Moisturizing vs. Hydrating – What’s the difference?

Moisturize and hydrate have similar aims – to increase the skin’s hydration – but do so in different ways. When it comes to face care, moisturize and hydrate are common terms. They’re used interchangeably but they refer to different aspects of caring for our skin. When we talk about hydration, we mean the water content […]

The Hard Truth on Collagen Supplements

Collagen, what is it? Collagen is a protein, and like all proteins, are made up of amino acids. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body because it’s the structural material found in skin, bones, ligaments, tendons, joints, cartilage, and fascia found in muscle tissue. Didn’t mention hair or nails, did I? Nope. […]

Fitness Soaps – Why Fitness Soaps

I get asked this question somewhat frequently at boutiques I exhibit. Today, I thought I’d take the time to explain the reason behind their development, how they perform, and their special unique blend of ingredients. As many of you know, I was a professional athlete. Once an athlete always an athlete I say. While I’m […]

Fragrances To Die For

I was selling at a boutique over Valentine’s weekend and was next to a direct marketing company that sells diffusers with fragrances embedded into wood like nuggets. You may know who they are. I overheard the representative say, “there are no chemicals in our fragrances”. Huh? No chemicals? If there are no chemicals, what’s in […]

Three Compounds for Anti-Aging Skin Care!

I want to talk about three very special compounds and explain what they are, how they work and why they should be part of your skincare routine. The first special compound I want to discuss is Retinol, not to be confused with Retinoid A. Both are forms of Vitamin A and provide similar anti-aging results […]

A Defensive Response: Inflammation – The Good and the Bad

The word inflammation might conjure up a swollen ankle from accidentally rolling it from stepping off a curb. In the last couple of decades, inflammation has emerged as a key factor in several diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, diabetes, obesity, Parkinson’s and some infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS and COVID-19. Inflammation has been on […]

Subtle Home Improvements for Better Mental Health

Your home is one of your biggest investments and also one of your greatest assets when it comes to your mental health. Give yourself permission to make small (or large) improvements that help you live your best life. These might include anything from enhancing the coziness of your bedroom to adding indoor plants to updating […]

Setting Goals Or Setting New Year’s Resolutions. Cool Tips If You Do.

The 2022 New Year has begun! Somehow it seems oddly familiar to 2020….. Did you make a New Year’s resolution? Some people do, some don’t. Really, wanting to enact a change can happen at any time of year. The New Year offers an opportunity as a starting point and often we might define goals or […]

All About Lavender

Lavender, well-known in the worlds of gardening, baking, and essential oils, has now amassed substantial research, peer reviewed research, and is taking the scientific world by storm.  But long before there was peer reviewed science, cultures from the distant past and around the globe new lavender was special. A Little History The lavender plant has […]