November Staff Picks
Our favorite products of the month!
ALEX, STORE MANAGER & STAFF DEVELOPMENT LEAD, RECOMMENDS:
Cacao Antioxidant Mask by Josh Rosebrook
As colder weather hits, our skin needs some extra love! That means, lots of moisture, nourishment and protection for the blustery winter season. Indulge your skin with Josh Rosebrook's decadent and nourishing cacao antioxidant mask. This luscious mask smells amazing and spreads on smoothly. The cacao helps stimulate circulation and protects against free radicals. It's also loaded up with nourishing herbs such as marshmallow and calendula, and detoxifying herbs such as bladderwrack and milk thistle. Hint: it makes a great gift!
ALYSSA, CUSTOMER SERVICE SPECIALIST, RECOMMENDS:
Magic Mitt by Jane Iredale
I am all about keeping my hair and makeup routine simple, making Jane Iredale's Magic Mitt a wonderful new addition to my evening repertoire! The microfiber fabric takes off ALL of my face and eye makeup in a jiffy without using any additional makeup removing products. It is quick, easy and super soft!
BEX, CUSTOMER SERVICE SPECIALIST, RECOMMENDS:
Earth Kombucha by Buchi
It's the time of the year to get back to our roots, celebrating family tradition and stuffing our faces with - well, stuffing - and yams - and mashed potatoes... If you're anything like me though, you're just as excited to drink your roots as you are to eat them! Despite loving sarsaparilla, I've always found root beer to be cloyingly sweet. Lo and behold, Buchi has masterfully brewed its sarsaparilla-laden Earth kombucha with healing herbs to craft a robust elixir that tastes the way I always wished root beer would taste. To tickle your fancy even more, add a scoop of ice cream for the best root beer float you could ever imagine!
BRENDEN, STORE MANAGER & GROCERY LEAD, RECOMMENDS:
Karma Mellow Bar by Yes! Cacao
Yes! Cacao is functional chocolate company that focuses on the addition of functional herbs to quality cacao. I persoanlly stand by the Karama Mellowl. This bar is full supportive herbs including Turmeric (inflamation support), Ginkgo (Brain Support), and Lions Mane (Memory support). Eating this bar will release the endorphins we get from eating chocolate but also provide amazingly supportive herbs to help you through a busy day! I must mention their other two options, Gaba Baba and Dirty, are stellar as well!
CAITLIN, BODY CARE LEAD, RECOMMENDS:
Java Jolt Organic Sugar & Coffee Scrub by Organic Bath Co.
I'M LOCAL! Boston-based Organic Bath Co. has really done it with this one! The Java Jolt scrub is the ultimate morning mashup with an enlivening yet neutral and familiar scent of coffee and mint. Organic Bath Co. has thoughtfully and carefully crafted this scrub while keeping your wellbeing in mind. It features not-so-slippery oils like sunflower and almond rather than coconut, a recyclable plastic container suitable for sitting pretty and safely in the shower, and the sweetest little spoon to scoop with! Organic Bath Co. sources 100% Certified Organic ingredients, Fair Trade Certified coffee, sugar, and plenty of goodies your skin will thank you for!
CALEB, CHIEF OF STAFF, RECOMMENDS:
Matcha Ceremony Set (mix and match) by Kotobuki
I love the intentionality of traditionally preparing matcha. Going through the process of measuring, mixing, and drinking the tea gives me the opportunity to have an analog respite that clears my mind and re-energizes me for what's next. To do this yourself, you'll need a matcha bowl to drink out of, a matcha whisk to mix and foam the tea with, and a "chashaku" which you'll use to scoop just the right amount of matcha into your bowl. I recommend using Jade Leaf's organic ceremonial blend matcha for the highest quality experience.
ELIZABETH, CO-OWNER & STAFF NUTRITIONIST, RECOMMENDS:
Cogni-Fit by Natural Factors
As a nutritionist, I highly recommend this triple-strength DHA for brain power. The "brain food" is sourced from deep and cold water herring fish of Norway that are processed at a fishery independently certified by the Marine Stewardship Council. Anyone who is wanting to stay sharp should try these caps.
