Tuesday, 19 April 2016

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!

Friday, 25 December 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Purple Essentials!

From the Purple Essentials family to you and yours, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year!

While we celebrate the holiday season with our families, the online store remains open but orders will not be processed for shipment until the New Year - January 2nd. 

Enjoy the Holiday Season!

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Cut-off Dates for Purple Essentials Christmas Delivery to Canada and the U.S.


 Thinking of shopping Purple for Christmas?

For this point in the Christmas season, Purple Essentials has added an ExpressPost option to your shipping choice selection - shop online a little later into the month and still receive our handcrafted, all natural products in time for hiding under the tree, or in a stocking!!

Here are the cut-off dates for getting parcels delivered on time:

Canadian addresses:
Expedited (our regular option=$10):  order by Dec.11
ExpressPost (add $5=$15):   order by Dec.20

U.S. addresses:
Track A Pack (our regular option=$15):   order by Dec.9
ExpressPost (add $10=$25):   order by Dec.16

If you have any questions, please contact us through our website. 

Happy Holidays from Purple Essentials!

Saturday, 5 September 2015

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


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




With Summer rapidly coming to an end, 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 ...
Live Purple!

Monday, 20 July 2015

After Sun Skin Care - Important Steps for Taking Care of Your Skin After a Day in the Sun

Whether you've had a day at the beach or an enjoyable day out and about in the summer sun, be sure to protect, heal and nourish your skin with these simple after sun practices:
  • Shower & Moisturize ~ Time to wash away the layers of sunscreen & sweat, and rehydrate your sun-kissed skin. Cleanse your body with a hydrating bar of natural soap and apply a moisturizing body lotion, immediately after toweling off, to nourish and protect your skin. Recommended: All Natural Soaps ~ Whipped Body Cremes Citrus & Sage or Vanilla Orange Spice ~ Mango Body Butter (for dry, flaky problem areas)
  • Pamper Your Face ~ Use products rich in antioxidants to help protect and repair while helping to fight the signs of aging. In the hot, summer sun, wind and sand can act like an all-day irritant and exfoliator on your face. For your evening routine, use a gentle cleanser to wash away the day's sunscreen, dirt and sweat, followed by a deeply hydrating moisturizer to nourish your face while you sleep ~ wake up rejuvenated! Recommended: Orange & Rosemary Cleanser ~ Rejuvenating Serum ~ Facial Elixir
  • Soothe Your Lips ~ Easily sunburned, lips will respond quickly to a thick layer of moisturizing lip butter. Apply and let it soak in for hydrating relief and a return to soft, happy lips. Recommended: Moisture-rich Lip Butter
  • Treat Your Feet ~ It's a must, especially if you've spent a day at the beach! Dipping your feet in and out of water while naturally exfoliating them in the sand can leave them rough, dry and tired. Unless you moisturize, they could end up a mess. To avoid this, take the time to massage your tired feet with a hydrating body cream to soothe and soften them like a day at the spa. Recommended: Whipped Body Cremes Citrus & Sage or Vanilla Orange Spice ~ Mango Body Butter (for treating dry, cracked heels)
  • Rejuvenate Your Hair ~ Your hair can take a real beating when you are out in the summer sun. Water, wind, sand ... each of these can stress your hair beyond a normal day's cycle. Before bed give it a thorough washing and apply an intensive conditioner to help rejuvenate it back to a healthy shine. Recommended: Intensive Hair Treatment
  • Drink Plenty of Water! ~ Before - During - After ... Nothing replenishes your skin and senses like cool, refreshing water!
While following these steps can help protect, heal and nourish your skin after a day of sun exposure, the best way to help prevent sun damage and insure healthy, youthful skin is to prepare beforehand! Apply, and re-apply, generous amounts of sunscreen while outdoors, take timeouts in the shade and drink plenty of water!


Have a safe and relaxing summer!

