The Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift for Her – New Rose Geranium Candles

HollyBeth Valentine's Gifts

New Rose Geranium Candles – Perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is around the corner: another gift-giving holiday that may leave some of us clueless as to what to give that special someone. If you’re like me, you’ve probably gone the roses and chocolate route every year, which is totally understandable – who doesn’t love flowers and candy? But why not add a little something special with one of HollyBeth Organics’ limited edition Rose Geranium Candles.

Eco-Friendly Candles

Made with premium kosher, EcoSoya wax, each candle is hand-made with love and scented with HollyBeth’s favorite rose geranium essential oil. Enjoy flowery notes of sweet rose and soothing geranium, a luxurious aroma inspired by trips to the Botanical Gardens and the fresh flowers at Hall’s Atlanta Florist.

Hand-Crafted Vessel

Each candle comes in a unique, artisan-made vessel adorned with gold leaf accent rings, crafted at Atlanta’s own Honeycomb Studio. Reuse the vessel as a vase, pen holder, or even a drinking cup. A thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift for anyone in your life seeking roses and romance.

Limited Edition

HollyBeth candles are hand-made in small batches, allowing her to create one-of-a-kind, limited edition scents inspired by the flavors of the season. Stock is limited, so be sure to order soon if you want to surprise that special someone this February 14! And don’t forget to treat yourself, too ;).

*Each candle comes gift wrapped in gold tissue paper with ribbon.

Know Your Skin Type

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Many factors play a role in the condition of your skin, including hormones, climate, and age. It is important to recognize the state of your skin in order to find the right products to restore balance.

Dry Skin

Skin feeling dehydrated, tight, and flakey? You are experiencing dry skin, which indicates a lack of moisture. Overexposure to cold or heat, excess use of cleansing products, or a natural result of aging can leave your skin dehydrated. Go for hydrating cleansers and thicker moisturizers, while avoiding heavy toners and chemical-based products that zap oil production and dry out the skin.

Check out HollyBeth Organics’ Rose Geranium Face Moisturizer, the perfect face hydrator for those in need of extra moisture.

Oily Skin

Prone to a shiny t-zone area? Your body is over-producing sebum, on oily substance made by your sebaceous glands to protect against dryness. Hormone changes or exposure to heat may be responsible for oily skin. Go for lightweight products that won’t clog pores and natural ingredients like grapeseed that help regulate oil production. Try to avoid over-cleansing, as this can dry out the skin, encouraging your sebaceous glands to secrete more oil to compensate for the loss of moisture.

Try HollyBeth Organics’ Marigold Bergamot Dry Oil, a lightweight dry oil that quickly absorbs into the skin to restore balance and reduce oiliness – its antiseptic properties help fight acne as well!

Sensitive Skin

Notice your skin gets splotchy, irritated, or itchy when you change your beauty routine or experience a new environment? You may have sensitive skin, which can be caused by an allergy or reaction to extreme weather. Keep track of what irritates you and steer clear of products with foreign ingredients. Go for organic products with natural ingredients and keep it simple.

Use a cleanser like HollyBeth Organics’ Marigold Foaming Cleanser. It is gentle on skin while combating oil and removing makeup (and like all HollyBeth Organics products, it is 100% USDA Certified Organic!).

Most of us will experience all of these skin conditions, so make sure to maintain balance with the help of the right products.

Happy Weekend – Let’s Go to Arabia Mountain

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It is a beautiful Saturday afternoon here in Atlanta. The sun is shining, the sky is clear, and rumor has it the temperature is going to reach 64 degrees today. What a delightful surprise for the last weekend in January, especially since there was snow on the ground only a week ago.

Arabia Mountain

Time to take advantage of this fortuitous break from the cold and head outside!  And a day like today is perfect for a trip to Arabia Mountain. About 25 minutes outside of downtown Atlanta, this rock mountain’s unique topography hosts beautiful plant life, water formations, and landscapes that make you feel like you’re on another planet. This little piece of outer space has both bike and hiking trails, perfect for a full day of outdoor fun (and dogs are welcome, too!).

