Flourish Natural Body Care http://flourishbodycare.com Handmade hair and body care products. Made in Vermont. Fri, 07 Nov 2014 20:07:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Locally Inspired Beauty http://flourishbodycare.com/locally-inspired-beauty/ http://flourishbodycare.com/locally-inspired-beauty/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 19:06:38 +0000 http://flourishbodycare.com/?p=2680 This past August while sitting in my garden I got inspired.  I was watching the bees on the flowers knowing that soon the seasons would change.  I was feeling really grateful and amazed at how vibrant and pure all of the plants in my vegetable and flower gardens are.  I think that those qualities are […]

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This past August while sitting in my garden I got inspired.  I was watching the bees on the flowers knowing that soon the seasons would change.  I was feeling really grateful and amazed at how vibrant and pure all of the plants in my vegetable and flower gardens are.  I think that those qualities are so integral to Vermont that sometimes we take we take them for granted.

Knowing that I would soon be missing all of the flowers and herbs I was suddenly struck with inspiration.  I could be adding all of these elements into the hair and body care that I was already creating.  Every one of our products already has its own personality based on the blend of essential oils that we use. Suddenly, it was all very clear that the herbal infusions would enhance that feeling even more.

I began consulting with an herbalist and she was equally excited about this project.  She summed it up by saying, “The scent opens the door for the deeper strengthening action of the herbs.”

Since it was already late in the season it was difficult to harvest every plant locally but we were pretty successful and we have already begun to plan our garden for next year so that all our herbal infusions will be grown, harvested and processed on our farm.

deep conditioningWhile many companies promote exotic ingredients and scents from tropical climates, we have focused on what is exceptional about Vermont and the natural beauty found here.  Our signature essential oil blends reflect the scents found in the mountains, fields and gardens and our potent herbal infusions are grown and harvested locally.  I’m very excited to share our LocallyInspiredBeauty line with you.

We recently launched the first of our Locally Inspired Beauty products.  Try our Rosewood Infusion Deep Conditioning Masque today!  Shop Here

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Kiss Summer Goodbye Giveaway http://flourishbodycare.com/kiss-summer-goodbye-giveaway/ http://flourishbodycare.com/kiss-summer-goodbye-giveaway/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:14:09 +0000 http://flourishbodycare.com/?p=2428 Our $25 Sugar Body Polish and Lotion combination deal ends August 31st! We’re giving away one Sugar Body Polish and Lotion combination.  To win, enter below: a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Our $25 Sugar Body Polish and Lotion combination deal ends August 31st!

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We’re giving away one Sugar Body Polish and Lotion combination.  To win, enter below:

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One Million Ways to Wash Your Hair http://flourishbodycare.com/one-million-ways-wash-hair/ http://flourishbodycare.com/one-million-ways-wash-hair/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:59:55 +0000 http://flourishbodycare.com/?p=2407 Since the focus of my life for the past 14 years or so has been creating shampoo/conditioner and body care products, it would make sense that I have come up with a tried and true method for my hair care routine. Alas, this is not true. I find it difficult to stick with one practice […]

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Since the focus of my life for the past 14 years or so has been creating shampoo/conditioner and body care products, it would make sense that I have come up with a tried and true method for my hair care routine. Alas, this is not true. I find it difficult to stick with one practice since I love to come up with new ideas and try different things. As part of my job, I get to talk to people about their methods for washing hair and I have been curious enough to try them all….with some of my own modifications.

I’ve tried the “no ‘poo” method, “co washing”, just baking soda (as a paste and diluted in water as a rinse), just vinegar rinses, diluted shampoo in a squeeze bottle, diluted conditioner in a squeeze bottle, not to mention the thousands of variations of our shampoo recipe that we had to test over and over.

“No ‘Poo”

They have all been fun to try-except the baking soda paste-way to concentrated and harsh on your hair. The straight “no poo” method was a bit tough for me. It’s hard to talk to people about your amazing hair care products with limp, less than lovely hair as it is working its way toward balancing out from not shampooing.

