Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays

I appreciate the opportunity that the holiday season brings to say, "thank you for your business and support" may you and your family have a safe, warm holiday and a happy new year!

As a thank you, enjoy a free Eco Fin Foot Treatment during the week of January 2-6, 2012 when you purchase a full priced treatment. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

'Tis the Season to Give

'Tis the season to give. The holiday season is appraoching and with all that good cheer biting at my heels, I decided to do a little giving. I would like to GIVE three Norabloom Signature Facials away- just because. Do you know someone who truly deserves some pampering? A friend, loved one, a neighbor, or a teacher? Those of you who have experienced pampering know that sometimes we all need quiet time to relax, unwind and let go. An hour of nurturing can be so healing on some many levels. Who do you know that deserves a little TLC?

Email me your thoughts or stories about who you know that deserves the gift of TLC. I will choose three and send those lucky ladies a one hour Norabloom Signature Facial Gift Certificate.

norabloomskincare@yahoo.com

Sunday, November 27, 2011

FREE Eco Fin Foot Treatment


This eco-friendly alternative to traditional paraffin will leave your hands and feet soft and supple without harming the environment. This is truly a healthy, nourishing  treatment because it is made with 100% natural ingredients. Enjoy a warm blend of palm kernel oil, soy oil, shea butter, jojoba oil, vitamin E, organic coconut oil, organic olive oil, and organic essential oils. 

This fancy foot treatment is FREE from now until December 2, 2011 with a FULL priced Norabloom Facial Treatment. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

One Happy Little Face


Want a happy face? I do, I do! Purchase a package of 5 treatments of any LEVEL 1-4 facials and receive 6th FREE. Oh joy! I swear, if you commit to taking care of your skin, your pores will be cleaner and appear smaller. Your skin will feel refreshed, renewed and you will blind your lover with your radiance. Promise :) Embrace your natural beauty- it is time for a "Holly Facial". Your can book your appointment on line HERE


This package will expire one year from the purchase date and may not be shared.

www.norabloom.com

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

New... Herbal Eye Pillows

Fresh from Vermont, these darling herbal eye pillows are made with love, Lalaville Love in fact. Easy to carry around with you for a quick nap anywhere, the scent of lavender is great for sending you off to sleep on airplanes and when traveling. Lavender can also soothe tension, irritability and headaches. The flax seeds mold gently to the shape of the face and block light all while pressing on your delicate pressure points of the eyes. 

Can be heated in microwave or cooled in refrigerator as needed.

Perfectly stuffed with flax seeds and dried lavender flowers, patterns and colors vary. Ooo I love surprises  ♥



These make great gifts with gift certificates for the holidays
BUY NOW

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fabulous Massage Experience

Today I had the pleasure of seeing Crystal Arnold, LMT for a one hour massage therapy session at Quintessence Massage & Wellness. From start to finish I knew I was in good hands. They offer on line booking so it is easy to schedule an appointment. They offer a unique promise to all their clients called the Quintessence 10-Point Promise. View 10-Point Promise Here 

As soon as I set foot in the office, I was warmly welcomed with smiles.  It is a cozy office with two treatment rooms. Crystal was so completely attentive to all my needs. She spent time with me discussing my needs and health history. You could tell she is a true care giver. Next, I was escorted to the lovely treatment room. The room was filled with good energy, esthetically speaking it was lovely. Within the first ten minutes into the massage therapy treatment, I was dosing off into a happy stress free wonderland. Indeed- just what I needed. Her skilled touch offered my tired muscles hope of happiness. I was lost in my bliss in this lovely, warm room.  Crystal's skill and passion for her work and her attentiveness to her client (ME!) was so apparent. I could tell she chose the right career. This was no "spa-factory massage" this was what massage therapy was meant to be. It was about the person, their comfort and their bliss. I will be going back :)

Need some body bliss? Contact:
Crystal Arnold, LMT
Quintessence Massage & Wellness


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

AH... Spa Retreats, Norabloom Style


FRESH START $ 145
skin consultation, eye brow wax, one hour facial, 15 minutes advanced skin classic treatment,    
and product recommendation

ALL A GLOW $175
one hour facial level 3, full body moisturizing treatment, and eco fin hands and feet treatment,
plus warm herbal tea and cookies

