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A botanic skincare line scientifically formulated to allow nature to nurture your skin.


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Luxe Botanics: Approved Brand Of A Night For Green Beauty

One night. One incredible community. Good green fun.

Luxe Botanics is honoured to be approved as an official brand of A Night For Green Beauty.

Created in 2012 by Victoria Fantauzzi, co-founder of La Bella Figura Beauty, ANFGB is a celebration for the people creating green beauty and all lovers of safe, beautifully created personal care products.

On August 2, 2018 at 7pm EST a community of pioneering green beauty creators will unite online for a night focused on fresh ideas and education, showcasing why green beauty matters and the finest green and natural products directly to thousands of excited fans.

Follow us and our fellow green founders for the party of the year @anightforgreenbeauty, @luxebotanics and #ANFGB18 on Instagram

For the full brand line-up and exclusive #ANFGB18 offers visit A Night For Green Beauty’s brand page here.

 

What does it take to be ANFGB approved?

– Non-toxic INCI
– Product efficacy
– Company integrity
– Lovely packaging
– Mindful mindset
– Safe
– Quality ingredients that benefit people and the environment

 

What can you expect from Luxe Botanics?

At Luxe Botanics we’ll be celebrating our first ANFGB with IG tutorials from our Founder Jené, tribe only giveaways and IG stories where we’ll be exclusively sharing new innovation ideas with the chance to comment on what you’d like to see from us next.

Specific skincare concerns? DM us at @luxebotanics on IG and we’ll be on hand with advice on the best ritual for you.

To mark the night, we’ll also be offering 50% off our Award Winning serums (Marula and Kigelia) with any purchase of one full price. Use the code #ANFGB18 and be part of beauty activism giving back to local communities in Africa. (1% of serum sales also go towards The Clean Ribbon, supporting research into the safety of personal care products).

And for those new to the tribe, the first 40 who sign up for our newsletter at www.luxebotanics.com will receive complimentary samples of the Luxe Botanics range (US only).

Offers valid from August 2nd 7:00pm until August 3rd 11:59pm EST.

See you soon. We can’t wait to welcome you to the tribe!

Naturally yours,

 

The Luxe Botanics Team

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Face Yoga for Natural, Healthy Skin

Om shanti shanti shanti.

(That’s Sanskrit for peace for human kind, peace for all living and non-living beings, peace for the universe and peace for each and every thing in the whole cosmic world). But you knew that already didn’t you?

Yes, today is International Yoga Day and it would be amiss if we didn’t acknowledge this ancient practice that has stretched to the farthest reaches of the globe. Like what we did there?

And for good reason too. Yoga is known to improve strength, flexibility, balance and to boost physical and mental wellbeing. More than that, there are numerous studies which suggest regular practice can be beneficial for those with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains, depression and stress.

As a pretty clued up bunch, we know by now that healthy body = healthy skin and to achieve this state of equilibrium this is dependent on the inside out as it is outside in. It comes as no surprise then that a clinical trial published in JAMA Dermatology earlier this year discovered that facial yoga can indeed rejuvenate the appearance of skin. [1]

But what’s the science behind this? Just as yoga helps to improve the strength, flexibility and balance of your body, the same can be said for your skin. Regular facial exercises are thought to induce underlying muscle growth helping to tighten connections, fill out spaces that hollow over time and create greater fullness in the cheeks.

Participants in the study aged 40-65 years were tutored on 32 facial yoga exercises which they  practised for 30 minutes daily over eight weeks. From nine weeks to 20 they then reduced this to practicing every other day.

Great news right? The answer to healthy skin and it’s non-toxic and totally free! But for most of us, a 30 minute work-out can be challenging at the best of times let alone a work out just for our face.

  1. For those in a rush, check out three of BYRDIE’s recommended facial exercises here for plumper skin. [2] Move over downward dog. Fish lips, kiss face and the whistler are the moves of the moment.
  2. Or for those who like how we roll, check out our earlier blog on facial rolling to reduce under eye darkness, decrease puffiness and improve circulation to illuminate the skin.
  3. And we haven’t forgotten all you overachievers out there who want to go straight to the source. For your purists, Happy Face Yoga (which was used in the study) offers that full facial work out. [3]

Peace out tribe!

