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Honey, We’ve Got BEES by milk + honey!

September 28, 2017

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The U.S. honeybee population has been dying off in droves and the impact of this has a rippling effect on both our economy and on the global food supply. At the commercial beekeeping level, beekeepers are experiencing 30 to 50 percent hive loss (on average!) due to the not-so-mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder. Additionally, there have been major declines in native bee populations, which hold serious consequences for our native landscapes.

Let’s put it in everyday life perspective. Here’s what a meal without honeybees might look like, pictured below.

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This is where our own story began in June 2015.

Alissa Bayer, milk + honey founder and owner, wanted to find a way to help the bees in the most direct way possible. So, in the winter of 2014, she reached out to Anna Gieselman. You may recognize Anna’s name from her gorgeous bee-inspired jewelry line, Bee Amour, which we sell in most of our locations. Or perhaps you know Anna as one of our original massage therapists. She has been a part of the milk + honey since our earliest days in 2006 and she also happens to be an experienced beekeeper.

Together, they partnered up to create an urban apiary, BEES by milk + honey.

Under milk + honey’s sponsorship, Alissa and Anna sourced bees from fourth-generation beekeepers at Bee Weaver, who have been raising bees without the use of chemical interventions for more than 15 years. Our small, but growing, urban apiary started as 10 hives in total — six were hosted on some beautiful land off of Bee Cave Road and four hives are located on a rooftop near 5th Street and I-35 (the old Progress Coffee spot!) — and today, we have more than a dozen thriving hives located in East Austin.

At our apiary, we practice “organic” beekeeping, meaning we choose not to use chemicals to treat the bees for pests. We raise our bees with the intention of supporting them through non-aggressive beekeeping techniques and with the goal of raising healthy strong hives for our environment. We have also started a beekeeping apprenticeship program for milk + honey employees, in the hopes of educating even more people about the importance of bees.

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Ultimately, we hope to see the apiary continue to thrive and expand in the coming years, as well as use the bees as a tool to keep the conversation going about the role humans must play in cultivating a healthy ecosystem.

Wondering how you can help, too?  Here are a few tips on how to start:

  1. Make a commitment to buy only organic produce and nuts when available and possible. By shopping at the numerous local farmers’ markets, you support organic growers and beekeepers in town. {FYI, this is a comprehensive list of food that requires pollinators.}
  2. Plant bee-supportive plants and do not use pesticides on those plants.
  3. Make a DIY solitary bee house.
  4. Petition Congress and local government officials to create and support bee-friendly agricultural policies and laws.

You can follow milk + honey and Anna’s beekeeping adventures on our Instagram as well as on Anna’s Instagram and Facebook page. Plus, stay tuned for more blog posts about what we are up to right here!

Body, News

Warm Up With Our New Seasonal Scrub: Pumpkin Spice

September 22, 2017

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Pumpkins, brown leaves, and crisp cool air are all signs that fall is officially here (even if we won’t feel that crisp air here in Texas any time soon!). Starting today, we’re offering our new seasonal scrub, Pumpkin Spice. Filled with warm, earthy notes of pumpkin seed, nutmeg, and ginger, this invigorating blend will nourish your body and calm the senses. The scrub is made with organic raw sugar, which gently buffs away dry, dead cells to reveal fresh, soft new skin. Ground cinnamon, clove, and ginger work together to plump your skin, improve evenness and elasticity, and provide antioxidant protection against harmful free-radicals. Lastly, ground pumpkin seed, which is packed with vitamins A and E, promotes cell rejuvenation, providing a barrier against skin-damaging external pollutants.

What treatments feature our Pumpkin Spice Scrub?

Pumpkin Spice Scrub + Steam + Massage

Renew and refresh your skin with this invigorating treatment. First, our seasonal scrub gently exfoliates dead skin cells to give brighter, softer, and more nourished skin. A relaxing steam, followed by a 45-minute Signature Massage, completes this treatment and leaves your mind and body feeling soothed.

