Self-love starts with self-care. Hugs Wellness was born in Austin, Texas with the goal to help consumers reprioritize their daily wellness routines by making self-care as easy and enjoyable as possible. Hugs Wellness launched in Spring 2019 with the mission to bring a new standard of honesty and transparency to the CBD industry by providing the highest quality of ethically sourced products accompanied by world-class customer service. Hugs Wellness champions this leading market by fueling the continued education of its health and wellness benefits with their growing product line which currently includes full spectrum tinctures and drink mixes. A percentage of their proceeds go towards providing a bed for a person in recovery at 10,000 Beds.
“Hugs is a mission-driven brand born from our team’s own experiences and we cannot stress enough the importance of helping others,” says Hugs Wellness Founder, Josey Orr. “We see it as a privilege and an opportunity to give back and help those who need it through our partnership with 10,000 Beds and by creating something for people that make their self-care routine easy and pleasurable.”
Their Full Spectrum Tinctures and “Pick Me Up” Drink Mix are the first editions to their wellness line and follow strict third-party lab testing to ensure quality and performance. Grown in Colorado, the tinctures provide a full-plant taste, rid of any bitterness, and offered in raspberry and mango in either 500 mg or 1000 mg bottles. Ingredients include MCT Oil, Full Spectrum Hemp Extract, Organic Mango or Raspberry extract for flavor.
Their all-natural, gluten-free, CBD-infused gummies will be offered in three delicious fruit flavors: orange, lemon, and grape. Each gummy is made with broad-spectrum CBD (10 mg CBD/gummy) with no level of THC detected. Each gummy is made with broad-spectrum CBD (10 mg CBD/gummy) with no level of THC detected and no artificial flavorings or colorings.
The “Pick Me Up” Drink Mix is sold in cases of ten boxes, each box containing 5 packets, and formulated with CBD, caffeine, and vitamins. They are the perfect pick me up to give you a boost to start your day, beat that 2 pm feeling at work without the crash you get from coffee, or addition to a post-workout smoothie. Just mix with water and enjoy! Each single-serving package includes 12.5mg broad-spectrum CBD and 75mg caffeine per serving.
About Hugs Wellness
Hugs Wellness is a premier hemp-derived CBD brand based in Austin, Texas. They aim to bring a new standard of honesty and transparency to the CBD industry with their products, service, and dedication to education in this space. Hug Yourself with Hugs Wellness and reprioritize your self-care. Visit www.hugscbd.com for more information and follow them on Instagram @hugscbd, Twitter @hugswellness, and Facebook at Hugs Wellness.
Where do we begin? So many cool things from tech gadgets, to in home IV’s, new spots we’ve discovered for injectibles, healthy snacks for kids (and mom), skincare (of course) classes to take, clothing – just so much fun stuff to share so here we go!
Get Glossed Lip Gloss by florence by mills Nourish lips with shea butter and Vitamin E for long-lasting color and soft and supple lips. Price: $12 Available: Florencebymills.
Gummy Glow Collagen It’s glow time with the Gummy Glow Collagen, formulated to support your radiant beauty inside and out. With clinically studied collagen shown to visibly reduces the appearance of wrinkles. ($25.50, amazon.com)
Miss Bud’s 60mg CBD Night Time Nourishing Cream The rich, non-greasy formula of this night cream works overnight to replenish antioxidant and moisture levels and improves skin elasticity to leave skin feeling soft, supple and deeply hydrated. ($19.99, vitaminshoppe.com)
Uncle Bud’s Rose Gold Hemp Face Mask This hydrating + revitalizing face mask by Uncle Bud’s is infused with organic hemp seed oil + Moroccan rosewater. Naturally-derived ingredients create a gentle formula suitable for all skin types, complete with a delicious mandarin floral scent. Price: $3.00 or 2/$5.00 Link: urbanoutfitters.com
Ridiculously affordable. I’m talking under $100 for a gorgeous dress.
