Monday, July 27, 2015

Wild Ruffle August Pop-Up

bracelets
We are thrilled about our next event – a party at City Hall in downtown Prior Lake on Sunday, Aug 23rd from 3-7 pm.

Stormsisters - Lips Accessorized by StormSister SpatiqueJust around the corner from the Wild Ruffle shop. They’ll have tons of handmade vendors, ready to showcase unique items for you.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Pampering Palm

Coconut oil
Excerpt from American Spa Magazine by Heather Mikesell.

Highlighted links are products that contain coconut oil/water.

If ever there was a cure-all, it would seem to be the coconut. At least that’s what one would think based on the attention this fibrous-husked fruit has garnered as of late. If people aren’t consuming copious amounts of coconut water after their workouts, they’re likely to be cooking with coconut oil, which is reputed to be a healthier alternative to butter and vegetable oil. Apparently, not all saturated fats are created equal. And there are now studies underway to test the effects of coconut oil on those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. True coconut converts, like Gwyneth Paltrow, go so far as to advocate oil pulling, which involves swishing coconut oil around in the mouth for 20 minutes or so to improve oral health and whiten teeth. Of course, coconut has long been regarded as a natural and nourishing skincare ingredient. Thanks to its high-profile status, it’s really no surprise that it’s appearing in an increasing number of skincare products and on spa menus around the world. Fortunately, its popularity is well deserved.

According to Andrée Austin, cofounder of Pure Fiji, coconut fits well with the farm-to-table trend, as it’s not only an ingredient that is safe to ingest but it’s also really effective on the skin. “It is rich in medium-chain fatty acids, which are smaller and permeate cell membranes easily, making it great for skincare,” says Austin. It also has a long and trusted track record, having been used for centuries by South Pacific islanders for not only cooking but also their skin and hair. “Coconut oil is an extremely beneficial ingredient for restoring hydration and moisture to dry, flaky, and chapped skin,” says Chris Birchby, founder of Coola. “It provides natural antibacterial and antifungal properties, which make it a great ingredient for multiple uses, including face cleansers, makeup removers, and head-to-toe moisturizers.” Not surprisingly, coconut and its refreshing scent have long been associated with sunscreen. “Coconut is rich in vitamin E, which helps to protect the skin from cell damage over time, delaying the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles,” says Birchby. “Because of its skin-soothing benefits, it’s also used to treat sensitive skin issues, like eczema, sunburn, and more.”

According to Megan Farina, communications manager at Nutiva, a leading manufacturer of organic coconut oil and other whole foods, there are countless ways to use coconut oil, such as in body scrubs and wraps, massages, and deep-conditioning hair treatments. Coconut oil is an ideal skin and body care ingredient, because it is versatile, natural, and highly effective for cleansing, moisturizing, and boosting skin’s natural immunity. It contains high quantities of antioxidants and omegas that contribute to cellular health and tissue repair. These are just some of the reasons for its claim to fame.

As with most ingredients, it’s important to consider the source. Unrefined pure virgin coconut oil, which is extracted without heat, is generally recommended, as it retains more antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins than processed or fractionated coconut oil. Processed coconut oil may involve the use of chemicals during extraction, and fractionated oil, is just that, a fraction of the whole oil, having certain components separated out. However, fractionated coconut oil typically has a longer shelf life and is often used as a carrier oil for essential oils. It’s also commonly found in skincare products, as it’s easier to use in product formulations and won’t clog pores.

Skin Savior

While coconut oil offers the skin multiple benefits, you may want to avoid using it on skin with acne, as the verdict is still out on whether it’s a cause or a cure. According to Ben Johnson, M.D., founder of Osmosis Pür Medical Skincare, it can actually be considered a bit of both. “Coconut oil is described as comedogenic topically, but it isn’t really,” he says. While some might hesitate to use it on acneic or breakout-prone skin on account of its potential to clog pores, he explains why they might want to reconsider. According to Johnson, acne is often caused by toxins, which coconut oil can help purge. While that process can actually cause an acneic breakout, it’s only because the impurities are being drawn up and out of the skin by the coconut oil. Even so, those with problem skin might not appreciate the temporary breakout that follows their facials.

Where coconut oil really shines, however, is in body treatments. At Serenity Spa Cottage at Hôtel Le Toiny (St. Barth), the Exotic Coconut Rub + Milk Ritual Wrap is a perfect fit with the spa’s tropical island locale. “For centuries, St. Barth’s indigenous Arawak people used the coconut for skin protection and nourishment,” says spa manager Simao da Silva. “This tradition is celebrated with the Exotic Coconut Rub + Milk Ritual Wrap. A traditional recipe of coconut, lavender, mung bean, and spices polishes the skin, stimulates the senses, and reduces tension.” “The rich wrap is deeply smoothing and softening, improving the color, texture, and clarity of the skin,” says Silva.

Angie Brown, area director of the RockResorts Spa, says, “It’s perfect for soothing windburn, dry skin, sunburn, and the other results of fun mountainside activities. Coconut oil actively increases skin’s hydration and also has antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial, and soothing qualities.” 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Lowertown Pop

Lowertown Pop

We have partnered with Union Depot and Face to Face to bring a new pop-up shopping experience to Lowertown, Saint Paul.

April 9th, 2016 - join us and all of our Minnesota Makers at Union Depot (the last Saint Paul stop on the Metro Green Line)

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More info to come!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Best Travel Gear

shhh. shampoo, shower and shave
Thanks to Smarter Travel for featuring our shampoo, shower and shave bar in their, The Best American-Made Travel Gear newsletter. By Caroline Morse.

"Reduce bulk in your toiletries bag and never worry about spillage or the 3-1-1 limit again by replacing your shampoo, body wash, and shaving cream with the... more here"

Happy 4th of July to us!

We are very happy to see our friend, Urban Undercover, featured as well!