Keepin' your skin Local!

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Rhonda

The good news is that many people are eating healthier these days.  That can mean many different things depending on your starting line.  For some, it’s adding more fruits and vegetables and less Twinkies.  For others, it means choosing organic food more often and reducing exposure to toxic chemicals.  It can also mean purchasing more local items, which are generally fresher and help support the local economy.

But what about what you put on your skin, not just in your mouth?  You may remember from that high school biology class that your skin is actually an organ.  In fact, it’s your largest organ, covering 20 square feet.  That’ a lot of skin!  Some medicines are delivered through the skin, via a patch or cream.  So, that must mean that what you put on your skin goes into your body!  Now, isn’t that a thought!

Imagine you are pondering the next great fountain of youth product to make you even more beautiful.  How about slathering this on your face:

Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Niacinamide*, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Panthenol**, Polyethylene, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4***, Sodium Peg-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Tocopheryl Acetate^, Allantoin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract^^, Dimethiconol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Peg-100 Stearate, Dmdm Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Aminomethyl Propanol, Laureth-4, Laureth-7, Disodium Edta, Fragrance * Vitamin B3, ** Pro-Vitamin B5, ***Amino-Peptide, ^ Vitamin E, ^^ Green Tea

Ick.  Well, it does have Green Tea as the last ingredient.  Since they list the ingredients in order from most to least, they probably just waved a tea bag near the container.  I won’t name the product, but many skin care labels look like this.

Let’s try this instead:

99% Natural Ingredients: aqua(water),organic cold pressed olea europaea(olive)fruit oil, hamamelis virginiana(witch hazel),kosher vegetable glycerin, organic helianthus annuus(sunflower) oil, organic cocos nucifera (coconut), cetearyl alcohol, organic butyrospermum parki (shea butter)fruit,lavendula augustafolia(lavender) oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract.

That is Purple Prairie’s Lavender Lotion, made by our friends in Clearwater, Minnesota.  I can read and understand those ingredients!  I’d much rather put coconut and olive oil on my skin that crosspolymers.  And I am certain I will remain just as radiant.  Because there is no fountain of youth, sadly.  The secret is to keep your skin moisturized, get some fresh air and be happy.  And I hear buying local keeps you beautiful, too!

Purple Prairie Botanicals was started in 2000 by Bethany Albers.  She would sell her products to friends and co-workers (including my mother!) and then at farmer’s markets.  I was so thrilled when she was ready to be sold at Coborn’s.  All Purple Prairie products are free of:

  • Petroleum
  • Parabens
  • Synthetic Dyes
  • Artificial Preservatives
  • Animal Ingredients
  • Detergents
  • Sulfates
  • GMOs
  • Gluten

We’re proud to offer products with these high standards.  They have great scents from essential oils and most everyone can find one they like.

Plus, as I have said many times before, when you buy local, your money stays in the community.  When you purchase a Purple Prairie item, that money goes back to Bethany and her team in Clearwater.  They may be spending their money in your restaurant, or your uncle’s gas station or on your kid’s school fundraiser.

Enjoy your summer.  Keep buying local, which is easy to do when our store is full of beautiful tomatoes and sweet corn and other seasonal offerings.  But remember your skin all year long!

Rhonda
Coborn’s, Inc. Natural Foods Category Manager

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Freshen Up with Essential Oils from Coborn's

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Spring is finally here and that’s a great time to try essential oils.  You’ve likely heard of essential oils, know someone who uses them or use them yourself.  And everyone has an opinion on what’s the best brand or the best way to use them.  I just want to share some of my favorite, easy ways to use essential oils and maybe include some education along the way!

What are Essential Oils?

So what is an essential oil, anyway?  They are highly concentrated, aromatic essences of plants.  They are 75 to 100 times more concentrated than dried herbs.  Essential oils are 100% pure plant oils and are very different from synthetic fragrance oils.

Different plants have different amounts of oils.  It takes 50 pounds of eucalyptus to make one pound of essential oil.  But it takes over 2000 pounds of rose to make the same amount!  That is why different oils have different costs.

Different oils also have very different properties.  They can be relaxing, energizing, nourishing or balancing.

Essential oils are very concentrated.  Please take time to learn about their properties and actions before you use them.  Use reputable information.  Oils are great fun, but very powerful.

Essential Oil Uses and RecipesMorning Jumpstart Recipe using Essential Oils from Coborn's - www.cobornsblog.com

Morning Jumpstart

Now, onto the fun!  There are endless ways to use oils throughout the day.  I jumpstart my morning by sprinkling a few drops of eucalyptus or peppermint in the shower, away from where I stand.  The hot water activates the smell and the smell wakes me up!  Quick and easy.

