Posts Written On December 2019

Ounce Of Nature’s CEO has instant regrets, after he opened his Anti-Aging Skincare Spa in Brooklyn

For the past five years, Ounce Of Nature‘s CEO Andres Roban, has been perfecting his revolutionary Anti-Aging Serum, which delivers visible results within 30 minutes of application. He has an entire line of Skincare products, and explained the challenges he faced from the beginning stages to the Grand Opening of his Skincare Spa in Brooklyn, New York.

“In life, you never allow anyone to define your future. Never allow anyone to carve your path in life. If you do, you will be walking their path, not your own,” he said. Throughout his journey, he was told that it is extremely difficult to bring a new product to market, and it would be impossible to open his own Spa. Why quit your Restaurant Management job where you are making almost $80K a year of guaranteed income for something uncertain?, was something he heard frequently. The negatives kept pouring in, and in a candid conversation, he admitted, it did subconsciously halt some of his progress.

His Skincare Spa is thriving, with the community rallying around his business, thrilled to have the only Skincare Spa open up on the boutique 3rd Avenue in Brooklyn, nestled between Whole Foods and Industry City at August 2019. Kathy Ireland’s show, Modern Living, and a couple of Beauty columns will be featuring Ounce Of Nature in the coming weeks. This much headway is very rare for a start-up, but his humble beginnings, not forgetting, his remarkable Anti-Aging Serum, is what’s propelling Ounce Of Nature into the stratosphere.

Success to Regrets:
About his regrets, he says “I had instant regrets that I allowed fear and doubts about the unknown to delay my progress. I regret that I didn’t open the doors to my Skincare Spa sooner. I regret that I doubted the efficacy of my own Anti-Aging Serum, even though the results were visible, doubting that I could have created such an amazing product.” Without those regrets, I would’ve been enjoying this amazing journey much, much sooner.

Ounce Of Nature, Redefining Skincare

About Ounce Of Nature:
Ounce Of Nature was founded by ex-Restaurant Manager, Andres Roban, who quit his job after developing his revolutionary Anti-Aging Serum. Now, he is budding entrepreneur and businessman, carving a name for himself in the Beauty & Cosmetic World.

Ounce Of Nature‘s products are available in-store at 541a 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn 11215 and online at www.ounceofnature.com.

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Mom Inventor does it’s again!

There is a sea of baby products out here an often invented by mothers who faced an issue they can’t fix! Here are some items invented by a mother of seven to solve everyday kids issues – Twiddle Ons, Sock Ons, Mocc Ons, Dribble Ons and Plod Ons keep little ones safe as they learn to explore the world traveling, crawling, eating and walking!

Twiddle Ons

Twiddle Ons encourage babies to explore their feet and have ‘foot fun’ without the frustration of losing them! The sounds, colors and textures of Twiddle Ons toys have been carefully designed with key baby developmental stages in mind. 

Mocc Ons 

Keep little feet warm and fashionable with cute moccasin style slipper socks. Mocc Ons are made of soft and stretchy cotton, stitched to a real leather sole, which helps to prevent slipping ensuring that your little one’s toes stay toasty all year round! They’re designed to fit baby from six months up to three years. 

Dribble Ons

Designed to keep drool and dribbles away from clothes and skin. They’re made of pure cotton and terry toweling, and draw the dribble away, keeping your baby dry and happy. The two stud fastening allows Dribble Ons to grow with baby and the quality fabric ensures they can be washed time and again. They’re stretchy too, so are very comfortable to wear.

Sock Ons

Made of soft, stretchy material, Sock Ons are designed to fit over regular socks, keeping them firmly in place no matter how hard your baby kicks and tugs. 

Plod Ons

 are designed to protect baby’s knees as they crawl around on hard floors or scratchy surfaces. Made from soft and stretchy cotton, they fit snugly over tiny knees without restricting movement and are ideal for any time of the year when delicate knees might otherwise be bare. 

Now that Niko is getting ready to walk, we are looking forward to trying MOCC Ons!

