Happy New Year!

We end this year the way we began it…filled with hope and wonder for the exciting things to come. This year marked our ten year anniversary and we’re thankful for you. Your positivity and perseverance demonstrate that during the most challenging of times, together we can do the most extraordinary things. We thank you for being kind to your body and wish you all a Happy New Year ❤️

These fabric face masks are on their way…

NS Fabric Face Masks 1When our lives were suddenly turned upside down, we focused on helping our frontline workers who are caring for all of us.

We paused our lives, got a new Brother sewing machine (our old one was missing parts), received some beautiful baby blue mermaid fabric donated from Birch Fabrics, learned about sewing materials and patterns from Deaconess Health, The New York Sewing Center, and multiple Youtube videos, and coordinated a team of talented artisans.

In a little over two weeks, together we’ve shipped nearly 900 masks and we’re making more. Our heartfelt thanks to all the first responders, doctors, nurses, and essential workers for helping to keep us all going! We’re getting through this together.

Be well ❤ 

Our Avocado Moisturizers Are Now Available at West Elm in Dumbo!!!

Just in time for the chilly weather…you can now shop our Avocado Moisturizers at West Elm in Dumbo!!! We’re over the moon and so grateful!!!

We spied our products at West Elm !!! 

Shop our Avocado Moisturizers, Eye Serum, Regenerative Serum, Roll On Perfume Oils, and Facial Mists at West Elm on the Upper West Side (Broadway at 60th St.) or online at www.NaturallySusans.com!

We’re Popping Up at Williams Sonoma Home!

We’re topping off the month of June at Williams Sonoma Home in Chelsea! This weekend, we’re popping up at Williams-Sonoma Home (104 7th Avenue) from 12pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Come shop home decor and enjoy some of our cooling face and body mists…perfect for Summer! See you soon 😊!

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Mindfulness [HEALTH & WELLNESS]

 

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With a new year, comes New Year’s resolutions. The majority of us make them, but the greatest efforts are in keeping them. Recently, we’ve been hearing a great deal about resolutions that involve “mindfulness”. Mindful eating. Being mindful to others. A focus on mindfulness in general.

We thought about what being “mindful” meant. What does it involve? What do we do to be more “mindful”? With mindful eating, it’s about being conscientious about what we’re putting in our bodies. Being aware of where our food comes from, how our foods are prepared and the ingredients that are used in producing them.

Being mindful of others, first and foremost, is being able to recognize that everyone is different. Their opinions, attitudes, and circumstances are different. Being mindful of others is about being compassionate and empathetic to others. To care about their well-being and to lend a helping hand when needed despite the differences.

Yet, while we’re often more mindful of others, with everything that goes on in our lives, we often forget to be mindful of our selves. To focus on our health and well-being. To recognize when our minds and bodies need a break, and to prioritize the people and the things that are most important in our lives that will improve our quality of life.

As we begin 2018, whatever your New Year’s resolutions may be, we hope that we can all be more mindful overall. We wish everyone well and we thank you for being kind to your body.

Our newest NS Fans…

…one from Martha’s Vineyard and the other from Iceland. They reunite every year in New York City and we had the pleasure of meeting them. Thank you for being kind to your body!

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Our Avocado Rose Salve has been getting some wonderful accolades…

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There’s something amazing about our scarf…

pink-green-cowl-scarfThere’s something amazing about our pink and green cowl scarf…it has a story. 

It was Saturday, October 29th, when we met Joede of Black Pearl Creations. We were neighbors at an event. As she was purchasing some of our skin care products, she shared a story with us. A story about her tenacity. A story about her greater appreciation for life. Because eight years ago, she received a grave diagnosis. She was diagnosed with aggressive Stage 3 breast cancer and her situation was dire. 

But now, eight years since that diagnosis, she continues to defy the odds. We recall some of our words to her that day and we repeat it for her and for everyone…”You go girl!” Your passion to continue to live, laugh, and love every moment of life is an inspiration.

We chose this scarf with purpose…it intertwined the colors green that reflects our logo and pink, a symbolic color for breast cancer awareness. Thank you for creating such beautiful work. It was our pleasure to meet you and we look forward to keeping in touch.

 

HEALTH & BEAUTY: The Benefits of Dark Chocolate

The Benefits of Dark ChocolateWhen February arrives, we think of chocolate! Maybe it’s because of Valentine’s Day? Actually…it’s probably because we’re always thinking of chocolate. But not just any type of chocolate. Dark chocolate!

Milk and white chocolate are higher in sugar and fillers, while dark chocolate typically has a higher cacao (cocoa) content that has been touted for its health benefits.

So, how can something that tastes so good be good for us? It’s all in the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant power of flavonoids. Dark chocolate with higher cacao content has been shown to have various health benefits that include the following:

  • reduce stress
  • enhance mood
  • lower cholesterol
  • increase cardiovascular blood flow

The higher cacao content does lend to a more bitter taste. Despite that, we still prefer dark chocolate with 65% to 90% cacao. The higher the better for our tastes. While tempting to start loading up on dark chocolate for its health benefits, remember to consult your medical practitioner to address any specific medical needs.

For us, we’ll continue to toast to our health with more dark chocolate. Cheers!