What Models Snack On: Kalumi Beauty Food Bars

What Models Snack On: Kalumi Beauty Food Bars

Designed to give you a glow on the go….

“No girl wants clunky vitamins or busted powder packs gunking up their vintage Chanel bag.” This was the inspiration for models Chrissy Blair and Jayla Harnwell to launch Kalumi Beauty Food, a new line of protein bars with super tasty flavors, cool packaging and good-for-you ingredients that will keep you going on non-stop days.

Before dreaming up the brand, co-founders Blair and Harnwell dealt with their fair share of “inner and outer” ailments. They were tired of covering up beauty problems with makeup and hair extensions, and grabbing whatever sugar-y, low-nutrient snacks they could find in airports and random stores while rushing in between casting calls.

So the duo cooked up an alternative in their tiny New York City apartment: nutrient-rich bars packed with marine collagen peptides to build healthy hair, skin and nails — plus beauty superfoods like vitamin-rich sweet potatoes and coconut. In place of fake sugars, they rely on organic, fair-trade yacon syrup sourced from Peru. The result: a protein bar that actually tastes good (read: no weird aftertaste!) and balances your body so you can stay energized for hours, the natural way.

The three flavor options includes Sweetie Pie, with coconut, vanilla and cinnamon; Lemon Love with rosemary, zesty lemon and sea salt; and Cocoa Kiss with cocoa butter, cacao nibs and sweet potato. Everything is GMO-, gluten-, dairy- and soy-free. Consider these your much, much healthier version of a brownie — and one that you can eat every day for optimal beauty.

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The Cult French-Girl Beauty Brand You Need to Know About

The Cult French-Girl Beauty Brand You Need to Know About

French girl beauty is getting a little easier and greener: Meet Margaret Halfon, the founder of Studio 78, an under the radar brand that’s just started to reach our shores. All natural and oh-so-chic… 

A Parisian beauty secret is finally landing on our shores: Studio 78, a cool-girl French organic makeup brand that combines luxury pigments with 100 percent Ecocert certified ingredients. Its founder is Margareth Halfon, a super chic “working mama” who honed her beauty expertise at Guerlain, where she helped managed such mega-hits as Terracotta and Météorites. In 2008, Halfon moved to Los Angeles, and totally fell in love with the wellness lifestyle and organic food movement. So much so that when she had a baby a year later, she was realized “we are what we consume,” and no longer wanted chemicals in her body — or her makeup bag. Et violà: the inspiration for her eco-friendly brand was born.

Halfon moved back to Paris and got to work developing an all-natural range that wouldn’t “put aside the notion of pleasure women feel when they buy makeup, and the notion of glamour they also feel when they touch up.” Tapping into her cosmetic background, she wanted to create non-toxic formulas that would soothe the skin but also deliver high-performance pigments. No “compromises!”

Halfon definitely didn’t settle for anything less than amazing. The standouts include We Go Green Loose Powder Eyeshadow, next-level powders infused with organic oils to hydrate the sensitive eye area that come with an innovative sponge applicator so you can layer them on and blend to create a custom look. Très, très chic.

The Eye Pencil, meanwhile, is designed to glide on skin — not tug at it — with a moisturizing base of soft waxes and botanical oils. Also cool: you can trace around your eyes with the pencil or tap the tip along the lash line to create little dots that you then smudge together for a blurred look. So French!!!

The plant-based Mascara gives you beautifully dark lashes with a shot of nourishing jojoba oil and the Liquid Lipstick conditions lips with a creamy texture that lasts for days (and the sponge applicator is just fun).

Every item in the collection has a weightless feel—nothing feels too “done” or made-up. “Makeup should only help you to reveal your own beauty,” explains Halfon. “That’s why all the textures we develop at Studio 78 Paris, are always natural. They must magnify existing beauty and not transform you.” It all fits into Halfon’s beauty mantra: “To feel confident, you must start to love who you are and accept [yourself] as you are.” That, and one last thing, she adds: “Don’t forget to smile, because it is undoubtedly your finest beauty asset.”

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Soho Pop-Up: Sign Up for October Classes NOW!

Soho Pop-Up: Sign Up for October Classes NOW!