Wash Away the Dirt

After a day of navigating rocks, water, and hiking trails, you may be feeling a little sweaty and grimy. For those of us who are acne prone or have sensitive skin, sweat and oil can lead to a rash or breakouts. Wash the dirt away with HollyBeth Organics’ Cleansing Oil. Made with camellia, avocado, and lavender oils, this natural cleanser is antiseptic and antioxidant rich, healing and soothing while hydrating the skin. Calm skin irritations and knock out bacteria while infusing your skin with moisture.

No matter what you get into this weekend, make sure to give your skin some much-needed rest and relaxation. Every part of us – including our skin! – needs some time to unwind and regroup.

Have a great weekend!

History of Cardamom

 

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Cardamom is a spice that comes from the seed pods of various ginger plants. Native to India and popular throughout Asia, Cardamom is the world’s third most expensive spice, famous for its aromatic and healing properties. It commonly used in food, medicine, and skincare.

Cooking with Cardamom

There are two main types of cardamom: green and black. Green, also called true cardamom, comes from an aromatic perennial herb plant. It is widely used in Indian cuisine, and is a popular spice used in baking sweets as well as flavoring coffee and tea. Black Cardamom has more of a smoky flavor, commonly used in meat dishes and soups. Both are found in popular sweet and savory dishes such as curry pastes and masalas.

Healing Powers

Cardamom also boasts natural healing abilities, prominently utilized in Indian and Chinese medicine. Its natural oil is packed with antioxidants and can be used as an antiseptic, an anti-inflammatory, and a digestion aid. Cardamom seeds are often chewed on for oral health, providing relief from mouth ulcers and combating bad breath.

Skin Solutions

Cardamom essential oil comes from steam distillation of the spice. It creates a rich, yellow oil with an invigorating, bittersweet smell. The sweet, spicy aroma invigorates the senses and calms anxiety. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used this fragrant oil in perfumes, incense, and mouth washes. It is also used as a massage oil due to its warming sensation and skin-soothing properties.

This luxurious essential oil can be found in HollyBeth Organics’ Body Polish, adding that hint of spice while promoting circulation and calming the muscles. It is the ultimate body scrub for relaxation and rejuvenation. The Ancient Egyptians would be jealous.

No wonder cardamom is so highly valued – this sumptuous spice can do it all!

 

Sources: Wikipedia, ABOUT.COM

Lavender from Rome to Washington

Love for Lavender

My love of lavender began while living in France. The decadent rows of lavender in the south of France and all the creams and potions were just divine. However, it wasn’t until I moved back home and visited Sequim (pronounced Squeem not seqeem), Washington that I seriously thought about having a lavender farm, a dream that might still come to fruition but very hard to do in Georgia. The Pacific Northwest although rainy, has some of the best lavender in the country and the entire town of Sequim thrives and is dedicated to this dynamic herb. After losing industry in the community they decided to plant lavender and voila a thriving festival and businesses bloomed.

History

The history of aromatherapy began with lavender when Rene Gattefosse burned his hand and used lavender oil to stop the pain and healed the hand without scarring or infection. However, the French have the Romans to thank for Provence’s abundance of lavender farms. The Romans introduced lavender to France and it is thought that the name comes from Latin “lavare” to wash of ‘livendulo” livid or bluish. Before World War 1 the French government cleared the almond orchards and planted lavender in the hopes of keeping the population there instead of fleeing.

In ancient Egypt lavender was used for embalming, cosmetics, massage oils and as perfume. Whereas the Egyptians would put it on their heads, the Greeks would anoint their feet according to the Greek Philosopher Diogenes “When you anoint your head with perfume, it flies away in the air and only the birds get the benefit of it, whilst if I rub it on my lower limbs it envelopes my whole body and gratefully ascends to my nose”. During Nero’s time lavender was used for indigestion, headaches and to clean wounds. It is said that lavender was first domesticated in the Arab world when they dominated the Mediterranean culture specifically Spain and from there it spread. Fast forward to the Middle Ages and lavender was used to raise money for King Edward 1 and King Charles V1 of France stuffed his pillows with lavender. Lavender was used to treat lice and other pests.

