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!

Join Us at West Elm on Broadway!

We’re excited to be partnering with West Elm on Broadway for a two-day LOCAL Showcase that features locally hand-picked and unique artisan products! Come shop our products at West Elm this Labor Day weekend. We look forward to seeing you there!

September 3rd – 4th, 2016
Hours: 10:00am – 9:00pm

West Elm on Broadway
1870 Broadway (at 61st Street)
New York, NY 10023

West Elm @Broadway 2

We had to pinch ourselves!

It was a beautiful morning for our shoot with NY1 News for an upcoming Healthy Living Segment. Being interviewed by Kristen Shaughnessy was an amazing experience. With Karen Seiger, Inyanga Naturals, and Greecologies, filming took place at Greecologies back garden on Broome Street. Greecologies new cafe features housemade yogurt and fresh offerings. Stay tuned for more…

On Set with Kristen Shaughnessy of NY1

On Set with Kristen Shaughnessy of NY1

Kristen Shaughnessy of NY1

Kristen Shaughnessy of NY1

Karen Seiger of Markets of NYC

Karen Seiger of Markets of NYC

Naturally Susan's Skin Care Products

Naturally Susan’s Skin Care Products

Inyanga

Inyanga

Greecologies

Greecologies

Greecologies

Greecologies

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HEALTH & BEAUTY: Spruce Up Your Beauty Care

Spruce Up Your Beauty Care

It’s the start of a new year. A time for resolutions. For 2015 to be an even better year.
The holidays have come and gone, and we’re starting off the new year by decluttering. Getting out from under the pile of boxes and mail that we set aside these past several months. Being organized contributes to our overall health and well being. And, this applies to our beauty routines as well. This means, cleansing our medicine cabinets of beauty care products that are toxic, have expired or gone rancid. Old and expired products may no longer be as effective and bacteria can build up that can lead to infections and breakouts.
Here are a few tips to organize and spruce up your beauty care:
  • Be cautious of products that include parabens, sulfates, artificial fragrances and artificial colors that can be harmful to the body. Rid your cabinets of products that contain these toxic ingredients.
  • Use the “sniff” test to help determine whether products should be replaced. If it smells bad, toss it.
  • Discard expired products. Cosmetic and beauty care products that are over a year old or have passed their expiration dates should be thrown away. This includes sunscreen, mascara, lipstick, eyeliner, moisturizer, etc.
  • Clean your makeup brushes and applicators. Use a gentle cleanser to avoid drying the bristles and let the applicators dry thoroughly before using.
  • Use bins to organize your makeup and beauty care products. If you have plastic storage containers or zip loc bags, those work too.
Take some time to cleanse and organize your beauty cabinets. Your body will thank you for it.
We wish you a wonderful and healthy 2015!

MEET the ARTISAN: Naturally Susan’s Skin Care + GIVEAWAY

December 1, 2014 as published on Etsy New York Blog

“MEET the ARTISAN” is a blog series that spotlights Etsy New York Team artisans and their craft. In this feature, we learn more about Susan, the creator of Naturally Susan’s artisan skin care.  I had the pleasure of sitting down with Susan and picking her brain. Susan and I have worked at Celebrate Brooklyn together so it is always nice to catch up with her.

Q: What is Naturally Susan’s? Can you briefly describe your business for us?
A: Naturally Susan’s products are about skin-healthy and they’re about versatility. They’re about simplifying our lives and making our lives easier. I used to travel a great deal for business so simplifying my beauty routine and my travel bag whether I was going from day to evening, to the gym, shopping or on vacation are fundamental to the products that I develop. My products are effective, long lasting, and versatile. And, most importantly, my products are about being kind to your body.

Q: Some artisans develop their products to meet consumer needs, while others craft products based on things and/or experiences that inspire them. What is the inspiration behind your business?
A: I started making skin care products for myself because I wanted chemical-free and fragrance-free beauty care suitable for my sensitive skin. Our skin absorbs about 60% of what we put on it, so it’s important to keep that in mind when choosing the right skin care. I found an abundance of toxins and chemicals in many products, so I started researching and developing my own, creating products that are as pure to nature as possible.

Q: Oftentimes, each artisan has a different strategy and objective for their business. What are the next steps for you and your business?
A: The next steps for my business is to further broaden my audience and expand my business. I’ve continued to work with great partners so that we can grow together, domestically and internationally.

Q: Can you tell us some of the partners you have made? Retail stores where we can find your product?
A: Some of the business partners that I continue to work with includes Artists & Fleas. Partnering with them through their markets in both the Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Chelsea Market locations has helped to increase my brand exposure globally. I’ve also continued to work with local spas, schools, and nonprofit organizations to support businesses with philosophies and causes that align with my brand mission. You can shop my products on my Etsy shop and my e-commerce website at www.NaturallySusans.com. Also, select Naturally Susan’s products are available at Artists & Fleas curated online shop and StopTHINKShop’s GOODstuff Holiday Pop Up, a social good pop up shop at 103 Allen Street, in the Lower East Side, during this holiday season. There are a number of things in progress, and I look forward to sharing more news soon.

Q: As many artisans look to grow and further develop their businesses, do you have some advice that you can share with fellow artisans?
A: I’ve learned that if you’re passionate about something, it’s worth exploring. And, whether you’re just starting your business or have been in business for some time, it’s important to join a collaborative network. The level and diversity of experience in the networks are broad and deep and the knowledge that can be garnered benefits both budding and experienced entrepreneurs. Special thanks to Susan for sharing with us. You can find her products showcased on her Etsy shop at www.NaturallySusans.Etsy.com. Susan is also selling this month at the following markets: Artists & Fleas, Exhale Spa, Etsy NY’s Holiday Handmade Cavalcade at Chelsea Market, and more, so please check out her calendar at www.NaturallySusans.com/news.

