Brooklyn Botany is more than a skincare brand. It is a philosophy where healthy living and the desire for a green lifestyle intersect. As such, we want to make sure all areas of your life, not just your skincare, are covered.
Our homes are our personal sanctuaries. Everyday we return to our humble abodes to rest up and recharge before we go out to face the world again. But, have you ever stopped to think about the quality of the air in your house? Indoor air pollutants are a growing problem. It’s tough to decipher whether or not the air quality of your home is up to par because air pollutants are usually, tough to see. Yet, poor air quality can result in a whole host of health conditions such as headaches and nausea as well as eye, ear, and nose irritation.
Indoor air pollutants are a result of both man-made and natural occurrences. Toxic compounds can be released into the air through cleaning products as well as furniture and synthetic materials. The natural air pollutants can range from springtime pollen to more hazardous mold and bacteria. Poor ventilation only exacerbates these problems. The easiest fix to this problem is actually very simple: house plants! Indoor house act as air filters. Plants pull the toxins out of the air and release oxygen into the air through photosynthesis resulting in improved air quality.
Looking to spruce up your air quality? Give the below plants a whirl: aloe vera, spider plant, snake plant, and peace lily.
The secret behind the Japanese’s beautiful skin? Camellia Oil. In fact, in Asia, the beautiful flower is a symbol of femininity and grace. And, when the flower is distilled into its oil form, it becomes a multi-purpose oil with incredible healing and nourishing properties. Here are some of our favorite ways to use the oil.
1. Moisturizer: the high oleic acid content, otherwise known as Omega-9, makes the oil an easy absorption moisturizer for skin. We’re talking hydrated, plump skin without an oily residue as the oil absorbs into the skin as easily as water.
2. Make-Up Remover / Facial Cleanser: one of the best ways to cleanse the skin is with oil. After all, like removes like. Oil cleansing scrubs away at dirt and grime without stripping the skin of valuable moisture. Likewise, Camellia Oil can break down make-up without the rubbing and pull required from a synthetic makeup remover.
3. Hair Oil: warm the oil and massage it into the scalp. Leave the oil in for 30 minutes or overnight for a longer treatment. Wash the oil out with shampoo for softer, more lustrous locks.
4. Nails: Massage the oil into cuticle for stronger nails.
5. Wounds/Scar Treatment: massage the oil into the skin to gently fade scars anddiscoloration.
Though dry brushing may sound like a new wellness phenomenon, it is actually an ancient healing massage technique used for centuries by Russians, Indians, and many more cultures across the world.
The invigorating and stimulating practice is fairly simple, easy to incorporate into your morning routine, and involves only one tool: a soft, natural bristle brush. (Check your local supermarkets for a brush that suits your skin.) Prior to showering, and while the body is still dry, run the brush across your skin using long, sweeping motions. Always brush towards the heart.
Though the benefits of dry brushing are numerous, the most lauded claims are lymphatic support, smoother skin, and cellulite reduction.
The lymphatic system is an internal drainage system for waste comprised of lymph nodes, ducts, and vessels. Congestion of this integral system leads to inflammation. Meanwhile, the light, feathery pressure of the brush running along the skin stimulates the lymphatic system encouraging the process of draining while increasing circulation.
In addition, the action of running a firm brush across the skin is a gentle exfoliating practice. The bristles of the brush loosen and remove dead skin revealing smoother skin to improve the overall appearance and texture of skin.
Though the science is not 100% conclusive, many individuals swear that dry brushing has helped to reduce the accumulation of toxic materials in the body’s fat cells, otherwise known as cellulite. The brushing motions break down trapped toxins to allow for easier elimination.
As your skin is your largest organ, there’s no need to brush till your pink and blue. Instead, use a more gentle touch that feels invigorating but never rough. To reap the benefits of dry brushing, do this practice once a day and immediately shower post-brushing. It’s that simple!
As June marks the height of blueberry season, we thought we’d pay homage to everyone’s favorite antioxidant packed berry with a DIY facemask with only 3 ingredients: blueberries, honey, and oatmeal. After all, blueberries are more than just the toping of your favorite Greek yogurt!
The health benefits of blueberries have long been lauded but it’s important to know that these berries are rich in Vitamin A and C alongside fiber. The fiber helps keep the digestive system moving while Vitamin A and C are necessary for healthy cells. When it comes to skincare though, blueberries normalize the oil level of your skin and the high antioxidant count helps the skin fight damaging free radicals. Blueberries are also one of the few fruits with a low sugar count and can thus easily satisfy sweet tooth cravings.