Designed to look like a shoe, but has the comfort of a cozy sock, these Mocc Ons Sneaker Socks from Sock Ons keep your little one’s feet extra warm. The sole is lined with skid-resistant leather to provide traction on hard floors.
  • One part moccasin, one part slipper, Sock Ons’ Sneaker Slippers have the look of a shoe, but provides the cozy comfort of a pull-on slipper 
  • Features a printed turquoise sneaker pattern 
  • Ribbed ankle 
  • Leather non-skid sole 
  • Made of stretch cotton 
  • Machine wash 
  • Imported
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PBfit Makes Healthy Eating EASY

With those New Year’s Resolutions right around the corner, healthy eating is definitely top of mind.  Whether you want to lose a few pounds or just clean up your diet, PBfit® will be a welcome addition to your daily eating plan.  For all you Weight Watchers followers out there, you will be thrilled to know that you can enjoy America’s favorite peanut butter product, PBfit for only one point per tablespoon. 

Check out the healthy peanut butter hack that everyone is talking about:

o   90% Less Fat than traditional peanut butter

o   1/3 the calories of traditional peanut butter

o   1 Weight Watcher point per 2 T serving

o   PBfit is made with 3 simple ingredients:  peanuts, coconut palm sugar & kosher salt

o   All natural and gluten-free

o   Available in regular or mouthwatering chocolate

o   Also comes in organic and PBfit Plus with added protein

Mix PBfit right into your smoothie or oatmeal for a healthy, delicious start to your morning routine.  Bake with it, blend with it, travel with it…this versatile product will be your favorite new addition to your kitchen.

Join the thousands of happy “PBfitters” who have upgraded their peanut butter to this delicious, and healthy alternative.  This is one upgrade to your diet that will be easy to stick with.. PBfit lets you keep the peanut butter taste you love, along with the nutrients, but you can ditch the fat and calories.

For more info check out: https://pbfit.com/. Also available on Amazon Prime.

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Sitka Salmon Shares bring wild Alaskan seafood straight from their fishermen’s collective to your doorstep

Are you looking for some recipes for your New Year Feast? How about making a nutritious and healthy dinner with wild Alaskan king salmon? I believe every guest on your list will be happy and thankful for a great dinner.

Sitka Salmon’s fish are wild-caught in Alaska and the North Pacific, by a group of equally wild (though extremely nice) fishermen. You won’t find any antibiotics or dyes here. Just pristine fish from one of the most pristine places in the entire world! Most of the world’s fish are caught by large factory boats that fish waters distant from their home ports. When you buy from their CSF, you are helping to put your dollars directly into the pockets of fishing families and their small-boat fishermen that depend on fishing as a livelihood.

Sitka Salmon’s fishermen follow some of the most careful quality handling standards in the industry, ensuring that the best fish is delivered to your doorstep. This includes shorter trips, bleeding, icing, and carefully handling to avoid bruising. Back on shore, the fish are flash­-frozen at the peak of their freshness at Sitka Salmon’s small processing plant in Sitka or at one of their trusted partner plants. This is why writers at Bon Appetit say Sitka Salmon is a “Best Way to Buy Sustainable Seafood” and ​Food & Wine magazine notes, “If you love salmon, you need to know about @SitkaShares.” (That’s them, in the Twitterverse.)

By efficiently bringing Sitka Salmon’s fish directly to you, Salmon Shares fishermen generally retain 10 to 30 percent more of the value of their harvest. Plus, many of them are owners of the company! With Sitka Salmon, you’re getting fish directly from sustainably minded, small­-scale family fishermen who are a driving force in the company.

Sitka Salmon’s relationships and selective sourcing ensure that your fish is traceable to the boats of their fishermen-owners or trusted community partners. The source of your fish is provided with each month’s seafood delivery, and members get to know their fishermen through newsletters delivered with their shares, blogs, videos and more. Sitka Salmon offset carbon emissions in our Alaska-to-Midwest distribution system, and they donate 1 percent of their revenue back to wild fish conservation. Right now, our 1 percent to the Wild fund is supporting a Wild Salmon Conservation and Restoration Internship at Knox College and helping a young filmmaker launch a film on small­-scale fishing called The Last Man Fishing.