SKIN RE-TREAT $125
one hour level 4 facial (the works facial), eco-fin hands and feet treatment

TEEN DREAM $45 per guest
four girls under 16 will enjoy 30 minute facials and cupcakes with fizzy water

2 FRIENDS, 2 FACIALS, 2 FRUIT PARFAITS $100 per guest
two girlfriends will enjoy one hour level 3 facials, eco fin hands and feet treatment plus delicious yogurt fruit parfaits

4 for a MORNING GLORY BRUNCH $190 per guest
Start your morning off with one-hour facials, eco fin treatments for hands and feet plus one-hour massage therapy sessions for everyone and a lovely light brunch



Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Wellness for Women: Girls Night In


The Nutritional Wellness Center Presents... an evening of wellness, health, food and beauty!

GIRLS NIGHT IN
Wednesday, November 2nd 6:30-8:30PM
Entrance Fee: Bring a Friend

Vendors:

Nutritional Wellness Center
520 W. Green Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-277-1964



Friday, September 30, 2011

Lovely Bright Eyes That Smile


Your eyes are surrounded by very thin, delicate skin. In fact your eyes area's skin can be compared to the thinness of an onion. The area beneath your eyes contain few oil glands making it vulnerable to fine lines and wrinkles. Wrinkles can't be prevented but the aging process can be slowed down and enhanced with natural ingredients. Definitely shop for paraben-free and fragrance-free eye cremes and serums. Avoid exfoliating to close to your eyes.

Your eyes actually can say a lot about you. Your eyes can show stress, poor diet, and lack of sleep. When these issues are present the eyes may show dark circles, swelling and puffiness. Dark circles can be a sign of dehydration. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Try drinking cranberry juice to reduce dark circles. Cranberries contain vitamin K as well as dark green veggies. If you are experiencing swelling and puffiness, use spoons chilled in ice water and press them around the eyes. For a quick home remedy try a few drops of Vitamin E, Castor Oil or Olive Oil around the eye area.

BOOK YOUR NEXT FACIAL & TAKE $15 OFF, SPECIAL EXPIRES OCTOBER 7th, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

Organic Steam Blends

Norabloom’s Organic Facial Steam Blends are
a heavenly mix of organic dried herbs. These blends will nourish the skin’s cells, boost tired complexions and increase cellular respiration. Mix one tablespoon of the organic dried blend to one quart of boiled water in a heat safe bowl. Position face over steam and cover your head in a towel. Take ten to fifteen minutes to sit and relax, breathe deeply and let the unique blend soothe, hydrate and heal the skin. Soothe & Nurture Blend: whole organic chamomile flowers, whole organic rose petals, organic comfrey leaf, organic calendula flowers Detox & Balance Blend: organic echinacea angustifolia, organic elder flowers, organic nettle leaf, organic peppermint leaf

BUY NOW

While you are at it, how about a facial too? Enjoy a Norabloom Level 2 or 3 facial for $65
BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT HERE Offer Ends 9/30/2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

New at Norabloom: Yoga Therapy with Jen


Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy:
A healing modality that combines supported yoga postures with introspection, dialogue and present-moment awareness techniques. A session is non-directive and open-ended with regard to outcome. In bringing awareness to and verbalizing what is happening in each moment, clients can experience a deeper connection with internal guidance, and are able to process and release old 'stuff' that may no longer be serving them. This work can support you in dealing with physical illness, emotional trauma, difficult life changes, self-inquiry, feeling 'stuck', and pretty much anything else you'd like to explore! No knowledge of yoga is needed, as you will be guided and supported throughout the entire session.

Additional information on PRYT and a description of what a session might be like can be found here:
Phoenix Rising website
Psychotherapy Goes from Couch to Yoga Mat
Fellow practitioner's blog

About Jen Kahn:
A certified yoga teacher and Reiki II practitioner, Jen is in the final phase of her training in PRYT. She is excited to be offering this modality in the Ithaca area. Prior clients have described her as a gifted and intuitive practitioner, and found sessions with her to provide a safe space for exploration and insight.

Special limited-time offer:
Sessions are half price ($45) for a limited time, or even less if you are willing to have your session videotaped (videos will be seen by Jen and her PRYT mentors only). First session takes approximately 2 hours, and subsequent sessions run 75-90 minutes. Contact Jen right away to take advantage of this offer as only a limited number of reduced rate sessions are available.

