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swap it: four ways to clean up your beauty routine

April 30, 2018

This month, we launched #WhyWeSayYesTo / #WhyWeSayNoTo: an online conversation highlighting ingredients we’ll never use and what we choose instead. Here’s a wrap-up of our first few suggestions to clean up your beauty routine — one product at a time.

 

Hand Purifier

Swap your ordinary hand sanitizer for milk + honey’s Hand Purifier. The handbag-friendly essential is made with natural alcohol — distilled from denatured lavender oil. while other hand sanitizers strip + dry your skin, our cleaner ingredients are designed to refresh and soothe.

 

 

 

Lip Balm

Acting as the base in our Lip Butters and Lip Polishes, organic virgin coconut oil deeply moisturizes and nourishes dry lips. Most lip balms in your bag are likely made of petrolatum (or petroleum jelly), which creates a barrier over your lips and skin — preventing any moisture from being absorbed. Instead, we stick to the clean ingredients found in nature — the ones that actually work.

 

 

 

 

Deodorant

There’s a reason everyone’s switching to natural deodorant. Antiperspirants use harmful ingredients like aluminum to clog your pores, which disrupts your natural detox process. that’s why we say yes to effective natural ingredients like baking soda + essential oils in our Cream Deodorant. our effective formulation will keep you smelling fresh while allowing your body the detox it needs.

 

 

 

Fragrance

When you see “fragrance” on an ingredient list, it can mean any number of chemicals are hidden in the product. many “fragrances” are synthetic and contain hidden pthalates, which are known endocrine disruptors. In short — you don’t know exactly what you’re signing up for. We believe in transparency, which is #WhyWeSayNoTo artificial fragrances. instead, we choose to use pure essential oils — aka no hidden phthalates, preservatives, or parabens.

 

 

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Life, Living

how to survive the last week of Mercury in retrograde

April 9, 2018

 

If you’ve used social media at all recently, you’re surely aware Mercury is in retrograde. Every once in a while, the planet becomes our “scapegoat” for the miscommunications and misfortunes we experience. Why is that? milk + honey reached out to our Energy Catalyst, Stacy Davenport, for tips on how to stay positive during the homestretch of this unpredictable time. Today, we’re sharing her advice for keeping it together for the last week of Mercury-in-retrograde.

At the Office

  • Wipe down the surface of your desk and organize the items on the surface. You want to create visual quietness.
  • Put files away into file cabinets.
  • Bring fresh flowers and place them near your computer screen to absorb the energetic negativity.  

At Home

  • Sweep your entry area daily with the intention to clear away any energy that may be blocking your path in life.
  • Dust all surfaces in your home, and while doing so, thank the space for providing you support for your life.
  • Sweep the floors and vacuum the carpets, and while doing so, visualize that any dirt and dust be removed from your home; therefore, unblocking your path to fulfillment.
  • Wash your bedding and towels with a ½ cup of sea salt. This clears any psychic and energetic debris that you’ve released while you’ve slept.
  • Clear your car of unnecessary stuff and take it for a thorough cleaning at the car wash. Cars represent our emotional body.
  • Have a beautiful bouquet of flowers in your home and place them where you can see them as you move about your home.

 

“The end of this Mercury retrograde is a powerful time to complete the incompletes in your life so the new energy of Spring can fully activate and flow blessings into your life.”

– Stacy Davenport

 

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Living, Wellness

a return to growth + renewal {april 2018}

April 6, 2018

Springtime represents rebirth and renewal — in our surroundings and in ourselves. So, we’re embracing this notion of a season-in-bloom to focus on our love for the earth, practice everyday sustainability, clear out the literal and metaphorical clutter, and to grow our foundational product ingredient knowledge so we can make smart, educated decisions about the daily impact we make on others and on the environment.

Food • for • Thought

What is one thing you can do every day to minimize your environmental footprint?
How can you clean up your beauty routine — one product at a time?
In your home: where do you feel most calm? Where do you feel most chaotic? Why?
What is one small kindness you can do for another person daily? Weekly? Monthly?