Also OBSESSED with, since all the fires in LA have us afraid to breathe the air anywhere. AirVisual Pro is also a great gift for anyone who is concerned about the health and well-being of themselves and their families. The AirVisual Pro gives air quality readings and also actionable information about how to improve your air quality, whether it is a good idea to exercise outdoors, an air quality forecast, as well as temperature and humidity readings.
AirVisual Pro is accompanied by the AirVisual App, the most popular air quality App in the world, which allows the monitoring of outdoor air quality as well as indoor air quality regardless of where the user is.
The AirVisual Pro is available from IQAir.com or Amazon and is priced at $269. See the attached image.
THE ANCIENT WONDERFRUIT
YUMMM!!! Stocking stuffer alert: CaPao, the first ever brand that is creating snack foods out of the cacao fruit (normally the beans get all the love). Entirely plant-based with no added sugar. These snacks are energizing, nutrient-dense, delicious, and super convenient.
Cacao is an ancient fruit that has been grown by farmers in South America, Africa and other tropical regions for centuries. They are the pods whose seeds are used to make chocolate. But until now, most people haven’t had the full cacao experience because after the seeds are used, most of the remaining fruit is discarded.
Rescuing this Wonderfruit is important because cacao contains many nutrients, vitamins and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron and fiber; and its husk, pulp and butter have unique tastes and textures that can be transformed into unique snacks.
What are cacao fruit snacks and why are they innovative?
Usually when we think of cacao, our next thought is chocolate, but the cacao fruit is so much more than just the cacao beans used for making chocolate! CaPao is creating smoothie balls and fruit jerky using every part of the cacao fruit (minus the beans) leading to a nutrient-packed, energy optimizing, absolutely delicious wondersnack. These nutrient-dense, mouthwatering snacks are entirely vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO. They contain no added sugar or preservatives. The snacks are individually wrapped and all of the packaging is recyclable.
Who are these for?
CaPao’s snacks are ideal as a snack before the gym (bye bananas!). Feedback from customers tells us that they are great for parents on the go. Kids who are ready to upgrade their snack game and teenagers already tiring of those “back to school” snacks they loved so much last month will love CaPao. The taste is so good and the natural energy will keep the whole family fueled. Try a smoothie ball in place of your morning coffee or even better, during your afternoon “wish I could take a nap” time. Keep the hangry at bay during traffic or long road trips. Your family and fellow drivers will thank you! If you’re not a breakfast person, customer feedback has told us that the smoothie balls can turn you into one!
Introducing the first scientifically-back CBD line to improve and strengthen hair for scalp, lash and brow!
Check this out:
100% vegan formulas
94% more effective lash/brow density & volume delivery
70% less hair shedding after 4 months
50% greater hair density after 4 months
34% more effective lash/brow length delivery
0% negative side effects
It’s true, y’all. VEGAMOUR has created what could be the world’s cleanest, most effective hair restoration formulas – with trusted, scientifically proven ingredients, and without harmful toxins or unwanted side effects.
I just met with Dan Hodgdon, CEO of VEGAMOUR to learn about the new CBD line, the difference between their approach to including CBD compared to the rest of the market, and learned about the full line, which I am now a seriously obsessive fan girl of. So, the new line that is blowing me away consists of:
CBD & Biotin Vegan Hair Gummies, which are the first hair vitamins to harness the powerful CBD medicinal and therapeutic benefits along with vitamins and minerals that feed and support hair growth
CBD hair growth serum for the scalp
CBD hair growth serum for the eyelash
CBD hair growth serum for the eyebrow
Dan Hodgdon is the Co-Founder and CEO of VEGAMOUR, a vegan hair wellness company that uses powerful, plant-derived actives with proven clinical and visible results. As a pioneer in the beauty industry working with renowned brands, Hodgdon quickly realized there was a need for clean, natural products that could effectively stimulate hair growth. This was the driving factor behind launching Vegamour, the world’s cleanest, most effective hair restoration formulas on the market. While having been exposed to diverse cultures when living all over the world, Hodgdon acquired a keen interest in biodiversity and would go on to spend years both researching powerful plant actives and also creating sustainable, eco-friendly supply chains for major beauty brands around the globe. Hodgdon was instrumental in establishing a Fair Trade co-op that harvested the highest quality natural actives, including the company’s staple ingredient, marula oil, while providing sustainable, eco-friendly work to over 5,000 women in southern Africa. With a belief that the healthier you are, the better you feel, Hodgdon continues to create a company based in downtown Los Angeles that obtains a mindfulness toward social impact and ethical responsibility.
