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Angie Conrad

Angie Conrad

Angie shares her passions for natural beauty and healthy living through writing for Lemongrass Spa. Questions or comments, you can contact Angie at angie@lemongrassspa.com.

How To Use Your Makeup Brushes The Right Way

The secret to flawless makeup starts with using the correct brushes. Different types of makeup require their own unique brush shape, width and bristle length for proper application.  Sheer Minerals offers a variety of high-quality professional brushes for all your makeup needs. Our brushes are crafted with sustainable bamboo handles and cruelty free synthetic Taklon bristles.

Kabuki Brush

The most popular choice for Sheer Minerals fans! This travel-sized brush features dense, soft bristles to buff on mineral foundation or bronzer. Try the Kabuki Brush with your BB Crème to even out skin tone and fill in fine lines.

Foundation Brush

Apply Foundation starting at the center of your face and sweeping brush outward in a circular motion. Brush along jawline and neck for a seamless finish. The Foundation Brush works best with for Foundation, Veil or Blush application.

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6 Hot Tips for Transitioning to Summer Skincare

Summer’s hotter temperatures means your skin is exposed to sun, sea and chlorine, which can zap moisture, cause irritation or induce breakouts. Making small changes to your skincare routine can help maintain a flawless complexion all season long.

Tip #1 Lighter Moisturizer

You wouldn’t wear your wool socks to the pool, so don’t carry your rich moisturizer into summer. Keep skin hydrated without losing the anti-aging benefits of your face crème with the Overnight Rehab Crème or Green Tea Antioxidant Serum. Mineral Makeup Primer is another excellent choice that can be used by itself or under your makeup.

BONUS: Our Overnight Rehab Crème is on sale right now for $24, save $3!

Tip #2 Exfoliate

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Make your Hair the Mane Event this Summer

Happy-go-lucky summer days spent frolicking at the beach, road tripping with the kids, backpacking foreign lands and all of life’s little adventures call for carefree hair. Tousled bob, mermaid waves or proper pixie, no matter your style, we have your natural hair care covered!

Conventional products for your hair contain ingredients potentially harmful to your hair, your health and the environment such as parabens, sulfates, phthalates and polyethylene glycol. In addition to formulating hair care free from these chemicals, you won’t find genetically modified organisms, gluten, nano-particles or synthetic fillers.

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Dry Shampoo

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Warm Up Someone’s Heart with Springtime Gift Ideas

Flowers are blooming, birds are singing and we released a bouquet of fresh new gifts for the season. Find the perfect pampering present for every occasion with these springtime gift ideas.

Limited Edition Specials in Honor of MOMS

One of the most meaningful spring holidays is that glorious day we celebrate the women who nurture and shape our lives.   Whether a soccer mom, foster mom, expectant mom, working mom, retired mom and home-school mom … it doesn’t matter.   We love them all and pledge help you spoil them this Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13*.

Mom’s Favorites Collection

Pictured above. Available March 26 through May 1 at 9 am MT/ 11 am ET.

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How to Fit 5 5-Minute Spa Treatments into a Busy Schedule

Be kind to yourself. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? While we’d all enjoy luxuriating in a warm bath or pampering our skin with our favorite spa treatments, most days are too hectic for this fantasy. We’re sharing 5 ways to incorporate self-care spa treatments into your busy, daily life - all you need is 5 minutes!

Foot Spa

A foot spa softens skin and relaxes tired, achy limbs.

While adjusting the shower temperature to your liking, close the drain to the bathtub and sprinkle a couple tablespoons of Foot Soak or Mineral Bath Soak into the water. Try Herbal Foot Soak or Spearmint Eucalyptus Mineral Bath Soak in the morning to start the day refreshed and inhale the calming aroma of lavender and vanilla with the Mineral Bath Soak in the evening. If you have a few extra minutes, sit on the edge of the tub and scrub away dry skin with Walnut Foot Scrub or your go-to body polish.

Another option is soaking your feet while little ones are bathing. Sprinkle Lavender Vanilla Mineral Bath Soak in their bath water, sit on the edge of the tub and wiggle your toes along with theirs in the warm water.

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The Team Behind the Brand

What makes you happy at your job? Employers seek the answer to this question to attract and retain productive employees who also care about the company’s mission and success. Challenging tasks, a sense of belonging and the feeling of accomplishment are three primary reasons people find joy in what they do; you’ll also find these the prominent themes among Lemongrass Spa employees. Lemongrass Spa has evolved well beyond Heidi and Bryan Leist’s basement in the small mountain town of Bailey, Colorado, producing not only safe, natural products for families but opportunities for employees to explore and grow their careers. Today employees share what brings them happiness and pleasure working for Lemongrass Spa.

