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Ancient Latin American Superfoods

C’mon, we’re going on a trip.  Next stop: the Latin America.

What’s got us packing our bags you might be wondering? Well, Latin America is kind of a who’s who of the superfood and nutrients world.  It could also be called “favorite smoothie ingredients ground zero”… But that doesn’t have quite the same ring.

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From maca to chia seeds, yucca to açaí, cacao to lucuma, it’s really strength to strength down there. But on this adventure, we’re headed deep into the Amazon for one thing in particular. In search of what?  None other than the superfood superstar Camu camu.

This little berry is packing quite a powerful fruit punch.  Camu camu is both an extremely stable source of Vitamin C (watch out, Kakadu plum) and one of the highest, broad spectrum antioxidants on the planet (your move, goji berries).  Yep, nice combo ¹.

But it doesn’t stop there.  Camu camu is also packed with minerals and amino acids.  Flavonoids and ellagic acid act to neutralize free radicals.  It’s also anti-fungal and anti-bacterial which, particularly in tandem with it’s high levels of Vitamin C, help to boost the immune system.  Nature’s total package ².

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It’s no wonder then that Camu camu has been used for hundreds of years and prized by Amazonian Indians as a highly nutritious food source, medicinal remedy and longevity elixir.  Yep, understandable. 

Our Camu camu comes from deep within the Amazon jungle and is organically grown and extracted from the berry of the Camu camu tree (Myrciaria dubia).  But that’s just the beginning. Allow us to illuminate you.

And, of course, illuminate your skin as well.  We like to think of Camu camu as the ultimate skin brightener.  You can use it to even out skin tone and repair even damage caused by environmental stress. Thanks antioxidants.  All those anti-inflammatory properties means it diminishes imperfections and calms irritations.

We’re absolutely loving this botanical. And camu blame us?

Our Camu camu range has a strong supporting cast of ingredients ranging from avocado, jojoba and grape seed oil which nourish, revive and rejuvenate the complexion, to damascus rose water to calm, soothe irritation and quell imperfections.  Each of the ingredients in this all star line up works synergistically to enhance Camu camu’s properties. As they say, teamwork makes the dream work.

Speaking of teamwork, you could head down to Latin America.  You definitely could. But we’ve kind of got that part covered.  It’s a tough gig, but someone’s gotta do it.

Instead, save on airfare.  All you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy nature’s brightening powerhouse.  Breathe in the natural, earthy-floral scents and create a mindful space for relaxation to enjoy your illuminating moment.  You can even let your mind wander and imagine you’re deep in the Amazon jungle. Hey, we’re full of illuminating ideas.

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ILLUMINATE: CAMU Collection

Additional Sources:

http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0103-50532016001001838

http://article.sapub.org/10.5923.j.fph.20130301.05.html

 

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The Mindful Beauty Series: Meet Sammie Colletta Kolk

The Secret Diary of a Mindful Beauty

Can you believe it? It’s been a year since we officially stepped into the clean beauty spotlight. Where has the time gone? Hands down, and hey, why not hands up too, it’s been a joy sharing with you our love of all things skincare, wellness and the science behind this. Thanks for sticking around when we got nerdy!

On our ventures, we’ve met some pretty incredible individuals who are climbing new horizons making a better world. How awesome is that? Women and men following their own path, connecting new dots and leaving little nuggets of wisdom along the way.

So we couldn’t keep it a secret any longer. We just had to share with you (because sharing is caring) our chronicles of these adventurers. Each is an insight into little catalysts for change or simply the contentment of knowing who you are and expressing gratitude for the small things in life.

So without further ado, meet our first Mindful Beauty, Sammie Colletta Kolk, aka clean beauty blogger hullosam. She’s a self confessed obessessive when it comes to skincare (um, we can relate) and will be no stranger to all you lovers of all things green out there. A few of her favourite things include: her family, the beach, a good lipstick, spin class and all things musical – a girl after our own heart.

Here’s what Sammie had to say…

 

What one word best describes you? 

Passionate

What’s your superpower? And your weakness? (because we’re all human) 

Superpower: Organizing and communicating. Weakness: Stressing over the little things.

A moment that’s defined you most in life? 

Realizing what my passions are and just going for them, even when it was nerve-wracking and scary! I love what I do!

Your go to feel good ritual? 

Crafting up a warm matcha latte or other warm tonics. I love getting all of the ingredients/adaptogens and nut-milk warmed up and ready. It’s relaxing and rewarding – and yummy!

Your greatest passion? 

Makeup application, sharing tips and tricks and having fun with makeup looks!

Who do you admire most and why? 

My sweet mother. She is just an incredible human being. So much to learn from her. Love you mum!

Tell us something about yourself not many people know (shhhh, we can keep a secret!) 

I loathe traffic and especially during rain/rush hour. I can be quite aggressive on the road lol.

What keeps you awake at night? 

Listing the things I need to do that I forgot to do…sometimes getting up and writing them down helps. But sometimes I’m so tired and don’t want to, yet still think of them haha!

You’ve been dubbed the friendliest influencer on Instagram. What puts a smile on your face? 