Lavender has been a cure all for centuries, from linen, to inciting passion, repelling insects etc. etc. Lavender hand cream is the first product I made and the first featured in a national magazine. Lavender essential oil is the most widely used oil probably due to its medicinal properties. I love it because it is relaxing and makes me dream ;).



Winter All Over the World

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Atlanta, GA

Cold and rainy with a chance of snow.  A winter forecast that can scare any Atlantan straight into the grocery store, then hidden away at home until it passes. Work lets out early, kids stay home from school, and the streets are empty. The city shuts down while we enjoy a surprise day off.

Scandinavia                                           

Winter in Scandinavia is quite a different story. In the Northern half of the region, snow is on the ground from December to April, and winters are dark due to limited hours of sunlight. There is no hiding from the weather here, only embracing it! Snow is always on the forecast, so it is business as usual (thanks to multiple layers of warm clothing).

Macau

In Macau, the winter season tends to be mild and dry. The weather is cool and clear with very little rain, and temperatures tend to average in the 50s. There is no threat of snow in this sub-tropical climate; however, cold is cold, so warm clothing and cozy layers are a part of Macau’s winter season.

Canada

Now on to Canada, where snow is on the ground as early as October! Heavy snow, freezing rain, and bone-chilling temperatures are a part of everyday winter living. But there is no shutting down – outdoor sports and activities are in peak season for these born-and-raised snow dwellers.

Winter Skin Solutions

Snow or no snow, winter is a season of fluctuating cold temperatures and unpredictable days. Make sure to stay warm and protect your skin. Chilly winter days can strip your body of moisture, leaving dry, cracked skin that is more susceptible to germs and viruses. It is so important to have a good moisturizer and stay hydrated! HollyBeth Organics has a variety of nourishing skincare solutions perfect for thirsty winter skin.

Try our Citrus All Over Cream. This fan-favorite moisturizes, calms, and heals, quickly absorbing into the skin, keeping it hydrated and protected. Dry skin will be a thing of the past!

Have dry, patchy areas that need extra attention? Our Skin Therapy is the ultimate skin saver, packed with the healing powers of prickly pear, Vitamin E and camellia oils. Keep it in your purse to use throughout the day!

HollyBeth Organics has a solution for all of your skincare needs. Go to HollyBethOrganics.com or one of our online retailers to discover more of our 100% organic, luxury skincare products:

Canada: TheTruthBeautyCompany.com

Sweden: Mjukhud.se

MacauFacebook.com/beautygallerymacau

Three Must-Have Skincare Products for Men

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Every time my husband opens the bathroom mirror, he marvels at how many beauty products I have. “Why do you have so many face creams and body lotions? What the heck is body oil? And why on earth does washing your face involve three different steps with multiple products?” All understandable questions coming from a guy who is used to relying on bar soap for all of his skincare needs.

I get it. Most men like to keep it simple – maybe a little too simple. It’s time to let go of the bar soap and discover the benefits of using quality, organic products.

Here are three HollyBeth Organics’ products that every guy should have in his bathroom:

1)      Geranium Foaming Body Wash

All-natural aloe vera castile soap mixed with geranium and clary sage oils combine to deep clean and sooth the skin. Use it to cleanse the body, face, and beard. You can even use the suds to shave! It’s everything you need to get clean in one luxurious product.

2)      Hair & Body Silk

A well-groomed man always turns heads. Keep your beard and hair on point with HollyBeth Organics’ Hair & Body Silk. A mixture of camellia and argan oil moisturizes and protects while chocolate peppermint and vetiver oils cool and calm with invigorating fragrances. Run a dab through your hair to keep it healthy and hydrated, rub a little on your beard to give it moisture and keep it in place. Fingernails and cuticles need some extra attention? Apply a couple drops to heal dry, cracking nailbeds. The Hair & Body Silk pretty much conquers it all.