Keep your wellness game strong — consider coming in and being part of the Soho x FP community…

Head to the bottom of this page to RSVP. Refer to the below calendar and opt in for the class best suited to you and what you’re craving. If you’re experiencing any difficulty in signing up, it may be that both the particular class and wait list are at capacity! You must select the “sign up” button in order to secure your spot — this button will appear only next to open classes!

Please note…

  • For ticketed events, your fee can be applied to an in-store purchase ***the day of the event*** (valid only that day). 
  • $15 tickets can be applied to a minimum purchase of $75. For more information. please ask in-store! 

Tune-In Tuesdays

Relax and rejuvenate with a gong bath workshop + yoga by Jennifer Drue!

Wellness Wednesdays

How to Work with the Moon with Maha Rose!

Full Moon Ritual workshop with The Numinous!

Discover Wellness + Sexuality with OneTaste!

HeartRise Method with our friend, Jessie May Wolfe!

Savasana Saturday + Sundays

Tone your body for the week ahead with a YogaSculpt class by YogaWorks!

As part of Free People’s upcoming Moving Together event (details to come Thursday, 9/27!), we’ll be partnering with YogaWorks October 7th to host a FREE yoga event at our NYC Rock Center store, in support of charitable partner, Girls Inc. 

MAKE YOURSELF A NOTE! We’ll be hosting a larger Moving Together event on Governor’s Island October 8th with incredible instructors from Sky Ting Yoga, Aim True Yoga, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and the Nicole Winhoffer Method.

A few additional notes for your consideration:

  • All on-site beauty appointments are walk-in only – stop by on Sundays for free makeovers with lilah b. from 12–4pm!
  • Please meet at the pop-up 10 minutes prior to all classes.

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Soho Pop-Up: Sign Up for October Classes NOW!

Soho Pop-Up: Sign Up for October Classes NOW!

Keep your wellness game strong — consider coming in and being part of the Soho x FP community…

Head to the bottom of this page to RSVP. Refer to the below calendar and opt in for the class best suited to you and what you’re craving. If you’re experiencing any difficulty in signing up, it may be that both the particular class and wait list are at capacity! You must select the “sign up” button in order to secure your spot — this button will appear only next to open classes!

Please note…

  • For ticketed events, your fee can be applied to an in-store purchase ***the day of the event*** (valid only that day). 
  • $15 tickets can be applied to a minimum purchase of $75. For more information. please ask in-store! 

Tune-In Tuesdays

Relax and rejuvenate with a gong bath workshop + yoga by Jennifer Drue!

Wellness Wednesdays

How to Work with the Moon with Maha Rose!

Full Moon Ritual workshop with The Numinous!

Discover Wellness + Sexuality with OneTaste!

HeartRise Method with our friend, Jessie May Wolfe!

Savasana Saturday + Sundays

Tone your body for the week ahead with a YogaSculpt class by YogaWorks!

As part of Free People’s upcoming Moving Together event (details to come Thursday, 9/27!), we’ll be partnering with YogaWorks October 7th to host a FREE yoga event at our NYC Rock Center store, in support of charitable partner, Girls Inc. 

MAKE YOURSELF A NOTE! We’ll be hosting a larger Moving Together event on Governor’s Island October 8th with incredible instructors from Sky Ting Yoga, Aim True Yoga, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and the Nicole Winhoffer Method.

A few additional notes for your consideration:

  • All on-site beauty appointments are walk-in only – stop by on Sundays for free makeovers with lilah b. from 12–4pm!
  • Please meet at the pop-up 10 minutes prior to all classes.

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8Greens: So Many Benefits!

8Greens: So Many Benefits!

Drop, fizz, drink, repeat…

Life is busy and, if you’re like me, finding time to cook in the kitchen often ends up on the back burner (ha). But we all know that we should eat more vegetables, right? Well, on time-crunched days, there’s 8Greens, a supplement that doesn’t replace your CSA bundle of fresh produce but can boost your intake of key nutrients. As the name implies, 8Greens delivers all the benefits of 8 supergreens, packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants: spinach, wheatgrass, kale, blue green algae, spirulina, aloe vera, chlorella and barley grass. In fact, one little tablet contains the nutritional goodness of 6 oranges, 15 cups of broccoli, 6 cups of spinach, and 7 cups of milk. Try cooking with all that!

