Category Archives: NUTRITION + WELLNESS

The Ultimate Self-Care Ritual

October 1, 2020

Higher Dose

Give yourself permission to practice self-care rituals that prioritize your own standards of happiness. In today’s busy, over-stimulated world, taking the time to slow down can often feel overly indulgent and unproductive, but it’s actually the opposite. Allowing yourself the time and space to rest and revive is one of the best ways to stimulate clarity and increase an overall sense of happiness.

Take moments to take care of yourself, physically, emotionally and spiritually. To make the most of your me-time, create a ritual of consistent practices—routine habits that are nourishing and motivating and can be realistically sustained.

To get you started, we’ve curated the ultimate self-care ritual, specially designed to soothe and improve. Plus, a few of our favorite products

Skin Brushing. A morning moment, dry brushing offers energizing qualities while improving the look and feel of your skin. Just 3-5 minutes will buzz your body’s connections. Skin is the human body’s largest organ, and skin brushing helps us keep it detoxified with a tantalizing and awakening effect. A healthy, invigorating way to turn sluggish and dull into bright, smooth and glowing. For traveling, we love the Dry Body Brush by EcoTools. (EcoTools produces 100% cruelty-free and vegan synthetic makeup brushes, sponges, applicators and bath accessories that are both stylish and eco-friendly.)

Oil Massage. Follow skin brushing with nutrient-rich, organic body oil for a calming, soothing effect that replenishes dry skin—locks in moisture and ensures glowing softness, firmness and radiance. We opt for pure jojoba oil, as it’s the closest molecule to our natural skin.

HD Infrared Sauna Blanket. Perfect at-home or on-the-go, our sauna blankets provide a slimming, detoxifying and mood-heightening experience—using radiant infrared heat to relax and revive the body. Reduce stress and anxiety, purify your system and trigger a feel-good dose of your brain’s happiness chemicals: dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins.

Face Mask + Hair Mask. A nice, gentle way to enhance quiet, calm reflections. Face and hair masks put you into total spa mode and boost confidence in appearance. To save on time, let your hair and face masks set while soaking in your sauna blanket. Infrared heat raises your core body temperature, opening your pores to better absorb face masks. Also, the heat from your scalp will help activate and enhance nourishing hair masks. For the face, we love Clear Improvement Charcoal Honey Mask to Purify & Nourish by Origins—formulated with bamboo charcoal, this purifying mask deep cleans and draws out deep-dwelling pore-clogs, impurities and debris, while golden wildflower and fermented honey nourish the skin. For hair, we look for castor oil, which stimulates natural hair growth while restoring and moisturizing damaged strands and nurturing the scalp.

Breathwork + Meditation. Where consciousness and subconscious meet. Focus on slow, intentioned, mindful breathing to encourage deep emotional, psychological and physical cleansing. We can participate in our breath and immediately feel the effects.   Enter into meditative states, letting go of unhealthy thoughts, embracing clarity, establishing positive control of energies…effective and endlessly beneficial, regardless of busy schedules and limited spaces. Tip: if you’re new or prefer to practice with guidance, we recommend zoning out with headphones and the 1 Giant Mind app—a great support for learning, growing and developing your self-practice. 

“This article is originally posted on HigherDOSE.com

Fun Fall Goodies To Cheer Us Up

September 20, 2020

Lashed By Sandi

Magnetic lashes just as gorg as extensions?! Sign me up! These are stunning and they come in all fun lengths, styles and vibes. I also love that the magnetic black eye liner happens to be a GREAT LINER.  It will take a few tries to master it. The price is so good, you’ll want to snatch up a bunch.

EASIER THAN MASCARA: Lightweight, hypoallergenic magnetic eyelashes give you thicker, longer eyelashes in SECONDS with less damage than heavy glue eyelashes.

NO SHOW BAND: Natural magnetic eyelashes have a no-show band and blend in perfectly into your natural eyelashes. Magnetic particles in the liquid eyeliner create a tight seal for firmly and easily attached lashes.

