Monday, March 20

Get Your Skin Spring Ready - Facial Care & Cosmetics Tips from Purple Essentials

Spring clean your skin - find your glow.

Spring Skin Prep - part 2:  Facial Care & Cosmetics

When the seasons shift, it's time to adjust your skin care routine - allow Purple Essentials to offer some expert advice on how to Prep Your Face for Spring - rejuvenate your skin and brighten your complexion - naturally!

As we head into the warmer weather, now is the perfect time to modify your choice of skin care products and cosmetics - Purple Essentials knows your face requires the most uncompromising attention. Following months of cool, Winter weather, combined with dry, indoor heating, your complexion may look dull and washed out. This lack of brightness is likely due, in large part, to a build up of dead skin cells.  Lucky for us, skin responds quickly to some well aimed TLC - Get that Natural Glow Back!

Key steps for a glowing Spring complexion:

Cleanse - Before we advise on daily cleansing, the start of Spring is the perfect time to treat your face to a pampering, nourishing reset - a facial mask. The intent is to detox your skin and deep clean your pores, best accomplished by using a clay based facial mask. Clays offer tightening and toning properties, while drawing out impurities from the skin - the effect can be magical and immediate

Purple Essentials suggests a season-starting, clay based, facial mask to Prep Your Skin for Spring! While written for the Fall season, here's a great piece on how to apply your own facial mask!

Natural clay and fruit extracts are the base ingredients for Purple Essentials' Refining Facial Mask.

Once you have performed your detox and deep clean (which can be repeated weekly as pampering maintenance throughout the season), it is important to find a daily cleanser that gently, but effectively, cleanses and nurtures your delicate skin. Trust Purple Essentials' Orange and Rosemary Facial Cleanser to do the job! This non-foaming cleanser hydrates as it lifts away dirt, makeup and impurities (environmental residue), enriching and balancing complexion while helping to nourish your skin and senses

Purple Essentials' Best Selling Orange & Rosemary Facial Cleanser

Exfoliate (regularly) - Exfoliating facial skin not only removes dull, dead skin cells, evening out its overall tone and texture, but the process actually helps generate the growth of new skin cells, thus lessening visible signs of sun damage and age spots. The practice dates back to ancient Egypt and has since evolved to a well researched science. Exfoliating at home is quick and easy with a gentle scrub containing tiny spherical grains.

  Tip for the perfect exfoliating mixture? Use our Orange and Rosemary Cleanser as the base and add enough Cleansing Grains to create a paste ... Apply and Cleanse :)

For best results, mix Purple Essentials' Orange and Rosemary Facial Cleanser with Cleansing Grains to create an amazingly effective, exfoliating paste

Moisturize & Nourish - The dense, moisturizing cream that you have been using on your face through the chilly months, may be a little too heavy for the warmer ones ahead. With increasing heat and humidity, skin can become oily, which can lead to acne and blemishes. While moisturizing is always an important step, changing to a lighter version will help to keep your complexion clear and bright.

Purple Essentials' Facial Elixir

Wondering how our Facial Elixir works so well? Please take a minute to read our previous blog post on Why Use a Facial Oil - all will be revealed :)

Protect - Although it might not be beach weather just yet, wearing sunscreen everyday is vital to keeping your skin looking healthy and youthful.  Wearing an SPF of at least 30 is recommended by health and skin care professionals even during the Winter months. As the warmer weather approaches it is essential to take steps to protect your skin.  If you are hoping to get a head start on your summer glow, remember that a skin damaging burn is possible even in cooler Spring weather.

**Remember to apply SPF30+ to all exposed skin, paying attention to those often missed areas: your fingers, toes, backs of ears and lips.

Makeup - With the focus on flawless, glowing skin this Spring, makeup colours should lighten up too.  Refresh your look with a luminous face and just a hint of mineral colour, with either a focus on soft eyes with sheer pastel colors and well-defined brows; bronzer for a sun-kissed glow on the cheeks and eyes; or a trend that we are thrilled with - Shades of PURPLE! Including orchid, lilac and lavender shadows in lighter shades paired with soft pink, coral or nude shades on the lips. For daytime use a lip gloss, rather than a lipstick, and switch from black mascara to dark brown. Instead of a liquid, full-coverage foundation, move to a tinted moisturizer or mineral powder instead.

By making adjustments to your skincare routine now, you will be able to enjoy smooth, glowing skin through the warmer weather days ahead.

Ahead:  Spring Skin Prep - part 3 - Body. 

