• Deodorant Detox: How to Make the Switch to Natural by Pharmaca

    Deodorant Detox: How to Make the Switch to Natural

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    I’ve been on the natural beauty train for awhile. But when I started working for Pharmaca I really kicked up my commitment to keeping toxic ingredients out of everything from my makeup to my shampoo to my serums. And I’ve never looked back!

    Deodorant, however, has always been the one natural hurdle I couldn’t overcome…I just have always sweat a little too much to make the transition (and I hate feeling like I stink!). But I know that switching to a natural, aluminum-free deodorant is one of the most important choices I can make when it comes to keeping my body free of toxins. So in May I decided to take the plunge—and document the journey of my deodorant detox! To kick off my quest, I chatted with Kerri Leslie, founder of Noniko Natural Deodorant, to learn about the best ways to end my relationship with anti-perspirant for good.

    Kerri says the first thing to do is find the one that works for you. “I can help anybody make the transition work for them because I have tried every product on the market!” says Kerri. No matter which formula you choose (and there are a lot), there is going to be a detoxification period. “Essentially what’s happening with anti-perspirant is that the aluminum is clogging your sweat glands like a cork,” says Kerri. So when you stop using it, your body begins eliminating all the toxins—and sweating. Profusely. “During this period, you’re often washing away the deodorant with all the sweat.” (Something to look forward to!)

    The good news is that Kerri swears you can get over the worst of the transition in about 2 weeks. Here are her top tips for making it go as smoothly as possible.

    Get a formula that includes baking soda, but don’t overdo it.
    Baking soda neutralizes odor and a swipe of it will take away any stinkiness, making it ideal for touch ups, says Kerri. The only problem is that some people are sensitive to it, so it’s good to minimize how much you’re putting on. If you do develop a rash, “stop using it!” she says. It means your skin is irritated and you should switch to a baking soda-free version (Noniko’s Sensitive Skin Formula uses magnesium in its place).

    Make application the last step in your morning ritual.
    This helps ensure you’ve gotten rid of any residual moisture from the shower. Starting off with dry armpits—and allowing pores to close—means you’re less likely to experience any irritation, especially if you’ve just shaved.

    Carry it with you.
    Just use one swipe in the morning, and for touchups during the day when you feel you need to (this should only be necessary in the first few weeks). But don’t use too much—you don’t want to feel like it’s too goopy.

    Prepare yourself for being a little uncomfortable.
    “It’s normal for your body to sweat,” says Kerri. “So you have to get used to and start getting comfortable with having armpits that aren’t perfectly dry.”

    Wear the right clothes.
    For example, if you don’t want obvious sweat stains, stay away from silk blouses. Tank tops are a good bet, since you also don’t want any odor to get ingrained in the fabric of your clothes.

    Encourage detoxification.
    “We’re investigating whether lymph and breast massage can help speed up the detox process, but it can’t hurt,” says Kerri. She even suggest applying a clay mask to the area to help draw out toxins (try ones from Dr. Hauschka, evanhealy or John Masters Organics).

    Here goes nothing!

    Day 1 (using Noniko Bergamot Grapefruit): Goes on easily, smells nice but not overwhelming. It’s a cool day so I’m not sweating much. Definitely some dampness, but nothing I can’t handle. This is gonna be easy!

    Day 2: I obediently wait until the end of my morning routine to put on a few swipes. By 5pm I was a little stinky, so I reapplied once.

    Day 3: After the shower my pits felt a little irritated, so I applied Derma E Tea Tree & Vitamin E Antiseptic Crème—my go-to for any skin irritations—to soothe them.

    Days 4 & 5: I haven’t noticed that much more sweat, but there was definitely an odor after a few hikes and some time in the garden. Had to shower more often to get rid of it, but it’s not unbearable.

    Day 6: Definitely noticing some redness, but I keep up with my Derma E treatment, applying before I apply the deodorant.

    Day 7: Hanging in there! It’s definitely hotter today, so I know I’m sweating, but I reapplied at lunchtime and seem to be ok.

    Day 8: I made it a week! The odor is definitely getting less and less noticeable, and the redness has mostly gone away. Excited to be almost aluminum-free.

    Day 9: I feel like I took a step back. The end of yesterday was hot, so I ended up having to shower last night because I stank. And this morning my armpits were irritated again, so I decided to switch to another formula I had at home, this Weleda Citrus 24h Roll-On, which is free of baking soda.

