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October 01, 2014

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Reviews, Reviews, Reviews

We've had a number of great reviews of our products lately, and a very nice bio on Nancy Newsom, our founder, written for The Expat Woman. The Expat Woman is a San Francisco based online resource that helps creative, career-driven expat woman navigate and enjoy their lives in the US.

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August 21, 2014

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Artist Uses UV Camera to Show Effects of Sun on Skin, and the Startling Power of Sunscreen

As you contemplate your next visit to the dermatologist, you might find yourself a little unnerved by this video. As Colossal explains:

Artist Thomas Leveritt recently setup a special UV motion camera in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park with the intent of filming random passersby. Ultraviolet rays have the ability to expose not-yet-visible changes to human skin, namely freckles, that turn even the most unblemished faces into dark explosions of dots. Leveritt installed a monitor above the camera so people could instantly see the results, and then to heighten the effect, supplied them sunscreen in a vivid demonstration of why you should probably never again step outside without it.

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August 12, 2014

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Many thanks to our supporters!

We benefit in so many ways from our Botanic Organic friends, who advise, support and help spread the word about the benefits of natural skincare.

 

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August 08, 2014

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What is a Hydrosol?

And why is it good for my skin?

When I explain to my customers how we make our hydrating mists, I usually start by asking them if they know what a hydrosol/plant distillate is. I don't recall anyone ever replying "yes" to this question and I've asked it countless times. So here's the scoop …

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June 30, 2014

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Benefits of Green Tea in Sun Care

Like me, you may have switched to drinking more green tea and less coffee over time. Not only is it a delicious and stimulating drink, but in recent years it’s become touted as a health food that may help to prevent a variety of conditions, from heart and gum disease to cancer, weight loss and even skin aging. The medicinal properties of this tea are attributed to flavonoid phytochemicals called polyphenols. The polyphenols found in tea mainly belong to the subtype called catechins (CAT-a-kins) and one of the most notable catechins in green tea known to have benefits for skin is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Yes, quite a mouthful to pronounce, let's stick to it’s acronym.

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April 21, 2014

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MINDFUL PACKAGING: why we choose to package our products the way we do

Have you ever wondered why Botanic Organic bottles are amber colored, and why almost all of our products contain closures that are either pumps, sprays or disc caps? Let me start by saying that we understand how it it can be a lovely sensory experience to open a jar of cream, dip your fingers into it and retrieve exactly the amount of product that you wish to use. It can also be very gratifying to scrape out every tiny, last bit of cream from the container.

You might then ask why we use bottles with serum pumps, sprayers and disc caps rather than open screw cap jars. The answer certainly is not because they're easier for us to produce and fill. It also isn't because we can't live without the look of our round, amber bottles - although we certainly don’t mind this look. And it's most definitely not because pumps and sprayers are less expensive to buy, or because they never have any issues with dispensing product.

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Licorice Root For Uneven Skin Tones, Rosacea, Sun Damage and Acne

Most of us when we think of licorice conjure images of that chewy, black candy from childhood days. Licorice root however, has benefits that go far beyond a sweet flavoring for candy. In addition to its many internal health benefits, it has some pretty exciting topical applications for skin. Did you know that licorice root can help to brighten and even skin tones,  soothe irritation, reduce inflammation and that it has anti-oxidizing, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties? Let’s look at some of the compounds in licorice root that can help brighten, repair and soothe our skin.

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