Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Lime Light

excerpt from American Spa magazine by Nanci McArdle.

Lime essential oil
A twist in retail.

As a spa professional, I am aware of the skin-saving benefits of citrus-centric products and treatments in the spa. While most menus feature a number of facials, massages, and wraps utilizing various citrus fruits, there are several that often take center stage, such as lemon, orange, and grapefruit. But recently, limes are gaining recognition in the skincare arena as a refreshing alternative. Known as the lemon’s little green cousin, lime has all the benefits of other often-used citrus fruits, as well as a few more.

Like the more commonly incorporated citruses, limes are packed with antioxidants and vitamins. They also contain alpha hydroxl, a fruit acid that acts as a natural exfoliant. Their natural juices act as an astringent, making them ideal for clients with oily and acne-prone skin. In addition, lime peels inhibit melanin production, which helps brighten clients’ skin and combat hyperpigmentation. Containing more than double the amount of vitamin C than lemons, limes are not only a delicious garnish for cocktails, but they are also quickly becoming a key ingredient in spa products and treatments.

In the citrus family, lime might even provide more benefits than other fruits, according to Aleks Vranicic, vice president of sales and technical training for Yüm Gourmet Skincare, which offers a number of products containing lime. “Interestingly enough, lime is the only fruit that is used before it is mature,” says Vranicic. “Because it is still green, it has more acid than other citrus fruits.  It is the least sweet of the citrus fruits. It can be used as a natural preservative. It contains the third highest concentration of vitamin C in comparison to all citrus fruits. Lime is also purifying, so it reduces bacteria that causes acne. It is a natural antibiotic, is anti-carcinogenic, and detoxifies. It tightens pores and temporarily reduces oil production for a clearer, brighter complexion.”

At Nob Hill Spa at the Huntington Hotel, (San Francisco) clients can experience a sublime service with Sothys Lime & Patchouli Body Event Treatment ($140, 50 minutes). “The treatment from Sothys is such a wonderful way to greet each season,” says spa director Ania Mankowska-Allard. “We incorporated lime into the treatment for its energizing and toning properties. Overall, it is really a one-of-a-kind treatment, very softening and nourishing at the same time, and the textures and scents are expertly combined.”

According to Kelly Roberts, owner of Kelly’s Spa at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa (Riverside, CA), the summer is the perfect time to offer clients refreshing treatments featuring citrus ingredients, including lime. “Sunny summer days and the destination of Riverside as the pulse of California’s citrus industry inspired me to create the Orange Blossom Body ($65, 20 minutes),” she says. “This intensely delicious, vegan, and gluten-free body polish features botanical extracts and essential oils that will leave the skin looking sun kissed and smooth. Limes—together with oranges, coconuts, and mangoes—provide a rejuvenating experience that also hydrates and smoothes skin with a charge of antioxidants. The heavenly scent whisks clients away to a tropical destination and leaves them with radiant, velvety-soft skin.”

Adding local flavor to a lime-infused service, The Spa at Esperanza, An Auberge Resort (Cabo San Lucas) offers men the Corona Beer & Lime Facial ($185, 75 minutes). The treatment uses steaming hot towels to deep clean the skin before an exfoliation and a massage using beer- and  lime-infused ingredients. “This treatment leads to total relaxation as the stress and tension are worked out of the neck, shoulders, and scalp,” says spa director Jose Ramon Garcia. “The lime also refines the pores while tightening and lifting the skin.”


In addition to the skin benefits, lime also offers an invigorating lift for the senses, says Ella Stimpson, executive director of spa operations at The Spa at Wynn and The Spa at Encore (Las Vegas). “Lime and lime oil stimulate and energize, and the aroma is uplifting and refreshing,” says Stimpson. “Lime may also help mental clarity and encourage creativity, and it has antiseptic, astringent, and antioxidant properties.” To take advantage of these properties, guests of either spa can opt for the Good Luck Ritual ($280, 1 hour 40 minutes), or the Thai Oil Massage ($280, 100 minutes), which blends Thai stretching with Thai-influenced massage techniques. The experience uses a lime camphor oil to deliver a stimulating, warming sensation to help muscle tissue respond. Whether through products or treatments infused with lime, it’s easy to keep refreshed by adding a twist of lime.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Relogy

Purchase Relogy skincare here.
We are thrilled to be carrying Relogy, a skincare brand for problematic skin.