3)      Marigold Bergamot Dry Oil

Face moisturizer plays a major role in taking care of your skin. Delicate facial skin needs a little extra TLC. Why not use a product that hydrates, protects, and fights acne? Another all-in-one must have! Just a small amount of this lightweight dry oil made from calendula and bergamot will moisturize while combating oil and acne throughout your busy day.

Quality is key if you want to minimize your skincare routine while getting maximum benefits. Get ahold of these HollyBeth Organics’ products and you’re covered, head to toe!

 

Body Scrub vs Body Polish

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It’s been a long week, and you haven’t had any time to relax. Now that the weekend is upon us, it’s time to indulge in some much needed “me” time. Catch up on your favorite television shows, dive into that book you’ve been reading, reconnect with friends and family – but while you’re busy with mind and soul, don’t forget to take care of your body!

Pamper Yourself This Weekend

Pamper yourself with a skin-sloughing body scrub or body polish to rid yourself of dry, flaking skin. Both products tend to be a grainy mixture of ingredients used to exfoliate and moisturize; however, there is a difference.

You’re probably most familiar with a body scrub, which is normally used to exfoliate and cleanse. The product is rubbed on the body then washed away leaving fresh, clean skin. But what about delicate facial skin? Try HollyBeth Organics’ Grits & Honey Scrub. Made from cornmeal and a mixture of honey, Vitamin E, and sweet almond oil, this scrub is specially formulated to gently exfoliate the face, neck, and hands (an excellent way to keep blackheads away!).

Looking For an Exfoliating, Moisturizing Treatment?

Try HollyBeth Organics’ Body Polish. A  powerful blend of Dead Sea salt and sugar buff away dead skin, while a luxurious combination of Cardamom, Frankincense, and orange essential oils pack in moisture and antioxidants. Wipe out dead skin cells while packing in the moisture.

So which one is right for you? Both! HollyBeth Organics’ scrub and polish will take away the dull and bring in the radiant!

 

 

The Quest for Clear Skin

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The Path to Clear Skin

I figured at my age acne was a thing of the past, and that one of the perks of getting older would be saying goodbye to breakouts forever. Wrong! At age thirty-something, I still have to deal with random pimples popping up; however, with age comes wisdom, and in all my years of battling blemishes, I’ve come to discover less is more and natural is better.

In My Teenage Years

Chemical-based products promising fast results dominated my bathroom shelves. I wanted that zit gone as fast as possible, so I piled on the benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, horribly drying out my skin, even badly burning it at times. My skin never reached a healthy balance, for it was in a damaging cycle of oily, broken out, then severely dry, due to my over-use of harsh drug store products.

As I Approached My Twenties

I decided to let the professionals give it try. Upon the orders of my Dermatologist, a strict regimen of prescription-strength topicals and anti-biotics would be the best course of action to conquer my acne. Though both solutions provided semi-successful results, my doctor required routine blood tests and visits to make sure there were no damaging side effects from the treatment. Kind of a scary give and take, right? I knew this would only be a short-term solution.

Now In My Thirties

I’m focusing on long-term, healthy solutions to skincare. Heavy chemicals and medications were only suppressing my skin’s needs, not nourishing them! I discovered all-natural, organic products brought my skin back to life, clearing away my blemishes and giving me radiant skin. Finally, I don’t have to dry out my skin to have a clear, glowing complexion, thanks to HollyBeth Organics’ blemish-fighting Marigold Face Kit.

Each Marigold Face Kit comes with HollyBeth Organics’ Marigold Foaming Cleanser, Marigold Toner, and Marigold Bergamot Dry Oil. Marigold /Calendula oil’s antibacterial, healing properties calm acne and skin irritations with Vitamin A compounds. These Calendula oil-based skin solutions cleanse and balance the skin with powerful anti-oxidants and detoxifying essential oils such as sandalwood, grapefruit, and lavender. Your skin will find perfect balance, feeling soothed and refreshed while staying moisturized, clean, and protected.

Trust me, I’ve been on the clear skin quest for decades. Let go of chemicals and embrace organic. Your skin will thank you!