 

The Luxe Botanics Team

 

[1]https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamadermatology/article-abstract/2666801?redirect=true

[2] https://www.byrdie.co.uk/facial-exercise/slide3

[3] http://www.happyfaceyoga.com/


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The Mindful Beauty Series: Meet the Men Behind Clean Beauty Mart

Bonjour! Today we’re rather aptly celebrating all the great men in our life. Introducing Laurent and Julien, two thirds of the dynamic (and French if you hadn’t guessed) trio behind Clean Beauty Mart, LA’s newest clean beauty destination.

After attending Indie Beauty Expo LA 2017, meeting fellow indie beauty founders and finding a common need, what was intended as a reception area for OliverLaurent hair salon in Beverly Hills soon became a haven for clean beauty retail. Not even a year later, Clean Beauty Mart has opened two more stores in Laguna Beach and Mexico City (where third founder Oliver was born) with plans to expand across LA.

First and foremost hair stylists to the stars,  the self confessed newbies to the clean beauty scene are modest to a fault, but if their clientele are anything to go by (ahem Tom Ford and George Clooney to name a few) these tastemakers are destined to go far. The trio have struck a real chord with the community as they impart their newly found wisdom, creating a hub for those curious to discover the cleanest and most effective new brands.

Curious to find out more? Read on…

What one word best describes you?

Laurent: Motivated

Julien: Gregarious. I strongly enjoy interacting with people.

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

Laurent: My personality. I am very social and bubbly and just a people person. I love people! My weakness would be my ambition to always want more and that can also, believe it or not, be my biggest weakness.

Julien: My superpower would be like Laurent, my personality and also the fact that I always try to be helpful to anyone in any manner I can. My biggest fault or weakness would be my impatience or impulsivity! It doesn’t show at first, but I am really trying hard to manage this better, and so far it’s been working.

A moment that has defined you most in life?

Laurent: My decision to move to America and pursue a career that I was passionate about, but at the same time, I had to make the decision to leave my country France.

Julien: When I met my wife because it meant leaving France for the USA. But it has been a really exciting journey and I do not regret it at all.

Your go to feel good ritual?

Laurent: Golf. Hitting a few balls always makes me feel good out on the course.

Julien: A simple nap! lol, when you’re a kid you never want to take one, but once you’re a grown-up, you wish you’d have time to take more. (laughs)

Your greatest passion?

Laurent: My passion is food! Who doesn’t love food? Not only do I love food but I am passionate about cooking. (laughs)

Julien: Traveling, hiking the outdoors. I really love all that you can do when traveling, the people you can meet, the food you can try and discover as well as learning about new cultures. It helps you become someone better!

Who do you admire most and why?

Laurent: I have great admiration for the late Bruno Pittini. He was my inspiration to be a hairstylist.

Julien: It may appear simple, but I’d say my parents because they worked hard all their life to provide for me and my brothers.

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

Laurent: Something not a lot of people know about me is that I love the outdoors and enjoy four wheel driving on mountains.

Julien: Umm. That’s pretty difficult since I am kind of an open book and don’t keep many secrets. I’d say that I would really  love to have a “zen” retreat, like at a Tibetan temple or on a desert island (or almost desert!), with no technology around. A simple life.

What keeps you awake at night?

Laurent: At night after a day at the office when I am home and relaxed, I get to sit back relax and rethink my day. What changes should and shouldn’t be made. I am most creative at night and that’s when most of my greatest ideas have come to me.

Julien: I sleep pretty easily, but sometimes it happens that I wake up suddenly thinking of something. I then take the time to note it anywhere I can to remember it.

You opened the doors to Clean Beauty Mart only on October 2017. Each store is about building a community and is a place learn about clean beauty. What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learnt from the community in return?

Laurent: What I have learned from the community of Clean Beauty Mart is most of my clients are very passionate about products and the ingredients in them. It was amazing for me to see how many people were so informed and knowledgeable about the products.

Julien: Surprisingly, more people than I thought are looking for cleaner products. Since working with them in that regards, I have learnt a lot about a different way of life, way simpler and closer to Mother Nature. And I am trying my best to change my lifestyle closer to that because I strongly believe it will better myself.

You are totally into the science behind skincare (men after our own hearts!). You take pride in screening ingredients using only the cleanest and most effective products. During your fact-finding quest what was the most fascinating thing you uncovered?

Laurent: I was blown away by all of the natural ingredients that formulated such great products that not only smelled good but felt good.