Live Purple

Monday, 13 October 2014

Secret Weapon for a Fabulous Fall Face - Naturally Cleanse, Tone & Tighten with Purple Essentials' Refining Facial Mask!


Fall into a Fabulous Complexion!

Autumn is a time of transition. The days grow shorter ~ temperatures drop ~ the air becomes drier ... the effects on your skin can be dramatic. To combat this seasonal change, transition your skin care routine with the help of Purple Essentials' all natural face care products.

Where to start?  We suggest you embrace the cleansing, toning and tightening effects of Purple Essentials' Refining Facial Mask! Handcrafted from all natural ingredients, our Refining Facial Mask is an antioxidant rich, soothing and regenerating recipe, formulated to help fight the visible signs of aging.



CLEANSE ~ TONE ~ TIGHTEN

Regular cleansing is sufficient for removing surface dirt and grime from your face. However, by adding our facial mask to your normal cleansing routine you can experience amazing benefits:
  1. Rejuvenate your skin - Facial masks help exfoliate dead skin cells and unclog pores, which ensures your skin will look more toned, hydrated, and have better absorbency of your daily skincare products i.e. moisturizers and serums.
  2. Deeper cleansing - While regular cleansing removes the daily surface dirt from your face, facial masks actually draw out embedded dirt and oils from the deeper layers of the epidermis.
  3. Brighten your complexion - Facial masks help to stimulate blood circulation; better blood circulation means your skin will feel smoother and softer.
  4. Improve overall health - Facial masks improve the overall health of your skin, making it look younger and more radiant. They flush out accumulated toxins and aid in clearing up blemishes, helping keep your skin healthier.

INGREDIENTS

Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive, Purple Essentials' Refining Facial Mask is created from a unique blend of naturally nourishing fruit extracts and clays;
  • Kaolin & Pink Clay - for their gentle and toning properties.
  • Green Clay - for oil wicking, drawing out impurities from the skin.
  • Blue Washed Clay - helps to regulate skin's natural oils, tightening and toning.
  • Honey Powder - for it's healing, toning and moisturizing effects.
  • Apple Extract - packed with alpha hydroxy acid, anti-ageing properties.
  • Strawberry Extract - rich in polyphenols and Vitamin C, skin soothing properties, wonderful toner to reduce the appearance of pores.
  • Cucumber Extract - anti-inflammatory, tightening/toning, mineral and vitamin rich, promotes strong cell growth and repair.
  • Green Tea Extract - rich source of anti-oxidants, Vitamin C & E, helps to repair effects of ageing and environmental damage.
  • Ginger Extract - antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, soothing and balancing to the skin.


DIRECTIONS

For a Skin Tightening Mask*: Place 1 tablespoon of mask into small container, with a 1/4 teaspoon of juice, tea or water - your choice.

For a Moisturizing and Toning Mask*: Place 1 tablespoon of mask into small container, with 1 teaspoon of plain (Greek) yogurt and 1/2 teaspoon of warmed honey.

Apply above mixture to freshly cleansed skin with a mask brush or fingers, totally covering face and neck area (avoiding eyes). Allow to sit on skin for 20-30 minutes. Remove with a warm water and a soft cloth (dark coloured, as this blend can stain). Rinse skin with tepid water and apply moisturizer.  Recommended: Purple Essentials' Rejuvenating Serum.

* makes 6-8 masks

Using our Refining Facial Mask once per week will provide the deep cleaning your complexion needs to thrive!  Combined with the full line of naturally nurturing, face care products from Purple Essentials, your complexion will remain healthy and vibrant all season long.  We invite you to experience the results for yourself!

Live pure and simple ... Live Purple

Sunday, 7 September 2014

How to get Fabulous Fall Skin





With Summer rapidly coming to an end, you will soon begin noticing the air getting drier and cooler. As a result, your skin may become increasingly dry and even itchy… your skin care needs will change.  In the Fall months, your skin doesn'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.  Autumn is a time of transition, and signals the time to adjust your personal skin care routine. 

