September Staff Picks

Our favorite products of the month!

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Coconut Reishi Activated Vetiver Deodorant by Alaffia

I'm really loving this new coconut reishi line from Alaffia! I have been using a smattering of products from this new line: face wash, body wash, cleansing conditioner and deodorant. All of the products are great, but I especially love the coconut reishi activated deodorant in vetiver. It smells so good and actually works! The deodorant stick is made with activated charcoal, which puts the deodorize in deodorant. And if you are like me, and are always wearing black, this deodorant won't show up on your shirts!



Extra Drawing Acne Relief by Puremedy

For those of you feeling slightly shy about posing for the oft-somewhat-awkward start-of-the-year school photos, Puremedy's Extra Drawing Acne Relief may be just the right salve for you! Specifically formulated for severely acnaic and/or teen skin, the homeopathic and selective herbal formula contains bloodroot to help draw out impurities and combat pustules. The other skin nourishing goodies in this beneficial balm support healthy skin so you can say "cheese" and own that smile.

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Yaupon - Cassina Roast by Asi Tea

Tired of drinking coffee and riding a roller coaster that's always bound to crash? Yaupon is part of the Holly family, the same family as Guayusa and Mate--but rather then coming from South America, it's actually the only caffeinated leaf native to North America. Asi wild harvests their Yaupon in Georgia. Let this loose leaf tea steep as long as you would like as it has no tannins and never gets bitter. The leaf also boasts high levels of polyphenol antioxidants, which slowly release the caffeine, preventing jitters and crashes. Try this tea and you won't want to turn back to the vicious cycle that we all know all too well...

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Activated Charcoal Cleansing Mouth Rinse by Dr. Brite

This dentist-created, all-natural whitening mouthwash has a beautifully refreshing taste and leaves the most perfect little fizz in your mouth as you swish! The Charcoal Cleansing Rinse contains organic ingredients such as aloe, coconut oil, and spearmint essential oil. This alcohol-free blend helps to hydrate and cleanse your mouth and gums. You may notice that this charcoal rinse is not grey or black in color - that's because it uses activated white charcoal, better known as Binchotan! Dr. Brite is women-owned and operated, non-GMO, vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, fluoride-free and super cute! The company has established a "2 for 2" movement where your purchase helps Dr. Brite provide oral care to people and pets in need; it also helps fund an educational program for adults and children, promoting oral health and mindfulness of dangerous chemicals. Dr. Brite's mouthwash will leave your mouth feeling fresh and your heart feeling good about your purchase!

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Fixed Focus by Herbalogic

I keep a bottle of fixed focus with me at all times. This is the first product I've found that gives me a high level of mental energy without any physical jitters. The simple blend of White tea, Eleuthero, and Gynostemma are well-balanced and perfect for the student who needs to shift their attention back to the books after a long hot summer.

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Wellness Formula by Source Naturals

The approaching autumn means gearing up for colds and the inevitable bout of the new season's flu. I always make sure to have a bottle of my favorite 'cold and flu season remedy' on hand so that at the first sniffle, I am all set to use it! Wellness Formula helps to support the immune system and moderate those pesky symptoms.

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emily, second generation co-owner, RECOMMENDS:

Holy Basil Caps by Gaia Herbs

Back to school/move-in month means lots of excitement, energy, and often stress. Holy Basil is my go-to adaptogen herb for periods of frenzy, helping me feel like the calm eye in the center of the hurricane. Adaptogens are natural substances considered to help the body adapt to stress and exert a normalizing effect upon bodily processes. Chaos may be happening all around, but my body and mind are ready for it.

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ilse, customer service specialist, RECOMMENDS:

Uncrossing Anointing Oil by Kate's Magik

Late summer seems to be full of change for everyone I know, especially this year. With so many people starting school, moving, and making other major life changes, excessive stress can be extra-excessive, and a little aromatherapy can be a big help. If you ask anyone who's met me, they'll tell you I get stressed out very easily. You might not even have to ask them, to be honest. I've begun to appreciate the simple yet well-balanced scents of Kate's Magik anointing oils. My current favorite is Uncrossing. Kate's Magik says that it "removes negativity, burdens, and worries," all of which, in my experience, accompany change.

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jennifer, customer service specialist, recommends:

MindCare by Himalaya

September! Apples, pumpkins, and back-to-school! While I'm really excited to return to class, I use this little beauty in a bottle to help me refocus and energize. MindCare includes a blend of wonderful herbs to support your brain and mental state while shifting back into that Fall mindset.

