Tuesday, December 27, 2011

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 type of stitching I wanted, we launched them at STYLEDLIFE® recently and they sold out the following day.

Three-way uses for The Pouch:

-Bath/shower mitt
-Storage pouch for your shhh grooming bar
-Storage pouch for your smart phone

Soft organic cotton on one side. Organic hemp on the other - for exfoliation.

They're back in stock and sold exclusively at STYLEDLIFE, so go pick one up.

Isn't beauty fun?

Friday, December 23, 2011

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!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

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 anything else that I've ever tried. I may still notice a very light trace on one or two days each month, but in the remainder of the month I have no buildup or trace of psoriasis anywhere on my scalp."

"This Nioxin stuff consists of a shampoo, a scalp conditioner and a clear liquid product that is applied after towel drying. The effect that it had on my scalp buildup became apparent after only about three to four days of use. Total clearing of buildup was achieved in about two to three weeks time and had remained that way since."

If you suffer from psoriasis on your scalp, it may be worth trying. Discuss with your hairdresser which Nioxin range to use as there are several, depending on your hair and if you color it.

Saturday, December 17, 2011


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.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Phytoceane Gift

Supply is limited!

Shop Phytoceane here.

Spend $150 in Phytoceane skincare and reeive these four travel size products.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

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 similar to the boost they provide  the  body,  says  Tom Havran, product formulator and aromatherapy specialist at Aura Cacia. “Leaves—needles in this case—transpire air in an inverse manner to us, they consume our exhaled carbon dioxide and exhale pure oxygen, which we inhale,” Havran explains. “Twigs, limbs, and wood are the arms, legs, and body of the tree, providing the supporting framework for the tree through which these vital essences low.”

Havran suggests adding 24 drops of any essential  evergreen oil—Blue Cypress, Texas Cedarwood, Cypress, Cypress Organic, Balsam Fir Needle, Pine, or Pine Organic—or a combination of the oils to four ounces of water in a spray bottle and shaking and misting it into the air to provide a “cleansing, purifying, and meditative forest-like aroma that will encourage deep breathing and opening of the senses.” Havran also suggests incorporating evergreen oils in foot treatments, such as a sugar foot scrub, a mineral
foot bath, or a foot massage.

Evergreens also help recharge the body, which makes them a great ingredient to use in bath soaks and massages. “Juniper and marine pine are known to ease aching muscles because of their analgesic qualities,” says Jane Terry, national trainer for Elemis USA. “In addition, pine essential oil increases metabolism and thus boosts activity levels.”

Evergreens can also be paired with rosemary to  help  ease stiff joints and arthritic pain or sea  fennel to cleanse and detoxify the skin. Combining evergreen with detoxifying and stimulating ingredients can also help boost circulation and cleanse and enhance skin.

And  unlike  some  floral  or  fruit  scents,  the invigorating aroma of evergreens appeals to both  women and men. It smells clean, fresh, and natural and brings the great outdoors in. “On an aesthetic level, who couldn't love the fresh, woodsy aroma of these oils, which are evocative of a trip to the mountains? ” asks Havran .

While evergreens provide benefits to many, pregnant women should avoid evergreen treatments and products, as they can enter the blood stream and may induce miscarriage. Those with bronchial asthma  and difficulty breathing, whooping cough, infections, or existing unknown lesions should also steer clear of evergreen.

But for the majority, evergreen t  r e  a t  m e n t  s   can   provide a welcome   e  s  c  a  p  e, especially during the winter months, as the scent reminds some of the changing seasons and the holidays. Using an evergreen candle can help ease the stress of holiday shopping, traveling, and partying.

The aromatic—and symbolic—associations can be carried into the New Year, too, as many resolve to get healthier, take better care of themselves, and start fresh. “There is no better way to prepare for the New Year than to revive the skin and soul with evergreen,” says Morris. “

Monday, December 12, 2011

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, Edina; 952-928-8888). For more information or to order online, go to 3waybeauty.com:

Thanks to Nancy Ngo for including us in this gift guide!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

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 bag brands for men all a promotional 20% off.

The Top 8 - gift specials for women and men all discounted and pre-wrapped for ease of shopping.

Wish Lists - fill one out or fulfill someone's wish. It's stress free and still a surprise.

Can't make it to the event? Send your wish lists to STYLEDLIFE (info@styledlife.com) or www.facebook.com/STYLEDLIFE

Register to win cool fashion prizes.