As a humectant, honey helps the skin retain moisture and it’s anti-bacterial properties help quell acne flare-ups making it the perfect product for every skin type. Oatmeal acts as a mild exfoliator that combats inflammation and dryness by also restoring the skin to a balanced pH level.
1 tbsp oatmeal
6 blueberries, frozen or fresh
1 tsp raw honey
Mix honey with blueberries to create a paste
Add oatmeal, mix well
Apply to skin
Wait 10-15 minutes
Gently wash the mask off
Follow with a serum and moisturizer
Lavender oil is widely known as the most commonly used Essential Oil in the world.
Lavender Oil has been used for thousands of years. Ancient texts indicate that the Romans used it for bathing, cooking and for scenting the air, and The Egyptians used it for mummification and as a perfume.
Some of the common uses for Lavender Oil are:
- Reduces anxiety and emotional stress
- Heals burns and wounds
- Improves sleep
- Restores skin complexion and reduces acne
- Slows aging with powerful antioxidants
- Improves eczema and psoriasis
- Alleviates headaches
Within the many kinds of Lavender Oil, Lavender from Kashmir is widely accepted as the highest quality Lavender in the world. with 31% Linalool & 34% Linalyl Acetate, Our Lavender Oil is the most potent and highest quality Oil available today.
Brooklyn Botany Ultra Pure Kashmir Lavender is grown in the foothills of the Himalayas in high-altitude valleys famed for their rich harvests of aromatic plants. The lavender plants used for Brooklyn Botany are grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides or any other harmful additives. Lavender Kashmir is commonly used for:
• Massaging on your skin as a relief for muscle or joint pain, as well as for skin conditions like burns, acne, and wounds. Make sure to dilute it with carrier oil.
• Adding to your hand or foot soak. Add a drop to a bowl of warm water before soaking your hands or feet. Helping with lice, lice eggs, and nits.
• Reducing sunspots and signs of appearance of aging.
Because of its antioxidant properties, it soothes sunburn and quickly heals cuts and dry skin.
This post is an introuction to the world of Vitamin C Serums, and many of the myths that Beauty and Cosmetic companies advertise to consumers:
Vitamin C means L'Ascorbic Acid. Bear this in mind. What we call 'Vitamin C' is in fact called L'Ascorbic Acid.
All other forms of Vitamin C Serums on the market are made of Vitamin C derivatives known as C esters, which are not Vitamin C itself.
Now a lot of companies claim that Vitamin C esters will convert to L'ascorbic Acid (LAA) when it is applied on the skin. This raises questions such as:
1. Is this true?
2. How much of esters (% of ) will be converted to L'ascorbic Acid (LAA)?
3. When and will this be with the same efficacy?
There is no assurance at all that all of the esters will be converted into L'ascorbic Acid with the same efficacy. Some are not delivered into the dermis in an adequate quantity, while others do not chemically convert to the biologically active form of Vitamin C which is L'Ascorbic Acid.
If the above is correct, why isn't everyone selling L'ascorbic Acid based Vitamin C?
Until now, it was impossible to sell real L'ascorbic Acid Vitamin C, due to L'ascorbic Acid being extremely unstable and easily oxidized. By the time it would be bottled and shipped, it would lose its efficacy.
This is no longer the case.
Recently there has been a scientific breakthrough that will finally allow consumers to purchase the real thing. Brooklyn Botany is presenting the most stable L'ascorbic Acid (LAA) serum in the world, with a shelf life of 12 months, using Triple C Technologies. The usual stability of L'ascorbic Acid Serum is 3 days (72 hours). However, utilizing Triple C technologies, we have succeeded to extend the stability to 12 months.
Dr Oz has described Vitamin C as one of the anti-agers that will "drop a decade from your face". He suggests to look for Vitamin C products that contain an active ingredient such as L'ascorbic Acid. Our Vitamin C Serum has L'Ascorbic Acid (10%) with Vitamin C derivatives like Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (3%) & Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (0.9%) that work in concert, to deliver the most effective results to date.
Oregon State University recommended topical ascorbic acid as a vital molecule for skin. Some studies have shown that vitamin C may help prevent and reduce ultraviolet (UV)-induced photodamage.
If you would like to witness the miracle of youth in a bottle, and look a decade younger, dive in face first and try it for yourself: