Summer Beauty Essentials You Need this Summer

Looking to upgrade your summer beauty regimen? If so, we have you covered! Whether you’re at home or on vacay, feel and look your best with our picks. Today, I want to introduce my recent new love – The Organic Skin Co..

Let’s FACE it, we’re creatures of habit, especially when it comes to our skincare products. Our biggest exception however, is when an absolute game changer comes along. For The Organic Skin Co., game changing might as well be a second mantra.

The vegan, cruelty-free cosmetics and skincare brand made with ethically sourced ingredients not only offers products that are better for the environment, they benefit your on-the-go lifestyle.

Recommend Products:


Short of treating it to a high-end spa, this oil is the best way we know to pamper your skin! A lux combination of supercritical extracts and pure organic oils, it helps soften and refresh, rejuvenate and repair. So, give it a go. Massage a few drops into your face. Sit back. Wait for your skin to send you a love letter.


The first step in creating your palette is to choose from one of the 3 distinctive palette bar colors: will it be charcoal, blush, or stone? Decision made, it’s on to the pods, with a wide selection of natural cheek and lip creams, cream eye shadows, concealers, and luminizers available. Choose from the bevy of shades and colors, fill the pods, and you’re ready to go, you’re very own mobile, sustainable makeup station in the palm of your hand!


To achieve a great result, you need to prepare well. And that’s exactly what this primer helps you do. Lightweight, rich in antioxidants, restorative oils and revitalizing supercritical extracts, it will not only help your makeup go on smooth and stay that way, it will care for your skin too. Primp. Prime. It’s time to shine!


So, we all have our holy grail. That search for something we desperately want but which is so hard to find. Our holy grail? A natural mascara, made with organic ingredients, that actually works. A mascara that provides blacker-than-black cool, even as it curls, lengthens and conditions the lashes. We think we’ve found it. Try it and see.

LULU’s Favorite:


No doubt you’ve seen the light when it comes to natural makeup. Now, let others see the light on you, thanks to this stunning luminizer.

Offering satin-shimmer highlights of sheer, buildable color, it can be use over or under makeup to touch-up, highlight, brighten or prime. Simply decide which of your features you want to showcase, then ‘bring it’ to the world.


We can’t replace your smile (we wouldn’t want to), but we can enhance it, thanks to these luscious, all-natural lip glosses.

Filled with replenishing oils to help keep your lips in great condition, they come in a range of shades that will take your smile from bright to seductive, depending on your mood!

Okay. So we’re unabashed tree huggers. You show us a tree and we’ll drape ourselves around it, give it a squeeze.

But our trees are running out. Deforestation has been called ‘a modern day plague’ by National Geographic and it’s easy to see why. Because, when you look at the numbers, your stomach sinks a little and you find yourself wondering whether we humans care enough for this planet of ours.

15 billion. According to the most comprehensive study of its kind, that’s how many trees we’re cutting down globally every year. It’s a staggering number – almost difficult to believe – but it’s happening and it’s doing us and our environment terrible harm.

With your help, we want to play our part. That’s why we’ve partnered with Eden Reforestation Projects, who are not only working tirelessly to help reverse deforestation, but also provide jobs and hope to local, indigenous communities worldwide. Their mission to plant a minimum of 100 million trees every year by 2020 is making a profound difference environmentally and sociologically, and – as part of our work with them – we pledge to plant one tree for every ‘The Organic Skin Co.’ product you purchase. It’s a chance to give back, to help redress the balance.


Is Your Acne Heating Up This Summer?

Is Your Acne Heating Up This Summer?

Why is Acne Worse for Some in Warm Weather, But Not for Others?

There isn’t one definitive explanation for what causes acne. It has been linked to hormone fluctuation, genetics, diet and age, but there might be another culprit to consider for those individuals who experience acne flares in the summer. Julie Harper, MD, a Birmingham, Alabama dermatologist, says, “I practice in the deep south where heat and humidity define the summer months. I have certainly observed anecdotally, that some acne sufferers do flare in the summer. The exact cause of this flare is unknown, but staying consistent with good skin care and your acne treatment regimen will help keep these flares to a minimum.”

A study that examined factors that are most prevalent in the warmer months surmised that several elements may be triggers for summer acne. The study pointed to temperature, humidity and sweat as likely suspects. The study postulated that an increase in temperature could elevate sebum (oil) production in the pores, leading to an increase in acne flares.