Shed those layers! Yep, we've got coat check.

Men, watch ESPN on 42" plasma screens.

Jam to the best imported music.

Kick back in style with fun beverages and extra treats. Laffy Taffy always included.

Cross that final name off the list and enjoy the holiday season.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

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!

Friday, December 9, 2011

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

Thursday, December 8, 2011

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

1. Sara Happ Lip Scrub, $24 @ Beauty Lounge, 612-741-0288, mplsbeautylounge.com
2. Handmade stone soap from Afghanistan, $14 @ Nature of Beauty, 750 Main St., Ste. 109, Mendota Heights, 651-222-3127, natureofbeauty.com
3.  Nasomatto perfume, $165 @ Roe Wolfe, 750 Main St., Ste. 107, Mendota Heights, 651-330-4434,roewolfe.com
4. Aveda Refresh-Mint set, $35 @ aveda.com
5. Suki Body scrub, $32 @ Whole Foods, wholefoodsmarket.com
6. Arcona Basic Five skin care, $87 @ The Beauty Room, 4300 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls., 612-724-4111,thebeautyroommpls.com
7. Chris Notti sleep mask, $20 @ Stormsister Spatique, stormsister.biz 
8. Bumble & Bumble Mending travel set, $35 @ Brian Graham Salon, 220 Washington Ave., Mpls., 612-333-3091, briangrahamsalon.com
9. Christy Coleman beauty bag, $28 @ Nature of Beauty
10. Principessa satin shower cap, $13 @ Stormsister Spatique
11. Voluspa Frost Pinecone candle, $18 @ Beauty Lounge

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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 commercially available shampoos and conditioners. She had a chemist concoct the formulas after she became concerned about the health effects of personal care products.

That concern stems from her husband’s multiyear battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which is now in remission. When her husband was going through treatment, she picked up a 2007 book called “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry” by Stacey Malkan. The book follows a group of breast cancer activists as they ask the world’s largest cosmetics companies to stop using chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects.

“I walked into my salon and I said, ‘Oh my God. I’m selling this to clients,’” Weisen said. “I went on a mission and started changing things personally and professionally.”

Could Greenbody Greenplanet become Minnesota’s next Aveda? Horst Rechelbacher pioneered natural hair care products based on Indian Ayurvedic principles when he founded Aveda in Minneapolis in 1978. Twin Cities residents have remained loyal to Aveda products, even since Rechelbacher sold the company to Estee Lauder Companies Inc. in 1997, Weisen said.

“We’re trying to carve out ourselves a niche like Horst was 30 years ago,” she said.

That’s not easy, because the federal Food and Drug Administration does not regulate what goes into hair products and therefore cannot control the claims made on labels, according to Weisen.
She has found that most organic shampoos tend to dry the hair and don’t lather well or hold in hair coloring. The word “organic” on a label doesn’t necessarily mean every ingredient is organic, she said. “For us, it’s really important to emphasize that we’re an organic product, but we’re 100 percent toxin-free,” she said.

An organic shampoo would have to perform as well as standard salon fare using nontoxic ingredients to satisfy Weisen. For example, Greenbody Greenplanet shampoos use coconut sugar as a lathering agent rather than the sodium lauryl sulfate commonly found in shampoo.

“It’s got to lock in color and be color-protecting, be deeply nourishing, provide volume without drying out the hair, condition without weighing down the hair and still produce volume,” Weisen said. “Shine is important [as well as] movement in the hair. You want your hair to be healthy, and this product is all of that.”

Weisen contracts with a Canadian manufacturer to produce Greenbody Greenplanet products, which became available in spring 2009, and has been using them in her own salon ever since. She has also been marketing them to other purveyors of natural hair-care products.

Ann Garrity carries them on her Minneapolis-based website (http://organicdivas.com), and uses the products herself. Garrity said her mission is similar to Weisen’s.

“I had a health issue and realized that so many of the products that people put on their skin, even the ones that claim to be healthy or healthier, are really not,” Garrity said.

Garrity’s product-selection criteria are designed to ensure they do not promote cancer or cause hormone disruption. They include:
  • The manufacturers’ agreement to fully disclose product ingredients and to sign  Malkan’s Compact for Safe Cosmetics, a voluntary pledge to avoid chemicals banned by health agencies outside the United States.
  • The product’s receiving the lowest toxicity rating given by the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep rating system.
“You can hide a lot of toxic stuff in the word ‘fragrance,’” Garrity explained.