Here are 5 steps you can take to 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, causing any lines and wrinkles to become more pronounced).  



Eat foods with healthy oils and omega fatty acids.  Fall is a season when fresh fruit and vegetables abound, so you can include Pears, Leeks, Pumpkins, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Blackberries, Grapes, Plums and Raspberries to provide Vitamins C, B, E and A, iron, zinc, calcium, potassium, bioflavonoids, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants that can help to prepare your skin and body for the challenges it will face during winter and boost the skin’s immune system while preserving its quality and restoring its natural glow.



2)  Gentle Cleansing:

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 your frustration of dry skin.  You will also want to avoid hot water when washing your face, instead stick with tepid or lukewarm water.  

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 skin to look dull and be congested.  In order to effectively remove dead skin cells and leave the skin smooth, it is advisable to exfoliate regularly.  This step will prepare the skin to absorb more moisture and nourishment.  2-3 times a week will slough away dead skin while polishing the surface of your skin.  This process 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 the hydration level in your skin, while nourishing it 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 & Massage oil, pat dry.

Recommended Body product(s) - Purple Essentials' Whipped Body Creme, Body Butter and Bath & Massage 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 is still necessary to use your sunscreen regularly.  A sunscreen with SPF of 30+ is required.  We are so mindful during the Summer about wearing sunscreen to protect us from burning, but can easily forget the importance of a daily sunscreen throughout the Fall and Winter months. Just because it is colder outside, doesn’t mean those rays are not reaching your skin.  Another important note is that UVB (burning rays) are not the only types of rays that can damage skin.  UVA (aging) rays cause skin’s collagen and elastin fibers to break down, and these rays come from the sun as well as fluorescent lighting found indoors.  Always wear a sunscreen that is "broad spectrum", meaning it will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.



Adjusting your Fall skin care routine to include Purple Essentials handcrafted 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 ...

Live Purple!

Sunday, 3 August 2014

New Summertime, Natural Skin Care Essential - Non Talc and Cornstarch Free Body Powders

All Natural Relief for Painful Skin Chafing

With the start of August, we find ourselves right smack dab in the middle of Summer! The days are warm and, oftentimes, muggy, and no matter what type of outdoor activity you and your family prefer, sweating is almost a guarantee.  Whether walking, exercising or traveling in the car, moisture (sweat) combined with friction from body parts rubbing together, or from clothing moving over delicate skin repeatedly, can lead to painful skin chafing and irritation - i.e. thigh chafing, bra itch, jock itch and, in babies, diaper rash.

To help insure that your skin stays soft and dry, preventing painful chafing in all your delicate areas, it’s time to discover a new, summertime skin care essentialPurple Essentials’ All Natural Body Powder!



100% All Natural, Purple Essentials’ Body Powder and Baby Powder are formulated from finely milled natural flours, herbal powders and moisture-wicking, Parisian Pink Clay, with pure essential oil blends added for specific aroma therapeutic effects .  Best of all, as part of our company’s goal to help reduce our client’s exposure to harmful, unnecessary chemicals, they are Non Talc and Cornstarch Free.  

Why Non Talc and Cornstarch Free?

Talc (talcum powder), is a controversial skin care ingredient that for decades has been used to help wick sweat off of our bodies. For the last 30 years, scientists have closely investigated talc particles and found dangerous similarities to asbestos – here is a link to the American Cancer Society and their position on talcum powder. This poses an inhalation concerns for adults and, especially, babies. Another common use for talcum powder is as a dusting powder and deodorant agent for sensitive areas, including the genital area. However, some studies suggest that talc based products used in this manner create a possible risk factor to developing ovarian cancer in women – here is a link to the Canadian Cancer Society’s website.
As for avoiding cornstarch as an ingredient in our all natural powders,specifically the baby formula, we feel that it increases the effectiveness of our product. Reports we have read suggest that cornstarch may actually feed yeast, which can worsen a yeast/thrush infection. Anyone who has tended to a baby with a painful diaper rash knows: you do not want to "feed the yeast!"