Live Purple!

Sunday, March 19

How to get your skin Spring ready - with help from Purple Essentials' Fresh & Natural Skin Care!!

It's that time again - time to start prepping our skin for the warmer days ahead!

With the inevitable arrival of double-digit temperatures, it looks like we will soon be foregoing our heavy sweaters, wool socks and winter boots, in favour of lighter layers, skin revealing pieces and toe-showing sandals. 

Until now, if you're like many people, it's been "Out of sight - out of mind".  With our feet and limbs tucked into warm layers these past, cooler months, we often don't notice the neglect our skin has endured until that warm Spring day arrives and we wish to wear short sleeves, shorts and sandals ... yikes!

Through the "Brrrr-Chilly" months, skin can become dehydrated, overheated and undernourished, leaving us with dry, itchy skin, rough spots and a lack of youthful glow. 

The good news is, it doesn't take long to see that soft and supple skin re-emerge.  Start now, and together we can prepare your skin for the "big reveal" in the near futureNaturally ... Purple Essentials is ready to help!

Steps to prepping your skin for Spring:

Part 1:  Before we get to topical ways to prepare our skin for Spring - let's go right to the most long-lasting and effective way to help skin look its best ... NUTRITION!!!

Nutrition is a key element to healthy skin - Spring is an ideal time to revamp our dietary habits - detox our bodies/skin and increase our energy.  Here are some helpful ways to begin prepping your skin for Spring:

  • Drink herbal teas - this helps to increase hydration in your skin and organs while helping to detox your body. 

  • Drink green tea - substances known as catechins, which are found in green tea, can stimulate the body to burn calories, in-turn decreasing body fat while helping your organs to detoxify your blood. These same catechins are also rich in anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties, thus giving green tea added benefits.

  •  Try a specific detox blend - personally, I recommend Pukka Detox Tea - (organic aniseed, fennel & cardamom tea: to cleanse & revive).

  • Drink plenty of clean and pure water - this helps to hydrate your skin and organs. Water is essential to skin's regeneration and metabolism, helping produce new skin cells as well as growing hair follicles.  Visible brightening that you can see in your skin after consuming water is a result of transported nutrients and increased circulation that that water in your body creates.

  • Sip ginger tea twice a day - following a meal. The ginger will help to relieve bloating and boost digestion so your body works more efficiently.

  • Drink hot water with lemon juice in the mornings - it will help to keep you hydrated and the vitamin C it offers will help convert toxins into a water-soluble form that is easily flushed away.

  • Increase your intake of fibre and fresh fruits & vegetables - Spring is an easy and economical time to increase your fibre and nutritional intake by taking advantage of increasingly available supplies of fresh, green vegetables and fruits. Make the most of the lush growing season - find fresh asparagus, baby greens (like spinach) and strawberries. If possible, try adding organic foods to your diet. The less toxins and pesticides in your food, the less residue left for your spleen and liver to process, and the healthier your skin will be.
  • Incorporate skin-healthy foods into your diet.
Some examples of these are:
Olive Oil
Sunflower Seeds
Brazil Nuts
Wheat Germ
Flax Seeds
Citrus Fruits
Sweet Potatoes
 Green Leafy Vegetables

Up next:  Part 2 of Spring Skin Prep ... Our Specialty - Facial Care and Cosmetics

Live Purple!

Saturday, March 4

How Purple Essentials delivers Fresh & Natural to your door - Your Package's Journey

Shop Purple Essentials here 
You've placed your order online ( thank you ☺ ) ... here's how we get fresh & natural Purple to your door!
Of course, the process begins with our Fresh & Natural creations - handcrafted in small batches, in our Qualicum Beach studio, using only the highest quality ingredients.
Handpoured, packaged and labelled onsite, each piece of your order is then lovingly wrapped to protect it during shipping.
A handwritten, thank you note is added to every parcel approved for the post office, along with a sample of other Purple goodies.
Your parcel is then walked a short distance to our local Canada Post outlet, exposing it to the beauty of Qualicum Beach ... seal lion barks in the distance and eagles flying over head, it's not uncommon to pass a deer or two grazing in a nearby alley or yard.
Once Canada Post has received your parcel, we'll forward you the tracking number ... watch it travel**.
Questions? ask away ... we're here to help.
Thank you for shopping Purple!
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Friday, January 20

New to the Neighbourhood - Purple Essentials now open in Qualicum Beach!