You reserve your share of the harvest, Sitka Salmon’s fishermen catch your fish, and Sitka Salmon do home­-deliver. Sitka Salmon also send you recipes, host member events, and share cooking tips. Eating healthy, wild-caught fish couldn’t be more simple!

Alaska’s State Constitution mandates the sustainable management of fisheries. To accomplish this, scientists diligently study fish stocks, managers set strict catch limits to ensure the viability of wild fish populations, and fishermen abide by these limits. It’s why Alaska’s fisheries are the envy of the world.

Eugene’s Dill Smoked Salmon

Prep: 5 min  |  Total: 1.5 hours
Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 12 oz wild Alaskan coho salmon
  • 1 oz dill weed
  • 1 alder wood plank
  • 3 oz spicy sesame seed oil
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

SEASON SALMON

Place the salmon in a large bowl and top it will all of the oil, dill and some of the salt. Let it sit for 20-35 min.

PREP THE GRILL

Fire up a grill or smoker and char the wood plank on both sides. If not using a smoker, place some soaked wood chips in a vented aluminum foil pouch on the hot coals. Set up the grill or smoker for low heat – 180° F for the smoker, or indirect heat with a small amount of coals on a grill.

SMOKE

Place the salmon on the plank then on to the grill or smoker. Smoke for 90 mins at 180° F in the smoker, or between 20-35 mins on the grill.

Eugene’s Tip: This smoked salmon is perfect to top salads with or to make into salmon burgers.

Quick-Cured Coho Salmon Appetizer Bites

Prep: 10 mins  |  Total: 40 mins

Ingredients

  • ½ lb coho fillet, skin removed and cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 3 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 tbsp capers, chopped
  • 2 tsp horseradish
  • 1 tbsp chives, minced
  • 1 tsp dill, chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • crackers for serving

Directions:

Toss coho cubes with the salt and sugar. Cure the salmon cubes in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes, then rinse and pat dry.

Combine sour cream, mayonnaise, shallot, lemon juice, capers, horseradish, chives and dill. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Spoon some sauce on crackers and place 2-3 pieces of salmon on top, or lay out a spread of salmon bites, sauce, and crackers for guests to build their own. Garnish with chopped parsley or chives.

Dara’s pro cooking tip: Have these appetizer bites ready when friends and family arrive, and serve with glasses of brut prosecco.

Joe’s Herb Grilled Lingcod

Prep: 24 hours  |  Total: 24 hours
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lingcod, cut in 3-4 pieces
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 squeeze fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Cracked black pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1 container of sundried tomato pesto (We like Trader Joe’s)

Directions:

MARINATE

Combine fish, chives, thyme, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and black pepper in a 1-gallon ziplock bag. Marinate in fridge overnight.

GRILL

Heat gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat. Oil grill grates well to prevent sticking. Grill for 3 min. a side for thinner pieces or 7-8 min. a side for thicker pieces.

SERVE

On the boat, Joe serves this with rice. We also love it with roasted potatoes and salad.

Joe’s pro cooking tip: Start grilling the thicker pieces of lingcod first. You’ll know the fish is done when it flakes with the gentle press of a finger.

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CeraVe® Launches New Facial Serum and Benzoyl Peroxide Cleanser for Acne-Prone Skin

CeraVe®, the number one dermatologist-recommended skincare brand, has announced the two latest additions to its expansive portfolio of therapeutic skincare products, an Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser with Benzoyl Peroxide and a Resurfacing Retinol Serum, which were developed with dermatologists to meet the unique needs of acne-prone skin.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting 50 million Americans annually, and as reported by Nielsen, accounts for 17 percent of the skincare market. Compared to healthy skin, acne lesions have been shown to have reduced levels of ceramides, which are essential for a healthy skin barrier. When coupled with harsh acne treatments, this can further compromise the skin barrier and leave skin red, flaky, irritated and in need of both restoration and hydration.

“Acne is a common skin concern that affects millions of people both physically and emotionally,” Derrick Booker, vice president of marketing at CeraVe® said. “As the number one dermatologist-recommended moisturizer brand for acne, CeraVe® worked with dermatologists to develop a range of products designed to both treat acne and allow skin to heal, underscoring our mission of providing therapeutic skincare solutions for all people.”