BARBIE GONE BAD: These Lashed by Sandi magnetic eye lashes with eye liner are designed to bring some drama to your lashes. These lashes are thicker to bring that bold look to your eyes and work best for a cat shaped eye. These lashes are accent lash meaning that they are not full-length lashes but are specific for placing where you want to extend the natural look of your lashes for that dramatic pop of the eye. These Barbie Gone Bad lashes are 22mm long and have 4 magnets that lock into the line

HANDMADE: Reusable magnetic eyelashes are handmade thin & lightweight lashes designed by a celebrity lash artist. These high-quality magnetic eye lashes are made of hypoallergenic synthetic thin fibers which are available in different shapes & sizes including 16mm. These reusable magnetic lashes if cared for properly can easily last 5 to 10 uses! Lashed by Sandi are designed to bring you a natural eyelash extension that accentuates your natural beauty!

Terra & Co Brilliant Black Oil Pulling

I love oil pulling! Activated charcoal whitens naturally, helps to trap bacteria and removes stains, cleansing and whitening teeth naturally for a glowing smile, even if there is zero to smile about right now. Sorry, I’m dark AF. Terra & Co, is a super cool company – love the back story!!

Brilliant Black Oil Pulling is powerful Ayurvedic coconut oil with activated charcoal teeth whitening blend packed with super-ingredients of activated charcoal and vitamin E. The gentle peppermint taste freshens, invigorates and helps to cleanse your teeth, mouth, and gums. Our amazing organic oil pulling teeth whitening product is vegan and fluoride-free!

Great for Oral Health and Hygiene – This divine atural oil pulling combats bad breath. It also keeps the gums moisturized by promoting a healthy amount of saliva secretion to fight dry mouth. Oil pulling also promotes saliva production and works to moisturize gums to keep them healthy.

Enriched with Vitamin E – This oil pulling blend is rich in Vitamin E which provides effective relief to inflammation or irritation in the gums. It is gentle and suits even the most sensitive teeth and gums.

The ancient Ayurvedic tradition recommends the practice of oil pulling with coconut oil—swishing oil around the mouth—as part of your daily self-care routine since it helps to strengthen teeth and gums and maintain overall oral health.

The blend of coconut oil and activated charcoal works to naturally reduce inflammation, build-up, and bacteria that cause bad breath and dry mouth. Coconut oils natural microbial properties work to reduce pathogens in the mouth and further help to freshen breath, and the healthy fat in coconut oil strengthens tooth enamel.

Also !!!

The Future is Female. Terra & Co. is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBENC). We not only support other women entrepreneurs, but also help out low-income and homeless women. As Bosnian refugees, we know firsthand about receiving aid—which is why every purchase goes back to organizations like the Los Angeles Downtown Women’s Center.  

Every time you restock your oral care products, you’re helping Terra & Co help women in our local community and around the globe. Who could have thought that simply brushing our teeth could contribute to a more sustainable and equitable future?

StemCell Revive Kit

I love everything about this kit – so fun – my skin looked AMAZING after!

 

The Kit contains everything you need for a complete StemCell Revive treatment. It is easy and takes only minutes to apply. No needles, painless and no downtime.

The Kit includes:  Intensive Allograft Skin Serum with growth factors and polypeptides (in disposable mixing syringes), our reusable StemCell Revive Pen (with two disposable nano mesh application cartridges) and thirty (30) 1-ml Hyaluronic Essence ampoules for daily moisturizing aftercare. I am using these daily now.

Once available only in medical spas and clinics, founder Majara Belisle(herself founder and owner of a medical spa) has devised a way to bring this technology into the home.

The StemCell Revive kit comes with Intensive Allograft and Polypeptide serums, preloaded in 2 connected syringes for easy at-home mixing.  It also includes an electric application device called the StemCell Revive Pen, which is tipped in nano-mesh and creates micro-channels for delivering the serums deep into the skin. The pain-free treatment delivers stunning, noticeable results within 72 hours of use.

CaPao 

I am throwing these at my kids while home learning right now – and I mean THROWING. Every time I hear “Mom, I’m hungry!!!” I legit, just toss a few single wrapped balls in and everyone is happy. They are divine. We carried them in bags to the beach all summer, in bike baskets, in purses. They are the perfect snack and even though it seems they are for smoothies – they have been gobbled up WAY BEFORE making their way into any blender around here.

Dried Apricots, Concentrated Cacao Pulp Extract, Cashews, Pea Protein, Dried Golden Berries, Cocoa Butter.

GOLDEN BERRIES, APRICOT & CHIA SEEDS

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Dried Apricots, Cashews, Concentrated Cacao Pulp Extract, Dried Golden Berries, Chia Seeds, Chicory Root Fiber, Cocoa Butter.

