At the start of February, we talked about the power of connection and the crucial role it plays in our daily lives. Whether they be romantic, platonic, or familial, the relationships we nurture and maintain are essential to our personal growth and happiness. So much so, that we’re taking today — Valentine’s Day — to pay homage to these many meaningful connections.
We talk a lot about gratitude at milk + honey — not just because it is in the very fabric (er, walls of our spas) of our ethos but because there is, at any given time, something to be thankful for.
The pursuit of peace of mind and reconnection to oneself isn’t limited to the realm of meditation, healthy sleep habits, and a budding yoga practice (to name a few). It’s just as important and effective to carve out quiet time within our already-established daily rituals — specifically by taking a closer look at the ways in which we can silence the mental chatter at the start and close of our days. Today, we turn our focus to the art of the bath.
Connection is what makes us tick. It is the invisible thread that links us to one another, our ideas, our passions, and our pursuits. Connection lays the groundwork for empathy, understanding, authentic communication, and meaningful interaction. And in an age where screen time is prioritized over face time — unless it’s FaceTime, natch — and entire conversations can take place with nary a word being spoken, we’re going the extra mile this month to put our phones down, observe our surroundings, and connect with the people and things that truly inspire us to lead healthier, happier lives. Whether it be carving out time to sit quietly with our thoughts, drawing a bath to unwind and regroup, reserving a much-needed massage, or catching up with a friend in-person (no phones in sight), our goal is to reconnect with ourselves and with each other. Join us.
February • Food • for • Thought
What connections do you value most in your life? Why?
How do you take time to connect to your mind, body, and soul on a daily basis?
Whether you’re in our spa or luxuriating in an at-home milk + honey bath soak, creating spaces that reflect and cultivate clean goodness and positivity is our goal. To this end, every milk + honey location is planned and maintained with the help of Stacy Davenport, an incredibly knowledgeable Feng Shui expert and energy catalyst. We sat down with her to discuss how she maintains clear energy in our locations, as well as tips to maintain a clear and positive space at home.
It’s high time the great outdoors are recognized as a luxurious break from our busy day-to-day lives. According to WGSN, hiking will replace yoga as the “it” fitness tool, allowing us to disconnect from the hustle and reconnect with ourselves. Boasting benefits like increased creativity and a lowered risk of depression, this nature-forward activity is increasingly becoming a necessity for balance in our fast-paced, screen-dominated world.
“focus on the positive things in your life, and you’ll be shocked at how many more positive things start happening.” – sophia amoruso
Throughout the week, we delved into strategies to remove literal toxins from our physical space. Today, we’re shifting our focus to decluttering our mind. We firmly believe it begins with a grateful heart.
A new perspective on gratitude
Think of a time your heart swelled with gratitude. Perhaps it was a holiday memory with your family, while reading your child a bedtime story, or opening a letter you received from a good friend. That full-heart feeling is something you can cultivate on a day-to-day basis by taking the time to focus on gratitude. When you’re full of gratitude, it is all consuming and leaves little room for stressors, sadness, jealousy, or any other negative feeling. Start thinking of gratitude as a tool that can be used to clear our minds of those toxic thoughts and harmful stressors. It can be used to maintain control over ourselves, even in stressful or difficult situations. In fact, studies have found when feeling grateful, people experience increased self-control.
Incorporate it into daily life
There are many ways to incorporate gratitude into daily life – we recommend trying a few strategies to see what works for you.
Capturing a moment of gratitude is inspiring in the moment, but it also creates a document of positive memories. It can be rewarding to capture written gratitude first thing in the AM – before turning to iPhones and emails. Here are a two of our favorite journals
Moleskine – the perfect morning companion for your moment of gratitude
One-Sketch-A-Day Visual Journal – for those who prefer to sketch their gratitude
2) Letters (read: not an email or a facebook message)
When it comes to gratitude for others, we simply don’t share or express it often enough. Handwritten letters or notes to others are an effective, and often contagious, way to spread gratitude. These tokens say “I appreciate you enough to pause and take time out of my busy day to think about how important you are in my life.” Dedicate a few minutes each week to some quality time with your favorite stationary. Your loved ones will appreciate it, and your mind will too.
3) Change your password
If you are anything like us, you spend a lot of time resetting passwords because you routinely forget one of the 1,500 passwords we must remember to navigate our modern lives. Transform this mundane and frustrating task to one that reminds us to be grateful. Try incorporating something you are grateful for in your next password reset. It can serve as a reminder to pause – even for a second – to focus on the positive aspects of your life.
Share your own gratitude note with the #BeeGrateful hashtag to join our always-positive online conversation.
Mother Nature reveals how vital it is for cleansing and releasing in order to rebuild. Throughout the month of January, we’re focusing on cleansing our bodies, minds, and environments of the toxins that inhibit or disrupt our natural rhythms. From everyday cleaning products to the paint on your walls, there are often ingredients at arm’s reach that have the potential to do harm. Today we are focused on easy and approachable ways to minimize exposure to toxic chemicals.
1. Increase your awareness of toxins
Here is a list of ingredients we always try avoid in any products we use at our spa or when formulating our own body care products:
What is it? A type of preservative used to avoid growth of bacteria and mold.
Why eliminate? They are endocrine (hormone) disruptors – aka chemicals that can interfere with your body’s development, as well as cause disturbances in the immune and nervous system function.
Found in: Shampoo, cleansers, body wash, body lotion, foundation, skincare products, and more.
What is it? An added detergent that creates a lather to cleanse away dirt and oil.
Why eliminate? Sulfates can strip your hair of their natural oils, leaving your locks feeling rough, dry, and brittle.
Found in: Shampoos, conditioners, body washes, toothpastes, detanglers, and more.
What is it? A type of plasticizing chemicals that make products pliable and help fragrances to stick to skin.
Why eliminate? Phthalates are also endocrine disruptors and may cause reproductive effects such as birth defects.
Found in: Synthetic fragrances, nail polish, hairspray, and plastic materials.
What is it? Aluminum is added to antiperspirants to plug pores and prevent sweat.
Why eliminate? Sweating is an important part of your body’s detoxification process.
Found in: Mainly deodorants
Artificial Dyes + Fragrances
What is it? An unnatural, engineered color or scent
Why eliminate? These dyes and scents may contain stock chemical ingredients, including endocrine disruptors and allergens.
Found in: All cosmetic categories
– Nature has provided many botanical alternatives that do not sacrifice efficacy. –
2. Audit your beauty and personal care products
Detoxify your beauty and personal care routine by utilizing Environmental Working Group’s website. They have a list of consumer products and brands they’ve verified using their testing framework. The EWG audits each ingredient and product based on its green rating. It’s an eye-opening resource for identifying actionable changes you can make for you and your family.
3. Edit your cleaning routine
First of all, ensure you are always minimizing exposure to any cleaning products with the use of gloves. Next, check your products against the EWP and consider swapping them out for homemade and natural alternatives. We recommend the book THE NATURALLY CLEAN HOME by Karyn Siegel-Maier as a great resource for natural recipes.
4. Trade ordinary paint for low-VOC or VOC-free paint
Ordinary paints contain heavy metals, formaldehyde, and other ingredients that release toxins directly into the air you breathe each and every day. While it typically costs a bit more, investing in low-VOC or VOC-free paint is an investment your health.
5. Be discerning with home fragrance
Think twice before plugging that diffuser into your wall. Instead, seek out candles and home fragrances that use essential oils and all-natural, plant-based ingredients. Burn plants, not toxins.
What are your favorite tips to detoxify daily life? Join in the conversation on our Instagram.
In 2018 we are focusing on helping you RENEW through a holistic approach of reconnecting with your natural self. Rather than worrying about resolutions too stressful to keep, we’re here to champion simple and approachable ideas to CLEANSE your body of toxins, RECONNECT with your mind, body, & environment, and NURTURE a conscious lifestyle for a lifetime. While we hope our day spas continue to provide a delicious respite from your busy lives, we want to help you incorporate the restorative experiences of our spa into your daily life in 2018, leaving you feeling whole, happy, and renewed.
MONTH 1 | JANUARY — IT’S TIME FOR A DEEP CLEAN
Mother Nature reveals how vital it is for cleansing and releasing in order to rebuild. Throughout the month of January, we’re focusing on cleansing our bodies, minds, and environments of the toxins that inhibit or disrupt our natural rhythms.
MONTH 2 | FEBRUARY — RECONNECT WITH THE REAL YOU
After minimizing the exposure to toxins, February is about simple and approachable ways to elevate your mind, body, and environment to maximize your health and happiness, the true foundation of beauty.
MONTH 3 | MARCH — NURTURE YOURSELF ALWAYS
Knowledge is indeed power, but the real results come from practical applications of what you’ve learned that you can sustain throughout the year. That’s why Month 3 is all about nurturing you by creating grounding rituals, routines, and habits that promote wholeness, wellness, and rejuvenation all year long.
It’s finally fall — take your scarves out of storage, dust off your boots, and order that PSL (that’s short for Pumpkin Spice Latte, naturally). While we won’t miss the excessive July dewiness (read: sweat), we’ll be longing for those summer Fridays soon enough. Luckily, there’s three months of autumnal activities ahead and a bunch of milk + honey products to try. Here are our fresh picks for the season:
Falling temps are good for the spirit but flaky on the lips. You’re out-and-about without any lip products to speak of, and you lick your lips for a fleeting moment of relief. Of course, this only leads to more drying and cracking. Lip Polish is here to cure. Grains of sugar gently exfoliate while organic oils reintroduce moisture. The vanilla and cardamom combo is ideal for autumn, equal parts sweet and warm.
For a fall one-two punch, follow up your Lip Polish Nº 40 with Lip Butter Nº 40. Coconut oil and vitamin E oil are super hydrating and now super portable. Wear alone or layer under your signature fall lip for easier application and a truer hue.
Between school, work, and life, we come into contact with a lot of germs. Hand Purifier Nº 8 is your quick, easy fix for clean hands — sans soap, water, and that unpleasant alcohol smell.
Some days are so dry that no lotions or creams can save you. Enter: Bath & Body Oil. Add a few drops to your bath and apply after bathing to seal in moisture and soften skin. The lavender scent soothes year-round, but it’s especially calming as we collectively shake off our summer lethargy and dive into frenetic fall.
The “everything” product for everyone. Vitamin E oil hydrates and rosehip oil reduces hyperpigmentation. Apply it on your cuticles for an added layer of protection, run it through the ends of your hair to guard against split ends, or use it smooth flyaways. Our preferred way to use at the moment? Dab a small amount on your fingers and blend with your favorite highlighting product for an lit-from-within glow.
(Lead image via @emilyblincoe)