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December 2013 – Healthy Skin: The Gift That Keeps On Giving
Andalou Naturals’ Get Started Kits are dressed to impress this season with ‘Nice and Gifty’ holiday bands. Check off every name on your holiday gift list with a complete routine of 5 skin care essentials, specially formulated for Age Defying, Brightening, and Clarifying. Thoughtful and affordable, each kit retails for only $19.99 (a $30 value). Who knows, you might even want to gift one for yourself. This year give the gift that keeps on giving – healthy skin and a beautiful complexion!
For Dry/Sensitive Skin,
You’ll give them: Andalou Naturals Get Started Age Defying Kit containing:
- .8oz Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk
- .5oz BioActive 8 Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask
- 1oz Blossom + Leaf Toning Refresher
- .4oz Super Goji Peptide Perfecting Cream
- .4oz Resveratrol Q10 Night Repair Cream
They’ll thank you for: even skin tone and texture, enhanced collagen and elastin production, fewer fine lines and wrinkles, healthy cell longevity, restored luminosity, and youthful vitality.
For Normal/Combination Skin,
You’ll give them: Andalou Naturals Get Started Brightening Kit containing:
- .8oz Meyer Lemon Creamy Cleanser
- .5oz Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask
- 1oz Clementine + C Illuminating Toner
- .4oz Probiotic + C Renewal Cream
- .4oz Purple Carrot + C Luminous Night Cream
They’ll thank you for: brightened and tightened skin, suppressed sun damage, smoothed fine lines and wrinkles, and healthy cell turnover for a radiant, luminous appearance.
For Active/Oily Skin,
You’ll give them: Andalou Naturals Get Started Clarifying Kit containing:
- .8oz Citrus Kombucha Cleansing Gel
- .5oz Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel
- 1oz Aloe + Willow Bark Pore Minimizer
- .4oz Acai + White Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer
- .4oz Clear Overnight Recovery Cream
They’ll thank you for: calm, balanced and hydrated skin, clean and clear pores, soothed irritation and inflammation for a fresh, healthy complexion.
Happy gifting from all of us at Andalou Naturals!
"The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.”
~ Richard Bach
November 2013 – We’re Thankful!
Thanksgiving is almost here and we truly have so much to be thankful for this year. We are grateful for so many blessings, including our healthy families, happy friends, and our growing business. At Andalou Naturals, we are thankful every day for the trust of our customers, the commitment of our team, and the support of our community, all working together to make a difference, joyfully.
From all of us at Andalou Naturals, we wish you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving celebration!
"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities in blessings."
~ William Arthur Ward
November 2013 – Fruit Stem Cells: Nature & Technology
Cell renewal plays a vital role in maintaining youthful, glowing skin, however, as we age, this process diminishes, as does our skin’s vitality, elasticity and ability to repair and protect itself against environmental stress and UV damage. Enter the Uttwiler Spatlauber apple, a superhero of anti-aging and a forerunner of Fruit Stem Cell technology. Long ago, many years before refrigeration, this apple was treasured for its ability to maintain freshness for months beyond the day it was plucked from the tree. If bruised, the apple would actually heal itself. But despite all its attributes, the Uttwiler Spatlauber became obsolete with the increasing variety and availability of sweeter-tasting apples, nearly reaching extinction with only six remaining trees.
Luckily, a couple of curious scientists began to question the incredible regenerative properties of the Uttwiler Spatlauber in relation to our skin’s ability to regenerate, and a significant discovery was made: when interacting with skin cells, these apple stem cells had the ability to awaken dormant skin stem cells, making them behave younger, while regenerating at the cellular level to effectively slow the visible signs of aging.
Malus Domestica, fruit stem cells from the Uttwiler Spatlauber apple varietal, along with Solar Vitis fruit stem cells, from the rare Gamay Teinturier Freaux grape, which help protect the skin and epidermal stem cells from UV radiation and premature photo-aging, are an integral part of every Andalou Naturals formula. So whichever Andalou Naturals product is your favorite, your skin will experience the amazing benefits of Fruit Stem Cell Science™.
For a potent blend of fruit stem cells, try our Fruit Stem Cell Revitalize Serum; this ‘miracle in a bottle’ instantly goes to work by repairing cellular damage and discoloration for brighter, even skin tone and smooth texture with fewer fine lines and wrinkles.
It’s time to renew, repair and regenerate!
"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
~ Marcel Proust
October 2013 – Fall In Love With Pumpkin
As the days shorten and colder weather starts to creep in, you may notice your skin losing its summer glow. Luckily, autumn brings to the season a bountiful harvest, including skin-friendly pumpkin to nourish and revitalize.
