7 Ways to Combat Winter Dryness

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It’s that time of year where we’re gearing up for the holiday season, and dreaming of the fantastic feasts yet to come. However, one of the downsides of colder seasons has to be the dryness that negatively impacts our skin. Have no fear, we’ve rounded up our favorite winter beauty tips, from DIY ideas to diffusers below!

DIY Lip Scrub: Here’s a simple scrub to moisturize dry lips, and there’s only two ingredients! Use organic honey and turbinado sugar (We like Sugar in the Raw, available at Safeway). Mix together, apply to your lips for 15-20 minutes, and gently wipe off. We know, it’ll be hard to resist licking this yummy goodness as you wait.

Hair Mask: Bummed out by frizz and dry hair? We love applying a hair mask once a week when the weather becomes cool. We use a mixture of organic coconut oil and argan oil. Massage your choice of organic oil into your scalp, concentrating on your ends. Our secret? Putting on a shower cap, and exercising for 30 minutes. By the time that we’re done with a workout, the hair mask is ready, and it’s easy to wash off in the shower. If you love DIY ideas, be sure to check out our face masks here!

Moisturize: We adore carrier oils in the winter, especially organic coconut oil and jojoba oil. After showering, we advise applying it all over, concentrating on dry spots. To help with dry heels, apply to your feet, and wear socks as you sleep!

Wonderland Organics Sublime Serum

Wonderland Organics Sublime Serum

Facial Oil: We find that the face area is especially prone to dryness. Moisturize with an organic hydrosol or toner: we love spritizing it on, breathing in deeply for aromatherapy purposes. After toning, we use our favorite facial oil to seal in moisture. Love the scent of lavender? Try the Wonderland Organics Soothe Serum. If you’re a fan of rose, try our Sublime Serum!

Sunscreen: Yes, you read that correctly. The sun still impacts our skin, even when it is hidden behind clouds in the colder seasons. Instead of foundation, we actually suggest using a tinted zinc oxide sunscreen for SPF coverage.We also like using lip balm with SPF 15 (titanium dioxide or zinc oxide!)

Diffuser: We love our Muji travel-sized diffuser, as it can be used for aromatherapy, and can add moisture to your environment. Plus, the LED light emits a soft glow that adds to the comfort of your home. If you’re searching for an uplifting mood enhancer, we suggest adding a few drops of organic orange essential oil (found at Whole Foods) and distilled water.

What are some of your favorite beauty tips that you love during the winter? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Interview Friday: Julie Davey of Steepers in Downtown Campbell

Steepers Tea

Steepers Tea

Who doesn’t love tea? Now that the weather is inching towards our colder seasons, it’s the perfect time to enjoy your favorite type of tea. We met the owner of Steepers, Julie Davey, while exploring downtown Campbell earlier this summer. Her watermelon oolong tea is a fantastic choice, and we strongly urge you to check out her shop!

Wonderland Organics: How did Steepers come about?

Julie Davey: If you had said 2 years ago that I would own a tea store, I would have looked at you in amazement.  The thing is, I’ve never cared for tea.  As a young child, I used to take a sip of my parents PG Tips and found it bitter with an aftertaste that I just didn’t care for.  (I think they actually stewed their tea, rather than steeping it).  So for most of my life, I’ve been a coffee drinker.

So what changed this?  I was laid off work and decided I didn’t want to work for ‘the man’ any longer. So what could I do?  My daughter suggested I open a tea shop along the lines of finger sandwiches and tea and I knew that was not for me.  However, I inadvertently hit on a store on the East Coast that sold tea and spice and something about it truly resonated.  So I began doing research.  Lots of research!  I also began tasting loose teas and then realized what a wonderful taste experience I had been missing out on all these years.

Wonderland Organics: We’re so glad that you’ve found your calling! What does a typical workday look like?

Julie Davey: Preparing fresh iced teas; bagging teas; always ensuring a clean environment; chatting with customers, many who know very little about tea and are interested in learning; researching and creating new tea recipes.  Back at home, making the labels and marketing that’s needed.  Placing orders.  It’s many hours of work and it’s stressful, yet it’s still less stressful than working for someone else. I love walking in the mornings to begin work.