Rather than swallowing a pill, you drop this supplement in a glass of water, where it starts to fizz and dissolve. (This takes about five minutes; try a little meditation while you wait). Then you simply drink the resulting concoction — a zesty, refreshing tonic that has a green color but doesn’t actually taste “green.” (Instead, it has a lemon-y flavor). Also important: it’s free of unnecessary ingredients and fillers, like preservatives, gluten, salt and sugar. (And each tablet is just 10 calories). It’s like drinking water, only better.

Here’s a quick overview of what this supplement can do…

Detox organs.

Oxygenate the body.

Help reduce the effects of aging and promote collagen.

Encourage organ functioning.

Alkalize and balance PH levels in the body.

Help boost circulation and decrease inflammation.

Deliver essential vitamins and minerals.

Up antioxidant levels to keep you healthy.

 

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Wellness Encyclopedia: Benefits of Garlic

Wellness Encyclopedia: Benefits of Garlic

Our first line of defense for fending off colds and flu…

It’s officially cold season. At least in my house. Yes, it’s early… not even officially fall yet, but while it may occasionally still feel like summer outside, the weather has that noticeable bite in the air and more and more friends are reporting coming down with something. Cold, flu, what-have-you, whatever it is, I don’t want it, so I’ve been filling up on immunity boosters like ginger, lemon, raw honey, and tons of fresh garlic. The latter may have more of a reputation for making your breath a special kind of pungent, but when seasonal illnesses are making the rounds, a clove or two of garlic should be our first line of defense for fending off colds and flu. Used for centuries to stave off viruses, garlic is prized for its antibacterial and antiviral properties that could potentially improve immunity and shorten sick time. Read on to learn why you should be stocking a few heads of garlic in your pantry all year round, and learn how to make an immunity-supporting garlic tea:

What is garlic?

Native to Central Asia and in the same genus as onions (Allium), garlic has been used for thousands of years as both a seasoning and herbal remedy in traditional medicine. Garlic’s scientific name is Allium sativum and the plant is characterized by its white bulb, which grows underground; purple pom pom flowers; and curly scapes, which can also be harvested and eaten (and should be harvested and eaten — they’re delicious). While garlic plays a role as a key seasoning all year ‘round, it’s especially valuable come autumn and winter, when temperatures and immunity are low. Similar to root vegetables, the garlic bulb is where all the plant’s energy is stored, making it an ideal addition to your cold-weather nutrition and wellness arsenal.

What are the benefits of garlic?

Besides adding a spicy, pungent aroma and flavor to all variety of culinary exploits, garlic has been used for thousands of years to treat everything from cold and flu, to acne, to yeast infections. Prized for its anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties largely thanks to allicin, the sulphur compound found in garlic, which could help the body detoxify from heavy metals, prevent acne, support immunity, and could prevent oxidative damage to cells. Studied since the ‘40s for its ability to fight disease and bacterial infection, allicin is responsible for garlic’s pungent smell. The allicin found in garlic is a cold-season must-have, and can be consumed as either an over-the-counter supplement or fresh in the form of whole garlic added to teas, soups, and broths. While supplements are a good second defense when fresh garlic isn’t available, fresh garlic is always the way to go for flavor and effectiveness.

How do I use garlic?

My favorite way to use garlic is fresh, tossed into all manner of soups, stews, sauces, sautes, stirfrys, salads… pretty much any- and everything that could use a savory boost. Fresh cloves are always strongest, with the most potent amounts of allicin, but when in a pinch, pre-chopped garlic can be used for flavor. However, there are plenty of ways to harness the power of garlic specifically for cold season. Try pressing several cloves and adding to a simple broth, or making the tea below for when your immunity needs a little (or a lot) of extra support:

Garlic Immunity Tea

[serves 1]

Ingredients

1-2 cloves fresh garlic, peeled and sliced into pieces

Juice from ½ lemon

Small chunk fresh ginger, peeled and sliced

Raw honey, to taste but generous

8-10 oz filtered water

Method

Place the garlic, ginger and water in a small pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Strain into a mug and add lemon juice and honey.

