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Energize Your Space: a Q&A with Energy Catalyst, Stacy Davenport

January 30, 2018

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.


What are some of the most important factors in creating a positive flow of energy in your space?

Definitely dusting — under your bed and furniture. It’s important this time of year because thought forms and gunk can get stuck in your space. Declutter from the right place. When you look at something, does it make your heart light up? Or is it an obligation? Create a system using three categories: yes, no, and maybe. This will help you to sort through your things and immediately trust your result. We spend so much time thinking things like, my Aunt Mary gave that to me so I should hold onto it.” If there are things in your environment you don’t really love, it’s creating an energetic block and taking up space where something new can come in.


So it’s also about being open to transition?

It’s especially important to re-evaluate the energy of your environment in times of change. When relationships have ended or you’re changing into a new job, walk through and identify what’s in your space that represents the old relationship or the old job that wasn’t fulfilling.


What are a few first fixes you think most people could make?

The first focus should be the bedroom or master bedroom. Sometimes I’ll ask people how long they’ve had their pillows and they’ll say, “Oh, I’ve had that pillow for 18 years.” All those thought forms are there — all the things you’ve gone through in the last 18 years. It’s important to initiate a new space or transition with new towels, new bedding, new pillows. Let your master bedroom be luscious. Make it so you just get in bed and exhale. It doesn’t have to be expensive… just something that represents you today. For example: if you have an orange bedspread, does it really fit anymore? This is a chance for brand new beginnings in 2018.


For the office or work area of the home, there’s often not enough storage. Go through your spaces and ask yourself: where does this live?” People often say they can’t get their clutter handled — they feel it’s continuous. Usually it’s because there’s not a system in place. There has to be a system so when you’re done with something it’s easy to put it away. If it’s difficult, your mind will say, “I’ll deal with that later.” The key is to create systems.


It’s clear you believe in a fresh start with a new year. Does 2018 have any specific significance?

When you add 2018 together, you get an 11. This year, we walked through a spiritual doorway. Double digits represent that the divine is supporting us, so taking care of your environment is really important. In numerology, 11 represents balance and connection to your divine self instead of your egoic self. This year is a really powerful opportunity to align with what’s true.


Tell me about some of the tools you use in cleansing the milk + honey spaces.

There’s a grid on the planet called the Hartmann Curry grid. Two scientists in the 1920s created it once they identified how energy flows. There’s the horizontal — like when you meet somebody. You know how they say, “you can know a person in 30 seconds,” that’s because we’re literally exchanging energy. That’s the horizontal. Then, when we pray and meditate we connect to the vertical.


Alissa, milk + honey’s founder, has me go through every location once a month and I go to the 2nd Street location twice a month. Every one of those clients has dumped their energy — emotionally, physically, mentally. In the salon, people are in their thought forms. Massage, they’re in their emotional body. Hair and nails, it’s all in the physical body. I clear the slate for the environment of milk + honey. It’s important to address the vertical so the higher vibration can come in and wash out the gunk. That’s the beauty of the milk + honey locations. They’re energetically cleansed so clients can trust they’re entering a clear space.


I work with a tool called a dowsing rod. It helps me identify, through my training, where energy is stuck. I also use powerful Chinese elements. One is to lift the old energy — energetic clearing. It lifts any detrimental energy. Then, I use nine capfuls of rum (representing fire) to lift the energy. A red powder is the blessing powder — it lures in blessings. I set the mixtures in the space according to this map (below). The packets stay for about three months to absorb energy. After three months, they’re thrown away.

What are some of your favorite plants to bring into indoor spaces?

It’s best to have fresh plants, but if you don’t have a green thumb, use silk. You don’t want to bring a fresh plant and then it starts to die — that’s energy that’s starting to die, go down the drain, and get weak. That will affect the individuals in the house. When the plant is dead, throw it away. So many people cling onto that one last leaf, but it’s dead. Plants absorb the gunk in the space, so plants may only live for a year. Its job is to clean the space.


Aloe is a great plant to have in a bedroom if you struggle with insomnia. It helps to oxygenate and absorb negativity. Instead of having a cell phone next to your bed, placing an aloe plant next to your bed is very beneficial. If you don’t do well with watering plants, I recommend Pathos Ivy — they will tell you when they’re thirsty. Bamboo is beneficial to bring into your space and can provide good luck.


What strategies do you recommend to digitally detox at night?

Keeping screens out can fire the brain so you’re processing that all night. I try to shut it off 30 minutes before going to bed. You should meditate or do something to move your focus down to your heart versus the brain. The brain is always processing: “Did I send that in the right way?” or “How is that coming across?” etc. Try this screen-free strategy for 30 days and see if you wake up feeling more refreshed.


Set boundaries for balance. This year is about setting boundaries with yourself. People sometimes think it’s selfish and to that, I say, you must be. You need to take care of you, I need to take care of me. It’s appropriate self-orientation.


Talk about the role of crystals in indoor spaces. Do you have different suggestions for home/office, etc?

With feng shui there are specific crystals to use within the nine sections. Those same crystals are in the walls of every milk + honey location.


I like to provide the first layer of crystals to set the location. Then, there are many other crystals you can add in. In regards to love and partnership, rose quartz is the crystal. You can then say, for example, “I can see I’m having a problem being in my power with my husband.” So then I’m going to support bringing in an amethyst, which is about power.


You should start by identifying the crystals that bring in the quality of energy. For example, if you want good communication, that’s pyrite. Everybody is different, so it’s about what’s needed for that individual. It’s always in flux and in movement. You just can’t go backwards when choosing crystals for your space.