Watermelon Oolong Tea

Watermelon Oolong Tea

Wonderland Organics: Your teas truly are delicious! Where can we find Steepers?

Julie Davey: Downtown Campbell, at 346 E. Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA. 95008

Wonderland Organics: We’re sure that there will be plenty of tea lovers flocking to your store. What is your favorite type of tea or tea blend?

Julie Davey: I get that question asked a lot.  The beauty of tea is that everyone’s taste is so different.  What tastes good to me would not necessarily taste good to you.  (But I am enjoying the oolong right now!)

Wonderland Organics: Personally, we love green tea the most. What’s the best part about owning your own business?

Julie Davey: For me, knowing that the store I created was 100% me: the design, the marketing, you name it.  The only thing that wasn’t me was the construction, and I would have done that if I could have.  I love the compliments I receive and I believe the store reflects my vision perfectly:  it had to have a large selection, it had to be an American store and men had to feel comfortable being there.

Wonderland Organics: We admire the way that you set your shop up! Do you have any advice for entrepreneurs?

Julie Davey: Before leasing anywhere, put together a business plan and include your market research.  If you plan on opening anything relating to food, it will take longer than you thought.  Whatever you have budgeted, triple that amount.  On opening day, look at what you have created and marvel – you did it!

Wonderland Organics: Thanks for the great advice, Julie! What’s your favorite part of the Wonderland Organics website/blog? 

Steepers' variety of tea

Steepers’ variety of tea

Julie Davey: I like the fact that you are interviewing entrepreneurs and I believe your passion should carry you far.

Thanks so much to Julie Davey of Steepers for talking to us today! If you’re interested in buying her lovely tea and tea blends, feel free to check out her B&M store in downtown Campbell, and visit her social media sites via Facebook or website.

What’s your favorite type of tea? Let us know in the comments below!

 

What’s One of the Biggest Factors of Aging?

environmental-effects-agingHi everyone! Sorry about the lack of updates on the blog: technical difficulties have finally been fixed, and we are back! Today, we’re examining one of the largest effects on aging: our environment.

The environment in which we live and work in has a considerable effect on the condition of your skin (and other aspects of your health) that determines how well you will age. As the sun and the weather causes damage, it also tends to make us age faster than someone who is protected from the elements. During the Face and Body Conference, we saw a photo of a woman who had a desk job for 30 years that had sunlight streaming in from the right side of her face. Examining her at age 60 now, the left side of her face was noticeably younger than her right side. That’s why we highly recommend using sunscreen every day, even if you work indoors.

If you live or work in a highly polluted environment, or one where you’re exposed to secondhand smoke, this can also cause a variety of skin problems. Your skin can become clogged, which leads to breakouts and makes your skin appear dull. If you’re in Asian countries where there are plenty of factories, we suggest using reusable masks, to protect yourself against the smog and overall pollution. For actual smokers, the poor circulation that comes from smoking can lead to blotchy, uneven skin, among other complications. This is especially true because you purse your lips with cigarettes, which causes wrinkles around your mouth.

Living in a sunny climate may give us copious amounts of vitamin D, but it can wreak havoc on your skin. Overexposure to the sun can dry out the skin, which makes it appear leathery and dry. This type of skin often looks much older than it actually is.  We’ve all seen people who worship the sun, and spend too much time outside without sunscreen and UV protection clothing or hats. They tend to look old and wrinkly much earlier, and this alone is all the more reason to remain hydrated and use sunscreen and moisturizers to protect the skin against aging.

For those of us who live in colder climates and spend more time indoors, you’ll be less likely to have leathery skin, unless you visit tanning beds. However, indoor air can be quite dry, which may lead to dry, itchy skin. Thus, it’s important to stay hydrated and moisturized in colder temperatures. This is especially true when you head outside, where cold temperatures and wind can lead to chapped, dry skin and lips.

Regardless of the type of environment in which you live and work, be sure to take good care of your skin by eating well and drinking a lot of water. The short version to combat the effects on environment:

  • Avoid excessive UV ray exposure
  • Use reusable masks when faced with severe pollution
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid areas where there’s secondhand smoke
  • Cleanse and tone your skin with gentle products (we suggest using our three facial serums)
  • Use a moisturizer specific to your skin type

Now that it’s getting colder, ours is becoming dry. How has your skin changed due to your environment?