Contact:
Jen Kahn, 277-1481, jenkahnyoga@gmail.com. Sessions are available from Wednesdays 4-9 in the Norabloom Studio on Tioga street by appointment only. Other times may be available, please inquire.

Watch Video Here

Friday, September 9, 2011

Cherry Angiomas


Red moles? Nope these are Cherry Angiomas. Cherry Angiomas are cherry-red to purple colored benign skin tumors of unknown origin that appear most frequently after age 40. They are the most common vascular lesions to appear on human skin. They are made up of clusters of dilated capillaries on the surface of the skin, which accounts for the cherry-red or purple color. No one knows exactly what causes them. Cherry angiomas can occur almost anywhere on the skin, but most commonly on the torso.

No fear ladies... I can treat these!

Advanced SKIN CLASSIC Facial Treatment/Level Five
Grin and say farewell to all your little minor skin irregularities... As always Norabloom offers a chemical-free approach to women's skin health. I searched high and low for a machine that would be safe and effective. This new cutting edge treatment is based on high frequency technology and designed to remove these minor skin irregularities: brown age spots, spider veins, cherry angiomas, milia, acne pimples, skin tags, sebaceous hyperplasia, clogged pores and fibromas.

Skin Consultations Are Always FREE
Spot Treat (ideal for 1-3 small lesions) $50
30 minute Microdermabrasion Plus 30 minute Advanced Skin Classic Machine $250
Customized per client's needs $50+

www.norabloom.com

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I LOVE HARVEST DINNERS: Early Morning Farm


There are so many things to love about Ithaca and our surrounding areas. Yoga studios on every corner, fresh local produce scattered about and now I can add the HARVEST DINNER EXPERIENCE.

What is Healthy Food For All?
Healthy Food for All provides households with limited income in Tompkins County to access of a variety of fresh, locally grown produce at a price they can afford through Solidarity (subsidized) Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares. Participants can also take advantage of classes, workshops events and resources to support their healthy lifestyle choices.
www.healthyfoodforall.org
(You can buy tickets for the next harvest dinner here)

What is a Harvest Dinner?
A unique team of farmers, winemakers & chefs using the freshest ingredients from the host farm & local specialty producers.
The delicious food is paired with a local vineyard or brewer. You will hear stories of the farmers, winemakers, brewmasters, producers and chefs themselves throughout the evening. 100% of the proceeds subsidize CSA shares for low-income families4 tickets sold = 1 family with access to a season of fresh produce!

My Experience
There is nothing like slipping on a sundress and throwing on some cowgirl boots and heading out to the farm for a lovely evening with friends. You are greeted with warm happy smiles then escorted to a tent in the middle of a farm. The table is set to perfection. Fresh flowers in metal buckets, candle light, music in the background- just lovely. The food, the wine, the company... it just does not get any better. The food was provided by local farms, the talent behind the food was amazing, truly the best meal I have ever had. I will make this apart of my Summer routine from here on out. Hope to see you there :)

View the slide show of the evening here




Friday, August 5, 2011

Give it a whirl


Today I am feeling a little whirly. I would like to offer you the opportunity to try a service or product that you have never-ever tried before and take $15 bucks off. Have you ever thought of a new eye brow shape? How is that bikini line looking mid Summer? How about a full leg wax? What about dipping into Norabloom's natural facial cleansers, moisturizers and face cremes? Now is your chance :) Open www.norabloom.com on your web browser, close your eyes, spin around 4 times then simply choose a service or product to try.

Enjoy this $15 Buck Deal on something you have never tried before, this special ends next Friday.
Use Coupon Code: NBLOOM15

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Our Latest Buzz... Organic Bulgarian Rose Water


Review by Kaylin Johnson, Eco-Friendley Makeup Artist in Austin, Texas

Everyone has heard of rose-scented beauty products, but only recently has rose water begun to gain popularity. It is a multi-tasking product that can be used to for a variety of purposes, such as hydrating the skin, soothing sunburns, and calming acne. Holly at Norabloom introduced me to this fascinating product, which she sells under the name Bulgarian Rose Water.