I am so very excited to welcome you to our new boutique and holistic studio in Qualicum Beach!  Located in Unit 101 at 663 Beach Road, Purple Essentials is open for business - ready to share our handcrafted, fresh & natural passion with each of you.

Purple Essentials feels that Mother Nature is brilliant,
readily offering effective resources for natural solutions to an array of skin and wellness challenges. Nurturing with Nature, our products work to balance and nourish all skins types, especially sensitive skin - we help solve skin problems, naturally!!  

By combining the science of aromatherapy with Pure and Simple ingredients, we create Fresh & Natural skin care & body care products that are abundant in:
  • antioxidants
  • vitamins
  • minerals
  • skin-quenching ingredients 

Our extensive line of aromatherapy based, natural skin care and body care products are handmade in small batches using only natural and organic, nourishing ingredients to ensure quality and freshness. They are then hand scooped, poured and packaged on site in Qualicum Beach - Proudly local and proudly Canadian.

I invite you to drop by and discover Purple Essentials - see you on Beach!

Christine Weatherby
Owner/Creative Director  

Monday, January 2

Purple Essentials' Opening and Grand Opening Celebration dates are set - Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone!  All the best for a wonderful 2017!!

We are VERY excited to announce that dates have now been set for both the Opening and Grand Opening events at our new, Qualicum Beach studio ...

Opening Day is Saturday, January 14th
Grand Opening Celebrations are set for Saturday, January 28th from 2-6pm

We invite you to come discover the wide range of handcrafted, all natural products we have developed from our pure & simple passion to Nurture with Nature.

More details to come ... watch for updates to be posted here/on the website soon.
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To register, visit our website and click the subscribe to our newsletter button at the bottom of any page - Enjoy!!

As always - live pure and simple ~ live purple!

Sunday, January 1

Having trouble receiving emails from Purple Essentials?

Are you having trouble signing up for our newsletter or receiving emails/notifications/newsletters from Purple Essentials? 

All email servers have different levels of spam sorting, with, yahoo and gmail being some of the tightest.  Too often legitimate, authorized emails from us are being redirected into spam/trash, making it very challenging to communicate with our customers.

As well, accumulation of these false redirects also affects how emails from Purple Essentials are perceived by email servers - the more times our correspondence misses an inbox, the more likely it is that our legitimate emails will continue to be sorted as spam.
If you:
  • have tried subscribing for our newsletter, but experienced problems/not received your discount coupon
  • have not received our newsletter in awhile (although, admittedly, we are just now getting back on a regular schedule)
  • do not receive notifications after completing a purchase online
there are two easy steps you can take to rectify the issue: 
  1. please check your spam/trash folders - notifications from Purple are automated and are sent immediately; they will be there. 
  2. add us to your safe-senders list (and, please, report our email as "not spam").
If, after this, you are still having issues receiving emails and notifications from us, please let us know and we will follow up further. 

If you have unsubscribed from our newsletter, but are still receiving it, please let us know and we will quickly resolve the issue.

As always, live pure and simple - live purple!

Website Admin
Purple Essentials

Wednesday, November 30

Update on Purple Essentials' Studio Opening

Purple Essentials is very excited to announce that a date for the opening of our new studio at 663 Beach Road, Unit 101 in Qualicum Beach, BC will soon be announced!

While the Grand Opening will take place in early 2017, a Christmas Shopping Event is being planned for early December - watch for more details to be advertised soon.

For all of our current, Purple clients ... online sales have resumed for Christmas shopping. While only select items are currently available, we are busy in the kitchen working on fresh batches of all your favourites!  

Update posted shortly ... 

Monday, November 21

Tips for Having Healthy Winter Skin, Naturally!

Through the cold, dry months of Winter, your complexion comes under attack daily. Whirling winds, dry air, and chilly temperatures can really do a number on exposed skin and hair, leaving you feeling dry and itchy all over. Without sufficient moisture, lines and wrinkles in your skin can become more prominent and noticeable, while hair can become rough and 

Some easy ways to remedy skin's Winter challenges and enjoy soft, supple skin through the coldest time of the year:

Cleanse, Face:  Cleanse daily with an effective yet gentle cleanser. (many foaming cleansers tend to strip the skin of it's protective oils, which can cause dry and flaking skin.  Sodium laureth sulfate, or sodium lauryl sulfate is a foaming chemical that strips away your natural oils and can cause more harm than good - certainly worth avoiding).  For more information on SLS click here

Exfoliate, Face:  There is a fresh-faced glow hiding under that layer of dull, dead skin cells.  The best way to uncover it is to exfoliate (gently remove the dead skin cells - 2-3 times per week, depending on skin type).  For the healthiest glow it is best to use a product that contains spherical/round beads (ie. cornmeal, jojoba beads...) vs. sharp, jagged granules (ie. apricot, walnut shell...) that can scratch and inflict microscopic tears to the skin.

