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Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Looking for the perfect gift? Well worry not, we've got you covered!

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Our All Over Soap is our #1 best selling product. Why? Not just because it's amazing value but because it smells so d*mn good. And guys love it too!

With its calming aroma, our Before Bed Spray is always a hit. You don't even need to have sleep issues to enjoy it. 

The Germs Away Mist is great 365 days a year but is particularly helpful through cold and flu season. Also a god-send for smelly gym bags, hockey equipment, yoga mats, changing tables, lingering smoke, kitchen odours, and possibly most importantly on dirty cell phone screens. Speaking from experience, a bottle is mandatory in pretty much every room in our home (and in the car)!

With hand washing season upon us, this handy (pun intended) bottle of Hand and Food Relief is a must-have, unless you enjoyed dry hands and rough hangnails. Also, great for cracked heels. 

 

For That Special Someone

I can't lie that I love all of the products but our All Over Elixir is one of best because it is super luxurious and it's a great multi-tasker!

When I travel, it is my most coveted product if I don't have space for a proper toilet kit. I use it in the show to moisturize my body, shave my legs and once out of the shower I smooth a little over my face for a gorgeous sheen and even put a tiny bit on the ends of my hair (to stop flyaways). 

Our Face Food Mineral Mist is hands down the most useful and adaptable product we've got. It works beautifully as a toner to balance your pH but best of all it is incredibly useful for hydrating your skin. It's a winner for all skin types (you name it... oily, sensitive, inflamed, dry or mature). The skin loving minerals will be your face's new best friend. 

I was lucky enough to spend some of my childhood in France and one of the things I learned from French women is that less is more. They don't tend to cover their faces with a bunch of goo, they let their skin's true beauty skin through.

That's why when we formulated our Face Glow I wanted it to be very tasteful and natural looking. It's true that many women wear it instead of foundation. It will help blur some skin imperfections while imparting a lovely subtle glow to your face so that your skin shines through to reveal the already beautiful you! 

As the expression goes, good things come in small packages, and our Superfood Serum is no exception. As our most potent and precious product, that is quite literally jam packed with skin nourishing superfoods, a little goes a long way to fully nourish and revive your face.  

 

Graydon's Personal Faves 

I have a real soft spot for The Putty because it was the very first cream I ever made. I will never forget using my hand blenders in my kitchen to make it well over 10 years ago. I developed it for my yoga clients (who were stressed out, hormonal, sleep deprived women) all of which complained that they had red, dry, irritated skin.

We've tweaked the formula since my early days in the kitchen to make it even better and it puts a smile on my face that we have a bit of a cult following for this beautifully smooth, yellow coloured cream.

Rich and deeply moisturizing, it will soothe your skin and is even well known to help those with rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema. It's amazing for those cold winter days after a chilly hike when your cheeks are bright red and equally nourishing for sunburned skin post ski (or if you're lucky enough to be in a warmer climate than Canada :)

It's true, I am a bit of a germ-a-phobe so to say that I was passionate about creating this small but mightly blend of anti-microbial essential oils called our Germs Away Concentrate, is bit of an understatement. 

I had the pleasure of developing this with a wonderful chemist, an amazing naturopath and a master aromatherapist and I'm proud to say that the blend we came up with not only smells amazing but it works like a charm.

It's amazing used in a diffuser when you have a sick person in the house, rubbed on your feet for an immune boost and dribbled on a tissue in a smelly bathroom or car, and my favourite way is to apply a drop or two after touching money. It smells incredible, so don't be surprised if someone asks you what you're wearing!

It took us a very long time to develop our Superfood Mask + Scrub and I'm really proud of this innovative product because it's so unique and above all, it works so incredibly well. Instead of piling on a lot of makeup my focus is on creating a healthy #noMakeup look. Rocking a great complexion isn't so easy unless you book in some serious self care. I always make sure I have a weekly self-care appointment scheduled in for a 20 minute Superfood Mask + Scrub because it really helps to keep face looking fresh, clean and clear.

Trust me, I have tried nearly every mask, and dry scrub 'in the book' and there is nothing that comes close to ours in terms of the efficacy of ingredients to help brighten up your skin. Made with a base of creamy feeling glacial clay (which is easily activated with a few drops of water), it's a dream to smoothe all over your face.

While the mask does the 'heavy lifting', I usually hop in the bath or do a 'hair masque' using our Hair Smoothie and by the time I'm done (anywhere between 5 to 20 mins) I massage the masque off with wet hands and after a spritz of Face Food blended with just a few drops of my Superfood Serum, my face is always truly glowing. 