Beautiful skin begins with Andalou Naturals advanced Fruit Stem Cell Science and GMO-Free pumpkin (cucurbita pepo), rich in beneficial vitamins and nutrients, including alpha and beta carotene, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. For clearer skin, smaller pores, and a brighter overall complexion our Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask blends fresh pumpkin puree, Manuka honey, and citrus glycolic AHA’s to gently dissolve and lift away lackluster surface cells. This combination of fruit enzymes increases the skin cells’ natural turnover, gently exfoliating and resurfacing, to reveal a softer, smoother texture with more even skin tone.
For the ultimate facial experience, Fruit Stem Cells and superfruit antioxidants repair and revitalize for a brighter, more luminous complexion. What goes on your body goes in your body. That is why Andalou Naturals is committed to labeling transparency from farm to shelf by being the first and only beauty brand to be 100% Non-GMO Project verified.
“There is nothing quite like a fall day
The cool crisp air, pumpkins in the fields, and playing in the leaves
The smile on your face can warm a chilly day”
October 2013 – Fair Trade Awareness Month
Andalou Naturals embodies beauty in action. We infuse the best of nature and knowledge into mindful and effective products that are good for people and the planet. At Andalou, we champion social responsibility by using Fair Trade Ingredients and supporting Fair Trade Awareness Month this October.
What is Fair Trade?
Fair Trade advocates fair compensation and working conditions of farmers and workers in developing nations. This allows farmers from these developing nations to build sustainable businesses to positively influence their community’s day-to-day lives.
Our Core Standards:
The meaning of Andalou is ‘Path of Light’, and we believe it best reflects our intention to foster good things in the world and enrich the lives we touch, one responsible product at a time. We value knowing where our ingredients come from, the farmers who grow them, and connecting the human chain of hands that make every step possible from farm to bottle, soil to skin, and botany to beauty. For Andalou Naturals, it’s simply the way business should be done.
Andalou Natural Body Butters:
Our skin care, hair care and body care products are made thoughtfully and beautifully, blending advanced Fruit Stem Cell Science with natural, Non-GMO Project Verified and Fair-Trade ingredients, with a minimum 70% certified organic content, for visible and healthy results. Andalou Naturals body butters use luscious, fair trade Shea butter, fair trade extracts (white tea, rooibos and/or hibiscus) and rich, nourishing emollients for improved vitality and health radiance. Deep hydration that never feels greasy, absorbs quickly and thoroughly, perfect when dry skin needs extra care.
For more information on Fair Trade Awareness Month, please visit: http://fairtradeusa.org/fair-trade-month
"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree."
~ Emily Bronte
October 2013 – GMO Awareness Month
What goes on our body goes in our body. Avoiding GMOs in beauty products.
Andalou Naturals is leading the way this October for GMO Awareness Month with labeling transparency. At Andalou Naturals, we stand behind our products and believe in the importance of knowing where our ingredients come from with transparency from farm to shelf. We support the consumer’s right to know what is in their personal care products and therefore believe that GMO labeling equals informed choices. That is why Andalou Naturals is still the first and ONLY beauty brand to be 100% Non-GMO Project Verified!
What are GMOs? GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.*
Why Non-GMO for Personal Care? Crops grown for personal care products and food are from the same farm. Whether topically applied and absorbed through the skin or ingested directly as food, GMO crop effects on human health and the environment are of great concern. Andalou Naturals values knowing where their ingredients come from, the farmers who grow them, and connecting the human chain of hands that make every step possible for labeling transparency. Andalou Naturals believes that what goes on our body goes in our body.
Autumn is the perfect time to fall back into healthy habits with Andalou Naturals Non-GMO Project Verified skin, hair and body care. Formulated with Fruit Stem Cells and superfruit antioxidants to renew dormant cells, repair damaged cells and regenerate healthy cells for a healthy glow from head to toe.
"Autumn mornings: sunshine and crisp air, birds and calmness, year's end and day's beginnings."
~ Terri Guillemets
September 2013 – Topical Vitamin C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate) and Brightening Skin Care
Did you know 90% of visible skin aging is due to sun and environmental exposure?
Sun and environmental exposure can result in the development of fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration and textural changes, due to the formation of skin damaging cells called free-radicals.
The best protection against sun and environmental exposure includes avoidance, wearing protective clothing, and using full-spectrum sunscreen every day.
Can applying topical Vitamin C skin care help defend against free radicals?
Yes! When applied, topical Vitamin C skin care can dramatically improve surface pigmentation and texture, uneven tone, and dark spots caused by sun damage and over-stimulation of melanin.
How does topical Vitamin C skin care work?
By invigorating dermal circulation and cell turnover, topical Vitamin C skin care helps boost collagen and elastin to strengthen the skin’s matrix, and fortify skin’s immunity to defend against the free-radicals that can age skin prematurely.
Does the form of topical Vitamin C matter?