Relogy works. It's a fast, gentle, natural acne system.  In just 2 easy steps, breakouts, buh-bye! Relogy is different from ordinary acne treatments! The secret:  Relogy combines next generation acne treatment with some of the hottest trends in the natural skincare science, to bring you fast acne clearing results you can count for healthy, smooth, great-looking skin.  It's everything you need for the results you want.

11 Key ingredients:

Oxygen -  Regarded as a vital player in promoting clear skin. When an oxygenated ingredient like (salycilic acid) gets into the pores, it can kill the bacteria that causes acne.
Salicylic Acid – (willow bark) – known as a natural exfoliant, inflammation-fighting, reduces excess oil, fights acne in the hair follicle by clearing dead skin cells that harbor harmful bacteria.
Bergamot Orange – Regarded as a natural anti-septic, oil reducing, calms skin, the Vitamin C from this ingredient is  the most popular ingredient in  high-end anti-aging products due to its rejuvenating effects.
Meadowfoam Seed Oil- an anti-oxidant, natural moisturizer.
Coconut Milk and Coconut Oil – natural disinfectant, anti-microbial, retain softness and suppleness.
Benzachlonium Chloride - a gently-natured anti-septic, bacteria-fighter.
Jojoba – natural wound healing, antimicrobial
Chondrus Crispus (seaweed) – natural exfoliant and anti-oxidant
Bean Seed Extract – natural anti-inflammatory and soothing effects, and promotes collagen synthesis in the skin
Tea Tree Leaf Oil – anti-septic
Rosemary Leaf Extract – protects skin cells

100% of users reported visible improvement in just one day, with a 63% reduction of acne and blackheads in one week! Relogy is the easiest, most effective, most side-effect free and best acne treatment you've tried, or your money back!

Step 1: Dual-action Treatment Foam.  (It's bubbly for a reason, not just 'cause it's fun.) 95% Natural, Relogy's Treatment Foam uses the power of oxygenated bubbles to penetrate deep into your pores to start clearing acne immediately.  This step also makes your skin look and feel softer, smoother and healthier.  Use it as a cleanser with rinsing, or just apply and let it dry!

Step 2: 100% Natural Skin Balancer with Coconut Milk is the ultimate side-effect preventer. It fights dryness and irritation with a level of hydration that's just right -- not oily at all.  The natural exfoliating plus hydrating effects leave your skin soothed and balanced (a step that ordinary acne treatments just leave behind). Relogy is total skin care in one easy system.  Both steps are 100% vegan skin care.

Need an extra spot treatment?  Relogy's Acne Spot Treatment with seaweed extract and other naturals that are dark spot correcting, prevent scarring and boost acne treatment results right where you need it!
Steel rollerball applicator is cooling and soothing to the skin, adding to the anti-inflammatory and quick healing effects.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Yoga Rocks The Park Beauty Blowout

We're taking advantage of as much outdoor activity as we can this summer, since it took summer forever to get here this year!

Sunday, August 18th from 9-Noon, we will be a vendor at Yoga Rocks the Park on Raspberry Island in Saint Paul.

You won't want to miss this fantastic StormSister Spatique/3waybeauty Beauty Blowout!

It's inventory time here and we will be featuring beauty and grooming products that are being discontinued, repackaged as well as scratch and dent items. Minimum discount is 50% off!

Map link: http://bit.ly/13jaPCd

Yoga Rocks the Park is a weekly live-music and yoga gathering held seasonally in beautiful parks across the United States. We gather like-minded people to connect through yoga, wellness and music to discover our shared enlightened nature. Each event offers a 1.15 hour all-levels yoga class, complete with a wellness-vendor area and much more. Enjoy Camp Yoga Rocks, a fun, interactive kids yoga program sponsored by Adventures of Superstretch for the little ones so moms and dads can practice with the adults.

See ya  there!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Lip Plumping Duo

Phytomer Lip Plumping Duo
Whether you're a lipstick, balm or gloss wearer, this Lip Plumping Duo is incredible!

