5.30.2014

Sibu Beauty

Sibu Beauty, founded in 2003 by Bruce McMullin, bases its product line around a nutritious berry called sea buckthorn. Sea buckthorn has been used for at least 1,300 years medicinally, with legend maintaining that Genghis Khan fed the berries to his men and horses in order to speed their recovery periods and boost their stamina during battle.
Sibu Beauty harvests sea buckthorn from remote regions in the Himalayas, where it is known to grow in its heartiest and most nutrient-rich form.
They offer a small, refined line of skincare products including a facial cleanser, hydrating serum, rejuvenating night cream, soap and facial cream. They also sell two nutritional supplements, including a soft gel and a drink, which are designed to improve the skin. All of these products are available for affordable prices!


"Deep yet gentle cleansing is the foundation of effective facial care at every age. This all-natural balancing facial cleanser gently removes dirt, impurities and make-up while maintaining a healthy balance in your skin without compromising its natural protective nutrients. This lightly exfoliating facial cleanser will leave your face fresh, clean, and perfectly balanced. Your skin will look and feel radiant.
  • Leaves skin looking and feeling radiant and refreshed
  • Removes excess oil and impurities
  • Contains micro-particles for a gentle exfoliation
  • Great for removing make-up
  • Non-foaming gel formula for all skin types
This all-natural balancing facial cleanser gently removes dirt, impurities and make-up while maintaining a healthy balance in your skin without compromising its natural protective nutrients."

What: Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Balancing Facial Cleanser
Price: $17.95
Features:
  • GMO Free
  • Cruelty Free
  • Vegan
  • Fair Trade
  • AKA
  • FSC
Directions: Use morning and evening with moistened hands. Work into a lather and massage face and neck. Rinse thoroughly.
Ingredients: water, decyl glucoside, coco betaine, sd alcohol 40-b, lauryl glucoside, hydrogenated jojoba oil, carrageenan, glycerin, phenethyl alcohol, sea buckthorn fruit extract (hippophae rhamnoides), sea buckthorn seed oil (hippophae rhamnoides), panthenol, coco-glucoside, glyceryl oleate, xanthan gum, sodium levulinate, sodium phytate, sodium anisate, fragrance (from orange and lemon essential oils.
What we think: This cleanser is a fantastic exfoliating gel cleanser! It lathers up nicely and does not foam upon massaging and coming into contact with water. The product removes all make up, smells wonderful, and consists of natural ingredients that leaves your skin clean and not dried out.
Plus, a little goes a long way as you only need around half a pump to wash the oil buildup from the night before. The tiny exfoliation beads are not scratchy and take away dead skin without leaving your skin agitated or raw. The micro beads are almost invisible.
We love the citrus scent and it leaves you feeling energized and ready to start your day!


"Our sea buckthorn clarifying toner, with omega 7 fatty acids, refreshes, hydrates and pH balances skin for up to six hours. With sea buckthorn, algae extracts and aloe, this nutrient infused toner is ideal for use after cleansing skin or any time during the day when you need to refresh your skin.
  • Refreshes and hydrates skin
  • Reconditions and firms skin
  • Balances pH levels for up to six hours
  • Helps retain natural moisture
  • Leaves skin feeling smooth and calm
  • Helps restore youthful radiance and clarity
  • 3 fl. oz.
  • 100% natural"

What: Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Clarifying Toner
Price: $24.95
Features:
  • GMO Free
  • Cruelty Free
  • Vegan
  • Fair Trade
  • AKA
  • FSC
Ingredients: Water, SD Alcohol 40-B, Glycerin, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Inulin, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Oil, Algae Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Allantoin, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Leucojum Aestivum Bulb Extract, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Phospholipids, Xanthan Gum, Phenethyl Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, Orange and Lemon Essential Oils, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phytic Acid Paraben-FREE and Cruelty-FREE. No dairy, wheat, sodium, yeast or preservatives. Our sea buckthorn is sourced through fair trade agreements with local harvesters in Tibet.
What we think: This toner hydrates your skin while helping it retain moisture after you apply it. We love that it has the convenient spray pump that allows you to mist your face easily. No cotton ball required!
The product is refreshing, and smells good. It is also light and non-sticky. Carrying it in your purse and spritzing it on in the middle of the day when you don't have access to a shower gives you the fresh feeling you need. Spraying it over make up will also help you achieve that dewy look! A must-have item for the summer.