“Co-Washing”

I really liked the “co-washing” method because as a rule, conditioner is much more important to me than shampoo. I have experimented in the past with creating a cleansing conditioner and used witch hazel for it’s gentle astringency to clean and condition at the same time. During my “co washing” experience I used witch hazel to rinse my hair and loved the results. I also cheated a few times and rubbed a dime sized amount of shampoo into the roots of my hair while it was coated with the conditioner which also works well.  I’ve recommended that method to lots of people at demos or events when we are talking about hair care.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Another method that I have tried in the long ago past without much enthusiasm but recently tried again and LOVE is rinsing with Apple Cider Vinegar. I know, I know, every ‘crunchy’ and DIY hair care method out there suggests a vinegar rinse and I have never been impressed. But somehow, that has changed and it is because some vinegars are better than others. You want to use an unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar and dilute one quarter cup in two cups of warm water. Pour this over your scalp and hair and leave on for a few minutes at the end of your shower, then rinse well. Your hair will be super soft and shiny, your scalp will super clean. Using the vinegar rinse is like using toner for your skin. It removes any buildup from shampoo, conditioner, the extra protein, vitamins and other stuff in your hair products, and it restores the pH balance of your scalp and hair. You take the extra step in your skin care routine and you should do the same for your hair!

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Morel Hunting http://flourishbodycare.com/week-kitchen/ http://flourishbodycare.com/week-kitchen/#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:39:57 +0000 http://flourishbodycare.com/?p=2345 We spent Memorial Day weekend in our favorite place…the woods.  It was beautifully warm and sunny out but cool and slightly damp deep in the forest.  The violets, jack in the pulpit, and ferns were everywhere along with….morels. We have a few secret spots that we check every year and this year the first place […]

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We spent Memorial Day weekend in our favorite place…the woods.  It was beautifully warm and sunny out but cool and slightly damp deep in the forest.  The violets, jack in the pulpit, and ferns were everywhere along with….morels.

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We have a few secret spots that we check every year and this year the first place we went was a mushroom explosion.  On one hillside we stumbled upon we counted over 60 perfect, large morels that came home with us for dinner.  Darren is the mushroom expert in our family and he loves to cook them in butter in a cast iron pan with just a sprinkling of salt, pepper and flour.  This time we added some wild ramps and wrapped it all in crepes!
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The kids loved it so much they all headed out to the woods again to check out some other likely spots and came home with another basket full which we cooked up and added to the macaroni and cheese we were bringing to a pot luck.  We’re already thinking of what we will try next year if we are lucky enough to find them again!

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Sugar Body- What? http://flourishbodycare.com/sugar-body/ http://flourishbodycare.com/sugar-body/#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 14:40:24 +0000 http://flourishbodycare.com/?p=2339 Sugar body what?   Suprisingly, we get this question a lot! Sure, there are many sugar polish addicts out there who know just what to do with this jar of deliciousness but it seems that many of you are missing out on a skin changing experience and we want to help you out! While we are […]

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Sugar body what?   Suprisingly, we get this question a lot!

Sure, there are many sugar polish addicts out there who know just what to do with this jar of deliciousness but it seems that many of you are missing out on a skin changing experience and we want to help you out!

While we are not big fans of sugar in our food (except our Maple Syrup or honey) we have done the research and know that sugar does have some benefits for your skin.

~sugar is a natural humectant, which means it draws water to itself. (Think of the bag of brown sugar you are saving for that baking project which turned hard as a rock from absorbing moisture in the air.) This process helps to hydrate by retaining moisture.

~sugar contains glycolic acid-an Alpha Hydroxy Acid which penetrates the skin and basically breaks down the bond that holds skin cells together which encourages exfoliation of layers of skin.

~the tiny sugar grains make an excellent gentle topical exfoliant and they come in lots of size variations which allows for more or less exfoliating action

What is Our Sugary Body Polish?

In a nutshell, our Sugar Body Polish is organic sugar (a blend of different sized grains) that is suspended in organic coconut oil. We also add some glycerin (another natural humectant) and organic sunflower oil along with our amazing essential oil blends. What makes our sugar polish so amazing is that it is solid at room temperature but melts on contact with your skin (so it is not going to drip all over the floor of your shower). First, hop in the shower and get your skin wet. Then scoop out a bit of polish and apply it all over your skin. As you rub, the tiny grains are sloughing off all the bits of dullness and dry flaky skin.   The coconut oil seals in moisture and it is the perfect light, velvety consistency. You can see your skin is glowing and fresh and plumped up. The water from the shower beads up lightly all over you. Pat dry with your towel and feel (and smell) your newly refreshed skin.

Repeat the polishing process twice a week to keep your skin hydrated, exfoliated, and rejuvenated.

Pair it with our Body Lotion. Its made with organic aloe and coconut oil to keep feeding your skin with that light coconut oil goodness which you can read about here (link to cocoa coconut article)

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