Pros:
Smells like fresh roses
Soothes irritated skin
Convenient spray
A little goes a long way
Multipurpose product
Very pure, organic formula

Cons:
Moderate price ($30)

Summary:
This rose water is an excellent hydrating spray. Although I was skeptical at first, I was amazed at the effect this had on an irritated patch of skin on my arm. The angry red bumps faded within an hour and were warded off with a daily spray. I highly recommend this product for those with irritated or dry skin in need of hydration. It's hard to beat the fresh, feminine scent and cooling effect of this great multi-tasking beauty item.

Product Ratings (out of 5)
Performance 5
Presentation 4
Purity 5
Value 4

Read More about Kaylin's Kit

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Homemade Body Scrub

The best natural ingredients can be found right on your kitchen. Try this next time your skin needs a little extra attention.

2T organic brown sugar
3T organic ground oats
2T organic aloe vera gel
1T honey
1t freshly squeezed lemon juice
1t organic jojoba oil or olive oil

Grind oatmeal until it is a sandy texture. Mix all ingredients into a paste. Apply on moist skin after a warm shower. Massage in a circular motion then rinse with warm water for soft supple skin.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Now you see it, now you don't!


Monday I completed my Advanced Skin Classic Training. Tuesday I began delving into the wait list of eager clients who want to treat their minor skin irregularities. Thus far I have completed several successful treatments. I have so many pictures to share and it has only been 48 hours. OMG I am so excited... Clients are so happy with the results.

This particular picture is of a young woman in my office yesterday. She came in preparation for her wedding in late Summer. She "had" a Spider Angioma under her right eye. Literally one treatment, 5 minutes later.... Ta Daaa.... GONE! The second picture was taken right after the Advanced Skin Classic Treatment. She was left with some slight redness and a small amount of edema "swelling". Totally normal :) Her at home directions included wash with a gentle cleanser, ice if need be, sunblock and feel free to cover with makeup until completely recovered. She is happy and I am happy.


The New Advanced Skin Classic Treatment
Grin and say farewell to all your little minor skin irregularities...

As always Norabloom offers a chemical-free approach to women's skin health. I searched high and low for a machine that would be safe and effective. This new cutting edge treatment is based on high frequency technology and designed to treat these minor skin irregularities:

brown age spots
spider veins
cherry angiomas
milia
acne pimples
skin tags
sebaceous hyperplasia
clogged pores
fibromas

Skin Consultations Are Always FREE
Spot Treat (ideal for 1-3 small lesions) $50
Customized per client's needs $50+
New: Level 5 Facial: 30 minute Microdermabrasion Plus 30 minute Advanced Skin Classic Machine $250

Book Your FREE Skin Consultation Here

Monday, June 13, 2011

New: Advanced Skin Classic Treatment


Grin and say farewell to all your little minor skin irregularities...

As always Norabloom offers a chemical-free approach to women's skin health. I searched high and low for a machine that would be safe and effective. This new cutting edge treatment is based on high frequency technology and designed to remove these minor skin irregularities:

brown age spots
spider veins
cherry angiomas
milia
acne pimples
skin tags
sebaceous hyperplasia
clogged pores
fibromas

We typically can treat face, chest and arms.

Skin Consultations Are Always FREE
Spot Treat (ideal for 1-3 small lesions) $50
Customized per client's needs $50+
New: Level 5 Facial: 30 minute Microdermabrasion Plus 30 minute Advanced Skin Classic Machine $225

Book Your FREE Skin Consultation Here

Friday, June 3, 2011

Glide in High Heels


Do you now how your feet ache at the end of a long day in heels? Do your knees and back hurt too? Know how to prevent it but still wear your favorite heels? You do now! Sharon Costianes of Body Song Center, will teach you how in this inspiring and incredibly helpful retreat. You'll learn Sharon's secrets for feeling great in heels, get tips for buying the right shoes for you, and feel fantastic when it's all done.

She's thrown in a limited time bonus offer too, so act fast. Spend an afternoon on the lake with your best gal pals, sip some wine, and sample services from the best local businesses at the after hours reception. What have you got to lose but all that pain and discomfort? The first 10 people to register for the "How to Glide in High Heels Retreat" before Monday June 6, bring a friend for 50% off.

