Double Greens Face Mask

Going green with our Super Greens Fresh Mask + green juice!
The Super Greens Fresh Mask (formerly Seaweed Superfood)  already comes packed with real leafy greens from the land and sea like kelp, spirulina, and spinach for a green face mask to nourish skin with real nutrients.



Exploring Wine Country, August

Here are a few shots from some trips around Napa and Sonoma Valley wineries this month. I don’t frequently visit the vineyards in the area, as I have to admit I am usually just too busy, but a day off with a glass of Napa juice doesn’t make for a bad day. We worked our way around the area, stopping in all sorts of spots for some sips and eats. Enjoy a photo diary below of stops at vineyards including Mumm in Napa for some bubbles, and Frank Family Vineyards.


DIY with Lavender


Lavender harvest is in full swing! Plants are blooming like crazy, so if you’re ready to get crafty with those potent little flower, grab your scissors and let’s get to some really easy work.
The aroma of lavender is said to have many benefits, but most people consider it to be a calming and soothing scent. It can help relieve stress, inflammation, tension, and even assist with sleep. One of my favorite ways to use lavender is in eye pillows that I use both for sleeping and when I have tension headaches. You can make a low-budget version with a sock, or a little bit fancier of a pouch with two rectangles of a nice, soft fabric. Fill with dried grains, ground rice, lentils, quinoa, or whatever you have on hand, plus a hefty amount of lavender buds with potent lavender oil. I’ve had mine for over two years, and you can pop them in the microwave for a few seconds to release more of the aroma. For headaches, place the lavender pillow on top of your head or across the crown (while laying down). Again, you can heat, or even chill, your lavender pillow for relief of your choice.

To easily harvest lavender buds, place freshly trimmed lavender stalks inside of a large bag and shake. The buds will fall away, especially if you let them dry out for a day or two. You can also remove them with your fingers by gently rubbing them in the opposite direction of growth. Lavender buds can be steeped in oils (steep in a jar for a few days in sunlight to infuse even more of the lavender oils into your body or massage oil), added to your bath or body scrubs, or simply place it in a bowl in open air. Dried lavender stalks can make some nice decorative pieces as well, and can hang on to their scent for quite a while, so they don’t have to head to the trash.

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New Summer Face Masks


Unveiling our new summer Fresh Masks! Watermelon Mint and Super Greens.

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Watermelon Mint – You don’t want to work, you just want to play in the sun all day? Well all of that sun exposure is damaging to skin in more ways that just a sunburn. Inspired by summertime garden favorites, this face mask brings together two powerful, juicy skin fruits plus cooling greens. Watermelon and tomato are both extra high in lycopene which is excellent for repairing and protecting skin that gets heavy sun exposure. These fruits help build natural resistance to UV rays in skin cells – they have even been shown to prevent and heal skin cancer cell formation.  For extra sun-punching benefits, we blended in some healing aloe and peppermint to soothe burned or irritated skin. Turmeric nourishes, and can help heal scars and fade dark spots resulting from sun damage and aging skin. Rhassoul clay is high in restorative essential minerals to promote collagen formation, reducing signs of aging like fine likes and wrinkles.

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Super Greens – Our Super Greens Fresh Face Mask is high in cell-hydrating potassium, vitamins, and super green goodness. This face mask brightens skin tone, deep cleans, and nourishes cells with natural minerals from land and the sea. Kelp, dulse, and spirulina come straight from their big blue source, packing essential seaweed nutrients with protective and restorative properties that help prevent damage from the sun. To give this face mask a superfood boost, we added one of our other favorite green guys, spinach! Spinach promotes collagen growth and helps reduce redness to promote bright, even skin tone. There’s also a sprinkle of black lava salt from the waters of Hawaii, coated with detoxifying coconut charcoal which is helpful for clearing out skin impurities and toxins.   We use a powerful blend of kaolin clay and oil-absorbing fullers earth clay to balance excess oil and remove surface debris. This is a great face mask for skin that is dull, lacking nutrients, receives heavy sun exposure, or has slight oil imbalance.


p.s., our Winter Pumpkin Fresh Mask got a facelit/same recipe, new name – *Pumpkin Spice*.