Facial Mist Recipe using Essential Oils from Coborn's - www.cobornsblog.comFacial Mist

Next stop is my poor, winter weary face.  Earlier in the season, I was so dry and dull and nothing was helping.  I found a simple recipe for a facial mist.  It’s just 4 ounces water, 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin and 24 drops of the oils best suited to your skin type.  I used lavender, geranium and sandalwood that is blended with jojoba.  I put it all in a small spray bottle, shook it and spritzed it.  I use it before my moisturizer and another light spritz to set my makeup.  After a couple weeks, a salesperson in a store actually complimented me on my lovely skin.  That wouldn’t have happened a few weeks earlier!  And it was a much less expensive solution than those miracle creams.  And likely safer.

Local, Quality Skin Care from Purple Prairie. Available at Coborn's - www.cobornsblog.comRemember that your skin is the body’s largest organ.  Whatever you apply topically absorbs into your bloodstream.  It’s the reason medicine can be applied via a topical patch.  So slathering ourselves with chemicals that you wouldn’t ingest just doesn’t make good sense to me, personally.  There are so many great options. If you don’t want to make your own products, there are many high quality, safe skin care items that use essential oils, like our great local friends at Purple Prairie. (I had to get my local angle in here!)

How to Diffuse Oils for better sleep - www.cobornsblog.comDiffusing Oils

Another favorite way to use oils is with a diffuser.  There are many styles to choose from, we have three at home that are electric.  You simply fill them with water and oil.  They can be like mini humidifiers, adding moisture and great scents to your house.  My teenage son was waking up with a dry throat this winter, so we put one in his room.  Adding lavender or neroli oils give the added benefit of better sleep. Plus diffusers are a much better choice than spraying chemical air fresheners in your house.  Do you really want to breathe that in?

DIY Cleaning Supplies using Essential Oils from Coborn's - www.cobornsblog.comDIY Cleaning Products

Speaking of spraying chemicals in your house, another great way to use oils is in DIY cleaning products.  You can find great recipes online.  I get email newsletters from Aura Cacia and it just recently included tons of great ideas.  One favorite is to put 18-27 drops of your favorite oil on a cotton ball and vacuum it up!  It’ll stay in the bag and freshen while you work.

Spring is a great time to fill your house with the fresh smell of lemon, orange and grapefruit.  In the winter, I prefer the earthy smells of pine, vetiver, and sandalwood.  But when they weather warms up, I am ready for sunny citrus smells.  It’s all about what you like!

I hope you were able to find my blog helpful. Visit your local Coborn’s and fun Aura Cacia oils and Purple Prairie skin care in the Natural Foods Department.

Rhonda
Coborn’s, Inc. Natural Foods Category Manager

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Floral Tips and Traditions for Easter

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Dar

Easter will be here soon, falling on Sunday, April 5th.  My family celebrates with some fun traditions; we color and decorate Easter eggs a day or two before Easter and put in the refrigerator. On Easter morning the “Easter Bunny” takes them out and hides them around the house, both inside and outside, depending on the weather. My kids and the neighbor kids hunt for the eggs after dinner. Sometimes they would have so much fun that they would re-hide them and do it all over again. Believe me, it was quite entertaining, and my grown kids remember it still. Now the grandchildren enjoy the same tradition with just as much enthusiasm. Holidays are a time for tradition. I love being in the store and hearing the traditions of my customers.  It is fun to hear how everyone celebrates. Easter is one of the first holidays in spring, and that means it is time for flowers!

Floral centerpieces make a great hostess gift

Easter Lilies - www.cobornsblog.comOur most popular arrangement for Easter is our candle centerpiece. Which includes an assortment of spring flowers that will brighten up any table. We use long lasting flowers so that they can be used for days to come. Most people celebrate by going to a family member’s house for dinner and it makes a great hostess gift.

Easter Lilies

Then, there is the ever so popular Easter Lily. We sell the traditional white lilies as well as colored ones that have become popular. The care and handling is the same for both kinds of lilies. I have provided some information and tips on lilies below.

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Whatever your family traditions might be, I would like to wish you and your family a safe and Happy Easter. Remember that my staff and I at the Coborn’s in Sauk Rapids or at any floral shop in any Coborn’s store would love to help you with any of your floral needs for the season. Can’t make it in? Simply order online at http://www.floral.coborns.com/

Dar
Coborn’s Floral Manager, Sauk Rapids, MN

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Homemade Baby Wipes

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Lori

Shortly after my daughter was born, we discovered she had very sensitive skin and constantly had diaper rash.  After consulting her Pediatrician, he requested we immediately stop using store-bought wipes as they could be irritating her skin and not allowing the diaper rash to dissipate, or quite possibly could be the main cause of the rash.

