEEK: HONEY
Ideal Find in a Bottle: Pure Mee Beauty

WWB’s Beauty Food of the week has been used as a beauty product since the days of Cleopatra and it continues to be used today in manufactured and homemade products for skin and hair care. Cleopatra was not only beautiful, but had radiant, soft, silky skin.  She and other Queens have followed honey beauty regimes designed for giving them beautiful skin.

The use of honey as a cosmetic in Ancient Greece dates back to 5000 BC, when skin care was based on bee products, goats milk, herbs, and olive oil. Honey was used to make facemasks and body scrubs. It has anti-inflammatory actions and helps shed dead skin cells. Ancient Greek women enjoyed honey and milk baths as part of their nightly beauty regime. Today it’s still a major ingredient in contemporary Greek beauty products.

 

Honey is one of nature’s very own anti-aging serums. With its natural antioxidant and anti-microbial properties, raw Honey is rich in vitamins and minerals (glucose and fructose) – nutrients that seem to be the perfect ‘skin food’.  Honey is also a humectant and attracts water which makes it a wonderful moisturizer.  A strong anti-inflammatory and natural antiseptic, it removes impurities from the skin. This is found particularly in raw honey.

Can’t make it to a spa today? Relax and do what comes naturally to a Queen. Take a milk and honey bath!

Truly Herself, Lauroly

WWB’s DIY MILK & HONEY SPA BATH:

  • Pour 1-2 cups of milk (or 1/2 c. full-fat powdered milk) and 1/2 c. honey under running, warm water.
  • Mix, and hop in. Close your eyes and imagine beautiful men fanning you with palm leaves. Repeat as necessary!

WWB FYI: For full effect, brush your skin lightly and in circular motions with a dry brush or a wash cloth before getting in the bathtub.

 

 

 

 

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Squeeze Out the Lovely Benefits of WWB’s ‘Beauty Food’ of the Week…

Apr 2, 2015 by

WWB’s Beauty Food of the Week: Lemon
Ideal Find in a Bottle: L’Occitane Angelica Lemon Ultra Foaming Cleanser

WWB’s Beauty Food of the Week is a citrus powerhouse. Lemons are a great source of calcium, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, minerals and antioxidants that improve the appearance and condition of our hair, skin and nails. You can literally squeeze the beautiful benefits right out of the lemon!

When we think of lemons, we often think of the Mediterranean warmth and sun, but the lemon has Asian origins and comes from the Far East (India and China) were it was found growing wild. They were prized for their many medicinal virtues but used as a beauty staple by women in South Asia and the Middle East.

The Lemon is fantastic for our skin. The natural fruit acids gently remove dead skin cells and lighten age spots, unwanted freckles and facial discolorations. The acidity zaps oiliness and cleans our pores without stripping the skin of its natural oil balance. For thousands of  women around the world it was as easy as picking a lemon from the tree in their backyard, cutting it in half, and rubbing it over their face. They then would take the rind of the lemon and use it as an exfoliator. When life gives you lemons, use them!

  • DIY Astringent: All you need is fresh squeezed lemon juice. Dab onto a cotton ball and apply to face (or simply run a slice of lemon over your face) each morning. Let it sit for about 10 minutes, then rinse. For especially dark age spots, place a slice of lemon directly onto the spot and let sit for 10 minutes. Repeat daily for one week.
  • DIY Exfoliant: Slice a lemon in half and dip into granulated sugar. Rub vigorously on rough patches of skin, especially the feet, elbows, and kneecaps.
WWB FYI Wisdom: Keep in mind lemon juice should not be left on the body for extended periods of time and may cause severe reactions when exposed to the sun. It can increase your  chance of sunburn and the acids in lemons can cause inflammation and irritation of the skin. So make sure you wash it off after a few minutes and apply a good sunscreen before stepping out. Lemon also works wonders on hair but may interact with chemically treated and processed hair. Lemon rinses work best on non-treated/dyed and naturally lighter colored hair.  ~Lauroly, Truly Herself
Don’t forget how incredibly healthy lemons are for the inside of your body. You can reap the benefits just by drinking a cup of warm water and lemon juice in the morning or you can try this light spritzer for outdoor lounging! Fill a tall glass with ice and add crushed mint leaves. Pour in Lemon Syrup and sparkling water. Garnish with a twist of lemon. Enjoy!
 

      

                             

 

 

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From the Inside and Out: WWB’s Beauty Food of the Week ‘Green Tea’ is an Ancient Beauty Secret

Mar 25, 2015 by

WWB’s Beauty Food: Green Tea
Ideal Find in a Bottle: Origins

 

Green Tea is considered a Super Food because of its powerful antioxidants and it’s these same antioxidants called Polyphenols that make Green Tea extremely beneficial for the skin. Just look around at any of the major skin-care brands and you will find at least one of their products promoting the potency of their green tea ingredient. Yet the beauty secrets and wisdom about Green Tea have been around for centuries. Green tea’s powerful antioxidants and ant-inflammatory properties has been revered by Chinese and Japanese cultures and they use it topically to address everything from acne, to saggy skin, irritated skin and preventing wrinkles.  Modern science has researched and confirmed many of the skin-care benefits and I won’t blind you with scientific research here. Instead I will share the simple beauty secrets and remind you that green tea is over-all a very healthy elixir inside and out. So, don’t forget to have a cup of tea and relax. This is not a secret, it’s time-tested wisdom! 😉

Truly Herself, Lauroly

 

 

                                          DIY SPA SECRETS & TREATMENTS CAN BE FOUND IN A TEA BAG!

~For Your Eyes Only

Don’t throw away the tea bags and instead, cool them and place them over your eyes for relief. Green tea contains tannin, an astringent that miraculously shrinks skin. The cool tea bags reduce the swelling around your eyes and tighten the skin, making you look and feel refreshed.

~Scrub & Glow

Green tea helps tighten the skin, and making a green tea facial scrub out of the used tea is very good for the face. Mix green tea with granulated sugar and water, and you have an exfoliating scrub. It is light on the skin and gives you an incredible glow. You can store the scrub in the fridge to keep it fresh and use again.

~ Steam & Gleam

Make a green tea steam facial. Boil some water and then pour it into a large bowl. Take a green teabag, cut it open, and empty the contents into the hot water. Take a towel and place it over your head. Then bend over the bowl, making sure your face isn’t very close to the water, but close enough to feel the steam. Stay under for only five minutes.

~Illuminate & Rejuvenate

Mix equal amounts of baking soda and green tea and a bit of honey to make a facial mask. Honey helps in rejuvenating your skin and green tea, as mentioned, tightens the skin. Baking soda is a good exfoliator and helps detox the skin. Short of time? Heat water and run the tea bag over it till it starts to steam.  Squeeze out most of the water and rub the bag over your face for a few minutes for an instant glow.

~ Pamper Your Mane ( that would be your hair!) 

Green tea rinse is good for your hair and gives it a great shine. Put a few green tea bags in boiling water and let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Leave it overnight. The next morning, pour this water on damp hair and leave it for 10 minutes. You can massage your scalp if you like. Rinse it off and apply shampoo later as usual, but make sure to use a sulphate-free product.

 

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