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The Pouch

This past November I had the privilege of working with Kedrin Likness of Hazel & Haverly while at Maiden Minnesota . (Keep an eye out for her next year as I think she would be a perfect Maiden!) A day before Maiden Minnesota I had receive word that the cedar boxes for the 3waybeauty shhh. shampoo | shower | shave bars , that I had commissioned from a woodworker in Washington, had been lost in transit. As some of you know, those cedar boxes have been a LONG time coming! - Washington cedar is drying once again and boxes are scheduled to arrive in January, so fingers crossed. Anyhoo, a few days after Maiden, Kedrin contacted me and suggested a crocheted pouch for the bar. Bingo! - I was all over that. I thought it would make the perfect carrying case for the bars, that it could be used as a bath mitt or as a groovy little pouch for a smart phone (my graphic designer, Susan Tinkham , thought the same thing). After choosing yarn (organic cotton and organic hemp) and choosing the

On the 3rd Day of Christmas...

Last week our shhh. 3waybeauty bar was on the Post- Christmas list and this week we are day 3 of STYLEDLIFE's 12 Days of Christmas . Yay! shhh. shampoo | shower | shave  is the perfect stocking stuffer for the traveler (there are no TSA regulations for a solid) or for the gym bag (no messy cans or bottles) or simply for those who truly appreciate a luxury beauty/grooming bar. There isn't anything else like it! Merry Christmas everyone!

It Works For Me

A friend of mine uses and loves Nioxin shampoo. I've always been a fan of Nioxin (though it is a brand I do not carry). If you have fine and/or thinning hair, it is be best haircare brand I have found, thus far, to help fine hair look and feel thicker and slow the loss of thinning hair. Roni bookmarked a page out of a book called, The Best of It Works For Me 1991-1999  by the National Psoriasis Foundation, and shared it with me. The Best of is a compilation of remedies by psoriasis sufferers. Page 87 - Novermber/December 1998 Nioxin hair products I have had to contend with scalp psoriasis since my early teens. I am now 37. "About six months ago, a friend, who is also a hair stylist, recommended that I try the Nioxin line of hair products, thinking that it would improve the strength of my hair and reduce hair loss. It worked and , more importantly, I have experienced an almost total elimination of my psoriasis. The improvement is truly astounding, way beyond anythin


On Thursday evening, INtelligent Nutrients had a lovely holiday soiree at their headquarters in Minneapolis. IN is one of my favorite places to visit as the aroma of that building is to die for! I just feel healthier walking in. We were greeted with a shot of INtellimune with organic mago juice and a complimentary  Rose Geranium Air Nutrition.  Delish! And to think I have only been using my INtellimune in a balsamic salad dressing. After an organic beer, a hardboiled quail egg (or two), and some veggies with smoked sea salt (yum!) it was off to shop and watch a few hair and product demos. THEN....a little IN goody bag to top off the night that contains a new product IN would like feedback on.... I LOVE my job.

Phytoceane Gift

Supply is limited! Shop Phytoceane here . Spend $150 in Phytoceane skincare and reeive these four travel size products.

Beauty Tip of The Day

via Always New You . Olive oil makes a lovely moisturizer anytime, but if you find yourself in the middle of your evening beauty routine and realize you forgot to pick up your moisturizer that day, use a few drops of olive oil on damp skin. Then off to bed, sleepy head!

The Giving Tree

excerpt from American Spa magazine  ” —Jessica Lyons Hardcastle L O N G   B E F O R E   1 6 T H - CENTURY GERMANS decorated evergreens  and brought  them into their homes to celebrate Christmas, plants and trees that remained green year-round held sacred meaning for many cultures and people, especially in December. Ancient Egyptians decorated their homes  with  green palm  fronds  at  the  winter solstice, marking the god Ra’s return to health. Romans celebrated the shortest day and the longest night with a feast called Saturnalia in honor of Saturn, the god of agriculture, because their crops would soon begin to grow, and they decorated their temples and homes with evergreen  boughs. he Druids hung ir, pine, and spruce to symbolize everlasting life. And like the trees that bring life and color all year long—perhaps most noticeably in the dead of winter. Because evergreen essential oils are derived from fresh needles, twigs, and wood , the function they serve the tree is simila

