March Staff Picks
Our favorite products for Spring!
Curl Control Cream by Rahua
I do not have curly hair, but that is not stopping me from slathering this curl control cream all over my unruly strands. I prefer to wear my hair naturally wavy, and this curl cream not only enhances my waves but also tames the frizz! I usually apply the cream to my hair once it is dried, twist it up a bit then let it down to wave itself out. Bonus- it makes your hair smell like Palo Santo!
Entire New Mother Line by Badger Balm
One of my favorite companies, Badger Balm (out of New Hampshire!), has just launched a fresh organic product line for new mothers and mommys-to-be. But it doesn't stop there! The Belly Balm - formulated with cocoa butter, jojoba oil and calendula - is wonderfully rich and moisturizing for any skin that needs a little extra love, while the belly oil is fast absorbing and smells lovely, featuring vanilla and rose...perfect for any belly and body! Lastly, the nursing balm is soothing, nourishing and pediatrician tested for be safe for you and your brand new babe.
Whitening Complete Care Toothpaste by Himalaya
As you get amped up to dust-off every nook and cranny of your house and wipe away the vestiges of winter, don't forget to clean your teeth! Himalaya's new Whitening Complete Care Toothpaste blends powerful whitening plant enzymes such as bromelain and papain with neem, the detoxifying Ayurvedic herb that has been used to support tooth and gum health through the ages. Free of SLS, Carageenan and flouride, I can confidently say that this is a super-clean toothpaste with straight forward and trustworthy ingredients. Why not enhance your spring cleaning efforts by scrubbing your teeth to pearly white perfection?!
Cold Pressed Energy with Turmeric and Ginger by Garden of Flavor
Do you like cold pressed juice? Do you like caffeine without a crash? What about probiotics? If you said yes to all of these, this is the drink for you. Cold pressed Ginger and Turmeric juices are a great way to support a healthy inflammation response in the body. From there, there's been a nice addition of guayusa to support a balanced and clean energy. This amazonian leaf from Ecuador has a nice boost of caffeine and anti-oxidants, keeping your body from the crash you experience from coffee. Lastly, probiotics are added to the juice, which are great for digestive and immune health. Try this out, it will make you feel ALIVE!
Entire Line by Carina Organics
Carina Organics is your one-stop-shop for a new body care routine! Suitable for the whole family, Carina Organics offers affordable, biodegradable, hypoallergenic, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan products in their entire line. At only $11.99 a bottle, you can score shampoo, conditioner, body wash, bubble bath, and body lotion. Looking for some fresh, new facial care products? Carina's got you covered! Treat yourself to their affordable cleanser, toner and moisturizer. My personal favorites are their Lavender Shampoo/Body Wash and Lavender Daily Light Conditioner. Don't forget to check out the cutest packaging on the Carina baby line - the Baby Body Lotion is such a treat!
Morning Mojo by Ursa Major
Remember those 'Irish Spring Sport' commercials from the 80's? Now think, running through the green fields of Vermont, super clean ingredients, gender inclusive, and a long lasting bar that makes you feel refreshed all day long. With a fine fresh scent too!
Vitamin Case Stacker by Fit & Healthy
This neat set of individual small round discs stacks up on on top of another with a "twist-lock" motion. 5 indivdual small cups to carry one's vitamins around, and there is an extra lid if you want to remove one cup from the stack to carry around for the day. Perfect for travel or keeping in your pack or purse for taking vitamins during the day. I use one or two sets for a total of 5-to-10 cups in a stack when I travel. Great for home or travel use.
Forever Spring Oolong by Man Cha Teas
This High Mountain Oolong tea from Taiwan was sourced directly from a 4th generation family tea farm run by women. The grandmother is the matriarch and practices traditional (read: pesticide free and sustainable) growing practices. With delicate, floral and apricot notes, this tea is the perfect beverage to reintroduce springtime into your diet - fresh, complex, engaging, and bright.
Old-Fashioned Bar Shampoo by J. R. Liggett's
I just recently started exclusively using this New Hampshire-made bar shampoo for my lengthy locks in pursuit of a wash that cleans well without weighing down or drying my hair. I am happy to say I have found what I was looking for: not only do I get a rich lather without using too much of the bar, but every time my hair dries super soft, full, and refreshed. My favorite is the Herbal Formula, with notes of cedar, rosemary, and lavender that pleasantly awaken the senses without overwhelming them. Lasting approximately as many uses as a 24 oz bottle of liquid shampoo, it's safe to say I'll be using this all spring long to reintroduce warmth and hydration to my hair.
Myco Shield Spray Immune Support (Peppermint) by Host Defense
I don't know about you, but if you've been sick at all this winter this little portable travel spray is the perfect companion to keep on hand. I myself have been sick this entire month: first with a bad strep and then the flu. Throughout my traditional course of treatment with antibiotics I consistently sprayed my throat with this tingling, minty, soothing, immune boosting mushroom spray! Get on the path to getting well! Take your mushrooms friends!
