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Easy At Home Spa Ideas

By Aimee Flor
on August 31, 2016

 

Lets unwind and treat yourself to a spa day at home! These DIYs can all be done with a few simple ingredients. Here are some easy ideas to getting a flawless, refreshed look at home.

 

Refreshing Foot Soak

 

This is a great way to detox and relax, especially since many of us spend all day on our feet.

 

2 whole cucumbers (one per foot)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons Azalia's Refreshing Grapefuit body oil

 

Steps:

 

1. Mix all ingredients in a blender until pureed.
2. Pour the mixture into a bowl and heat it up to warm temperature.
3. Place half of the mixture in a large bag and the other half in a second bag.
4. Slide feet into each bag, rubbing the mask mixture until each foot is fully soaked
5. Leave on for 5 - 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
6. The cucumber is extra refreshing and reviving for tired toes, the lemon helps exfoliate, and the Refreshing Grapefruit body oil deeply moisturizes for super softness.

 

Rosemary & Juniper Berry Body Treatment

 

To invigorate your mind and restore your well being (while sloughing off dry skin), try this great bath recipe.

 

Ingredients:

 

1 cup of fresh Rosemary
1 bowl of water
1 cup of Epsom salts
2 teaspoons of Azalia's Mystical Juniper Body Oil

 

Steps:

 

1. Steep Rosemary in a bowl of boiling water for 30 minutes.
2. While your bath water is running, use a dry brush or loofah over your entire body to get rid of dead skin.
3. Strain the rosemary infused water into a bowl and add the Epsom salts and the Mystical Juniper body oil.
4. Stir thoroughly and pour into bath water.

 

Avocado Oil Conditioner

 

This rich hair conditioner is similar to the "hot oil" treatments. It contains avocado oil, which keeps hair soft, radiant and flexible.

 

Ingredients:

 

1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

 

Directions:

 

Mix all ingredients together and stir until smooth and creamy. Massage into your hair and scalp. Cover your head with a shower cap or warm towel and relax for 15 minutes. Shampoo and rinse hair well.

 

Recipe courtesy of Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home

 

Fresh Strawberry Mask

 

Strawberries are rich in salicylic acid, the same key ingredient in many acne products. Reduce stress induced blemishes with this edible mask.

 

Ingredients:

 

1/2 cup fresh strawberries
1 tablespoon sour cream
2 teaspoons honey

 

Directions:

 

Mix together all ingredients with a fork or blender until smooth. Spread over your face and neck and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water and pat skin dry.

 

Recipe courtesy of Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home

Where To Start In Greening Your Personal Care?

By Aimee Flor
on July 28, 2016

 

Take a look at the ingredients of your shampoos, bar soaps, face wash, toothpaste, deodorants, moisturizers, lip glosses, foundations, sunscreens, perfumes.

 

Do you understand the ingredients? It is possible that there are very long words that make very little sense... then the ‘safety’ of your products is questionable. Here are examples of chemical names that are in your drugstore products
  • shampoo & body wash often contain sodium lauryl sulphate
  • hair products often use a combination of: sodium lauryl sulfate and TEA (triethanolamine, DEA (diethanolamine), or MEA (monoethanolamine)
  • methylparaben appears on many labels, from cosmetics to deodorant and perfume
  • dibutyl phthalate, or DBP, or diethylhexyl phthalate, or DEHP appear on many labels too.

 

 

Understand the problems you face when using many everyday commercial personal care products:

  • many beauty products are not well regulated
  • many use synthetically produced chemicals
  • many of these synthetic chemicals have not been approved by regulation authorities, but find their way into products and onto shelves through loopholes in regulations
  • as much as a third of personal care products contain at least one chemical linked to cancer
  • mineral oil and petroleum are the basic ingredients in many cosmetic products – these are derived from gasoline.
  • the meanings of "natural" and "organic" are generally not regulated and can mean whatever the company wants them to mean! “Organic 100% active ingredients” misleads you into believing that the product is organic, when it is most definitely not.

 

 

Choose organic products.

Look out for a list of natural ingredients. True organic personal care products do not contain preservatives. It’s up to you to learn to read the label and be aware of products claiming that they’re organic when they are not!

 

 

Keep learning and researching (see links below).

 

You’ll begin to realize that greening your personal care is a long and hard process. And the frightening aspect of the cumulative effect, because we use so many different products. Be proactive and read your ingredient labels. An easy resource to use when feeling overwhelmed is to start with EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database and look carefully at the ratings (1 Low Hazard and 10 High Hazard). Then making a careful decision whether to toss or keep.

Why Do Organic Body Oils Cost More?