They’re in every wall at milk + honey locations. For the 2nd Street, Arboretum, and Galleria locations, intentions have been written on the walls. After that, we started #beegrateful notes, so South Lamar and Houston actually have gratitude notes in the walls — they’re connected to the crystals. The gratitude of clients and employees are actually embedded in the walls at milk + honey locations.


What do you do to cleanse crystals before bringing them into your space?

I recommend cleansing them in salt water overnight. Then, take them out of the water and place them in the sun for 24 hours. When you set them in their place, do so with an intention. For example, with amethyst: maybe it’s there to have more abundance, happiness, or joy in your life. Or perhaps it’s to bring in a raise, bring in more money, and fully stand in the power of who you are in a graceful way.


I recommend cleansing crystals about every six months to once a year. We can get negative, so we all have emotional gunk that gets dumped in our spaces.


Salt lamps have a big presence at milk + honey offices, as well as our spa and salon locations. Talk about the role that salt lamps can play in creating positive energy.

They create negative ions, so they create positive energy in a space. They’ve been strategically placed — especially in each treatment room. As a client releases all of their chi, the space will be cleansed.


For an apartment, I’d recommend placing salt lamps out in the main living area. It’s also helpful in a bedroom, but don’t sleep with it on. We need darkness at night. However, you can leave them on at all other times — they’re just 4-watt bulbs.



Let’s talk clutter. How often do you/do you recommend a spring cleaning of sorts?

I definitely like this for spring. We’re coming out of the darkness, out of hibernation, into new beginnings. Sometimes because someone’s life is so big, they can only do one a year. I highly recommend spring. After that, fall. That’s right before we go into the winter. Look around and think “what did I not touch?” because retreating inward is a sacred time.


It can be helpful to tie to the spring equinox and the fall equinox. Think of it as coming out and going in. It’s a time to totally refresh the seeds — the trees will be bringing new life. The bulbs that we planted in the fall have been down in the ground until sun comes out. It’s a cycle. Spring is expansion and fall equinox is contraction.

Life, Wellness

keep it green: how plants can purify your life

January 23, 2018

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.

Hiking is no longer just for the uber-crunchy set due to its sharable aspects of adventuring — both IRL and online. Taking a hike and exploring outside is an easy way to catch up with old friends and allows for quality time with loved ones. Also, let’s face it: off-the-grid adventures are incredibly Instagrammable.

Spending solo time outdoors should be on your to-do list, too. A study by Stanford found that nature can have a positive effect on human emotion, actually making us feel better. Since natural settings are conducive to positive mental wellness, it’s the perfect backdrop for self-care.


Here are some ways to spend solo time outdoors:

Planting or gardening: Start small. Even potting a few plants or beginning a mini garden can be extremely rewarding.

Take walk or hike: Make it a routine. Pencil in a stroll during your lunch break or directly after work to make your time outside a priority.

Create something: Just for you. Allow yourself time to pause, acknowledge, and appreciate your surroundings by way of sketching, journaling, or photography. And no, you don’t have to Instagram it. You do you.

The purifying properties of plants aren’t limited to outdoor exploration. There are many plants that have been proven to remove air pollutants indoors, too.


Here’s a short list of some of our favorite detoxifying plants:


Aloe Vera: This soothing plant is believed to purify air of toxins such as formaldehyde.

Areca Palm: Indoor palms are more than just a trend on your Instagram feed. This plant has been proven to be especially effective at ridding the air of formaldehyde. It also brings hydration into your home, acting as a natural humidifier.

Spider Plant: This easy-to-care-for plant will add green to your space while cleansing your home of formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and xylene.

Rubber Plant: This popular plant is known to filter common air pollutants such as formaldehyde. Warning: this plant may require a more experienced green thumb.

Peace Lily: In addition to its fragrant, beautiful flowers, this plant boasts removal properties of ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.


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detoxify your mind with gratitude

January 5, 2018

“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.


1) Journaling

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.



detoxify your everyday – renew 2018

January 2, 2018

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.

Life, Uncategorized

renew 2018 by milk + honey

December 31, 2017

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.


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.



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.



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.


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Fall Favorites

November 13, 2017

fall pumpkins by emily blincoe

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:

milk + honey lip polish 40

1. Lip Polish Nº 40

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.

milk + honey lip butter 40

2. Lip Butter Nº 40

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.

milk + honey hand purifier

3. Hand Purifier Nº 8

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.

milk + honey bath body oil 14

4. Bath & Body Oil Nº 14

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.

milk + honey everything oil

5. Everything Oil

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)

Houston, Life

milk + honey’s Ultimate Houston Staycation Guide

July 2, 2017


Summer vacation. Those words elicit feelings of relaxation and visions of an island paradise. But why travel so far away, when Houston boasts some of the best spots for a fantastic getaway. Inspired by the beauty of the city, we decided to create our own staycation guide filled with museums, restaurants, must-see attractions, and other great places to explore.

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Austin, Life

milk + honey’s Austin Staycation Guide

July 2, 2017


Summer vacation! As a kid, it meant no school, unlimited time to hang out with friends, trips to theme parks, and so on; as an adult, it can mean jetting away to an exotic island or country to get a taste of something completely different from home. Here at milk + honey, we think that summer vacation can also include exploring your own backyard. Inspired by the city, we’ve mapped out our ideal Austin Staycation guide. Just like our Houston Staycation roundup, this guide highlights which hotels, restaurants, activities should be on your to-do list.

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