EMILY, SECOND GENERATION CO-OWNER, RECOMMENDS:
Curl Cream by Rahua
F I N A L L Y! A curl cream that styles my wavy curls without leaving them crunchy, sticky or weighted down with product. This clean and 100% natural curl cream contains palo santo essential oil, so it smells and feels amazing. It also contains Rahua Beauty's secret ingredient - Rahua oil - an extraordinarily small oil molecule that deeply penetrates the hair’s cortex - bonding and repairing it - while simultaneously smoothing the hair’s cuticle. Rahua oil is ethically grown and harvested using traditional methods by the Quechua-Shuar tribes in the founder's home land of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Curls that feel good and look salon-grade with ingredients you can get behind!
HELEN, CUSTOMER SERVICE SPECIALIST recommends:
Northern Forest Soy Wax Candle by Way Out Wax
This candle is everything you want out of a cozy fall night indoors; soothing, warming and bright. I burn this candle in my living room when my roommate and I are done with our long days and are ready to get all snuggled in on the couch with a cup of tea. This candle is infused with the delicate forest scents of cedar, spruce and fir and it doesn't contain any dyes, chemicals, perfumes or synthetics. Come on baby, light my fire!
ILSE, CUSTOMER SERVICE SPECIALIST, RECOMMENDS:
Tulsi Original Tea by Organic India
Late fall is a strange combination of sleepy, cold darkness, family togetherness and stress, travel, earthy colors, and really excellent food. For me, it is also a time of stubborn creativity because I participate in National Novel Writing Month and try my darndest to write 50,000 words of original fiction during the month of November! This year, I would like those words to be multitudinous and intelligible, so I plan to drink lots of tulsi. Organic India is a great company that packages all the benefits of tulsi into convenient tea bags. Tulsi (or holy basil) is closely related to the culinary basil you might be more familiar with, and has a long history of its own. Tulsi is traditionally used to promote a healthy response to stress, calmness, and balanced energy, and to support the immune system. Tulsi is probably just what many of us need right now. It also tastes fantastic and is perfect for those chilly late autumn evenings, whether you're relaxing, working hard, cooking tons of squash, or writing an epic work of fiction.
JESSICA, CUSTOMER SERVICE SPECIALIST:
Veggie Broth by Five Way Foods
Once it starts to get a bit chilly, the only thing I can think about is SOUP. Soup is so delicious. The possibilities are endless. It's warm, tasty, and good for you. I sampled the all-natural Veggie Broth from Five Way Foods and was immediately enamored with the taste. The perfect amount of salt, the invigorating bite of ginger root, and a slew of other healthy vegetables in the ingredients list make this particular broth a worthy base or addition to any soup, stew, or warm autumnal meal creation.
JENNIFER, CUSTOMER SERVICE SPECIALIST, RECOMMENDS:
Full Moon Ghee by Sweet Birch Herbals
I <3 this Ghee! It is creamy and wonderful. I like spreading it on bread and savoring it with a pinch of sea salt, but it's also quite amazing for cooking and baking needs. Sometimes I even stir a bit into my coffee or tea (which makes it hardy and frothy and wonderful!). I love that it's made on the full moon and filled with wellness and harmony.
John, Grocery Buyer & Customer Service Specialist Recommends:
Iron + Herbs by Floravital
With all the many things one has to do in a day, it's a lot easier to remember to take your supplements when they are delicious! I have forced down some unpleasant iron tablets in my past, so I love Floradix's Iron + Herbs product. It's a "liquid extract formula" mixed with grape, black currant, cherry, blackberry, and carrot juices. It also has extracts of rose hips, chamomile flowers, fennel seed, and spinach leaves. This vegan and gluten-free formula contains no alcohol, artificial ingredients or preservatives. It comes in an amber glass bottle with an easy to measure serving size cup. It's a delightful little shot of Iron, b vitamins, nutritional & herbal support!
KRISTINA, CUSTOMER SERVICE SPECIALIST, RECOMMENDS:
Trail Resin Cologne by Juniper Ridge
Crafted in small batches and steam-distilled, Juniper Ridge's solid perfumes pack the entire essence of a wilderness sojourn into compact .5oz tins. The beeswax base is infused with aromas of bark, moss, mushrooms, and all the other things one might find on a leisurely hike. I'm partial to the Sierra Granite, as this particular variety brings some of that granite-y New England vibe to these West Coast products. Wearing it makes me feel like a Thoreau-ian man of the land - even at work or out on the town.
