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Gardening for Homemade Bath & Body

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Gardening for Homemade Bath & Body

Words: Danielle Williams
Photo Credit: Daiga Ellaby

As I plan and tend my garden, I like to keep in mind what each plant type can be used for — both practically and aesthetically — to make my life simpler and easier. There’s nothing quite like being able to pick fresh basil for the pizza I’m making for dinner, snip cilantro for breakfast tacos, or make a floral bouquet from my own selection. Many garden varieties can also be used in your homemade bath and body recipes, from scrubs and facial steams, to bath salts, salves, and hydrosols. Here, I’ve included my top 20 homegrown plants to utilize in my skin-care products.


Sun-Kissed Skin Bronzing Cream Recipe

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Words: Carlynn Woolsey featured in Willow and Sage Spring 2016

When I was living in Santa Monica, California, I spent a lot of time wandering: through farmers’ markets, on the beach, and in and out of surf shops even though I had no idea how to surf. I tried it twice, and both times I was a little clumsy. But I love surf shops nonetheless because I always find hidden gems in them — cute bikinis, handmade bracelets, and one particular bottle of Maui Babe Browning Lotion. I bought it on the spot because I liked that all of the ingredients were listed right up front and it smelled like coffee.


10 Journaling Prompts to Help You Re-center

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Photo Credit: Sixteen Miles Out

Sometimes the best form of self-care is releasing all your thoughts on paper. Whether with a specific intention or free flowing, writing is a wonderful way to clear your mind. We’ve put together a list of journaling prompts to help you re-center at the end of a long week. Here is to taking the time to consider our needs and doing what we can to meet them 💕


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By reading flourish, you’re not just taking care of your skin. You’re discovering the importance of loving your skin, and everything in-between. flourish is more than just a blog. It’s our way of encouraging everyone to thrive in a healthy and vigorous way – to empower wellness in all aspects of your day-to-day life.