Yes! Perfect for sensitive skin, Andalou Naturals is formulated with the highest potency of topical Vitamin C, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate. This unique, stabilized form of Vitamin C provides dermal delivery levels of over 20%, as it acts with skin’s own natural enzymes, converting to maximum efficacy and providing continuous benefits days after initial application.
Andalou Naturals ‘Brightening’ Skin Care with Fruit Stem Cell Science + Vitamin C
Reveal your natural glow with powerful brighteners that illuminate a healthy complexion. Vitamin C dramatically improves surface pigmentation, uneven tone, and dark spots caused by sun damage and over-stimulation of melanin. Additionally, it invigorates dermal circulation and cell turnover, boosts collagen and elastin, and fortifies skin’s immunity to defend against free-radicals that can age skin prematurely.
Stimulates healthy circulation
Improves even tone and texture
Skin looks brighter and tighter
For Normal and Combination skin types, our Brightening solutions target these skin concerns
• Uneven Tone
• Sun Damage
• Dry Cheeks
• T-zone Shine
The Results: Even Tone and Youthful Luminosity
September 2013 – We're Buzzin' About Manuka Honey
The production of honey begins with field bees flying from flower to flower collecting sweet nectar. When the field bees return to the hive, they pass the nectar to house bees who process it with beneficial enzymes, evaporating the water content, and storing the enzyme-rich nectar in the cells of the honeycomb, where it ripens and becomes honey.
Honey has remarkable anti-microbial properties, used for centuries by health care practitioners, and was even used by the Egyptians during the embalming process. Honey is the only food with unlimited shelf life, not requiring preservatives.
Manuka honey is unique, produced by bees who harvest from only one species of bush, the Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium), which grows exclusively and uncultivated throughout New Zealand. Analysis of pure Manuka honey finds a broad spectrum of beneficial antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties, and it’s these properties derived from the Manuka bush and its nectar that makes Manuka honey a remarkable ingredient for our Meyer Lemon Creamy Cleanser and Lemon Sugar Facial Scrub.
By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.
~ Helen Hunt Jackson
August 2013 – Enlightened Turmeric
Turmeric is considered highly auspicious in India, used in wedding and religious ceremonies for millennia. An important element in Ayurvedic medicine, Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is an antioxidant-rich spice from the ginger family containing a substance called curcurim, which gives it a distinctive yellow pigment.
Perfect for skin care, with natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric gently calms skin irritation and helps speed healing. When topically applied, turmeric has the ability to fend off dark spots and premature aging caused by sun and environmental stress factors.
Andalou Naturals Turmeric + C Enlighten Serum gently penetrates deep dermal layers to effectively ‘lighten, tighten and brighten’ by targeting hyperpigmentation and UV damage, swiftly neutralizing free radicals, while activating collagen and elastin for even tone and a firmer, smoother complexion.
Fairest of the months! Ripe summer's queen
The hey-day of the year
With robes that gleam with sunny sheen
Sweet August doth appear.
~ R. Combe Miller
August 2013 – 8 Tips to Minimize Hair Loss (and Maximize Healthy Growth)
1. Regular cleansing of hair and scalp with a natural, sulfate-free Age Defying Shampoo washes away toxins, dirt, dust and sebum that can block follicles and normal hair growth, without drying or stripping color.
2. Rinsing thoroughly removes residue and allows hydration of the cortex layer for added strength and flexibility of individual strands.
3. Using a natural, protein-rich Age Defying Conditioner helps moisturize and detangle, while providing a barrier against environmental pollutants, sun exposure, oxidation and static electricity that can dry, fade and weaken strands, leaving them dull and brittle.
4. Gently towel dry without twisting, using a wide tooth comb, careful not to pull or tug when hair and roots are wet and most vulnerable to breakage. Prevent additional breakage by not over brushing dry hair.
5. Avoid high heat settings on blow dryers and styling appliances, apply a styling cream or gel with protein for additional protection and styling options.
6. If hair is dry, weak or brittle, avoid chemical treatments, which can further weaken fragile strands and damage hair follicles.
7. Massaging with the scalp, using your fingertips for 10 minutes, every day improves circulation to your scalp, increasing oxygen and nutrient flow for healthy follicles. Follow with a few drops of Age Defying Scalp Intensive with Argan Stem Cells.
8. Maintain a healthy style by trimming edges and removing split-end damage that can weaken hair strands, contributing to breakage, dull strands, and hair loss. Your hair will look thicker and fuller, with more body and shine.
Ingredient Spotlight: Argan Stem Cells
Sustainably harvested from the ancient Berber tree that grows exclusively in southwestern Morocco, and prized for its vigor and longevity, Argan Fruit Stem Cells are designed to delay the depletion of dermal progenitor stem cells, by stimulating dormant root cells, and accelerating the natural repair process to combat the chronological aging of hair follicles.
