Category Archives: FIT + WELL

New Meditation Studio On The Block: CULTIVATE Meditation + Wellness

August 11, 2019

A gorgeous, new meditation space has opened up in the heart of Atwater Village!  CULTIVATE Meditation + Wellness is a family-run center offering a wide range of drop-in classes, healings, private sessions, and workshops. Owner Jen Stavitsky was inspired to create a facility with a strong sense of community, inclusivity, and support that serves LA’s eastside, which was lacking a dedicated meditation center.

CULTIVATE’s team of facilitators all live locally and are excited for the opportunity to serve their neighbors with daily classes that cover everything from mindfulness to Yoga Nidra to sound healings, hypnotherapy and more.

It’s a deeply serene space, with a gentle design palate inspired by the soft tones of the South Western desert. Its prismatic skylights cast soothing patterns which slowly evolve throughout the course of the day. It has a large main studio capable of accommodating up to thirty guests, and a smaller second studio designed for healings, workshops and private sessions. All in all, the space feels inviting and deeply relaxing.

While offering a wide variety of traditional meditation and wellness classes, CULTIVATE  also branches out into more playful and unique offerings, like ASMR meditations and sound healings facilitated by a classical harpist.  Their goal is to make meditation fun, interesting and accessible with a style suitable for all walks of life, including first time meditators, adventurous spirits, and those with a deep practice.

CULTIVATE Meditation + Wellness is located at 3229 Glendale Blvd, LA CA 90039. You can visit their website Cultivate-LA.com for scheduling, bookings and additional details.

Welcome to Atwater!!

VEGAMOUR Launches the Industry’s First Full-Line of CBD Products for Hair Growth

June 25, 2019

Introducing the first scientifically-back CBD line to improve and strengthen hair for scalp, lash and brow!

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  • 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. 

So, what is VEGAMOUR?

It’s a vegan hair wellness company that uses powerful, plant-derived actives with proven clinical and visible results, announced today that the company is the first in the industry to launch a full-line of scientifically-created CBD serums and nutraceuticals to promote healthy hair growth for the scalp, lash and brow.

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.“

– VEGAMOUR

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.

Flora & Bast Full Spectrum Cannabis

June 15, 2019

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.

Other Ingredients: Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil,MCT Oil. Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, MCT Oil. CBD 303mg 607mg THC 0mg 27mg

Terpene Soothing // Balancing Restorative // Calming

CANNABIS SATIVA EXTRACT

  • 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)

Regular price$48.00

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

I pulled this amazing Q & A with Derek Chase from Jamie Makeup (THANK YOU!!) It’s concise and perfect.

Difference between CBD and THC? – Almost Everyone

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Apply AGE ADAPTING FACIAL SERUM, pressing and or massaging into face for 30 seconds.
  3. 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.



DIRTY LEMON Drops First Seasonal Drink, +aloe, To Keep Your Skin Hydrated This Summer

Summer is here! Let’s celebrate!!

My fave go-to, DIRTY LEMON, captures the essence of summer in a bottle with its first limited-edition seasonal release, +aloe. I am obsessed with Dirty Lemon and their new wellness formulations and cutting edge eye on beauty enhancing ingredients.

The formula combines the benefits of aloe vera and coconut water to deliver a thirst-quenching daily beverage to hydrate, cool and soothe summer skin. Perfect for, well, all day everyday, this summer.

“Proper hydration is often overlooked as a necessity for optimal skin health,” says Dr. Laurie Brodksy. “The vast majority of us don’t drink as much water as we should and when we become dehydrated, as we do by spending more time outside during the summer, our skin requires restoration to correct this imbalance.”

DIRTY LEMON’s +aloe is designed to replenish this moisture loss and maintain optimal hydration levels needed to prevent the most common skin concerns associated with dehydration and ensure a healthy summer glow.

The flavor profile is inspired by a beachside favorite, the mojito. The refreshing and tropical elixir contains aloe vera juice harvested from Mexico blended with organic Idonesian coconut water and paired with vanilla, mint and lime. Each bottle contains only 15 calories and less than 1g of sugar.

+aloe FORMULA:

● Aloe Vera —Packed with over 200 biologically active amino acids, minerals and immune-boosting polysaccharides to soothe, cool and hydrate inflammatory skin problems, such as sunburn, acne and rosacea

● Coconut Water —A great source of natural electrolytes as well as vitamin C, potassium, calcium, magnesium and glucose, the primary energy component of skin cells

● Lucuma —†Abundant in beta-carotene, zinc, iron and vitamin B3, studies show the Peruvian superfood has wound remedying properties and supports skin rejuvenation

+aloe BENEFITS *Provided by Dr. Brodsky:

● Hydrates —Aloe vera contains mucopolysaccharides (sugar molecules) that help bind water droplets to the skin, replenishing cells from the inside out

● Heals —Studies show ingesting aloe vera reverses the effects of aging and visibly reduces wrinkles. The amino acids in aloe vera soften dehydrated skin cells, while zinc acts as an astringent to tighten enlarged pores for a more supple appearance.

