Monday, April 10, 2017

5 Easy Ways to Incorporate Green Tea In Your Beauty Routine



Green tea has definitely proven itself for hundreds of years as a healthy drink option, but have you considered adding it to your skin or hair care routine?  The leaves of green tea are steamed fresh rather than being oxidized first which is why they are more beneficial than other tea leaves. This form of processing enables green tea to retain more health benefits. 

Green tea contains potent antioxidants that help fight off the free radicals we come into contact with on a daily basis.  Though they don't block UV sun rays, these antioxidants do protect skin and hair from sun damage and also help to fight inflammation to calm the skin. Green tea contains more catechins than other forms of tea which contributes to it's antibacterial and antiviral properties.  

So how does one incorporate green tea into their beauty routine?  Here are a few simple ways to try:
  1. You could use it as a toner by freezing freshly brewed green tea in an ice tray and thawing out single cubes to use everyday. 
  2. You could use it as the liquid portion of your face mask.  I sometimes replace the water in my bentonite clay masks with a couple of tablespoons of fresh brewed green tea to help flush those toxins out.
  3. Got puffy eyes? After brewing tea bags, simply let them cool and cover your eyelids with them.  Sit back and relax while the green tea properties help to reduce the swelling,
  4. Follow a good shampooing with a green tea hair rinse for strong, shiny hair.  Cover hair with tea for at least 10 minutes then rinse with cool water.
  5. You could also just drink more green tea!  Your skin and hair will appreciate it ;)
Do you have a favorite way to incorporate green tea into your routine?  Please feel free to share!

xoxo,

Lydia

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

3 Ways We've Improved Our Revitalizing Facial Kit



If you follow me on instagram you've seen a couple of sneak peeks of some of the new items I've been working on.  One that was a top priority for me was to revamp our Revitalizing Facial Kit.

I wanted to quickly share 3 ways we've improved our Facial Kit:

  1. There are now 3 different options for clays to make our kits more beneficial for all skin types! Previously, the only option we offered was bentonite clay which tends to work best for normal to oily skin.  Rhassoul clay (for normal skin) and Rose Kaolin clay (for sensitive skin) are now available as well.  
  2. A bag of Herbal Steam is now included in every kit! The herbal blend of calendula, chamomile, lavender, red rose hips and rosemary help soothe the senses while the pores are being opened during your facial steam.  
  3. We've also made some changes in regards to packaging.  The outer box has been replaced to better accommodate all the items now contained in the Facial Kit.  Also, in our continued efforts to be eco-friendly, we've done away with the shrink wrap on the jars and use a simple label seal instead.  Also,  we've done away with the plastic mixing spoon and went with a gorgeous bamboo spoon.
Let me know whatcha think!

Lydia

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Stop Smothering Your Child's Skin with Petroleum Jelly!



Having a child who suffers from eczema, I know how desperate parents sometimes get to find anything affordable to soothe their child's itching.  What I have seen and heard on many occasions is other parents suggesting they slather their kids' skin with petroleum jelly or even mineral oil.

GRRRRRRRRR!  PEOPLE, PLEASE STOP SMOTHERING YOUR CHILD'S SKIN!

Slathering this crap on the skin may make it look moisturized, but you are actually smothering their skin and preventing it from healing.  Petroleum jelly and mineral oil do nothing to add moisture and instead form a barrier on the outer surface of the skin preventing moisture from entering the layers underneath.  The bottom layers of the skin remain dry and itchy while the top layer only LOOKS moisturized.

"I'm not spending all that money for lotion!"  Well you don't have to! Everyone has their own opinion of what they'll spend on skincare and there are plenty of options on the market. Not satisfied with what's out there...then research and MAKE YOUR OWN...I did ;).

Here are some other tips that I can attest to personally and have helped tremendously with my daughter's skin:

1.  Don't towel dry after showering or bathing!  Allow the skin to absorb as much water as possible.  Use hands to remove excess, dripping water.

2.  Apply moisturizer to your child's skin immediately after bath. Do not attempt to apply moisturizer to dry, itchy skin.  For maximum results, re moisten skin with water before applying moisturizer if necessary.

3.  Use a shea butter or oil based moisturizer. (Our Whipped Body Butter was created especially for my daughter's eczema and she still uses it today.)

4. READ YOUR PRODUCT LABELS! Stay away from products containing alcohols, petroleum jelly, mineral oil and synthetic fragrances that may further irritate the skin.

Hope this helps,

Lydia

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

No Shave November Giveaway


We all see the stubble coming in and the pics all over instagram. It's No Shave November and we're gonna make it a little easier for you guys to grow out that beard this month by giving away a few key products to keep your face and beard nourished. 

Let's start with a clean fresh beard (and face)!  Eva Jenae Naturals handcrafted Peppermint Eucalyptus Soap won't strip the natural oils from your beard like most shampoos.  The addition of peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils to our cold processed soap invigorates and refreshens as it cleans! We'll even throw in a Cedar Soap Dish to preserve your soap.

