Monday, December 30, 2013

Got The Sniffles?

Erbaviva Sniffles Organic Chest Balm
Forget that "vapo-rub" (Hello? Gross ingredients!)

We love this chest rub for adults as much as for children - Erbaviva Sniffles Organic Chest Balm

An organic natural alternative to ease baby’s (grown-up baby, too!) cough and cold symptoms, Sniffles Organic Chest Balm is formulated with superior immune boosting essential oils of Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, and Myrrh, which lend powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties.  Calendula, lavender and chamomile naturally comfort, while Cypress and helichrysum essential oils effectively deliver healing and antiviral elements.  Apply to chest, back, neck and behind the ears to relax and soothe.  Purely natural and petroleum free.  Certified USDA organic.

Ingredients: *Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, *butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), *cera alba (beeswax), *simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, *eucalyptus radiata oil, *lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower oil, *cedrus atlantica (cedarwood) bark oil*, *citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil, *cupressus semperivirens (cypress) leaf oil, *commiphora myrrha (myrrh) resin extract, *pelargonium graveolens (geranium) flower oil, *melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil, *rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, *helichrysum italicum (immortelle) extract, *calendula officinalis flower extract, **citral, **citronellol, **geraniol, **limonene, **linalool. *denotes certified organic ingredient. **denotes component of certified organic ingredient.

Friday, December 27, 2013


Utterly pure, exceptionally rich, Rahua Elixir offers an exotic, 100% natural solution to your toughest hair-care challenges.

Use Rahua Elixir’s highly concentrated, highly potent formula — blending beneficial  Rahua and Ungurahua oils — to create hair that blooms as beautifully as the Amazon rainforest.

Let super-fine Rahua oil molecules deeply penetrate the hair’s cortex to rebuild and repair even the most damaged tresses, while the Ungurahua oil’s rejuvenating omega-9 oleic acids strengthen the hair follicle — keeping it firmly rooted, allowing hair to grow longer and stronger.

Transform hair to gorgeous with one full dropper of Rahua Elixir. Apply to hair after conditioning paying special attention to the ends, leave in for 15 minutes, rinse and style as usual. (If you're going to spend this kind of money on a haircare product, we recommend sleeping in it and shampooing out with Rahua in the morning. Pure luxury.)Rahua Elixir ingredients

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Conditioning Mist

John Masters Organics Green Tea & Calendula Leave-In Conditioning Mist
New from John Masters Organics - Green Tea & Calendula Leave-in Conditioning Mist

This lightweight, leave-in conditioning spray combines the antioxidant benefits of green tea along with 9 other certified-organic oils and extracts to strengthen and revitalize hair. Guar gum naturally builds volume while soy proteins replenish lipid content to lock in moisture. 4.2 fl oz.

Made with 11 certified-organic ingredients

 key ingredients
green tea extract - rich in antioxidants; natural antibacterial; stimulates hair growth
calendula extract - soothes and protects the hair and scalp
broccoli seed oil - rich in fatty acids to eliminate frizz and give hair a smooth, natural shine
chamomile extract - strengthens and revitalizes the hair; treats scalp issues
rosemary extract - stimulates hair growth; adds volume and shine

untangles and eliminates frizz
strengthens hair and builds volume
leaves hair healthy and manageable

increases hair's manageability
perfect for styling and creating natural healthy shine
great for revitalizing hair throughout the day
provides hydration to protect and soften hair

spray on damp or dry hair, focusing on damaged or frizzy areas such as the ends
follow with any John Masters Organics styling product

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Pioneer Press Gets Wicked

Wicked CandlesClever new local products keep shoppers in the mood for more

Wicked is featured in the St. Paul Pioneer Press today on page 14E or online, here.

A small error is the statement "former owner of StormSister Spatique". As you know, StormSister Spatique is alive and well and I'm still the owner! I'm certain Nancy just misunderstood the closing of StormSister Spatique brick-and-mortar to an online only retail model.

Friday, December 20, 2013


Pre de Provence has a new shea butter soap called Moondance - a bright, green floral fragrance.

Pre de Provence soap is not only carefully made today by dedicated soapmakers in Provence following their proud traditions, but quad-milled to be smoother and have a richer lather to create a luxurious feel. Using all pure, natural ingredients enriched with shea butter, you can feel the difference with a quad-milled soap.