Weisen discovered Garrity’s site and approached her about carrying Greenbody Greenplanet. Garrity appreciated that Weisen was a local woman who was moved to action by her husband’s health issues.

“I felt that her mission aligned really well with our mission,” Garrity said. “She was the real deal.” Garrity’s customers have been repeat buyers of Greenbody Greenplanet products.

“That’s the biggest indicator to me that it’s a good product,” she said. “Once somebody’s had a health issue, they are militant about it. You don’t have to sell them.”

Garrity has also found that Weisen knows how to market her products by blogging, attending events and supporting her distributors.

A customer did some marketing of her own, bringing Greenbody Greenplanet products into Becky Sturm’s StormSister Spatique in St. Paul a couple of years ago. Sturm requested samples from Weisen.

“I was very impressed with it because there are a lot of beauty brands out there that say they’re natural when they’re not,” said Sturm, who closed the store after the recession and now operates online at stormsister.biz.

Natural shampoos don’t produce as many suds as standard products, which may lead users to believe they aren’t cleaning as well, according to Sturm. “Those really sudsy products, those surfactants that make all those suds, are not good for us,” she said.

It took the chemist eight months to develop Weisen’s shampoos and conditioners, which come in scented and unscented varieties. “I always try to tell people I didn’t create this in my kitchen,” Weisen said. “I just knew what my requirements were and what I wanted.”

Eight-ounce bottles of Greenbody Greenplanet products retail for $22 to $24 apiece, comparable with other salon products. Weisen’s original plan was to market through salons, and she has a few selling Greenbody Greenplanet, but she has had more luck through online and brick-and-mortar retail stores, such as Moss Envy in Minneapolis.

“We decided to back off and focus on retail,” she said. “When the salon industry is ready for us, we’ll be there.”

Other stumbling blocks to getting her products into salons include the delicate matter of hairdressers promoting natural products after selling traditional ones for years, and salon owners lacking the time to research ingredients, according to Weisen.
“That’s why we’re focusing on end users,” she said. “Consumers are catching on, but salons are slow to follow. They’re just not ready for it.”

Now, she’s working on producing a nontoxic hair gel, which will be free of plastic and alcohol.

“It’s just nice to see some local companies do well and be honest,” Sturm said. “That doesn’t always happen. She’s a really good businesswoman. She’s very generous. I really appreciate what she’s doing.”

Monday, December 5, 2011

Macho Skin

via SheKnows - 

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 convince him to test out two fancy new products of which he's never heard. "Say something along the lines of, 'Look honey, this shave soap also makes a great body soap,' then demonstrate for him if you need to." Scott-Vincent Borba, celebrity esthetician and author of Skintervention, agrees. "Have him use the same moisturizer or shave balm he's already using as his hand cream," says Borba. "Don't even bother buying him a another one. Just an extra dab will make his hands feel softer, but not supple."

Lend a helping hand, literally
No guy is ever going to complain if you get a little hands on. Make him want to incorporate a little moisturizer into his morning routine by rubbing in the cream for him or giving him a quick, mini facial massage he'll never forget. "Men tend to not moisturize their skin during the winter, so it gets very dry and rough," says board-certified dermatologist Rebecca Baxt, M.D. "A moisturizer with SPF 30 is perfect for after shaving. It'll make his skin feel nice and soft -- perfect for all those holiday kisses."

Clean up together
Chances are, you and your man probably shower together. Next time he turns on the water, turn up the heat and get clean together. "Use a washcloth with soap or face scrub to scrub the front and back of each other's hands. This will exfoliate the skin, take off grime and allow moisturizers to penetrate better," says Borba. "Make sure he also scrapes his nails on the bar of soap to dislodge any excess crud stuck underneath."

Shower him with compliments
Last but not least, shower your man with praise. "The easiest way to get a guy to do something is to compliment him," says Borba. "If you tell him he looks good when his skin is moisturized, nails cleaned and clipped, etc, he'll most likely try and keep it that way."

Friday, December 2, 2011

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 – describes the seven-year project during which the Campaign worked with companies in a unique partnership to raise the bar for safer personal care products. Please read and share the report with your friends and family, and vote with your dollars this holiday season to support companies that are doing the right thing—keeping toxic chemicals out of people and the environment.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

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.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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!