LAUREN, CUSTOMER SERVICE SPECIALIST, RECOMMENDS:
eQua Hot Hand Towel by Manduka
Heated yoga is one of my favorite cold-weather ways to workout out and move my body. When it is over 100 degrees in the room, you are guaranteed to work up a sweat. Consequently, a towel is a must-have. This small towel from Manduka soaks up sweat easily and is quick drying. When placed on top of your mat, the towel offers grip, support and cushion in any pose for your hands, forearms, forehead (or anywhere else.) Small enough to throw in my bag - now I can leave the beach and dish towels at home.
MARY, CUSTOMER SERVICE SPECIALIST, RECOMMENDS:
Finishing Treatment by Rahua
I have long, thick, coarse, color-treated hair that requires lots of extra love. I add just a little bit of this finishing treatment while my hair is still damp and it dries like a dream. My natural curls are happy, frizz free, and the bleached ends are treated to the healing powers of Rahua oil, quinoa, and raspberry leaf extract. Bonus: Palo Santo, the holy wood we all know and love, is added in - so you get treated to an aromatherapy session while styling your hair!
MICHAEL, CHIEF VISIONARY OFFICER, RECOMMENDS:
Harvest Moon Red Chai by Flying Bird Botanicals
Cold mornings, cold afternoons, cold all day! Actually, I love it when the fall really hits. And I love teas of all kinds including green, black, white, herbal, medicinal, exotic and on and on. This delightful blend is wonderful. "Chai Spices rounded to perfection with African red tea, vanilla bean and a touch of citrus". So nice, and organic too!
MILES, SUPPLEMENTS BUYER, RECOMMENDS:
Cream Cheese Style Spread by Kite Hill
It’s a little difficult to enjoy bagels, lox and schmear when one is sensitive to gluten and dairy. Since we’ve introduced it Cambridge Naturals, Kite Hill has made this challenge just a little bit easier for me. Their almond-based fermented “cream” cheese spread is delicious, and goes perfectly with my gluten free millet bread and some Nova Scotia smoked salmon. Fun fact for you folks who pay attention: this is my first non-supplements review since starting at Cambridge Naturals in May 2015 (so this must be some good cream cheese).
NICK, RECEIVING & INVENTORY LEAD, RECOMMENDS:
SAM, CUSTOMER SERVICE SPECIALIST, RECOMMENDS:
Sprouted Crackers - Pesto Pumpkin Seed by Livin Spoonful
I have a slight tendency to lose track of how much I've eaten (and when) so I tend to get H U N G R Y when noon hits and I realize I've only managed to scarf down a granola bar on my way to work. On one such day, I snagged a bag of Livin' Spoonful's Pesto Pumpkin Seed Crackers, and I was instantly hooked. With their hearty mix of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds, these crackers are full of healthy fats that help fill me up. Also, the tomato-basil pesto flavor is unabashedly delicious - salty, tangy, and a rich accompaniment to the crunch. If you're more nutritionally responsible than I am, and don't just need a quick pick-me-up, I'd suggest grabbing these to pair with cheese or hummus at a dinner party - maybe even Thanksgiving!
SARAH H, FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER & LIFESTYLE LEAD, RECOMMENDS:
Veterinary Wound Care by Puremedy
My sweet puppy had a sore on his ear that would not to away. I used this for a week or so and it healed right up! I will always keep some on hand from now on.
VICKI, BULK HERBS & GROCERY BUYER, RECOMMENDS:
Methyl B-12 & Methyl Folate by Jarrow Formulas
Brains! We love them! We care for them! But sometimes they feel a bit foggy. That's where Methyl B-12 & Methyl Folate by Jarrow Formulas comes in - the B vitamins support healthy cognitive function. It tastes like candy, and helps my brain wake up like nobody's business.
ZACH, STORE MANAGER & SUPPLEMENTS LEAD, RECOMMENDS:
Doctor Formulated Magnesium by Garden of Life
There are so many magnesium supplements on the market, it can be really tough to know which one to pick. Personally, I love the new Certified Organic, Whole-Food Magnesium Powder from Garden of Life. It absorbs quickly and digests easily because it features a 1 billion count dose of probiotics. It comes in two stevia-sweetened flavors and an unflavored, unsweetened variety.