Since the Middle Ages, French soap makers have crafted exquisite natural soaps--sublime combinations of organic wonders and an ancient art. Pre de Provence Soaps are known as the finest in the world, a reputation built by the legendary savonneries and the enduring quality of their product. Their soaps provide gentle, moisturizing skin care along with subtle fragrances that will transport you to another world.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A Wicked TCL

Beauty Gift Picks from Twin Cities Live

If you are still on the hunt for Christmas gifts, our beauty expert has some ideas for you.  Bombshell Beauty blogger, Sara Bartlett has suggestions for everyone on your list! 
Best "Family" Gift - if you give family gifts, instead of individual presents, go with something that looks impressive like the My Fair Lady gift set ($59.95)  from Lush. It comes in a beautiful box (no wrapping required!) and has something for everyone. Mom will love the Ultra Balm, Dad will like the Olive Branch Shower gel, kids will get a kick out of washing with hand-shaped soap. 
Best Gift for the Person Who Has Everything - We all have "that" person on our list. Give her something she's never seen before: the Wicked Candle ($33) by 3way beauty. It's a candle/massage oil/stemless wine glass...all in one. Comes in two scents and burns for up to 85 hours.
Best Makeup Kit for Your Teen/Tween - This can be a hard age to shop for, especially girls - as they transition out of liking toys. They will flip out as a beauty-loving 12 year old if they received Ulta's Just in Case Blockbuster ($19.99).
Stocking Stuffer for Him - Mitch Patron Agave Bar (available at Paul Mitchell Focus Salons for $9.50) . Paul Mitchell's men's line has just released this bar of soap that features a partnership with Patron tequila. Men will like that extra-manly angle, and you'll both love the clean scent with a hint of spice.
Stocking Stuffer for Her - Towel Topper (12.99). This is a terrific gift if you have a college student who shares a bathroom in a dorm or has roommates. The towel topper comes in several sizes and will securely hold your towel up while you go through your post-shower routine.

Related Link:
Christmas at the Cosmo 

Monday, December 16, 2013

2014 HAMMS Event

HAMMS Event - Help A Minnesota Maker SucceedMay 3rd, 2014 - Mark your
calendars -

HAMMS Event 2013Info about becoming a vendor, sponsor or shopper, as well as some fun additions for this years' event can be found on the website above. Yahoo!

Calling all Minnesota Businesses:

If you're a Minnesota Maker, we would love to have you as a vendor at the 2014 HAMMS Event.
What is a Minnesota Maker? A Minnesota entrepreneur who is the developer/designer of their product.

Calling all Minnesota Food Trucks - We would love to have 2 or 3 of you again this year. Please contact us. 

If you're a Minnesota blogger, please contact us with your blog name, link and stats. We'd love to give you a pair of tickets to attend and have a ticket give-a-way, in exchange for a post on your blog.

If you own or manage a Minnesota company, we would love to have you be a sponsor of the HAMMS Event. (Sponsorship is available to ANY company, no matter your location. We're just BIG MN fans, can you tell?)

Do you want to be a part of the HAMMS Event but you're not sure how you'd fit?Please contact us  - we can help you figure it out - We also need volunteers!
If you know a Minnesota Maker, blogger or business that may be interested in our event, please forward this post to them. Thank you.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Sugar Sugar

Organic Sugar Cane
excerpt from American Spa Magazine.
by Jessica Morrobel

While its nutritional value is hotly debated, sugar remains an effective skincare ingredient.

Considering the recent press  surrounding sugar’s addictive and waistline- expanding properties, it may seem counter intuitive, but sucrose is a bona fide beauty heavyweight. When used in skincare treatments, it packs a serious punch instead of packing on the pounds. This organic compound exfoliates without clogging pores and inherently retains liquid, according to Heather Lindbergh, Epicuren’s  director of media and public relations. “As a natural humectant, sugar draws in moisture, keeping the skin hydrated and supple,” she says. “Nature’s troublemaker is also a natural glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that sloughs off dry, lifeless skin cells, promoting cellular turnover to generate more youthful-looking skin.”

According to Paul Heslop, owner of Salt of the Earth, natural glycolic acid not only conditions and moisturizes but also protects skin from toxins, helping to eliminate blemishes and restore the natural balance of surface oils. “As we get older, our cell renewal rate slows,” he says. “Glycolic acid breaks apart the ‘glue’ that holds dead skin cells together and helps them desquamate faster. It also helps with fine lines, wrinkles, and acne.” Sugar features prominently in the company’s line of scrubs, custom-blended for each of its 500-plus clients, and in its Blend Bar Mix Stations.

Sweet Scrubbing Action

A high-demand face and body treatment staple, white sugar is often used as a gentle alternative to coarser salt-based scrubs. At The Spa at Pelican Hill (CA), the California Sugar Glow treatment (starting at $130, 50 minutes) uses the spa’s signature California Sugar Scrub, a natural product that blends pure cane sugar with plant extracts, to gently buff and nourish the skin.

Brown sugar is an even milder option. It has a higher molasses content than refined white sugar, so it’s more hydrating and easier on sensitive skin, according to Stephanie Phelan, spa director at The Spa at El Encanto (Santa Barbara, CA). Brown sugar also offers a “better glide for the scrub and adds a pleasant aroma to the treatment,” says Phelan. El Encanto’s Pinot and Cabernet Crush Sugar Scrub ($160, 50 minutes) relies on a mix of the two sugars, though organic brown sugar features more prominently than its organic white counterpart.