A good way to keep oil from building up in the pores, if you’re acne-prone, is to speak with your dermatologist about using a topical acne medication called tretinoin. Considered by many dermatologists to be a gold standard in acne treatment, tretinoin has been challenging for some people because it can be irritating. For the first time however, tretinoin is available in a lotion, which some patients may find to be more tolerable. In clinical studies, 4% or fewer patients reported side effects such as irritation, dryness and peeling. Altreno® (tretinoin) Lotion, 0.05% from Ortho Dermatologics, is a treatment for acne, including for adults for whom acne can be a persistent condition. Altreno® Lotion is the first and only tretinoin lotion, designed with women in mind, providing efficacy and tolerability with a once-daily dosing regimen. Its elegant lotion formulation helps women achieve beautiful skin by working to treat their acne. Key Takeaway: Ask your dermatologist about Altreno® Lotion to help keep breakouts to a minimum.

Altreno® (tretinoin) Lotion, 0.05%

  • Delivered in an elegant lotion vehicle that spreads smoothly and absorbs quickly into the skin
  • 4% or fewer patients reported adverse effects in clinical trials; for patients who have adverse events, it’s important to discuss with their doctor.
  • Formulated with ingredients such as soluble collagen, glycerin and sodium hyaluronate that are known to hydrate the skin
  • Has the established efficacy of a tretinoin
  • Suitable across skin types
  • Can be used day or night, once daily application
  • A cash pay product
  • From the makers of Retin-A – Ortho Dermatologics

If you live in a humid area of the country, you may see more acne flares as well.  The study showed a correlation between humidity and sweating. Since no one wants to limit their enjoyment of being outdoors in the summer, Dr. Harper advises: “Use gentle cleansers and warm water to wash your face two times a day and more frequently if you are sweating or feeling greasy. Use breathable, non-comedogenic cosmetics and don’t skip the sunscreen. Look for a broad spectrum sunscreen that is non-comedogenic and use it daily. Also, stay consistent with your acne treatment regimen. Summer is not the time to cut back on your treatment.  Stay consistent to stay clear in the heat and humidity of summer.”

Altreno® (tretinoin) lotion, 0.05% is indicated for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris in patients 9 years of age and older.


It is not known if ALTRENO is safe and effective in children under 9 years of age. ALTRENO is for use on the skin only. Do not use it in your eyes, mouth, or vagina.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before using ALTRENO?

Before you use ALTRENO, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

–  are allergic to fish. ALTRENO contains fish proteins. Tell your healthcare provider if you get hives or itching during treatment with ALTRENO.

–  have eczema or any other skin problems.

–  have a sunburn.

–  are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if ALTRENO will harm your unborn baby.

–  are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if ALTRENO passes into your breast milk.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Certain medicines, vitamins, or supplements may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Tell your healthcare provider about any cosmetics you use, including moisturizers, creams, lotions, or products that can dry out your skin.

What should I avoid while using ALTRENO?

·    You should avoid sunlamps, tanning beds, and ultraviolet light during treatment with ALTRENO.

·    Minimize exposure to sunlight. If you have to be in the sunlight or are sensitive to sunlight, use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more and wear protective clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to cover the treated areas.

What are the possible side effects of ALTRENO? ALTRENO may cause serious side effects, including:

Skin Irritation: ALTRENO may cause irritation, including skin dryness, pain, redness, excessive flaking or

peeling. If you develop these symptoms, your healthcare provider may tell you to stop using ALTRENO for a while, decrease how often you use it, or stop it altogether. Avoid applying ALTRENO to skin that is affected by eczema or sunburned.

·    These are not all the possible side effects of ALTRENO.

·    Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects.

About Ortho Dermatologics:

Ortho Dermatologics is one of the largest prescription dermatology businesses dedicated to helping patients in the treatment of a range of therapeutic areas including actinic keratosis, acne, atopic dermatitis, cold sores, athlete’s foot, nail fungus and other dermatoses. The Ortho Dermatologics portfolio includes several leading acne, antifungal and corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses products. More information can be found at


Frozen Yogurt for Dogs is THE ‘Dog Parent’s’ #1 Essential This Summer

Cami has been so bummed since her knee surgery recovery and all the antibiotics she took wiped out the good and bad bacteria. I found the best thing for her! Probiotic Fro Yo from Bear and Rat!

Niko and I went to Whole Foods today and picked this up for Cami!

The Bear & The Rat: Cool Treats for Dogs makes gut health for dogs uncomplicated, and it is exactly perfect for summer. First, the cool treats are made with a handful of human-grade ingredients & they are healthful for dogs. With one serving of In Clover’s Optagest (organic prebiotics & four plant-based digestive enzymes), the cups are amazing for healthy stools & less gas. One cup a day will also help dogs absorb their meals better.

It’s fun. The Bear & The Rat celebrates birthdays, gotcha days & has a motto that “everyday’s a pawty,” because when you’re a spoiled dog, it totally is!

