What’s in My Purse?

It was late, and I was tired.  When I finally sprawled across the sofa after a full day’s work, plus evening errands and arriving home to cook dinner and confront laundry and a full dishwasher – how does one person generate so many dirty clothes and dishes in a week? –  I was exhausted, and I had a pounding headache.

“Ahh!” I remembered. “I have Blue Oil!”  I scrambled (okay, slowly roused) myself up and dug down into my purse for the vial.

Just what is Blue Oil, you ask?

In one word: magic.

In more precise terms: it’s a “balancing concentrate” from Aveda that combines blue camomile and peppermint into an acupressure and massage therapy aid.   When applied to the temples, middle of the forehead, and back of the neck, its soothing aroma and cooling effect promote stress relief.  A helpful salesperson at the Aveda store at the Summit offered it to me during one particulary harrowing shopping experience (around the holidays; the less said the better) and it has been a lifesaver.  A little dab’ll do ya, and purchasing a rollerball for yourself might be the best $15 you ever spend.

I don’t leave home without it, and it helped me sleep last night. (I’ll worry about the laundry later.)

Aveda products can purchased online at aveda.com or at various locations in the area, including the Aveda store at the Summit.  For more on its holistic approach and earth-friendly mission, click here.  Need more time to relax, relate and release?  Be sure to check out the spa packages at the local Aveda Institute!

Image via aveda.com


Get Glowing with Origins’ Modern Friction

You knew there was more to skincare than simply washing your face, right? 

After cleansing, I use a great exfoliator  twice a week to gently smooth away dead skin cells and refine my skin’s surface.    What I love about Modern Friction from Origins is that is works for all skin types.  I have dry, sensitive skin and have found that this creamy product is super-gentle; it’s promoted as “Nature’s Gentle Dermabrasion.”  It doesn’t “strip” my skin and leave it feeling thirsty, and I’ve never had any redness or irritation afterward.  In fact, my skin feels silky and has a glow; after moisturizing I even find that my makeup seems to apply better.  Modern Friction is available in a 4.2 ounces($37.50) and 1.7 ounces ($18.50), and trust me, a little goes a long way.

As for the ingredients, rice starch is used to refine the complexion, lemon oil boosts luminosity, bergamot and peppermint aromas refresh the skin, and aloe is included for its soothing and moisturizing effects.   Origins promotes the use of organic ingredients and essential oils to provide “high-performance” skincare, and the company is commited to “earth-friendly”  production.  Another perk?  Origins offers amazing free samples with purchase!

 We no longer have an Origins store in Birmingham (boo hoo!), but the product can be purchased online.  For more on dermabrasion, click here.  And remember, for specific skincare concerns, please consult a dermatologist!

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