Friday, November 25, 2011

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 world's most potent natural inflammation and degradation fighters. When skin works its best, it looks its best. This is certified organic nutrition to create the immunity that results in beautiful skin.

Our proprietary blend of edelweiss, coneflower and pennywort harnesses the power of plant stem cell antioxidants to address multiple signs of aging and is formulated at the highest potency for maximum efficacy. This process provides access to rare, highly active plant cells with antioxidant concentrations up to 1,000 times that of plants in nature.


Edelweiss, coneflower and pennywort plant stem cells were each selected for their abilities to revitalize, rejuvenate and restore skin.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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!

~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.

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.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

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.

Monday, November 21, 2011

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.

Red tea doesn’t contain any tannins or caffeine, so it is soothing to the skin. “Red tea, when used topically, works to reduce redness and inflammation while simultaneously repairing and rejuvenating the skin,” says Goldfaden. “All tea forms are soothing and healing, so using products that contain tea will tremendously help skin ails including redness and rosacea, inflammation, swelling and puffiness, and dull or grey-toned skin. Tea works to brighten overall skin tone due to its high antioxidant levels.”

All other types of tea—black, green, and white—come from the same plant: camellia sinensis. It is the oxidation process that differentiates the teas. “Think of when you cut an apple and leave it out—it turns brown. This is the oxidation process,” explains Jane Whitman, director of on premise sales at Tea Forté. “This oxidation process is used with tea leaves to help develop the variety of flavors.” She adds that white teas are the least oxidized and black teas are the most. Green teas are in the middle. “Because of green tea’s minimal
processing, its leaves are withered and steamed, not fermented, like black and oolong teas,” says Whitman. “Green tea’s unique catechins, especially epigallocatechin-3-gallate, are more concentrated. EGCG has been shown to help prevent free radical damage to the skin.”

“The beauty of teas is that they work in an endless combination with all ingredients but can also be combined with key ingredients for specific concerns,” says Stephanie Baresh, director of marketing and public relations for Éminence Organic Skin Care. “Rosehip tea combined with soothing ingredients, such as yarrow oil, gives healing benefits to sensitive, rosacea-prone skin, and calendula tea and shea butter work to revive dry skin.

While focusing on its topical skincare benefits, don’t forget to serve it as a refreshment, hot or cold, depending on the season. —Jessica Lyons

Sunday, November 20, 2011

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.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

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.

Friday, November 18, 2011


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

• Saturday, December 3rd: 4 to 9 p.m.
• Sunday, December 4th: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Historic Northwind Lofts
Cadence Cornelius Photographs
2400 North Second Street, Suite 305
Minneapolis MN 55411

Jen Knoch/Owner Radar Concierge
jen@radar-msp.com, 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. "This intimate shopping experience has all the trappings of an in-home holiday party," says Jen. "A stress-free, intimate event that’s designed for gals, guys—and even their four-legged friends."

Held in an airy loft studio at Northwind Lofts in Northeast Minneapolis, the event will house a number of "mini shops" offering an amazing collection of gift items: from unisex scarves, totes, pillows, pet beds and shoe laces, to fun and festive letter-pressed cards, photography, tree-trimmings, soaps and grooming kits, to fabulous kitchen accessories.

Spectacular one-of-a-kind finds that make perfect gifts. "Lingering is encouraged without the pressure of
purchasing," the Radar Concierge host assures.
And how about gift wrapping? Why yes, of course! There will be full-service gift-wrapping available for a small fee as well as a self-wrapping station for those DIYers.
Beyond shopping and wrapping, there'll be inexpensive photo opportunities: one staging is for vintage-like kitsch photos for the human variety, the other for dog portraits. Both make for great holiday greeting cards.

The Saturday evening gathering (Dec. 3rd, 4 to 9 p.m.) begs a date-night, with complimentary libations and nibbles as you peruse the floor. The Sunday daytime event (Dec. 4th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), invites the energy of an open house. Both days are classic holiday, set in a festive mood complete with yuletide music spun from classic vinyl records.

In true home-party fashion, you'll be greeted at the Northwind Loft security entrance by a doorman and guided to the third floor where a greeter will invite you in to check your coat.
"We want folks to say awhile," encourages Jen of Radar Concierge. “See you on December 3rd and 4th!”