 

 

Austin, Events

milk + honey Partners with MOODxMOSS

March 7, 2018

With wellness at the forefront of all things beauty and innovation, SXSW is introducing a Wellness Expo to its 2018 conference — and milk + honey will be there! Come see us in Booth #401 on Saturday, March 10th + Sunday, March 11th. You can expect product samples, giveaways, and other exciting partnerships. One of the most anticipated partnerships? Aura photography from MOODxMOSS.

If you’re wondering how aura photography works, you’re not alone. We’re breaking down the energy-forward artform with MOODxMOSS founder, Carrie Moss.

In a nutshell, how does aura photography work?

The Aura Imaging System, by Guy Coggins, utilizes biofeedback technology. The system measures the electrical potential along the meridian points of the palm of the hand, then an algorithm converts that information into an electrical frequency and displays this as the colors and patterns of the aura.

What does your aura look like? Is it ever-changing?

Yes, auras are ever-changing. They shift depending on where you are at emotionally, physically, and spiritually. I think one of the interesting things about getting a visual representation of one’s aura is that over time you can see patterns emerge. My aura is primarily red and orange when I am traveling with MOOD on the road, and when I am home in Austin, it is more rainbow-ish.

What’s the most surprising aura reading you’ve ever experienced?

I love it when I see Spirit Guides show up in aura photos. They look like streaks or bright pinpoint lights!

 

What inspired you to start MOODxMOSS?

I have been a photographer and spiritual seeker for over 20 years. A friend of mine told me about the AuraCam and I was intrigued. I’ve learned that when an idea keeps popping back into your mind it is time to listen! So after about six months of research and thinking about it, I decided to launch MOODxMOSS.

 

What are you grateful for this SXSW?

I am most grateful to be partnering with milk + honey for the Wellness Expo. I love that SXSW created a new segment of the conference to include the wellness community. I feel and see a shift happening and it is exciting to be part of it.

The SXSW Wellness Expo is free + open to the public.

RSVP here.

Living, Wellness

maintain + sustain the good in your life

March 1, 2018

As the year progresses, so does our personal journey to detoxify and simplify our lives. With each month, we turn our focus to another crucial element in this process. For March, we will solidify into place the good habits and rituals we’ve identified as the ones that are integral to our daily lives and our daily happiness. How do we maintain and sustain the routines that ground us and, simultaneously, lift us up? How do we continue to do them so that they don’t slowly turn into dreaded chores? Let’s create the space we need to think thoughtfully about the routines we rely on day in and day out. In doing so, we can — and will — optimize our experiences for a happier, healthier life.

 

food • for • thought

What’s one thing you do every day that you wish were simpler?

What’s one thing that brings you joy every day?

How do you keep yourself organized? On time? 

Life, Living, Wellness

seven ways to stay grounded

February 26, 2018

Staying grounded is easier said than done. From small, daily stressors to bigger, fast-paced events (hello, SXSW), it’s necessary to be mindful of staying grounded. This month, we focused a great deal on reconnecting — in relationships, with yourself, and with the space around you. Now, let’s wrap up February (and kick off the week) with seven milk + honey recommended ways to keep your cool.

 

Call a friend or family member

It’s easy to have a false sense of closeness these days. After all, we use Facebook updates to represent life events and Instagram Stories to share our day-to-day. What could we be missing? Pick up the phone and call a long-distance pal, and you’ll find out. While social media does a lot to connect us, our online lives are curated and incomplete. There’s nothing like hearing the sound of your BFF’s voice as they tell you the good, bad, and the ugly. Just hearing a familiar voice can be extremely grounding and flat-out comforting.

 

Turn off your phone

While phones are great for say, calling an old friend (nudge, nudge), it’s nice to schedule intentional time apart from technology. We all know how it feels to be sucked into the world of eternal scrolling and it can be extremely draining — for both your time and your mood. Try to block off time first thing when you awake and right before bedtime to leave your phone face down and out of sight. Use this as your time to recharge and reconnect.