Moisturize, Face: You can add moisture to your skin from the inside and out, by drinking plenty of clean water (avoid caffeine and alcohol as they create dehydrating effects in the skin and body) and applying a high quality moisturizer to facial area, neck and chest, while skin is still damp from cleansing (morning and bedtime). This will help your skin to absorb and lock in the moisturizing nutrients it needs to stay soft and supple.

Protection:  Wear your sunscreen 365 days a year.  The winter-glare reflecting off of the innocent looking white snow, can actually increase your exposure to skin damaging UVA rays.  Apply SPF 30+ to all exposed skin.  (face, neck, hands...)

Temperature:  Avoid dehydrating, dry heat by turning down your thermostat at home and on the hot water heater.  Add a humidifyer to your bedroom. Use lukewarm water to cleanse your face and turn down the hot water in your bath and shower, as high temperature water can wear down and defeat skin's protective layer, which can increase inflammation and accelerate skin's ageing process (yikes).

Body:  Whether you prefer a nice relaxing bath or a speedy shower, take time to:
  • Cleanse with a moisturizing soap or bath & shower gel (SLS free).
  • Exfoliate with a body scrub or polish, to release dead, dry skin cells that can cause the irritating dry-itch we often experience through the Winter months.
  • Moisturize, in the bath or shower by using a bath & massage oil (plant based oils vs. mineral oil), apply a thin layer of oil while in the bath or shower, after cleansing...just before you are ready to turn off the water and head for your towel.  Massage it over skin, rinse and pat dry.  This will add moisture to your skin and can often allow you to skip the body moisturizing step that is dreaded on the freezing cold days. 
  •  If you skip the bath & massage oil or just need a little extra moisture for your skin, use a body moisturizing cream or lotion, daily and as needed.  Apply while skin is still damp for the most effective and long lasting results.  Also, be sure to avoid lotions and creams with alcohol listed as being one of the first few (or any) ingredients.  The alcohol actually evaporates the product from the skin (to leave a non-greasy feeling), which contributes to dry skin and multiple applications of the product throughout the day.  A nourishing body cream or lotion made with cold pressed botanical oils may take a little time to sink into your skin, but it will also nourish and moisturize your skin for an extended period of time. (this can be a healthy step as well as saving you money in the long run).
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Purple Essentials skin nourishing products that can help you to keep your skin healthy, soft and supple throughout the year and its skin changing seasons.

Cleansing, FaceOrange & Rosemary Facial Cleanser.

Cleansing, Body - Soaps

Exfoliating, Face - Cleansing Grains.

Exfoliating, Body - Scrubs & Body Polishes, Vanilla Tangerine Body Scrub, Ginger & Mint Body Scrub.  Whipped Cocoa Body Polish, Whipped Sugar Body Polish.

Moisturizing, Face - Peppermint Pore Toner, Essential Eye Treatment, Rejuvenating Serum, Lip Butter, Nail Enhancer

Moisturizing, Body - Whipped Body Creme, Mango Body Butter, Massage Bar, Bath & Massage Oil (Tranquil, Aphrodisiac), Whipped Sugar Body Polish

Purple Essentials Helps Protect and Nourish for Healthy Winter Skin!! 

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Sunday, October 2

How to get Fabulous Fall Skin with Purple Essentials' Natural Skincare Products

Autumn is a period of transition in nature and signals the perfect time to adjust your personal skin care routine.

With Summer behind us, you will soon begin noticing the air getting drier and cooler. In the Fall months to follow, your skin won't maintain moisture the way it did through the humid days of Summer - dry, cool air conditions can leave skin dehydrated, taut and slightly uncomfortable. As a result, your skin may become increasingly dry and even itchy … it's time to update your skin care routine!   

Here are 5 steps you can take to get Fabulous Fall Skin...

 1)  Drink Up & Eat Well:

One of the most significant initial steps in rejuvenating your skin is from the inside out.