Pioneer Press - Buy Local

Yesterday we were featured in The Saint Paul Pioneer Press - Sunday Life - Shop Local Gift Guide. And in such grand company with so many other wonderful local brands! If you don't subscribe to the PiPress, try to get your hands on a copy. So many more lovely photos than the online version of this piece. (this is the missing photo from the online piece) :This three-fer beauty bar - a shower, shaving and shampoo product in one - is great for those on the go. It has a refreshing citrus scent, is made with all-natural ingredients of plant oils and is perfect for toting to the gym or packing in your travel carry-on." "Also consider Eight , Shhh's signature scent in oil form. Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and bam - you have a grooming or linen spray." "Beauty bar in lavender and original (six-ounce, $17; 1.5-ounce mini, $5); Eight signature oil blend (2.5 mill, $20). Available at STYLEDLIFE (The Galleria, 69th Street & France Avenue,

Show the Love

We will be launching a brand new 3waybeauty product at STYLEFLIFE's Show the Love holiday shopping event this Wednesday. Stop by and actually see it being made! - only a few of this new product will be available at this special SL shopping experience so stop by and be one of the first to purchase. Hint: Joining us will be Kedrin Likness of  Hazel & Haverly . SHOW the LOVE event Women Wednesday, December 13th Again this season, STYLEDLIFE® + last-minute holiday shopping = Show (the) Love, the shopping event which removes the guesswork from men's and women's gift-giving. Ladies, have fun picking out gifts for the men in your lives with the help of the STYLEDLIFE® wardrobe experts™. While you're there, fill out a STYLEDLIFE® wiSh List to leave for your guy to ensure you receive the perfect present. Let STYLEDLIFE take care of the wrapping with custom gift boxes, gift cards and snazzy gift wrap - all gratis. Select designer handbag brands for women and

On the 7th day of Christmas...

Have a 3-way! The ladies over at Post- -  are having a little fun counting down this holiday season. Check them out!

Top 40

Those lovely ladies over at LaunchHER put me on their Top 40 list of women entrepreneurs. Yay! Their tongue-in-cheek  40 Under 40 list of women-owned brands  most-read post .     While the idea behind that list was to fulfill   Kara’s   personal goal of being named to a 40 Under 40 list while she was still, in fact,  under 40 , profiling amazing  women entrepreneurs  was thrilling. So without further ado, they present the… LaunchHER Top 40 :: Profiles of Women Entrepreneurs 2011* In no particular order, but in keeping with tradition…in reverse alphabetical order, of course. {wink, wink} I'm #37

Gorgeous Gifts

Two of our favorite items made it into the  Minnesota Monthly  gift guide this month. Consider this the insider’s guide to decorating her vanity BY KATIE DOHMAN; PHOTOS BY TODD BUCHANAN 1. Sara Happ Lip Scrub, $24 @ Beauty Lounge, 612-741-0288, 2. Handmade stone soap from Afghanistan, $14 @ Nature of Beauty, 750 Main St., Ste. 109, Mendota Heights, 651-222-3127, 3.  Nasomatto perfume, $165 @ Roe Wolfe, 750 Main St., Ste. 107, Mendota Heights, 651-330-4434, 4. Aveda Refresh-Mint set, $35 @ 5. Suki Body scrub, $32 @ Whole Foods, 6. Arcona Basic Five skin care, $87 @ The Beauty Room, 4300 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls., 612-724-4111, 7.  Chris Notti sleep mask , $20 @ Stormsister Spatique,   8. Bumble & Bumble Mending travel set, $35 @ Brian Graham Salon, 220 Washington Ave., Mpls., 612-333-3091, 9. Christy Coleman beauty bag, $28 @ Natur

The Next Aveda?

