Happy Mother’s Day

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Happy Mother’s Day

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, a time to celebrate those that have been a major force of support and inspiration in your life. Be it your mother, caregiver, or any person in your life who has guided you, it is time to say thank you – and shower them with love (and gifts!).

Origins

The origins of Mother’s Day start with the Greeks and Romans celebrating mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele with festivals. The contemporary inspiration comes from the older Christian tradition of “Mothering Sunday,” in which devoted followers would return to their mother church for Lent services. As the years progressed, the tradition turned into holiday in which children honor their mothers with gifts, such as flowers and mementoes.

Modern Holiday

Traditional American Mother’s Day owes its place on the calendar to Anna Jarvis. After the death of her mother in 1905, she pushed for a permanent way to honor all mothers, as well as establish a holiday that celebrates the achievement of women (at the time most holidays were androcentric). Anna Jarvis’ mission to pay tribute to mothers resulted in President Woodrow Wilson declaring the second Sunday in May officially Mother’s Day.

Thank You

Though every day should be Mother’s Day, it is time to officially pay tribute to mom. Did you know Mother’s Day holds the record for most phone calls made in a day, topping every other day of the year? Time to make that phone call, send those flowers and gifts, and remind moms everywhere how important they are.

The Perfect Gift

Still looking for that special something to send mom this year? HollyBeth Organics offers a wonderful selection of inspired gifts, including new Flourish Calming Perfume, our exclusive Rose Geranium Soy Candle, gift certificates, and more!

Spring Skincare Products We Love

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On Sale in Honor of Spring!

 

Spring is in the Air

Time to break out your spring skincare products! Now that the sun is out and nature is in bloom, cold winter nights wrapped up inside by the fire are replaced by outside adventures and lighthearted evenings on a patio. Life is in full bloom, and it is time to celebrate.

Spring is a Big Bouquet of Flowers

Bright colors and rich greens rejuvenate sleepy landscapes, and nature fills the air with the budding aroma of flowers, trees, and fruits. Inspired by spring’s natural bounty, HollyBeth created her signature Flourish Perfume, a delightful combination of jasmine and rose mixed with hints of lavender and bergamot. Soft scents of floral and earth perfectly combine to evoke the blooming flavors of a new beginning. It is the perfect perfume to add to your spring skincare products.

Spring is an Orchard of Fresh Fruit

Crisp citrus flavors of orange and lemon energize the spirits and uplift the soul. One of my favorite HollyBeth Organics spring skincare products is her Citrus All Over Cream. A refreshing blend of camellia, jojoba, and sweet almond oil adorned with lemon, lime, and orange essential oils create this delicious moisturizing cream that nourishes the skin and tantalizes the senses. And as an added bonus, the citrus-based cream naturally repels pesky bugs! Looking for a spring skincare shea butter? Try HollyBeth’s Lemon Lime Shea Butter Cream. This southern-inspired cream infused with invigorating lime and lemon enlivens the skin with happy hydration. And in honor of spring, HollyBeth Organics’ Lemon Lime Shea Butter is on sale! Click here to add this zesty moisturizing cream to your spring skincare routine.

Spring has arrived! Time to let your skin enjoy it, too.

HollyBeth’s Three Favorite Skin Care Products for Traveling

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Short-Sleeve Travel Weather is Around the Corner

When it’s a sunny, 60 degree day in February, you can’t help but long for short-sleeve shirt weather and spring road trips. Inspired by the surprise heat, HollyBeth and I couldn’t help but discuss our favorite places to travel to as we ate lunch today. Exotic beaches with white sand, classic cities home to great art and architecture, off-the-map locations promising fun and adventure, and familiar favorites full of good memories: we want to visit them all! Almost time to get those passports ready – and figure out what to pack.

Packing for a Trip

Ah, the process of packing for a trip. If you are anything like me, you want to pack your entire closet, because you may get the chance to break in those shoes you‘ve never worn, to wear that dress that has been begging for a night out, or use that cute rain jacket that just might come in handy – you see where I am going with this. Once the hypothetical outfit situations are covered, time to narrow down your toiletry bag.