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“Because of our amazing consultants I have watched this business grow tremendously in just the short time I’ve been here. Each day I come to work I wonder what’s next for Lemongrass. With record-breaking sales and increased volumes I can’t wait to see what the future holds. There is no other place I would want to be but here, so that means you’re stuck with me! I feel like I can speak on behalf of everyone here when I say our number 1 commitment is you!!” Sean, Labeling Manager, Florida

“It’s an exciting experience seeing the company grow in all of its stages” Karen, Production, Colorado

“My favorite product – hands down – is our business opportunity! Each day I have the chance to help this company with our important mission, but also help women (& men) and moms build confidence, gain focus, gain clarity, cast a vision, feel empowered, and as such, change the trajectory of their lives.” #fieldofdreamers #becauseoflemongrassspa Kathy, National Field Developer, South Carolina

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4 Steps to a Stress Free Holiday

It’s the time of year for celebration, gratitude and worship. Traveling, partying and shopping are the top three activities during the holiday season, and each of these affairs alone trigger some level of stress. Ease some of the seasonal pressure by following these four tips.

Plan & Prioritize

In all my attempts to plan ahead for our annual Thanksgiving gathering, there’s always a detail I missed. Has this happened to you too? Whether you’re hosting a formal affair or casual get-together, preparing ahead of time will reduce last minute stressors such as multiple trips to the store and frantic cleaning. Prioritize your tasks: must-be-done and would-love-to-do. Don’t pressure yourself to present a Martha Stewart-worthy soirée if this isn’t one of your strengths (it’s not mine); instead put the focus on where you excel so you can mingle and enjoy time with your guests.

A few tasks to consider completing a week or two leading up to your event:

  • Kitchen prep – are you cooking or catering? Can any portion of the food and drinks be prepared and frozen or made a few days ahead? If not, complete your slicing and dicing the day before.
  • Cleaning – it’s much easier to vacuum and wipe down counters the morning of your event than to try to clean your house from top to bottom.
  • Shopping – food, decorations or gifts, you won’t want to wait until and be stuck in long lines and crowded stores.

Quick, Healthy Recipes

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Wake Up Skin with a Shot of Caffeine

Are you one of the 62% of Americans drinking coffee on a daily basis, according to the National Coffee Association? You’ve probably heard some of the touted health benefits of drinking coffee such as potential to lower risk of Type II Diabetes, protect from Alzheimer’s, protect liver, lower risk of some cancers and more. Did you know using caffeine infused skincare products protects and restores too? Here are three reasons to add a shot of coffee to your daily skincare routine.

1. Anti-Aging

Antioxidants counter the effects of premature aging by defending from oxidation. Green coffee beans provide a significant amount of polyphenols including caffeic, ferulic and chlorogenic acids and are considered one of the richest sources of antioxidants in the west. Applying coffee to your skin protects skin from sun damage and may assist in repairing UV damage.

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Caffeine increases microcirculation, the circulation in the smallest blood vessels, which aids in transporting nutrients to cells. It is believed the combination of antioxidants and increased circulation contributes to the temporary reduction of cellulite, tighter pores and reduced puffiness. Increased circulation also effectively reduces inflammation and the appearance of fine lines and redness. To maximize the benefits of increased circulation, massage Latte Bar Soap or Espresso Body Scrub in a circular motion to legs, torso and arms.

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Brought together by a passion for natural living, Lemongrass Spa consultants and customers have joined the home office to build an inspiring support network. Spread throughout the country, US territories and US military bases around the globe, most of this community may never meet in person, but service to others is at the heart of this group; we are here to provide encouragement and relief during times of need. Today I share a few recent initiatives from Lemongrass Spa and the Lemongrass Spa community.

Operation Freedom Feet

Lemongrass Spa’s longest running giving back campaign is Operation Freedom Feet; the mission of which is to pamper US service members stationed on foreign soil with a smaller version of our popular Cucumber Foot Kit. In 2016, over 1400 Freedom Feet Foot Kits were sent to US military personnel, and in 2017 over 1500 kits have been sent already. Click here to learn more about Stephanie VanNess’ inspiration behind Operation Freedom Feet.