By Nancy Crotti for Finance and Commerce Could Greenbody Greenplanet become the next Aveda? “We’re trying to carve out ourselves a niche like Horst (Rechelbacher) was 30 years ago,” says Lorri Weisen, the entrepreneur behind Greenbody Greenplanet Organic Hair Care and the owner of Hairs to You Salon & Boutique (above) in Roseville. (Staff photo: Bill Klotz) Owner of salon develops organic hair products If you’ve seen those little kids walking around the Minnesota State Fair with sparkly neon hairdos, you’ve seen some of Lorri Weisen’s handiwork, but not all of it. Weisen, who owns  Hairs to You Salon & Boutique  in Roseville, has operated the Fair-Do’s booth at the State Fair for the past nine years. She has also developed a line of organic shampoos and conditioners that she sells through her salon and other outlets across the country. Weisen claims that Greenbody Greenplanet Organic Hair Care products contain no toxic chemicals or surfactants used in many commerci


Please join us this Friday, December 9th at   FiveTwoSix Salon/Gallery for a  Holiday Pop-Up Shopper's Delight ! We will be joined by Post- Accessories , Irely Intimates , Karin Jacobson Design , Karma Boutique   and  Annie Fink Designs .

Macho Skin

via SheKnows  -  Elizabeth Mitchell Make over your man’s skin care routine Slapping on a little bit of face wash in the shower is about as close to a skin care routine as most guys get; something about beauty products screams "girly" to men. It doesn’t have to be that way though. Check out these five sneaky little tips to completely revamp your man’s skin care routine and make him feel macho. Purchase one product at a time If you're going to overhaul your man's skin care routine, start small, says Becky Sturm, CEO/founder of  StormSister Spatique  and 3waybeauty . Ease him into the process. Don't overwhelm him with an entire cabinet full of expensive new beauty products, or your plan will probably backfire. That, or he might begin to think you have some serious control issues -- either way, not good. Look for two-in-one products Men are all about simplicity, so find products that do double duty, says Sturm. That's a much easier sell than trying to con

Market Shift

Over 400 Companies Fulfill Safe Cosmetics Pledge The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics announced today that 321 cosmetics companies have met the goals of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, the Campaign’s voluntary pledge to avoid chemicals banned by health agencies outside the U.S. and to fully disclose product ingredients – a pioneering practice in the cosmetics industry. An additional 111 companies made significant progress toward those goals. Read all about it and see the list of companies in our new report,  Market Shift . This is great news for you the consumer, the Campaign , the cosmetics industry and the lawmakers working to pass the Safe Cosmetics Act. These 432 companies are leading the industry toward safety, showing it’s possible to make quality products without using the hazardous chemicals that are all too common in conventional personal care products. The new report  --  Market Shift: The story of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and the growth in demand for safe cosmetics  –

Wild Beauty

Our favorite hand and foot care brand, NONTOXIQUE , was just featured on Wild Beauty : I was introduced to Nontoxique by manicurist-to-the-stars TracyLee  at a photoshoot this year. Nontoxique is a hand and foot care line made from 100% active, pure plant ingredients. Their tag line is “because your hands and feet do all the work” – and in our business that is certainly true! I’ve been a loyal fan of the Cuticle & Nail Balm ever since, and the Restore Day Crème is a richly hydrating, moisture surge-type cream. Nontoxique products aren’t in many salons yet, but the emphasis on fantastic ingredients makes finding them worth the effort.

Patti Smith West

Our 3waybeauty brand has a new vendor - Patti Smith West in Portland, OR. So, all of you Portland residents, stop by Patti's groovy little store and get your shampoo - shower - shave on! Like their Facebook page too. More stores coming soon!

Plant Stem Cell Science

Revitalize. Rejuvenate and Restore. INtelligent Nutrients has come out with two new skincare products: Plant Stem Cell Science Renewal Complex  - A targeted version and one for all-over use. An eco-breakthrough in anti-aging skin care with Plant Stem Cell Science. This state-of-the-art advanced skin health science revitalizes, rejuvenates and restores skin with a concentrated topical Plant Stem Cell Renewal Complex. Plant Stem Cell Science features ingredients from a proprietary biotech process that allows for the selection and reproduction of antioxidant-rich plant stem cells cultivated in the purest lab, without the use of soil. It is completely eco-sustainable and respectful of bio-diversity and represents the cleanest, greenest and highest quality. Just four Intellimune® super-antioxidant – omega-powered steps: Purify. Feed. Restore. Protect. The beautiful truth: the best skin comes from the best function. Our Intellimune antioxidant blend is a powerhouse of the

