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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.

FULL-SPECTRUM – What’s is all about?

Flora & Bast cannabis extracts are classified as “full-spectrum”.

Let’s break that down: It means 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.

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. 



The Star Science

May 29, 2019

Exciting! I finally found out the time of my birth and – aloha – my long overdue horoscope readings! Rob Perri of The Star Science dove right on in for me, and welp, now I know what a reading feels like. Intense! I’ve known Rob for years but it wasn’t until I listened to my friends’ newish podcast, The Opposite Sex Show, that I finally got a good taste of what his work is all about. I’ve been a fan of Rob’s keen eye for film photography for a long time and had a sense that his intuitive tuning in to both the seen and unseen would serve his chart reading with serious aplomb.

And was I right. I sent over my date/time of birth, and within a few days he texted “are you ready?” (Sorta, no, ok, shit, no, YES!)

What I love about Rob is his firm grasp on the ground. He is rooted in reality, the here and now, and is incredibly articulate communicating this rootedness. What do I mean? I mean his reading is not lofty and ethereal. It’s very much grounded in the present – and he does a great job dot-connecting the intricacies of your houses, orbits and all that other astrology tech to make sense of this here and now. He’s not reading to predict. He’s reading to facilitate understanding of why we are where we are and to elucidate potential predisposed paths and personal land-mines. What I learned is how deeply engrained potential areas of missteps are for me. We made sense of my loops, trips and the ways I seem to fall off course. From there, we forged a clearer direction on how to possibly course-correct when I sense these hiccups erupting.

Rob is so straight forward and I love nothing short of this approach. He also explained very thoroughly the meaning of all the language of astrology. For example – what is means when planets are squaring off, what houses mean and hold, and all the talk of rising signs, etc. It was a lot to absorb and I was furiously writing notes.

An astrology reading can assist you in many ways. It can help to illuminate your personal energetic signature and align you with your life’s purpose. It can also give specific timelines of the changing energetic tides and how those might affect your personal birth chart. In addition, a Synastry reading can offer vital information into how your chart interacts with that of another giving you valuable insight into the nature of relationships. Readings are offered on a sliding scale between $80-$250 depending on length and depth.

– Rob Perri, The Star Science

Readings run around an hour or so and he gets right into it during the call. And the sliding scale is incredible. He really impressed upon me that this work is his way of doing service. It feels like he is just as excited about what he is discovering as you will inevitably be!

Please check out this podcast to hear more from him directly, or just take the leap and book a sesh!

Check him out on IG for daily musings, planetary updates and oh those totally sick photos!

Quim – The Eye Cream For Your Lady Parts!

May 24, 2019

A self-care line for humans with vaginas and humans without vaginas who love vaginas™️.

WHAT’S OUT THERE AIN’T WORKING, FOLKS.

Ladies! We are in a new-gen of vag-love. Out are the creepy chemical ‘odor-blocking’ washes from CVS. Let’s talk honestly about vaginal health and sexual wellness in a way that takes a sustainable, proactive, self-care approach.

Buh-bye to glycerin-based lubes and no thank you to bacteria/fungus feed on the sugar in glycerin. Do we really need another UTI?

This is where Quim was born.

I am obsessed with my bottle of Quim. I never thought of taking care of my V in this way! Now, it’s the first step I take when I get out of the shower and the last self-care I do before bed (while I use my VFit!!OBSESSED!!!!)

Intimate wellness is now a number one priority for me, especially as I am now deep into middle age. So thrilled to add Quim to my v-love-routine. And oh swoon, the packaging!!! To die for. This is a must to get your V-care going.

“Our mission at Quim is to create products that deepen the connection you have with your own body and empower you to care for it in the way that makes sense for you. Because it’s high time we started treating our quims with the same TLC as our diligently serumed/SPF’d/charcoal-masked faces.”

– Cyo Ray Nystrom & Rachel Washtien, Co-founders of Quim

Currently using and loving:

HAPPY CLAM EVERYDAY OIL

Designed to keep your quim happy, healthy and moisturized. Think of it as eye cream for your vagina.BUY NOW

How to Use

Apply after bathing, before bed, after sex, when PMSing or menstruating, postpartum, or anytime your quim is in need of some tender loving care.

Dosing

1.5-2mg CBD  (3-5 pumps)

Ingredients

Apricot Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, MCT Oil, Calendula, Olive Oil, Damiana, Tea Tree Oil, Violet, Hemp CBD (Full Spectrum Hemp Flower Oil)

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CBD or Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis. It has been shown to help moisturize delicate skin and alleviate inflammation and pain.

Tea Tree is an essential oil that has been applied topically for hundreds of years. Think of it as Mother Nature’s antifungal and antiseptic (helps keeps those UTIs and yeast infections at bay).

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Damiana is a plant that has been known for its aphrodisiac properties whose use dates back to Mayan civilization. It has been used to help increase sexual arousal and stamina, increase the frequency of orgasms, and reduce vaginal dryness.

Violet has historically been used topically as a circulatory stimulant as well as to soothe dry or chaffed skin.

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Apricot Kernel Oil contains gamma linoleic acid which can help support skin health. It also contains Vitamin A and E, and is known to help soothe irritated skin.