Here’s how to throw a birthday-gotcha day-block party for your dog. Create a Frozen Yogurt Bar. Put several toppings out in colorful bowls — jerky, crunchy treats, freeze dried bits, sardines, etc. and label each one, so the humans know what’s what. Think visually. If you have a cake stand, bring it out so that you have varying heights, perfect for those Instagrammable photos. Add a bright tablecloth, hats for pups & humans, streamers. Don’t forget to have frozen yogurt for humans, so that everyone is able to celebrate together.

About The Bear & The Rat: Cool Treats for Dogs

“The Bear” is a Lhasa Apso who growls like a bear. His brother-from-another-mother is a Rat Terrier. The husband-wife owned company believes in making high-quality frozen yogurt treats & supplements that are fun to eat & make gut health uncomplicated. All of the products are made in a real ice cream facility with ingredients you can pronounce. Join the pawty on

Happy Gotcha Day Cami! It’s been three awesome years being your dog parents 😛


Plant Therapy Pup and Pony EO Blends

Since Cami’s Hey surgery we’ve had a lot of time to stay home. She’s not allowed to go to the dog park and run around at either swim or at least the first six weeks. We had lots of time and a chance to try Plant Therapy’s Pup and Pony essential oils We have diluted some of these with sweet almond oil so that we can apply it to Cami’s belly and neck for for relaxation. NEW pup-friendly essential oils from Plant Therapy. 

For those doggies scared of fireworks or siriens , Confident K9 blend promotes relaxation and soothes worry, and it can be used for behavior issues ranging from excessive barking and shaking to chewing on your belongings.

You can apply it in these areas or use a diffuser! This is a felt diffuser that clips onto a collar or harness and it’s so pretty!


Renovating Your Home: A Guide  

Your home is your most valuable asset, and it is something to be proud of – it’s where you can create the rules and maintain each room with a sense of pride. When we move, there is often so much to worry about that any structural or decorative problems with our home will be overlooked in our haste to unpack the boxes and get the chance to sit down and relax in our new property. Once you have settled in, or if you have been living in the same décor for over a decade, it is time to start thinking about how to renovate your home. This article gives some pointer about how and where to start.




The kitchen is the heart of your home – a room where you can create a beautiful space for family and visitors alike. A charming kitchen will have you brimming with pride to invite people over – or just to spend your Saturday afternoons baking treats with the radio on. There are many ways that you can renovate your kitchen, but before anything else, you should start by figuring out how you can make the space as social as possible. 


Traditional kitchens were made to be very small, with only one family member cooking and the family eating in a separate room. It is possible your kitchen still maintains this design, without much room for social interaction and relaxation. If this is the case, it is worth knocking down walls to make your kitchen and living area open-plan so that everyone can relax and cook together. 


In order to make a friendly and social kitchen, it is worth considering installing a kitchen island to remove a sense of formality – this will give you extra space for when you are cooking a big meal, too. The focus on the room, however, should be a large kitchen table where the children can do their homework, and you can enjoy a morning cup of coffee appreciating the quiet hum of family life together. 


Disused Spaces


Is there a room that is just used to store junk and sports equipment? That room could be repurposed as a spare bedroom, office space, or a place to enjoy hobbies. Turning an unused space into a spare room can be extremely lucrative in the rise of rental properties across the globe. 

If you don’t mind sharing your home with others, you could boost your income every month by letting someone stay at your house. If you don’t like the idea of sharing a bathroom or kitchen with someone you don’t know, it could be worth converting your basement into a self-contained apartment, or you could transform a stable or shed into a modern space for guests to stay. 


It is worth investing in all the modern technology that twenty-firstcentury life demands if you are creating a space to rent out. This is a basic requirement for many home rentals – in addition to contemporary design and a functioning kitchenette, ensure WiFi is provided – and you can even consider smart-home controls, too. 






There is nothing more irritating than loud noise coming in from the street. When you first moved in, perhaps you were able to ignore this,but now that gradual irritation may have started to affect your night’s sleep. 


You can search for window companies ‘near me’ online to find a company that will replace your windows and help instill an ambiance of calm into your home. It is imperative that you install good quality windows because old windows can be very wasteful when expensive heating (or cool air from your air conditioning) is lost through them, in addition to the problems you may experience with sounds from the street. 




Trends for bathrooms are constantly evolving, and it’s worth refurbishing your bathroom with a simple and classic décor style in mind. Do not be distracted by bathroom tech fads or gadgets that will look outdated in a few years and cost a lot more than a simple bathroom would. When you are refurbishing your bathroom it is important to be realistic about the future. It is essential to ask yourself the question: is your bathroom suitable for an older person? 


If you are looking to sell your property in the next few years, it is important to think about what other people would like in their bathroom. Most people find a bathtub is rarely used and consumes a lot of water, therefore making bills extremely expensive. It is also not worth it to buy the most expensive shower and sink if you are going to sell the house soon.