With the skin care guru herself sitting next to me at lunch, I couldn’t resist asking her which HollyBeth Organics’ products are her favorite skin care products for traveling.

HollyBeth’s Must-Have Skin Care Products for Traveling

  1. Rose Geranium Toner – A few squirts of this flower-flavored beauty mist refreshes and rehydrates (and makes you smell good). An excellent pick-me-up when you have been traveling all day.
  2. Eye Cream – A HollyBeth Organics classic (the first product she created), this luxuriously silky cream keeps delicate skin hydrated and moisturized. The perfect eye refresher after a tiring day of adventures.
  3. Chamomile Foaming Cleanser – This gentle yet sudsy cleanser removes the day’s dirt and oil, leaving behind soothed, balanced skin. Great for all skin types, so everyone in your travel party can use it.

So now I know what I’m bringing with me on my next vacation!

Want to know what a professional makeup artist packs for a trip? Check out our Facebook page to see which HollyBeth Organics product Fiona Styles loves to travel with!

 

Atlanta Artisans We Love: Honeycomb Studio

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Atlanta Artisans We Love: Honeycomb Studio

Meet Courtney Hamill

Our city has been blessed with an impressive variety of Atlanta artisans creating unique, hand-crated wares, including Courtney Hamill, creator and owner of Honeycomb Studio, a small-batch porcelain shop located in the Studioplex Lofts (the same creative complex as HollyBeth Organics!).

Honeycomb Studio

Just walk inside the doors of Honeycomb Studio, and you will not want to leave without at least one of Courtney’s porcelain pieces. She creates each one individually, producing one-of-a-kind works of art with each session at her pottery wheel.  The shelves of Honeycomb are filled with gorgeous ceramic bottles, vases, and bowls adorned with hand-painted details of color and gold, as well as striking porcelain antler sculptures and charming salt cellars and barware. Trust me – you will not be able to take the smile off your face as you walk around admiring the beauty of Courtney’s work.

Sustainable Candles

Wanting to create a sustainable candle that not only smells great but looks great, HollyBeth commissioned Honeycomb Studio to create the stunning vessels we use to house our limited edition Rose Geranium Soy Candles. We are excited for fellow candle lovers to enjoy the fragrant, flowery aroma crafted with HollyBeth’s favorite rose and geranium essential oils, as well as a re-usable vessel that will remain yours to keep as a distinctive piece of art.

Go to HollyBethOrganics.com to purchase this two-in-one delight for yourself or as a thoughtful gift for a loved one this Valentine’s Day.

8 Benefits of Carrot Seed Oil

Carrot seed oil has a woodsy, clean, earthy and herbaceous aroma and is an ingredients in our face and neck elixir.

  1. Known for its abundance in Vitamin A and carotene, it also revitalizes the skin
  2. Carotenoids in carrots helps to reduce damage of the ultra violet rays as well as soothing dry skin
  3. Effective in treating eczema, dermatitis, arthritis and gout for its mucous membrane strengthening properties
  4. Antioxidants that help deter the signs of wrinkles
  5. Cytophylactic: stimulates the growth of new cells and tissues
  6. Relief of muscle pain and soreness
  7. Stress and anxiety reduction properties
  8. Studies indicate its effectiveness in reducing cardiovascular disease

 

6 Must Have Organic Skin Care Products

allingredientsWhat Are The Must Have Organic Skin Care Products?

Throughout my professional career I was always encouraged to create and live by significance filled lists.  I recall vividly sitting in a cramped conference room with stale coffee and an overabundance of excessively perfumed suits with the tick tock of an egg timer as we needed to work as a group to decipher the top ten items we would take if you were to go on a trip to the moon.  I distinctly remember in my head thinking this list of choice is woefully lacking… why one would take matches to the moon when there is no oxygen? In the end I feel like I am not sure the event was overtly significant in my professional development, however, the idea of creating a prioritized, significant lists with purpose is.  On this occasion, our virtual tête-à-tête will cover the must have organic skin care products. 