 

Interview with Annie Pham, Founder of Cirque Colors

Cirque Colors

Cirque Colors

Interview Friday is back! We had the pleasure of talking to Annie Pham, Founder of Cirque Colors, a beauty brand that focuses on hand-blended nail lacquers.

Wonderland Organics: Tell us a little about your background.

Annie Pham: I’m originally from Fresno, California. I moved to Texas, then to New York. You could say that I’ve been surrounded by the entrepreneurial life since I was young, as my parents have owned a retail furniture store in Chinatown since 1988.

Wonderland Organics: That sounds like a wonderful introduction to becoming an entrepreneur yourself! How did Cirque Colors come about? What’s your favorite product?

Annie Pham: Cirque Colors started in 2012, but I did a year and a half for market research and R&D before starting it. I also have a partner, who has been with Cirque Colors for a year now. I started getting into beauty after college, when I had disposable income to buy things. Since then, I’ve been a beauty junkie in general, and nail polish is just an extension of that. I love bright lipsticks and nail art experimentation. I discovered [the site] Makeup Alley, matte cosmetics, and new brands, which really opened my eyes to beauty. I was in the IT industry, and I worked for software start-ups, Big Four accounting companies, and large PC manufacturers. IT work paid really well, but I was unsatisfied with my job.

To find something truly fulfilling, I wanted to accomplish something on my own. I’ve always known that I wanted to be a business owner, even when I was younger, and follow in my parents’ footsteps. I took a logical route, with a business undergraduate degree at MIS, then focused on the corporate side to figure things out on my own. That’s the satisfaction– doing it for myself. It’s also scary, but it’s okay, because everyone goes through it. Just being in IBN makes me feel better, because of this network of amazing entrepreneurs.

Cirque Colors Creator, Annie Pham

Cirque Colors Creator, Annie Pham

Cirque Colors started in my apartment in New York, with a burst of sparkles and glitter everywhere. Luckily, we’ve moved all of the operations away to a new location! My favorite product is our new monthly release. We release 1 new color a month, which keeps up our momentum online. This collection is based on New York, called the Metropolis Collection. They’re cream colors, flat colors, and more matte.

Wonderland Organics: We really like the La Vie Boheme color! What does a typical day look like?

Annie Pham: I do social media on a regular basis. If I don’t post every day, I’m always thinking of something to post. We get most of our sales through social media such as Facebook and Instagram, so having an online presence is important.  I also do product development and formulate the colors for our nail lacquers. I’m constantly on Pinterest coming up with inspiration for colors. For marketing, we concentrate on branding a lot, and that’s where most of our marketing goes towards.

Wonderland Organics: Busy as usual! What inspires you?

Annie Pham: NYC inspires me: the city and the people. Before moving to New York, I was living in Houston and Austin, which gives off different vibes. There, I had never heard of anyone opening up a shop that had “Ultra Purified Water”. In New York, people come here and do things that you’ve never heard of. I met a lot of fashion and jewelry designers, and it’s inspiring to be the type of people who are trying to pursue something that’s their passion. Whether they succeed or not, it’s motivating to be around this type of environment. Taking the steps to be in this industry is quite eye-opening. On the more creative side, I’m always walking around the city for inspiration. I also go to museums for color combination ideas.

Wonderland Organics: We like that you’re so proactive about inspiration in your city. Do you have any advice for people looking to go the entrepreneurial route?

Annie Pham: Don’t rush things, and do things right. Know that it’s okay to make mistakes, but we all learn from it. Expect to make them, and accept that we’re not perfect. It’s okay to take your time, and it’s hard to rush creativity. Start to create a schedule and have tasks done by a certain time, which helps to keep your business running more smoothly. There’s no wrong or right way to do a business. The best thing is to make mistakes, learn from it, and move on. That’s what makes us stronger.

Lullaby

Lullaby

Wonderland Organics: Great tips, Annie! And last but not least, what’s your favorite part of the Wonderland Organics blog/website?