    Day 10: I was substantially stinky and irritated by the end of the day yesterday. Showered and soothed with my Derma E Crème. Went back to my Noniko this morning and hoping for the best.

    Days 11 & 12: I went out of town and forgot my deodorant. But I didn’t stink at all! Even after a few hours skiing I was doing just fine.

    Day 13: Reapplied once, but that did the trick to kill the stink.

    Day 14: Successfully made it 14 days! I don’t feel like I am overly sweating or overly stinky. I think I will have to keep working on the irritation, but I’m hoping to switch over to the sensitive formula without baking soda.

    Thinking about making the transition to natural deodorant? Check out our broad collection of sticks, sprays and roll-ons that are all free of aluminum. Good luck!

    Tiffany is Pharmaca’s Senior Communications Manager. And now a natural deodorant devotee. 

    This article can be found on the Pharmaca website

  • Easter Event at Bel Aire Plaza - Saturday, April 13, 2019

    Easter Event at Bel Aire Plaza

    Easter Event 2019

    We're excited to announce this fun event for the family! Get your pictures with the Easter Bunny. 🐰

    We'll also have festive face painters and a balloon artist, too!

    Rain or shine!  

    IMPORTANT: bring your own camera!

    The EASTER BUNNY is coming to Bel Aire Plaza at the Patio at Copperfield's and Whole Foods

    Saturday, April 13
    11am - 2pm

  • Bite Size Belgian Chocolate Cookies

    Bite Size Belgian Chocolate Cookies

    These little cookies represent a truly international endeavor. The biscuits themselves are made in the Netherlands; the eponymous filling comes from European neighbor Belgium; and we sell them exclusively at your neighborhood Trader Joe’s. We contemplated an internationally-themed moniker, yet ultimately decided that the easier it was to understand what was inside the box the better – they’re just so delicious we didn’t want anyone to be confused! 

    As their name clearly states, the Cookies are Bite Size. They’re classic round biscuit cookies, crispy and slightly buttery – substantial enough to dunk in milk or coffee, yet delicate enough to virtually melt in your mouth. Sandwiched between two of these cookies is a generous layer of rich Belgian chocolate – this filling manages to be firm and creamy at the same time, which in itself is a miracle of modern confectionary technology. Enjoy them with the aforementioned beverages, or a mug of tea or cocoa; serve alongside a scoop of your favorite ice cream; or crumble and make a crust for a favorite cheesecake recipe. 

    First posted on the Trader Joe's blog.

  • 7 CRAZY WAYS TO USE PARMIGIANO REGGIANO

    Need some extra inspiration when it comes to using Parmigiano Reggiano? Getting creative with this versatile cheese really pays off, and we’ve got some daring, delicious combinations that show it at its best plus a sale. Save $5 per lb on Mitica Parmigiano Reggiano from 2/23 - 2/25/18*.

    The King of Cheese

    Producers in traditional areas of Northern Italy use techniques dating back centuries, then age the wheels of cheese to achieve the intense, complex taste and wonderfully crumbly texture it’s celebrated for. Nutty, sweet, salty and fruity are all flavors found in Parmigiano Reggiano, but there’s one more that’s key: umami, the savory “fifth flavor” that stimulates the taste buds and heightens the taste of foods around it. It’s one reason that offbeat flavor pairings with this cheese are so often successful.You know authentic Parmigiano Reggiano when you see it — every wheel has “Parmigiano Reggiano” imprinted on the rind in pin dots. Find out more about this storied cheese.You might wonder what makes the Parmigiano Reggiano that Whole Foods Market sells unique. We only sell wheels that are aged at least two years. Each year we hand select wheels based on the flavor profile we believe is best, buying from just a handful of producers that we know personally. Then we hand crack the wheels in our stores so the flavor is freshest. You can taste the difference.'

     

    Easy Ways to Enjoy Parmigiano Reggiano Besides Pasta

    1. Stuff a Date. Try one of the fastest flavor fixes we know: Cut slits in the top of pitted dates and slip wedges of cheese inside for outstanding two-bite treats, sophisticated enough for cocktails but easy enough for an anytime munch. You can add a walnut or pecan half to each if you like, or drizzle with honey: Infused honeys like chile honey, truffle honey or rosemary honey are excellent foils to Parmesan Reggiano.