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Wellness Encyclopedia: Sweet Potatoes + Sweet Potato Toast, 3 Ways

Wellness Encyclopedia: Sweet Potatoes + Sweet Potato Toast, 3 Ways

Learn all the reasons you should be sweet on sweet potatoes…

My love affair with sweet potatoes began with my first Whole30. Before that, I’d never eaten them, save for the occasional, unpleasant Thanksgiving fork-full of sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows at my grandmother’s house (a more confusing dish I dare you to find). For unknown reasons (reasons likely related to their affiliation with marshmallows), they were practically banned from my mother’s table, so it wasn’t until that initial Whole30 that I was introduced to how truly incredible sweet potatoes can be in both flavor and nutrition. Now, these power-packed roots are a staple in my diet, and as fall draws closer and the weather cools, they’re ever more present on my table. Root vegetables like sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins and minerals key to powering us through the colder months. Think of a root as the powerplant to what grows above the earth’s surface, brimming with energy and, in the case of sweet potatoes, rutabagas, turnips, carrots, and their ilk, deep beneficial nutrition. As we enter into September and the leaves begin to turn (no joke: yellow and orange leaves were spotted in Central Pennsylvania this weekend), whether we’re fully aware of it or not, our diets will likely turn towards more warming foods to prepare our bodies for the months that lie ahead. Learn all the reasons you should be sweet on sweet potatoes below, then scroll to the bottom for three easy sweet potato toast recipes.

What are sweet potatoes?

Only distantly related to regular white potatoes, sweet potatoes are a perennial vine that boasts gorgeous trumpet-like flowers and a delicious edible root. Thought to be native to Central and/or South America, remnants of sweet potatoes dating as far back as 8,000 years have been found in Peru. Often confused with yams, sweet potatoes typically have lower sugar content and are smaller than yams, which are native to Africa and are typically not grown in the US. Yams boast white flesh and rough skins, and can grow up to eight feet in length! Additionally, it’s safe to eat sweet potatoes raw, whereas yams are toxic unless cooked properly.

What are the benefits of sweet potatoes?

Rich in antioxidants like beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in your body, sweet potatoes could boost cellular turnover for younger-looking skin and help protect eyesight from macular degeneration (pro tip: adding a little fat, like coconut oil or olive oil, to your sweet potato will boost absorption and conversion of beta-carotene). A natural prebiotic, fibre-rich sweet potatoes feed the good bacteria in your gut, promoting better digestion and regularity and helping to eliminate bloat. The anthocyanins in purple sweet potatoes could boost brain function and protect against degeneration of brain tissue and prevent memory loss, these same pigments have been linked to collagen production, potentially reducing the signs of aging. While many are quick to write off starchy root vegetables like sweet potatoes, research has shown that they could actually improve blood sugar regulation. Because we digest them slowly, thanks in part to their high fibre content, blood sugar is kept at a steady state instead of spiking and dropping the way it would with other carbs and starches.

How do I use sweet potatoes?

One of my favorite – and unexpected – ways to use sweet potatoes these days is by tossing a handful of steamed sweet potato into a smoothie. They’re a creamy, low sugar alternative to banana and delicious combined with a dash of cinnamon, a splash of nut milk, and your favorite protein powder. Sweet potato also lends itself well to soups, salads (try roasting some up and serving with arugula), baked goods, and they can be used in place of white potatoes in most cases. And while sweet potato fries are in fact delicious, it’s important to keep in mind the healthiest way to enjoy these delicious roots is as unadulterated as possible: steamed, baked skin-on, or lightly dry roasted. Try the recipe below for a new take on toast that will keep your belly happy and feeling full ‘till lunch:

Sweet Potato Toast, 3 Ways

Ingredients

Sweet potatoes (1 medium sweet potato makes about 3-4 slices)

To prepare the sweet potatoes: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Rinse and dry sweet potatoes. Slice sweet potatoes lengthwise, about ¼ inch thick and place on baking sheet. Place in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until bottoms are slightly browned and pieces are cooked through but firm.

PB-Banana-Cacao:

Natural peanut butter or nut butter of choice

1 Banana

Cacao nibs

Cinnamon

Method

Spread sweet potatoes with nut butter and top with banana slices. Sprinkle with cacao nibs and cinnamon.

Avocado “Toast”:

Ripe avocado

Cumin

Sea salt

Black pepper

Method

Layer slices of avocado on top of sweet potato slices. Sprinkle with cumin, sea salt, and black pepper.

Blueberry-Almond Butter:

Almond butter

Blueberries

Nutmeg

Method

Spread sweet potato slices with almond butter and top with blueberries and nutmeg.

