March is a magical season to celebrate renewal and rebirth. During bountiful March, we celebrate the first day of Spring! Those of you who have followed me in the past few years know that Spring equates with Ostara, the ancient celebration of the Vernal Equinox, the halfway point between the Winter and Summer Solstices. We are finally emerging from the long slumber of winter into a season bursting with new growth, abundance and fertility. The energy is expansive and exuberant! You may find that you have an extra hop in your step as the days grow longer and the warming sun gives you a burst of energy and a lifting of your spirits! This time of new fertility brings with it renewed passions, artistic expression, and creativity. Go with the flow, experiment and perhaps discover a new endeavor!
Green is supreme this season. The color green is the color of nature, growth, freshness, energy, and fertility. The color green balances our energies, increases love, empathy and compassion. Green symbolizes good health and reminds us to pause and breathe deeply and take in the bountiful blessings of Mother Earth. Green is the dawn of a new season, the first pop of color that delights our senses with the fresh promise of spring. Clovers and leprechauns, equating with luck and wealth are both green for a reason! Green is also the color of the heart chakra. From an emotional perspective, green offers peace and nurturing and finding a balance between head and heart. This green theme is the foundation for our featured collection. Read on to see how we've woven this theme into each product!
Our product collection this month features a green superfood botanical ally, green tea and its kissing cousin, matcha. Both matcha and green tea are derived from the same plant called Camellia Sinensis. While green tea leaves usually come in the form of a tea bag (although I prefer loose leaf always!), matcha is in powder form. Matcha is actually 100% green tea leaves that have been ground into a fine powder. It is much more concentrated than regular green tea, and the matcha bushes are kept under cover to increase the chlorophyll and amino acid levels in the leaves. Nutritionally, matcha has 10x the nutritional value of regular green tea and a whopping 137x the amount of antioxidants! A superfood indeed!
Benefits of Green Tea & Matcha in Skincare
There is no better beauty guru than Mother Nature! All the most potent ingredients come directly from the Earth, and green tea is a classic example of our Great Mother's powerful magick. While the benefits of drinking green tea have been known for centuries, the beauty industry has only recently discovered its transformative powers. Here are our top 5 reasons to include green tea in your skincare routine:
Green tea is an antioxidant powerhouse! Antioxidants help protect our skin from environmental stressors which lead to skin damage that increases visible signs of aging. Green tea is particularly high in a compound called EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), a powerful plant polyphenol, which has significant antioxidant activity and is highly anti-inflammatory.
Fights skin cancer by promoting DNA repair - Thanks again to EGCG, which fights DNA damage from UV rays to prevent skin cancer. EGCG isn’t a replacement for SPF, but when used in combination with a daily sunscreen, it can help to keep your skin healthy and protected.
Reduces excess sebum - Green tea is a powerful antibacterial agent for treating acne and unclogging pores. It helps kill systemic bacterial inflammation for calm, clear skin. It also reduces the amount of sebum produced by the skin which may slow or completely stop acne from developing.
An anti-aging superstar - chock full of Vitamin C, Vitamin A (retinol), Vitamin E, and B2, this winning combination smoothes skin texture (less wrinkles!), evens skin tone, brightens skin, firms and tightens, and improves moisture retention.
Caffeine and tannins in green tea help shrink blood vessels around the eyes, making it a miracle treatment for puffy eyes and dark circles.
To reap the benefits of green tea for your skin, we’ve laid out a green tea routine to get you started! The best part is that green tea is suitable for all skin types.
The "Meet Your Matcha" Collection!
This collection is all about the juxtaposition of fun and functional! We've put together some serious skincare superheroes to add to your routine with a side dish of emotional support and a dash of whimsy. Let's meet our players!
Nourish Oil Cleansing Treatment Serum - Oil cleansing is a super gentle but amazingly effective cleansing method. Have you tried it yet? It's my go-to for evening cleansing when I want something more ritualistic (as opposed to my rush out the door morning routine, lol). Our Nourish formula combines anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich green tea oil with the cleansing power of grapeseed oil, sebum-balancing jojoba, nourishing red raspberry and healing calendula. It's a perfectly balanced blend that's ideal for all skin types. Check out the listing for tons more info!
Meet Your Matcha Whipped Face & Body Polish - Regular exfoliation removes dead skin cells that can accumulate and clog pores. Adding appropriate exfoliation to your routine can increase collagen production and prevent clogged pores (resulting in fewer breakouts). It can even increase the effectiveness of other topical products in your skincare lineup. Our matcha based emulsified sugar scrub is loaded with active botanicals and French green clay to dish up maximum skin support. We've even added tiny black jojoba beads as an additional exfoliant (gentle & skin nourishing!) to boost the boba vibes.
Matcha Latte Bubble Tea Mask - Double down on the antioxidant defense by tossing in a restorative clay mask now and then! This clay mask blend combines matcha and the gentle, rejuvenating properties of kaolin and French green clays with soothing colloidal oatmeal, coconut milk powder and some of our favorite botanical skincare allies, including nettles, horsetail and chamomile.
Boba Bubble Bomb - Self care can be a lot of work! So now that you've cleansed, polished, and rejuvenated, it's time for some much deserved relaxation! Our adorable Boba Bubble Bomb is both bath bomb AND solid bubble bath - a double bubblin' bath treat! Soak your whole self in the pure botanical magick of matcha and green clay.
Boba & Bubbles Artisan Botanical Soap - Boba aficionados will covet this whimsical bar! Boba pearl embeds add realistic boba flair to this super cute soap with green gradient layers. Topped with organic melt and pour ice cubes and a paper straw! Scented in a bright and refreshing lemongrass and tea tree aromatic palette. I expect this one to be an instant sell out so don't wait to grab one! *Our collection features several lovely soaps so be sure to check out our full lineup of artisan soaps.* ;)
Anahata Ritual Aroma Roller - Anahata is Sanskrit for "unhurt" and it refers to the Heart Chakra. Our ritual roller has been custom blended to support the heart space. A nurturing blend of bergamot, lavender, lime, neroli, frankincense, magnolia blossom, and rock rose wrap you in comfort and loving vibes. Each bottle contains green aventurine and jade stone to amp up the vibration and every bottle has been Reiki blessed for your highest and greatest good. A very limited edition for your aromatic collection!
Fulfillment Intention soy wax candle - We don't make candles much these days, so when we do they're always extra special. This Fulfillment intention candle is housed in a gorgeous white matte tumbler with gold reflective interior and topped with both jade stone and green aventurine, green botanicals and a touch of sparkle. Fulfill your goals and aspirations by meditating with this success-aligned intention candle. Scented in a complex, uplifting botanical medley of lemon, lemongrass, bergamot, white tea, neroli and jasmine backed by musk and vanilla.
March Bubble Box "Matcha Magic"
Have you joined our suds-cription program yet? Each month features a different theme and fresh, new product. This month's Bubble Box contains our Nourish oil cleansing serum, a bar of
Matcha Mint artisan botanical soap, and our new fave cosmetic discovery, a natural konjac cleansing sponge infused with green tea. Buy a box for yourself or grab one for gifting. We always have a few on hand in the shop for when you need a quick gift. Subscribe online and save a few bucks!
Local peeps! If you haven't yet visited the shop, what are you waiting for? Come on by and see, and of course, SMELL, all the products. You're sure to discover something you missed online. Plus we carry a few accessories in the shop that we don't offer online. And we offer custom packaging options in-store to enhance your shopping experience.
Bountiful green blessings, my friends!