An effective skincare regimen that includes treatment and restoration is essential for healthy skin. The Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser was developed to be the first step in the regimen. This cleanser is formulated with four percent benzoyl peroxide to help clear acne breakouts and prevent new acne from forming, allowing skin to heal. The formula also features hyaluronic acid and ceramides to help maintain the skin barrier, leaving skin feeling soft and comfortable, while reducing acne with less irritation.

After treatment, acne often leaves marks that serve as an unwanted reminder of the vicious acne cycle. Thus, CeraVe® developed the Resurfacing Retinol Serum to serve as the second step in a regimen system. This lightweight serum with encapsulated retinol that has been clinically tested to reduce the appearance of post acne marks and pores. After use, skin tone appears visibly brighter and the skin texture is improved, helping to achieve a healthy-looking complexion.

“Many of my patients being treated for acne also experience dryness, redness and flaking, which is why these CeraVe® products are going to be gamechangers,” said board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Marchbein. “A regular skincare regimen is critical to treating acne and these gentle, yet effective products will help treat and restore the skin barrier, which is essential for healthy skin.”

Both products are non-comedogenic and contain a combination of the three essential ceramides, 1, 3 and 6-II to restore the skin barrier and soothing niacinamide to help calm the skin. To complete an effective skincare regimen, use these products with CeraVe® AM and PM Facial Moisturizing Lotions. Moisturizing is a critical step in a skincare to help break the acne cycle. These lotions help replenish moisture and restore the skin’s natural barrier, while avoiding discomfort that might otherwise result from an acne routine that doesn’t include a moisturizer. The Resurfacing Retinol Serum is currently available nationwide, and the Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser will join the line in January.

These products supplement the brand’s large portfolio of therapeutic skincare products spanning moisturizers, cleansers, serums, sunscreens and baby products. The brand also offers products specifically formulated for skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis. All CeraVe® products are developed with dermatologists and contain ceramides 1, 3 and 6-II, which help restore the skin barrier. CeraVe® products, including the latest launches, are available at Amazon and mass retailers nationwide. For more information about CeraVe®, visit www.cerave.com.

About CeraVe
Founded in 2005 and developed with dermatologists, CeraVe is the first and only brand to offer a complete line of products containing essential ceramides and patented MVE technology to help restore the skin’s natural protective barrier. CeraVe has a full line of skincare products to follow the dermatologist-recommended steps of: cleanse, treat and moisturize. The brand’s mission is to provide therapeutic skincare for all. For more information, visit the brand on Facebook, Twitter or at www.cerave.com.

About L’Oréal
L’Oréal has devoted itself to beauty for over 100 years. With its unique international portfolio of 34 diverse and complementary brands, the Group generated sales amounting to 25.8 billion euros in 2016 and employs 89,300 people worldwide. As the world’s leading beauty company, L’Oréal is present across all distribution networks: mass market, department stores, pharmacies and drugstores, hair salons, travel retail, branded retail and e-commerce. Research and innovation, and a dedicated research team of 3,870 people, are at the core of L’Oréal’s strategy, working to meet beauty aspirations all over the world. L’Oréal’s sustainability commitment for 2020 “Sharing Beauty with All” sets out ambitious sustainable development objectives across the Group’s value chain. For more information visit www.loreal.com.

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Brooklyn Sensation Over Beauty Serum Spawns National Rollout of Anti-Aging Skincare Line, Ounce of Nature™

The high-performance botanical skincare line that created a regional frenzy and spawned an anti-aging spa in Brooklyn with a cult following, Ounce of Nature™, is rolling out its product line nationally this month. The skincare brand is headlined by an acclaimed essential oil anti-aging serum, known to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in 30 minutes. Hand-crafted with sustainably sourced ingredients, the product line is now available at OunceOfNature.com and Amazon.com. The star serum also comes in a CBD-infused version, which is only available at their Brooklyn Facial Spa.