Thursday, November 17, 2011

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?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

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!"
"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 smaller amount (3 month supply), that is a little easier on a first-timers pocket book.

Three months worth. JUST enough to get you hooked.

What We Promise You:
We are so sure that LiLash and LiBrow will give you the sexy eyes you are in search of that we offer an unprecedented 90 Day Money Back Guarantee from the date of purchase.

Plain and simple: If you aren't satisfied within the first 90 days of your purchase of either LiLash or LiBrow for any reason, just let us know and we will take care of it!

Counterfeit LiLash product has been found on the Internet in multiple locations, including Ebay and Amazon.

Examine your product closely. There are a number of ways to determine if you have purchased counterfeit LiLash or LiBrow.
If you think you are victim of counterfeiting please contact our Customer Service Representative at 877.754.5274.

Why Put Yourself In Danger?

Counterfeit LiLash and LiBrow are dangerous to the consumer, especially because they are applied near the eye. Counterfeit product is made with unknown ingredients that run the risk of negatively impacting personal wellness or causing permanent damage to eye appearance and sight. Unauthorized LiLash and LiBrow products are not covered under our warranty.

Don’t Take The Risk!

Every day we receive calls from worried consumers who report issues with LiLash and LiBrow obtained from unauthorized sources. At Cosmetic Alchemy we care about our customers and feel it is our responsibility to promote awareness of this danger.
Always be careful when buying products online. Some websites that have been called into question include:


Authentic LiLash and LiBrow products are sold exclusively by beauty professionals.
If you feel you have purchased counterfeit or diverted product, please contact our Customer Service Team at 877-754-5274 or email us for assistance.

Monday, November 14, 2011

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.

Friday, November 11, 2011


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, November 18th.  That means you will have your book in time for Small Business Saturday…YAY! We will only have a limited number of copies, so if you want one don’t hesitate – they will go fast.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

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!

Friday, November 4, 2011


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 and Indonesia. This news was exposed in an analysis the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics released Tuesday. We had to ask J&J: why the double standard?
"On Monday, the campaign sent Johnson & Johnson a letter, signed by about 25 environmental, medical and other groups representing about 3.5 million people in the U.S. and other countries. It urges the company to publicly commit by Nov. 15 to removing the chemicals from all personal care products worldwide." –Associated Press
Through meetings, letters, calls and grassroots mobilization, we've been pushing Johnson & Johnson for safer baby products for more than two years, and this week the company answered. In response to our report, Baby's Tub Is Still Toxic, J&J released a statement saying it's phasing two carcinogenic chemicals out of its baby products worldwide: formaldehyde-releasing preservatives and 1,4-dioxane.
"When Johnson & Johnson caught wind of the report, they contacted the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and got to work on a statement, indicating that they are in the process of phasing the formaldehyde-releasing preservative out of their baby products, worldwide."  –Forbes
This is a huge victory for children's health and for cosmetics safety. Thank you for being part of it over the last two and a half years! 

The truth is, a commitment to reformulate—and J&J's transparency—is a leap in the right direction for this global leader, but the Johnson's Baby Shampoo on U.S. store shelves today still has formaldehyde-releasers and other hazardous chemicals in it.
"Health and environmental groups have been pressuring Johnson & Johnson to remove two potentially cancer-causing chemicals from its popular baby shampoo, and for some unfathomable reason, they're dragging their feet." –Jezebel
We know J&J can do better. Together, we can see this through until every baby—regardless of where she or he lives—is protected from unnecessary exposure to cancer-causing chemicals in personal care products.

P.S. Have you read our report, Baby's Tub Is Still Toxic, for the full story on the Johnson & Johnson double-standard scandal?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

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 Denmark, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and the U.K.

We know J&J can do better. Every baby – regardless of where she or he lives – should be protected from unnecessary exposure to carcinogens.

Read our new report, Baby’s Tub Is Still Toxic, for the full story on the Johnson & Johnson double standard.

And please, help us spread the word! We need your help in letting consumers know that “pure and gentle” baby shampoo isn’t the purest or gentlest choice for babies.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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 just once at too high a temperature can burn the cuticle layer and damage the natural hair that is growing in. High temperatures from heated styling tools can break the sulfide bonds of our hair which can cause your hair to straighten out resulting in many different textures on your head.