Now it's time to condition.  Our Beard Oil  was designed to do just that!  This blend of 100% natural, cold pressed plant oils handsomely scented with cedarwood and patchouli essential oils nourishes the beard as well as the face.  Just massage a few drops (depending on the thickness and length) throughout your beard and face and you're good to go!  

Just follow the rules...GOOD LUCK!


Confession.  I actually had no idea the origin of No Shave November was to raise awareness of cancer.  No-shave.org says the goal was to get folks to embrace their hair and let it grow freely as many cancer patients lose theirs during treatment.  They encourage us to donate the money we'd normally spend on razors to cancer awareness and prevention programs. Visit their website for more info.

xoxo,

Lydia  



Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Here Comes the Cold! Is your skin prepared?


Temperatures are dropping, days are getting shorter and most of us will experience drier skin in the upcoming months.  I shared a few tips on instagram a few days ago  to help with this transition and wanted to give a bit more detail.

Hydrating from the inside out is VITAL in any season!  You'd be amazed at the wonders good ol' H20 work for your skin.  It's important to remember that your skin is the last part of your body to receive nourishment and it quickly becomes evident if you aren't properly hydrating yourself. Hydrated skin is supple and luminous while dehydrated skin is dull, flaky, and may also be itchy.

I'm sure you've heard all the suggestions of how much water you should consume - drink 8 cups a day, drink 1/2 your body weight, drink a gallon per day.  I suggest you do whatever works for you. Every body is different.  Personally, I've always drank lots of water, but my skin quickly tell on me on those rare days I don't get enough water.

Opting for a heavier moisturizer will help to seal moisture in your skin and prevent water loss.  In the summer a light oil may be just enough to keep  your skin moist throughout the day, but a heavier moisturizer in the fall and winter will offer a protective barrier against the harsh elements. In our household, we switch from Bath Oil to a shea butter based Whipped Body Butter during the fall and winter.

Exfoliating a couple times per week will help to shed dead and excessive skin cells to reveal the newer skin underneath. Shedding those cells will also increase the absorption of the products you are applying to your skin.  I'd recommend and oil based exfoliant that also hydrates like our Softening Body Polish with organic virgin coconut oil.

I'd also suggest protecting your skin from the sun and extreme temperatures by applying sunscreen and properly covering exposed areas.  Just because you don't feel the heat from the sun doesn't mean it's not damaging your skin.

Last thing....please, please, PLEASE, check the ingredient labels on  your soaps and body washes! They may list sulfates and other chemicals that are doing more damage to your skin and may be negating your efforts to heal, nourish, and hydrate.  Soaps and body washes should clean your skin-not strip them of their natural moisture.  If your skin feels tight, dry, and/or itchy after use GET RID OF IT!

Do you have more tips to share for transitioning skin care routines for cooler weather?  I'd love to hear them...just leave a comment below.

xoxo,

Lydia

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Yesterday was bittersweet as I picked up the remainder of my products in stock from Simply Vague Stores.  Bitter because I've decided to terminate my contract with their company, yet sweet because I know better opportunities await.

As I made the drive to pick up my inventory, I couldn't help but remember how nervous I was meeting the owners of the store and praying they were receptive my products nearly two years ago. I loved the store's design and the concept of featuring only Ohio made products by local artists.  The icing on the cake was that there was only one other company in the store (at that time) with similar products.  The feedback I received from the owners left me with an indescribable feeling of accomplishment and I couldn't wait to get Eva Jenae Naturals on their shelves!

After a year and a half Eva Jenae Naturals was on the shelves in three of the four Simply Vague locations, but I was not happy.  Though I learned a great deal and gained some amazingly loyal customers, I was not happy because the consignment arrangement was not the right fit for my company.  My products were now one of multiple skin and hair care lines on the shelves and the profits were simply not worth the 80 mile trip to restock.  So, the decision had to be made to terminate our contract and move on. 

I'll continue to keep moving forward and seek out wholesale opportunities throughout the country instead of just in the local area (go BIG or go HOME right???). I invite all those customers who purchased Eva Jenae Naturals from Simply Vague to shop at our website.  

Until next time....KEEP PUSHIN!

Lydia

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Beard Oil- Finally Something Especially for the Fellas!

Ladies and gentlemen the wait is over! This by far has been one of my most challenging products to formulate! It took months of experimenting to find the right combination of plant and essential oils that would achieve the results I was looking for in a beard oil.  

The goal was to create a beard oil that would condition and nourish both the skin and beard simultaneously and add a nice little sheen. The challenge was combining oils that would not be heavy in the summer yet able to get the job done during the harsh winter months.   This combination of sweet almond, grapeseed, and jojoba oils is perfect and smells AMAZING!  The cedarwood and patchouli essential oils blend perfectly for a light masculine scent!  Get yours here!



Thanks to my husband (ain't he handsome!) for letting me experiment on him and bombard him with question after question with each new formula.

 Eva Jenae Naturals Beard Oil is sold in a 4 oz bottle.

xoxo,

Lydia