Sibu Beauty has fantastic products ! We love that they are cruelty free, sustainable, and natural.

www.sibubeauty.com

5.29.2014

Pretzel Crisps- Deli Style

 
The Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps are delicious. They have a lot of flavor and come in so many varieties that your snack cravings will be satisfied!
These snacks are exactly what we look for in a snack. Pretzel Crisps are pretzels shaped like a chip or cracker that are even more crispy than traditional pretzels. Plus, they taste so much better and come in so many varieties. The texture, great flavors and the many things you can pair them with make an amazing snack!


"Perfectly salted ORIGINAL PRETZEL CRISPS® give you that satisfying, hearty crunch in a versatile shape that’s dippable, spreadable, and deliciously snackable. With great gourmet taste from naturally wholesome ingredients, it’s the perfect snack anytime!
Try ORIGINAL with salsa, hummus, chili, cheese, peanut butter and all your favorite dips, or for an off-beat sweet treat, dip ‘em in chocolate, ice cream or yogurt. The “just right” baked flavor is also a healthy crunch all by itself. One bite and you’ll rethink your pretzel!"


Classic pretzel flavor, redesigned! Flatter, crunchier, and so much more flavorful. Perfect by themselves, and amazing paired with dip.
 
 
"Our EVERYTHING flavor, sprinkled generously with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, onions and garlic with just a pinch of salt, more than lives up to its name. Packed with flavor, baked, not fried. EVERYTHING PRETZEL CRISPS® deliver great taste without the guilt.
Delicious with nearly every spread, they’re diversely dippable, and just as satisfying by the handful. One bite and you’ll Rethink Your Pretzel!™"
A mixture of  poppy seeds, sesame seeds, onions and garlic, with a touch of salt. Everything is delicious! Pretzel Crisps are baked not fried, so they're incredibly crunchy. Broken up into small pieces, they can also make a wonderful salad topping. Pairing this with brie and grapes are also an all-time favorite combination.
 
"Deli-Style GARLIC PARMESAN PRETZEL CRISPS® are a zingy twist on an old favorite, with great gourmet taste from naturally wholesome ingredients. The best part of the pretzel – that satisfying flavor and crunch – is crispy thin and baked with a light, savory garlic flavor for big flavor in a light, crispy snack.
Enjoy them straight from the bag, or dip your crisp into a hummus or creamy cheese dip.
One bite and you’ll Rethink Your Pretzel!™"

Packed with flavor, yet not overbearing, Garlic Parmesan is delicious! If you love Parmesan, this one is for you.


"Our BUFFALO WING flavor is a crowd pleaser! Everyone loves the spicy flavor sprinkled right on top of each crisp. Try BUFFALO WING with ranch dip, blue cheese dressing, cheddar or cream cheese spreads, and as a zesty partner for celery sticks.Or, enjoy the “just right” baked flavor as a hearty crunch all by itself!!"

The Buffalo Wing Pretzel Crisps are excellent. They have a slight kick and actually taste like Buffalo Wings!

 
"Our SESAME flavor is lightly toasted to bring out the sesame seed’s essential oils, adding a healthy kick to Pretzel Crisps®’ delicious crunch. Sesame seeds are naturally rich in iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, calcium, vitamin B1, E and a good source of lignans (phytoestrogens with antioxidant and anti-cancer properties). Health qualities aside, one bite, and you’ll be saying “Open Sesame,” again and again!"
 
This sesame flavor makes an excellent snack. Crunchy, filling, addicting... Plus they have 1g of fiber! This pairs nicely with a fruit combination.
 

"Our BOLD & SPICY JALAPEÑO JACK is an exciting new addition to our family lineup.  Spicy jalapeño combined with smooth jack cheese flavor sprinkled right on top of each crisp. Try JALAPEÑO JACK with pico de gallo, salsa or guacamole.Or, enjoy the “just right” baked flavor as a hearty crunch all by itself!"

Jalapeno Jack is quite spicy and is delicious with guacamole to cool them down. Delicious and has a nice kick to make it interesting. They also pair nicely with nachos or a taco salad!