This topical product line is made by decreasing the size of the CBD molecules by over 1,000 percent so that the CBD particles are able to penetrate the skin more deeply and are proven to deliver increased efficacy.
“Our research has shown that CBD has inherent, clinically-proven actives that naturally work in tandem to stimulate healthy hair growth,” said Vegamour CEO Dan Hodgdon. “There are several companies that have announced CBD-infused beauty products as a way to be part of the CBD trend, but they often aren’t sourced or manufactured correctly and in many cases, they’re incorporated into formulations which don’t allow the CBD to actually penetrate the skin and thus consumers are receiving little-to-no benefit. Our first-to-market topical line of CBD serums is designed to penetrate the skin and has proven to stimulate hair growth by increasing blood flow around the hair follicles while reducing inflammation.“
The company, which has always had strict ingredient guidelines and has always stayed away from the harmful chemical ingredients found in most pharmaceutical hair growth products, will be extending their CBD line from topicals to ingestibles and supplements to create a full CBD hair health line, resulting in stronger, thicker and healthier hair.
“Our line of full-spectrum CBD hair wellness supplements work in tandem with our topical CBD serums by providing additional synergistic health benefits such as balancing the endocannabinoid system for overall peace, stress reduction and improved sleep,” adds Hodgdon.
– Dan Hodgdon
The first CBD product set to launch from Vegamour will be CBD & Biotin Vegan Hair Gummies, available in June, which are the first hair vitamins to harness the powerful CBD medicinal and therapeutic benefits along with vitamins and minerals that feed and support hair growth. The CBD serums for the scalp, brow and lash will soon follow this summer and are all available for presale now.
The scientific research that is behind the Vegamour CBD line shows that CBD reduces stress and anxiety, improves sleep quality and helps the body produce less cortisol, which is known to cause weight gain and increase hair loss. These CBD products are also known to reduce inflammation of hair follicles and increase blood circulation of the follicle, all of which promotes healthy, natural hair growth.
All of the Vegamour products are 100% vegan, gluten-free, gelatin-free, and made in the USA.
To learn more about the CBD line and to sign-up to pre-purchase, visit the Vegamour website at www.vegamour.com
ABOUT VEGAMOUR VEGAMOUR is a company that specializes in an impressive lineup of products that are clinically tested to naturally grow hair, eyelashes and eyebrows. All products are made without synthetic hormones or carcinogens in any of their formulas. Vegamour believes that you shouldn’t have to compromise your health in order to have beautiful lashes, brows and hair. They believe that the healthier you are, the better you feel and the better you feel, the healthier you grow! With this philosophy in mind, Vegamour has developed integrated, end-to-end hair wellness systems that approach hair loss from multiple angles with powerful plant-based products that have been clinically proven to outperform competing hair growth products formulated with toxic chemicals.
All products are made with sustainably sourced natural ingredients and a mindfulness toward social impact and ethical responsibility. Vegamour’s purpose is to enrich the lives of everyone they come into contact with, from their organic farmers, Fair Trade partners and owner-employees to valued customers. Vegamour can be found on Instagram at @VEGAMOUR.
Cannabis is here to stay. Hooray. I recently sat down with Derek Chase of FLORA & BAST to discuss this stunning line he’s created (more on that on the Groomed LA Podcast soon!! ) If you’ve been awake and in the beauty / wellness scene then you know cannabis can be found in just about every aspect of self-care products, fitting seamlessly into our lifestyles and making all things, well, way better.