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JOhn b, customer service specialist, recommends: 

Clean Energy Orange Passion by Runa

With the new school year dawning comes looming deadlines and seemingly endless study sessions. If like me, you're a fiend for caffeine, allow me to steer you away from the coffee jitters or the Red Bull crash towards a somewhat more gentle alternative: Runa Clean Energy. Made with the Amazonian guayusa leaf, these delicious beverages offer an organic, healthy caffeine boost. The orange passion tastes great, and with no added sugar, you can feel good about enjoying it!

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Kristina, Customer Service Specialist, Recommends:

Clay Mask by Zion Health

Clay has been used by animals and humans alike since the dawn of time to detoxify & protect skin from harsh sun damage. It turns out that the minerals are small enough to get into the pores of the skin and support the elimination of waste. Zion Health utilizes this ancient wisdom in their clay mask that left my face feeling clean, moisturized and soft. The main ingredients in this mask are: chamomile sea kelp, meadow sweet, & kanwa (montmorillonite) clay. It also includes heavenly herbs and trace minerals, to offer true "healing from the earth". You can use it once a week or everyday to keep skin healthy, radiant & clear!

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Lauren, Customer Service Specialist, Recommends:

Tote Bag by Nan-Made Objects

I carry my Nan-Made tote everywhere! Nan handcrafts the bags from reclaimed Pendleton wool and recycled leather in Portland, Oregon. While the tote's design is delightfully simple, it holds everything you need for the day and features eclectic patterns of the wool that make each one unique. No one else will be carrying a bag with the same pattern as yours!

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Mary, Customer Service Specialist, Recommends:

Immune Tonic by Urban Moonshine

I discovered this glorious bottle of immune power during college in Burlington, VT. I was about to take my first trip abroad in the middle of a very cold New England winter. During the week leading up to my flight, I realized that spending every day on a college campus surrounded by sick young people required some extra help if I wanted a healthy and happy spring break. I still take the tonic daily and have remained balanced during many a plague of the dreaded "thing that's going around."



Brain by Host Defense

I try to take my brain with me every place I go! :) Given the stresses and expectations of modern times, it becomes that much more challenging to keep up, stay alert and be focused. I could have used this product back in my college days of early classes (with no computers, and yet the same expectations from professors) when I needed to understand, assimilate and retain lectures. Host Defense creates incredible products and this one is no exception. In Brain they combine organic mushrooms with tried and true herbs for cognitive support. It really helps, as they say: "Support Mental Clarity".

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Super Omega-3 Plus by Life Extension

Life Extension has always made a commitment to the production of high quality, science based nutraceuticals. Super Omega-3 Plus is true to its name, featuring: the omega-3 from fish and krill we all love and understand to be helpful in managing inflammation response, as well as various polyphenolic compounds from olive leaf extract and sesame lignan. The fish oil itself is standardized to a high dose of EPA and DHA per serving, while providing unusual and novel omega-3's such as DPA. Astaxanthin (the reason why flamingos are pink!) is included for additional antioxidant support. I would highly recommend this Omega-3 supplement for someone looking to support their vitality at a deep level!!

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Nick, receiving & inventory lead, recommends: 

Chocolate Covered Almonds by Taza

I like chocolate covered almonds quite a bit and these are some of the best I've had. Roasted almonds covered in stone ground chocolate, Taza's Chocolate Covered Almonds taste amazing without being overly sweet.

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sarah h, front of house manager & lifestyle lead, RECOMMENDS:

Alight BB Cream by Pacifica

As summer nears an end, I am always sad about losing my summer glow! Discovering Pacifica's Alight BB cream has changed all of that. This cream provides natural looking coverage while creating a remarkable glowy complexion. My new skin favorite!!!

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vicki, bulk herbs & grocery buyer, recommends:

Waterproof Mascara - Deep by Pacifica

For some reason, my eyes sweat a lot and all of the natural mascara just drips down. Of course, I wipe it off, but woe is me, it drips again. Here walks in this awesome waterproof BLUE mascara that doesn't make me look all scary and dark (although scary and dark can be cool at times.) It also doesn't feel all heavy on my eyes like some mascaras do. PROPS to the people that made this stuff--and PROPS to you for buying it and trying it!

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Grass-Fed, Pasture Raised Collagen Peptides by Vital Proteins

I try to focus my diet on fresh, whole foods. Usually that means higher protein, good fats, fiber, and plenty of water. That said, I'm still a city-boy at heart, and as such, I'm all about convenience. So how do I keep my intake of high quality, easily digestible, nutrient-dense foods going while on-the-move? I go for high quality protein shakes! My current favorite protein boost is from Vital Proteins Collagen Powder. Sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised cowhide, this collagen is 'Clean with a Capital C.' Additionally, it dissolves easily in cold water, it's clean tasting, and it's ethically sourced! Vital Proteins also offers a wonderful Collagen+Whey and a spectacular Collagen Beauty Greens.