1. Hair and Body Silk

My approach to skin care is not only holistic, but also all encompassing.  As your largest organ, ALL of your skin is important for your devotion. Let’s commence with your hair and scalp.  My go to product for hair is our hair and body silk.  The infusion of peppermint creates an invigorating massage or your scalp while you deep condition or with just a few drops manages frizzy, unruly curls or a perfect sealant pre and post flat iron usage.  A little side note, I also add a drop or two to my tinted moisturizer and it adds an incredible dewy appearance.

2. The Luxurious Cleansing Oil

Next item on my list would be the luxurious cleansing oil.  This cleansing oil can be used to take make up off, as a mask and as a cleansing agent.  This 3 for 1 has lavender essential oil, camellia seed oil and avocado oil that is brimming with natural antioxidants like Vitamins A and E.  As the weather becomes cooler, I have been using it as a mask for my Sunday~Funday evening routine.  I apply to clean skin and then engulf my face with a warm wash cloth (or a fine cheese cloth) for about 20 minutes. The natural steroids like sterolins reverses age spots all while boosting collagen production – who could refuse?

3. Skin Therapy Make-Up Remover

My third must have would be our newly launched skin therapy. This was created by HollyBeth herself as a “go to” for her travels.  While living in Mexico and throughout Latin America, HollyBeth learned the curative powers of plants such as prickly pear seed (also known as barbary fig).  Did you know that it takes approximately 300 prickly pear seeds to make one ounce of oil?  A decadent luxury indeed!  Kissed with lime and lavender essential oils, this cream can be used both for your day and night ritual.  The whipped texture reminds me of the smoothness of a perfect crème brulee and the perfectly sized violet glass container is a perfect size for my purse or gym bag.

4. HollyBeth Eye Cream

Next on my list of must haves would be original and still best top seller, our eye cream.  Your eyes are the windows to your soul and should be given all the attention you can afford. The skin around your eyes is incredibly thin and susceptible as well as indicative of the stress in our daily lives.  The key to a results oriented eye cream is restoration, protection and moisture.  HollyBeth Organics eye cream is made with camellia oil that offers UV protection in addition to jojoba and sweet almond to moisturize.  Whether you choose an eye cream or a serum (see also our roller ball eye serum), your eye cream should give you a footing to take on your day and encourage renovation while you sleep.

5. Orange Peppermint Shea Butter Cream

Your hands are incredibly important in our lives.  When we meet someone we shake their hands, when we are in the midst of a business meeting we take notes, eat or peck away at an electronic devise.  Many people forget their hands and even more so, they forget their feet.  As I have always been someone that lives for being incredibly efficient with my time and purchases, I would recommend a cream that can be used for both your hands and feet.  Our Orange Peppermint Shea Butter Cream is dreamy! It is absorbed quickly (avoiding that awkward greasy hand shake!) and the stimulating essential oils of orange peppermint remind me of a brisk winter saunter.  At night, I lather my feet with this cream and I awake with visibly smoother and less dry heals!  In fact, we just recently received a note from a loyal client sharing the he uses this cream as a balm for his hair after applying it on his hands.

6. Orange – Peppermint Lip Balm

My last suggestion would be a lip balm that can be used under lip gloss as well as at night for continual nourishing. Our Orange – Peppermint lip balm is perfect for both day and night.  Any lip balm should be protective but toxic free.  Would you purposefully eat something toxic? This lip balm is USDA organic certified and made with fair trade shea butter.  Perfect for throwing in your gym bag, your purse and personally will be a holiday gift for a multitude of people…so please act surprised!

Each day we have the option to create opportunities that will fill our lives with positive choices and forward motion.   Take each day and fill it with constructive choices for your body and your mind.  Consider closely what is in your beauty bag… it defines you!  Are you toxic and noxious or purposeful and meaningful?…. How are you defining yourself with your 6 must have organic skin care choices?