Enjoy!

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Natural vs. Organic vs. Non-Toxic: What Do They Mean?

Natural vs. Organic vs. Non-Toxic: What Do They Mean?

Do you want natural? Organic? Non-toxic? Is there a difference?…

Once upon a time, in days of yore, finding plant-based skincare and beauty products that actually did what they promised they would was about as difficult as pretending to like a kale-celery-jalapeno juice. But times have changed and not only are gorgeous plant-based products as effective as ever, they’re easy to come by.

As great as it is that these better-for-you formulas are easily accessible, there’s still quite a bit of confusion around the language used to describe them. Do you want natural? Organic? Non-toxic? Is there a difference?

You know reading the ingredient portion of a label is important, but it’s equally crucial that you read — and understand — other parts of a product label as well, namely the adjectives it touts. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by insider-seeming jargon but a little information can be extremely powerful in your quest to decipher the real stuff from the imposters. Ready to get your learning on? Keep reading.

Organic

Highly-regulated by the the USDA, “organic” is one of the only claims you can really be 100% sure about when it comes to skincare and beauty products. (Caveat: While a label can claim a product is organic, if it also doesn’t feature this symbol, that label is LYING TO YOU and the maker is likely in for a world of trouble when the USDA gets wind of their false advertising.) For makers to claim a product as organic, they need to apply for organic certification with the USDA, have an agent come check their ingredients and facilities, and only after all this are they awarded the distinction.

So what does organic mean? Simply put, all or almost all of the ingredients have been grown and processed under very strict conditions. If the product is “100% organic,” everything in that product was grown the good old (old) fashioned way: no pesticides, no fertilizers, no herbicides, no antibiotics, no growth hormones, no GMOs.

An “organic” product means that 95% of the ingredients meet the criteria. One thing to note, however, is that the percentage of ingredients that need to be produced in these conditions to qualify something as organic varies from state to state. In California, for example, only 70% of ingredients are needed for something to qualify.

Natural

At the complete opposite end of the spectrum is the “natural” claim — there are virtually zero regulations around this claim, meaning you should proceed with caution when considering a product that claims to be “natural” or “all-natural.”

Yes, some “natural” formulas are just that: they may contain plant-based natural ingredients that just aren’t organic and so can’t sport that nifty USDA seal of approval. But there are also plenty of products touted as natural that contain highly processed, potentially harmful plant-derived ingredients.

Coconut oil and its labeling is a great example of this issue. You know the product in your hands comes from coconuts, but unless that jar says “organic,” you have no way of knowing if you’re getting the real, raw stuff or if what they’re claiming as “natural” is actually rotten, dried, chemically-treated, dyed and deodorized coconut byproduct.

The best way to figure out if a “natural” claim is legit is to read the ingredient list very, very carefully. Remember that ingredient decks list ingredients in order of highest percentage to least, so if the first 10 ingredients in something “natural” are organic or plants you recognize, you’re probably safe if you’re not overly concerned about something being 100% organic. Many green products contain a boatload of  organic ingredients without the whole thing being certified as organic, so do your research.

Non-Toxic

Though “non-toxic” is another claim with almost no regulation — aka it’s mostly a marketing tool — it’s not necessarily a harmful claim. You see, “non-toxic” just means the product doesn’t contain ingredients that have been linked to toxic responses (like hormone disruption, cancer, etc.) in humans.

So while you should absolutely still be reading the ingredient list on “non-toxic” products, know that ingredients like phthalates, parabens, lead acetate, formaldehyde, petroleum and coal tar likely won’t be listed…and that’s never a bad thing.

If you want to take classifications one step further, you can also consider whether something is vegan, cruelty-free and plant-based.

For a primer on all things vegan beauty, check out this post. It covers everything from the non-vegan ingredients that might be hiding in your jars and bottles to the symbols you should know to look for.

As far as plant-based beauty goes, you’ll want to check to make sure your product is “synthetic-free,” which quite literally means it contains zero man-made ingredients; 100% of what you’re slathering on your face occurs naturally in the world. “Plant-based” means roughly the same thing — the ingredients are botanical — but it’s important to remember that just because something is plant-based or synthetic-free does not mean it’s organic, and vice-versa. If you want to your products to be uber-clean, make sure all the right boxes are checked.