By Aimee Flor
on June 30, 2016

Azalia's Jasmine Dream Body Oil

 

Azalia Spa Goods values transparency with our customers about our business. A couple of my customers who are new to organic and natural personal care products constantly ask “Why do Azalia’s body oils cost more than the drugstore body oils?” I’ve listed a couple things here and I thought maybe others would be interested in my response as well.

 

  1. All our products are 100% organic, vegan and cruelty free - meaning, they contain ONLY certified organic ingredients and do no harm any animals! Better for our bodies, better for the environment and better for our animals! Note: organic ingredients aren’t cheap! Remember the organic fruits and vegatables you buy at the grocery store, it’s probably double the price of the nonorganic one? Same applies with all of our organic ingredients in Azalia’s body oils. We charge more because we pay that much more to get the quality of ingredients that make up our organic formulations.

     

I’d also like to note that certified organic ingredients have stricter farming standards, especially if you’re trying to avoid pesticides residue: Quote from Organic Trade Association

“Certified Organic" means the item has been grown according to strict uniform standards that are verified by independent state or private organizations. Certification includes inspections of farm fields and processing facilities, detailed record keeping, and periodic testing of soil and water to ensure that growers and handlers are meeting the standards which have been set. “

 

  1. Why smaller containers? That’s because they’re concentrated. No water, fillers, preservatives, synthetics...ONLY pure botanical ingredients. That means, you don’t need that 32 oz jug of drugstore lotion, that’s 50% water to get you through the month. With our 2 oz body oils, you don’t need a lot to moisturize (less is more)!

     

  2. Our products are great for any skin type, especially sensitive skin users. Many of our lovely customers have shared that they walked away from their old moisturizers when they discovered Azalia Spa Goods - because they finally found the results they were looking for.  

     

  3. Everything you ingest, inhale or put on your skin really do matter. The products we use, enter the blood stream and impact our health. There are just too many devastating facts about how toxins are affecting us especially the growing cancer rates.  

     

  4. We are a small business and have been making our products by hand. We are honored to provide products to so many of our lovely customers and we work especially hard to do so.

     

A lesson I've learned over time is that you get what you pay for. If the price is cheap, you are usually getting cheap quality. Hint: It’s cheaper to put in chemical ingredients than it is to put natural ingredients. Another realization is that we spend money on the things we value, and that is different for everyone. When it comes to something like personal care, for example, we have to understand WHAT we are getting and WHY it is better (for us, the environment, or animals). Mostly, we want you to feel comfortable about the choice to purchase our products and the benefits you’ll get from using them. 

 

We'd love to hear your thoughts on the subject too! Please share in the comments below. 

The Importance of Posture

By Aimee Flor
on May 26, 2016

 

Maintaining good posture does wonders for your appearance. Proper posture can help you feel and look more confident. When you avoid slouching, you can look taller and slimmer! Below is a short guideline and a tip to achieve this!

 

Good Posture is:
Imagining that there's a string that is pulling through the top of your head. There should be a straight line going from your ears through the shoulders, down to the center of the hips, through the center of your knees and ending at the center of your foot.

 

A simple tip: try standing with your back against a wall and carry that same image of how the wall feels everywhere you go.

 

Good Posture contributes to good health too!

 

Helpful For Proper Breathing
Good posture helps to open the airways to help with proper breathing. This will help improve the flow of oxygen to your brain, which increases attentiveness and alertness.

 

Reduces Stress & Back Pain
Good posture prevents muscle aches and exhaustion. It keeps your bones and joints in proper alignment to prevent strain and overuse.

 

Good for Future Health
Good posture may help you avoid new health problems. It reduces wear and tear on joints such as arthritis. Lastly, it protects the spine from injury and from developing a fixed abnormal position.

 

Good posture may take some practice and focus at first. Over time, it'll be a well worth effort!

Making Water Taste Better Naturally!

By Aimee Flor
on April 28, 2016

Photo: Megan Converse

 

We all know that water is important for our health and is considered a beauty secret for glowing, ageless skin! But taking in plain water can be a challenge, so what do we do? I've been researching and test trying ways to consume water without compromising taste and would like to share tips that worked for me and hopefully for you as well:

 

Water & Lemon
Lemons are high in vitamin c and boost your immune system when taken in first thing in the morning. It also aids in digestion where it loosens toxins in the digestive tract. Note: They're an alkaline food and are not acidic inside our bodies.

 

Spa Waters
Water infused with any sliced fruit combinations, my favorite combinations are:

 

Ginger + Mint
The two ingredients are great for digestion, immunity and anti-inflammatory.

 

Strawberry + Sage
Strawberry are rich in antioxidants and fiber and sage aids in digestion and has a soothing effect as well.

 

For soda lovers, there's a natural alternative for you too!
For your carbonation cravings, try KeVita's probiotic mango coconut water or their other great flavors here. It's great for improving digestion, boosting immunity and for cleansing the liver.