Pumpkin Spice Scrub + Manicure and Pedicure

The scrub purifies the skin while nutmeg and clove oil provide anti-aging antioxidants. This treatment includes the same care as our Lux Combo.

 

Photo Credit: Food Network

Body, News, Specials, Treatments

Now Serving: Mint Mojito Scrub For Summer 2017

June 21, 2017

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Starting now, you can cool off with our summer seasonal Mint Mojito scrub, which features refreshing notes of spearmint and lime. Made with organic sugar, this invigorating scrub gently buffs away dull, dry skin. The calming aroma of organic spearmint essential oil not only puts your mind and body at ease, but it also soothes muscle and joint pain. The organic lime essential oil is packed with rich antioxidants and nutrients to combat and protect your skin from damaging free-radicals elements.

What treatments feature our seasonal Mint Mojito scrub?

Mint Mojito Scrub + Steam + Massage

This treatment infuses organic spearmint and lime essential oil to help purify the skin and relieve stiff joints and muscle pain. Coupled with a full body steam and a 45-minute Signature Massage, this treatment will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Mint Mojito Manicure + Pedicure

Our mint mojito scrub polishes your skin while organic spearmint and lime essential oils re-energize you. This treatment includes the same care as our Lux Combo.

 

Photo credit: Wallpaper PC Mobile

Nails, News

The Truth About What’s Really In Your Nail Polish

June 8, 2017

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You’ve just chosen your polish, picked out your favorite magazine, and put your foot in the pedi-tub filled with warm soaking water. Now it’s time to paint your toes in formaldehyde, parabens, and other toxic carcinogens. If this sounds wrong, then it’s time to take a closer look at your nail polish choices. You see, many mainstream polishes contain toxic chemicals like these. At milk + honey, our nail treatments are toxin-free and safe. See what makes us different.

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Nails, News

Try the Limited-Time Ginger Ritual Mani-Pedi

May 5, 2017

Get ready for Summer with the new Ginger Ritual Manicure + Pedicure from Spa Ritual. This limited-time treatment includes the same nail care as our Lux Combo and features an energizing Indonesian Ginger essential oil. The warm, zesty aroma of ginger will instantly relax your mind and body and rejuvenate your skin, while sand and salt scrubs gently buff away dry skin.

What’s So Great About Ginger?

Since the 4th century B.C., ginger has been used for its soothing properties. Ginger is a natural pain reliever and is made up of about 90% sesquiterpene. Sesquiterpene is a chemical compound that helps soothe the nervous system and contains natural antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory agents. Along with its antibacterial properties, ginger oil contains high levels of antioxidants. In fact, the only foods that have a higher antioxidant content than ginger are pomegranates and blueberries. Ginger oil helps to diminish dark marks, scars, and age spots.

What Products Are Featured in the Ginger Ritual Treatment?

Spa Ritual Instinctual Bath Salts is a mineral-rich blend of California sea salt, Dead Sea salt, and Epsom salt. This salt combo gently buffs away damaged skin to reveal a gorgeous healthy glow. $25

Spa Ritual Instinctual Body Lotion is lightweight and contains organic shea fruit butter, olive oil, and avocado oil to deliver deep hydration. $32

Spa Ritual Instinctual Body Oil revitalize dull and lackluster skin with its lineup of organic jojoba, sesame, and safflower oils, which also help to moisturize, condition, and soften the skin. $35

Spa Ritual Instinctual Sand Scrub contains Bora Bora sand and volcanic black sand from Tahiti, which gently exfoliates to brighten and smooth your skin. $49

 

The new Ginger Ritual Manicure + Pedicure is available at our 2nd Street District, Hill Country Galleria, Houston, and South Lamar locations.

