We’re Partnering With London-Based SOLstreet! 

SOLstreet Pop-Up Market and Launch Party
We’re partnering with London-based SOlstreet as they expand their concept of on-line and physical pop-up shops in the United States. Focused on highlighting makers and sharing their stories along with the selling of their products, SOLstreet will be hosting us at Pourt Cafe on Saturday, April 8th.

Come shop and mingle with 18 talented artisans, and enjoy $5/glass wine specials offered by the venue.

Event Details:

Saturday, April 8, 2017

2:00pm to 8:00pm

Pourt Cafe – 35 Cooper Square, New York City, NY 10003

(3rd Avenue/Cooper Square at East 6th St.)

More information about the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/338957103173199/ 

About Solstreet:

We are all in for creativity – a platform on the online spectrum that curates ideas from around the world handcrafted, handpicked just for you. Our makers are our partners who create exclusive items backed by passion, expertise and the prowess to manifest them from their vision. Together, at SOLstreet, we are reinventing the experience of strolling through a flea market by bringing it online. Our artwork bank is a plethora of varied products that stems out of countless versions of art defined by our makers. From exquisite paintings to soul soothing handcrafted candles; be it modish wooden journals or vintage hammer riveted wallets we’ve got it all covered at SOLstreet.

Spring Clean Your Pores!

NS Facial Steaming - Flowers & PetalsDo you facial steam? We do. But not as often as we’d like. Incorporating facial steaming into your weekly skin care regimen can help keep skin clearer and give your skin that Spring-ready glow.

Overall, what can facial steaming do to help improve your complexion? Here are some benefits of facial steaming for the skin:

  • Detoxify your skin and manage acne – Facial steaming can encourage perspiration that helps to lift bacteria, toxins, debris, dead skin cells, and excess sebum, unclogging pores and reducing breakouts.
  • Get your glow on – The heat from facial steaming can help to enhance hydration, increase blood flow, and stimulate circulation to give your face a skin-healthy glow.
  • Reduce blackheads. – If you have trouble with unsightly blackheads, facial steaming can help to alleviate this condition by softening blackheads, allowing for easier removal and elimination.
  • Softens dead skin cells – This aids in the sloughing of stubborn rough, dry skin and allows skin to regenerate, letting younger, fresher skin shine through.
  • Better absorption of skin care treatments. – Facial steaming can help to eliminate buildup and remove barriers, allowing treatments to penetrate deeper and more effectively into the skin.
  • Relaxes and de-stresses – Sit back and enjoy some quality time. Facial steaming is a great at-home treat to help you decompress after a busy work week.

If you don’t have a facial steamer at home, you can use the hot towel method or the “steam tent” method. We like to use the “steam tent” method because with this method we can add herbs, flowers, and/or essential oils to the water bowl and breathe in the amazing scents for some body-relaxing aromatherapy.

Are you ready to facial steam? What you’ll need is a wide-rimmed bowl, a bath towel, 4-6 cups of boiling water, and herbs, flower petals, and/or essentials oils of your choice. First, secure your hair back. Pour the boiling water into the bowl, add herbs, flower petals, and 2-3 drops of essential oils of your choosing. Then, drape the bath towel over your head, creating a “tent” to trap and focus the steam onto your face. Keep your face about 6-8 inches above the water, far enough so that the steam doesn’t burn your skin. Steam for about 10-15 minutes, rinse face after steaming, and pat dry with a towel. If you do this weekly, you’ll notice a difference in your skin.

Depending on your skin type, some essential oil ingredients that you can add to the bowl to enhance the steaming benefits are:

  • Dry skin: lavender, rose, calendula, roman/German chamomile, neroli
  • Oily skin: rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus, patchouli
  • Mature skin: rooibos, rose, frankincense, carrot seed oil
  • Acneic skin: tea tree oil, turmeric, lavender, clary sage

So, enjoy some relaxation time and happy home-spa pampering!

*** Please note, if you have overly sensitive skin, rosacea, are prone to fungal infections, or are pregnant or breastfeeding, please seek the advice of your medical practitioner before doing facial steaming. 

 

It’s Charity Tuesday…

It’s Charity Tuesday and with this month’s donation, we brought some sweetness…. (Read more about the inspiration for our monthly donations to help end hunger in America… https://naturallysusans.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/we-were-inspired)

It’s Charity Tuesday and our donation this month includes more food for the body. (Read more about the inspiration for our monthly donations…https://naturallysusans.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/we-were-inspired/)

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Are you a year-round allergy sufferer?

Incessant sneezing. Runny nose. Watery eyes. Asthmatic conditions. Itchy skin. Oh the signs and symptoms of allergies! With Spring on its way…this is the time we begin to brace ourselves for the onslaught of allergy-inducing culprits that oftentimes are pollen related. 