Shop Local December 16th

I have the good fortune to be involved in a holiday boutique with some pretty amazing women-owned businesses. Won't you join us? It's gonna be fun! HOLIDAY SHOPPING BOUTIQUE ~Shop Local~ Friday, December 16th Time: 3-7pm Where: Foat Design Studio 1828 Marshall St. NE Minneapolis T: 800-658-1448 Join FOATdesign , Post~ , By Elizabeth Dehn , Irely Intimates , Karin Jacobson Design , StormSister Spatique and more for an evening of local fun and shopping. COMPLIMENTARY TAROT READINGS 5pm - 7pm FREE SHIPPING with a guaranteed delivery date of Christmas Eve or earlier on any gifts bought at the event. Bubbly : Enjoy a glass of Prosecco and treats while you shop. Event SPECIALS!

What do you CRAVE?

CRAVE Minneapolis St. Paul innovatively connects urban gals to the sassiest, gutsiest, most inspiring people they need to know in the Twin Cities. A modern marketplace of soirees, gatherings and online networking serves as your ambassador to everything there is to CRAVE around town.

Tea Time

excerpted from American Spa magazine. TEA IS THE MOST WIDELY CONSUMED beverage in the world after water. Its health benefits run the gamut from slowing the aging process to protecting against cancer. It’s not only an ingestible delight, but increasingly, tea is also used as an ingredient in treatments and skincare lines. “ Tea , in general, is a very calming and soothing ingredient,” says Gary Goldfaden, M.D. All varieties of tea contain high concentrations of powerful antioxidants that work to repair cells damaged by free radicals, which occur naturally in the body but are increased by environmental toxins such as UV rays, cigarette smoke, and air pollution. Many scientists believe free radicals contribute to the aging process, intensify wrinkles, dull the skin, and contribute to illnesses, including cancer and heart disease. Doctors and skincare educators say antioxidants, such as those found in tea , may help prevent health problems and skin damage caused by free radicals.

It's Back!

I carried Kama Ayurveda Rosewater for years in StormSister Spatique. - It's the best of the best.  Then a local brand came out with an excellent rosewater facial toner and I believed it was good form to purchase the local brand. Then the local company went out of business and now I've gone back to Kama. Next time I'll heed my own advice. - If it aint broke, don't fix it.

Nora's DIY Beauty

Nora's Home Beauty Tip Oil is a natural cleanser. It is the secret to gently removing determined grime and nourishing and moisturizing skin and hair. A small jar of high quality organic Olive oil, mixed with a few drops of essential oils ( rosemary and lavender ) can be used as a gentle make-up remover that doesn't pull and stretch delicate skin. This gentle cleansing method prevents wrinkles while nourishing and hydrating skin. Tips for use: Apply a small amount directly to face and remove with soft cloth, cotton pad or QTip.


StormSister Spatique and 3waybeauty will be participating in this event! • Local Artisans and Crafters selling unique, one-of-a-kind gifts • Gift Wrapping Station – Both Self-Wrap & Full-Service Wrap • Professional Photo Shoots for Humans, “Pay What You Can” • Professional Photo Shoots for Dogs, 10 Portraits for $50 • Complementary Libations, Treats and Music • Complementary Parking DATES: • Saturday, December 3rd: 4 to 9 p.m. • Sunday, December 4th: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. LOCATION: Historic Northwind Lofts Cadence Cornelius Photographs 2400 North Second Street, Suite 305 Minneapolis MN 55411 FOR MORE INFORMATION: Jen Knoch/Owner Radar Concierge , 612-532-3789 .......................................................................... Join Jen Knoch of Radar Concierge for two-days of unique holiday shopping, celebrating some of the most unique Twin Cities' local artisans and crafters, many exhibiting for the first time. &

Holiday Betty

Holiday Betty = Love Betty   +  Lucky Betty  Tis the season to give a betty kit! The holiday season makes everyone happy, you must admit! Buy LOVE betty (red) for a friend and a LUCKY betty (green) for you! Forget misletoe.... A perfect stocking stuffer, secret santa or office party present! Give the gift of betty and you won’t have overspent! Is your betty ready?

