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Travel: Do the Beard Capital of America Like a Boss

Travel: Do the Beard Capital of America Like a Boss

According to Orbitz, Portland is the beard capital of America. If you're headed to the Portland Beardsmen's Rose City Beard & Mustache competition, here are a few things to keep in mind to keep your beard performance ready!
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RIDES Souverain

RIDES Souverain

Yesterday was a sad day. I'd just perfected the 7th chakra blend, making an unusually hot mess of myrrh and my husband said, "Price died." The Purple One, taken too soon.

We've been working on the 7th chakra blend for a year now, testing. All of us struggling: me with impatience and formulation, Madison & Kate with design and my impatience. I've been a one woman show for a long time, we're practicing delegation.

This final blend for the crown chakra, our connection to God, spirit, oneness--I call it the cosmos, an elegant whole. Symbolized by the color purple.

The measurements and notes of this essential oil blend are fairly subtle, even more so than RIDES Rêve.  

Madison asked me to describe the fragrance in a sentence. I called it a stargazing camping prayer--this was last weekend before the blend was dialed, a little low on vanilla.

Now I think reverence for stardust.

“It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements - the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution and for life - weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way for them to get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.” ― Lawrence M. Krauss

PS. Happy Earth Day, star dust babies!!  #blessedbe

 

 

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Beard Oil Field Test Yields South African Unicorn

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What's In Your Bottle?

What's In Your Bottle?

Recently I checked out some other aromatherapy lines to see what they're up to, I LOVE the smells! I'm seeing a tendency to list fragrances as "essential oil blend", rather than the individual oils.  As a maker, I understand not wanting to share industry secrets, but as a licensed esthetician, I'm going to need that full ingredient list, please and thank you!

My skin care philosophy has always been use what you want, know what you're using, and why. People have sensitivities to a wide spectrum of both natural and synthetic ingredients and it's my job as an empathic skin care professional to ask questions, communicate and use intuition to avoid unnecessary challenges. It's important for people to be fully informed about what is going on their skin, it is our largest organ and one of our most useful detoxifying agents.  

I can take care of your skin using only our organically preserved products, this does not mean they are 100% organic (though many of the ingredients are) we are preserving the product with flower and plant extracts rather than synthetic chemicals.

In other products containing water we use a small amount of other preservatives that rate low to moderate health hazard because we've determined exposing you to bacteria in those products would be worse for you.  Use what you want, know what you're using, and why.

Up until RIDES Rêve I have designed every label for each product and let me tell you, ingredient lists are a beast.  But everything is listed.  I am actively trying to teach future generations of estheticians my industry secrets, how I chakra and energy balance, read tarot, wax, do my facials--people voice concern that the people I've taught will become the competition.  Well, ok.  We do open and transparent economy here on the farm.  
Y'all come back now, ya hear? #peace

 

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Why NOT to Use Coconut Oil in Beard Oil

Why NOT to Use Coconut Oil in Beard Oil

We love coconut oil too, but if you have oily skin or blackheads, don't put it on your face!

If you have just the right ingredients:

  • fine skin texture
  • coarse hair
  • excess oil 

your are genetically primed for ingrown hairs.  Your beard alone can cause additional breakouts. Coconut oil can make your clogged pores and blackheads worse.

What makes good beard oil?

It works great on your hair, is good for your skin and is unscented or uses only 100% essential oils to create fragrance.  

Finding an oil that works for you.

It's hard enough to find oils that both work well and smell good, if you look for ingredients that will benefit your beard and skin type, your face will thank you. 

To learn more about beard oils that don't contain coconut oil click here.

 

Happy bearding, Friends!

 

 

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