"Our BOLD & SPICY CHIPOTLE CHEDDAR flavor is an exciting new addition to our flavor lineup.  A spicy kick from Chipotle, combined with a sharp cheddar flavor on top of each crisp brings you a satisfying bold taste.  Try Chipotle Cheddar with avocado slices and cherry tomatoes, or with a dollop of guacamole. Or, enjoy the “just right” baked flavor as a hearty crunch all by itself!!"

The Chipotle Cheddar has a wonderful smoky flavor. Just a bit of heat and a delicious cheesy aspect that comes together wonderfully. Tastes like a mixture of spicy BBQ sauce and cheddar cheese.


"Giving consumers a distinctive base for creating layers of flavor in each bite, the new SEA SALT & CRACKED PEPPER perfectly balances the exuberant zing of fresh cracked pepper with the classic tang of sea salt.Enjoy the “just right” baked flavor as a hearty crunch all by itself or with your favorite dip or topping!"

This flavor is notably tasty and the flavor goes well with the light and crispy pretzels. Pretzel Crisps adds flavors like onion and garlic to enrich the classic sea salt and cracked pepper combination. Delicious



"Complementing other bold flavors available in the popular Deli Style line-up, HONEY MUSTARD & ONION PRETZEL CRISPS® marries tangy mustard and onion with the irresistible sweetness of honey. One bite and you’ll Rethink Your Pretzel!™"

Honey Mustard & Onion Pretzel Crisps are tasty and the combination compliments each other very well. The addition of onion adds depth and a salty tang to the combination, and the honey mustard adds a sweet aspect. We love how Pretzel Crisps did not shy away from including some of the mustard's spicy bite. The vibrant, tasty seasoning compliments the crunchy crisps just enough that you could enjoy them with some cheese or a dip, or on their own.


These are all so delicious, and we love the wide variety. One serving is about 10 and has only about 110 calories and 2g of fat (they vary a bit by flavor, but not much). One serving is very satisfying and they keep you full for much longer than chips. Plus they taste much better!

http://pretzelcrisps.com/


Interview with Pretzel Crisps

Who doesn’t love Pretzel Crisps?! Ever since the flat, crispy pretzels hit the market shelves years ago, they have been a staple in our pantries. We are always excited to see a new flavor addition from the company that reminds us to , “rethink your pretzel!” and we have yet to taste a flavor that we didn’t enjoy! You may view the Pretzel Crisps timeline here


Sarah Velasco: What is your mission?
Pretzel Crisps: Snack Factory’s mission is to offer the American consumer better for you snack options

Sarah Velasco: Can you tell us about some health benefits of eating Pretzel Crisps? Why is it a better-for-you snack?
Pretzel Crisps: Pretzel Crisps® are a modern twist on an old favorite. They combine the best part of the pretzel – all the flavor and crunch – but lighter, crispier and more versatile than ever before. Since 2004, Pretzel Crisps® have reinvented the pretzel category winning over the hearts and taste buds of snackers everywhere as the world’s first spreadable pretzel-shaped cracker. With its thin, crunchy, high-quality ingredients and sweet and savory flavors, it’s no wonder Pretzel Crisps® are the go-to, better-for-you snack choice. Available in a variety of low fat, baked varieties at only 110 calories per serving, Pretzel Crisps® are made without any trans fat, saturated fat or cholesterol. The exceptionally thin, flat-baked pretzel crackers have multiple uses in snacking. Whether eaten straight out of the bag, paired with other foods like meat, cheese, fruit and veggies or “skinny” dipped in your favorite low fat dip or spread, Pretzel Crisps® are the perfect snack to share with family and friends. So, bag the chips and reach for Pretzel Crisps®! One bite and you’ll rethink your pretzel!

Sarah Velasco: What types of products do you have?
Pretzel Crisps: Thin crunchy pretzel crackers!

Sarah Velasco: What are your top 3 bestsellers?
Pretzel Crisps: Original, Everything and Garlic Parmesan

Sarah Velasco: Can you tell readers two favorite recipes they can create using Pretzel Crisps?