And we didn’t forget about her giveaway!  The details of her special product GIVEAWAY are below. Enter for your chance to win HERE!

Roll On Moisturizers & Natural Perfumes 3-Pack Gift Set Retail value: $63.00 WIN the set! Packaged in convenient roll on applicators, our natural perfumes are made with a blend of essential oils to stimulate, calm and heal. They’re noncomedogenic, fast-absorbing, and versatile so they can be used as moisturizers too! Pop these into your purses, carry-on bags, and gym bags…they’ll be all you need when you’re on the go! Gift set includes three (3) roll on moisturizers & natural perfumes:

  • 1 – Lavender Chamomile
  • 1 – Rose Patchouli
  • 1 – Ylang Ylang

Gift packaged in a white gift box with green ribbon. Patch test for skin sensitivity. Results may vary. This is perfect for the holiday season! Can I enter even though I did the interview? Enter to WIN HERE! Entry period ends at 11:59pm on Monday, December 15, 2014! Tracey https://www.etsy.com/shop/traceytoole

“Cures” for the Common Wrinkle

Laugh lines. Frown lines. Crows feet. However you refer to them, they’re wrinkles. Yes…we have them too. And, like many, we’ve searched far and wide for the fountain of youth.

Unfortunately, genetics plays a role in the onset of wrinkles, and while we haven’t found the cure for the common wrinkle, there are ways that may help to minimize and possibly delay their debut.

Here are some helpful tips to incorporate into your daily anti-wrinkle beauty routines:

Shield your skin with sunscreen. Not only during the Summer time. And, not only when the sun is shining. Wear sunscreen year round to protect your skin from harmful rays. Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays that can damage cells and cause premature aging.

Yoga Gansevoort Plaza Meatpacking DistrictEmbrace the “ohm”. Some say that the jury is still out as to whether stress causes wrinkles. Yet, oftentimes stress can weaken our emotional and physical wellbeing. So, whether you practice yoga, meditate, or go for long walks, these are all great ways to manage stress and to help your body maintain a stronger immune system.

Slough off those dead layers. Exfoliation helps to rid your body of dead skin cells, allowing skin to breathe, new cells to regenerate, and beauty products to better penetrate the skin. Exfoliating once a week is often sufficient since over-exfoliation can damage the skin. For less abrasive exfoliants, try sugar scrubs and yogurt and oatmeal masks.

Eat your super foods. In addition to maintaining a skin-healthy diet high in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidant-rich foods are important in fighting free radicals that cause oxidative damage to cells that can lead to premature aging. Antioxidant-rich super foods include raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, pinto beans, apples, and our favorite…dark chocolate!

We confess that we have to work on embracing more “ohm”. But, we’ve got the other three well incorporated into our beauty routines. So, while we can’t promise you a cure for the common wrinkle or the fountain of youth, maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle can help keep you looking and feeling younger.

Be kind to your body!

~ Naturally Susan’s

Tips to Spring-Ready Your Skin

Okay. We confess. We looooove soaking in luxuriously hot baths and taking long, steamy hot showers! And, we know many who enjoy doing the same, especially during these cold Winter months.

But, did you know that long, hot showers and baths can dehydrate your skin? And, did you know that antibacterial soaps, alcohol-based moisturizers, consuming alcoholic beverages and certain fabrics can irritate the skin and worsen dry skin conditions?

Now that Spring is around the corner and warmer temps are on their way (we hope!), here are some tips to Spring-ready your skin:

  • Take warm, not hot, showers and baths. Exposing your skin to hot water for long durations can break down your skin’s protective barrier, stripping it of its natural oils that keep the skin moisturized and impurities from penetrating into your body. So, sticking to warm baths and showers can be a skin-healthier option.
  • Use heavier creams, instead of lotions. Creams and oil-based moisturizers can better lock in moisture, keeping skin supple and hydrated. The best time to moisturize is right after you step out of the shower or bath. Pat your skin dry and apply moisturizer when your skin is still slightly moist.
  • Let cotton and satin fabrics be your best friends. Wearing clothing made of cotton and satin are often less irritating to the skin and allows your skin to breathe. And, even while you’re indoors and sleeping, your body continues to lose moisture, so remember to stay covered up when indoors as well.
  • Drink more water. Caffeine and alcoholic beverages can dehydrate the body. When consuming these types of beverages, remember to increase your water intake to replenish your body. Proper hydration helps the skin stay healthy and allows your body to function properly.
  • Green your beauty cabinet. Chemical-laden and harsh cleansers can irritate and further inflame your skin. Stick to cleansers that are fragrance-free and chemical-free, products that are milder and gentler for your body.
  • Exfoliate once a week. Rid dead skin cells that can clog pores and allow skin cells to regenerate. Using gentle exfoliants such as sugar-based exfoliants and products with natural and organic ingredients are often kinder to your body.
If you have persistent or worsening skin conditions, please remember to consult your medical practitioner. So, here’s to wishing Spring is indeed on it’s way :)! ~ Naturally Susan’s

Celebrate namasDay with Exhale Spa! We’ll see you there!

Join exhale’s annual namasDay, a nationwide celebration of National Yoga Month!

The evening Yoga Bash will include complimentary yoga classes, DJs, trunk shows, mini spa therapies, and more! See you there!

exhale mind body spa

namasDay Yoga Bash

Thursday, September 19, 2013 (6:00pm-8:00pm)

exhale spa Meatpacking, Hotel Gansevoort

18 Ninth Avenue (between 12th & 13th Streets)

New York, NY 10014