February Staff Picks
Love is generative - our favorite picks for the ones we love!
Veil of Love Face Serum by Heart Grown Wild
Show your face some love! This serum smells amazing and will do your skin wonders! With nourishing oils such as carrot seed and calendula to soothe and tame skin, and rose hip seed to pump up your daily vitamin C, your skin will be thanking you!
Organic Baking Chocolate by Theo Chocolate
You may be familiar with the varieties of Theo chocolate from our amazing chocolate bar at the front of the store, but did you know they also make a baking chocolate? Offered in 70% and 85% dark, it is the perfect ingredient to add to your baked goods and sweet treats for family and friends (and yourself, of course!) Did I mention both are also organic, fair trade, soy free AND vegan!? Yum!
Love Tonic by Urban Moonshine
An obvious option for a last-minute Valentine's Day gift, I also recommend that you consider gifting yourself a bottle of Chocolate Love Tonic! Sure, Urban Moonshine calls this decadent formula "foreplay in a bottle," but I find it to be a tasty treat that can help you ritualize and celebrate self-love on an ongoing basis. With herbs that warm the heart and soothe the nervous system, this daily dose of chocolate supports the cardiovascular system while nurturing your sweet sensual self.
Beet Chips by Rhythm Superfoods
I love beets. Recent studies have shown that beets have been know to help the strength of the heart. They are also full vitamins B and C! These beet chips are very tasty. They are nice a crisp, lightly salted and make a great daily snack.
Bleedin' Babe Tote Bag by Holy Sponge
'Tis the season for LOVE! Love encompasses much more than an emotion. It encompasses being, living and strength. Loving ourselves and each other has become incredibly important, and seen somewhat as a radical act. With the Bleedin' Babe Tote Bag, anyone can display their love for female strength and encourage power from within. Exhibiting a fist of solidarity planted in the midst of the female reproductive system, this tote surely makes a statement of love, appreciation and acceptance!
Hoppin' Fresh Deodorant by Ursa Major
Nothing says "I love you" more than a beautifully packaged 100% natural super clean and wonderfully smelling deodorant. Keep it for yourself and smell great or, if you're bold, give it as a gift to a loved one.
Hawthorn Caps by Cambridge Naturals™
The best-known herb for the heart in western herbalism is hawthorn. The medical literature says that Hawthorn allows for the relaxing of the blood vessels farther from the heart. It is also used to treat both low blood pressure and high blood pressure, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), and high cholesterol.
Prism of the Sun Body Oil by Heart Grown Wild
We met SantaLena and her husband Tom at Herbstalk Winter Market back in November - their beautiful packaging and warm smiles caught my eye, and the scent of their birch body oil caught my nose! Fresh and enticing, it's the perfect winter body oil for loving your skin during these icy cold months. Plant-based and hand crafted, Santalena and Tom harvest many of their raw materials from their local surroundings in Vermont. You can truly smell and feel the love that they put into these gorgeous products!
Moringa Tea by Minga
Moringa, have you heard of it? The moringa tree is known as the "miracle tree" in its native Ghana. Each tea bag is brimming with antioxidants, amino acids, iron and calcium. With each bag you buy you spread love to a farming family. 1,600 farming families incomes have been multiplyed 10x from the purchase of this tea and 250,000 trees planted. Be a part of the change, spread love to a family, plant a tree. Lets sip on some superfood love!
Pasture-raised Eggs by Handsome Brook Farms
The chickens at Handsome Brook Farm are the happiest looking chickens I have ever seen. If you go on their website, you can read about the farm's core values, how they treat their chickens, and see pictures of the chickens in their green grazing areas. These are the only eggs I buy now--the chickens are treated with such love and compassion, as all living creatures (humans included!!) should be.
How to Love by Thich Nhat Hanh
This little book is filled with endless nuggets of wisdom for loving others and loving oneself. Thich Nhat Hanh practices and teaches mindfulness in a really accessible way through poems, meditations, and reflections. I love giving this gift to friends who are newly in lurrvvvveee and flipping through it with my partner.