Guilt -Free Onion Dip 
Ingredients:
2 cups 2% Greek yogurt
2 scallions (white & green), finely chopped (save some for garnish)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp onion powder
salt & pepper to taste


Recommended Pretzel Crisps Pairing: Honey Mustard & Onion

Mix all ingredients in a medium-size bowl with a wooden spoon and serve. Can be made a day ahead. Just mix again when you take it out of the refrigerator.

Makes 2 cups



5-Layer Mexican Dip
Ingredients:
15-oz can refried beans
1 cup of your favorite salsa
2 sweet red peppers, de-seeded and finely chopped
3 scallions (white part), sliced
2 medium avocados, seed and peel removed, mashed with a fork
juice of 1 lime
¼ cup low fat mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, minced
1 7-oz can sliced jalapenos, drained
3-4 sprigs fresh cilantro, minced
15-oz container sour cream
1 cup shredded low-fat pepperjack or cheddar cheese
2-3 small sweet red & orange peppers for garnish (optional)
Recommended Pretzel Crisps Pairing: Everything

Instructions:
First Layer
Spread refried beans on the bottom of a clear glass container or pie plate (around 7-8”).
Add 1 cup of salsa and mix well with refried beans.
Second Layer
Sprinkle chopped red peppers and sliced scallions over the first layer.
Third Layer
In a separate bowl, scoop out the meat of 2 medium avocados and mash with a fork and
lime juice.
Add ¼ tsp mayonnaise and garlic and mix well.
Spread over second layer with a spoon or a spatula.
Fourth Layer
Sprinkle chopped cilantro & jalapeno slices over the third layer.
Fifth Layer
Place a few dollops of sour cream on top and use a spoon or spatula to evenly
distribute.
Sprinkle shredded cheese generously over the top.
Garnish with yellow and red small sweet peppers (optional).

Makes approximate 2-1/2 cups

Sarah Velasco: Where can readers find your products?
Pretzel Crisps: We can be found in the deli section of all major grocers, and at Target, Walmart, Costco and BJs!

Sarah Velasco: Anything else we should know? 
Pretzel Crisps: We have four new flavors! Honey Mustard & Onion, Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper, Original MINIS and Cheddar MINIS!                                                        

5.28.2014

Savannah Bee Company

Savannah Bee Company  is a unique company that started off in beekeeping and later expanded to create all-natural body care products with the pure honey they collect. You can read more about Savannah Bee Company here 


"Our honey bar soaps are handmade in Savannah using Savannah Bee Company honey, olive and jojoba oils, and all-natural fragrances. These soaps contain no harsh detergents and no parabens to damage skin. Our bar soaps come in four "Southern scents," Orange Blossom, Clementine, Tupelo Sweet Baby or Mint Julep. Can't decide on which one to try? Get them all in our Honey Bar Soap combination set! All of our Honey Bar Soaps are SavannahBee.com and Savannah Bee Company retail store exclusives!"


What: Savannah Bee Company Honey Bar Soaps 
Price: $6 each
What we think: This soap is great, and makes a wonderful staple in your skincare routine. The smell is lovely, and we love that this product is so natural. It is full of good stuff (honey, jojoba oils...), and cleanses without drying you out. It does not upset sensitive skin, and has no residue when you wash it off. 





"Experience a luxurious, long-lasting everyday lotion for silky skin! Honey naturally repairs, rejuvenates, and softens your skin. Savannah Bee Honey Lotion is the daily solution to your skin care needs.
Savannah Bee Honey Lotion is available in four fabulous scents: Wild Blackberry, Lemongrass Spearmint, Orange Blossom and Tupelo Honey. All four body lotions contain aloe vera, coconut oil, and honey to nourish, heal, and protect your skin.
Our Honey Body Lotions are very gentle and perfect for your entire body! Honeybees make everything healthy naturally, including you!Savannah Bee Honey Lotions are made from 100% all natural ingredients, contain no parabens or petroleum, and are never tested on animals.
Please note that travel size lotions come in a combo pack of four that includes one 1.7oz tube of each scent."