In winter, the lips are often chapped due to the cold and wind. In summer, they are dried out by repeated exposure to the sun. This product duo exfoliates to remove dead cells and smooth the lips and plumps to replenish lipids and restore lip volume and radiance.

IMPRESSIVE RESULTS: Satisfaction test carried out on 19 women for 28 days of twice-weekly application
84% Lips are radiant
79% The natural color of the lips is revived and more intense
58% Lip volume is boosted
100% Smoother, softer, and more beautiful lips

Phytomer has created the first lip duo combining exfoliating and plumping properties for immediate embellishment and complete lip care.

Ingredients:

PORPHYRA CONCHOCELIS POWDER: delicately exfoliates and polishes the lips
APRICOT KERNAL POWDER: gentle mechanical exfoliant created by small spherical granules
DELESSERIA SANGUINEA EXTRACT: activates skin microcirculation for an instant radiance boost for the lips
DICTYOPTERIS OIL: nourishes the adipocytes to help reconstruct mass and plump the lips
HYALURONIC ACID SPHERES: these spheres enter the upper layers of the lips, trap 1,000 times their weight in water that naturally evaporates from the skin, and then swell to restore lip volume
GLASSWORT OIL: improves skin cohesion and reduces water loss for soft and ideally hydrated lips
SHEA BUTTER + SWEET ALMOND OIL: nourish and deliver extreme comfort to dry lips

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Hair Wax


A new product by Rahua - Hair Wax

Rahua Hair Wax is a completely versatile styling product that offers control, manageability and hold. This 100% natural smart-styler bonds with hair gently and helps your inner artist create a unique look. Use for short hair to create height and definition and for long hair to add control and manageability. Carnauba wax provides staying power, yet rinses out like a dream. Palo Santo (holy wood) provides the signature scent.

Use this creamy wax for short hair to create height and definition and for long hair to add control and manageability.

Apply on wet hair for moldability and sculpting; on dry hair for lift and definition.

Monday, July 8, 2013

AmericasMart Atlanta

TowelTopper,3waybeauty,Irely Intimates, Realia by Jen
Our baby, 3waybeauty, is on its way to Atlanta for AmericasMart later this week!

We're heading down with Irely Intimates, Realia by Jen and Towel Topper.
This is an amazing opportunity for all of us to get more national and International exposure.

PR is here.

If you'll be there, stop by!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Get Beautiful America

4th of July
Declare your independence from questionable beauty and grooming products.

Shop StormSister Spatique or 3waybeauty now, spend $50 or more, and receive complimentary shipping.

Enter: JULY4 upon checkout, now through July 7th. (US orders only)

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Enjoy your holiday and travel safely!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Very Berry Good

Raspberries
Excerpt from the July edition of American Spa Magazine - by Katarina Kovacevic

Raspberries may be small, but their wellness powers are vast.

Who knew raspberries could be so deceptive? Turns out, these velvety little fruits aren’t actually berries at all, at least not by the scientific definition, which states that they consist of a single ovary with multiple seeds, such as grapes. Technically, raspberries are a compound fruit made up of several drupelets, each containing a single seed. Of course that doesn’t keep us from referring to them as berries, a term commonly used for any small edible fruit.

But no matter what their scientific classification, there’s no denying that raspberries are a mega-powerful food crammed into one small and delicious package. Native Americans used raspberries to relieve sore eyes while Europeans employed the juice as a cure for stomach ailments. In folk medicine, raspberry leaf tea is said to strengthen gums, combat skin rashes, and calm gastrointestinal issues.

In the spa industry, raspberry seed oil is regularly used for skincare. “Raspberries are high in unsaturated fatty acid and vitamins,” says Jaime Olander, esthetics specialist for Dr. Hauschka Skin Care. “The oil replenishes the skin’s hydrolipid mantle and soothes rough patches while also providing antioxidant protection.”

Antioxidant power is exactly why Rhonda Allison says she uses the tiny red fruit in her skincare line, adding that raspberries also have strong astringent properties. “Today, raspberry is used primarily to nourish and cleanse the skin,” she explains. “I’ve seen it used in facial cleansers, with other fruit acids to exfoliate skin, and in body lotions and massage oils. Some spas even use fresh raspberries in smoothie shooters or water to finish a treatment.”