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Moving Day – A Look Back




Whew! Moving from the old office to the new one was no easy task, but I am happy to say we are officially in! Such an exciting day to be getting a bigger production space with so much room – definitely not something we are used to. We’ll be putting in shelving, work stations, a mailing station, and a new space for doing videos. Standing in the new production space got me thinking about how darn proud I am of what we have accomplished in such a short period of time. This all started from an idea brought on by a very difficult, personal struggle with a sleeping disorder that nearly ruined my skin. And here we are today- using real ingredients, putting food on our faces, recycling, and sharing information with others. I couldn’t love it more! I had so many ideas and goals when I finally launched this business two years ago, especially concerning environmental, health, and animal welfare issues (animal testing is bad, mkay!). I so wanted to reduce plastics, force bad ingredients out, reduce water waste, reduce pollution, stop cruel practices, and teach people simple ways to care for themselves. It fills me with joy to see that we are really making progress with our mission and helping to be part of positive changes for our planet. Investing in your ideas can be risky/scary/unsettling, but if you aren’t living to the fullest then what are you doing here…




All of this started with a goal of making natural skin care easy, affordable, and accessible to everyone, and we have never deviated from that focus. My first round of conditioning oil and coffee bean scrub samples (pictured above) went with me to work while I was still in the pastry kitchen, and now I find myself producing those same products in my own Simplecare production kitchen. Cooking and food has always been such a huge part of my life, and I am so darn happy that I am able to integrate something I love with changing the world for the better.
It’s funny that even though I have left the kitchen – I really haven’t. Pretty neat. 🙂

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How To Use Body Butter and Body Oil

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If you’ve been wondering about the differences between lotions, creams, oils, and butters, well…you’ve come to the right place.

Most people are used to lotions and creams, the more common commercially sold conditioning products. These are typically an emulsification of the nourishing oils/butters and water. This makes the product conditioning plus adds additional moisture, a smoother application, and that evaporation-like feel that most people are used to. The unfortunate thing about water and oil is that they do not naturally hold alone as an emulsified product – they require an emulsifying agent in order to become that creamy goo you are so used to. These agents are usually waxes (often petroleum-based) or other fillers that will stabilize the product. Also, with water present, preservatives are needed in order to make the product shelf-stable for a longer length of time. The amount of water in lotions and creams can vary, but can be up to 70% of the product which greatly reduces the amount of quality product you get with each application! 
We can easily get around using the products so often by sticking to just their nutritious ingredients – pure plant oils and butters. Body oils and butters can be used in the same way as lotions and creams, with the addition of actually being usable in water! They won’t rinse off quite so easily without fillers or detergents, so you can massage those conditioners in to rough, dry spots for extra-juicy moisture. You can also add them to your bath, or use them to condition dry scalp and hair! (just shampoo out and condition as normal if needed.
Body oils and butters soak in extra great right after your shower, and on damp skin. If you are applying to dry skin, use damp hands to apply the product for a more lotion-like feel.

Check out the video here for info on body oils and butters:

Beer Spa


Forget those fancy spas….cheers to beer for skin care!
Sure, you may know that wine has some health benefits like antioxidants, namely, resveratrol. Perhaps you even knew that wine is good for your skin, with age-fighting and damage-restoring properties. But, did you also know that other alcohols besides wine have a whole range of benefits for skin and hair that go beyond just simple (even though they aren’t!) antioxidants!

Beer is a good source of Vitamin B, plus other skin-nourishing nutrients like proteins and acids that contribute to healthy, soft skin.  It has been used for centuries as a skin care product (you can even find beer spas in various locations around the globe), so before you wave your hands in worry of waste, read on. Beer has been shown to have antibacterial properties that can help kill acne-causing bacteria on the surface of skin. It can also be helpful for acne by helping to naturally slow down the production of sebum, your skin’s natural oil, so reducing excess surface debris and preventing acne triggers. The yeasts in brewed beer are said to help balance pH for both skin and hair, so don’t just give your face the goods. Might as well go all in! Yeasts and hops have a wide variety of nutrients like biotin and pantothenic acid, both of which promote strength in hair and skin

For your own beer spa, you might find it a bit difficult to get your hands on a tub full of froth, but not to worry! There’s an easier way to get the same benefits than filling your own tub with beer. To use beer for skin, just apply to your face or body with a soft cotton wipe and leave on 10-15 minutes. This is the easiest method for a beer facial, but you can add a few other ingredients if you’d like to get more of a specific treatment. For a super-antioxidant, acne-crushing fresh face mask, try our Strawberry Basil Fresh Mask mixed with just a few teaspoons of some freshly-opened beer or you can make your own mask at home using ingredients fresh from your fridge.

Strawberry Ale Mask
1 small strawberry
2-3 teaspoons of beer
2-3 teaspoons of bentonite clay

Puree strawberry so that it is mixable with other ingredients. If you do not have a blender or other method to puree, use the strawberry as a facial wipe right before your mask. This applies the strawberry juice directly to skin and allows time to soak in benefits. Mix clay with beer using a whisk for best results, apply to a cleaned face, and leave on for 10 – 15 minutes. Rinse clean and follow with a moisturizer if needed.

To use beer in your hair, apply throughout and onto scalp to encourage healthy hair growth, prevent damage, soften, and smooth cuticle. You can also try it with dry, itchy scalp and dandruff!

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