Basil Lemongrass by Capital Kombucha
We just started carrying this brand of kombucha, and I'm really glad we did. The mixture of basil and lemongrass is extremely light and refreshing. There is a tinge of sweetness, but the basil makes this drink a little bit savory. I would totally recommend drinking one of these on a park bench in the sunshine on a bright, springy day. You also get the added benefits of kombucha being a great supplement for digestive help, so it's really a win-win kind of drink!
Parsley Plus by ECOS
Spring means spring cleaning! My favorite thing to clean everything with is Parsley plus, this wonderful smelling cleaner cuts through grime and dust like no other and smells amazing. Its an all surface cleaner so I can clean my whole kitchen and bathroom using only this. The best part is its plant based and super safe when compared to traditional all purpose cleaners!
Chickpeas Moroccan Style by Karine & Jeff
You've been cooped up all winter long. You're longing for faraway vistas, gorgeous scenery, and a hint of the exotic... But for whatever reason, for the time being, you remain here at home. Worry not, wanderlust-y friend! With Karine & Jeff's Chickpeas Moroccan Style, you've got adventure in a jar. Enjoy the tastes of North Africa by way of France with this delicious imported meal for two. It can be enjoyed hot (as March comes in like a lion) or cool (as it goes out like a lamb), and it's vegan, organic, and GMO free to boot!
Mint Cocoa Dream Sugar Scrub by Brianna's Handmade Soap
The easiest way for me to feel head to toe rejuvenation is to literally scrub the day off of me. In this case, I'd like to scrub winter off in it's entirety because my skin and I are very much ready for warmer days and fewer layers. Brianna's scrubs are gentle and moisturizing so it's not too harsh for sensitive skin like mine. The Mint Cocoa Dream smells and looks so much like cake frosting you might be tempted to eat it (please don't).
Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray by Captain Blankenship
Summery days are squeezing themselves into these late winter weeks. The intrinsic mantra of the Maine women-run company Captain Blankenship is "beauty wild with nature." Infuse some of that upcoming summer sun into your wild and free 'do this month with this light and freshly aromatic shimmer spray!
Chaga Chai by Tamim Teas
Tamim Teas is a local company that has created a superior line of mushroom based teas. The Chaga Chai is my current favorite and Chaga mushroom is one you will be hearing a lot about in the coming years. The benefits are outstanding!! Their other ones include, Lion's Share, Shiitake Uplift, Reishi Delight, and Maitake Bloom. All wonderful, tasty and ethically created. Oh and they use ingredients from New England farms! Yay for hot and delicious mushroom beverages!!
Yin Chiao Tablets by Dr. Shen's
As soon as I was leaving for my February vacation, I caught a chest cold! Argh! I take lots of immune boosters, but because I was traveling lightly I was inclined to choose a single bottle of an old friend: Yin Chiao. Yin Chiao is a traditional Chinese herbal formula used to promote immune health at onset of challenge. Over my weekend trip, in spite of lack of proper sleep, I felt that Dr. Shen’s Yin Chiao formula kept my body going. Dr. Shen’s is a TCM herbal manufacturer based in the USA.
Black Willow Soap Bar by A Wild Soap
Spring time is all about cleaning up. Cleaning out your closet. Cleaning your bathroom. Cleaning your windows. And also cleaning yourself. What better way to do that than with some nice soap? With activated charcoal and purifying clay, this soap will clean you up real good.
Fir Balsam Natural Wood Incense by Incienso de Santa Fe
While I adore winter, it does often keep me cooped inside, even as the weather wheels towards New England's slushy spring. Too much time indoors can make my space feel cramped and cluttered, a condition that calls for a more-than-physical cleaning spree. Incensio de Santa Fe's Fir Balsam incense helps me drive out bad smells and bad energy by bringing the scent of the outdoors inside. Once lit, the natural wood brick smells like a crackling balsam fir campfire, taking me right back to memories of camping in the fall.
SARAH H recommends:
Candle by Adirondack Fragrance & Flavor
Soy Wax, Beeswax and Sweetgrass Oil. That's it! I was lucky enough to meet the maker of this candle and fell instantly in love! She grows her own sweetgrass on her farm in the Adirondack Mountains and describes her products as having "simple mountain charm." There are even bits of dried sweetgrass scattered on top!
Vanilla Shortbread by Bulletproof
2 grams sugar, heavy on the healthy fats, and full of collagen power, this bar will be your new best friend. It feels like you're cheating on a diet when you eat it cause it is SO GOOD IT CAN'T BE HEALTHY. and it's a powerhouse for your brain cause of all the good fats it has. and it's way too delicious to be real. I am serious. Way too delicious.
Raw Fit Bars by Garden of Life
I've been back in the gym for a couple months and have been trying to find a way to fuel myself without overdoing it. These bars have proven to be one of the best options pre or post workout to keep me going while still keeping my calorie/carb intake where I want it. They are also some of the best bars I've had in a long time. Soft texture but not mushy, with some crispy bits for a satisfying crunch, and just sweet enough to satisfy. My personal favorite is the Caramel Sea Salt Bar which has Organic Ashwagandha to help combat stress-eating and Organic Green Coffee Bean Extract to help stimulate metabolism.