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Moved By The Power Of Plants

Laurel Shaffer is the owner, formulator, plant communicator, loving center, and driving force behind Laurel Whole Plant Organics, a flower, herb and plant-based skin care line that takes efficacy to a new level by using the highest quality, artisan ingredients.


Super Food Recipe: Phyto-Full Forbidden Rice Salad

Contrary to the mysterious nickname for Thai black rice – Forbidden Rice, this phytonutrient-rich food should never be forbidden from anyone’s diet. A sort of superman of super foods, black rice offers an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. With plenty of health-promoting phytonutrients, this Forbidden Rice Salad recipe from Active Center for Health & []


5 Super Foods You Should be Eating but Probably Aren’t

Let’s face it – there’s a lot of information floating out there in internet land about super foods, which makes it difficult to tell sometimes which are legit and which are hype. First things first: what makes a food a super food? Super foods are foods derived straight from nature, meaning nothing processed, which have []

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Health and Beauty H2O Additives: The Fountain of Youth?

While various functional beverages have seen makeovers and new ones have been invented, water additives have reared a new head and created a health and beauty beverage market. Instead of additives to supplement your water with when you’re sick or not feeling up to par, these additives offer an alternative to pills, taking on the []


A Taste of Vinotherapy at Caudalie Spa

For wine enthusiasts and ardent spa-goers alike, vinotherapy is a great blend. Vinotherapy, or spa treatments that utilize products containing ingredients from grapes and grape seed extracts, could almost be considered a vintage practice in Europe, particularly in notable wine regions such as France, Italy, and Spain, before spa-goers across the Atlantic were offered a taste. Now vinotherapy is the toast of many spas across the United States—from barrel baths and merlot body wraps to chardonnay facials and grape massage at spas spanning from Sonoma to the south of Texas to the east coast.


Beauty & Brains

About 80 percent of sun damage occurs before the age of 20, according to Ariel Ostad, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at New York University Medical Center. That’s why products with free-radical fighters (from alpha lipoic acid to vitamin C), are necessities as we get older. They help fight the damage done, by slowing the oxidation process that causes sun spots and wrinkles, and preventing further damage, such as collagen and elastin breakdown. These free-radical fighters also work chemically in the deeper layers of skin to help it endure and recover from sun exposure.


Products We Love: DDF Advanced Micro-Exfoliation Cleanser

The healing effects of turmeric have been known for centuries. DDF has harnessed the antioxidant powers of curcumin, the key component of the turmeric root, in its new Advanced Protocol products. The Advanced Micro-Exfoliation Cleanser (pictured) accelerates surface cell turnover and eliminates impurities for youthful looking shin. Our product tester found her skin noticeably softer, after just one day!


Products We Love: Borghese Cura-C Anhydrous Vitamin C Body Scrub

From the renowned house of Borghese comes the brand-new Cura-C Anhydrous Vitamin C Body Scrub, a luxurious body scrub that works at a deep level as it eliminates dull surface cells. Water-free to deliver the purest form of Vitamin C, it leaves skin revitalized and moisturized. It’s formulated with Vitamin C, A, and E, plus CoQ10 and Beta-Carotene for antioxidant and nourishing benefits. Its shea butter, squalane, sunflower oil, and carrot oil soften and smooth the skin.