 

Incorporate CBD Oil

Ahhh, CBD oil. Before we go any further, let’s be clear — the hemp-derived oil is non-psychoactive and provides relaxation without intoxication. In some cases, CBD oil is ingested (try it in your next smoothie) or it can be used topically.

We love Mary’s Nutritionals patches and gel pen to provide topical relief for pain management. As of this month, both are carried at milk + honey locations.

 

Revisit an old favorite

What’s your favorite book? Movie? Vinyl album? Revisit that. Comfort can arise from familiarity and you may even get a dose of sweet nostalgia along with it. Our old favorites are still our favorites for a reason: they make us feel something.

 

Reserve a massage

Massages are an essential strategy to reconnect with yourself and improve your mood. You may think we’re biased, but there’s actual science to back it up. Studies have shown stress hormones lowering as much as 31% while dopamine and serotonin rose about 30% post-massage.

Explore milk + honey massages.

 

Make your sleep habitat a haven

Sleeping is such an important part of reconnecting with your best self. So, why not optimize your sleeping situation? Stacy Davenport, milk + honey’s go-to Feng Shui expert and energy catalyst recommends investing in hibernation. As she says, “Let your master bedroom be luscious.”

Some of our favorite additions:

  • New sheets and bedding
  • Blackout curtains
  • Silk pillowcases
  • Silk sleeping masks
  • Sound machines
  • Sunrise simulating alarm clocks (so much nicer than your iPhone alarm)

 

Take a bath

It’s no secret that we’re proponents of #TheArtOfTheBath at milk + honey. Whether it’s a quick, 20-minute dip or a lengthier, more indulgent escape, the bath can serve as a tool for reconnection.

Unless your phone has a waterproof case, the simple act of being in the bath takes technology out of the picture. It’s the perfect time to open that book you’ve been meaning to finish. Bathtime is also a great excuse to catch up on your favorite podcast or new music. Try to think of #TheArtOfTheBath as a five-sensory experience. You can indulge with essential scents, relaxing sounds, healing ingredients, a great book, and a glass of wine — if you insist. (I totally do.)

 

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Living, Wellness

what is your #AMandPM?

February 21, 2018

When manifesting positivity for the day, we believe the small things can set you up for success. Whether you’re enjoying your favorite cup of tea in the AM or a unwinding in a PM salt bath, these tiny moments of mindfulness can change the course of your day and affect how you impact others.

 

Next month, we are launching #AMandPM, a blog series and collection of Instagram takeovers featuring a mix of milk + honey experts and influencers. Today, we’re giving you a sneak peek into what you can expect. Read on for milk + honey massage therapist, Lala’s #AMandPM.

 

AM RITUALS

 

Stretch | While still in bed, I like to do a morning stretch with deep breaths. I raise my hands over my head and make my body as long as I can reaching from side to side. If I’m feeling fancy, I make a Figure 4 with my legs and stretch across my side body with cactus arms. I’ll curl to the fetal position and breathe for a moment before planting my feet down and starting the day. Deep breathing and gentle stretching helps the circulatory and pulmonary systems wake up gradually without shocking the system awake.

 

Lemon Water | I juice one full lemon into a cup of warm water and drink it down to chase an apple cider vinegar shot & probiotic pills I take in the morning. The lemon water gets your gut moving and wakes up your digestive system along with providing antioxidants and immunity strengtheners. If I don’t press snooze two extra times, I’ll even make a smoothie with greens, frozen fruit, coconut milk, and whatever else may be hanging out in the fridge.

 

Affirmations | Here’s where I may lose ya. I like to dry brush in the morning and then apply coconut oil to my skin while telling myself nice things. Dry brushing is fantastic for exfoliation, circulation, cellulite prevention and all kinds of magic. Coconut oil is great for my skin type and smells fantastic. I find saying affirmations can be cheesy… though when I do them in a power stance in the mirror while listening to Beyoncé, I feel amazing AF.