Aging is simply a fact of modern living – and we are aging even faster now, as we are in a race to catch up to the stress put upon us. Cannabis exerts profound adaptogenic effects by modulating the endocannabinoid system, resulting in a return to equilibrium where the body can heal itself naturally. In other words, thwarting cellular breakdown. Some decide to enjoy indica (https://www.canadacannabisdispensary.ca/product-category/indica/) instead to get their fill of cannabis.
FULL-SPECTRUM – What’s is all about?
Flora & Bast cannabis extracts are classified as “full-spectrum”. Extracts are created by using a rosin press to heat and crush cannabis plants, which makes them expel liquids containing some powerful ingredients, whilst also removing the less preferable components. These extracts are then used in various products in the health and wellness industry.
Let’s break down the benefits of extracts: The formulas mirror the composition of the plants from which they were derived, optimizing your body’s ability to utilize them and in turn, maximizing their results.
The serum below is blowing all of our minds. My best friend’s hormonal acne cleared up in days. The sleep tincture is now by my bed and I use it to set the pace of my evening and start preparing for sleep as soon as the sun sets. It’s amazing and has been selling out fast! I have found a wholesale CBD site as a back up if I can’t ever get my hands on this stuff. The wholesaler sells pretty similar products so I know they’ll have very similar results. I’m just so glad I’ve found something that actually works.
AGE ADAPTING FACIAL SERUM – The foundation for your entire skincare routine. In balancing your Endocannabinoid System, skin is brought to a state of equilibrium where it can repair itself naturally, resulting in:
– Reduced acne/breakouts and blemishes
– Reduced redness and puffiness
– Enhanced firmness and elasticity
AGE ADAPTING SLEEP TINCTURE – Recovery is the key to healthy mind, body and skin. The sleep tincture works by regulating sleep-wake cycles, called circadian rhythms. When taken 30 minutes before intended time to bed, users find that they:
– Fall asleep with greater consistency and ease
– Stay asleep longer
– Wake up more refreshed, both physically and mentally.
*Best results are achieved when items are used together.
At FLORA + BAST our philosophy is simple – procure the best ingredients, process them minimally, and preserve them naturally. Our formulas are organic, food-grade, and contain only three ingredients. We exclude water, surfactants and preservatives that can cause harm to human health, leaving only what is necessary and kind to humans. All products are tested for purity, potency, safety and efficacy by a third party analytical lab.
Price $77 SRP $77 SRP
Active Ingredient Cannabis Sativa Oil derived from hybrid AC/DC X Cannatonic genetics grown organically in CO.
Cannabis Sativa Oil derived from BoAx genetics grown biodynamically in VT.
Single source, organic, outdoor grown and genetically pure cannabis strains are selected for their highly therapeutic cannabinoid and terpene profiles.
C02 extracted oils are unmatched in potency, purity, and bioactivity.
CANNABIS SATIVA SEED OIL
Organic hemp seed oil strikes the perfect balance of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fats, making it highly bioavailable.
Packed with essential fatty acids that the body cannot produce on its own, this star ingredient produces a plumping effect when applied, while fortifying the skin’s protective barrier.
MEDIUM CHAIN TRIGLYCERIDES
Flora & Bast’s has been shown to deliver therapeutic benefits for metabolic illnesses from epilepsy to Alzheimer’s.
ENERGETIC OIL (Pure Caprylic Acid, 32oz)
Made famous by Bulletproof Coffee, this highly prized MCT oil is converted directly into energy without the need for additional breakdown by the body. Serving as the centerpiece for a version of the Ketogenic Diet called The MCT Oil Diet, you can add it to your morning coffee or tea to help elevate and sustain energy levels throughout the day. Add to meals to increase savoriness and satiety. Ketogenic diets like the MCT Oil Diet have proven anti-inflammatory effects similar to cannabis.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CBD PRODUCTS WITH DEREK CHASE
CBD and THC are both cannabinoids, which are lipids that protect the plant from pesky pests trying to get a bit of bud in their diet. While CBD and THC are both psychoactive when ingested, CBD produces a non-inebriating state of mind, while THC is responsible for the euphoric high associated with marijuana. Both have medical and wellness applications, though CBD is the only cannabinoid available over-the-counter at significant levels (remember the plants with > 0.3% THC are considered marijuana and therefore only sold through dispensaries in states with legal marijuana laws).