Memorial Day Sale: Beauty Heroes

May 21, 2019

This weekend only, enjoy additional savings on these beauty and lifestyle Discoveries with Beauty Heroes

The stars align this Memorial Day weekend! The visions you’ve been having for your beauty and wellbeing can finally be realized, and any obstacle that has been standing in your way is gone. Whether you’re inspired to turn it up or tune inward, there’s something for every sign.

Please see sales here: https://shop.beauty-heroes.com/shop/product/2171911062_heroscope-discovery-box-promotion

Healthy Beauty Brought To You Monthly by Beauty Heroes 

There is  growing popularity of clean beauty products, and we wanted to introduce you to the leader, Beauty Heroes; an online beauty store and luxury green beauty subscription service that shows the differences between traditional and clean beauty ingredient standards and stands behindBlue beauty being the next wave in sustainable beauty. 

The popularity of clean beauty products has typically been a crusade led by independent niche brands, but over the years we’ve seen larger, more recognizable brands start to take note. 

Beauty Heroes created Project Blue Beauty, a platform that spotlights brands that are using their business to create a better, bluer planet. Project Blue Beauty not only connects you with brands and informs you of their blue initiatives but it is also a way we can celebrate these initiatives, share best practices and inspire others to take even more action. Green initiatives, like recycling and using sustainable supplies, are important steps to creating a more eco-friendly business. Blue initiatives take it a step further.Project Blue Beauty connects you with brands and informs you of their blue initiatives, from reduced packaging to ingredient transparency to environmental philanthropy.

The zero-waste beauty/lifestyle discoverynow comes in 5 variations below: 

Living Lighter Discovery 

The Full Discovery $125

The Full Discovery (less menstrual cup) $115

The Oral Care Bundle $25

The Lifestyle Bundle $29

The Skincare Bundle $49

DISCOVER: One clean beauty brand each month, always valued at $90+

SAVOR: One full-size product, plus deluxe sidekicks, for an immersive experience.

SAVE: 15% everyday in our Beauty Store, so you can buy what you love, when you want it.

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With a primary focus on the environment and a secondary focus on the consumer, Jarnot puts careful consideration into sourcing the purest, non-toxic, organic and luxurious products for her subscription service and accompanying online store from both independent and big-name beauty brands. 

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Jeannie Jarnot, founder of Beauty Heroes; a Bay Area-based healthy beauty service and online beauty store, is proud to be leading the charge about shifting the clean beauty conversation to go beyond what a brand stands for to include how that brand is giving back. While we’re all familiar with “going green” and the significance it has on our environment, Jeannie is now encouraging consumers to move onto the next phase of clean beauty by “going blue” and takingintentional actions with our beauty that can positively impact the community, oceans, air, and planet-at-large. 

For more information aboutBeauty Heroes visit www.beauty-heroes.comor visit @beautyheroesacross social media. Check out the brand next week on Memorial Day weekend, Friday May 24th – Monday May 27th,  to receive a special discount. 

Microblading With Julia Faria

May 16, 2019

Alas! I searched far and wide to find the best microblade artists in town for you. And here she is: Julia Faria.

Why did it take me two years? Or is it three? Because bad microbladed (is that even a word?!) brows are everywhere! I had clients asking me who to go to – I had nada. Mostly because if I have not tried something, I cannot and will not speak to it. How can I recommend a procedure if I have not personally tried it?

At this point in Groomed LA’s ten year tenure, I rarely actively seek providers. We are flooded with invitations to experience the latest and greatest in beauty, aesthetics, healing, etc. But the the micoblade artists I had been pitched didn’t feel right to me. They looked terribly painted on, overly dark and fake looking. ICK! Thanks to Instagram, (yup, the gram) I found Julia on my own. Her work looked incredible. Natural, understated, and a little ‘fluffy’ so to speak. I reached out and enter the most adorable, gorgeous talented creature. Miss Julia.

I headed to her stunning studio on Rodeo (that gorgeous complex – oh the views!) and was greeted by this Brazilian goddess. It was love at first sight. Her whole vibe is real, natural and less is more. She looked at my brows and said we could do a little something-something. The goal was to fill in the spottier areas, not re-create a fake brow line that wasn’t already naturally there. She took her pencil and sketched in what she saw would be the perfect brow frame. She was correct. It was perfect. Mind you, I never have penciled in my brows. Ever. I always think dark, heavier brows made me look manly. Julia proved me totally wrong. The way she lightly filled in where hair was missing, simply gave my brows and face the perfect framing.

We booked a session and in one quick hour, my first pass was done. I AM OBSESSED. Easy as heck, painless and relaxing. The first few days I was extra dark (of course I miss that now, as it fades a bit) until I go back for my next pass in a few weeks. This is now a no-brainer. I will for sure do this every two years. It’s a face game changer. Paired with gorgeous lashes from Patricia of Bijou Beauty and I am good to go – make up free – my fave.

Julia developed her unique technique that no one else is doing. If you are looking for The One, Julia is it.

This was the day after and my brows look a bit painted in and heavier. In a few days they started to peel to reveal soft, natural brows.

The Rodeo Collection

421 North Rodeo Drive,
Suite T-13 (2nd floor),
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Ph: +1 559 558 7992

Julia also sells amazing brow gels and growth serums!!