When it comes to selecting a sugar, “less coarse granules will prevent micro-tearing of the skin,” says Lindbergh. “The granular structure of brown sugar is finer than that of white sugar and also has water in its makeup, which delivers moisture to the skin.” It plays a key role in Epicuren’s Tub & Rub Sampler ($150, 60 minutes) at Auberge Spa at The Inn at Palmetto Bluff (SC). “We will always have a sugar-based scrub available on the menu,” says Angela Comfort, lead spa therapist at Auberge. “Not everyone can tolerate a salt.”

For FarmHouse Fresh president and founder Shannon McLinden, the choice between exfoliating agents comes down to the desired texture of each product. “Our signature sea-salt scrubs are fabulous for removing calluses from feet and keeping cracked heels at bay,” she says. “Brown sugar brings a warm scent to our more wintery creations, and it dissolves easily on the skin. We use white sugar in our thicker cream-based scrubs—the grain is a bit smoother to the touch.”

Éminence Organic Skin Care uses organic raw sugar for its products, says Boldijarre Koronczay, the company’s president and founder. “The sugarcane is grown without any synthetic pesticides or herbicides, thus offering a green alternative benefit for the skin and the environment,” he says.

It should come as no surprise that sugar goes well with fruit—this versatile ingredient complements anything that could be found in a baked good or a cocktail. FarmHouse Fresh has a gingersnap-pecan-scented Gingersnap Manicure ($45, 50 minutes) and Pedicure ($65, 50 minutes) at The Woodhouse Day Spa (multiple locations), while a Chardonnay sugar scrub from Olavie is one of the most popular exfoliants at The Spa at the Broadmoor (Colorado Springs, CO). “The sugar is so refined that it melts into the skin after exfoliating and does not leave any small cuts or abrasions like other scrubs can,” says spa director Cassie Hernandez.

Not just for the holidays, sweet treatments are a year-round favorite. Says McLinden, “Sugar-based scrubs are always in demand. They cause less irritation on fresh-shaved skin, so they are  preferred—especially in the summer in pedis.” Phelan concurs that sugar scrubs are popular in the summer, citing guests’ overexposure to the sun. “They want a more gentle exfoliation,” she says. Nicole De Rosa, spa director at Relâche Spa at Gaylord National Resort (National Harbor, MD), takes the opposite view. “Our guests always love sugar-based treatments, but they are great for the winter because the skin is drier from the weather and in need of nourishment.”

Extreme Exfoliation

Sugaring, in which a paste made of sugar, lemon, and water is used to remove unwanted hair, is perhaps the most radical use of sucrose as an exfoliant. According to Paola Girotti, owner of body-sugaring boutique Sugarmoon (multiple locations), the mixture is applied against hair growth. Unlike waxing, hair is then removed in its natural direction, which helps eliminate breakage. “Sugar is gentle for all skin types,” Girotti says. “It is antibacterial, but, moreover, it does not stick to the skin. It sticks to dead skin cells and hair only, leaving the live cells intact.”

Undercover Agent

Though sugar is most commonly found in exfoliants, it’s a surprise element in many other beauty products as well. Jurlique relies on several types of sugar-based ingredients, and “deciding which ones to use all depends on the type of formulation, its unique performance attributes, and its end function within the product,” says Richard Pietz, global director of product development. “Sugar is a renewable resource and has various functions that are great for skin. New science technology over the years has given rise to new skin benefits that come from sugar molecules.”

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Remedies for Daily Living

INtelligent Nutrients Remedies.

Aromatherapy remedies for pain, stress and other problems work by boosting the body's internal healing process. They position the body to renew itself.

Inhaling essential oils stimulates the olfactory nerves (sense of smell), which send signals to the brain's limbic system, which, in turn, triggers an emotional, physiological, endocrine (hormone) and / or immune system response. You get the therapeutic effect!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Centennial Lakes Holiday Shoppes

See ya here!

Holiday Shoppes at Centennial Lakes - Edina.We'll be joined by:


Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Come and join the fun! 

Get all of your Holiday Shopping done in one place at MinneJingleMingle #ShopLocal.

Accessories, Beauty, clothing, jewelry, food, bags, services, etc;, by many fantastic Minnesota companies.

One Grand Prize given to one attendee featuring products from each of the vendors!
Plus, prizes throughout evening.

Free to attend! Free parking. Great NE Mpls location at 612 Brew.


Monday, December 2, 2013

Cultural Aromas

Ancient Awesome. Inspired by ancient texts, epic myths and the actual scented oils cited in them.

Did you know... Manufacturers are not required to disclose aroma ingredients as is it is considered proprietary which allows them to hide many unmentionables in the aroma. INtelligent Nutrients discloses 100% of their ingredients because they have nothing to hide.
INtelligent Nutrients Cultural Aromas.