Some people laugh when I tell them this story but our rich and decadent Keto Cleanse was inspired by my experiments with the ketogenic diet which involved me making what's known as 'butter coffee' which is made using a mixture of MCT and ghee.

One morning after a particularly sweaty yoga class (when I didn't happen to have my bottle of Aloe Milk Cleanser close by) I tried using some of the MCT and ghee mixture on my face and it was a truly amazing experience. My face had never felt so smooth and luxurious and I think you'll feel the same way too!

 

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*Our inventory is limited and we may sell out of certain products. This offer cannot be extended for out of stock goods. This offer only applies to individual products, and not to 'bundles'. This offer ends November 27, 2017 at 11:59pm EST. All purchases are subject to bank authorization prior to processing. Only authorized purchases will be processed and shipped. We reserve the right to cancel any order due to unauthorized, altered, or ineligible use of offer and to modify or cancel this promotion due to system errors or unforeseen problems. 

Lunar Logic Gift Guide

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I was lucky enough to have tea with a longtime friend who just happens to be a master astrologer as well as a former beauty editor at Vogue Russia. Talking about beauty and the stars are her passions. Our chit chat went long into the night, and it's no surprise that she helped me learn how our astrological sign dictates what one's skin needs!

Now before some of you think this is too woo-woo give me a second! I'm not suggesting you need to follow my below-mentioned suggestions verbatim but I can pretty much guarantee that if you and your skin are confused as to what to use (and you don't happen to have your own personal astrologer to consult) this will give you some much needed 411! Not to mention, you'll learn about your friends and family as well.

Hint: this will be super helpful for the upcoming gift giving season!

Water Signs

Let's start with Water Signs which include Scorpio, Cancer and Pisces which are bursting with deep feelings, empathy, and intuition. They are nurturing, inspiring, and often sympathetic. They are also passionate, tempestuous, and emotional! Depending on where you stand with them a Water Sign can be your safest harbour or the most terrifying tidal wave!

Water Signs often need to detox and that includes their skin so the best choices for them from GRAYDON would be our Keto CleanseSuperfood Mask + Scrub, and Superfood Serum (to replenish after detoxing).

Earth Signs  

Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn are hard workers who are grounded in earthly pleasure. They are reliable and steady but they can get stuck and exhaust themselves in their drive for security.

Earth Sign skin types often need replenishing. The enterprising and sensual Earth Signs require high-quality cleansers and moisturizers to replenish the energy they doggedly expend so the best choices for them from GRAYDON would be our Face Foam Cleanser Green Cream as well as our Face Glow Tinted Primer + Illuminator.

Fire Signs

Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius are known as Fire Signs and they tend to burn hot with passion! They can also tend to have red hot tempers and charge ahead without stopping to think things through.

They are warriors, leaders, and explorers but patience is not their best attribute. The struggle to succeed and stand out can leave these effervescent Fire Signs literally red in the face.

Quote seriously, those who are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius often they have issues with redness and inflammation. Fire signs can also literally burn themselves out as they forge ahead on a pet project or cause. This can take the form of thin, papery skin.

That said, people with a Fire Sign need products that are cooling and restoring and the best choices for them from GRAYDON would be our Aloe Milk Cleanser, Face Food Mineral Mist and Berry Rich Cream.

Air Signs

In case you didn't know, I'm a Libra and along with Gemini and Aquarius we known as the Air Signs. The Zodiac would suggest we are the best communicators with a strong drive to socialize and spread information.

The Air Signs tend to be hip, trendy, and always 'in the know'. With their minds constantly a buzz and a sometimes frenetic personality, this can lend itself to having a tired looking face.

Air Signs need calming products to help balance their mental energy and the best choices for them from GRAYDON would be our Sensitive Skin StuffThe Putty, and Before Bed Mist (which is a good one to help calm their busy minds :)

Interesting Astro-Beauty Facts

Libra (which as previously mentioned, is my sign) is ruled by Venus who rules beauty and among other things, Libra governs the skin. (Go figure that I started a skincare company, right?)

Many Libras have very fine, sensitive skin which responds beautifully to gentle care. All signs can benefit from soothing and luxurious body care but as the children of beautiful Venus, Libra and Taurus will positively delight in it our All Over Elixir.