Honor a Hero

Wendy Gerlach, Executive Director

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Why You Can’t Miss Host a Spa Party Day 2017

Lemongrass Spa’s mission began simply: pamper women and men in the comfort of their own homes with luxurious natural products at affordable prices. Fulfilling this mission originated with a humble foot spa. What better way to relax and connect with friends than with a refreshing beverage and toes dancing in a warm tub of water sprinkled with the energizing scent of peppermint or cucumber! Our home spa parties have evolved in the last fifteen years to include facials, makeovers, hand spas and so much more. As we maneuver through our hectic lives, connected yet disconnected through technology, nothing replaces the joy of hugging your sisters and seeing their bright smiles.

Host a Spa Party Day reconnects us with Lemongrass Spa’s roots and rewards the incredible ‘family’ that has supported this mission throughout the years. Our next national event is Saturday, October 14, and consultants from all over the country are gathering guests for a celebration of the fresh, clean & natural lifestyle. Host an in-home spa party Saturday, October 14 and receive a special gift package with your order plus be entered into a drawing for the grand prize: 1 of 10 personal telephone calls from Heidi Leist, CEO during their spa party and a “Heidi's Fall Favorites" prize package, which includes:

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  • Espresso Body Scrub Our exclusive antioxidant body scrub exfoliates the skin, helps reduce the appearance of cellulite and moisturizes with organic shea butter. Handcrafted with 100% organic ingredients, it features fair trade coffee grounds, organic sugar and tumeric to help break down inflammation and remove toxins.
  • October Exclusive Body Brush Exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin with our limited-edition Body Brush. The beech wood handled brush features natural bristles that can be used wet or dry. Use some Espresso Body Scrub on it for additional benefits for eliminating toxins, improving circulation and reducing cellulite. Brush is 7.5 inches long and the round brush head is 3” wide.
  • Almond Biscotti Bar Soap Organic, all natural scent of sliced almonds, toasted cookies and vanilla bean, swirled into our handcrafted, moisturizing bar soap.
  • Immune Boost Essential Oil Spicy and herbal oil blend of eucalyptus, clove bud, cinnamon bark, rosemary and lemon essential oils that is uplifting, warming, comforting, purifying and invigorating.
  • Wall Diffuser Fill your home with your favorite energizing or relaxing essential oil blends.
  • Glamour Eye Set with Organic Mascara in Matte Black, Graphite Eye Shadow trial and Ballerina Pink Eye Shadow trial.

Guests of a Host a Spa Party Day soiree not only benefit from an entertaining and relaxing afternoon but will also receive a complimentary trial product in their $25 or more order.

Not available for a spa-tacular party October 14? Let me introduce you to the two of the fantastic specials you can take advantage of Saturday, October 14 at 9 am MT/ 11 am ET through Wednesday, October 18 at 9am MT/ 11 am MT.

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Pack These 6 Summer Travel Essentials

School’s out, sun is shining and adventure awaits! Packing can be stressful, and suitcase space is a precious commodity. We’ve made packing easy with a collection of travel sized TSA-friendly containers. Headed out on the open road or catching a ride on a plane, toss these items in your bag before being whisked away for that warm-weather holiday.

Carry-On Tip: place all liquids (in 3.4 oz. containers or smaller) in a clear plastic quart-sized bag, packed at the top of your bag, for easy access.

Lotion & Spritz Pair

Skin will stay refreshed and hydrated! Purchase a Pick-A-Purse with four scents you can’t leave-home-without and add a complementing Hydrating Body Spritz from the Body Spritz 5 Pack.

Sunscreen Sport Stick & Bug-A-Boo Insect Repellent

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Detox Your Home with Essential Oil Cleaning Recipes

One of the easiest ways to eliminate toxins and synthetic chemicals from your home plus save money is by making your own cleaning solutions. Recipes are simple and use ingredients that are easy to find and affordable. You can find these base ingredients at most grocery stores or large online retailers:

  • Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) for grease, odors and dirt
  • Distilled vinegar for disinfecting (never mix vinegar with baking soda or hydrogen peroxide; avoid using on natural stone and wood surfaced)
  • Borax (sodium borate) solvent for grease, stains and grime
  • Washing soda (sodium carbonate) solvent for grease, mineral stains and dirt

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  • Hydrogen peroxide for disinfecting

A variety of essential oils can be used for cleaning, but these six are often used for because of their purported antibacterial and germicidal properties:

  • Tea Tree
  • Lemon
  • Sweet Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender

Keep soft, washable cloths on hand for wiping surfaces; many people recommend microfiber clothes, which you can usually purchase in bulk online.