The Ounce of Nature™ line features a proprietary blending technique, which in the serum, activates the collagen-boosting qualities in a perfect balance of essential oils carried in a luxuriously nourishing Jamaican castor nut oil. Ingredients for all the SKUs are sourced from the finest terroirs of nature, each packed with nutrient-dense skin-feeding properties. Even the water in the toner and cleanser are carefully infused flower hydrosols, so that every drop of what’s in the bottle is fully functional.

Founder and CEO, Andres Roban, developed the anti-aging serum after becoming frustrated with the anti-aging skincare options available at retail. Over a two-year period, he focused his energy on cataloging the world’s best anti-aging natural beauty ingredients and their functionalities, which resulted in the signature anti-aging serum that disrupted his Brooklyn neighborhood and turned him into an accidental beauty entrepreneur. The brand name was chosen to describe the one-ounce bottles filled with the most efficacious anti-aging ingredients nature has provided.  All oils used in the skincare line are rated from 0 to 1 in the comedogenic scale.

“As I neared a certain age,” Roban admits, “I noticed lines on my face for the first time. I purchased 12 of the best-known anti-aging products and followed the instructions. Not one worked. Disillusioned, I threw them all together and dipped into the mix weeks later. I found that it changed the way my skin appeared. This started my journey of fractionating each formula and finding a now proprietary blending technique that activates the ‘best-of’ essential oil ingredients for cutting-edge anti-aging performance. I am thrilled to bring this to the national stage.”

The product-line includes: Antioxidant Hydrating Cleansing Mousse ($27), Anti-Aging Serum ($150), CBD Anti-Aging Serum ($150 and In-Store only), Green Tea Facial Toner ($35.00), Wildflower Honey, Aloe & Oatmeal Anti-Aging Face Mask ($35.00), Hyaluronic Acid Facial Hydrator with Retinol ($60.00) and Activated Charcoal Bar Soap ($10.99).

Antioxidant Hydrating Cleansing Mousse

$27.00 Regular Price
$21.60Sale Price

With moistened fingers, gently massage 1-2 pumps onto skin. Add a few drops of water, then lather for 30-60 seconds. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

To remove eye makeup, gently rub cleansing mousse onto eye area and lashes, being careful not to get it in the eyes. Will not remove waterproof eye makeup.

Hyaluronic Acid Facial Hydrator with Retinol

$60.00 Regular Price
$48.00Sale Price
Using fingertips, apply 2-3 drops to the entire face, neck, and décolleté. Avoid the eye area. For best results, use at nighttime 15-30 minutes before applying our Ounce Of Nature™ Anti-Aging Serum. This product is perfect for daily use. Ounce Of Nature™ uses Hyaluronic Acid acid that is derived from fermentation of corns, making this a Vegan product.

Anti-Aging Serum

$150.00

Cleanse face with a mild facial soap/cleanser and pat dry. Using the measured dropper(included), add 1/4 dropper – 1 full dropper of Ounce of Nature Anti-Aging Serum into the palm of your hand, careful to avoid spilling. Using your fingertips, dab a light coating of serum on any noticeable fine lines and wrinkles.

Allow the serum to soak in for 30-60 seconds, then, in a circular motion, use your fingertips to rub the serum into the area/s where it was applied. Rub your palms together and use the excess serum to spread thin over the rest of the face, neck and décolleté.

IF YOUR FACE IS STILL OILY AND/OR YOUR FINGERS ARE TOO OILY TO SNAP TOGETHER AFTER RUBBING IN THE SERUM, YOU USED WAY TOO MUCH. Remember, a little Ounce of Nature Anti-Aging Serum goes a long way.

About: Ounce of Nature™( https://www.ounceofnature.com/) is a high-performance botanical skincare line featuring a trademarked blending technique that activates some of the world’s most emollient beauty oils into their most efficacious anti-aging functions. The essential oil serum featuring a luxurious Jamaican castor nut oil, mélange of essential oils, and Retinol and collagen boosters, demonstrates the apparent visible diminishment of fine lines and wrinkles in thirty minutes. At the heart of the brand are best-in-class ingredients as each oil is sourced from the richest terroirs of the world and are rated from 0 to 1 in the comedogenic scale. It all began when the signature serum caused such a stir in a New York City neighborhood, that it birthed an underground anti-aging spa frequented by those of a certain age.

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