While it’s well known that Scorpios can use their sharp powers of intuition with laser-like focus. Empathetic Pisces can inadvertently soak up a toxic environment. Both signs respond to uplifting essential oils like our Germs Away Concentrate

You only have to look at Leo’s Lion glyph to know this sign will demand a well-groomed mane. Often people toss off the expression Virgo Virgins but this earth sign is related to Spring and delights in acts of caring and conservation. Both fiery Leo and more grounded Virgo appreciate luxurious hair care and would enjoy some luxurious new Matcha Mint Shampoo and Hair Smoothie.

I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as Gracey and I enjoyed writing this piece for you. If nothing else, it ought to give you a ton of great gift idea for the upcoming season upon us.

P.S. If you want to get your own astrological consultation with Gracey and learn more about your skin at the same time, check her out at Signs and Stars by Gracey By Design. 

Glowing Skin Isn't Just For Summer

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Some people think our Face Glow is more for creating an un-makeup type of look for summer but let me tell you, Face Glow is my go-to cream for locking in moisture and layering on a dewy polished look, which I think you'll love as much as I do, in these colder months ahead. There's no reason why you shouldn't have glowing skin all year round!

You probably already know that your skin tends to get a little more dry in winter so instead of using Face Glow as an alternative for a light foundation it's best to use it as a primer (over your favorite facial serum but under a concealer, bb/cc cream or foundation). And then for a little extra glow and dewiness, I dot some on my brow bone, the bridge of my nose and cheekbones.

The reason why Face Glow is so great when used as a primer is because its zinc based so it acts as a sponge to evenly absorb your make up in a very smooth uniform fashion. It's like a perfect canvas to make your skin look great! The mica we use in it illuminates your complexion so you actually get glowing skin but in a grown-up, subtle, sophisticated sort of way :)

Nuvo Magazine recently included the Face Glow in their top favourite illuminating moisturizers list, you can check out the article here

Hope you enjoy using it as much as we enjoyed making it for you!

Want more tips on how to get glowing skin? Check out our 3 Easy Tips For Lit From Within Skin.

“There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure"

BUT I DON'T KNOW MANY OF THEM
~ Sylvia Plath


Therapy is expensive. Yoga is usually a car ride away - and at least a $20 drop for the fee. Retail therapy is fun, but fleeting.

But “passive heating” (which means that you are warming your body up while relaxing, instead of running or exercising to get sweaty) has been proven to be a pretty sweet way to improve your health and wellness.

A good, hot bath is self-care gold and my favorite way to relax and detox. A hot bath can have the caloric burn as a half-hour brisk walk and help the body regulate blood sugar. It can help to reduce chronic inflammation and support the immune system.

Sounds perfect for the upcoming cold season, right? Aside from the health benefits, the other reason that I love recommending a hot bath is that it’s a relatively cheap way to create a habit of self-care.

A healing bath can be as luxurious as a trip to a spa, and as therapeutic as an hour on the couch in your therapist’s office, without having to arrange for a babysitter or even leave your home.

In a world where it feels like every moment is plugged in, every little treat is ridiculously expensive, and life can be so over-complicated, bathing is really an ancient and inexpensive ritual that can pretty much cure it all. 

Follow these steps for a soak that's fit for a goddess! 

Take all the clutter out of and around your tub. Simply move it aside (you don't have to turn this into an organizing session) This includes loofahs, razors, or any other clutter. Start with a clear space. 

Gather a candle or two and arrange them around your tub and sink. Have some incense or a sage stick? Get it burning. Lighting and burning is a great way to start a ritual, clear stagnant energy, and invite in healing. 

Get some mineral salts. A cup or two will do. In case you didn't know, magnesium from the salts is helpful for sore muscles and for relaxation. Feel free to add in a scoop of baking soda for an extra detoxifying kick. 

You may want to add in few drops of our lavender chamomile sandalwood blend will help relax you! Or if you feel a cold coming on and need to clear your sinuses then try this! And if you're a little blah, a minty citrus oil is uplifting, much like a natural anti-depressant.

This may sound funny but before you actually get into that warm inviting water, apply a generous amount of oil onto your skin.

This is important because by applying body oil before you shower, you create a barrier between your skin and the shower water, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. It's because oils contain occlusive agents, which increase skin’s hydration levels by providing a physical barrier to keep it from losing any water! 

If you want to amp up the healing energy vibe, maybe you add some rose petals to the water. Set some of your crystals around your bathtub. Pour yourself a glass of wine or a cuppa tea. Spread some honey on your face for a sweet and simple mask.

And above all, act as if creating this relaxing little sanctuary is for a real goddess (who just happens to be you :)

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