Magic Juice

I have been a huge fan of Lilash since its inception. That one visit with my hairdresser a couple of years ago sealed the deal. I went in for my hair appointment and noticed her lashes right away. "Wow, Miranda!" "What brand of mascara are you using?" "It's not mascara." "Did you get extensions?" "They did a great job!" "Nope" "They don't look like false eyelashes" "What's going on?" as I point to her doe-like eyes. That's when she said that one magical word. Lilash . "I heard about that stuff!" "There are just so many eyelash products out there that I didn't know anyone who had used it yet". The next day I went and purchased a tube for my then side-kick, Meeg. (I have always been quite happy with my own lashes. Extra length would only muck up my glasses.) Meeg's been using it ever since, as well as many of my other clients. And now it comes in a sm

One Bar at a Time

LOVE this story! This genteman makes a brilliant point at the beginning of the video - the several bars of soap in his hotel that were each for one specific cleansing ritual. A light bulb went off with him too! One of my goals with 3waybeauty is to combat the abuse of over-marketing in this country. Certainly less noble in comparison with his objective - He is recycling to help save the lives of children.  I certainly want to get my product in the hotels he is recycling from because I can only imagine the ingredients (how many surfactants need to be in a bar of soap, jeez?) in those soap bars! (One step at a time, Becky) Though we are on two separate paths, our business concepts are borne from a similar realization.


StormSister Spatique and 3waybeauty are both featured in the 2nd edition of the Minneapolis/St. Paul CRAVE Guide ! What is the Minneapolis/St. Paul CRAVE Guide? “CRAVE guides are your go-to resource for the best women-owned businesses in your city.” Showcasing over 100 local brands, the Minneapolis/St. Paul CRAVE Guide will give you an inside look at not only the businesses, but also the women business owners . Why do I need the Minneapolis/St. Paul CRAVE Guide? If you have made the commitment to shop local and support women-owned businesses, then this guide is for you! Whether you are local to Minneapolis/St. Paul, or just looking to expand your business into the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, the CRAVE Guide is perfect for you. Each business is also offering a special bonus to anyone who purchases a CRAVE guide so get a copy now! How do I get my Minneapolis/St. Paul CRAVE Guide? Right HERE ! We are currently accepting pre-orders , and all pre-order books will ship on Friday, Nove

Small Business Saturday & Cyber Monday

Mark your calendars because November 26 is a big day for StormSister Spatique ® , 3waybeauty and every other small business in America. It’s the second annual Small Business Saturday® , when people across the country band together and shop their favorite small businesses.   Cyber Monday is also the following Monday and since StormSister Spatique and 3waybeauty are online-only stores, we will be extending the discount thru Monday. We are honored to participate in this event and would like to offer you 20% off your online and phone-in purchases on November 26th - 28th, when you enter this code at checkout: SMALLBIZ  If you call in your order, simply mention the code above. Samples and other goodies will be included with every order. Thank you so much!


My father always said to me, "There is safety in numbers". We see more and more uprising in this world by groups of people that have had enough. Whether they are tired of their oppressive government or corporate greed -abroad and at home. We are learning that if we want to make a difference, we need to band together. I posted about the safety of baby shampoo recently . (I know, I post about the safety of beauty products in general!) It pleases me that so many of you are starting to care as well. And, we are all speaking out in many ways, either by writing the companies or by not purchasing these products. Keep questioning those ingredients and speaking up! Here is an update via Campaign for Safe Cosmetics : Fact: Johnson & Johnson sells different—safer, formaldehyde-free—versions of its iconic "No More Tears" baby shampoo in Denmark, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and the U.K. than in the U.S., Australia, Canada, China

Toxic Tub

via Campaign for Safe Cosmetics . Why are babies in the U.S., Australia, Canada, China and Indonesia being exposed to a carcinogen in Johnson's Baby Shampoo when safer alternatives are available in other countries? We'd like to know ! More than two years ago, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics released the groundbreaking report, No More Toxic Tub , which revealed that popular kids' bath products – including Johnson's Baby Shampoo – contained chemicals linked to cancer. Johnson & Johnson were asked to reformulate its iconic baby shampoo and specifically to remove the formaldehyde-releasing chemical quaternium-15 , and we've kept up the pressure on Johnson & Johnson through letters and meetings . Fast-forward to now. Johnson’s Baby Shampoo in the U.S. and some other countries still has not been reformulated. But the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics recently discovered that J&J is selling non-formaldehyde versions of the shampoo in Denma