MANGO, CASHEW & COCONUT

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Dried Mango, Concentrated Cacao Pulp Extract, Cashews, Desiccated Coconut, Chicory Root Fiber, Dried Apples, Cocoa Butter.

APRICOT, PLANT PROTEIN & GOLDEN BERRIES

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Dried Apricots, Concentrated Cacao Pulp Extract, Cashews, Pea Protein, Dried Golden Berries, Cocoa Butter.

JOYA ADAPTOGENS

Drinking an iced-turmeric GLOW latter as we speak. This line of superfoods and functional foods “make the good feels extend past your taste buds and into your mind, body & soul.”

A day doesn’t go by that I don’t inhahle a powder, blend, elixir or chocoate.

The pure adaptogens used in JOYÀ’s functional elixirs increase vitality and will supercharge your immunity, bringing you back to balance. Adaptogens are super-herbs that help our bodies adapt to everyday stressors. And we all need a bit of help these days! JOYA’s superfoods are perfect in coffee, smoothies for baking and more!

JOYA prioritizes sustainability and just announced its partnership with rePurpose Global where the purchase of every product eliminates 1lb of plastic waste bound for nature.

Bliss - Cacao Elixir BlendBliss - Cacao Elixir Blend
Focus - Matcha Elixir BlendFocus - Matcha Elixir Blend


THE FOCUS MATCHA ELIXIR
This zen inducing elixir made with ceremonial grade matcha paired with Lion’s Mane, Ashwagandha, Pine Pollen and Moringa Leaf is the perfect brain boosting, antioxidant rich, stress supporting beverage that delivers mindful alertness

Glow - Turmeric Elixir BlendGlow - Turmeric Elixir Blend

Elevate Loose Leaf Herbal TeaElevate Loose Leaf Herbal Tea


ELEVATE
: Your morning ritual is about to get elevated (and energized!). An aromatic blend of Maca, Rhodiola, Chicory Root, Dandelion Root and Ginger for a perfectly uplifting tea experience. Expect to feel invigorated with enhanced mental stamina and joyously alert. The perfect morning or mid-day pick-me-up, minus the caffeine jitters. Certified Organic

ZING: A zesty tea made with Ginger, Licorice Root, Astragalus Root, Lemongrass and Rooibos. The robust blend with a kick promotes digestive function, relieves bloating and soothes cramps. Ideal for getting the juices flowing, kickstarting the immune system and bringing the mind and body into balance.  Certified Organic, unsweetened and naturally caffeine free. 3.5oz tin-$38 

PHILIP B CBD SCALP + BODY OIL

Philip B CBD Oil

I am super into drenching my now VERY BLEACHED hair in this luxurious oil. I have always been a massive fan of anything Philip B debut. I use several of his products in my daily routine – but this is giving me life right now. It was only a matter of time before the line found a way to incorporate the powerful combination of CBD and CBG, derived from hemp (Cannabis Sativa) into a product.

The addition of Terpenes accelerates the soothing and calming benefits for stressed-out scalps and skin.

This fast-absorbing and deeply moisturizing oil immediately reduces the appearance of redness and irritation from environmental stressors.

  • Features 100mg of CBD, which can help potentially relieve a variety of ailments such as pain and inflammation.
  • The “mother” of cannabinoids, CBG (25 mg), is the precursor from which all other cannabinoids are synthesized. This unique property infuses CBG with enormous therapeutic promise.
  • Terpenes (Humulene, Nerolidol, Ocimene) are a major component of the essential oils from plants. Aromatherapy uses the medicinal properties of these Terpenes to regulate mood, sleep problems, acuity and overall health. Terpenes have direct interactions with the human body. For instance, when CBD and Beta-Caryophyllene are consumed together, they display synergistic properties.
  • Formulated with Jojoba Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Sesame Oil, and Walnut Oil to help nourish and moisturize.
  • This soothing and calming oil is suitable for all skin types.

I drop it into my part, my scalp, mush it around then brush it through. Then I take my hands and rub into skin.  THE BEST!

maude For Self-love, Safe Sex and Self Pleasure! (And a special Cyber Monday deal!)

November 14, 2019

maude wants you to especially love yourself on CYBER MONDAY with safe sex and self pleasure. My kinda Monday!

maude will be donating 100% of Cyber Monday sale proceeds to Peer Health Exchange.

Peer Health Exchange (PHE) is a program committed to empowering young people with the knowledge, skills, and resources to make healthy decisions – focusing on sexual health, mental health, and substance use in low-income high schools.