* Opt for styles that will blend the two different textures of hair such as roller sets, straw sets or two-strand twist sets. Use of a good styling serum such as SPIRAL SPRITZ TM will ensure a longer lasting frizz free style. Other styles such as braids, flat twists or individual twists also work well to protect the hair and blend the two textures.

* Trim hair regularly during the transition phase as your natural hair grows in cutting off a bit of relaxed ends each time.

* Heal your scalp to prevent 'scab hair'. After years of applying chemical relaxers to your scalp your follicles may become damaged. The shape of the follicle determines the texture of your hair and as new hair grows in through a damaged follicle the result can be dry, rough hair also known as scab hair. A healing scalp tonic can prevent or minimize this.

* When your hair has reached a length that you are comfortable with you can cut off the remainder of the relaxed hair and enjoy the versatility of having natural hair. Some of the styles you used to transition with can still be used now that you are 100% natural. You can roller set on large rollers for a straight/wavy look or twist or braid set for a crinkly look. And best of all you can now sport a wash and go look using CURLING CUSTARD TM,  Apply to wet hair out of the shower, air dry or use a diffuser and go.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pumpkin Peel

I love enzyme facial exfoliantsMy 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!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

More Maiden

 Learn more about Maiden Minnesota. We'll see you there as we are one of the featured Maidens.

Monday, October 17, 2011

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, Infusium and other cosmetics products.

Parabens are compounds widely used as antimicrobial preservatives in cosmetics products, including underarm deodorants. They're also estrogen mimickers, and have been found in breast tumors.

A new study from California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco found that methylparaben (as well as the chemical BPA, used in food can linings and other applications) can not only cause healthy breast cells to behave like cancer cells, but also interfere with the effectiveness of tamoxifen, an important breast cancer drug.

Tell P&G that if the company really wants to do something about breast cancer, it should stop using methylparaben and other chemicals linked to cancer or hormone disruption in any of its products. That's the kind of commitment that will really indicate the company is working to protect women's health.

Help us end pinkwashing.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

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

Saturday, October 8, 2011

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!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Splendor in the Grass

excerpted from Spatrade.com

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 bay and making a tasty chicken soup. “Lemongrass is believed to help with stress-related disorders due to its action as a sedative for the central nervous system,” says Stewart. “It is known for its calming effect, which relieves insomnia and stress.”
In addition to being a centuries-old treatment in traditional Chinese medicine, lemongrass is also used in Ayurvedic medicine to relieve cough and nasal congestion. In modern times, scientists are studying its potential as a cancer treatment. “Researchers have found that lemongrass causes programmed cell death in cancer cells,” says Stewart. “The active molecule is citral, which gives it its fresh lemon scent and repels insects, and as little as 1,000 mg—the amount of citral found in one cup of tea—represses cancer cells and helps battle depression.”

Lemongrass also acts as a site-specific pain reliever, which makes it an effective treatment for sore muscles and joints and an ideal ingredient in body scrubs, wraps, and massages. “We use lemongrass for spa treatments to soothe and calm the skin,” says Homsanoe, adding that Chiva-Som serves lemongrass tea in the spa and throughout the resort. “It’s good for bone pain, back pain, and shin pain, and it prevents kidney disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol.”

Lemongrass works well with benzoin, geranium, lavender, tangerine, and ylang ylang, Homsanoe says, because these ingredients help relieve tension, headaches, insomnia, and stress-related conditions.  As an antiseptic, lemongrass gently cleanses the skin. Meanwhile the essential oil tones and firms sagging skin, making it ideal for facial treatments. “Our customers use our lemongrass products to remove the toxins that contribute to cellulite and open blocked pores to fight acne,” says Szilvia Hickman, senior vice president of Szép Elét. It also has useful après-sport sensibilities. It fights fungal infections—like athlete’s foot—and alleviates excessive perspiration.

While skincare experts say there’s no particular ingredient that doesn’t work well in a lemongrass-themed treatment, there are some contraindications to keep in mind. Pregnant women may want to avoid lemongrass, as it may induce miscarriage. It can also cause irritation in those with hyper-sensitive skin. Additionally, lemongrass oil must be properly diluted when used on the skin and should not be used on sunburns or open wounds. “It is a good idea to ask about a history of allergic reactions to essential oils like lemongrass,” says Stewart. “Avoid sun exposure for three to four hours after use of the essential oil to prevent irritation if hypersensitive.”