Transitioners Tips

via Kinky-Curly . Are you ready to go natural? Not ready to do the ‘BIG CHOP’ and cut off all of your relaxed hair just yet? Here are some tips to help you make the transition from relaxed hair to a full head of beautiful, healthy, natural hair without cutting it all off right away! * Remember, you cannot wash out a relaxer. The structure of your hair has been chemically altered and no amount of shampoo or vinegar can remove a relaxer from your hair. You must either grow it out or cut it off. * The line of demarcation is the area where your new growth meets your relaxed hair, which is very weak and prone to breakage. It is important to keep your hair moisturized and detangled in order to avoid breakage. Always use a wide-tooth comb and good detangling conditioner such as KNOT TODAY TM . * Do not use heated styling tools during your transition. A blow dryer with a comb attachment can stretch and break the hair. A flat iron or pressing comb used regularly or even

STYLE Perspective

Once again we have been asked by STYLEDLIFE to help out with their Open Closet night for Perspectives and we are so honored to be a part of this event. The women of Perspectives are overcoming tremendous difficulties and they are simply glowing at the end of the night. Just glowing! I am truly inspired by this event and come away having had such a tremendously positive experience.

Pumpkin Peel

I love enzyme facial exfoliants .  My skin is a bit sensitive so they are a lovely break from my favorite physical exfoliant . For a great DIY version, I highly recommend the one mentioned in this Twin Cities Live segment by Elizabeth Dehn . (I suggest using natural pumpkin vs. the canned version because the enzymes are super fresh and I feel more effective). Cream, used in the recipe, contains lactic acid and is also a great exfoliant so double duty on this peel!

Rethink Pink

via Campaign For Safe Cosmetics  What's P&G really doing about breast cancer? October is breast cancer awareness month. We're sure you noticed; you can't miss the deluge of pink ribbons everywhere, including the cosmetics aisle. We agree that it's important to draw attention to this disease. For us, that means getting rid of the toxic chemicals linked to breast cancer , and urging companies to think in terms of prevention . Which brings us to this: Last month, Procter & Gamble announced that it will give 10 cents to early breast cancer detection efforts for every new person who joins the company on Facebook. We agree that early detection is important. But we think P&G should start at square one, and promise to stop using chemicals linked to cancer , hormone disruption, and interference with cancer drugs. According to the Skin Deep database, P&G still uses parabens – in particular, methylparaben – in hundreds of its Cover Girl, Max Factor,

It's been a while....

since we've had a storewide SALE and methinks it is about time. We've been so busy with our three-way beauty bars that we just haven't been able to pull one together. Let's remedy that, shall we? Beginning Monday, October 10th, both StormSister Spatique and 3waybeauty will have 20% off all products. Sale ends Friday, October 14th. How's that? Products tend to sell out pretty quickly during our sales, so please be patient if a product is on backorder. Enter: FALLSALE upon checkout to receive discount. You may call your order in as well. 612 716 5480

Tickets! Get your Tickets!

As one of this years' featured Maidens , I'd like to invite you to Maiden Minnesota . It will again be held at the Graves 601 Hotel in Minneapolis and it's just a few short weeks away so purchase your tickets  for this fun sisterhood event! (you'll save $10) See ya there!

Splendor in the Grass

excerpted from Lemongrass is perhaps best known as a staple in Thai cooking, often paired with coconut or ginger in curries, soups, and salads. But when used as a key ingredient in spa treatments, the results are equally delicious. “ Lemongrass is deeply calming to the nervous system and as such can help treat stress, tension, anxiety, insomnia, and even depression, all of which are common reasons why people go to spas,” says Karina Stewart, co-founder of Kamalaya. The light citrus flavor and scent of lemongrass are pleasing to the palate, which also makes it a widely used aromatic herb. Also known as citronella, lemongrass is frequently used as a natural pesticide and insect repellant . In fact, 80 percent of local Thai people plant lemongrass trees in their houses to act as mosquito repellent and also to use for cooking, says Wanna Homsanoe, spa manager of Chiva-Som (Hua Hin, Thailand). But its health benefits extend beyond keeping mosquitoes at b