HOLIDAY OFFERINGS!

Cabin Kit, $30

5 rise condoms
Ultra-thin, easy-to-open latex condoms
2 oz. shine lubricant (choice or organic or silicone)
(Silicone) Paraben-free, long-lasting personal lubricant OR
(Organic) Naturally hydrating, aloe-based personal lubricant
2 oz. burn candle
Skin-softening, jojoba oil-based massage candle

Tub Kit, $32

Bath
A gentle and hydrating coconut milk powder bath
Soak
A hand-harvested Southern Dead Sea salt soak

Quickie Kit, $10

Organic Shine Lubricant
Naturally hydrating, aloe-based personal lubricant
2 Rise Condoms
Ultra-thin, easy-to-open latex condoms

Ladder is having a 30% off sitewide Black Friday + Cyber Monday Sale from November 29th – December 2nd. Code: SALE19

November 12, 2019

Hey Peeps! Excited to share that Ladder—a top of the line supplement company founded and formulated for and by LeBron James, NSF Certified for Sport supplements, crafted with quality and safety in mind, to meet the wellness and fitness goals for a variety of lifestyles, not just professional athletes – is having a massive 30% off sitewide Black Friday + Cyber Monday Sale from November 29th – December 2nd. Code: SALE19

WOOT!

 

 

 

The It List: Best Vitamins and Minerals for Healthy Skin

September 17, 2019

Healthy, beautiful skin is the result of a balanced diet, proper nutrition and good lifestyle habits. Even the most expensive skincare products and treatments in the world wouldn’t be able to make up for a lousy diet and poor nutrition. Here are some of the best vitamins and minerals you should get more of if you want to have healthy, beautiful skin:

Biotin

Biotin is a B complex vitamin that helps promote cell growth and is necessary in the process of converting food into energy. It is sometimes also called Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H. Without enough biotin, you may experience hair loss, dull hair prone to breakage, weak or brittle nails, and itchy, sensitive skin. Biotin can be found in many hair care and skin care products, including natural beauty products by brands like Well Within Beauty.

Biotin helps your skin protect itself from acne, inflammation, infections, dryness and rashes. It also helps to strengthen your hair and nails, making them less brittle and prone to breakage. You can increase your biotin intake by consuming more foods that are rich in biotin, such as eggs, salmon, cauliflower, avocado and berries. You can also take supplements for healthy skin that include biotin high up in the ingredients list.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is usually associated with the words “fresh” and “bright” and vibrant, happy colors like sunny yellow and zesty oranges. This is exactly what it does for your skin—it makes your skin look fresh and bright, giving you a healthy, radiant glow. Vitamin C has powerful antioxidant properties, which makes it very effective at protecting your skin from damaging free radicals and the harsh effects of sun exposure and pollution.

Increase your Vitamin C intake by eating more bright, citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruit and lemon, other fruits like mangoes, watermelon, papaya and strawberries, and vegetables such as broccoli, brussels sprouts and kale. You can also take Vitamin C as a supplement; they usually come in the form of tablets or chewables.

Considering adding a Vitamin C serum to your morning skincare routine, to help fade dark spots and even out your skin tone, and to give you a beautiful, radiant glow.

Vitamin D

Known as the “sunshine vitamin”, Vitamin D has strong anti inflammatory properties, so your skin can fight against acne, breakouts and infections. It also helps to boost your skin’s elasticity and stimulates collagen production, preventing early signs of skin aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin D helps your skin look plump, supple and youthful.

Our bodies naturally produce Vitamin D when we expose our skin to the sunlight, but getting just enough sun exposure can be a bit tricky. Too much sun exposure at the wrong time when the sun’s rays are at their harshest can lead to severe skin damage and problems such as sunburn, dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles and even skin cancer.

The best time to get some sun is early in the day, before 10 AM. Ten to fifteen minutes of sun exposure every day during this time can benefit your overall health and improve your skin’s appearance and texture. You can also increase your Vitamin D intake by consuming more salmon, sardines, milk and yogurt.

Skin that is healthy and balanced can do an impressive job of maintaining, repairing and protecting itself. All you need to do is to make sure that you’re feeding your body the proper nutrients it needs to keep itself healthy. Make sure you get enough of these skin-essential and skin-boosting vitamins and nutrients, for your healthiest, most beautiful skin yet.