But do you suffer from allergies year round? Could it be caused by dust and dust mites? Dust mites?! Those microscopic eight-legged creatures that dwell and accumulate in our beds, in our closets, in our furnishings, and in the warm and moist areas in our homes. They feed on dead skin flakes and their fecal matter, secretions and the mites can cause skin irritations and allergies. 

So, what are some things we can do to mitigate our allergy symptoms year round? Here are a few tips that we’ve found helpful to reduce allergens and to improve our overall health and wellbeing:

  • Invest in a HEPA air filter to better purify the air inside your home.
  • Vacuum furnishings, sofas and sofa cushions, carpeting, mattresses, and floors regularly. If possible, vacuum daily to rid your home of dirt, dust, bugs, pollen, and allergy-causing culprits. Seal and dispose of the vacuum bag and contents immediately when you’re done. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, whenever possible. 
  • Use protective covers for your mattresses and pillows to keep allergens out so that you can breathe easier and get a better night’s sleep. 
  • Wash bedding and clothing in hot water and dry in the hottest dryer setting possible. 
  • Let the sun shine in to kill bugs but cleaning is still necessary to rid the home of allergens.

So, with some thorough cleaning, decluttering, and preventive measures, we hope these tips can help you breathe easier all year round. 

Thank you for being kind to your body!

Dull Skin…Let’s Perk it Up!

Has the Winter weather got your skin looking down? Well, let’s perk it up!

When our complexion is looking dull and the cold days are a drag on our skin, what do we do? We reach for some all-natural remedies in our refrigerator.

Here are some fun “perk-it-up” tips for the skin that you can try at home…

  • Avocado Mash – As you know, we’re strong proponents of using avocado on the skin. It’s chock full of vitamins and omegas (the good fats) that feed the skin, and an ideal remedy for those skin-drying days that could leave your skin feeling rough to the touch. Smash up some avocado flesh and apply onto skin. Rinse off after approximately 15 minutes.
  • Cucumber and Potato Eyes – Lack of sleep, stress, allergies…all of these can cause dark under eye circles. While we will not be able to help when it comes to genetics, potato and cucumber slices can help minimize these conditions. They have astringent qualities to reduce the appearance of under eye circles and hydrate the skin. Place some thinly sliced cucumbers or potatoes on the eyes and sit back and relax.
  • Citrus “Peel” – Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! Get rid of dead skin cells to reveal younger-looking skin and help promote skin-cell regeneration. We love rubbing smashed strawberries on our face as its natural salicylic acids help remove dead skin cells and fight breakouts. You can try this with oranges and lemons as well which could also brighten skin. The vitamin c in fruits offer antioxidant benefits that can help fight free radicals and minimize the signs of aging, rebuild collagen, and repair sun-damaged skin.
  • Sweet Honey – If your skin is feeling a bit toasty, spread a thin layer of honey on your face and let it do its magic. Honey softens and moisturizers the skin and its antibacterial and healing qualities are a welcome boon!
  • Wear Your Coffee – We support the wearing of coffee on your face instead of on your shirt! Caffeine can give your skin a well-deserved boost. Energize it with a thin layer of coffee grounds applied as a facial mask. Avoid scrubbing your face as the grounds can irritate sensitive skin and cause breakage.

So, when the cold, and snowy Winter days keep you indoors, get some pampering in and make cabin fever fun! Thanks for being kind to your body!

We were inspired by Viola Davis…

We were inspired by Actress and Hunger Is Ambassador, Viola Davis. Her experiences and commitment to helping end childhood hunger struck a personal cord and further affirmed our commitment to help end hunger in America overall.
We’ve been doing this for some time now. And this year, we made a commitment to do it more regularly. We committed to donating a bag of food every month to help end hunger in America. And, we’re starting local.

Recent data from Feeding America stated that 42 million Americans lived in food insecure households as of 2015. Families need help putting food on their tables. They need help to survive. So, each month this year, we’re committed to donating a bag of food every first Tuesday, our #CharityTuesday, to help feed families.

In February, our donation bag may go to one family or six separate families. Regardless, they will help put food on tables. “Our goal is not to touch everyone, our goal is to touch someone. To change someone. Just one person. If you get good at that, do five, then do 100…” (Seth Godin, Best-Selling Author)

img_8102We’re striving to make a difference to end hunger in America, one family at a time.

We found a local food pantry on Food Bank NYC’s website at www.foodbanknyc.org.

Show us how you’ll be making change by tagging us at @naturallysusans #CharityTuesday.

Thank You!

Our Avocado Rose Salve has been getting some wonderful accolades…

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