Research shows hair follicles represent a highly efficient pathway and reservoir for topically applied liposomes, allowing Argan Fruit Stem Cells follicular penetration and stimulating root stem cell regeneration.
The result is significant age-defying for healthy hair growth.
3 STEP SYSTEM - Thinning Hair Treatment to Maximize Healthy Growth
Andalou Naturals Age Defying Shampoo with Argan Fruit Stem Cells
Best prepares hair and scalp, washing away toxins, debris, and excess sebum that can block follicles. Sulfate Free
Andalou Naturals Age Defying Conditioner with Argan Fruit Stem Cells
Fortified with antioxidants, effectively hydrates, nourishes, and strengthens, while providing a protective barrier from environmental exposure.
Andalou Naturals Age Defying Scalp Intensive with Argan Fruit Stem Cells
Applied directly to scalp, stimulates cell renewal, sustains healthy growth cycle, and helps protect against chronological aging.
*Andalou Naturals definition of thinning hair (a) fine, brittle strands (b) breakage and fewer strands (c) troubled scalp conditions.
“I would rather attempt something great and fail than attempt to do nothing and succeed.”
– Robert Schuller
July 2013 – Nature’s Secret Weapon
We’re celebrating National Berry Month because not only are berries bursting with antioxidants and delicious to eat, they also happen to be nature’s secret weapon against premature aging. Andalou Naturals BioActive 8 Berry Complex provides a potent portfolio of superfruit antioxidants to combat environmental stressors, support cell turnover, increase collagen and elastin, and strengthen dermal immunity.
- Acai berry (euterpe olerace): Certified Organic. Derived from the purple-black berries; replenishes, regulates, nourishes and revitalizes the skin.
- Aronia berry (aronia melanocarpa): Certified Organic. Derived from the berry native to eastern North America; anti- inflammatory and astringent properties to clean, firm and refine skin.
- Bearberry (arctostaphylos uva-ursi): Certified Organic. Derived from the arctic berry; boosts immunity while brightening skin and evening skin pigmentation.
- Bilberry (vaccinium myrtillus): Certified Organic. Derived from a wild, blue-black cousin of the blueberry; extremely rich in antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties to heal and rejuvenate the skin.
- Black elderberry (sambucus nigra): Certified Organic. Derived from the dark purple-black berries native to subtropical Europe; powerful antioxidant properties, high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols, to repair and fortify the skin and hair.
- Goji berry (lyceum barbarum): Certified Organic. Derived from the red Goji berry; soothing and hydrating properties to speed recovery to damaged skin caused by environmental factors.
- Rosehips berry (rosa canina): Certified Organic. Derived from wild rose berries; reverse the signs of aging and helps restore skin cell regeneration to refine skin texture.
- Sea buckthorn berry (hippophae rhamnoides): Certified Organic. Derived from the berry; supports cell vitality by cleansing and exfoliating skin’s surface and pores.
For mouth-watering results, try our BioActive 8 Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask. With Fruit Stem Cells, BioActive Berry 8 Complex, and Resveratrol Q10, this potent portfolio of antioxidants is proven to slow cellular damage and stimulate skin firming collagen and elastin, as fruit juice enzymes gently dissolve dull, dry surface cells to reveal skin’s vitality and ageless beauty.
“The merry year is born, like the bright berry from the naked thorn.”
~ Hartley Coleridge
July 2013 – Too Much Sun, Aloe To The Rescue!
Aloe Vera, a desert succulent with thick, juicy leaves that retains moisture for long term survival in hostile climates, is widely recognized as the botanical ‘miracle’. Rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and proteins, Aloe Vera is one of the most universally healing and hydrating plants for all skin types.
Modern science confirms the traditional wisdom of Aloe Vera - how unique polysaccharides help regulate hydration levels in the skin by balancing skin sebum, which regulates skin’s own moisture. This means instead of simply benefitting skin with outside moisture, it ‘teaches’ the skin to produce and balance its own hydration. These polysaccharides create an essential moisture barrier and effectively bind growth factors to speed the healing process for optimum skin health and improved immunity. In addition, a recent U.C. Davis study effectively demonstrated how Aloe Vera increases the absorption ability of essential vitamins and antioxidants.
These remarkable benefits make Aloe Vera the ideal dermal delivery ingredient for Andalou Naturals Fruit Stem Cells and Bioactive 8 Berry Complex. For summer refreshment try our cooling Aloe Mint Cooling Body Lotion and Aloe Mint Cooling Shower Gel.
Andalou Naturals uses only sustainably grown, certified organic Aloe Vera, harvested from whole leaves, maintaining the plant root stock to regenerate the next harvest.
Where is the Bee—
Where is the Blush—
Where is the Hay?
Ah, said July—
Where is the Seed—
Where is the Bud—
Where is the May—
~ Emily Dickinson