Life, Wellness

the pursuit of peace of mind {bath edition}

February 8, 2018

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.

Giving yourself the time to luxuriate in the bath is a direct act of self-love — and we think there’s a true art to it. If done right, it provides you the space and pause to reconnect with a quieter state of mind and being. Herein find four simple (see! no extra stress necessary) steps to master the art of the bath.

  1. Set the Mood. Our plant-based, pure Essential Oil Candles create a warm, calm space for a relaxing bath.
  2. Draw the Bath. There’s nothing like slipping into a warm bath, infused with one of our organic Bath Soaks. All three blends nourish the skin, promote relaxation, and bring peace to a busy mind.
  3. Luxuriate and Exfoliate. Unwind as our sugar-and-sea salt Body Polishes gently exfoliate to reveal soft, healthy skin. Let yourself revel in the cleansing and the newness — the whole point here is to find indulgence in slowing down.
  4. Amplify the Effects. Reap the mood-enhancing aromatherapeutic benefits by adding a few droppers of our Bath & Body Oils. Or, apply a small amount to your skin for an ultra-hydrating post-bath glow.

Food • for • Thought

How do you carve out time for yourself?

Do you treat bath time as a “sacred” time for reflection, quiet, and a mental reset?

What other self-care moments are important to you?

What does your perfect bath time entail? 

Life, Wellness

setting intentions for february

February 1, 2018


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?

Weekly basis?

Monthly basis?

Life, Living

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.

Beauty, Wellness

beauty sleep: four ways to get the best rest

January 25, 2018

In our fast-paced lives, managing to pencil in the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep can feel like a tall order. And even though we’ve made the time for some shut-eye, there are days when we wake up feeling groggy and unrested. That’s because we often skip steps to optimize our beauty sleep. There are a lot of strategies on ways to achieve your best rest, so we’re here to simplify. Here are our top four tips to unlock your most peaceful slumber.


Good Foundation

Set up your sleeping situation for success with fresh sheets and pillows. We recommend investing in at least two quality sets of sheets made with high-quality, natural, breathable fabrics. It’s best to wash your sheets about once a week, and it’s especially important to keep clean pillowcases to avoid breakouts. In fact, we recommend treating yourself to a high-quality silk pillowcase. Since we spend approximately a third of the day face-to-face with our pillows, this magical investment can transform your hair and skin. Silk doesn’t trap oils like cotton, so you’re left with a cleaner slate to lay your freshly-washed skin at night. The sleek material also lessens friction, preventing bedhead and hair breakage. We like this brand.



We know, we know — unplugging is way easier said than done. Allowing your body time for a digital detox before bed is a key ingredient for better, higher-quality sleep. Here are a few ways to help yourself unplug before bed:


  • Read: Lose yourself in literature and avoid screens before you say goodnight. Your rested mind will thank you for swapping Netflix for old school paper and ink.
  • Journal: As you know, we believe in the power of gratitude. Take a moment to reflect on your day and jot down a few things you appreciate. Journaling will bring you to a positive headspace so you can achieve your best rest.
  • Don’t sleep next to your phone: At least try to leave your phone across the room so it’s out of reach from your comfy bed. Pro tip: replace your harsh iPhone alarm with a sunlight alarm clock to wake you up in the AM. Before sounding, the clock gradually illuminates to imitate the feeling of sunrise. You’ll wake up refreshed and feeling ready to skip those 15 minutes of mindless Instagram scrolling.


Dim the lights

Your mind and body cannot fully relax when the lights are left on. This includes your television and even your salt rock lamp. Although salt lamps can be left on at all times, it’s best to turn it off to catch those ZZZs. Blackout curtains can be a worthy investment, but you can also try an eye mask to ensure you’re getting your best shut eye. Psst. There’s a silk sleep mask out there, too.


Slow down

You deserve to pause and unwind before bed. Treat yourself to a warm shower or bath to relax your body and clear your mind. We also recommend trying meditation to prevent anxious or toxic thoughts from keeping you awake. Our favorite meditation app is Headspace. Finally, do your best to avoid your phone 30 minutes before bedtime. Your eyes deserve a break from screens.


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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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Massage, Skin, Skin Care, Wellness

hydrate, feel great.

January 19, 2018

If you’ve ever read the beauty routines of models and celebrities, surely you’ve been sung the praises of drinking enough water. Still, quenching that thirst is incredibly important for your overall wellness — it’s not just a beauty hack. It seems everyone has a lot to say about said topic, but our resident milk + honey experts are sharing hydration perspectives on two fronts: skincare and the wellness of your body.


Why is staying hydrated so important?

Massage Therapist: Because every one of our nearly 40 trillion cells need water to function properly.

Esthetician: Hydration is an incredibly important requirement for all physiological functions. Pertaining to my field of expertise, the largest organ of the body, proper hydration aids in retaining your skin’s most important role as a barrier in between you and the world.


What are the benefits of good hydration? The consequences of dehydration?

Massage Therapist: The benefits are: More energy, improved digestion, fewer aches and pains, less tension, improved skin, improved joint health, and improved cognition and mood. Without being redundant, dehydration can cause: Lethargy, constipation, aches and pains such as joint pain and headaches, hangovers, acne, dry skin, more prone to wrinkles, muscle and joint stiffness, trouble with memory and focus.

Esthetician: Hydrated skin is as common as a blue moon, but definitely attainable with consistency and effort. Hydrated skin is plump and has an unmistakable luminous glow. When skin is hydrated it heals faster and purges excess oils easily. So, the opposite is true for dehydrated skin. When the barrier function is compromised by improper hydration, the skin is vulnerable to a slew of inflammatory conditions and infection. Without the glow from good water retention in the skin, light absorbs rather than bouncing off the skin. This makes lines, hyperpigmentation, and redness more noticeable.