What: Savannah Bee Honey Body Lotion Orange Blossom 
Price: 8oz/ $12
What we think: Honey is known to be a wonderful way to naturally repair and soften skin. We love that Savannah Bee Company created honey-based products. This lotion is made with real honey and 100% all natural ingredients. There are no parabens or petroleum, and is never tested on animals. It is also made in the USA! 
This lotion has a lovely scent and texture. We are so fond of the Orange Blossom scent. It is so fresh and clean, and it smells like you just peeled an orange. It is strong enough so it leaves a nice scent on you, but not too overpowering. The texture is not too thin or not too thick. It absorbs quickly and leaves your skin feeling moisturized. Perfect as an every day lotion. 





"Bathe your skin with an everyday golden elixir! Honey is a nourishing, gentle cleanser that naturally exfoliates your skin.Savannah Bee Honey Body Wash is the perfect addition to your skin care ritual.
Savannah Bee Honey Body Wash is available in four fabulous scents: Wild Blackberry, Lemongrass Spearmint, Orange Blossom and Tupelo Honey. All four of these amazing body washes containroyal jelly, propolis, and honey to soften, nourish, and repair your skin.

Our honey-based body washes are very gentle and perfect for the entire family! Savannah Bee Honey Body Washes are formulated from 100% all natural ingredients, contain no parabens or petroleum, and are never tested on animals.
Honeybees make everything healthy naturally, including you!
Please note the travel size washes come in a combo pack of four that includes one 1.7oz tube of each scent."


What: Savannah Bee Honey Body Wash Orange Blossom 
Price: 8oz / $12
What we think: We love these 100% all natural, no paraben or petroleum products. Did you know that honey is a nourishing, gentle cleanser that naturally exfoliates? We have always known about the moisturizing properties, but never the exfoliation. 
These body washes exfoliate and clean skin for a soft glow without over-drying. The propolis, raw royal jelly, and honey work together to moisturize and the provitamin B5 works to further enhance the product's moisturizing properties. Normally, there is a drying effect associated with many soaps and personal cleansers. This body wash leaves you feeling clean and soft.




"Bee Kissed with our new, all-natural Beeswax Lip Gloss. Beeswax naturally hydrates and protects for softer, healthier lips. Choose from these colorful and intoxicating bouquets: Mint Blossom, Wild Blackberry, Sweet Nothings and Tupelo Honey.
Savannah Bee Beeswax Lip Gloss contains no parabens, no petroleum derived ingredients, and is never tested on animals.

Savannah Bee Beeswax Lip Gloss is made from all natural ingredients and is gluten free."

What: Savannah Bee Beeswax Lip Gloss Sweet Nothings 
Price: $14 each
What we think: In lovely shades, these lipglosses hydrate lips without parabens, petroleum, gluten and is made with all-natural, ingredients. Each shade has its own flavor including Mint Blossom (pink), Wild Blackberry (dark pink), Tupelo Honey, and Sweet Nothings (nude). Shades have a pretty hint of shimmer and are highly pigmented so you can wear them over lipstick or just own their own!

Savannah Bee offers pure and naturally organic honey products and beauty supplies. We highly recommend them! If you are in the area, be sure to stop by one of their retail stores

Interview with: Savannah Bee Company




Sarah Velasco: Can you tell us about Savannah Bee Company? How did that begin?
Savannah Bee Company: Ted fell in love when honey then bees at the age of 12. An old man named Roy Hightower asked to keep bees on the Dennard’s property to make Tupelo honey, the queen of the honey world. The Dennard family agreed and Roy taught young Ted everything he knew about beekeeping. Ted’s passion grew into the business it is today. 

Sarah Velasco: What is your mission?
Savannah Bee Company: To educate people on the benefits of honey inside and out as well as the importance of the honeybee to our environment, agriculture, and ecosystem.

Sarah Velasco: What types of products do you carry?
Savannah Bee Company: We have a line of Artisanal monofloral honeys along with a line of Naturally Luxurious, beehive inspired Body care.

Sarah Velasco: Are there common misconceptions about honey?
Savannah Bee Company: “Sugar is Sugar” Many people do not know how healthy honey is for you. Honey contains: all of the vitamins and nutrients your body needs except for vitamin d (hence the Land of Milk and Honey), important amino acids, and lipid enzymes which promote digestion among other things. Honey creates its own hydrogen peroxide so it never goes bad, but you can also use it to heal cuts and scrapes or to wash your face!