Rhonda Allison’s Raspberry Lotion blends an extract of the crop with shea butter, resveratrol, and salicylic and other acids to inhibit bacteria and ease inflammation. This specific combination helps balance oil production and is particularly beneficial for spa-goers with sun damage or oily skin. At Spa Alana (Dana Point, CA), Raspberry Lotion can be applied right after a facial and followed with the brand’s Blemish Serum and Aloe Matte Moisture Cream. “The lotion is essentially a toner for acne-prone skin,” says Alana Mitchell, licensed esthetician and owner of the California day spa. “Raspberries contain drying properties that are really great at absorbing excess oil.” Clients with blemished skin can book the Spa Alana Signature European Facial ($95, 75 minutes), a completely customized experience designed to address personal skincare concerns like acne breakouts.

Raspberries are also beneficial in the fight against free radicals, adds Mitchell, helping repair skin cells that have been broken down by smoking, pollution, and exposure to radiation and chemicals. “They’re ranked with one of the highest Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacities (ORAC), the unit by which antioxidants are measured, and are full of nutrients and minerals,” says Mitchell. According to her, this makes raspberries a major player in the fight against the signs of aging.

Stephanie Baresh, marketing director for Éminence Organic Skin Care, explains that the vitamin C found in raspberries supports collagen production. “Raspberries also contain high levels of tannins and quercetin, which are great for reducing redness and minimizing large pores,”she says. Éminence features two raspberry-based products that are ideal for anti-aging. Made up of raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry juices, the Raspberry Pore Refining Masque comes with a high dose of vitamins boosted by coenzyme Q10 and alpha lipoic acid to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve skin’s overall appearance. Then there’s the Raspberry Eye Masque, which is deeply hydrating and increases elasticity of the eye area. Besides raspberry, key ingredients for anti-aging in this product are gingko, hawthorn berries, and seabuckthorn berries.

When creating the Regenerating Day Cream in 2008, Dr. Hauschka product developers chose to incorporate raspberry seed, because it produces a fine and fruity oil that supports youthful-look- ing skin. “The cream was formulated specifically for mature skin types,” says Olander. “It’s a rich, moisturizing cream that supports the natural process of cellular renewal. As it refines and replenishes, the product visibly smoothes lines and wrinkles, leaving skin soft.”

At The Spa at Westglow Resort & Spa (Blowing Rock, NC), estheticians use Dr. Hauschka’s Regenerating Day Cream as a moisturizer at the end of an Anti-Aging Facial ($120, 60 minutes). The treatment is designed as a preventative measure to help decelerate the aging process. Afterward, spa-goers are treated to a refreshing cup of “spa tea,” a chilled raspberry and apple cider mixture that’s packed with antioxidants.


While raspberry typically works for most skin types, Allison advises that clients with allergies to any kind of berry should avoid products and treatments containing the fruit. However, she adds, “there is no toxic evidence to this ingredient for the skin.” And when it comes to ingredients that mix well with raspberry, Olander recommends elements rich in unsaturated essential fatty acids, such as seabuckthorn, and rose, because it invigorates and supports the skin’s natural renewal process. Pairing it with other berries, as Éminence does, also amplifies raspberry’s antioxidant value. Berry or not, this mini fruit packs a potent punch.

Though not mentioned specifically in this article, all INtelligent Nutrients products contain this amazing oil. Raspberry is part of the INtellimune ingredient deck (a "super oil" used in all IN products)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Summer Essentials

Erbaviva Summer Essentials
Always a top seller, Erbaviva's USDA Certified Organic Deodorant is effective and will help you feel fresh and cool for the warm summer months.

There are two organically produced scents to choose from: Lemon Sage and Jasmine Grapefruit.

Summer's rays are here so protect your loved ones organically with award winning Erbaviva SPF 30 Sunscreen, the highest level of protection without adding chemicals.

Protect your entire family with Erbaviva's highly effective biodynamic and USDA Certified Organic Buzz Spray. Erbaviva's Buzz Spray is a pleasant smelling insect repellent perfect for all ages and can be used without worry of harsh chemicals and mysterious synthetics.