There are a few simple things that can be done to renovate a home from being tired and dreary to contemporary and comfortable. Look around your house and see what you think can be improved and renovated to help make your home feel brand new again. 



Codex Beauty Launches Flagship Product Line “Bia”

Codex Beauty, a global clean beauty skincare company, announced the launch of Bia, its first product line. In August 2018, Codex Beauty acquired Bia from Ireland-based herbal scientist Tracey Ryan, who partners with expert formulators and scientists to create effective, pure skin care solutions for customers seeking products with natural ingredients. With its traditional roots, Bia pays tribute to Ireland’s local herbalists and their expert knowledge of therapeutic plants. “Bia products are made from the purest, most time-tested ingredients on the planet, providing tangible results with clean product profiles,” commented Tracey Ryan, Europe Director & Master Formulator at Codex Beauty.

Unique to Bia is the patent pending BiaComplex™, a deeply nourishing and hydrating blend of macerated oil infusions used as a base for products in place of water. The Bia collection is an essential, unisex collection designed to cleanse, hydrate and protect the skin, in order to achieve an overall healthy and radiant appearance. Products include:

  • Bia Exfoliating WashA multi-purpose cleanser to exfoliate, tone and polish skin
  • Bia Day CreamA facial staple to restore and hydrate skin
  • Bia Skin SuperfoodAn intensely reparative treatment cream to nourish, firm and intensely hydrate skin
  • Bia Eye Gel CreamAn instantly cooling treatment to tighten, brighten and revitalize the eyes
  • Bia Facial OilA daily vitamin to help repair, rejuvenate and strengthen skin

“The Bia product line is a shining example of the types of products Codex plans to develop and commercialize in the near future,” added Dianne Vavra, Chief Communications Officer, Codex Beauty. “We’re proud to feature Bia as our first product line offering.”

Bia products utilize the latest advancements in biotechnology and green chemistry to produce formulas with quantifiable, scientific results, as well as Codex Beauty‘s patent pending, plant-based preservative system, which is completely free of chemicals and supports skin health. Bia products also feature airless containers wherever possible as a secondary barrier to further maximize product safety and shelf life.

Exfoliating Wash
Toning & Polishing

A gentle everyday cleanser with exfoliating and polishing natural Jojoba grains, it is infused with Elderflower water, Grapefruit, Safflower and Milk Thistle Oils for both toning and cleansing benefits.

Fragrance: Uplifting Grapefruit and Elderflower.

Skin types: All skin types.

Key Ingredients:

  • Elderflower Hydrosol
  • Milk Thistle Oil
  • Castor and Safflower Oil

Day Cream

Restoring & Hydrating

This light but nourishing daily facial moisturiser combines the regenerating effects of Calendula and the hydrating properties of Hyaluronic acid.

Fragrance: Light citrus.
Skin types: All skin types.

Key Ingredients:

  • Calendula
  • Serrated Wrack
  • Hyaluronic Acid (2%)
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Green Mandarin Oil

Facial Oil

Smoothing & Firming

A light, dry oil that helps to hydrate, seal in moisture, firm, and smooth the skin.

Fragrance: Delicately woody and herbaceous from Rosemary and Bog Myrtle.

Skin types: All skin types.

Key Ingredients:

  • Rosehip
  • Bog Myrtle
  • Sea Buckthorn
  • Prickly Pear
  • Serrated Wrack
  • Rosemary
  • Kiwi Seed
  • Baobab Oil

Eye Gel Cream

Cooling & Brightening

A light weight, cooling and brightening eye gel that helps reduce undereye puffiness and dark circles, whilst providing instant hydration and soothing.

Fragrance: Rose with hints of Immortelle.

Skin types: All skin types.

Key Ingredients:

  • Arnica Oil
  • Bladder Wrack
  • Cucumber
  • Aloe Vera
  • Immortelle

Skin Superfood

Nourishing & Rejuvenating

A hydrating and nourishing treatment cream for face, hands and body. Made with our unique BiaComplex™ herbal formula, this cream helps treat dry, flaky or irritated skin and leaves it silky smooth.

Fragrance: Delicately herbaceous with hints of Immortelle.

Skin types: All skin types.

BiaComplex™: provides hydration, soothing and anti-irritant benefits

Key Ingredients:

  • Calendula officinalis
  • Helichrysum italicum
  • Symphytum officinale
  • Viola tricolor
  • Althea officinalis

About Codex Beauty
Codex Beauty is a global collective of clean beauty skincare brands that is responsibly revolutionizing how the world views and maintains optimal skin health using ancient herbal traditions, innovative, vegan formulations, unprecedented quality standards and pharmaceutical-grade manufacturing, science, and transparency. By developing products using carefully selected ingredients, formulation innovation, and information transparency, Codex Beauty is empowering skin care customers with the products and peace-of-mind they deserve.