Sarah Velasco: What types of ingredients do you use in your Body Care products?
Savannah Bee Company: Our Body care is made with ingredients from the beehive: Honey, Beeswax, Propolis, and Royal Jelly. We use No Parabens, No Petroleum derived ingredients, and No Animal Testing. 

Sarah Velasco: Why is it important to use natural and organic ingredients?
Savannah Bee Company: It is important to protect your body from harmful ingredients that will negatively affect your health. 



Sarah Velasco: For readers that have never tried your products, what four products would you recommend to them?


Savannah Bee Company:

ROYAL JELLY BODY BUTTER
This top-selling luxuriant butter renews your skin while leaving it soft and supple. Royal Jelly, the most precious product from the hive, is combined with Honey, Beeswax and Propolis along with pecan oil, cocoa butter, Shea butter, orange peel wax all work together to nourish, repair and moisturize. You’ll receive the royal treatment with the rich nutrients and delicate blackberry fragrance.

Royal jelly is a “Cinderella” substance that turns a worker bee in to a queen. Royal jelly also allows her to live 40 times longer than the average bee as a result! Replete with a multitude of vitamins, proteins, lipids and sugars, this amazing natural substance is known for its nourishing and deep moisturizing properties- as well as its ability to promote skins elasticity and helps regenerate cell and tissue.

HONEY BODY WASH
This Honey Wash gently exfoliates while cleansing the skin. It uses Honey and Propolis to create healthier skin and Royal Jelly to enhance the moisturizing effect. It comes in three beautiful fragrances: invigorating Lemongrass Spearmint, lightly fruity Wild Blackberry, sweet Southern Tupelo Honey and citrus sweet Orange Blossom. Follow the Honey Wash with our lightweight Honey Lotion or Royal Jelly Body Butter.

BEESWAX LIP GLOSS
Bee Kissed with our Beeswax Lip Glosses. Cover your lips with a burst of flavor and shine while benefiting from the secrets from the hive like protecting beeswax, healthy Propolis and nourishing oils. Restore and enhance your natural beauty with three beautiful colors: sheer Sweet Nothings, striking Wild Blackberry, rosy Mint Blossom and golden Tupelo Honey.

BEESWAX HAND CREAM
This intense hand treatment with Propolis and Royal Jelly replenishes repairs and restores your skin. It adds softening peach oil and anti-oxidizing blueberry extract for another layer of healing. The Beeswax Hand Cream provides a long lasting shield from harsh elements. We recommend daily use, especially in the morning. It comes in a glass jar for desk or bedside and a convenient tube is easy to carry with you.

Sarah Velasco: Why is honey good in skin care?
Savannah Bee Company: Transcending all ages, honey remains the “Golden Elixir” of skin care. Rich in lore and myth about its radiant beauty enhancing properties, science has started to catch up. Honey is truly healing and helps our skin regenerate healthy cells. There is a reason why so many top spas include honey in their most luxuriant rituals. Honey is a gentle but highly effective cleanser, exfoliator, moisturizer and intense healing agent. It actually has hydrogen peroxide properties that clean your skin. It is a natural humectant pulling moisture from the air and feeding the skin. 

Sarah Velasco: Where can readers find your products?
Savannah Bee Company: We have three stores in Savannah, one in Charleston. You can find our entire line in the southeastern Whole Foods. Check the Store Locator online for Savannah Bee products sold in your area: http://www.savannahbee.com/content/store-locator.

Sarah Velasco: Anything else we should know?
Savannah Bee Company: Recently Ted started a Not-for-Profit call The Bee Cause Project to raise a generation who admire and respect the noble honeybee. His goal is to put 1,000 glass observation beehives in 1,000 schools and the kids’ responses have been outstanding. For more information or to make a donation, buzz on by http://www.thebeecause.org/.