How to glide in high heels blog

Register here

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Flip Flop Solution


Flip Flop Solution
Want silky feet for those fabulous little flops? Norabloom can help.

Simple Version
1. Slather either Norabloom Safflower Butter or Norabloom Organic Jojoba Body Blend all over your feet. Really pile it on.
2. Slip your nighttime footies or socks and shoes on.
3. The heat you will create in your little footies will soothe, soften and moisturize those little feet.
4. Hours later when you remove your footie you will be amazed at how soft your feet will be.

Slightly More Effort...
1. Soak your little feet in the tub with warm water.
2. Take a handful of coarse sea salt or your Norabloom Organic Petals & Grits Scrub or Norabloom Aloe Microderm Scrub or Eco-Tools Body Brush... Scrub the heck out of your tootsies. Really remove the dry skin.
3. Slather either Norabloom Safflower Butter or Norabloom Organic Jojoba Body Blend all over your feet. Really pile it on.
4. Slip your nighttime footies or socks and shoes on.


Receive a FREE Eco Fin Foot Treatment
Book a Norabloom Signature Facial Treatment and receive a FREE Eco Fin Foot Treament. Please mention when you book your appointment. Offer ends June 3, 2011.

Book Your Next Appointment

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Monday, May 23, 2011

Great week for a facial


This is a great week for a facial, know why? Because you can get $15 off any facial you choose. Offer ends 5/27/2011.

Quickie Facial/Level One: Pinching pennies? This "quick" facial is perfect for gals on a tight budget or for teens who are skin savvy. You will enjoy a facial cleansing, exfoliation, steam and extractions. 30 minutes/$50

Norabloom Signature Facial/Level Two: The good ole "Holly" facial. I have been performing this treatment for over 10 years. You will adore this full European style deep pore cleansing ritual. This facial includes: a skin consultation, deep cleansing, exfoliation, facial steam treatment, extractions, massage (face, arms, hands, upper chest, neck, scalp, feet), plus the proper masque and a moisturizing treatment for the face, eyes and lips. 60 minutes/$75 & 90 minutes/$115

Norabloom Signature Facial PLUS/ Level Three: So you need a little more attention to those fine lines, wrinkles, pores and sun damaged areas? This facial is for you.. It is all that of the Norabloom Signature Facial/Level Two but we add an organic fruit peel and possibly the Dermafile and ultrasonic wand. 60 minutes/$90 & 90 minutes/$130

The WORKS/Level Four: Ok, if you really want to reverse the signs of aging- This is the facial for you, it should be illegal! (just kidding) Our most aggressive facial, includes all that of the Norabloom Signature Facial PLUS/Level Three and we will use Dermafile, Microdermabrasion machine and the ultrasonic wand. Expect to have light ,superficial peeling of the skin after facial. This facial includes (if needed) a sample of raw, organic shea butter for post facial healing. 60 minutes/$125 & 90 minutes $165

Book your next facial appointment on line here
Please mention this special when you schedule your appointment.

Friday, May 20, 2011

New: Organic Petals and Grits Scrub


Funny name you say. What inspired me, you ask? Combine all these factors: Spring was late to arrive here in Upstate New York plus the itch'n for a trip down home to the sunny and warm North Carolina and the deep craving for cheese grits plus my winter skin needed a boost- all those things got my wheels a' turn'n. This scrub is in loose powder form. Sensitive skin will love it!
It contains: *corn meal, *grits, *dried whole milk, *rosebuds, *chamomile, *lavender and *calendula flowers.
*Certified Organic Ingredients

Directions: Mix a small amount of scrub with your favorite Norabloom cleanser. Use gentle circular motions to exfoliate your skin. Rinse with warm water. Keep contents dry to maintain freshness. Store in a cool, dry place. The shelf life is 6-12 months.

BUY NOW

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

What the heck is that?

Do you have spider veins, brown spots, funny little raised areas on your face, chest, and arms? Do you have skin tags? Well, you should know that in June I will be offering a new service. I am bringing in an advanced skin care machine to address many common skin irregularities. Feel free to book a FREE skin consultation to see if you are a good candidate for this new advanced treatment. It still will hold true to my mission of chemical free skin care. I will prep the skin with witch hazel and slather the area with sunscreen after. More to come...