How does CBD work on lines and aging? – @AgeofFabulous
Derek Chase, Flora + Bast Founder
CBD has profound metabolic effects, slowing the rate of biological aging by balancing the skin’s endocannabinoid tone, preventing aging/lines and wrinkles from forming. CBD also helps increase the rate at which our skin cells turn over, and upregulates apoptosis, or programmed cell death, in tissue that is compromised or unhealthy, resulting in the reduction of everything from lines and wrinkles, to dark spots to saggy skin.
I have dry skin but also awful hormonal acne that just started in my 30s! Would CBD work? – @whitney.w.shaw
YAS! One of the biggest issues with acne products on the market today is that they are not only drying but also inflammatory. Adding a CBD-rich product to your routine will help to balance oil production, in addition to reducing inflammation (which is the underlying cause of acne, be it adolescent or adult onset). For best results, only use products containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide as spot treatments or on full face for an acute period of time (1-3 days max). Chronic use of these actives will result in continued breakouts over time.
How do you know what dose of CBD should be in products to get the maximum benefits? – @kathp227
There is very little reliable data on dosing for CBD, especially topically speaking. As such we led small scale consumer studies to understand where the best results were achieved, which landed us at 1% potency for our serum, and 20mg per dose (1mL, which is one full pipette) on our tincture.
When do I apply the CBD oil in my evening routine? Other lotions and serums first or the oil first? – LSG
Oil first, everything else after! Since the fatty acids in our oil is primarily that of the small molecule variety, it will absorb quickly (max 30 seconds). If applied on top, it may be more difficult for oil to absorb.
Does it come with a regimen and will it help to remove acne scars and dark pigmentation? – @malwina.07
Our recommended regimen, both day and night, in chronological order:
Wash with a gentle, low surfactant cleanser (you can tell the level of surfactant by the amount of foam it produces); oil cleansers are preferred.
Apply AGE ADAPTING FACIAL SERUM, pressing and or massaging into face for 30 seconds.
Depending on your skins needs, add all other products over top. We believe in a water-free routine, with more aggressive products being reserved for nighttime use only (retinols, acids, vitamin Cs, etc…).
Is the Age Adapting Serum a day and night time usage? Can I use it with a Vitamin C serum? – @JulieG
BOTH! Safe to use with ANY product, as the cannabinoids and terpenes present in the serum are non-irritating or interactive as it pertains to other facial care ingredients. In addition to the serum not being conflicting, it will also help reduce the irritation that can be caused by a vitamin C product.
Does it calm rosacea? – @kelseywoods79
Anecdotally speaking, YAS! There still needs to be testing done on the effects of CBD on these types of dermatological disorders, but you are a prime candidate for a CBD-rich product.
Does it all smell like weed? lol – @SwitStacie
Our serum has a relatively mild cannabis scent that dissipates within 2-3 minutes, depending on how much you apply. Our tincture has a more distinct cannabis aroma given the potency and variety of cannabis we have selected for this product.
Can I use this with retinol? – @Marie
YAS! Like the vitamin C question, products that are likely to produce irritation and redness are perfect candidates to apply on top of our serum. Less irritation means more applications and more results from your retinoids! We love retinoids and will be launching into the ingredient in 2020.
Will you have better dreams with it? – @SwitStacie
There is a lot of data out there that shows a whole host of changes in sleep – lucid dreaming has been reported, as well as a reduction in dreams – bottom line is that it all depends on the needs of the individual, as CBD is an adaptogen and produces results depending on the needs of the individual. We have done small scale consumer studies which show variations in both REM sleep (when you dream) and deep sleep, so changes in dreaming is to be expected but not necessarily determined prior to testing.
Do you grow your own plants to create the product? – @ljkirven
We partner with 3 independent farms in OR, CO and VT.