5.27.2014

Dew Puff



"Dew Puff is a 100% plant-based facial cleansing sponge. Cleans, exfoliates, brightens, and refreshes
Folklore says that a Buddhist monk enjoyed a meal of konjac root one evening and fell asleep at the table. When he awoke the konjac had frozen and then defrosted, resulting in a sponge that easily hydrated with water. Asian women have been using this amazing tool to clean, gently exfoliate and brighten skin since that fateful night!
Masashi Tsuchiya is the person behind importing Dew Puff to the U.S. His wife Maya was looking for an affordable beauty tool to offer to the American consumer. She found Konjac  sponges . They have had a long history of use, so the couple knew that they were highly effective...and thus, Dew Puff was born!"



Dew Puff Original  $7 each
"Dew Puff natural sponges clean without drying out your skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and looking smooth and radiant. Gentle enough for any type of skin - even your baby's skin."


  • Unscented konjac sponge
  • Cleans skin without chemicals
  • Helps keep skin hydrated
  • 100% chemical free.
  • Just add water to use.


  • "The Bamboo Charcoal natural sponge contains activated carbon and minerals to help prevent breakouts, plus antioxidants to fight acne-causing bacteria. This konjac sponge is soothing and helps fight blemished skin."


  • Super soft konjac sponge.
  • Gentle enough for everyday skin care
  • Cleans, exfoliates and refreshes your skin.
  • Natural sponge to help keep skin hydrated
  • 100% chemical free natural sponge
  • Just add water to use.


  • "Dew Puff Asian Clay natural sponge helps stimulate skin cells white absorbing impurities below the pore level. Leaves skin looking rejuvenated, renewed and helps reduce aging."

  • Stimulating natural sponge
  • Konjac Sponge for absorbing skin impurities.
  • Active pore clensing.
  • 100% chemical free.
  • Just add water to use.


  • What we think: Dew Puffs are a face and body cleansing sponge that are 100% plant based. This is great as so many facial cleansers and body washes have gluten and other allergens. 
    These exfoliating sponges are made with konjac root, which has been used for hundreds of years in Japan for its cleansing qualities. It has been used to obtain beautiful skin.
    When you moisten a Dew Puff sponge, you are left with exceptionally soft, clean skin. By just adding water, the Dew Puff becomes soft and ready to use. It is easy to use, and a natural beauty product.
    Using Dew Puff makes your face feel great after washing: refreshed and without feeling dry, soothing even irritated skin. 
    These cleansing sponges are also gentle enough for baby's skin, in addition to being 100% chemical free, and preservative free. Dew Puff is also great for those with eczema, and sensitive skin. 
    The three varieties are great! There is the Original Dew Puff that can be used with water or your favorite cleanser, Bamboo Charcoal perfect for blemish prone skin, and Asian Clay, which helps stimulate skin cells and absorbs impurities, leaving you with a healthy glow. 
    We highly recommend Dew Puff! Even after the first wash, your skin will begin to feel softer and look more radiant. This is a must have in product in your beauty routine. Once you try this all-natural, eco-friendly product, you will never want to use any other kind of face cleansing sponge again. 



    http://www.dewpuff.com

    SodaStream Source Machine

    "SodaStream partners with Yves Béhar, world-renowned designer and social entrepreneur - the result is the new Source, an elegantly-designed soda maker that combines beauty, functionality and efficiency. The elegantly redesigned carbonating bottle easily locks into place with a single-push motion. Powered by a CO2 canister, the refined mechanics of SodaStream Source make the entire top surface responsive to touch, and the strength of carbonation is visible through an LED display, providing instant, visual feedback." 




     Source Starter Kit contents:

    • Source home soda maker
    • 1 Reusable 1L BPA-free carbonating bottle with fizz-preserving cap
    • 1 60L* CO2 carbonator (makes up to 60 liters)
    • Sodamix Taste Sampler (6 flavors)
    • MSRP $99.95
    • Available colors - white, black, red 
    What we think: The SodaStream Source machine is a very nice product for those who like carbonated drinks. It is also a fun product to use, and there is something nice about getting to fizz up your water during the day.
    The Source machine is great as it has a lock in mechanism vs prior models which require you to twist your bottle. This lock in system allows you to snap in the bottle easily. 
    We love the design and the color choices of the Source Machine! All of these are strong color choices, and make a great accessory to your kitchen. It is a machine that you feel good about sitting on your kitchen counter!
    The SodaStream Soda Maker, once out of the box, can be used in a matter of seconds. It is very easy to use, and the instructions are simple to follow. As long as you adhere strictly to the instructions, your results will be exactly as advertised. The Source machine has a LED indicator that lets you know how much fizz to add to achieve different levels of carbonation. The LED light is great so you can control the intensity of the carbonation. For once, a new appliance is as easy to use as the manufacturer would have you believe!
    Plus, this machine will end your need to lug soft drinks from the grocery. You will also do a part for the environment by not having to throw out liter bottles or soda cans. 
    We are happy with the product and think it is an excellent one to have! The SodaStream works very well. It looks great in your kitchen, and the product tastes great. It is also very comforting to know what is in your soda. You can even carbonate water and make your own syrups. This is great for those with severe allergies. We love the SodaStream Source machine and think you will too!