Whether the evidence is definitive or not, Purple Essentials does not believe in exposing our clients to the potential health hazards of using talc – our natural body powders, including Purple Baby Body Powder, are talc free and cornstarch free.


For more information about Purple Essentials’ Purple Baby Body Powder – click here to access a previous posted blog entry.


TIPS: in addition to moisture control, Purple Essentials’ Body Powder can be
  • Used as dry shampoo to absorb oil in the hair when it is not possible or practical to use water and traditional shampoos
  • Use a light dusting to help control facial shine, especially when setting makeup.
  • As a dusting over sunburn in delicate areas such as backs of knees or on the inside of their elbows to help prevent chafing against this sensitive skin
No matter the irritation, Purple Essentials’ Body Powders help soothe, and protect your delicate skin during the muggy, summer months.

Nurture yourself and your skin – Add this skin care essential to your summer routine and experience the natural results now.  

Live Purple!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Taking Care of Your Skin After a Day in the Sun - After Sun Skin Care Tips

Handcrafted, Natural Skin Care for After Sun Soothing - Shop Purple Essentials Now

Whether you've had a day at the beach, or an enjoyable day out and about in the summer sun, that vitamin D boost comes with a price - it can take its toll on your hair and skin. If you practice a few, simple skin care steps for after sun relief, you can keep your body healthy and glowing all summer long.
  • Shower & Moisturize ~ Time to wash away the layers of sunscreen and sweat, and rehydrate your sun-kissed skin. Cleanse your body with a hydrating bar of natural soap and, immediately after toweling off, apply a moisturizing body lotion to nourish and protect your skin.


    Recommended: All Natural Soaps ~ Whipped Body Cremes Citrus & Sage or Vanilla Orange Spice ~ Mango Body Butter (for treating dry, flaky problem areas)

  • Pamper Your Face ~ Use products rich in antioxidants to help protect and repair, while helping to fight the signs of aging. In the hot, summer sun, wind and sand can act like an all-day irritant & exfoliator on your face. For your evening routine, a gentle cleanser to wash away the day's sunscreen, dirt and sweat, followed by a deeply hydrating moisturizer to nourish your face while you sleep ~ wake up rejuvenated!


    Recommended: Orange & Rosemary Cleanser ~ Rejuvenating Serum ~ Facial Elixir

  • Soothe Your Lips ~ easily sunburned, lips will respond quickly to a thick layer of moisturizing lip butter. Apply and let it soak in for hydrating relief and a return to soft, happy lips.


    Recommended: Moisture rich Lip Butter

  • Treat Your Feet ~ It's a must! Especially if you've spent a day at the beach or cottage. Dipping your feet in and out of water, while naturally exfoliating them in the sand, can leave them rough, dry and tired. Unless you moisturize them, they are going to be a mess. Massage your tired feet with a hydrating body cream to soothe and soften them like a day at the spa.


    Recommended: Whipped Body Cremes Citrus & Sage or Vanilla Orange Spice ~ Mango Body Butter (for treating dry, cracked heels)

  • Rejuvenate Your Hair ~ Your hair can take a real beating when you are out in the summer sun. Water, wind, sand ... each of these can stress your hair beyond a normal day's cycle. Before bed give it a thorough washing and apply an intensive conditioner to help rejuvenate it back to a healthy shine.


    Recommended: Intensive Hair Treatment

  • Drink Plenty of Water! ~ Before - During - After ... Nothing replenishes your skin and senses like cool, refreshing water.

Summer is a great time to get outside and rejuvenate your mind and body. Let Purple Essentials' all natural skin care products give your skin a little TLC for after sun relief - Natural Balance for your Skin, Senses and Wellbeing.

Live Purple!