 

Would love to hear any new ideas for enhancing your waters, please share in the comments below!

Energy Boosting Breaks

By Aimee Flor
on March 31, 2016

 Photo: Zack Seckler

 

It's scientifically proven that taking a break (20 minutes) helps you with your memory and to re-evaluate your goals.

 

Also studies have even shown that our minds solve the toughest problems when we're daydreaming - the great ideas you come up with when you're taking a shower or brushing your teeth...

 

Here's some tips to get you to stop and help you relax and recharge for the afternoon ahead.

 

Unplug
Turn off your computer and cellphones. If tempted, go to another location without them.

 

Go Outside
A stroll in the park or neighborhood increases blood flow to the brain, boosting creative thought and memory performance.

 

Brain Food
Try fish that's high in omega 3 which improves intellectual function or dark chocolate that is a natural stimulant.

 

Refresh & Replenish
Drink a glass of water, you're often dehydrated without knowing it. This can affect your concentration levels and energy.

 

Stretch
Try some shoulder shrugs and circling your elbows.

 

Give Your Eyes a Break
Work for 20 minutes, break for 20 seconds and look at objects that are 20 feet away from you.

 

Tell me how you spend your breaks during the day by leaving a comment below.

Nontoxic Cleaning Found In Your Pantry

By Aimee Flor
on February 25, 2016

Photo: Hello Natural

 

A lot of the conventional cleaning products are full of harmful chemicals! Good news is that most cleaning can be accomplished with a few nontoxic items from your kitchen pantry! Here are a few pantry staples that can clean almost anything:

 

Baking Soda

No home is complete without a box. It neutralizes odors and makes a good multi-surface cleaner like for the sink, tub, oven and counter tops.

Recipe for no-wax and tile floors:

Mix 1/2 cup baking soda in a bucket of water. Mop floor and rinse.

 

Lemons

A fruit basket staple. Lemon juice cuts grease, polishes metal and lightens stains. To remove tarnish, squeeze lemon juice with baking soda on brass, silver and aluminum.

 

Washing Soda

A natural mineral, also a stronger alternative to baking soda so make sure to use gloves. Can be used for stubborn stains such as a laundry detergent booster or even cleaning ovens.

 

Distilled White Vinegar

The essential cleaning ingredient for all purpose cleaning. It disinfects, pulls dirt and dissolves hard water and residues. Great for cleaning windows!

Recipe for all-purpose cleaner:

Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda into 1/2 gallon of water. Use for removal of water deposit stains, bathroom fixtures, windows, mirrors, etc.

 

Would love to hear any new natural pantry ingredients used for cleaning, please share in the comments below!

10 Ways of using Body Oil

By Aimee Flor
on January 28, 2016

Photo: Hero Images

 

I get asked frequently how do I use body oil? With a high quality organic body oil such as Azalia's body oil, you can multi-task the use in more ways than one. Check out these simple yet effective ideas:

  1. Body Oil- Apply directly to damp or dry skin. Best used after shower.
  2. Massage Oil- Massage into skin and allow it to soak in. Can be brought along to the spa and can be sure of the quality of massage oil being used on you.
  3. Bath Oil- Add 1/4 teaspoon into running water and allow it to distribute through the bathwater.
  4. Cleansing Oil- Rinse face with water, apply oil gently over your face and massage for 30 seconds and apply a wet washcloth for 10 seconds and wipe off all oil off your skin.
  5. Makeup Remover- Apply oil on cotton pad and wipe off makeup.
  6. Moisturizer- Gently massage into skin with you hands.
  7. Natural Fragrance- I know most of our customers don't like synthetic fragrances, but if you like subtle scents, check out Azalia's Refreshing Grapefruit body oil. Just simply apply a drop or two along pulse points. (Pulse points include: behind the ears, wrists, and neck area.)
  8. Hair elixir- Place a drop of body oil into your hands and run lightly through the hair (focus on the frizzy parts or dry ends of your hair).
  9. Manicure & Pedicure- Rub a generous amount of oil all over your hands and feet especially on your cuticles to soften them.
  10. Body Exfoliator- Make a basic sugar scrub by mixing two parts of organic sugar (can be cane or brown sugar) and 1 part of body oil and stir to a pasty consistency in a small jar. Rub gently into the skin 1 tablespoon in the shower and rinse off.

 

Would love to hear how you use your body oils, please share in the comments below!

Happy Holidays!

By Aimee Flor
on December 15, 2015

Photo: Kirsty

 

Free shipping throughout the U.S. until December 18th at 11:59pm (PST) !

 

xoxo,

 

Aimee

Happy Cyber Monday!

By Aimee Flor
on November 29, 2015

Photo: Free Pik

 

20% off on Everything! The sale ends November 30th at 11:59pm (PST). No coupon code needed.

 

xoxo,

 

Aimee

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