    2. Make a Mix. You’ll find a near perfect blend of sweet-and-salty is this Parmigiano Reggiano Party Mix. Dried fruits, toasted nuts and cubes of crunchy, crumbly Parmigiano Reggiano are addictive as a cocktail partner or game-day snack. Lots of protein plus heart-healthy fatty acids (and no refined sugar!) makes it particularly satisfying as a trail mix.

    3. Make a Crisp. Part chip, part cracker and fully delicious, baked Parmigiano Reggiano Crisps can do duty on dishes from salads to soups and vegetables, and you can even land them on a dessert plate — try standing one up in a scoop of vanilla-bean ice cream drizzled with aged balsamic.

    4. Snack on It. Forget granola bars! Sweet-and-Salty Parmigiano Reggiano Snack Bars just might be the ultimate way to satisfy your taste buds while getting a dose of whole grains and seeds. The savory flavor of the cheese elevates these beyond post-workout fodder.


    5. Pair with Chocolate. Pair Parmigiano Reggiano with chocolate for a flavor explosion: It’s the ultimate combo for bringing out the cheese’s luxurious salty and tangy character while heightening chocolate’s deeper, darker, sweeter notes. Slather toast with chocolate-hazelnut spread and lay Parmigiano Reggiano shavings on top, add tiny cubes to chocolate chip cookie dough, or go all out with these Parmigiano Reggiano Crisps with Chocolate and Sea Salt.

    6. Add to Popcorn. Toss freshly popped corn with a generous handful of finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano and your choice of seasonings: cracked black pepper, chile powder, garlic powder, lemon zest, or just about any seasoning blend you have in your spice cabinet. An optional drizzle of butter or a coating of olive oil spray will help the cheese cling to the kernels.

    7. Don’t Discard the Rind. Toss it into a simmering pot of soup, stock, or stew to enjoy the last bit of its ineffable flavor in one more meal. Or use it to infuse cream for Parmesan Crème Brûlée, an unforgettable dessert that takes full advantage of Parmigiano Reggiano’s nuanced flavors.

    Join Us for a Parmigiano Reggiano Cracking Party 

    Don’t miss our 10th annual Parmigiano Reggiano Wheel Crack on Saturday, February 24. At 3 pm EST in all of our stores, expert cheesemongers will crack open a wheel and hand out free samples. Just the celebration this cheese deserves.*Valid 2/23 - 2/25/18. While supplies last. Not valid at Whole Foods Market 365™ stores. U.S. only. No rain checks.

    First posted on the Whole Foods blog.

  • Save 25% on supplements Jan 22 - 29 at Pharmaca Napa

    PHARMACA

    Save 25% on supplements Jan 22 - 29!

    Multivitamins | Omegas | Minerals | Probiotics | Sports Nutrition | Herbs & Homeopathy

    *Discount taken at register. While supplies last.


  • Enjoy MERRY & BRIGHT savings at Bel Aire Plaza

    Enjoy MERRY & BRIGHT savings!

    Subscribe to our email list for instant access to savings in your inbox! Redeem at participating merchants this holiday season.

    Hurry before it's too late!


  • In Napa, Christmas photos with Santa are for pets, too

  • World Market Blog: Outdoor Date Night with Chris Loves Julia

    Sometimes corralling a babysitter to hang with the kids while you and the spouse escape is, well, hard. Expensive. And only lasts for one evening! But if you take some time to spruce up your outdoor space and make it special, you can lock the kids inside and have an outdoor date night all to yourselves.

    Accessories Make the Space

    Three years ago, we added a deck to our backyard, but every year we find ways to improve it and enjoy it a little more. This year, we added two three-seater sofas for long summer nights chatting away with even more family and friends, a pouf to prop our feet up, my favorite vase of all time and a few other accessories from World Market to make our outdoor living space look (and function) just as good as our indoors.

    Outdoor Date Night Ideas

    During the day, we basically live out here. Our girls running around from the swingset to the couches, kneeling around the table for a quick drink. But after the sun goes down and they’re all tucked in, it’s our favorite spot to unwind together. And what’s an outdoor date night under the stars without a perfect snack– a charcuterie board! Here’s how to put together a simple one with ingredients (and that killer board) you can find at World Market.

