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Father’s Day Inspiration

With Father’s Day soon upon us, here are some gift ideas that won’t break the bank, but are sure to be much enjoyed.

For the dad who appreciates some quality spirits…

Hudson Manhattan Rye ~ Tuthilltown ($44.28 – must buy on premises though) Any unique or local spirit/wine/beer would be fun!

For the dad that could use some relaxation on a regular basis…

Brazilian Hammock in a Bag by Bliss Hammocks ($29.99)

For the dad into being (or trying to be) healthy…

Circulation Sandals (therapeutic sandals that gently stimulate blood flow, enhance circulation and reduce fatigue) from Gaiam ($68)

For the dad who loves to grow things*…

Mushroom Garden from Back to the Roots ($20)

*Green thumb not required. These mushrooms grow like weeds! (But more like, mushrooms)

For the dad who loves to snack…

Help him do it in a health way with a gift basket like this one from GiftBaskets.com ($58.99)

For the dad that doesn’t like “stuff”, but loves to be pampered and could use some de-stressing…

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That’s my dad so I decided to get him a massage at a great spa. This is the one I picked: Acqua Aveda (prices vary)

Good luck with your shopping!

p.s. Just give me a category or tell me a little bit about your dad and I would love to give you more suggestions :)

Natural Beauty Buyer’s Guide

This list contains some of my favorite natural brands and items in a variety of categories. They are perfect natural choices for yourself or someone you really love (I say “really love” because these products are EXCELLENT) Happy shopping! :)

REN ~ Frankincense Revitalising Night Cream ($55)

A supremely rich and therapeutic night cream with one of my favorite natural ingredients – frankincense! Frankincense is anti-inflammatory and highly effective at healing scars. The scent has also become one of my favorites.  Back to REN – I love so many of their products and I’m making it a point to try them all!

By Nieves ~ Face Fix ($32)

This is my latest face scrub. It’s super earthy – ingredients include organic white willow, organic neem leaf powder, & organic rose petal powder just to name a few. The consistency is perfect for exfoliating skin effectively, which to me means that it’s not too rough, but it definitely feels like you’re accomplishing something! I love that it can also double as a mask – just add water, honey, or yogurt.

The Organic Pharmacy ~ Carrot Butter Cleanser ($50)

I adore the look of their website and packaging, not to mention the high quality of all of their amazing products. This cleanser is perfect for the winter with skin softening ingredients like jojoba oil and cocoa butter. It even takes off eye makeup! I’ve also tried their Flower Petal Deep Cleanser and Exfoliating Mask – it’s multi-functional (like the By Nieves), which I love because why buy 2 products if you can buy 1 really great one?

Buddha Nose ~ I Booster Spray ($24)

For the germaphobes in your life (half joking) or just anyone who likes spraying lovely smelling mixtures that are also beneficial to your health. I’ve mentioned it before here and I’m talking about it again because it’s definitely one of my favorite natural products, especially in the winter months. A spray or two of this mixture and it just instantly perks you up internally and externally!

eos ~ lip balm in pomegranate raspberry ($3.29)

Great flavor, great packaging and a great price! This one is 95% organic, 100% natural and 100% effective at keeping lips moisturized. It really takes lip balm up a notch without upping the typical price tag.

California Baby ~ Welcome Baby Tote ($34.99)

One of my fav brands for babies. This is perfect for the new moms in your life. Set includes Calming™ Shampoo & Bodywash, Diaper Rash Cream, Non-Talc Powder, on-Burning & Calming™ Diaper Area Wash Spray, Natural Wool Sea Sponge, and Calendula Cream.

Aubrey Organics ~ City Rhythms Face Scrub ($8.93) & City Rhythms Shave Cream ($7.30)

And last but not least, some natural products for the men.With a fresh and woodsy scent (think cedar, sandalwood & bergamot), this scrub is ideal for smooth skin – it clears pores and loosens ingrown hairs hence preventing razor burn. Combined with Aubrey’s shave cream, it’s the perfect pairing to keep the guys naturally beautified as well!  There are other scent options (North Woods & Spice Island), but Dylan and I both agree this one is the best.

I could go on and on (and maybe I will in another post soon), but here’s some natural favorites to get you started!