 

{Photo Credit: Ginger Oil}

News

2016 Holiday Gift Certificate Deadlines You Need To Know

December 15, 2016

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When it comes to finding the perfect present for your loved ones,  milk + honey has you covered. From our  limited-edition gift sets to our luxurious 2016 Holiday Retreats, we’ve got great gifts for everyone on your list. To ensure that these gifts arrive on time, please take note of our holiday shipping deadlines.

At shop.milkandhoneyspa.com, mailing a gift certificate (by regular mail) is free. All orders are processed, fulfilled, and mailed out via USPS First Class Mail within 24 business hours of being purchased. To ensure that a mailed gift certificate arrives before December 25th, we suggest that all orders (within and outside of Texas) be placed before Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at 3pm CST.

If you’re placing an order after  Wednesday, December 21, we suggest expedited shipping if you want your order to be received by December 25. You may also pick up your gift certificate in one of our five locations. See below for same-day delivery options.

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Here’s an easy breakdown by ordering scenario. If you have any questions regarding delivery or deadlines, please email reservations@milkandhoneyspa.com.

I would like a gift certificate mailed to me or a recipient.
You can do so by visiting shop.milkandhoney.com or calling 512.236.1115 (Austin) or 713.231.0250 (Houston).
To receive gift certificate orders by December 25
the regular mail shipping deadline for Austin is December 22 by 3pm CST.
the regular mail shipping deadline for Houston is December 21 by 3pm CST.
the regular mail shipping deadline for rest of country is December 21 by 3pm CST.

For Fedex express shipping, the deadline for orders is December 23 by 3pm CST.

I would like a product or gift set mailed to me to a recipient.
You can do so by visiting milkandhoney.com or calling 512.236.1115 (Austin) or 713.231.0250 (Houston).
To receive product or gift set orders by December 25
the regular mail shipping deadline for Austin is December 19 by 3pm CST.
the regular mail shipping deadline for Houston is December 19, by 3pm CST.
the regular mail shipping deadline for rest of country is December 16 by 3pm CST.

For Fedex express shipping, the deadline for orders is December 23 by 3pm CST.

I would like to print a GC myself or have one emailed to a recipient.
Our instant gift certificates are the perfect solution.

I would like to pick up a gift certificate or product in person. 
You may visit any of our five locations: 2nd Street District, Hill Country Galleria, Arboretum Market, South Lamar, and River Oaks | Houston.
>Pro tip: call ahead and we can have it waiting for you. 512.236.1115 (Austin) or 713.231.0250 (Houston)

I would like to have a gift certificate same-day delivered to me. 
For online orders placed in Central Austin (generally south of 183 and north of William Cannon) between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, you will be eligible for Postmates delivery. Fees range from approximately $7 to $15, depending on location.

You may also use the Favor app (available in both Austin and Houston), which allows for same-day pick-up and delivery from any of our spa and salon locations.
 

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News, Products

New In: Davines Haircare

September 1, 2016

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At milk + honey, we’re committed to using and retailing products that are not only clean but also work like a dream. That’s why we’re so excited to introduce you to the newest haircare (hitting our shelves at every location today, Sept. 1!) — Davines. From volume-enhancing mousse to moisturizing conditioner to gluten-free shampoo, this clean, sustainable, and stylish line is exactly what your hair has been craving.

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News, Products

Don’t Miss Out on Our Cream Deodorant Special!

August 17, 2016

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Into The Gloss writer, Alex Beggs, tried all three of the milk + honey deodorants and gave it a real New Yorker seal-of-approval.

They passed a 97 degree subway ride in which I had to hold on to the overhead bar, which means I was confident enough to expose the seated riders below me with my prickly pits. I never thought I’d make the switch from drugstore, aluminum deodorant to this hippie stuff, but I’m a convert.

Now, it’s your turn to take our Cream Deodorant for a test drive, and we’re sweetening the deal:

Take $5 off your cream deodorant order on milkandhoney.com with code: INTOTHEGLOSS

*Offer valid through September 30 on Cream Deodorant orders made via milkandhoney.com only.

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