Julien: I personally think that the simpler the ingredients are, the better the product will be. The textures are extremely pleasant, and we don’t get a headache from reading the ingredients lists.

Hairdressers, entrepreneurs, clean beauty community activists. What have been your biggest transformations?

Laurent: My biggest transformation has been creating Clean Beauty Mart.

Julien: Working in the Beauty industry. I am pretty new to it! I previously worked in many other sectors, but working in this particular and exciting industry has been my biggest transformation.

You’re all about experiences which is why you’ve set up a facial room in your stores. At your salon OliverLaurent you also allow customers to try products stocked at Clean Beauty Mart. What’s the best experience that you received from a brand?

Laurent: The best experiences are created by the those who love what they sell and stand by it. The people that believe and are excited about their products makes me excited.

Julien: All experiences will be different as each brand has its own story or has developed rituals of their own, but they all have one common point; the passion. And this is what we all love at Clean Beauty Mart, being able to share and transmit this passion towards cleaner and safer beauty for all.

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?

Laurent: It has always been on my list of adventures to climb Machu PIcchu. That will be my next adventure.

Julien: I love traveling the world, meeting new cultures and discovering new places. One of my biggest adventures into the unknown was a 2 month trip to China where most of the unplanned trips way outside the biggest cities you could find people speaking English! One more would be South America.

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

Laurent: If I were a Luxe Botanics Botanical I would be one of the Marula Collection.

Julien: I think I’d be a Marula Hydrating Serum.

 

Happy Fathers Day to  all you dads out there!

Naturally yours,

 

The Luxe Botanics Team

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What the Heck is a Facial Roller?

We all can agree that keeping up with the latest and greatest beauty trends is hard work! From beauty gadgets to sheet masks, essences, 10-step skincare rituals and trending #sundayfacial hashtags — the list goes on. It sure is no easy task. And on that note, say hello to crystal facial rollers.

When these started popping up (or rolling out) in the realm of beauty and appeared more and more on some of our favorite beauty bloggers’ Instagram stories and feeds, we knew we were on to something. Here at Luxe Botanics, facial rolling is an important part of our daily ritual, and when our Rose Quartz Facial Roller is paired with our Camu Collection of cleansers, mist, serums and moisturisers, the results? Well, see for yourself.

LB_Illuminate Camu Collection_Kit Contents with Roller

But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s go back to the basics and get crystal clear. See what we did there?  Yeah, you do. But, what the heck is facial rolling?

When we think of these ornamental minerals such as jade and rose quartz, we think of their spiritual and energetic qualities they harness. Jade is known as the stone for eternal youth and preservation while rose quartz is commonly used to wash out trapped toxic energies and emotions.

Dating back to the 17th century, facial rollers (more specifically in the form of jade) were used as a staple beauty tool amongst upper class members of the Chinese society. Why you ask? In addition to keeping around the “good spirits,” rolling these cool stones in an upwards motion on your forehead and down your neck can help combat puffiness, under-eye circles and dull looking skin. It wasn’t until recently, this tool became a popular accessory to one’s skincare routine in the beauty world.  Nowadays, while their imparting some good juju, they can also be used to help deflect electromagnetic radiation from our tech gadgets. Old, meet new.

Upon first glance, facial rollers may look a little funky but there’s a method to its quirky-sided madness. Most rollers typically have a larger stone to use on one’s cheeks and forehead and a smaller stone on the opposite end for one’s mouth and under eye area. When applied regularly to your a.m. or p.m. beauty routine, not only does the roller motion reduce under eye darkness but it also decreases puffiness, and helps to improve circulation through your lymph nodes and neck, also known as lymphatic drainage.

Better yet, you get a free facial massage out of it and it’s chemical free. Winning combo.

So, are you ready to let the good times roll? Feel free to put your roller in the fridge or freezer for some extra chill in your chill time. After you’ve washed your face and applied your favorite moisturiser or serum, apply light pressure and roll in an upwards motion for full absorption.

It’s better than cucumber slices, we promise.

Want to illuminate yourself more? Find out about how we roll with our Camu ritual.

Naturally yours,

The Luxe Botanics Team

[1] http://nymag.com/strategist/article/best-jade-roller-review.html

[2] https://www.wellandgood.com/good-looks/how-to-jade-rolling-clear-skin-ancient-beauty-practice/


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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.

LB_Illuminate Camu Collection_White Bk_2

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