Archive for March 2014

Longmont Ace Hardware

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An early picture of Colorado Aromatics products in Ace Hardware

I’m starting a new series writing about some of the stores that carry our products.  The Longmont Ace Hardware Store was one of the first stores to sell Colorado Aromatics products so we’ll write about them first as they have also been very nice people to work with. The store is locally owned and operated by the Gust Family.  According to Kirsten Pellicer, her parents started out with a very simple guiding philosophy: “Our Business is Customer Service.” They understand that they need the support of the community to survive and thrive, and that goes hand-in-hand with giving back to the community.  It’s a wonderful, full-circle concept that works well for all involved.

 The folks at Ace Hardware of Longmont support and contribute to a very wide variety of local causes and programs, including schools, Habitat for Humanity, Longmont Humane Society, as well as raising funds for the Children’s Miracle Network. Besides finding Colorado Aromatics Skin Care products, you will also find all types of tools, hardware, house wares, paints, a great garden center and a post office. The store has recently expanded into a much larger space and of course expanded their offerings in doing so.  The store is close to where I live so I go there often, especially when I need just that right sized hardware for the current project.

Colorado Aromatics Joint Jam has sold well there – it is perhaps the handy man’s friend. But many customers go there for soap and Springtide Face cream too because they know they can find it there.

Thank You Ace.

Perfect Partners: Springtide Face Cream and Starbright Mask

Perfect Partners

By Bridget Hobart / Marketing Manager for Colorado Aromatics

Springtide Gold w Peptides

Springtide Gold w Peptides

I have been experimenting with various skin care products for as long as I can remember. Then when I moved from an extremely humid climate in Florida to dry (but much more beautiful) Colorado, my skin was in shock. It didn’t take long for me to discover Colorado Aromatics, and I am grateful I did. These products are truly designed for the extremely dry, windy and sunny Colorado climate. My skin is dry and oily at the same time. It sounds crazy but it’s true. Basically, I have oily skin during most of the year, except in the wintertime. I also struggle with hyperpigmentation. Especially in the summer months when our sun shines so brightly and even the other 300+ days a year our sun is out.

I am a triathlete and runner so I spend many days in the summer outside for hours. There are no other products out there that are more fitting for my skin than Colorado Aromatics. I wanted to share with you a combo of my 2 favorite products. So here they are… Perfect Partners: A combination of my 2 favorite products that work perfectly for my skin. These 2 products used together make my skin feel more soft, clear and youthful all at once. -Starbright Brightening Mask -Springtide Botanical Anti-aging Cream.

Starbright Brightening Mask

Starbright Brightening Mask

Do your own facial with these 2 amazing products! Here is why I love them… The Brightening Mask is hydrating for my skin and has a lot of nutrients and minerals. It contains these alpha hydroxy acids from fruit for a mild exfoliation and it also contains ingredients for helping with my hyperpigmentation. I follow this with using the Anti-aging cream which is formulated specifically for reducing the lines around my eyes and on my forehead. This very emollient cream has Vitamin C, alpha-lipoic acid, green tea extract, rosemary and other beautiful botanicals. I love this face cream and notice a difference in the smoothness and texture of my skin since using it. So partner away everyone and see what combo of products works for your skin. I highly recommend trying my Perfect Partners first!

Tell us about a duo you use.

How to Keep Your Hands Looking Great

handscollage2Skin Care Tip

How do I keep from letting my hands give away my age?
Hands probably show your age more so than does your face. Think how much you use your hands and what they are exposed to on a daily basis. You should treat them with the same care and respect you do your face. But take these steps to reduce the appearance of age on your hands. Take these easy steps and your hands will look better and feel better.

1. Exfoliate your hands using a good salt scrub; the same one that you use in the shower is fine. Rub the scrub gently onto the back side of each hand in circular patterns continuing up past your wrists.  Then rinse off the salt. You hands will glow!

2. Use a cuticle cream or balm to help repair not only rough cuticles but also hangnails; those peeling tabs of dry skin around the nails. Use a sharp nail scissors to carefully cut hangnails off. Use care, you don’t want to risk an infection on your finger. Rub the cuticle cream on and around cuticles and hangnails as the nail bed too. This increases circulation. Its easy to do this while watching TV or being a passenger in the car. Colorado Aromatics Knuckle Balm makes a great cuticle cream.

3. Use a hand lotion, like Mountain Mist Hand and Body Lotion, that contains a good number of antioxidants to repair and restore the skin on your hands. You can even use your face cream on the back of your hands at night before going to bed.

4. Wear gloves when going out in harsh weather or washing dishes. Gloves will protect the skin from the environment and help prevent damage.

Most importantly; for great hands, lend one and be helpful.

Try out our hand spa kit that includes a sugar scrub, cuticle balm (knuckle balm), and antioxidant rich lotion: http://coloradoaromatics.com/product/body-care/hand-spa-set/

Eating for Healthy Skin

By Bridget Hobart

Apples are rich in flavonoids

Apples are rich in flavonoids

I believe that most people want radiant, clear and glowing skin. Honoring your skin means you respect yourself, your health and the environment.

Beautiful skin is achieved from the inside out, and an anti-inflammatory diet that helps inflammation is the first step I want to talk about in this blog. I always recommend making sure that your diet is nutritious and well-balanced with the right amounts of protein, fats and carbohydrates.

Have you ever noticed that the morning after eating most Chinese food your face looks puffy and pasty? That is the direct result of an inflammatory response to what you ate.

Here is what I recommend for ‘eating for healthy skin’: drink 8-10 glasses of water daily. Upon waking, drink a glass of warm water with fresh organic lemon juice.  Wait 30 minutes to eat breakfast. Lemons are packed with nutrients, including vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. (they contain more potassium than apples or grapes!). In addition to many other benefits, the main one I would like to mention is that the antioxidants in lemon juice help to not only decrease blemishes, but wrinkles too. It can also be applied to scars and age spots to reduce their appearance, and because it’s detoxifying your blood, it will maintain your skin’s radiance.

Always remember to choose foods high in antioxidants. Think bright and vivid colors! The orange found in carrots and peppers, the red in tomatoes and red delicious apples, and pink in salmon, the green in kale and spinach, the bright blue in blueberries; all signaling that you have made the right choice in foods. I like to recommend eating foods that you can pull from the earth or pick from a tree. Think about trying to eat foods that are as close to their natural state as possible.

I recommend eating at least 5 servings of vegetables daily and at least 2 servings of fruit daily as well. This is easier than you think, especially if you have a juicer and love to juice (like I do). I usually juice after my lemon water in the morning and I love to add Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar to all of my juices. It is beneficial in so many ways but in conjunction to the skin, it helps with inflammation.

Did you know that they actually are good “fats”? These good fats are called essential fatty acids and are great for the skin. They can be found in wild fish, nuts, seeds and avocados. Good fats or essential fatty acids reduce internal inflammation.

Omega-3 EFA’s are extremely beneficial to the skin. Some of my favorites include: flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts and green leafy vegetables.

In addition, there are some dietary ingredients that are especially good for the skin. They include; minerals, such as selenium and zinc. Flavonoids from citrus and berries. B-vitamins, such as biotin, folic acid and B12.

We are what we eat, think and feel. Make conscious, good decisions in life but never get down on yourself if you get off track. Just get back on and begin again. Try to reduce stress as much as possible. Some people do this through running, yoga, meditation, sauna visits or just reading. Find what works for you and do it. You will look and feel better than ever. Good health and beautiful skin is an unbeatable combination!