Laundry

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4 Reasons Meditation is the Missing Piece to Overall Wellness

Meditation has been part of our spiritual journey for centuries, but it wasn’t until the 1960s meditation gained mainstream notoriety in the west as a means of self-improvement. In modern times, meditation has become a part of a well-rounded wellness routine along with healthy diet and regular exercise. Meditation is a simple concept: sit still, breathe deeply and focus on a single point or intention for a short amount of time. As easy as it sounds, it can be difficult to schedule time alone to practice or keep your mind from wandering to your mental to-do list. After reading how meditation can positively effect your mind and body, I promise you’ll want to clear your calendar for a mere ten minutes each day to receive all the mental and physical benefits meditation has to offer.

Anti-aging

Stress causes hormone imbalance, which in turn can manifest itself in skin problems like acne, dry skin and rash. Depending on severity, skin issues can negatively affect our self-esteem and perception of ourselves. Relaxation and meditation are well-documented remedies for reducing the body’s stress response.  Mediation can also reduce inflammatory promoting genes, which can decrease the skin’s signs of aging like wrinkles and dark spots. Studies have also shown meditation to reduce blood pressure and increase blood flow; increased blood flow boosts the amount of oxygen and nutrients carried to cells, overtime.

Pain Relief

Incorporating mindful meditation into your daily routine could have long-term positive effects for pain management. Chronic pain sufferers often rely on opioid treatments for pain management just to be able to complete basic daily tasks. There is a large list of long-term side effects of opiate use including addiction and liver or brain damage. A promising study published in the Journal of Neuroscience showed participants in the meditation group’s pain ratings decreased by up to 24% compared to the non-meditating participants. 

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Pampering Moms for Mother’s Day

Thank Mom for all she does by showering her with lavish skincare and mineral makeup. Lemongrass Spa offers an assortment of fresh, clean & natural beauty gifts for all the MOMS in your life.

Pamper Mom with one of our limited edition gift sets.

*Limited edition gift sets available through May 2, 2017 at 12 pm MT/ 2 pm ET

Mother’s Day Pink Duo Save $2 

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Ingredient Spotlight: Castor Oil

A highly versatile vegetable oil, castor oil is obtained by cold pressing the seeds of the castor bean plant (ricinus communis), a native to Africa and India. Castor oil has been used for centuries and is an age-old remedy for medical and beauty maladies. Modern practitioners continue to use castor oil for its therapeutic benefits and as a laxative. It’s one of the first vegetable oils used in industrial applications because of its viscosity and lubricating ability, and is commonly used as a preservative on dry grains to help repel bugs.

Castor oil is extremely diverse and unique in its composition; it is able to withstand high temperatures without breaking down and maintains fluidity at both extremely high and low temperatures. Comprised of 90% ricinoleic acid plus oleic and linoleic fatty acids castor oil provides a myriad of topical benefits and is most known for:

  • Penetrating deep into skin, providing instant hydration and softening
  • Slowing the signs of aging by helping to stimulate collagen and elastin production
  • Fighting free radical damage
  • Acting as a carrier to transport other ingredients to the inner layers of the skin

Castor oil has long been used topically for anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal purposes. Although there are very few studies done in this area, antidotal evidence suggestions castor oil could help slow microbial growth and is often used in wound treatment.

The thick consistency and silky feel of castor oil makes it one of the top natural alternatives to petroleum jelly, making it an excellent option for lip products. Try the Organic Crème Lipstick, Organic Lip Gloss or handcrafted Lip Balm to protect and moisturize delicate skin. Castor oil is commonly used in the manufacturing of soaps because helps create a rich lather; try it in the new Detoxifying Charcoal Facial Soap. Believed to promote healthy circulation, castor oil can be found in products that can help relieve stress and tension such as the Cucumber Foot Soak.

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Stimulate the Senses with New Essential Oils

Refresh and brighten using one of newest essential oils. With our fresh, clean and natural mantra always at the forefront, we love offering products you request, and we are happy to oblige. We added three new oils to our wildly popular essential oil collection to include two of the most requested oils plus an invigorating new blend.