    Building a Charcuterie Board for Two

    When the night is settling in and you finally have a quiet moment to spend with that special someone, a charcuterie board is a great way to incorporate snacks without feeling like you’ve gone overboard on the food. But the key to charcuterie is balancing sweet, salty, and rich flavors, as well as incorporating a variety of textures, while keeping it light. Here are a few tips for building a charcuterie board for two.

    1. Limit yourself to two meats, and about 6-8 thin slices of each. I like including a nice Italian Salame, as well as some kind of ham like prosciutto. And for cuddling up close, maybe avoid the spicy or garlicky meats.

    2. Include two crunchy elements. I like one to be sweet and the other to be salty, so some simple water crackers and shortbread cookies are reliably appreciated. Even for those with gluten sensitivities, you can find good options.

    3. While you want sweetness included, you don’t want it to be candy levels of sweetness. So add a small handful of dried fruit – figs are a favorite and go great with cured meats, but dried cherries or peaches are also great.

    4. Like the meats, limit yourself to two cheeses – one sliced and sharp, like a good cheddar, and the other rich and spreadable, perhaps with a spoonful of preserves.

    5. Always include an element of brightness, like Greek olives or sweet baby pickles. The brine will help cut through the fats present in the meat and cheese, and will help this snack not sit so heavy in the belly.

    You can absolutely make your backyard a perfect little haven. It doesn’t take a zillion dollars and it doesn’t have to take forever. The only thing standing between you and an outdoor date night like this is a comfy spot to sit, a beautiful array of nibbles (maybe some wine?) and the kids’ bedtime. Happy snuggling!

    Discover more outdoor decor for your space, and get more details about the Chris Loves Julia backyard makeover!

    For more World Market blogs, go to: http://www.worldmarket.com/blog/

  • Cocktail & Dessert Pairings: The Latest Trends For 2018 from Sift Dessert Bar

    The Bar Series: Cocktail and Dessert Pairings

    Just about everyone’s heard of dessert pairings with wine or beer, but there’s one more unexplored frontier in the world of booze and sweets: cocktails. This is a big challenge considering that cocktails are usually made more for sipping on their own or enjoying with a meal than an after-dinner dessert. However, it’s a challenge we’re totally up for.

    Mixed drinks bring a whole new complexity to the table. By their very nature, they combine flavors in a way that’s intended to bring out a unique flavor in the drink itself, which means it can be tough to pair it with food that meets it beat for beat. Mixologists are both chemists and innovators, coming up with all kinds of cool, experimental cocktails that linger on the palate long after you take that last sip. So we had to choose our cocktails carefully. Enjoy the results!

    Salted Caramel White Chocolate Chip Cookie & Hot Buttered Rum

    Salt and liquor just seem to go together, particularly when you’re trying to enhance the other flavors of the drink. That’s why we chose Hot Buttered Rum for our first cocktail. It’s a delicious cold-weather treat, and it has a delightful level of spice and sweetness that pairs beautifully with salted caramel and white chocolate.

    To make spiced buttered rum, you can make your own spiced butter by following a recipe online – usually, it’s softened butter mixed with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. All your favorite holiday spices. From there, take one ounce of spiced rum, add a tablespoon of the butter, and top with hot water. Blend well, and add some honey, an orange slice, or maple syrup for more sweetness. Yum! Enjoy alongside plenty of cookies.

    The O.G. Cupcake & Triple Espresso Martini


    Coffee and chocolate, are we right? Of course, we are. This is a long-beloved pairing, and with a little creativity, you can kick it up a notch. There are a few different methods of creating this cocktail – you can brew and cool espresso and add it to vodka, or start with espresso-infused vodka, either purchased or homemade. Blend with coconut rum, a splash of amaretto, and a touch of chocolate liquor for a wonderful coffee lover’s dream cocktail.

    Obviously, the absolute best pairing for this tasty drink is an equally tasty chocolate cake. Our O.G. Cupcake is chocolate cake filled with white chocolate mousse and topped with our signature cream cheese cookies ‘n cream frosting. Each flavor blends seamlessly with coffee, coconut, and amaretto in the drink to leave a lingering creamy, sweet, luxurious taste on your tongue. A must-try!