Staying hydrated can be easier said than done. What are your personal strategies?

Massage Therapist: Take water with you everywhere. Preferably in a reusable container. I’m partial to a stainless steel insulated bottle.

Esthetician: To retain as much hydration in your skin as possible, always use a hydrating mist after cleansing. This is your skin’s first drink of water after cleansing — spray your face to dampen, then proceed with serums. Opt for a hyaluronic acid or sodium PCA-based serum to amp up your water content. Finally, seal in your hydration with your favorite moisturizer. During extreme temperatures, it’s best to keep a hydration mist handy for reapplication. A good hydration mist is non-comedogenic, can be applied over makeup, and contains antibacterial and antioxidant ingredients.


Aside from plain water, how do you hydrate?

Massage Therapist: Fruits and vegetables. They are often high in water content, and are a good source of certain electrolytes. I usually don’t drink tap water because of the contaminants, but it’s better than nothing. I prefer reverse osmosis or deionized water, which you may want to add a pinch of Himalayan sea salt to re-mineralize and add electrolytes.

Esthetician: I’m a big fan of Trace Mineral Research Power Paks to retain internal hydration. Mystic by Cosmedix is my failsafe go-to for instantly hydrated and dewy skin.


Final thoughts on hydration?

Massage Therapist: At milk + honey, the Hydrating Body Cocoon opens your pores so the body butter can hydrate the skin more deeply. Hydrate, feel great!

Esthetician: Dehydration can make you slow (mentally) and dull (epidermally). Stay hydrated!

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Body, Skin, Skin Care

how to: exfoliating face + body

January 8, 2018


Out with the old and in with the new.  Exfoliating removes dead skin cells to reveal renewed skin and allows your moisturizers and skincare products to do their job. The catch? Exfoliation strategies differ when it comes to the skin on your face and the skin on your body. Today, two milk + honey experts are sharing their insight on the topic of exfoliation.


Your most delicate skin is found on your face, so it’s important to incorporate the safest and most effective routine. We recommend starting with your skin type to determine your exfoliant regimen.

Choose a method

Two common types of at-home exfoliants are chemical and mechanical.

Chemical exfoliants use either acid or enzyme-based products to naturally begin the shedding process of your skin. That means it reveals newer, brighter skin for your best glow. These are used like serums or masks — you apply atop clean skin. Depending on the acid or enzyme, it will be removed with warm water or left overnight.

Mechanical (also known as physical) exfoliants are scrubs containing beads or other abrasive-style substances. This type of exfoliant refers to your everyday scrub that buffs away dead skin cells as you apply and rinse. Both methods can produce great results, but some mechanical exfoliants are too harsh and can create micro-tears. Ingredients like salt, sugar, and jojoba seed are small enough to get the job done without harming your skin. On the other hand, ground nuts or apricot kernels are too large and abrasive. A good rule of thumb? If a mechanical exfoliant feels too harsh on the back of your hand, it’s likely too harsh for your face.

Don’t go overboard

Exfoliation has many benefits, but it can be taken too far. “People are over exfoliating.” says milk + honey esthetician, Hollee, “They think that it will remove all of their blemishes, but in reality it is hurting their skin — causing the skin to over produce oil in an effort to rescue itself.” She recommends exfoliating two to three times a week for normal, combination, or acne-prone skin. Those with sensitive skin should only exfoliate once a week.

Add it into your routine

We recommend exfoliating after toner and before serum. Your routine should look something like cleanser, toner, exfoliant, serum, and finally, moisturizer.


The rest of your skin is less delicate than your face, but there are still best practices when it comes to body exfoliation. We’re tackling the buzzy topic of body brushing and at-home mechanical exfoliants.


Choose a method

We have two principle recommendations when it comes to at-home body exfoliation: dry brushing and mechanical.

If you’re an avid beauty or wellness fan, odds are you’ve heard of dry brushing (or body brushing — the terms are interchangeable.) Your skin, the largest organ in the human body, is an organ of elimination. One third of your body’s toxins are excreted through the skin and dry brushing helps to unclog pores and excrete toxins that become trapped in the skin. LaLa, a licensed milk + honey massage therapist believes body brushing is a crucial piece to a balanced wellness routine, “your lymph system is made of tiny valves and the act of dry brushing manually flushes the lymph fluid through your valves, eliminating all the toxins and free floating radicals faster,” she says.

Similar to facial exfoliation, mechanical exfoliation plays a key role. Scrubs come in handy for body exfoliation, especially on tougher spots like elbows and knees. Exfoliating with harsher scrubs (i.e. aforementioned ground nuts) is a-ok for these spots with thicker, dryer skin. milk + honey Body Polish combines organic sugar and sea salt with coconut and jojoba oil to gently remove dry or dull skin.


“Always dry-brush extremities first towards the heart” says LaLa.”Start with your feet and work up the legs and glutes toward the heart. Next, brush from your hands up the arms, and toward the heart. Then, cover your abdomen and back (as well as you can.) Finally, wrap up with your chest.”

Scrubs and body exfoliants aren’t all made equal, so the recommended techniques may differ. Generally, we’d recommend massaging scrubs into warm, damp skin and rinsing thoroughly. Follow up with a moisturizer and get ready to glow.

Add it into your routine

Ideally, we recommend dry brushing daily. Regular usage can boast benefits like exfoliation, lymphatic drainage, circulation, and prevention of cellulite. For most dynamic results and longevity of your brush, we recommend only using the brush dry — before applying any products or water to your skin.

For exfoliating body scrubs, we recommend a goal of two to three times a week. Pay extra attention to your elbows, knees, and heels. Feel free to add a loofah or natural sea sponge into the mix to take your exfoliation game to the next level.


To get started, follow the simple steps below:



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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.


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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.


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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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