I love reading encouraging DM’s and random e-mails from followers who have tried a product I’ve recommended and love it, or just simply want to say something kind. It truly makes my day. Also, most IG stories from any one of my family members make me smile.

You’re known for keeping things real. What keeps you most grounded? 

Just knowing what’d I’d want from someone else who I look up to – realness, authenticity, integrity and an honest passion for what they do. Being with family keeps me grounded, and honestly, just being with people at events and connecting with them is grounding and so refreshing!

While blessed with many charming features. Your hair! Talk us through the pink, um and any toxin free tips for maintaining? 

Oh man, this was one process that wasn’t super clean haha. I find that I need some sort of (extra) outlet for my craziness and creativity and I also believe in balance. My hair was one of those things that (as long as no bleach or crazy insane chemicals touched my scalp) I chose to have fun with! I use goodDYEyoung semi-permanent hair dye and it’s amazing. It is vegan/cruelty-free, has some nourishing oils in it and isn’t scented with crazy fragrance – just some beautiful bergamot oil! It isn’t “green” by any standards but it’s a bit cleaner than some!

Nanny, musician, make up artist and green beauty blogger. What’s been your biggest transformation? 

I’d say becoming a wife, actually. Not expected, right? 😉 Well, I had to learn how to really share my space, my life, everything. I’ve learned more about myself as a wife to my husband than many other (intense or transformational) things I’ve experienced down the road. I’m still transforming and learning. It’s a really good thing though.

We like to think of ourselves as explorers and love to discover the unknown. What’s been the biggest adventure you’ve been on or are yet do? 

I think going to Banff was one of the biggest adventures as far as outdoorsy-ness goes for me lol! I’m not an outdoors person unless I’m at the beach or walking around a beautiful big city like NYC or Paris somewhere to shop. But, I was really surprised at how much I adored Banff and it’s crisp fresh mountain air! We hiked a bit and just explored and it was amazing!

If you were a Luxe Botanics botanical, which one would you be? 

Probably Camu Camu Berry Extract because I love berries…haha but in all honesty, I think the fact that it’s been a nutritious food source for Amazonian Indians, it’s high in antioxidants and more – it appeals to me!

 

Thank you Sammie. You’re a truly Mindful Beauty!

Want to hear more? Find out what Sammie thought about our Kigelia line here.

 

Naturally yours,

The Luxe Botanics Team


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The Importance of Creating a Skincare Ritual

What does your skincare ritual look like? 

Ok, we’ll be honest with you, this is sort of a trick question.  You might not have a skincare ritual.  Not yet.

It’s ok, we understand.  Life gets cluttered, our brains get cluttered, our inboxes get cluttered.  The thought of stopping to reassess the nuances of your beauty routine – or start one – when you’re so busy you just left your car keys in the fridge might seem indulgent.  But here’s the real kicker… that’s exactly WHY you should have a beauty ritual.  Relax, we’ve got your back.  And your front in this case.

Once upon a time, this whole thing didn’t seem like a far-fetched notion.  From Mary Queen of Scots swearing by wine baths (One might wonder if her version of a bubble bath was filled with sparkling wine…) to Cleopatra’s milk and honey facials, beauty rituals have been around for a while.  And why mess with a good thing?

Setting aside some specific time for yourself might seem crazy (Here’s the thing- it’s not).  But this habit is grounded in self-love and a commitment to your own wellness.  Friendly reminder: It’s not vanity, it’s sanity.

A wellness ritual is a commitment to a practice and to ourselves.  It’s a hands-on, purposeful experience.  When we create a skincare ritual, it is about pausing to be present, to align (or maybe realign) with our feminine self and nourishing ourselves in ways that are much more than skin-deep.

Cue the “But wait, there’s more” moment… There’s tons of research out there pointing to the positive effects of ritual and the power of intention as not only useful for our mental wellbeing, but for the healing effects on our physical bodies.[1]

It’s easy to make excuses about how there’s not enough time to take care of ourselves.  But prioritize a positive skincare ritual… is it any different than eating well, meditating, going to the gym… you get our drift. It is stress reducing and confidence boosting.[2]

So are you now ready to create a skincare ritual of your own? Great! How you ritual is up to you!  It’s a good old different strokes for different folks situation. It’s about tuning into what you’re feeling in that moment.  Go on, picture it… the feel good sensations of massaging a facial oil into your skin, the spritz of a mist refreshing your mind and soul…  Feel free to let out a relaxed exhale now. Ahhhhh!

We are all capable of building a habit around tuning into our body and slowing down for a few minutes each day (pinky swear).  Stopping to honour your wellbeing and mindfully pause is the ultimate form of self-respect. Feeling better might just, in turn, allow you to be more productive, keep stress at bay and give more freely to others.  Now that is totally worth celebrating.

So, go forth and love yourself silly.  To all you beautiful women out there- celebrate you, celebrate one another, celebrate your community, celebrate Mary Queen of Scots and Cleopatra.  To us, every day is Women’s Day.

 

Naturally yours,

The Luxe Botanics Team

 

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3004979/

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18596974