Certified Organic Sweet Orange

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Add some zest to your day with this new sugary sweet certified organic essential oil. Diffuse this citrus essence with a floral note to melt away tension and uplift mind and body. Sweet Orange is also excellent for reducing skin imperfections and illuminating skin. A natural deodorizer, orange essential oil is a must-have for DIY household cleaners, and it blends well with a variety of other essential oils. Add a couple drops of essential oil to coconut oil and revive distressed wood.

Safe for ages 6 months and up. Safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women. As long as you dilute correctly, Sweet Orange is not phototoxic. 


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4 Nontraditional Ways to Say 'I Love You’

No longer reserved for sweethearts on Valentine’s Day, celebrating love has become a month-long affair. Grandiose declarations and over-the-top proposals splash across your social media feed and local news. Flowers and chocolates dominate storefronts and email blasts. We leave love notes to our spouses, send fanciful cards to our families and hide sweet treats for our children, all beautiful gestures. Let me introduce four unconventional ways to express your love this month and beyond.

Community Service

Is there a cause close to your love’s heart? Show what’s important to them is also important to you. Arrange a few hours of volunteer time with their favorite charity, collect items for donation to their local church or help with a community project. You and your beloved will not only strengthen your bond with each other but foster relationships in your community.

Family Date Night

Games, crafts, movies and adventures…gather the kids and plan an evening of fun! Save chores and homework for another time, check the ‘business talk’ (bills, school, etc.) at the door and designate this a work-free zone. Kids of all ages will want to help plan the family’s activities, and an evening without your typical everyday responsibilities can bring everyone closer together. 

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5 Anti-Aging Ingredients You Should be Using

Nature offers a bounty of botanicals to nourish, heal and thrive. We’re constantly reminded the importance of fueling our bodies with proteins, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids to maintain health, and what we feed our bodies effects the appearance of our skin. Aging is an integral part of life, but feeding the skin directly plays a key role in reducing the visible signs of aging in the skin.

Free radicals are produced through both natural processes and environmental stimulus and cause cells to breakdown over time, leading to signs of aging such as wrinkles and sagging skin. Antioxidants are anti-aging heroes sent to destroy free radicals and maintain skin’s elasticity, boost natural skin regeneration and reduce the signs of aging.

Here is a list of anti-aging superstars you should be using daily:

Argan Oil

Packed with vitamin E, essential fatty acids and antioxidants, argan oil works to improve texture by strengthening the bonding structures in skin, and improves appearance by fading dark spots. Argan oil seals in moisture, balances oil production and won’t clog pores.

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Benefits of the Top 3 Natural Exfoliants

Revive dull skin from head to toe by adding exfoliation to your weekly skin care routine. Exfoliating removes dead cells from the surface of the skin, smoothes rough patches and can help cellular turnover for youthful looking skin. Click here to learn about different types of exfoliation and exfoliation products in Lauren Wilkerson’s Benefits of Exfoliation blog. A variety of exfoliation materials have been used throughout history, and many of these continue to be used today such as pumice stone, sand, nutshells, and oatmeal. Three of the most common natural exfoliates are sea salt, sugar and jojoba beads, each of which provides their own unique benefits.

Sea Salt

Packed with minerals like calcium, potassium, iron and zinc, sea salt contributes to improving skin texture. When used in conjunction with a massage, sea salt is believed to increase circulation to the skin. Its high magnesium content is also believed to help reduce signs of inflammation. Sea salt has sharper edges than sugar and jojoba beads and is perfect for smoothing rough areas like elbows, knees and heels.

Products to try: Lavender Mint Body Polish and Dead Sea Facial Polish

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At Lemongrass Spa, we want to pamper you at home with luxurious body care products, but we realize a pampering session isn’t typically part of an everyday routine. Multiuse products save time and money plus are a great way to reduce waste and de-clutter your living space. The following five products can replace everything from hair styling products to basic skin-restoring ointments.

1. Healing Elements Balm

Available in Glide on Stick, 2 oz. jar and 6 oz. Family Size

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It’s no wonder Healing Elements is our #1 selling product and at the top of this list. Zinc oxide and calendula have been studied for their healing abilities on skin conditions such as wounds, burns, ulcers and rashes and are used (separately) in medical-grade ointments. These two therapeutic ingredients paired with the soothing combination of apricot, jojoba and almond oils plus shea and mango butters, make Healing Elements your go-to for minor skin irritations. Healing Elements can be used as a night crème for dry, blemished or aging skin that may need a little extra care. It also doubles as a hair conditioner and styling product; use a dime-sized amount of Healing Elements to soften and control curls.

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