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Spring Cleaning for your Beauty Basket

As spring time arrives, we typically get the itch to clean out our closets, cabinets, garages and basements. We weed our gardens, we pick up sticks around the yard, and clean out our refrigerators. All these things give us a sense of renewal, the idea of less, the simple concept fresh. We purge, we feel better. I always clean out my beauty basket and all my beauty bags, and drawers. This is a great time to weed out the toxic stuff and ring in the new healthier choices that all the natural skin care and makeup has to offer. Making small changes one product at a time, you gradually replace toxic brands with safer, healthier products. Throw out anything that is over 6 months old.

1. Most natural brands that meet my approval have less fillers, so you get more concentrated formulas. This means you will actually use less which means the product will last last much longer. More for your money and healthier. May I suggest Norabloom?

2. Choose a lead free lip stick. Did you know that 61% of name brand lip sticks contain detectable levels of lead? May I suggest Jane Iredale Cosmetics and Dr. Hauschka?

3. When choosing new foundations and concealers, avoid ingredients like parabens, talc and mineral oil. Most liquid foundations last 3 months and powders 1 year.

4. As far as sunscreens we already know that UV rays contribute to skin cancer, wrinkles and pre mature aging. Avoid harmful chemicals such as oxybenzone and PABA.hose Choose safer options such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. I am still searching for the Holly approved sunscreen, so far I can suggest Soleo Organic Sunscreen.

I pride myself on being "your personal beauty expert", so feel free to contact me and we can create a natural beauty ritual that suits your needs. Enjoy a free consultation on me, book now at www.Norabloom.com

5. Go for safer nail products: Avoid nail products with toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) and formaldehyde, all linked with health effects. May i suggest, Zoya?

Thursday, March 31, 2011

I HEART SOAP

I heart soap, no- not just any soap. Special, handmade soap. Beautiful bars of lovely natural soap to be exact. You said, "Holly I travel, I need something easy to travel with, easy to fly with, easy to toss in my bag and go." I heard you loud and clear. Norabloom now offers not one but three fabulous handmade bars of soap. Choose your blend, lavender, lemongrass or my favorite oatmeal honey. These little sweeties are great for the face and the body. Priced at $10 bucks a bar, what are you waiting for? BUY NOW

Friday, March 4, 2011

NEW: Organic Steam Blends


Norabloom’s Organic Facial Steam Blend is a heavenly mix of organic dried herbs. These blends will nourish the skin’s cells, boost tired complexions and increase cellular respiration. Mix one tablespoon of the organic dried blend to one quart of boiled water in a heat safe bowl. Position face over steam and cover your head in a towel. Take ten to fifteen minutes to sit and relax, breathe deeply and let the unique blend soothe, hydrate and heal the skin.

Soothe & Nurture Blend: whole organic chamomile flowers, whole organic rose petals, organic comfrey leaf, organic calendula flowers

Detox & Balance Blend: organic echinacea angustifolia, organic elder flowers, organic nettle leaf, organic peppermint leaf

Recently reviewed by Liz Thompson, Organic Beauty Source & FeelGood Style. Read More

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Norabloom: $65 Facials One Day Only

Need a facial? Want to be pampered? Want to revive your weather beaten skin? There are a few open spots left on Monday, February 28th. Indulge yourself with my signature Norabloom Facial Level 2 or 3 for only $65. Add an Eco-Fin hand and foot treatment for $15. One day only, do not miss out. Please mention this special when you book your appointment.

For more information on our beauty lounge services click here
To book your facial on line, click here

What's new at Norabloom?
Our Norabloom Bulgarian Rose Water is now Organic, same price.
We have 2 new Organic Facial Steam Blends for home use. They are a delicious blend of organic dried herbs. If you would like a sample let me know :)

What's in the works?
We are in the midst of creating an oatmeal face and body bar for those with sensitive skin. Packaged in recycled wrap.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Natural Solution For Pimples


We all have had or will have a pimple or two in our lifetimes. Here is an easy, natural solution that actually works.