A month or so prior to this appointment, I had gone to a friend’s house where we made homemade baby wipes, along with numerous other all-natural baby products.  Immediately after returning home from our daughter’s doctor appointment, my husband and I started using the homemade baby wipes on our daughter and overnight the diaper rash disappeared. We have been using these wipes on her ever since, and not only are they so much better for her skin, but they are so quick and easy to make, as well as tremendously cost-effective!

For this blog, I used the Aura Cacia Essential Oils from Coborn’s. Aura Cacia, has a great variety of high-quality Essential Oils that are animal-friendly, environmentally-friendly and clearly list all of their ingredients on each product. Their products are backed by a quality guarantee and it is easy to grab them on your shopping trip to Coborn’s. I pick up my Domestix or Ziploc containers, paper towels and Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap at Coborn’s as well.

 

Homemade Baby Wipes
 
Ingredients
  • 1 T. Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap – Lavender Scent
  • 1 T. Aura Cacia Sweet Almond Oil
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 Drops Aura Cacia Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 1 Drop Aura Cacia Lavender Essential Oi
  • ⅓ Roll Paper Towel
  • 1 round plastic container with lid – at least 1.6 QT
Instructions
  1. With a large, sharp knife, carefully cut a paper towel roll in three pieces.
  2. In the round container, add the first five liquid ingredients and stir.
  3. Slowly place one of the three portions of the paper towel roll in the liquid mixture and place the cover on the container.
  4. Let sit for at least 15 minutes to absorb the liquid.
  5. Remove the cover, pull out the cardboard core, and either flip the paper towels in the container and replace lid or replace lid and flip the entire container upside down.
  6. Let sit for at least 30 minutes.
  7. When you are ready to use them, pull wipes from the center.

How to make homemade baby wipes. www.cobornsblog.comTips

  • Cutting the paper towel roll is the hardest part. I usually have my husband do this and he will cut 3 or 4 rolls ahead of time so we have a stock of them ready.
  • Any brand of paper towels will work, whether generic or name brand.  We typically buy a generic brand and they work great.
  • Depending on the size of the container and thickness of the paper towels you use, you may need to add a little more or less water.  This can be done at any time, even after the wipes are ready to use.
  • I always have a pre-made container of wipes on hand for immediate use after the container we are using runs out.
  • Place wipes in a sealed bag to store in the diaper bag.

Even my husband, who has not always been much of an essential oil or all-natural believer, thinks they were a great change for our daughter and an amazing money saver for our family. Enjoy!

Lori
Coborn’s, Inc. Admin. Assistant

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New Product Line – Tippy Toes!

Coborn's intorduces a new product line - Tippy Toes - www.cobornsblog.com

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Sonja

Ten fingers, ten toes, two eyes and a nose, another sweet smile to brighten your day, along with a small hand to hold.  Don’t you agree that wee little ones bring such joy to each person they meet?  We sort of feel that way about our newest addition to the family of brands at Coborn’s.  We are all so excited to announce that “Tippy Toes” has joined the family.

“Tippy Toes – Caring for your little one from tip to toe.”

You spend hours daydreaming where your baby’s tiny feet will take them in their future lifetime. As a parent, it is your job to guide those little footsteps down a path full of health and happiness!  Starting from the first trip home and through all the clumsy steps, Tippy Toes is there to hold your hand along the way.  Rest assured, the Tippy Toes brand has everything you will ever need to soothe, comfort and nurture you baby, beginning at day one.

Quality products for baby that compare to National Brand - www.cobornsblog.comWe are very proud that our Tippy Toes Puffed Snacks, which are equivalent to national brand products, come in convenient, re-closable 1.48-oz. plastic containers and are available in Strawberry Apple, Blueberry and Banana varieties. The soft puffed snacks are made with whole grains, are naturally flavored and dissolve easily in a child’s mouth. Also available are two 8-oz. Baby Cereal SKUs: Rice and Oatmeal. The items, which match the specifications of the national brand cereals, are packaged in boxes with re-closable pour spouts to keep the dried cereal flakes fresh. Our Tippy Toes Yogurt Bites are offered in Strawberry, Mixed Berry and Banana flavors and come in re-sealable pouches that are perfect for on-the-go families. The bites are made with real yogurt and fruit and contain no preservatives, artificial flavors, sweeteners or high-fructose corn syrup.

We also are proud to announce we are expecting baby wash, baby lotion, baby oil, baby powder, baby shampoo, diaper rash ointment and more to arrive soon at your local Coborn’s store. All of these newly reformulated items are free of parabens, phthalates and quaternium 15 and are equivalent to items from Johnson & Johnson®.

Double the diapers, double the pins…double the sleepers, we’re having twins!  Well, not exactly twins, but rather we are offering double the points. Yes, you’ve read it right for every Tippy Toes item purchased through our Baby Club program, you will receive DOUBLE POINTS.

From tub to the towel, Tippy Toes has it all covered!

Sonja
Director of Business Development at Daymon Worldwide

 

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