● Protects —Aloe vera provides an antioxidant-rich barrier to fight off acne-causing bacteria and inflammation associated with free radical damage

Plumps —Studies show drinking aloe vera stimulates fibroblast cells that produce collagen and elastin fibers, helping skin look smoother and feel more elastic

+aloe is available for a limited time only on June 17th from $45/case. To order visit DIRTYLEMON.com

DIRTY LEMON’s in-house naturopath, Dr. Laurie Brodsky, is a state-licensed and board-certified Naturopathic Doctor whose focus is redefining health and wellness utilizing integrative medicine. Dr. Brodsky’s unique and powerful approach to healing addresses the root cause of illness, applying all-natural, safe and effective foods, supplemental therapies, remedies, and techniques to support the body’s individual, innate and superior ability to heal from the inside-out.

ABOUT DIRTY LEMON

DIRTY LEMON was created to meet the evolving taste and preference of the modern consumer. The brand offers a range of innovative, ready-to-drink beverages to improve customers’ everyday routine.

Each beverage incorporates high quality, functional ingredients that have been used in the naturopathic space for decades, blended with a base of organic lemon juice, ocean minerals and pink Himalayan pink sea salt (a natural source of electrolytes). Each beverage has less than 30 calories and less than one gram of sugar. The company’s SMS-based distribution technology enables seamless communication with customers and frictionless access to its portfolio of beverages by selling exclusively via text message.

ABOUT IRIS NOVA

Founded in 2018, Iris Nova, Latin for “new lens,” is the parent company to DIRTY LEMON and the first company in the world to sell its product through a direct-to-consumer conversational commerce (cCommerce) model, which interacts with customers exclusively via text message. Iris Nova’s disruptive distribution strategy enables the company to meet the rapidly evolving tastes and preferences of the modern consumer.

Heal Your Relationship Space with – Jusstine K

June 14, 2019

I just had a reading and healing with Jusstine K or Psychic Girl as she’s been known amongst celebrities and the like for over 30 years. I read her about Jusstine on GOOP in an article titled Detox Your Heartspace (me!) and had to know more as I have been really struggling in the love department lately.

I was lucky enough to have Jusstine to my home for a personal reading. I came loaded with questions for her. She tuned in with a general about myself first and then we got into specifics. What I loved about this reading was that she didn’t tell me what I was hoping to hear. In other words, no unicorns and rainbows. It was this is not happening here or that is not happening now and rethink this and it’ll be a year before that….

I am for sure in an interesting place! All during the reading, she kept saying, I know this probably isn’t what you want to hear, somewhat apologetically and always with the notion, but we have free will, life intervenes and these are messages she is getting from my guides. Thing is, things can change.

Ok, this all sounds really sad but really it wasn’t at all. We got clarity around my budding business. Jusstine clearly reflected back exactly what was going on with me in my partnership/romance/love/relationships world and the good news is, she has found a way to share healing in this space with everyone by creating a download that is nowhere near her session fee. Phew.

Heal Your Relationship

Effortless Way to Heal Broken Hearts

“After two decades of studying and researching in the physical, metaphysical and spiritual realms, I was inspired to create what I believe is the most powerful relationship tool there is. Heal Your Relationship Space instantly heals your heart and shifts the energy around relationships. It gets you out of emotional pain with just one listen, and then continues to heal you the more you do it!”

– Jusstine K.

Jusstine took me through a healing – one on one – and it was so relaxing from the start that I was immediately open to go deep into the visualization journey with her.

And I am soooo excited about this download because it’s so cheap you don’t even need a discount code or anything – it’s $25!!

“That’s the beautiful thing about my meditation to clear your emotional space: It’s a cheat sheet to healing heartache. It’s like taking a shower from the inside out, so you are ready to attract what’s best for you.” – Jusstine on Goop.

Ok somehow I just copied and pasted this button from her site – so wow – you can just click this big pink button below!

“Heal Your Relationship Space is a 15 minute MP3 download. All you do is close your eyes, listen and you will heal. Since everything on the outside of you is a reflection of what’s happening on the inside, as you heal yourself spiritually the physical naturally follows. Just imagine being able to wash away every traumatic relationship experience that has made you who you are today. Heal Your Relationship Space does just that! It is like giving your spirit a shower from the inside out.” 

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Jusstine Kenzer

A psychic, a healer, an entrepreneur at heart Jusstine Kenzer has been featured in publications around the world from Glamour to InStyle, from Newsweek to Time, picked the Best of DailyCandy & a reality TV favorite. Jusstine landed on the cover of UK’s The Sun when news broke Cheryl Cole divorced her then husband Ashley Cole after seeking Jusstine’s guidance. Much more than just your average psychic, Jusstine’s true passion lies in creating exciting content that helps people get unstuck, move on and get what they want in their life!

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You can learn more about Jusstine Kenzer at PsychicGirl.com