3 teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
5 drops of Organic Lavender Essential Oil
5 drops of Organic Tea Tree Oil

Apply mixture to a clean face using a cotton swab.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Green Clean at Home


I love to clean, really. Vacuuming is my favorite. Ask anyone in my household. My second favorite thing to clean are the windows. There is nothing more bothersome that a window with greasy finger prints. My daughter loves breathing on the windows, then drawing me a heart and her name. Cute. Then the cute fades and you are left with a smear. Ew.

Here is what you can make at home, keeping it chemical free...

1/4 cup of white vinegar
1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol
1T cornstarch
2 cups of warm water

Combine in a spray bottle. Shake well. Recycle old black and white newspapers to use as an alternative to paper towels.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Body Brushing

My new favorite, must have for the shower... The new bath brush from Eco-Tools, now available on line at www.norabloom.com and in our beauty lounge, $8.50. BUY NOW

THIS EARTH-FRIENDLY BATH BRUSH SHOWS RESPECT FOR THE PLANET
Handle is made from bamboo, a highly-sustainable plant. Synthetic nylon bristles are 100% cruelty-free.

HOW TO USE:
Wet brush and apply favorite soap or body wash to gently scrub hard-to-reach areas. Rinse and hang to dry.

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF DRY BODY BRUSHING?
Dry brushing cleans the lymphatic system. Lymph is considered part of our immune system and is made of white blood cells called lymphocytes and the interstitial fluid that bathe our cells, bringing our cells nutrients and removing their waste. All detoxification occurs first and foremost through the lymph. You can do the brushing head-to-toe or toe-to-head. It really doesn’t matter as long as the entire body is brushed. Long sweeping strokes starting from the bottom of your feet upwards, and from the hands towards the shoulders, and on the torso in an upward direction help drain the lymph back to your heart. Note: Stroking away from your heart puts extra pressure on the valves within the veins and lymph vessels and can cause ruptured vessels and varicose veins. Use light pressure in areas where the skin is thin and harder pressure on places like the soles of the feet.

Skin brushing should be performed once a day, preferably first thing in the morning. A thorough skin brushing takes about 15 minutes, but any time spent brushing prior to bathing will benefit the body. If you are feeling ill, increasing the treatments to twice a day is good. Complete this routine with a nice, warm shower. Pat the skin dry with a soft towel, and generously coat the skin with Norabloom Organic Jojoba Body Blend (clary sage or lime)

Friday, January 14, 2011

7 Ways to De-Stress

It has been brought to my attention (in a very personal way) that stress can and will pile up if you allow it to. Once that happens, it can reek havoc on your health. We hear about stress, we feel stressed at times, we sense stress. But for me it always seemed to be apart of life-you just accept it. Well, on my journey of figuring all of this out, I made a list. This is my list of simple FREE things to do when life overwhelms me. I thought I would share.

1. Wake up ten minutes early each day. Use this extra ten minutes to relax, move slower than usual.

2. Take a deep breath.

3. Trade five minute massages with someone in your home. Kids love this, so do husbands :) It reminds you where your body is tensing up and brings you back into the center of your body where you can be more grounded. It also reminds you of the value of human touch which can improve your relationships in a subtle way and reduce the stress in the air around you.

4. Take a walk. Getting outside and getting moving are both great ways to clear your head.

5. Write out the positive. Whenever you feel yourself getting too stressed, grab a journal and a pen and head somewhere quiet. create a list of the positive things that are going on in your life or a list of things that you are grateful for. Re-focusing on the positive for ten minutes by yourself can bring you back to a happier place and reduce the feeling of stress in your life.

6. Immerse yourself in a scent that you love. We can drastically change our moods with the right scents. Learn a little bit about aromatherapy and figure out how to take a few minutes out of each day to bring yourself back to a calmer place using the right oils or perfumes. For me it is Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils.

7. Make sure to take at least ten minutes of your lunch hour just to eat. Most people, like myself multi-task during their lunch hours. Mindful eating of healthy foods for just ten minutes can really brighten your day.

I thought I could think of 10, but now I am in the mood for a walk, so I am stopping at 7.

Enjoy your day! :)

Holly

Monday, January 3, 2011

New Treatment: Eco-fin


Ecofin is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional paraffin. It is made with 100% natural plant-based emollients and pure essential oils. It contains no petroleum, artificial dyes, or synthetic fragrances. Ecofin is a healthy and nurishing treatment that leaves your skin soft and supple without harming the environment.