 

PM RITUALS

 

Foam Roll | My clients never hear the end of me asking if they foam roll. Rolling out the stagnant blood and adhered tissues of your body will make you feel better! After a long day of doing massage or working out, or both, I have a love/hate relationship with my foam roller. Roll out your back, legs, IT band, PSOAS, and hamstrings. If I’m feeling frisky, I’ll grab a lacrosse ball and roll around — targeting my upper back or glutes to release the tighter muscles. (m+h has an amazing product called the RAD roller, which I use on my break at work.)

 

Hot Tea | As a tradition from my childhood, my grandmother and mom both used tea as a form of stress relief. Tea was a cure-all. So you can find me curled up on the couch with my cats and favorite blanket. Yogi Teas are my favorite because they have special messages on the bag for you to feel inspired. (Some fave blends are: Detox, Bedtime, Stomach Ease, and Kava Stress Relief.)

 

Epsom Salt Bath | For sore, tired muscles, energetically draining, or treat yo’self days, Epsom salt is straight wizard level. It calms inflammation, flushes toxins, softens skin, reduces pain, and relieves stress from the magnesium in the salt.

 

Keep an eye out for our #AMandPM Stories — launching in March.

What is your #AMandPM?

Body, Massage, Wellness

reconnect with your physical self

February 19, 2018

In this day and age, connectivity is a funny subject. In a way, we’re more connected than ever. From FaceTime to Facebook, we’ve been provided with countless accessible tools to keep us in touch. The catch? Sometimes we forget to stop and reconnect with ourselves — our own physical being.

We spoke with licensed Massage Therapist and milk + honey Product Representative, Shannon Perry, to discuss ways to reconnect with your physical self.

 

On the importance of stretching:

“If you work at a computer screen all day, there’s good chance you’re not getting up enough. Email after email piles up and meetings can make your day so busy that you feel rushed and anxious about the smallest things. It is vital to our mental and physical well-being to take time for deep breaths, get up and walk around, or do a little stretch to increase circulation. Deep breaths allow us to take a moment from our crazy schedules and reconnect with our body. Deep breathing can decrease the feeling of stress and lower your blood pressure. When in my breaths, I like to take a moment to pay attention to where I may feel muscle soreness or tension and make those areas my focus for the day.”

 

How does Sports Massage fit into personal physical connectivity?

“Sports massage aids in preventing injuries and helps recovery time. It incorporates stretching, which we are all guilty of not making enough time for with our busy schedules. Heavily exercised muscles tend to become fatigued and can have trouble relaxing. Sports massage increases circulation and helps keep the muscles loose to prevent injuries from occurring. This is a great modality to keep an athlete going.”

Learn more and schedule Sports Massage.

 

What are the benefits of RAD Tools?

“I love these tools. I am on the go and don’t always have time for a massage. I can throw a ball in my bag and self massage in the car in traffic, while sitting at the desk on the computer, or after an intense workout relieve tension and increase my range of motion. The balls have a little bit of cushion/give so it’s not too painful to apply a little pressure against the wall or the back of a chair. I suggest using the tools at home on the floor after long day of sitting or standing to ensure you have a good range of motion in to your shoulders. I use the smallest ball on my hands after working on clients or typing all day to relax my hands as well. They offer items in different sizes and firmness so there’s something for everyone.” [Available at milk + honey locations]

 

Tips and tricks:

  • Drink plenty of water. The more you drink, the more you have to get up to use the restroom and refill your glass, forcing you to move!
  • Set an alarm on your calendar to “STRETCH!” or “DRINK WATER!” so you don’t forget to get up from the screen or deadline you’re working on.
  • Foam roll! Lay down for 15 minutes with the roller along the spine. Stretch your arms out to your side and allow gravity to do the work.

 

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