    www.sodastreamusa.com


    5.26.2014

    Two Must-Have Summer Essentials


    Yu-Be Lip Therapy is formulated WITHOUT parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petro-chemicals and
    phthalates.  Based on the formula for the #1 selling medicated, vitamin-enriched skincare cream in Japan today, Yu-Be is
    safe and effective for the entire family.

    Yu-Be Lip Therapy
    Yu-Be Lip Therapy is an all-natural lip balm used to protect and treat normal, dry, or severely chapped lips. The ingredients
    are based on the original, 50-year old Japanese Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream formula which includes glycerin, vitamin E,
    and camphor. It soothes, moisturizes, and protects dry, painful, chapped lips and replenishes lost moisture from exposure
    to heat, cold, and wind.  ($5)
    Available at Sephora stores nationwide and online via www.sephora.com

    Price: 0.15oz $5  
    What it is: A hydrating, glycerin-based lip balm.
    Directions: Apply evenly on dry, chapped lips as often as needed. It works 
    well as a base for lipstick.
    Features:
    • Vitamin E: a natural antioxidant and skin protector.
    • Camphor: Soothes irritation and stimulates blood circulation improving the overall health of skin. the mild scent disappears in minutes.
    • Shea Butter: a natural moisturizer and Anti-inflammatory agent.
    • Aloe Vera: a natural moisturizer that Reduces pain and inflammation. 
    Ingredients: Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Camphor, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Eupatorium Rebaudianum Bertoni (Stevia) Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Leaf Extract).

    What we think: This product goes on so smoothly and moisturizes your lips. It is not gooey and is perfect for everyday use! It lasts a long time and absorbs quickly. It has a slightly herbal smell.
    This product is also great for men as it does not give any shine or shimmer. It is also great as a multi-purpose product. We highly recommend this produc! It will make an excellent beauty product staple in addition to a summer essential. 



    Grape Stem Cell, White Tea + Seaweed Body Butter nourishes and softens the skin to combat roughness, even skin tone and fight the appearance of aging skin. Contains grape stem cells, spirulina, algae, green and white teas, shea butter, jojoba seed oil, vitamins A, C and E, palmaria palmate and pine bark extract.($45)

    Available at leading spas and online via www.emerginc.com




    Price: 200 ml/  $45
    Directions: For intense hydration, apply to clean skin after body exfoliation and/or mask treatment .
    Features: Delivers anti-aging and toning effects to the body. Hydrates, and softens skin.
    Active ingredients: Grape Stem Cells, Spirulina, Algae Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Green Tea, White Tea, Shea Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil, Orange Oil, PalmariaPalmata, Pine Bark Extract, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, Glycerin, Lecithin, Xylitol, Xylitylglucoside.

    What we think: We love EmerginC`s grape stem cell, white tea + seaweed body butter! Body butters are rich, thick, and tend to moisturize the skin well. While this one does all of that, it is also non-greasy and sinks right into the skin within second of application. 
    The product nourishes and softens the skin to combat roughness, evens skin tone, and fights the appearance of aging skin. It has ingredients such as jojoba seed oil, white teas, shea butter, aloe vera...to soften the skin. This body butter also has a light fresh citrus scent that does not over power the cream. After application it disappears quickly.
    This body butter can be used all over the body. Because it is so thick it works well on rough elbows and other dry areas. After sun exposure it feels wonderful and soothes the skin. This product leaves your skin feeling very soft and supple! We highly recommend it!