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Travel Light for Labor Day: 5 Tips For Your Weekend Packing

Travel Light for Labor Day: 5 Tips For Your Weekend Packing

No need to go overboard, and your beauty routine should reflect that…

As someone who revels in everything autumn stands for, I can’t say I’m terribly sad that Labor Day is upon us. But if you are a normal human being who enjoys not freezing or getting slapped in the face by blustering, icy winds on the daily, this week may be one of mourning for you. Summer is officially coming to a close, signaling the end of summer Fridays (if you’re lucky), languid days on the beach, lobster rolls, perfect mermaid hair, and the chance to reenact any dreams you had of frolicking through the waves while a cute lifeguard flirt-whistles in your direction.

But rejoice! You’ve still got one glorious weekend left before the reality of September sets in, so take advantage of it. If you don’t already have travel plans, make some. It’s a rare opportunity to get three (or four) days straight of vacation time when it’s likely everyone else is also off the grid. Hit up a nearby national park, convince a long-distance friend to meet you in the middle, book a cheap flight to somewhere you’ve never been…whatever you land on, make it count and bid summer adieu in proper fashion. Once you’ve made your plans, don’t skimp on the packing. Even if it’s only a day trip, you’ll want to be sure to arm yourself with the stuff that keeps you fresh and glowing to ease the transition your skin will face when temperatures start to drop. Keeping your skin and hair healthy during the waning days of summer will set you up beautifully for weather to come, so pay attention to that travel toiletries kit.

No need to go overboard, though; this should be an easy, breezy vacation and your beauty routine should reflect that. A few stellar products will work wonders if you pick correctly. And lucky you, I’ve rounded up the stuff you shouldn’t leave home without this Labor Day, and the best part is they’re all travel-size, so you have that much more space in your bag for the extra bathing suit you definitely need.

Don’t Leave Home Without It #1: The Skincare Kit

This one is cheating a bit since the kit is made up of eight products, but with Living Libation’s Sensitive Skin Essential Kit in your travel bag, you will not want anything skincare-related the entire weekend. You won’t need to run through your AM and PM skincare routine step-by-step in your head to make sure you’ve packed everything because this handy thing has it all: hand cream (gotta keep those paws hydrated!), eye cream, face cream (layer that moisture!), sea buckthorn oil (the best face oil for all skin types), lip balm, blush balm (one less thing to throw in your makeup kit and and added hit of hydration), serum (to reduce the harmful effects of environmental elements on the skin and keep it healthy) and a bonus moisturizing liquid.

Everything is packaged in plane-friendly vessels so you don’t have to worry about being asked to toss something that’s too big to make it through security, and you also get a cleansing cloth so you’re not relying on your digs for the weekend to supply an oil cleanse-friendly towel.

Don’t Leave Home Without It #2: The Cleansing Cloth

Speaking of cleansing, I hope that at several points over the course of this weekend you are just having too much fun to stop what you’re doing and embark on a full cleansing ritual. (Yes, still do this before you go to bed but a quickie every once in awhile in the name of a good time won’t kill you.) Which is why Kaia Naturals’ Juicy Bamboo Natural Facial Cleansing Cloths are a vacationer’s best friend.

Individually packaged so they don’t dry out, you can toss a couple in your beach bag or hiking pack or purse to swipe over your face throughout the day. No need to find a sink or water, even, these bamboo fiber babies blend essential oils and vitamins to effectively remove makeup, sweat and grime from your skin without drying it out…all on the go.

Don’t Leave Home Without It #3: The All-Important Razor

It’s not for everyone — and that is totally ok—but many beach-goers and shorts-wearers may want to de-fuzz their legs throughout the weekend. And if there’s anything worse than arriving at your destination only to discover you left your good razor back home in the shower, which means having to shell out for a pack of crappy pink disposable razors or make due with whatever plastic thing the hotel front desk offers for free that will inevitably cut the heck out of your legs, I don’t know what is.

So having a dedicated travel razor like this little guy from SPHYNX means you will never have to deal with the aforementioned horrible situation. Since it’s so small and portable, storing it in your travel kit at all times means you’ll never leave home without a razor or shaving cream since it also comes with an interchangeable moisturizing pre-shave bar. Genius in tiny package!