Drink plenty of fresh, clean (filtered and reverse osmosis) water. Drinking 8 glasses a day, every day, will help to flush out body toxins better, thereby encouraging a healthy and balanced skin. Drinking plenty of water during the day will assist in maintaining plump cells and will keep dehydration at bay. If your cells become dehydrated it will show in your skin; fine lines and wrinkles can become more pronounced.  

Eat foods with healthy oils and omega fatty acids.  Fall is a season when fresh fruit and vegetables abound, so take the opportunity to include Pears, Leeks, Pumpkins, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Blackberries, Grapes, Plums and Raspberries as add-ins/substitutes with your daily meals. Eating these fresh foods allows you to load up on Vitamins C, B, E and A, iron, zinc, calcium, potassium, bioflavonoids, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, all of which help to prepare your skin and body for the challenges it will face during the winter. The result - boost the skin’s immune system while preserving its quality and restoring its natural glow.

2)  Cleanse Gently:

Now is the time to use a gentle cleanser that won’t strip your skin of its vital oil barrier.  The natural oils in your skin work to balance your skin's moisture level.  Harsh cleansers will only strip these natural oils and add to the frustrations of dry skin.  You will also want to avoid using hot water when washing your face. Instead, stick with tepid or lukewarm for daily cleansing.  

Recommended product: Purple Essentials' Orange & Rosemary Cleanser 

3)  Exfoliate:

Exfoliating your skin is an important step for each season, but especially as your skin becomes drier.  Summer damage can result in cellular build-up on the skin’s surface, causing it to look dull and be congested.  In order to effectively remove dead skin cells, leaving the skin soft and smooth, you should exfoliate regularly.  Exfoliating 2-3 times a week will slough away dead cells, preparing the skin underneath to absorb more moisture and nourishment.  Exfoliating also increases cellular turnover and allows your other skin care products to penetrate more easily, giving them the opportunity to work more effectively.

Recommended Body product(s) - a key benefit to using Purple Essentials' all natural, Body Scrubs and Polishes is that they are great for both exfoliating & moisturizing!

Recommended Face product(s)  -  avoid face products with apricot kernel, walnut and/or almond particles, as these tend to have jagged edges when ground and can cause skin tears. Purple Essentials' Cleansing Grains and Refining Mask are both effective and gentle exfoliates.

  4)  Adjust Moisturizers:

As the months get colder your skin needs more moisture than it did in previous seasons. Your skin does not adapt automatically to seasonal changes, and using a natural oil-based moisturizer (vs. water, silicone or alcohol) will help to balance its hydration level while nourishing and protecting it from the cooler temperatures.  Evaluate your skin’s needs to see if you need more moisture throughout the day.  *Tip: Lock in moisture while finishing up your bath or shower routine.  Coat your body with a light layer of (natural) Bath & Body oil, pat dry.

Recommended Body product(s) - Purple Essentials' Whipped Body Creme, Body Butter and Bath & Body oils each help to nourish and hydrate your skin naturally.

Recommended Face product(s) - Purple Essentials' Rejuvenating Serum and Facial Elixir will both provide amazing results!

   5)  SPF – Rain or shine: 

 Although the Autumn sun is not as strong as it was through the Summer, it's still necessary to use your sunscreen regularly (a sunscreen with SPF of 30+ is recommended). Ultraviolet radiation is composed of three wavelengths: UVA, UVB and UVC.  While UVC isn't a concern for skin cancer, UVA and UVB play different roles when it comes to tanning, burning, and photoaging. It seems everyone is mindful during the Summer about wearing sunscreen to protect skin from the sun's ultraviolet radiation, but less so throughout the Fall and Winter months - just because it is colder outside doesn’t mean those rays aren't affecting your skin.  Always wear a sunscreen that is "broad spectrum", meaning it will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. Note ... UVA (aging rays) cause skin’s collagen and elastin fibers to break down, and these rays come from not only the sun, but from indoor, fluorescent lighting as well.  

Adjusting your Fall skin care routine to include Purple Essentials handcrafted, natural products will help nurture your skin, senses and well being.

Enjoy this Wonderful Time of the Year!

Please visit our website to shop for more fresh and natural,  Fall skin care products ...
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Tuesday, April 19

We are heading out on an adventure!

We're taking some time to explore and recharge - but we'll be back before you know it!

While the online store remains open, our studio will be closed for two weeks beginning April 25th. Online orders placed on or before April 22nd will be processed before our scheduled downtime. Online orders placed between April 23rd and May 6th will be processed on May 9th.

Thank you for your continued support - we truly value your business!

Live pure and simple ~ Live Purple!