Bourbon Essential Beard Oil by Little Seed Farm
I tend to keep my facial hair a bit on the shorter side, but that is no excuse for it to be coarse or bristly. In fact, shorter facial hair can be that much more irritating when pressed against a loved one's skin! Little Seed Farms Beard Oils do a great job of keeping the week or three of stubble that I sometimes refer to as a beard soft to the touch, and the Bourbon fragrance (really more a spiced orange smell than a "liquor breath" one) is warm and charming. Never snuggle up without it, fellas!
Greeting Cards by Kwohtations
It can be hard to be away from your loved ones when they are going through big life changes, good or bad. Recently I have sent Kwohtation cards to friends and family to let them know I am thinking of them. Janine makes the cards by hand in Somerville and approaches life milestones with sweetness and humor. Not to mention, I needed a card with a same sex couple and I knew just where to go. Love is love!
Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter Bar by Elemental
If you ask me, there's no couple more perfect than chocolate and peanut butter. Together they're unstoppable. It's my weakness. My kryptonite, if you will. This Elemental bar is gluten free, vegan, loaded with plant based omegas, and still, it's delicious. Show yourself some love this February and grab an Elemental bar.
Moonlight Jasmine by Rishi
We have an extraordinary tea selection at Cambridge Naturals. Most of it is organic. Full disclosure, I have many favorites. This one is way "up there"on that list! It's a loose leaf green tea and is truly "Exquisite" and "Aromatic". The jasmine scent is soothing and as Rishi states very "alluring". It is a wonderful gift for someone you love...and if you love yourself it is a great way to start the day and for an afternoon uplift.
Life Profile by Orig3n
I LOVE finding out information about my molecular biology (I mean, who doesn’t?) Thanks to increases in our understanding of the human genome within the last couple of decades, personalized genetic test kits for affordable prices are now a reality. Orig3n Life Profile kits tell us about genes that govern aspects of our metabolic function, vitamin absorption, antioxidant status and muscle recovery. With this kind of data in hand, one might be able to figure out which types of vitamin supplements are best for optimizing their wellness. Genetic test kits are not for diagnostic purposes and won’t lead to any findings about vitamin deficiency. Nonetheless, I love that these products may give us unique insights into our wellness and vitality. Ask us for even more info!
Sea Salt and Almond Dark Chocolate Bar by TCHO Chocolate
Do you have a special lady in your life? Or a dashing man? Or a pet that likes to watch you eat snacks? This could be the perfect treat to share with that person (or pet.) Almonds, chocolate and salt! It is a damn good combination. *please do not feed chocolate to your pets!
Patchouli & Buriti Hand Cream by Nubian Heritage
The most common complaint I hear from my loved ones, in this frigid and brittle season, is that their skin is uncomfortably dry. Somehow lotions and moisturizers feel like a luxury, when really, you live in your skin - it makes perfect sense to take care of it! This rich, aromatic hand cream from Nubian Heritage is packed with botanical goodness such as mango seed butter, shea butter, and Vitamin C-packed rosehip extract. If you find your skin needs a little extra nourishment, this cream is a great way to practice self-love and self-care. Otherwise, it would make a great gift for someone in your life whose skin needs a little TLC.
SARAH H recommends:
Peony and Salt Candle by Simply Curated
This candle is always lit at home when I am having a little quiet time to myself. Feminine but not overpowering, I feel pampered and calm around this candle. I keep a travel size by the sink in my bathroom, and a full size candle follows me around the house.
Tsampa by Sherpa Foods
Breakfast of champions in a bag. Mix with hot milk, and maple syrup to get the best winter time breakfast of your entire life. YOU GOT THIS! GO GET THEM! who is them? you decide.
Dr. Formulated Probiotics Once Daily Ultra by Garden of Life
With so many probiotics to choose from, it can be overwhelming to know which one to choose. One of my personal favorites is the Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Once Daily Ultra, the first truly shelf-stable, 90 Billion strength probiotic. With a spread of 15 strains, this probiotic offers a unique, clinically studied blend designed by Microbiome researcher Dr. Perlmutter.