Don’t Leave Home Without It #4: The Exfoliant

I know I said you didn’t have to stop having fun to cleanse your face throughout the day, but that doesn’t mean you can skip all your skincare. An important one to keep in the Labor Day rotation? Exfoliating. Remember: If you don’t remove dead skin cells, they build and can cause a ruckus.

So add O.R.G.’s Travel Size Mineral Peel Face to your kit to keep your face nice and happy. It’ll soften and smooth thanks to aloe, jojoba and enzymes — it only takes a few seconds to get to work, and because it’s a gommage, it’s incredibly satisfying to use.

Don’t Leave Home Without It #5: The Greens

Indulge to your heart’s content while on vacation, but don’t forget to eat — or drink — your greens. Counteract some of the glorious damage you’ll inevitably do to your system this weekend with a daily dose of goodness in the form of travel-sized vitamins, minerals, whole foods and fiber with The Super Elixir from WelleCo. Throw a few sachets into your bag, forget you have them, and then be pleasantly surprised when you remember they’re tucked away in your darkest moments of “maybe I should have just had a smoothie” thought.

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Wellness Encyclopedia: Benefits of Grapes + Renewing Grape Face Mask

Wellness Encyclopedia: Benefits of Grapes + Renewing Grape Face Mask

Before you pass over that purple or light green cluster yet again, take another look…

Consider the humble grape. At this point, this little fruit – or cluster of fruits – may feel a bit… played out. After all, grapes have a habit of showing up all over the place: as raisins, jelly, jam, good puns, wine. Like apples, grapes are one of those produce items we’ve grown so used to, our eyes often skim right over them at the market, opting instead for something more exotic. But before you pass over that purple or light green cluster yet again, take another look. The simple grapes sitting before you come from a long and complicated history, with their first domestication dating as far back as 8,000 years ago. What’re more, they could be the key to gorgeous, youthful looking skin. Intrigued? Read on.

What are grapes?

Thought to have been originally cultivated in the Middle East over 8,000 years ago, grapes are botanically a berry and have been used as food and to make wine for nearly equal amounts of time. The yeast that occurs naturally on the skin of the grapes is what causes the fruit to turn alcoholic, which eventually led to the discovery of turning grapes to wine. Now, the majority of grapes worldwide are destined to be made into wine, though a small percentage is reserved for those of us who still like to eat them straight from the vine.

What are the benefits of grapes?

We’ve all heard of the heart-healthy benefits of red wine, but did you know the same benefits could be reaped by simply eating dark red grapes? Packed with antioxidant-rich polyphenols like resveratrol, grapes — specifically the skin of dark red and purple grapes — could benefit heart and skin health. The flavonoid quercetin present in the skin of dark red grapes has been found to potentially reduce LDL cholesterol and grape’s high polyphenol content has been shown to possibly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. The resveratrol found in grapes could also boost brain power, helping to increase blood flow to the brain and neutralize free radicals. Grapes are also a rich source of skin-friendly alpha hydroxy acids, which boost cellular turnover and help heal damage caused by the sun, while collagen-promoting anthocyanins found in the skin of grapes could reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Takeaway: Don’t peel your grapes. One more takeaway? Rich in insoluble fibre, grapes could aid in digestion and tonify the digestive tract, helping your digestion work more efficiently.

How do I use grapes?

Lucky for us all, grapes are pretty versatile! While hot summer days are still upon us, I recommend popping a bunch of fresh grapes straight into the freezer for a healthy alternative to more sugary frozen treats (just make sure you wash ‘em first). Grapes are also an excellent accompaniment to salads, can be reduced to make sauces and glazes, and can be tossed into smoothie and juice blends. Dark red and purple grapes boast the greatest benefit, and as soon as grapes are turned into a different product — think raisins, wine, jelly, etc. — their overall nutrition goes out the window (raisins are still a good source of insoluble fibre, but bear in mind their sugar content is sky high). So the next time you’re in the produce aisle, don’t pass the grapes! Pick up a bunch and enjoy them as is, and know you’re doing right by your body and mind.

Renewing Grape Face Mask

Ingredients

Small handful dark purple grapes

1 egg white

1 tsp oat flour or oatmeal

Optional: A few drops of grapeseed oil

Method

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Use your fingers or a clean mask brush to apply to face, avoiding the eye area. Let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and follow up with your favorite oil or moisturizer.

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