    Elderberry Macarons & Lemon Drop

     Who doesn’t love the sweet and sour classic Lemon Drop? It’s tart, it’s refreshing, it’s delightful. Simply blend lemon juice, vodka, triple sec, and simple syrup to make it. Take a sip, then turn to your dessert pairing: an Elderberry Macaron. Yes!

    Elderberries are tart, sweet, and juicy, exactly like this lemon drop. However, they have a signature berry flavor, which is absolutely wonderful alongside the bright citrus flavor of lemons. You may be familiar with using lemon to brighten up blueberry dishes, and the same principle works here. They play off each other beautifully.

    Challenge complete! When you’re indulging in sugary treats, it’s a good idea to use a lighter hand with the sugar in your drinks so that you don’t overwhelm your sweet tooth. The drinks featured here certainly play with sweetness, but they also rely on spice or tartness to balance it out. If you’d like to experiment with your own cocktails, it’s a good trick to keep in mind!

    We’re always happy to Sift deliver cupcakes and other sweets to your home or event space. For our local friends, picking up at any of our locations is easy – we’re located throughout the San Francisco and North Bay Area. Be sure to check out the other pairings in our Bar Series!

    For more Sift Dessert Bar blogs, go to: https://www.siftdessertbar.com/blogs/love-cupcakes-the-sift-blog

  • Pure Barre: 10 Ways to Improve your Workout Motivation

    Those who succumb to lethargy covet the perseverance inherent to the impeccably chiseled and impossibly fit. Fortunately, we can employ proactive measures and practical tactics that’ll make our desire for a healthy lifestyle far more than a pipe dream. In fact, fitness aficionados have dedicated their experience and expertise to devising motivational strategies. For those who don’t fancy themselves a natural-born athlete, here are some techniques you should heed if you wish to cultivate motivation.

    1. Monitor Your Progression

    An improvement of any magnitude is worth documenting. Tracking your progress helps bolster confidence and cement motivation. When you hold yourself accountable, the chances of skimping on a workout considerably lessen. Whether you document your progress via pictures or charts, noting your growth bodes well for favorable outcomes.

    2. Bid Farewell To Outside Influences

    Though our society is riddled with demoralizing pressures, it’s imperative not to lose sight of the goal you want to achieve. Incessantly comparing yourself to others is a toxic deterrent, so be sure to remain goal-oriented and focus solely on yourself.

    3. Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

    An innocuous incentive is warranted every now and again. Rewarding yourself to new protein powders and workout gear instills enjoyment into the process, so go ahead and treat yourself!

    4. Find Solace In Others

    Braving the workout journey alone is ill-advised. Confiding your misgivings and stumbling blocks to a trusted confidant makes working out more endurable. There’s no shame in admitting you need support, so be sure to seek consolation if need be.

    5. Unburden Yourself From Guilt

    It’s human nature for us to cast the first stone on ourselves. In order to thrive, we mustn’t be so hard on ourselves. In essence, knowing how to give yourself grace is conducive to a healthy lifestyle and productive workout regimen.

    6. Establish A Good Rapport With Fellow Gym-Goers

    If you frequent a specific environment, you’d likely want it to be a convivial one. Knowing that your gym session will be rife with friendly and familiar faces will undoubtedly motivate you to workout. With that said, try to make fast friends with others who have embarked on the same fitness endeavor as you.

    7. Rise And Shine

    Though mornings can be gruesome, they’re also prime time for working out. Condition yourself to wake with the sun if you want to see a stark difference in your motivation levels.

    8. Don’t Expect The World Of Yourself

    While it’s paramount to set goals, it’s equally as essential for those aspirations to be attainable. While an hour-long gym workout may be what you desire, you’ll likely have to work up to it. In short, you should establish realistic targets while making earnest efforts to achieve them.

    9. Don’t Harp On Past Blunders

    Perhaps this is your second or third attempt at abiding by a workout schedule. If so, don’t allow previous drawbacks to dampen your momentum. As an attempt to stay steadfast in your current undertaking, allow the past to remain in the past.

    10. Acquire A Cheerful Disposition

    Optimism is the cornerstone of success. With that said, it’s crucial to maintain a positive and optimistic mindset. One bad day doesn’t define your entire progress, so take the journey in stride.

    For more blog posts, go to: http://purebarre.com/blog/

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