Annie Pham: I love how professional everything looks! If I want to buy something, I want the product to look like I can’t make it myself. I love how much it took to develop the site. Makes people feel better going to a website.

Thanks so much to Annie for talking to us! Feel free to check out their website here! What’s your favorite Cirque Colors nail lacquer?

 

Interview with Caitlin Bacher, Founder of Little Farm Media

Little Farm Media

Little Farm Media

The hiatus is over, and we’re pleased to bring back Interview Friday with our amazing readers! Today, we feature an incredibly inspirational social media maven that we met through our team, SF Etsy.

Wonderland Organics: Tell us a little about your background!

Caitlin Bacher: I’m Caitlin Bacher, founder of Little Farm Media. I grew up in northern New Mexico and moved to San Diego to attend UCSD. I taught elementary school for eight years in San Diego and also served as the Chief Communications Officer for my teacher’s union. As CCO, I developed a website, blog, and social media strategy to generate positive press for the teachers in my district. I did a little of everything: PR, website design, blog writing, and social media management. I loved all of it, especially the social media management. Being a teacher taught me how to tell a story and deliver engaging content to my students. I found these skills to be very useful when planning social media strategy.

Wonderland Organics: That’s fantastic! How did Little Farm Media come about?

Caitlin Bacher: After my daughter was born, I knew I wanted more flexibility in my schedule. I decided to take a break from being an elementary school teacher and develop a new career-path for myself. Some of my friends started their own businesses as makers and designers. Like most small business owners, they struggled with developing a marketing plan on social media. I began helping them develop their social media strategy and fell in love with the process. I made a couple of cold-calls, got some referrals, and the rest is history.

Wonderland Organics: We think it’s great that you’ve thrived on social media, as it’s often the hardest part for entrepreneurs. What does a typical day look like?

Caitlin Bacher: After I drop my 2.5 year old daughter off at daycare, I head over to the coffee shop by my apartment. I am much more productive if I get out of the house. I order an Americano, set up my laptop, and begin answering emails. Occasionally I’ll have a phone meeting with a client. Then I visit Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram to monitor mentions. If someone has something to say about a client, good or bad, I need to be the first to know about it. Once that is finished I go home to eat lunch.I reserve all my strategy planning and scheduling for the afternoon. The first thing I do after lunch is look at my Google calendar. Each day has a different set of tasks, ranging anywhere from planning two weeks worth of tweets to developing a marketing strategy for Pinterest.  I would be lost without my calendar. I have four clients right now that subscribe to my Full Service plan, not to mention the occasional consulting gig. Organization is key. I usually have to set an alarm to pick up my daughter because the afternoon really flies by.

Caitlin Bacher, Founder of Little Farm Media

Caitlin Bacher, Founder of Little Farm Media

Wonderland Organics: We’re sure that the day goes by fast with your schedule. What social media sites do you usually haunt? Do you have a favorite?

Caitlin Bacher: I’m on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Houzz. My personal favorites are Instagram and Twitter: @littlefarmmedia.  I like the intimacy of Instagram and the fast pace of Twitter.

Wonderland Organics: We recently got into Twitter because of our SFEtsy tweet chats, and you’re right! Twitter is great to use. What social media tips would you recommend for companies?

Caitlin Bacher: Have a very deep understanding of who your target customer is. Everything you post and tweet should be directed to this customer. Which social media platforms do they flock to? What content can you provide that they would find useful? What do they talk about? Who do they follow and why?

Wonderland Organics: Thank you for this! Always keep your customer in mind. Do you have any advice for people looking to go the entrepreneurial route?

Caitlin Bacher: There will be at least one moment in the beginning when you feel like there is absolutely no way you will ever meet your goals. It will pass.

Wonderland Organics: We hope that your readers keep this in mind. And last but not least, what’s your favorite part of the Wonderland Organics blog/website?

Caitlin Bacher: I really love your blog, especially the ‘Skincare Tips’ section. Can’t resist a good homemade face mask.

Thank you so much to Caitlin for talking to us today! Be sure to follow her on Twitter and Instagram, and if you have any questions about social media, or want to reach out to her for more information and advice, feel free to do so.